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Leading From Within named nonprofit of year
On the Cover… For the kids who will become the next Stephen Colbert, Robin Roberts or John Palminteri of their generation, the best summer camp in town took place at TVSB’s South Salinas Street studios last month. A sell-out for the first time this summer, the local public access station’s summer camps are an opportunity for kids to experience first-hand how to produce programming that will be screened on mainstream public access cable and the Internet. You can read the full story on page 4.
eading From Within, which is dedicated to training leaders who are “prepared, renewed, connected and collaborating,” has been honored as the Nonprofit of the Year for California’s 37th Assembly District. The local nonprofit was honored at a ceremony June 28 in Sacramento by Assemblywoman Monique Limon of Santa Barbara. Nearly 100 nonprofit leaders took part in the event marking California Nonprofits Day event, formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, which was authored by Limón. She also chairs the new Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector. “Leading From Within identifies and invests in nonprofit leaders with the goal of strengthening the entire nonprofit sector,” Limón said. “As we more regularly rely upon nonprofits to do more in our communities, Leading From Within is working to ensure nonprofit professionals are able to develop sustainable organizations that address unmet needs and advance community priorities. By deliberate-
Photo contributed Assemblywoman Monique Limón of Santa Barbara, right, is shown with Executive Director Carrie Randolph and board chairman Geoff Green of Leading From Within.
ly developing human capital, Leading From Within is improving the impact of nonprofits and improving lives across the Central Coast.” The nonprofit group invests in and connects social-sector leaders dedicated to addressing HONORED CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
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Research reveals historic shipwreck off Point Conception The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch sank after a collision with a steamship in 1917; 100 years later, a remotely operated vehicle shows its remains
By Janene Scully
Noozhawk North County Editor
n underwater excursion using modern technology has revealed details about the remains of a shipwreck from 100 years ago in the Pacific Ocean off Point Conception in Santa Barbara County. The Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch was discovered in October by a U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research team, providing details about a little-known naval wreck. Officials announced the finding on the 100th anniversary of the sinking, and revealed a website, available here, dedicated to the discovery. On June 13, 1917, the McCulloch collided d in dense fog with the passenger steamship SS Governor, causing the cutter to sink. “Standing in the lifeboats with heads bared, the McCulloch’s sailors wept as the cutter, stern in the air, quivered and sank,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported on June 14, 1917. “The famous old vessel lies on the bottom of the ocean, three miles off Point Conception.” The McCulloch’s entire crew was rescued and taken aboard the Governor, but the ship’s acting water tender died days later from injuries he suffered in the collision. Equipped with a remotely operated vehicle, the research team last fall explored the wreckage confirmed as the McCulloch via several key features. “This discovery highlights an important chapter in U.S. Coast Guard and Navy history, and gives us an opportunity to honor McCulloch’s chief engineer, Frank Randall, the only Ameri-
HONORED CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 complex community challenges. They do this through their four leadership development programs, ongoing commitment to learning and growing, and cultivation of their leadership networks. “Leading From Within is committed to
FYI More information about the sunken Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch is available at sanctuaries.noaa.gov/ shipwrecks/mcculloch. Robert V. Schwemmer will give a talk about the ship’s history at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. fur seals in the Pribilof Islands in Alaska,” said Rear Admiral Todd Sokalzuk, the commander of the 11th Coast Guard District. “The men and women who crew our newest cutters are inspired by the exploits of great ships and courageous crews like the McCulloch. I extend the Coast Guard’s heartfelt thanks to our partners in the National Oceanic and AtmoPhotos contributed spheric Administration for helping us locate this A circular skylight collapsed inside the officer’s quarters in the stern of the Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch when it sank important piece of our heritage and assisting us in 1917. To the right of the skylight is a sounding machine that was used to determine the depth of water. The wreck now in preserving its legacy,” Sokalzuk added. provides habitat for various species of marine life, including vermillion rockfish. (NOAA/USCG/VideoRay photo) At the time of its construction, McCulloch can fatality at the Battle of Manila Bay, and act- arranged in sponsons mounted in the stern and was the largest cutter, built at a cost of nearly ing water tender John Johansson, who died from the bow quarters of the ship. $200,000. injuries sustained in the collision with the SS The ROV’s cameras revealed McCulloch on The ship was equipped with a steam engine Governor,” said Robert Schwemmer, the West the seabed resting on its port side. The wooden and three masts rigged with sails, giving it a Coast regional maritime heritage coordinator for hull planking and decks did not survive the cruising speed of 17 knots. NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries harsh ocean conditions as wood-boring organPlans for the next phase of the shipwreck’s and chief archeologist for the mission. isms left behind steel skeletal remains. exploration remain uncertain. Working off the Channel Islands National Marine growth, primarily Metridium anemBut anyone hoping to see the wreckage Marine Sanctuary’s research vessel Shearones, blanket the bow’s exterior, while marine should know that the ship, considered U.S. water, the multi-agency science team from life, including ling cod and vermillion and government property, is protected under the NOAA, the National Park Service, and Coast copper rockfish, now inhabit the wreckage. Sunken Military Craft Act of 2004, and the Guard Dive Lockers Alameda and San Diego Before its untimely sinking, the McCulloch wreckage cannot be disturbed or removed. deployed a VideoRay remotely operated vehi- had participated in key battles for the United The McCulloch’s sinking occurred a few miles cle to survey and characterize the shipwreck. States. south of and six years before the Navy’s worst Coast Guard 11th District cutters Halibut The cutter joined the fleet in 1897, commis- peacetime loss at Honda Point off the coast of and Blacktip also provided vessel support. sioned for the U.S. Treasury Revenue Cutter what is now Vandenberg Air Force Base. In its underwater mission, the ROV spotted Service, a predecessor to the Coast Guard. On Sept. 8, 1923, 23 sailors died after seven McCulloch served with Commodore George destroyers ran aground when the lead vessel features depicted in historic photographs and Dewey in the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898. ship’s plans. turned too soon, thinking they were at the “McCulloch and her crew were fine exThose features include the bronze 11-foot entrance to the Santa Barbara Channel instead propeller; the steam engine and boilers; the en- amples of the Coast Guard’s long-standing of the treacherous rocky coastline to the north. multi-mission success, from a pivotal naval gine room skylight; the 15-inch torpedo tube molded in the bow stem; a sounding machine; battle with Commodore Dewey to safety Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully and 3-pounder and 6-pounder rapid firing guns patrols off the coast of California to protecting can be reached at email@example.com. investing in the social-sector leaders in the entire Santa Barbara County. We spent over eighteen months researching and planning for the specific needs of leaders serving the northern and central part of our county resulting in the launch of our ‘Leading For Community Impact’ program,” said Executive Director Carrie Randolph. “This program builds on
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Photos by Daniel Dreifuss Madeline Bessems, 9, and Kayla McCutchen, 10, do a mock interview in front of a green screen as Vincent Marquez films it during the TVSB kids summer camp.
AS SEEN ON TVSB
Independent public access station offers Santa Barbarans multiple ways to get on the air
By Leah Etling
airtime for the citizenry at large.
or the kids who will become the Stephen Colbert, Robin Roberts or John Palminteri of their generation, the best summer camp in town took place at TVSB’s South Salinas Street studios last month. A sell-out for the first time this summer, the local public access station’s summer camps are an opportunity for kids to experience first-hand how to produce programming that will be screened on mainstream public access cable and the Internet. “Campers get a week-long, hands-on experience in the TV studios. They learn how to direct, produce, and use the cameras, lighting, audio and editing programs. Each camper works on a project to screen at the end of the week,” said Courtney Frazer, Community Engagement & Advancement Coordinator for TVSB. “We also teach them how to use the green screen, stop-motion animation, basic media literacy and the importance of having access to public media,” she explained. Nearly 40 children attended this year’s three weeks of summer programming. Access to public media is a hot topic nationally this summer, and Santa Barbara is blessed with a strong public access television station. Funded by grants from the city of Santa Barbara as well as private fundraising and sponsorship, TVSB has a nearly 15-year tradition of providing strong public access programming
TV Santa Barbara producer and instructor JP Montalvo helps 9-year-old Aaron Bush edit a video project during the TVSB kids summer camp.
