Church to host Blessing of the Animals

The First United Methodist Church of Lompoc, 925 North F St., will host a Blessing of the Animals ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard between the church’s sanctuary and education building.

The free event is open to the community. Attendees are invited to bring their pets. All pets are welcome, though they must be on a leash, crated, caged, in an aquarium/terrarium or otherwise secured.

For more information, call the church office at 736-1271.

AAUW program to focus on gender bias

Sarah Thébaud, an associate professor of sociology and a research associate of the Broom Center for Demography at UCSB, will lead a presentation on gender bias beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Ave.

The program, titled “Gender Bias at Work: What is the problem and how can we fix it?,” is being sponsored Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Thébaud’s research identifies social, psychological, organizational and institutional level factors contributing to gender inequalities in domains such as entrepreneurship, workplace authority, higher education and family. 

A short AAUW business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. prior to Thébaud’s presentation. All AAUW members, prospective members and community members are invited to attend.

For more information on this program and/or AAUW, contact Dianne Owens at lompocvandenberg-ca@aauw.net.

Hospital Foundation to hold third 'Colorthon'

Registration is underway for the Lompoc Hospital Foundation's third annual 5K "Colorthon" fundraiser, which will take place Saturday at La Purisima Mission and State Historic Park.

On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the run slated to start at 9 a.m. Registration prior to Thursday, which guarantees participants a T-shirt and bag of color, is $40 per person, with reduced prices for team registration. On the day of the event, the cost is $45 per person, with reduced team rates as well.

For more information and/or to register, visit lompocvmc.com/color. Vendor registration forms and information on sponsorships are also available online.

Interfaith Alliance to host panel discussions on religions

The Lompoc Interfaith Alliance will sponsor a series of three interfaith panel discussions to promote understanding of and reveal the commonalities of five of the major world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

The first event will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Anniversary Hall at the First Christian Church, 1517 W. College Ave.

Each panelist will describe the major beliefs of their faith tradition. The panel presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and refreshments.

Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.

For more information, contact Pastor Michael Cook at 836-9355 or pastorfcclompoc@gmail.com.

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Documentary screening planned for Veterans Day

The award-winning 2016 documentary film “The Longest Road,” co-directed by Lompoc native Jennifer Salcido, will be shown during a screening event at 1 p.m. Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day, at Lompoc’s Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 500 E. North Ave.

Tickets for the event are $35.

Following the screening, there will be a wine and beer reception, as well as a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers and some of the humanitarians seen in the film, at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave. There will also be a silent auction.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go toward local veteran services and the refugee organization featured in the film, according to organizers.

The event is sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 125. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/the-longest-road-santa-barbara-county-screening-tickets-37856071529.

Vendors sought for Holiday Bazaar 

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 125 is seeking vendors to participate in this year’s Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 18.

Anyone interested in setting up a booth during the event is asked to contact Don Ramirez at 717-3022 or via email at donaldramirez688@yahoo.com or drsalnvc2017@gmail.com for the required application.

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