The downtown "First Friday" Art Walk will be held on Nov. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. A number of downtown shops and restaurants will be open, many offering refreshments and entertainment. All are welcome to attend this free event. Participating in the upcoming event include the following:
Arts & Crafts
On Nov. 7, Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m., Tehachapi Treasure Trove will again celebrate our First Friday Fun Fest. You're invited to come see our ever changing displays full of art, crafts, collectables and art supplies. Please join us for fun, refreshments, art, and a chance to visit with Betty Flores and Sherrie Harris, our featured artists for November. The Treasure Trove is also pleased to welcome Mountain Music to our diverse team of vendors. A representative from Mountain Music will be available to answer your questions. Live music will be provided by Art Larsen on clarinet.
Stop by the Tehachapi Museum on Nov. 7 for First Friday from 5 to 8 pm, to see two new exhibits and to meet local author Cindy Waldman, a long time Sand Canyon resident, who will be available to autograph and discuss her book, along with the book's illustrator Susan Hill, a Bear Valley Springs resident. The "Butterfly Basket" book is available for purchase in the Museum Gift Shop for $10.50, tax included.
Held over by popular demand, Leon Leigh will continue to be the First Friday guest artist at Gallery 'n' Gifts, Nov. 7. More exciting news, he will be in attendance at the Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce Mixer, held at Gallery 'n' Gifts, Nov. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.
First Friday, Nov. 7, at Tehachapi Community Congregational Church is entitled "Little Town of Bethlehem." Nancy Fowler will talk about her experience of making arrangements for people to stay with both Jewish and Palestinian families in Israel to learn about life on both sides of the wall. She is a supporter of Churches for Peace in the Middle East. First Friday events are from 5 to 8 p.m., and Fowler will speak at 6 p.m. Other activities include some Christmas crafts.
Refreshments will be pita, hummus and olives to reflect the featured countries.
Tehachapi Community Theater will present "The Curious Savage" as its second show of the 2014-15 season at the BeeKay Theatre. With a cast made up of the best of the best, TCT's "holiday" production of "The Curious Savage" is sure to be an audience favorite.
Trains have been traditional gifts for young and old alike. The Tehachapi Loop Railroad Club would like to share their toys with all of you at their Autumn Model Train Show to be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission will be free.
Listen to the whistles, bells, huffing and chuffing as you watch the operating layouts in Large Scale, Lionel, HO and N Modules. The event will also feature gift items for rail fans, including hats, shirts, mugs, pins, patches and more. There will also be a vendor selling train items, and a bake sale will feature homemade goodies. Raffles will be held for a HO train layout, train puzzle and a six-month membership.
A unique and remarkable Tehachapi resident left us on October 20 with the passing of Terry Dean Edwards, 80, who succumbed to cancer. Terry had battled ill health in the past few years, and in 2012 he had nearly been given up for lost by doctors when he spent 73 days in the hospital, fighting a fungal infection, blood clot, kidney failure and two bouts of pneumonia stemming from a rare form of Paget's disease. Terry was a fighter who was tough to the core, however, and with the help of his wonderful wife Terisa, he managed to recover and live for a couple more years.
The Tehachapi Branch of the Kern County Library, located at 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., will host the following activities during the month of November:
* Pre-school Story-time is every Friday at 10 a.m.
College Community Services -- The Learning Center, located at 107 S. Mill St., Ste. B, offers free classes for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness or substance abuse and mental illness. Classes are funded by Kern County Mental Health.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 822-4639.
The 2nd annual Autism on the Run 5k will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, at Cal State Bakersfield. Participants are invited to come in their favorite costume and support children living with the challenges of autism and their families by running with them. The event begins with check in at 9 a.m., with same-day registration and a vendor fair. Raffle tickets will also be available for a chance to win great prizes.
Participating vendors are organizations that are a service and resource to those impacted by autism and other disabilities. The race begins at 10 a.m. After crossing the finish line, runners can visit more vendors and enjoy tacos from Jacalito Grill and other refreshments. Raffle winners will be announced at noon.
The first concert of the 2014-15 Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra season will be Sunday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m., at Country Oaks Baptist Church, located at 20915 Schout Rd.