'Pirates' screening set at Aquatics Center -- The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure and Youth Inc. will screen the adventure-fantasy film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," at dusk Saturday at the Paul Nelson Aquatics Center, 600 S. McClelland St.

"Dead Men Tell No Tales," the fifth in the series of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, follows the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, as he attempts to escape his nemesis, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). Salazar leads a ship of ghost pirates from the Devil’s Triangle to achieve revenge on Sparrow. The only way to save himself is by way of the Trident of Poseidon, which when obtained allows the possessor total control of the sea.

Movies in the park are free and family-friendly. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, throw blankets and snacks. There will be a free swim from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.

Valley Beautiful annual awards ceremony set -- Santa Maria Valley Beautiful will host its annual awards ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 7, at City Hall to honor homeowners and businesses that have made an effort to make the region aesthetically pleasing.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., Mayor Alice Patino will announce the winners of the main award categories, which include best overall sweepstakes, best theme, best drought-tolerant, best use of geraniums, best use of color, the heritage award and the president award.

Following that, the remaining awards will be announced at the Santa Maria Public Library’s Shepard Hall with wine and hors d'oeuvres served, said vice president Evie Geiger. The ceremony is open to the public.

The winners will include homeowners and businesses from across the Santa Maria Valley, including Guadalupe and Tanglewood, Geiger said. A PowerPoint presentation will include photos of all the winners’ properties.

The organization hopes that the awards given inspire others to improve landscaping at their own homes.

Next cleanup scheduled for cemetery -- The Santa Maria Cemetery District will conduct its next cleanup of cemetery grounds from Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10.

The public is encouraged to remove any flowers that they would like to save on or before Sunday, cemetery manager Becky Badenell said.

During the cleanup, cemetery personnel will be removing all items from graves, including all fresh and artificial flowers, flags, balloons and stakes.

According to cemetery district rules, all flowers must be in the vases of headstones at all times, and any item in violation of the rules will be removed. Badenell said that any objects protruding into the mowing area will be removed, and that no plantings, balloons, stakes, glass, fences or barricades are allowed on the gravesite or in the surrounding trees.

The cemetery, which was established in 1917, is located at 1501 S. College Drive.

Adult coloring program continues -- The Santa Maria Public Library will offer its adult coloring program twice this month on Wednesdays -- Aug. 8 and Aug. 22 -- 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 variety of colorful gel pens.

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

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

The library, located at 421 S. McClelland St., is open 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 805-925-0994, ext. 8562.

The Band August to perform -- Tulare-based The Band August will perform Sunday, Aug. 5, at Rotary Centennial Park as part of the city’s Concert in the Park series.

First formed in 1974, the band plays covers from many genres, including Latin, Tejano, funk, pop, R&B and country.

The concert runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at Rotary Centennial Park, located at 2625 S. College Drive.

The family-friendly and free concerts series is presented by the Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure And Youth Inc.

For more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at 805-925-0951, 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 next free scheduled hike is on Saturday, 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.

Summer futsal at Youth Center -- Teens in seventh through 12th grade can play futsal this summer from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, 600 S. McClelland St.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in five-a-side futsal, an indoor version of soccer, to the sounds of DJ Randy.

No registration is required, and free snacks will be provided.

The free event is hosted by the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department’s Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center.

For more information, call 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.

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.

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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