Club News (Pub. 07/25/2018)

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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

American Legion Riders meet the first Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Veterans Hall/Senior Center on Lake Isabella Blvd. Also, the Annual Poker Run on Saturday, June 2, has been postponed and will possibly take place in the Fall.
American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary meet the third Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Veterans Hall/Senior Center on Lake Isabella Blvd.

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.

Elks Club Kid’s Carnival will be held on Saturday, August 4, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge Picnic Area, 6708 Wofford Heights Blvd.
FREE lunch – FREE games – FREE prizes – FREE backpacks. Backpacks for Kindergarten to Middle School.

The skate park committee members continue to solicit funds and raffle items for this very important project. For those items donated to date, the winning tickets will be drawn on Wednesday, August 1. Winners will be called and the Facebook Page (Kern River Skate Park) will acknowledge the winners and those who donated the winning items.
Presentations are being made in August at the Kern River Valley Revitalization and Exchange Club meetings. A car wash fundraiser is in the planning stages. Applications for grants continue to be submitted to foundations who support this type of project. Donation jars are located in 30 businesses around the Kern River Valley.
100% of donations go toward the construction cost of the skate park. Remember that donations may be tax deductible because they go to a 501(c)3 non-profit.

July started off with a BIG BANG for Keepers of the Kern! We not only enjoyed the spectacular fire works show, but volunteered at the Forest Service Information Kiosk in Riverkern all weekend! Then…then…we hit the river after the holiday doing what we do. There were more than 400 volunteer hours logged and around 500 miles put in coming and going from the river, Keyesville and the lake areas on the days we get out and about, which was 12 days this month. Plus a few meetings, updates to a couple local organizations, and of course some good times.
A very exciting happening occurred in July. The Windsurfers of Lake Isabella sponsored a trash bin and it is now placed at Old Isabella Rd. Rec Area and has already made a difference in the amount of “unsavory debris” being left on the shores of the lake. We thank this group very much and a special thanks to Eva Hollman for her dedicated heart for a cleaner and safer Isabella Lake. It so proves that “One person can make a difference, together we can make it right”.
Keepers is looking at a busy August as the visitors just keep coming! There is improvement happening, but the health and safety of our river, lake and roadsides has a long way to go. We can’t go backwards, so we encourage everyone to do their part, whether it is your trash or someone else’s…PICK IT UP, put it in a trash bin or take it home. And NEVER, NEVER poop on the ground or in the river!
If you need information on how you can help make a difference, call Keepers at: 760-376-2963 or 360-324-8178 or email, Be a MIGHTY TRASH WARRIOR.
Friday, August 3, 6:00 p.m., RIVER RHYTHMS, Keepers is a supportive sponsor and will have a booth
Monday, August 6, and Tuesday, August 7, 7:00 a.m., UPPER RIVER. Meet at the parking area at
Headquarters Campground.
Friday, August 10, 7:00 a.m., KEYESVILLE SOUTH. Meet at the dumpster at Keyesville South Rec. Area just below the bridge on Hwy. #155.
Friday, August 3, 6:00 p.m., RIVER RHYTHMS, Keepers is a supportive sponsor and will have a booth there.
Monday, August 13, and Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 a.m., UPPER RIVER. Meet at the parking area at Headquarters Campground.
Friday, August 17, 6:00 p.m., RIVER RHYTHMS, Keepers is a supportive sponsor and will have a booth there.
Monday, August 20, and Tuesday, August 21, 7 a.m., UPPER RIVER. Meet at the parking area at
Headquarters Campground.
Friday, August 24, 7 a.m., KEYESVILLE SOUTH. Meet at the dumpster at Keyesville South Rec. Area just below the bridge on Hwy. #155.
Friday, August 24, 6:00 p.m., RIVER RHYTHMS, Keepers is a supportive sponsor and will have a booth there.
Monday, August 27, and Tuesday, August 28, 7 a.m., UPPER RIVER. Meet at the parking area at
Headquarters Campground.
Friday, August 31, 6:00 p.m., RIVER RHYTHMS, Keepers is a supportive sponsor and will have a booth there.

