There will be an open house at the old Artesia Schoolhouse, 115 W. Chestnut Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Built in 1876, Artesia was the Lompoc Valley’s first country school and was the oldest used continuously before closing in 1961. On display will be old school desks, ink wells, books, and even a dollhouse made to look like Artesia with students at their desks. There is no charge, but a $1 donation is appreciated.

For more information, call 736-9442.

Manzanita to host 'Winter Wonderland' event

The community is invited to kick off the holiday season by attending Manzanita Public Charter School’s first “Winter Wonderland” event, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at the campus, located at 991 Mountain View Blvd.

The festive family event will include a Christmas tree farm with Oregon trees for $60 and wreaths for $35; free pictures with Santa Claus; a dollar penguin shop for kids to shop for family and friends; a Scholastic book fair; live music provided by the Cabrillo High School marching band and the Manzanita Honor Choir; a door/window decorating contest; food trucks; and a sixth-grade Christmas bake sale.

The event is open to everyone, but trees are limited. For more information, visit

Dog rescue to hold bake sale, collection drive

Shadow's Fund Dog Rescue will host a Christmas Bake Sale and Stuff The Van donation event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Lompoc's Grocery Outlet, 316 E. Ocean Ave.

The bake sale will be Christmas-themed and will offer a variety of homemade baked goods for people, as well as treats for dogs. For the Stuff The Van collection drive, the rescue is asking for donations of blankets, quilts, bedspreads, area rugs, and dog toys and treats. Monetary donations are also welcome.

Shadow’s Fund operates the Sheltering Oak Sanctuary south of Lompoc that houses 34 dogs. It is a safe haven and provides a place of refuge and healing. The organization’s mission is to give those dogs, often senior dogs and so-called bully breeds, a second chance to experience joy and remind them that their lives are precious.

Pops Orchestra to celebrate holidays 

The Lompoc Pops Orchestra will present "A Christmas Pop Collection," a selection of Christmas and holiday songs, at its next concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Lompoc's First United Methodist Church, 925 North F St.

The concert will feature many holiday favorites, as well as the traditional audience sing-a-long and a special appearance by Lompoc's community chorus. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for full-time students of all ages and free for children 12 and younger.

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For more information or to reserve tickets, call 735-6463 or visit

Family seeking donations for memorial toy drive

The friends and family of late Lompoc teenager Mikey Terrones are asking for the community’s participation in the 11th annual Mikey Terrones Holiday Memorial Toy Drive.

The drive is held in memory of Terrones, a former Lompoc High School student-athlete who was killed in 2005. It will benefit children and families that utilize Good Samaritan Services of Lompoc.

Donors are asked to bring unwrapped toys/gifts in original packaging to a reception that will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the VFW Post 1717 office inside the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave. The reception will include appetizers and conversation.

For more information, contact Mike Terrones, toy drive director, at 588-8098.