Thomas Fire burns 234,200 acres as of Tuesday, fire crews stage at Cachuma Lake

Staff Report The thousands of fire personnel from several western states and many counties throughout California enjoy a much needed break from the ever growing Thomas Fire that is continuing to rage into Santa Barbara County Tuesday. The fire is currently at 234,200 acres and has destroyed 889 structures and damaged an additional 182, according to fire officials. “We work […]

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Aceves, Ramsdell top list of ‘Goleta’s Finest’

By Cortney Hebert Roger Aceves and Karen Ramsdell were named Goleta’s man and woman of the year on Sunday, Dec. 2, while John Dent was named educator of the year and Lisa Rivas the volunteer of the year. Nearly a dozen individuals, businesses and groups were honored with the Goleta Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 “Goleta’s Finest Awards,” a 68-year tradition to […]

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Granada seeking more volunteers

By Jacqueline McGuan The Granada Theatre is accepting applications for its Volunteer Ambassador Program. Created in 2008 after the renovation of The Granada was complete, the program has more than 125 volunteers who work as ambassadors for the theater with the community and serve a key role in delivering the best possible guest experience for every performance. Interested applicants are […]

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Nominations due for Carpinteria chamber’s annual awards

By Joyce Donaldson The Carpinteria Valley Chamber will honor extraordinary community members at its 60th annual Community Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 27. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 15, to submit nominations for Carpinterian of the Year, Large Business of the Year, and Small Business of the year. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 29, to submit nominations for merit award […]

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Goleta, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara Cancel Parades, Holiday Events Due to Thomas Fire

By Giana Magnoli Holiday parades in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria have been canceled because of the Thomas Fire burning toward Santa Barbara County and bad air quality conditions impacting the entire region. Some Carpinteria Valley areas are within mandatory and voluntary evacuation zones for the fire, which burned 132,000 acres as of Friday morning, and the city announced it […]

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Hospice of Santa Barbara Light Up A Life Ceremony in Carpinteria Rescheduled Due to Thomas Fire

Hospice of Santa Barbara looks forward to joining the community to celebrate and honor the lives of their loved ones at its annual Light Up A Life ceremony in Carpinteria. However due to the effects of the Thomas Fire, the Carpinteria Light Up A Life event planned for December 9, has been rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, at the Seal Fountain at Linden Plaza, Linden Avenue. Additionally, […]

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Santa Barbara December Events Calendar

December Events 6 The Way it Was – 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum – lecture by columnist Hattie Beresford from the Montecito Journal. For more info and tickets log onto www.sbhistorical.org/event/1929/. Celebrate the Season – 7 p.m. Unitarian Society Sanctuary, 1535 Santa Barbara St. Pacific Sound men’s a cappella chorus will perform. For more info and […]

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Get into the holiday spirit in Santa Barbara

Staff Report Festival season is year-round in Santa Barbara and surrounding communities, but the holiday season includes additional cheer, merriment and the Parade of Lights along the waterfront. Held Dec. 10, this annual event is one of the season’s stand-outs, drawing hundreds of families to watch as 20 to 30 brightly decorated boats parade around the Santa Barbara harbor to the […]

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Foxen Canyon wineries to host ‘Christmas on the Trail’ Dec. 9-10

By Donna Polizzi Did you know that in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s Wine Country, 13 fantastic wineries line a 30-mile stretch of road between Los Olivos and Santa Maria? Affectionately known as the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, this area is perfect for a day trip or weekend escape to enjoy exceptional wine and beautiful views. Since Rancho Sisquoc […]

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