School applications

Prospective UC and CSU Students should be aware of the following deadlines. Students planning to attend a school in either system must complete their applications by Nov. 30. Students applying to CSU’s can send it at any time before the deadline. UC applications must wait until Nov. 30 to hit the “send” button. All applications are done online.

CSU: http://www.csumentor.edu/

UC: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/

Students still needing to take the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests must register by Nov. 5 for the test date of Dec. 4, which is the last date for fall 2011 freshman to take these tests. Late registration is available to Nov. 19 for an additional fee. Students still needing to take the ACT with writing test must register by Nov 5 for the test date of Dec. 11, which is the last date for fall 2011 freshman to take these tests. Late registration is available until Nov. 19 for an additional fee.


Oktoberfest on Nov. 6

Oktoberfest is on the horizon for Saturday, Nov. 6, at Solvang Theater. Admission is $65. For more information, call 686-1789.


Get haunted

The Solvang Halloween Haunt returns for its 17th year. The Haunted House is set for the Solvang Theaterfest from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A younger-child friendly version runs from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Admission for children 13 and younger is $5; all others are $6.


People Helping People

The Chumash and Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Foundations have announced that they will be major sponsors of People Helping People’s (PHP) 3rd Annual Vino de Sueños Wine Release Celebration event. The event, a benefit for services furnished by PHP to vineyard and farm workers, is slated from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in Buellton in the ballroom at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott.


Reading slated for poet

Local author Richard Jarrette will hold a book reading for Beso the Donkey at the Book Loft in Solvang in late November (date to be announced). Jarrette has lived in the Valley since 1975 and built his home in Los Olivos. His latest work is the subject of Muffett Kaufmann’s upcoming documentary film. Call the Book Loft at 688-6010 for more information.


Wine time

The Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association presents “Autumn on the Trail” wine-tasting passport event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6.


Marketplace sets up Nov. 13

The Lompoc Museum and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park docents will hold an Ethnic Arts Marketplace Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Stone Pine hall next to the Lompoc Museum (200 S. H St.) All of the ethnic art has been donated from private collections. Proceeds from the sale will benefit both institutions. Call 588-2574 or 736-3888 for more information.


4-H fundraiser

One of Lucky Clover 4-H’s biggest fundraisers is selling See’s Holiday Candy. It’s still not too late to enroll. Come to our next meeting on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall in Los Olivos. Projects offered are Swine, Sheep, Rabbits, Scrapbooking, Poultry and Beef.

The new officers for Lucky Clover 4-H years 2010-2011 are: President - Greg Daphne; Vice President - Alexandra Jones; Treasurer - Bree Jensen; Reporter - Taylor Nation; Recording Secretary - Paige Jensen; Corresponding Secretary - Cade Sorensen; Historian - Laura Lowe; Newsletter - Sophie Cluckman; Sergeant at Arms - Kyle O’Neill and Owen Andersen. Visit luckyclover4-h.org.


Volleyball gets rolling

The Central Coast Spikers Volleyball Club season is poised to get under way for another great season. The Spikers will provide competitive volleyball, and excellent coaching in all divisions: U10, U-12, U-14, U-16, and U-18 for both boys and girls. Both local non-traveling teams and competitive traveling teams will participate in tournaments in the Los Angeles area with the goal of getting players ready for college and noticed by recruiters. All players, regardless of prior volleyball experience, are encouraged to participate.

There will be a parent and athlete information meeting on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. at the Solvang School Gymnasium. For more information, call (805) 455-7554, send an email to CenCoastVB@aol.com, or visit www.centralcoastspikers.com.


Valley Conference III reading

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Los Olivos, Then Valley Conference will sponsor a lecture on immigration by David Bacon, the author of the new book, Illegal People. The lecture is free and open to the public. Familiarity with the book is suggested.


New Frontiers

New Frontiers is joining a nationwide effort to raise awareness of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food during the month of October. For more information about New Frontiers, contact Derryberry at 693-1746, or e-mail her at adnf99@yahoo.com.


Cheers in Lompoc

Huber Cellars, 4892 Hapgood Road in Lompoc, will host “Cheers for Charlotte,” a wine-tasting event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday to benefit the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society. Along with Huber Cellars, Clos Pepe, Prodigal and Keller-Haak will be pouring. Ingeborg Chocolate will be on hand, pairing chocolate with wine. The cost is $25 per person. For additional information, call 688-8224.