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CHS Aquarium to host shark-themed open house

The Cabrillo High School Aquarium will host its popular shark-themed open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the on-campus facility.

The free event, which is open to the community, is titled "Sharks in the Channel." It will be led by aquarium students, who will feature different types of sharks found off the Central Coast. A variety of hands-on activities will delve into information about local sharks, including horn sharks, swell sharks and even great whites. Student curators will be giving feeding demonstrations throughout the evening.

For more information, contact Aquarium Director Greg Eisen at eisen.greg@lusd.org or 742-2888.

Rotary fundraiser aims to help end polio

The Rotary Club of Lompoc has partnered with Scratch Kitchen for a fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 24, which is recognized across the globe as World Polio Day, aimed at supporting the eradication of the paralyzing disease.

The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Scratch Kitchen restaurant, located at 610 North H St. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be directed to the Rotary International’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative, according to organizers.

“We want our friends and neighbors in Lompoc to know that polio still exists in the world,” said Ed Braxton, the president of the Rotary Club of Lompoc. “Many folks believe that this disease isn’t a threat anymore. But, it is until there are no new reported cases and everyone possible is vaccinated. Chef Augusto Caudillo, a fellow member of the Lompoc Rotary, is graciously opening the doors of Scratch Kitchen to support this great cause.”

AAUW to raise funds with Wild West Pizza

The Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has teamed with Wild West Pizza, 1137 North H St., for a Friend-raiser and Fund-raiser from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

The AAUW will receive 50 percent of proceeds from regular-price pizza purchases from customers who mention AAUW during the allotted time period. A bake sale will also be in progress until sold out.

The AAUW is one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. It has a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches and 800 college/university institution partners. Membership is open to all genders. For more information about joining or supporting AAUW, email lompocvandenberg-ca@aauw.net or visit http://lompocvandenberg-ca.aauw.net/.

Half-Century Club to host Halloween Bingo

The Valley of Flowers Half-Century Club will hold its annual Halloween Bingo event Friday, Oct. 26, at the club’s headquarters at 341 North N St.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with games slated to begin an hour later. The cost for the first pack of cards is $10, with each additional pack costing $6. The event will also include a costume contest and potluck, so attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Proceeds will benefit the club, according to the organizers.

For more information, call the club at 805-736-6669. 

Old Town Trick or Treat event slated for Saturday

Children and families are invited to take part in Lompoc's sixth annual Old Town Trick or Treat event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in downtown Lompoc.

Participating businesses in the Old Town area will offer treats for children and there will be booths set up in Centennial Park, at the corner of Cypress Avenue and South H Street, where kids can also trick or treat. Costumes are encouraged, and there is no charge.

Halloween bake sale to benefit shelter animals

Shadow’s Fund, a nonprofit organization that supports vulnerable shelter dogs, will hold a Halloween Bake Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Grocery Outlet, 316 E. Ocean Ave.

The sale will include a variety of baked goods and dog treats. All of the proceeds will go toward assistance for the animals in the care of Shadow’s Fund, according to organizers.

For more information, contact Bea Rains at 805-736-3034.

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