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Season’s Greetings

shorts and flip flops are still a comWith the holidays in full swing mon sight. and the hope and joy that comes However you spend your time with the anticipation of a new during the Holidays, we hope it’s year, it’s a good time to take a special and enjoyable. moment to reflect on the past From the entire Messenger team, year and remember what the I wish you and your loved ones a Holiday Season is all about. blessed Holiday Season. Messenger contributor Marilyn Gillard has detailed the way in Weʼre growing which our community celebrates JERAMY GORDON As 2011 winds to an end, I the holidays in this week’s cover couldn’t be happier with the sucstory, “How We Celebrate.” cess thus far of the Montecito Messenger. From volunteering to spending times We’ve been publishing for 28 weeks now with our loved ones, this is truly a magical and the response from our readers has been time of year. overwhelming. Marilyn speaks with several community As our advertising base continues to members and discusses the interesting, grow, so does our staff. diverse and imaginative ways we all celeLast week we welcomed Marisa Boles to brate. our advertising department. You can contact Some spend time with family and her at Marisa@MontecitoMessenger.com friends. Some travel. Some volunteer their for all your advertising needs. time to our world a better place. Despite the still uncertain economy, I When we look outside at our beautiful think 2012 will be a great year for the oasis by the sea, it’s sometimes hard to Messenger as we continue to bring you all remember that not everyone has what we the Montecito news, sports and entertainhave. We’re blessed to live in such a great ment you can bare. location where a week before Christmas

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LETTERS Bill of Rights

DEAR EDITOR: The American people are about to lose the protections of the Fourth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution. Section 1031 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 makes it possible to arrest and detain indefinitely anyone suspected of association with terrorism, including U.S. citizens! No court order is required, no lawyer, no change and no trial. Whatever happened to the Bill of Rights? Are we really so fearful that we are willing to lose those very rights for which so many have fought and died? There can be no excuse for violating the Constitution, which all our officials are sworn to support and defend. No war can continue indefinitely and we all know that there is no emergency at this time. There is no excuse for violating the Constitution of the United States or the Oath of Office. This terrible Section of the NDAA has passed the Senate and will soon go to the President for his signature. What will you do? Peter Cohen Santa Barbara

Holder must go

DEAR EDITOR: In the midst of a Congressional investigation of Operation Fast & Furious, the Obama Administration has abruptly sealed court records that disclose the details of how Mexican drug smugglers used Fast & Furious guns to kill US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The sealing of these records means no information can be obtained by the public or the media. Is this yet another cover up by Attorney General Eric Holder, like the Black Panther voting intimidation scandal? Operation Fast & Furious ran between 2009 and 2010. Approved by Holder’s Justice Department, the ATF purposely allowed 2,000 electronically tagged guns to be smuggled into Mexico into the hands of drug cartels. Mark Hemingway of the Weekly Standard reports that this gun tracking experiment caused the murder over 200 Mexican citizens. 1400 of the guns, which include fully-automatic weapons and grenade launchers, are still missing. Holder is in contempt of Congress. He has refused to provide 11 of 12 witnesses for the House Oversight Committee and has lied about when he knew about Fast & Furious. His Department is also hiding information about the Operation. Two US Senators and

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Prosecute the banks

DEAR EDITOR: Yesterday California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced she was teaming up with Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to investigate and prosecute foreclosure fraud and misconduct in the mortgage industry. In announcing the move, Attorney General Harris said, "The mortgage crisis is a law enforcement matter, and we will prosecute to hold accountable those who are responsible and also protect the homeowners who are targeted for fraud." The alliance with Nevada's attorney general is a very positive move by Attorney General Harris, whom we know has been pressured to cut a terrible deal with Wall Street banks that lets them off the hook. California and Nevada are the two states that have been hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. And Nevada Attorney General Masto has been one of the most aggressive state attorneys general in holding banks accountable for wrongdoing, including criminally indicting a number of people. The alliance to share information, litigation strategies and evidence for both civil and criminal cases has the potential to set the stage for meaningful accountability for illegal mortgage practices that harmed millions of people in California, Nevada and across the country. And this would not have happened without the hard work by members of the progressive organizations who worked hard to become a forceful counterweight to the political pressure from Washington and from Wall Street to sweep this issue under the carpet. The fact that Attorney General Harris is deciding to join forces with the only attorney general yet to make indictments — rather than the Congress which wants to get back to business as usual on Wall Street — is a very good sign for the future. The real victory will come when California's investigations are underway and indictments are issued by Attorney General Harris' office — I hope that day comes soon. Leoncio Martins Santa Barbara

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Fighting cancer with fitness

