Carpinteria Magazine Winter 2022

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Carpinteria — Santa Barbara’s Best Kept Secret

Just Sold at $5,950,000 Represented the Seller 11.73 Acres | 3 Homes | Ocean Views

Unparalleled Local Knowledge | Exceptional Service As Carpinteria natives and seasoned real estate professionals, Jon-Ryan and Sarah recognize and value the trust their clients place in them, and we strive every day to exceed expectations. Jon-Ryan Schlobohm REALTOR® | Broker Associate 805.450.3307 jr@jon-ryan.com DRE 01876237

Sarah Aresco Smith REALTOR® | Broker Associate 805.252.3868 sarah@lovecarpinteria.com DRE 01882574

Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01991628. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate.

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Thank you for letting us be a part of your home. 5 Stars! Beautiful Store. Quality Furniture.– Steve Thomas • Google Review This store is a true local treasure. – Shannon M. • YELP Unique one-of-a-kind furniture and made so well. – Carri N. • Camarillo

Since 1976

For Y our Home California Style Furnishing Mission • Arts & Crafts • Mid-Century Modern • Amish-crafted California Casual • Rustic • Shaker • Eclectic • 50s • Lamps • Rugs • Art 805

Voted First Place for Home Furnishings – 2021 Reporter Magazine

628-4744 • 443 East Main Street • Downtown Ventura • Open seven days a week

Shop our 16,000 sq.ft. historic two-story showroom with over 75 manufacturers - Take a tour online - fyhfurn.com We deliver throughout the Central Coast and Southern California

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$900,000,000 IN CAREER SALES OVER

Top 5 Individual Agents in Closings since 2000* Top 10 Individual Agents in Sales Volume since 2000* #1 Individual Agent in Carpinteria 2020* Real Estate Broker for 27 years. Attorney for 30 years (non-practicing) THINKING OF BUYING OR SELLING? CALL ME TODAY AT (805) 455-8910

Gary@coastalrealty.com garygoldberg.net DRE #01172139

GO WITH GOLDBERG *Based on Individual Rankings from Santa Barbara Board of Realtors

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Experts in all phases of hardwood sales, custom fabrication, installation, stairs, recoats, and finishes

QUALITY YOU CAN STAND ON SINCE 1983

KERRY MILLER PHOTO

805.650.1900 www.artizenfloorcorp.com Lic#998696

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Buying or selling a home with us is like a walk on the beach!

Seascape Realty Shirley Kimberlin

Terry Stain

Nancy Branigan

Leah Dabney

George Manuras

Sylvia's vast experience and innovative marketing strategies help Sellers get the highest possible price in the shortest possible time.

Seascape Realty View our properties Is Proud Tofor Welcome sale at Look4Seascape Realty.com Sylvia Miller

Sylvia Miller (805) 448-8882

And, her complete representation for Buyers can help you realize the perfect home to meet your needs.

Betsy Ortiz

Betty Lloyd

Sylvia's reputation for outstanding customer service makes her -

Diana Porter

THE RIGHT REALTOR® FOR YOU TM

4915-C Carpinteria Ave. • 805.684.4161

www.santabarbaraconnection.com - sylvia@sanbarb.com

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Cooler

weather means plants need irrigation.

less

When the temperature drops: • Reduce watering days and times. • Check the soil moisture in your landscape before watering. • Install a rain sensor to automatically shut off your irrigation controller when it rains. • Use the weekly updated weather-based Watering % Adjust at WaterWiseSB.org Visit CVWD.net for information on drought conditions, water conservation and available rebates. WINTER2022 7

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Who’s #1 in real estate in Carpinteria? My clients.

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REALTOR

NancyHussey.com 805.452.3052 S/B 01383773

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Preschool Through 8th Grade Small Class Size Specialty Courses in Art, Music and French The Carden Method®

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Fine Body Products, Candles, Robes, Loungewear, Jewelry and Purses featuring: Kai, Votivo, Pre De Provence and much more

Serving Carpinteria for over 20 years

910 A Linden Avenue Downtown Carpinteria OPEN DAILY

805.684.6695

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THIS LIFESTYLE WILL MOVE YOU HOMES

VIEWS

LIFESTYLES

Carpinteria’s most celebrated Real Estate Advocate for both Buyers and Sellers.

Call Yo and Ask her why!

DRE: 01308141

YO L A N DA VA N W IN G E RD E N 805.570.4965 • Yolanda @AskYo.com

www.AskYo.com

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We’re proud to use only the leanest meats, tender chicken, fresh seafood, and traditional herbs and spices to create the essence of real Mexican flavor in all our family recipes.

Breakfast • Lunch Dinner • Catering

Every item Fresh & Made-to-Order

FALL IS HERE! Menudo Saturdays 7 Flavorful Soups Daily Tamales for Christmas!

Breakfast All Day • Chile Rellenos • Tortas Hamburgers • Burritos • Carnitas Champurrado Daily • Homemade Corn Tortillas 13 Meat Choices • Fish Tacos

Dine In or To Go: 1-805-684-2212 Open Monday-Saturday 7:30am-8pm

Closed Sundays 4795 Carpinteria Ave. www.reyesmarket.com

Greenleaf Landscapes • Tarpitz Gardening & Landscapes Growing Relationships • Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year 2019

www. gcelandscapes.com

P. O. Box 629 • Carpinteria, CA 93O14 8O5-448-5381 12 CARPINTERIAMAGAZINE.com

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DEBBIE MURPHY

Broker/Property Manager/Notary Sales • Property Management • Vacation Rentals

www.murphykingrealestate.com

805.689.9696 DRE #00580025

805.684.4101 • 5441 Carpinteria Ave. Carpinteria, CA 93013

SPARK45 Fitness and Physical Therapy 466O Carpinteria Avenue • 8O5.275.3OOO NEW CLIENT SPECIALS

1st class: $15 (includes socks) 3-Class package: $6O

ONGOING PACKAGE OPTIONS:

5 Classes: $135 1O Classes: $225 3O Classes: $575

Get strong and be safe Classes limited in size for safe distancing • UV air filters • Face covering required • Hospital grade cleaning products. Offering the patented Megaformer workout, Lagree Fitness, indoor cycling and Physical Therapy.

www.spark45.com

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$2.00 Admission

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RISDON’S

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PROPANE•LUBE•TIRE CENTER AND CAR WASH

Hand Car Wash: M-Sat 7:30-5 & Sun 7:30-4 Repair & Maintenance: M-Sat 8-5

805-684-7676

4401 Via Real

WHEN YOU THINK TIRES, THINK RISDON’S. NOW OPEN on 516 Palm Palm Ave 805 - 318 - 9300

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38 THESE ARE THE HOUS ES THE ARESC OS B UILT

Four decades ago, Debra and Paul Aresco were renting a Carpinteria apartment, raising two young kids and dreaming of owning land and a home. Now they have that land and home, and their two grown kids have their own beautiful homes and young kids. It’s the American dream Carpinteria style.

49 L OCAL B ITES

Whether it’s atop a home stove or growing in the soil outside the front door, Carpinterians have created atypical income streams from their culinary cleverness. Read about cottage industries that feed entrepreneurial spirit along with loyal customers.

60 AN ARTISTIC DUO: INSPIRATION IN L IV ING COL OR

Paintbrushes in hand, Ginny and Garrett Speirs layer color on canvas within their overlapping lives. Each half of the couple is a successful artist, but their greatest masterpiece of all is their family.

64 THROUGH AND THRO UGH: ONE- DAY HIKE FROM C ARPINTERIA TO THE MATIL IJA W IL DERNES S

A sturdy set of legs, some snacks, plenty of water and an empty day on the calendar: these are the pre-recs for a Carpinteria-toOjai trail adventure. The alternative to this full day of heavy hiking and breathtaking views is to enjoy it vicariously through the lens and the words of Chuck Graham.

73 THE GREAT L ATIN- AMER I C A N PASTIME

In an era when Major League Baseball rejected talent that came in skin shades darker than white, great ball players found other fields to showcase their skills. Carpinterian Alonzo Orozco’s family members were among a number of trailblazing Latin-Americans whose story is finally claiming its rightful place in history.

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Pure stoke courses through the veins of several young local surfers. These are the groms—too young to drive a car but old enough to charge the biggest set waves. Meet a handful of the kids who make up the next generation of Carpinteria shredders.

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P 944 Linden Ave. • Carpinteria • pacifichealthfoods.com • 805-684-2115

COME SHOP WITH US!

