“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May,” said American naturalist Edwin Way Teale. ’Tis true in Santa Barbara this weekend, where a rich array of events await.
Turtle Beach Party
Help sea turtles and have fun at the same time at Saturday’s Turtle Friend Beach party from 1 to 4 p.m. at Chase Palm Park. You’ll hear firsthand, via live chat, from the team in Nicaragua who are on the front lines of sea turtle conservation, and see their turtle-saving technology. Family fun includes egg-inspired geocashing, turtle-y relay races, raffle for fabulous prizes, and photos with mascot Sammy the Sea Turtle. Nicaraguan-inspired cuisine is included in the ticket price, which is $15 for kids and $20 for adults, and benefits Paso Pacificio. (www.pasopacificio.org).
Start the weekend early at “Aloha Friday” at the Endless Summer Bar-Café at the Santa Barbara Harbor. Mai tais are only $7 all day, and there will be live acoustic music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hawaiian attire is encouraged. Located upstairs from the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, this lively (and yummy) eatery has some of the best views in town, is kid-friendly and a crowd pleaser. (www.chuckswaterfrontgrill.com/the-endless-summer-bar-cafe)
Make a day of it by starting downstairs at the Maritime Museum. Highlights include a tomol (canoe) hand-carved by local Chumash, cannons from Spanish explorers, a working periscope, artifacts from local shipwrecks, commercial fishing and diving equipment and an extremely rare first order Fresnel lens that stood watch at the Point Conception lighthouse for nearly 160 years. (www.sbmm.org)
Powerhouse band Café R&B bring their blazing blues show to the Carrillo Recreation Center on Saturday night. Lead singer Roach has earned raves from no less than Ike Turner (who reportedly said “Knocked me on my butt.”). The Santa Barbara Blues Society has scored a coup by booking this red-hot band. Doors open at 7 p.m. Ojai guitarist Jeff Joad opens the show at 7:15 p.m. with an acoustic set in the style of Mississippi Delta bluesmen. Café R&B play two long sets starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 general admission or $40 VIP (preferred seating and a free drink). Bring your dancing shoes. (100 E. Carrillo St., www.sbblues.org)
Bonsai sale, show
Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara holds its much-anticipated annual show and sale this weekend in Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church. Hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Zen monks believed that a single tree in a pot could represent the entire universe. Find out if that’s true by viewing the stunningly beautiful works in the show. Also learn how to begin a bonsai project, or bring in a tree for advice from club members. Demonstrations will be held daily at 1 p.m. Trees, pots, tools, and related bonsai items are for sale. (909 La Cumbre Road, www.santabarbarabonsai.org)