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Houchin relies on members of the Executive Association of Kern County who have donated gallons of blood and blood products over the years to help fill empty shelves.

Photo courtesy of Houchin Community Blood Bank

Houchin Blood Bank is holding a special blood drive in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The blood bank’s Pink Party Blood Drive will be on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its donor center located at 11515 Bolthouse Ave. Donors will be treated to a pasta lunch from Olive Garden as well as cupcakes from Sweet Surrender.

All donors can also enter to win a $500 Target gift card as well as a Mary Kay gift basket.

“I am a breast cancer survivor myself, and was lucky enough not to need any blood products during my treatments. However, many people suffering from cancer and going through chemotherapy need to replace platelets or red blood cells as treatment progresses,” said Carola Enriquez, director of community development at the blood bank. “You can help by providing the platelets or other blood products needed this month, and throughout the year.”

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Current and aspiring educators can get a free day of professional development on Saturday.

Cal State Bakersfield’s Department of Teacher Education is holding the event, which will focus on literacy, at 8 a.m. in the student union multipurpose room. It will feature as speakers educators from several school districts as well as group sessions.

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Bakersfield College is partnering with UCLA to hold an informational session next week for those interested in pursuing public health careers.

The session will be on Oct. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the student government board conference room at Bakersfield College. The goal of the event is to get more people interested in public health career opportunities.

The session comes after the college offered its first public health science major this fall. The event will provide students with an overview of the new major and some of the programs available through the college’s partnership with UCLA, such as one that places students at public health organizations in L.A. so they can get a first-hand look.

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The United Way of Kern County has received one of five nationwide grants provided by the Opportunity Foundation.

The grant has allowed for the integration of interactive bilingual signage for the entire fleet of Kern County’s Golden Empire Transit buses. The goal of the signage is to give children something educational to do while they’re on the bus.

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