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Community Corner: Join local mayors in Oz for a good cause


Guests of 7th annual Mayors’ Ball will follow the yellow brick road Oct. 12 to the Land of Oz as part of “An Emerald Evening.” On this enchanting evening, United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County will join the mayors of Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang, and Guadalupe in support of the nonprofit’s Power Reading program. The annual Mayors’ Ball is the major fundraiser for the program, which helps students of all ages learn how to become better readers using Internet-based, customized silent reading improvement courses. Guests of the ball will get to hear from students and educators about the life-changing power of the program.

“[Literacy is] a national issue. We have developed partnerships through the program that not only improve literacy for students in the classroom but also for parents at home and in the workplace,” said Eddie Taylor, president and CEO of United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County. “It’s a far-reaching effort.”

Taylor said the Santa Maria Country Club will be transformed into the magical world that lies just over the rainbow. Guests will enjoy dancing to the rhythms of the San Luis Jazz Band, gourmet dining, and the Emerald Lounge, which will have non-gambling poker tables and seating to mingle and talk.

“The committee that organizes this event is so creative. They are literally transforming the country club into the Emerald City,” Taylor said. “If you show up, you’re going to be amazed.”

The popular event is expected to sell out quickly. Tickets cost $125 per person, and can be bought online at

For more information about the Power Reading program, visit


Managing Editor Amy Asman compiled this week’s Community Corner. Information should be sent to the Sun via mail, e-mail, or fax.

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