Connecting Continents Through Cooking
By Audrey Biles   |   August 30, 2022

Over 6,500 miles separate Santa Barbara and Kotor, but the work of the Santa Barbara-Kotor Sister City Committee allows for an engaged and mutually-enriching relationship between that seaside community and ours. Sister-City International, founded by Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, was created to promote international peace and collaboration. With over 1,800 partnerships between U.S. and international […]

Art for All: Painting in Portico
By Audrey Biles   |   August 23, 2022

I am no artist. In school, art class was offered until eighth grade, a curriculum that didn’t exactly develop my inner Frida Kahlo. I have always been interested in painting, but never really knew where to start. That is, however, until one morning, when I saw a sign advertising art classes in the window of […]

Pop Into a Pop-up
By Audrey Biles   |   July 5, 2022

We are all too familiar with the surfeit of restaurant and business closures that COVID left in its wake. Restrictions kept patrons away, and even the most bustling take-home enterprises had difficulty covering operation costs and rent. For many business owners, closure was the only option. For others, this time of uncertainty made bucket list […]