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Santa Barbara Car Free 2019

Santa Barbara Car Free Project invites visitors to show their train tickets in Santa Barbara County and enjoy savings on fun experiences now through December 31, 2019. The new 2019 “Take the Train” offer features specials on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train tickets, bicycling, sailing cruises, wine tasting, dining, shopping, museum and zoo visits, as well as hotel savings.  “Cars contribute significantly to air pollution, and visitors to our area can help improve air quality by taking the train into town instead of driving,” said Lyz Hoffman, of Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, which coordinates the award-winning Car Free program….

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Affairs to Remember – FACE’s 7th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament

The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) hosted its 7th annual Invitational Golf Tournament benefitting San Diego pets in need of life-saving veterinary care on Veteran’s Day, November 12th. The tournament raised over $163,500 for pets and their families. The tournament was held at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach in San Diego County. A unique twist to the average golf tournament, players brought their pups onto the course for a great day of fun with their best canine friends. Special VIP guests MLB legend Fred Lynn and PGA Major Tournament Champion Corey Pavin were in…

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Book Review: National Geographic’s Almanac 2019

By Kimberly Schmidt   To all you weary-eyed holiday warriors—the National Geographic Almanac 2019 is hot off the press and it’s the first-ever edition for adults! That’s right, now we can stop pretending to know as much as the Nat Geo almanac-reading kids in our lives and respond to their trivia with some dignity.   National Geographic is doing what it does best—delivering cutting-edge information to help us rekindle a childlike wonder and, ultimately, try to make this world and our short lives on this magnificent mote of dust a little bit better.   This 400-page gem is jam-packed with…

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National Geographic’s MARS

National Geographic’s MARS Series and NASA’s Insight Probe Landing By Kimberly Schmidt   Just several hours ago, NASA InSight Spacecraft successfully landed on Mars to collect data to further assess the reality of life-sustaining properties. This makes National Geographic’s miniseries MARS not only entertaining but informative, relevant, and thoroughly exciting.   As MARS Season Two continues to unfold, this scripted and documentary footage hybrid, executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, bares the day-to-day lives of the first pioneers to settle on the red planet. During a panel discussion with the show’s Big Thinkers, Stephen Petranek, Antonia Juhasz, and…

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How To Help SoCal

Our beautiful area has been impacted by two horrific events this past week. We at SoCal Life Mag want to express our condolences to those who’ve lost loved ones at the Borderline shootings and the hundreds whose lives have been impacted by the Woolsey Fire. We are all so proud of our first responders, firefighters and law enforcement and grateful for their diligence and hard work. The kindness and generosity extended by our community to those who have been affected is admirable and inspiring. Many more want to help and don’t know where to begin, so we’re offering the following…

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