Joint Pain Seminar – 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the SYV Marriott in Buellton. Dr. Christopher Birch, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Cottage Center for Orthopedics, will be on hand to answer questions. Learn how to keep your joints healthy. Get informed on everything from pain relief to hip or knee joint replacement. Register by calling 1-855-NO-PAIN or visit www.cottagehealth.org/orthomtd.


Trail Talk – Backcountry Adventures: The Search For Rare Plants with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden – 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Central Library Faulkner Gallery. The Central Library’s Wilderness Hiking Speaker Series occurs every third Thursday of the month.

Cannabis Lecture – 7 p.m. at Bethania Parish Hall – WE Watch is sponsoring an informational lecture, Cannabis: Present and Future in Santa Barbara County, with Dennis Bozanich, Santa Barbara County Deputy Executive Officer and the most knowledgeable county staff member about cannabis.

Theresa Caputo Live – 8 p.m. at the Chumash Casino – First night of three events on Jan. 17 – 19. Witness live readings firsthand as she delivers healing messages to audience members, and hear personal stories about her unique, fascination and unpredictable life. Tickets are available at www.chumashcasino.com.


SYV Clean Team – 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. – meets at Refugio Road near the Hwy. 246 intersection and heads toward the Mountain; as always, leap-frogging one another. Meet time is 8:15 a.m., rain or shine, for one hour only. The public is invited to join. All supplies are provided. Just show up. For more information, contact team organizer Bill Connell at wconnell@connellandersen.com

Equine Emergency Preparedness Expo – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Santa Ynez Valley Equestrian Center. Perrine and Julie Monser have coordinated with a number of organizations and agencies to hold the second annual expo. For more information, visit the Equine Emergency Preparedness Expo group on Facebook or call Julie Monser at 805-264-3422.

Underwater Parks Day Festival – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. . at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center. Dive into the world of marine science with interactive activities and crafts. For more information, contact Ed Sweeney at esweeney@sbnature2.org or call 805-962-2526, ext. 103.


Martin Luther King Day – No School


Madeline Albright – 7:30 p.m. at The Granada – Madeleine K. Albright is a professor, author, diplomat and businesswoman who served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. She is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, “Fascism: A Warning,. Albright’s talk and moderated Q&A will draw on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat. For tickets and details log onto www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.


SYV We Support the Troops – 9 a.m. – noon at Bethania Lutheran Church – Volunteers pack care packages on the fourth Wednesday of each month.


K’Syrah Winter Harvest Dinner – 6:30 p.m. featuring chefs Demetri Loizides, Budi Kazali and Brooke Stockwell with local wines. The dinner will be showcasing the delicious harvest from our newly planted half-acre farm in a five-course meal. For details and tickets log onto www.kscateringandevents.com.

Los Alamos Mushroom Festival begins – As a precursor to Restaurant Week there will be dinners, discussion panels, cooking courses and a wine and mushroom tastings featured at several Los Alamos eateries. For more information log onto www.lovelosalamos.com/events. Runs from Jan. 25 – 27.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave – 8 p.m. at the Chumash Casino. Troy Andrews, or Trombone Shorty, brings New Orleans soul to the Central Coast. The Jazz musician has worked across multiple genres with the biggest names in music including Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, LeAnn Rime, Macklemore & Ryan. Tickets available at www.chumashcasino.com.


Rummage Sale – 7 a.m. – Noon – The second annual Bethania Lutheran Church Rummage Sale. Still looking for volunteers the evening before and morning of. Contact Pastor Chris Brown for details at 805-688-4637.

Santa Barbara Audubon’s Winter Bird Count – 9 a.m. – noon at Lake Los Carneros Park, 304 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta. Free introduction to the fun of birdwatching for young people, ages 8 to 16. All budding birdwatchers must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Call (805) 964-1468 for more information or go to http://SantaBarbaraAudubon.org/

Family Arts and Crafts – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature –  Classes are fun and informal. All supplies are included. Just bring a sense of adventure. Suggested donation of $5 per class. Log onto www.wildlingmuseum.org for details.

Adventures in Storytelling – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Elverhøj Museum of Art & History. Four local children’s book authors plus fun activities and crafts for all ages. Visit www.elverhoj.org for details.

Weaving Workshop – 4 – 7 p.m. at Zaca Mesa Winery.  Indulge in small bites, accompanied by a glass of Zaca Mesa wine while you learn a new craft! Log onto www.zacamesa.com for details.


Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week begins – Runs from Jan. 27 – Feb. 10 where participating restaurants offer three-course tasting menus for $20.19. (Not including tax or gratuity) Log onto www.dinesyv.com for the list of restaurants, wineries and hoteliers offers.

28 & 29

Neptune Society Free Lunch and Informational Seminar 12pm. Benefits of preplanning your cremation. Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe. 2879 Grand Ave. Los Olivos. Limited seating. Reservations required 805-590-2629.


