One of the great things about being interested in the natural world is that there is an endless supply of new information being learned about the plants, animals and life processes around us.
Dr. Ryan N. Kerr, D.D.S., held an open house on Feb. 13 to introduce the public to his new office location of 709 W. Valley Blvd., Suite A. The new location includes separate rooms for every hygienist on staff which features a relaxing city-themed decor and state-of-the-art equipment. Hygienist Kathy Armendariz, left, gave her patient, Bev Thomspon, a tour of the new facility during the open house. Dr. Kerr's office can be reached by calling 822-7827.
Merle Norman Cosmetics recently held Tehachapi's Most Kissable Lips Contest just in time for Valentine's Day. Entries were made by patrons who picked their favorite shade of lipstick then puckered up and kissed an entry form in hopes of winning one of the three prizes awarded. Celebrity judges Tiffany Rea, Miss Tehachapi 2014, and Jamie Phillips awarded first place to Emily Getts, above, who received a $100 gift certificate. Second place went to Moriel Johnson, who received a $50 gift certificate, and third place went to Kelly Ferguson, who received a $25 gift certificate. Manager Beverly Smith reported the local franchise received a total of 83 entries in the contest.
Tehachapi High School students recently participated in a realistic, fast-paced simulation of stock market trading at the Junior Achievement of Bakersfield's 2nd Annual Stock Market Competition presented by Wells Fargo. (From left) Kathleen McNeil, Wells Fargo district manager, presented Senate Certificates of Recognition signed by Senator Jean Fuller of the 18th District and medals to students Bizz Sorvino, Riley Rohrer and Jacine Phillips as their teacher, Chris Hood, looks on. The students were congratulated by Senator Fuller for winning first place in the competition by building the highest portfolio net worth.
Travis Combs, of Bear Valley, recently competed in the Piobaireachd (pee-brock), Grade 2, winning first place. It took Combs six months to learn the tune and put it to memory to perfection. Only one other piper qualified to play at the same level as Combs. Piobaireachd is the classical form of music for the Great Highland Scottish Pipes. Combs has been studying playing the pipes for almost eight years. Combs has also played aboard the Queen Mary, in Long Beach.
Gabe Lawson (portrayed by Kendric Bertram) and Olivia Keegan (portrayed by Emily Stults) will be starring in TCT's upcoming production, "Things My Mother Taught Me." Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings of March 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.; and Sunday matinees are March 22 and 29, at 2 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at tctonstage.com and at TCT ticket outlets.
The fifth annual native plant sale is underway, and orders are now being taken online or by mail until April 3. This and previous plant sales have all been offered jointly by the Desert-Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council (DMRC&D) and the Tehachapi Resource Conservation District (TRCD).
Triassic will be gathering folks together, once again, to listen to a very special speaker. Mark your calendars for March 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This month's featured host presenter is our vineyard founder, Chuck McCollough. There are significant memories that we know people hold dear, and we are honored to listen to Chuck tell his story.
Chuck McCollough was a career geological engineer for Exxon and traveled extensively throughout the world. However, it was in his retirement and following the passing of his wife that he embarked upon his local endeavor with Cummings Valley. His knowledge of land, soils and horticulture took him into the specific area of viticulture and vineyards. At the age of 79, he began the ambitious task of planting Triassic Legacy Vineyards. Chuck will be speaking on the original planting project. Seeing the superior quality of grapes that have rendered award-winning wines, the original start-up of Triassic is now historic. He will be showing a 15-min video of the original event which includes community volunteers that contributed time & efforts to laying down the rows of 6,000 vines. Come check it out -- you might see yourself.
College Community Services -- The Learning Center (CCS-TLC), located at 107 S. Mill St., Suite B, offers free classes for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness or substance abuse and mental illness. The following classes will be offered during the month of March:
Advocating for Self -- Learn how to be more independent and the skills to locating recovery resources.
The Kern County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the 2015 JobFest Series, bringing employment opportunities to every region of Kern County. With Kern County's overall unemployment rate at 9.9 percent, the JobFest series is just one way DHS is working to improve the lives of children and families in our communities.
Mojave will be included in the series, with a JobFest to take place on Thursday, March 5, at the Mojave Air & Space Port in the Stuart O. Witt Event Center, 1247 Poole St. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mojave's unemployment rate is 11.1 percent.
For those individuals wishing to learn square dancing, this current class workshop is now closed for registrations. However, future class workshops will happen.
We have seven new students who have enthusiastically taken to square dancing. Rod Shuping is providing the calls for the workshops. Everyone attending the workshops are having a great time!
Stallions Springs Horse Thief Lake: No report
Brite Lake: Overall score: Good