Monday, November 20, 2017     Volume: 18, Issue: 37
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Festival of Frill: Get some decorating tips from a Christmas tree pro and more in our annual Holiday Guide

Cover Story

Festival of Frill: Get some decorating tips from a Christmas tree pro and more in our annual Holiday Guide

By CAMILLIA LANHAM

“You have to start with a Hallmark Christmas movie,” Leigh Collier says without a trace of irony in her voice. She laughs as I audibly groan, a moment that describes our friendship perfectly. On this particular Monday at the end of October, Marry Me at Christmas kicks it all off. It’s a new release, fresh for 2017’s countdown to Christmas, starr... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Festival of Frill: Get some decorating tips from a Christmas tree pro and more in our annual Holiday Guide
News: Veterans find life after service at Space X
School Scene: Santa Maria's 4-H SNAC clubs provide nutritional education to low-income families
Art: Local youths get free trip to Katy Perry concert
News: Growing boundaries: State further restricts pesticide use near schools
 

News

Lompoc city manager to become Santa Maria's assistant city manager

By SPENCER COLE

Patrick Wiemiller, Lompoc’s at times embattled city manager, will take his services a few miles north, about 28 to be exact. In roughly three months, he will join Santa...

Warming centers provide shelter to homeless during winter months

By KASEY BUBNASH

Despite California’s famously warm and sunny weather, winter months still bring rain and nighttime temperatures that dip below freezing—conditions that can and hav...

Lompoc Police tell residents to call to report crimes

By SPENCER COLE

The Lompoc Police Department (LPD) sent out a gentle reminder to its citizens on Nov. 8—if you see suspicious activity, call 911. Or, at the very least, call the departm...

Santa Maria DUI checkpoint results in unlicensed driving citations

By KASEY BUBNASH

A recent DUI checkpoint arranged by the Santa Maria Police Department (SMPD) didn’t nab any intoxicated drivers. None of the 550 drivers screened on Nov. 11 were arreste...

Veterans find life after service at Space X

By SPENCER COLE

Since its founding in 2002, SpaceX has sought to “revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.” In the mean...

Growing boundaries: State further restricts pesticide use near schools

By KASEY BUBNASH

Santa Barbara County is an agriculturally focused region where crops are often located at the center of cities, butting right up against neighborhoods and local businesses. T...

Political Watch 11/16/17

• Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Kamala Harris (D-California) introduced leglislation to prevent earthquake mitigation incentives from being taxed at the federal ...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Santa Barbara County Food Bank

By SPENCER COLE

The holiday season is in full swing, and the Santa Barbara County Food Bank will be accepting turkey donations for its entire duration. However, this year’s annual driv...

Commentary

Veterans in agriculture: a perfect fit

By MARK LITTLEFIELD

Each year, more than 200,000 veterans leave military service and return to civilian life. These men and women have served their country with honor and have learned invaluable ...

Letters

Thank you, Patrick Wiemiller

By Ann and Justin Ruhge - Lompoc

We were very saddened to hear about Patrick Wiemiller's decision to take a job as Assistant City Manager of Santa Maria. He has been a wonderful asset to Lompoc. His credenti...

Keeping it short

By Kathy Riedmann - Los Osos

Are there really people among us that think being against fascism and white supremacy are worn out ideologies? I love my country and now realize how much of it I took for gran...

Sports

Local cross country standouts compete in CIF Southern Section races in Riverside

By PETER JOHNSON

Rather than go to school with their peers on Nov. 9 and 10, top cross country runners from six Santa Maria-area high schools hopped onto team vans or buses, and headed south. ...

Gillian Wilks

By PETER JOHNSON

Last year, as a sophomore on the Santa Ynez High School varsity volleyball team, Gillian Wilks admits she “barely said anything” all season. At the time she was mo...

School Scene

Santa Maria's 4-H SNAC clubs provide nutritional education to low-income families

By KASEY BUBNASH

It can be especially difficult for low-income families to find healthy foods and to make time for beneficial physical activity. In a 2016 health assessment of Santa Barbara Co...

Canary

Sand in their eyes

It’s hard to hear over the din of the dunes—people love to argue about that place! On one side you have blaring off-road engines and anti-environmentalists who ...

Street Wise

What do you have planned for the holidays?

Rod Gibbs Ulises Perez Annalise Ketz Taz Dougherty

Arts

Solvang museums hosts new exhibit of artist Eyvind Earle's work

By REBECCA ROSE

Winter, with its monster of menacing ice and snow, looks so much more agreeable through the eyes of Eyvind Earle. The artist, famed for his illustrated Christmas and holiday ...

Lompoc Civic Theatre actress announces retirement

By REBECCA ROSE

Chris Jeszeck is determined that any article about her tenure in theater really be about everyone else. As she chats on the phone, in between church and a busy night of rehea...

Local youths get free trip to Katy Perry concert

By REBECCA ROSE

Twenty members of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley attended a Nov. 10 Katy Perry Witness World Tour in Los Angeles as guests of Katy Perry, Global Citizen, and Bo...

Lompoc Civic Theatre debuts new comedy production

By REBECCA ROSE

The Lompoc Civic Theatre will present An Inplausible Claus, a holiday-themed comedy written by Nikki Harmon showing Dec. 1 through Dec. 3. The play tells the story of a &ldqu...

Holiday marketplace returns to Solvang

By REBECCA ROSE

The Wildling Museum is hosting its seventh annual Holiday Marketplace on Dec. 3. Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a special members-only preview at 10 a.m. The ...

Humor

Q-and-A

By REBECCA ROSE

Way way back in the day, New York magazine used to have a regular feature which shined the spotlight on local celebrities, politicians, and socialites. It was a list of ques...

Music

LOCAL NOTES: Tri City Sound Chorus welcomes local ladiesto join in on holiday singing

By JOE PAYNE

The iconic Christmas scene of yore wouldn’t be complete without the image of the tight pack of Christmas carolers standing on a doorstep with sheet music in hand. But f...

Film

‘The Killing of the Scared Deer’ delivers dark and paranoid delights but may be too challenging for some viewers

Director/co-writer Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) helms this story about surgeon Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) and his family who are menaced by a young man named Martin (Barr...

Eats

Chef Steven Snook shines at First and Oak in Solvang

By REBECCA ROSE

For months now I’ve had First and Oak on my list of must-try spots, and I finally broke down on a chilly Tuesday night and ventured out to Solvang to see what everyone&r...

Hot Stuff

The gift of art

The Judith Hale Gallery opens its annual Holiday Art Show on Nov. 24. A reception with the artists will be held Nov. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. The Judith Hale Gallery is located ...

Yolanda Del Rio

Ranchera singer Yolanda Del Rio performs Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Samala Showroom at Chumash Casino Resort, located at 3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez. Tickets start at $25. C...

Strange magic

Illusionist Anthony Hernandez is performing Nov. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ethel Pope Auditorium, located at 901 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. Tickets for this family-friendly magic ...




Weekly Poll
What do you like most about the holiday season?

Spending time with family and friends.
The food, and eating too much of it.
Gift giving and receiving.
The days off from work.

| Poll Results