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appy Valentines Day to all our readers from the Valley of Flowers Half-Century

Club. On Valentine’s Day, the club will have their usual Friday Night Bingo with

a bit of a twist. There will be home-baked Valentine’s Day cookies available for

sale. Come see what we have to offer.

Many of us make resolutions about our health during the first month of the year, and we

can help you continue with those resolutions. Our line dance classes are a wonderful way

to keep in shape, while making new friends or continuing in existing friendships. Learning

new dances and remembering old ones helps keep our brain exercised and getting out and

about is also good for our health. These classes happen 3 times a week, from 10-11:30 at

our club: 341 No. N St.

There is parking in the

rear of the building. The cost is just $3 per class, a real

deal. We have classes meeting Monday, Wednesday and

Thursday of each week. And there is always room for

beginners as well as those who already do line dancing.

We also have BUNCO once a month, on the 2nd Satur-

day of the month. This game uses dice and results in cash

prizes. It’s a fingerfood potluck, and half-way through the

game we break for a bite to eat. If you’ve never played,

don’t let that stop you. We are always ready to help out

a newcomer. A really good time is had by all. The doors

open at noon, and play begins at 1pm. The cost is $10.

We do hope you’ll join us for a pleasant afternoon.

A note of interest to our pet owners: CARE4PAWS

will be at the club on February 18th and 25th. Walk-in

hours are 10-1pm. We are proud to be able to offer this

service to members of our Lompoc community.

www.thelompocvision.com

The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”

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EMERGENCY SERVICES

Adult Protective Services (APS) -

To report suspected el-

der or dependent adult abuse, staff is available from 8 a.m.

to 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) and during the weekend,

a recording will offer instructions on what to do. APS in-

vestigates reports of suspected dependent adult abuse (18-

64) and elder abuse (65+), including self-neglect, occuring

in the community.

www.countyofsb.org

.................................

1-844-751-6729

Department of Social Services, Santa Barbara County

General relief, food stamps & Medi-Cal.

1100 WLaurel Ave. ....................................

(805) 737-7080

Domestic Violence Solutions -

Offers temporary shelter to

battered women and their children, victims of sexual as-

sault and other trauma.

24-hour Hotline .........................................

(804) 736-0965

Friendship Line -

Calls are connected to a skilled, trained

counselor, anytime 24/7. This crisis intervention and “warm

line” offers emotional support to seniors and abled adults.

.....................................................................(

800) 971-0016

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -

Calls are connect-

ed to a skilled, trained counselor, anytime 24/7.

........................................................

800-273-TALK (8255)

Family Services Agency -

Provides individual counseling

services on a sliding scale fee basis.

101 South B Street .....................................

(805) 735-4376

CIVIC/COMMUNITY/CONSUMER

National Association of Retired Federal Employees,

District IX -

Monthly meetings are held. Advisors and ad-

vocates on behalf of retired federal employees on issues

relating to retirement and other public benefits.

.......................................................

.lompocski@gmail.com

EDUCATION

Adult School, Lompoc -

Lompoc Adult School offers

programs which include basic education, high school pro-

grams, vocational and occupational training and English as

a Second Language (ESL).

The school has a GED center which provides a high

school diploma. They also offer “traffic school” and pro-

vide “behindthe-wheel” driver training.

320 North “J” Street, Lompoc. ...................

(805) 742-3100

Adult Education Programs -

These programs offer many

courses of interest to seniors. Some classes are free; others

have fees. The selection o course is extensive.

320 N J Street, Lompoc. .............................

(805) 742-3100

Allan Hancock College Community Education -

One

Hancock Drive, Lompoc, ...........................

(805) 735-3366

641 Utah Ave., Bldg.13640, Rm. 216

Vandenberg AFB, .......................................

(805) 734-3500

Alzheimer’s Association

- Provides community education

programs for caregivers and people with early stage Al-

zheimer’s disease. Provides respite care and consultation.

www.alz.org/cacentral.

..............................

(800) 272-3900

ELDER ABUSE & CRIME

Adult Protective Services Hotline -

An investigation into

the suspected abuse may be initiated based upon the infor-

mation that you are able to provide. You may, if you choose,

report anonymously or call to discuss your concerns with-

out making a report. Elder-care custodians, health practi-

tioners, or employees of any agency/ business who, within

their professional capacity or within the scope of the em-

ployment, have a reasonable suspicion of abuse, MUST

REPORT immediately by telephone and in writing within

two working days to Adult Protective Services. Long-Term

Care Ombudsman Services, or to law enforcement.

Online:

www.ReportToAPS.org

. ..............

1-844-751-6729

COUNTY PROGRAMS

Department of Social Services Santa Barbara County -

1100 W. Laurel Ave., Lompoc. ..................

(805) 737-7080

Valley of Flowers Half-Century Club

by Gail Clark-Savage