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    Thursday, April 19, 2018
    Special Auction & Gala Issue-  The auction is only two days away on April 20th. This issue has Live Items 9, and 11-15. You can also preview our second "Join the Party" event- Fast, Food and Wine.  Check out all the Live Auction items ...read more
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    Thursday, April 19, 2018
    HANCOCK SET TO CELEBRATE MEXICO’S CULTURAL HERITAGE WITH ¡FOLKLÓRICO!PERFORMANCE¡Folklórico!, the annual collaborative production run by Allan Hancock College’s dance program, will be held May 2-5 in the Severson Theatre on the Santa Maria campus. This year’s show features choreography by Santa Maria High School retired instructor Artxezin Amezcua, including his piece from the state of Veracruz, ...read more
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    Thursday, April 19, 2018
    Pilipino Cultural NightFri. - Sat., April 20-21 @7pmTickets & Availability - FridayTickets & Availability - SaturdayPresented by Pilipino Cultural Exchange  Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN) is an event held throughout the United States by the young, Filipino American community.This is an extraordinary outlet for young Filipinos to find a connection with their culture and the greater Filipino ...read more
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    Thursday, April 19, 2018
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    Thursday, April 19, 2018
    SAVE THE DATE - 4/25 COMMUNITY WORKSHOPOn Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm we’ll be hosting a Downtown Streetscape Plan Open House at Shepard’s Hall in the Santa Maria Public Library, 421 South McClelland Street. You will have an opportunity to provide feedback on concept plans for Broadway and Main Street!  Spread the word! Please forward this message to a friend or neighbor that ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    CASA Swears In 9 in Advocates for Child Abuse Prevention Month SANTA MARIA, CA —On Thursday, April 12th, the Honorable Arthur A. Garcia swore in 9 community members as CASA volunteers—court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children. Many individuals attended the ceremony to support the new class of volunteers, including family, friends, current volunteers, CASA staff and ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    SANTA MARIA - Country music star Coffey Anderson spends most of his time touring, putting out albums, and wowing his ever-growing fan base with his charismatic stage shows. As Anderson's star rises, he's careful to use his talents to give back. One way that Anderson, who will be headlining the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival on April 28, likes to do that is by partnering with charities ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    Special Auction & Gala Issue-  This issue has Live Items 6-10 and our Famous Liquor Cabinet Raffle. Did you know you don't have to be present to win the Liquor Cabinet? Buy your tickets ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County recently celebrated 15 new Santa Barbara County businesses that have achieved the Green Business certification. The companies were honored during a luncheon event April 11, at Hotel Corque, Solvang. “Succeeding today requires businesses to maximize all of their resources,” said Glenn Morris, president/CEO of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    HANCOCK PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE WINS EIGHT STATE AWARDS FOR MARKETING, DESIGN AND ADVERTISINGThe Public Affairs and Communications office at Allan Hancock College has been recognized by its peers from across the state. The department received eight awards from the Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) for its advertising and design work during the organization’s 2018 conference ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Friends of CASA,  During the month of April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, many organizations work together to educate the community on the signs of abuse and how to help our community's most vulnerable children. I don't need to tell you that child abuse happens in our community—you already know that.  You know child abuse happens because every child served by a CASA volunteer and on our ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    BIDDING BEGINS FOR FRIENDS OF THE AHC LIBRARY GIFT BASKETSThe shelves normally displaying books in the Allan Hancock College Library are stacked with different items this week. Thirty baskets containing everything from books and art supplies to tasty treats and wine tasting packages will be auctioned off as part of an annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Allan Hancock College Library.  "The ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Special Gala & Auction Issue- Please enjoy the preview of our Live Auction items. We look forward to seeing you this Friday at the Auction.   ____________________________________________________ Join the ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    HANCOCK PROUDLY PRESENTS EXHIBITOF PHOTOGRAPHS BY RETIRED FACULTY STEVEN LEWISOver decades of annual trips to his family’s summer home, Steven Lewis has documented the rocky, forested shoreline of Door County, Wisconsin, where the limestone outcroppings of the Door Peninsula jut from Green Bay into the waters of Lake Michigan.  “I have been photographing there for more than 40 years, but I find ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    MEDICAL ASSISTANTS CAN ENHANCE SKILLS AND EMPLOYABILITYWITH EIGHT-WEEK SUMMER COURSE AT ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGEMedical assistants can improve their job skills and enhance their employability by completing a fast-track class offered this summer at Allan Hancock College. The eight-week class, Success in Medical Assisting Practice(MA 379A), meets Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. from June 14 through August 2. ...read more
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    Monday, April 16, 2018
    Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM We invite you to an evening that celebrates 20 Years of Service! Along with an authentic Mediterranean meal, we will have sumptuous hors-d’oeuvres, local wines, dessert, live music, raffle prizes, 50/50, silent auction, and a cash bar. Proceeds to benefit Community Partners in Caring, a non-profit community outreach organization that coordinates ...read more
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    Monday, April 16, 2018
    The California Energy Commission is hosting its 3rd Annual Diversity Career Fair on April 26th, 2018. Attendees can have a conversation with program staff for each division within the agency, the programs they administer and the services available to the public. The fair is geared toward increasing the diversity within our agency including the diversity of though by reaching out to California ...read more
