Aquarium of the Pacific
Tues, Sept 24, 8:30am-7:30pm, $71, trip departs from Solvang Vets Hall
Venture behind the scenes and go above their largest exhibit, Tropical Reef, to feed the fish! This tour provides a sneak peek into the daily operations of the Aquarium of the Pacific. Guests will enter the “wet side” of the aquarium, a section not normally open to the public. See what it takes to maintain a world class aquarium, from water filtration to animal care and feeding. Learn interesting facts about the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 11,000 animals. Lunch on your own at nearby restaurants. Register here
Huntington Library and Gardens
Mon Sept 30, 8:30-6pm, $65 trip departs from Solvang Vets Hall ** Date change on this trip from 9/26 to 9/30**
Art and culture set amongst 150 acres of breathtaking gardens featuring over 14,000 plants. Collections include Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Lawrence’s Pinkie, plus an original Gutenberg Bible. If you’ve never been, take this opportunity to experience Southern California’s cultural gems. Extensive walking required. Register here
Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo by Train
Wed, Oct 9, 10:45am-6:15pm, $65, (non-refundable payment due by 9/25), trip departs from Solvang Vets Hall
Catch the train in Goleta and see the beautiful views of the coast, including VAFB. Our bus will pick you up at the SLO station for shopping and dining in downtown SLO. Travel back by Parks and Rec bus. Register here
Morro Bay Birding and Natural History Museum with Wilding Museum
Thurs, Oct 10, 8:15am-5pm, $43, trip departs from the Solvang Vets Hall
Join birding expert, Peter Schneekloth to see and learn about various birds in marshes, creeks and shores of Morro Bay. A quick stop to the Natural History Museum and lunch/shopping time in Morro Bay on the Embarcadero. Register here
Tues, Oct 15, 9am-7pm, $40, trip departs from Solvang Vets Hall
Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! Look through telescopes, explore exhibits, and enjoy spectacular views of LA and the Hollywood sign plus admission to the planetarium show. Lunch on your own at museum café. Register here
Disneyland or California Adventure
Wed, Nov 13, 7am-11:30pm, $170, trip departs from Solvang Vets Hall
Take the family to the Happiest Place on Earth mid-week (while the crowds are away… we hope!) and leave the dreaded driving to us! One park admission (your choice) and transportation included. Bus cannot accommodate car seats or strollers (booster seats ok). Register here
The Hammer Museum with Elverhoj Museum
Tues, Nov 19, 7:45am-6pm, $43, trip departs from Solvang Vets Hall
Experience this diverse collection of historical and contemporary works. Visit will start with a 60 minute guided tour followed by free time for lunch and to view more of the museum. Special tips and art information provided by Elverhoj representative. Register here
Tues, Dec 10, 9am-5pm, $50, trip departs from Solvang Vets Hall
Experience the ground floor rooms of the Casa Grande (Big House). The tour will travel through the Assembly Room, the Refectory, the Morning Room, Billiard Room and Theater, all decorated for the holidays. In this tour, you’ll hear stories of Mr. Hearst, his many guests and the art collection it contains. This tour is recommended for participants who can handle stairs and heavy walking. Register here
Holiday Extravaganza at the Great American Melodrama
Thurs, Dec 12, 5:15-10:30pm, $50, trip departs from Solvang Vets Hall
See Scrooge find his Christmas spirit in a heart-warming tale of holiday magic, laugh until your sides ache at the zany characters in a fractured fairy tale opera, and celebrate the music of the season in the Holiday Vaudeville Revue. Register here
Christmas Lights and Sights
Tues, Dec 17, 6-7:15 or 7:30-8:45pm $13/pp
Join us for the Christmas light tour through the Santa Ynez Valley. See the many houses that get into the Christmas spirit! Christmas music and hot chocolate are sure to be served. No Grinches allowed! Trip departs from the Vets Hall parking lot. Register here
Real World Work Out
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Noon, $10/workout, meet at Hans Christian Andersen Park.
No gym. No membership. No gimmicks. Just you and nature. Get a great workout outside using nature's playground as your gym and motivator. Run trails, climb hills, lift rocks, perform calisthenics and more. Workout to last approximately 60 minutes. You be both exhausted and exhilarated.
*Times may fluctuate, please call 805-688-7529 if "dropping in"
Indulge in the fun of a classic American dance! Lindy hop is just as playful as it is invigorating. Join Hannah Rasby for lessons at the Solvang Vets Hall on Wednesday nights. Every week will focus on different set of moves or techniques. Each lesson will also include a basic step, so beginners are always welcome to drop in. No partner required. Register
7:10 - Beginners/low impact, $5/class
8:00 - Intermediate, $5/class
Valley Dog Training with Instructor Sarah Houchens
Teach your dog how to behave in the human world using positive reinforcement training techniques. Your pup will learn basic obedience; sit, down, stay, come, leave it and how to walk on a leash without pulling. A group class creates the perfect environment for learning how to listen in distracting environments, as well as proper socialization, including polite greetings and play. Class also includes learning how to problem solve behaviors such as barking, jumping and mouthing. Register
Sun Oct 6-Nov 17 (no class 11/3) at Sunny Fields
1-2pm: Puppy (12 weeks-6 months), $199
2:30-3:30pm: Beginner (6 months+), $199
4-5pm: Advanced (must have completed prior intermediate class or prior obedience course), $199
Bring to class:
Small soft treats, vaccination records* (DHPP-V, bordetella, and Rabies), and your dog on a flat collar or harness and regular 4-6' long leash (No choke chains, prong collars, or retractable leashes).
*Puppy class- puppies must have at least the first 2 boosters of DHPP-V series. They do not need the rabies vaccine to begin class, but must bring records once the vaccine has been received.
Optional, but recommended:
Treat pouch, a favorite toy, and a towel or dog bed (some activities are done sitting on the ground).
You'll be standing for most of the class. Please wear close-toed, comfortable shoes.