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For the third straight year, the Santa Barbara Independent presents its annual Homes & Gardens special section, a roundup of profiles, advice, and insight into what makes our developed and cultivated landscapes thrive. This year’s edition looks at a tiny home built by high schoolers, the history of adobe construction, how to make your yard look like Lotusland, and much, much more.

What We Talk About

For our copy desk intern, Nicole Kludjian, the end of UCSB’s spring quarter concludes a two-and-a-half-year stint with SexInfo Online, where she’s been editor in chief. She landed the gig after taking John and Janice Baldwin’s Sociology of Human Sexuality. Explained Nicole, “Soc 152A is one of those classes everyone takes. It’s taught by an adorable older couple who talk about sex in the most accessible way.” To the most common question asked at SexInfo — “Am I pregnant?” — Nicole advises, “Get a pregnancy test, understand that pre-cum can contain active sperm, invest in birth control, and always be aware of STIs/STDs.”

In Print

How the Thomas Fire Quickly Became the Fourth Largest Wildfire to Burn in California

242,500 Have Gone Up in Flames Across Two Counties

The Thomas Fire burns 242,500 acres across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Read story.

’Tis the Season 2017

The Complete Guide to Santa Barbara’s Holiday Happenings

Check out Santa Barbara’s most complete guide to all the happenings this holiday season. Read story.

Online Ticket Services Compete for Customers

AXS and Ticketmaster in a Battle of the Ticket Titans

AXS and Ticketmaster in a battle of the ticket titans Read story.

OTOjOY Makes Live Music Accessible to All

Thomas Kaufmann Is Changing Concert Experiences One Loop at a Time

Thomas Kaufmann’s team is changing concert experiences for people with hearing loss one loop at a time. Read story.

Bluetooth Earbuds for Discerning Listeners

Rowkin and FRESHeTECH Offer High-End Sounds at Affordable Prices

Employing clever design and top-of-the-line technology, Rowkin and FRESHeTECH offer high-end sounds at affordable prices. Read story.

Singular-Instrument Suites

TubaChristmas and Ukulele Club Concert

TubaChristmas and Ukulele Club concerts take place this holiday season. Read story.

Santa Barbara's Local Heroes of 2017

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' Presents Its Annual Ode to Amazing People

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' presents its annual ode to some of the amazing people who make up our community. Read story.

Janet Garufis: Real-Life Wonder Woman

The Montecito Bank & Trust Chair and CEO’s Against-All-Odds Career and Life of Love

The Montecito Bank & Trust chair and CEO’s against-all-odds career and life of love. Read story.

From Good to Great with the UCSB BFA Program in Theater

Uniquely in the UC System, UCSB Offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Theater and Dance

Uniquely in the UC system, UCSB offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in theater and dance. Read story.

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents La Santa Cecilia

Grammy Award–Winning Group in Town on Día de los Muertos Tour

Grammy Award–winning group in town on Día de los Muertos tour. Read story.

Bread of the Dead

Santa Barbara’s Mexican Bakeries Offer Día de los Muertos Specialties

Santa Barbara’s Mexican bakeries offer Día de Los Muertos specialties. Read story.

Day of the Dead Lingo

From Cempasúchil to Mictecacihuatl, Six Día de los Muertos Terms Every Gringo Should Know

From cempasúchil to Mictecacihuatl, here are six Día de Los Muertos terms every gringo should know. Read story.

Revering the Radish: The Rise of Plant-Based Cuisine

How Santa Barbara Chefs Are Elevating Vegetable-First Cuisine

How Santa Barbara chefs are elevating vegetable-first cuisine. Read story.

Best of Santa Barbara® Readers' Poll 2017

Our Annual Celebration of the People and Places That Make Santa Barbara Out of This World

Our annual celebration of the people and places that make Santa Barbara out of this world Read story.

The Fab Five: Inside Santa Barbara’s Mayoral Race

In the Crowded and Competitive Field, Every Candidate Has a Chance

In the crowded and competitive field, every candidate has a chance. Read story.

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