The City of Bakersfield will provide a mid-year budget update the City Council meeting on Wednesday.

The city is proposing that adjustments be made to appropriate general fund money for the Recreation and Parks department to hire more staff as well as the public works and fire departments to cover an expected rise in electricity costs.

During the meeting, the council will also provide a certificate of achievement ot Kenneth Vetter for 40 years of service on the Police Department Civil Service Board. There will also be a public hearing on the capital improvement plan for the Metropolitan Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan.

Meetings are held at 5:15 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 1501 Truxtun Ave.

Bakersfield College will hold its annual Sterling Silver Benefit Dinner on Feb. 24.

The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the college, 1801 Panorama Dr. The fundraiser, which benefits the Bakersfield College Foundation, recognizes three local philanthropists each year. This year, Marko B. and Theo Zaninovich will receive the outstanding Individual Philanthropist award. The Outstanding Corporate Donor award goes to Kern Schools Federal Credit Union.

The dinner will also recognize Kenneth Byrum, the first recipient of the foundation’s Service Medal.

Tickets cost $200 per person or $1,500 for a table of eight. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 395-4800.

The California Living Museum is holding a docent/biofact training course through April.

The course is available every Saturday between Feb. 24 through March 24, as well as April 7-14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the zoo, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. There is no cost to attend, but docents must submit to fingerprinting and a tuberculosis test at their cost. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Feb. 21. Docent volunteers must be 18 years old while biofact docents must be 15.

The zoo is also offering a Wildlife Rehabilitation Program class April 7-14 from 2-4 p.m. Participants will assist animal keepers in the zoo’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and will learn how to care for the injured and orphaned animals that come to the facility each year.

There is a $20 materials fee for the class. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on April 4. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Applications can be found at For more information, call 872-2256.

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