Santa Maria Times

To protect the U.S., vet refugees

Matt Kokkonen, a legal immigrant from Finland, lives in San Luis Obispo, is a graduate of Westmont College and did graduate studies in philosophy in Finland. He has been a financial planner on the Central Coast for 40 years. Kokkonen was the Republican candidate for Congress in 2008. more

Westmont College choir and orchestra to perform in Solvang

The 60-voice choir from Santa Barbara’s Westmont College will participate in both worship services on Sunday at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church in Solvang, under the direction of Dr. Michael Shasberger. more

National Chemistry Week poetry contest

The California Los Padres Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is celebrating National Chemistry Week by sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. … To enter, email a scanned copy of the illustrated poem, along with the attached entry form and release form to poetry@lospadresacs.org. Paper copies will also be accepted at the following mailing address: Kristi Cantrell, Westmont College Department of Chemistry, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara CA 93108. more

Students pack program in SB

The tenets of international leadership took on local significance when 20 Cabrillo High School juniors and five Lompoc High students attended the Global Leadership Connection Conference on Feb. 7 at the University of California, Santa Barbara and March 2 at Westmont College. more

WHAT’S DOING: EVENTS, PERFORMANCES, SHOWS, MEETINGS, CONCERTS, FUN

Walking in the Spirit — The Westmont Ridgely-Tree Museum of Art features a unique collection of folk art from all over the United States, showcasing the artists’ spiritual conviction Feb. 20-March 29. more

WHAT’S DOING: EVENTS, PERFORMANCES, SHOWS, MEETINGS, CONCERTS, FUN

Westmont talks to dig into ancient, modern theater — In conjunction with ‘Electra,’ the Westmont Theatre Arts Department will host the first ‘West Dialogue on Theatre Ancient and Modern’ Saturday, Feb. 8., at 8 p.m. at the Porter Theatre in Goleta. more

Annual poetry reading to honor Stafford

Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont and former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, hosts a poetry reading to honor the life and work of William Stafford (1914-1993) today at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area in Los Padres National Forest, across from the Los Prietos Boys Camp, 3900 Paradise Road. more

Workshop offers comic opera

The Westmont Music Drama Workshop stages “La Canterina,” a comic opera by Joseph Haydn on Jan. 24-25 in Westmont’s Deane Chapel and Jan. 30-31 at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, all at 8 p.m. more

WHAT’S DOING: EVENTS, PERFORMANCES, SHOWS, CONCERTS, FUN

Nearly 600 students from 15 California high schools will join Westmont College Choir at its ninth annual Westmont Fall Choral Festival today. more

WHAT’S DOING: EVENTS, PERFORMANCES, SHOWS, CONCERTS AND FUN

Westmont Orchestra — The Westmont Fall Orchestra Concert features a California premiere by Chicago-area composer James Stephenson at 7 p.m. today, at Montecito Covenant Church, and Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. General admission to Sunday’s performance is $10, and suggested donation to Friday’s concert is $10. Students are free. Info and tickets: 565-6040. more