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Valley artist helps ‘Dear Basketball’ win an Oscar By Daniel Lahr

Contributing Writer


t’s fairly safe to say that most people know who Kobe Bryant is, and most of them will agree that he is one of the NBA’s all-time greatest players after he carried the Lakers to multiple championships. What many people do not know is that Bryant won a different kind of prestigious award this year, an Oscar, for an animated short film, “Dear Basketball,” that is a visualization of the letter he wrote in 2015 announcing his retirement. To create a team for his new film, he enlisted the help of master animator Glen Keane, who then tapped the Santa Ynez Valley’s own Aiden Terry to be his assistant animator. Terry is a graduate of Dunn School and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts/Kanbar Film and Television’s animation program. He was initially approached by John Canemaker, the head of the animation program at NYU. “They were looking for in-betweeners,” Terry said. The film was narrated and executive-produced by Bryant and directed and animated by Keane, with additional animation done by Minkyu Lee and Bolhem Bouchiba. “Minkyu and Bolhem did their own in-betweens, so I handled

all of Glen’s,” Terry added. When we go to the movies, we are watching 24 individual pictures per second. It’s easy to capture that in the camera or record on a computer, but animators must draw each frame of the picture we see. Sometimes an animator doesn’t have the time to do every single one, so they will do every odd-numbered frame and then they have an “in-betweener” come in and do the even-numbered frames. Terry’s job as an “in-betweener” was to take a stack of drawings from Keane and fill in those frames. “The most important part was to match Glen’s style in every one of my drawings, so that every drawing appears to have been done by the same hand and flows properly without catching or trapping the eye,” Terry said. The entire animation department of four people worked endlessly to “make our work as indistinguishable from (Keane’s) as we could, and hopefully that translates to the action onscreen,” he added. Bryant also managed to recruit legendary Hollywood composer John Williams to score this piece, and Keane was instrumental in getting the animation team

together. “Glen Keane is one of the most generous, talented, and hard-working people I’ve ever met,” Terry recalled. “His contributions to animation and his devotion to solid drawing and embracing new technology … I was thrilled to get to work with him and the crew he assembled for nine months on a


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Photos contributed Above, members of the “Dear Basketball” creative team at the 2017 Annie Awards in Los Angeles are, from left, producer Gennie Rim, Kobe Bryant, animator/director Glen Keane, animation assistant Aidan Terry and designer/compositor Scott Uyeshima. Below, Terry, seated, and director/animator Keane work on “Dear Basketball.”

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Viva Enjoy an evening of flamenco dance by the Spirit of Fiesta Jesalyn McCollum and Junior Spirit of Fiesta Georgey Taupin at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of Friday, June 8 at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church. Both the Spirit and Junior Spirit are from the Santa Ynez Valley so be sure to come support them in this year’s Old Spanish Days events! The event is free to the community to watch and there will be food and refreshments for sale. For more information log onto or email This event is sponsorded by

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Workshop set on route of new bike path Solvang and Santa Barbara County officials are studying a proposed Sunny Fields Spur Bike Trail that would connect the existing bike trail along Highway 246 to Sunny Fields Park and the existing bike lanes along Alamo Pintado Road. The study will evaluate various alternative alignments for the proposed spur trail, and look at the cost, advantages and disadvantages of each alternative. The city’s consultant, Alta Planning and Design, will lead a workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Solvang City Council chambers to review a draft study, answer questions and take public comments. “Everyone is welcome to attend,” said city Public Works Director Matt van der Linden. “Especially if you are a Solvang resident interested in the planning of future bike facilities within the city, please come.” The draft report, called a technical memo, will be available for public review at beginning May 23. For more information, contact van der Linden at 805-688-5575 or

‘Invitation to Dance’ show changes locations

Due to the unexpected closure of the Santa Ynez High School campus for major repairs, the Santa Ynez Valley Performing Arts Company’s 31st season of “An Invitation to Dance” will be held in the multipurpose room at Jonata School in Buellton on June 21-23. The Thursday and Friday performances begin at 7 p.m., and the Saturday show begins at 6:30 p.m. For tickets or information, call 805-688-8494.

Rotary clubs spruce up Sunnyfields Park

Photo contributed The four Rotary Clubs in the Santa Ynez Valley got together in mid-April for their annual effort to spruce up Sunny Fields Park in Solvang by applying fresh coats of paint, putting in new wood chips and handling other chores.

Bus service introduces summer youth pass Santa Ynez Valley Transit is selling a summer youth pass in which $20 provides unlimited rides during the month of purchase, for riders 6 to 20 years old, for use in June, July, and August. Parents and older youth can buy passes at the transit service’s office at 431 Second St., Suite 9, in Solvang. In conjunction with the youth pass, SYVT Santa Barbara County officials are asking is also offering an activity guide (free with the drivers to be alert as the county repairs pavepurchase of a youth pass). It lists popular destiment on various roads in May and June. nations and corresponding SYVT bus stops on Plans include $1.7 million worth of work an easy-to-read map created for children, teens, in the Santa Ynez Valley, Vandenberg Village, parents, and caregivers. Highlighted destinations Mission Hills, Orcutt and Sisquoc. include Sunny Fields Park, Parks Plaza Theater, For the list of scheduled road projects and road the Wildling Museum, Santa Ynez Valley Historclosures, visit the project website, or ical Museum, and the Solvang Festival Theater. call the Transportation Division of the county For more information about SYVT, visit Public Works Department at 805-739-8750. or call 805-688-5452.

Photo contributed Pavement rehabilitation is taking place throughout north Santa Barbara County from now until June.

Newly opened Mattei’s Tavern to close again By Raiza Giorgi


he restaurant at the landmark Mattei’s Tavern, which opened to much fanfare in December, will close June 3. Restaurant owner and chef Maili Halme made the surprise announcement on Facebook, where the backlash was quick and, in some cases, bitter. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my dream and I look forward to returning to other pursuits. The future of the restaurant is in the hands of the Strange family, and they have asked the community to stay tuned for their upcoming plans,” Halme posted. Many Facebook comments were directed against the Strange family, which owns the historic building in Los Olivos and leased the restaurant to Halme. Some postings suggested that the family had hit Halme with an unfair and unexpected demand to pay property taxes. “It was no surprise, as we had it in the lease with Maili that property taxes for the restaurant building had to be paid twice a year. She came to us as she couldn’t make the payment, and we mutually worked out what we thought as a smooth transition exit plan. We released

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her from her lease and paid the property taxes with her initial deposit and the remaining balance,” Shamra Strange said. “Mattei’s is special to our family, as we had our last family gathering there before my stepson passed away several years ago. The moment I stepped into that building I knew it was special, which is why we chose Maili to lease it. We wanted her there for as long as she wanted, but the restaurant business is difficult and it didn’t go as planned,” Strange added. The hotel and tavern built by Italian Swiss immigrant Felix Mattei was an important link in the transportation chain through Santa Barbara County. Mattei first saw the Santa Ynez Valley when he was driving a herd of horses through it; he decided after some years to build a hotel and restaurant in Los Olivos in 1886. The property has gone through several owners in the past few decades. The Strange family bought the property when it went into foreclosure, they said, because they knew the history of the building and the importance it had for the valley. They wanted it to be restored to its former glory, and chose Halme because her dream matched theirs. MATTEI’S CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


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Construction to close SYHS ‘Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance’ campus this summer Local activities planned Staff Report


he Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District is jumping into construction this summer with both feet, and the work will result in a virtual shutdown of the campus while students are out for summer vacation. Outside groups and community members who traditionally have used buildings and sports facilities for summer programs have been notified, school officials said, and even the SYHS summer school session will be moved off-campus. “We are excited to start this phase of work. The impacts on the campus this summer will be significant in terms of restricting access, but the improvements will benefit both our students and valley residents and organizations that utilize our facilities for years to come,” said district Superintendent Scott Cory. The work will be funded through Measure K bonds that voters approved in November 2016. Plans call for more than $6 million of work to be completed this summer, including: n Replacement of more than 4,000 feet of underground sewer,

water, fire alarm and communication lines n Replacement of the main electrical feed and panels across the campus n Phase 1 replacement of the fire alarm and communications systems n Heating and cooling system upgrades n Roofing replacement of multiple buildings and covered walkways n Window replacement for multiple buildings. “I recognize that the closure of the campus will have a major impact on community groups and sports teams that rely on our facilities during the summer, but given both the intermittent and sustained shutdown of safety, electrical and climate-control systems, in addition to extensive underground work resulting in open trenching, considerations for public safety have to override our desire to maintain public access,” Cory added. Offices in the administration building will remain open this summer. Access updates will be provided to the public via the SYHS website at More work is scheduled for the summer of 2019, possibly resulting in similar restrictions to campus facilities, Cory said.

In Loving Memory Margaret Isabel Miranda-Pace aka Guera Margaret was born in Santa Barbara, CA on June 3, 1932, to Rosie A Pace (Pina) of Santa Ynez and William Pace of Oklahoma. She resided in the Beautiful Santa Ynez Valley all her life. She was a mother to 9 beautiful children; William Miranda, Joseph Miranda, Cyril Miranda, Frankie Miranda, Peter Miranda, Clara Miranda, Anthony Miranda, Rosanna Miranda, and Cindy Martinez. She was a Member of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and was one of the very first families who resided on the reservation. She had 19 Grandchildren, 26 Great Grandchildren,3 Great Great Nieces and Nephew and the family is still growing. Margaret loved to travel, go camping, visit casinos around the West Coast, go on adventures and loved spending time with friends and family near and far. She had the greatest sense of humor and always told you what was on her mind! She had the voice of an angel when signing a tune and had the biggest heart you could imagine! She had many friends who loved her dearly and was always sharing her many life stories with them. She was involved in the Santa Ynez Federally Recognized Elders Council group called Kit’ Wo’ Unio Inc. This was a group involved in protecting cultural resources and village sites in Santa Barbara County back in the mid 80’s and its purpose is still active within the Tribes Elder Council. Members of the group included Margaret, her Mother Rosie Pace, Cousin Eddie Kahn, Son-in-Law Freddie

Herrera, Daughter Rosanna Miranda, Cousin Conchita Perez and a few others. They would travel to different schools, prisons and also attended a Cal Expo in Sacramento to proudly raise awareness to other Tribes in California by sharing their Native Song and Dances. Margaret was a very strong woman and didn’t always have it easy. Through the years she went through many hardships with the loss of all her 6 boys and became very ill. She struggled for many years with health problems but still carried a smile on her face no matter her situation. Her family has learned strength and perseverance no matter what the case and most of all she taught them what a Warrior really was. She will be Dearly missed by all and her stories will live on. She is survived by her daughters Clara, Cindy, Rosanna, Grand Daughter Aileena, The Miranda Family, Diaz Family, Unzueta Family, Herrera Family, Alvarez Family, and Especially her dog “Daisy” and many many more relatives and friends! Rosary/Vigil was held on Thursday, May 10, at The Loper Funeral Chapel in Ballard. A funeral Mass was held on Friday, May 11 at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang with interment following at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard. Ki No Yi (Until We Meet Again) We Love You Mom, Grandma, Guera

