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Stand SUP event - Riverside Park is the venue for many of the Kern River Festival 50th year whitewater events.
Dana Heins-Gelder Courier Must do The Kern River Festival, one of the nation's premier whitewater festivals, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this coming April 19 and 20. It draws athletes and spectators from all over the region and has frequently served as a regional qualifier for the U.S. national kayak slalom team. Kayakers and Stand-Up Boarders come to compete in a number of activities including: the Extreme Downriver Kayak Race, Stand-up Paddler, or SUP Down-river Race, the Tom Johnson Slalom Classic, and Boater and
Boarder-Cross races. The community is invited to participate or to cheer the racers from the shore at Riverside Park throughout the weekend. In fact, during Sunday morning's triathlon a $25 gift card is awarded to the spectator with the funniest, cleverest, or most encouraging sign along the triathlon route. The Hooligan Raft Parade and the Kern River Festival Triathlon draw increasing participation from the community each year and this year a free Children's Sidewalk Art Contest so Kern Valley youth can dress-up Riverside Parks' new sidewalks! With most of the weekend's activities held
in Riverside Park in downtown Kernville, contestants and spectators enjoy catching up with friends and competitors from as far away as Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and Arizona. Vendor booths, displays, gear swaps and a silent auction benefitting the Kern Valley River Council take place throughout the weekend. On Saturday evening, there is a barbeque served up by Sierra Gateway's Sierra Smoker, Kern River Brewing Company's Beer Garden, and a Wine Bar with wines donated by the Sierra Gateway Store. The evening is augmented with live music under
the stars performed by one of the area's favorite bands, Out of the Blue. The entire community is welcome to join in the evening's events and in the silent auction. Last year was the first Kern River Festival Triathlon and it was an unqualified success. It consists of an 8 mile bike ride, a 2.2 mile run and ends with a 2 mile river paddle. The event starts and ends in Riverside Park. Join in on all or part of the 50th Annual Kern River Festival and Triathlon. It is an exciting and fun weekend of activities. For more information or to register online, go to kernfestival.com.
Last Friday, Kern County recognized Child Abuse Preven-tion Awareness Month in the Kern Valley and remembered the 38 children lost in Kern County last year with a National Children's Memorial flag raising ceremony at the Department of Human Services in Lake Isabella. The Color Guard from Larry J. Rhoades Kern Crossroads Facility performed the flag salute and the raising of the flags. There were remarks by First District Supervisor Mick Gleason, District Attorney Lisa Green and Interim Director of Department of Human Services Dena Murphy. Mary David, from the
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Kern County Sheriff Office, Kern Valley Substation sang the Lord's Prayer and pastor Scott Siddle of He Cares Fellowship in Weldon gave the invocation. Participants were given information about how to prevent child abuse. The
kerncares.org website links uses to information and resources and there is a kerncares site on Facebook and Twitter, to enable participants to join in conversation and spread awareness. If you are the parent or caregiver of a young infant, focus on calming yourself if you are pushed to the limit by a crying baby. Be a friend to parents of young children and let them know you are there for support. Compliment a father on something positive you see him do with his children, and be supportive of parents you see in your neighborhood. Kern County residents can call 2-1-1, for custom social service referrals. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it. nature
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There are many Easter celebration opportunities this weekend in the Kern River Valley. ■ The Kern River Valley Ministers Association will be conducting a Good Friday Service today and two Easter Sunrise Services and one special Easter Service this Sunday April 20. You are invited to attend one or more services nearest to you. ■ Celebrate Good Friday at First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella, corner of Hwy. 155 and Suhre Street in Lake Isabella at 6 p.m. Several local pastors will participate in the one hour service, “Memories of the Resurrection.” Refreshments will follow the service. ■ The First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella, corner of Hwy. 155 and Suhre Street in Lake Isabella. Easter Sunrise Service time 6:30 a.m. or a special combined service at 10 a.m. with an Easter egg hunt after the service. ■ Community Easter Sunrise Service, presented by Christian Assembly Church, Grace Chapel and Kern Christian Church, 7 a.m. Service is at the Christian Assembly property located on Hwy. 178, immediately to the right of Harbor Light Mobile Park, in Mt. Mesa. ■ Mountain View SBC, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd. will be celebrating Easter at 10 a.m. there will be a special child-friendly service in the Mt. View gym and parents can
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Open burning snuffed out Kern County Fire Courier Just in As of April 14, and effective immediately the Kern County Fire Department has declared an end of open burning within the State Responsibility Area of Kern County. This declaration has been made a little earlier than usual due to higher than normal temperatures, low humidity and drying conditions of the vegetation.
