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'Afternoon with Ellington' to kick off LMA season

The Jazz Divine Quartet, with guest artist Becky McClaflin at the piano, will open the Lompoc Music Association’s 2017-18 season with a program of Duke Ellington compositions, titled "An Afternoon with Ellington."

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ, 3346 Constellation Road in Vandenberg Village. The program will include songs such as "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," "Mood Indigo" and "Satin Doll." Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $6 for students. Season tickets for all four concerts will be available at the door for $55 for adults and $20 for students.

For more information, call 735-3760.

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.

Mayor inviting public for 'Coffee with Bob'

Lompoc Mayor Bob Lingl invites the community to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at South Side Coffee Co., 105 South H St.

"There is a lot going on in the community," Lingl said in a statement. "Let Bob buy you a cup of coffee while you tell him your thoughts and feelings. This is your city, Bob wants to hear from you."

Elks Lodge to host Craft Bazaar

The Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave., will host its annual Craft Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Spaces are available for rent starting at $20. Attendees will be able to shop, as well as enjoy a picnic on the lodge’s back patio. There will be tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs, drinks and baked goods for sale.

Among the items expected to be on sale are creations of glass, wood art, jewelry, blankets, aprons and other items that have been sewn, knitted and/or crocheted. 

For more information or to rent a space, call Joyce at 900-0710. Applications can also be picked up at The Box Shop, 740 North H St.

LCA to open season with 'A Tribute to Segovia'

The Lompoc Concert Association will open its 2017-18 season with "A Tribute to Segovia," featuring guitarist Andy Hackbarth, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 925 North F St.

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In an eclectic musical journey from classical Europe to the southern tip of South America, Hackbarth will illustrate how Andres Segovia’s work has influenced the contemporary guitar world.

Admission is $25 for adults and $5 for students. 

For more information, call 588-5971 or visit

Barbecue fundraiser to benefit downtown chimes

The Vandenberg Village Rotary and Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church will hold a chicken barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave. Dinners will be $10.

All proceeds will go to repair the chimes that are located outside of Grace Temple's historic downtown building.

Presale tickets are available at The Bookstore, 1137 North H St.; Dr. Gene Pritchett's office, 133 North G St.; Dr. Dana Manchester's office at 205 North H St.; Phil Boortz at Edward Jones, 3839 Constellation Road in Vandenberg Village; or from members of Grace Temple.

For more information, contact Chris Hutchinson at 735-3657.