grassrootsunnamedSanta Barbara’s oldest private school – The Howard Carden School (now based in Carpinteria)- will celebrate Spring getting back to the “grassroots” of what’s important in life: community, education, delicious, hearty & heavy appetizers by Chef Rick Rossignol and Chef Nirasha Rodriguez , fabulous drinks,  and live music with the the beloved local band SolTree . There will be incredible items on which to bid, but even if you don’t bid, come for the community, music, fun, and to take in the atmosphere.

Held on Saturday, April 23rd at 3pm, “Grassroots”  is designed to help raise funds for Howard, a non-profit school which boasts a world-class education from preschool through 8th grade for over 100 years.  There will be something for everyone, and unlike many formal fundraisers, this one was specifically designed to pay tribute to and celebrate the relaxed, casual style of Carpinteria while supporting a worthwhile cause with no pomp and circumstance:  just good food, entertainment, community and incredible opportunities to bid on fabulous prizes (see below).   Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the Howard School Website .

Check out some of the auction items:

  • A stay at the Grand Mayan Hotel (7 locations from which to choose)rorisjumpunnamed
  • Mediterranean cooking lessons for 10 (dinner and wine included) at The Food Liaison
  • A Condo in Maui
  • Rori’s Artisanal Creamery has some fun packages, too! The “Campfire S’Mores Kit (with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers, fudge sauce, leather woven skewers and plenty of yummy ice cream); The That Time of The Month” Kit (lots of Rori’s ice cream, cooling gel eye mask and some chick flicks and a BIG do not disturb sign) ; Or the Oh Crap I Blew It kit (with lots of Rori’s ice cream, caramel sauces, a dozen roses and a bottle of champagne).

and many more auction items!


Thank you to the generous sponsors of this Grassroots FUNdraiser.  Here are just a few:













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Want to learn more about The Howard Carden School or make a donation? Visit their Websitethey warmly welcome appointments for tours for interested families.








This post created by a parent of a Howard School student and also founder of Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events & Engaging Inspiration