Parts of Truxtun Avenue will be closed Thursday through June 18 as part of the city’s widening project.

The city said that on Thursday, two eastbound lanes will be closed at the Empire Drive intersection between 10 a.m. to noon. One lane will remain open to traffic, but motorists are encouraged to look for an alternate route.

Closures are also planned for June 4-8 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the outside westbound lane on Truxtun between Olive and Oak streets. The outside northbound lane on Oak Street across from the Truxtun/Oak intersection will also be closed during this time.

From June 4-18, the right-turn lane from westbound Truxtun to northbound Oak Street will be closed around the clock for demolition. Motorists will not be able to turn right onto Oak during working hours. However, drivers will be able to make right turns from the outside lane during non-working hours.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy is holding a press conference on Thursday to recognize the launch of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ Convenient Care Initiative.

The initiative allows veterans receiving health care from the VA to visit local walk-in urgent care clinics for care if they can’t be seen by a local VA clinic in a timely manner.

The conference will be held at 2 p.m. at the Kern County Veterans Service Department, 1120 Golden State Ave.

Murray Family Farms is holding its Summer Day Camp next month.

The camp will be at the farm, 6700 General Beale Road, from June 5-9 for kids from 5-14 years old. Kids will get the chance to learn about the farm and farming in general. They will be provided with meals and will have the opportunity to pick their own fruit snacks.

The cost for the camp is $165 per person. To register, go to

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office has announced the launch of its South Kern Expanded Learning Consortium.

The consortium will expand and enhance after-school and summer programs for disadvantaged students by providing academic enrichment opportunities and supportive services to help students meet state and local standards.

Five schools will be part of the program: Bear Mountain Elementary, Haven Drive Middle School, Edison Middle, Shirley Lane Elementary and Virginia Avenue Elementary. These schools are part of the Arvin, Edison and Fairfax school districts.

The consortium is being funded through a five-year federal grant. 

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