Monthly Archives: June 2021

Tip of the Hatter

More than 30 volunteers attended a Transition House auxiliary lunch at Arnoldi’s celebrating the annual Mad Hatter fundraiser which was held virtually this year given the pandemic. Thanks to a $100,000 matching gift, the event raised more than $240,000 to continue the charity’s mission to address the needs of Santa Barbara’s homeless children and their […]

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The Hills are Alive

It was the perfect pairing when Folded Hills winemaker Andy Busch, a former patron at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, debuted his 2018 Polo Syrah at his rustic Gaviota locale, which produces 3,200 cases of wine annually. The new vintage was made by winemaker Angela Osborne, who has now moved on to devote her time […]

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68 Years and Counting . . .

Hillside, the residential care community for adults living with intellectual and developmental abilities, celebrated the 77th birthday of its most senior resident, Barbara Williams, who has been living at the home since 1953. She has the double distinction of not only being the oldest resident, but the one who has lived at the 78-year-old home […]

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Westmont’s Sokhela is NAIA Track Athlete of the Year

Westmont’s Senzo Zola Sokhela, a 19-year-old freshman from South Africa, has hit the ground running despite his short time on campus. After Sokhela won two individual national championships at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships on May 28, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named him the 2021 NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track […]

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History Happy Hour at the Museum

 “So much history.  So little time.” That is Neal Graffy’s mantra. He recently profiled five of Santa Barbara’s most generous patrons: C. K. G. Billings and his estate Asombrosa, George Owen Knapp and Arcady, Frederick Forrest Peabody and Solana, David Gray and Graholm, and William H. Cowles and his Eucalyptus Hill. His audience was happy […]

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Santa Barbara Music Man Alan Parsons is Being Elevated — and How!

Alan Parsons, 72, who lives and works from a multi-million dollar recording studio on an organic avocado ranch in the Goleta foothills with his wife, Lisa, has been awarded an OBE — Order of the British Empire — for his work over the decades in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honors list. “I actually heard from the […]

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Exhibit Spotlights Area Artists ‘At the Edges’

The creative works of 31 local artists are front and center in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art’s new show, At the Edges: Tri-County Juried Exhibition, on display through June 19. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday between 10 am – 4 pm, while the exhibition is open. Before coming to campus, guests will be […]

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A Philanthropic Visionary: Celebrating the Life of Lee Luria

It was a late afternoon in early 2017 and Jonathan Fox was en route to a pre-dinner cocktail with Lee Luria, the philanthropist extraordinaire that had just given Fox’s Ensemble Theatre Company a new lease on life — quite literally. With her favorite gin and tonic at her side and Fox acquiring a glass of […]

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Center of Attention: CST Wastes No Time Bringing Back Live Performances

Who could have predicted dance as the art form that would dominate reopening at the Center Stage Theater? Sure, the “black box” theater upstairs in Paseo Nuevo has been a happy home for several of the local dance companies that produce their own periodic performances and has also hosted a few festivals featuring revues. But […]

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