on two unique cable channels, TVSB Voice and TVSB Culture. “We have a nice eclectic mix of programming that highlights the cultural fabric of the community – it showcases what people are about here and what people love,” said Executive Director Matt Schuster. For the summer campers, Frazer described a moment of truth for the media-saturated generation: “That light bulb that goes off when they
realize they can do the same things that their favorite YouTube stars are doing. They can create movies and shows with a story line as opposed to just talking to their phone screens. “These kids come in and put a show together in one day. They already know what they want, we just give them the tools to make it real,” she explained. But TVSB’s summer camp is just one small part of the nonprofit’s broad local mission to provide open access to cable
Rooted in Free Speech In a time of rapid change in the ways Americans find and consume news and information, public access TV stations persist across the country. TVSB is one of more than 3,000 of them airing public and government programming. “Visibility is a bigger challenge nowadays,” Schuster said. “There are so many changes and so much content out there. People know about public access, but it’s often something that they know around the periphery unless they get really involved.” With online content available to watch anytime, an active social media presence and a Roku TV channel, TVSB is meeting potential viewers where they live, even if that is only on Facebook or YouTube. An Apple TV channel is in development and should be ready later this year. In 2016, 1,174 original programs were produced out of the Salinas Street studio, translating to 828 hours of original content. All of it was eligible for broadcast on local airwaves. “We’re very much based in free speech. Anything that comes in, as long as it is legal, we will air. There is no censorship of content,” Schuster explained. “The beauty of it is really diverse programming. We cover all areas. When you look at the political spectrum, the programming will go from very conservative viewpoints to very
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More SB County kids getting vaccinations Sam Goldman
explained, a more effective approach is the “take one for the team” mentality of protecting the vulnerable — communicated on a more personal level. eversing a recent trend, vaccination Though lawmakers and health professionals rates in California have quickly have cheered SB 277’s effectiveness, it quickclimbed again, which medical and ly prompted a local lawsuit filed by 17 parents school officials credit to new community and four nonprofit organizations representing outreach efforts and a recent state law barring parents who say they were affected by the law. personal-belief exemptions from school The plaintiffs sued then-Santa Barbara vaccination requirements. County Public Health director Dr. Takashi In Santa Barbara County, the number of kinWada; Public Health Officer Dr. Charity dergarten students receiving all their shots rose Dean; the state Department of Education; 1.5 percent over the last year to 96.4 percent its superintendent, Tom Torlakson; the state for the 2016-17 school year, according to the Board of Education; the state Department California Public Health Department. of Public Health; and its director, Dr. Karen Following a 2014 measles outbreak that Smith. started at Disneyland, state legislators passed Though the plaintiffs argued that the law and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate denied children access to school and violated Bill 277, which mandates that all children in parents’ right to bring up their children in acpublic or private school receive the required Photo by Sam Goldman cordance with their personal beliefs, they soon vaccines before starting kindergarten or advoluntarily dismissed their lawsuit, in August. vancing to seventh grade. The law also applies Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s Dr. Steven Barkley says Senate Bill 277 and outreach efforts have counteracted misplaced beliefs about vaccinations and the shortness of our “cultural memory.” Five days before that decision, a U.S. to childcare centers and nursery schools. District Court judge for the Southern District Though valid medical exemptions are at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Despite all the time, money and effort put of California denied the plaintiffs’ motion for a allowed, personal-belief and religious-belief The real goal of vaccines, he explained, into thoroughly debunking the idea, a signifpreliminary injunction that would have barred exemptions are no longer permitted. is not necessarily to prevent the vaccinated icant quirk of psychology means that skepthe state from enforcing the law. Senate Bill 277 went into effect in July, individual from having to spend a week in bed tical parents become even more doubtful of “Maintaining a high vaccination rate making California the third state behind West with the flu, but to protect those with imvaccines even when presented with irrefutable among children in our community is the Virginia and Mississippi to prohibit personmune-system deficiencies that make catching a data showing their safety and efficacy. most effective way to protect them against al-belief exemptions. preventable disease a life-threatening ordeal. Chastising them for their erroneous beliefs vaccine-preventable disease,” Dean said in State Public Health officials posited that This concept of “herd immunity,” where has been shown to only strengthen their skep- a statement. “And, it also protects the most the law, public awareness after the measles there are enough immunized people to halt ticism, Barkley said. vulnerable community members.” outbreak, and outreach efforts by local public the spread of a disease between susceptible “You don’t need too many people convinced health departments, schools and medical proindividuals, generally requires at least 95 that the behavioral change in their child was Noozhawk staff writer Sam Goldman can viders were behind the jump in immunizations. percent of people to be vaccinated and spread temporarily related to their immunizations to be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Over the last two years, the state’s overall out at least somewhat evenly in the population, really scare a lot of people,” Barkley said. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, rate rose 5.2 percent to 95.6 percent. though the rate varies with each disease. Rather than focus on the potentially disastrous @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Santa Barbara County’s kindergarten vacWhile SB 277 certainly played a critical Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook. cine rate ranks around 18th out of California’s role, he said, a dedicated public outreach effort consequences of opposing vaccinations, he 58 counties, not all of which have full data spearheaded by Dr. Daniel Brennan, a pediavailable. atrician with Sansum Clinic, was crucial to Students with personal-belief exemptions turning the tide toward greater immunization. in the county peaked at 3 percent during the “From the point of view of a practicing phy2013-14 year, but now the number is below 1 sician, we were concerned that many of our percent, according to state data. schools were below the herd immunity rate of Another 0.6 percent of students are report95 percent,” Brennan told Noozhawk. edly exempt for specific medical reasons. Sansum, Cottage, the Santa Barbara County The law’s effects on local school districts Education Office, local schools and the county have varied. Public Health Department quickly jumped The transition was fairly smooth at the on board his campaign, dubbed Strive for Santa Barbara Unified School District, which 95, which aired TV and radio ads, did social held “robust communication with families” • HIKE about the changes, according to spokeswoman media outreach and organized a symposium at the Lobero Theatre. Lauren Bianchi Klemann. • CAMP Most of the campaign revolved around “sharThe district’s vaccination efforts were • KAYAK ing the scientific data that’s available and letting focused on parents who waited until the last • WHALE WATCH people read through and feel comfortable.” minute to immunize their kids, she said. But there was also a social approach: StickFor the 2015-16 school year, only 84 ers similar to the “I Voted” ones handed out at percent of Montecito Elementary School kindergartners had received all their vaccines, the polls were available to parents when they Full Day Trips, Half Day Trips took their kids in for shots. according to Shots for School, a website that or Camp on Local or Outer Islands Brennan posited that if moms and dads saw collects data on school vaccination and pertheir peers at school pick-ups, PTA meetings and sonal-belief exemption rates. other outings wearing the stickers, they may feel Another 11.3 percent had personal-belief more comfortable vaccinating their own kids. exemptions on file. One factor in parents’ decision not to immu“Montecito Union had an issue a few years nize was a loss of “cultural memory,” Barkley back with parents not wanting to immunize said. with the personal-belief exemption,” district He recalled that his mother had made him Superintendent Tammy Murphy said. But in the year since, she said, “100 percent wait in line in the sun for two hours to receive his polio shot when the threat of the crippling of kindergartners are in compliance” with disease was still a fresh memory. vaccine requirements. Society’s improved health has diluted the Though SB 277 played an important role in the dramatic turnaround, Murphy credited school perception of the dangers that even rare diseases still pose, he said. nurse Cassandra Ornelas for an all-out push to At the root of many personal-belief inform parents and solicit their compliance. exemptions is a discredited 1998 study by a For the 2015-16 school year, just fewer Authorized Concessioner for Channel Islands National Park Since 1968 British doctor who claimed a link between the than half of local schools had rates above 95 measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and the percent, while over three in four do now, according to Dr. Steven Barkley, a neonatologist onset of autism.
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Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water By Nicole Huff
Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital.
ummer is here, and that means temperatures are climbing to the 90s and higher in Santa Barbara County. The season of longer days, intense heat and more outdoor activity requires that you drink enough water to prevent dehydration. But don’t wait until you feel thirsty before you reach for that water bottle. Many people are already dehydrated by the time they start to feel thirsty. This is especially true for seniors and the elderly. As we age, our bodies become less efficient at cooling. Increased sweating from the heat leads to the loss of water, sodium and potassium the body needs. That’s why it’s important to drink plenty of water during hot weather and when you’re ill. To make sure you are properly hydrated, it’s a good idea to drink a small amount of water every 20 minutes, even if you’re not thirsty. Set a timer on your phone or a clock to remind you. Another good way to keep track of water intake is to fill a large container (one that holds 64 ounces, or eight servings of 8 ounces each) and drink from that throughout the day. Also keep in mind that alcohol and caffeine can drain your body of water. Dehydration should not be ignored, as it can cause more serious health conditions when body temperature rises, such as heat exhaustion. If you’re exercising or working in very hot weather and not drinking enough water, your body may not be able to produce the sweat needed to cool itself.
Dehydration should not be ignored, as it can cause more serious health conditions when body temperature rises, such as heat exhaustion. ... When the body’s temperature remains elevated above 103 degrees for a long period, heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke — a potentially life-threatening condition.
When the body’s temperature remains elevated above 103 degrees for a long period, heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke — a potentially life-threatening condition. We average about 750 visits a month. The majority of patients who come are elderly, and many have signs of dehydration. Symptoms of being dehydrated include a dry mouth, dry skin, fatigue, weakness, and no urination for six hours. The more serious condition of heat exhaustion causes excessive sweating, rapid heartbeat, headache, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, abdominal cramps, weakness and fever. If you see or feel signs of severe dehydration or heat exhaustion, move to a shaded area and loosen tight or sweat-soaked clothing. Drink cool water (without ice) or a sports drink containing electrolytes, such as Gatorade or Pedialyte. Pour cool water on the skin or use a fan to help lower body temperature. Call 911 or come to the Emergency Department if conditions do not improve quickly. Registered Nurse Nicole Huff works in the Emergency Department of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital.
Photo by Victoria Martinez Volunteers from SYV We Support the Troops gather monthly to prepare boxes for soldiers stationed around the world.
Help needed to fill ‘care packages’ for troops
athy Calabro, an independent sales director for Mary Kay Cosmetics, travels from the Santa Barbara area to Solvang each month with dozens of bottles of sunscreen — not for local customers, but for American troops in combat zones. Santa Ynez Valley We Support the Troops Inc. is seeking more sponsors and donations as it prepares and ships approximately 100 “care packages” each month to service members stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and South Korea. “Our customers love to support our troops with this cause. This year, one of our local low-income senior facilities even decided to donate part of their cookie sales to purchase sunscreens for the troops,” Calabro said. Despite generous donations from individuals and businesses, the group needs help to support the troops at the “tip of the spear,” said the group’s coordinator, retired Air Force Col. Pat Sullivan. Sullivan and Sonie Lindquist, both valley residents, launched SYV We Support the Troops in 2004 after Sullivan realized that the war in the Middle East wasn’t going to end anytime soon. “I know that especially in remote places, there just isn’t the provisions they need or want, and I wanted to help any small way I could,” Sullivan said. The recipients are usually connected to someone from the Santa Ynez Valley, whether it’s a relative, friend or co-worker. They send letters to Sullivan requesting things such as phone cards to call home, jerky, baby wipes, shampoo, batteries, and sanitary items for women. “We want people to get a taste of home,” Sullivan added. Volunteers from all over the county gather each month at Bethania Lutheran Church at 621 Atterdag Road in Solvang to supply donations and prepare the boxes to be shipped. Each box costs about $95 to prepare and ship, with 85 to 130 boxes being sent each month. Last year more than 220 Christmas care packages were sent out, requiring more than $20,000 in donations of money and goods.
Sullivan and the organization receive numerous letters from grateful soldiers thanking the organization for the small pleasures of home they receive in their care packages. “We miss home and our family and friends, but knowing you all are there thinking of us and waiting for our safe return keeps us going day after day,” wrote one soldier. Though deployments are not at the forefront of the daily news cycle lately, Sullivan wants the community to know that there is still a need. “The war is still going on. People are still getting hurt and killed,” she said. For more information or to donate to the nonprofit organization, visit we-support-thetroops.org. Request List for ‘care packages’ n Jerky of all sorts n Snacks of all sorts; favorites are chewing gum, hard candy, cookies, trail mix bars, protein bars n Wet Ones or Handy Wipes (individually wrapped and in packages) n Hand sanitizer n Toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste n Batteries (AA, AAA, C, or D) n Q-tips n Flip-flops n Slippers n Knives n Flashlights n Soap, body wash, deodorant n Instant hand and foot warmers n Small red, green, or blue-lens LED lights (especially tiny ones the size of a quarter) n Small compasses n DVD movies, board games, books, magazines n T-shirts n Moisturizer, sun block n Feminine hygiene products such as sanitary pads, tampons n Socks n Toys and school supplies for the local children n Letters of encouragement and gratitude n Any other item that is individually requested.
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business & commerce
Venoco bankruptcy ends more than oil controversy people in its Carpinteria office and had 80 to 90 people out in the field, including those who had worked for ExxonMobil before Venoco took over the oil giant’s leases. Now, there are fewer than 20 employees left in Carpinteria, according to the company’s operations manager, Larry Huskins. Before the Refugio spill, he said, Venoco By Sam Goldman was consistently one of Santa Barbara CounNoozhawk ty’s top three tax generators. He put the total revenue the state has received in royalties at enoco Inc. has had an interesting over $150 million. relationship with the Santa Barbara According to the Santa Barbara County County community. Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office, Venoco The Denver-based energy company has engenhas paid more than $20 million in property dered appreciation for its philanthropic involvetaxes going back to 2010. ment locally, but its operations have spawned “Venoco’s renowned from the state, as well concerns from residents opposed to oil developas the federal authorities, as one of the best ment in their environmentally sensitive backyard. operators in California,” Huskins said of his The company’s second bankruptcy filing, company’s safety standards and procedures. announced in April, effectively ended offshore Venoco’s community partnership manager, oil and gas drilling in the Santa Barbara ChanMarybeth Carty, described to Noozhawk a cornel’s state waters — as well as a steady stream Photos by Sam Goldman porate culture of volunteerism. Employees will of tax revenues and philanthropy. Oil continuously seeps up to the surface of the Santa Barbara Channel. Venoco officials say the natural process will worsen continue their volunteering and involvement with Dozens of jobs and plenty of tax revenue without drilling equipment to suck the oil out manually. nonprofit boards “right up into the bitter end,” are being lost, though the possibility of an oil she said, and Venoco would match employee doVenoco used the Plains All American pipeJust before initiating the bankruptcy spill or gas leak will be mitigated. nations and volunteer hours with its own dollars. The bankruptcy announcement came almost line to transport oil and gas to refineries, and process, Venoco quit-claimed its leases in the The company benefited Goleta Valley two years after the May 2015 rupture of a shutting down the pipeline curtailed more than channel back to the State Lands Commission, Cottage Hospital’s remodel and expansion, pipeline near Refugio State Beach that spilled 50 percent of its production. along with Platform Holly and its infrastructhe Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara, Girls more than 123,000 gallons of crude oil along ture of piers off the shores of Goleta. The company’s principal assets are oil facilithe coastline and into the ocean. VENOCO CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 At one point, Venoco employed about 80 ties offshore and onshore in Southern California.
