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Santa Barbara Then and Now, by Neal Graffy, Soft Cover
Santa Barbara Then and Now, by Neal Graffy, Soft Cover

Santa Barbara Then and Now, by Neal Graffy, Soft Cover

Santa Barbara Then and Now, by Neal Graffy, Soft Cover

Santa Barbara may look like its red-tiled roofs and white stucco walls and buildings have been here forever... but who knows what secrets lurk beneath those facades? Santa Barbara historian Neal Graffy does!



And through the images and text of Santa Barbara Then and Now, layers of time are peeled back to reveal an earlier Santa Barbara of many different designs and uses. The side-by-side comparison of Then & Now images present a fascinating journey through Santa Barbara as it was and as it currently is. Along the way it's easy to see that every generation gains and loses something they treasure. This is the only book that dares to pose the question "Has every building in Santa Barbara been a restaurant at least once?"

@ $29.95 ea.
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More Lightning Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams, by Bob Eckert & Jonathan Vehar, Hard Cover
More Lightning Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams, by Bob Eckert & Jonathan Vehar, Hard Cover

More Lightning Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams, by Bob Eckert & Jonathan Vehar, Hard Cover

More Lightning Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams, by Bob Eckert & Jonathan Vehar, Hard Cover

So you want more creative thinking from yourself and those around you. Here’s the bible for building innovative individuals and teams. It should be read by any manager wanting to bring out the best in themselves and their people.

This fun-to-read guide introduces the fundamental behaviors and specific attitudes necessary to function in a team environment – and then shows you how to actually live them/make them happen. It's designed to help you work more effectively with others to create innovative results and bottom-line improvements. Over and over again.

Mere tools and techniques are not enough to change the way people and organizations work together. Innovation demands that individuals adopt specific behaviors and attitudes in order to flourish within teams.

Even more powerful is the strategy of reading as a group, using the available self-directed discussion guide to bring these high value behaviors to life in a permanent way for your team or organization.

@ $24.95 ea.
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The Santa Barbara Yacht Club A Waterfront History, by Erin Graffy de Garcia, Hard Cover
The Santa Barbara Yacht Club A Waterfront History, by Erin Graffy de Garcia, Hard Cover

The Santa Barbara Yacht Club A Waterfront History, by Erin Graffy de Garcia, Hard Cover

The Santa Barbara Yacht Club A Waterfront History, by Erin Graffy de Garcia, Hard Cover

This Santa Barbara waterfront history takes the reader back to the 19th century, to trace the inception and history of the second oldest yacht club on the Pacific.

The changes along the Santa Barbara waterfront — from the creation of Stearns Wharf, the arrival of the railroad, tourism, the campaign and creation of the breakwater harbor through to Prohibition, World War II and numerous natural disasters — are all seen through the eyes of a sailor.

Additionally, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club has a distinct community story to present, contributing national and international acclaim to Santa Barbara, bringing the town a new breakwater, and more. This is a interesting narrative and perspective on the seaside community.

@ $90.00 ea.
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Innovation for Results Tool-Cards, by New and Improved, LLC, 14 Cards placed into a card cover with inside pocket
Innovation for Results Tool-Cards, by New and Improved, LLC, 14 Cards placed into a card cover with inside pocket

Innovation for Results Tool-Cards, by New and Improved, LLC, 14 Cards placed into a card cover with inside pocket

Innovation for Results Tool-Cards, by New and Improved, LLC, 14 Cards placed into a card cover with inside pocket

The world-class facilitators at New & Improved were asked “What are the creative and critical thinking tools you most often use when running meetings?” This set of tool cards will become your “go-to” for planning meetings where a problem needs solving or a creative outcome is required.

Whether you are identifying a goal, defining a strategy, exploring a market dynamic, generating ideas or evaluating a proposal, we have you covered. The simple legend on the inside fold will guide you to apply the right tool at the right time. There are tools to help you generate options, and methods to help you select wisely among them. Meeting agendas are great, but meeting process plans separate the wise from the time wasters. Unpack these tools as you process-plan your next meeting. You’ll deliver better results more rapidly.

@ $24.99 ea.
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Compass Cards, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards in deck packaged in a burlap sack
Compass Cards, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards in deck packaged in a burlap sack

Compass Cards, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards in deck packaged in a burlap sack

Compass Cards, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards in deck packaged in a burlap sack

It seems that in our quest to please everyone else and make a living, many of us have forgotten to listen to ourselves. Compass Cards invite you to go in and listen. Spirituality and nature will accompany you as you answer the questions designed to help you cultivate the capacity of your inner wisdom. People often notice that as their inner wisdom grows so does their capacity to be compassionate and caring towards loved ones and our larger culture (the Earth too!).

