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Friends of Library Fall Book Sale to begin -- The Friends of the Lompoc Library System will kick off its Fall Book Sale with a special members-only "preview sale" from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery, 501 E. North Ave.

The sale will be open to everyone from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will include hardback and paperback books, CDs, videos, DVDs and audiobooks. Attendees will also be able to join the Friends of the Library.

For more information or to help during the sale, call Dorothy at 735-3647. Teachers and nonprofit organizations interested in after-sale items should call the same number.

Toastmasters Club to hold Halloween Party -- The Lompoc Valley of Flowers Toastmasters Club will host a Halloween Party at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 135 South E St.

The event is free to attend and will include a potluck. Prizes will be given out for best impromptu (table topics) speakers from categories of Halloween trivia, and there will also be a costume contest, and trick or treating.

Toastmasters International is a globally recognized, nonprofit organization aimed at building better public speakers and leaders. The Lompoc club is inviting new guests to sample how Toastmasters can impact people’s professional and personal lives.

Donations sought for ride service -- Lompoc resident Thomas Brandenberg, who offers free rides to the needy through his "A Little Help" service, is reaching out to the community for donations to help keep the service going.

The money raised will go toward gas and repairs to the van that he uses to shuttle people, primarily to medical visits and to buy medication and groceries, according to Brandenberg.

For more information or to donate to the service, call Brandenberg at 305-397-9398.

Documentary screening planned -- The award-winning 2016 documentary film “The Longest Road,” co-directed by Lompoc native Jennifer Salcido, will be shown during a screening event at 1 p.m. Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day, at Lompoc’s Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 500 E. North Ave.

Tickets for the event are $35.

Following the screening, there will be a wine and beer reception, as well as a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers and some of the humanitarians seen in the film, at the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave. There will also be a silent auction.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go toward local veteran services and the refugee organization featured in the film, according to organizers.

Vendors sought for Holiday Bazaar -- The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 125 is seeking vendors to participate in this year’s Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 18.

Barbecue fundraiser to benefit downtown chimes -- The Vandenberg Village Rotary and Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church will hold a chicken Barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave.

All proceeds will go to repair the chimes that are located outside of Grace Temple's historic downtown building.

Dinners will be $10. Presale tickets are available at The Bookstore, 1137 North H St.; Dr. Gene Pritchett's office, 133 North G St.; Dr. Dana Manchester's office, 205 North H St.; Phil Boortz at Edward Jones, 3839 Constellation Road in Vandenberg Village; or from members of Grace Temple.

For more information, contact Chris Hutchinson at 735-3657.

Saturday night at the movies -- The Lompoc Film Club screens movies Saturdays at 7 p.m. at the LAUNCHpad, 1010 North H St., at the Northside Shopping Center. Doors open around 6:40 p.m. and close at 7:10. A post-screening discussion is welcomed, and light refreshments will be served.

  • Oct. 21: "The Theory of Everything." 2014 biography/drama. 2 hours, 3 minutes. Directed by James Marsh, the film stars Eddie Redmayne, Charlie Cox and Emily Watson. This is a biography of world-famous physicist Stephen Hawkings as he survives the ravages of Lou Gehrig's disease and the role of his wife, Ann, as she heroically works with him and his illness. Redmayne won an Academy Award for his performance as Hawkings.
  • Oct. 28. "When the Past Comes Alive: The Haunted History of Halloween." 1997 U.S. documentary. 50 minutes.  Directed by William Swimmer. This short exploration of one of America's most popular holidays, Halloween, is truly a treat for history buffs. Pagan in origin, Oct. 31 festivities have been observed for centuries, celebrating mystery, chaos and the zone between life and death. Ghouls, ghosties, jack-o'-lanterns and, of course, the trick-or-treat tradition all get their due in this fiendishly fascinating look at the spookiest night of the year.

Movie Mondays at library -- The Lompoc Public Library, 501 E. North Ave., is offering free movie screenings at 2 p.m. Mondays in the Grossman Gallery.

A different feature film will be shown each week and popcorn will be provided. Anyone looking for a fun way to fill an afternoon is invited to attend. All films are licensed for viewing under Movie Licensing USA.

To find out which film is being shown each week, call 875-8778.

