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Sunday Edhat - 12/15/13
updated: Dec 15, 2013, 6:00 AM

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Today's Weather - Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s.

Do You Sudoku? - You can now play the Daily Sudoku on Edhat. How fast can you fill in the blanks?

December 15, 2013 - SPUG It Out

Have you heard of a SPUG? It's not a special hug, a fancy kitchen utensil, or as Betsy Green suggested a spaniel-pug mix. According to Betsy's recent historical column, a SPUG stands for the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving. The advertisement to our right posted 100 years ago in December 1913, discouraged people from giving token gifts of useless items. Can you imagine if that campaign started again today? We might think these people were crazy, especially since most of the gifts we receive during the holidays are frivolous techy items that allow us to watch our television shows anywhere at any time. Are these things really needed? Of course not! But we feel really cool owning them. Now imagine if a group of socialites dressed in Victorian garb, stood outside Best Buy while picketing technology and urged customers to buy linens instead. That would be a pretty odd movement to witness. Luckily for all you tech lovers, Christmas is only 10 days away and there is no one to shame you at Best Buy.

Our Cat of the Week is Poppi who either loves the holidays or hates them, we can't tell. Our Dog of the Week is Babi, a sweet-hearted mix who is looking for an active household. Our Non-Profit of the Week is the Unity Shoppe who works tirelessly during the Holiday season to provide the basic necessities of life while encouraging self- sufficiency and independent living during periodic times of crisis. David Powdrell relishes in the beauty of our historic Franklin Trail, the Dedicated Staff bounced around for exercise as Ed instructed, and Billy Goodnick takes a closer look at Shoreline Park.

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GARDEN OF ED: Here's my tip of the hat to the arboreal splendor of Shoreline Park.

HISTORY: It was an old-fashioned Christmas in Santa Barbara 100 years ago. Betsy Green shares highlights from December in 1913.

Ed has instructed The Dedicated Staff to get out there and try out various activities around Santa Barbara. This time we bounced at Airobic Fitness.

POWDRELL: The community of Carpinteria recently received an incredible gift, the re-opening of the first 2.15 miles of the historic Franklin Trail.

NON-PROFIT OF THE WEEK: The Unity Shoppe provides the basic necessities of life while encouraging self- sufficiency and independent living during periodic times of crisis.

CAT OF THE WEEK: Meet Poppi, she loves to dress up for the holidays!

DOG OF THE WEEK: Meet Babi, a gold-eyed playful pup in need of an athletic human companion.

Here is the Daily Edhat newsletter for 12/14/13

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A resident shares her frustrations with discrimination against autism in the Carpinteria Unified School District.


Code 245pc: Assault with a deadly weapon, somewhere on Haley. The exact location is unknown but the victim is at Cottage.


A very large ship is currently heading west towards SB. Does anyone know what it is? [pic]


Lois Capps released a statement regarding Mallory Rae Dies and announced changes in hiring procedures.


There was a head-on collision at the Lake Cachuma entrance, all lanes are blocked.


Was there a huge party at the Courthouse on Friday night? We heard it until 2 am.


Does anyone know what was happening with all the flashing police cars on the 101 between Summerland and Carpinteria at 4:00 am Saturday morning?


The Animal Rescue Team shares a story about a rescued coyote. [pic]


A recent court ruling blocks California state's attempt to withhold Goleta tax revenues.


Neil Baker, a former UCSB employee well known for his online tirades against campus administrators, was sentenced Tuesday to felony probation.


Roger reports a dog rescue on the cliffs of Hendry's Beach.


It may feel cold, but we should hear how silly we sound to certain ears.


Shirley Lynn (July 7, 1935 - November 24, 2013)


---- Events Today ------------------------------------

Fundraiser for Mallory Rae Dies - Join friends and family of Mallory Rae Dies at Blush Lounge on Sunday from 4p-10p for a fundraiser.


---- Upcoming Events ------------------------------------

Farmstand Holiday Craft, Cheese & Fruit - Casitas Valley Farm is doing a special holiday craft boutique at their road- side farm stand this Saturday and Sunday (Dec 14-15 and Dec 21-22). Come shop for hand turned wooden bowls, wreaths, gift baskets from the farm, Organic handcrafted cheese, pottery, jewelry, organic produce, dried persimmons, canned organic apple butters and apple juice, knitted hats, and a whole lot more! (Sunday, December 22, 2013)


Winter Wine Classic - The 3rd Annual Winter Wine Classic in Santa Barbara during MLK Weekend. Tasting nearly 100 classic California wines of this legendary stature at one event is truly a rare chance for fine wine lovers to taste the very best all in one place. (Sunday, January 19, 2014)


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