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On the lookout for local songbirds other’s camaraderie at our weekly rehearsals throughe Goldenaires out the year (except sumare a group of mer). We rehearse on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 35 to 40 men p.m. in the meeting hall of and women, mostly retired, the Church of the Brethren at the corner of Palm and A who love to sing good four-part music, streets. Please join us! No auditions are required, under the talented direcalthough we assume you tion of Phil Witmer (who also directs the Bakersfield have had some choral experience in your past. Masterworks Chorale). We are partially funded During the Christmas by the Bakersfield Adult season and also in springSchools, plus we pay small time, we perform many dues to cover our expenses concerts at different venof new music and piano we will welcome sopranos, ues around Bakersfield. accompaniment. We are altos, and tenors, too! We are appreciated by currently in particular Anyone “out there” who those who listen to us, and need of basses, although loves to sing — come and we certainly enjoy each

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Endeavour presents rockin’ ‘Doo-Wop’ show BY BARBARA VASSAR Community contributor ndeavour Elementary’s Drama Club proudly presents “Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood” on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21, both shows at 7 p.m. This is a fun, family

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Sunday 3/15 Tim Callobre with young musicians, part of the Fred and Beverly Dukes Concert Series, 4 p.m., First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road. Free. 327-1609.

Monday 3/16 Kern County Young Republicans, monthly meeting, 6 p.m. Bill Lee’s, 1203 18th St. Free. kcyr.net. Bakersfield Yellow Jackets 2009 Basketball Season, for girls in grades 6th through 12th, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, Golden Valley High School, 801 Hosking Ave. 747-4505. Golf lessons for men & women, for beginners or intermediate levels, ages 18+, 910 a.m. Monday through Friday, Buena Vista Golf Course, 10256 Golf Course Road. $50 for a five day course. 326-3866.

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Bakersfield Parent Nursery fall enrollment and open house, 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday and Friday, 2080 Stine Road. 832-4690. Bakersfield Jam vs. Dakota, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $5-$100. bakersfieldjam.com or 716-4526.

“Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood” presented by Endeavour Elementary’s Drama Club, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., Endeavour Elementary, 9300 Meacham Road. $3. blvassar@earthlink.net 30th annual Garces Gala, casual night, “Bella Sera” celebration, dinner, oral auction, 5:30 p.m., Garces High School, Monsignor Leddy Hall, 2800 Loma Linda Dr. $15. 3272578 ex. 120. Bakersfield Fiesta, sponsored by The United Square Dancers Association, with mainstream, plus, advanced, challenge and round dancing, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 P St. bakersfieldfiesta.com or call 324-1390. “Barnum: The Musical,” doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 12:30 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Stars Dinner Theater, 1931 Chester Ave. $50-$54; show only tickets $25. 325-6100. Book Signing & Reading, with author Peggy Yarber of “Tare,” 7 p.m., Bakersfield Art Association, Gallery of Art, East Hills Mall, 3000 Mall View Road. 872-2806. “Dancing with Our Stars,” doors open at 6 p.m.; dance class 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; open ballroom dancing to the Bakersfield Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Randolph’s Lounge, 7737 Meany Ave. $15 per person, includes dance class. bakersfieldjazzworkshop.com or 444-0853. FLICS International Cinema Society presents “Moliere,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield

Tuesday 3/17 “Be Seen in Green,” wear a shade of green and join us for shamrock stories and Celtic crafts, 3 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0750. Culinary Arts Program Gourmet Dinner, by BC’s culinary students, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Bakersfield College, Renegade Room, 1801 Panorama Dr. $10.95; take-out meals available. 395-4441. Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes, 3 to 5 miles, 7 p.m., meet at corner of Highways 178 and 184. 872-2432 or 873-8107.

Wednesday 3/18 Bike Ride, hosted by David Miller, leave Action Sports at 12:15 p.m., ride to Enos Lane and back, done at a moderate pace, takes about a hour-and-half, Action Sports, 9500 Brimhall Road, Ste. 400. Rain cancels event. 833-4000. Car Nights, 8:30 p.m., in front of Bakersfield Billiards, 2916 Niles St. 549-6276. Condors vs. Utah Grizzlies, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $7 to $23. bakersfieldcondors.com or 324-7825. Culinary Arts Program Gourmet Lunches, by BC’s culinary students, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bakersfield College, Renegade Room, 1801 Panorama Dr. $8; take-out meals available.

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▲ Featured Artist, with Phyllis Oliver, art on display until April 26, Bakersfield Art Association, Gallery of Art, East Hills Mall, 3000 Mall View Road. Gallery hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. 872-2806. “Muse” Art Exhibit, an all-women group art exhibit, exhibit runs until March 28, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. 327-PLAY. Noontime Organ Recital, with Paul Tepker, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 2216 17th Street & B. 861-6020. Oildale Oral History Project, we are collecting oral histories about Oildale to celebrate its 100th anniversary, now until March 31, Kern County Library, Rathbun Branch, 200 W. China Grade Loop. Reservations are required for interviews, 3936431. The Newsboys, with special guests December Radio, Vota, Bread of Stone, doors open at 5 p.m. Thursday, concert immediately follows Jam game, Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $25; includes Jam game ticket.

Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. flics.org or call 3254815. “Supervillain,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. 323-286-1496. “The Goat or Who is Sylvia?,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St.

Saturday 3/21 327-PLAY. Third Annual Pink & Black Party for a Cure, support the fight against cancer; VIP begins at 6 p.m., doors open at 9 p.m. for regular admission, Nile Bar & Grill, 1721 19th St. $15; all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; pink and black cocktail attire preferred. myspace.com/pinkandblack2007 or 865-0226. Weill Child Guidance Foundation Wine Tasting Event, samplings representing various regions in California, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Guild House, 1905 18th St. $60; proceeds go toward the children served by the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic. 322-1021. Book Signings & Food Demonstration, with local authors Camille Gavin, Miles Muzio and Rusty Shoop, will sign copies of their books, noon to 4 p.m.; and, cartoonist Ray Friesen will sign book copies in the children’s section, noon; also, Donald Smith from CPK will demonstrate how to make a dish from the CPK family cookbook, noon in the cafe, Saturday, Barnes and Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. Electronic E-Waste Recycling Event, bring your unwanted electronic items to the parking lot on the corner of Eye St. and 9th St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 369-9861. COUPON

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Mark Geistweite This week’s “Spotlight On” community contributor is Mark Geistweite (username: whydangle). Geistweite is a professional photographer based out of Bakersfield who shoots primarily nature, agriculture and industry photography. He and his wife, Xiaoping, moved here from North Carolina in May 2007. They have a 4-year-old daughter, Kennis Lina. Kern County is a great place to take photos, according to Geistweite. “I love the wide open expanses of the area and the proximity to so many natural wonders,” he said. “It is a photographer’s dream.” Geistweite’s photography will be on exhibit March 21-22 in Paso Robles. The Zinfandel Fest is also that weekend. — To see this Bakersfield Voice contributor’s work online, go to: www.bakersfieldvoice.com. Click “Photos,” then “See User Galleries.” Look for photos posted by whydangle. WHAT: Mark Geistweite Print Showing WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 21-22 WHERE: Halter Ranch, 8910 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA. DETAILS: Geistweite’s exhibit will include framed and unframed photographic art of the region and Paso Robles. His prints are mostly color, but there are black-and-white images, too. Prices range from $35 to $300. Wine tasting is $10. For more info, call Geistweite at 661-281-8895. The Halter ranch number is toll free, 888-367-9977.


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start wearing it. Actually, the black blazer is a fashion essential; I just haven’t worn mine in quite awhile. If your blazer has shoulder pads (remember the ‘80s), it’s time to invest in a new one. The blazer can work well with the jeans and a cute cami underneath it. Take it one step further and belt it and yet another look emerges. Add a scarf, and then you will look really pulled together. Another look that I wear quite frequently is wearing my favorite jeans with a nicely tailored sweater, with a lacy cami and pumps. This is another look that you can go practically anywhere in Bakersfield and look good doing it. Fashion can be fun, even if we are in a recession. The trick is using what you have and reinventing it. A great pair of jeans can be endless. Play with the pieces in your closet to see what you can come up with. A bit of advice to live by is just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. You always want to look your best.

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ecession-ista: Apparently there is a new word — it hasn’t hit the dictionaries yet — but the definition is a fashion conscious person who still wants to look fabulous and wear wonderful clothes in a recession — while spending as little money as possible. Most of us don’t have the money to buy new wardrobes for every season and we live on limited budgets, so the trick is to stretch what you already have hanging in your closet to the fullest potential and buying or using your own key pieces to develop your wardrobe more. It’s amaz-

ing how many looks you can get from just a few key garments. The first place to begin is to take an inventory of what you have in your closet to see what exactly you own. There are two rules of thumb when it comes to this — the first being if you haven’t worn it in a year, donate it. The second rule is anytime you buy something new, you have to get rid of something. I’m not sure I can live with that last rule, though my husband might be happy because I am kind of taking side will have to be mine! over his side of the closet. After you have taken an Slowly, but surely, that inventory, decide on what

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Taxpayers should foot bill for spay/neuter clinic here appear to be exactly two things that Kern County residents can agree on when it comes to companion animals: 1. There are far too many companion animals being abandoned and euthanized; 2. A low-cost spay/neuter program could greatly alleviate item number 1. Everyone gets that there is a

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problem, and no one can agree on a way to solve it. My plan is simple — have homeowners fund a low-cost spay/neuter clinic. Before all the anti-tax-for-anything-at-all group gets their knickers in a twist, hear me out. Why shouldn’t we fund a spay/neuter clinic? After all, it’s our tax dollars that are being spent on every reactionary act that results from there being far too many homeless animals. Our tax dollars fund Animal Control, although not nearly enough of them are used in proportion to the problem. Our tax dollars are used every time one of their trucks has to go out and round up a dangerous stray, or pick up a carcass on the side of the road. They are used for the costs involved in housing and feeding the animals that come through their doors, and to purchase the needles and

euthanasia solution. And a few more are used to haul off the dead bodies to the rendering plant (or the crematory — I never could get a straight answer out of Animal Control on that one). Money from hard-working taxpayers is used for donations to nonprofit animal groups, without which they would be ill-equipped to operate. Same goes for the host of rescue groups in the area. And where do those donations come from? Working, taxpaying people. Even people who choose to take money from their own household budgets to alter the pets left behind when a neighbor moves out are using their aftertax money to try and make a difference (myself included). And don’t forget who picks up the tab when an uninsured individual is bitten by a stray animal.

That would be we, the taxpayers, covering the emergency room costs for treating the wound. So why not try something radically different? Why not decide that each home gets assessed $5 per year as part of their property taxes to fund a low-cost spay/neuter clinic? Animals could be altered for a very low fee, thus reducing shelter intake rates, homeless pet rates and euthanasia rates. Fewer calls to Animal Control gives them more time to work on proactive, rather than reactive, programs. Fewer strays mean safer streets for people to walk and children to play. There would be fewer cats roaming around disturbing the carefully planted gardens of people who aren’t cat fans anyway. Where’s the downside? The

fact that it might be construed as a (gasp!) tax? Call it something different, then. Call it the Kern County Humane Pet Stewardship Act, if that helps. It’s $5 per year. The cost of one cup of designer coffee. Per household. And everyone wins. We become a community that finds a way to solve our own problems. All we have to do is decide that we really want to do something, then do it. One last note: Enter your pet in the “Bless the Beasts” pet contest on The Bakersfield Voice Web site, www.bakersfieldvoice.com, where you have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Petco. The deadline is March 16. Have a pet-related question or comment? E-mail Vicky at: vicky@pawprintcity.com or visit:

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Hi! My name is Mr. Whisker and I am a Hi! My name is Sweet Momma and I am an 8 month old, neutered male, black a two year old, female blue and white Pit domestic short hair mix. I am a very sweet Bull mix. I was found abandoned, was and loving cat that likes to play with toys, fostered in a loving home and now I be with people and snuggle in the can’t wait to find a new forever friend. I sunshine. I would make a great fit for a am great with kids of all ages and other dogs. Don’t forget to mention my ID family with older children. Don’t forget to number - 745979! mention my ID number - 754428! These pets may be adopted quickly! Please visit the KERN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER at 201 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. to see all of our adoptable pets. For more info call 661-868-7144 or visit our website at www.co.kern.ca.us/acd.

Teddy is a 1½-year-old male Border Collie Pit mix. Teddy is housebroken, Playful and minds commands. He could use some training to enhance his already good habits.

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Who is on your Bakersfield Blaze roster? Roark, who was very solid in his brief Bakersfield debut last season. Engel Beltre, Mike Bianucci and Joey Butler will give his season’s Bakersfield Blaze team should feathe Blaze a legit trio of outfield prospects who should ture a few first-round, amateur draft picks who enjoy their stay in should be making their full season debut in the the hitter-friendly Cal League in 2009. California League. The top prospect to watch this season will be The infield will Justin Smoak, the Rangers 11th pick in the 2008 include Mitch draft. Smoak received a signing bonus of $3.5 million, Moreland at first only second to Mark Teixeira’s $4.5 million in 2001 — base and 23-yearbut is he ready for the majors? old third baseman With a smooth, easy swing and decent power, this Jonathan Greene. switch-hitting first baseman might just be the long-term Note: This roster answer to the Mark Teixeira-shaped hole in the Rangers’ speculation was not lineup. produced with During his three-year career at the University of information from South Carolina, the switch-hitting first baseman set Justin Smoak was selected with the 11th pick in the 2008 the Texas Rangers school records with 62 home runs and 207 RBIs. draft by the Texas Rangers. organization. He signed with the Rangers just before the midThese are just August deadline, and was only able to collect 56 at bats in The rest of the 2009 Blaze lineup will be rounded out his first season, which might be the only reason that he by top pitching prospect Michael Main, 2007 first-round- some of my thoughts. We will soon find out which players will make up the will end up in Bakersfield to start 2009. er rounder Blake Beavan, as well as lefties Tim Murphy, Bakersfield Blaze roster as the 2009 season draws closer. Smoak will probably not be playing A ball for long, so Richard Bleier, and Zach Phillips. Blaze fans might want to get their tickets in the first half The bullpen will feature reliever Fabio Castillo, Corey Until then, all we can do is speculate. Who is on your Blaze roster? of the 2009 season. Young, and the surprising 2008 draft pick, Tanner

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MARCH 15-21, 2009

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Fourth time not the charm for Liberty o four-closure! — Rarely will you find prep basketball teams playing each other three times throughout the course of a season. And rarer yet will you find a matchup of quadruple proportions! Liberty High and Garces High bucked the trend and breathed that rarified air as they met at Selland Arena in Fresno for the CIF Central Section Division II title. Liberty had eschewed its recent basketball history and whipped the Rams on three straight occasions prior to the tilt in Fresberg. The Patriots, being more of a renowned football power, brought a mercurial 26-3 record into the contest and were odds-on favorites to win four-of-a-kind. With Garces phenom, Stephon Carter nursing an injured left

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elites when they snagged the Terrell Owens of basketball. Stephon Marbury’s signing was an intuitive roster move as Kevin Garnett is on the shelf and a solid backup to Rajon Rondo is needed at the point guard position if Boston is going to defend their NBA championship. Rondo is a team player who locks down defensively, while Marbury is more of a shooter (i.e. ball hog) and believes that the word team contains an “I” in its spelling. General Manager Danny Ainge’s move will certainly be scrutinized as playoff jockeying is now in session. Titanic effort! — Biggest surprise in town has to be the Frontier Titan’s varsity girls soccer squad’s shocking ascent to the DII Central Section title as a No. 8 seed! That championship gar-

This week’s Star Athlete: Hannah Roberson Nominated by Mom I would like to nominate my daughter, Hannah Roberson as Athlete of the Month. She recently finished her fourth year playing soccer with AYSO Region 359. She had a great season, scoring over 25 goals for her team, the Lava Girls. She is a hard worker, whether she is playing soccer or doing her school work. She is in the second grade at Bimat and she loves to spend recess playing soccer. Her father; her sister, Ashlyn; and I are very proud of her. Good Job, Hannah!

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Also on the local winning sports scene: The Frontier girls soccer team celebrates its Division II Central Section championship! nered Frontier the No. 3 seed for the CIF Regional Championships and a first-round home contest. Shock on! Arrival time — That train whistle you faintly hear in the

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