Friday, October 13, 2017

CALM's Antique and Vintage Show , October 13, 14, 15

13, 14 & 15 2017

Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

At the Earl Warren Showgrounds
(Highway 101 at Las PositaS

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pianos On State, through October 16

BIG NEWS: Pianos on State is here, and it's the longest run of Pianos on State ever! Celebrate a community collaboration of bridging visual arts, music, performance, and YOU! Pianos are displayed along State Street, in the Funk Zone and at a permanent display at the Santa Barbara Airport.
The pianos become alive with artwork by local artists and impromptu performances by musicians young and old! Check out all 11 locations for the artistically diverse pianos, and plunk out a tune or two, through October 16th.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

AVOFEST in Carpinteria, October 6, 7, 8

Avocado Festival, October 6, 7, 8
Three Days of Celebration

Avofest is one of the largest free festivals in California.  Proudly boasting 3 days of fabulous food, and a premier line-up of music. A great family Experience in beautiful Carpinteria.

Venue Information


At the Main Entrance of the Festival (Carpinteria Ave and Linden Ave) you will find the Avocado EXPO Tent!  The AvoEXPO TENT is home to Avocado agricultural photos, historical photos, lessons in avocado grafting, FFA restored antique tractors, and the Largest Avocado Contest.

The Avocado Festival is home to the WORLD’S LARGEST Vat of Guacamole!  Our FOOD VENUE, that has plenty of creative avocado dishes, can be found on the 800 block of Linden, so come hungry!!

Venture a bit deeper and to find the COMMERCIAL MARKETPLACE on both the 900 and 700 blocks of Linden, and FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE on the corner of Linden and 8th Street.

You and your family can also head to 7th Street to visit our KIDS VENUE, home of the Best Dressed Avocado Contest! There will be lots of fun games, face painting, and activities for all to enjoy!

Our ARTS & CRAFTS VENUE on Linden’s 600 block is open for your enjoyment during Saturday and Sunday of the festival!  All crafts are handmade by the artist(s) themselves.

We are one of the largest FREE festivals in California with over 75 MUSIC ACTS on FOUR stages. We will not disappoint this year!!  Check out our “Entertainment” tab for more info and line-up updates! You can also find them on our Facebook Page in early September.

Don’t miss the World Famous Guacamole contest and

Artist Emily Crosby

for more details, click here

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Tall Ship Public Sail 10-14-17

Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship Public Sail during the Harbor Seafood Festival

Sat, October 14, 2017 - 11:00am

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship Public Sail during the Harbor Seafood Festival

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in collaboration with the Ocean Institute will offer dockside tours and a public sail aboard the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point.
Saturday • October 14, 2017
Spirit of Dana Point • Dockside Tours
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Free to the Public
Come aboard the replica of a 1770s privateer used during the American Revolution and explore the 118’ long and 100’ high (mainmast) vessel and experience what life would be like at sea hundreds of years ago.
Spirit of Dana Point • Public Sail
Check in at 3:00 pm and Sail from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Tickets for the Public Sail:  $50 (adults), $20 (children under 12)
Register here or call Museum Store (805) 456-8747
Please reserve early (tickets sell out quickly)
The Spirit of Dana Point will be docked at the Santa Barbara Harbor City Pier located near the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California.
This one-day opportunity to tour the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point and take a sail is part of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s October Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship Overnight Education Program. Every October the Museum hosts the Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship Overnight Education Program in collaboration with the Ocean Institute. The Spirit Program is based upon Richard Henry Dana’s book, Two Years Before the Mast and the Maritime Museum offers this program to local schools. Accompanied by adult crew members playing the parts of the book’s characters, fourth–grade students, who are studying California history, experience Dana’s 1835 port call to Santa Barbara during an overnight stay aboard the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point. Program content is in compliance with the California State Board of Education History-Social Science Content Standards and highlights California’s rich maritime history.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

BEST OF SHOW at Wags n' Whiskers, October 7th

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We invite you to Best in Show at Wags n' Whiskers, Oct. 7, at Santa Barbara City College.The show takes place at 1pm on stage with 3 fun categories: a Haute Dog Fashion Contest, X-Factor Top Talent Challenge and Rescues on the Runway (adoptable pets). Register at or at the event, 11am-12:30pm. Have your photo taken on the Best in Show Red Carpet and in our Pawparazzi Photo Booth (your pet's portrait may be selected for the 2018 Best in Show Calendar!) Great contest prizes from Lemos Feed & Supply, Who's Walking Who, Montecito Pet Shop and C.A.R.E.4Paws. Our fabulous emcee is radio/TV-host Arthur von Wiesenberger. — at Santa Barbara City College.