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■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.,TOPS #2293 weight loss group, Veterans Hall, Lake Isabella. 760-417-2272. ■ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Alzheimers Respite Group, Veterans Hall, Lake Isabella. 661-393-8871. ■ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Church, Lake Isabella. 760-378-3935. ■ 12 - 1 p.m., AA, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-4112. ■ 1 p.m., Happy Hookers crochet club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-6335. ■ 6 p.m. (2nd Fri.), Kernville Baptist Church game night. Next to Pizza Barn. 760-223-1036. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, AA 12x12 study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 - 8 p.m., AA, Kernville Chamber of Commerce, 11447 Kernville Rd.,760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701
■ 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Center, French Gulch. 760-549-0800 ■ 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Farmer’s Market, Lakeshore Lodge, Wofford Heights. ■ 3 p.m. (1st Sat.), Havilah Historical Society, Havilah Schoolhouse. 760-379-2636. ■ 5-7 p.m. Dinner. (2nd & 4th Sat. - Karaoke @ 7 p.m.) Eagles Lodge, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394 ■ 7 - 10 p.m. (1st Sat.), Dam Dancers square dancing, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 9:30 a.m. (1st Sat.), Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Barbara,760-378-3672 or Geraldine, 559-359-8953. ■ 2 p.m., Discussion. 7:30 - 9 p.m., 6 p.m. Pot Luck, 7 p.m. Speaker (3rd Sat.), AA - KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701 ■ 2 p.m. Alano Club, AA discussion, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Sat.) Alano Club, AA speaker, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella.
■ 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, public welcome. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 760-379-3877. ■ 9 a.m. to noon, Breakfast at Eagles, public. welcome. Highway 178, Mt. Mesa. 760-379-3394. ■ 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (2nd Sun.), AA, Paradise Cove Restaurant, Hwy 178, Lake Isabella. Breakfast 10 a.m. / Speaker 11 a.m. 760-379-4112. ■ 2 - 3:30 p.m., AA - KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701
■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 10 a.m., Exercise Class, Lakeridge Mobile Home Pk. Clubhouse, Lake Isabella. 760-379-3206. ■ 2 - 3 p.m., Grief Support Group, Hoffmann Hospice 040-D Lake Isabella Blvd. 661-410-1010. ■ 12 - 1 p.m., AA, Senior Center,Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 1 p.m. (3rd Mon.), Kern Valley Democratic Club, Lakeridge Mobile Home Pk. Clubhouse, Lake Isabella. ■ 1 p.m., Line dance classes, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-0043. ■ 3 p.m. (2nd Mon.-Board/4th Mon.-Member ship), Kernville Chamber. 760-376-2629. ■ 6 - 9 p.m., KRV Comm. Orchestra, Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella. 760-376-4461. ■ 6:30 - 8 p.m., Boy Scout Troup 690, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760-812-7082. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Mon.), KRV Art Assoc., Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-2844. ■ 6 - 7 p.m., AA, Mtn. View Baptish Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7:30 - 9 p.m., AA, Grace Chapel, 12308 Mtn. Mesa Rd., Mtn. Mesa. 760-379-7318 or 760-3797312. ■ 7:30 p.m., Al-Anon, KRV Hospital cafeteria, Mt. Mesa. 760-417-0199 or 760-379-7312
■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 9:30 - 11:30a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, 1st Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 760379-2556. ■ 10 a.m. (2nd Tue.), Kern Valley Garden Group. 760-379-1129. ■ 10 a.m. - noon Kern County Department of Public Health Immunization Clinic 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. 877-818-4787 ■ 10:30a.m., Armour of God Narcotics Anonymous, College Community Services, 2731 Nuggett Ave., Lake Isabella. ■ 2 p.m. (2nd Tue.), KRV Cemetery District. Public invited. 760-376-2189.
tion contact 760-549-0800.
■ Lakeshore Farmers Market April 19 This market is hosted by the Kern Valley Growers Association from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The market is at the Lakeshore Lodge, 7466 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights.
