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Youth Rec queen proud to celebrate her heritage 5th-generation Madi Bramsen has both Spanish and Danish ancestors By Raiza Giorgi


Photo by Mike Mesikep This year’s Youth Rec Queen Madi Bramsen, who is fifth-generation in the Santa Ynez Valley, is proud of her Spanish and Danish roots.

s this year’s Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation Queen, Madi Bramsen hopes to bring a different flavor to the annual fundraising effort. “I hope to bring both my Spanish and my Danish heritage together for this year’s campaign,” she said. “My family knows just about everyone in the valley and we have a great time together. It was a party when everyone found out I got named queen, and I can’t wait to kick off this campaign,” said Madi, 17, of Santa Ynez. The bubbly teenager is fifth-generation in the valley as her great-great-grandparents on her mother’s side came to the valley. Her great-grandparents, Ray and Martha Gonzalez, are still very much alive. During Madi’s interview with the Star even, they walked by the Valley Grind coffee shop and popped in to say how proud they were of her. “She is such a joy, and we are so proud she was chosen queen. She will do a great job,” Martha Gonzalez said. “Growing up here with all my family is awesome. My mom, aunts, grandma and great-grandma and I are so close, and we all love fashion and being flashy. We definitely get our sense of style from her,” Madi laughed. The Gonzalezes own the Western-style building on Sagunto Street that is the office of Joe Olla Realty. She said that building was a bar at the turn of the century. Madi laughed and said her destiny to become rec queen started when she was a little girl and her parents were told, “Someday your daughter could be the Youth Rec Queen.” She was thrilled when that prediction came true this year, and she hopes she can achieve as much success as prior queens. SYV Youth Rec has raised more than $3 million in the past 62 years for local youth programs and facilities and has funded many projects at the high school, fields

Photo contributed Madi said she gets her sense of style from her great-grandmother, Martha Gonzalez.

at local elementary and middle schools, and the baseball and soccer fields at Sunny Fields Park, among other accomplishments. When Ballard School was remodeled, for example, the group put in the basketball courts, ball fields and playground equipment. Youth Rec also contributed to the construction of the new barn at the high school’s farm, and completed renovations of the baseball fields and softball fields. Youth Rec continues to sponsor Youth Basketball and Summer Swim Programs, support Arts Outreach youth programs, and maintain the support of local youth teams and tournaments in the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos. Madi has been involved in Valley 4-H since she was 10 years old, and last year she won 4-H Grand Champion and Supreme Champion for her pigs at the Santa Barbara County Fair. She also shows her pigs yearQUEEN CONTINUED ON PAGE 29

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to Lisa Plowman of RRM Design Group. “Unfortunately, the project approved was not the project that was built,” Stewart told he Santa Barbara County Board of the Board of Supervisors, calling the afterSupervisors has ordered the Goldthe-fact plan changes a bait-and-switch en Inn & Village development to tactic. make more adjustments to its lighting but Plowman said the approved dark-sky denied an appeal of the project approval lighting plan didn’t meet safety standthat was filed by two neighbors. ards, and when the architecture firm Mark Brooks and Patti Stewart, resimade changes, they didn’t alert planning dents of Lucky Lane near the development staff. at 860 N. Refugio Road in Santa Ynez, The 20-foot light poles were in the have concerns about the site’s lighting and version of the plans that were given drainage, and appealed the county Planning permits and approval but were apparently Commission’s decision to approve develoverlooked, and both Plowman and opment plan revisions. county planning staff said they take lessons The Golden Inn & Village project comaway from the breakdowns in communipleted affordable senior housing and family cation. apartments on the site last year, and has a At the March 20 meeting, the Board of Phase 2 still to come with assisted-living Supervisors voted unanimously to deny and memory-care facilities. the appeal and uphold the project’s approvThe plans for the senior housing phase’s al. lighting and stormwater drainage were In the motion, supervisors also told changed before construction, and the Golden Inn & Village to change out one light pole for a motion sensor light and to developers – including the Rona Barrett add screening for the southernmost parking Foundation and the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara and its project area, whether that is by landscaping or a wall. manager, RRM Design Group – went to Third District Supervisor Joan Hartthe county afterward for approval on the mann asked developers and planning changes. staff to think about lessons learned with The Planning Commission approved this project to avoid making the same lighting plan revisions on Sept. 27, almistakes. lowing the existing lighting, which is on “Government is only as good as the 20-foot-tall poles instead of the original people who watch over it,” she said, adplan’s 8-foot poles. dressing Brooks and Stewart, and thankNeighbors have also been concerned ing them for their attention to the about the project’s drainage. project. The development plans had included detaining some off-site stormwater, but it Noozhawk managing editor Giana Magnoli was dropped from construction after an can be reached at engineer said it was a bad idea, according Noozhawk Managing Editor


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Judge won’t release all names from animal-rescue complaints By Janene Scully

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Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge has approved a motion seeking to quash a defense request for names of people who reported zoning complaints against a Solvang animal rescuer now charged with eight misdemeanor crimes. Julia Di Sieno, 57, appeared in Judge John McGregor’s courtroom April 4 for a hearing on motions, including whether Santa Barbara County Planning and Development must reveal the names of people who complained about her Animal Rescue Team operations. Di Sieno’s attorney, Kevin Dubrall, sought records from the county planning staff for zoning complaints regarding the Animal Rescue Team, which Di Sieno operates at 875 Carriage Drive outside Solvang city limits. County officials opposed the subpoena, filing a motion to quash the request, and adding that the complaints acquired in confidence led to an investigation and proceedings to abate violations found on the defendant’s property. “Disclosing such information would have a

chilling effect on future complaints, which are a prerequisite to an enforcement investigation,” Deputy County Counsel Danielle Drossel wrote in her motion. “As a result, the county would be prevented from investigating potential violations, and actual violaJulia Di Sieno tions would go undetected and unabated, thereby compromising public health, safety and welfare,” Drossel added. In his ruling, McGregor agreed that any complaints involving those in the criminal case against Di Sieno could be turned over to the defense attorney, but names of others must remain redacted for now. In addition to Drossel, an attorney for the neighbors, Lauren Joyce, was on hand to oppose release of names for other complaints. Ruling on a different motion filed by Deputy District Attorney Steven Li, the judge agreed to consolidate the two misdemeanor cases against Di Sieno.

She initially faced two stalking charges and two counts of making criminal threats in the first case filed in December. Another four misdemeanor charges — unlawful Firearm Act violation of restraining order, possession of a deadly weapon, and two contempt-of-court counts — were filed in late February after DiSieno allegedly failed to turn over firearms as ordered by the judge. Following a long-running neighborhood feud involving Animal Rescue Team operations, the criminal case began in October when Di Sieno’s neighbors, the Nohrs, were having dinner on their patio and heard the defendant yelling. A review of the surveillance video reportedly revealed Di Sieno making animal noises and shouting “Hey, yeah, you up there. You (expletive) liars. Hello? Stop it,” according to the motion of consolidate the cases. She added, “You’re going down,” and made loud sounds as if imitating gunfire, court documents said. In January, deputies discovered Di Sieno had not surrendered her firearms as ordered by the judge.

After obtaining a search warrant, deputies found a Glock 19 pistol, a Ruger revolver, a pink semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, a Browning pistol and a tranquilizer rifle, according to court documents. Hundreds of rounds of ammunition of various caliber also were found, along with a baton similar to those used by law enforcement officers. The case was scheduled to return to court April 12, and a trial, estimated to take four days, is tentatively set for later this month. Di Sieno also was arrested in late March following an allegation she assaulted a neighbor with her vehicle by driving her truck toward him and striking the man on the shoulder with the side mirror of her vehicle. Video evidence and witness statements corroborated the victim’s report, the Sheriff’s Department said. No charges have been filed in that case, but Di Sieno was ordered to appear in court in late April. Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at

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he Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office is looking for people to serve as poll workers for the statewide primary election on June 5. Community participation is key to staffing the nearly 170 precinct boards for the election, said Joseph E. Holland, the county’s registrar of voters. Large employers in the county can show support by allowing and encouraging their employees to participate, he said. “Poll workers are on the front line of

democracy; without them voting does not happen,” Holland added. Poll workers receive a stipend of $180 to $240 for Election Day and to attend training. Each polling place has one or more Precinct Boards composed of one inspector and two to four clerks. Each polling place has a coordinator and, if needed, a traffic clerk. Poll workers must meet the following criteria: n Be a registered California voter or a person lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States who could

otherwise vote. n Be able to follow written and verbal instruction. n Be available to serve Election Day (June 5) from approximately 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. or until all of the closing procedures have been completed. n Be available to attend a mandatory training class. Howard Hudson is a poll worker and an “Adopt-A-Poll” organizer for the Santa Barbara Host Lions Club because he wants to be a part of the democratic process. “I feel that as a citizen I am obligated to

do what I can to help with the process, and I encourage others to get involved and participate. Election Day is busy but rewarding, and I get to meet others supporting our democratic process and (our) right to vote.” To learn more, go to http://sbcassessor. com/Elections/Pollworker.aspx. To sign up, call 1-844-259-0348, or email (in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria areas),or (in the Santa Ynez, Lompoc and Santa Maria areas).


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SB battalion chief named Elks Citizen of the Year The Santa Ynez Valley Elks Lodge No. 2640 has named Santa Barbara Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Farris as its Citizen of the Year. “Mr. Farris’ bravery and leadership from fire to mudslides made this a very easy decision for me,” said lodge Exalted Ruler Stefan Ornelaz. “It was my true pleasure to give him this award.” For more information about the Santa Ynez Valley Elks, visit

State cattlemen group endorses Justin Fareed Republican candidate Justin Fareed in California’s 24th Congressional District has received the endorsement of the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). “The ranching community would be proud to have you as our representative and our ally in the halls of Congress,” said CCA President Dave Daly. “As a third-generation California rancher, I am honored to have the support of such an esteemed organization,” Fareed said. Fareed cited the importance of Central Coast agriculture as a $3.8 billion industry that brings more 40,000 jobs to the region. “I am firmly committed to presenting solutions in Washington that help create jobs on the Central Coast and to reining in burdensome regulations to afford family farmers and ranchers the opportunity to thrive,” he said. Fareed also is president of a small business in Santa Barbara, Proband Sports Industries. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in political science and worked for a senior member of Congress, where he handled various matters pertaining to foreign relations, small business, agriculture, commerce, manufacturing and trade.


Photo by Kenny Lund This aerial view of Circle V Ranch Camp taken in February shows the undamaged sports field and dining hall in the foreground, with the Whittier Fire burn scar and Lake Cachuma in the background.

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to work with our rebuilding crews and look forward to opening as soon as we can in 2019. We thank everyone for their continued patience and support.” The Whittier wildfire began on July 8, 2017, burning throughout the camp and surrounding areas. Circle V lost its water system and many buildings. Donations to help in rebuilding can be made at

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Flight scholarships waiting for future aviators At least two awards will be made at the 5th annual Santa Ynez Valley Airport Day on May 19 By Victoria Martinez


tudents interested in learning to fly are urged to obtain an application now for the Airport Day 2018 Flight Scholarship, which will pay for aircraft rental and a flight instructor for the first several hours of flight instruction needed for earning a private pilot’s license for a powered airplane or glider. The scholarships are available for all Santa Barbara County students age 14-17, and at least two will be awarded at the fifth annual Airport Day on May 19 at Santa Ynez Valley Airport. Airport Day planner Robert “Captain Bob” Perry, who has been flying for almost 40 years, explained that the scholarship is a great starting point for youth interested in aviation. “Learning to fly gives them the knowledge to learn how to do something they didn’t know how to do,” he said. “The scholarship gives them that start.” Maj. Amy Moore, an Air Force reservist and graduate of Santa Ynez Valley High School, knows first hand the impact of learning to fly at a young age. In 2003, she applied for a local youth aviation scholarship after hearing about it from a friend. “I just knew a desk job wasn’t for me, but I didn’t know what was,” Moore explained. The scholarship allowed her to get her private pilot license in 2004, completing most of her training in the Santa Ynez Valley. “I didn’t know if I’d like it or even be good at flying,” Moore said. “I was able to find out I was, and learn to fly at some

Photos contributed More than 800 people attended last year’s Airport Day.

level. It helped me figure out I could do this for my career.” Moore went on to attend the Air Force Academy from 2004-2008 and completed her Air Force pilot training in 2009. “I chose a career based on flying, so it helped to have some basic knowledge before entering the Air Force,” she added. Moore left active duty in 2014 and has been a reservist ever since, completing Air Force missions every six weeks or so. The job has taken her to about 30 different countries all over the word. “I thought it would be great to have a desk with a view every day, and it turns out it is,” Moore said. The Airport Day 2018 Flight Scholarship is funded by grants from the Santa Ynez

Valley Airport Authority and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation. Over the past several years five local students have received flight training at Santa Ynez Valley Airport with the most recent student, Colin Jamison, achieving a solo endorsement for flight in a Cessna 172. Airport day will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with registration for the Young Eagles youth flying event starting at 9 a.m. A free hotdog and FLIGHT CONTINUED ON PAGE 28


Local high school graduate Amy Moore earned an Airport Day scholarship and then became an Air Force pilot. “I thought it would be great to have a desk with a view,” she says.

