On Saturday, December 3, at 2:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Public Library System is pleased to invite teenagers ages 12-16 to the Goleta Library to make homemade doggie treats for shelter dogs. Teens are asked to each bring two baking sheets with them so they can create delicious treats for the precious dogs. They will create dough for two different types of dog biscuits, and will then take the uncooked treats home to be baked. Afterward, they can take the baked treats to a local animal shelter, or bring them back to the Goleta Library for delivery to the shelters. Pre-registration for this event is required. Please call 805/964-7878 to register or for more information.
As November begins to fade away, holiday dreams come true when you visit Downtown Santa Barbara for 1st Thursday, on December 1. With more than 40 cultural art venues eager to show off, it is a guaranteed good time filled with holiday music.
Start your holiday off at Fast Frame Santa Barbara where local artist Chris Potter, will feature his plein air landscape painting that makes the perfect holiday gift. Quire of Voyces will be performing choral music of the modern age and renaissance at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in Ludington Court. At Sullivan Goss you can view the annual exhibit, 100 Grand.
33 Jewels will be featuring artwork of Dream Foundation recipient, Michael Orchowski, where all proceeds will be donated to the Dream Foundation. A historical carousel will be available for small children as well as live holiday music by The Holiday Horns for all to enjoy at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Short theater skits performed by The Santa Barbara Drama Club are sure to keep your cheer going as they stroll up and down State Street.
Be sure to see the Holiday Tree Decorating station on the Marshall’s Patio where you can help deck the halls with handmade ornaments. And don’t forget to visit Casa de la Guerra you can view a wall-sized photography show by Ciro Coelho titled Travelbooks: Sao Paulo, a marvelous photographer and SEASONS Magazine contributor.
Head over to Wall Space Gallery on West Ortega to participate in a Art Crawl and to CASA to view art from ARTWALK for Kids and Adults. For more information and a complete listing of the specific programming offered at each gallery as well as public performances and exhibits, visit http://www.santabarbaradowntown.com
The holidays are almost here and so are the reindeer. Come celebrate at Roy Restaurant, as Santa Barbara artist Brad Nack returns this year with a presentation of oil paintings of reindeers. This year’s batch of painting continues to explore the concept of multi-year series based art through small elegantly framed abstracted oil paintings.
Brad Nack’s Annual 100% Reindeer Art show has become a small phenomenon that now has collectors throughout the world. “I am trying to make each painting look as if it was fast and easy to create” says Nack, “however, sometimes that is a lot of work and can be nearly impossible.” The event will be held at Roy Restaurant, on West Carillo St., on Friday, December 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Brad Nack at 805/845-5389.
Bookstores are brimming with great gift ideas for everyone on your holiday list, including these new releases from local ladies of literature. With her signature sassy style, Jenna McCarthy’s If it Was Easy, They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon: Living With and Loving the TV-Addicted, Sex-Obsessed, Not-So-Handy Man You Married is a witty and wise marriage survival guide. Everyone from newlyweds to nearly deads will find something in here to chuckle over.
Middle-schoolers—and their parents—will enjoy 101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies, the latest installment of Lee Wardlaw’s popular 101 Ways series. For the young, and young-at-heart, animal lovers on your list, Animals Have Feelings Too!, Karen Lee Stevens’ new picture book, is sure to please, as will Pablito and the Speckled Bear, Melissa C. Marsted’s picture book with illustrations by local artist Ben Ciccati. Fiction lovers will enjoy Ocotillo Dreams; Melinda Palacio’s lyrical tale skillfully weaves a story of politics, intrigue, love and trust.
— Leslie Dinaberg
The charming Hampstead Village now has a beautiful new location at 1100 State Street on the corner of Figeuroa in downtown Santa Barbara.
Hampstead Village Owner Angela Torin
In addition to a wide variety of Fine British Goods they also now offer Floris perfumes and aftershaves. Established in London in 1730, Floris has held a much sought after warrant to supply the British Royal Family with fragrances for over 200 years.
British delicacies just in time for the holidays.
And for this festive time of year for they have Christmas Puddings, Brandy Butter, Mince Pies, Bendicks Mints, Christmas Crackers and so much more! It is the largest selection of British Food on the Central Coast.
Looking to do some wine tasting in Santa Barbara County this weekend. The Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association has provided this handy link to Thanksgiving holiday hours for our local wineries.
Congratulations to the very talented landscape designer Margie Grace, principal of Grace Design Associates, who will have her work on display at the historic Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills as part of Maison de Luxe, a designer show house that will take place at the mansion from December 2-22.
Twenty-five nationally renowned designers were hand-selected to transform this amazing property.
“We are delighted to bring together an incredibly talented group of designers to reimagine this iconic national treasure,” said Pamela Jaccarino, VP, Editor in Chief of Luxe Interiors + Design. “Greystone Mansion served as the inspiration for Maison de Luxe, and we have created a fresh and fantastical House of Luxury. It’s a true celebration for those who are passionate about design.”
Annual Pumpkin Smash. Courtesy of Santa Barbara Zoo.
Looking for a fun way to get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving? Come to the Santa Barbara Zoo for a smashin’ good time, as the elephants, gorillas, and more of your favorite zoo animals get pumpkins to play and interact with.
This fun activity is free with zoo and admission and the zoo is open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.