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CENTRAL COAST HAPPENINGS!

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- June on the central coast presents several annual events that are unique and exciting. This week we will talk about some of those events and also some very special events taking place in our area.

The first of those extraordinary events is actually two events Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center will celebrate the unveiling of the sphinx excavated from the site where Cecil B. DeMille filmed "The Ten Commandments" in 1923. On Friday, June 12, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m., the Dunes Center hosts an elegant 1920s-themed gala featuring a no-host bar with 1920s-era cocktails, live jazz music, and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for the gala are $25. On Saturday, June 13 10 a.m.-12 p.m., join the Dunes Center for brunch.  This will be a light self-serve breakfast and attendees will have an opportunity to view the sphinx and the new exhibit.  Admission is $10 per person to the brunch event. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center is located at 1065 Guadalupe St., Guadalupe. For more information on both events, please call 805-343-2455, or visit http://dunescenter.org/.

On Saturday, June 13 at 6 p.m. the Pacific Coast Club will host the broadcast of "UFC 188: Velasquez vs Werdum". This event is free for club members and $5 for non-members. The club will feature the bar menu. This is another great opportunity to celebrate the weekend on base! For more information, please call the club at 805-606-3330.

As we look ahead to next week, there are a few events that will require some pre-planning. The Live Oak Music Festival comes to the central coast June 19-21. The Live Oak Music Festival, presented at Live Oak Camp near Ojai, is an annual three-day event that features musicians from all over the United States and across the globe. From the opening of the Live Oak Music Festival gates on Friday morning at 8 a.m. until the closing at 12 p.m. on Monday, the three-day event provides basic camping accommodations under the shade of old oak trees and a variety of diverse food concessions are available. This year's festival will feature performances from more than 25 bands, including Steve Earle and the Dukes, Easy Star All Stars, Suzy Bogguss, Hot Buttered Rum and local favorite, Burning James and the Funky Flames. Tickets range from $55 for one day to $130 for three days. Camping requires additional fees. Please visit www.liveoakfest.org or call 805-781-3030 for complete information.

On Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m. the San Luis Obispo Concerts in the Plaza will feature the Young Dubliners. The band is known for its unique brand of Celtic Rock and tours throughout the world performing for thousands each year. They have appeared twice on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and their songs have been featured in TV shows "Sons of Anarchy" and "Human Target".  The Concerts in the Plaza season features a variety of artists performing musical genres from reggae to rock, blues to soul, and more. Thousands attend each summer to dance, enjoy the music and the venue with family and friends, wind down after work or just have a great time during the 14-week season. Mission Plaza is in downtown San Luis Obispo, at the intersection of Monterey St. and Chorro St. All Concerts in the Plaza events are free. For more information, visit www.downtownslo.com or call 805-541-0286.

Another annual event that is unique to the central coast is the 805 Criterium Weekend in Lompoc June 19-21. This year's racing will bring riders from throughout California to participate in three separate races. The first will be Friday, June 19 at the Allan Hancock College Public Safety Training Center, 1 Hancock Dr., Lompoc. Friday's racing starts at 10:45 a.m. On Saturday, June 20 the event moves to the Avenue of Flags in Buellton. Racing begins at 7:20 a.m. and continues throughout the day. Finally, the event concludes with the Valley of Flowers ride on Sunday, June 21 at 7:20 a.m. at the corner of Walnut and H St. in Lompoc. All the events are free for spectators and will include live music, bounce houses, a beer garden and food trucks. For more information, please visit www.805critweek.org.

Well there it is folks, another exciting week of activities that make the central coast a special place to live and work. There is always more to do, so check back next week for more Central Coast Happenings!