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Really, there are only two types of music. There is everything else, and then there is Christmas music. Christmas music always has a mystical quality that hearkens back to mysterious times and places, except when it doesn’t. If you get that, then you get Christmas music.

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With Christmas right around the corner, Santa Claus and his elves are busy collecting the wishes of all girls and boys.

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Tehachapi News invites children up to age 12 to gather up those crayons, markers, colored pencils and glitter sticks for a chance to win prizes in our annual Christmas Coloring Contest.

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Tehachapi Lions Club held its Peace Poster Contest on Nov. 1. The contest was open to all students ages 11 through 13. This year’s theme was “Kindness Matters.”

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What do bears, a hippo, a windmill and three purple angels have in common? They were items on a list of things for children to find among the many nativities on display at last year's Tehachapi Creche Festival. The scavenger hunt was one of several activities for the children, and was wildly…

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Daniel Curnow took this photo in the Tehachapi Mountains of a hunting Bobcat as it moved silently through a Valley Oak savannah. Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are widespread throughout the Tehachapi Mountains, but their stealthy habits keep them from being seen most of the time. Bobcats are both ever…

When you think of heavenly music, you often think of harps. We are very fortunate to have several accomplished harpists here in our own community and will be privileged to hear them at the Tehachapi Creche Festival, which will be held Dec. 8 and 9 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day …

Feeling stressed, fatigued, stiff, or just plain unmotivated to do anything? Whatever your physical condition, or whatever your age, stretching can be beneficial to living and maintaining a more healthy lifestyle.

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It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the Hot Chocolate Turkey Trot in Tehachapi. Men, women and children — and their pets — converged at Brite Lake to participate in Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District's 5th annual 5k run Saturday morning.

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Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce Directors Stephanie Garcia and Kellie Dudevoir; Chamber President Ida Perkins and Chamber Ambassadors Pat Doody, along with City Manager Greg Garrett, Mayor Pro-Tem Susan Wiggins and Councilman Elect Michael Davies joined Mindy Martindale of Bee Good to …

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It's that time of year again to bundle up the kids and head to downtown Tehachapi for the 18th Annual Christmas Parade to be held Saturday, Dec. 1. Lauded for its nighttime uniqueness, "Christmas in Candyland" will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will travel along F Street, beginning at Mulberry.

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The Nov. 13 meeting of the American Association of University Women offered an inspiring speaker, Meg Prior, a photographer/filmmaker who has gone to Afghanistan for 10 years in spurts of a few weeks to several months on occasion. Her purpose has been to film the encounters of the armed forc…

The holidays are a time for families and friends to gather. At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce will present the 18th Annual Christmas parade “Christmas in Candyland.” The parade route will be down F Street beginning at Mulberry Street.

As you enter the fabric store, soft music can be heard playing in the background; a calming aura instantly embraces its visitors. The walls are dripping with color as 80 stitched masterpieces claim every inch of space. Owner Claudia Blodget greets you with a ready smile, and welcomes you to …

The annual Summit Singers Christmas concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. That gives you time to attend downtown festivities and still be able to include the concert in your Christmas “kickoff” plans.

The St. Malachy Church Fall Bazaar, located in McMullan Hall, 407 W. E St., will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

On a beautiful and crisp fall evening, dancers came to Tehachapi from Frazier Park, Lancaster and Bakersfield to help the Tehachapi Gandy Dancers celebrate 40 years of square dancing during the October Harvest Dance.

Al Crisalli Jr. took this photo of a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) out at Brite Lake. These are a type of plover, which looks like it would rhyme with "clover," but most birders pronounce it to rhyme with "lover."

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For many children, Christmas is a magical time of year. Unfortunately, some parents cannot afford to buy their children presents, and for these children, the Christmas magic sadly disappears.

The Stallion Springs 4-H had an awesome time competing at the Kern County Fair. The kids showed a lot of different animals like poultry, cavies, rabbits, dairy goats, pigs and llamas. They also entered artwork table setting, and fruits and vegetables.

Greater Tehachapi 4-H has enjoyed a very fun fall! We finished up last year’s projects by presenting them at the Kern County Fair. Almost all of our members participated so were able to showcase vegetables, chickens, dogs, pygmy goats, a lamb, beef cattle and a scarecrow.

Each year at the Tehachapi Creche Festival, held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a live nativity is portrayed. It has become very popular. Children and adults are dressed in nativity costumes and pose for 20 to 30 minutes in the facsimile of a stable. The stable was built…

American Association of University Women is interested in hearing what motivates women to pursue unusual fields. With this in mind, Meg Prior, an Army veteran, has been invited to speak at the next AAUW meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Bear Valley Cultural Arts is excited to once again sponsor the Holiday Bazaar to be held at the Whiting Center Nov. 23 and 24. This show features 48 exceptionally talented fine artists and handcrafters who will be bringing you a unique shopping experience.

In order to increase the number of coats to be given away in the annual coat drive, the Salvation Army has extended the donation period until Dec. 8, when it will distribute the coats along with doughnuts, said Sandy Chavez, the center's coordinator.

The annual Incredible Edible Bake Sale and Bazaar is something you don’t want to miss! It’s coming up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 329 S. Mill St.

The Fiddlers Crossing poster for West My Friend reads: “Canadian eclectic acoustic ensemble.” The trio of young and accomplished musicians from Vancouver Island has also been called an “Indie folk pop band,” or simply “Indie roots.” Other music reviewers have called the band “third-wave indi…

Ryan True-Richardson took this photo at Cub Lake in Bear Valley Springs of a large American Elk or Rocky Mountain Elk bull (Cervus canadensis nelsonii) that was enjoying both the water and the green grass of the oasis that is Cub Lake.

A day mixed with training and fun was held Saturday for local carriage drivers at Terry Scott’s arena in Golden Hills. For more than 35 years, Scott and her family, including son John, have been both carriage drivers and trainers in the old art of carriage driving.