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Holiday Guide 2019

Holiday Guide 2019

Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving already? Yeah, and then Christmas, and then New Year’s, and then it will be 2020! Lucky for you, we’re on top of tracking those holiday events for you. You can check out what’s happening in No... [ Read ]

MENUS Fall/Winter 2019-2020

MENUS Fall/Winter 2019-2020

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Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2019

Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2019

Well, well. It’s that time of year again. Readers weighed in with their thoughts, we tallied up the votes, and the winners of the Best of Northern Santa Barbara County readers poll are in this issue! This year, though, we have even more winners... [ Read ]

55 Fiction 2019

55 Fiction 2019

Brevity is the soul of our annual 55 Fiction short-story contest, and we invite readers from far and wide to pick up their pens to submit their tiny tableaus. Our judges this year—including Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood and Senior Staff Writer Gl... [ Read ]

Pride Issue 2019

Pride Issue 2019

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising, the city of Santa Maria gets to participate in its third annual Pride Celebration and Resource Fair on June 28, 2019, hosted by the House of Pride and Equality (HOPE). In the couple of years sinc... [ Read ]

Food & Drink 2019

Food & Drink 2019

Read the articles: Ice cream, butchers, coffee shops, and picnics [ Read ]

Summer Guide 2019

Summer Guide 2019

I know it doesn't really feel like summer is right around the corner, but I promise that the sun will come out eventually. Those low-hanging soggy clouds full of wet will part, leaving you with the dog days of summer staring you straight in the fa... [ Read ]

Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival 2019

Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival 2019

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MENUS Spring/Summer 2019

MENUS Spring/Summer 2019

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Spring Arts 2019

Spring Arts 2019

Your guide to all the artsy happenings in Northern Santa Barbara County. [ Read ]

Weddings 2019

Weddings 2019

Marriage. It’s what brings us together today for the Sun’s annual Weddings Issue. We’ve got some ideas to help with the planning process and potentially give you some new avenues to pursue, too. Start with one Central Coast business... [ Read ]

Health & Beauty 2019

Health & Beauty 2019

This issue is all about Health and Beauty. It’s not just one or the other. You can be both healthy and beautiful—we promise. For this year’s issue dedicated to both inner and outer beauty, Arts and Lifestyle Writer Rebecca Rose talk... [ Read ]

Volunteers 2019

Volunteers 2019

In a region as rich with philanthropy and selfless giving as Northern Santa Barbara County is, it’s hard to narrow down just which organizations to write about and who to highlight in our annual Volunteers Issue—but we have to. In this we... [ Read ]

Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley Connections

Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley Connections

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide 2018

If you’re one to put off the holiday shopping, you should be prepared to either act fast or get creative. For the procrastinator who doesn’t mind rolling up their sleeves, the Sun’s annual Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide focuses on g... [ Read ]

Holiday Guide 2018

Holiday Guide 2018

Unwrap what to make, see and do this season with the Sun's annual Holiday Guide! [ Read ]

MENUS Fall/Winter 2018

MENUS Fall/Winter 2018

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Awareness Issue 2018

Awareness Issue 2018

A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing experience for anybody, an almost all-defining pit of despair with seemingly no way out. But art therapy has proven useful to many battling the disease, and for working artists, it can be a lifeline to recovery. ... [ Read ]

Autumn Arts Annual 2018

Autumn Arts Annual 2018

Your six-month guide to all things artsy in Northern Santa Barbara County. [ Read ]

Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2018

Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2018

It takes very special businesses, organizations, and people to get Northern Santa Barbara County residents firing on all cylinders. Every year, the Sun asks locals to vote on which really rev their engines, and we’ve got their favorites in our ... [ Read ]

55 Fiction 2018

55 Fiction 2018

You can say a lot in 55 words. You can kill someone, love someone, or save someone. Tell stories about torture, divorce, or family drama. Make political statements. Riff on societal issues. But there are only a select few who can do it well enough to... [ Read ]