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Hill, and 11:30 a.m. in Saint Mark’s cemeteries. VFW Post 7139 will conduct a hallowed VFW Memorial Day ceremony at noon at the Solvang Park flagpole. The ceremony will honor all veterans, but especially those who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. By Alvin Salge The ceremony will include the Santa Commander, VFW Post 7139 Ynez Valley Wind Ensemble; a senior officer from Vandenberg Air Force Base; n Memorial Day weekend we remember and honor all service men Navy Capt. Charlie Plumb, a Vietnam War prisoner of war; other veterans of and women who gave their lives Vietnam and World War II; members of to protect us, our freedom, and our way of American Legion Post 160; Boy Scouts; life during all wars from the Civil War to and a fly-over by vintage military airthe Iraq and Afghanistan wars. craft. On Saturday, May 26, crosses and VFW A barbecue hosted by the Solvang medallions will be placed on veterans’ Vikings for veterans and their families will graves at the Santa Ines Mission, Chalk Hill, follow the ceremony. Oak Hill, and Saint Mark’s cemeteries. The Memorial Day remembrance inAt Oak Hill over 900 veteran graves will cludes a 229-year span in some 60 milibe decorated starting at 9 a.m. The public tary actions that claimed 1.4 million lives. is invited to view or assist this solemn Sacrifice is meaningless without rememobservance. brance. America’s collective consciousness VFW Post 7139 members will hand out demands that all citizens be aware of, and red poppies at the front of Albertson’s in recall on special occasions, the deaths of Buellton from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday and their countrymen during and after wartime. Sunday, May 26-27. The red poppies were All valley veterans, residents, and their first distributed after World War I to honor families are invited to come and join in the service men and women who perished these solemn events. in that war. For more information, go to www. On Memorial Day, May 28, American or call Alvin Salge of Legion Post 160 will conduct short cerethe VFW at 805-693-9133 or Jeff monies at 10 a.m. in Chalk Hill, 10:30 a.m. McKeone of the American Legion at in Santa Ines Mission, 11 a.m. in Oak 805-896-7600.

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For Aidan O’Neill, throwing darts is fun but also serious business By Logan DeLeon Contributing writer


Photo contributed 13-year-old Aidan “The Kid” O’Neill will go to Ohio this month for a dart throwing competition for the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to England.

t 13 years old, Aidan O’Neill competes in baseball, volleyball and basketball, but one of his favorite sports is darts. This month he will play in Ohio for the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to England. “I have loved darts since I was two. My dad has always loved darts and competed. When I was little, I used to pretend to be the professional dart players,” Aidan said. “I have been playing darts with my dad since I was seven years old. I just started competing two years ago as a 10-year-old. “My nickname is “The Kid,” he added, “because I play every week with nothing but adults. The nickname came just from what they all call me. So my dart jersey says ‘The Kid’ on the back.” Aidan said he likes darts because it is an individual sport, him against the board. It also requires not only physical skill but also mental and math skills. To understand and know your way around the board takes years of practice, he said, and knowing how to add, subtract and multiply while playing is learned only through many years of competition. “Aidan excels over so many adults who have been playing for years. His math skills are amazing,” said his mother, Lisa O’Neill. With his dad having more than 30 years in the sport, darts is not a new experience for the family. Both Aidan and his parents make sacrifices for dart competition, including extensive travel. “I compete all over California,” he said. “I will be traveling to tournaments across the country this year. I was just selected to

be part of a United States Youth National Team called the Shot Puma ‘Young Guns,’ which is an honor for me. I will be going to Ohio the weekend of May 19th and playing in the CDC (Championship Dart Circuit) youth event for the ‘Young Guns,’ with a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to play in England.” Professional darts equipment is expensive, but Aidan has help. “I am sponsored by two companies, Shot Darts and Horizon Darts. Horizon gives me my flights and shafts, and Shot gives me my darts. I use 23-gram Shot Harrier darts and use Fit Flight shafts and flights,” he said. “I bring my darts, shafts and flights in a dart case. I wear a dart jersey with my sponsors on it.” The shaft is part of the “body” of a dart, along with the barrel, which is the place where the thrower holds it. Flights are like “wings” at the back of a dart, which make the dart aerodynamic. Aidan works hard for his success. “For training I try to practice as much as I can. Just like any sport, practice makes you better in many ways. I believe that I need to practice more so I can beat anybody I face. I play in a blind draw every week. I go to dart tournaments once a month and compete with adults mostly all of the time. I only play with players my own age a few times a year.” In a blind draw, players draw cards and play against the person who draws the same card. Tournaments are held throughout the year in various places. “I practice daily and before the tournament, and I try to not to let my nerves get to me. Playing with adults really prepares me to compete with kids my age,” DARTS CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


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ocal residents and businesses have one more month to change the way they make phone calls. As of June 2, a new dialing procedure will become mandatory in the 805 area code due to the introduction of a new 820 area code “overlay,” which is needed to provide a continuing supply of telephone numbers in the region. Customers will keep their phone numbers, but most new customers will be assigned the 820 area code, resulting in a mixture of 805 and 820 numbers in the same area. Once the overlay is added, callers must

dial 1+ area code + seven-digit telephone number when making all local calls. The California Public Utilities Commission is offering these reminders for residents and businesses in the 805 region: n Begin now to dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all calls. n Reprogram equipment or features that now use 7-digit dialing to dial 1+area code + telephone number, including automatic dialers, life safety systems and medical monitoring devices, speed-dialing, call forwarding, voicemail services, modems for computer or Internet dial-up access, and other similar services or equipment. n Advise family, friends, and business contacts with 805 numbers to dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all calls. n Ensure that alarms and security door and gate systems are reprogrammed to dial 1 + area code + telephone number. AREA CODE CONTINUED ON PAGE 28


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Noozhawk photo by Janene Scully Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo shakes hands with Santa Maria Valley-based builder Joe Halsell after the Home for Good Funders Collaborative meeting in Buellton.

Collaborative enters new era of fighting homelessness By Janene Scully

Noozhawk North County Editor


new era in Santa Barbara County began March 25 when some 45 people gathered under one roof to work toward easing, not necessarily ending, homelessness through a new initiative. The gathering at Pea Soup Andersen’s in Buellton signaled the inaugural meeting of the Home for Good Funders Collaborative, made up of elected officials, service providers and nonprofit groups. Home For Good Santa Barbara County, launched last year, is led by United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County. “We’re not in this to end homelessness,” said Eddie Taylor, CEO for the United Way. “But what we can do is put an end to the negative impacts that homelessness has on

our local businesses, our communities and our homeless neighbors.” Santa Barbara County has about 1,450 homeless residents, according to a tally taken in 2017. Approximately 10 percent of those people are considered chronically homeless. Taylor noted a report that Cisco committed $50 million over five years to help Santa Clara County with homelessness. “My question to you is this: Is there an organization in Santa Barbara County that we could partner with to identify that could commit $1 million a year for the next five years to help us solve our problems?” Taylor asked. “When we put together the business leaders task force, we will identify those opportunities, and that’s where the Funders Collaborative can really begin to shine by bringing those partnerships together,” Taylor added. HOMELESSNESS CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


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ou have just completed the biggest financial transaction of your life and can now call yourself a homeowner. With the help of a Realtor, you purchased your first home, signed all the necessary paperwork and are about to walk up to your front door, keys in hand. What now? This is a common question homeowners ask themselves when the time comes to settle into a new home. With all

the excitement and work involved in finding a first home, first-time buyers may not have a transition plan or a checklist for the first few days in their new house. “Some checklist items are as simple as steam cleaning the carpet, while others involve familiarizing yourself with your home’s circuit breakers and water valves. Having a game plan for your new home will give you peace of mind and allow you to settle in quickly and stress free,” said Bob Jennings, president of the Santa Ynez Valley Association of Realtors. Important items for the transition into a

new home include: n Change the locks. You never know who else has keys to your home, so it is a good idea to change the locks on all doors. You can install new deadbolts yourself or call a locksmith to ensure proper installation. n Set up service. This may not sound like a top priority, but it is important to contact local utilities and service providers, including trash pick-up, to set up a new account and avoid disruption. n Know the circuit breaker. It is a good idea to figure out which fuses control what

Montecito Bank makes grants to 10 local nonprofits By Brooke Holland

Los Olivos to host first ‘Locals Love’ block party Staff Report


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ontecito Bank & Trust has awarded $20,000 in grants to 10 local nonprofit organizations, including Solvang Theaterfest, that were hand-selected by employees during a celebration of the bank’s 43rd anniversary. Bank employees awarded $2,000 to each grantee after they nominated the organization, campaigned and voted for the nonprofit they value most. More than $305,000 has been awarded since the program began in 1993, bank spokeswoman Jamie Perez said. The gathering at the downtown branch of Montecito Bank & Trust in mid-March marked the first Anniversary Grant reception since the bank’s founder and owner, Michael Towbes, died in April 2017. President and CEO Janet Garufis said Towbes created the program to celebrate the “philanthropic work of our associates in the communities we serve and to give each of them a choice in the direction of our corporate giving.” Programs like the Anniversary Grant continue Towbes’ legacy and values, Garufis said. She thanked the associates for honoring Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue and the National Disaster Search Dog

parts of your house and label them accordingly. You will need two people for this exercise: one person monitoring the power as it goes on and off and the other tripping the breakers. n Buy the right tools. You probably own the basic tools such as a drill, screwdriver, hammer, level and tape measure. However, homeownership may require a few new ones, such as a pry bar for removing nails, trim or tiles and a ratchet set for adjusting nuts and bolts. When hanging pictures or shelving on the walls, be sure to have a stud sensor handy to detect studs, cables and ducts.

Photo by Clint Weisman CEO Janet Garufis of Montecito Bank & Trust, from left, Dan La Berge of Mothers Helpers, bank employees Reyna Kaufman and Antoinette McCauley, and bank COO George Leis attend the Anniversary Grants program.

