Thursday, September 3, 2020

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

 Zoom and Bloom Camp

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Labor Day Studio Artists in Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara Studio Artists
Labor Day Weekend exhibition 
at Ruth Ellen Hoag’s fabulous GraySpace Gallery 
219 Gray Ave 
in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone.
September 4-7  

Opening Reception from 4-8 p.m. 
Mask & Social Distancing following the City and State CDC guidelines.   

The GraySpace Gallery will be open to the public throughout the Labor Day Weekend, Saturday-Monday from 1 to 5pm.

Santa Barbara Studio Artists and GraySpace Gallery will be adding a wall of small images, with a percentage of sales to support
the Santa Barbara County Foodbank this year.

Please come enjoy fine art at the GraySpace Gallery Labor Day Weekend and support the Santa Barbara Studio Artists and
the Santa Barbara County Foodbank.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Drive In Movie Free - By UCSB


UCSB Arts & Lectures - Game On! Grit, Grace & Glory

Wed, Aug 26 / 8:30 PM

West Wind Drive-in / FREE

In West London, 18-year-old girls Jess (Parminder Nagra) and Jules (Keira Knightley) dream of playing professional soccer like their idol David Beckham. But Jess' Sikh parents have more conventional plans – a law degree and marriage – while Jules' mother wishes for a daughter more interested in boys than soccer. With a cast including Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Archie Panjabi and Juliet Stevenson, Bend it Like Beckham is a hilarious comedy about friendship and family that will have you cheering from the sideline! (Gurinder Chadha, 2002, PG-13, 112 min.) 

Gates open at 7:00 PM. First come, first served. 

Arrive early to enjoy food trucks, concessions and entertainment!

Socially-distanced parking with room to put chairs in front of your car. Please respect the safety of fellow attendees: wear masks and maintain a distance of six feet from others.

Premier Sponsor:

Montecito Bank & Trust

Presented in association with the City of Goleta, UCSB Athletics, Carpinteria Movies in the Park and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture

Bend It Like Beckham — FREE Summer Cinema

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Santa Botanic Garden is Open to Visitors.

image of the Porter Trail with view to the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Here is information about visiting The Garden during the COVID time.  All information and photo is from the Botanic Garden Website and Newsletter.

Visiting the Garden

The Garden is now open to guests, every day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Members may arrive early for Members-Only hour 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. every day that the Garden is open. Not a member yet? Join today! 

How This Works 

  • Please enter through the Garden's parking lot, where you will be greeted by Garden staff and directed to a parking spot.

  • Park, pay for admission or show your proof of membership at our admission kiosk, maintain 6-foot social distancing protocols, keep your mask on, and enjoy the Garden!

  • No one will be admitted without a face mask. 

What to Expect

  • Bring your own water. Water fountains have been turned off. Please prepare for hot weather; it’s better to carry too much water than not enough.

  • Many high-touch and narrowly-spaced features are closed temporarily. Closures include Garden Casitas, the Children’s Centennial Maze, tables, chairs, and some of our small, narrow trails. Some narrow trails will have one-way traffic only. 

  • No interior spaces are open at this time including the Pritzlaff Conservation Center. The retail Nursery is closed.

  • Bathrooms are available behind the admission kiosk.

  • Gates will close at 5 PM each day.

Keeping Us All Healthy

  • If you are sick, please stay home.

  • All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a face covering at all times.

  • Leave 6 feet of space between you and others not in your group. 

  • Limit touch! There are plenty of things to hear, see, and smell without touching.

  • Practice good hygiene: wash your hands, refrain from touching your face, and use hand sanitizer often (we have some for you at the admission kiosk!).

  • Stay to the right on trails to allow others to pass. If passing another visitor, please announce yourself. 

  • Please follow our signs; some trails are one-way only. 

The Fine Print

The health and safety of our members, volunteers and staff are our first priorities. Mandates and recommendations from government officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may change our ability to follow this limited opening plan. Despite our stringent cleaning and sanitizing protocols, we cannot control all circumstances.  By entering our premises, you acknowledge that you assume any risks associated with your visit, including but not limited to a risk of injury or illness. If we find that guests are not following appropriate social distancing or other guidelines, we may be forced to completely close again. Please check our website for any changes or updates.

Contact Us

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
telephone: (805) 682-4726  fax: (805) 563-0030


Frequently Called Numbers - Dial (805) 682-4726 plus the extension:

  • Membership Office ext. 110
  • Classes ext. 102
  • Tours ext. 160
  • School/Youth ext. 161
  • Press Inquiries ext. 132
  • Donations/Sponsorships ext. 133
  • Library ext. 107

Monday, June 29, 2020

Declaration of Independence

Happy 4th of July
Declaration of Independence

In Congress, July 4, 1776

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are

created equal, that they are endowed

by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,

that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

 That to secure these rights,

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just

powers from consent of the governed.
That whenever any

form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is

the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute

new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and

organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most

likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Miramar Beach in Santa Barbara

Miramar Beach in Montecito
wonderful photos by Gwen Randolph

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Santa Barbara Beaches are Open and amazing!

