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BehindTheLens Sunrise Armour Ranch Road photo by George Rose, photo graphic by Aimée Reinhart Avery

Local photojournalist has a prolific, award-winning career

His career includes images of natural disasters, Super Bowls and Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. Rose started his professional journey more eorge Rose loves to post pictures of the than 40 years ago when he was in college, Santa Ynez Valley landscape, especially studying art history. He fell into photography along Armour Ranch Road where new while he was a copy messenger for the Progblacktop paving contrasts starkly with the epic ress Bulletin, a small newspaper in Pomona. landscape of meadows and mountains beyond it. “I used to hang out with the sports editors, However, his stunning landscapes are just and they helped me with my interest in pho“retirement photos” for Rose, who made an tography. I would make the plates on plastic, award-winning career in photojournalism that which would get transferred onto the printing spanned from the days of spending hours with equipment, and back then it was the cusp of film in the darkroom to the more immediate the turning point of technology,” Rose said. gratification of making and manipulating digital In the late 1970s and early 1980s Rose images. spent six years as a staff photographer for the He has been nominated twice for a Pulitzer Los Angeles Times, focused primarily in the Prize. entertainment industry. He has photographed “Photojournalism is such an admirable profes- figures from Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa and sion because it can really capture the story for Eva Gabor to Meryl Streep, Sidney Poitier, the reader. I was really lucky to have my career GEORGE ROSE CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 in the heyday of print journalism,” Rose said.

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George Rose loves taking photos of Santa Ynez Valley landscapes like this Happy Canyon rainbow shot.


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Happy birthday to us, and many thanks to you W hat an amazing year it has been since the Santa Ynez Valley Star began publishing. I want to thank everyone who has supported our monthly publication, from readers to advertisers. It is an honor to be your publisher. I also want to remind everyone that in January we will begin publishing twice a month. The community has been encouraging us to publish more often, and we listened. With the holiday season upon us, the calendar is packed so full of community events that we also decided to increase this issue to 44 pages to make sure we could include them all. I also want to take a minute and thank my staff from the bottom of my heart. I wouldn’t be here without them. To my Advertising Director Shana DeLeon, you are my better half. I couldn’t have done this and grown without you. Aimée Reinhart Avery, you make pagination and layout look so simple when in fact I know how hard you work and it goes without saying you are by far the best. Dave Bemis, you are like a second dad and I value all your editing, wisdom and input. Drew Esnard, you are our newest reporter and you are doing fabulously. I am excited to watch you blossom. A special thank you to Scott Martin who has become our advisor extraordinaire. Thank you to all my freelancers, interns and columnists — Taylor Henderson, Laura Kath, Coreen Padilla, Kristin Wood, Megan Cullen, Jessica Schley, Pamela Dozois, Myra Howard, Paula Parisotto, Victoria Martinez, Jim Riley, Al Chavez, Casey Grier, Alice Mullin, Kayla Player, Puck Erickson, Sandie Mullin, Kathy Vreeland, Dean Palius, Anne Bunch, Tenley

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Barrett King Meadows

Barrett King Meadows was born at 10:04 a.m. Oct. 13 to parents Adria Marie (Griggs) and Loren Christopher Meadows, weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. The maternal grandparents are Marsha Griggs and Salvatore Griggs of Solvang, and the paternal grandfather is Brian Meadows of Ventura.

Austin Keith Andrade Austin Keith Andrade was born at 12:11 p.m. Aug. 13 to Pamela (Blood) and Luis Andrade of Solvang, at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and 20.5 inches long. The maternal grandparents are Tina Blood of Mesa, Ariz., and the late Keith Blood and Kim Rajala Blood of Goleta. The paternal grandparents are Oscar and Maria Andrade of Buellton.

Riley Thomas Roberts

File Photo Our first issue debuted in February of this year, but work on the Santa Ynez Valley Star began in earnest in December 2015. Happy birthday to our Star.

Fohl, Daniel Dreifuss, Daniel Lahr, Dr. Catherine Streegan, Cory Lassahn, Amberley Lahr and Barry Sigman. You guys rock. And of course a huge thank you to my hard-working distributors — Cheryl Tryon, Marc B., Allison Diaz, Jessie Carroll and David Welby. To everyone we have interviewed, we hope that you continue to make our community the lovely place it is. Thanks, everyone, and cheers to a New Year!

Riley Thomas Roberts was born at 8:07 a.m. Oct. 24 to Riley James and Lorene Leigh (Bernstein) Roberts of Orcutt, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. He joins older brother Rocco James Roberts. The maternal grandparents are Mitch and Jennifer Bernstein of Solvang and the paternal grandparents are Rocco (Henry) and Kathy Roberts.

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Lena Berch and Jean-Paul Demeure acelebrated their marriage on Saturday, Nov. 19, at a private event.

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A great World Series was even better for 2 local families advanced to the Triple-A Tucson Toros, according to Major League Baseball records. He made his Major League debut with the A’s in September 1976, playing center field. Woods went to the Toronto Blue Jays in November that year and played there until by Raiza Giorgi 1978, when we was traded to the ton Astros. He spent several years in the outfield and helped the Astros reach the ame 7 of this year’s nail-biting National League West Division playoffs World Series may have been one against the Los Angeles Dodgers. of the best games in the history of In December 1981, Woods was traded to baseball, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the the Cubs and played limited amounts during Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings. those three years. He did get to play in the However, the series was extra special 1984 National League Championship Series for two families in the Santa Ynez Valley: against the San Diego Padres. the David Jamieson family, whose relative The Cubs cut Woods in 1986 and he Charlie “the Hawk” Jamieson played for the then played a minor-league season with the Indians during the Babe Ruth era (see the Padres organization before he retired. story in our October issue), and the family He moved to the Santa Ynez Valley and of Gary Woods, who played with the Cubs raised his three children, Ryan, Randy and from 1983 to 1985. Katy, and also had three grandchildren. “The Cubs making it this far was such an He returned to baseball as a Southern exciting moment in time to watch. After 108 California area scout for the Chicago White years, and a goat was just the half of it. My Sox and was the hitting coach for the Santa dad passed away less than two years ago so Barbara Foresters. the wounds are fresh. Getting to honor him “My brother called me from his buddy’s by cheering on his once-beloved baseball house in Arizona and we cried together on team meant so much to our family,” said his the phone. We couldn’t be more proud of daughter, Katy Woods. the Cubs. We were born Cubs fans. Felt like Born in Santa Barbara, Gary Woods we finally did it. But winning the World (1954 - 2015) attended San Marcos High Series felt like I was starting to understand School and Santa Barbara City College why heaven needed my dad up in the Big before starting his professional baseball ca- Leagues in the sky. They gained a key playreer. He was signed in 1973 by the Oakland er and he truly is our angel in the outfield,” Athletics to their Class A minor league and his daughter said.

Woods, Jamieson once played for the long-suffering Cubs and Indians



One vote separates Solvang City Council candidates by SYV Star Staff

Statewide propositions


fter votes were tallied for the Nov. 8 election, the Santa Barbara County Elections Office released this unofficial list of results in races for offices representing the Santa Ynez Valley, including community service districts and school boards. Nothing is final until official results are certified on Dec. 6, but the winners are clear in most races. One exception is the three-way race for two seats on the Solvang City Council, where Hans Duus and Karen Waite were separated by just one vote in the most recent update on Nov. 16. That tally showed Ryan Toussaint with 1,269 votes to 1,229 for Duus and 1,228 for Waite. The fourth candidate, Brian Baca, had 440 votes, and 12 write-in votes were cast as well. Here are the results as of Nov. 28:

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State senator Hannah-Beth Jackson Third District county supervisor Joan Hartmann

City of Buellton

Mayor – 2-year term Holly Sierra City Council – 4-year term Foster Reif

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Mayor – 2-year term Incumbent - Jim Richardson

Thank you for your support! I look forward to serving you as 3rd District Supervisor. – Joan Hartmann

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City Council - 2 seats – 4-year term Ryan Toussaint Hans Duus or Karen Waite Santa Ynez Community Services District 3 seats open Karen Jones Frank Mueller Carl Maler College School District - 2 seats open Incumbents: Veronica Sandoval Salvador Avila Measure K2016 - SYVUHS Bond Measure


The California Secretary of State’s office showed the following results for the 17 propositions on the statewide ballot:

Proposition 51 School bonds, funding for K-12 schools YES Proposition 52 State Fees on Hospitals Proposition 53 Revenue Bonds


Proposition 54 Legislature, Legislation and Proceedings


Proposition 55 Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare


Proposition 56 Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare


Proposition 57 Criminal Sentences


Proposition 58 English Language Education


Proposition 59 Campaign Finance


Proposition 60 Adult Films


Proposition 61 State Prescription Drug Purchases


Proposition 62 Death Penalty


Proposition 63 Firearms and ammunition


Proposition 64 Marijuana Legalization


Proposition 65 Carry-Out Bag Charges


Proposition 66 Death Penalty Proceedings


Proposition 67 Single-use Bag Ban


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Lake Cachuma remains at all-time low water level by SYV Star Staff


Photo contributed Marilyn Morgan, left, is remembered for her caring nature and adventurous spirit.

Resident remembered for adventures, kindness by SYV Star Staff


arilyn Morgan had an adventurous life, ranging from skating in a roller derby league as a young woman to racing sports cars and traveling around the country, according to her son, Matt Brieske. She was born July 16, 1933, in Chicago, Ill., and always had somewhat of a rebellious streak. “She always loved being around people and she was known for her shopping skills,” Brieske said. Morgan was found on Nov. 9, when Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a Los Olivos neighborhood. Authorities determined it belonged to Morgan, 83, who had been reported missing on Oct. 19. Her death is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected. An associate of Atterdag Village of Solvang, the retirement community where Morgan lived, called the Sheriff’s Department when Morgan did not show up for lunch Oct. 19. When she did not show up for dinner either, staff became very concerned for her safety and reported her missing.

“If I had to guess why, I think it was because she knew she had a lot of health issues that would make life hard, and she was always in control,” her son said. Morgan uprooted her life in Chicago as a young woman and ended up with Brieske’s father in San Antonio for a time. They ended up divorcing and she remarried Hank Morgan in the late 1970s and relocated to Denver. “My stepdad was the best guy ever. They were soul mates and loved spending time together,” Brieske said. The couple raced sports cars and ended up in a documentary film in the early 1980s. They belonged to the Sports Car Club of America, and they raced Porsches. Morgan was the crew chief and changed tires and managed the operations side for the team, Brieske added. “When they moved to Solvang in the early 1990s they traded sports cars for sailboats and spent their time sailing to the Channel Islands and San Diego for a summer,” he said. After their physical abilities decreased, they traveled in RVs around the country until he died in 2004. Morgan then moved to the Atterdag Village of Solvang and spent the last 11 years of her life living there and volunteering

ake Cachuma has fallen to the lowest level on record as it sits at 7 percent of its capacity, according to the latest hydrology report from Santa Barbara County officials. Water was released in mid-July to give downstream water purveyors in the Santa Ynez Valley and surrounding areas enough supply to help them into the next rainy season. The Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA) owns and operates the water treatment plant and pipeline that deliver water from the State Water Project to participants in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. The city of Solvang and Santa Ynez Community Service District are included in this project. “We are working to re-acquire more than 10,000 acre feet a year the county suspended due to an excess of water back in the early 1980s,” said Ray Stokes, executive director of the CCWA. The county kept the option to re-acquire, and the CCWA went before the Board of Supervisors in early November to get negotiations started. Stokes hopes to have a contract in the works with the state beginning in the new year. “If we can get 10,000 more acre feet, that would certainly help us get through the drought a little better,” Stokes said. The current drought, which began in 2011, continued through this year after anticipated El Niño storms never materi-

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alized. Since the drought began in 2011, a record-low of 51 inches of rain have fallen. That is worse than the 59 inches that fell during the drought from 1947 to 1952. Lake Cachuma was completed in 1956 by the Cachuma Project as the most reliable source of water for the South Coast. The original design capacity was 205,000 acre feet. (For comparison, it is now down to 14,403 acre feet, or 7 percent of capacity.) That would be enough, it was thought then, to weather a six- to seven-year drought cycle. The lake also became a major recreation destination with opportunities for fishing, camping, hiking, boating and more. The Santa Barbara County Parks Department estimates that more than half a million visitors come to the area annually. To read the most recent report on Lake Cachuma by the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury, log onto /2016/LakeCachuma.pdf.

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Emotional ceremony honors veterans by Drew Esnard


eterans and their families were honored on Veterans Day in an emotional ceremony hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7139 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Solvang. Following a solemn raising of the American flag, hundreds of people of all generations packed into the Veterans Hall, leaving some audience members to crowd into doorways. Even wiggly American Heritage Girs sat quietly as Alvin Salge, commander of VFW Post 7139, slowly called out the names of local veterans of each war, from World War II through the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the respective veterans rose to their feet to be honored. Throughout the ceremony, audience members were treated to a slate of dis-

Photos by Drew Esnard Ken Kelley, a former lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and Vietnam rescue helicopter pilot, carried the POW/MIA flag.

tinguished speakers and lively musical performances by the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, under the direction of Michael Eglin, and the Santa Ynez Valley High School Band, under the direction of Cameron Clarno. The day’s keynote speech was by Col. William Woolf, a veteran of deployments in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, who now serves as director of reserve forces for 14th Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Woolf took a moment to gently address

the current political climate with words of encouragement for all. “In times of political dissonance, you should find profound solace in that respect for military is not a partisan platform, but an American principle,” Woolf said. The next speaker was retired Marine Corps Sgt. Jeff Willis, who spent eight years in active service and deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 2003. He spoke of his experience at Camp Dogwood as part of the lead component of Task Force Scorpion. “I’m proud of the valorous acts that I

witnessed daily of my brothers and sisters out there in the dirt,” said Willis, adding, “America has no shortage of heroes within its borders, and is still home of the brave.” Jeff McKeone, a retired USMC sergeant major, spoke of some of his most vivid memories from his deployment in Iraq and expressed hope that our nation would put our veterans first and help those of them who are in need. Arnold Wingereid of Solvang, who served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and the Marine Corps during the Korean War, remarked on the opportunity to travel the world as a kind of silver lining to the certain hardships of active service. “In ports we’d get to see all sorts of people and get to know them. I’d gone around the world at a speed of 10 knots in a Liberty Ship before I was 19 years old,” Wingereid said. “We would kid the guys in the Air Force that they went so fast they didn’t know where they were at.” Zach Vogel, 11, one of the many children at the event, attended with his mother to “honor the veterans who fought for our freedom.” Pastor Chris Brown of Bethania Lutheran Church closed the Veterans Day ceremony with a heartfelt benediction. “Today we sit amongst giants,” Brown said. “May we live our lives in such a way as to honor them.”

