Yearly Archives: 2009

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

Darkness and Light Art That Captures the Human Experience: ALSO ON VIEW

Between now and December 18, Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery (955 La Paz Rd.) exhibits a series of prints based on quilts sewn by artists in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The quilters, who all are descendents of Southern plantation slaves, worked with printmakers to create etchings that capture the colors and textures of their work. more

RECALLING A CAMPUS CALAMITY : With prayer and song, Westmont College marks Tea Fire anniversary

On November 13, 2008, the Tea Fire began at 5:45 p.m. on a hill overlooking Westmont College. The wind-driven flames were pushed southward and into the college campus, large swaths of which were quickly engulfed in smoke, embers and flames. Students were evacuated into the gymnasium and stayed there for hours before they were allowed to leave, dispersing throughout the area to shelters, hotels or the homes of friends and churchgoers until the were able to return two weeks later. Eight campus buildings and 15 faculty homes were destroyed. On Friday, students of the college gathered on a campus much changed from a year ago as they commemorated the anniversary of the conflagration. more

On the march to honor vets — Santa Barbara's annual Veterans Day parade steps off at 1 p.m.

Military vehicles will roll down State Street today, with close air support provided in the form of a seven-plane fly-over as Santa Barbara once again shows its pride in its military heroes with a Veteran’s Day parade down State Street. … Wednesday’s observances included “A Musical Tribute to Our Veterans” at the Courthouse Sunken Garden, featuring speeches from local dignitaries and performances from the San Marcos High School combined choruses, the Westmont College Orchestra, singer Fernanda Douglas, the State Street Jazz Band, the Sheriff’s Fife and Drum Corps, a U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard and others; a ceremony at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park; a dedication ceremony of the Carpinteria High School stadium in honor of the school’s fallen heroes; and a Veterans Day ceremony and barbecue luncheon at the Goleta Valley Community Center. more

Tea Fire: One year later

It has been exactly one year since the devastating Tea Fire began burning on the South Coast. Friday, a commemoration will be held by students of Westmont College. The Tea Fire demolished eight buildings and 15 faculty homes on the Westmont campus. The reception begins at 3:30p.m. at the Voskuyl Prayer Chapel on the campus. 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

Tea Fire: A Look Back

It was one year ago when a massive fire of historical proportions would forever affect us all. In the end, 231 homes would be lost. Thousands forced from their homes. And millions of dollars in damage, but thankfully, no lives would be lost. The explosive, wind driven fire broke out on November 13, 2008 at 5:45 p.m. in the hills directly above Westmont College and an area populated with custom built mountain homes, and multi-million dollar mansions. Embers were showering the area in many directions, immediately starting new fires. Some had flame lengths of 60 to 70 feet. more

SCENE WEEKEND — Friday, November 13, 2009: DANCE

Beauty Bomb: 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Porter Theater, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road. Dance and theater event explores the concept of Pandora, first woman of myth. Directed by Lila Rose Kaplan; guest chorographer is Jenny April Kaplan. $10 general, $5 students and seniors. 565-7040. 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