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COUPON CLIPPERS

Attention moviegoers: Metropolitan Theatres is now offering drastically discounted rates for Tuesday film showings. Throughout the day, kids (ages 2-12) and seniors (60+) can catch a flick for only $5. Adult tickets run for $5 ‘til 6 p.m. and jump up to a still-discounted $7 after that. For more info, visit metrotheatres.com.

FIND YOUR MUSE

For those looking to make it in the writing world, Thursday, October 8, marks the start of a six-week workshop geared toward scribes of all walks. Published authors Jane Heller and Melodie Johnson Howe lead these intimate classes, touching on everything from blogging to scriptwriting. Email info@themusemadams.com or visit themusemadams.com for info.

SCENE STEALERS

PCPA recently picked up a whopping 11 awards from StageSceneL.A. for its summer 2009 theater season. Among the winners were the company’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Best Musical Direction, Best Musical Ensemble) and Les Miserables (Best Performance for a Lead Actor). For the full list, visit stagescenela.com.

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Mark Hartwig Named Santa Barbara County’s New Fire Chief

He comes from San Bernardino and has a background in emergency medical services and disaster readiness.

Evacuation Order Lifted for Santa Barbara County

Decreased rain forecast prompts all clear.

Saving Downtown Santa Barbara with Consultants

City Hall hires a private firm to craft a strategic plan.

Two Suspected Gang Members Arrested in Isla Vista

They were apprehended after a short pursuit.

Man Charged with Felony Child Endangerment After Tense Police Standoff

Max Tracy locked himself and his infant in their apartment and threatened officers.