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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Nov. 12 -- The San Luis Obispo County Band will present its 23rd annual Benefit Concert for the Homeless at 3 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, 1701 Fredericks St. in San Luis Obispo. A minimum donation of $10 per person is requested at the door. Info: www.slocountyband.org, firstname.lastname@example.org for call 805-773-0323.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Nov. 14 -- Tango Buenos Aires will perform at at 7:30 p.m. at Cal Poly Performing Arts Center. A free preshow lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC Pavilion led by Cal Poly Dance Emeritus faculty member Moon Ja Minn Suhr. Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $27.20 to $64 and can be purchased in advance at the on-campus Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., by phone at 805-756-4849 or online at www.calpolyarts.org.
SANTA BARBARA, Nov. 14 -- UCSB Arts & Lectures presents pianist Seong-Jin Cho at 7 p.m. at Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall. Tickets are $40 for the general public and $9 for UCSB students (valid student ID required). (A Hann Hall facility fee will be added to each ticket price). Tickets, info: Call 805-893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
SANTA BARBARA, Nov. 15 -- UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Palestinian ‘oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen with ensemble at 8 p.m. in UCSB Campbell Hall. Tickets are $25 to $38 for the general public and $10 for UCSB students (valid student ID required). Tickets, info: Call 805-893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
SANTA MARIA -- Tri City Sound Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, invites women who love to sing to join them for the Christmas season. Women interested in learning about a cappella, barbershop-style music are welcome to join in on the season-end rehearsals and Friends & Family Christmas Show, all held at Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 4725 S. Bradley Road (at Bradley and Patterson roads) in Orcutt. There is no cost to participate. Rehearsals will be held from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 16 and 30 and Dec. 7. The Christmas concert will be held at 7 p.m. Dec.14 with donations earmarked for the student scholarship program.
SANTA BARBARA, Nov. 16 -- UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham's lecture "The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency" at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB Campbell Hall. Tickets are $25 to $38 for the general public and $10 for UCSB students (valid student ID required). Tickets, info: Call 805-893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
OCEANO -- "The Holiday Extravaganza" returns to the Great American Melodrama beginning Nov. 16 through Dec. 31. "The Phantom of the Melodrama" continues through Nov. 12. Tickets, info: Call the box office at 805-489-2499 or www.americanmelodrama.com.
SANTA BARBARA, Nov. 29 -- UCSB Arts & Lectures presents an evening with celebrated author Zadie Smith in conversation with Pico Iyer at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB Campbell Hall. Tickets are $20 to $35 for the general public or $10 for UCSB students (valid student ID required). Tickets, information: Call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805-893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
SANTA BARBARA, Nov. 30 -- UCSB Arts & Lectures presents a free public lecture by author and TED favorite Emily Esfahani Smith titled "The Power of Meaning: Making Your Life, Work and Relationships Matter" at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB Campbell Hall. Info: Call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805-893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
LOS OLIVOS -- Artists Terri Tabor and Carol Talley are showing their pastel paintings in an exhibit titled “Surrounded by Nature” at Gallery Los Olivos through Nov. 30. Gallery Los Olivos is located at 2920 Grand Ave. in Los Olivos. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Info: 805-688-7517 or www.gallerylosolivos.com.
LOS OLIVOS, -- "Botanicals,” an exhibit of botanical artwork by Michele Castle, is on display at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café through Jan. 4. Info: www.santaynezvalleyarts.org.
LOS OLIVOS -- The artworks of Rebecca Gomez and Allen Koehn are on view through Jan. 15 at Epiphany Wine Cellars, 2974 Grand Ave. in Los Olivos. Info: www.santaynezvalleyarts.org.
SANTA MARIA: Everybody Can Dance is offering ballet classes for ages 2 and up, including adult classes. Tap is offered for ages 2 to 14, Dance Team is for ages 6 to 14 and a Hula Workout is for ages 12 to adult. The studio is located at 628 S. McClelland St., Santa Maria. Classes start at $45 per month. Info:937-6753 or www.everybodycandance.webs.com.
