Tuesday, October 21, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 32
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Bats, spiders, and snakes: The Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake holds a creepy crawly event for all ages

BY JOE PAYNE

October is typically the month when kids and adults alike embrace the morbid, outlandish, and creepy side of life. Several critters from the natural world tend to come to the forefront to represent the Halloween season, including all types of things that slither, scurry, and swoop. The Neal Taylo...

Going back for more: The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes center completes its second excavation of Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 Ten Commandments set

BY JOE PAYNE

In 2012, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center excavated a piece of Hollywood history from underneath the dunes sand that was the location for Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 production of The Ten Commandments. Two rows of sphinx statues lined the approach to a 700-foot-tall façade of an Egyptian t...

All holidays at the Santa Maria ElksElks

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Elks present a Holiday Craft, Art, and Gift Fair on Oct. 26 at the lodge in Santa Maria. A wide array of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas décor and gifts will be available for purchase, along with handcrafted items by local artists. Santa Maria Elks Lodge No. 1538 is at...

Pumpkins go pink to benefit Marian Foundation

BY JOE PAYNE

A special Pinktober pumpkin patch is open in Santa Maria through Oct. 31. All of the proceeds from the pumpkin patch benefit the Marian Foundation, and the patch is sponsored by Mission Hope Cancer Center, Dignity Health, and Honda of Santa Maria. Better Produce provided the pumpkins. The Pinktober...

Experience the country in Los Olivos

BY JOE PAYNE

Los Olivos is holding its popular Day in the Country Festival on Oct. 18, with special events happening throughout the small community. The day begins with early morning fun runs and includes a country-themed parade, zip line and climbing wall, hundreds of craft and food booths, live music, and fami...

Standing Sun celebrates freedom with art

BY JOE PAYNE

Standing Sun Wines holds an art show tited Freedom—a showcase of impressionist art by Liz Bristow and symbolic archetype sculpture by Joseph Castle—showing through Nov. 30. The first reception event to kick off this show is set for Nov. 1 and will include painter Bristow and live musi...

Michaels offers a pumpkin challenge

BY JOE PAYNE

Michaels arts and crafts store is offering its annual Great Pumpkin Event and the launch if the new Trick Your Pumpkin sweepstakes. Every Friday through Oct. 31, Michaels will award a $250 gift card and gift basket to a randomly selected customer who creates a pumpkin craft. Anyone can enter to win...