Trainer to lead lecture on benefits of exercise 

Kathy Pogue, a fitness trainer on staff at the Lompoc Family YMCA, will be the featured speaker during the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation’s first health lecture of the fall season, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ocean's Seven Cafe at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, 1515 East Ocean Ave.

The free lecture is titled "Benefits of Exercise for Stress at any Age.” Pogue, who has been on staff at the Lompoc YMCA for almost 25 years, will discuss the many physical and mental health benefits of exercise, and how people can reduce stress with physical activity. Community members are invited to attend and learn tips for having a healthy and active lifestyle at any age.

CHS Aquarium to host 'Welcome Back' open house

The Cabrillo High School Aquarium will hold a "Welcome Back" open house, its first event of the 2017-18 school year, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the on-campus facility.

The free event, which is open to the community, will highlight everything that aquarium students have accomplished over the summer. In the lab room, visitors will be able to view multiple species of octopuses along with tiny moon jelly polyps alongside the first adult jellies to ever be grown at the school. Aquarium students will also give a sneak peek at some of the hands-on Next Generation Science activities being developed for visiting school groups.

For more information, contact Aquarium Director Greg Eisen at or 742-2888.

Volunteers sought for Military Appreciation BBQ

The Military Affairs Committee of the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau will host its annual VAFB Military Appreciation BBQ on Friday and volunteers are being sought.

Last year, the Military Affairs Committee, along with help from local volunteers, provided free lunches to more than 1,200 enlisted military members and their families. This year’s event is again sponsored by Explore Lompoc, and the Military Affairs Committee anticipates providing even more meals.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the chamber at 736-4567 or visit

Church to hold barbecue fundraiser

The Lompoc church Iglesia de Jesucristo Palabra Miel will hold a barbecue fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 806 E. Ocean Ave.

Dinners will be provided for a donation $10 per plate. The menu will include tri-tip, chicken or ribs, with a side of beans and salad.

For more information, contact Elizabeth at 314-8323 at

Police Foundation to host COPtoberfest

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The Lompoc Police Foundation will hold its sixth annual COPtoberfest fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave.

Tickets are $25 for beer or wine tasting, and $40 for beer and wine tasting. Tickets include unlimited beer tasting, lunch and a souvenir beer or wine glass. Attendees must be 21 or older. Designated drivers will be admitted for free.

Along with the beer, including many from Central Coast breweries, a traditional German-style lunch with bratwurst, sauerkraut, mustard and potato salad will be served. There will also be live music and silent and live auctions. All profits from the event will go toward purchasing equipment and training for the Lompoc Police Department.

For more information, contact Frank Young at 714-1140.

'Afternoon with Ellington' to kick off LMA season

The Jazz Divine Quartet, with guest artist Becky McClaflin at the piano, will open the Lompoc Music Association’s 2017-18 season with a program of Duke Ellington compositions, titled "An Afternoon with Ellington."

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ, 3346 Constellation Road in Vandenberg Village. The program will include songs such as "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," "Mood Indigo," and "Satin Doll." Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $6 for students. Season tickets for all four concerts will be available at the door for $55 for adults and $20 for students.

For more information, call 735-3760.