Annual Mountain Fest car show big boon for local groups
The 17th annual Thunder on the Mountain Car and Truck Show was hailed as a huge success this year, raising a total of $24,500 which the organization distributed to local charities at a ceremony held Sept. 16 at Central Park.
Many longtime Tehachapi residents will be familiar with the Frerichs and Lutge families who built Mountain Lanes, the Mountain Inn and Mountain Liquor at the corner of Mill Street and Tehachapi Boulevard (then West "G" Street) in the sixties and seventies.
The Best Western Mountain Inn still stands, while the bowling alley and restaurant were torn down to make way for the new Four Season Plaza. But the development was significant in its day and remains an important part of Tehachapi's history.
The community of Stallion Springs extends an invitation to friends and family to enjoy some great community fun during the 9th annual Oktoberfest celebration, on Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon until 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Stallion Springs Parks and Recreation Department.
Expect grilled bratwurst and tangy sauerkraut, soft pretzels and freshly brewed soda, handcrafted items and unique one-of-a-kind gifts. But the star attraction is the home crafted beer, brewed especially for the event, by Stallion's own Brew Master Steve Olson.
The Tehachapi Lace'n It Up breast cancer walk and breakfast will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Links for Life, the event will start with the registration and walk at West Park Activity Center, located at 410 W. "D" St. A breakfast will follow at the Tehachapi Senior Center, located at 500 E. "F" St.
The walk will be held to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and will celebrate survivors, support those going through treatment, and remember those who have succumbed to the disease.
The Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District will host the annual Health and Resource Fair Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon,. at West Park Activities Center, located at 410 W. "D" St.
The Health Fair will feature vendor booths, food and entertainment, and discounted and free testing from health organizations and local businesses. Free health and nutrition information will also be provided.
The downtown "First Friday" Art Walk will be held on Oct. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. A number of downtown shops and restaurants will be open, many offering refreshments and entertainment. All are welcome to attend this free event. Participating in the upcoming event include the following:
It has been an exciting year at Gallery 'n' Gifts, with a number of wonderful guest artist programs. The Gallery celebrated its 35th Anniversary in September and has an extraordinary artist lined up for October's First Friday.
The featured artist, Leon Leigh, will continue to show through mid-November in conjunction with the Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce Mixer to be held at Gallery 'n' Gifts on Nov. 12.
Speaker at Community Church Oct. 5 will share opportunities
You've probably heard some version of this inspirational starfish story: A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.
The 2nd annual Tehachapi Apple Festival has now expanded to two full days with "Appl-ie Goodness" as the theme for this year's event. The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, at the Railroad Park in Downtown Tehachapi. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
More than 7,000 people attended last year's one-day event. This year, the festival promises to bring fun for the entire family while featuring all things apple-related.
The Tehachapi Gandy Dancers recently toured Edwards Air Force Base. First order of the tour was checking out the aircraft and tower on display at Century Circle. These aircraft, known as the century aircraft, stand in silent tribute to the Air Force of the past; the F-100, F-101, F-102, F-104, F-105 and F-106 Fighters. Also located at Century Circle is an YC-15 Transport aircraft. The tower display is the actual top portion of the old Edwards Flight Tour. Displayed in the window is a cardboard cutout of Captain Glen Edwards, for whom Edwards Air Force Base is named.
The Gandy Dancers spent time at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum. Here, they saw various aircraft on static display. A YA-10B and an NF-4C Fighter stand just outside the front doors to the museum. The YA-10B is the only two-seater A-10 ever made. The NF-4C was the first F-4 ever delivered to the Air Force. Off the end of the museum is the Museum's Air Park in which a B-52 Bomber, F-111, OA-37 Fighters, SR-71 Reconnaissance and a YA-7D Corsair stand with several other historic military aircraft. When the Gandy Dancers finished checking out the open-air displays, they moved inside the museum to see several artifacts from the Muroc days. Muroc was the settlement that preceded the Army Air Corps and eventually Air Force Base. The Gandy Dancers then listened to Steve Zapka, the Base Public Affairs tour guide, who talked about the area and the airspace, which is critical to the military's mission, whether Army, Navy or Air Force.
New and returning members were welcomed by American Association of University Women at a delicious luncheon prepared by Mill Street Kitchen. The event was held at Woods Pavilion, and guests enjoyed the shaded area in a beautiful garden.
AAUW President Sonja Wilson welcomed all in attendance. Program Chairs, Linda Flores and Connie Lynch outlined plans for 2014-15. Jan Combs invited anyone with a two-year or higher degree to pay dues of $85 and become an AAUW member.
The Tehachapi High School drama class and the Tehachapi Jazz Band will present a special program for American Association of University Women on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. The performance will be held in the Drama Building which is on the south end of Tehachapi High School campus behind the cafeteria. Anyone interested in seeing talented students perform is invited to attend this event.
AAUW supports education in Tehachapi and appreciates what the school and teachers are doing for today's students. Membership in AAUW is open to anyone with a 2 year or higher degree upon payment of $85 dues. Call Jan at 823-9303 for further information.