With only five people attending the Jan. 11 Harvest Holidays Association meeting, president Don Hiett said he was disturbed by the lack of support locally.

Hiett has hopes that more people and organizations in the community will be represented at the annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office, 918 High St.

That night, suggestions will be taken for the fall celebration grand marshal and festival theme, as well as input on improvements that might be made in the Grand Parade, Queen’s pageant, and Grand Marshal/Queen’s barbecue. New additions to the festival calendar will also be welcomed.

At the last meeting, it was voted to send a letter of thank you to Andrew Mendoza, who furnished sound for the Grand Parade in October.

The festival address is Delano Harvest Holidays Association, 550 Woollomes Ave., Suite 103, #117, Delano, CA 93215.

Hiett may be reached at 661-809-2951.

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There are some interesting dates on the calendar early in 2018. The date of Feb. 14 is BOTH Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day. I assume for Catholics, husbands and boyfriends will be taking out their wives/dates for a fish dinner that day, or better yet, lobster!

March 11 will be daylight saving time’s start and we all lose an hour’s sleep. Easter Sunday will fall on April 1.

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Winter Hoopcoming for Delano High is Friday, Jan. 26, when Delano High hosts Mission Oak of Tulare in boys’ basketball games.

Crowning of a king and queen and revealing class royalty will take place at halftime of the varsity boys’ game.

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The city of Delano is requesting $2.64 million from the state Department of Parks and Recreation Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program. Funds will be used to construct a new outdoor community pool at the Eleventh Avenue Community Center.

The 10,500-square-foot pool area, consisting of a swimming pool and wading pool, would be located on the 4.91 acres of city-owned vacant parcel.

The overall area would include a “lazy” river, a children’s playground, jogging path, an adaptive play structure, community center, and approximately 100 parking stalls, including parking for people with disabilities.

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Delano Little League, led by president Filimon Garcia, is seeking sponsorships for this spring to aid the Delano Little League and Girls Softball programs that involve about 400 boys and girls ages 4 through 12. Garcia may be reached at PO Box 2873, Delano, CA 93216, or by phone at 805-775-6636.

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Delano Police Department’s third annual Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear Drive is taking place Jan. 1 through Feb. 12 to benefit children from Delano. A drop-off box is located at the Delano Police Department lobby, 2330 High St.

New and “gently used” teddy bears that are donated will be gifted to children ages 10 and under.

People with questions may contact Officer Darian Santaella at the Police Department, 661-721-3377, extension 1433.

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The Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed is planned for Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Delano National Guard Armory. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Charge is $55 for individual seating by Jan. 15 and then $60 per person. Reserved tables are also being sold.

Donations in any amount for items for the silent auction are also being accepted. For tax reporting purposes, the nonprofit tax ID is #95-1408194.

People interested in the event may call the chamber at 725-2518.

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Three local girls have been chosen cheerleaders to take part in the annual Army Bowl football game on Friday, May 4.

Jordan Villanueva and Jaqueline Guzman are Delano High representatives with Catarina Orozco representing Cesar Chavez High.

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The Chamber of Commerce annual Appreciation Dinner will take place the first week of March. Chamber leaders hope that the event can take place at the new Hyatt Place in Delano in the Marketplace.

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Following the prep basketball season, Delano High’s basketball boys’ program and DHS cheerleaders are sponsoring the annual Tripleheader basketball games.

On Friday, March 9, cheerleaders and Future Business Leaders of America girls will meet at 6 p.m., followed by choirs from Delano and Kennedy high schools playing at 7, and staff teams at 8.

Friday, March 16, Tripleheader games hosted by Delano High will match teams from Delano and Cesar Chavez, cheerleaders at 6, choirs at 7, and staff teams at 8.

Advance sales will start in late February with tickets at $3 each. At the door the charge is $4.

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Delano High’s Mock Trial team coached by instructor Amadeo Paniagua had its first real test on Jan. 10 vs. Highland High and took part in the Saturday, Jan. 20, Kern County event in Bakersfield.

The Delano team consists of Norberto Lara, clerk; Natalie Calderon, pre-trial motion attorney, Vanessa Mendoza, Anthony Espinosa and Hector Cisneros as trial attorneys and Vanessa Mendoza with the opening statement.

Prosecution witnesses and direct examination persons include Adrian Carroll, Pedro Rodriguez, Vanessa Mendoza, Hayden Rodriguez, Gisselle Garcia, Hector Cisneros, Morgan Bonderman, Sarah Aguirre, Devon Morrison, Adrian Medrano, and Anthony Espinosa. Espinosa is also giving the closing argument for the defense whose witnesses are Casey Davidson, Tory Lee, Fabian Moreno, and Avery Williams to be cross examined by Cisneros, Espinosa, and Mendoza.

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At a joint winter formal, Delano High recognized as king and queen Eric Lema and Briana Valadez, Cesar Chavez High honored Sarah Veloya and A. J. Carino, and Kennedy High recognized Luis Villa and Luisa Perez.

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The Baseball Booster Club of Delano High School is raffling two firearms: a maverick 88/security shotgun and a Smith and Wesson 9mm. Winners will be drawn Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at Tony’s Firehouse on County Line Road. Tickets for $10 each may be purchased from any Booster Club member or by contacting Mike Cardenas, 661-474-9546, or Rose Jimenez, 559-303-0789.

Gary Girard is a longtime resident of Delano. He can be reached at 661-725-8803.

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