BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - 'What's Happening' Kern County? Here's a list of fun events happening in Bakersfield and Kern County on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014
STAY FOCUSED EASTER BLAST
Stay Focused Ministries is hosting their annual Easter Blast. Thousands of kids will get to hunt for eggs, get their faces painted and enjoy some snacks. There will also be live music. It kicks off at 10:30 a.m. at MLK Park on East California Avenue and South Owens Street. It is free and open to the public.
BAKERSFIELD MUSEUM OF ART GARDEN HELP
The Bakersfield Museum of Art is looking to spruce up its garden and they could use your help. They are looking for volunteers to help with planting in the museum's sculpture garden, which has recently undergone a landscaping makeover. Saturday's morning volunteer planting day starts at 8:45 a.m. with a quick safety orientation. They are asking volunteers to wear light fitting garden clothes and to bring shovels if you can.
ANIMAL FOSTER PARENTS
Even if you are not looking to permanently adopt an animal, you can still help save the life of one of the many cats and dogs at Kern County Animal Services by becoming a foster parent. The shelter is currently seeking temporary homes for roughly 86 puppies and kittens. It is their hope that volunteer foster parents will help raise the animals until they are old enough to be adopted. If you are interested you can stop by their Fruitvale Avenue location.
TEHACHAPI FISHING DERBY
It's a great day to get outside and enjoy a bit of fishing and maybe win a little cash. The Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District is hosting its annual fishing derby at Brite Lake Saturday. Organizers for today's event say there is $1,000 worth of cash prizes swimming in the lake, with one trout worth $500. The fishing derby kicks off at 7 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. It is $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Anyone over 16 years old will need a fishing license. Brite Lake is located at 22902 Banducci Road.
VAC 9TH ANNUAL WALKATHON
The Valley Achievement Center is hosting its 9th annual Walk-A-Thon to raise awareness for autism. The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Park at River Walk on Stockdale Highway. Registration is $20, however, participants are encouraged to collect additional donations and sponsorships. The money raised will go to funding and creating programs at the center.
RELAY FOR LIFE POKER
If you think Lady Luck is on your side today, then why not take part in a poker tournament that's helping raise money for this year's Relay For Life. Team "Rock Out For Cancer" is hosting a poker tournament Saturday at the Golden West Casino on Union Avenue. $50 gets you into the tournament and a buffet dinner. There's also unlimited $20 re-buys. Organizers say the prize pool will be determined based on the number of people that enter. The tournament starts at 6 p.m.
SPRING FLING AT CALM
Saturday is your last chance to enjoy the Spring Fling at the California Living Museum. CALM docents and animal keepers will be out giving visitors an up close look at some of the animals living at CALM. You may even get a glimpse of CALM's newest residents, two mountain lion kittens. Kids 12 and under get in for free with a paying adults.
BRC EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
The Bakersfield Racquet Club is hosting their Easter Eggstravaganza at 9 a.m. There will be Easter basket crafts, tennis with the Easter Bunny and of course an egg hunt. The cost is $10 per family for racquet club members and $15 for non-members. Covenant Coffee will also be serving a pancake breakfast for $5.
MURRAY FAMILY FARMS EASTER
Murray Family Farms is inviting you to join them in some Easter fun at the farm. There will be hourly egg hunts, a jelly bean story book maze, hay rides and more. Admission is $7.99 and that includes your Easter basket. Murray Family Farms is open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
AUTISM EGG HUNT
Multilevel Applications and Positive Support Services or MAPSS is hosting an egg hunt Saturday for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Saturday's event starts at 10 a.m. with crafts, and the egg hunt starts at 11 a.m. It is free and will be held at Emerald Cove Park at the corner of Patton Way and Hageman Road.
EASTER BASKET GIVEAWAY
It's the second annual Easter basket giveaway hosted by Operation Soul Winner and the Bakersfield Hell's Angels. There will be train rides, bounce houses, live music and more at Salvation Park on Beardsley Avenue. The event starts at 5 p.m. and is free to the public.
TALLADEGA FRIGHTS SPRING SCREAM
Saturday is your last chance to experience "Spring Scream" at the Kern County Museum. The same folks that bring you Talladega Frights each Halloween are ready to scare you again with a scary springtime attraction. $20
not only gets you a scare, but you also get to enjoy a DJ and dance party. It opens at 7 p.m. and is located behind the Kern County Museum on Chester Avenue.
GOLDEN STATE FARMER'S MARKET
If you're looking for locally grown fruits and veggies, check out the farmer's market at the Golden State Mall on F Street. They have a variety of farm fresh items, jams, jellies and baked goods. There's even a swap meet with arts and crafts too. It runs from 8 a.m. until noon.
BRIMHALL FARMER'S MARKET
The Brimhall Farmer's Market is also being held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Vendors there have a selection of items including vegetables, fruit, local honey, eggs, hummus, salsa, artisan breads and juices. It's located in the Brimhall Square parking lot at the corner of Brimhall and Calloway.
FINISH LINE BIKE FEST
Finish Line is hosting their second annual bike fest today with 10, 20 and 50 mile rides. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The 50 mile bike ride starts at 8 a.m. The 20 mile ride starts at 9 a.m. and the 10 mile ride starts at 9:30 a.m. It's $45 to register and all rides will start and finish at the Finish Line on Stockdale Highway. Money raised Saturday will benefit Bikes for Bakersfield, a local non profit that gives bikes to underprivelaged kids during the holidays.
CRUISIN' FOR A WISH
The "Cruisin' For a Wish" classic car and motorcycle show is being held today at the Kern County fairgrounds. Over 300 cars and motorcycles will be on display. There will also be plenty of vendors, music and food. The show starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. It's free to attend, but if you want to register your car or motorcycle, it will cost you $40. Proceeds will benefit the Make A Wish Foundation.
It's another Saturday night of racing at the Bakersfield Speedway. Tonight's races include modifieds, hobby stocks, American stocks and more. Gates open at 4 p.m. and races start at 6. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6 through 12. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Avenue.
KERN COUNTY RACEWAY
It's Coca Cola night at the Kern County Raceway Park. Saturday's races include NASCAR pro late models, street stocks and more. The races start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for seniors, kids and active duty military. Kern County Raceway Park is located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard.
RAZZLE DAZZLE SPRING SHOPPING PALOOZA
The shopping event is from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn ballroom located at 3625 Marriot Drive in Bakersfield. It is hosted by Melissa Gordon and there will be vendors and crafters with over 20 raffle prizes.
LIVING WORD OF BAKERSFIELD OUTREACH
Living Word of Bakersfield Outreach is hosting a day of music, food, games and fun at Pioneer Park. The event is from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
BOEING B-17 & NORTH AMERICAN P-51 FLIGHTS
The event is from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Epic Jet Center located at 1105 Douglas Street in Bakersfield. It is free for spectators, and flights cost $410 for Liberty Foundation members and $450 for nonmembers to take a flight in the Boeing B-17. It costs $1,595 for a 20 minute flight in the North American P-51 for members.
"EASTER PARADE" AT MAYA
"Easter Parade" is playing at Maya Cinemas located at 1000 California Avenue in Bakersfield. The cost is $8 and starts at 7 p.m.
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