The Kern County Department of Human Services is kicking off its free JobFest series on Thursday.

The first event will run from 9 a.m. to noon in Lamont in the David Head Center, 10300 San Diego St. Nearly 40 employers from different fields will be offering more than 500 open positions, the department said.

The JobFest events are set for Bakersfield, Mojave and Lake Isabella in March. The first is on March 8 in Mojave from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mojave Air & Space Port in the Stuart O. Witt Event Center, 1247 Poole St.

Bakersfield’s JobFest will be on March 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Lake Isabella’s event is the last for the month on March 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kern River Valley Veterans Hall, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd.

Additional JobFests are set for other Kern County communities through June.

The Department of Human Services urges job-seekers to dress professionally and come with at least 20 copies of their resume or application.

Visit or call 633-7104 to sign up or for more information.

Greenfield Union School District students will show off their culinary skills on Thursday.

The school is holding its Breakfast of Champions Kids Cooking Competition at 5:30 p.m. at Ollivier Middle School, 7310 Monitor St. A student from each grade in the district will compete for best breakfast recipe. The goal of the event is to promote healthy eating and the eating of breakfast at school.

During the contest, students will cook up a breakfast that will be judged on nutritional value, presentation, creativity, ease of preparation, taste and whether it is kid-friendly. The winning dish will be part of the district’s April breakfast menu.

For more information, call 837-6020. 

Independence High School will hold its Energy, Science and Career Fair on Thursday.

The fair will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the school, 8001 Old River Road. The event, only for eighth-graders from Lakeside School, will include a carnival with games teaching students about energy. There will also be hands-on science activities and the career fair.

For more information, call 834-8001.

The winner of this month’s $1,000 Print Centers scholarship is Beardsley Junior High Teacher Jim Young.

Young, who has taught music at the school for 38 years, was recognized in a surprise announcement in his classroom on Wednesday. The scholarship is given out to a teacher each month to help pay for supplies, classroom improvements, field trips and more.

“His day starts as early as 7 a.m. and ends as late as 8 p.m., with most days working through his lunch,” said school board member Gina Rasmussen. “Parents love him because they see firsthand the hard work he puts forth.”

For more information about the scholarships, call 387-3844.

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