The Orcutt Mineral Society’s 47th Annual Show and Sale —
Today, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 3, at Nipomo High School, 525 N. Thompson Ave. in Nipomo. The show features approximately 70 inside and outside dealers selling a wide variety of lapidary products; approximately 20 museum-quality displays of various lapidary materials and techniques; a snack bar; demonstrators of lapidary techniques; a Treasure Chest raffle for lapidary-related prizes and a Santa Maria-Style Barbecue Saturday evening around 5:30 p.m. Nipomo is home to two types of rock that are esteemed nationwide, Marcasite and Sagenite agate. Other desirable local rocks include brecciated jasper (Parkfield to Santa Barbara), and jade (Monterey Coast). See all these and more at the show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the show is kid-friendly; kids get a free rock at the hospitality booth and there are games in the kids area. No dogs on school grounds. Info: Wayne, 481-3495 or Wes, 929-3788 or omsinc.org.
‘50 Shades of Color’ —
This thrift store style revue benefiting the San Luis Obispo Noor Foundation takes place Aug. 10 at the Elks Lodge, 222 Elks Lane. Doors open 12:30 p.m., show stars 1:30 p.m. Food, live music, a silent auction and 50/50 drawing. Cost: $25 adults, $15 children 8 to 17. Tickets: Academy Travel, 570 Higuera St. #225 or slo-noor.eventbrite.com.
AG Village Summer Concert spotlights songwriters —
The Arroyo Grande Village Summer Concert Series teams up with the Songwriters at Play Series to showcase six great songwriters on Sunday, Aug. 10, 1 p.m. at the Rotary Bandstand, Village of Arroyo Grande for the festivities which will also shine a spotlight on the concert sponsor Central Coast Industries. The featured nonprofit focus will be on the Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County. A raffle, food, drinks and free tours of historical buildings in Heritage Square Park will be available. This free Series is presented by the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association and the City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department. Rabobank again joins these organizations as the Featured Series Sponsor. Six performers representing Songwriters At Play — John Batdorf, Kat Devlin, Tim Jackson, Stephen Styles, Holly Ann Phillips and Steve Key — will share the Rotary Bandstand in the Village of Arroyo Grande for this special concert. All six appeared on the Songwriters At Play CD, released last fall to celebrate the organization's 100th radio show on The Krush 92.5FM, www.songwritersatplay.com Info: www.facebook.com/AGVillageConcerts or www.ArroyoGrandeVillage.org or 473-2250
'August Full Moon Dance' —
The Santa Maria Mussell Senior Club is hosting an "August Full Moon Dance" featuring the 17-piece Riptide Big Band on Aug. 10 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Elwin Mussell Center, 510 Park Ave. Vocalists will be Holly Williams of Santa Ynez and Bob Nations of Santa Maria. Open to the public, senior club membership is not required. Dress code is casual nice. Refreshments available. Info: Russ Lindquist, 922-4806 or 775-843-2830 or email@example.com, or riptidebb.com.
805 Beach Festival returns on Aug. 16 —
Event at Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Road, noon to 5 p.m., includes live performances by Cisco Adler and Makua Rothman; ongoing entertainment with skateboard, BMX and inline skating stunts; cornhole, ladder golf, and bocce ball; local surf, skate and art wares; local food trucks; and properly chilled 805. The 805 and an array of Firestone beers will be available for purchase throughout the event, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. An eclectic mix of restaurants and food trucks will provide food for purchase. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the San Luis Obispo County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the local coastline. Cost: $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event, if available. Ticket includes event and concert entry, a commemorative 805 Ale Klean Kanteen pint glass and keepsake sunglasses. Tickets and more info: www.805beer.com
YMCA Family Day in the Park/Healthy Kid’s Day —
Aug. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the annual Family Day in the Park event at Waller Park. The day will include a Huck Finn Fishin’ Derby and BBQ hosted by the Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary, a car-show hosted by Radford Kustoms, carnival games, live entertainment, FOX 99.1 DJ Jay Turner, Zoo to You presentation, climbing wall and bounce house, and a multitude of vendors. Health screenings will be available to check your vision, dental, glucose, and more. SMOOTH transportation offers all day, nonstop shuttles from K-Mart to Waller Park. For more information, www.familydayinpark.org or Stacey Pennington, YMCA 937-8521 ext. 110.
