Santa Ynez Valley Journal

TODDLER T-REX TRAINS AT THE ZOO

All babies are cute, even a life-sized newly hatched T-Rex named Duncan who is just learning to have his teeth brushed and to behave nicely. more

SANTA YNEZ HIGH VARSITY BASEBALL EYES FIRST PITCH

Santa Ynez, the defending Los Padres League baseball champions, graduated nine seniors in June 2009. Pitchers Sean Rowan and Todd Whitmore are playing baseball for Cal Lutheran University. Catcher, Evan Soliman is playing baseball for Westmont College. more

HONOR OUR HEROES: Scheduled Tributes Nov. 11

The VFW will host a tribute to veterans at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Drive in Solvang. The event will include an honor guard, guest speakers and music. After the service, hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be served. A musical celebration is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. in the Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street. The event is free to the public. The musical Program includes The Westmont College Orchestra, Sheriff’s Fife and Drum Corps, Veterans’ Honor Guard, Ret. Police Officer David Gonzalez, San Marcos High School Choruses, Cantor Mark Childs, Nanda and John Douglas and the State Street Jazz Band. more

SANTA YNEZ HIGH SCHOOL SENDS IN THE CLOWN NOSES

Students get chance of a lifetime at workshop. On Oct. 17 and 18, Santa Ynez High School Theatre students participated in a very special workshop in Santa Barbara at the invitation of John Blondell, Westmont Theatre Department chairman and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Lit Moon Theatre. more

NRA fundraiser set

The Santa Barbara Friends of NRA will host a fundraiser banquet at 5 p.m. July 11 at the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge at 150 N. Kellogg in Santa Barbara. The group raises funds for local and national shooting programs through grants to help support the Santa Barbara Boy Scouts, Westmont Shooting Team, Winchester Gun Club, and other organizations. more

BUDGET WOES HIT HIGHER EDUCATION

The ever downward spiraling economy has tightened belts from coast to coast, and institutions of higher education are preparing for the worst. Though the school is private, Doug Jones, vice president for finance at Westmont College, said fundraising has become more difficult right now. “The current state of the economy has made fundraising more difficult, but certainly there are many people interested in continuing to support the college,” Jones said in an e-mail.

New business recycles restaurant grease for free

Local entrepreneurs Craig and Lorena Boyce and Mark and Amanda Craig have launched Coastal Byproducts, an earth-friendly recycling business that specializes in recycling grease and cooking oil from businesses where food is served, for free. Santa Barbara-based, Boyce, 38, is a graduate of Westmont College. more