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Read for Fun & Furry Friends

Get ready to read! The Kern County Library (KCL) is offering children and teens tons of summer fun with Paws To Read, the county-wide reading program that continues throughout this month. The library will be offering free events and programs for children and teens including reptile and magic shows, story times, arts and crafts, and much more. Participating readers can earn a free paperback book and other incentives, while supplies last. 

As part of the library's Paws to Read! program, the KCL and Kern County Animal Services (KCAS) will be teaming up to provide help for the Foster Care Pet Program by gathering necessary items for animals that are too young, ill, or injured to be immediately adopted. These donations can help give animals a second chance by providing materials that make an immediate impact on their life. Just look for the yellow boxes at KCL's 25 library locations to donate this month. In August, the KCL will collect all donated items and drop them off with KCAS. Items accepted include: kitten and puppy nursing bottles, dry food, and milk replacer formula, wet dog and cat food, small pet carriers, puppy pee pads, and disposable cat litter trays. 

And don't forget to check out the Used Book Sale at Beale Memorial Library in Downtown! For Friends of the Library members, the sale starts July 9th. For the general public, the sale runs July 10-12. To learn more, call 868-0796. For the Summer Reading Program, call Andie Apple at 868-0723 or visit For foster pet parenting, call 868-7143 or visit 

Local Businesses Offer Scholarships

It is never too early for teens to start thinking about and planning ahead on how to earn scholarship money for their education, and local Bakersfield businesses are ready to help. Recently, two such businesses awarded monies to area students. Twenty-one 2014 grads from Kern County were awarded the Harvey L. Hall/Hall Ambulance Medical Scholarship, which provides $250 each to qualifying seniors interested in pursuing a career in healthcare and planning to attend a junior college or state university. Hall says he established the scholarship in 1999 to encourage young adults to choose a career in healthcare and has since given $55,000 in financial assistance to 220 Bakersfield and Kern County students.

The JL Waite Financial Group also awarded the JL Waite Financial Scholarship to Highland High 2014 grad Ryan Saylor. The $200 cash award has been given out for the past six years to high school seniors who exemplify high academics, involvement in extracurricular activities, and service to others. Saylor ranked top in his class, was first chair viola in the school orchestra, participated in the Academic Decathlon, volunteered over 200 hours of community and church service, and plans to attend Cal Poly Pomona in the fall. He offers incoming high school freshmen this advice: "Don't be lazy and slack off. How well you apply yourself during the next four years will directly effect the rest of your life." 

For information on applying for the Hall Ambulance Scholarship, go to For info on applying for next year's JL Waite Financial Scholarship award, go to

In God We Trust Brings Big Names to Bakersfield

This month, the annual dinner benefiting In God We Trust – America, founded by Bakersfield City Councilmember Jacquie Sullivan, will host WallBuilders' David Barton, nationally recognized expert on America's history and the Constitution, as their keynote speaker. The evening will also include Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, speaking on religious freedom, plus special music by Miss Lillie Knowles.

In 2002, Sullivan led the Bakersfield City Council in their vote to display the national motto of the United States of America, 'In God We Trust,' in the council chambers at City Hall. Then in 2004, she went on to found the nonprofit organization In God We Trust – America, Inc., for the purpose of placing that same motto in every city, county, and state chamber in America. 

Your attendance at this year's event will help this work to continue and grow. The dinner takes place Thursday July 31 at the Marriott Hotel at 801 Truxtun Ave in Bakersfield. Regular tickets are $58 per person, VIP tickets are $125. For information, visit For tables and tickets, contact Tina Miller at 661-325-7601.

Fashion Show Saves Lives, Helps Kids

If your heart has ever been tugged at by a suffering addict on the street or your life touched by a friend or family member struggling to give up drugs and alcohol, consider attending the First Annual Christmas in July Fashion Show benefitting Kern County Teen Challenge, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides youth, adults, and children an effective, comprehensive solution to drug and alcohol addiction.

The fashion show will feature Rock Me Baby Clothing as well as Disney characters presented by A Wish Your Heart Makes. The day includes lunch, photo ops with cast members, face painting, and the chance to win 1 of 20 decorated Christmas trees with gifts. Besides Teen Challenge, proceeds will also help support their afterschool program, Say Yes, providing 120 kids per week from the Beardsley School District with homework help, a meal, and recreation. 

Christie Luna, Kern County Assistant Director for Teen Challenge, says this will be a wonderful day for the entire family. "We're really excited," said Luna. "This will be our first event that will be geared towards kids age 4 and up. We're hoping to have many more events like this to come."   

Teen Challenge is a year-long program and first came to Kern County in 1969 with one staff member visiting schools. Eventually, a home in central Bakersfield became the first Kern County Teen Challenge Center. In 1979, the Shafter Men's Ranch was established and now houses 81 men. In 1991, a Women's Campus was purchased and houses up to 45 residents. 

The Christmas in July show and luncheon takes place July 26th from 10am to 3pm at Olive Knolls Church at 6201 Fruitvale Ave in NW Bakersfield. The cost is $40 for adults, $20 for kids 4-10. For more information about the event or Teen Challenge, call 661-399-2273.


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