Santa Barbara Beaches

Harbor and Breakwater

View from Brophy Restaurant at Harbor

Sandspit Beach at the end of the Breakwater

Dolphins at the entry of Wharf

Pelicans on Harbor Restaurant

Beach West of Stearns Wharf

Sunset View of Wharf 
(not my photo)

 Seaside Center on Wharf

View of Leadbetter Beach

Leadbetter Beach
view from Shoreline Park

East Beach
East Beach

East Beach Volleyball
(photo from Noozhawk)

Thousand Steps on the Mesa
(not my photo)

Hendry's Beach
aka Arroyo Burro Beach
my favorite beach
dogs allowed on leash

photos below by Kay Caldeira

up next Montecito and Carpinteria Beaches

The Annual Summer Solstice Celebration goes virtual! While we aren’t able to celebrate in person, the Solstice spirit will be kept alive and thriving. Free and donation-based online classes and gatherings will be offered. Check back for more information. 

Downtown Santa Barbara

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Santa Barbara Zoo to reopen to the public, June 23

Santa Barbara Zoo to Reopen June 23 title=

Time to visit our new Zoo Baby in person
The Santa Barbara Zoo announces a phased approach to safely reopening its doors to the Santa Barbara community. After being closed to guests since mid-March, the Zoo will reopen to the general public on Tuesday, June 23, by online reservation only. Before the official reopening, the Zoo will hold a soft opening for its Members June 20 - 22, also by online reservation only. The soft opening with Zoo members will help Zoo staff observe high-traffic areas, traffic patterns and make adjustments as needed.
Following guidelines set by the State and County, the Zoo has implemented a number of safety enhancements and modifications to protect the health and safety of all guests, staff, and animals. In order to properly manage the number of guests in the park, online reservations will be required for both paid guests and Zoo members. Guests can use the online reservation system to book a timed entry slot prior to visiting the Zoo. A complete guide to the new safety enhancements and modifications can be found on the Zoo’s website
Guests are also encouraged to consider becoming a Zoo Member now to enjoy early access to the Zoo as early as June 20, click here to sign up online. The Santa Barbara Zoo looks forward to making this a fun and safe experience for all guests, staff, and animals! For more information, visit the Zoo's website
The Zoo is also still accepting registrations for Zoo Camp! Summer Zoo Camp is June 22–August 14 and is for children ages 3–12. The Zoo is offering three options for Zoo Camp, including Camp in a Box, FamCamp, and traditional Zoo Camp. See the Zoo Camp page on their website for more information and to register:
(article and information from SBZoo and Ed Hat)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Mission Santa Barbara and Rose Gardens

Go and Smell the Roses!

Mission Santa Barbara is a fabulous place for taking photos;
both of the Mission herself and the
beautiful Rose Garden and grounds.

 Hundreds of beautiful roses are maintained by volunteers
and are in full bloom now

 unfortunately, the annual Street Painting event will not take place this June.

get your camera ready and visit this beautiful site

Monday, May 25, 2020

A Tribute to First Lady Melania Trump 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Lotusland reopening with self guided tours starting May 20th

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Lotusland has been closed since mid-March and it hasn’t been easy surviving without guests.
"As an organization, we have suffered a great deal of loss,” Lotusland Interim Executive Director Rebecca Anderson said. “We're looking at revenue shortfalls of a million dollars this year."
Deemed an essential outdoor recreation space by the county, Ganna Walska Lotusland will reopen to the public on May 20th.
The nonprofit botanical garden is implementing Public Health Department requirements to create a safe experience for individuals seeking to explore the historic estate.
Lotusland will require face masks and physical distancing throughout its property. 
Staff and volunteer garden attendants trained to protect visitors will be stationed throughout the entire facility. 
The botanical garden will not grant access to any buildings except the Visitor Center restrooms. It will also be selling masks and providing hand sanitizer.
"We've staggered our tours,” Anderson said. “That's allowed us to just have a couple of cars at any given moment."
"It lends itself to that kind of environment where people are able to distance themselves,” Lotusland docent Sandi Wilson said.
Many locals have already made reservations for their return to the 37 acre botanical wonderland.
"It's so wonderful to have people back at the gardens and to see everyone's smiling faces,” Lotusland education and community engagement manager Nikki Evans said. “There's a general sense of calm as people walk around."
"They're going to enjoy the fact that they can be back in such a tranquil peaceful environment,” Wilson said.
Guests will be able to use their phone cameras to scan QR codes for detailed horticultural information within the garden.
"We wanted to do something which helped people navigate their way through the gardens and learn a little bit more about each garden,” Evans said.
The staff remains confident visitors will benefit from the beauty of the botanical gardens.
"It's so important to be outside in nature right now and we've all been challenged to do that safely,” Anderson said. “Lotusland provides respite for all of us."
"To be able to come and spend two hours at an oasis such as Lotusland is so wonderful for mental wellbeing,” Evans concluded.
Lotusland has noted that their reopening status could be revoked if safety cannot be preserved or if the county changes its order.
For additional information on making a reservation, visit Lotusland's website or call 805-969-9990. 
(article from KEY TV), (photo from Lotusland website)

Thursday, May 14, 2020

A Walk at the Santa Barbara Harbor and Wharf

Santa Barbara Harbor and Breakwater 
are Open for walking.

Parking lot is also available
face mask are a good idea

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Virtual Presentation

all information copied from the 
SB Historical Museum's Newsletter

History Happy Hour at Home

"Way Back When 1919"
Thursday, May 14
5:00 pm

Join historian Betsy Green for her latest presentation.  
Grab a glass, sit back and relax as we time-travel back 
to the New Year's Eve party at the Potter Hotel in 1919.  
We'll reminisce about the best stories of the year in 
Santa Barbara.

Image: Dining room at the Potter Hotel, with server at center, c1905.

Register for the free talk HERE!

Check-in with the Museum's website for great local history.  Also a great site for home-schooling.


136 East De la Guerra
Santa Barbara, CA 93101