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California homeownership rate drops to 54 percent By David Kim
Santa Barbara Association of Realtors
alifornia is in the midst of a housing crisis that is even worse than previously thought. California has become one of the hardest states in the nation for first-time homebuyers to purchase a home. This trend has been fueled by housing affordability, job opportunities, housing supply, credit availability and homeownership rates among people ages 18-34. The crisis is very troubling for economists who believe it will have an enormous impact on the economic prospects of the next generation. One key factor stunting the growth of firsttime homebuyers is the surging of rent prices. High rents mean less money being saved for a down payment on a home. Stagnant wages since the 2008 recession also have attributed to the slow economic growth of first-time homebuyers. More than 130 housing bills have been introduced this year alone, many of them aimed at addressing the state’s housing shortage. High housing costs, a drastic shortage of homes to buy or rent, and the failure of cities and counties to adequately plan for growth is fueling this bombardment of new statutes, policy advocates say. According to the state Housing and Community Development Department, California needed 180,000 new homes each year over the past decade but built on average just 80,000 a year. The state will need at least 1.8 million new homes by 2025. The California homeownership rate has dropped to 54 percent, which is its lowest point since the late 1940s.
VENOCO CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 Inc., the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, among others. “Over 20 years, we’ve donated $12 million and reached well over 200 organizations,” Carty said, noting that lost revenue after the Plains spill increasingly curtailed her company’s philanthropic reach. “There are organizations that will definitely feel the pinch.” Partners in Education, a program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office that leverages corporate, foundation, government and individual resources to prepare students for post-school life, received ongoing support from the company. “Venoco has consistently stepped up to the plate for education, giving nearly half a million dollars to our organization since 2001,” the organization’s executive director, Chelsea Duffy, told Noozhawk in an email. “Venoco was especially instrumental in ensuring that our Computers for Families program — which has delivered more than 11,000 refurbished computers to local families — could continue in perpetuity.” Duffy called out Carty as an especially dedicated volunteer and board member who
Photo contributed Board member Kelly Marsh, from left, board President Beth Sparkes, Executive Director Corby Gage, and board member Teri Gauthier enjoy the Coastal Housing Partnership’s Home Buying Fair at The Fess Parker Doubletree Resort on May 6.
Home-buying fair set for Oct. 28
egistration is now open for a “home-buying fair” designed to help local renters buy a home in the very expensive Central Coast market. Hundreds of local residents came through Coastal Housing Partnership’s Home Buying Fairs on May 6 in Santa Barbara and July 12 in
Goleta. The next session is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Ventura Beach Marriott, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd. in Ventura.. The nonprofit Coastal Housing Partnership helps employers meet the challenge of attracting and retaining employees in a region with some of the highest housing prices in the nation. Since 1987, Coastal Housing Partner-
has “personally volunteered nearly 200 hours through Partners.” Carty called the bankruptcy procedure “a process of actively liquidating and selling assets,” many of which are not necessarily headed back to the State Lands Commission. The fate of facilities off the Carpinteria coast and the Ellwood Onshore Facility (EOF) near Haskell’s Beach and Sandpiper Golf Club in Goleta, which processed the oil and gas extracted by Platform Holly, will be determined during that process, which Venoco has estimated will take six months to a year. The city of Goleta has for a while been looking to shut down the EOF. The facility is considered a legal-nonconforming use of land that is zoned for recreation, and many residents fear it could cause some sort of spill or leak. Now, with Venoco throwing in the towel, oil and gas production in the Santa Barbara Channel’s state waters has come to an end. “This is definitely something that is a huge relief to the community,” said Linda Krop, chief counsel of the Santa Barbara-based Environmental Defense Center. Even as environmentalists hail the end of Venoco’s production, Krop said there are 23 other platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel region, 15 of which are still operating. “You can plan and have the best measures in
place to try to prevent an oil spill, but accidents do happen,” said Jenna Driscoll, watershed and marine program associate with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper. “Anytime we can move away from extraction techniques to more sustainable development is a good thing.” Venoco’s bankruptcy was also the final nail in the coffin for the company’s proposal to alter the boundary of its lease in the channel. If approved, it would have allowed the company to end its operations after about 25 years instead of the anticipated 40 years. The tradeoff would have been allowing Venoco to extract 40 million more barrels of oil than it otherwise could have — a big driver of residents’ oil spill concerns. It now falls on the state to decommission Platform Holly, which will take an estimated three years, depending on funding and the environmental review process. Especially with the platform sitting in a state marine sanctuary, the overarching consideration is what course of action would be most environmentally friendly. Completely removing Platform Holly down to the seafloor would disrupt the marine ecosystem that has developed around the platform’s submerged infrastructure, said Milton Love, a UCSB research biologist who studies fish populations around reefs and platforms.
ship has helped more than 10,000 local employees become homeowners through its education programs and benefits, which are provided through a network of local real estate partners. Membership in the partnership is open to any employer in Santa Barbara County or Ventura County For more information, visit coastal housing.org or email Corby Gage at email@example.com.
Those in shallow waters like Platform Holly serve as nursing grounds for hundreds of thousands of young fish in addition to a multitude of invertebrates such as sea stars, Love said. Platforms also enable the comeback of over-fished species, with Holly likely aiding bocaccio, widow and canary rockfish. Completely rooting out the platform would be expensive and require running charges down to its base, more than 200 feet below the surface, and blowing it all up. The huge amounts of destroyed materials — covered in dead sea life — would then have to be lugged somewhere that would accept them. That would kill off virtually all of the life attached to the platform, with repercussions for the wider ecosystem. Love said the idea of shearing off the top 100 submerged feet of Platform Holly has been tossed around, which should save the fish nursing below, but kill the mussels and associated organisms above. The task is further complicated by having to make sure large ships can coast over the remains without scraping their hulls, or, should the whole platform stay, the money it would take to maintain the above-surface infrastructure. That’s an option Love said he hasn’t heard anyone raise.
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]in the spotlight WHITTIER FIRE
Heroic effort saves campers, staff at Circle V Editor’s Note: This is a first-person
account of a harrowing rescue on July 8, the day the Whittier Fire began near Lake Cachuma. By Ray Ford
Noozhawk Outdoors Writer
hen the initial call came in Saturday afternoon that a small fire had started near Camp Whittier, it wasn’t clear how serious the situation was. But within minutes, as the fire continued to spread rapidly uphill and in an easterly direction toward several local youth camps, it quickly transitioned to a life-and-death situation on July 8. I arrived at the entrance to Camp Whittier, which is owned and operated by the United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, and another small camp known as Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center at 2:12 p.m. Saturday, just 20 minutes after the fire broke out. The scene was pure chaos. Cars were still Photo by Ray Ford/Noozhawk driving through, engine crews were standing Flames rage near the entrance to the Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center on Saturday, July 8. by awaiting orders, and not too far away, a thundering cloud of smoke and fire was rapid“We started hearing chatter on the radio that ly moving diagonally to the southeast towards appreciation of others. It was holding its holiday week summer kids were trapped up at the Circle V Camp,” the Santa Ynez Mountains. Not more than half a minute after I’d parked camp, from July 5 to 10, when the fire started. Linane said. The camp is less than a mile from Camp The decision was made to send Linane’s near a trailer loaded with a huge D-8 type dozWhittier, and is located near the base of the dozer up to the camp to clear out the road. He er, a car came screaming down the road. Santa Ynez Mountains in a thick covering of turned downhill and began to work his way A young man jumped out, identified himself up the access road to the camp, which was not as a camp counselor and shouted to me, “We got oak trees and light brush. Nearby are a swimmuch wider than his dozer blade. kids trapped up at the camp. At least 20 of them, ming pool and small meadow but little open space to protect them from an approaching fire. He began clearing out the hundreds of bouland the fire is right around where they are.” Unfortunately, it was coming directly at them. ders that had rolled down on the road, along I pointed him to a solitary Santa Barbara After a pleasant morning at the camp, the 80 with a number of sycamore branches, oak trees County Fire crew member standing not too far from me and told him, “He’s got the radio. Let or so kids, counselors and other adults now had a and brush that had fallen onto the road. serious problem: Their escape route out was down When he got to the camp, Linane realized him know that you need help right now.” a mile section of 15-foot wide, twisting dirt road there was barely enough open space outside that would take them through a narrow section of the main building to declare it a safe zone. Heading up the canyon the canyon, most of which was now on fire. At that point I headed up the dirt road he’d “There was about a 50-foot by 50-foot area just come down, hoping to get an idea of how Nor did they have transportation to get that covered by artificial grass and not much else,” bad conditions were. many people out in any case. They had no option he said. Just as I did, a line of four small cars zoomed but to remain at the camp and hope for the best. Though the fire still hadn’t reached the by filled with kids. It turned out later they were camp, the smoke was everywhere. The kids from Camp Whittier and with almost no spot Futile attempt to corral the fire huddled inside a building as the fire grew to shelter in place there, they had made the While Camp Whittier was frantically being closer and closer. decision to get out as fast as they could. Given the road conditions, where any tree evacuated, several engine crews headed to the I continued past the turnoff to Camp Whittier fire front with the intent of trying to secure a could come down and trap them in the middle and cautiously drove up the canyon to the turn- line around the east and south edge of what of the canyon, it was clear the kids, counselors, off to Larsen Meadow, which provided a good had now been dubbed the Whittier Fire. Linane and several engine crews would need view of conditions in the canyon above me. Supporting the engine crews was dozer oper- to shelter in place as best they could. At the top of the meadow one outbuilding Fortunately, at the point when conditions ator Mark Linane, who was tasked with cutting was fully engulfed in flames and another a line up the ridge east of the camp so the crews were getting extreme, air support in the form threatened. From my viewpoint, it looked like could follow, laying a hose to cool things down. of retardant drops cooled down the perimeter everything in the upper canyon was on fire. “We worked frantically to make that happen,” and provided a measure of safety — but there Just then a propane tank blew up, not too far County Deputy Fire Marshall Robby Hazard told was no guarantee that would not change. away, a signal that it was time for me to get out. me. “But it was just moving too fast.” Despite the severity of the situation and the In less than an hour, it would be threatening need to evacuate, that would be impossible Circle V campers, counselors in danger until the fire passed through the lower canyon. the Circle V area. Circle V advertises itself as a camp and As it turned out, the next hour and a half retreat center for youth and is committed to the may have been the longest any of the kids had Kids trapped in place growth and development of children through ever spent in their lives. By 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Circle V was covpositive, meaningful and rewarding activities Search and Rescue team responds ered in smoke and the first flames were nearing such as hiking, swimming and immersion It had already been a long day for the Santa the camp perimeter. The situation was turning in the natural world to build self-esteem and Barbara County Search and Rescue Team. extremely serious.
Photo by Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team Circle V campers were evacuated and taken to Mission Santa Inés.
