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Civic Theatre offering free holiday production

The Lompoc Civic Theatre is inviting members of the community to get in the holiday spirit by attending a free production of “An Implausible Claus,” a one-act play by Nikki Harmon.

Directed by Chris Jeszeck, the play attempts to inspire the Christmas spirit through the meeting of two improbably paired friends. It will include half and hour of singalong Christmas carols, a visit from Santa and entertainment from local talent. The show will be presented at Stone Pine Hall, 210 South H St., at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Rather than purchase tickets, attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for the Lompoc Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served after the performance. For more information, contact the LCT at 735-2281.

Family seeking donations for memorial toy drive

The friends and family of late Lompoc teenager Mikey Terrones are asking for the community’s participation in the 11th annual Mikey Terrones Holiday Memorial Toy Drive.

The drive is held in memory of Terrones, a former Lompoc High School student-athlete who was killed in 2005. It will benefit children and families that utilize Good Samaritan Services of Lompoc.

Donors are asked to bring unwrapped toys/gifts in original packaging to a reception that will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Post 1717 office inside the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave. The reception will include appetizers and conversation.

For more information, contact Mike Terrones, toy drive director, at 588-8098.

Manzanita to host 'Winter Wonderland' event

The community is invited to kick off the holiday season by attending Manzanita Public Charter School’s first “Winter Wonderland” event, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the campus, located at 991 Mountain View Blvd.

The festive family event will include a Christmas tree farm with Oregon trees for $60 and wreaths for $35; free pictures with Santa Claus; a dollar penguin shop for kids to shop for family and friends; a Scholastic book fair; live music provided by the Cabrillo High School marching band and the Manzanita Honor Choir; a door/window decorating contest; food trucks; and a sixth-grade Christmas bake sale.

The event is open to everyone, but trees are limited. For more information, visit manzanitacharterschool.com.

'Chase Santa' fun run slated for River Park

The Lompoc Valley Distance Club will host the third annual "Chase Santa Toys 4 Tots 5K Run/Walk" on Saturday at River Park.

The entry fee for the event is $5, plus an unwrapped toy for the Toys 4 Tots program in the Lompoc Valley. Registration will take place the day of the event, starting at 8 a.m. The chase will start at 9.

Participants will chase Santa for 3.1 miles around the fitness trail at River Park. The first five runners who beat Santa's time win a prize. Also, awards will be presented to the top three finishers in age groups ranging from 12 and younger to 80 and older. New this year will be door prize drawings at the conclusion of the event.

For more information, contact Fran at 733-2255 or email lompocvalleydistanceclub@gmail.com.

Dog rescue to hold bake sale, collection drive

Shadow's Fund Dog Rescue will host a Christmas Bake Sale and Stuff The Van donation event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lompoc's Grocery Outlet, 316 E. Ocean Ave.

The bake sale will be Christmas-themed and will offer a variety of homemade baked goods for people, as well as treats for dogs.

For the Stuff The Van collection drive, the rescue is asking for donations of blankets, quilts, bedspreads, area rugs and dog toys and treats. Monetary donations are also welcome.

Shadow’s Fund operates the Sheltering Oak Sanctuary south of Lompoc that houses 34 dogs. It is a safe haven and provides a place of refuge and healing. The organization’s mission is to give those dogs, often senior dogs and so-called bully breeds, a second chance to experience joy and remind them that their lives are precious.

Pops Orchestra to celebrate holidays 

The Lompoc Pops Orchestra will present "A Christmas Pop Collection," a selection of Christmas and holiday songs, at its next concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Lompoc's First United Methodist Church, 925 North F St.

The concert will feature many holiday favorites, as well as the traditional audience sing-a-long and a special appearance by Lompoc's community chorus.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for full-time students of all ages and free for children 12 and younger.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 735-6463 or visit www.lompocpopsorchestra.org.

Free Honky Tonk Christmas concert 

Local radio station KTNK and Peace Lutheran Church have teamed to offer a free Honky Tonk Christmas concert from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Peace Lutheran, 1000 W. Ocean Ave.

The concert will feature country, bluegrass and rockabilly music from Central Coast artists Dylan Ortega, Too Little Too Late, Charlie McNeal, Dead Zed's Chopper and special guest Heart of Texas Records recording artist Justin Trevino.

No tickets are required. A free will offering will be taken during the event to support local charities.

For more information, contact Peace Lutheran at 736-0250.

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