Monthly Archives: March 2019

Generous Grants from Garufis

To mark its 44th anniversary, Montecito Bank & Trust hosted a grants reception at its majestic State Street headquarters when president and CEO Janet Garufis handed out checks worth $20,000 to 10 local charities. Along with the checks, the nonprofits also received a professionally produced one-minute promotional video. Employees of the bank, which since its […]

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Magnificent Mozart

Santa Barbara Symphony was in fine form at the Granada when it presented Amadeus Live, with the talented musicians under Belgian conductor Dirk Brosse, music director of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra; the symphony chorus; and pianist Natasha Kislenko, a Music Academy of the West faculty member. The film about Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, based […]

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

Social gridlock reigned when developer John Price and wife, Janna, and business partners Tod and Audrey Berlinger, opened The Villas at Olive Mill, nearly 15 years after first submitting their building application and going through 28 hearings between 2004 and 2017. The Spanish colonial-style, three-story mixed-use property on the corner of Coast Village Road and […]

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The Refugio Incident

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) held another of its lecture evenings, this one about “The Refugio Incident: A Wildlife Responder’s Perspective” as told by Elaine Ibarra. Elaine graduated from California State University at Channel Islands with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and is a trained and experienced oil spill responder. She had extensive volunteer […]

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Still Alice: Understanding Alzheimer’s

Still Alice is considered the definitive and illuminating novel about Alzheimer’s disease and it was written by Lisa Genova. She recently gave a lecture on the subject for UCSB’s Arts & Lectures at Campbell Hall. Prior to the talk, sponsors Hollye and Jeff Jacobs gave a private reception for her at their home. Genova’s TED […]

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Validating Dreams and Visions of the Dying

“Validating Dreams and Visions of the Dying” was obviously a subject of great interest to many as almost 500 people showed up at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care’s (VNHC) 6th annual health care symposium. According to president/CEO Lynda Tanner, “VNHC began in 1908 with one nurse providing 140 […]

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It’s Now Montecito Club

After more than three and a half years, owner Ty Warner reopens the Montecito Country Club, renamed “Montecito Club” on March 29. In addition to the renovation of the property, the new Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course makes its debut.Limited memberships are still available, with initiation fees up to $275,000 for the Connoisseur level.  “The […]

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Charting a World Without Borders with Pico Iyer

On March 15, one of our town’s world celebrated authors, Pico Iyer, had an open discussion about travel, literature, and what brings people of different cultures together. Roman Baratiak from UCSB Arts & Lectures led the discussion. The free event was at the SB Public Library downtown. Pico is usually quoted for saying, “We travel, […]

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Squire Foundation Artist in Residence Manjari Sharma

The Morris Squire Foundation (MSF) Santa Barbara exhibit opening for their spring artist in residence, Manjari Sharma, was held Thursday, March 21, at their Via Maria Villa location. The artist presented her current project, The Shower Series, with prints, an interactive video installation, and book release. Ashley Hollister, Executive Director of MSF, says, “The Squire […]

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Classic Rock is All in the (Immediate) Family

The Wikipedia page on Danny Kortchmar suggests that his work as a session musician and more going back four decades and longer “helped define the signature sound of the singer-songwriter era of the 1970s.” The online people-powered encyclopedia is known for hyperbole, but in this case there can be little argument. After all Kortchmar worked […]

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