YOUR LOCAL, ORGANIC MARKET

@INGRIDBOSTROMPHOTOGRAPHY

Juices • Smoothies • Açaí Bowls Sandwiches • Coffee & Tea Baked Goods • Fresh Salads Groceries • Vitamins

Follow us on Instagram @pacifichealthfoods and check out our menu online at www.pacifichealthfoods.com Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN A winter swell serves up a unique perspective for an intrepid photographer with a Go Pro at the World’s Safest Beach. “I took a few beatings but ended up with a couple nice ones,” says the man behind the curtain. ~ Photo by Matt Oliver 18 CARPINTERIAMAGAZINE.com

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G CREATIVITY CRE CR RE EA ATI AT TIV IVI VITY T + CONNECTION CONN NNE NN NECTI TIO TI ION + COMMUNITY COMM MM MM MU UNI UN NI T TY

Gallery Exhibitions • Community Art Projects Events • Summer Camps • Programs • Classes Scholarships Available • Site Rentals

805-684-7789 • CarpinteriaArtsCenter.org 865 Linden Avenue • Downtown Carpinteria

@carpinteriaarts

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A season for everything

CARPINTERIA MAGAZINE WINTER2022

When we make editorial decisions for Carpinteria Magazine, we think of the calendar in terms of two halves. We have a Summer edition that covers mid-May to mid-November and a Winter edition that makes up the rest of the year. The themes folded into each edition are tailored to those 180 days, meaning beach days, salads, icy cold cocktails in the summer and indoor activities, soups and coffee in the winter. But, really? In Carpinteria, seasons are more of a concept than a reality. Sure, the pumpkin spice arrives on the special boards, but we have hot sunny beach days in January and drippy, gloomy weather in June. My Ugg boots and my flip flops are year-round attire. With that in mind, welcome to Carpinteria Magazine’s Winter edition where hiking, sun-drenched surfing and bright airy homes find themselves elbow to elbow with soups, scones and art admiration. Our seasonal magazine is actually season lite. There’s a reason why snowbirds come to Carpinteria and why Carpinterians must go elsewhere for leaf peeping or black diamond runs. Though our lack of seasonal extremes is something that we at Carpinteria Magazine fully embrace, our lack of rain is not. As I write this in early November, I’ll make a Christmas wish. For our farmers, our wildlife, our gardens, our water bills, our reservoirs and our aquifers, please let it rain in these critical months. For readers of Carpinteria Magazine, please enjoy all the goodies you’ll find inside. I feel so fortunate to be part of this incredible community and neighbor to the special people and businesses in these pages. I also feel fortunate that our business community continues to fund these words and these images. Please tell our advertisers that you are grateful to them, too! Onward and upward,

EDITOR Lea Boyd PRODUCTION & DESIGN Kristyn Whittenton WRITERS Ryan P. Cruz Glenn Dubock Peter Dugré Bryn Fox Chuck Graham Debra Herrick Amy Marie Orozco Evelyn Spence PHOTOGRAPHERS Ingrid Bostrom Glenn Dubock Chuck Graham Debra Herrick Matt Oliver PRODUCTION SUPPORT Rockwell Printing ADVERTISING Karina Villarreal karina@coastalview.com (805) 684-4428 GET SOCIAL WITH US

Lea Boyd, Editor

Published by RMG Ventures, LLC Michael VanStry, President • Gary L. Dobbins, Vice President 4180 Via Real, Suite F, Carpinteria, California 93013 Tel: (805) 684-4428 Email: info@carpinteriamagazine.com

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All articles, photographs and artwork appearing in this publication are the copyrighted intellectual property of RMG Ventures, LLC. RMG Ventures, LLC aggressively protects its intellectual property rights. No part of this publication may be reproduced or copied in any form without the express written permission of the publisher. ©2021 RMG Ventures, LLC.

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The Cottage Heart Center is a national leader in interventional cardiology.

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Cottage is the only hospital on California’s Central Coast that provides all three minimally-invasive treatments.

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Replaces valve for aortic stenosis

Repairs leaky valve

Ask your primary care physician about these treatment options. Learn more at cottagehealth.org/heart

Watchman™ Reduces stroke risk due to AFib

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CONTRIBUTORS

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Dominica French Onion The Bluffs Cabernet Sauvignon My son dressed in his cape

NAME YOUR FAVORITE… ‘80S BAND TRAVEL DESTINATION SOUP CARPINTERIA SUNSET SPOT WINE VARIETAL SUPERHERO

Ingrid Bostrom Photographer

U2 Southern Africa Vegetable Anywhere with Holly Red Batman

Evelyn Spence Writer

Queen Eureka, California French Onion Carpinteria campgrounds White zinfandel Captain America

U2 Argentina Miso Up on the roof Zin Catwoman

Amy Marie Orozco Writer

Chuck Graham

AC/DC Fiji Chicken Soup Jellybowl Cabernet Sauvignon Superman

Writer and Photographer

Cyndi Lauper Anywhere in Latin America Chicken Tortilla Fourth Beach! Rosé all day Black Widow

Bryn Fox Writer

Huey Lewis & the News Jalama Beach New England Clam Chowder Any sandy spot with my wife Chardonnay My sunset-sharing wife

Matt Oliver Photographer

Debra Herrick Writer and Photographer

Glenn Dubock Writer and Photographer

Tom Tom Club Kokomo Clam Chowder IBC Big Chewy Reds Bryn Fox

Peter Dugré Writer

Ryan P. Cruz Writer Prince & the Revolution Tokyo, Japan Grandma’s Pozole The Bluffs Dry and Red Spider-Man

Depeche Mode Mexico Stone El Carro Park Rosé Wolverine

(Miles Morales version)

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Farm to Table

Chef’s Seasonal Specials

Sustainable Meats & Seafood Extensive Wine List

Patio Dining

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28 years Offering Personalized Service for Finding Just the Right Gift!

Safer at Home for the Holidays with Personal Care Our Visiting Angels office follows all CDC guidelines for your senior loved one’s safety.

Bathing Assistance Dressing Assistance Grooming Assistance with Walking Medication Reminders Errands Shopping Light Housekeeping Meal Preparation Friendly Companionship Flexible Hourly Care Respite Care for Families

www.susanwillisltd.com

PLAYA

Beach Lodging ~ Relaxed Luxury

805.284.0221

VisitingAngels.com/SantaBarbara Each Visiting Angels agency is independently owned and operated. ®2021 Visiting Angels is a registered trademark of Living Assistance Services, Inc.

Carpinteria’s Newest

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QUILTING • KNITTING NEEDLEWORK • ARTS AND GIFTS

“Experience the Artful Life!” A whimsical store with everything you’ll need for quilting, knitting, needlework, inspired gifts and more…

919 MAPLE AVENUE • CARPINTERIA, CA 93013 805.566.1250 • ROXANNEQUILTS.COM HOURS: M-S • 10 to 5 • SUN. • 11 to 4

Tempting your taste buds… Truffles, Bon Bons, Single Origin Chocolates

chococalibressan.com

CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS Best Bagels Since 1996 • Delicious Salads Gourmet Sandwiches • Grand Parties Hors D’oeuvres • Social & Corporate Catering 5050 Carpinteria Avenue • To Go 805.566.1558 Monday-Friday 6:30am-2pm • Weekends 6:30am-3pm 53 S. Milpas St. • 805.564.4331 Daily 6am-2pm

4193 Carpinteria Avenue, “Sweet” 4 805-684-6900

Catering 805.319.0155 • bagelnet.com WINTER2022 25

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C ARPINTERIA VALLEY LUMBER HOME IMPROVEMENT CENTER HARDWARE • GARDEN

Consignment Boutique

Why Pay Retail $ SUCCULENTS & CACTUS • FLOWERING ANNUALS/PERENNIALS ORGANIC SOILS, INSECTICIDES, HERBICIDES & FERTILIZERS POTTERY & FOUNTAINS • LARGE INDOOR PLANT SELECTION VEGETABLES & HERBS • TILLANDSIA

Monday- Friday 10-5 • Saturday 10-4 • last Sat 8-3 805-684-1808 • 957 Maple Ave Downtown Carpinteria across from the History Museum

THE LUMBER BUILDS THE HOUSE, THE GARDEN MAKES IT HOME 915 Elm Ave., Carpinteria

8O5-684-2183

CarpinteriaValleyLumber.com

MURPHY’S

VINYL SHACK RECORDS • POSTERS WALL ART • COMICS • DVD’S BOOKS • CD’S & MORE!

NEW LOCATION 977 Linden Ave.

805-318-55O6 • Open Daily 10am

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Celebrating our 25th Year All occasions and just because... Carpinteria’s Jewelry Store

Sandcastle Time

Artisan Jewelry Diamond Classics Precision Timepieces Custom Designs

The Food Of the People

THARIO’s Kitchen Open Wednesday thru Sunday Lunch & Dinner 11:30 to 8

805-684-2209 3807 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria Tuesday – SATURDAY 1078 Casitas Pass Rd • 805.684.5110

Book your Table

Friends of the Carpinteria Library Used Bookstore

“Always good for an armload. Kids books, too!” 5103 Carpinteria Avenue (Next to the Carpinteria Library) Donations welcomed.

805-566-0033 • CarpFOL@gmail.com

FAMILY STYLE VENUE • DOG FRIENDLY • OCEAN & ISLAND VIEWS • CASUAL CATERED EVENTS BY THE SEA WINTER2022 27

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FIRE SAFETY

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“Your Fire Protection Connection Since 1978”

(805) 684-0805

FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS • TESTING SALES • REPAIRS • INSTALLS

INSPECTIONS • TESTING Fire Sprinkler Systems SALES •• Suppression REPAIRS • INSTALLS Fire Extinguishers Systems

PRIVATE RESIDENCES • COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

…simply fine wines at great prices!

Wines for all occasions

Kitchen Hood Systems

Private Residences • Commercial Real Estate Fire Protection Property Assessment / Evaluations Fire Protection Fire •Sprinkler Systems Paints • Foams Gels Pumps • Fire Hoses • Suppression FirePool Extinguishers

NEW ARRIVALS WEEKLY

Systems

"YOUR FIRE PROTECTION CONNECTION Kitchen Hood Systems SINCE 1978 SERVING SANTA BARBARA"

Stop in and shop our expansive selection!

Fire Protection Property Assessment/Evaluations WWW.JOYEQUIPMENT.COM

Fire Protection • Paints • Foams 5690 CASITAS PASS ROAD, CARPINTERIA, CA 93013 Pool Pumps • Fire Hoses CA LICENSE C16-741286

4193-1 Carpinteria Ave.

