Hospital lecture canceled due to emergency

The Lompoc Hospital District Foundation was forced to cancel Wednesday evening's scheduled lecture that was to be led by gastroenterologist Dr. Rahim Raoufi at Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

The event was canceled due to an emergency involving Raoufi's family.

Raoufi was expected to address the impact of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, a disorder that affects between 25 and 45 million people in the U.S. The lecture was part of the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation’s Community Education Lecture Series.

The foundation apologizes for any inconvenience the cancellation may cause, according to a spokesperson.

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'

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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.

Church to host free Block Party

Lompoc Foursquare Church will host its annual family-friendly Block Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Halloween night, Oct. 31, in the 100 block of North C Street. 

The free event is billed as a fun and safe alternative to Halloween trick or treating. It will feature new inflatables, including the Euro Bungy, a 115-foot obstacle course, as well as games with prizes and contests for children of all ages. This year there will also be a judged Family Costume Contest. Other attractions will include a 27-foot inflated slide, a Hot Wheel car track, photo booth, bungee run rock wall.

The event is open to the community and will include free popcorn, cotton candy and other candies. Other snacks and drinks will be available for purchase, but free to all active military with ID.

For more information, call the church office at 736-2772 or visit