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Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.



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Cast Your Vote in UCSB's Third Annual Art of Science Competition

Art of Science posterCAST YOUR VOTE for the best entries to capture your imagination in the Third Annual Art of Science Competition. There are 40 entries to choose from; each share a visual story of creativity and discovery. Voting closes Feb. 21.


Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Art of Science Reception on March 3, 3-4 p.m., located in Elings First Floor Lobby. Winning images will be awarded various prizes (e.g., First place = $250 Amazon gift card) and become part of exhibits at the UCSB Library (Spring quarter), NanoDays (April 2-3), and the AD&D Museum throughout 2016. 

About the competition

The Art of Science is an event to capture the imagination and share the beauty and meaning of scientific discovery. UCSB students and postdocs were invited to tell the story of their research through the aesthetic. These works of art go on to share the creative nature and joy of scientific discovery with our community through multiple exhibits and outreach events throughout 2016. 

See the website for more details:

The Art of Science is a collaboration between the Schuller Lab (ECE), the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships-California Nanosystems Institute, the UCSB Library, and the AD&D Museum.

Contact Arica Lubin:, Wendy Ibsen:, or Jon Schuller: if you have questions.


Workshop Series on Navigating the Ups and Downs of Grad School

Credit: niall62Grad school can be rough. But you don't have to figure it out all on your own.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will host a series of workshops called "Riding the Wave: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Grad School with Greater Ease." Each session will provide practical information and engaging discussions as well as individualized exercises to personalize your experience.

All sessions will be held on Thursdays from 3:30-5 p.m. in Elings 1605. See below for more information on dates and topics.

February 4: Optimizing Motivation and Well-Being

February 11: Defining Personal Goals and Making an Action Plan

February 18: Effective Communication

February 25: Achieving Work-Life Balance

Sessions build on each other but drop-ins are welcome. These workshops are open to graduate students in all fields of study. You can download the series flyer here.


UCSB Ph.D. Student Ester Trujillo Remembers Professor, Mentor, Friend Horacio Roque Ramirez

There are very few people I ha­ve ever met who are as truthful and kind as my former advisor: Dr. Horacio Nelson Roque Ramirez. The news of his passing over the holiday break has devastated me but it has also made me think of the multiple ways his presence at UCSB and in the academy changed my life.  

Dr. Horacio Nelson Roque Ramirez. Photo courtesy of the Ramirez familyIn January 2010, I received a phone call from Horacio. This came a few days after I learned of my admission to work under his direction in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He congratulated me and welcomed me to the program, indicating that he was excited about my research areas of interest. He said that work on Central American communities was “much needed” and he hoped to meet me at the admit day program the department scheduled for us.

Although I had read work written by him and had seen his name repeated in the acknowledgements section of almost every book I read in the field of Central American Studies, meeting him in person for the first time in March 2010 was a surreal experience. Not only was my future advisor brilliant, he was hilarious as well.

When he spoke to me, he code-switched from English to Spanish to Caliche [Central American Spanish slang] and back to English. This was the first time I was in the presence of a person with a Ph.D. who was of Salvadoran descent. Although it may seem like an insignificant detail, his ethnic background was more important to me than I could ever hope to describe.

Among all Latinas/os in the U.S., Salvadorans have the lowest levels of educational attainment at every level, including the doctoral level (Pérez Huber et. al. 2006). Horacio’s presence in the academy was not only proof that Salvadorans could hold a doctorate, he was also living proof that it was possible to earn a Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary ethnic studies program and get a tenure-track job at an R-1 institution. This was significant to me because at the time no one had graduated from the Chicana/o Studies Ph.D. program and we did not know what types of placement we could secure with our degrees. In a time of uncertainty, his example gave me hope.

Dr. Horacio Roque Ramirez’s presence at UC Santa Barbara was important and necessary for the development of our undergraduate student body.

Among my fondest memories is experiencing his dynamic and laughter-filled lectures as his Teaching Assistant. In his “Central Americans in the U.S.” course, he assigned banned historical fiction from El Salvador and enthusiastically read some homoerotic passages out loud in class with his own brand of eloquent sass.

