Santa Barbara Daily Sound

VOAD Forms to Support Community During Times of Disaster

The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters held a news conference June 16 at the American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Chapter headquarters in Santa Barbara to introduce the organization to the Santa Barbara community and to showcase the work it did during both the Tea Fire and Jesusita Fire. VOAD member organizations include the Westmont Situation Readiness and Response Team. more

$125,000 raised for scholarships

On the night of three South Coast high school graduation ceremonies, a record number of sponsors and guests help raise some $125,000 for scholarships by attending the 15th South Coast Business & Technology Awards banquet on Thursday. Banquet proceeds benefit the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, which provides thousands of dollars for young people studying business and technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Westmont and Santa Barbara City colleges. more

Art in the village

There are also new art exhibits elsewhere in town. “Views and Visions: Interior Space,” Montecito’s only annual juried art exhibition, begins this week at Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery. Photographer Cheyenne Ellis, who graduated from the school in 2000, is the featured artist for the show, which will hand out a $1,000 first prize award and other cash prizes – chosen by Elyse Gonzales, the  curator of exhibitions at UCSB’s University Art Museum — at the opening reception 4-6pm on Thursday. more

Evacuations expanded above Montecito

Westmont College officials confirmed that the campus is under a mandatory evacuation, and there are 500 to 600 students still at the college who are in the process of packing and leaving. Law enforcement officials have agreed to allow parents of students to be escorted to the campus to pick up family members and their belongings until noon today. more

Westmont graduation relocated

Westmont College’s commencement ceremony will be a seaside affair this year, after new building construction and Tea Fire rebuilding projects forced the college to relocate its graduation event to Santa Barbara City College’s La Playa Stadium. It’s not a first for the college, which also relocated to the stadium in 1998 after heavy rains saturated the field at Westmont typically used for commencement. more

Record-a-Thon considered a success

During last week’s annual Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Record-A-Thon, 32 audio books were recorded by 339 people who volunteered their time, and $65,250, $250 more than the goal, was raised. Westmont College President Gayle Beebe, whose mother and older brother have macular degeneration, said his mother used RFB&D for several years. more

Tea Fire Relief Center closes

Tea Fire survivors marked a milestone yesterday with the closing of the county’s Tea Fire Relief Center, a temporary trailer established at Cold Spring School that offered community information and professional guidance. County officials have issued four building permits for repairs to homes damaged in the fire. Ten other permits are in the process of being approved, including one for the rebuilding of a Westmont College residence hall. more

Transfer students: Vocal groups returns to Santa Barbara

“Tink,” the final theater production of award-winning actress Sarah Halford at Westmont College, plays tonight and tomorrow at the school’s Voskuyl Library. Written by artist-in-residence Lila Rose Kaplan for Halford, “Tink” re-imagines “Peter Pan” from Tinkerbell’s point-of-view, as the sprite finds herself alone on earth and searching for Peter to return his shadow, along the way exploring themes of childhood and nostalgia. more

A Westmont Weekend: A moving production

“Muéveme, Muévete,” a Spanish phrase meaning “Move Me, Move You,” is the title of a bilingual and cross-cultural play having its world premiere at Westmont this week. Westmont senior Diana Small — who wrote and directed “The Watermelon Wives” that was staged as part of Westmont’s Fringe Festival last April — created the play that explores the genre of magical realism through the story of a Chicana cannery worker in mid-century California. more

10 Charged with Misdemeanors in Tea Fire Investigation

After three months of investigation, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday released the names of the 10 individuals charged with misdemeanors as a result of the Tea Fire probe. The fire burned through the Westmont College campus and left the renowned Mount Calvary Retreat House & Monastery in ruins. more