An unveiling of public art at Panorama Park will be held on Wednesday.

The unveiling will be at 10 a.m. at the park, located at the intersection of Linden Avenue and Panorama Drive. Pieces of art from local artists have been attached to various items around the park to help beautify the area and will be on view.

The initiative was part of a partnership between the Art Council of Kern, Supervisor Mike Maggard and the Kern County Parks Department.

For more information, call 868-3870.

The 4th District will be getting a little cleaner over the next year thanks to the Bakersfield Homeless Center and Supervisor David Couch.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a new agreement with the Homeless Center that will fund part-time work crews to clean up parts of the 4th District during a supervisors meeting Oct. 23.

Couch has pledged $20,000 from his discretionary budget. The money could fund a crew of four to six one day a week for a year.

The crews will be performing litter and weed removal, basic cleanup and other beautification tasks in the areas of Delano, McFarland, Wasco, Lost Hills and Shafter areas of the 4th District, but could expand in the future.

Couch said in a news release he hoped to spur a community-wide effort to get additional funds for the program to fund the crews five days per week.

“This is a win-win for the community,” he said. “We can clean up our community and put homeless people to work, and when you put homeless people to work, they begin the journey to self-sufficiency.”

He added that he hoped to introduce additional outreach efforts for homeless people in outlying areas of the 4th District.

The Homeless Center recruits its tenants to work on the crews in order to give job experience to those who need it.

The city of Bakersfield as well as Caltrans pay for similar agreements with the Homeless Center.

A multipurpose fueling station along Highway 58 in Boron has been approved to move forward by the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

The 40-acre project will include the construction of 24 fueling stations for 16 cars and eight trucks, a convenience store, two fast food restaurants, a three-bay maintenance building for trucks, parking for 99 trucks and 88 cars, and 1,200 solar panels to power the facilities.

In a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Leticia Perez absent, the supervisors allowed the project to move forward by changing the land use that the site had previously been permitted for.

The site currently contains desert landscape.

Two Joshua trees on the site will be preserved, according to plans submitted to the county.

In response to comments from the Sierra Club, the site will be equipped with four chargers for electric vehicles.

An approximately 74,052-square-foot retention basin will be constructed to catch storm water and mitigate the risk of flooding.

The facility will be one mile west of the Kern County and San Bernardino County line.

Lane Engineering, Inc. is the developer moving the project forward.

Dignity Health Mercy and Memorial Hospitals is holding a free diabetes symposium on Thursday.

The symposium will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Wellness Center, 2634 G St. The event will provide tips to residents on how to manage their diabetes, how to exercise right and cook healthy meals.

A Spanish-speaking symposium will be held on Nov. 8 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Community Wellness Center.

For more information, call 327-4647.

The Kern County Museum will host the Dia de Los Muertos festival on Sunday.

The event, put on by the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 1-7 p.m. at the Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. The festival includes live music, folklorico dancing, food, a costume contest, altars to decorate and more.

Call 437-3330 for more information.

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