March 2017

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From the Desk of Kate Schwab,  Marketing & Communications Director

In Like a Lion

Nearly 20 years ago, when I was tapped to be on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization, I accepted with a huge sense of pride. Now, as a staff member of what we affectionately call "Downtown SB," I wake up every morning with stirrings of that same pride, knowing that we all bop into our office with an amazing goal: supporting our Downtown SB members.

To be here in this City, working for this organization, I'm thrilled anew to help plan our 50th Anniversary! To celebrate, we are producing a once-in-our-lifetime 50th Anniversary Gala, Presented by the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort, on Wednesday, April 12th.

Fifty years! That milestone alone is reason enough to raise a glass. But the Gala program is what I find the most thrilling - we plan to "re-honor" our 40 years' worth of "Citizens of the Year" during the evening, showcasing their profiles and contributions on an Honor Wall and with specifically sponsored tables at dinner.

Our Citizen of the Year honorees have included civic leaders, social advocates, visionaries, members of the media and the arts community, and citizens who have made their mark in our community. Leading the Gala are Honorary Co-Chairs Mayor Helene Schneider and our 2004 Citizen of the Year, Roger Durling of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Bringing many of these amazing people together, to thank and honor them again, is, well, yet another huge source of pride for all of us.

We hope you can join us - please see below for more info about sponsorship opportunities or tickets.  
Celebrating 2014 Citizen of the Year, John Palminteri with Palm-like 'staches firmly in place. 
Save the Date: Downtown SB 50th Anniversary Gala! 
It's our Big 5-0, and you're invited!  
You may not remember Downtown Santa Barbara, circa 1967. No Paseo Nuevo Shopping Mall, parallel parking on State Street, people gazed into shop windows, not down at small handheld devices. And the downtown businesses came together for the first time as a community, to create the Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara. Now, fifty years later, Downtown Santa Barbara is set to share history and celebrate milestones, accomplishments and successes, with the "Downtown Santa Barbara 50th Anniversary Gala" Presented by the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort, on Wednesday evening, April 12, 2017.
The evening begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the stunning rotunda of The Fess Parker Doubletree Resort. Guests may explore the Honor Wall sponsored by Southern California Edison - a visual representation of forty years of past "Citizens of the Year" and their contributions. Following the cocktail hour, guests adjourn to the Grand Ballroom for a three-course gourmet dinner, along with a captivating program celebrating our rich history, dedicated leadership, and timeless efforts to revitalize Downtown Santa Barbara. The Gala concludes with the announcement of the Harriet Miller Youth Leadership Award, the Downtown Business Champion of the Year, the George Gerth Volunteer of the Year and the 2016 Citizen of the Year.
For information regarding table or other sponsor opportunities or to purchase Gala tickets, click here
 or call  805-962-2098, ext 804.

2015 Citizen of the Year, Community Arts Workshop.
Upcoming Events

Heads up - here are the events Downtown Santa Barbara is hosting
for the next two months, and YOU can participate!  

February 2017  

Thursday, March 2
(5:00-8:00 pm)

 Wed, Mar 22: Ruby Princess 
Mon, Mar 27: Grand Princess

Wed, Mar 22 (8:00 AM)
Breakfast Networking Reception (7:00 AM)
(El Paseo Restaurant, 813 Anacapa)
State of the City Address (8:00 AM)
(Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido)

March 2017  
Thursday, April 6
(5:00-8:00 pm) 
 Mon, April 3: Grand Princess
Wed, April 5: Ruby Princess
Sun, April 16: Star Princess
Sat, April 22: Ruby Princess 
Downtown SB 50thAnniversary Gala
Wed, April 12 (5:30 PM) 

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.  
March's theme is "Movement!"
  • Plum Goods (911 State) welcomes the debut of new works by Melissa Mahoney.
  •  Experience the photography of local artists Danielle Renee Methmann and Ian Stevenson, along with a live music performance by harpist Laurie Rasmussen, at First Click (104 W. Anapamu, Suite K).
  • Summer Solstice returns this year with the theme: Celebrating Unity! Vote for your favorite artwork and meet the artists who have submitted for the Solstice 2017 poster and t-shirt contest, at Casa Gallery @ Voice Magazine (23 E. Canon Perdido).
  • Becker Studios' Millworks (412 E. Haley, Studio 3) features the mixed-media paintings of Meghan Hart and the visually elegant photographs for Andrew Thill.
  • Sullivan Goss (11 E. Anapamu) celebrates the opening of Hank Pitcher: Look Out, the artist's first solo show in three years.
  • Artists Jonathan Smith and Kym Cochran unveil "1925," a public artwork about  the devastating earthquake that destroyed 85% of downtown Santa Barbara. Ribbon cutting, refreshments, presentations by the artists start at 5 pm. Digital video projections illuminate the Jardin de las Granadas (21 E. Anapamu). Period attire encouraged.
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents Members of Opera Santa Barbara's Mosher Studio Artists program perform Leos Janáček's song cycle "Diary of One Who Disappeared" in the Museum galleries (5:30 PM).
Onetwo Tree, based in Santa Barbara, has roots that stem from the Hawaiian Islands, to the South American coast, to the Jersey shore. With this flavorful mix of cultures, these musicians are influenced by UB40 and know how to hold down a reggae groove. (Marshalls Patio, 900 State)

Non-Profits to Know:

SBCC Foundation


"To support SBCC students and programs through sustained philanthropy."

The SBCC Foundation was established in 1976 to provide Santa Barbara City College with private philanthropic support. The foundation acts in partnership with the college and bridges the gap between available public funding and institutional need, as determined by the college leadership. Serving as the vehicle through which individuals and organizations may invest in the college, the foundation fuels the educational excellence that has long been the hallmark of SBCC.

The SBCC Foundation provides more than $4 million annually for student success programs, scholarships, book grants, and other critical needs of the college in order to support SBCC students as they prepare for careers, transfer to four-year universities, and pursue lifelong learning goals.

The SBCC Promise will provide any local student who completes their secondary education within the Santa Barbara Community College District with the opportunity to attend SBCC full-time for two years free of charge. The Promise, a project of the SBCC Foundation, will use privately raised funds to cover all enrollment and required fees, books, and supplies in an effort to remove economic barriers, making our community's college fully accessible to all local students. 
Here's What's New in Downtown Santa Barbara:

... Retirement Services of Diane Brewer has a new address: 7 W. Anapamu...for some of the best empanadas in Santa Barbara, head to Tangonadas (1014 State, Ste B)...Your new outfit awaits at Cage Clothing (921 State)...Raise a glass at new tasting room, August Ridge Vineyards (5 E. Figueroa)...check out First Click (104 W. Anapamu, Ste K) for marketing, website and more...Santa Barbara Gift & Apparel is a shop for all things Santa Barbara (933 State)... Sotheby's has moved into a new office,
 at 8 W. Victoria...   
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

 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

Joanne Funari
American Riviera Bank

Allison Griffin
Sonos, Inc.
Steve Hinkley

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.

Maryann Mendoza 

Dr. Anne Petersen
Santa Barbara Trust for
Historic Preservation

Tracy Pfautch

Pacific Western Bank

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
Downtown Santa Barbara Staff 
Executive Director

Marketing & Communications Director
Cassidy Brewer
Marketing & Events Manager   

Cindy Arroyo

Office Manager
Events Coordinator 

Chloe Brooks
State Street Team 

And I Quote: 
"Streets and their sidewalks - the main public places of a city -
 are its most vital organs." 
~Jane Jacobs, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities"     
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