Holiday Boutique & Craft Fair

The annual Holiday Boutique was held at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge on the evening of Wednesday, December 13. 66 vendors were on hand to help with holiday shopping needs. There was an equal mix of handmade items and direct selling companies to shop from – lots and lots to choose from. Pioneer Valley High School band members sold food, drinks, and baked goods – proceeds they made went towards their trip to Washington where they’ve been invited to play this school year. 

Attendance was free and over 60 door prizes were given away. There were an estimated 350 patrons who came in that night. The next craft fair has been scheduled for Sunday, July 15, 2018 and will be called Christmas in July. The next fall craft fair has also been scheduled for Wednesday evening, November 14, 2018. Any inquiries can be made by contacting Dawnette at


Wednesday, December 13
4pm – 8:30 pm

Admission free; door prizes awarded;
50+ vendors!

Support you local High School Band
from Pioneer Valley – proceeds raised for trip to
Washington where they’ve been invited to play.

Vendor allocations are being accepted!
Contact Dawnette for further info:

Children’s Halloween Party

Wednesday, October 25, 5:30 pm 
Members’ Children and Grandchildren Only

Serve & Games: 5:30-7:30 pm
Hot Dogs & Chips $3 (Free for children 12 and under)
Hamburgers & French Fries $6
Free Ice Cream


Costume Contest Judging begins at 6:30 pm
Age Groups: 0-23 months; 2-4; 5-8, 9-12

Treats and NO tricks for each child!

Adult Halloween Party

Saturday Night – October 28, 2017
7 pm-1 am
Music by Sound Investment

Hosted by Chaplain Wes Brown, tickets are limited to 600 and
are $10 each for Member and Spouse. Guest tickets are $15 each.
Members may purchase a total of six tickets.
Prizes will be awarded for Most Original; Funniest; Scariest; and Best Couple
AND another prize category has been added: BEST GROUP COSTUME! 

  • Guests must be accompanied by Member and must leave when Member leaves
  • Members are responsible for their guests
  • Vulgar costumes will not be permitted
  • No weapons or sharp objects

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Call 805.922.1538 to make your reservations.
Additional guest tickets will be available on October 18 (if any are left).
All members must have their membership card at the party, along with tickets.

No reserving of Tables. 

Click here to see the photo booth pictures.

Elks Lodge 1538 Welcomes “Antlers” Chapter

A group of youth aged 12-20 are being welcomed to the Santa Maria Elks youth program (“Junior Elks”), one of only a few chapters chartered nationwide. This program encourages  young people in our communities to get involved with the Elks in the many service-related projects our Lodges sponsor. Learn more about Antlers on their website!

Super Sunday BINGO!

Sunday – October 8
Opens 10 am
Warm-ups 12 noon
Early Birds 12:30 pm
Regular Games 1 pm

$20 Admission pack – 11 games (6 ons)
$5 – Second pack – $5 Third pack
Fourth pack FREE (no pack splitting)

Early Birds – 4 packs of 3 ons $8
Additional packs $2 each

Specials – 6 games
4 packs of 3-ons for $12
Additional packs $2

Elks Family Picnic

This year’s Family picnic went very well. We had “Chamber of Commerce weather” (really pleasant), and enjoyed the traditional activities of years past with a few new activities. We had games for all age groups, and kids of ALL ages (i.e., moms and dads) played in the bounce houses, got into the tug of war games, had their faces painted, participated in the egg toss, ran a three-legged race, and enjoyed delicious food!  Prizes included a donated $50 gift card from Walmart, bowling for 4 donated by Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria, Candy Trophies, and McDonald’s gift cards! The great DJ Frankie “G” really kept the music going!

There were information booths from valley organizations such as: The Elks Lodge 1538 Antlers, Santa Maria BMX, the YMCA, the Catholic Daughters of St Mary’s, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. People enjoyed free ice cream and fellowship throughout the day. Many enjoyed one of this year’s new attractions, a volleyball court located in the middle of the information booths. It was fun!

For me, there were 2 highlights of the day: the first was a tug of war competition between 10-year-old and under girls VS the Lodge Officers! One would think that grown adults would have it in the bag but… that was not to be. Sad to say the officers did not stand a chance against the enthusiastic girl-powered group! They took out the officers in about 30 seconds! In fact, the girl-powered group was 2 for 2 on the day and beat the 10 and under boys too!

The Lodge Officers, with the assistance of the Antler parents, did manage to redeem themselves by taking out the Antlers in a tug of war duel… that’s one for the old guys.

Another highlight was a new attraction, a watermelon-eating contest. To keep things competitive, there were three different age groups: 10 and under, 11– 6 and 17 and over. What a spectacle! I knew we would have many contestants in the younger age groups but I did not expect so many adults participating! In fact the winner in the 17-and-over category was a fifty-ish year old guy! (Good thing he did not have dentures, eh?)

Overall it was a really great day ending with a flag retirement ceremony, a perfect example of God, family, and country … aka Elkdom. It does not get any better in my opinion. It was great seeing all the people I call friends. If you were not able to attend I really hope you make it next year!

Esteemed Lecturing Knight,
Louie Torres