CHALKS FESTIVAL - Oct 12, 13, 14, 2018

#LOMPOCCHALKS CHALK FESTIVAL!

The brainchild of local Don Fletcher, organizer Barbara Satterfield and a dedicated team of over 20 volunteers spent a year planning and executing the first annual Lompoc Chalks Festival.

Friday night started at the Lompoc Theatre where the delicious food was catered by Central Coast Specialty Foods, the fine wine was poured by wineries Montemar, Hilliard Bruce, Temperance Cellars, Sweetzer Cellars, Lafond Winery and Fiddlehead. Sarah and Paul Barthel performed show tunes on the stage, the first time live music had been performed in the theatre in over a decade.  

Following the meet and greet, the party moved to the Anderson Parks and Recreation center for cocktails, dinner by Valley Grill, and dancing to Benny Contreras and his band, Hard Times. A silent auction was held after dinner.

The event on Saturday and Sunday was held in downtown Lompoc, at the two public parking lots located at Cypress Avenue and I Streets, near "Art Alley" in the Old Town area. There were artisan vendors, food trucks, and entertainment onstage - also a beer and wine garden.

Open to the public with a suggested donation, the festival was well received on perhaps the most beautiful days of the year.

While many artists were local, these was also a community of chalk artists who traveled across the state and country to participate in our chalk festival, bringing their families and art teams. A featured event artist was hired by the organizer and paid to attend. All the other artists donate their time for the love of their art.

Many vendors were onsite and sold their beautiful handmade artisan items.

We predict substantial growth in future years as an annual event in the perfect town of Lompoc, the City of Arts and Flowers.

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$15,000 GRANT from The Towbes Group! - 9/13/18

The Lompoc Theatre Project received a $15,000 grant from the Towbes Group of Santa Barbara. This group was instrumental in many large scale projects including the renovation of the historic Granada Theater in Santa Barbara. The money will used for repairs that will enable us to reopen the retail spaces facing H Street and bring monthly income to the building.

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THEATRE TOURS

Several tours have been organized through the fall, with monthly tours in the works. Hundreds have toured the building, seeing first-hand the wonderful project in all its phases. Look for the red, two-sided sandwich board in front of the theatre on a Saturday and Sunday and come on in!

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PAELLA AND VINO - AUG 25, 2018

An intimate event with twenty-five friends and supporters, the Paella and Vino party was hosted by Alvin Cabral. The event raised several thousand dollars for the project.

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CHAMBER MIXER Aug 9, 2018

A typical local Chamber of Commerce mixer is successful when 30 or more locals attend. The Lompoc Theatre Project opened their doors to 400 visitors in less than two hours. Popcorn was served, a delicious spread was donated by a local caterer and LTP supporter, along with tours throughout the entire 35,000 square foot building. (Photo by Anthony Howard.)

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Lompoc Theatre Project adds four new board members

During its annual membership meeting Sept. 22, the nonprofit Lompoc Theatre Project membership elected four new board members and renewed terms for two existing board members.

The new board members are Lompoc residents Michelle Ball, Raymond Down, Jenelle Osborne and Nancy Shaw. Founding members Carol Benham and Jack Carmean, also of Lompoc, were also re-elected to continuing seats on the nine-member board of directors.

We’re delighted with the addition of these four talented, dedicated Lompoc residents to our board of directors,” said Mark Herrier, LTP president. “We’re stronger than we’ve ever been and are ready to hit the ground running when we take possession of the theater later this year.”

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One big step closer to taking ownership of Lompoc Theater

After more than three years of wrangling over ownership and liens on the downtown Lompoc Theatre, the Lompoc City Council voted Tuesday to sell its $700,000 deed of trust on the theater to the nonprofit Lompoc Theatre Project for one dollar.

The sale of the deed for $1 to the Lompoc Theatre Project will allow the nonprofit to proceed with an uncontested foreclosure on the theater’s current owner, Lompoc Housing and Community Development Corporation (LHCDC). The foreclosure process is expected to take about 90 days, according to Mark Herrier, President of the Lompoc Theatre Project.

"For the first time since this organization has been formed, we finally control our own fate, and have the ball in our hands,” he said.

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