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Monday, Nov 12 2012 04:03 PM

Worth noting in the community: East Bakersfield unveils vision plan, more

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

East Bakersfield's community vision plan will be unveiled Thursday evening for residents to see and offer comments.

The community vision plan is the product of input from community leaders, participants of a two-day workshop in July, Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard and the County of Kern, according to a news release from Maggard's office. It sets goals and a vision that aim to enhance the quality of life in east Bakersfield.

The unveiling will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1314 Oswell St. Refreshments will be served, and Spanish translation will be available, according to the news release. Children are welcome to attend.

The Kern County Homeless Collaborative is holding its first direct services outreach in Delano on Wednesday.

The outreach is organized by the collaborative's Homeless Consumers and Service Providers Committee, according to a news release from the collaborative.

The following service providers will be on hand to help the homeless: Clinica Sierra Vista's Homeless Health Care; Community Action Partnership of Kern; the Kern County departments of Child Support Services, Human Services, Mental Health and Public Health; Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.; the Health Collaborative; and United Way of Kern County.

The outreach will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Community Connection Center, 1842 Norwalk St.

Kern County's American Red Cross chapter has sent a disaster mental health associate to help with recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

On Friday, Ric Johnson was deployed to New York, according to a Red Cross news release. As a disaster mental health associate, he will provide crisis intervention, mental health screening and assessment, emotional care and support, psychosocial education and mobilization.

The Red Cross is also asking for donations to help those impacted by Superstorm Sandy and other disasters. To donate, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

Seven elementary schools in east Bakersfield are receiving new dictionaries from donations by the Rotary Club of Bakersfield East.

Presentations of the dictionaries are unfolding over the next five weeks, according to a Rotary Club news release. On Friday, Pioneer Drive Elementary received it dictionaries during a school assembly. Horace Mann, Casa Loma and Noble elementary schools will also receive the dictionaries during assemblies on Nov. 26, Dec. 7 and Dec. 7, respectively.

On Wednesday, Jefferson Elementary will have dictionaries delivered to its third-grade classroom. Williams Elementary and Longfellow Elementary will also have the dictionaries delivered to their third-grade classrooms on Thursday and Nov. 26, respectively.

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