The Numbers Game

On June 12, the National Endowment for the Arts released a study that named the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc metropolitan area as the nation’s ninth-largest concentration of working artists. For a full rundown of the report, visit

Welcome to Paradise

The historic Paradise Store & Grill (1 Paradise Rd.) has recently come under the ownership of Priscilla Susman and Mark Presley. The newly reworked space will be hosting free live music throughout the summer months, with Captain Bentley’s Wild Adventure and The Grasshoppers kicking things off next Friday, July 4, at 1 p.m.

Wet Paint

Artists wishing to participate in the Lompoc Mural Society’s 16th Annual Mural in a Day event on Saturday, September 6, have until Thursday, July 31, to apply. The theme of this year’s mural is History of the Wine Industry in the Lompoc Valley, and interested partiesshould call Ann Thompson at 757-8260 or Vicki Andersen at 588-3459, or email or No mural experience is required.


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