■ 6 p.m. (2nd Tue.), Lake Isabella-Bodfish Property Owners, Senior Center, Lake Isabella (760) 760-379-5552. ■ 6:30 p.m., (2nd Tue.) Epilepsy Support Group, Bakersfield. 760-376-1606 or 760-258-5272. ■ 7 p.m. (3rd Tue.), Fish & Game Habitat Club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-376-3178 ■ 7 p.m., (4th Tue.), KRV Historical Society, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd., Wofford Hts. 760-379-4112 or 760-417-9701 ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA - Weldon Methodist Church, 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon. 760-379-4112
■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 -11:30 a.m. (1st & 3rd Wed.), Dam Quilters, senior apts. behind Vons, Lake Isabella. 760-3799921. ■ 9:30 a.m., TOPS weight loss group, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 661-867-2579. ■ 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Methodist, 760-379-2556. ■ 10:30a.m., Armour of God Narcotics Anonymous, College Community Services, 2731 Nuggett Ave., Lake Isabella. ■ Noon (2nd Wed.) KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-3795236. ■ 12 - 1:30 p.m., AA - Women’s Serenity Circle, Mtn. View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 12:30 p.m., Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge, Mt. Mesa. 760-376-3138. ■ 1:30 - 3 p.m., Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504-E Lake Isabella Blvd. ■ 6 p.m. (1st Wed.), American Legion Riders VFW, 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. ■ 6 p.m. (3rd Wed.), American Legion, Senior Center Veterans Rm. Lake Isabella. 760-379-5086. ■ 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Live band. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, AA, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, KR Health Center, 67 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts., 760-379-7318 or 760-379-7312. ■ 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, Wofford Blvd., Wofford Hts. ■ 7 p.m., Al-Anon, Christ's Fellowship Church, Wofford Hts.. 760-417-0199 or 760-379-7312
■ 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5831. ■ 9 a.m., Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. 909-753-9043. ■ 9 a.m. - noon, Thursday Painters, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 760-379-5329. ■ 9:30 a.m., (3rd Thu.), Fire Safe Council, Supervisor’s office, County Bldg., Lake Isabella. ■ 10:30a.m., Armour of God Narcotics Anonymous, College Community Services, 2731 Nuggett Ave., Lake Isabella. ■ 11:45 a.m. (4th Thu.), KRV Women’s Club meeting, Elks Lodge. ■ Noon, Exchange Club, Paradise Cove. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., TANF Cultural Night, French Gulch Campground. ■ 3:30 - 5 p.m. (4th Thu.), Kern River Valley Collaborative, Veterans Hall, Rm. 1., Lake Isabella. 760-379-2556, ext. 601. ■ 5 - 7 p.m., VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 760-379-3877. ■ 4-6 p.m. (3rd Thu.), Republican Assembly of the Kern River Valley, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 760-378-3695 or 760-376-1462. ■ 6 p.m., Rotary Club, KRV Elks Lodge, Wofford Heights. 760-376-2844. ■ 6 p.m., Weight Watchers, Lake Ridge Mobile Home Park Club House, Lake Isabella. Weigh-in 5:30 p.m. ■ 7 p.m. Alano Club, NA book study, 4030 Perdue, Lake Isabella. ■ 7 p.m. (45h Thurs.) KRV Gun Assc. Jan - Oct. Kernville Chamber, KRVGAnews@gmail.com ■ 6:30 p.m., Sweet Adelines, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. New members welcome. ■ 7 p.m., (3rd Thu.), Kern Valley Astronomy Club, Museum, Kernville. 760-376-1291. ■ 7 - 8:30 p.m., AA, Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-4112.
■ Saturday, noon, South Fork Women’s Club, Fay Ranch Road., Weldon ■ Sunday, 11 a.m., Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. ■ Wednesday, 1 p.m., Senior Center, Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. ■ Thursday, Early Bird 12:15 p.m., Regular 1 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church, Hwy. 155 & Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Hts. This information is submitted to the Courier by the groups listed. Please call the phone numbers provided to check meeting times and location .
■ Easter egg hunt April 18 It’s Easter egg hunt time for children up through 8 years old at The Burlington Assisted Living, 13 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights on Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your own basket. ■ Easter celebration April 18 ETC! Family Preservation Services is having an Easter celebration on Friday, April 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Wofford Heights Park. All ages are welcome for some fun in the park. Food and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 760376-4100. ■ Jimmy Durante Child Abuse fundraiser, April 19 Stuffed pork chop dinner, silent auction, basket of cheer, 50/50, prize wheel. 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the Eagles Lodge, 12251 Highway 178 in Mountain Mesa. $10 presale tickets. ■ Breakfast at the Eagles April 20 Have breakfast at the Eagles Lodge, 12251 Highway 178 in Mountain Mesa. at 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 20. The public is invited. ■ 50th annual Kern River Festival April 19 and 20 The 50th annual Kern River Festival, a weekend of exciting and fun river activities and races, will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20. Spectators welcome! There will be a Children's Sidewalk Art contest (Saturday at 1 p.m., free to children to age 18. Extreme Downriver Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Races, B.Y.O.B “Build Your Own Boat” Parade, the traditional TJ Slalom Citizen race returns and a Whitewater Triathlon. There is a party Saturday evening - open to everyone - with live music by Out of the Blue, a Kern River Brewing Company Beer Garden, Dinner and Winner Bar catered by James Store’s Sierra Smoker. Riverside Park is headquarters to all events. Go to www.kernfestival.com for more information and schedules or to register online. Call 760-376-3745 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. ■ Habitat restoration workdays April 19 Join Audubon Kern River Preserve staff and volunteers for our Habitat Restoration Workdays. Bring food and water, gloves; wear long sleeves and pants, work shoes or boots. The preserve will supply the tools. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Alexander Restoration Site on Fay Ranch Road, 1/3 mi. north of Hwy 178 in Weldon. Contact Sean Rowe by email: email@example.com or call 760-3782531 to RSVP. ■ Democratic Club meeting April 21 All are invited to the next meeting of the Democratic club at 2807 Erskine Creek Road in Lake Isabella at the club house next to the swimming pool. Carlton Jones, candidate for AD 26, will be here this month. He will be bringing yard signs for us. Join us if you would like to join the Democratic Club of Kern River Valley. ■ Museum features local filmmaker April 22 Kernville resident Chuck Barbee will be presenting his highly acclaimed motion picture, “Rankin Ranch: An American Story.” This special presentation will take place at the First Baptist Church of Kernville (next to The Pizza Barn) on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Barbee also will be showing some short teaser clips of his upcoming episode “Wild West Country.” He even has some seldom seen footage of early Whisky Flat Celebrations. ■ New path, new beginning April 23 Come to Cerro Coso Community College’s open house and learn about the degrees and certificates you can earn. Find out about affordable tuition and fees, financial aid, preparation for transfer, and classes you can take prior to graduation from high school. The event is on Wednesday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kern River Valley
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children countywide experienced serious injuries as a result of abuse; five others nearly died. One of those five was in Inyokern and all of these children were age three and under. Mick Gleason Too young to be in 1st District Supervisor school and too young to be able to tell someone Kern County's child abuse rates are of the abuse. declining thanks to the intervention of The April 11 ceremony the Department of Human Services Gleson was designed to and services provided through the remember those chilDifferential Response Program. We thank those individuals involved for their dren who have died as a result of child commitment to the families that live in the abuse. Since 2010, the Kern River Valley communities have lost three children. Kern River Valley. However, there is still much work that Last year, a one-year old little girl who needs to be done. In 2013, 338 children in lived right here in our community, is the Kern River Valley were reported as among the children we remembered that victims of child abuse or neglect. Of those day. Enough is enough. We must be the 338 children, 27% or 91 children were substantiated as victims of abuse. 85% of voice for the small children who cannot those children experienced general neg- speak for themselves. As aunts, uncles, lect: a parent's failure to provide adequate grandparents, teachers, neighbors, child food, clothing, shelter, medical treatment care providers, health care professionalswe must be watching and observing or supervision. The Department of Human Services what is going on in the homes of our further reports that in that same year eight community.
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Are campsites planned in your backyard? If you've heard about the recent BLM meetings regarding the "Keyesville" recreation area, and thought that this doesn't concern you, think again. According to the BLM, this area includes the entire area west of 155 from Pearl Harbor Drive to Evans Road. That's right - if you live above Hungry Gulch, on Sawmill Road, in Juniper Highlands or on Old State Road, you are in the Keyesville recreation area! And as revealed at the BLM meeting on 4/9/2014, this area is "ripe with opportunity" - for new trails, recreational mining, and dispersed camping! Dispersed camping means that folks can just set up camp on BLM land anywhere they like, including right next to your property, or maybe actually on your property if they don't know what they are doing. The BLM has one ranger for the Kern County area, so I'm guessing enforcement of regulations is going to be a bit sketchy. Who is going to make sure all these dispersed campers don't have illegal campfires? The BLM is showing a blatant disregard for the safety of residents by opening these neighborhoods to camping. If this concerns you, please come to the BLM meetings or contact Ranger Steve Larsen at (661) 391-6099 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him what you think of this plan! Lottie Angelsea Kernville
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When visitors come to share a few hours with us here in our beautiful valley they usually drive up using the spectacular Kern Canyon that Middleworth runs from Bakersfield to our Valley. It’s a trip they never forget and which a few never return to visit again. With that in mind I decided that on one of my many trips to Bakersfield (as a passenger), I would really notice that canyon road and be brutally honest on what the trip is really like. First I noticed the drive up from Bakersfield. I have to admit the first mile heading north gets your attention. After winding this narrow passage and noting how close northand south-bound vehicles pass each other, I am prepared for most anything I might encounter. Well almost. As a north-bound passenger, I am right next to the canyon wall and am able to observe firsthand the enormous boulders hanging from and sticking out of the mountain side. I have been assured that very few of them fall to the road bed and that the odds of the few that do fall will ever hit you are very good. If you are a new driver to the road you will note the cars that quickly gather behind you are in more of a hurry than you are. The best thing to do is find a turnout and get in there
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KRV Women's Club welcomes ladies to join in The Kern River Valley Women's Club welcomes ladies from the valley to join them for their luncheon, program and general meetings the 4th Thursday of each month, except Nov. and Dec. at 11:45 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights. The April 24th program will be the annual Woman of Recognition, a "surprise" for one of the members who has displayed hard work, dedication and commitment above and beyond expectations. Next month's program, May 22, will be the installation of new Board Members. Current, former and new members and guests are welcome to attend and support the incoming board. Lunch reservations are required and need to be made by the Monday prior to the luncheon date. Please call Jadeen at 760-417-1693.
