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In this 2012 photo, Pauline Larwood and her husband, Dr. Tom Larwood, lead the way during a Valley Fever Awareness walk at the Kern County Museum.

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Russian Wolfhound Sonja has been suffering from Valley Fever and was with her owner, Anne Quinn, for the Valley Fever Awareness walk.

People and dogs are invited to step out next week for the Valley Fever Americas Foundation's second annual walk.

The People & Pets Walk for Valley Fever is set for Aug. 10 at Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. Gates open and registration begins at 7 a.m. The walk starts at 8 a.m.

Registration is $20 before the event or $25 the day of the walk. Children 12 years old and younger get in free. Dogs are welcome on leashes.

The registration fee includes a light breakfast and swag bag. People who pre-register are guaranteed a T-shirt and shirts will be handed out to folks who register on the day of the event while supplies last. About 350 people turned out for last year's walk.

After the walk, a celebration of life for local valley fever expert Dr. Hans Einstein will commence at 10 a.m. The celebration is free and people do not have to participate in the walk to attend, said Jessica Einstein, director of communications for the Valley Fever Americas Foundation.

Registration information is available online at valleyfever.com. Call 800-VAL-FEVR (825-3387) or email info@valleyfever.com with questions.

Children's Foundation is taking applications for grants of up to $5,000 for childrens' health care costs.

Grants will be awarded to help families pay for medical services and equipment, such as speech therapy, counseling, wheelchairs or glasses, a news release said. To qualify, children must be 16 or younger. Families must have a commercial health insurance plan, meet economic criteria and live in the U.S. Parents and legal guardians can apply online at www.uhccf.org.

Bakersfield Heart Hospital has launched a new Pocket EKG Program to be held the last Saturday of every month.

The program offers $25 screening appointments, which include a 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) reading and blood pressure check. Participants receive a pocket-sized card with an image of their baseline EKG, emergency information and cardiac history, a hospital news release said.

The next program will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 24. Appointments are about 15 minutes. Call 852-6249 for an appointment or information.