••• Here’s your first glimpse of the concept plan for the Dorinda Triangle at the intersection of Hot Springs and Olive Mill. The design is by Arcadia Studio, and the project is a joint effort of the Garden Club of Santa Barbara, the Montecito Community Foundation, and Casa Dorinda. I’ve included the explanation separately so it’s easier to read; note that the perimeter is sandstone cobble rather than DG, to discourage walking there, and the county may still be asking for tweaks. Obviously, it’s a huge improvement over what’s there now. The organizations are raising funds to make the redo happen; you can help by donating via the Montecito Community Foundation.
••• An update about the Ghost Village Road trick-or-treating tomorrow: Good on the Montecito Journal for doing the work of confirming with Coast Village Road businesses that they will indeed be handing out
••• Press release: “The Ojai Film Festival returns November 3-20 for its 23rd year with both in-person and virtual events, celebrating the works of filmmakers from around the world. The official festival schedule includes 84 selected films (varying from features, shorts, documentaries, and animated films), over a dozen seminars, panels, and receptions with filmmakers, live music from local artists, and the Awards Brunch. For the second year in a row, the festival will run in hybrid form, screening all films in person from November 4-7 at the Ojai Art Center, and virtually from November 8-20 […], doubling last year’s length of virtually available stream times.”
••• K. sends word that the county is working on another debris basin in Montecito—this one where Buena Vista Creek meets Park Lane.
••• I went and checked out the new Santa Barbara Hives store in San Roque (3328 State Street), and it’s a lot like the one in Carp, but bigger. You’ll find the brand’s own merchandise, of course, and lots of bee-related stuff (including the perfect MYOB gift). But there’s much more—basically, anything where natural meets local: pantry items like olive oil, coffee, and hot sauce; table linens; jewelry; and the list goes on. The shop is even doubling as a showroom for hemp flooring.
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