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    Impressions in Ink Presentation and Artist Reception
  Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara CA
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  Bob Coronato 
We invite you to explore our current exhibition, Impressions In Ink, with a lecture and etching demonstration by Western artist Bob Coronato. The New York Post referred to Bob Coronato as the “unofficial Leonardo Da Vinci of ranching life and an astute observer of the culture.” His work has been shown at the Masters of the American West at the Autry Center, the High Plains Museum, and the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction. He has been featured in many publications, including American Cowboy and Southwest Art. He is a graduate of the Otis Institute of Design.    ($20 - $30)
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Santa Barbara Historical Museum
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    Coastal Whale Watching
  Condor Express- SEA Landing, 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara CA
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Join the Condor Express on a Coastal Whale Watching Trip to see the amazing California Grey Whales as they make their Northern Migration back up to Alaska with their newly born calves. This 2.5 hour trip will give you the opportunity to see these amazing animals as they head home with their new arrivals. Over 27 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises come to our channel each year to feed, mate and frolic… which makes Santa Barbara one of the best year round whale watching areas in the world. Trips depart at 9 am, Noon, 3pm daily on the incredible Condor Express, one of the finest whale watching vessels in the world.   ($30 - $50)
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Condor Express - SEA Landing
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Santa Ynez Wine Tour
  Captain Jack's Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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This is an experience you will never forget! You will not only visit 3 of the valley's most beautiful vineyards & wineries but you'll travel through some of the most breathtaking countryside you'll ever see. You'll also visit Cold Spring Tavern, an original stage coach stop built in the 1860s. The price includes all transportation with door to door service, as well as all your tasting fees. The tour also includes an olive oil and vinegar tasting, which for many of our guests is the highlight of the day.   
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Heaven on Earth Kayak/Horseback Ride Tour
  Captain Jack's Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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This may well be the closest to "heaven" you will ever get…in this lifetime. Captain Jack's Tours is proud to offer our newest and most breathtaking tour ever.   
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Captain Jack's Tours
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Horseback Riding and Wine Tasting Tour
  Captain Jacks Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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The day begins with a beautiful horseback ride that winds through the forests, up to the top of the mountain where you will have spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the channel islands, and the hills and valleys. Next you will enjoy lunch at the historic "Cold Spring Tavern", which used to be a stage coach stop in the 19th century (lunch not included in price). Following lunch, we will head into the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, where you will enjoy wine tasting at 2 of the regions top wineries while taking in the beautiful scenery. We also have a surprise stop at Global Gardens in Los Olivos. Captain Jack's will then return you back to Santa Barbara. (Minimum 2)   ($175.00
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    Guided Horseback Ride
  Captain Jacks Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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  Captain Jack's Tours 
Guided Horseback Ride! Get along little doggie & hold on to your hats! Experiance the Wild West of yesteryear...today.   ($50.00 - $60.00)
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    Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly
  Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara CA
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Scientists think that about 10.000 grizzlies once lived in California. Whether out of fear, thrill, or simple competition for space on the land, California settlers killed grizzly bears until the 1920s when the species became extinct. But the grizzly bear lives on in our imaginations and in stories and advertisements symbolizing things desired and things lost. Bear in mind, what you do affects wildlife. So, what are you going to do to help?   ($7 - $12)
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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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Spring Plant Sale
  Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara CA
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With thousands of plants from the many habitats of California, the Garden’s annual sales dwarf all other native plant events. Come for easy shopping as the Garden’s courtyard is filled with a huge selection of manzanita, ceanothus, sage, and coral bells, to name just a few. A small number of Matilija poppy and flannel bush will also be available. Iris will be in bud or bloom, allowing you a sneak peek at their beautiful colors before you buy!   