Foundation in wake of December’s Thom- of Santa Barbara County (CASA) as Fire and Montecito’s debris flows. n Dog Adoption & Welfare Group “The community response to the disas- (DAWG) ters, including the actions of these two n The Dos Pueblos Engineering Acadorganizations, has been remarkable and is emy a true testament to the pride and commitn Many Mansions ment we all feel for this wonderful place n Mothers Helpers, Inc. we call home,” Garufis said. n The National Search Dog Foundation The 2018 grant recipients were: n Court Appointed Special Advocates GRANTS CONTINUED ON PAGE 27


os Olivos will host its inaugural “Locals Love” block party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, when visitors will be treated to a host of specials and locals-only experiences in a one-day welcome to summer. The event will include wine and beer deals, food vendors, live music and more. Specials being offered for the day include complimentary wine tastings, deep discounts on wines by the glass, and wine club member bottle purchase pricing for all guests at select wine tasting rooms, accompanied by pop-up eats such as taco stands and local food trucks. Music will resonate through town from of DJs, acoustic folk singers and bands. A town-wide bocce tournament is also planned at participating wine tasting rooms. Participating businesses at this point include Artisans Gallery, Kaena Wine, Avec Moi Décor, Larner Vineyard & Winery, The Bear and Star, Los Olivos General Store, Ca’ Del Grevino, Pedego Electric Bikes, Carhartt Vineyard and Winery, Refugio Ranch Vineyards, Coquelicot Estate Vineyard, Solminer Wine Company, Dragonette Cellars, Stafford’s Famous Chocolates, Epiphany Cellars, Stolpman Vineyards, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Wildflower Women Boutique, Jedlicka’s Saddlery and Zinke Wine Co. For more information, contact Anna Ferguson-Sparks at 1-877-327-2656 or info@

What does it cost to live in Santa Barbara County? By Kenneth Harwood

cost was $3,987. Two parents and one child had a cost of $6,987, or $1,768 more than a couple. Two parents and two children had a anta Barbara County is an expensive monthly cost of $8,033, or $1,046 more than place to live, but not the most expensive two parents and one child. in California. We rank 16th in the state Some results seem to stand out. For example, for high cost of living, among 58 counties. the cost of adding a child to a couple was more Forty-two other counties are less expensive. expensive than adding another person to a Fifteen are more expensive. one-person household. The cost of adding a Monthly cost of a couple was $5,219, or second child to a family of two parents and a $1,232 more than that of one person, whose child was less expensive than the cost of adding Economist, Solvang Chamber of Commerce


one child to a couple. The largest change was in adding the first of two children to a couple. These monthly amounts are at neither a poverty level nor a wealthy level. They represent a modest yet adequate standard of living in Santa Barbara County. The monthly budget for two parents and two children is $1,520 for housing, $817 for food, $1,184 for child care, $1,338 for transportation, $1,109 for health care, $1,122 for taxes, and $943 for other needs. That comes to

$8,033 a month and $96,396 a year. The largest amount in the budget is for housing, and the smallest for food. The whole budget is 2.5 percent higher in February of this year than a year ago because of the yearly rate of inflation in smaller cities of the West. The increase is $2,410 a year, or $201 a month. For details, go online to Economic Policy Institute Family Budgets. See online Bureau of Labor Statistics for the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers.


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Local screenwriter brings talent to stage

New to the theater company this year are five more actors. Derrick O’Connor is an actor and writer who has worked in films, TV and theater and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Greg Peraskou is the former Chief Public Defender for Santa Barbara County; Clare Carey has acted in four television series over the years; Ron Colone is By Pamela Dozois a local author, columnist, and music promoter; and Contributing Writer Reed Wolfington is a recent transplant to the valley who has performed in theater in Ohio. erald DiPego is once again bringing his The evening will begin with “A letter to my skillful writing to the stage in his new production titled “Imagine That!” starring younger self,” a 20-minute reading by DiPego. “The inspiration for this letter came when I was The Laketown Players. looking at family photos, looking at this child who The evening will be made up of two one-act was between seven and eight, and I was amazed plays and “A letter to my younger self.” This is all new material by the screenwrit- it was me. I thought, ‘What would I say to him to help him avoid something that has happened to er, novelist and playwright who has written me?’” DiPego said. nearly a dozen theatrical performances over The opening paragraph of the letter reads, “I the 10 years he has lived in the valley. study an old photo of a boy who is between seven One of his plays went on to be perand eight, posing in his back yard at 911 Idyllwild formed in Santa Barbara and another Drive in Round Lake, Illinois, around 1950. The in Napa Valley. He is also the author of the films “Phenomenon,” “Message boy is slightly smiling, but I see, also, a hint of in a Bottle,” “Words & Pictures,” and worry in his eyes, and I want to ease the worry in that boy, who is me, writing this in 2018 at the age many others. of seventy-six. We are both Jerry, or, as I still call The Laketown Players consist of myself, ‘Jer.’ DiPego and seasoned actors Fran “Through this letter, I’m going to speak to my Bowen, Ian Cummings, Eleanor younger self as if I were there with him, maybe Lin, Carey McKinnon, Jeff bending over, with my hands on my knees, so I can McKinnon, Christopher RydDiPEGO CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 man, and KC Thompson.

Gerald DiPego and Laketown Players to perform May 18-19 at Grange



A younger Jerry DiPego is pictured, at left, with his mother and their dog Belvedere in the yard of their home in Round Lake, Ill. Below, in a photo taken in 1954 at his eighth-grade graduation party, DiPego is pictured at center with relatives including his brother Paul, far left, who was graduating from high school. To DiPego’s right is his mother, and behind her is his father. Photos contributed

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Good research starts with major repositories By Sheila Benedict Contributing Writer


Photo contributed The island’s rainforest is full of unexpected beauty.

Luxury meets the jungle at El Otro Lado in Panama By Donna Polizzi Contributing writer


s your passport valid? Now, that’s a question that piques interest. I believe that life is good, but it gets better with the perspective from an airplane window at 30,000 feet, on the way to paradise. For sanity sake, we all need to get up and away on occasion, to clear our heads and gain clarity. To maximize impact, pick a destination completely unlike your daily existence. Recently, I contacted Montecito Village

Travel to book a trip for my husband’s 50th birthday. I wanted to take him somewhere We welcome travel expert Donna “different,” and they Polizzi as she writes recommended Panama her first column — which was nothing for the Santa Ynez like what we expected. Valley Star. We flew into the Tocumen International Airport in Panama, where Montecito Village Travel had arranged for us to be picked up. Our guide took us straight through customs, which took all of five minutes, en route to the


VIP lounge, where we waited while our bags were retrieved and taken to a car that was waiting for us. The two-hour drive from the airport to the quaint village of Portobelo was a fascinating look at the lifestyle and culture of the Panamanian people. When we arrived, our driver walked us past the Casa Cultura Congo Museum to the water’s edge, where a boat was waiting to take us to El Otro Lado, a private retreat in Portobelo, Colón, Panama. El Otro Lado means “the other side.” We ended PANAMA CONTINUED ON PAGE 27


Caring for our valley starts with its citizens By Brooks Firestone Contributing writer


or many years as a “road warrior” (a traveling wine salesman), I noticed the different amount of trash on highways. Some areas have clean and pleasant rights of way and other areas are full of trash thrown from vehicles and strewn on the roadside. I remember being on a bus trip in Europe. We all noticed that the roads of Italy were messy but when we crossed into Germany,

the roads were pristine. Why? Who knows? We do know that our Santa Barbara County is relatively clean compared to other areas of California, and there are reasons for that. Perhaps our community population is a little less likely to toss trash out the car window, and we are also a little more likely to pick up after ourselves. A stellar example of this is a Santa Ynez Valley resident, retired New York Lawyer Bill Connell. He inspirationally leads an informal group, “The Valley Clean Team,” that

periodically tramps our roads and highways picking up trash and putting it into plastic bags that our county gathers from the side of the road. The Clean Team meets on many Saturday mornings and welcomes volunteers — no experience necessary. Bill’s number is 805688-8586. Everyone likes to go for a walk for exercise, so why not add the satisfaction of leaving a clean highway behind? CARING CONTINUED ON PAGE 25


s promised in the last column, here is a list of major repositories for genealogy research. Please check all the URLs listed, as they could change. And remember, not everything is online. A personal visit is a requirement for accurate research. National Archives, Washington, D.C., area: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): n National Archives I: 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20004;; n National Archives II: 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Md., 20740-6001; Check the websites to find out what collections are located at each site and what can be obtained and/or ordered online. Because there are waiting periods to receive the files, often people will hire someone to go to the archive and retrieve them. National Archives, California: Two regional centers: n National Archives at Riverside, 23123 Cajalco Road, Perris, Calif., 925707298;; n National Archives at San Francisco, Leo J Ryan Memorial Building, 1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno, Calif., 94066-2350; Also in Washington, D.C.: Daughters of the American Revolution Library, 1776 D St., NW, Washington, D.C., 200065303; Also in California: Sons of the Revolution Library. It is part of the American Heritage Library, 600 So. Central Ave., Glendale, Calif., 91204; 818-240-1775; Other California patriotic societies include Native Daughters of the Golden West, Native Sons of the Golden West, Society of California Pioneers, and Los Californianos. There are also many societies and groups that specialize in genealogical research with a focus on ethnicity, religion, regions, military, and other specialties that are important for genealogists to know and access. In all cases, it is important to study history, geography, and laws for those areas of particular interest. Researchers, regardless where their ancestors came from, need to understand migration patterns, be it from GENEALOGY CONTINUED ON PAGE 27


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Important holiday has cloudy beginnings


any of us look forward to Memorial Day as a three-day weekend that is the “official” start of summer. Backyard barbecues aside, Memorial Day (May 28 this year) or Decoration Day, as it was originally called, is a distinctly American Holiday. Oh, sure, other countries have “Remembrance Days” that honor veterans and soldiers but I’m fairly certain, many of us don’t realize, that echoes of the Civil War still reverberate across the United States. Memorial Day is one of those echoes and like many of our holidays, over time, it has continued to evolve. The Civil War still ranks as our nation’s deadliest conflict. More than 700,000 Americans died in that terrible struggle. The number of casualties was equal to 2.5 percent of the entire population of America during the 1860s. If 2.5 percent of our population today died in a war, it would equal 7 million Americans. There was hardly a town in America that did not lose community members in the conflict. Even while the war still raged, it became common for soldiers’ graves to be decorated on what was called “Decoration Day.” Even today, nobody knows for sure when and where the first Decoration Day actually occurred. It is likely that Decoration Day had many beginnings. In the months following the end of the Civil War, many Americans felt the need to commemorate the sacrifice of the soldiers lost on the Civil War battlefields. These events — some planned, others spontaneous — contributed to a

graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. It is not important who was the very first; what is important is that Memorial Day was established. This holiday is not about division, but about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all. By 1890 Decoration Day was observed on May 30 in all the northern states. For decades, Southern states shunned the North’s Decoration Day, instead observing different By John Copeland days to honor Confederate war dead. After World War I, the nature of Decoragrowing movement. tion Day changed from honoring those who On April 25, 1866, a group of women died during the Civil War to honoring all from Columbus, Miss., visited the cemAmericans who died fighting in America’s etery at the battlefield of Shiloh in Tenwars, and the holiday began to be called nessee and decorated the graves of both Memorial Day. However, it wasn’t until Confederate and Union soldiers there. 1967 that Congress officially renamed In the summer of that year, in Waterloo, Decoration Day to Memorial Day. N.Y., local druggist Henry C. Welles orgaMemorial Day used to be held on May nized the decorating of the town with flags 30, regardless of the day of the week it fell draped with evergreens and black mournon. That changed in 1971, when Congress ing ribbons. A marching band led Civil War declared Memorial Day a national holiday veterans, civic groups and residents to the and designated the last Monday in May as three local cemeteries where they conduct- the day for its observance. ed remembrance ceremonies and decorated This was all part of a piece of legislation soldiers’ graves. to turn more U.S. Holidays into threeIn 1868, Gen. John A. Logan, a founder day weekends. Today, the Memorial Day of the Grand Army of the Republican orga- weekend has become synonymous with the nization of Union veterans of the Civil War, beginning of summer and celebrating with called for a national day of remembrance barbecues, camping, and other summer fun. for Civil War dead. On that first DecoraSometimes it seems like we’re on the tion Day, Gen. James Garfield, who would verge of losing the significance of Memolater be elected president, made a speech at rial Day. Arlington National Cemetery, after which Have you ever thought about the differ5,000 participants helped to decorate the ence between forgetting and remembering?


