The Kegley Institute of Ethics and Cal State Bakersfield will host a panel discussion, "Gun Violence: Causes and Cures," at 7 p.m. Wednesday in CSUB's Student Union, 9001 Stockdale Highway .

Moderated by Kegley director Christopher Meyers, the panel features Ralph Bailey, host of KNZR's The Ralph Bailey Show; Brik McDill, CDC Mental Health; Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson; and community activist Terry Phillips.

About 400 of the region's top junior high and middle school musicians and vocalists will perform in the 66th annual Kern County Honor Music Festival 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Rabobank Arena Theater and Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave.

Admission is free.

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools office will sponsor the 30th annual Kern County History Day from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 2 at the Larry E. Reider Educational Center, 2000 K Street in Bakersfield.

Dozens of fourth- through 12th-grade students will compete at History Day, which is free to the public. It features students competing as individuals or in groups in one of six categories: exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites, historical papers and posters. An awards ceremony follows at 2 p.m. in the Kern County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1115 Truxtun Ave.

History Day encourages students to explore a historical subject related to a yearly theme. This year's theme is "Turning Points in History."

Winners in each category are eligible to participate in the History Day state finals April 26 and 27 in Sacramento. State winners can advance to the National History Day competition to be held in June in Maryland.

For more information, contact Christine Goedhart-Humphrey, student events coordinator, at 636-4330.

-- Courtenay Edelhart, Californian staff

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