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Santa Barbara Named As One Of America’s Top Small Cities

July 01, 2013

Santa Barbara, CA. - Locals know Santa Barbara is a great place to live. But others around the country are now taking notice as well.

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Cachuma Lake offers Year-Round Nature Programs

May 12, 2013

Cachuma Lake 2-Hour Wildlife Cruises – Offered mornings 10am – noon Saturdays & Sundays, and afternoons 3pm - 5pm Fridays and Saturdays. Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists lead 2-hour cruises that focus on wildlife, local birds, flora, geology, and Native American and settler history. $15/adults $7/kids (4-12 years old; please, no children under 4). Reservations: (805) 686-5050 weekdays, (805) 686-5055 weekends. $10 Park Admission per vehicle. Call (805) 688-4515 for more information or visit and click on “Nature Cruises”.

City of Goleta Receives Award for Roundabout

May 11, 2013

The City of Goleta received a Best in Category award for the roundabout at Los Carneros and Calle Real from the American Public Works Association - Central Coast of California Chapter.  The award was given in the category of Transportation Projects under $5 million. Capital Improvement Program Manager Rosemarie Gaglione attended the APWA Awards luncheon to accept the award on the City’s behalf.

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South Coast Railroad Museum Offers Daytrip Aboard Two Historic Rail Cars

May 10, 2013

During one weekend in late June, local railfans and history buffs will have a special opportunity to enjoy the experience of riding two historic American railcars during two scenic one-day roundtrip excursions up the coast to San Luis Obispo. This “Vintage Rail Sampler” event is organized and sponsored by the South Coast Railroad Museum.

Seating is limited to only 52 passengers during each of the two separate daytrips, which take place on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. Passengers on each trip will ride the same two vintage railcars, Acoma and Overland Trail. All passengers will ride one of the cars in the morning and the other during the afternoon return, changing cars during the midday stopover in San Luis Obispo.

Solo Exhibition for Santa Barbara based painter, Angela Perko

May 08, 2013

Sullivan Goss presents their fifth solo exhibition for Santa Barbara based painter, Angela Perko. Riffing on early Modernist approaches as diverse as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Cubism, Perko renders a world composed of highly stylized, rhythmic forms. The resulting images evoke a sense of movement that suggests that reality itself is too dynamic to paint as a static image.

Having developed into one of the community’s most distinctive voices in just over a decade, Perko’s exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog featuring the newest works in the exhibition as well as an overview of her evolution over the last ten years. ANGELA PERKO, her eponymous catalog, will feature remarks by Contemporary Curator Susan Bush and renowned songwriter and collector Will Jennings. In addition, there is a lush selection of 51 illustrations. Copies of the limited edition book will be available for sale at the opening reception on 1st Thursday

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Exciting New Ride Hits Santa Barbara

May 08, 2013

A and J Limousine announces the launch of their new business, Santa Barbara Hot Rod Limo. The service features a new vehicle that is a stretched version of a 1927 Ford Model T. The limo has seating for 8 and offers daily tours of downtown Santa Barbara and Montecito.

This unique, custom built car is a “head-turner” in bright yellow and offers 40-minute tours of the downtown Santa Barbara and Montecito areas. Santa Barbara Hot Rod Limo departs daily from just outside of the Santa Barbara Visitors’ Center.

They also offer private tours and private bookings for special events & corporate events.

A and J Limousine has been owned and operated locally by Andrea and Justin Plackett for over 10 years and was recently voted “Best Limousine Service” in the Santa Barbara News-Press Readers’ Choice Awards.

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