Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Giraffe Awareness Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo June 24th

Santa Barbara Zoo

Giraffe Awareness Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara;

June 24 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Informal celebration in honor of World Giraffe Day with activities focusing on the Zoo’s herd of Masai giraffes. Check back later, or visit the entry kiosk for more information.
Cost: free with Zoo admission.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Fiesta Ranchera June 15 at Rancho La Patera, June 16

FR2016 Flyer

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fiesta Ranchera 5–10pm

This collaborative event with Goleta Valley Historical Society and Old Spanish Days is a party not to be missed! With strong support from the City of Goleta and local companies, this event is held at the historical Rancho la Patera Gardens for an evening of fabulous food from local restaurants. The evening also includes performances from the 2017 Spirit and Junior Spirit and Fiesta, live entertainment, and ending the evening with dancing among the gardens to Area 51.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bugs at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Bugs outside the Box Exhibit
Bugs... Outside the Box
Now open through September 10, 2017

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is crawling with excitement as it presents its newest exhibit, Bugs... Outside the Box. Now is your chance to examine all the intricacies of the insect world...without a microscope! From beetles to butterflies, the exhibition features a literal army of giant bug sculptures with one aim in mind - shining a light on museum collections, taxonomy, and the power of magnification. Come experience where SCIENCE and ART collide!

Plan Your Visit

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Mission Canyon Campus: 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara.
A cluster of Spanish Revival-style buildings comprising 87,000
s.f. of space, set on 17 acres of riparian oak woodland along
Mission Creek.

the Mission Canyon Campus is located just behind the Old 
Mission and offers visitors of all ages a wealth of things to 
see and do. Walk right up to a life size, 74-foot Blue
Whale skeleton. Enjoy informative exhibit halls about birds, 
insects, mammals, marine life, fossils, and Native Americans. 
Contemplate the beauty of nature and the confluences of nature, 
history, science, and the arts in the Maximus Art Gallery. 
Browse and read in the beautiful 
Museum Library, including its excellent children’s collection. 
Wander and explore the Nature Trail along Mission Creek. 
Experience the wonder and excitement of space exploration 
in the Space Lab and Gladwin Planetarium. Purchase 
mementos and unique gifts at the Museum Store. 
Enjoy our changing exhibit offerings.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Antiques, Decorative Arts and Vintage Show and Sale May 12, 13, 14

May 12, 13, and 14
Friday and Saturday 11 am - 6 pm
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm
Earl Warren Show Grounds, Santa Barbara
FREE Parking

Ladies FREE on Mother's Day
$6 adults, $5 Seniors, Children under 12 Free
One time purchase applies to all 3 days

At the same time, the CALM Auxiliary will be sponsoring the Santa Barbara Gift Show and Sale also located at Earl Warren Show Grounds in Warren Hall. The Gift Show and Sale will feature over 100 vendors selling  artwork, jewelry, clothing, gourmet food items, gift-ware, hand-bags, fashion accessories, cookware, cosmetics, candles and much, much more. Entry and parking are free.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

My Little Tribute Garden in Santa Barbara

a little bit of Paradise

We moved from an acre 3 years ago to a small Garden Patio
which I can maintain myself
Spring has sprung and Summer is on her way!

this was the beginning 3 years ago
the pictures below is what it looks like now
beautiful fountain installed by Eye of the Day
 this little patio garden was all concrete
when we came here
 with nothing growing
 my darling husband and I with some help from
son Jon
 installed and planted all of this 3 years ago
 everything growing here today either 
came with us
or started anew here
 These Epiphyllums came along
I rescued these 'Orchid Cacti' from a client's yard
 this orchid is a re-bloom
this fountain was my husband's last project
 it makes me think of him every day
 these bird baths traveled with us
 Red Reedstem Epidendrums 
many started from 'pups'
 many succulents began from one small rosette
 this is where the bunnies dig under the fence
 birdseed tray

 front court-yard
gift from dear friend
 flowering succulents
 50+ year old Cymbidium came from my mom
and has at least 20 spikes each year
I know I got my love for gardening from her

re-bloom of Laelia Orchid purchased several years 
ago at the annual
Orchid Show in Santa Barbara 

 my husband loved his rain gauge
he would have been happy to see it fill
this past rain season
 yellow epis and yellow 
Banksia Rose Hedge
Night Jasmine, first year bloom
 new Monarch Butterfly drying his wings
came from my Milk Weed nursery
more Epidendrum Orchids
I have 4 colors

this gorgeous Angel Trumpet was
given to me as a small cutting

my darling husband made this beautiful
garden for me
his love is surrounds me
Thank you Doug 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

The Museum of Natural History 
Sea Center
is located on Stearns Wharf

Stop by any time for a visit

Sea CenterVisitor Information
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Located on Stearns Wharf at the end of State Street, the Sea Center is owned and operated by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and offers numerous marine exhibits and aquaria and a window on the Santa Barbara Channel.Sea Center
211 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Telephone: 805-962-2526

The Sea Center is open daily between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Sea Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (at 3pm), Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

  • Adults: $8.50
  • Seniors (65 and over): $7.50
  • Teens (13-17 years): $7.50
  • Children (2-12 years): $6.00
  • Children under 2 years FREE
  • Museum Members FREE

    TRAVEL TIP: Get the SB Nature Pass and enjoy unlimited admission to both the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center for two days for one low price. Ask your Sea Center Admissions Representative for more information.