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Earth Day presentation Bill restores access to to feature lupines mental health services Staff Report

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hotographer Stuart Wilson will present his images of California’s richly colorful and varied lupines, one of the state’s most beloved groups of wildflowers, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at UC Sedgwick Reserve in the eastern Santa Ynez Valley. The Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society has scheduled the free event for the weekend of Earth Day. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic dinners and come to the reserve early, starting at 5:30 p.m. Lupines are one of the most easily recognized plants in the pea family. They grow in California from the coast to mountaintops, from humble roadsides to wildland hills, and in every floral color. Wilson recently spent two years traversing California on a quest to photograph all 104 species and varieties of the genus Lupinus in the state. He is working on a book, “Lupines of California,” with the help of Teresa Sholars, who wrote the text on genus Lupinus in the “Jepson Manual of California Plants.” Wilson attended Brooks Institute of Photography and has traveled extensively to photograph rain forest flora and fauna as well as that of the American West. He has taught photography classes at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and has been widely published in books, calendars, magazines, and DVDs. He is the principal photog-

bill by two state legislators from Santa Barbara has been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown to restore access to acute mental-health care at a Ventura County psychiatric hospital that was closed by the Thomas Fire. Assembly Bill 417 was authored by Assembly member Monique Limón and co-authored by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson. The new law will allow outpatient behavioral health services to resume immediately while the hospital’s inpatient services remain suspended because of fire damage. Normally the licenses are connected and both services must be provided at a facility simultaneously. The Thomas Fire was the largest fire in California history. Among the 1,063 structures destroyed and 280 damaged were two buildings at Aurora Vista del Mar, an acutecare psychiatric hospital in Ventura County. Vista Del Mar was one of the largest private psychiatric hospitals in the region. Its closure resulted in the loss of 75 percent of all available psychiatric beds in the county and 100 percent of the adolescent beds on the Central Coast. “Vista Del Mar is a critically important provider of both inpatient and outpatient mental health services in the region. … As one of the only providers of adolescent ser-



Photo by Stuart Wilson Spider Lupine, Lupinus benthamil.

rapher of “A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region” by author Joan Lentz. A list of upcoming lectures and field trips sponsored by the natural history society can be found at For more information, send email to or call 805-693-5683.

RD File Assembly Bill 417 will allow outpatient behavioral health services to resume immediately while the hospital’s inpatient services remain suspended because of damage caused by the Thomas Fire.

vices, it is critical these services come back online as quickly as possible. I am happy the legislature was able to help expedite this process,” Limón said. “The impact of restoring these services in our community will provide a life-saving resource for our friends and neighbors who are going through mental health challenges and seeking treatment in an area that can no longer provide this care in the aftermath of the Thomas Fire,” said Vista del Mar Hospital CEO Jenifer Nyhuis. AB 417 passed off the Assembly and Senate Floors with bipartisan support and no opposition. It has an urgency clause that allowed it to go into effect immediately after being signed by the governor.

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The season of growing is upon us By Carolyn Givens Contributing Writer


t’s almost here! The season of growing, the time when the energy of earth is harnessed to push seedlings up and out into the sunlight so that all the tastiest tender fruits and vegetables can find their places at our tables. Now is the time for all those vegetables you’ve been missing all winter. We will till all the cover crops under and begin planting zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries and tomatoes. The raspberry and blackberry bushes will begin blooming, and the brown canes will be covered in white flowers. In our animal enclosures, we have some new arrivals. Our mama pig was pregnant for about 3 1/2 months, and she gave birth to nine adorable piglets. They will nurse for up to eight weeks and then wean from their mom. We also expect to see some chicks pecking around with their moms and dads in the chicken enclosure. More chickens equal more eggs! We sell freshly laid eggs all summer from our free-roaming happy hens. Springtime means that our sugar snap peas will be available at our farm stands and markets very soon. Sugar snap peas are the candy of the vegetable world. You eat them, shell and all, right out of the bag. Kids love them, and grownups do too. Besides being a great low-calorie snack, sugar snaps also contain lots of iron, as well as vitamins C, A, and K. A lot of people ask us why sugar snaps are so expensive. The reason is that they are ‘artisan’ – like those handmade pickles from Brooklyn. The farm workers pound rows

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Photo contributed With spring come sugar snap peas, the candy of the vegetable world.

and rows of stakes in the ground. Between each stake, they put up three long horizontal lengths of twine. The twine stretches all the way down the field. The pea seedlings are hand planted at the bottom of the stakes, and the vines use the twine to help them climb. Eventually, it looks like a green vine-wall covered with flowers, and then the flowers turn into snap pods. The snap pea plants are hand-weeded, and when the pods are ready, each snap pea is harvested by hand. There is no such thing on our farm as a snap-pea-harvesting robot. When you come to the market, the peas you buy have been picked the day before.


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They are fresh and delicious and so it really isn’t necessary to cook them. You can throw them in at the end of a stir-fry – and believe it or not, there is such a thing as snap pea ice cream, if you have an ice cream maker. But we prefer to either cut them up for salad or simply eat them raw. Their crunchy goodness and ‘green’ taste will be the essence of spring. Carolyn Givens operates Something Good Organics, a CSA program, and a farm stand on Santa Rosa Road. Email her at carolyn for more information.

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ore than 100 people turned out for a recent community meeting organized by a group opposed to the “Camp 4” property in Santa Ynez becoming part of the Chumash reservation. Members of the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition, which was created to defeat legislation that would take the rural land “into trust” for the tribe, focused on land use and preserving the valley’s rural character. At the meeting on April 27 at the Solvang Veteran’s Memorial Hall, coalition members recounted the history of land-use master plans called the Valley Blueprint and the Valley Plan and said they would release more information in the coming weeks, organizers said. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians announced in January that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) had placed the tribe’s 1,390 acres known as “Camp 4” into federal trust. “Camp 4 is officially part of our reservation so we can begin the process of building homes on the property for tribal members and their families and revitalizing our tribal community,” Tribal Chairman Kenneth Kahn said in a prepared statement that was part of that announcement. The tribe bought the Camp 4 property in 2010 from late actor, vintner and hotelier Fess Parker, and they soon began the process of placing the land into federal trust, which makes it part of the tribe’s sovereign nation. Those efforts have been loudly opposed

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“Your voice is the instrument and I felt like we were in the 1930s,” Remak said. Elizabeth, 12, a seventh-grader at Solvang Elementary School, ultimately didn’t win the competition but she definitely left an impression on the hundreds of people who came to see the performances. Nolan shley Carroll does everything she Montgomery can keep her concentration betweenof Dos Pueblos High School was crowned the winner. “Being and on stage was mind blowing and I had such a great time. rounds by wearing dark glasses is about bringing a smile to people’s faces, and that’s what I listening to music as she pushesPerforming through each strive for when I perform,” Elizabeth said. trap-shooting match. She’s no stranger to the stage as she has performed in the valley for His career includes images of naturalHer disasprocess is definitely working, because Story by Raiza Giorgi various the national anthem at Fourth of July and porters, Super Bowls and Hollywood’s the biggest 22-year-old from Solvang won her functions-singing first Photos by George Rose traying Poppins in last year’s production with the Arts Outreach celebrities. World Cup gold medal in Acapulco onMary March Summer Theater. Rose started his professional journey 19. more This popular eorge Rose loves to post pictures of the than 40 years ago when he was in college, “I keep my pre-shooting routine going and event along with Teen Dance Star are now in their seventh to season of crowning hardworking students, and creator and executive Santa Ynez Valley landscape, especially studying art history. He fell into photography I’ve met with sports psychologists help me Photo contributed producer Lambert, a former valley resident, talks about his efforts. along Armour Ranch Road where new while he was a copy messenger for the withProgmy mental focus and staying calm.Joe It can Solvang native Ashley Carroll father, Charlie “I am to really and humbled bycredits their her hard work andCarroll, what’swith instilling in her the love of shooting clays and a blacktop paving contrasts starkly with the epic ress Bulletin, a small newspaper in Pomona. be hard when you have people talking you impressed sense of responsibility and safety around firearms. really amazing landscape of meadows and mountains beyond it. “I used to hang out with the sportsbetween editors,matches, and I really try to pick a is they set their goals to get into the show, or into the top 10 and they keep pursuing their dreams,” Lambert However, his stunning landscapes are just and they helped me with my interestsong in phoand focus on it,” Carroll said. or participating in league events.said. My friends Union High School Carroll has been attending Star drew all around Santa “retirement photos” for Rose, who made an tography. I would make the plates on plastic, Carroll has been trap shooting This sinceyear’s she Teenwould wantcontestants me to go tofrom a party with them andBarbara the University of Colorado and working on at the Arlington Theatre. The finalists award-winning career in photojournalism that which would get transferred onto thewas printing in second grade. It was anCounty activityperforming that I their knewhearts if I didout I wouldn’t get enough rest or her general education. She believes this will weredid Jillian Garnett of San Marcos High School (12th Grade), Elizabeth spanned from the days of spending hours with equipment, and back then it was theshe cuspand of her father, Charlie Carroll, togeth- get in trouble and not be allowed to shoot,” be a big year for her shooting. She moved to of SolvangCarroll Schoolsaid. (7th Grade), James McKernan of BishopColorado Springs to be close to the Olympic film in the darkroom to the more immediate the turning point of technology,” Rose now the coach for thePadfield er. He Santa Ynez High School (12th Trujillo of Dos Pueblos High gratification of making and manipulating digital In the late 1970s and early 1980s Valley Rose Sportsman Association’sDiego Scholastic Trap Grade), shootingNicole has also allowed her to Training Center, which is also the headquarPhoto Daniel Dreifuss (11th Grade), Daniel Geiger of Pioneer Valley High School images. spent six years as a staff photographer forTarget the byProgram, Clay in whichSchool hundreds participate in a sport and travel all around the (11th ters for USA Shooting. She placed second Seventh-grader Padfield of Solvangtwice wowedfor theacrowd with her rendition of “Summertime” by Georgeprimarily Gershwin. The judges were stunned to HeElizabeth has been nominated Pulitzer Los Angeles Times, focused in the of kids from all around the Central Coast world for competitions. TEEN Recently went toON PAGE for the learn her age and said her vocal talents were astounding. STAR she CONTINUED 11 2016 Olympic team trials and is still Prize. entertainment industry. He has photographed participate. Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic east of deciding if she wants to go for the next Olym“Photojournalism is such an admirable profes- figures from Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa“He and wouldn’t let me shoot until I could Turkey. pic tryouts. sion because it can really capture the story for Eva Gabor to Meryl Streep, Sidney hold Poitier, the gun up on my own for a good “It was a beautiful country and one of the “A highlight for me was meeting Kim the reader. I was really lucky to have my career amount of time. We would set up boxes in the cleanest places I’ve been to. The streets were Rhode, who has been an inspiration to women GEORGE ROSE CONTINUEDliving ON PAGE 20 and I would practice for hours in the heyday of print journalism,” Rose said. room impeccable and the people were beyond hos- in shooting. After talking to her it became until I was ready,” Carroll said. pitable,” she said. really clear to me that I can achieve this as She she believes that more kids should take Carroll also won bronze in the HH Sheikha well,” Carroll said. lessons and learn their way around a gun. Fatia Bint Mubarak Women’s International Rhode became the first athlete to win an “Guns actually kept me out of trouble, beShooting Championship in the United Arab individual medal during six consecutive sumcause every Friday night and most weekends Emirates on April 13. SHOOTING CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 my dad and I were at the trap range practicing Since graduating from Santa Ynez Valley


