Club News (Pub. 03/28/2018)

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


The 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 Lake Isabella Kawaiisu Chapter of the NSDAR (National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution) is having their annual Fancy Hat Luncheon on April 21 at Paradise Cove Restaurant, Lake Isabella from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $20. Seats are limited and reservations are required. They will be serving finger sandwiches, fruit salad, dessert and coffee/tea or soda. Raffle tickets for gift baskets and gift cards will be available. Feather Tippets-Rosica will present the program: “Dressing from the Inside Out; What Our Founding Mothers Wore”.
She will be doing a presentation of Women’s Clothing from the late 1700’s, from undergarments to final ensemble. In “Dressing from the Inside Out”, Historical Costumer Designer Feather Tippetts, will explain how ladies garments in our revolutionary war period were constructed and worn. Beginning with replica period undergarments, she shares what clothing was like for women, as she is dressed during the presentation into a lady of the late 1700s. This is an interactive program, and questions are encouraged and answered during the program.
The program includes the 2011 winning costume from the DAR American Heritage Historical Costume Competition which was displayed in the DAR Museum in Washington, D.C. during Continental Congress.
Feather is the only person to have won the DAR National American Heritage Historical Costume Competition twice, and is the recipient of the coveted Evelyn Cole Peters award for excellence. She is also a recipient of the Women in the Arts Award for her contribution to the field of historical costume, and the Golden Podium Award for her entertaining programs on history and costume.
Contact Marsha Lassen at 760-417-0715 for more information and reservations.

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. The Democratic Club of Kern River Valley typically meets on the third Saturday of every month in the Lake Ridge Mobile Home Park Community Clubhouse at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

On April 21, 2018, the Ladies of the Elks will be installing the officers for the 2018-2019 year.

Keepers of the Kern were busy Trash Warriors in March. Meetings with the U. S. Forest Service, the annual river outfitters meeting and our board meeting kept us in the loop. The upper Kern got some housekeeping, and a few of us helped Friends of Bull Run and the U. S. Forest Service plant trees along the Bull Run and Whiskey Flat Trail. Unfortunately, the clean up at Keyesville was canceled due to threatening weather and then the sun shone brightly all day. Go figure! We’ll get it next month.
The Isabella Lake Fishing Derby kept us quite busy for four days. Friday, we handed out trash bags to those registering for the derby at the derby headquarters. Then Saturday, Sunday, and Monday we worked side by side with the U.S. Forest, and Kern River Conservancy in keeping things tidy during and after the derby.
The 2018 Adopt-A- Campground program is in full swing and ready for another successful year!
If you would like to join Keepers of the Kern in helping to make a difference or get additional
information on the Adopt-A- Campground program, call: 760-376- 2963, 360-324- 8178 or email: Volunteering is what makes this all work.

Weather permitting we fly every Wednesday and Saturday morning at the Hanning Flat Model
Aircraft Field located on Sierra Way between Highway 178 in Weldon and the Kern Valley
Airport in Kernville. Spectators, visiting and prospective pilots are invited to join us. More
detailed information can be found on our KMAK.ORG website.

General Meeting is the first Thursday of every month, 6:30–8 p.m., now at the Kern Valley Museum Annex in Kernville. Various items for discussion and presentation are gem cutting, specimen identifying, including silent auctions and free raffles. Great fun for the kids old and young. Open to the public. For more information, call Mike at 760-376-3600.

Join the KRV Astronomy Club’s Star Party at the Fairview Helistop, 12 miles north of Kernville, on the Saturday closest to the New Moon. Starts after sunset.
There is a lot to see in the night sky on a clear night and upriver is one of the best spots in California. The KRV Astronomy Club will put out some impressive telescopes to share the view with anyone attending. For information, call: Daytime 760-376-1291; Evening/Weekend 760-376-6290.
Note: Best to call to check if haze, smoke or cloud cover might prevent this event from happening.

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 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

April is Celebrate Poetry Month at the library and there will be a poetry contest from April 3-28 with age categories: Children (0-12 years old), Teens (13-17 years old) and Adults (18 and up). Full entry guidelines available at the library with winners being announced by phone on Saturday, May 5. Call 760-549-2083 for more information.
Veterans, family member’s of veterans, or people who would like to support veterans: Do you want to watch a movie but don’t know what one to watch? Well, come on down to the KRV Library to watch Max on April 21 at 1 p.m.! For more information contact 760-549-2083.
LEGACY OF THE NUMBERS: Interactive Math Club for grades 4th-8th on the second Friday and fourth Saturday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Children will enjoy hands-on activities that will help them develop a better understanding of math. No registration required.
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.
BOOK CLUB: Our next discussion will be on James Patterson’s book Along Came a Spider on April 5 at 12 p.m. So, mark your calendars because this book will be a psychological thriller you won’t want to miss! For more information contact us at 760-549-2083
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 & audiobooks at amazing prices. All proceeds go to support your local libraries.
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 wi-fi. 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 11-7 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!

Kern River Valley Revitalization, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation with 501c3 nonprofit. Mission: facilitating the social, natural and financial health of the Kern River Valley for this and future generations. Next meeting will be held at the Forest Service building in Kernville on the first Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.

