Meatloaf isn't what most consider a popular dish, but it sells out when the Tehachapi Senior Center puts it on the menu for one of their fundraising events. The dinner will be held at 5 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 16. It comes complete with gravy, baked potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls and dessert for $10 per person. Doors open at 4 p.m.
The event will include door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets cost $5 for an "arm's length," and TSC president Lewis Brown is said to have a pretty lengthy reach. The public is invited to attend.
Chelley Kitzmiller, founder of Have a Heart Humane Society based in Tehachapi, was named "Constituent of the Year" by Second District Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner for her vigorous efforts to combat the overpopulation of pets in Kern County.
Come out and have some fun Friday, Jan. 30, at the Tehachapi Community Theatre for the opening night of "Sylvia," a dog-gone good romantic comedy about a dog named Sylvia, who seduces the attentions and affections of a hard working, middle class husband.
TCT has given Have a Heart Humane Society 42 tickets for opening night. For each ticket sold, 100 percent of the money will benefit the rescue (a total of $630), which, in turn, will benefit the residents of the greater Tehachapi area.
Jann Klose is returning to Fiddlers Crossing for the third time. In his 2011 and 2013 appearances in the "listening room" venue, he played to sold-out, enthusiastic audiences. His concert on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., should be no exception.
Guitarist Bobby Cochran will be hitting the strings for two nights at Souza Family Vineyard in Tehachapi on Jan. 16 and 17.
Scattered throughout the Tehachapi Mountains and the surrounding area are an assortment of little lakes, reservoirs and ponds, and these are often home to a robust, distinctive gray and black bird with a white bill and red eyes: the American Coot (Fulica americana). About the size of a small chicken and commonly mistaken for a wild duck, the Coot is actually more closely related to cranes and the secretive rails, though Coots are so frequently found in the company of Mallards and other waterfowl that it's natural to assume that they are a type of duck.
Jay Schlosser, Tehachapi city engineer, spoke to Kiwanis members about the building of the new police department facility. He stressed the economic factors that made it possible to build the headquarters for a little over $4 million. Because they used the former garment factory, they were able to refit it to meet the current need. If they had to build from the ground up, it would probably have cost $2 or $3 million more. The building has many innovative features and even space for public meetings.
David and Barbara Shacklock announced the marriage of their daughter, Lauren Shacklock, to Benjamin Brink, son of Christopher and Beth Brink. The couple were wed on Jan. 3 at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Tehachapi. Lauren is a native of Tehachapi and spent five years in Monterey obtaining her degree in liberal studies. She is now a transitional kindergarten teacher at Tompkins Elementary School. Benjamin is originally from Hamilton, Ohio, and is an active service member in the United States Army.
Kathleen Kline and David Fuller are joined by their parents, Tehachapi residents – Dory and Patrice Kline and Fuller’s mother, Pat Fuller, of Glendale, in announcing their engagement. Kathleen has been a living in Cummings Valley on and off for 25 years. David is a long time California attorney who is an active member of the Army National Guard. Major Fuller is assigned to the Judge Advocate General (JAG) unit at the Joint Forces Training Center at Los Alamitos. Kline and Fuller, who have been friends for some 31 years, will be setting a date for their wedding later and will be making Tehachapi their home thereafter.
The Tehachapi area lost a kind, unique and hugely talented man last week with the passing of Stephen J. Hepner, 60. He was a thoroughly beloved musician and luthier who had been making music in the Tehachapi Mountains for nearly 35 years. Steve had experienced declining health in the past few years, though he continued to perform weekly gigs with his band "Geezers on the Loose," and he went to sleep in his own bed on Dec. 19 and never woke up.
While the recent hacks on Sony that leaked confidential information makes for a great news story and publicity for politics and the ongoing Cyber war that continuously rages, many may wonder how these types of hacks actually happen. When we hear that hackers from North Korea broke into Sony and released this type of information, it leaves the question: How did they actually hack Sony and how does a hacker gain access to such a secure company from across the world on a computer?
When it comes to flying unmanned vehicles, remote-controlled planes or drones, a local veteran pilot said he takes safety first.