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Adult softball leagues forming now Teams are forming now for men’s and adult coed softball leagues through the Solvang Parks and Recreation Department. The men’s league will play Monday and Wednesday evenings and the coed league on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The cost per team is $550. A noncompetitive coed B League that keeps no standings and plays a shorter season ($300 per team) will play on Friday nights. Games will begin the week of June 4 at Sunny Fields Park. Registration closes and all balances are due by May 22. Teams must register with Parks and Recreation at 411 Second St. in Solvang. For more information, call 6887529.

View animals up close at Cachuma Lake The Neal Taylor Nature Center is hosting a free event from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19, for people to learn about wildlife up close from experts. Those attending the event by Saving Wildlife International will see birds of prey, snakes, a capuchin monkey, tortoise, alligator, opossum and more. The Junior Rangers Program will

take place right after, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., for children from 3 years old and up. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Cost of participation is $3. Call 805-693-0691 for more information.

Documentary on ‘water grab’ set for May 24 The Santa Ynez Valley Community Action Alliance is showing a free screening of the documentary “Water & Power — A California Heist” on Thursday, May 24, at Standing Sun Winery, 92 Second St. in Buellton. Doors open at 6 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A with special guests Conner Everts and Alena Simon. Food and wine will be available for purchase. This National Geographic documentary film uncovers the story of how a handful of water barons gained control of the state’s most precious resource while drought and a groundwater crisis left local homeowners with dry wells. From a 1990s backroom rewrite of the State Water Project through a breaking investigation into illicit transfers of groundwater, this film peels back the layers on a complex world most of us know nothing about and would never question unless our taps ran dry, organizers said. The screening is co-sponsored by Santa Ynez Valley Community Action Alliance and Food & Water Watch.

Free program to help pre-diabetics change lifestyle in their lives,” Speidel said. The Diabetes Prevention program will be eginning in June, community offered at several YMCA locations, including members can begin preventing Santa Ynez, Lompoc, and Santa Barbara, at no type 2 diabetes together with a free cost to participants. lifestyle-change method offered by Sansum The Diabetes Prevention program is based on Diabetes Research Institute and the YMCA. research that showed that people with pre-diabeGuided by trained lifestyle coaches, groups tes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight of participants will learn the skills necessary to (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by make lasting changes such as modest amounts making modest changes reduced their risk of of weight loss, being more physically active, developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Older and managing stress. adults experienced an even greater risk reduction. The program promotes a collaborative, People are more likely to have pre-diabetes non-judgmental approach to wellness in a and type 2 diabetes if they: motivating environment, said Thomas Speidel, n Are 45 years or older; executive director of the Stuart C. Gildred n Are overweight; Family YMCA in Santa Ynez. Participants will learn how to eat healthfuln Have a family history of type 2 diabetes; ly, add physical activity to their routine, mann Are physically active fewer than three age stress, stay motivated, and solve problems times per week; or that can get in the way of making changes. n Have been diagnosed with gestational In the year-long program, groups will meet diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a once a week for four months, then once a baby weighing more than 9 pounds. month for the remainder of the program to To determine people’s eligibility to particimaintain healthy lifestyle changes. Together pate, the Diabetes Prevention program will hold participants celebrate their successes and find a screening from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesways to overcome obstacles. day, May 30, at the YMCA in Santa Ynez. One in three Americans has pre-diabetes, and Other screenings will be from 10:30 a.m. these people may develop type 2 diabetes within to 12:30 p.m. May 15 at the Santa Barbara three years if they do not take steps to prevent it. YMCA and from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 at the “With the sharp increase in type 2 diabeDick DeWees Center in Lompoc. tes in our communities, the YMCA is very The test is also available at pleased to be partnering with Sansum Diabetes and Research Institute in identifying members of To learn more, call 805-682-7640, ext.221, our communities at risk, and working jointly to help people bring about life-saving changes or visit Staff Report


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One simple exercise has head-to-toe benefits By Jim Riley

Contributing writer


hat if I told you there was an exercise that would improve posture; strengthen your hips, low back and shoulders; and would help balance and improve torso stabilization. Would you do it? Suppose you only needed to perform this exercise three times weekly for 10 to 15 minutes. Would you do it? What if you could easily work this exercise into your life as you go about your daily activities. Would you do it? There is such an exercise, and it isn’t often seen being performed in many gyms despite the fact it will improve your work capacity and physical performance. The exercise is called “the carry,” and it’s probably the oldest exercise known to man. Since earliest times and throughout most of our history until recently, people have had to pick stuff up and carry it to another location many times during the day. It was called work. Little did these people know that by lifting stuff and moving with it they were building strong, well-aligned bodies that had good balance and work capacity. They were just doing natural hard work to survive. There are two ways we can improve our

bodies with carries. One way is the formal strength training method of loaded or weighted carries in a training session. The second type of carry is about intentionally performing carries as we move throughout the day doing normal activities. Both types of carries will do wonders to improve your fitness base. The formal method of loaded carries for training is rather simple. The are two basic types of loaded carries, the suitcase carry and the farmers carry. For the suitcase carry, you pick up the weight with one hand (like a suitcase) and walk with it until moderate fatigue sets in. Then you change hands and walk back to the starting point. Pick a weight you can walk 30 yards with. Over time increase the distance to 50 yards and then enlist a slightly heavier weight. For the farmer’s carry, pick up an equal weight in each hand that you can walk 30 yards with and, as with the suitcase carry, stretch the distance to 50 yards as you improve and then add weight and recycle. It sounds simple. What muscles do you strengthen? Almost all of them. The cues for technique needed to execute an effective carry include: n Pick a weight that you can carry for 30 yards with integrity. n Align and stand tall with stacked torso.

n Maintain postural integrity as you walk. With a little thought, informal loaded carries can easily be worked into your daily routines. Walking with any weighted objects constitutes a carry. Laundry baskets full of clothes carried from the laundry room to the bedroom are a carry. Substantial grocery bags carried from the car to the kitchen or from the store to the car is great exercise. Carry water to hand-water your plants. You not only get exercise, you may save water. Push a full wheelbarrow when gardening. It’s unstable because it has only one wheel and will challenge you more. Just be creative and make excuses to pick stuff up and walk with it during the day, and you will gain extra fitness benefits. A primary reason our fitness levels have declined over several generations is that our work does not involve picking up stuff and moving it. There are fewer chores to do and we sit too much. Performing formal and informal carries builds postural integrity, strength, improves balance and provides us with a basic skill level that will improve our physical performance. Loaded carries could be called “the quickie head-to-toe workout,” and they are the most natural way to building a foundation for fitness and athletic performance.

Cottage opens pediatric surgery center Staff Report


ottage Children’s Medical Center has opened a new pediatric surgery clinic led by Dr. Robert C. Kanard, who has been appointed chief of pediatric surgery. The new clinic, at 5333 Hollister Ave. in Goleta, provides expertise in gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, thoracic, congenital anomaly, trauma, emergency, endocrine, oncology, and outpatient surgeries. “I believe pediatric surgery can be painless and scarless,” Dr. Kanard said. “My philosophy for treating children is rooted in being a parent. I treat every child as I would want my children to be treated.” With minimally invasive laparoscopy used in many procedures, recovery times can be faster and children can go home sooner than before. Dr. Kanard is among fewer than 1,000 pediatric surgeons in the United States, according to the American Board of Surgery. He earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, followed by a general surgery residency at University of Louisville Medical Center, research fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and a pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.cottage

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Dinner to honor ‘community champions’ Staff Report


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ommunity “champions” who have helped improve the lives of children, youth, families, and seniors will be recognized at an awards dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Hotel Corque in Solvang. Those being honored this year by the Community Action Commission (CAC) are Dr. Kevin Walthers,

the superintendent and president of Hancock College; Fran Forman, the recently retired executive director of the Community Action Commission; and CenCal Health, a local health insurer that provides for those who would not otherwise have health care coverage. The annual Community Action Champions dinner also raises funds to support CAC’s Healthy Senior

Lunch program. “We are currently just half way to our goal of raising $200,000 to help feed seniors in our county,” said CAC Development Manager Linda Rosso. CenCal Health has pledged to match every dollar raised, up to $100,000. Tickets, sponsorships and more information are available at www.cacsb. org or by calling 805-964-8857.

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Dinner-theater event raises T $60,000 for PCPA students By Jessica Schley Contributing Writer


dinner-theater event for 85 in Stacy Hall at St. Mark’s-in-theValley Episcopal Church in April raised more than $60,000 for students of Pacific Conservatory Theater’s (PCPA) two-year theater training program. “Theatre in the Valley,” hosted by the Firestone family, featured live performances by PCPA resident artists and their students on a temporary stage, complete with professional lighting and sound, all built by PCPA student interns. The courtyard hors d’oeuvres and dinner in the hall, catered by Scratch Kitchen, were served by students. The Firestones are decades-long supporters of PCPA, and many family members participated in the fundraiser. Brooks Firestone served as emcee; his adult children Hayley Firestone Jessup and Andrew Firestone gave a raucous performance as auctioneers; and his granddaughter Ella Walker, a second-year student of the PCPA program, performed a Shakespeare monologue. Another of his daughters, Polly Firestone Walker, is a resident artist and PCPA faculty member who also performed a monologue. Additional performances included Broadway hits “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning”, “Moon River” and “The

Photo by Jessica Schley The Firestone family hosted a dinner-theater event in Stacy Hall at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, with live performances from PCPA resident artists and their students.

Pirate King.” PCPA is the only accredited two-year theater program in the state. Famous alumni include Robin Williams, Kathy Bates, Zac Efron, Chris Meloni of “Law & Order,” and Roddy Kennedy, who is performing in Broadway’s “Hamilton.”

