Dinner with QControl on WEDNESDAY, March 27: Beachside Bar & Cafe (probably ~ 7:00pm)

Since on Thursday many people will be gone, we will have a last social dinner together with both groups on Wednesday. People will meet at 6:45pm at KITP to walk down together. Please sign up below in order to get the reservations approximately right:

  • Susanne (+4)
  • Rosario
  • Ana Maria
  • Chris
  • Goulven
  • Georg
  • Alexey

Dinner on Thursday, March 21: Opal (see link below, 1325 State St) (6:30pm)

Dear All,

We are organizing a dinner for tonight at Opal on State St. I made a reservation for 16 people. Nevertheless, please, do sign up and tell us about your transportation options.


Who is interested? Who can offer/needs a ride?
2. Susanne (probably with family)
3. Hanspeter (with car for 4 people)
4. Jonathan W (with car for up to 3 extra people)
5. Alexey + Michael (with car)

Dinner on Thursday, March 7: Indian restaurant Spice Avenue (1027 State St.) (7pm)

Dear All,

The dinner will be tomorrow at 7pm in the Indian restaurant Spice Avenue (1027 State St.).
I have been there several times and it is quite OK. A good point is that it is very close to the
Transit Center of the MTD buses (see map), so transportation to and from
downtown should not be a problem at all. I have booked for 15 people there.


Dinner on Thursday, Feb 28 (Today!): Beachside Bar & Cafe (6:45pm)

Dear All,

today's dinner has been rescheduled for 6:45pm at

Beachside Bar & Cafe, down the hill from KITP.

So far I have booked for 15 people. Please, let me know if you plan to come!
Family and friends are most welcome!

Have a good day!,

Guido--we can start a sign-up list here on the wiki. I will get it started.
1. Paul + Marietta
2. Axel
3. Päivi
4. Erman
5. Guido + Inbal
6. Jeremy
7. Olivier (Sorry, I cancel...the jetlag just kills me at 6pm!. Enjoy, see you tomorrow)

Past social activities

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Super Bowl
Photos: (more can be dowloaded from here)

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).


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.

Jazz & Folk Music

SB has but one place that features jazz and folk: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club .They have decent food if you want to eat before/during a performance.

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