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Events this weekend in Santa Barbara reaffirm the “wonderfulness” of the region, including a concert by talented youngsters, a celebration of Native American culture and history, a play based on a beloved holiday movie and several activities honoring veterans.

'Wonderful Life'

The heartwarming story of George Bailey is performed live, but with a twist: It’s staged as if it is a 1940s-style radio broadcast, complete with a sound-effects man and commercial breaks. “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is being performed through Nov. 18 by the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Theatre Arts department. Remember, “no one is a failure who has friends.” Performances at SBCC’s Jurkowitz Theatre are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Buy tickets online at

Chumash culture

The region’s indigenous peoples come together on Saturday for an all-day celebration of their culture, and invite everyone to join in. “Supak’a: Sharing Chumash Culture,” at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a collaboration between the Barbareno/Ventureno Band of Chumash Indians, Northern Chumash Tribe and Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Enjoy singing, dancing, storytelling, basket weaving, crafts, games and more. Learn how the Chumash communities are still a vital part of the Central Coast community. Plus, there’s free admission to the museum all day. (682-4711,

Youth concert

The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, comprised of talented young musicians aged 12 to 18, performs a free concert  Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Lobero Theatre. Enjoy Brahms’ Academic rousing Festival Overture, selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and Czech composer Josef Suk’s lively Scherzo Fantastique. Sofia Malvinni is soloist in Max Bruch’s exciting Violin Concerto No. 1 -- quite an accomplishment for a seventh-grader! Andy Radford conducts. (963-0761,

Honor veterans

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Acclaimed documentary “Thank You for Your Service,” featuring local vet William T. Rodriquez, is screened Friday at 7 p.m. at the Granada Theatre. Admission is $10 at the door. Don’t confuse this with a Hollywood drama with the same name. This powerful film examines the mental health crisis in the U.S. military.

Veterans are honored with two ceremonies Saturday at the Santa Barbara Cemetery at 10 a.m. with the Santa Barbara Choral Society performing and at 11 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Presidio with Los Soldados del Real Presidio de Santa Bárbara in period costumes.

The Veterans Day Parade starts at noon on Sunday and includes World vehicles, Huey helicopter, and heroes from all branches of the military. Flyovers by historic military aircraft are expected. At 1:30 p.m., skydivers from the Patriot Parachute Team perform in the sky above the waterfront, landing on Cabrillo Boulevard near State and Castillo streets. A Salute to Vets, at the nearby Carriage Museum, runs from noon to 5 p.m. with live music, food, displays, and more. It benefits local area vets and their families. Admission is $5. (

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