From dawn to well past courses of chemotherapy and sunset, the Santa Barbara other treatments. Athletic Club daily thrums “Her doctors were with fitness classes, from the amazed” at her energy and commonplace – Yoga, resilience, Lilly recalls. Weighted Workout and “They asked her, ‘why are Endurance Spin – to the you different than others in unconventional – Belly treatment?’” Dance, Zumba and While similar programs “Willpower and Grace.” JERRY ROBERTS now operate elsewhere, there Tuesdays and Thursdays, were no models then for however, each feature a special seswhat Well-Fit has become. Through sion that doesn’t appear on the posted trial, error and consultation with fitschedule, limited to select amateur ness and medical experts, Main, Lilly athletes who share one hardcore quali- and others devised an early program fication: cancer. that emphasized cardio training, until “I feel good about my body for the learning of studies showing the benefirst time since my breast cancer diagfits of strength machine and light nosis last year,” said Catherine weight workouts with AIDS patients at Callahan, who participates in the Tufts University. club’s Cancer Well-Fit program. “I “Everything was cardio then,” Lilly focus so intensely on each exercise I said. “But they were stressing the forget the other stuff.” importance of strength. That’s where In a quiet demonstration of what you get the most bang for your buck.” being a “good corporate neighbor” Graham Bury is a 31-year old photruly means, the club offers Cancer tographer, surfer and San Marcos High Center of Santa Barbara patients a School grad in treatment for a cancer free,10-week, twice-weekly personalthat’s blinded his left eye, weakened ized fitness course with its personal his left side and disrupted his balance. trainers. Sitting at a small table in the athletic “Your payment is, you have to club lobby, a porkpie hat covering his come,” said Paul Lilly, who’s trained baldness, he talked about the physical about 100 cancer patients a year for challenges, both of his illness, and of nearly two decades. “If they’re having his brand of chemotherapy cocktail – a crappy day, we modify the workout. “the darkest drug ever conceived.” My goal is, when they’re done, they’re However, “the hardest part is the feeling better.” psychological part,” he said, enduring The award-winning Well-Fit proisolation, depression and despair, feelgram was the innovative idea of the ings that are somewhat eased by his late Julie Main, who was club managworkouts. er when diagnosed with breast cancer Bury had never belonged to a health in 1994. Main, who died two years club when he heard of the program at ago, was a workout junkie, who kept the Cancer Center, and first felt too at it despite beastly and exhausting anxious, weary and overwhelmed to

go. “It seemed intimidating to me,” he said. “Then my girlfriend and my mom made me go. I realized there were people there showing you the machines. There were lots of people (with cancer) with different issues being addressed in different ways. It’s nice to see the changes in other people. It helps me when I see them.” The 61-year old Callahan, whose breast cancer diagnosis last year followed an earlier battle against lymphoma, agreed that sharing workouts is as healing as physical activity itself. “One of the best aspects is the sense of connection I have with other people who have cancer,” she said over tea at a café near the Cancer Center. “We share a common experience. We know what it means to have treatment, to be recovering from surgery, to be waiting for test results. Each of us has a story we can share with someone who knows, who understands,” she said. “I was relieved to know the group was only for cancer patients. It made me feel less isolated while I was trying to regain strength and less embarrassed about my physical condition.” She knew the program was working when “I discovered that my vacuum cleaner had lost weight around the end of August.” “That was a benchmark for me. My walking and balance are so improved,” she added with a smile. “I’m even beginning to see some muscle definition in my arms.” You can reach prize-winning journalist Jerry Roberts at jerry@montecitomessenger.com

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ALLING Santa a “geek� or “nerd� are  words where I fightin’  come from, but more and more it seems that Christmas – at least the shopping part – is going online. This year cyber sales are up 15 percent nationwide MICHAEL over last year. A whopping $26 billion has been spent online by Americans so far this Christmas season, money that used to go to brick and mortar stores like the ones on Coast Village Road and the Upper Village. By unofficial accounts, which is primarily me walking around asking store owners, Montecito merchants are holding their own, though, despite the “geeking� of Christmas and the struggling economy. Last Sunday evening you could almost eat the delectable aromas coming from the Pane e Vino Restaurant tucked away in the Upper Village. “Business is great!� exclaimed host Tyler Prince, and that came as no surprise. The food is fantastic, the ambiance is all Italian and cozy and what’s not to like? On the other end of the Village, the Via Vai was full of noisy families and waiters shouting and pizzas flying out of the oven. The only dining experiment going on at the crossroads is taking place at Pierre Lafond’s new WineBistro. I have heard three separate complaints that while the quality of the cuisine is excellent, the prices are too high. It will be interesting to see if any adjustment will be made there. When I took my customary drive through Montecito last Sunday evening I saw that Merrill Lynch, in the Upper Village, has “gone green.� I know, it’s a shock, but it says so right there on a sign on the company’s window. I’m not exactly sure what that means, other than with all the bailout money the financial institutions have gotten they should all be green, as in the color of money. But if someone from Merrill will let me know exactly it has gone green, I’ll let you know about what was done next week.

Speaking of Wall Street, it’s time the Occupiers hung it up. They are turning public sentiment against themselves by blockading the harbors now and causing trouble for the hardworking people there. It’s time to head toward Washington, D.C. and turn BOWKER all that rage into meaningful legislation to reform the financial industry so “too big to fail� becomes a thing of the past. Money shouts in politics and everything else whispers. Someday soon we need to take the idea of the public financing of all major political campaigns seriously.