Seeds for Success Project One invites women ages 18 and older who reside in the Kern River Valley to take advantage of this free half-day seminar on May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. This seminar is free, but is limited to the first 40 women who sign up. There will be door prizes and refreshments will be served. Sign up at the KRV Family Resource Center in Lake Isabella and fill out the registration form by Thursday, April 24. Topics will include: appropriate business attire, how to ace an interview, build your resume and hear what employers are really looking for. Network with business professionals throughout Kern County, and learn how to radiate confidence.
Scrapbooking and cultural art Come to the Tubatulabal tribe office at 12600 Mt. Mesa Rd. every Tuesday and Friday for scrapbooking and cultural art. You can join the workshop or just bring what you want to work on. There are supplies available from the fully supplied craft room. The cost is $5 per event and a small fee for some of materials. Call 760-379-4590 for more information.
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Museum to Spotlight Local Filmmaker Kernville resident Chuck Barbee will be presenting his highly acclaimed motion picture "Rankin Ranch: An American Story". This 80 minute documentary details the history of the 31,000 acre farm and ranch operation. Beginning in 1850 with the migration of the Rankin and Lightner families, to today's ranching, farming and guest facilities. This special presentation will take place at the First Baptist Church of Kernville (next to The Pizza Barn) on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Mr. Barbee also will be showing some short teaser clips of his upcoming episode "Wild West Country." He even has some seldom seen footage of some early Whisky Flat Celebrations that we are sure will delight young and old alike.
Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth is a retired security manager for Pacific Bell.
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fast. Depending on how long you waited before pulling over will determine what kind of hand salute you will receive from the passing motorists. A toot of the horn or digital wave of the ring finger depends on you. A lot of cars will stop at the beautiful ivy covered spring for a drink of water. Except it is not a spring, but is leakage of untreated river water from the flume high up the hillside. There is 17 miles of this winding road until you reach 13 miles of freeway. Here is a warning. After traveling behind a truck pulling a camp trailer at a speed of 20 miles per hour, you will be tempted to exceed the freeway’s posted speed of 60 mph. I can assure you that there is an abundant number of CHP officers who will help you slow down. Going down the canyon, the road is exciting also. This time if you are a passenger, you will have a chance to see the spectacular Kern River about 500 feet directly below you. The road department has placed barriers to keep your driver from going over the side. Few of them are in places I think they should be and I try not to look toward the river and keep my eyes straight ahead. To be fair, we travel the canyon at least once a week and find it beautiful and easy to travel. We pull over for the crazies and relax. The guy doing the crazy driving won’t get there much sooner and maybe not at all. Don’t let that be you! Happy Canyon driving!
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Continued from page 1 enjoy the adult worship service, with an Easter egg hunt to follow at 11 a.m. ■ An Easter Service presented by The First Baptist Church, Kernville and New Life Assembly of God, Wofford Heights, at 10 a.m. Service and Easter Egg Hunt will be at the Golf Course, Kernville. ■ Faith Community 20 W. Panorama Wofford Heights, is having an April 20 Easter Egg Hunt, Pancake Breakfast,
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By Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Galatians in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Psalm 91, without fear the man who trusts God can trample upon the lion and the ... ? Heathen, Locusts, Cobra (Adder), Lice 3. In James 4, what does one do to the devil, so he will flee from you? Argue, Yell, Swear, Resist? 4. “Lord, save me” is the Bible’s shortest prayer found in which book’s 14:30? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John? 5. From Matthew 18:10, who/what have personal angels in heaven? Children, Birds, Fishes, Elderly? 6. How many times does the word “Easter” appear in the Bible (KJV)? Zero, 1, 3, 17 ANSWERS: 1) New; 2) Cobra (Adder); 3) Resist; 4) Matthew; 5) Children; 6) 1 © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Denial - 2 Dan Schlensker, Courier Columnist In my March 21 column, I discussed a kind of denial, which fails to acknowledge a need for God’s forgiveness and imagines an ability to please Schlensker God on one’s own. This denial of total self-deficiency before God, springing from a person’s egotism and pride, amounts to a selfrighteousness fantasy, which is completely dispelled and destroyed by God’s demand for perfection from His creatures, and His assertion that “there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins” (Ecclesiastes 7:20). There’s another kind of denial, though, which is more-or-less the opposite kind of denial, but equally devastating. This denial imagines that “What I have done or how I have been is way too bad to be forgiven. I am, therefore, an unforgivable sinner!” And usually going along with that is an inability to forgive one’s-self. This denial rejects God’s ability to forgive any and all sin, even though God said through the prophet, Jeremiah, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34). What that denial amounts to is a belief that there is an infraction, which God cannot forgive. Actually, there is one so-called
unforgivable sin. It’s called the “sin against the Holy Spirit” (Mark 3:29). That sin rejects God’s forgiveness when one has become aware of its all-encompassing nature, saying, if effect, “God I know what You are offering. No thanks!” However, if a person does not reject God’s grace and mercy, and trusts Jesus for forgiveness, His forgiveness is full and free! That’s because God said so, and His words are the same ones, which spoke the Universe into existence! They are the ultimate power and truth. God said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved” (Acts 16:31), and you cannot be saved unless you are forgiven! To “believe” is simply to trust that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the penalty price for all of our sins and brought us righteousness in God’s sight through faith in Him, for “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). This self-effacing denial of God’s ability to forgive ends, like the other self-righteous denial, at the foot of the cross on Calvary, where Jesus died for the sins of the world, in order that we might lay down all of our doubts and apprehensions and simply trust Him for our forgiveness, righteousness, eternal life and strength for living daily for Him. Dan Schlensker is pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Lake Isabella.
