Saturday, April 25, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 7
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The Lompoc Civic explores relationships with 'I Do! I Do!'

BY JOE PAYNE

If the audience’s reaction to the first performance of the Lompoc Civic Theatre’s (LCT) current production is any indication, there’s something special about the volunteer theater group’s take on Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’ musical I Do! I Do! Volunteer actors Lea Sch...

Hancock College hosts first-ever poetry slam

BY JAMIE GUISTA

Poetry is word music: It’s a language composed of rhythm and melody, and its multiple layers of meaning can help readers see and express things in fresh and unique ways. Northern Santa Barbara County now offers community members more opportunities to recite poetry through open mics at the Solv...

Ag pen pals explore local vineyard

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau’s GAATE Foundation Ag Pen Pals Program includes Los Olivos Elementary School’s third-grade class led by Mrs. Branquinho. The class visited its collective pen pal Kevin Merrill of Mesa Vineyard Management on April 15 among the vines in Los Alamos and g...

Art of Recovery show seeks submissions

BY JOE PAYNE

The Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) is preparing for the 2015 Art of Recovery exhibition, a collection of media created by locals recovering from substance abuse or mental illness. The exhibit will show in Santa Maria during May in support of Mental Health Awareness Month, but submissio...

Leadership Lompoc Valley holds fundraiser for Lompoc Theatre Project

BY JOE PAYNE

Leadership Lompoc Valley’s class of 2015 and board of directors named the Lompoc Theatre Project as its fundraising beneficiary this year. The public and Leadership alumni are invited to a fundraising event featuring live entertainment by Lompoc performing arts groups, wine tasting, and food o...