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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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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FSA offering group, individual recovery help  

Staff Report In addition to its regular services, the Family Service Agency (FSA) is providing mental health counseling at a variety of locations and starting a support group in Santa Barbara to help people cope with the tragedies from the Montecito mudslides. “We all process trauma differently,” said Executive Director Lisa Brabo. “Many people in our community are finding themselves, […]

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Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary, recovering from fire and flood, subject of uplifting short film at SBIFF

At this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival, only one of the 71 films in the Short Films category highlights a local community that’s been impacted by the Thomas Fire and the subsequent mudslides. “Under Her Wing”, a 20-minute film created under the UCSB Carsey-Wolf Center’s GreenScreen program, tells the inspiring story of the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary and its […]

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Scholarship Foundation Gets 3,619 Applications

Staff Report The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has announced it has received 3,619 applications for financial aid in the 2018-19 academic year. The foundation had extended the application deadline for its general and employer-sponsored scholarship programs to Jan. 21 from Jan. 15, in response to disruptions from the Thomas Fire and the resulting catastrophic mudflows in Montecito. “This is […]

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Santa Barbara Public Library Offers New Programs for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Staff Report One in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder, according to the CDC. Santa Barbara Public Library is offering new programs for these families in our community. As part of these programs Central Library will offer a sensory storytime on the first and last Saturday of the month at 1:30 pm. Sensory storytime aims to provide […]

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Sea Center Offers Free Admission for Underwater Parks Day Festival

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center located on Stearns Wharf is offering free admission to its Underwater Parks Day Festival this Saturday, January 20th as a gift to the community following the Thomas Fire and mudslides in Montecito. In partnership with the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, the Underwater Parks Day Festival celebrates Marine […]

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SFSB Extends Application Deadline to January 21

Staff Report In light of ongoing disruptions resulting from the Thomas Fire and recent flooding, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has extended the application deadline for its general and employer-sponsored scholarship programs to January 21. The deadline had been January 15. Applications can be completed via the Scholarship Foundation website, www.sbscholarship.org. “We feel this is absolutely the right thing to do given […]

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U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at the Arlington on Jan. 25

Staff Report UCSB Arts & Lectures presents an evening with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 25, at the Arlington Theatre. Dr. Rice will share her unparalleled expertise on global affairs, national security and education. Pre-signed books will be available for purchase at the event. From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the […]

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