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Entrepreneur awards to honor 11 women SY Valley residents are among 33 finalists By Joni Kelly Contributed


hose in the ballroom at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort on the evening of May 4 will hear, “The envelope, please,” and 11 outstanding women entrepreneurs will receive the 2018 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards. The winners to be revealed that night were selected from some 115 nominees in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties by independent judges who live outside the tri-county area and are not connected with the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (SOE) Foundation. Three Santa Ynez Valley women — Puck Erickson-Lohnas, Jody Williams and Raiza Giorgi — are among the finalists. “It is exciting for everyone involved,” said Cathy Feldman, board chairwoman and CEO of the foundation. “We had an amazing group of candidates this year, and it was difficult for our judges to narrow it down to the top three in each of the categories.” The 33 finalists will be recognized for their business achievements at the SOE awards dinner. “These remarkable women have such a variety of enterprises that we think it is important to tell the community about them. In fact, every one of them deserves recognition,” Feldman said. One recipient — Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree — was unanimously selected by the foundation board and announced prior to the awards for the indelible community impact she has made as a woman business owner and philanthropist. She will be honored at the event as the Rock Star: Life Achievement winner for 2018. She is CEO of Pacific Air Industries, a company based in Chatsworth that supplies airplane parts to airlines and companies around the globe. Lady Ridley-Tree is a very hands-on entrepre-

neur, traveling to the office several days a week. The awards will also honor high school and college student winners of SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge competition. Proceeds from the awards dinner will go toward cash prizes, in the form of seed money, as well as scholarships for the winning student entrepreneurs. Several sponsors also contribute directly to the student awards, including Montecito Bank & Trust and Southern California Edison. This fulfills the foundation’s mission of supporting entrepreneurship at all levels in the Santa Barbara community. Before dinner, guests and the public can meet the high school and collegiate finalists from New Venture Challenge and learn about their proposed businesses. For the first time this year, the students will be joined by previous winners of the SOE awards to help these businesses recover from the recent floods and mudslides. Tickets are available until April 30 and can be bought by visiting and clicking on the red banner at the top. For more information, email Cathy Feldman at or call 805-682-8380. The 33 finalists for the 2018 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards are:

Agriculture & Wineries:

n Marta Alvarez, YCE Inc., www.YCEinc. com n Puck Erickson-Lohnas, Arcadia Studio, n Jody Williams, Broken Clock Vinegar Works,

Emerging Business:

n Carey Bradshaw, Hooter Holster by Carey Bradshaw, n Raiza Giorgi, Santa Ynez Valley Star and Santa Barbara Family & Life Magazine, and www. n Lele Miranda, Lele Patisserie, www.

Green & Social Entrepreneur: n Diana Pereira, Impact Hub of SB and Balance Financial Management, www.impact n Marine Schumann, Brighten Solar Co., n Cecilia Villasenor Johnson, Sun Pacific Solar Electric,

Health & Wellness:

n Robin Long, The Balanced Life, www. n Melodee Meyer, Kickboxers/Martial Arts Family Fitness, n Marlo Tell, Marlo’s Therapeutic & Sports Massage,

Hospitality & Tourism:

n Nirasha Rodriguez, The Food Liaison, n Diane Smith, Joy by the Spoonful, joyby n Tammy White, Grapes and Hops, www.

Media & Communications:

n Lindsey Carnett, Marketing Maven, n Marjorie Large, WitMark Marketing & Branding Group, n Emily Solomon, The Food Marketer,

Nonprofit organizations:

n Anne Cremarosa, MIYB California/Santa Maria Business Development Center, www. n Debra Manchester, Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara, n Sarah Otterstrom, Paso Pacifico, paso

Professional Services:

n Laurie Gross, Laurie Gross Studios, n Terri Hilliard, Terri Hilliard PC Estate, Elder and Special-Needs Law, www.terri AWARDS CONTINUED ON PAGE 10


Photo contributed Staging your home before you put it on the market is a great way to impress potential buyers or create a living space homeowners may prefer.

Stage your home for faster sale, higher price Contributed

SYV Association of Realtors


iewing a house for sale requires would-be buyers to visualize the property as a future place to call home. They often have to rely on their imaginations for how they want to design the property as homeowners. Staging your home before you put it on the market is a great way to impress potential buyers or create a living space that homeowners may prefer. Seventy-seven percent of buyers’ agents said staging made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2017 “Profile of Home Staging.” “Buyers want to be able to picture the


The next owner of your house could be a neighbor By Kenneth Harwood

Economist, Solvang Chamber of Commerce


f you own a house here and plan to sell, chances are that the next owner of your house lives in Santa Barbara County. That’s a finding from a study of 51 sales of residences in 2017 by a real estate firm in Solvang. More buyers come from Santa Barbara County than from all other places combined. Chances are pretty good that the buyer of your house lives within 15 miles of you, because slightly more than half of the buyers live within 15 miles. Quite l ikely the buyer lives in the Santa Ynez Valley.

People who move fewer than 50 miles say that a main reason for moving is related to housing, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. Often that means something like an upgrade, a downsize, or a move from renting or leasing to owning. Those who move 500 miles or more tend to say employment is a main reason. Thanks to Allan Jones of Santa Ynez Real Estate Company for the data set. Please go online to U. S. Census Bureau, News Release C816-189, November 16, 2016, Table 21, for details of stated reasons for moving. Graphic contributed A study of 51 local home sales in 2017 showed that more than half the buyers already lived in Santa Barbara County.

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Retail: n Claudia Cordova Papa, Aqua Skin and Nail Care, n Zdena Jiroutova, ZFolio, n Johanna Zlenko, The Closet Trading Company,

Science & Technology: n Kristin Denault, Fluency Lighting

Technologies, n Jenny Du, Apeel Sciences, www.apeel n Laura Nixon Miller, Redi Match, www.

Wholesale, Manufacturing & Global Trade: n Yvonne Erwin, YARD CARD, www. n Michele McDowell, Wiggins Lift Co., n Andrea Ridgell, Mishay Salon & Spa; Glop & Glam,

Don’t be boreD! 3 Weeks of Fun Ages 12-14

Teen Camp

Mon-Thurs • 8 am-6 pm $180/4 Days; $45/1 Day

June 11-June 28 Mon: Hike/Beach Tue: Field Trip

Paint Ball, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding

Wed: Pool Day & Field Games HS Pool/Aquatic Center

Thur: Trampoline Day

Cloud 10, Rock N Jump, Sky High

Surf Camp


Sports Camp

June 11-June 28

3 WEEKS OF SURFING LOCAL BEACHES Pick up in both Solvang & Buellton Surfboards provided Wet suits recommended Must be able to carry your own surfboard

WEEK 1: JULY 2,3 & 5 WEEK 2: JULY 9-12 WEEK 3: JULY 16-19 Week 3 for Advanced Surfers

home’s interior designs in the easiest way possible. Staging your home with even the smallest touches like new bathroom towels, drapes over the windows or flowers on a coffee table will liven up your listing and make a big difference to the buyer,” said Bob Jennings, board president of the Santa Ynez Valley Association of Realtors. Staging your home can also put you ahead of the competition, which is no small feat in an unpredictable and high-cost housing market. “More than 60 percent of sellers’ agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market. With so many factors that play into what sells a home and what buyers are willing to pay, staging your home is an advantage that can mean selling faster or at a higher price,” Jennings said.

Here are some simple staging tips that will help you spruce up your listing and stay ahead of the market: n objects throughout the house, such as magazines on the coffee table and bathroom items on the sink. In addition, take down magnets and pictures from the refrigerator and remove clothes you do not wear from closets to show a cleaner, more spacious area. n Refresh your walls. Remove and rearrange artwork or photos and then patch and paint interior walls in order to give buyers a better visual of each room. n Personalize spare rooms. Buyers will have different needs, depending on family size, and it is wise to stage a spare bedroom based on your target buyers. “If you are putting a condo on the market, you might want to stage the spare bedroom as office space for young and single professionals,” Jennings said.

Summer Quilt Camps July 16-20 & Aug 6-10 • 11am to 3pm Mon~Fri

3 Weeks of Fun * Ages 11-16 Mon-Thurs • 8 am-4 pm

$200/4 Days; $110/2 Days; $65/1 Day


AGES 11-14

Mon-Thurs • 8 am-6 pm Room A $180/4 Days; $45/1 Day


Call for more information 805-688-1086 Sign up @ 301 2nd St, Buellton, CA 93427

Kids will...

• learn how to use a sewing machine. • make a large throw-sized quilt from start to finish. • quilt thier masterpiece on a Longarm Quilting Machine. Please call with questions • lunches includedand/or to pre register homemade quesadillas 805-693-0174 with aluminum foil and 252 East Hwy. 246, Unit A • Buellton, CA an iron. Find

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summer camps

Need a little summer camp guidance? I t’s time for parents to register their children for summer camps throughout the Santa Ynez Valley and beyond. Here are some possibilities.

Arts Outreach Summertime Arts The Arts Outreach Summertime Arts classes are a diverse way to dive into the fun of learning new art techniques. Explore painting, drama, woodworking, songwriting, printmaking, guitar playing, mask-making, music or drawing. Morning, afternoon, and all-day sessions are available. Grades K-8. Weekly June 11-July 20. $80-$100/session. Los Olivos Elementary School. Contact: 805-688-9533 or

Buellton Rec Center Day Camps Campers will have fun, make friends, and enjoy a field trip each week. One-, three- and five-day options available. Bring a nutritious sack lunch daily and a positive attitude. Ages 6-12. M-F, June 11 – Aug. 10, 7:30 am – 6 pm. $45-$180. Buellton Rec Center, 301 Second St., Buellton. Contact: 805-688-1086 or www.

Buellton Rec Center Teen Camp

8:30am-12:30pm. Extended care available. Free. First Baptist Church, 949 Veronica Springs Rd. Contact Info: 805-681-7500 x8754 or

Teens can enjoy a day camp with others their age. Have fun, make friends, and enjoy Challenger Soccer Camp two field trips a week. Ages 12-14. M-Th, Join the UK’s best soccer players to learn June 11-28, 8 am – 6 pm. $45-$180. Buellton Rec Center, 301 Second St., Buellton. Contact: or improve moves, dribbling, passing/receiving, shooting and defending. Ages 3-16. June 688-1086 or 11-15 and/or Aug. 6-10, Mon-Fri, 9 am -10 am for ages 3-5 and 9 am – noon for ages 6-16. Camp Millionaire and $105-$166. Sunny Fields Park, 900 Alamo Moving Out Financial Camps Pintado Road, Solvang. Contact: challenger. Interactive, experiential financial education camps for kids. All of the programs use The Money Game to teach kids about money and investing. They learn about money by doing money. Camp Millionaire: July 9-13, $495. Moving Out Camp: Ages 14+ July 16-20. $495. Contact: 805-957-1024, elisabethdonati. com or

Destination Science

Buellton Rec Center Surf Camp

Camp Wheez

Campers will have fun learning to surf. Longboards provided and wetsuits are highly recommended. One-, two-, three- and fourday options available for three weeks in July. Ages 11-16. 8 am-4 pm. $65-$200. Pick-up locations at Buellton Rec Center and Solvang Vets Hall. Contact: 805-688-1086 or www.

Campers learn about their asthma while they participate in recreation and arts and crafts. Parents attend a brief workshop which provides an update on asthma care and a time to have their questions answered by an asthma specialist, followed by a play presented by the children. Grades 1-6. Mon.-Fri., Aug. 6-10,

ages and interests. Offerings include their Summer Academy, aquatics programs, baseball camp, and wilderness first aid training. Various ages, dates, times, and prices. Dunn School, 2555 West Highway 154, Los Olivos. Contact: 805-686-0615 or summer-welcome.php.

Destination Science is a warm, wonderful environment where kids feel comfortable making connections with others. A variety of STEM focused camps offered to elementary aged students. Transforming Robots, Rovers Rocketing to Space, Amusement Park Science, and Science Makers & Inventors camps all being offered. Grades K-6. June 11-July 13. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Extended care available. $359. Foothill Elementary, 711 Ribera Drive, Santa Barbara. Contact:

Gypsy Studios Art Camps

Dunn School Summer Programs

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Dunn School offers camps and programs throughout the summer for students of many

Each week’s emphasis will differ and focus on the art movement, genre or style focus. Contemporary, impressionism, and pop art focuses will be offered. Ages 7-14. 10 am-2 pm. M-F June 11-15, July 16-20 and July 30-Aug 3. $355/week. Gypsy Studios, 597 Ave of the Flags, Ste 103, Buellton. Contact: gypsystudios or 805-990-2105.