26th Annual Dune Run Run —
Register online at www.grover.org for this 5K walk, 5K run or 10K run on Aug. 23, 8 a.m. to noon. Preregistration deadline is Aug. 15. Enjoy a beautiful and scenic run or walk through Grover Beach city streets, the Beach Boardwalk, and hard and soft-packed sands of the Central Coast. For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department, 473-4580.
The 33rd annual Santa Barbara Taste of the Town —
The area's signature culinary event benefiting the Arthritis Foundation will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Riviera Park Garden, 2030 Alameda Padre Serra in Santa Barbara and features tastings from 80 of the finest local restaurants and Central Coast wineries accompanied by live music and a vibrant silent auction of foods, wines and lifestyle items. All proceeds from Taste of the Town support the local programs and services of the Arthritis Foundation. Tickets purchased in advance are $125 per person; tickets at the door will be $140, if available, and corporate group discounts are also available. Tickets are limited, so early reservations are encouraged by calling the Arthritis Foundation at 563-4685 or by purchasing tickets online at www.tasteofthetownsantabarbara.org. Sponsors and their guests will also enjoy the exclusive Connoisseurs' Circle, co-chaired by Jennifer Jaqua and Jacques Habra. Celebrating its fifth year, this unique VIP experience will feature a progressive tasting menu designed and prepared by a visiting chef of distinction at El Encanto on Friday, Sept. 5, along with a live auction. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Asher Garfinkel at 563-4685. For more information, visit www.tasteofthetownsantabarbara.org.
Arts and Entertainment
“Magic of Christopher Lopez” —
The Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S. McClelland St., welcomes the “Magic of Christopher Lopez” to the Altrusa Theater on Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. Youth Services requires a free ticket for admittance; tickets will be available beginning Aug. 5 at the Youth Services desk or by calling 925-0994 to be picked up that day. A maximum of six tickets may be reserved, reservations may be made only once. Info: 925-0994.
Concerts in the Park Series Aug. 3 —
The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department invites the entire community to the next Concerts in the Park event on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Rotary Centennial Park, 2625 South College Drive. Catch a free, live performance from Calo. Upcoming performances at Rotary Centennial Park include Drive-In Romeos on Aug. 10, Soul Sauce on Aug. 17, Livewire on Aug. 24, and The Bomb on Aug. 31. Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department, 925-0951 ext. 260.
Central Coast Shakespeare Festival —
The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival begins its premier season at Filipponi Ranch summer 2014, held through Aug. 2. "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is presented Aug. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. Performances are held at The Filipponi Ranch, 1850 Calle Joaquin Road, off of Highway 101 and Los Osos Valley Road in southern San Luis Obispo. Tickets are available online at centralcoastshakespeare.org and at the door one hour before each performance. Info: Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, Zoe Saba, 546-4224, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.centralcoastshakespeare.org; Filipponi Ranch Cellars, Kelly McCleary, 441-4325, www.filipponicellars.com.
Marian Cancer Care at Marian Regional Medical Center and the Mission Hope Cancer Center art therapy class —
Originated by Seena B. Frost, "SoulCollage" leads participants in a collage process that promotes healing and self-discovery. This creative outlet has been used successfully in the treatment of grief, trauma, recovery, respite and renewal, and all of life's major transitions. This is done by moving fragments of cut-out magazine pictures and/or photographs around, fitting them together in a surprising new way. The finished collages not only articulate what we cannot, but also allow one to get in touch with feelings and to give voice to the soul. Classes are today, Aug. 1, Aug. 15 and 19, 1 to 4 p.m., Mission Hope Cancer Center Conference Room, 1325 E. Church St. Info: Sara San Juan, 739-3574.
Free summer film series —
“Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd: Comedy Classics of the Silent Era” is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara County Park Foundation, and the Community Services Department of Santa Barbara County. As part of this film series, "The Navigator” and “One Week," featuring Buster Keaton shows Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. at the UCSB Campbell Hall and Aug. 8, 8:30 p.m., at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden, 1100 Anacapa St #2; "Speedy," featuring Harold Lloyd, shows Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. at the UCSB Campbell Hall and Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m., at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden. Info: 893-3535 or www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
DIY Silent Film Contest —
UCSB Arts & Lectures is holding a DIY Silent Film Contest as part of “Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd: Comedy Classics of the Silent Era,” free summer film series. Grand prize is two sets of tickets to a UCSB Arts & Lectures series package of the winner’s choice in the upcoming 2014-15 season. Some exclusions may apply. The grand prize winner’s film will be screened on Wednesday, Aug. 20, and Friday, Aug. 22, before the "Modern Times" screenings. This contest is open to the public, all ages and abilities, and there is no entry fee. Running time should not exceed 3 minutes, and the film should be your original creation, with family-friendly content and no spoken dialogue. Entries must be received by Monday, Aug. 11, and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. on UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Facebook page. Info: www.facebook.com/artsandlectures, www.facebook.com/events/657836367624090/ or email UCSB Arts & Lectures at email@example.com.