He emphasized to students that themes of empire, capitalism, and hetero-masculinity were disrupted throughout this text to the extent that the military came after the author and he fled the country in fear for his life.

He encouraged students to “come out” as Central Americans on the first day of class. Although at first only three students admitted to the classification, by the time the class ended 10 additional students expressed their Central American origin.

Ester TrujilloIn the days since his passing, a handful of students who were in that class have contacted me to share their memories of our professor. Two of the young men I heard from told me that Horacio was the first person to ever validate their lived experiences as gay Salvadoran men through his mere existence. A Guatemalan young man who was our student told me Dr. Roque Ramirez lent him a handwritten notepad of ideas about the Central American wars and the commonalities among Isthmanian people. Our former student told me, “I never had a chance to return his notes,” as we reminisced about the Winter 2012 course. A young woman messaged and explained to me that with his humor and honesty, “Dr. Roque made it OK to be Salvadoran and in the university.” After his class she lost her fear of asking family where they came from and finally learned a rich family history she did not know before.

Another alum told me Horacio’s class changed her life because although she knew she was Salvadoran she did not understand what it meant to be Salvadoran until she sat through the class and learned the history she had never learned elsewhere.

The courses on Central American Studies Horacio developed at UCSB are the reason I came here to pursue a Ph.D. I wandered through my undergraduate years at UCLA questioning why there were no Central American faculty present on campus.

Dr. Roque Ramirez was one of the first Central American professors in the entire UC system and he developed the first Central American Studies courses the UC system has on its catalog, “Central Americans in the U.S./The U.S. in Central America,” and “Salvadoran Diasporas.” These were courses I wished to take and teach. I longed for the knowledge these courses provided in the same way I know others like me longed for them. Our students continue to ask for these courses, demonstrating the desire they have to learn about their history and the history of these regions. Those who were able to take the courses with Horacio remember him warmly and the stories they tell about the central role he played in their life are a testament to his impact.

I experienced many gleeful and challenging moments during my three years as his advisee. Perhaps one of the most vulnerable moments for any new graduate student is the moment when our originally proposed research project shifts based on the information we learn in seminars and the discussions we have with the faculty who teach and mentor us.

After multiple instances of faculty discouraging my interest in Central American issues in seminars and mentoring meetings, I began to shift my sights toward a topic I was told would be more marketable and more in line with the mission and history of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Like most scholars, I have a barrage of ideas to draw from so I selected my secondary interest and began to read about it. I met with Horacio after months of half-heartedly reformulating my ideas and poorly developing a plan to pursue my new topic. He listened intently to my musings and scribbled notes on the back of an envelope. When I was done talking, he asked, “So … am I to understand that you have completely dropped your research on Central Americans and have taken up a new topic?” When I replied to confirm, he asked, “Why?” I told him my original topic seemed too narrow, too specific, and I feared I would not have a marketable dissertation. He looked at me, he looked at the ceiling – then back at me. He made a grunting noise and let out a quick laugh before asking, “Who told you that your topic is not marketable?” He quickly followed up saying, “No, don’t tell me. It doesn’t matter,” and proceeded to explain to me that there is no way to predict the job market five years or even one year in advance.

Horacio asked me why my original topic was important to me and I explained how painful it was not being able to find books in the library about Central Americans, and not being able to speak freely about Mexican dominance in Latina/o Studies. I told him how painful it was to learn about the genocide of our indigenous ancestors, about the effects of U.S. intervention in our homelands, about the deaths and destruction the civil wars brought to our families, about the ejection of our people from the Isthmus and the dejection their abandonment makes them feel.

I was in tears in his office condemning the trauma and violence our people are subjected to. He handed me a box of tissues and told me that this research was important enough to have me in tears because it came from a place of urgency and love for our communities. He said that the love for our communities and the defense of their human rights was the driving force behind our work. He told me that when we truly care about the work we do and the communities we work with, we will do good work in honor of them. He told me not to worry about being marketable for marketability’s sake. He said, “Do good work and the rest will come.” I reverted to my original line of research and I am on my way to completing my project. I would hope that he knows I am doing my best to do good work.

