About Town: Toys for Tots swim meet, Master Chorale Christmas concert
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About Town: Toys for Tots swim meet, Master Chorale Christmas concert

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Swim meet to benefit Toys for Tots drive

Lompoc Tsunami Aquatics will host its inaugural Toys-For-Tots Swim Meet, which will benefit the Lompoc Valley Toys for Tots campaign, from Thursday, Dec. 5, through Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Lompoc Aquatic Center, 207 W. College Ave.

The event, which will run all day each of the three days, will be free to attend. All attendees who donate an unwrapped toy valued between $10 to $15 will receive a custom Toys for Tots swim cap. All toys donated will stay in the Lompoc Valley.

Competing in the meet will be teams from Tulare, Clovis, Tehachapi, Lancaster, Malibu and several more from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. A total of 338 swimmers are registered to compete, which would make the meet the largest ever to be hosted at the Lompoc Aquatic Center, according to organizers.

The meet is designated as a last chance for winter age group championships. Lompoc Tsunami Aquatics currently has six qualified athletes who will travel to Castaic to compete from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15.

Master Chorale to present 'Christmas is Coming'

The Lompoc Valley Master Chorale will present a pair of concerts, titled "Christmas is Coming," at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, at the First United Methodist Church, 925 North F St.

The family-friendly concerts, directed by Kathleen Abrams Hacker, will feature traditional carols and popular Christmas songs, both old and new. There will also be sing-a-longs and other interactions with the audience, according to the Master Chorale.

General admission tickets are $20, while students younger than 18 will be admitted for $5. Tickets are available from Master Chorale members and at Lompoc Valley Florist, 1026 North H St.; Surf Connection, 1307C North H St.; and The Bookstore, 1137 North H St., Suite Q. They will also be available at the door prior to each concert.

For more information on the Lompoc Valley Master Chorale, visit lvmasterchorale.org.

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.

AAUW bake sale fundraiser slated for Friday, weather permitting

The Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold a holiday bake sale fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, on the sidewalk in front of 104 South H St. If rain leads to a postponement of the Lompoc Valley Children's Christmas Season Parade, however, the sale will be moved to Friday, Dec. 13, at the same time/location.

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.

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