Montecito Journal

College Launches Teen Choral Academy

Westmont’s music department has created an eight day summer program for high school singers. The Westmont Academy for Coal Excellence (WAVE) July 2-9 will improve the vocal technique and musical artistry of the students entering the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. more

Back to Bach

Harpsichords reigned supreme at the West Coast Chamber Orchestra’s Bach by Candlelight concert at First United Methodist Church, conducted by founder Christopher Story and Westmont College professor Michael Shasberger. more

Oh No, Polo

Westmont College’s men’s polo team, made up of the tony triumvirate of Tony and Hank Uretz, and Mike Esparza, suffered the agony of defeat against the University of Virginia in Connecticut. more

Vacation Rentals in Montecito

On July 30, dozens of Montecito residents attend a public workship at Westmont College to discuss short-term vacation rentals in unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. more

Warrior Nic Swider Tames the Westmonster

Nicholas Swider, a member of the Westmont cross country and track and field teams won the sixth annual Westmonster July 17, edging out three-time champion Ricky Ho by three seconds. Jihanna Allard of Norwich, England, was the top female finisher followed by Desa Marie Mandarino of Santa Barbara. more

Special Olympics Athletes Arrive in SB July 21-24

One hundred Special Olympics athletes arrive July 21 for a four-day visit to Santa Barbara, one of 100 Host Towns in California, before competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles July 25–August 2. The largest sporting event in Southern California since the 1984 Olympics, the 25-sport competition includes 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries.

The Santa Barbara delegations come from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and St. Kitts and Nevis. The athletes will stay at Westmont, use the college’s facilities for training, and tour Santa Barbara with a dinner dance at the Cabrillo Arts Center, trips to the Museum of Natural History and the Santa Barbara Zoo, and a barbecue on Leadbetter Beach. more

MPC Discusses Westmont

On July 15, Montecito Planning Commissioners (MPC) were given a report on the first phase of construction relating to Westmont College’s Master Plan. The report and review by the MPC, a condition of the Master Plan’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP), was combined with a request for revisions to the Master Plan and revisions to the CUP’s conditions of approval. more

New Planning Commissioner

This week, Montecito resident Susan Keller was sworn in as the Montecito Planning Commission’s newest commissioner, following her appointment by First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal at last week’s Board of Supervisors hearing. …”I was reluctant to leave the fire board prior to completing my term, but this current opportunity seemed to be my best chance to be appointed as a Montecito Planning commissioner, a position that has always been of great interest to me and for which I feel very well qualified,” said Keller, who is no stranger to Montecito land use issues, being instrumental in such developments as the Biltmore and Coral Casino plans and Westmont’s Master Plan several years ago. more

Montecito Association Discusses Vacation Rentals

At this month’s Montecito Association (MA) meeting, the board discussed the issue of short-term vacation rentals in the Montecito area. The discussion was in preparation for a Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance Worship that will take place on Thursday, July 30, at Westmont College. more

Independent Music

Check elsewhere for fireworks displays, parades, and other gatherings for the Fourth of July – this listing covers light classical and more popular music right here in the heart of town. The annual patriotic concert for Independence Day focuses exclusively, of course, on American music, as the West Coast Symphony Orchestra plays a program of festive favorites conducted by Cielo Foundation/symphony founder Christopher Story VI and Dr. Michael Shasberger, the Adams chair of Music and Worship at Westmont College in Montecito. more

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