@ $15.00 ea.
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Sunshine Cards, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards in deck packaged in a burlap sack
Sunshine Cards, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards in deck packaged in a burlap sack

Sunshine Cards, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards in deck packaged in a burlap sack

Sunshine Cards, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards in deck packaged in a burlap sack

As adults, at times we forget about the friend we have within ourselves. These cards help kids pay attention to that Inner Buddy and recognize the messages they hear when they take time to really listen. They’re asked to notice how they feel inside their bodies-when they eat healthy food and get enough sleep and to take time with the emotions they feel and ways to talk about them. They’ll notice what it’s like to be on the earth with the animals and plants and how they can help take care of our planet. They’re invited to notice the people the in their lives- how are we the same, different and what’s it like to love and help each other. It’s my hope that these cards will help children stay connected to their Inner Buddy and have a friend for life!

@ $15.00 ea.
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Sunshine and Compass Cards Set, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards per deck packaged individually in a burlap sack
Sunshine and Compass Cards Set, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards per deck packaged individually in a burlap sack

Sunshine and Compass Cards Set, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards per deck packaged individually in a burlap sack

Sunshine and Compass Cards Set, by Melissa Granchi, 58 cards per deck packaged individually in a burlap sack

Sunshine Cards: As adults, at times we forget about the friend we have within ourselves. These cards help kids pay attention to that Inner Buddy and recognize the messages they hear when they take time to really listen. They’re asked to notice how they feel inside their bodies-when they eat healthy food and get enough sleep and to take time with the emotions they feel and ways to talk about them. They’ll notice what it’s like to be on the earth with the animals and plants and how they can help take care of our planet. They’re invited to notice the people the in their lives- how are we the same, different and what’s it like to love and help each other. It’s my hope that these cards will help children stay connected to their Inner Buddy and have a friend for life!

Compass Cards: It seems that in our quest to please everyone else and make a living, many of us have forgotten to listen to ourselves. Compass Cards invite you to go in and listen. Spirituality and nature will accompany you as you answer the questions designed to help you cultivate the capacity of your inner wisdom. People often notice that as their inner wisdom grows so does their capacity to be compassionate and caring towards loved ones and our larger culture (the Earth too!).

@ $25.00 ea.
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Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara History through Public Art, by Erin Erin Graffy de García, Soft Cover
Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara History through Public Art, by Erin Erin Graffy de García, Soft Cover

Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara History through Public Art, by Erin Erin Graffy de García, Soft Cover

Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara History through Public Art, by Erin Erin Graffy de García, Soft Cover

The multi-award winning Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara History Through Public Art uncovers the history behind California’s Rancho Period with fascinating details and lavish illustration. Tapping into primary resources through extensive research, historian Erin Graffy de García provides a vivid portrait of this exceptional era in California, one of the largest non-nomadic pastoral societies in history. The “old Spanish days” recalls the time when most of the population lived out on the great ranchos, before the Yankees came and forever changed this gentle culture of dolce far niente. The Spanish arcadia of early California was the inspiration for Santa Barbara, California’s “Old Spanish Days Fiesta” and was distinguished by expert horsemen, extraordinary hospitality, and an exhilarating love of music and dancing. (The beautiful illustrations come from the renowned artists responsible for most of Santa Barbaras public art over the century, and their descriptive biographies are included). A great book for fourth graders studying California history and a must for those who want a clearer understanding of the Rancho Period.

@ $19.99 ea.
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Brussles to Beirut to Bali, Dana Matthaei Kent, soft cover
Brussles to Beirut to Bali, Dana Matthaei Kent, soft cover

Brussles to Beirut to Bali, Dana Matthaei Kent, soft cover

Brussles to Beirut to Bali, Dana Matthaei Kent, soft cover

After serving as a guide to the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels, journalist Dana Matthaei Kent joined three other young woman on an adventure through Europe to India and Indonesia. From car to camel to cargo plane, they visited 26 countries to experience the war-torn Middle East, civil unrest in Iraq, and the colorful customs of Java. Her youth and candid observations provide us a fascinating glimpse of these exotic locales in a more innocent and isolated world.

@ $19.99 ea.
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A Murder at the Potter Hotel, by Annie J Dahlgren and Neal P. Graffy, soft cover
A Murder at the Potter Hotel, by Annie J Dahlgren and Neal P. Graffy, soft cover

A Murder at the Potter Hotel, by Annie J Dahlgren and Neal P. Graffy, soft cover

A Murder at the Potter Hotel, by Annie J Dahlgren and Neal P. Graffy, soft cover

In 1908 the Potter Hotel dominated the oceanfront along Santa Barbara's West Beach. Thirty-six acres of lush gardens and pathways surrounded the luxurious six-story hotel with more than four hundred magnificent guest rooms. April of that year saw the arrival of the Great White Fleet as it stopped in various seaports around the glove, sent on a mission of good-will by President Theodore Roosevelt. How fortunate for the tiny town to be selected as one of the stopping points. It was a time for celebration. A time for community. A time for murder...

