Author spotlight: Lynda Millner

Ms Millner is the author of The Magic Makeover, Tricks for Looking Thinner, Younger and More Confident – Instantly. If you have an event that belongs in this column, you are invited to call Lynda at 969-6164.

Bubbles and Butterflies
By Lynda Millner   |   May 17, 2022

The animals must have been wondering what was going on when the air filled with bubbles at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Not to worry! The Zoo had loaned part of their grounds to benefit Gwendolyn’s Playground. That is something to look forward to in the next year or two. It’s an all-inclusive playground built for […]

Reaching for Stars
By Lynda Millner   |   May 17, 2022

For the 22nd time, Youth and Family Services (YFS) YMCA (a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA) held its Reaching for Stars event. The funds raised make good things happen for youth. All 11 local chefs donned their chef’s hats to prepare the five-course dinner for a room full of guests at the Santa Barbara […]

Palate to Palette
By Lynda Millner   |   May 17, 2022

Carpinteria is like the Little Engine that Could. They wanted an arts center, so they worked, and worked, and now there is a thriving one at 865 Linden Avenue. The annual fundraiser was just held that allows the group to present programs for all kinds of artistic ventures for all ages. Two hundred folks attended […]

Planned Parenthood Birds and Bees Bash
By Lynda Millner   |   May 10, 2022

The Rotunda at the Hilton Beachfront Resort was rocking when Planned Parenthood held its Birds and Bees Bash beginning with cocktails on the third level. The blowing wind led to some interesting photos. Then down to ground level for a sumptuous dinner at the tables. The three co-chairs who organized this fête were Mary Blair, […]

The Sleuths Return
By Lynda Millner   |   May 10, 2022

After several years, Mystery in Masterpieces returned to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA). The event sold out in two days. President of the SBMA Women’s Board Julie Blair said this: “Excitement is in the air as Mystery in Masterpieces returns, bringing us together to celebrate a stunning exhibit of art from the Museum’s […]

Full Fiesta in 2022
By Lynda Millner   |   May 10, 2022

Old Spanish Days (OSD) is in its 98th year, and this year after the pandemic OSD is back in all its glory – flamenco, flowers, mercados, horses, and a parade with a new route. It will run the length of Cabrillo Boulevard from the traditional parade start at Castillo Street to the Hilton Hotel. Participants […]

Women of Inspiration
By Lynda Millner   |   May 3, 2022

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria celebrated empowering women and girls at its annual Women of Inspiration luncheon recently. And what could be a more powerful example than a NASA rocket scientist, Tracy Van Houten, to give the keynote speech? Tracy is a lead engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She calls herself a STEMinist (Science, […]

Walk Montecito
By Lynda Millner   |   May 3, 2022

There’s a group of folks who are changing the face of Montecito in a good way – their goal is to “Walk Montecito” safely. The Montecito Neighborhood Trail Network would allow pedestrians to feel safe to bike or walk to school, parks, beaches, and businesses. The movers and shakers are CEO and co-founder Abe Powell […]

Mad Hatter Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   May 3, 2022

It’s been three long years since Transition House Auxiliary has been able to have their Mad Hatter Luncheon. This year the theme was “Roaring ‘20s Revisited,” and indeed it was. The Rosewood Miramar ballroom was filled with fascinators, fringe, and feathers. Carolyn Sweet took home the most beautiful chapeau, Scott Seltzer went away with most […]

New Members for SBMA Women’s Board
By Lynda Millner   |   April 26, 2022

Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) Women’s Board held their annual new members meeting at the Santa Barbara Club – this year 12 new names will be added to the roster: Christine Nachman, Kathy Wenger, Jenn Kramer, Mimi Baer, Hsiu–Zu Ho, Janet Budreski, Debra Joseph, Martha Townsend, Debra Cochrane–Vercammen, and Kathy Hartz. The mission of […]

Painting Paradise
By Lynda Millner   |   April 26, 2022

Paradise Revisited is what artist Sandy Ostrau feels for Santa Barbara. There is a show of her works at the Thomas Reynolds Gallery from now until the end of May. The gallery is celebrating its one-year anniversary and is located a few doors away from the Arlington Theatre ticket booth, in the artsy part of […]

Local Light at the Museum
By Lynda Millner   |   April 26, 2022

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM) is having a plethora of exhibits. They recently had an evening with curator Jeremy Tessmer (from Sullivan Goss gallery), who took a personal look at one of Santa Barbara’s most acclaimed artists, Lockwood de Forest. The Museum was lucky enough to have a grand collection of his works given […]

Hippocrates and Modern Medicine
By Lynda Millner   |   April 26, 2022

The Rape of Hippocrates is a book written by Dr. Roger Dunham, a local retired physician. Montecito Bank & Trust sponsored his appearance at their Lunch and Learn event in April, at the Santa Barbara Club. Maria McCall is the director of that active group of goers and doers. As we sat outside in the […]

