Saturday, March 26, 2011

50 years of love!

To our dear friends
Joye and Roger
celebrating 50 years of marriage!

we wish you another 25 years of love together  
in good health and good fortune

sending flowers from our garden and our love to you both!
we are blessed to have you in our lives!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Santa Barbara Hangliding

Santa Barbara is Recreational Heaven!
The greater Santa Barbara area is a haven for recreational activities of all kinds...
Top of Ehlings Park is a favorite spot for

Free access is off Cliff Drive at Las Positas
entry is best with 4 weel drive, but accessible on rough road by regular cars.
It's fun to watch and observe the pros and the newsbies taking lessons...

overlooking Hendry's Beach (aka Arroyo Burro Beach)

A perfect day to learn the sport or just observe
Lessons available

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Unique Santa Barbara Area Weekly Walking Tours

Tour Unique Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Montecito, Cachuma and Coastal Areas

Saturday and Sundays 2-4 pm
Rancho La Patera and Historic Stow House Tours
(photo from stowhouse website)
304 North Los Carneros Road, Goleta
$5/adults; free children 12 and younger

Sundays 10-noon
on the coast north of Goleta
Arroyo Hondo Preserve Docent Tours
Between Refugio State Beach and Gaviota State Park

(photo by Randy Leffingwell from Landtrust website)
Join docents on hike along creek and to lookout point with ocean and canyon views.
The 782-acre Arroyo Hondo Preserve is called the "Jewel of the Gaviota Coast.". 
Reservations required 567-1115;  Free

Daily 9am -5 pm
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara
(photo of painting by B.J. Stapen; )
Admission:  $8/adults - $6/seniors, children13-17,
active military with ID,
$4 children 2-12, under 2 free

Daily 2pm; 10:30 am Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays
Santa Barbara County Courthouse Tours
1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara
begin in the Mural Room on second floor
Courthouse Garden Tours
10:30 am first & third Saturday of month
Meet under large Courthouse Arch on Anacapa Street

Saturday (Sabado) Tour  10-noon
Historic Downtown Santa Barbara Art and Architecture Walking Tours
See the historic de la Guerra Adobe, El Paseo, The Hill-Carrillo Adobe
the Meridian Studios, Lobero Theatre and much much more.
Learn what created the stunning transformation and forever changed
Santa Barbara from ordinary to extraordinary.
Leaves from the centrally located de la Guerra Plaza
Sundays (Domingo) 10-noon
Central Library 40 E. Anapamu Street
Post 1925 Earthquake Architecture, Landscape Design and History of Santa Barbara
Both Tours Presented by the
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara
no baby strollers or dogs; rain cancels.
$10 general, free to children age 3-12 (must be accompanied by adult)

Wednesdays-Saturdays through April 23rd
10 am - 1:30 pm
Madame Ganna Waleska's Lotusland

Art Exhibit and Tour
"Gone," 25 paintings of extinct plants, recreated from historical descriptions by botanists.
Docent-guided tour.
$35 adults 19 +, $10 youth, $10 5-18, free children 4 and younger
reservations must 969-9990;

Saturday 10 am
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park Docent Tour
Park entrance across from Sandyland and Ash avenues in Carpinteria
Docent-led tour provides history of the landmark's rescue and geology, flora and fauna
free 684-4060

Saturdays 10 am - noon
Cachuma Nature Walk

Meet at Cachuma Lake Nature Center
2265 Highway 154
Lake Cachuma naturalists and volunteers lead one-mile walk on Oak Canyon Trail
Free with $8 park admission/per vehicle
Also available are 2 hour Nature Lake Cruises approapriate for all ages including handicapped.
688-4515 or
Watch for the April 16th Annual Trout Derby April 9 & 11th

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Celebrity Authors' Luncheon

25th Annual CALM
Celebrity Authors' Luncheon
Saturday, March 19th
2011 Fess Parker's Double Tree Resort
633 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Join CALM and celebrate 25 years of world famous authors & unforgettable stories.

Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He shares his insights in his book The Success Principle:  How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Mr. Canfield is a Harvard graduate with a Master's Degree in phychological education.

Jean-Michel Cousteau, is an explorer, environmentalist, educator, film producer, and author.  Mr. Cousteau has spent most of life nurturing the work of his famous father and now in his newest book, My Father, the Captain, he gives us an intensely personal look into the lives of the Cousteau family.

Sue Grafton, New York Times bestselling author, is published in twenty-eight countries and twenty-six languages.  Her alphabetical series, began in 1982.  She has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.  Ms. Grafton is currently working on "V" having completed U is for Undertow.

Jane Hamilton, lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin.  Her short stories have appeared in Harper's Magazine.  Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her second novel, A Map of the World, was an international bestseller.  Her newest book, Laura Rider's Masterpiece, is not only funny but sexy and provocative as well!

Susan Straight's newest novel, Take One Candle Light a Room, portrays the forces that tear families apart and the ties that bind them together.  Ms. Straight has written for The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and Harper's Magazine.  She has won an Edgar Award, a O.Henry Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

These five authors will be Interviewed by Debby Davidson and Williamn Hermann

10 am - Meet the Authors
Books available for purchase and signing
11:45 am - Lunch is served
12:45 pm Author's Interview Program
2 pm Additional Book Purchasing and Signing

Tickets $125 each
Reservations 682-3925

all monies from this event remain in Santa Barbara
to support CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

66th Annual
Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
March 11, 12, 13; 9 am - 5 pm

General admission $12
Senior (65+), students with ID $10
Children under 12 with adults FREE
tickets at the door or Ticketmaster

Earl Warren Show Grounds
 Highway 101 and Las Positas Rd, Santa Barbara  93105
Earl Warren Showgrounds becomes a magical Paradise of Orchids and Exotic Plants by exhibitors from North & South America, the South Pacific, Australia and Asia.

~Vast selection of bloming orchid plants, corsages, art works and orchid supplies for sale
~Free workshops on orchid care led by experts
~Santa Barbara area orchid nursery growers' open houses

Huell Houser's Road Trip
Take an excursion back to the 2010 Santa Barbara International Orchid Show on a special episode of Road Trip with Huell Howser! The Show is proud to be featured as part of an exciting program about "The Orchid Trail" that aired on television stations in California in the Fall of 2010. If you missed the program, you have another opportunity to see it this month. Then take your own road trip to see the Show in person! The 66th Santa Barbara International Orchid Show promises to be a spectacular journey into the beautiful world of orchids!

The Spring programming schedule for the "The Orchid Trail" episode of Road Trip with Huell Howser is as follows:
PBS SOCAL (formerly KOCE), serving all of Southern California
Sunday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Win a Santa Barbara Home!

Village Properties Realtors'
Teacher's Fund

Village Properties has established the "Teacher's Fund" to help local public andprivate k-12 school teachers buy the supplies and books they so desperately need.

Santa Barbara 7th Annual Million Dollar Home Raffle
benefits the Contemporary Arts Forum
and the Village Properties Teacher's Fund
Win $1,000,000 or a Santa Barbara Home

enter by Wednesday, March 9, 2011
to qualify for Extra Bonus Prizes & Cash