Santa Barbara’s EdHat

Westmont President's Breakfast

Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, will speak at the fifth annual Westmont President’s Breakfast Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. Tickets, which are $75 per person, will only be sold online beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 8 a.m at: www.westmont.edu/presbreakfast. Seating is limited, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. more

Poet Starkey Holds Reading

Santa Barbara Poet Laureate David Starkey will read his poetry at a booksigning event Thursday, Feb. 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge inside Kerrwood Hall. Starkey, director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College, is the current poet laureate of the City of Santa Barbara. The reading is free and open to the public. more

Westmont Homes Go Solar

Workers are installing photovoltaic panels on the roofs of 40 Westmont faculty homes in the Las Barrancas neighborhood, the first fully solar community and largest residential project in Santa Barbara County. These photovoltaic panels convert solar radiation into direct current electricity, generating more than 157,000 kilowatt hours each year. more

Godspell

The show is a fundraiser for the Westmont College Choir’s tour in May, which will take the group through California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and faculty, and can be purchased in the Westmont Dining Commons Jan. 25-28 from 6-7 p.m. or at the door 30 minutes before each performance. more

Diving Into Beckett and Absurd Theatre

Thursday, Jan. 28, and Friday, Jan. 29, at 7 and 9 p.m. Ticket are $7 general admission, $5 students/seniors for one bill of plays; $10 general admission, $7 for students/seniors for two bills of plays. For tickets or more information, please call (805) 565-7040. “The plays are poetic, haunting and searingly vivid,” says John Blondell, who directs the performance. more

Talk to Tackle the Meaning of Life

John Cottingham, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Reading, will discuss “Happiness, God and the Meaning of Life” Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge inside Kerrwood Hall. The Erasmus Society Lecture is free and open to the public. Cottingham, an honorary fellow of St Johns College, Oxford, is best known as a translator, commentator and scholar on the early modern philosopher, Descartes. more

Westmont President's Breakfast

Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, will speak at the fifth annual Westmont President’s Breakfast Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. Tickets, which are $75 per person, will only be sold online beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 8 a.m at: www.westmont.edu/presbreakfast. more

Community standouts recognized

On Thursday, January 14th, the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization (DO) held its Annual Luncheon and Awards Presentation where several pillars of the community were recognized for their contributions to downtown and the city…The Harriet Miller Youth Leadership Award was presented to Katie Shara…In the past she has traveled with Westmont College and Calvary Chapel to Ensenada and Belize, respectively, on service trips. more

Handle on Handel concert

This program offers a unique opportunity to hear the concertos for harpsichord and organ. The chamber orchestra toured Central Europe during the summer of 2009. This is the second program of organ concertos co-hosted with Music at Trinity, Westmont College, and the Organists Guild. more

CLASS OF 2013 ARRIVES AT WESTMONT

The 320 first-year students representing the class of 2013 are moving into Westmont this week before the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 31. The incoming class includes 11 National Merit Scholars, 80 students of color and 65 students from the Tri Counties. Westmont welcomes six international students from England, Tokyo, Cairo, Kenya, China and Korea. more