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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo Princess Weekend March 11-12

  • Mar 11 at 10 AM to Mar 12 at 3 PM

  • Santa Barbara Zoo
    500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, California 93103

Two days=twice the tiaras! We’re expanding our annual Princess Day to Princess WEEKEND on March 11 and 12! 

Help us celebrate Frog Awareness Day from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. each day by meeting your favorite princesses, enjoying special crafts and activities, and learning more about frog conservation efforts. Princesses, knights, and frog lovers alike are welcome! 

Free with Zoo admission.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

CALM'S Celebrity Authors' Luncheon March 4th

Celebrity Authors Luncheon

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort and Hotel
Individual tickets are $150
Fannie Flagg’s career started in the fifth grade when she wrote, directed, and starred in her first play, titled The Whoopee Girls, and she has not stopped since. At age nineteen she began writing and producing television specials, and later wrote for and appeared on Candid Camera. She then went on to distinguish herself as an actress and a writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the bestselling author of Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!; Standing in the Rainbow; A Redbird Christmas; Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven; I Still Dream About You; and The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion. Flagg’s script for the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for an Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Award and won the highly regarded Scripter Award for best screenplay of the year. Flagg is the winner of the Harper Lee Prize. Flagg lives happily in California and Alabama.
Fannie Flagg
Dianne Dixon is a double Emmy nominee and winner of the prestigious Humanitas prize for outstanding accomplishment in writing for television. She was Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Pitzer College in Claremont, California and has taught screenwriting at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media. The Other Sister is Dianne’s third novel. Her second novel The Book of Someday was a featured 2013 Buzz Book at the largest publishing trade fair in the US. And her debut novel The Language of Secrets was named a Top Ten New Fiction title by Amazon.
Dianne Dixon
Craig Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/BibliObs. Death Without Company, the Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award winner and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty, selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year, was a New York Times best seller, as was As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackoff. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.
Craig Johnson
Kate McDermott is an award-winning self-taught home baker who has taught pie making to thousands across the United States and in Europe at her Art of the Pie workshops and Pie Camps. McDermott has been featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Huffington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Relish Magazine, New York Times, Boston Globe, Saveur Magazine, Bon Appetit, The Splendid Table, NPR, and Her first book, Art of the Pie, was awarded a coveted starred review by Publisher’s Weekly, is a Library Journal Best Book of 2016, Leite’s Culinaria Best Cookbook of 2016, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Best Cookbooks of 2016, Eat Your Books Best Cookbooks of 2016, Washington Post Best Cookbooks of 2016, InStyle Best Fall 2016 Cookbooks, Best Cookbooks of 2016, and Sunset Magazine’s November 2016 Cookbook of the Month. She lives at Pie Cottage in Port Angeles, Washington with her sweet German Shepherd Gretapie.
Kate Mcdermott

Non-Interviewed Authors

Marina Delio The Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Kathie Deviny Death in the Old Rectory
Judith Groudine Finkel Where Danger Lurks
John Gherini Santa Cruz Island, An Illustrated History
Erin Graffy de Garcia & Tom Mielko Animalia, Portraits in Poetry & Pencil
Kim Hooper People Who Knew Me
Patti Jacquemain Heads & Tales
Bruce Kirkpatrick Lumberjack Jesus
Eric Peterson The Dining Car
Judi Zucker & Shari Zucker The Memory Diet
Master of Ceremonies: Andrew Firestone
Susan Miles Gulbransen, daughter of CALM founder Claire Miles, will be interviewing Fannie Flagg.
Hank Phillippi Ryan and Tom Weitzel will interview Dianne Dixon, Craig Johnson, and Kate McDermott.
Hank Phillippi Ryan will be signing her newest book “Say No More”
Please direct questions to Laura Barella at (805) 969-5590.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Santa Barbara's Bacara Resort Hosts, "The World of Pinot Noir"

