Club News: June 2019

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 ELKS is currently accepting reservations for the next year from the public for the use of their facilities for meetings, parties, weddings or memorial events. We also have a wonderful park for events. For more information, call 760-376-6564.

Join us for the Kern River Valley FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY monthly meeting held the second Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Through “Cookies and Conversation,” learn how our group helps our local library branch fund activities such as book purchases, summer events and dynamic speakers. We meet in the Library Community Room, 7504 Lake Isabella Blvd.

The County of Kern has recommended that the skate park proposed for Lake Isabella be awarded a Community Development Block Grant. Volunteers will be attending the May 29 Public Meeting being held in the Public Services Building at 2700 “M” Street in Bakersfield at 6:00 p.m. This meeting provides an opportunity for public comment. A short presentation will be made by Karene Williams and any questions will be answered.
The skate park committee will be meeting on Wednesday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m. in Supervisor Gleason’s Lake Isabella conference room. At that time, tickets will be drawn for all of the items donated for the raffle. This will be the last raffle for raising funds to build the skate park. Tickets are available from committee members at $1 each, 6 for $5 or 12 for $10.
The Community Development Block Grant recommendations will also be presented before the County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 11 during the afternoon session. Karene Williams will be making a short presentation and be available to respond to any questions.
This is an exciting time for the skate park committee of volunteers. More donations are being received and the Block Grant will provide the balance needed to pay for construction. The real work will start once the Block Grant is awarded. Advertisements will be published requesting competitive bids, a successful bidder will be selected, a design will be presented at public meetings, a permit will be applied for and then people will see work taking place at the site.
Be sure to follow the skate park progress on the Facebook Page, Kern River Skate Park.

We meet at our field on Sierra Way across from the Hanning Flat Recreation Area. 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, combat 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 or bad weather 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

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.

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 9 a.m. until 11 a.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

On June 25, the One Spade Youth Packers program will occur at the Kernville Rodeo Grounds. The event will begin with a pinic at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m. Bring your own picnic and enjoy the evening. Watch the Youth Packers, along with Reid Hopkins, demonstrate their skills with mules. Real Cowboy Pat Pucket will show-off his roping techniques. The program is free to the public. Kids are welcome.

Attention veterans of the Kern River Valley!
Are you struggling to obtain services? Do you need help wading through your military paperwork? Then you will want to visit the Veterans Resource Center at the Kern River Valley Branch Library in Lake Isabella. Find help with your veteran related needs through trained, qualified veterans. Large selection of military materials are available for your perusal with free checkout with a qualifying library card. Learn how to get the best services for your need. This resource center is supported by the California Veterans Foundation. For more information or to make an appointment with our vet service assistant, please contact Elisabeth at 760-549-2083. A qualified volunteer is available to assist you with your vet needs.
ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION: When you join in on the Adult Book Discussion you have the possibility of receiving a free book! You can either read the book, listen to it on audio, or watch the movie! The discussion will be at the KRV Library! 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. Music lessons are for guitar between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. No appointment needed.
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 e-library? 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 Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. find great books, movies and audiobooks at amazing prices. All proceeds go to support your local libraries.
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 2019! 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 fourth Thursday of every month. Social hour is 10:30 a.m., and a brief meeting at 11:30 a.m., followed by luncheon and short program.
Meetings are held at the 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:

We had such a wonderful spring here in the Valley, but we did take time to take in Vicki Middleworth’s program on the 178 Fellow Travelers group and Diffine’s on remembrances of the Rankin Ranch.
Then we joined our Preceptor Xi Eta sisters at That’s Italian as they and chairperson Patty Bench put together a Founder’s Day program around a “Quilt of Friendship” theme.
Patty Abruzo of Preceptor Xi Eta and Vicki Middleworth of Laureate Iota Omega were named Women of the Year, while Perfect Attendance pins were handed out to both chapters. The new theme will be “The Power of the Dream”.
Our Chapter is happy to present Grace Harrison and Kelly Martin each with a $500 scholarship to continue their studies. And finally, to wrap up the Sorority year, Charlotte Zagon organized a yummy spring salad dinner and we exchanged Secret Sister gifts, revealing the givers’ names
We will meet again next fall.

The next membership meeting of LIBPOA is Tuesday, June 11 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center. As of publication date, no speaker has been scheduled so those attending this meeting will be able to discuss anything of interest to residents of the Kern River Valley. Our motto is: For a Better Community. All meetings are open to the public so come and see what we are all about.
If you own property in Lake Isabella, Bodfish, Mt. Mesa or South Lake, you are eligible for membership in LIBPOA. Dues are only $7 per person per year. We hold 10 meetings during the year. We also have a picnic in May, hold a rummage sale fundraiser in October and have a fabulous Christmas Party in December. So, we are not all business.

Ladies of the Elks are hosting their 11th annual dog show on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Elk’s Picnic Area (Behind the Elk’s Lodge) 6708 Wofford Blvd. in Wofford Heights. Open to the public. There will be food, fun, and prizes. Categories include: most beautiful, most handsome, cutest puppy, cutest couple and more. For more information, call 760-223-0776.

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 held every Wednesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 6409 Lake Isabella Blvd. We have a variety of music, weekly drawings and weekly potlucks. Admission is free, casual dress. This is another way to exercise and stimulate those memory banks.

Our next Board meeting is held on June 6 at 10 a.m., the General meeting is held on June 20 at 11 a.m. followed by a potluck lunch to honor our new members of the year. Our club will be dark in July and August, however Bingo is being offered every Saturday during this time. Come join us and stay cool playing Bingo, doors open at 10 a.m., first game starts at noon. Lunch is offered for a small donation.

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FAX: 760-379-4343
Mail: Kern Valley Sun
PO Box 3074
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
In Person: 6416-A Lake Isabella Blvd.
Lake Isabella, CA 93240