Coral Casino Under Renovation
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 21, 2022

Earlier this week, Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club owner Ty Warner gave members an update for his plans on reopening the exclusive beachside club, which has been closed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. It is anticipated that the club will reopen in the first quarter of 2023, after improvements […]

Conference Offers Leadership Lessons
By Scott Craig   |   June 14, 2022

Westmont’s eighth annual Lead Where You Stand conference featured a trove of inspirational speakers who challenged the crowd and offered practical experience and guidance for their own lives June 1-3 at the college’s Global Leadership Center.  Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett detailed how America has reached historic levels of political polarization, economic inequality, social […]

 

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Ruiz Named New Athletic Director
By Scott Craig   |   June 14, 2022

After 13 years as head coach of Westmont baseball, Robert Ruiz will serve as director of athletics. Dave Odell, who has served in that capacity in a part-time role since January 2009, will become the executive director of athletics. In his new position, Odell will focus on athletics strategic planning, fundraising, and coach development. He […]

Our Town’s 20th Annual Graduation Issue: Part 1
By Joanne Calitri   |   June 14, 2022

Our town’s schools held their 2022 graduation ceremonies from May 29 through June 10. The eight local school graduations are covered in order of occurrence, in two news reports, part one today and part two on June 16. This issue has Cate School with 66 grads, Montecito YMCA Preschool with 14 grads, Cold Spring School […]

Coast Village Association Secures CBID
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 14, 2022

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to establish and form the Coast Village Community Benefit Improvement District (CBID), an idea that has been in the works since November 2020, brought forth by the Coast Village Association (CVA). The resolution came after a tallying of votes cast by Coast Village […]

Kismet in the Upper Village
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 14, 2022

Nearly a year after one of Montecito’s longest running businesses, Glamour House, closed its brick and mortar in the Upper Village after 18 years, Kismet, the new business that took over the space, is going strong, offering lingerie, loungewear, and pajamas to Montecito shoppers.  Owner Lindsay Eckardt has more than 15 years in the beauty […]

Rotary Club Elects New President 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 14, 2022

An accomplished communications professional, author, and outdoors aficionado has been tapped to lead the Rotary Club of Montecito. Tony Morris assumes the two-year presidency on July 1.  Morris is a lifetime learner whose passion to speak to people, verbally and in written form, began early. By the time he was a teenager, Morris was writing […]

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Rethinking Reading: Look to Science to Solve the Literacy Crisis
By Ruth Green   |   June 14, 2022

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass The Santa Barbara Unified School District is failing in its most fundamental responsibility – teaching all of its students to read. Currently (and pre-pandemic as well), barely half of the students in SBUSD read proficiently meeting the district’s standard. The percentage is […]

In Pursuit of Beauty Exhibit Opens 
By Montecito Journal   |   June 7, 2022

The Santa Barbara Tennis Club’s art gallery, 2nd Fridays, will show Marianna Victoria Mashek’s exhibit In Pursuit of Beauty for the summer. 2nd Fridays features new local artists on the second Friday of every month, and showcases uplifting art and people to enrich and broaden the general and SBTC community. Mashek is a Santa Barbara […]

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United Women Fundraise for Ukraine 
By Montecito Journal   |   June 7, 2022

On May 24, United Women for Ukraine gathered the community for a fundraising luncheon that marked the three-month anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine. Attendees honored Ukraine with its national anthem and were moved by concert pianist Miroslava Kisilevitch’s performance of Ukrainian classical music, including Ukraine’s spiritual anthem “Melody.” Guests were also able to learn […]

Women in Democracy’s 50th Anniversary 
By Montecito Journal   |   June 7, 2022

On June 26, Women in Democracy will gather to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  The event will feature Congresswoman Katie Porter as the keynote speaker and former State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson as the mistress of ceremonies. Founded in 1970, the Democratic Women of Santa Barbara has been a longstanding community of local women dedicated to promoting, […]

Surfer and the Sage: Riding the Waves of Life
By James Buckley   |   June 7, 2022

Shaun Tomson, rated the number one surfer in the world in 1977, has lived in Montecito for the better part of 30 years, and has teamed up with Santa Barbara-based author-speaker-philosopher Noah benShea; the two have published The Surfer and the Sage, A Guide to Survive & Ride Life’s Waves. It’s a small, handsomely produced […]

Attempted Senior Prank Leaves SBHS in Disarray
By Montecito Journal   |   June 7, 2022

On May 30, 2022, around 10:30 pm, several concerned community members called the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communications Center to report they heard loud, unusual noises and breaking glass coming from Santa Barbara High School property. Several Officers responded to the High School to investigate the reported suspicious activity. When Officers arrived on scene, approximately […]

Farm to Paper to Open in Summerland
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 7, 2022

Two months after closing – and attempting to sell – her longtime Montecito stationery store, Letter Perfect, owner Leslie Person Ryan is prepping to open a new iteration of the shop, Farm to Paper, in downtown Summerland, just steps away from the small, open-air farm cart she operates on Lillie Avenue. The shop is located […]

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