Raffle to benefit Lompoc MLK Day celebration -- The organizing committee for Lompoc’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is selling raffle tickets to raise funds for next year’s event, scheduled for Jan. 15, 2018, at El Camino Community Center.

Among the items being raffled off are a 55-inch TV ($5 for a ticket or $12 for three tickets), a gift basket valued at more than $400 ($2 per ticket or $5 for three tickets) and an Atari gaming system ($1 for two tickets or $5 for 12 tickets). Tickets are available at the Lompoc Farmers Market.

For more information or to help sponsor the MLK Day event, contact Pastor Ron Wiley at 698-6010 or email [email protected]

City looking to fill vacancies -- The Lompoc City Council is accepting applications to fill vacancies for 16 open positions on city commissions, a committee and a board.

Positions are available for the Airport Commission, Beautification Commission, Human Services Commission, Library Commission, Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Board, Oversight Committee for Park Maintenance and Pool Assessment, Youth Commission and Utility Commission.

To contact the City Clerk’s Office, call 875-8241.

Church offering free genealogy assistance -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 212 E. Central Ave., is offering free genealogy assistance to both members and nonmembers through its Lompoc Valley Family History Center.

The center is described by the church as a charitable service to the public to aid in ancestor research and record keeping. The center, located on the back side of the church, east of the parking lot, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

The center uses several resources to access records.

For more information on the service, call 735-4939.

Dog food drive to benefit Shadow's Fund rescue -- Shadow's Fund, a local animal rescue, has partnered with Grocery Outlet, 316 E. Ocean Ave., for an ongoing Dog food drive to benefit the Shadow's Fund shelter.

A collection box has been set up at the store and shoppers are encouraged to donate any size of Nature’s Recipe dry dog food. A representative of Shadow's Fund said the shelter relies entirely on community support to operate. The shelter uses about 10 30-pound bags of dog food each week, according to the representative.

For more information, contact Bea Rains at 736-3034.

Church seeking donations to repair chimes -- Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church, located at 201 South H St., is seeking donations from the community to help repair the chimes outside of the church's historic building.

The chimes, which had been providing their signature sound in the downtown community for several decades, are currently inoperable. The cost to repair them is $3,500, according to Grace Temple Pastor Ron Wiley, who said the church is unable to take on the cost by itself.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the effort can do so by sending a check to the church at 201 South H St., Lompoc CA 93436 or by contacting the church secretary at 736-4645.

Community garden plots for rent -- The Lompoc Beautification and Appearance Commission's Peace Community Garden, located at 1000 W. Ocean Ave., is available for plot rentals.

The fee to rent a space at the garden is $120 per year ($10 per month) and a one-time $40 refundable cleaning deposit. Split payments and sponsorship opportunities may be available.

City hosting Dance Fitness class -- The city of Lompoc is hosting a Dance Fitness class on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center.

The class, which is open to adults only, is advertised as exercise in disguise. Each class session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. The class fee is $30 for residents and $36 for nonresidents.

For more information, contact the Lompoc Recreation Division at 875-8100 or register at 125 W. Walnut Ave.

Alzheimer's support group meets -- Anyone caring for an older person who has Alzheimer’s or a related disorder is invited to attend an ongoing support group held twice monthly in Lompoc at the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1428 W. North Ave.

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The group meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday and fourth Monday of each month. It offers understanding and mutual support from other caregivers and caregiving strategies from professional facilitators.

For more information, call Denese Daniels at 735-4010, Mary Lou Parks at 448-4534 or the Alzheimer’s Association at 892-4249. 

Valley Haven offers free service to vets -- Lompoc Valley Haven, an adult day program for residents 55 and older, is now offering free day program services to eligible veterans, thanks to a recent grant the organization received from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To be eligible, veterans must be enrolled in the VA medical system.

For more information, call Valley Haven at 733-9459.

Interested in gardening? -- The Lompoc Community Garden, located at 901 W. College Ave., has space available for anyone interested in gardening.

Anyone who would like to participate is encouraged to get their spot now for the next season while spring planting is on the way. At the garden, volunteers practice organic gardening and share information along with harvests and friendships.

