Alumni and supporters of the We the People program who are interested in volunteering at either the regional or state finals are asked to contact Terri Richmond at cawtp35@yahoo.com or 871-5636.

Judges must be a minimum of five years past participation in the program.

Regional and state competitions are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and Feb. 9, respectively, at Golden Valley High School, 801 Hosking Ave., Bakersfield.

The Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kris Tiner , will present a Fireside Jazz concert featuring the music of Sun Ra 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fireside Room at Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive.

Tickets cost $8 general, $5 students/staff/seniors.

For information, call 661-395-4404.

-- Courtenay Edelhart, Californian staff

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