Music on the Green

Thursday evenings throughout the summer in front of New Frontiers. Featuring an all-natural beef, chicken and vegetarian barbecue, including side salads, melon, drinks and old-fashioned Ice Cream Social, with free ice cream for all. This year’s lineup is: Aug. 2 - Cuesta Ridge, Aug. 9 - The Honeycombs, Aug. 16 - Doug Groshart, Aug. 23 - The Grasshoppers.

Aug. 4 and 5

Valleystock, a Santa Ynez Valley celebration, music festival and fundraiser, will be held out at Live Oak Camp. 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 be providing BBQ dinners Sat-Sun with a Sunday morning breakfast. Price per adult is $60, which includes admission to Live Oak (camping optional), all meals, live music. Optional pricing available. 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 info, call 245-8994 or email

Thursday, Aug. 9

Valley-wide Parent Teacher Association, Parent Teacher Organization conference at Santa Ynez High School from 10 a.m-noon. This is the first time this type of meeting will be held and if the response is positive there could be more. It will be a great opportunity to meet parents from other local schools, as well as share ideas and resources. The meeting is open to the public and all Valley schools’ 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 more will address topics such as school safety, grant opportunities for local schools, healthy foods for growing minds, valley-wide calendaring opportunities and much more. For additional information, contact Jacque Wagstaffe at 895-8556, Kristen Thomsen at 688-2881 or Anita Brau at 689-3788.

Saturday, Aug. 18

26th Annual Los Olivos Quick Draw and Art Auction from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring artwork by 25 nationally recognized artists. A preview wine and dessert reception to be held on Friday, Aug. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church; music provided by Jerry Coelho. On Saturday, artists and crowds will gather in the Lavinia Campbell Park at 10 a.m. at the corner of Grand and Alamo Pintado avenues at the flag pole. The Quick Draw competition will begin at 11 a.m. The live auction will begin at 12:15 p.m. The silent auction will be at the Grange Hall from 9 a.m -2:30 p.m. Other works by the artists will be on display and available for sale at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church parish hall from 1-5 p.m., with a reception for the artists from 2-4 p.m. Stop by the Rotary food booth and purchase a lunch item from their barbecue selection. For more info,

Saturday, Aug. 25

Boot Scootin’ Boogie is again being presented by the Auxiliary of Atterdag Village of Solvang. Great barbecue by the Vikings; line and square dancin’ with lots of help with those dance steps! Silent and live auctions; Western costumes encouraged. Vets Hall, 5:30 p.m., $50/pp includes dinner and one drink. If you have questions, contact Linda Johansen at 686-1644.

Sept. 21-23

Karen Browdy, “Invent & Redo: Extreme Makeover in Collage” weekend retreat. $425 includes 10+ hours instruction, all meals except Saturday evening, two nights lodging, 2/room. The C Gallery. Call 344-3807 or email

Out of town

Friday, Sept. 28

10th Annual Santa Maria A’s All Ford Car Show and Swap Meet in Old Town Orcutt around the Orcutt Union Plaza at 201 South Broadway. Swap Meet opens at 7 a .m., show opens 8 a.m., free admission, benefiting the Allan Hancock Automotive Program Scholarships. $20 advance registration, $25 at the door. Live music, raffle with many prizes, 50/50 raffle, grand raffle prize. Breakfast available by the American Legion. Curt Warner 478-1231 or Jay McCord 598-8133

