Lompoc Pops Orchestra to perform June 18 -- The Lompoc Pops Orchestra will hold its next concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the First United Methodist Church, 925 North F St.
Renowned vocalist Alba Franco-Cancel and pianist Matthew Harikian will be the featured soloists. In addition, high school recipients of the Pops scholarships will be announced and acknowledged. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for full-time students of all ages with student I.D. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
To reserve tickets, call 805-735-6463. For more information on the Pops, visit www.lompocpopsorchestra.org.
LVMC to host 'Calcium Challenge' event -- Lompoc Valley Medical Center is teaming up with American Bone Health for a “Calcium Challenge,” scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the hospital’s Ocean’s Seven Café, 1515 E. Ocean Ave.
The free, interactive event was designed to help participants get on the path to a stronger and healthier lifestyle. People who are frequently fatigued, suffer from dry skin, have numb or tingling fingers or get muscle cramps may not be getting enough calcium in their diet. At the “Calcium Challenge,” attendees will be able to learn about how eating yogurt, broccoli, soy foods, orange juice and dark green leafy vegetables can improve health. Calcium-rich snacks will be provided.
Reservations are requested by June 20 by calling LVMC Outreach Coordinator Karen Ortiz at 805-875-8868, or by visiting LompocVMC.com/Calcium.
Ministry to host youth basketball camp -- The Lompoc Valley Christian Men's Ministry will sponsor its 17th annual "Ultimate 3-Pointer" Summer Basketball Camp for children in third through ninth grades from June 25 through 28 at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene gymnasium, 500 E. North Ave.
Awards and prizes will be given out. Registration is $85 per child.
To register, or for more information, contact Myron Swain at 805-736-3651 or Stan Chang at 805-737-4433.
Lompoc Civic Theatre to present 'Rounding Third' -- The Lompoc Civic Theatre will present its production of “Rounding Third,” a comedy by screenwriter and playwright Richard Dresser, with a series of shows from June 15 to July 1 at Stone Pine Hall, 210 South H St.
The play follows the journey of two Little League coaches through an entire season, from their first meeting to the championship game. The coaches are Don, a blue-collar, veteran coach whose son is the star pitcher, and Michael, a corporate executive who is new to baseball. However, he agrees to be Don’s assistant because he wants to have this experience with his son, who has never played baseball.
Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with three 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on June 17, June 24 and July 1. Presale tickets for $15 are available at Alfie’s Fish & Chips, 1036 North H St.; the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce, 111 South I St.; and PJ’s Deli, 128 W. College Ave. Tickets at the door will be $18. Student, senior and military tickets, as well as Sunday matinees, will be $15 at the door. Groups of 10 or more will qualify for a discounted ticket rate of $12 per person.
Half of proceeds on hospitality sales, according to LCT officials, will be donated to the Noah Scott Foundation, an organization that aims to assist and enrich the lives of children and their families facing childhood illnesses and children in the foster care system in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
For more information on tickets and/or group sales, contact the Lompoc Civic Theatre at 735-2281.
Buddhist Center to offer meditation workshop -- The Mahakankala Buddhist Center will offer a meditation workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Plaza de Oro building, 701 E. North Ave., Suite F (upstairs, far right).
Keli Vaughan, the center's resident instructor, will teach “The Path of Great Love: Universal Compassion.” There will be two sessions of teaching and guided meditations to help students cultivate attitudes to make their minds peaceful. There will be a break for refreshments between sessions. Everyone is welcome.
Senior's Club to host gatherings twice a week -- The Lompoc Senior's Club is inviting all area senior citizens (ages 50 and older) to attend casual social gatherings the club hosts from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Friday at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave.
Attendees are encouraged to bring magazines, books, family photos, favorite recipes, hobby photos, car photos or whatever else they'd like. The gatherings are meant to be a time for participants to sit down and read, share with friends and/or make new friends.
For more on the club, visit www.facebook.com/LompocSeniorsClub.
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.
- June 16: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Drama. 2017. 1, 55 min. Directed and written by Martin McDonagh, with Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder. McDormand and Rockwell won Oscars for their performances.
- June 23: "Marshall." U.S. political/historical drama. 2017. 1 hour, 58 min. Directed by Reginald Hudlin, the cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad and Kate Hudson. Recounting an early case of attorney Thurgood Marshall -- who would later become the first African-American Supreme Court justice -- this drama depicts his defense of a black chauffeur accused of sexual assault.
- June 30: "My Life as a Dog." Sweden. Drama. 1985. 1 hour, 41 min. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Ingmar, an imaginative and energetic young boy is sent to live with an uncle in a remote village for a summer because of his single mother's ill health. The village inhabitants, some quite quirky, help get him through this tough episode of his life.
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.
Meals on Wheels looking for volunteers -- The Lompoc Meals on Wheels program, which provides home delivered daily meals to elderly and/or disabled residents, is in need of volunteers to drive meals to clients.
For more information on becoming a volunteer, or to fill out an application, call 736-3257 or visit the organization's office at 123 North D St. (through back door).
Elks Lodge offering 'Barbecue Team' for fundraisers -- The Lompoc Elks Lodge is offering its "Barbecue Team" to local nonprofits or groups that would like to raise funds with a barbecue sale.
The lodge, located at 905 E. Ocean Ave., hosts several fundraiser barbecues each year. The meals are prepared in the facility's BBQ Room, which is where meals can be picked up.
To schedule a barbecue fundraiser with the group, call Joe Gonzales at 735-7081.
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 open positions on city commissions, a committee and a board.
Positions are available for the Beautification Commission, Library Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Youth Commission, Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Board, Oversight Committee for Park Maintenance and Pool Assessment.
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 www.cityoflompoc.com/government/committees/NoticeOfVacancies.pdf.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org..
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 email@example.com or visit partnersincaring.org.
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 lompoc.chambermaster.com/news/details/flower-field-alert. 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.