The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County is participating in the nationwide Lights On Afterschool event on Thursday.

Children in clubs across the county will spend part of Thursday evening doing various activities such as gardening, coding, dancing, painting and creating their own books. Activities start at 4 p.m. at various club sites.

Some of the Boys & Girls Clubs sites participating in the event are the Armstrong Youth Center, located at 801 Niles St.; the Jefferson Elementary club, 816 Lincoln St.; the Stockdale club, 5207 Young St.; and the Lamont club, 8301 Segrue Rd., Lamont. 

The goal of the event, organized by the Afterschool Alliance, is to show the importance of after school programs and the need for additional financial investment.

"Lights On Afterschool celebrates the skills students learn at our after school programs,” said Zane Smith, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. "It is a powerful reminder that after school programs keep children safe, inspire them to learn, and relieve working parents of worries about how their children spend their afternoons. Unfortunately, too many kids are unsupervised and exposed to crime or other risks each afternoon.”

For more information, call 325-3730.

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The Friendship House Advisory Board is holding its Friendship House Mixer and More on Thursday.

The mixer starts with a meet-and-greet at 5:45 p.m. at Metro Galleries, located at 1604 19th St., with the program featuring several guest speakers, live entertainment, a silent auction and more starting at 6 p.m.

Money raised from the event will go toward supporting the Friendship House Community Center’s educational programs.

For more information, call 742-1366 or email friendshiphouse1957@gmail.com.

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Kaiser Permanente is partnering with the Bakersfield Police Department and other local agencies to put on a free prescription drug pick-up event on Saturday.

Volunteers will be on hand at Kaiser Permanente’s 3501 Stockdale Highway office taking unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They with also accept clothing, furniture, eyeglasses, hearing aids and canned food.

The event is being held in conjunction with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The goal of the event is to prevent prescription drug abuse.

For more information, call 398-5191.

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The Kern County Public Works Department and Kern Refuse Haulers are holding a collection event on Saturday for bulky waste items such as TVs and appliances.

Residents can drop off their items at the Meadows Field International Terminal, Kern County Fairgrounds or at Kern Medical between 8 a.m. and noon. A curbside pick-up can also be arranged by calling 322-6863. The program aims to prevent illegal dumping.

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The Westchester Kiwanis Club will be holding its ninth annual Golf Tournament on Nov. 4.

The tournament will be held at the Sundale Country Club, with check-in starting at 7:45 a.m. Tee times start at 9 a.m. The cost is $100 per player, which includes fees, a cart, driving range and box lunch. There will be various competition prizes for all players.

To sign up, email chriscghall@hotmail.com or mail entries to Chris Hall at P.O. Box 271, Bakersfield 93302-0271. Checks can be made payable to the Westchester Kiwanis Foundation.

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Kaiser Permanente is looking for an artist to paint live during an upcoming meeting.

The organizers said they would like an artist to compose a painting featuring Bakersfield landmarks and some individuals during a meeting on Nov. 9 at the Padre Hotel, located at 1702 18th St., from 1-3 p.m.

For more information, call Kelli Neuman at 334-2007.

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