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Last week to donate food for Foodbank

White Lotus Yoga Center will host a holiday food drive for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County through Friday. Donated items can be dropped off at 701 E. North Ave., Suite F.

Items needed are peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, cereal, rice, beans, pasta, canned fruit, canned vegetables, soups and other non-perishable items.

For more information, contact Sharon Blewis at 598-9423.

Christmas show scheduled for Friday

Howlin’ Byroon’s Music Exchange will hold a concert called “Help us to Hollywood” at 8 p.m. Friday, at

107 South H St. This show will feature Cabrillo graduates Lili Rauh and Amanda Darling, who will perform 1920s and ’30s classics with Christmas songs.

People of all ages are invited to attend. The cover charge is $5.

For more information, call 736-3111.

Christmas program offered at church

Landmark Missionary Baptist Church will present a Christmas Program entitled, “Adorenaments,” revealing Christ as more than a babe in a manger, at 4 p.m. Sunday, at 708 N. Third St. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call Pastor Nick Lewis at (559) 776-7332.

Man who jumped from bridge ID’d

The man who jumped to his death from the Cold Spring Canyon Bridge on Sunday has been identified by a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokesman as William Kerr of Santa Barbara.

Kerr was 90 years old, said Drew Sugars.

At about 3:20 p.m Sunday, county firefighters responded to a report of a man who had leaped off the bridge on Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley. U.S. Forest Service firefighters found the body below the bridge.

Church to sell homemade tamales

The People of God Church (Pueblo de Dios) will offer homemade Mexican tamales for sale from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1509 Ocean Way. Selling for $7 per half dozen, tamales will be a choice of pork, chicken or cheese with jalapeno.

For more information, call Irma at 757-0684.

Fundraiser to be held Saturday

Papa Murphy’s will host a fundraiser from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at 623 W. Central Ave. Papa Murphy’s will donate $3 for each pizza ordered to help the AYSO Girls National Soccer team get to Florida for the National Games in July 2010.

VITA program offers orientation

Northern Santa Barbara County United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program will offer a tax-preparation orientation for volunteers interested in participating in helping qualifying families to file tax returns.

The orientation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Lompoc Adult Education Center, 515 W. College Ave., followed by a training course on tax law and preparation.

The training will require a commitment of three Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 9, Jan. 16. and Jan. 23.

Upon completion, volunteers are asked to make a commitment of completing an internship of at least eight out of 10 Saturdays during tax preparation season, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 30 through April 3, 2010.

The VITA program is a partnership between the IRS, NSBC UW, Hancock College, Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (CAC), Family Service Agency (FSA), Lompoc Adult Education and the community.

For information on tax law, contact Program Supervisor Hilda Zacarias at or 878-0738. For general information, visit

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