Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fun Events in Santa Barbara August 28-29

Santa Barbara Dance Alliance
International Dance Festival

Saturday, August 28th
11am - 7 pm
Chase Palm Park - Cabrillo Boulevard
Facepainting, Henna, World Market, International Food, Bounce House, Wine & Beer
Dance Performances and classes in
FLamenco, Bollywood, Hula, Mexican Folk Dancing, Country Line, Afro-Fusion, Middle Eastern and more

Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour

Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29
11 am - 5 pm

Now in its ninth year, the weekend-long open house features over 40 artists who live and work in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria.  Their studios and artwork will be open for touring.  Visitors can pick and choose from a wide selection, or visit all the participating artists on the tour.
tickets (and a map of the tour) may be purchased on-line or at the Santa Barbara Frame Shop and Gallery, 1324 State Street, Santa Barbara

photo of Artist Kris Buck hard at work in her studio!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Santa Barbara Polo Matches

Nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean in the Carpinteria Valley lies the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club

3375 Foothill Road, Carpinteria 93013 * 684-6683

Founded in 1911, the Santa Barbara Polo Club is the premiere equestrian Polo Club in the Western United States. The club consists of three full size outdoor polo fields, one arena, extensive horse boarding and exercise facilities, as well as stabling for 350 horses.

 The Santa Barbara Polo Club is home to the Pacific Coast Open, United States Polo Association (USPA), America Cup and the USPA Circuit Player Cup. 

follow the long drive between the practice and competition fields 

 In the distance are the Polo Field Condominiums. Many Polo families and fans rent a condo during Polo season.  Others are occupied year round by locals who love living near the fields, the Ocean and the charming City of Carpinteria. Condo prices run from $500,000 for a smaller unit without views to well over $1,000,000 for a large Penthouse with Ocean, Mountain and Polo Views. Units are typically offered for sale (and for rent) through local Realtors who are members of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and MLS. You can also access the entire MLS through my website,

 The Polo and Raquet Club is a private club with many wonderful amenities...members and guests only.
The Polo Matches are open to the public, tickets available at the gate.

 The scoreboard always tells the story...
 The polo shutes are waiting for the competitors to arrive....

here they come....

action, thundering hoves....score!

a very exciting sport to watch....

Polo ponies on their day off...resting and being groomed....beautiful and very spirited animals

lots of pomp and circumstance

The Pacific Coast Open is currently in play.  If you want to attend any of the remaining games, you may obtain tickets at the gate.  $10/person, children under 12 are free.  for more information:  805 684-6683, 
If you can attend only one game, be sure to attend the grand finale on Sunday, August 29th.  It is truly an exciting event. You will be up and close to the ponies and their players. It is truly a thrilling game to watch, even for the novice.The Pacific Coast Open currently enjoys participation of several internationally renowned Polo Players.

Location of the Polo Fields:  3375 Foothill Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013.

Santa Barbara Pacific Coast Open Schedule

Thursday August 19th
4 matches : 10 am, noon, 2 pm and 4pm

Sunday August 22
1 pm and 3 pm
arrive at 12:30 to get a good seat
bring blankets and picnics if you want
concessions available and stand seating

Thursday August 26
4 semi-final matches
10 am, noon, 2 pm, 4 pm

Saturday August 28th
noon:  Western Badge and Trophy (PCO Subsidiary)

Sunday August 29th
2 pm PCO Final

Polo School:  The Santa Barbara Polo Club is home to the Santa Barbara International Polo Training Center.  The SBIPTC is a polo school for beginning players, taught by John Westley.  The school teaches interscholastic, intercollegiate and adult player. Westmont College has seated a team for competition.

(information and some photos taken from sbpolo website)

just another day in Paradise!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Best Summer Days are Ahead!

August and September are typically the warmest days in Santa Barbara!

 best time of year for beach parties!

Life quiets down a bit in Santa Barbara this time of year....most of the summer tourists are are going back to school...UCSB and SBCC are starting to gear's good!

Our son's birthday is in September and he always had the most memorable birthday parties at the beach.  The picture above is his last High School Beach Birthday party at Hope Ranch Beach.

Farmer's Markets around town are spilling over with Mother Nature's bounty...there is something special about the last days of summer!  Be sure to plan a picnic or BBQ either in your back yard on at one of the many wonderful beaches or parks around town.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Last of Summer Events

Here are someof the last events of Summer

Music Academy of the West

Summer Festival Finale!

Saturday, August 14th at 8 pm, The Granada Theater. Tickets start at $10
The music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has earned critical accolades and thrilled international audiences.  Peter Oundjian's probing musicality and engaging personality will be on full display as he returns to conduct the Music Academy's remarkably talented Fellows.

     BARBER                  Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, op. 9
     JANACEK                Taras Bulba
     TCHAIKOVSKY      Symphony No. 6 in B Minor. op. 74, "Patetique"

Tickets:  899-2222,  969-8787

Concert in the Park Series

Thursday 8/12 and 8/19

Chase Palm Park, Great Meadow, Cabrillo Blvs.
great bands and musicians each week
Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic.  Dogs welcome on leash.  No alcoholic beverages. 
info:  897-1946 or

Family Movie Night at the Zoo

Wednesday Nights at 8:15 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.)
Bring blankets to sit on.  Food and beverages available to purchase or bring a picnic. 

