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Chumash job fair scheduled for April 12 at community center

Chumash Enterprises will host a career fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the Veterans’ Memorial Community Center in Santa Maria.

Chumash Enterprises aims to fill more than 200 full-time and part-time vacancies, according to a company spokesperson.

Recruiters and hiring managers will be present and provide on-the-spot offers to qualified candidates, the spokesperson said. Applicants are encouraged to apply online at before attending the job fair and are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring valid identification and several copies of their resume.

According to the announcement, full-time Chumash Enterprise employees receive competitive pay, paid time off for work-life balance, incentive programs, employee discounts and a host of benefits. benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, 401(k) with matching funds program, tuition reimbursement and free shuttle service to and from the Chumash Casino Resort for residents of Lompoc and Santa Mary.

In December, the tribe raised minimum wage rates for entry-level untipped positions to $17 per hour and began offering part-time positions starting at $22 per hour.

The Veterans Memorial Community Center is located at 313 W. Tunnell St. in Santa Maria.


Rec on the Move activities scheduled throughout the month

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department will continue to offer its free after-school program to students ages 6-12 throughout the month.

The Rec on the Move program takes place from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations around the city: Mondays at Buena Vista Park, 800 S. Pine St.; Tuesdays at Tunnell Park, 100 N. Palisade Drive; Thursdays at Newlove Community Center, 1619 S. Thornburg St.; and Fridays at Russell Park, 1000 W. Church St.

Avril will offer several Easter-themed activities, starting with “bunny” sack races during the week of April 4th. This will be followed by Egg Drop Challenges and Spoon Balancing Relays, culminating in Capture the Egg games during the week of April. 25.

Rec on the Move is a drop-in program, which requires no registration and is part of the Recreation and Parks Department’s mission to enrich the lives of Santa Maria residents through quality recreation programs and services.

Questions can be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.


NatureTrack Film Festival postponed, will return in 2023

This year’s NatureTrack film festival in Los Olivos has been postponed to 2023, according to founder Sue Eisaguirre.

“In order to move forward from the past and ongoing impacts of the pandemic and restore our home base, we believe it is prudent and pragmatic to give our fledgling efforts the opportunity to bounce back so that we can come back with a fabulous NTFF fifth anniversary,” she said.

In the meantime, NatureTrack’s documentary “The Accessible Outdoors,” which was co-produced with Golden Cage Films, is making its rounds at film festivals and garnering accolades along the way, a spokeswoman for the organization said.

So far, the film has won Silver in the Short Documentary category at the Hollywood Independent Filmmaker Awards and Festival and Best Documentary Film at the Oregon Short Film Festival. Additionally, the Oregon Documentary Film Festival nominated the film for Best Director, and the British Columbia Environmental Film Festival awarded the documentary an honorable mention.

Other nominations include Best of the Festival at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival and Best Documentary Short at the Los Angeles Indie Short Fest and Flathead Lake International Cinemafest.

The “Accessible Outdoors” documentary will screen at the Green Film Festival and the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in April, the spokeswoman said.


Junior Giants back for another year of free baseball

Junior Giants baseball league returns to Santa Maria for another year of free kids baseball.

The program offers non-competitive co-ed baseball for youth ages 5-13 on behalf of the San Francisco Giants Community Fund and the Santa Maria Parks and Recreation Department.

Registration for the baseball league can be completed at and ends April 30. Practice will begin on June 6, before opening day on June 25.

The program was designed by the professional baseball team for local agencies, families and volunteers to come together as a community to provide youth with a chance to learn the basics of baseball while working on development of character, important life skills and control and motor function.

Questions can be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.

Jill E. Washington