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    Monday, April 16, 2018
    Pilipino Cultural NightFri. - Sat., April 20-21 @7pmTickets & Availability - FridayTickets & Availability - SaturdayPresented by Pilipino Cultural Exchange  Pilipino Cultural Night (PCN) is an event held throughout the United States by the young, Filipino American community.This is an extraordinary outlet for young Filipinos to find a connection with their culture and the greater Filipino ...read more
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    Monday, April 16, 2018
    HANCOCK BOOKSTORE AND ENGLISH DEPARTMENT CELEBRATENATIONAL POETRY MONTH WITH COMMUNITY EVENT THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Allan Hancock College Bookstore, in partnership with the college’s English department, is again celebrating National Poetry Month with a community event on Thursday, April 26, from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Student Center (bldg. G, Room 106A). During the event, called “13 Ways of Looking at a ...read more
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    Monday, April 16, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEApril 16, 2018  The Valley Reads Book Club  The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to present its monthly book club The Valley Reads on Tuesday, April 24th in Shepard Hall.  A Man Called Ove tells the story of a curmudgeon hiding a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness ...read more
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    Friday, April 13, 2018
    SWEEPING ORGAN CONCERT AT THE PAC 4/29/18    San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA – On Sunday, April 29, 2018 , 3 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center, celebrated organist NAMHEE HAN will perform on Harman Hall’s Forbes Organ.  Her afternoon Forbes Organ recital will include selections from J.S. Bach, George Fridric Handel, Richard Wagner, Wolfgang Mozart, Gabriel Faure, Guy Bovet, Gioachino Antonio ...read more
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    Friday, April 13, 2018
    Janet Garufis, chair and CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust, the region’s largest independent banking company, will become the first recipient of the Pacific Coast Business Times Distinguished Achievement Award for women executives. She will receive the award and be keynote speaker at the Business Times’ annual Top 50 Women in Business Awards. “We’re delighted to launch a new award level at Top 50 ...read more
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    Friday, April 13, 2018
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    Friday, April 13, 2018
    PROGRAMS       EXHIBITS      MEMBERSHIP      PARTIES       DONATE ________________________________________________________________Weekly ProgramsApril 13: Fit FridayThis week for Fit Friday families can get ready for the 9th annual Kite Fest by competing in kite races in the museum parking lot at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m!April 14: Science SaturdayGet pumped for the 9th annual Kite Festival by ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    Xfinity goes above and beyond with product options, customer service   We recently helped Xfinity celebrate the grand opening of their new storefront location in Santa Maria! Located at 685 E. Betteravia Road as part of the new Enos Ranch development, the store is excited to offer a variety of products and services beyond their affordable wireless services.   “Our services cover 100% of the ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    ''Made In Santa Maria'' Brings Creative Entrepreneurship To Hancock And The CommunityA one-day symposium at Allan Hancock College will connect notable arts consultants with local leaders in arts education, students and community members to explore best practices in the emerging creative economy.  The symposium will happen Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in bldg. M, Room 310 at Allan Hancock ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    Clark Center Association presents:December '63 - A Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four SeasonsArroyo Grande, California  Clark Center Association will present December '63 - A Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:00pm at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande.  Oh what a night!The music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons comes to the Clark Center. In 1962, ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    An epic new musical with sweeping score and powerful storyThe Hunchback of Notre Dame April 26 - May 13, Marian TheatreListen to music clips from the Broadway cast recording. Directed by Brad Carroll Featuring Nick Tubbs* as QuasimodoA sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame a truly unforgettable musical and an instant classic. It plays in the Marian ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEApril 11, 2018  Meet Me at the Park Selfie Contest  The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department invites the community to celebrate Earth Month by participating in the Meet Me at the Park Selfie Contest throughout the month of April. The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, May 1st and will receive a basket filled with Recreation and Parks Department swag.  To enter the ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    Marian Regional Medical Center Takes Proactive Approach to Fighting Parkinson’s Disease with Neuroboxing Classes Unique fitness classes have proven to reduce, reverse, and delay symptoms of the disease  SANTA MARIA, CA – April 9, 2018 – In recognition of April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC) announces that it is proactively fighting the effects of ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    HANCOCK’S COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENT NOW DIRECTOR TO RECEIVE LATINO LEGACY AWARDCollege Achievement Now (CAN) project director Petra Gomez has been selected to receive the Latino Legacy Award for education. Community leaders nominated Gomez for her work as the director of Allan Hancock College’s CAN/TRIO program and serving as a community advocate.  “I am thrilled!” said Gomez, who has served as CAN ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEApril 9, 2018    Money Smart Week at the Library  The City of Santa Maria Public Library is proud to participate in the seventh annual “Money Smart Week” which will be held April 21-28, 2018.  Money Smart Week is a national initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming that will help the people in ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    The culminating concert of the season, Fierce Passions set for April 28th, is the headline feature in our new NOTES Newsletter.  