Two events put on by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District are scheduled this weekend to help kick off the upcoming holiday season.

The Annual Hot Chocolate Turkey Trot 5K Run sponsored by Alta One Federal Credit Union will be held at Brite Lake on Saturday, Nov. 20. The stroller-friendly race is open to everyone age 4 and up. Participation is capped at 175 and early registration is encouraged.

The entry fee is $30 per person, including parking. On the day of the race, if there is space, the fee increases to $40 per person plus a $5 parking fee. Participants will receive a finisher’s medal and mug with hot chocolate after the run. Turkey prizes will be given to the top three overall male and female winners. 

The race will begin at 9 a.m. with race day registration beginning at 8 a.m. To get the discounted rate, register online by Nov. 18. More information and registration access is available online at

The TVRPD Christmas Bazaar will be held the same weekend at Aspen Builder’s Activity Center, 410 W. D St., Tehachapi. Admission and parking are free; hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21.

All spaces are full and 36 vendors will offer holiday decorations, women’s clothing and jewelry, beauty products, food gifts, home decor, children’s toys and clothing and other handmade items.

— Claudia Elliott