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At the time all over again, we turned to longtime contributor Leslie Dinaberg to acquire on our yearly Property & Yard challenge, when we spotlight numerous of the indoor and out of doors layout tales and developments from all around Santa Barbara. As she labored on this version, we also hired Leslie as our new Culture Editor to lead our arts and enjoyment coverage and control a lot of of the special sections, just like this week’s. She tells us a lot more down below. 

What did you find out about Lotusland and Madame Ganna Walska even though reporting this week’s address tale?  Like Madame herself, Lotusland is significantly, significantly extra than just a really confront. A person of the best “work perks” of remaining a journalist in Santa Barbara is that I have been fortunate to spend a good deal of time at Lotusland around the years. But I seriously had no thought about all the driving-the-scenes efforts that have long gone on FOR Decades to make this attractive garden a a lot more environmentally sustainable position, in addition to becoming these kinds of an inspiringly lovely and tranquil spot. 

What are some of your preferred yearly situations in S.B.?  I like I Madonnari, both for the fantastically vibrant chalk artwork that lights up the pavement at the Mission and the wonderful function of Children’s Creative Project that this celebration supports (bringing jointly youthful individuals and professional artists in our regional universities). I have also got a specific put in my coronary heart for the Children’s Parade for the duration of Fiesta. I was a flower woman when I was very little and then marched in the parade with my son and our buddies and spouse and children. It is a single of my beloved summer traditions. The winter season Parade of Lights in the harbor is also a beloved. I also actually really like the Solstice Parade. I guess I’m type of a sucker for our annual occasions, especially considering the fact that it’s been so prolonged given that we’ve had a “normal” calendar year of them.


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