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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
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Enemy of the Average
  Ganna Walska Lotusland, Cold Springs Road, Santa Barbara CA
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Lotusland proudly presents “Enemy of the Average”, a multi-media installation showcasing Madame Walska’s unique persona and the results of her indefatigable drive and tenacious nature. This extraordinary exhibition opens Saturday, March 1. Archival photographs, film footage, recordings and personal belongings will be on display in the Lotusland Pavilion gallery, providing an opportunity to learn more about the accomplishments of this remarkable diva who has captivated the world.   ($0 - $45)
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Ganna Walska Lotusland
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Enemy of the Average
  Ganna Walska Lotusland, Cold Springs Road, Santa Barbara CA
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Lotusland proudly presents “Enemy of the Average”, a multi-media installation showcasing Madame Walska’s unique persona and the results of her indefatigable drive and tenacious nature. This extraordinary exhibition opens Saturday, March 1. Archival photographs, film footage, recordings and personal belongings will be on display in the Lotusland Pavilion gallery, providing an opportunity to learn more about the accomplishments of this remarkable diva who has captivated the world.   ($0 - $45)
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Ganna Walska Lotusland
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Whale Watching - Pacific Gray Whales
  Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara CA
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Santa Barbara is the #1 whale watching destination in the world. Over 27 different types of whales and dolphins inhabit the Santa Barbara channel at different times of the year, making these waters the best whale watching area in the entire world. This coastal 2.5 hour trip takes place on a 50-foot catamaran. The Grey Whales are migrating through the mid May so this is a great time of year to get out and see them!   ($43
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Captain Jack's Tours
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Westmont's Senior Art Exhibition: “34°26’59.33”N, 119°39’43.29”W"
  Westmont College's Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara CA
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Sixteen graduating art majors present their capstone projects while paying homage to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art on April 3-May 3. The public is invited to a free, opening reception Thursday, April 3, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. The senior exhibition, “34°26’59.33”N, 119°39’43.29”W,” reflects the longitude and latitude coordinates of the museum that officially opened when they were first-year students.   
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Westmont College
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    Guided Kayak Tour
  Boat Launch (S.B. Harbor), Between Sea Landing & Sail Center, Santa Barbara CA
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2 hour guided kayak tour of the Santa Barbara Harbor. Experience California's most beautiful harbor on this fun and easy tour. Our professionally guided tour includes a kayak lesson/briefing, and all kayaking gear.   ($35
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Captain Jack's Tours
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Harbor Kayak Tour
  Boat Launch (S.B. Harbor), Between Sea Landing & Sail Center, Santa Barbara CA
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Captain Jacks Santa Barbara Tours conducts guided 1.5 - 2 hour kayak tours of the Santa Barbara Harbor at 10:30 & 1:30 daily. Experience California's most beautiful harbor on this fun and easy tour. Our professionally guided tour includes a kayak lesson/briefing, all kayak gear and paddles. This tour is the perfect introduction to kayaking and is fun for the entire family.    ($50
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    $50 Wine Tour
  Captain Jack's Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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We'll escort you to 3 wine tasting destinations in one of our comfortable SUVs or vans. You'll enjoy tastings at 3 of the following locations: Summerland Winery tasting room, Carr Winery, Oreana Winery, Kalyra tasting room, Santa Barbara Winery, Kunin/Westerly or Coastal Winery. You will also enjoy an olive oil and vinegar tasting. The tour includes a stop for lunch at the Bay Roadhouse or Pierre Lafond Bistro. This tour does not go into the Santa Ynez Valley, so we do not see vineyards. Includes all Wine Tasting Fees and Transportation.   ($50
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Captain Jack's Tours
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    $75 Beer Tour
  Captain Jack's Tours, 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara CA
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Santa Barbara County may be known for it's wine, but that's not the only locally-produced beverage receiving raves. The region's micro-breweries give beer lovers a tasting trail of their own. You'll enjoy tastings at 3 of the areas micro breweries. At one of the stops you'll be given time to enjoy a great lunch. (2 person minimum 4 person minimum on Saturdays)   
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Captain Jack's Tours
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    Coastal Whale Watching
  Condor Express- SEA Landing, 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara CA
