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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.
For the fourth year in a row, the Antelope Valley Astronomy Club, hold its annual "Star-B-Que" picnic, followed by a public "Star Party" from dusk on Saturday, Aug. 23, until dawn on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Brite Lake Recreational Facility.
The event will be held in the main parking lot near Pavilions 1 and 2.
The Stallion Springs Police Department has formed a citizen volunteer group.
This group, called the Citizen Service Unit, is modeled after other volunteer groups operated by most law enforcement agencies in Kern County and across the nation.
The Kern Audubon Society, Tehachapi Chapter, will meet Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m., at the Golden Hills Elementary School, located at 20215 Park Road, in the cafeteria.
Guest Speaker will be Bob Barnes. Barnes is a not only a notable birder here in the local area, but he has also lead tours all over the world. He is an expert birder, whose endless enthusiasm puts all levels of birders at ease. He is going to speak on beginning bird identification and what to look forward to during our upcoming fall migration. He promises to give us his all, and answer any bird related questions.
Elnora McKenzie loves the smell, the texture and the taste of pizza. She enjoys it so much that after leaving the pizza industry to work elsewhere, she returned by opening her own franchise with Hungry Howie's at 675 Tucker Rd. Her affection for the Italian dish obviously shines through because last fall Tehachapi News readership voted Hungry Howie's as producing the best pizza in town.
One of her other joys is how pleased people are to eat pizza. Handing them the box hot with the ever-popular fragrance usually brings a smile to everyone's face. As of Monday, July 7, Stephen Hepner, 60, of Tehachapi will have more smiles than anyone else for miles around because he won a year's worth of the flavored-crusted pies. He jokingly commented that now he will have more friends, especially during the lunch hour.
Hope Academy Charter, located at 20601 W. Valley Blvd. (Highway 202), Suite A105, opens its doors as Tehachapi's newest charter school on Monday, Aug. 25. With the opening of the local chapter, the charter school now operates in nine cities, including Big Bear, Bakersfield, Beaumont, Bloomington, Indio, Palm Desert, Victorville and Yucca Valley. Enrollment is currently underway for the 2014-15 school year. The free, public charter school serves students kindergarten through grade 12. It is is chartered by Morongo Valley Unified School District.
"We really try to focus on individual needs of each student," said David Andreasen, assistant superintendent. "Elementary class sizes are limited to 28 students per class."
Hey Tehachapi cat lovers! Just because the bookstore has closed doesn't mean that Have a Heart doesn't still have kittens available for adoption.
We have at least two dozen adorable little kittens waiting for the right new family. All the kittens have been spayed or neutered, dewormed, vaccinated. Most have been microchipped and as finances allow, some have been tested for feline aids and leukemia; so far all have been negative.
The beautiful posters that announce the 51st PRCA Rodeo of the Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association this Aug. 15 and 16 are the result of the talent of a local artist, Betty Finch. The inspiration for Finch's design for this year's poster resides in her own corral as the bucking horse on the poster is her own Appaloosa. Finch was the talented artist behind the 50-year rodeo poster, which on its release, became an immediate collectors item.
Finch was born in Indiana, raised in Mojave, and currently resides in Tehachapi.
With the 51st annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival just around the corner (Aug. 15 to 17) sheriffs, desperadoes and ballroom girls are hitting the streets and local establishments selling "Good Time Badges," and looking for people who are having a good time without one.
According to Ida Perkins of the sponsoring Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce, the Festival is not only the chamber's main fundraiser, the celebration helps dozens of local non-profits fill their coffers, allowing them to provide programs to the community throughout the year -- and it's good for Tehachapi business, too, bringing thousands of people into town.
Sunday's rainstorm did nothing to hamper the success of the Old Timers Reunion, held Saturday at the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District's West Park Activity Center. Originally planned for Central Park, the event was quickly rerouted indoors to accommodate more than 300 attendees who showed up for the festivities this year.
"The Old Timers Reunion is the oldest running event in Tehachapi," said LeAnn Williams, TVRPD recreation supervisor. The reunion was originated in 1959 by Herb and Ola May Force, and has been an annul event for the past 55 years.