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Summer youth program Safe N' Strong planned -- Santa Maria’s Recreation and Parks Department will offer Safe N' Strong, a free summer youth program, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning June 11 and continuing through Aug. 10.

Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to participate in games, sports and crafts.

Registration is not required. Healthy snacks will be provided at select locations.

The program will be held at Minami Community Park, 600 W. Enos Drive; Oakley Park, 1300 N. Western Ave.; Tunnell Park, 1100 N. Palisade Drive; Bob Orach Park, 1800 S. Westgate Road; Buena Vista Park, 800 S. Pine St.; Grogan Park, 1155 W. Rancho Verde Road; Jim May Park, 809 Stanford Drive; Preisker Park, 330 Hidden Pines Way; Rice Park, 700 E. Sunset Ave.; Russell Park, 1000 W. Church St.; and Veterans’ Memorial Park, 313 W. Tunnell St.

For more information, call 925-0951, ext. 2260.

Hiking program offered for teens -- Youths in seventh through 12th grades are invited to join the city of Santa Maria's Summer Teen Trails Hiking Club, which "promotes positive relationships with peers, exploring new interests, and enhancing positive behavior while providing a safe environment for physical recreation," according to a spokesman.

The free scheduled hikes are on June 19, South Hills Trails, in San Luis Obispo; July 10, San Antonio Creek Trails, Santa Barbara; and Aug. 18, Rattlesnake Flats Trail, Santa Barbara.

Participants will meet at the Maldonado Youth Center and depart at 9 a.m. Transportation to and from the hiking trails is free.

A waiver must be signed prior to each hike. Register online at www.cityofsantamaria.org/register, at the Recreation and Parks Department’s administrative office, at 615 S. McClelland St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at the Maldonado Youth Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 925-0951, ext. 2260.

Sign-up underway for city blood drive -- The city of Santa Maria will hold a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. June 14 in the United Blood Services’ bloodmobile.

The bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot between the lawn bowling green and the Paul Nelson Aquatics Center, along South McClelland Street, directly across from the Santa Maria Public Library.

To sign up as a donor with a reserved time, contact Mark van de Kamp, city blood drive coordinator, at 925-0951, ext. 2372. City employees also will be donating blood.

Transit Division sets public meeting -- The Santa Maria Transit Division will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 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.

Utilities Department awarded Green Business Certification -- The Santa Maria Utilities Department has been awarded Green Business Certification through a county program that recognizes local businesses for becoming more environmentally sustainable. 

Organized as a public/private partnership by Santa Barbara County, the Green Business Program is comprised of local government, special districts, nonprofits, utility companies, waste haulers and chambers of commerce. 

To qualify for certification, the Utilities Department took steps to conserve water and energy, such as making more environmentally friendly purchasing decisions and installing a drought tolerant landscape around the department's administration office. 

In addition to its recent certification, the department has been a partner of the Green Business Program for many years, assessing local businesses to determine if they meet the requirements to earn certification.

For more information, call 925-0951, ext. 7270.

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.

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.

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

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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