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Families invited to 'Messy Church' event 

The First United Methodist Church of Lompoc, 925 North F St., is inviting local families to attend its "A Night in Bethlehem" Messy Church event from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

At the free event, attendees will have the chance to experience a mock Bethlehem, complete with a Bethlehem bakery, carpentry shop and pottery shed, among other attractions. Attendees will also be able to stop at the stable to hear from Mary and Joseph about the birth of baby Jesus. The event is especially for families with children, according to organizers. A parent or other adult must accompany children.

For more information, call 736-1271 or visit lompocumc.org.

Nominations sought for holiday decoration contest

The Lompoc Beautification and Appearance Commission is accepting nominations through noon Monday for its 23rd annual Holiday Decoration Contest. 

Nominations of houses, apartments and businesses with outdoor holiday decorations are welcomed for consideration. Prize winners will be picked by Lompoc Beautification and Appearance Commission judges, with judging taking place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Homes and businesses nominated are asked to turn on their holiday lights before judging.

To submit a nomination, call Diane at 875-8034.

Museum's WWI program to focus on Christmas Truce

For the second of its 13-part series commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the end of the World War I, the Lompoc Museum will host a program centered on the Christmas Truce of 1914 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at Stone Pine Hall, 210 South H St.

Harvey Green, a retired history teacher, will be the featured speaker and will provide an introduction and context for the Christmas Truce of 1914. That will be followed by a screening of the 2005 film “Joyeux Noel,” whose title is French for “Merry Christmas.” The film focuses on the famous truce. A question-and-comment discussion with the audience will follow the film, and drinks and refreshments will be provided.

The Lompoc Museum is offering programs related to World War I on the 11th day of each month through Nov. 11, 2018, which is the 100-year anniversary of the end of the war. For more information, contact the museum at 736-3888, at lompocmuseum@gmail.com, or visit the facility at 200 South H St.

Mission to host Las Posadas procession

Costumed docents will lead a re-enactment of the traditional Las Posadas procession through La Purisima Mission State Historic Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event, which is open to the public, is based on a tradition that goes back more than 400 years in Mexico and depicts the journey of biblical figures Mary and Joseph as they travel from inn to inn in Bethlehem searching for shelter.

The program will begin in the main Mission Church.

Flower Fest Queen applications available

Applications for the 2018 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. Jan. 12.

Candidates must be at least 17 years old and won’t reach 21 prior to June 17. 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 at 735-8511 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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