• By DONNETTE HADDAD Contributing writer

The Kern County Sheriffs Posse is proud to present the 33rd annual Stampede Days Rodeo at the Kern County Fairgrounds on May 4 and 5. This weekend of rodeo fun will culminate with an authentic western Charro show on Sunday, May 6.

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News

Karen Jackson took this photo in Stallion Springs of a resting Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) on the roof of her home. Karen said that during the day Gray Foxes often rest on the roof. This provides some measure of safety for the diminutive Gray Foxes, which are only about the size of a…

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News

The Tehachapi area has probably been home to Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura) for thousands of years, since the reign of the Nuwä Indian people. In the past 15 or 20 years, however, the local bird community has included a different dove: the Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto).

  • By DR. JEFF KAPLAN Contributing writer

The “C” word. In our society, we are all too aware of what the “C” word represents. It’s one of the most dreaded words in the English language. When we think of the “C” word, the term “cancer” comes to mind.

  • By DOUG JOCKINSEN Contributing writer

Tehachapi Community Theater will present “A Really Big Shoe: Musical Variety Show” for one night only.

  • By DEBORAH HAND-CUTLER Contributing writer

Anyone who was in elementary school in the mid-Twentieth Century will remember the autoharp. In those days, we all sang every day in our classrooms, and autoharp was the most ubiquitous instrument for accompaniment. Being picked to play it on any given day was an honor. We learned a basic st…

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News

D. L. Caldwell took this photo in Bear Valley Springs of a Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) as it weathered a snow flurry. Western Bluebirds are year-round residents of the oak woodlands and savannahs of the Tehachapi Mountains, and they are also found in the mixed trees and grassland habi…

  • By SAUNDRA GALLOWAY Contributing writer

Marriage and relationships can be tough these days. So many outside influences of the world try to pull couples apart. We are consumed with busyness from work, kids' activities, holiday hustle and bustle, vacation plans, family crisis moments, financial emergencies, etc. Sometimes it is hard…

  • By ANNIS CASSELLS Contributing writer

Writers of Kern is proud to present "A Morning with Picture Book Author Illustrator Barney Saltzberg” on April 21. Saltzberg is the author and illustrator of numerous beloved children’s books, including “Beautiful Oops!” and the best-selling “Touch and Feel Kisses” series.

  • By CATHERINE SOLANGE Contributing writer

Tehachapi Fiction Writers begins Tuesday, April 17, and Tehachapi Non-Fiction Writers begins Thursday, April 19. Both groups are scheduled from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and will run eight weeks. Summer week-long intensives will follow. Both groups will meet at Slice of Life Enrichment School at 48771 …

  • By KAREN BUDAI Contributing writer

The Tehachapi Symphony, directed by Dr. David Newby will perform on Sunday, May 6. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at Country Oaks Baptist Church, located at 20915 Schout Road.

  • By DUANA PERA Contributing writer

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Tehachapi kicks off its new fundraising season on April 19 at Big Papa’s. Together, we can beat our biggest rival. The community is invited to come out and learn more about the Relay For Life movement and how they can help the American Cancer Soc…

  • Tehachapi News

Major Jason E. George VFW 12114 is currently planning Christina's 4th annual fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research, which will be held in September, according to an announcement.

  • Tehachapi News

With the success of veterans counseling in Tehachapi in the first year, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Major Jason E. George VFW 12114 have agreed to extend the counseling to two days per month, according to an announcement. 

  • Tehachapi News

Private Tieskoetter graduated Feb. 23, 2018 from Army boot camp in Fort Leonardwood, Mo. He is continuing his training at Fort Eustis, Va. as an Apache helicopter mechanic.

  • By CORINNE STONE Contributing writer

Suddenly it’s April, and just a month until the Summit Singers spring concert! We hope you’ve marked Saturday, May 12, on your calendar for the great concert the Summit Singers are preparing for you. You’ll hear some fun and lively tunes, as well as many of your favorites from show tunes, tr…

  • By PHYLLIS BELCHER Contributing writer

Kiwanis member Liz Wolfe is passionate about her support of the Norbertine Canonesses, which is a women’s monastery near Tehachapi. She shared her interest and knowledge with the Kiwanis Club recently.

