Inspired the Greek Festival
Bringing the warm hospitality of her Greek heritage to her adopted city, Helen Stathis sparked the first of Santa Barbara's decades of Greek Festivals in 1973. Read story.
The Original 'Hugging Mother'
Nothing in Shanta-Ma's brutal early life would suggest she'd live an increasingly loving and openhearted 100 years. Read story.
Old Spanish Days Leader
Dennis Rickard's involvement in Fiesta started when he was 2 and culminated in his role as El Presidente. Read story.
Photographed Santa Barbara for 43 Years
Photographer Steve Malone spent his life capturing the essential moments in the life of our town. Read story.
Legendary Author and Self-Publishing Pioneer
Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual guided countless authors' manuscripts into becoming books. Read story.
A Gifted Artist Who Lived Simply
Santa Barbara artist Kenneth Korten created beautiful objects through careful observation and patient craftsmanship, and he walked gently on this earth. Read story.
Everyone who met Stewart Mills came away with a new friend; such was his remarkably positive, easy empathy, and sense of fun. Read story.
Gifted Singer, Caring Community Advocate
From the United Farm Workers boycott to saving Ellwood's butterfly grove, talented singer Lola Nava Guerra embraced the activist life. Read story.
A Life Wild and Free
From international meetings to foreign bars, Dana Schorr could use his polylingual charm to get people talking despite cultural and linguistic barriers. Read story.
Wishing the World Well
She made many people’s dreams come true by helping them believe in themselves; her positive attitude was contagious. Read story.
Veggies, with a Side of Nonconformity
A grateful remembrance of Canon Perdido’s beloved health food joint and community club house. Read story.
Celebrated Chumash Elder and Tribal Advocate
Rosa Margaret Pace helped modernize the Chumash reservation and founded its first medical clinic. Read story.
A Warrior for the Environment
Remembered fondly by all who worked with him, Bob Whitney helped preserve significant areas in Santa Barbara and Northern California. Read story.
Curator of Photography at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Read story.
Expert in County Politics and Team Penning
The former county supervisor brought political power to the North County when he won and lost the same election in 1992. Read story.