Workshop set on route of new bike path

Solvang and Santa Barbara County officials are studying a proposed Sunny Fields Spur Bike Trail that would connect the existing bike trail along Highway 246 to Sunny Fields Park and the existing bike lanes along Alamo Pintado Road.

The study will evaluate various alternative alignments for the proposed spur trail, and look at the cost, advantages and disadvantages of each alternative.

The city’s consultant, Alta Planning and Design, will lead a workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Solvang City Council chambers to review a draft study, answer questions and take public comments.

“Everyone is welcome to attend,” said city Public Works Director Matt van der Linden. “Especially if you are a Solvang resident interested in the planning of future bike facilities within the city, please come.”

The draft report, called a technical memo, will be available for public review at beginning May 23.

For more information, contact van der Linden at 805-688-5575 or


‘Invitation to Dance’ show changes locations

Due to the unexpected closure of the Santa Ynez High School campus for major repairs, the Santa Ynez Valley Performing Arts Company’s 31st season of “An Invitation to Dance” will be held in the multipurpose room at Jonata School in Buellton on June 21-23.

The Thursday and Friday performances begin at 7 p.m., and the Saturday show begins at 6:30 p.m.

For tickets or information, call 805-688-8494.



Repairs begin on North County roads

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

Santa Barbara County officials are asking drivers to be alert as the county repairs pavement on various roads in May and June.

Plans include $1.7 million worth of work in the Santa Ynez Valley, Vandenberg Village, Mission Hills, Orcutt and Sisquoc.

For the list of scheduled road projects and road closures, visit the project website, or call the Transportation Division of the county Public Works Department at 805-739-8750.


Park gets a touch-up

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


Bus service introduces summer youth pass

Santa Ynez Valley Transit is selling a summer youth pass in which $20 provides unlimited rides during the month of purchase, for riders 6 to 20 years old, for use in June, July, and August.

Parents and older youth can buy passes at the transit service’s office at 431 Second St., Suite 9, in Solvang.

In conjunction with the youth pass, SYVT is also offering an activity guide (free with the purchase of a youth pass). It lists popular destinations and corresponding SYVT bus stops on an easy-to-read map created for children, teens, parents, and caregivers. Highlighted destinations include Sunny Fields Park, Parks Plaza Theater, the Wildling Museum, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, and the Solvang Festival Theater.

For more information about SYVT, visit or call 805-688-5452.