VAFB to host 'Visionary Women' panel

In recognition of March being Women’s History Month, Vandenberg Air Force Base is celebrating women’s contributions to society and their local communities with events themed, "Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.”

As part of this celebration, the base will host a panel discussion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the on-base Pacific Coast Club to honor women who have led efforts to end war, violence and injustice and have been pioneers in their respective fields. The panel will include Lompoc Mayor Jenelle Osborne, Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino and Robin Ghormley, the 30th Space Wing’s chief of public affairs.

The event is free and open to all who have base access. The Pacific Coast Club is located at 758 Nebraska Ave. Lunch will be served for a fee.

'March For Our Lives' scholarship deadline nears

The Lompoc March For Our Lives Committee is offering one $500 scholarship this spring to a graduating senior enrolled at Lompoc, Cabrillo or Maple high schools.

Applications can be picked up from scholarship coordinators in the counseling offices at all three high schools. Students have until Friday, March 15, to complete and turn in the application.

Wally Waldau, chairman for the local chapter, said the scholarships are being offered to keep the community aware of the issues surrounding gun violence and school safety, and to support students who are willing to address the issues. The chapter was founded as part of the nationwide response to the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.

For more information, contact Waldau at 805-588-3998 or at wallywaldau@msn.com.

Local AAUW branch to host 'Flapjack Fundraiser'

The Lompoc-Vandenberg branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a "Flapjack Fundraiser" from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Applebee’s, 621 W. Central Ave.

The money raised, according to the AAUW, will go toward the cost of sending five eighth-grade girls from Lompoc Valley Middle School and Vandenberg Middle School to the AAUW Tech Trek STEM Camp at UCSB in July. Tech Trek is a weeklong academic residential camp featuring hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Tickets for the fundraiser are $10 per person. They can be purchased in advance from AAUW members or at the door. For more information, call Wynn Clevenger 805-736-3067.

Church to hold 'Tie-In' in honor of Quilting Day

A special "Tie-In" program will be held to celebrate National Quilting Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the Timothy Hall at Bethany Lutheran Church, 135 South E St.

Community members are invited to attend and join the Bethany quilters. Attendees do not need to know how to quilt; they only need to know how to tie a knot, and the quilters will be able to teach that. Those feeling more adventurous will be able to help design, sew, lay and/or finish a quilt using precut squares. All materials will be provided.

The finished quilts will be sent via Lutheran World Relief to disaster-stricken areas of the world.

For more information, contact Judy Carpenter at 805-757-3503 or judykaycar@comcast.net.

Vandenberg Village Lions Club to serve diners, help students

The Vandenberg Village Lions Club will serve diners for the 12th straight year Tuesday, March 19, at Tom's Burgers in an effort to raise money for its scholarship fund.

The Tip-a-Lion event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at the restaurant, located at 115 E. College Ave. Raffle prizes will also be given away during the event. All tips and money raised through the event will go toward scholarships provided by the club to Cabrillo High School seniors, according to the club.

To pick up orders, call 805-736-9996. To view the restaurant's menu, visit www.tomsburgersa2z.com

Alpha Club to hold monthly meeting

The Lompoc Alpha Literary and Improvement Club will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 20, at 704 E. Ocean Ave.

The meeting will begin with a social hour at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch. Evelin Lopez, from Lompoc High School, and Layla Gutierrez, from Cabrillo High School, are scheduled to speak about their experience at a three-day seminar they attended at Cal Lutheran University as part of the Hugh O'Brian Leadership program. Information will also be available about the club’s annual Garden Tour on Saturday, May 4.

For information on joining the Alpha Club, contact Elizabeth at 805-727-2433.

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