Friday, Dec. 2

Holiday Stroll in Los Alamos from 5-8 p.m. All the shops are open and offering gingerbread and hot cider or hot chocolate. Santa is coming, and will be available for photos with kids in front of the Alamo Motel. from at 5:30-6:30 p.m. at T & T Antiques there will be Story Time by candlelight. At 7 p.m. there’s the Tree Lighting at Ferrini Park by the Los Alamos Men’s Club. Bring an ornament to decorate. Carol with Lynni Gilfry and community folk. Meet at The C Gallery at 6 p.m. The Vineyard Quartet will be strolling door to door with holiday songs. Madeline at Gentleman Farmer has a jam/preserve tasting going on with gingerbread cookie tasting and Carol Wood has an art show in her shop. The C Gallery “One Foot at a Time” small works show with fresh fig cake and our artisan “Trunk Show.” Bell St. Farm will be offering complimentary hot chocolate, and olive tasting or wine tasting. Bedford Tasting Room is offering complimentary wine tastings and gingerbread and welcome the new tasting room for Café Dumetz wines.

Dec. 2-4

Magic Show, presented by the Vineyard Valley Theatre Company at the Terrace Theater, 1693 Mission Drive (above Manny’s) in Solvang. The shows begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 4. “Mystery” seats cost $45; regular seating is $35. For more information, call 693-4460.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Solvang Library Holiday Book Sale – 11 a.m-3 p.m, 1745 Mission Drive. 688-4212,

Sunday, Dec. 4

The SYV Ladies Hiking group is having an art show from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Carriage House right behind the Vineyard House. This is the third annual show with only handmade arts and crafts.

Breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Buellton Recreation Center at Jonata Middle School. Adults, $10; children, $7; Children 2 and under, free. Price includes: Breakfast, photo with Santa, make and take activities. Please bring a canned food item for the Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels.

Sunday, Dec. 10

Community Nativity Pageant – Two shows 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Solvang Theater on Second Street in Solvang. 686-1020.

Sunday, Dec. 11

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum presents its Annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Party and special holiday exhibit, “A Baby Boomer Christmas” from 3 to 5 p.m. at the museum, 3596 Sagunto St. in Santa Ynez. $5 per person; children 8 years and younger get in free. Please RSVP to 688-7889.

Dec. 12 & Jan. 9

The Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary will sponsor three square-dance lesson evenings to the public and residents of the Atterdag Village. Square dance caller is Darren Gallina. Square dance is easy, fun, great exercise and it is free. Bethania Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 603 Atterdag Road from 7-9 p.m. Call 686-1644.

Sunday, Dec. 18

St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church invites the public to attend a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Adam Phillips, along with Blaine Sprouse and David West. A reception after the concert will offer an opportunity to meet the musicians. Admission at the door is by donation ($10 recommended, any amount welcome). 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos. For info on all events, contact the church office at 688-4454 or

Turkey Shoot at the SYV Sportsmen’s Assoc. located at Bee Rock Range off Hwy 154 across from Cachuma Lake’s Bradbury Dam. Starts at 9 a.m. Lunch is available.

Thursday, Dec. 29

Application deadline for 10th annual Debra Takayama Memorial Junior Pheasant Hunt to be held Feb. 11, 2012. Near Lake Cachuma. For more information, call or E-mail John Goodwin 688-6731, or Larry Schuler, 688-9723.


Friday, Dec. 2

Annual Allan Hancock College Holiday Pottery Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will be held in the Santa Maria campus Student Center, room G-106 A/B. Proceeds will help support the ceramics program.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Lompoc Pops Orchestra – The “Messiah Overture,” Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Quinn Johnson will sing “Christmastime Is Here” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Concert is offered at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be making an appearance at the 4:30 p.m. concert. $15 for adults, $5 for all full-time students (with ID shown at door), children 12 and under, admission is free. All concerts are performed at the First United Methodist Church, 925 North F St., Lompoc. Call Val at 735-6463 for ticket reservations.