Valley places of worship Kernville
■ Father’s Heart Foursquare Church 11000 Kernville Rd., (Old Centry 21 building) Kernville. Sunday 9:30 a.m. 760-223-6704 ■ First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville. Sunday 10:00 a.m. 760-376-6403 ■ Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville. Sunday’s 9:30 a.m. 760-376-2751 ■ Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville. Sunday School 9 a.m., Service 10:30 a.m. 760-417-2014 ■ St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11876 Sierra Way, Kernville. Sunday 10:00 a.m. 760-376-6362 ■ St. Sherrian’s Episcopal Church At Kernville United Methodist Church. Sunday 11 a.m
■ Faith Community Foursquare Church 20 W. Panorama, Wofford Hts. Sunday Service 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 760-376-6719 ■ New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Hts. Sunday 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.760-376-6402 ■ St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights. Sun, 8 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. 760-376-2416 ■ Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Hts. Sunday 10 a.m. and Wed. 6:30 p.m.760-376-8789 ■ Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Hts. Sun. 10:30 a.m. Lake Isabella/Bodfish
■ First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella. Sunday 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. School 9:45 a.m. 760-379-5615 ■ Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella. Sunday 9:45 a.m. Wed. and Thur. 5:30 p.m. 760-417-0793 ■ Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella. Sunday 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 760-379-5640 ■ Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella. Sun. 9:00, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 760-379-4296 ■ Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 1911 Edith Ave., Lake Isabella. 760-379-8672 ■ Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella. Services 11 a.m. 760-379-2343
■ Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 760-379-5482 ■ Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 760-379-2062 ■ Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella. Sunday School & Worship 10:30 a.m. 760-379-2120 ■ Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Services 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wed. 6 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m. ■ Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella. Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 760-379-3206 ■ Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella. Sunday School 9:45 Services 10:45 a.m., and 5 p.m. Wednesday 6 p.m. 760-379-5819 ■ Salvation Army The local national affiliate Mon. 9 am - 1 pm. 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760379-5100. ■ SGI - USA Buddhist Lotus Sutra based discussion and meetings Call 379-6162 for dates and times. Mountain Mesa ■ Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 760-379-4792 ■ Church of Jesus Christ/Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa. Sunday 10:00 a.m. 760-379-2904 ■ Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. 760-379-4093 ■ Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa. Sunday 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 760-379-6377 ■ Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa. Sunday 2 and 3 p.m. 760-549-3186
■ Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake. Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 760-378-3780 ■ He Cares Fellowship 16475 Hwy 178, Southlake. Sunday 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. 760-379-6935 ■ Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon. Sunday 8:30 a.m. 760-378-2321 ■ Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178, Weldon. Sunday 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 760-378-4964
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Calendar, Continued from page 2 campus. Fall 2014 open enrollment/registration begins April 23. Refreshments will be provided. Call 760-379-5501 for information. ■ KRV Collaborative April 24 Join with the KRV Collaborative and learn about vital services and opportunities in the Kern Valley. It meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Call 760379-2556 for more information. ■ Trout Fest April 26 Touch a fish, feed a fish, catch a fish. Free hot dogs, chips and soda. All activities are free. Learn to tie, learn to cast, learn to clean. Fishing is for 15 years of age and under only. Fish printing, face painting, kids games, fishing and natural history museum at the Kern River Hatchery, 14415 Sierra Way, Kernville on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 760-376-2846. ■ Shoot out at South Fork Corral April 26 2014 trap shoot at the Kern River Valley Gun Association, south of Kernville off Mountain 99 on Cyrus Canyon Road is being held on Saturday, April 26. $25 per shooter/per round. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the mandatory safety meeting is at 8:45 a.m. The competition begins at 9 a.m. Each registra-
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■ Kernville Station 76 11018 Kernville Road Kernville business calls only, 760-376-2219 ■ Lake Isabella Station 72 4500 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella business calls only, 760-379-2626 ■ Southlake Station 71 9000 Navajo Ave. Weldon business calls only, 760-378-3055
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■ Nature festival April 26 Enjoy Spring and come out to Audubon’s Kern River Preserve for nature walks, exhibits on Saturday, April 26. The first walk starts at 6 a.m. and displays are up by 9 a.m. Bring a picnic lunch, buy a bake sale treat from the Kern River Environmental Magnet School, then sit in the shade and listen to great local musicians, from noon to 1 p.m., Out of the Blue and from 1 to 2 p.m., Banshee in the Kitchen. All events start at Kern River Preserve Visitor Center, 18747 Highway 178, Weldon. For directions and general information on Audubon’s Kern River Preserve, visit the webpage at kern.audubon.org, e-mail swieser@ audubon.org or call 760-378-2531. ■ Dinner at the Eagles April 26 The Eagles Lodge is hosting a fish and chips dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Karaoke from 7 p.m. The public is invited. 12251 Highwsy 178 in Moiuntain Mesa. Call 760-379-3394 for more information.
