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By Felix Adamo / The Californian
BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor firstname.lastname@example.org
They say moms only get one day a year -- that'd be Mother's Day, which is Sunday -- but children in the know make sure to celebrate that special lady more often.
And some of those people make a point to take Mom to the annual Mother's Day Fashion Faire, which is happening Saturday at the Petroleum Club.
In its 21st year, the Desk and Derrick Club of Bakersfield event has been a big draw for families, according to current club president Monica Sanchez.
"We have several generations that have made it a tradition. To do last-minute shopping or spend a wonderful day in a beautiful location with your mom."
The day begins at 10 a.m. with a chance to mingle and check out the 12 unique vendors, selling items from Cookie Lee and handmade jewelry to purses and organic planters.
Lunch will be served after, a salad with grilled chicken and rolls on the side. Dessert is also on the menu but it will be a surprise.
"It's always the chef's choice."
Festivities continue with the hour-plus fashion show, which should appeal to ladies of all ages with looks from Eve's Boutique and Lil' Rock Starz.
"We will have nine models -- four kids, five adults -- in three to five outfits each."
Each attendee will be given a ticket for a drawing of 40-plus door prizes valued at $25 or more. Among the items up for grabs are gift certificates for a number of florists, including Log Cabin, Conroy's and Cinderella Flowers & Gifts.
The fun continues with an opportunity drawing for more than a dozen baskets, valued at $150 and up, designed around specific themes.
"We have a doggie basket with gift certificates and puppy shampoo. A garden basket, a couple of wine baskets.
"One with tickets to a Dodger games, snacks like peanuts, a parking pass and other Dodger memorabilia."
One basket geared toward readers will contain gift cards and either a Kindle or another type of reading tablet. But the top basket is the "getaway."
"One basket is full of $250 gift cards to restaurants. All kinds of places here in town -- Olive Garden, Famous Dave's. It's so Mom doesn't have to cook for awhile."
Tickets for the basket drawing are $1 each or six for $5.
Along with the fun, the faire is a fundraiser for one of Desk and Derrick's main causes: supporting students pursuing careers in the industry.
"We have the Wilma Addington scholarship," Sanchez said of the award named for a charter member of the local club. "It benefits local high school seniors who are pursuing careers in the petroleum or allied industry."
Three $1,000 scholarships will be given out to Kern students on May 15. Sanchez said she'd like to raise enough at this year's Fashion Faire to be able to increase that to five awards in 2015.
Funds raised at this event as well as through the club's involvement in the the American Petroleum Institute's San Joaquin chapter's clay shoot and golf tournament also go toward furthering oil and gas industry education.
Sanchez said the club provides books about the industry for local school libraries.
The club is open to anyone employed in, affiliated with or retired from the petroleum, energy and allied industries as well as students. It meets the fourth Thursday of the month at the Petroleum Club. For more information about the club, email email@example.com.