LOMPOC, Wednesdays: Tribal-style belly dance lessons, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Lompoc School of Dance, 311 North F St. Open to women of all ages, sizes and shapes. Drop-ins welcome. Cost: $12 each class; six for $60. Info: Dana Johnson, 709-4686.
SANTA MARIA, Monday through Friday: Ballet classes for ages 2 to adult, Everybody Can Dance, 800 S. Broadway. Cost: $45 a month. Men and boys are free. Info: 937-6753 or www.everybodycandance.com.
SANTA MARIA, Fridays: Dance lessons, 7 p.m., with open dancing, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Kings Ballroom and Dance Studio, 282 Town Center East (upstairs). Dance to swing, Latin, country and ballroom music. Cost: $10. Info: 928-7799.
SANTA MARIA, Thursdays: Folk and round dance, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 E. Park Ave. Info: 925-0951, ext. 207.
LOMPOC, Wednesdays & Thursdays Line Dance Instruction, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Half Century Club, 341 No. 'N' St. Refresh your memory or learn new dance skills. Great exercise. Ages 18 and over welcome. Info: 736-6669.
ARROYO GRANDE, Fridays: The Gran Cortina Singers practice, 11 a.m., Cortina D’Arroyo Grande, 241 N. Courtland. Anyone age 55 and older is welcome. Info: 473-2770.
ORCUTT, Mondays: The Coastal Voices practice, 7 to 9 p.m., St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3945 S. Bradley Road. Singers of all vocal ranges are welcome. Info: 937-5827.
ORCUTT, Tuesdays: Central City Chordsmen practice, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 4725 S. Bradley Road. All men and boys who like to sing a four-part harmony are invited. Info: 937-4919.
ORCUTT, Thursdays: Tri-city Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines practice, 6:45 to 9:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 4725 S. Bradley Road. Women of all ages are invited to sing and perform. Info: 736-7572.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Thursdays: San Luis Obispo County Band, 7 to 9 p.m., in the San Luis Obispo High School band room, 1499 San Luis Drive. All ages welcome, must have basic proficiency of band instrument. Info: 775-813-5186 or www.slocountyband.org.
SANTA YNEZ, Thursdays: Valley Wind Ensemble, practice 7 p.m. Thursdays, Santa Ynez High School Music Room, 2975 E. Highway 246. Anyone who can read music and has own instrument is invited to join this community band of brass, woodwind and percussion players. Info: 688-8728.
ARROYO GRANDE: Toddler Time, 11 a.m. Saturdays, with stories and activities for children 18 to 36 months, accompanied by an adult; Children’s Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, with each day featuring a different theme, Arroyo Grande Library, 800 W. Branch St. Info: 473-7161.
GROVER BEACH: Grover Beach Community Library, 230 North 9th St., is offering group story time to students of preschool and day care providers. Info and to schedule a field trip: 481-4131.
LOMPOC: A fine and applied arts class, covering the basics of oil and acrylic painting from the beginning drawing to the finished painting, is being offered. Beginning through experienced painters who want to work with oils and acrylic media are welcome. The class will take place at the Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon or Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. The fee for this class is $35 for residents and $42 for nonresidents. Ages 18 and up may participate. Info: Contact the Lompoc Recreation Division at 805-875-8100 or stop by and register at 125 W. Walnut Ave.
SANTA MARIA, Wednesdays: The Art Club meets 9 to 11 a.m., Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 E. Park Ave. Info: 925-0951, ext. 207.
Art Museums & Galleries
LOMPOC: Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room, 1520 E. Chestnut Court, features local artists each month. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Info: 736-9032.
LOMPOC: Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Ave. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Info: 875-8775, ext. 8787.
LOS ALAMOS: The C Gallery, 466 Bell St., is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Info: 344-3807.
LOS ALAMOS: Gallery Art Brut, 458 Bell St. The gallery also features fine art, antiques and represents a dozen Central Coast artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Info: 344-4440.
