Santa Maria

'Holiday Extravaganza' makerspace event Saturday

Saturday Winter Season Makerspace events will begin Dec. 9 with a "Holiday Extravaganza" in the Learning Center at the Santa Maria Public Library, located at 421 S. McClelland St.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., makers will be provided a variety of holiday-themed projects to create and explore. All levels and ages are encouraged to attend.

Other Saturday events will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The makerspace program is offered in collaboration with Hancock College and the Discovery Museum. Funding is provided through a grant awarded to the college from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closed Sunday.

For more information, visit Reference Services on the second floor, or call 925-0994, ext. 8562.

Santa Barbara County

Nelson's artworks featured at New Frontiers

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As part of its mission to create a delightful experience for its customers, New Frontiers Natural Marketplace in Solvang presents free art exhibitions each month in its deli, featuring local artists. Donalee Nelson's works are on display through January.

Known for her bold sense of color, Nelson works in oils, acrylics and watercolor, with subjects ranging from nature to architecture to food-and-wine themes.

Her work has been featured in films, and her paintings hang in the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center.

A native Californian, Nelson began her study in art as a child, taking classes at California State University, Long Beach. She furthered her academic study in art at New York State University and the University of Michigan.

Now in its 20th year in the Santa Ynez Valley, New Frontiers features the largest selection of local and organic produce in the Valley and an all-organic salad bar.

The store, located at Alamo Pintado and Mission Drive, is currently undergoing a renovation that will triple its size. However, it remains open during construction.