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About Town: Lompoc Music Association concert, Botanic and Horticultural meeting

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Lompoc Music Association to host concert

Due to late changes, the Lompoc Music Association will open its 2020 concert schedule with a different set of performers than had been previously announced in a show slated for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ, 3346 Constellation Road.

The new performers will include a trio of cellists: Barbara Hunter-Spencer, Jeanne Shumway, and Hilary Clark. The musicians are set to play three suites for the cello by Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 1 in G Major, Suite No. 5 in C Minor, and Suite No. 6 in D Major.

Admission to the concert will be $20 for adults and $6 for students. Those with season tickets also will be admitted.

Botanic and Horticultural Society to meet

The Lompoc Valley Botanic and Horticultural Society will hold its next meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Stone Pine Hall, 201 South H St.

The program will be led by Eve Vigil, one of the founders of the San Luis Obispo Botanic Garden. Vigil is expected to share some of her experiences in starting, developing and maintaining that resource.

For more information, call Charlie Blair at 805-733-3189.

City offices, LUSD schools to close for MLK holiday

All Lompoc city offices and Lompoc Unified School District schools and education offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

The schools and offices will return to a normal schedule Tuesday, Jan. 21.

City garbage and recycling collection will be delayed by one day all week.

Civic Theatre to hold auditions for 'The Humans'

The Lompoc Civic Theatre will hold auditions for "The Humans," a play by Stephen Karam, at 7 p.m. on both Tuesday, Jan. 21, and Thursday, Jan. 23, at Stone Pine Hall, 210 South H St.

“The Humans” is a humorous, hopeful and heartbreaking play that takes place as the Blakes, an average American family, gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. According to the Chicago Tribune, it is “a play about the horrors of ordinary life and the love we need to counter them.”

There are roles for four women (two ages 20s to 30s; and two ages 60s to late 70s) and two men (one ages 30s to 40s; and one in 60s).

The play, which will be directed by Larry McLellan, will be performed March 27 through April 11 at the Civic Auditorium.

For more information, contact the Lompoc Civic Theatre at 805-735-2281.

Historical Society to host open house

The Lompoc Valley Historical Society will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at 207 North L St.

The event will offer visitors a chance to explore Lompoc's history, as well as a final chance this season to see the Christmas decorations at the 1875 Victorian home. An organ demonstration is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

For more information, email lompochistory@gmail.com.

Peace Prize to be awarded at Jan. 26 ceremony

The Lompoc community is invited to attend the 10th annual Valley of the Flowers Peace Prize ceremony, which will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ, 3346 Constellation Road in Vandenberg Village.

The 10 nominees being honored this year for having contributed to peace and understanding in the community include: immigration counselor Guadalupe Perez; grassroots philanthropist Jose Trejo; community leader Yasmin Dawson; AAUW coordinator Pam Buchanan; 8-year-old philanthropist Boss Brockett; pastor Eric De La CruzYuri Gomez and her classmates, known collectively as Lompoc Youth Connections; Maple High Principal Katy Wallace; physical therapist Lorena Rios; and youth leader Eddie Perez.

The ceremony will include recognitions of each nominee, as well as musical interludes and commentaries on peace.

After the ceremony, attendees will be invited to the church Fellowship Hall for refreshments.

AAUW to host Speech Trek contest at City Hall  

The Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is inviting members of the community to attend its annual Speech Trek competition, scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in the Council Chambers at Lompoc City Hall, 100 Civic Center Plaza. It is free to attend.

The topic for this year's contest is: “Are men and women truly equal today, or are the suffragettes of 1920 still suffering in 2020?”

The participants who will give speeches on the topic are students of all genders from local high schools. Speeches will be judged by a diverse panel of community professionals and the top three students will be awarded $250, $150 and $100, respectively.

The local program is sponsored by CoastHills Credit Union, The Bookstore and Foursquare Church.

For information on how to join the AAUW's Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch, email lompocvandenberg-ca@aauw.net or visit https://lompocvandenberg-ca.aauw.net/membership.

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