The Girl Scouts of Central California South is offering four scholarships to those who have earned the scout’s highest award.

Girl Scouts who have earned the Gold Award will be eligible for up to $5,000 in scholarship money. There is the $5,000 Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Scholarship, the $5,000 Meyers Agricultural Scholarship as well as $1,000 Boost Ranch STEM and Agricultural scholarships.

To qualify for a scholarship, a Girl Scout must have a high school or college grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, submit a summary statement of intent to complete their degree in agriculture or STEM and meet the deadlines.

Gold Award Girl Scouts are able to apply for a scholarship every year for up to five years after they received their award.

Applications for the scholarships are now being accepted and must be turned in no later than Jan. 30. Finalists will be notified by Feb. 20, with the winners set to be announced on May 12.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship, visit


The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s 2018 Healthy Air Living Kids Calendars have arrived, featuring artwork from a Kern County student.

Pro-air artwork by children in the eight counties the district represents are assembled into a wall calendar each year. This year, eighth-grader Evelyn Dominguez from Kern County contributed to the calendar, along with 13 other children.

The calendars are given to schools, civic and nonprofit organizations, churches and other groups community groups throughout the Valley, as well as individuals who request one. The district prints 20,000 copies of the free calendar each year.


The Bakersfield City School District will be holding its annual Teddy Bear Picnic Holiday Luncheon on Thursday.

The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, located at 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. Besides food, the event will include a silent auction and live music from students. Money raised from the event goes to teacher grants.

Tickets are $30 per person. They can be purchased by calling 631-4678 or by visiting

For more information, call 631-4618.


The Grossman Burn Center at Memorial Hospital will once again hold its Burn Survivor Christmas Party this year.

The private event will be held on Dec. 9 from 3-5 p.m. at the Kern County Museum. Burn survivors and their families will be treated to Christmas gifts, cookies, hot cocoa and pictures with Santa.

For more information, call 327-4647, ext. 4400.

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