The ShePower Socialites held its 1st Annual Pink & Gold Gala at the Padre Hotel Thursday night in downtown Bakersfield. The women social group was founded last year in honor of Women's History Month and gathered at the Padre Hotel to honor amazing women who impact the community every day.

A bill by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, that intends to keep drinking water safe and affordable by expanding state assistance to water systems in larger, severely disadvantaged communities, cleared the Assembly Environmental Safety & Toxics Materials Committee this week.

Kaiser Permanente is partnering with local agencies to help people recycle unwanted household items and to properly dispose of expired, unwanted and unused prescriptions through a Spring Cleaning & Drug Take Back event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its Stockdale Medical Offices, 3501 Sto…

A fundraiser for the campaign of Ward 5 Bakersfield City Council candidate Bruce Freeman will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 2 at the home of Tracey and Christy Chance and will be co-hosted by Bob and Lori Malkin.

The Kern Community Foundation and local nonprofits will count down to Kern’s second annual community giving day, Give Big Kern, with a mixer at the Padre Hotel's Prairie Fire Tuesday evening.

A May Day march and rally calling for "a culture of resistance" that holds elected leaders accountable, defends the valley's diverse communities and empowers families will be held May 1 in Bakersfield, organizers said Monday.

Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, has sold a new single-tenant corporate Starbucks with a drive-thru at Colony Street and Panama Lane in Bakersfield, it was announced Tuesday.

The 17th Annual Renegade Pulse Health Fair at Bakersfield College will be open to students and the general public 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

A public meeting on proposals for aquifer exemptions for the Jasmin and Kern Front oil fields will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton, 5101 California Ave.

The Golden Empire Transit board will hold a public hearing 5:30 p.m. April 18 on proposed fare increases at the district offices on Golden State Avenue.

The Bakersfield Car Club Council, along with Bart Hall of Fred Hall Shows and Mike Hatcher of Central Valley Sportsman & RV Show, presented two checks to the Society for Disabled Children of Kern County Monday totaling $20,750, the group said this week.

On April 29, the People's Climate Movement will march in Washington, D.C., to push for a clean energy economy. In Bakersfield, local activists will gather that morning at 8 a.m. at the Liberty Bell, 1415 Truxtun Ave. (corner of Truxtun and Chester) to advocate for green energy jobs.

The Flame Broiler and Houchin Community Blood Bank are working together this April and May to support safe and adequate blood supply in Bakersfield.

The Kern County Department of Human Services has announced its 2017 JobFest Series, bringing employment opportunities to every region of Kern County.

Nighttime closures are scheduled for Sunday and Monday for the two outside lanes along southbound Highway 99, between Gilmore Avenue and Rosedale Highway and the Rosedale Highway off-ramp, to complete roadway striping. These closures are expected to be in place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino will speak about the worldwide fight against human trafficking at the Cal State Bakersfield Kegley Institute of Ethics' 31st Annual Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture 7 p.m. April 18, in the Doré Theatre.

Nighttime closures have been scheduled for certain hours Tuesday night through Thursday for the two outside lanes along southbound Highway 99 between Gilmore Avenue and Rosedale Highway, and the Rosedale Highway off-ramp, to allow for roadway striping. They're expected to be in place between…

The Devil Pups Youth Program For America is seeking Kern County candidates for its 2017 program, to be held July 20-29 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale headlines Songwriter's Education Day on Saturday at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame as part of the weekend of festivities to honor the late Merle Haggard.