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Anyone who has participated in local sporting events, played at Sunny Fields Park, used the YMCA facilities, swam at the high schoolís pool or enjoyed many local arts programs has directly benefited from SYV Youth Recreation, which has for more than 50 years been building and repairing sporting facilities and supporting local youth. Now is the communityís chance to give back and help maintain the tradition.

Santa Ynez senior Heather Voorhis is this yearís Valley representative. Upcoming events include the Kick-Off/Sales Yard event on Saturday, April 23. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m. followed by a tri-tip dinner at 6 p.m. with the auction ensuing. Donation: $10. The event is at the Buellton Sales Yard, 2201 North Highway 101 in Buellton.

Up next is the menís-only Stag Night Nut Fry on Saturday, April 30, at the SYV Elks Lodge in Santa Ynez. Cocktails at 5 p.m., then dinner 6:30 p.m. Donation: $15.