Many of the team members had spent the previous night evacuating people from the Tepusquet Road area for the Alamo Fire. While on the way home, they got the call to assist with possible evacuations of homes in the Paradise Road and Painted Cave Road area off Highway 154. But within minutes, they were diverted back to the Whittier Fire perimeter, staging at the entrance to Live Oak Camp, awaiting for conditions to get right before heading up to the Circle V area. “The big question was how to get that many kids out of there,” SAR lead Nelson Trichler explained to me. A caravan of Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team vehicles evacuates campers and staff from Circle V Saturday afternoon. Click to view larger A caravan of Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team vehicles evacuates campers and staff from Circle V Saturday afternoon. (Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team photo) “The original goal was to have two large Chumash vans head up there, but that wasn’t practical given their size, so we decided that we should take our vehicles up and bring the kids down, even if that meant taking several trips.” With several team trucks that included passenger vans and 4x4 SUVs, the SAR team members started to work their way up the road to the Circle V camp. “About halfway up to the camp, a burnedout tree came down right in front of the van I was driving,” Trichler said. “That separated us from two of our vehicles that had just driven through a minute before. We were able to squeeze one more vehicle around it so they could head up to the camp.” The rest of the SAR team was tasked with clearing out the branches blocking the road. Grabbing handsaws, a chainsaw and a battery-operated sisal, they got most of it off to the side of the road and were able to continue on. A quarter-mile later they came across a second tree that they had to cut out of the way before proceeding any further. “Finally we got to the camp,” Trichler added. “We passed by one outbuilding that had flames licking up the side of it, which kind RESCUE CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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Fernald Mansion one of SBâ€™s many historic homes
By the Santa Barbara Historical Museum
he new home that Charles Fernald and family moved into in 1864 bears little resemblance to the house one sees today at 414 W. Montecito St. The house has undergone a gradual transformation over almost 100 years, which has even included a move across town. Charles Fernald, like so many others, arrived in California in 1849 in search of the riches of the gold fields. Born in Maine in 1830, he had been studying law when the gold fever struck. Again, like so many Charles Fernald others, his quest came to naught; he ended up back in San Francisco, where he completed his law studies. After living through two catastrophic fires, he decided to return East in 1852. He never made it. Stopping off in Santa Barbara to visit friends, he ended up accepting the position of sheriff at the tender age of 22. Miraculously, considering the period of lawlessness the town was undergoing, young Fernald survived his two months as peace officer and in August he was elected district attorney. This was the beginning of 40 years of public service and community involvement. In addition to his thriving law practice, Fernald served three terms as a county judge and in 1881 was elected mayor of Santa Barbara. In 1862, he married Hannah Hobbs and began construction of the family home. The house originally sat at 422 Santa Barbara St., surrounded by a city block of carefully manicured gardens. In those days, the family could enjoy clear views of the ocean. The original house was a two-story, square structure made of brick with a leanto kitchen at the rear. It was not until 1880, as his family continued to grow, that Fernald had the house transformed to take on the look familiar to visitors today. The house now had a steeply pitched roof common to homes designed in the Victorian Queen Anne style. As the family grew, so did the house. By the time the last Fernald daughter, Florence, made the final additions in the 1920s, the house had grown into a 14-room mansion. Florence Fernald died in 1958, and her will dictated that the house be demolished. However, the Santa Barbara Historical Society launched a campaign to save the house as a landmark and move it to society property on West Montecito Street. The move was no easy task. Workers cut the house into three sections and hoisted
Photos contributed by the Santa Barbara Historical Museum The house originally sat at 422 Santa Barbara St., surrounded by a city block of carefully manicured gardens. It was a twostory, square structure made of brick with a lean-to kitchen at the rear. The Victorian home is now being lovingly restored with period furnishings and select artifacts belonging to the Fernald family.
it onto trailers. The journey across town took two days, and some 400 overhead telephone lines had to be cut to make way for the steep-gabled house. One section became stuck crossing the railroad tracks, which resulted in a frantic call to stop the northbound Southern Pacific train. Now the beautiful Victorian home is being lovingly restored with period furnishings and select artifacts belonging to the Fernald family. For more information, log onto www. sbhistorical.org.
Tours: Tours of the mansion are offered Saturdays at 11 a.m. with an advance reservation by calling the museum at 805-966-1601. Tours are free for Historical Society members and students. There is a charge of $10 for all others.
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TAILS TO BE WAGGING AT BOTANIC GARDEN
Annual event encourages owners to bring dogs on leash
he Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will host its ninth annual Trails ’n’ Tails event from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road. While well-behaved dogs on leash are always welcome at the garden, Trails ’n’ Tails offers a myriad of canine-friendly activities for visitors to socialize their pets (and themselves) in a beautiful outdoor setting. Admission is free with a dog on leash. The event includes a costumes parade and photo booth, pet adoptions, therapy dogs, caricature drawings, access to canine experts and community resources, demonstrations on pet safety, training, hiking, and more. The first 200 dogs in the garden will receive special goodie bags courtesy of Lemos Feed & Pet Supply. “The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden encourages people to get outdoors and enjoy the amazing landscapes of California” said Executive Director Steve Windhager. “With more than five miles of trails, the garden provides a beautiful way to enjoy the outdoors and a
New photography installation opens at SB Museum of Art
Photo by Veils & Tails Photography 2015 The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will host its ninth annual Trails ’n’ Tails event on Saturday, Aug. 12.
safe space to walk your dog all year long.” Garden officials also encourage annual memberships. Benefits include free admission, discounts at the Garden Shop and Nursery, and special rates for travel, events, and classes throughout the year. To become a member or upgrade to a “dog-friendly” membership, visit sbbg.org or call 805-682-4726, ext. 132. For vendor updates, and more information about Trails ’n’ Tails, visit sbbg.org/ trailsntails.
leep of Reason,” a new photography installation inspired by Yinka Shonibare’s grand work “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (Asia)” (2008), is now on view in the “works on paper” section of Ridley-Tree Gallery at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This installation of photographs conjures up scenes of unease and the uncanny, which, despite our best efforts to rationally dispel them, can seem to surround us every day. Raising probing, often disquieting questions about the intertwined cultures of Africa and Europe in the post-colonial era, Shonibare based his sumptuous yet unnerving work on the famous 1797 etching of the same name by Spanish a rtist Francisco Goya (1746–1828). Of the many interpretations of Goya’s haunting image, one suggests that when the alert mind goes slack and lets down its guard, corrosive forces of ignorance, mistrust and fear can arise, creating situations in which our sense of mental and moral order can collapse. The other photographs in this gallery by a range of American and European artists present scenarios that similarly make our sense of certainty vulnerable. Everyday things, people, and places become vague or slightly strange as each artist harnesses photography’s unique,
Photo contributed Yinka Shonibare’s “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (Asia)” is the inspiration for the new installation at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
split-second power to shift what we think of as normal into incongruous, absurd, and even ominous realms. Santa Barbara Museum of Art is at 1130 State Street. For more information, visit www.sbma.net.
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A ring that is too tight Ask the Zookeeper can cut off circulation D
Dear Calla, I’ve worn my rings for 33 years. I got my engagement ring off barely a few years ago and had it re-sized. My wedding band, I wasn’t so lucky with. It is on there. I’ve tried crushed ice, oil and even the tooth floss method. And no dice. I really need to get it off. Do I just go to the emergency room? Then do I get a replacement ring? It’d be kind of sad to do that, which is why I’ve been dragging my feet. Sentimental and Dragging my Feet
certainly be less expensive at a jeweler’s than at the emergency room. Then they could hopefully rebuild it for you. I mean, you swore your vows over it. I get how important that is. If one jeweler can’t rebuild it, perhaps another can. I do it often. Here’s my blog about sawing off rings: www.callagold. com/jewelry-repair/sawing-off-rings/. Drag your feet and fingers no more. Get your band sawed off. Seriously, you are a spider bite away from a circulatory emergency. Calla
Dear Dragging my Feet, If you call your local jewelers I imagine one would be able to saw it off for you. It would
Calla Gold is a personal jeweler in Santa Barbara who writes a jewelry blog at www. callagold.com.
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of concerned me, but just then a helicopter dropped on it, thankfully.” Heading out By the time Trichler’s van reached the main building, he was amazed to see how quickly the kids had been prepared to head down canyon. “No one was panicking, the counselors had them lined up in a queue in groupings of five. I said I could take 10 so two of the groups along with counselors hopped in,” he said. Others packed into the second van and other vehicles. “We lined up the vehicles so we could go all together,” Trichler said. While the kids and counselors were loading, Linane, the dozer operator, headed down the road to clear out any more fallen trees or other obstacles. Even with Linane’s support, the drive down was kind of risky. Though the road was clear, a number of spot fires had started in the few minutes after the drive up to the camp. “The caravan of vehicles worked our way down the road, being careful that the one in front and the one in back was always in sight,” Trichler said. “At one point the flames were close enough you could feel the heat even with the windows rolled up. And as we approached Larsen Meadow we could see a number of burned out structures. All that was left were the chimneys. “Despite everything, the kids were great,” he added. “They were quiet, composed and never panicked. It really helped that the counselors had arranged things so that there was at least one of them in each of the vehicles.”
Photo by SB County Search and Rescue Team Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team vehicles make their way down a narrow dirt road as the Whittier Fire burns close to the Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center.
As the caravan reached the turnoff to the meadow they caught up with Linane’s dozer, following it the last half mile down to Highway 154. Within minutes, the 80 or so kids, counselors and other adults had been transferred into the Chumash vans and the harrowing 2- to 3-hour ordeal was over. They were taken to Mission Santa Inés and reunited with their families, and no injuries were reported in the rescue, according to fire officials. “It’s almost unspeakable to think about what could have happened if things didn’t go as well as they did,” County Fire Chief Eric Peterson told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. “It’s clear that people did very heroic things back there.”
oes your child have questions about an animal at the Santa Barbara Zoo? Post them on our Facebook page (facebook.com/santabarbarafamilylife). If yours is published, you and your family get a free zoo visit. Can you tell me about Jari, the new gibbon at the zoo? – Ashley, age 10
Jari is a white-handed gibbon with dark fur who arrived at the zoo in March. Her name (“JAR-ee”) means “fingers” in Indonesian. She was born on Nov. 22, 2013, at the Jackson Zoo in Mississippi. Unfortunately, her mother was unable to care for her, so she had to be hand-raised by keepers. White-handed gibbons stay with their family group for six to 10 years and depend on their moms to learn to forage, vocalize, groom, play, and be independent. Since Jari is only 3, she still has more to learn. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ species coordinator for white-handed gibbons identified elderly female Kimmy at the Henson Robison Zoo in Springfield, Ill., as a foster mother for Jari. They lived together for two years until October 2016, when Kimmy died. Once again, Jari was on her own. Here at the Santa Barbara Zoo, our elderly male Gulliver passed away in July 2016. Jasmine, an experienced mother who raised five offspring with Gulliver, was now alone. It was a perfect match. I picked up Jari in Springfield and brought her here, and the two gibbons were introduced in their holding area. Jasmine was quite patient during these introductions. She obvious-
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Noozhawk outdoors writer Ray Ford has been hiking, backpacking and bicycling in the Santa Barbara area since the 1970s. He is a longtime local outdoors columnist, author and photographer. His previous work can be seen at his website, Santa Barbara Outdoors. E-mail him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @riveray.
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Build up a child’s character for life success
Photo by Scott Gibson Santa Barbara Cottage Health staff were honored in the Most Outstanding Employee and Corporate Campaign category during United Way of Santa Barbara County’s 94th annual awards. Staff members are seen with Steve Ortiz, UWSBC president and CEO.
