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At a special Saturday night event at the Alcazar Theatre, South on Linden performed live in a tribute event for Kevin Silk, who recently retired after two decades working for the city of Carpinteria. The concert was part of the Alcazar Rises Concert Series. The next live show in the series w…

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The Association for Women in Communication Santa Barbara (AWC-SB) has launched Books for Breakfast, an informal summer discussion group of books geared towards helping participants become better communicators. The next no-host event is taking place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Aug. 11 at Caje…

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Carpinteria author Alec Burquez has released a new book of poetry, “What the Dark Whispers: A Poetry Collection for Midnight,” published by Dorrance Publishing and illustrated by Charlie Bruton. 

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The Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival, in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, will be hosting several Sea Glass Sundays over the next two months, featuring handmade, ocean-themed art and jewelry. These Sunday events will be held in lieu of the typical festival, which will not…

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Within Santa Barbara County, 18 museums have joined Museum for All, a program that aims to increase low-income families’ access to museums. The program offers those who receive CalFresh/SNAP benefits admission to all 18 museums for $0 to $3 per person, for up to four people, upon presentatio…

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Local artist Lety Garcia will be showing off her latest works at Zooker’s Restaurant, from July 12 to Aug. 12. Garcia will be donating 30% of all net sales to the Carpinteria Arts Center scholarship fund. 

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The California Avocado Festival is calling for original art submissions from community members for a chance to be chosen as the official festival poster and T-shirt design.

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Carpinterian John Guerra is stepping into the spotlight with the premiere of his new play, “The Last, Best Small Town,” which will run at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga between July 31 and Nov. 7. 

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Last week, the Arts by the Sea day campers at the Carpinteria Arts Center celebrated water and air, which were the camp’s themes of the week. In the morning, they built water world dioramas, created impressionist seascapes and explored different forms of art by using Shrinky Dinks, acrylic, …

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With Carpinteria and California’s reopening, life is returning once again to the seaside town’s famed events – Avofest, Rods & Roses, St. Joe’s Festival and Surf ‘n’ Suds will all once more make their splash in Carpinteria in the upcoming months, a comforting reminder that time will (hop…

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Ahead of the Old Town Carpinteria Fiesta, Cruz & Company dancers Daniela Gonzalez, Aileen Salazar and Eva Rodriguez performed at the Seal Fountain during the Carpinteria Farmer’s Market last week. 

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In 2018, Carpinteria-based journalist Debra Herrick co-founded Lum Art Magazine to support the Central Coast arts community with independent arts journalism. The publication has covered a wide range of artists and galleries, including Carpinteria artists John Wullbrandt, Patricia Houghton Cl…

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Matt Moore of Rincon Designs is best known for his surfboards – but he’s also a talented painter with new work on view at Island Brewing Company. 

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The Carpinteria Arts Center hosted a reception on Saturday to commemorate the opening of its new exhibit, “Human Forms.” The show will run through Aug. 22, and can be viewed Fridays through Sundays between noon and 4 p.m. The show is also available to view and purchase online at carpinteriaa…

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The Carpinteria Children’s Project and the Carpinteria Library invite all Carpinterian children to join them for a Storywalk on Thursday, between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The self-guided path will begin at the Children’s Project where there will also be a “Library on the Go” van for county resid…

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The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center will open its latest exhibition, Human Forms, with a free reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 19.

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The Alcazar Theatre is celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month with a Pride film series. All tips received at the concession stand during the following showings will be donated to the Pacific Pride Foundation, a Santa Barbara-based center for the LGBTQ+ community. 

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The Arts and Craft Faire is returning this summer to the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, beginning June 12 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and again on July 3 and Aug. 7. 

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Artesania para la Familia and Casitas Village held a joint StoryWalk and the Little Free Library celebration this past weekend at the Casitas Village playground, celebrating the installation of the Little Free Library.

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Carpinteria High School graduate Joe Lovett, along with 36 members of the Carpinteria High School class of 1967, is releasing a biography highlighting both the unique history of Carpinteria and their own histories – aptly named “Chapters of Our Lives.” 

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The Carpinteria’s Arts Center is now offering in-person arts classes again. From left: Randall Moon, Susan Moon, Andy Lisiecki, Glenn Dubock, Betsy Ford, David Powdrell and Robin Karlsson participate in a photography workshop led by Dubock.

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The annual Luschei Family Poetry awards celebration at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center was held virtually this year on May 16. In the child poetry category, Orly Espinoza was honored; Noah Manzarek was the winner of the teen poetry division; and Christina Gessler won the adult poetr…

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The Lushei Family Poetry awards will be held this Saturday, May 16 at 5 p.m. on Zoom. The event will feature poems and poetry read by the three judges: Giti White, Gaby Edwards and Anna Fortner. 

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The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center will hold a free, virtual art class on Saturday, May 15 between 2–4 p.m. The class will feature “Blot Printing in Abstract Paintings” with local artist Laura Denny, and will be held over Zoom. Attendees will focus on Andy Warhol’s blot printing technique.  

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Artists Jayne Burton and Cathy Winton, members of the Carpinteria Arts Center Scholarship Program, will hold an exhibition at Zooker’s Restaurant. The restaurant, located at 5405 Carpinteria Ave., will feature plein air paintings of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, the bluffs and other famed Carp…

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Beginning Friday, May 7, the Carpinteria Arts Center will hold a five-week group show for this year’s Carpinteria and Summerland Artists Studio Tour. The show features 14 artists, including Jayne Burton, Lety Garcia, Allison Gobbell, Kerri Hedden, Birgite Ibsen, Ted Rhodes, Sharon Schock, Ki…

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The Carpinteria Arts Center’s “Together Again” silent auction raised nearly $10,000 to support their community arts programs. During the final hours of the exhibition on Sunday, the board, advisory board, honorary board, “Angels of the Arts” and artists that donated work came together for a …

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In honor of the tradition of having the Artist Studio Tour on Mother’s Day weekend, the Carpinteria Arts Center will be giving away free beaded jewelry kits with supplies to make two different knotted bracelets. Included with registration are free written instructions along with a recorded v…

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Lotusland of Santa Barbara has launched an online art sale and gallery exhibition titled “Sanctuary” in celebration of this year’s Earth Day, for which 36 local artists were tasked with creating new, original work inspired by Lotusland. Participating artists were given three days to visit th…

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Continuing their tradition of preserving open spaces, the Oak Group will hold its 35th anniversary show, “Circle of Compassion,” benefiting the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. The work of several Carpinteria artists will be featured in the show, including Meredith Brooks Abbott, Whitney…

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Local author and historian Vince Burns is looking for old photographs of Rincon Point – from the earliest days to the 1980s – that might be used in “Rincon Point,” a pictorial history to be published by Arcadia Publishing in its series, “Images of America.” The same series recently published…

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After being closed for over a year, the Alcazar Theatre – now in its 93rd year – is ready to open its doors once again this Friday, April 23. 

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The Carpinteria Friends of the Library Bookstore officially reopened its doors on Tuesday, April 20. Moving forward, the bookstore will be open on Tuesday to Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center has launched “Together Again,” a silent auction to support the organization. Twenty-seven local artists donated pieces and all proceeds will benefit the center to continue to provide the community with arts programming and “connection through creativi…

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