By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host an information session Wednesday to help people understand the naturalization process, according to a news release from USCIS.
At 5 p.m. at Beale Memorial Library, representative from USCIS will discuss the naturalization process step-by-step. They will talk about eligibility and residency requirements, application forms, fees, background security checks and processing times. There will be sample questions from a test, as well as an overview of American history. Representatives will also act out a naturalization interview.
Spanish translation will be available, according to the news release.
Agriculture producers can learn about the latest trends and innovations in the industry at a December symposium hosted by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.
At 8 a.m. Dec. 5, the chamber will host the Agricultural Export Symposium at its offices at 1725 Eye St. The symposium will discuss what those in agriculture need to know to fill all the roles required of them -- economists, negotiators, bankers and logistical coordinators.
Registration costs $30 for chamber members and $60 for nonmembers. To register, visit www.bakersfieldchamber.org.
For more information, call Leigh Ann Cook at 327-4421 or email@example.com.
Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary is hosting its annual service of remembrance Dec. 13, according to a news release from Hillcrest.
At 6:30 p.m., Hillcrest will hold the service in its chapel. It's a nondenominational service open to the public and meant for the community to come together to remember those they've lost, according to the news release.
People can bring in a photo of their loved one to be placed on an ornament to hang on the remembrance tree and to be played in the remembrance slideshow. Bring the photo by Dec. 7, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call 366-5766.
Eight of Kern County's business and professional leaders completed an intensive 72-hour leadership training program and graduated from the 2012 Kern Leaders Academy, according to a news release.
The academy is conducted by the Kern County Taxpayers Education Fund and covers topings ranging from ethics to the economy to social issues. This is the fourth year of the program.
At a ceremony Nov. 14, the following people graduated from the academy:
* Derek Abott, director of land and resource planning for Tejon Ranch Co.
* Athena Collup, Realtor at Watson Realty
* Brandon Hawkins, podiatrist at Stockdale Podiatry Group
* Marcus Johnson, operations manager for Starstruck Entertainment Services, LLC
* Anna Laven, research associate for Transforming Local Communities
* Anna Leon, community outreach coordinator for the Kern River Valley Healthcare District
* Tomeka Powell, analyst for Community Action Partnership
* Ryan Shultz, political consultant
Through donations raised by employees across the nation, including in Bakersfield, a debt management company has donated more than $20,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, according to a news release from the company.
Account Control Technology, Inc., has offices in Bakersfield, Canoga Park, Ohio and Texas. Employees from each office raised money, and the company matched donations as part of its annual "ACT for a Cure" fundraising during October, national breast cancer awareness month. The company donated a total of $22,676 to Susan G. Komen, a nonprofit that fights breast cancer.
Childrens' Advocates Resource Endowment has donated $24,000 to local organizations that help children, according to a news release from the endowment.
The money was raised at the annual Village Fest. The endowment has donated money every spring and fall since 2000.
The most recent batch of recipients are:
* Optimal Hospice, youth bereavement camp sponsorship: $3,000
* Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kern County, back-to-school shopping spree: $2,000
* Camp Blue Jay, specialized camp for disabled kids: $4,150
* Celebrating Siblings, bringing foster kids separated in different homes together for a night of fun: $1,000
* Junior Achievement, materials for 48 students on managing money: $440
* Lori Brock Museum, 14 picnic tables replacing 1970-era tables: $4,410
* Boys and Girls Club, five computers for the Teen Tech Lab: $3,000
* National Adoption Day, celebration party for 43 foster kids permanently adopted: $2,500
* Kern Child Abuse Prevention Council, food, tickets and television: $1,000
* California Living Museum, Kaboom playground sponsorship: $2,500