Mayor inviting public for 'Coffee with Bob'

Lompoc Mayor Bob Lingl invites the community to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at South Side Coffee Co., 105 South H St.

Let the mayor buy you a cup of coffee while you ask him questions and/or tell him your concerns regarding the city, including the status of marijuana in the city and the state of the city's budget.

Buddhist Center to offer half-day workshop

The Mahakankala Buddhist Center North will offer a half-day meditation workshop, titled Mastering Inner Peace, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza de Oro, 701 E. North Ave., Suite F (upstairs, far right).

The class is open to everyone. The cost to attend is $20. Resident Teacher Keli Vaughan will teach simple methods to help attendees purify and control their own minds. By practicing these methods in guided meditations, according to a center spokesperson, those attending can gain a special experience of inner peace that will improve and grow over time.

Knights of Columbus to hold barbecue fundraiser

The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic-based service organization, will host a barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in front of Walgreens, 937 North H St.

The meals, which will cost $9, will include a choice of tri-tip or chicken, along with beans, salad and garlic bread.

The fundraiser will benefit the organization’s charitable programs.

For more information, call Dan Turocy at 741-7710.

Registration open for Beattie Park Fun Run

The Lompoc Recreation Division is accepting registrations for this year’s Beattie Park 5K/10K Fun Run, which is scheduled for Sunday at Beattie Park.

The event is open to everyone ages 7 and older of all ability levels. All participants are eligible to win first- and second-place awards. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. on race day, and racing begins at 9 a.m. Fees are $15 for early bird registration through Friday and $20 on-site. T-shirts can be purchased for $10.

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

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Mexican Independence event set for Sunday

El Concilio de Lompoc will host its 40th annual Mexican Independence Celebration from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Ryon Park. 

The event is being held to commemorate Mexico's War of Independence from Spain, which began in 1810. It will begin with a salute to the Mexican and American flags and will include food vendors, a bounce house and information booths, along with live entertainment and a car show. No animals, bike riding, personal cooking, alcohol consumption or smoking will be allowed in the park during the celebration.

For more information or to be a part of the festivities, contact Joe Gonzales at 735-7081.

Author to speak at NARFE meeting

Author Joe Valencia, who wrote a book about his experience as part of a firefighting team sent to Vandenberg Air Force Base to battle a large winter blaze 40 years ago, will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees scheduled for Sept. 14.

The meeting will be held at the Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave. The doors will open at 11:15 a.m., with the program slated to begin at 11:45 and lunch served at noon. The meeting is open to everyone. Meals will be $13.50 for a ham quiche and fruit cup, and $15 for barbecue chicken, beans, garlic bread and salad.

To make a reservation, call Vanessa Hodge at 737-3222.