In the years that I knew him, Horacio collected and interpreted oral history testimonios from members of marginalized queer, transgender, impoverished, and Central American communities. He encouraged us to look beyond truth and facts and to focus on the essence of memory and why people remember things in ways that are important to them. My truth with him, like my truth with anyone, is fragmented and imperfect, but the memory I have of him is of someone who was kind and generous.

More than anything, Horacio wanted us to get along and to help our communities. He gave everything he had. There is not a single person I’ve talked with about Horacio who has not regaled me with stories of Horacio gifting or lending them books, notebooks, or cassette tapes of intellectual material. His mentorship extended beyond setting meetings or reading drafts. He adamantly shared his knowledge to the benefit of all. He treated staff, adjunct faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students with the same respect as a dean or chancellor because he truly understood community and respect. He was a scholar-activist who served as an expert witness in legal asylum court cases. He reveled in the victories granted by our imperfect legal system to queer Central Americans who faced violence had they been returned to their countries of origin. I hope to follow in his footsteps by testifying in the courts some day.

Horacio was not just my advisor. He was my mentor, my role model, my colleague, and my friend. His contributions to academia and to the UCSB campus, his brilliance of spirit and mind, and his resounding gregariousness pushed us to polish and meld the multiple pieces that make up who we are. With his kindness, Horacio gave us the courage to become more complete humans.

Profe Horacio, I know that wherever you are you are telling jokes about tropical fruits and dancing cumbias. Thank you for your dedication and for your example. You did good work, my friend. You did good work.


Editor’s Note: Ester Trujillo is a Ph.D. candidate in Chicana and Chicano Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on U.S. immigrant integration, ethnic identity and socialization, and Salvadoran diasporas. Read about a candelight vigil held in honor of Professors Horacio Nelson Roque Ramirez and Otis Madison in this Daily Nexus article.


Here for the Holidays? December in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara typically seems a little less crowded over the winter holiday break, with so many students from UCSB and other local schools leaving town for their families’ home and to enjoy a change of scenery. If you’re not part of the crowd who’s leaving town, congratulations! You’ll get to enjoy a relaxing time in “The American Riviera” without the pressures of classes, research, thesis writing, or TAing. In between sleeping in, getting fresh air, and cooking delicious food, check out the following local holiday events: Snow angels are unlikely in Santa Barbara, but these activities will still put you in a holiday mood. Credit: collegecandy.comSnow angels are unlikely in Santa Barbara, but these activities will still put you in a holiday mood. Credit:

  • "Una Noche de Las Posadas"
     Fri., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., starts at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, 123 E. Canon Perdido St.

Experience one of Santa Barbara’s oldest holiday traditions during “Una Noche de Las Posadas,” presented by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. The evening begins with a performance of holiday songs in the candlelit Presidio Chapel, followed by a procession that reenacts Mary and Joseph’s nine-day journey to Bethlehem in search of lodging. Stroll to historic Casa de la Guerra, where festivities continue with more singing, traditional refreshments, and piñatas. FREE. Click here for more information.

  • Christmas at the Casa
    Holiday tour
    s throughout December, Casa del Herrero, 1387 E. Valley Road, Montecito

There’s nothing like enjoying Casa del Herrero (the “house of the blacksmith”), a historic 11-acre estate in Montecito, when it’s decked out in finery for the holidays. During a special tour, get a glimpse of what Christmas in 1930s Montecito might have looked like. Visitors are invited to enjoy a cup of hot spiced cider while touring the splendid gardens and rooms. A limited number of holiday tours in December are available by advance registration. Click here for more information.

  • “The Christmas Revels”
    Sat., Dec. 19 and Sun., Dec. 20, shows both days at 2 and 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St.

Santa Barbara Revels presents “The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice.” Subtitled “The Treasures of Spain,” this year’s engaging performance transports audiences to the crossroads of Andalusia in southern Spain, where indigenous Iberian, Moorish and Sephardic traditions converge. The costumed company performs lively dances and glorious music from more than four centuries of Spanish culture, accompanied by a brass ensemble and a troupe of traditional string and wind instruments. Tickets start at $15. Click here for more information.

