Tuesday, April 30, 2013

UCSB Economic Forecast, Thursday, May 2nd

THUrsday, MAY 2
8:30 AM

Ticket includes admission to the entire ½ day Summit, a copy of the the 2013 Santa Barbara County Economic Outlook report plus a Continental Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 am at The Granada Theatre.

UCSB Economic Forecast Project

Keynote speaker: Neil Barofsky

Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street

From 2008 to 2011, Neil Barofsky was the first special inspector general of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, tasked with protecting against abuse and fraud in the $700 billion federal bailout fund. In his book, Bailout, the former federal prosecutor and Senior Fellow at NYU gives a blistering insider’s account of what happened behind the scenes. Also presenting are Thomas F. Cooley, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and professor of economics at NYU, and Douglas J. Elliott, a Fellow in the Initiative on Business and Public Policy at The Brookings Institution and former managing director at J.P. Morgan. The Santa Barbara County economic forecast will be delivered by Peter Rupert, director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project and chair of the Department of Economics at UCSB.

Part of the 32nd Annual Santa Barbara County Economic Summit. Co-presented with the UCSB Economic Forecast Project.

$200 : General Public
$25 : UCSB Students 
(Current ID required / Limited availability)

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents Best Selling Author Erik Larson

Monday, May 6th
8 pm
UCSB Campbell Hall

An Evening with Erik Larson
"Breathing Life into the Dead"

Breathing Life into the Dead

“A master at writing true tales as riveting as fiction.”People

“Larson is a marvelous writer… a master of the telling detail, finding just the right ones to help define an age and a place.” The New York Times

Widely acclaimed as a master of narrative nonfiction, Erik Larson is the author of four New York Times best-sellers, including In the Garden of Beasts and The Devil in the White City. His “utterly compelling” (Washington Post), addictively readable books read like thrillers set against grand historical tableaux, where readers get to know the players intimately. The meticulous researcher will discuss the process of bringing history alive and the odd and funny things that happen while conducting research in far-flung locales. Come join us for a special evening with the award-winning author whose irresistible stories make history come alive. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Million Dollar Home Raffle to benefit The Teachers' Fund - 7 days left to enter

If you decide to enter, PLEASE
be sure to to add my name
and Village Properties at the bottom
of the entry form!
WHY? So that the Village
Teachers' Fund receives your $$$
for local classroom needs! 
Thanks and good luck!
Download this form

Opera Santa Barbara performing Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti at the Granada Theater April 26 and 28th

Love Opera?

Opera Santa Barbara Presents
"Don Pasquale"
1330 State Street, Santa Barbara

Friday, 26 April 2013 7:30 PM
Sunday, 28 April 2013 2:30 PM

In this comic masterpiece, the doddering Don Pasquale has willed his fortune to his nephew, Ernesto, on the condition he approves of the young man's bride. Enter Norina – Ernesto's smart and sassy fiancĂ©e – who, unfortunately, doesn't pass muster. Pasquale disinherits poor Ernesto, deciding instead to find himself a young wife and produce an heir of his own! Not one to be deterred lightly, Norina disguises herself as the girl of Pasquale's dreams and marries the coot; you can be sure that wedded bliss is not in store! Gorgeous melodies abound in Donizetti's last comic gem; you'll laugh at the declining fortunes of Pasquale and cheer for the inevitable triumph of true love!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Santa Barbara Earth Day Celebration April 20 & 21

Alameda Park
1400 Santa Barbara Street 
Santa Barbara
(across from Alice Keck Memorial Gardens)

                  Calendar of Events

Bike Valet
Ride your bike to the festival. We offer secure, free bike parking and bicycle check-ups too. 
Explore colorful exhibitor booths for unique finds: green products, smart technology, cool gadgets, organic clothing, and fun stuff you didn’t know you needed until now.

Green Car Show 
Experience the latest and greatest in automotive technology, including the newest electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf.

Kid's Corner
Whisk your kids away to a fun and imaginative corner to learn about Mother Earth – and to play!
Live Green
Learn how to live a more green, sustainable lifestyle and make eco-conscious choices on a daily basis. Visit booths on eco-lifestyles and green homes.

