Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk

Tea Fire Fund Distributes $435,512 in Donations

Like thousands of other residents last November, Carlos Lima was at work when he checked on the progress of the Tea Fire. He realized it was headed toward his home and rushed back to pack a few clothes and important documents before evacuating. … Westmont College lost 14 homes in its Las Barrancas faculty housing during the Tea Fire, and 27 more were damaged. There was also damage to the campus itself. Earlier this month, 12 faculty families moved into their new, rebuilt homes. more

Experience Music for the Soul During Advent Organ Series

A spectacular celebration of the Advent and Christmas seasons features four distinguished concert artists on the Advent Organ Series 2009 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. in Santa Barbara. … David Gell’s concert tours of Canada, the United States, Asia, Great Britain and Euopre include hymn festivals, recitals and improvisation seminars. His musical leadership in the Santa Barbara community features service with various churches, the American Guild of Organists, Westmont College, UCSB, the Master Chorale and presentations of organ encounter demonstrations with the community’s children and youths, most recently with students of Marymount of Santa Barbara and St. Raphael School. more

Prayers of Thanks Mark Westmont’s Tea Fire Commemoration

Westmont College faculty, staff, students and community members gathered on the lawn of the school’s prayer chapel Friday in remembrance of the wildfire that swept through the campus just one year ago. Led by the Westmont College Student Association, those in attendance sang worship songs on the lawn, and prayers of gratitude were offered up by several of the students. God was thanked for sparing most of the campus and for sparing lives. more

One Year Later, Tea Fire Still Hits Close to Home: Doug and Karen Crawford, who lost everything in the 2008 wildfire, reflect on the devastation and celebrate a new beginning

We started receiving phone calls from friends at work and church late in the afternoon on Nov. 13, 2008. They warned us of the danger of what news reports were calling the Las Alturas fire. Turning on the television and hearing reports that the fire was actually in the mountains above Westmont College and heading west, we decided to get prepared in case the wind direction changed. more

Prayers of Thanks Mark Westmont’s Tea Fire Commemoration

Despite devastation, campus community counts blessings on one-year anniversary Westmont College faculty, staff, students and community members gathered on the lawn of the school’s prayer chapel Friday in remembrance of the wildfire that swept through the campus just one year ago. Led by the Westmont College Student Association, those in attendance sang worship songs on the lawn, and prayers of gratitude were offered up by several of the students. God was thanked for sparing most of the campus and for sparing lives. more

Westmont to Mark One-Year Anniversary of Tea Fire

The college has had to rebuild from the devastation of the blaze, and on Friday will host a community commemoration. It has been one year since the Tea Fire ignited in the hills above Montecito, and one community that had a harrowing brush with the wildfire will meet Friday in commemoration. Westmont College saw eight of its buildings destroyed last November in the first few hours of a blaze that raged for days. Of the 230 homes that were destroyed, 15 were Westmont faculty homes, and 62 students, 18 faculty members and nine staff were displaced. The fire also left the renowned Mount Calvary Monastery & Retreat House in ruins. more

Community Events a Salute to Veterans: Santa Barbara and Goleta offer opportunities Wednesday to honor the nation's heroes

The men and women who have served in the U.S. military — now and in the past — will be honored Wednesday in a multitude of events planned throughout Santa Barbara and Goleta. … A free concert will ring out from the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden at 2:30 p.m., where the Westmont College Orchestra, the Sheriff’s Fife and Drum Corps, the State Street Jazz Band and more will perform. more

Westmont to Host Tea Fire Commemoration: Friday's free community reception will mark the one-year anniversary of the blaze

Friday’s free community reception will mark the one-year anniversary of the blaze. The Westmont College Student Association will host a free community reception, “One Year Later: A Tea Fire Commemoration,” from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Voskuyl Prayer Chapel. Danny Clapp, Emerson Hall residence director, said there will be light refreshments, prayer and worship along with a video and photo display. more

Nearly a Year After the Tea Fire, Westmont Faculty Families Return Home

With help of campus community, displaced fire survivors move back in to newly rebuilt houses. Twelve Westmont College faculty families who lost their homes in the Tea Fire almost a year ago have been given keys to their newly rebuilt homes in Las Barrancas, the faculty housing complex west of campus. more

World-Renowned Chef Mai Pham to Get Cookin’ at Westmont

Mai Pham, world-renowned Thai and Vietnamese chef and restaurateur, will sign cookbooks, offer special tastings and hold cooking demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in Westmont College’s Dining Commons. The guest appearance is courtesy of Sodexo, which is contracted by Westmont’s dining services. more

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