The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic is offering a Kinship Support Services Program to local individuals who have stepped in when parents are unable to care for their children.

Kinship Care is also referred to as relative care and it's the full-time parenting of children and youth by grandparents, other relatives, neighbors or friends of family, a news release from the clinic said.

Services are available in English and Spanish and include: assessment and referral, guardianship assistance, case management, individual family and group counseling, support groups and monthly kids night and family night activities.

For more information, call the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic at 322-1021 or go to

If you eat at Outback Steakhouse during a special fundraiser, you can help send a child or teen who's suffered burns to a special camp designed just for them.

The Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation raises funds to send kids to the camp, and the fundraiser takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Outback Steakhouse, 5051 Stockdale Highway.

For $25, you get a meal with steak, chicken or salmon, plus one Bloomin' Onion per table and service provided by Bakersfield firefighters.

Proceeds from the event go toward sending burn survivors from the Grossman Burn Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital to a weeklong, residential summer camp. The camp provides group interaction with peers, an important aspect of burn recovery.

Call 834-7850 to reserve a table. Lunch is also available to go. Cash or checks are accepted. Make checks payable to the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation.

To help its work on behalf of animals, the Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation will put on a fundraiser called "Applause for Paws" June 8.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show with three comedians kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Bakersfield Women's Club, 2030 18th St. The evening of dinner and comedy also includes a silent auction, opportunity drawings and a cash bar. It's $30 per person, or $50 a couple.

"All of the money goes to the animals," Karen Marousek, a board member of the group, said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

The organization aims to support Kern County animal shelters, improve conditions in local shelters and reduce animal overpopulation.

Learn more at

Court Appointed Special Advocates 57th graduation is coming up.

Kern County Juvenile Court Judge Honorable Louie Vega will swear in the graduates as CASAs of Kern County during a special ceremony at 6:30 p.m. May 29, a news release from the organization said. The community is welcome to attend and join the graduates at the Larry Reider Building at 1300 17th St.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2013 Class of Kern Leaders Academy is coming up.

The Kern Leaders Academy is a countywide, community leadership program whose purpose is to assist in the development of visionary community leaders, a news release from the group said. The Academy will provide education and training to civic, professional and business leaders to equip them to enter public service with skills to address challenges facing Kern County.

For information about the program and to download the application, visit Applications are due by 5 p.m. June 28.