The Kern County Fairgrounds will host a Tune In and Tune Up car cleanup event on Saturday.

The event will be held between 8 a.m. and noon at the fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. Local 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. No gate entry before 6:30 a.m.

Organizers warn that the wait could be over two hours for your vehicle to be seen.

The event is sponsored by Valley Clean Air Now, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Healthy Air Living.

There will be free food and drinks available in the morning while supplies last. For more information, visit valleycan.org.


The Community Health Initiative of Kern County is holding a Health Coverage Days event on Saturday.

People who have yet to sign up for health insurance before the Jan. 31 deadline will be able to get information on what plans are available, have their questions answered by experts and get help enrolling in a plan. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valley Plaza Mall, 2701 Ming Ave.

Those interested in enrolling must bring proof of income, Kern County residence and citizenship. Social security numbers, photo IDs and dates of birth for all applicants are also required.

For more information, call Marisol Guillen at 632-5005.


The California Department of Transportation will be closing access to Highway 99 from some areas in town on Saturday.

The department said the on-ramp to southbound 99 from Olive Drive will be closed for storm and landscape maintenance, as well as drain cleaning. The Highway 99/204 connector will also be closed, as well as an on-ramp to southbound 99 from Buck Owens Blvd and the far right lane of the 99 between the Highway 204 and Airport Avenue overcrossings.

The closures will run from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes if possible.


A student who is part of the Boys & Girls Club at Emerson Middle School will be chosen as the Ford Junior Youth of the Month on Friday.

The winning student will be named at 4 p.m. at the school, 801 4th St. The student will receive a certificate, t-shirt and $50 Target gift card. In addition, a poster of the winner will be displayed at the Jim Burke Ford dealerships for February. Jim Burke Ford is the sponsor of the awards.

The program allows the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County to honor their middle and junior high school club members for their leadership, service and scholastic achievement.

Call the school at 631-5260 for more information.

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