Awareness Issue 2021: Language barriers to reporting domestic violence, the increase in incidences of later-stage cancer, and high school students who are getting the word out about partner violence

October shines a national spotlight on two things we should be paying attention to year round—breast cancer and domestic violence awareness. As a way of helping to get the word out, Staff Writer Bulbul Rajagopal wrote about language and cultural barriers Asian American and Pacific Islanders face when it comes to reporting domestic violence, Staff Writer Malea Martin covered the consequences of a lack of breast cancer screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Assistant Editor Peter Johnson spoke to Lumina Alliance volunteers about the zine they created to increase awareness about intimate partner violence.

Awareness Issue

Autumn Arts Annual 2021

Music, makers, masters, and more are heading your way this fall
Summer's over.

Autumn Arts Annual

Back on campus: For Student Guide 2021, we talk Cal Poly women's volleyball, renting outdoor gear, COVID-19 rules, and dining out

It's hard to believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is still here as students start the 2021-22 school year. But it is, and we're getting you prepped for what to expect in our annual Student Guide issue.

Student Guide

Education Today 2021

It's that time of year again: back to school time. And this year, kids actually get to start the year in classrooms!

Education Today

55 Fiction 2021: Find winners of the shortest story contest ever

It doesn't sound like much, but 55 words can cover a lot of ground. The shortest stories in the universe tie up loose ends, surprise people, kill people, and love people.

55 Fiction

Winning Images 2021: Check out our annual photography contest's winners

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then we've got 32,000 beautiful, captivating, intimate, and skillfully wrought "words" for you this week.

Winning Images

Food & Drink 2021

This year's annual Food and Drink issue comes out just as restaurants and bars can serve more customers with fewer restrictions.

Food and Drink Issue

Summer Guide 2021: With pandemic limitations easing, this summer's alive with events and activities

It's been a long year already, and it's only May. But things are looking up because the world is starting to reopen just in time for summer. And if you're trying to figure out what's up, then you've come to the right place.

Summer Guide

Pride 2021

In this year's annual Pride issue, Assistant Editor Peter Johnson speaks with Cal Poly staffer Sam Byrd about connecting LGBTQ-plus students with the greater SLO community; Staff Writer Kasey Bubnash writes about a new Hometown Radio segment dedicated to all things trans and queer; and Staff Writer Karen Garcia takes you inside Skipper's Brew, a safe space for the LGBTQ-plus community.

Pride Issue

Best of SLO County 2021 Virtual Publication

We asked you to dust off your gloves, shine your cleats, and find the winners in our community. And you did just that in this year’s annual readers poll!

Best of SLO

Menus Spring/Summer 2021

The Central Coast Guide to All Things Food and Drink


Spring Arts Annual: As the pandemic surge lulls, both virtual and in-person arts activities are ready to bring you joy

New Times' annual Spring Arts issue brings you arts, music, and craft events from across the Central Coast. With the pandemic still going but possibly waning, arts events continue to be mostly virtual, but some in-person events are happening too!

Spring Arts Annual

Health and Wellness 2021: COVID-19 has impacted people physically and mentally, changing the way we eat, cope, and exercise

It's nearly impossible to talk about public health right now without discussing COVID-19.

Health & Wellness

Volunteers 2021

In our annual Volunteers Issue, Assistant Editor Peter Johnson talks to the El Camino Homeless Organization about its new North County shelter and Staff Writer Kasey Bubnash writes about senior services organizations struggling to provide the same level of care with higher demand and fewer volunteers.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast: Connections 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast has been a valuable partner in helping kids succeed for over 54 years!

Boys & Girls Club

Last-Minute Gift Guide 2020

For this year’s Last Minute Gift Guide, we are showing you where to get that holiday shopping out with a focus on local, local, local—whether it’s online or in person, curbside, delivery, or in-store.

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Holiday Guide 2020: Find hope, tips for having hard conversations, local feasting options, and more

It's going to be a strange holiday season, with limited, socially distanced, outside gathering recommended for normally boisterously big family get-togethers.

Holiday Guide

2020 New Times Music Awards

The winners!
Let Glen Starkey introduce you to the first place winners! Stream the playlist on Spotify!

New Times Music Awards


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