Civic Theatre plans benefit show at library -- The Lompoc Civic Theatre will offer a benefit performance of “Wally’s Café” at 2 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Ave.

Tickets are $10 each and are available at the Lompoc and Village libraries and at The Bookstore, 1137 North H St. Written by Sam Bobrick and Ron Clark and directed by Anne Ramsey, “Wally’s Café” is a lighthearted, fast-paced comedy about 40 years in the lives of Wally, the owner of a roadside café near Las Vegas, his long-suffering wife Louise, and Janet, an aspiring starlet who shows up one day and never leaves.

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so early purchase is advised. Tickets are nonrefundable and all proceeds go to the Friends of the Library for distribution to the Lompoc and Village libraries.

For more information, contact Cathy at 735-6566.

City to offer lifeguard training -- The Lompoc Recreation Division is offering a course that will enable participants to become American Red Cross certified lifeguards.

The course is open to people ages 15 and older. Training will take place at the Lompoc Aquatic Center, 207 W. College Ave. There will be a precourse meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. The actual course will be held Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The cost is $175.

The course will teach lifesaving skills to help keep people safe in, on and around the water, according to a city spokesperson. Completion of the various skill and written tests given as part of the course will result in participants becoming Red Cross-certified lifeguards.

Preregistration is required and can be done by calling the Lompoc Recreation Division at 875-8100 or by visiting the Anderson Recreation Center at 125 W. Walnut Ave.

Elks Lodge to host Craft Bazaar on Oct. 7 -- The Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave., will host its annual Craft Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7.

Spaces are available for rent starting at $20.

Attendees will be able to shop, as well as enjoy a picnic on the lodge’s back patio. There will be tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs, drinks and baked goods for sale.

Among the items expected to be on sale are creations of glass, wood art, jewelry, blankets, aprons and other items that have been sewn, knitted and/or crocheted.

For more information or to rent a space, call Joyce at 900-0710. Applications can also be picked up at The Box Shop, 740 North H St.

Valley of Flowers run -- The Lompoc Valley Distance Club is accepting registration for the 41st annual Valley of Flowers Half Marathon and 5K, scheduled for Saturday at La Purisima Mission.

Entry fees are $60 for the half marathon and $30 for the 5K for those who register early. Race-day registration is $70 for half marathon and $30 for the 5K. The entry fee includes refreshments, entry into La Purisima State Park and a finisher’s medal for all participants. The event benefits the Nancy Perry Memorial Scholarship Fund, through which the distance club awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Registration can be completed online at Active.com and a link is also available on the Lompoc Valley Distance Club’s website at http://members.impulse.net/~lvdc/. Applications can also be downloaded from the website and mailed to Valley of Flowers Marathon, P.O. Box 694, Lompoc CA 93438. For more information, contact Wayne Davis at 735-7177 or alhwed@msn.com.

Youth basketball registration -- Registration for the Lompoc Recreation Division’s girls and boys youth basketball leagues is underway.

The leagues are open to boys and girls ages 4 years old through eighth grade. The leagues emphasize learning rather than competition, with participants being taught the basic fundamentals of basketball. Each child receives a T-shirt and an award at the end of the season.

The leagues will begin play Oct. 30 and continue into February. The cost for early registration, from Tuesday through Sept. 22, is $90 for Lompoc residents and $108 for nonresidents. Late registration, from Sept. 23 through 30, will be $100 for Lompoc residents and $120 for nonresidents.

Registrations will be accepted at the Anderson Recreation Center, 125 W. Walnut Ave. For more information, visit the center or contact the Lompoc Recreation Division at 875-8100.

Raffles to benefit Lompoc MLK Day celebration -- The organizing committee for Lompoc’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is selling raffle tickets to raise funds for next year’s event, scheduled for Jan. 15, 2018, at El Camino Community Center.

Among the items being raffled off are a 55-inch TV ($5 for a ticket or $12 for three tickets), a gift basket valued at more than $400 ($2 per ticket or $5 for three tickets) and an Atari gaming system ($1 for two tickets or $5 for 12 tickets). Tickets are available at the Lompoc Farmers Market.

For more information or to help sponsor the MLK Day event, contact Pastor Ron Wiley at 698-6010 or email wileyrt2@cs.com.

Saturday night at the movies -- The Lompoc Film Club screens movies Saturdays at 7 p.m. at the LAUNCHpad, 1010 North H St., at the Northside Shopping Center. Doors open around 6:40 p.m. and close at 7:10. A post-screening discussion is welcomed, and light refreshments will be served.