For more information, call Loretta at 757-3286 or Ruth at 291-6266 or look up “Lompoc Community Garden” on Facebook.

Group offering DMV study sessions in Spanish -- A recently formed local educational organization named “SPAN” — Spanish-Speakers Access Network — is offering study sessions in Spanish to help residents prepare for the written DMV test that is being offered at the new DMV center at 1601 North H St.

The organization has received an emerging needs grant from The Fund of Santa Barbara to cover teacher stipend and educational materials. Several students have already successfully passed the written portion of the DMV exam after taking the free classes. The group is planning to offer citizenship classes in the future.

For more information, call 717-5145 or 717-4160.

Libraries hosting weekly 'preschool storytimes' -- The Lompoc Public Library, 501 E. North Ave., hosts "preschool storytime" each week on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s department.

The Village Library, 3755 Constellation Road, will also host weekly "preschool storytime" events on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

The sessions provide an opportunity for children 3 to 6 years old to have fun with engaging books, songs and activities as they build their literacy skills, according to the library.

For more information on the Lompoc Library events, call 875-8781. For more on the Village Library events, call 733-3323.

LMA seeking board of directors members -- The Lompoc Music Association is seeking people with musical backgrounds and knowledge to join its board of directors.

The board meets once a month. Among its activities are selecting performers, scheduling concerts, hosting events, and sponsoring scholarship auditions.

Aging support group to continue -- A new "Aging Ain't Easy" support group meets the last Thursday of the month. Debby Walters, a retired registered nurse, will facilitate the group. The event is open to the public to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of aging. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Catherine Dalton at 736-1234.

Community Partners in Caring seeking volunteers — Community Partners in Caring, 111 South I St. Suite C-1, Lompoc, is looking for volunteers who are available one or two hours a week. An hour a week of someone's companionship or assistance with simple tasks can make a world of difference to a person living alone, sick, dependent or for someone who needs a rest from caring for an ill parent or spouse. With two hours a week you can provide transportation to doctor appointment or grocery store for someone without a vehicle. Community Partners in Caring's Volunteer Program prepares, educates, and supports caring individuals willing to volunteer their time and energy towards helping their neighbors in need. For more information, call 737-1976 or email [email protected] or visit partnersincaring.org.

VIPs needed — The Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Visitors Center reception area is staffed by Volunteer Information Professionals (VIPs) Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our volunteers greet visitors, distribute visitor information, keep our brochure racks neatly stocked and occasionally assist chamber staff with the assembly of visitor packets. Additional volunteers are needed to fill out our weekly schedule. Currently, two Mondays per month, two Tuesdays, one or two Thursdays, two Fridays and one or two Saturdays are available. The schedule is geared around your availability. If the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift doesn't fit your schedule, the center can also use you from 2 to 5 p.m. The only requirements are that you have been a Lompoc resident for at least three to five years, are familiar with the Lompoc Valley and surrounding areas, like to meet people and have a positive attitude. Call 736-4567, ext. 223, for more information or to offer your talents.

What's blooming — and where? — During blooming season, Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce staff surveys local flower fields to create a listing of what is blooming and the field locations. The "Flower Field Alert" and a general map of valley locations can be found at lompoc.chambermaster.com/news/details/flower-field-alert. The maps and Flower Field Alerts are also available at the chamber's Visitor Center, 111 South I St.

Fabing-McKay-Spanne House — 207 North L St., a restored turn-of-the-century home featuring a carriage house, reference room and the anchor of the USS Chauncey, a destroyer wrecked off the nearby coast during the 1923 Honda Point tragedy, the Navy’s largest peace-time disaster. Hours are 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday and Thursday, and the fourth Saturday of the month. Cost: Donation. Info: 735-4626.

La Purisima Mission — 2295 Purisima Road, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the building closing at 4:30 p.m. Guided tours are offered at 1 p.m. except when special events are scheduled. Advance tour reservations required for groups larger than 10. Cost: $6 parking fee. Info: 733-3713.

Lompoc Museum — 200 South H St. The museum is open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. weekends. Info: 736-3888.

Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery — 501 E. North Ave. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Info: 875-8775, ext. 8787.

Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room — 1520 E. Chestnut Court, features local artists each month. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Info: 736-9032.

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