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Santa Maria

Succulent exchange planned for Shepard Hall

A succulent exchange will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Shepard Hall at the Santa Maria Public Library. The event is free and open to everyone.

Bring pest-free clippings of your favorite succulents to trade and share with other succulent lovers. This also will be an opportunity to share information and tips with others who share your same passion.

Succulents are an eco-friendly and water-smart gardening concept. They are not only easy to grow, but require minimal watering and maintenance. And, they come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.

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 805-925-0994, ext. 8562.

Santa Maria

Pet Wellness and Adoption event slated for Thursday

Santa Maria and several local animal services organizations will host a Pet Wellness and Adoption event featuring adoptable dogs and a mobile veterinary clinic to provide treatment for low-income, homeless and senior pet owners on Valentine's Day.

The event — to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Elwin Mussell Community Center, 510 E. Park Ave. — is being organized in partnership with C.A.R.E. 4 Paws, Project Pet Safe, Santa Barbara County Animal Services, Santa Maria Valley Humane Society and That’s Fetch Pet Bowtique and Grooming Spaw.

During the event, speakers will present information about animal services and how to adopt a pet, volunteer opportunities, disaster preparedness for pet owners and other topics.

C.A.R.E. 4 Paws will offer affordable, walk-in pet services for low-income and senior pet owners with its mobile clinic. The organization will offer an array of low-cost health and wellness services for dogs and cats, including wellness exams, vaccines, flea treatment, ear cleaning, nail trimming, wound care, spay/neuter surgeries and dog licenses through Project Pet Safe.

The event also will present adoptable dogs from Santa Maria's County Animal Shelter as well as toys and treats from That’s Fetch.

Appointments for the mobile veterinary clinic, which begin at 10 a.m., can be made in advance by calling 805-968-2273.

Santa Maria 

Free screening set for 'Dead Poet's Society'

The Santa Maria Public Library will screen the 1989 movie “Dead Poet’s Society,” rated PG-13, on Monday.

The screening — which will take place in Shepard Hall at 5 p.m. — is free and no tickets are required.

In the film, Robin Williams portrays English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sports coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his student to live life to the fullest, exclaiming “Carpe diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!” The charismatic teacher’s emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm — changing their lives forever.

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

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-- Staff reports