Kern Valley Hospital Emergency Department McCray & Laurel Mountain Mesa 760-379-2681
Recreation information ■ U.S. Forest Service Isabella Lake office: 4875 Ponderosa Drive. 760-379-5646
■ Kernville office: 105 Whitney Rd. 760-376-3781 (around the corner from the museum) Closed weekends.
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tion includes clays, awards and prizes. All proceeds will benefit the South Fork Middle School community ball fields. Fun for the whole family. Lots of activities. $10 at gate for each family. Deep pit sandwich, chips and drink for $10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration or information.
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First cast Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce President and Fishing Derby Chairman Fred Roach presents a $500 to Sergio Hinojosa Jr. of Lancaster, who hooked the early registration prize. Between now and September 1 you can still profit from catching a tagged fish with six trout worth a total of $15,000. Valerie Minoux/Kern River Courier
Derby results reported hook, line and sinker Michael Batelaan Courier Release With 2,578 registered people fishing, the Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the 25th Annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby results. And despite the slightly smaller lake this year, the trout were successful in eluding the estimated 4,000 or more fish hooks. Only 30 fish were caught during the three-day derby yielding a total of $2,750 in prize money. Equal to a little more than one fisherman on the dollar. Those taking home there limit in prize monies were Sergio Hinojosa Jr. of Lancaster, who hooked the $500 early registration prize. The travel trailer raffle was taken by Debra Wiruth of Kernville. The longest trout winners were: 1st, Thomas Amaro of Oxnard, $1,000; 2nd, Michael Parra of Whittier, $500; 3rd, Camryn Troller of Lake Isabella, $250, and 4th, Martin Lang of Granada Hills, at $200.
That contest was also open to age 12 and under. Those winners were 1st, Rudy Gonzales, age 11 of Bakersfield, $84; 2nd, Riley Wilkins, age 4 of Lake Isabella, $83; 3rd, Anthony Rowe, age 7 of Winnetka, $41, and 4th, David Michetti Jr., age 8 of San Diego, $41. If you registered for the Derby there is still hope. Between now and September 1 you can still profit from catching a tagged fish. Don't remove the tag! If you catch one of the following trout, present the tagged fish and your valid 2014 Derby registration card at Isabella Supermarket, 6120 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella and claim your prize. The tagged fish that still have value are #0045, sponsored by Berkley worth $1,000; #0100, sponsored by Budweiser worth $1,000; #0229, sponsored by Crossroads Shell worth $1,000; #0370, sponsored by Isabella/Mt. Mesa Supermarkets worth $1,000 and #0454, sponsored by the Kern River Valley Chamber worth $10,000. So keep on fishing!
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As a columnist, there is no true good time to take a vacation. The presses need to roll. The last few weeks, this column was Thal written in advance of my planned one month vacation to Australia and New Zealand. Before leaving, Courier editor and publisher, Michael Batelaan asked me to look into the healthcare system in Australia. As my regular readers know, I (unfortunately) land up using and reporting on healthcare sometimes on a very personal level. So, I had a very brief encounter with healthcare. That guy sitting a few rows behind us on the flight from Los Angeles to New Zealand coughed all through the night. I got his, or somebody else's bug. So, during my first few days, I too was having breathing and coughing issues. Not to spoil our tour, I contacted the hotel's front desk and requested a physician. In less than 45 minutes later, Dr. Birman arrived at my hotel room. He gave me an examination and wrote prescriptions for a really good cough medicine, antibiotics and steroids. I was feeling better within a few days, and had no problem keeping up with the others
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someone for a workplace problem could backfire if it turns out you’ve got the wrong “culprit.” Best to get more facts before acting on your assumptions. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Patience might still be called for until you’re sure you finally have the full story that eluded you up until now. A trusted associate could offer valuable guidance. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Look into your recent behavior to see if you could have caused the coolness you might now be sensing from a loved one. If so, apologize and set things straight. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Easing up on your social activities allows you to focus more of your energies on a long-neglected personal matter. You can get back into party mode by the weekend. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) A dispute with a colleague can be resolved peacefully once you both agree to be more flexible about the positions you’ve taken and allow for more open-minded discussions. PISCES (Feb. 19 to Mar. 20) Volunteering to take on added responsibilities could be a risky way to impress the powers-that-be. Do it only if you’re sure you won’t be swept away by the extra workload.
