August 2017

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From the Desk of Kate Schwab,  Marketing & Communications Director

Here Comes Old Spanish Days!

"Old" Spanish Days indeed - at 93 years (since 1924), our beloved celebration of Santa Barbara's Hispanic heritage is going strong and gearing up for another amazing year. We all have our favorite events, locations, moments and traditions of Fiesta. Maybe you're excited to kick off Fiesta Week with that wild party we like to call "DIGS!" (Celebraction de los Dignatariós, Thu, Aug 3). When you're partying at the Santa Barbara Zoo, you're wine'ing and dine'ing among some real animals.

Maybe your passion is for the multitude of performances  - dancers and musicians abound this week, on stage at the mercados, Paseo Nuevo Center Court, at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens for Las Nochas de Ronda, during La Fiesta Pequeña at the Old Mission, mariachis strolling sidewalks, even State Street offices and board rooms hosting the talented Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta.

Grammy Award winning all female ensemble, Mariachi Divas. 

There really is something for everyone during Fiesta - professional rodeo, special masses at
Old Mission Santa Barbara, once-a-year food and drink delights at El Mercado de la Guerra and
El Mercado del Norte, awe-inspiring ceremonies, fun of all types for kids of all ages, historical tours of the Courthouse and Mission, Fiesta art exhibits and don't forget Casa Cantina at Casa de la Guerra where it all began (noon to midnight)!

And if you're a fan of a fabulous parade (and horses), you're in the right place!  Two parades (El Desfile Histórico and El Desfile de los Niños) bring pageantry, costumes, dancers, floats, horses and more horses, for two days along State Street.

Old Spanish Days - Fiesta is a community celebration, so it's only fitting that Fiesta La Presidente Rhonda Ledson Henderson chose "Unity Through Community" as this year's theme. 

Viva la Fiesta! 

 Click here for a full list of events, August 2-6.
Free Summer Cinema
Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden

To celebrate the 7th year of Free Summer Cinema, how could the movie theme be anything
but movies starring that most debonair (and gorgeous) of spies, 007 himself, Bond -  James Bond.  
The Spy Who Loved Me - Friday, August 11 
GoldenEye, Friday - August 18
Skyfall, Friday -August 25 

Outdoor screenings take place under the stars on Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden. Bring blankets, low-back beach chairs (seat must be no more than six inches above the ground), a to-go meal from a Downtown Santa Barbara restaurant, blankets and your friends. Film-goers may begin setting up on the lawn at noon on the day of the Courthouse screenings.

Admission to all film screenings is FREE.
For more information call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805-893-3535 or online at

007: Bond, James Bond
Upcoming Events

Heads up - here's a month's worth of upcoming events in Downtown Santa Barbara
and YOU can participate!  

August 2017

Thursday, August 3      
(5:00-8:00 pm
De la Guerra Plaza
Thu, Aug 3 -Sat, Aug 5
(11:00 am to 11:00 pm)
Courthouse Sunken Gardens
Thu, Aug 3 - Sat, Aug 5
(8:00 pm) 
 Cabrillo Blvd, up State St. to Sola St.
Fri, Aug 4
(Children's Parade) 
State St, from Victoria to Ortega 
Sat, Aug 5 
(10:00 am)
Free Summer Cinema 
SB County Courthouse Sunken Garden 
(Friday, 8:30 pm)
 Fri, Aug 11: The Spy Who Loved Me 
Fri, Aug 18: GoldenEye
Fri, Aug 25: Skyfall


Presents: 1st Thursday 

Downtown Santa Barbara comes alive once a month, for  1st Thursday , the monthly art crawl on Downtown Santa Barbara streets and historic paseos! Look for art, music, dance, poetry, demos, lectures, book signings and more - free for all participants.  
August's theme is "Discover a New Passion."
  •  Santa Barbara Art Association presents Artist of the Month Karen R. Schroeder, with her series of paintings and prints called "The Trees Lead the Way,"at Gallery 113 (1114 State #8).  
  • Join SlingShot Gallery (220 W. Canon Perdido) for "Summer Colors," including work by artist Simone DuMong and her piece "Sunflowers."
  •  Kelly Clause, a young Santa Barbara native,  exhibits ocean-inspired watercolors and prints at Anthropologie (1123 State).
  • Everyone knows that Fiesta brings a parade of horses, but this year it will last all month when local artists parade their equine masterpieces at CASA Gallery (23 E. Canon Perdido).
  • Celebrate the opening of two exhibitions at Sullivan Goss (11 E. Anapamu): a solo show by Jon Francis and the groundbreaking work by Los Angeles muralist, David Flores.
  • At SBCAST (513 Garden St): Photographer Elena Dorfman in studio D: "The Origin of the New World," works inspired by art history and the human body.
  • On view at Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State): "You Are Going On A Trip," "Sleep of Reason," "Rodin and His Legacy," and "Highlights of the Permanent Collection."
  • Celebrate Fiesta at Lady McClintock Studios (1221 State #6) with an exhibition of Fiesta inspired paintings! Honoring artists: Claudia Lash, Cathy Quiel, Ellen Montgomery, Rosemary McClintock, Beth Preston & more.
  •  Jodi House (625 Chapala) opens "New Life," a collection of gestural work by Mary Spacapan that explores all that is beautiful through the use of color, texture, and composition.
  • Join Grassini Family Vineyards (813 Anacapa #6) for wine tasting, wine trivia, and complimentary olive oil tasting.  
  • ViewPoint at 10 West Gallery (10 W. Anapamu): a common thread for many pieces in this nine-artist group show is their dynamic perspective.
  • This summer's exhibition of selected works by ARTAMO GALLERY (11 W. Anapamu) artists features the late paintings from a new series of abstracts by Julia Pinkham.
Celebrating their 26th anniversary, Charged Particles is a mainstay on the Bay Area jazz scene, across the country, and internationally.  They play a special blend of original funky Latin jazz, with high energy, compositional complexity, and musical virtuosity. 
(Marshalls Patio, 900 State)          
Find Charged Particles at 900 State. 
Join Macaroni Kid Santa Barbara, celebrating Old Spanish Days Fiesta with kids and families, creating Fiesta themed macaroni crafts! Make paper sombreros with colored macaroni as well as Fiesta macaroni jewelry. Free!
(SBMA Corner, State & Anapamu) 