@ $14.95 ea.
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Animalia, by Erin Graffy and Tom Mielko, Hard Cover
Animalia, by Erin Graffy and Tom Mielko, Hard Cover

Animalia, by Erin Graffy and Tom Mielko, Hard Cover

Animalia, by Erin Graffy and Tom Mielko, Hard Cover

ANIMALIA is an extraordinary collection of fabulously detailed portraits of wild animals paired with rollicking verse reminiscent of Ogden Nash and Edward Lear. The book has earned high praise and recognition, including the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Bronze Medal, Benjamin Franklin Book Award, International Book Award, and the Silver Medal for Poetry from National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Much of the poetry portrays the biology and natural history of the species described but imbedded in verse that is a delight for a child to follow and learn. They are equally fascinated by the stunningly detailed portraits which convey movement and demeanor. Critics have noted, “Children will be totally captivated with Mielko’s drawings that blend perfectly with Graffy’s charming poetry. ....The drawings are visually arresting....the humor of the poetry is a delight, and playfulness of language (repetition, onomatopoeia) is engaging."

@ $18.00 ea.
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Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1914, by Betsy J. Green, soft cover
Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1914, by Betsy J. Green, soft cover

Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1914, by Betsy J. Green, soft cover

Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1914, by Betsy J. Green, soft cover

Santa Barbara in 1914: This was the year of “Flying A” shooting movies all over town, stunt pilots flying around, visits from Buffalo Bill, Charlie Chaplin, Rattlesnake Jim, and the Mule Man, knee-length bathing suits, glowing fish swimming by, and a German warship stealthily cruised past!

@ $9.95 ea.
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Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1915, by Betsy J. Green, soft cover
Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1915, by Betsy J. Green, soft cover

Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1915, by Betsy J. Green, soft cover

Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1915, by Betsy J. Green, soft cover

Santa Barbara in 1915 (2nd in the series): “Flying A” was still shooting movies here, and we also had the peacock tamale scandal, TNT and torpedoes on July 4, a devilfish threatened Stearns Wharf, and kids had a rare New Year’s Eve snowball fight!

@ $9.95 ea.
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Way Back When: Santa Barbara - Set of 2 (1914 & 1915), by Betsy J. Green, soft cover
Way Back When: Santa Barbara - Set of 2 (1914 & 1915), by Betsy J. Green, soft cover

Way Back When: Santa Barbara - Set of 2 (1914 & 1915), by Betsy J. Green, soft cover

Way Back When: Santa Barbara - Set of 2 (1914 & 1915), by Betsy J. Green, soft cover

@ $17.50 ea.
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Leading Innovation Journal, New and Improved, LLC, spiral bound, felt texture paper inside pages, pen loop and elastic page marker with rivet
Leading Innovation Journal, New and Improved, LLC, spiral bound, felt texture paper inside pages, pen loop and elastic page marker with rivet

Leading Innovation Journal, New and Improved, LLC, spiral bound, felt texture paper inside pages, pen loop and elastic page marker with rivet

Leading Innovation Journal, New and Improved, LLC, spiral bound, felt texture paper inside pages, pen loop and elastic page marker with rivet

The path to a sustained innovation culture is one that requires steady effort, big and small. Make a statement to yourself and others by carrying this journal with you, gradually filling it with the insights that take you from where you are to where you want to be.

Innovation is a messy-minded business, and that mess is best clarified and productively untangled by reflection, incubation and playfulness. For all of its advances, technology still often limits creative mindfulness. The Leading Innovation Journal is designed to make an impression, to feel good in your hands and to inspire you to transform the blank pages (70 of them) into a unique record of your process and thinking. And, what’s more, simply having the journal visible in your workspace or within a meeting sends a message. A message that innovation is important to you. It’s a simple message that has an exact-right influence for forming culture. Simple move, don’t cha think?

@ $30.00 ea.
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Good to Go (Ages 5-11)
Good to Go (Ages 5-11)

Good to Go (Ages 5-11)

Good to Go (Ages 5-11)

Good to Go Discussion Activity Ideas comes in a compendium of 100 grommeted cards and are a favorite amongst educators. Made almost entirely from recycled materials, this edition was developed for use with students from kindergarten through fifth grade. It features an elastic strap to keep it sealed when not in use and an oversized sturdy front and rear cover made of cardboard to protect the inner pages from being damaged or torn.

