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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Summer 2015
Peer Advisor Availability

Professional Development Peer
Shawn Warner-Garcia

Mon-Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Writing Peer & Funding Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon, Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Communications Peer
Melissa Rapp

Mon: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Charles Williams

By appointment

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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Thursday
Jun252015

Enjoy the Sweetness of Summer at the Stow House Free Music Series

Summer music concert in the gardens. Photo courtesy of Stow House

Looking to save money and have a great time seeing live music? Then summer evenings in the Stow House gardens may be your ticket. Bring a picnic and enjoy dinner while you listen to some of the best acts in the Santa Barbara area. A new band takes the stage each week, featuring salsa, rock, blues cover bands, and more.

Wine and beverages will be available for purchase and Georgia’s Smokehouse food truck will be on site. The Stow House is conveniently located up Los Carneros Road, just five minutes from campus. The event is great for all ages, including kids!

Live Music in the Gardens

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., six consecutive Tuesdays (July 14-August 18).

Where: Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta, CA 93117. Phone: 805-681-7216.

Full line-up details here.
Wednesday
Jun242015

Pay Less for Movies and Theme Parks with UCSB Discounts

If you're planning on visiting a theme park or seeing a movie at one of the various Metropolitan Theatres in the area this summer, pay less by paying a visit to the A.S. Cashiers and Ticket Office and getting some good discounts.

You can save on movie tickets: $6 for movies before 6 p.m. or $8 movies for anytime (not including any 3D surcharge).

Or you can save on child and adult fares to these theme parksDisneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and Universal Studios.

See the flier below for prices and discounts currently on offer.

Discount Tickets

Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: A.S. Cashiers and Ticket Office, across from Corwin Pavilion

Phone: 805-893-2064

Discounts Flier

 

Thursday
Jun182015

Top Five Beaches in the Santa Barbara Area

One Thousand Steps BeachOne Thousand Steps Beach. Photo courtesy of tripadvisor.comWant to get your beach on this summer? Test the waters of some of the best beaches in the Santa Barbara area (according to Yelp). Some of these sand sanctuaries are off the beaten track but are well worth exploring.

Top Five Beaches

Butterfly Beach (Catch a sunset here as it is one of the few west-facing beaches in the area)

East Beach (Located near downtown Santa Barbara; fun for the whole family)

Hendry's Beach (aka Arroyo Burro Beach; secluded, with many amenities, but limited parking)

Mesa Lane Stairway Beach (popular with surfers and locals)

One Thousand Steps Beach (lots of steps and intriguing tide pools at low tide)

Sunday
Jun142015

Consider Kyle's Kitchen for Great Food at Good Prices 

Kyle's Kitchen LogoLooking for some delicious food at good prices in Goleta? If the long line at lunch on a Monday was any indication, Kyle's Kitchen is a great place to eat.

Kyle's Kitchen offers burgers and salads starting at $5. You can also try the $9 pair menu and choose any of these two items: burger, small salad, bowl of soup, or fries and a beverage. Have kids? The kids menu is $5. Want to know more? Check out their online menu for more details or download it here.

The restaurant concept was inspired by Kyle, a special needs student at Mountain View school whose favorite foods are burgers and salads.

Kyle's Kitchen

Location: 5723 Calle Real, near the Goleta Trader Joe's.

Hours: Daily, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday
Jun092015

Santa Barbara's Comedy Hideaway Will Make You Laugh

Comedy Hideaway LogoLooking for some comedy this summer to counter the tragedy of grad school? Comedy Hideaway is a great place to get your laugh on.

They feature local Santa Barbara talent, like founder Andrey Belikov, as well as comics seen on Comedy Central, Netflix, and HBO.

Comedy Hideaway

Location: Piano Riviera Lounge, 129 E. Anapamu St., across from the Courthouse Sunken Gardens

Time: Every Thursday at 7 and 9 p.m. Arrive a half hour early to get seated and served before the show starts.

Tickets: $15, order online. Check Craigslist each week for free promotional ticket offers.

Tuesday
Jun022015

Family Friendly Beer Tasting Rooms

Image courtesy of Captain Fatty'sEver wanted to go for a cold one but couldn't get a babysitter for your kids? Two local beer tasting rooms could be your suds salvation: Captain Fatty’s Craft Brewery and Pure Order Brewing Company. While all tasting rooms permit children on their premises, these two beer havens are particularly kid-friendly.

Captain Fatty's

If you’re in Goleta, Captain Fatty's Craft Brewery might just be the your hops haven. While you slowly savor one of the seven brews on tap, your little ones can play with all sorts of toys and games in the kids corner.

Hours

Thursday and Friday: 4-9 p.m.

Saturday: 3-9 p.m.

Location: 6483 Calle Real Unit D in Goleta. The entrance to the tasting room is in the back of their office, at the roll-up door.

