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Westmont to Host Forum on Human Trafficking

Grace Chang, a writer and activist for the labor and welfare rights of immigrants and women of color, explores the complex governmental issues of human trafficking in a lecture, “Trafficking by Any Other Name,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Kerrwood Hall’s Hieronymus Lounge on the Westmont College campus. Chang, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, says that attention to human trafficking in both media and public policy has focused almost exclusively on sex trafficking. more

Westmont’s Steve Butler Unveils Premiere April 26

The world premiere of Steve Butler’s “Resurrection Oratorio” celebrates the Easter season at Masterworks, a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, First Presbyterian Church on the corner of State Street and Constance Avenue. The performance is free and open to the public and features the Westmont Orchestra, College Choir and soloists. more

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic’s Record-a-Thon Returns April 20-25

Kicking off the 14th Annual Record-a-Thon for the Santa Barbara chapter of the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic on April 20 will be a tribute to the firefighters who fought the Gap and Tea fires, and authors Stephen J. Cannell and T.C. Boyle also are scheduled to participate in the weeklong event, coordinators announced. Westmont College President Gayle Beebe will also be on hand to say a few words about the firefighters. more

Tea Fire Relief Center Closes, Marking Transition on Journey to Recovery

Dozens of people gathered to watch as Claire Gottsdanker, Abe Powell and 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal released a single balloon into the sky Wednesday, signaling the end of a crisis period and a transition to the rebuilding of many of the homes that were destroyed in the November Tea Fire. The fire burned through the Westmont College campus and left the renowned Mount Calvary Retreat House & Monastery in ruins. more

Leading Off: Larry Crandell Is on the Record for Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

Larry Crandell threw himself a party and, doing what he does best, he turned it into a fundraiser for Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.  Also in attendance was Westmont College President Gayle Beebe. more

David Peri, Maryan Schall Named Man, Woman of Year

The Santa Barbara Foundation on Thursday celebrated its favorite volunteers of 2008 as the organization held its 67th Man & Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon.  Among the dignitaries in the audience were Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum and Westmont College President Gayle Beebe. more

Not Guilty Pleas Entered for 10 Defendants in Tea Fire Probe

Attorneys on Tuesday entered not guilty pleas on behalf of their clients, the 10 people charged with trespassing and starting an illegal campfire in the Tea Garden the night before a devastating wildfire ignited Nov. 13. The fire burned through the Westmont College campus and left the renowned Mount Calvary Retreat House & Monastery in ruins. more

Westmont Polo Team Rides to Nationals for 3rd Straight Year

For the third straight year, the Westmont Men’s Club Polo Team has won the U.S. Polo Association Western Regionals, and a berth in the USPA national intercollegiate championships in Charlottesville, Va., April 6-11. Westmont beat Stanford, 20-4, for the championship Saturday, after powering past Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 33-6, on Friday. more

Santa Barbara Music Club Offers Play Days This Month

The Santa Barbara Music Club will offer two free concerts this month. Soprano Jane Hahn will sing François Poulenc’s La courte paille, followed by a lightning survey of the A cappella repertoire from the 18th through 21st centuries sung by the Westmont Chamber Singers under the direction of the eminent Grey Brothers. more

A Charitable Deduction Reduction Has Local Nonprofits’ Attention

In today’s weakening economy, more people than ever may find themselves depending on the work and outreach of nonprofit organizations. But even as nonprofit resources are being stretched to reach more people with fewer donations, these groups may encounter yet another hurdle. Westmont College executive vice president Cliff Lundberg, who oversees development at the private Christian school and is currently fundraising for its campus master plan, said he didn’t know how the deduction reduction might affect Westmont. more