Vikings of Solvang blood drive is a success

The Vikings of Solvang collected 123 units of blood, exceeding their goal of 100 pints, at a blood drive on March 22 at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall.

All blood drawn was coordinated through United Blood Services, and each donor was offered a $25 gift card to a participating Solvang restaurant as a thank-you, said Max Hanberg, chairman of the blood drive committee.

The Vikings are a social and philanthropic organization dedicated to meeting medical needs in Santa Barbara County.

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Solvang Festival Theater unveils new sign

Photo by Raiza Giorgi

The Solvang Chamber of Commerce helped Solvang Festival Theater unveil a new sign near its entrance on Second Street to celebrate the 17 sponsors whose annual contributions help maintain the theater’s grounds. The theater is owned and operated by Solvang Theaterfest, a nonprofit corporation, with a mission of supporting and promoting high-quality performing arts. Built by the community in 1974, it hosts PCPA productions, dance performances, live music, fundraising events and more. Log onto for more information.



County names interim director of planning

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has appointed longtime Planning and Development assistant director Dianne Black as interim head of the department to fill the vacancy left by Director Glenn Russell’s retirement.

Black, who has worked for the county since 1984 and as assistant director since 2001, will serve as interim director as the county searches for a permanent replacement, county officials said in a statement.

Her current salary is $171,671 and she will oversee the department of 90 employees, according to the county.