Thursday, April 17, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 6
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Local businesses, parents, and community members are clamoring to support the Lompoc Youth Theater

BY JOE PAYNE

Lompoc Youth Theater leaders have strived to ramp up the quality of their summer theater program ever since their first production of High School Musical five years ago. Student tuition and ticket sales only go so far in supporting a quality live theater production, explained Joyce Mayhew, founder...

Canine capers in the Five Cities

BY JOE PAYNE

On a recent sunny day, my fiancée, our two chihuahuas, and I embarked on an afternoon out. Lucy and Pepper (yes, both named after songs by The Beatles) were best friends at the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, and we were lucky to keep the feisty little duo together when we adopted them m...

AHC Youth Dancers present Magical Moments

BY JOE PAYNE

The Allan Hancock College Youth Dancers are performing the annual Magic Moments dance recital featuring a production of A Mermaid’s Tale on April 26 at 7 p.m. andApril 27 at 2 p.m. at the Santa Maria High School’s EthelPope Auditorium. The Youth Dance Company class is part of the Colleg...

Art for kids

BY JOE PAYNE

Wine and Design Orcutt presents “Art Buzz Kids,” a special studio for creative youngsters. The program runs from April 21 through 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The class is for ages 4 to 8. Cost for the program is $225, including art supplies, a snack, and lunch each day.  More...

Storyteller Jim Cogan performs at Santa Maria Public Library

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Public Library presents a performance by Jim Cogan, storyteller extraordinaire. Cogan will perform “The Night of a Thousand Stars” on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Shepard Hall. Cogan uses creative sounds, energetic movement, and funny faces to provide a r...

Local libraries celebrate National Poetry Month

BY JOE PAYNE

The Orcutt branch of the Santa Maria Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month with an event for kids, including live readings using props. The reading events will include poems from Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Ogden Nash. The program happens on April 23 at 3 p.m.at the Orcutt Libra...

The Dunes Center receives funding for further Ten Commandments excavation

BY JOE PAYNE

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center has received funding from the Santa Barbara County Coastal Resource Enhancement Fund and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce for a continuation of the excavation of a sphinx statue from the Cecil B. DeMille Ten Commandments set that is submerged in Guadalupe ...