Santa Barbara News Press

Westmont opens Global Leadership Center

Although the final touches of construction are continuing, dozens of Westmont College students returned to campus earlier this week with some moving into the new Global Leadership Center, a 45,000-square-foot facility featuring two residence halls and a central leadership building. more

Gauchos, Warriors kick off: UCSB women’s soccer team beats Westmont in exhibition, 3-1

Two late goals lifted the UCSB women’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Westmont in their annual exhibition match Wednesday night at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos don’t start school for over a month, and Westmont has only been in training camp for four days, but that didn’t stop the two crosstown foes from fiercely competing throughout the contest. more

Farewell to Fiesta

With the help of some very special guests, the West Coast Symphony performed an array of classical pieces for hundreds of concert goers on Sunday for the 51st annual Fiesta concert at the Courthouse Sunken Garden. People of all ages brought picnic baskets and blankets while the 45-piece ensemble of brass, woodwinds, percussion and strings serenaded hundreds of Fiesta concert goers with movie themes, concertos and Spanish guitar. After performances from the Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta, ballerina Emma Rodriguez, 5, also danced on the sunlit stage, but with a yellow dress and white tights. While Emma banged a tambourine on her tiny leg, the Cielo Foundation symphony opened with the theme from “Cowboys,” a movie starring John “Duke” Wayne. more

Weiss’ son also rises in another baseball comeback

Brody Weiss was too young to remember his first big moment in a baseball stadium. He wasn’t quite 4 years old when he waved at his dad from his mother’s lap at Denver’s Coors Field. Walt Weiss struggled to control himself as he waved back, the touching scene having stirred the largest ovation during the player introductions for Major League Baseball’s 1998 All-Star Game. Walt, then a shortstop for the Atlanta Braves, would later describe it as “a miracle” that his son was even there — or alive, for that matter — after having just recovered from a near-fatal infection of E. coli bacteria. more


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

ART REVIEW: Modernism in the 805 exhibit offers a sketch-style survey of the abstract and Modernist artists who worked and taught Locally in the last half of the 20th century

‘How Modernism Came to Santa Barbara: 1945-1990’

When: through August 5

Where: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd.

What could have traditionally been a dark downtime on the calendar at the Westmont Museum of Art has instead turned up one of the more fascinating and regionally revealing exhibitions of the year in town, in the form of the pop-up exhibition “How Modernism Came to Santa Barbara: 1945-1990.” For anyone who has observed the Santa Barbara art scene over the past few decades, the show is something of a kaleidoscopic déj. . . vu machine, making connections and plotting historical echoes and mapping of artists whose work has helped make Santa Barbara art what it is. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Local pickleball players shine at Simi



The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has cited 10 of Westmont College’s 12 athletic programs as NAIA Scholar Teams. To earn the designation, a team must have a combined grade-point average of at least 3.0 for the past school year. more

Salud Carbajal honors nearly two dozen new Americans at ceremony

With Congress on holiday recess, Rep. Salud Carbajal was in town to honor a small crowd of new American citizens at the Sunken Gardens on Monday with his first Citizen Recognition Ceremony as congressman… Mr. Carbajal turned the microphone over to one new citizen, Avad Ramirez, who worked for many years at Westmont College cafeteria. more

Local Colors and Concepts

‘Out of Place’ When: through June 24 Where: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Information: 565-6162, more

Observatory to focus on Jupiter

Jupiter will rise into view during monthly public sightings that will start at 8 p.m. Friday at Westmont College Observatory, 955 La Paz Road, Montecito. more