Over the past couple of weeks, there has been much media coverage and talk about the recent security scare discovered by Google's security team. While the media is talking about the vulnerability dubbed "Heartbleed", there is little coverage as to what it actually is, whether you are affected and what you can do about it. I will shed some light and give you the straight facts about Heartbleed.
What is it?
T-Fitness is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary with a party on Sat., April 26 with a day of food, contests, giveaways and special sign-up deals.
"Please help us celebrate our anniversary from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.," owner Craig Janssen said. T-Fitness is located just off of Highway 202 at 20936 Sage Lane in Tehachapi.
Tehachapi Lions Club is sponsoring a free dinner for everyone who shows up at the Senior Center on Thursday, May 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with a can or two for their annual drive to help the Salvation Army.
"Dinner will be a simple hamburger and hot dog fest," said Lions President Alan Powell, "but it's our way to help our friends at the Salvation Army. Any non-perishable canned food is accepted and dinner is on us."
Coffee With The Artist and Gallery 'n' Gifts has put winter behind them and is ready to kick-off the 2014 season on April 26 with internationally known artist, Chris Paschke.
Paschke states "I took my first calligraphy class as my final college elective before graduation and I was hooked for life. I received structure and precision from the British teachers but surprisingly enough my freedom came from German influences."
Registration for the National Bible Bee has already begun, and the study material will be released June 1. Contestants study one book of the Bible and memorize 24 passages of Scripture from June 1 until test day, August 23. The local competition testing will be held at Country Oaks Baptist Church, located at 20915 Schout Road.
The National Bible Bee, run by the Shelby Kennedy Foundation, was started in 2009. It was set up in honor of Shelby Kennedy who died at a young age from a rare cancer; she loved to memorize God's Word. An anonymous donor gave the money for the cash prizes to encourage others to memorize God's word and get back to studying the Bible. Tehachapi has hosted the local competition for the National Bible Bee every year since it's inception.
The Tehachapi Pops Orchestra, "TPops," will have their first concert of the year on Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m., at the Grace Fellowship, 326 E. Tehachapi Blvd. Our annual Spring concert is a fund raiser for the Fellowship. For some years, Grace has given their hall to us for rehearsals, and this has helped us considerably as we grow in numbers of members and in musical fun.
TPops will present a program featuring a number of exciting new pieces. They include Chuck Mangione's Children of Sanchez, Leroy Anderson's Irish Suite, and a selection from Stephen Schwartz's soundtrack to The Prince of Egypt. TPops continually grows in spirit and range of material. Daniel Musquez, the music teacher at Mira Monte High School in Bakersfield, has been our conductor for a year now; his musical ability and humor have kept our rehearsals challenging and productive. And this past year has brought us many new members, kids and adults.
The weather is fine, the Easter Bunny has come and gone, and it's time to get your tickets for the May 17 Summit Singers concert.
The spring concert is always a fun and happy way to say hello to spring and enjoy a relaxing evening of music. Tickets are now available from all Summit Singers, and from: The Apple Shed, Books & Crannies, Mountain Music, and Tehachapi Furniture.
Last weekend I participated in the Wind Wolves Preserve's first annual Spring Nature Festival, and we were blessed with perfect mild weather to go along with some beautiful wildflowers and waving green grass. Although many local residents have yet to discover Wind Wolves, it's only about 60 miles from Tehachapi and at 95,000 acres, it's the largest non-profit nature preserve in Southern California.
The Spring Nature Festival over the weekend of April 12 and 13 featured assorted naturalist-led hikes and a handful of booth and exhibits, including ones about reptiles, skull identification, California Condors and more. I talked to at least ten different Tehachapi residents who had come over for the day and all appeared to be enjoying themselves.
When reviewers first dubbed Chuck Pyle the "Zen Cowboy," he decided to be true to his motto: "Always ride the horse in the direction it's going." He took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense.
Pyle will perform at Fiddlers Crossing on First Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. His music is an infectious blend of hummable melodies, straight-from-the-saddle poetry, and quotes from bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys. Critics have called his songwriting "musically sophisticated yet full of uncluttered space." His brilliant finger-style guitar playing is said to be "more like a fine classical or jazz soloist."
The Rotary Club of Tehachapi invites you to join us on May 3 for an exciting and fun filled night as Cowboy Saturday Night will be held at the Stallion Springs Community Center, located on Stallion Springs Boulevard, from 5 o'clock until ya drop. Tickets are $55 each or two for $100. Tickets can be purchased by calling (818) 519-7144 or at Hemme Hay & Feed, located on South Street, Double Bar J Supplies, located on Mill Street, or the Stallion Springs General Store.
The evening features catering by Red House BBQ, including fresh cooked tri-tip, pulled chicken, great sides, and dessert. Music by The Honky Tonk Truckers will get the dancing rolling and line dancing lessons will be available. You can stop at the photo booth and have a portrait taken or send your friends and loved ones to jail. Don't want to dance, then you can play blackjack or you can socialize.
Have a Heart Humane Society will once again be going to school, this time to the Valley Oaks Charter School, located on South Street, on Wednesday, April 30.
Rosemary Evans of Thunder Paws Dog Training will be helping second and third grade children understand the importance of pet responsibility, and will talk to the children about how to care for pets.
Count Susie Atherton is one of those people whose difficult situation inspired not only an ingenious solution, but a successful business. She happily celebrates the 10th anniversary this month with her employees at Canine Creek Pet Wash & Boutique.
The task of washing her six pet dogs is what encouraged her to find a better way for the necessary chore. She had experienced every hardship associated with the ritual and decided to take action because she certainly wasn't going to give up her pets.