Santa Barbara News Press

ON THE TOWN: Montecito Motor Classic revs up funds

The “Gun Your Engines Gala” was the opening event of the Montecito Motor Classic weekend. Held at the Montecito Country Club, it was full-speed ahead with a fresh vibe, new faces and an unbeatable enthusiasm.  … Ruth Fuentes, a poised young lady, told her story that underscores the value of the Police Activity League (PAL) in providing teens an alternative to gangs and street life. She thrived in PAL’s environment, which offers training and leadership opportunities, and now attends Westmont through scholarships. more

IN BRIEF: Public education subject of lecture

Several local educators will examine and analyze the challenges facing public education in a free public lecture next month. “Challenges Facing American Public Education” will examine possible solutions for improving both elementary and secondary education locally and nationwide, according to a Westmont College news release. more


IN BRIEF: Observatory holding viewing

A public viewing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Westmont Observatory as a triangle of constellations holding some of the finest open clusters will star this month. The viewing, which is free to the public, is held the third Friday of each month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, according to a Westmont College news release. more


Presidential leadership subject of talks

Westmont College is hosting four talks by prize-winning historians in its “Moral and Ethical Leadership in the American Presidency” series this coming year. The series, held in conjunction with the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership, will include talks about Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. more


When pets die: Hospice support group helps owners deal with loss of beloved animals

Hospice of Santa Barbara is well-known in the community for the wide range of free services it provides for people diagnosed with terminal illnesses, their loved ones and the broader area in general. …The day after he died, Emmet was honored with a funeral service in the backyard garden of the VanderMeys’ home near San Marcos High School. “It was quite elaborate. My husband, who is an English professor at Westmont College, read a poem he wrote about Emmet and played ‘Amazing Grace’ on his flute. It was a candlelight service at sunset,” she said. more


Warriors shocked by OT defeat to Coyotes

For the first 98 minutes of combined regulation and overtime of its match against Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday, the defense of the Westmont men’s soccer team was impenetrable. A stout Warrior back line prevented the Coyotes from getting good looks, and Westmont keeper Josh Glover stopped the rest. Then, on a 99th-minute counter-attack, Jesse Lennon’s perfectly placed shot found the upper right hand corner of the goal to give the Coyotes a 1-0 non-conference overtime win over the Warriors at Thorrington Field on Saturday afternoon. more


No. 2 Westmont falls short vs. No. 1 Concordia

Vindication for the Westmont women’s soccer team is going to have to wait a few months. Matching up with a top-ranked Concordia team that defeated them in last year’s NAIA national title game, the second-ranked Warriors came out rough and ready to avenge its 1-0 title game loss on December 7. Yet despite outplaying the Oregon-based school in virtually every offensive facet of the game, the Warriors could not manage to get ahead in the only stat that matters in a 2-1 defeat at a lively Thorrington Field on Friday afternoon. more


ON STAGE: Reviving ‘Hamlet’ Lit Moon Theatre Company revamps its groundbreaking version of Shakespeare’s PLAY at Center Stage before taking the seminal work to China

In his more than two decades as founding artistic director of Lit Moon Theatre Company, John Blondell has made good use of his passport. The award-winning director and chair of Westmont College’s Theatre Arts Department has built Lit Moon into a respected and well-traveled troupe, bringing Shakespeare and other works — 60 in total — to 13 different countries. But even with such an impressive itinerary now in the rear window, Mr. Blondell admits that his next endeavor is more special still, as Lit Moon will take its singular rendition of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” to Beijing in October for the National Theatre of China’s International Festival. more


Westmont has a baby on board

Coach Kristi Kiely felt comforted by all the familiar faces when women’s soccer workouts resumed at Westmont College last month. But it was that newest, cutest face that got her wondering. “I was really nervous,” conceded Kiely, whose Warriors had advanced to last year’s NAIA national final before losing to Concordia, Ore. “I felt like I’d worked really hard to create a professional environment here and had been successful at it.” But something had changed since last year’s magical 17-2-5 season. Westmont’s fifth-year head coach was now also a first-time mother. She gave birth to Maya Josephine Kiely on July 3, just 34 days before this season’s first practice. more


HOLT, David Howard

On August 31, 2014 David Howard Holt passed away at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nan, his sons, Todd and Andrew, his daughter Dianna Holt Autrey, and her young children, Ashlynn, Amber and Addison Autrey…. After retiring to Santa Barbara, he continued pursuing his passion for art through photography, entering his pieces in many of the area’s art shows, and serving on the Art Council for Westmont College. more