Hospital to host lecture 

Dr. Rahim Raoufi will give a presentation about a common gastrointestinal disorder at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s Ocean’s Seven Café, 1515 E. Ocean Ave.

Raoufi, a Lompoc gastroenterologist, will discuss irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which affects between 25 million and 45 million people in the U.S.

The presentation, free and open to the public, is part of the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation’s Community Education Lecture Series.

Attendees will learn how certain foods, stress, hormones and other illnesses may trigger IBS attacks, and what they can do if they suffer from the disorder.

Raoufi completed his family practice residency at East Tennessee State University and entered the internal medicine residency program at the University of California, San Francisco, in Fresno. He began local practice in 2012.

Friends of Library book sale begins Thursday

The Friends of the Lompoc Library System will kick off its Fall Book Sale with a special members-only "preview sale" from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Ave.

The sale will be open to everyone from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will include hardback and paperback books, CDs, videos, DVDs and audiobooks. Attendees will also be able to join the Friends of the Library.

For more information or to help during the sale, call Dorothy at 735-3647. Teachers and nonprofit organizations interested in after-sale items should call the same number.

Barbecue fundraiser to benefit downtown chimes

The Vandenberg Village Rotary and Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church will hold a chicken barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave.

All proceeds will go to repair the chimes that are located outside of Grace Temple's historic downtown building. Dinners will be $10. Presale tickets are available at The Bookstore, 1137 North H St.; Dr. Gene Pritchett's office, 133 North G St.; Dr. Dana Manchester's office at 205 North H St.; Phil Boortz at Edward Jones, 3839 Constellation Road in Vandenberg Village; or from members of Grace Temple.

For more information, contact Chris Hutchinson at 735-3657.

Women's retreat to focus on 'God's Promises'

All area women are invited to a one-day retreat from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lompoc’s North Avenue Baptist Church, 1523 W. North Ave.

The featured guest speaker will be Nancy Williams, of Santa Maria, who will lead a presentation on “God’s Promises.” Williams is a trained marriage and family counselor and works with CareNet facilities across the nation and globally, according to organizers. The cost to attend is $20, which includes breakfast.

For more information or reservations, call Loretta at 735-6596 or Jean at 736-1050 no later than Wednesday.

Lompoc resident seeking donations for ride service

Lompoc resident Thomas Brandenberg, who offers free rides to the needy through his "A Little Help" service, is reaching out to the community for donations to help keep the service going.

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The money raised will go toward gas and repairs to the van that he uses to shuttle people, primarily to medical visits and to buy medication and groceries, according to Brandenberg.

For more information or to donate to the service, call Brandenberg at 305-397-9398.

Friends of Lompoc Library to hold annual election meeting

The Friends of the Lompoc Library organization will its annual meeting and election of officers at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Grossman Gallery at the Lompoc Public Library, 501 E. North Ave.

All members are invited to attend and nominations will be taken from the floor.

For more information, contact Donna Dimock at 736-3390.

Toastmasters Club to hold Halloween Party

The Lompoc Valley of Flowers Toastmasters Club will host a Halloween Party at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 135 South E St.

The event is free to attend and will include a potluck. Prizes will be given out for best impromptu (table topics) speakers from categories of Halloween trivia, and there will also be a costume contest, and trick or treating.

Toastmasters International is a globally recognized, nonprofit organization aimed at building better public speakers and leaders. The Lompoc club is inviting new guests to sample how Toastmasters can impact people’s professional and personal lives.

For more information, contact event chair Karen McRedmond at 736-3229 or at