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One of the many great things about growing up in Carpinteria is the annual end-of-year school beach day, and Canalino students took full advantage of  their visit to Fourth Beach on Monday, June 10. Although the marine layer was in, the temperature was warm, and the gentle waves were lapping…

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To end the school year, 35 students from Mandi de Witte’s AP Biology class at Carpinteria High School visited local biotechnology company Agilent Technologies. Agilent gave the students a full tour of their facilities and explained how they use biotechnology to develop special toolkits to di…

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Aliso Elementary School recently hosted a Culture Night, and students represented countries from five continents: Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Europe. The local Native American culture of the Chumash was also represented. Most of the participating classes gave opening perfo…

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The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center will present “Peak Summer,” a juried show in the new Charles Lo Bue Gallery at 865 Linden Ave., through Aug. 19. Celebrating the theme of summer, the exhibition is open to all artists working in any medium, including two-dimensional and three-dimensio…

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Leslie Person Ryan of Letter Perfect has opened a gallery/retail space called the Summerland Center for the Arts at 2346 Lillie Ave. The site was formerly the Just Folk gallery, and the new arts center has been in formation since that time. With a ground-floor retail space, and an upstairs a…

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The Alcazar Theatre will hold a volunteer appreciation open house on Sunday, June 30. Doors open at 5 p.m. with food and refreshments and a screening of the movie “American Graffiti.” Organizers hope the event serves as a “thank you” to those who have volunteered in the past. It is also an i…

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I push open the shaping bay door, emerging in my Tyvek suit, goggles and mask, covered in foam dust. My son Miles is standing there with a short length of two-by-four he’s found, and Natasha tells me he’s been there quite a while, “shaping” with his “planer,” making the high whine of the pow…

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I love research. Send me off to the deepest basements in county records buildings near or far, and I’m one happy camper. Yes, these caverns are mostly cold and creepy; yes, you risk running a gauntlet of misinformed clerks who don’t mind sending you on wild goose chases. But, oh, the rewards…

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Yippie!! School is out! At its best, summer provides a break in the action, a chance to sleep in and get a mental health break. It is also an opportunity to focus on all aspects of well-being, and to pursue one’s interests. But the flexibility can lead to a little more pushback from young pe…

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I play “Pokémon Go” with my six- and three-year-old sons. Yeah, that’s right. We play it. Laugh it up. We like it. It’s fun. I’d never played or watched anything Pokémon-related before, so I never developed any particularly deep love for the franchise. Still, when I recently took my six-year…

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Looking back a century ago, Summerland’s oil boom resulted in a simultaneous boom in school enrollment. The one-room schoolhouse that opened in 1890 with 10  students was forced to hold 50 to 60 children in grades one through eight in the early 1900s.

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Kissing the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle outside Cork City, Ireland, is said to bring eloquence, or “the gift of the gab,” as they say in those parts. The Blarney stone—a block of limestone that forms the ancient battlements guarding the castle—was set in 1446, and the castle is a popular…

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Alex Kempton took leave of Carpinteria for a flight over the Pacific to Kailua Bay, Kona, Hawaii in May. Kempton was on the big island visiting his brother-in-law Bruce Corker who owns Rancho Aloha coffee farm in Holualoa, Kona, Hawaii. Known for its snorkeling and swimming, Kailua Bay is al…

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Sales associate Darcy Feinstein and SOAP owner Daniel Case enjoy a moment in front of the boutique at 910A Linden Ave., which, coincidentally, celebrated 20 years in business on the eve of National Small Business Week, on Saturday, May 4. Ongoing festivities will continue with “Champagne Sat…

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Question: Carpinteria has a long-held reputation for being a charming beach community, however, as the population rises and housing prices increase, the City faces profound questions regarding commercial and residential development. First, what is your position on the development of more res…