Fun isn't something you have. Its something you create.
-Kristin Price

Shop Till You Drop

by lesliedinaberg on November 30, 2007

Leslie’s Holiday Gift Guide While theoretically fun, in reality, shopping for holiday gifts can be more stressful than a root canal. And you don’t get any Percocet afterward, or even a balloon. Shopping is so painful that, come December, many newspapers and magazines publish gift guides to “help you out.” These gushing depictions of thingamabobs […]

Noozhawk Talks: One on one with David Starkey

by lesliedinaberg on November 28, 2007

Spending five minutes chatting with David Starkey is enough to make any writer feel like a slacker. The Poet-Playwright-Nonfiction Author-Editor-Santa Barbara City College Professor-Television Show Host is a busy guy. It’s no wonder that family members–he is a father/stepfather to eight children–mime him typing on a keyboard when they play Charades. Leslie Dinaberg: What are […]

My Big Fat Carbon Footprint

by lesliedinaberg on November 23, 2007

The weight of my carbon footprint has been keeping me up at night. I sure do miss the good old days when I’d be overjoyed to find a public bathroom stocked with toilet paper and soap. Show me a recently cleaned floor and seat covers and you’ll see me doing a little “happy dance” as […]

Ruth Chris Steak House opens in La Cumbre Plaza

by lesliedinaberg on November 18, 2007

I got quite a meaty education the other night, when I sat in on an employee training session and menu sampling for the new Ruth’s Chris Steak House in La Cumbre Plaza, which officially opens on Monday, November 19. If the attention to detail in the training session–conducted by the Irvine restaurant’s general manager Todd […]

San Marcos High to Celebrate 50th

by lesliedinaberg on November 14, 2007

San Marcos High School alumni and supporters are planning a gala event to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary in 2008. Anyone who is interested in helping to plan the event, or would like to be on the mailing list for invitations and updates should email Cara Gamberdella (Class of 1990) at or call her […]

Sarah House Lights Up The Night with “The Artizans’Ball”

by lesliedinaberg on November 14, 2007

Noted artists Hank Pitcher, Rick Schloss, Matti Berglund, Jane Sun, Brad Nack, Michael Drury, Tom Henderson, Kathleen Elsey, Anthony Ocone, Larry Iwerks and Barnaby Conrad are but a few of the more than 100 artists who have donated their work to assist Sarah House and AIDS Housing Santa Barbara at their annual holiday Light Up […]

Getting Your Piece of a Beachfront Paradise

by lesliedinaberg on November 12, 2007

A jaw-dropping view of the Channel Islands, Santa Barbara’s coastline and the San Ynez Mountains adorn the Santa Barbara Beach Club (, a new oceanfront estate overlooking More Mesa Beach at the end of Patterson Avenue. Beachfront properties like this are hard to come by–especially without those pesky freeways and railroad tracks nearby–but Kari Ann […]

Noozhawk Talks: One on One with Ben Romo

by lesliedinaberg on November 11, 2007

As Director of the County Education Office’s Center for Community Education, Ben Romo oversees a variety of different programs designed to serve the needs of foster children, homeless youth, low income students and children that have been neglected for a variety of reasons. He also works closely with the business community as the Executive Director […]

Menorrhagia: The Body Out of Balance

by lesliedinaberg on November 10, 2007

Most women will experience a heavy menstrual period at some point in her reproductive life. For some women, heavy periods are even the norm. “But if there is a change in heaviness get it evaluated,” says Dr. Carrie Ann Terrell, a specialist in women’s health. If you are soaking a pad or tampon within one […]

A Helping Place, A Healing Space

by lesliedinaberg on November 10, 2007

When Hospice of Santa Barbara was founded in 1974, it was only the second hospice in the United States, dedicated to providing care and easing the pain of dying for both patients and their loved ones. Now with more than 3,200 programs established in the U.S. and nearly 885,000 people cared for in 2002, it […]