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‘Parenthood’ Star Sam Jaeger to Give Free Public Talk at Westmont College

Sam Jaeger, starring in NBC’s Parenthood, will discuss his life as an actor, director and writer during a conversation moderated by Westmont College theater arts professor Mitchell Thomas at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in Porter Theatre. more

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to Speak at Westmont President’s Breakfast

Robert Gates, who served as a trusted adviser to eight U.S. presidents of both parties, will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Westmont President’s Breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, March 2 in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Tickets, which are $125 per person, will go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, and can be purchased only on the Westmont Web site by clicking here. Seating is limited, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets to watch the speaker on a video screen in an adjacent room with a light continental breakfast will be available for $50. more

Providence Hall to Host Open House for Prospective Students on Sunday

It is a new year, and this season of new beginnings is the right time to consider private school for your child next fall. Providence Hall, founded in 2007, provides a Christian faith-based liberal arts education to students in grades seven through 12. Joyce Luy, director of admissions at Providence Hall (the recently retired dean of admissions at Westmont College), welcomes families and prospective students to tour the school’s interim campus, at 630 E. Canon Perdido St., this Sunday, Jan. 8. Registration will open at 1:30 p.m., followed by the program at 2 p.m. more

Santa Barbara County’s South Coast Under High Wind Warning, with 50 mph Gusts Possible

The National Weather Service upgraded a wind advisory Wednesday evening to a high wind warning for southwestern California. Damaging winds were expected to pound Santa Barbara County’s South Coast through early Friday with gusts to 50 mph possible. … Late Wednesday, Westmont College reported on its Twitter feed that firefighters had contained a house fire north of the campus on La Paz Road in Montecito. more

Turner Foundation Honors Police Chief Cam Sanchez with Protectors Award

Each year, the Turner Foundation, which is committed to “Community Transformation,” serves a Thanksgiving dinner for residents of the Village of Santa Barbara and friends of the foundation. … During the fall of 2006, Sanchez was teaching a criminal justice class at Westmont College in Montecito. He shared that in his previous position as police chief they cut the crime rate by establishing a police substation in the high crime area of the city. more

Montecito Bank & Trust Doles Out $1 Million at Community Dividends Awards Luncheon

When Janet Garufis joined the Montecito Bank & Trust team, she said she wanted to work somewhere where she could made a difference, and Michael Towbes taught her how. “There’s no better way to encourage philanthropy than to model the way, and Mr. Towbes, you continue to do that for each and every one of us today,” Garufis said at Monday’s ninth annual Community Dividends awards luncheon. … Recipients:  Westmont College more

Providence Hall to Host Open House Sunday at New Campus

Joyce Luy, director of admissions at Providence Hall and recently retired dean of admissions at Westmont College, will welcome families and prospective students to tour the independent, college preparatory school campus beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. more

Cielo Foundation to Perform Mozart by Candlelight Thanksgiving Concert

The Cielo Foundation for Performing Arts will mark a quarter-century of annual concerts honoring 18th-century composer Wolfgang Mozart by serving up its Mozart by Candlelight Thanksgiving Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. in Santa Barbara. … Dr. Michael Shasberger, Adams Chair of Music and Worship at Westmont College, will guest conduct. The guest soloist will be Beseke, and the orchestra’s founder and music director is Christopher Story VI. more

Westmont Talk to Explore Hot Topics of Public Education

Michelle Hughes, assistant professor of education at Westmont College, will tackle the complex issues regarding today’s education climate in a lecture titled “Hot Topics and Highlights in Public Education”. more

CNN Analyst David Gergen Coming to UCSB to Discuss 2012 Elections

UCSB Arts & Lectures will present CNN political analyst, presidential adviser and distinguished author David Gergen in a probing bipartisan talk on “The 2012 Elections— Issues and Answers”. more

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