Tuesday, August 30, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 25

Weekly Poll
Would you ever consider running for city council?

Only all the time!
Sometimes. I'd love to contribute to my community.
No. City government is boring.
City government, that's small potatoes. I hear the presidential race needs a suitable candidate.

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Santa Maria Sun / Arts

Wild inside: The Wildling Museum commissions new mural by John Iwerks


A gray-barked and green-leafed tree towers above the yellow savannah, with the distant rolling foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountain range dwarfed by its sprawling limbs. The faint ring of a cash register drifts in from the next room, a reminder that this beautiful valley oak tree is in fact indoors,...

Daytripper: Dinosaur Caves Park is a gorgeous gem of a park


Coastal fog enshrouds Shell Beach as my wife and I—filled with chorizo and eggs from Zorro’s Café and Cantina, naturally—make our way to Dinosaur Caves Park. It’s around 10 a.m. on a recent Saturday, and kids are playing on the playground as their parents watch. Across...

Santa Barbara County Arts Commission features exhibit highlighting the Mixteco community


The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission will bring the photography exhibit Campos de Ensueños to Santa Maria after a run in Santa Barbara. The exhibit shows from Aug. 31 through Nov. 25 at the Betteravia Gallery, located at the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building. T...

Elverhoj Museum opens new exhibit


The Elverhoj Museum in Solvang opened the new exhibit Manna from Heaven in its main gallery space on Aug. 20 with an event that welcomed artists Robert Burridge, Jim McWilliams, and Bob Nichols to speak on their work. The exhibit—which shows through Nov. 6—focuses on vessels used to feed...