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Community Calendar - June 10, 2021

As activities restart and businesses reopen, we will try to update readers on the status of events and activities throughout the area. Please contact Erica Soriano with additions and changes at [email protected] or call 661-292-5100 by Monday at 4 p.m. for that week’s paper.


Cooling center — There is a cooling center in Shafter at the Walker Senior Center at 505 Sunset Ave. The center is open from 1 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Kern County General Services at 661-868-1000.

Summer food service program — Lost Hills Wonderful Park is sponsoring a Summer Food Service Program. Free meals will be provided to all children who are 18 years of age and younger at 14688 Lost Hills Road, Lost Hills, starting July 19 through July 30. Breakfast is served at 7:30 to 8 a.m. Lunch is served from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Shafter Community Vacation Bible School — The Shafter Community Vacation Bible School Kingdom Chronicles, “Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth” will be held June 21-25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Shafter Ford Theater at 1101 E. Lerdo Highway. Children who are entering kindergarten through sixth grade for the 2021-22 school year are eligible. Online registration is available for students and volunteers at

Covid-19 testing — There will be free covid-19 testing Wednesdays and Sundays at the Wasco Library, 1102 7th St., Wasco. If you have insurance, they will be billed. Appointments can be made at or call 888-634-1123. Donde? Biblioteca de Wasco 1102 7th St, Wasco. Si no tiene acceso de internet llame al (888)634-1123.

Reopened — Shafter City Hall has reopened to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours for the finance department are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 661-746-5000.

Zumba Gold — Register at brandiroot.zumba.comlivestream for class on Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. Hosted by Shafter Recreation and Parks District.

Zumba Kids — Register at for class on Saturdays at 11 a.m. Hosted by Shafter Recreation and Parks District.

Zumba On Demand — Register at Saturdays from 2 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 3 to 8 p.m. Hosted by Shafter Recreation and Parks District.



Senior lunch program — The senior sack program gives out lunches to seniors every first and third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m., sponsored by the Golden Gleaners. Griffith Avenue Baptist Church, 408 Griffith St., Wasco.


Wasco Recreation & Park Board — Meetings are on every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Hall at Barker Park, Wasco.

Truth ministries — Truth Ministries: A Faith Based 12-Step Program providing fellowship recovery will be held on Thursday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church, 400 Kern St. The program begins on Feb. 25. Call 661-746-4969 for more information.

Summer grab bags for kids — On Thursday, June 10, New Generation Church will be handing out 200 summer grab bags to elementary/middle school aged kids between 3 and 5 p.m. at 1017 Central Ave., Wasco. Parents need to have their kids present in the car, and it will be drive thru style, first come first serve. This is part of a weeklong event the church is doing called "Loving our City '' where our church is doing something each day of the week to bless the community.


Food giveaway — The Impact Program is a weekly food giveaway provided to anyone in need, Fridays beginning at 7 a.m., first come, first serve. Griffith Avenue Baptist Church, 408 Griffith St., Wasco.


Juneteenth celebration — There will be a celebration of Black history on Saturday, June 19 for Juneteenth. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the park on 15th and D street in Wasco. All are invited to enjoy live music, a choir, poetry reading, food and vendors. This event is free to everyone. All are welcome to come enjoy the afternoon of heritage, culture and history.

Drive-thru pancake breakfast — The Wasco VFW are hosting a Drive-Thru Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 19 from 8 to 11 a.m. The VFW will be celebrating their 75th anniversary. Call to purchase tickets at 661-758-1935 or visit 603 E. St., Wasco.


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