In an effort to stop bullying, cyber bullying and Internet dangers, Curran Middle School will host a free seminar for parents and community members 6 p.m. Thursday the school, 1116 Lymric Way.

Speaking will be Michaela Beard, community prevention specialist from the Bakersfield Police Department, who will discuss warning signs and how to equip children with strategies and techniques to combat bullying.

Bus transportation is available for Curran parents.

For information, call 631-5240.

The California Living Museum is looking for "trail elves" to volunteer at Holiday Lights at CALM.

About 30 volunteers are needed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night Nov. 30 through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas) to act as hosts and direct guests through the display, which features an estimated 2 million lights.

Businesses or organizations that sponsor a night by supplying 30 volunteers will be able to set up an information table the evening or evenings they volunteer.

CALM will give each volunteer a free admission pass to Holiday Lights for each full night worked.

Call zoo manager Lana Fain, 871-1822, for information about signing up.

Read Conmigo, a bilingual literacy campaign, gives Latino parents free books and resources to support reading with their children at home.

Parents of children in grades K through 5 can register online to receive free bilingual children's books every second month at There are no shipping costs for residents of California, Alabama, Arizona, Florida and Texas. All others receive free e-books.

Sponsored by Infinity Auto Insurance, the Read Conmigo campaign launched in March of 2011 and so far has distributed more than 350,000 free books to classrooms and families.

USA Network is kicking off its first-ever BURN NOTICE Science Challenge.

The challenge is a national high school competition to promote science, technology, education and math (STEM) education and to encourage America's high school students to become more involved and interested in science.

The first round of the contest runs through Feb. 15. Students must submit a 1,500-word essay describing an invention based on a series of challenges.

Up to 25 finalists will be selected to go on to a second round in which they will create a video demonstrating how they use their STEM knowledge and everyday materials to meet a challenge.

The grand prize is a $10,000 scholarship.

Rules, guidelines and details on how to enter are available at

-- Courtenay Edelhart, Californian staff

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