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Church to put on 'Longest Night' service

The First United Methodist Church of Lompoc is inviting the community to attend its “Longest Night" service at 7 p.m. Thursday at 925 North F St.

The name of the service refers to Dec. 21 being the longest night of the year, with the most hours of darkness at the winter solstice. The service aims to remind attendees who may be going through personal struggles that the first Christmas was also difficult and that the light of Christ “shines in the darkness,” according to a church spokesperson, who said the service will include prayers for "the division in our nation, for the violence in our world, and also praying for peace."

For more information, call 736-1271 or visit Child care will be available during the service.

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 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.

Church to host Christmas Eve program

Calvary Baptist Church of Lompoc, 3355 Constellation Road, is inviting the community to attend a special Christmas Eve Service of music and drama.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday. The program is titled, “Glory In The Highest."

For more information, contact the church at 733-3545.

Pizza shop offering Christmas meals to those with hardships

Pizza Garden, 1017 North H St., will be offering free pizza lunches from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, which is Christmas Day, for people in the Lompoc community who are experiencing hardships.

Anyone interested in receiving a meal is asked to simply show up to the restaurant during those hours.

Registration open for Jan. 1 Resolution Run

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The city of Lompoc is inviting the community to ring in a healthy new year with a Resolution Run on Jan. 1 at the River Bend Park fitness trail.

The event, put on by the Lompoc Recreation Division, will include a 1K run for children ages 5 to 7, and a 5K run for participants ages 8 and older. Check-in for the Resolution Run will be held from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Jan. 1, and the run will start at 9 a.m. Registration is $20 and can be completed through the day of the event.

All skill levels are welcome, and first- and second-place awards will be given. T-shirts will be available for purchase at the event. For more information or to preregister, visit, contact the Lompoc Recreation Division at 875-8100, or stop by the Anderson Recreation Center at 125 W. Walnut Ave.

Raffles to benefit Lompoc MLK Day celebration

The organizing committee for Lompoc’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is selling raffle tickets to raise funds for next year’s event, scheduled for Jan. 15 at El Camino Community Center.

Among the items being raffled are a 55-inch TV ($5 for a ticket or $12 for three tickets), a gift basket valued at more than $400 ($2 per ticket; $5 for three tickets) and an Atari gaming system ($1 for two tickets; $5 for 12 tickets). Tickets are available at the Lompoc Farmers Market.

For more information or to help sponsor the MLK Day event, contact Pastor Ron Wiley at or at 698-6010.