Saturday, July 19

The Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society has temporarily cancelled their open house due to upgrades currently taking place at the shelter.  The open house event will be rescheduled for a later time.


Graduates of the SYVUHS Class of 1998 are invited to a 10-year class reunion.  Activities will include a casual park BBQ lunch, wine tasting, golf tourney, and Alisal River Grill dinner. Participation can be for one or all activities. For more information please e-mail Katie Lindberg at


The Santa Ynez Film Group presents an evening of film shorts. Food and Trees for Africa and Greening the Desert, two short films about sustainability. 6:30 p.m. $4 donation, Los Olivos Grange,


Friday, July 25

Summer Fridays at Lucas & Lewellen - Sample 4-5 Lucas & Lewellen wines paired with artisan cheeses,  live music.  6 - 8 p.m.  $20 per person.  No RSVP required, 686-9336 for more details.


Saturday, July 26

Old Mission Wine Company Summer BBQ Winemaker Dinner, three-course BBQ dinner with wines, 6:30 - 9 p.m. 1539 Mission Dr., $25 pp, reservations required, 686-9323.


Missoula Children’s Theater presents Rumpelstiltskin at SYV Presbyterian Church. The show is an hour long musical that will feature local child actors and is appropriate for the whole family. 3:00 p.m. matinee. 1825 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang. Tickets are $5, call for info 688-6323.


Wednesday, July 30

The Chef’s Touch class: “One Ton of Tomatoes!” This class is teaching us how to make tomato paste, roasted tomatoes and the world’s best tomato soup! 1555 Mission Drive, 686-1040.


Solvang Parks & Recreation host Archery at Hans Christian Anderson Park. Class meets every Wednesday from 3 - 4 p.m. (just past the tennis courts,) ages 8 and up, $42 fee for a 4-week session.  Stop by 411 Second Street to register, for more info call 688-7529.


Thursday, July 31

The Santa Barbara Fiesta Rodeo presents the Professional Bull Riders Challenger Tour featuring top rodeo athletes from around the world.  Tickets for the event at the Earl Warren Showgrounds Arena, available at Jedlicka’s or by calling (805) 687-0847, are $80 and $65 for box seats and $45 & $30/general admission.


Friday, August 8

Gainey Vineyard’s Cinema E Vino Paradiso, barrel tasting, dinner and “Chicago” film, screens as soon at nightfall, $75 pp, $60 wine club members, tickets 238-0095,


Sunday, August 10

Old Mission Santa Inés Fiesta, full day of food, fun and festivities, folklorico dancers, mariachis, 688-4815,


August 11-15

One. Premier Soccer School will be coming to Santa Ynez High. Three different programs to choose from, for information and registration (805) 845-6801,,


Wednesday, August 13

The Chef’s Touch class: “Grilled Pizza and Palmina!”  In this class we’ll team up to prepare summer grilled pizzas and antipasto! 1555 Mission Drive, 686-1040.


Saturday, August 23

Solvang Wheels ‘n Windmills Car Show, more than 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles from all over California and Nevada compete for awards. Vendors, raffle prizes and live music, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Copenhagen Drive,


Wednesday, August 27

The Chef’s Touch class: “The Corny Class!” Join us as we learn how to make corn chowder, corn cakes, elote and the classic corn dog! 1555 Mission Drive, 686-1040.


Friday, August 29

Summer Fridays at Lucas & Lewellen - Sample 4-5 Lucas & Lewellen wines paired with artisan cheeses,  live music.  6 - 8 p.m.  $20 per person.  No RSVP required, 686-9336 for more details.


Saturday, August 30

Santa Ynez Valley Wine & Food Festival at the Old Mission Santa Inés, 3 - 7 p.m. Gourmet restaurants serving “Tapas-size” servings while Valley wineries pour fine wines. Live music. $45 advance ticket includes 16 oz glass, $30 in “Rotary Money” to purchase food and wine and a chance to win a case of wine. Checks to Santa Ynez Valley Rotary, P.O. Box 121, Solvang, Ca 93464 Designated drivers and minors admission $10, children under 12 free. Food & soft drinks extra. Info at or 245-0939.


Saturday, September 6

Gourmet Challenge benefitting the Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation. Start/finish Sant Ynez Park, 5k and 10k, walk/run and a full and 1/2 metric century bike ride through the Valley, followed by gourmet luncheon with music and fun, $100 donation, 350-0294,


Wednesday, September 10

The Chef’s Touch class: “Essence of Asia!” Preparing Korean style barbeque beef ribs, Japanese buckwheat salad and shrimp phad thai. Also pouring a sampling of sakes to round out the flavors of Asia. 1555 Mission Drive, 686-1040.



