Adult softball leagues forming now

Teams are forming now for men’s and adult coed softball leagues through the Solvang Parks and Recreation Department.

The men’s league will play Monday and Wednesday evenings and the coed league on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The cost per team is $550.

A noncompetitive coed B League that keeps no standings and plays a shorter season ($300 per team) will play on Friday nights.

Games will begin the week of June 4 at Sunny Fields Park. Registration closes and all balances are due by May 22. Teams must register with Parks and Recreation at 411 Second St. in Solvang. For more information, call 688-7529.


View animals up close at Cachuma Lake

The Neal Taylor Nature Center is hosting a free event from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19, for people to learn about wildlife up close from experts.

Those attending the event by Saving Wildlife International will see birds of prey, snakes, a capuchin monkey, tortoise, alligator, opossum and more.

The Junior Rangers Program will take place right after, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., for children from 3 years old and up. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Cost of participation is $3.

Call 805-693-0691 for more information.


Documentary film on ‘water grab’ set for May 24

The Santa Ynez Valley Community Action Alliance is showing a free screening of the documentary “Water & Power — A California Heist” on Thursday, May 24, at Standing Sun Winery, 92 Second St. in Buellton.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A with special guests Conner Everts and Alena Simon. Food and wine will be available for purchase.

This National Geographic documentary film uncovers the story of how a handful of water barons gained control of the state’s most precious resource while drought and a groundwater crisis left local homeowners with dry wells.

From a 1990s backroom rewrite of the State Water Project through a breaking investigation into illicit transfers of groundwater, this film peels back the layers on a complex world most of us know nothing about and would never question unless our taps ran dry, organizers said.

The screening is co-sponsored by Santa Ynez Valley Community Action Alliance and Food & Water Watch.