Dog owners can save on spay-neuter costs

Dog owners can have their pets spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies, micro-chipped and licensed at a huge discount during a “Dog Days of August” promotion coordinated by the Responsible Pet Ownership Alliance.

For all those services during the promotion owners will pay just $80, a savings of more than $500, and will receive a one-month supply of flea medication and an e-collar.

Space is limited and appointments are expected to fill up fast, so dog owners are encouraged to schedule an appointment as soon as possible by calling either Santa Barbara County Animal Services in Santa Maria at 805-934-6968 or the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society at 805-349-3435

The Responsible Pet Ownership Alliance is a collaboration between  Santa Barbara County Animal Services, Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society, C.A.R.E. 4Paws, VIVA, and the Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation.

For more information, contact the Project PetSafe Team at or 805-934-6968.


Registration continues for AHC Community Education classes

Floral design and sewing are two of the nearly 250 classes offered this fall by Hancock College Community Education.

People who want to learn new life skills such as sewing or computers, want to learn English as a second language, or want to become a notary public can all be served by one of nearly 250 classes offered this fall by Hancock College Community Education.

Classes, which begin the week of Aug. 20, are free, although some require a minimal materials fee. They range from art and jewelry making to computers, citizenship, floral design, GED test preparation, ESL and sewing.

Fee-based classes are also available, including ballet, cooking, exercise, honey harvesting and packaging, water-bath canning and yoga.

A Day of the Dead makeup class will return by popular demand in late October. The college also added a tamale making class that meets for two days in October.

See details online at, visit Community Education on the Santa Maria campus, or call 1-805-922-6966, ext. 3209.


Vendors sought for LO Day in the Country

Los Olivos’ biggest event of the year is seeking vendors for this year’s Day in the Country on Oct. 20.

The event includes an early-morning fun run, parade, wine tastings, music, tractor show, and hundreds of local and regional crafters and artists.

For information about becoming a vendor at the event, visit or email


Buellton Senior Center enjoys Hitching Post dinner

A full parking lot was a good indication of the popularity of the meal that awaited hungry diners on June 26 when the Hitching Post II provided dinner for about 60 people at the monthly Senior Dinner at the Buellton Senior Center.

Dinner began with a green salad followed by a grilled pork chop, rice, veggies, mushrooms and garlic bread. Dessert was a flourless chocolate torte, topped with whipped cream.

The Hitching Post II provides this dinner annually. Restaurant owner Frank Ostini stayed busy in the kitchen with help from his wife Jami and longtime employee Angel Carmona. Also pitching in to make sure everything ran smoothly was Senior Center Executive Director Pam Gnekow and a crew of Rosa Castillo, Gracie Love, Linda Linton, Merrill Clayton, Wanda Nelson and Jim Nichols.  Board member Bernice Small greeted people as they arrived and checked them in.

After dinner, board member David Schwartz announced possible upcoming trips to Santa Barbara to hear musical performances and his wife Sue described two upcoming events sponsored by the Friends of the Buellton Library: a Book Sale at the Buellton Bonanza on July 28 and an Oktoberfest on Oct. 6.

Gnekow also announced that the Solvang City Council had granted the center $7,500 to defray costs of taking Solvang residents to their medical appointments in the valley and beyond in the center’s new medical van.

After the announcements, a lively Bunko game ended the evening of good fun, good eats and good times.