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County sees 2 new deaths from COVID-19 on Friday

On Friday, the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health reported two new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 662.

Both people were between the ages of 50 and 69, according to county public health data. One was a resident of Santa Maria and the other lived in the southern region of the county, including Summerland, Montecito and Carpinteria.

Twenty-one county residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 — the county’s lowest levels since July 2021 — including seven in the intensive care unit, county data shows.

The daily case rate in the county is also at its lowest level since July 2021, at 5.3 cases per 100,000 population this week. Test positivity, at 2.6% this week, is at its lowest level since October 2021.

Authorities continue to urge all residents age 5 and older to get their full vaccinations and booster shots when eligible to prevent serious illness and death from the virus.

To find a COVID-19 vaccine nearby, visit or call the county hotline at 211.


PCPA Presents Author Discussion, The Road Home, Sunday at City Hall

PCPA host a community discussion, The Road Home, featuring nationally acclaimed authors Francisco Jimenez and Octavio Solis at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo St.

The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are required to wear a face covering when inside.

The Conversation is one of many free community events related to the performance of Solis’ play”Mother road“, which is played at the PCPA in Santa Maria from Saturday, March 12.

The discussion will be moderated by Samuel Duarte, a local poet and director of Family Service Agency, where featured authors will discuss their literary works inspired by author John Steinbeck and life on the Central Coast.

Jimenez will share stories from his childhood, immigrating with his family to California from Tlaquepaque, Mexico as a child working in the fields.

His works include “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child”, which has been published in over 50 literature anthologies, and a number of award-winning books. He is currently Professor of Modern Languages ​​and Director of the Ethnic Studies Program at Santa Clara University.

Solisa prominent Latin playwright, is the author of more than 20 plays and has received numerous grants and awards for playwriting.

He grew up in the borderlands of El Paso, Texas, and is the author of a recent memoir “Retablos, Stories of a Life Lived Along the Frontier.”


Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast to hold annual dinner and auction

the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast will hold its annual dinner and auction on April 9 at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria after a two-year hiatus.

The event, themed ‘An Evening in the Tropics’, will feature a silent auction with prizes including a dinner prepared by a private chef, fun trips for families and a VIP experience at a concert by Terry Lawless.

Guests will be welcomed at 5:30 p.m. with champagne and music in the hotel’s atrium before dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.

“I have supported Boys and Girls Clubs for over 20 years and am so grateful that we can introduce this wonderful organization to our generous and loyal supporters,” said Paula Van Galio, event chair. “Our committee has worked hard to organize a fabulous event that will support the wonderful children served by the club, but also celebrate how hard we have all worked over the past few years.”

Tickets are $150 per person, or $1,500 to reserve a table for 10. To purchase tickets, visit or call Kelly White O’Neill, Director of Marketing and Donor Communications, at 805-354-7433.


The Treasure Sale will be back on March 19

The annual Treasure Sale organized by the Rancho de Guadalupe Historical Society will be back on March 19 with an eclectic lineup of items.

Residents and collectors can attend the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veteran’s Hall, located at 1025 Guadalupe St.

The event, which acts as a annual fundraiser for the historical societyis being detained for the first time in three years after being prevented by COVID-19 restrictions.

During this period, the inventory has grown to include antiques, jewelry, handbags, old tools, books, a five cents with children’s items and household, retro, international and seasonal.

Cash will be accepted as well as checks accompanied by an identity document. No debit or credit card purchases will be allowed.

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