Ice in Paradise


Equine riding camp teaches life skills, too By April Charlton Contributing Writer


int-sized equestrians across the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara and beyond still have time to saddle up for Cindy McClellan’s summer riding camps at the Little Big Riding School in Santa Ynez, but spaces are limited and will fill up quickly. Open to children 6 and older, who have basic horse-riding experience, McClellan has taught summer equine camps for at least the past two decades, offering a wealth of real-life, take-home horse experience from the area’s longest-running Western riding school for youth. “At every single camp, we teach basic Photos contributed Cindy McClellan emphasizes that much of her summer camp program focuses on building confidence and life skills in her young riders.

safety on the ground,” McClellan said. “How to move with your horse. How to groom your horse. As they get older, there’s tacking, putting on saddles, bridles. I’m very hands-on. I want them to do as much as they can. I don’t go slow.” Her programs run weekly, beginning June 25 through June 29 with Camp One, which has also been dubbed “Farm and Barn Camp.” During the kickoff camp, kids will participate in a lot of horseback riding as well as arts and crafts in the ranch’s garden and fun farming projects, according to organizers. All camps run from 9 a.m. to noon, and McClellan supplies the horses — she has about 15 at the ranch that she uses for the camps — saddles and tack. Cost to attend a camp is $350 or $375 depending on the weeklong session chosen. There are five sessions, including a kids’ basic horseback camp, where they’ll learn

horse decorating and compete in a contest, and a camp that has the youth learning how to ride on trails, bathe their horses, and more. Parents also have the option of signing their children up for the entire month. “There are kids who sign up for the entire camp,” McClellan said, noting that a new element this year is the option for youth to stay for an extra three hours after the noontime camps conclude each day and participate in gardening-type projects until 3 p.m. “They will go out into the garden and learn how to plant, and that will be available for every camp,” she added. The cost to participate in the second-half of camp is $150, and McClellan can accommodate 20 additional students, she said. McClellan stressed that much of her summer camp program focuses on buildLITTLE BIG CONTINUED ON PAGE 28


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Los Olivos Dance Gallery Camps Students can dance the summer away at Dance Camp. They will have fun, make friends, and build confidence during these dance camps for both boys and girls. Ages 3.5 and up. Various weeks June 11 – July 27. Various times and prices. Los Olivos Dance Gallery, 2948 Nojoqui Ave., No. 6, Los Olivos. Contact: lodg@ or crafts and more. Ages 6-14. Mon.-Fri., June 11-15 and/or Aug. 6-10, 8:30 am-4 pm. $395/ week. Ice in Paradise, 6985 Santa Felicia Drive, Goleta. Contact: 805-879-1550, matt@ or

Jedi Engineering with LEGO Materials The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGO materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire! June 11-15, 9 am-noon for ages 5-7 and 1-4 pm for ages 7-12. $125. Ballard Elementary School. Contact: www.

Mie’s Beads Camps Students will learn a variety of beading and jewelry making techniques. No experience necessary. All materials are included in the tuition price. Ages 10+. June 25-29 or July 2327. 9 am-1 pm. $185 or $40/day. Register by 5/15 and save $25/week. Mie’s Beads, 1539A Mission Drive, Solvang. Contact: mie@mies or 805-686-8804.

Moxi Museum Discover. Explore. Create. Join us for a oneof-a-kind summer of creativity and innovation at MOXI Summer Camp. For summer 2018, MOXI is excited to offer the MOXI Institute of Cardboard Engineering and Digital Creativity Camp. Grades 1-6. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Extended care available. Weekly, June 11-Aug. 17. Contact: 805-770-5012 or

Little Big Riding School Camps

Nature Adventures

Weekly riding camps are being offered in June and July with a different theme every week. Mon.-Fri., June 25-July 27, 9 am-noon. $350/week. Extended day available from noon-3 p.m. for $150/week. The Little Big Riding School, 2035 Edison St., Santa Ynez.

Children have opportunities to experiment, experience, and observe the natural world around them while engaging in the scientific process. Ages 4-14. Mon.-Fri., June 11-Aug. 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $215-$265/week. Extended care available. S.B. Museum of Natural

History, 2559 Puesta del Sol, and Sea Center, 211 Stearns Wharf. Contact: 805-682-4711 or

Reading Skills & Speed Reading Programs Instruction in phonics, fluency, comprehension, love of reading, textbook skills and speed reading offered once a week throughout the summer. Offered in partnership with Allan Hancock College and designed/taught by Institute of Reading Development instructors. Pre-K to Adult. Tuition varies by program grade. First Christian Church, 1550 South Collee Drive, Santa Maria. Contact: Institute of Reading Development, 1-800-903-0162.

Refugio Junior Lifeguards Young participants learn how to be safe in the ocean, what to do in an emergency, how to respect and care for the environment, and the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. Mon.-Thurs., June 25-July 20. 10 am-3 pm. $399. Refugio State Beach and El Capitan State Beach. Contact: 805-331-8018 or

Safety Town Children entering or leaving kindergarten will learn to evaluate “safe” and “unsafe” while learning overall safety practices. June 25-29, 9 am-noon. $25. Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, 1825 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang. Contact: Lis Wilson, 805-6886323 x242, or

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history and creative problem solving. All camps include a visit to the museum to learn about and be

inspired by original works of art. Ages 5-12. Mon.-Fri., June 11-Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $250 SBMA Members, $300 non-members. SBMA’s Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St. Contact:, 805-8846441 or

Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation The city of Santa Barbara offers more than 40 summer camps with full- and half-day options for a variety of interests including cooking, theater, sports, dance, Legos, art, and many more. Contact: 805-564-5418 or sbparksand

Santa Barbara Zoo Camps Traditional camp includes hands-on science activities, games, crafts, snack and lunch time, up-close animal encounters and a guided zoo tour. Speciality camps cater to specific interests such as junior veterinarian, backyard biologist, and the new Aussie Adventure camps. Ages 3-12. Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive. Contact: 805-962-5339 or www.

Solvang Parks and Recreation Solvang Parks and Recreation will once again host a variety of specialty summer sessions, including Horse Camp, American Girl Doll Camp, Woodworking Camp, Cookie Camp, Jr Chef Camp, Robotics Camp, LEGO camp, Slime Camp, Art Camp and other classes, clinics and events throughout the summer. Various ages, dates, times, locations, and prices. This year, registration will be available online. Contact: 805-688-7529 or GUIDE CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


Discovery Museum

SummerC amps


Discovery Robotics League

July 9 to 13 • 1 to 5 pm • Ages 8 to 14


July 16 to 20 • 1 to 5 pm • Ages 6 to 10

Discovery Art Camp

July 23 to 27 • 9am to Noon • Ages 8 to 14

Mini Makers

July 30 to Aug. 3 • 9am to Noon • Ages 6 to 10

Celebrating 40 Years! Camp Wheez is a day camp for children with asthma, providing them with a unique and fun camp experience designed for their special needs, free-of-charge. Campers in grades 1-6 participate in activities teaching them about their asthma, games & recreation, arts & crafts, old-fashioned camp fun! When:

August 6 – 10, 2018 Mon – Fri 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Go to for more information

Extended hours available to 5:30 PM. Ask for details. Where:

First Baptist Church, 949 Veronica Springs Road, Santa Barbara


Space is limited. For an application in English or Spanish, or for more information: or (805) 681-7672 We are also accepting applications for volunteers!

Contact us at or 805-928-8414

705 S. McClelland Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454

*LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this camp

Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization on the Central Coast, providing the full spectrum of services from primary care to more than 30 specialties.

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Dunn School looking forward to summer of fun

Pool again open to public for family fun, lessons and ‘splashball’ By April Charlton


Contributing Writer

amilies in the Santa Ynez Valley hoping to beat the afternoon heat this summer can once again dip into the pool at Dunn School in Los Olivos. For nearly two decades, the private school has opened its pool to the public during the heat of the summer, for open swims and for lessons, and this year will be no different. “We offer the pool for two months during the summer,” said Amanda Milholland, Dunn School director of summer programs. The outdoor pool will be open from June 11 through Aug. 12. “It’s a great option for families to stay cool in the summer.” The cost for a family pool pass is $275, which allows people to enjoy the water between 4 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. “We get close to selling out each summer, but we are usually OK,” Milholland

aquatics program, which is also open to the public, is offering a splashball camp throughout June, with sessions blocked out by the week depending on skill level. The camp is open to kids ages 5 to 9, with a maximum of 10 children per session. Cost is $75. The camp is modeled on the principles of water polo, which is known to be an aggressive and tough sport, and is taught by athletes that compete at high school and college levels. Swimmers stay in the shallow end of the pool, and arm floats are permitted for kids who may need a little more help in the Photo contributed water, according to organizers. Dunn’s summer aquatics program offers swim lessons in “It’s not as intimidating,” Milholland four sessions. said about the splashball camp that is intended to introduce participants to the sport said, because there is a limit to number of while providing them with the basic skills summer family swim passes the school of the game and an understanding of water sells. polo in a recreational format. Dunn’s summer aquatics program also New this year to Dunn’s summer aquatoffers swim lessons — there will be four ics program is a drop-in water aerobics sessions this summer — and the popular class that will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 45-minute lessons have already begun to p.m. on Thursdays. Cost is $5 a class, fill up. Registration began at the end of which will be taught in the deep end of the March, and Milholland encourages anyone pool. looking to sign their child up for a session For more information about Dunnor multiple sessions to do so now. School’s summer aquatics program, call “Lessons are already getting full,” she Milholland at 805-686-0615, email her at said. “Get signed up ASAP.” or visit www. Additionally, the school’s summer

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arents interested in a summer day camp that can fit into their daily schedules may want look to Buellton Parks & Recreation’s summer offerings for youth. Starting June 11 and running through Aug. 10, a weekly summer day camp will be offered for kids ages 6 to 12. The camp will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with youth meeting every morning at the Buellton Rec Center at 301 Second St. Children should bring a sack lunch and also wear sunscreen, which will be reapplied at lunchtime, according to organizers. Each week, participants will enjoy a different field trip, such as outings to Santa Maria’s Rancho Bowl, the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero, Lompoc’s Aquatic Center and more. Cost varies depending on how many days a child is signed up, starting at $45 for a single day and $180 for three days, according to organizers. For more information, visit www. or call 805-6881086.

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Photos by Pamela Dozois Shaun Boyd uses the same tools that his grandfather used to make furniture.

Shaun Boyd tried traditional careers but found fulfillment in creativity By Pamela Dozois Contributing Writer

alley native Shaun Boyd had a plan for his life: go to school, get a degree, then get a job and earn some money. He graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in economics and found himself a position in San Francisco. “I had spent all this time completing my studies and ended up working for a company doing data entry. I looked at my future and knew it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life,” he said. “I

was wasting my time.” Having always had a creative side and an interest in film, he decided to move to Texas and attend film school. At this point he was contemplating getting a master’s degree or a second bachelor’s degree, but after his first year his teachers advised him to just start working. “At 25 I felt like the old guy on the block, going to classes with young kids,” Boyd said. “So I took my teachers’ advice and found a job with the Sundance Film Festival. I liked film and at first the job was interesting, but ultimately I found myself spending more and more time in front of a computer and less time being creative. “I felt like I was just chasing a job and money. I wanted to pursue something that was more creative. My ultimate goal was to turn a hobby of mine, woodworking, into a passion and then turn my passion into a

Pictured is an assortment of the cutting boards Shaun Boyd teaches students to make in his monthly woodshop classes.

career. I wanted a career that I was passionate about, and I knew I would have to create one for myself.” With a bold plan in mind, he returned to the valley and opened a small workshop, “Shaun Boyd Made This,” designing and making furniture. He says he started with a drill and a circular saw and no other tools.

“Woodworking had always been a hobby of mine. My grandfather was into fine woodworking, and my father was one of those people who was always handy around the house, fixing things and taking on renovation projects himself. I learned a lot from them,” he said. “I have all of my grandfather’s woodworking tools now, and I use most of them.” “It was hard getting customers at first, but then word got around,” he continued. “I began making wine-barrel furniture and I sold a lot of them, but I wanted to make furniture that I liked, that I designed myself. Since I started designing and making furniture, working with wood and my hands in a creative way, it’s the first time I have been able to take my focus off money.” Boyd designs and makes furniture but does custom work as well. In an effort to FURNITURE CONTINUED ON PAGE 28


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Shop wisely when selecting a personal trainer By James Riley

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T Cancer patient uses game to fight disease Photos by Daniel Dreifuss Henry Schultz drives the ball during the Golf Beats Cancer tournament at the Alisal Ranch Course on March 17.

Lee Embley has created the Golf Beats Cancer nonprofit organization and a treatment program called Links to More Good Days By April Charlton Contributing Writer


hen longtime golfer Lee Embley of Santa Ynez was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in summer 2015, he had the typical “fight or flight” response. He chose to fight, and he used golf to help him in his battle. At the time of his diagnosis Embley, who will turn 73 in May, was given less than a year to live. His doctors told him his best chances for survival any longer were “very, very aggressive chemotherapy until a new science was developed,” he said. Embley’s oncologist also gave him a set of directives for his health that included integrating physical, emotional and mental wellness, he explained. “There were six key steps that I needed to do simultaneously,” Embley said. “Cancer isn’t selective. I immediately turned to what I know — golf. Guys react differently to cancer than women. Guys go into their man caves.”

