Wednesday, December 17, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 40
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Local artists offer a way to preserve your pet's memory without photographs

BY DAVID MINSKY

Pets are family, and much like we do for family, we tend to take photographs to preserve the precious moments with our pets. But photos, even framed, might seem a little cliché these days. For those who are looking for a more artsy alternative, pet portraits may be the way to go. Marily...

Kids and teens alike can craft gifts with two hands

BY JOE PAYNE

The pressure of providing an awesome holiday-time gift to friends and family isn’t helped by the usual problems of youth. Without much funds, supplies, or transport other than those provided by parents, kids are hard-pressed to surprise their progenitors with a thoughtful gift. Thankfully, ...

Stroll through Orcutt

BY JOE PAYNE

The Old Orcutt Merchants Association welcomes the community to join the first annual Old Orcutt Holiday Stroll, which includes music, refreshments, decorations, a Christmas tree lighting, shopping and dining specials, and a visit from Santa Claus on Dec. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Old Orcutt. More infor...

Central City Swing to perform big band Christmas

BY JOE PAYNE

The Central City Big Band is performing a concert of holiday music arranged for the big band jazz orchestra on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The 17-piece ensemble is led by local jazz master Bob Swayze and will feature vocalist Michelle Swanson and leap trumpeter Mitch Latting. The concert doesn’t req...

Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation receives art award from county Arts Commission

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors recognized the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation at the Dec. 2 meeting with a resolution acknowledging the foundation as the recipient of the 2014 Leadership in the Arts Award. The Leadership in the Arts Award was established in 2006 by the Santa Barbara Cou...

Dana Adobe holds Las Posadas celebration

BY JOE PAYNE

The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos is holding a Mexican Christmas celebration, the Las Posadas, on Dec. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the historic adobe house in Nipomo. The word posada means “inn” or “shelter,” and the celebration sets out to recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for s...

County offers rebates to locals with water-wise gardens

BY JOE PAYNE

Thanks to a federal grant, the Santa Barbara County Water Agency has announced that more county residents are now eligible to apply for rebates to subsidize certain costs tied to renovating drought tolerant lawns and gardens. The rebates include water-wise improvements such as switching to drip irri...