Staff Report

The Women’s Guild of St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church invites area women to attend their annual Christmas benefit luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the church’s festively decorated Stacy Hall, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos.

The event opens with a reception featuring sparkling wine, other beverages and appetizers; and shopping in the courtyard boutique with gift baskets, wreaths, garden items, Christmas decorations, arts and crafts, baked goods and treats.

Gentlemen of the parish will serve a sit-down luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

Throughout the event, live entertainment will be provided by youth of St. Mark’s led by music director Beverly Staples. There will also be a Christmas carol sing-along.

“This luncheon has been a Santa Ynez Valley tradition for more than 40 years. We welcome all ladies, both young and young-at-heart, to join us in celebration of the Christmas season,” said Sue Doherty, 2019 luncheon co-chair.

“In addition to the reception, boutique, delicious meal and caroling, we also will have a raffle featuring items donated by local merchants,” said Tasha Morphy, 2019 luncheon co-chair. “All proceeds stay in the community to support programs for local families and scholarships for St. Mark’s Preschool as well as local youth for college and vocational education.”

Cost of the luncheon is a donation of $40 per person. Seating is limited and traditionally sells out, so reserving early is recommended and advance reservations are required; visit

For more information, call 805-688-4454 or visit