When Lee Embley of Santa Ynez was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, he chose to fight back by creating a golf program to help others.

Being a 40-year golfer, Embley said, he looked at how he could use the game he understood and loved as part of his cancer treatment and own wellness program. He started by walking the green at Alisal Ranch Golf Course. “I intentionally deconstructed the game of golf so I could walk the course,” Embley said. “While I was getting the steps in, I would trigger the thirst and that would trigger nutrition. So I built a sequence. “I was getting Vitamin D from the sun,” he

explained. “I was increasing my heart rate.” By finding a way to exercise — walking the golf course and then hitting balls as his strength grew — Embley said he was also helping to dissipate toxins in his body created by the cancer and mitigate the effects of chemotherapy. He found he could meet his basic wellness goals on the golf course, and the entire process became very mindful. He described his time out on the course


his column has often recommended that people hire a personal trainer if they need professional assistance. A personal trainer can provide assessment of your exercise needs, programming to develop an exercise routine that meets those needs, technique on how to perform the prescribed exercises, and reassessment of whether you have improved. As with many professions, especially those that don’t require a license or certification, there is a broad range of background and qualifications among those who call themselves personal trainers, and the cost of their expertise doesn’t seem to differ greatly. It’s a “buyer beware” market, so it pays health dividends if you shop wisely. Here are six characteristics to look for when selecting a personal trainer. They are listed in priority order, with the first one being the most important. n The trainer should have a four-year degree in a study related to personal training, such as kinesiology, physical education, biology, athletic training or other related field. They should also possess a certification from a nationally recognized fitness organization. Education and certification indicates they have sufficient competency background. n The trainer should have at least two years of experience as a personal trainer and have completed an internship at a fitness or performance facility. n The trainer should be able to first provide you with an assessment of your fitness and movement abilities. They should be able to discuss with you what you do well and the abilities that need improvement. Improving fitness is most frequently about improving the deficits in your movement ability rather than enhancing strengths. You and the trainer should set goals together, based upon the assessment, and the trainer should regularly track your progress toward those goals. If the trainer doesn’t know how to assess your abilities then the program they design for you will be a generic one rather than one specific to your needs. n Most trainers charge in the range of $50 to $70 per hour and some will do halfhour sessions for about $30. The trainer should provide you with a detailed copy of your workout. Many clients prefer to learn a workout from the trainer and do it on their own and then see the trainer for upgrades periodically as they progress. FITNESS CONTINUED ON PAGE 27


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By Jenifer Sanregret

community bulletin boards months after the disaster. he Santa Ynez Valley has no shortIn February, Los age of scenic beauty throughout Olivos Lemons the year. I have yet to experience a teamed up with “Joy is what happens rain shower without the bright arches of a Rake Wines and when we allow picturesque rainbow directly after, almost the shop Global ourselves to recognize as an apology for the inconvenience the Eye Art Collective how good things really raindrops may have caused us during our for a Valentine’s are.” daily routine. themed fundrais~ Marianne Being surrounded by such effortless beauer where guests Williamson ty only adds subliminal happiness to our could use vintage lives. We all seek happiness, but in this day typewriters to and age when so much multimedia news write thank you cards to first responders seems to be filled with tragedy and despair, and their rescue dogs. The event was a huge it is a real gift to have the natural landscape success in that several letters were collected that encircles us as a reminder of how good and sent out to the women, men, and pups things are. who tirelessly worked to help residents It’s no secret that the small collections of in Montecito and beyond. This event was towns in this valley are special — they are an example of the compassion our sweet often called “Mayberry” by tourists — but community has. what is truly remarkable about this valley is By coming together we give support, not only by raising money but also reaching out the people in it. to show gratitude, appreciation and love to When the Thomas Fire blazed through those who risked their lives for others who Santa Barbara County, the community were in danger. immediately stepped up with several businesses taking donations for food, clothing, When you feel the weight of the negative news seeping in, I encourage you to take a medical supplies and cash. Then having the mudslide in Montecito shortly after, the look around and recognize the joy just outgenerosity of Santa Ynez Valley locals did side your door in the Santa Ynez Valley. not slow down, even when the traffic did. Jenifer Sanregret is “Director of Happiness” Today, you can still find multiple fundat Los Olivos Lemons. raisers through online event calendars or Contributing Writer


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Dave Pollock, owner of the ForFriends Inn in Santa Ynez. The interactive workshop also taught those attending about each of the six communities in the Santa Ynez Valley. For more information, go to visitsyv. com.

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Los Alamos sculptor feels divinely inspired Caroline Bolding no longer keeps her talent locked ‘in that closet in my mind’ By Pamela Dozois Contributing Writer

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ome of us recognize our innate talents at an early age, while for others it takes half a lifetime to discover them. Caroline Bolding is one of the late bloomers. A painter and sculptor, Bolding said she was first inspired when, as a child, she saw a Disney television show in which a man was shaping the spires on Sleeping Beauty’s Castle out of clay, which amazed her. “I was absolutely transfixed. It was so far beyond my comprehension. I put that amazing moment in a closet in my mind and never forgot it,” she said. When she was nine, her mother took her and her brother to France to meet family. “We walked all over Paris, and everywhere I looked there were sculptures of someone great, something historic. I was a kid from California. We had nothing like that in my town,” Bolding said. “Suddenly sculpting was a much bigger thing than make-believe. It wasn’t a storybook castle, it was great people, historic events, real purpose. But I still didn’t identify with the sculptors who made them. So, I took it all in. I put it in that closet in my mind and forgot about it.” It wasn’t until Bolding was older that her interest in art became tangible. She was in the process of decorating her home and wanted paintings like the ones she had seen in museums she had visited. “I wanted paintings like I had seen in the Louvre museum, LACMA, and the Norton Simon, so in the 1990s I started painting studies of them. In the process I surprised myself. I discovered I could paint,” she said. It wasn’t until some years later that she noticed an ad offering a weekend sculpting workshop at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She signed up. “I was so nervous. We were a small group of about 16. Tables were arranged around a nude girl in pose, and in front of each of us was some clay, some wire, and a 10-inch brace to build her on. “As soon as I had the clay in my hands, it was like the world just vanished,” she continued. “Suddenly there was a connection between sculpture and someone creating one. It was an ‘aha’ moment for me. I forgot the room, the world, everything. There was just the model’s form

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Photos contributed Caroline Bolding was a late bloomer as an artist, but she says she was divinely inspired to sculpt a life-size statue of the Rev. Billy Graham, above. The Bible passage is Acts 2:21: “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” The photo, left, was taken when the sculpture was nearly finished and Bolding was about to start the Bible text of the sculpture.

and the clay. “I took it home, but after a while I stopped thinking about it. I had no reason to sculpt, nothing important like in Paris. So I put it out of my thoughts and into that closet in my mind with everything else. “ Bolding had worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles for most of her life, but she said at the time she felt that her life needed to take a different direction, one of following her faith and letting God drive. So she sold everything and moved to Los Alamos. “I had visited and fallen in love with the valley in 2008. I knew it was where I wanted to live. When I moved to Los Alamos in 2013 I was ready to start on a new adventure,” she said. “I found a house which had sufficient space for my newly blossoming creative needs. I was ready to follow my faith in God to lead me to find what I should sculpt and what I should paint. “One day, I simply asked God, ‘What should I sculpt?’ Immediately in my heart I heard, ‘Sculpt what you love.’ I heard myself say, ‘I love people who are in their ‘God moment,’ and suddenly I saw in my heart Billy Graham praying. It was imme-

diate, absolute,” she said. Without much of a plan, as this was her first life-size sculpture, she ordered a box of clay. By August it arrived and she began sculpting while saturating herself with videos of Rev. Graham on YouTube. “I had no idea how to do this, but as I went along, it just came,” said Bolding. “By September I was deep in the clay. As I listened and watched Rev. Graham preach, seeing thousands of people coming to Christ, his profound devotion and purpose poured into the clay. His words became part of it. It was incredible. “I saw his heart pouring out for his fellow man and I would just weep to see and feel the clay responding to his faith; his brow furrowed in deep connection with God, his hands clasped in prayer. I would just marvel. I couldn’t think about what I was doing, I just had to let it come. The sculpture just flooded out of me. “I was nearly finished when I noticed something interesting was happening that I couldn’t have planned,” Bolding continued. “I discovered different time periods of the reverend’s life were represented in the piece, such as the style of his lapel, his jacket, his hair. It was as if all his life was a part of the sculpture. And yet, his brow and his hands remained timeless. I finally finished it and just a week later Billy Graham announced his final outreach ‘My SCULPTRESS CONTINUED ON PAGE 20


he NatureTrack Film Festival, which welcomed enthusiastic audiences to Los Olivos for its debut weekend March 23-25, has announced the films and filmmakers that its jury singled out for top honors. Winners were: n Best in Festival: “Looking for the Wild,” directed by Andoni Canela n Best Adventure: “Fishpeople,” directed by Keith Malloy n Best Conservation: “Yellowstone,” directed by Oliver Goetzl n Best Student Film: “Ursa Major,” directed by Kerrin Keiser n Best Outdoors & Out of Bounds: “The White Maze,” directed by Matthias Mayr n Best Kids Connecting With Nature: “Looking for the Wild,” directed by Andoni Canela n Audience Favorite: “Nesting with the Devil,” directed by Stephen Matter Filmmakers Malloy and Matter were present to accept their awards. In its first year, the festival screened films at three venues: The Grange Hall, St. Mark’s in-the-valley Church, and the Gates Foss Community Center at Los Olivos School. The town was bustling with attendees and scores of volunteers sporting bright blue NTFF signature T-shirts and sweatshirts. After a Friday kick-off reception at Mattei’s Tavern, 59 films played over three days before the winners were announced Sunday, March 25, at a closing reception hosted by the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn. In a related event, visitors to the Wildling Museum in Solvang over the next three months will be able to see the original cameras used to shoot the iconic TV program “Wild Kingdom.” The cameras made a special appearance at a Wild Kingdom/winemaker dinner held at Bottlest during the NatureTrack Film Festival. Chris Jenkins, head of production and film media studies at UCSB, demonstrated the cameras and showed clips from the groundbreaking television show starring Marlin Perkins, before the equipment made its way to the Wildling. It will be on display there until June 30. The NatureTrack Film Festival plans to return to Los Olivos next year on the weekend of March 22-24, 2019.

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SB Hospice receives $15,000 ‘Grief Reach’ grant

H Photos Contributed From left to right, Joan Easton Lentz, Pete and Becky Adams, and Judy and Jack Stapelmann.

Wildling Museum announces major award winners man, and was instrumental in creating the strategic plan that has led to the relocation, oan Easton Lentz will receive the growth and stability of the museum. He Wildling Museum of Art & Nature’s remains on its Advisory Council. 13th annual Wilderness Spirit Award, He and his wife founded and now direct and Pete and Becky Adams and Jack the Adams Legacy Foundation, whose and Judy Stapelmann will receive its first mission is much like the Wildling’s — to Legacy Awards. get people out into nature to discover, learn Lentz is a naturalist and author who grew and be rejuvenated. up in Santa Barbara and has spent much Judy Stapelmann, a longtime college of her life studying the region’s natural teacher of biology and ecology, has served history. in many capacities with a long list of nonShe has written several books, including profit organizations, especially those that “A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara support conservation and social services. Region,” which has become a vital resource She is a lifelong horseback rider who for the Wildling. has organized trail-ride fundraisers for the Peter Adams served on the Wildling’s Wildling and served an extended term on board for six years, the last three as chairits board to help with fundraising to pay for Staff Report


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ospice of Santa Barbara has received a $15,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support its Youth Bereavement Outreach Program. The program provides on-campus counseling to secondary school students who are dealing with overwhelming feelings of grief. “We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation’s investment in this program, which will help us build our capacity … to fulfill our mission,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “The support will help many grieving children and their families in our community to begin the healing process,” he said. “Grief Reach applications have grown exponentially since the program began five years ago, which illustrates that awareness and demand for bereavement services is increasing every year,” said Maria Collins, vice president of the New York Life Foundation. More than 200 Grief Reach grants totaling some $7 million have been awarded since the program’s inception in 2011. For more about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call 805-563-8820 or visit www.hospiceof For more about New York Life Foundation, visit

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Chorale president brings passion, experience to her role

Photo contributed The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale performed before a full house in December.