Local couples want to repair historic windmill by SYV Star Staff



ake a drive up Fredensborg Canyon Road in Solvang and you will come across a dilapidated windmill that doesn’t look that special. But to some folks in Solvang, Wulff’s windmill has a unique history that makes it deserving of repairs for future generations to enjoy. Leslie and Ernie Zomalt say they have been honored to have the windmill on their property. They regard the mill as the property of those who love Solvang. Their beautiful red farmhouse was built by one of the founding members of Solvang, J.C. (Charles) Wulff, and it hasn’t changed much since. “We love the character of this place and just want to see it continue sharing its history,” Leslie said. The windmill, built in 1922, is believed to be the first windmill in Solvang. The Danish immigrant came to Solvang in 1911 with his


new bride, and they farmed their 270-acre property. When Wulff built the windmill, it was used for pumping water and grinding grain for his dairy cows and poultry. “I’ve heard stories from some people that they remember coming to the farmhouse and buying their eggs and milk from Mrs. Wulff,” Leslie said. When Wulff’s well went dry, he moved the windmill and figured he could use it to cut and polish rocks. You can see some of his rocks in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and even the Smithsonian. Wulff died in 1936 as a result of injuries after he fell from a tree in what is now Hans Christian Andersen Park as he was helping prepare for the city’s 25th anniversary celebration — which evolved into the annual Danish Days celebration. When the Zomalts purchased the property, they wanted to keep it as original as possible. They loved the windmill, and with the help of friends including David and Joan Jamieson they were able to get the windmill named as a

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One of the founding members of Solvang, J.C. (Charles) Wulff, built the first windmill in Solvang at his farmhouse on Fredensborg Canyon Road in 1922.

Santa Barbara County Landmark on April 7, 1980. “It was amazing because Wulff’s three sons came to help repair it the first time, and his daughter-in-law Lucille Wulff, who now resides at Atterdag Village of Solvang, would love to see it continue,” Ernie Zomalt said. The Zomalts and the Jamiesons are spearheading the next round of repairs, which are estimated to cost $25,000, and they are hoping people in the community will step up to help preserve a piece of Solvang’s history. Anyone who is interested in donating time, materials or money to help the effort can contact Joan Jamieson at 688-2527 or write to P.O. Box 741, Solvang, CA 93464.

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Newly elected Hartmann says first focus is water served as adjunct professor at USC. She has also worked in the policy and budget offices and as legal counsel for several federal government agencies, including the hird District Supervisor-elect Joan U.S. Department of Interior. Hartmann will be tackling water is“One of my significant achievements is helpsues as her first priority once she takes ing to found the Southern California Wetlands office in January. Recovery Project, which was a cooperation of “It is absolutely crucial public and private partnerships among governwe find ways of storing ment agencies, business, and environmental inwater better than we terests, and we secured $628 million to restore already do and explore rivers and wetlands from Gaviota to San Diego. every alternative availOur efforts increased water supplies, restored able,” Hartmann said. habitats, and created jobs,” Hartmann said. She said she wouldn’t Hartmann has lived in Buellton full time rule out starting a desince 2004, after her daughter graduated from salination plant, but first high school, but has owned her home since the wants to focus on other late 1990s with her husband Jim Powell. ways to capture and store Hartmann also spearheaded the Buellton Hartmann water and recycle what Urban Growth Boundary initiative in 2008, we already have. which now requires a citywide election before “I am going to a treatment plant in Orange the city can expand its boundaries. County soon to explore their wastewater recyShe was appointed to the Santa Barbara cling program and how they are spearheading County Planning Commission and served for this movement,” she said. three years before resigning in January when Hartmann won the election over Bruce Por- announcing her candidacy. ter by about 2,000 votes, according to election “Before I left I also voted in favor of the zip results updated just before press time. line project by Stu Gildred (near Buellton), In the few weeks left before she takes which I believe will be an asset to the communioffice, Hartmann said, she will spend a lot of ty. I did get a lot of backlash from the environtime studying what it takes to be supervisor mental community, but after carefully researchand attending a training conference for those ing the project and the property, it was a good fit, newly elected. and Buellton also outlined more recreation for “I am so thankful to all of those who helped families in our visioning plan,” Hartmann said. me along the way, from my incredible staff of Hartmann said she believes there is always volunteers who were out walking and talking to a way to resolve differences, especially with the public and making phone calls to my family hot topics such as the county’s current winery for being so supportive,” Hartmann said. ordinance revision, which could impose tight Hartmann worked as a high school and col- restrictions for vineyards and boutique wine lege teacher while pursuing her graduate delabel owners. grees. She earned a Ph.D., was the first woman “I think the county has mishandled the winfaculty member of the Claremont Graduate ery ordinance and needs to provide more facilSchool, and served as director of its Public itation for discussion from all the stakeholders Policy Program. Hartmann was then appointed of each side. We need to solve this together, not assistant professor of Environmental Studies and Government at Oberlin College, and later HARTMANN CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

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Photo contributed Santa Ynez Valley native Joy Lambert has been nominated for an Emmy Award for a news series on the Tennessee women’s prison system.

Valley native gets Emmy nomination by SYV Star Staff


anta Ynez Valley native Joy Lambert was recently nominated for an Emmy Award in the Serious Feature News Series for her newscast “Local Lock Up: Inside the Tennessee Women’s Prison System.” Lambert worked at WATN in Memphis for more than six years and has just relocated to Baltimore with her family to start a new position at FOX 45 WBFF. Lambert had already received an Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting in 2016,

for a segment about the “flippers” on Beale Street in Memphis. To watch the segment online, go to -news/local-good-story-flipping-on-beale-street. Lambert also documented her personal experience when doctors removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes after she tested positive for the BRCA gene mutation, which dramatically increases the risks for developing cancer. (For more information about genetic cancer and BRCA testing log onto To watch that segment, log onto www.local

business Trikke Tech plans big theme park in China

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he local maker of Trikke vehicles has announced plans to open a large sports park in China. The Trikke Sports Park would be a joint venture between Trikke Tech Inc., the Santa Ynez Valley-based makers of Trikke carving vehicles, and the newly formed Trikke China, which will promote, sell and distribute all Trikke products in mainland China. “This is important for us because China is, by far, the leader in personal mobility,” says Trikke inventor and Trikke Tech CEO Gildo Beleski, noting that the country accounts for 85

percent of all electric bikes sold worldwide. The Trikke (pronounced “trike”) is a 3-point “carving” vehicle developed for commercial and recreational uses, fitness, and personal transportation. Rather than pedals, it is propelled by the user leaning alternately to the left and right. The product line includes light electric vehicles, human powered vehicles and the Skki, a downhill snow vehicle. The Trikke Sports Park is slated to be built in 2017, pending government approval, outside Guangzhou, a city with a metro area population of 40 million. The company envisions at least 10 parks nationwide, each of them with a long list of attractions. The idea was spearheaded by Michael Peng, CEO of Trikke China, who says he recognizes

the Trikke’s potential as a sports technology brand in China as well as in the global market. The park is designed to be a family sports and recreation attraction, featuring Trikke riding, Trikke skiing, multiple tracks for downhill racing, off-road-style Trikke riding, drifting, e-racing, a Jet Ski-style Trikke water park, a Monster Trikke arena, a Trikke skate park, and a children’s fun park. Body-powered Trikkes are popular in the United States, Canada and Indonesia, and other countries according to Beleski. The Skki is popular in Poland, and electric Trikkes cruising around on “Trikke Tours” have been successful in tourist destinations such as the Dominican Republic, Waikiki, Oahu, and Athens. “In China,” Beleski said, “there is a strong demand for innovative products. Bicycles

Photos contributed The Trikke Sports Park would feature all aspects of Trikke riding, including Trikke skiing, multiple tracks for downhill racing, off-road-style Trikke riding, and a children’s fun park.

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Golden Inn and Village residents moving in this month executive director and CEO of the Rona Barrett Foundation, and further supported through partnerships with the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara (HACSB) and the dream of one day helping senior citiSurf Development Company. zens by providing safe, affordable housGolden Inn and Village features 60 indeing and other services has been realized pendent living units for low-income seniors for celebrity Rona Barrett with the opening of alongside 27 affordable-rental apartments for The Golden Inn and Village in Santa Ynez. employees and families, a senior community The project to serve the growing population center, small shops and services, and a profesof local low-income seniors was conceptualsional kitchen cheekily named “The Seasoned ized by Barrett and made a reality at a ribbon and Saucy Senior Kitchen.” cutting ceremony with her partners on Oct. 28. The first residents will move in during the The campus on Highway 246 at Refugio Road first week of November, and the move-in will is now a senior-citizen residential complex. continue throughout the month. In her remarks, Barrett thanked her “blessed “As we start to house individuals, I hope it’s father who so inspired me as a child.” She just the beginning of the community involverecalled his advice, saying “Rona, if you have ment with the residents,” said Bob Havlicek, an extra 5 cents, give it to someone else. If you HACSB executive director. don’t need it, pay it forward.” Just before ceremoniously cutting a symbolThe project was a large effort by Barrett, ic golden ribbon, Barrett took to the podium.

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Photos by Drew Esnard Rona Barrett’s late father, who urged her to help the less fortunate, was the catalyst for the Golden Inn and Village.

“I dreamt from the time I was young that, someday, I would try to make something of myself so that maybe one day, I would be able to do something that would have some meaning,” Barrett said. Her father’s spirit of giving was not merely philosophical, she said. He fully inhabited the generosity he’d hoped to foster in his young daughter. Barrett recollected regularly watching her father write checks to the Red Cross and other nonprofit humanitarian foundations. One day she saw a name she didn’t recognize and asked her father to whom he was sending money. “Someone told me we have a relative who finally made it to Israel,” her fathered answered simply. After her mother’s death in 1994, Barrett became her father’s main care provider while he struggled with Alzheimer’s. Again, he proved

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said Sal Cisneros, president and CEO of the Channel Islands YMCA. “We look forward to strengthening the Y’s presence in the Santa Ynez Valley with him at the helm.” homas Speidel, the executive director The Channel Islands YMCA is an organizaof the Lompoc Family YMCA, has tion of seven YMCA branches serving Santa been named the new executive direcBarbara and Ventura counties. tor at the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Speidel has supported and guided the Santa Ynez. implementation of the Livestrong program for Speidel has been cancer survivors at the YMCA, the After-school involved with the Y since Achievement Gap program for children, and offhe was 8 years old, playsite charter school PE programs. He also helped ing basketball at the Manto create a formal partnership with the Lompoc chester Y in Richmond, Unit of the Boys and Girls Club, focusing on Va. He first joined the Y youth development and healthy-living programs. staff as a fitness specialSpeidel served on the Lompoc Valley Chamist, achieved a series of ber of Commerce Board of Directors and repreSpeidel significant promotions, sented the Y in other groups, including Lompoc and in 2009 was appointed executive director of Unified School District Collective Impact, the Southside YMCA of Coastal Georgia. Lompoc Valley Leadership Group, Healthy In 2013, he joined the Channel Islands YMCA Lompoc, and Leadership Lompoc Valley. as the branch manager of the Lompoc Family Speidel has a bachelor of science degree in YMCA and in 2014 was promoted to executive sports science from Ohio University. director. In Lompoc, Speidel collaborated with The Channel Islands YMCA serves more staff and volunteers in many facets of YMCA than 46,000 people and provides more than work, including fund development. In 2015, $1.3 million in financial assistance to families the Lompoc Family YMCA was awarded the in need for child care, YMCA memberships, Chairman and Association Financial Developaway and day camps, youth sports, and teen ment Awards for achieving 100 percent of goal, after-school programs. board support, and highest percentage raised in For more information about the Stuart C. the Channel Islands YMCA Association. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, visit “We are glad to have Tommy bring his tal or call ents to the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA,” 686-2037.

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HARTMANN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 alienate one group or another,” Hartmann said. Another passion for Hartmann is children, especially those who need help. She served for six years in the court-appointed special advocate (CASA) program, which helps kids in the foster system. “I have kept in touch with the kids that I have helped, and one in particular, but I can’t give any information other than that she is now in college and working on being a productive member of society,” Hartmann said. As a former teacher she loves education and believes there should be more options for early childhood care and vocational and trade schools. “I’ve seen a wonderful high school in Ventura County that helped kids learn vocations and trades, which is necessary for life skills and may be a path for those that might not fit the college curriculum. I want to see some-

thing similar here in Santa Barbara County and encourage learning,” she said. While Hartmann enjoys going wine tasting and dining at local restaurants, she believes there should be more higher-paying companies within the Santa Ynez Valley instead of mostly tourist- and service-related jobs. “I love organizations like the North County Economic Alliance, because they are focusing on bringing more companies with technology, engineering-type jobs, which pay more of a living wage, and workforce development. I think the county should be helping organizations like those that want to increase quality of life for employees,” Hartmann said. Hartmann said the heart of her goal as supervisor is to help the community grow, not just with development but also with learning opportunities and starting conversations with different groups. To learn more about Hartmann, log onto

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Local chef featured in documentary ‘Hungry’ Crystal DeLongpre, “Chef Pink” of Bacon and Brine restaurant in Solvang, was recently featured on “Hungry,” a documentary about three driven women chefs and restaurateurs who are working to create a path to success in the world of professional cooking. The documentary premiered Nov. 17, and is available for viewing on The film is directed by Patty Ivins, who won an Chef Pink Emmy for producing the documentary “Girls on the Wall.” “Hungry” looks at the challenges — and the rewards — faced by women restaurateurs through the stories and unique cuisines of Chef Pink; Chef Dakota Weiss, owner of Estrella and Sweetfil Poke in Los Angeles; and Chef Sara Kirnon, owner of Miss Ollie’s in Oakland.

