••• You can now preorder architect Jeff Shelton’s book about his downtown buildings: “The Fig District is a gorgeous 192-page hardcover book packed with drawings, details, early concept sketches, and beautiful color photographs by photographer Jason Rick. In the book, Jeff tells the stories behind eight of his most playful and colorful downtown Santa Barbara buildings, all within walking distance of each other and of his office on Fig Avenue.” It’s $44 and ships in November—and you know I already ordered mine.
••• The annual Planned Parenthood book sale is September 16-26.
••• Ortega Park is on the city Planning Commission’s September 16 agenda—and, if the design included in the materials is any indication, the lap pool is back in the picture.
••• A friend who lives near the Hot Springs trailhead had two run-ins lately with hikers looking for parking: one asked if she could park in his motor court, since he was on the way out (and “not using it”), and the other parked in front of his back gate (“you can always use the front gate”). Come on, people.
••• Up now at the Caldwell Snyder Gallery on Coast Village Road: “New Works” by Charles Arnoldi.
••• The city of Santa Barbara has come up with an “Explore SB Bingo” game. I look forward to discussing the “3-P’s” with all my friends.
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