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CHS Aquarium to host 'SHARKS!' open house

The Cabrillo High School Aquarium will host its popular "SHARKS!" open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the on-campus facility.

The free event, which is open to the community, will feature sharks on exhibit all across the Aquarium, including two new gray smoothhounds. Students will also highlight the school's successful breeding program, which has resulted in more than a dozen horn shark eggs, some of which have just recently hatched. Visitors will also be able to view feeding demonstrations and participate in hands-on activities across the facility.

For more information, contact Aquarium Director Greg Eisen at or 742-2888.

Buddhist Center offering meditation classes

Mahakankala Buddhist Center North, located at 701 E. North Ave., Suite F, will offer a series of free meditation classes beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 25 through Nov. 22.

The series, titled “The Five Habits of Happy People,” will explore ways of thinking that uplift the mind and enable people to maintain a light, joyful attitude in their busy daily lives, according to organizers. Everyone is welcome to attend the drop-in classes. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, call 563-6000, email or visit

Toastmasters Club to hold Halloween Party

The Lompoc Valley of Flowers Toastmasters Club will host a Halloween Party at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Bethany Lutheran Church, 135 South E St.

The event is free to attend and will include a potluck. Prizes will be given out for best impromptu (table topics) speakers from categories of Halloween trivia, and there will also be a costume contest and trick-or-treating.

Toastmasters International is a globally recognized, nonprofit organization aimed at building better public speakers and leaders. The Lompoc club is inviting new guests to sample how Toastmasters can impact people’s professional and personal lives.

For more information, contact event chair Karen McRedmond at 736-3229 or at

Civic Theatre offers additional 'Wally's Cafe' performance

Lompoc Civic Theatre has added an additional performance of its popular dinner theater production of "Wally's Café." The added show will take place Saturday in the Ellery Room at the Mission Club, 4300 Club House Road.

The show is a comedy about Wally, the owner of a roadside cafe outside of Las Vegas, his wife, Louise, a long-suffering spouse of a man with a dream, and Janet, a young lady who arrives one day as a want-to-be starlet, and never quite seems to leave. The play takes place over a 40-year span and is directed by Anne Ramsey.

Tickets are $55 for the show and a three-course meal provided by Sage Restaurant. Reservations are required by Tuesday by calling 735-2281 or tickets can be purchased online at

Church to host free Block Party on Halloween

Lompoc Foursquare Church will host its annual family-friendly Block Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Halloween night, Oct. 31, in the 100 block of North C Street. 

The free event is billed as a fun and safe alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating. It will feature new inflatables, including the Euro Bungy, a 115-foot obstacle course, as well as games with prizes and contests for children of all ages. This year there will also be a judged Family Costume Contest. Other attractions will include a 27-foot inflated slide, a Hot Wheel car track, photo booth, bungee run rock wall.

The event is open to the community and will include free popcorn, cotton candy and other candies. Other snacks and drinks will be available for purchase, but free to all active military with ID.

For more information, call the church office at 736-2772 or visit

Food Pantry seeking turkey/ham donations

The Lompoc Catholic Charities Food Pantry is asking the public to donate turkeys and/or hams that will be given to local families in need during Thanksgiving week.

The donations are requested Nov. 6 to 22 and can be made in several ways: Bring a turkey to the Food Pantry at 325 North 2nd St. or donate money to purchase a turkey or pay Vons for one or more turkeys that the store will then deliver to the Food Pantry.

For more information, call Ryzbel B. Pack at 736-6226.

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