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YOUR STYLE

This is NOT your grandmother’s crochet T he term “crochet” often evokes visions of sweet grandmothers, scratchy blankets, and dusty doilies. Today, crocheting has evolved out of its grandmotherly niche and is beginning to appeal to younger generations ready to pass on the crochet torch. With its evolution, crochet has taken on a new form and has found a new audience of 20 and 30-somethings prepared to tweak and modify grandma’s traditions to make some pretty rad designs. My favorites have are these little demented dolls created by Croshame.com — and a skull pattern scarf made by Wicked Crochet. We’ve definitely come a long way from our grandmother’s doilies and afghan blankets! I have joined the crochet revolution and with the help of www.YouTube.com, I am learning how cool crocheting can really be. My goal is to honor the tradition of my

grandmother — and her grandmother before her — but at the same time staying true to my wacky, nontraditional nature. I started documenting my journey of “preserving the past” while learning to crochet on my blog in hopes that others will follow my lead and join the crochet revolution with me. Though I have to admit my attempts at crocheting thus far have been on the abysmal side, I am CANDICE slowly progressing and getting better all ROGERS while watching the Style columnist television shows: House and Dexter. The beauty of crochet is it doesn’t take up any additional time. In the time you watch two hours of your

favorite shows, you are halfway done with your project! If you are interested in joining the crochet revolution with me, I suggest you just plunge right in. I found some great tutorials on YouTube by typing in “learn to crochet” — this will at least give you the foundation and a good idea what to expect. Crocheting is best learned by doing; the more you do it, the more fluid your stitches will become. Plus, this is one of the only super-cheap hobbies you can literally do for a few dollars. So join me, “The Old Lady At Heart” with a fresh perspective and nontraditional mind, and let’s get back to the basics! In the next few months, I will be offering the crochet tips that helped me the most, so if you are 21 or older come join me on my blog — www.theoldladyatheart.blogspot.com —

if you want to learn more. My blog is geared towards an adult audience and is a candid journey of all the crazy things that happen while learning new arts. Check out my blog post: “Tangled in Yarn,” for more information on starting your own crochet journey. Candice Rogers aka “The Old Lady At Heart” works in the agriculture industry as an Entomology Research Coordinator. In her off hours, Candice devotes time to preserving the past and adding her own personal flare to traditional arts once attributed to a more simple generation. She enjoys blogging and showing others how fun these traditional arts can be. Her goal is to encourage others to slow down and get back to the basics — while learning from her own mistakes and laughing with her along the way. Candice’s blog can also be found at: www.bakersfieldvoice.com

Candice Rogers aka “The Old Lady At Heart” shows off a scarf she crocheted using time-honored skills passed down from her grandmother — AND mixing in a bit of her own personal flare.

YOUR CELEBRATIONS

YOUR SCHOOLS

Optimal Hospice Care recognizes volunteers with a heartfelt thank you

National ‘think before you throw’ recycling competition kicks off at CSUB

BY RHONDA FRANKHOUSER

COURTESY OF CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD

Community contributor

s part of a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, CSU Bakersfield will make its first appearance in the annual RecycleMania competition. RecycleMania is a nationwide, friendly student-led competition that began in February that pits colleges and universities in a contest to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste. It offers bragging rights and special awards made out of recycled materials to the winning schools. During last year’s 10-week competition, more than 600 campuses collectively recycled or composted over 84.5 million pounds. The 2011 installment officially runs for eight weeks between today and April 2.Leading up to the main event, colleges participated in two weeks of non-binding pre-season “Trials” that began January 24. CSUB President Dr. Horace Mitchell said the university is committed to taking tangible actions in four specific areas to enhance environmental sustainability. “We have made progress in three areas; namely, our commitments to build all-new campus construction to U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard or equivalent; purchase Energy-Star certified appliances for energy efficiency; and purchase or produce at least 15 percent of our electricity from renewable sources,” he said. “Our fourth commitment is to waste minimization. “The university is far behind the curve in this area. That will change with our involvement in this program.” Aramark Food Services Director David Corral is a veteran to the competition and is partnering with ASi President Stephen Muchinyi to lead the charge to create a culture of recycling on campus. An integral part of CSUB’s participation in RecycleMania will be its 30 new blue and gold recycling/trash container sets located throughout campus. The receptacles are constructed from recycled materials and are designed to encourage the campus community to “think before you throw,” and to consciously place waste in either the recycle or trash bins. Throughout the combined 10 weeks, CSUB will report its recycling and trash weights and be ranked on RecycleMania’s results page. With each week’s reports and rankings, CSUB can watch how its program stacks up against its competitors. As results fluctuate, the campus community will make a concerted effort to reduce and recycle even more. RecycleMania got underway at 11:30 a.m. January 24 inside the CSUB student union. The kick-off event served to inform the campus community about the importance of CSUB doing its part to reduce, reuse

