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Cocktail Corner: Swirl & Sip Series on the Canary Rooftop

by lesliedinaberg on May 28, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg I jump at any opportunity to hang out at the rooftop at the Canary Hotel, which is one of the most exquisite—and exclusive—360-degree views of Santa Barbara. The scenery alone is enough to make me leap at any invitation to visit the roof, add in some terrific […]

Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower Luncheon Blooms With Goodwill

by lesliedinaberg on May 25, 2016

Celebrating a beautiful cause in a beautiful place has become a yearly tradition for Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower Luncheon, and the 6th annual gathering at the Historic Bates Ranch House overlooking Rincon Point was certainly something special. More than 200 local community members gathered on May 19 to support the volunteers who assemble and deliver more than 150 fresh bouquets each week throughout […]

Cocktail Corner: Summer Sips by the Sea

by lesliedinaberg on May 23, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Situated perfectly overlooking Butterfly Beach and the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is always a fabulous place to meet for drinks, but this summer will offer some extra special sipping opportunities.  Coming up next in the 2016 Summer Tasting Series is a […]

Editor’s Pick: I Madonnari Festival

by lesliedinaberg on May 23, 2016

Memorial Day weekend brings a beloved Santa Barbara tradition to town—the colorful I Madonnari Festival of Italian street painting in front of the Old Mission (May 28–30). The otherwise drab grey pavement blossoms with vibrant pastels for these three days, as artists create dazzling works that delight visitors year after year. Not only is the […]

Cocktail Corner: 2016 Live Downtown Art & Wine Tour

by lesliedinaberg on May 14, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Art and wine are always an excellent pair, and this year’s 2016 Downtown LIVE Art & Wine Tour is adding a fun new twist to the mix: Live Art! Each of the participating venues north of Carrillo Street—including 10 West Gallery, Bella Rosa Galleries, Churchill Jewelers, Distinctive Art Gallery, Engel & […]

SBMA Atelier: The Scent of Secret Gardens

by lesliedinaberg on May 13, 2016

Santa Barbara Museum of Art‘s Atelier events are always chock full of creative fun, and this Saturday’s event—Atelier: The Scent of Secret Gardens— should be right on par with the best ones. This time around, Atelier takes India as inspiration in an evening embracing everything from Moghul to Modern, from Bombay to Bollywood. Music and […]

Partnership for Excellence Conference Inspires Nonprofit Sector

by lesliedinaberg on May 12, 2016

I’ve always been curious to see what goes on at the Partnership for Excellence Conference—an always sold-out annual gathering of Santa Barbara County’s nonprofit leaders organized by the Foundation Roundtable—so when the opportunity to attend the 23rd annual edition of the conference came up last month, I leaped on the invitation and was not disappointed. First […]

Local Lowdown: Let There Be Light!

by lesliedinaberg on May 4, 2016

LightWorks: Isla Vista Illuminates a Vibrant Community By Leslie Dinaberg The parks and streets of Isla Vista will pulse with artistic spirit on May 19-21, when LightWorks: Isla Vista comes to life. This exciting series of temporary installations and performances that transform the parks of Isla Vista into illuminated evening spaces, engaging existing underutilized spaces […]

Cocktail Corner: S.Y. Kitchen’s Refreshing Spring Cocktails

by lesliedinaberg on May 2, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Inspired by our warm, spring days, S.Y. Kitchen Mixologist Alberto Battaglini has added five creative new cocktails to the menu, all inspired by local market produce, herbs and botanicals. Battaglini is the General Manager and resident Mixologist at S. Y. Kitchen where he creates his own infusions of spirits […]