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The Valley Journal office will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the holiday.


Holiday parade

The Rotary Club of Solvang invites everyone to enjoy its 4th of July Parade at 11 a.m. The theme this year is: “Let freedom ring.”


Rona Barrett

On June 20, the Rona Barrett Foundation and Golden Inn & Village project partners appeared before the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission. The commission unanimously voted in favor of the initiation of a General Plan Amendment and Rezone of the Santa Ynez Valley site now in escrow as the future site of the Golden Inn & Village, an innovative community-based housing and care model for low-income seniors.

The initiation of the General Plan Amendment and Rezone will include a re-evaluation of the land use designation and zoning of the property to enable the development of the site to accommodate independent living for low-income seniors, assisted living and memory care for seniors as well as affordable housing for Golden Inn and other local employees and their families.


Jazz under the Stars

The 14th year of “Jazz under the Stars” at The Vineyard House restaurant in Santa Ynez. Every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30, dinner guests will enjoy the sounds of local jazz musicians.

There is a nominal $3 entertainment fee charged per person and reservations are recommended. For more information, call Jim Sobell at (805) 350-0284.


Holiday picnic

There will be a Patriotic Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Waller Park, Lakeside Terrace in Santa Maria. The event, sponsored by Santa Maria Valley Republicans, includes trip-tip dinners for $15 apiece; and a hot dog meal, for kids 12 and younger, for $1.

For tickets, call Mary Lou Los at (805) 714-3846 or Sharon Wheeler at 937-9440.


Setting up camp

“Wild West” summer camp at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum is on the horizon for July 9-13. In its third year at the Historical Museum, this popular camp offers campers an opportunity to have fun while learning the crafts and culture of a bygone era.

Sessions are a week long and geared to ages 7-11. Cost is $125 per child; snacks and beverages are provided. To register a camper or to request a camp brochure, call the museum at (805) 688-7889 or visit website at www.santaynezmuseum.org.


At the museum

Escape summer’s heat and stop in to view the new exhibition, “Wesley Anderegg: The Escape Artist,” at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art. The opening reception is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 7. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to meet and celebrate with the artist. A free gallery talk with Anderegg is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Elverhoj is open Wednesday through Sunday afternoons: Wed-Thurs 1 to 4 p.m., Fri-Sat-Sun noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the Museum at 1624 Elverhoy Way in Solvang, go to www.elverhoj.org or call 686-1211.


Pops in the Vineyard

The Pops in the Vineyard concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Tres Hermanas Vineyard & Winery. The program will feature a 50-member orchestra under the baton of Maestro John Farrer performing pops music with its theme as A Salute to America.

Ticket prices range from $85-$15 depending on seating and amenities. Table seating (tables of 10) options include champagne tables, premium party tables, party tables and lawn seating.

Guests may bring in picnic lunches and snacks; no alcoholic beverages may be brought into the venue. The concert will wrap up a three-day event which hosts the Chardonnay Symposium on Friday and Saturday, June 29-30.

For more information, contact Donna Beal at (805) 938-1620, (805) 252-2530 or www.santamariaphilharmonic.org.


Take a swim

Join us for JDRF Central Coast Council’s Family Networking Event, swimming at the Lompoc Aquatic Center, 10 a.m. to noon (swim until 11:30 a.m.) Saturday, June 30, at 207 W. College Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436.

Free for JDRF Families. RSVP by Monday, June 25, to OutreachEvents@jdrf.org.


Autism night

The Santa Barbara Zoo stays open late for two after-hour events in July: Autism Family Night is slated from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, and Special Needs is set from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19.

Admission for adults and children is $10 apiece. Zoo members receive free admission. For more information, visit www.sbzoo.org or call (805) 962-5339.


Treasure Collectible

The Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary is sponsoring a “Treasure Collectible” drop on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to noon in support of the Atterdag Serendipity Shoppe. You are asked to drop off your treasures at 448 Atterdag Road on the grass area in front of the Serendipity Shoppe. Auxiliary members will be there to greet you.

Contact Linda Johansen should you have any questions at 686-1644. If you are unable to drop off your items, limited pick up service would be available.


Chair Faire

Everyone is invited to participate in the Los Alamos Chair Faire, on Saturday, July 28, a community event and fundraiser. Now in its third year, planning is underway with new attractions being added.

Entry fees are 2 chairs for $15; 4 chairs for $25, and eight chairs for $35. Winners receive gift certificates from Los Alamos merchants as prizes. Winning Art chairs will also be featured in next year’s publicity. Judges will be highly acclaimed in their field of expertise. Entry fee proceeds benefit the Olga Reed Elementary School in Los Alamos, while all earnings from sales of chairs go to the sellers.

For entry forms and more information, visit the C Gallery website at www.thecgallery.com/chairfairemain.html or call (805) 344-3807.


August gala

Valleystock, a Santa Ynez Valley celebration, music festival and fundraiser, is slated for Live Oak Camp on Aug. 4-5. The idea grew out of a Facebook page started by an ex-Valley resident.

Currently, there are 10 bands scheduled to perform with more being added weekly. Any local musicians or groups interested in donating their talent and time to this charity event, use the contact information below. The Santa Ynez Elks will provide barbecue dinners Saturday and Sunday with a Sunday morning breakfast. Price per adult is $60, which includes admission to Live Oak (camping optional), all meals, live music and other activities. Optional pricing available (see registration form).

Money raised at Valleystock will go to benefit various SYVUHS Music and Arts Programs. Registration forms can be obtained at local businesses with the Valleystock poster, or online at http:www.syvelks.com/valleystock2012.html. For more information or questions, call (805) 245-8994 or email firkin@verizon.net.


Bike trek

Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People (PHP) has opened registration for its 3rd Annual Wine Country Bike Trek (WCBT). The Wine Country Bike Trek will be conducted June 29-30 and July 1, and its home base will again be Midland School in Los Olivos.

For more information about the ride, visit www.winecountrybiketrek.com or call (805) 938-1620. For more information about PHP, log onto www.syvphp.org.