  • Sept. 16: "Kumare." U.S. 2011 documentary/drama. 1 hour, 24 minutes. Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi presents himself as an enlightened guru from the East and builds a following of disciples in the U.S. West. "Kumare" acts as the centerpiece of a social experiment to explore and test one of the world's most sacred taboos. 
  • Sept. 23: "Louisiana Blues." 2005 musical documentary. 1 hour. Directed by J.P. Bruneau and J. Reynes. Step into the Louisiana honkytonks and living rooms where some of the South's best music is played. Cajun and Zydeco music unrolls that developed deep in the heart of Louisiana. Featured are a vast array of artists as they explain the history of their music and show off their foot-tapping musical prowess.
  • Sept. 30: "The Other Son." 2012 Drama. In English. 1 hour, 45 minutes. Directed by Lorraine Levy. While preparing to enter the Israeli military for his compulsory service, young Joseph Silberg learns he was accidentally switched at birth with the son of an Arab couple from the West Bank -- a shocking revelation that sends both families reeling.

Movie Mondays at library -- The Lompoc Public Library, 501 E. North Ave., is offering free movie screenings at 2 p.m. Mondays in the Grossman Gallery.

A different feature film will be shown each week and popcorn will be provided. Anyone looking for a fun way to fill an afternoon is invited to attend. All films are licensed for viewing under Movie Licensing USA.

To find out which film is being shown each week, call 875-8778.

City looking to fill vacancies -- The Lompoc City Council is accepting applications to fill vacancies for 16 open positions on city commissions, a committee and a board.

Positions are available for the Airport Commission, Beautification Commission, Human Services Commission, Library Commission, Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Board, Oversight Committee for Park Maintenance and Pool Assessment, Youth Commission and Utility Commission.

Detailed descriptions of the positions, along with applications, are available at the City Clerk’s Office, 100 Civic Center Plaza. More information can also be found at www.cityoflompoc.com/government/committees/NoticeOfVacancies.pdf.

To contact the City Clerk’s Office, call 875-8241.

Church offering free genealogy assistance -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 212 E. Central Ave., is offering free genealogy assistance to both members and nonmembers through its Lompoc Valley Family History Center.

The center is described by the church as a charitable service to the public to aid in ancestor research and record keeping. The center, located on the back side of the church, east of the parking lot, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

The center uses several resources to access records.

For more information on the service, call 735-4939.

Dog food drive to benefit Shadow's Fund rescue -- Shadow's Fund, a local animal rescue, has partnered with Grocery Outlet, 316 E. Ocean Ave., for an ongoing dog food drive to benefit the Shadow's Fund shelter.

A collection box has been set up at the store and shoppers are encouraged to donate any size of Nature’s Recipe dry dog food. A representative of Shadow's Fund said the shelter relies entirely on community support to operate. The shelter uses about 10 30-pound bags of dog food each week, according to the representative.

For more information, contact Bea Rains at 736-3034.

Church seeking donations to repair chimes -- Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church, located at 201 South H St., is seeking donations from the community to help repair the chimes outside of the church's historic building.

The chimes, which had been providing their signature sound in the downtown community for several decades, are currently inoperable. The cost to repair them is $3,500, according to Grace Temple Pastor Ron Wiley, who said the church is unable to take on the cost by itself.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the effort can do so by sending a check to the church at 201 South H St., Lompoc CA 93436 or by contacting the church secretary at 736-4645.

For more information, email info@meditateinlompoc.org, visit http://meditationinsantabarbara.org/meditate-in-lompoc/ or call 563-6000.

Community garden plots for rent -- The Lompoc Beautification and Appearance Commission's Peace Community Garden, located at 1000 W. Ocean Ave., is available for plot rentals.

The fee to rent a space at the garden is $120 per year ($10 per month) and a one-time $40 refundable cleaning deposit. Split payments and sponsorship opportunities may be available.

For an application, contact Becky Barritt at 331-3483 or at beckys.landscape@verizon.net.

City hosting Dance Fitness class -- The city of Lompoc is hosting a Dance Fitness class on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center.

The class, which is open to adults only, is advertised as exercise in disguise. Each class session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. The class fee is $30 for residents and $36 for nonresidents.

For more information, contact the Lompoc Recreation Division at 875-8100 or register at 125 W. Walnut Ave.

Alzheimer's support group meets -- Anyone caring for an older person who has Alzheimer’s or a related disorder is invited to attend an ongoing support group held twice monthly in Lompoc at the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1428 W. North Ave.

The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday and fourth Monday of each month. It offers understanding and mutual support from other caregivers and caregiving strategies from professional facilitators.

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For more information, call Denese Daniels at 735-4010, Mary Lou Parks at 448-4534 or the Alzheimer’s Association at 892-4249. 

Valley Haven offers free service to vets -- Lompoc Valley Haven, an adult day program for residents 55 and older, is now offering free day program services to eligible veterans, thanks to a recent grant the organization received from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To be eligible, veterans must be enrolled in the VA medical system.

