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Holiday shoppers filled the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center courtyard for the Artists Marketplace on Dec. 1. Local artisans offered an eclectic array of handcrafted gifts for sale, along with coffee, music and art activities. Among the gifts available, were julenisse, Danish Christmas g…

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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria celebrated 47 years of striving to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold at the organization’s annual fundraiser, An Evening in Bloom, on Dec. 1. The event also honored Dorothy Campbell, who in the early 70s, started an afterschool program in her home for the d…

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This week, Mac Brown Excavating was busy building the winter protection berm on the City Beach between Ash and Linden avenues. Paid for by Sandyland Road homeowners and the City, the berm goes up every year to protect private and city property from seasonal high tides and high surf. 

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The fifth annual Turkey Trot & Tread, a 30-day challenge, concluded this month after raising over $10,000 for S.B. Trails Council to restore Franklin Trail and repair damage from the Thomas Fire.

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To celebrate the 243rd birthday of the US Marine Corps, and in honor of Veterans Day, a group of veteran service members met at Sandpiper Mobile Home Park on Nov. 10. In attendance was a Red Cross volunteer from the 1960s, an Army veteran from England, a Navy Corpsman who served the Marine C…

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Kelsey (Drain) Bender, Carpinteria High School Class of 2012, is the recipient of the Sanford Teacher Award for 2018 for the state of Idaho, where she teaches at Blackfoot High School in Blackfoot. The prestigious award is bestowed upon one nominee per state and includes a $10,000 prize that…

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Work on removing inactive and unnecessary above-ground equipment from the Carpinteria Oil and Gas Processing Facility will begin this month. All proper safety precautions will be taken in conjunction with these activities, according to the City. Residents may call (480) 898-4138 with questio…

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On Dec. 3, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to support the City of Carpinteria’s acquisition of a trail easement through the property leased by S&S Seeds at 6155 Carpinteria Ave. The easement will allow for the construction of an important missing link in the Carpinteria Coastal…

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At sunset on Tuesday, Dec. 4, volunteers lit up the CarpHeart at the top of Franklin Trail to mark a year since the Thomas Fire began. The CarpHeart was designed by Beth Cox.

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Every year, hundreds of Carpinterians count on the annual Holiday Lights Tour to kick off the Christmas season. This year’s event held on Dec. 1 delivered ticket holders by trolley to the most colorful and creatively decorated houses in Carpinteria. Orchestrated by Parents for Canalino, the …

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To thank first responders for their service during the Thomas Fire, members of the Sandpiper Recreation Club collected donations to give to the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District firefighters as a holiday thank you. Passing around a bucket at social affairs, the group was able t…

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Artisans from around California set up shop for their eclectic handmade crafts at the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History’s 38th Annual Holiday Faire on Saturday, Nov. 24. Along with holiday gifts and goodies available for purchase, children met with Santa Claus and his elves to send their …

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At a recent Carpinteria Rotary Club Morning meeting, Ursula Lentine spoke about health and wellness through deep inner work. Lentine asked Rotarians to elaborate on common stresses and concerns related to the holiday season such as gift giving, family visits, cooking and missing loved ones w…

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Earlier this month, Carpinteria Beautiful volunteers packaged 20 pounds of poppy seeds with help from Carpinteria Family School students and parents. The seeds, donated by S&S Seeds, are available at Island Outfitters, Porch, Robitaille’s, Sandcastle Time, Friends of the Library Used Boo…

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On Saturday, Dec. 15, volunteers will fan out across Carpinteria for the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. The initial bird count was held on Christmas Day in 1900, when ornithologist Frank M. Chapman proposed a new holiday tradition—a “Christmas Bird Census” in which townspeople …

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On Saturday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m., Wreaths Across America will begin its Santa Barbara County ceremonies at Carpinteria Cemetery before heading to five other cemeteries throughout the day. During the event, participants lay remembrance wreaths on the graves of veterans and say each name aloud.…

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On Oct. 16, Hector Nolasco, 19, of Carpinteria, died of an accidental overdose, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Coroner Report. Nolasco was at his home at the time of his death.

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On Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. the Friends of the Carpinteria Library will hold a book talk at the library by the Honorable Lois Capps, who served as the U.S. Representative for California’s 24th Congressional District from 1998 to 2017. Capps will discuss and sign her new memoir, “Keeping F…

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In recognition of the 2018 Annual National Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence, on Sunday, Dec. 9, the Coalition Against Gun Violence, Rev. Julia Hamilton and the Unitarian Society are hosting an Interfaith Vigil including faith leaders of multiple traditions to honor victims and families of g…

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The Carpinteria Woman’s Club is sponsoring the Adopt a Family for Christmas program. Members are collecting donations of canned and non-perishable foods to fill boxes that will be distributed to needy families in Carpinteria on Dec. 15. Donations may be brought to the Carpinteria Chamber of …

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‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving, when all through the Lions Club Festival of Trees, not a creature was stirring... Or so the Lions thought.

