Daniel Curnow took this photo in Golden Hills of a male Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) perched on a oak branch. These charming songbirds are year-round residents of the Tehachapi Mountains, and they are especially characteristic of our oak woodlands and areas with mixed tree cover and shrubs.

It is important to teach our children to serve others and not always themselves. Serving the community most importantly helps people who need it more, but also gives our children a broader perspective on life, teaches them appreciation for the blessings they have, and conjures up happiness a…

Do you love the outdoors? Do you like working to benefit your neighbors? Then the Tehachapi Mountain Search and Rescue would like to invite you to join us.

Chris Myers was trimming junipers in her yard in Bear Valley Springs when she discovered a nest of approximately 9 unhatched California Quail eggs hidden underneath low-hanging vegetation. This was in autumn, long after nesting season was over, so these speckled eggs represented an unsuccess…

The Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association is hosting a Pop-up Book Faire on Sunday, Feb. 17, with several panelists who will hold a question and answer period plus expand on their publishing experiences. We have authors from several different realms and a variety of writing styles an…

One critic said of Americana singer-songwriter Dulcie Taylor that she is “a major talent who’s been hiding from the rest of us for too long.” Bringing “hidden talents” to Tehachapi is one of the goals of Fiddlers Crossing. Taylor will be returning to the downtown music venue at 7 p.m. Saturd…

“It changed my life!” These words were spoken by Destinee, a Bakersfield youth. What was the “it?” The Christian Youth Film Festival in Bakersfield put on by the Christian Youth Film Festival Society there. This young lady entered and discovered a new talent and passion that is, even now, sh…

Harold Jones took this photo in Bear Valley Springs of a resting Mountain Lion (Puma concolor). Mountain Lions are actually found all throughout the Tehachapi Mountains, but most local residents never see them because they are typically reclusive around people, and so stealthy that even when…

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, is celebrated Feb. 4–8 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do.

The 12th Annual Chocolate and Wine Walk in downtown Tehachapi will be held on Feb. 9 this year. Join the friendly faces that go from business to business along the downtown streets to sample tasty wines, paired with delicious chocolates, handmade by local resident Linda Pettitt of Linda’s Ca…

Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce Directors Stephanie Garcia, Carolyn Wiles, Jim Miller, Jessica Davidson and Liz Trejo; Chamber President Ida Perkins and Chamber Ambassadors Sandra Honea, Patrick Donahue and Pat Doody joined Picture Perfect Parties for the grand opening of their new off…

Living “off the grid” is a dream for some people, although it has its challenges. Ann Tavormina made this dream a realty when she built a beautiful home in Bear Valley Springs. She has been invited to tell American Association of University Women about the challenges and achievements she exp…

Pairing food and wine is an art. Our local chef, Mano Lujan, owner of Red House BBQ, is a master at the art. He proved it once again at the Rotary Wine Pairing Dinner. Wine in California is plentiful, and I feel no hesitancy in saying that it is mostly excellent.

 The Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association is hosting a Pop-up Book Faire at the Oak Tree Country Club on Sunday, Feb. 17. It opens at 2:30 p.m. and will have a no-host bar.

So you’ve decided you want to write. Perhaps you want to share a personal experience or record a little piece of history. There may be fascinating characters pushing at the edge of your consciousness and plot lines teasing you as they urge you to risk discovering where they may lead. Maybe y…

For First Friday on Feb. 1, Tehachapi Treasure Trove will feature Ruthie Stockdale, maker of Ruthie’s Little Pretties. Stockdale specializes in working with swarovski crystals. Her jewelry sparkles whether under the sun or in lamp light. Her line includes earrings, bracelets, necklaces, ankl…