Staff Report

With some free time to volunteer, local high schoolers Charlotte Robles, Keddy Thomsen and Isela Jimenez decided to give the game room at Buellton Rec, “The Zone,” a new look by painting a mural theme of SpongeBob SquarePants’ underwater oasis on all four walls. The girls joyfully put in more than 60 hours of time to make the game room a little more fun for the kids when it opened back up. 

The Zone at the Buellton Rec Center is an afterschool game center where youth in grades 6-12 can hang out with friends, play games and socialize in a safe, supervised environment. The Zone has ping pong, pool, air hockey, foosball and a fully equipped video game room. Currently, The Zone is open weekdays, as a small cohort, from 3 to 6 p.m., costing $1 per entry. Check out for more information on The Zone and other Rec youth programs and activities.

Charlotte is an active member in the local National Charity League (NCL) chapter which is a mother-daughter nonprofit organization dedicated to helping develop socially responsible community leaders and strengthening the mother-daughter bond. If you are interested in membership in the Santa Ynez Chapter NCL, please email