Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Greek Festival in Santa Barbara August 1 and 2

[Santa Barbara Greek Festival]

Festival Schedule

Listen to the distinctive sounds of the bouzouki and other exotic instruments played by authentic Greek musicians who perform traditional and popular songs. Delight in the beauty of the elaborate costumes worn by performers as they share their carefully practiced steps and intricate dances with the enthusiastic audience.
Take advantage of a free Greek dance lesson, and enjoy participating in the same dances you would perform in the traditional villages of Greece. Dance the afternoon away, eat a little (or a lot), shop in the Greek marketplace, relax and enjoy yourself under the oaks in the warm embrace of the best Greek culture has to offer.
Santa Barbara Greek Festival at Oak Park
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 - 2, 2015
Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Clock Tower at the Santa Barbara Courthouse now ADA Accessible

View from the Clock Tower is AMAZING!

The Santa Barbara Courthouse clock tower has reopened after making improvements for those with mobility challenges.
Santa Barbara County held a small ceremony earlier today with an inaugural elevator ride for the reopening of the clock tower now that access improvements are complete.
Up until this month's reopening, the 40-year old tower elevator stopped short of the observation tower landing. A short series of steps had to be climbed to reach the top level, making sweeping vistas inaccessible to people with mobility challenges.
The elevator modernization project was paid for by a combination of federal stimulus dollars and bond money for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance work.
Now the panoramic views from the historic observation deck are accessible to everyone.

(information from

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Night Movies at the SB Courthouse Sunken Gardens

Sponsored by UCSB Arts & Lectures

Great American Movie Musicals this Summer
The Wizard of Oz
8:30 PM
Bring blankets, a picnic and your friends!
Sunken Garden lawn open for setup starting at noon

Whisked away by a swirling tornado, 12-year-old Dorothy (Judy Garland), her dog Toto, and even her Kansas farmhouse sail over the rainbow and into the dazzling land of Oz. Befriended by a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man with no heart and a cowardly lion – and protected by a pair of enchanted ruby slippers – Dorothy soon learns there’s no place like home. Journey to the Emerald City in this colorful musical classic based on L. Frank Baum’s treasured book series. (Victor Fleming, 1939, 101 min.)

Costume contest alert! Friday, July 17, come dressed as your favorite character from The Wizard of Oz for a chance to win a pair of tickets to A&L's National Geographic Live series. The contest will begin at 8:15 PM.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

California Wine Festival - Santa Barbara, July 16-July 18

California Wine Festival – Santa Barbara – July 16 – 18, 2015

California Wine Festival - Santa Barbara

Date & Time: Thu, Jul 16, 2015 – Sat, Jul 18, 2015 - 07/16 6:30pm-9pm, 07/17 6:30pm-9pm, 07/18 1pm-4pm (VIPs 12pm
External Link: Event Website
Don't miss our 12th Annual California Wine Festival, in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state! This beautiful city is the original home of the CWF, a spectacular gathering of wine, food, music and fun at the beach! A true world-class resort city, Santa Barbara attracts sophisticated visitors from around the world many of whom spend a few days by the beach tasting great California wines. A hip crowd of thousands of wine lovers flock to our three-day Festival, making this one of the most desirable wine wine consumer event of the year! Voted Top Food & Wine Festivals in 2014 by Trip Advisor



Old Spanish Nights Tasting – $49 advance price
Thursday, July 16, 2015 6:30-9pm
15 E De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

A true celebration of wines, foods and music true to Santa Barbara’s Spanish roots. The historic De La Guerra Adobe Courtyard, site of the original Spanish fiesta in downtown Santa Barbara, provides the perfect setting for this exciting evening of wine and food festivities. A large contingent of wineries will showcase their world-class wines accompanied by a spicy array of appetizers from top local restaurants. Colorful Flamenco dancers, accompanied by blazing guitars and hot Latin sounds will keep everyone ‘caliente’ throughout the event.

CAB Collective Tasting – Paso’s Cab Comeback – $50 advance price
Friday, July 17, 2015 5-6pm
The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort
633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Santa Barbara, CA
Paso’s Cab Comeback

With the recent rise of Rhone wines, Bordeaux-focused producers from Paso Robles are working hard to remind all that this is a promised land for Cabernet Sauvignon. Listen to a few esteemed producers explain how they’re elevating their brands and bottles to be able to compete with Napa Valley and other regions more known for Bordeaux wines.

Sunset Reserve & Rare Wine Tasting – $110 advance price
Friday, July 17, 2015 6:30-9pm
Chase Palm Park Plaza at the Carousel
223 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Santa Barbara, CA

Limited to just 300 ticketholders, this is the toughest ticket in town! California’s best winemakers dust off their rare and reserve level bottles in a wine-lovers fantasy night of sipping the good stuff! Some wines being poured are impossible to buy and are no longer in distribution. A sparkling champagne reception greets guests who will then be treated to Napa trophy cabs, rare bottles from Sonoma, old vine wines from the high Sierras and the best from California’s Central Coast and Santa Barbara County. Top chefs from Santa Barbara’s most popular restaurants will prepare amazing hot and cold gourmet appetizers while live music keeps things cool. The charming old-world carousel at Chase Palm Park Plaza provides the backdrop for this romantic summer night under the stars. A silent auction of fine wines, exotic super-sized-wine bottles including dozens of magnums, double magnums and special luxury wine trips will raise money for The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Beachside Wine Festival – $69 advance price
Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 1-4pm (VIPs 12pm)
236 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This is CWF’s signature wine event. Thousands of wine lovers pour into Santa Barbara’s sun-splashed beachside location for a day of sun, sea, wine, food, and music. Hundreds of premium California wines are served up along with the best of the regional microbreweries, local top chefs, food purveyors and vendors of all things related to wine.