Friday, Dec. 9

The Toys For Tots from 5-8 p.m. JR’s Drive-In Burgers. Drop off a toy, buy a burger from the Car Hop and enjoy the old cars. Fee: A new, not gift wrapped toy worth at least $10. Toys can also be dropped off at 603 E. Main St. Santa Maria, during regular business hours. Sponsored by JR’s Drive-In Burgers, Marine Corps League Coastal Valleys Detachment #1340. The Marine Corps Reserve. Call Mike Smith, 934-0739.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Workshop with Patricia Foreman, author of City Chicks, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens. Cost $40 Early Bird; $30 if paid by Nov 30. Gardening with­ and for ­chickens. More information,, 967-7369.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Student musicians of Santa Barbara Strings will perform their Winter Concert at 7 p.m. at the El Montecito Presbyterian Church (1455 E. Valley Road). The concert is a free musical for the community and children and families are most welcome. A reception will follow. Call Linda at 688-7423 for more information.

Friday, Dec. 16-17

Community Christmas Carol Sing-along & Wassail Party at 7:30 p.m. A holiday family favorite for 28 years. Highlights feature the poetry of Diane Wyman, Jane Hahn, soprano and flute, Willi Rose, composer and piano Music at Trinity Community Outreach Concert Series. For further information, please contact: David A. Gell,, 965-7419 or 687-0189.

Saturday, Dec. 17

The Nutcracker at The Granada Theatre. Show times: Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are priced from $28 to $53, with discounts for students and seniors. Children under 12 are $18 and are available through The Granada Box Office, 1214 State Street, 899-2222, or at


Noon Fitness Express at Performance Fitness Mondays and Wednesdays 12:05-12:55 p.m. Overall fitness in a group setting, Pilates Plus class shapes, tones and strengthens the whole body, improve balance and flexibility. Newcomers to fitness welcome. Pay by the class, monthly or annual membership. 320 Alisal Road, Suite 406, Solvang. 686-2900.

Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise – Fridays 3-5 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. - noon and 3-5 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. - noon. 2-hour cruises that focus on nesting birds, other local wildlife, flora, cultural history, and geology. $15/adults $7/kids (4-12 years old, please, no children under 4). Reservations: 686-5050 weekdays, 686-5055 weekends. $8 Park Admission per vehicle. 688-4515 or visit and click on “Calendar of Events.”

The Vineyard House Restaurant for Jazz Under the Stars Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Music on the front deck, dinner is served, $3 per person entertainment charge added to the guest check. All money goes directly to musicians. On Friday and Saturday nights, from 6-8 p.m., Rex Harte entertains on the piano, playing his style of jazz renditions. On Sunday, brunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Bob “Mr. 2000 tunes” Riley plays big band and showtunes on the piano. There is no cover for either of these events. 350-0284.


United Voluntary Services rolls bandages for Direct Relief International the first Monday of the month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Ynez mobile home park and the fourth Monday of the month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Janin Way. For information, call Mary at 686-1965.

Al-Anon step study meeting at noon at the Solvang Alano Club, 320 Alisal Road, Solvang.

Global Gardens Organic Food Tasting, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Los Olivos. $3 pp, Mon-Sun, 693-1600.


Preschool Storytime: 11 a.m. Stories, songs, & fun for little ones. Stay for a craft afterward and make a new friend! Solvang Library 688-4214.

Santa Ynez Christian Women’s Connection meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Little Red House, 555 Atterdag, Solvang from 9:30-11 a.m. $5.00 Donation. Child care is provided; please contact Mary at 693-0244.

Solvang Rotary Club, Alisal River Grill Restaurant, 7:15 a.m.,

Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe, Wine and Art, 5-7 p.m. Meets the first Tuesday of every month.


Open Mic Night/Songwriter Showcase/Blues Jam. Dave Smith host. Singers and musicians welcome. Solvang Brewing Company, 7:30-10:30. 1547 Mission Dr., Solvang.

