Schools, city offices to close for Thanksgiving

All Lompoc Unified School District schools will remain closed for this entire week and several city offices will be closed Thursday and, in some cases, Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The LUSD adult education office will be closed Wednesday through Friday, and the district's Education Center will be closed for the entire of the week. All classes and offices will resume normal schedules Nov. 27.

Additionally, Lompoc's City Hall, the Lompoc and Vandenberg Village libraries, the Anderson Recreation Center and the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center will all be closed Thursday and Friday. City of Lompoc Transit, the Aquatic Center and the city landfill will all be closed Thursday, but open Friday. 

Councilman to host open community forum

Lompoc City Councilman Jim Mosby will host an open community forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave.

The event will allow for residents to discuss with Mosby whatever concerns they have on any city-related issues, including cannabis regulations, aspects of the city budget and district-based elections.

Interfaith Alliance to hold Thanksgiving Celebration

The Lompoc Interfaith Alliance invites the community to attend its annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church of Lompoc, 925 North F St.

All are welcome to attend the celebration of gratitude and harmony. Participants from many of the faith communities in Lompoc will offer musical and spoken inspiration. There will be a reception following 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.

Manzanita to host 'Winter Wonderland' event

The community is invited to kick off the holiday season by attending Manzanita Public Charter School’s first “Winter Wonderland” event, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at the campus, located at 991 Mountain View Blvd.

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The festive family event will include a Christmas tree farm with Oregon trees for $60 and wreaths for $35; free pictures with Santa Claus; a dollar penguin shop for kids to shop for family and friends; a Scholastic book fair; live music provided by the Cabrillo High School marching band and the Manzanita Honor Choir; a door/window decorating contest; food trucks; and a sixth-grade Christmas bake sale.

The event is open to everyone, but trees are limited. For more information, visit

Family seeking donations for memorial toy drive

The friends and family of late Lompoc teenager Mikey Terrones are asking for the community’s participation in the 11th annual Mikey Terrones Holiday Memorial Toy Drive.

The drive is held in memory of Terrones, a former Lompoc High School student-athlete who was killed in 2005. It will benefit children and families that utilize Good Samaritan Services of Lompoc.

Donors are asked to bring unwrapped toys/gifts in original packaging to a reception that will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the VFW Post 1717 office inside the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave. The reception will include appetizers and conversation.

For more information, contact Mike Terrones, toy drive director, at 588-8098.