Avant-garde production of “Die Fledermaus” by Westmont College

Staff Report Johann Strauss, Jr.’s exuberant comedy “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) is often relegated to performances on New Year Eve when it is set and its lilting waltzes, polkas, and sung champagne toasts are intoxicatingly appropriate. But now, a collaboration by Westmont College’s departments of theater arts and music gives this beloved, frothy gem a modern makeover. The new avant-garde […]

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New UCSB professor aims to expose children of all backgrounds to the beauty of ballet

By Leah Etling When she was just 9 years old, Monique Meunier knew she had found the passion she would pursue as her life’s work. It did not matter that she was the daughter of immigrants from Cuba and Ecuador, or that she was growing up in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood. Thanks to early exposure to supportive mentors and […]

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Teen Star Honors Santa Barbara’s First Responders

Staff Report Teen Star is honoring Santa Barbara County first responders by offering complimentary tickets to the Teen Star® Showcase Finale at the Arlington Theatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 24. “There is so much appreciation in our community for our first responders given their ongoing heroics.  Teen Star® wanted to find our own special way to express our gratitude,” […]

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LA Galaxy to Donate to United Way of Santa Barbara County in Support of Thomas Fire & Flood Fund

Staff Report The LA Galaxy will donate to United Way of Santa Barbara County in support of Thomas Fire & Flood Fund in advance of their Feb. 15 match in Santa Barbara. In support of the effort, the Galaxy will host a meet up with first responders and those affected by Thomas Fire and Mudslide on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Santa Barbara. They […]

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Ventura-based Paso Pacifico invents decoy sea turtle eggs with GPS to track criminals

Staff Report Baby sea turtles have plenty of natural predators to deal with on their way to adulthood. Add in the threat of poachers, who destroy more than 90 percent of sea turtle nests on many Central American beaches, and the odds of survival decrease even further. Paso Pacifico, a Ventura-based nonprofit organization, has created an innovative solution to help […]

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It’s a good time to review your revocable living trust

By Bradley Hollister Contributing Writer A couple’s revocable living trust can be freely amended during their joint lifetimes. Amendments can be used to adapt to changes in law, family circumstances or the couple’s wishes. Once the first spouse passes away, however, a revocable living trust usually becomes wholly or partly irrevocable and cannot be easily fixed or modified. Therefore, it […]

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