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Larger packages are sorted by hand Monday at the United States Postal Service facility on Pegasus Drive in Bakersfield. Parcel volume is up approximately 20 percent this year over last year.

Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

To help make sure residents get their packages and other Christmas mail sent on time, the U.S. Postal Service will open several offices on Sunday, including one in Bakersfield.

The post office located at 3200 Larson Lane will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 17. Visalia’s post office, located at 2345 W. Beech Ave., also will be open Sunday.


The Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center for Community Wellness will be holding its annual Cancer Pediatric Christmas event on Saturday.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6501 Truxtun Ave. It will start with activities for the kids such as laser tag, face-painting and a petting zoo. After lunch, carolers from Kern Health Systems will perform. Santa will then come by and hand out gifts.

The CBCC Foundation for Community Wellness is a nonprofit organization focused on support local cancer patients.

For more information, call 817-0106.


The Bakersfield City School District is celebrating the grand opening of the new location for its Migrant Education Program on Monday.

The celebration will start at 10:15 a.m. at 1121 Baker St. with a news conference and ribbon-cutting, followed by an open house. The goal of the program is to help get migrants prepared for college and/or the workforce.

For more information, call 631-4618.


Law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired drivers through the rest of the month.

The Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol are implementing DUI checkpoints now through Jan. 1 and will be increasing patrols. The goal of the campaign is to get more impaired drivers off the streets. 

The Bakersfield Police Department said it will be deploying a checkpoint on Saturday. 

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