Besides a preview of the concert, read about the Music Van, remember our Journey to the Heart concert in February, and learn about our Concertmaster, Sharon Cooper.  Find Newsletter No. 4 here. Fierce Passions will open with the Overture to Mozart’s opera “The Magic ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEApril 10, 2018   Santa Maria Public Library Exhibits Local Artists  Including SLO Museum of Art “Project Arte”    The City of Santa Maria Public Library’s Shepard Hall gallery is showing art by local painters and photographers through May. Several artists including Minnie Anderson, Marilyn Benson, and Susan Buchanan have works on display.  In addition, a group photography series ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEApril 10, 2018    Game Night at the Library on April 18th    The City of Santa Maria Public Library invites people of all ages for an evening of games on Wednesday, April 18th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Library’s Shepard Hall.  The Library will provide a variety of games, including playing cards, Mah Jong, Jeopardy, Movies: Trivia Game, Scrabble, Backgammon, Mancala, ...read more
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    Monday, April 09, 2018
    PROGRAMS       EXHIBITS      MEMBERSHIP      PARTIES       DONATE ________________________________________________________________Weekly ProgramsApril 9: Tuesday TalesWhen wind chimes start singing and clouds race across the sky in Linda Booth Sweeney’s “When the Wind Blows,” one little guy knows just what to do at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.mApril 10: Preschool PatrolTravel this week to Guatemala to ...read more
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    Monday, April 09, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEApril 6, 2018     City Offers Used Oil Filter Exchange Event  On Saturday, April 14th, the City of Santa Maria will hold its 4th Annual Used Oil Filter Exchange event to promote the recycling of used motor oil. Residents may bring up to two used oil filters to exchange for up to two new oil filters of equal or lesser value for FREE. Residents may also bring up to five gallons of ...read more
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    Monday, April 09, 2018
    The Power of Play:Makerspace Movement Gains Steam in Santa Maria   Local community groups are teaming up to encourage creative minds to come together and innovate. The Makerspace Movement has come to the Central Coast, and thanks to a recent grant, has really begun to gain traction in Santa Maria. “Makerspaces and the movement associated with them are deceptively simple--they are places for ...read more
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    Monday, April 09, 2018
    Serving Our Community: Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2018 Explores Local Government   On March 2, 2018, the Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2018 heard firsthand from the public servants and thinkers that shape the city of Santa Maria and the County of Santa Barbara.  Spanning from local to Federal government issues, the Class of 2018 was in for a treat after a delicious breakfast ...read more
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    Monday, April 09, 2018
    Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership Q&A  Q: What is the Chamber’s role in the Partnership? A: The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is under contract with PG&E and SoCalGas to act as administrator for the program and to manage the Partnership. The Chamber is responsible for outreach, facilitating the program, and working with municipalities.  Q: Who is included in the ...read more
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    Monday, April 09, 2018
    World of Pinot Noir Done Santa Maria Style! The annual World of Pinot Noir event gathered the planet’s foremost Pinot Noir wineries and winemakers, renowned chefs, sommeliers and leading wine scholars in a weekend-long seaside celebration. The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, Calif. was filled with approximately 2,500 wine lovers, enthusiasts, industry professionals and more. In March 2018, ...read more
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    Monday, April 09, 2018
    Young Professionals Spotlight:Mayra Ramos, Harvest Community Center  What is your profession/job title and how long have you been with the company? I serve as the Assistant Director for Harvest Community Center, the small nonprofit with a big heart! I have been with this nonprofit for a year now – times flies when you are having fun!  What is your favorite thing about your job? What I enjoy ...read more
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    Friday, April 06, 2018
      Yesterday - The Las Vegas Beatles ExperienceSat., April 7, @ 8pmTickets & AvailabilityPresented by Clark Center Association  Yesterday - Live from Las Vegas is the #1 Beatles tribute in the world, and the favorite tribute act of Sir Paul McCartney himself. The show encompasses all eras of Beatles music from The Hamburg days through the Shea Stadium performances, the ground-breaking Sgt Pepper ...read more
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    Friday, April 06, 2018
    Should Your Small Business Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)?   The internet is becoming an increasingly scary place, with cyberattacks and data breaches on the rise. Hacking is an attractive activity for criminals, and the numbers speak for themselves. For example, by 2021, it’s predicted that cybercrime will cause a staggering $6 trillion worth of damage each year.  If you run a small ...read more
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    Friday, April 06, 2018
    April Workshops from SCORE A service brought to you by your local SCORE Chapter serving San Luis Obispo County and the Santa Maria Valley.  We offer Face to Face Mentoring Sessions, Workshops and On-line Resources.  All our Chapter services are Free to our clients.  Call (805) 547-0779 or Email us to set up an appointment.  SLO: Marketing with Social Media – April 11, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 ...read more
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    Friday, April 06, 2018
    Caliber Home Loans Offers Variety, Flexibility in Lending We recently welcomed Caliber Home Loans to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting! Caliber Home Loans is a full service mortgage lender and a direct lender located in Santa Maria. “We do everything from Jumbo Loans to Conventional Loans to FHA, VA loans”, explained Eddie San Jose, Senior Loan Consultant at Caliber Home Loans. “We also have ...read more
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    Thursday, April 05, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEApril 4, 2018  Free Junior Giants Summer Youth Baseball Program  The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is hosting the second annual Junior Giants Baseball League for youth ages 5 to 13. This free eight-week program begins on Monday, June 11th with games held every Saturday. Parents are highly encouraged to volunteer as coaches or team parents.  Junior Giants is a ...read more
