Goodall: Bakersfield College scored a coup when it announced that Dr. Jane Goodall would speak there on Tuesday, April 1. Goodall is widely known as the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees and for her multi-decade study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. She will appear just shy of her 80th birthday. This will surely be a fascinating talk. General admission tickets are just $15 ($10 for students). She will appear at the Gil Bishop Sports Center.
Cioppino: One of my favorite fundraisers of the year is coming up Saturday, March 29, at Monsignor Leddy Hall at Garces Memorial High School. It's the annual Cioppino Feed put on by Bakersfield West Rotary to support the Robert A. Grimm Children's Pavilion for Emergency Care over at Memorial Hospital. If you haven't been, consider attending this wonderful night of sumptuous clams and cioppino and wine. The cost is $100 per person. Call Howdy Miller for tickets at 747-5380.
Congratulations to Linda Sullenger, who has been appointed the new executive director of the Kern County Bar Association.
Valley Baptist: And kudos also go out to a group of young adults from Valley Bible Fellowship, who spent last weekend sprucing up the bike bath near Gordon's Ferry.
Summer: Speaking of the bike path, I have spotted three snakes sunning on the asphalt in the last week, a sure sign summer is right around the corner.
Really?: This note from reader Phillip Anderson speaks for itself: "Just what we need. With all the bad press that Bakersfield gets, yesterday I saw a GET bus with an advertisement on it that said 'Come for vacation, leave on probation.'"
Salad Bowl: I received this valentine from Bob Myers, a 1954 graduate of Bakersfield High School who now lives in Lake Havasu, Ariz. "I read with interest your blog about the Mossmans and the Salad Bowl restaurants. I took a girlfriend to the Salad Bowl on Union Avenue (am I correct in this?) in 1958 on our first date. I had invited Miss Mary Lou Bundy to go with me to the movies at the Nile Theater and as we were approaching the theater, I said to her, 'If this movie costs more than (some figure I don't remember), we're not going.' It was, and we didn't go to the movie. Instead I asked her if she was hungry, she said yes, and we went to the Salad Bowl where I knew we could get good food at a reasonable price. The romance blossomed, and this year we will celebrate our 56th wedding anniversary. "
Memories: And finally there was this from Anthony Cueto III. "Back in 1951, my father, Anthony Cueto, owned the Palace Hotel, which was located on 21st Street, between L and M streets. I remember visiting the place and going down to the basement where the laundry room was located. I can also remember my father pointing out the openings in the walls that led to the tunnels. I was quite small at the time, but it was something that I never forgot."
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