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Category Archives: News

House of Clues is a Great Escape From the Ordinary

by lesliedinaberg on August 30, 2017

Escape room games are super popular and Santa Barbara finally has its own one-of-a-kind venue: the House of Clues, 629 N. Salsipuedes St., 805/229-9179, TheHouseofClues.net. Co-owners Assel Abdrakhmanova and Oscar Zevalos (they also have a third partner, Whitman Heining) were designing props and sets for themed events and escape rooms for outside clients when they decided to create their […]

Cocktail Corner: Brave & Maiden Tasting Room Breaks Ground

by lesliedinaberg on August 2, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Brave & Maiden Estate recently broke ground on its new winery and tasting room, which will be located on the winery’s 60-acre estate along Refugio Road in Santa Ynez. The sustainably farmed vineyard takes its name from the “Legend of Nojoqui” (pronounced Naw-ho-wee), an indigenous incarnation […]

Library Book: Writers on Libraries

by lesliedinaberg on June 22, 2017

The venerable Downtown Santa Barbara Central Library (40 E. Anapamu St.)  is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and writers are celebrating this centennial milestone as well, with a heartwarming anthology of stories, essays, and poems written by over 80 authors about their library experiences and the glories of the public library. Edited by local writer Steven […]

Dreaming Big: Congregation B’nai B’rith’s 90 Year Celebration

by lesliedinaberg on February 21, 2017

Honoring yesterday, today and tomorrow, supporters of Congregation B’nai B’rith (CBB) recently gathered at Bacara Resort & Spa in tribute to the founding families who had the vision to create the home for Santa Barbara’s Jewish community in 1927. This festive, elegant celebration was packed to the gills with 450 guests to mark the 90th […]

Congregation B’Nai B’Rith Celebrates 90 Years

by lesliedinaberg on January 9, 2017

  Cantor Mark Childs to be Honored at Dreamers Ball on Jan. 22  Congregation B’nai B’rith celebrates its 90th anniversary at a Chagall-inspired Dreamers Ball to be held at the Bacara Resort on January 22. The dreamers theme—which honors yesterday, today and tomorrow—pays homage to the 14 founding families who had a vision to build a […]

Help Secure Isla Vista Youth Projects Forever

by lesliedinaberg on December 9, 2016

I had the opportunity to visit the Isla Vista Youth Projects Children’s Center site yesterday on a Women’s Fund site visit and was so impressed by what I saw. For the 2015-16 grant cycle, the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara granted them $75,000 to help them get one step closer to completing the purchase of the Children’s Center, […]

J. Wilkes Wines Served to Global Leaders at the U.S. Department of State

by lesliedinaberg on June 20, 2016

It’s always exciting to hear about a local winery’s success. Santa Barbara County wines are definitely being served in high places. For the second time this year, Santa Maria Valley’s J.Wilkes wines were selected to be served at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.  Last month Nordic Leaders from five countries enjoyed J. Wilkes […]

Music Academy of the West Reaches $17.5 Million FINALE Campaign Goal

by lesliedinaberg on April 26, 2016

A standing ovation for Music Academy of the West! The organization recently achieved a $17.5 million campaign goal, thanks in part to a $4.4 million leadership gift from the Hind Foundation. The 15-month fundraising effort will provide monies to renovate the historic Marilyn Horne Main House, construct a new Teaching Studio Building, purchase 11 Steinway pianos, endow a long-range instrument […]

Partnership for Excellence Conference Addresses Benefits of Mindful Practices

by lesliedinaberg on April 1, 2016

  The 23rd Annual Partnership for Excellence Conference—the premiere forum for social sector leaders in Santa Barbara County—takes place on Tuesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Fess Parker Doubletree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Founded by the Foundation Roundtable, the Partnership for Excellence Conference is a vital event that convenes a forum for […]

Stone Soup at Arts Fund

by lesliedinaberg on April 1, 2016

Most people have heard the story of Stone Soup, where “weary travelers enter town with nothing in their pockets and hunger in their bellies, but their pleas to local residents for food are rejected. Undeterred, they fill their pot with water and submerge a purported “magic” stone into it to attract the attention of the residents. The […]