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Fast Pitch Santa Barbara Semi-Finalists Announced

by lesliedinaberg on March 31, 2014

Fast Pitch SB—a Shark Tank style competition for nonprofits to make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and a live audience for cash awards, including a $25,000 Judges award and two $10,000 Coaches awards—is off and running. Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara (SVPSB) has chosen the following semi-finalists out of  a field of more than 100 […]

Cocktail Corner: Green Drinks Earth Day Benefit

by lesliedinaberg on March 29, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg I love it when great causes join with fun events, and Tuesday’s 4th Annual Green Drinks benefit for the Community Environmental Council’s (CEC’s) Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival brings together two terrific things: Green Drinks and Santa Barbara Earth Day! For those of you who aren’t familiar […]

The Lobero Associates present The Golden Age of Hollywood Gala

by lesliedinaberg on March 25, 2014

Join The Lobero Associates on Saturday evening, April 5 at 6 p.m. for their annual fundraiser at The Coral Casino, 1260 Channel Dr. For many, many years, The Lobero Associates—a venerable group of women who have tirelessly devoted themselves to fundraising efforts for the Lobero Theatre—have hosted a wildly popular event called “Hat’s Off.”  Traditionally it […]

National Charity League of Santa Barbara, Senior Presents Class of 2014

by lesliedinaberg on March 22, 2014

For more than 50 years, National Charity League of Santa Barbara (NCL) has brought mothers and daughters together working on philanthropic projects. This year’s NCL Senior Presents takes place on April 6 at 5:30 p.m. at The Fess Parker Resort. The graduating seniors of 2014, along with their mothers, gave an impressive 5,856 volunteer hours over […]

Cocktail Corner: Taste the Future of Wine at Les Marchands

by lesliedinaberg on March 22, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg  | After last year’s super successful first “Funk Zone version” of the Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting, there’s a lot of excitement surrounding numero due, especially since an exclusive Friday evening event was added to the mix, taking place on April 18. Unlike a typical Winemaker’s […]

John Hodgman on Starring as John Hodgman

by lesliedinaberg on March 18, 2014

UCSB Student Appreciation Event Puts the Real John Hodgman Front and Center in Comedy Show I Stole Your Dad By Leslie Dinaberg Talking on the phone with John Hodgman while he’s on the set of The Daily Show is a bit surreal. The guy who usually trades witty bon mots with Jon Stewart is now […]

Wine Cask and bouchon Award SBCC Students with Scholarships + Internships

by lesliedinaberg on March 16, 2014

Alejandro Guillen, Alexander Italia and Alejandro Martinez have each been awarded a $2,500 scholarship on behalf of Mitchell Sjerven, owner of bouchon and co-owner of Wine Cask.  The American Riviera Scholarship is a grant program Sjerven created on behalf of his Santa Barbara restaurants, bouchon and Wine Cask, awarded to several deserving students enrolled in Santa Barbara City College’s School of Culinary Arts. Created […]

Archstone Foundation Grant Supports Hospice of Santa Barbara

by lesliedinaberg on March 16, 2014

The Archstone Foundation recently donated $80,000 to support Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Spiritual Care Program in three areas: advance the integration of spiritual care into HSB’s non-medical, community-based programs that serve people with life-threatening illness and bereavement needs; decrease the spiritual suffering & isolation of residents of long-term care facilities in the greater Santa Barbara area; […]

Impressions in Ink – Etchings from the Collection of Santa Barbara Historical Museum

by lesliedinaberg on March 16, 2014

A new exhibit featuring prints by local Santa Barbara artists Henry Chapman Ford (1828 – 1894), Marian Hebert (1899 – 1960), Carl Oscar Borg (1879 – 1947), and Reginald Vaughan (1870 – 1958) at Santa Barbara Historical Museum (136 E. De la Guerra St.) opens March 20 and runs through October. From the California Missions to […]

Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature on View at SBMA

by lesliedinaberg on March 16, 2014

Currently on view at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (through May 25) is an interesting contemporary exhibit, Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature. Drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation— Stuart has done it all, infusing her lifelong interest in the natural world into all of her pieces, and maintaining a dialogue with nature that is at […]