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Rotary club members and volunteers spent Saturday, Nov. 23, giving the Tomol Interpretive Park on Linden Avenue a fresh look by trimming trees, weeding and spreading mulch and wood chips. The park was created by a unique partnership between the Rotary Club of Carpinteria, the city of Carpint…

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Brooding skies and a slate gray sea hint at storms to come on Tuesday, Dec. 3, as Mac Brown makes the initial cuts in building up the annual winter berm along the Carpinteria City Beach. With tides often running more than six-feet, as well as regular heavy surf from the Northwest, the berm p…

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On Nov. 25, the Carpinteria City Council and Planning Commission held a conceptual review for a proposed office development on a 3.62-acre vacant lot located on the Bluffs at 6175 Carpinteria Ave. Conceptual plans for the property, located between S&S Seeds and PlanMember Services, were …

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Carpinteria Valley Water District’s Board of Directors will consider certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Carpinteria Advanced Purification Project at a public meeting held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Carpinteria City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. The Final…

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On Nov. 25, Montecito Bank & Trust kicked off the holiday season with their annual Community Dividends awards luncheon. Now in its 17th year, this unique giving program has granted a total of $17 million to nonprofits in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Carpinteria nonprofits that rec…

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Carpinteria-native Karen Graf has been named the Alcazar Theatre’s Board President. Graf has always had a soft spot for Carpinteria’s local theater.

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The Carpinteria Creative Arts craft market that regularly occurs on Thursday afternoon on Linden Avenue and 8th Street next to the Farmers Market will no longer set up in the Linden Avenue intersection but will now have all their booths on 8th Street. The change was negotiated between Public…

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To help residents prepare for future storms, free sandbags are now available at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. Residents can fill up to 20 sandbags per household while supplies last at the Public Works Yard, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays until 3 p.m. To allow…

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Carpinteria Boy Scouts unloaded 1,000 trees from Oregon for their annual Christmas tree lot fundraiser, and their teamwork brought in their highest weekend sales ever. Don’t have a tree yet? Not a problem. The Scouts tree lot is open every day until the trees are gone. The tree lot is in the…

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Members of the Carpinteria Unified School Board met Tuesday, Nov. 26, to approve the first step in the $4.2 million sale of district property on Bailard Avenue to the county of Santa Barbara Housing Authority. Despite some concerns voiced by Trustee Rogelio Delgado, the board voted unanimous…

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Dusting the ridgeline of the Santa Ynez Mountains, a fine layer of snow fell on Thanksgiving Day, accumulated through Friday and held into Saturday, Nov. 30, bringing a rare vista to the generally muted greys and greens of the native chaparral. Across the range to the east, higher elevations…

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Carpinteria do-gooders and decorators have been hard at work dressing a showroom full of Christmas trees for the Carpinteria Lions Club’s 10th annual Festival of Trees which opens on Friday, Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving.

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Sixteen Carpinteria Middle School students completed the last of seven weekly after-school cooking classes on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The two-hour classes were taught over the fall semester by volunteers from the FoodBank of Santa Barbara, and the classes focused on cooking skills, kitchen and f…

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Carpinteria Family School prepared for Thanksgiving Break with its annual Harvest Festival on Nov. 20. Students all contributed a vegetable for a community pot of stone soup, and heard a telling of the folk story “Stone Soup,” which teaches the values of sharing and togetherness. Students al…

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The Carpinteria Unified School District is conducting its annual screening for the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) during the months of January through March. All second-grade students will be tested unless parents/guardians request that their child be excluded. Third- through f…

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Homework robots don’t yet exist, but Carpinteria Unified School District elementary students in the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) are working on that. Third, fourth and fifth graders in GATE are piloting the Robotics and Automation Unit of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curri…

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Friends and families came together at Girls Inc. of Carpinteria to enjoy their annual community Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 15, with food and sponsorship provided by Santa Barbara Unified School District, Union Bank and Carpinteria Four Square Church. Girls and their families celebrated the s…

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Deborah Bertling, the outreach director for CAMA (Community Arts Music Association), spoke at Morning Rotary and shared CAMA’s 101-year history beginning in the fall of 1919 up to the present. Bertling said, “From the beginning, CAMA’s intention was and is now to present the finest in musica…

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From left are Rotarians Wade Nomura, Kim Fly, Steve Bunting, Mary Layman and Sheila Murphy. Members welcomed Mary Layman and returning member Steve Bunting.

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The notoriously difficult act of public speaking is made easier by practice, and Toastmasters provides the venue every first and third Wednesday at the Carpinteria Boys and Girls Club, 4849 Foothill Road at 5:50 p.m. The next Carpinteria Toastmasters meetings will be held Dec. 4 and Dec. 18.…

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On Nov. 20, the Summerland Citizens Association (SCA) voted to oppose multimillionaire hotelier Patrick Nesbitt’s application for a helipad on his private property. Nesbitt’s application for a double helipad on his property near the Santa Barbara Polo Fields was denied by the County Planning…

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On Nov. 7, the national association Hass Avocado Board (HAB) elected its executive committee for the 2020 board year. Carpinteria avocado producer Ben Van Der Kar was elected to the position of secretary.  

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With rainfall in the forecast for the coming days, Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services reminds residents about health issues associated with storm water runoff. Storm water is untreated rainwater that flows through the drain system into creeks, the ocean and other waterways. C…

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The American Scandinavian Foundation of Santa Barbara will present a Christmas dinner and Santa Lucia Pageant on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church on La Cumbre Road in Santa Barbara.

