Friday, October 24, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 33
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The Lompoc Civic Theatre produces a play that pulls from local history

BY JOE PAYNE

The further back into the past we turn our attention, the more tenuous the details become. Honest research can reveal plenty about how cultures from the past lived and related, and first-hand accounts can give us details into daily life, but that which is left undocumented can only be guessed at. On...

Local groups converge to celebrate Make a Difference Day

BY JOE PAYNE

Make a Difference Day was started by the magazine USA Weekend in 1992 in order to put a spotlight on nonprofit organizations. The informal holiday is held on the fourth Saturday of October, and has caught on with nonprofit organizations across the country, including some close to home. WonHeart i...

Movie night gets spooky

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Public Library is hosting a movie night in the spirit of the Halloween season on Oct. 29. Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, rated PG, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in the library’s Shepard Hall. The Santa Maria Public Library is located at 421 S. McClelland, Santa Maria. More infor...

Sing with the Adelines

BY JOE PAYNE

The Tri City Sound Chorus, Santa Barbara County’s chapter of the Sweet Adelines International, is gearing up for its Christmas concert, and welcomes all local ladies who enjoy singing to join them at some upcoming rehearsals. The ensemble sings in traditional barbershop style with all female v...

City offers Halloween party to elders

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is inviting adults aged 50 and older to the annual Active Living Halloween Party event on Oct. 26 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The free social event invites active older adults to co-mingle with high school students at Pioneer Valley High School, 675 Panther Dr...

Gallery Los Olivos welcomes two artists for November

BY JOE PAYNE

Gallery Los Olivos is offering an art show for the month of November that showcases the works of Mirella Z. Olson and Lindy Kern. The two artists and longtime friends will demonstrate their influence from nature in the show The Painter and the Potter. A reception event with the artists happens on...

Santa Maria singer wins Star Voice

BY JOE PAYNE

Santa Maria resident, PCPA student, and singer Annali Fuchs took the first place spot in the Star Voice competition at the Chumash Casino Resort on Oct. 19. The event included 12 competitors, narrowed down to four finalists, with Fuchs winning out over Luther Richmond of Santa Barbara, Djoir Jordan ...