805-684-0805

684-7440 M-F 10-6pm Sat 10-5pm

W W W. J O Y E Q U I P M E N T. C O M

Take the Carpinteria Avenue exit from 101 South - 4th building on the right

5690 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria, 93013 CA. LICENSE C16-741286

Authentic Thai Food

Weekday Lunch Special $10.50

incl. Appetizer & Soup or Salad

Seafood & Vegetarian Dishes Chilled Wine & Thai Beer 509 Linden Ave. • 805-684-2391 Dine-In • Take Out

Tues. - Fri. 11-2:30 5-9:30 • Sat.-Sun. 12-9:30

LUM Art Magazine

Issue #5 Coming January 2022 featuring DJ Javier California • Central Coast Contemporary Art lumartzine.com

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DANNY’s

DELI &

SELF-SERVE CAR WASH Home of the Famous Tri-tip Sandwich

A team specializing in multi-generational Financial Planning and Wealth Preservation Strategies for Professionals and their Families.

Serving the Central Coast for over 25 years

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Locals favorite for 37 years and counting

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM

SELF-SERVE CARWASH HOURS:

CARPINTERIA

7am-10pm

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DELI HOURS:

9am-5pm

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OPEN 7 days a week 4890 CARPINTERIA AVENUE DOWNTOWN

805.684.2711

Discover Carpinteria’s Rich & Colorful Past at the

Carpinteria Valley MuseuM of History Featured Exhibits: Native American Chumash Summerland Spanish & Mexican Ranchos World War I Carpinteria Pioneers Victorian Homes Agriculture & Tools

684.3112 956 Maple Ave. Carpinteria Exhibits Hours: Tues.-Sat. 1-4 p.m.

carpinteriahistoricalmuseum.org

VENTURA HARBOR

8O5.586.3636

moorhousefinancial.com Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. Moorhouse Financial is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services.

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WHAT THE PROS ARE CRUSHING ON Looking for something fresh to sip? We asked local wine professionals to tell us a bit about one of their faves.

Carpinteria Wine Company 4193 Carpinteria Ave., Unit 1 (805) 684-7440

2018 GROUNDWORK WINE COMPANY SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SYRAH From winemaker "cool-climate Syrah

Curt Schalchlin, this has a nice balance of dark berries and pepper that would complement a hearty beef stew. My husband and I enjoy this with a steak from the barbecue. This Rhone wine is produced from two sites in Santa Barbara County and is another great value from the Groundworks lineup.

$16.99/bottle

" Jane Dambach

Pacific Health Foods 944 Linden Ave. • (805) 684-2115

ORMEASCO DI PORNASSIO and harvested in a small village outside "of Grown Piedmont, Italy, this wine is pure elegance. After tasting it and learning the history of the land and the family that made the wine, it became a stand-out for me. Made with the delicate dolcetto grape, also known as 'little sweet one,' this wine always leaves me wanting to know more about the terroir—and wanting another glass. $35.99/bottle

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Jessica Clark

Corktree Cellars Wine Bar & Bistro 910 Linden Ave • (805) 684-1400

A place to

REPUBLIC OF PINK ROSÉ can I say about Republic of Pink Rosé? "It What checks so many boxes for me: pairs well with almost anything, it’s crisp and refreshing, the color is gorgeous and the piece de resistance? The label! It’s fun, flirty and a crowd pleaser. Rosé is an easy varietal to please most palates. I always have a bottle ready to go in my fridge!

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$10/glass • $20.99/bottle

EAT LUNCH order

CATERING take a

COOKING CLASS enjoy a

POP-UP DINNER Skip the Wait

Ryan Moore Sunburst Wine Bar

5080 Carpinteria Ave.

Order Online

TENDU MATARÓ FROM DUNNIGAN HILLS Tendu Mataró from Dunnigan Hills is a fantastic "lightThechilled red that I enjoyed all summer. The ABV is

Lunch Counter Mon-Fri 11am-3pm

just over 10%, which has been nice to be able to have more than one glass and not feel done for the night. Tendu is one of the few reds I would recommend/ drink on a sunny afternoon on the patio. $10/glass • $25/bottle

TheFoodLiaison.com 1033 Casitas Pass Road Carpinteria 805.200.3030

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BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO CATCHING SURF PERCH W ORDS BY S H AW N GL A S GOW

GATHER THE NECESSITIES

License: Go to wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/fishing Rod & reel: 6 ½ feet medium action spinning combo Fishing line: 6-pound test fluorocarbon Weight: ½-ounce egg sinker Hook: #6 J-hook Swivel: Small barrel swivel Bead: Small glass or plastic bead Bait: 2-inch plastic sand worm (Independent Bait Company)

SET UP YOUR EQUIPMENT Basic set-up for surf perch is the Carolina rig. The Carolina rig consists of weight, bead, swivel, leader line and hook.

BEAD MAIN LINE EGG SINKER

18"-24" LEADER LINE

TIE

HOOK

TIE/ BARREL SWIVEL/ TIE

Slide egg sinker then bead onto the main line and tie to one side of the barrel swivel. Take another 18-24 inches of leader line and tie to other side of barrel swivel. Tie hook to end of leader line. Thread 2-inch sandworm onto hook.

CHOOSE A LOCATION Good beginner locations are sandy beach breaks such as Santa Claus Lane and La Conchita.

CONSIDER CONDITIONS The ideal conditions are calm winds and small surf, but surf perch can be caught in most weather and surf conditions. Early mornings and evenings are good times to avoid swimmers and beach goers.

START FISHING Reel your line up until the egg sinker is a few inches from your rod tip. Open the bale (the gate for the line on the spool) on your reel and cast into the surf; reel in slowly. Try different speeds of reeling in to find out what works best for you. You are on your way to catching a surf perch!

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Carpinterian Shawn Glasgow logs as many hours as possible behind a fishing rod. He spends weekends lake fishing for bass, but he can also be found on the shoreline with his family casting for surf perch. He recently turned his hobby into a side hustle called Independent Bait Company. Find IBC on Instagram, where you can order Shawn’s handmade soft plastic baits for all types of fishing.

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CHERIMOYA 101 Cannabis, avocados and flowers are the Carpinteria crops that claim most of the agricultural headlines, but our valley also dedicates many acres to growing the strange and beautiful cherimoya fruit. You’ve certainly seen the trees with their broad, papery leaves and the scaly round fruit that can weigh in at over a pound. And once you’ve read our cherimoya facts, you’ll be equipped with vast knowledge about one of Carpinteria’s favorite fruits.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHERIMOYAS ARE LINKED TO THE FRUIT’S HIGH FIBER, VITAMIN C AND CALCIUM.

(an indigenous South American

WORD, “CHIRIMUYA,” MEANING “COLD SEEDS.” The seeds will germinate at up to 6,000-foot altitudes, which is important in its native land, the Andean valleys of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.

language)

MARK TWAIN CALLED THE CHERIMOYA “THE MOST DELICIOUS FRUIT KNOWN TO MAN.”

ANOTHER NAME FOR THIS FRUIT IS CUSTARD APPLE, a reference to its soft, smooth texture.

CHERIMOYAS HAVE A WHITE PULP whose mild flavor is compared to a blend of banana, vanilla, mango, papaya, pineapple and coconut.

COMMERCIAL CHERIMOYA GROWERS USE PAINT BRUSHES TO HAND POLLINATE THE FLOWERS. To avoid self-pollination, the species has evolved with short-lived flowers that open as female, then go into a male state hours later.

CHERIMOYA SEEDS ARE POISONOUS IF CRUSHED OPEN.

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David Powdrell's bright idea is now a bound and beautiful tribute to local artists.

f good deeds ear n good kar ma, David Powdrell needs a three-car garage to store all his points. He’s the kind of guy who makes you wonder if his days have more than 24 hours, if his bed has a wrong side to wake up on, and if he has ever bumped into anyone who could say no to him. If he has, it wasn’t this editor. When he asked me last winter to get involved in a book project that would highlight 100 local artists and their work, I thought about how busy I was with family and work and that pesky pandemic. And, of course, I said, “Sure, what can I do?” Who else couldn’t say no? Marco Rigonati, Janey Cohen and my mom, Christie Boyd. With David at the helm, this became the creative team behind the project. Then David found underwriters who trusted his vision and shared his dual goals for the book: to celebrate Carpinteria’s vibrant artist community and to raise funds for the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center. Thanks to these generous donors, the book’s entire production cost has been covered. We need to rewind a bit here. When David conceived of the book, he’d just wrapped up a decade as chair of the Arts Center’s Board of Directors. During his tenure, the Arts Center had dramatically expanded the size of its facility and the scope of its community offerings. David was ready to pass the baton, but his mind snagged on the question of how to thank the many artists who had provided crucial support over the years. He says, “Whenever I needed a painting for a fundraising event, food for a reception, musicians for an event, a photographer to shoot a portrait, the artists consistently gave, and they always finished with, ‘What else can I do for you?’” His mind stumbled upon the solution at about

4 a.m. one morning, waking David from a dead sleep with an idea: a book! Over the next year, the book went from a brainstorm to a 4.5-pound, stunning coffee table tome filled with color ful images of artists and their art, as well as their insightful words. Marco photographed each artist and dedicated his graphic design skills to building page after page of the 212-page book. Janey and I scoured the text for errant commas or capital letters, and Christie waved her magic wand over the entire creative process. Beyond that core team, over two dozen additional volunteers contributed to the effort. No one, however, put in the hours that David did. He communicated with the artists, supported Marco’s photo shoots, arranged for printing, read and reread the text, agonized over artists that would be unintentionally overlooked and adamantly refused over and over again to take his rightful place among the 100 featured. The book, “Small Town Big Art: 100 Artists of Carpinteria,” can now be ordered for $50. Each cent of the 1,200 copies printed will benefit the Arts Center. As David describes it, “They’re hardcover, heavy, classy and one might argue the books are a piece of Carpinteria history.” David, who is most certainly going to scold me for this article, would way rather set up the stage and cheer on the band than ever toot his own horn. His takeaway from the book-making process focuses on the impressive strength of community and the arts. He says, “Dreams really can come true when you surround yourself with passionate, artistic, creative people with a common vision and a powerful and important message. The arts matter!” Order your copy of “Small Town Big Art” at carpinteriaartscenter.org/book 

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These are the Houses

THE ARESCOS BUILT W ORDS BY A M Y M A RI E OROZ CO PH OT OS BY I N GRI D BOS T ROM

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The Arescos' lightinfused living and dining rooms.

