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In this Feb. 8, 2016 file photo, Anthony Grossini speaks about overcoming cerebral palsy during the Lompoc Youth Commission’s third annual TOTAL (Teaching Our Teens As Leaders) Conference.

Len Wood, Staff

Santa Maria

YMCA to host walk, run event Saturday

The Santa Maria Valley YMCA and Run Walk Events Inc. will host a walk, run event Saturday at the Y as part of their Santa Maria Fitness Series, aimed at encouraging and raising awareness to fight inactivity in youth. 

The opening ceremony is slated to kick off at 8:15 a.m. Participants are required to arrive to the event by 8 a.m. 

The Kids Dash will be the first race of the day from 8:45 to 9 a.m., followed by the 5K race at 9 a.m. The third and final race of the day will be the 10K at 9:30 a.m.

There will be a free after-race party from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Eligible participants wishing to join the Kids Run must be a minimum of 3 years old, according to event organizers. For participants interested in entering the 5K and 10K, the minimum age is 7. 

Registration cost for the Kids Dash is $3; the 5K is $23;and the 10K is $29 through Friday. 

Forty percent of the race proceeds will go to support the Santa Maria Valley YMCA kids fitness program. 

The Santa Maria Valley YMCA is located at 3400 Skyway Drive. 


Registrations accepted for teen leadership conference

The city of Lompoc is accepting registrations for the fifth annual TOTAL (Teaching Our Teens As Leaders) Conference, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave.

The conference is put on by the Lompoc Youth Commission. The theme for this year’s event is “Hollywood: Shoot for the Stars.” The conference is open to all middle and high school students. The keynote speakers and breakout sessions are designed to teach, motivate, empower and energize teens.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. for check-in and a light breakfast. The conference is set to begin at 9 a.m. The event will include two keynote speakers, three breakout sessions, two meals and a raffle. The keynote speakers will be EJ Carrion, a best-selling author and successful entrepreneur, and Jessie Funk, a certified life coach.

Each registrant will be able to choose from 10 workshops to attend throughout the day. Workshop topics will include “Social Media Awareness,” “What is Love?,” “Balancing Act,” and “Just Do It.”

Preregistration is recommended by Jan. 31 to receive a discounted rate and conference drawstring backpack. Registrations will be accepted at the door between 8 and 8:45 a.m. the day of the event. Registration fees are $5 if registered before the end of January, and $10 per person thereafter.

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To register, contact the Lompoc Recreation Division at 875-8100, stop by the Anderson Recreation Center at 125 W. Walnut Ave. or visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/lompocrecreation.

Santa Barbara County

Water Conservation District ID-1 schedules special meeting

Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District 1, board of trustees has canceled its regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday and slated a special meeting at 3 p.m. Monday in the conference room at 1070 Faraday St. in Santa Ynez.

Items scheduled for discussion include the continuing operation of the Cachuma Project by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as well as the 2020 water service contract process and negotiations with the bureau.

Trustees also are scheduled to hear reports from the manager on monthly revenues and expenses, the 2017 Series “A” Central Coast Water Authority bond, a torn claim for money or damages and updates on Oak Hill Cemetery and Zone 3 reservoir.

The board plans to hold a closed session to discuss legal proceedings before the State Water Resources Control Board regarding permits issued to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and complaints filed by the California Sport Fishing Protection Alliance over operation of the Cachuma Project.

Other closed session items include legal proceedings before the State Water Board regarding a permit issued to the city of Solvang regarding petitions for change and extension of time and protest to the petitions; potential litigation against the district by the Cachuma Operations and Maintenance Board and potential litigation to be initiated by the district.