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RONA CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 to be a catalyst for her inspiration. “I began to think about what happens to all of the other people who reach 65, the fastest-growing segment of our population, and who live on low, fixed incomes and don’t have the money to hire care providers on a daily basis. What about those seniors who have been disenfranchised and unable to afford the high cost of living and medical expenses?” Barrett said in an interview for the Santa Ynez Valley Star’s August edition. At night she laid on her bed with a yellow pad and wrote across the top “Golden Inn & Village.” She wanted to build a campus, a place where seniors could live safely and affordably and not have to worry about their

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SYV Star among those honored for innovation The North County Economic Alliance honored Space Information Laboratories (SIL) as Innovator of the Year at its first Future Forum awards dinner Nov. 2 in Santa Maria. SIL, an aerospace business started in Santa Maria by Edmund Burke, was recognized for its Vehicle Based Independent Tracking System. “This technology transformed tracking of rockets, using GPS tracking instead of future. If they became ill, they could go to the assisted-living portion of the project or to the Alzheimer’s center on the campus and never have to worry again about moving. The assisted-living and memory care units are a part of what Barrett considers “Phase II” of the development — a plan to further develop an unused 2.8 acres bordering the campus — and she reminded her supporters that their fight is not over to meet the needs of the aging population. For more information or to contribute to the Golden Inn and Village, visit, call 688-8887, or mail the Rona Barrett Foundation, PO Box 1559, Santa Ynez, CA 93460. Writer Pamela Dozois contributed to this story.




Tade is a three-time graduate of UCSB, where she received a Ph.D. in art history, specializing in Romanesque architecture and sculpture. Recently she became executive director for Casa del Herrero, a historic house and gardens museum in Montecito. Previously, Tade was director of marketing and communications for the Santa Barbara City College Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support for Santa Barbara City College and its students. She also has worked as the director of communications and marketing for the Santa Barbara Foundation, a community foundation addressing needs

across Santa Barbara County. Tade has made a long-term commitment to volunteerism as she is currently the 3rd District representative on the Human Services Commission of Santa Barbara County. She is a past steering committee member for the Business Giving Roundtable; a past member of the steering committee, marketing committee co-chair, and communications coach for Fast Pitch SB; and a past steering committee member for Partnership for Excellence, a yearly conference bringing together leaders from Santa Barbara County’s philanthropic sector. She and her husband, Tom Schultz, live in Solvang. Founded in 1992, PHP is a nonprofit charity serving the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos Valley, and the Gaviota Coast. PHP’s mission is to improve the lives of men, women, and children by addressing emergency and basic needs, furnishing comprehensive integrated family and individual support services, and acting as a catalyst for positive community change.

radar, which has been used for the last 50 years,” said Ben Oakley, EconAlliance board member. SIL has also been credited with bringing many high tech jobs to the area in science, technology, math and engineering. The Santa Ynez Valley Star received honorable mention for creating an online publication in Chinese and for the support of the community in its first year of operation. The other honorable mention went to Blue Sky Sustainable Living Center, which converted an industrial building into an entrepreneurial center for the Cuyama Valley. For more information on the EconAlliance, go to

Local guitarist opens music store

Photo by Drew Esnard Ray Fortune has opened a record store in Solvang called Records Etc. at 436 First Street.

Local musician Ray Fortune has opened Records Etc in Solvang as a way to pay homage to the music industry he has been a part of for more than 20 years. Fortune is a guitarist who plays at functions all around the valley and beyond.

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an and Michelle Alexander and their family outdo themselves each year during the holiday season, not just with one of the brightest and best Christmas light displays in the Santa Ynez Valley, but also with a toy drive in conjunction with the Christmas Basket program at Mission Santa Ines. “We really enjoy how happy it makes people, those that get gifts and those that love the feeling of giving and making a difference. We also enjoy talking with people, and our kids love doing the hot apple cider stand. It’s just fun,” Michelle Alexander said. The Alexanders put up more than 30,000 LED lights on their home in Buellton and create a light show timed to synchronize with music that can be heard on a car radio as people watch the show. (We will post the frequency at www. when it’s available.) They also host Santa and Mrs. Claus at their house for pictures and serve hot cider to those who come. They ask only that people donate unwrapped new toys that will be given to underprivileged children through the Christmas

Photos contributed Dan and Michelle Alexander put up more than 30,000 LED lights on their home in Buellton and create a light show timed to synchronize with music that can be heard on a car radio as people watch the show.

Basket Program at the mission. The toy drive will start at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at their home at 410 Dogwood Drive in Buellton. The Alexanders started their display years

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ago when their former neighborhood in Rancho de Maria first held a decorating contest. There is no longer a contest and they live in a different neighborhood, but the family still goes all out for the holidays. Those who cannot make it to the Alexanders’ toy drive can donate directly to the mission at 1760 Mission Drive in Solvang.

The mission is also collecting food, but asks for no canned items. Preferred food donations are things like cereal, Bisquick, peanut butter and jam to be given out with the presents. All the families will pick up their baskets on Friday, Dec. 17. For more information on the Christmas Basket Program, call the mission at 688-4815.


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MORGAN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 in the community. “Marilyn was always so good to me. I knew her during my time as a waitress at Atterdag Village, but to her we were friends and she always requested to sit at my table and I always loved that she did. She took just as much care of me as I did of her, and when I was having an off day she was always right there with encouraging words and her sweet disposition to lift me on my

feet again,” said Lacey Feely, a former Santa Ynez Valley resident who now lives in Montana. After Feely left Atterdag Village, she said, Morgan continued to call and write letters to check in on her. “Those who had the pleasure of knowing her and that beautiful smile know how truly special she was. Thank you to her family for sharing her with us. My prayers are with you all,” Feely said. No memorial or funeral service is planned.

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Africa excursion left SYV group mesmerized Adventure included tour through world’s most famous wildlife sanctuary by Linda Johansen Contributing Writer


enya and Tanzania were the latest adventure trip for Linda Johansen and her gang of travelers from the Santa Ynez Valley for 14 days in October. Everyone participating said this was the trip of a lifetime. An African lion feasted on a zebra lunch as the tour group The tour of Kenya included 13 wildlife from the Santa Ynez Valley watched during one of their safaris, a tour of Nairobi, and game drives in African safari excursions in October. Shaba and Samburu National Reserve, Lake and so colorful in their native everyday Nakuru and Aberdare National Park and the dress, and the tourists loved exploring their Masai Mara Game Reserve. small village. The universal language is The five-day extension to Tanzania Swahili and many in Kenya speak English. included Lake Manyara National Park and The travelers also visited the home of Serengeti National Park, which is the most Photos by Linda Johansen Karen Blixen, who wrote the book “Out of famous wildlife sanctuary in the world and Africa”. known to have the greatest concentration of The colorful, nomadic Masai tribe was fascinating in their native everyday dress. “It is very easy to see why this young plains game anywhere. Serengeti comes from the Masai language, popotamus, giraffe, topi, impala, gazelle, ge- two game drives per day, and totally beat up Danish girl of 21 left her home in Denmark to live in Africa. She was mesmerized and from hanging on for our lives in the Jeeps meaning “extended place,” and it is the most renuk, cape buffalo, eland, kudu, antelope, oryx, dik-dik, waterbuck, crocodile, warthog, because of the extreme conditions of their fell in love with the country and the people complex and least disturbed ecosystem on black and white rhinos, of Africa just as we all did. Africa in all its dirt roads, but none of us ever wanted to Earth. The Ngorongoro This experience was and the exquisite leopard miss one single minute of communing with basic splendor simply grabs a hold of your Crater Conservation completely over the top. and cheetah are just a soul,” Johansen said. nature and seeing all the magnificent wildarea was fascinating as We were exhausted, sampling of what they For more information contact lindyjo2003 life,” Johansen said. well and is the largest filthy dirty from two saw on a daily basis. The nomadic Masai tribe was fascinating intact caldera in the game drives per day, By day two they had world inhabited by an and totally beat up from abundance of wildlife hanging on for our lives in the Jeeps because of seen the “Big Five” that that permanently reside the extreme conditions of their dirt roads, but included elephant, rhino, cape buffalo, lion and on the crater floor. none of us ever wanted leopard. These species “With binoculars to miss one single are called the “Big Five” minute of communing strapped around our because those are the necks, cameras and cell with nature and seeing Please join us most favored to hunt and phones at the ready for all the magnificent Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 kill. The governments of pictures, sometimes we wildlife. Kenya and Tanzania are would get so excited 6 to 8 pm at Michelle Alexander’s Home actively trying to stop this practice. we just stood there and looked with tears 410 Dogwood Drive, Buellton, CA 93427 “This experience was completely over the streaming down our cheeks, “ Johansen said. top. We were exhausted, filthy dirty from Lions, zebra, wildebeest, elephants, hip-

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Moscow Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ to benefit Toys for Tots by SYV Star Staff


he Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom will be filled with the sights and sounds of the Moscow Ballet’s “The Great Russian Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Central Coast Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Toys for Tots has raised funds and collected toys for families in need since 1947. The primary goal is to provide disadvantaged youth with shiny new toys in hopes that the memory of that gesture will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive and patriotic community members. Charming audiences since its origination in Russia in 1892, “The Nutcracker” has become a popular holiday tradition. In 1993, Moscow Ballet toured “The Great Russian Nutcracker” for the first time in the U.S. and was welcomed with critical acclaim in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Syracuse, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Each year the tour increases in magnitude, featuring talented dancers, lavish costumes and hand-painted scenic backdrops. Moscow Ballet follows the original storyline of a young girl, Masha, who receives a toy nutcracker from her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer during her family’s Christmas party. After coming to Masha’s rescue during a battle with The Mouse King, the nutcracker transforms into a handsome prince.

Photo contributed The Moscow Ballet will perform “The Great Russian Nutcracker” on Dec. 15 at the Chumash Casino Resort.

The two journey through the Snow Forest and into the Land of Peace and Harmony, where they are greeted and entertained by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her

attendants, who represent heritages from all was real or simply a magical dream. over the world. The Chumash Casino Resort is an age 21-and-older venue. Tickets are available at In the end, Masha wakes up next to her nutcracker questioning whether her journey


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Holiday Events Roundup parade and the traditional Buellton Christmas tree lighting. In between, enjoy food trucks, vendors, holiday libations, and all the snow in the Holiday Village.

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ecember brings plenty of fun-filled annual events to the Santa Ynez Valley. Here

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Thursday, Dec. 1 n Santa Ynez Christmas Tree Lighting, 4 – 5:30 p.m. The Santa Ynez Valley’s holiday cheer begins with the lighting of the largest Christmas Tree in the Valley. The evening begins with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in downtown Santa Ynez, and the atmosphere is filled with live entertainment and the smells of cookies and cider. The evening is capped with the lighting of a 75-foot redwood tree, offering an impressive start to Santa Ynez Valley’s holiday season.

Friday, Dec. 2 n Los Alamos Holiday Stroll, 5 – 8 p.m. Deck downtown Los Alamos with holiday cheer during the Los Alamos Holiday Stroll. Hosted by the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club — a local philanthropic nonprofit group — the event begins with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the center of town. Christmas carols fill the air as you stroll through town perusing the offerings of Los Alamos merchants. From contemporary art, to fine locally produced wines, to delicious cuisine, each Los Alamos business offers something to be discovered in a festive holiday atmosphere. n Solvang Julefest, Dec. 2 through December All that gives Solvang its character — its small-town charms and Danish-American traditions — is made better and brighter during Julefest (pronounced yule-fest). The holiday season springs to life with the annual tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 2. The Solvang Julefest Parade and after-parade children’s performance on Dec. 3 and Community Nativity Pageant on Dec. 10 hearken back to holiday seasons gone by. Visits from Santa Claus to Santa Village in Solvang Park on Dec. 2-4 and 10-11 and the Holiday Lights Tour on Dec. 13 offer children memories that will last forever. The Julefest Wine and Beer Walk Dec. 10-11 is a festive event unique to Solvang, and every Christmas list can be fulfilled during the

Photos by Tenley Fohl Photography Santa and Mrs. Claus ride with a special guest in the Julefest Parade in Solvang every year to spread holiday cheer.

Shop, Mingle & Jingle event Dec. 2-4, 9-11 and on Third Wednesday and Farmer’s Market on Dec. 21.

Saturday, Dec. 3 n Los Olivos Olde Fashioned Christmas, 1 - 8 p.m. Los Olivos drips with holiday warmth and spirit all season long, and it starts with one festive day that all in the family will enjoy. Start the day at St. Mark’s In-The-Valley Episcopal Church and its Gingerbread Wonderland, with gingerbread houses decorated by local artists and school children. Find unique gifts at the Artisan Boutique in the Grange Hall. Kids will love a ride on Summerset Farm & Dale’s Train at Lavinia Park, and a visit from Santa Claus downtown and at St. Mark’s. The town comes alive with the official lighting of the Los Olivos Christmas Tree.

Sunday, Dec. 4 n Buellton Winter Fest, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. The mild climate of the Santa Ynez Valley may never bring snow, but with a holiday village that piles up some 20 tons of snow for all to enjoy, the dream of a

white Christmas is indeed possible at the Buellton Winter Fest. The event begins with breakfast with Santa and ends with a spectacular light

n SYV Master Chorale concerts, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17; 3 p.m. Dec. 18 Join the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Youth Ensemble and Orchestra for their annual Holiday Concert series titled “Winter Wonderland” at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Drive in Solvang. The Master Chorale will present its first concert under the direction of Dr. Michael Eglin, featuring works by Berlioz, Rutter, Vaughan Williams and many others. In the spirit of the holidays, the audience will also be invited to join a sing-a-long of favorite carols. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors (65 years and older) and youth (under 18 years). Tickets may be purchased at the Book Loft, El Rancho Marketplace, from chorale members, at the door, online at or by calling 3504241.

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ulefest is a month’s worth of holiday-themed activities for the entire family in Solvang. The grand marshals for the Julefest parade this year are the Nielsen family. Look for an article about them online at Here is a schedule of Julefest events.

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 10 – 11 VISITS WITH SANTA CLAUS Free visits and pictures with Santa in Santa Village in Solvang Park n Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 – 4 p.m. n Sunday, Dec. 11, 11- 2 p.m.

Dec. 2 – 4 and Dec. 9 – 11 SHOP, MINGLE & JINGLE Solvang welcomes holiday shoppers with discounts and deals at merchants of all sorts, such as art shops and galleries; book-sellers; wine tasting rooms; wine and beer bars; clothing, shoes and accessories boutiques; home furniture, décor and hardware; jewelers and antique stops; and restaurants, bakeries and specialty food stores, plus free parking.

Dec. 10 - 11, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. JULEFEST WINE AND BEER WALK Get a two-day passport for wine- and beer-tasting at more than a dozen tasting rooms in Solvang: Casa Cassara, Dascomb Cellars, Lions Peak Vineyards, Lost Point, Lucas & Lewellen, Lucky Dogg Winery, Olive House, Pace Wine Tasting, Presidio Winery, Royal Oaks, Sevtap Winery, Sort This Out Cellars, The Good Life, Toccata, Wandering Dog Wine Bar and more.

