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.

Going for Gold
By Lynda Millner   |   October 13, 2020

Coast Village Road had an extra bit of excitement last Saturday morning. The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation held a masked and social distanced event, partnering with Renaud’s Pattisserie and Bakery, which provided free coffee and yummy croissants, and Nurture Cottage and Mesa Burger, which provided the space for silent auction items (more than 100 online), […]

Santa Barbara’s State Park, Located Downtown
By Lynda Millner   |   September 24, 2020

When I think of a state park I think of mountains and trees, not downtown Santa Barbara. Wrong! We have one in the middle of town. El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park sits between Anacapa and Garden streets on East Canon Perdido Street. The main part of the site is across the street […]

One Month, Two Full Moons
By Lynda Millner   |   September 24, 2020

Across from the Bird Refuge (30 Los Patos Way), we have a pop up during October just in time for Halloween. Did you know there will be two full moons that month? Arlene and Milt Larsen from the Magic Castle Cabaret will be having a Halloween gift shop for the month of October, open Tuesday […]

Its Mission is Preserving the Missions
By Lynda Millner   |   September 10, 2020

According to the California Missions Foundation press brochure, “Nothing defines California and our nation’s heritage as significantly or emotionally as do the 21 missions that were founded along the coast from San Diego to Sonoma. Their beauty, stature, and character underlie the formation of California. Over time, many mission enclaves have developed into some of […]

Self-Guided Tours
By Lynda Millner   |   September 10, 2020

The Santa Barbara Courthouse docents just announced a self-guided walking tour of the courthouse exterior starting Labor Day weekend using your cell phone or tablet or to view the tour on a computer anywhere with wifi. The courthouse interior remains closed except for official court business and docent-led tours are suspended due to COVID-19. Docents […]

Let’s Dance
By Lynda Millner   |   August 20, 2020

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is one of the cultural gems of our city with a collection of more than 80,000 irreplaceable objects and artifacts relating to Santa Barbara’s extraordinary past. For local history it’s a must. The museum complex was constructed in 1965 by the Santa Barbara Historical Society (now called Museum), which was […]

The Paella Picnic
By Lynda Millner   |   August 20, 2020

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s what the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation did. Because of COVID-19 their spring event was cancelled and also their fall fundraising event, the Gold Ribbon Luncheon. They have been operating since 2002 and hope their latest venture will add to the coffers. And it did. The […]

United They Stand
By Lynda Millner   |   August 6, 2020

After eight months of negotiations, the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara is joining the United Boys and Girls Clubs of the County. This is the first time since the first club was founded in 1938 that all the clubs from Carpinteria to Lompoc will operate together. This affects 5,000 kids along with 450 […]

Courthouse Docent Tour (Part III)
By Lynda Millner   |   August 6, 2020

My docent tour of the Santa Barbara Courthouse began in the Mural Room and proceeded through the second floor and out the back by the old jail. We crossed the grounds to the Hall of Records and ended up in front of the courthouse. As we walk along the path you see three plaques. The […]

Santa Barbara Courthouse: Part II
By Lynda Millner   |   July 23, 2020

As my docent Courthouse tour continues, we have exited the Mural Room and walked into the Lobby just outside the door on the second floor. We see the nine-by-twelve-foot painting of the landing of Juan Cabrillo which Dan Groesbeck had painted in 1924 for County National Bank. It was influential in his being chosen to […]

Santa Barbara County Courthouse
By Lynda Millner   |   July 2, 2020

While we’re waiting for this pandemic to subside it might be fun to learn a bit about one of our five National Historic Landmarks, the County Courthouse. The others are the Mission, Casa del Herrero, the Raphael Gonzales Adobe, and the Santa Barbara Club. As I write this the Courthouse has a lock on the […]

20th Anniversary Fundraiser
By Lynda Millner   |   June 18, 2020

From the olden days fast forward to the current days for the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM). I remember when it first began and now is the 20th anniversary. With the pandemic, the Hawaiian themed party had to be cancelled. Instead supporters browsed and bid on online auction items to support SBMM children’s education program, […]

The Wildest Place In Town
By Lynda Millner   |   June 18, 2020

The wildest place in town has to be the Santa Barbara Zoo and certainly a child’s favorite. When I moved here in the ‘70s I thought the Child estate related to children because the Zoo was there. I soon learned it had once been Lillian Child’s property. When she passed away it eventually became a […]

