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THE SANTA MARIA VALLEY YMCA AND ONE WAY BOARDSHOP present a skate contest June 14 with registration at 9 a.m. the contest starts at 10 a.m. at the YMCA, 3400 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria. Info: 937-8521 or smvymca.org.
THE DUNES CENTER presents a summer solstice full moon hike June 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunes Center, 1055 Guadalupe St., Guadalupe. Info: 343-2455, Ext. 203, or www.dunescenter.org.
A MEN'S AND WOMEN'S BEACH FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE with four-on-four teams, no contact, is every Sunday at the beach in front of the Sandcastle Inn, Pismo Beach. Cost is $3 per player. Rain cancels. Registration: 489-1340.
ARK TENNIS LESSONS for third through eighth graders are Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Joseph High School. ARK Tennis camps are also available for beginning/intermediate players. Info: 934-9911.
THE PISMO NATURE CENTER offers hikes and talks throughout the week. The Pismo Nature Center is located at 555 Pier Ave., Oceano. Info: 772-2694.
CACHUMA LAKE'S Eagle Cruises are offered Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. until noon and 2-4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays Cost is $15 for adults, $7 for kids. Info: 686-5050 weekdays, 686-5055 weekends. Cachuma Lake also has a Nature Walk every Saturday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. starting at the Cachuma Lake Nature Center. Cost is free not counting the park's $8 parking fee. Info: 688-4515 or visit cachuma.com. Cachuma also has a Junior Ranger Program where kids can learn about wildlife and caring for the environment on Saturdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $2 per kid. Info: www.cachuma.com.
CENTRAL COAST PEREGRINE PATHFINDERS is a local walking club seeking to promote walking as a non-competitive and family-oriented sport. Monthly walks are offered throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Info: 688-4065.
THE FIVE CITIES SWIM CLUB offers summer swim lessons for 3-month-olds to adults. Registration can be made Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. A swim team meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Physical Education classes for home-schooled children available. The Swim Club is located at 425 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande. Info: 481-6399.
SIERRA CLUB, Los Padres Chapter, Arguello Group, meets the third Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Lompoc on Berkeley Dr. just off S. 7th Street. Info: 736-4124.
SEDGWICK RESERVE offers hikes for the public led by trained volunteers on the second Saturday of each month. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the hike is at 9 a.m. Hikers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, and lunch. The reserve offers a wide variety of landscapes and habitats and is located in the Santa Ynez Valley. A $10 donation and reservations are required. Info: 686-1941 or email@example.com.
ARROYO HONDO PRESERVE DOCENT-LED HIKES are the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. until noon in a serene setting along the Arroyo Hondo Creek and its neighboring ridge tops, near the Gaviota coast. Experience picnics and visits to the historic adobe and discovery center. Recommended tour donation is $5. Reservations required: 567-1115.
SHINJIN KARATE offers a special "Kid-Karate" program for ages 5-7. Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5 p.m. at 720 S. Frontage Rd., # 108, Nipomo. Samurai Sports or Chanbara Classes are for ages 8 through adult Mondays from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Karate classes for ages 8 through adult meet in the afternoon and early evenings Mondays through Thursdays. Four free introductory classes available to new students ages 5 through adult. Info: 931-0683.
THE TAILWINDS BICYCLE CLUB invites anybody to ride with them. They have a variety of different rides. For a full schedule, visit www.tailwindsbc.org.
TENNIS LESSONS are offered to ages 5 and older Thursdays and Saturdays at the Maramonte Community Center, 620 E. Sunrise Dr., Santa Maria. Various times are available. Hosted by the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department. Cost is $34.50, $28.50 for city residents. Info: 925-0951, Ext. 260.
PROFESSIONAL TENNIS TRAINER Davide will keep you in shape and improve your game while challenging you to new levels. Everyone is welcome to participate in private or group lessons at reasonable rates for beginning through advanced players. Info: 458-4008.
PERFORMANCE ATHLETICS offers all ages and levels of gymnastics, up to level 10, beginning and intermediate cheerleading classes, including competitive cheer squads, dance classes, including beginning jazz and beg combo, martial arts, and baton twirling. Center located at 720 Aerovista Place, Suite C, San Luis Obispo. Call for specific class times. Info: 547-1496.