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:

The club was founded in 1985 by the Jenkins Family as they authored their books. It is recommended that you purchase their books Exploring the Southern Sierra: West Side and Exploring the Southern Sierra: East Side. The author is J.C. Jenkins and Ruby Johnson Jenkins. We refer to the description in these books to tell you about the hike that you are attending. The Kern Valley Hiking Club is for people that are in decent shape that want to get outdoors and experience fun places without getting too extreme about it. The club is committed to hiking on Saturday every other week. The hikes don’t need to take all day, but they can if members want. The members will decide on the day of each hike what the next hike will be. The boundaries are defined by the books Exploring the Southern Sierra by Ruby Jenkins. All of the hikes will either be in her book, or in places nearby, not listed in the book. If nobody has a brilliant idea, or a burning desire for where the next hike should be, then we will need to pick one from the book as our secondary option. To do this each week, we will generate five random numbers which will correlate to pages in Ruby’s book, and members will pick from one of those. Physical activity is part of a healthy lifestyle, and if you are looking for some people to go with you to a particular place then you have found the right group. For more information, visit

The next General Meeting program for the Kern Valley Historical Society will be about Gold Mining Then and Now on Tuesday April 24 at the Lake Isabella Senior Center at 7 p.m.. The guest speakers will be local miners Torin Swinland of the Gold Prospecting Association of America and Jeff Fish owner of the Mine Shaft in Bodfish. Both these local miners have years of experience prospecting in the K.R.V. Also on hand to give his expert input will be K.R.V. Ranger and Archaeologist Tim Kelly. As an added bonus there will be representatives of the K.R.V. Rock Hound Club, who now hold their monthly meetings at the Museum Annex on the first Thursday of each month. Be sure to mark your calendars for this exciting program. Refreshments will be served.

Showing in the Art room at the Kern Valley Museum for the month of April are thoughtful and witty works of the youth of Camp Erwin Owen. The youth titled the collaborative art project ‘Confined Art’ each boy contributing unique silhouette watercolor. Each silhouette conveying the feelings of each artist give one much to think about.
Accompanying the watercolors are a variety of recycled welded metal sculptures constructed by the youth welding department, which are both clever and charming.
A few of the artist will be at the opening on Saturday, April 7, please come and meet them, express your support, ask questions and simple chat.

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 April General Membership Meeting of the Lake Isabella and Bodfish Property Owner’s Assoc. is Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. at the Lake Isabella Senior Center. At the present time, there is no scheduled speaker but the Program Chair is working hard to find an interesting presentation. If no speaker can be scheduled, the meeting will be open for attendees to discuss anything concerning the Kern River Valley. The meeting is open to the public so come and find out what LIBPOA is all about.
Remember that property owners in Mt. Mesa and South Lake are eligible to join LIBPOA. Dues are only $7.00 per person per calendar year.
Contact Karene Williams at 760-379-1434 with any questions you may have.

We have good news to report from Jane Tibbetts who has moved to Texas to be near her daughter. Jane, an accomplished pianist, sorely missed her grand piano and sheet music which was sitting in Squirrel Valley, so her daughters arranged for it to be transported to Abilene. Overseen by Jane’s good friend and neighbor, Hazel Halloran, the moving men were able to find Kern Valley, struggled with the piano, finally got it loaded and on its way. We waited and waited and – yes – have now received word that the piano made it to Abilene.
Dianna Anderson always has the makings for a great program and in February she didn’t let us down. Her home is a treasury of Native American artifacts and she treated us to a sampling of baskets and pottery, gourds, and even trade beads, that she has collected from many tribes and different parts of the country.
In an earlier program, Bev Newman talked about how many of the towns in Kern County came to be named. Most of us are familiar with Colonel Thomas Baker and Bakersfield, but what about Bodfish? Or Hobo Hot Springs? Or French Gulch? Got ‘cha.

Preceptor Xi Era’s newest members are proving themselves to be friendly, helpful, imaginative, and fun as they begin their journey in the Sisterhood of Beta Sigma Phi. This year our Vice President, Chris, has begun a new tradition by presenting a story or poem at each meeting encouraging thankfulness for our blessings rather than dwelling on the troubles we face in our lives. Keeping up the positivity is the only way to go!

Rotary Club of Kern River Valley meets four times a month 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 next get together for SARG (Ham Radio Club) is Saturday April 14, 2018. It is time for our
annual Swap Meet. The public is invited to come and browse and see if ham radio is for them.
The gates open at 10 a.m. at the Valley Estates Community Center, 14213 Allen Ave., Weldon,
CA 93283. We will have license exams around 11 a.m. A map to the location is on the club website If you have any questions or wish to reserve an exam spot contact Mike Higgins, KA6IYS, at (760) 378-1028.

April 4, 11, 18, 25.
Get into the swing of Spring and come to our Senior Dance and potluck EVERY WEDNESDAY starting at 7 p.m. Free admission, casual dress, and our live band playing a variety of tunes for our pleasure and dancing.