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ptimal Hospice Care is blessed to have many wonderful, compassionate and dedicated volunteers who work together with the hospice care team to create a better quality of life for the patients and families affected by terminal illness in the Kern County area. In 2010, the volunteer department at Optimal initiated the new “Volunteer of the Quarter” recognition program, which coupled with the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebrations held each year in April, has given them a way to offer an extra thank-you to a few special volunteers who go above and beyond. The Volunteer Department would like to share the names of these special recipients so that, perhaps, if you happen on to these wonderful people when you're out and about — you will also have a chance to thank them for all they do. Recipients of the Optimal Hospice Care “Volunteer of the Quarter” Recognition Program since inception are as follows: Laurie Reese — Laurie offers both patients and bereaved caregivers her special, unconditional kindness and understanding. She also writes hospice related articles on behalf of the program which have helped educate and recruit for the Optimal Hospice Volunteer program. Laurie has been part of the team since 2006. Wanda Whiteside — Though Wanda is primarily a patient family support and 11th Hour volunteer, she has taken on the new role as the Volunteer Karaoke Singers coordinator. Wanda and her group of singers brighten the lives of residents in nursing facilities by bringing them the gift of song. Wanda started her journey of caring with Optimal in 2008. Mary Lyles — Mary is an amazingly caring person who provides patient family support and bereavement care to families affected by terminal illness. Mary's friendly, “check-in” phone calls for bereaved caregivers in the Taft area, has saved a life more than once. Mary has been an Optimal Hospice volunteer since 2002. Bonnie Barnett — Bonnie, a founding member of the Optimal Hospice Volunteer Program, is one

Laurie Reese

Mary Lyles

Bonnie Barnett

of our greatest patient advocates. Because she truly cares about the well-being and quality of life of her patients, she often has other facility residents and families asking who she volunteers for because they want her on their care team when the time comes. Bonnie not only donates time to patients, she also donates countless hours promoting Optimal's efforts as the current President of the Optimal Hospice Foundation Board. The Foundation is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing hospice care for those in need. Richard Berquist — Richard understands what it means to unconditionally share his compassion, friendship and lighthearted humor with patients and families who really need a helping hand. Though he has a very busy schedule, Richard always finds time for Optimal — even when called at a moment's notice. Richard became a member of the Optimal Hospice Volunteer program in

YOUR SPORTS Bakersfield Rebels looking for softball players for traveling team

Wanda Whiteside

Richard Berquist

2009. If you are interested in learning more about the amazing volunteer program at Optimal Hospice Care, please contact the coordinators at 716-4000 or email: rfrankhouser@optimalcares.com for more information.

BY NICOLE HEAD Community contributor

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he Bakersfield Rebels 10 & Under Girls Travel Softball team is looking for girls with 2000 & 2001 birth dates with softball experience to join their team. We are currently having open workouts for interested girls. Please call Head Coach John Wescott at 549-9067 or Assistant Coach Ryan Head at 332-8335.

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CSU Bakersfield will make its first appearance in the annual RecycleMania competition that pits colleges and universities in a contest to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste.

and recycle, and how students, faculty and staff can get involved. The kick-off was also used to springboard a number of additional sustainability initiatives CSUB will be focusing on in the coming months. These initiatives include a sustainability day on February 9, when the university will “flip the switch” on its new solar panel system that will provide 25 to 30 percent of its total energy usage. CSUB will also roll out a campus-wide bike-share program called CSUB Cycles in the spring. About RecycleMania: RecycleMania was launched in 2001 as a friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on their campuses. The contest has expanded rapidly in 10 years’ time from two schools in 2001 to 607 colleges and universities in 2010 spanning 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. For complete competition background and details, visit the RecycleMania website at: http://recyclemaniacs.org.

Volunteers needed for 19th annual Kern Science Bowl COURTESY OF CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD alifornia State University, Bakersfield is seeking volunteers for the 19th annual Kern County Regional Science Bowl. The competition is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, at CSUB from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year marks the 14th year the local Science Bowl has been hosted by CSUB. The event features 32 five-member teams from 15 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 four officials in the

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room: a moderator, who will read the questions, a rules judge, a timekeeper and a scorekeeper. The top two teams advance to the finals and compete in a doubleelimination round, with the winner advancing to the National Science Bowl, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., April 28 to May 2. Thomas Meyer, professor of physics/computer science and coordinator of the event, is looking for volunteers to help run the event and local businesses that are interested in donating 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. 8, 9 and 10 in Science III Room 309. 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,” Meyer said. All volunteers are welcome, regardless of educational background. For more information or to become a volunteer contact Penny Lampkins at 654-3082 or email plampkins@csub.edu. You may also go online to www.cs.csub.edu/Volunteer.html to volunteer directly.


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