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AAUW public meeting on the "Hancock Promise"

An Allan Hancock College representative will share information about the "Hancock Promise" during the Thursday, Jan. 17 meeting of the American Association of University Women. The program provides free tuition for local incoming freshmen.

The free presentation, open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the college's Rabobank Student Center in Room 106A, 1100 S. Bradley in Santa Maria.

There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are requested by Tuesday, Jan. 15, to Barbara at 805-934-1223 or

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Any college graduate interested in learning more about AAUW is asked to contact Barbara.

Library local history series, “Heart of the Valley,” launches Jan. 19

The City of Santa Maria Public Library will offer a free local history series, “Heart of the Valley,” on the third Saturday of each month starting Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10:15 a.m. in the Library’s Shepard Hall. Thanks to a partnership with local historian Shirley Contreras, the monthly series will feature an expert speaker talking about various aspects of Santa Maria Valley history.

To launch the series, the first speaker is Jay Hardy, founder and CEO of Hardy Diagnostics as well as the Moxie Café in Santa Maria and Moxie Express in the Library lobby. He is an expert on the military history of the Santa Maria Public Airport and the Allan Hancock College of Aeronautics from the World War II era. His talk will feature photos and historical facts about the rich history of the Santa Maria Army Air Field.

The series is designed to educate and delight the public with interesting facts from the past that have shaped Santa Maria and other local areas in the valley. Suggestions for possible speakers are welcomed and encouraged.

The Library’s hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Library is closed on Sunday. The Library is located at 421 S. McClelland St. Registration is not required for this free program. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions may be directed to the Public Library’s Information Desk, 805-925-0994, ext. 8562.

Registration for Allan Hancock College spring classes

Registration for spring classes at all of Allan Hancock College's campuses and for online courses will continue until Jan. 21. Many classes begin the week of Jan. 22.

There are semester-length and eight-week courses. Many eight-week classes begin Jan. 22 or Mar. 25. Dozens of short-term classes, which run less than eight weeks, begin throughout the semester. 

To view all classes, visit and click the Class Search link. Registration for all classes is available via the myHancock portal linked in the upper right section of the college’s homepage at New students and those without a user name and password must first apply for admission to the college before registering for classes. To access the online admission application from the website homepage, select the Apply & Register link, then find the appropriate application.

The enrollment fee for California residents is $46 a unit. Other minimal fees apply. For registration information, call 805-922-6966 or 1-866-DIAL AHC (342-5242), ext. 3248.

City Twitter page available -- The city of Santa Maria has created a City Twitter page at 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 Info: 805-925-0951, ext. 2372.

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 805-925-0994.

This program is provided with funding assistance through the Santa Maria Public Library Foundation. For branch locations, visit Info: Dawn Jackson, Library Youth Services, at 805-925-0994, ext. 2319.

Makerspace expands to twice weekly at downtown library -- The Santa Maria Public Library’s popular all-ages makerspace program is now twice a week. Now on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be free instruction on use of machines and technology in the program, as well as a separate project to complete independently.

The library will continue to host free maker activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Mentoring will be provided, but makers are encouraged to work both independently and with other makers to explore new avenues of creativity. Join library staff, volunteers and Hancock College student interns in the Edwin and Jeanne Woods Learning Center for a variety of projects each week, ranging from technology to crafting.

View upcoming dates and projects at Funding for makerspace program is provided through a grant from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office in partnership with Hancock. The library is located at 421 S. McClelland St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and closed Sundays. Info: 805-925-0994.

Exercise classes for adults ages 50 and up -- To promote health and wellness among community members, Santa Maria’s Recreation and Parks Department is offering exercise classes for active aging adults 50 and older. Held weekly at the Elwin Mussell Center, the classes are:

  • Build Your Own Body (BYOB) -- The class helps participants maintain cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility. It uses music and handheld weights that are designed to increase muscular strength and range of movement. Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Yoga -- This introductory course is intended for beginning and intermediate yoga students. The class, which will cover basic poses and breathing techniques, will be Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Zumba Gold -- The class incorporates a calorie-burning workout for all experience levels. It will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Zumba Gold Chairobics -- The chair exercise class is a combination of low-impact routines designed to increase bone and muscle strength, and flexibility for everyday life and has both sitting and standing exercises. The class is recommended for those with medical or physical limitations with their everyday activities. It will be held Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

Participants can register online at or at the Recreation and Parks Department administrative office, 615 S. McClelland St. For more information, call 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.

Walk-in Live Scan services offered on Wednesdays -- The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is accepting “walk-ins” for Live Scan fingerprinting at both the Santa Maria and Santa Barbara stations.

No appointment will be needed for service on a first-come, first-served basis between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. every Wednesday, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Appointments can still be made for service between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday by calling 805-934-6175 for the Santa Maria Station and 805-681-4357 for the Santa Barbara Station.

The Live Scan fingerprint stations assist the public with pre-employment fingerprinting and can transmit fingerprints to the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Those getting Live Scan fingerprints must bring a Live Scan request form completed by the agency or person requesting the fingerprinting, photo identification, such as a state ID card or driver’s license or a passport and cash for the fee.

Checks and credit cards are not accepted, and the fingerprints can’t be processed without the documents.

With a billing number, the cost is $7. Without a billing number, the cost is $39 for the Department of Justice, $56 for the Department of Justice and FBI and $81 for the Department of Justice and FBI for jobs related to children.

For more information about Live Scan service, call the phone numbers listed above or visit

Discovery Museum seeks artists -- The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is in need of creative, patient people to teach hands-on art projects to kids during the Nat Fast Free Children’s Arts Day on Sunday, Jan. 27.

The museum is offering a materials and time stipend of $100 each. Like years past, the day will be split into two shifts from 12 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Artists are welcome to stay the whole day as well. 

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The kids so enjoy learning with the artists. It’s a special day for the community. If interested, contact Amy Blasco, program director at 805-928-8414 or

The museum is at 705 S. McClelland St. in Santa Maria. Their website is, and they are on  Facebook at smvdiscoverymuseum.

Winter Break Hours, Programs at the Youth Center

Temporary new hours of operation for Winter Break at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center take effect in January. Until Jan. 15 the hours will be noon to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

There will be plenty of games and activities to ensure participants and their friends have a great time. Join a game of Nerf Wars or race friends in the giant hamster balls. There will be DIY Arts and Crafts, Science and prizes and free food.

Sign up now for late night basketball tournament on Saturday, Jan. 12. Bring your game, DJ Randy will provide the music. Participants must be in the 7th through 12th grade and be a member of the Youth Center. Membership is Free.

Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department, 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.

Cuyama photography 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. 

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. Info: 805-343-1405 or 805-925-0994, ext. 8562.

City portal for council, committee information -- In a bid to make it easier for the public to access important information, Santa Maria has introduced a website portal that connects the community to public meeting agendas, minutes and videos, as well as similar material for various city boards, commissions and committees.

With the portal, residents can use the calendar to find an upcoming or previous public meeting, subscribe to email updates about meetings, view meetings organized by type, watch meeting videos, search the city’s resources for specific topics and read council agendas and minutes.

Email addresses of those who had previously requested to receive City Council agenda updates have been imported into the new system. Those individuals will continue to receive updates until they unsubscribe.

During the transition, the city will discontinue its previous method of sharing information about City Council meetings. In the near future, the existing boards, commissions, and committees websites also will be phased out.

The portal is within Santa Maria’s website ( and can be accessed directly by visiting Info: City Manager’s Office/Records-City Clerk Division at 805-925-0951, ext. 2307.

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