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Community Calendar - Sept. 1, 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.


Wasco Rose Parade – Saturday, Sept. 10. Starts at 10 a.m. on 7 th and D streets to Poplar Avenue and ends at Barker Park. Wasco Rose Festival starts at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Barker Park.

Shafter construction notice – East Euclid Avenue, between James and Nickel streets. Construction will begin Aug. 22 and last 6-7 weeks. City asks residents to avoid 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

Cool off – Cooling center in Shafter at the Walker Senior Center on 505 Sunset Ave. Opens 1-8 p.m. Questions, call Kern County Aging & Adult Services at 800-510-2020.

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 – Meetings at 7 a.m. at the Shafter Veterans Hall.

Shafter Kiwanis – Meetings 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 the 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.

Bulky waste pickup – American Refuse provides pickup service to all City of Shafter core residents. To schedule a pickup, use the app or call 661-758-5316.

Articulos de Basura Grande – 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 (core residents).


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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