30th Annual Local Heroes: Honoring Neighbors and Friends Who Make a Difference (Indy Staff)

Maggie Yates

Maggie Yates has been many things — a dog trainer, a matchmaker, and a singing telegrammist — but it only took her one college semester to realize she preferred theater to all else. Our roving theater writer began her career as a spotlight operator for the Shotgun Players in Berkeley. As she earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and a master of fine arts in writing, she learned to ignore comments from people in cafés: “At least you have waitressing to fall back on.” She creates pieces with Out of the Box Productions, too, which fills her with boundless enthusiasm for Santa Barbara’s arts community.

In Print

Shark Attack off Santa Cruz Island

Spearfisherman fought off hammerhead

A spear fisherman successfully fought off a hammerhead shark in the Santa Barbara Channel. Read story.

She Walked in Love and Joy

Barney's Beloved Wife, Sue De Lapa, Has Died

In all my half-century-plus in newspaper work, after many thousands of words, this is the hardest column I ever wrote. Read story.

Goleta’s Boom Times Keep Booming

175-Unit Old Town Village Project Wins Final — But Split — Approval

The 175-unit Old Town Village project wins a final — but split — approval. Read story.

Best of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll 2015

‘The Santa Barbara Independent’ Readers Vote for Their Favorite Places

‘The Santa Barbara Independent’ readers vote for their favorite places in town. Read story.

New Noise Music Festival 2015 Kicks Off

Seventh Annual Live-Music Event Takes Place October 15-18

In its seventh year, this multiday event devoted to great live music comes to our seaside berg October 15-18. Read story.

Big Kicks, Hometown Slap Shots, and Hoop Dreams

Roundup of Young Stars, First Hockey Goals, and What to Expect for UCSB’s Basketballers

Round-up of young stars, first hockey goals, and what to expect for UCSB’s basketballers. Read story.

UC Goleta?

What Could Possibly Go Wrong ... ?

What could possibly go wrong with district elections ... ? Read story.

Bad Karma for Bikram Yoga

Santa Barbara Studio Fends off Copyright Lawsuit

Santa Barbara studio fends off copyright lawsuit. Read story.

Caleigh Hernandez Puts Best Foot Forward

San Marcos High and Northwestern Grad Starts Socially Impactful Business in Kenya

San Marcos High and Northwestern grad starts socially impactful business in Kenya. Read story.

S.B. Soaring Association Hosts Film Fest

Hang gliders and Paragliders Take to the Big Screen October 10

Hang gliders and paragliders take to the big screen on October 10. Read story.

S.B. Musicians on the Rise

Check Out Some of the Newest and Best Bands in S.B.

Check out some of the newest and best bands Santa Barbara has to offer right now. Read story.

Dog Star Rising

Chum Vests and Assisted Suicide Bill

Talking chum vests and an assisted suicide bill. Read story.

Inside Santa Maria's ICE Machine

Media Tour the Debated New Building After Summer Opening

Media tour the debate new building after its summer opening. Read story.

LOL Comedy Festival’s Final Weekend

Cheech Marin, Chris Hardwick, and Andy Daly Headline Final Weekend

Cheech Marin, Chris Hardwick, and Andy Daly headline the final weekend. Read story.

Scientist and Dylan Judah Say Hello, World, to UCSB

KCSB’s Welcome Weekend Expands Horizons with The Lions and Cornerstone

KCSB’s welcome weekend expands horizons with additional sets from The Lions and Cornerstone. Read story.

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