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Welcome Autumn 2012!

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Did You Know:

  • September 22, 2012, marks the beginning of autumn, when the sun crosses over the Earth’s equator on its way south — an event in the Northern Hemisphere called the autumnal equinox.
  • The word “equinox” comes from the Latin words for “equal night” and refers to when day and night are most equal in length, which occurs twice a year with the arrival of spring and fall.
  • The best meteor shower show of 2012 will occur late this fall. The Geminids will reach maximum activity December 13 to14. There will be a new moon on December 13, which means viewing conditions will be near perfect throughout both nights with an anticipated 75 fiery displays per hour. Mark your calendar!
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    Thanks for reading this blog and I welcome your comments.

    -Sylvia E. Miller
    Cell: 805-448-8882

    Remember my virtual compatriots, until we blog again, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” (from Monty Python)!

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    Thursday, August 30th, 2012
    MOVING HABITS PF CALIFORNIANS

    MOVING HABITS PF CALIFORNIANS

    Santa Barbara’s Adopt-a-Pet of the Week – Fox

    Friday, February 18th, 2011
    Adopt Me

    Adopt Fox, An Adorable Chihuahua Mix

    Looking for true happiness in Santa Barbara…you’ll find it in a tiny Chihuahua named Fox!

    Fox came to DAWG with her daughter, Chiquita. They lost their home when their family moved. Chiquita found her new forever family, but Fox is still anxiously awaiting hers! Shy at first, Fox warms up quickly. She is the perfect size to snuggle with or go on beach trips! She’s a real sweetheart in more ways than one.

    Meet Fox at DAWG (Dedicated Animal Welfare Group), located at 5480 Overpass Road in Goleta, CA or visit online at www.sbdawg.org. Adopt her and you’ll realize the true meaning of happiness. :)

    “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans”. – James Alfred Wight

    Chihuahua Mix, Neutered Female; Age: 5 yr; Size: 12 lbs

    Santa Barbara’s Adopt-a-Pet of the Week – Austin

    Thursday, January 6th, 2011
    Adopt Austin at k-9pals.org

    Adopt Austin at k-9pals.org

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    Looking for true happiness in Santa Barbara…you’ll find it in a tiny Chihuahua named Austin!

    Austin is a tiny, sweet, and good natured little fellow. I guess you could say he’s cute as a button! He loves to play with his kennel mates, but he is also looking for the perfect parents to take him home! You can’t go wrong with this little guy. He’s a real sweetheart in more ways than one.

    Meet Austin at K-9 PALS, located at 5473 Overpass Road in Goleta, CA or visit online at www.k-9pals.org. Adopt him and you’ll realize the true meaning of happiness. 🙂

    “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans”. – James Alfred Wight

    Chihuahua Mix, Neutered Male; Age: 1 yr; Size: 5.7 lbs

    Santa Barbara Active Life Styles: Elings Park!

    Thursday, October 14th, 2010

    Are you looking to relocate to an area that has everything for the active life style? A great choice would be the Santa Barbara area! It is full of active people and there are plenty of sports and activities available for everyone to enjoy. Most people think of Santa Barbara for surfing and other ocean/water sports but the truth is you can find just about any activity or sport available in the area.

    One popular recreation area in Santa Barbara is Elings Park:

    "Santa Barbara's Beautiful Elings Park"

    Santa Barbara's Beautiful Elings Park

    "Paragliders taking off at Elings Park"

    Paragliders taking off at Elings Park

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    Elings Park offers a wide range of activities on their 97 acres such as: baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, rugby and ultimate Frisbee. If sports are not your cup of tea, you can try paragliding, off leash dog walking, hiking, radio controlled car racing, bmx racing or the downhill mountain bike course. There is literally something for everyone… including great views!

    The three lighted softball fields get plenty of use. See the schedule below to find a league that suits you:

    • Monday – Women’s League (7 teams)  /  Age: 50+ League (4 teams)  Fast pitch skills & practice
    • Tuesday – Lower Coed (7 teams),  Lower Men’s (7 teams), Upper Men’s (7 teams)
    • Wednesday – Fast pitch (5 teams),  Lower Coed (7 teams), Upper Coed (7 teams)
    • Thursday – Lower Coed (5 teams),  Mid Coed (5 teams), Upper Men’s (5 teams)  /  Lower Men’s (7 teams)
    • Friday – Lower/Upper/Middle Coed (21 max)
    "Elings Park Women's Softball League"

    Elings Park Women's Softball League

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    If you want to join a team or start one of your own you can go to the Elings Park website or contact Clyde at clydebennett13@yahoo.com; or to inquire about renting a baseball/softball field, please contact Interim Program Director Predrag Novakovic at 569-5611 x13.

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    So come out to Eling’s Park, bring the family and the pets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You’re sure to have a lot of fun…see you there!