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Kern River Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: BAKERSFIELD GOLF CART COMPANY, LLC (2014 - B1534), Street address of principal place of business: 2751-C Fruitvale Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Mailing address of business: 2751-C Fruitvale Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308. REGISTRANT: Bakersfield Golf Cart Company, LLC, 2751-C Fruitvale Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Business is being conducted as a Limited Liability Company. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Leslie Smith, President. This statement filed on 03/19/2014. Expires 03/19/2019. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: J. Bojorquez. Published by the Kern River Courier March 28, April 4, 11 and 18, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: K V YELLOW CAB (2014 - B1718), Street address of principal place of business: 1111 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, CA 93560. Mailing address of business: 1365 Richfield Avenue, Rosamond, CA 93560. REGISTRANT: John Alan Greene, 1365 Richfield Avenue, Rosamond, CA 93560. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Business is being conducted as an Individual. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: John Alan Greene. This statement filed on 03/27/2014. Expires 03/27/2019. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: J. Garcia. Published by the Kern River Courier April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: SALINAS PAINTERS (2014 B1645), Street address of principal place of business: 1929 Le May
Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93304. Mailing address of business: 1929 Le May Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93304. REGISTRANT: Joseph Michael Salinas, 1929 Le May Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93304. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Business is being conducted as an Individual. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Joseph Michael Salinas. This statement filed on 03/25/2014. Expires 03/25/2019. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: J. Bojorquez. Published by the Kern River Courier April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: AVOID-A-DUI (2014 - B1886), DBA #2: BLOW ME (2014 - B1887), DBA #3: MAKE IT HOME (2014 - B1888), DBA #4: BLO & GO (2014 - B1889), DBA #5: DRINK SMART (2014 B1890), DBA #6: HELP ME HOME (2014 - B1891), DBA #7: WINE-OMETER (2014 - B1892), DBA #8: WINE-ME-UP (2014 - B1893) Street address of principal place of business: 4900 California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93309. Mailing address of business: 4900 California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93309. REGISTRANT: BKC ENTERPRISES, LLC, 4900 California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93309. Date the business commenced: 01/06/2014. Business is being conducted as a Limited Liability Company. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Timothy McGrath, CEO. This statement filed on 04/04/2014. Expires 04/04/2019. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: J. Garcia. Published by the Kern River Courier April 18, 25, May 2 and 9, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: MARX PHOTOGRAPHY (2014 B1923), Street address of principal
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place of business: 1661 Brown Road, #39, Inyokern CA 93527. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1051, Injokern, CA 93527. REGISTRANT: Mark W. Pirtle, 1661 Brown Road, #39, Inyokern CA 93527. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Business is being conducted as an Individual. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Signed: Mark Pirtle. This statement filed on 04/07/2014. Expires 04/07/2019. Mary B. Bedard, CPA, AuditorController-County Clerk. By: M. Dominguez. Published by the Kern River Courier April 18, 25, May 2 and 9, 2014.
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www.kernrivercourier.com Friday, April 18, 2014
GOOD FRIDAY Easter Celebration Sevices & The
Kern River Valley Ministers Association invites you to
S E R V I C E 6:00 pm Friday April 18, 2014
Entitled â€œMemories of the Resurrectionâ€?
Several of our local pastors will be participating in the one hour presentation. Refreshments following the service. Lake Isabella First Baptist Church 3701 Suhre St. Lake Isabella
Easter Sunday April 20 10am
Mountain View Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Road, Lake Isabella Easter-Stravaganza for children 10am Pastor Larry Dotson
Join us for an
Easter Sunrise S E R V I C E S Sunday April 20, 2014
6:30 am - Lake Isabella First Baptist At the corner of Suhre Street and Hwy 155 outside on the ballfield behind the church.
Bring your Easter lilies or flowers on Saturday April 19, 2 to 4pm to the property.
7:00 am - The Christian Assembly The 5 acre property adjacent to the Harbor Light Mobile Home Park overlooking the lake. The particpating churches are Christian Assembly, Grace Chapel and Kern Christian. Call 760-379-4600 for more information.
Open@9:30am Service@10 with Egg Hunt to follow 9472 Burlando Rd. Kernvlle
& Enormous Easter Egg Hunt 8,000 eggs! At the Kern Valley Golf Course Easter Sunday April 20 at 10am
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New Life Assembly of God 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville 760-376-6403
25 Arden Avenue, Wofford Heights 760-376-6402