About 600 students at Haven Middle School in Arvin were given new shoes, socks and other items on Thursday.

The Arvin Assembly Church partnered with other businesses and organizations to give students the items at the school gym Thursday morning. The Arvin Union School District paid for the new socks while a shoe company, whose name was not disclosed, provided the shoes.

The Arvin Lions Club also donated money so that each student could have a bag for their items.


The California Highway Patrol will be dedicating the Highway 99/166 interchange south of Bakersfield in memory of a fallen officer.

The CHP will honor Officer Gerald Dormaier, who died in the line of the duty in 1980, with a dedication at 10 a.m. Friday at the Bakersfield CHP Office, located at 9855 Compagnoni St. State Sen. Jean Fuller, Assemblyman Rudy Salas and CHP Assistant Commissioner Scott Silsbee will attend.

The Highway 99/166 interchange will be dedicated as the Gerald E. Dormaier Memorial Interchange.

For more information, contact the CHP at 396-6653. 


Adventist Health Bakersfield has kicked off its second annual Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign.

In partnership with the American Heart Association, Adventist Health will be collecting crocheted or knitted red hats for babies born in February at the hospital. Donated yarn will also be accepted.

The hospital will be accepting items through the end of the year and they can be dropped off at the hospital’s location at 2615 Chester Ave.

For more information, contact the hospital at 395-3000.


The Bakersfield College Concert Band and Orchestra will hold their annual winter concert on Dec. 1.

The concert will kick off at 7 p.m. in the Edward Simonsen Indoor Theater at the college, located at 1801 Panorama Drive. Tickets are $10 per person or $7 for students, staff or senior citizens.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 323-8594.


Bakersfield College will be celebrating a new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities on Dec. 1.

The celebration of the new Energizing Humanities in California’s San Joaquin Valley grant will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the college. Sonoma State University Professor Dr. Gerald Haslam, who is involved in the university’s Levan Center for Humanities, will be there.

For more information on the free event, call 323-8594.

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