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Community Calendar - Jan. 26, 2023

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.


Book bags – The Shafter Library and Learning Center have book bags (10 books in each) that can be checked out. The bags includes books mostly for the kids, but who says that adults can't enjoy them, too? Red bags for the holiday and orange bags with Halloween books; blue bags include books to improve reading skills, on all subjects and a lot of picture books. Bilingual book bags, too. Available any time at the library.

Learning Center classes – Registration for spring classes, including art, cooking and Spanish. Call the library for registration at 661-746-5055. For more information, visit

Adult ed registration – Wasco Adult Education Center Spring 2023 registration is open. Enroll for high school diploma, ESL, citizenship, Hiset English and Introduction to Computer. Wasco Adult Education Center, 1445 Poso Dr., 661-758-7414. All classes are free.

EMS training – Emergency Medical Responder 8-week programs. Register now to start Tuesday, Jan. 17. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9:35 p.m. or starting Monday, March 13, with classes Mondays and Wednesdays 6-9:10 p.m. Wasco Adult Education Center, 1445 Poso Dr.. 661-758-7414. In association with Bakersfield College.

Bookkeeping training – Free bookkeeping training program at MAOF, Mexican American Opportunity Foundation. 2130 Chester Ave., Suite 200, Bakersfield. 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. Call 661-336-6821 for information.

Hospice volunteers needed – Bristol Hospice Bakersfield needs volunteers in Kern County. Must be vaccinated. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Call the Volunteer Department at 661-716-4000 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

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


North Kern 4H – Meetings are held at Karl Clemens cafeteria at 7 p.m. every second Monday of the month. For more information, contact Chris at 661-809-2851.

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 every first and third Tuesday of the month at City Hall, 336 Pacific Ave.

Wasco City Council – Meetings every first and third Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held at 746 8th St. 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 $15 fee 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 Wednesdays at 12 p.m. at the Shafter Veterans Hall.

Shafter Woman’s Club – Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month, September

through May, starting at 11 a.m. at the Shafter Youth Center, 455 Euclid Ave.


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 served. Griffith Avenue Baptist Church, 408 Griffith St., Wasco.

Bulky waste pickup – American Refuse offers free bulky waste pick-up service Fridays to all City of Shafter core residents. To schedule a pickup, use the app or call 661-758-5316. 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 – 150 Central Valley Highway. Open Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Shafter Historical Society presents the city’s history. Free admittance.

Green Hotel tours -- Shafter Historic Green Hotel is open to tours on the first Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about renting the hotel for events, email [email protected] or phone 661-746-1913 and leave a message.


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