World of Pinot Noir in Your Glass

Annual Celebration of the ‘Heartbreak Grape’ Comes to Bacara Resort

Though it took the Hollywood help of Sideways — let’s just get that mandatory nod out of the way — pinot noir was always primed for the spotlight. Not only does this grape originally from France’s famed Burgundy region present an unparalleled array of aromas and flavors ranging from fruit to flower to forest, but the fickle variety also tends to be grown in the most dramatic of landscapes by the most interesting of people. Behind every great pinot is a unique combination of geography, geology, and human ingenuity, making the wines merely windows into much deeper sagas of people and place.
On the first weekend of March each year, the World of Pinot Noir celebrates this so-called “heartbreak grape,” bringing hundreds of pinot-philes to the Bacara Resort for two jam-packed days of tasting and talking. There’s way too many producers, panels, and dinners to mention at once, but here’s a cheat sheet for those seeking guidance next weekend, Thursday-Saturday, March 2-4.
See for the full schedule and tickets.

Talley Book @ Grand Tastings

The Talley family started farming in the Arroyo Grande Valley in 1948, but it wasn’t until they started making pinot and chardonnay in the early 1980s that their name became known across the Central Coast. Today, Brian and Johnine Talley lead the vineyard and winery operations and remain involved with their extended family in Talley Farms, which wholesales vegetables all around the country as well as through their popular CSA (community-supported agriculture) program. “That’s been such an incredible shot in the arm for our business,” said Brian of this direct-to-consumer option they now offer to fans from San Luis Obispo to northern Santa Barbara County.
This year, the Talleys are releasing a beautiful book of family lore and recipes called Our California Table: Celebrating the Seasons with the Talley Family. Featuring photographs by Lompoc’s own Jeremy Ball, the book, which was written by Brian, discusses the value of family, profiles various vegetables and fruits that they grow, and gives a very halcyon tint to the present, enough to make any Central Coast resident proud.
Brian will sign copies of Our California Table during the main tastings on Friday and Saturday, as guests sip on wine from more than 200 combined producers and nibble bites from C’est Cheese.

Wineries to Watch

Each month, I review more than 150 Central Coast wines for Wine Enthusiast, so I know many of these wines and winemakers quite well. Here are a few producers from around the region (and a little beyond!) you may not yet know:
Clos de la Tech: This estate winery, owned by tech moguls T.J. and Valeta Rodgers, combines cutting-edge technology with old-school methods to produce incredibly earthy wines from the steep hillsides in San Mateo County.
Dolin: Former music executive Elliott Dolin is one of the Malibu Coast’s loudest cheerleaders but also makes great pinots from Bien Nacido, Solomon Hills, and Rincon vineyards.
Kynsi: Don Othman invented the Bulldog Pup, which gently racks wine from container to container using inert gas, and then started his own winery in the Edna Valley, surrounded by the Stone Corral Vineyard.
Last Light: Jared Lee and David Sartain source grapes from the most coastal vineyards they can find — the ones that see the last light of the setting sun — which for now is Derbyshire in San Simeon and Spanish Springs behind Pismo.
Lutum: Onetime wonderboy Gavin Chanin is growing up, still making light but flavorful wines under his eponymous label but also focusing on the soils in this Sonoma-S.B. partnership with Bill Price.
New Zealand Winegrowers: Last year, I found the New Zealand table one of the most fascinating. They always bring a variety of wines from their distinct appellations, opening eyes to a wild array of scents and tastes that this one grape allows.
Peake Ranch: John Wagner is the John in John Sebastiano Vineyard, one of the Sta. Rita Hills’ finest. This is his new venture, on the southeastern side of the appellation, with Paul Lato as winemaker.
Ryan Cochrane: The former advertising executive from San Francisco now makes stunningly bright and delicate wines from Solomon Hills and Fiddlestix vineyards.