The Cecilia Fund
By Lynda Millner   |   June 4, 2020

The Cecilia Fund is Santa Barbara’s oldest philanthropic charity founded in 1892. It was due to host “Earl Gray & Chardonnay” at the Santa Barbara Club for its annual tea and membership drive until the pandemic. It’s named after St. Cecilia but was never affiliated with any church. Its founding members all played musical instruments […]

A Walk on the Wild Side
By Lynda Millner   |   June 4, 2020

The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (WCN) is a wild and amazing place located at 1460 North Fairview in Goleta. The Spring babies are here! Wildlife doesn’t know about the pandemic. They just need to be fed and cared for. Because of the virus the Wildlife volunteer force is absent and the small staff has […]

A National Historic Landmark
By Lynda Millner   |   May 14, 2020

Santa Barbara has five National Historic Landmarks – the Courthouse, the Mission, the Raphael Gonzales Adobe, the Santa Barbara Club, and Casa del Herrero. The Casa is a great tourist attraction and I have been lucky enough to be a docent there for twenty years. I would like to tell you about the origins of […]

Madame Ganna Walska and Lotusland
By Lynda Millner   |   April 30, 2020

There is a new book just published about Ganna Walska by her niece Hania Tallmadge called Portraits of an Era. The book was meant to coincide with an exhibit at Lotusland. But while we’re all still operating under stay-at-home orders, doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment this spring for some fresh Ganna Walska/Lotusland appreciation.  […]

Catalina
By Lynda Millner   |   April 9, 2020

“This too shall pass!” Until it does, how about some armchair traveling. You don’t have to get on a cruise ship, just a boat, to get to Catalina Island. It’s the only one of eight Channel Islands to have an incorporated city, Avalon. “Twenty-six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is waitin’ for me. Santa […]

Alcatraz
By Lynda Millner   |   April 2, 2020

I’ve been studying to be a docent at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and learning historical facts. I never knew that the building at the back part of the Courthouse with the turret on top was once our jail. The first floor held the sheriff’s offices (it still does), the second floor was for the […]

Opera Santa Barbara
By Lynda Millner   |   March 26, 2020

“Welcome to our first ever production of an opera in Spanish,” said Opera Santa Barbara’s (OSB) artistic and general director Kostis Protopapas and board chair Joan Rutkowski. There was a sold-out audience at the Lobero to see Il Postino (The Postman). Some of you may remember the 1994 Oscar winning film which transferred the action […]

International Women’s Day
By Lynda Millner   |   March 26, 2020

Direct Relief (DR) was a bustling place for International Women’s Day. Over one hundred folks gathered to learn and to help pack 2,000 hygiene kits for women. To begin the morning there was a baker’s delight of sweets and fruits of many kinds along with a variety of coffees all organized by Kelly Walker and […]

Women United
By Lynda Millner   |   March 12, 2020

Little Women, a Classic Storybook Luncheon, was the theme of the Women United’s second annual luncheon at the Four Seasons Biltmore for United Way. Event chair Andrea Kahmann and her “gang” looked smashing in their Victorian dresses complete with corsets. Andrea commented, “I’m so glad we don’t have to wear these anymore.” The décor fit […]

Tiara Ball 2020
By Lynda Millner   |   March 12, 2020

The Cottage Health folks call it the “party of the year” and the Tiara Ball was certainly one of the most elegant. Tiaras and tuxes abounded. Formal is fun! It could have been a scene in a movie. There was no silent or live auction in sight thanks to the generous support of its patrons. […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
By Lynda Millner   |   March 5, 2020

It was amazing how many people got up so early to come to breakfast with the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) at 7:30 am at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. It was the 6th annual Little Heroes breakfast to raise funds for their programs helping families who have a child struck with cancer. After […]

Domestic Violence Solutions
By Lynda Millner   |   March 5, 2020

Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS) gave their 12th annual fundraising luncheon at the Loggia ballroom in the Four Seasons Resort – The Biltmore. The group was founded 43 years ago. In 2019 alone they answered 5,091 calls to their 24-hour crisis and information lines, provided 7,908 safe nights of shelter to victims of domestic violence, responded […]

Reunir
By Lynda Millner   |   February 27, 2020

Reunir is a Spanish word meaning “to gather”; to bring together friends whose collective passion, ideas, and commitment are making a legendary difference serving the land. The invitation wanted us to reunir with the California Rangeland Trust (CRT) at the Santa Barbara Club. Why the Santa Barbara Club? The club was formed in 1892 to […]

