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Mission to host Las Posadas procession -- Costumed docents will lead a re-enactment of the traditional Las Posadas procession through La Purisima Mission State Historic Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event, which is open to the public, is based on a tradition that goes back more than 400 years in Mexico and depicts the journey of biblical figures Mary and Joseph as they travel from inn to inn in Bethlehem searching for shelter.

The program will begin in the main Mission Church.

Flower Fest Queen applications available -- Applications for the 2018 Flower Festival Queen are available at the Lompoc Valley Festival Association office at 414 W. Ocean Ave., and online at www.lompocvalleyfestivals.com. Completed applications must be turned in at the office no later than 3 p.m. Jan. 12.

Candidates must be at least 17 years old and won’t reach 21 prior to June 17. Candidates must not currently be pregnant, have never been married, had a child or have been convicted of a felony. Candidates must also have been residents of the Lompoc Valley for at least a year. This includes Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg Village and Mission Hills.

For more information, call the LVFA at 735-8511 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Donations sought for memorial toy drive -- The friends and family of late Lompoc teenager Mikey Terrones are asking for the community’s participation in the 11th annual Mikey Terrones Holiday memorial toy drive.

The drive is held in memory of Terrones, a former Lompoc High School student-athlete who was killed in 2005. It will benefit children and families that utilize Good Samaritan Services of Lompoc.

Donors are asked to bring unwrapped toys/gifts in original packaging to a reception that will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Post 1717 office inside the Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E. Locust Ave. The reception will include appetizers and conversation.

For more information, contact Mike Terrones, toy drive director, at 588-8098.

Tickets for library tree raffle -- Tickets for this year’s Decorated Tabletop Christmas Tree Raffle, which is organized annually by the Friends of the Lompoc Library System, are on sale at the Lompoc and Village libraries.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The trees will be decorated by individuals and organizations that support the local libraries, and they will be on display at the libraries through Dec. 16.

The raffle drawing will take place at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Lompoc Library, 501 E. North Ave. All proceeds go to the Lompoc Library System.

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.

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 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]

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.

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.

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.

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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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