Adventist Health Bakersfield decided to start the holiday gift-giving a little early.

Adventist employees cast votes to decide which charity would benefit from their largess. On Thursday, the winners were announced and the hospital provided $3,000 to five nonprofit organizations. The California Veterans Assistance Foundation and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kern County were each given $1,000 checks, because they got the most votes.

The other $1,000 was split between three organizations, which tied: Checks of $333 were given to the Bakersfield Homeless Center, St. Vincent de Paul and Pet Matchmaker Rescue.

“I’m so proud of our employees and happy to be able to fulfill a need in our community with these non-profits that share our vision by inspiring health, wholeness and hope,” said Sharlet Briggs, AH Bakersfield President & CEO.

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The California Department of Water Resources has announced an initial water allocation of 15 percent for State Water Project contractors.

The Kern County Water Agency said about 150,000 acre-feet of water would be delivered to Kern County water users from the project next year compared to the contracted amount of about 1,000,000 acre feet.

The State Water Project provides water to more than 25 million residents and more than 750,000 acres of agricultural land throughout the state. Each year, the DWR issues an initial allocation ahead of the start of the rainy season.

“With last year being the wettest on record, we’re hopeful that the wet hydrology continues and the allocation increases,” said Water Agency Board of Directors President Ted Page. “California needs multiple wet years to make up for the recent extended drought conditions that began in 2013.”

The CDWR will likely provide a final allocation next May, the agency said.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Kern County will give its Ford Junior Youth of the Month award to a member of the Compton Junior High School Boys & Girls Club on Friday.

The club member will be announced at 4 p.m. at the school, located at 3211 Pico Ave. The winner will be given a certificate as well as a $50 Target gift card and a T-shirt from Jim Burke Ford, the sponsor of the program. A poster of the winner will be displayed at dealerships during the summer.

The winner will be given a laptop at the end of the next school year, in May 2018.

The award is given to club members who have become leaders at their school and have achieved educational success.

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The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Valley Clean Air Now will be holding a Tune In and Tune Up car cleanup event on Saturday.

The event will be held between 8 a.m. and noon at the Kern County Fairgrounds, located at 1142 S. P St. Drivers who have owned their vehicles for at least six months will be eligible for a free emissions test. Vehicles that do not pass – up to 525 – will be given a $500 voucher for repairs at a smog shop.

State Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, will be attending and speaking at the event.

There will be free food and drinks available in the morning while supplies last.

For more information, call 335-0302.

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Bike Bakersfield will be holding its Holiday Lights Ride on Dec. 14.

The ride will start at 7 p.m. at the Marketplace and will go through the Haggin Oaks neighborhood to see homes' Christmas lights and then return. Riders are encouraged to wear holiday attire and bring lights for their bikes.

The ride is available to people of all ages and skill levels. Bike Bakersfield staff will follow the ride with tools in case of mechanical problems.

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Upside Academy is holding its Christmas in the Neighborhood event on Dec. 15.

The free event will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bakersfield Police Activities League building, located at 301 E. 4th St. The event will provide hundreds of toys to low-income children while also providing food, games, a raffle drawing and more.

Upside Academy is a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer opportunities to high school students in the community.

Call 281-5007 for more information.

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