Representing Buyers & Sellers in the Santa Ynez Valley since 1984 
Claire Hanssen 2933 San Marcos Ave., Suite 102
P.O. Box 778
DRE #887277
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Cell: (805) 680-0929
Fax: (805) 456-4567
Email Claire


Sports and Fitness Activities


Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA         
900 N. Refugio Road, Santa Ynez    (805) 686-2037

The Stuard C. Gildred Family YMCA serves the entire Santa Ynez Valley with programs for toddlers to seniors. Our new 20,000 square foot facility provides a full range of fitness programs and equipment along with youth sports and skill-development program opportunities for children and youth that develop the spiritual, mental, physical and social lives of all. The YMCA offers a wide variety of programs from aerobics to youth basketball to Y-Indian Guides to a diverse selection of swimming and recreation programs. The Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA continues its long-standing tradition of community development through the building of healthy bodies, strong minds and high self-esteem. Other Programs include:

- After-School Child-Care and Recreation

- Itty Bitty Sports Programs (Soccer, Basketball, Floor Hockey)

- Kenpo Karate

- Youth Sports Camps

- Hoof N’ Boots Camp


Buellton Parks and Recreation
Contact: Kyle Abello                      (805) 688-7529     
The mission of Buellton Recreation is to create and implement activities, programs, and events that engage people of all ages; enriching lives through recreational pursuits.


Solvang Parks and Recreation
411 2nd Street, Solvang

Contact: Kristen Thomsen            (805) 688-7529          


AYSO – American Youth Soccer Organization

Contact: Beth Morrison         

- Local Soccer league for Boys and Girls - Ages 6-14

The AYSO Mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs where everyone builds positive character through participation in a fun, fair, safe, family environment based on the AYSO philosophies.


Santa Ynez Pirate Youth Football League

Contact: Chris Versola                        (805) 570-7860          

- Youth Football league for Boys and Girls - Ages 8-14

The SYVYFL is a non-profit, volunteer based organization operated for the benefit of the youth of the Santa Ynez Valley. Our objective is to provide youth, regardless of race, creed, or nation of origin, the opportunity to play football for fun, in a positive and safe environment. We strive to teach each participant the fundamentals of football as well as sportsmanship, teamwork, self discipline, physical fitness, friendship, leadership, and many other important life skills. Above all the safety of each player is our number one priority. 



Santa Ynez Valley Pony Baseball League   
Contact: Joe McCullum                  (805) 688-5399 

- Baseball league for Boys and Girls - Ages 5-14

The objective of SYVPBL is to instill in youth good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, and courage, so that they develop into good citizens. This objective will be reached by providing a supervised baseball program. While SYVPBL encourages the attainment of exceptional athletic skill and the winning of games, the primary goal is to develop good citizens.


Santa Ynez Valley Girls Softball
Contact: Lisa Melby            

Faspitch and Slowpitch Softball for Girls Only



Santa Ynez Valley Junior Golf 

P.O. Box 1589, Solvang

Contact: Dave Hartley or Boo Scarpati (805) 688-4215

- Golf for Boys and Girls - Ages 7-17

Founded in 1998, Santa Ynez Valley Junior Golf is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide an environment that is fun and enjoyable, challenging juniors to play to the best of their ability, while contributing to the personal development and character of each junior.


Los Olivos Dance Gallery
2948 Nojoqui Ave. #6, Los Oliovs
Contact: Maggie Mesikep               (805)686-1627        

Under the direction of Maggie Mesikep, the Dance Gallery provides dance instruction for ages 4 - Adult. Styles of dance range from ballet, pointe, jazz and hip-hop to tap. The school involves over 350 valley dancers. Every May they all dance at the Fess Parker Vineyard for their "Center Stage" performance as well as for other events. The Los Olivos Dance Gallery is "Where Students Learn to Love Dance."


