Club News – December 2018

American Legion Riders meet the first Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Veterans Hall/Senior Center on Lake Isabella Blvd.
American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary meet the third Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Veterans Hall/Senior Center on Lake Isabella Blvd.

The Monthly Meeting of the Democratic Club of Kern River Valley is on December 1st at 12 p.m. in the Club House at 2807 Erskine Creek Drive.
The Democratic Club of Kern River Valley is an organization dedicated to informing voters, encouraging citizen involvement in the political process, and promoting Democratic Party values. Come join the discussion. Find us on Facebook: The Democratic Club of Kern River Valley.

On Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 2 p.m., the Elks and Ladies of the Elks are holding the Kids Christmas Party. Kids up to 10 can visit Santa Claus and receive a Goodie Bag. Families are welcome. Kern River Valley Elks Lodge at 6708 Wofford Blvd in Wofford Heights.

The last meeting of the skate park committee for 2018 will be 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5 in Mick Gleason’s Conference Room. At the present time, we have $63,955.06 in the bank, $2,000 in pledges and $22,750 in in-kind material and service donations, for a total of $88,705.06. We are currently working on a large grant application and the first raffle for 2019. Many wonderful items have been donated for this raffle, including a microwave oven, a skate deck and several other prizes. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 or 12 for $10. Please continue to follow our progress on our Facebook Page (Kern River Skate Park).

The annual general meeting and Christmas party will be held on December 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the Kernville Chamber Building. A bit of business and a lot of fun! There will be a potluck so bring your favorite main dish, salad and desert. There will also be a gift exchange, please bring a white elephant present. RSVP by calling 360-324-8178, 360-376-2963, or 760-376-6459.
On December 14, 2018, we will be cleaning up Keyesvillle South at 8 a.m. On December 17 and 18, we will be cleaning up the upper river at 8 a.m. Schedule subject to change due to weather and other situations.
If you would like to become a Keeper’s Board or Director, call Bobbie at 760-376-6459. We welcome everyone!

We now have air-to-air combat! A few of our club members have built specialized aircraft to engage in air-to-air combat at the local model aircraft field located on Sierra Way near Hanning Flat. Anyone interested in model aircraft is invited to join us on our regular flying days of Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Our members currently fly winged aircraft, helicopters and quad copters. Spectators, visiting pilots and anyone interested in becoming a pilot are invited. This time of year we arrive around 8 a.m. and leave around 10 a.m. On very cold days we may arrive and depart at a later time. On days with high wind we do not meet.

Kern Valley Rock & Mineral Society
General meeting is the first Thursday of every month, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Nuui Cunni Native American Cultural Center, 2600 Hwy 155, Lake Isabella, at the French Gulch turnoff. Bring in your rock discoveries for identification, learn to cut gems, enjoy our silent auctions and free raffles. Always something new going on and new members are always welcome. Email us at and visit our website at

Kern Valley Historical Society
The Kern Valley Historical Society Christmas dinner is on Dec. 7 at the Masonic Lodge at 6 p.m. Hodels will be catering a great menu of hand carved bone in Ham and deep pit turkey, au gratin potatoes, green beans with mushrooms, onions and bacon, green salad, broccoli raisin salad, waldorf salad, and a pasta vegetables salad, and fruit platter, and desert- spice cake with pecan sauce. A 5 piece band will play some Christmas music to put us all in a happy mood. The cost is $30.There will be wine glasses on the table so bring your own wine. Tickets are available at the Kern Valley Museum in Kernville Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t miss out!

The Kernville Chamber of Commerce’s General Membership meeting is open to the public and occurs the fourth Monday of every month at 3 p.m. Please call the office to confirm at 760-376-2629. A mixer at a local business usually follows. We invite all to attend.

Our next monthly meeting will be on January 29, 2019. Location is to be determined. KRV CAN Outreach is on December 15, 2018. At our last meeting, a new logo was chosen, and the areas of Mt. Mesa/South Lake and Havilah/Walker Basin were addressed. Kern River Valley Community Action Network is a community-based that is working on reducing the risk of drug and alcohol abuse in an effort to keep the Kern River Valley healthy and safe.

The monthly KRV Chamber meeting is held on the second Wednesday of every month at Paradise Cove Lodge and is open to the public. The meeting is free if you are not buying lunch. Lunch is $10 and is catered by local KRV Chamber businesses. You must RSVP by calling 760-379-5236 for lunch.

Join with the KRV Collaborative Meeting, monthly on the second Tuesday, and learn about vital services and opportunities in the Kern Valley. The Collaborative Meeting meets from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Woodrow W. Wallace School Multi-purpose room.
The KRV Collaborative meetings represent community members, parents and students, government agencies, community organizations, faith-based community, education facilities, fraternal organizations, medical providers, and businesses. Community members are encouraged to bring valley concerns and ideas to monthly meetings.
For more information, call 760-379-2556, or go to