Serious Eats

Good food is a critical part of enjoying pinot. Here are some highlights:
Kosta Browne “Great Sites” Lunch: The Wine Cask hosts this lunch seminar, with Fred Dame moderating Dan Kosta, Michael Browne, and winemaker Nico Cueva about such vineyards as Cerise, Gap’s Crown, and Pisoni. Thu., Mar. 2, 10:30am-2pm @ Wine Cask
Edna Valley Collective Dinner: Chef Brian Collins of the much-lauded Ember in Arroyo Grande will pair his meal with wines from Baileyana, Center of Effort, Tolosa, Claiborne & Churchill, Stephen Ross, and Niner. Fri., Mar. 3, 7:30pm
Hitching Post Retrospective: Sip Hitching Post wines all the way back to 1991 as Chef Frank Ostini fires up the grill. Sat., Mar. 4, 7:30pm

Smart Panels

Around the World with Pinot Noir: Try pinots from France, Italy, Chile, New Zealand, the Santa Lucia Highlands, Australia, and Anderson Valley. Fri., Mar. 3, 1pm
Pinot & Pâté: San Luis Obispo cheesemongers Sophie Boban-Doering and Paul Doering will join winemakers from Davis Bynum, Walt, and Landmark to pair charcuterie and cheese from around the world. Moderated by yours truly. Sat., Mar. 4, 1pm
Article from the Santa Barbara Independent

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Museum of Natural History, a Santa Barbara Treasure

Donor Stories

Greetings from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. It is such a beautiful time of year at our Sea Center on Stearns Wharf and at our Mission Creek campus. And the creek is running after our recent storms!

Beloved Blue Whale Skeleton Gets a Tune Up
The first thing visitors see when they come to visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is our incredible Blue Whale skeleton.  Blue Whales are considered to be the largest animal in the history of planet. The skeleton is a generational icon, so it was fitting that in 2010 Museum Trustee Doug Dreier and his family made a leadership gift to support the exhibit and named the whale “Chad,” which is the middle name of three generations of men in the Dreier Family.

The 73-foot skeleton was originally installed at the Museum entrance after the young male washed ashore near Vandenberg Air Force Base in August, 1980. After a few decades of being on display in the open air, the skeleton had deteriorated and required some much needed "R&R" (repair and restoration) which took place in 2010. Keeping “Chad” in top shape takes some serious effort and more than a little creativity.  Chad is one of only five complete Blue Whale skeletons on exhibit in the United States. It is the most complete with 90 percent of the bones being real Blue Whale bones.

Chris Orr was recently hired by the Museum to help us repair and maintain the whale. Orr has been doing research on improved methodologies and materials to lengthen the time between needed repairs. He is trained as a (human) prosthetic technician and has been building artificial limbs with epoxies and carbon fiber, aramid, fiberglass, and other fabrics for a number of years. After noticing that traditional materials used to protect the bones were prone to failure, Chris decided to try using materials from his prosthetic work to protect Chad. The repairs done to date are dramatically outperforming traditional materials!

After painstakingly removing all the original protective materials, Orr utilizes a fabric called NSP (made from basalt) that is similar to carbon fiber but is significantly more resistant to ultra violet light. It also has a burst/tear strength that is significantly greater than that of fiberglass cloth. Where the original materials cracked as the ribs expanded and contracted, Chris’s solution holds together, keeping the bones protected from the elements.

The restoration project is now about halfway complete and full restoration is expected by summer 2017. The next time you visit, take a closer look and check out our progress. If you are lucky enough to see Chris at work, thank him for all he’s doing to ensure that Chad delights and inspires visitors young and old for years to come.

For more information on the fascinating history of the recovery, transport, preservation, assembly, installation, and restoration of this iconic symbol of the Museum of Natural History, visit our website at

With these monthly communications, I will be providing exciting updates about the renovations that will begin in selected spaces around the Museum this Summer. We have wonderful new programs and exhibitions lined up for this year. The Museum will remain open and vibrant at all times. Additional changes are in store for the Sea Center; the place where the Santa Barbara Channel comes into close view and touch.
Thank You
Once again, thank you for your tremendous support of the Museum and Sea Center. Whether you are a volunteer, donor, visitor, or researcher, we couldn't do it without you!