Summer Concert Series at Riverbench Winery —
For information about upcoming performances, visit the winery at 6020 Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Maria or call 937-8340.
Faculty Fridays at Ca’Del Grevino Café & Wine Bar —
Anyone and everyone who works or volunteers in a field with an emphasis on supporting local teachers, leaders, and medical professionals are welcome to take a load-off and enjoy an evening with good wine, good food and good company. Every Friday, it’s 50-percent off all Element label wines by the glass plus a weekly changing appetizer special. Ca'Del GreVino Cafe and Wine Bar is located at 400 E.Clark Ave. in Old Town Orcutt. For more information, call 937-6400 or visit www.facebook.com/cadelgrevino.
Tribal-style belly dance lessons —
Lessons are held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Lompoc School of Dance located at 311 North F St. in Lompoc. The cost is $12 each and six for $60. For more information, call Dana Johnson at 709-4686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth, Parents, Families
"Nipomo Library Friends Fair" —
Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library parking lot, 918 Tefft St., Nipomo, benefits the Nipomo Library. Food, about 40 vendors, children's arts and crafts, children's storytime, bake sale, local authors. Free admission. Info: www.fonl.net.
R/C Model Airplane Shoot Down! —
The Tri-Valley R/C Modelers along with “The Shack” Paintball Park will host the second R/C Model Airplane Shoot Down! on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Elks Unocal Event Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. That day, guests are welcome to try to shoot down an R/C Model Airplane using a paintball gun. The event costs 12 shots for $5 and 25 shots for $10. A large display of all kinds of model aircraft and helicopters will be on-hand. Also, flying demonstrations will be performed during breaks in the action. Food and drinks will be available and 50/50 drawings will be offered. All proceeds will go to the “Wounded Warrior Project.” Parking costs $2 and includes a chance at a prize drawing. The event will take place at the Tri-Valley Modelers Field near Gate Three at the Elk’s Unocal Event Center. For more information, contact Chuck Barnes at 886-7921 or visit trivalleyrcmodelers.com.
Interning at the Y! —
The Santa Maria YMCA is looking for teenage summer interns. For more information, contact Cindy Most, membership services director, at 937-8521.
Santa Maria Valley YMCA —
Many programs and activities for families, singles and seniors. You can join online and pick up your membership card at the front desk at 3400 Skyway Drive when you visit for the first time. For more information, call 937-8521.
Summer Activities for Youth and Families –
The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is excited to kick off new programs and activities for youth and families. Children ages 6 to 12 can take part in the Safe N’ Strong All Summer Long program through Aug. 8. This free weekly program operates Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oakley Park and Grogan Park. Kids can participate in a variety of outdoor activities and games that will keep them safe and active during their summer vacation. In addition, to help keep kids nourished during the program, lunch will be provided by the Community Action Commission and the Santa Barbara County Foodbank. Onsite registration is available. Stay N Play days are free and include arts and crafts, sports, and more. Stay N Play days from 5 to 7 p.m. include:Aug. 7 at Buena Vista Park, 800 South Pine St. and Aug. 14 at Rotary Centennial Park, 2625 S. College Drive. For more information, contact the Recreation and Parks Department, 925-0951, ext. 260.
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Winesdays at the SeaCrest Hotel in Pismo Beach —
From 5 to 7 p.m., complimentary wine tastings will be offered by a different winery featuring live music and chair massages overlooking the ocean on the rooftop terrace at the SeaCrest Hotel located at 2241 Price St. in Pismo Beach. For more information, visit www.seacrestpismo.com.
Core Correct Class at Treetop Yoga —
Every Monday from 5:45 to 6:45 a.m, teacher Nikki Pool will lead you through a practice that is current with the health and fitness industry standards as she has a passion for continuing education. She offers cues and suggestions to improve personal form, therefore improving the overall effectiveness of the workout. Pool will coach attendees to be the best they can be. Treetop Yoga is located at 2771 Santa Maria Way in Santa Maria. For more information, call 266-6391 or visit www.treetopyoga.net.