Pride Issue 2018

Pride Issue 2018

Beginning a Pride celebration for a city that has never had one is a big deal, especially for its LGBTQ population. Local nonprofit the House of Pride and Equality (HOPE) brought Santa Maria’s first Pride festival to life in 2017, and this year... [ Read ]

Winning Images 2018

Winning Images 2018

See the people, places, and more that won top honors in our annual photography contest. [ Read ]

Food and Drink 2018

Food and Drink 2018

To begin our annual Food and Drink issue, Arts and Lifestyle Writer Rebecca Rose caught up with local food truck operators and learned how mobile meals changed their lives [15]. Also, as part of Food and Drink, local cannabis users have more choices ... [ Read ]

MENUS Spring-Summer 2018

MENUS Spring-Summer 2018

The rain fell just in time to make you wonder if spring would actually come to the Central Coast this year. It was cold and made you yearn for that sunny warmth that brings a seat outside, a cold beer, and some farm-to-table nibbles. Well, sun’... [ Read ]

Spring Arts 2018

Spring Arts 2018

Make sure to check out our annual Spring Arts section, which explores a season of fun on the Central Coast! [ Read ]

Weddings 2018

Weddings 2018

Dream come true: Local brides see their dream dress become reality with tailor-made service in Santa Maria. [ Read ]

Last-Minute Gift Guide 2017

Last-Minute Gift Guide 2017

You might have everyone crossed off your holiday shopping list, but what about the four-legged friends and family in your life? For this year’s Last-Minute Gift Guide, the Sun focused on gifts for pets and pet owners, like holiday-themed dog... [ Read ]

Holiday Guide 2017

Holiday Guide 2017

Christmas obsession: When it comes to filling a house with holiday cheer, it’s all about excess and magic! [ Read ]

MENUS Fall-Winter 2017

MENUS Fall-Winter 2017

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Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2017

Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2017

Calibrate your visual processors and defrag your disks, because Best Of Northern Santa Barbara County 2017 is here with the Robo-Best! We did it up in precision style this year, reaching out to the businesses, people, and androids Sun readers think a... [ Read ]

55 Fiction 2017

55 Fiction 2017

It’s here again, like clockwork. For the last 30 years, around July 4, the Sun and New Times has brought you reader-submitted short stories for the annual 55 Fiction contest. Death, love, disgust, and fear all make appearances, and 2016-17 even... [ Read ]

Summer Guide 2017

Summer Guide 2017

Fun for everyone! On the cover: The annual Live Oak Music Festival is a benefit event for KCBX Public Radio happening Father’s Day weekend, June 16 through 18, at Live Oak Camp near Cachuma Lake. The event welcomes campers or day visitors of a... [ Read ]

Menus Spring/Summer 2017

Menus Spring/Summer 2017

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The Wedding Issue 2017

The Wedding Issue 2017

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Holiday Guide 2016

Holiday Guide 2016

Your seasonal guide to arts and entertainment on the Central Coast. [ Read ]

Winning Images 2016

Winning Images 2016

A photograph can capture a moment in a way that words simply can’t. And the way in which that point in time is portrayed has everything to do with the person behind the camera. Each photographer’s unique view of the world—the way th... [ Read ]

Menus Fall/Winter 2016

Menus Fall/Winter 2016

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Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2016

Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2016

You’ve visited their establishments, patronized their businesses, and bragged about their services, and now you’ve voted your favorite Northern Santa Barbara County companies the best in their industries. Inside this week’s issue... [ Read ]

55 Fiction 2016

55 Fiction 2016

Hundreds of writers put their stories on the line for New Times’ 29th annual 55 Fiction contest. Like the surf that pounds the sand, judges—Proofreader Andrea Rooks, New Times Staff Writer Chris McGuinness, and Sun Staff Writer Brenna Swa... [ Read ]