  • By PHYLLIS BELCHER Contributing writer

Scott Spielman, Kern County assistant district attorney, has seen numerous cases during his career in which families have been devastated when loved ones have died as a result of drunken driving. During the last year there were 4,000 DUI arrests in the county and probably more drivers who el…

  • By LINDA CARHART Contributing writer

Members from two Rotary Clubs, Tehachapi and China Lake, went on a weekend trip April 7-8 to support the Ninos de la Promesa Orphanage in Tijuana. Chris Naftel represented the Tehachapi Rotary Club and Vince Avalos represented the China Lake Rotary Club. Avalos' brother Tony Avalos, who live…

  • By KIM NIXON Contributing writer

The Tehachapi Police Foundation is hosting the second annual Honoring the Thin Blue Line banquet, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. May 17 at Rose Garden Estate. Tickets are available for $60 each or a table of eight for $400. All proceeds benefit the foundation's assistance to the Tehacha…

  • By LARA STEINKE Contributing writer

On a stormy night, anxious contestants arrive at the Goon Show. Each contestant hopes to take home the prize money and take their first step toward fame. Mark, the ventriloquist, Dolly, the tap dancer, and Gee Gee, the bird imitation specialist, have their dreams set on their talent being re…

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News

Traci Thorold took this photo of a White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata) nectar feeding on Narcissus blossoms. Sphinx Moths are also commonly referred to as hawk moths because of their large size or hummingbird moths, since they hover at flowers nectar feeding and greatly resemble small hu…

  • By NICK SMIRNOFF For Tehachapi News

The youngest was a kindergartner and the oldest was a senior at Tehachapi High School. Young artists, presenting some 40 entries in all, were up for awards and a cash prizes at this year's Spring Youth Art Contest sponsored by Tehachapi's Gallery 'N' Gifts.

  • By DICK TAYLOR Contributing writer

The Devil Pups Youth Program For America, which emphasizes “Growth Through Challenge,” is seeking interested Kern County candidates for the 2018 10-day program to be held July 19-28 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The program strives to develop in its participants qualities of good citi…

  • By PAM JOHNSON Contributing writer

Pre-registration is open through May 4 for the annual Cummings Valley School 5K, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 1 at Cummings Valley School.

  • By BRENDA S. JOHNSTON Contributing writer

Braving the elements of weather, the Tehachapi Gandy Dancers Square Dance Club hosted their Spring Fling. Representatives from the Mountain Squares of Frazier Park, the Bakersfield Rounders, and Aces & Deuces of Palmdale joined the Gandy Dancers for a great night of dancing and camaraderie.

  • By LAURIE RUDE BETTS Contributing writer

While we are very excited to share our 90th anniversary with the community, we at Tehachapi Community Church also have some other unique worship experiences in April.

  • By DEBORAH HAND-CUTLER Contributing writer

The “Folk-Rock” duo Ryanhood will be performing in Fiddlers Crossing on April 27. The concert was originally scheduled for February but had to be canceled at the last minute due to illness. The musicians are healthy now and will soon be heading to Tehachapi.

  • By DEBORAH HAND-CUTLER Contributing writer

The name Fiddlers Crossing will be freshly interpreted on Saturday, April 21, when The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc comes to town. This trio is a crossing of fiddlers from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands of Scotland. The three distinct fiddle styles are intertwined to create a unique blendin…

  • By DR. JEFF KAPLAN Contributing writer

If you suffer with Parkinson’s disease, you are not alone. Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over the age of 60. The average age at the onset of this illness is 60, but some people are diagnosed at 40 or younger.

  • Contributed by Cheers to Charity

Planning for the 2018 Cheers to Charity fundraising event, on Saturday, Aug. 11, is underway. Aviator Park, at the Tehachapi Airport, will again be the setting for the 5th year of this annual fundraiser. Dozens of shade trees, plenty of parking, acres of grass and a gentle breeze provide a c…

  • By DOROTHY McREYNOLDS Contributing writer

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