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essica Arroyo was struggling in school the first time she walked into United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Fun in the Sun summer learning program as a young camper. But as program staff and volunteers cheered her on, cared for her and gave her the extra lessons she needed over the next nine summers as a camper and counselor in training, Yessica began to see for the first time that college was a real possibility. And as she stood to thunderous applause during UWSBC’s 94th annual awards celebration on May 24, the young professional had come light years since that first summer, having graduated from UCLA and now serving as an admissions counselor at UCSB. “You are the supporters making that critical difference in Yessica’s life and in the lives of thousands of other students,” UWSBC President and CEO Steve Ortiz told the more than 160 volunteers, supporters and community members who had filled the Loggia Room of the Biltmore Four Seasons Resort. “We thank you for the countless hours and heroic efforts you’ve put into making Santa Barbara County a better place.” Throughout the evening UWSBC presented 22 awards to supporters who played an instrumental role in the success of its 2016 campaign and activities, such as Fun in the Sun, United for Literacy, and United for Financial Empowerment. Volunteers and organizations
raised more than $3.5 million. Among the recipients was Harding University Partnership School Principal Veronica Binkley, who won the Community Impact Individual of the Year Award. She admitted she felt a bit odd accepting an award from UWSBC and felt that the roles should be reversed, following the difference she has seen on campus with the implementation of United Way’s Power Reading curriculum, Kindergarten Success Institutes, and other programs. She particularly noted the enthusiasm students now have for reading, with some students logging more than a million words read and proudly boasting of their accomplishments. The night also included dinner, music and dancing. Award presenters included Catherine Remak of K-LITE radio, Jim Brown, superintendent of College School District and a United Way Board member; and Janet Garufis, chairwoman and CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust. Award winners were: n United for Health Partner of the Year: Direct Relief International n Outstanding Day of Caring Partner: Bob Uradnicek n Outstanding Fun in the Sun Individual of the Year: Lina Kim, UCSB n Fun in the Sun Organization of the Year: Lockheed Martin n Financial Empowerment Partner of the Year: AARP n United For Literacy Individual of the Year: Kim Curtis, Oak Valley Elementary School
n United For Literacy Organization of the Year: Wood-Claeyssens Foundation n Community Impact Individual of the Year: Veronica Binkley, Harding University Partnership School n Community Impact Organization of the Year: Goleta Union School District n Leadership Workplace: Cottage Health n Outstanding Employee Campaign Manager, 1-100 Employees: Alyssa Somavia - Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morrisset n Employee Campaign Manager, 100-250 Employees: Andrew Comeaux - Community West Bank n Outstanding Employee Campaign Manager, More than 250 Employees: Kevin Nelson - Cottage Health n Outstanding Division Award Education: Goleta Union School District n Outstanding Division Award Public: City of Santa Barbara n Outstanding Division Award High Tech: Lockheed Martin n Outstanding Division Award Business: AGIA Affinity Services n Outstanding Division Award Finance: City National Bank n Outstanding Division Award Health: Cottage Health n Outstanding Division Award Professionals: Evans, Hardy & Young n Most Outstanding Employee and Corporate Campaign: Montecito Bank & Trust n 2015-2017 Community Campaign Chair: George Leis
By United Way Staff
t’s been a summer of letting children’s character shine here at the United Way. Before the final school bell even rang, we partnered with local school districts to recognize some amazing junior high students with Character Awards at the end of the school year. From there, our six-week Fun in the Sun summer learning program got underway, incorporating character- and values-based education into its academic and enrichment curriculum. It’s all been in the name of emphasizing what decades of university research has confirmed: Teaching and increasing solid core values and character traits help to accelerate both the speed and the height of academic accomplishments and life success. At Fun in the Sun and United Way’s partner schools, we support research-based tools like Character Counts! and Search Institute’s Healthy Developmental Assets programs. Character education isn’t just for teachers to implement, however; it is also important for parents to model and promote good character at home. The Character Counts! curriculum emphasizes the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Students remember them with a mnemonic device – TRRFCC, remembered as “terrific.” Here are a few ways to reinforce character development at home: n Recognize your child daily for any or all behavior that exemplifies the Six Pillars of Character. This can be as simple as a compliment or can even involve a rewards system. n Compile a “Random Acts of Kindness” list with your children and let them select a good deed to perform anonymously during the week. n Volunteer as a family to help improve your school or community. If you’re stumped for volunteer opportunities, plan to come to United Way’s Day of Caring service day on Saturday, Sept. 16, or visit www. volunteersb.org for a list of opportunities. n Remember to use the T.E.A.M. approach: Teach children that their character counts for their future; Enforce the Six Pillars by rewarding good behavior and discouraging bad behavior through fair and consistent consequences; Advocate for good character in all your child’s thoughts and actions; and Model good character by holding yourself to the same high standards you have for your child. As we enter the final weeks of summer, remember the power you have to positively affect how your child grows while you’re together. You may not be able to do everything on our list, but try picking one that sounds fun and get started today!
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ETC season to include Woody Allen, Jane Austen, jazz and terrorism
Photo contributed Robert W. Weinman, a retired physicist and prominent supporter of performing arts organizations, has been elected to the board of directors for Opera Santa Barbara.
Weinman elected to Opera Santa Barbara board
obert W. Weinman, a retired physicist and prominent supporter of performing arts organizations and cultural institutions regionally and beyond, has been elected to the board of directors for Opera Santa Barbara. “Bob Weinman is an outstanding figure in the Santa Barbara performing arts community and is widely known for his engaging personality. The Opera Santa Barbara Board is sure to benefit from his enthusiasm for and formidable knowledge about opera,” Chairwoman Nancy Golden said. Formerly a board member for the Music Academy of the West and Long Beach Opera, he has also supported Camerata Pacifica, UCSB Arts & Lectures, Opera Santa Barbara, the Los Angeles Opera, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Whitney Museum. He also serves on the Santa Barbara Symphony board of directors. Weinman earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Cornell University and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Caltech before pursuing postdoctoral studies in elementary particle theory at Tel Aviv University. He spent his entire career at Northrop, joining the company as a research scientist and later serving as a section manager for the MX missile program. More information about Opera Santa Barbara is available at www.operasb.org.
nsemble Theatre Company has announced its 2017–2018 season of plays, the company’s fifth season in the state-of-the-art New Vic Theater in downtown Santa Barbara. ETC’s 38th season features a lineup of new works, from a world-premiere adaptation of a Woody Allen classic film to an inspirational jazz and blues musical about the legendary Alberta Hunter. The season launches with the world-premiere adaptation of Woody Allen’s innovative 1992 film “Husbands and Wives,” which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay. A witty and urbane comic-drama, the play follows two couples, facing middle age squarely in the face, who find themselves questioning their faltering marriages. Allen’s sardonic humor and razor-sharp insight permeate this story of frenetic coupling and un-coupling. Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, ETC’s production is just the second of Allen’s many films to be adapted to the stage. “Husbands and Wives” runs Oct. 5 - 22. For the holiday season, ETC will present “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, and directed by Andrew Barnicle. In this imagined sequel to Jane Austen’s masterwork “Pride and Prejudice,” the bookish and beau-less Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as the obedient middle sister in the face of her siblings’ whirlwind
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Women’s Fund grant replaces DVS playground A grant from the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara has enabled Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County (DVS) to replace an old playground at an emergency shelter. This project will radically improve the aesthetics, safety and enjoyment of the shelter by fully replacing a 25-year-old institutional-grade playground, DVS officials said. Helping children who have experienced domestic violence is a direct expression of DVS’s mission and an essential dynamic that challenges the intergenerational cycle of violence. Last year, 61 percent of victims in DVS shelters were children. Play is an important element of a child’s recovery from trauma, especially for very young children who respond to stress and stressful feelings behaviorally. Through play, children are able to use their imaginations to escape their hurt and pain. DVS provides the county’s only 24-hour shelter services for victims and their children, as well as transitional housing programs for domestic violence survivors. DVS also operates four 24-hour hotlines; accompanies law enforcement on domestic violence calls; works to prevent domestic violence through teen outreach and education
romances. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and the chance to be the heroine of her own story. This clever and captivating comedy of manners runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 17. The season continues with “The City of Conversation” by Anthony Giardina, a timely and moving new play that explores a family forced to choose between defending opposing political views and keeping their family together. In 1979 in Washington, D.C., socialite Hester Ferris is notorious for her posh dinner parties that can change the course of politics. When her son turns up with an ambitious girlfriend and a newly minted political agenda, it ignites a family divide that spans 30 years and six presidential administrations. The show runs Feb. 8 – 25, 2018. In the spring, ETC will present Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar’s gripping new play, “The Invisible Hand.” Capitalism intersects with Islamic fanaticism in a race against time in this heart-pounding thriller set in Pakistan. An American investment banker is kidnapped by an extremist organization and held for a $10 million ransom. When his company refuses to meet the terrorists’ demands, he convinces his captors that he can manipulate the stock market to make his own ransom. The production runs April 12-29, presented in a co-production with The English Theater Frankfurt, continental Europe’s largest programs; and provides comprehensive counseling services to men, women and children affected by domestic violence. For more information, visit www. dvsolutions.org.
English-speaking theater. ETC will close its 2017-18 season with “Cookin’ at the Cookery,” a two-woman musical that brings jazz and blues legend Alberta Hunter’s extraordinary and improbable life story to the stage. A musical sensation in the 1920s through the 1950s, Alberta Hunter set aside her life as a singer during the peak of her career to help others as a hospital nurse after the death of her beloved mother. Forced to retire at the age of 82, her musical career experienced a remarkable rebirth at New York’s celebrated music venue The Cookery, where her unique style and salty repartee became an instant hit. Featuring a live, on-stage band, “Cookin’ at the Cookery” is written and directed by Marion J. Caffey and features such hits as “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Darktown Strutters Ball.” The production runs June 7-24. Founded in 1979, Ensemble Theatre Company is Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theater company under the leadership of Artistic Director Jonathan Fox and Managing Director Jill Seltzer. Subscriptions to the 2017-18 Season are on sale now and start at $150 for a five-play preview series. Special student subscriptions are available for $90, and subscriptions for theatergoers aged 29-and-under are just $150. Single tickets will go on sale in August. For more information, please call the Ensemble Theatre Company box office at 805-965-5400, or visit etcsb.org. The Project Linus program has been in place for more than a decade in the hospital’s Volunteer Services Department. Last year, volunteers sewed, knitted and crocheted more than 800 blankets and quilts that were given to all pediatric patients at the hospital, including the pediatric intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit. “It’s kind of a passion for these women to make a blanket, finish it, and know that it’s going to a good cause for all the children in the hospital,” said Iris Scott, Project Linus Coordinator for Santa Barbara County and a volunteer for Cottage. To learn more about volunteer opportunities like the Project Linus, call the Cottage Health Volunteer Office at 805-569-7357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos contributed The Project Linus program has been active for more than a decade in the Volunteer Services Department at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Hospital thanks ‘Project Linus’ volunteers Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital held its annual Project Linus Tea on June 23 to thank the many volunteers who contribute their time Last year, volunteers sewed, knitted and crocheted more and talent to creating handmade blankets and than 800 blankets and quilts, which were given to all pediatric patients at the hospital. quilts for young patients.
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nion Bank Regional Manager Vince Caballero will chair the American Heart Association’s Santa Barbara Heart & Stroke Walk/Run Photo contributed for the second consecutive year. Union Bank Regional Manager Vincent Caballero will In this role, he will be responsible for chair the American Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke overseeing the American Heart AssociWalk/Run in September. ation’s “Healthy Living” initiative with a key focus on bringing new leadership support the AHA’s research and education and company involvement to the Heart & efforts to fight heart disease and stroke – Stroke Walk in September. Last year, he the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. was able to bring Union Bank aboard as Before the walk, participants are encourthe first Heart Walk Presenting Sponsor in aged to explore the expo area including Santa Barbara. the Kids Zone, educational and sponsor Caballero joined Union Bank in 2010 booths, heart-healthy food, music, and as a regional manager in the San Fernana Dog Zone, sponsored by Loose Pooch do Valley region and has nearly 30 years Dog Club (doggie accessories, treats and a of financial services experience. He is water station will be provided). passionate about the work of the American Heart disease, stroke and other carHeart Association because his mother is a diovascular diseases claim the lives of heart disease survivor. more than 831,000 U.S. men, women and The Heart & Stroke Walk/Run will children every year. Heart Walks bring the take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Fess community together to raise awareness Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 633 E. Cabril- and much-needed funds to fight these lo Boulevard in Santa Barbara. The 5K diseases. walk and non-competitive run encourages For more information on the Heart & healthy eating habits while raising funds to Stroke Walk, visit www.sbheartwalk.com.