  • A Sky Full of Holiday Stars on Ice”
  • Sat., Dec. 19, 12:30 and 5 p.m., Ice in Paradise, 6985 Santa Felicia Drive, Goleta

Ice in Paradise, the brand new 46,500-square-foot recreational ice rink that opened in October, presents its inaugural holiday ice show. The seasonal spectacular features ice skating champions from around the U.S. and the world, including Olympian Brendan Kerry, plus members of the rink’s Figure Skating Club. A VIP Dessert Party follows at the Bacara Resort & Spa. Tickets start at $15. Click here for more information.

  • Two “Nutcrackers”!
    1.) Santa Barbara Festival Ballet: Sat., Dec. 12 at 2:30 and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St.
    2.) State Street Ballet: Sat., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St.

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet’s production includes a cast of more than 100, including guest artist Russell Janzen of the New York City Ballet (as Cavalier), and live music by the Santa Barbara Symphony. State Street Ballet’s performance features Gustafson Dance students with live accompaniment by Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra. Ticket prices vary.
Click here for more information on Santa Barbara Festival Ballet.
Click here for more information State Street Ballet.

  • Holiday Lights Photography Tour
    Tues.-Sat. through Dec. 19, 5 to 7:30 p.m., downtown Santa Barbara
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Take a walking tour of downtown Santa Barbara focusing on the holiday splendor of State Street, starting at La Arcada Plaza, and learn to take successful photos at night with your cellphone or camera. Night photography can be challenging, but Eye See Santa Barbara will teach you to use flash, proper exposure and already illuminated subjects in a scene to reduce blurry images, as well as other techniques you can use year-round. Capture festive portraits while learning about iconic Santa Barbara landmarks, including theaters in the Historic Theatre District. $55. Click here for more information.

  • Santa Barbara Trolley Tours
    Daily, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., from 1 Garden St. 

Offering 90-minute, fully-narrated tours, Santa Barbara Trolley is a fun and affordable excursion that packs in a lot of local color. Tour guides share their knowledge about popular landmarks, like the Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf. Click here for ticket information.


Living and Thriving as Stewards of Peace and Justice Amid World Tragedies

Credit: Kate Ter Haar, Flickr Creative CommonsIn light of the recent violence and terror in the world, I’ve been reflecting on the topic of peace and justice, and how we at UCSB, coming from different cultures, genders, races, religions, and languages, could talk about these topics. We need to go beyond "being aware" of what’s happening in our world and have a conversation. But how do we exactly do it? What should be our discourse when talking about peace and justice? And what should be the context of our conversations?

I am currently a teacher to young immigrant children at a local organization. Last week, I told the kids that we need to pray for world peace and that we need to pray for those who were affected by the Paris attacks. Suddenly, a child asked me, "What is 'peace'?" Another child asked, "How do we create 'peace'?" I responded to them by saying, "GREAT questions! Let me find that out and let you know, OK?" I blurted out my typical teacher feedback whenever I don’t know the answer. I mean, what would you have done differently?

I went home that night and sought Merriam-Webster’s help to understand what "peace" is: "a state in which there is no war or fighting." Upon reading this rather simple definition, I became more devastated. We are not currently in war and no two parties were physically fighting when all these terrorist activities happened … right?

Hala SunOn one fine day, innocent lives were taken. Some of us continue to tremble in fear, as we search and wonder who will be the next target. Children lost their parents and others lost their homes. But why is it that current news is overflowing with political agendas on what to do with people from certain religious, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds, including refugees – those who come not in disguise, but as "refugees" seeking a safe place? Conversations have now shifted from "hashtag Pray for Paris" to how to identify terrorists. Not that the latter topic is less important, but where are our deeper conversations around the topic of peace and justice?

Of course, conversations won’t immediately solve our world problems. However, I believe that talking about peace and justice is where we should start, at least if bringing peace and justice is our ultimate goal. I personally do not know how to talk about these topics; hence, I am writing this article, because I want to learn more and I want to start a conversation here at UCSB.

