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February 10th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Santa Barbara events

What:
Take a guided tour of some of the most beautiful and classic pieces of art ever created. Your guide for the “Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums” exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is Larry J. Feinberg, SBMA Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and an authority on Italian Renaissance art.

Where:
Mary Craig Auditorium
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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February 9th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Symphony Ball

What:
Think you’ve got a tough commute?

It’s nothing compared to the Great Race of 1908, the first and only around-the-world auto race from New York to Paris – with significant delays westbound on the Pacific (ocean, not highway).

Dress to the ’08s and join the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s fundraising salute to the 22,000-mile journey at the 27th Annual Ball & Auction. You’ll be treated to a champagne reception, formal dinner, spirited dancing, fabulous wine, and enticing auction items. If you can’t find any 1908 attire deep in your closet, black tie is recommended. Scarves and goggles optional.

Where:
Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo
333 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

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February 6th, 2015 at 9:30 am

Santa Barbara proposal destinations

When it’s time to pop the question, Santa Barbara has the answer. The seaside city is known for its white-sand beaches and lovely architectural settings, but there are lots of other places in town to become betrothed amid the beauty of it all. Here are some suggestions to get the heart(s) racing.

Franceschi Park and House
The house isn’t much to look at, but the panoramic views are stunning. In this 40-acre city park 800 feet above sea level rests a dilapidated mansion surrounded by what was once one of the finest gardens in California. Built by Italian immigrant and horticulturist Francesco Franceschi in 1893, it was the first home of the Southern California Acclimatizing Society, a group dedicated to botanical study and plant cultivation. The gardens and house have long lost their original glory, but the spectacular views of the city and Pacific Ocean are as OMG-worthy as ever, especially at sunset.
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February 4th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Food and photography in Santa Barbara

What:
If you love photography and good food, this is the event for you. Take a 2-½ hour walking tour to a variety of Santa Barbara eateries and tasting rooms. Participants will sample eight different tastings. The Funk Zone tour starts near the beach and heads to three restaurants, two wine bars, one distillery, and one brew house. You’ll learn a bit of Santa Barbara history as well as take breaks for mini photo lessons.

Where:
Near Cabrillo Boulevard and State Street (exact location provided with ticket purchase)

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February 3rd, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Cachuma Lake nature cruise

What:
Enjoy a two-hour guided cruise around one of the most beautiful lakes in California while you learn about the migratory bald eagles and other waterfowl that take refuge from the harsh winter of northern locations in the safety of Santa Barbara. If you’re lucky, you might even see an early spring fawn with their does as they come down to the lake to feed and drink.

Where:
Cachuma Lake Recreation Area
222 Highway 154
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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