Calendar of Events
All numbers are in the 805 area code unless otherwise noted. The calendar in next month’s July 2012 issue runs from Sunday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 31. Please make calendar submissions by the 15th of the month preceding the month your event is in. Submissions without a contact number for information verification or a publishable public information number will not be published. We will not be responsible for late changes or omissions in editorial materials previously submitted. All calendar listings are free and publication is based on space availability with advertisers’ activities, free events and nonprofits receiving space priority.
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Elite Theatre Revival, The Miser – In this classic comedy by Moliere — and a seemingly timely revival, directed by Frank J. Malle — the Miser, Harpagon, played by Doug Friedlander (pictured), is a conniving, tight-fisted, mean-spirited skinflint who makes Ebenezer Scrooge look like a kind-hearted philanthropist. He takes delight in lending money at such an inflated rate the borrower will surely be crippled by it; but to placate his own paranoia and suspicions he buries his gold coins underground to keep them safe. When Harpagon and his son, Cleante, (played by Eric Mello) discover they share amorous design on the same woman, Marianne (Sandra Saad), they unwittingly become rivals in love. And what fate will Harpagon’s buried treasure meet in this social satire that blends farce with fast-moving plot twists and turns? Performances through July 22 on Friday 8:30 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. The Elite Theatre, 730-B, Oxnard Heritage Square, Oxnard. For reservations and further information, call 483-5118 or order online at www.elitetheatre.org
Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre, Regrets Only, performances through July 15. See Arts & Entertainment
UpStage Left Productions, Our Town– Thornton Wilder’s timeless 1938 play Our Town takes on a new look and
life for three performances in the natural setting of Godric’s Grove at Elings Park, opening today at 6 p.m. with performances Monday and Tuesday, July 2 and 3 at 6 p.m. Filled with heart, laughter and music from gospel to barbershop, this American classic is more timely than ever as Godric’s Grove is transformed into Grover’s Corners. Directed by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Cheri Steinkellner, the cast includes (back row, from left) Allison Lewis (Mrs. Gibbs), Ray Cothern (Doctor Gibbs), Kevin Herald (George Gibbs), Addison Clarke (Emily Webb), Clayton Barry (Editor Webb), Xeni Tziouvaras (Mrs. Webb) and front row, from left, Albee Rothman (Stage Manager) and Emma Steinkellner (Assistant Stage Manager). With only three performances, you won’t want to miss this Pulitzer Prize winning drama staged in the perfect outdoor setting overlooking the beauty of our own town; 1298 Las Positas Road. General Admission $15 with tickets available online at www.brownpapertickets.com and at the door. For more information call 705-7310.
Wednesday 4 – Independence Day
Spirit of ’76 4th of July Parade and Concert – With the theme The Gift of Individual Liberty, the parade begins at 1 p.m. at State and Micheltorena streets and travels down State to Cota Street. The celebration is capped off with the Spirit of ’76 Concert at the Courthouse Sunken Garden at 4:30 p.m. Questions? Call 284-5245 or check www.spiritof76.org
Santa Barbara Foresters Baseball Game – The Foresters play the Conejo Oaks at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium at UCSB today at 5:10 p.m. Adults $6, seniors $3, kids 12 and under $3. Questions? Call 684-8596 or check www.sbforesters.org
Condor Express Fireworks Cruise – An opportunity to experience the fireworks from just outside the Santa Barbara Harbor on this cruise that includes food, no-host cocktails, music and, of course, a front seat for watching the fireworks. The Condor leaves Sea Landing at 6 p.m. For more information, including cost and reservations, call 882-0088 or check www.condorcruise.com
Stow House Old-Fashioned 4th of July – Hosted by the Goleta Historical Society at Rancho La Patera & Stow House, this 38th annual celebration features an old-time atmosphere with a day of live music, hayrides, BBQ, museum tours, various games and races, pony rides, local artists, engine showcase, classic cars, Hollister Brewing Company beer, and much more. Admission is $6 for adults, free for children under 12. Got questions? Call 681-7216 or check www.goletahistory.org
The Village Fourth Parade – This community event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Montecito’s Upper Manning Park and continues at lower Manning Park following the parade with plenty of food and live entertainment. At 7:30 a.m. there is an annual pancake breakfast at the San Ysidro Firehouse with tickets available at the door. Got questions? Check www.montecitoassociation.org or call 969-2026.