$7.50 general admission, $6 seniors 60 and older and childrens 2-12. 
5 parking nonmembers.  free to members.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Summer Harvest in Santa Barbara

Our fruit trees were bursting with their bounty


...and more apricots!

the Santa Rosa plums were not as prolific...but there were plenty

and the peaches....oh those delicious peaches!

....apples, lemons oh my!

our lemon tree makes the biggest lemons...and is always pregnant!

we even have a "volunteer" Fig Tree! 

This fabulous bounty provided our local semi-pro baseball team, The Foresters, a basket of fruit after every home game day for weeks!

And...we have three cases of jam, applesauce and canned peaches in addition to several pints of limoncello and apricot liqueur
lots of tomatoes.....onions and lettuce....
blackberries didn't last long enough to put up...

The bee keeper who moved the hive from my husband's office sent us a jar of honey....mmmm...

limoncello, lemon curd and lemon squares from our prolific lemon tree!
Green beans, peppers and eggplants are getting close....stay tuned!

if you're not into gardening yourself...we have a Farmer's Garden every day of the week in our area!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara

Viva La Fiesta!
A Gathering of Friends
for more details:

August 4-8, 2010

every year there is a contest for the official Fiesta Poster

Wednesday of Fiesta Week 8 p.m.

Fiesta Pequena
Fiesta officially begins with Fiesta Pequena, "Little Fiesta", on the steps of Santa Barbara's historic Old Mission, featuring Fiesta's traditional songs and dances.  Food is available from local vendors
open to the public and free

Thursday August 5th

El Presidente's Prayer Service
10 a.m.-FREE
Non-denominational prayer service for all held at the Old Mission followed by a Garden Reception. 
information 805-6824713.  Prayer Service open to public.
Celebracion De Los Dignatorios
5pm - 10 pm-$$
Held at the SB Zoo, $85/per person in advance or $100 at the gate.  Tickets available online at
Appetizers and wines presented by local restaurants and winesries.  Dance to the sounds of Soul City Survivors.  Park at the DoubleTree and catch the Dignatatious shuttle inthe parking lot.  Or, ride MTSD's Downtown Waterfront Electric Shuttle at MTD stop.

Friday, August 6th

El Desfile Historico / Parade
12:00 noon - FREE

The Fiesta Historical Parade is one of the largest equestrian parades in the U.S. The Parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Blvd., proceeeds east along the beach, to State St, then up State St. to Sola St. 


Many of the beautiful old carriages and buggys seen in the parade are stored at the Carriage Museum, and were in actual use in local ranches years ago.

Flor y Canto
7 p.m. FREE
Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the show int he Courthouse Sunken Garden.  Original Spanish California dances and songs from the 19th century performed by local residents in authentic costumes much as they would have been 150 years ago.

Saturday, August 7th

10 a.m. FREE

This is a not to be missed parade.  Organized by the City Parks and Recreation Department, young people of Santa Baqrbara, their parents and other parade participants don traditional costumes and celebrate the rich culture of their Santa Barbara heritage.

Parade proceeds down State Street, from Victoria to Ortega Streets.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. FREE

Tardes De Ronda

Children's Variety Show.  Wearing colorful costomes children from the Santa Barbara area demonstrate their talents and multi-cultural heritage.  In the beautiful Sunken Gardens at the County Court House.

Sunday, August 8th

West Coast Symphony 44th Annual Fiesta Concert

3:30 P.M. -FREE

Bring the family, snacks and lawn chairs for an afternoon of beautiful music conducted by Christopher Story VI.

Recurring Events

Mercado de la Guerra
11 a.m - 11 p.m. FREE attendance
Located at De La Guerra Plaza, across from City Hall.
Locals and visitors alike have an opportunity to feast  on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts, souvenirs and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the early evening.  All vendors are local non-profits.

Mercado Del Norte
11 a.m.-11 p.m. -FREE attendance
MacKenzie Park at State and Las Positas in San Roque area.
This mercado caters to famililes with lots of Kiddie Carnival Rides and activities for toddlers and teens. Food for young and old ranges from the typical Fiesta foods, to the Fiesta Crazy Horse Cantina for icy cold beer margaritas and live entertainments  into the evening. Mercado Cercado offers  Fiesta souvenirs.

August 7th - 8th - FREE
Fiesta Art & Crafts Show
10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cabrillo Boulevard west of Stearns Wharf
a statewide gathering of artisans and crafts people displaying a wide variety of paintings, carvings, pottery, and other handcrafted wares.

Competition de los Vaqueros
August 5 - August 8th

Fiesta 2010 brings professional Rodeo Cowboy Association athletes from all over the West to compete in contests of daring that have their roots in Santa Barbara's rancho era.  Bull and bronc riding and barrel racing, plus unique events like mutton bustin' for cowkids, and team penning guarantee "one of a kind" family entertainment.  Catch the action at Earl Warren Showgrounds at Las Positas and Calle Real of Hiway 101 where there is plenty of partking and vendors to tempt you with food, beverages and western-style souvenirs.

Professional Bull Riding- $$  Thursday Night, August 5th only at 7:30 p.m. General admission $45, tickets available at Earl Warren Show Grounds, or call Jedlicka's at 805.687.0747. 

Stock Horse Show and Competencia de los Vaqueros: Free Daily Performances.  See Events Calendar for specifics or the Rodeo Website:

(information and photographs obtained from Old Spanish Days Fiesta)