Mission gala

Old Mission Santa Inés will host its annual Fiesta celebration on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 12:30 until 6:30 p.m. on the meadow adjacent to the church. The day includes a whirlwind of entertainment, delectable foods, crafts and game booths for kids and adults alike. For a second year, there will be craft booths, many featuring jewelry, stoneware, ceramics, postcards, purses, scarves and more. Entertainment of the day includes the T-Bone Ramblers, Soul Mates, Tormenta Nortena, Santa Ynez Valley Jazz Band and Fiesta Dancers.

Raffle tickets for a grand prize of $5,000 are being sold for $2 each or a book of 12 for $20. Tickets are available at the parish office or during Fiesta. They carry a 10% discount coupon redeemable at a variety of local businesses. The annual Fiesta celebration is Old Mission Santa Inés’ largest fundraiser and monies raised are used for ongoing restoration projects. The Mission receives no state or federal funds for restoration and maintenance.

Rodeo meeting

California High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA) District 7 will hold a general membership meeting Sunday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Madonna Inn. Returning members as well as junior high and high school students who are interested in participating in high school rodeo are invited to attend. The meeting will kick off the 2012-13 season, which includes nine rodeos.

For additional information, visit www.chsradist7.com or contact Stacey Nance, District 7 membership secretary, at staceynance@mac.com.

Old Days

The 66th annual Los Alamos Old Days Celebration is Friday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 30, with fun for the whole family in the heart of this traditional old West-style community. This year’s theme is “136 Years of History.” Admission is free and the entire public is invited to join residents and visitors who gather each year to honor, preserve and celebrate the town’s authentic Western heritage.

Los Alamos is located at the intersection of US Highway 101 and State Route 135 (Bell Street).

Free Dental Day

Dr. Steven Johnson is hosting the fourth annual free kids dental day, Little Hearts, Big Smiles, on Monday, Sept. 6. In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Johnson Family Dental Solvang and La Cumbre Dental Specialty Center will offer free dental care to children in need during their Little Hearts, Big Smiles event.

During this event, children ages 12 and under from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., will receive a free exam, digital X-rays, cleaning and fluoride in Solvang (on Alamo Pintado Road) and at the La Cumbre Dental Specialty Center in Santa Barbara.

Lompoc art

Lompoc Valley Art Association announces a call for entries for their fall show. Area artists 16 years and older are invited to submit an entry to a judged show that will run from Sept. 25 to Oct. 28. The prospectus is available online at

lompocvalleyartassociation.com or at Cypress Gallery, 119 E. Cypress Ave. in Lompoc, Tuesday through Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded, first place will receive $300. Awards will be presented at a reception at Cypress Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 6, between 2 and 4 pm. Entries are due on Monday, Sept. 24.

Pet fair

“A Cause 4 Paws,” the 11th Annual Pledge Walk, Pet Fair & BBQ is set for Sunday, Sept. 9, at Pioneer Park in Santa Maria. Check-in is from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by the walk at 10:15. Barbecue tri-tip sandwiches will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit 222.sbcanimalcare.org or call (805) 260-2386.

Sing a song

The Santa Barbara Choral Society (SBCS) is holding auditions for new singers from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito. Experienced singers interested in joining the 100-voice chorus for its 2012-13 season, are encouraged to schedule an audition now by contacting Ann Fryer, SBCS audition secretary at: auditions@sbchoral.org. Auditions will be held for all voice parts; a limited number of paid section leader positions may be available.

This fall, the Choral Society marks its 65th year of consecutive performance and the 20th year under the baton of music director JoAnne Wasserman. Weekly rehearsals take place at the Music Academy’s Lehmann Hall on Wednesdays from 7-9:30 p.m. Singers who are interested but can’t be at the Aug. 18 audition should contact auditions@sbchoral.org to arrange another date. For those interested in learning more about SBCS, visit www.sbchoral.org.

Car show, swap meet

The 10th Annual Santa Maria A’s All Ford Car Show and Swap Meet is slated for Saturday, Sept. 8, in Old Town Orcutt at the Orcutt Union Plaza, 201 S. Broadway St. The swap meet opens at 7 a.m. followed by the show at 8 a.m. Admission is free. The day includes live music, prize raffles and breakfast. The event benefits the Allan Hancock College Automotive Program scholarships. For more information, contact Curt Warner at (805) 478-1231 or Jay McCord at 598-8133.

An affair to remember

The 11th annual “A Western Affair” is on the horizon for Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Hearst Ranch in Old San Simeon Village. The event celebrates Western heritage while benefitting the California’s Rangeland Trust.

What’s cooking

Arts Outreach invites interested male chefs to cook up their favorite recipes at the 21st annual fundraiser, “Real Men Cook.” This year’s event is set from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Flag is Up Farms in Solvang. Tickets are $60 in advance, $65 at the door. Real Men Cook is a fundraiser for the Santa Ynez Valley nonprofit arts organization Arts Outreach that is dedicated to “bringing art to life and life to art.” Activities include elementary school classroom workshops and on-going art curriculum led by artists-in-residence; summertime Arts and Drama programs; after school Arts; semi-monthly Elder Arts entertainment; and the annual Applause Young Artists program. Those interested in taking up the challenge can call Arts Outreach at 688-9533 or obtain an entry form at www.artsoutreach.com.

Fighting cancer

The American Cancer Society is inviting community members to band together and create or join a team for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Santa Ynez at 9 a.m. on Oct. 6 at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, 2975 E. Highway 246.

To learn more or to get help, call anytime day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.