Be prepared

The cities of Solvang and Buellton, along with Santa Ynez Valley Prepared, are inviting residents to attend a 25-hour federally certified disaster preparedness and emergency response course beginning Thursday, Feb. 17.

The eight-week course will train students in first aid, medical triage, search and rescue, basic fire-fighting, disaster response, CERT team organization and disaster psychology. The cost of the course is $25, if you are interested contact Tom Walton at (805) 686-7435 or

What to do

Showtimes for “I Do! I Do!” are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, Friday, Feb. 11; Saturday, Feb. 12 and Valentine’s Day. There will be a matinee performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6. “I Do! I Do!” is produced in cooperation with MTI and Arts Outreach. Tickets are $15 each and available at The Book Loft in Solvang, El Rancho Market, Dr. Adam Haws’ office in Buellton and at the door.

For further information, please call Zora at 688-7771 or visit

Hancock kicks off

Allan Hancock College new and current students can learn about the latest about the college’s student services, academic programs and student organizations during spring semester’s kick-off event, Bulldog Bow-WOW!

Sponsored by the college’s Associated Student Body Government (ASBG), Bow-WOW! will be held at both the Santa Maria campus and at the Lompoc Valley Center (LVC). The Santa Maria event takes place Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Student Center (building G). The LVC occasion will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 3, in the Center Courtyard.

Participants will:

• Learn about essential student services to help them succeed in college (i.e., counseling, tutoring, financial aid and more)

• Meet faculty and staff

• Explore various academic and career prep programs

• Enjoy free music, karaoke and food For more information about Bulldog Bow-WOW!, call or email Stephanie Robb at the Santa Maria campus at 922-6966 ext. 3229,, or Joe Adams at the Lompoc Valley Center at 735-3366 ext. 5249, The toll-free number from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties is 1-866 DIAL AHC (342-5242), then dial the appropriate extension.

Food and fun at church

The public is invited to attend a delicious pasta dinner, game night and Bunco party from 6-9 p.m. on Friday at Bethania Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 603 Atterdag Road in Solvang. Admission is $8 per adult, $5 per child, with a family rate of $25 for four or more.

A pick-and-pay dessert buffet will be available for a sweet tooth, complete with boxes for treats-to-go.

There will be games for all ages, a movie for younger children, and Bunco fun with prizes, all of which are included in the admission price. All monies raised will go toward Bethania’s building and maintenance fund to take care of the historic church buildings and grounds.

Tickets are available in advance at the church office or at the door. Call 688-4637 for more information.

Red Cross training on course

On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Lompoc Parks, Recreation & Urban Forestry Department will be offering an American Red Cross Babysitters Course from 9 .a.m -3 p.m. at the Anderson Recreation Center, 125 West Walnut Ave. in Lompoc.

This class offers training for real life essential care giving and decision making skills and also information on preventing injuries. It will also give you tips on finding and interviewing for babysitting jobs, how to perform first aide, and how to get professional help fast and calmly. This class is open for boys and girls ages 11 to 16 years old. The cost of the course is only $45 for those residing in the city limits, and $54 for those who residing in the surrounding areas.

To register for these programs, and discover others, contact the Lompoc Parks Recreation and Urban Forestry Department at (805) 875-8100 or stop by the office at 125 West Walnut Avenue in Lompoc.