IN BRIEF (Pub. September 13, 2017)

Just in time for back to school, Optimal Hospice Care is holding a New Volunteer Orientation for all Kern County communities. Donate whatever time you’re able to help create a better quality of life for patients and families in our care. As an orientation is not scheduled for Lake Isabella in September, please attend this Bakersfield Volunteer Orientation at the Optimal Hospice Bakersfield Office located at 1675 Chester Ave., Ste. 401, in Bakersfield. Training is free of charge and open to anyone with a compassionate heart! The orientation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Please call 661-716-4000 or email for information or to reserve your seat. We need volunteers in all the outlying communities as well. Taft, Lamont, Arvin, Frazier Park, Tehachapi, Lake Isabella, McFarland, Shafter, Delano, Wasco, etc.

The Kern River Valley Branch Library in Lake Isabella has many wonderful FREE events happening during the month of September.
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, and computer lessons. Lessons available by appointment, please contact the library for appointment.
Friday, September 15, at 3 p.m., kicks off our Legend of the Numbers math club. Children 3rd-5th grade are invited to join in fun math games and activities designed to make learning fun!
Saturday, September 16, at 3:30 p.m., children of all ages are invited to join us for our kickoff to Lego Club. Learn how Legos and literacy work together. Have fun and make new friends.
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 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays!
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. September is National Library Card Sign Up Month so 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. Our doors are open Tuesdays & Thursdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information we can be reached at 760-549-2083 or like us on Facebook.

Pitch in on Pride Day! Valley-wide clean-up campaign. Litter Pick-Up: 8-11:30 a.m. BBQ Lunch and Awards: 12-2 p.m. To register and for more information, please contact Joyce Norris at, Thomas Refuse Service, Inc., or telephone Joyce at 760-379-2618 x 101; registration forms available at Thomas Refuse, 2000 Chain Ave., Lake Isabella.
One of our goals with Pride Day is to incorporate more recycling in an effort to reduce the waste entering the landfills. Therefore, we encourage you and your team to do your best by separating the recyclables (plastics, aluminum, tin, glass, etc.) from the actual trash that you collect. The recyclables will be included in your overall pick up credit. In addition, the groups who achieve the highest diversion amounts will earn $20 in Trash Cash for each member of their team! Trash cash is redeemable towards any service offered by Thomas Refuse Service.
We hope you, your family, or organization will join us in making this year the best ever. Let’s make this year’s event the biggest community clean up ever! Spread the word – Kern Valley Pride Day 2017!

• SEPT. 16
Kern River Conservancy invites you to join our Third Annual Great Kern River Clean Up on Saturday, September 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Upper Richbar picnic grounds off Highway 178 in the Kern River Canyon. Please dress according to the day’s weather. Sunscreen, hats and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All parking and day use fees will be waived for event volunteers. Snacks and equipment will be provided. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For inquiries regarding this event, please contact Gary Ananian at 818-984-8505.

The Kern River Valley Ladies of the Elks is having a Rummage Sale on Sept. 16 at 6705 Wofford Heights Blvd. The Rummage Sale is open to the public. The hours are 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. You will find glassware, linens, electronics, clothing, shoes, handbags, books, jewelry and puzzles, as well as jellies and jams.

Join us for an afternoon of whitewater fun on the Lower Kern River as we team up with our friends at Whitewater Voyages, Mountain River Adventures, Kern River Tours and Kern River Outfitters for an epic fundraiser. Tickets are limited to 120 people. Group discounts are also available for parties of 12 or more.
We will all meet at 10:30 a.m. at Whitewater Voyages for registration and a quick pow wow before heading off to the lower Kern River for some epic class 3-4 rapids. After our trip on the river, we will be shuttled back to Whitewater Voyages for a BBQ buffet courtesy of Mt. Mesa Market and two beer kegs donated by Kern River Brewing Company.
To book your spot now, call toll free 800-400-7238 and ask for Luther Stephens. If you have any question regarding this event, being a sponsor or special requests, please contact Gary Ananian at 818-984-8505.
All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards our conservation and education projects for the lower Kern River.

• SEPT. 16, 18 & 19
Labor Day has come and gone, but there is still a lot to do. There will be plenty of visitors to keep Keepers busy for a couple of months.
Saturday, Sept. 16, 8:00 a.m., Keyesville, we are joining BLM for Kern Valley Pride Day and The Great Sierra River Clean Up. We invite you to join our team. Meet at the dumpster at Keyesville South Rec. Area just south of the bridge on #155. Great fun day!
Monday, Sept. 18 and Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7:00 a.m., UPPER RIVER, meet at the parking area across from Headquarters Campground. Campgrounds have been very crowded, so they will need attention.
For more information, call: 760-376-2963, 360-324-8178, 760-376-6459

Come join the Kern River Valley Historical Society for a specially prepared exotic luncheon buffet and a presentation by Harry Malhutra, DDS on the contributions of folks from India to our local and state history on September 19, at the Taj Mahal, 5416 California in Bakersfield at Noon. Make reservations with Don Morrison or Jacqueline Morgan at 661-771-6418 or email by Sept, 15.

• SEPT. 21-24
2017 Bud Light Kern River Rock n Blues Fest presented by Frandy Campground and Some Rock it Hot, Sauce and Taco Fiesta turns up the heat on Thursday, Sept. 21 (from 5 – 9 p.m.), through Sunday, Sept. 24 (10:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.)! Get your tickets now at and don’t miss “Kern County’s Best Rock n Blues Fiesta! For more information visit


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