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The California Avocado Festival swept in last weekend, painting the town green for three days of peace, love and guacamole. Avocado and music lovers of all shades got groovy at Carpinteria’s biggest party. The family-friendly harvest

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Guac is the new black. This year’s Avofest transformed Linden Avenue into a shimmering runway of avocado-inspired fashion like no year before. From bold avo-prints to eye-catching avo-message-Ts, the streets of Carpinteria were totally avo-licious last weekend. Now’s your chance to evaluate …

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Eating out improves a child’s education. You won’t find that hypothesis in any textbook, but it holds water. Thanks to the Carpinteria Education Foundation’s (CEF) successful Dine Out 4 Carp Kids program, community members can enrich school curriculum for Carpinteria Unified School District …

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On the last Friday of the month, KopSun LLC is facilitating “Coffee with a Cannabis Farmer,” from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at The Food Liaison. “This is an opportunity for the general public to meet with a local cannabis farmer and share concerns, kudos, suggestions, etc.” said Amy Orozco of KopSun…

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The Carpinteria Lions Club is now accepting “Request for Funds” applications from community nonprofits to be recipients of their annual fundraising event, the Festival of Trees. Last year, the Lions earned $30,000 to give to local organizations. Nonprofits must submit their requests to Commi…

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Awareness, early detection and early treatment of breast cancer can save lives. That’s why for the month of October, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Community Memorial Health System is offering low-cost breast imaging to all women who schedule a screening for the month of…

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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has released a statement to local residents stating that “flu season is fast approaching and it is time to get a flu shot.” Significant flu activity can begin as early as October, last as late as May, and typically peaks in February. The flu …

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The Santa Monica Creek Trail beautification project is seeking volunteers and donations to continue native plant and habitat restoration. The project was initiated in the Fall of 2017 and was designed to improve habitat for pollinators. The first two years saw the removal of many weeds and t…

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At their Sept. 25 meeting, Santa Barbara County Planning Commissioners voted 3-1 to direct staff to return with findings to deny the helistop application submitted by Patrick Nesbitt for his private residence near the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club fields. The final vote will take pla…

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This weekend, Carpinteria will host the California Avocado Festival, one of the largest free music festivals in the state. With over 75 acts across four stages, no matter when or where you are at the festival, there will be plenty of live performances to enjoy. With too many bands to cover i…

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There’ll be local pizza available on the strip at California Avocado Festival, and anyone purchasing the slices provided by Giovanni’s will support school supplies and programs at Carpinteria Family School. Shawn Noormand, owner of Giovanni’s Pizza, said it was an easy choice to supply the d…

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Carpinteria High School’s new Career and Technical Education (CTE) program was the focus of the Sep. 24 school-district board meeting. Students, faculty and Principal Gerardo Cornjeo presented the board with projects from the engineering program, along with details of the program’s curriculu…

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The city of Carpinteria will administer a city-wide assessment of existing traffic control devices in school areas, with a tentative start within the next few weeks. The assessment includes field reviews, traffic analyses and devising recommendations for traffic control device improvements, …

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On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Carpinteria Masonic Lodge held a special dinner meeting to confer upon Craig Zimmerman his Third Degree of Master Mason. Zimmerman received a Bible signed by all the attending Master Masons.

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Having recently received clearance to discuss Carpinteria’s role in space technology, Mike Vitullo joined the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Noon as a speaker recently to talk about the future of space exploration. Vitullo captivated his audience and answered many questions.

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Members of the Carpinteria Morning Rotary Club spent a morning in an Agricultural Science and Technology classroom at Carpinteria High School, where FFA club leader Salvador Lopez informed them about the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program.

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Carpinteria Girl Scout Troop 50158 is working on the garden in the Carpinteria Children’s Project preschool yard at 5201 8th St. Carpinteria Valley Lumber Co. generously provided vegetables, herbs and plant food. Girl Scouts Audrey Kramer, Alexis Kait, Isabel Gorman, Kacy Kramer and Jinling …

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Saturday, Sept. 21, was International Coastal Cleanup Day, organized by the Ocean Conservancy. Thousands of people across the state of California participated by going to their favorite beach, lake and river places to pick up any trash they could find. Unfortunately, there is good trash-hunt…

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The Carpinteria Valley Museum of History will sponsor a fall museum marketplace on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the museum grounds at 956 Maple Avenue.

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Crossing guard Mike Hickey is an integral part of each school day for hundreds of Canalino Elementary students and parents. Lumbering into the crosswalk with his familiar refrain of “Come on down!” Hickey guides groups of pedestrians across the busy Linden Avenue entrance, keeping morning co…

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Bob Stokes, left, sponsored new member John Fitch, center, and welcomes him along with Carpinteria Lions Club President Robert Shroll, right. The Carpinteria Lions Club has been active locally for over 92 years.

