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Los Alamos Old Days' town parade, weekend lineup replaced by Dinner Dance event

Los Alamos Old Days' town parade, weekend lineup replaced by Dinner Dance event

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Students from Olga Reed Elementary School hold hands as they walk down Bell Street during the 2019 Los Alamos Old Days festival and parade.

The 74th annual Los Alamos Old Days Festival will take on a new form this September after it was announced that the traditional weekendlong event, which usually kicks off with a town parade, would not take place due to uncertainties relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club, the nonprofit which sponsors and hosts the Old West celebration each year, announced that it will instead honor the fall tradition by throwing a Dinner Dance party on Saturday, Sept. 26, at their Los Alamos headquarters.

A club spokesperson explained that the town parade and all other weekendlong events would be canceled this year and replaced by an evening indoor/outdoor soirée to better ensure social distancing guidelines are met.

The evening event will feature a tri-tip beef barbecue dinner served from 6 to 8 p.m., live music by Richard Diaz & Friends and a dance party that will run through 12 a.m. 

Dinner Dance tickets sold at the door will be $25 per person, or $15 per person for dance only (21 and older). A full service bar will be available.

Proceeds from the Dinner Dance will benefit the all-volunteer, philanthropic Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club, which is located at 429 Leslie St. (corner of Centennial and Leslie Streets).

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Every night as twilight slides toward darkness, the exterior lights go off at a house on a quiet street in northwest Santa Maria, the front door opens and a man walks into the driveway. A moment later, the sweet sounds of a saxophone float through the air — the melody of “Amazing Grace.”

Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News. 

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