Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Tricks and Treats!

Trick or Treat at my House!

Some of my favorite Halloween Pictures

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dia de los Muertos at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, October 26th, 1-4 pm


SBMA Courtesy photo.
SBMA Courtesy photo.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a family friendly Dia de Los Muertos celebration on October 26 from 1-4 p.m.
In its 24th INSTALLMENT, the free event involves a variety of family festivities in the galleries and back plaza including music and dance performances, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.
For more information on SBMA visit
–Breanne Lewis  (Article from Santa Barbara Seasons's Magazine)
Free Family Day at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Enjoy Art activities, traditional music, dance performances, altar displays and refreshments.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Boo At The Santa Barbara Zoo, October 25 and 26

Spooktacular Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo’s festive fun includes:

  • Trick-or-treat stations throughout the park
  • Candy & prizes
  • Mad scientist lab with activities and demonstrations
  • Hilltop Ghoulish Games
  • Over 75 costumed characters, including PIRATES & Princesses, Fairies, Genies  and Gnomes, Mermaids, and more!
  • Dead man’s dance party
  • Special Boo!-themed train ride (extra fee)
  • Scare Zone
  • Zookeeper talks & animal encounters
  • Storytelling with Mother Goose (in person!)
  • Costume parade … and more!
Have a spooktacularly good time as the Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating during this merry-not-too-scary event. Features monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick or Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, nightly Costume Parade, Ghoulish Goodies, and more. Boo at the Zoo is the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area!
Boo at the Zoo is designed for children ages 2 – 12 accompanied by an adult. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. 
For the safety of our visitors, no adult guests (12+) will be permitted into the Zoo with masks or painted faces

Have a spooktacularly good time as the Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating during this merry-not-too-scary event. Features monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick or Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, nightly Costume Parade, Ghoulish Goodies, and more. Boo at the Zoo is the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area!
Cost: $15/adults, $10 children 2-12; SB Zoo Members get $1 off. 

Early Closure for all dates: General admission ticket sales end at 2:30 p.m., membership admission ends at 3:00 p.m., Zoo closes at 3:30 

UCSB Arts and Lectures Presents - The Magic of Winning, Friday October 24, 8 pm at the Arlington Theater

Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Earvin "Magic" Johnson

The Magic of Winning

8:00 PM
$23 - $128 : General Public

$21 : UCSB Students (Current ID required / Limited availability)
$21 : All Students
Includes facility fee
$128 ticket sold out
Presented in Association with UCSB Athletics

“Magic Johnson changed America forever… In an age of diminishing activism in sports, Magic has had indelible power.” Time magazine

One of the most decorated players in the history of the NBA, Magic Johnson won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, was selected three times as NBA Most Valuable Player and was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal “Dream Team.” He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. Since retiring from professional basketball, Magic has turned his attention to entrepreneurship and is a leading spokesperson on HIV education. Already a legend on the court, he is forging his legacy off the court with his latest venture, Magic Johnson Enterprises, which provides strategic alliances, investments and consulting in underserved urban communities. Magic will revisit his life story with a passionate message about how we can all make a difference.

Santa Barbara Open Streets Saturday, October 25th

2.2 miles of Cabrillo Blvd, from Anacapa to Los Patos Way, 
once again will become Santa Barbara's longest paqrk for a day.  
Closed to cars and opened for people powered fun.



10AM – 4PM


Last Fall, the streets became Santa Barbara’s longest public park for the day as over 2.5 miles of Cabrillo Blvd transformed into a celebration of people-power to promote BETTER HEALTH, flexibility and FUN!  Thousands of participants enjoyed the streets as they usually can’t:  without cars, fumes or traffic, and the overwhelming response was “We want more!”  Well on Saturday, October 25th, you’re getting more!  More biking, skateboarding, scootering, strolling, dancing, moving & doing…traffic free!  SB Open Streets returns to once again bring our community together…and our streets alive.  ¡Calles Vivas!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CALM's Wine, Jewelry and Chocolate Event, October 23rd, 3-7 pm at the Montecito Country Club


Wine Jewelry Chocolate for CALMAds by Info
The CALM Auxiliary hosts its 4th Annual Wine, Jewelry, Chocolate fundraiser on October 23 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at theMontecito Country Club.
Nearly thirty unique jewelry designers will be showcasing and selling their beautiful creations. Fulfill your chocolate cravings with treats from Chocolate GalleryJessica Foster Confections, Recipes Organic Bakery & Chocolates,Robitailles Candies, and Tsora. Southern Wine & Spirits will offer wine tastings.
Try on and purchase beautiful creations from the following jewelers: Amberdust, Claire van Blaricum, Mi JulereeBeth Fergon JewelryClaudia A. DesignsNAUTI2Calla Gold JewelryEncantoRebecca Plum Jewelry Design, Campiello V by Kathleen Waltrip, ERB, Santa Barbara Jewelers, Caroline Rutledge Designs, Gravity Ranch Designs, SB Silver Fox, Casa Viva, Helen Heising Design, Six Sapphires, Cascata Creations, J. Cinzori DesignsSweet CedarCatlin Blair Harvey DesignsJewelry by Naomi, The Bakelite Lady, Cindy Bolin, Lisa Duncan Carrillo Jewelry Design, Waxing Poetic, Chanel n CHANDELIERS and Mary Ann-tiques.
Twenty percent of the jewelry and chocolate sales, and one hundred percent of the CALM Auxiliary jewelry and wine tasting sales benefit CALM. 
Article re-posted from Santa Barbara Season's Magazine 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Learn About Modern Art VS Contemporary Art, Beginning Wednesday October 29th


Join us for an unforgettable, muscle-building series of contemporary art crash courses for the art lover led by MCASB's Executive Director and Chief Curator, Miki Garcia.
$75 each course or all three for $200
FREE for Curator's Council members
Sign up today! Space is limited. Contact us here or call 805.966.5373 x107.

