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Library to Host Author Open Mic

Carpinteria Community Library will host Local Authors Open Mic on Saturday, March 25 at 3 p.m. The free event is open to anyone who would like to read their writing aloud or listen to others read aloud. Authors should submit their work in advance to Submissions should be a maximum of 1,000 words or seven minutes worth of text. Poetry or prose, fiction or nonfiction, all genres of writing are welcome.

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Senior Programs Kick Off this Week

The rain and cold failed to dampen the spirits of the Carpinterians who came out on March 21 for the first day of Active Adult & Senior Services programming held at the Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. The twice weekly program, led by the City of Carpinteria, begins with time for socialization, snacks, and hot coffee provided by Starbucks. The first day included a discussion of future programs, bingo and a fall prevention neuroplasticity class led by Cyndi Macias, owner of The Gym Next Door, who will lead a class every Tuesday at 11 a.m. Programming takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Girls Inc., 5315 Foothill Road. For more information and a March calendar of events, visit

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Large Eucalyptus Falls in Storm

A large eucalyptus tree fell this morning, March 21, in Linden Field. The massive blue gum that was growing near the trail alongside Tomol Interpretive Play Area fell during high winds. No one was injured in the fall. When the ground is saturated from rain, trees become highly vulnerable to wind. Please be aware of this potential danger and try to stay off the roads as much as possible during today’s storm.

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Flood Watch Issued for SB County

An atmospheric river storm is expected to arrive in Santa Barbara County tonight, March 20, and is forecast to bring strong winds, localized and coastal flooding, and the possibility of isolated thunderstorms.

  • A FLOOD WATCH has been issued countywide effective the evening of Monday, March 20 through Wednesday morning, March 22. Avoid low-lying and flood-prone areas, areas with standing water, and areas near creeks or streams. If you are in one of these areas be prepared to go to higher ground.
  • A HIGH WIND WARNING is also in effect for the Cuyama Valley area for Tuesday, March 21.

Evacuations are NOT being issued at this time. Public safety officials will continue to work together to further assess if any protective actions are necessary.

Residents should take steps to prepare ahead of the storm.

  • Preparedness tips and resources can be accessed through the link in our bio.
  • If you are concerned that this storm may cause unsafe conditions to your home, leave the area before rain starts. Do not wait for an official evacuation notification to leave.
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City Council Honors Chuck McQuary

At its March 13 meeting, the Carpinteria City Council honored Chuck McQuary for serving as the City of Carpinteria’s Representative on the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District Board of Directors for the past 16 years. Chuck was appointed to the position after working for Santa Barbara MTD and South Coast Transit. He brought extensive knowledge of transit systems into his role as the City’s representative, and he made valuable contributions through improved in transit operations and increased ridership.

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April Recognized as Carpinteria Beautiful Month

April 2023 has been designated as Carpinteria Beautiful Month, and the City urges all residents to share in the observance of this month by making a personal commitment to enhance the beauty of their own properties and neighborhoods for the benefit and enjoyment of all. At the March 13 City Council meeting, representatives from the Carpinteria Beautiful organization donated $500 toward planting street trees (pictured above), which brings the organization’s total donation toward street trees in 2023 to $1,000. Carpinteria Beautiful volunteers work year-round to keep Carpinteria “clean, green and beautiful” by removing graffiti, filling the doggie bag dispensers, and providing Adopt-a-Spotters and Trash Mob volunteers to keep the City litter-free. For members of the public to get involved, consider joining Carpinteria Beautiful and the City of Carpinteria at their Community-wide Clean-up Day on Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Parking Lot No. 3, next to the Amtrak Station.

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Girls Inc’s Women of Inspiration to Honor City Staff Member & Commissioner

Tickets are now on sale for Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s freshly formatted Women of Inspiration event on Monday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s Women of Inspiration honorees are City of Carpinteria Planning Commissioner Jane Benefield and Carpinteria Community Library Program Specialist Jena Jenkins. Designed to empower and inspire, the half-day retreat features breakout growth sessions and a community keynote lunch. Renowned comedian and author Katie Goodman will deliver the keynote, and strong, smart and bold professionals Marisol Alarcon, Sonia Aguila, Danielle Bordenave and Lauren Bragg will lead hands-on workshops. Learn more about the event and purchase tickets at

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Registration Now Open for Junior Lifeguard Tryouts

Is your child interested in becoming a Junior Lifeguard? Sign-ups are now up for Junior Lifeguard (JG) tryouts, which will be held on multiple dates in April and May. Junior Lifeguards is a half-day summer program held at Carpinteria City Beach. Participants develop new aquatics skills, compete in friendly beach and ocean competitions, and deepen their appreciation and knowledge of marine and coastal ecosystems. Tryouts for the program are required for anyone who is a first-time JG or Mini JG participant. Children who have participated in mini JGs must tryout for JGs. Each child will be expected to complete a timed swim, a timed water treading test and an underwater push-off test. Tryouts take place at Carpinteria Community Pool, 5305 Carpinteria Ave., kids must be signed up for a tryout date and time in advance. Children who successfully complete the tryouts, and anyone who has already participated in JGs, may register for the program beginning on May 30. Details about JGs, JG tryouts and how to sign up are available at .

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Planning Commission to Hold Special Meeting on the Housing Element Update 2023-2031

The City of Carpinteria Planning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on the Housing Element Update 2023-2031 on Monday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. At the hearing, the Commission will review comments from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the City’s revised draft 2023-2031 Housing Element addressing comments from HCD and other parties, receive additional public comments, and consider a recommendation to the City Council for adoption of the Housing Element.

Members of the public may attend the meeting at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. or view the meeting live at, on Government Access Television Channel 21 or by logging into the Zoom webinar. Additional details and numerous ways for the public to provide comments can be found at Comments posted on social media will not be provided to commissioners.