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    Thursday, April 05, 2018
    Friends of CASA,  We welcome you to attend a swearing-in ceremony for 10 new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA volunteers) on April 12th at 4 pm. Volunteers will be sworn in by the Honorable Judge Arthur A. Garcia. The ceremony will take place at the Santa Maria Juvenile Courthouse located at 4263 California Blvd.  Since April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, we ask that everyone in ...read more
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    Thursday, April 05, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEApril 4, 2018  Cinco de Mayo 7-on-7 Co-ed Soccer Tournament  The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and the People for Leisure and Youth, Inc. (PLAY, Inc.) invite the community to participate in the inaugural Cinco de Mayo 7-on-7 Co-Ed Soccer Tournament on Saturday, May 5th. This one-day tournament is open to participant’s ages 16 years and up and will be held at the ...read more
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    Thursday, April 05, 2018
    Save the Date for our Solarbration!!!Please join us for our very first Energy For All Solarbration! We will be showcasing one of our happy homeowners who has been saving 80-90% off of their electric bill by going solar with GRID Alternatives. Come meet us and check out the amazing work we are doing for Santa Maria income-qualifying homeowners. We will have light refreshments and raffle prizes, and ...read more
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    Thursday, April 05, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEApril 4, 2018  Survey: Santa Maria Residents Optimistic About City GovernmentA recently commissioned independent survey shows Santa Maria residents are highly satisfied with their vital city government services and believe the City is headed in the right direction. Seventy-four percent of city residents are satisfied with the level of services they receive, with the majority believing ...read more
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    Thursday, April 05, 2018
    Keystone & Bruins Basketball Hold BBQ  Our Keystone Club and Bruins Basketball Team are holding a BBQ on April 6 to raise funds for upcoming events. $10 gets you a quarter chicken, salad, bread, beans and beverage. Purchase tickets online or at the BBQ. The BBQ is 11 am - 2 pm at our Railroad Club, 901 N Railroad Ave. Keystone Club is our teen leadership club and the Bruins are the Clubs ...read more
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    Thursday, April 05, 2018
    Dignity Health to Host Free Community Concussion Symposium to Educate Central Coast Athletes and Community Members The Dignity Health Concussion Network program was created to educate student athletes on how to prevent, recognize, and respond to concussions  CENTRAL COAST, CA – April 3, 2018 – In response to the estimated 300,000 concussions that high school athletes sustain nationally every ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 03, 2018
    Following major tax reform in December 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is asking employers to remind workers that a “paycheck checkup” might be necessary to make sure they have the right amount of tax taken out of their paychecks. The new tax law could affect how much tax someone should have their employer withhold from their paycheck. Having too little tax withheld could mean a tax ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 03, 2018
    How to Get Big Results with a Tiny Marketing DepartmentSmall businesses tend to take the lean approach to marketing. They don’t outsource it much, and they often underfund it.42% of the small businesses surveyed by Wasp Barcode Technologies invest less than 3% of their revenue into marketing and only 14% them outsource their marketing, public relations and advertising.  This is different from how ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 03, 2018
    LIVELY LATINO CONCERTAT THE FREMONT    San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA –  The wildly popular La Santa Cecilia musical group started their career by serenading passersby on Los Angeles’ historic Olvera Street. Today, La Santa Cecilia is a musical phenomenon that defies musical and cultural boundaries.  On Friday, April 27, 2018, 8 p.m. at the historic Fremont Theater, Cal Poly Arts proudly presents ...read more
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    Monday, April 02, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEMarch 30, 2018City’s Bonds Rating AffirmedFitch Ratings has affirmed its “AA” rating for the City of Santa Maria’s Water and Wastewater Revenue Refinancing Bonds.  This stable rating outlook reflects the agency’s opinion of the City’s strong financial profile, limited capital needs, and robust water supply.  The ratings agency observed that the City:         Does not expect to issue ...read more
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    Monday, April 02, 2018
    Department of Industrial Relations and Employment Development Department invites you to attend at No Charge the State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar. April 24, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. America’s Job Center of California 880 Industrial Way San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   To make reservations, visit the EDD website at www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/ or call 866-873-6083.   The EDD is ...read more
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    Monday, April 02, 2018
     NEWS RELEASEMarch 30, 2018Library’s Adult Coloring Program in AprilThe City of Santa Maria Public Library is continuing to offer the Adult Coloring Program twice during the month of April. The programs are scheduled for Wednesday, April 11th and Wednesday, April 25th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Shepard Hall.  The coloring activities are designed to relieve stress and provide a creative and ...read more
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    Monday, April 02, 2018
    Computer Basics 2 Workshop  The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to announce a free workshop on Computer Basics, Intermediate level on Tuesday, April 17th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  The workshop will be presented in the Learning Center, located on the first floor of the Library.  The workshop is intended for individuals with minimal computer experience.  This workshop builds upon the ...read more
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    Monday, April 02, 2018
