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ArtSEE: A Fundraiser for SEE International

The Abstract Art Collective presents ArtSEE, a fundraiser art event for SEE International

The Abstract Art Collective presents ArtSEE, a fundraiser art event for SEE International, to be held at the Faulkner Main Gallery in the Santa Barbara Public Library. Read story.

Dos Pueblos High School Teacher Honored With Teacher of Excellence Award

Contact: Brian Slotnick-Lastrico805.968.2541 x4609 Read story.

Comprehensive Financial Study on Isla Vista Governance Options Released

The Fund for Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the completion of the Isla Vista Governance Options Financial Analysis Study, an independent fiscal analysis encompassing a range of governance options for the unincorporated community of Isla Vista. Read story.

JZPR Welcomes New Account Director Sydney Gardner

JZPR is very pleased to announce that Sydney Gardner has joined the firm as Account Director. Read story.

Martial Arts Family Fitness Announces Black Belt Exam

Sixteen students testing for first black belt and two testing for advanced black belts.

Martial Arts Family Fitness (MAFF), a family-owned and operated school dedicated to improving lives through martial arts, announced today that Grandmaster Dave Wheaton will oversee the semi-annual black belt test and promotion in the art of Dynamic Circle Hapkido. Read story.

Persona Neapolitan Pizzeria Bringing a Slice of Naples to America, Launches ‘Authentic’ Franchise Opportunity

The pizza industry, once dominated by delivery and take out concepts, is now in the midst of reinventing itself to fit into the fast casual mold. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s new shopping bag ordinance goes into effect this week at larger grocery stores and pharmacies. Eighteen stores must comply beginning May 14th. Single-use plastic carryout bags will no

Smooth Rollout Expected Given Store Preparations

Santa Barbara’s new shopping bag ordinance goes into effect this week at larger grocery stores and pharmacies. Read story.


Southern California agribusiness softens the sour blow of the current lime shortage by pooling their resources and utilizing the lemon in lime-based cocktails

With the current lime shortage putting the squeeze on the country, Limoneira, one of the nation's largest lemon growers, has come up with a juicy solution for mixologist everywhere. Read story.

Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra fosters new partnership with United Blood Services

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, a critically-acclaimed chamber orchestra that has performed well-known classical repertoire and hosted world-class soloists since 1978, has partnered with United Blood Services to offer free tickets to people who donate blood between now and the Lobero Homecoming Celebration Concert on May 20. Read story.

Santa Barbara Education Foundation Awarded $75,000 from The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara in support of The Posse Program.

The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara selected The Posse Program to receive a $75,000 award at its annual luncheon held on April 28. Read story.

Santa Barbara Hillel Awarded for Excellence in Israel Programming

Santa Barbara Hillel is proud to be the only campus in the western U.S. selected for a national pilot program to foster student engagement, community building, and Israel advocacy on college campuses. Read story.

Community Champions Honored

Over 200 people attended the Community Action Commission (CAC) Community Action Champions annual dinner tonight at the Hotel Corque in Solvang. Read story.


As supporters of the United Fresh Foundation’s “Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools” campaign, Hollandia Produce, L.P., announced today it will formally present its donation of two new salad bars to the Conejo Valley Unified School District, during a salad bar unveiling ceremony on Tuesday, May 13 at 11:30 am in the cafeteria of Thousand Oaks High School, located at 2323 N. Moorpark Road. Read story.

Lucidity Festival Introduced Mobile Solar Power For Main Stage Sound System

This year’s festival season kicked off with a flare of sol at Lucidity: Universe, the third chapter in an unfolding story of art, life, and community. Read story.

Amgen Tour of California Road Closure Information

From May 11-18, 2014, California will again host The Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race. Read story.

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