Special Sections : Best of Tehachapi 2012

Tuesday, Nov 20 2012 12:00 AM

Best Community Organization

Main Street Tehachapi
Main Street Tehachapi offers a year-round array of diverse events that have become a staple for the community. Locals and out of town visitors alike love the Chili Cookoff, including kids, because of the games, bounce houses, petting zoo and face painting. It’s a thrill to hear guests say, “guess what, Main Street is having a Wine Walk Downtown this Saturday (occurring twice a year) that we should go to.” Or “How about going to the fun day on Tehachapi Blvd. during the Oktoberfest” or the stroll around downtown to look at the murals. What kid doesn't love Halloween, seeing friends and costumes, making Trunk or Treat more popular every year? And, of course, many people enjoy an excuse to get dressed up and go out on the town at the Starlight Ball. But we can’t overlook how great it is to have the community come together for Farmers Market for 10 weeks each summer. Our mission is to revitalize Historical Downtown Tehachapi, to improve economic growth and help the community, and visitors, discover the area. We've been involved in design aspects of Downtown including Rail Road Park, the painting of the Water Tower, murals and Centennial Plaza. We've made suggestions for street lighting and many other improvements that the City of Tehachapi has implemented. Main Street has helped many businesses refresh their buildings too. This is our community and Main Street is an organization that helps to keep pride in the heart of our city.
822-6519 • www.MainStreetTehachapi.org


Feed My Sheep
Rick begins with a hearty, "This is the day the Lord has made!" at each gathering. "We will rejoice and be glad in it," a cheerful response from the crowd comes. Following a short reading of scripture and a prayer the guests gather around large tables and share a meal, family style, at Feed My Sheep. In cooperation with the Salvation Army Fresh Rescue Program, Feed My Sheep serves a full breakfast to 50 to 80 guests five days a week and dinner on Wednesday evenings. The folks gathered include fixed-income seniors, single moms and their kids, disabled, homeless, unemployed and the underemployed. As of June 2010 Feed My Sheep had served over 43,000 meals without any fundraising programs. The ministry relies on support from the body of believers from many local churches who generously give their time, money and prayers as they discover that a simple meal can help overcome a multitude of social and economic barriers for community members. We have a diverse gathering of people who grow into a family who genuinely care for one another. It is not about the 43,000 plates of food. It is about the 43,000 smiles, 43,000 hands on shoulders, 43,000 moments of fellowship and 43,000 opportunities to share the love of Jesus as He gathers His flock. Feed My Sheep’s mission is simple: "To prove to the world that God is alive and that He is to be trusted." If you are hungry or would like to help call Rick.
661-492-1632 • www.churchoftehachapi.ning.com

PALS (Patronize A Local Shop)
Formed in January 2012 by Susie Atherton, Marilyn Beardslee and Katherine DeLap, PALS (Patronize A Local Shop) is a grassroots effort to support Tehachapi’s local businesses. Without financial backing, PALS relies on its Facebook page, as well as a few of its friends, such as The Loop newspaper, Slick Fish Marketing and Prime Signs, to promote the new venture. The efforts have been well received and enthusiastically supported by the Tehachapi community. Each month, three businesses are selected, one each from downtown, Tucker Town and Old Town. A brightly colored banner is erected, drawings are held for prizes, and Tehachapi’s small businesses are actively promoted with photos and stories on Facebook and in the newspapers. PALS offers its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the residents and businesses that have supported these activities over the last year. And thank you to this community for nominating PALS as a Best Community Organization. When a community like Tehacahapi bands together, really good things happen.

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