Monday, December 5, 2016     Volume: 17, Issue: 39
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Santa Maria Sun / Arts

The season begins with parades, tree lightings, and festive affairs

JOE PAYNE

It’s finally here. Some wait all year for the span of time we call the holiday season to arrive with its colorful lights, shiny tinsel, and jingling bells at the ready. Local cities and organizations have been waiting too, to round up parades and deck out and light the trees with public gathe...

Daytripper: Head south to Santa Barbara for a perfect date day

JOE PAYNE

My wife would be the first to tell you that I'm not the most prolific planner of dates. She wouldn't mean it in any harsh way though; she's particular, and I'm lazy, so I've always been more comfortable with her planning our outings and such. That's why she was a bit surprised when I told her not t...

Abel Maldonado Center displays Remembering Our Fallen exhibit

JOE PAYNE

The city of Santa Maria and the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce invite the public to attend the Remembering Our Fallen exhibit opening on Dec. 2 at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center.  The exhibit was created to honor California’s men and women in the United States military who di...

Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department seeks artists to beautify utility boxes

JOE PAYNE

The city of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department encourages local artists to apply to redesign five traffic signal control boxes. Residents from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are welcome to apply.   The city suggests the art should relate to the community’s social, cu...

Grace Baptist Church hosts live reading of 'Toy Story'

JOE PAYNE

A one-night live reading of the Toy Story script takes place Dec. 9, at Grace Baptist Church. The community is invited to attend the free, nonprofit event.  “Toy Story is a script that’s left a positive, nostalgic mark on our generation,” organizer Weston Scott told the Sun. ...