Just add things you want to share, do, or organize here.

Dinner Friday, May 10

I (Edgar Shaghoulian) will be going and can drive 3 others. Probably somewhere in Downtown SB, and I am open to suggestions. I expect attendance will be light, but that's okay. Let me/wiki know if you'd like to come below!

(1) Edgar Shaghoulian (can drive and take 3 others)
2) Bart Horn - will need a ride or bus there and back to Goleta (Hollister + Walnut)

Next Social Dinner: Thursday, April 18

We are thinking about going out to "Arigato" (apparently the best Japanese restaurant in SB)
for dinner on April 18 (Thursday).

The address is 1225 State St., Santa Barbara
Phone: 805-965-6074

Warning 1: this place is very popular, and does not take reservations.
Therefore, we need to enter the restaurant as soon as it opens at 5:30PM. This means that we'd better be there by 5:15PM or so.

Warning 2: this place is not cheap. Just to give you an idea: Eiichiro and his wife went to Arigato and had two appetizers and two sushi plates. Eiichiro had one beer and one sake in a bamboo bottle. The bill was $130 (including tips). It is a very good quality, but it is not inexpensive. Be prepared!

There is a bus (24X - express), which departs the east campus bus station near KITP at 4:53PM. It will take you "Chapala & Anapamu" stop which is only 0.2 miles from Arigato. See this map.

Please write down your name below if you are interested in joining us:
To sign up write your name below here (click on Edit on the right up corner and then Save), indicating:
-if you have a car and how many extra seats you can offer
-if you need a ride
-the number of additional people coming with you

Eiichiro Komatsu (can drive and take 3 others)
Andrew Liddle (happy to have a lift if someone has space, or to go by bus if not)
Andrew Jaffe
Daniel Baumann
Hiranya Peiris (might be able to drive and take three others)
Kris Sigurdson (might be able to drive)
Dick Bond
Eva Silverstein
Adam Brown


If you'd like to join for a bike ride up Old San Marcos road to 154 (about 1200 feet gain in 3 miles), Wednesdays at 5:30, sign your name here. We'll leave KITP at about 5. Bring a road bike and wear a helmet.

Joe P
Eva S

Area Restaurants

Arnoldi's Cafe - Little Italian restaurant in historic stone building from 1930's with seating and bocce ball out back.
Beachside Bar & Cafe, down the hill from KITP overlooking Goleta beach.
The Boathouse - Seafood place right on Hendry's beach.
Brewhouse - Pretty much what you expect - beer and hearty food. For large groups, they require a pre-selected menu with only 4 entree choices.
Carlitos - Nice Mexican restaurant on State Street.
Edomasa - Sushi.
Olio Pizzeria - Highest rated pizza place in town, but kind of pricey (up to $20 for individual pie).
Opal - California/Fusion.
Trattoria Vittoria - Italian. Will only take large groups either early (before 5:30) or late (after 8:00).

Beach Barbecue

Goleta Beach, a short walk from KITP, has barbecue pits that you can use. Reservations are usually not required unless you have a very large group and need a certain area. Please note: beach bonfires are not permitted anywhere in Santa Barbara County. (They are only permitted in certain places anywhere in California.)

Hiking around Santa Barbara

Hiking info from atomixrays10.
Sedgwick Reserve, a part of the UC Natural Reserve System, offers public hikes mornings on the second Saturday of each month from fall to late spring, weather permitting. Located in the Santa Ynez Valley, you may choose your degree of difficulty (easy, moderate, or strenuous.) You must register in advance online. This Reserve is unique also as it is the site of the Byrne Observatory, housing a 0.8m telescope, one of those in the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network.

Local Events

1st Thursday

Visit more than 30 art venues, talk with artists, view exhibits, listen to live music, and create art yourself.
Downtown S.B. will once again open its doors to the public with 1st Thursday, a celebration of arts and culture. You are sure to find an evening full of entertainment as you visit over 30 art venues to talk with artists, watch demonstrations, view exhibits, listen to live music, and create a little art yourself.


2013 Concerts in the Park

It’s one of Santa Barbara’s best summer traditions….. come find out first-hand what brings up to 5,000 people down to Chase Palm Park on Thursday nights during the months of June, July and August! Make sure that you dust off your dancing shoes, pack up a picnic dinner and your friends and family, and come celebrate summer and some great free music concerts in Santa Barbara’s beautiful Chase Palm Park! Located right on Cabrillo Blvd. along the gorgeous Santa Barbara waterfront. Don’t miss it!

The Met: Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts HD simulcasts of operas to movie theaters all over the world. The live performances are Saturday matinees in New York, so they start here at 9:55am and are shown locally at the historic Arlington Theater in downtown SB and, in a smaller venue at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito. It will be rebroadcast again at Hahn Hall at 6:00pm on Saturday and at 2:00pm on Sunday.

Sport Activities

Anyone interested in swimming/running (maybe biking if nice bikes available for renting) or playing some sports like table tennis or soccer at the Rec.Cen. of UCSB !? Drop a line here or pop up at my office

Santa Barbara Theaters