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Kern County celebrates Mother's Day in unique ways during COVID-19

Kern County celebrates Mother's Day in unique ways during COVID-19
Posted at 2:07 AM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 05:09:28-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Many in our community are celebrating Mother's Day differently than they did last year, due to the coronavirus.

This hasn’t stopped them from finding unique ways to celebrate and one local DJ created some special tunes for all the mothers out there.

J.C. Cota is a Bakersfield third-generation DJ and owner of AllSound Music.

Since the outbreak, he has had to cancel many events, from weddings and parties. He shares this has not slowed him down, now hosts live DJ sets on Facebook from his home.

In honor of Mother's Day, he is playing all mother related songs to pay homage to the many mothers out there.

His family is especially showering his wife, Jamielynn Cota, who also celebrated a birthday on Saturday.

Jamielynn is the mom of 15-month-old Aesya and 11-year-old Paikea, and says she grateful for her family.

"It has allowed me to hone in on what being a mom is all about," Jamielynn Cota said. "I mean I instantly became a teacher because she is now being homeschooled and it has really allowed me to maximize that God-given talent — to be a mommy. "

J.C. says just having his family, the sound of music, and God is what has helped him stay positive during this pandemic.

On Sunday, for nearly 20 minutes he hosted a special mix online for Mother's Day.

"Music for me has always been the ultimate medicine and will forever be, outside the word of the Bible; it can change your mood instantly," J.C. Cota said. "As a DJ community, we have all been going live and sharing our talents and everything else in between and sharing our talents and making people smile."

The Cota's aren’t the only ones in Kern County finding unique ways to honor mothers.

Barrington’s Jamaican Kitchen offered a free Clair Bowl to all mothers in our community who were able to pick up curbside.

The bowl is named after the owner's mother.

One neighborhood celebrated Mother's Day with a BBQ with their tables separated and maintained social distancing.

J.C. has this message to his fellow DJ's out there.

"Everyone out there in the DJ community hang tough as we have been," J.C. Cota said. "This is not going to last forever and tough times don’t last forever, but tough people do."