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Department of Homeland Security announced on Sept. 18 that Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District (CSFD) has been awarded a federal Assistance to Firefighters grant worth $71,316. The grant will fund the purchase and installation of vehicle exhaust source-capture systems for the fir…

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On the heels of the state of California’s affordable housing legislation, including new laws that went into effect in January 2019 streamlining approval of accessory dwelling units, the city of Carpinteria faces a familiar challenge: how to follow statewide requirements without giving up loc…

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For 14 years, Carpinteria Middle Schoolers have participated in ocean-recreation programs with the city of Carpinteria. Funded by grants to teach ocean safety, the city’s ocean aquatics coordinator Matt Simon trains students in ocean recreation, fitness, kelp forest ecosystems and organisms,…

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On Saturday, Sept. 14, Dotti the dog was with her dogsitter in the warehouses of Joah Brand, the local fashion company, when she “pulled a Houdini and escaped,” according to Brad Urani, a Procore software engineer and friend of Dotti’s dogsitter. “She just went missing,” reported Urani, “We’…

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For the third year in a row, nearly 300 people had their taste buds titillated while raising money for the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Culinary Crawl brought foodies from as far away as Simi Valley to delight in specially prepared small bites from 16 of the city’s favorite ea…

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California Avocado Festival is upon us, a time to celebrate Carpinteria’s favorite fruit and an opportunity to look back at how this year’s avocado season measured up for local farmers who tend the roughly 2,000 acres of avocados grown in Carpinteria Valley. It’s not a true “harvest fest” th…

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The Playa Del Sur 4-H Club of Carpinteria announced that member Jasmyn Arroyo was selected as a County Ambassador by UCANR 4-H staff for the Youth Development Program in Santa Barbara County. As a County Ambassador Arroyo will assist with events, develop a plan of action, perform service pro…

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Last Friday evening, Sept. 13, dog park advocates and enthusiasts met at Island Brewing Company for the local group C-Dog’s “Bark for a Park” fundraising event. The event’s silent auction raised $6,000 to help the city with their plans towards designating a site and developing a dog park.

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The Highway 101 southbound off-ramp at Linden Avenue will remain closed until early 2020. Crews are building a new off-ramp, along with extensive drainage improvements, new retaining walls and safety barriers.

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The Coalition Against Gun Violence will pay tribute to its co-founder and chair of a quarter century, Toni Wellen, at its 2019 Anniversary Celebration/Fundraiser on Sept. 29. Wellen will be honored for her many years dedicated to helping make Santa Barbara County a safer place to live, and f…

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Graham Farrar of Glass House Farms, Rick Shade of Shade Farm Management and Ed Van Wingerden of Coastal Blooms and Avoganic heeded the call for added funding for this year’s California Avocado Festival. Funding from the three last-minute donors will support added fire personnel and paramedic…

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I’m sure most people don’t give much thought to what happens after the flush. Or where the water from your morning shower ends up after it circles down the drain. That’s ok. A big part of our job at the sanitary district is making sure that the underground sewer pipelines in our community ar…

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Carpinteria writers are invited to a public reading on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Carpinteria Library’s multi-purpose room, from 7 to 9 p.m. Writers will have the opportunity to read a piece of their own writing—any genre—for five minutes. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact wh…

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The Natural History of the Carpinteria Coastal Plain will offer a free series of talks starting on Monday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., at the Carpinteria Veteran’s Memorial Building. Anyone who would like to become a docent in Carpinteria’s natural areas is invited to come. Docents are needed at th…

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On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the county’s first-ever application for a private helicopter pad, submitted by Summerland resident Patrick Nesbitt. This week, CVN received an email from a newly formed group called “Citizens Against Private…

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Carpinteria Homeless Outreach representative Leah Wagner spoke to members of the Morning Rotary Club about the need to help provide resources to the local homeless population. Rotary members created care packages to be dispersed to the local homeless, which included socks, soap, lotion and r…

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Recently, the Rotary Club Noon celebrated mentors who have made a significant impoact on their lives. “Rotarians spoke about fathers, partners and professionals who have challenged them to take a risk,” said Rotarian Dr. Roland Rotz, “(to) push past their fears and overcome obstacles in life…

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Morning Rotarian Langdon Nevens has been named the Golden Bear for September. Awardees are selected by their fellow Rotartians for “service above self.” Nevens was selected for the many tasks he accomplishes on behalf of the club, including quarterly member billings, providing tax informatio…

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Carpinteria Lions Club President Robert Shroll, right, presents a check to Dudley Connelly of Eyeshine to cover expenses for the annual Eyeshine event held at Lake Casitas. Eyeshine is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to supporting outdoor recreational and educational programs for children and a…

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Wade Nomura travelled to Denver to train incoming Rotary governors and staff at the Rotary Big West Institute. Attendees of the week-long training session included governors and staff from California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Co…

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The Carpinteria Education Foundation (CEF) held its 27th Annual Carp-a-Cabana event at Carpinteria High School on Saturday, Sept. 7, under a beautiful late summer sky. Attendees enjoyed a hosted bar, buffet dinner, music and live and silent auctions in support of the Carpinteria Unified Scho…