Los Flores Ranch Park Walk —
The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department invites nature enthusiasts of all ages to a free community walk at Los Flores Ranch Park at 6271 Dominion Road. Participants will be led by knowledgeable docents while walking along the park’s most popular scenic trails. Join this morning of exercise and nature while viewing one of Santa Maria’s most unique parks. Light refreshments will be provided. No pre-registration is required. For more information, call 925-0951, ext. 260.
Orcutt Certified Farmers Market —
Every Tuesday year-round from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors are welcome to the Oak Knolls Shopping Center at the corner of Clark and Bradley (look for CVS Pharmacy) to buy fresh local produce, plants and flowers. For more information, contact 305-9829.
Santa Maria Farmers Market —
Visitors can choose from the all organic berries and vegetables at the Rancho La Familia stand. Baked goods, including gluten free as well as range free eggs, homemade jams and jellies, heirloom tomatoes, organic apples, raw honey and gourmet mushrooms are also available. Visitors are welcome Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They can enjoy nature’s bounty at the Town Center Farmers Market located just outside Macy’s. For more information, contact Amber Lease at 922-7931.
Galleries, Art, Exhibits
Call for Artists —
The Santa Maria Public Library’s Shepard Hall Gallery, 421 S. McClelland St., Santa Maria, is calling for artists for its 2014-2015 Gallery Exhibition. The Santa Maria Public Library presents rotating exhibitions featuring artists from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Work is juried by the Library’s Art Advisory Committee. Selected artists will exhibit their work for one-month periods between September 2014 and June 2015. Applications and the Library’s Exhibit Policy are available now at the Main Library Circulation Desk counter and the Lobby Information Desk, 421 S. McClelland St., Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the Orcutt Branch Library counter, 175 South Broadway, Santa Maria; email@example.com; www.cityofsantamaria.org/3096-03.shtml. Deadline to apply is 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. Info: Sara Voss, 925-0994 ext 832 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Cartoons on the Porch’ —
Qupé Winery Tasting Room, 2963 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, presents this free art exhibition showcasing the art of Santa Barbara graphic illustrator Leo “Rags” Lathouwers in the first public exhibition of his works, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 16, as part of the 28th Annual Quick Draw and Art Walk Festival. Images vary from serious side of fine art to social, political and economic humor to whimsical nonsense and pure flights of fantasy. Info: www.qupe.com or www.theverdevillestudioscompany.com.
‘Lasting Impression,’ ‘Two Palettes’ —
"Two Palettes," featuring B J Stapen and Carol Simon, runs today, Aug. 1 through Aug. 31 at Gallery Los Olivos, 2920 Grand Ave., Los Olivos. An artist reception will be held Aug. 9, 2 to 4 p.m. Gallery Los Olivos is open daily 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Info: 688-7517 or visit www.gallerylosolivos.com.
'My LAST HURRAH — All Over Again!' —
Joan Jones is staging her last one-person art show now through Aug. 30 at the Grossman Gallery, Lompoc Library, 501 E. North St. The public is invited to an artist's reception Saturday, Aug. 9, 2 to 4 p.m. Gallery, library hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Info: Lompoc Library, 875-8775.
'Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness' —
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. "Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness," on view throughout 2014 at the Wildling Museum at 1511-B Mission Drive in Solvang, includes maps and information of wilderness areas in Santa Barbara County as well as history of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Exhibitions, programs and events are listed at www.wildlingmuseum.org.
‘Eric Morlan, Selected Works: 1980-2014’—
Through Sept. 1, The Lompoc Museum presents an exhibit of sculpture in a variety of media by Eric Morlan, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Centeno Gallery, 200 South H St. This is the artist’s first solo show in Lompoc. Info: 736-3888 or www.lompocmuseum.org.