  • From the North: Take U.S. Hwy 101 south to the Garden Street exit. Turn right (towards the ocean) at the offramp stop light.
  • From the South: Take U.S. Hwy 101 north to the Garden Street exit. Turn left (towards the ocean) at the offramp stop light.
  • After exiting the freeway, proceed on Garden Street to Cabrillo Blvd.
  • Turn right onto Cabrillo Blvd.
  • Turn left onto Stearns Wharf at the intersection of Cabrillo Blvd. and State Street.
  • Drive onto the pier, and the Sea Center is to your left as you drive onto Stearns Wharf. Public parking on Stearns Wharf is free for the first 90 minutes with ticket validation by a wharf merchant.
  • TRAVEL TIP: The Sea Center is about 10 minutes away from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. While at the Sea Center, get the SB Nature Pass and enjoy unnlimited admission to both venues for two days for one low price.

Or attend one of the many lectures at the Fleishman Auditorium in the Museum 
on 2959 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara

(near the SB Mission)

TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean 
An enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide.
Thursday, May 28, 2017
7:00-8:30 PM
Farrand Hall at the Museum
Join writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White, the author of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, as he takes readers across the globe on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide. Jonathan will highlight excerpts and stories from his travels ranging from discussions on tides with French monks to Arctic Inuit elders historical perspective on tidal spirits and the threats of rising sea level.
Buy Tickets $10 Members; $12 non-members 

Power of Pets

Power of Pets

What is the best size home for you?

Goldilocks Mindset

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ganna Walska Lotusland

Time to visit Lotusland! Visit the Horticulture Clock and the Topiary Garden.
Ralph Stevens designed the clock in 1955; the face and hands were originally planted entirely in succulents and copper Zodiac signs were made by Gunnar Thielst. The face was eventually covered in colored stone with a single outer band of succulents in 1966. The clock was renovated in 1997/1998 with grant from Towbes Foundation. Sam Demachki of Ironwood Designs recreated the 12 signs of the zodiac. In the 1950s, Madame Walska had large, looming topiary animals surrounding the clock in what was called her horticultural zoo. Over time these forms declined and were removed. New frames mimic the shapes of MGW’s original topiary circus were installed in 2001 and were designed and fabricated by Lori Ann David.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Santa Barbara Kite Festival Sunday 4/9/2017



“It’s time to fly!” As fleeting as time can be, this year’s theme for the 32nd annual Santa Barbara Kite Festival is “It’s time to fly!” Festival organizers grabbed hold of today’s time change to announce the theme for the 2017 Santa Barbara Kite Festival, coming 11am-5pm Sunday April 9th to the Great Meadow (the west campus lawn) at Santa Barbara City College’s west campus, 973 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, California. Kite Master Rakesh Bahadur said “Kite flying is timeless. It brings families and friends together. This year’s theme celebrates the time that families and friends spend together.” 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

72nd Santa Barbara International Orchid Show March 17-19

Orchid Mystique
Orchid lovers, flower fans and admirers of all things wild and wonderful, save the dates!  On March 17-19, 2017, Santa Barbara International Orchid Show ( returns to Earl Warren Showgrounds in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.  Thousands of blooms in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture, will be showcased at the show, one of the country’s largest and oldest celebrations of orchids.
The 72nd annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show’s theme, “Orchid Mystique,” pays homage to a family of flowering plants that boast 25,000 species, among which beauty is ubiquitous and uniqueness is commonplace.  Some are sexy (One species attracts male bees by mimicking the look, scent and feel of a female bee) while others are secretive (it took scientists years to find a moth with a foot-long tongue for pollinating an orchid that hides nectar 12 inches deep).
The three-day Orchid Show highlights bold and beautiful horticultural innovations and feats of evolution represented by more than 50 orchid exhibitors and vendors from around the world.  A highlight of this year’s event is the vanilla orchid, which will add taste to the list of senses stimulated by the diverse array of plants.
Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is open Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19 from 9am to 5pm daily at Earl Warren Showgrounds, located in Santa Barbara at Highway 101 and Las Positas Road.  General admission is $14; seniors, students with ID and advance group sales (minimum 25) are $12; and children 12 and under are free with an adult.
For more information, tickets and directions, click here

Friday, March 10, 2017