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Heading to the National Pageant in Las Vegas Next Month

Santa Barbara is home to the newly crowned Ms. Senior California of America – Patricia Starr. And as far as we know – she is the first Ms. Senior California to come from Santa Barbara. She’s been making headlines since her cross-country bicycle ride two years ago at age 67, raising money for SBCC music scholarships.

At 69 years young, Starr prevailed over a bench of 15 talented and beautiful participants from all over California at the pageant held in Westminster last month (9.15.06). A classically trained pianist, Patricia wowed the judges with her rendition of Chopin’s familiar “Polonaise in A Flat.” Starr’s husband, Gabriel, designed and built a seven-foot turntable stage platform on which Starr and the piano were centered. As it turned, she could be seen playing from all angles and gave her performance an added zing.

Starr is currently completing her book “Angel On My Handlebars,” about the cross-country trek. Starr was awarded first place in the autobiography division at the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference (in June 2006) for the book. In addition to all of these activities, Starr is also a member of the Prime Time Band playing trombone and piano. She entertains with the “Sizzling Seniors,” a non-profit entertainment group composed of former Ms. Senior America contestants. They perform in Las Vegas, Laughlin, and numerous venues all over Southern California. They also bring free shows to seniors. Starr is a music teacher and performer with no thought of retiring. This woman is constantly on the go, redefining the perception of age at every turn. She is quite an inspiration to all, to never give up.

The Ms Senior America pageant will be held on November 9, 10 & 11 with 48 states competing at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. Ms Senior America is a non–profit organization that began thirty-four years ago and is aimed at women between the ages of 60 and 90+ to compete for this vital title. By the way, there is no bathing suit competition.



The 4th Annual of the Salento International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced today that they are now accepting film submission for the festival taking place in September 8-16, 2007 in Tricase (Lecce) in the heart of Salento the land of the sun.

Filmmakers worldwide are encouraged to submit their project for consideration. All selected films are eligible to be included in the competition for "People Choice Award" in the following categories – Feature, Short-Film, Video Music and Documentary. The competitive part of the film festival is available in the categories of Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short and Best Video Music along with other awards.

Entry forms and eligibility guidelines are available through without a box (www.withoutabox.com/login/4669)
and the festival website (www.salentofilmfestival.com)

Discounted entry fees are provided for films submitted by December 31, 2006, and the final deadline is May 30, 2007.

"We'are very excited for the 2007 film festivals, and we can't wait to begin reviewing submission and planning the schedule of another terrific Salento International Film Festival, we are confident this will be a record setting year" says Luigi Campanile, the Festival Executive Director.

The Salento International Film Festival Is a celebration of films and filmmakers, promotes international independent films, in recognition of the fact that movies are the most powerful form of cultural communication and link between cultures' and peoples'.

Founded in 2004, the Salento International Film Festival emerged as a major cultural event in South Italy. Each year it introduces filmmakers worldwide to the Salento area’s unique resources, while celebrating the history and future of the film industry with 9 days of world premieres, special events, seminars, feature films, short films, documentaries, and all night parties.

Please visit our new 2007 website www.salentofilmfestival.com

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