Every child begins the world again.
-Henry David Thoreau

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Thomas Tighe

by lesliedinaberg on April 28, 2008

Since Thomas Tighe arrived in Santa Barbara to head up Direct Relief International eight years ago, the nonprofit humanitarian medical organization has made cash grants of more than $30 million and furnished over $850 million of essential medicines, equipment, and supplies to support health services for low-income people in 88 developing countries and all 50 […]

Ladies, Let Your Inner Diva Shine for an Evening

by lesliedinaberg on April 25, 2008

The dazzling divas of Momentum 4 Life will be back kicking up their heels for a good cause at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort on Friday, May 16th. This year’s women only festivities will benefit Alpha Resource Center‘s Family First Program, a parent-directed program which assists parents of children with special needs to gain knowledge and […]

Rumbling about Taxes

by lesliedinaberg on April 18, 2008

It wasn’t a coincidence that there was an earthquake Monday night just a few minutes after we e-filed our tax returns. There’s always a bit of rumbling when I do my taxes–or more accurately, when my husband does my taxes for me. Not everyone understands the intricacies of my professional life as a columnist and […]

New Book Guides Parents In Understanding Autism

by lesliedinaberg on April 17, 2008

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment or approach to the developmental disability, but help is available. In honor of April’s celebration of Autism Awareness Month, the Santa Barbara chapter of the Autism Society of America (ASASB) (www.asasb.org) has released a new guidebook for parents. Spearheaded by board president Marcia Eichelberger and vice president Sandy Shove, “Autism […]

Home again, home again, jiggity jig

by lesliedinaberg on April 11, 2008

In my heart of hearts I know that if vacations lasted forever they wouldn’t be vacations. But that wouldn’t be so bad, would it? Even though I typed my way through four states in the past couple of weeks–so I wasn’t 100% “on vacation”–there’s something about getting away from home for a while that makes […]

Las Aletas Serves Up a Smash at Annual Tennis Event

by lesliedinaberg on April 9, 2008

Las Aletas will host its 17th Spring Smash Tennis Tournament, Fashion Show and Luncheon on Friday, April 18. Known as a fun and friendly women’s doubles competition, tennis will be played at private courts throughout Montecito and Santa Barbara, with lunch and the fashion show featuring clothes from the Tennis Shop of Montecito and Natasha […]

Ventura Goes Green

by lesliedinaberg on April 1, 2008

Earth Day is April 22, but you can celebrate the earth every day of the year by incorporating green building and remodeling practices into your home. Allen Associates Green Resources Manager Karen Feeney shares these tips: Take a look at your operating efficiency. You’ll save money on utilities by making greener choices for your home. […]

Kids Around Town

by lesliedinaberg on April 1, 2008

Yellow Bird Music Starting as young as three months, at Yellow Bird Music children up to 12 years old can explore the world in brand new ways through a variety of music, movement and art classes. Musical exploration, art, yoga, piano, choir, drum lessons, and summer camps are available at Yellow Bird. Owner Alexandra Adams-Arreguin […]