Nighttime concrete paving operations will continue on eastbound Highway 58, between Highway 99 and Chester Avenue.

The operations will require nighttime lane and ramp closures, and the city is urging motorists to stay alert to potential closures on the northbound and southbound Highway 99 to eastbound Highway 58 connector ramps, the on-ramp from Real Road to eastbound Highway 58 and the eastbound off-ramp to H Street.

Closures will be in place as needed from Sunday through Thursday nights, during the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Motorists should follow signed detour routes during ramp closures.

At least one eastbound travel lane will remain open to traffic. All ramps and lanes are expected to be open in time for the morning commute.

North of the River Recreation and Park District will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new skate park at North Beardsley Park at 9 a.m., Sept. 22, at the park located at 901 Airport Drive.

The skate park is located in the northeast corner of the park.

“The North Beardsley Skate Park gave us the opportunity to take an area of disrepair — the 50 year old swimming pool — and create a fresh look with a focus on a new activity within the District,” Steph Sanders, NOR Landscape Architect and Park Planner said in a statement. “Our hope is the skate community will embrace this new location and enjoy many years of use.”

A $422,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helped bring the project to fruition.

The grant required matching funds by the district, which brought the total amount spent on the project to nearly $1 million.

The Bakersfield Area division of California Highway Patrol conducted a pedestrian enforcement and education detail in east Bakersfield and Oildale on Sunday, issuing a total of 54 citations for crosswalk and pedestrian violations.

Officers also gave five verbal warnings.

Educational information was handed out to motorists and pedestrians in the area. The purpose of the operation was to reduce the number of pedestrians struck by vehicles in crosswalks as well as to reduce the severity of crashes involving pedestrians.

Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Bakersfield Police Department K-9 Unit will hold the 17th annual Howlin’ at the Moon Fun Run from 5 to 7:15 p.m., Sept. 22, at the Park at River Walk.

Entrance fees are $25 by mail-in and $26.50 online. Same day registry will cost $30.

The run will take place along the bike path next to the Kern River, under the light of a nearly-full moon.

All paid participants will receive a glow necklace, BBQ sandwich and refreshments.

Activities will be available for kids.

Raffle items provided by local businesses will also be raffled.

Walter W. Stiern Library will host a screening of the documentary film “The Evolution of Dad” at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the library at Cal State Bakersfield.

The filmmaker Dana Glazer will travel from New Jersey to CSUB to attend the screening and will be available for questions following the film.

“The library is bringing this filmmaker and film to campus to explore the new direction fatherhood has taken,” Library Dean Curt Asher said in a statement. “It’s an important topic.”

The documentary includes commentary from leading sociologists, psychiatrists and family law specialists. The film dives into the challenges today’s fathers are up against.

The film was inspired by Glazer’s own foray into being the primary caregiver for his newly born son after his writing career stalled.

"I hope that the film will serve as a conversation starter for people who want to talk about something that has been so de-emphasized in our culture and so buried inside of ourselves. If even one dad watches the film and decides in some small way to change his life in order to spend more time with his kids, then it will all have been worth it for me,” Glazer said in a statement.

The Kegley Institute of Ethics at Cal State Bakersfield is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Wendy Wayne Ethics Awards. The awards recognize people who regularly inspire through their honorable commitment to improving the lives of others, according to the Kegley Institute.

Nominations can be submitted online at The deadline is Nov. 30.

The awards honor CSUB alumna and beloved Bakersfield community member Wendy Wayne and celebrate individuals who stand out in their dedication to serving others. Past recipients have included individuals who have fought against a particular injustice or who have devoted a lifetime to assisting the most vulnerable in our community.

Given annually to one adult and one youth, the awards come with a $5,000 charitable donation or college scholarship. The awards are made possible due to the support of Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health Bakersfield, and Gene Tackett, husband of the awards' namesake, who joined the Peace Corps at 20 and later worked as a nurse practitioner, public health nurse, childbirth educator, credentialed community college teacher, Kern County planning commissioner and the chief administrator of two local nonprofit organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of children.

Questions can be directed to KIE Director Michael D. Burroughs at or at 661-654-6263.

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