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Festival Association to hold open house 

The Lompoc Valley Festival Association will host an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the organization's office at 414 W. Ocean Ave.

The event is open to the community. There will be refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and raffles, plus attendees will have an opportunity to meet this year's Flower Festival Queen candidates.

The 66th annual Lompoc Flower Festival, which is put on each year by the LVFA, is scheduled for June 20 through 24. The theme is "Space: The Final Frontier."

CHS Aquarium to host 'Polar Regions' open house

The Cabrillo High School Aquarium will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday themed "Life on the Edge: Polar Regions."

The free event, which is open to the community, will feature a wide variety of hands-on activities exploring how animals are able to live, thrive and survive in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. Many of the activities were developed for the aquarium’s SeaQuest program, in which local fourth-grade classes tour the facility each February. Open house attendees will also be able to view the aquarium’s permanent exhibits, including 1-month-old juvenile Moon Jellies in the newly expanded Jellies Lab.

The aquarium is located on the Cabrillo High campus, 4350 Constellation Road. For more information, contact Aquarium Director Greg Eisen at or 742-2888.

Artesia School open house slated for Saturday

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 county 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.

Rotary Club to host Wine Tasting and Auction

The Rotary Club of Lompoc will host its 32nd annual Wine Tasting and Auction beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave.

The event will feature fine wines from the Santa Rita Hills AVA, beers from local craft brewers and fare from some of Lompoc’s finest food establishments. Tickets are $50 each. Funds raised from the event will support the Rotary Club of Lompoc’s efforts to serve the community, according to organizers.

For tickets, or more information, contact Rotary President-Elect Ed Braxton at or visit

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Registration open for YMCA 'Livestrong' program

The Lompoc Family YMCA is accepting registrations for its “Livestrong at the YMCA” program, a national partnership between the YMCA and the Livestrong Foundation to help adult cancer survivors achieve health goals.

The 12-week program is free to cancer survivors. The next session in Lompoc will be Feb. 26 to May 17. The program aims to help cancer survivors move beyond the disease in mind, body and spirit. Trained wellness coaches will work with each participant as they transition from treatment to regaining their physical and emotional strength.

For more information on the program, including how to register, contact YMCA Regional Wellness Director Nicki Marmelzat at 686-2037 or

Relay for Life fundraiser fashion show April 7

The “Love Will Find a Cure” Relay for Life team will sponsor its annual fashion show benefit luncheon April 7 at the Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave.

The doors will open at 11 a.m. with lunch set to begin at noon. Local cancer survivors will model fashions from Deasee’s Boutique, and there will also be raffles and door prizes. Tickets, which include lunch, are $40. All profits will go to the American Cancer Society, according to organizers.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Lu Knowles at 736-0049 or Diane Zemanovic at 737-0566.