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. This time of year with the heat and the early sunrise we start around 7AM and may be done by 9AM. More 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 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

Join the Kern River Valley Community Based Environment Risk Reduction (CBERR) Coalition in their planning meetings to keep youth safe from drugs and alcohol on the last Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Kern Valley Healthcare District (KVHD) Conference Room at 6412 Laurel Ave. in Mt. Mesa.
For more information on the KRV CBERR and how to join, please email Cindy Filkosky at or Lisa Wyly at

Here at the Kern River Valley Branch Library, we have one week left of our Summer Reading Challenge! Make sure you submit your completed reading logs by Tuesday, July 31, in order to get prizes! Also, don’t miss out on our end-of-summer-reading-challenge BASH! Our theme this summer was “Reading Takes You Everywhere!”, and we’d like to hear where reading took you this summer! We’ll have ice cream and activities, and also check in with Flat Stanley to see the different places he visited. For more information on any event, call the library at 760-549-2083.
Summer Reading Challenge – Open to all ages (read: children AND adults!) and going on for one more week. Read books, complete a reading log, and turn it in for prizes at the library!
Thursday, July 26: 10:30 a.m. – Toddler Storytime, 2:00 p.m. – MUSIC (by appointment), 3:30 p.m. – Teen Mania!
Friday, July 27: 11 a.m. – Christopher Lopez, Professional Magician!
Saturday, July 28: 2:00 p.m. – Flat Stanley Ice-Cream Party – End of Summer Reading Challenge Bash!
Tuesday, July 31: All Day – Last day to turn in your completed reading logs for prizes!
BOOK CLUB: The book discussion on August 2 at 12 p.m. will be on The Help by Kathryn Stockett. For the discussion you could either read the book, listen to the audio version, or even just watch the movie! All three types can be requested at the KRV Library. For more information, call 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.
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.
Great news! The Bookmobile has internet! Free WiFi in 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 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.

Any woman is welcome to the Kern River Valley Woman’s Club. They meet on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights. The meetings start at 11:00 a.m. Cost is $15.00 which includes lunch. If you need further information, please contact 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:

If you haven’t heard Pete Pappas on the trumpet, you don’t know what you’re missing! Join Pete and the Misfits performing every Wednesday evening at the Senior Center, 6409 Lake Isabella Blvd starting at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy a “cool” evening of dancing or just toe tapping and even join in on the potluck at the Kern Valley Senior Dance this Wednesday.

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 August General Membership Meeting of the Lake Isabella & Bodfish Property Owner’s Assoc. is Tuesday, August 14 at the Lake Isabella Senior Center. Meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. with a presentation by Orion Sanders, Owner of Notorious Entertainment. He will tell everyone about the Wreaths Across America project that honors deceased veterans. It is his hope to obtain enough donations to put a Christmas wreath on the grave of every veteran in the Wofford Heights cemetery. Following this presentation, the Association officers will inform everyone of ongoing LIBPOA activities.
The public is always invited to attend these meetings. Owners of property or businesses in Mt. Mesa and South Lake are now eligible to join the Association. Dues are only $7 per person per year.
Please come and see what the Association is all about and how its members are working hard to improve living conditions in the Kern River Valley.
Contact Karene Williams at 760-379-1434 with any questions you may have.

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. •

We meet on the second Saturday of the month. Our next meeting will be Saturday August 11, 2018. We meet at 9:30 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.) at the Elk’s Lodge in Wofford Heights. For more information about our club and its functions check our website
Examinations to obtain or upgrade a ham radio license are held after the meeting. If you wish to take an exam you must make a reservation by phone to 760 378-1028 or email to at least 1 day before the meeting.

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