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Shafter has one of county's cooling centers

Cooling centers will be open throughout the county when temperatures are forecast to exceed certain highs, the Kern County Parks Department announced.

The Kern County Parks Department, in cooperation with the Department of Aging and Adult Services, other Kern County agencies and/or districts, and PG&E, will open the centers.

Cooling centers open in the San Joaquin and Kern River Valleys when the temperatures are forecast to be 105 degrees or higher, in the desert areas when temperatures are forecast to be 108 degrees or higher, and in Frazier Park when temperatures are forecast to be 95 degrees or higher. The centers are open from 1-8 p.m.

The Cooling Centers Daily Report will be issued by 11 a.m. on the day before the centers open.

Weekend cooling center openings will be released by 11 a. m. on Friday.

Residents using the cooling centers are encouraged to bring their favorite non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, reading material and games to better enjoy the centers.

Cooling centers confirmed as of this date include:


 Arvin -- Arvin Community Center, 800 Walnut Drive

 Bakersfield -- East Bakersfield Veterans Building, 2101 Ridge Road

 Bakersfield-- East Niles Senior Center, 6601 E. Niles Street Bakersfield ~ The Mission at Kern County, 816 E. 21st Street

 Lake Isabella -- Kern River Valley Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Boulevard

 Maricopa -- Gusher Hall, 271 California Street

 Shafter -- Walker Senior Center, 505 Sunset Avenue

 Taft -- Taft Veterans Building, 213 Taylor Street

 McFarland -- McFarland Veterans Center, 103 W Sherwood Avenue


 Frazier Park -- Frazier Park Recreation Building, 3801 Park Drive


 California City -- Strata Center, 10350 Heather Avenue

 Rosamond -- Hummel Community Building, 2500 20th Street

 Mojave -- Mojave Vets Building, 15580 O St

For more information, contact Leslie Wallace at 661-868-3070.


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