Yearly Archives: 2011

Artistic Touch: Artist is inspired by religion and personal history

Carlos Chávez Córdova’s artwork is inspired by his spiritual beliefs as well as his heritage and experiences. “I am a Christian artist and get my inspiration first and foremost through my spiritual belief system,” Córdova said. “The content of my work is primarily a reflection of my personal history and my environment.” … He participated in the Brand 40 Works on Paper, “Entrances and Exits” exhibit at the Brand Library Gallery in Pasadena that closed the end of October; is in the “5 X 5 An Invitational” exhibit at the Westmont Museum of Art in Santa Barbara that runs Wednesday through Dec. 16. more

Hark! The Blue Angels sing!

The most-beloved music of the season will be presented by the Blue Angels Choir of the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church in a festive Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Filling the spacious church sanctuary will be the choral voices of the Blue Angels, along with a return performances by two guest artists who captivated last year’s Christmas audience – David Talbott at the keyboard of the grand piano, and David Gell at the console of the Wesley-Moller pipe organ. … He was previously on the staff of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and for several years was organist and pianist for the Montecito Covenant Church. His extensive travels include performances as pianist-organist for several associates of Dr. Billy Graham. more

Education in Brief: Westmont wins high rankings

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Westmont College in Montecito among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the magazine’s list of Best Values in Private Colleges. The report, which named Westmont No. 88, ranked schools based on academics and economic value. more

Parma Heights will brighten the holidays with tree lighting: Rick Haase

The Parma Symphony Orchestra will present a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 in the auditorium of Valley Forge High School, 9999 Independence Blvd., Parma Heights. … He has served as a professor of piano at Youngstown State University. Additionally, he has held faculty positions at the International School of Music (Md.) and Vance Music Studios (Ohio). He has given master classes at University of St. Thomas (Minn.), Westmont College (Calif.), The Cleveland Music School Settlement and Youngstown State University. more

SBHS alum Bregante takes over varsity program

David Bregante has been named the boys varsity basketball coach at Santa Barbara High, athletic director Nan Verkaik confirmed. Bregante, a 1961 Santa Barbara grad, takes over for Chris Hantgin, who stepped down from the position two weeks ago in order to devote his full attention to teaching. … Bregante played for a couple of coaching legends: Gene Snyder at Santa Barbara High and Tom Byron at Westmont College. more

Santa Barbara Printmakers at the JCC

Art at the JCC is proud to announce “Santa Barbara Printmakers at the JCC” an exhibition that will run December 4, 2011-February 29, 2012. … Professor Carlander has taught college level art including painting, drawing, printmaking, design, art appreciation, Western art history, and aesthetics. Carlander served as Chairman of the Creative and Performing Arts Department at Westmont College and chaired the Art Department for 13 years. He has exhibited throughout the US, Japan and Europe. more

My View: Pilgrims’ legacy resonates still from Plymouth to Bethlehem

In October 1620, soon after the Pilgrims shoved off from England, an Atlantic tempest nearly capsized the Mayflower, causing the main joist to buckle. The passengers jerry-rigged the ship, according to Gov. Bradford, by hoisting the cracked beam with a “great iron screw.” … Mark Sargent began writing his annual Thanksgiving column for Faith + Ideas, Gordon College’s online publication, in 2008. He has been the Wenham school’s provost since 1996 and will assume the provost’s position at Westmont College in California this coming spring. He and his wife live in Hamilton. more

Turner Foundation Honors Police Chief Cam Sanchez with Protectors Award

Each year, the Turner Foundation, which is committed to “Community Transformation,” serves a Thanksgiving dinner for residents of the Village of Santa Barbara and friends of the foundation. … During the fall of 2006, Sanchez was teaching a criminal justice class at Westmont College in Montecito. He shared that in his previous position as police chief they cut the crime rate by establishing a police substation in the high crime area of the city. more

Lexi Youngberg: Invinsible

The ear-splitting crash was so loud that the other boaters on Spring Lake heard it over the roar of their engines. Lexi Youngberg, 16, was riding on a small watercraft with two of her friends when suddenly a large motorboat collided with them. … It’s been more than two years since the accident, and Lexi has moved on with her life. She just started school at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. more

Montecito Bank & Trust Doles Out $1 Million at Community Dividends Awards Luncheon

When Janet Garufis joined the Montecito Bank & Trust team, she said she wanted to work somewhere where she could made a difference, and Michael Towbes taught her how. “There’s no better way to encourage philanthropy than to model the way, and Mr. Towbes, you continue to do that for each and every one of us today,” Garufis said at Monday’s ninth annual Community Dividends awards luncheon. … Recipients:  Westmont College more