The officers for 2019 are Jeff Evans, President, Rich McDonald, Vice President, Kee Johnson, Secretary, Bob Johnson, Treasurer, Mark Miller, Chief Range Safety Officer. Our next meeting is on January 17, 2019 at the Kernville Chamber Building.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE: The Kern River Branch Library is collecting canned goods for a canned food drive until December 28, 2018, joining the county-wide effort to support the Gleaners programs to help the less fortunate in our community during the upcoming holiday season. Gleaners will distribute all non-perishable food and monetary contributions to those in need throughout the County. For more information please contact 760-549-2083
LEGO CLUB: Every first Friday and third Saturday of the month, and it is open to children of all ages. Listen to stories and then unleash your creative side and design LEGO creations based on the stories.
FUN THURSDAYS: Every Thursday beginning at 10:30 a.m. join us for Toddler Time and Baby Bounce, reading fun for our youngest library patrons. All teens are invited to join us at 3:30 p.m. for Teen Mania. Teen Mania is a fun time to make new friends while participating in a cool activity. Then adults and youth are welcome to join us for free guitar, ukulele, keyboarding, drumming, and computer lessons. Lessons available by appointment, please contact the library for appointment.
Are you a Veteran? Visit our Veteran’s Resource Center for interesting books, free resources and even assistance in obtaining the services you are entitled to. Assistance available by appointment, contact the library for appointment.
Do you have an ebook device that you just can’t figure out? Do you get lost trying to use our elibrary? Fret no more; we have help here for you anytime we are open.
Looking for a great bargain? Visit the Friends of the Library used booksale on the second Monday of the month from 4-6 p.m. or Tuesday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. to find great books, movies and audiobooks at amazing prices. All proceeds go to support your local libraries.
Great news! The Bookmobile has Internet! Free WiFi is now available! You can also print on the Bookmobile! To print it’s $0.15 plus tax for black and white and $1 plus tax for color! Come check out the Bookmobile and see all that it has to offer!
Bookmobile Schedule:
Wednesdays: Weldon Post Office – 10:30-11:30 a.m., Onyx – 12-1 p.m., Paul’s Place – 2-3 p.m., Longview – 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Fridays: Vons’ Plaza – 9-10 a.m., James Station, Southlake 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
The library is a fun, exciting place to be. In addition to all the free programming we also have many books, movies and magazines available for checkout with a valid library card. Don’t have a card? Visit us to see how you can obtain a card! We provide computer access, including WiFi. We have photocopying and fax services available too. We welcome your patronage and look forward to serving you and your family throughout 2018! Our doors are open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information we can be reached at 760-549-2083 or visit us on Facebook!

The Kern River Valley Woman’s Club monthly luncheon meetings occur on the 4th Thursday of every month. Social hour is 10:30 a.m. brief meeting at 11:30 a.m. followed by luncheon and short program.
Meetings are held at Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights.
For lunch reservation please call Judy Hicks at 760-223-1835.
For questions regarding membership please call Jan Fletcher at 760-376-9188.

Exchange meets every Thursday at Noon at Paradise Cove Lodge in Lake Isabella, Calif. If a Thursday falls on a national holiday, the club meetings are usually dark.
The Kern Valley Exchange Club is part of the National Exchange Club, an organization comprised of over 1,000 clubs throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. As America’s Premier Service Club, Exchange strives to promote three core values: Family, Community and Country and is committed to one national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse. Kern Valley Exchange Club is one of the strongest clubs in the California-Nevada Exchange Club District. With 70 members strong, we raise thousands of dollars each year for scholarships, youth oriented programs and community service related programs through a variety of fundraisers including our annual Rubber Duck Races in August.
For more information, call Ron Smith at 760-379-6440 • Facebook:

Our November 7 meeting was hosted by Vickie Salau who presented a program on the history of quilts. Although quilts originated in Egypt – of all places – in the 35th Century B.C., they could be found in many countries but flourished in America. Quilts could be made much faster when the sewing machine was invented in 1856.
In keeping with the Veteran’s Day holiday, Charlotte Zagon’s second November program honored Women In The Military. Women have served in the military since the Revolution, with many also serving in the Civil War where one woman received the Medal of Honor. By 2008, 16,000 women were in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Germany and Japan.
To top off a month’s worth of “facts to remember”, Vicki Middleworth gave us a look back at life in 1918. Compare this with 2018: the average male life expectancy was 47 years; the population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30; 2 out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write; only 14% of homes had a bathtub. Wow! That sure makes indoor plumbing seem precious.

Tuesday, December 11 is the date of the Annual Christmas Party. VFW Hall is the place. 5 p.m. is Social Hour with a cash bar, 6 p.m. is dinner prepared by Jim Wyly, followed by the Pirate Santa Gift Exchange. To participate in the Pirate Santa Gift Exchange, bring a wrapped gift worth $10. Price is $9 for members, $14 for invited guests. All LIBPOA members are encouraged to make their prepaid reservations soon so final arrangements can be made. This is always an extremely fun event with lots of laughs. Members provide all of the entertainment.

Rotary Club of Kern River Valley meets every Friday for a lunch meeting at Ewing’s on the Kern, 125 Buena Vista Drive, Kernville from 12-1 p.m. Through our membership in Rotary International, we join with 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable. For membership, please call Darlene at 818-590-7175. •

The senior dance is every Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd. Pete and the Misfits will be on hand playing music for your enjoyment, dancing or just toe tapping.We have drawings, and you can even join in on our potluck. Admission is free.

Sequoia Amateur Radio Group
Our December meeting will be our annual Christmas Party to be held on Saturday December 8, 2018. If you are a member wishing to attend, check with Mike Higgins at 760 378-1028 to see if there have been any cancellations as the deadline for reservations has passed.
Examinations to obtain or upgrade a ham radio license will be available at the dinner if prior arrangements are made. Call Mike at the number above to make a testing reservation.

December 7th and 8th we will hold our Christmas House at 12516 Mt. Mesa Rd. in Mountain Mesa from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are gifts available for everyone on your list, so come and do your shopping with us. Our meetings for December are: Board Meeting on December 6th at 10 a.m. and the General Meeting on December 20th at 11 a.m. with lunch at 12 p.m.
Don’t forget our Craft Class every 2nd and 3rd Monday of the month from 9 a.m. to 11a.m., cards with lunch on the 4th Monday of the month from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with proceeds going to our scholarship program and Bunco on the 1st Monday of the month. Come and join us.
Bingo is held every Saturday. Doors open at 10 a.m. with games starting at noon. Lunch is available.

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Mail: Kern Valley Sun
PO Box 3074
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
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