Saturday, Sept. 8

Sunset International Wine Competition from 5:30-10 p.m at Dinosaur Caves Park, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach. Exclusive reception hosted by Sunset Wine editor Sara Schneider and editor-in-chief Kitty Morgan. Guests can indulge in an exquisite wine and food pairing dinner and dance. Fresh regional cuisine will be prepared by top local chefs led by marquis chef Gregg Wangard of Marisol at the Cliffs Resort; Vons executive chef Jeff Anderson; executive chef Robert Trester of Gardens of Avila at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and their colleagues from Splash Cafe, Cracked Crab, Steamers and Ventana Grill. Later, guests will dance under the stars at the internationally inspired after-party with popular LA DJ, D-Fuse. Relax in the warm Indian Summer weather while staying at their choice of one of Pismo Beach’s oceanfront lodgings, just steps away from an array of restaurants and downtown tasting rooms, including the artisan wines of Sans Liege. Additionally, guests can venture out to tour and taste in the Edna Valley at wineries like Claiborne & Churchill, Tolosa and Bailyeana just minutes away. Tickets start at $50 for the grand tasting and $125 for an all-inclusive evening of tasting, dining and dancing. To find an array of lodging specials in Pismo Beach, visit


Step Aerobics Classes have stood the test of time. While other exercises classes have come and gone. Step provides people with the results they are looking for. Join Lena, Fridays at 9:35 am. Beginners welcome. Advanced Step Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and Mondays 5:30 p.m. with Lisa. Performance Fitness, 320 Alisal Rd. Ste. 406. Solvang. 686-2900.

Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise – Fridays 3-5 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. - noon and 3-5 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. - noon. 2-hour cruises that focus on nesting birds, other local wildlife, flora, cultural history, and geology. $15/adults $7/kids (4-12 years old, please, no children under 4). Reservations: 686-5050 weekdays, 686-5055 weekends. $8 Park Admission per vehicle. 688-4515 or visit and click on “Calendar of Events.”

The Vineyard House Restaurant for Jazz Under the Stars Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Music on the front deck, dinner is served, $3 per person entertainment charge added to the guest check. All money goes directly to musicians. On Friday and Saturday nights, from 6-8 p.m., Rex Harte entertains on the piano, playing his style of jazz renditions. On Sunday, brunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Bob “Mr. 2000 tunes” Riley plays big band and showtunes on the piano. There is no cover for either of these events. 350-0284.


Nar-Anon support group for families and friends of addicts meets every Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the Solvang Alano Club, 320 Alisal Road, Solvang. For more information call 698-0495.

United Voluntary Services rolls bandages for Direct Relief International the first Monday of the month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Ynez mobile home park and the fourth Monday of the month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Janin Way. For information, call Mary at 686-1965.

Al-Anon step study meeting at noon at the Solvang Alano Club, 320 Alisal Road, Solvang.

Global Gardens Organic Food Tasting, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Los Olivos. $3 pp, Mon-Sun, 693-1600.


Preschool Storytime: 11 a.m. Stories, songs, & fun for little ones. Stay for a craft afterward and make a new friend! Solvang Library 688-4214.

Santa Ynez Christian Women’s Connection meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Little Red House, 555 Atterdag, Solvang from 9:30-11 a.m. $5.00 Donation. Child care is provided; please contact Mary at 693-0244.

Solvang Rotary Club, Alisal River Grill Restaurant, 7:15 a.m.,

Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe, Wine and Art, 5-7 p.m. Meets the first Tuesday of every month.


Coastal Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Ellen’s Pancake House in Buellton, in the back room, 6:30 p.m. A support group for parents who have sons and/or daughters currently serving, or who have been medically or honorably discharged from the five service branches of the United States, as well as the National Guard, Reserve and the Merchant Marines. Contact, Janet Harrison, or 736-6910.

Al-Anon support group for families and friends of alcoholics meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Solvang Alano Club, 320 Alisal Road, Solvang. For information call 350-2029.

Al-Anon support group for families and friends of alcoholics meets every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. at St. Marks in the Valley, 2901 Nojoqui Way, Los Olivos. For more information call 757-7783

Open Mic Night/Songwriter Showcase/Blues Jam. Dave Smith host. Singers and musicians welcome. Solvang Brewing Company, 7:30-10:30. 1547 Mission Dr., Solvang.

Jodi House, a support program for people recovering from brain injury and stroke, meets on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. at the SYV NonProfit Support Center, 595 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang. Family members welcome. Call (805)563-2882 for details.

