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Love art? Then this is the perfect weekend to visit Santa Barbara. Does your kid love trucks and heavy equipment? All the better!

Walk the Artwalk

Celebrating its 30th year, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s popular Artwalk returns this weekend featuring the crème de la crème of local artists, both established and up-and-coming. Oak Group members are well-represented -- they paint and help preserve endangered landscapes -- along with artists working in all genres. Most of the show is indoors this year, with a few exhibitors outside, and there is a special Children’s Artwalk for kids.

Artwalk is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, free for kids under 12. No-host wine bar is available. (682-4711,

Hurricane relief

In response to recent hurricanes, a local nonprofit has arranged a benefit art show to aid relief efforts. Direct Relief provides lifesaving medicines to the stricken areas, including Florida and the Caribbean -- they’ve already sent nearly 10,000 pounds of supplies!

The Hurricane Benefit Pop-Up Art Sale is now in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Main Library. Artists from Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) have more than 100 paintings specially priced to help the cause. Forty percent of sales go to Direct Relief. Due to construction, use entrance at 40 E. Anapamu St. ( or

Art in the valley

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Goleta Valley Art Association doesn’t just paint the Goleta Valley, as you will see at their annual Stow House Art Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet the artists and buy from them directly, and see painting demonstrations. Admission is free. Live music sets the scene, tacos are for sale, and there’s a raffle -- all at the lovely setting of the historic Stow House. Take a guided tour of the house at 2 and 3 p.m., the cost is $5. (304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta, 564-3888,

Touch a truck

Kids can see, touch, get behind the wheel, honk horns and safely explore trucks, construction equipment and public safety vehicles at the PEP Touch-A-Truck event Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Campus of Santa Barbara City College. Firetrucks, police cars, emergency response vehicles, garbage trucks, tow trucks, U-Hauls and more are all gathered in one place. Admission is $20 for families, $5 for individuals, and parking is free. Proceeds support the services of PEP (Postpartum Education for Parents).

Kids can also meet great role models: the men and women who protect, serve, work, and build in our community. There’s a Fun Zone with bounce houses, face painting and water play. Truck Alley has vendors with all sorts of merchandise, construction helmets, hammers, trucker hats, T-shirts and more. Food and refreshments are available at the Truck Stop. There’s even a Quiet Hour (no horns or sirens) from 1 to 2 p.m. (721 Cliff Drive, between Loma Alta and Oceano,

Julia McHugh can be reached at