LOS OLIVOS: The Gallery Los Olivos, 2920 Grand Ave. is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 688-7517 or www.gallery losolivos.com.
ORCUTT: The Frame Gallery, 1157-J E. Clark Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Info: 287-9402.
PISMO BEACH: Seaside Gallery, 580 Cypress St. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Info: 773-8057 or www.theseassidegallery.com.
SANTA MARIA: Betteravia Gallery is located inside the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside. The Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Free. Info: 568-3990.
SANTA MARIA: Gold Coast Art 'n’ Frames, 1020 W. Betteravia Road, Suite B, features local artists and jewelers. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Info: 346-6099.
SANTA MARIA: Shepard Hall Gallery, inside the Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S. McClelland St. Info: 349-1018.
SOLVANG: The Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, 1624 Elverhoy Way. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Info: 686-1211.
SOLVANG: Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive, features hand-painted murals by Indian artists, European art and sculptures, a garden and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Cost: $5, free for children under 12. Info: 688-4815.
Museums & Education Centers
ARROYO GRANDE: The Barn, 127 Short St., is the South County Historical Society’s Museum Annex and houses antique vehicles, fire equipment, printing presses and agricultural artifacts. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: free. Info: 489-8282.
ARROYO GRANDE: Heritage House, 126 Mason St., was built in the late 1800s and houses period clothing, photographs, kitchen items and more. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Free. Info: 489-8282.
ARROYO GRANDE: Santa Manuela Schoolhouse, 127 Short St., is a one-room schoolhouse, built in 1901. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Free. Info: 489-8282.
GUADALUPE: Guadalupe Cultural Arts and Education Center, 1055 Guadalupe St. (Highway 1), is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Info: 568-3990.
GUADALUPE: Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, 1065 Guadalupe St., preserves the geology, flora and fauna of the dunes environment and its multicultural history. It features natural science exhibits and the Cecil B. DeMille Lost City exhibit of artifacts from the film location for his 1923 movie “The Ten Commandments.” Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Cost: $2 donation, free for children 11 and under. Info: 343-2455.
GUADALUPE: Rancho de Guadalupe Historical Museum, 1005 Guadalupe St., is open 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment. Info: 343-5901.
LOMPOC: Fabing-McKay-Spanne House, 207 North L St. is a restored turn-of-the-century home featuring a carriage house, reference room and the anchor of the USS Chauncey, a destroyer wrecked off the nearby coast during the 1923 Honda Point tragedy, the Navy’s largest peace-time disaster. Hours are 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday and Thursday, and the fourth Saturday of the month. Cost: Donation. Info: 735-4626.
LOMPOC: La Purisima Mission, 2295 Purisima Road, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the building closing at 4:30 p.m. Guided tours are offered at 1 p.m. except when special events are scheduled. Advance tour reservations required for groups larger than 10. Cost: $6 parking fee. Info: 733-3713.
LOMPOC: Lompoc Museum, 200 South H St. The museum is open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. weekends. Info: 736-3888.
NIPOMO: Dana Adobe/Rancho Nipomo, 671 S. Oakglen Ave., promotes understanding and enhances knowledge of the multiculturally rich Rancho Era, via the restoration of the historic Dana Adobe and the preservation and development of the 129 acre Rancho Nipomo, a living historic park. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, and by appointment. Special tours available. Cost: Donation. Info: 929-5679.
SANTA MARIA: Historic Santa Maria City Hall, 110 E. Cook St., 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, by reservation only. Info: 925-0951, ext. 1117.
SANTA MARIA: Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum, at the corner of Miller and Boone streets, noon to 4 p.m., second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Info: 714-4927.
SANTA MARIA: Santa Maria Museum of Flight, 3015 Airpark Drive, features early aviation and present-day displays of aircraft and artifacts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Cost: $5 for the general public, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 12 to 18, $1 for children 6 to 12. Info: 922-8758.
SANTA MARIA: Santa Maria Natural History Museum, 412 S. McClelland St., presents multisensory exhibits with a regional focus. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Free, donations. Info: 614-0806.
