Take A Ride Back In Time – Be A Part Of History- Help The Solvang Senior Center Build Our New Home
By Ellen Albertoni

The Alisal Guest Ranch-Exclusive Breakfast Ride

  • Sunday, October 29, 2023 7:30am-11:30am
  • Ride a horse ($175) or ride the hay wagon ($125)
  • Enjoy cowboy poetry, singing, live auction and bid for a cause.
  • Enjoy the fantastic breakfast and a chance to tour the Historic Adobe.

The Solvang Senior Center has called 1745 Mission Dr. its home since 1983. The 2,700 square foot  modular building, which acts as the go-to gathering and information spot for Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley residents, was funded mainly through the generosity of Solvang residents-seniors, Boy Scouts, PTA bake sales, dinners and a few grants.  Located on county property, the Center was erected before Solvang was incorporated with many of the initial fees for services and utility hook ups waived. Several local tradesmen, plumbers and electricians donated their time and talent to help this project become a reality. It was a true labor of love addressed by the entire community to provide a facility for the Valleys seniors. 

With the passing of time the Center’s membership has grown to approximately 650 individuals and daily use of the facility has grown exponentially. From the days of daily lunches, a few activities and social events, the Center has become a hub of over 20 weekly activities, daily lunches, monthly dinner nights, monthly day trips, and special programs and speakers. The little clubhouse on the hill is literally bursting at the seams as it is dedicated to the wellness and life enrichment of Valley seniors. Through educational, physical and nutritional programs, social activities and community outreach, seniors are kept healthy in mind, body and spirit.

The years have taken their toll on this modular complex. Regardless of rigorous maintenance measures  taken to keep it in good safe working order, this old house is pushing the boundaries of being a viable building as we plan towards a viable future. We want to make sure that we are able to offer our active aging citizens 55 and older, the most rapidly expanding age group in the community, a wonderful place that encourages them to continue on the path of staying active and healthy, both physically and mentally. Although we do a wonderful job of this now, a new modern building with an additional 2000 square feet would allow us to expand and become a multi-purpose Center for Solvang and the entire Santa Ynez Valley. 

As we look towards the future, embracing and envisioning the fantastic possibilities that await us, please mark your calendar for this fun filled event which will help us realize this dream.

Call the Center directly and ask for Ellen for more information and ticket purchase. 

All donations go towards our new building.

Solvang Senior Center 1745 Mission Dr. Solvang, CA 93463 (805) 688-3793

Hours of operation: Monday & Friday 9:00 am-2:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 am-2:00 pm

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