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Santa Barbara Symphony to Commence Season With Bit of Beethoven

Subscription sales have begun for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2016-17 season, which will open in thrilling fashion Oct. 15 with a performance of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9, featuring several local choruses and popular soloists at The Granada Theatre. … The season-opening performance of Beethoven’s uplifting Ninth Symphony, with its rapturous choral setting of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” will feature singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UC Santa Barbara and San Marcos High School, as well as soloists Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelsen (mezzo soprano), Benjamin Brecher (tenor) and DeAndre Simmons (bass). more

A Taft vote for Trump: Jacob Lopez goes to Cleveland as a voting delegate in California delegation

Taft is going to be represented on the floor of the Republican Convention this week. Jacob Lopez, a 2014 Taft Union High School graduate is going to be in Cleveland as a voting Donald Trump delegate. Lopez, a member of the California College Republicans at Westmont College is Santa Barbara, is the son of Jerry and Kelly Lopez of Taft and the grandson of Fred and Barbara Holmes. more

Olympics Fever! Gigi Hadid Meets the World’s Greatest Athlete, Ashton Eaton

As Gigi Hadid tries out some moves in the season’s best performance looks, Olympic decathlete Ashton Eaton gives her some pointers.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that Gigi Hadid, the model who may be the biggest face in fashion right now, can’t possibly have much in common with an Olympic decathlete, except for the obvious, given that Ashton Eaton is poised to be the face of the 2016 games in Brazil. … I stop by a practice at Westmont College, on the edge of town, and watch the husband-and-wife duo practice their shot puts. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WESTMONT SIGNS TRIO

Westmont College, fresh off a pair of Fab Four finishes in the last four NAIA National Women’s Basketball Tournaments, look a big step to more success by signing three high school standouts: Ellie Sears of Jesuit High from Portland, Ore.; Maud Ranger of Anaheim’s Fairmont Prep, and Joy Krupa of Montclair’s South Hills High.

“This group will bring the toughness and grit on the defensive end of the floor that I believe is imperative to winning championships,” Warriors coach Kirsten Moore said. more

Former doctor, All-American athlete Brandy Pierce is only female MMA promoter in Arizona

From Ronda Rousey to Holly Holm to Mischa Tate and new UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, women have dominated this year’s headlines in the mixed martial arts world. But the influence of women in MMA isn’t limited to the fighting that takes place inside the octagon. Meet Scottsdale resident Brandy Pierce, the only female MMA promoter in Arizona. … After she graduated from Coronado High School in Scottsdale, Pierce attended Phoenix College and later Westmont College in California, where she ran track and cross-country and became a two-time All-American. more

Channel Islands Fiduciary Group Opens New Office in Santa Barbara

Channel Islands Fiduciary Group has opened a new office at 132 E. Figueroa St. in downtown Santa Barbara. With a focus on incapacitated elders and dependent adults, CIFG offers conservatorship and trust administration, personal care coordination, in-home care management and powers of attorney services. … CIFG Principal Courtney DeSoto earned her bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and her J.D. from Santa Barbara College of Law. more

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: WOMEN’S SOCCER WESTMONT SIGNS 8

Westmont College women’s soccer coach Chantel Cappuccilli announced that she has recruited eight new players to help replace the six that graduated from last year’s squad.

They are: Sarah Newton from Anchorage, Alaska; Kira Nemeth from San Clemente; Brooke Porter from San Bernardino; Avalon Albright from Edmonds, Wash.; Katelyn Merrell from Tustin; Madeleine Berthoud from Rowley, Mass.; Haley Johnson from Fullerton, and Isabelle Esber from Columbus, Ohio. more

William Cress Alexander 1920 – 2016

William Cress Alexander was called home to be with his Lord on June 30, 2016. Bill was born on October 20, 1920 in Mooresville, North Carolina to Nancy Belle Brown and Phi Alexander. He had two younger brothers, Phi Jr., and Felix. As a boy, his mother died tragically in an accidental death, and his father later married his beloved stepmother Myrtle. … He served on the boards of the Samarkand Retirement Community (where he was a founder and board chair for 17 years,) Santa Barbara Community College, Westmont College, Valle Verde Retirement community, the Rescue Mission, Channel City Club, Santa Barbara Club, Memorial Rehabilitation Foundation, Las Positas Park, and the long range planning committee of the Santa Barbara Foundation. more

Why clean comedy is becoming big business

Brian Regan and Jim Gaffigan have been household names for years, but they are being joined by a growing crowd of comics who have crossed off more than the late George Carlin’s famous ‘seven words’ from their repertoire. … This has really grown phenomenally,” says Bob Westfall, whose events have raised $520 million for nonprofit groups ranging from Convoy of Hope to the international Mercy Ships to Westmont College in Santa Barbara by hiring clean comics. He hired his first clean comedian six years ago and has done 50 events since. more

Basketball couple Alisha and Danil Carlin returns to Central Districts

AMERICAN basketballer Alisha Carlin planned on staying just one year when she joined Central Districts Basketball Club in 2011. That was before she met her future husband, Lions big man Daniel Carlin. The couple moved to the US together five years ago and got married last July. Now they have returned to Gawler to help the battling Central rebuild for the future. … The pair, who both wear number 24 on the court, played at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. more

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