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GOINGS ON : Double the Fun at This Year's Summer Solstice : The 21st annual Santa Barbara celebration will feature two days of music, food, outrageous costumes and a parade.

June 22, 1995|LEO SMITH | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

If you're looking for something that epitomizes summer in Santa Barbara, check out the Summer Solstice Celebration this weekend.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the annual event, which is known for outrageous costumes and a parade up State Street. For the first time, the event will last two days.

On Saturday, the "Toys, Contraptions and Thingamajigs" parade will begin at noon at State and Cota streets, and end at Alameda Park, at State and Micheltorena streets. The arrival kicks off the solstice festival, which features music, food and a chance to take a closer look at the costumes and floats. Then beginning at 7 p.m., at the Santa Barbara County Sunken Gardens, the Latin band Teka, blues rock band Uncle Slam and other groups will present an evening concert.

On Sunday, there will be a children's performance festival at the Sunken Gardens beginning at 2 p.m. Highlights include jugglers, mimes, giant puppets, mask-making workshops and the Santa Barbara Symphony's Tiny Tots Family Concert.

About 4 p.m. Sunday, the children's festival concludes with music, dance and theatrical performances at the Sunken Gardens, 1120 Anacapa St.

Admission to all events is free. Call 965-7785 for information.

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The Drifters, a 1950s and '60s pop group, will perform hits from that era Friday evening at the Solvang Designer Outlets Center. The Bel Aires, a Santa Barbara band, will open.

The program, a benefit for the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society, will also feature a silent auction and a '50s costume and dance contest. Judges will include Doc Severinsen, Bo Derek and Edda (Kookie) Byrnes. Tickets are $20. Call 688-8407 or (800) 289-6255. The outlet center is at 320 Alisal Road.

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Photographer Tom Campbell will show footage of Santa Barbara Channel sharks Friday at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The "Underwater Visions" film-lecture is in conjunction with the museum's exhibit "Sharks--Phantoms of the Santa Barbara Channel." The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. General admission is $8 (which will get you into the shark exhibit as well). The museum is at 2559 Puesta del Sol Road. Call 682-4711 for information.

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The Santa Barbara Chamber Ballet will present the romantic "Giselle" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lobero Theatre. Tickets are $15 general, $9 senior citizens and $7 children. Call 963-0761. The theater is at 33 E. Canon Perdido St.

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Culture, a popular trio from Kingston, Jamaica, will headline the ninth annual Reggae Explosion on Sunday at Santa Barbara's La Casa de la Raza. The group will be joined by Dub Mystic and Santa Barbara ska band Dynamic Pressure.

Doors open at 7 p.m.; show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 (advance), $14 (at the door), free (children age 12 and younger with an adult). Crafts and Jamaican food will be available. Call 583-8700 or 963-6207. La Casa de la Raza is at 601 E. Montecito St.

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Musical groups Limit X, Two or More and the Horizon Praise Band, along with country singer Lenny LeBlanc, will appear at the Real Life '95 Christian music concert Sunday at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. The concert is from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Call 730-1400 for information. The bowl is at 1122 N. Milpas St.

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