Santa Barbara County Fair 2016

Santa Barbara County Fair 2016

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Summer Guide 2016

Summer Guide 2016

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Menus - Spring/Summer 2016

Menus - Spring/Summer 2016

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The Wedding Issue 2016

The Wedding Issue 2016

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Holiday Guide 2015

Holiday Guide 2015

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SUN Winning Images 2015

SUN Winning Images 2015

Wielding a camera—whether digital or film—is all about capturing light. The rays of sun as it sets. The pops of brightness that midday brings. The soft glow of a cloudy day. For 20 years, the New Times Media Group has invited local photo... [ Read ]

MENUS Fall/Winter 2015

MENUS Fall/Winter 2015

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Best of Nothern Santa Barbara County 2015

Best of Nothern Santa Barbara County 2015

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55 Fiction 2015

55 Fiction 2015

Editors note: This year we kept it simple, just like submitters kept it brief, and Sun staff members from different departments wrangled through the stacks of words that made up the last year’s worth of 55 Fiction entries. They corralled the... [ Read ]

Summer Guide 2015

Summer Guide 2015

The rodeo kicked off on the day this guide hit the newsstands. That can only mean two things. Summer’s here already, and thank goodness it’s finally summer. That action-packed, boot-stomping, crowd-awing, cattle-cawing, cowboy-falling, we... [ Read ]

MENUS Spring/Summer 2015

MENUS Spring/Summer 2015

What do you think spring would be if it were a flavor? Something light and bubbly, perhaps? Or earthy and complex? It could be as bright and bold as a field of wildflowers, or as subtle as a hint of clouds in an otherwise clear sky. You can find all ... [ Read ]

The Wedding Issue 2015

The Wedding Issue 2015

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Brides 2015

Brides 2015

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Holiday Guide 2014

Holiday Guide 2014

What would the holidays be without food? Repetitive political arguments with distant relatives? A six-hour drive through holiday traffic to get to Grandma’s house? A three-hour wrapping marathon capped off by too much spiked eggnog and weird dr... [ Read ]

SUN Winning Images 2014

SUN Winning Images 2014

Winning Images began at our sister paper, New Times, in 1994, and the contest has been inviting local photographers to participate for 19 years now. It eventually expanded to include this paper, the Sun—and this batch of images should remind ev... [ Read ]

MENUS Fall/Winter 2014-15

MENUS Fall/Winter 2014-15

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Boys & Girls Club Connections 2014

Boys & Girls Club Connections 2014

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Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2014

Best of Northern Santa Barbara County 2014

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55 Fiction 2014

55 Fiction 2014

For the second year in a row, we invited guest judges to wade through the stacks of 55 Fiction entries and impose order on chaos, selecting the very best to print in our annual 55 Fiction issue. The judges were San Luis Obispo County District 3 super... [ Read ]

Santa Barbara County Fair 2014

Santa Barbara County Fair 2014

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Summer Guide 2014

Summer Guide 2014

Brace yourself for the season-long good time that is summer with our annual guide to all things fun, educational, and amazing. [ Read ]

Strawberry Festival 2014

Strawberry Festival 2014

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MENUS Spring/Summer 2014

MENUS Spring/Summer 2014

We’ve got a delicious idea: Flip open this spring edition of Menus and choose a restaurant. A winery. A market. Then make a point of dropping by that establishment in the next week. You might be revisiting an old favorite, or you could be ventu... [ Read ]

Brides 2014

Brides 2014

Whether you want your wedding to roll out a red carpet, save some green, or turn ivory tradition upside-down, make sure it’s a colorful one. [ Read ]

Holiday Guide 2013

Holiday Guide 2013

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MENUS Fall/Winter 2013

MENUS Fall/Winter 2013

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Boys & Girls Club - Connections 2013

Boys & Girls Club - Connections 2013

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Best of No. Santa Barbara County 2013