A Night in the Old West
By Lynda Millner   |   April 26, 2022

As I drove up to the Santa Barbara Carriage and Western Art Museum, there was a trick roping expert twirling her rope and ready to entertain all the Montessori Center School parents, there to fundraise for their kids. That would be toddlers 18 months up through sixth grade. It had been two years since they […]

CAMA by the Sea
By Lynda Millner   |   April 19, 2022

As CAMA’s (Community Arts Music Association) women’s board chair Deborah Bertling said, “After two years, we finally get to have an event: Spring Sunset by the Sea.” It was a full house at the new Cabrillo Pavilion with everyone enjoying the view, silent auction, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. The Pavilion is truly beautiful and a […]

Santa Barbara Club
By Lynda Millner   |   April 19, 2022

The Santa Barbara Club held one of its monthly distinguished speakers lunches and talks. This time the speaker was David Bolton, executive director of the California Missions Foundation (CMF). The Foundation began in 1998, to help restore these magnificent treasures – the 21 missions. David is a walking history book about the missions in California […]

Gratitude Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   April 19, 2022

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) gave its 11th Annual Gratitude Luncheon, this time at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. We were outside in the Rotunda under a tent. The occasion was to shed light on the Mentor Program, where an adult volunteers to mentor a young person, usually once a week, […]

To Mexico and Beyond
By Lynda Millner   |   April 19, 2022

Casa del Herrero has had an extra treat during their tours the last couple of months: They have opened the servants’ quarters to the public for the first time. The reason is an exhibit of internationally celebrated California artist, the late Channing Peake. The show takes place in the three servants’ rooms. Carrie and George […]

Portrait of the Artist
By Lynda Millner   |   April 12, 2022

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM) has been a busy place lately with not one but two exhibits. One is copper heiress Huguette Clark’s work, not shown for 80 years and the other is Lockwood de Forest. Huguette’s collection is on view in collaboration with the Bellosguardo Foundation. There’s even a recently discovered personal photo […]

Ministry of Culture
By Lynda Millner   |   April 12, 2022

Spain’s Ministry of Culture department paid a visit to Santa Barbara recently headed up by the Counsel General of Spain Juan Carlos Sanchez Alonso. They were here by the Mission steps along with our Fiesta Spirit Ysabella Yturralde and a tapas truck with loads of Spanish ham. Spirit Ysabella just returned from Jerez, Spain. The […]

Ganna Walska Lotusland
By Lynda Millner   |   April 12, 2022

Ganna Walska Lotusland held its annual meeting in a different place this year: Instead of being indoors, we were in the Theatre Garden enjoying the beauty and then unto the lawn for a picnic lunch. Board president Lesley Cunningham welcomed all. Thanks were given to departing Trustees Suzanne Mathews and Alexandra Morse and welcome to […]

The Little Book
By Lynda Millner   |   April 12, 2022

Writers and friends gathered at Tecolote recently to celebrate Steven Gilbar’s latest tome, having published over 20 books. This one is titled The Little Book of Montecito Writers and includes over 50 names. This doesn’t count journalists or memoirists.  No garrets or starving poets here, with the median home costing about $5 million. Gilbar thinks […]

A Fairy Tale
By Lynda Millner   |   April 5, 2022

Fairy tales really can come true, at least according to Deborah Richards. She says, “Cinderella found her prince,” and we were invited to celebrate her marriage to John M. Hillis at the Montecito Club. Only princes and princesses needed to RSVP. We were to wear ball gowns and tiaras, princely attire for the guys, and […]

It’s Magic!
By Lynda Millner   |   April 5, 2022

Who doesn’t like magicians and their tricks? The Lobero Theatre was recently filled with curious kids and their parents waiting for the curtain to rise to reveal the curiosities of six magicians. They didn’t disappoint – what with sawing people in two, cutting ropes that wouldn’t stay cut, tearing up paper that wouldn’t stay torn, […]

Carpinteria Children’s Project
By Lynda Millner   |   April 5, 2022

The other day I was invited to a breakfast in Carpinteria at 7:30 am. Really! I’m so glad I went because I learned about Carpinteria Children’s Project (CCP). It began in 2009 when only 15% of kindergarteners in Carpinteria were rated ready for school. Last year, 49% were ready, with another 37% close to ready. […]

New Contemporary Art Gallery
By Lynda Millner   |   March 22, 2022

In the heart of Santa Barbara’s ARTS District there’s a new contemporary art gallery – Maune Contemporary – at 1309 State Street, next door to the Arlington Theatre. This is the second location for founders Ramsey and Heidi Maune. Their first being in the Miami Circle Design District in Atlanta, Georgia in 2019. Heidi said, […]

