Solvang Senior Center - Who We Are

We’re the Santa Ynez Valley’s Senior community “hub”, the place where seniors find programs, activities, and connections to resources with tools to enjoy vital and independent lives. Keeping their minds sharp, bodies healthy and spirits soaring.

About Us

The Center’s programs and the camaraderie of its members improve the physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being of mature adults in the Valley, providing seniors with tools to live vital, independent lives.

Incorporated in 1978, the Solvang Senior Center is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that is supported by individual memberships, donations, and grants from area foundations, businesses, and government.

How We Do It

Our vision is that as people age they remain connected to their community, experiencing a life enriched with meaning and fulfillment.

Our programs and activities focus on promoting healthy aging with tools to enjoy vital and independent lives. The quantity and the variety of our offerings provide exciting opportunities for seniors to find activities that suit a wide range of interests – keeping them active and engaged.

Services & Resources



Our Teams

It takes many individuals working on the Center’s team to meet our mission. Please learn more about our dedicated volunteers, board, and staff.

Real people, Real stories

The Center is a one stop shop for Joann. She has not only found the exercise classes she was looking for, but also takes part in monthly dinners, social outings, and also volunteers when ever possible.

“I found the Center when I moved back to the community to be close to family. I was looking to make new friends and a place that would help me stay busy and active. I now volunteer once a week at the front desk, keep the in-house library in shape, and have made wonderful friends.”


Current Member

“Without the Center, I don’t know how we would have manages during my husband’s illness. I’ve been just too tired to prepare meals at night. You are lifesavers.”


Current Member

“The Center has enriched life for me by providing activities for me to take part in as my life changes. I receive well-balanced meals and am surrounded by friends who keep me top of mind.”


Current Member

Our History

The Center has been helping and serving seniors for over 40 years. Learn more about our milestones.


The organization began in the late 70’s when valley seniors met at the Community Action Committee Senior Center. Activities, meals, and classes were held in such places as St. Mark’s, Memorial Hall, and Ranch Club Mobile Estates.


The search was on for a permanent site for the Senior Citizen Center with support form the Tri-County Commission Area on Aging. The old Los Olivos school building had been earmarked and approved by the county Board of Supervisors and the State before it was gutted by fire in November.


The Santa Ynez Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center  was our latest home. This year also brought good news that there was support to build a permanent center on the grounds behind the Veterans Memorial Building.


Grand opening of the new CAC/Senior Citizen’s Center at 1745 Mission Dr. Contributions totaling $100,000 from more than 300 local residents and community groups helped make it happen.


Through the support of the Valley Rotary Clubs, the leadership of the Los Olivos Rotary Club, and Center members, a beautiful Tai Chi Garden was built on a neglected lot next to the Center. This afforded our members the opportunity to take part in Tai Chi in the fresh air and allowed us more space. A lovely covered picnic area was also installed.


The Solvang Senior Center Steering Committee was formed to explore the possibility of replacing our aging modular units with a much larger brick and mortar building. The beginnings of our Campaign began.

By the Numbers



Weekly Activities

Meals Served Annually

Free Tax Returns

Annual Activity Opportunities

How to get involved

Become a Member

Annual membership is $40.
Entitles member to most daily/weekly activities
with no extra charge.


Volunteering is fun and a wonderful way to become engaged in your community. 


Consider supporting the Center today. Every donation is appreciated and will be used wisely to help provide our Valley seniors with the  services and opportunities they deserve.

General Donation

Get In Touch With Us

If you prefer to call us, you can contact us at (805) 688-3793

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