This year at Wags n' Whiskers, we're excited to introduce our first Best in Show contest. It's free to enter and starts at 1pm on the festival day. Our three categories are:
Rescues on the Runway
We invite local rescues and shelter to come up on stage to show off their adoptable dogs so that our festival-goers can learn about them. Calm and social cats and bunnies are of course welcome on stage, too. 
The Haute Dog Fashion Contest 
Strut your mutt in his/her finest costume during this fun show.
Show off your pet's best trick or special talent. Anything goes!

Top contestants get great prizes from Lemos Feed & Pet Supply, Montecito Pet Shop, Who's Walking Who and C.A.R.E.4Paws!
Registration details
Register online by filling out our registration form and emailing it to or faxing it to 805.456.2095. While we strongly suggest pre-registration, you can also register on festival day, between 11am to 12:30pm at the Best in Show booth by the stage.
The Pawparazzi Photo Booth, Red Carpet & 2018 Best in Show Calendar
Kristen Hehnke of Veils & Tails Photography will take photos of you and your pet on the Pawparazzi Red Carpet before you go on stage and pet portrait professional Wendy Domanski heads up our Pawparazzi Photo Booth. Be sure to enter your pet's photo into the running for a spot in our 2018 Best in Show at Wags n' Whiskers Calendar. 
information and photos are all from the C.A.R.E.4Paws Website

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Another of Santa Barbara's Treasures:  
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 East De la Guerra Street; 805 966-1601

