Roddick wins Queen’s title under Connors

Montecito resident Jimmy Connors coached Andy Roddick to a fourth Artois Championship at Queen’s Club on June 17th. Roddick beat unseeded Nicolas Mahut in three sets for his first tour victory this season and his fourth Queen’s Club tournament victory. The tournament is considered a warm up to Wimbledon, the Grand Slam tournament in which Roddick has twice been a finalist. The Queen’s Club victory gave Roddick a one-up on coach Connors, who has taken the title three times. "I had to win this one because for the only time in all the places we go, I've won a tournament more times than him," said Roddick to the press in London. "That doesn't happen very often.”

Take Your Seat… Please!

The theater that boasts big name performing arts Alumni such as Martha Graham, Brad Hall, Ron Shelton, Timothy Bottoms, Alonzo King, and Taylor Hackford, is replacing its seating and needs the public’s help in finishing the project. The Santa Barbara High School Theater Foundation launched the project in 2005 to mark the 100th anniversary of the SBHS Theater Arts program and has raised most of the funds for the project, but is desperate to raise the balance of $23,500 as soon as possible. Construction began June 4th to replace the stained and torn 40-year-old seating and the project is scheduled to be completed by September 23. The theater will have a new polished look for the upcoming school year, as it will also have plush new carpeting, refinished wood floors, and for the first time, ADA upgrades.

The Foundation welcomes contributions in any amount. Sponsorship ranges from a one-seat sponsor to a row of 12 seats ($200 to $2,400). Donor names are to be prominently displayed in the school’s foyer.

Many Montecito residents have already been pitching in to help, such as Jon and Lillian Lovelace, Alexy Novick, the Montesano family, Annie Villanueva, Mary Ellen Trainor Zemeckis, Marhsall Rose, the Sanders family, the Tynan family, the Zupsic family, the Atkatz family, Lexi and Emily Dentzel, Len and Robyn Freedman, Dr. Jeffrey and Dr. Monica Fried, Pete and Gerd Jordano, Jana and Jullian McIntyre, Courtney and Camille Phillips, Joseph and Josee Scanlan, Alyse and Andrew Adams, Jeff Cole, Paul and Earla Cronshaw, E. Ann Forrest, the Gherson family, Phyllis Noble, Shari and George Isaac, Karen Kolb, the Krause family, Edward and Monica Langhorne, Bella Loggins, Natalie Noone, Austin Reiter, Rachel Decker-Sadowski, Montana Scher, Lee and Amy Silverman, the Bank family, the Defnet family, the Kerns family, the Nagy family, the Senn family, Cody and Carlin Traxler, and James and Lucy Witmer.

In November, the theater will be putting on a performance of “Peter Pan” complete with Flying by Foy, the company that originated flying sequences.

For more information please email Gillian at Please make your check payable to: SBHS Theater Foundation, and mail it c/o Gillian Richardson, SBHS Theater Foundation Treasurer, 720 Mission Canyon Road. SB 93105. Please indicate the desired information for the plaque in the memo section of your check.

Laurel Has Ticket To Ride

Laurel Hicks, who recently graduated from Montecito Union, and her pony Sunday Best have both qualified for the 40th Annual United States Equestrian Foundation (USEF) and the National Pony Championship in Lexington, Kentucky. Twelve-year-old Laurel qualified for the USEF Medal Finals in Equitation after accumulating over 30 points in USEF Pony Medal Equitation classes. For the Hunter Pony finals, which is open to riders 17 years of age and under, Sunday Best qualified with Laurel in the saddle by winning Championships and Reserve Championships at 'A' and 'AA' rated USEF competitions in the Large Pony division. Showing predominately at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Laurel and Sunday Best have been competing in the Large Pony division for the past 2 years. In November, Laurel and Sunday Best will also be competing in the West Coast Pony Finals.

Although she has loved horses since she was a toddler, Laurel began riding at the age of five when her family moved to Montecito. She shares the love of horses with her mother, Georgette Topakas-Hicks; both mother and daughter train in Goleta with Alanna Bloomberg of Gracelynd Hill. In addition to riding her horse, Laurel is looking forward to a summer of tennis and playing with her dogs.