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Film Review Into the Woods - 2

Meryl Streep in a scene from "Into the Woods." 

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'Into the Woods' screening set -- "Into the Woods," rated PG, will be screened Monday at 5 p.m. in Shepard Hall at the Santa Maria Public Library. The event is free and no tickets are required.

The movie is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, all tied together by an original story involving a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), and their wish to be a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.

Seating is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Free, freshly popped popcorn will also be available.

The library, located at 421 S. McClelland St., is open from 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, call 925-0994, ext. 8562.

Free adult coloring continues -- The Santa Maria Public Library's free adult coloring program will continue Wednesday and March 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Shepard Hall.

The coloring activities are designed to relieve stress and provide a creative and artistic outlet for adults of all ages. Participants are offered a broad selection of pictures and postcards to color. All materials are provided for use during the program, including colored pencils, colorful markers and a wide variety of colorful gel pens.

Sign-ups are not required, but seating is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Maria Public Library.

The library is located at 421 S. McClelland St.

For more information, call 925-0994, ext. 8562.

Community crisis preparation workshop planned -- A free community workshop on crisis preparation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon March 17 in Shepard Hall at the Santa Maria Public Library. The guest speaker will be Roy Dugger, city emergency services specialist.

The program is being offered in conjunction with the collection of new crisis-related books and materials available at the library, funded by a grant from the California State Library.

Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are encouraged to arrive early.

The library is located at 421 S. McClelland St.

For more information, call 925-0994, ext. 8562.

Teen March Madness Dance tonight -- Teens in seventh through 12th grades are invited to the March Madness Dance from 6 to 10 p.m. today, Saturday, at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, 600 S. McClelland St.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and admission is $5 with an Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center card or a junior high or high school ID.

Music will be provided by the Central Coast’s DJ Sol.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite basketball team jersey. If not wearing a basketball team jersey, school dress code will be enforced. Participants are asked to leave hats, lanyards, sunglasses and other loose items at home. Weapons, drugs, alcohol, and gang paraphernalia are not allowed.

The dance is hosted by the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department’s Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center.

Transit Division public meeting to be held -- The City of Santa Maria Transit Division will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Shepard Hall at the downtown library, located at 421 S. McClelland St.

The workshop is open to all businesses, vendors and community partners with an interest in public transportation. 

Santa Maria Area Transit staff is also seeking feedback and requests from any qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program firm.

For more information, email transit manager Austin O’Dell at aodell@cityofsantamaria.org or call 925-0951, ext. 2225.

Phase 2 of utility art box project complete -- The city of Santa Maria has announced the completion of Phase 2 of its utility box art project by five local artists.

Recently, mini-murals with scenes inspired by the community were hand-painted by five local artists -- Autumn Jennings, Angelina LaPointe, Frank Dominguez, Laura Lozano and Ruben Espinoza -- and chosen by a panel of 13 judges to paint on traffic signal utility boxes along Betteravia Road, west of Highway 101.

The second phase was developed by the city with the support of the public-private partnership between the City of Santa Maria Community Development Department and local sponsors. The city expressed its appreciation to five local sponsors that supported the project: Diane and Kieran Adam, Tri W Enterprises Incorporated, Santa Maria Arts Council, People for Leisure And Youth Inc. (PLAY Inc.) and BMLA landscape architecture.

The first phase of the Utility Box Art Project was completed in April 2017 when four local artists beautified utility boxes along Main Street.

It is unknown when Phase 3 will take place, as there is currently no funding available.

Aspiring artists are encouraged to watch the Recreation and Parks Department’s Facebook page for the next call to artists.

The newly painted boxes will be added to the city’s Public Art Map on the city’s website.

City Twitter page available -- The city of Santa Maria has created a new City Twitter page at www.twitter.com/City_SantaMaria.

Content focuses on the wide variety of city services, programs,and opportunities. The Twitter page supplements city news releases, which are posted on the city’s website at https://www.cityofsantamaria.org/news.

For more information, call 925-0951, ext. 2372.

Adult coloring program in Los Alamos -- The Los Alamos Branch Library is offering a new adult coloring program on the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The coloring activities are designed to relieve stress and provide a creative and artistic outlet for adults of all ages. Participants  are offered a choice of designs to color and all materials are provided for use during the program. A similar coloring program at the Santa Maria Public Library has been a success since its introduction 17 months ago.

Sign-ups are not required for this free program. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Los Alamos Library.

Call the library, at 405 Helena St., to confirm dates and times.

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Library hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.

For more information, call 344-1025 or 925-0994, ext. 8562. 

Historical calendars on sale -- The Santa Maria Valley Historical Society has published a 2018 calendar. In addition to marking various national holidays, it marks various historic events that took place locally. The 13 pictures include many sites that have long since disappeared, like the American Bakery. The cover shows Antonio Ascarate working on the northeast corner of Broadway and Main Street. The calendars are on sale at the museum for $12 each or $20 for two. Information: Call Cindy at 922-3130.

Guadalupe library offering coloring program for adults -- A new coloring program for adults, sponsored by the Friends of the Guadalupe Library, continues at the Guadalupe Branch Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month.

The free coloring activities are designed to relieve stress and provide a creative and artistic outlet for adults of all ages. Participants are offered a choice of pictures to color, and all materials are provided.

Sign-ups are not required, but seating is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Attendees are encouraged to call the library to confirm the dates and times.

The library, located at 4719 W. Main St., Suite D, in Guadalupe, is open 12:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.

For more information, call 343-1405 or 925-0994, ext. 8562.

After-school homework help offered -- The Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S. McClelland St., is offering free after-school homework help for grades K-6 from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. No appointment is necessary.

Elementary school students will be assisted by volunteer tutors in completing homework assignments or practicing skills for improved mastery, according to the library. Participating students will also have access to Chromebooks, computers, study aids, databases and will be introduced to online tutoring options students can use at the library and at home.

Homework help is also available at Cuyama, Guadalupe, Los Alamos and Orcutt library branch locations. For more information, call 925-0994.

This program is provided with funding assistance through the Santa Maria Public Library Foundation.

For branch locations, visit www.cityofsantamaria.org/library.

For more information, call Dawn Jackson, Library Youth Services, at 925-0994, ext. 2319.

Library receives photograph display -- The Cuyama Valley's history is now represented in a series of historical photographs displayed in the Cuyama Branch Library.

Thanks to the research and efforts of two longtime residents, Jane Slama and John Mackenzie, eight photographs from local family archives have been located, reproduced, enlarged and donated for permanent display. The photograph series dates from the 1920s to the present and reflects eras in Cuyama’s history, including homesteading, ranching, farming, oil discovery and community activities.

The donors hope that the collection will inspire other local residents to search their family archives and donate historical photographs to enhance the display.

The photograph series adds to the Cuyama library’s local history collection of books, newspaper and magazine articles, and the Cuyama Valley living history DVD series that Slama and Mackenzie recorded and donated in 2015. In the DVD series, 24 longtime Cuyama inhabitants talk about their history and past experiences in the valley, its changes and its diverse community. The DVDs are available to library users outside of Cuyama Valley via interlibrary loan request from any library branch.

To view the historical photographs, visit the Cuyama library Mondays from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. or Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. The Cuyama Branch Library is located at 4689 Highway 166. 

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