Wednesday, October 29, 6 - 8 pm
Review the commonly mistaken differences between modern and contemporary art. Attain the tools to discern between the two genres and inform the way you interpret and discuss art.

Wednesday, November 12, 6 - 8 pm
Ever stand in front of a contemporary artwork and wonder what the artist was thinking? Don't worry, you are not alone! We will illuminate the visual art world by expanding your understanding of contemporary art.

WednesdayNovember 19, 6 - 8 pm
Delve into the careers of 10 contemporary artists currently abuzz in the art world. We will explore their appeal, their critics, and why, in spite of it all, they are part of today's art canon.

If you want to learn more about supporting MCASB, visit us here!

MCASB advances creativity and inspires critical thinking through meaningful engagement with the art of our time. Learn more.
MCASB galleries are available for rental for your next private event. Click here or contact Nicole Biergiel at or 805.966.5373 x102 to reserve a date.

Monday, October 20, 2014

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents, Tuesday October 21, 8 pm

Author of the No. 1 New York Times Best-sellerFlash Boys

An Evening with
Michael Lewis
$28 - $43 : General Public
$16 : UCSB Students (Current ID required / Limited availability)
Includes facility fee
Available on the Word of Mouth series
Principal Sponsors: Susan & Craig McCaw
Community Partner: Orfalea Foundation

“When it comes to narrative skill, a reporter’s curiosity and an uncanny instinct for the pulse of the zeitgeist, Lewis is a triple threat.” The New York Times

Best-selling author of The Big ShortBoomerang and Liar’s Poker – fascinating reports on Wall Street and the FINANCIAL CRISIS – Michael Lewis is perhaps the best known, most influential financial journalist of our time. His new book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, has been making waves in the news and on Wall Street with its assertion that the U.S. stock market is rigged for the benefit of insiders. Lewis is also the author of The Blind Side andMoneyball, masterful tales of human instinct, determination and compassion. Get your tickets early – this talk is sure to sell out!

Pre-signed books will be available for purchase

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CALM'S Antique and Vintage Show and Sale, Friday January 23, Saturday January 24 and Sunday January 25

80 quality Antiques, Vintage 

and Decorative Arts Dealers

Free Parking


Map of Antique & Vintage Show and Sale to benefit calm

Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara
$6 Adults
$5 Senior (62+) / Child (Under 12 Free) 
(One time purchase applies to all 3 days)

Fall Native Plant Sale at Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara

Welcome to

the Santa Barbara
Botanic Garden

Fall Native Plant Sale
Through Sunday November 2nd
Shop Daily 10am to 5pm

image of California Quail in wildflowers, SBBG MEadow Ground Cover Display ~ photo by Tricia Wardlaw

Come celebrate California native plants with us!

Today, California horticulture is in transition. Gardeners are becoming more interested in the use of native plants, organic fertilizers, and natural ways of combating pests. Taken together, the term "sustainable horticulture" is being used to describe horticultural practices that are least likely to adversely impact the environment. Gardeners are looking for ways to IMPROVE their soil and use less water so they can effectively grow the plants they love.

Why grow California native plants?

For 88 years the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has displayed, studied, and conserved California native plants. Why natives? Native plants are the foundation for healthy ecosystems. They are a source of food, shelter, and medicine. They define the look and geography of our region.

With the simple addition of native plants in your garden or landscape, you will:

  • Celebrate the beauty of our unique California flora
  • Conserve our unique California flora
  • Enjoy the diversity of design choices for the landscape garden
  • Practice sustainability - lower water and fertilizer needs (saves you money and conserves earth's resources)
  • Provide habitat and food for pollinators and other beneficial wildlife
  • Connect with your California heritage and California's natural history 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens Landscape for Life classes begin October 14th

Santa Barabara Botanic Garden logo

Landscape for Life: 5-week course, October 14 - November 11

image of California quail amongst the wildflowers in the groundcover display in the Meadow at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ~ photo by Tricia Wardlaw

How to work with nature in your garden
Classes will meet on October 14, 21 & 28, November 4 & 11

Our newest CERTIFICATE PROGRAM was developed at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Five classes cover all aspects of sustainable landscape, including soil and water resources, plant choices, design and installation - using native plants in drought-tolerant, ecologically healthy home gardens.

Musical Prodigy Charlie Albright, piano. Wednesday Oct 15, Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West

Music Academy of the West
Hahn Hall
October 15th, 7 pm

Santa Barbara Debut
Charlie Albright, piano
7:00 PM
$32 : General Public
$10 : UCSB Students (Current ID required / Limited availability)
Available on the Up Close & Musical series
Up Close & Musical series in Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West sponsored by Dr. Bob Weinman

“Jaw-dropping technique… Virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality.” The New York Times

Recipient of a 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the prestigious 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Charlie Albright is “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” (The Washington Post). As he continues to garner accolades and prizes, this captivating, multi-talented young pianist/composer is blazing his way to fame with his nuanced and coloristic readings. Albright has collaborated five times with revered cellist Yo-Yo Ma. As if his pre-med and economics studies at Harvard and master’s DEGREE FROM the New England Conservatory weren’t impressive enough, he is now pursuing an Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School.

A private reception for Producers Circle members and series subscribers will follow the concert

Schubert: Two Impromptus from op. 90
Janácek: Piano Sonata (1. X. 1905)
Strauss/Schulz-Evler: Concert Arabesques on themes from “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”
Albright: Improvisation
Chopin: Etudes, op. 25