Friday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m. TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY Community ceremony to light the city’s Christmas Tree in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street). Free live entertainment with area bands, choirs and caroling culminating in ballerinas from local dance studios performing around the tree.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 and 7 p.m. COMMUNITY NATIVITY PAGEANT Two free shows at Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second St. Enjoy an elaborate stage presentation of the nativity story featuring live animals, musical accompaniment and narration.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. JULEFEST PARADE Entries in the annual Julefest Parade include Danish dancers, musical groups, vintage vehicles, horses, carriages and animals. The parade originates at Mission Santa Ines (1760 Mission Drive), travels west on Mission Drive (Highway 246), turns left on Fourth Place, turns left on Copenhagen Drive, and ends on Alisal Road at Mission Drive. Santa Claus will be available for post-parade visits and photos in Solvang Park. Saturday, Dec. 3 CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY About an hour after the parade, kids will perform an animated play written by local theater artist and orchestrator Larry Skahill. The original work is a comedy telling the true meaning of Christmas through the eyes of a donkey and mouse. Kids waiting in line to see Santa will be able to enjoy the play.


Village in Solvang Park n Friday, Dec. 2, 4 - 6 p.m. n Saturday, Dec. 3, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. n Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 2 – 4 VISITS WITH SANTA CLAUS Free visits and pictures with Santa in Santa

Tuesday, Dec. 13 HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR The Holiday Lights Tour is presented by Solvang Parks & Recreation Department. For more information, call 805-688-PLAY. Wednesday, Dec. 21 THIRD WEDNESDAY AND FARMER’S MARKET Enjoy Solvang Third Wednesday deals at local merchants; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market from 2 to 6 p.m.; the Solvang Third Wednesday Wine and Beer Walk from 3 to 7 p.m.; and Solvang Third Wednesday discounts at local hotels. Friday, Jan. 6 SOLVANG CHRISTMAS TREE BURN Attend the free annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn in the fields at Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive, from 5 - 7 p.m. The event is coordinated by the Solvang Parks & Recreation Department and supervised by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department as one of the largest fire-safety demonstrations and seasonal community gatherings on the Central Coast. There will be free, live entertainment as well as refreshments for purchase.

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By Robbie Kaye LOV: Where do you find the products you carry? We find our merchandise all over the world. From Copenhagen antique shops to private estate appointments. We both love to travel and are always searching out treasures. LOV: What was one of the biggest challenges to overcome to get the store up and running? The biggest challenge then, and now, is that we don’t have enough hours in the day or enough hands between the two of us to do all the things we want to do. Lack of ideas is never our problem! LOV: What is your favorite thing to do in the valley? Our favorite thing to do in our valley is spend time with the people we love, especially our kids. We have five, ranging from 11 to 21 years old, between us. LOV: Can you please tell us why your partnership with each other works so well? Our personalities line up with our similar quirks and humor, our work ethics are both very intense, and our design aesthetic, though different from each other, is complimentary. We love and appreciate the same things but use them in completely different ways. Plus our individual talents help the other, especially in areas they don’t want to focus on. It’s really a God thing. LOV: What are 3 important things you would suggest to others for a success business partnership? n Follow the rules and do the business part right. Fill out the forms, file the papers, fulfill the administrative obligations first. It’s a serious endeavor and you have to tackle it in a professional manner. Set up things in a simple and logical system.

Photo by Robbie Kaye Karen Nielson and Nikki Thompson offer beautiful and affordable home decor at their B.Living shop in Solvang.

n Make sure your business is something you are passionate about. We actually see our business not as selling goods and furniture but as a kind of hospitality, where our customers are guests and not sales. n Dreaming big is important. Allow your creative energy and dreams to guide your decisions, even if it’s in stages. LOV: Can you please tell us about some of the events you’ve had at B. Living? We love to entertain in the store! We’ve had a jewelry trunk show, a vintage clothing pop-up sale, a book exchange, food tastings, shrub tasting, complimentary hand massage by a local massage therapist, cocktail parties to introduce local artists and artisans, chocolate fondue and strawberries because it’s a full moon. LOV: Upcoming events? In December, we’re having a Christmas

cocktail party where anyone can register for the holiday gifts they want and you can tell your family, your husband, your friends to come in and we’ll take the guessing out of holiday gift-giving. We also offer bridal and birthday registry and any kind of registry. And if you’re looking for something in particular, all you have to do is let us know, and we’ll keep our eyes open for you and let you know when we find what you’re looking for. You can learn more about B.Living events by visiting them on Facebook at Bliving or on Instagram: @b.living4thpl. Or send email to Robbie Kaye is a designer, photographer and author. Visit her at www.robbiekaye. com or, Instagram: @ladiesofthevalley & @robbiekaye, and at Ladies of the Valley on Facebook.

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inter brings Christmas shopping, bright and colorfully lit homes, snow in the mountains and cool, crisp air. It’s also the time of year where your flowy dresses and tank tops must be swapped for cozy boots, sweaters and scarves. But what if you’re not quite ready to ditch your much-loved summer frocks? Well, I’ve got good news for you. You don’t have to. You can continue to wear your favorite warm-weather garments while cozying up to this season’s fashions. Move your maxi dresses into winter by wearing them with long sleeves. A chunky knit sweater, informal blazer or chambray shirt, belted at the waist, make for a casual and comfortable look. For added warmth, wear a long-sleeve T-shirt underneath your maxi. Warm up your shorter dresses and skirts with a pair of thick tights. Pick rich hues in brown, black and navy and pair them with boots in this season’s knee- or thigh-high styles. Shorts worn over opaque, patterned or textured tights and this season’s classic loafer or Mary Jane heel in patent leather or velvet is a very fashion-forward look for work. Take summer’s off-the-shoulder tops and wear them one shoulder over a fitted, longsleeve, crew-neck T-shirt. Layer on long necklaces and chunky bracelets over your sleeves for an up-to-date look. Tank tops are a bit more hidden but still use-

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ful under a thin V-neck sweater and long, open cardigan. Finish off this look with a chic, thin scarf worn loose and long around your neck. Turtlenecks are a classic silhouette but also happen to be high up on the “what’s trendy” list this season. For both warmth and chic style, layer one under your sleeveless or spaghetti-strap dress. They’ll also work quite well under a jumper. By incorporating your warm-weather pieces into your cold-weather winter looks, you’re not only able to wear your favorite pieces all year round but increase the effectiveness of your wardrobe.

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Photo by Lauren DeBell Singer-songwriter Owen Plant will join local talents Bear Erickson and Jim Pugh along with Bay Area vocalist Aireene Espiritu for a concert on Dec. 14 to benefit the Little Village Foundation and the St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church preschool.

property rights and pay nothing when their music is produced. The foundation is funded only by donations. (For more in-formation, go to littlevillagefoundation. com.) The concert is a benefit for the foundation and for the preschool at St. Mark’s-inthe-Valley Episcopal Church. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the sanctuary of St. Mark’s at 2901 Nojoqui Ave. in Los Olivos. Tickets are $20, available at the door or in advance by calling 805-680-1425 or 805-448-5403. For more about the performers, go to, www.aireeneespiritu. com, or the Erickson Sound Labs page on Facebook.

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‘UPS AL’ ORGANIZES HOLIDAY EVENTS Exercise is the best Actor Noah Wyle to be (and cheapest) medicine featured at a private dinner by James Riley Contributing Writer


t is well understood that regular exercise improves the efficiency of the heart, lungs and circulatory system and that it is also important for maintaining and gaining strength. Fewer people appreciate that regular exercise also improves the functioning of the brain, liver, kidneys, eyes, and skin, because all the organs need efficient circulation to receive the nutrients they need to function properly and to remove waste. Exercise makes these pathways more effective. It also improves the functioning of all the organs, strengthens muscles, ligaments and tendons, and maintains and improves bone density. The multiple benefits of regular exercise are clearly documented. It can be plainly stated that “exercise is the best and cheapest medicine.” Also clearly documented are the consequences of an inactive life. Sedentary people are more at risk for many cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and depression and are more likely to have chronic pain. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control both recommend 150 minutes (2.5 hours) weekly of moderate cardiorespiratory training. Also recommend are at least two sessions of strength training weekly for good health. Joining a gym, taking classes or using a personal trainer are effective ways to be guided to your fitness goals. But they aren’t necessary. Fitness can be attained by working daily maintenance into your life throughout the day. With some planning and a commitment to include more movement in your life, you can learn habits that lead to a healthier lifestyle. I call this daily health maintenance. Here are some daily exercise maintenance ideas: n Find an activity you enjoy and do it often. People often ask, “What is the best activity to do? “ I have a standard answer, “Find an activity you enjoy and do it often.”

Tennis, golf, birding, hiking, dancing, exercise classes; it doesn’t matter, just get active doing something you enjoy. Few people will remain active doing something they dislike just because it is “good for them.” n Make a regular date with others to do activities. The social aspect of exercising with others may help you keep your commitment to increase activity. n Always be stretching. Stretch using small, subtle movements throughout the day. Stretch while standing in line, watching TV, talking on the phone or even while walking. Stretching allows our bodies to be mobile, aligned and relaxed. n Use mini-workouts during the day. Lunges, desk pushups, elastic band pulls and toe-rises can be done in short intervals during the day. Be creative and work exercise into your day. n Make life less convenient. Take the stairs, park away from the entrance, walk and talk while using the phone, stand-up and move during TV commercials, and do your own yard work. The modern world, with all its conveniences, encourages a sedentary lifestyle. Make your life less convenient and move often throughout the day. n You don’t need new fitness equipment to be healthier. Much of what’s marketed as “fitness” equipment does little to aid you in your fitness quest and some of it is harmful. Craigslist is full of good fitness intentions for sale cheap! Buying new equipment won’t make you fit. You have to change your behavior and develop the activity habit. Everyone – younger, older, disabled and even chronically ill — can improve their health through exercise. Exercise is the best medicine. James Riley of Solvang is a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS) and a Level One Olympic Lifting Coach who holds a B.A in physical education, M.A. in psychology and a doctorate in education. He consults at Performance Fitness in Solvang and can be reached at


appy Holidays! I have a few December events for your consideration, including many great speakers and performances by local professionals. A highlight will be a special dinner with actor Noah Wyle. You may remember that he starred on that little show called “E.R.” for several years. He lives in the Santa Ynez Valley and is excited to share his experiences in Hollywood with Wyle a small dinner group on Dec. 3. We also have local Jim O’Shaughnessy, the CEO of Prime Ammunition, who will be speaking on current state and national gun legislation at a lunch at the Red Barn in Santa Ynez, also on Dec. 3. Also in the lineup are great local musicians, including country singer Kayleigh Hollum, Tim Gorham and Jim Sobell of the Low Down Dudes, and Dewey Roberts. If you are interested in attending please RSVP by emailing me at n Dec. 3 9 - 10 a.m., Valley Grind, Santa Maria country singer and guitarist Kayleigh Hollum 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Red Barn, lunch for 50 with Jim O’Shaughnessy, CEO of

Prime Ammunition, speaking on current state and national gun legislation. $22 for a hamburger lunch. 4 - 9:30 p.m. – Semiformal dinner for 12 with Noah Wyle; $150-$200; RSVP with $70 deposit. n Dec.4 3 - 4 p.m. - Artisan cheese social for 20 with the owners of SYV Cheese Company, Cynthia Miranda & Alicia Valencia n Dec.10 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch for 50 with co-founder Daniel DeLaveaga of Bread Inc.; $22 for hamburger lunch. 2 - 3 p.m. - Music with Tim Gorham and Jim Sobell of The Low Down Dudes, Valley Grind n Dec.17 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Music with singer-guitarist Dewey Roberts, Valley Grind 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch with organic farmer Chris Finley at the Red Barn; $22 for hamburger lunch

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Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace of Monaco and many more. He also covered controversial issues such as the protest of the Academy Awards in 1979 and gang culture in Los Angeles; political figures including Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; and music culture from rock to punk rock. Some of his prints are included in the permanent collections of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He created a book called “Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Other Perversities” that encapsulates all that work, which was published originally in USA Today, Time, Newsweek and Rolling Stone. “Rose was the go-to photographer for capturing the raucous edges of punk rock and showbiz culture that made Los Angeles a melting pot for nearly every new permutation of pop culture in America. Blessed with an uncanny instinct for being in the right place at the right time, Rose was always where the action was,” wrote Patrick Goldstein, a colleague of Rose’s at the time who wrote the foreword for his book. “The best example of Rose’s uncanny instincts as a photographer isn’t represented by a celebrity photo, but by his coverage of the 1978 Malibu fire, a conflagration fueled by Santa Ana winds that destroyed hundreds of homes in its path. The next day, the front page of the Times led with one of Rose’s dramatic photographs, which he managed to get to the paper by deadline by having a helicopter land on Will Rogers State Beach to pick up the film,” Goldstein added. Other tough assignments included photos of a protest by Iranian ex-patriates that turned into a riot. Afterwards, he was subpoenaed by the Justice Department to identify people in

Photo by George Rose Rose has covered political figures that include Ronald Reagan, above, George H.W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth, and Jerry Brown during his first term as governor.

the crowd from his photographs. “I got told by my bosses to ‘Get lost’ for a few weeks,” he recalled. “I took pictures of a Saudi Arabian prince in Beverly Hills drinking with two women, and the regime was trying to track me down to get my photos. Another time I had taken an unflattering photo of Mary Tyler Moore, and she read me the riot act, not by name, on the ‘Tonight Show’,” Rose said. “When I was working in the industry it really was the golden era for print journalism, where the writers and photographers were just as relevant and not so disposable as they unfortunately are now,” Rose said. From 1982 to 1996 Rose was primarily on the sidelines for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders as he was a photographer for the National Football League. “I’ve been to 13 Super Bowls, and I loved all the pageantry that went along with the game. Seeing the powerhouse players for the 49ers in the early 1990s, like Steve Young, was a time I will never forget,” Rose said. He also co-owned and published the Mendocino Grapevine, an award-winning weekly newspaper in northern California. He won a World Press Photo Award for news in 1987. “I became friends with the Fetzer family, which started my transition into a career in wine, which was completely different, and I love where it has taken me,” Rose said. He became communications director for four wine industry leaders — Fetzer Vineyards, Allied Domecq, Kendall-Jackson, and J Vineyards and Winery. “The wine industry is a romantic lifestyle and an important part of the local economy,” Rose said. He moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 2015, but has already carved a place in the community. He loves spending his “retirement” documenting the rural lifestyle and the wine industry. “Agriculture is so important, not just wine grapes but the challenges to all ranchers and farmers that keep this area how it is for all of us to enjoy,” Rose said. The valley is a huge inspiration for his photography, he added, from the rustic character of Western culture to the Spanish influence, and he always enjoys the many parades in the valley. Rose is working on his third book about wine country, which is due to be released in the fall of 2017. He will add it to his collection, “The Art of Terroir” and “Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Wine Sustainability in California.”

