The Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield will be giving Christmas gifts to nearly 300 children next week.

On Saturday, the club will go shopping at Walmart on Rosedale Highway and then wrap the presents, which will then be delivered to Kern County kids on the morning of Dec. 16. Besides gifts, the club will also provide families a Christmas tree, ornaments, stockings and a food gift card.

For more information, call 304-4737.

E&B Natural Resources is partnering with two organizations to bring Christmas trees to Oildale families in need on Saturday.

Alpine Tree and Tractor Services will bring 50 trees to Olive Knoll Church of the Nazarene, located at 6201 Fruitvale Ave. Church members will hand out the trees, including lights, between 8-9 a.m.

For more information, call the church at 399-3303.

United Way of Kern County will be holding an open house on Dec. 12.

The event, which will include a wine gathering, will be held from 4-7 p.m. at 5405 Stockdale Highway, Suite 200. RSVPs are requested by Friday. To RSVP, email

For more information, call 834-1820.

U.S. Congressman David Valadao is once again pushing Congress to present a permanent solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.

Valadao joined 34 lawmakers in sending a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan asking for a DACA fix to be presented on the House of Representatives floor before the year is out.

The program, which is set to expire on March 18, gave children whose parents brought them to the United States illegally protection from being deported and allowed them to legally work if they registered with the government. DACA recipients could face deportation if Congress doesn’t take action to replace the program.

“These young people met their obligation coming out of the shadows, passing background checks, paying necessary fees, and enrolling in school or obtaining employment. They deserve to have confidence in what their future holds." Valadao said in the letter. "This is not a partisan issue and Congress must come together to provide a legislative solution so these individuals may continue to live in the only home they know: the United States."

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