National Day of Prayer: May 1, 2014: One Voice, United in Prayer
The Community of Prayer, a local, Judeo-Christian organization, is pleased to sponsor the Santa Maria Valley’s 17th Annual National Day of Prayer luncheon at the Santa Maria Fairpark on Thursday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Park Plaza building.  A complimentary lunch is provided by the Noontime Kiwanis. The public is encouraged and cordially invited to attend this Day of Prayer!  The Santa Maria Fairpark is located at 937 S. Thornburg, Santa Maria. Info: (805) 928-5779 or smvndp@aol.com.

Annual Tourism Luncheon: May 7: Honoring Bob Hatch
This year, the VCB will honor its own Bob Hatch, President and CEO of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, with the Mayor’s Award. This award goes to an individual (organization) who has been instrumental in promoting tourism in the Santa Maria Valley. Come out to enjoy the festivities from 12pm to 1:30pm at the Far Western Tavern. Cost is $18 per person. RSVP: (805) 925-2403, ext. 851

Far Western Tavern Wine Maker Dinner Series on May 29: Bien Nacido Vineyard
Join in celebrating Bien Nacido Vineyard’s 40th Year Anniversary featuring Au Bon Climat, Qupe, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Towmey and Duckhorn Wines. RSVP: (805) 937-2211

West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals on May 23-25
The 33rd annual Cruisin’ Nationals will be held at the Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S. Thornburg in Santa Maria. The event includes a cruise down Broadway on Friday, from 7pm-9pm for registered participants. Saturdayis a show and shine from 8am-4pm featuring two buildings of vendors, live music, brush bash, a model car show, custom bicycle show and an art auction to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. The show continues on Sunday with the addition of an auto related swap meet from 7am-2pm. Info: (951) 488-0413

15th Year Anniversary of the Dunes Center
Join the Dunes Center in celebrating 15th years of serving the Central Coast with high quality natural science education and visitors services! We will be commemorating the anniversary with 15 tastings for $15. Tastings include local delectable treats, wine and beer. The event will be held at the Dunes Center, 1065 Guadalupe St., Guadalupe, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Info: (805) 343-2455

71st Annual Elks Rodeo & Parade
Elks Recreation, Inc. hosts the 71st Annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo May 29 – June 1, 2014, with the parade on Saturday, May 31 at 9 am. Rodeo schedule: Thurs-Sat: 5-11 pm / Sun: 12-6pm. Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors $15; Kids 12 & under $15; Military FREE. The events will be held at the Elks Unocal Event Center 4040 Highway 101 (at Santa Maria Way), Santa Maria. All net proceeds to benefit youth recreation. Info: (805) 925-4125

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