At the end of the day, in whatever ways, we ALL need to be stewards of peace and justice. We tend to forget, but these issues are not just for the politicians, the United Nations, or the media. We are all stewards of this world, because whether we like it or not, this place is our home, where we need to live and thrive together.

UCSB Education Ph.D. student Hala Sun was previously the Graduate Division’s Diversity and Outreach Peer Advisor and a writer for the GradPost.


Review: Melissa Etheridge Rocks Campbell Hall

Melissa EtheridgeMelissa EtheridgeUCSB Arts & Lectures brought Grammy-winning musician Melissa Etheridge to campus on Sunday, Nov. 15, for her "This is M.E. Solo" tour. 

Etheridge made a dramatic entrance to Campbell Hall, strumming riffs behind the scenes on her acoustic guitar and then walking out on stage, which was colorfully decorated with eight of her unique guitars, each with its own personal stand and lava lamp. The audience loved it.

Etheridge's signature powerful vocals and confident 12-string guitar work carried her through selections of her hits and personal favorites. She also employed her looping skills before each song, quickly creating a complex rhythm using a djembe, tambourine, and cajon.

During a few songs, she would also loop the acoustic guitar, playing long electric guitar solos over her background riffs, displaying impressive chops! She even played a harmonica and grand piano on a few numbers. 

Etheridge said she hadn't performed in Santa Barbara since 1989, when she did a gig at the Santa Barbara Bowl, but she loves the town (she got married here), and visits often.

The audience enjoyed her between-song banter. She shared life reflections, including how she made many "mistakes" in her 20s and early 30s, which she now prefers to call "lessons."

Etheridge won over the audience more with two decisions unusual for well-known performers. She waved away the ushers, letting people dance in the aisles to her upbeat hits. She also allowed cell phones during the show, so many audience members were snapping frequent photos and video.

At the end of the show, she made sure to take a "melfie" (Melissa Etheridge selfie) with the audience, which she posted on her Twitter account for Nov. 16.

Another excellent show from Arts & Lectures!

For more great Arts & Lectures performances, check out its Events page.

Pink Martini will be at Campbell Hall on Dec. 3 and Itzhak Perlman & Emanuel Ax at the Granada Theatre on Jan 21. 

Melissa Rapp, Guest Reviewer, contributed to this article.


New in IV: Amazon@IslaVista

One of the newest additions to The Loop, Amazon@IslaVista brings even more convenience for Amazon shoppers in IV. The pick-up facility, located at 6533 Trigo Rd., provides an alternative to attempted deliveries and missing packages. Once the order has arrived at the store, the customer will receive an email or text notification with a barcode. Shoppers can pick up their packages by simply scanning the barcode at a self-service locker.

Additionally, Amazon Prime members can choose Free Same-Day Pickup when purchases are placed before noon. The store also accepts returns. To take advantage of this service, simply add the Amazon@IslaVista address to your Amazon address book: Photo courtesy of KEYT News

6533 Trigo Rd., Suite C
Isla Vista, CA 93117

Hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily

For more information, visit the Amazon@IV website.


UCSB Arts & Lectures Show Review: Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones. Photo courtesy of UCSB Arts & LecturesSharon Jones and the Dap-Kings delivered a polished, electrifying, and emotional performance at the Oct. 28 UCSB Arts & Lectures concert at Campbell Hall.

The opening set started with just the Dap-Kings on stage, but no Sharon Jones. A lone microphone stand stood in center stage, enticing the audience and making them wonder, where is she? The lead guitarist, Binky Griptite, led the Dap-Kings through the first few numbers, warming up the audience and increasing the anticipation to hear Jones.

When Jones appeared, her voice took center stage literally and figuratively, as the audience rose to their feet.

After her first song, Sharon Jones took a minute to let the crowd know that her pancreatic cancer had returned, and she had begun chemotherapy treatments once again. Despite this disclaimer, Jones showed that nothing could hold her back from putting on a tremendous show.

