Bakersfield’s home market continues to soften, according to the latest monthly sales summary by local appraiser Gary Crabtree.

The median closing price for an existing home in the city was $208,500 in October, down 3 percent from both a month and a year before. That helped bring the annual price-appreciate rate down to 3.85 percent from 14.79 percent a year earlier, Crabtree reported in a preliminary report.

Supply held mostly steady from the month before at 1,621 home listings, as compared with 1,632 in September, Crabtree reported. But demand slipped: The number of closed sales last month was 507, off 8.3 percent from September but down only 0.8 percent from October 2014.

Local citrus growers are invited to an informational meeting Thursday on efforts to control a pest threatening Kern County’s $892 million citrus industry.

Focused on a spate of Asian citrus psyllid findings in and around Bakersfield, the meeting will feature presentations by county and state agriculture officials, as well as a University of California specialist. The psyllid can carry Huanglongbing, a so-far incurable disease that destroys citrus trees.

The meeting begins at 9:30 at the Kern County Agricultural Commissioner’s auditorium, 1001 Mount Vernon Ave.

The operator of Rabobank Arena has signed an agreement to sell a single brand of vaping products through 2016 at the downtown Bakersfield events venue.

Los Angeles-based AEG agreed to exclusively carry Human Health Organization’s Vaporcade brand. The deal applies to the Rabobank as well as other AEG-run venues in San Diego, Missouri, Ohio and Virginia.

Under the arrangement, HHO will repaint and provide a new canopy over the Rabobank’s outdoor smoking area, which is the only part of the venue where vaping will be permitted.

The Common Threads Committee is accepting nominations for its 20th annual awards ceremony honoring women in Central Valley agriculture.

The organization seeks not only women who have “deep roots” in agriculture, but also those who have dedicated time and energy to making a difference through philanthropic giving and volunteering within the ag industry.

Only women from Kern, Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare qualify. There will be a luncheon for honorees March 16 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare.

Nominations must be received by the end of the day Nov. 24. Nomination forms are available online at For information, call Sadie Hemsath at Ag One: 559-278-4266.

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