Warm regards,

Luke J. Swetland
President & CEO

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Carpinteria, California

The Enchanting Coastal Community In Southern California That Everyone Should Experience At Least Once

Southern California is a treasure trove of beach towns that are always a delight to explore. Although you may have explored many of SoCal’s coastal communities before, there’s one sleepy town that may not have been on your radar.
If you’re looking for a delightful place for an enchanting escape, you will fall in love with this quaint coastal setting where you can hike, spend the day at the beach, explore an abundance of natural settings, and stroll along the main street for some window shopping at local boutiques. So where is this little SoCal gem? Let’s take a tour.

for a virtual tour of this charming coastal town, please click this link

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Burglar Proof Your Home

Stop, Thief!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Santa Barbara Film Fest Opens in Santa Barbara

So excited for the screening of @chargedfilm as our Opening Night Film presented by UGG. We couldn't kick off the event with a more amazing movie!
The film follows a chef and TV personality who endured a near-fatal jolt of electricity — losing his hand and several ribs — before later being diagnosed…

Strutting For Red Santa Barbara Friday 2-3-2017

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On National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 3, the Santa Barbara community will strut down State Street to shine light on the startling fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. 

Please join us as we rock our red to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

The strut will begin at the new Village Properties office on State Street, then end at Paseo Nuevo Mall, with Red Carpet photo opportunity, health educational booths and a complimentary appetizer reception hosted by California Pizza Kitchen. This event is free and open to the public, we just ask that you RSVP by January 30th.

For questions: or 805-963-8862

For information on the Santa Barbara Go Red For Women Luncheon please visit

*Please note this event is weather permitting and will be cancelled if it rains. Thank you!


Community Involvement is Important Good for Business!

Staying Loyal

Village Properties' Agents regularly contribute a part of their commission to this wonderful non-profit which helps local teachers get needed materials for their classroom, which are not normally in the school budget!  To learn about The Teacher's Fund, click here

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winter Wine Classic, Saturday, January 21, 5-7pm


Date:Sat, Jan 21, 2017
Time5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Venue:The Fess Parker Resort Pavilion - Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara, one of America’s most beautiful cities and the capital of Southern California’s wine country, will become the epicenter of the California wine world on Saturday, January 21, 2017. That’s when one of the largest gatherings of the California’s ultra-elite winemaking masters will assemble for the 6th annual “Winter Wine Classic” presented at the luxurious The Fess Parker Resort. Enjoy the most highly coveted wines from over 40 different wineries along with food samples from local restaurants and a commemorative wine glass. 
Fess Parker Winery will be sharing our favorite single vineyard Pinot Noir's and Syrah's along with a taste of Epiphany. Come by our table and say HI! 
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard,
Santa Barbara, California,93103
Tel: 1-805-564-4333
Tickets are $90/$110 for VIP - For more info or to purchase tickets please click HERE  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Antiques, Decorative Arts and Vintage Show and Sale, January 27, 28 and 29th

January 27, 28, and 29th, 2017
Times: Friday and Saturday 11-6 
Sunday 11-4
Earl Warren Show Grounds
Free Parking

\From rustic and repurposed to 18th century and mid-century modern there is something special for every decorating need at the Antiques, Decorative Arts and Vintage show and sale to benefit CALM this Friday,Saturday and Sunday at the Earl Warren Showgrounds.  Over eighty dealers bring a wide array merchandise to please any shopper and any budget.   See this show and sale once and you will return again and again.  Tickets available at the door
and free parking.

Primitive, Rustic,
Vintage, Elegant and
Mid-Century Modern

$6 Admission at the door

($5 Adults, 1 or more, with this ad)

$5 Senior (62+) / Child (Under 12 Free)
(One time purchase applies 
to all 3 days)

FREE Parking • Info 805-898-9715

April Thede, Show Manager
(805) 898-9715  -  Email: