Thursday, May 16, 2019

May 25 through September


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(photo by Holly Hern)

The following information is copied from the SB Museum of Natural History Newsletter. I nurture and grow Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies myself in my outdoor garden and belong to an international FB Group for the education of raising and protecting Monarchs. So I love to share this annual program conducted at the SBNH Museum

Things are really ramping up here at the Museum. We just received hundreds of chrysalides and a few butterflies have already emerged! 

We're also busy getting ready for our summer exhibit, Prehistoric Forest, which will bring seven animatronic dinosaurs to our wooded area across the creek. Become a Member and visit these spectacular exhibits for free.

Both summer exhibits Butterflies Alive! and Prehistoric Forest open on Saturday, May 25and are included in Museum admission. 

Here are some photos of the Monarch caterpillars (cats) that visit my garden:

 photos by Carla Reeves

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Come visit my little garden in Paradise

Santa Barbara's Climate is Semi-Tropical
with many micro-climates

My current garden is small and manageable by me.
My last garden was an acre and needed help from professionals.
I love, love, love gardening!
It must be my Dutch heritage.

Here are some photos of my garden....

Cecil Bruner Climbing Rose
heavenly scent

Birdbath with air-plants

Tripple air-plants from a Seller's garden

Epiphyllums starting to bloom
These are also orphans from a Seller's garden
I have eight plants in several colors

succulents, so easy to grow and exchange with other gardeners

Milk-weed is so easy to grow and propagate
attracts bees and Monarchs

Milkweed for my Monarch Caterpillars
easy to grow from seeds

here's a big cat ready to begin his transformation

heavenly scented night blooming Jasmin

Angel Trumpet - gift cutting from a Seller's garden

my Mom's 50-year-old cymbidium

Epidendrum - also a cutting from a Seller
so easy to propagate 
I have in 5 colors

Banksia Climbing Rose

Jade plant needs to be cut back regularly

Elephant Ear gift from my Seller at the close.
It was 1/3 of a large one he had in a tree.

Thanks for visiting my garden.  As Realtor I visit many gardens and as you can see my clients have often shared their plants and flowers with me. Four years ago when we moved here
there was nothing growing in this little plot.  My wonderful husband helped me create this bit of paradise as his legacy to me.  Whenever I dig in the dirt or look at my beautiful garden I think of him.

Friday, April 26, 2019

YoYo Ma, Free event Saturday April 27, Granada Theater

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Special Outreach Event  Santa Barbara

Master Class with Yo-Yo Ma and UCSB Students

10:00 AM

Revered cellist Yo-Yo Ma will coach UCSB students in a special one-on-one intensive.

This class is open to public observation. Admission is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 9 AM.

Related Lecture Event:
Yo-Yo Ma
Culture, Understanding and Survival
Sat, Apr 27 / 7:30 PM / Granada Theatre
For ticket availability, contact the A&L Ticket Office at (805) 893-3535.

Yo-Yo Ma Public Event Sponsor: Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

Presented in association with the UCSB Department of Music

Education Sponsors:
William H. Kearns Foundation, SAGE Publishing, UCSB Students, Audacious Foundation, Audrey & Timothy O. Fisher, Connie Frank & Evan Thompson, Dorothy Largay & Wayne Rosing and the UCSB Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
(information and photo from the UCSB Arts and Lectures Website)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Operation Prom Closet for local girls attending their High School Prom

Calling All Local Girls Attending Their High School Prom

The Assistance League of Santa Barbara annually sponsors a Prom Closet for local High School Girls attending their High School Prom.  Come BORROW a beautiful dress!  There are hundreds of gorgeous dresses available in all sizes. All you need is your High School ID and a promise to return the dress after Prom.

The Prom Closet Boutique is already underway with the following dates and times remaining:
Wednesdays, April 24, and May 1 from 3-5 pm
Saturdays, April 27th and May 4th from 10 am to 2 pm.
Located at Assistance League of Santa Barbara
1259 Veronica Spring Lane, Santa Barbara (off Las Positas)

Santa Barbara Fair and Expo 4/24-28

Santa Barbara Fair and Expo April 24-28
Earl Warren Show Grounds
Kid oriented fair grounds and fun
for more details click here

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show March 15-17

CALM's Celebrity Author's Lunch, Saturday March 16

Attend a great lunch and hear interesting interviews with best-selling authors.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Tickets $150.