Fossmalle Dance Studios
3595 Numancia Street, Santa Ynez
Contact: Cristine Fossmalle            (805) 688-8494

Cristine Fossmalle has taught dance in the Santa Ynez Valley for over15 years. She has a studio in Santa Ynez and is the director of the Santa Ynez Valley Performing Arts Company. She has studied with many master teachers in France, Canada, and in the U.S. Residing locally, she enjoys teaching children dance and encouraging them to dance to their maximum abilities.

Martial Arts Center

1988 Old Mission Drive, Solvang

Contact: Gibs                                 (805) 693-8882


Blaze Water Polo

- Local Water Polo (Summer Only) for Boys and Girls - Ages 4-16

Blaze is a non-profit, nationally ranked USA Water Polo Club coached by a nationally experienced and professional staff offering teams in Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley. Whether preparing for national competition or just learning the basics, our goal is to encourage and help your child achieve their goals and potential in a safe, positive and fun environment.

Refugio Junior Lifeguards

- Lifeguard Jr. Program (Summer Only) for Boys and Girls - Ages 8-17
CPR (Adult, Pediatric, Infant), First Aid, Ocean Lifesaving, Resource Stewardship, Kayaking, Surfing, Snorkeling, Volleyball, Body Surfing, Body Boarding, and more.


Clubs and Organizations


Arts Outreach              

Contact:                                   (805) 688-9533     

Arts Outreach has been serving the community and its schools since 1980. Our mission statement is BRINGING ART TO LIFE, AND LIFE TO ART! We are a nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to providing positive art experiences to the students in our local schools as well as the entire community. Working with professional artists, Arts Outreach is also dedicated to the following programs: The Flying Leap Storytelling Festival held each year in February; after school art classes all year; and summertime art classes during the month of July.


Santa Ynez Valley 4-H (Solvang)      Contact:           Brenda Anderson        (805) 686-4418

Lucky Clover 4-H (Los Olivos)                      (805) 688-4156

4-H has served as a non-formal, off-campus, non-credit, voluntary educational program of the University of California since 1913. There are five separate 4-H units in the Santa Ynez Valley offering learn-by-doing projects, ranging from citizenship and leadership to science and technology projects for Boys and Girls - Ages 5-19


SB Boy Scouts

Contact:                                                           (805) 967-0105

Encourages youth from ages 6-20 to be resourceful and to help others. Teaches patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues. Emphasis is placed upon the Scouts' educational program, oaths, promises and codes for character. Over 250 programs available in local neighborhoods. Volunteer opportunities available for adults.


Girl Scouts

Contact:                                                           (805) 564-4848                 

Provides a safe, nurturing all-girl environment for girls ages 5-17 to explore their interests, develop their talents and gain important life skills.


United States Pony Club - Santa Ynez Valley

Contact: Laura Healey                                                 

- Horseback Riding for Boys and Girls - Ages 6-21
Welcome to the Santa Ynez Valley Pony Club. Our pony club is a nationally recognized non-profit teaching organization designed to help our youth learn to ride, are for, and train horses. Our club was recently honored at the national convention in Minnesota for being in its 25th year in Santa Ynez. We are fortunate to have use of the beautiful Shepherd Ranch, complete with dressage and stadium rings and over 40 acres of cross country jumps and riding. 
The term "pony" reflects the age of the members, rather than the size of the mount. Horses and ponies of many different breeds, shapes, and sizes are seen in Pony Club activities. Programs are offered in dressage, cross-country, show jumping, mounted games, tetrathlon, know-down, vaulting, foxhunting, and polocrosse.


Places to go, Things to see, Memories to Share


Cachuma Lake
Quicksilver Miniature Horses
Horseback Riding at Rancho Oso
Ostrichland in Buellton
Park Plaza Movie Theaters (5 Screens)
Sunny Fields Kids Playground – Located on Alamo Pintado Road near Ladan Drive
New Skateboard Park - Hans Christian Anderson Park633 Chalk Hill Road, Solvang

If you know of any activity that should be included in this list, please e-mail me your info to or call me at (805) 680-0929.