Yearly Archives: 2011

Westmont to host public stargazing

In conjunction with Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, Westmont College’s observatory will open its doors for its monthly public stargazing. The event, which will feature Westmont’s Keck telescope, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the observatory between Russell Carr Field and the track and filed/ soccer complex at the college, 955 La Paz Road, a Westmont news release said. Free parking will be available near the baseball field. more

Loving the Poor, Saving the Rich: Almsgiving and Salvation in Early Christianity

Helen Rhee, associate professor of religious studies at Westmont, lectures about “Loving the Poor, Saving the Rich: Almsgiving and Salvation in Early Christianity” on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge in Kerrwood Hall. more

Author to discuss Junipero Serra

Gregory Orfalea, an award-winning author who teaches at Westmont College, will discuss the Spanish missionary Junipero Serra’s relationships with women and American Indians in a two-part series today and Nov. 9 at California Lutheran University. Orfalea will present “Serra’s Women: A Bilocating Nun, a Witch and a Sorceress” at 7:30 p.m. today and “Serra and the Indians of California: A Hymn or a Horror?” at 7:30  p.m. Nov. 9. more


Elizabeth (Betty) Davalos: Obituary

Elizabeth (Betty) Davalos July 13, 1927 ~ Oct. 3, 2011 Resident of Walnut Creek Betty Davalos died quietly in her home in Walnut Creek, CA after a brief illness. Betty graduated from Westmont College in Montecito, CA in 1950. more


It was a picture-perfect setting to celebrate the official opening of the Westmont Museum of Art. Robert and Christine Emmons opened their Montecito home so guests could view their extensive art collection before being treated to a sunset view of the coast during dinner in the garden. The two visionaries behind the new museum are artists and educators Tony Askew and John Carlander, founders of Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery. The museum will serve not only the college but the community at large, with exhibits, lectures and more and is open free to the public. more


“Peer Gynt”: Ibsen’s epic masterpiece receives lavish treatment in this multi-part, multi-venue staging directed by John Blondell. Students and faculty from Westmont College join forces with the Lit Moon Theatre Company to bring Peer Gynt’s journey through Europe, and beyond, to vivid theatrical life. Part 1 will be performed at the Porter Theatre at Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Montecito; Part 2 will be performed at Center Stage Theater, upstairs at Paseo Nuevo. 3 p.m. Part 1, 7 p.m. more

Take 2 / Susan Keller: Celebrating Community

What do philanthropy and activism look like in our town? Well, to Susan Keller, founder of Santa Barbara Revels, they look like Celebrations – replete with elaborate costumes, music, dance, mummers and wassailers (you can look those last two up – I had to). The Santa Barbara Revels (, which Keller introduced here five years ago, is a nonprofit participatory performing arts organization that is all about instilling a sense of community. … Moving up to Montecito in 1994, Keller decided to devote her time to both her family and her new community. She became firmly ensconced in local organizations such as the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Lobero Theatre and the Montecito Association, eventually becoming the Chair of the Land Use Committee. Never one to shy away from controversy, she was vocal on some hot button issues during her tenure including the changes at the Biltmore under Ty Warner, the expansion of Westmont college and the still brewing mess of the Miramar. more

ANN ABOUT TOWN: The show will go on … and on

Co-presented by Westmont College Festival Theatre and Lit Moon Theatre Company, the production is a “hugely exciting challenge,” said John Blondell, director, who has been working on this show with about 30 artists (actors, designers, composers, musicians) for the last four months, six days a week. “Part of this is absolutely new to me … placing this marvelous, large epic play into two stand alone parts,” he explained of the format, in order to keep the “marathon” play almost intact, which is a rarity. more

Geno on the go

Arthur takes International Baccalaureate classes in chemistry, calculus English and Spanish.

He’d like to study biochemistry in college. He’s been looking at Westmont College for academics and athletics. He has the potential to compete for an Ivy League institution. more


In two talks at California Lutheran University, author and Westmont College professor Gregory Orfalea will discuss Spanish missionary Junipero Serra’s complex relationships with women and American Indians: “Serra’s Women: A Bilocating Nun, a Witch and a Sorceress,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18; and “California: A Hymn or a Horror?” more