Grief and hope are two words that don't often seem to go together, but read on and discover that one does lead to the other. Grief is defined as deep or intense sorrow or mourning. Hope as expectation and desire combined, wish, anticipate, trust and confidence. This is not true for all, but the holidays seem to amplify feelings of grief and loneliness for some; let us help. The desire of Family Life Pregnancy Center is to come along side of one walking in grief and help her/him discover hope.
Several small group-type programs are offered at Family Life Pregnancy Center, and we would like to share a couple of them with you.
Thursday night, Nov. 20, was the preview showing of Tehachapi Community Theatre's holiday main stage production of "The Curious Savage." Upon entering the theater the audience is greeted by a warm, inviting set as the sitting room of The Cloisters where Mrs. Ethel P. Savage has been deposited by her wicked, greedy stepchildren to try to bring her back to her senses. Ultimately the inhabitants of the sanatorium end up seeming far saner than her own family ever were as this heartwarming comedy illustrates the strength of kindness, caring and love.
On Nov. 15, 125 volunteers came from neighborhoods throughout Golden Hills to clean up, cut back, tear down and stuff bags with fly-away litter and illegally dumped debris during the first Clean-up Day of the former Golden Hills Country Club, on the corner of Westwood Drive and Woodford-Tehachapi Road.
The holidays are a time for families and friends to gather, and Tehachapi is getting an early start in preparation of the joyous season. A number of Christmas season kick-off events are planned beginning Saturday, Nov. 29.
For the past three years, the Christ Alive club at Jacobsen Middle School has been packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This is one of Franklin Graham's non-profit Christian organizations. The boxes are delivered to children in third world countries. This may be the only gifts many of these children have ever received.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park and its recent designation as California Historical Landmark No. 1054, California State Parks and the Nüwa (Kawaiisu) community hosted a celebration at Centennial Plaza in Tehachapi on Oct. 18.
On Oct. 17, Specialist Andrew Selga, 20, received his Tomb Guard Badge as one of the 12 active Sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Selga, along with all Sentinels, are members of the Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, more commonly known as the Old Guard. As the second least awarded badge in the military, behind only the Astronaut Badge, Spc. Selga is now the holder of Badge #627.
Main Street Tehachapi will host its first Ugly Christmas Sweater Wine Walk for Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., in Downtown Tehachapi.
The event promises to be a perfect time to join friends and family on a hilariously fun evening to kick off the Christmas season. Participants are asked to come wearing the most outrageous holiday sweater they can find or make, the uglier the better. The fun will begin when you pick up a map and decide what wines to taste and the businesses you want to visit. The wine hosts will entertain and showcase their downtown business.
Tehachapi Treasure Trove is again sponsoring a Holiday Bazaar. The Bazaar will open on Friday, Nov. 28 and will continue through Dec. 31. A table full of innovative holiday gifts and decorations will be presented by a variety of new and existing vendors. Wreaths, jewelry, scarves, ornaments, cards and much more will be on display for your shopping pleasure.
The event will begin the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday. On First Friday, Dec. 5, Art Larsen will play his clarinet from 5 to 8 p.m. for shoppers to enjoy along with a glass of wine and finger food. The Bazaar will continue until the end of December.
As an avid Disney Princess fan, Brooke Langston, is excited to be bringing "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" to the Tehachapi High School Performing Arts Room stage. She says she choose the play because the script was very cute and lively. Tehachapi High School has not done any Disney-themed productions, and Langston thought people who had grown up with it would want to come see it. She also mentioned she was assisted in her choice by Emily Crowe, her assistant director.
Vendors are currently being sought for Santa's Workshop, a Christmas craft boutique, to be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Tehachapi Moose Lodge, located at 123 W. "F" St.
The event will feature booths with handmade craft by local artists and crafters, kid crafts and activities. Santa Claus will also be there for photo ops and visits with children. Raffle prizes will be awarded.