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Santa Barbara Child Psychologist Dr. Don MacMannis has a new song to add to his repertoire of over 50 songs that he has written and produced for his series “Happy Kids Songs.” The song, “We Can Make It” takes on the Covid-19 pandemic and the stresses of stay-at-home orders and the unknowns t…

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This summer marks the 27th annual Young Writers Camp. South Coast Writing Project, an education non-profit based at UCSB will hold its online camps for free or by donation. “Young Writers Camp Online” will be held on Zoom for students entering grades four to 12 with an interest in writing. C…

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From collage to creativity classes and rock painting, the Carpinteria Arts Center is offering different virtual art classes each weekend through July. On Sunday, July 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., artist and teacher Laura Denny will teach a Mixed Media Postcard class. 

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The beginning of summer means sunshine, beaches and the harvesting of avocados, which also means the California Avocado Festival is right around the corner. On October 2-4, 2020, it will be the 34th year of the California Avocado Festival, a501c3 nonprofit that was created to help support ot…

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Curtis Studio of Dance will reopen for in-person summer dance camps and intensives from June 29 to July 31. “We have been working very hard for the last few weeks making a schedule and making guidelines so our dancers can get back into the studio this summer,” said Ruthann Morrison of Curtis…

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Carpinteria Arts Center has launched a new challenge to the community to create artwork on stamped and addressed postcards. The arts center hopes the community will find an avenue to connect by using the postcard’s blank canvas to share their story of how the pandemic has impacted their life…

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Registration for the annual Teen Mural Project is now open at the Carpinteria Arts Center with a unique approach this year that allows teens to do the painting in their own home. Instead of going to the Arts Center and painting a huge mural in one day, participants will be given a piece of t…

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On Monday, May 25, The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center hosted a poetry awards ceremony and poetry reading in honor of National Poetry Month. The winners of the 2020 Luschei Family Poetry Awards are: Elizabeth Roberts for children; Phoenix Seal for teens, and Anna Fortner in the adult co…

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Carpinteria author Van Fleisher will donate sales from his two books, “Final Notice” and “Final Act,” to the 93013 Fund in support of local efforts to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center is offering a free painting class on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. The first 10 Carpinteria residents to register will get free art supplies, which normally cost $20, and financial aid is available for supplies as well. Students may also use their own m…

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The Carpinteria Arts Center’s annual Luschei Family Poetry Awards deadline for submissions has been moved to May 17 in view of the pandemic. The theme is gratitude. There is no entry fee, and all writers are welcome.

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VNA Health will host its 19th annual Mother’s Day Luncheon online on Friday, May 8, starting at 11 a.m. The online program will be accessible at vna.health/luncheon and will honor Sue Birch and Adelle “Chris” Dyer, two revered caregiving leaders.

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Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a free online webinar for navigating Carpinteria during the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, May 8, at 11 a.m. The webinar will feature a panel of experts that will discuss local impacts and newly emerging recovery efforts. Panelists include Ci…

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Annette Fisher rallied her Carpinteria-area connections to provide affordable auction items to raise money for local businesses affected by the Covid-19 emergency. Having already donated proceeds of more than $400 to Seastrand and Carpinteria Nail Salon, Fisher is now looking to raise more t…

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Christina Welch and her son Matt Organista have started producing video tutorials on floral arranging. A freelance floral designer with 25 years of experience, Welch is also offering $45 flower bouquets for Mother’s Day which can be shipped nationwide by Fabulous Florals. Welch said she want…

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When Zoe Iverson recently noticed that her Trillado Street neighbors Bob Cochrane and his wife Terri Bowman had put up a light display of a heart and the word “Hope,” she thought she would answer with an artistic gesture of her own by “yarn-bombing” (wrapping an object in yarn) a tree in her…

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Many are beginning to feel the strain of life under quarantine, but residents of Silver Sands mobile home park are keeping their spirits up with occasional socially distanced glasses of wine in front of their homes and a shared fire pit. Sands resident Gregory Perea’s neighbor is the muralis…

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Pre-pandemic, Lety Garcia was focused on painting agaves and urban images both in her home studio and at the Linden Studios gallery, as well as teaching an ongoing class to 10 students. Everything has changed over the past six weeks of course, as it has for everyone, everywhere, and Garcia w…

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Carpinteria resident Leslie Westbrook recently launched a new website designed by fellow Carpinteria resident Cindi Burt. To celebrate her auction consulting business, Westbrook is offering a complimentary consultation to anyone interested in selling via well-known, established auction houses.

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The virtual gallery Silo118 is working with artists, including Carpinteria-based photographer Patricia Houghton Clarke, to raise money for nonprofits. Artworks are available on silo118.com at a fraction of the usual price, between 30 and 60 percent off, and many pieces well under $500.

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While feeling grateful to still have her job as a graphic designer working for LinkedIn, Tammy Gilkey—who is also a painter—realized that she didn’t need the extra income that her artwork provides as much as local businesses do. Gilkey contacted other artists in the community and received ei…

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In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Carpinteria Arts Center is holding its annual poetry competition and seeks unpublished, original poems that are no longer than 100 lines on the theme of “Gratitude.”  

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The Carpinteria Arts Center is offering a wide variety of virtual experiences during this period of social distancing. The center’s newly launched “Virtual Activities” can be found at carpinteriaartscenter.org and feature over 200 art activities, streaming concerts, and thousands of virtual …

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The Abstract Art Collective will open their first virtual exhibition, “Open to Abstraction,” on April 2. The show was originally set to exhibit at the Faulkner Gallery with an opening reception during Santa Barbara’s First Thursday. However, the show, which highlights the work of its members…

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A mural-painting day at the Boathouse building on Ash Avenue scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has been postponed to honor social distancing protocols in place in response to the threat of the COVID-19 virus.

