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Best bets for Fiesta: Officials give tips on must-see events

Dancers, singers, equestrians.

Parades, performances, mercados.

There’s a lot to see and do during Old Spanish Days. But there’s only one of you.

So if you can only experience five things this Fiesta, which kicks off Wednesday, what should they be? …

On Sunday, the current conductor, Michael Shasberger, the Adams Professor of Music and Worship at Westmont College, will lead the ensemble as it plays highlights from Bizet’s “Carmen”; Saint-Sa’ns’ Cello Concerto, featuring 2018 Cielo Performing Arts Scholarship winner and cellist Timothy Beccue; Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture”; and Mitch Leigh’s “Man of La Mancha” suite. more

Grants Kick Off New Sports at Westmont: Names Family Funds go toward swimming, golf programs

A philanthropic family from Tacoma, Wash., has given Westmont $575,000 as seed money to launch women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.

The Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to the swimming program, and the Names Family Foundation has donated $75,000 toward the creation of men’s and women’s golf.

Megan Shagren ’18, the daughter of Mark and Erin (Names) Shagren (a co-trustee of the Tom and Meg Names Family Foundation), graduated from Westmont in May with a degree in liberal studies. more

The Golden Mic of John Martony Santa Barbara Foresters’ Announcer Calling Games with Style for Nearly Four Decades

It was a game that the Santa Barbara Foresters would just as soon forget, but one that the Coastal Cubs will long remember. The Foresters were ambushed last Friday night in their final appearance of the summer on their home diamond at Pershing Park. They lost 5-2 to the Cubs, a team of community college ballplayers, supposedly inferior to the Division 1 talent on the Foresters. … His gigs include SBCC football and Westmont College basketball (lately on 1290-AM radio, as are the Foresters), high school football games televised by Cox, and special events like Magic Johnson’s first on-court appearance since his HIVdiagnosis, an exhibition game at UCSB in 1992. more

South Coast College Gets Gift To Expand Athletic Program

A half million dollar plus grant is going to set the stage for a South Coast university to expand its athletic program. A family from Washington State whose daughter graduated from Westmont College gave it $575,000 towards adding a women’s swim team, and men’s and women’s golf. more

Girls Inc. Carpinteria Names Board President, Members

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria has announced the election of a new board president, Theresa Huerta, and three newest members to its Board of Trustees: Dawn Howards, Chris Jacobs and Diana Rigby. … Diana Rigby is the current Carpinteria Unified School District superintendent and a former Carpinteria resident with a career in education administration in Ventura, Santa Barbara. and Concord, Mass. … She worked as the director of student services and assistant superintendent in Santa Barbara School Districts and has taught special education courses at Westmont College. more

94th Old Spanish Days Fiesta Has Something for Everyone, And Much of It’s Free: Santa Barbara celebrates traditions with music, dancing, parades, horses and countless cascarones just waiting for their break

Cascarones (confetti eggs), mercados, parades, authentic food, music, dancing and the rodeo are an essential part of Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Traditions continue as the five-day celebration begins Wednesday, running through Sunday. …


» The West Coast Symphony will hold its annual Fiesta concert at 3:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Sunken Garden. Music is conducted by Michael Shasberger, a Westmont College professor of music and worship who conducts the Westmont College Choir and Orchestra. more

True accepts offer from Cal Poly


The 2017-18 athletic season was one of the best on record for Westmont College.

The Warriors finished sixth in the Learfield Director’s Cup, the highest performance in school history. Westmont women’s basketball reached the NAIA Championship game and finished as national runner-up and men’s outdoor track and field had its highest finish ever (eighth) at the national championships. more

Avalon VFW presents scholarship checks to graduates

The Veterans of Foreign Wars post 4682 recently presented three more $1,000 VFW scholarships to Avalon High School graduates.

The post is committed to helping veterans, their family members and community. … • Thomas Oddone is a graduate of Avalon High School Class 2018 and the son of Charles (Army Veteran) and Kim Oddone. … He worked for the Escape Room, Seaport Bistro and currently Silver Canyon Pottery. Thomas will be attending Westmont College in Santa Barbara, studying Kinesiology. more

Family fun

Little brother tagging along with big brother is an age-old scene for those who have grown up with siblings, but it’s also a rarity when it comes to the Medford Mustangs. Several brothers have come through the vaunted American Legion AAA program over the years, but what Jack and Bennett Thompson are providing this summer is pretty unique. …

It’s no surprise that Jack is a featured part of the program after a standout four-year run at South Medford High. The versatile 19-year-old is bound for Westmont College to play baseball in the fall but before he does, he’s batting cleanup for the Mustangs and chipping in wherever needed in right field, first base, third base, pitcher and catcher. more

Athlete of the Week: Haleigh Batty

Allan Hancock College track and field star Haleigh Batty is a record-breaker. …
Batty, who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in either nursing or sports medicine, officially committed last week to Westmont College, where she will continue her track and field career on a scholarship. more