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94th Old Spanish Days Fiesta Has Something for Everyone, And Much of It’s Free: Santa Barbara celebrates traditions with music, dancing, parades, horses and countless cascarones just waiting for their break

Cascarones (confetti eggs), mercados, parades, authentic food, music, dancing and the rodeo are an essential part of Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Traditions continue as the five-day celebration begins Wednesday, running through Sunday. …

Sunday

» The West Coast Symphony will hold its annual Fiesta concert at 3:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Sunken Garden. Music is conducted by Michael Shasberger, a Westmont College professor of music and worship who conducts the Westmont College Choir and Orchestra. more

True accepts offer from Cal Poly

WESTMONT ATHLETICS

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

Avalon VFW presents scholarship checks to graduates

The Veterans of Foreign Wars post 4682 recently presented three more $1,000 VFW scholarships to Avalon High School graduates.

The post is committed to helping veterans, their family members and community. … • Thomas Oddone is a graduate of Avalon High School Class 2018 and the son of Charles (Army Veteran) and Kim Oddone. … He worked for the Escape Room, Seaport Bistro and currently Silver Canyon Pottery. Thomas will be attending Westmont College in Santa Barbara, studying Kinesiology. more

Family fun

Little brother tagging along with big brother is an age-old scene for those who have grown up with siblings, but it’s also a rarity when it comes to the Medford Mustangs. Several brothers have come through the vaunted American Legion AAA program over the years, but what Jack and Bennett Thompson are providing this summer is pretty unique. …

It’s no surprise that Jack is a featured part of the program after a standout four-year run at South Medford High. The versatile 19-year-old is bound for Westmont College to play baseball in the fall but before he does, he’s batting cleanup for the Mustangs and chipping in wherever needed in right field, first base, third base, pitcher and catcher. more

Athlete of the Week: Haleigh Batty

Allan Hancock College track and field star Haleigh Batty is a record-breaker. …
Batty, who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in either nursing or sports medicine, officially committed last week to Westmont College, where she will continue her track and field career on a scholarship. more

Playing With Food: In the kitchen gardens

Gardens across the Central Coast are busting with fruits and vegetables! Just as you might be utilizing your backyard bounty, so too are some bigger operations. … Kenny is the head gardener for the kitchen gardens at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Local Sports: WESTMONT GRAD STEFANIC SIGNS WITH ANGELS

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

California community college students to get ‘guaranteed acceptance’ at 36 private universities: Thirty-six private California colleges and universities signed an agreement to offer students guaranteed admission at a junior standing so long as the student meets certain academic requirements.

Students looking to transfer from a California community college to a 4-year university now have many more options across the state.

Thirty-six private California colleges and universities, Wednesday, signed an agreement with the California Community Colleges system to offer students guaranteed admission at a junior standing so long as the student meets certain academic requirements. …

Begin accepting applications in spring 2019 … Westmont College more

Culture: He paints in a glass jar at Stureplan: “We force people to interact with the art”

A seven-square-meter glass cage on Stureplan in Stockholm has become Robin Eley’s temporary workplace. But the Australian artist, famous for his detailed oil paintings, is not easily damaged.During the week he sits and paints and puts out works from the series “Wrapped”. … Born in London in 1978, grew up in Australia and is now living in Los Angeles, USA. Took a bachelor’s degree in art science at Westmont College in the USA in 2001. more

Lancaster Joins Angelina College as Associate Dean

Dr. Daryl Lancaster is the new Associate Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics at Angelina College. Dr. Lancaster was previously employed as the Life Science Department Chair at Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Westmont College and a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences. more

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