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erhaps the only thing upon which Carpinterians can agree is the World’s Safest Beach’s way above sea level cost of living. Particularly the current tsunami of housing prices. Minus a pre-Proposition 13 piece of property in the family, a six-figure household income beginning with 6 or higher, or a strong comfort level with a financial house of cards built on debt rather than assets, suiting up for the real estate game is a high probability wipeout. That’s why the Aresco family story is so novel—set in present day, it’s an inspiring tale of Yankee ingenuity and American can-do-ism situated in the surf culture of Carpinteria. Debra, the matriarch, and Paul, the patriarch, have been married 45 years and met in Carpinteria, where Paul moved when he was 18 and Debra when she was 7. “Our dogs brought us together,” smiles Paul. Debra would be in her Palm Avenue front yard with her dog and Paul would walk his dog past. Frequently. Marriage followed, as did two children, Sarah and Brian, and a crowded rental apartment on Palm Avenue. The young father worked as a gardener and the young mother at a grocery store. Debra remembers seeing her young-family friends buying homes and wondering if she’d ever be able to afford one. The youngest of eight siblings, she was no stranger to tight cash flows and making the best of it. “We had no money. Always had to watch the money,” Paul remembers. “Our goal always was ‘Where are we gonna surf?’”

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Debra's art studio doubles as a sleepover spot for grandkids. When they weren’t at the beach, their home is where their hearts were. “It doesn’t matter if you’re paying rent or own, it’s your home,” Debra explains the couple’s long history of taking out walls, adding windows, pulling up carpet, putting in new countertops and taking down wallpaper where they rented. “It’s a labor of love every time. It can always be better.” From the apartment on Palm, Paul, Debra, Sarah and Brian moved to a house on Oak Avenue. After renting for 13 years, they were presented with the opportunity to buy the home where they’d invested so much sweat equity. The impeccable cottage caught the eye of Carpinteria Beautiful and was featured as the “Little Gem” on its 2003 Home & Garden Tour. After Sarah and Brian moved out, the Arescos sold the Oak Avenue home and moved to Concha Loma. Soon enough, they decided that the neighborhood had become too busy, so they pulled up stakes and bought their present residence in 2013.

AN ABODE AMONG AVOCAD OS

Today Paul and Debra’s one-bedroom home sits in the hills and is surrounded by avocado trees. Originally 400-square-feet, a recent conversion of deck to living area expanded the footprint to a 625-square-foot home. They had some help with construction, but most of the heavy

lifting was accomplished by the couple themselves. Lots of bright white paint and endless sunshine streaming through large windows make it airy, comfy and deceptively large. For them, the home’s orientation is what counts. “The arc of the sun is the most important thing. For all the light,” Paul says. The décor is their own style, a description could include open concept, modern/country or coastal vibe, but those may imply eclectic, which denotes bric-a-brac and knickknacks. The preference is minimalism. “I don’t like curtains. I’m claustrophobic,” Debra says. “I like whatever makes me feel comfortable.” She doesn’t follow a particular television show or designer, rather her vision comes from friends or thumbing through magazines or, “It comes from inside. Inspiration comes from all over,” she says. “I love taking things that look awful and making them beautiful.” The exterior includes a pathway, laid with rocks from the property, lining the perimeter of the house and a finger of Santa Monica Creek in the yard. Paul farms the 75 avocado trees, selling the crop to The Farm Cart, Lucky Llama and Calavo. For Debra’s painting, there’s a small, detached studio, bunkbed included. For now, the two retirees say home is finished. Next are travel plans. “We bought a camper van and are going to Mexico.”

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Debra's paintings depict her favorite coastlines.

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The Smith family, from left, Holliday, Asher, Sarah Aresco Smith, Lucia and Aaron.

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THE AVO DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE

“They all thought we were nuts,” Sarah Aresco Smith says of when she and her husband Aaron told family and friends that they were trading the mortgage on their home on Vallecito Place for financing on raw land in the foothills where they could realize their dream of owning a few acres. Sarah, a real estate agent, says the spot found them. She was showing the parcel to some clients, when she recalled playing among the same oak and avocado trees with a childhood friend. Her family of five — hubby, son Asher and twin daughters Holliday and Lucia — was outgrowing the 700-foot home in town, and wouldn’t it be great, one day, to have their families live there, too. After her clients passed on the parcel, the Smiths put their plan into action. After they bought the 3 acres of land, which had a water meter but needed electricity, grading and septic, the five-some moved into a 26-foot pull trailer for 18 months while a site-plan was drawn, permits were issued, grading accomplished and a house configured. “We kept our eyes on the prize” is how Sarah describes the 1.5 years driveway-hopping in the trailer, as they weren’t allowed to stay on the property. “It was always ‘where are we gonna put the trailer next?’ … but it was worth it.” Initially, her parents weren’t on board with the plan— perhaps having experienced the challenges of raising children in small quarters. “My dad was a naysayer,” Sarah recalls, “then he changed his mind and called me one night and said, ‘I feel I didn’t take enough risks when I was young.’” After jumping through the permitting and hearing processes, the Smiths ordered a modular home that took six weeks to build. It arrived in two pieces and took two weeks to stitch together into one house. Other than some light fixture and flooring changes, it looks pretty much as it arrived, not counting furniture, embellishments and other personal touches. This is the Smiths fourth home, all of them fixer-uppers. Aaron, whose day job is manager of product development at Channel Islands Surfboards and who serves on the Carpinteria Unified School District board of trustees, honed his handyman skills by following his grandfather around as a kid. Aaron’s wide range of abilities dovetail nicely with the sense of style that Sarah brings to her home. “If it speaks to you, it will fit,” believes Sarah. “It’s more of a feeling than a design. I want guests to be comfortable. For it to looked lived in. Lived in is the most important thing.” That’s why she chose the pine flooring after being told the soft wood would look awful after three months of three children, muddy boots and the occasional errant chicken.

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The hillside between the Smith house and their avocado orchard is dotted with ancient oaks. Also, she is drawn to textures, like the way her 150-yearold oak dresser feels. The home’s three bedrooms and one-big-dining-livingkitchen-room share a sunshiny, bright white motif with the large plentiful windows serving as artwork. Trailer life necessitated shedding possessions, and the family was very selective about what was kept. Other than a brown leather couch that was purchased new, the family furniture is living at least a second life. Reusing runs in Aresco blood. The outside is kiddo friendly and family centric. In

addition to a large trampoline bordering legacy oaks and groves of avocados (harvested to sell), a vegetable garden that helps stock the kitchen abuts an entertainment area lit by bare bulbs. A surf shack and outdoor shower are on one side of the home, and a she-shed on the other. A true shed, by the way—no electricity, no plumbing, but lots of peace and quiet. “I still don’t know how we did it. I guess we were willing to take a risk. It was Aaron who really believed. ‘We can do this, we can, we can,’ he’d say,” Sarah remembers. “I feel so lucky. I just love staring at the mountains.”

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The Aresco family, from left, Lindsey, Indie, Brian, Kai and Ava.

