GROUP DINNER WEDNESDAY JUNE 29, 7 PM (Departing at 6:30).

At La Super-Rica Taqueria, 622 N. Milpas St, Santa Barbara.

We will meet at 6:30 between the KITP and Harold Frank Hall, and depart from there. Please put your name, number of people in your party, and how many people you can give a ride to if you have a car.

Please sign up by Wednesday 3 PM.

1) Payam Rowghanian
2) Franco Ferrari (1 person, no car (sorry))
3) Carlos, room for 3 in the car.
4) Dima Makarov. (I have to be in downtown area earlier so will meet you at the restaurant)
5) Liheng Cai and Hui Huang (2 people, no car)
6) Brian Skinner (1 person, no car)
7) Yitzhak Rabin (1 person, car)
8) Michael Rubinstein, room for up to 3 in the car.
9) Katharina Ribbeck (I will meet you at the restaurant)
10) Rony Granek (1 person, car - can take 4)
11) Mark Stevens (will meet at restaurant)


At the Elephant bar, 521 Firestone Road, Goleta, CA (805) 964-0779.

They have a variety of good food from Asian to BBQ and steak and burgers. It is easy to get there by bike and also possible to take the bus 11, but please specify if you have a car and can give a ride to others. Please also specify the number of people in your party.
Please sign up by Wednesday 5 pm.
1) Payam Rowghanian
2) Carlos Marques (I have a car, can give a ride to 3 passengers).
3) Michael Rubinstein 2 people (can take 3 more passengers).
4) Mark Stevens (have car with 1 front seat available and 2 cramped back seats)
5) Liheng Cai (2 people)
6) Franco Ferrari (no car, 1 person)
7) Dima Makarov
8) Rony Granek (car, can accomodate 4 people)
9) Brian Skinner (no car, 1 person)
10) Yitzhak Rabin (car, 4 people)

Wine tasting in Santa Ynez valley, this Sat or Sun (to be decided based on majority).

Meet at KITP on Saturday 11th June at noon.

Please sign up here. Also please let us know if you are willing to be a driver (which would limit your drinking)

Dima Makarov
Yitzhak Rabin (definitely not a driver!)
Jay Schieber (designated drinker)
Nicolas Clauvelin (not a driver and no preference between Sat/Sun)


Spice Avenue (Indian), 1027 State Street, 6.30 pm.

On Wednesdays they have a buffet for $13. I was told by the turbulence group that the food is very good. Please put your name below and I (Arlette) will make a reservation. Also if you have a car and can drive others make a note (as I did). If you don't have a car either arrange a ride with someone , or take the bus (24x). Biking takes an hour or so.
Please sign up by Wednesday 2 pm.
1) Arlette Baljon (car, can drive 4)
2) Franco Ferrari (no car, sorry)
3) Michael Rubinstein (family of 3) (car, can drive 2) If needed, can arrange for another car (in this case can drive up to 7).
4) Yitzhak Rabin (car, can drive 4)

Soccer Team

We will need to create a soccer team for next week's KITP picnic. Add your name here if you are willing to play.
- Rony Granek
- if you are short on players my 12-year old son Mendel can sub for me, Arlette
- Nicolas Clauvelin

BBQ at Goleta State Beach park

Alexei Kornyshev and Anatoly Kolomeisky are organizing BBQ at Goleta State Beach Park on Wednesday, May 18 at 4pm. We have made a reservation for the area C (which costs $65). We will bring food and all related things. We think that $20 per person will be enough. Please bring money to Anatoly Kolomeisky (room 2407) before the BBQ. The reservation is for 20-25 people. The weather forecast is sunny, 65F (18C). Please put your name, dietary concerns, any other related questions below.
List of people:
1) Anatoly Kolomeisky
2) Alexei Kornyshev
3) Alexander Chervanyov
4) Martin Depken
5) Ludvig Lizana
6) Len Sander & Mae (spouse)
7) Arlette Baljon
8) Rony Granek & Shoshi (spouse)
9) Mike Hagan
10) Ajay Gopinathan, Sai Ghosh (Spouse) and Anika (baby)
11) KC Huang

Q: Google map is not sure where Goleta State Beach Park is, can you put a link?
It is the park where we had dinner last Wednesday. Walking distance from KITP

Group dinner by the sea!

I have made a pre-reservation 7.30 pm wednesday May 11 at the Beach side bar and café . It is located at Goleta beach which is within walking distance (~600 m) from KITP. We will be sitting outside and they have promised me that we will not freeze! Please put down your name by monday morning if you will come. Spouses are of course welcome!

List of people
Ludvig, Helena (spouse) and Filip (baby)
Len + Mae (spouse)
Payam Rowghanian
Michael Rubinstein
Rony Granek+Shoshi (spouse)
Franco Ferrari (like Paul, vegetarian and spouse elsewhere)
Liheng Cai
Paul van der Schoot (vegetarian, spouse elsewhere)
Ralf Everaers
Alexander Chervanyov
Shura & Vera Grosberg
Stefan Kesselheim
Philippe Marcq


Jazz & Folk MusicSB has but one place that features jazz and folk: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club .They have decent food if you want to eat before/during a performance.

Hiking around Santa Barbara

Rattlesnake Canyon Hike

Saturday May 14, 10 AM

Hiking distance: 3.5 Miles Round trip

Hiking time: 2 hours

Elevation: 1000 feet

This trail is the most popular one in Santa Barbara. It has a little bit of everything including waterfalls and small water pools and panoramic view of the Pacific and channel islands. The trail starts at the north corner of Skofield Park.

Please add your name if you are planning to go. It is not practical to use public transportation, so if you have a car, add your name and the number of people you can take with you.


Payam Rowghanian, Paul van der Schoot, Len Sander & Mae (spouse), Mike Hagan, Stefan Kesselheim


Payam Rowghanian,

Update: Transportation is resolved. Paul, Mike, and Stefan, I can pick you up at the KITP bus stop (the roundabout) at 9:30. Let me know if you don't need a ride. /Payam

Safety Note: There are Rattlesnakes in the canyon, and other hiking spots in this area. The biggest thing to keep in mind is to stay on the trail. Here are some more safety tips:
  • Wear shoes and long pants,
  • Avoid tall grass, weeds, or heavy underbrush,
  • Look for concealed snakes before picking up rocks, sticks, or wood,
  • Don't put your hand where you can not see,
  • Step "on" logs and rocks, not "over" them,
  • Use a walking stick, a snake can attack a stick instead of you,
  • Baby rattlesnakes are poisonous, stay away from them.

Comment: Last Sunday, we did a hike which I think is much more interesting, but might be more demanding; we are notoriously slow, but it took us 6 hours roundtrip -- but it deserves attention; views are outstanding. Ask me for details if interested. Shura

Sport Activities

Eager to play tennis, I am looking for a tennis partner. I am in the office 2405
Phone: 6399
Alexei Kornyshev
Me too! Just next door 2406. Who knows where to get a racket?
Stefan Kesselheim

Keen lap swimmer: who wants to join me on my trips to the rec center pool? I am in office 2506.
Paul van der Schoot

Billiards/Pool Information
Don Q Family Billiard Center
1128 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 845-3197

Anyone interested in swimming/running (maybe biking if nice bikes available for renting) or playing some sports like table tennis or soccer at the Rec.Cen. of UCSB !? Drop a line here or pop up at my office

Climbing/Bouldern: Someone interested? Does someone know where to go for climbing?
Office: 2406.