Thursday, June 20, 2019

Summer Solstice Santa Barbara, June 21-23

Summer Solstice 
Announcing the theme for the 2019 Solstice Parade:


Summer Solstice Parade began in 1974 as a birthday celebration for popular artist and mime Michael Gonzales. In subsequent years, the parade joined forces with a Summer Solstice Music Festival, sponsored by The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, staged at the Sunken Gardens to celebrate the longest day of year.    
The Parade and Festival is the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, drawing crowds of more than 100,000 spectators from around the world.  
Dates: Friday through Sunday, June 21-23
Friday, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Festival Opening Night)   
      Saturday, step off at Noon (45th Annual Solstice Parade)
              Saturday, Noon to 8:00 pm (Solstice Festival) 
              Sunday, Noon to 6:00 pm (Solstice Festival)
Locations: Solstice Parade starts on State at Cota, to Alameda Park
                   Solstice Festival takes place at Alameda Park 
Solstice Festival music performances includes appearances by Paradise Kings,  
David Segall Band, La Boheme Professional Dance Company, Area 51,  
Derinkuyu and much more! 

(all info from the Downtown Organization Newsletter) 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Fiesta Rancheras June 20th

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Fiesta Ranchera at Rancho La Patera
June 20th, 5-10 pm

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 17:00

Thursday, June 20, 2019
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Rancho La Patera & Stow House
304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta, CA 93117
Celebrate Fiesta in Goleta with Old Spanish Days and the Goleta Valley Historical Society at Fiesta Ranchera!

Enjoy delicious appetizers and desserts as you stroll the gardens to taste local wines, craft beers and signature cocktails. Enjoy performances by the 2019 Spirit of Fiesta, Junior Spirit, along with musical entertainment that concludes with dancing under the stars to local cover band Area 51.
Presented by Community West Bank and Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf
Attendees must be 21 or over with valid, photo identification. No exceptions.
Dress in Fiesta or Ranch attire. Hope to see you there! 
The Goleta Valley Historical Society is celebrating 52 years of preservation of Rancho La Patera.  The mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and foster collect, preserve, interpret, and foster research of Goleta Valley's history through exhibits, programs, and stewardship of the historic Rancho La Patera, home to the Stow family. Funds raised support preservation of the ranch and the Society's many community and education programs. For more information visit

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Visit the Ellwood Butterfly Preserve

Visit the Grove

Monarch butterflies migrate to Goleta each November through February and this amazing sight is best viewed at the Goleta Butterfly Grove. The site is open sunrise to sunset with no admission fee, but the City of Goleta does accept donations to support the Monarch Butterfly Docent Program.  The grove is adjacent to the Sperling Preserve on the Ellwood Mesa. The Ellwood Mesa open space includes 137 acres of natural terrain with designated trails and beach access. There is a portable restroom located at the parking lot.
We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and bring binoculars to maximize your visit.  Please do not visit the grove when it is raining or while the ground is muddy from a recent storm.  Natural trails and rough terrain make it difficult to access by wheelchair.

Directions and Parking

Free parking for the Goleta Butterfly Grove (and the Ellwood Mesa) is available in the lot at the Ellwood Mesa Open Space on Hollister Avenue. This is across from Ellwood Elementary School (7686 Hollister Avenue).  Parking lot GPS coordinates: 34.429018, -119.897017.  The grove is a little over a half mile from the parking lot and butterfly trail markers highlight the path.  Click here for a printable map.
By car: Exit Highway 101 at Hollister Avenue and turn toward the ocean. Turn left onto Hollister Avenue. After .6 miles, turn right at the stoplight for Ellwood School.
By bus: Line 25 has a stop  at Viajero on Hollister Avenue which is near to the parking lot.  Learn more here: MTD website.

Docent Program

The City of Goleta’s Monarch Butterfly Docent Program provides public education opportunities for Goleta Butterfly Grove visitors during the over wintering season. These dedicated volunteer docents facilitate an enhanced visitor experience by providing information about butterfly biology to area visitors, local residents and school groups.
Docents can be found at the Goleta Butterfly Grove from mid-November through mid-February on Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting) between 11 am and 2 pm.
The Goleta Butterfly Grove is a wonderful place. To ensure the safety of the monarchs and enjoyment of the public, we ask that visitors please observe the following rules:
Always stay on designated trails and roads.
Stay out of the roped-off areas.
Watch your step when entering and exiting the grove, and avoid monarchs which may be “puddling” in the surrounding areas.
Do not touch or harass the butterflies.
Avoid making loud noises.
Keep dogs on a leash.
No bicycles, horses or motorized vehicles in the grove.
Please take your trash out of the grove.

Thank you for your cooperation!

(photo by Robert Bernstein)
photo from Holly Hern, The Beautiful Monarch FB
(as a side note), I grow milkweed in my garden to encourage Monarchs to lay eggs.  Milkweed feeds the caterpillars which of course become beautiful Monarch Butterflies.  There is a concern that these butterflies are a threatened species.
photo by Carla Reeves