Santa Barbara Independent

Education 10-30

Attorney Barry Cappello on 10/22 argued before the Court of Appeal on behalf of Concerned Citizens over Westmont Expansion. The group appealed a December 2007 decision by Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle in which he opined that the school’s environmental impact report for its 345,000-square-foot campus expansion was thorough enough and that the planned construction was consistent with the Montecito community plan. more

Blue Tempest Rages at Westmont

Since 2005, the Lit Moon Theatre Company has produced three distinct interpretations of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Last Friday’s was a comic one that director John Blondell said was designed to emphasize the play’s “fantasy, playfulness, exuberance, and its hope for a happy ending.” Lit Moon’s entertaining and quirky theatrical storm was dubbed Blue Tempest. This year’s Blue Tempest whirled with creativity and the immense skill of actors who can switch not just player roles but also gender roles quickly and naturally. All six performers, including James Connolly on banjo, piano, and percussion, delivered impeccable performances. more

Cold Springs—West Fork: Gateway to Tangerine Falls and a historic water tunnel built in 1905

Though not a long nor well-known trail, it leads up a very pretty canyon to Gibraltar Road. A side trip along the way leads to Tangerine Falls and the upper end of the Middle Fork canyon…Turn right and continue up past Westmont College to Mountain Drive. more

Westmont Breaks Ground on Campus Construction

A day after a California Court of Appeals panel heard oral arguments from opponents of Westmont College’s Master Plan, school officials broke ground on the first phase of campus construction, which is expected to add roughly 166,000 square feet of new buildings to the campus in less than three years. Barry Cappello, attorney for Concerned Citizens Over Westmont Expansion, argued his case in front of the three-judge panel gathered in the Board of Supervisors room Wednesday, the one day this year the Court of Appeals will make a trip to Santa Barbara to hear cases. more

Shakespeare Fest Kicks Off at Center Stage: UCSB, Lit Moon, and Westmont Do Alternative Shakespeare

The second annual Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival was already in full swing by 9 p.m. on Saturday, when Irwin Appel’s talented group of UCSB BFA candidates went on at Center Stage Theater with their delicious, rollicking version of The Winter’s Tale. In perhaps the most exciting development of the festival’s first weekend, UCSB appears to be mounting a serious rival to Westmont College’s extraordinary work in collaboration with John Blondell’s Lit Moon Theatre Company. more

Westmont Prof to Lecture on Financial Woes

A free lecture in Westmont College’s Page Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, October 22, at 3:30 p.m. will focus on the nation’s current financial woes and will feature the professor of entrepreneurial finance, Dr. David Newton. The event is a special Wednesday edition of the college’s Tuesdays with Morals series. more

The State Theatre of Georgia Visits S.B.

Shielded for nearly 70 years behind the iron curtain, long overshadowed by its northern neighbor Russia, and now struggling once again for political stability, the Republic of Georgia has been beset with challenges to its independence for all of modern history. John Blondell had earned his PhD at UCSB in 1990, and has been teaching modern theater theory and practice at Westmont College ever since. more

Westmont Profs Talk Religion, Politics at Free Lecture

Two topics often nervously side-stepped are being tackled head-on on Thursday, October 16, during a talk entitled “Does Religion Belong in Politics? Reflections in the Midst of the 2008 Campaign,” sponsored by the Westmont Foundation. The talk is part of a series called Westmont Downtown: Conversations About Things that Matter. more

Tangerine Falls: Best waterfall in the Santa Barbara area.

For those who love big waterfalls and scenic spots, when the water is running, Tangerine Falls are the best. Turn left (north), drive past Westmont College to Mountain Drive and then turn right and go a half mile east to the trailhead. more

Cold Springs—East Fork

This is absolutely my very favorite trail. The trail is reached either from Sycamore Canyon Road near the Milpas area, or Hot Springs Road in Montecito. From Highway 101, drive up Milpas Street to Montecito Street. Turn right and follow it to Sycamore Canyon and continue up this for 2 miles (it becomes Highway 192) to Cold Springs Road. Turn left (north), drive past Westmont College to Mountain Drive and then turn right and go a half mile east to the trailhead. more