Expo to expose seniors to resources

By Lea Boyd
Carpinteria seniors are about to expand their horizons. The first ever Carpinteria Senior Expo comes to town on Saturday, Oct. 17, bringing representatives and reading material from 25 businesses and services that aim to improve quality of life for the elderly.

“It’s a good opportunity for Carpinteria seniors to learn what businesses and services cater especially to seniors,” said event chair Donnie Nair.

Carpinteria, with its 900-plus mobile homes and a senior apartment complex, has a large population over the age of 65. Many of the older residents do not drive and have trouble accessing or even becoming aware of resources in their own small community, much less the expanded services available in Santa Barbara and Ventura.

In addition to gathering resources under one roof for the benefit of local seniors, the event will serve as a fundraiser for the Carpinteria Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group. It is free to attend, but nonprofits and businesses promoting their services and products have paid a small fee for a space. There will be a raffle with prizes donated from throughout the business community.

Attendees will find information on home health care, assisted living, health and wellness and transportation solutions. Some of the exhibitors are EZ Lift, HELP, Steadfast Living, Visiting Nurses, Visiting Angels, Pacific Health Food Store, The Gym Next Door and Sansum Clinic.

There will also be bone density testing, flu shots and blood pressure checks, as well as free shoulder massages.

The committee responsible for the expo is made up of Nair, Jilla Woolsey, Linda Tornello and Carol Nichols. Funds raised will allow the Alzheimer’s caregivers group to promote itself in the community so that people struggling in the caregiver role know there is support if they need it.

“Being a caregiver is emotionally, physically and financially draining, and caregivers are often elderly themselves,” Nair said. Nair helped to found the group eight years ago when she was a caregiver to her husband, who suffered with Alzheimer’s for many years and has since passed away.

Two caregivers meetings take place weekly in Carpinteria and are attended by anywhere from 12 to 17 people. “It’s changed lives,” Nair said. “People say that without our group, they couldn’t have done it.”

Carpinteria Senior Expo will take place on Oct. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1335 Vallecito Place. It is free to attend.  

This one’s for you, Carp

Kicking off the jubilee, the City of Carpinteria held a 50th anniversary ceremony on the afternoon of Oct. 1. Representatives from the city, county and state wished Carpinteria a happy birthday while a crane hoisted an American flag above the crowd. The little city was incorporated on Sept. 28, 1965 following a contentious election in which 895 proponents out-voiced 635 opponents. (Photos by Robin Karlsson)

Smart & Final offers to purchase Haggen Carpinteria

Smart & Final offers to purchase Haggen Carpinteria

Carpinteria is on a list of 28 Haggen stores that Smart & Final has bid to acquire for $58 million. The transaction is under review by bankruptcy court, and if it closes, a Smart & Final Extra! store would take over Haggen's lease on Linden Avenue. According to a press release, the deal could close in the fourth quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. The bid is pending the receipt and review of outside bids and bankruptcy court approval, which is expected in the fourth quarter of 2015. If Smart & Final acquires the lease for the Linden Avenue location, we would likely start to convert the store in the fourth quarter with completion planned by the end of the second quarter of 2016.

Use your manners on Franklin Trail

Use your manners on Franklin Trail

Friends of the Franklin Trail has worked its tail off to provide a route into the mountains behind Carpinteria. It is very popular for hikers, bikers and horseback riders, all different types of uses that require awareness of fellow trail traffic in order to allow courteous coexistence. Read on for the Friends’ tips for trail etiquette:

Trail etiquette
Now that Franklin Trail Phase 2 is open and trail use is at its most popular, trail etiquette/safety is an important factor to having a safe and enjoyable time on the trail. Please keep in mind these key elements to proper trail etiquette:

Respect all trail users
Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming. If you are biking the trail a bell is essential. Bells are key to giving notice to other trail users that a bike is coming. There is a bell box 1 mile up on Franklin Trail. Please only take if you are riding a bike.  Try to anticipate other trail users as you approach corners.
Bicyclists should yield to other trail users. Strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

Get to know the Yellow Triangle Right of Way sign: bikes yield to hikers and horses, and hikers yield to horses.

All users leave no trace
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider waiting at least one day after a heavy rain before using the trail. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in. Please, pick up after your dog. There are dog bags at the trailhead for all to use.

Respect Horses: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach or sudden movement or loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders.

Mountain Bikers: Please use the bells provided in the bell box or use your own. We do our best to keep the box full for bikers to use. It is essential to hiker/biker relations on the trail. If hikers move to the side once they’ve seen you and clearly intend for you to pass, please do so slowly with care and respect. Use caution if a hiker is not aware of you. And if you are riding with a group and passing other users of the trail, it is always helpful calling out how many of you there are.

It is our responsibility as locals and trail users to make sure everyone has an enjoyable experience on our trail. As Franklin Trail becomes more and more popular with locals and visitors, using proper trail etiquette will allow everyone to have that truly wonderful Carpinteria backcountry experience.


Shindig throws it back 50 years

As promised, the City of Carpinteria’s 50th Anniversary Shindig had folks partying like it was 1965. The tunes from the stage echoed of the 1960s, and the outfits on the dance floor told the same story. Attendees dined on foods from a number of different Carpinteria eateries and sipped local drafts from IBC and Rincon Brewery. Ernie and the Emperors played, along with The Rincons and The Bob Cowsill Band. (Photos by Robin Karlsson)

Carpinteria goes Green: Avofest opens to sunshine, closes to rain

Carpinteria’s celebration to mark 50 years of cityhood flowed right into the California Avocado Festival this year. Set up started a day early, and by late Thursday afternoon, booths were buzzing, stages were singing and Carpinterians were enjoying the birthday bash. Friday, Oct. 2, brought the official start of the Avofest, with its 75 live bands, kids activities, hot-off-the-grill foods and even a Ferris wheel. As usual, the three-day festival highlighted its star, the avocado, with produce in the George Bliss Expo Tent, the World Championship of Guacamole and an auction for the largest avocado, which, combined with the sale of 20 Hass avocado trees, raised $2,000 for the Carpinteria High School FFA program. (Photos by Antony Machiando and Glenn Dubock)

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