Monday, September 22, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 28
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Should Santa Maria voters pass Measure T, which would tax homeowners in order to build a new school?

Yes. The schools are overcrowded and we need more classrooms.
No. Santa Maria-Bonita should go back to a year-round system.
No. Taxpayers shouldn't have to fork over any more money.
Couldn't state funding pay to build another school?

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Annual Chalk Festival raises funds and awareness for school art programs

BY JOE PAYNE

Most kids know that a bucket of chalk and a blank sidewalk can make for an afternoon well spent, so it makes sense that the Orcutt Children’s Art Foundation (OCAF), a local nonprofit that seeks to supplement local art education in schools, is inviting parents and kids to do their finest chal...

The Dixie Swim Club celebrates Southern sisterhood with laughs

BY JOE PAYNE

It’s important to have friends you can rely on in life, even if it’s only once a year. The Santa Maria Civic Theatre’s opening production for the community theater’s 56th season is The Dixie Swim Club, which follows a group of college friends who meet on the same weekend in...

Altrusa announces funds for nonprofits

BY JOE PAYNE

The Altrusa International Foundation Santa Maria Inc. has announced that the organization’s Fall 2014 Grant Funds applications are now available for local nonprofits. Programs that bolster literacy and childcare and programs for people with disabilities have benefited from Altrusa’s fund...

Central Coast Music Teachers Association holds presentation in Santa Maria

BY JOE PAYNE

The Central Coast Music Teachers Association is inviting all private studio music teachers on the Central Coast to a kick-off luncheon event at the home of Betty Hansen in Santa Maria on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. for a short business meeting and presentation. Local pianist, tuner, and piano technician La...

Wildling Museum offers basic photography workshop

BY JOE PAYNE

The Wildling Museum is offering a photography class, Basic Photography Workshop: Understand Your Camera and Create Beautiful Photographs, on Sept. 27, Oct. 20, and Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. Instructor Natalie Morris will lead the two-hour Saturday classes that include a classroom lecture and han...

Star Voice selects finalists

BY JOE PAYNE

More than 140 Tri-County area singers applied to the Star Voice singing competition happening at the Chumash Casino on Oct. 18, but only 12 local vocalists could make the cut. The selected few represent talent from as far north as Atascadero and as far south as Simi Valley between the ages of 18 and...