    -Sylvia Miller

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    Sylvia Elizabeth Miller, ‘The Right Realtor® For You’
    Senior Realtor® Associate
    Certified Short Sale/REO Agent

    Broker: Coastal Properties, Inc
    Email: sylvia@sanbarb.com
    Cell: 805-448-8882 ~ Toll Free: 877-San-Barb
    Web: SantaBarbaraConnection.com
    DRE #: 00558548

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    Want to brighten up your day? Adopt a Chihuahua!

    Sunday, April 4th, 2010
    ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

    ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

    Chihuahuas have gotten a bad rap as far as dog breeds go. As an owner of two of these adorable creatures, and someone who knows a lot of other people who own them as well, it blows my mind that anyone could think of them as “yappy” or mean dogs. I am going to tell you all the reasons why Chihuahuas make the perfect addition to almost any family.

    Most people consider dogs to be extremely loyal animals; after all, they are “man’s best friend”. Chihuahuas however are known for their devotion to their owners. They will also adapt to your lifestyle. If you want to play, they will run around surely put a smile on your face. On the other hand, if you feel like just hanging out, they will lie next to you or in your lap and be perfectly happy as well. They also interact well with other dogs, both inside and outside their breed.

    They are small. Some people just don’t like small dogs, and that’s fine, but there are a lot of advantages to dogs that don’t take up much space. One of these is that they don’t take up much space. They can live comfortably with you in practically any living situation. Also they can’t do very much damage to your home. Other than accidents on the carpet there is not much they can do to damage your things.

    Please Adopt a Chihuahua!

    Just look at that face. Chihuahuas are so cute; they can just brighten up your day. Their large eyes, which give new meaning to the concept of “puppy dog eyes”, give their faces so much expression and personality. There are different types of Chihuahuas as well. There is the toy or teacup, which are the tiniest of all, the short-haired, probably most commonly attributed to the “Taco Bell dog”, and the long-haired version. They also come in several different colors.

    They make great guard dogs. While their bark is much, much worse than their bite, Chihuahuas are extremely protective and territorial. Their impeccable hearing allows them to hear things that you or I normally wouldn’t. They will know someone is coming up to the door long before their owners will, and the dogs will let the “intruder” know that they have been spotted as well. Once they are used to a person coming into “their” house though, they will be just as sweet as can be.

    They are portable. A lot of dogs love to go for rides in the car, and Chihuahuas are no different. Because of their size, it is very easy to scoop them up and have them keep you company on short, or even long trips.

    I have come to believe that people who think Chihuahuas are mean dogs, probably don’t know too much about them and certainly can’t have owned one before. If you are considering adding a dog to your family, I urge you not to overlook this beautiful, loving, and playful breed.

    Santa Barbara is home to many wonderful, caring individuals and groups who strive to better the lives of animals in need. Following is a list of many of our local Rescue Groups and Humane Societies which benefit animals in the Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Ventura County areas.

    Local Santa Barbara Area Animal Rescue Groups

    1. K-9 Pals at the Santa Barbara Animal Shelter.
    2. The Ventura County Animal Shelter in Camarillo
      Note that they currently have 49 darling Chihuahuas available for adoption, please rescue one and your life will be so much happier!
    3. Dog Adoption and Welfare Group (DAWG)
      Volunteer organization that cares for dogs and puppies. DAWG is located next door to the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter at 5480 Overpass Rd.
      PO Box 92210, Santa Barbara, CA 93190, (805) 681-0561, bbaker123@cox.net
    4. Santa Barbara Humane Society
      Provides animal assistance in SLO and SB counties. palsfoundation@hotmail.com, (805) 544-0984
    5. HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team)
      An all volunteer, non-profit group on the Central Coast dedicated to the rescue, neuter, fostering and adoption of abandoned and forgotten pets. Where cold noses meet warm hearts!
      PO Box 1394, Cambria, CA 93428 (805) 772-HART or (805) 927-RESQ, coldnoses@slohart.org
      Visit HART’S new Pet Rescue, Adoption and Supply Center located at 1500 Main St. in Cambria, California.
    6. Humane Society of Ventura County
      Assisting animals in the Ventura and Ojai areas.
      402 Bryant Street, Ojai, CA, (805) 656-5031
    7. Santa Ynez Humane Society
      Assisting animals in need in the Santa Ynez Valley.
      111 Commerce Dr., Buellton, CA, (805) 688-8224
    8. Santa Barbara’s Craigslist
      A great resource to find pets of all kinds to adopt and help.
    9. “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us and trusting as a child they are, and we must be kind and take care of their needs…[They] are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty.”
      -James Harriot, Author, “All Creatures Great and Small”

    Google launches biking directions for its maps service.

