Hop to it

Santa Barbara County Animal Services’ Santa Maria Animal Center is hosting a Bunny Fun Fair to educate the public and encourage rabbit adoptions. Santa Barbara County Animal Services and the Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation invite you to a fun-filled, fuzzy, family event at the Santa Maria Animal Center from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Bunny Fun Fair will include a Bunny Hop, Bake Sale, Rabbit Health Workshop, Rabbit Clicker Training Workshop, Animal Communication and contests. It’s a family celebration of the recently rejuvenated Rabbit Resort. The Santa Maria Animal Center is located at 548 W. Foster Road in Santa Maria.


It takes two to canoe

Recent rule changes at Cachuma Lake will now allow the use of kayaks and canoes for the first time. The new uses at the lake were considered to be compatible with current lake activities and an opportunity to expand the recreational experience at Cachuma Lake.

The new rules that will allow canoes and kayaks were approved by the Board on March 15 and will become effective Friday. Lakes surrounding Cachuma already offer kayaking and canoeing including; Lake Casitas, Lake Lopez, Lake Nacimiento, Lake Piru and Santa Margarita Lake. Cachuma will be one of the only public freshwater kayaking and canoeing opportunities in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Doreen Farr commented: “Adding the use of kayaks and canoes at Cachuma Lake is long overdue and will provide a wonderful opportunity for kids, fishermen, and nature enthusiasts alike.”

Farr will hold a short press conference at Cachuma Lake at 10 a.m. Friday to mark the first day on the lake for canoes and kayaks followed by the official launching of the first kayaks and canoes at Cachuma Lake.

Kayaks will be available to rent through the Cachuma Lake marina concessionaire, Rocky Mountain Recreation. Please see http://www.rockymountainrec.com/lakes/lake-cachuma.htm for prices and details.

The rules and regulations for canoeing and kayaking can be found on the Cachuma Lake website at www.cachuma.com. Canoes and kayaks must pass an inspection for Quagga Mussel and other aquatic nuisance species prior to launch. The fee for launching canoes and kayaks is $5 and annual passes are also available. The Public is reminded that Cachuma Lake is still a non-body contact lake and swimming from boat, shore, or kayak/canoe is still prohibited.


4-H summary

The April Lucky Clover 4-H meeting was April 4, at the Grange Hall in Los Olivos. The swine project gave a demonstration. All projects involved getting ready for Nojoqui Exhibit Day on May 7 at Nojoqui Falls Park. The Exhibit Day is practice for the upcoming Santa Barbara County Fair, which is just around the corner in July. The next Lucky Clover 4-H meeting will be May 2, at the Grange Hall in Los Olivos at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.luckyclover 4-h.org.


Third Wednesday

Go on a Spring Fling and get some Spring Bling in Solvang on April 20, when more than 60 businesses, restaurants and wine-tasting establishments have special offers on almost everything imaginable for Solvang Third Wednesday. Discover the wide variety of merchandise – art, books, clothing, toys, jewelry, home furnishings, shoes, leather goods, try a new restaurant or re-discover an old favorite and save money while you’re at it. Shop at the world-famous Solvang Farmers Market from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Starting in mid-April, get event details and download a list of the special offers at the new Solvang Third Wednesday website, www.solvang3rdwednesday.com or check out the Solvang Third Wednesday face book page.

Solvang’s wine bars and tasting rooms are hosting the Solvang Third Wednesday Wine Walk from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely tasting while walking around the town and discover new favorite wines. Tickets are $20; include a premium wine glass and your choice of tasting at any five of the 12 participating wine establishments. Tickets for the wine walk are sold at The Olive House, 1661 Mission Drive; Sort This Out Cellars, 1636 Copenhagen Drive; and Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 1539 Mission Drive.


The band plays on

Local band The Low Down Dudes will be performing at the Music and Art Space of Santa Ynez, located at 3630 Sagunto St. in Santa Ynez at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22. Admission is free to all, the band plays all the favorites from the 1970s on up.


Soul survivors

Soul Survivor Central Coast is hosting a youth meeting in Solvang from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Veterans hall. The event is free and open to all ages but aimed at kids from fourth grade through high school. On-site childcare will not be provided. The event will feature Mike Pilavachi and 22 youths from Soul Survivor United Kingdom. Soul Survivor Central Coast describes itself as “An energetic bunch who love Jesus, the gospel and youth.” For more information, visit www.soulsurvivorcentralcoast.com or find Soul Survivor Central Coast on www.facebook.com.