The first touch to the local college sports season will come on Saturday at 7 p.m. when Westmont College travels across town to UCSB for a women’s exhibition soccer match at Harder Stadium.
The Warriors, who advanced to last year’s NAIA quarterfinals while finishing with a 16-4-2 record, gave the NCAA Division 1 Gauchos a scare in last year’s exhibition. Former Santa Barbara High star Jackie Lopez tied the match with a goal early in the second half, only to have UCSB score twice in the final 13 minutes for a 3-1 victory. more
Hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon at the Courthouse Sunken Garden for the annual West Coast Symphony Fiesta Concert, a tradition dating to 1966. Led by Michael Shasberger, artistic director of the symphony, the West Coast Symphony treated the audience to “festive and celebratory” tunes, as Dr. Shasberger called them, to close out Fiesta celebrations. “It is wonderful to be outdoors in the beautiful Courthouse gardens,” Dr. Shasberger said. “The symphony is just delighted to be here.” more
Hank Postma has joined the board of directors of the Friendship Center. Mr. Postma is vice president and senior asset manager at MUFG Union Bank, where he manages all real estate assets in the Central Coast region for the Private Bank. He has also worked in international sales and real estate. A graduate of Westmont College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies, Mr. Postma lives in Carpinteria with his wife and two young daughters. more
Dancers, singers, equestrians.
Parades, performances, mercados.
There’s a lot to see and do during Old Spanish Days. But there’s only one of you.
So if you can only experience five things this Fiesta, which kicks off Wednesday, what should they be? …
On Sunday, the current conductor, Michael Shasberger, the Adams Professor of Music and Worship at Westmont College, will lead the ensemble as it plays highlights from Bizet’s “Carmen”; Saint-Sa’ns’ Cello Concerto, featuring 2018 Cielo Performing Arts Scholarship winner and cellist Timothy Beccue; Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture”; and Mitch Leigh’s “Man of La Mancha” suite. more
The 2017-18 athletic season was one of the best on record for Westmont College.
The Warriors finished sixth in the Learfield Director’s Cup, the highest performance in school history. Westmont women’s basketball reached the NAIA Championship game and finished as national runner-up and men’s outdoor track and field had its highest finish ever (eighth) at the national championships. more
Michael Stefanic, who graduated from Westmont College in May with a degree in economics and business, has signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
WESTMONT TO ADD SPORTS
Westmont College will offer women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, to bolster the school’s already successful collegiate athletic program. more
Christina Bean has mixed emotions about her work as head of the 805 Conservation project to salvage and preserve damaged items from the disastrous Thomas Fire and resulting Jan. 9 Montecito mudslides. … For the freezing process, Ms. Bean had access to a massive industrial freezer, which was stored on the Westmont College campus from March through May. more
“Night and Day”
When: through June 23
Where: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd.,
Just weeks removed from his final game as a member of the Dos Pueblos High baseball team, Isaac Coffey was back on the mound in Santa Barbara, but this time as a member of the Santa Barbara Foresters. … The hurler’s older brother, Westmont outfielder Luke Coffey, had two hits and drove in two runs for Santa Barbara, while Michael Teobaldi capped a two-out, four-run fifth-inning rally with a two-run triple, scoring Connor Woods and Utah Jones. more
After retiring from careers as a minister and executive recruiter, Virgil Leih has been spending his time as a woodworker, turning tree logs into huge pieces of sculpture.
A more recent interest is taking the toys of his childhood and increasing their size to create sculptural art. They are around 18 inches in diameter. … That Mr. Flores lived in Santa Barbara caught Mr. Leih’s attention because he had lived here as a youth when his father, Cornelius Leih, was assistant to Roger Voskuyl, then president of Westmont College. more