What a great irony it is that the season that brings the most commitments-travel, family get-togethers, gift-giving routines-also brings with it the most distractions. Balancing holiday festivals, openings, shows, benefits, and receptions with obligatory party duties can grow tricky indeed. Below, we’ve assembled a few tips to help you get a head start on all the fun stuff to come this holiday season. Happy shopping!
1) New Home for the Holidays: Santa Barbara Arts has opened a second gallery for the holidays in La Arcada Court (1113 State St.) in the space previously occupied by the Dianna Bottoms Gallery, thus promising that no State Street shopper’s art or craft needs will go unattended to this holiday season. For more info, call 884-1938 or visit sbarts.org.
2) Delectable Desserts: On Saturday, December 13, the Carpinteria Arts Center hosts Think Cupcakes, its first annual cupcake baking contest. Everyone’s invited to devise their most delectable cupcakes and bring a dozen to the Arts Center (855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria), where they’ll be tasted, judged, and possibly named the most delicious. Those not inclined toward baking, but possessed of a sweet tooth nonetheless, should note that the remaining cupcakes will be available for purchase after the competition. For more info, call 684-7789.