The Sound of Music – 7:30 p.m. at the Granada Theatre – The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning best score. The show features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. For tickets and more info log onto https://ticketing.granadasb.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11346.


34th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Runs through Feb. 8 with lectures, workshops, film screenings, celebrity panels and industry discussions. For details of times and locations log onto www.sbiff.org.


SYHS Districtwide Community Forum – 6 p.m. at the SYVUHS Library – All community members including students, parents, business owners, residents and faculty are invited to discuss the district’s direction for the next three years as part of its Strategic Plan.




Ray Strong: A Collector’s Passion, opening reception – 3 – 5 p.m. at the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature. Collector David Parker, is sharing his Ray Strong (1905-2006) paintings, as well as his stories of how he built his collection of over thirty pieces. RSVP to julie@wildlingmuseum.org or call 805-688-1082.

2019 Maltin Modern Master Award — Glenn Close – 8 p.m. at the Arlington. Glenn Close is set to receive the prestigious Maltin Modern Master Award at the 34th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. For tickets and more info log onto www.sbiff.org.


The Montecito Award Presented to Melissa McCarthy at the Arlington – The SBIFF honor is given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a “great contribution to film.” Log onto www.sbiff.org.


Wellness Wednesday BEMER Group Presentation 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.  BEMER technology informational meeting. Come try it for yourself. Ascend Acupuncture 254 East Highway 246, Suite C, Buellton. For more information 805-259-7462.



Yoga, 9 a.m.; Arthritis Exercise Class, 10:15 a.m.; Arts and Crafts every third Monday; Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-1086.

Junior Tennis – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. from Jan. 14 – Feb 11 at Jonata School tennis courts. Have fun while learning the fundamentals of tennis with Coach Paul Smith.  Bring your own racquet or borrow one of a limited supply. Max 10 spaces and cost is $25 per student. Sign up online at buelltonrec.com or call 688-1086.

Gymnastics – K-5th Graders, 1:40 – 2:30pm, cost $96; Ages 3-5, 2:30 – 3:05pm, cost $90. from Jan. 28 – March 11 at Oak Valley Elementary multipurpose room. Great for building confidence, strength, and flexibility. Sign up online at buelltonrec.com or call 688-1086.

Divorce Care Recovery Seminar and Support Group – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy Library, 891 N. Refugio Road, Santa Ynez; Louise Kolbert at 805-688-5171.



Computer class, 9 a.m., Knitting, 9:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.; bridge and poker, 12:45 p.m.; Mah Jongg 1 p.m., Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-1086.

Two-Step Dance Lessons – 6:30 p.m.; 8 p.m. – Industry Night and Karaoke Party. Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Visit www.themavsaloon.com.



SYV We Support the Troops – 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers pack care packages on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Bethania Lutheran Church, 603 Atterdag Road, Solvang.  805-245-4951.

Art Class, 9 a.m.; Book Club, 10 a.m. (call first); Bingo, 1 p.m.: Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-1086.

Knit and Crochet – 1 p.m., Buellton Senior Center, West Highway 246, Buellton; 805-688-4571.

Healing Hearts Support Group – 2-4 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, 1825 Alamo Pintado Road. Free. To R.S.V.P. call 805-693-0244.

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

Crafternoons – 3:45-5:45 p.m. Arts Outreach, 2948 Nojoqui Ave. Suite 9, Los Olivos. $10/child; 805-688-9533.



Sideways Inn Local’s Night Specials – 5 p.m.- 8 p.m., 114 East Highway 246, Buellton; 805-691-8088.

Chair Exercises – 10 a.m., Buellton Senior Center, West Highway 246, Buellton; 805-688-4571.

Arthritis Exercise Class, 10:15 a.m.; Mah Jongg, Noon; Basic Cartooning, 1 p.m., Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-1086.

Brain Injury Survivors of Santa Ynez Valley – Noon-2 p.m., Bethania Lutheran Church, 603 Atterdag Road, Solvang. Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center offers a support group for brain injury survivors and caregivers; www.jodihouse.org.



Tai Chi, 9:15 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 10 a.m.; Pilates – 10:15 a.m.; Ukulele 11:15 a.m., Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-1086.

Bingo – 1 p.m., Buellton Senior Center, West Highway 246, Buellton; 805-688-4571.



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

Junior Rangers Program – 12:30-1:30 p.m. Neal Taylor Nature Center, 2265 Highway 154. Children 3 and up; under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult. $3/person. Nature Center admission is free. Visit www.clnaturecenter.org.


Coming Up

Log onto www.cityofsolvang.com, www.buelltonrec.com or www.visitsyv.com to see a full schedule of programs and events that range from adult and youth sports to teen dances, field trips, excursions and more.