Public Square
Visit your favorite non-profit organizations, government agencies and community-based projects working in the public interest.

Sports and Recreation
Come explore local and regional companies/business' showcasing sport, fitness and outdoor lifestyle related products and ideas.

Other Festival Highlights

Environmental Hero Award 
Last year’s Environmental Hero Award was given posthumously to Selma Rubin.  Selma was a true community hero in Santa Barbara, helping found more than 42 grass roots organizations, the Community Environmental Council among them.
Main Stage
Enjoy two full days of live music performances, speakers, and family programming - produced by New Noise.
Food and Drink 
Fuel up with smoothies, vegan fare, and fresh pizzas. Grab your friends and chill with a local brew at the Earth Day Beer & Wine Garden.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

California's Improving Housing Markets

Published by the 
California Association of Realtors

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring and Roses in Santa Barbara

A. C. Postel Rose Garden

Mission Historical Park, across from Santa 
Barbara's Old Mission, has the remains of the 
mission's old water works, tannery vats, lawn 
areas and the A. C. Postel Memorial Rose Garden. 
Formerly mission land, the City bought it in 1928.

In 1955 the city rose garden began with a donation 
of 500 choice rose bushes.  In 1959 the Santa 
Barbara Rose Society was formed, 
and in 1962 the society 
asked the city park commission to let 
it sponsor the garden.  

In 1982 a committee was organized to save the 
rose garden. In 1984 the Virginia Firth Wade 
Endowment Fund donated $35,000 of the $51,000 
needed to restore the garden on condition that it be 
renamed the "A. C. Postel Memorial Rose Garden". 
The Foundation donates $5,000 annually to assist 
in the maintenance of the garden.  There is now a 
part-time gardener, regular fertilization, watering 
and grooming to maintain a first-rate garden.
The Rose Garden is open to the public, and all 
roses are identified.

Rose Story Farm

5950 Casitas Pass Rd, Carpinteria, CA 93013
Cross Streets: Between Rincon Sta and Foothill Rd

We would love to share the experience of Rose Story Farm 
with you! Please come visit our 15 acre farm any time 
during the rose growing season (the middle of April through 
the end of November). We feature 18,000 stunning rose 
plants in 150 varieties in our fields at the base of the 
Carpinteria Valley foothills. Blooms rotate in six-week 
cycles, so over three quarters of the roses will be in majestic 
bloom for your visit.

Please book your tour in advance by phone.

  • Tours are scheduled every Wednesday and 
  • Saturday (unless a Special Event is being held).
  • Tours begin at 11.30 a.m. on Wednesdays and 
  • 11.00 a.m.on Saturdays, and run approximately 
  • 1 hour, followed by a picnic lunch in the garden.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat, 
  • as this is a Walking Tour.
  • No smoking, pets, or video camera equipment 
  • allowed on Tours.
  • (805) 566-4885
  • rosestoryfarm.com

  • Roses is my garden are also 
    bursting into Bloom

    yellow Banksia

    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    Kite Festival in Santa Barbara, Sunday April 14

    28th Annual 
    Santa Barbara Kite Festival
    Sunday April 14th 
    at Santa Barbara City College
    April 14th, 2013 from 11am-4pm in the "Great Meadow" west campus lawn at Santa Barbara City College. The festival's bluff top lawn location overlooks the beautiful Santa Barbara harbor and breakwater, and is a perfect site for kite flying. Parking is plentiful on campus, and admission to the festival is free. This year's festival is dedicated to the "Wind Wizard" Dan Rubesh. Dan was instrumental in the growth of the festival and the kite flying community in Ventura County. The Santa Barbara Kite Festival is guaranteed to be a fun-filled family-style affair featuring kites of all sizes, shapes and colors. Flyers of all abilities are welcome.
    One of the most popular events held throughout the day is the "tail chase" for children. Children in various age groups try to catch the tail of a kite as it dips and dives through the air. Prizes will be awarded in most categories. Competitions range from "kite fighting" and "sport flying" for skilled flyers, to the more accessible categories such as "most beautiful", "highest flying", and "largest kites". Kites will be available for purchase at the festival. There will also be food and beverages, and a kids zone with jumpers and family info tables.
    For more information call 805-637-6202, or 805-963-2964. Email can be sent to sbkitefest@gmail.com , or davidhefferman@hotmail.com  The "Great Meadow" (west campus lawn) is located on Santa Barbara City College's West Campus at 971 Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara, adjacent to the college's main campus.
    April 2013 is Kite month in Santa Barbara. Thanks to a proclamation by the city's honorable Mayor Marty Blum and the Santa Barbara City Council in 2007, the month of April is officially designated as Kite Month in the city of Santa Barbara.

