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Island Packers, the official boat concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park, is now offering Winter Whale Watching excursions in addition to daily departures to the Channel Islands National Park from Ventura Harbor Village.  

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The city of Carpinteria Public Works Department will begin work to repair potholes citywide on Jan. 6. Pothole repairs will be given to Carpinteria Avenue, Cravens Lane, Dariesa Street, 8th Street, Linden Avenue, Malibu Drive, Ogan Road, Palm Avenue, Sawyer Avenue, Seventh Street, Star Pine …

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In response to the rapid increase of Covid-19 cases in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Carpinteria City Hall will implement new measures to ensure the safety of staff. City Hall will remain open, but lobby access will require screening for Covid-19 symptoms. 

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The Carpinteria Branch Library will modify services from Thursday, Jan. 6 – 31. These changes are part of the Santa Barbara Public Library system’s shift into its Library Express model, which aims to reduce transmission of Covid-19. Changes include limiting visits to the library to 30 minute…

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Every Thursday at 11 a.m. the Carpinteria Library invites families to bring their young children to learn, play, sing and share stories at the Carpinteria Children’s Project. Bilingual Spanish and English-speaking staff will be present. Space is limited, allowing for 12 groups at a time.

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New year, new laws. From olive oil labels to minimum wage increases, hundreds of new California laws went into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. Here are five new California laws that are worth knowing about. 

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Carpinterians took advantage of the low tide over the holiday weekend, checking out the sunshine peeking into 2022 and enjoying the after-the-storm weather. Locals reported a –2.0 tide – especially low, compared to the famous king tides, at 7.0, seen in the area. Families, kids and beloved p…

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The Montecito Fire Department will host a remembrance on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. to remember those who lost their lives in the debris flow in Montecito on Jan. 9, 2018. 

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The Carpinteria Unified School District will return to school on Thursday for a new semester, with several reminders from Superintendent Diana Rigby. 

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A group of Carpinterians started out the new year with a fresh breath of air on a New Year’s Day hike at Carpinteria State Beach. Organizers provided a guided tour of the park, the Carpinteria Bluffs Trail and the Seal Rookery. 

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AHA!, a Santa Barbara nonprofit, has opened enrollment for its 12-week teen program. This year, the program will be offered in person and is open to seventh through 12th graders. Teens will meet once a week, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m., between January and April, at the AHA! Center in…

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As part of the Highway 101 construction program, work on San Ysidro Road and South Jameson Lane, between Olive Mill Road and San Ysidro Road, is rescheduled to Jan. 5 through Jan. 7. Construction workers will redirect traffic as needed, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Learn more about the program …

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The city of Carpinteria will host a dune and shoreline management plan workshop on Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom, to discuss how the city can address sea level rise. A draft plan will be available ahead of the meeting, in early January. This is the latest of several workshops the city has hel…

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From left, cousins Frankie Stewart, Jane Mayer, Billy Stewart, Evie, Tate and Hallie Mayer check out the Christmas Lights in Carpinteria with their families. The families had a blast walking around Seacoast Village on the winter solstice. See more holiday content throughout this week’s paper. 

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The Santa Barbara Public Library asks for submissions – in all mediums – for its youth and family programs in Feb. 2022, asking community members to submit proposals centered around Black History Month. 

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Carpinteria’s newest TV show, “Carpinteria Living,” will begin airing in early 2022 on the local access channel, TV Santa Barbara. Hosted by Wade Nomura and Debbie Nomura, the program will highlight the unique offerings of the Carpinteria Valley, including tours of  local restaurants, retail…

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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is tackling STEM challenges during the holidays, encouraging members with its Strong, Smart, and Bold program activities, according to Program Specialist Alyssa Ornelas. 

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On Dec. 9, Charles LoBue visited the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center to deliver a check for $80,000. With that gift, LoBue fulfilled the years-old commitment that he made to donate $330,000 to the arts center during its first capital campaign. Because of his donation, one of the largest…