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by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three
Bakersfield Selfie Trail

Lights! Camera! Selfie! Win! Pose at some of Bakersfield's most unique spots when you explore the Bakersfield Selfie Trail. Snap some selfies to create unforgettable Bakersfield memories and win a fun prize. Check in to any 12 Selfie Trail locations and win an exclusive one-of-a-kind prize: a 30-ounce Yeti tumbler (in black or seafoam) or a T-shirt and hat combo. All prizes sport an all-new custom Bakersfield design debuted for this event. It's easy to get started: choose from 20 different selfie locations around California's ninth largest city, post your selfie on your social media channels, and tag it with #VisitBakersfield. 

To sign up and get your selfie pass to get started with this mobile exclusive event, visit 

Online Tutoring Help for High School Students 

Kern High School District recently adopted a 24/7 online tutoring platform through The tutoring service is available to all students by clicking on the "Help" button on the left-hand side of their Canvas main page. 

See the links below for additional information:

For Parents:

For Students:

 ROC Café and Bakery Grand Opening

The Kern High School District's Regional Occupational Center (ROC) recently celebrated the grand opening of The ROC Café & Bakery at 501 South Mount Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield. This unique café and bakery is a full-service restaurant operated by students in the culinary arts program. Throughout the year-long program, students focus on three main areas: culinary, baking, and hospitality. The ROC Café & Bakery provides students with an opportunity to put their skills to work in a real-life work environment under the guidance of their instructors. 

The ROC Café and Bakery is open to the public for breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and lunch from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Weeks of operation will vary throughout the year with the school calendar, so diners are encouraged to call ahead at 661-396-4920 to make sure the café is open and to make a reservation.  

To view the full-service breakfast and lunch menu visité_services. 

Women's and Girls' Fund at Kern Community Foundation Announces 2022 Grant Opportunity

The Women's and Girls' Fund (WGF), a Leadership Initiative of Kern Community Foundation, announced at least $60,000 for competitive grant allocations in its 15th competitive grant cycle, with the maximum individual award being $25,000. Organizations interested in applying should have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation or a fiscal sponsor. All organizations seeking funds must have a presence in Kern County, benefit women and/or girls in Kern County, and meet the Kern Community Foundation's eligibility guidelines.

The application process begins with the submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for funding by the hard deadline of 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 11. 

You can learn more about WGF's grants and eligibility requirements by clicking on its "Grantmaking" link on the Kern Community Foundation's website  

Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County Club Member Sells Painting for $1700

Eleven-year-old Alex, a Club member at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County, recently sold his original art piece, "My View of Eiffel," for $1700 at the Clubs' annual fundraiser last month, Farm to Table(aux). This beautifully commissioned art is so much more than an ordinary purchase, because it not only invests in Alex's future, but the future of so many kids who call the Club "home." Alex was one of many Club members who sold their masterpieces to help the Club raise funds for its programs and services.

Alex has attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County for three years. He has developed a passion for painting through the free art classes in the studio at the Club. When Alex isn't spending his time creating masterpieces, he's working on his jump shot in the Club's gymnasium. Young Alex has the dream of someday becoming a police officer and serving his community. 

For more information, please visit 


Program will operate from Nov. 1, 2021 through first week of February 2022

The City of Bakersfield's Streets Division will be conducting its annual leaf collection

operation from Nov. 1, 2021 through approximately the first week of February 2022.

The hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., though they may be extended if


During this time, City residents are allowed to rake leaves into the street adjacent to

the curb and gutter for collection by Streets Division equipment. To allow for proper

drainage, the City asks that leaves be left at least 24 inches (two feet) from the curb


The leaves are collected by specialized equipment designed for this purpose only

and the public is reminded that no other debris will be collected from the streets.

For more information, please call 661-326-3111 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday

through Friday.

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