The Community Action Partnership of Kern is getting a $14,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to help provide food to those in need.

Fourteen Allstate agency owners and licensed sales professionals raised $1,000 each for hosting a two-week food drive in their area. The money contributed to the grant. CAPK also will be getting the food donations from the drives. 

“As small business owners and community leaders, Allstate agency owners see firsthand the opportunities and challenges facing the communities they serve,” said Phil Telgenhoff, Allstate field senior vice president. “Giving back is core to who we are, which is why we’re proud to volunteer and raise funds to improve the lives of people across Bakersfield.”

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County has received a $5,000 grant from the Bank of the Sierra for after-school programming at the Armstrong Youth Center. 

Bank Market President Rasmus Jensen presented the club with a check on Tuesday at the Armstrong center, located at 801 Niles St.  

"Bank of the Sierra is proud to be involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. The work they do with the youth of our community is a credit to the organization," Jensen said.

The after-school programs provide homework assistance, classes in various subjects and other services. 

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Bakersfield College is now offering courses in Shafter.

Recognizing a lack of higher education options for those living in Wasco, Shafter and McFarland, Kern Community College District is starting to offer classes at Shafter Learning Center and Shafter High School, district officials announced this week.

The district encouraged those interested to take part in an express one-day enrollment event Tuesday.

The two facilities where KCCD will begin to offer courses are part of Bakersfield College’s movement to reach out to rural communities. Initial course offerings will include general education courses that apply to a BC degree, or transfer to local four-year schools. BC will also expand student support services to those locations, including counseling and financial aid advising.

The district says it will enroll 500 students each semester in Shafter.

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The League of Dreams and Kern Dance Alliance's DanceABILITY program will be holding a dance recital on Thursday.

The recital starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Fox Theater, located on H Street. The doors open at 4 p.m. The recital caps off the five-week program, which helps people learn to dance, including those with disabilities. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Fox Theater at 324-1369.

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The Bakersfield Homeless Center will hold its annual Turkey Trot Walk and Run on Saturday. 

The event will start at 8 a.m. at the Yokuts Park on Empire Drive. Runners will be able to participate in a 1 mile, 5K or 10K. There will also be a kids' run and craft area. Money raised from the event benefits the homeless center. 

For more information, call the homeless center at 322-9199.

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