American Veterans United to meet July 24; area veterans invited  

Local nonprofit American Veterans United will hold a monthly general meeting at 11 a.m. July 24 at the American Legion Post 211, 636 North H Street in Lompoc.

Veterans living on the Central Coast are invited to attend.

Merchandise will be on sale at the meeting and a 50/50 raffle will take place afterwards.

The nonprofit aims to help veterans and their families, including those seeking support with benefits and claims. 

Meetings are typically held on the fourth Saturday of each month.

For more information, visit avuinc.org, contact Henry Alfaro at 805 529-1313 or email avuinc@yahoo.com

'Blessing of the animals' public event to be held July 25

First United Methodist Church of Lompoc is inviting the public to attend an animal blessing community event on Sunday, July 25 at 12 p.m.

Attendees are invited to bring a special furry friend to be blessed at the church in exchange for a bag/can of dog or cat food to be donated to C.A.R.E. 4 Paws.

The blessing ceremony will be followed by a free outdoor picnic, located by the front doors of the church, at 925 North F Street.

C.A.R.E. 4 Paws is a local nonprofit agency serving the people and pets of the Lompoc community, providing low-cost pet health care services and pet food to low-income families and those needing food assistance for their pets.

Summer reading program grand prize drawing set for Sept. 1

Members of all ages are invited to participate in the Lompoc Library’s summer reading program “Reading Colors Your World” to earn fun prizes.

Each book logged into the Beanstack Tracker app is an entry into the drawing. The grand prize drawing will take place Sept. 1.

Only those who complete the challenges are eligible to win a prize to be picked up from the Lompoc Library.

The program, which kicked off June 1, also offers “Take and Make” craft kits for children, teens and adults to pick up from the library, while supplies last.

In addition, the Lompoc Library announced its partnership with Page Turner Adventures, where participants will have the opportunity to earn animal-themed badges each week of this month.

Program participants will journey through the “Once Upon a Time Machine” for virtual adventures based on themes such as farmyard friends, fish tales, pet pals and celebrity critters.

Each weekly theme includes five videos of professionally produced shows, author interviews, virtual field trips and crafts projects.

Community members can register for the summer reading program through the Beanstack Tracker app or at cityoflompoc.beanstack.org

Those who participated in previous reading programs with the Lompoc Library can access their Beanstack account to join.

The library invites those members who would like to participate in the reading program but don't have internet access to reach out to staff at 805-875-8781.

For more information about Lompoc Library's summer reading program and to view the full calendar of activities, visit www.cityoflompoc.com/library.

Lompoc Odd Fellows extends North County scholarship contest to July 31

The Lompoc Odd Fellows for the fourth consecutive year is sponsoring an annual essay scholarship contest for recent graduates who reside in the North County and are college-bound.

The contest — where the winning essayist will receive $1,000 — has been extended and entries are being accepted through July 31.

Likely due to the pandemic, the fourth annual contest, which usually ends in May, had to be extended to drum up more participation, according to the lodge's leader, Noble Grand Joseph Benton.

“We wanted to give graduating seniors another shot at the contest by extending the deadline to the end of July; and we’ll announce a winner in early August," Benton said.

This year's contest will ask recent graduates to express in at least 300 words what friendship means to them in light of the pandemic.

"Odd Fellows are all about friendship, and to us it’s just as important as ever," Benton explained. "This year we’re asking those graduating seniors who are off to college if they think about friendship differently now that the pandemic has been going on for more than a year and we are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

College-bound students and their parents can access contest rules and steps for participating at lompocoddfellows.com/essay.

City's 2020 Water Quality Report available for review

The city's tap water again has met all drinking water health standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the state of California, officials recently announced.

Despite a challenging year defined by COVID-19, the Lompoc Water Treatment Plant continued to provide high-quality water service and maintained full staffing for treatment, maintenance and distribution, officials said.

To view the 2020 Water Quality Report, visit the city's website where the report is available in both English and Spanish: www.cityoflompoc.com/government/departments/utilities/water

In addition, printed versions of the 2020 Water Quality Report are available at Lompoc City Hall, the Lompoc Water Treatment Plant, the Lompoc Library, the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center and the Aquatics Center.

Those who would like a copy of the report mailed to their home or business, or have questions about the report, may call the Lompoc Water Treatment Plant at 805-736-1617.

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