A break in the rain is expected this weekend just in time for Second Saturday, a monthly gathering for family-friendly events supporting local businesses and organizations downtown.
Developed by Purveyor House in conjunction with Ward Two Councilman Andrae Gonzales, the event has 30 groups and businesses listed on its activity map this month. Some of the fun in store includes:
Bakersfield Museum of Art (1930 R St.): The museum is continuing the lecture series it started at the last Second Saturday, this time with Laddie John Dill, a Los Angeles-based artist whose work is part of the BMoA permanent collection. Guests see his work, the 54-panel installation "Volcanic Basin & Range," upon entering the museum. In addition to the lecture, which will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the museum will offer an all-ages art project exploring concepts from the current winter exhibition. Refreshments will be provided by Dagny's Coffee Co. which is sponsoring the event. Admission is $5, free for museum members. For more information, visit bmoa.org/second-saturday.
Bakersfield Racquet Club (1660 Pine St.): MAKE Bakersfield will host collage-making workshops for children ages 6-12 at the club. Sessions are 9-10 a.m. and 10:15-11:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per student.
Bakersfield Art Association Art Center (1607 19th St.): Martin Varga will demonstrate techniques for close-up photography as well as offer equipment tips and more for your DSLR.
F Street farmers market (F Street and Golden State Avenue): Vendors will sell fresh produce, unique food and crafts from 7:45 a.m. to noon. Participants include Apple Sherrill Orchards, Estrella’s Bakery, Autumn's Eve, Rick's Kitchen, Schroeder’s Kettle Corn, Pepper Delight, McFarlin Farms, Fig Man, McMurray Farm, Mojave Worm Tea, Adee Honey and more.
In Your Wildest Dreams (716 19th St.): The consignment and antique shop is offering discounts and will host a dozen vendors in its parking lot including Curbside Kitchen, Loads of Loaves, Phoenix Metal Worx and Bliss Cookie Dough.
Locale Farm to Table Eatery (1727 18th St.): From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the restaurant will be "poppin' bottles" serving champagne spritzers and brunch items.
Tiki-Ko (1919 K St.): It's tiki time from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. when the popular downtown bar will be serving up a special cocktail.
The Kitchen (1317 20th St.): At the Meet your Rancher, Butcher + Chef event, get up close and personal on all matters beef. Join the experts from The Butcher Shop in Tehachapi who will offer a butchering demonstration featuring Redhouse Beef. The Kitchen's chef Richard Yoshimura will then serve beef sliders and chips cooked in beef fat. One demonstration is fully booked but there are seats at the 1 p.m. session. Cost is $20 and reservations are required by visiting thekitchenbakersfield.com or by calling 827-7811.
Tlo Wines (1212 18th St.): Head to the tasting room from 1 to 7 p.m. for a complimentary tasting of the award-winning 2017 Chardonnay. Michaelangelo’s Wood Fired Pizza will also be selling pies outside.
World Records (2815 F St.): Bernardo Toledo-Reyes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the shop will sell baked treats and coffee starting at 9 a.m. as well as its everyday menu of pizza and drinks.
17th Place Townhomes (1001 18th St.): The complex has again teamed with Samsara Wellness Center for a free yoga session at noon.
For a complete list of events and deals, visit www.bakersfieldsecondsaturday.com.