Paws Up for Pets teaches empathy with people, too when a pet is lost, sick or abused,” said Carlos Abitia, C.A.R.E.4Paws’ Community Outreach .A.R.E.4Paws has graduated more and Youth Program Director. than 150 young and excited Animal “As a Girl Scout leader, animal lover Ambassadors in Santa Barbara and pet owner, I have nothing but praise for County through Paws Up for Pets, a new Paws Up for Pets. My troop learned about all educational initiative that promotes accountaspects of pet ownership, from compassion ability and compassion for animals and to neglect and everything in between, and I empathy in the community as a whole. guarantee they will be better pet owners as a A collaboration between C.A.R.E.4Paws, result,” said troop leader Amy Findlay. United Boys & Girls Clubs, Davey’s Voice Paws Up for Pets was created in response and, as of June, the Rotary Club of Santa Bar- to several incidents of severe animal cruelty in bara Sunrise, Paws Up for Pets was launched Santa Barbara County and a general concern in October and focuses mainly on children in that few cruelty cases are reported, despite the grades K-8 enrolled in afterschool programs. strong connection between animal abuse and The students who have graduated include family violence. youth from United Boys & Girls Clubs’ Years of research links animal abuse to viCarpinteria and Lompoc units, the Chumash olent behavior toward humans and shows that Reservation and a Girl Scout troop in Goleta. children who mistreat animals are more likely C.A.R.E.4Paws also works with Santa Ma- to act violently later in life. And, according to ria’s Arellanes Junior High and just expanded data collected from WestEd surveys and the its program to include the Lompoc YMCA, California Department of Education, Santa United Boys & Girls Clubs’ Goleta and West- Barbara County has a high rate of bullying — side units, and a Santa Maria Girl Scout troop. one-third of public school students here have The youth who graduated with the Animal reported being bullied. Ambassador badge worked weekly with “When you show children how to be reC.A.R.E.4Paws for several months, learning spectful and kind to animals, the ripple effects responsible pet care, pet overpopulation, shel- are endless. Children feel empowered, and are ter animals, and the importance of showing less likely to harm a pet, hurt a friend or bully kindness to all living beings. a classmate. And they bring these values into “Paws Up for Pets is unique in that it engag- adulthood,” Abitia said. es children over a period of time, which allows To support Paws Up for Pets or get more inforus to get to know the kids and talk a lot about mation about the program and its sponsors, visit how to be a great pet caretaker, that animals care4paws.org/youthprograms, call 805-968have feelings, just like us, and what to do CARE (2273) or email email@example.com.
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]food & drink
Local company creates more ‘veggies in disguise’
anta Barbara-based Outer Aisle Gourmet LLC recently launched what it calls the nation’s first gluten-free, low-carb Cauliflower Sandwich Thins and Cauliflower Pizza Crusts/Wraps. The products are being sold at all Whole Foods Markets in the Rocky Mountain region and are scheduled to appear at all Whole Foods locations in the Southwest region this month. “Our goal has always been to have national distribution of our products, and we are making this a reality as we move East into additional markets,” said Jeanne Foley David, Founder and CEO of Outer Aisle Gourmet (OAG). The company was created in 2013 by David, a local health enthusiast, and her family, including her brother, former Broncos defensive back Steve Foley, who is a spokesman for the company. “After tasting our Cauliflower Sandwich Thins and Cauliflower Pizza Crust, most people are surprised to learn that the main ingredient is fresh cauliflower,” David said. The two new products are made from more than 65 percent fresh cauliflower. With the tagline “Vegetables in Disguise,”
Photos by Paul Wellman Above, former Broncos defensive back Steve Foley is a spokesman for his family’s Outer Aisle Gourmet LLC. Right, Jeanne Foley David is shown in the Santa Barbara kitchen of Outer Aisle Gourmet.
Outer Aisle’s products have proven popular with children, who love the taste, and with parents who like a fun new way to get their children to eat more vegetables. In addition to Whole Foods Markets, Outer Aisle Gourmet’s goodies can be found at Lazy Acres, Mother’s Markets, Baron’s Markets, Lassen’s, Oliver’s, Draeger’s, New Leaf Markets, Rainbow Co-op and many others, and online at outeraislegourmet.com. For more information, visit outeraisle gourmet.com.
Despite Internet talk, don’t eat avocado seeds
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by fungi, and it inhibits the growth of insects that feed on the seed. While persin is not directly toxic to humans, fter most people indulge in a luscious you may want to avoid it under certain conditions. avocado, they discard the seed. One is if you take the anti-cancer drug tamoxifen. However, a recent internet piece advises Persin causes this drug to become more toxic to that people eat the seeds because they are so full cells. If you are allergic to latex, you should also of nutritious and health-promoting compounds. avoid avocado seeds. Eating them can trigger the And they are! The popular article had been same kind of response as latex. shared 17,000 times on Facebook as of July 2. You have probably never thought about the Who can argue with this premise? Certainpurpose of fruit in nature. Tasty fruit entice anly not all the people who shared the article. imals to eat them. The animals then travel away However, like many things on the web, this is from the original plant and deposit the seeds on only half the story. the ground where ideally they grow into new What the article fails to mention is that plants. While many animals love avocado fruit, avocado seeds also contain a number of toxins. scientists think that the organisms that originally The California Avocado Society recommends dispersed these seeds over large distances were against eating the seeds — although they do giant sloths that have since gone extinct. encourage you to eat the fruit. For this strategy to work, animals should eat Eating an avocado seed will not kill you the ripe fruit and not the unripe ones. The flesh of but you should think twice, considering the unripe avocado fruit is full of foul-tasting comnumber of toxins in it. Like many seeds, avpounds that both keep animals from eating them ocado pits contain a small amount of cyanide and protect from that orange fungus that grows complexed to larger molecules. When they are on the ripe fruit. To become edible, the fruit eaten, our bodies convert these compounds detoxify themselves to get rid of the foul-tasting to hydrogen cyanide – the active form of the compounds, so that animals will now eat them. molecule. However, the amount of cyanide in These complex fruits are truly a marvel of an avocado seed is too small to hurt you. nature. So the next time you eat a healthful ripe Among its many bioactive compounds, avo- avocado, rejoice in your intake of antioxidant cado seeds contain a compound called persin. compounds and monounsaturated fat. If you This chemical has a number of properties that want to do something with the seed, your best benefit the fruit. It helps protect against decay bet is to use it to grow a new avocado tree.
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Beer can be a great ingredient in cooking H ow often do you see a cook in a restaurant or at home pull out a bottle of beer — as an ingredient, not a beverage? Not often
enough! Beer has the potential to bring a whole new profile of flavors to your meal. If you haven’t brought food and beer together for a play date in your kitchen yet, you are totally missing out. Understanding the three main ingredients used to make beer — aside from the water, of course — is the first step to mastering how to use beer for cooking. by Coreen Padilla Barley is the star of the beer show, and very often he brings along his friends, like wheat, rye, oats, rice and corn. Let’s talk about Mr. Barley himself. The reason beers come in a variety of shades and flavors is due to the malting process, which essentially toasts the germinated barley to colors from lightest lagers to darkest stouts. These shades are each good for different types of cookery and play in your kitchen. Hops, the flower of a hop plant, bring another layer of flavors to beer. Zesty, bitter, citrusy, piney, danky and earthy are a few ways to describe the hundreds of hop varieties out there. Be cautious using beers that are highly hopped, because these beers can be very intense and off-putting when reduced. Like any other ingredient, you should taste your beer so you can learn how to use it best. Yeast is what’s used to make the “barley tea” or wort that brewers make into beer. American ale yeast imparts clean flavors, while English ale yeast imparts malty, fruity flavors. Belgian beers have spicy, floral esters while wild yeast strains create funky sour flavors. Here is a short guide to beer types and how they can be used for cooking: n Pilsners, light lagers, blondes and
SBTV CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 progressive viewpoints being shared on the channel. Many of those people are coming into this facility and producing as well, so they are crossing paths and interacting with each other.” The variety of shows is indeed eclectic. “City Desk with Jerry Roberts,” a dissection of local news stories by Santa Barbara reporters, is especially popular. Santa Barbara may be a small city, but the public’s appetite for news seems never-ending. Roberts, a highly regarded editor and reporter who spent much of his career at the San Francisco Chronicle, said that the ability to reach “folks on every point on the demographic and political spectrum” was an attractive characteristic when he decided to move forward with City Desk. “At a time when our national politics are a cacophony of anger and division, local public access programming, both on TV and online,
Photo by Daniel Dreifuss Assistant Brewer Colin Honeybourne at Santa Barbara Brewing Company fills a container with hops as he brews beer.
pale ale — Great for beer battering and sauces for shellfish and fish. Using the crispness that some of these beers have is a great way to cut through rich, fatty foods. These are great beers to start playing with. n Ambers and reds — Try them for braising pork and chicken or to deglaze a pan after sautéing or searing. n Porters — Braising beef, gravies and
barbecue sauce n Stout — Cooking with lamb, in chocolate desserts and stews. n IPA — Mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and fatty food all complement its bittering. n Wild ales and sours — Salad dressings, compotes and berry desserts. So grab a 6-pack or a 22-ounce bottle
and get started. I think you’ll be surprised with what beer can do for your next meal.
showcases the people and organizations who work so hard every to make Santa Barbara such an open, decent and diverse community where our differences and similarities are discussed in a robust but civil and respectful way,” Roberts said. Other popular shows include “Ernie Solomon Live,” where longtime host Solomon talks about local issues, politics and causes with officials and pundits. “The 805 Focus” features Cynder Sinclair interviewing nonprofit leaders. Prominent nonprofits like the Botanic Garden, Natural History Museum and Santa Barbara Historical Museum highlight their exhibits and special events on regular shows. There’s even a homegrown soap opera, “Pine Valley Medical,” part of “The Evening Show with Ben Ferguson.”
some of the major contributors to local public media at its third annual Raise Your Voice Media Awards. The event will be held at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and is open to the public. “We have a new award added this year to recognize people who are doing a lot for local media, especially public media,” Schuster said. The recipient of the first Achievement in Media honor will be radio journalist Lance Orozco, a native of Santa Barbara and news director of KCLU since 2001. Known for exceptional breaking news radio coverage, Orozco has been named the Associated Press’ small market reporter of the year for the Western U.S. nine times. In a world of ever diminishing commercial news media outlets, public programming is more important than ever, Orozco said. “Newspapers have fewer folks than they ever did, TV stations have become duopo-
lies and triopolies, and when it comes to commercial radio in Santa Barbara, there’s virtually nothing left. Public media fills in the gaps, and provides alternative voices that don’t turn up in other places,” said the veteran journalist. “People are hungry for information. Public media helps meet that need.” Orozco will speak at the event, which will also include a silent auction and buffet dinner. Other honorees will include the Coalition Against Gun Violence, for the impactful program “Guns in our Society,” and MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast, a longtime community partner. “It’s important to recognize and remember that TVSB operates on a shoestring budget and faces constant financial pressures,” Roberts noted. “So send money today!”
