About Town: Lompoc Pops holiday concert, AAUW holiday bake sale

About Town: Lompoc Pops holiday concert, AAUW holiday bake sale

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Lompoc Pops to present holiday favorites

The Lompoc Pops Orchestra will usher in the Christmas season with a special holiday concert scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the First United Methodist Church, 925 North F St.

The show is billed by the Lompoc Pops Orchestra as a "memorable evening of festive and delightful holiday favorites." General admission tickets at the door will be $20, while the cost will be $5 for students with I.D. Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free.

The concert is slated to include the orchestra’s renditions of holiday classics like "Sleigh Ride," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," as well as "March of the Toys" (from the 1961 film "Babes in Toyland"), among others. Additionally, guest artist Christopher Bengochea is scheduled to sing "White Christmas" and "O Holy Night," along with a third selection of his choosing.

To purchase advance tickets, call 805-735-6463. Reservations also can be made for will-call pickup. For more information on the Lompoc Pops Orchestra, visit www.lompocpopsorchestra.org.

AAUW to raise funds with holiday bake sale

The Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold a holiday bake sale from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, on the sidewalk in front of 104 South H St.

The bake sale is a fundraiser for the branch’s Speech Trek program. The Speech Trek competition is scheduled for Jan. 31 at Lompoc City Hall and is open at no cost to high school-aged students in Lompoc, Santa Ynez, Buellton and Solvang. The topic for the 2020 Speech Trek contest is: “Are men and women truly equal today, or are the suffragettes of 1920 still suffering in 2020?”

Applications for the contest are available from AAUW Speech Trek coordinator Pam Buchanan, who can be reached at pamelajoybuchanan@icloud.com. Speeches will be judged by a diverse panel of community professionals, and the top three will be awarded $250, $150 and $100, respectively.

Nominations sought for Holiday Decoration Contest

The Lompoc Beautification and Appearance Commission now is accepting nominations for its 25th annual Holiday Decoration Contest. Nominations must be submitted by noon Friday, Dec. 6.

Nominations of Lompoc houses, apartments, businesses and other buildings with outdoor holiday decorations are welcomed for consideration. Prize winners will be picked by Lompoc Beautification and Appearance Commission judges, with judging set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. All nominees are asked to turn on their holiday lights before judging.

To make nominations, call Kathleen at 805-875-8034.

Dog rescue teams with Floriano's for fundraiser

Shadow’s Fund Dog Rescue has teamed with Floriano's Mexican Food, 1129 North H St., for a fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from eligible meal purchases during the fundraiser hours will be donated to Shadow’s Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of senior dogs, dogs labeled as pit bulls, and dogs with a treatable injury or illness. Customers must mention Shadow's Fund when ordering to have their purchase included in the fundraiser.

For more information, contact Bea Rains at 736-3034.

'Chase Santa' fun run slated for River Park

The Lompoc Valley Distance Club will host its fifth annual "Chase Santa — Toys 4 Tots 5K Run/Walk" on Saturday, Dec. 7, 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 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 finishers in each age group and door prizes will be given out afterward.

For more information, call 805-733-2255 or email lompocvalleydistanceclub@gmail.com. The event is co-sponsored by the Lompoc Valley Distance Club and Marine Corps League 1340.

Family seeking support for holiday bike drive

The organizing family of the "Brice Fabing Memorial Bikes 4 Kids Drive" is asking for the community’s help to bring in more than 100 bicycles this year for the drive, which will continue through Sunday, Dec. 15.

The drive is held in memory of Brice Fabing, a former Lompoc High School student and athlete who was killed in 2005 at age 17. Monetary donations can be dropped off at any CoastHills Credit Union branches. Donors are asked to make checks payable to “Brice Fabing Memorial Bikes 4 kids.” Donations — of money, bicycles or helmets — can also be sent to, or dropped off at, 1341 Marigold Way, Lompoc, CA 93436. 

All money will go toward new bicycles that will be distributed to local Lompoc children through various nonprofit and support organizations this holiday season, according to the Fabing family.

For more information, or to schedule a drop-off time with the Fabing family, call 805-735-6350.

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