Friday, December 9, 2016

Reminder! Annual Parade of Lights, Sunday, December 18th Santa Barbara Harbor

The Nut Cracker Ballet Saturday December 10



The Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 02:30pm

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents “Nutcracker At The Arlington", with Live, Full Symphony Orchestra (Elise Unruh, Conductor). A true Santa Barbara Holiday Tradition - Celebrating its 42nd Year! Experience this classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as SBFB takes you on a magical journey full of wonder and surprise with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Witness Herr Drosselmeyer’s Clockwork Dolls dance to life, a giant Christmas Tree grow before your eyes, and Rat King and Toy Soldiers Battle through cannon explosions on stage with mischievous Giant Mice! Be transported to the Kingdom of Sweets where wonders galore captivate, with Dancing Snowflakes, enchanting Waltzing Flowers, and audience favorite Mother Ginger.
Under Artistic Director Aimee Lopez, the cast of over 100 features Professional Guest Artists Misa Kuranaga, Principal Dancer with Boston Ballet (Sugar Plum Fairy); Chase Finlay, Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet (Cavalier); Mary LaCroix-Lorh (Snow Queen) and Barrington Lorh (Snow Cavalier), previously with Nevada Ballet Theatre and Las Vegas Contemporary Ballet; and Tracy R. Kofford, Artistic Director of Dance SBCC, along with the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet Performing Company, SBFB conservatory students, and dancers from the UCSB Department of Dance and the Santa Barbara community.
Beautifully costumed and staged, this Nutcracker has delighted generations throughout our Central Coast for decades. Nutcracker At The Arlington is recognized as one of the rare and longest continuously running productions in the USA performed with a live orchestra! This is Santa Barbara’s Nutcracker! This year, we are proud to be honoring the memory of Maestro Ronald Ondrejka, who was instrumental in bringing our first Nutcracker productions to the Arlington stage over 40 years ago.
Three performances: Saturday, Dec. 10th at 2:30pm and 7pm, Sunday, Dec 11th at 2:30pm.
For Tickets ($25-$50) call the Arlington Theatre Box Office at (805) 963-4408 or visit . For Group Ticket Sales, contact Lori at (805) 331-2287.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday December 4th, at 4 pm

Parade of Lights - Santa Barbara Harbor

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights - Sunday, December 11, 2016

The 2016 event marks the 31st Annual Parade of Lights. Get ready for a rip-roaring good time with this year's theme of "Wild West Holiday." It's sure to be a fun and festive one for boat participants to decorate to and should make for a packed entry list with lots to see and enjoy for everyone viewing the parade.
Starting with fun for the entire family at Santa's Village, the event culminates with a 5-7 minute fireworks display at approximately 7 p.m. The boat parade is preceded by Santa’s Village activities beginning at 3 p.m. on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor (by the boats). Hundreds of families come out to play in tons of snow and take photos with Santa to get into the holiday spirit. The first 200 children receive free goody bags from Santa's helpers!
At 5:30 p.m. the annual boat parade will begin with approximately 25 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Judging takes place at Stearns Wharf and boats are awarded donated cash and prizes in five categories. Best viewing locations include Stearns Wharf and the breakwater. Then stay for the fireworks show after the parade to end your night with a bang.
Event admission is free! For more parade information contact the Harbormaster’s Office at (805) 564-5531.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Folk and Tribal Arts Market Place, December 2-4

Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace

Friday, December 2, 2016
10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, 2016
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Shop and experience the world’s traditional cultures through folk art.
The Folk & Tribal Art Marketplace, the largest folk art show in Southern California Treasure seekers will be able to find a fantastic selection of baskets, décor, ethnographic art, furniture, jewelry, pottery, rugs, sculpture, and more. Whether you are shopping for a gift or adding to your collection, you can shop around the world for the truly unique, and exotic treasures.
And while at the Museum, enjoy tantalizing cuisine at the Tribal Arts Café , stroll through the Museum’s picturesque grounds, and then continue shopping around the world.

FREE Admission and parking.

