Helping Raise a Racquet
By Richard Mineards   |   June 14, 2022

Racketeers were out in force at La Arcada on State Street when the Santa Barbara School of Squash threw a colorful Viva Las Vegas! bash at the Eleven14 Sports Bar with 100 guests raising more than $50,000. But, laments executive director Robert Graham, it is a squash club without any courts given its regular facility, […]

Adam’s Angels Spreads Its Wings
By Madeleine Nicks   |   June 7, 2022

In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Santa Barbara native, realtor, and local volunteer Adam McKaig dedicated himself to building a team and creating solutions for the lack of support for the community of people experiencing homelessness. What started as a spontaneous movement of people wanting to make a positive impact during the pandemic has […]

 

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For the Win
By Richard Mineards   |   June 7, 2022

Prince Harry and his Los Padres team were in fighting form at the Santa Barbara Polo Club before winging to London with his wife, Meghan Markle, and family, Archie, 3, and Lilibet Diana, who turns one on Saturday, for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth’s four-day Platinum Jubilee Pageant. The Duke of Sussex’s team hoisted the Lisle […]

SBCC Foundation Springs Forward
By Richard Mineards   |   June 7, 2022

Santa Barbara City College Foundation hosted its Spring Forward! gala on the Great Meadow of the West Campus with nearly 300 guests raising more than $450,000, with $325,000 collected even before the sun-soaked event began. The ubiquitous Geoff Green, foundation CEO, says the organization provides more than $5 million annually to support scholarships and emergency […]

60 Years of Scholarships
By Richard Mineards   |   June 7, 2022

The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, has awarded a total of $140 million in grants to students, with $7.7 million this year to 2,139 recipients, board chair Matt Rowe told nearly more than 180 guests at the annual dinner at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. The scheme started humbly […]

Hike Through History
By Richard Mineards   |   June 7, 2022

A new exhibit at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum celebrates the region’s hiking trails and public lands through historic photographs, paintings, and historic items from the museum’s collections. Take a Hike, Save the World is a visual journey through our Eden by the Beach’s most scenic areas, as seen by artists and photographers beginning in […]

Clay Studio
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 2, 2022

Clay Studio Founder and Executive Director Patrick Hall credits working with clay for a dramatic shift in his life from an ADHD-addled kid who couldn’t focus, to one who runs a studio that serves as an artistic home and more to many members of our community.  “I couldn’t concentrate to even read a paragraph or […]

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Santa Barbara RiteCare
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 31, 2022

When we connected last week, Santa Barbara RiteCare center director and speech-language pathologist Julie DeAngelis was particularly excited to talk about Camp Chit Chat, the nonprofit’s fun and socially interactive camp for preschool-age children with mild-moderate speech and language delays. The program helps children keep up with essential communication skills during the summer when regular […]

A Lotusland Tome
By Richard Mineards   |   May 31, 2022

Lotusland, the 37-acre botanical paradise founded by opera singer Ganna Walska, was doing everything by the book when it launched a 288-page coffee table tome titled Lotusland: Eccentric Garden Paradise with a lavish lunch bash for 280 guests at the weekend. The Rizzoli publication, beautifully photographed by Lisa Romerein, is intended to share the beauty […]

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Celebrating  LifeChronicles
By Richard Mineards   |   May 31, 2022

Tom and Julianna Dain opened the gardens of their picturesque Montecito estate for LifeChronicles 2022 Remarkable Life Award and Film Festival with 100 guests raising more than $75,000. The awards, with ubiquitous emcee Geoff Green, honored Journal columnist, entrepreneur, and futurist Rinaldo Brutoco and his wife, Lalla, and the popular organization, founded by Kate Carter […]

New Book by Bower
By Richard Mineards   |   May 31, 2022

Former actress Meghan Markle “came from nothing” and “trampled on others to get to the top” like a politician or a tycoon, her acid-penned biographer has revealed. “Victims” of the Duchess of Sussex, 40, are telling all in a new book by British investigative journalist Tom Bower, 75, he claims. Bower, speaking to GB News, […]

Painting the Stage
By Richard Mineards   |   May 31, 2022

Ensemble Theatre Company staged its tour-de-force one-man show Vincent at the New Vic, originally presented by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in March to sold-out audiences as it mounted its highly acclaimed Vincent Van Gogh exhibition. The play paints a thoughtful, imaginary scenario about one of the most famous names in the art world […]

The Locals Helping Ukraine
By Zach Rosen   |   May 31, 2022

While Ukraine can seem very far away and hard to help from here, these are some stories of local organizations and people that are helping Ukrainians both close by and afar.  ShelterBox USA For years ShelterBox USA has been helping communities in crisis around the world, even being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in […]

Freedom 4 Youth
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 24, 2022

Freedom 4 Youth Development Director Dylan Griffith likes to toss out a quote his mentor once told him that sticks in his head: “Change occurs at the speed of relationships.” It’s a motto that defines and drives the barely 11-year-old nonprofit that empowers youth within and beyond the juvenile justice system to change their lives […]

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