About Town: Veterans Day programs, Holiday bike drive

About Town: Veterans Day programs, Holiday bike drive

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VFW Post to present Veterans Day program

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1717 will present a Veterans Day program beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave.

That event is set to honor all armed forces veterans, active duty, retirees, National Guard and reserve military service members.

Col. Anthony Mastalir, the commander of the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, is scheduled to be the guest speaker. Veterans who attend are encouraged to wear their military attire. Food and refreshments will be served afterward.

Elks Lodge to hold Veterans Day lunch 

The Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave., will host its annual Veterans Day lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, and the public is invited to attend.

Veterans will be allowed free entry, while all guests and other community members will be asked to pay $5. In addition to meals with pulled pork sandwiches, there will be military displays and memorabilia available to view, and live music.

Attendees are asked to enter the lodge through the back catering entrance from the Walnut Avenue parking lot.

For more information, contact Bob Schrum at 805-736-8866 or email office@lompocelks.com.

Museum to host Veterans Day programs

The Lompoc Museum will honor World War I veterans with a series of events on Veterans Day, which will be celebrated Monday, Nov. 11.

The day’s events will include a presentation of a unique World War I artifact; a free screening of “They Shall Not Grow Old,” an award-winning World War I documentary directed by Peter Jackson; and a last chance to view the museum's special exhibit, “Lompoc Goes to War.”

The artifact, to be donated to the Lompoc Museum by Lawrence T. Vazquez, is a World War I German officer's flask. The flask was reportedly given to Vazquez's grandfather by a German officer during Armistice Day ceremonies on Nov. 11, 1918. It will be presented to the Lompoc Museum at 2 p.m.

That will be followed by a free screening of “They Shall Not Grow Old” at Stone Pine Hall, 210 South H St.

For more information on these or other museum programs, contact the Lompoc Museum at 805-736-3888 or lompocmuseum@gmail.com.

Garage sale to benefit holiday bike drive

The Fabing family, of Lompoc, is once again asking for the community’s support for its 13th annual Brice Fabing Memorial Bikes 4 Kids Bike Drive. 

The drive is held each year in memory of Brice Fabing, a former Lompoc High School student and athlete who was killed in 2005 at age 17. To support the drive, the family will hold a garage sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day Friday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1341 Marigold Way, in the Glen Ellen neighborhood.

All proceeds will be used to buy new bikes, which will be distributed to local children this holiday season, according to the Fabing family.

Donors can also drop off new bikes and/or helmets at the garage sale or can contact the Fabing family at 805-735-6350 to make arrangements for drop-off. Anyone who would like to make a monetary donation can do so to the "Brice Fabing Bikes 4 Kids" account at any CoastHills Credit Union branch.

Civic Theatre to present benefit production of 'Kitchen Witches'

The Lompoc Civic Theatre will present a dinner theater production of "Kitchen Witches" to benefit the Friends of the Lompoc Public Library System on Friday, Nov. 15, in the Ellery Room of the Mission Club, 4300 Clubhouse Road.

The production, written by Caroline Smith, will feature Anne Ramsey and Chris Jeszeck as old friends and current TV cooking show rival hostesses, who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. The cast also includes Charlie Frank and Alisha Nakashima.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30. Admission is by donation, so attendees are asked to give what they can. Seating is limited.

A no-host dinner will be available in the Mission Club’s main dining room beginning at 5:30 p.m. A full-service bar and soft drink machine will be available all evening. For more information, call Cathy at 805-735-6566.

Pianist duo to headline LCA show

Pianists Vijay Venkatesh and Eva Schaumkell will be the featured performers for the Lompoc Concert Association's second show of the 2019-20 season, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, at the First United Methodist Church, 925 North F St.

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m., with the concert scheduled to begin at 7:30. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 for adults and $5 for students.

Venkatesh and Schaumkell have “enthralled audiences with their electric and captivating performances of classics, along with contemporary works and their own arrangements, since they formed Vieness Piano Duo at USC in 2017,” according to the Lompoc Concert Association. During the Lompoc concert, the musicians are slated to perform works by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms and more.

For more information, visit www.LompocConcert.org or call 805-588-5971.

Tower Brass Quintet to perform in LMA concert

The Tower Brass Quintet is scheduled to headline a concert being put on by the Lompoc Music Association at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ, 3346 Constellation Road.

The Tower Brass Quintet consists of two trumpets, a trombone, a French horn and a tuba. The group has performed throughout Southern California, playing every kind of music from Gabrieli and Bach to Joplin and jazz.

For the Lompoc concert, tickets at the door will be $20 per adult and $6 per student.

For more information on the Lompoc Music Association, visit www.facebook.com/lmalompoc/.

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