Pure Order Brewing Company

When you need to go downtown to satisfy your drinking urges, Pure Order Brewing Company is just the place to find satisfaction. While you chill with a cold one at one of the assorted outdoor picnic tables, your children can play in the yard. The yard features piles of blocks and a bean bag toss as some of the play options.

Hours

Friday: 3-7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Noon-7 p.m.

Location: 410 North Quarantina Street, just south of Downtown Santa Barbara

Please note: Both locations do not serve food, but they do invite food trucks, so check the brewery web sites for what’s being served.

Thursday
May282015

The Seven Best Views in Santa Barbara

Want to see the world a little differently? Check out some of best views on campus and in Santa Barbara.

Health Warning: Some of these views can be breathtaking.

Campus Point - for beautiful views of cliffs, beaches, and daring surfers.

Davidson Library Pacific View Room - the best reason to go to the library: great views of the campus and the Pacific.

Inspiration Point - you'll have to hike to get there, but the views are worth the exercise.

Santa Barbara Boardwalk - for views of beautiful people and beautiful landscapes.

Santa Barbara City College’s Winslow Maxwell Overlook - for bird's-eye views of the Channel.

Santa Barbara Courthouse - get a "full circle" view of the town you love.

Stearns Wharf - see the city like sailors do, framed against the Santa Ynez mountains.

Boardwalk viewsViews from the Santa Barbara boardwalk. Credit: Kyle Crocco

Wednesday
May202015

Best Coffee Shops in the Santa Barbara Area

Coffee CupHave you been looking for a new cup of brew or just a place to study that’s not your average corporate coffee shop (I'm talking to you, Starbucks)? If you have that sensation, then claim your coffee libation at some of the highest rated coffee shops in the Santa Barbara area (according to Yelp).

Isla Vista

Close to campus, you can fulfill all of your caffeine needs.

Bagel Café (For your morning coffee, bagel, and breakfast desires)

Café Equilibrium (Like crepes? You're in the right place)

Caje (Great tables to work outside)

Crushcakes & Café  (A full menu and cupcakes too, of course)

Coffee Collaborative (Good coffee in a low-key atmosphere)

IV Drip (They also serve fresh baked cookies and McConnell's ice cream, sometimes together)

Goleta

Not far from campus, you can find some great places to study and consume a good cup.

XO Coffee & Tea Bar (Hand-crafted fresh pastries with your morning mojo)

Zizzo’s Coffee (Great sandwiches and happy hour beer and wine too)

Santa Barbara

If you're downtown, check out these cool places.

The Daily Grind Coffee & Tea Station (Santa Barbara's original coffee shop, great for studying)

The French Press (For those of you with a French flair)

Handlebar Coffee Roasters (If bicycles are your thing)

Santa Barbara Roasting Company (If you want just a cup or all the beans, this is the place for you)

Monday
May182015

Best Pizza in IV, Goleta, and Santa Barbara

Pizza sliceGet your pie on! Credit: openclipart.comHave a hankering for a good slice or maybe a whole pie? You can satiate your urges at some of highest rated pizza places in the Santa Barbara area (according to Yelp).

Isla Vista

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza (Pizza the way you want it in 5 minutes)

Giovanni’s Isla Vista (An Isla Vista institution)

Pizza My Heart (Try their award winning pizzas!)

Woodstock’s Pizza (Cheese in the crust and they deliver)

Goleta

Hollister Brewing Company (Good microbrews too)

Rusty’s Pizza Parlor  (Voted Best Pizza by the Santa Barbara Independent in 2014)

Santa Barbara

Lucky Penny (Wood fire pizza and craft beers!)

Olio Pizzeria (Finalist for Best Pizza by the Santa Barbara Independent in 2014)

Opal Restaurant and Bar (Homemade pizzas)

Persona Wood Fire Pizzeria (Their web page makes you hungry)

If you know of a better place or if you try one of these places and have an opinion, drop me a line at kyle.crocco@graddiv.ucsb.edu or comment below!

Tuesday
May122015

Best Affordable Bars in Goleta and Santa Barbara

Martini glassCredit: openclipart.comWant to go to a good and affordable bar? So do I. Here are some of the best rated and most affordable bars in Goleta and Santa Barbara (according to Yelp).

Goleta

If you're in Old Town Goleta, you won't want to miss either of these two bars.

Mercury (When you need a dark, cozy place to drink.)

The Imperial (For when you are feeling a little swankier.)

In Between

The Bourbon Room (In between SB and Goleta is a great place for bourbon, American style food, and desserts.)

Santa Barbara

In downtown Santa Barbara, there are many choices, but here are the best and most affordable.

The Press Room (Great atmosphere. Always a crowd.)

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. (Located in the funk zone. There are great local brews on tap and generally free live music Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.)

The Neighborhood Bar (Located in the Funk Zone. Voted SB's #1 Bar.)

Elsie's (For an intimate evening in SB.)

Bo Henry's (For dive bar lovers.)