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by Cheryl Porter
Contributing Writer

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FREE BACK TO SCHOOL GOODIES

When kids return to the classroom, it can be an exciting time for them and a relief to summer-weary parents. But it can also be a time of stress for families who are struggling financially and know their little learners will need a host of supplies to be properly prepared for the classroom. To help with that burden, three free back to school events will take place this month.

The Back to School Party is hosted by Bakersfield First Assembly of God Church at 4901 California Ave on Aug 2nd from 9:30am to 1pm. The day will include FREE backpacks and school supplies for more than 1,000 kids, free haircuts, immunizations, face-painting, games, a BBQ lunch, food boxes, snow cones, and prizes such as bikes, scooters, and even a flat screen tv. This event is free to the public, but parents MUST register their kids ahead of time. To register, call 327-8446, or go to bakersfieldfirst.com and click on the Back to School Party link.  

The K.C. Department of Child Support Services will host the 5th Annual Ready-Set Back 2 School Health & Wellness Fair on Aug 7th from 9am to Noon at the Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 P Street, Budweiser Pavilion (enter at the Main Gate). This event is open to the public. There will be FREE school supplies, activities, haircuts for kids, immunizations, health screenings, safety tips, legal information and much more, while supplies last. 

Jesus Shack will also be hosting its annual Operation Back to School on Aug 9th from 10am to 2pm at GMC Motor City, 5800 Wible Road, Bakersfield. Backpacks and school supplies will be given away FREE, as well as medical exams and physicals, immunizations, haircuts, plus Carl's Jr burgers and a Pepsi, while supplies last. The general public is invited to receive backpacks, etc., on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Standby Line, but priority will be given to families with invitations obtained ahead of time through various organizations. For more info, call Jesus Shack at 324-0638 or visit jesusshack.com. 

Expo Offers Something for Everyone 

This month, the first ever Baby and Child Expo is coming to Bakersfield, and promises to deliver a host of fun activities for the kids as well as educational resources for parents, grandparents, and other adult caretakers. Sponsored in part by Kern County Family Magazine, the Expo takes place Saturday August 23rd from 11AM - 4PM at Rabobank Theater and Convention Center downtown at 1001 Truxtun Ave. Admission is free. For the kids, there will be crafts and games, face painting, story time, live entertainment from Penn Point Dance Studio, Kevin Birkbeck (the Music Man), the Ronald McDonald Show, the E&M Reptile Family show, magician Ron Saylor, and Order of the Dragon Martial Arts, plus a real fire truck to see up close. For the grown-ups, several breakout sessions will be happening throughout the day, including tips on breastfeeding and emergency preparedness, plus programs offering free immunizations to those who qualify. For those who love to browse, there will be dozens of vendors in attendance. And of course, KCFM will also be there! Be sure to stop by our booth to meet the KCFM staff and pick up your free magazine. We love meeting our valued readers! For more information, call 852-7300, or visit the Baby and Child Expo website at babyandchildexpo.com.

Judith Tuttle McCarthy Receives Community Service Award

The John Brock Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Advisory Council of the School of Business and Public Administration at CSU Bakersfield, recently announced that Judith Tuttle McCarthy will be this year's recipient of the John Brock Community Service Award. McCarthy will be honored during a recognition dinner next month. 

McCarthy is the founding chair of the Women's and Girls' Fund of the Kern Community Foundation, has held numerous leadership roles in many other community organizations, and volunteers her time for causes such as the Boy Scouts of America and parent clubs at Kern County schools. 

"I am deeply touched to receive [this] Award," said McCarthy.  "I love this community and the people here who contribute to our quality of life. Past recipients of the John Brock Award include some of my local heroes.  To be in their midst is a privilege any day."

The recognition dinner will take place September 4 at Seven Oaks Country Club. Proceeds from the event will help fund the CSUB John Brock Endowment, which provides scholarships for students in CSUB's School of Business and Public Administration. Tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or get more information, call 661-654-2157.

ILCKC Awarded Donor Equipment Grant

The Independent Living Center of Kern County (ILCKC) was recently awarded a Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant for $5,670 to help support their Repair & Re-Use program and pay for the purchase of equipment for the DME loaner program. These programs allow ILCKC to loan equipment (wheelchairs, shower benches, crutches, walkers, etc.) to consumers free of charge and indefinitely. If you or someone you know is in need of such a loan, please check out their inventory by calling 661-325-1063. For more information, you can also visit their website at ilcofkerncounty.org.

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