Non-Profits to Know:

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation 

"Moms. Dads . Brothers Sisters.
We support the entire family when a child has cancer."


Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation was inspired by a three-year-old boy with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer and brain tumor diagnoses. One day, his mother broke down as she shared the hardships she and her family faced while caring for her sick child. She spoke of unplanned and extended hospital stays, as well as expensive medications, which sometimes exceeded $1,000 after insurance. She also shared the dilemma of needing to give up her income in order to care for her sick son, and be able to accompany him during hospital stays.

Mostly, she faced the fear of not knowing whether her son would relapse again or even survive.
She shared that her family was seemingly drowning without the knowledge of available support to help them during this difficult time.

After this conversation, Founder Nikki Katz realized the great need for a support system for families with children suffering from cancer on the Central Coast. In 2002, with the determination to assist families through their battle with cancer, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation was born.

Here's What's New Downtown: 
The Santa Barbara Public Library announces the opening of SBPL Works!, a career training center to basic computer skills and workforce preparedness training...From the Santa Barbara Police Department: General Enforcement Notices During Fiesta, including parking and traffic enforcement...Welcome, new Associate Member Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara...An exciting new development is heading to the 400 block of State Street, courtesy of the Miramar Group. Similar to their successful Waterline concept in the Funk Zone, this project will also feature the highest quality food, beer wine and craft cocktails, with micro-retail spaces. #CannotWait...

Downtown Santa Barbara Board of Directors 
Executive Committee
Matt LaBrie 
LYNX Management

Vice President  
Traci Taitt  
The Towbes Group 
Michael Jordan  
HUB International  
Bob Stout
Wildcat Lounge   

Ginny Brush
Brush & Associates  

Kim Clark 

David de L'Arbe
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau

Joanne Funari
American Riviera Bank 

Tracy Pfautch
Pacific Western Bank

Mark Whitehurst
VOICE Magazine 

Lynn Adams
Santa Barbara Arts

David Beardon
Santa Barbara Frame Shop
 & Gallery
Scott Burruss
The Shade Store 
Amy Cooper
Plum Goods 
Genny Cummings
Indigo Interiors

Roger Durling
Santa Barbara International Film Festival

William Duval
Law Office of William Duval
Tamara Erickson 
Hotel Santa Barbara
Larry Feinberg
Santa Barbara Museum of Art


Allison Griffin
Sonos, Inc.
Ed Holdren
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

Kathy Janega-Dykes
Visit Santa Barbara

Laura Knight

Dave Lombardi
Distinctive Framing 'n' Art  
Distinctive Art Gallery
Doug Margerum
Margerum Wine Co.

Alixe Mattingly 
MOXI, Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation 

Maryann Mendoza

Anne Petersen
Santa Barbara Trust for
Historic Preservation

Randy Rowse
Paradise Cafe

Jill Seltzer 
Ensemble Theatre Company 
Sarah Sinclair
Santa Barbara Independent

Craig Springer 
SB Center for the 
Performing Arts

Tammy Steuart
Metropolitan Theatres 

Tina Takaya
Opal Restaurant and Bar

Randy Weiss
Union Bank

Michal Wiesbrock
Arthritis Foundation

Kristen Weidemann
Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants

Michael Zuckerman
Montecito Bank & Trust
Downtown Santa Barbara Staff 
Executive Director

Marketing & Communications Director
Jenna Raimist  
Marketing & Events Coordinator

Chloe Brooks
State Street Team  
Erik Krueger
Business Manager

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can walk everywhere

~Eddie Huang    
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