Santa Barbara Independent

Crouch Joins Montecito Bank & Trust

“We are excited to have Heidi join our branch management team. With ten years of experience in financial services, we are looking forward to her valuable contributions,” said Janet A. Garufis, president and chief executive officer. “Heidi brings a fresh and energetic perspective while sharing our common values of providing our customers a world class experience.” more

Telescope to Catch Full Moon Fever

The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members bring their own telescopes to Westmont for the public to gaze through. The viewing lasts for several hours. In case of inclement weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565-6272 and check the Westmont website to see if the viewing has been cancelled. more

Fundraising Video Wins Global Award

CASE, which serves more than 3,400 educational institutions and nonprofits in 68 countries, gives the annual award to programs that “epitomize the profession’s best practices, raise standards and contribute to a growing body of knowledge about advancement.” more

Two Weeks of Sports

The Santa Barbara Foresters are loaded with baseball stars. They will comprise one third of the players in the 2011 California Collegiate League All-Star Game – that’s 18 out of 54 selections – on Wednesday evening, July 13, at Casey Stengel Field in Glendale. The game will be televised at 6 p.m. on Fox Sports West. more

Gardens & Villa Return Home for CD Release

Things are moving so fast that Adam Rasmussen can’t really remember if Gardens & Villa have been together for one year or two. Turns out, as the Santa Ynez-born keyboardist counts the band’s key events backward via phone from a Philadelphia club green room, that “two” is probably the right answer. more

Monthly Public Telescope Night

Westmont Public Telescope Night. See cool stuff in the night sky through telescopes set up by the Astronomical Unit, the local amateur astronomy club sponsored by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Most months the large telescope at the new observatory is also available for viewing, run by the Physics Department at Westmont. Observations are weather permitting, are held on the third Friday of each month, and are free to the public. The observatory is next to the baseball field. more

Week in Sports

Baseballs will be flying around UCSB’s Caesar Uyesaka Stadium this week. The Santa Barbara Foresters will conclude a three-game series against the Conejo Oaks on Wednesday evening, July 6. The Foresters (19-7) defeated the Oaks 8-4 in their July 4 game before a large crowd at UCSB. The teams play at Sparky Anderson Field in Thousand Oaks on Tuesday. more

Week in Sports


Week in Sports

The Santa Barbara Foresters will host the rubber match of a California Collegiate League series against the Orange County Pioneers today (Thu., June 23) at UCSB’s Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Santa Barbara (12-3 overall, 8-3 CCL) defeated the Pioneers 7-5 at home Tuesday and dropped a 5-4 decision on the road Wednesday. more

Santa Barbara Artists Look Good Together

COME TOGETHER: Two of the summer’s most exciting group shows opened on Friday, June 10, in somewhat unconventional venues that are nevertheless gaining ground and attention as up-and-coming art centers. Over at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club (2375 Foothill Rd.), Natural Anthem brings together the work of Dan Levin, Blakeney Sanford, and Casey Underwood to great effect, turning the lobby of this athletic institution into a home for organic shapes, bold compositions, and breaking waves of aesthetic pleasure. Levin’s assemblage sculptures repurpose objects both natural and manmade and share the quality of having been worked over by the elements. Levin animates driftwood, porous rocks, bits of bark, old fishing reels, glass bottles, and an assortment of danglers through a mix of organization, orientation, and painting. Some are spectacular. “Waka Tanka,” a reddish brown and turquoise vertical slab of something vaguely organic, gets a slick coat of resin that renders it a close cousin to the finish-fetish objects so beloved by surfers and custom car commandos. more

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