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From the Desk of Kate Schwab,
Marketing & Communications Director
Summer in Downtown Santa Barbara - wondering what to do?
Here's a handy checklist - you can thank us later.
Go to a movie:
super heroes, popcorn, air conditioning = a perfect day (
Get a Cone: Downtown Santa Barbara has more that a dozen places for ice cream, gelato, smoothies, yogurt and other chill favorites.
Taste a Bit: Downtown Santa Barbara has about 16 wine tasting rooms...
Taste a Bit More: ...and almost as many places to sip some local brew and craft cocktails.
Pamper Yourself: Salons, spas, manis, pedis, salt scrub - you deserve it.
Check out that View: The Santa Barbara County Courthouse tower, Canary Hotel rooftop - find others!
Prepare to be Wow'ed: 4th of July Fireworks Festivities (noon to 9:00 pm, free) at the Waterfront & Stearns Wharf (11:00 am to 9:00 pm), 4th of July Concert (SB County Courthouse Sunken Garden, 5:00 pm)
Get Lost: Paseos and side streets abound, with unique adventures around every corner.
Who's Hungry?: Restaurants presenting dishes from A (avocados) to Z (zucchini).
Feed Your Soul: Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, weights, treadmills - one will work for you.
A Spy Who Loves You: See below for "007 - Bond, James Bond" movie series - free!
SB County Courthouse for the best view of Downtown SB.
That's enough to get you started - once you've crossed all of these off, get back to us.
We'll gladly send you more!
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 villains, larger than life. The women, gorgeous and lethal. The cars, fast and sleek. One of the highest-grossing franchises of all time, James Bond's reign on cinema screens worldwide has spanned 55 years, starting in 1962 with
Dr. No, starring Sean Connery, through 2015's
Spectre, starring Daniel Craig. Over the course of 24 films and six Bond actors, the James Bond character - along with the megalomaniacal supervillains, memorable henchmen, unforgettable Bond girls, and of course, the gadgets - have captured the imaginations of generations. Seven Bond films that top many best-of lists will be screened in chronological order to reveal Bond's evolution over the decades:
Dr. No - Friday, July 7
From Russia with Love - Friday, July 14
Goldfinger - Friday, July 21
You Only Live Twice - Friday, July 28
The Spy Who Loved Me - Friday, August 11
- 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.
And just because we know you've been waiting for it: "Shaken, not stirred."
Admission to all film screenings is FREE.
Heads up - here's a month's worth of upcoming events in Downtown Santa Barbara
and YOU can participate!
4th of July Parade(5:00 pm, free)
Tuesday, July 4
Micheltorena to Cota Streets
Tuesday, July 4
Courthouse Sunken Garden
Santa Barbara Waterfront
(11:00 am-9:00 pm)
Thursday, July 6
(Friday, 8:30 pm)
Fri, July 7:
Fri, July 14: From Russia with Love
Fri, July 21: Goldfinger
Fri, July 28: You Only Live Twice
Downtown Santa Barbara comes alive once a month,
, 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.
July's theme is "Jump Start 'Anti-Boredom' Month."
19 Blue (19 W. Ortega) hosts three local artists, all of whom share a love of nature and color: Doug Dafoe, Ryan Dafoe and Orian Lathrop.
- Break bread with the Casa Gallery @ VOICE Magazine Team (23 E. Canon Perdido) during the opening reception for "Soul Food" an exhibition of work by local artists. Artwork will be paired with a sampling of local breads...SB's inaugural Bread Festival!
Becker Studios' Millworks (421 E. Haley) features local artist Erick Madrid's photography, showcasing a collection capturing Santa Barbara lifestyle and wildlife.
- Join Impact Hub (1117 State) for an evening of LOVE LETTERS - a collaboration of improv typewriter love poetry, antique book sculptures, and photography.
Keefrider Studio (434 E. Haley) features Lichtenberg Figures: lightening-like fractals burned into wood using high voltages.
Count down to Fiesta! Santa Barbara Historical Museum (136 E. De la Guerra) hosts a Flamenco show by dancers from the Linda Vega Dance Studio.
Join photographer Kim Reierson at The Shade Store (635 State) for an evening of photos, wine and window treatments!
Te Amo (811 State, in Paseo Nuevo) presents "Straightforward Beauty" by Olga Hotujac, a collection of contemporary still life paintings created in oil on canvas. Meet the artist!
Rolling in like the Terminator,
brings sounds from the future as host and programmer of New Noize (airs 9-11PM on 92.9 KJEE Santa Barbara's Modern Rock.) No genre is Taboo, let Haaris sherpa you up this mountain of new music discovery, pulling sounds you've never heard before.
(Marshalls Patio, 900 State)
Non-Profits to Know:
Doctors Without Walls - Santa Barbara Street Medicine
"Dedicated to providing free, volunteer medical care for the most vulnerable of Santa Barbara County, when and were they are in need,
and to provide education."
Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW-SBSM) was founded in 2005 by three family physicians: Mark Stinson, MD, Sabina Diehr MD and Noemi "Mimi" Doohan, MD PhD. The creation of DWW was inspired by the need for local humanitarian medical volunteerism in response to disasters both acute, such as 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina, and chronic, such as poverty and homelessness.
Using these models of volunteer homeless and disaster medicine, the DWW programs were designed and implemented. DWW was a founding member, and continues to be closely affiliated with, the International Street Medicine Collaborative. This important Street Medicine affiliation enables them to study and implement best-practices, network globally, and advocate for those they serve.
The organization's name was changed to Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW-SBSM) in 2008 in order to emphasize the connection with the international street medicine movement. Integral to all of the DWW-SBSM programs is the goal of creating social change/social justice models for health care that can be efficiently scaled up in response to unmet community needs.
Here's What's New Downtown:
Quality apparel, denim tailoring, apothecary & gifts, leather goods -
has it all, now open in La Arcada Court (1114 State #25...Your Taco Tuesday just got more interesting, with the opening of
(718 State)...Work however you want, wherever you need, with office space at
(7 W. Figueroa, 2nd & 3rd floors)...
(537 State) hosts "
First Friday Game Night
" at the
Santa Barbara Public Library
(40 E. Anapamu); next gig is July 7th (6-9pm)...A yummy announcement from
Santa Barbara Public Market
- coming soon:
Ca'Dario Pizzeria Veloce
, guaranteed to satisfy your pizza cravings!...Check out pilates reinvented, re-choreographed and reconstructed at
IM=X Pilates Studio
(918 Chapala)...It's finally open! Swing by
for all your wine'ing desires (18 W. Anapamu)...New Associate Member
(119 N. Milpas) provides services for all your security, lifestyle and safety needs.
Downtown Santa Barbara
Board of Directors
The Towbes Group
Brush & Associates
David de L'Arbe
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
American Riviera Bank
Pacific Western Bank
Santa Barbara Arts
Santa Barbara Frame Shop
The Shade Store
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Law Office of William Duval
Hotel Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood
Visit Santa Barbara
Distinctive Framing 'n' Art
Distinctive Art Gallery
Margerum Wine Co.
Santa Barbara Trust for
Ensemble Theatre Company
Santa Barbara Independent
SB Center for the
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants
Montecito Bank & Trust
Downtown Santa Barbara
Marketing & Communications Director
Marketing & Events Coordinator
State Street Team
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