‘Visions of the Night Sky’ —
“Visions of the Night Sky” is currently on view at the Wildling Museum at 1511-B Mission Drive in Solvang. The exhibit showcases talented student artists and is the culmination of 2013-14, third grade astronomy units in Santa Ynez Valley schools. Since 2002, the Save Our Stars Committee of Women’s Environmental Watch (W.E. Watch) has sponsored "Astronomy in the Schools" presentations to enrich the teachers’ astronomy work with their students.“Visions of the Night Sky” can be seen until Sept. 22 in the Barbara Goodall Education Center at the Wildling Museum. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
El Paseo Gallery: California’s ocean parks —
A dramatic collection of black and white photographs paired with prose capturing the mood and mystery of the Central Coast’s underwater state parks will be on display at El Paseo Gallery, 5806 Traffic Way, Atascadero, through Aug. 2. The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, call 464-2630.
Life on a rancho in the early 1800s —
“The Oliveras and the Rancho Era of California: Rancho Guadalupe,” Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, 1065 Guadalupe St., Guadalupe, Aug. 23, 11 a.m. to noon. In California during the early 1800's, people lived a life remembered as pleasant and simple in haciendas with green covered hills and cattle and horses being rounded up by vaqueros. Jim Avila, Dunes Center hike leader, will talk about life on a rancho and the overlooked hardships, including an overview of the history of the Mexican landgrants and the family of the Oliveras, the original owners of several ranchos including Rancho Guadalupe, co-owned by Diego Olivera and Teodoro Arellanes. This co- ownership also brings up somewhat of a mystery. Cost: none, donation suggested. Info: 343-2455.
Santa Maria Valley Historical Railway Museum —
Twice per month, on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, come out to the Santa Maria Transit Center, located at the corner of South Miller and East Boone streets. Three train pieces from the Santa Maria Valley Railroad are on permanent display. Visitors can see the engine up close and board the box car and caboose to take a look around and see other exhibits inside. Special tours are available by arrangement. For more information, call 714-4927.
'Science Saturday' —
This program features STEM-inspired experiments, activities and/or demonstrations. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is located at 705 South McClelland St. in Santa Maria. For more information, call 928-8414, email email@example.com or visit www.smvdiscoverymuseum.org.
August Workshop Series —
The State of California Employment Development Department and the Workforce Resource Center invites you to attend the August Workshop Series 9 a.m. to noon: The Hidden Job Market, Aug. 6; Interviewing for Success, Aug. 13; Transferable Skills, Aug. 20; Using Social Media to find a Job, Aug. 27; 1410 S. Broadway E, Santa Maria. CalJOBS registration and resume is required to attend workshops. Please call to make reservations, 348-3230, or for information.
Youth in Harmony barbecue benefit —
Youth in Harmony is now seeking volunteers for its barbecue benefit slated for Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The benefit will be held at the Orcutt Lions Club at 126 S. Broadway in Orcutt. Youth in Harmony is also looking for volunteers to assist with their annual festival. For more information about both events, contact Robert Maurer at 925-9263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Reading Program —
Lompoc Public Library’s Adult Reading Program seeks volunteers to help adults improve their reading and writing skills. Tutors meet two to three hours per week during the day, evening or on the weekends. No experience is required; tutors complete a 10-hour training period before being matched with an adult learner. Tutoring sessions are at the Lompoc library and other public sites. Training and materials are free. For more information, call Christina at 735-7323.
SM Pet Fund seeks volunteers —
St. Francis Senior Pet Fund, a Catholic Charities outfit in Santa Maria, has funds available for income-qualifying older adults, ages 60 and older, with dogs and cats in need of emergency medical veterinary services. For more information about how you can get involved, call 922-2059.
Chordsmen seeks talent —
The Central Coast Chordsmen singing troupe is currently accepting new volunteers. They rehearse Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior at Bradley and Patterson roads in Santa Maria. For more information, contact Robert Maurer at 925-9263 or email@example.com.
Book group meeting —
A book group that focuses on philosophy, science, inquiry and metaphysics will read authors including Kabat-Zinn, Tolle, Joseph Campbell, Carl Sagan. Open-minded, inquisitive people to meet monthly in the Santa Maria-area. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health screenings —
Free Wellness Screenings, Aug. 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Luis Oasis Senior Center, 420 Soares Ave., Orcutt. Five noninvasive tests: blood pressure, good posture check-up, saliva toxicity test, spinal nerve test and height and weight analysis. Cost: free. Tests by Dr. Fred Carbone and staff. Community welcome, no appointment necessary. Info: 937-9750.
Life Line Screening will be at the Luis Oasis Senior Center on Thursday, Aug. 21, offering safe, painless, noninvasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. You can learn your risk of having a stroke or vascular disease. Register: 937-9750.