SYV Chorale to present ‘concert of favorites’ May 5-6 Staff Report


eel the intensity of the rhythms, marvel at the harmonies, and lose track of time listening to your favorite ballads, blues and classics when the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and a professional concert orchestra perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall. The group’s spring concert series will celebrate some of the best of old and new in music. Beethoven’s “Hallelujah” from “Christ on the Mount of Olives” was written in 1802 and Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” in 1865. Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” and “The Days of Wine and Roses” were written in 1961 and 1962. Other selections include “The Water

is Wide,” based on a Scottish folk song (1906), “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” (1933), “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” ranked sixth of the songs of the century (1941), and “House of the Rising Sun,” an Anglo-American ballad (older than New Orleans). Tickets purchased in advance are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors (65 and over) and youth (18 and under). They may be purchased at The Book Loft, El Rancho Market Place, from chorale members, and at Tickets at the door are $25 and $20. Chorale members, who come from throughout the county, range from novices to professionals and from 8 to more than 80 years old. The chorale is a nonprofit organization, coming into its 40th year of presenting choral music in the valley.

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hannon Casey, board president of the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, brings a wealth of experience — and passion — to her volunteer position. “Because passion is what you need if you are willing to volunteer to be president of a nonprofit organization — especially a nonprofit performing arts organization,” she said. “It’s a lot of work, and you have to be prepared for that. A lot of that work involves fundraising, and publicizing your events. It is a pleasure to talk about our activities to local musicians and other concert patrons, and my background in project management helps me to plan and manage the concert production.” She applies her thorough background in project management to her work with the chorale. “You start with an idea and develop it, develop a budget and execute the idea. You need an immediate goal and a long-term goal, plus a budget on how to get there,” she said.

Photo contributed Shannon Casey was a producer of computer animation for movies and TV commercials who now puts her passion to work for the Santa Ynez Master Chorale.

Casey won an Emmy for her work on “Babylon 5,” and was also a producer of computer animation for television commercials and in movies. She worked on “Mousehunt” with Nathan Lane, using a computer-generated mouse that was a character in the 1997 movie. She and her husband, John Copeland, worked together on “Walking with Dinosaurs.” He was the producer and she was the visual effects supervisor. They continued their dinosaur journey with the Discovery Channel for “When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth” and other long-format projects. While living in the Los Angeles area, Casey and Copeland spent a lot of time SHANNON CONTINUED ON PAGE 22


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SCULPTRESS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 Hope,’ which coincided with his 95th birthday. His key message was to pray. Suddenly, here was miraculous confirmation that I had understood my purpose well.” Bolding’s plan was to give the sculpture to an institution affiliated with Billy Graham. “I reached out to Wheaton and others who wanted it, but they couldn’t help with the cost of bronzing, transporting and installing the sculpture. Even the Billy Graham Library liked it, but sadly, they had no funding either,” she said. What’s to become of the sculpture? Bolding doesn’t know. She would like to have it bronzed and donate it in the hopes that it will be seen in as many places as Rev. Graham preached. But for now it

will remain with Bolding, awaiting its final destination. “My hope is that it will find a home where it will inspire those who see it with Rev. Graham’s message – pray,” she said. “His whole life’s work was expressed in that one word. The sculpture is a quiet example of how close God is – as close as a prayer, and it has been a blessing to portray that.” Bolding continues to paint. Her newest series of oil paintings is entitled “Living Water,” which depicts God’s creation of the seas. “Someday, I would love to sculpt Jimmy Carter in his ‘God moment’ as well,” she said. For more information about Bolding’s work, email

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Photos by Devyn Marseilles Noey Turk, known as “The Plant Lady,” is the creator of Yes Yes Nursery in Los Olivos. She has been selling her plant starters at the Farmers Market in Solvang since its inception. Below, spring is the time for planting gardens that can yield a profusion of flowers, vegetables and fruit in the summer.

‘Plant Lady’ provides organic starters for local gardens By Pamela Dozois Contributing Writer


oey Turk, known as “The Plant Lady,” has been selling her plant starters at the Farmers’ Market in Solvang since its inception, helping Santa Ynez Valley residents to grow organic vegetables, herbs and other plants in their own gardens. “Some people talk about not having a green thumb, but growing plants is a skill you can learn, just like playing an instrument or painting a picture,” said Turk, who is the creator of Yes Yes Nursery in Los Olivos. Turk has been growing vegetable starters for 15 years. She is certified by the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) to grow organic vegetable starters, culinary and medicinal herbs, and local native plants. She started farming in 2002 making starters for her family farm, “The Garden Of … ,” operated by Debby and

Shu Takikawa. The starters would then be transplanted into the field, and the nursery grew from there. “My grandparents moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in the early 1950s. My grandmother planted a small vineyard in 1969. Qupé now uses our grapes to make their wines. My mother and her two sisters grew up on the farm, as did I and my brother Kai,” she said. Turk’s “Yes Yes Nursery” got its name when, years ago, she ask a local farmer whether he grew organic fruits and vegetables. The response was “yes and no.” When she mentioned this to her stepfather, Shu replied, “There’s no such thing as yes and no when it comes to organic farming. You either are or you aren’t.” Since she grows only organic plants, she decided on the name “Yes Yes Nursery.” “Farming is not something you just learn and get bored with. I keep learning all the time,” Turk said. PLANT LADY CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

appy Endings Animal Sanctuary is competing to win a grant of up to $25,000 from the “Help a Horse Day” project of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. To help qualify for the grant, the nonprofit organization is hosting an open house, picnic lunch and tour of their facility from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Help a Horse Day is an annual ASPCA event. Qualifying equine groups will be competing for a portion of $100,000 in grant money by holding events open to the public that celebrate horses with a renewed perspective for the “unwanted” horse. C.C. Beaudette-Wellman created Happy Endings Animal Sanctuary in 2007, primarily focused on horses. Tucked away in Quail Valley east of Solvang, her 10-acre ranchette is home to a small brood of her four-legged babies. Happy Endings takes in horses that don’t have any hope of a quality life, or any life at all. The sanctuary rehabilitates and adopts out those horses that can become trusting and safe. Those who cannot be rehabilitated live out their lives, loved and pampered, at the sanctuary. At the moment, the sanctuary has 10 horses in residence. “The competition (by the ASPCA) is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the life-saving work that we do year-round to care for at-risk horses that have been abused, neglected or abandoned in our community,” Beaudette-Wellman said. “We’ll have a miniature education program, telling the stories of some of the horses and what the rehabilitation process is,” she added. “We’ll explain what we feed and why, and what the adoption process is. Most of our horses are elderly with special needs, so we have some strict adoption criteria.” The judging criteria in the grant competition include the number of people who attend an organization’s Help a Horse Day event, the amount of money the group itself



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22 H Santa Ynez Valley Star H H April 17-30, 2018 “My goal is to offer people plants that they need: food, culinary herbs, medicinal “To be a successful farmer you have to plants, and local native plants grown from have a huge amount of skills. The technical seed. Everything is grown for a reason here. elements of farming are very complicated. People ask where we get our plants – we There are a lot of variables: the weather, don’t get them, we grow them,” she said. type of seeds, timing, and trouble shooting. “Some plants don’t show well in these I make my own soil mix and that was a huge little pots. After 15 years I’m still trying to process, filled with trial and error. Trying convince people that once you plant them in to get the nutrient levels balanced is very the ground, these little plants will grow into difficult. Photo by Devyn Marseilles something spectacular.” “When planting in a field the soil is alive Spring is the time for planting gardens Noey Turk is a certified organic grower of vegetable starters, culinary and medicinal herbs, and local native – it is teeming with life. It’s magical. But that can yield a profusion of vegetables and plants. if you take a scoop of earth and put it in a fruit in the summer. Turk’s plant starters pot and try to grow something, its magic give gardeners a head start in producing a helpful to her, they began building a new disappears. So when growing plants in conbountiful garden. greenhouse in October 2011 to shelter the tainers you need to create a media that will “You farm because you love it, not beseedlings. The 40-by-60-foot building was hold its structure, provide nutrients without cause you are going to get rich,” Turk said. completed in February 2012. They also have breaking down over the life of the plant,” 10,000-gallon water-catchers that are used to “Farmers Market customers are literally she explained. creating a community that has farmers who water the plants in the nursery. While Turk was attending Santa Barbara love what they do. Customers are the lifeline “We chose the perfect spot to build the City College and then UCSB, she spent her of farmers, and farmers are a lifeline for the greenhouse because the land in this spot is summers on the family farm where she tend- all clay, not much good for growing vegcustomers, providing them with organic food ed the fields and cared for the farm while which is healthy and nutrient-rich. It is a etables, or much else for that matter. It is her parents were away on vacation. While always soggy, even in the summer,” she said. symbiotic relationship. Please support your in graduate school studying physics, she local farmer. People who want to change the In the spring, Turk works eight hours a decided she preferred being a farmer. world ... well, it starts in your garden and on day in the greenhouse, planting the starters. “Strictly speaking, it was a choice of light- All her plants are watered by hand. During your plate,” she said. ing – Did I want to spend the rest of my life the slower months she does earth restoration Turk’s plant starters can be purchased at working indoors under fluorescent lights or Farmers Markets in Solvang every Wedneswork on the farm. outdoors in the sun working in the field? The day, or on Saturdays in Santa Barbara or on “I really fell in love with nursery work,” choice for me was simple,” said Turk. Sundays in Ojai. They can also be found on she said. “I started doing experiments with With the help of her partner, Glen DitInstagram at @yesyesnursery and on the the plants. I’d hear about a new plant and say, ‘Let’s grow it and see what it’s like.’ ” tmar, who she says has been enormously web at



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Makelas named to Specialty Food Hall of Fame

Spring Chicken gets a mouthwatering update

history of gourmet food in the country before the ’80s was minimal. The only gourmet food came from Europe, and I knew that we grew better fruits and vegetables in the United States than in Europe. “Small specialty shops were beginning to pop up all over the country selling ‘organic’ fruits and vegetables and gourmet specialties. By Pamela Dozois Gypsy Boots was selling his organic fruits Contributing Writer and vegetables on a cart, which he sold to people in his neighborhood. We didn’t realize ocal food pioneers Craig and Cindy at the time that our country was emerging in Makela, the owners of California the gourmet industry.” Coast Naturals and Oleavicin LLC, Chefs like Julia Childs, Wolfgang Puck, will be inducted this summer into the SpecialRoy Yamaguchi, Michael McCarty, Michael ty Food Association Hall of Fame. Hutchins, Michael Richard, James Sly, and The hall’s mission is to “honor individuals Alan Hooker, who he said launched him into whose accomplishments, impact, contribugastronomy, were beginning to embrace the tions, innovations, and successes within the idea of gourmet meals and lighter, healthier specialty food industry deserve praise and California cuisine. recognition,” said Vice President Ron Tanner In his opinion, the wine and gourmet of the Specialty Food Association. food industries grew up hand in hand. The The Makelas will be inducted at the Summer Fancy Food Show as part of the Hall Photos contributed wine industry in California took off when, in 1976, Steven Spurrier elevated Califorof Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards Craig and Cindy Makela were pioneers in specialty foods nia wines when he won the “Judgement of Ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, with the Santa Barbara Olive Company, which was the Paris,” where European wine experts selected July 1, at the Javits Center in New York City. largest specialty olive company in the United States. Below, California Coast Naturals produces spiced olives California wines in a double blind tasting, “The specialty food industry is thriving creating an uproar in the industry. The movie because of your contributions,” Tanner wrote and olive oil. “Bottle Shock” tells the story of this amazing to the Makelas. win. For more than 27 years the Makelas owned In 2006 the tasting was repeated and again the largest specialty olive company in the California wines came out on top. United States, the Santa Barbara Olive Com“In 1983, I joined the National Association pany, specializing in fresh green and black, for the Specialty Food Trade and became a glass-packed, olives and oils. member in 1984, and later become one of They began in the 1980s with land on Alaits board members,” said Makela. “I fondly mo Pintado Road in Solvang, with a wareremember my first NASFT show in Atlanta in house, a packing plant and 1,000 olive trees. 1983 in a small hotel ball room with maybe “What an honor is this award for both 3,000 visitors. Today the show draws more Cindy and me,” Craig Makela said. “I guess and 30,000 visitors and more than 3,500 exthe folks who made this decision know that College and for several trade associations. hibitors. While at that first exhibit, two men we are getting old. This award makes us both Cindy Makela is a board member of the from Neiman Marcus approached me and feel very proud to have been a part of this Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. asked if I would be interested in having my industry. NASFT has come a very long way, Craig Makela is the CEO of a medical olive oil and spiced olives in their Christmas and we are honored to have been a small part development company, Oleavicin L.L.C. Catalogue for 1984. That was the beginning of it.” Oleavicin is a balm for cold sores, fever for us. The Santa Barbara Olive Company Makela founded the Santa Barbara Olive blisters, canker sores, and dry itchy skin. was off and running.” Co. Inc. in 1983 and built one of the nation’s The couple are considered pioneers in the Craig graduated from Santa Barbara City top olive brands. He has served on the board gourmet food industry and are among the of directors of the National Association of innovators of the county’s modern oil milling. College and transferred to UCSB, where he met Cindy. They have been married for 40 Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), the National Craig recalls when consumers and chefs Food Distributors Association, the California looked askance at olive oil that had color, fla- years. The couple has many memories of their Culinary Guild, and along wife his wife, Cin- vor and character. He said that for him to sell struggles to start the business. dy, he formed the California Specialty Food bitter, pungent extra virgin olive oil required “We couldn’t afford land in Santa Barbara. Association. him to walk door to door on State Street with So in 1985 we leased 17 acres of land on He also is a board member and past prescases of his olive oil. Alamo Pintado, in Solvang, with a warehouse ident of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic “The industry was just beginning to Preservation and is a guest lecturer at Cal explode in the mid-1980s,” he said. “The Tech Pasadena, UCSB, Santa Monica City OLIVE CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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t’s hard to beat the heavenly aroma of roasting chicken for pure nostalgia, and it’s one of my family’s favorite dinners. However, I’ve recently found myself using only the same old vegetables and the same old seasonings with it, and as much as I love my childhood trifecta of potato, carrot and onion, I need a break every now and again. I kept the chicken and the potato but added a springtime Provençal flavor profile, my mom’s know-how and a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, giving this Sunday classic an approachable but mouthwatering update. You will need: 5-6 lbs whole chicken 3-4 leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise 1 lb baby potatoes, halved 1 head of garlic, broken apart but not peeled (10-12 cloves) 2-3 tbsp Herbes de Provence, crushed Sea salt White pepper (or black, if you prefer it) 3-4 tbsp olive oil 4 tbsp butter, cubed One 10” cast iron skillet Preheat your oven to 425°F. Start by draining the chicken and letting it air-dry while you prepare the vegetables. After the veggies are cut, add them to the skillet, drizzle with some olive oil and season with sea salt and pepper, then mix to coat. At this point you can put the skillet on the stove top and heat it up for a couple of minutes over medium heat, while you rub the chicken down with some olive oil and then the Herbes de Provence, sea salt and pepper. This is going to create delectably crispy skin. Once the chicken is seasoned thoroughly, place it in the center of the vegetables, nestling it down so that it makes contact with the bottom of the skillet. Dot the chicken and vegetables with the cubed butter. (This step can be omitted for the calorie conscious, but


