Stern Talking
By Richard Mineards   |   December 24, 2020

Top lyricist Toni Stern is waxing poetic again with her third and latest work, Loops. Unlike her two previous collections, Wet in 2015, and As Close as I Can three years ago, Toni, who enjoyed a highly productive collaboration with singer-songwriter Carole King, describes the new work as “freewheeling within the medium of prose, poetry, […]

New Arrivals
By Leslie Westbrook   |   December 17, 2020

Congratulations to Senator Monique Limón,who was sworn in as our new state senator in Sacramento on December 7 and is also a new mom to baby Gianna. 

 

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Pound for pound, or rather inch for inch, it’s doubtful that Santa Barbara has ever had a more hardworking, tireless, dedicated, and effective advocate for the underprivileged than Barbara Tellefson. The founder and president of Santa Barbara’s Unity Shoppe, who passed away at 84 on November 22, was an undeniable dynamo whose stature and influence […]

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By Richard Mineards   |   December 17, 2020

Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network is launching a Wild Rosé limited edition fundraiser. The Grenache Rosé wine, available for a limited time, was made specifically to benefit the popular charity by renowned winemaker Kris Curran, voted one of California’s highest profile winemakers with grapes from Montecito animal activist Gretchen Lieff’s Alamo Creek Ranch. Donor premiums […]

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By Richard Mineards   |   December 17, 2020

Retired Montecito attorney David Gersh has just completed his new novel Pot Luck, the sequel to his laugh-out-loud award-winning book Desperate Shop Girls, which is being published by Open Books in the New Year. It is the Harvard Law School graduate’s sixth tome, to be closely followed by his seventh, The Whisper of a Distant […]

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By Richard Mineards   |   December 17, 2020

To the Rosewood Miramar for breakfast at the Malibu Farm with London Sunday Times travel writer Jonathan Thompson. The meeting was organized by my former News-Press colleague Karna Hughes, now an executive with Visit Santa Barbara, who thought my 13 years of experience living in our rarefied enclave might be of some use to the […]

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By Richard Mineards   |   December 17, 2020

The extensive Chinese collection of the late society doyenne Beverley Jackson is being sold by Kaminski Auctions in, appropriately enough, Beverly, Massachusetts. The former society editor of the News-Press for 22 years, who died in August aged 91, was an avowed Sinophile after a visit to China during the Cultural Revolution changed her life. The […]

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Dinner for 300
By Richard Mineards   |   December 10, 2020

Having volunteered at the Rescue Mission for the past 13 years, I had to miss acting as a waiter at the Rescue Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Feast this year because of the pandemic restrictions. However, as the 55-year-old shelter is designated as “an essential service,” 40 homeless at a time were allowed in to nosh on […]

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By Lynda Millner   |   December 10, 2020

In case you’ve never heard of a ShelterBox, it’s a big green box filled with lifesaving items for families the world over who have lost their homes due to a disaster. The ShelterBox headquarters are right here in Santa Barbara. They recently had a virtual fundraiser, livestreamed, and raised more than $250,000. Since 2000, ShelterBox […]

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By Lynda Millner   |   December 10, 2020

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Montecito dynamic duo Bill and Sandi Nicholson, who recently sold their 11-acre estate Solana to Google billionaire Eric Schmidt for $30.8 million, have joined forces to honor Nurse Heroes with an all-star concert to be broadcast worldwide on Thanksgiving Day, which will provide much needed funds for programs including scholarships for nurses and their children. […]

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