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The Carpinteria Boy Scouts opened their annual Christmas Tree Lot on Saturday, Nov. 24. The lot is at a new location this year, in the field behind St. Joseph Church at 1532 Linden Ave. The Boy Scouts Christmas Tree Lot is a yearly fundraiser in support of scouting programs, camping and acti…

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A little more than 73 years ago, when Judy Porter was 12-years-old, she was photographed at Junior Sailors camp with her sister Jane and a friend. The photograph was on the cover of LIFE magazine on Aug. 6, 1945. Porter and her sister were at Long Island Sound yacht club learning to sail in …

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Christmas came early for the 188 nonprofits from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties that were awarded money by Montecito Bank & Trust at the 16th Annual Community Dividends Awards Luncheon on Nov. 19. Chairman and CEO Janet Garufis honored the late Michael Towbes, founder of MB&T and…

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The Carpinteria Lions Club will host its ninth annual Festival of Trees, Nov. 23 to Dec. 8. Once again, the event will be held at the old Austin’s Home Center at 700 Linden Ave., where it has been held many times over the years. Twenty-six trees will be decorated with gifts and raffled to ra…

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The new Highway 101 northbound on-ramp at Casitas Pass Road opened on Nov. 16. From Casitas Pass Road, drivers are now using the new Via Real section to access the northbound on-ramp. With the opening of the new ramp, Via Real north of Casitas Pass Road and the old northbound freeway on-ramp…

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The Carpinteria Boy Scouts will open their annual Christmas Tree Lot on Saturday, Nov. 24, at noon. Scouts from Pack 50, Troop 50 and Troop 147, along with their parents, built tree corrals at St Jospeph Church in preparation for the arrival of nearly 1,000 Christmas trees. The lot is at a n…

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On Nov. 19, a candlelight vigil was held at the Seal Fountain in memory of Mark “Marky” Meza, who was killed in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Nov. 7. Hundreds of candles were lit by family, friends and community members, while speakers recalled the l…

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“A lot of people were feeling the need to become involved during this election cycle,” said Tara O’Reilly who helped to organize “postcard parties” in support of Democrat Katie Hill, who won her bid for the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 6, defeating Republican incumbent Steve Knight.…

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The 10th annual Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count will take place Saturday, Dec. 15. Teams of birdwatchers will fan out across a 15-mile-diameter circle to take part in the longest-running citizen-science project in the world. Volunteers are needed and participation is free and open to all ag…

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Santa Barbara County has issued a notice to Franklin Trail patrons and visitors to take extreme caution when using the trail during construction activities from Nov. 14 to Nov. 30. Henkels & McCoy, Inc., on behalf of Southern California Edison, will be working on or near the Franklin Tra…

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In observance of Thanksgiving, the employees of E.J. Harrison & Sons will take the day off on Thursday, Nov. 22. As a result, Carpinteria residential customers will have their trash collected a day later than normal, on Friday, Nov. 23. The regular Thursday schedule will resume the follo…

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The Carpinteria Valley Water District will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0 to 18 years old. Gifts will be donated to the Toys for Tots program. The deadline to donate is Dec. 14.

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The new Highway 101 northbound on-ramp at Casitas Pass Road will open on Friday, Nov. 16. From Casitas Pass Road, drivers will use the new Via Real section to access the new northbound on-ramp. With the opening of the new ramp, crews will close Via Real between Casitas Pass Road and the old …

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On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Aztec Ceremonial Dance Group Kaipulli Huitzlin Ihuan Xochilt  led the 5th annual Día de Los Muertos parade down Linden Avenue. Keeping the traditions of Mexico vibrant with chinelos, calaveras and calacas, participants painted faces, donned costumes and made merry to c…

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According to the unofficial results of the Santa Barbara County General Election, Measure X has passed with a “yes” vote at 54.99 percent, securing an increased sales tax for the City of 1.25 percent, bringing the sales tax to a flat 9 percent. Most groceries, prescription medicines and food…

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The Island Brewing Company hosted its second-annual board swap on Saturday, Nov. 3, starting at 11 a.m. Dave Kanarek, left, stands with IBC brewer Treven Youthers who was in the market for a new ride. Kanarek, a surf instructor and Mountain Sports employee, had wetsuits available for the roc…

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On Nov. 5, the Planning Commission voted 3-1 (with Commissioner John Moyer dissenting) to recommend approval of Ordinance No. 726 establishing comprehensive, citywide personal use and commercial cannabis regulations, with the following revision: Prohibit outdoor cultivation for personal use …

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The Santa Barbara County Education Office announced its participation in “Operation Recognition,” a project that awards high school diplomas to qualifying U.S. veterans of World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War, as well as to those who were interned in World War II relocation camps.