Saturday, September 20, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 28

Weekly Poll
Should Santa Maria voters pass Measure T, which would tax homeowners in order to build a new school?

Yes. The schools are overcrowded and we need more classrooms.
No. Santa Maria-Bonita should go back to a year-round system.
No. Taxpayers shouldn't have to fork over any more money.
Couldn't state funding pay to build another school?

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Learn from the masters


Learn from the masters

The Wildling Museum is presenting another round of Natural History Field Classes with Dr. Fred Emerson and Larry Ballard. The eco-educated duo will lead the class through Rancho San Carlos de Jonata in the Santa Ynez Valley, which offers a fascinating cultural history as well as a plethora of natural wonders to learn about. Emerson and Ballard have spent years researching the local area’s variety of rare plants, animals, and natural history.

The Wildling Museum presents the next session of Natural History Field Classes with Fred and Larry on Sept. 20 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Santa Ynez Valley. Cost is $20 or $25. More info: 688-1082,,

Stroll and learn


Stroll and learn

Guadalupe is a tiny town packed with a fascinating history of agriculture, business, and art. Longtime local Shirley Boydstun will be leading a city walk and talk starting at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center and meandering through the historic downtown, with plenty of interesting tidbits on the various buildings and people that give Guadalupe its distinct character.

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center offers a city walk and talk with longtime Guadalupe resident and Dunes Center Docent Shirley Boydstun on Sept. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Dunes Center, 1065 Guadalupe St., Guadalupe. Free. More info: 343-2455,, or

Live at the brew house


Live at the brew house

Local Californiacana country rock group Occasional Mustache is bringing their twangy contemporary sound to the Santa Maria Brewing Company in Nipomo. The group based out of Grover Beach will be performing songs off their new album Hard to Keep a Good Man Down for anyone who shares local tastes for beer and music.

Occasional Mustache performs a live concert on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Santa Maria Brewing Company, 115 Cuyama Lane, Nipomo. More info: