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The Bakersfield Californian Sunday, October 21, 2012

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Pet spa to host ‘Howl-O-Ween’ fundraiser for pets, owners COURTESY OF SELF SERVE PET SPA he fourth annual Howl-O-Ween fundraiser and pet costume contest will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Self Serve Pet Spa’s southwest location, 7401 White Lane, No. 2. Last year, 30 dogs were dressed for the contest, and organizers are hoping for even more this year. The more dogs that are dressed up, the bigger the prize. Last year’s prizes included $50 gift certificates to each winner. All funds from a raffle and silent auction items will be donated to Wasco Animal Shelter. The silent auction will include CANIDAE Pet Food and pet washes for a year. Adoptions will be hosted by: • Kern County Animal Control • H.A.L.T. Dog Rescue (Helping Animals Live Tomorrow) • Wasco Animal Shelter Non-profits involved in this event are: • Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry • Covenant Coffee • Critters Without Litters • Rescues Demonstrations will be hosted by: • Bakersfield Police Department K-9 Unit

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The Self Serve Pet Spa’s fourth annual “Howl-O-Ween” fundraising will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

• Kern County Sheriff Search and Rescue • Roaming Reptiles Vendors include: • Petcurean Pet Nutrition • Primal Pet Food • Horizon Pet Food • Four Tiny Cousins • Stella and Chewy's • Canidae Also, the event will featured an opportunity to get your pet’s picture taken, and a pumpkin carving contest. Carve your pumpkin and bring it in before 4 p.m. for judging. For more information on Howl-OWeen, visit www.selfservepetspa.com

Bring your favorite carved pumpkin to the “Howl-OWeen” fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 28, for a chance to win a prize.

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Last year’s “Howl-O-Ween” fundraiser attracted more than 30 dogs and their owners decked out in Halloween costumes. The event will feature an opportunity to have your pet’s photo taken.

Besides a costume contest, the Self Serve Pet Spa’s annual fundraiser features pet adoptions and more.

Last year’s winners of the “Howl-OWeen” costume contest won $50 gift cards.

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Hospitals unite for Wayne nursing school scholarship COURTESY OF BAKERSFIELD BOBBY SOX n the same spirit of unity Wendy Wayne was so well known for, San Joaquin Community Hospital and Dignity Health-Mercy of Bakersfield and Bakersfield Memorial Hospitals have made a joint $20,000 donation to the nursing school scholarship fund at Cal State Bakersfield established in Wayne’s honor. Wayne, 64, died June 17 after a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. An outpouring of community support soon followed with a packed crowd at her public memorial held July 7 in the Fox Theater, and later for “Wendy Wayne Day,” a pay-it-forward effort where people took on good deed assignments in memory of Wayne. The late Wendy Wayne San Joaquin hospital also announced it would name the resource library at its cancer center for Wendy Wayne. For the last two years, Wayne was the project coordinator for the cancer center at San Joaquin Community Hospital. The hospital partnership is honoring Wayne, who graduated from CSUB in 1978 with a degree in nursing, with a combined $20,000 donation to the nursing school scholarship. “Like so many others in this community, we were greatly influenced by Wendy’s positive spirit and her constant acts of selflessness,” said Jarrod McNaughton, San Joaquin hospital’s vice president of marketing and development. “Wendy epitomized the spirit of cooperation, and it is in that same spirit that we are joining with Memorial and Mercy hospitals to donate to the scholarship named for her.” Mercy and Memorial Hospital official echoed that sentiment. “Working together we accomplish two things. First, supporting the education of local nursing students at CSUB and hopefully keeping them here to care for our community and then, acting on that little voice inside all of us who knew Wendy to collaborate and work for a purpose,” said Robin Mangarin-Scott, Dignity Health’s director of strategic marketing.

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Volunteers and walk teams have fun along the route at previous Walk MS events. This year’s MS Walk, aimed to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis research is Saturday, Oct. 27 at Yokuts Park.

Kern County to fight against MS with Halloween-theme walk BY CHRISTINE GRONTKOWSKI COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR

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ooking for a “spooktacular” way to celebrate Halloween, and contribute to a cause? Join the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at “Walk MS: Bakersfield 2012,” which will be held Saturday at Yokuts Park. Not only will the event feature Halloween festivities for all adults and children, participants will also be helping raise money for direct services to help people in Kern County with MS and their families,and help develop cutting-edge MS research. More than 1,200 walkers are expected to hit the trails of Yokuts Park, following either a 1.5-mile or 3-mile stroll along the Kern River bike path. Halloween-themed attractions will be placed along the route and at the finish line at Yokuts Park, where participants and volunteers will be treated with lunch by Santa Barbara Pizza & Chicken, RJ’s Bar & Grill, and Rubio’s Mexican. The festival will also feature live entertainment, massage therapists, a drawing with prizes — such

as admission to SeaWorld and boat cruises in San Francisco — a kids block, costume contest and other awards. This is the 12th consecutive year the Southern California and Nevada chapters have held “Walk MS” in Bakersfield. What started as a $10,000 fundraiser with several hundred participants has grown to an event raising about $100,000 annually. “With this growing support, I know we are so close to finding a cure for this chronic disease,” said Kim Kotrla, director for the San Joaquin Valley region. “To help us get closer to a world free of MS, we would truly be grateful to anyone who can help us in any way, whether it be as a volunteer, walker, or donor.” To register or make a donation, go to www.WalkToEndMS.org, or call the Kern County office of the National MS Society at 321-9512. The society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the national movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org.


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Under my chin, I have three rows of scarss — med dical embroidery commem morating the unfortunate ends to various bike rides of my youth. Of course,, I also have plenty of good mem moriies of riding bikes: the wind on my face,, the impossible speed and the way those two wheells expanded the perrimeter of my worlld. But my cleaaresst reccollections — the oness that are of photogr graphic quality — are those of that moment riight before the crash. My ďŹ rst acciden nt happened when n I was 6. My oldesst sister’s frien nd hopped on the back of my banana seat. We went downhill at an unexpected speed d that shook my handlebars. The bike moved of its own accord to the grravely shoulder, and I knew we werre going down.

nder my chin, I have three rows of scarss — medicall em mbroiderry commemorating the unfortunate ends to various bike ridess of my youth. Of course,, I also have plenty of good memories of riding bikes: the wind on my face, the impossible speed and the way those two wheels expanded the perrimeter of my world. But my clearest recollections — the oness that are of photogrraphic quality — are those of that moment right before the crash. My ďŹ rst accident happened when n I was 6. My oldest sister’s friend hopped on the back of my banana seat. We wen nt downhill at an unexpected speed that shook my han ndlebars. The bike moved d of its own accord to the grravely shoulderr, an nd I knew we werre going down. Afterr that incident, which required d stitches, there was yet anotherr hill and more grravel (that time, my back bore the bru r nt of the injury). Each following acciden nt had its own speccial avor — sometimes a ip over the handlebars and otherr times a sidew ways skid with the bike landing on top of me like a brutish metallic buttery. But they were all the same in one quality, the moment of clariity before the momen nt of pain: Welll, herre I go again, right into the road. Upon grraduating high school, I didn’t have enough money for a car, so my dad found a

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