Proceeds from the Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace support the exhibits and science education programs at the Museum and Sea Center.
For more information about the Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace, or if you have any questions, please contact Amy Carpenter, Director of Visitor Services, at 805-682-4711 ext. 123 or e-mail

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Reagan Ranch Round Table December 2, 2016

Event Overview

You are invited to join us for a special Reagan Ranch Roundtable featuring Lieutenant Colonel Allen West on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 12:00 noon. Tickets cost $45/person. Full time, undergraduate students are free (but RSVP is still required).
Please RSVP by calling (805) 957-1980 or emailing us at
About the Wendy P. McCaw Reagan Ranch Roundtable Series:
Our premier series at the Reagan Ranch Center, the Reagan Ranch Roundtable is a monthly luncheon that typically attracts 175-200 top student activists, Foundation supporters and local conservative allies. In the past, these events have included leading Conservative voices, including Governors Tim Pawlenty and Bobby Jindal, Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver NorthVictor Davis Hanson, Ambassador John Bolton, Dr. Robert George, Michelle Malkin and others.
About Lieutenant Colonel Allen West:
Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was a Battalion Commander in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and later in Afghanistan. He received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year.
After his retirement from the Army in 2004, Allen taught high school for a year before returning to Afghanistan as a civilian military adviser to the Afghan army, an assignment he finished in November 2007.
In November of 2010, Allen was honored to continue his oath of service to his country when he was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. As a member of the 112th Congress, he sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees and was instrumental in passage of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
Allen is currently the Executive Director and Chairman of the Board for National Center for Policy Analysis, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. Its goal is to develop and promote private, free-market alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.
He is also a Fox News Contributor, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and regularly writes for numerous media outlets.
Allen is an avid distance runner, a Master SCUBA diver and motorcyclist. His wife, Angela, holds an MBA and Ph.D. and is a financial planner. His older daughter, Aubrey, attends college in south Florida, and his younger daughter Austen, is in high school.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

22nd La Arcade Christmas Walk

2015 La Arcada Christmas Walk

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dia de los Muertos - Santa Barbara Museum of Art- Sunday October 23

Dia de los Muertos 2016

Sunday October 23rd 1-4 pm - Free

For the 27th year the Santa Barbara Museum of Art honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries, front steps, and back plaza including music, dance performances, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival October 15th

Harbor & Seafood Festival Website

Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival - October 15, 2016

The annual Harbor and Seafood Festival is Santa Barbara’s signature Autumn event. Timed with the opening of lobster season, the festival is presented by the City, Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, Inc., Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants’ Association, and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Festival-goers will meet local fishermen and enjoy fresh lobster, crab, prawns, and other local-caught seafood. Live entertainment and other family-oriented activities round out a full day of fun. Event admission is free. For more festival information, including vendor lists and directions and parking, contact the Harbormaster’s Office at (805) 897-1961 or visit our website
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Main Harbor, 132-Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Admission: Free

Antiques, Decorative Arts & Vintage Show and Sale, October 14, 15, and 16


Antique & Vintage Show and Sale to benefit calm 
Antique store in California
AddressEarl Warren Show Grounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Antique show in Santa Barbara, California featuring 80 Quality Antiques, Vintage and Decorative Arts Dealers at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, ...

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Santa Barbara Area October 2016 Events

Santa Barbara October 2016 Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 1 Oktoberfest 2016, The Brewhouse, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Observe Oktoberfest at The BrewhouseJoin in the merriment with live German music and authentic German beer. The talented can take part in a stein carrying or bratwurst eating contests. Embrace all things German on this Saturday night.

Sunday, October 2  Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. September 30 to Oct. 2, 2016
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The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration showcases the evolution of world class instruments. Musicians won't want to miss opportunities to participate in master classes in multiple genres. Don't forget to buy a raffle ticket and get a chance to win a wonderful guitar. See website for Friday & Saturday times.

Monday, October 3 Jerry Douglas Band, Lobero Theatre, 8 p.m.
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Soak up the glorious and soothing sounds of the resonator guitar. Multiple Grammy award winning artist Jerry Douglas steps up onto the Lobero stage and presents his best. Special guest Maura O'Connell.

Tuesday, October 4 Macbeth, The New Vic, 7 p.m.
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The Ensemble Theater raises the curtain on the 2016 - 2017 season with an impressive performance of Macbeth. Shakespeare's classic tale of political ambition, murder, and mayhem will keep audiences glued to their seats.

Wednesday, October 5  Senior Expo, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 10 a.m. to
5 p.m.

