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  • Jim Bray/Rotarian

For many years, the Christmas Parade of Lights was organized and run by the Lions Club of Santa Maria. During the first years, the parade ran south on Broadway, from Fesler to Boone streets. Surprisingly, traffic was allowed to continue on Broadway, using the western lane, and the parade ran…

  • Contributed

In celebration of the cooperation, camaraderie and BService Above SelfC objectives, the Rotary Clubs of Santa Maria and Nipomo held a Group 12 joint meeting in November.

  • Diane Huie Balay/Rotarian

The petite president of Santa Maria Rotary South, Billie Jo Cravello, is much like the club she leads: smaller than some but possessing a mighty spirit.

  • Glenn Wallace/Staff Writer

The lights of Broadway dazzled and awed Saturday night as the 2007 Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights gave the holiday season a grand introduction

  • Jennifer Iverson/Contributor

Dolores A. Doran, founder/director of Coastal Voices has announced openings for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses for the 2006-2007 season. Rehearsals are on Monday nights from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at Saint Andrew United Methodist Church, 3945 South Bradley Road in Orcutt.

  • Britt Fairchild / Features Writer

It might be one of the smaller churches in town, but First Church of God in Santa Maria has the heart of a congregation twice its size.

  • Elizabeth Rodriguez / Times Staff Writer

The tides of change continued in Guadalupe Wednesday when Herb Sanchez announced he was stepping down from his City Council seat for health reasons.

I see that “Holiday Trees” has returned to Skyway and Highway 135. But, to be fair, it appears the sign refers to the name of the company, Orcutt Holiday Trees.

Altrusa International Inc. of Santa Maria recently hosted the 19th Annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria.

  • Bryan Walton/Staff

Arroyo Grande High School point guard Michael Escobedo, right, crosses over against Santa Maria during Thursday night’s Optimist Tournament at Dr. Arthur James Gym in Arroyo Grande. Arroyo Grande went on to an 85-48 victory.

  • By Dan Watson / Assistant Sports Editor / dwatson@santamariatimes.com

Arroyo Grande boys basketball players Derick Beasley and Michael Escobedo couldn’t help but get a little flashy Thursday night.

  • Bryan Walton/Staff

Hancock College’s Brittany Garcia goes up for a shot against Las Positas’ Crystal Florida during Thursday night’s Bulldog Classic at Hancock’s Joe White Gymnasium in Santa Maria. Garcia nailed two key free throws to seal the Bulldogs’ 66-61 victory.

  • By Kenny Cress / Sports Writer / kcress@santamariatimes.com

Brittany Garcia came through down the stretch Thursday night, so Hancock College’s women’s basketball team won its first game in its own tournament.

  • Bryan Walton/Staff

Righetti High School’s Kaylie Monte (3) shoots over Lompoc High’s Kelly Fletcher (17) during Thursday afternoon’s non-league girls water polo match at Righetti. Monte scored three goals in Righetti’s 13-2 victory.

  • By Brad Memberto / Sports Writer / bmemberto@santamariatimes.com

With two new head coaches, the Lompoc and Righetti girls water polo teams are still trying to get accustomed to changes in the learning curve.

  • Photo by Phil Klein

Nipomo High School’s Missi Ramsey brings the ball upcourt against Cabrillo High during the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Classic at San Luis Obispo High School on Thursday. Nipomo won the game 51-35.

  • By Kevin Klein / Sports Writer / kklein@santamariatimes.com

In the closing minutes of the Cabrillo/Nipomo girls basketball game, Cabrillo head coach Mark Tasch was yelling, “Anybody but her! Anybody but her!” from his side of the gymnasium.

  • Staff report

The annual Nativity Pageant scheduled for tonight at Solvang's outdoor Festival Theater has been canceled because of rain, and this evening's Santa Ynez Valley Jazz Band concert has been moved from tonight to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Solvang Park.

  • Lorey Sebastian

In this film publicity image released by Lionsgate, Tobey Maguire, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal are shown in a scene from, "Brothers." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Lorey Sebastian)

  • By Brad Memberto/Staff Writer bmemberto@santamariatimes.com

Most times when a European film is remade in the United States, the critics cry foul and the U.S. version is usually not as strong.

In our own little hamlet of Old Town Orcutt, we have the best little market ever. Mark and Wendy Steller have taken the mercantile and transformed it into an perfect one-top venue.

My family and I would like to share a heart-warming story with your readers regarding the kindness, generosity and can-do spirit of the fine people of Santa Maria.

Sen. John Boehner (R-Ohio) unveiled his spiffy old Republican retread of a jobs program, left over from the failed Bush administration, when the U.S. lost millions of jobs and the economy and stock market crashed, heading toward a second Great Depression, in order to try to take attention aw…

Have you noticed, when you’re within a dozen or so feet of a smoker outdoors, the smoke seems to fly into your face — no matter which way the wind is blowing. It’s a complete violation of the laws of physics, but it happens.