Santa Barbara Independent

Beware of Eclipse Eye Protection Only Certain Equipment will Protect You

As eyewitnesses gear up for the Great American Eclipse on Monday, August 21, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is responding to reports of unsafe solar-eclipse glasses and other viewing devices, urging buyers to double-check their equipment against its list of reputable vendors. … “The real danger of a partial eclipse is that, overall, the sun doesn’t seem as bright, so you look at it longer, and that crescent can really burn a mark into your retina,” said Ken Kihlstrom, a professor of physics at Westmont College, which will not be hosting a viewing event. more

Linda Ann Lindberg 1943 – 2017

Linda Anne Lindberg, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away in Santa Barbara on July 14, 2017, at the age of 74. In the words of one of her granddaughters: “She taught me so much about the love of Jesus and will always be my best example of how God redeems brokenness and makes it beautiful.” Linda was born in New York City on June 20, 1943, the daughter of Donald and Barbara Raney. She graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California, and from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, earning a B.A. degree in sociology in 1965. more

Davies Kabogoza Death Ruled an Accidental Drowning: Kabogoza Improperly Fastened His Belt-Pack Flotation Device, Coroner’s Report Says

The death of 30-year-old Davies Kabogoza, who fell into Santa Barbara Harbor while stand-up paddle boarding on April 29, has been ruled an accidental drowning, according to the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s report. Kabogoza did not know how to swim, and he had improperly fastened the belt-pack flotation device that was provided with the board rental from Santa Barbara Sailing Center, according to the report. Such flotation devices are worn around the waist, to be inflated with a pull cord in case of emergency. more

Farmbelly Cooking School’s Tasty Lessons: Michelle Aronson Teaches How to ‘Eat Like a Farmer’

Growing up, Farmbelly Cooking School creator Michelle Aronson did not know how to cook at all. You would never know that watching her gracefully mince garlic, sharpen knives, and whip up a vinaigrette, while joyfully welcoming guests to her gorgeous table complete with aprons for all, plus a spread of homemade snacks including romesco sauce, chopped veggies, and fresh bread. … She attended culinary school in Ireland and moved to Santa Barbara in 2013. Aronson is now the garden manager and sustainability coordinator for Dining Services at Westmont College and teaches Farmbelly cooking classes monthly at Municipal Winemakers, private classes in people’s homes, and for different organizations. more

View Jupiter Rising Tonight

The observatory at Westmont College hosts the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit’s possible final summer viewing of Jupiter rising in the evening sky Friday, June 16. The telescope is made available every third Friday of the month, and tonight’s sky views — starting at 8 p.m. — should include a glimpse of the Cassini Division that separates the rings of Saturn. The planet is currently heavily tilted in its alignment with Earth. more

Kento Perera’s Record-Breaking Streak

The consistency of Kento Perera and the leadership of Morgan Mays will go down in the history of their schools’ tennis programs… Westmont College won the Golden State Athletic Conference men’s tennis championship for the first time since 1997. more

Lessons from a Bike Accident

With knees too worn down to absorb the shock of running, I turned to cycling as my primary physical activity…  They were a diverse group — from retired coach George Terzian, who played at Westmont College 60 years ago, to NBA player Alan Williams, just two years out of UCSB — but all were bonded by a game in which building relationships is paramount. more

UCSB’s Gary Cunningham Earns Coach Wooden Award

Westmont College has hosted many Olympic athletes at its track-and-field facility and has accrued an impressive set of track records. The most distinctive was set last Friday by Derek Drouin of Canada when he cleared 2.28 meters (7‘5¾”) in the high jump. more

Santa Barbara Royals Take Hockey Crown

Although derailed in the Golden State Athletic Conference semifinals, the Westmont men (24-7) expect to be invited to the NAIA Nationals at Kansas City, and the Warrior women (26-4), who played for the GSAC title Tuesday night, are a lock to be highly seeded in their national tournament in Billings, Montana. more

“Blood Wedding’ at Westmont

What happens in tragedy? At the level of plot, such familiar formulas as “a reversal of fortune” or “a fall from on high” might seem adequate descriptions, but beyond that, in a real tragedy, there’s always something bigger going on, a sense that something sacred has been profaned, that a trust that can never be restored was breached, and that society will have to live in the resulting fallen state from now on. In Westmont College’s excellent new production of Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, the sense of de-consecration is there from the outset, and evident even in the title. A June wedding? Great. A destination wedding? Sure. Even a small wedding, well, okay. But a “blood” wedding? No thanks! more