Thursday, Dec. 13

Western Dressage Clinic. Hosted by the Fillies, Santa Ynez, Contact Nicole Chastain Price at nicole@nicolechastain.com or call 217-7433.


Saturday, Dec. 15

Solvang Julefest Presents The Community Nativity Pageant. Two shows at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free for the whole family. A staged presentation of the Nativity Story featuring live animals, musical accompaniment, shepherds, kings, angels, staring Baby Jesus and narration by Efrem Zimbalist Jr.. 2nd Street, Solvang. Warm clothing is suggested. If raining, location will be changed to Solvang Presbytarian Church.


Saturday, Dec. 29

Los Olivos and Santa Ynez libraries invite families to visit and enjoy drop-in Winter Crafts. Children can make an acorn top or decorate a frame with acorns at Los Olivos library from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Acorn toy tops are made by inserting a small twig into a (predrilled) hole in an acorn. The picture frame craft will be designed and decorated by each child with Valley and Live Oak acorns, and acorn tops, pine cones, and other materials from local native plants. At Santa Ynez Library, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., children can make a Chumash bullroarer, with designs inspired by traditional Chumash symbols and decoration. Bullroarers were used to warn Chumash people of danger and to call to people together for gathering and ceremonies. The decorated stick is attached to a cord and swung around to make a unique sound. Los Olivos Library is located in the Grange Hall at 2374 Alamo Pintado Ave. in Los Olivos; Santa Ynez Library is at 3598 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, next door to the SYV Historical Museum. Both craft events are free and open to the public. For more information on these programs, contact the Solvang Library at (805)688-4214, or visit the library system’s website SBPLibrary.org. All library programs are free and open to the public.


Dec. 29-30

Dressage clinic with Olympian Jan Ebeling, Santa Ynez, Contact Nicole Chastain Price at nicole@nicolechastain.com or Lisa Teske at Lkteske@aol.com


Friday, Jan. 4

Parks and Rec invites you to join us on a trip to the Country Gospel Concert in Pismo Beach. We will stop at McClintock’s before the music starts for a hearty meal. The bus leaves the Buellton Rec Center at 3:30 p.m. and returns after 9. The cost is $10 and includes transportation and entry. Those interested in going on this uplifting toe-tapping time can sign up and pay online at buelltonrec.com or by calling 688-1086.


Saturday, Jan. 12

Western Dressage Clinic and Symposium featuring the 2013 tests and rules. Santa Ynez. Contact nicole@nicolechastain.com or call 217-7433.


Thursday, Jan. 31

Santa Barbara County Fair is now accepting independent exhibitor applications for the 2013 Santa Barbara County Fair. The Santa Maria Fairpark will accept the applications until Jan. 31, 2013, at 5 p.m. Independent exhibitors must be at least 9 years of age by Jan. 1, but not older than 18 prior to Jan. 1, to be eligible to show for the 2013 Santa Barbara County Fair. Independent Exhibitor applications are now required and available at the Santa Maria Fairpark administration office or online www.santa mariafairpark.com. The Santa Barbara County Fair will be held July 10-14 at the fairpark. All entries must be entered online by May 17. Online entry receipts and entry fees (if required) are due by 5 p.m. on May 18 in the administration office located at 937 S. Thornburg, Santa Maria, CA 93458.


Out of town


Friday, Dec. 14

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program’s “Toys for Tots” Cruise Night. 5-8 p.m. JR’s Drive-In Burgers, 603 E. Main St. Santa Maria. Drop off a toy, buy a burger from the Car Hop and enjoy the old cars. Donate a new, not gift-wrapped toy worth at least $10. Toys can also be drop off at the JR’s during regular business hours.


Dec. 15-18

Living Nativity Drive-Through: Road to Bethlehem, 6 - 8 p.m. Admission is free. First Baptist Church, 2970 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria, 937-8405, www.fbcsantamaria.com. Serving free hot chocolate to you in your car.


ONGOING EVENTS


A raffle for a Miniature Museum Exhibit is underway and runs through March 31, 2013. Purchase a ticket for $10, with 10% going to the American Red Cross. The exhibit depicts copies of art work from the 17th Century through the Art Deco period. For more information and to register, visit www.minimuseumexhibitraffle.com. Or send a check, including phone number, to E. Langtree Raffle, P.O. Box 1616, Santa Ynez CA 93460.


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 www.cachuma.com and click on “Calendar of Events.”


The Vineyard House Restaurant for Jazz Under the Stars Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. Music on the front deck, dinner is served, $3 per person entertainment charge added to the guest check. Friday nights, 6-8 p.m., Rex Harte entertains on the piano, playing jazz renditions. Sunday, brunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., No cover. 688-2886.


Mondays

Boy Scout Troop 41 welcomes new scouts ages 11-18 years old. 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church 1825 Alamo Pintado Rd., Solvang. Boy Scouts offers a rich opportunity for boys to develop outdoor skills such as hiking, backpacking, campfire building, fishing, and technical skills such as robotics. Scouts develop leadership skills, participate in community service and much more. Parents are invited to attend parent meetings the first Monday of each month. Call Warn Burt at 896-8464 or Aaron Huston 805-708-1070.


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. 686-1965.


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.


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.


Tuesdays

Jodi House, a support program for people recovering from brain injury and stroke, meets on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. at the Rabobank, 1660 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang. Family members welcome. Please call 563-2882 for details.


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., solvangrotary.com.


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


Wednesdays

Open Mic Night. 8-11 p.m. Singers, Songwriters, Musicians. Come in and jam or showcase your music. Solvang Brewing Company.


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, jlhlpc@comcast.net 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


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 susan@wanderingdogwinebar.com or Linda Jackson at linda@solvangcc.org.


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, www.thecgallery.com.


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., santaynezvalleyrotary.org.


Thursdays

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


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.


Fridays

people experiencing relationship problems, addictive/compulsive behavior, crisis or transitions issues, physical/emotional/psychological problems, or spiritual concerns. 4 -5:45 p.m. in Solvang. Call 688-4683 for details.


Ladies Group is every Friday at 9 a.m. Zaca Creek Golf Course, 223 Shadow Mountain Drive, Buellton, 691-9272.


Healing hearts, 
a grief support group
meets 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.


Saturdays

Mens Club Golf Tournament the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. Zaca Creek Golf Course, 223 Shadow Mountain Drive, Buellton, 691-9272.


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 cachuma.com.


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.


Sundays

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, trinitysyv.net.


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.


If you would like an event listed in the Journal, please send two weeks in advance to: kim@syvjournal.com