The city Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing regarding high-speed rail plans on Thursday.

People will be able to provide comment on the Downtown Bakersfield High Speed Rail Station Area Vision Plan and the draft environmental impact report. The current plan is to build a rail station at F Street and Highway 204.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers, located at 1501 Truxtun Ave. For more information, call the city at 326-3000.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that $5.54 million in funding will be given to homeless programs in Kern County.

Some of the agencies that will receive a portion of the funding include the Bakersfield Homeless Center, Clinica Sierra Vista and the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. All awarded agencies are part of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative, led by United Way of Kern County.

The funding is part of $2 billion that HUD is handing out across the nation.

The Bakersfield Museum of Art will be holding classes on oil pastels for kids on Saturday.

The classes will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. for kids aged 6 to 11. Kids aged 12 to 16 can attend a class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 

Classes cost $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit

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