When Josh Molina, editor of this paper and The Daily Sound, called and asked me to write this column, he wanted my take on a roundup of the week’s news in Montecito. I will do that in a moment, but first I want to completely break all rules of journalism and tell you about Josh because he is such a part of this community, as the engine that makes both the Messenger and The Daily Sound work on time. He is a throwback, perhaps the most authentic newspaperman I’ve known in a long time. He eats, breathes and sleeps journalism. But he doesn’t do it out of some warped sense of duty. He does it to provide for his wife Dina and son Jacob. You see, Josh, a former City

Hall reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, loves Jacob as much as father can love a son and every moment he isn’t working, he is with his son. It’s a cool Christmas story, but it’s also just a cool story. Okay – my take on the week’s headlines. First, on the proliferation of coyotes in the territory. Domestic dogs bite about 300,000 Californians and kill 15 people nationwide every year. Coyotes bite an average of one Californian per year and have never killed anybody. Also, raccoons, not coyotes, are the biggest threat to domestic pets. Coyotes, like Alec Baldwin (okay, not like Alec, but I loved his spoof on SNL), are getting a bad rap. The Marborg story is a trash story worth millions. How the trash hauler has wiped out the competition and looks to be locking in a monopoly for the next decade is a script worthy of an HBO cable series, or even Wall Street. The Santa Barbara City Police is a fine department, which, in my humble opinion, like the coyotes, is also getting a bad rap. The attorney forcing the action against the department is getting far too much publicity. Joe Armendariz, the Carpinteria Councilman who received his second DUI after rolling his vehicle earlier this month, should step down. This is serious stuff. You can kill people doing that. He may be a nice guy, but the betrayal of the public trust is too big. Finally, in the name of gender equality, I found this while cruising Google keyword searches. The number of searches made on Google for “where to buy golf clubs� (made presumably by wives preparing for Christmas) in the past 30 days was 7.5 million. The number of searches for “where to buy diamonds� (made presumably by husbands preparing for Christmas) was . . . 7.5 million. What does this mean? I have no idea, but I liked the symmetry somehow. Mike Bowker is an award-winning journalist whose articles have been published in The New York Times, the New Yorker and Reader’s Digest.


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Robin “Ibu Robin� Lim, won the prestigious CNN Hero of the Year award on Sunday and made her first public appearance Tuesday in Montecito. She was honored for her work abroad caring for low-income, expectant mothers. Volunteers, members, and executives of Direct Relief International packed a Montecito residence to hear the Santa Barbara native speak. Lim’s foundation, Yayasan Bumi Sehat, has provided thousands of lowincome women with prenatal care and birthing services. With an emphasis on blending medical knowledge with traditional approaches to birthing, Lim has worked to bridge gaps between midwives and doctors in foreign countries. Lim said getting Hero of the Year doesn’t make her feel any different than before, but the prestige does shine a spotlight on the issues facing pregnant women across the globe. “I feel like I’m taking all the babies, the mothers, and the midwives to the next generation,� Lim said. “We’re on the cusp of a really beautiful, healthy change.� Of course, she noted her foundation can make good use of the $250,000 prize money for upgrades to her clinic’s facilities and medical supplies. Lim talked about the hardships See HERO, page 22

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VERY YEAR around Christmastime, Brent Anderson rents the “Santa #1” costume from Victoria Vogue. He dons the iconic red suit, adjusts the bushy white beard and pinches on the wire-rimmed glasses. Hopping in his car (the reindeer have obviously taken the day off), this particular Santa drives to Cottage Hospital and looks up to see a line of shining young faces pressed against the glass windows, eagerly awaiting his visit. Most of them won’t be home for the holidays but they’re bursting with joy because St. Nick has figured out just where to find them. This tender-hearted granddad of 10 has been celebrating the season with these children for over a decade. He travels with a Mrs. Claus and an entourage of elves — all members of the SB Association of Health Underwriters and resident do-gooders. With a resounding “Ho! Ho! Ho!” (this jovial Santa also sings bass in a barbershop quartet), he wanders the hospital halls, spreading good cheer to the little ones and helping them forget that they’re in the hospital for Christmas. After all these years, he “can’t imagine a Yuletide without these kids.” This time of year, a time of traditions, a time filled with nostalgia, affects grownups and children alike, whether we’re warbling White Christmas or lighting the menorah. There is something inherently comforting about doing the same things at the same time every year: singing familar melodies, eating traditional foods, leaving notes for Santa and carrots for his reindeer. These traditions keep us connected to our faith, to our past and, most importantly, to each other. Christmas Eve for Rene Saragosa has always meant food and festivities with his family, which, at last count, surpassed the 100 mark. His parents started the tradition of hosting the whole clan in 1958 and Rene is committed to honoring their memory and continuing the celebration. “When we first started doing it, our home was only 1,200 square feet — we had to build another room just to fit everybody

Top Left, Renowned local documentarians Mike and Mimi deGruy spent years traveling between Pittsburgh and Alabama to be with relatives over the holidays before finally deciding to create their own traditions right here in Montecito. Above, Camilla Sarkisovaʼs First Christmas. Left, Kathy Kneches poses beside her stocking-clad fireplace.

in....we went from 10 grandkids to over 50! There’s always been a Christmas here - it’s where everybody comes and feels welcome.” Rene, one of Montecito’s premier massage therapists for the past 15 years, is also carrying on his mother’s tamalada tradition with the help of his sister. “When my mother was alive, we would make about 70 dozen tamales. We’d all sit around, play Christmas music and have an assembly line. My mother loved doing it.” This year they’ve cut down to a mere 30 dozen.