Raise Your Voice Media Awards On Friday, Aug. 25, TVSB will honor
Bay Area native Coreen Padilla spent 10 years in the coffee industry, which ultimately brought her to Santa Barbara. She started a family while earning her culinary degree and working in the local food, wine and restaurant industry.
Learn more about the event and buy tickets at http://tvsb.tv/media-awards/.
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education & learning SWIMMING FOR SAFETY
Lessons shouldn’t be saved for summer Every child should learn to swim, says longtime Santa Barbara swim school owner Wendy Fereday By Leah Etling SBFLM Reporter
Summer is here, and it’s the best time of year for afternoons at the pool, beach, lake or water park. Even as the drought continues, water is truly everywhere around Santa Barbara County. “There is water around us all of the time,” says Santa Barbaran Wendy Fereday, owner of the Wendy Fereday Swim School. Then she goes straight to the soapbox. “Every child should learn to swim. We should not be having kids drowning – they should be swimming by four years of age. They don’t have to be competitive swimmers, but they should be strong swimmers, especially with the beach in our backyard.” Fereday is exceptionally passionate about
this topic. We reached out to talk to her about the longevity of her Swim School and her personal story, but spent most of the interview talking about swimming safety and drowning prevention. It’s an important conversation. “Drowning is one of the leading causes of death among children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old,” according to literature distributed by Fereday’s program. “Preschoolers primarily drown in home swimming pools and hot tubs or spas.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. And for every drowning death, there are another five cases of emergency room visits for nonfatal submersion injuries. “When infants start to crawl, that’s when they are in danger of a body of water – just two to three inches of water and three seconds is all Photos by Leah Etling it takes for a drowning. It can happen so quick“Every child should learn to swim. We should not be having ly and with people all around,” Fereday said. The solution isn’t just swimming, of course. kids drowning – they should be swimming by four years of age,” swim instructor Wendy Fereday says. Adults must be exceptionally vigilant when children are near water, whether that’s the best practices are quite different now than ocean, a swimming pool, bathtub, or even a when today’s parents were growing up. Prifountain at the shopping mall. vate lessons are more common and year-round But when it comes to swimming lessons,
swimming instruction, beginning in infancy, is advocated by teachers like Fereday and the National Swim School Association. “It’s a commitment on the parent financially, as well as ensuring the child is exposed to it on a weekly basis like anything else. You don’t let them stop learning their math, so they shouldn’t stop learning the skills they need to be in the pool,” Fereday said. She’s now on her second generation of students, teaching the kids of children she once taught. And her own sons are now grown up – Brendan is a sixth-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School and Steven teaches with his mother at the swim school. Even with the knowledge that her sons were strong swimmers, Fereday still cringed when she saw a Facebook video of her oldest son jumping off a high cliff into the ocean in Italy. “Only thing I could l say is that I was thankful he is a swimmer and he could hold his breath for a long time,” she said. “But the reality is you’re not going to be there with them when they are in their late teens or in college. If they are strong swimmers, they will be better prepared for life.”
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EDUCATION & LEARNING
Photo by Emma Tracewell San Marcos students sort thousands of articles of clothing prior to delivery to Santa Barbara’s homeless community with the Consciousness Network.
Network, partners give clothes to homeless June was a breakthrough month for the clothing drive spearheaded by The Consciousness Network, a Santa Barbara-based leader for the promotion of conscious living, as it succeeded in raising enough clothing to help thousands of the Santa Barbara area’s homeless. Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners of Santa Barbara donated approximately 4,000 articles of unclaimed clothing. To distribute them, The Consciousness Network arranged them to be picked up by San Marcos High School’s “Reduce, Reuse and Restore” program, whose students provided the enthusiasm and manpower to get the job done. The clothing was delivered to various nonprofits and shelters, including the Salvation Army, Transition House, Noah’s Anchorage, and the Rescue Mission. Other community donations are scheduled for delivery through the summer.
The drive is a continuing project at the Network’s Consciousness Expo and Symposium events — formerly known as “Conscious Networking Events.” These Santa Barbara events attract like-minded people from Southern California to nurture collaboration for a better world and to serve the community. Led by The Consciousness Network’s founder, Forrest Leichtberg, the drive has grown tremendously since its inception nine months ago. For more information, go to www.consciousnessnetwork.org.
Donated bikes improve UCSB campus security Student safety on the UC Santa Barbara campus and in Isla Vista has been expanded by a donation from local philanthropist Diane Dodds, who is a UCSB graduate and member of its alumni association, according to the university. The UC Santa Barbara Police Department has received 12 new bicycles for its campus service officers (CSO). The patrol group, made up of students, provides free personal safety escort services throughout the campus and adjacent Isla Vista community. The bikes allow the CSOs to move more quickly between calls for escort service and to accompany callers who have bicycles themselves. The CSO fleet now numbers 25. “Being able to enhance campus safety and security with these new CSO bicycles is amazing,” said UCSB Chief of Police Dustin Olson. “We are fortunate and grateful to have a member of UCSB Alumni committed to the CSO program.” The bicycles are one of a number of projects being underwritten by Dodds, a 1968
graduate, to improve the safety and quality of life on campus and in Isla Vista. Dodds recalled getting around campus and Isla Vista by bike when she was a UCSB student. “It gives me particular joy to know that this money has been used for bikes to patrol the area that was once my home,” she said. CSOs patrol campus year-round, report crimes in progress, assist in emergency situations and detect safety hazards. Each patrol is equipped with a digital radio for constant contact with UCSB Police. Hannah Vasquez is one of 102 male and female students who work as CSOs. “Giving CSO safety escorts is one of my favorite things to do, and the addition of the new bicycles really helps us reach people faster and make a bigger difference in the community,” Vasquez said. Purchased from a local bike shop, the new mountain bikes have heavy-duty inner tubes and special lighting for nighttime safety. “Our CSO safety escort program is one of the most important programs in our community,” said Cpl. Matthew Stern of the UCSB Police Department. “As a former CSO, I can tell you that CSOs pride themselves on quick response times and commitment to service which would not be possible without quality, reliable bicycles.” For more information, contact George Thurlow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805893-4799.
State grant providing arts ed in New Cuyama The California Arts Council has awarded $4,500 to Explore Ecology as part of its Artists in Schools Extension program.
With support from this grant, Explore Ecology’s Art From Scrap program will provide arts and environmental education to youth from 6 to 12 years old in New Cuyama. Those students in the far northeast corner of Santa Barbara County will learn a multimedia approach to artwork with the use of recycled materials. Free art workshops, open to the entire community, will include screen printing, collage, assemblage, and fabric dyeing with native plants. An offshoot of the state council’s signature arts education grant program, the new Artists in Schools Extension program supports arts education for Pre-K to 12th grade students after school and during the summer, on school sites, in artistic venues, and in community settings. The intention of this program is to offer young people sequential, hands-on training in artistic disciplines including dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts that align with state and national educational standards. Explore Ecology is one of 136 grant recipients chosen for this highly competitive program, which received applications from 168 organizations statewide. “We know the benefits of arts education — to improve test performance, reduce dropout rates and increase participation in higher learning,” said Chairman Donn K. Harris of the California Arts Council. “Opportunities like this help support the growth and success of California’s students by fostering creativity, innovation, and collaboration through the arts,” he added. To view a complete listing of the grant recipients, visit http://arts.ca.gov/programs/files/CAC_AIS_Extension_Grantees_2016-17_FINAL.pdf.
Advancing Career and Life Skills
Classes start August 21 Santa Barbara City College is excited to embrace a major new initiative. We are building a world-class and comprehensive School of Extended Learning that will benefit our community and adult learners.
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AUGUST CALENDAR OF EVENTS Submit information about your event to news@ santabarbarafamilylife.com. Fiesta 2 WEDNESDAY La Pequeña - 8 p.m. “Little Fiesta” is a colorful, historical program that includes traditional songs and dance from Californios, Flamenco, Spanish classical and Mexican folklorico, an appearance by Saint Barbara, and a special performance from the 2016 Spirit of Fiesta. Santa Barbara Mission and Courthouse Fiesta Docent Tours - log onto www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.org for times. Every day during Fiesta (Aug. 2-6). “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” - 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall - James Bond uncovers an audacious biological warfare scheme involving beautiful women from around the world and must infiltrate a hidden stronghold in the treacherous Swiss Alps. Free, courtesy of Santa Barbara County Parks and Community Services departments and Big Green Cleaning Company, with support from the UCSB Freshman Summer Start Program.
La Misa del Presidente -
10 a.m. - Old Mission Santa Barbara Professional Bull Riders (PBR) - 7:30 p.m. at Earl Warren Showgrounds Arena. Las Noches de Ronda - 8 p.m. in the Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. The evening performances feature spectacular dances and songs, from the fire of flamenco to the charm of Mexican folklórico dances. Celebracion de los Dignatarios - 5 - 10 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Zoo El Desfile Historico (Historical Parade) - Noon Descendants of local Native Americans, Spanish pioneers, the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West, and local service clubs and other organizations all re-enact historical scenes. Starts at west end of Cabrillo, east along the beach to State Street and then up to Sola Street. Flor y Canto - 7 p.m. - Santa Barbara Courthouse - Here is a rare opportunity to see the original Spanish California dances and songs of the 19th century. PRCA Rodeo - 7:30 p.m. - Bareback Riding, Tie-down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. Renee 5 SATURDAY Fleming and Alan Gilbert - 7:30 p.m. Granada Theatre - Presented by Music Academy of the West - Superstar soprano joins conductor Alan Gilbert and the Academy Festival Orchestra in a sensational season finale. Tickets are
10 W. Harbor Blvd. Ventura, CA 93001 venturacountyfair.org 805-648-3376
Grandstand Arena Entertainment Wednesday, August 2, 6PM: Motor Sports Motor Sports events $5 admission in addition to Fair admission. Children under 12 free with paid adult Motor Sports admission Concerts & Rodeos are FREE with Fair admission. Thursday, August 3
Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray
Friday, August 4
Huey Lewis and The News
Saturday, August 5
KC and the Sunshine Band
Sunday, August 6
Noel Torres, Banda Carnaval, Chiquis Rivera
Monday, August 7
Tuesday, August 8
Tuesday, August 8
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
Wednesday, August 9 7:30 PM:
Thursday, August 10 7:30 PM:
Gabriel Iglesias “FluffyMania” 20 Years of Comedy Tour
Friday, August 11
Wynonna and the Big Noise
Sat & Sun, Aug 12 & 13 2&7 PM:
P.R.C.A. Pro Rodeo
$10 -$104. Call 899-2222 or www.ticketing.granadasb.org.
Fiesta Stock Horse Show and Rodeo (Competencia De Los Vaqueros) - 7 a.m. - Tri-Counties riders compete in amateur Steer Stopping, Team and Tie-down Roping and Open Ranch Horse Class. El Desfile De Los Niños (Children’s Parade) - 10 a.m. - The charming Children’s Parade is organized by the City Parks and Recreation Department. Young people of Santa Barbara, their parents, and other parade participants don traditional costumes and celebrate the rich culture of the area. The parade proceeds down State Street, from Victoria Street to Ortega Street. To participate in the parade, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 805-564-5418 for an application. Fiesta Arts and Crafts Show - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Stroll along the beautiful beachfront Cabrillo Boulevard just West of Stearns Wharf and browse for handmade treasures created by local artisans. PRCA Rodeo - 7:30 p.m. Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association events, including Bareback Riding, Tie-down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.