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The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center has cancelled workshops and closed gallery viewing in response to the need to contain the COVID-19 virus through social distancing. Upcoming programming has been cancelled through April 4 and events have been cancelled through April 28. For more infor…

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In 2020, the Carpinteria Arts Center will again sponsor an art film series screening at the Alcazar Theatre, starting with the documentary “Love, Gilda” about the life and career of the late comedian Gilda Radner, who died of cancer at 42-years-old. Using her diaries, audio tapes, home movie…

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Saturday evening, March 7, the Carpinteria Arts Center hosted a reception celebrating the show “Cutting Edge.” Toes were tapping to the beats of Curly & Co, a young psychedelic blues band from Santa Barbara. Taste buds were treated to delicious small bites from Thario’s Kitchen, and the …

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The stars will be out at the Alcazar Theatre as the Rotary Club of Carpinteria presents its 11th annual Carpinteria Talent Showcase on Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. Attendees can walk the red carpet at the preshow reception for appetizers and drinks at 6 p.m., then catch a vibrant variety sh…

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The Carpinteria Valley Historical Society will lead an excursion to Descanso Gardens in La Cañada-Flintridge on Thursday, April 9, leaving at 8 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m. This 160-acre oasis contains forests, streams, a lake, a bird sanctuary, hiking trails, a 22-room mansion, a gift shop,…

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The Charles LoBue Gallery at the Carpinteria Arts Center will host the Cutting Edge show from March 5 to April 5, juried by Dane Goodman and Mary Perez and inspired by the younger generation encouraging emerging and mid-career artists. The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturd…

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Surf- and travel-writer Michael Kew, who lived above Rincon for a good number of years, has logged a lot of time throughout the South Pacific. Traveling to the remotest atolls with just a surfboard and knapsack, Kew has long written of his experiences in The Surfer’s Journal and in his first…

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International dance performers and calligraphy artists, twins Lorelei and Mai Chang, will perform at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara on Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. Their unique show infuses a variety of dance styles with Chinese calligraphy, and the Chang twins performed as a par…

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The work of artists Kasandra Martell and Arturo Tello will be featured in the exhibition “Poetry of the Earth / Mother and Child Reunion” to be hosted by the Palm Loft Gallery, 410 Palm Ave., from Feb. 22 to April 12. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22—the first a…

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“D’Art Santa Barbara,” Carpinterian filmmaker Larry Nimmer’s new film, was chosen as an award winner at the American Filmmatic Arts Awards in Brooklyn, New York, held on Feb. 9. The film can be viewed on YouTube.com. “D’Art” uses the randomness of the dart to approach its subject matter. The…

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Three art pieces showcasing Carpinteria’s famously large Wardholme Torrey pine will be claimed by lucky winners on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Art for a Cause drawing and celebration beneath the massive branches of the pine at 5100 Carpinteria Ave. The free event begins at 3 p.m. and will feat…

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Glenn Dubock will lead a photography workshop at the Carpinteria Arts Center on capturing West Coast winter sunsets on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. The workshop will start in the classroom with some basic tips culled from Dubock’s 45-year quest for the best blazing sunset in Carpinter…

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On Saturday, Feb. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Westmont College’s Deane Chapel, Solo Press publisher and poet Glenna Luschei will present a reading from the recently released book, “Psalms of Cinder & Silt,” about the California wildfires and debris flow disasters. Poets and professors Paul Wi…

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Led by cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello performed in a unique toe-tapping show at the Carpinteria Woman’s Club on Jan. 19. “When lead guitar is replaced by the sound of hot licks on a cello, blues, rock and bluegrass rise to a new dimension,” wrote the Ashland Daily Tidings o…

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Professional photographer and former Brooks Institute faculty member Eliot Crowley has a show of portrait photography now hanging at the Lucky Llama coffee house titled, “Surfers of Santa Barbara.” The artist stated that he embarked on the project with a long-term vision in mind: “You start …

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Linden Studio painters Lety Garcia, Sharon Schock, Kim Snyder and Leigh Sparks will have selected works on view at Island Brewing Company from Feb. 3 to March 22. The artists have been working hard through the fall and winter, and they look forward to utilizing the light-filled brewery with …

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A selection of Carpinteria artist Pamela Enticknap’s clay and acrylic work will be on view at GraySpace Gallery, 219 Gray Ave. in the Funk Zone, Santa Barbara, in the upcoming exhibition, “Three Sides of a Coin.” The show will open on Jan. 17, with an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

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The Palm Loft Gallery is holding a 25 percent off year-end sale and will open a new show titled “Wonder and Humility” on Saturday, Dec. 21. A reception will be held at Palm Loft from 5 to 7 p.m. The show’s title comes from a quote by famed biologist Rachel Carson: “It is a wholesome and nece…

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Local photographer Ted Rhodes will have a selection of travel photographs on display at Zookers restaurant from Monday, Dec. 16, to Saturday, Feb. 15, featuring some of his favorite images (both photos and photogravure etchings). Depicting scenes from California, Louisiana, Cuba, Sicily, Ire…

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This year’s production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Alcazar Theatre will mark director Asa Olsson’s 29th and final year directing the show. Olsson says that by stepping down she is “leaving room for a younger generation of directors to choose how they would like to delight our audiences in …

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