With the family room piled high with presents, Rene gets to play Santa. With a twist. He admits to buying the noisiest possible presents for the youngest guests: drums, electric guitars, kazoos. The kids absolutely love their bachelor uncle - their parents are somewhat less enthusiastic. Peggy Fletcher starts off the season by throwing a party....with heart. When Peggy was president of the Board of Casa Serena, the recovery home for women struggling with substance abuse, she realized that many of the residents were waking up on

Christmas morning without their families, some without their own children. It was a lonely scary time. So she started “Peggy’s Party” with about eight of her closest friends and this year, the guest list has snowballed to more than 40, including members of the “Grateful Hearts,” alumni of Casa Serena. Each guest brings something to “help make the women feel special” and last year, it took three trips in an SUV packed with presents. Peggy is the mother of six, grandmother See CELEBRATE, page 21


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Art HEALS Above, Sylvia Cooper, Daudro, Artist Janice LaTuchia. Below from left, Eric Chuanski with Artist Lisa Tomlin; Rick Scott, President of Cancer Center Santa Barbara. Far right, Guests Roger Cramer & Jean Gatewood.

Community embraces CCSB art works

The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara held its fourth exhibition and reception featuring the art works of cancer patients, survivors and community members who have participated in the Wellness Programs, which operate in partnership with SBCC Adult Education. Visitors sipped wine and sampled hors d’oeuvres as they perused the permanent revolving collection displayed along the corridors of the Cancer Center. This exhibition gives a powerful message of the paramount role art plays in the healing process, and gives the artist a unique from of self expression without words. Members of the Santa Barbara Art Association generously donated original art

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works for a drawing to support the free art classes at the Cancer Center, and Rick Scott, President of Cancer Center Santa Barbara, stated that he believes art fosters hope and allows people to focus on something other than their cancer. Rick Stitch, a local art teacher who helped create the program and has been teaching art to cancer patients, survivors and their families for eight years, described the exhibition as very touching and explained “it’s really important to the artist to see their final work in exhibition as an example of the difficulties they have over-

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come.” Janice LaTuchie, a student of Stitch since 2008, described him as a nurturing teacher who draws out the very best in everyone” Artist Lisa Tomlin, who displayed her “Poppy #1” & “Blue Bird of Happiness,” referenced her art experience to a passage by Maya Angelou: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” I think that says it all. For donations or information on the Cancer Center Wellness Programs visit: wellness@ccsb.org. Bonnie Carroll is the Publisher of Life Bites News, an online leisure magazine. She covers society every week in the Montecito Messenger.

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Montecito Association debates YMCA, driveway expansion BY NICK C. TONKIN Montecito Messenger

The Montecito Association this week discussed concerns about the proposed expansion of the YMCA. The proposal includes plans to renovate the preschool, add a swimming pool, and build a new gymnasium. The Association’s letter advised the YMCA to consider any expansion’s effect on traffic, parking, and Montecito’s semi-rural look. The project is still in its preliminary phase and board member David Kent, who also heads the Land Use Committee, said it’s important for the Association to make itself heard as early as possible. “We felt it was timely to advise the YMCA specifically of the kinds of concerns the Montecito Association has with the plan as we see it today,” Kent said. The Board amended some language in the letter, clarifying concerns about expanded

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membership and architectural design. Board member Robertson Short held some reservations that the letter came off as opposing all the expansions and felt it should be narrowed to the three specific concerns of the gymnasium’s size, excess parking, and traffic on San Ysidro Road. “I think our references to their expansion are presumed to be negative,” Short said. But board member Peter van Duinwyk pointed out that it is part of the Association’s mission to preserve the semi-rural aspects of Montecito. He added that the letter doesn’t mean the Association is working to block the expansion. He noted members included architects who would be happy to work with the YMCA to ensure designs aligned with Montecito’s semi-rural character. “And our job is protecting that character,” van Duinwyk said. The rest of the board agreed and voted to See ASSOCIATION, page 22

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Sisters Stephanie Phelan and Natalie Rowe, owners of luxury spa oasis “Float,” hosted its 2nd annual “I Dream in Wine and Chocolate” holiday event on Thursday evening Dec. 8. The sisters opened Float Spa three years ago across the street from the Lobero Theatre in a historic two-story brick building that they converted. Float also has a secret rear garden

with a reflecting pond, where they host private events. It provides a tranquil spot for their clients to relax between treatments. The holiday party theme featured five pairing stations that guests visited throughout the spa, which had wine from Lucas and Lewellen and samples of chocolates from Santa Barbarabased truffle diva Jessica Foster. The treatment rooms were open and staffed by massage therapists and

estheticians offering mini-massages and facials for the guests who paid a nominal fee and picked up a souvenir wine glass for $20 at the check-in table outside the decorative wrought iron front door. Examples of pairings were white rose Ttruffle and a 2008 Voignier, White chocolate coconut and a 2008 chardonnay, milk Cchocolate honey almond and 2006 syrah, milk See SPA, page 22