Lions and Tigers and Kangaroos, Oh My!
By Lynda Millner   |   March 22, 2022

If you visit the Zoo and blink your eyes, you may think you’re “down under” in Australia. Our Santa Barbara Zoo has some new critters in the new Australian Walkabout Habitat: Bennett’s wallabies, western gray kangaroos, and emus. The grand opening was in January, 2022 and the exhibit is 15,000 square feet where you can […]

Seeing Through Vincent’s Eyes
By Lynda Millner   |   March 22, 2022

Wow! The old 1912 post office never looked better since its $50 million makeover into one of the finest art museums on the West Coast. And what could be more exciting than a Vincent van Gogh exhibit, Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources, with 20 of his works mounted right here in our […]

The Best Last Place Part 2 of 2
By Lynda Millner   |   March 8, 2022

George Washington Smith was the architect of the Santa Barbara chapel along with Lutah Maria Riggs. It was one of his few public buildings along with the Lobero, the Little Town Club, and the News-Press building (Daily News) because he usually built homes or businesses. The concrete chapel dome is Tunisian and wasn’t painted or […]

The Best Last Place Part 1 of 2
By Lynda Millner   |   February 22, 2022

One of my favorite places to walk is the Santa Barbara Cemetery. It’s green with gorgeous views and lots of history. It’s the “The Best Last Place” according to David Petry, who wrote an everything you want to know book about the Santa Barbara Cemetery. Many prominent folks and movie stars think so too. Even […]

The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center
By Lynda Millner   |   February 8, 2022

“The Queen of the Coast”is an art exhibit held in conjunction with the Rincon Classic surf event. The surfing show has been around for 44 years. The art show, not so long. The Rincon Classic is over, but the art will be around until Sunday, February 20. The show features artists from Carpinteria, Rincon area, […]

Whales and Tales
By Lynda Millner   |   February 8, 2022

“Whales are Superheroes” according to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM). The museum invited all artists in grades K-6 to submit ocean-related art for a unique exhibit. The artists gave their interpretation of a whale, a whale’s activities, or anything ocean related like kelp, starfish, dolphins, or other sea creatures. Crayons, colored pencils, or markers […]

Fantastic Fishes
By Lynda Millner   |   January 25, 2022

I’ve known Hillary Hauser for years as the executive director of Heal The Ocean (HTO), but I never knew she was so many other things, including an artist. An invitation arrived announcing an HTO Holiday Open House at Lobster Town U.S.A. Gallery on Santa Claus Lane. The feature would be Hillary and her “Fantastic Fishes” […]

Arts & Lectures Holiday Party
By Lynda Millner   |   January 25, 2022

UCSB Arts & Lectures invited its Producer Circle members to a holiday party in the Arlington Courtyard. There were cozy firepots and signature holiday cocktails along with DJ Darla Bea. United Way of Santa Barbara was also there to promote their seasonal toy drive for kids. After the reception there was a line outside the […]

Christmas Get Together
By Lynda Millner   |   January 25, 2022

The Glen Annie Golf Club was the venue for the Santa Barbara Courthouse docents’ annual holiday luncheon. This was one of the first times they have met together since the pandemic when all the courthouse doors were locked. I had just completed a docent training course and passed the final when eight other students and […]

An Irish Christmas
By Lynda Millner   |   January 11, 2022

This was an all-things Irish Christmas party in a lovely downtown venue. You don’t have to be Irish to belong, but most members have some connection. It began with an Irish Christmas toast by Frank McGinity of the American Irish Historical Society. “May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch on your […]

A Time-Tested Treasure
By Lynda Millner   |   January 11, 2022

The Lobero Associates, led by President Mindy Denson, held their annual Christmas Tea during holiday time, but instead of the usual Biltmore it was at an unusual place – the stage of the Lobero Theatre. The theatre looked stunning with giant snowflakes projected over the auditorium walls. The grand piano, which was a gift from […]

A Festive Thank You
By Lynda Millner   |   January 11, 2022

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM) held a member appreciation soiree over the holidays. The courtyard looked so festive with all the tables decked out in sparkly gold tablecloths. The tapa table people were busy making tacos and pizza and we were busy eating them. There was a band playing and no COVID worries since […]

Christmas at the Casa
By Lynda Millner   |   December 28, 2021

Once upon a time, Carrie and George Steedman journeyed from their town of St. Louis with his diabetic brother to Santa Barbara. They brought him to see Dr. Sansum because in the early 1920s, he was the only doctor who had insulin in the whole United States. Carrie and George fell in love with Santa […]

American Institute of Architects
By Lynda Millner   |   December 28, 2021

The American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara (AIA) hosted their Design Awards Gala for 2021 in December. It honored the achievements of local architects and architecture. The annual event provides a showcase of the members’ contribution to the architectural legacy of Santa Barbara and the value of well-designed work. The group recognizes design excellence in […]