Tehachapi's updated library branch will open three weeks later than planned — Dec. 4 rather than Nov. 13.

The Kern County Library said the opening has been delayed because work on bracing and anchoring the shelving units is still ongoing. A grand opening will be held at 4 p.m. on Dec. 4 and will include library tours and other activities.

“For safety reasons, the branch cannot be open to the public during this timeframe, as the seismic retrofitting is being completed,” the county library said in a statement. “We apologize for the unanticipated delay and the inconvenience to the Tehachapi mountain communities.”

The library is located at 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd. For more information, contact the Kern County Library at 868-0730.

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The Kern County Department of Human Services kick off its annual Holiday Cottage on Nov. 27.

A kick-off celebration will be held at 11 a.m. at 2765 Calloway Dr., Suite 104. The cottage, which will be open through Dec. 11, gives county foster children the chance to write wish letters that will be placed on Christmas trees in the cottage. Cottage volunteers will work with the community to get gifts to the children in time for the holidays.

For more information, call 633-7104.

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The California Living Museum is looking for volunteers to help with its Holiday Lights at CALM event, running Dec. 1 through Jan. 6.

CALM said that at least 30 volunteers are needed each night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. to direct guests through the lights. Volunteers must be at least 17 years old. Businesses or organizations that supply 25 volunteers will be able to set up an information booth on the evening(s) they volunteer.

Each volunteer will be given a free admission pass to the event for each night worked.

For more information, call 871-1822.

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Adventist Health Bakersfield has gotten another award, this time for prostate surgery.

The hospital said that it has been named by Healthgrade as one of the 100 best hospitals in the nation for prostate surgery, the only one in Kern County to be so honored. Healthgrade released their findings Thursday as part of its 2018 Report to the Nation.

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