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Pre-sale tickets are now available for the Lompoc Recreation

Division’s 4th of July Spectacular Fireworks Show.


ickets can be purchased at the Anderson Recreation Center,

125 W. Walnut Ave., during regular business hours, Monday

through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost of pre-sale tickets

are $3 for youth ages 12 and under, and $5 for adults. Tickets pur-

chased the day of the show at the event will be $6 for youth ages 12

and under, and $8 for adults.

Gates open for the 4th of July Spectacular Fireworks Show at 5

p.m. at Huyck Stadium. Attendees are encouraged to come early

and enjoy family-friendly fun and activities! Games and prizes

will keep the kids happy, and the whole family can enjoy delicious

snacks and beverages. Glass containers will not be permitted, and neither will ice chests, pets, smoking or alcohol.

The City of Lompoc wants to thank the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians for being the Gold Sponsor, and Planet

Fitness for being the Entertainment Sponsor.

For those interested in hosting their own Fourth of July celebrations, the City of Lompoc has created a block party

The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”


“Movie Matinee Mondays”

by Rebecca Ross


Thursday, July 4th at Lompoc High School Huyck Stadium


s each school year comes to an end I will inevitably be asked by parents,

co-workers, and kids what I’m going to do over the summer. My first and

most emphatic answer is always, “I’m going to watch a lot of movies!”

Of course, there is a longer answer too that involves reading and traveling and

playing miniature golf, but plopping down on the couch with a pile of DVDs or

heading out to the theater is the one thing I can’t wait to do as soon as that last

bell rings.

It’s like the Lompoc Library read my mind this summer on two counts. First,

they re-started Adult Movie Matinee Mondays (movies for grown-ups, not “adult

movies”). Second, they gave it the old razzle dazzle and decided to go with a

musicals theme this summer. I’ve always loved musicals (I was watching Hello

Dolly on a loop while my friends were watching The Goonies), but my mom and I

have been in a major Broadway mood ever since binge watching the Fosse/Verdon

miniseries on FX.

Keeping with

the Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon motif, we were very excited

to see that on the first Monday of summer vacation they

were showing 2003’s Chicago. Yes, please! We got to the

library at 1:58 on Monday, just as they were shutting off

the lights and closing the doors to the Grossman Gallery.

You know how they have those restaurants where you

eat in the dark and it’s pitch black and the waiters and

waitresses have to wear night vision goggles? It was like

that. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it took us several

minutes to find a seat. Not because it was crowded, but

because we literally couldn’t see the seats. Don’t worry,

we eventually did. And they had so thoughtfully been outfitted with little seat cushions. We also managed to grope our

way to the complementary bags of popcorn too. They thought of everything!

If you haven’t seen Chicago it is quite a ride. In non-stop musical action, you follow the story of aspiring performer

Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) and her misadventures with stage star Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), warden Mama

Morton (Queen Latifa), and lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) after killing her lover and landing in the clink. It’s a 1920’s

extravaganza with splashes of glitter, sensationalism, and corruption in a time when crime was entertainment. If you

haven’t seen it… rent it now. The library has two copies you can check out.

Watching any film in a group setting always adds an element of bonding to the experience. I won’t say it wasn’t a little

awkward watching love scenes surrounded by people that could be your grandparents, but they didn’t seem to mind so I

didn’t either. And the court room scenes were especially fun to watch with my fellow movie-goers.

The Lompoc Library always knows how to bring people together, whether it’s by showing free movies on Mondays,

hosting free craft and coloring clubs for adults, or providing special programs for kids and teens.

Want to jump on the musical bandwagon? They’re also showing Grease on July 8th, Phantom of the Opera on July 15th,

Singin’ in the Rain on July 22nd, and Hairspray on July 29th. All movies start at 2pm. Check out the library’s website for

more information.

application process. This option encourages families and

neighbors to come together and celebrate while lighting

their Safe and Sane fireworks in a safer environment, on

closed city streets.

In addition, the city has identified two community park

locations that can be used to hold a block party with the

block party application approved, as well as designating a

downtown city parking lot (at Ocean Avenue and South I

Street) as a location where Safe and Sane fireworks can be

more safely used.

Block party application packets are currently available

on the City of Lompoc website at

Recreation, and at the Anderson Recreation Center, 125

West Walnut Ave. The deadline to submit block party ap-

plications is Monday, June 24.

Community members with questions about block parties

may contact the Lompoc Recreation Division at: