Monday, December 22, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 41
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Krider publishes a book about his CHP Academy experiences

BY JOE PAYNE

"I had been at the California Highway Patrol Academy for a total of 30 seconds before I decided I hated the place.” So reads the opening sentence to Rob Krider's new, not-so-fictional novel Cadet Blues. Longtime Sun humor columnist Rob Krider’s alter ego “Cadet Karter” ...

Guadalupe offers an afternoon of small town charm

BY JOE PAYNE

The sleepy town of Guadalupe takes up barely a mile and a half of Highway 1, right up to the Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo county line. Most of Guadalupe’s attractions are available on the main drag, so the town is perfect for an afternoon stroll. Restaurants, stores, and several cultural inst...

Yoga for a cause

BY JOE PAYNE

Treetop Yoga in Santa Maria is playing host to a Winter Solstice Celebration event in benefit of Toys for Tots on Dec. 21. The event will include yogis demonstrating and performing sun salutations in recognition of the winter solstice. Yoga teachers Jenya Hubbard, Luana Knowlton, Jennifer May, and ...

Viva mariachi

BY JOE PAYNE

Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara is bringing another world-class musical ensemble for a three-day artistic residency, including workshops, classes, and performances. Flor de Toloache is an all-female mariachi group from New York City that will perform in Goleta, Guadalupe, and Santa Barbara on Jan. 9, ...

Santa Ynez Valley Charter School students give to local families

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Ynez Valley Charter School fifth grade class, clad in elf hats, helped in the preparation of 159 care packages for needy families on Dec. 16 at the Mission Santa Ines. The students are joining in the effort organized by Old Mission Santa Ines and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to provi...

Learn more about the Chumash in a web series

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has released a web series of 20-minute documentaries titled Chumash Life on YouTube and soon to appear on Santa Barbara’s Cox Communications Channel 1892. The documentaries showcase Chumash historical information, as well as current preservation efforts. ...