Smart & Final held a grand opening for its new east Bakersfield Extra! store on Wednesday.  

The store, located at 2644 Mt. Vernon Ave., includes traditional Smart & Final offerings but features an expanded food section that includes frozen food, produce, a deli, bulk goods and more. 

"We are eager to deliver an exceptional shopping experience focused on quality, value and service to the Bakersfield community," said store manager Steve Schiltz. "I am looking forward to building strong personal connections with our customers and believe they will enjoy the store's expanded offerings."

Regular store hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 


Right to Life Kern County will be holding its annual Champions for Life fundraiser on Thursday.

The fundraiser will be held at the Rabobank Convention Center, located at 1001 Truxtun Avenue, with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will speak during the fundraiser.

For more information, call 203-8173.  


The Downtown Bakersfield Development Corporation is celebrating the completion of phase two of its Statue of Liberty mural located at the corner of 20th and Eye streets. 

A celebration will be held on Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the mural site. Artist Thomas Zackery was commissioned by the Arts Council of Kern this summer to do the mural.

The corporation said the event will also kick off a new project in honor of Veterans Day but didn't go into any specifics on what that project would entail.

For more information, call 325-5892.


The Kern County Homeless Collaborative is looking for volunteers to participate in the 2018 homeless Point in Time count.

The count will be held on Jan. 25 from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Groups of three or four people will count the homeless wherever they are in the county. The goal of the count is to identify trends and determine the biggest issues facing  homeless people. 

“The process helps to ensure annual funding to our community that provides crucial housing and supportive services for this vulnerable population, benefiting the community,” Tina Posey, the collaborative’s PIT count committee chair, said.

Each volunteer, who must be 18 or older, must attend a two-hour training session, which will be offered several times throughout January. Volunteers will also be given flashlights and other tools needed for the count. 

To participate, visit to complete a short volunteer profile. 

PG&E is offering customers who own or lease electric vehicles a one-time $500 clean fuel rebate. 

Customers with active service who own or lease a battery electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid can apply for the rebate. A PG&E account holder may also apply on behalf of a vehicle owner in their household. Customers need their PG&E account number and vehicle registration documentation to apply. 

The rebate is part of the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard Initiative, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

For more information or to apply for the rebate, visit

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