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Santa Maria Sun / Arts

The Sun Center Stage is the place to be at the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival

JOE PAYNE

The Strawberry Festival is always a flurry of fun for visitors looking for anything from a carnival ride and some funnel cake to mechanical-bull riding and live music. The Santa Maria Fairpark becomes an explosion of colorful attractions and activities, but at the heart of it all is the Center Sta...

Festival to host free strawberry tastings

BRENNA SWANSTON

Fun fact: Not all strawberries are the same. Strawberry plants actually comprise 103 distinct species and subspecies, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. There’s a lot more to that little red berry than meets the eye, and at the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival, ...

Sweet origins: From lab to supermarket, the strawberries we eat go through an arduous journey of production

DAVID MINSKY

The Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival is a celebration of one of this area’s most abundant fruits, but have you ever wondered how the strawberries we eat at the event or buy from some local stands turn out to be so sweet and perfect? There is a process, and it’s not as easy as you...

AHC features the work of instructor John Hood at the Ann Foxworthy Gallery

JOE PAYNE

Inspiration is all around us, all the time, if you look for it. Part of Allan Hancock College fine arts instructor John Hood’s teaching method is helping his students recognize that fact, often taking his classes on walks to absorb as much as possible from what’s around them. But taki...

PCPA The Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents a bone-chilling 'Richard III'

JOE PAYNE

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) begins its current production with the haunting specters of victims already laid waste at the hand of the titular character, Richard III, who allude to the division within the British Monarchical class, the House of Lancaster and the House of York. The two fam...

Latino Outreach Council holds Cinco De Mayo celebration

JOE PAYNE

The Latino Outreach Council of San Luis Obispo County presents Fiesta Latinas, a colorful and festive event commemorating Mexican Independence from Spain on May 1 in Nipomo. The event will include dinner, dancing, and live entertainment by Mariachis Mexicanisimo during dinner, and DJ Rawger after di...

Lompoc Valley Master Chorale takes listeners around the world

JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Valley Master Chorale, directed by Kathleen Abrams Hacker, will perform a concert titled Around the World in 80 Minutes on May 6 and 7. The program is designed to deliver music from across the globe, including England, France, Germany, Russia, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Russia, Japan, Taiw...

Sweet Adelines provide grant to Youth in Harmony

JOE PAYNE

The Sweet Adelines International’s local chapter, the Tri City Sound, awarded a $1,000 grant to the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Central Coast Chordsmen, in support of the expenses from the annual Youth in Harmony Festival held last month. Young Women in Harmony coordi...

Community Partners in Caring preparing for fundraiser

JOE PAYNE

The Community Partners in Caring—a local nonprofit that offers volunteer assistance to seniors to help them stay active, independent, and safe in their homes—is preparing for their annual fundraiser dinner and auction event happening May 14 at the Santa Maria Country Club. The event will...