Solvang Senior Center Members Enjoy Italian Take-Out Meal | the life of the valley

Sixty-five members of the Solvang Senior Center enjoyed a fabulous Italian meal hosted by friends of the center, The Ballard Bunch, and led by board member Diane Olmsted.

Continuing the year-round adaptation of the traditional sit-down dinner, diners were once again treated to the friendliest curbside service in town, as they collected their take-out meals on June 9. .

Neatly wrapped and ready to go, each lucky one received a healthy serving of bistecca alla fiorentina, lemon pasta, antipasti / salad and bread, plus delicious fresh-baked cookies from Annie Andersen.

The meal was completed with a small portion of red wine. Each meal even came with a special gift: an opportunity to take personal photos.

The center has been extremely fortunate to keep the ever-important monthly dinner alive during COVID by quickly adapting to a new format. It has always been the highlight of the month for many of our members.

Even though they weren’t able to socialize at the center, many people were creative and had dinner together outdoors. These creative dinners help fulfill a very important part of our mission statement: nurturing the mind, body and spirit of our senior community.

Many thanks to our special friends, The Ballard Bunch, Diane and Tom Olmsted, Janet Olivera, Hans and Wendy Gregersen, Annie and Mogens Andersen, Alan Hitt and Kathleen Campbell and Kate Koslaski, for providing us with an unforgettable meal and evening. A big thank you also to the members of our board of directors for taking on the role of carhops.

The Solvang Senior Center is located at 1745 Mission Drive. To inquire about programs and services, contact 805-688-3793 or visit

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