Representatives from several health-related organizations will hold a rally on Wednesday opposing cuts to Medi-Cal and other health insurance.

The rally will be held at the Liberty Bell, located outside the Kern County Superior Court building at 1415 Truxtun Ave., at 5 p.m. Organizations such as United Way Kern, Faith in the Valley Kern and the Community Health Initiative are involved in the rally.

“We want to educate our fellow Kern County residents about what it means to create a healthy Kern County,” said Lorena Lara of Faith in the Valley Kern. “Cutting health care will hurt real families directly and hurt all of us indirectly by crushing our economy.”

For more information, call 817-3577.

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The Kern County Sheriff’s Office will hold its Shop with a Cop event on Saturday.

Deputies will take children in need Christmas shopping at the Walmart located at 6225 Colony St. starting at 7 a.m. Children participating in the event are chosen by schools, churches, youth organizations and sports teams.

“This will provide a fun-filled day for a number of children with identified needs in Kern County,” the department said. “The unique December shopping experience fosters positive relationships with law enforcement and deters youth from choosing a life of crime or violence.”

Deputies will spent $100 on each kid, the Sheriff’s Office said. The department didn’t specify how many children would be participating in the event.

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The City of Bakersfield and Bakersfield College want your Christmas trees.

The organizations said they are joining forces once again for a Christmas tree recycling program. Trees can be dropped off at the southwest area of the campus at the intersection of Haley Street and University Avenue from Dec. 26 through Jan. 12.

For more information, call 323-8594.

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The California State University Bakersfield Alumni Association collected 466 items for its food pantry through its recent Holiday Mixer.

The pantry opened in September to help students in need. Students and staff may visit the pantry once a week and collect food based on a points system. The pantry is open 27 hours a week.

“It was incredible to see such a strong showing of CSUB Alumni and the Bakersfield community at our inaugural mixer,” said Justin Salters, president-elect of the Alumni Association and organizer of the event. “Together, we’re helping provide opportunities for students to succeed while addressing a major obstacle to academic performance, food insecurity.”

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