Wednesday, December 2, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 39
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HOLIDAY GUIDE 2020

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HOLIDAY GUIDE 2020

By SUN STAFF

Canceled holiday travel plans got you down? Local food and drink attractions can bring you back up this winter season BY MALEA MARTIN Home for the holidays” may be taking on a more serious tone this year with many people’s travel plans in limbo, but there’s one thing that won’t be canceled no matter how hard the ’rona tries: holiday feas... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

News: Lompoc sees rise in gang, gun violence
Spotlight: Solvang and Buellton still plan to put on COVID-safe Christmas festivities
Commentary: Central Coast leftists are traveling a dangerous path
Cover Story: HOLIDAY GUIDE 2020
News: County prepped to enforce COVID-19 restrictions for businesses
 

News

Slow The Virus

County prepped to enforce COVID-19 restrictions for businesses

By Malea Martin

With new COVID-19 requirements for both businesses and individuals in place, Santa Barbara County only plans to take an enforcement approach on the business side of things&mda...

Fiscal forecast shows challenging years ahead for Santa Barbara County

By Kasey Bubnash

A five-year fiscal forecast estimates that Santa Barbara County could incur a cumulative budget deficit of roughly $27 million by 2026 in part because of the pandemic-induced ...

Lompoc sees rise in gang, gun violence

By Malea Martin

The city of Lompoc saw a substantial increase in gun and gang violence over the past month and a half, and community members are calling on elected officials to address it. A...

Political Watch: November 26, 2020

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) announced on Nov. 18 that he was named a conferee for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2021 fiscal year....

Spotlight

Solvang and Buellton still plan to put on COVID-safe Christmas festivities

By Malea Martin

Despite Santa Barbara County’s regression back to the state’s most restrictive reopening allowances, Christmas celebrations in the Santa Ynez Valley are going full...

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

Central Coast leftists are traveling a dangerous path

By JOHN DONEGAN

Oh, no! Once again, our Central Coast “woketariat” is in an uproar! This time, the irritated and indignant insurgents have fixed their sights on Cuesta College Tru...

Letters

Economic, environmental transitions shouldn't happen suddenly

By Chad Walker, Santa Maria

A group of residents wants to ban [oil] production in California in the name of the environment. What is this ban trying to accomplish? Californians today need to drive, heat ...

Canary

Way out there

By THE CANARY

It’s “pretty obvious what went on in this election,” according to Matt Walker, who made that comment on a Facebook post from local shock jock and resident ri...

Arts

Elwin Mussell Center hosts two upcoming drive-in holiday concerts

The city of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is sponsoring two drive-in holiday concerts at the Elwin Mussell Center in Santa Maria, on Thursday, Dec. 3, and Thursd...

Wildling Museum presents Zoom program with conservationist and author Beth Pratt

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang presents The Wild Wonder of California and Beyond, a special Zoom presentation with conservationist and author Beth Pratt (pic...

'Tis the season for PCPA's first virtual cabaret production, Home for the Holidays

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Last November, I fondly remember sitting in the Marian Theatre watching Yusef Seevers steal the show as Sebastian in PCPA’s production of The Little Mermaid. If anyone h...

Local artist Jason Mayr continues painting and teaching through the pandemic

By GLEN STARKEY

Jason Mayr is an amazing painter whose images seem to glow from within. He also had what is arguably the best kind of art instruction, a six-year mentorship with a master pain...

Film

SLO Motion Film screens 'Stoke Chasers' and 'Unnur' on Dec. 5

Virtual or in-person screening on Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., through SLO Motion Film, either at Whalebird Kombucha or slomotionfilm.com/events/stoke-chasers Two local filmmake...

Eats

Chef Anthony Endy brings a zestful philosophy to food at The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang

By KENNY CRESS

Santa Ynez Valley chef Anthony Endy went up against celebrity chef Bobby Flay on Flay’s own show last April—and beat him. Endy got the best of Flay on the Beat...

Hot Stuff

ODE TO THE OCEAN

The Oak Group presents The Link Between Man and Nature, an online group exhibition and sale to benefit the NatureTrack Foundation, through the end of December. The show includ...

RAISE A GLASS

The Nipomo Artists, an online collective of local artists, artisans, and crafters, holds its inaugural Socially Distanced Open Studio event on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. ...

RUMBLE IN THE BRONX

The Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande presents a virtual performance from The Bronx Wanderers, as part of the venue’s virtual concert series, on Satu...

DOG DAYS AREN’T OVER

The Meade Canine Rescue Foundation hosts its Holiday Extravaganza Sale, starting on Friday, Nov. 27, and running through Sunday, Nov. 29, at 1340 Atascadero Road, Morro Bay. P...





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