Parents and teachers

A Valley-wide Parent Teacher Association/Parent Teacher Organization meeting is set from 10-12 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Santa Ynez High School board meeting room.

The hope is to encourage networking of all Valley schools parents, teachers and administrators to share ideas and resources, said Kristen Thomsen, one of the organizers of the event. “This is the first time this type of meeting will be held, and if the response is positive there could be more.”

The meeting is open to the public and all Valley school’s parents, teachers and administrators (elementary through high school) are encouraged to attend. Guest speakers from the 15th District PTA, Sheriff’s Department, high school, People Helping People, Valley Foundation and others will address topics such as school safety, grant opportunities for local schools, healthy foods for growing minds, valley-wide calendaring opportunities and more.

For additional information contact Jacque Wagstaffe at 895-8556, Kristen Thomsen at 688-2881 or Anita Brau at 689-3788.

Computers for Families

Computers for Families, a program of Partners in Education and the County Education Office, issued a call for donations of used computers from the community to support local students, families and schools.

Computers for Families seeks to bridge the digital divide that separates school children with access to technology from those without. Computers donated by businesses, individuals, or organizations are refurbished by adjudicated youth at Los Prietos Boys Academy. The computers are then provided to low-income fourth-through-sixth graders along with training and educational software.

Each year, some 600 new students and families enter the program, usually in the fourth grade, in Carpinteria, Goleta, Hope and Santa Barbara school districts. Pentium 4 computers, laptops, monitors, mice, keyboards and power cables are all needed. Anyone interested in learning more about the program or making tax-deductible computer donations was asked to contact Kristine Mainland White at 964-4711, ext. 5400. More information is available at

CERT training

The City of Solvang in conjunction with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will offer CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training classes beginning Mondays from Aug. 20 to Oct. 15, from 6-9 p.m. at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Building.

The final class will include a disaster drill. Space is limited to 30 students. The cost for the class is $40, which covers an emergency kit. The class is open to all residents of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Those interested in enrolling are encouraged to contact City Hall at 688-5575.

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.

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.

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

For more information or questions, call (805) 245-8994 or email

Sing a song

The Santa Barbara Choral Society (SBCS) is holding auditions for new singers from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito.

Experienced singers interested in joining the 100-voice chorus for its 2012-13 season, are encouraged to schedule an audition now by contacting Ann Fryer, SBCS audition secretary at: Auditions will be held for all voice parts; a limited number of paid section leader positions may be available.

This fall, the Choral Society marks its 65th year of consecutive performance and the 20th year under the baton of music director JoAnne Wasserman. Weekly rehearsals take place at the Music Academy’s Lehmann Hall on Wednesdays from 7-9:30 p.m. Singers who are interested but can’t be at the Aug. 18 audition should contact to arrange another date. For those interested in learning more about SBCS, visit

Pet fair

“A Cause 4 Paws,” the 11th Annual Pledge Walk, Pet Fair & BBQ is set for Sunday, Sept. 9, at Pioneer Park in Santa Maria. Check-in is from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by the walk at 10:15. Barbecue tri-tip sandwiches will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit or call (805) 260-2386.