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Library Fun In-house or at Home

Storytime at the library is valuable because when kids are read to they develop their imaginations as well as vocabulary and literacy skills, discover new ideas, and become better listeners and learners. But if the car is in the shop, or Junior has a cold, getting to the library can be near to impossible. Well, thanks to a new program, if your child has access to the internet, they never have to miss out on storytime fun again because the Kern County Library is now offering a very special version of Storytime online, in real time!

This month, Storytime hosts Liz and Susan will be sharing their love of reading with online viewers each Tuesday at 4:30pm. Topics will include Fall into Reading, An Apple Pie, Give Thanks (books about being thankful), and Gobble up these Stories.  And if your child misses it, each Storytime is archived and can be viewed again and again on You Tube. To watch line or later, go to

And for parents looking for a kid-friendly Veteran’s Day activity, the Kern County Library is hosting an Art Card Making Project to “Thank a Veteran” at every library that is normally open on Tuesdays. Each branch will have work stations open to the public where children & families can create thank you cards for local vets. These stations will be open all day, during regular library hours, with all supplies provided by the library. The finished cards will then be given to the Kern County Veterans Services Department for distribution to local vets.

Sweet Read by Local Author

Bakersfield author Aliza McCracken has come out with a new book, A Season of Miracles: Artful & Poetic Devotions, just in time for the Holidays. The book is a collection of poetic devotions and small vignettes layered with beautifully colorful drawings, each intended to enlighten, encourage, and sooth the feathers of those who need a good word in these stressful times of uncertainty and unrest. This is McCracken’s 6th book, and is available for $29.95 at Barnes & Noble in Bakersfield, as well as online at, and

“A Season of Miracles has special meaning to my journey,” McCracken said. “The message is positive and encouraging. You can be assured in knowing that through every season of life, there is divine love and peace supporting you within each sacred moment. [One] lovely reader described how A Season of Miracles… soothed her fears [and] and brought hope to another day. Through this artistic ministry, I humbly pray that I may continue to love and serve others with joy.”

On Saturday, November 22nd, from 3-7pm, McCracken will have an inspirational book discussion and signing at Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Avenue, Bakersfield. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit fine arts and educational programs in Kern County.

Do the Turkey Trot

If you love to run and sweat for a good cause, lace up your sneakers and pull on those shorts because November is Turkey Trot month. And if this is a busy time for you, don’t worry! There are several nearby Turkey Trots to choose from, so no excuses… get trotting!

Nov 15th: Frontier High School’s 2nd Annual Turkey Trot 5K This event takes place at Frontier High stadium, 6401 Allen Rd. Race divisions include pets, strollers, high school, 39 and under, 40+, Jr. high, and ASB club relay. Registration fee includes a pancake breakfast, a turkey dinner for all race winners, gift cards to 2nd and 3rd, and raffle prizes for everyone. Contact Brad Harris at 661-829-1107 or

Nov 22nd: Annual Turkey Trot Walk/Run Benefitting the Bakersfield Homeless Center     This will be at Yokuts Park and includes a 1M, 5K, and 10K race, followed by the Lil’ Gobbler Run with Bob the Turkey, plus a Creative Kids Area with holiday arts and crafts. To register, visit For more info, call 661-322-9199 or email

Nov. 27th (Thanksgiving Day): Race Against Hunger Turkey Trot, Visalia

If you want to burn off some major calories just before chowing down on your Thanksgiving feast and don’t mind a short drive, this 5K run/2 mile walk is billed as the largest 5K in the Central Valley, offers fun for the whole family, and encourages participants to creatively dress for the event! The proceeds benefit the Visalia Emergency Aid Council, and helps them assist over 800 families each month. For more info, visit

Outside the Box Brings Red Carpet to Bakersfield

The film industry may be centered in Los Angeles, but film buffs and movie maker hopefuls live right here in Bakersfield, and this year’s Annual Outside the Box Film Festival promises to satisfy both. Put on by the Fox Foundation, the festival supports and encourages filmmakers, young and old, by providing a place to network, hear from industry insiders, and have their films seen by the public. Prizes will be awarded for winning film entries, including cash and post-production packages.

The festival takes place November 7-9 at the Historic Fox Theater downtown. For tickets and general information, call 661-324-1369, visit the box office at 2001 H Street, or go to  

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