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Vino de Sueños benefits farm, vineyard workers and pocketbook were available. Bottles sold from $12 to $40 depending upon the varietal and vintage, and were specially discounted for this fundraising event. There are several cases left and still available for purchase on the PHP website through the holidays, Palius added. “Each VDS label features a reproduction by Drew Esnard of an original art piece from one of 10 ferent local artists. What has resulted from the marriage of he success of People Helping Peothe winemakers’ and ple’s ninth annual Vino de Sueños artists’ talents is a wine release on Nov. 12, recognizEach VDS label features series of wonderful ing the hard work of local farm and vinea reproduction of an wines with extraoryard workers, raised roughly $40,000 that original art piece from dinary labels that will help a multitude of people, according to one of 10 different local just jump off the PHP Chief Executive Officer Dean Palius. artists. What has resulted bottle. These labels One major recipient of the event’s from the marriage of and the original proceeds will be the Los Alamos Youth the winemakers’ and works they represent artists’ talents is a series Program, which has helped redirect many are truly collectors’ of wonderful wines with young people who were “wandering a items,” said VDS extraordinary labels that different path,” Palius said. Chairwoman Becky just jump off the bottle. “Many of the youth in Los Alamos live Barieau. in poor conditions for studying — like In addition to six-plus family members in a two-bedroom Photo contributed tastings and sales house — so having youth leaders that are Each Vino de Sueños label features a reproduction of an original art piece from one of 10 different local artists. of exclusive VDS accessible, listen to the youth, and hold wines, the event them accountable by checking in with teachincluded an auction Money generated by the label helps to All 2016 VDS wine was donated by ers is enormously valuable,” Palius added. of all original art pieces used on the 2016 fund PHP’s numerous services “under one longstanding Santa Barbara County winerVino de Sueños (Spanish for “wine of dreams”) is a wine label conceived in 2008 roof” to families and individuals of limited ies: Alma Rosa, Buttonwood, Dierberg/Star labels, a silent auction of upscale lifestyle items, live music, and appetizer stations by a small group of premium Santa Barbara means, including food, nutrition education, Lane, Foxen, Ken Brown, Kita, Longoria, that were catered by four local chefs. physical and mental health wellness care, Palmina, Quail Crossing, Riverbench, County vintners in conjunction with the For more information, visit www.vinode youth mentoring, and alcohol and drug Standing Sun, Stolpman, and Vogelzang. local nonprofit PHP to honor the abuse prevention services. White and red wines for every taste tions of farm, ranch and vineyard workers.

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Holiday season pushes out the ‘me’ time


here is a saying that we sometimes “save the best for last,” and here it is December, the last month of the year. At this turning point, do we look back and reflect on what has transpired over the previous 11 months, do we look forward to what the New Year may hold, or do we stay in the present and enjoy each day for what it is? For some this is a very joyous time, but others may find it very stressful or even depressing. We may look back at the year and see what we accomplished or berate ourselves for all the things we didn’t do. While some of us can remember the year gone by and recite the special moments, month by month, others have already forgotten everything but the most recent events. Then there are those who look forward; who make resolutions and promise to themselves that they will do better in the new year, as if Jan. 1 is a bridge and pledge to start again on whatever they tried over the last 12 months. For many, it’s the same scenario. A goal that has been unattainable for years but for some reason we think this time, we’ll do it. Why, you might ask, is all of this in a health column? First of all, positive or negative, this is a month of stress — and stress is harmful to the body. Outside the body we are bombarded by commercials and visual stimulants that remind us of things that need to be done. We have additional demands on our time, which add more stress to the equation. There may be children involved who are now out of school and a new routine is demanded. Some must once again decide which family gets the

Myra Howard Family nurse practitioner pleasure of their company and who will be disappointed. With all of this and more, what happens to the “me” time? That special time that helps us to unwind. Either a quiet moment, or some form of exercise. These are positive times that allow our body to heal and decrease the release of stress hormones. Then, looking inward, we can literally see through our eyes, how the extended darkness of the evening affects us by having the sleep hormone melatonin release early in the evening. Light can also affect our emotional well-being, leading to SAD (seasonal affective disorder) as we may become moody and depressed. If you get to this point, realize that a counselor may be the person you need to turn to. If you haven’t done this before, try to remember that you did leave the best for last. After all the planning and shopping, the parties and obligations, when all is said and done, and everything is taken care of, look in the mirror and say to yourself, “I left the best for last — me.” Your health will thank you for it. Have a safe and sane holiday season. Myra Howard, a family nurse practitioner for 26 years, works at the Buellton Medical Center.

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Cycling club open to all who ride by Raiza Giorgi


ndoor workouts aren’t enough for Kirk Nordgren, who likes to cycle on the many local rural roads and breathe the fresh air as he gets inspiration from the incredible views. “I personally like the Figueroa Mountain Road loop, staring from the Happy Canyon side and then wrapping around, ending up in Los Olivos. It takes me at my best just under three hours,” he said. Nordgren has been addicted to endurance sports for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Colorado and spent time in Minnesota, where he loved cross country skiing. With snow lacking in the valley, cycling is a perfect way to be out in the backcountry, he said. He is a member of the Santa Ynez Valley Photo by Corey Evans Cycling Club, which is open to anyone Members of the Santa Ynez Valley Cycling Club invite anyone who is interested in the sport to come for a ride with them. who loves to ride or wants to try. Dates and times of rides are posted on their Facebook page. “We aren’t competitive and we usually have two groups out riding on the weekwould come to Santa Barbara to ride and younger. Club members get 15 percent ends, from the more endurance-type riders off purchases at Dr. J’s Bicycle Shop in happened upon the valley and fell in love. that like to go a bit faster to the ones who Solvang and invitations to all the club rides The Amgen Tour of California definitely just want to go ride. helped put the valley on the map in the and social gatherings. “All styles are Nordgren’s entire cycling world, of course,” Nordgren said. great, and most of Another ride that will bring cycling life is involved in us love it because attention to the Santa Ynez Valley in fitness. He works at we can get away CTS, a company that November 2017 is the Gran Fondo, which from the devices and is a collaboration of CTS and Figueroa focuses on personal unplug for a while,” coaching of athletes Mountain Brewing Company. Nordgren said. “Growing up in the Santa Ynez Valley, I of all types, from cyThe group also clists in particular to know what a terrific area this is for cysponsors the Santa triathletes, marathon cling,” said Jaime Dietenhofer, president of Ynez Valley Union Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. “… We are runners and more. High School ComIt was founded by very excited to partner with CTS to bring posite Mountain such a great cycling event to the area.” Photo by Drew Esnard Chris Carmichael, Bike Team and Dunn Kirk Nordgren, left, and CTS coach David Priest run a lactate who was named School’s bicycle pro- threshold test on cyclist Brandon Baker. The test helps the U.S. Olympic gram. It also donates coaches train athletes at appropriate intensities. Committee’s Coach helmets to various of the Year in 1999, valley youth and awards scholarships to because he wanted to elevate world-class college students. coaching and bring it to the valley. He rode “We just want the community to know for the American 7-Eleven team in the we are here and want to keep the valley a Tour de France, is a member of the U.S. Reiki is a gentle yet beautiful place so we can all enjoy it,” he Bicycling Hall of Fame, and won the USA powerful hands-on said. Cycling Lifetime Achievement Award in form of energy healing. It promotes Membership in the Ynez Valley Cycling 2004. a deep relaxation Club ( is $40 a year and “Chris said that when he was training for and reduces stress by free for junior members who are 18 or the Olympic cycling team in the 1980s he balancing the mind,

New cycling event planned in November 2017 Registration opens this month for a new local cycling event, the Gran Fondo, which will feature a timed ride up Figueroa Mountain and rides of 98, 42 and 25 miles in November 2017. For updates and other information, log onto The event will include several routes, including rides of 98, 42 and 25 miles. There will also be a timed segment up Figueroa Mountain Road and a lineup of social events with FigMtnBrew. “We are so excited to bring another cycling event to the valley, which will allow anyone to participate. We are opening up the event to 1,000 cyclists,” Nordgren said. Registration will open this month. For updates on the Gran Fondo, log onto www.


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Successful Quick Draw celebrates 30th year by SYV Star Staff


he annual Quick Draw fundraiser drew hundreds of people to many unique events as part of a weekend of festivities in early November. The event sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Arts Association, now celebrating 30 years, featured 20 artists who each completed an original work of art within 60 minutes. The weekend’s “main event” was held at Monty and Pat Roberts’ Flag is Up Farms. “We loved to host this event because, first of all, my heart has always been very keen to help the arts in our young people. Since the arts have been thrown out of schools because of budgetary problems, this has been something I’m very close to. The event itself was wonderful with the food, the wine and the music,” said Pat Roberts. Roberts is a renowned sculptor and was one of this year’s Quick Draw participants. Her husband Monty Roberts is the original Horse Whisperer. Those attending Saturday’s main event enjoyed live music and browsed the Fine Art Walk and a silent auction before stepping into the “virtual studios” of the artists as they worked under a deadline. All of the featured artists have studied for years, had their work shown at prestigious galleries, museums and private collections, and won countless awards. This mastery of their medium is what allows them to create beautiful artwork in such a short time. Afterward, spectators had a chance to take home the work, fresh off the easel, as the highest bidder in a spirited live auction. Additional

Photos By Raiza Giorgi Jim Farnum of Los Olivos participated in the Quick Draw event, in which artists had just 60 minutes to complete original works of art, which were then sold to the highest bidder. At right, Pat Roberts completed a clay sculpture of a horse’s head.

works from the Quick Draw artists were for sale next to the silent auction. This year’s Quick Draw featured artists were Vicki Andersen, Chris Chapman, Ken Christensen, Camille Dellar, Jim Farnum, Kevin Gleason, Mark Greenaway, John Iwerks, Gary Johnson, Jay Johnson, Renee Kelleher, George Lockwood, Joe Milazzo, Vel Miller, Donna Moser, Richard Myer, Karina Puente, Pat Roberts, Arturo Tello, and Jerry Vande Berg. Information about each artist and examples of their work can be found at www. Other highlights of the weekend were a free Friday evening reception at the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art and, on Sunday afternoon, a closing artists’ panel and reception at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature. Other additions to the weekend festivities included “Bel Canto by Candlelight,” an evening of outstanding opera at the Sunstone Win-

ery and an art class taught by Bettina Norton at the Alma Rosa tasting room in Buellton. The nonprofit Santa Ynez Valley Arts Association benefits the community through programs that include support for area arts students, free educational lectures for the community, affordable member shows and sales, and collaborations through a variety of outreach efforts to promote the arts and culture within the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Photo contributed Gay McNeal’s “We are of One World” is made with hand-dyed, pieced cotton.

Exhibit showcases innovation in textiles “Layers of Perception,” a new exhibition by 15 regional artists showcasing innovation in textile art and surface design techniques, opened Nov. 19 at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art. The jury-selected work on display represents unique approaches to textile art, where old ways and new technologies commingle. By challenging traditionally conceived “craft” materials and redefining their context, sourced items as varied as LED lights and vintage

sheet music are reinvented, showcasing the role of textiles as a visually communicative and diverse art form. The artistic use of handdyes, paint, photographs, stamps, and a myriad of materials embellish and enhance the work. The selected artists are Diana Acevedo, Linda Cassirer, Isabel Downs, Linda Estrada, Ranell Hansen, Belinda Hart, Patti Hunter, Gay McNeal, Lorna Morck, Kristin Otte, Judy Rys, Patty Six, Lou Ann Smith, Jeanne Surber and Susan West. Elverhoj Museum of History and Art at 1624 Elverhoy Way in Solvang is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 is suggestd.

More than 55 seniors enjoyed a dinner of salad, chicken, scalloped potatoes and green beans followed by a fabulous chocolate cake on Oct. 25 hosted by the Buellton Rotary Club, assisted by students who are members of the SYVHS Interact Club. The Buellton Rotary Club been hosting dinners at the Buellton Senior Center since it was founded in 2008. The club’s nonprofit Rotary Foundation accepts donations that it uses to provide assistance to Valley children, youth and seniors. Anyone interested in club membership, helping with local worthy causes, or donating to the foundation can call Dean Palius at 686-0295, ext. 108.

Photo contributed Schurch Woodwork is featured in the Wildling Museum’s exhibition


résumé of shows and galleries. Bud was commissioned to create four of the benches at the Wildling Museum years ago and they are still used and admired by our visitors today. The second exhibition is “Trees in Transition,” presenting the photography of David The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature Paul Bayles. In the mid 1970s, he journeyed has two new exhibitions on display through to the Sierra Nevada mountains to work one February. season as a logger. He fell in love with the One is “Natural Materials: Fallen Trees, Local physicality and camaraderie of the dangerous Artisans.” The Santa Ynez Valley Woodworking work. One season became four as he worked Guild is hosting the exhibition and sale of their setting chokers, bumping knots and skinning handcrafted art pieces, furniture and more, made cat. To this day he struggles to answer how he with locally sourced wood, through Feb. 13. could love trees and forests even as he loved The Woodworking Guild was formed in the work that brought them down. 1994 and has expanded to include woodHis images of working forests show the workers from Atascadero, Nipomo, San Luis beauty, brutality and otherworldiness of Obispo and Los Osos. farmed forests. This show includes a tribute to Santa Ynez The Wildling is at 1511 Mission Drive in Valley wood artist Bud Tullis, who has been an Solvang. For more information log onto www. integral part of the group and has an impressive

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Little artist creates a big movement Girl wants to spread happiness with art and give away paintings by SYV Star Staff


ndigo Clumeck, daughter of Santa Ynez Valley artist Alana Clumeck, decided she wanted to spread happiness with art and give away paintings at the annual Quick Draw fundraising event on Nov. 5. A small gesture has turned into a movement, and Alana Clumeck says that all kids can join by painting a picture, signing their names on the back with the hashtag #indigoheartproject and giving their work to someone else. “We asked each recipient to send us a photo or post a photo, using the hashtag #indigoheartproject, when their paintings are up in their new home. We are looking forward to seeing where they end up,” Clumeck said. Clumeck has also hosted several painting parties and invited families in the community to create works of art. She is going to

Photo above contributed, at right by Raiza Giorgi Indigo Clumeck prepares to give away art to brighten people’s day. She was inspired by her artist mother Alana Clumeck.

be donating the artwork before Christmas to seniors at Atterdag Village and at the Children’s Hospital in Santa Barbara. “It’s so heartwarming to see all these families that want to do good things for other people,” she said. For updates on the movement, follow Clumeck on her Facebook page at Alana Clumeck Art or on Instagram. Alana Clumeck has hosted several painting parties at her home in Santa Ynez where local children paint pictures that will be given to seniors and hospitalized children before Christmas.


