Summer Sips: Practices and Principles of Inquiry-Based Learning: 4-6 p.m. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road. Speaker is Dr. Robin Gose, president and CEO of MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, who will discuss how open-ended play fosters discoveries in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) for the whole family. Event begins with wine tasting and appetizers. $35 general, $25 members. 682-4726 orwww.sbbg.org.
Sunset Moonrise Herb Walk: 5:30-5:45 p.m.; meet at park-and-ride lot in downtown Ojai and carpool to trailhead, returning to lot by 9 p.m. Ojai Valley. Leader is Ojai herbalist Lanny Kaufer. Identify local edible and medicinal plants and experience setting of sun as full moon rises. $20 adults, $15 seniors 62 and older, $10 students 13-17. To register and for directions, call 646-6281 or go to www.herbwalks.com.
Herb Walk and Native Plant Sale: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 20. Arroyo Hondo Preserve on Gaviota Coast. Leader is Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer. Walk concludes with native plant sale hosted by Santa Barbara Natives, a native plant nursery founded by Arroyo Hondo Preserve manager John Warner. $30 adults, $25 seniors 62 and older, $15 students 13-17, free to kids 5-12 (one per adult). To RSVP and for carpool details, call 646-6281 or go to www.herbwalks.com.
Watch and Clock Collectors Meeting: 11 a.m. workshop, noon meeting, 1 p.m. program. July 21. Ventura College, Student Campus Center, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. “Thomas Tompion and his Clocks.” Speaker is Ken McWilliams. Also: mart and display of watches and clocks. Presented by Ventura and Santa Barbara County Chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. $5 admission; $5 optional lunch.
8 a.m.-3 p.m. July 27. Carpinteria Valley Museum of History, 956 Maple Ave., Carpinteria. Seventy-five vendors with bargains on antiques, collectibles, hand-crafted gifts, plants and vintage goods, including jewelry, housewares, furniture, clothing, toys, books and more. Free admission. 684-3112.
Butterflies Alive! Exhibit:
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Sept. 2. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road. Stroll through a flurry of 1,000 butterflies in a garden pavilion. Free with museum admission: $15 adults; $12 seniors (65 and older); $12 teens; $9 children (2-12); and free to kids under 2. 682-4711 or www.sbnature.org.
Lotusland Tours: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through mid-November. Lotusland in Montecito (address provided upon reservation). Docent-guided tours. Reservations required. $50 adults, $25 youth 3-17, free to children 2 and younger. For reservations, call 969-9990 or go to www.lotusland.org.
Historic Santa Barbara Walking Tours: 10 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. Meet on steps of City Hall by De la Guerra Plaza. Covers old Santa Barbara architecture and history. Also: 10 a.m.-noon Sundays. Meet at Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Covers post-1925 architecture, landscape design and Santa Barbara history. No baby strollers or dogs. Presented by Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara. $10 general, free to children ages 3-12 if accompanied by an adult. 965-6307 or www.afsb.org.