For more information, call Valley Haven at 733-9459.

Interested in gardening? -- The Lompoc Community Garden, located at 901 W. College Ave., has space available for anyone interested in gardening.

Anyone who would like to participate is encouraged to get their spot now for the next season while spring planting is on the way. At the garden, volunteers practice organic gardening and share information along with harvests and friendships.

For more information, call Loretta at 757-3286 or Ruth at 291-6266 or look up “Lompoc Community Garden” on Facebook.

Group offering DMV study sessions in Spanish -- A recently formed local educational organization named “SPAN” — Spanish-Speakers Access Network — is offering study sessions in Spanish to help residents prepare for the written DMV test that is being offered at the new DMV center at 1601 North H St.

The organization has received an emerging needs grant from The Fund of Santa Barbara to cover teacher stipend and educational materials. Several students have already successfully passed the written portion of the DMV exam after taking the free classes. The group is planning to offer citizenship classes in the future.

For more information, call 717-5145 or 717-4160.

Libraries hosting weekly 'preschool storytimes' -- The Lompoc Public Library, 501 E. North Ave., hosts "preschool storytime" each week on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s department.

The Village Library, 3755 Constellation Road, will also host weekly "preschool storytime" events on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

The sessions provide an opportunity for children 3 to 6 years old to have fun with engaging books, songs and activities as they build their literacy skills, according to the library.

For more information on the Lompoc Library events, call 875-8781. For more on the Village Library events, call 733-3323.

LMA seeking board of directors members -- The Lompoc Music Association is seeking people with musical backgrounds and knowledge to join its board of directors.

The board meets once a month. Among its activities are selecting performers, scheduling concerts, hosting events, and sponsoring scholarship auditions.

Interested persons should contact Allie Kay Spaulding at alliekay31@comcast.net..

Aging support group to continue -- A new "Aging Ain't Easy" support group meets the last Thursday of the month. Debby Walters, a retired registered nurse, will facilitate the group. The event is open to the public to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of aging. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Catherine Dalton at 736-1234.

Community Partners in Caring seeking volunteers — Community Partners in Caring, 111 South I St. Suite C-1, Lompoc, is looking for volunteers who are available one or two hours a week. An hour a week of someone's companionship or assistance with simple tasks can make a world of difference to a person living alone, sick, dependent or for someone who needs a rest from caring for an ill parent or spouse. With two hours a week you can provide transportation to doctor appointment or grocery store for someone without a vehicle. Community Partners in Caring's Volunteer Program prepares, educates, and supports caring individuals willing to volunteer their time and energy towards helping their neighbors in need. For more information, call 737-1976 or email community@partnersincaring.org or visit partnersincaring.org.

VIPs needed — The Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Visitors Center reception area is staffed by Volunteer Information Professionals (VIPs) Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our volunteers greet visitors, distribute visitor information, keep our brochure racks neatly stocked and occasionally assist chamber staff with the assembly of visitor packets. Additional volunteers are needed to fill out our weekly schedule. Currently, two Mondays per month, two Tuesdays, one or two Thursdays, two Fridays and one or two Saturdays are available. The schedule is geared around your availability. If the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift doesn't fit your schedule, the center can also use you from 2 to 5 p.m. The only requirements are that you have been a Lompoc resident for at least three to five years, are familiar with the Lompoc Valley and surrounding areas, like to meet people and have a positive attitude. Call 736-4567, ext. 223, for more information or to offer your talents.

What's blooming — and where? — During blooming season, Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce staff surveys local flower fields to create a listing of what is blooming and the field locations. The "Flower Field Alert" and a general map of valley locations can be found at lompoc.chambermaster.com/news/details/flower-field-alert. The maps and Flower Field Alerts are also available at the chamber's Visitor Center, 111 South I St.

Fabing-McKay-Spanne House — 207 North L St., a restored turn-of-the-century home featuring a carriage house, reference room and the anchor of the USS Chauncey, a destroyer wrecked off the nearby coast during the 1923 Honda Point tragedy, the Navy’s largest peace-time disaster. Hours are 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday and Thursday, and the fourth Saturday of the month. Cost: Donation. Info: 735-4626.

La Purisima Mission — 2295 Purisima Road, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the building closing at 4:30 p.m. Guided tours are offered at 1 p.m. except when special events are scheduled. Advance tour reservations required for groups larger than 10. Cost: $6 parking fee. Info: 733-3713.

Lompoc Museum — 200 South H St. The museum is open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. weekends. Info: 736-3888.

Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery — 501 E. North Ave. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Info: 875-8775, ext. 8787.

Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room — 1520 E. Chestnut Court, features local artists each month. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Info: 736-9032.