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Toastmasters to host St. Patrick's Day party

The Lompoc Valley of Flowers Toastmasters Club will host a St. Patrick’s Day Party at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Bethany Lutheran Church, 135 South E St.

The event is free to attend and will include a potluck. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best St. Patrick's Day attire. Participants will have opportunities to practice public speaking and meet current Toastmasters members.

Toastmasters International is a 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 member Karen McRedmond at

Blood drive to be held at Elks Lodge

The United Blood Services of the Central Coast will hold a blood drive from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave.

Donors must feel well, have eaten prior to donation, weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old and have photo identification.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. To schedule an appointment, call 542-8529.

Club to host St. Patrick's Day-themed bingo potluck

The Valley of the Flowers Half-Century Club will host a St. Patrick's Day-themed bingo potluck fundraiser beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the club's headquarters at 341 North N St.

Bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. Packs are $10, with specials costing $1. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share.

For more information, call 736-6669 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday.

Flapjack Fundraiser to help girls attend Tech Trek 

The Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a Flapjack Fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee’s, 621 W. Central Ave.

The money raised will go toward the cost of sending five seventh-grade girls to the AAUW Tech Trek STEM Camp, which will be held in July at UCSB. Tech Trek is a weeklong academic residential camp featuring hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Tickets for the Flapjack Fundraiser, which are $10, can be purchased in advance from AAUW members or at the door. For more information, call Wynn Clevenger at 736-3067.

Church to hold Chili/Bake Sale fundraiser

The women of the First United Methodist Church of Lompoc will hold a Chili/Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Fireside Room at the church, 925 North F St.

All food will be available to eat in or take out. Proceeds will support local and global mission projects, according to organizers.

For more information, call the church office at 736-1271.

Buddhist Center offering meditation workshop

Mahakankala Buddhist Center North will offer a meditation workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 701 E. North Ave., Suite F (upstairs, far right).

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The workshop, titled “The Path of Good Fortune,” will focus on Buddha’s teachings on improving one's mind of generosity. The workshop, according to the center, is appropriate for those new to meditation and those with experience. Keli Vaughan, the resident teacher of Mahakankala Buddhist Center, will teach the workshop. A donation of $20 for one person or $30 for two people is requested.

For more information, visit, call 563-6000, or email

Lions Club to collect used eyeglasses

Vandenberg Village Lions Club members will be collecting used eyeglasses throughout the Lompoc Valley and beyond Saturday as part of a statewide “Lions Eyes Across California” event.

Mary Ann Weyandt and Dana Norris, Village Lions members and chairs for the local campaign, have set up drop boxes in various locations for community members to recycle old eyeglasses. The Lompoc-area boxes are located at Acceptance Financial & Insurance Services, Clear Vision Optometry, at both Coast Hills Credit Union branches, Heritage Villas, Kendall-Shepard Eye Center, the Lompoc and Village library branches, the Mission Club office, Rabobank, Sansum Clinic, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, VAFB Pacific Coast Club, VAFB Optometry Clinic, Village Coffee Stop Cafe, Vons grocery and Lompoc Family YMCA. There is also a box at the Solvang office of optometrist Dr. Dennis Bales.

According to the Lions Club, there is a great need for children’s glasses. The club is also requesting prescription sunglasses and readers, but cannot use broken glasses.

Grace Temple to dedicate new church chimes

Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 201 South H St., will hold dedication and appreciation services at 12:30 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the recently repaired chimes at the historic church, as well as to thank those who donated to the effort to repair the chimes.

“We at Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church appreciate your contributions and support toward the repairs of our chimes,” read a statement from the church.

For more information, contact the church at 736-4645.