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Westmont remembers Fire

The Westmont College Student Association will host a free community reception, “One Year Later: A Tea Fire Commemoration.” The event will take place on Nov. 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Voskuyl Prayer Chapel on campus, and will feature light refreshments, prayer and worship along with a video and photo display. 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

Veteran's Honored And Remembered In Santa Barbara

Soldiers of the Royal Presidio in Santa Barbara, along with soldiers from Fort Tejon State Historic Park paid tribute to military veterans Wednesday morning…The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard and Westmont’s Choir and Orchestra are expected to preform. more

Environmental policy analyst buys Manor Park home

Stephanie A. Bertaina and Andrew P. Bertaina bought a three-bedroom, three-bath home at 728 Oneida Place N.W. in Washington, D.C. from Fannie G. Groom for $325,000 on Oct. 28. … Ms. Bertaina is a policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in D.C. … She received her B.A. in biology and psychology from Westmont College in 2003 and a M.S. in natural resources and environment, environmental policy and planning from the University of Michigan in 2006. more

Street Parades Mark Holiday

The Santa Barbara community will host a number of events honoring military veterans this Wednesday, Nov. 11. The series of celebrations begins tomorrow with ceremonies and musical performances, culminating on Saturday with a parade on State Street featuring armored vehicles and tanks. … Community members are also invited to attend “A Musical Tribute to Honor our Veterans” at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens. The event will be hosted by the Santa Barbara Music Club and will feature several local music groups, including the State Street Jazz Band, the Westmont College Orchestra and the Sheriff’s Fife and Drum Corps, among others. 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

Transfer Day offers VC students a way out

Students looking to transfer from Ventura College received an abundance of help and guidance at the annual Transfer Day on Nov. 5. The campus quad was lined up with representatives from over 60 colleges and universities. Private and independent colleges were also in attendance, including the University of New Mexico, Westmont College, Paul Mitchell of Santa Barbara and Fresno Pacific University. more

Westmont professor to appear in Christian DVD series

A new Christian DVD series examining the intersections between faith and “real life” will feature Westmont College religious studies professor Tremper Longman III. Along with Seattle-based psychologist Dan Allender, Dr. Longman was interviewed by series host Donald Miller (author of “Blue Like Jazz”) for “Frustration and False Gods: Living in a Fallen World.” The 45-minute DVD will be released Nov. 17, along with two others in the Convergence series, which is presented by Creative Trust Media in conjunction with EMI Christian Music Group. more

Conejo Valley debutantes to be honored by National Charity League

The Conejo Valley Chapter of National Charity League Inc. will host the 28th annual National Charity League Ball on Sat., Nov. 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village…Brina is an Oaks Christian High School graduate… She attends Westmont College, where she’s a psychology major. more

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