Mission gala

Old Mission Santa Inés will host its annual Fiesta celebration on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 12:30 until 6:30 p.m. on the meadow adjacent to the church. The day includes a whirlwind of entertainment, delectable foods, crafts and game booths for kids and adults alike. For a second year, there will be craft booths, many featuring jewelry, stoneware, ceramics, postcards, purses, scarves and more. Entertainment of the day includes the T-Bone Ramblers, Soul Mates, Tormenta Nortena, Santa Ynez Valley Jazz Band and Fiesta Dancers.

Raffle tickets for a grand prize of $5,000 are being sold for $2 each or a book of 12 for $20. Tickets are available at the parish office or during Fiesta. They carry a 10% discount coupon redeemable at a variety of local businesses. The annual Fiesta celebration is Old Mission Santa Inés’ largest fundraiser and monies raised are used for ongoing restoration projects. The Mission receives no state or federal funds for restoration and maintenance.

Rodeo meeting

California High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA) District 7 will hold a general membership meeting Sunday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Madonna Inn. Returning members as well as junior high and high school students who are interested in participating in high school rodeo are invited to attend. The meeting will kick off the 2012-13 season, which includes nine rodeos.

For additional information, visit www.chsradist7.com or contact Stacey Nance, District 7 membership secretary, at staceynance@mac.com.

Community grants

Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association (SYVHA) executive director Mary Harris announced, “at the Aug. 2 meeting, members of the SYVHA board awarded $23,000 in community grants to non-profit organizations in the area. Previously in March 2012, the board awarded $14,300 and in May 2012 awarded $13,000. The year-to-date total of 2012 Community Grants awarded is $50,300 with two more grant periods left this year.” During 2011, the first year of SYVHA Community Grants, a total of $74,600 was awarded to more than a dozen Santa Ynez Valley non-profits.

In February, the SYVHA board unanimously confirmed a new Community Grant Award process. Applications are accepted from Santa Ynez Valley non-profit organizations throughout the year and awards are made five times per year for events that can attract overnight visitors mid-week.

Official SYVHA Community Grant Award application forms are available by contacting Mary Harris at mary@syvha.com or calling (805) 325-3528. Remaining deadline dates for 2012 award applications are September 15 and Nov. 15. Grant awards are made during the following month’s SYVHA board meeting; open to the public and set for the first Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott on McMurray Road in Buellton.

Lompoc art

Lompoc Valley Art Association announces a call for entries for their Fall Show. Area artists 16 years and older are invited to submit an entry to a judged show that will run from Sept. 25 to Oct. 28. The prospectus is available online at lompocvalleyartassociation.com or at Cypress Gallery, 119 E. Cypress Ave., Lompoc, Tuesday through Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded, first place will receive $300. Awards will be presented at a reception at Cypress Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 6, between 2 and 4 pm. Entries are due on Monday, Sept. 24.

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 222.sbcanimalcare.org or call (805) 260-2386.

Scholarship Day

Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab is hosting its seventh annual “Scholarship Day” to bring together community support to hard-working, college-bound employees. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, Doc Burnstein’s donates 100% of the day’s sales to a Scholarship Fund to be distributed among the eligible employees. This is the first year Doc Burnstein’s is open in a second location in Old Orcutt. To be eligible, employees must be enrolled in college-level courses, have a 2.75 GPA and worked at Doc Burnstein’s for more than 500 hours. The Old Orcutt location at 168 W. Clark Ave., Orcutt is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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@sbchoral.org. 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 auditions@sbchoral.org to arrange another date. For those interested in learning more about SBCS, visit www.sbchoral.org.

An affair to remember

The 11th annual “A Western Affair” is on the horizon for Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Hearst Ranch in Old San Simeon Village. The event celebrates Western heritage while benefitting the California’s Rangeland Trust.

What’s cooking

Arts Outreach invites interested male chefs to cook up their favorite recipes at the 21st annual fundraiser, “Real Men Cook.” This year’s event is set from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Flag is Up Farms in Solvang. Tickets are $60 in advance, $65 at the door.

Real Men Cook is a fundraiser for the Santa Ynez Valley nonprofit arts organization Arts Outreach that is dedicated to “bringing art to life and life to art.” Activities include elementary school classroom workshops and on-going art curriculum led by artists-in-residence; summertime arts and drama programs; after-school Arts; semi-monthly Elder Arts entertainment; and the annual Applause Young Artists program.

Those interested in taking up the challenge can call Arts Outreach at 688-9533 or obtain an entry form at www.artsoutreach.com.

Car show, swap meet

The 10th Annual Santa Maria A’s All Ford Car Show and Swap Meet is slated for Saturday, Sept. 8, in Old Town Orcutt at the Orcutt Union Plaza, 201 S. Broadway.

The swap meet opens at 7 a.m. followed by the show at 8 a.m. Admission is free. The day includes live music, prize raffles and breakfast. The event benefits the Allan Hancock College Automotive Program scholarships.

For more information, contact Curt Warner at (805) 478-1231 or Jay McCord at 598-8133.

Fighting cancer

The American Cancer Society is inviting community members to band together and create or join a team for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Santa Ynez at 9 a.m. on Oct. 6 at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, 2975 E. Highway 246.

To learn more or to get help, call anytime day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.