She strutted the stage, wearing a dazzling bright sequined dress with pink tassels and plenty of pizzazz. She sang about her new shoes in her opening number, and tried to keep the sparkly heels on as long as she could. About six songs in, though, she kicked those off and tossed them upstage toward the drum riser. 

Her backing band featured 10 top musicians, who supported Jones in true style: a horn section (with trumpet, baritone sax, and tenor sax), two electric guitarists, bass, drums, and two backup singers.

Audience members couldn't help but stand up and dance. Campbell Hall's fire restrictions confined dancers to the side aisles, but the party continued on nonetheless. During some songs, Jones welcomed audience members to the stage and danced with each of them individually. The crowed roared with approval.

Thank you to UCSB Arts & Lectures for bringing this fiery, captivating performance to campus. We hope to see many more performances from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings in the future. 

Melissa Rapp, Communications Peer, and Kyle Crocco, Writing Peer, contributed to this review.


Keep It Safe, Keep It Local: Important Notice to Isla Vista Residents for Halloween

In light of Halloween celebrations this weekend, the UC Santa Barbara Associated Students has issued information on parking, events, resources, restrictions, safety, and more. Below is some of that information. For more, see the page “Keep It Safe, Keep It Local; Halloween 2015 @ UCSB.”

Police roadblocks will be placed at six intersections by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 30, through 6 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. Residents on some streets will be asked to move their vehicles (look for signs posted in these areas) to allow emergency vehicles to better access the area. All vehicles affected by the roadblocks must be moved off the street by 3 p.m. on Friday, October 30, until 6 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. Vehicles will not be allowed to enter or exit the area through roadblocks from 4 p.m. nightly to 6 a.m. the following morning during this time. Vehicles not moved will be towed. Residents on the following streets must move their cars:

  • Del Playa residents on 6500, 6600, and 6700 blocks
  • Camino Del Sur residents between Del Playa and Trigo
  • Camino Pescadero residents between Del Playa and Trigo
  • El Embarcadero residents between Del Playa and top of the loop
  • Trigo residents on 6500 block only

There will be a first aid/minor injury station located at the Embarcadero Loop (Embarcadero del Mar/Embarcadero) on October 30 and October 31 in the evenings.

The Festival Ordinance will be in place from October 26 to November 4 from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day. No loud or amplified music can be heard outside your residence or citations and fines will be issued.

IV Foot Patrol encourages students and IV residents to be responsible and have respect for others.

Remember to lock your doors and windows to prevent theft.


Local Ice Rink Ice in Paradise Now Open to the Public

Great news for UCSB graduate students in need of stress relief. Just minutes from campus, Ice in Paradise is now open for daily skating! Grad students might like to take advantage of the ice rink's Sunday evening discount rates, the adult skating school, or the adult hockey league.

Located in Goleta, near Girsh Park, UCSB campus, and the Camino Real Marketplace, the facility features two rinks and offers recreation for people of all ages. Visitors will enjoy food concessions, rental skates, a homework center, organized programs for figure skating and ice hockey (boys, girls, adults) and 700 pairs of rental skates for general skating sessions.

Photo courtesy of Ice in Paradise

Public skating hours and pricing: 

  • Monday-Friday, 9-11 a.m. ($7.50 admission, $2.50 skate rental)
  • Daily, 1:30-4:30 p.m. ($10 admission, $2.50 skate rental)
  • Friday and Saturday, 7:30-10 p.m. ($10 admission, $2.50 skate rental)
  • Sunday Night Cheap Skate, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ($10 admission, free skate rental)

Where: 6985 Santa Felicia Drive, Goleta

According to the Santa Barbara Independent, there was an ice skating rink in Santa Barbara between 1975 and 1983 at the Ice Patch on Cliff Drive. It struggled financially. The last owner kept it open so his daughter, a promising young figure skater, had a place to practice. After it closed, the building was sold and converted into office spaces.

Visions of a skating facility in Goleta sprung up again in 1997 when plans for the Camino Real Marketplace were approved. Developer Mark Linehan set aside 1.3 acres for the potential project. In 2010, he donated the land to the nonprofit Greater Santa Barbara Ice Skating Association (GSBISA).

For more information, visit the Ice in Paradise website.