    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Carpinteria Opens Nurseries for Tour Saturday April 13th

    "America’s Flowers!”

    Visit the beautiful blooms of Carpinteria! 
    Ever wonder what beauty lies behind the glass in a
    greenhouse? Now’s your chance during the 5th Annual
    Carpinteria Greenhouse & Nursery Tour on April
    13th, 2013! There will be a colorful array of flowers to
    see ranging from orchids and roses to gerberas and
    more while touring the flower farms. 
    Enjoy these guided tours with the growers themselves
    as you learn about growing CA GROWN flowers for
    commercial purposes. Information will include several
    areas such as propagation, fertilizing, pest control,
     harvesting, packing house.
    We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and layered
    clothing as many of these tours will involve walking through
    greenhouses or growing areas and vary in temperatures.
    This event is FREE and open to the public thanks to our
    sponsors and hosted by the Santa Barbara County Flower
    and Nursery Growers’ Association.
    The map is available by clicking on the below. There is
    no specific start point for the tour and no reservations are
    necessary. Just pick to start at any of the participating
    nurseries and go! We also will have several locations
     with food available and a few special presentations,
     – Rain or Shine!
    Please call (805) 576-7417 or
    email anna@carpinteriagreenhousetours.com
    for the most up to date information about the tour.

    Saturday, April 6, 2013

    Come Borrow Your Prom Dress for Free! Open Saturday 10-2

    Operation Prom Dress
    1259 Veronica Springs Road
    (off Las Positas Road)
    Sponsored by the Assistance League of Santa Barbara
    Anyone attending a High School Prom
    is eligible to borrow a dress - FREE!
    Attention all High School Girls!
    Come to our Prom Dress Boutique and
    BORROW your Prom Dress!

    over 400 gorgeous dresses
    we are here to help you!
    our beautiful Boutique
    You'll feel like a princess here!
    Girls just having fun!

    Over 400 beautiful dresses available in all sizes
    Featuring dresses by Mark Jacobs, Rumors,
    Jessica McClintock, Jovani and More!


    Saturdays, April 13, 20, and 27th
    May 4 and 11th
    10 am - 2 pm

    Wednesday, April 17 and 24th and 
    May 1 and 8
    3 to 5 pm
    OR by appointment

    Located at: 1259 Veronica Springs Road
    (off Las Positas) Santa Barbara

    Available to all girls attending their 
    High School Senior Prom, regardless of
    economic need.
    Bring you school ID!

    More information:  Dianne  898-1967

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Santa Barbara area Farmer's Market Schedule

    Santa Barbara's Farmers Markets
    are showing off Spring's Bounty
    delicious Spring carrots

    8 markets, 6 days a week
    Saturday: 8:30am-1:00pm
    Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets

    Sunday: 10am-2:00pm
    In Goleta - corner of Storke and Hollister; 
    7004 Marketplace Dr. 
    inside the Camino Real Shopping Center

    Tuesday: 4:00pm-7:30pm *summer
    3:00pm-6:30pm *winter
    500 and 600 blocks of State Street

    Wednesday: 2:30pm-6:30pm *summer
    2:30pm-6:00pm *winter
    In Solvang - Copenhagen Drive and First Street

    Thursday: 3:00pm-6:30pm
    In Goleta - corner of Storke and Hollister; 
    7004 Marketplace Dr. 
    inside the Camino Real Shopping Center

    Thursday: 3:00pm-6:30pm *summer
    3:00pm-6:00pm *winter
    In Carpinteria - 800 block of Linden Ave.

    Friday: 8:00am-11:15am
    In Montecito - 1100 & 1200 
    blocks of Coast Village Road

    photos of a recent Saturday visit

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    Shorter Term Loans Save Big $$$$

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