The American Red Cross and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. are offering free fire safety information to Oildale residents Saturday at Grace Assembly of God Church.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants can learn how to conduct a home hazard hunt and perform a safety makeover. Families can develop a disaster plan.

The Red Cross will distribute free smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and surge protectors to the first 50 families to register. To receive free products, contact the Kern Chapter of the Red Cross at 324-6427.

of the Ablin Home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, to help serve and support the more than 4,000 foster children and former foster youth in Kern County.

From 9 to 11 a.m. March 2, breakfast will be prepared and served by former foster youth. The tour follows.

Fifty tickets are available for $45 per person. Reservations are required. Call Scott Gray at 302-3137 or e-mail him at

One week remains to apply for the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Bright Minds Scholarship program that awards up to $1 million.

So far Kern County has the largest number of completed applications in the state, according to the PG&E news release.

This is the second year that PG&E will award up to $1 million in Bright Minds scholarships to help high school, community college and non-traditional students to achieve their higher education goals. The application deadline is Feb. 28.

"As many families across California continue to face tough economic times, we must all work together to keep the cost of college within reach," said Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction, in the news release. "These scholarships are a great example of an ongoing public-private partnership that benefits students in a very real way, brightening the future of our entire state."

Bright Minds scholarship winners will receive full-ride scholarships of up to $30,000 per year; program finalists will receive $2,500 toward their studies.

For more information and to apply, visit Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.

The Bakersfield College Student Government Association is working to eliminate hunger and will focus on hunger and poverty with two special events in March.

The Oxfam America Hunger Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. March 8 in the college's John Collins Campus Center. Before entering the campus center, guests will randomly draw tickets that assign them an income level. Each ticket represents the latest statistics regarding the number of people living in poverty. Guests are then seated based on income level, and depending on where they are placed, they'll either "have a satisfying dinner, a humble meal, or a few servings of food," according to a college news release.

A Poverty 101 workshop with poverty expert Donna Beegle will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. March 15 in the John Collins Campus center. Poverty 101 is free, and includes lunch.

To attend the Oxfam America Hunger banquet or the Poverty 101 workshop, RSVP by Feb. 27 to or at 395-4051.