With the beginning of October comes the monthly Downtown Tehachapi event: First Friday. Businesses and organizations will sponsor special presentations and events from 5 until 8 p.m. on Oct. 4.
Below are details from three participants. First Friday information can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 a.m. the Wednesday before publication.
Gallery 'n' Gifts
Elaine Kilmer, the showcased local artist, will bring a new and exciting medium to the gallery. Her rock star portraiture and hand-beaded guitar straps promise to make "Rocktober" First Friday exciting and energetic.
Kilmer combines her love of drawing and music in her portraiture of rock musicians. The element in her work is incredible, with detail that one usually sees in photographic works.
Kilmer graduated from California State - Bakersfield in 2005, grew up in Bakersfield, and currently resides in Tehachapi.
Refreshments will be served at the event. Gallery 'n' Gifts is located at 100 W. Tehachapi Blvd. and can be reached by calling 822-6062.
Tehachapi Community Congregational Church
In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, the Tehachapi Community Church will present "FIRE!," a collection of black and white photographs taken between 1970 and 1980 that show the heroics of the Los Angeles County firefighters as they work to save life and property.
There will also be kids crafts, refreshments, displays of fire fighting equipment, and at 6:30 p.m., the Kern County Fire Department will visit with a fire engine.
Firefighters will give a presentation on fire safety and will be on hand to answer all of your questions. All are welcome.
Tehachapi Treasure Trove
In addition to food and wine, the Treasure Trove will be featuring local personality and author Anne Marie Novinger and internationally known polymer clay artist Christi Friesen.
Anne Marie Novinger with be signing her new book: "Where did MURTZ come from? And how did she end UP in Tehachapi?" Anne Marie, nicknamed "Murtz," has been a well-known member of the Tehachapi scene for several years, though she previously lived in Glendale.
"Ghoulies" will also make an appearance, with artist Christi Friesen demonstrating how to make the glow-in-the-dark ghoules. A long-time Tehachapi resident, Christi Friesen teaches polymer clay art around the world and has written a number of books on the subject.
The Treasure Trove is at 116 E. Tehachapi Blvd.