About Us

Completed in 1964, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum has emerged as an essential landmark for the preservation and celebration of Santa Barbara’s regional history.
As one of the oldest cultural institutions in Santa Barbara, SBHM is home to the vast archival collection of documents and artifacts within our Gledhill Library and collections vault.
Our rotating exhibits in the Sala Gallery feature dynamic elements of Santa Barbara’s local traditions, art, and historical events, while our permanent gallery “The Story of Santa Barbara” traces the development of Santa Barbara’s history from the Chumash to the mid 20th century.
The Museum’s stunning courtyards evoke the romance of early Spanish California, located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s historic district.
Two historic adobes are preserved in the Museum’s lower courtyard, with the Casa Covarrubias adobe dating to 1817 and the Historic Adobe to 1836.
On Display Now 
Sacred Art in the Age of Contact: Chumash and Latin American Traditions in Santa Barbara
The exhibition explores the relationship between art and religion in both Chumash and Latin American traditions in the early Mission period in Santa Barbara.  Read more here.
Through January 14, 2018
Sacred Art
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Missions In Watercolor by Edwin Deakin
In the late 1800s, painter Edwin Deakin documented the California missions in watercolor as they were falling into ruin. His efforts had a profound impact on saving the beautiful edifices before they disappeared forever. This collection is a compelling reminder of the power of art as a catalyst for change.  Read more here.
Through February 2018
By Michael Redmon, Director of Research
In October 1932 a voluntary association was formed consisting of representatives from a number of local organizations including the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Public Library, the Santa Barbara Mission among others.  The Articles of Association laid out the purposes of this new group:  to foster research and study of the history of the city and county of Santa Barbara; to collect, preserve and make available materials having to do with that history, and to provide for exhibition of such materials.  This new association was named the Santa Barbara Historical Society.
Shortly after its founding, the Society was offered the tower room in the Santa Barbara County Courthouse as an exhibition space, described by one observer as “at the apex of a dark and winding staircase” and the Society began to collect, catalogue, and store artifacts and documents.  The tower room was supposed to be temporary, but the expansion and needs of county government (imagine a growing government bureaucracy – shocking!) constantly trumped the needs of the Historical Society.  As collections grew, items were stored at the Courthouse, the public library, people’s homes, and later at the Museum of Art.  And so things stood for the first decade of the Society’s existence.
In 1942, the Society moved to establish classes of membership, admit individuals, and set up a schedule of dues.  This resulted in a considerable increase in membership and in the accelerated acquisition of materials for collections.  The next step was taken the following year when on June 7, 1943, the Santa Barbara Historical Society became a California non-profit corporation.  And, in 1945, if you wanted to become a member of this newly minted corporation it would set you back a buck a year.  Or you could splurge and join at the highest membership level – 25 bucks.
The Society’s growth necessitated a larger space than the courthouse tower room.  Katherine Bagg Hastings offered her home, the Trussell-Winchester Adobe at 412 West Montecito Street as a new headquarters.  The adobe would ultimately be turned over to the Society in 1955 after Mrs. Hastings death.  Various plans were put forward during the course of the 1940s about building a museum facility at West Montecito, but lack of funding was a major stumbling block.  During World War II, the tower room was lost to the Society; it became an air raid observation post.
The search for a permanent home continued into the 1950s.  Early in the decade the Society opened negotiations with the Franciscans at the Santa Barbara Mission regarding use of a portion of the mission cloister for office and exhibition space.  Once approval was gained from the Vatican, a license agreement was signed in January 1954 for 10 years at $10.00 per year.  For that the Society got five rooms, 1500 sq. feet.  The first exhibit was held in the new quarters in May.  In 1955, the Society hosted some 10,000 museum visitors; this compared to a few hundred while the Society called the tower room home.  The Society would remain housed in the Old Mission for the next eleven years.
After a few years, however, it became ever clearer that, once the ten-year agreement with the Mission came to an end, the Society would have to vacate the premises.  Where to go?  What to do?  The West Montecito Street location was not the answer.  Eyes turned to a downtown location – this location.  This site, El Recinto Stanwood, named in honor of long time supervisor and Fiesta El Presidente, Sam Stanwood, had long been earmarked for a museum.  Negotiations were opened and spanned the years 1959-61.  In March 1962 Santa Barbara County granted a 99-year lease to the Society and a building fund campaign was launched with a goal of $350,000.  Ultimately the cost would run close to half a million.  In 1963 ground was broken for the adobe museum building – 25,000 square feet of exhibition, office, and collections storage space, built with some 70,000 adobe bricks.  Thirty-two Douglas fir timbers were used, each weighing just under one ton.
On February 25, 1965, the building was dedicated.  The Santa Barbara Historical Society, today the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, long a vagabond orphan, had come home.

Museum Hours

Tues-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 12pm-5pm
Closed Monday & Holidays
Library Hours
Tues-Fri 10am-4pm
1st Sat of month 10am-1pm

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Glamping at El Capitan Canyon, 15 miles north of Santa Barbara

The Canyon Vision

Santa Barbara Beach Camping

Today we consider it a great honor to carry on the role of protecting and sharing the beauty of the California coast with our guests. Our goal is to nurture an environment in harmony with the nature and history of the Canyon while allowing our guests to enjoy a relaxing Santa Barbara beach camping experience. The camp is designed to be an antidote to all that is excessive, formal, artificial or contrived. By focusing on the essence of things, we hope to offer you a welcomed retreat in tune with the spirit of the Canyon.

El Capitan Campground Resort

Through the decor and amenities, El Capitan campground resort provides a measure of comfort and pampering-from healthy Saturday night dinners to a variety of wellness treatments. But, we have purposely avoided attempting to duplicate the conveniences of home. Instead, we invite you to step outside into the canyon. Smell the wild sage in the early spring blossoming. Observe the monarch butterflies mud-puddling in the fall. Listen to the frogs all year round. There is something for each season. Feel the ocean breeze, see and hear the rhythmic waves. This is a personal encounter with nature here at El Capitan Canyon resort. Look, marvel, be enlightened. And take home a sense of serenity.

