Cabrillo High to host 'Celebration of Learning'

Cabrillo High School will host its annual "Celebration of Learning" open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.

The public is invited to visit the school, at 4350 Constellation Road, to view senior projects that will be on display throughout the campus. The on-campus aquarium will be open, and plants and yearbooks will be on sale throughout the evening.

During the aquarium open house, official plans and designs will be on display for the first time ever for the facility's upcoming renovation effort — the Interactive Tidepool Project, for which aquarium leaders are continuing to raise funds. Registration information will also be available for the aquarium’s upcoming summer camp.

For more information, call the school at 805-742-2900. For information on the aquarium open house, contact Aquarium Director Greg Eisen at eisen.greg@lusd.org or 805-742-2888.

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, May 16, 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-ups are encouraged.

Councilman to host community forum

Lompoc City Councilman Jim Mosby will host an open community forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in Room 105 at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave.

The event will allow for residents to discuss with Mosby whatever concerns they have on any city-related issues, including aspects of the city budget.

Free Senior Health Expo to be held Friday

The city of Lompoc and several partners have teamed to host a Senior Health Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 17, at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave.

The free event will include health checks, information on community resources, entertainment, a cooking-for-one demonstration, door prizes, and a barbecue lunch free of charge to attendees courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Lompoc. There will also be a pair of screenings of the documentary “Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit & Wisdom of Age,” by filmmaker Sky Bergman, first at 9:45 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.

City of Lompoc Transit (COLT) will be offering free transportation to and from the expo. Attendees looking to arrange transportation through COLT are encouraged to call 805-875-8098 or 805-736-7666.

American Legion Post 125 to hold grand reopening

The American Legion Post 125 will hold a grand reopening celebration beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave.

The Post 125 office had been closed due to renovations and repairs to the Veterans Building. The reopening event will include a free barbecue at 4 p.m., and attendees will be able to tour the upstairs Post 125 office.

Relay for Life to take place at Vets Building

The 2019 Lompoc Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave. 

The event will kick off with a 5K run/walk that will begin at the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce parking lot in the 100 block of South I Street and end at the Veterans Building. That run/walk, which will have a $10 entry fee, will start at 8 a.m. and serve as the lead-in to the opening ceremony, which will be held on the main stage in the Veterans Building at 10 a.m.

The event will also feature several indoor and outdoor activities, including a silent auction, scavenger hunt, lip sync battle, painting demonstration, dance performance, barbecue, live music and a bounce house.

For more information, including how to donate or find details or register for specific activities, visit http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=91842&pg=entry.

Guest preacher to lead photojournalism presentation

The Rev. Paul Jeffrey, a United Methodist missionary and photojournalist, will lead a multimedia presentation based on his globe-spanning photojournalism and also serve as a guest preacher on Sunday, May 19, at the First United Methodist Church of Lompoc, 925 North F St.

Jeffrey’s presentation will begin after a free breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The worship service, which will be led by Jeffrey, is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. in the church’s sanctuary. Jeffrey, according to the church, has filed stories from more than 80 countries and his work has been published in magazines such as “Christian Century” and “National Catholic Reporter.”

Sunday’s programs are free and open to the community. For more information, call the church office at 805-736-1271.

Gardening workshop to focus on pollinators

The University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will host a free public workshop titled “Planning a Pollinator Garden” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Stone Pine Hall, 200 South H St.

Attendees will be able to learn about the importance of pollinators, the different types of pollinators, how to build a habitat for pollinators, and how to analyze soil and climate for plant selection.

The featured speakers will be Lompoc residents Sheryl Reimers and Jim Rice. Reimers grows flowers in her garden for bees and Rice is an avid beekeeper. They also maintain a vegetable garden, a small orchard, and belong to beekeeping groups. They are first-year Master Gardeners.

To learn more about the program, visit http://cesantabarbara.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardener/, or contact the Master Gardener Helpline at 805-893-3485 or anrmgsb@ucanr.edu.

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