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Help shelter dogs look their best for future forever homes COURTESY OF FRIENDS OF THE KERN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTERS FOUNDATION riends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation is holding anopportunity drawing for its "Cutts for Mutts" program. Friends Foundation is working toward providing a grooming facility with supplies at the Bakersfield shelter so the volunteer groomers have a place to work their magic. Many of the dogs who come to the shelter are so badly matted and dirty that they are passed over for adoption. Room to work, the right equipment and a few hours with fabulous volunteer groomers and these dogs are transformed into beautiful, tail-wagging, happy pups ready for their forever homes! Entering the drawing is easy — just head to the Friends Foundation website at

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www.friendsofkernshelters.org and print out the tickets by clicking on the PDF on the home page. Fill out as many tickets as you like and mail them to Friends, along with $5 for each ticket you wish to enter. You can get as many tickets as you like! Send the completed tickets and your entry fee to: Friends, P.O. Box 11494, Bakersfield, CA, 93389. The drawing will be held February 29 at Red Brick Pizza,9500 Brimhall Road — you need not be present to win Cut out this ticket and send, along with a $5 donation, to Friends: P.O. Box 11494, Bakersfield, CA 93389 to enter the opportunity drawing to help Kern’s homeless dogs.

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A puppy awaiting adoption before and after grooming.

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Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce seeks sponsors for spring social COURTESY OF THE GREATER BAKERSFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE he Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking event sponsors for the 2012 Heartland Saloon Spring Social, its one and only fundraiser of the year. The 2012 Heartland Saloon Spring Social will kickoff at 6 p.m. on April 19 at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The Heartland Saloon will feature music, dancing, gaming, food, prizes and silent auction. Sponsorship opportunities are available now! The

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Chamber invites Member businesses to partner with us on this program to ensure a spectacular annual fundraiser event this year. In order to take full advantage of all the promotional opportunities this event sponsorship offers please submit your completed Sponsorship Package by Feb. 10. To sponsor this event submit your completed sponsorship package by fax, 327-8751 or email to: Pauline Bartlett at pbartlett@bakersfieldchamber.org. For more information call, 327-4421.

Job fair reaches out to veterans looking for employment opportunities COURTESY OF THE GREATER BAKERSFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE n February 16, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is partnering with theGreater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce to present a job fair featuring employment opportunities for veterans, military spouses, National Guardsmen, and Reservists. Hiring Our Heroes will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hodel’s Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Dr. Employers and veteran job seekers are asked to register in advance to participate. A limited number of spaces are

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available for employers to participate so don't wait. Employers interested in supporting and hiring our veterans who have available job opportunities, should register online in order to guarantee attendance. Hiring Our Heroes is a job fair — the only goal of this event is matching businesses with veterans seeking jobs. Those businesses interested in participating must have available jobs and the event will be limited to those participants. This event is free to both employers and job-seekers. To register, go to: www.bakersfieldchamber.org.

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Highland High students stretch out before competition before Science Bowl started at CSUB in 2008.

Volunteers sought for the 20th annual Kern County Regional Science Bowl BY JENNIFER BURGER Community contributor

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Science II Room 285. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt, morning snack and lunch, courtesy of event sponsors including Occidental of Elk Hills. “Also, volunteers will get to watch Kern County's top science students compete,” said Thomas Meyer, professor of physics/computer science and coordinator of the event. All volunteers are welcome, regardless of educational background. For more information or to become a volunteer, contact Dr. Thomas Meyer at 654-2104 or email plampkins@csub.edu. You may also go online to www.cs.csub.edu/Volunteer.html to sign up to volunteer.

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re the pansies in your flower beds rotting off? Most likely it’s one of two things: First, over watering will cause pansies to root. To fix this problem, treat with Agrifos and water only when the soil around the plants is dry. Cutworms can also cause pansies to root. Cutworms can be treated with Liquid Seven or BT. Both products are available at Robby's Nursery. Bring along a sample plant in a plastic bag and we will help diagnose the problem. This week’s gardening tip is from Kathy Robinson of Robby’s Nursery. Do YOU have a gardening tip you’d like to share with our readers? Post your gardening tips and photos of your garden on our web site at: www.bakersfieldvoice.com.

alifornia State University, Bakersfield is seeking volunteers for the 20th annual Kern County Regional Science Bowl. The competition is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, at CSUB from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year marks the 16th year the local Science Bowl has been hosted by CSUB. The event features 32 five-member teams from 16 Kern County high schools competing in a question-answer quiz format that covers physics, math, computer science and astronomy. Matches consist of two eight-minute halves.

Each match will have three officials in the room: a moderator, who will read the questions, a timekeeper and a scorekeeper. The top two teams advance to the finals and compete in a double-elimination round, with the winner advancing to the National Science Bowl, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., April 26 -30. Event organizers are seeking volunteers to help run the event and local businesses to donate prizes for the students. All officials must attend one training session to learn about the various positions and competition rules. The sessions are offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 8 and 9 in

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Pansies will flourish when cared for properly.

s part of its ongoing dedication to strengthening communities throughout California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced the launch of its Bright Minds Scholarship program. PG&E will award up to $1 million in scholarships to enable high school, community college and “non-traditional” students to complete their higher education

paths. Right Minds scholarship winners will receive full-ride scholarships of up to $30,000 per year; program finalists will receive $2,500 towards their studies. The PG&E Bright Minds scholarships will be awarded based on a combined demonstration of community leadership, personal triumph, financial need and academic achievement. Eligible students will be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at an

accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocationaltechnical school for the duration of the 2012-2013 academic year — and live within PG&E's service area, which includes 44 of California's 58 counties, including Kern County. All applications must be submitted online at:http://www.pge.com/brightminds. The deadline is Feb. 17. Winners will be announced in the spring.


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