Activities Directory

Southern California Coast Lodging

Something for everyone isn’t just a saying at El Capitan Canyon – it’s our mantra. Our spectacular southern California coast lodging with magnificent views of the Gaviota Coast, Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains provides a myriad of opportunities for activities, recreation and adventure.
Lodging guests have unique opportunities to commune with nature for exploration, entertainment and, of course, relaxation. Some activities are complimentary, while others carry a small fee. Additionally, our staff will gladly arrange off-site day trips with our local tour and adventure partners so you can experience all that Santa Barbara has to offer.

Santa Barbara Coastal Beach Camping

Throughout the seasons, guests can hike the canyon, explore the beach and surrounding areas on trails and bike paths or just relax and enjoy Santa Barbara coastal beach camping at its best. Or try your hand on our challenge ropes course with both low and high ropes, a great confidence building exercise.
Santa Barbara’s famous wine country is less than an hour’s drive from El Capitan Canyon so be sure to schedule in some tasting time.
On property, we offer activities such as yoga, story-telling, Saturday night barbecues and concerts in the summer, stargazing, etc. Or, perhaps perfect the art of doing absolutely nothing at all but getting lost in a great novel, lounge by the heated swimming pool or indulge in a massage treatment.

Canyon Concert Series

Saturday evenings, May through September, guests and neighbors gather at the front Market Lawn for a night of blues, jazz and bluegrass. Admission is free to guests staying overnight in the Canyon, and a fireside BBQ dinner is just $20 per person ($14 per child). Click for a schedule of performers.

Beach Cruiser Bikes

Complimentary adult-size beach cruiser bikes are available for guests on a first come, first served basis. Call the Canyon Kiosk via (866) 352-2729 with any questions.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Santa Barbara Architecture Tours October 7th

 Santa Barbara Architectours Saturday October 7th.


Every year, on the first Saturday in October, AIA Santa Barbara hosts ArchitecTours, a self guided tour and celebration of local architecture and local identity. This year's tour will celebrate "Living with Water." Our community benefits not only when water is managed as a limited resource, but also when water creates a multi-sensory experience within a structure, in a landscape or in a vista. It is the goal of this year's tour to demonstrate how water can be successfully integrated into the built environment. The six sites on the tour showcase the depth of knowledge and expertise of AIA architects in urban design, sustainability, accessibility, structural improvements, building materials, and historic renovation. Making architecture more accessible to the public, the tour offers a rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at these exceptional properties. Tour participants will observe first-hand how architects transform ordinary spaces into customized environments using a variety of design solutions, and be inspired on how to embrace water conservation and management in their homes.
ArchitecTours is a self-guided tour, followed by a Tour Party from 4pm-6pm at SBCAST

Early Bird Tickets — on sale from August 15th through Tuesday, September 26
AIA Members & Seniors: $55; Public: $65; Students: $25
Full Price — on sale from September 26th to October 7th
AIA Members & Seniors : $70; Public: $80; Students: $25
Tickets on sale through EventBrite at this link.

Here are the projects on tour:
Barnick Residence
Warner Group Architects
Jorgensen Ranch House
The Warner Group Architects Inc. recently completed this 10,143 square foot bluff-top residence in Hope Ranch. The overall design is inspired by, and serves to showcase, the property's view of the Pacific Ocean. To celebrate the ocean view, the contemporary residence features expansive glass walls encased by a clean, white façade and hardwood accent paneling. A travertine runway flanked by illuminated pools leads to the entrance, from which living spaces are visible through the glass, each intended to convey a sense of calm. In the living room at the center of the home, a custom fireplace surround by artist Simon Raab is an abstract homage to the Channel Islands, which are in clear view from the property. Custom in-wall aquariums divide the foyer from the dining room, and the main living room from the family room / kitchen / bar. The home opens to an outdoor terrace with a pool, cliff-side seating area and fire pit. A private path descends down the bluff to the beach, a final connection to the "Living with Water" theme emphasizing the importance of water and the surrounding environment in the home's overall aesthetic and design.

Toro Canyon Residence
Barton Myers Associates
The Toro Canyon Residence is integrated into a terraced landscape. Barton Myers FAIA designed the roofs of the pavilions to function as shallow, gravity-fed ponds that terrace down the hillside. Water is a distinctive and integral element of the design. Seen from the flank of the hill, the pools merge visually with the ocean in the distance. Each roof pool spills into a holding trough, which can also be used as a backup reservoir for protection in case of fire. The use of the onsite water is not only aesthetically pleasing to see and hear, it also functions to provide insulation and thermal mass while creating a deepened lap pool for swimming at the edge of the pond in front of the main house.

