Monthly Archives: May 2018

MFPD Personnel Honored

At a special board meeting on Tuesday, May 29, the Montecito Fire Protection District Board of Directors recognized every one of its employees for their performance during the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudflow. The firefighters and support staff, who helped navigate the successful rescue of 800+ community members following the mudflow event, were on-duty nearly […]

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Spirit of Entrepreneurship

The Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort (formerly The Fess Parker) was the venue for the 2018 Spirit of Entrepreneurship (SOE) Awards. An exciting event for the 33 finalists, all women, being judged in 11 categories with three finalists in each. The SOE Foundation is to support entrepreneurship at all levels in our area and to […]

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Boys & Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara (BGC) found a new and beautiful country venue, the Heartstone Ranch, in Carpinteria for its annual gala. This time the attire was – what else? – country chic! All the “cowgirls” and “cowboys” gathered on the terraced lawn amidst dozens of rose bushes to toast 80 years […]

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Community Action Champions

The Community Action Commission (CAC) of Santa Barbara County just held their 13th annual CAC Champions dinner in Solvang at the Corque Hotel. Until recently, I was not aware of this nonprofit and all they do. But during the mudslide, they were my lifeline when I called 211. I always got a real person on […]

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Road Trip with a Reluctant Raconteur

It would be sheer folly to expect a linear conversation when interviewing Nellie McKay. The British-American singer-songwriter and actress may be sharp as a tack in creating diverse albums that range from her brilliant 2004 debut Get Away from Me – a double-album from a 21-year-old that was full of clever and original pop songs […]

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Condo Project on Coast Village Approved

Earlier this week, story poles at 1062 Coast Village Road were taken down after being up for two weeks, denoting the height of a new mixed-use development slated to go in place of the current 14-unit apartment complex. On May 10, the Santa Barbara Planning Commission unanimously approved the project, which includes nine, two-story residential […]

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McDonald is Lovin’ It

Soprano Audra McDonald, who has a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammys, and an Emmy, was in top form when she appeared in the last Granada performance of the UCSB Arts & Lectures current season. New York-based McDonald, who received a National Medal of Arts in 2015, the highest honor for achievement in the arts, […]

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Blowing into Town

The UCSB Department of Music annual Spring 2018 Concert Series – in which nearly all of the student ensembles perform for the public from Sunday, May 27, to Friday, June 8, to close out the academic year – is perhaps putting its best foot forward with the opening offering this weekend. The University Wind Ensemble […]

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Funk Zone May Gallery Exhibits

The sun and hundreds of people covered the Funk Zone downtown for its monthly Friday art walk. May brought art with extreme detail to most of the galleries. Here are the top works: GraySpace Galleryowner Charlene Broudy has raised the bar once again with her Distinctive Artists exhibit: Salvadore Matteo, Dug Uyesaka, and Madeline Garrett. […]

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The California Primary

Tuesday, June 5 (polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm) is that time again, folks, when you’ll be asked for “permission” to spend yet even more money that California doesn’t have to fulfill a wish list of spending by our profligate legislators. But hey, what the heck, it’s not only not their money, […]

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When to Jump

The title of Mike Lewis’s first book is not about jumping off bridges, but When to jump. If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want. Mike now lives in San Francisco but his folks, Michael and Betsy Lewis, live in Montecito half the year. Mike’s publisher is Henry Holt. Not too shabby! Mike […]

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