Bullying is real, it’s local, and it’s destructive by Dean Palius Contributing Writer


his is another of my columns with the theme of “Oh yes it does.” What do I mean by this? Frequently in the Santa Ynez Valley, we get mesmerized with the natural beauty and use the “rose-colored lens” of that splen-dor to assume that all of our citizens behave in an equally lovely way. Well, this community does have a wonderful spirit of kindness, goodwill and charity. When a need arises, the citizenry also rises to the occasion and help is soon on the way. The support of my own organization for 25 years, People Helping People, is a perfect example of the generosity of the community. However, like other communities throughout our state and nation, we are not immune to the problems of the modern world. These problems include our population-based percentage of issues including alcohol and drug abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, mental illness, and bullying. This is where many locals say. “It just isn’t so,” and I have to say, “Oh yes it is.”

The statistics tell the truth and, in some cases, the statistics paint an unflattering view. One of those instances involves bullying, which according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a widespread public health problem. The CDC reports that in a 2015 nationwide survey, 20 percent of high school students report-ed being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey. CDC defines bullying as “any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm. Bullying can include aggression that is physical (hitting, tripping), verbal (name calling, teasing), or relational/social (spreading rumors, leaving out of group), which can include cyber bullying.” Unfortunately, our valley is not immune to the problem and impacts of bullying. In fact, we perhaps have a larger issue than we might expect. Here are the key statistics from the


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Local real estate values growing steadily 139 units to 173, up 24.5 percent, and sales of $1 million or more increased from 42 to 49 units sold, up 16.7 percent. Third-quarter sales volume and price statistics in 2016 indicate similar improvement compared to the third quarter of 2015. The Santa Ynez Valley had 74 residential sales with a median sales price of $733,500 and an average sales price of $905,625. In the same three months of 2015, the valley by Rodney Smeester had 67 sales with a median sales price of Santa Ynez Valley Association of Realtors $653,750 and an average sales price of $771,304. The sales volume increased by 10.4 eal estate sales in the Santa Ynez percent, the median price increased by Valley continued to grow through 12.2 percent, and the average sales price September. Sales volume, median increased by 17.4 percent from the third sales prices and average sales prices were quarter of 2015 to the same period in all up. 2016. Not only has entry-level sales volume These numbers contrast noticeably from increased, but the volume of homes sold at $1 million and up showed improvement for the YTD numbers. Due to the size of our local market, these numbers do not reprethe year. sent any significant change in the Valley The year-to-date (YTD) sales for the Santa Ynez Valley as of Sept. 30 compared real estate market. Analysis of sales for September 2015 to YTD sales as of Sept. 30, 2015, increased and 2016 find that sales volume in Sepby 20.4 percent. Some 224 units were sold in that 2016 period, and 186 units were sold tember 2016 decreased to 22 units from 26 units in September 2015. The median in the 2015 period. price increased from $717,500 to $743,500, Median sales price increased 2.1 percent and the average sales price increased from from $700,000 to $714,500, while the average sales price increased 3 percent from $832,702 to $916,019. The sales volume decreased 15.4 percent, the median sales $902,129 to $929,001 in the same periods. Sales of less than $1 million increased from price increased 3.6 percent, and the average

price increased 10.2 percent between September 2015 and September 2016. These numbers provide a smaller portion of an already petite market segment, which could give the appearance of large changes even thought the changes are only incremental. September 2016 statistics could show the beginning of a new trend or, more likely, just changes within reasonable tolerances for a market of this size. Sales volume diverged from the increases found in the YTD and third-quarter numbers. A concerning statistic compared to last year’s numbers is the average days on the market (DOM), which show only a 10.1 percent increase YTD, 153 days to 139 days on the market, while the thirdquarter numbers show a 49.5 percent increase, 160 DOM versus 107 DOM, and the September statistics show a 69.3 percent increase, 171 days versus 101 days. These increases in the DOM along with a weak housing affordability index indicate that the market may be stalling. Houses take longer to sell, September sales are down, and there are fewer people who can afford to buy a house. Fortunately, this does not appear to be the case. When analyzing October numbers for the valley, September appears to be an aberration. October 2016 statistics compared to the prior year seem to be in line with YTD and quarterly statistics. For October, sales

bullied at school; an average of 28 percent of ninth graders report that they have been California Healthy Kids Survey adminisphysically bullied (pushed, shoved, or hit); tered in public schools throughout the state: and an average of 20 percent of 11th-gradOver the past 8 years, our local ninth and ers report physical bullying. 11th-grade students report that an average Any bullying would be unacceptable, but these sorts of rates should set off an of 40 percent of them have been verbally

alarm bell. They are extraordinarily high, consistently 20 percent or more than the average of countywide high schools. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes for both the victim and bully. The CDC reports that “bullying can result in physical injury, social and emotional distress, and even death. Victimized youth are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment. Youth who bully others are at risk for academic problems and violence later in adolescence and adulthood.” Both victims and bullies are 43 percent more likely to abuse alcohol and other drugs. These statistics and bullying’s risks for youth are the reasons PHP is passionate about bringing the problem of bullying to light and finding a community-wide solution.

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volume increased from 23 to 33 units sold, a 43.5 percent increase. The median price declined A concerning statistic from $615,000 to compared to last year’s $575,000, a 6.5 numbers is the average percent decrease. days on the market The average (DOM), which show only price increased a 10.1 percent increase YTD, 153 days to 139 days from $705,518 to $810,151, a 14.8 on the market, while the percent increase. third-quarter numbers show a 49.5 percent Most importantly increase, 160 DOM the average DOM versus 107 DOM, and did not change the September statistics for October from show a 69.3 percent year to year, at increase, 171 days versus 113 days, which is 101 days. lower than all of last year’s average DOM of 134 days. After thorough analysis, the market appears to be quite stable. Prices and sales volume, the most important factors, are up year to year. Other factors, like the average DOM, are used to look for changing tides. At this time, they appear to indicate that the market is on a steady course, growing but not overheating. Our local real estate market should maintain mild and continued appreciation.

Over the past 8 years, our local ninth and 11th-grade students report that an average of 40 percent of them have been verbally bullied at school; an average of 28 percent of ninth graders report that they have been physically bullied (pushed, shoved, or hit); and an average of 20 percent of 11th-graders report physical bullying.

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he streets of Santa Ynez were filled with wide-brimmed cowboy hats, ropes, boots, and jingling spurs — and, yes, even horses and calves. Old-timers and out-of-towners came together Nov. 11-13 to celebrate Old California’s most iconic symbol: the vaquero cowboy. The traditions and culture of these rugged characters of old is seeing a popular revival among Western horseback riders, not just locally but quite literally around the world. The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House’s annual Vaquero Show and Sale is responsible in large part for this thriving cultural revival. This year was the museum’s 32nd annual celebration of the artisans, saddle makers, silversmiths and horsemen who keep the culture alive today. The Honorary Vaquero recognition this year went to the entire Poett family and their historic Rancho San Julian. The family can trace their ranch history and continued ownership back to the Spanish Land Grant era, a rare feat. Friday evening’s kick-off dinner was held in their honor. “You are a lifeline of the valley – ranching families like yours – we all want to be a part of your lifestyle and we are grateful that this special way of life has been honored and kept alive, authentically, by folks like you. This museum is working hard to continue that mission. You are our inspiration,” said Joe Olla, one of the show’s Organizing Committee members. This year’s schedule was expanded from previous years. Demonstrations were added to give spectators a chance to experience vaquero horsemanship live and up close. It was a chance for people to watch, listen and learn from some of the best vaquero torch-bearers around – authentic cattlemen and ranchers, such as Bruce Sandifer, founder of the Californio Bridlehorse Association; the spunky duo Pat and Deb Puckett; local icon Ramon Becerra; rancher and realtor Joe Olla; and relative valley new-comer Vito Antoci. Antoci, Roger Fortier, Mark Lopes and Tony Urquidez were the sponsors for the roping demo arena, which was easily the highlight of this year’s show. On Saturday and Sunday spectators gathered enthusiastically to see cowboys in action, demonstrating the way they gather cattle and their techniques of safe handling. A Cowboy Campfire was held on Satur-

Photos by Jessica Schley One of the popular new events for the Vaquero Show and Sale was the demonstration of roping calves by local vaqueros (cowboys). World-renowned horse trainer and trick roper Ramon Becerra chats with another cowboy before the roping demonstration.

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he Los Padres Trail Riders made four grants totaling $3,500 on Nov. 17 to local equestrian and trail-related nonprofit organizations. The Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program was awarded $1,000 for “Travels with Teacup,” which involves taking a blind miniature horse to group homes, assisted-living and recovery facilities. Their visits this year have been well-received, and they plan to visit three to five facilities in 2017 in a pilot pro-gram of evaluation. For more informa-tion log onto www.syvtherapeutic The Santa Barbara Humane Society received $500 for a piece of technical Photo contributed equipment used for rescuing large aniTeacup is a blind miniature horse that travels to group mals. Their current system requires raishomes, assisted-living and recovery facilities. ing or lowering in a number of steps and replenish substrate in their pasture shelusing several pieces of equipment. This ters. The four shelters provide protection device will allow for seamless changes from the elements for the school’s herd of during rescue. The Los Padres Forest Association will 17 horses, all of which are rescues, ranging in age from 6 to 31 years old. use its $1,000 grant for clearing the sinRoughly $34,000 has been donated by gle-track portion of Aliso Trail, repairing the Los Padres Trail Riders to non-profit the stock corral at the campground, and organizations since 1999. Proceeds from installing two new directional trail signs. a Tack & Tog Sale are used for the grant This is the last remaining Forest Service trail that connects Cuyama with the Sierra program, with the next sale set for Feb. 25 at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Madres to the Aliso Trail (also known as Barbara. the McPherson Trail). For more information, go to www.lptr. Midland School of Los Olivos was granted $1,000 toward a $1,650 project to org.

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t’s been a busy year for the horses that work for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. From hosting a barn-raising to preparing for the Rose Parade, they have been earning their oats — and for that matter, the new roof over their heads. The Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Center is the proud new home to the very special horses of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse. A barn-raising was held Sept. 25 to celebrate the move-in of the posse’s mounts. The entire Mounted Unit now has a home base to practice as they prepare for their appearance in the 5.5-mile-long Rose Parade starting at 8 a.m. on Jan. 2. The Sheriff’s Posse is also preparing for demonstration performances at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center’s Equefest on Dec. 30. “The barn was donated by a person who wishes to remain anonymous,” said Bill DaCosse, area manager for FCP Barns, a company that specializes in pre-fab metal barns, covered arenas, and agricultural buildings. “The structure had to be taken down at the donor’s residence and then re-built here. The entire project from start to finish took three years, with the build-out taking about three months.”

With an impressive and yet workmanlike layout, the barn boasts stalls and runs for the horses, a meeting room, a tack room, a wide breezeway with great ventilation, lights, and other features. The posse meets once a month at the facility to practice their obstacle courses and drill exercises, making use of the arenas and other amenities that the Equestrian Center provides to all of its members. Their presence marks one more valuable program at the center. The barn raising was well attended; guests enjoyed an evening of Wild Westthemed fun: carriage rides around the center with Ramon Becerra, complimentary drinks by local breweries, donated local wines served at a Wild West-themed bar, barbecue dinner by the famous handlebar-mustached Billy Ruiz and his wife Sue, and fun music by The Honeysuckle Possums. Sheriff Bill Brown greeted guests and thanked donors, and the Sheriff’s Posse mounted unit brought out their well behaved and highly trained horses for a special drill team performance. This kind of drill helps them to prepare for the parade as well. For 27 years, the department has maintained this special equine unit and its specialized training programs for the horses and their riders, to provide the citizenry with essential services including search and rescue, rural law enforcement, and crowd control. The group also rides in the annual Fiesta Parade in Santa Barbara, one of the POSSE CONTINUED ON PAGE 34


Photo contributed The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit will participate in the Rose Parade on Jan. 2.

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POSSE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 largest equestrian parades in the nation. As they lined up for photos for the press at their own special barn raising, the posse horses squared up perfectly, stood at attention and perked their ears as if on command. They know part of their job is as ambassadors, and posing for photos is one of the requirements for the position. As guests and reporters took photos, the horses gazed at the crowd, seemingly with


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Dunn student raises 10 times more than goal The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is a local organization that provides financial, educational and emotional support to children with cancer and their families in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The 17-year-old Paloma had been volunteering and fundraising for the Teddy by SYV Star Staff Bear Foundation for five years and has helped raise thousands of dollars even before this fundraiser. She donates the funds in memory of Lexi Krasnoff and aloma Angel, a senior at Dunn School, hoped to raise around $2,500 Jeffrey Zamora, children who were helped by Teddy Bear programs. at a weekend fundraiser she orga“What Teddy Bear Foundation does is nized for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundaincredible,” tion. But when she said. “I’m all was said happy to be and done, she a part of this raised more than amazing organi10 times that zation.” amount. “Paloma’s The 17-yearcommitment to old student caring for famihosted an event lies with cancer Sept. 24 in Santa exemplifies Barbara she one of Dunn’s called “Tacos, core values of Tequila & social responSangria,” which sibility,” said attracted more Head of School than 30 guests Mike Beck. who dined on “We are proud Mexican food, of her work in drank adult the community beverages, and and expect her enjoyed young to be a shining flamenco dancstar for years to ers as the event’s come.” entertainment. To contribute By the end of to Paloma’s the night, they efforts, make a had donated donation by logabout $27,000 to Photo contributed ging onto www. the Teddy Bear Dunn student Paloma Angel, shown with Teddy Bear Foundation Gold Ribbon founder Niki Katz, organized an event for the organization and raised teddybear campaign. more than $27,000.

