The Kegley Institute of Ethics at Cal State Bakersfield is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Wendy Wayne Ethics Awards. The awards recognize people who "regularly inspire through their honorable commitment to improving the lives of others," according to the institute.

The awards honor the late Wendy Wayne and celebrate individuals who stand out in their dedication to serving others. Past recipients, the institute says, have included individuals who have fought against a particular injustice or who have devoted a lifetime to assisting the most vulnerable in our community. Given annually to one adult and one youth, the awards come with a $5,000 charitable donation or college scholarship.

Wayne, who died in 2012 at age 64, was a Peace Corps volunteer, nurse practitioner, public health nurse, childbirth educator, credentialed community college teacher, Kern County planning commissioner and the chief administrator of two local nonprofit organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of children.

“These Awards are special because they recognize persons who just do the right thing, day in and day out,” KIE Director Emeritus Christopher Meyers said in a news release.

The deadline for 2018 nominations is Dec. 1, 2017. The nomination form is at Nominators may also contact Meyers at or KIE at (661) 654-6263. 

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public nominations for open positions on 17 of its 36 Resource Advisory Councils, including the Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee. As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 30 days.

The BLM’s RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The Bureau, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has 36 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an Advisory Council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographic area.

The Carrizo Plain Monument Advisory Committee has two open positions.

For more information, email Serena Baker at

In advance of Veterans Day, the Kern County Library is sponsoring a "Thank a Veteran" art card project at all library branches Monday through Saturday.

During a branch's regular hours, kids and adults can come write a letter, color a picture or craft a card to say thank you to local veterans. Supplies will be provided.

At the end of the week, the library will deliver all the cards to the Kern County Veterans Services Department to give to veterans in the community.

For more information, visit or email

Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, is joining with community organizations Saturday to co-host an America Recycles Day event in Bakersfield this Saturday.

The event is an opportunity for residents to clean out old, unwanted belongings in an environmentally friendly way. Participants are encouraged to bring bulky, electronic, and unwanted items to be safely disposed of, such as: electronic items (e- waste); large and small household items, including mattresses; paper shredding (maximum of 2 file size boxes); used clothing and linens; construction materials; batteries; and other recyclable materials.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rabobank Arena's south parking lot, 1001 Truxtun Ave.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk takes place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Cal State Bakersfield's University Amphitheatre.

Funds raised at the event will go toward patient treatment. Each year friends, families and coworkers of those patients form teams to raise money in support of the mission.

Registration for the event begins at 4:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Participants should enter campus via Don Hart Dr. East from Stockdale Highway and look for free parking in lots J, K1, K2 and D.

Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs with you for amphitheater seating. No pets are allowed. Strollers and wheelchairs are permitted.