Friday, August 22, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 24

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Dinner and drama


Dinner and drama

The Lompoc Civic Theatre is presenting its last summer dinner-theater production of Miracle on South Division Street on Aug. 23. The production relates the story of a family restaurant that must deal with the legacy of fantastic claims made by the family’s patriarch. Taking place at the beautiful Village Country Club, the production includes dinner along with the drama.

The Lompoc Civic Theatre presents a dinner theater production of Miracle of South Division Street on Aug. 23 from 6 to 9:15 p.m. at the Village Country Club, 4300 Clubhouse Road, Lompoc. Cost is $40. More info: 735-2281,

Local wildlife


Local wildlife

Wildlife photographer Donald Quintana has spent hours walking through the Guadalupe-Nipomo dunes complex, swiftly and silently snapping shots of local creatures. Quintana’s work is currently showing at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, and features almost exclusively photographs of creatures caught in their natural behaviors while living out on the dunes.

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center presents The Dunes Are Alive! Art Gallery Opening featuring the photography of Donald Quintana showing through Sept. 8. Call for times. The Dunes Center, 1055 Guadalupe St., Guadalupe. More info: 343-3455 or

Heads up


Heads up

The Santa Maria Museum of Flight is prepped and ready for the annual air show Thunder Over the Valley, which will feature historic airplane exhibits, live aerobatic shows, and an appearance by the Army’s Golden Knight parachuting team. The museum holds the air show each year to promote and remind the community of the service given by American military service men and women and will include plenty of military exhibits and information.

Thunder Over the Valley is presented by the Santa Maria Museum of Flight and features historic plane exhibits, live aerobatics, and the Army’s Golden Knight parachuting team on Aug. 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Maria Airport, Foster Road, Orcutt. Cost is $12, $3 for kids. More info: 922-8758 or