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Santa Barbara seniors will find a wealth of information at the Senior Expo. Over 100 vendors provide guidance in areas of medical and legal issues. Health screenings and flu shots will be onsite. Live music creates a fun filled atmosphere for valued Santa Barbara residents in their golden years.

Thursday, October 6  The Who, Santa Barbara Bowl, 6:30 p.m.
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Legendary The Who rocks the Santa Barbara Bowl. With over 100 million records sold, hits will surely be performed one after another. Don't miss this legendary band in their first Santa Barbara appearance. Special guest Tal Wilkenfeld opens the show.

Friday, October 7  Celebration of Harvest Weekend, Santa Barbara Tasting Rooms, Friday 11 a.m. to Monday 5 p.m. 
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This weekend is all about the annual Celebration of Harvest. Tasting rooms throughout Santa Barbara County will host events. Start off with an event dinner Friday evening at the Wine Cask at 6:30 p.m. Samplings, demonstrations, live music and silent auctions are all part of the weekend's entertainment. Vintners Visas are available for those wanting to participate on multiple days. A complete listing of Santa Barbara city events is available online.

Saturday, October 8  Lotusland Auction & Sale, Lotusland, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
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Gardeners will be in heaven during the Lotusland Auction and Sale where hard to find plants are offered up. This is not just any sale but a party too. Wine, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are served on the lawn. A live auction will be in action with rare plant species up for grabs. Other treasure will tempt plant lovers in a silent auction.

Sunday, October 9 Studio Sunday, Santa Barbara Museum of Art,
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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Amazing art is created on the steps of the museum this Sunday. This week's medium is watercolor. Projects are inspired by artist John Tunnard's Last Day. Participants will not only receive expert artistic instruction but complimentary admission to the museum. Watch your artistic talent grown with repeat visits to this wonderful program.

Monday, October 10  Pumpkin Patch, Lane Farms 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Search for the perfect pumpkin at Lane Farms. Open all month long the pumpkin patch is filled with want-to-be jack-o-lanterns waiting to be chosen and carved. There are farm animals to fawn over and a corn maze to make your way through. Autumn fun for everyone.

Tuesday, October 11 Honne, SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 9 p.m.
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The soulful duo of Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatcher perform at the SOhO. Their latest achievement, Warm On A Cold Night reflects their music which iis heartfelt and deep. The team claims the material focuses on "the good days and bad of relationships in 2016." Doors open an hour prior to showtime.

Wednesday, October 12  Happy Hour, The Sandbar, 3 to 7 p.m.
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What better way to spend hump day than enjoying happy hour at The Sandbar. Buy one drink and get one for a quarter. Share some Nachos De La Casa with a friend on Sundays through Fridays. Wind down the workday at The Sandbar.

Thursday, October 13 The Medford Brig Pilgrim - 1825, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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Speaker Randy Biddle shares insight on the mystery of the The Medford Brig Pilgrim. The intrigue of the disappearance of this historical ship is expanded on. A members only reception begins at 6:15. What a great time to become a Maritime Museum Member!

Friday, October 14  The Moving Wall, Chase Palm Park, 8 p.m.
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Chase Palm Park becomes the temporary home for The Moving Wall, a traveling exhibit honoring Vietnam Veterans. From October 12th to 17th, this smaller version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. stands proud for all to see. Names of  veterans are etched into panels including those local to Santa Barbara County. Come and pay tribute to those who served and get a glimpse of history.  

Saturday, October 15  Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival, Main Harbor, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. 
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Meet local fisherman at the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival. This signature autumn event offers tastes of fresh lobster, crabs, prawns and more. Enjoy live entertainment and other activities. Kids of all ages will love the harbor patrol fire boat demonstration.

Sunday, October 16  Eye In The Sky Fundraiser, Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Meet live birds of prey at the Santa Barbara Audubon Society's Raptor Education Fundraiser event. This day of free fun will include live bird presentations, games,  and arts and crafts. Great prizes will be raffled off.

Monday, October 17  Francoise Mouly & Anita Kunz, Campbell Hall, UCSB,
7:30 p.m.

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World renowned editor in comics and illustration Francoise Mouly presents as part of the UCSB Arts and Lectures program. Mouly was an incredible influence in the changing of perception of periodical cover art from whimsical to politically satirical. Artist Anita Kunz also presents and has graced the covers of TimeNew Yorker andRolling Stone.

