On May 23, Carpinterians from different walks of life gathered for a meal around a long banquet table set on Linden Avenue at the fi rst-ever Carpinteria Common Table. The community event was organized by the Capps Foundation. Diners “were engaged in lively conversations from one end of the table to the other, mixed with the sounds of laughter and music,” said Todd Capps, event organizer.

To foster connections, diners were given a list of conversation starters with nonpolemical questions, such as, “What’s on your mind ?” and “What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?” Capps expressed enthusiasm for the event’s success, noting, “If an essential building-block of community is human connection, and an essential building-block of a healthy democracy is open dialogue, then this was a joyous example of both in action. It was a reminder of what we have to gain by getting to know our neighbors.”

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