Saturday, December 20, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 41
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Fairy merry Christmas: Use our annual nonprofit wish list to bring a little magic to local organizations

Cover Story

Fairy merry Christmas: Use our annual nonprofit wish list to bring a little magic to local organizations

BY SUN STAFF

With the swoosh of a wand, the Sun fairy godmothers would like to help poof nonprofit wishes into reality this holiday season. And unlike Cinderella, the wishes granted won’t disappear at midnight and won’t come in the form of a pumpkin carriage and some glass slippers—unless for some reason that’s on this holiday season’s wish list.  ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Fairy merry Christmas: Use our annual nonprofit wish list to bring a little magic to local organizations
Art: Krider publishes a book about his CHP Academy experiences
News: DMVs prep for the influx of AB 60 driver's license applicants coming in 2015
News: DA clears Lompoc City Council of Brown Act violation allegations
News: Political Watch 12/18/14
 

News

Rainstorms bring some relief from forest fire worries to Santa Barbara County

BY RYAN MILLER

A few days of light to heavy rainfall have more than doubled the year-to-date records at monitoring sites around Santa Barbara County and resulted in looser fire restrictions ...

Lompoc Theatre Project shows off renovation renderings

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

The night of Dec. 12 ushered in excitement about the future of the historic but dilapidated Lompoc theater building, as the Lompoc Theatre Project unveiled future renderings o...

Police consider connections in Santa Maria kidnappings

BY DAVID MINSKY

The Santa Maria Police Department is investigating two incidents in which victims and their children were allegedly abducted and forced to hand over cash and jewelry. The inc...

DA clears Lompoc City Council of Brown Act violation allegations

BY DAVID MINSKY

Talk of Brown Act violations--real or suspected--dominated the election debates in the races for Lompoc City Council seats and mayor this year. And while the Santa Barbara Cou...

Correction

In her Dec. 11 column, the Canary was apparently mentally stuck in the past and attributed a water plan to the wrong California governor. The California Action Water Plan rele...

DMVs prep for the influx of AB 60 driver's license applicants coming in 2015

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

An estimated 1.5 million more people than usual are expected to apply for a California driver’s license in 2015. All of them will be undocumented immigrants. AB 60, sig...

Community Corner: Join local gift-givers on a mission

BY RYAN MILLER

It’s never a good time to be struggling in life--looking for work, wondering where the next meal is coming from, wrestling with addiction--but the staff at Central Coast...

Community Notebook 12/18/14-12/25/14

MONDAY, DEC. 22 • The Solvang City Council has its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang. agendas are available at cityofsolvang.c...

Political Watch 12/18/14

• Eric Bauman, the vice chair for the California Democratic Party, will be the featured speaker at the annual holiday dinner at the headquarters for the United Domestic W...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Santa Maria Raceway

BY DAVID MINSKY

The stands of the Santa Maria Speedway have been comparatively empty in the last few years. But Mike Kappmeyer plans to change that. The owner of MRK Motorsports, Kappmeyer w...

Commentary

Support the sanctuary

BY ENRIQUE SANCHEZ-RIVERA AND KARA WOODRUFF

It’s one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world--and now we have the opportunity of a lifetime to create a new National Marine Sanctuary to protect the wild and w...

Sports

The Titans secure their first ever CIF championship

BY MEAGAN FRIBERG

Being part of the team that claims its school’s first CIF championship is definitely one of those moments a high school student will never forget. For the Nipomo High Sc...

Luis Villa

PHOTO BY DAVID MINSKY

It was just before the end of the second period. Luis Villa, the Santa Maria High School wrestling team’s 195-pound grappler, dragged his opponent, Rufino Martinez, by t...

School Scene

School districts swear in new board members

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

On Dec. 10 the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District and the Santa Maria-Bonita School District swore in new trustees during their regularly scheduled board meetings....

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District approves $29 million in bond sales

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Selling the approximately $29 million in bonds remaining from Measure C was a no-brainer for the high school district’s board during its last meeting. Voters approved $7...

Discovery Corner: Explore the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes with the Discovery Museum!

BY AMY BLASCO

Does your child enjoy exploring nature? How about photography or poetry? If the answer is yes to either of those questions, you’re in luck! The Santa Maria Valley Disco...

Canary

A big goodbye to 2014

This is my last column of the year. A quirk of the calendar puts the Sun’s annual year in review issue pretty much smack dab on Christmas, and then 2015 will be here, al...

Street Wise

Do you think undocumented people should get their driver's licenses?

Jacob Romo Cole Perea Christina Hernandez Daniel Easley

Arts

Krider publishes a book about his CHP Academy experiences

BY JOE PAYNE

"I had been at the California Highway Patrol Academy for a total of 30 seconds before I decided I hated the place.” So reads the opening sentence to Rob Krider's n...

Guadalupe offers an afternoon of small town charm

BY JOE PAYNE

The sleepy town of Guadalupe takes up barely a mile and a half of Highway 1, right up to the Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo county line. Most of Guadalupe’s attractions a...

Yoga for a cause

BY JOE PAYNE

Treetop Yoga in Santa Maria is playing host to a Winter Solstice Celebration event in benefit of Toys for Tots on Dec. 21. The event will include yogis demonstrating and perfo...

Viva mariachi

BY JOE PAYNE

Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara is bringing another world-class musical ensemble for a three-day artistic residency, including workshops, classes, and performances. Flor de Tolo...

Santa Ynez Valley Charter School students give to local families

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Ynez Valley Charter School fifth grade class, clad in elf hats, helped in the preparation of 159 care packages for needy families on Dec. 16 at the Mission Santa Ine...

Learn more about the Chumash in a web series

BY JOE PAYNE

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has released a web series of 20-minute documentaries titled Chumash Life on YouTube and soon to appear on Santa Barbara’s Cox Comm...

Humor

All keyed up and nowhere to go

BY ROB KRIDER

I do dumb stuff. I don’t mean to do these dumb things, but, well, I’m just dumb sometimes. The weird part about how dumb I can be is I don’t consider myself ...

Music

Christmas and holiday music offers a view of musical evolution

BY JOE PAYNE

The holiday season arrives each year without fail, and artists have been writing music to celebrate this time of year for centuries, such that the lexicon of hymns, carols, an...

Film

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' proves as dry as its desert setting

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state-of-the-art visual effects and 3-D immersion...

Eats

Beers and bites, off the beaten path: Babi's Beer Emporium of Los Alamos kicks off a monthly craft dinner series

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

The moment I stepped through the creaky, wooden threshold of the artfully adorned beer haven, I knew I was home. Babi’s Beer Emporium is all warmth, laughter, and true r...

Hot Stuff

Show on the road

The Standing Sun Concert Series has already featured a bevy of famous folk artists performing live in the winery. The upcoming concert in the series will feature Willie Watson...

A festival of dance

The Nutcracker is a wonderfully festive holiday-themed ballet that showcases the talent of soloists, duos, and large group ensembles of various ages. The Allan Hancock College...

Christmas magic

The PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents the brand new musical Christmas is Here Again showing right up until the special day. An adaptation of an animated holiday adven...