Children laugh an average of 300 or more times a day; adults laugh an average of five times a day. We have a lot of catching up to do.
-Heather King

Crane Music Fest rocks out this week

by lesliedinaberg on April 29, 2004

Rather than endure another “rubber chicken and auction” fundraiser, this year the Crane Country Day School will host the first Crane Music Fest on May 1 as a benefit for the Library and Arts Center Expansion Campaign, said Mary Blair, who is co-chairwoman of the event. This is no ordinary school talent show lineup. Headlining […]

CALM Director offers tips to spot child abuse

by lesliedinaberg on April 29, 2004

“If someone is able to prevent a case of child abuse before it occurs, then a tragedy has been averted,” said Dr. Anna Kokotovic, Executive Director of CALM (Child Abuse Listening and Mediation). April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and CALM, believes that active awareness and involvement by individuals in the community will dramatically […]

Local woman brings rape into spotlight

by lesliedinaberg on April 22, 2004

*Rape is the most frequently committed violent crime in the U.S. *Most rapists are not strangers: someone the survivor knows commits 80% of all sexual assaults. False accusations account for only 2% of all reported sexual assaults.” As astounding as the statistics about rape are, putting a real life face and voice to this tragedy […]

Quantum Restaurant & Lounge

by lesliedinaberg on April 15, 2004

For those of us who are addicted to appetizers, the new Quantum Restaurant & Lounge (201 West Carrillo St.) is an immediate hit. The brainchild of Mondial Catering chef/owner Cynthia Miranda, the concept is designed around shared dishes and building a meal around several small tastes, with a definite Asian influence in both the food […]

Westside story on the Web

by lesliedinaberg on April 11, 2004

Neighborhood activist building Internet community Using new technology to foster good, old-fashioned neighborliness, Harriet Marx recently launched sbwestside.org, an interactive Web site designed to promote community involvement. Westside neighbors began holding community cleanup days over the summer, and Marx came home from one with such a good feeling that she wanted to find a way […]

The Doors of Opportunity are Just Down the Road

by lesliedinaberg on April 8, 2004

The doors of The Opportunity Shop (127 W. Canon Perdido) have opened windows of opportunity to budget-minded furniture buyers since 1929. While many locals are familiar with the store’s high-end used furniture, they may not be aware that the nonprofit Work Training Programs took over the shop in 2001 to expand its ability to train […]

City planners aim to define standards

by lesliedinaberg on April 8, 2004

Based on the philosophy that “we know what we like (or don’t like) when we see it,” Santa Barbara City Planners are reaching out to the community to help define standards for residential designs. More than 100 people gathered recently — in the first of a series of neighborhood visual survey workshops — using nifty […]