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City accepting nominations from Hometown Heroes banner winners

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is once again accepting applications for its Hometown Heroes Banner program.

Eligible candidates for a banner include those on active duty or military veterans, first responders, and essential workers. In addition to placing a 3-by-6-foot banner in the Hometown Heroes hallway along major city streets, a commemoration will be given at a city council meeting.

The application deadline is March 18.

The Hometown Heroes Banner program was established in 2016 to honor military veterans in Santa Maria. The program has expanded during the COVID pandemic, spotlighting local heroes fighting closer to home.

For more information, contact the Recreation and Parks Department at 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.


Pirates Garage Car Show scheduled for Saturday at Santa Ynez High

Car enthusiasts from near and far are invited to attend or show off their vehicles at the ninth annual Pirate Garage Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the campus of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School.

The annual fundraising event, which benefits the Pirate Garage automotive technology program and the school’s racing team, offers students, teachers, school administrators and the general public a chance to show off their vehicles for a day – and a good cause.

Different types of cars will be represented as in past events which have included domestic and foreign cars, from antiques to latest models, muscle cars to sports cars, classics to daily drivers and off-road trucks to race cars on track.

The family event will include food for sale, live music, children’s activities and information booths as well as a fundraising raffle.

For more information or to register to show a car at the event, contact SYHS Automotive Instructor Gary Semerdijan at 805-895-5115 or [email protected]


A library will host a workshop of painted gardening pots

To celebrate the first week of spring, the Santa Maria Public Library will be hosting a free Painted Pot Gardening Workshop for adults on Saturday, March 19.

Library patrons are invited to create a one-of-a-kind garden pot in the library’s Shepard Hall, 421 S McClelland St., from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Participants will use paints to create a unique design for their pots, which can be used to grow flowers, vegetables or other plants.

All materials will be provided at the workshop, including soil and seeds for planting. Places are limited and registration is compulsory.

To register online, visit or call the information desk at 805-925-0994 ext. 8562.


The fire department is accepting requests for fireworks booths

The Santa Maria Fire Department is accepting applications for permits to operate fireworks stands ahead of the 2022 fireworks season.

Nonprofits have until March 24 to apply for permits to sell so-called safe and healthy fireworks that don’t explode or fly through the air.

The number of permits is limited and non-profit organizations authorized to sell fireworks in 2021 will be given priority.

To qualify, an organization must have its primary meeting location in Santa Maria, including Orcutt, be established for at least two years, and have at least 15 members.

The application is available online at Hard copies of the forms must be submitted in person to the Fire Administration Office at 314 W. Cook St.

Questions can be directed to the Fire Administration at 805-925-0951, ext. 2255.


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