Jodi House, a support program for people recovering from brain injury and stroke, meets on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. at the SYV NonProfit Support Center, 595 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang. Family members welcome. Call (805)563-2882 for details.

The Soul Food Book Club chooses books with a spiritual focus or a valuable life lesson. We meet once a month, the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s in Los Olivos. For more information, call Paulette Miller at 688-0936.

Solvang Third Wednesday returns June 16th just in time to celebrate summer with a variety of opportunities to shop, wine and dine. Tickets are $20. For more information, contact Susan Williams at or Linda Jackson at

On-going Drawing classes with Connie Rohde. Beginners 9 a.m.-noon; intermediate 6-9 p.m. Continental breakfast at morning break. Evening tea/coffee and cakes at break. The C Gallery, Los Alamos. 344-3807,

Support the Troops Packing Day - 4th Wednesday of each month, 1 p.m. SYV Womens’ Club, 533 Atterdag, Solvang. 686-7976.

Farmers Market Certified Organic. Solvang, 2:30-6 p.m. Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc, 688-0701.

Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Cafe’s Tailor to your Taste, 5-7 p.m., Choose from five wines and hors d’oeuvres, $15 pp.

SYV Rotary Club meets at the Buellton Marriott, 12:15 p.m.,


Wandering Dog Wine Bar’s Blind Tasting 4-8 p.m. Cost is $15 pp. Check our website for each week’s theme

Support the Troops Game Day - 2nd Thursday of each month, noon to 3 p.m. $5 donation - snacks, drinks, fun and friendship - Nextrain, Bridge, etc. SYV Rancho Mobile Estates Clubhouse. Sonnie Lindquist, 686-7976.

SYV Women’s Club Duplicate Bridge - 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, noon to 3 p.m. For beginners, SYV Womens’ Club, 533 Atterdag, Solvang. Sonnie Lindquist, 686-7976.

Los Olivos Rotary Club meets, Los Olivos Grange, 5:30 p.m. 688-0658.

Valley Wind Ensemble rehearsal, 7 p.m., SYV High School Music Room, 688-8728.

Buellton Rotary Club meets, Marriott Hotel, Buellton, noon. 688-1000.


First Friday of every month, Non-denominational, candlelit Taize prayer/chant service. Come be soothed and comforted in a haven of peace and tranquility. Old Mission Santa Inés, 7-8 p.m. The door is always open.


The Saturday Los Olivos Farmers Market has returned from 9 a.m.-noon. Corner of San Marcos Avenue and Alamo Pintado Road.

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk and Junior Ranger Program: one-mile walk, 10-11:30 a.m. Junior Park Rangers Program (ages 3-12) 12:30-1:30 p.m. Kids under 10 must be with an adult. Learn about wildlife, caring for the environment, and earn a badge. For more information please call,688-4515, or you can visit our website at

Woodworking Class — Decorative box making, veneering, inlay, parquetry, traditional wood finishing, 9 a.m. Edward Jorgensen, Master Cabinetmaker. 325-3645 days.

Investor’s Roundtable: Markets and the Value of the Dollar. 3 - 4:30 p.m. The Investors’ Roundtable welcomes both novice and veteran investors to informal presentations and discussions. Meets on the second Saturdays of each month at the Solvang Library - check with Solvang library for dates.


Kids, come check out the Awana Clubs at Trinity Baptist Church for games, Bible lessons 6:46-8:15 p.m., K-2 and 3-6 grades, 1693 Laurel Ave., Solvang, 688-8750,

First Sunday monthly at 1 p.m. at The Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez. Live-Music, arts and raffles. Enjoy your lunch at The Hayloft Grill. Fundraiser for disabled children in SB County. For information, call 245-8494.

Gambler’s Anonymous meets at Lompoc Valley Alano Club at 2 p.m. every Sunday, at 119 North D Street. For info, call 737-3969.

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