Houchin Community Blood Bank is holding its month-long Community Wide Blood Drive June 6-30.

The goal of the drive is to keep up blood supply for the summer, when there are usually blood shortages due to vacations and other activities. In addition to Houchin’s two permanent facilities in Bakersfield, 10 mobile blood drives throughout the county will be open to the public.

All June blood donors will be entered in to win a grand prize Disney vacation valued at $2,000. Three donors will win $100 cash weekly.

A 14-hour mobile blood drive will kick off the first week of the month-long drive on Wednesday, June 6, on the corner of 21st and L Streets from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donors must check in under a large balloon arch at the entrance of China Alley.

Carl’s Jr. will provide breakfast burritos to early bird donors. Sandwiches from Jersey Mike’s will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. La Rosa fruit bars will also be given out beginning at 10 a.m. while supplies last.

Mobile blood drive locations throughout the county will be announced weekly. A complete list of all locations and additional information can be found at www.hcbb.com.

To donate blood, you must be 17 or older, or 16 with a parent’s permission slip that is posted at www.hcbb.com. To make an appointment, call 323-4222.


The Girl Scouts of Central California South is holding Ice Cream Socials in Bakersfield and other cities in the Valley next month.

The Bakersfield event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5 at 1831 Brundage Lane. Friends and family of the girls are welcome to enjoy free ice cream and have the chance to engage in one-on-one consultations regarding sign-ups.

For a limited time, newly registered Girl Scouts are being offered an Extended Year Membership valid through Sept. 30, 2019 if registered before July 31, 2018. This Extended Year Girl Scout Membership fee is $60.

For more information, email spamiza@girlscoutsccs.org.


Brightwood College is holding an Education and Resource Fair on June 9.

The free fair is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the campus, 1914 Wible Road. The fair will include campus tours, information sessions, information booths and a panel discussion. The event will also feature a variety of health and safety-related checks.

There will also be entertainment, including kids’ activities and a performance by Destiny Malibu, a singer/songwriter and recent “American Idol” contestant. Complimentary refreshments and goodie bag giveaways will be provided while supplies last.

To register, visit bit.ly/2swzOkM or call 836-6300.

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