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. Saturday and Dec. 3 at the campus, located at 991 Mountain View Blvd.

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

'Chase Santa' fun run slated for River Park

The Lompoc Valley Distance Club will host the third annual “Chase Santa Toys 4 Tots 5K Run/Walk” on Saturday at River Park.

The entry fee for the event is $5, plus an unwrapped toy for the Toys 4 Tots program in the Lompoc Valley. Registration will take place the day of the event, starting at 8 a.m. The chase will start at 9.

Participants will chase Santa for 3.1 miles around the fitness trail at River Park. The first five runners who beat Santa's time win a prize. Also, awards will be presented to the top three finishers in age groups ranging from 12 and younger to 80 and older. New this year will be door prize drawings at the conclusion of the event.

For more information, contact Fran at 733-2255 or email

Dog rescue to hold bake sale, collection drive

Shadow's Fund Dog Rescue will host a Christmas Bake Sale and Stuff The Van donation event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lompoc's Grocery Outlet, 316 E. Ocean Ave.

The bake sale will be Christmas-themed and will offer a variety of homemade baked goods for people, as well as treats for dogs.

For the Stuff The Van collection drive, the rescue is asking for donations of blankets, quilts, bedspreads, area rugs and dog toys and treats. Monetary donations are also welcome.

Shadow’s Fund operates the Sheltering Oak Sanctuary south of Lompoc that houses 34 dogs. It is a safe haven and provides a place of refuge and healing. The organization’s mission is to give those dogs, often senior dogs and so-called bully breeds, a second chance to experience joy and remind them that their lives are precious.

Cabrillo Madrigal Singers to perform at Cal Poly

The Cabrillo High School Madrigal Singers will be among the performers in a holiday show being put on by the Cal Poly choirs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center on Cal Poly’s San Luis Obispo campus.

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The show is titled “Holiday Kaleidoscope.” Cal Poly’s PolyPhonics, the University Singers and the Early Music Ensemble will be joined on the concert by three high school choirs: The Madrigal Singers from Cabrillo and choirs from San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. The groups will perform holiday favorites and new works.

Tickets, which are $14 and $18 for the public and $9 and $14 for students, are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 756-4849. For more information, call the Cal Poly music department at 756-2406 or visit

Pops Orchestra to celebrate holidays 

The Lompoc Pops Orchestra will present "A Christmas Pop Collection," a selection of Christmas and holiday songs, at its next concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Lompoc's First United Methodist Church, 925 North F St.

The concert will feature many holiday favorites, as well as the traditional audience sing-a-long and a special appearance by Lompoc's community chorus.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for full-time students of all ages and free for children 12 and younger.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 735-6463 or visit