for details, location and scheduled authors, click this link

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Downtown Santa Barbara First Thursday, March 7

1stThursday provides an opportunity to indulge in local culture, mingle with neighbors and participate in the artscommunity. Look for previews of forthcoming plays, symphony performances, concerts and dance productions, as well as local up-and-coming artists and performers.  
The program also offers visitors the chance to experience, in one evening, the diversity of Downtown Santa Barbara's visual and performing arts scene, and is aimed at developing a lively atmosphere downtown as well as showcasing the cultural variety that Santa Barbara has to offer.
The 1st Thursday Passport  is a printed guide to all of the 1st Thursday attractions, available at participating galleries and venues, MTD shuttles, the Visitors' Center and hotel concierge desks.  
Date: Thursday, March 7th
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Various, click here for March venues 

Information from Downtown Organization Newsletter  

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

March Events in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Goleta

Great March Happenings in the greater Santa Barbara area

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week   Feb. 22-Mar. 3 The tasty 10-day event provides an excellent opportunity for locals and visitors to celebrate Santa Barbaras flourishing culinary scene, and dine at the areas best establishments for a great price: $25 two-course lunch and $40 three-course dinner. 

World of Pinot - Fess Parker Dinner: 30 Years of Fess Parker   Mar. 1 To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fess Parker Winery, the World of Pinot Noir is proud to host this five-course dinner and retrospective of one of California Pinot Noirs most pioneering and influential wine families. Members of the Parker family, as well as head winemaker Blair Fox, will be on hand to walk guests through rare library wines representing the breadth and depth of the winerys portfolio. Chef John Cox of The Bear and Star restaurant will deliver a carefully paired menu of his signature refined ranch cuisine to complement the tasting. 
Time/Place: 7-10pm / Ritz-Carlton Bacara 
Contact: 805-489-1758 /

Womens Literary Festival   Mar. 2 As the month celebrates the extraordinary contribution of women for womens right, the festival too will be honoring the writing contributions of emerging and established women authors in literacy, diversity and social justice. 
Time/Place: 8:30am-3pm / Hilton Garden Inn, Goleta 

SYV Touch-A-Truck   Mar. 2 To benefit the Bethania Preschool & Afterschool programs. This event provides a unique experience for kids, and kids at heart, to climb on, climb in, honk horns and turn on sirens of all kinds of vehicles! With 3 parking lots full of vehicles, face painting, bounce houses, Tower Pizza and Kona Ice, this is the place to be!! No horn hour from 10-11am.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Bethania Preschool & Afterschool 
Contact: 805-245-1561 /

St. Raphael School Annual Auction   Mar. 2 A Night In Santa Barbara This year we pay homage to our beautiful city and celebrate what sets St. Raphael apart from the rest: A loving and inclusive school community that leads the way in making Santa Barbara a better place. Silent auction, dinner, an exciting live auction, and raffle prizes. 
Time/Place: 5pm / Santa Barbara Historical Museum 

Love Your City Clean-Up   Mar. 2 Arrive early 9:30am for coffee, hot chocolate, and breakfast snacks. Spend two hours beautifying Old Town, the heart of Goleta with monthly trash abatement, weeding, or planting. Community service credit is available for this event. 
Time/Place: 10am / Community West Bank parking lot, Goleta 
Contact: 805-694-8275 /

Santa Barbara Doll & Toy Sale   Mar. 2 Over 50 vendors selling everything from antique to contemporary dolls, toys, teddy bears and much more. Find the perfect gift or that toy you once cherished. For kids and collectors. 
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Earl Warren Showgrounds 
Contact: 805-450-2775 /

Lions Park Open House   Mar. 3 Featuring Over 20 Local Wedding and Event Vendors Including: Caterers, D.J.s, Floral, Design, Coordinators, Videographers, Photographers, Desserts, Furniture & Decor Rentals, Lighting And Much More! Raffles & Contest. 
Time/Place: 4-7pm / 6197 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria 
Contact: 805-450-1985 /

Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival   Mar. 6-10 Organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, this years Festival will include five days of high quality, unique films from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and identity. Showcases a wide range of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and shorts by American, European, and Israeli filmmakers. 
Time/Place: The New Vic: 33 W Victoria Street 
Contact: 805-957-1115 /

