Molly Soper

Garces Memorial High senior Molly Soper receives the Mayor's Trophy from Mayor Karen Goh during commencement on Tuesday. The award is given to student-athletes each year for their athletic performance, academic achievement, leadership and community services. 

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Garces Memorial High student Molly Soper is the winner of this year’s Mayor’s Trophy for student-athletes.

The trophy is awarded each year to a senior for their athletic performance, academic achievement, leadership and community service.

Mayor Karen Goh presented Soper with a plaque during the school commencement ceremony on Tuesday.

Soper has also received the Bishop’s Award and the Jim Burke Leadership Award offered by the school. The Bishop’s Award is given to students for strong Christian character. She has earned other awards and honors from the school and various organizations.


The Kern County Veterans Service Department is holding its first Dog Tag Dash on Saturday.

The event includes 10K, 5K and 1-mile runs starting at 7:30 a.m. at Hart Park, located on Alfred Harrell Highway. All runners will receive a medal for finishing a race. Beverage steins will be handed out to the top two placers in the 5K and 10K races.

The event will also include information booths and food. All courses are pet-friendly as long as they are on a leash or tether.

The entry fee is $45, with registration from 6-7 a.m. Money raised from the event supports Patriots of Kern and Devil Pups of Kern County.

For more information, call 868-7300.


The Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House is holding a groundbreaking event on May 21 for a new expansion.

The ceremony is at 1 p.m. at the house grounds, located at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, 420 34th St. The expansion will double the facility’s current capacity, going from three beds to six as well as a napping room.

The new expansion, estimated to cost about $500,000, will be able to serve 500 more guests per year. The facility supports families caring for sick or injured kids.

Call the Ronald McDonald House at 327-4647 for more information.


The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kern County is holding a graduation ceremony May 23.

Supervising Juvenile Court Judge Raymonda Marquez will swear in a group of trainees as official advocates during a special ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools City Centre, 1300 17th St., Room 1A.

For more information, call 631-2272.


Bike Bakersfield is partnering with local artists to hold a bike-related art show June 1-6. 

The "True Wheels" show will open on June 1 at the Younger Gallery, 1430 Truxtun Ave., with an opening reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The artwork will be on display through June 6, with a closing reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

The show will spotlight different mediums of artwork from young artists who were inspired by bicycles.

The artworks will be up for sale, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to support Bike Bakersfield's Recycle-a-Bike program.

For more information, call Bike Bakersfield at 321-9247. 


Leadership Bakersfield is holding a ribbon-cutting on June 7 for the new Curt Kennedy Community Center dining hall at The Mission at Kern County.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at 724 E. 21st St. The refurbished dining area will include new cabinets, storage and paint in an effort to make the space more inviting to guests while also providing a more efficient workspace for staff.

Leadership Bakersfield is a program of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce that provides educational services to professionals.

Call 327-4421 for more information.

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