Blue Star Mothers

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.


Square dance lessons

Back by popular demand - Lessons will be continued on the second Monday of the month at the Bethania Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 603 Atterdag Road in Solvang, from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13, March 12, April 9 and May 14. Cost is $5 per person and you are encouraged to bring water. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome, just come with a dance partner. If you have any questions, please call Linda Johansen, 686-1644.


Saturday, Feb. 18

The “Famous Jazz Artist Series,” will be coming to Solvang, with the first appearance set at The Terrace Dinner Theatre. Alto saxophonist Lanny Morgan will be the first guest artist at the Solvang outings, joining the Shoemakes (Charlie on vibraphone and vocalist Sandi) along with Joe Bagg on piano, Tony Dumas on bass and drummer Steve Schaeffer. Event includes dinner at 6 p.m., followed by music from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. The Terrace Dinner Theatre is upstairs at Manny’s Restaurant, located at 1693 Mission Drive in the heart of town. Drinks can be purchased separately throughout the evening at the full bar. Entrance is by ticket only, at $35. per person, available in advance from Manny’s Restaurant, contact by telephone 691-9137.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County will host a volunteer training class in Solvang. Provide stability and hope to foster youth by advocating for them in the court system. If interested in becoming a CASA, complete an application and interview prior to the first class. To begin the process, email: volunteer@sbcasa.org or call (805) 739-9102, extension 0.


Feb. 24-26

For the 8th year in a row, Solvang will once again host our annual Greyhound Festival. Greyhounds and their owners will descend upon the quiet town to show their love and support for Greyhounds, to enjoy the company of others who share the same compassion and to show others how wonderful Greyhounds as pets can be. After all, it is the Greyhounds that bring us together. The most popular event is The Solvang Streak (held Saturday). It’s a “fun run” for the hounds to have fun and show off how fast they can be down a fenced in straight run. Volunteers “man” both ends of the run – one end for release and the other end to catch. Proceeds raised from the Solvang Greyhound Fest will go to benefit GREYT LEGS - a 501c3 non-profit support group to aid various adoption groups with grants to assist Greyhounds with broken-leg veterinarian bills. Feel free to browse the website at solvanggreyhoundfest.org and come join us February 24, 25, and 26, 2012 in Solvang! It’s going to be an experience you will never forget but more importantly, it’s all about the Greyhounds.


March 7, 14, 21, 28

Award-winning watercolorist, Carole Patton, will be guest artist/teacher for March. There were two spaces available. Class meets from 6-9 p.m.,on Wednesdays here at The C Gallery Carol’s teaching is well-planned and thorough, and you’ll leave with a finished small work each session, picking up a new skill each time.She provides almost all the materials. Evening pastry, fruit and tea at the break. $200 for the month. Some sample works by Carole at: www.carolepattonwatercolors.com. For more information, contact The C Gallery at 344-3807, www.thecgallery.com. 466 Bell St., Los Alamos.


Sunday, March 11

A-RU Japanese Restaurant in Buellton will host a dinner to raise funds to support services that Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People furnishes to vineyard and farm workers. Six-course gourmet dinner designed by Chef Jina Bae. Paired with a wine selected from People Helping People’s Vino de Sueños collection. Vino de Sueños wines are produced and donated by local premium wineries, specially labeled with reproductions of donated original art works, and sold by PHP to raise funds for services to vineyard and farm workers. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. $125 per person all inclusive of food, wine, tax and tip. Reservations, call 686-0295 or go to www.syvphp.org/events to reserve and purchase tickets. Payments for reservations must be made by March 5 to retain reservations. For information about the work of PHP, visit their website at www.syvphp.org or call 686-0295.


OUT OF TOWN


Feb. 11 or Feb. 12

Father Daughter Dance. This popular dance is for young ladies, 3 years to 18 years, and the man in their life (their dad!). Snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the evening. Individually wrapped flowers are provided to each young lady and is included in the ticket price. Novelty items will be sold, and affordable professional portrait packages by Maria Vega Photography will be available. 6-8:30 p.m. $16 per couple; additional children in the same family are $8 each. For more information, 875-8100 or 125 West Walnut Ave., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Sunday, Feb. 19

Suzanne Duffy, flute and Sophia Vaillant, piano in Concert at 3:30 p.m. The program features music inspired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau by Aaron Copland, Emanuele Krakamp, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, Lukas Foss, C. P. E. Bach, and Cesar Franck. For further information, please contact: David A. Gell at 687-0189. Music at Trinity, www.trinitysb.org .


Wednesday, Feb. 22

Parker J. Palmer to speak at Lobero Theatre. His talk will be followed by dialogue with the audience. Tickets: $20, reserved, $10, teachers and students. Buy tickets at the Lobero Box Office: 963-0761 or at www.lobero.com, www.couragetoleadnp.org.


ONGOING EVENTS


Noon Fitness Express at Performance Fitness Mondays and Wednesdays 12:05-12:55 p.m. Overall fitness in a group setting, Pilates Plus class shapes, tones and strengthens the whole body, improve balance and flexibility. Newcomers to fitness welcome. Pay by the class, monthly or annual membership. 320 Alisal Road, Suite 406, Solvang. 686-2900. www.performancefitness.biz.


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 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.


Mondays

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.


Tuesdays

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/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 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.


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

First Friday of every month, Non-denominational, candlelit Taize prayer/chant service. Come be soothed and comforted in a haven of peace and tranquility. Old Mission Santa Inés, 7-8 p.m. The door is always open.


Saturdays

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