OPEN, AIRY, AND BRIGHT WHITE 3 + CHERIMOYAS

Lindsey and Brian Aresco met 11 years ago. Finally, after always seeing each other surfing, one of them spoke first. They moved into their 2,000-square-foot hillside home two years ago, having the good fortune of Lindsey’s parents, who live next door, being able to split their lot so the young couple could build the nest they share with their three children, Ava, Indie and Kai, on the cherimoya tree-filled parcel. From soil tests — that’s where it begins — to construction plans took 2.5 years. “It’s a hurry up and wait situation,” Lindsey, an interior designer, describes the permitting process. The house itself took 1.5 years to construct. She sketched some ideas for the house on paper, and then they asked family friend Sean Boyd, who recently had finished architecture school, to help make it a reality. Boyd and partner Mora Nabi had recently formed the design firm Nabi Boyd, which cut its teeth on the Aresco house. Evolving with the available space, Boyd and Nabi planned the tri-level home to fit the envelope of the hillside plot. The three bedrooms are on the lower levels, and the big open-air room that combines living, dining and kitchen sits on the upper level. WINTER2022 45

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Intentionally family friendly, there is an indoor/ outdoor feel with the purpose of bringing everyone together in an open space, the spacious feel enhanced by the tall scale of the house, wide hallway, and high ceilings and windows. Lindsey describes the home as “modern farmhouse.” As with the other Aresco abodes, it’s about the intangible— feeling, vibe, ambiance, comfort—rather than possessions and collections of belongings. A huge pass-through window connects the kitchen area to the outside for barbecues and other al fresco entertainment. Along with the sweeping views of Carpinteria Valley and Rincon Mountain, there’s a play area and the 100 cherimoya trees that Brian tends. He is a fisherman, farmer and carpenter, and he served as the

general contractor for the home’s construction. He and his father, Paul, headed up all the concrete work and laid the foundation. Like any home, there’s always a project, and now the couple is talking about a chicken coop. “There were lots of labors of love from friends and family, and I know a lot of people in the trade,” says Brian. “I always wanted to build a house in Carp, especially behind the beach I grew up on. It’s awesome to stay local.” The family that builds together, stays in Carpinteria together. “It’s a good feeling,” Paul says. Though the three Aresco homes are unique, they share a signature style: bright, light and airy. Unknowingly, Sarah sums up the family’s collective design philosophy as “family, Carpinteria, a sense of community and wanting the same for the kids.”  WINTER2022 47

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Carpinteria — Santa Barbara’s Best Kept Secret

Schlobohm real estate team — Unparalleled Local Knowledge | Exceptional Service Jon-Ryan Schlobohm REALTOR® | Broker Associate 805.450.3307 jr@jon-ryan.com DRE 01876237

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Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01991628. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate.

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Local Bites PH OT OS BY DE BR A HER R ICK

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he average American dedicates 240 hours per year to thinking about food. That’s 10 full days considering the fuel we put in our bodies. On the next 10 pages, you’ll meet five Carpinterians who far exceed that average, dedicating most hours of most days to thinking about food. These folks aren’t just contemplating the next meal on their own plate; they’re contemplating the meals on hundreds of plates. These are five businesses whose kitchens (or soil in one case) produce foods that fuel our bodies while dazzling our tastebuds, stimulating our brain and releasing happy hor mones. Each of these business owners approaches food differently and contributes a unique flavor to the Carpinteria buffet—and their stories are as flavor ful as their products. Bon appetit!

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And a pinch of love from Momma J BY E VE LYN S PE N CE When homegrown Carpinterian Janet Augerot married her husband, Steve, it was his daughter that gave her the nickname Momma J. “Ever since then, that has been my name,” recalls Augerot, who has lived her whole life in the little beach town of Carpinteria. And it is this nickname that Carpinterians now see plastered on the personalized license plate of an Instagram-worthy retrofitted ice cream truck with the sweet scent of flavorsome scones wafting out of the windows. Augerot, who gets up every morning at 3:30 a.m. to bake the scones that soon make their way into the hands of eager Carpinterians, says her scone business “blew up” when COVID-19 hit. But her scones are far from new in town. Augerot, who ran Head to Toe nail salon for over 30 years, said she first began baking when her children—who are now 40 and 37, and have children of their own—were young. One day, a salon client passed along a magazine recipe for scones and introduced Augerot to her future. She first followed recipes before beginning to experiment with her own talents and creativity. “When the kids were young, when they’d have people sleeping over, they were always guaranteed to have scones. It just progressed throughout the years,” Augerot says. Over the years, she’s perfected her recipes, which include raspberry, blueberry, cinnamon chip, strawberry lemonade and lemon poppy scones (and many, many more!). She also has attracted an exclusive—and hungry—clientele, who come right up to her door to pick up scones every day. Augerot says she makes around 60 scones each weekday, and 120 on Saturday and Sunday. “(Baking) was easy,” she says. “When you bake, it’s kind of like a love. When people appreciate it, it just warms your heart, it makes you feel really good.” Even as Augerot expands her business with her truck, she still hopes to keep that small, Carpinterian-first feel. Their “door is always open,” her husband Steve emphasizes. Keep an eye out, Carpinterians, for Momma J’s scone truck, and follow the sweet smell of scones for a heavenly treat. Learn more on Instagram at @momma_j_scones, by texting (805) 895-8713, or at Momma J’s Kitchen on Facebook.

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As granola as granola gets BY E VE LYN S PE N CE Kim Redman, chef and founder of Ocean Ranch Organics and its popular granola, always has been passionate about organic farming—it’s part of the reason she was drawn to Carpinteria in the first place. “I was attracted to Carpinteria’s strong agricultural roots. The overwhelming support of this small community has helped my business survive,” she emphasizes. Carpinterians should be familiar with Redman’s granola at this point. It can be found atop Lucky Llama’s acai bowls and in the aisles of Pacific Health Foods. But some may not be aware of its other products or of the origins of the small business, which has been growing strong in the area and places a heavy focus on sustainability. Redman first moved to the area to attend U.C. Santa Barbara, where she completed her undergraduate degree in international relations, before she and her husband moved to Carpinteria. “I have been interested in the natural history and politics of agriculture and how that relates to sustainable food in our local communities,” she says. Redman says she started out with a catering business, focusing on yoga retreats or week-long events. But her true love lies in sustainability and eating healthy, and so she turned to creating a business with organic, sustainable products. “By starting my own brand of products, I hoped to introduce healthy food options in an accessible form to people who may not have had the opportunity to eat healthier in the past,” she adds. Her close-knit business centers around a core team of five, she says, who focus on providing “slow food in a fast-food world.” All of the Ocean Ranch products are handmade—an intentional choice. “To us, this means crafting our food by hand, utilizing as many ingredients as possible that are produced in the western region of the U.S., and keeping flavor and nutrition as a guiding principle for all of our products,” she says. The business’s name, Ocean Ranch Organics, came simply: from both the ranch the food is harvested from and from the love the team shares for the ocean. “We’re ocean-minded people,” Redman says. Ocean Ranch’s next step? Moving toward more sustainable practices, focusing on using “completely local items” in their products, Redman says. Learn more at oceanranchorganics.com/.

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Avocado meets coffee, a romance rooted in Carpinteria soil BY RYA N P. CRUZ When husband and wife team Mike and Baba Masino purchased Rancho Delfino in 2013, they were looking for a serene place to retire and enjoy their time together. Mike came from a construction background, and he’d never considered a life in agriculture—that was until he saw the property’s 400 avocado trees. Just over seven years later, that rich soil is producing some of the boldest organic beans in the burgeoning Central Coast coffee community. Mike’s journey into California’s expanding coffee industry began when he met Jay Ruskey, co-founder and CEO of Frinj Coffee, and took a tour of the Goodland Organics farm in Goleta. At that point, Mike had begun to learn the ins and outs of growing and tending to the land, thanks to the help of his neighbors, who would teach him how to care for his avocado trees and later other produce like passion fruit, bananas, apples and oranges. Collaborating with the folks at Frinj, he decided to try his hand at growing coffee, which he learned thrives especially well in the area thanks to rich soil and ideal weather conditions. “They make it so easy, we just thought we would try it,” Mike says. He found that one of the toughest things to learn was patience. “I’ve never been a real patient guy,” he says. But after years of trial and error—“I’ve killed so many plants,” he says, laughing—his coffee finally started yielding beans that could be processed and sold through Frinj. Mike’s most popular variety is the Geisha, which has a flavor profile of honeycomb, bergamot and the sweetness of a vanilla cola. He said that there is something special about the microclimate of the area in Carpinteria, and in the soil, that just makes this strain stand out. The coffee is interplanted between the avocado trees year-round, and the fallen leaves and mulch blend to feed the plants in a magical way. “They share the nutrients,” he says. He credits the close-knit agricultural community and is reluctant to accept too much praise for his crops. Instead, he pours gratitude to his wife and to those around him, both at Frinj and on his property. “I give credit to the land, and to the people who work with me,” Mike says. Learn more at frinjcoffee.com/.

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Life hacks by the spoonful BY BRYN FOX After a busy day of creating new recipes, filling orders, coaching youth soccer and running around as a working mom does, entrepreneur Alanna Wiltshire settles in to prepare a hearty meal for her family—in minutes flat. As the creator and owner of Santa Barbara Soups, a just-add-water soup mix company, Alanna always has healthy, hearty meal options at her fingertips. Work-life balance is in high demand in these days, and no one has mastered it like Alanna. As a mom first, Alanna dreamed of a business to satisfy her drive without taking anything away from her family life. Dinners anchored her family after long days of shuttling kids from here to there. She knew she wasn’t alone, and that the demand existed for easy and nutritious meals. Thus, Santa Barbara Soups was born. Based out of a backyard office that would make most work-from-homers drool, Alanna concocts a kickin’ variety of dried soups that are sold from Ventura to Goleta and beyond. “Even though I’m up until midnight some nights filling orders, re-stocking ingredients or doing paperwork, I’m always able to carve out time to drop the kids off at school or watch their baseball games.” As someone with food sensitivities, she understands that many can’t just throw anything on the table and call it a day. Working in tight partnership with highly experienced food developers, she mastered meals that not only satisfy restrictive diets but taste amazing, too. “So often I wanted to bring a meal to someone, after having a baby or going through a challenging time, but it was so hard not knowing what everyone actually can eat,” Alanna says. Now she can pick any one of her six soups, already artfully packaged in a cellophane sleeve, and have not only a beautiful gift, but a helpful meal ready at a moment’s notice. “I’ve done my learning on the fly. I’ve always been interested in nutrition and digging into the details—of what is really in everything,” she says. Meal time is a family event for the Wiltshires, so before Alanna sits down at the table with her family, she’s often at the kitchen counter coaching her kids through proper veggie chopping technique and talking about the importance of healthy eating. It’s her passion that’s now being instilled in her children. Learn more at santabarbarasoups.com/.