Tuesday, October 18  James Blake, The Arlington Theatre, 8 p.m.
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It's a lively night with James Blake at The Arlington. Grammy nominated singer and songwriter brings a one of a kind performance with his current effort which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Electronic/Dance Chart.

Wednesday, October 19  Fall Morning Bird Walk, The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 8:30 to 10 a.m. 
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Explore the meadow, creek and garden grounds at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Search out fanciful feathered creatures and see how many local species you can spot. Remember the early bird gets the worm.

Thursday, October 20  When The Lights Go Out, Lobero Theatre, 8 p.m.
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Experience an immersive theatrical program at the Lobero Theatre with When The Lights Go Out. A dramatic mix of cabaret, multi-media and acrobatics blend into a masterful performance. The Santa Barbara Independent declares, " There's no limit set on where the night can go." Event runs through October 22nd.

Friday, October 21  Boo At The Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo, Club, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Trick-or-treat with a twist is happening at the zoo. Spooky trails will thrill and chill participants. Encounter creepers and crawlers, play games and hear scary stories. Event takes place October 21st to October 23rd with various times. Let this be your Halloween tradition.

Saturday, October 22  Santa Barbara 100, Leadbetter Beach,  7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Experienced cyclists are challenged at the SB 100. A rigorous course takes riders from Leadbetter Beach up through the foothills and orchards and above to La Cumbre Peak. Once at the top overlooking the gorgeous Santa Barbara coast, riders cruise back down past Hope Ranch and back down to the finish line. This robust trip consists of 100 miles and is not for the faint of heart.

Sunday, October 23   Dia de Los Muertos, Santa Barbara Museum Of Art,
1 to 4 p.m.

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Santa Barbara Museum of Art celebrates the Dia de los Muertos. Various activities will be held throughout the grounds including music and dance performances. Art projects, storytelling and themed displays honor the festivities.

Monday, October 24  Yoga and Mindful Meditation, La Casa de Maria, 9 a.m.
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Expand your mind and body with yoga and meditation. Beginners and those who practice on a regular basis will find Monday meditation sessions at La Casa de Maria both energizing and inspiring. This is a perfect way to start the week off right.

Tuesday, October 25 Lil Buck,Granada Theatre, 8 p.m.
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Dance sensation Lil Buck moves to the groove at the Granada Theatre. With a critically acclaimed performance at the Lincoln Center and a tour with Madonna under his belt, Lil Buck knows how to perform.

Wednesday, October 26  Author Signing & Discussion, Chaucer's Books,
7 p.m.

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Local author Ernie Witham is in town to discuss his latest effort, Where Are Pat And Ernie Now?  This humorous novel takes time to find amusement in the little things and everyday happenings. Funny stories are told from real life experiences such as driving on the wrong side of the road while traveling. Don't miss out on this author signing and a great read.   

Thursday, October 27  Norah Jones, Santa Barbara Bowl7 p.m. 
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Multiple Grammy award winning artist Norah Jones will perform under the starry skies of the Santa Barbara Bowl. Describing the album as a project that brings her full circle her performance is sure to be amazing.

Friday, October 28  An Introduction To Pranic Healing, Paradise Found,
6:30 to 8 p.m.

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Delve into the world of Pranic healing. Self healing techniques, aura and chakra enhancements and ways to fight fatigue and anxiety are all touched upon. Instructor Chantal Evrard has been expertly trained and practicing for twenty years.

Saturday, October 29  2016 Walk To End Alzheimer's, Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort, 9 a.m.
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Santa Barbara residents join together in support of those battling Alzheimer's disease. The annual 5K starts off at the Fess Parker and strolls along Cabrillo Blvd. Get involved and support a wonderful cause.

Sunday, October 30  PEP'S Halloween Event, Oak Park, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Bring the little ones to Oak Park for some early afternoon fun. Plump pumpkins will be raffled off between face painting and other activities. Come in costume and get into the spirit of things.

Monday, October 31  Super Heroes v. Villaines, Blush, 8 p.m.
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It is good versus evil at Blush this Halloween! Costumed guests claim goodness or evil in their attire. A costume contest rewards best villain and best super hero with a  gift card. This will be an spooktacular Halloween party!