Members of the 4-H Club throughout Kern County recently met at General Shafter School in Bakersfield to participate in the 2015 4-H Presentation Day.
Pam Wildermuth took this photo at her Bear Valley Springs home of some Band-tailed Pigeons (Patagioenas fasciata). These large native pigeons spend most of their time in forests and woodlands, and are seldom seen around human habitation, except for houses that are nestled in among natural landscapes.
The Center for Improv Advancement comedy will be performing at Fiddlers Crossing on Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7 per person or $20 for a family. Cpffee and pie will be served. The CIA players hammed it up after their February show at Fiddler’s Crossing. Comedians include, from left, Pablo Reyes, Steve Miller, Tyler Pruett, Eric Dains, Zack Payne, Chris George and Jason Monroe. The CIA performs at Fiddler’s Crossing monthly, so look for us again in May.
Photo courtesy of Chris George
The Rotary Club of Tehachapi is thrilled to be able to send nine Tehachapi High School students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in Ojai on April 23 through 26. RYLA is a leadership camp designed especially for the future leaders of our community.
Rodney Michael competed in the 2015 Kern County Science Fair, representing Golden Hills Elementary School's 5th grade. He was awarded seconded place in the chemistry competition with his experiment of "Does mint actually cool things down?" "Unfortunately he will not be advancing to the State level for that is an event for 6 through 12th grade," said his mother Jenifer Michael. "Crossing fingers for next year!"
On April 12, U-Neek Findz held a celebration to thank its vendors for their patience and understanding by remaining with the store after water damage caused extensive damages last winter, and the operation of business was interrupted until renovations were made. "We truly appreciate each and every one of you and value the hard work you put into making your space and the overall shop the best that it can be," said owner Heather Heaslet. U-Neek Findz features antiques and hard-to-find items, and has added new vendors to its retail space. Located at 450 W. "F" St, the store can be reached by calling 822-7311.
Celeste Hawksley will be the featured artist during the month of April at the Back Street Gallery. Hawksley, seen here with her Great Horned Owl, has been on a quest for interesting images for over 30 years, photographing everything with a captivating design from nature to architecture, petroglyphs and rocks. The photographs at the Back Street Gallery were taken on a backroads trip from Washington D.C. through Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. With a background of Art Classes at L.A. Valley College, photo seminars at U.C.L.A. and group trips with Adventure Photographer Dave Wyman, she has traveled from ski slopes to the four corners of the Southwest in pursuit of her interests. She is a Tehachapi resident living in Alpine Forest.
A wide array of educational opportunities are available through Family Life Pregnancy Center. You don't need to travel east or west; we are located in downtown Tehachapi. The program we offer is "Earn While You Learn," which is a point incentive program. Points are redeemed in our Baby Boutique, which is filled with baby clothing up to size 2, furniture, car seats, diapers, maternity clothing, etc. Basically, everything needed to create a beautiful baby room.
The "Earn While You Learn" program is used nationally to provide education for parents from early pregnancy through your child reaching 7 years of age and beyond. It includes a course to provide much needed life skills and one as an introduction to the Bible.
On April 14, the Kern County Board of Supervisors proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Kern County. During a brief presentation at the Board's session, the Department of Human Services (DHS), with support from its partners, called on the community to report suspected child abuse.
Director Dena Murphy was joined by Tom Corson, executive director of the Kern County Network for Children, and asked the community to help in the efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to report any suspected abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services at 631-6011.
The Tehachapi Branch of the Kern County Library will host the following events during the month of April:
* April Book Discussion: "Women Who Run with the Wolves," by C. Pinkola, second half on Saturday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m.
Spring is my favorite season for many reasons: wildflowers bloom, the grasses are green, creeks (in wetter years) are flowing, the weather usually isn't too hot or too cold, and it's the peak time for baby animals, both the wild ones and farm animals.
Wild creatures tend to have their young in the spring because it's the time when food is most abundant and the weather is the mildest. Songbirds are already nesting now, even though this would normally be a little early in the Tehachapi Mountains, but since this was essentially "the year without a winter," animals are behaving like it's a month later than the calendar says it is.
Fiddlers Crossing has just passed its five-year milestone as an acoustic music venue in downtown Tehachapi. Over that time, it has gained a reputation among the top ranks of touring musicians as a fun and friendly place to perform, with a terrific and responsive audience. This has resulted in some outstanding musicians stopping to perform in Tehachapi who would otherwise be passing right on by to their concerts in the big music festivals, or in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.