So Close to Completion

In July, the Santa Barbara High School Theater Foundation was $23,500 short of its goal to raise enough money to renovate SBHS’s Theater. To date, the Santa Barbara High School Theater Foundation has committed $134,000 toward the project. The funds must be delivered to SBHS by December 31. Although construction is completed, there is still money to be raised. How much? $7,000.

The renovation project was launched in 2005 to mark the 100th anniversary of the SBHS Theater Arts program. In addition to looking like a brand new theater, the renovated space boasts new seating, plush carpet, refinished wood, and ADA upgrades.

For more information or to help fill the $7,000 gap, please contact Gillian Richardson or send a letter snail mail to Gillian Richardson, SBHS Theater Foundation Treasurer, 720 Mission Canyon Road. SB 93105.

Montecito Beautification Awards

For those who are new to Montecito, the Montecito Association sponsors a yearly Beautification day whereby volunteers are assigned different routes in and around Montecito and help remove trash from our village. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, November 3.

Each year, a person or group is honored by the Association and a “Citizen(s) of the Year” award is presented to a noteworthy and deserving Montecito resident. Last year John Venable, longtime president of Montecito Trails Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of the Montecito Fire District, and a 35-year resident, took home the award. Two years ago, Montecito Journal founder James Buckley was so honored. This year, Fire Chief Kevin Wallace, the Montecito Fire Department, and Montecito Emergency Response & Recovery Action Group (MERRAG) are being honored.

Along with honoring the Citizen(s) of the Year, the Association’s Beautification Committee is tasked with choosing homes and properties that, over the course of the year, distinctly enhanced Montecito. The major consideration is that such beautification be visible from off the property and by the public. Previous honored categories have included estates, exceptional gates or front entrances, and landscape; even a slightly ambiguous “Charm of Montecito” award has been tendered.

Association directors can’t do it alone, however. They seek nominees for this year’s 2007 Beautification awards. If you know of a home, estate, gate, entryway, garden, fountain, or other bit of aesthetic pleasure that has caught your eye over the past twelve months, pass your nomination on to the Montecito Association at: or call 969-2026.

If you would like to be a tee shirt sponsor for the clean up, you are also urged to go online or to call the Association.

Them Terribles Get Shot At MTV Exposure

This summer, at a crowded venue on lower State Street, Montecito-based Them Terribles performed numbers from their 7-song demo “Rock, Paper, Terribles.” Fans from all over Santa Barbara and Montecito including 23-year-old actor/heartthrob Taylor Handley, a Montecito kid who made it big with “Phantom of the Megaplex,” later as Oliver on “The O.C.,” and now in “Hidden Palms,” descended upon Velvet Jones (and waited until nearly midnight to hear the band). Montecito fans that braved the crowd and the lateness of the hour included Lynn and Wayne Barker, Randy and Roxy Solakian, Stephen and Maria Black, Nick Koutoulas, Alexander Black, Ruth and David Green, Leslie von Weisenberger, Max Scher, Chris Dabney, the Buckleys, James, Helen, Lily, and Tim (with Jacqueline Cox), Paula and Tom Ackerman, Nathaniel Jones, and Cindy Quarre.

Them Terribles (lead singer Matt Green and lead guitarist Jonny Black both grew up in Montecito; drummer Joey Benenati is from Santa Barbara, and bass player Geoff Franklin, L.A.) was named in late September as one of 12 finalists (out of 5,000 entries!) in MTV2’s nationwide band contest, [Mountain] Dew Circuit Breakout ‘07. Winners are selected via online voting with the first deadline coming soon (October 28). The 3 top finalists will play at a special televised concert in Times Square on December 8.

People are allowed to vote multiple times and can submit their vote at Them Terribles would appreciate every vote they can get. I know I’ve already cast mine, twice!

The Barry Siegel Bikeway

Barry Siegel was an insistent proponent of alternate modes of transportation, and former Montecito Association President J’Amy Brown has suggested naming the recently completed Ortega Hill Class I bikeway that runs from Sheffield Drive to Evans Avenue, the “Barry Siegel Bikeway.” Support will be needed to make this a reality, and that support should take the shape of letters to First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal, as well as public pressure from groups like the Bicycle Coalition, COAST (Coalition for Sustainable Transportation), the Montecito Association, Summerland Citizens’ and Business Associations, and others. If you’d like to honor Barry’s memory in this way, please call Alex Pujo of COAST at 805-962-3578 to help get the wheels spinning.