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Gloria Willis, left, and event Chairwoman Gloria Montague stand with a poster of Martin Luther King Jr. inside the Lompoc Valley Youth Center building last year. The 25th annual Carousel of Cultures will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at the LHS gymnasium. //Staff file

Club Arcturus, which puts on the annual Carousel of Cultures as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is fundraising for the 25th annual event in January.

Carousel of Cultures will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Lompoc High School gymnasium. Club Arcturus is still planning the event, said event Chairwoman Gloria Montague.

Tickets to raise money for the event, which is free to participants and visitors and usually attracts several hundred people, are on sale for

$2 each for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate at Vons grocery store.

For tickets, call Sluggo Wise, president of Club Arcturas, at 689-3274, or Gloria Montague, at 735-5293. A drawing will be held Jan. 19, Montague said.

“It’s nice to have the support of the community because this is an event we put on for the community,” Montague said.

In addition to spotlighting the cultural diversity of Lompoc on display while honoring Dr. King, the event this week also will pay tribute to Mayor Dick DeWees, who died in July. DeWees was a strong supporter of Carousel of Cultures and participated each year, Montague said.

“He put everything on the back burner to help us,” she said. “He can never be replaced.”

Carousel of Cultures began in 1985 as a way for the people of Lompoc to share, enjoy and celebrate each other’s cultures. Participants and visitors have an opportunity to learn about traditions, religions, food, clothing and more about various cultures.

Entertainment, food and cultural displays always are part of the event.

Wise said Club Arcturus also is trying to attract young members to boost its declining membership. The purpose of the club, he said, is to “enrich, extend and supplement the social, civic and religious, economic and educational lives of our members and the community.”

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