Children and adults watch in delight as animals at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero rip open gifts during the annual Holiday Magic event on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Some animals got tasty treats, while others got new toys.
Activists with Direct Action Everywhere and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) protest in front of the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The group said they were protesting “the unnecessary and cruel confinement of animals in zoos." “There is no reason that a zoo in Atascadero should have a tiger," one activist said before the protest.
Hoist camera view of an injured firefighter being pulled up into a helicopter during the Thomas Fire in the Toro Canyon area of Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County. Video was posted on Dec. 12, 2017. The firefighter was taken to the hospital.
When Arroyo Grande drama teacher Robyn Metchik retired in 2012, her former students wished her the best — including Zac Efron, who took a break from his press tour for "The Lucky One" to surprise Metchik. Here's what the SLO County native had to say.
The Thomas Fire has reached Santa Barbara County and the smoke plume spread over San Luis Obispo County on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Here's a look at the skies over Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and elsewhere.
Hundreds stroll Vine Street in Paso Robles to see decorated Victorian homes, visit with Santa, enjoy caroling, free goodies, and even a parade. In a yearly favorite, Ebenezer Scrooge comes out of his house again to grouse and shout "go home!" to delighted children.
The Thomas Fire has reached Santa Barbara County and the smoke plume is spreading over San Luis Obispo County. High winds through the night pushed the now 173,000 acre toward Carpinteria, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.