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THE LOS PADRES ARTIST GUILD presents Lisa Troth demonstrating gourd shaping and art June 13 at 7 p.m. at the Luis Oasis Senior Center, 420 East Soares Ave., Orcutt. Info: www.lospadresartistguild.com or 934-5835.
THE MARIAN CANCER CENTER, in cooperation with Allan Hancock College, presents a four-part lecture series titled "Living with Cancer" Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. through June in the Community Education Building, Hancock College, building S, rooms 108 and 109. Info: 739-3780.
THE CITY OF SANTA MARIA Recreation and Parks Department offers voice classes for those 18 years and older through July 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Elwin Mussell Center, 510 East Park Ave., Santa Maria. Cost is $51 for city residents, $63.50 for non-residents. A "Cooking 101, or What To Do in a Kitchen" class for adults is Thursdays, through June 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elwin Mussell Center, 510 East Park Ave., Santa Maria. Cost is $26 for city residents, $32.25 for non-residents, and includes a $30 materials fee. Info: 925-0951, Ext. 260 or Ext. 264, or www.ci.santa-maria.ca.us.
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FREE ART INSTRUCTION classes presented by the Cuesta College Emeritus Program are for adults older than 50 Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 13 through Aug. 7 at the Grover Beach Community Center, 1230 Trouville Ave., Grover Beach. Info: 546-3121.
THE EXPLORATION STATION offers a Super Sitter class instructed by the American Red Cross June 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach. Cost is $35. Babysitter kits are available for $10. Class members must be at least 11 years old. Info: 473-1421.
EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS for inventors, entrepreneurs, new product developers, and creative individuals that feature expert speakers and resources meet every first Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. for the public at the eastside branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library, 1100 E. Montecito St. Info: 879-1729.
SMALL BUSINESS START-UP WORKSHOP features successful business speakers and how-to information on starting a business every second Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Santa Maria Town Center mall. Reservations: 925-2403, Ext. 812.
BUSINESS SKILLS OPEN LAB offers free computer classes for all levels, including classes in MS Word 2002, Power Point, Internet Explorer 6, and more. Offered by Allan Hancock College Noncredit Education and Community Programs. Santa Maria. Info: 922-6966, Ext. 3209.
NOONTIME TOASTMASTERS CLUB shows that the fear of public speaking is easily fixed while having fun. For gentle, caring, and constructive help, drop in every Thursday from noon until 1 p.m. at Bakers Square, 1841 S Broadway. Santa Maria. Info: 886-6343.
RANCHO DE GUADALUPE HISTORICAL MUSEUM features displays of memorabilia and photographs from the early days of Guadalupe. The museum is located at 1005 Guadalupe St. and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment. The historical jail is open the last Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Polaroid "jailbird" pictures are available for $2. The jail is at 4555 Ninth St. Info: 343-5901.
GUADALUPE CULTURAL ARTS & EDUCATION CENTER features information and exhibits on the history of Guadalupe and surrounding areas. It also features information about cultural awareness and the diverse community groups. The center offers arts, presentations, and educational classes. It is located at 1065 Guadalupe St. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 343-2939.
WATERCOLOR PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED is offered by the Santa Maria Parks and Recreation Department Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Elwin Mussell Center, 510 E Park Ave., Santa Maria. Cost is $57.25, $46 for city residents. Info: 925-0951, Ext. 260.
GENSPAN A.P.P.L.E. PROGRAM (Adults Providing Positive Learning Experiences) seeks volunteers to work with Santa Maria Valley area school children. Volunteers assist as mentors in classrooms and help students with reading, writing, and more. No special skills are required. Info: 614-4968.
SENIOR CONNECTION is an information, referral, and assistance program of the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens. New classes are forming for people interested in volunteering to help senior citizens in the community. Info: 928-2552 or 1-800-510-2020.
AIDS PROJECT CENTRAL COAST needs volunteers to assist with clients and staff, help with the Necessities of Life Pantry in Santa Maria, help during testing, assisting clients with transportation, deliver pre-bagged groceries to homebound clients, and more in the Santa Maria and Lompoc areas. Info: Judith, 349-9947.
SANTA MARIA INCLUSIVE LEARNERS (SMILe) meets every Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to discuss academic enrichment, and engage in social interaction and fun. All home educators and alternative learners welcome. Info: 938-1307.
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS offers free disaster services classes to the public. Info: 928-0778.
THE SANTA MARIA VALLEY DISCOVERY MUSEUM is at 705 S. McClelland St. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: www.smvdiscoverymuseum.org.
COMMUNITY CPR AND FIRST AID classes are offered by Fast Action Safety Training. Classes can be taught in schools, churches, businesses, or community centers. Classes are also offered in pet first aid and workplace safety. Spanish courses also available. Info: 929-0921.
RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (R.S.V.P.) knows of a vast number of volunteer opportunities and can match just about any skill or interest you have with a community need. Info: RSVP, 922-9931.
SANTA MARIA CITY HALL TOURS are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, hosted by city staff. Call to book a tour: 925-0951, Ext. 200.
COELHO ACADEMY OF MUSIC offers a variety of music lessons including keyboard, drums, guitar, and vocal. "Worship training center" and "rock school" available. The academy is located at 325 E. Betteravia Rd., Suite B-4. For scheduling, additional fees, and other information, call 925-0464.
LEARN ENGLISH with free classes at Allan Hancock College's Santa Maria campus, Building W, Room 11, 800 S. College Dr., Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. Info: 922-6966, Ext. 3299.
LOMPOC CITIZENS' POLICE ACADEMY is a nonacademic informational course hosted by the Lompoc Police Department, conducted every Thursday over a 15-week period. Class size is limited to 25 students. Participants must be at least 14 years of age, have no felony arrest history, and not have been arrested for any charge within the past three years. All applicants will be screened prior to admission into the class. Pick up an application in the lobby of the Lompoc Police Department or call 736-2341.
NEW LIFE DIVORCE CARE MINISTRY offers video seminars on divorce care. Info: 937-0077. Or to find a nearby group, call 489-3254, Ext. 10.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE conducts free tours on the base every second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. through the public affairs office. Tours last about two hours and include a visit to the Heritage Center for a look at how the base evolved, plus space and missile artifacts. Make a tour reservation three weeks in advance by calling 606-3595.
BUELLTON SENIOR CENTER serves the Santa Ynez Valley with one-to-one computer tutoring for seniors age 55 and older. Learn at your own pace. Specialized equipment is available for low-vision and physically impaired seniors. Info: 688-4571.
GENSPAN FOUNDATION is seeking volunteers for its "Story Catchers" program. Training is free. Info: 614-4968.
VOICE-OVER WORKSHOP teaches the basics of copy interpretation, microphone technique, taking direction, and understanding the audition process. Class meets for four weeks in Oceano. Info: 489-9326.
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