Trunk or Treat, held on Halloween in Downtown Tehachapi, has become an annual event for families in the Tehachapi area looking for a safe environment to show off their costumes. On Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 until 7 p.m., the family event will be held along Robinson and Green Streets and in the parking lot next to City Hall.
A group of people that included Native American artisans, State Park personnel, Kawaiisu tribal elders, volunteers and others gathered in Centennial Plaza in Downtown Tehachapi on Saturday, October 18 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Tomo Kahni State Historic Park in Sand Canyon.
Beer poured plentifully as Tehachapi’s first microbrewery opened its doors to the anticipating public on Oct. 23.
To folk, rock and blues musicians, Freebo is an icon. During a 30-year career, he provided the solid bass foundation for such artists as Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Maria Muldaur, Neil Young and many other top names in blues and pop music.
Curtis James and his Music Makers will return to the Oak Tree Country Club to play for the annual Women's Club Holiday SnowBall Dance to be held on Dec. 13.
In the lovely holiday atmosphere of the Oak Tree Country Club, the evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with social time and a holiday sing-along. Holiday favorites and our most beloved classics will fill the air. This social time will be followed by a delicious holiday meal of Pork Loin and Brandied Apples, Au Gratin Potatoes with Gruyere Cheese and Roasted Asparagus with Baby Carrots. A vegetarian option will also be available. The dinner will be followed by a holiday Cherry Cobbler.
NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE, Calif. -Oshkosh, Super Duck, Remote Hummer, British "Snatch" Tactical Land Rover and the Jingle truck are just some of the vehicles that will be available to check out at this year's Community Day, slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.
Community Day is the one day of the year when NAWS China Lake opens its gates and invites the public to see some of the work done onboard the installation. The Blandy Gate will open for visitors at 9:30 a.m. Prior to that, visitors must be badged. Personnel will be on hand to direct people where to park and to hand out maps of all the activities available.
A big crowd was present at a rare and unique equestrian event that was held in the Tehachapi area on October 10, 11 and 12: the Vaquero Heritage Trainers Challenge, in which local horse trainers demonstrated what they’ve been able to accomplish while training wild horses. By the day of the event, the trainers had about four months to work with their wild horses, and then each trainer was also assigned a new fresh wild colt to train during the weekend. The project was the creation of Jeremy Dunn, a Tehachapi-raised horse trainer who has long had a special affection for our local mustangs.
The Desert Classic XVIII, IPMS Region 8, Model Contest will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Antelope Valley College, located at 3041 W. Avenue K in Lancaster. The public is invited to attend and use the cafeteria entrance.
Two teachers from Tehachapi High School returned last month from an eight day unforgettable trip to Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica along with 13 students. The students participated in a Language Immersion Tour Program, organized by local Tehachapi High School Spanish teacher Adam Whittier, in which they were instructed by local Costa Rican instructors in Spanish at the Education First (EF) International Language School.
As someone who has researched and wrote about the Tehachapi area his entire life, I can tell you this with confidence: there haven't been many books written that were based in the Tehachapi Mountains, either fiction or non-fiction. However, author and longtime Sand Canyon resident Cindy Waldman has just published a book for young readers called The Butterfly Basket, which incorporates Kawaiisu Indian culture and Sand Canyon terrain in an interesting story about the friendship between two girls from different cultures. The two girls, one Indian and one Anglo, have a series of adventures together in the Tehachapi Mountains while helping each other face their fears and overcome grief.
Cindy, who writes the Sand Canyon Almanac blog, has now retired after a career as an elementary school teacher. She spent years researching her book, taking Nüwa (Kawaiisu) Indian language classes, basket weaving classes and interviewing Native people, as well as studying the era between World War I and II, the time period when the book is set. Her book contains many accurate examples of Nüwa words, as well as factual references to local wildlife. I have known Cindy for years, and she asked me to check to make sure that her descriptions of wildlife are accurate, which they were. Cindy and her husband Bob raised their son John in Sand Canyon, and the past 25 years have provided her with lots of experience about life in that special place.
Lon and Barbara Sackett celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 4. They have resided in Tehachapi for 45 years.
The George Washington University and George Washington Alumni Association honored six graduates last month at the 78th annual Alumni Achievement Awards.