Best of No. Santa Barbara County 2013

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Central Coast Business Review - 2013

Central Coast Business Review - 2013

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Summer Guide 2013

Summer Guide 2013

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MENUS Spring/Summer 2013

MENUS Spring/Summer 2013

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BRIDES 2013

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Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley

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NTMG Holiday Guide 2012

NTMG Holiday Guide 2012

Away in the basement, Narrated by The Shredder   Merry Christmas, you're dead, Narrated by Maeva Considine   Why we eat turkey and ham for the holidays, Narrated Ana Korgan   The holy joke, Narrated by Ann Weltner ... [ Read ]

MENUS Fall/Winter 2012-2013

MENUS Fall/Winter 2012-2013

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Connections

Connections

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Best of No. Santa Barbara County 2012

Best of No. Santa Barbara County 2012

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Soundcheck 2012

Soundcheck 2012

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Central Coast Business Review

Central Coast Business Review

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Summer Guide 2012

Summer Guide 2012

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MENUS Spring/Summer 2012

MENUS Spring/Summer 2012

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BRIDES 2012

BRIDES 2012

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Holiday Guide 2011

Holiday Guide 2011

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Menus - Spring/Summer 2011

Menus - Spring/Summer 2011

Check out the Spring/Summer edition of MENUS. [ Read ]

Best of Northern Santa Barbara County

Best of Northern Santa Barbara County

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MENUS Fall/Winter 2011-12

MENUS Fall/Winter 2011-12

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SoundCheck 2011

SoundCheck 2011

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Central Coast Business Review

Central Coast Business Review

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Summer Guide 2011

Summer Guide 2011

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Spring Arts 2011

Spring Arts 2011

Check out this year's Spring Arts 2011 issue. [ Read ]

BRIDES 2011

BRIDES 2011

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Santa Maria Sun Last-Minute Gift Guide 2010

Santa Maria Sun Last-Minute Gift Guide 2010

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Holiday Guide 2010

Holiday Guide 2010

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MENUS Fall/Winter 2010-2011

MENUS Fall/Winter 2010-2011

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Santa Maria Sun 2010 BEST OF!

Santa Maria Sun 2010 BEST OF!

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Summer Guide 2010

Summer Guide 2010

Click the above image to check out this year's Summer Guide. [ Read ]

MENUS Spring/Summer 2010

MENUS Spring/Summer 2010

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BRIDES 2010

BRIDES 2010

Click here to view this year's BRIDES issue. [ Read ]

2009 Holiday Guide

2009 Holiday Guide

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MENUS - Fall/Winter 2009-2010

MENUS - Fall/Winter 2009-2010

Click here to view the Fall/Winter issue of Menus. [ Read ]

Best of Santa Maria Valley 2009 - Virtual Publication

Best of Santa Maria Valley 2009 - Virtual Publication

Click here to view the Best of Santa Maria Valley 2009 Virtual Publication [ Read ]

Meet Your Merchants 2009 Virtual Publication

Meet Your Merchants 2009 Virtual Publication

Click here to view the Meet Your Merchants 2009 Virtual Publication [ Read ]

Summer Guide '09

Summer Guide '09

Huge fluffy beach towels. The intoxicating scent of sunscreen. Drinks with a mandatory umbrella at 4 o’clock, the Pacific Ocean a few steps away. Sand everywhere. Summer is officially here. Well, it will be on June 21 and that is where t... [ Read ]

MENUS - Spring/Summer 2009

MENUS - Spring/Summer 2009

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Brides 2009 - Virtual Publication

Brides 2009 - Virtual Publication

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Weekly Poll
What do you think of the wind energy project the county Planning Commission approved just south of Lompoc?

It's great. We need more renewable energy sources.
I'm concerned about all of the birds that'll die.
I'd rather the county focus on oil and gas projects.
Visually it's going to ruin a beautiful landscape.

| Poll Results