Diane Adam Keeps Her Focus on Family, Community and Philanthropy

By Ben Romo Ben Romo: Welcome to Diane Adam, fourth-generation Central Coast resident, community leader and — as I’m sure she lists first on her résumé — a former classmate of mine. Diane is what I call a “network weaver,” someone who uses her skills and connections to help strengthen our system of education and […]

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Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Unveils Space Shuttle Exhibit

Replica orbiter first part of Vandenberg Launch Experience after educational partnership pact By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor A space shuttle exhibit has landed at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum with an unveiling Wednesday night when officials also revealed a new educational partnership with Vandenberg Air Force Base. Military representatives and Discovery Museum […]

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Noon Year’s Eve Celebration Caps Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s 20th Year

By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor [Click here for a related Noozhawk photo gallery.] Armed with creatively crafted noisemakers and recently made party hats, children rang in the new year while dancing at noon Saturday in Santa Maria. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum hosted its annual Noon Year’s Eve party, a family celebration […]

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Kids Learn to Catch Some Air at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Exhibit

Air Pollution Control District-sponsored exhibit uses floor-to-ceiling pneumatic tubes to teach lessons about the movement of air A young girl waits to catch a yarn ball as air shoots it from the Catching Air exhibit at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo) By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor | […]

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Energy Partners Fund Awards $80,000 to STEM Programs

The Energy Partners Fund, a committee advised fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation, awarded $80,000 to educational programs and organizations focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The grants were presented recently at Presqu’ile Winery in Orcutt. The Energy Partners are a diverse mix of oil and gas companies, local businesses and community organizations […]

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Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Cooks Up Camps for Fun, Education

The organization marks its 20th year with new exhibits, including Catching Air, a ‘new favorite’ for people of all ages By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor A cooking camp set for next week at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum will help youths find out that food can be healthy, tasty and fun. The […]

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Santa Maria Park Filled with High Flying Fun

By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor | @JaneneScully Hundreds of people on Sunday harvested the Santa Maria Valley’s plentiful spring wind into fun as kites of all shapes and sizes filled the sky above Rotary Centennial Park. Adults and children took their turns at flying during the seventh annual Free Family Kite Festival, organized […]

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Youths Ring In 2016 At Discovery Museum

By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor Generous helpings of glitter and glue were in use Thursday as dozens of young partiers prepped for the big countdown — to noon. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum again hosted a Noon Year’s Eve celebration for youths to ring in 2016, albeit a bit early. A craft […]

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Discovery Museum’s Lightsaber Lessons Awaken The Force

By Janene Scully, Noozhawk North County Editor While some moviegoers stood in line Thursday afternoon, a handful of Star Warsfans undertook epic, enthusiastic and energetic lightsaber battles on behalf of the galaxy. The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum hosted Princess Leia and her Jedi knight Thursday afternoon as some young fans watched — and participated — […]

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Superheroes Vanquish the Heat at Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Fun Run

Superheroes of all sizes and ages donned their capes and other gear Sunday morning to converge on the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum for a unique mission: Have fun while getting fit. [Click here for a related Noozhawk photo gallery.] The Discovery Museum’s second Super Hero Fun Run/Walk lured approximately 100 participants decked out in various costumes. […]

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