    PROGRAMS       EXHIBITS      MEMBERSHIP      PARTIES       DONATE __________________________________________________________________________________________________Weekly ProgramsApril 3: Tuesday TalesChase away any grey and gloomy day with just the right attitude, and a little bit of color, in Richard Jackson’s “This Beautiful Day.” at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.mApril 4: Preschool PatrolCelebrate ...read more
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    Monday, April 02, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEMarch 30, 20182018 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water ConservationDuring the month of April, Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino is joining other mayors across the United States asking residents to make a long-term commitment to managing water resources and take the pledge to conserve water. Visit www.cityofsantamaria.org/utilities under Water Conservation to watch the video of Mayor ...read more
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    Friday, March 30, 2018
    What's Cooking This AprilWe've got some great reasons to plan a meal with family and friends at the Far Western next month. If you'd like to stay up to date on our upcoming events, consider connecting with us on Facebook.  Visit Far Western Tavern on Facebook  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________Celebrate Easter With Us!Sunday, April ...read more
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    Thursday, March 29, 2018
    Harloe Talent ShowThur., Mar. 29 @ 4:30 & 7:00pmTickets & Availability - 4:30 PerformanceTickets & Availability - 7:00 PerformancePresented by Harloe Elementary SchoolGeneral Admission: $7________________________________________________________________________________________________The Seldom SceneSat., Mar. 31, @ 8pmTickets & AvailabilityPresented by Clark Center Association  What does it ...read more
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    Thursday, March 29, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEMarch 28, 2019Community Emergency Response Team TrainingA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course is being offered by the City of Santa Maria Fire Department starting Friday, April 6th. CERT volunteers are trained in a variety of emergency preparedness and response roles to assist their families, neighbors, and co-workers whenever there is an emergency or disaster.  Residents ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    ENJOY A BAYOU BLEND AT THE SPANOS  San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA – For 35 years, two-time Grammy Award-winning musician TERRANCE SIMIEN has been shattering the myths of what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is....and is not. Leading his skilled Zydeco Experience band, Simien will fill the Spanos Theatre with his Bayou beat on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 8 p.m.  "A Zydeco Master; his voice yearning ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    781 people responded to the recent Downtown Santa Maria Character Survey. The survey helped the City of Santa Maria Community Development Department better understand the preferences and priorities for the Downtown streets and public spaces. They received a ton of great ideas that are being incorporated into the plan right now! You can review the survey results by clicking here.SAVE THE DATE - ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    Clark Center Association presents:Best of San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy CompetitionArroyo Grande, California  Clark Center Association will present Best of San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00pm at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande.  For more than two decades, the San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition has served as a major career springboard for some of ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    PCPA presents a new epic musicalThe Hunchback of Notre Dame A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame a truly unforgettable musical and an instant classic. It plays in the Marian Theatre April 26 – May 13 then June 14 – July 8 in the Solvang Festival Theatre. Inspired by Victor Hugo’s gothic novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, this version of The Hunchback ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    PROVIDING SANTA MARIA VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS WITH PEACE OF MIND In a medical emergency, every second counts…especially when transporting patients that are far away from adequate medical treatment. The flight crews at CALSTAR / REACH, an emergency air ambulance providers with nearly three decades of experience, know this first hand. AirMedCare Network (AMCN) is the membership provider ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    Chamber partnering with Workforce Development Board to Understand Business NeedsThe Chamber is partnering with the county Workforce Development Board to gather information from local employers which will help us better understand your collective needs as they relate to staffing and successfully operating your business.  BW Research has been contracted to assist in this research project and is ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    Trespassing on Railroad Property and Rail – Highway Grade Crossing Incidents are on the Rise March 27, 2018 Trespassing on railroad property is on the rise both locally and nationally. The Santa Maria Valley Railroad wants to remind the public that trespassing on railroad tracks and railroad property is both illegal and dangerous. Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit safety, education and ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence Final Performances Severson Theatre through March 25"It's easy to forget that there are only three principal actors in the show. [Amini] Dorn, [Jeff] Salsbury, and [Tim] Fullerton completely take over the small space at the Severson and lead an audience through a journey of interwoven conflicts and connections. - Santa Maria Sun In a world in which ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    PROGRAMS       EXHIBITS      MEMBERSHIP      PARTIES       DONATE Save the Date for the Kite Fest!Special thanks to the Santa Maria Public Airport for making the 9th annual Free Family Kite Festival possible with its major sponsorship. Come fly a kite with us Sunday, April 15 from noon to 4 p.m. and enjoy food and live music at this unique, family-friendly ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEMarch 26, 2018    Landfill Closed on Sunday, April 1st  The City of Santa Maria Regional Landfill at 2065 East Main Street will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 1st, and will reopen Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 a.m.  Trash and recycling collection service will not be affected by the closure.  Questions may be directed to the Utilities Department at (805) 925-0951 ext. 7270.