The Quest for a Moral Life
By Lynda Millner   |   February 27, 2020

UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) keeps filling up theatres. The latest was a sold-out Granada to listen to columnist David Brooks. As he said, “I can jabber about anything,” and indeed he can. William F. Buckley Jr. heard him speak years ago and offered him a job. How good is that? But before the lecture […]

Go Red for Women
By Lynda Millner   |   February 27, 2020

The ballroom of the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort was a sea of red, literally. It was time for the annual American Heart Association “Go Red for Women” luncheon when everyone is encouraged to wear red. And they do. Adding to that were fabric boas for all the committee members and blinking red heart necklaces […]

Festival of Hearts
By Lynda Millner   |   February 20, 2020

Friendship Center brought 2020 roaring in with their 21st Festival of Hearts “The New Roaring ‘20s” held at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. The hotel was a sea of feather boas, sequins, fringe and headbands as the flapper ladies and a few dandy gentlemen sipped Fess Parker wines to the live music of A […]

Art Scholarships
By Lynda Millner   |   February 6, 2020

The Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation gave its 41st annual Art Scholarship exhibition and reception at the family resource center in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The room was filled with proud parents and friends plus the teen artists themselves. They were standing by their work and more than ready to tell you about themselves. […]

Keepers of the Light
By Lynda Millner   |   February 6, 2020

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) just celebrated the 164th birthday of the lighting of the Point Conception Lighthouse. From 1856 to 1973 when it was decommissioned and updated with a new light, the Point Conception Lighthouse lens guarded the rocky and treacherous Pacific coast where the Santa Barbara Channel and the Pacific Ocean meet […]

Annual Member Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   February 6, 2020

The Women’s Board of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) began 69 years ago whose sole purpose was to support the SBMA and so they have. We met in the Santa Barbara Club for one of the club’s wonderful lunches. The Board is especially grateful to its sustaining members whose leadership and support provide […]

MClub At Casa Del Herrero
By Lynda Millner   |   January 30, 2020

As Maria McCall, director of the MClub for the Montecito Bank and Trust said, “Visitors to the Casa are transported back to Montecito in the 1920s and 1930s – the heyday of the original owner George Fox Steedman. Designed by George Washington Smith, the Casa is one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival […]

Brad Pitt Tribute
By Lynda Millner   |   January 30, 2020

It had to be the biggest night ever for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) and I’ve been to all 34. This was the evening they honored Brad Pitt with the Maltin Modern Master Award. As I approached the Arlington Theatre the street had been blocked off and there were solid people clear across […]

Endangered by AB5
By Lynda Millner   |   January 30, 2020

In case you’re wondering why I missed my first column in 25 years last week, it’s because of a new law passed by the state of California. If I’m not a full-time employee of the Montecito Journal, I’m only allowed to write 35 columns a year, not my usual 52. Few small papers can afford […]

Crab Fest for Calm
By Lynda Millner   |   January 30, 2020

CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) held its inaugural event, a Crab Fest, at the Carriage & Western Art Museum. Everyone “got crackin’” dressed in casual western attire and ready to attack those crabs. After wine time the sold-out crowd set down to tables covered with brown paper and bibs and a cracking tool. The crabs […]

Cold Spring Tavern
By Lynda Millner   |   January 16, 2020

We needed to be tourists in our own town, so when my husband’s daughter and son-in-law came for a visit we took off. On her bucket list was to see a real stagecoach stop and away we went to Cold Spring Tavern. Leaving Santa Barbara it was bright and sunny. The closer we got to […]

Christmas Memories
By Lynda Millner   |   January 16, 2020

As the holiday season winds down it reminds me of when we lived in Naples, Italy with our four-year-old daughter Kim and baby son Dane. At Christmas time many families put up a crèche in their homes but these were extra charming. Some would be an entire Italian village with tiny houses, markets, villagers at […]

Courthouse Docents
By Lynda Millner   |   January 9, 2020

The Santa Barbara Courthouse docents are beginning a new training class in January 2020. They need many to keep up with a busy schedule – Monday through Friday at 10:30 am and 2 pm and Saturday and Sundays at 2 pm. Meantime we all gathered at the La Cumbre Country Club for a festive holiday […]

Casa Docent Christmas Celebration
By Lynda Millner   |   January 9, 2020

Casa del Herrero (House of the Blacksmith) is a National Historic Landmark in Montecito near upper village. George and Carrie Steedman came to Santa Barbara in the early ‘20s from St. Louis with George’s brother. His brother was diabetic and needed insulin. The only place in the whole United States to get it at that […]