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Pop-up raises funds for North Kern

North Kern Christian School held its third annual pop-up fundraising event on Saturday. Over 25 small businesses participated selling an array of items, including homemade baked goods, holiday decorations, clothing apparel, toys and home decor.

Kaylen Sanchez sold croc charms and Disney-themed accessories.

"It is nice to see all of the businesses come together and something fun to do without having to leave the city," Sanchez said.

She added, "I enjoy coming to pop-up events and shopping. I think it is important to support small businesses."

Jonathan Martinez, owner of Johnn Boyss, was there selling lemonade and Mexican snacks like tostilocos, corn on the cob, tik tok pickles and aguas frescas in mango pineapple and blue raspberry flavors.

Of the event, he said he enjoys interacting with people and getting his products out there.

"The best part was meeting new people and spending time with my friends and family that came to help me," Martinez said.

Xochitl Buenrostro has participated in the event for the last three years.

"I always have a great experience. They did a good job coordinating the special event."

She brought jewelry, different cartoon character figurines, toys, stuffed animals, decals and key chains.

"I like to price my items at a good price so those that come can afford to take something special home. I try to bring unique items you don't usually find in a regular store. The kids love it," Buenrostro said.

In line with the upcoming holiday shopping season, Kim Bennett sold Christmas tree napkins, crocheted animals, baby burp cloths and acrylic and wood writing pens.

"I put a lot of love into my crafts. It usually takes me about six hours to hand crochet the animals," Bennett said.

It was her first time ever participating in a pop-up sale.

Bennett said, "I received many compliments, especially for my Christmas napkins. They are one of a kind because no two sets are the same."

There were tasty treats.

Haley Plaza came with her homemade cronuts, a mix between a donut and croissant.

"I'm the only one in Kern County that sells these. I got the idea from a bakery in Nashville," Plaza said.

She has been baking since 2018.

"I have no training. I'm self-taught and just read a lot of books and watched youtube videos," Plaza said.

The LifeHouse Wasco Church's worship team provided festive live music with uplifting songs in Spanish and English.

Pastor Mark Scialabba, from Congregational Bible Church, distributed biblical literature.

"I am spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ," Scialabba said. "It is an opportunity to get connected with the public and promote our church."

Moriah Murrieta attended the event and said, "I think today was pretty cool because it is a small school, and it was nice to see all the people that came. Plus, they had cute stuff for sale."

She added, "I bought a bracelet, a ring and lots of cookies. They tasted delicious."

Another guest, Maria Moreno, said, "I think it's fun, and there are interesting things to buy. I had to control myself."

Event chair and preschool director Valerie Aleman shared, "It's a great turnout. Lots of goodies, and everyone seems to be having a good time."

She said the event is a big fundraiser for the school.

"The money raised will go back to the school for educational materials and different improvements. The event was a success, and we look forward to doing it again in the spring."


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