About Town: Christmas meals for needy, Artesia open house

About Town: Christmas meals for needy, Artesia open house


Pizza Garden offering Christmas meals to those in need

Pizza Garden, 1017 North H St., will offer a free pizza buffet from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25, for families in the Lompoc community that are in need.

Anyone interested in receiving a meal should just show up at the restaurant during those hours.

Artesia School open house slated for Saturday

There will be an open house at the old Artesia Schoolhouse, 115 W. Chestnut Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28.

Built in 1876, Artesia was the Lompoc Valley’s first county school and was the oldest used continuously before closing in 1961. On display will be old school desks, ink wells, books, and even a dollhouse made to look like Artesia with students at their desks. There is no charge, but a $1 donation is appreciated.

For more information, call 805-736-9442.

Food Pantry seeking holiday donations 

The Lompoc Food Pantry, which is coordinated by Catholic Charities, is asking for donations this holiday season.

This year, the Food Pantry has a Silent Angel partner who has agreed to match dollar-for-dollar any donation. The Food Pantry is a nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible.

The Lompoc Food Pantry helps those in need in Lompoc, as well as those in Los Alamos, Buellton, Solvang and Santa Ynez. The Pantry offers a range of human services, including food for some 200 clients a day, as well as assistance with utilities and home repairs for qualified clients.

The public is invited to visit the Food Pantry at 325 North 2nd St. in Lompoc.

Half-Century Club to host bingo games

The Lompoc Valley of Flowers Half-Century Club will hold a special New Year's Eve bingo potluck event on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 341 North N St.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., early bird games will start at 6:30 and the first full session will begin at 7. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share, and dinner will be served around 8 p.m. There will be noisemakers, prizes and free games.

For more information, call the club at 805-736-6669.

'Resolution Run' planned for New Year's Day

Lompoc community members are invited to ring in a healthy new year by participating in the city's annual Resolution Run, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, at the River Bend Park fitness trail, located at the north end of A Street.

The three-mile fun run, put on by the Lompoc Recreation Division, is open to people of all ages and fitness levels. Participants will be able to walk or run the course. Registration is $20.

Participants can register the morning of the event, or by searching "Resolution Run" at https://apm.activecommunities.com/lompocrecreation/Activity_Search.

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.


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