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Community Calendar - Aug. 25, 2022

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.


NEW: Wasco Rose Parade – Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at 10 a.m. at 7th and D streets along Poplar Avenue, ending at Barker park. Wasco Rose Festival followe at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Barker Park.

NEW: Construction – East Euclid Avenue between James and Nickel streets beginning Aug. 22; to last 6-7 weeks. City suggests avoiding the area.

Learning Center classes – The Shafter Library & Learning Center classes start Aug. 29; registration is now open. Classes will be offered as part of after-school program Monday-Friday 4:05-7: p.m. Classes include:

For grades 1-8: Art Through All Mediums, Art Around the World, Future Scientists, Cooking, Baking, Spanish, Keyboarding/Computer Programming, Crafts, Literacy Lab, Lego Robotics, iMath games/tutoring.

Pre-K programs: Pre-K (3-5 years) English, Pre-K (3-5 yrs) Spanish; PreK (1-3 years) Bilingual for Toddlers.

Family classes include Family Bilingual Night and Family Art night.

Bakersfield College courses and certificate programs will continue to be offered. To register for BC classes, visit their website directly. To register for Shafter Library & Learning Center classes, go to


NEW: Waste pickup: American Refuse will offer a free bulky waste pickup service on Fridays to all City of Shafter core residents. Schedule a pickup via the app or call 661-758-5316

Nuevo: American Refuse: Free bulky waste pick-up service. No sabes que hacer con esos articulos de basura grande? Llame a American Refuse, 661-758-5316, o use su aplicación para programar una recojida de estas articulos. Este servicio es gratis para todos los residents de la ciudad de Shafter (ore residents).

Cooling center – At the Walker Senior Center at 505 Sunset Ave. Open 1-8 p.m. Questions, call Kern County Aging & Adult Services, 800-510-2020.


Job training – Free bookkeeping training program at MAOF, Mexican American Opportunity Foundation. 2130 Chester Ave., Suite 200, Bakersfield. Call 661-336-6821. Related occupations include accounts payable/accounts receivable clerks and payroll clerks. Entry requirements: At least 18 years of age, completed reading and math assessment, high school diploma or GED.

Free covid tests – All residential households can order four free at-home covid-19 tests. Visit


Richland School Board – Meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at Golden Oak Cafeteria, 195 S. Wall St.

Shafter City Council – Meetings are held at City Hall on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.


Wasco Woman’s Club – Meetings are at the Clubhouse, 1601 7th St., on the second Tuesday of the month. There is a $15fee for the lunch meetings.

Senior Lunch Program – Every first and third Tuesday of the month: Griffith Avenue Baptist Church, 408 Griffith St. Sack lunches for seniors will be given out at 11 a.m. Sponsored by Golden Gleaners.


Shafter Rotary – Meeting at 7 a.m. at the Shafter Veterans Hall.

Shafter Kiwanis – Meeting Wednesdays at 12 p.m. at the Shafter Veterans Hall.


Wasco High School Board – Meetings the second Thursday of the month at 1900 7th St. in Room 202, or alternatively in Library Room 1101. The agenda is on the WHS website.

Wasco Recreation and Park Board – Meetings are on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Hall at Barker Park.

Food distribution – Shafter Recreation and the Gleaners have food distribution every first and third Thursday of each month at the W.C. Walker Senior Center, 505 Sunset Ave.


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.


Depot Museum – The Shafter Depot Museum is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is at 150 Central Valley Highway.


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