By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Who's your Real Hero? Now's your chance to nominate someone for the American Red Cross - Kern Chapter's Real Hero awards for 2012.
Go to www.redcross.org/ca/bakersfield, or call 324-6427 for more information. The deadline is Jan. 31, according to a Red Cross news release.
The winners will be honored at a Real Heroes event from 5:30 to 10 p.m. April 6 at Bakersfield Jet Center by Loyd's Aviation.
Radio station KUZZ is hosting its eighth annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon Thursday and Friday from the KUZZ radio station, according to a St. Jude news release.
Last year KUZZ raised more than $165,000 with the help of local listeners, the news release said. The money goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
You can pledge a donation by calling 800-345-HOPE (4673) or at www.kuzzradio.com.
The public can learn more about the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program at an informational event to be held by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers.
It is to be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the East Bakersfield High School Career Center Room, 2200 Quincy St., according to a USCIS news release.
People who think they might qualify or have family members who might qualify are invited to the two-hour event to learn about the requirements and benefits.
The Kern Community Foundation awarded a $7,000 grant to the Independent Living Center of Kern County on Tuesday. The funds will go toward its Transitions Program.
The grant, according to a foundation news release, will provide support for travel and outreach expenses to help people with disabilities safely relocate from institutions to living independently throughout Kern County.
The grant comes from the foundation's KernHealth Now! initiative.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation, a fund at The Community Foundation Serving the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino.
"The project goal is to provide after school tutoring to 60 disadvantaged, vulnerable and underserved students who otherwise would not have access to tutoring services. The overreaching goal is on-time grade progression for each student," Zane Smith, executive director of the clubs, said in a news release.
CASA of Kern County, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, will graduate its most recent class of 18 advocates in a ceremony to take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools building, 1300 17th St.
They will be sworn in by Kern County Juvenile Court Judge Louie Vega. The advocates assess a child's situation, report on what they find and speak on a child's behalf in court.
CASA of Kern County is also receiving a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation to help with part of the costs of supervision of 30 advocates, a CASA news release said.