Two other graduates, Paul Culos and Kasey Mahaffy, have been cast in episodes of the hit TV show “Modern Family.” And Vincent Rodriguez III, a 2003 PCPA graduate, is starring in the Emmyand Golden Globe-winning musical comDINNER CONTINUED ON PAGE 25


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hree seventh-grade girls from the Santa Ynez Valley will have prominent roles in a Broadway-style production of “Les Miserables” at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara on May 19 and 20. The classic musical, performed by the Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theatre under the direction of the Adderley School of Performing Arts, will feature a live orchestra and a cast of about 30 children ranging in age from 8 to 16. Vera Sieck of Ballard, who attends the Providence School in Santa Barbara, will play Eponine in the 6 p.m. performance on Saturday, May 19. Brielle Saarloos of Los Olivos, who attends Dunn School, will play Eponine in the 6 p.m. performance on Sunday, May 20. Cassidy Sweetland of Solvang, who attends Solvang School, will play a variety of roles in each of the four weekend performances. Tickets are on sale now through the Lobero Theatre box office and at Shows are at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The production is supported in part by the Montecito Recovery Project, which will provide 100 complimentary tickets to victims of the recent fire and mudslide disasters and to disadvantaged youth in the area. The SBYET troupe presented “Les Miserables” at the Lobero in 2014 to wide critical acclaim. One of the performers in that show, Jack Grazer, went on to star in the recent Stephen King movie thriller “It.” The Adderley School, with locations in Santa Barbara, Pacific Palisades and Austin, Texas, is nationally known for grooming young actors, singers and dancers for stage, movie and television careers. The school’s founder, Janet Adderley, is a former Broadway performer (“Starlight Express”) and television actress.

Climber to discuss unconventional rise to the top Staff Report


egendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell – who made history when he and his climbing partner ascended the Dawn Wall, the unthinkably blank 3,000-foot face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – will discuss his unconventional rise to the top in an illustrated public lecture titled “The Push: A Climber’s Search for the Path” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at UCSB Campbell Hall.

The event is sponsored by UCSB Arts & Lectures. In his early 20s, Caldwell was held hostage by militants in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where he nearly killed his captors in order to escape. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife, and main climbing partner, left him. Emerging from these hardships with renewed determination, he set his sights on free climbing El Capitan’s biggest, steepest, blank-

est face – the Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years of planning and preparation, during which time Caldwell found love again, became a father and redefined the sport. Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson spent 19 days living on the side of El Capitan, igniting global media frenzy and inspiring millions. The climb is also the subject of a new documentary, “The Dawn Wall,” an official selection of both the SXSW Film

Festival and IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), the world’s oldest and most prestigious documentary-only festival. Tickets for $30 will include a copy of Caldwell’s book, while they are available. Other tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for all students. For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805- 893-3535 or visit

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Reception set for Return to Freedom photographer Staff Report


lying Goat Cellars will host a photographer reception for Irene Vejar and her stunning photographs of the Return to Freedom horse sanctuary on from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The reception, in the Flying Goat tast-

ing room at 1520 E. Chestnut Court in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, will include a Cypress Grove cheese tasting. “As a photographer, as in everyday life, I prefer to concentrate on what I find good in the world, and where better to find good than in nature? It is in the solitude of nature that I find peace and beauty,” Vejar said.

All the proceeds from the sale of her prints directly support the programs of Return to Freedom. Headquartered a few miles outside of Lompoc on Jalama Road, Return to Freedom provides a safe haven to almost 400 wild horses, including 29 burros. The sanctuary also provides a venue to educate the public about America’s wild

Rotary and 4-H partner for public speaking Staff Report

Roberts to host session on ‘The Movement’ Staff Report



ine members of the Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club volunteered recently to be evaluators at the Santa Barbara County 4-H Presentation Day held in Los Alamos. Each year 4-H hosts three public speaking events at the county, sectional, and state levels where members make presentations in a variety of formats to a panel of evaluators. “This program is a wonderful opportunity for kids to develop the skill of public speaking,” said Jennifer Berman, the public speaking project leader for Lucky Clover 4H, “but it is always a challenge to find enough adult evaluators.” Recognizing the problem, her daughter Olivia set out to find a solution. “Since Rotary and 4-H are both national organizations, the idea of partnering them together seemed like the perfect answer,” said Olivia, a sophomore at SYVHS and a seven-year member of 4-H. She is working on her Emerald Star project, a program that helps individual 4-H members improve in the areas of organization, leadership, and project planning. Her idea includes connecting 4-H and Rotary at the state and national levels. To do so, she will create a complete program of information including scripts, pitch deck, forms, training guide, and on-line videos that any 4-H club can use to solicit Rotary member volunteers in their area and train them to be evaluators. To test her idea, she first made a presentation to the Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club. She was excited when nine members

horses and burros along with solutions to protect them in viable free-ranging herds for future generations. Flying Goat Cellars is also a benefactor of Return for Freedom and invites others to learn more at www.returntofreedom. org. For more information, visit flyinggoatcellars .com.

Photo contributed Members of the Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club volunteered to be evaluators at 4-H Presentation Day.

volunteered. “When I saw how eager they were to help, I knew they were the answer. They are awesome!” Olivia said. According to SYV Rotary president Joe Dugan, it was a rewarding experience for club members. “Rotarians know how nerve-wracking public speaking can be,” he said. “We were impressed with the poise and preparation demonstrated by the 4-H participants. Our members enjoyed the experience and hope to be invited again to assist.” Rotary International has 1.2 million members worldwide and brings together business

and professional leaders who work to solve community problems, provide humanitarian aid, and promote goodwill and peace. The Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon at Root 246 in Solvang. 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization with over 6 million members. The Lucky Clover 4-H Club meets the first Monday of every month at the Grange in Los Olivos. “By solving this chronic problem,” Olivia said, “Rotarians will help this very valuable program continue to thrive and grow. It’s a perfect match.”

he ability of horses to reduce stress and build trust will be the topic of “The Movement,” a seminar May 2324 at Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang. “This two-day event is part symposium and part festival and will be lots of fun for those who appreciate horses. The Movement is the perfect environment for connecting with peers who know that horses have a lot to teach,” said Pat Roberts, wife of Monty Roberts Monty Roberts and co-host of the event. “You will learn how Monty keeps stress out of his life with horses, and how to develop the motivation and resilience to achieve your life’s goals.” Monty Roberts, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Man Who Listens to Horses” will share his life story about overcoming barriers, motivating oneself and lowering stress levels to achieve goals. Other presenters include artists, a variety of horse trainers, authors, professors, an agility dog trainer, a film industry leader, an equestrian photographer, and noted horsewomen. At the workshop, Roberts and his certified instructors will work with a range of young and remedial horses. There will be demonstrations on how to communicate with horses in their “natural language” in various situations. For more information, go to www. or contact Flag Is Up Farms at 805-688-6288 or email admin@

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County offers help with composting, recycling Staff Report


he Santa Barbara County Public Works Department is urging local residents to save money and improve the environment by taking advantage of programs for composting and green-waste recycling. The county’s Backyard Composting Program offers free workshops in cooperation with Solvang, Santa Barbara and Goleta to teach people how to turn their food scraps into fertilizer. “Food scraps and yard waste in the landfill is one of our largest generators of methane gas. When you compost leftover food scraps and plant materials in your own backyard, you divert organics from landfills and create a nutrient-rich soil amendment that is great for your garden,” Compost Program Specialist Sam Dickinson said. Dates of upcoming workshops are available at The county also sells composting bins at wholesale prices at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station, 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos; the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station at 4430 Calle Real in Santa Barbara; and the North County Public Works Building at 620 W. Foster Road in Orcutt. When residents use green-waste bins that

RD File The county’s Backyard Composting Program offers free workshops to teach people how to turn their food scraps into fertilizer.

are picked up at the curb, they “help complete the organics loop,” county officials said. The loop continues when the material are is and chipped into mulch, which is then distributed to local residents and farmers. Residents can get “load your own” mulch for free at the Santa Ynez and South Coast recycling and transfer stations. “The main benefit of mulching is water conservation and nutrient input. Returning this mulch to the soil completes the organics loop, with many positive impacts for any garden,” Mulch Program Coordinator Joey Costa said. For details, visit Mulch or call 805-681-4981 on the South Coast or 805-686-5084 in the North County. For more information about the Backyard Composting Program, visit www.LessIs or call 805-882-3618.

Photo contributed Chief René Martinez, third from left, receives $82,000 in funding for this year’s charitable work from the Vikings Endowment Committee.

Vikings buy van, donate $25,000 this spring Staff report


pring has been a busy season for the Vikings of Solvang, who held a record-setting blood drive and donated nearly $25,000 to help qualified residents and nonprofit organizations meet medically related needs in Santa Barbara County. A major donation was $17,000 for the Buellton Senior Center to buy a van that was urgently needed to drive its members to medical appointments. The club also set a Vikings record in March with a blood drive that collected

123 units of blood with the help of United Blood Services. The Vikings have hosted two blood drives per year for decades. The group’s philanthropy is made possible by interest from its endowment fund, which this year generated $82,000 for charitable work. The fund has been created over the years by donations from individual Vikings and members of the community, and it is invested and managed by Viking volunteers. In March, 17 Vikings created and served a Danish feast, led by Bent Olsen and Ron VIKINGS CONTINUED ON PAGE 25


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Boys & Girls Club stages winning event Staff Report


orks for Kids,” the first local fundraiser on April 20 to support the new Boys & Girls Club in Buellton, was a lot of fun and a big success, said Michael Baker, the CEO of United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County. “We had so many new faces supporting our new club in Buellton alongside one of our strongest supporters, Tribal Chairman Kenny Kahn and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.” “We hope the success of Corks for Kids will help this great organization continue to reach more children and provide valuable resources for parents here in Santa Ynez Valley,” Kahn said. “I was happy to have parents, Chamber members and Buellton Rotary members attend Corks for Kids. It was great to see the community come together and support such a great cause while also having a great time,” added Buellton Club Director Jesse Gonzalez. The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County serves more than 2,900 children and their families in Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc and Santa Barbara and holds a residential camp in Santa Ynez Valley. The Buellton location opened in August. For more information, visit or call 805-681-1315.

Photos contributed The Jazz & Olive Festival is the one of the year where the Los Olivos Rotary raises money for its many charitable projects.

Festival features wine, jazz — and food Competitive local cooks distinguish Jazz & Olive Festival from other events Staff Report


he Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival features world-class live jazz and 30 local wineries pouring tastings of excellent wines, but the 30 chefs offering tastes of their creations make the event truly special. This is the 14th year of the annual festival, which is produced by the Los Olivos Rotary Foundation. On June 9, the 650 attendees in downtown Los Olivos can look forward to outstanding culinary treats. Each year valley residents participate as amateur, but quite competitive, chefs to produce olive-based food including pastas, salads, tapenades, breads, meat dishes, and even smoked olives. They do it with a generous and creative spirit, and they have fun. One of the fun-loving participants is Yvonne Lowe, a skilled cook who says she often creates something she has never tried before, and “it’s fun to try it out on 200 enthusiastic, unsuspecting people.”