The Soul Food Book Club chooses books with a spiritual focus or a valuable life lesson. We meet once a month, the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s in Los Olivos. For more information, call Paulette Miller at 688-0936.

Solvang Third Wednesday returns June 16th just in time to celebrate summer with a variety of opportunities to shop, wine and dine. Tickets are $20. For more information, contact Susan Williams at or Linda Jackson at

On-going Drawing classes with Connie Rohde. Beginners 9 a.m.-noon; intermediate 6-9 p.m. Continental breakfast at morning break. Evening tea/coffee and cakes at break. The C Gallery, Los Alamos. 344-3807,

Support the Troops Packing Day - 4th Wednesday of each month, 1 p.m. SYV Womens’ Club, 533 Atterdag, Solvang. 686-7976.

Farmers Market Certified Organic. Solvang, 2:30-6 p.m. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc, 688-0701.

Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Cafe’s Tailor to your Taste, 5-7 p.m., Choose from five wines and hors d’oeuvres, $15 pp.

SYV Rotary Club meets at the Buellton Marriott, 12:15 p.m.,


Wandering Dog Wine Bar’s Blind Tasting 4-8 p.m. Cost is $15 pp. Check our website for each week’s theme

Co-Dependents Anonymous meets every Thurdsay at 5:30 p.m. at the Solvang Alano Club, 320 Alisal Road, Solvang. For information call 688-2233.

Support the Troops Game Day - 2nd Thursday of each month, noon to 3 p.m. $5 donation - snacks, drinks, fun and friendship - Nextrain, Bridge, etc. SYV Rancho Mobile Estates Clubhouse. Sonnie Lindquist, 686-7976.

SYV Women’s Club Duplicate Bridge - 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, noon to 3 p.m. For beginners, SYV Womens’ Club, 533 Atterdag, Solvang. Sonnie Lindquist, 686-7976.

Los Olivos Rotary Club meets, Los Olivos Grange, 5:30 p.m. 688-0658.

Valley Wind Ensemble rehearsal, 7 p.m., SYV High School Music Room, 688-8728.

Buellton Rotary Club meets, Marriott Hotel, Buellton, noon. 688-1000.


weekly at 3-5 p.m. for
men & women who have recently lost 
a loved one.
SYV Presbyterian Church,
1825 Alamo Pintado Road,
Solvang. Call Mary 693-0244.

Al-Anon support group for families and friends of alcoholics meets every Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Solvang Alano Club, 320 Alisal Road, Solvang. For more information call 688-3917.


The Saturday Los Olivos Farmers Market has returned from 9 a.m.-noon. Corner of San Marcos Avenue and Alamo Pintado Road.

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk and Junior Ranger Program: one-mile walk, 10-11:30 a.m. Junior Park Rangers Program (ages 3-12) 12:30-1:30 p.m. Kids under 10 must be with an adult. Learn about wildlife, caring for the environment, and earn a badge. For more information please call,688-4515, or you can visit our website at

Woodworking Class — Decorative box making, veneering, inlay, parquetry, traditional wood finishing, 9 a.m. Edward Jorgensen, Master Cabinetmaker. 325-3645 days.

Investor’s Roundtable: Markets and the Value of the Dollar. 3 - 4:30 p.m. The Investors’ Roundtable welcomes both novice and veteran investors to informal presentations and discussions. Meets on the second Saturdays of each month at the Solvang Library - check with Solvang library for dates.


Kids, come check out the Awana Clubs at Trinity Baptist Church for games, Bible lessons 6:46-8:15 p.m., K-2 and 3-6 grades, 1693 Laurel Ave., Solvang, 688-8750,

First Sunday monthly at 1 p.m. at The Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez. Live-Music, arts and raffles. Enjoy your lunch at The Hayloft Grill. Fundraiser for disabled children in SB County. For information, call 245-8494.

Gambler’s Anonymous meets at Lompoc Valley Alano Club at 2 p.m. every Sunday, at 119 North D Street. For info, call 737-3969.

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