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    Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    Lompoc, Calif. – March 18, 2018 – Lee & Associates has completed a $3,100,000 sale of 56,560 square-foot two story multi-functional industrial building located at 1641 West Central Avenue in Lompoc.  Associate Paul Davies with the Santa Barbara office represented the buyer in the sales transaction. The Industrial Center ground floor features corporate training center with 300 seat auditorium, ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEMarch 26, 2018  National Library Week  The City of Santa Maria Public Library is proud to participate in the 60th anniversary of National Library Week which will be observed April 8th through the 14th. This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead.”  The City of Santa Maria Public Library will offer a fun activity for adults, April 9th through the 14th that includes a scavenger hunt ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE March 26, 2018  Movie Night at the Library on April 9th    The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to show the movie The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017) which is rated PG-13. The film will be screened on Monday, April 9th at 5:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall. This event is free and no tickets are required.   The war drama film is based on the real-life story of one working wife and ...read more
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    Friday, March 23, 2018
    Media Opportunity: French Hospital Medical Center to Redefine Health Care in San Luis Obispo County with Incredible Transformation of Hospital Campus Unveiling event will allow opportunity for photographs and interviews with hospital representatives for media  SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – March 22, 2018 – French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), a Dignity Health Central Coast hospital, is elated to ...read more
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    Thursday, March 22, 2018
    Peter and the Starcatcher / Letters to SalaThu - Sat., Mar. 22 - 24; @ 7pm Check ScheduleTickets & AvailabilityPresented by AGHS Drama Department  Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's best-selling novels, the play ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    Great Futures Annual Fund Update  We are currently at 44.7% of our 2018 Great Futures Annual Fund (GFAF) goal. Thank you to all of the businesses, organizations and individuals that have donated to the fund so far. Thank you to our GFAF volunteers who are working on behalf of the children and teens we serve. We provide after school programs to over 2,000 youth daily at our ten locations in Santa ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    Fifth Annual ‘Day of Hope’ Benefits Local Cancer Patients Community fundraising event, slated for Wednesday, April 11, benefits Marian Cancer Care patients at Mission Hope Cancer Center  SANTA MARIA, CA – March 21, 2018 – Cancer not only affects those with the disease; it affects our entire community. This is why Marian Regional Medical Center, in partnership with the Santa Maria Times, is proud ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Clark Center Association presents:Yesterday - The Las Vegas Beatles ShowArroyo Grande, California  Clark Center Association will present Yesterday - The Beatles Tribute on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:00pm at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande.  Yesterday - Live from Las Vegas is the #1 Beatles tribute in the world, and the favorite tribute act of Sir Paul McCartney himself.The show encompasses ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    HANCOCK’S ANNUAL FINE ARTS FACULTY ART EXHIBIT OPENS,SHOWCASES DIVERSITY AND TALENT OF INSTRUCTORSAllan Hancock College boasts a talented pool of artist-teachers in its exceptional fine arts department. Their creative efforts are featured in the college’s annual Fine Arts Faculty Art Show, exhibiting in the Ann Foxworthy Gallery on the Santa Maria campus through April 12. The artists created the ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Kool & the Gang to perform at the Santa Barbara County Fair SANTA MARIA—Come celebrate good times with good friends at the Santa Barbara County Fair on Friday, July 13 at the Santa Barbara County Fair as Kool & the Gang, performers of hits like “Ladies Night,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” and of course, “Celebration,” join the Bud Light Concert Series lineup. Kool & the Gang has earned two Grammy ...read more
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    Monday, March 19, 2018
    Be a Leak Detective during Fix a Leak Week  Beginning Monday, March 19th through Sunday, March 25th, the City of Santa Maria Utilities Department will celebrate “Fix a Leak Week” to promote water conservation through leak detections and repairs. The average loss of leaking faucets over one month can be quite significant:   30 drops per minute 54 gallons per month 60 drops per minute 113 gallons ...read more
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    Monday, March 19, 2018
    Downtown Fridays Return to Santa Maria  Santa Maria’s popular Downtown Fridays will kick off its third year on Friday, March 30th with live music from local bands, rows of food vendors, local beer and wine tastings, and new and expanded attractions.  This family-friendly event for Santa Maria’s downtown will occur every Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Town Center West parking lot near ...read more
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    Thursday, March 15, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of February American Veterans UnitedSuzanne de St. Jean Santa Maria, CA 93456 (805) 529-1313http://avuinc.orgAndre, Morris & ButteryMike Gibson 2739 Santa Maria Way 3rd Floor Santa Maria, CA 93455 (805) 937-1400http://www.amblaw.comCentury 21 Hometown Realty - Rocio Flores ...read more
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    Monday, March 12, 2018
    Recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees involve significant legal risks if not handled properly. In fact, California has stricter protections for job applicants than federal laws do — even more so since January 1, 2018. Are you certain you know what you can ask in an interview and what personal information you can request? No business wants to open itself to a costly discrimination ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Labor Market Report January 2018 Yesterday, the State of California Labor Market Information Division (LMID) released its Monthly Press Release on Unemployment and Industry Sector job growth/decline in Santa Barbara County. The unemployment rate for January was 4.9%, up from a revised 4.3% in December, and below the year-ago rate of 6.2%. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Demonstrating Compliance Leaves No Shred of Doubt About Your Businesses’ Security These days, identity theft, email hacks and the illegal use of personal information has become commonplace. Headlines about major companies being hacked or putting their clients’ personal information at risk of exposure have become more and more frequent. As a business owner, are you doing all you can to protect the ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Leadership Santa Maria Valley Topic Day Explores Business and Economic Development On February 2, 2018, the Business and Economic Topic Day brought to life the experiences of local businesses to the Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2018. The day started with a complimentary breakfast provided by Starry Sky Coffee Company. Owner Steven Funkhouser, who serves on the Leadership Santa Maria ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Board Member Profile: Erika Weber, VTC EnterprisesWhat is your profession/job title and how long have you been with the company?My current position is Development Associate, meaning I am responsible for marketing and fundraising for the organization. I have been with VTC Enterprises (VTC) since 1999 when I started as a Sales and Marketing Associate to develop and secure contracts and work places ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Upcoming Chamber Events Educate, Recognize and Give Back to Local Community Year after year the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce presents an amazing calendar of events and forums to educate and facilitate networking opportunities for the members of our business community. 2018 is no different. This year we are focused on key elements that will help our businesses be proactive, engaged to ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Young Professionals Spotlight: Ryan Miller, San Luis Sports TherapyWhat is your profession/job title and how long have you been with your company? I have worked with San Luis Sports Therapy since 2010. I started as a volunteer while studying Kinesiology at Cal Poly and have held various clinical jobs including PT aide, front office assistant, and medical transcriptionist. Following 3 years of ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 06, 2018
    Vandenberg Air Force Base Welcomes You To Spring Fest! Saturday April 28th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Balfour Beatty Theme is Surfin’ USA, so bring your beach blankets! We also have some great sponsors joining us for our annual Spring Fest! If you would like to become a sponsor please contact: Renee Steers Sponsorship CoordinatorRenee.Steers@us.af.mil 805-606-312930FSS.com/sponsorship
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    Friday, March 02, 2018
    HomeBridge Financial Services Bridges the Gap for your Mortgage Needs ​Homebridge Financial Services is a residential mortgage lender in Santa Maria.   “We’re a national company we have over 3,000 associates in over 250 retail branches throughout the country,” explained RJ Jazo, Production Support Coordinator for HomeBridge Financial Services. “What makes us unique here in Santa Maria is our ...read more
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    Friday, March 02, 2018
    Heat Illness Prevention Training Session (With Attendance by CAL-OSHA Consultation) and Preventing Sexual Harassment Training - Both Training Sessions will be Conducted in Spanish ONLYBoth trainings will be held on the same date and location. Registration begins at 1:30 P.M. 1) Heat Illness Prevention with CAL-OSHA Training Certificate: 2:00 P.M.– 3:00 P.M. 2) Sexual Harassment Prevention ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    Rabobank Awards $1 Million to Support the Hancock Promise Gathered in the center of Allan Hancock College’s Santa Maria campus, hundreds of people waited in anticipation as a student musician provided a drumroll to add further suspense. The crowd of students, faculty, staff and special guests oohed and aahed each time a digit written on a giant banner was uncovered. Finally, after the seventh and ...read more
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    Monday, February 26, 2018
    Commercial property available for rent at 1414 A North Broadway in Santa Maria! 4,573 Square feet of interior spaceFenced in patio areas facingin interior garden-style apartmentsFull 135 sq ft kitchen with additional 135 sq ft storage(2) 12x15 bathrooms (men's and women's)(3) other misc. rooms - carpeted 135 sq ft240 sq ft208 sq ftFront exterior with ADA ramp accessible17 parking spaces ...read more
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    Monday, February 26, 2018
    The 2017 California wildfire season consisted of 9,133 fires that burned more than 1.3 million acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It’s considered the most destructive on record — and in January, the recently-charred land caused severe mudslides during a deadly storm that shut down about 30 miles of Highway 101 between Northern and Southern ...read more
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    Thursday, February 22, 2018
    Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation is Looking for Some Great Women Entrepreneurs Nominations in 11 Categories Now Being Accepted Through March 5 Nominations are open for the eighth annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards, the most prestigious awards for women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. This year’s winners will be announced at the annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems Central Coast offer commercial cleaning services for any size business, from large manufacturing down to small general offices. What makes the company unique is their franchise model. “We’re in the business of putting people into business,” explained Greg Ibsen, President of Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems Central Coast. “Individuals will come to us and they will make an ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    The Good Samaritan Shelter recently unveiled their latest housing project in Santa Maria. The Cook Street Corridor, located at 607 West Cook Street, is a triplex consisting of three two bedroom apartments for the homeless community. “The apartments are being made available to the homeless community who are able to rent the units at a subsidized rent,” explained Sylvia Bernard, Executive Director ...read more