The Jazz & Olive Festival sells a maximum of 650 tickets, and typically sells out each year.

She and her husband, Greg, who is also a chef, love the concept and the venue, and participate each year. Greg adds an additional dimension, such as muffaletta sandwiches, because he lived in New Orleans and took cooking classes there. Yvonne, who has twice offered olive oil and grape cakes, thinks that this year she will make an Italian dessert — a rich, dense cake with chestnut flour, pine nuts, raisins and walnuts. Both Yvonne and Greg are active in the

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Photo contributed The United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County had a fun-filled night to raise support for its newest location in Buellton.





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18 H Santa Ynez Valley Star H H May 15-June 4, 2018 for the weather each year. She says a dish should be wine-friendly, not overly comThe festival is the Rotary Club’s one plicated, and refreshing — for example, a event of the year that raises funds for its watermelon salad if the weather is hot. And many charitable projects. she enjoys walking around to taste what Shannon Casey has been a Jazz & Olive the other chefs have created. Festival chef for 12 years. She says she She also loves the live jazz environment. has been thinking about cooking since she She loves listening to jazz but also sings received an “Easy Bake Oven” at age 5 and and plays piano, guitar, harp and cello. has been actually cooking since she was 8. She devotes a lot of her time to her As a teenager, she had a job cooking. business, producing Rancho Olivos olive The event is perfect for Shannon. She products, but is also energetically involved loves the “mellow” crowd and the fact that in the community as president of the Santa the attendance is limited to 650, allowing Ynez Valley Master Chorale and president interaction and feedback. And that feedof the Los Olivos Community Organizaback is very positive, enabling her to be tion, formerly The Grange. an event winner often. She is an excellent To buy tickets or get more information cook, and by her own admission “very about the festival, call Jim Lohnas at 805competitive.” 448-5403 or Peter Robbins at 805-895She attributes her success to experience 0476. More information is also posted on and to selecting dishes that are appropriate Facebook or at


Photo contributed The excellent food offered by 30 local amateur chefs distinguishes the Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival from other winetasting events.

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Wednesday, May 16, at 320 Alisal Road. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the student artists and the staff. A counselor from Hancock College will present information and answer questions about attending Hancock and concurrent enrollment for high schoolers.

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hree seniors at Midland School in Los Olivos have taken the unique college prep boarding school’s focus on experiential education one step further with the launch of their business, LEViTTY Computers. During his sophomore year, Braeden Swidenbank and other Midland students set out to build their own computers to play video games. The machines they were building were big, bulky, traditional PCs. Swidenbank, who is headed to UC Berkley to pursue an engineering degree, decided he wanted to build something better and smaller. The following school year, he started working on what would eventually become the company’s flagship computer, the iTTY 1. He knew that to build the machine he envisioned, he’d need to build the casing for the computer himself. “You can design anything and make it,” he said confidently. When Swidenbank realized he would need a 3D printer to make some of the computer’s parts, he ordered the parts to make the 3D printer himself, and then he started printing the necessary parts to build his computer prototype. “It took 10 hours to build, and months to get it working,” he added. The iTTY 1 measures less than 9 inches long, wide and tall. The machine is built with standardized parts, meaning that many parts of the computer can be upgraded with ease such as the CPU, GPU,

It also offers concurrent enrollment for eligible high schoolers who are interested in college classes at Hancock or Santa Barbara City College. For more information, contact School Secretary Amanda Gilmartin at 805-348-3333, ext. 7000, or

High schools schedule graduation ceremonies Staff Report

I Photos contributed What started as a personal challenge for Braeden Swidenbank, above, has developed into a business with the establishment of LEViTTY Computers. Left, Midland School students Noah Lawrence, David D’Attile and Braeden Swidenbank spend time working on their business, LEViTTY Computers, in a oncevacant Midland cabin.

RAM and storage. It’s made with an eco-friendly polymer case and a removable dust filtration system, and Swidenbank said he developed the machine with size, efficiency and functional-

ity in mind. Last summer, he took the next step and added friends and fellow Midland students David D’Attile and Noah Lawrence to the LEViTTY team and started looking at turning his hobby into a business. D’Attile, who is headed to Pomona College, is the company’s chief financial officer and website manager. Lawrence, who is headed to Bard College, is LEViTTY’s chief marketing officer and also manages customer relations and support. The team took over an empty LEViTTY CONTINUED ON PAGE 25

t will soon be time to throw those graduation caps into the air at ceremonies around the Santa Ynez Valley. For some, elementary school is coming to an end as eighth-graders move to high school. Meanwhile, high school seniors are looking forward to their futures in college, vocational or trade school, the military or the workforce. The Santa Ynez Valley Star is proud of their hard work and accomplishments, and excited to see where their futures take them. Here is a list of area high schools’ commencement ceremonies: n Dunn School: Upper School commencement week begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, with a tradition known as “Senior Chapel” for students, faculty and staff. Every graduating senior takes the stage to express thanks and thoughts about his or her time at Dunn. On Saturday, June 2, commencement begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception for graduates, families, and friends. n Midland School: Graduation will be held at noon on Saturday, June 2, in front of Stillman Dining Hall. n Olive Grove Charter School: Graduation will be held on Thursday, June 7, in the gym at Allan Hancock College, 800 S. College Drive in Santa Maria. n Santa Ynez Valley Union High



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Vista de las Cruces faces fiscal cliff Parents, foundation plan fundraiser on June 2 By Raiza Giorgi


s the tiny Vista de las Cruces School in Gaviota faces a funding crisis, a group of parents and the Vista Del Mar Foundation will host a fundraiser at the school from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. “We just had to pink-slip half of our staff, and there has to be a hard look at where we want the future of the school to go,” said Dr. Emilio Handall, superintendent and principal of the school, at a recent school board meeting. The “Amigos de Vista” event will showcase a slideshow by Sally Isaacson depicting ranch life over the past 40 years, a performance by local country singer Dylan Ortega, and a silent auction. The school’s tax revenue plunged when a leaking transmission pipeline halted South Coast oil production in May 2015. The school relied for more than half its budget of roughly $1.2 million on revenues generated by the companies that were affected by the spill, according to the district. The K-8 school just north of the Gaviota Tunnel is funded by local property tax reve-

File photo Local country singer Dylan Ortega will perform at the fundraiser for Vista de las Cruces School in Gaviota on June 2.

nue, also known as “basic aid.” Since the oil spill, the one-school Vista del Mar district has eliminated most of its extracurricular activities, its preschool program and a few bus services while combining a few grade levels and eliminating several teaching and classified positions. Compounding the problem is a drop in enrollment since the state Legislature changed “district of choice” rules. More than one-third of Vista de las Cruces students lived outside the district. In the past year, enrollment has dropped nearly 40 percent, from more than 130 students to fewer than 80. Handall is warning that the district could soon be labeled fiscally insolvent, leaving its fate in the hands of county and state officials. The school recently received a $10,000 donation from Exxon Mobil, and organizers of the fundraiser hope the event will secure even more funding. For more information on the event, log onto Facebook and search Amigos de Vista, or log onto to purchase tickets at $50 per person, which includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Ynez valleys and the Five Cities area, while egistration for summer and fall supplies last. However, all students should credit classes at Hancock College use the online class search for real-time is now open, and for the third information and details. straight year students who plan ahead can Fees for the summer and fall semesters register simultaneously for summer and are due at the time of registration, but fall classes in early spring. some fees for qualified low-income stuThis summer, the college will offer near- dents may be waived. ly 275 classes that run eight weeks or less. Call the Financial Aid office at 805-922About 150 classes will be offered in Santa 6966, ext. 3200, for details or go to www. Maria, another 90 will be online, and 30 and select Financial more will take place at the Lompoc Valley Aid on the home page. Center. Six- and eight-week courses start For credit class registration information, Monday, June 11. call Admissions & Records at 805-922Fall classes begin the week of Aug. 20. 6966, ext. 3248. The college will offer more than 1,000 This summer, Hancock College Comcourses during the fall semester, includmunity Education will offer dozens of ing 170 online and 100 at the Lompoc classes including art, computer skills and Valley Center. applications, citizenship, GED test prepaThe summer and fall class schedules ration, English as a Second Language, are now available at www.hancockcoland many others. These classes are free,; find the Class Search link on though some may require a minimal the home page to search by term, subject, materials fee. The college also offers a time, location or credits, among other wide variety of College for Kids classes options. to help children stay busy and learn over Free print copies of the summer and fall the summer. 2018 Schedule at a Glance will be availFor more information about Communiable in the coming weeks at all college ty Education classes, call 805-922-6966, locations and local public libraries in the ext. 3209. Staff Report





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Nicole Loli, 29 of Buellton, CA passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 at her home. She was born Dec. 1, 1988 to Miguel and Lucy Loli. Nicole is survived by her parents and her brother Michael. She leaves behind many aunts, uncles and cousins. Nicole was a graduate of UCSB and held a degree in Global Studies. She was a free spirit whose loving personality was larger than life. Nicole lived her life to the fullest, leaving her life like it was her last day. Hearing a Ted talk by Scott Dinsmore from Live your Legend changed her focus and decided to move to New York to start a new career. She was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and tried so many different protocols, looking for healing and relief. She stayed positive and continued to encourage others during her illness Her positive attitude and the deep love she had for her family pulled her through in time of her illness Nicole was always able to see the beauty in everything. She enjoyed nature to the fullest and found happiness in most everything she encountered. She had a talent for drawing and painting animals, she often said you can see the soul of an animal through their eyes. We want to thank everyone for the flowers, cards and outpouring of love during this difficult time. A special Thanks To our Crossroad Church family for the beautiful memorial service they provided for our precious daughter. Your support was deeply appreciated. Although it has been hard for us, we find comfort in knowing that she is pain free with our Savior, Jesus Christ . Thank you All With Love, Miguel, Lucy & Michael

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bout 800 students at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School were able to talk to professionals from local businesses and organizations about careers in law enforcement, hospitality, photojournalism, veterinary medicine and many more during the school’s Career Fair on May 2. More than 80 businesses and organizations were represented, ranging from Alisal Guest Ranch to

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24 H Santa Ynez Valley Star H H May 15-June 4, 2018 as a 13-year-old to have the kind of support I do every day. They come to all of my sporting events and help me along the way, and I want to thank them for that,” Aidan added. “We have been supportive to Aidan in darts like we have in all of his sports,” his mother and father said by email. “As long as he enjoys playing the game we will support him. It has been extra special to have him play darts, as it has been more of a father-son event and has brought us much closer with both of us competing in the same sport. “Aidan is respected by top players in the country for his sportsmanship and respectfulness towards the sport and his competitors. We are so proud of him!” Meanwhile, Aidan has confidence in his ability. He practices hard and, he says, “I’m Irish. I don’t need luck!”

DARTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Aidan said. “My biggest event was playing in the DPLA (Dart Players of Los Angeles), and I competed against some of the best shooters on the West Coast. I was the youngest player to play in any Dart Players event in the country. I competed against adults, and it inspired me to emulate the best players. I hope to be like them someday. “One of the most exciting out-of-town events I have gone to was the PDC U.S Masters in Las Vegas. I got to watch all of the pros around the world compete, and as well got to watch my dad compete in the qualifiers. This was really fun and I am excited to go to it this year. “My favorite tournament was the Camellia Classic in Sacramento … because I competed with my dad in a youth-adult shoot and we won first place. “My family supports me by encouraging me to be the best I can be. I am very lucky Photo contributed Aiden Terry’s job of an “in-betweener” was to take a stack of drawings from artist Glen Keane and fill in between Keane’s frames.


demanding project like ‘Dear Basketball’.” When Oscar season arrived, Terry was already working with Keane on another project. “It was all quite surreal until I watched Glen and Kobe accepting their awards on television, and at that point it finally sank in, and I felt grateful just to have been a part of it.” Terry had dreamed of being an artist since his early days in Santa Ynez.

“My parents always encouraged me… and a career as an artist was never something impossible or out of reach, because they taught through example how hard work and kindness pays off,” he said. After all their hard work, Terry and the rest of the crew can now say they’re directly involved in winning an Oscar. “Watching the Academy Awards was a reminder of how many people I owe for where I am and what I get to do,” Terry said. You can watch the six-minute short animation at

Logan DeLeon is a seventh-grader at Solvang School.

Santa Ynez Riverbed in Lompoc, with a goal of getting them connected to services in a One Home For Good representative noted coordinated effort. that housing five formerly homeless resi“This is a wicked problem,” he said. “We dents, and getting them support services, cost all have to figure it out.” much less than the thousands of dollars in The Funders Collaborative will meet four hospital bills and other expenses while those times a year with the next sessions planned five people lived on the streets. This effort for the third Wednesdays in June and Sepinvolved a partnership that included Dignity tember and the first Wednesday in December. Health, the city of Santa Maria, Santa Barba“I’m very excited about the progress ra County and more. we’re making,’” Fifth District Supervisor “This shows how that housing-first Steve Lavagnino said, adding that he heard dynamic really is a win,” said Jeff Shaffer, more positive steps in the first meeting than Home For Good director of community he had in several years of participating in engagement. “It’s a win for multiple players. the Central Coast Collaborative on HomeWe save money. We save lives and we need lessness. “I think we’re moving in the right to promote this more and more.” direction.” During the meeting, Chief Pat Walsh of the Lompoc Police Department reviewed Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at plans to evict homeless residents from the





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The family operates the hotel side of the property and outdoor events, and Halme’s portion was the interior of the restaurant. “We love Maili, we love Mattei’s and the valley, and don’t want anyone to think we just are taking over and going to change

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Course offered for medical assistants Staff Report


edical assistants can improve their job skills and job prospects by completing a fast-track class offered this summer at Hancock College. The eight-week class, Success in Medical Assisting Practice (MA 379A), meets Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. from June 14 through Aug. 2. “The course is designed to prepare new graduates and experienced medical assistants to successfully complete California Medical Board-approved certification exams,” said Gerri Osuna, a medical assisting instructor. “The class will benefit new and experienced medical assistants because students will enhance their employability and professional skills in just

eight weeks.” Registration remains open until June 13, which is the day before the class begins. Early registration is recommended to reserve a place. All students register online via myHancock, which is accessed from the college’s website at; in the menu, select Students, then Registration/Add/Drop, located in the Registration section. All California residents pay a $46 per credit enrollment fee. Fees for the summer semester are due at the time of registration. For more information contact the health sciences department at 805-922-6966, ext. 3384, or healthsciences@hancockcollege. edu.


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coordinator is Keli Kolaczyk, an enthusiastic and helpful proponent of beautiful highways. The county also maintains a program called She can be found at 805-542-4755 or Keli¬_ REPP, or “Road Enhancement Partnership Program,” which has not received the publicity One ambitious Adopt-a-Highway project it deserves. It is designed to allow individuals can be found at the interchange of 154 and 101 or groups to adopt a piece of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley. The center section County road. The sections of road under this and some side roads are home for some 100 program are few and far between, but the idea live oaks and white oaks that have been plantis good, and the program provides the means ed and maintained by an individual (me) who to clean up our highways on a regular basis. happens to enjoy this landscaping exercise and The county contact for this program is Kurt has a great affection for oak trees. Klucker at 805-739 8774. For some eight or nine years, these trees A much more vigorous program for road have grown. And as they say, oak trees take 50 maintenance is the state “Adopt a Highway” years to grow, 50 years to live, and 50 years to plan. Here, an individual or organization can die, so future generations will enjoy these trees apply for a permit to maintain a given stretch long after I am gone. of roadside under the Adopt-a-Highway State When working on the trees or carrying water to them, I carry a permit that was secured after of California organization. The local regional

submitting a plan and undergoing a training program. The Highway Patrol sometimes stops to investigate what I am up to, but by now they mostly just wave. Watching the trees grow has brought me a great deal of satisfaction. However road cleanup is accomplished,

Long, for 45 guests at the Buellton Senior Center. The Vikings are led by Chief René


edy series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” The program doesn’t focus only on actors. It offers course tracks for all of the theater crafts: lighting, stage construction, props, wigs and hats, costume making, sound, and more. Scholarships raised at the event will help student interns pay for housing and food. Since the intensive program immerses students in classes during the day and theater performances at night, students have no time to work to support themselves, hence the strong need for PCPA’s scholarship program, which provides more than $500,000 a year to interns. Andrew Murray donated all of the wines for the event, including a special 2016 Syrah from Curtis vineyard, picked from vines that Brooks and Kate Firestone had planted in 1974, the year that the Solvang Festival Theater was built. The theater was constructed using the same stage dimensions as PCPA’s Marian Theater, so that productions could be shared between stages. PCPA was founded in 1964 and has produced well over 10,000 alumni in the 54 years since it opened its doors. For more information on PCPA’s upcoming season, visit

Midland cabin in September for their business office. D’Attile explained that LEViTTY lives by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s philosophy of being “customer obsessed” to make sure everything they do as a company is to benefit the customer. The baseline model of the iTTY 1 will cost approximately $800 with customizations adjusting that price. The team is working to secure seed money to complete its first small production run of the machine this summer. Swidenbank credits Midland’s “do it yourself” culture and his desire to play video games on the rural campus for turning the idea into a full-fledged business. “I wouldn’t have been inspired to build the computer,” Swidenbank said. “It’s work that brings us together,” D’Attile added. For more information about LEViTTY, visit

Martinez. The blood drive chairman is Max Hanberg; Endowment Committee chairman is Joel Baker; and Charity Committee chairman is Hans Birkholm. Formed in 1974, the Vikings of Solvang



with a formal adoption or casual pick-up, the resulting beautiful highway scene is a boon to our community. A little thought about what to throw out of our vehicles and a little exercise in road cleanup and maintenance can make us all proud of our neighborhood.

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New Brick Barn winery names management team


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rick Barn Wine Estate, which opened its new hospitality center in April, has announced a management team led by general manager and industry veteran Tom O’Higgins. Brick Barn Wine Estate, located at 795 W. Highway 246 in Buellton, features a 35-acre vineyard with a focus on pinot noir, grenache, cabernet franc, chardonnay and aromatic whites. The label’s first wines were released earlier this year. The new hospitality center adjoins the winery in a red brick barn that features a tasting room, indoor event spaces, a wedding garden, and an outdoor guest lounge. The winery, on a historic, 1,100-acre ranch, is locally owned by Norman and Kathy Williams. O’Higgins is a wine industry executive with 30 years of experience in France, the Napa Valley, Sonoma and the Central Coast. Before joining Brick Barn, he was general manager of nearby Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards. At Brick Barn, O’Higgins has steered construction of the winery and hospitality center, and now oversees all operations including

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Photo contributed The Brick Barn Wine Estate opened its visitor center April 21 at 795 W. Highway 246 in Buellton.

wine production, viticulture, marketing, hospitality, and sales. The winemaker is Rob DaFoe, a Santa Barbara native and former professional snowboarder who produced the winemaking documentary “From Ground to Glass.” He paid his dues at local wineries before co-founding his own label, Tanner DaFoe. His wines led the Wine Spectator’s James Laube to call Tanner DaFoe one of four “rising stars in California cabernet.”

Sonja Walker, the tasting room and events manager, studied art history in Germany through the University of Maryland and began her hospitality career in Dallas as an art gallery events director. Pursuing her dual passions for events and wine, she moved in 2014 to the Central Coast, where she became the event manager at Sanford Winery & Vineyards. She now heads up both the tasting room and special events at Brick Barn.

Channing Jones, the wine club manager, grew up in Ojai, where she and her siblings helped her grandfather on their family vineyard and winery. She studied entrepreneurship at SBCC and launched a wine-marketing consultancy with her sister. Prior to joining Brick Barn, she was the direct-sales and membership manager at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley. For more information, visit BrickBarnWine

7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the New Gym. Baccalaureate begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the Santa Ynez Valley

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up literally on the other side of Portobelo, on a private island. Part of what makes El Otro Lado unique is the contrast of the whole experience. Imagine staying in a world-class, luxurious resort, on a private island. Six unique houses make up this magnificent private retreat. We booked the Casa Grande. Colorful, African inspired art, handcrafted tile floors, and comfortable, bright furnishings, can perk up the most jet-lagged soul. El Otro Lado has created nice walking paths that lead through the unique grounds, which are set within the jungle terrain. The work that has gone into creating this magical place is unreal. If you are looking for peaceful, comfortable and beautiful surroundings to relax, El Otro Lado has created a masterpiece. Daily, there is a special menu offering fine dining, in a gorgeous room full of paintings, sculptures and stunning artwork made by locals. The Pasion Perpetua restaurant, on the property, overlooks the infinity pool and the bay. Breakfast was delicious. Warm croissants, crispy bread and butter, a generous portion of fresh sweet papaya, green apple, cantaloupe and the sweetest pineapple ever to be eaten, arrived first. Our made-to-order omelets were cooked to perfection and served by the wonderfully attentive staff. Now picture all of this, in the midst of arresting beauty of the deep-green, tropical rainforest. Howler monkeys make their presence known, as they swing through the jungle that surrounds you, as you watch from your balcony. Many of the bright, colored flowers don’t look real. In the morning, the beautiful birds that look hand-painted provide entertainment while you sip coffee, listening to the sounds of the jungle. Immersing yourself in Central America’s raw beauty is dreamlike. The colors are surreal. Sounds of exotic birds, howling monkeys and the smell of tropical flowers spike your adrenaline. It’s sensual excitement on every level. El Otro Lado is

other countries or from the east to the west coasts of the United States. Each county in California has either a genealogical society or historical society or both. Almost all have websites where you can find information about their locations, hours, whether they have a library, and other information. Genealogical societies in the tricounty area include: n Ventura County Genealogical Society: n Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society: [has a large library] n Santa Maria Valley Genealogical Society: n San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society: All three counties have historical societies, historical museums, or both. In additional, there are Family History Centers statewide. If you cannot visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (www., you should visit the local centers, which are “branches,” if you will, of the main library. They are working to digitize a lot of their record collection. All of these are major repositories for genealogists. Again, not everything is online,

Photo contributed The island’s rainforest is full of unexpected beauty.

unlike any other destination. There is always a boat and driver ready to take you to across the bay, to Portobelo, if you want to go to the explore it. Portobelo is a little village, population 4,000, that is bursting with art, history, good food and the sounds of reggae music. The locals are proud of their heritage and teach their youth how to paint, create art and play instruments. If you’re hungry, the food is excellent at Casa Congo restaurant. It sits right on the bay and serves delicious fresh fish and yucca fries. On the way back to El Otro Lado, ask the driver of the boat to tell you about the San Fernando Fort, which is next to the El Otro Lado. Our guide told us fascinating, true pirate stories that took place in this stronghold. Long-rusted cannons and walls from the fort still stand in the ruins from the 17th century. If you are looking for a unique, exclusive getaway, El Otro Lado is beyond compare.