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The secret’s out BY DE BRA H E RRI CK When Ché Empanadas opened in 2017, Carpinteria’s burgeoning craft brewery scene met a tasty complement—and that’s by design. Before launching his empanada business, Luis Gutman was working in the West End commercial district in the kitchen of Rori’s Artisanal Creamery which neighbors brewLAB and The Apiary. Luis noticed that the craft drinks were being served without food options, and he had an idea. The Argentineanturned-Californian cook began perfecting his empanada recipes and holding pop-ups outside the breweries. Pretty quickly, the empanadas had become a fan favorite with a following, and not long after, Luis was serving fresh, handmade empanadas four days a week. But beyond filling a need, Luis’ empanadas have a buttery, flaky crust and are filled with flavor—sophisticated notes of savory/sweet pairings (Roquefort with candied pecans; roasted chicken with dried tomatoes; Watkins Ranch tri-tip with a touch of raisin) and comfort food profiles like ham and cheese, roasted vegetables, and goat cheese and quince. Luis' recipes are traditional but often with a twist. “The recipes come from things that I remember from growing up,” Luis says. “Some of the flavors that I make are common flavors in Argentina, and I follow the true recipe. I follow the exact same recipe that everybody makes, like with the Criolla. But for others, I took a detour based on my own inspiration. For instance, nobody I know makes ham and cheese empanadas with prosciutto. Everybody uses baked ham. I took the liberty to use a cured, salty ham.” Luis made his first empanada 40 years ago when he was working in a restaurant in Boston. Now, he’s making empanadas seven days a week. He says the friendly interactions with customers are what feeds him. “It’s kind of a selfish thing, but it pumps my ego to the stratosphere,” he says. Still baking his empanadas in Rori’s kitchen, Luis has set his sights on getting his own kitchen soon. He also hopes to commercialize his chimichurri, with plans to have it in local markets and health food stores by the end of the year. “My empanadas are full of flavor,” Luis says. “People tell me they can feel the love that I put in them, the freshness, how they are artisanally made—and it’s beautiful.” Learn more on Instagram at @che.empanadas/. 

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AN ARTISTIC DUO Inspiration in living color WORDS & PH OT OS BY DE BRA H E RRI CK

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reative couples have a special charm. They bring together two magical aspects of human culture: art and love. The first thing you notice about artists and married couple Ginny and Garrett Speirs is that they have a quiet solidarity. At Garrett’s studio, a historic barn off Santa Monica Road, the two stroll together contemplatively through lush gardens and rustic architecture—finding inspiration from Carpinteria’s fecundity and history. They share a love of art and creating that is unique. Both have been artists since they were children. Ginny was 7 when she won her first art competition for a crayon self-portrait and “knew” she was an artist. Garrett started young playing the violin but—due to the harsh sounds he made while practicing—was swiftly persuaded by his family to take up a less noisy art. He chose drawing and painting and took to it right away. His teacher made her own oil paints and that drew him further in; “I loved the smell of that stuff!” he says. Still, their art spaces are wildly contrasting. Garrett keeps his studio full of hints of inspiration—postcards and torn magazine pages, swirls of paint hardened on pallets, the odd collection of vintage artifacts. “It’s a mess,” he says. Ginny’s studio, meanwhile, is neat and organized with everything in its place. She has just moved her practice from Linden Studio in downtown Carpinteria to a home studio in Santa Ynez. And while both have a deep reverence for nature that comes through strongly in their work, their styles of painting are also vastly different. In sensuous portraits, Ginny paints the organic folds of petals and bulbous curves of fruits, creating romantic vignettes of the plant kingdom. “My artistic style is fairly realistic with lots of color and chiaroscuro,” Ginny says, noting a theme of organic subject matter in her work. “I am very influenced by what I encounter daily—from the magnolia tree outside my studio, to our prolific vegetable garden, to our chickens and dog. I tend to focus on the close-up of an object and its intimate details.” In contrast, Garrett’s paintings are moody contemporary landscapes and seascapes. Broad watery brushstrokes and translucent paint drips create expressive images of the tides, bluffs and highways of coastal California. “I’m not sure what my artistic style is,” Garrett says. “What interests me most is observing the world around me.” Garrett says that in his paintings, he is attempting to push realism far away from being tied to the object he’s painting, yet still be a description of what he’s observing. Though the two sometimes fight over wall space, they are happy to have art at the center of their love story. They

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Past, Present, Future: Padaro Beach by Garrett Speirs

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A barn on the outskirts of Carpinteria is home to Garrett's studio. even met while studying in the master ’s of fine art program at the University of Georgia. Naturally, they say, they often help elicit better work from each other. For example, Ginny says that Garrett's “loose style” is inspiring, and his love of travel motivates them both. Garrett says he often asks Ginny for advice on composition—which he says is her strength. At heart, honesty is also key for this artistic duo. When critiquing each other ’s work, they don’t hold back, and they know how to support each other through occasional blocks or inconsistent sales. They understand what the other is going through, they say, and each understands what inspires the other. “After being together for 30 years, we definitely know what ‘calls’ the other for imagery in our art,” Ginny says. “I can find a great landscape painting spot for Garrett on my walks, and Garrett will plant artichoke plants for me to paint.” In addition to their artistic practices, Ginny and Garrett have two children, Siena, 24, and Ben, 21, and a dog, Meru. The couple recently moved to a new home in Santa Ynez which has plenty of studio space and a barn where they will have extra wall space for exhibiting art. “When the barn is done, we will be having shows and small events for friends,” Garrett says. Intertwined in the close-knit community of Carpinteria artists, Ginny and Garrett are included in the recently released artist book, “Small Town Big Art,” which features 100 artists from the Carpinteria Valley. Both artists have exhibited their work consistently over the years. Ginny’s paintings have been exhibited at galleries such as Porch, Palm Loft, Sullivan Goss and Gray Space, and is currently being shown at Gallery Los Olivos. Garrett’s paintings can be seen at Rooms & Gardens on State Street in Santa Barbara. 

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THROUGH and THROUGH One day hike from Carpinteria to the Matilija Wilderness WORDS & PH OT OS BY CH UCK GRA H A M

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traddling the coastal spine of the Transverse Ranges, I hiked (and sometimes ran) the rolling sandstone sea serpent that eventually spills onto the Gaviota Coast. The Santa Ynez Mountains hover above Carpinteria, and via the Franklin Trail, the through hike to the Matilija Wilderness was an appreciation of natural wonders along the coastal range and into the idyllic backcountry. One of the most unique aspects of living near the Los Padres National Forest is access to its prominent coastal spine, which offers a view out across the Santa Barbara Channel to the Channel Islands National Park, the isles also part of the unique Transverse Ranges. And on ultraclear days, the Santa Monica Mountains, Point Mugu and the Southern Channel Islands can be seen. Following colossal efforts to reestablish the 15.8-mile, out-and-back Franklin Trail after decades of closures and then recent fires and mudslides, the steep, winding trail is the newest route into the National Forest. Ascending from the Carpinteria Valley to the narrow ridge of the Santa Ynez Mountains, it’s one of just a few ranges in the U.S. trending east to west. It’s only natural to connect routes, run the

spine of this Cenozoic range and descend into the soothing flow of tributaries that feed the Matilija Wilderness.

DARKNESS CALMS

There’s something to be said for hiking on a cool winter ’s night. There were no bugs thanks to a recent winter storm and the fleeting snow it dropped along the ridgeline. It was refreshing in my T-shirt, shorts, trail shoes and beanie. With my head warm, the cool air felt ideal and enhanced my rhythm upward. My headlamp burning bright, it was one foot in front of the other. The distance of the hike and the steepness of the Franklin’s upper reaches remained far from my thoughts. Visibility carried only as far as the brightest beam from my headlamp. Drifting off into a meditative state, I settled in for the first several miles before sunup. Timed on a setting full moon and greeted by a stunningly new dawn, I stopped and gazed in 360 degrees. Heaven would have to wait. As orange and pinkish hues crept across the coastal horizon, I faced one of the best panoramas on the entire West Coast. A light frost crusted over the dense chaparral and a wisp of northeast wind wafted down

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the steep, open book-shaped canyons to the Carpinteria Valley below. The shimmering Santa Barbara Channel was flawless, and those ever-present isles beckoned. Once on top of the ridgeline though, there’s a magnetic tug toward rugged backcountry bliss. As the spine gradually veered eastward, the ocean became a little more distant, but with the sun rising over the channel, a clear day meant striking scenes of land and sea. It’s not every day, even from 4,000 feet above, that one can see San Nicolas and Santa Barbara islands, the canyons of the Northern Channel Islands, Point Mugu, Sandstone Peak, the high summit of the Santa Monica Mountains, the daunting Topa Topa Mountains, the Dick Smith Wilderness, and even the Santa Ynez Valley smothered in fog. Geographical diversity abounded from atop the rambling spine of the Santa Ynez Mountains.

BACKCOUNTRY EUPHORIA

My backcountry map, crinkled and old, wasn’t tearproof, and some things have changed in the backcountry or remain unmaintained over the last two-plus decades. As it was, I couldn’t locate the Monte Arido Trail.

Upper Franklin Trail serves up island views.