Santa Barbara Fireworks and SPARKLE Freedom Celebration – a city of Santa Barbara and SPARKLE co-hosted fireworks display at 9 p.m. presented by Bay Fireworks off West Beach. The Celebration begins at 11 a.m. along Cabrillo Boulevard and features food and beverage vendors and live music beginning at 7 p.m., featuring the 50-member Air National Guard Band of the Southwest. Got questions? Call 965-1962, 568-0020 or check www.sparkle.com
Goleta Fireworks Festival – Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Goleta, this celebration at Girsh Park is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event with bounce houses, face painting, train rides, an ice rink for kids 6 years old and older, a watermelon eating contest, obstacle courses run by city fire fighters, a raffle, live entertainment from the R&B sounds of Area 51 and The Excellent Tradesmen, all capped off with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.; 4 to 10 p.m. Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Road, Goleta. Admission is $6 adults, kids 12 and under free. Got questions? Call 879-3979 or check www.goletafireworks.org
Ventura Family Festival and Fireworks Show – An annual 4th of July festival for the whole family at Ventura College Athletic Field, 4201 Telegraph Road. in Ventura featuring live entertainment by Men on the Moon, activities, games, food booths, kids area and fireworks at 9 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. Got questions? Check www.venturafireworks.com
Solvang Independence Day Parade & BBQ in Solvang Park – Hosted by the Solvang Rotary Club, this old-fashioned 4th of July Parade beginning at 11 a.m. at Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive. (Hwy. 246), travels west on Mission Drive to Fourth Street, south on Fourth Street and then east on Copenhagen Drive, south on Alisal Road and east on Molle Way back to the Mission. After the parade, enjoy a hot dog and hamburger BBQ, entertainment, and fireworks at 9 p.m. at Solvang Park at Mission Drive and First Street. Admission is $5 at the gate with additional costs for food, drinks and some activities. Got questions? Call 688-6144 or check www.solvang.com
Solvang Independence Day Fireworks – Annual fireworks display at 9 p.m. hosted by the Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club following the BBQ festival at the Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive (Hwy. 246). For more information, call 688-6144 or check online at www.solvang.com
Old Mission Art Alternative Show – An annual 4th of July art show held at an alternative site around the corner from the Old Mission features 50-plus local artists who have created multi-media paintings, clothing, handbags, jewelry, hats, dolls, glass, pottery and porcelain sculpture, including the “Pixies” (pictured) created by Mette-Julian Auerbock whose professional work, along with her sister Sissel, is considered unique and inspired; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2227 Garden St. Free admission and parking. For more information call 886-9416.
Fillmore & Western Railway Firecracker BBQ Dinner Train – Climb onboard for a fun 4th of July BBQ tri-tip and chicken dinner and train ride through the century-old citrus and avocado orchards of the Heritage Valley before returning to the Fillmore Train Station in time to view the Fireworks Show, presented by the City of Fillmore. Maxwell Productions acting troupe will be on hand to entertain passengers during the trip. Reservations are required and infants under 2 years of age ride free on the lap of a parent or guardian. For more information and to make reservations, call 524-2546 or online at www.fwry.com
Elements Theatre Collective, Gruesome Playground Injuries, opening today with performances through July 21 at multiple locations throughout Santa Barbara and Goleta. See Arts & Entertainment.
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Kardboard Kayak Race. See Events.
Santa Barbara Blues Society, Lionel Young Band – It’s a “Tuesday Bluesday” celebration for the SBBS in showcasing Lionel Young at its new venue at the Butler Event Center. Young is a two-time winner of the International Blues Challenge in both solo-duo category (2008) and band category (2011). Trained as a classical violinist, Young has played jazz and pop with the likes of Doc Severinson, Woody Herman, Stanley Turrentine and Stevie Wonder, to name a few, and has evolved into an expert guitarist, fiddle player and bluesman who writes and sings his own songs. The show features free BBQ snacks, a dance floor and outdoor patios. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m. Butler Event Center, 3744 State St. For more information, including ticket purchases, call 722-8155 or check www.SBBlues.org
“Happenings at the Zoo,” Autism Family Night, see Events.
SBCC Theatre Group, Avenue Q, see Arts & Entertainment on page 12.