Free One-Hour Orientation to

Women’s Economic Ventures’ Self Employment Training (SET) Class


Orientation dates:

July 17, 30 and August 5, 13, 19, 27


For locations and reservations, please call

(805) 965-6073 x100 or




Festival Theatre - Solvang or 922-8313 for days/times


Godspell - Heart’s Desire

June 6 - July 26


August 1 - 24

The Imaginary Invalid

August 28 - September 7

Hot Mikado

September 12 - 28



Gallery Los Olivos • 805-688-7517


Maggie Pickering and Judeenne Warren

are teaming together as the featured artists for the month of August with a reception for the artists on Saturday August 2, from 1 - 4 p.m.



Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruises, “Osprey.” A 45-passenger pontoon boat, 2-hour “Eagle Cruise.” Cachuma Lake Marina 30 min. before departure. Price: $15 adults, $7 kids (12 & under). $6 Park Admission per vehicle. (805) 686-5050 weekdays, 686-5055 weekends, Fri-Sun. Call for times.


Solvang Carriage & Livery carriage rides, pick up on Alisal across from windmill, (805) 651-6130.


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



SYV Postpartum Education for Parents meeting, Bethania Evangelical Lutheran Church. Solvang, Fireside Room, (805) 564-3888. 10 a.m. - noon.



Solvang Rotary Club, Royal Scandinavian Inn, 7:15 a.m.,


First Tuesday of every month, Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe, Wine & Art, 5 - 7 p.m.



Farmers Market Certified Organic. First Street and Copenhagen, 2:30 - 6 p.m. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs & more, 688-0701.


SYV Rotary Club meets at Royal Scandinavian Inn, 12:15 p.m.,



“Cat In The Hat” stories at Valley Books, 4 p.m., 1582 Mission Drive, Solvang.  All ages welcome,  688-7160.


Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn Sing-along. Accompanied by pianist Bill Powell, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m., Lobby Lounge. No cover charge. 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 688-7788.


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, 686-4489.


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



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.


Live Music at Don Jose’s Cantina, Dave & Matty “The VineYard Byrds,” 9 p.m., 435 Alisal Road,



Cachuma Lake Nature Walk & Junior Ranger Program: 1-mile walk, 10 - 11:30 a.m. (Free with $8 park admission per vehicle.) 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, & earn a badge. 688-4515,


Live Music at Don Jose’s Cantina, Dave & Matty “The VineYard Byrds,” 9 p.m., 435 Alisal Road,


Woodworking Class - Decorative box making, veneering, inlay, parquetry, traditional wood finishing, 9 a.m. Edward Jorgensen, Master Cabinetmaker. (805) 686-2070 days.


Live music and desserts, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Valley Books, 1582 Mission Drive, Solvang.  Join us for an evening of “Beats & Treats,”  688-7160.



Music in the garden at Bob Bon’s in Los Olivos, 1 - 4 p.m., bring the family and a picnic basket.



July, 26, 27

Lompoc Valley Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show at Ryon Park, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., (805) 736-2322.


July, 25, 26, 27

SYVUHS Class of 1988 20-Year Reunion, Friday night dinner and dancing at RSI Pub. Saturday barbeque at Hans Christian Andersen Park, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner at Alisal Guest Ranch, 5:30 p.m., with slideshow “A Walk Down Memory Lane.” Sunday brunch at the River Course Grill, 10:30 a.m, golf, wine tasting or just relaxing! Registration deadline is July 21,, or Heather at or Laura at


Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Wine & Art Passport. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $30 and $35 for tickets sold at the following participating tasting rooms: Addamo Vineyards, Cambria, Costa de Oro, Foxen, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Rancho Sisquoc, Riverbench, Tantara, and Tres Hermanas. For advance tickets please email or call (866) 480.5194. Or download the ticket order form from and mail (or email) to: Santa Maria Valley Wine Country, PO Box 5351, Santa Maria, CA 93456.


August, 2, 3

The SYVUHS Class of ‘78 announces our 30 year reunion. There will be a dinner dance on Sat Aug 2 6:30-10 p.m. at the Royal Scandinavian Inn in Solvang.  Family BBQ on Sun Aug 3 noon - 3 p.m. at Hans Christian Anderson park.  Other classes are invited, especially the classes of ‘77 and ‘79.   For more details go to, or contact Greg Tevis, or (520) 799-4077.  For reservations, please contact Ken Sorenson, 688-1122 before July 18.


September 19, 20, 21

Danish Days Weekend, torchlight parade, street dance, aebleskiver breakfast, kid’s korner, aebleskiver eating contest, storytelling, dinner dance, children’s parade and more, 688-6144, (800) 468-6765,


September 26, 27, 28

Los Alamos Old Days Celebration Weekend, Peddlers Mart, barbecue, live music, pancake breakfast, car show, parade,


Solvang Jazz Festival, 2nd annual event celebrating America’s musical art from under the leadership of Stix Hooper, founder of the Crusaders jazz group, for schedule 688-0383,,