Manning Park’s Ranger-in-Residence Weighs In

••• Manning Park ranger Doug Norton commented on the post about how, once he retires, the county might no longer have a ranger live in the park: “Having been a part of this community for so long, I feel definite mixed emotions about retiring. County management of the park seems to be of two minds these days, regarding the resident ranger program, so I would encourage those with any opinions to let them be known. The County Parks Commission would be an appropriate venue for any input. It’s been a privilege to be a member of our community!” I don’t think you can overestimate how important it has been to the welfare of the park to have a ranger on site. You can reach parks superintendent Jeff Lindgren at 805-568-2475 or [email protected]. And the more people you encourage to weigh in, the better. I sent the post to the Montecito Association in the hope it would include it in one of its periodic emails, but I haven’t heard back.

••• From the Santa Barbara International Film Festival: “Tonight for SBIFF’s Santa Barbara Filmmaker Screenings Series as part of 1st Thursday we will be showcasing (for free) Karen Kasaba’s The Garden is Singing: Ganna Walska Lotusland. The film portrays an intricate, never-before-seen portrait of the garden and its creators demonstrating Lotusland’s significance as a world-class public botanic garden. Showtimes are 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 at SBIFF’s Education Center at 1330 State Street. Plus, have a chance to meet the filmmaker. Popcorn, wine, and the short film will be provided for free.” Pictured: a favorite postcard of Walska.

••• Also tonight: Southern California Edison, is holding a community meeting about its Wildfire Mitigation Plan at Earl Warren Showgrounds (Warren Hall), 3400 Calle Real. “You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the Public Safety Power Shutoff protocol, hear from emergency preparedness experts and update your contact information so you won’t miss out on any important SCE emergency notifications.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m., followed by a chance to talk with experts.

••• The city of Santa Barbara tweeted that “this fall, neighborhoods around the Funk Zone will see activity as water mains are replaced.” There’s a video about the water-main replacement efforts in general, if that floats your boat.

••• For your holiday gift list: a Ruth Bader Ginsburg pillow at Imagine in Montecito. The Josef Frank–ish background might be too close to the original for Svenkst Tenn’s comfort….