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Root 246. “We are very thankful for all of the support that our school families show for SAM and continue to be amazed by the generosity of local business that donate to our auction. To all the volunteers who helped, thank you for everything you did to make it a great night,” said Kristen Thomsen, co-organizer of the event. Students in each classroom at the school made a project or created a themed basket for the auction. Some of the items included a sports-theme basket, arts and music baskets, gift certificates to local business and restaurants, a dessert auction, wine grab and more. Since 1996, SAM (Solvang Arts and Photo contributed Music, formerly known as SSEF) has Hannah Rogers gets TCU volleyball scholarship been a valuable partner to Solvang School in establishing a vibrant music and arts education program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade by bringing in talented teachers and providing the tools and instruments to learn. The programs are Santa Ynez High School volleyball integrated into regular curriculum, bringing standout Hannah Rogers signed a National a myriad of benefits to students who would Letter of Intent to play beach volleyball at otherwise may not have exposure to these Texas Christian University next fall. important subjects. Due to the long partnership with Solvang School, every student benefits from studying music, art, drama and dance. Log onto for more information.


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down to nine. Hotel rooms will no longer be available to the public, Stockwell said, but the public restaurant and saloon replaces what used to be a wine-tasting room carrying brands from actor Kurt Russell and more. Stockwell’s restaurant provides another flavor in Los Alamos, a quirky Western-themed town that’s becoming a hotspot for food, wine and beer enthusiasts. The new owners have set aside more funds for public events and locally sourced fare, wine and craft beer. “(Chefs) are so powerful in how we can impact the earth,” Stockwell said, describing a menu that features “elevated simplified” comfort foods and one-of-a-kind cocktails. Cornish game hen and waffles and freshly made lox spice up weekend brunch, while oxtail croquettes, duck lettuce wraps, pickled vegetables and more familiar items come out for dinner, which is served seven days a week. The restaurant, which offers private chef dinners, is open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday only. Stockwell, a Lompoc High School graduate, came to the hotel after working at the Morro Bay Inn and for a celebrity chef in Las Vegas. She also spent time at Terravant Winery Restaurant in Buellton. “Every culinary experience has allowed me to grow and learn,” she said. “I’m a local girl just stoked to be sharing my passion with the community.”

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Photo by Gina Pothoff Local chef Brooke Stockwell is now in charge of the restaurant and saloon at the historic 1880 Union Hotel in Los Alamos.

n any given weekend, executive chef Brooke Stockwell will see her grandmother enjoying brunch, some of her former teachers having drinks, or other familiar faces sampling the brand new dinner menu at the 1880 Union Hotel in Los Alamos. The satisfaction of serving her own creations to family and friends attracted the Lompoc native to the hotel’s restaurant and saloon. More important, she said, was helping to restore life to the historic landmark at 362 Bell St. in the small town just off Highway 101 between Buellton and Santa Maria. “It’s nice to be back and truly give back,” Stockwell said. “The community gets to benefit from the new ownership and the business model.” Stockwell took on the gig in January 2016, before owners Dan and Ana Thompson sold the hotel and saloon — built as a Wells Fargo stagecoach stop — to a new group of investors in May. The group boasts a portfolio of three other California properties but wishes to remain anonymous. The restaurant and saloon opened to the public in June after some minor repairs, but the hotel is slated to be closed through the end of 2016 for major renovations that include knocking the original 13 rooms

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vanian German immigrants brought the making of Christmas gingerbread houses to America.

holiday tradition along with them to America. Rumor has it that fruitcake got its bad reputation because of a company that started mass producing mail-order fruit cakes in the early 1900s. Eww.

the candy maker to bend the tops so they resembled a shepherd’s crook, reminding children of the shepherds who visited baby Jesus. This tradition spread throughout Europe and became associated with the Christmas holiday.





Originally a hot milk ale beverage called Ginger, which was first cultivated in China, In the winter, an“posset” enjoyed by the British, eggnog develmade its way to Europe and Greece, where the cient Romans pretty first gingerbread recipe was found as far back much threw together oped into what it is today because of what was available locally. Eventually egg was added, but as 2400 BC. their version of a Medieval Europe grabbed gingerbread and health food bar using in Britain at the time of its development, only ran with it, hosting gingerbread festivals with any dried nut or fruit the rich had access to eggs, milk and sherry. Once the recipe and tradition crossed over to decorated cookies shaped in all types of craby Coreen Padilla they could get their ziness depending on the season — a flower in hands on. Over time the Americas, the abundance of egg- and milkrich farmland along with access to rum made it spring, a snowflake in winter — and the more this bar became a ”cake.” In the Middle Ages, an instant hit during cold winter months. elaborate and embellished the better. when dried fruits and nuts became a tad easier In parts of Europe only professional bakers to acquire, their popularity grew. Candy Canes were allowed to take on the gingerbread baking These ingredients, along with the booze rethroughout the year except during Easter and quired, were still quite expensive. That tended German folklore says a German choirmaster Christmas. Gingerbread house-making gained to make them reserved for celebrating holidays asked a local candy maker to make candy sticks popularity, especially in Germany, after the Broth- and weddings. Yep, wedding fruit cake. Even- for children who were noisy in church during ers Grimm wrote “Hansel and Gretel.” Pennsyltually someone brought these bricks and their the Nativity scene on Christmas Eve. He asked

Latkes are a traditional Jewish food consumed during the celebration of Hanukkah. They were originally made with ricotta cheese to pay homage to a Jewish heroine, Judith, who plays an important role in the Hanukkah narrative. She fed an enemy army cheese and wine, causing their general to get drunk, and leading eventually to a victory for the Israelites. This led to celebrating her by eating fried and dairy foods. Potato latkes came later and gained popularity starting in Eastern Europe after major crop losses in the 1800s. Potatoes were easier to grow. Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas, everyone! If your family has a unique food tradition, please share it with me at starlightkitchen.syv

Eggnog cheesecake a favorite at Christmas by Anne Bunch Contributing Writer


rowing up in Belgium, our “Christmas” celebration was a bit different than the traditional American way of merry-making. Christmas Eve was the big to-do. We put on our fancy clothes, a grand meal was prepared, and we sat at the table together as a family and ate and ate and ate and drank and drank and drank, with jubilant chatter filling the air. Then we all put on our winter coats, hats and gloves and walked to church for midnight Mass to listen to the choir singing joyous songs announcing the birth of the Messiah. It was a festivity shared with family and friends. There was no gift giving, because Santa Nicholas brought the toys on Dec. 6. Now here in America this holiday has morphed some and has been compacted into one, Santa and Christ arriving on the same day.

In our home, we adopted a bit of both in our observance of this anticipated day. Christmas Eve became the big eating event, cooking everyone’s favorite dish and having fun together. Christmas morning is when the main man, Santa, brings the much-anticipated gifts. Here is a recipe for one of our best-loved desserts.

Eggnog cheesecake Crust: 2 pkgs graham crackers ¼ cup cane sugar 4 oz. butter melted Cheesecake: 2.5 lbs cream cheese, room temperature or soft 1.5 cups cane sugar 6 Tbl unbleached flour 4 large eggs 1.5 cups eggnog 1 Tbl rum ¼ tsp nutmeg

Topping: 1 cup heavy cream ¼ cup powdered sugar ¼ tsp nutmeg 12 gingersnaps Make a day before serving. You will need a 10” Springform pan, a larger ovenproof pan to use as a water bath, aluminum foil, and a mixer. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease Springform pan generously. Cover the outside of it with foil, making sure that the pan seams are well protected so no water can seep in. Place in larger pan and set aside. Grind the graham crackers to fine. Add cane sugar and melted butter and mix well. Press evenly into the bottom of the Springform pan. Use bottom of spoon or measuring cup to smooth out. Set aside again. CHEESECAKE CONTINUED ON PAGE 38


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Don’t underestimate the power of courage Unhealthy environments can leave us feeling without strength or hope to make a change by Pamela Blossom Contributing Writer


ne morning — after I woke up with a great sense of power, determination and strength of conviction — it dawned on me that I had courage. For many years prior, something was not right in my life. After an unhealthy, long-term marriage, my former husband and I split. I believed that I had tried


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CHEESECAKE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 Fit mixer bowl with paddle attachment and add cream cheese. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add flour and mix well, add eggs and mix, add eggnog, rum, nutmeg and

everything imaginable to fix the many issues, but eight years ago, I realized we were done. I lost many friends, who I thought were near and dear, as well as a comfortable lifestyle. I gave up everything because it was necessary for my health, happiness and personal safety. Going against the grain of what outsiders saw as a successful couple, I realized that they did not experience what I did. My therapist told me I was “a battered woman, but you don’t see the bruises on the outside.” Although my divorce was considered a courageous move, in the years following I felt defeated and downtrodden, rather than dynamic and confi-dent. I had been mentally and emotionally beaten down so much that I started to believe I was nothing of worth. Sometimes we find ourselves in an unhealthy environment but don’t see it

weakened and left to believe we are less than adequate. I often wonder how many other people are in situations in life — whether relationships, work, or family dynamics — that are destructive and toxic. Do not be blinded by someone else’s toxicity. Courage resides in each one of us. We see it in those who stand up to bullies, speak out against unrighteousness, or face serious illness and death. What do you need courage to do? What gets in the way of making a change? Perhaps fear. A friend told me that “fear drives away faith.” Remember, dig deeply within yourself, listening to and trusting your inner voice. Be brave.

Do not be blinded by someone else’s toxicity. Courage resides in each one of us. We see it in those who stand up to bullies, speak out against unrighteousness, or face serious illness and death. What do you need courage to do? What gets in the way of making a change? Perhaps fear. A friend told me that “fear drives away faith.” Remember, dig deeply within yourself, listening to and trusting your inner voice. Be brave.

until we notice the very fabric of our being has been stripped away, leaving us barren and destitute without strength or hope to make a change. We might feel

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the skill to succeed.” In all, 14 different awards were announced spanning a diverse global selection of people and companies in the wine, beer and spirits industries. “The Central Coast wine country has always been a part of our DNA,” Adam Firestone said. In-depth profiles of the Wine Star Award winners will be featured in the “Best of Year” Issue of Wine Enthusiast hitting newsstands on Dec. 20 or online at This year marks Firestone Walker’s 20th anniversary. Brothers-in-law Adam Firestone and David Walker founded the brewery on the family vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1996. The brewery later moved to

the Paso Robles wine country. Firestone Walker is proud to be joined by another Paso Robles fixture in this year’s Wine Star Awards mix, as Jerry Lohr of J. Johr Vineyards and Winery was named “American Wine Legend.” “It’s an honor to share this distinction with Jerry Lohr and the other award recipients, and to spread the word about our home region,” Walker said. Walker will attend the annual Wine Star Awards Dinner in Miami on Jan. 30.

First and Oak Restaurant at the Mirabelle

Inn in Solvang will host a Champagne tasting from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, with 10 sparkling wines and champagnes and light hors d’oeuvres crafted by Executive Chef Steven Snook. Sommelier Jonathan Rosenson will lead guests through the tasting, explaining how each wine showcases specific points in the wide range of flavor profiles, regions and values. The cost is $85 per person in advance or $95 at the door, with $10 of every ticket donated to the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County. For reservations, contact the restaurant: at 805-688-1703 or First & Oak and the Mirabelle Inn are at 409 First Street.

mix thoroughly. Beat well for 3 to 4 minutes on high speed, scraping down the sides and bottom to add volume and body to the cheesecake. Pour filling over cheesecake crust. Tap on counter to remove any air bubbles and return to water bath pan.

Place in oven (if using convection oven, turn fan off or set to low). Add hot water to the water bath pan about 2” up the Springform pan. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the cheesecake is set. (I suggest you start looking after about an hour, as every oven is different.)

Chill overnight. The next day, whip the cream with powdered sugar until stiff. Transfer whipped cream into a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe 12 rosettes around the outer edge of the cheesecake. Garnish with gingersnaps between the rosettes.

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hile you are enjoying this joyous holiday season I hope you are remembering to get in some good exercise before gatherings around all the holiday comfort foods we all love. Exercising before a big meal is key to boosting your metabolism, which starts burning calories in your body. Most of the staple holiday dishes and drinks are laden with calories, fat and carbohydrates. Fill up on healthy options and limit your indulgences to small portions. A good family walk after a gathering around food is great for neutralizing blood sugar and will just make you feel better

than plopping onto your workouts’ the couch. intensity but also try Are you having adding a day of HIIT issues not getting (high-intensity interinto the shape you’d val training) to your like? Fitness plateaus weekly workouts. are a state of little You can find several or no change after a online that you can By Kristen Wood period of working out. do from home, and They can happen for local gyms have great a multitude of reasons. To try to conquer HIIT classes. your plateau, keep a journal marking a HIIT workouts burn more fat than week of what you are eating throughout the steady-state exercise, and they have your day, what you are doing for workouts, and body continuously burning calories for how long you’re sleeping each night. At the hours following your workout. I have a end of the week you can assess your food great HIIT workout on my website, http:// consumption and whether you need to cut your calorie intake or if you need to up it to To continue to shed fat you must mainsupport the workouts you are performing. tain a caloric deficit, consuming fewer Once you pinpoint your reason for the calories than you burn per day. A heart-rate plateau, it’s time to get busy. To conquer monitor is a great investment to track your the plateau and start shedding weight and workouts and the number of calories you’re increasing strength, work on increasing burning throughout the day. There are many smart-phone apps that will count the calories you are consuming daily as well. Consuming enough protein is essential to fat loss because it maintains your muscle during a calorie deficit. It also keeps you fuller longer, preventing overeating and curbing snacking, and it boosts your calorie burn throughout the day because it takes more energy to digest protein than carbohydrates or fat. Limit your carbohydrate intake to

workout days only. Eat your whole grains, fiber-rich fruits, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and ancient grains following muscle-blasting workouts to replenish your glucose levels. By eating carbs in moderation on workout days only, your body will use that energy specifically for recovery and muscle growth rather than fat gain. Last, make sure you’re properly hydrated. Even slight dehydration can wreck your performance while working out, so staying hydrated ensures you’ll perform at a high level. Start the day by chugging 20 to 30 ounces of water (the colder the better) as soon as you wake. Throughout the day drink lots more. Drinking plenty of water will boost your metabolism. If you are having trouble trying to figure out how to change up your workouts, invest in a couple sessions with a personal trainer who can write out workouts for you while showing you how to perform them properly. Try some new classes offered at your gym or around the valley, or ask friends who have achieved your fitness goals if you can work out with them. Ask them about their secrets to success. Always keep an open mind to trying new sports, techniques, and cardio machines at the gym. Plateaus happen to just about everyone. Don’t let them crush your motivation or discourage you from getting to your goals. Instead, pinpoint them and then get after it. You got this!


