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Rod Thornburg / Special to The Californian

Natalee, Hezekiah, Gabriel and Ezekiel Gutierrez participated in the Read Across Bakersfield event in 2013.

You can celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss' birthday at the 7th Annual Read Across Bakersfield event Sunday.

There will be games, booths, photos with The Cat, face painting and a special movie showing of "The Indian in the Cupboard," a Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association news release said.

A block party is free and kicks off at 1 p.m. at The Majestic Fox Theater. For ticket information, call Denice Porter at 327-4567.

The awards honor businesses, organizations and individuals who contribute to the quality of life in Bakersfield, a chamber news release said. There are 14 categories.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. March 17. Award recipients will be announced at a May 31 banquet.

Nomination forms can be found at or call 327-4421.