Saturday, November 22, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 37
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Santa Maria Sun / Arts

The Lompoc Museum features local painter Carol J. Oliveira

BY JOE PAYNE

Lompoc is well known as the “City of Art and Flowers,” but the art tag is a recent addition to the slogan. From its earthy origins as an agricultural town, Lompoc has evolved into more, thanks to the efforts of generations of volunteer artists who have helped beautify the creative bastio...

PCPA's 'Christmas is Here Again' is an original family holiday adventure

BY JOE PAYNE

Once the swirling snow globe of wonder that is PCPA’s Marian Theatre shuts its doors, the lights dim on its 51st season’s debut holiday production, and the magic of the season comes alive. The original, new musical features a fantastical heroine’s journey that begins and ends with ...

Hancock hosts holiday pottery sale

BY JOE PAYNE

Allan Hancock College’s Fine Arts Department presents the annual Holiday Pottery Sale event happening Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the college’s Student Center in building G. Just in time for the holidays, the show and sale will feature ceramic crea...

Santa Maria holds annual holiday decoration contest

BY JOE PAYNE

The city of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is holding the annual Lights, Sights, and Holiday Nights Decoration Contest event open to city residents. Nominations are now being accepted through Nov. 30 for several categories, including Best of Show, Neighborhood Spirit, Best Animation, B...

County Arts Commission announces fall grants

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission has announced the recipients of its Fall 2014 Community Arts Enrichment Grants Cycle. Eighteen of 25 applicants were accepted, with $12,600 awarded in total. The program is possible through a partnership between the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and the count...

Think about writing

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Public Library is offering an event for teens with Road Rash author Mark Parsons on Nov. 21 at the Santa Maria Public Library. Parsons’ talk will focus on what it takes to become a professional writer and is a celebration of National Novel Writing Month. The event will take pl...