Holiday Marketplace set for after Julefest parade by SYV Star Staff


he Wildling Museum is hosting their sixth Annual Holiday Marketplace from 12 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Enjoy the Julefest parade and then head over to the museum. Admission is free, with a special members-only preview at 11 a.m. Browse more than a dozen local artists and craftspeople to find unique gifts or something special. Booths will be placed throughout the museum so you can also enjoy the exhibitions. Carolers will add to the festive atmosphere, and free cider and cookies and a

photo opp with our polar bear for your family will round out the special afternoon. Support the arts by buying directly from the artists, and support a local nonprofit as well, dedicated to bringing the art of nature to our community. The Wildling Museum, where art and nature meet, offers visitors a unique perspective on the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Through the eyes of artists, education and field experiences, guests can renew their relationship with the wilderness and understand its fragile nature. For more information, to volunteer or join as a member to support this important local arts and nature institution please visit

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To See The Stars

Santa Ynez Christmas Tree Lighting 4 - 5:30 p.m. in downtown Santa Ynez on Sagunto Street. Spread holiday cheer with live entertainment and cookies and cider as well as the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Santa Ynez High School Theatre Group presents its fall play, which celebrates the achievements of a group of unheralded women. The play is based on the actual strike begun by a small group of female “shirtwaist” workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City in 1909.

Ladies Night Out at Valley Grind - 5 - 8 p.m. There will be wine, cocktails, nibbles and 25 percent off retail merchandise. Located at 3558 Sagunto Santa Ynez.

To See the Stars goes up at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, December 1st through 3rd and 8th through 10th, in the Santa Ynez High School Little Theatre.

Boy Scouts Cub Scout Pack 42 - meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Oak Valley Elementary. For boys ages 5 - 11. Email for more details.


Holliday workshop - 2 - 4 p.m. Art-full collaging at the Elverhoj Museum. No cost for members and $5 for non-members. Located at 1624 Elverhoy Way Solvang. Call 686-1211 or log onto for more info. Los Alamos Holiday Stroll - 5 - 8 p.m. in downtown Los Alamos. Continue holiday cheer with the Los Alamos Stroll, which starts with the tree lighting ceremony in the center of Bell Street. There will be Christmas carolers and offerings from local merchants. Hosted by the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club. Catalina at Sort This Out Cellars - 7 p.m. - Located at 1636 Copenhagen Drive Solvang. For more information log onto


Tickets are $10 for adults and $5.00 for students. This play is suitable for general audiences. Contributed photo St. Mark’s in the Valley will host a Gingerbread Wonderland on Dec. 3, which will include a cookie sale, gingerbread house decorating, photos with Santa Claus and other fun holiday festivities.

A tasteful wonderland by SYV Star Staff


et ready for Gingerbread Wonderland on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. You can enter a decorated gingerbread house or simply come to enjoy the

Gingerbread House Workshop - Times vary from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Solvang Bakery. Cost is $65 per house and the houses, candy, frosting and decorations are provided. Call 688-4939 or solvangbakery@gmail. com to reserve a time.

Hot Roux at Sort This Out Cellars - 7 p.m. - Located at 1636 Copenhagen Drive Solvang. For more information log onto

Holiday Marketplace - Noon to 5 p.m. at the Wildling Museum. Enjoy more than a dozen local artisans to find unique gifts for the holidays. There will be carolers, free cider and cookies and a visit from the polar bear. For more info

Kalyra Free Movie Night - 6 - 10 p.m. at Kalyra Winery in Santa Ynez. Free admission, and there is food/wine for purchase. Bring a blanket, warm jacket, low lawn chairs, appetites and friends. Log onto www. for more information.

Demonstration by Joe Mancuso - 12 - 4 p.m. at the Judith Hale Gallery inside Solvang Antiques. Log onto for more information.

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showcase of gingerbread creations as well as a Christmas cookie sale, photos with Santa, live music, children’s holiday crafts, family-friendly dinner options and refreshments. Gingerbread Wonderland benefits Arts Outreach and St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Preschool. For more information, please email Yvonne Lowe at


Visit SYV Destination Guide Launch 5 - 7 p.m. at the Santa Ynez Inn (address here). John Wright of Standing Sun will be pouring wine and David Cecchini of Cecco will be making pizzas. RSVP to


Adult Happy Hour Craft - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop. Cost is $20 per kit. Call 693-0174 or log onto for info. Located at 252 E. Hwy 246 Buellton.

Buellton Winterfest - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Begins with breakfast with Santa and ends Nate Latta at Sort This Out Cellars - 7 p.m. with a spectacular light parade and the Located at 1636 Copenhagen Drive Solvang. For more traditional Buellton Christmas Tree Lighting. In beMaster Your Inner World book signing - 3 - 5 p.m. information log onto tween, enjoy food trucks, vendors, holiday libations, at the Mystic Merchant located at 1638 Copenhagen and all the snow in the Holiday Village. Log onto www. Drive Solvang. Author Tracee Dubblazier is a spiritual for details. SYV Therapeutic Riding Program empath and helps those who suffer spiritual trauma. Rider’s Roundup - 9:30 - noon at RSVP to 693-1424. Gingerbread House Workshop - Times vary from the SYV Equestrian Center. The event 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Solvang Bakery. Cost is will be winter themed and 30+ students will showcase Los Olivos Olde Fashioned Christmas - 2 - 8 p.m. their horseback riding skills through a winter wonderThere will be crafts, live music, tree lighting ceremony $65 per house and the houses, candy, frosting and decorations are provided. Call 688-4939 or solvangland obstacle course. Call Robin at 325-1544. and more. to reserve a time! Holiday Wreath Making – Demonstration by Sheryl Gingerbread Wonderland - 4 - 8 p.m. at St. MarksViking’s of Solvang Special Needs Knight - 12 - 4 p.m. at the Judith Hale Gallery inside in-the-Valley Episcopal Church is to benefit their Christmas party - two seatings at 10:30 Solvang Antiques. Log onto www.solvangantiques. preschool program. Contact Yvonne Lowe at yvonne@ a.m. and noon at the Santa Ynez Valley com for more information. Marriott in Buellton. Phantom Pumps/Vooduo at Sort This Out Cellars Dustbowl Revival at Standing Sun - Doors open Boy Scouts Cub Scout Pack 42 - meeting at 7 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Located at 1636 Copenhagen Drive Solvang. at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets log onto at Oak Valley Elementary. For boys ages 11- 18. Email For more information log onto www.sortthisoutcellars Located at 92 Second Street in Buellton. for more details. .com



Call 688-6487 x2361 for more information. Wreath Making Workshop - With the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden in River View Park in Buellton. Using native and repurposed local cuttings. Log onto KidKraft, Christmas Village - 2 p.m. at the Wildling Museum - for children 5 - 13 years and features nature inspired crafts upcycling projects. Fee is $5 per child and includes admission for one adult. Call 686-8315 to sign up. Fibervisions Demo at Elverhoj Museum - 1 - 3 p.m. Surface Design: stamp, paint and monoprint. Located at 1624 Elverhoy Way Solvang. Call 686-1211 or log onto for more info. Champagne Tasting at First and Oak - 1 - 3 p.m. Join Sommelier Johnathan Rosenson to lead guests through an exclusive sparkling wine tasting. Cost is $85 per ticket, and $10 of every ticket will be donated to the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County. For tickets call 688.1703 or email


In the Round at Standing Sun - Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets log onto Located at 92 Second Street in Buellton.


Christmas Lights and Sights Trolley Tour - 6 - 7:15 p.m. Meet at the Solvang Vet’s Hall to take a trolley tour and see the SYV’s best holiday displays. Music and hot chocolate served. To reserve a seat call 688-7529.


Solvang Third Wednesday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - The Holiday edition with special discounts through Solvang village. Log onto for details. SYV Women’s Network - 6 - 8 p.m. - Wrap up the year of wonderful gatherings and get to know other area women in business. 410 Dogwood Drive in Buellton. EVENTS CONTINUED ON PAGE 42


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St. Mark’s Concert - 7 p.m. at St. Marks-in-theValley Episcopal Church - 2901 Nojoqui Ave Los Olivos. Celebrate the season with Owen Plant and friends featuring Bear Erickson, Jim Pugh and Aireene Espiritu from the Little Village Foundation. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students available at or at the door.


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker - The iconic ballet performance is a holiday tradition featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score to the dancer’s spectacular costumes. The event will be in the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom. Tickets are $25, $35, and $45. Log onto www. for tickets.


MItch King Duo at Sort This Out Cellars - 7 p.m. - Located at 1636 Copenhagen Drive Solvang. For more information log onto


Demonstration by Grace Schlesier and Dee Prater - 12 - 4 p.m. at the Judith Hale Gallery inside Solvang Antiques. Log onto www.solvangantiques. com for more information. Fibervisions Demo at Elverhoj Museum 1 - 3 p.m. Improvisational design and assembly. Located at 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang. Call 686-1211 or log onto for more info. Comedy Night at FigMtnBrew - 7 - 9 p.m. at the Buellton Figueroa Mountain Brew, 45 Industrial Way. Enjoy a beer and some laughs. Catalina and Shennie at Sort This Out Cellars -


Contributed photo The Moscow Ballet brings Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” to life on Dec. 15 at Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom. Tickets are available online at www.

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7 p.m. - Located at 1636 Copenhagen Drive Solvang. For more information log onto www.sortthisout SYV Master Chorale Holiday Concert - 7:30 p.m. at the Solvang Vet’s Hall 1745 Mission Drive. “Winter Wonderland” themed concert featuring many composers. Tickets are $20 for adults $15 for seniors and youth (under 18). Log onto for more info where to purchase tickets.


SYV Master Chorale Holiday Concert - 3 p.m. at the Solvang Vet’s Hall 1745 Mission Drive. “Winter Wonderland” themed concert featuring many composers. Tickets are $20 for adults $15 for seniors and youth (under 18). Log onto for more info and tickets.

Contributed photo The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and Youth Ensemble and Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Eglin and with Vera Wong on piano, will perform two concerts on Dec. 17 (7:30 p.m.) and Dec. 18 (3 p.m.) at the Solvang Veterans Hall.


Conquering Diabetes - 11 - 12 p.m. Clairmont Lavender Farms - Open daily from 10 with Clinical Dietician Stacey Bailey at a.m. to 6 p.m. at 2480 Roblar Ave., Los Olivos. www. the SYV Cottage Hospital conference room. Call 694-2351 for details. Zaca Creek Golf Course - Perfect little 9-hole course! Daily from sunrise to sunset. No tee times. Free tutoring at Buellton Library 691-9272. - Audio/Ebooks and mobile devices - Learn how to use your tablet, Senior T’ai Chi smartphone, laptop or e-reader with Bethany. Call - 9:15 a.m. 688-3115 or email buelltonlibrary@santabarbaraca. Arthritis gov to reserve a time. Classes - 10:15 a.m. Adult Coloring (every other Monday) at 1 p.m. at the Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Doug Macrae at Sort This Out Mission Drive. Call 688-1086. Cellars - 7 p.m. - Located at 1636 Copenhagen Drive Solvang. For more 4-H Meetings - Lucky Clover 4-H meets 1st Monday at information log onto 7p.m. at The Grange in Los Olivos Buellton 4-H meets 3rd Mondays at 7:30 pm at Buellton Senior Center CHRISTMAS DAY Knitting - 9:30 a.m. Computer Classes - 9:30 Fibervisions Demo at Elverhoj a.m. Bridge/Poker - 12:45 p.m. at the Solvang Senior Museum - 1 - 3 p.m. Quilting and Center, 1745 Mission Drive. Call 688-1086. stitching. Located at 1624 Elverhoy Way Solvang. Call 686-1211 or log onto www.elverhoj. Silver Striders - Meet at 10 a.m. at the Buellton Seniors org for more info. Center and walk around the community. In bad weather



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a.m. Texas Hold ’em - 1 p.m. at the Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive. Call 688-1086. Easy Does it Chair Exercise - 10 a.m. Work on balance and strength while seated. No RSVP needed. Buellton Senior Center. Soiree Thursdays at Refugio Ranch - 5 - 7 p.m. Featuring live music, food pairings and wine by the glass. 2990 Grand Ave in Los Olivos. For more info log onto


Pilates - 10 a.m. at the Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive. Call 688-1086.

Bingo - 1 - 3 p.m. at the Buellton Senior Center. Live music - 5 - 7 p.m. at Carr Vineyards and Winery, 3563 Numancia St., Santa Ynez. For more info log onto Live music - 8 - 11 p.m. at Copenhagen Sausage Garden, 1660 Copenhagen Drive in Solvang. For more info log onto Firkin Friday at Figueroa Mountain Brew 5 - 10 p.m. at the Buellton and Los Olivos Figueroa Mountain Brewery locations. For more info log onto HHH


Lindsey Suarez at Sort This Out Cellars - 7 p.m. - Located at 1636 Copenhagen Drive Solvang. For more information log onto NEW YEARS EVE

New Years Eve Dance Party features the “Boogie Knights” and “the Spazmatics” to celebrate the New Year in the Chumash Casino’s Samala Showroom for a fun free event. Log onto for more information.


Creative Play at Knitfit 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. located at 473 Atterdag Road in Solvang. Learn more at

meets at the Buellton Rec Center and walks on treadmills. No RSVP needed and water provided. Bridge from 1 - 5 p.m. at the Buellton Senior Center Tiki Tuesdays at High Roller Tiki Lounge with all day happy hour at Sort This Out Cellars, 1636 Mission Drive in Solvang. Log onto for more info.


Art Class 9 a.m. Bingo at 1 p.m. at the Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive. Call 688-1086. Santa Barbara County MS meetings - 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. at High Sierra Grill in Goleta. Call Mike Jack at 886-3000 for more details. Solvang Farmers Market – Farmers bring their agricultural products directly to the local community. Located on First Street in Solvang from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. Crafts - at 1 p.m. at the Buellton Senior Center.

After School Club from 2 - 5 p.m. at the Creation Station . Exercise for Life - Weekdays except Wednesday’s from 9:15 - 10:15 with Barbara Owens at Church at the Cost is $20 plus supplies. For ages 7 and up. Call 693-0174 or log onto for info. Located Crossroads 236 La Lata Dr. Buellton. Call 688-8027. at 252 E. Hwy 246 Buellton. Cachuma Lake Recreation - Wildlife cruises and Arthritis Exboat rentals, fishing, nature walks and Nature Center.


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Santa Ynez Valley Star December 2016  

The Santa Ynez Valley Star December issue covers all the upcoming holiday events such as Julefest in Solvang, Winter Fest in Buellton, Los O...

Santa Ynez Valley Star December 2016  

The Santa Ynez Valley Star December issue covers all the upcoming holiday events such as Julefest in Solvang, Winter Fest in Buellton, Los O...