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Understanding CALENDAR organic wine The Nutcracker Enjoy the timeless, classic and traditional presentation of The Nutcracker at the magnificent Granada Theatre. State Street Ballet presents this Holiday favorite for all ages, choreographed by Rodney Gustafson and Gary McKenzie, set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The tale of a young girl who receives a toy nutcracker that magically comes alive. The journey begins at the Granada Theatre this Saturday, December 17th, at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sunday December 18 at 2 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to support and applaud the Holiday tradition 175 years in the making.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2011

Parents Night out! Enjoy a night to get some much needed Christmas shopping done. The YMCA child care service will provide a safe and fun atmosphere for children. 5 p.m., Santa Barbara Family YMCA, ($20 to $30).

You Can’t Stop the Christmas Beat The Santa Barbara Silver Follies present a snappy, eclectic performance featuring a mix of traditional holiday classics with Broadway musical twist. 8 p.m., Center Stage Theatre.

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Una Noche de Las Posadas An annual reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for a shelter in Bethlehem as it was celebrated in early California. Come enjoy Christmas music, food and merriment. 7 p.m., El Presidio Historic Park (Free).

The Christmas Revels: A Bavarian Celebration of the Winter Solstice Take a journey to early 19th Century Bavaria and the surrounding regions. Explore the roots of modern Christmas songs, originating from Nordic/ German Tradition. 1 p.m., Lobero Theatre, ($12-$80).

Panzumo’s 5th Annual Winter Solstice Concert and Fundraiser Live music and dance by Panzumo, gourmet vegan cuisine and a marketplace. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Music Academy of the West ($15-$20).

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Winemakers use the French Valley. Although vineyards’ carword terroir, literally meaning bon footprint is most impressive “land,” used as a shorthand when wines are produced and condescription of a region’s wine charsumed in the same terroir, our acteristics, which are based on the local wineries are receiving intercombination of soil and climate of est from across the Pacific. Japan an area. is experiencing an organic restauEach region, also known as an rant movement and is consulting appellation, is known to best prowith Casa Barranca in Ojai. duce wine from grapes that thrive KATHLEEN ROSS Organic wines today fall into in that terroir. specific categories: In 1970, organic wine pioneer Richard Wine made from organic grapes: wines Sanford, with a love for pinot noir, a degree containing 70 percent organic grapes. in geology, and a thermometer, drove Certified organic wine: These wines are through the Santa Rita Hills until he found made from 100 percent organic grapes. just the right terroir compatible with the Biodynamic wine: Taking organic farmpinot grapes he planned to grow. Since that ing to another holistic level, this method time, he and his wife, Thekla, have founded was originated by Rudolf Steiner in the three wineries, and presently own Alma 1920s and brought to our area in the 1970s. Rosa in Buelton. The first wine production (See my 8/26 column in this paper about has been traced to 8,000 BC, but sophistiShepherd Farms.) cated viticulture practices, including the Sustainable: Alma Rosa Winery uses a recognition of appellations, were developed cork-free technology in bottling its award during the Roman Empire. winning wines. (Traditional wine corks are Pliny the Elder wrote “In vino veritas.” trash, ending up in landfills.) Casa Barranca In wine is the truth. Throughout history, is solar powered and uses water from an beginning with Hippocrates himself, wine artesian spring. has been associated with wellbeing: as a Sulfite-free: For those of us sensitive to digestive aid, a disinfectant, a relaxant, and sulfites, sulfite-free wines are a real pleasfor pain relief. Recent medical research ure, like drinking vino in Italy. Casa shows that wine might promote longevity Barranca produces Arts and Crafts Red and due to its heart-healthy qualities. an excellent cabernet sauvignon that are Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols sulfite free (approximately $20 each). may help to protect the lining of the blood Vegan: For a product made from grapes, vessels in the heart. One polyphenol called it is shocking to consider that not all wine Resveratrol reduces inflammation and blood is vegetarian or vegan. While some wine clotting. today is allowed to keep the sediment, If you don't already drink red wine, there most wines go through a “fining” process is no need to start because Resveratrol is to help the appearance and balance of the available as a nutritional supplement at natwine. ural food stores like Montecito Natural I hope you are sitting down for this fact Foods. And it is a good idea to check in but most wineries use animal parts and/or with your doctor to be sure that red wine is dairy during the fining process: Animal gela healthy choice for you. It makes sense atin from bones, animal blood, isinglass that the health benefits of wine will be even from sturgeon bladders, milk, cheese, more valuable without the added pesticides and/or egg whites. If you are vegan or vegethat are normally sprayed on growing grape tarian, or you have a sensitivity to dairy or vines. fish, check with the winery to determine A love of wine and a desire to drink it in what agent was used in the fining process. its most elevated form has inspired vintners Vegan wines use bentonite clay in the fining and customers to take the quality of organic process. wines more seriously. Local online organic Gluten-free: Most wine is considered to wine club Eco Vine Wines has seen a be gluten-free, but check with the winery growth in fine organic wineries in the last directly. ten years, now offering a selection from 50 Kathleen is a writer and consultant focused wineries. And Sustainable Vines offers tours on sustainability. She posts on her blog reguof 9 sustainable wineries in the Santa Ynez larly at www.kathleenandersonross.com


