The Kern County Department of Human Services' 2013 JobFest Series kicks off with a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Shafter Veterans Hall, 309 California Ave.

All job fairs in the series run from 9 a.m. to noon at different locations. Job seekers are advised to come "dressed for success" and bring at least 20 copies of their resume or master application.

The second in the series is set for April 3 at the Taft Veterans Memorial Building, 218 Taylor St., in Taft. The Lamont JobFest is set for April 17 at the David Head Center, 10300 San Diego St., in Lamont. Ridgecrest's event is April 26 at SpringHill Suites Marriott, 113 E. Sydor Ave.

The series is to continue in Bakersfield May 14, and in Lake Isabella May 15. Locations of those fairs have not been announced.

Employers are invited to participate free of charge. To do so, they may call Shanda Evett at 633-7036.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Kern County to help prepare local youth to enter the job market.

The two organizations' Summer Jobs Program features eight-week "Career Launch" classes for more than 300 Kern County youth. The classes are to be based on national Boys & Girls Club programs focusing on career exploration, financial literacy and community stewardship.

Students who complete the program get to interview for one of 50 summer jobs at local businesses. PG&E has offered to cover their salaries and benefits. The program also helps pay for any necessary clothing and bus transportation. There is no cost to participating businesses.

Applications for the program are available at the Boys and Girls Club at 801 Niles St., in Bakersfield.

Iona, a small, Los Angeles-based clothing line by Bakersfield native Sonya Gamargo-Scarazzo, is now available at Sweet Surrender bakery, 6439 Ming Ave.

Gamargo-Scarazzo has designed for Baby Guess, BCBG and Von Dutch. Her Iona line is also available online at

Zaycon Foods is bringing its temporary, drive-through meat market concept to Bakersfield March 30 at Calvary Bible Church, 48 Manor St.

The Spokane, Wash.-based company alerts its registered customers when it is planning a local delivery. Then, it accepts pre-paid orders for various meats online at It ships them to a local parking lot in a refrigerated truck.

The Kern Minority Contractors Association has organized a California High-Speed Rail information forum set for 2 to 5 p.m. April 19 at Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave.

The free event is intended to spread the word about what opportunities the project -- expected to begin construction this year in the Central Valley -- offers to local small and minority-owned businesses.

Information about the event is available by calling 747-1465, or going online at

The Bakersfield Sylvan Learning Center has introduced SylvanSync , a mobile tutoring program supported by iPad computers.

SylvanSync offers digital lessons and personalized feedback.

The center at 2720 Calloway Drive, Suite A, is owned by franchisees Jack McAboy and Bill Kramer.

Portland, Ore.-based Banfield Pet Hospital has opened a location in northeast Bakersfield.

The office at 2661 Oswell St. offers care ranging from annual examinations and nutrition counseling to prescriptions and surgery. It is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Banfield has more than 800 pet hospitals across the country.

Moneywise Wealth Management has moved its offices and radio studio to the former Lennar Homes building at 8700 Stockdale Highway.

Formerly located at 8800 Stockdale Highway, Suite 100, the financial services firm said it moved to the larger space to accommodate growth over the last four years.

The firm's Moneywise Guys radio show broadcasts live from the new location between 10 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday on KERN 1180 AM.

P.A.S. Associates Human Resource Consultants has won a 2012 Sapphire Award from Inscape Publishing Inc.

P.A.S. is a Bakersfield-based business offering business training and development in 23 states. Inscape sells products designed to help people collaborate more effectively.

Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the largest real estate company in the United States by agent count, the Austin, Texas company has announced.

The company said it was about 80,000 associates, some of whom work in Bakersfield.