The guest speaker at the Tehachapi Lions Club on March 5 was Lora Minton, daughter of Lion Dorothy Morris. Minton gave the club insight on CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
Science classes at Tehachapi High School were presented with two balance scales by Kiwanis International and the Key Club. A third scale will be given by Interact Club which is sponsored by Rotary.
Dan Gillam, science teacher, said the scales will be useful in measuring the mass of objects in conducting experiments. He had needed this type of scale for some time. He had applied for a grant on the website Donors Choose, but it had not been filled. Receiving these scales was like a wish come true.
Vice Principal Steve Bsharah praised Gillam for his interactive teaching. He said Gillam's students will certainly benefit from having several of these scales to use in class.
"The Haunting of Will Shakespeare" opens April 9, at 7 p.m., with other performances to be held on April 10 and 11, at 7 p.m., and April 12, at 2 and 7 p.m., in the Performing Arts Room at Tehachapi High School. Tickets cost $6 for general admission and $5 with an ASB card, and are available at the door.
Over many years of studying and learning about animals, both wild and domesticated, I have been fascinated and impressed by all the interesting information available about them. I have also been amused and perplexed by the misinformation and falsehoods about the natural world that have been repeated so many times they are accepted at face value, even though they clearly aren't true. Here are some examples of the strange-but-untrue "facts" I've been told about animals over the years...
Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District recently recognized two staff members who have received noteworthy awards and certifications.
Your bling is the thing, and the ticket to cash in on is Tehachapi Community Theatre's special Buy One Get One Free (BOGOF) promotion. "Things My Mother Taught Me" is a family comedy that takes a generational look at relationships and how sometimes parents teach their best lessons to their children without ever meaning to. This heartwarming, funny and touching comedy will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again. The Honeymooner's BOGOF is available to all couples who are newly engaged, newly married or still honeymooning, good for the Friday, March 27 performance. Tickets are only available at the box office window the day of the performance at 7 p.m. Show the box office your "bling," as in your engagement or wedding rings, and request the special BOGOF offer.
The current hit show, "Things My Mother Taught Me" is full of laughs and the frustrations of trying to deal with leaving the nest. Cocoa Bites is an integral part of the story and offers a "prize in every box." As a special audience participation opportunity, TCT is selling souvenir mini boxes of Cocoa Bites cereal with prizes inside for $5 each at their concession stands during intermission. At every show there will be four boxes with special TCT prizes: 1) $100 TCT Producer Membership and two gift certificates for tickets for any future TCT main stage show; 2) three gift certificates for a future TCT show (valued at $45); 3) two gift certificates for a future TCT show (valued at $30); and 4) one gift certificate for a future TCT show (valued at $15).
The Tehachapi Mountain Quilt Guild's will meet April 6, at 9:30 a.m., at the Bear Valley Church Hall, at 26180 Plateau Way. All quilters and those interested are invited to attend. Various quilting techniques will be taught. Cost is $5, and free to members.
While Passover is more commonly associated as a Jewish celebration, Christians will have the chance to learn more about the holiday's significance to both religions at a traditional Passover dinner. Mountain Bible Church will host a Seder dinner open to the public at 5 p.m., on Sunday, March 29, hosted by Pastor Marvin and his wife Diane Slifer.
Jews observe their traditional Seder every year during Passover Week. It commemorates God's supernatural deliverance of the Jewish nation from slavery in Egypt.
Together Mens Bible study, in an arrangement with The Hitching Post Theater, is offering a Good Friday screening of Mel Gibson's classic film "The Passion of the Christ." The showing will be held on Good Friday, April 3, at 4 p.m., and is free to the community.
If you have ever wondered what Easter (Resurrection Day) is really all about, this film is a must see. It will forever change the way you think of Easter.
Marsha Morris took this photo at her West Golden Hills home of a Western Gray Squirrel perched on a fence post by an oak tree, waiting to help itself to bird seed. These handsome climbers are the biggest of the three squirrel species found in the Tehachapi Mountains -- the other two are the ubiquitous California Ground Squirrels and the diminutive Merriam's Chipmunks. Western Gray Squirrels (Sciurus griseus) are an arboreal species, spending much of their time up in trees. They come down to the ground to forage for food, but are perfectly at home up in trees and often move about by leaping from branch to branch without leaving the comparative safety of trees. They are strictly diurnal (active in daylight hours), which helps them avoid nocturnal predators like owls. Gray Squirrels both sleep and raise their young in trees in stick nests known as "dreys." These attractive squirrels have white bellies and gray backs with bushy tails. When walking in a coniferous forest, you can find the cores of pine cones discarded like old corn cobs on the ground beneath trees, indicating the presence of Gray Squirrels that have cut off the pine cone scales to access pine nuts. Gray Squirrels eat a variety of seeds, nuts and berries and are what is known as "scatter hoarders," meaning that they cache acorns and other food here and there, usually buried just beneath of the surface of the ground, instead of stockpiling it in one place. They invariably lose some of the buried seeds, and these sometimes become viable seedlings.
NATURAL SIGHTINGS is a regular feature of the Tehachapi News edited by Jon Hammond which showcases photos of the natural beauty that enhances the quality of life in Tehachapi. If you have a good quality image of plants, animals, insects, trees, birds, weather phenomena, etc., taken in the Tehachapi area, thou may submit it to the Tehachapi News for possible publication. Submissions can be dropped by the News office in the form of a print or CD, or sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nearly three out of four pedestrian deaths occur in urban environments (73 percent), at non-intersections (70 percent), during the nighttime (70 percent), and many involve alcohol. The Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), reports that the number of bicyclists killed in collisions has been gradually increasing.
"Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists equally share the obligation to ensure the safety of one another," said Mojave Area Commander Lieutenant Irigoyen.