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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.

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.

Chili/Bake Sale fundraiser planned -- 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.

Saturday night at the movies -- The Lompoc Film Club screens movies Saturdays at 7 p.m. at the LAUNCHpad, 1010 North H St., at the Northside Shopping Center. Doors open around 6:40 p.m. and close at 7:10. A post-screening discussion is welcomed, and light refreshments will be served. 

  • March 17: "Their Finest." 2017. Dramedy. 1 hour, 57 min. Directed by Lone Scherfig. Cast includes Bill Nighy and Gemma Arteron . A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg. 
  • March 24: "Loving Vincent." Art/drama. 2016. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. In a story depicted in oil-painted animation, each frame is individually executed. The film recounts the life and final days of the tormented Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh.  
  • March 31: "Goodbye Christopher Robin." Biopic. 2017. 1 hour, 47 min. Directed by Simon Curtis. Cast includes DoDombhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly MacDonald. A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son. 

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.

Lions Club collecting 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.

Relay for Life fundraiser fashion show planned -- The “Love Will Find a Cure” Relay for Life team will sponsor its annual fashion show benefit luncheon April 7 at the Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave.

The doors will open at 11 a.m. with lunch set to begin at noon. Local cancer survivors will model fashions from Deasee’s Boutique, and there will also be raffles and door prizes. Tickets, which include lunch, are $40. All profits will go to the American Cancer Society, according to organizers.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Lu Knowles at 736-0049 or Diane Zemanovic at 737-0566.

Applications available for LHS Alumni Association scholarships -- The Lompoc High School Alumni Association is accepting applications for three $1,000 scholarships that the organization will award this year to graduating seniors or graduates of Lompoc High School who are attending college or vocational school.

To be eligible, graduating seniors must have attended LHS for four years and must be the son/daughter of a member of the LHS Alumni Association. Applications will also be accepted for LHS graduates attending a university, community college or vocational school who are members of the LHS Alumni Association and enrolled in 12 units.

Applications can be downloaded from, which can be accessed through the LHS website at, or picked up at the LHS counseling office. The deadline for high school students to submit an application is March 30. The deadline for college students is May 18.

LHS Alumni Association scholarships available -- The Lompoc High School Alumni Association is accepting applications for three $1,000 scholarships that the organization will award this year to graduating seniors or graduates of Lompoc High School who are attending college or vocational school. To be eligible, graduating seniors must have attended LHS for four years and must be the son/daughter of a member of the LHS Alumni Association. Applications will also be accepted for LHS graduates attending a university, community college or vocational school who are members of the LHS Alumni Association and enrolled in 12 units. Applications can be downloaded from, which can be accessed through the LHS website at or picked up at the LHS counseling office. The deadline for high school students to submit an application is March 30. The deadline for college students is May 18.

Movie Mondays at library -- The Lompoc Public Library, 501 E. North Ave., is offering free movie screenings at 2 p.m. Mondays in the Grossman Gallery.

A different feature film will be shown each week and popcorn will be provided. Anyone looking for a fun way to fill an afternoon is invited to attend. All films are licensed for viewing under Movie Licensing USA.

To find out which film is being shown each week, call 875-8778. 

Donations sought for ride service -- Lompoc resident Thomas Brandenberg, who offers free rides to the needy through his "A Little Help" service, is reaching out to the community for donations to help keep the service going.

The money raised will go toward gas and repairs to the van that he uses to shuttle people, primarily to medical visits and to buy medication and groceries, according to Brandenberg.

For more information or to donate to the service, call Brandenberg at 305-397-9398.

City looking to fill vacancies -- The Lompoc City Council is accepting applications to fill vacancies for 16 open positions on city commissions, a committee and a board.

Positions are available for the Airport Commission, Beautification Commission, Human Services Commission, Library Commission, Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Board, Oversight Committee for Park Maintenance and Pool Assessment, Youth Commission and Utility Commission.

Detailed descriptions of the positions, along with applications, are available at the City Clerk’s Office, 100 Civic Center Plaza. More information can also be found at

To contact the City Clerk’s Office, call 875-8241.

Church offering free genealogy assistance -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 212 E. Central Ave., is offering free genealogy assistance to both members and nonmembers through its Lompoc Valley Family History Center.

The center is described by the church as a charitable service to the public to aid in ancestor research and record keeping. The center, located on the back side of the church, east of the parking lot, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

The center uses several resources to access records.

For more information on the service, call 735-4939.

Dog food drive to benefit Shadow's Fund rescue -- Shadow's Fund, a local animal rescue, has partnered with Grocery Outlet, 316 E. Ocean Ave., for an ongoing dog food drive to benefit the Shadow's Fund shelter.

A collection box has been set up at the store and shoppers are encouraged to donate any size of Nature’s Recipe dry dog food. A representative of Shadow's Fund said the shelter relies entirely on community support to operate. The shelter uses about 10 30-pound bags of dog food each week, according to the representative.

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

Community garden plots for rent -- The Lompoc Beautification and Appearance Commission's Peace Community Garden, located at 1000 W. Ocean Ave., is available for plot rentals.

The fee to rent a space at the garden is $120 per year ($10 per month) and a one-time $40 refundable cleaning deposit. Split payments and sponsorship opportunities may be available.

For an application, contact Becky Barritt at 331-3483 or at

City hosting Dance Fitness class -- The city of Lompoc is hosting a Dance Fitness class on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center.

