Santa Maria Times

Carlos Zepeda masters the hurdles of higher education

Carlos Zepeda was a track superstar at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, a stand-out in the 300- and 400-meter hurdles. His skill, hard work and determination on the track may be what prepared him for what was to come next in his young life… But when Westmont College offered him a significant track scholarship, he enrolled there instead, supplementing the athletic scholarship with one from SFSB. more

Celebrate Earth Day with poetry at Sedgwick Reserve

The Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society and the Sedgwick Reserve invite the public to a poetry reading in recognition of Earth Day featuring Paul Willis, former poet laureate of Santa Barbara. The free event happens April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Tipton Meeting House on the reserve. …Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara where he teaches creative writing and British Renaissance literature. more

‘Qualities of Mercy’ gets stage reading at Solvang Festival Theater

The DramaDogs theater company is giving a stage reading of a new play by Jinny Webber from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at the Solvang Festival Theater. …Santa Barbara Reads is an annual community reading program started by the Santa Barbara Public Library System in 2002 and now includes UCSB, Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College. more

To protect the U.S., vet refugees

Matt Kokkonen, a legal immigrant from Finland, lives in San Luis Obispo, is a graduate of Westmont College and did graduate studies in philosophy in Finland. He has been a financial planner on the Central Coast for 40 years. Kokkonen was the Republican candidate for Congress in 2008. more

Westmont College choir and orchestra to perform in Solvang

The 60-voice choir from Santa Barbara’s Westmont College will participate in both worship services on Sunday at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church in Solvang, under the direction of Dr. Michael Shasberger. more

National Chemistry Week poetry contest

The California Los Padres Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is celebrating National Chemistry Week by sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. … To enter, email a scanned copy of the illustrated poem, along with the attached entry form and release form to poetry@lospadresacs.org. Paper copies will also be accepted at the following mailing address: Kristi Cantrell, Westmont College Department of Chemistry, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara CA 93108. more

Students pack program in SB

The tenets of international leadership took on local significance when 20 Cabrillo High School juniors and five Lompoc High students attended the Global Leadership Connection Conference on Feb. 7 at the University of California, Santa Barbara and March 2 at Westmont College. more

WHAT’S DOING: EVENTS, PERFORMANCES, SHOWS, MEETINGS, CONCERTS, FUN

Walking in the Spirit — The Westmont Ridgely-Tree Museum of Art features a unique collection of folk art from all over the United States, showcasing the artists’ spiritual conviction Feb. 20-March 29. more

WHAT’S DOING: EVENTS, PERFORMANCES, SHOWS, MEETINGS, CONCERTS, FUN

Westmont talks to dig into ancient, modern theater — In conjunction with ‘Electra,’ the Westmont Theatre Arts Department will host the first ‘West Dialogue on Theatre Ancient and Modern’ Saturday, Feb. 8., at 8 p.m. at the Porter Theatre in Goleta. more

Annual poetry reading to honor Stafford

Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont and former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, hosts a poetry reading to honor the life and work of William Stafford (1914-1993) today at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area in Los Padres National Forest, across from the Los Prietos Boys Camp, 3900 Paradise Road. more

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