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Happy Birthday: Good fortune is heading your way. Don't make the mistake of giving others a chance to step up and take over. Know what you want and go after it with gusto. This is a year of action, determination and demanding what you want. Prepare for aggressive action and opposition and you will make your way through troubled waters. Your numbers are 2, 6, 19, 21, 33, 40, 44.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Plan a day trip or shopping spree. Spending time with someone you can learn from will be a bonus. A change in your financial situation will ease your mind about the expenses you have incurred. You can create your own opportunity. 5 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Get in touch with people you don't see very often. Your effort to reach out will help ease tension that may have been building between you and someone you must deal with over the festive season. An unusual partnership will be beneficial. 2 stars GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Let everyone do as they please and you'll be given the same right. Focus on home, helping others and securing your position. Your great ideas will bring impressive results. Good fortune is making its way to you. 4 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Focus on pleasing someone you care about. With a little effort, you can make your home life less stressful. Begin living within your means as well as with the people or person you feel offers equality. 3 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It will be difficult to contain your feelings. Get away from people and situations that are bothering you. Distance yourself and you'll see things differently. A new friend or lover will help you find solutions for old problems. 3 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You have plenty to gain by discussing your plans with someone who can offer you a contract, assistance or greater security. A change at home will bring you greater emotional freedom and allow you to start fresh. 3 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Offer help to the needy and try to avoid a power play with someone close to you. Short trips will pay off and help you see things in a unique way. An unusual opportunity can be your way out of a sticky situation. 4 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Stick close to home and avoid anyone trying to push you in an unsuitable direction. Focus on what you can do for yourself and the people you care about most. Don't get angry. Put energy into achieving your goals. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Share thoughts with friends and relatives and you will come up with a workable solution to unsavory circumstances. Trust that what you can offer is enough. Your shortcoming is a lack of confidence due to a lack of

Birthday Baby: You are quick-witted and strong-willed. You invite challenge and attract attention.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 GOLETA

By appt. 245 Moreton Bay Lane #4, 2BD/2BA. $299,999. Beautiful views of the mountains and golf course in Encina Royale. Upper level 2 bedroom end unit with 2 large balconies. Gail Pearl, 6379595. By appt. 290 Moreton Bay Lane #1, 1BD/1BA. $319,000. Cottage-style unit on the golf course close to the clubhouse. Light and airy with great views. Two golf course view patios. Gail Pearl, 637-9595.

By appt. 253 Moreton Bay Lane #5, 2BD/2BA. $389,000. Well-located 2BD/2BA unit. Views all around of golf course and mountains. Clubhouse, pool, 9-hole golf course, fitness room. Gail Pearl, 637-9595.

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1-4. 2803 E. Valley Road, 3BD/3BA. $1,495,000. Sue Irwin, 705-6973. By appt. 83 Seaview Drive, 2BD/2BA. $1,395,000. Joyce Enright, 570-1360.

By appt. 1119 Alston Road, LOT. $2,250,000. Wade Hansen, 689-9682. By appt. 733 Knapp Drive, 5BD/4.5BA. $4,395,000. Newly built Mediterraneanstyle Montectio estate w/ historic cottage on secluded lane. Ocean and island views. 733Knapp.com. Bob Lamborn, 689-6800 & Pippa Davis, 886-0174. Santa Barbara

1-3. 2213 Santa Barbara St 3BD/3.5BA. $1,195,000. Gary Welterlen, 895-4744. 1-4. 203 E Alamar Ave, 2BD/1BA. $560,000. Mimi Greenberg, 570-9585.

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By appt. 1021 Laguna St #2, 3BD/3BA. $1,199,500. Mimi Greenberg, 570-9585. By appt. 281 Schulte Lane, 5BD/4BA. $2,440,000. Mimi Greenberg, 570-9585.

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2-4. 1231 Franciscan Court #4, 2BD/2.5BA. $429,000. Kathy Hughes, 448-4881. By appt. 5700 Via Real #18, 2BD/2BA. $199,000. Daniel Warnars, 680-2712.

GOLETA

1-4. 467 Mills Way, 4BD/2BA. $ 645,000. Recently remodeled home. Priced below all recent neighborhood comparables. Gorgeous inside and out. Fatima Nuray, 452-9390.

1-3. 1457 Camino Meleno, 4BD/3BA. $1,095,000. Nicole Dinkelacker. 5708444. 1-3. 105 Campo Vista, 4BD/2.5BA. $649,000. Thomas Johansen. 8661857. 2-4. 15 Touran Lane, 3BD/2.5BA. $549,000. Isaac Garrett, 729-1143.

of 14 and great-grandmother of four. Warm, generous and gregarious, she has made this her yearly holiday tradition. “It just makes my heart feel good.” Of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a bah humbug from someone and that someone is Jane Dyruff, a long-time resident and self-proclaimed Christmas curmudgeon. “If it were up to me, I would avoid the holidays for the next five years, at least,” she said. Ironically, one of her claims-to-fame is an impressive collection of more than 30 nativity scenes that she has gathered over the past 50 years. They hail from all over the world and “reflect the culture of their origin...and almost every culture has its own interpretation”. In her heyday, Jane would arrange each one in its own tableau, using fabrics and mirrors for backdrops, with tags earmarking the countries of origin. This year, at the behest of her family, she reluctantly agreed to set out a few, including her favorite and perhaps not-so-incidentally, her first. A beautifully handcrafted wooden set

