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Tehachapi County Library,
Six area restaurants will be dishing out dinner at the Tehachapi Mountain Brew and Grill Fest to be held on Saturday, July 19, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Benz Visco Sports Park in Tehachapi.
We are so proud of the fantastic locally owned restaurants we have here, and to give people dinner when they come to the festival is great.
World War II history buffs and military historians around the world are welcoming the recent publication of a book by Craig W.H. Luther of Tehachapi.
Luther, who retired in April 2011 from his job as a historian at Edwards Air Force Base, spent more than a dozen years researching and writing the book -- "Barbarossa Unleashed: The German Blitzkrieg through Central Russia to the Gates of Moscow * June-December 1941."
The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 4th Annual Fall Business Showcase on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m., at West Park Activity Center, located at 410 W. "D" St. This one day Showcase provides local businesses and owners a unique opportunity to do both business-to-business networking and a chance to display their goods and services to the general public.
Last year's Annual Fall Business Showcase showcased the Greater Tehachapi area businesses in the best possible light and was a huge success with over 500 in attendance and all exhibitor spaces were sold out. Numerous positive comments and notes were received from last year's exhibitors and attendees.
The casting call for "110 In The Shade" was announced in February for a show that will be performed in June. Like every director, I was filled with hope, anticipation, excitement and fear.
Fear! Yes fear, the fear of who will show up, or should I say, "Will anyone show up?"
'Wine and Merlot' event June 22
The Art Studio in Tehachapi is excited to announce "Wine and Merlot," an evening of art, wine and fun socializing on Sunday, June 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. This new and ongoing event will include an art lesson, with all the supplies needed to create your very own beautiful painting, while enjoying wine and snacks. This Wine and Merlot event will be held at the beautiful Veritas tapas and wine bar and lounge, located at 695 Tucker Road, suite C. Price is $60 per person. A raffle will be held as well for an artful gift!
The Tehachapi Mountains are well-known among botanists as a region with an interesting mingling of plants from the Sierra Nevada, the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert, in addition to those that are endemic to the Tehachapi Mountains. A Mojave Desert plant that can often be encountered in arid portions of the Tehachapi range is one of our only cactus species: Beavertail Cactus.
This cactus is a type of medium-sized prickly pear cactus, with many flattened pads joined together. Beavertail Cactus are blooming now in our area (some started as early as April) and they are producing beautiful hot pink to purplish flowers that arise from the edge of the pads. A bright flowering Beavertail Cactus can be visible from a mile away when it's blooming on some sparsely vegetated sandy slope.
"What seems like the longest eight months of my life has recently ended with a finale that I had dreamed of, but had scarcely allowed myself to hope would ever happen," said Fiona Nelson.
Gandalf, a Guide Dog puppy in training whom she and her husband, Greg, had raised, became a fully-fledged Guide Dog. The momentous occasion was celebrated with a graduation ceremony held at Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar, on April 13, at which 11 guide dog and human teams graduated.
On Friday, May 30, Fiddlers Crossing will present popular satirist Roy Zimmerman in his third appearance in Tehachapi. Zimmerman played to sold-out crowds at Mama Hillybeans several years ago, and at a house concert last year.
Zimmerman finds just about everything and everyone funny in one way or another. As a satirist in the vein of Tom Lehrer, but with a decidedly more political point of view, his "funny songs about ignorance, war and greed" skewer our major politicians and celebrities, as well as highlight absurdities in the issues of the day.
On Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m., runners, joggers, walkers and strollers are invited to have a colorful time in Stallion Springs. It's our second annual "Colorful Run--Walk--Jog" and residents, from near and far, are encouraged to join the race.
Wear white and see your attire take color as you make your way through the rolling hills of Stallion Springs. The route is a 5K path, and will meander through neighborhoods in this picturesque mountain community. Throughout the route, non-toxic splashes of color will be showered upon participants -- creating individual pieces of art!
The Tehachapi branch of the Kern County Library announces the summer reading events for 2014. The following activities will be held at the library, located at 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., Suite A-400:
Friday, June 6, at 10 a.m., Family Storytime
On May 9, five 4th and 5th grade students represented Tompkins Elementary School in the Kern County Battle of the Books. Local students included Abbie Jaster, Sydney Russell, Juliana Magdalena, Cesar Cardenas and Emma Burdick.
Over 400 students from Kern County participated in a total of 60 teams, and "battled" for the high score.