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Local author to hold signing at The Bookstore

Author Eileen McMillen will sign copies of her book “The Little Greeter: A Grunion Tale” from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Bookstore, 1137 North H St.

McMillen is a former schoolteacher with a master’s degree in education. She lives in the Santa Ynez Valley. Her book is about a young child experiencing his first midnight grunion run at the beach in Goleta.

For more information on the signing, call 805-735-9729.

Families invited to 'Messy Church' event 

The First United Church of Lompoc, 925 North F St., is inviting local families to attend its "Messy Church-Messy Christmas" event, scheduled to take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

Activities for the free Christmas-themed event will include crafts, games and other exercises for children. It will also include a visit from the Science Guy and a simple supper for all attendees. The event is especially for families with children, according to organizers. A parent or other adult must accompany children.

For more information, call 805-736-1271 or visit

Senior Angel Tree Project seeks donors

Members of the Lompoc community are encouraged to be an “angel” this holiday season and take part in the Senior Angel Tree Project, sponsored by the Valley of Flowers Half-Century Club.

Through the project, participating angels buy a gift for a selected senior citizen, wrap the gift and sign their name as that senior’s angel. The gifts will then be delivered to seniors — many of whom don’t have friends or family members who visit them — living at the Lompoc Comprehensive Care Center, Lompoc Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Fountain Square of Lompoc.

Anyone who wishes to be an angel is asked to pick a name off a tree located at one of three collection/drop-off sites: Bank of the Sierra, 705 W. Central Ave.; Rabobank, 828 North H St.; and Vandenberg Village Community Center District, 3745 Constellation Road. All gifts need to be returned to the collection boxes at the sites by Dec. 13.

For more information, call the Half-Century Club at 805-736-6669.

Family seeking support for bike drive

The organizing family of the "Brice Fabing Memorial Bikes 4 Kids Drive" is asking for the community’s help to bring in more than 100 bicycles this year for the drive, which will continue through Dec. 15.

The drive is held in memory of Brice Fabing, a former Lompoc High School student and athlete who was killed in 2005 at age 17. Monetary donations can be dropped off at any CoastHills Credit Union branches. Donors are asked to make checks payable to “Brice Fabing Memorial Bikes 4 kids.”

All money will go toward new bicycles that will be distributed to local Lompoc children this holiday season, according to the Fabing family.

For more information, or to schedule a drop-off time with the Fabing family, call 805-735-6350.

Mission to host Las Posadas procession

Costumed docents will lead a re-enactment of the traditional Las Posadas procession through La Purisima Mission State Historic Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15.

The event, which is open to the public, is based on a tradition that goes back more than 400 years in Mexico and depicts the journey of biblical figures Mary and Joseph as they travel from inn to inn in Bethlehem searching for shelter.

The program will begin in the main mission church.

La Purisima Church to present Christmas concert

A concert of sacred Christmas music is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at La Purisima Concepcion Catholic Church, 324 South I St.

The concert, which will be free to attend and open to the community, will feature singers Sarah Raines (soprano) and Chad Ruyle (tenor), as well as violinist Diane Siminski and pianist Yun Murphy.

Also performing in the concert will be the La Purisima Rejoice Choir and the Manzanita Public Charter School Honor Choir, among others, and there will be an audience sing-along.

For more information, contact Teresa Gallanders at 310-819-7365.

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