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From the ridge line, Graham gets an eyeful of the Santa Monica Mountains. The connector between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Murietta Divide was choked in chaparral. At 4,707 feet, I left Divide Peak 4 miles east of the Franklin Trail connector. Beyond Divide Peak the route bends sharply to the northeast, then east, climbing and rolling toward Matilija. Along the way, certain features evolved. The vein of the upper Santa Ynez River snaked west of shimmering Jameson Lake. East of the lake, Juncal Canyon converged with Murietta Divide. East of the boulder-strewn creeks was Old Man Mountain hovering above those boulder-strewn aquatic veins. Instead, I opted for a lingering bulldozed track descending a rolling ridge that veered toward Jameson Lake. My choice of terrain plunged me into a muddy gully before leading to a soothing creek. Veering off the bulldozed route onto a narrow ridge, I thrashed through remnants of burned-out Thomas Fire snags and low-lying new growth, slipping and sliding in thick, soggy earth. Eventually I converged with the Murietta Divide, beneath a shroud of oak tree groves and spindly willows, while rock-hopping over boulders and creeks toward Murietta Canyon. Recent rains left soft, compacted loam, exposing a myriad of detailed wildlife spoor—black bears, bobcats, mule deer, gray foxes and striped skunks, heaps of fauna drawn toward a reliable, nearby water source.

THE GOOD LUCK BUG

Goldfinches chatter along the way.

While enjoying a burrito break, one of the smallest yet most popular residents of the forest quickly converged onto my map. What started as a few dozen ladybugs soon led me to a busy colony of thousands along Murietta Canyon. They were enjoying the dampened earth, clustered on leaves and branches within their realm. Their black spots stood out against their bright red wings. In many cultures they’re considered good luck. There are about 5,000 species of ladybug in the world. The most common, the most notable, is the seven-spotted ladybug. They use their black spots and a secretion oozing from their joints as deterrents against potential predators, and there are plenty of those lurking about in the dense chaparral. Beyond the ladybugs, I rounded the last bend in the muddy road and the Matilija Wilderness unfolded before me. Fall colors clung to the North Fork and the rhythm of the creeks led me to my shuttle back to Carpinteria.  68 CARPINTERIAMAGAZINE.com

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Wild in Carpinteria

A Native American Mainstay and a Southern Wanderer WORDS & PH OT OS BY CH UCK GRA H A M

CHIA There’s certain native flora you expect to see in the coastal mountains, part of the chaparral community up above 2,000 feet. Those spring wildflowers possess characteristic colors that hug the fringe of hiking trails smothered in loose shale and gritty sandstone. Chia (Salvia columbariae) is one such wildflower, those deep purple blooms harboring superfood seeds, mainstays of ancient Central and North American tribes.

FU N FACTS • Chumash tribes cultivated chia and prized it for its beneficial properties as a super food for thousands of years. • The Aztecs, Mayas and other tribes used chia seeds to sustain themselves during lengthy battles, long-distance running and hunting expeditions. It was the third most important crop for the Aztecs. • Chia is hydrophilic and can absorb more than 12 times its weight in water, making it helpful in maintaining body hydration, ideal for those long treks into the sweltering backcountry. • Chia is a hardy, low-maintenance addition to any drought tolerant garden, and is resistant to most pests and diseases. • In full bloom, the small cluster of purple flowers attracts squadrons of butterflies and birds, especially hummingbirds.

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YE L L O W - C R O WN ED N I GH T HER O N In 1997, I saw my first yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacca), enjoying the shallows of a tidal pool on one of the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. However, some of the first recordings of these chunky herons in Ventura go back before 1980 as they’ve ventured north from Mexico. Off-and-on sightings have continued ever since, but I don’t believe I saw another until several made a home of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, the first of them arriving back in 2014. They are regularly spotted around the foot bridge, foraging the muddy banks of the serpentine channels on the hunt for crabs, one of their favorite prey items, an ample food source in the Carpinteria Marsh.

F U N FA C T S • They might be confused with another resident of the Carpinteria Marsh, the black-crowned night heron. However, the yellowcrowned possesses longer legs and neck than its counterpart. They also have a heftier bill. • It’s all about crabs for yellowcrowned night herons. Once nabbed, they’ll shake or impale the crab before consuming. Also on the menu are small snakes and fish, frogs, small mammals, snails, mussels and insects. • Like other heron species, they are slow, methodical walkers that are bent over while foraging. When spotted foraging, this species displays its markings. • Adults have a white patch just below red eyes and between two black patches. Their crown is yellow. The juveniles are more nondescript possessing streaks of brown throughout their feathers. • Variations of a harsh squawk are delivered when they are disturbed and during their breeding season.  WINTER2022 71

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JACLYN NASH, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY; SCRAPBOOK GIFT OF ELISA OROZCO-O’NEIL

Alonzo "Pops" Orozco and brothers-in-law Eddie Lopez and Dave Salazar played for the El Paso Shoe Store team in Los Angeles. The team won three consecutive Spanish American League titles from 1927 to 1929.

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here was a shameful era in Major League Baseball when Latin-American superstars Albert Pujols and Francisco Tatis Jr. would have been of the wrong color and culture to be considered for a roster spot. Historians are just now weaving together a vivid record of the competitive fire and cultural currents underlying Latin-American baseball in the early 20th Century, when regional leagues and barnstorming teams—which toured small towns­—built the foundation and earned the respect it would take to overcome white racism. Through descendants of early Latin-American players, the Smithsonian Museum has compiled a book and traveling exhibit entitled ¡Pleibol!, which aims to recognize the full spectrum of forebears who gave us the game we know today. Carpinterian Alonzo Orozco is a direct descendant of trailblazing Mexican-American players of the 1920s and ’30s who barnstormed baseball diamonds across Latin-American communities, barrios where the ballfield was as central to life as the church next door. Orozco has long been a working sports journalist, and when he was given an assignment for Coastal View News in 2011 to cover a historian’s project documenting Mexican-American baseball, he and his family began a journey into their own past. Orozco’s abuelo and namesake, Alonzo “Pops” Orozco, worked and played in the San Fernando Valley, where his big bat led the El Paso Shoe Store White Sox to three straight Spanish American League Championships from 1927-29, coinciding with Babe Ruth’s reign as an iconic American hero. Latino players worked by day at utility companies, factories, stores and farms and earned their glory in the evenings and on weekends suiting up for the next big game on well-known sponsored teams like El Paso Shoe Store, which was owned by a Latino family who had relocated from El Paso, Texas, to Southern California. Orozco’s abuela, Rosemarie Salazar Orozco, was sister to El Paso’s star pitcher Ernesto Salazar and niece to other pitching star Dave Salazar. She and Pops met and married through the team, forging a baseball dynasty that would later produce pro ball player Darrell Evans, a Major Leaguer from 1969 to 1989. Rosemarie was sometimes a “baseball widow” when Pops, along with her brother Ernesto, traveled to Mexico City to join teams for stints in the Mexican leagues, where standout players from both Latin-American and Negro leagues would play in the offseason for extra cash. “It’s part of family lore that Pops missed my dad’s baptism because he was playing baseball,” Alonzo says with a proud chuckle last August on the Rincon Brewery patio. Orozco, often sporting his Anaheim Angels cap, and his cousins lived a childhood enmeshed in baseball and family. Rosemarie’s devotion to her family and the game lives to this day in the form of carefully held memorabilia—newspaper clippings, scorecards, colorful handbills advertising the league championship—that capture a whole micro economy and lifestyle built on baseball. Major League Baseball was unattainable to Dave, Pops and Ernesto, but Rosemarie’s collection brings to light how involved and inextricable baseball was to its Latin American players and fans in the barnstorming days. The El Paso Shoe Store’s home

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park was in San Gabriel, but for big games, the team would travel to Los Angeles and play at White Sox Park, home to the Los Angeles White Sox of the Negro Leagues. “It’s nice to see that the early (Latin-American) players contributed a lot and laid the groundwork for players who came later like Fernando Valenzuela,” Alonzo says. Valenzuela, a Mexican, was a singular phenom for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1980s who became a transcendent cultural figure.

From left are Eddie Lopez and Alonzo "Pops" Orozco.

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Barnstorming was a way for players and teams to get greater exposure and test their skills against competition outside of regional leagues and community teams. In the 1920s and ’30s, even white big leaguers joined West Coast winter leagues in California and played against Negro and Latin-American league players, as if there was a temporary carve out from culturally sanctioned segregation on semi-pro baseball diamonds. Some players of Latin-American descent with lighter skin tones crossed the unofficial colorline into the Major Leagues as early as the 1930s, but it was not until white players left open roster spots to enlist in World War II and Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947 that meaningful opportunities opened up for Latin-American ballplayers. Orozco family baseball memorabilia from the early to mid 1900s. WINTER2022 75

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Pictured in the El Paso Shoe Store, the El Paso White Sox team includes Alonzo "Pops" Orozco at back center and his brother Alex Orozco to his right. In learning about his family’s baseball history, Alonzo became fascinated to discover his great uncle Ernesto had pitched against Satchel Paige, a Negro League star pitcher who eventually made the Major Leagues, famously pitching when he was over 50 years old. Paige was a larger-than-life character and a big draw for fans when he visited town, whether he was barnstorming on the East Coast, West Coast, in Mexico or Cuba. Paige eventually was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. Alonzo’s aunt and godmother Elisa Orozco later became keeper of the family’s baseball artifacts. Through Alonzo’s journalism connections, the family baseball treasure trove soon became primary material for historians and authors working to document the culture of early Latin-American baseball in

California, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and other states. The Orozco and Salazar families figure prominently in the “Images of Baseball” book series published by Arcadia Publishing and in the book “¡Pleibol!” of the Smithsonian Scholarly Press, which accompanies the “¡Pleibol!” Smithsonian traveling exhibit that opened in 2021. Some artifacts are now part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection.

