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Friends of Library to hold summer book sale -- The Friends of the Lompoc Library System will hold its annual summer book sale on Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, with a special members-only "preview sale" from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Ave.

The sale will be open to everyone from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 20 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21. The sale will include hardback and paperback books, CDs, videos, DVDs, audiobooks, and the Friends' "Treasure Table." Attendees will also be able to join the Friends of the Library during the sale.

For more information or to help during the sale, call Dorothy at 805-735-3647. Teachers and nonprofit organizations interested in after-sale items are encouraged to call the same number.

Mission's 'Candlelight Tours' tickets -- Tickets for this year’s "Candlelight Tours" event at La Purisima Mission, which is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22, are on sale.

This walking tour from scene to scene at the mission by the light of the moon and candlelight will take visitors back to the 1820s to observe the mission people in a typical night of activity. Tickets for the event and mission-style meal are $40 per person and are limited to those 6 years and older.

To purchase a ticket online, visit www.lapurisimamission.org. To purchase by mail, send a check marked "Candlelight" payable to Prelado de los Tesoros to La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc CA 93436.

For more information, call 805-733-3713 or visit the above website. Proceeds from the event help to support educational programs and the animals at La Purisima Mission.

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.

  • July 14: "Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House." U.S. political drama. 2017. 1 hour, 43 minutes. Directed by Peter Landesman and starring Liam Neeson, this film is based on Mark Felt, one of the FBI insiders in the Nixon administration.  
  • July 21: "Sami Blood." Sweden. Drama. 2017. 1 hour, 48 minutes. Directed by Amanda Kernell. Swedish drama about indigenous populations, and their lack of respect from "civilized" societies of the time. Cecile Sparrok stars as an indigenous Sami girl (Lapland) at boarding school who refuses to accept her lower social status. 
  • July 28: "The Devil’s Disciple." UK. Political/historical drama. 1990. 2 hours. The Revolutionary War serves as the backdrop for this satire penned by George Bernard Shaw. Self-professed “devil’s disciple” Dick Dudgen -- who long ago scorned the piety and traditional values of his mother -- returns home when his father dies. But after the British army arrives on the scene to lynch the village minister, Dick finds that he can’t escape his moral underpinnings.

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.

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.

Dog food drive for 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 Evo and/or California Natural brand of dog foods. A representative of Shadow's Fund said the shelter relies entirely on community support to operate.

For more information, contact Bea Rains at 805-736-3034.

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.

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 beckys.landscape@verizon.net.

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.

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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 alliekay31@comcast.net..

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 community@partnersincaring.org 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.

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