The class, which is open to adults only, is advertised as exercise in disguise. Each class session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. The class fee is $30 for residents and $36 for nonresidents.

For more information, contact the Lompoc Recreation Division at 875-8100 or register at 125 W. Walnut Ave.

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Alzheimer's support group meets -- Anyone caring for an older person who has Alzheimer’s or a related disorder is invited to attend an ongoing support group held twice monthly in Lompoc at the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1428 W. North Ave.

The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday and fourth Monday of each month. It offers understanding and mutual support from other caregivers and caregiving strategies from professional facilitators.

For more information, call Denese Daniels at 735-4010, Mary Lou Parks at 448-4534 or the Alzheimer’s Association at 892-4249. 

Valley Haven offers free service to vets -- Lompoc Valley Haven, an adult day program for residents 55 and older, is now offering free day program services to eligible veterans, thanks to a recent grant the organization received from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To be eligible, veterans must be enrolled in the VA medical system.

For more information, call Valley Haven at 733-9459.

Interested in gardening? -- The Lompoc Community Garden, located at 901 W. College Ave., has space available for anyone interested in gardening.

Anyone who would like to participate is encouraged to get their spot now for the next season while spring planting is on the way. At the garden, volunteers practice organic gardening and share information along with harvests and friendships.

For more information, call Loretta at 757-3286 or Ruth at 291-6266 or look up “Lompoc Community Garden” on Facebook.

Group offering DMV study sessions in Spanish -- A recently formed local educational organization named “SPAN” — Spanish-Speakers Access Network — is offering study sessions in Spanish to help residents prepare for the written DMV test that is being offered at the new DMV center at 1601 North H St.

The organization has received an emerging needs grant from The Fund of Santa Barbara to cover teacher stipend and educational materials. Several students have already successfully passed the written portion of the DMV exam after taking the free classes. The group is planning to offer citizenship classes in the future.

For more information, call 717-5145 or 717-4160.

Libraries hosting weekly 'preschool storytimes' -- The Lompoc Public Library, 501 E. North Ave., hosts "preschool storytime" each week on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s department.

The Village Library, 3755 Constellation Road, will also host weekly "preschool storytime" events on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

The sessions provide an opportunity for children 3 to 6 years old to have fun with engaging books, songs and activities as they build their literacy skills, according to the library.

For more information on the Lompoc Library events, call 875-8781. For more on the Village Library events, call 733-3323.

LMA seeking board of directors members -- The Lompoc Music Association is seeking people with musical backgrounds and knowledge to join its board of directors.

The board meets once a month. Among its activities are selecting performers, scheduling concerts, hosting events, and sponsoring scholarship auditions.

Interested persons should contact Allie Kay Spaulding at

Aging support group to continue -- A new "Aging Ain't Easy" support group meets the last Thursday of the month. Debby Walters, a retired registered nurse, will facilitate the group. The event is open to the public to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of aging. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Catherine Dalton at 736-1234.

Community Partners in Caring seeking volunteers — Community Partners in Caring, 111 South I St. Suite C-1, Lompoc, is looking for volunteers who are available one or two hours a week. An hour a week of someone's companionship or assistance with simple tasks can make a world of difference to a person living alone, sick, dependent or for someone who needs a rest from caring for an ill parent or spouse. With two hours a week you can provide transportation to doctor appointment or grocery store for someone without a vehicle. Community Partners in Caring's Volunteer Program prepares, educates, and supports caring individuals willing to volunteer their time and energy towards helping their neighbors in need. For more information, call 737-1976 or email or visit

VIPs needed — The Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Visitors Center reception area is staffed by Volunteer Information Professionals (VIPs) Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our volunteers greet visitors, distribute visitor information, keep our brochure racks neatly stocked and occasionally assist chamber staff with the assembly of visitor packets. Additional volunteers are needed to fill out our weekly schedule. Currently, two Mondays per month, two Tuesdays, one or two Thursdays, two Fridays and one or two Saturdays are available. The schedule is geared around your availability. If the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift doesn't fit your schedule, the center can also use you from 2 to 5 p.m. The only requirements are that you have been a Lompoc resident for at least three to five years, are familiar with the Lompoc Valley and surrounding areas, like to meet people and have a positive attitude. Call 736-4567, ext. 223, for more information or to offer your talents.

What's blooming — and where? — During blooming season, Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce staff surveys local flower fields to create a listing of what is blooming and the field locations. The "Flower Field Alert" and a general map of valley locations can be found at The maps and Flower Field Alerts are also available at the chamber's Visitor Center, 111 South I St.

Fabing-McKay-Spanne House — 207 North L St., a restored turn-of-the-century home featuring a carriage house, reference room and the anchor of the USS Chauncey, a destroyer wrecked off the nearby coast during the 1923 Honda Point tragedy, the Navy’s largest peace-time disaster. Hours are 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday and Thursday, and the fourth Saturday of the month. Cost: Donation. Info: 735-4626.

La Purisima Mission — 2295 Purisima Road, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the building closing at 4:30 p.m. Guided tours are offered at 1 p.m. except when special events are scheduled. Advance tour reservations required for groups larger than 10. Cost: $6 parking fee. Info: 733-3713.

Lompoc Museum — 200 South H St. The museum is open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. weekends. Info: 736-3888.

Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery — 501 E. North Ave. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Info: 875-8775, ext. 8787.

Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room — 1520 E. Chestnut Court, features local artists each month. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Info: 736-9032.