'Howl-O-Ween' bake sale to benefit shelter animals

Shadow’s Fund, a nonprofit organization that supports vulnerable shelter dogs, will hold a Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween Bake Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Walmart, 701 W. Central Ave.

The sale will include a variety of baked goods and dog treats. There will also be a raffle for a dog basket filled with toys, treats, shampoo, a blanket and more. Raffle tickets are $1 each. All of the proceeds will go toward assistance for the animals in the care of Shadow’s Fund, according to organizers.

For more information, contact Bea Rains at 736-3034.

Families invited to 'Messy Church' event 

The First United Church of Lompoc, 925 North F St., is inviting local families to attend its "Fall & Harvest Fun Messy Church" event from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a costume parade, hayride, music, crafts, drama, games, the Science Guy, "Trunk n’ Treat" and a simple supper. The event is especially for families with children, according to organizers. A parent or other adult must accompany children.

For more information, call 736-1271 or visit lompocumc.org.

Church to host free Block Party on Halloween

Lompoc Foursquare Church will host its annual family-friendly Block Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, which is Halloween, 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 www.mylfc.com.

LUSD to host Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Lompoc Unified School District will host a Día de los Muertos Celebration and Catrina contest from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at El Camino Community Center, 320 North J Street.

The event will include community altars, face painting, the Catrina contest, arts and crafts and entertainment by Ballet Folklorico. No Halloween costumes or zombies are allowed.

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The event is being sponsored by the LUSD Pupil Support Services Department, El Sabor de Mexico Ballet Folklorico and the Lompoc High School Cultural Lifestyle Club.

Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner slated for Friday

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 125 will hold its annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave.

Meals will include turkey with all the trimmings, desserts and refreshments. The cost is a $10 donation. Proceeds will be used to support local veterans and their families during the holiday season and throughout the year, according to organizers.

For more information, call Lani McCullough at 315-4172.

Annual Home Tour and Tea event canceled

The Lompoc Hospital Foundation will not hold its annual Holiday Home Tour and Tea event this year, due to a lack of participating homes.

The event has been an annual tradition in the Lompoc Valley for 20-plus years. Alice Milligan, the president of the Hospital Foundation, said the event may return next year if enough participants are found. She asks that anyone who would like to participate, or knows of anyone who would, call her at 736-4005.

During the past events, attendees take self-guided tours through area homes that are decorated for the holidays and then enjoy tea and desserts in the café at Lompoc Valley Medical Center.