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Senior program canceled due to illness

A senior program that was set to feature Rona Barrett on Tuesday night has been canceled due to Barrett contracting an illness.

Barrett, who runs the Rona Barrett Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Ynez that is dedicated to the aid and support of senior citizens in need, was to be the featured speaker during a special program scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, 925 North F St. Church officials announced the cancellation Monday. It was not immediately clear if the event would be made up.

For more information, call the church office 736-1271 or visit

Museum's WWI program to focus on poetry

For the third 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 titled "The Poetry of World War I" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Stone Pine Hall, 210 South H St.

Steve Brass, a Santa Ynez Valley-based poet, will be the guest speaker. He will introduce the poetry of the war and discuss the impact of the war on poetry's structure, form and content. A selection of poems from the period will be performed by members of the Lompoc Civic Theatre. Among the featured poets are several who fought and died in the war, including Joyce Kilmer, Wilfred Owen and Alan Seeger. Others had a close family member die fighting in the war. 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, which will be the 100-year anniversary of the end of the war. For more information, contact the museum at 736-3888, visit or go to the facility at 200 South H St.

AAUW to host multicultural potluck

The Lompoc-Vandenberg branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will celebrate AAUW International Programs with an Indian, Bhutanese and Nepalese themed potluck dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at the Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ, 3346 Constellation Road.

The public and prospective members are invited to attend. At about 7 p.m., Dianne Owens, program vice president, will lead a slideshow presentation and discussion highlighting her three-week trip to India in April 2017 and her three-week trip to Bhutan and Nepal in November 2017.

Reservations are necessary and should be made by emailing or calling 733-1734 by Wednesday. Membership in AAUW is open to people with an associate degree or higher and there are no barriers to full participation in the organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.

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 Completed applications must be turned in at the office no later than 3 p.m. Friday.

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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. Tuesday and/or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

LCT to hold auditions for 'Good People'

The Lompoc Civic Theatre will hold auditions Jan. 14 and 16 for a production of “Good People,” a play by David Lindsay-Abaire that will be directed by Larry McLellan.

Auditions will take place at 7 p.m. on both dates at Stone Pine Hall, 210 South H St. There are roles available for four women (two in the 50s age range, one in the 60s and one for a 30-something African-American) and two men (one each in the 20s and 50s age ranges).

The show will be performed at the Civic Auditorium from March 9 through 25.