Red Kettle Campaign Chairman Cozetta Blow greets customers as she rings a bell at the Vons in Lompoc. At left, Maurita Jaurequi of the Salvation Army rings a bell for donations in Santa Maria. //Ian Gonzaga/Staff

They’re not jingle bells or silver bells, but the ding-a-ling chime from Salvation Army bell ringers heralds the coming of Christmas just as effectively.

Nipomo’s Cami Castillo try’s to take the ball from Cabrillo’s Taylor Wagonseller during the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Classic Thursday. //Photo by Phil Klein

In the closing minutes of the Cabrillo/Nipomo girls basketball game, Cabrillo head coach Mark Tasch was yelling, “Anybody but her! Anybody but her!” from his side of the gymnasium.

Lompoc’s Erica Elenes tries to shoot over Righetti’s Linsey Avila during non-league girls water polo action at Righetti High. Elenes scored two goals and even played goalie in the first quarter, saving six shots. //Bryan Walton/Staff

With two new head coaches, the Lompoc and Righetti girls water polo teams are still trying to get used to changes in the learning curve.

The annual Nativity Pageant scheduled for tonight at Solvang's outdoor Festival Theater has been canceled because of rain, and this evening's Santa Ynez Valley Jazz Band concert has been moved from tonight to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Solvang Park.