Monday, September 28, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 30
Autumn Arts Annual 2020

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Autumn Arts Annual 2020


The Sun’s annual Autumn Arts issue brings you arts, music, and craft events from across the Central Coast. With the pandemic still on like Donkey Kong, this year’s fall festivities are mostly virtual. Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood compiled all the creativity Northern Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties can muster just so you can put your favorites in your ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Petition calls for continuation of Oceano Dunes closure
Canary: Petition shuffle
Spotlight: It's not too late to sign up for the Central Coast Writers Conference and learn from industry bigwigs
News: Bureau of Prisons says pre-release quarantine lasts two weeks, but family members say otherwise
News: Political Watch: September 24, 2020


Slow The Virus

Santa Maria Fairpark Foundation hosts fundraisers to mitigate financial woes

By Malea Martin

The Santa Maria Fairpark has always served as “the heartbeat of our local community,” Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau Executive Director Teri Bontrager said durin...

Petition calls for continuation of Oceano Dunes closure

By Kasey Bubnash

It’s been six months since vehicles were allowed in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), and some community members want it to stay that way—at...

Solvang responds to grand jury report of homelessness in Santa Barbara County

By Karen Garcia

The 2019-20 Santa Barbara County grand jury recently released a report focused on homelessness in Santa Barbara County, which states that the county is in the midst of a homel...

Bureau of Prisons says pre-release quarantine lasts two weeks, but family members say otherwise

By Malea Martin

It’s been more than two months since a class action lawsuit forced the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to consider releasing more incarcerated individuals into home confinement ...

Political Watch: September 24, 2020

• On a Sept. 17, Santa Barbara County officials informed residents that, with just more than 40 days until the presidential general election on Nov. 3, “voters can ...


It's not too late to sign up for the Central Coast Writers Conference and learn from industry bigwigs


The Central Coast Writers Conference may be starting Sept. 24, but the annual event’s executive director, Teri Bayus, wants everyone to know that it’s not too late...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future


Labor shortages and government regulations tied to groundwater usage continue to hinder local farmers, but technological advancements could ease some of these concerns, accord...


Does mayoral candidate Victor Vega have the right stuff to lead Lompoc?


If you’re thinking of voting for Victor Vega as mayor, there are some things you should consider carefully—the most important is his six-year record as a councilma...


The blame-Trump game

By Ellis Romero, Santa Maria

Is anyone else as sick of hearing “racist” as much as I am? If you disagree with me, then I’m a racist. If you say something I don’t like, then you are...


Petition shuffle


If you don’t like the clothes your mom buys you for Christmas, I have an idea for you. Start a petition. I hear it’s the only way to get what you want these days.&...


Wildling Museum of Art and Nature presents 20th anniversary Virtual Fundraiser

In lieu of canceling its traditional, in-person Spring Barbecue and Art of Brunch benefits this year, the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang will host its 20th anniv...

Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Dept. co-hosts drive-in movie event with PLAY, Elks Recreation Foundation

The city of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, People for Leisure and Youth (PLAY), and the Elks Recreation Foundation will co-host a family-friendly, drive-in-style...

Studios on the Parks' September show features four decades of culture captured by Mexican-American photographers


Performance artists, fashion, music, street life. These cultural aspects of Chicano life are missing from the mainstream picture of what Mexican-American art is, according to...

Santa Ynez Valley businesses celebrate 11th annual Scarecrow Fest throughout October


Halloween is nigh and anticipation is high for the 11th annual Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest, a month-long scarecrow display competition scheduled to kick off on Thursday, ...


'I’m Thinking of Ending Things' finds Charlie Kaufman again exploring the male psyche

Editor’s note: While New Times Staff Writer Karen Garcia reviewed this film in our Sept. 17 issue, this film is so compelling that Glen and Anna decided to dive in for...


The High Roller Tiki Lounge offers a tropical getaway in Solvang


 A tiki bar is never done, according to Michael Cobb, but phase 1 of his new High Roller Tiki Lounge bar is just about complete. The Solvang winemaker (Sort This Out ...

Hot Stuff


The California Central Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association invites the community to participate in the 2020 Santa Maria Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturda...


Starting on Friday, Sept. 25, the 5 Cities Swim School in Arroyo Grande will host Drowning Rescue Courses for families and children every Friday and Saturday, between 2 and 6:...


The pickup date for Grow the Garden, a fundraiser to benefit the SLO Botanical Garden, takes place on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. Patrons should pre-order their three-c...


Creative Me Time hosts a pickup date for its take-home Resin Beach Scene workshop at the Paso Robles Recreation Center on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants will...

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Weekly Poll
What do you think should happen at the Oceano Dunes SVRA?

Ban vehicles for good. It's actually enjoyable without all the traffic.
Open it to off-roading now! Oceano needs the revenue now more than ever.
Open off-roading to locals only. We need to get COVID-19 under control before we let visitors in.
Keep it closed until the pandemic is over.

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