SANTA MARIA: Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, 705 S. McClelland St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, to 7 p.m. Thursdays, closed Sunday except the last Sunday of the month when it is open from noon to 4 p.m. with free admission for an adult who accompanies a child. Cost: $8; children 2 and younger free, seniors 65 and older $5. Info: 928-8414.
SANTA MARIA: Santa Maria Valley Historical Museum, 616 S. Broadway, houses local ranch memorabilia, a room honoring Capt. G. Allan Hancock and artifacts of the Central Coast. It has both rotating and permanent displays of the history and culture of the Valley. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Cost: Donation. Info: Cindy, 922-3130.
SANTA YNEZ: Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum, 3596 Sagunto St. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Cost: $4 general admission, ages 15 and younger admitted free. Info: 688-7889.
SOLVANG: Motorcycle Museum, 320 Alisal Road, displays vintage motorcycles, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and by appointment. Cost: $10, children under 10 free with parent or guardian. Info: 686-9522.
LOMPOC: D’Vine Wine Bar & Bistro, 107 W. Ocean Ave. features Bistro menu, nightly happy hour and Saturday lunch. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., This Valley; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Audition Night; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Dan Mally; Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Jerry Stickell. Info: 430-8356, dvinewinebarandbistro.com or on Facebook.
ARROYO GRANDE: SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Ave. presents live music nightly. Info: 481-4067.
BUELLTON: Antonio’s Pizza & Pasta, 278 E. Highway 246, offers live music and singing by Dan Mally. Info: 744-2569 or email@example.com.
LOMPOC: D.J.’s Saloon, 724 E. Ocean Ave., offers live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. Info: 736-5109.
LOMPOC: Lacambra Sisters Filipino Fiesta, 129 North V St. offers karaoke each night except Sundays, and occasional live music. Info: 819-0559.
PISMO BEACH: Harry’s Night Club and Beach Bar, 690 Cypress St., presents live bands 9 p.m. nightly except Thursdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Info: 773-1302.
SANTA MARIA: Costa de Oro Winery, 1331 S. Nicholson Ave., features Friday Night Wine Downs, 5 to 8 p.m. with live music and light snacks. Open to all ages. Info: 922-1468.
ARROYO GRANDE: Talley Vineyard Tasting Room, 3031 Lopez Drive, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Info: 489-0446.
ARROYO GRANDE: Gather Wine Bar, 122 E. Branch St. Info: 474-4771.
LOMPOC: Babcock Winery and Vineyards, 5175 E. Highway 246, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Info: 736-1455.
LOMPOC: Flying Goat Cellars Tasting room, 1520 E. Chestnut Court, Unit A, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Info: 736-9032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOS ALAMOS: Bedford Thompson Tasting Room, 448 Bell St., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Info: 344-2107.
LOS OLIVOS: Carina Cellars tasting room, 2900 Grand Ave., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Info: 688-2459.
ORCUTT: Addamo Estate Vineyards, 400 E. Clark Ave., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info: 937-6400.
SANTA MARIA: Cambria Winery, 5475 Chardonnay Lane, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Picnic tables available. Info: 938-7318.
SANTA MARIA: Costa de Oro Winery, Stowell Road, east side of Highway 101, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Offers local fresh produce, food and gift items. Info: 922-1468.
SANTA MARIA: Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery, 3940 Dominion Road, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Info: 937-8463.
SANTA MARIA: Foxen Vineyard, 7200 Foxen Canyon Road, noon to 4 p.m. Fridays to Mondays. Located in an old blacksmith shop. Small picnic area on the grounds. Info: 937-4251.
SANTA MARIA: McKeon-Phillips Winery, 2115 S. Blosser Road, Unit 114, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Info: 928-3025.
SANTA MARIA: Rancho Sisquoc Winery, 6600 Foxen Canyon Road, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Located in an 1875 chapel, barn and ranch. Picnic facilities available. Info: 934-4332.
SANTA MARIA: Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, 6020 Foxen Canyon Road, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, groups of eight or more by appointment. Info: 937-8340.