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Community connections, MS Society events help in fight BY CHRISTINE GRONTKOWSKI Community contributor

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ultiple Sclerosis Awareness Week is March 11 to 17, and people around the world, including locally, are celebrating by creating connections that are stronger than those that MS destroys. “MS kills connections, and connections kill MS,” said Christine Grontkowski, community development manager for the National MS Society’s Kern County office. “Our hope is that more connections will be formed, leading to more resources for those affected by MS, more understanding, and more answers.” Here are a few ways to be involved: • Today: Buy a slice of carrot cake today at Frugatti’s Italian Eatery and 25 percent of the sale will be donated to the National MS Society. • Thursday, March 21: “BAMS — Team Hope,” with Frugatti’s and

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Imbibe Wine and Spirits Merchant, are holding the fourth annual “Taste of Hope” fundraiser. A $40 ticket includes admission, light Italian fare, live music and a wine card. More information: 321-9512, ext. 66401. • Saturday, March 23: “Don’t MS With US” is holding a poker fundraiser at Aviator Casino in Delano. A $60 ticket includes a dinner buffet. More information: Darren Kerns at 3247500, or 303-2956. Also on March 23 is “Every Connection Counts.” Share your story and connect with others at MSconnection.org. Learn more about MS, upload your own photo and connection to share with others, download tools to spread MS awareness, or register to participate in Walk MS, Bike MS or another event near you. Whether you volunteer, bike, walk, advocate, educate or support, every

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Volunteers “painted” downtown Bakersfield orange on March 9 by tying orange ribbons around trees along Chester and Truxtun avenues. Frontier High students, pictured here, helped tie ribbons around trees during a previous MS Awareness Week. You can also get involved by wearing orange or bringing orange treats to work or school. To learn other ways to help spread MS awareness, call 321-9512 or visit NationalMSsociety.org/cal.

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During the Easter Eggstravaganza at the Bakersfield Homeless Center in 2010, Jaydin, left, and his brother, J'Markeis Freeman, gather some treats at the annual event.

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he Bakersfield Homeless Center is preparing for its annual Easter Eggstravaganza, held from 10 a.m. to noon March 23 at 1600 E. Truxtun Ave. Activities like these provide a sense of holiday tradition and stability for children who receive center services. “Our special Easter dinner and Easter party are designed to ... replicate the Easter fun that would normally take place in a child’s own home,” said Louis Gill, the center’s CEO. In addition, the center is asking the community to help provide donations

of Easter goodies. “Things like Easter eggs, jelly beans, sweets and baskets are necessary to create the overall experience for our children,” said Carolann Wooton, the center’s external affairs manager. “We also need community groups to volunteer to provide carnival booths.” Donations for the Eggstravaganza are needed by March 20. Also, anyone interested in volunteering should contact Jerri Alvarado at 322-9199 ext. 110, for more information. Donations are also needed to help provide Easter dinner items such as CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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‘Stuff the Bus’ with canned foods to help families in need ice agencies, the partnership helps families and individuals become self-reliant. The Promise of Community Action Partnership is to change people's lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities and make America a better place to live. Community Action Partnership states it cares about the entire community, and are dedicated to helping people help themselves, and each other.

COURTESY OF THE GREATER BAKERSFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ow many canned foods does it take to stuff a GET Bus? Find out and be a part of “Stuff the Bus Food Drive” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 22, at the Sears lot on Ming Avenue to help local families. Bring your canned food items and enjoy fun activities, live music and live broadcasts from KERO ABC 23, KERN Radio 1180, Azteca 42 and La Caliente. For more information, or to become a sponsor, call 398-4520, or go to capk.org/food.

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About Golden Empire Transit Golden Empire Transit District was formed in 1973, and serves the Bakersfield metropolitan area, which includes 160 square miles, and more than 470,000 people. GET has an active fleet of 88 buses, plus 19 GET-A-Lift buses, which are fueled with clean burning, compressed natural gas. All buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks. GET has 450 bus benches made of recycled plastic milk jugs, purchased with a grant. GET receives funding from the Federal Transit Administration, and is subject to regulations that prohibit discrimination based on race, color or national origin.

About Community Action Partnership of Kern: Since 1965, Community Action Partnership of Kern has been working to provide an integrated network of services as the official anti-poverty agency for Kern County. One of more than 1,000 community action agencies nationwide, the partnership is Kern County's largest nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Through a variety of programs, and in collaboration with other community serv-

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colored eggs, hams, yams, green beans, potatoes, onions, dinner rolls, butter, patties and about 50 pies. Donations for Easter dinners are requested by March 29. Contact Barbara Paulson at 322-9199, ext.122, for more information. Donations are accepted at the center’s warehouse, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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Danny Paniagua, 3, runs through a field of Easter eggs during the Bakersfield Homeless Center’s Easter Eggstravaganza at Wayside Park in 2007.

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Visit WalkToEndMS.org to register for Walk MS, Bakersfield’s biggest MS fundraising event, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 at Yokuts Park on Empire Drive. Sign up early to get connected with others, and get a head start on fundraising.

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‘Get yer plaid on’ for annual Scottish Gathering & Games BY EDDY ALDRIDGE AND THE KERN COUNTY SCOTTISH SOCIETY he Kern County Scottish Society will host its 18th annual Scottish Gathering & Games from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23 at the Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. Make sure you come out and “get yer plaid on” for a day of fun and tradition. The event will feature something for everyone — Scottish or not. If you’ve never experienced the Scottish Gathering & Games, come and see what brings people back year after year. It’s a fun packed day that is filled with Scottish heavy athletics, genealogy, clans and family history, live music on multiple stages, sheepdog herding demonstrations, dance shows, a large area for children, a zoo and a multitude of really great food and merchandise vendors. Admission is $16, and $13 for seniors 60 years and older, students and military. A combo ticket, whichs includes games and Ceilidh, is $26. Live music will be provided by Banshee in the Kitchen, Whiskey Galore, Stand Easy, Kris Colt and the Black Rose Band, Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles, and Pipe on the Hob. Live pipe bands will also be featured including The Tehachapi Mountain Pipes and Drums, Fresno Stag and Thistle

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