Kern River Valley Revitalization (KRVR) held their monthly Community Meeting last Wednesday, Dec. 2, to discuss local current events and topics.
Sierra Nevada Conservancy Accepting Mapguide Nominations
Jim Branham, Executive Officer of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC), and Southern Sierra SNC Representative Kim Carr gave a presentation about the agency’s history, current projects, and future goals. The SNC just celebrated its five-year anniversary, and in that time the agency has funded three projects in the Kern Valley: the MDRC&D’s Yard and Garden Program, Audubon California’s Kern River Preserve Visitor Center planning, and the Kern Valley Heritage Foundation’s Bob Powers Preserve strategic planning.
The grant program is currently on hold until the State works out the details of the budget, but when they begin accepting proposals again, SNC will seek projects that integrate environmental, economic, and social benefit to communities throughout the Sierra Nevada, from Kern County to the Oregon border.
SNC is currently partnering with National Geographic and Sierra Business Council to create a geotourism map which will package and sell the unique attributes of the different communities in the Sierra region. It will be designed by locals to show what makes the region a unique place to visit, such as independent businesses, special areas, and local festivals. To nominate a place, event, or business, visit www.sierranevadageotourism.com.
Head Start Offers In-Home Pre-K Services
Denine Tucker of the KRV Head Start Preschool announced that the preschool, which has been operating for 27 years in Lake Isabella next to Kern County Fire Station 72, has been closed because the last census showed there is an insufficient number of children living in the area. They are expecting the new census will reflect that there are enough children to re-open next year, but there is no assurance that this will happen. So, right now Head Start is focusing on their home-based services, in which Tucker makes home visits to 10 low-income families each month. Each 90-minute visit consists of delivering an intensive pre-K curriculum with the children, and offering parenting skills education at the same time. If you are interested in learning more about the in-home services that Head Start offers, call Tucker at (760) 223-2331.
Alison Sheehey, Outreach Coordinator for Audubon California’s Kern River Preserve (KRP), announced that Audubon will be holding their annual Christmas Bird Counts in the area very soon. The Kelso Valley bird count will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19, the South Fork Valley bird count will take place Jan. 2, and the Kern Valley bird count will take place Jan. 3. For more information about these and other KRP events, visit their website at http://kern.audubon.org/.
Health Care District Busy Immunizing Kern Valley Against Flu
Jeanette Rogers announced that the Kern Valley Healthcare District has been giving flu shots last month in their drive-through flu shot clinics, and more than 600 people have been immunized thus far. They offer the immunizations at their cost, which is $10 each. KVHD also immunized the residents and employees at Kern Village Assisted Living in Kernville and the Burlington Assisted Living Facility in Wofford Heights, as well as traveling to all Kern Valley schools to immunize the teachers.
Christmas ‘Shop Hop’ this Friday, Dec. 11
The Kernville Chamber of Commerce will host a Christmas Shop Hop this Friday, Dec. 11, from 5:30-7:30 in Circle Park. The businesses will stay open late to let people know what our local businesses offer before they go out of town for their holiday shopping. The event will include music, door prizes, and free refreshments throughout. Ventriloquist Lynne Trimble will perform at the Oddfellows Hall from 5:30-6:15, followed by the Jazztones from 6:30-7:30. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out your local stores and have fun!
Second Green Film Fest Coming Jan. 10
Richard Rowe, Coordinator of the Living Green in the KRV festival, announced that they will be holding their second green film festival on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Reel Cinema in Wofford Heights from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival will feature five short environmental films, each followed by a brief discussion of each film. For more information, visit their website at www.livinggreenKRV.org.
Heart Walk Coming Feb. 27
Jeanette Rogers announced that the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation will be holding their 12th annual Heart Walk on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Kern Valley High School gym track. Teams will consist of four walkers and a manager from organizations, clubs, schools and businesses. Team entry fees are $50 per team or $10 per individual walkers; all proceeds go to the Kern Valley Hospital Foundation to purchase new equipment for the hospital, or teams have the option of donating 80% of their moneys raised to the charity of their choice. For more information, call Jeanette at (760) 376-4419.
Yard and Garden Program to Start Next Month
Bill Wilson of the Mountain and Desert RC&D’s Yard and Garden Program announced that he is ready to begin the yard and garden assessments, and will begin scheduling soon for those who have already signed up for evaluations. Wilson, along with Bob Robinson, will look for ways to make homeowners’ yards more water-efficient and fire-resistant while sharing techniques that will help prevent erosion and enhance wildlife characteristics while integrating native plants.
KRVR meets the first Wednesday of every month, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 9 a.m. at the Kernville Chamber Building. For more information, visit www.krvr.org.Administrator, KRVR.org firstname.lastname@example.org