Leonardo’s Ristorante provided colorful, tasty coral-hued rigatoni pasta, which was accompanied by a Caesar salad, baked herbed chicken, fresh asparagus created by Center Chef Jim Nichols, and his hardworking crew.

Dessert with strawberries and whipped cream topped off this magnificent meal enjoyed by 50-plus diners.

There was a new arrangement of the tables to allow easier movement between them, and many diners noticed and appreciated this change by staffer Linda Linton. Center board member Bernice Small was at her usual place, welcoming people and checking them in.

Executive Director Pam Gnekow thanked Leonardo's as well as the center’s staff, who all came out of the kitchen to take a bow: In addition to Chef Nichols and Linton, Rosa Castillo, Gracie Love and Wanda Nelson, who all helped serve and make sure everyone’s needs were taken care of.

Happy news was shared after dinner:

• Information about the newly formed Book Group “the Buellton Bookworms.” The first meeting is March 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the Buellton Library. For more information check with the library’s service desk.

• The center now owns a new passenger van to take seniors to medical appointments in the Valley, as well as out of town. A generous donation by the Vikings of Solvang made the purchase possible, with other donations rounding out the sticker price. The van, which has been needed by the center for a long time, arrived on Feb. 20 and was quickly used for trips. The Vikings will host the March dinner, when they will be thanked in person for their help in acquiring the van.

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