Popular Santa Maria band Steppin’ Out will entertain visitors at Allan Hancock College’s 1st Friday Artisan Market on Friday, April 3, 2015. The student-organized farmers’ and artisan market runs from 4-7 p.m. on the college’s Santa Maria campus in the parking lot between Community Education (Building S) and the Humanities Complex (Building C). The community event, which features fresh, locally-grown produce, crafts and specialty goods, is free and open to the public.

More than 40 vendors will set up booths at the event. Local farmers, photographers, painters, jewelers, potters and specialty food vendors will be on hand. Guests will be able to purchase items such as locally-grown produce, loofah sponges, handmade soaps, homemade jam and sausages.

“The 1st Friday Artisan Market project is an opportunity for the college and community to come together on campus in support of entrepreneurship in the Santa Maria Valley,” said Anne Cremarosa, who teaches the business and entrepreneurial classes organizing the market. “We are really excited about bringing Steppin’ Out to 1st Friday this week because the group’s presence will take it to the next level as a true community event.”

Steppin’ Out was voted the number one band in Northern Santa Barbara County by Santa Maria Sun readers. Led by Mike Arriola, the seven-member group specializes in R&B music that spans generations’ worth of dance music from the ‘70s to the present day. The band will perform from 5-7 p.m., and there will be plenty of space for dancing.

The event will also feature a spring eggstravaganza. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to take pictures with children. There will be an Easter egg scavenger hunt and face painting.

Organizers are still accepting additional vendors. The rental fee is $15 per booth.

For more information, contact Cremarosa at acremarosa@hancockcollege.edu or call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3418.