YOGA CLASSES help improve flexibility, strength, and balance and are offered Mondays, June through August, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 E Park Ave., Santa Maria. Cost for the four-week session is $32.25 ($26 for city residents). Info: 925-0951, Ext. 260.
YOGA CLASSES at the Lompoc Valley Community Center teach safe and gentle exercises to strengthen, relax, and improve alignment, flexibility, balance, and control. Classes are held Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., and continue every month. Fee is $30 per class. Info: 875-8100.
TAE KWON DO CLASSES are offered for ages 6 and older every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Atkinson Community Center, 1000 N. Railroad Ave., Santa Maria. Sponsored by Santa Maria Parks and Recreation Department. Cost is $44.75, $36 for city residents. Info: 925-0951, Ext. 260.
KARATE DO CLASSES teach self-defense and self-confidence and are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Minami Community Center, 600 W Enos Dr., Santa Maria. Beginners meet from 6 to 7 p.m., and advanced levels meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Open to ages 7 and older. Cost for the four-week session is $52.50, $42 for city residents. Info: 925-0951, Ext. 260.
FULL CIRCLE AIKIDO in Grover Beach offers safety, fitness, and self-esteem for ages 6 and up. Free introduction. Info: 473-9745 or fullcircleaikido.org.
SENIOR SOFTBALL for men and women ages 50 and older. Come by Hagerman Softball Complex, Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a game of softball. Info: Wes, 928-4496 or Ruth, 925-8364.
PAUL NELSON AQUATIC CENTER offers youth water polo classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Making Waves and deep-water walking exercise classes are available Mondays and Wednesdays. The center is located at 516 South McClelland St. General admission is $2.50, and senior admission is $1.25. Info: 925-0951, Ext. 252. (For info on swim conditioning, Ext. 123. For info on water polo classes and water exercise classes, Ext. 260).
SANTA MARIA 4-WHEELERS meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Info: 928-7532.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA offer Cub Scout Packs or Boy Scout Troops for fathers and sons in the community. Info: 925-1955 or liveoakbsa.org.
YMCA SKATE PARK offers a variety of areas for skaters of varying proficiency at the Santa Maria YMCA, 3400 Skyway Drive. The park boasts a 12-by-3 vertical pro ramp, a street course with 6- and 11-foot ramps, and more. Helmet, knee, and elbow pads are required and are available for rent. Normal park days are Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sundays from noon until 6 p.m. Info: 937-8521.
THE FIVE CITIES TENNIS ASSOCIATION offers many tennis related activities. Membership cost is $25. Info: www.fivecitiestennis.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPOKE'N WORD meets twice a month for a fellowship ride through the countryside. Sponsored by CHARIS, the United Methodist Church in Nipomo, the group gathers on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Meet at the CHARIS offices at 151 W. Dana St., Nipomo. Morning prayers begin at 8 a.m., followed by a ride. Info: 929-8018.
FREE FRIDAY FLICKS features films about wildlife and discussions, plus popcorn, cookies, wine, and soft drinks, free of charge on the first Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Wildling Art Museum's administrative offices, 2948 Nojoqui St., Suite 4, Los Olivos. Info: 688-1082.
NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE CIRCLE meets the first Saturday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. Call for location. Info: 938-0141, 598-0903, or theflutecircle.com.
NIPOMO NATIVE GARDEN works to preserve 12 acres in Nipomo as native land. The garden is located on Osage Rd. off of Camino Caballo. Monthly work day is the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers welcome. Info: 929-6710 or 929-3589.
THE LOMPOC VALLEY BOTANICAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY meets the third Sunday of each month September through May at the Lompoc Methodist Church, corner of W. North and N. F streets. Info: 735-3974.
THE CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY offers a variety of field trips, events, and meets in San Luis Obispo. Info: 733-3189.
ORCUTT GARDEN CLUB meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Oak Knolls Haven Retirement Center 4845 S. Bradley Road. All interested gardeners welcome. Info: 937-1861.
THE LUFFA FARM, 1457 Willow Road, Nipomo. Open hours for the public are Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Group tours and catered luncheons are available. Info: 343-0883.
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