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Join the Condor Express on a Coastal Whale Watching Trip to see the amazing California Grey Whales as they make their Northern Migration back up to Alaska with their newly born calves. This 2.5 hour trip will give you the opportunity to see these amazing animals as they head home with their new arrivals. Over 27 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises come to our channel each year to feed, mate and frolic… which makes Santa Barbara one of the best year round whale watching areas in the world. Trips depart at 9 am, Noon, 3pm daily on the incredible Condor Express, one of the finest whale watching vessels in the world.   ($30 - $50)
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Condor Express - SEA Landing
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    Whale Watching - Pacific Gray Whales
  Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara CA
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Santa Barbara is the #1 whale watching destination in the world. Over 27 different types of whales and dolphins inhabit the Santa Barbara channel at different times of the year, making these waters the best whale watching area in the entire world. This coastal 2.5 hour trip takes place on a 50-foot catamaran. The Grey Whales are migrating through the mid May so this is a great time of year to get out and see them!   ($43
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Captain Jack's Tours
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    Enemy of the Average
  Ganna Walska Lotusland, Cold Springs Road, Santa Barbara CA
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Lotusland proudly presents “Enemy of the Average”, a multi-media installation showcasing Madame Walska’s unique persona and the results of her indefatigable drive and tenacious nature. This extraordinary exhibition opens Saturday, March 1. Archival photographs, film footage, recordings and personal belongings will be on display in the Lotusland Pavilion gallery, providing an opportunity to learn more about the accomplishments of this remarkable diva who has captivated the world.   ($0 - $45)
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Ganna Walska Lotusland
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Enemy of the Average
  Ganna Walska Lotusland, Cold Springs Road, Santa Barbara CA
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Lotusland proudly presents “Enemy of the Average”, a multi-media installation showcasing Madame Walska’s unique persona and the results of her indefatigable drive and tenacious nature. This extraordinary exhibition opens Saturday, March 1. Archival photographs, film footage, recordings and personal belongings will be on display in the Lotusland Pavilion gallery, providing an opportunity to learn more about the accomplishments of this remarkable diva who has captivated the world.   ($0 - $45)
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Ganna Walska Lotusland
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Harbor Kayak Tour
  Boat Launch (S.B. Harbor), Between Sea Landing & Sail Center, Santa Barbara CA
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Captain Jacks Santa Barbara Tours conducts guided 1.5 - 2 hour kayak tours of the Santa Barbara Harbor at 10:30 & 1:30 daily. Experience California's most beautiful harbor on this fun and easy tour. Our professionally guided tour includes a kayak lesson/briefing, all kayak gear and paddles. This tour is the perfect introduction to kayaking and is fun for the entire family.    ($50
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Captain Jack's Tours
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    Eyes in the Sky - Birds of Prey
  Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara CA
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  Presented by Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s Eyes in the Sky 
Join Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s Eyes in the Sky (EITS) volunteers to meet live raptors like a Red Tailed Hawk, Western Screech Owl, or Peregrine Falcon. Unable to survive in the wild, these “Species Ambassadors” offer an in-depth and close-up look at local birds of prey. Included with admission. Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.   
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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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Beyond the Exhibits: Secrets of the Museum Collections
  Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara CA
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Join a Curator for one of Santa Barbara's most exclusive scientific and cultural experiences! Take a behind the scenes tour for an exclusive peek into the zoological collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. See giant squid and nautiluses, mountain lions and bats, hummingbirds and the Museum's world famous egg collection. Learn how the specimens were acquired, how they are prepared and housed, and how they contribute to the fascinating science of natural history.   ($30 - $35)
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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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    Goleta/Camino Real Farmers Market
  Camino Real Marketplace, 7004 Marketplace Drive, Goleta CA
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Certified Farmers Market - in front of Borders Books. Thursdays. Rain or shine. All year round. 3 - 6 PM.   
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Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market
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Carpinteria Farmers Market
  Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, 800 Block of Linden Avenue, Carpinteria CA
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Every Thursday, rain or shine. Summer: 3 - 6:30 PM; Winter: 3 - 6 PM.   
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Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market
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