New Look for 63-Unit Apartment Complex on Carrillo

••• The 63-unit affordable-housing complex at 400 W. Carrillo (between Castillo and the 101) went back in front of the Historic Landmarks Commission. The design got improved—and the trees more robust—as you can see by comparing the new rendering above to the previous one below.

••• From the Montecito Fire Department: “After a two-year hiatus, we are happy to announce our Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast will happen this year! We look forward to welcoming our community to Fire Station 91 on Independence Day from 7-11 a.m.” Tickets are $10.

••• A new Instagram account unearths amusing local stuff on Craigslist.


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••• The Blasters play the Lobero on August 6.

••• Artist Michael E. Long—who makes assemblages and dioramas, including of local restaurants—has a solo show, Room to Dream, opening this Saturday at Gallery 118 (118 Gray Avenue) in the Funk Zone.

••• Opening June 21 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art: Going Global: Abstract Art at Mid-Century. “This exhibition shows just how far abstraction reached and some of the forms it took during the Cold War, when glossy color magazines and proliferating fairs brought a globalized art world into being.” Below: Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Chromatik stark und zart (Untitled), 1956. Oil on canvas. SBMA, Bequest of Sarah Reed Platt. ©2022 Ernst Wilhelm Nay Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

••• On Tuesday, I was delighted to see that peonies were only $10 at Trader Joe’s—and then shocked that they were “on sale” for $25 at Bristol Farms. As a result, I was on alert, so I noticed that a single brick of Philadelphia cream cheese costs $5.49 at Bristol Farms. At the Vons in Montecito, it’s $3.99—or two for $6.99. I always enjoy shopping at Bristol Farms (well, most of the time), but you sure do pay for the experience.


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Grocery Outlet on De La Vina has the best deals- lots of olive oil options!


The Bristol Farms’ peonies say, “From Holland”–why? Isn’t Lompoc known for its flowers? Carp? (Maybe Carp’s flowers have changed over to the other kind of “flower”…?) Either way, there must be plenty of growers/providers that are much closer to us.