AB Design Studio Inc.
SB Courthouse
Made from an innovative combination of shipping containers, architectural concrete, and steel, HO:ME is a model of sustainability. Four 40-foot containers comprise the second floor, which AB Design Studio and Barber Builders bifurcated with a glass hall the master suite from the other bedrooms. On the main floor, a 20-foot container serves as a pantry behind the kitchen. The all glass southern façade opens to an expansive patio and pool area offering breathtaking views of the canyon. Solar panels power the home, heat the pool, an charge the electric car. Water resources are conserved through greywater diversion, bioswales, a drought tolerant landscape, and rainwater capture, and low-flow fixtures throughout the home.

The Greenhouse
Thompson Naylor Architects
Braille Institute
This Montecito home is a replacement for the original 1940's-era house on the site. The owners wanted a family home to serve their needs and also be an example of resourceefficient building in our region; it is on track to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Knowing that drought conditions are ever increasing in southern California, the owners and design team sought to aggressively address water conservation. Main water-conserving features are attractive, low-flow fixtures; underground storm water infiltrators that recharge the water table and capture 100% of runoff; grey water irrigation providing 99% of landscape needs plus a 1,250 gallon cistern in the crawl space below the house that collects rooftop rainwater; 100% subsurface drip irrigation system reduces spray evaporation; and, a landscape with drought adapted plants reducing the need for irrigation by over 50%.

AB Design Studio Inc.
An ArchitecTours ticket does NOT provide entrance to the museum.
ArchitecTours access will be limited to the exterior ground level only.
The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation promotes the spirit of discovery and creativity within a whimsical, yet rigorously designed building located in the heart of Santa Barbara. The original concept design for the sand castle exterior was by late architect Barry Berkus, AIA. AB design studio has taken his vision and merged it with a modern interior that accentuates the original whimsical design. Water conservation elements were important in obtaining MOXI's LEED Gold rating – the first for a museum in Santa Barbara. A water harvesting system was designed to take advantage of the rainwater as it falls on the roof, capturing it and routing it toward two large cisterns. Roof and second-level planters are incorporated into the building to capture, filter, and reduce both rain water and storm water. The water passes from the roof level, through planters and then into the cisterns that release it slowly back to the water table and replenish aquifers.

Greek Inspired Residence
Thompson Naylor Architects
The Contextual Contortionist
This small footprint home built in the 1990s overlooking the Coal Oil Point Bluffs in Isla Vista represents one of the earliest examples of local green building in Santa Barbara County. The owners wanted to minimize the use of water and energy, and to maximize the use of recycled materials. Acting as their own contractor and searching for reclaimed materials and products, they worked with Thompson Naylor to consciously design the house as a model for low-impact living in our region. Key water conserving elements include a Mediterranean garden with olives and fruit trees; all roof water drained to four 1,000 gallon underground cisterns; and, a grey water system from the sinks, showers, and washing machine supplies water for the landscape.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Art Walk at the Museum of Natural History September 23 and 24

Santa Barbara Artwalk
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Artwalk - Indoor & Limited Outdoor Show
Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Admission $10 - Museum Members Free
Artist Reception ticket holders and children under 12 are free
The Oak Group is one of the first groups of artists exhibiting to preserve open spaces. They work to protect land for wildlife, recreation, ranching, and farming. The artists make visual records, drawing public attention to land we stand to lose and they generate funds to protect them.
The group began meeting over thirty years ago, a few friends who gained inspiration and camaraderie from working outdoors together. They quickly grew in number and in their dedication to save Santa Barbara County’s remaining open spaces, they donate money from exhibitions to non-profit environmental groups.

All works displayed at the show are for sale and event proceeds support Museum programs.

Artist & Patron Reception
Friday, September 22
6:00-8:00 PM
Tickets $60/person
RSVP 805-682-4711 ext. 110 or buy online at
Information: or call 805-682-4711 ext. 110.