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

Sunday Hike (Dec 16th)

Time and place TBD (suggestions are welcome). Sign up with the usual details, or e-mail Anton.
I'd like to suggest either the 3 pools beyond 7 falls , Cathedral peak which is very strenuous but a lot of fun, or the rock garden which I've never hiked but it is a local favorite. These hikes are in the "front country" which means very little driving is required.

1. Armita, no car, can meet you at KITP.
2. Karen - interested but it depends on when we get back. I'd like to be back by 4 pm, 5 at the latest, so I'd prefer an earlier departure. I'm up for a strenuous hike.

Group Dinner Thursday Dec 13th (departure from KITP at 7:00 pm)

Ming Dynasty at the Marketplace in Goleta. directions

About 15 min bike ride from KITP. Please bring cash.

Please sign-up with the usual details:
  1. Leïla
  2. Max. Bike, no [[#|car]].
  3. Anton - bike
  4. Chitra
  5. Karen - bike
  6. Fabio - bike
  7. Robin - bike
  8. Rob (walking from the apartment)
  9. David
  10. Nir - driving (I can take 3 more people)
  11. Vitaly (biking from apartments)

Surfing Lesson - Monday, 12/16, 7-9 am

With Surf Happens @ Santa Claus Lane Beach, $55/person

If others are interested in arranging their own lesson, options include [[#|Campus]] Point (Surf Country, ~$75; and Santa Barbara Seals, $60) or if we have [[#|car transportation]], beaches south of Santa Barbara such as Santa Claus Lane in Carpintera or Mondo's cove.

Update: Surfing lesson to be held at 7 am on Monday, Dec. 16, at Santa Claus Lane for up to 4 people. Cost is $55/person and includes wetsuit, surfboard, and instruction as well as a hat and photos.

Directions to Santa Claus Lane (about 20-30 minutes from KITP)
From Santa Barbara, go south on the 101. Get off at Santa Claus Lane and go straight through the stop sign. Drive approximately 200 yards down the Lane and you will see the building/business called Salt (directions). Park just before the building and you will see a trail designated by a porta potty and some trash cans. You can also look for a brightly colored trailer as a land marker. The instructors will meet you out at the road.

1. Karen -
2. Grégoire - I have a [[#|small car]] - preference for Saturday morning.
3. Jonathan - willing to bike or sit in a car (I don't have one though)
4. Karen Tkach (Grégoire's grad student)

Immunocyte Caroling - Tuesday, Dec. 11, ~6 pm

We will be practicing immune-related songs to perform at the holiday party. Meet in the tea room this evening after Anton's talk, and we'll find a place to practice in preparation for the holiday party. Lyrics provided, but we gladly welcome new contributions, holiday song mutations and recombinations to increase our repertoire. No singing, musical, or poetic ability needed.


1. Karen
2. Fabio ?
3. Leila ?
4. Jonathan

Group Lunch Thursday Dec 6th 1:00 pm

Beachside Cafe on Goleta beach

map 10-15 min walk or 5 min bike ride.
Please bring cash as they cannot accept 20+ [[#|credit cards]].

Please [[#|sign up]]:
  1. Anton Zilman
  2. Ruy Ribeiro
  3. Philippe Bousso
  4. Becca Asquith
  5. Fabio Zanini
  6. Anand
  7. Thierry Mora
  8. Aleksandra Walczak
  9. Karen
  10. Yuval Elhanati
  11. Armita
  12. Robin and ?Merrin
  13. Thomas Höfer
  14. Jonathan Desponds
  15. Leila Perie
  16. Livio
  17. Michael Flossdorf
  18. Irina
  19. Chitra
  20. Rob & Marian
  21. David Klinke
  22. Guillaume Voisinne
  23. Gib Bogle
  24. Anna

Bargain Movie Tuesdays (all theaters)

Camino Real Theater: Life of Pi 3D, 6:30 pm, Tuesday, Dec 4th

Cost: $7.50 +$3.00 3D charge
Location: the plaza just before the intersection of Stokes Rd. & Hollister Ave.
Directions: map

We will be meeting at the theater, which is about a 15-minute bike ride from KITP. I cannot organize a ride-over because I need to run an errand beforehand, but feel free to organize one if you like.

1. Karen - will meet at theater
2. Fabio
3. Chitra
4. Anand

Elwood Butterfly Reserve

Date: Sunday, Dec 2nd
Time and location: 1 p.m. at KITP, or around 2 p.m. at the grove.
Question: Even if it rains?
Directions: directions
Participants ([[#|sign up]] here):
  1. Chitra
  2. Fabio
  3. Karen - Fabio, Irina, and I are here at KITP (1 pm) but will probably bike to the grove to meet Chitra. Is Gregoire's cell correct? I tried to call it but the number did not go through. We will go along the beach for part of the way. See you all there.
  4. Irina
  5. Guillaume
  6. Jonathan
  7. Grégoire (cell#: 202.2302.2511 + I have a car): where are we meeting?
  8. Yuval

Note: because of the bad weather and the possibility that the density peak for the butterflies be later on this month, either a walk along the shore or a trip to SB might be considered as alternatives if the planned event turns out to be unsuccessful.

PS: thanks everybody for sharing the ecstasy and misery of this little adventure.

Santa Barbara 60th Anniversary Christmas Parade

[[#|Join]] 50,000 spectators for Santa Barbara's only night-time parade (with Grand Marshall Kami Craig, 2012 Gold Medalist Water Polo Player) with marching bands, holiday floats, Santa Claus and his sleigh, and the dedication and lighting of the Christmas trees.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30
Time: 6:30 pm
​Location: Parade begins on State St. and Sola St. and ends at Cota St.
​More information: http://www.santabarbaradowntown.com/about/downtown-holiday-parade

Group Dinner

Next group dinner:


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

If we do not have enough cars, we might take a bus.

Area Restaurants

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

(from past workshop)

Other hikes that look good from the Robert Stone "Day hikes around Santa Barbara" book:
- Douglas family preserve and Arroyo Burro beach (walk on bluffs and on the tar-free beach)
- Tunnel trail to mission falls (6 mi round trip)
- Seven falls and inspiration point (3.7 mi round trip)
(for these previous two hikes,
- Rattlesnake canyon (3.5 mi roundtrip)
- Botanic gardens

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 Saturday matinee performances to local theaters all over the world. In this area, they are shown 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, which has the 2012 season brochure (pdf) online. (They are rebroadcast on Sunday afternoons but only shown at the Music Academy.) At the Arlington, there are always plenty of seats, so reservations are not required. Occasionally, Hahn Hall is sold out, so check before you go.

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