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Thursday, May 15 2014 06:06 PM

Community roundup: Get cracking and volunteer for the Nut Festival

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    There were pistachios aplenty at the Yurosek Farms set-up on the grounds of the Kern County Museum during the Nut Festival in June 2013.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Paramount Farming Company had a large tent at the Kern County Museum and drew a large crowd with lots of freebies to give away to people gathering the inaugural Nut Festival in June 3013.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

The Kern County Museum's second annual Nut Festival is to be held June 7 and organizers are seeking volunteers.

Returning and new volunteers interesting in helping out are asked to email kcnutvolunteer2014. They're asked to include their name, phone number, email address, T-shirt size, shift/assignment preference and a date to attend orientation.

Shift choices are: 8:30 a.m.--5 p.m. June 6; and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.-7 p.m. June 7.

Mandatory volunteer orientations are 5:30 p.m. May 27 or June 3, and volunteers must confirm their attendance ahead of time.

For more information, contact Brenda Ratliff or Michelle Rainey at the Volunteer Center of Kern County, 395-9787 or email kcnutvolunteer12014@gmail.com.

People are asked to respond by Friday.

 

The Kern County Animal Services Department and Shafter City Animal Control Department will offer a low-cost vaccination and licensing clinic for both city and county residents in the Shafter area.

The clinic will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Mannel Park (Mannel Avenue between Lerdo Highway and Tulare Avenue) in Shafter.

The clinic offers dogs DHPP vaccinations, rabies vaccinations, licenses and microchips for affordable prices.

Animal control officials advise owners attending the event to have all dogs on a leash and aggressive dogs must be muzzled. Microchips are being offered at no cost. DHPP vaccinations are $3 each; rabies vaccination is just $5 with the purchase of a Kern County or Shafter city dog license at the time of vaccination.

For information on future Kern County Animal Services clinics, call 868-7100, or log onto www.co.kern.ca.us/acd and click on the low-cost vaccination link.

 

Community members are invited to participate in what will be the first local Walk Like MADD 5K event in September to fight drunk driving.

Corporations and groups are encouraged to form teams of 10 or more and raise at least $100 each through donations.

People can participate in the walk and run in three ways: Register to walk as an individual or team on the day; those who can't attend the event can sign up online and raise money as a "virtual walker"; or make a donation to Walk Like MADD.

The organizers hope to raise $25,000 locally and use the money to support drunk driving victims. The Bakersfield/Kern County affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host the event, which is backed by several local public safety agencies and sponsors including the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles.

Registration is $15 for those ages 5-21, and $20 for those who are 21 and older. The event will be held 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Park at River Walk.

To sign up, donate or for more information, go to the local walk-run portal: http://support.madd.org/site/TR?fr_id=3643&pg=entry. You can also Google "Bakersfield Walk Like MADD" or search on Facebook: "Bakersfield Walk Like MADD."

For more local information on the walk-run, to get in touch with local victims and/or families of victims, or if you're interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Jorge Barrientos at 334-4948 or jbarrientos@chainlaw.com.

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