The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity will celebrate February with a special nonprofit awareness night Friday at the Bakersfield Condors' game against the San Jose Barracuda.

"We are excited about this opportunity, presented by the Bakersfield Condors, to enjoy a night of Condors' hockey and to raise the visibility of the local LGBTQ+ community," center executive director Jan Hefner said in a news release.

A block of seats with bee occupied by LGBTQ+ people and allies. 

The center is selling tickets for $20 each that can be purchased from any board member, online at or by calling 404-2509. The game starts at 7 p.m.


Garces Memorial High School on Friday will welcome back one of its greatest athletes — champion swimmer Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin.

Goodwin overcame childhood bouts with polio and valley fever, as well as knee surgery in college, by using swimming for rehabiliation, Garces' officials said in a news release.

She set eight world ocean swimming records, edited a magazine, made BBC documentaries, wrote a children's book and raised sea otters while living in London, according to the release. In her 30s, she moved back to the U.S. and worked for more than a decade in the Pentagon helping direct the U.S. Navy's first Environmental and Conservation Office. 


The Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is holding a free education event Saturday for local students and their parents.

The Academic Advantage event allows students interested in the healthcare field to listen to medical professionals and learn how they got to where they are today, the center said in a news release. The goal is to provide insight and guidance to students.

"We are so excited to host this event and share out experiences with the next generation of healthcare providers," Dr. Benjamin Walline of the center said in the release. 

The event will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton at 5101 California Ave. Students must RSVP at


Nighttime lane closures are planned for westbound Truxtun Avenue for two weeks as fiber optic lines are relocated.

The outside westbound lane of Truxtun from Oak Street to Route 99 is scheduled to occur weeknights from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Feb. 20 and continuing through March 7, according to the city manager.

At least one westbound lane will remain open.

Other road closures include following:

• The two outside lanes on northbound Highway 99, as well as the Ming Avenue off-ramp, will be closed for paving operations from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Tuesday through Thursday. 

• Electrical work will require closures of the eastbound Highway 58-Union Avenue on-ramp, the westbound Highway 58-Union Avenue on-ramp and the westbound Highway 58-Chester Avenue off-ramp Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. 

• Also Tuesday through Thursday, a nighttime closure of the two outside lanes of eastbound Highway 58, between Highway 99 and H Street, will occur for the placement of a new sign structure.

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