79th Persons of the Year Named
By Montecito Journal   |   August 23, 2022

Santa Barbara Foundation names their 79th Persons of the Year as Ginger Salazar and Katina Zaninovich. Salazar, who is from Lompoc and has lived in Montecito for the past 17 years, has served on the board of Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Currently, she is on the […]

Pursuing a Love, Talent for Opera
By Scott Craig   |   June 28, 2022

Westmont senior Sibongakonkhe (“Sibo”) Msibi joins an elite group of 20 Fellows this summer at the Vocal Institute at the Music Academy in Santa Barbara. The first Westmont student to achieve this honor, he aspires to become “one of the best opera singers out there.” Chosen from an international pool of talented applicants who seek […]

 

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By Stella Haffner   |   June 7, 2022

If one thing is true about Santa Barbara, it’s that our young people have a world-class entrepreneurial spirit. Sisters Aaliyah and Bella Rubio are no exception.  Starting as a way to escape pandemic boredom, Aaliyah (14) and Bella (12) dreamt up the Youth Makers Market as a space for the young people of Santa Barbara […]

Local People: Addi Zerrenner
By Rachael Quisel   |   May 31, 2022

If health is wealth, why isn’t everyone rushing to work out? Or making time every day to meditate? Addi Zerrenner, Personal Trainer at Physical Focus and Olympic qualifier, addresses common barriers to getting healthy and talks through techniques you can use to boost your physical and mental wealth.  Q. When it comes to getting fit, […]

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By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   May 24, 2022

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    By Carly Williams   |   May 17, 2022

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