French Festival, see Events
Music Academy of the West Summer Festival, Academy Festival Orchestra – A second public concert at the Granada Theater by the 90-member 2012 Summer Festival Orchestra featuring Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductors, Yan Pascal Tortelier (pictured), who enjoys a distinguished career as a guest conductor with the world’s most prestigious orchestras. French and English music are Tortelier’s specialties and reflected in a program lineup that includes Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, Henri Dutilleux’s Metaboles and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. For tickets and more information call the MAW at 969-8787, the Granada Box Office at 899-2222 or purchase online at www.granadasb.org or www.musicacademy,org
Song Tree Concert Series, Café Musique – In combining the rich timbre of the violin with the subtle expression of the accordion, Café Musique has captured the European gypsy sound as its own. Given the mixture of musical backgrounds of each member, their sound features vocals with two-and-three part harmonies and — along with timeless standards and new compositions — classical, swing, folk and tango expressions that define it; 7:30 p.m., Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 820 N. Fairview Ave, Goleta. Admission is $15 and kids 16 and younger admitted free. Tickets available in advance by mail and at Folk Mote Music and Jensen Guitar and Music, and also available at the door if not sold out. For more information and advance ticket purchase, call 403-2639 or check www.SongTree.org
Santa Barbara Public Library System, Magician Shawn McMaster – As part of the annual Summer Reading Program for children and teens, families and children are invited to a performance by magician Shawn McMaster presented through July 21 at all branches of the Santa Barbara Public Library System. Unlike many magicians who use magic words or cheesy-looking props, McMaster offers a high-energy, interactive show filled with astonishment and hilarity for the whole family, although best suited for children ages 5 and up. Performances are on the following dates: today, Carpinteria Library, 2:30 p.m. (5141 Carpinteria Ave.) and Goleta Library, 7 p.m. (500 N. Fairview Ave.); Wednesday, July 18, Solvang Library, 4 p.m. (1745 Mission Drive.); Thursday, July 19, Montecito Library, 4 p.m. (1469 East Valley Road.); Friday, July 20, Eastside Library, 3:30 p.m. (1102 E. Montecito St.); and Saturday, July 21, Central Library, 2:30 p.m. (40 East. Anapamu Street.). For further information, call the Central Library at 564-5603 or check online at www.SBPLibrary.org
“Happenings at the Zoo,” Junior Keeper Night, see Events.
Petites Amis, Open Houses – This new preschool located near Cathedral Oaks Road and Paterson Avenue officially opens its doors on Monday, August 27 following Opens Houses today and tomorrow, Saturday, July 21 and Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to noon for all Open Houses. Supervised by Darlene Mock, who holds a California Life Teaching Credential as well as 10 years of preschool experience, the program is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and re-creates the environment and elements of a home familiar to children. The program features a combination of kinder-readiness activities including daily storytime, easel painting, music, arts and crafts, gardening, playhouse, Legos, and many more. The preschool is situated among old trees and features open spaces, a small orchard, and a producing summer vegetable garden that encourages early elemental interest in the wonders and significance of growing edibles. The Open Houses will introduce the community to the interior and exterior spaces of the new preschool as well as serve as an introduction to the curriculum. Light refreshments will be served and children are welcome to bring their parents. For more information, including the preschool address, and to RSVP, call 845-5260 or write firstname.lastname@example.org
Petites Amis, Open House. See details under July 20 calendar entry.
Neal Taylor Nature Center, Cachuma Lake, Kids’ Fishing Workshop - A workshop led by expert local anglers to teach kids basic fishing skills and to honor naturalist/fisherman Neal Taylor. Kids 7 – 15 years old (not suitable for kids under 7) will be divided into small groups that will circulate through presentations on knot-tying, casting, trout fishing, rigging for bass, crappie and blue gill, and saltwater fishing. Pre-registration is recommended and is free with a $10 per vehicle county park admission fee, which may encourage participants to double- and triple-up into one car to save on admission fees. All Equipment is provided and parents are welcome to observe the workshop, or explore the park while the workshop is in session; 8:45 a.m. to noon, Cachuma Lake. For more information and to register, call 693-0691 or email Julie@clnaturecenter.org
Ventura Harbor, Pirate’s Days Festival, see Events
Phoenix of Santa Barbara, “Just One Small Step!” – A NON-Walkathon to raise funds for two new vans for Phoenix House and Mountain House residential treatment programs for mentally ill adults. The event will feature wraps form Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, live music from Glendessary Jam, a sneaker-painting contest, bounce house, green screen photos, raffles, test drives in a Toyota Sienna, and much more; 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Alameda Park at Micheltorena and Anacapa Streets. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase $5 entrance tickets — which includes breakfast — call 965-3434 or check www.phoenixofsb.org
Goleta Library, Teen Book Bingo! - The Santa Barbara Public Library System invites preteens and teens (ages 10 – 16), who are fans of books written for teens, to the Goleta Library branch to play a literary version of bingo. Instead of numbered cards, the game is played with cards featuring favorite authors, and extra points are earned for naming the authors’ most popular titles. Book-related prizes will be awarded to winners including book bags, advance copies of teen bestsellers, and other book-related items. The first bingo board starts at around 6:45 p.m. and pre-registration guarantees players a spot; Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave. in Goleta. All library programs are free and open to the public. Got questions? Call 964-7878 or check online at www.sbplibrary.org
PCPA Theaterfest, Solvang Festival Theater, Legally Blonde, the Musical. See feature
Oxnard Salsa Festival, see Events