TODOS EN LA FAMILIA

When Alonzo was a boy playing at Pops and Rosemarie’s home in the 1960s, a dominant feature was the regulation pitcher’s mound installed in the backyard, where multiple generations could take part in the family tradition. Uncle Joe Orozco became an All-CIF high school player, and Alonzo’s

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At his Carpinteria home, Alonzo Orozco looks through artifacts of his family's baseball history.

nephew, Roberto Clemente Orozco, pitched for Cal State Los Angeles. The family knew baseball was part of who they were, but their talent, leadership and perseverance had not yet been properly recognized in baseball’s official history. “They played a lot of great players but never got a chance at the biggest stage. Some may have been as talented as those playing in the main event, but we’ll never know,” says Alonzo. Through the Orozco-Salazars and other proud families across the Southwest and Latin-America, institutions like the Smithsonian are just now connecting the dots and seeing the types of effort and organization that fed into the abilities of players like Roberto Clemente, the first mainstream Latin American star who helped to open the floodgates for LatinAmericans with his career for the Pittsburgh Pirates between 1955 and 1972. These players were not produced in a vacuum, they were developed in cultures that owned America’s Pastime as much as anyone else.  WINTER2022 77

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n the surfing world, the term “grom” is used to describe any pre-teen wave rider who shows promise or an undeniable thirst for any opportunity of saltwater immersion. Our little town always seems to have a fresh crop of youngsters frothing to get in the ocean no matter what the conditions. Some of them do it just for the fun involved, others travel outside of the area to pursue competitions that pit them against kids their age. And others use it to do what surfers have always done—escape from the rules and restraints of life on land. Let’s check in with just few of the local kids who have made the Pacific one of their favorite places for the pursuit of happiness.

WYATT PITTERLE

Wyatt Pitterle says his name means brave, warrior and water. By taking up surfing, he wove all those words into the very fabric of his life. He is now 11 years old and has some very sage thoughts on why he likes to surf. “Being on the water with my friends after school is just super fun. It feels so good when you catch a wave and do some good turns,” he says. “You can have any kind of day, and just feel happy when you are in the water. Or when you surf in a contest and make it to the finals and your friends are all there cheering you on­— it’s just fun!” Wyatt started on a soft board at a Surf Happens camp and quickly advanced to a foam and fiberglass shortboard. His quick reflexes and go-for-it attitude have earned him high placings in the all the contests he has been in this year. WINTER2022 79

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IZZY SCOTT

Izzy Scott, at the ripe age of 12, has got it pretty well figured out. Her dad taught her how to surf in the cove at Rincon on a big, blue Doyle longboard. “I remember my first wave felt really good. It took me a few seconds to pop up, but then I rode it all the way to the sand.” Fast forward to today and she still loves dawnpatrolling Rincon with her friend Charlotte Cooney to ride those perfect, never ending waves that make the Queen of the Coast world famous. Watching her slide across a glassy afternoon wave at Tar Pits is reminiscent of the effortless glide of a pelican as it rides in the air space just above a breaking wave. Izzy loves her watery life in Carpinteria because, “It’s a small town, so you can just ride your bike to the beach with your friends and go surf.”

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Maddox Keet, this page.

MADDOX KEET

Ten-year-old Maddox Keet barely remembers his first wave because he was only 1 at the time—but he clearly recalls that it felt weird and good. He quickly is becoming a competitive powerhouse by traveling up and down the state to various events. His style is influenced by all that he sees out on the road, but the reason he likes to surf sounds like the definition of grom DNA. He says, “I feel free in the ocean and it is an amazing feeling to be standing up on a wave. There are no rules, and I can just be a kid with my friends.” Maddox always has known what he likes when it comes to surfboards. “My first real board was a Channel Islands softboard, and when my dad pushed me into a wave and I rode it on my own I got really excited. I came home and took one of my dad’s CI boards from his garage and said this is mine now.” WINTER2022 81

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Kennedy Rodriguez, this page.

KENNEDY RODRIGUEZ

Of all the groms in this group, Kennedy Rodriguez has the freshest relationship with the sport of surfing. She is the absolute picture of a young, stoked surf kid growing up in a classic small beach town where everybody cheers her on every wave. She hasn’t acquired the flashy moves that some of the other kids have—yet. Not quite 10 years old, time is on her side, and her family and friends are there to support her efforts. Don’t let her size fool you—after she thoughtfully checks the surf, strategically paddles to an area where she feels safe, it’s game on. Any chance to ride the ocean energy is not missed by Kennedy. While others may wait for the perfect wave to come their way, she charges anything that looks ridable. Her surf philosophy goes like this: “I like to surf because running into the water and getting on the board after a long day allows you to be part of the ocean. My perfect day was when I paddled out and a huge dolphin swam 10 feet in front of me. It made me feel like I was a dolphin.” 82 CARPINTERIAMAGAZINE.com

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JACK KEET

Jack Keet, this page.

Jack Keet rode his first wave at 11 months old—that’s a long time ago for someone who is 8 years old now. He started hanging around his dad’s Surf Happens camps when he was 4 years old and now has five summers under his belt. “My best friend Kado started this summer,” Jack says, “and we are getting better and facing fears and bigger waves together, which is fun.” Jack has watched all the impressive progress his older brother, Maddox, is making in contests. It was his turn to put on a competitor ’s jersey this fall and give it his best shot. With Dad in the water nearby to give him some paddle assist and family on the beach to encourage his best efforts, that grom fire was lit! As he puts it, “I surfed my first contest and got a first place in the Under 8 division and had fun.” 

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Recommended If you’re looking for anything from a snack to a nice dinner out with friends or family, try some of Carpinteria’s favorite local restaurants.

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Pacific Health Foods serves the best smoothies in Carpinteria. Also fresh juices, organic baked goods, sandwiches, acai bowls, coffee & tea. Must Try: Scarlet Begonia Juice 944 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA, 93013 805-684-2115

P AD ARO BEA C H G R I L L

Great food, spectacular views, friendly service, pet-friendly, and a family-style atmosphere make Padaro Beach Grill the perfect place to dine. Must Try: Any burger, especially The Padaro 3765 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-566-9800

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Best known for their award winning burritos, Beach Liquor has a vast array of snacks, drinks and adult beverages, as well as a full Mexican grill. Must Try: Any of the burritos or tortas 794 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2919

Danny’s Deli has been serving Carpinteria for 32 years with tri-tip, turkey and roast beef all cooked on site. Must Try: Famous Tri-Tip Sandwich 4890 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2711

Carpinteria’s Classic Mexican Restaurant since 1965. Family-run restaurant offering enchiladas, fajitas and other Mexican eats, plus cocktails. Must Try: Traditional Burrito 4401 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-4822 • delgadoscarp.com

Catering. Counter. Classes. Utilizing local, organic ingredients. Daily rotating entrees, soups and deserts, seasonal menus and gourmet salad bar. Must Try: Avocado Meets Toast 1033 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria, CA 93013

Specialty pizzas (meat and veggie), pastas, calzones, sandwiches and games in a casual, sit-down space, delivery or to go Must Try: Giovanni’s Original Lasagna 5003 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-8288 • giovanniscarp.com

Healthy California Cuisine. Enjoy freshly baked bagels with whipped cream cheeses. Breakfast, lunch, and beyond! Must Try: Blackstone Benedict: w/avo, bacon, tomato 5050 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-566-1558 • bagelnet.com

Delicious Mexican grill at an affordable price. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all day. Grab some sides from the market and take it anywhere! Must Try: Any of Adan’s “Best Burritos in Carp” 4502 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2235

Folks come from near and far to eat these burritos, tacos, tortas, and other tasty options. Close your eyes and you’re in Mexico. Must Try: Chile Relleno Soup, Chilaquiles, Gordita 4890 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2711

Mexican & European Bakery. From handmade, traditional Mexican fare to the finest quality wedding cakes & desserts. Must Try: Chile Verde Pork, Eggs & Cheese. 895 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-4981 • reynaldosbakery.com

With its reputation of authenticity and excellence, Siam Elephant stays true to the culinary culture and influences of Thailand. Must Try: Pad Thai 509 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2391 • siamelephantusa.com

“European Style” family restaurant. Homemade from scratch bread, pizza, pasta, salads and desserts. Catering and To Go. Must Try: One-pound Lasagan Brick 3807 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-2209

Just steps from the beach, The Spot is a classic hamburger stand serving up delicious American and Mexican food at affordable prices! Must Try: Famous Chili Cheese Fries 389 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-6311

Since 1991, Uncle Chen has been proud to serve local produce from the farmers market and homemade recipes. Must Try: Casitas Green 1025 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-566-3334

Local organic produce, fresh fish, and sustainably raised meats. The “FARM TO TABLE” approach ensures the freshest food in town. Must Try: Bacon wrapped Filet Mignon 5404 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 805-684-8893 • zookersrestaurant.com

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FINAL FRAME

S N A P, CRA CK L E , POP Coastal Californians were treated to an electric light show by Mother Nature on Oct. 4, 2021. Lightning blasted the Santa Barbara Channel and fast-moving rain squalls drenched patches of land and sea.  BY G L EN N D UBO C K

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