    Sunday, March 21st, 2010

    "Example of Santa Barbara Bike Path"

    Example of Santa Barbara Bike Path

    If you are a keen cyclist — and chances are good that you are, given the relatively high number of bike-friendly residents in the Santa Barbara Area — you’ll be thrilled to hear that Google announced today it has added biking directions and extensive bike trail data to its Google Maps.

    This is also good news for house-hunters who can now check with ease distances and routes from a home they may be considering buying; as well as for home-sellers who can flaunt their listing’s bike-friendliness, along with other attributes such as walkability.

    Google says the cycling data, which is available for 150 cities so far including Santa Barbara, includes as much bike trail data as possible, efficient routes and bike lanes. It allows users to customize their trip and calculate rider-friendly routes which avoid big hills — particularly pertinent for our fair city.

    Read about how the application works here and to try it out, click here.

    If you would like more information on the Santa Barbara Real Estate Market, or more specific information about its neighborhoods and/or any other areas within Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Goleta, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and/or The Santa Ynez Valley, please contact our Agent on Duty:

    Sylvia Elizabeth Miller,
    Senior Realtor® Associate
    Broker: Coastal Properties, Inc
    Email: sylvia@sanbarb.com
    Cell: 805-448-8882 ~ Toll Free: 877-San-Barb
    Web: SantaBarbaraConnection.com
    DRE #: 00558548

    The golf scene in Santa Barbara is excellent!

    Friday, February 5th, 2010

    SANTA BARBARA
    A Golfer's Paradise

    It’s so wonderful to golf near the ocean.

    The salty breezes across the links make for the most refreshing kind of recreation. Santa Barbara offers six championship golf courses alongside several other nine-hole and private courses for all your golfing desires.

    If your dream is to live on a golf course, or within a golf community, with its country club atmosphere and safe, luxury homes, contact me today for the best deals on homes and condominiums in Beautiful Santa Barbara. – Sylvia Miller, Santa Barbara Connection, 805-448-8882, sylvia@sanbarb.com.

    Santa Barbara offers the golfer enthusiast some of the most recognizable, award winning and world renowned golf courses in the world. One of the most beautiful courses is Sandpiper. This championship course has been rated by Golf Digest in the top 25 public courses in the country:

    Sandpiper Golf Course!

    Sandpiper Golf Course
    (par 72)
    The Sandpiper provides breathtaking Ocean views and expert-level play. The only ocean-front course between Los Angeles and Pebble Beach. With breathtaking ocean and mountain views from every hole, Sandpiper is truly a memorable experience.

    Website: sandpipergolf.com

    Address:
    7925 Hollister Avenue
    Goleta, CA 93117-2421

    Phone:
    (805) 968-1541
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    If you would like more information on the Santa Barbara Real Estate Market, or more specific information about its neighborhoods and/or any other areas within Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Goleta, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and/or The Santa Ynez Valley, please contact our Agent on Duty:

    Sylvia Elizabeth Miller,
    Senior Realtor® Associate
    Broker: Coastal Properties, Inc
    Email: sylvia@sanbarb.com
    Cell: 805-448-8882 ~ Toll Free: 877-San-Barb
    Web: SantaBarbaraConnection.com
    DRE #: 00558548

    Pets…growing segment of real estate industry!

    Thursday, February 4th, 2010

    Santa Barbara is a very pet friendly community! Pets and their families are a growing segment of the real estate industry and we at Santa Barbara Connection can help you find the best pet friendly real estate available in all of our beautiful locations, including Montecito, Hope Ranch, Goleta, Carpinteria, and …Santa Ynez (home to many world famous horse farms).

    Meet our friendly little Chihuahua mascot, ChaCha.

    ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

    ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

    ChaCha, the best and only official Chihuahua Realtor Assistant in Santa Barbara. Ask her ANYTHING about Pets and Pet Friendly Real Estate and she will retrieve the answers! chacha@sanbarb.com
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    ChaCha was born into a Santa Barbara family of Real Estate Professionals. ChaCha’s mother, Sylvia Miller is one of Santa Barbara’s most experienced real estate agents. ChaCha’s grandmother, the late Gail Miller Ross, was considered amongst her peers to have been one of the best Realtors® in Santa Barbara.

    If your family members include the four-legged, furry kind, Sylvia and ChaCha can help you find the perfect pet-friendly home. For more information on the Santa Barbara Real Estate Market, or more specific information about its neighborhoods and/or any other areas within Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Goleta, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and/or The Santa Ynez Valley, please contact our Agent on Duty:

    Sylvia Elizabeth Miller,
    Senior Realtor® Associate
    Broker: Coastal Properties, Inc
    Email: sylvia@sanbarb.com
    Cell: 805-448-8882 ~ Toll Free: 877-San-Barb
    Web: SantaBarbaraConnection.com
    DRE #: 00558548