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Lompoc barber school raises funds for local theater

Posted at 11:47 AM, Apr 20, 2019

The Cosmoton Academy in Lompoc is holding a fundraiser today to renovate the town’s historic Lompoc Theatre.

The fundraiser, titled the Cut-A-Thon, is part of an effort to bring more art and entertainment to Lompoc.

“We are artists too,” said instructor Laura Funkhouser. “Barbering is an art and we thought it would be cool to give back to the community.”

With a $5 donation, anyone can get a hair cut or hair-do from one of the school’s students.

Funkhouser and her husband Michael have been teaching hair styling and barbering for 15 years. Barbers are licensed to do both men and women’s haircuts.

“We just want to have students coming out doing everything that their license encompasses,” she said.

The idea for the fundraiser came when they saw a sign about the effort to restore the theater. Funkhouser said that as soon as Cosmoton had enough students, they chose to hold the fundraiser.

While the academy has been operating since January, it will have a formal grand opening May 5.

The fundraiser goes on until 2:30 p.m. at 1013 North “H” St. in Lompoc.