Santa Barbara Independent

Week in Sports: Bergmann Court to be Dedicated

Major league scouts and college baseball coaches will be heading to Westmont College’s Russ Carr Field on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 6-7) to observe the cream of the crop from Southern California high schools at the 2010 Area Code Tryouts. On Tuesday, tryouts will be held for Los Angeles County and San Fernando Valley region players. Tryouts for players from Orange County, Riverside, the Inland Empire and San Diego regions will be held on Wednesday. Both sessions begin at 9 a.m. and are open to the public. more

Talk Nerdy to Me: Westmont Hosts Monthly Telescope Viewing

On Friday, June 18, Westmont Observatory held a free, public telescope viewing, a monthly event hosted by the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU). About 100 to 150 people dropped by to view Westmont’s new, research-grade telescope. The Keck telescope — not to be confused with the one in Hawaii — uses segmented primary mirrors and a 24-inch reflector, and is thought to be one of the most powerful telescopes on the Central Coast. more

Supreme Soccer: The World Cup Kicks Off in South Africa

Soccer, they say, brings out our tribal loyalties. It awakens pride. This month, when South Africa hosts the World Cup, it will also unify nations. more

UCSB Installs Emergency Alert Speaker: System May Eventually Include Four Additional Units

UCSB has installed the first of five campus communication speakers on the roof of Kerr Hall, designed to alert students and staff in the event of an emergency. The speakers have a range of 2,400 feet, and are tentatively planned to be located at the Recreation Center, Kohn Hall, Santa Rosa Hall, and the Faculty Club within the next 12 months. more

John Wooden: a Great Coach, a Greater Man

If he were just a basketball coach, John Wooden’s death still would have made headlines in the sports pages. But the stories would not be replete with testimony to the profundity of his character. His passing would not be felt so pungently by so many people. more

Week in Sports: Foresters Open Season at UCSB Diamond

Cox Channel 8 is broadcasting a taped replay of last Saturday’s Alumni Big Game, the 10-10 tie between football teams from San Marcos and Santa Barbara Highs. Three more telecasts are scheduled – today (Fri., June 4) at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. more

Screenwriters Assn. of S.B. Meeting

Marcia Meier is an award-winning writer, teacher, published poet and former director of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. She will speak about her new book Navigating the Rough Waters of Today’s Publishing World, Critical Advice for Writers from Industry Insiders (Quill Driver Books, 2010). more

Westmont to Host Emergency Drill

On Wednesday, June 2, Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Special Enforcement Team will conduct an emergency response drill with Westmont College staff. The deputies will practice their rapid response skills for violent incidents and familiarize themselves with the campus. more

2010 Indy Awards: The Glass Menagerie and Our Town Both Big Winners

Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Glass Menagerie and Santa Barbara Theatre’s Our Town were the big winners at the Indy Awards, which took place at the Lobero on Monday, May 24. Ensemble Artistic Director Jonathan Fox was ubiquitous, accepting his own award for directing The Glass Menagerie, and then appearing three more times on behalf of actors Sara Botsford and Erin Pineda and scenic designer Neil Prince. more

Public Viewing of the Stars

Stargazers may be able to catch a glimpse of the rings of Saturn Friday, May 21, at the monthly public viewing at Westmont’s new observatory that houses the 24-inch Keck Telescope. more

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