La Purísima hosts ‘step back in time’ events

La Purísima Mission State Historic Park will host “Purísima's People Day” on July 12 and various other “step back in time” events this summer.

Three events that enable visitors to glimpse California Mission life “once upon a time” will be presented this summer at La Purísima Mission State Historic Park in Lompoc.

“Purísima's People Day” (July 12 and Sept. 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) allows visitors to “step back in time” to 1822, and interact with costumed re-enactors who portray the people who called La Purisima Mission home — Padre Payeras, the Mayordomo, a blacksmith, and the women and children completing their daily chores.

Childrens Mission Life (July 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.), emphasizes children's life at the mission, featuring kid-friendly activities and dress-up opportunities.

Village Days (Aug. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) brings the Tule Village to life as visitors experience the blending of traditional Chumash and Colonial Spanish life ways. Demonstrators help visitors learn a variety of skills such as grinding acorns, basket weaving, building a tule house, making soapstone beads or tule dolls, and playing Chumash games.

Located at 2295 Purisima Road (a mile northeast of downtown Lompoc), Mission La Purísima Concepción was the 11th of the California Missions, founded in 1787. It is now a state historic park (La Purísima Concepción parish is close to downtown), open daily with admission of $6 per private vehicle. Information: (805) 733-3713.


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March 6, 2015

  • Friday, March 6

    Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-8:30 p.m., St. Clare’s, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country. Every Friday through March 27. (661) 252-3353. http://www.st-clare.org/.

    Fish Dinner, 5:30-7 p.m., St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 5605 Cloverly Ave., Temple City. Hosted by Kinghts of Columbus Council #9128 every Friday through March 27.

    CRS Rice Bowl 40th Anniversary Concert, 6-9:30 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica Featuring Stations of the Cross, speaker Thomas Awiapo, performer Ben Walther and food trucks. This year marks the 40th anniversary of CRS Rice Bowl, the largest and oldest Lenten program used by millions of Catholics across the United States known for its iconic and symbolic cardboard ‘rice bowl.’

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