International Womens Day   Mar. 7 Were bringing together Santa Barbaras local gender balanced advocates, including women in tech, business leaders and more for a discussion about overcoming the challenges women face in business. Join us for an inspiring evening as we celebrate women and build a gender-balanced world. Girls Rock SB will be playing music and well be serving light snacks and refreshments.  
Time/Place: 5:30pm / Ontraports Santa Barbara Riviera Campus 
Contact: 805-568-1424 /

Corks for Kids   Mar. 8 United Boys & Girls Clubs fundraiser for the Valley. This event brings together the community in support of our growing programs in Buellton and Solvang. Join us for a fun-filled evening of casino-style games, wine tastings, heavy appetizers, and great prizes! 
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Hotel Corque, Solvang   

Solvang Century, Metric & Half Century   Mar. 9 This is the 37th Annual version of this public participation bike ride (not a race). There are 4 route options to choose from (100, 69, 56 or 50 miles) that range from hard to easy. There will be a BBQ lunch available at the Finish Line along with massage therapist, a live DJ and over 25 cycling related vendors. 
Time/Place: Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel 
Contact: 530-584-9655 /

La Patronal   Mar. 9 Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! La Patronal, a unique brass band from Lima, Peru, performs for free. Their lively performances encourage audience participation and dancing with contagious percussion and vibrant brass and winds. Reception follows concert. 
Time/Place: 7pm / Guadalupe City Hall 
Contact: 805-356-3891 /

Princess Weekend at Santa Barbara Zoo   Mar. 9-10 Young female members step into their glass slippers, and wear their finest sparkly ball gowns to this celebration of all-things-princess. But its not all dress-up, this event also is designed to bring attention to the many frogs, toads, and other amphibians around the world that face possible extinction. Costumes are encouraged, and boys are also welcome, be they dressed as knights, princes, cowboys, pirates, or astronauts. 
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Santa Barbara Zoo 
Contact: 805-962-5339 /

Bravo Awards   Mar. 15 NAWBO-SB is proud to recognize the accomplishments of eight community, industry, and business leaders who have enriched Santa Barbara economically, politically, philanthropically, and socially. 
Time/Place: 11:30am-2pm / Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara 
Contact: 805-229-9119/

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show   Mar. 15-17 Stunning exhibits & plant sales, orchid art & photography, culture demonstrations and floral arrangements. The theme of the 2019 show will be Orchid Magic. This is the longest running and one of the largest annual orchid shows in the United States. 
Time/Place: Earl Warren Showgrounds

Taste of Solvang   Mar. 15-17 A unique experiential culinary weekend featuring Solvang farmers, chefs, bakers, winemakers, brewers, distillers, and artisans showcasing the bounty of Santa Barbara wine country set amidst our quaint Danish town. 
Time/Place: Downtown Solvang   

CALM Auxiliarys Annual Celebrity Authors Luncheon   Mar. 16 There will be celebrity authors interviewed during the luncheon and book sales and author book signings before and after the luncheon.  
Time/Place: 10am / Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort 
Contact: 805-965-2376 /

Orchard to Ocean 10K and 5K Cross Country Runs and 1 Mile Run/Walk   Mar. 16 Benefiting Carpinteria and Summerland public schools. Picturesque course through Carpinteria, downhill to the beautiful Carpinteria bluffs, overlooking the Pacific. 
Time/Place: 7:30-10:30am / 5201 8th Street, Carpinteria 
Contact: 805-881-3498 /

Buellton Wine and Chili Festival   Mar. 17 Sample from over 25 wineries, craft breweries and spirit companies! Show up hungry and try some chili and salsa made by some of the best local chefs, and restaurants, competing to take home prizes for the best chili and homemade salsa! 
Time/Place: 12-4:30pm / Flying Flags RV Resort 
Contact: 805-688-7829 /

Dine Out for Carp Kids   Mar. 20 Carpinteria Education Foundation has once again partnered with six amazing eateries in Carpinteria who will be donating a percentage of their revenue from the third Wednesday of every month to CEF to support CUSD students. Please join us in supporting our wonderful students by visiting your favorite places all for a great cause! Join us at: Corktree Cellars Jacks Bistro Padaro Beach Grill Yo Yum Yum Peebee & Jays Uncle Chen. 
Contact: 805-881-3498 /