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Dispatchers praised for critical role in public safety but also to first responders who rely on them for accurate and detailed information.” uring National Public Safety TeleThe Santa Barbara County Public Safety communicators Week, the Santa Dispatch Center has 31 dispatchers, including Barbara County Sheriff’s Office each supervisors. year recognizes and thanks the team of public In 2017, Santa Barbara County dispatched safety dispatchers at the Santa Barbara County 153,847 law enforcement calls for service, Public Safety Dispatch Center. 22,131 fire incidents and 54,144 AMR medical “Throughout the year our dispatchers have incidents for an average of 630 calls each day. a hand in almost everything our local safety Dispatchers answered 264,896 telephone personnel have done for the people we serve,” calls in 2017 for an average of 726 per day. said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Additionally, four county dispatchers reBrown. ceived life-saving awards from the Emergency “Though unseen and often unsung, our pubMedical Services Agency for CPR saves and lic safety professions could not exist without three for assisting with delivering a baby. them,” he said. These recognized dispatchers had direct in“On Jan. 9, our dispatchers handled thouvolvement in the chain of survival for cardiac sands of calls for help during one of the worst arrest patients and childbirth. natural disasters in California history. They Before being hired, dispatchers undergo a Photo contributed did so with grace and professionalism,” he rigorous testing and background process folCounty dispatchers answered 264,896 calls in 2017, an said. lowed by months of intense training and then a average of 726 per day. “They represented themselves, this agency period of on-the-job training before they work the help and resources they need as quickly as independently. and the law enforcement profession in an possible,” added sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Anyone interested can visit www.sbsheriff. extraordinary manner.” org to learn about applying to become a di “These dedicated professionals work around Hoover. “They are a lifeline not only to the the clock to ensure community members get community members who are calling for help, spatcher. Staff Report


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Waiting list for Section 8 housing opens Staff Report


he Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara is accepting pre-applications for the lowincome Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program until 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. Pre-application forms are available online at, and paper pre-applications will be available upon request at the following offices during business hours: n Administrative Office, 815 W. Ocean Ave., Lompoc n Lompoc Housing Office, 817 W. Ocean Ave., Lompoc n Santa Maria Office, 200 W. Williams, Santa Maria n Goleta Housing Office, 5575 Armitos

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Sawyer Brown bringing country magic to the valley Staff Report

U2 tribute band to play at casino Staff Report


awyer Brown, one of the most entertaining country bands in the business, will bring its North American tour to the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday, May 25. After catching their big break on Ed McMahon’s “Star Search,” the group has released 23 studio albums, three of which have been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies. More than 50 of their singles have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three No. 1 singles – “Step That Step,” “Some Girls Do” and “Thank God for You.” Sawyer Brown also received a Horizon Award from the Country Music Association in 1985, as well as a Vocal Group of the Year award in 1997 from the Academy of Country Music and five Vocal Band of the Year Awards from the TNN Music City News Country Awards. The group’s members were originally part of country pop singer Don King’s road band. When King stopped touring in 1981, the group decided to stay together, taking the name “Sawyer Brown” after Sawyer Brown Road,


Photo contributed Sawyer Brown caught its big break on Ed McMahon’s “Star Search.”

the street where they rehearsed. The band eventually auditioned for the TV show “Star Search” in 1983 and ended up winning the

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ollywood U2, a U2 tribute show, is coming to the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18. Based in Los Angeles, Hollywood U2 was founded by the band’s lead singer Joe Hier in 2003. He and Stevie Adams (guitar), Roy Murray (drums) and Harley Duggan (bass) have performed to sold-out audiences around the world. The group pays tribute to U2, which was formed in Dublin in 1976 and grew to become one of the largest music acts of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and have released multiple chart-topping hits throughout their career. In 2016, Hollywood U2 received the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Producers Choice Award for Outstanding Tribute and were nominated as Best Tribute Band at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Tickets are $10, available at the casino or online.

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May 16

Solvang 3rd Wednesday - 15 participating Solvang wine tasting rooms, wine bars and beer bars offer discounted tastings via the Solvang 3rd Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk; participating Solvang merchants offer promotions on merchandise; the Solvang Farmers Market offers freshly-harvested produce and gourmet goods; 3rd Wednesday-organized seasonal special events provide a variety of local entertainment. Select Solvang restaurants feature a 3-course Solvang 3rd Wednesday menu, for just $25.00+ per person. Visit Oh, Splat! Open House – 5-6 p.m. Family Partnership Charter School, 320 Alisal Rd, Solvang. A California Public School, tuition free. Currently accepting enrollment for the 2018-19, grades 5-12. The school provides an alternative educational setting with a hybrid program combining independent study and blended learning while focusing on personalized education. Call 805-348-3333. Ladies Night Out presented by Friendship Auxiliary – 5:30-9 p.m. Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. The Dancing DJ, dinner buffet, silent auction, opportunity drawings and indulgence booths. $45/person. Visit 360 Workshop – 6-7:30 p.m. The Landsby, 1576 Mission Drive, Solvang. Streamlining & Modernizing Your Customer Service with Every Interaction, Online & Offline!

May 18

Omega-3 Fat Facts Seminar - 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, 2050 Viborg Road, Solvang. Free. Call 805-688-6431. “Imagine That” by Gerald DiPego featuring the Laketown Players – May 18 and 19. 6:30 p.m.-Doors open. Los Olivos Grange Hall, 2374 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos. Ages 13 and older recommended. $15/person. Hollywood U2 – 8 p.m. Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 Ca-246, Santa Ynez. A U2 tribute band. $10. Visit

May 19

25 Under 25 Film Fest – Palm Theater, 817 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo. $7.25/students or $12.25/general admission. Visit Solvang Village Folk Dancers – Throughout Solvang. Visit Airport Day – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Santa Ynez Airport, 900 Airport Road, Santa Ynez. Free airplane rides to youth ages 8-17, demonstrations, planes on display, and free barbeque provided by the Santa Ynez Valley Rotary. Free. Neal Taylor Nature Center Saving Wildlife International Presentation – 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 2265 Hwy-154 at Cachuma Lake County Park. Up close presentation of wild animals such as a capuchin monkey and birds of prey. Viewers are encouraged to bring


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Lagerville – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., 45 Industrial Way, Buellton. Unlimited samples, over 40 unique lagers. $35/person. Tickets are limited. Visit Anthony Smith and James Otto Performances - 7 p.m.-Doors open. Standing Sun Wines, 92 2nd St., Buellton. $15-$20. Visit Going Batty – May 19 and 26. 8:15 p.m. Neal Taylor Nature Center, 2265 Hwy-154, Santa Barbara. Living exhibit, watch over 300 local bats come to feed. Free. Call 805-693-0691 or visit

May 21

Register to Vote Deadline – Deadline to register to vote in the Primary Election on June 5th. Visit www. or call 805-722-8684. Fair Housing Law Seminar for Landlords & Tenats – 6-8 p.m. Learn about the purpose of fair housing, different forms of housing discrimination State and Federal Fair Housing laws and how they apply to landlords and tenants in this free seminar. Santa Ynez Valley Board of Realtors, 1591 Mission Dr., Solvang.

May 23

Patti Jacquemain Book Signing – 5-7 p.m. Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara. R.S.V.P. required. Visit

May 25

Healthy Eating on the Run Seminar - 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, 2050 Viborg Road, Solvang. Free. Call 805-688-6431. Sawyer Brown Performing – 8 p.m. Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 Ca-246, Santa Ynez. Country pop band, $25 and up. Visit entertainment.

May 26

Landsby Music Under the Stars - 6 - 9 p.m. at 1576 Mission Drive Solvang, Free to the public

June 1

Annual Health and Wellness Fair – 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Atterdag Village of Solvang, 636 Atterdag Road, Solvang. Interactive exhibits, healthy lunch, smoothies, medical professionals, fitness experts, dietician, physical therapists and holistic therapies. Free. Visit Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot – 8 p.m. Chumash Casino Resort, 3400 Ca-246, Santa Ynez. Country pop band, $45 and up. Visit entertainment.

June 2

Fiesta in the Vines – 5-10 p.m. Pence Vineyards and Winery, 1909 W. Hwy-246, Buellton. An evening of wine, food, and music presented by Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum. $125/members or $150/non-member. Call 805-688-7889 or visit www.santaynez

June 3


Locals Love Block Party – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Throughout Los Olivos. Wine and beer deals, food vendors, live music and more. Call 877-327-2656 or e-mail info@ Chair Exercises - 10 a.m., Buellton Senior Center, West Highway 246, Buellton; 805-688-4571.

Every Thursday

June 4

Fair Housing Law Seminar for Landlords & Tenats – 6-8 p.m. Learn about the purpose of fair housing, different forms of housing discrimination State and Federal Fair Housing laws and how they apply to landlords and tenants in this free seminar. People Helping People, 1980 Old Mission Dr., Ste. C2, Solvang.

Every Sunday

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

Every Monday

Senior T’ai Chi - 9:15 a.m.; Arthritis Exercise 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 www.mavericksaloon. com.

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

Arthritis Exercise Class - 10:15 a.m.; poker, 1 p.m., Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-6881086. 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; 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

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk – 10-11:30 a.m.; 805688-4515 or Wood Working Classes – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Edward Jorgensen, 900 McMurray Road, Unit 3, Buellton. Call 805-325-3645 or e-mail americanartistryinwood@ Junior Rangers Program – 12:30-1:30 p.m. Neal Taylor Nature Center, 2265 Hwy-154, Santa Barbara. Children 3 and up; under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult. $3/person. Nature Center admission is free. Visit 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. Music Under the Stars – Now through Sept. 29th. 6-9 p.m. The Landsby, 1576 Mission Drive, Solvang, Ca. Visit Purchase at the

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