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A small chihuahua was brought into the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center to be taken care of along with a couple of other dogs while the restructuring and remodeling takes place at the care center in this Oct. 1 photo.

Bakersfield Animal Control Division will hold a low-cost rabies vaccination and licensing clinic for pets 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at The Park at Riverwalk, 11200 Stockdale Highway.

The city will also offer free microchips to all currently licensed dogs as part of a year-long effort to reduce the number of impounded animals entering the shelter system.

This form of electronic identification for animals is fast becoming the preferred method for reunification between lost pet and owner.

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Bakersfield city officials will hold a ribbon cutting 3 p.m. Thursday to showcase the remodeled Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.

There's been extensive refurbishing at the center including installation of new floor and ceiling tiles, carpet and insulation plus painting and remodeling of the restrooms.

At the re-opening, cake and punch will be served and children's activities offered.

The center is at 1000 S. Owens St. Tours of the refurbished center will be provided.

State Sen. Andy Vidak , R-Hanford, will host a town hall meeting on identity theft and online predator prevention 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at St. John Manor, 900 4th St. in Bakersfield.

Investigators from the California Highway Patrol and a program director from the Kern County Department of Aging and Adult Services will provide tips on preventing ID theft and falling victim to online predators.

For more information and to RSVP for the town hall, contact Daniel Medina at 559- 585-7161 or

The Kern County Grand Jury is accepting applications for new panelists until April 4.

The jury comprises 19 citizens randomly selected from applicants interviewed and then nominated by Kern County Superior Court judges.

Jurors then investigate government agencies and hear evidence of public offenses presented by the Kern County District Attorney's office. They might issue criminal indictments.

The work requires about 20 hours a week.

Jurors must be U.S. citizens, at least 18, have a working knowledge of English and live in the county for at least a year. Terms last a year beginning in July.

Those interested can contact Penny Petris-Hall at the Kern County Grand Jury, 1415 Truxtun Ave. in Bakersfield or call 868-4797 to obtain an application for nomination. They can also download an application from the Grand Jury website at