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ART REVIEW : School, and art shows, are in – School and art back in session

Come autumn in Santa Barbara, the local art scene tends to show more discernible, perennial signs of change than the weather or fauna in town. Summer’s breezier gallery schedule invariably yields to denser and more serious options for art-seekers, and the phrase “school is in session” is less sobering than relieving to those tuned into the art scene. Along with the opening of the academic season — at both Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College last week, and with UCSB starting up next month — comes the opening of those schools’ respective art galleries. more

A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

The seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the U.S. saw a number of remembrance events held in Santa Barbara County, from flag-lowering ceremonies at county and local fire stations to a concert at Santa Barbara City College to memorial events at the Solvang School and Westmont College. more

Westmont Students Remember 9/11

The Westmont Conservatives Club is honoring the people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a display of 1,500 U.S. flags on Kerrwood Lawn, one for every two people who died that fateful day. The club invites Westmont College and the community to attend a time of remembrance and commemoration at 6 p.m. Thursday on the lawn. more

Westmont Professor Speaks Before EU Panel in Brussels

Westmont political science professor Susan E. Penksa spoke at the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday, addressing the Subcommittee on Security and Defense about European Union (EU) security operations in the Balkans. During her talk, part of the scholar’s two-week-long visit with EU officials that began on Wednesday, Penksa also covered the subject of security relations between the U.S. and the EU. more

Teen wins top Girl Scout award

Mallory Farrar, 18, has completed work on her Gold Award. Her project involved collecting donations of school supplies and assembling backpacks for the children at Casa Pacifica, a group home in Camarillo. She spent many hours soliciting donations and organizing supplies in order to prepare the backpacks. She plans to attend Westmont College. more

Young Violinist Takes the Stage During Wimmer Concert

On Sunday evening, Cate School freshman Natalia Gutierrez-Jones, 14, performed Bach’s Concerto in G Minor for Violin at the Trinity Episcopal Church to celebrate the work of James Wimmer, a world-class violin maker in Santa Barbara. Wimmer is working on the Hubert Schwyzer Quartet, a unique ensemble of instruments commissioned by Westmont College in honor of a former UCSB philosophy professor and cellist. Gutierrez-Jones has been studying with Claude-lise Lafranque, who teaches at Westmont College and Montessori Center School, since she was 5. more

Harmonic Convergence, Wimmer Style

A different kind of harmonic conversion illuminated Trinity Episcopal Church last Sunday, as a clutch of world-class musicians played in tribute to violin maker James Wimmer. Dubbed “Wimmerata,” the event was in celebration of the master instrument maker and his current project creating a quartet of instruments for Westmont College. more

Been There: Man to discuss his experience living as homeless

One day in 2002, Mike Yankoski, a college student, heard a sermon about living a Christian life. The sermon caused him to look at his life, and he didn’t like what he saw, he said. Yankoski said that he withdrew from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and drew up a list of cities that he wanted to visit with help from an advisory board made up of professors, pastors and staff at rescue missions. more

New pastor to be welcomed

The First Presbyterian Church at 1830 Farroll Road in Grover Beach will welcome their new interim pastor Robert Ohman at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. He served as pastor to Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Agnes J. Deaver

Agnes J. Deaver, 77, of 3950 Via Real, Carpinteria, California, died at 7:40 a.m. September 2, 2008 in Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA. While a resident of California she worked at Westmont College of Santa Barbara for several years. She later earned her Master’s Degree from University of California at Santa Barbara. more

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