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About Town: 'Blue Christmas' service, City holiday closures

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Church to host 'Blue Christmas' worship service

The First United Methodist Church of Lompoc, 925 North F St., is inviting community members to attend its "Blue Christmas" worship service, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in the church's sanctuary.

The name of the service comes from the season that is supposed to be filled with joy but can often be difficult for those experiencing loss. Attendees are encouraged to invite someone struggling with grief or hardship to come with them. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call 805-736-1271 or visit lompocumc.org.

Lompoc city offices to close for holidays

Lompoc city facilities and most city field operations will be closed for the holidays from Monday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Dec. 27. City facilities will again be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year holiday.

The weeklong December closure, which was approved by the Lompoc City Council, is being implemented as a cost-savings measure for the city, while minimizing the impact on the public and city employees, according to a city spokeswoman.

Crucial operations, including police, fire, water treatment and wastewater treatment, will continue to function during the holiday closures.

During the holiday closures, utility payments may be mailed, paid online, or placed in the yellow utility payment drop box in front of the Lompoc Police Department at 107 Civic Center Plaza.

Flower Fest Queen applications available

Applications to run for 2020 Flower Festival Queen are available at the Lompoc Valley Festival Association office at 414 W. Ocean Ave. and online at www.lompocvalleyfestivals.com. Completed applications must be turned in at the office no later than 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.

Candidates must be at least 17 years old and won’t reach 21 prior to June 20. Candidates must not currently be pregnant, have never been married, had a child or have been convicted of a felony. Candidates must also have been residents of the Lompoc Valley for at least a year. This includes Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg Village and Mission Hills.

For more information, call the LVFA office at 805-735-8511 from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

LUSD open enrollment period underway

Students in Lompoc Unified School District who wish to attend a school other than their school of residence during the 2020-21 school year must have a parent or guardian apply for a transfer during the district's open enrollment period, which will last from Dec. 1 through Jan. 15.

Students already enrolled with a transfer need not reapply to remain at their present school. However, matriculation from elementary to middle school or from middle to high school will require the submission of a new transfer application.

Although every effort is made to keep families together, siblings are not guaranteed approval, according to LUSD, and an application must be submitted even if the family already has a child attending a school other than the family's neighborhood school. Transportation will not be provided for students who attend school on an approved intradistrict transfer attendance application.

Applications can be accessed at www.lusd.org or picked up at the LUSD Receptionist Desk at 1301 North A St. For more information, call the attendance office at 805-742-3244.

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. Customers are also welcome to stay and eat the meals on the lodge's patio.

To schedule a barbecue fundraiser with the group, call Joe Gonzales at 805-735-7081.

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