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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.

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, call Joyce at 900-0710.

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.

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

Church to put on two-day Fall Festival

The Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 3495 Rucker Road, will host its annual Fall Festival this weekend from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

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The event will include international food booths, a bounce house, games, bingo, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions. On Saturday there will be a salad luncheon, while Sunday will feature barbecue tri-tip and chicken dinners, and a live auction at 4:30 p.m. Raffle ticket prizes will be $1,000, $500 and $250.

Church to host Blessing of the Animals

The First United Methodist Church of Lompoc, 925 North F St., will host a Blessing of the Animals ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard between the church’s sanctuary and education building.

The free event is open to the community. Attendees are invited to bring their pets. All pets are welcome, though they must be on a leash, crated, caged, in an aquarium/terrarium or otherwise secured.

For more information, call the church office at 736-1271.

AAUW program to focus on gender bias

Sarah Thébaud, an associate professor of sociology and a research associate of the Broom Center for Demography at UCSB, will lead a presentation on gender bias beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Ave.

The program, titled “Gender Bias at Work: What is the problem and how can we fix it?”, is being sponsored Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Thébaud’s research identifies social, psychological, organizational, and institutional level factors contributing to gender inequalities in domains such as entrepreneurship, workplace authority, higher education, and family. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2010 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University in 2012.

A short AAUW business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., prior to Thébaud’s presentation. All AAUW members, prospective members and community members are invited to attend. AAUW membership is open to all people who hold an Associate’s Degree or higher.

For more information on this program and/or AAUW, contact Dianne Owens at