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2-4. 1815 Gibraltar Road, 3BD/2BA. $1,010,000. Magical Mid-Century Modern retreat surrounded by specimen plantings and stunning boulders with island views. Justin Corrado, 451-9969. By appt. 263 Moreton Bay Lane, 3BD/2BA. $329,000. End unit with newer carpet and just painted. Garden community with lovely clubhouse, heated swimming pool, workshop, 9 hole golf. Gail Pearl, 637-9595. By appt. 340 Old Mill Road #87, 2BD/2BA. $195,000. Daniel J. Warnars, 680-2712.

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1-3. 3705 Avon Lane, 3BD/2BA. $937,500. Cecilia Hunt, 893-3824. 1-3. 2213 Santa Barbara St, 3BD/3.5BA. $1,195,000. Chris Salvetti, 705-4040.

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1-3. 1505 La Vista Del Oceano, 3BD/3BA. $1,050,000. Close to everything. Ocean and island views. Large master suite, tall ceilings, walk-in closet and bath. Outstanding garden. Wanda Livernois, 252-9382.

1-3. 534 Hot Springs Road, 4BD/3.5BA. $1,995,000. Charming 4bd/3.5ba at the end of a private drive on approx. 1-acre. Convenient location near the Upper Village. Dick Mires, 6897771. 2-4. 730 Arcady Road, 4BD/4.5BA. $3,850,000. Mountain views abound from this 4bd home on approx. 1.3 lush acres. Detached cottage, pool, spa and multiple garages. Diane Randall, 7055252.

2-4. 156 Eucalyptus Hill Circle, 3BD/2.5BA. $1,195,000. Mary Lu Edick, 453-3258.

1:30-3:30. 1230 Mercedes Lance, 4BD/2BA. $479,900. Sunni Maxwell, 455-3003

2-4. 10 Rincon Vista, 4BD/3.5BA. $1,895,000. City, ocean views, Riviera 4bd beauty updated by architect/owner, new kitchen, hardwood floors, excellent parking, 3-bay garage. Stephanie Wilson, 895-3270. 2-4. 280 Loma Media, 4BD/4BA. $2,700,000. Fantastic Upper Riviera Mediterranean-style. Views of the Pacific. Large cul-de-sac parcel, four bedroom, four bath. Andrew Petlow, 680-9575.

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By appt. 733 Knapp Drive, 5BD/4.5BA. $4,395,000. Newly built Mediterraneanstyle Montectio estate w/ historic cottage on secluded lane. Ocean and island views. 733Knapp.com

2-4. 217 La Vista Grande, 2BD/2BA. $1,095,000. Sweeping ocean & city views from single story traditional home set high on gentle knoll. Spacious, sunroom, huge view patio. The Olivers, 6806524.

1-4. 700 Lilac Drive, 3BD/3BA. $4,300,000. Joe Stubbins, 729-0778.

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2-4. 4004 Via Lucero #2, 2BD/2.5BA. $599,000. Ross Harris, 886-2264.

By appt. 340 Old Mill Road #126, 2BD/2BA. $219,000. Daniel Warnars. 680-2712. 1-4. 1925 Barker Pass Road, 3BD/2BA. $949,000. SiBelle Israel, 8964218. 1-3. 1220 Coast Village Road #201, 2BD/2BA. $739,000. Elegantly remodeled 2bd/2ba condominium in Montecito. Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, and stainless appliances. Carol Mineau, 886-9284.

from Germany, there are about 20 figures that have been arranged and rearranged by children’s chubby little fingers for over half a century. This latest version was staged by her youngest grandchildren and despite Jane’s apparent grousing, there’s a twinkle in her eye as she describes their artistry. One could safely bet there will be more mangers in her future. The Holiday Season seems to bring out a little of the Martha Stewart in everyone. Just take a drive along East Valley and see all the Santas and reindeers flying across rooftops or cruise past the dazzling light shows on Salinas, where house after house is wrapped in twinkling strands. One such festive decorator, Kathy Kneches, can’t wait for Thanksgiving to be over so she can delve into her boxes of trinkets and tinsel. Her house, picture-perfectly appointed to begin with, morphs into a magical winter wonderland for the holidays, entwined in sparkle and lights. Six-foot something in her stockings, Kathy is dwarfed by the towering evergreen she ordered from Anthony’s. “I called them and said that I have 13 grandkids who need to be awed by the tree”. And they will be, especially on Christmas morning when the floor disappears under the ocean of gifts that

By appt. 83 Seaview Drive, 2BD/2BA. $1,395,000. Joyce Enright, 570-1360. 1-4. 1606 Oramas Road, 3BD/2.5BA. $1,195,000. Carol Keller, 689-8700.

