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

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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

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