Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ganna Walska Lotusland

Time to visit Lotusland! Visit the Horticulture Clock and the Topiary Garden.
Ralph Stevens designed the clock in 1955; the face and hands were originally planted entirely in succulents and copper Zodiac signs were made by Gunnar Thielst. The face was eventually covered in colored stone with a single outer band of succulents in 1966. The clock was renovated in 1997/1998 with grant from Towbes Foundation. Sam Demachki of Ironwood Designs recreated the 12 signs of the zodiac. In the 1950s, Madame Walska had large, looming topiary animals surrounding the clock in what was called her horticultural zoo. Over time these forms declined and were removed. New frames mimic the shapes of MGW’s original topiary circus were installed in 2001 and were designed and fabricated by Lori Ann David.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Santa Barbara Kite Festival Sunday 4/9/2017



“It’s time to fly!” As fleeting as time can be, this year’s theme for the 32nd annual Santa Barbara Kite Festival is “It’s time to fly!” Festival organizers grabbed hold of today’s time change to announce the theme for the 2017 Santa Barbara Kite Festival, coming 11am-5pm Sunday April 9th to the Great Meadow (the west campus lawn) at Santa Barbara City College’s west campus, 973 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, California. Kite Master Rakesh Bahadur said “Kite flying is timeless. It brings families and friends together. This year’s theme celebrates the time that families and friends spend together.” 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

72nd Santa Barbara International Orchid Show March 17-19

Orchid Mystique
Orchid lovers, flower fans and admirers of all things wild and wonderful, save the dates!  On March 17-19, 2017, Santa Barbara International Orchid Show ( returns to Earl Warren Showgrounds in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.  Thousands of blooms in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture, will be showcased at the show, one of the country’s largest and oldest celebrations of orchids.
The 72nd annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show’s theme, “Orchid Mystique,” pays homage to a family of flowering plants that boast 25,000 species, among which beauty is ubiquitous and uniqueness is commonplace.  Some are sexy (One species attracts male bees by mimicking the look, scent and feel of a female bee) while others are secretive (it took scientists years to find a moth with a foot-long tongue for pollinating an orchid that hides nectar 12 inches deep).
The three-day Orchid Show highlights bold and beautiful horticultural innovations and feats of evolution represented by more than 50 orchid exhibitors and vendors from around the world.  A highlight of this year’s event is the vanilla orchid, which will add taste to the list of senses stimulated by the diverse array of plants.
Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is open Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19 from 9am to 5pm daily at Earl Warren Showgrounds, located in Santa Barbara at Highway 101 and Las Positas Road.  General admission is $14; seniors, students with ID and advance group sales (minimum 25) are $12; and children 12 and under are free with an adult.
For more information, tickets and directions, click here

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo Princess Weekend March 11-12

  • Mar 11 at 10 AM to Mar 12 at 3 PM

  • Santa Barbara Zoo
    500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, California 93103

Two days=twice the tiaras! We’re expanding our annual Princess Day to Princess WEEKEND on March 11 and 12! 

Help us celebrate Frog Awareness Day from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. each day by meeting your favorite princesses, enjoying special crafts and activities, and learning more about frog conservation efforts. Princesses, knights, and frog lovers alike are welcome! 

Free with Zoo admission.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

CALM'S Celebrity Authors' Luncheon March 4th

Celebrity Authors Luncheon

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort and Hotel
Individual tickets are $150
Fannie Flagg’s career started in the fifth grade when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play, titled The Whoopee Girls, and she has not stopped since. At age nineteen she began writing and producing television specials, and later wrote for and appeared on Candid Camera. She then went on to distinguish herself as an actress and a writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the bestselling author of Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven; I Still Dream About You; and The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion. Flagg’s script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Award and won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year. Flagg is the winner of the Harper Lee Prize. Flagg lives happily in California and Alabama.
Fannie Flagg
Dianne Dixon is a double Emmy nominee and winner of the prestigious Humanitas prize for outstanding accomplishment in writing for television. She was Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Pitzer College in Claremont, California and has taught screenwriting at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media. The Other Sister is Dianne’s third novel. Her second novel The Book of Someday was a featured 2013 Buzz Book at the largest publishing trade fair in the US. And her debut novel The Language of Secrets was named a Top Ten New Fiction title by Amazon.
Dianne Dixon
Craig Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/BibliObs. Death Without Company, the Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award winner and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty, selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year, was a New York Times best seller, as was As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackoff. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.
Craig Johnson
Kate McDermott is an award-winning self-taught home baker who has taught pie making to thousands across the United States and in Europe at her Art of the Pie workshops and Pie Camps. McDermott has been featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Huffington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Relish Magazine, New York Times, Boston Globe, Saveur Magazine, Bon Appetit, The Splendid Table, NPR, and Her first book, Art of the Pie, was awarded a coveted starred review by Publisher’s Weekly, is a Library Journal Best Book of 2016, Leite’s Culinaria Best Cookbook of 2016, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Best Cookbooks of 2016, Eat Your Books Best Cookbooks of 2016, Washington Post Best Cookbooks of 2016, InStyle Best Fall 2016 Cookbooks, Best Cookbooks of 2016, and Sunset Magazine’s November 2016 Cookbook of the Month. She lives at Pie Cottage in Port Angeles, Washington with her sweet German Shepherd Gretapie.
Kate Mcdermott

Non-Interviewed Authors

Marina Delio The Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Kathie Deviny Death in the Old Rectory
Judith Groudine Finkel Where Danger Lurks
John Gherini Santa Cruz Island, An Illustrated History
Erin Graffy de Garcia & Tom Mielko Animalia, Portraits in Poetry & Pencil
Kim Hooper People Who Knew Me
Patti Jacquemain Heads & Tales
Bruce Kirkpatrick Lumberjack Jesus
Eric Peterson The Dining Car
Judi Zucker & Shari Zucker The Memory Diet
Master of Ceremonies: Andrew Firestone
Susan Miles Gulbransen, daughter of CALM founder Claire Miles, will be interviewing Fannie Flagg.
Hank Phillippi Ryan and Tom Weitzel will interview Dianne Dixon, Craig Johnson, and Kate McDermott.
Hank Phillippi Ryan will be signing her newest book “Say No More”
Please direct questions to Laura Barella at (805) 969-5590.