Preparing for a Sparkling Anniversary
By Steven Libowitz   |   December 2, 2021

To many, the 2021 Music Academy of the West Summer School and Festival was nothing short of a miracle. Despite the need to plan well in advance of the state’s reopening in mid-June, MAW not only managed to pull off a spectacular hybrid season that brought more than 100 fellows from around the world to […]

Feting the Unsung Superheroes New Fund Focuses on Celebrating Educators During Unprecedented Times
By Nick Masuda   |   November 30, 2021

The past 20 months for educators have been ones of great angst and innovation — with the need for patience and a willingness to embrace the unknown paramount to serving thousands of students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. It has also been thankless. Educators have not only had to teach students through computer […]

 

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Richie’s Annual Barber Shop Holiday Donation Drive
By Joanne Calitri   |   November 30, 2021

Richie’s Barber Shop on Coast Village Road is having its 10th Annual Holiday Donation Drive, this year for Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS) Santa Barbara, with the theme, “The Limit Does Not Exist.” Shop event lead and barber Jessica Jay is coordinating with DVS Executive Director Jan Campbell to ensure the donated items will work for […]

Opportunities to Give Back: Unity Shoppe, Organic Soup Kitchen both raising funds for those in need
By Nick Masuda   |   November 30, 2021

‘Tis the season for our little slice of heaven to showcase its robust heart, with nonprofits across the South Coast hosting a plethora of events and fundraisers to aid those in need. Throughout the season, we’ll highlight companies that need help in order to hit their goals. This week, we take a look at the […]

Pristine Pathway
By Richard Mineards   |   November 30, 2021

The venerable Granada Theatre has officially unveiled Plaza Granada, a new $2 million pathway to the historic arts district in downtown Santa Barbara. “It took more than 10 years to complete,” says Montecito’s Palmer Jackson, the Granada’s executive chairman. “It is a meticulously planned project. It was the dream of the late Michael Towbes and […]

A Franciscan Troubadour
By Lynda Millner   |   November 30, 2021

Father Larry Gosselin O.F.M. is not only a priest at the Santa Barbara Mission, but also a troubadour with his guitar and now an author. His latest tome is titled Landscapes, Ballad of a Franciscan Troubadour. This book chronicles his life through the world travels he has taken. As his longtime friend Brother Bill Short […]

Lauding Lutah
By Richard Mineards   |   November 30, 2021

After premiering at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2014, the documentary Lutah – A Passion For Architecture: A Life In Design aired at the Lobero, fittingly a building she conceived, to raise funds for a George Washington Smith pavilion restoration project at Lotusland, the 37-acre Montecito botanical garden owned by opera star Ganna […]

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Sunset Soirée
By Richard Mineards   |   November 30, 2021

Condor Express owner Hiroko Benko made sure everyone had a whale of a time when she hosted a sunset cruise for her good friend Dolores Johnson, organizer of the Montecito Motor Classic at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, which attracted more than 200 exotic and luxury cars.  “It was a truly wonderful event,” gushed Hiroko, […]

Celebrating Safety
By Lynda Millner   |   November 23, 2021

The Montecito Club was the venue for the 13th annual luncheon of Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS). The guests gathered around scattered tables and sofas on the lawn overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. As we sat sipping mimosas, it was hard to imagine the other lives we were here to honor. Tucked in the […]

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Leadership Team Unveiled
By Lynda Millner   |   November 23, 2021

Plans are being laid out for Old Spanish Days to have a full and safe Fiesta in 2022. La Presidenta Maria Cabrera will lead the organization into its 98th year. She has been a community volunteer for many years.  “As we come out of restrictions and a new changing community, we look forward to meeting […]

Something Fishy Going On Here
By Richard Mineards   |   November 23, 2021

There were decidedly fishy goings on at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum when it reopened its exhibit, “Mermaids: Visualizing the Myths and Legends – Photography by Ralph A. Clevenger & Friends,” part of an underwater photography course he taught at Brooks Institute for 33 years. The colorful show, which features 16 images on canvas, was […]

Well Done, Jackie
By Richard Mineards   |   November 23, 2021

Jackie Waddill, who has served Dream Foundation recipients, their families, and the organization’s family of supporters for the last 23 years, has announced her retirement. “In my career with the foundation I’ve seen the delight and pure joy a final dream can bring,” says Jackie. “I’ve felt the short distance between hello and goodbye. I […]

Veterans Day 2021
By Montecito Journal   |   November 23, 2021

On November 11, the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation and the Santa Barbara VFW Post 1649 hosted hundreds at the Santa Barbara Cemetery to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. The morning kicked off with a performance by the Gold Coast Pipe Band, with the likes of Pablo Paredes (Army), Lieutenant John W. […]

Getting Ghosted
By Richard Mineards   |   November 23, 2021

Competition is so fierce to get the new black badge Rolls-Royce Ghost that one owner in La Jolla paid more than $60,000 over the list price of $400,000, I’m reliably informed. My trusty shutterbug Priscilla and I were invited to O’Gara Coach in Westlake to test drive the new 591 horsepower auto with Swiss car […]

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