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The Carpinteria Boy Scout Troop 50 and Cub Scout Pack 50 spent Saturday, Nov. 23, setting up the tree lot for the 2019 Christmas tree sale season. Nearly 1,000 trees will be delivered before the lot opens on Saturday, Nov. 30 at noon. All proceeds from tree sales go to Carpinteria’s Scout pr…

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Join Westerlay Orchids for a little bubbly and good cheer to toast the holidays and the New Year. Westerlay Orchids will host their second annual Holiday Open House, Friday, Dec. 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in their showroom, 3504 Via Real.

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Carpinteria will hold its annual Holiday Spirit Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. The parade route begins at 9th Street and Linden Avenue, continues down Linden Avenue toward Carpinteria Avenue, and then U-turns and marches to 6th Street. The Hospice tree lighting will follow at 5:30 p.…

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Registration is now open for the Carpinteria Valley Chamber Legislative Breakfast to be held on Friday, Dec. 13th, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Rincon Beach Club. Featured speakers include California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Jennings Imel, executive director, Western Region, U.S. Chambe…

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Carpinteria High School senior Kameron Ryan Dayka has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Representing Carpinteria Troop 50, Dayka’s accomplishment is the result of more than 11 years of adventure, fun, work and dedication to the scouting program.

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Emily Calkins was in her junior year at Cate School during the Thomas Fire and Montecito debris flows.  As her community struggled to rebuild after the natural disasters, Calkins couldn’t help feeling grateful for the first responders who saved so many lives. She recalled when the beautiful …

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The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation recently gave $26,818 for Carpinteria High School music education. The money came from the foundation’s Instrument Request Fund grant. Elise Unruh, performing arts instructor at CHS and band director at Carpinteria Middle School, applied for the grant with a…

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Principals from Carpinteria High School (CHS), Carpinteria Middle (CMS) and Aliso and Canalino elementary schools reported on their plans to increase student performance and achievement. Both board members and Superintendent Diana Rigby were impressed by the educators’ plans and proposals, w…

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Hospice of Santa Barbara invites the community to celebrate and honor the lives of their loved ones at their annual Light Up A Life ceremony to be held on Dec. 14 at the Carpinteria Seal Fountain on Linden Avenue. Stars will go on sale at 5 p.m. with the ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m.

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The Santa Cruz Island Foundation (SCIF) has purchased the former Bank of America building at the corner of Carpinteria and Linden avenues. SCIF is a nonprofit created in 1985, whose mission is, “The California Islands—saving their history, telling their stories.”

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More than 1,800 people are experiencing homelessness in Santa Barbara County. To help these individuals and families stay warm this winter, the Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office is accepting donations of sleeping bags, hats, gloves, jackets, clothing, socks, shoes, hygiene produc…

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Late in August, Santa Barbara School Board member Laura Capps announced her candidacy for First District Supervisor, which represents 84,000 constituents from the Carpinteria Valley and Santa Barbara’s Eastside and Downtown neighborhoods. The seat is currently held by Carpinteria resident Da…

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California Forest Service has announced that Los Padres Forest is under Extreme Fire Danger restrictions until at least Dec. 31, 2019. The increased restrictions are intended to help prevent similar wildfires. Under Extreme Fire Danger restrictions wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in a…

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The Carpinteria Woman’s Club (CWC) is once again sponsoring the “Adopt a Family” program, which provides holiday gifts and food for local families in need. A food drive is now in progress and all are invited to donate canned or packaged food before Dec. 12. Please bring your items to GranVid…

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An orientation for Carpinteria Seal Watch will be held at Carpinteria City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave., on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. Volunteer opportunities will be presented, and pizza and treats will be offered. Seal Watch volunteers provide educational information to visitors, count sea…

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In observance of Thanksgiving, the employees of E.J. Harrison & Sons are taking the day off on Thursday, Nov. 28. As a result, Carpinteria residential customers will have their trash and green waste collected a day later than normal, on Friday, Nov. 29.

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Carpinteria Morning Rotarians and friends participated in “Hike to End Polio” in the month of October, raising over $5,000 towards immunizing children all over the world against the devastating disease. The Gates Foundation matched the money raised 2:1 to help over 15,000 children worldwide. 

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Weekend beach goers enjoyed expansive beaches during last weekend’s low tides which rolled out during the peak glow of a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon. Families met up for their typical surf and sun activities with plenty of room to roam. Longing for a little low-tide playtime? This week…

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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria held their annual “She Votes” mock election on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5. The “She Votes” program is a non-partisan initiative that teaches girls of all ages about civic engagement and the democratic process. Girls learn how legislators make decisions at all lev…

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Maritime Museum Director Greg Gorga recently spoke at Morning Rotary and shared 13,000 years of local nautical history. Starting with the discovery on Santa Rosa Island of the oldest human remains in the western hemisphere, and continuing up to the state of the art diving equipment developed…

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Summerland School had a flag-raising ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 6, to celebrate the gift of flags from Summerland Beautiful. A grant from the Manitou Fund made a collaboration possible between the Parents for Summerland and Summerland Beautiful organizations. Three flags were given to the s…

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Carpinteria High School Sports Boosters Club, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the student athletes of Carpinteria High School, recently hosted their first-ever One Day Mattress Fundraiser. At the November Board Meeting Dennis Echelbarger of Custom Fundraising Solutions presented the Spo…