The County of Santa Barbara Commission for Women will host a series of informal listening sessions for women and girls as part of the "Women Speak Up" series in March. 

The program, which coincides with Women's History Month, aims to bring together women and girls to share their thoughts, concerns, needs and ideas with their district commissioners. It also will be an opportunity to hear from local social service agencies and resources that benefit and assist female residents in the county. 

The events schedule is:

  • Isla Vista: 5:30 p.m. March 5 at Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero del Mar;
  • Goleta: 5:30 p.m. March 6, Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave.;
  • Carpinteria: 5:30 p.m. March 7, Carpinteria Women's Club, 1059 Vallecito Road;
  • Lompoc: 6 p.m. March 14, United Boys and Girls Club Lompoc, 1025 W. Ocean Ave.;
  • Guadalupe: 5:30 p.m. March 15, Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo St.; and
  • Santa Maria: 5:30 p.m. March 16, Marian Regional Medical Center, Conference Room B, 1400 E. Church St. 

The series is free. Child care and Spanish language interpretation will be offered.

Since space is limited, it is recommended that reservations be made by March 1. To make a reservation, visit http://bit.ly/womenspeakup.

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Appointed by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, the Commission for Women is an advisory group that promotes the well-being and equal status of women. Formed in 1973, it has been working to better the community for more than 40 years.

To help women in need, the commission may collaborate with other agencies and commissions; facilitate, recognize and recommend programs; gather and disseminate information; conduct public meetings and advise the supervisors. 

For more information about the Commission for Women, visit http://cosb.countyofsb.org/cfw/index.html.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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