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September 2021

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Storytime Under the Tree- Solvang Library:  Every Wednesday from 10:30-11:00 am
9/8/2021 - 9/29/2021
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2021 Congressional App Challenge

I am pleased to announce the 2021 Congressional App Challenge! I hope this opportunity sparks enthusiasm for coding and a passion for problem solving in all participants. 


Officially launched by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2015, this nationwide competition encourages middle and high school student STEM engagement. Participants are invited to create an application or “app,” for desktop/PC, web, tablet, mobile, or other devices. A winner from the 24th Congressional District, chosen by a panel of expert judges, will be featured on the Congressional App Challenge website, and the winning app will also be eligible to be on display in the U.S. Capitol, honoring the winners from across the country.

The Congressional App Challenge is open to all middle and high school students in California’s 24th Congressional District. Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. No more than four students are allowed to form a team. If competing as a team, at least half of the teammates must be eligible to compete in the district in which they are participating in.


Registration is now open for interested participants. Students entering the competition must submit their app to by Nov. 1, 2021. 


This is the perfect opportunity for Central Coast students to harness twenty-first century programming and technology to showcase their talent, skill, and vision. Whether you are an aspiring programmer or enjoy coding for fun, I welcome all students to submit an app! 


Should you have any questions please contact Jesse Ebadi in my Santa Barbara District Office at or Caitlin Cox in my San Luis Obispo District Office at We look forward to seeing the wonderful work your students submit!

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Santa Ynez Valley Community Leadership Program

Santa Ynez Valley Community

Leadership Program

A community service of the 



To prepare aspiring community leaders in the Santa Ynez Valley for leadership roles so that they may function effectively as leaders in:

  • Municipal government
  • Public agencies and
  • Not-for-profit community organizations


  • City councils, boards, commissions, public agencies and not-for-profits will be led by leaders who are knowledgeable about our communities and skillful in working with the people with whom they work.
  • Graduates will listen to their constituents and colleagues respectfully, work together to balance priorities, and achieve broad-based support for their decisions and actions.
  • When graduates seek a community leadership role, having completed the Program will be a “feather in their cap.” 


Program overview

  • Duration: Sept.11 – Nov. 13, 2021
  • Meetings: Saturdays, 9 AM-Noon
  • Venue: Solvang Senior Center
  • Learn through:
    • Classes and workshops
    • Readings & assignments
    • Team project participation


  • Residents of the Santa Ynez Valley
  • Aspiring community leaders
  • Committed to active participation
  • In high school or older
  • People who provide diverse views
  • Pay a participation fee of $100 




To participants:

  • Greater community leadership skills
  • Greater credibility as a leader
  • More knowledge of the community
  • Greater self confidence as a leader
  • A network of other community leaders
  • Better leaders where they work

To the community:

Community leaders who are:

  • More skillful in working with others
  • Knowledgeable about our community 
  • Better listeners
  • Better team players
  • More knowledgeable decision-makers
  • More effective community leaders


In cooperation with

  • Local Rotary clubs and Chambers of Commerce

For more information and an application

  • Ian Jacobsen CMC, FIMC, President

Rotary Club of Solvang

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You're Invited to a Community Beach Clean-Up with Assemblymember Steve Bennett

You're Invited to a Community Beach Clean-Up

I hope you'll join me, along with the Gaviota Coast Conservancy and Explore Ecology, for the Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day.

Protecting the environment and tackling waste production has never been more important. Come with friends and family to clean up the beach, discuss relevant legislation and give back to the public lands. Please see all of the details for this wonderful event below.

Saturday, September 18
9 a.m. - noon

Refugio State Beach
10 Refugio Beach Rd
Goleta, CA 93117
Meet by the picnic table across from the store, near the palm tree.

RSVP Online

Parking: Inform State Park kiosk staff you are volunteering for Coastal Cleanup Day for a free parking pass, valid from 9 a.m. - noon.

For more information, please call (805) 564-1649 or visit my website.

Find other Coastal Cleanup Locations near you.


signature of Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett
Assemblymember, 37th District


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Celebrate National Drive Electric Week

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week from Saturday, September 25, to Sunday, October 3! You can attend electric vehicle (EV) showcases, test-drive events, and an EV 101 webinar to learn the fundamentals of purchasing and driving an EV.
All events are FREE. Anyone curious about EVs is encouraged to attend. Current EV drivers are encouraged to sign up for local in-person events to showcase their EV and share their experience with the community.
Here are some of the online and in-person events happening in Santa Barbara County. Visit the events page for a full list of the National Drive Electric Week events in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties.
Goleta Farmers Market- Sun, September 26 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Community Environmental Council (CEC) will host an EV Showcase at the Goleta Farmer’s Market on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Visit their booth in the main market to learn more about how CEC can help you get into an EV. Visit their EV Showcase in the main parking lot, where CEC staff and volunteer community members will have their EVs on display and ready to share their EV experience with you!
EV 101 webinar on Tuesday, September 28th at 7 pm
Learn about the over 40 models of 100+ mpg equivalent electric and plug-in hybrids available, charging basics, incentives, and more. Register to attend or have the presentation and materials emailed to you.
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Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for McClain Cellars Winery

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for McClain Cellars Winery 
September 30, 2021 
5:00 to 7:00 pm 
1623 Mission Drive, Suite B, Solvang 
Enjoy a glass of wine by the firepits, mingle with other business owners and welcome new winery to our community 

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Wine to Gladden the Heart Mission Santa Inés Fundraiser

Friday 10/1/21 in the Old Mission Santa Inés Gardens

4 pm to 7 pm


Silent Auction and Raffle

$50.00 per person

Entertainment by the Soul Cats

100% of the funds raised go to maintain the buildings and grounds at Old Mission Santa Inés.

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