@ $17.99 ea.
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Good to Go (Ages 11 and up)
Good to Go (Ages 11 and up)

Good to Go (Ages 11 and up)

Good to Go (Ages 11 and up)

Good to Go Discussion Activity Ideas comes in a compendium of 100 grommeted cards and are a favorite amongst educators. Made almost entirely from recycled materials, this edition was developed for use with students from middle school through high school. It features an elastic strap to keep it sealed when not in use and an oversized sturdy front and rear cover made of cardboard to protect the inner pages from being damaged or torn.

@ $17.99 ea.
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Street Signs - Six Pillar Set
Street Signs - Six Pillar Set

Street Signs - Six Pillar Set

Street Signs - Six Pillar Set

These durable, aluminum signs let everyone know where they’re at and make great corner markers for school hallways.


Size: 24" x 5"

@ $69.99 ea.
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Street Signs - Life Skills Set
Street Signs - Life Skills Set

Street Signs - Life Skills Set

Street Signs - Life Skills Set

These durable, aluminum signs let everyone know where they’re at and make great corner markers for school hallways.


Size: 24" x 5"

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Street Signs - Set 12
Street Signs - Set 12

Street Signs - Set 12

Street Signs - Set 12

These durable, aluminum signs let everyone know where they’re at and make great corner markers for school hallways.


Size: 24" x 5"

@ $119.00 ea.
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Today Counts - Grades K-2 (Ages 5-7)
Today Counts - Grades K-2 (Ages 5-7)

Today Counts - Grades K-2 (Ages 5-7)

Today Counts - Grades K-2 (Ages 5-7)

Make every day count for good character with daily character education activities from Today Counts. Inside, you’ll find a collection of five-to-ten-minute mini-lessons, activities, and writing prompts that promote The Six Pillars of Character and teach good decision-making skills. Designed to fit perfectly in homerooms, advisory groups, after-school programs, and youth groups, Today Counts is a way to engage students every day with ethical, anti-bullying, and character-building issues that are relevant to them. Each day’s activity includes three different variants appropriate for different grade levels.


Daily character education activities include:


•Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday present a quotation from a famous person from history, a proverb from one of the world’s cultures, or an interesting story, for discussion or journaling.


•Every Tuesday and Friday offer a small-group or whole-class activity, such as a game, a role-play, or a creative project.

@ $29.99 ea.
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Today Counts Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-10)
Today Counts Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-10)

Today Counts Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-10)

Today Counts Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-10)

Make every day count for good character with daily character education activities from Today Counts. Inside, you’ll find a collection of five-to-ten-minute mini-lessons, activities, and writing prompts that promote The Six Pillars of Character and teach good decision-making skills. Designed to fit perfectly in homerooms, advisory groups, after-school programs, and youth groups, Today Counts is a way to engage students every day with ethical, anti-bullying, and character-building issues that are relevant to them. Each day’s activity includes three different variants appropriate for different grade levels.


Daily character education activities include:


•Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday present a quotation from a famous person from history, a proverb from one of the world’s cultures, or an interesting story, for discussion or journaling.


•Every Tuesday and Friday offer a small-group or whole-class activity, such as a game, a role-play, or a creative project.

@ $29.99 ea.
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Today Counts Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13)
Today Counts Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13)

Today Counts Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13)

Today Counts Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13)

Make every day count for good character with daily character education activities from Today Counts. Inside, you’ll find a collection of five-to-ten-minute mini-lessons, activities, and writing prompts that promote The Six Pillars of Character and teach good decision-making skills. Designed to fit perfectly in homerooms, advisory groups, after-school programs, and youth groups, Today Counts is a way to engage students every day with ethical, anti-bullying, and character-building issues that are relevant to them. Each day’s activity includes three different variants appropriate for different grade levels.


Daily character education activities include:


•Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday present a quotation from a famous person from history, a proverb from one of the world’s cultures, or an interesting story, for discussion or journaling.


•Every Tuesday and Friday offer a small-group or whole-class activity, such as a game, a role-play, or a creative project.

@ $29.99 ea.
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Today Counts Grades 9-12 (Ages 14-16)
Today Counts Grades 9-12 (Ages 14-16)

Today Counts Grades 9-12 (Ages 14-16)

Today Counts Grades 9-12 (Ages 14-16)

Make every day count for good character with daily character education activities from Today Counts. Inside, you’ll find a collection of five-to-ten-minute mini-lessons, activities, and writing prompts that promote The Six Pillars of Character and teach good decision-making skills. Designed to fit perfectly in homerooms, advisory groups, after-school programs, and youth groups, Today Counts is a way to engage students every day with ethical, anti-bullying, and character-building issues that are relevant to them. Each day’s activity includes three different variants appropriate for different grade levels.


Daily character education activities include:


•Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday present a quotation from a famous person from history, a proverb from one of the world’s cultures, or an interesting story, for discussion or journaling.


•Every Tuesday and Friday offer a small-group or whole-class activity, such as a game, a role-play, or a creative project.

@ $29.99 ea.
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