Santa Barbara Concerts in the Park - Captain Cardiac & the Coronaries - Thursday, July 16th, 6:30pm

Friday, July 3, 2015




In Congress, July 4, 1776

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rightsthat among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from consent of the governed. 

That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Have a Healthy, Safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Carla Reeves, Village Properties
Helping to make the American Dream of Home Ownership a reality for over 30 years!

Old Fashioned 4th of July

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Rancho La Patera and Stow House
304 North Los Carneros, Goleta
805 681-7216
Invites the community to join in the Good Land for

Live Music, Museum Fun, Kids Activities,
Old Engine Show, Classic Cars, Hayrides

11-4 pm July 4th

Adults $7, kids are free.  Fun pass available for $5
(no dogs please)

Join us for our 41th annual hometown festival!  The community is invited to celebrate Independence Day in an old-time, family-friendly atmosphere.
Something For Everyone!
Children of all ages will enjoy a day of live music, classic cars, hayrides, pony rides, an old engine show, tours, various games, and much more. The festival also features local artists who will be selling their handmade products.
Great Entertainment!
All day entertainment will include live music by local bluegrass and country bands:
11:00 am  Ventucky String Band
12:30 pm  Salt Martians
2:00 pm   The Rawhides

Country Catering will be preparing their famous BBQ and visitors will also be able to cool off with ice cream, Stow House lemonade and local favorite, Hollister Brewing Company beer.
Thank You Sponsors!  
The event is presented by Gold Sponsor MarBorg Industries. According to Mario Borgatello, President, “As a family-owned company, it is our pleasure to sponsor this traditional Independence Day celebration for the community.  We love the small town feel!” Additional supporters of the festival include Silver Sponsors: LBPS Events, and Hollister Brewing Company.. Bronze sponsors include, and Montecito Bank & Trust.
Kids Love The 4th!
Parents can purchase a “Fun Pass” for $5, which will provide children with a punch card with activities to choose from: temporary tattoos, face painting, carnival-style games, hayrides, and more.  Pony rides are purchased separately.
The celebration is July 4th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, with free entrance for children and Goleta Valley Historical Society Members

Cold Spring Tavern Weekend July 3-5




Entertainment here at the tavern is not just run of the mill. We have groups and bands that have developed quite a following wherever they go.  We do schedule up and coming groups on Friday nights during the summer and most of them are very, very good!  They're new and some we've never heard of before but everybody has to start somewhere and we are usually pleasantly surprised.  Besides, we like to give a hand up to new local groups and we think you will enjoy them.  That's Friday nights during the summer.  Remember!

Sundays are SPECIAL!  If you've never been here on a Sunday, you really need to give it a try.  The music is great and the Tri-Tip sandwiches are the best you'll ever taste.  Sundays bring together people from all different walks of life and everybody just has a good time.  You will enjoy it. 

Entertainment Schedule
Fri. July 3 Pocket Change 7-10 
Sat. July 4 Stolen Thunder 2-5/ no evening music         
Sun. July 5 Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan 1:15-4/ Mark Roberts Band 4:30-7:30         

Hours of Operation

Lunch 11 AM - 3 PM
Dinner begins at 5 PM

Breakfast 8 AM - 11 AM
Lunch 11 AM - 3 PM
Dinner begins at 5 PM

Lunch reservations are recommended only for groups of six or more.  
Dinner reservations are always recommended.

Our famous Cold Spring Chili, Soups, Salads and Beverages 
are available between 3 and 5 PM daily


information from Cold Spring Tavern website.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 4th Symphony Concert at the Sunken Gardens

The West Coast Symphony Orchestra 
will present its annual free Fourth 
of July Concert in the historic 
Santa Barbara County Courthouse 
Sunken Gardens at 5pm Saturday, 
July 4th — a concert of traditional 
patriotic American music
Don't miss this free Fourth of July concert of inspiring 
and patriotic American orchestral masterpieces 
presented by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra 
at 5pm Saturday, July 4th in the historic Santa Barbara 
County Courthouse Sunken Gardens. The early 
performance will allow plenty of time for the audience 
to enjoy a post-concert dinner downtown and walk to 
the fireworks show off Santa Barbara Harbor. The 
West Coast Symphony Orchestra, under the direction 
of Founder/Conductor Christopher Story VI and 
Associate Conductor Dr. Michael Shasberger, will 
present a concert of American favorites* including 
Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man; music 
from the movie Lincoln by John Williams; Songs 
of America by Irving Berlin; This Land is Your 
Land; America The Beautifuland John Philip 
Sousa's Stars & Stripes Forever.