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Art of healing: Caregivers incorporate music to stave off and manage the effects of Alzheimer's and dementia

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Art of healing: Caregivers incorporate music to stave off and manage the effects of Alzheimer's and dementia

By Joe Payne

"You've got to ac-cen-tuate the positive/E-lim-inate the negative/Latch on to the affirmative/Don't mess with Mister In-Between" The 20-plus members of the Oasis Senior Center Choir all sang in unison with the piano accompaniment. Gruff baritones and lilting sopranos blended together, filling the room with melody. Karen Eastey led the group from the piano, wher... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Lacking resources: Santa Barbara County and cities battle high poverty rate
News: SLO County investigates Abel Maldonado for alleged cannabis or hemp grow
School Scene: Former Tommie Kunst principal working to bring new charter school to county
Cover Story: Art of healing: Caregivers incorporate music to stave off and manage the effects of Alzheimer's and dementia
Music: Stars in her eyes: Russian/American pop singer Marina V talks music and emotion ahead of concert in Lompoc
 

News

SLO County investigates Abel Maldonado for alleged cannabis or hemp grow

By Peter Johnson

As San Luis Obispo County ramps up enforcement against illegal cannabis grows in the area, officials say they are investigating what appears to be a large, unlicensed cannabis...

Santa Maria High School District breaks ground on long-awaited CTE Center and Ag Farm

By Kasey Bubnash

Shovels in hand, students donning corduroy Future Farmers of America jackets and hard hats giggled as they simultaneously dug into the freshly graded ground and tossed dirt in...

State Sen. Jackson's bill targets wildfire prevention

By Spencer Cole

As much of California burns in the middle of a particularly bad fire season, one bill penned by a Central Coast state senator is making its way through the Assembly. Sen. Han...

Santa Maria responds to grand jury report on pensions

By Spencer Cole

The Santa Maria City Council responded to a Santa Barbara Barbara County grand jury report on Aug. 7. The city's answer included two recommendations, which Santa Maria officia...

Lacking resources: Santa Barbara County and cities battle high poverty rate

By Spencer Cole

Santa Barbara County has one of the highest poverty rates in California. A new report recently released by the nonprofit think tank Public Policy Institute of California shows...

Clarification

In the Sun's annual Best Of readers poll issue out on Aug. 2, the address of Tips and Toes, which won Best Nail Salon, was stated incorrectly. Tips and Toes is located at 104...

Retraction

By Joe Payne

The Sun's Aug. 2  issue, the annual Best Of readers poll, including a brief that sourced information from an incorrect website. The following brief for the winner of Best...

Political Watch 8/9/18

• Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) criticized the Trump administration's announcement that it would remove the Obama-era policy of fuel emissions standards for car m...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: The Ultimate Escape Rooms - Alexis Crouse, co-owner

By Spencer Cole

Central Coast residents and visitors have a new place where they can "escape" from the real world. The Ultimate Escape Rooms, a Ventura-based company, plans to open ...

Commentary

Misdeeds in La-La Land

By KEN MCCALIP

In every local community in America it is apparent that the lies and misdeeds of Washington's La-La Land impact our nation's standing and tarnish our country's reputation and ...

Letters

Dear editor

By Diane Martin - Santa Maria

You Canary says: "It must be nice to be able to own a house or a piece of farmland, to rake in the stacks of rental or ag income from the county's working class," (&...

It is sad

By Ken Hansche - Santa Maria

There is fear throughout this land. Fear of truth. Fear of offending. Fear of being different. Fear of responsibility. Fear of being natural, normal. It is sad. Think about i...

Elizabeth Enderle

By Kasey Bubnash

She's not the first in her family to love horses, but incoming Santa Ynez High School sophomore Elizabeth Enderle shows them like no one else can.  Elizabeth, 15, has ...

School Scene

Former Tommie Kunst principal working to bring new charter school to county

By Kasey Bubnash

Just months after enduring what she called her "worst" experience in 25 years of teaching and education, which led to her recent resignation from a local junior high...

Canary

Poor choices

I'm getting really weary of hearing the same tired, and frankly lazy talking points being regurgitated again and again, especially regarding problems that have only gotten w...

Arts

CORE Winery presents San Francisco Poet Susan Terence

By Rebecca Rose

As part of the winery's Second Saturday poetry night, CORE Winery in Orcutt presents a reading from Susan Terence on Aug. 11. Terence's poems have been published in journals ...

Santa Maria Civic Theatre holds auditions for new musical

By Rebecca Rose

The Santa Maria Civic Theatre is holding auditions for an upcoming production of the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors. The show will be the second production of the grou...

Guadalupe Dunes Center hosts hike to Mussel Rock

By Rebecca Rose

The Dunes Center in Guadalupe will host a nature hike to Mussel Rock on Aug. 18. The park, which lies to the south of Guadalupe, includes 550-foot-high dunes along the Sant...

Backroad rambler: Carol Simon's work features whimsical interpretations of still life and world travel

By Rebecca Rose

Carol Simon admits she has a very patient husband. The artist, whose work currently can be seen at Gallery Los Olivos in a one-woman show running through Aug. 31, laughs when...

I want it that way: Melodrama's The Mix Tape celebrates 1990s nostalgia

By Rebecca Rose

In 1999, I was living in Indiana and working as a part-time photographer. I had a car with a five-CD changer and I thought it was the most technologically advanced piece of eq...

Music

Stars in her eyes: Russian/American pop singer Marina V talks music and emotion ahead of concert in Lompoc

By Joe Payne

The Russian-born pop singer/songwriter Marina Verenikina, who goes by Marina V, has wowed audiences and critics across the U.S., Europe, and her home country with her starling...

Film

Putting the ‘oof’ in spoof

Co-writer and director Susanna Fogel (Life Partners, Chasing Life TV series) helms this action-comedy spy spoof about 30-year-old besties Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate ...

Eats

Wind down: Costa de Oro is the perfect spot to enjoy a pre-weekend night out

By Rebecca Rose

The sun is barely beginning to descend from the sky, leaving us with a blanket of warmth as a cool breeze comes up from the east. The music coming from inside the small two-st...

Hot Stuff

FACE YOUR WATERLOO

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre PCPA presents Mamma Mia!, a musical comedy featuring songs by ABBA, through Aug. 26 at the Solvang Festival Theater. Performances take place T...

A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME

Family Day in the Park, also known as Healthy Kids Day, takes place Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Waller Park. Guests can enjoy carnival games, various vendors, and live e...

JOY TO THE WORLD

The Lompoc Valley Art Association presents Joy, a new exhibit showcasing works by artist Tonya Romano Schultz, through Aug. 31 at the Cypress Gallery, located at 119 E. Cypres...

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