Although there are estimated to be about 4,000 different species of spiders in the U.S. and Canada, the Tehachapi Mountains are home to far fewer than that, and most of the spiders you will encounter come from only about a dozen different families. The largest family of spiders in the world is Salticidae, the Jumping Spiders, comprising an amazing 13 percent of all spider species in existence. There are several different species of Jumping Spider found locally, and these are among the most interesting and colorful of all spiders found in our mountains.
The first ever Tehachapi GranFondo cycling event has already exceed original projected expectations, said Michelle Vance, community outreach coordinator for Tehachapi City.
Nicole Niceley has been very happy to live in Tehachapi ever since fourth grade when her parents moved from Bakersfield. Her husband and business partner, Christopher, and their two young children are just as pleased to live here, too. So instead of sowing their oats by going out into the big, wide world like so many other home-grown aspirants have done, they have brought the outside world into their home town by opening a retail store named Mountain Imports.
Once you step over the threshold, that sense of contentment that the Niceleys feel about Tehachapi may envelop you. It's contagious. All of the items on the shelves and walls reflect the Niceley's values of friends, family and cheerful giving. "Our goal was to bring global-inspired ideas to our rural town," said Nicole Niceley who most recently worked for Alta One Federal Credit Union in the Albertson's grocery store. "I've tried to provide something for everyone."
A presentation by Scott Wayland, a local cyclist, author and educator will be offered at Fiddlers Crossing during the weekend of the GranFondo on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Wayland is the author of "Cracking the Spine: A Tricycle Odyssey." The book is about a 2012 adventure he and his wife, Jodi Friedlander, took cycling from Jasper, Alberta, to the US-Mexico border, along with their dog Django.
The Pet Parade kicked off the action packed week of events related the Tehachapi Mountain Festival with a variety of costumes, tricks and a few good barks.
For the second year, the Tehachapi Heritage League will sponsor the Twilight Tour of Tomo Kahni on Sept. 6. This is a rare opportunity to see Tomo Kahni State Park as few others have, as the sun sets and the moon rises. Attendees will meet at 5 p.m. at the Tehachapi Museum, 310 S. Green St., and then carpool to the site.
Participants will learn about the way of life of the Kawaiisu, and enjoy the beauty of the village site nestled in the mountains surrounding Sand Canyon. You will see the pictographs, bed rock mortars, caves and plants and learn of their medicinal purposes.
Optimal Hospice Care is proud to offer several outstanding community service programs through their volunteer department. Through programs such as the Karaoke Singer Group, the CarePals Pet Therapy Program, the Veteran to Veteran Volunteer Program and the Seamstress Volunteer Program,
Hospice volunteer training is free of charge and open to the public. All CarePals teams must have a current certification from a reputable pet therapy agency.
Fiddlers Crossing is putting a classical note on the end of summer by presenting a string quintet in concert on Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m., in St. Jude's In-The-Mountains Anglican Church, 1200 S. Curry St. The Millington Strings is a quintet of classical musicians who play their own arrangements of both classical and contemporary music. The group hails from Sacramento, where they perform in different formations -- duo, trio, quartet or quintet -- depending on the venue and occasion.
Founder and cellist Stephen Millington studied music at US Davis and has advanced degrees in cello performance from CSU Sacramento. He arranges most of the music for the ensemble, as well as writing some of his own compositions. The repertoire reflects his eclectic tastes -- everything from classical opera and ballet to jazz, pop, folk, Celtic, Latin and movie and show tunes. For this concert, the ensemble will premiere Millington's own "American Suite," a four-movement piece built around contemporary pop music styles.
The 51st annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival is history, having attracted crowds of local residents and visitors, who enjoyed three days of activity, including a 5K/10K run, parade, carnival, rodeo, car show and more.
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The Tehachapi News presents the News@Noon for Aug. 14, 2014:
Local resident Kay Uli has just celebrated her 80th birthday. What keeps her young? Some will say her volunteering work she does at Sharing and Caring.
The 14th annual Chalk on the Walk was a resounding success, with Luke Boyd taking Best of Show for his vibrant rendition of Alice in Wonderland Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association.