Stockdale High School will hold a grand opening for its new Parent and Family Center on Thursday.

The opening will be held at 5 p.m. on the campus, 2800 Buena Vista Road. The center will serve as a one-stop shop for parents and families to obtain resources, participate in workshops, sign up for volunteer opportunities and more.

“We will offer classes in coordination with many agencies to help parents and students get information about college and jobs, dealing with stress, nutrition, etc. or parents can keep up with current information like grades and attendance,” said Principal Scott Odlin. “We look forward to offering many activities and classes through the parent center and to having parents drop in to get information whenever needed.”

For more information, call the Kern High School District at 827-3172.

Richard Heath-Soberanis has been named the new President/CEO of the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce.

Heath-Soberanis, who was previously serving as the interim president, will officially start his new position on Feb. 1. An induction ceremony will be held at the Bakersfield Museum of Art on Feb. 27.

“It was God’s favor that put me in this role and I consider it an honor to serve in this position,” Heath-Soberanis said. “The Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce has been my home for quite some time. I can personally attest to how important and valuable a resource it is to the communities of Kern County. With myself as your president/CEO, serving alongside a new board and staff, get ready to experience a new Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce!”

Heath-Soberanis previously worked at the Chamber as an intern, marketing director and public relations manager.

Stonecreek Junior High School will be hosting the Kern County Oral Language Festival on Saturday.

The festival will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 8000 Akers Road. Through the festival, students must memorize and present an interpretation of a literary work.

Presentations are three-to-five minutes in length with grades four through sixth and grades seventh and eighth competing separately. The categories of the competition are: Verse choir, humorous interpretation solo, humorous interpretation duo, serious interpretation solo and serious interpretation duo.

For more information, call the school at 834-4521.

Geometry is the focal point of a new art display at South High School.

The Empty Space Gallery, 706 Oak St. will be showing a new exhibition, called “Geometrix,” through March 3. A reception is set for Feb. 17 from 2-5 p.m. Prints of the students’ work will be available for $10 each.

For more information, call the Kern High School District at 827-3172.

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