Sunday, November 28, 2021     Volume: 22, Issue: 39

Cover Story



Although social distancing, masking, and the weird haze of COVID-19 are still around, the holiday season of parades, tree lightings, and Santa pictures is back! Find out what will make the Central Coast holiday season a little brighter in our annual Holiday Guide, which starts with Solvang’s marketing arm talking about how Yulefest is celebrating the return of in-per... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Santa Barbara County set to open North County jail in December
Cover Story: HOLIDAY GUIDE 2021
Commentary: As the city's representative in county government, I'm never not thinking about Guadalupe
News: Rezoning decision helps green-light future housing development at Hi-Way Drive-In property
News: Supervisors approve regional dispatch center, despite sheriff opposition


Slow The Virus

Supervisors approve regional dispatch center, despite sheriff opposition

By Taylor O'Connor

Fire chiefs from across Santa Barbara County attended the Nov. 16 Board of Supervisors meeting in support of the regional dispatch center presented by county Fire Chief Mark H...

Rezoning decision helps green-light future housing development at Hi-Way Drive-In property

By Caleb Wiseblood

A local nonprofit is one step closer to developing new low-income housing where the Hi-Way Drive-In currently stands. On Nov. 17, the Santa Maria Planning Commission approved...

Santa Barbara County set to open North County jail in December

By Taylor O'Connor

After a five-year delay, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria on Nov. 18, with many cou...

Political Watch: November 25, 2021

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) voted to pass the Build Back Better Act, which passed the House on Nov. 19, according to a statement. This act will cut down ...


Buellton's annual Winter Fest opens the holiday season

By Taylor O'Connor

Holiday activities will extend from morning to night for Buellton residents and visitors during the town’s annual Winter Fest celebration, said Kathy Vreeland, executive...

Cannabis Corner

Natural Healing Center loses dispensary permit; former CEO pleads guilty to bribery, tax evasion

By Peter Johnson

“NHC! NHC! NHC!” A few dozen employees of Natural Healing Center chanted their company’s acronym in unison on Oct. 19 while gathered on the steps of San Lui...


As the city's representative in county government, I'm never not thinking about Guadalupe


Guadalupe—the little town with the big heart—enjoys the world-renowned Guadalupe Dunes, distinctive downtown architecture and murals, excellent cuisine, and, above...


Hartmann has helped Guadalupe

By Tom Brandeberry, Los Amigos de Guadalupe

Regarding the “Representation” opinion piece (Canary, Nov. 11), I’d like to correct a misrepresentation of Supervisor Hartmann’s support for the commun...


Thorny issues


Do we actually think the Northern Branch Jail will open in December 2021?  I can’t even count then number of stories the Sun has run about when Santa Barbara Count...


Solvang Fine Art hosts ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening reception

By Caleb Wiseblood

Although Solvang Fine Art opened its doors to the public with a soft opening in October, the gallery will hold an official grand opening reception and ribbon cutting ceremony ...

Oceano's Great American Melodrama presents its traditional winter production, 'The Holiday Extravaganza'

By Caleb Wiseblood

The Holiday Extravaganza premiered at the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville in Oceano on Nov. 18. This traditional three-act winter production is scheduled ...

PCPA's 'The Secret Garden' boasts a charming cast and spirited mise en scène


Before a single performer appears on stage, I’m already invested in PCPA’s spellbinding, and possibly foreboding, set design for The Secret Garden.  My bra...


‘The Harder They Fall’ mashes ’70s blaxploitation homage with revisionist Western panache

Co-writer/director Jeymes Samuel (They Die By Dawn) helms this revisionist Western populated by fictionalized characters based on historical Black people of the Old West. At t...


Central Coast baker fulfills lifelong dream with Proof and Gather


Proof and Gather breads and pastries are hot commodities in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. From farmers’ markets and weddings, to direct-to-consumer channel...

Hot Stuff


The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang presents its Holiday Marketplace on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event showcases a variety of handcrafted item...


The Santa Maria Public Library is showcasing a new exhibit of artworks by local graphite artist Minnie Anderson (pictured). The exhibit premiered in the Shepard Hall Gallery i...


The Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay is hosting a book-signing event with author Kevin Carroll on Saturday, Nov. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. Carroll will be signing copies of his time...


The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden hosts its next Free Day at the Garden event on Friday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests of all ages are welcome to take part in the ...


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What are your Thanksgiving plans this year?

Traveling to be with family.
Staying home to feast with local family/friends (gas is too expensive/we’re not out of the pandemic yet).
Putting up my Christmas lights and tree ASAP.
Asking family to come to us this year.

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