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LHS alumni hosting car cruise night -- The Lompoc High School Alumni Association will host an alumni cruise night from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 10, on Ocean Avenue at the Lompoc City Hall parking lot with entrance at South C Street.

The cost for the cruise is $10 per car. The event will benefit the three scholarships the association gives away each year.

Softball association plans barbecue -- Lompoc Prestige Girls Softball Association will hold a barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave.

Barbecue chicken comes with bread, salad and beans. Tickets are $10.

For presale tickets, please call Joe Gonzales at 735-7081.

Registration open for mission's Kids Camp -- La Purisima Mission State Historic Park is currently accepting registration for its three-day Kids Camp, which will take place July 15-17.

The camp is offered to children ages 8 to 11. It will last from 10 a.m. to noon each day, and daily activities will include ranger lead hikes, crafts and games. The cost is $30 per child.

For more information, or to sign up, call Ann Boggess 735-3712 or email

Half Century Club hosting fundraiser -- The Valley of Flowers Half Century Club will host a barbecue fundraiser sale Saturday, Aug. 1, at 905 E. Ocean Ave.

Tickets are $10 each for either chicken or tri-tip, beans, salad and bread. Baked goods and beverages will also be available for sale. The sale will last from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., or until the food is sold out.

To purchase tickets, visit 341 North N St. or call 736-6669.

CHS induction, alumni dinner set -- The Cabrillo High School football program will host its Hall of Fame Induction and Alumni Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, in the CHS Cafeteria, 4350 Constellation Road.

Dinner tickets are $20. All proceeds will benefit the football program.

For tickets, or more information, contact coach Don Willis at 808-717-7323, Irene Davis at 805-315-3008 or Kristi Tourtillotte at 805-448-2942.

Registration open for mission's Kids Camp -- La Purisima Mission State Historic Park is currently accepting registration for its three-day Kids Camp, which will take place July 15-17.

The camp is offered to children ages 8 to 11. It will last from 10 a.m. to noon each day, and daily activities will include ranger lead hikes, crafts and games. The cost is $30 per child.

For more information, or to sign up, call Ann Boggess 735-3712 or email

Space available for annual rummage sale -- The Lompoc Elks Lodge will hold its annual rummage sale on Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 905 E. Ocean Ave.

Applications for those interested in renting space to sell goods are available at the Elks Lodge by the front door, and at the box shop at 740 North H. St.

For more information, contact Joyce Moiha at 757-8862.

Tickets on sale for Mission's 'Candlelight Tours': Tickets are on sale for this year’s Candlelight Tours at La Purisima Mission, which will be held Oct. 9 and 10.

This walking tour from scene to scene at the mission by the light of the moon and candlelight will take visitors back to the 1820s to observe the mission people preparing to celebrate. Tickets for the event and dinner are $50 per person and are limited to those 6 years and older.

To purchase a ticket online, visit To purchase by mail, send a date request and check payable to Prelado de los Tesoros to La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc CA 93436.

For more information, call 733-3713 or visit the website. Proceeds from the event help to support the many educational programs at La Purisima Mission.

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

  • July 11. "My Architect: A Son's Journey." Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn examines 25 years later, the life and career of his father, architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974), whose work included the Salk Institute and the Parliament and Capitol Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His father died of a heart attack in a train station. Despite his fame and visionary architecture, he was peniless. The filmmaker sets out to find out why.
  • July 18. "On My Way." Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot and starring Catherine DeNeuve, Nemo Schiffman and Gerard Carouste. A widow lives with her henpecking mother upstairs from the financially faltering restaurant she runs. When she gets the news that her affair with a married man has ended due to him running off with a 25-year-old, she snaps, hops into her gold Mercedes for a pack of cigarettes, and ends up flooring it on a cross-country odyssey. In French, with subtitles.
  • July 25. "The Rocket." Directed and written by Kim Mordaunt. Determined to disprove the common belief that he brings bad luck to everyone around him, outcast Laotian boy Ahlo builds a giant rocket, intending to participate in the lucrative but dangerous competition at a rocket festival.

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.

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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 people to join board of directors -- 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.

Interested persons should contact Allie Kay Spaulding at

Alzheimer's support group -- 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. Taking care of a family member or a friend who has cognitive impairment is a stressful 24/7 job and it’s only human to need a break where you can unwind and get support. For more information, call Denese Daniels at 735-4010, Mary Lou Parks at 448-4534 or The Alzheimer’s Association at 892-4249.

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.

Elks Lodge hosts Monday night Bingo -- The Lompoc Elks Lodge, 905 E. Ocean Ave., will host Bingo games on the first and third Monday of the month. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and games will start at 6. Food and beverages will be available for sale and there will be several different games to play. For more information, call Janet at 315-6738.

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 or visit

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 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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