Empty Bowls fundraiser set for Wednesday

The 15th annual Lompoc Empty Bowls fundraiser, which will benefit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave.

For a donation of $25, attendees will be able to select a unique ceramic bowl, enjoy a simple meal of gourmet soup and bread and take the bowl home as a reminder of the meal’s purpose: to provide food to hungry people in the Lompoc community. The event will also include raffles.

Tickets will be available at the door, while supplies last. To purchase advance tickets or for more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org/events or call 805-937-3422, ext. 104.

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, March 21, 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.

Veterans group to hold meeting, 'Welcome Home BBQ'

American Veterans United (AVU), a nonprofit organization that aims to help all veterans, active duty members and their families, will hold its general monthly meeting at 11 a.m., and then a “Welcome Home Veteran’s BBQ” from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at the American Legion Post 211, 636 North H St.

The barbecue lunch, which will be sponsored by AVU Area 1 and the American Legion Post 211, will be free to veterans, but donations will be appreciated from nonveterans. The group’s regular meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of each month and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, call Frank Renteria at 805-212-2232 or email avuinc@yahho.com.

Sen. Jackson to speak at AAUW celebration

California Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson will be the featured speaker at a Women’s History Month celebration event that will be hosted Saturday, March 30, by the Lompoc-Vandenberg branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to RSVP by Saturday, March 23.

The event, themed “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence,” will begin at 10 a.m. at the Sage Restaurant, 4300 Clubhouse Road, in Vandenberg Village. The cost for brunch is $25.

RSVPs can be made by calling 805-588-2916 or emailing pamelajoybuchanan@icloud.com. Checks can also be mailed to the Lompoc-Vandenberg AAUW at P.O. Box 2523, Lompoc CA 93458.

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, March 23.

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.

Pianist to headline Lompoc Music Association show

William Koseluk, advertised as “Lompoc’s own” piano virtuoso, will take center stage at the Lompoc Music Association’s next concert, scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ, 3346 Constellation Road.

Koseluk is scheduled to perform works by three major composers: “Sonata #31 in A- Flat Major” by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Gaspard de la Nuit,” a French impressionistic virtuosic classic by Maurice Ravel; and “Sonata #3 in B Minor” by Frederic Chopin.

Tickets for the concert will be $20 for adults and $6 for students. They will be available at the door.

Spring celebration to feature music, merriment

The Tri City Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will perform during a spring celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 135 South E St. Tickets for the celebration are $10 per person and will only be available in advance through Sunday, March 24. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The event will include music and merriment, and Pastor Joe Byrd, the church chef, is set to prepare flaming cherries jubilee.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call Barb at 805-736-1874.

Democratic Club to screen film on fracking

The Environmental Issues Committee of the Lompoc Valley Democratic Club will host a free community screening of the film “Groundswell Rising” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Ave.

The award-winning documentary film looks at the grassroots movement challenging the oil and gas industry practice of fracking. There are several requests by oil companies to build new or resurrect old oil wells on the Central Coast, noted the Lompoc Valley Democratic Club, which aims to show with the screening how communities across the country have had to change when oil companies have come in to use fracking and methods like steam injection or oil injection and acidization to release crude from the earth.

After the movie, an update will be provided on current oil company requests in Cat Canyon (Sisquoc to Los Alamos) and a discussion will be held regarding the next steps will be in the process of those requests reaching the Santa Barbara County board of supervisors.

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