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Friday, Aug 31 2012 05:45 PM

Worth noting: Grants; help the Independent Living Center; more

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Bank of the Sierra awarded two grants Friday totaling $5,500 to benefit local nonprofits, according to a news release.

The grants were part of the Sierra Grant program, a project aimed at improving the quality of life of families and children through aiding community services, park preservation and education.

One grant for $2,500 was awarded to Valley PBS to help fund a Spanish-language financial literacy campaign called Finanzas Seguras, Futuro Seguro or Secure Finances, Secure Future, according to the news release. The campaign will cover opening a bank account, budgeting and maintaining good credit, among other topics.

A second grant of $3,000 was awarded to the American Red Cross Central Valley Region will go toward maintaining ongoing disaster response, safety training, disaster preparedness and other services.

The Independent Living Center of Kern County is hosting its first sports event at 7:15 p.m. Sunday at the Bakersfield Blaze game against Rancho Cucamonga.

Fifty percent of ticket sales will go to the center. Tickets cost $10, and for the center to benefit, can be purchased at www.bakersfieldblaze.com using promotional code ILC.

The Independent Living Center is a nonprofit organization that equips people with disabilities to live as independently as possible.

Stop the Violence is hosting its 14th annual Family Fun Fish Day on Sept. 8 at Hart Memorial Park, according to a news release.

Stop the Violence is a nonprofit aimed at keeping at-risk youth out of gangs.

There will also be free food and fishing poles for children. The event starts at 9 a.m. and is open to anyone.

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