The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Beautiful Bakersfield Awards.

The awards are given out to individuals, businesses and other organizations for improving the local quality of life

Nominations can be submitted up through Feb. 7 by going online to The awards, presented by Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, will be held June 2.

For more information, call 327-4421.

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, March 16, for the Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship.

The fellowship, funded by The Wonderful Company, is focused on helping students get a degree from a graduate program and encouraging them to come back to the Valley to apply what they’ve learned.

The Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship, now in its ​fourth year, is made possible by a gift from Lynda and Stewart Resnick, co-owners of The Wonderful Company.

"The Resnicks are dedicated to making the Central Valley a better place to live, work, and learn, and share the Maddy Institute’s commitment to opportunity and excellence in education for regional youth," the Institute said in a press release.

Students throughout the San Joaquin Valley who have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and are applying to or have been accepted into a nationally ranked graduate program for fall 2018 will be eligible to apply for one of two $56,000 fellowships.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Pacific on March 16. Applications will require a resume, letters of recommendation as well as college transcripts. Applications can be found online at They can be emailed to or mailed/delivered to Mark Keppler, Executive Director, The Maddy Institute
, Foundation Building, California State University, Fresno, 4910 E. Chestnut Ave., OF 43, Fresno, CA 93726


The Wonderful Company is a privately held $4 billion global company whose brands include Fiji Water, Pom Wonderful, Wonderful Pistachios & Wonderful Almonds, Wonderful Halos, Teleflora, Justin Vineyards & Winery and Landmark Wines. The company has a substantial presence in Kern County.

Cal State Bakersfield is now accepting applications for its Chevron REVS-UP program.

The program, to be held June 4-28, offers hands-on research experience for teams of high school students in several areas, including  biology, computer science, engineering and mathematics. Students will be required to present their findings in a poster presentation. The program will take place in laboratories on the CSU Bakersfield campus.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 23. Applications can be found at For more information, call 654-2104.

The Kern High School District will be holding its spring community forum on Jan. 30.

The forum is set for 6 p.m. in the board room at the district office, located at 5801 Sundale Ave. The forum will focus on student behavior and the school climate. The presentation will include reports on fall semester 2017 suspensions, expulsions, school climate survey results and more.

The district will provide live teleconferencing of the forum to outlying school sites such as Arvin and Shafter high schools. For more information, call 827-3172.

Bakersfield Walmart stores will be holding free health screenings on Saturday.

Stores will be participating in Walmart Wellness Day for the first time this year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will be able to get free blood pressure, blood glucose and body mass index screenings as well as immunizations at a low cost. Some locations will also have free vision screenings.

The southbound Highway 99 off-ramp to eastbound Highway 178 and westbound Highway 58 will be closed on Monday.

The California Department of Transportation said the ramp will be closed from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. for electrical maintenance. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route if possible.