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    Monday, February 12, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce was proud to help organize the 2018 Annual Police Awards, where we recognized local law enforcement for going above and beyond in the line of duty.  This year's award recipients included:EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER 1st Quarter Officer Zachary Robbins 2nd Quarter Officer Rafael Carrasco (not present) 3rd Quarter Officer Philip Dix 4th Quarter Detective ...read more
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    Thursday, February 08, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce was happy to welcome these members from January.CenCal TEK Tina Barnard 2771 Santa Maria Way, Ste B Santa Maria, CA 93455http://www.cencaltek.comCentral Payments – Santa Maria Agency Tim Mellin Santa Maria, CA 93454 (513) 302-2858http://www.cpay.comComcast Angela Hiyama 2323 Thompson Way Santa Maria, CA 93455-1050Dunkin’ Donuts Kirsten ...read more
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    Monday, January 29, 2018
    We recently helped Fix Auto Santa Maria (formerly known as Premier Auto Body) celebrate their name change with a ribbon cutting! Premier Auto Body had been around for 8 years when owner Hector Paz decided to change the name of the local auto body shop. “I decided to join a network and change our name to Fix Auto Santa Maria,” Paz explained. “in that change we have acquired four insurance ...read more
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    Monday, January 29, 2018
    The Chamber is thrilled to announce Paula Arnold of American Self-Storage as our Chamber Ambasador of the Quarter for October – December 2017! Paula Arnold has lived in California most of her life, making her a true California girl.  While her father was stationed at Vandenberg AFB, about 15 miles outside of Santa Maria. Paula attended local schools from the 2nd grade and making the move to the ...read more
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    Monday, January 29, 2018
    Young Professionals Spotlight: Natalie RucoboNatalie Rucobo   What is your profession/job title and how long have you been with the company? My title is Advancement Specialist. I have been with the Allan Hancock College Foundation for about a year and a half now. Prior to this I was with the American Cancer Society in San Luis Obispo County. What is your favorite thing about your ...read more
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    Monday, January 29, 2018
    Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2018 Learning through Youth and Education December’s Youth and Education Topic Day was a wonderful learning experience for Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2018.  On December 2, 2017, the group explored education and opportunities for the youth of our community. The first stop was St. Mary of the Assumption School where the Class was treated to a ...read more
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    Monday, January 29, 2018
    Board Member Profile: Donna Randolph, State Farm InsuranceDonna Randolph, State Farm Insurance What is your profession/job title and how long have you been with the company? I’m a proud State Farm Agent. What did you choose this profession? In high school at age16 I started as a student intern from ROP/Business class and 33 years later I own the agency. It’s a dream come true. Why do you ...read more
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    Monday, January 29, 2018
    Visitors Bureau Hits the Road, #SantaMariaStyle Industry Trade Shows Industry Trade Shows are one of the many working components within the Visitors Bureau services. Each year the Bureau, along with hotel partners, travel to industry trade shows that target various types of travelers. One of the primary focuses of the bureau is the meeting planner, which drives much of the mid-week business to ...read more
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    Thursday, January 18, 2018
        Urbane Cafe is located at 655 E. Betteravia Rd. in Santa Maria We recently welcomed Urbane Cafe to the Santa Maria Valley Chamber and the Santa Maria community with a ribbon cutting! Located at 655 E. Betteravia Rd. in Santa Maria, the newly opened restaurant serves up freshly made sandwiches, salads and soups. “Urbane Cafe is a fast, casual restaurant,” explained Christi Christian, Director ...read more
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    Friday, January 12, 2018
    Our Mission at the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is to be a… – Catalyst for business growth – Convener of leaders and influencers – Champion for a stronger community You may not have noticed … but the Chamber has been working hard on your behalf. Responding to our mission here’s a quick sampling of what we’ve been doing for members and the local business community recently.2017 ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Business Resources, Chamber News, Member News, Press Releases
    Monday, January 08, 2018
    AFLAC Associate Daniel Miller 3420 Orcutt Rd., Ste 206B Santa Maria, CA 93455 (805) 478-7376 Eddie San Jose – Caliber Home Loans Eddie San Jose 2615 S. Miller St., Ste 109 Santa Maria, CA 93455 (805) 288-6856www.caliberhomeloans.com/esanjose PB & Associates Real Estate Services 1619 S. Broadway Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 310-5430www.pbnassoc.com The Garden Mediterranean Restaurant ...read more
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    Monday, January 08, 2018
    This week, California businesses began to legally sell recreational marijuana in California. More than 400 state licenseshave been issued so far, but the rollout may be slow. Cities or counties must first approve commercial marijuana sales, and localities can choose to ban or restrict recreational marijuana shops. On November 8, 2016, Californians voted to pass Proposition 64, also known as the ...read more
    Categories: Business Resources, Chamber News, HR

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