Monthly Archives: February 2010

What's Doing in Santa Barbara County — Feb. 28 – March 6

SATURDAY COMMUNITY EVENTS Japanese Family Festival: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Westmont College, Reynolds Gallery, 955 La Paz Road, Montecito. “A Celebration of Japanese Arts and Culture” includes crafts, food, performances, music and demonstrations. In conjunction with two Japanese-themed exhibitions on display in the gallery. Free admission. 565-6162. more

ON THE TOWN : Vintners' Auction benefits Direct Relief International in 50 states and in the world

WESTMONT COLLEGE The Westmont College President’s Breakfast, “Conversations About Things That Matter,” was sold out in three days. Not surprising because the speaker was Vicente Fox, who served as president of Mexico from 2000-2006. more

Gnekow finds a way over the mountain

Ariana Gnekow took an uphill route to college basketball, even if it were on the beaten path through the San Marcos Pass. The trail from Santa Ynez High to UCSB had already been blazed by former Pirates Erin Alexander and Kristi Rohr, both of whom broke the Gauchos’ career scoring record…Meghan, a former USC star and now an assistant coach at Westmont College, was her biggest role model. more

WEEKEND, WEEKDAY — Feb. 26 – March 4

MUSIC…Winter Concert: 8 p.m. Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Road, Montecito. Program includes: Brahm’s “Tragic Overture”; Linda Coleman’s “A Beautiful Land”; Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid”; Gustav Holst’s “Mars”; and Vincenzo Bellini’s “O Quante Volte.” Also: 3 p.m. Sunday. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. $10 general, in advance or at the door; free to students. Presented by Westmont College Orchestra. more

A Brave New World — Studio 7 West puts emerging artists in the local frame

Making that first step from studio to gallery is never an easy one for an artist. For many aspiring practitioners, it typically involves countless phone calls, endless portfolio reviews and a succession of polite rejections…The work on exhibit at Studio 7 West has been created by students currently enrolled at Santa Barbara City College, Westmont or UCSB. While some are established artists taking classes, others are launching their careers, an undertaking that comes with no template. more


Reynolds Gallery at Westmont College: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays and college holidays. 955 La Paz Road, Montecito. Double Japanese-themed exhibits: “American Viewing Stones: Selections from the James and Alice Greaves Collections” and “Kiyoshi Saito Prints.” Through March 11. Also: Dan Patterson Sculpture Garden. Through May 8. 968-1935. more

Letters: Ex-leader quick as fox to criticize U.S.

Vicente Fox, Mexico’s former president, is always quick to chastise the United States. I don’t suppose he used the recent occasion of the Westmont President’s Breakfast to discuss the brutal mistreatment of Central American migrants in Mexico. Como se dice en Español “hypocrite”? more

County 2-25

Medical marijuana dispensaries will not be allowed in the County of Santa Barbara, at least for the coming year, the Board of Supervisors decided on 2/23…As part of its Free2Play campaign, anti-human trafficking organization Not for Sale, in conjunction with Westmont College, will donate all proceeds generated by the upcoming Westmont men’s basketball game against Azusa Pacific on 3/1 at 7:30 p.m. more

Karl Rove’s Here. Ho Hum.

SÍ FOR DRUGS: Vicente Fox, Mexico’s former president and an ex-Coca-Cola executive, shook up Westmont College’s President’s Breakfast the other day by calling for making drugs legal. To be clear, I asked him afterward: “Are you advocating legalization of drugs in the U.S.?” more

Teachers Honored for Earth, Philanthropy and Service Projects

Fifteen teachers from nine school districts countywide were recognized by the Santa Barbara County Education Office with Care for Our Earth grants for classroom projects…The Healthy School Challenge: Linda Edwards, Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District, has students write speeches and produce a video about how to make a difference in cutting traffic and pollution in the community, to be shared at Cold Spring School, Westmont College and the Montecito Association. more