Bakersfield City School District teachers will host the third annual Read Across Bakersfield 3 p.m. March 21 at the Fox Theater, where the book Charlotte's Web will be showcased.

The event is free and will offer games, booths, magicians, photos, face painting, stories and more.

Tickets are now available at the Fox Theater, Russo's Books or at the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association, 837 H St. Seating is limited. All children must be accompanied by an adult. More than 1,200 people attended last year.

on energy industries during the "Energy Expo" from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday at the school's library.

The students are part of the school's Energy and Utility Career Academy, the first program of its kind in the state. It opened last year and now has about 100 junior and senior students.

Students on Monday will argue the merits of energy sectors including coal, oil, nuclear, wind, solar, natural gas and hydrogen.

"This is a great opportunity for our students to test their knowledge of a particular energy sector against some of the leading experts in that sector," said Kim Woolf, Independence High science teacher and academy coordinator, in a statement.

Taft College is accepting applications for the new Energy Technology Program that will train and educate students in the energy industry.

The college will begin enrolling students for the program in the fall of 2010. The program will allow the college and its industry partners to provide guided direction and support to students, according to the college. The cohort will provide students in the program with peer support. The goal for the college is to first have about 35 students start and complete the program as a group.

Those interested in the program can get an application by calling 763-7966 or 763-7748, or visit

Bakersfield College on Thursday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly built Dr. Norman Levan Center for the Humanities.

The center is the new home of programs established by the local dermatologist's $5.7 million gift to the Bakersfield College Foundation in 2006.

The center is to provide Bakersfield a venue for scholarly pursuits and community forums that will inspire and stimulate the community's collective intellect, according to the college.

A record 1,600 middle and high school students attended the 11th annual Leaders in Life Youth Conference on Tuesday at Rabobank Arena, according to the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office.

The theme for the conference was "Can You Hear Our Rising Voices," and was focused on youth helping youth.

Leaders in Life is a nonprofit school-community partnership program administered by KCSOS with support from local businesses, agencies and organizations. Students are selected to participate by counselors at their schools, who recognize leadership potential in each.

-- Staff writer Jorge Barrientos

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