Menorah Lighting in Montecito
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 5, 2023

The first public menorah lighting in Montecito is scheduled for Sunday, December 10, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm at the Upper Village Green, on the corner of San Ysidro Road and East Valley. The event is likely to become an annual tradition to add to Montecito’s array of holiday celebrations.  Rabbi Chaim and Mushkie […]

Nursing Program Earns Final Accreditation
By Scott Craig   |   December 5, 2023

The Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) voted to approve accreditation for Westmont’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. Westmont had to clearly demonstrate that its nursing program, which launched in January 2022, met all four of the CCNE standards: mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and assessment […]


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Program Explores the Meaning of Preaching
By Schuyler Leigh Johnson   |   December 5, 2023

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded Westmont College a $1.25 million grant to create a unique program exploring the meaning and value of in-person Christian preaching. At a time when much communication takes place online, remotely and impersonally, the Incarnational Preaching Project will invite active and aspiring preachers to investigate the value of preaching live to […]

Coast Village Association Seats New Board
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 28, 2023

The Annual Meeting for the Coast Village Improvement Association met last week at the Montecito Inn. The meeting’s purpose was the presentation of the 2024 slate to vote in the Board of Directors and to update the accomplishments and goals of the Interim Board and Executive Director.  The Interim Board of Directors voted unanimously to […]

Project Promotes Fire Resilience, Biodiversity
By Scott Craig   |   November 28, 2023

An ecological restoration project near the Westmont campus has begun with students, faculty, and staff planting about 45 native coast live oaks. This first phase focuses on an area where Montecito Fire removed many dead and dying eucalyptus trees last summer along the Westmont Creek between the Las Barrancas faculty homes and Carr Field. The […]

Celebrating the Start of Advent
By Scott Craig   |   November 28, 2023

Westmont celebrates Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, with “Let There be Light!” a festive gathering, tree lighting, hot cocoa, and opportunity to take photos with Santa on Wednesday, November 29, from 5-7 pm on Kerrwood Lawn. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.  Children’s photos with Santa begin at 4:30 […]

Luncheon Empowers Future Women Leaders
By Scott Craig   |   November 28, 2023

The Westmont Women’s Leadership Council Luncheon features Natalie Taylor, certified financial planner and behavioral financial advisor, on Friday, January 19, 2024, 12-2 pm in the Global Leadership Center. A limited number of tickets, which cost $100 per person, may be purchased online at For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact […]

  • St. Vincent’s 14th Annual Holiday Fashion Show
    By Joanne A Calitri   |   November 28, 2023

    St. Vincent’s Santa Barbara CEO and President Rosa Paredes with Dr. Regina Ruiz, Vice President of Development and Marketing, are announcing their 14th Annual Fashion and Luncheon Show at the Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito on Saturday, November 25, 10 am to 1:30 pm. For tickets to be one of the lucky 300 attendees, visit […]

    Santa Claus Lane Bikeway Opens 
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 21, 2023

    Last week marked the completion and ribbon cutting of the Santa Claus Lane Bikeway at a ceremony with bicyclists, pedestrians, and local business owners.  The new 0.6-mile, Class I bikeway and multipurpose path connects Santa Claus Lane to Carpinteria Avenue and is located on the beachside of Highway 101 between the freeway and the railroad […]


    Coast Village Week Wraps 
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 21, 2023

    This Saturday, November 18, over a dozen businesses on Coast Village Road will take part in the last day – aka the finale – of the first annual Coast Village Week.  Here is a list of the offerings taking place: Marcus will host a Catherine Gee Trunk Show with local designer Catherine Gee, who presents […]

    Ritz-Carlton Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Jean-Michel Cousteau
    By Joanne A Calitri   |   November 21, 2023

    The Ritz-Carlton brand presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to ocean-diving explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau at a formal affair held on Saturday, November 11, at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. The brand celebrated all things Cousteau, from his Ocean Futures Society to the Ambassadors of the Environment, along with the brand’s programming in environmental concerns. VIP brand […]

    SBPL Invites You to Our Local Author Book Fair
    By Kim Crail   |   November 21, 2023

    Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) will be hosting local authors, particularly independent authors, to participate in this year’s Local Author Book Fair, taking place in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Central Library on Saturday, December 2 from 2-4 pm. The public is cordially invited to come, meet the authors, browse a selection of […]

    Local Holiday Gift Ideas 2023
    By Montecito Journal   |   November 20, 2023

    Rare Brazilian Cabochon Paraiba Tourmaline surrounded by 114 diamonds, set in 18 kt yellow gold and platinum. For over 40 years, Silverhorn has been renowned for its handcrafted jewelry, using rare gemstones and exemplary craftsmanship. Known for award-winning creativity, each piece is artfully crafted with precision. At their Design Studio in Montecito, clients can observe […]

    Housing and Flooding Discussed at Land Use 
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 14, 2023

    At this month’s Montecito Association Land Use Committee meeting, chair Bill Babbitt introduced Cindy Chvatal, who will be working with the committee regarding affordable housing requirements and initiatives in Montecito.  Babbitt explained there are three different ways the state of California is trying to add to affordable housing supply: the Housing Element and RHNA (Regional […]