Free screening of documentary on assault in schools

Local teenage girls and their parents are invited to attend a free screening of “Audrie & Daisy,” a documentary about the culture of sexual assault in high schools, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lompoc Boys and Girls Club, 1025 W. Ocean Ave.

The screening is being presented by the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center and the United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County. The movie, which also explores the role that social media plays in magnifying sexual crimes on campus, aims to inform young people about action and prevention. The screening is not intended to solve the problem in real time, according to organizers, but rather to “forge connections and learn together as a community.”

For more information on the Rape Crisis Center, visit www.sbcountyrapecrisis.org.

Downtown Lompoc to host first Open Streets 

Lompoc's first-ever Open Streets event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday as part of the Old Town Market festivities.

During the free event, stretches of Ocean Avenue and H Street will be closed to cars and opened up to pedestrians and cyclists for a variety of activities. The event, which was coordinated through a joint effort between several community organizations, is meant to boost the local economy, get people moving, and provide a fun, family-friendly way for community members to explore their city, according to organizers.

Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, scooter or skate to the various activities, which will include a mini bike rodeo, street safety education, sports, games, art, performances and music, among others.

'Shelter Shower' planned for Bridgehouse

Good Samaritan Inc., is inviting the community to a “Shelter Shower” for the Bridgehouse and its residents, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgehouse shelter, 2025 Sweeney Road.

Attendees will be able to take tours of the facility, enjoy refreshments, and learn information about the shelter from staff and volunteers. Among the suggested “shower” gifts requested by organizers are towels, bath mats, wash cloths, linens, spreads and pillows for single beds, kitchen items like pots, pot holders and dish towels, and games, books, socks and underwear for adults and children. All items must be new.

Other ways that people can help the shelter include adopting a room, donating items for gifts baskets, going back-to-school shopping for kids and/or contributing to the Turkey Drive.

For more information, call 736-0357, ext. 203.

Host families sought for exchange students

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Cultural Homestay International is seeking local residents and/or families to host high school exchange students from China this summer and show the students authentic American culture.

The students will be in Lompoc from July 26 through Aug. 9. Each of the students has had several years of classroom English and each will have full insurance. The students will be in class during the day, and hosts aren't expected to provide spending money or supplies for the students. 

For more information, call Sara Frank at 588-3528.

Military families invited to back-to-school giveaway

Operation Homefront, a veteran and military family support organization, is encouraging local families with active-duty military personnel to register to receive free backpacks and back-to-school supplies for their children from the Operation Homefront Back-to-School Brigade.

Registration for the giveaway is available online at www.operationhomefront.org/event/list. The deadline to register is Aug. 2. Two hundred backpacks and accompanying school supplies will be distributed at the Back-to-School Brigade event, which will be held Aug. 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Additionally, shoppers may purchase and donate school supplies to the Back-to-School Brigade at any Dollar Tree store through Aug. 10. This is the ninth year that Dollar Tree has partnered with Operation Homefront to provide school supplies to military children, according to organizers.

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