Santa Ynez Valley News

Poetry reading to celebrate Earth Day at Sedgwick Reserve

The Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society and Sedgwick Reserve invite the public to a poetry reading in honor of national Earth Day with Paul Willis, former poet laureate of Santa Barbara. This free event will be held April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Tipton Meeting House at Sedgwick Reserve. …Willis is an English professor at Westmont College, where he has taught creative writing and British Renaissance literature for the last 28 years. more

St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Church Hosts Benefit “Bel Canto by Candlelight” on 7/18/15

The public is invited to attend “Bel Canto by Candlelight,” a live professional benefit performance featuring scenes and selections from opera, musical theater and choral music on Saturday, July 18, 2015 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos. …He is the winner of numerous competitions, honors and grants, including the Igor Gorin Memorial Award, Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, Leni Fe Bland competition, Ellen Faul Gordon and The Metropolitan Opera Voice Competition. Presently he is a faculty member at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Yunus to speak at Westmont College event

Muhammad Yunus, a pioneer in using microcredit to end poverty, has been announced as the keynote speaker at the ninth annual Westmont College President’s Breakfast. more

News in Brief: Basketball clinic to benefit school trip

A session for grades two through five is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and a session for grades six through eight is scheduled from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the school gym. Cost is $35 and includes instruction from Westmont College coaches Jeff Azain and Rob Goodrow, a snack and prize. Onsite registration is $40. more

Solvang Library sponsoring new play: Ratatat Theater Group’s “Happy Few” coming Nov. 6

Ratatat Theater Group is a Santa Barbara theater company dedicated to innovative, community-oriented original work. Its first play, “Cuts,” a docu-musical comedy about hair, premiered in 2008. More recent projects include “Body/Bach-Min/Max,” which premiered at the Lit Moon Fringe Festival in 2011; “Roses,” which participated in the Company Creation Festival in Los Angeles in February of 2012; and “Laws of Motion,” presented in partnership with Westmont College in May of 2013. more

Henry Kissinger to speak at Westmont luncheon: Nobel Peace Prize winner to discuss world events, diplomacy at event

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger is scheduled to discuss world events and diplomacy at a Westmont-sponsored luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, 1281 Channel Drive in Santa Barbara. more

Meyers in the running for Westmont

Jessica Meyers, seen at the Santa Ynez High track during her senior year in 2012, was one of the strongest cross country and distance runner for the Pirates while in high school. Meyers picked up where she left off this year during her freshman year at Santa Barbara’s Westmont College. more

Colin Powell to speak at Westmont College

Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a groundbreaking former U.S. Secretary of State, has been announced as the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Westmont College President’s Breakfast. more

Future looks bright for Mexico at Westmont: SANTA YNEZ GRAD WILL HAVE INCREASED ROLE FOR JUNIOR YEAR

Santa Ynez High School’s girls soccer program has become a nice little pipeline for Westmont College Warriors. Even though one former Pirate just used up her final year of eligibility for the Warriors, earning All-American status along the way, another has two years left. She’s planning on making every minute count. Kaci Mexico, a 2011 graduate of Santa Ynez, just wrapped up her sophomore season for the Warriors. Aolani Rueff, a 2009 Santa Ynez grad, just finished her career with the Warriors and was named an NAIA All-American in December. more

Rough end to college career for Aolani: SANTA YNEZ GRAD NAMED ALL-AMERICAN AFTER SUFFERING INJURY

To say Aolani Rueff’s senior year at Westmont College has been eventful would certainly be an understatement. The forward on the Warriors’ women’s soccer team, a graduate of Santa Ynez High School, led the Warriors to the playoffs with offensive production comprised of consistent play-making and loads of crucial goals. more

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