Spring Heritage Potluck   Mar. 21 Prepare your loved ones favorite dish at home and join us for a special Spring potluck to welcome the new season and in remembrance of those we have loved and lost. 
Time/Place: 12:30-1:30pm / Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, Santa Barbara 
Contact: 805-690-6219 /

Rotary Club Talent Show   Mar. 23 Hosted by John Palminteri. 
Time/Place: 6-9pm / The Alcazar Theatre, Carpinteria 
Contact: 805-684-7214 /

Royal Family KIDS Dinner Live Auction and Concert with Dave Stamey   Mar. 23 Western decorations; table setting, dessert displays, auctions item displays and to the stage of the Western General Store. A western BBQ with all the fixings will delight your taste buds. Next, Jim Glines comes up and gets the crowd excited about bidding on fun auctions items. Royal Family KIDS is an ALL volunteer, Non Profit. 
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Fountain Pavilion Santa Maria Fairpark 
Contact: 805-264-0731/

Nurturing Greatness Event   Mar. 28 Community Partners in Caring will be teaching our community about the risks that our senior population face regarding social isolation and what we, as a community, can do to help. You will learn about what services we can provide, the areas we serve, along with the benefits included when signing up as a Senior Partner. Feel free to invite a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor, church member, or anyone else that might be interested. Refreshments will be provided. 
Time/Place: 9-10:30am / Quail Meadows East, Santa Maria 
Contact: 805-925-0125 /

State of the Community   Mar. 29 Featured Speakers: Mark Schniepp, City of Carpinteria Mayor Wade Nomura. 
Time/Place: 11:30am-1:45pm / Rincon Beach Club, Carpinteria 
Contact: 805-684-5479 /

Birds & Bees Bash   Mar. 30 Planned Parenthoods annual fundraising Bash. Includes silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner and program and an After Party. 
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Hilton Beachfront Resort, Fess Parker 

Dance Lompoc   Mar. 30 Cocktail hour, dinner and program. $55-$5 of every ticket will be donated to the charity your selected dancer is supporting.  Please indicate dancer in the comments section when registering online.  If no dancer is specified, $5 will be donated to the Chamber in support of our programs. 
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Anderson Recreation Center 
Contact: 805-736-4567 /

Opening Celebration! Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park   Mar. 30 Ribbon cutting at 11am! 
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / 170 S Kellogg Ave., Old Town Goleta 

Thank YOU, Stacey Scharf, Managing Escrow Officer at First American Title for this wonderful calendar of events!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Santa Barbara International Film Festival begins January 30

Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicks off
Santa Barbara International Film Festival   Jan. 30-Feb. 9 The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization. Over the past 32 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and panels, fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire people through the power of film.
Contact: 805-963-0023 /

A feature film documentary about the life of a
biologist turned award-winning filmmaker will be shown
Wednesday night as the 34th Annual Santa Barbara
International Film Festival gets underway.
The film “Diving Deep: The Life and Times of
Mike deGruy” will show tonight at 8 p.m. at
The Arlington Theatre.
In 2012, deGruy was killed in a helicopter
crash in Australia while filming for famous
Hollywood director James Cameron.
The documentary is told through the eyes
of his wife and filmmaking partner, Mimi.
deGruy was among the first to film many
rarely seen creatures in the world’s oceans.
According to the press release about the
film, deGruy’s passionate belief of “we are
destroying the ocean before
we even know what’s there” is highlighted
in this retrospective of his remarkable life
and career.

for a schedule of events, click here

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Santa Barbara Audubon Society Talk, 1-23-2019

Winter birds photographed by Hugh Ranson.
photos from SB Audubon Society Website

Santa Barbara Audubon Society Talk
Wednesday, January 23 at 7 pm
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Farrand Hall
2559 Puesta del Sol Road
Topic:  The Natural History of Acorn Woodpeckers."
Speaker:  Thomas Kraft, Ph.D
Free admission
santa barbara audubon society

Friday, January 18, 2019

Rosewood Miramar to Open February 11th

Rosewood Miramar Beach Aerial Shot

After 20 years, the Rosewood Miramar will finally open.  Schedule opening is February 11.  Located right on the beach in the Montecito area, this was formerly the Miramar Hotel and Club.  Having traveled through several hands, and much community resistance, the Miramar is finally finishing. Miramar Beach is gorgeous, the hotel states that it is family and pet-friendly, and offers a spa and pool.
(the above photo is from the Rosewood Miramar Website)

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