Rotary Club Awards $11K
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 13, 2022

The Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation has awarded a total of $11,000 to support the work of 11 Santa Barbara-area nonprofit organizations.The grants, awarded under the Foundation’s annual Community Grants Program, were $1,000 each and go to organizations benefitting a wide range of constituents, including children, seniors, low-income families, and animals. All grants are funded […]

Holiday Shopping Along State Street and Beyond
By Zach Rosen   |   December 13, 2022

With the pedestrian paths that now run down State Street, it is easier than ever to do some holiday shopping or just spend a day downtown with the family. In week three of our Home for the Holidays Guide, here are just a few of the fun events and spots to stop in along the […]


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Welcome to December! We’re very excited to announce our Second Annual Montecito Holiday Magic Parade December 17!
By Sharon Byrne   |   December 6, 2022

We’ll have the coolest classic cars, lit up to brighten the night sky (briefly). We’ll have dancers, singers, and so much fun! The route starts from the Upper Village, and heads down Hot Springs to Coast Village, and then back up Olive Mill to the end. We encourage you to support our local merchants and […]

Updates on the Housing Element
By Sharon Byrne   |   December 6, 2022

We’ve got a lot on our plate here at the Montecito Association, and we’re happy to tackle it. Two weeks ago, the County had a huge public meeting on the updated Housing Element required by the state of California’s Housing and Community Development. You’ve read in these pages of how we realized the threat of […]

Westmont’s History in a Mason Jar
By Scott Craig   |   December 6, 2022

Westmont celebrated the life of its founder Ruth Kerr on National Mason Jar Day on November 30. Following the death of her husband Alexander, Ruth became president of the Kerr Glass Manufacturing Company in 1930. Kerr became one of most recognizable American mason jar brands.  Alexander started the company in Portland, Oregon, in 1904 after […]

Giving List: Special Edition – Giving Tuesday
By Montecito Journal   |   November 29, 2022

In honor of Giving Tuesday and in support of our Giving List Santa Barbara nonprofit partners, we wanted to provide our readers with some ideas for giving where you are living! Please keep an eye out for the new edition of The Giving List Santa Barbara, which will land in your mailboxes in time to […]

McMenemy Trail Project Moves Forward
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 29, 2022

Last week, Santa Barbara County’s Riding and Hiking Trails Advisory Committee (aka CRAHTAC) approved a plan to realign .6 miles of Montecito’s McMenemy Trail. According to Montecito Trails Foundation (MTF) Board President Ashlee Mayfield, the section of trail in question has significant issues and has been on the docket for improvement since at least 2008, […]

  • Holiday Window Decorating
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 29, 2022

    After a two-year hiatus, a contest for holiday window decorating on Coast Village Road is back, marked as the last hurrah for the outgoing Coast Village Association, which is evolving into the Coast Village Improvement Association thanks to the approval of the Coast Village Community Benefit Improvement District earlier this year.  Holiday cheer is already […]

    Cottage Family Suites Opens
    By Zach Rosen   |   November 29, 2022

    Medical emergencies are not exactly planned, and there can be unexpected costs that come at inopportune times when they do arise. If a family has to stay overnight, this can add even more burden on an already stressful situation. Fortunately Cottage Hospital, in their ongoing effort to provide the best service they can to the […]


    We have 8,000 Reasons to Be Grateful in This Week of Giving Thanks
    By Sharon Byrne   |   November 29, 2022

    It’s the height of autumn now, with cold nights, falling leaves, pumpkins everywhere, and the most heartwarming of holidays this week. As we look back over this past year, we have a tremendous amount to be grateful for here in Montecito. Yes, the weather and scenery are lovely, and it’s fun to visit the villages […]

    Veterans Day Recap at the Friendship Center
    By Joanne Calitri   |   November 29, 2022

    The Friendship Center Montecito held a private Veterans Day celebration to honor its senior members who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The event was chaired by Family Services Manager Kim Larsen and Development Director Sophia Davis. Key event sponsor was Montecito Rotary Club President Tony Morris. The program, emceed by Carol Metcalf-Roth, starred […]

    The Hands Helping Homelessness
    By Sharon Byrne   |   November 22, 2022

    You’ve read in these pages about Hands Across Montecito, a very successful homeless outreach and placement team of the Montecito Association, made up of Montecitans, Sheriffs, Montecito Fire, Behavioral Wellness, and City Net. Our first client, Andrew Verlikanje, really hates litter, so he picks it up. Andrew impressed Heal the Ocean when he wanted to […]

    Cold Spring School Latest
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 22, 2022

    Lots of positive news is coming out of Montecito’s Cold Spring Elementary this month, including recognition for being ranked the top-performing district in the State of California in both English Language Arts and Mathematics (nearby Montecito Union School ranked #2).  In a recent article on, data analysts report that students in California performed significantly […]

    Olive Mill Roundabout Receives Final Approval
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 22, 2022

    On Monday, November 14, the Montecito Board of Architectural Review and City of Santa Barbara Architectural Review Board held a joint hearing to consider the Olive Mill Roundabout for final design approval. The meeting was a follow-up to another joint hearing earlier this month, when several details about the project, including size of the olive […]