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Birchwood Beer Garden gives Nipomo residents a family-friendly spot to eat, drink, and be merry at a distance

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Birchwood Beer Garden gives Nipomo residents a family-friendly spot to eat, drink, and be merry at a distance

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

It’s hard to tell whether smoke or fog hangs over Nipomo on Sept. 10 as we walk over to Birchwood Beer Garden around 5 p.m.  Field to Table Catering & Events’ food truck, The Cruiser, is parked in the front parking lot serving up the Aloha Menu—your choice of Kalua pork sandwich, Huli Huli chicken, garlic shrimp, an ahi poke bowl, or Hawaiian... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: As commercially insured patients pay more to hospitals and clinics, lawmakers fail to pass a local senator's bill expanding oversight of the health care industry - Part 2
News: Nipomo could finally see skate park construction in 2021
News: Santa Barbara County supervisors vote to support controversial Prop. 15
Spotlight: Lompoc's mayoral candidates talk about their campaign platforms and hot issues
News: New health order will regulate homeless shelters, H-2A housing
 

News

Slow The Virus

New health order will regulate homeless shelters, H-2A housing

By Malea Martin

After experiencing multiple serious COVID-19 outbreaks and community groups’ continued advocacy for increased Public Health Department involvement, Santa Barbara County ...

Nipomo could finally see skate park construction in 2021

By Karen Garcia

San Luis Obispo County is closing in on its $1.5 million funding goal for the Nipomo Skate Park with the hopes of breaking ground on construction next spring.  It’...

Santa Barbara County supervisors vote to support controversial Prop. 15

By Kasey Bubnash

After roughly two-dozen comments from the public and a lively debate, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted on Sept. 15 to symbolically support a controversial s...

Additional Santa Barbara County schools approved, apply for reopening waivers

By Malea Martin

Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso announced at a Sept. 15 Board of Supervisors meeting that this week the county is, once again, assigned to the &...

As commercially insured patients pay more to hospitals and clinics, lawmakers fail to pass a local senator's bill expanding oversight of the health care industry - Part 2

By PETER JOHNSON

Editor’s note: This article is the second of a two-part series produced as a data fellowship with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. The first part, “...

Political Watch: September 17, 2020

• On Sept. 9, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1867 into law. The legislation extends paid sick day protections to California’s workforce. “Building on ...

Spotlight

Lompoc's mayoral candidates talk about their campaign platforms and hot issues

By MALEA MARTIN

The Lompoc mayoral race this year brings together familiar faces, with incumbent Mayor Jenelle Osborne running against 2nd District City Councilmember Victor Vega. The Sun spo...

Cannabis Corner

An ag panel discusses present challenges, potential for the future

By ZAC EZZONE

Labor shortages and government regulations tied to groundwater usage continue to hinder local farmers, but technological advancements could ease some of these concerns, accord...

Commentary

More families use the beach in Oceano and Grover Beach because it's closed to vehicles

By EVELYN DELANY

Recently, at one of the South County Chambers of Commerce meetings, members seemed to be rallying in support of an individual member who claimed he had lost hundreds of thousa...

Letters

Don't tax wineries without representation

By Stephen Pepe, Lompoc

The Santa Barbara Vintners have been working on a wine business improvement district (BID) for two years.  Their first proposal was a 2 percent tax on all direct to cons...

Canary

The roof is on fire

By THE CANARY

If you think your life is bad during 2020, you can take solace in the fact that Lompoc had actual dumpster fires over the second weekend in September—well, you can take ...

Arts

Hancock Centennial Celebration features opening of 1995 time capsule, other events

In recognition of its 100th anniversary, Allan Hancock College announced its plans to host several virtual and live events, starting this month and through its spring 2021 sem...

Upcoming virtual auction benefits Nipomo's Dana Adobe and Cultural Center

The Dana Adobe and Cultural Center in Nipomo recently announced plans for its Fall Online Auction, which will open on Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to run through Oct. 5...

The NatureTrack Foundation takes its third annual film festival online with dozens of virtual screenings

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

“We have to cancel, it’s no longer a choice,” KC Thompson texted in a group chat on March 12, nine days before Los Olivos’ third annual NatureTrack Fil...

Cypress Gallery's California Landmarks showcases landscapes by Liz Poulin Alvarez

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

While her choice of media varies between each artwork—from oil to watercolor, acrylic, or charcoal—the theme that ties together each piece in Liz Poulin Alvarez&rs...

Film

The King of Staten Island offers a poignant and funny look at arrested development

Director and co-writer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People) delivers a poignant dramedy about directionless 24-year-old Scott Carlin (Pete Davidson, ...

Eats

Birchwood Beer Garden gives Nipomo residents a family-friendly spot to eat, drink, and be merry at a distance

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

It’s hard to tell whether smoke or fog hangs over Nipomo on Sept. 10 as we walk over to Birchwood Beer Garden around 5 p.m.  Field to Table Catering & Event...

Hot Stuff

WRITE ON

The 2020 Central Coast Writers Conference begins online on Thursday, Sept. 24, and is scheduled to run through Saturday, Sept. 26. Participants of this annual workshop series ...

ALL EARS

Simple Pleasures, a new duo show, runs through Monday, Sept. 28, at Gallery Los Olivos. This exhibition features handcrafted jewelry by Patricia Watkins and oil paintings by C...

GO FISH

Out on a Whim, a new art show presented by the Morro Bay Art Association, opens at Art Center Morro Bay on Thursday, Sept. 17, and is scheduled to remain on display through Mo...

WELCOME ABSTRACTION

The Cambria Center for the Arts Gallery presents Taming the Restless Mind, a duo exhibit showcasing abstract artworks by Marvin Sosna and Deborah Pepin, through Sunday, Sept. ...






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