Bakersfield College will host the Bakersfield City School District’s annual Junior High/Middle School Band and Orchestra Standards Festival on March 8.

Performances by the school groups will take place from 9:25 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Simonsen Performing Arts Center, 1801 Panorama Dr. The bands will be judged on their performances and provided advice by the judges. Performances will take place every half hour.

For more information and a schedule of performances, call BCSD at 631-4600.

All Bakersfield City School District schools will be closed this Friday for the district to hold an Academic Conference Day.

The conference will be an opportunity for staff to get professional development as well as participate in planning efforts and collaborations. For more information, call the district at 631-4600.

Thirty students from Sierra Middle School will be graduating from Kaiser Permanente’s Hippocrates Circle Program on Saturday.

The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Kaiser’s East Hills medical offices, 3700 Mall View Road. Police Chief Lyle Martin will speak at the ceremony. The program is focused on educating students about careers in the medical field.

Through the program, the students attended five weekend sessions where they listened to stories from physicians and medical students, learned how to take vital signs, participated in orthopedics, surgery and obstetrics simulations and more.

For more information, call 524-7373.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s trout hatcheries are releasing “trophy trout” in California rivers and lakes for recreational angling, including the Kern River.

The CDFW said the trout, which measure three pounds each or more, will be available in the river by the end of April. The department has also released smaller trout that range between one pound and 2.99 pounds.

The CDFW trout hatcheries provide millions of trout angling opportunities in approved, public waters throughout the state every year.

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