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Solvang Celebrates 100 Years Of Danish Culture | – News, Weather, Sports for Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Oxnard | Local

Solvang Celebrates 100 Years Of Danish Culture | – News, Weather, Sports for Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Oxnard | Local.

The “Danish capital of America” is turning 100-years old and is celebrating it’s anniversary all year long with a series of special events and activities.

The history of Solvang runs deep, Danish-American settlers had a vision and that vision became a reality with the founding of the small community, which in Danish means “sunny field.”

One thing is for certain, those that do come out to celebrate, will be well fed!

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2011 Amgen Tour of California

2011 Amgen Tour of California Route Revealed for Stages 4, 5 & 6

Stage 5, Presented by Rabobank: Seaside to Paso Robles (Thursday, May 19)

Start Location: Seaside (City Hall – Canyon Del Rey Blvd.)

Finish Location: Paso Robles (11th and Spring St.)

The Amgen Tour of California will return to Seaside and the Monterey Peninsula once again in 2011, marking the first official race start in this storied location since the race last visited the city in 2008. The race will take the same route down Hwy. 1 through Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, and Big Sur, providing some of the most dramatic and compelling scenery of any location in the world. The route has quickly become legendary among the pro peloton with the Bixby Bridge, towering cliffs, crashing waves, lighthouses, two KOMs, and herds of sea lions that gradually give way to a gentler coast line.

After passing through a Sprint line in San Simeon (home of the Hearst Castle), the race will enter the tranquil seaside town of Cambria, where their main street is lined with quaint shops. A mile later, tranquility will be left behind as the riders start Santa Rosa Creek Rd. The road is narrow, twisting and overgrown with hanging vegetation, making the racers feel like they’ve entered the set of a Harry Potter movie. On this route, if the peloton lets a rider escape up the road, they may never see him again. It will be a constant 2-3 percent grade up Santa Rosa Creek Rd. until the riders reach the 20 percent “Wall.” A steep and technical descent will face the riders as they crest the summit of the KOM.

From here, Stage 5 will offer up some of the most beautiful roads of the 2011 route into Paso Robles as the roads roll past several of the famous vineyards and wineries of the Paso Robles wine region. This is the same long finishing straight to the Downtown City Park in Paso Robles that was used the last time the Amgen Tour of California finished here in 2009. There were thousands of screaming fans to watch the finishing sprint then, and a repeat performance is guaranteed for the conclusion of Stage 5 in 2011.

Stage 6, Presented by Herbalife: Solvang Individual Time Trial (Friday, May 20)

Start Location: Intersection of Mission Dr. and 1st St.

Finish Location: Copenhagen Dr.

After a hiatus in 2010, the Amgen Tour of California’s individual time trial returns to Solvang, the quaint Danish village that plays host annually to some of the Pro Tour teams for training camps, as well as some of the largest cycling events in the U.S. With the start and finish lines located only one block apart, Stage 6 will be an ideal location for spectators to view the race. The route will highlight the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, winding through quaint towns, vineyards, and farms, and one short but steep climb up Ballard Canyon. This year’s short, flat and fast time trial will create a challenging test for the riders and is expected to be a decisive day of the race. As in the past, the Solvang time trial will separate the true contenders for the golden jersey from the rest of the field.

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Live Theater on the Central Coast of California!

As we come to the beginning of February, I hope your plans include attending some of the wonderful live performances that are happening in any number of our California Central Coast live performance venues!

Doubt by John Patrick Shanley, will be performed at the Santa Maria Civic Theatre ( on Friday and Saturday nights throughout February – it opens on Feb. 4th; the other 7 shows are Feb. 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th.  Show time is 8pm; doors open at 7:30pm.  Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner for Best Drama, Doubt tells the story of Sister Aloysius, a Bronx Catholic school principal, who takes matters into her own hands when she suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.  A compelling parable about gossip, faith, and yes, doubt, director Stuart Wenger says that this play “is not about what people believe in, but HOW people defend those beliefs.”  The cast features Dixie Arthur as Sister Aloysius, Alan Benson as Father Flynn, Angela Hutt-Chamberlin as Sister James, and Nicki Barnes as Mrs. Muller.  The Santa Maria Civic Theatre is located in the north end of Santa Maria at 1660 N. McClelland St., just north of Donovan Rd. and one block east of Broadway.  General admission is $14.  Please call 922-4442 for reservations; you can also look for them at  [Advisory: Doubt contains mature themes]

The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (, the Central Coast’s Resident Professional Theatre Company, located on the Allan Hancock College Campus in Santa Maria, will present the next show of their season, The 39 Steps, February 10 through March 6 (later to be reprised June 16 – July 3 at the Solvang Festival Theater).

The Great American Melodrama’s ( current production at their newly renovated theatre in Oceano, Under the Boardwalk, runs through March 6.

Upcoming performances at the Clark Center ( include the Peter Rowan Bluegrass band on February 5, California Theatre Center’s Most Valuable Player on February 11, The Four Bitchin’ Babes in Diva Nation on February 12, Artbeat Inc’s In the Mood on February 16, The Damon Castillo Band: Music for the Next Generation on February 18, and Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver on February 19.

Ryan Cordero ( and Sorcerer Productions (check them out on Facebook) recently closed their very successful production of Forever Plaid, at the Clark Center ( in Arroyo Grande as part of their inaugural season of shows.  Next up is Drowsy Chaperone, with performances scheduled for April 1-24.

Kelrik Productions’ ( current show, Alice’s Wondrous Adventure, runs through February 6 [NOTE: Saw the opening matinee performance and this is a WONDERFUL show!].  Their next production, Annie, will run February 18 – March 6 [NOTE: looking for one additional male ensemble member as this posting goes to press on 2/1].  Auditions will be held on February 23 for Pinkalicious, which will run April 2-17.

SLO Little Theatre ( will hold auditions for a readers’ theatre production of My Name is Rachel Corrie on February 9 & 10 (performance on March 25).  THIS IS ROCK n’ ROLL! takes to the stage February 18 – March 20.

Auditions for The Great American Railroad Show ( were recently held at Unity (1490 Southwood Dr in SLO) moving toward performances March 18-27.

The God Is Still Speaking Players (follow them on Facebook) will present a readers’ theatre production of The Diary of Anne Frank the first weekend in March (auditions on February 6, 7 & 8, 7 PM, SLO UCC, 11245 Los Osos Valley Rd), andNunsense Jamboree in September (auditions early/mid July).

Upcoming performances at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center ( include Orchesis Dance – Shift February 5, the Vienna Boys Choir on February 8, the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake on February 10, Brian Regan in concert on February 11, Vagina Monologues February 18-20, Lily Tomlin on February 19, and Falsettos February 24 – March 5.

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