Santa Maria Sun / News
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 38
Community Corner: 'Tis the season for giving and celebrating
By AMY ASMAN
After locals are done digesting their delicious Thanksgiving meals, and the dishes are washed and recipes exchanged for the Christmas feast to come, there will be plenty of ways to help others have a happy holiday.
The K Kids Club at Adam Elementary School is teaming up with the Kiwanis Club to collect items for the Santa Barbara County Food Bank and the Vocational Training Center in Santa Maria.
Community members are asked to help “Stuff the School Bus” on Friday, Dec. 6. On that day, a school bus will be parked at the school to receive donations of non-perishable food and new or gently used clothing, toys, and books. Donations will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students, Kiwanis members, and staffers will volunteer at the bus all day to accept and organize the donations.
Those in the philanthropic spirit can stop by the school at 500 W. Windsor Ave. to drop off clothing, books, coats, toys, and dried and canned foods. The food will be donated to the Foodbank and VTC will receive the other items to distribute in the community.
Also on Dec. 6, there will be the second annual Community Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony at Santa Maria City Hall, 110 E. Cook St. The festivities will start at 5 p.m., followed by the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m., and a “12 Days of Fitness” raffle at 5:45 p.m. Hot chocolate and goodies will be provided.
The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is also inviting residents to spread some holiday cheer by taking part in the 17th annual Lights, Sights & Holiday Nights Holiday Decoration Contest.
During this event, the community will be given the opportunity to nominate its favorite holiday displays based on the following categories: Best Decorated Business, Best Display Utilizing Energy Efficient Product, Most Inspirational, Neighborhood Spirit, and Most Nostalgic.
Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 8. Judging will take place Dec. 9 through 12.
To nominate a home or business in Santa Maria city limits, call 925-0951, Ext. 984. For Orcutt area nominations, contact Theresa Aston at 922-8835.
Managing Editor Amy Asman compiled this week’s Community Corner. Information should be sent to the Sun via mail, e-mail, or fax.
Arroyo Grande City Council candidates debate solutions for homelessness Seeing green: Local cities take differing stances on recreational marijuana while county addresses cultivation Construction industry bets big on Measure J Laguna Lake dredging project gets go-ahead Pismo reverses course on Bluffs bike path reroute Coastal Commissioner Howell named in lawsuit SLO supes pass urgency ordinance limiting pot cultivation