Staff Report

Local women and teenage girls are invited to a gala Christmas luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, to raise scholarship money for the preschool at St. Mark’s in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos.

The Women’s Guild of the church has organized the benefit luncheon for decades.

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

The afternoon opens with a reception featuring sparkling wine, beverages and appetizers, and an opportunity to shop in a “boutique” featuring gift baskets, wreaths, garden items, Christmas decorations, arts and crafts, baked goods and treats.

At 12:30 p.m., a lunch created by New West Catering will be served by men of the parish.

Throughout the event, entertainment will be provided by members of St. Mark’s choir under the direction of Marnie Olmstead. There will also be a Christmas Carol sing-along for everyone in attendance.

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

The price of the luncheon is a donation of $40 per person. The event has limited seating and traditionally sells out, so reserving early is highly recommended. Advance reservations are required.

To make a reservation and buy tickets, go to sit

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