Fiesta Stock Horse Show and Rodeo (Competencia De Los Vaqueros) - 8 a.m. - Tri-Counties riders compete in amateur Steer Stopping, Team and Tie-down Roping and Open Ranch Horse Class. Fiesta Arts and Crafts Show - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Stroll along the beautiful beachfront Cabrillo Boulevard just
West of Stearns Wharf and browse for handmade treasures created by local artisans. PRCA Rodeo (Final Event) - 2 p.m. at Earl Warren Showgrounds West Coast Symphony - 3:30 p.m. – free concert
“The Spy Who Loved Me” - 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall - James Bond (Roger Moore) teams up with his alluring Soviet counterpart, Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), to battle megalomaniacal shipping magnate Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens), who is intent on destroying New York City and creating an undersea kingdom. Free, courtesy of Santa Barbara County Parks and Community Services departments and Big Green Cleaning Company, with support from the UCSB Freshman Summer Start Program.
“The Spy Who Loved Me” - 7:30 p.m. at County Courthouse - James Bond (Roger Moore) teams up with his alluring Soviet counterpart, Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), to battle
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Dollar Day Wednesday, August 2 Entry to the Fair is $1 'til 3PM Feed the Need Day Thursday, August 3 Purchase your adult admission ticket and bring 5 cans of food for FOOD SHARE before 5pm & get a FREE return fair ticket, valid Mon-Thurs., Aug 7 - 10 Kids’ Day Friday, August 4 All Fair visitors 12 years of age and younger will be admitted free all day, over 12 enter for the $9 price of child admission. Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Day Tuesday, August 8 Senior citizens ages 65 and older and persons with disabilities admitted free $3 Before 3 Day Wednesday, August 9 Admission to the Fair is $3 before 3 PM Military Appreciation Day Thursday, August 10 All military personnel holding a current, valid military i.d. admitted free in honor of their service. Thank you!
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END OF SUMMER FUN CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 megalomaniacal shipping magnate Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens), who is intent on destroying New York City and creating an undersea kingdom. Free, courtesy of Santa Barbara County Parks and Community Services departments and Big Green Cleaning Company. Science Pub: 14 MONDAY The American Eclipse - 6:30 p.m. featuring Santa Barbara Natural History Museum - Astronomy Programs Manager Javier Riviera talks about the upcoming solar eclipse; Dargan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 18 E. Ortega St. Admission is free, must be 21 or older.
recognize the creators of outstanding and innovative multimedia content on broadcast and online platforms. Awards will be presented to Lance Orozco, Coalition Against Gun Violence, MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast, and more. Bill Cirone is the honorary chairman of the event and Geoff Green is the emcee. Red-carpet attire is suggested. Tickets at www.mediaawards.tbsb.tv or call Courtney Frazer at 805-517-1721. “Skyfall” - 7:30 p.m. at SB County Courthouse - Undercover agents around the world are exposed and 007 must take to the shadows to track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Free, courtesy of Santa Barbara County Parks and Community Services departments and Big Green Cleaning Company.
Octopus Tuesdays - 4 p.m. - Watch an octopus consume a meal. Discover camouflage behaviors as you learn more about these intelligent invertebrates at the Sea Center at 211 Stearns Wharf; free with admission; www.sbnature.org or 805-962-2526. Members-only morning at the Moxi - 8:30 to 10 a.m. - MOXI Members enjoy exclusive exploration, play and discovery throughout the museum’s 17,000 square feet of exhibits.
“Golden Eye” - 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall - Only James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) can save the world from an awesome space weapon that could destroy the earth in one pulse. Free, courtesy of Santa Barbara County Parks and Community Services departments and Big Green Cleaning Company, with support from the UCSB Freshman Summer Start Program.
Field Trip to Carpinteria Tar Pits - 9 a.m. to noon - Explore and learn about local geology as it relates to the formation of fossil fuels and “tar” with Geologist Sabina Thomas and the SB Museum of Natural History. Cost is $45 for members; $50 for non-members; pre-registration required; log onto www. sbnature.org/tickets.
Zoofari Ball XXXII: TikiFari at Santa Barbara Zoo 5:30 - 11 p.m. A retro-inspired party straight out of the South Seas. Wear your finest Hawaiian shirt or kitschy getup to chill out under the palm trees and enjoy an icy cold, fruity mai tai or zombie. Buy online at https://sbzoo. ejoinme.org/reservations.
Walk on the Wild Side - 9 a.m. If you are a morning person, love animals, and are age 60+, you’ll love Walk on the Wild Side! Join this lively crew and get your exercise on while enjoying the Zoo. Class walks the grounds for one hour and designed to improve cardiovascular fitness and health. First class is free, sign up at the Zoo’s front gate. Class is for 60-years-old and older. Jelly Thursdays - 4 p.m. - Experience the beauty of jellies as they gracefully gather their microscopic meals at the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf; free with admission; www. sbnature.org or 805-962-2526. Spring Adult Ceramics Class - 6 - 9 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art located at 1130 State Street - Log onto www.sbma.net for more information. Free Thursday Evenings at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art - 5 - 8 p.m. Log onto www.sbma.net for more information.
Afterparty at Moxi - Shine - 7 - 10 p.m. This Moxi afterparty will revolve around our sun, the eclipse, solar energy, other stars in the sky, and light. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; includes the first drink. Additional beer, wine and food available for purchase. Must be 21 and older; more info at www.moxi.org. “Golden Eye” - 7:30 p.m. at SB County Courthouse - Only James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) can save the world from an awesome space weapon that could destroy the earth in one pulse. Free, courtesy of Santa Barbara County Parks and Community Services departments and Big Green Cleaning Company.
Family Sleepover Safari - Behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, train rides, movies, games, a pizza dinner, and a pancake breakfast after spending the night at the zoo. Cost $70/ person, $60/person for SB Zoo Members. Register at https://reservations.sbzoo.org/Info.aspx?ActivityID=397. Classes start 21 MONDAY at Santa Barbara City College - Log onto www.sbcc.edu for registration, a virtual tour and more.
“Skyfall” - 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall - Undercover agents around the world are exposed and 007 must take to the shadows to track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Free, courtesy of Santa Barbara County Parks and Community Services departments and Big Green Cleaning Company, with support from the UCSB Freshman Summer Start Program.
Media Access Awards 5:30 p.m. at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum - TV Santa Barbara presents the Raise Your Voice Media Awards that
Live Dive - 11 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center on Stearn’s Wharf - Watch and interact with scuba divers as they explore our local coastal ecosystems such as sea grass beds, kelp forests and more. Ask the divers questions while learning about the habitats and organisms under Stearns Wharf and beyond. Free.
Science on Site - Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Check www. sbnature.org for times and topics. Portal to the Plant 1 - 3 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.
Members-only morning at the Moxi - 8:30 to 10 a.m. - MOXI Members enjoy exclusive exploration, play and discovery throughout the museum’s 17,000 square feet of exhibits.
Sea Stories for Families - Enjoy interactive story readings at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Sea Center at 211 Stearns Wharf. Program free with admission; www.sbnature.org or 805-962-2526. Shark Sundays - 3:30 p.m. at the Sea Center, 211 Stearns Wharf. Watch staff feed sharks and rays. Observe shark feeding behaviors, and maybe help throw in a few pieces too; www.sbnature.org or 805-962-2526. Studio Sunday on the Front Steps - 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art located at 1130 State Street - Log onto www.sbma.net for more information.
Walk on the Wild Side - 9 a.m. If you are a morning person, love animals, and are age 60+, you’ll love Walk on the Wild Side! Join this lively crew and get your exercise on while enjoying the Zoo. Class walks the grounds for one hour and designed to improve cardiovascular fitness and health. First class is free, sign up at the Zoo’s front gate. Class is for 60-years-old and older. Bug Out Tuesdays - 11 a.m. - Crawl, fly, swim, or flutter over to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to learn about the amazing connections invertebrates have to the natural world with rotating activities, art, games, and more. Included in admission. Log onto www. sbnature.org.
Shark Sundays - 3:30 p.m. Watch the Sea Center staff feed sharks and rays. Observe shark feeding behaviors, and if you’re lucky, help throw in a few pieces too! Included with admission to the Sea Center. 211 Stearns Wharf. Log onto www.sbnature.org for more info.
SAT & SUN
Santa Barbara Museum of
Natural History Branch Out - Nature Escape Room - Until Aug. 19-20 - times vary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Modeled off the popular “escape room” movement, games are brought to life where kids are the heroes on a quest to solve an environmental mission before time runs out. Register at www.branchoutgames.com. Call 682-4711 ext. 162 for more info. 11 a.m. - Twinkle, Twinkle for Little Stars; Noon - Cosmic Safari; 1 p.m. - Kids’ Space Adventure; 2 p.m. - What’s Up; 3 p.m. - Your Cosmic Quest (en Espanol Los Domingos)
Santa Barbara Zoo - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday in the Explore Store. Aug. 5/6 Plastic Spoon Bunnies; Aug. 12/13 Coffee Filter Jellyfish; Aug. 19/20 Walnut Shell Turtles; Aug. 26/27 CD Elephants. Cost is free with Zoo admission. www. sbzoo.org
Lane Farms - Local, homegrown and organic produce - open daily from 9 a.m.
Ventura County Fair begins Staff report
The Ventura County fair runs from Aug. 2-13 at 10 W. Harbor Blvd. in Ventura. Complete information and tickets are available at www.venturacountyfair.org, but here are the entertainment highlights. Aug. 2 - Motorsports Aug. 3 - Smash Mouth at 7:30 p.m.; Sugar Ray at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 - Huey Lewis and the News at 7:30 p.m.; KC and the Sunshine band 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 - Noel Torres at 3 p.m.; Banda Carnaval at 3 p.m.; Chiquis Rivera at 3 p.m. Aug. 7 - Billy Currington at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 - The Spinners at 1 p.m.; Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 - Shinedown at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 - Gabriel Iglesias “Fluffy Mania,” 20 years of comedy, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 - Wynonna and the Big Noise 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 - PRCA Rodeo - 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 13 - PRCA Rodeo - 2 and 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Log onto www. lanefarmssb.com for what’s in season! Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Design in Nature - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. the selected examples of early woodblock, engraving and lithography highlight the discovery of the bounties of the plant world, the origins of botany and methods of printmaking at the SB Museum of Natural History. Bugs, Outside the Box - Saturday, May 27- Sept. 10 The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is crawling with excitement as it presents its newest exhibit, Bugs... Outside the Box. Now is your chance to examine all the intricacies of the insect world....without a microscope! From beetles to butterflies, the exhibition features a literal army of giant bug sculptures with one aim in mind shining a light on museum collections, taxonomy, and the power of magnification. Come experience where SCIENCE and ART collide! Learn more at www.sbnature.org. Insecta - 10 a.m. Bug Boot Camp - 10:30 a.m. DINO-SOAR! The origin of birds - 12:45 - 1:30 p.m. All ages tour Kids Space Adventure - 1 p.m. at SB Museum of Natural History. Come and ask questions about the universe! Video Organisms by Ethan Turpin - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Moxi Museum. Video feedback patterns draw themselves without a computer. A tilted camera shoots a video of a wall while a projector shows that video live on the same wall. Santa Barbara Museum of Art - You are Going on a Trip - May 28 through Aug. 20 - A selection of highlights from the Museum’s collection, focusing on works produced between the 1940s and 1970s and including artists such as Charles Garabedian, Henri Matisse, Eduardo Paolozzi , Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, June Wayne, and many others. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays, at Santa Barbara Museum of Art 805-963-4364 or www.sbma.net. Check out www.santabarbarafamilylife.com for updated event information.
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