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Library to mark Hiroshima Day with discussion, storytelling, crafts

The Santa Maria Public Library will offer a special Hiroshima Memorial Day presentation at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shepard Hall.

Hiroshima Day is observed annually on August 6, the day an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed days later by another dropped on the city of Nagasaki, ending the Second World War.

Hiroshima Day is now at the center of anti-war and anti-nuclear discussions and demonstrations.

Library staff will lead a discussion on the significance of the day, show a presentation and narration of “Sadako and the Thousand Cranes” and teach patrons how to make origami paper cranes.

All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

The library is located at 421 S. McClelland St. Questions can be directed to the library information desk at 805-925-0994.


3rd Annual Chalk Festival scheduled for October 21-23 at the airport

The third annual “Lompoc Chalks” chalk festival is scheduled for October 21-23 at Lompoc airport, marking its return after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, according to event organizers.

While the 2019 event was held downtown, artists, artisans, musicians and food trucks will be invited to the city’s airport tarmac this year, as the venue offers optimal space and surface quality drawing materials for participating chalk artists, organizers of the Lompoc Theater Project said.

The event serves as a major fundraiser for the non-profit group which aims to raise funds to restore and reopen the iconic theater in downtown Lompoc.

As in the past, chalk artists can participate individually, as a team, as a class, etc., and are encouraged to seek sponsors. If they are unable to find a sponsor, organizers will pair one with the artist(s), organizers said.

Sponsorship prices range from $150 for a 4 by 6 foot square to $350 for an 8 foot by 8 foot space. Four additional sponsorship levels are available ranging from Bronze ($500) to Major Sponsor ($5,000).

Sponsor registration can be completed at

Artist registration can be done at, or a printable form can be downloaded at

For questions and updates, visit, or contact the Lompoc Theater Project at [email protected]


The Solvang Library organizes weekly activities until August

The Solvang Library will host community activities throughout the month, including weekly story times, a children’s book club and a support group.

Outdoor story time for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers is offered at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday under the sycamore tree on the Solvang Library Lawn.

Space is limited and reservations can be made at Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket.

At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, the “Memory, Coffee, and Compassion” support group will be hosted by Certified Dementia Practitioner Lauren Mahakian, who is an educator and founder/CEO of Family Connect Memory Care. The group is for people struggling with memory problems and cognitive disorders. The meeting will be held outdoors on the Solvang Library patio.

Reservations can be made at

At 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, August 17 and 31, an online book club for children ages 8 to 11 will be hosted by library staff.

August’s book is “Roll With It” by Jamie Sumner.

The story is about a girl named Ellie, who tells it like it is, which surprises some people who see a child in a wheelchair and think she’s going to be all sunshine and cuddles. The thing is, Ellie has big dreams: she might eat Stouffer’s for dinner, but one day she’ll become a professional baker. But when Ellie and her mother move to help care for her sick grandfather, Ellie must start all over again in a new town at a new school.

To join the group, go to The first 10 readers to register will receive a free copy of the book.


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