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Hancock working to reduce soaring textbook costs Staff Report

Photo by Kyah Corff National Charity Leaguers Sofia Lawrence and Gabie Robles help at the Cardboard Challenge event co-sponsored by the Solvang Library.


ancock College student Janet CruzReyes knows firsthand about the burden of paying for textbooks, because she spends anywhere from $200 to $500 on books each semester. But Hancock is trying to reduce those costs by making more textbooks available for free use in the library. “I had to get a second job because I could barely make ends meet with one job,” said Cruz-Reyes, the president of the Associated Student Body Government. “The money spent on books becomes a problem because many college students also have to pay for transportation, food, other school supplies, and sometimes child care and rent.” Nationally, consumer prices for textbooks have climbed 88 percent over the last 10 years, and a 2017 survey of Hancock students quantifies the impact of textbook prices. Sixty-five percent of students said they dropped or withdrew from a class due to the price of a required textbook. Sixty-one percent of students, like Cruz-Reyes, spend at least $200 per semester on textbooks. Fifty-three percent did not purchase a required textbook because of the cost, and 45 percent of students did not register for a course because of the price of the textbook. “I have taken a course and did not purchase the required textbooks because it was too expensive. In some cases, the classes required up to four books,” said Cruz-Reyes, a political science major. The college recently announced the purchase of up to $40,000 in new textbooks that will be available to all students in the library. Nearly 250 books, all required by instructors, were purchased with funding from the President’s Circle, a group of nearly 100 community and business leaders whose donations allow the college to assist thousands of students by funding unique opportunities and programs. The Hancock College Foundation

Cardboard Challenge takes on leadership with creativity By Kyah Corff Star Intern

Photo contributed Janet Cruz-Reyes, president of the Associated Student Body Government, is one of many students who will benefit from Hancock’s “Zero Textbook Cost” program.

operates and manages the unrestricted funds. The purchase nearly doubles the number of textbooks on reserve in the college’s Santa Maria and Lompoc Valley Center libraries. The books will be available to students to use for two hours at a time in the library at no charge. “This is about accessibility,” said Robert Curry, Ph.D., the college’s academic dean who oversees the library. “When you add the 50 textbooks donated every semester to the library by Follett, the company that runs the campus bookstore, our students should be able to get their hands on any required textbook.” Over the last few years, President’s Circle funding allowed the college to create a new laboratory technician position for high-demand biology classes, launch a pilot program for foster youth, and start and expand a foodshare program that provides fresh produce and non-perishable food to hundreds of students twice a month.

“I think students are fortunate the college is stepping up to provide a copy of every textbook. I have personally benefited from books in the library reserve and know that thousands more will as a result of this donation,” Cruz-Reyes added. Recently, the college also received a $200,000 grant to launch three “Zero Textbook Cost” (ZTC) degrees in fall 2018. As part of a pilot program, students will be able to complete the required courses for three associate degrees for transfer without purchasing a single textbook. Those degrees will be in political science, liberal arts math and science, and liberal arts social and behavioral science. Using enrollment numbers from 2016-17, the college projects that 39,985 students will earn more than 1,000 ZTC degrees during a three-year period after implementation. Based on the estimate that a student will save $100 to $200 each semester on books, the college projects students will save between $4 million and $8 million.

Hancock Foundation welcomes 2 new board members Staff Report


an Stevens, the chief operating officer of Rabobank, and Rick Rust, the public affairs project manager for Aera Energy, are the newest members of the Hancock College Foundation’s board of directors. “We are thrilled to welcome two strong business leaders to the foundation board,” said Valerie Moya Boice, president of the foundation board. “Each has succeeded in both business and community service. They are the kind of leaders who will make an impact on student success in our community.” Having been with Rabobank since December 2008, Stevens oversees North American operations, information services, strategic

technology, business architecture, corporate security, administrative services, product, marketing and communications, and facilities. Rabobank’s operations and IT centers are based in Santa Maria. One of 12 children, Stevens comes from a family of educators. His mother attended night school to earn a bachelor’s degree while raising her children and was a special education for many years in Chicago. His wife and daughter are also special education teachers. He and his 11 siblings earned a combined 10 master’s degrees and four Ph.D. degrees. A former teacher himself, Stevens sees education as a critical component of a person’s life. Rust manages public affairs in Santa Barbara County for Aera Energy LLC. A Central

Coast native, he grew up in a family with ties to agriculture and ranching. Prior to joining Aera’s public affairs team, Rust served eight years in the U.S. Air Force and 17 years in Aera’s field operations. “I have witnessed first-hand the impact Allan Hancock College has on the community and I am proud to further contribute to student success,” Rust said. Active in the Santa Maria Valley, Rust is a board member of the North County EconAlliance and Energy Partners Fund scholarship committee. He also is a member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Association. For more information about the foundation, call 805-925-2004.


oung children and parents expressed their creative sides by building things out of reused cardboard on March 17, despite a week’s delay. Sponsored by the Solvang Library and the National Charity League, the event was rescheduled from March 10 and moved from the Solvang Library to the Solvang Elementary School due to rain. The previous Cardboard Challenge was organized by the Solvang Library in August last year. The fun, family-friendly event caught the eye of the local chapter of the National Charity League and its class of 2023. The National Charity League is a mother-daughter organization that volunteers in local communities. Their mission statement says their goal is “to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.” The seventh-grade girls of the NCL class of 2023 enthusiastically voted to organize another Cardboard Challenge in partnership with their philanthropy, the Solvang Library. These girls took on leadership roles in a free and creative event that promoted reusing and recycling cardboard. “The NCL teaches girls to take on leadership roles and allows mothers to really empower their girls,” said Deb Robles, the vice president of membership for the SYV chapter of the NCL. Gabie Robles, a part of the class of 2023, said she voted to sponsor the event because she loved working with kids and creating. “I’ve learned how to be a better person and how to benefit the community,” added Sofia Lawrence, also a member of the class of 2023. The event was small but everyone enjoyed their time. Kids were building cardboard race car ramps and adults were building massive castles. The Cardboard Challenge “gives us time out of the house and a way to be creative together,” said Katherine Lamay, who was working with her 2-year-old daughter Jamie to build a cardboard cat and flowers.

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and packing facility and planted 1,000 olive trees,” Makela said. “After seven or eight years an opportunity came along to buy 10 acres on Calzada Street in Santa Ynez, which we did, and planted close to 1,000 trees there as well. We opened up the Olive House in Solvang, which is still there today. We sold the place in the late ’90s.” In 2009 Cathy Latou was convicted of embezzling more than $800,000 from the Santa Barbara Olive Company, which she had gambled away at the Chumash Casino. That resulted in the sale of the Santa Barbara

Olive Company. In an effort to get out of the retail business and concentrate on distribution and growth, the Makelas sold the Olive House and their property on Calzada and moved to Goleta. They rebounded by creating two new companies, California Coast Naturals, which produces olive oil and spiced olives, and Oleavicin, which makes a balm for cold sores, fever blisters, canker sores, and dry itchy skin. California Coast Naturals can be purchased at Solvang Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays. Makela can be reached at or at www.


it adds to the overall flavor, color and texture.) Roast on the center rack for approximately 90 minutes or until the juices run clear when a knife is inserted into the chicken thigh. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside to rest for 10 minutes before carving. You can toss the vegetables in the drippings and return the skillet to the oven to continue to roast while the chicken rests. This dish stands on its own as a filling and comforting dinner, but if you feel inclined to add to it, it’s complemented best by a simple fennel salad, some crusty bread and an un-oaked Chardonnay. Photo by Vida Gustafson This Spring Chicken dish stands on its own as a filling and comforting dinner, but it can be complemented by a simple fennel salad, some crusty bread and an un-oaked Chardonnay.

File photo Horse-savvy volunteers are always welcome because cleaning, grooming and fence rebuilding are continuous projects at the Happy Endings Sanctuary.

HORSE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 raises, and photographs of the function. Happy Endings is always looking for volunteers with horse experience. Anyone interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the organization, from fixing fences to brushing horses, is encouraged to attend. One of Beaudette-Wellman’s goals is to provide more service for local children in foster care and at risk. Inspired by the Horse Helpers Program by Barbara Perkins of American Charities Foundation, she hopes to

inspire a local connection in the Santa Ynez Valley. For more information, visit To learn more about Beaudette-Wellman’s foundation, click on the “Donate” tab or visit the events page. Anyone interested can keep up to date on social media with the handle @happyendingssanctuary on Instagram or @happyendingsanimalsanctuary on Facebook. For more information or to RSVP, call 805448-7138 or email happyendingssanctuary@

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during his cancer treatments as being “esoteric” and said within 13 months of using his newly deconstructed golf game, he had hit five holes. Those dream shots helped Embley develop his Golf Beats Cancer nonprofit organization and self-care program — Links to More Good Days — that aims to create a wellness lifestyle for cancer patients like himself. Now his cancer has returned and he is again undergoing chemotherapy. “I had a program, but it was just for me,” he said by phone recently, but “you can do this on any golf course. It’s an integrative manual.” Embley has been working with the American Cancer Society, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center in Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Cancer Foundation to incorporate Links to More Good Days into their programming so patients undergoing chemotherapy or in Photo by Daniel Dreifuss recovery have an effective way to manage Bob Howell enters his raffle tickets in hopes of winning a prize at the Golf Beats Cancer tournament at the Alisal Ranch the effects of treatment and to realize they Course on March 17. aren’t alone. Part of the Links to More Good Days getting the benefit of Links to More Good (illness from cancer) only six days rather program is what is called “Golf Buddies,” Days. 10 days, that is all we are looking to do,” he who are friends, supporters, survivors and The Alisal Ranch Course hosted a Golf explained. motivators who do whatever it takes to help Beats Cancer tournament on March 17, for Golf Beats Cancer also allows golf clubs get a cancer patient out on the course, even if to use the Links to More Good days program example. it’s just to walk a few holes or putt a ball. “It’s just gratifying,” Embley said about and organize golf tournaments where net Golf buddies also serve as a critical link proceeds go back to funding the program in a seeing his program in action. “This gives of support for people undergoing chemocancer patients a way to escape, but in a particular community. therapy, sending encouraging text messages healthy way and for their wellbeing.” To date, 25 clubs have signed up for his and emails, also making phone calls to the Funds from one golf tournament can program in some form, Embley said, noting patient, Embley said, which makes a world it’s a win for cancer patients because they get support 15 to 50 cancer patients annually, he of difference when people are taking life-alsaid. access to the golf facility for free for a year, tering drugs in a fight to save their lives. For more information, email Embley at have their clubs supplied for free and get complimentary lessons from pros, while also or call 805-686-5942. “We always say, ‘If we could make that

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28 H Santa Ynez Valley Star H H April 17-30, 2018 small, but all the woodworking techniques you use in making a cutting board can be environmentally responsible, he uses translate into making a piece of furniture,” mostly domestic wood such as walnut, said Boyd. “It’s a great introduction to maple, oak and occasionally alder. He woodworking. The best part is the look of recently finished working for the new pride on the faces of the people when they owners of the building that used to be see their finished cutting board, all polBell Street Farms in Los Alamos, making ished and beautiful. People don’t often get tables and helping install a new bar and the experience of seeing something they seating. He has also made several guitars have actually made with their own hands. that don’t adhere to the standard guitar “Woodshops are dying across the counrules, which he has displayed on his office try. Classes in woodshop were one of the wall. first to be dropped from the high school “I would call my furniture mid-century curriculum 25 or more years ago, so these modern, but I try to stay away from label- workshops are my little attempt to help ing my designs. I have a creative mind and keep the craft alive,” said Boyd. “Even if I enjoy looking at all styles of furniture a student doesn’t become a woodworker, with an eye for form, shape and texture,” having had some hands-on experience with he said. “I may get an idea for the design wood can only be a positive experience.” of a new piece of furniture, then I work at As for the name of his business, “Shaun creating it.” Boyd Made This,” he explained that back In an effort to expand his business and when he finished his first furniture job, the become more visible, Boyd decided to client really wanted him to put his logo make YouTube videos. or business name on the bar stools he had “I started making YouTube videos on just made for them. The only problem furniture making. It’s mostly documenting was that he didn’t have a logo or business my process and people seem to be into name at the time, so he just wrote “Shaun it. I got a lot of new business from the Boyd made this bar stool” on each one. videos,” he said. He has continued to sign all his furniture Boyd also enjoys interacting with others in the same manner. who love woodworking. “I don’t think about money as much “When you’re passionate about someanymore. Being creative is the most thing it’s really great to get together with important thing to me. Doing what I others who are passionate about woodlove rewards me emotionally, physically, working as well,” he said. mentally, and spiritually and the money Boyd holds workshops once a month follows naturally,” he said. “I’m finally to help people learn woodworking. He doing what I love and love what I am teaches his students how to make cutting doing – creating.” boards, which they can take home and Dates of his workshops are listed on display or use themselves. his website, www.shaunboydmadethis. “Making a cutting board is a great proj- com. He can also be reached by email at ect to start with because it’s simple and shaunboyd


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“There’s a lot of horse backing (during the camps). It’s very organized, and the kids ing confidence and life skills in her young are super tired when they leave.” riders, which she said is achieved by letting McClellan usually has her daughter and the kids work at their own pace and by three other instructors to help run the sumteaching them how to function as a team, mer riding camps, she said. to share and build a family unity. For more information or to sign up, visit “I also teach them to be really connected to their body and how the horse is connect- or call McClellan at 805-886-2215. ed to your body … how the horse responds Little Big Riding School is at 2035 Edito your body,” McClellan explained. son St. in Santa Ynez.



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QUEEN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 round all over the state through the Junior Livestock Association. “I wish more kids could grow up in the valley like we do and appreciate it, because I know The kick-off event when a lot for this year’s Youth of us get out into the real Rec campaign will be world it will Saturday, April 28, at be a big shock to not see as the Santa Ynez Valley many friends Equestrian Center. and relatives. For more information, Going to the grocery store go to www.santaynez is an ordeal, and I learned from my great-grandmother to never leave the house without checking my make-up because you always run into someone you know,” Madi laughed. The kick-off event for this year’s campaign will be Saturday, April 28, at the


Photo contributed Madi and her pig, Mr. Kisses, won both 4-H Grand Champion and Supreme Champion at last year’s Santa Barbara County Fair.

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Comic, actor Wayne Brady coming to casino Actor, singer, improve comedian and television personality Wayne Brady is coming to the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27. Brady began performing at 16 years old in community theater and developed his improv skills with the Orlando improv troupe SAK Community Lab. He moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and by 1998 had launched his career as one of the original Wayne Brady improvisational theater performers in the British version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” when its final season was filmed in Hollywood. Then he became a regular on the American version, hosted by Drew Carey and, in 2001, he starred in his own variety show, “The Wayne Brady Show,” on ABC and a daytime talk show of the same name in 2002. In 2004 he joined the Broadway revival of “Chicago” in the leading role of lawyer Billy Flynn. He has guest-starred on other TV shows, wrote and sang the theme song for Disney’s animated series “The Weekenders,” and sang and

ready to invade the Chumash Casino Resort for a night of professional wrestling in the Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20. Mexico’s lucha libre is a distinct style of pro wrestling that features athletes who are typically more agile and perform more aerial maneuvers than in the U.S. brand of the sport. Nearly all of the wrestlers wear colorful masks – a tradition dating back to the birth of lucha libre in the 1930s. The main event will feature L.A. Park with Solar vs. Blue Demon Jr. and Fuerza Guerrera. The rest of the card is subject to change. L.A. Park gained fame when he joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in the 1990s, performing as “La Parka.” He was a mainstay in WCW’s cruiserweight division from 1996-2000 and was nicknamed “the chairman of WCW” for his use of a steel chair during both his ring entrance (mostly air guitar) and his matches. Blue Demon Jr. is the adopted son of the lucha libre legend Blue Demon and is Photo Contributed the first Mexican wrestler to win the NWA Lucha Libre professional wrestlers will invade the casino’s World Heavyweight Championship. Samala Showroom on April 20. He won the belt in 2008 by defeating Adam Pearce, an NWA Hall of Famer inductee, which propelled him to fame throughout Mexico. The masked wrestler has appeared in a number of TV shows and movies, yet his true identity is unknown. The masked luchadores of Rocky RoTickets $45, $55 & $65, available at the man’s Fuerza Mexicana Lucha Libre are casino and at recorded Jim Brickman’s original Disney song “Beautiful” as well as its Christmas version. In 2009, he began hosting an updated version of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal” for CBS. Brady went back to Broadway in 2015 to replace Billy Porter as Lola in “Kinky Boots” and, for three months last year, he played the lead role of Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of “Hamilton.” Tickets for the show are $45, $55 & $65, available at the casino or at www.chumash

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April 18 Solvang 3rd Wednesday - 15 participating wine tasting rooms, wine and beer bars offer discounted tastings via the Wine & Beer Walk; participating merchants offer promotions; the Solvang Farmers Market offers freshly-harvested produce; a variety of local entertainment; and select restaurants feature a 3-course special menu for just $25.00+ per person. Visit

April 19 Santa Barbara Vintners Festival – Now through April 23rd. For a full schedule of event, visit or call 805-688-0881.

April 20 Herbs & Spices, Oh My! Seminar – 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, 2050 Viborg Road, Solvang. Free. Call 805-688-6431. Lucha Libre Performance – 8 p.m. Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 Hwy-246, Santa Ynez. Tickets start at $45. Visit www.

April 21 Sisters Vintage and Antique Market 1st Anniversary Celebration - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 349 Bell St., Los Alamos. Free. Glider Planes with Guest Speaker James Lawson – 10


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CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 a.m. Santa Ynez Airport, Hanger J-6, 900 Airport Road, Santa Ynez. Balsa glider flying contest followed by a trip up to the glider port to see the full size gliders. For information, e-mail 23rd Annual Fish Derby – 6 a.m.-12 p.m. Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, 2225 Highway 154, Santa Barbara. $40/adult, $10/youth (ages 4-15). Visit Santa Barbara Vintners Festival - 1-4 p.m., River Park, Lompoc. Grand tasting of wines from more than 100 wineries;, 805-688-0881.

April 23 Diabetes & Exercise: What You Need to Know – 11 a.m.12 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, 2050 Viborg Road, Solvang. Free. Call 805-688-6431.

April 26 Colonoscopy Education Event – 5 p.m.-Presentations, 5:45 p.m.-Tour Begins. Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, 2050 Vigborg Road, Solvang. Free. Call 888-999-8262.

April 27 Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival – Now through April 29. Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 Thornburg St., Santa Maria. $8/Adults, $5/Youth (Ages 6-11), $25/One Day unlimited ride wristband. Visit www.santamariafairpark .com. Deciphering GMOs Seminar – 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, 2050 Viborg Road, Solvang. Free. Call 805-688-6431.


Classical Music, Piano & Cello - 7-9 p.m. St. Mark’s-in-theValley Episcopal Church, $30/Patrons, $20/General Admission, $10/Student’s with ID. Call 805-688-7423 or e-mail Lsbethe

Wayne Brady Performance - 8 p.m. Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 Hwy-246, Santa Ynez. Tickets start at $45. Visit www. Solvang Datsun Roadster Classic Car Show – Evening of April 27 and April 28, all day. Along First St. in Solvang. Visit

April 28 Spring Fling Art Show hosted by This Travelling Trunk Show – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Windmill Nursery, 925 W Hwy-246, Buellton. Free. World T’ai Chi-Quigong Day – 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang. Certified instructor Don Fiore will lead local group. All welcome. See for easy movements. Bring a chair and water. Email taichidon@ or call 480-208-1471.

Every Sunday Round Up Live Music on the Patio – 11 a.m. Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Visit

Every Monday Weight Room - 6-8 a.m. and 1:30-8 p.m., Buellton Rec Center, 301 2nd St., Buellton, $3; 805-688-1086. Senior T’ai Chi - 9:15 a.m.; Arthritis Class, 10:15 a.m.; Creative Coloring, 1 p.m. every other Monday; Senior Issues, 1 p.m. every other Monday; Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805- 688-1086.

Every Tuesday Knitting - 9 a.m.; computer class, 9:30 a.m.; bridge and poker, 1 p.m.; Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-1086.

2-Step Lessons – 6:30 p.m. Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Visit

Every Wednesday Yoga - 9:15 a.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.: Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-1086. Knit and Crochet - 1 p.m., Buellton Senior Center, West Highway 246, Buellton; 805-688-4571. Healing Hearts Support Group – 2-4 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, 1825 Alamo Pintado Road. Free. To R.S.V.P. call 805-693-0244.

Brain Injury Survivors of Santa Ynez Valley - 12-2 p.m., Bethania Lutheran Church, 603 Atterdag Road, Solvang. Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center offers a support group for brain injury survivors and caregivers; www.jodihouse .org. Honky Tonk Party – 4 p.m.-Free Tacos; 6:30 p.m.-Dance Lessons. Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Visit

Every Friday Pilates - 10 a.m., Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-1086. Bingo - 1 p.m., Buellton Senior Center, West Highway 246, Buellton; 805-688-4571.

Every Saturday Junior Golf Clinics – Zaca Creek Golf Course, 223 Shadow

Solvang Farmers Market - 2:30-6:30 p.m., First Street between Mission Drive and Copenhagen Drive, Solvang.

Mountain Drive, Buellton; free; 805-698-6224 or bob@olde

Local’s Night – 5-7 p.m. Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., 45 Industrial Way, Buellton. $4 draft beer, complimentary bar bites and 25% off beer to go. Visit

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk – 10-11:30 a.m.; 805-688-4515 or

Trivia Night – 7-9 p.m., Naughty Oak Tap Room, 3569 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez;

Wood Working Classes – 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Edward Jorgensen, 900 McMurray Road, Unit 3, Buellton. Call 805-325-3645 or email

246, Buellton; 805-688-4571.

KidKraft – 2-2:45 p.m., 2nd Saturday of each month, Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, 1511 Mission Drive, Solvang; monthly art class for kids of all ages; $5/child, adult admission included.

Arthritis Class - 10:15 a.m.; poker, 1 p.m., Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-1086.

Live Music – 8 p.m. The Good Life, 1672 Mission Drive, Solvang. Visit

Every Thursday Chair Exercises - 10 a.m., Buellton Senior Center, West Highway

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Santa Ynez Valley Star April B 2018  

Congratulations to the Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation Queen Madi Bramsen! We have a great interview with her about her campaign and many...

Santa Ynez Valley Star April B 2018  

Congratulations to the Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation Queen Madi Bramsen! We have a great interview with her about her campaign and many...