1-4. 28 St. Francis Way, 5BD/3BA. $810,000. Mimi Greenberg, 570-9585. 1-4. 745 E. Anapamu St., 3BD/3BA. $1,389,000. Doug Van Pelt, 637-3684.

“Grandma Kitty” hands out while wearing a pink satin Santa hat with rhinestones. “It’s all about love, laughter and creating memories...” But what happens when you move to a new country with new customs and even new dates? Marianna Sarkisova came to California from Russia in 2005, followed six months later by her husband and then-ninemonth-old baby. Olga, her mother, arrived almost a year after that and Marianna’s father and sister were delayed until 2009. Their Christmas is on January 7 and they celebrate the New Year twice: once on the first of January then again on the 14. Santa, known as Ded Moroz or “Grandfather Frost,” lives somewhere in Siberia (which sounds even colder than the North Pole); there’s no Rudolph and no presents until New Year’s Eve. But they have adopted their new homeland and so this year with Daniel age 7 and new baby Camilla, born in August, there will be two Christmases, two New Years and two Easters. Admits Marianna, “It’s a little confusing.” Growing up in the Soviet Union, Marianna remembers when oranges were the special holiday treat. Like a lot of Americans, the family finds Christmas here a little too commercial. “In Russia, it’s

2-4. 4004 Via Lucero #1, 2BD/2.5BA. $625,000. Ross Harris, 886-2264.

2-4. 3714 Greggory Way #3, 3BD/2BA. $259,600. Debby Rexford, 886-8773.

2-4. 1544 Crestline Drive, 4BD/3BA. $1,150,000. Ken Switzer, 680-4622.

2-4. 502 Drexel Drive, 4BD/3BA. $1,495,000. Nancy Kogevinas, 450-6233.

about being with friends, about singing, about dancing, about food and drink. That’s the celebration!” And then we have the Festival of Lights, the eight wonderful days of Hanukkah which, according to Google, can be spelled 16 different ways! Dr. David Raphael, one of Santa Barbara’s best known OB/GYN practitioners, grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household and he treasures the rituals he learned as a child — lighting the candles in the Hannukah menorah (a special 9-branched candelabra), saying the blessings and singing the traditional Hebrew songs. There are parties and presents, latkes and dreidels, but the true joy of Hanukkah says David comes in being with his family - his wife Lisa and their three kids. “We make a point of being together every night to light the candles. That’s the beauty of Hanukkah - we get to celebrate together for eight nights.” Renowned local documentarians Mike and Mimi deGruy spent years traveling between Pittsburgh and Alabama to be with relatives over the holidays before finally deciding to create their own traditions right here in Montecito. Expanding their definition of family to include friends and neigh-

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expectant mothers face around the world, patients ranging from penniless women to Indonesian rock stars, and one story about a doctor who sent a patient to Lim’s clinic because he felt it would have better care than the hospital. “You’re transporting a woman from the hospital to the midwife’s?” Lim said. “I go, ‘Are you trying to kill me, or make history?’” A Dos Pueblos High School graduate, Lim began studying being a midwife after a series of triumphs and tragedies, including the birth of her first child at home with midwives and the death of her sister from complications with her pregnancy.

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There are at least two works done by astronauts who have walked on the moon. David Scott, the seventh person to walk on the moon (and the first to drive on it), and Charlie Duke, the tenth. The artwork may be out of this world, but the accessibility and affordability are not. Starting bids were

HOLIDAYS

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bors, this generous couple opens their home and hosts a huge Christmas block party so that nobody feels left out during the festivities. But Christmas mornings are reserved for this warm, close-knit family of four. First they open the stockings (Mimi’s mother

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Lim’s work attracted the notice of Goletabased Direct Relief which has provided financial grants and support to Lim’s clinics. She told the crowd the real credit for Hero of the Year goes to the people who make Direct Relief work. “That’s your award,” Lim said. “It’s not my award.” Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe said the organization is thrilled with Lim’s award. He said an important goal of the organization is to ensure parental and child health. As part of that goal, Direct Relief provides resources to qualified midwives around the world that help pregnant women get healthcare they couldn’t otherwise afford. “Robin is one of the best examples of how it’s done and why it works,” Tighe said. family residence outside of a coastal area, there hadn’t been a trigger to send the project before the planning commission, the only entity able to stop the project after it had been given staff approval. However, several neighbors have filed an appeal, which does get the project before the planning commission. The Association drafted a letter to the commission supporting the appeal and citing their objections. “It’s pretty technical, but the county will understand it,” Kent said. set at $10-$50, advancing in increments of $5. Lots of bids were taken during the first 24 hours of being online, but the word is out that many are going to wait until the very end. That “end” comes at 5 p.m. tonight, but for those with the winning bid, the pride of ownership and viewing pleasure is just the beginning. Journalist Ann Peyrat is the former editor of Woman Magazine. spends the year scouring for the perfect array of items and sends a bag over to her entire family). Then there’s a “Big Deal” breakfast, then presents! With Christmas carols playing, the fires ablazing, the food a-cooking, it’s a wonderful scene from a Disney film. Fifteen-year-old Frances sagely sums it up, “It’s always been my favorite holiday because everyone’s happy. I love the whole spirit of it.”

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