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Wednesday, August 20, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 23
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Solvang recently celebrated Sideways' 10th anniversary. What did/do you think of the

I LOVED that movie!!!! Plus, it was really good for the economy.
Overhyped. Overrated.
Now, there's too many wineries here.
I refuse to drink f—ing Merlot.

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Santa Maria Sun / Arts

Photographer Donald Quintana shows off local wildlife at the Dunes Center

BY JOE PAYNE

On the first November morning of 2013, wildlife photographer Donald Quintana parked at the Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area and began preparing his camera gear. While getting ready, he was approached by Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center administrative coordinator Lindsey Whitaker, who asked him if he was p...

The Great American Melodrama awakens old Ireland in 'The Shaughraun'

BY JOE PAYNE

The immediate efficacy of a melodramatic play becomes apparent when you find yourself empathizing with characters from a wholly other time and place. The Great American Melodrama, with its huge archive of props and costumes from throughout the ages, is especially equipped to bring anyone’s s...

Santa Maria Philharmonic receives a large donation amid fundraising drive

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society is currently holding its annual fundraising drive in preparation for its upcoming 15th anniversary season. Locals are encouraged to donate or purchase a season subscription, which includes four concerts and the Rendezvous house concert series. A longtime patron,...

Lompoc Civic Theatre is holding auditions

BY JOE PAYNE

The Lompoc Civic Theatre is holding an audition for the production Ghosts of El Camino Real happening Oct. 17 through Nov. 2. The show will feature mission era characters including period costumes, musical instruments, dances, and ceremonies. Auditions will be held Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at Stone Pine Ha...

Chumash Casino welcomes back the Star Voice competition

BY JOE PAYNE

The Chumash Casino Resort welcomes back the Star Voice singing competition event to the casino. Formerly known as the Rising Star competition, Star Voice is a popular singing competition for adults from 18 to 81 years old who live in the Tri Counties Area. Joseph Lamber Productions spearheads the ev...

Santa Maria Valley YMCA gets ready for Family Day in the Park

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Valley YMCA is offering its annual Family Day in the Park and Healthy Kids Day, together, on Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Waller Park in Santa Maria. Admission to the event is free. The event will include car show events, games, food, prizes, arts, crafts, vendors, and a Huck F...