Shared from the 8/31/2017 Bakersfield Californian eEdition

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

TO DELIGHT, ENLIGHTEN & HELP PLAN YOUR DAY, FROM THE TEAM AT TBC MEDIA

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Joe Garcia carries his dog, Heidi, from his flooded home as he is rescued from rising floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Monday in Spring, Texas.

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COURTESY OF JERRY LUDEKE

Here is the first page of the original record book, which contained the names of all 13 students in Bakersfield College’s first graduating class.

MY THURSDAY

To listen: Enjoy a free live performance by Mento Buru at 7 p.m. at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave., by the fountain.

To do: Check out Art After Dark at 6:30 p.m. at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. This month, hear from exhibiting artist Javier Carrillo, who will be leading a linocut art project. Also, get an early sneak peek at his exhibition “Nuestros Ojos,” opening in September. The event features handcrafted margaritas by Nuestro Mexico. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

To check: Adventist Health is offering free prostate screening for men as young as 50 at 5 p.m. at the AIS Cancer Center, 2620 Chester Ave. Registration is required. To register, call 637-8321 or visit wecanbeatcancer.org.

LOCAL VETERANS HEAD TO STORM-STRICKEN AREA

Although the rain has slowed down where Harvey hit, there is still much to do, which is why local veterans have decided to help out.

The vets from Bakersfield drove to Texas on Wednesday to help the victims of Harvey.

“For us, the mission never ended when we came home from duty,” said a Go-FundMe account put together by the veterans. “We will use the skills we learned while serving and our selfless service to our nation to lend a hand.”

They plan to be in Texas for seven to 10 days.

The vets created the GoFundMe account with a goal of raising $2,000 to help pay for travel expenses. They met the goal

DID YOU KNOW?

We have a slight correction to and more information about a “Did You Know?” item we published Tuesday about the first Bakersfield Junior College class. Jerry Ludeke, director of the Bakersfield College Archives, said contrary to oft-quoted Bakersfield College history, the school’s first class in 1913 had 13 students, only 10 of whom were from Kern County High School. Ludeke continued:

“Several years ago the BC Archives was given the original ‘Record of Junior College Students of Kern County High School, Bakersfield, Cal. Transcript from office record cards. May 1915 by PV.’ PV is Paul VanderEike, vice-principal of the high school who was in charge of the junior college classes.

“In his own handwriting, he lists the 13 original students along with the classes they took: Norman Buhn, Nora Burke, Alma Carter, Josephine Chase, Myrtle Dennen, Leland Ellis, George Gowan, Clyde Gregory, Lois Price, Ida Sybrandt, Viola White, Jessie Wiley, and Helen Warthorst. Ten of them had indeed graduated from KCHS.

“Josephine Chase, who in 1915 became the junior college’s first graduate, had come from Oakland High School; Clyde Gregory graduated from Lodi Academy; and George Gowan, whose father B.S. Gowan had just become KCHS’s new principal, graduated elsewhere.” Wednesday morning and by Wednesday afternoon, more than doubled it, reaching more than $4,000.

Just after noon on Wednesday, the vets received donations from 45 people and many supportive words.

“Thank you for your service as active military and as veterans,” one donor said. “May your trip and your efforts be blessed.”

Another said, “Thank you for sharing your hearts, time and efforts. Be safe.”

We at TBC also say thank you.

GET INVOLVED WITH HARVEY RELIEF EFFORTS

Community members have organized a Harvey relief drive beginning at 6 a.m. and going until dark today, in the Shops at River Walk parking lot, behind BJ’s and P.F. Chang’s.

Honor Flight Kern County, which organized the drive, is asking for blankets, packaged socks, boxed shoes and boots, packaged toiletries, dry pet food, pet beds, and leashes. It asks that all donated items be new.

Volunteers and large boxes also are needed.

The Bakersfield Police Department, the SWAT team and the Wounded Heroes Fund, along with other volunteers, are accepting and sorting donations and loading the truck, donated by Rig Runner.

If the truck isn’t full by the end of the day, the drive will continue on Friday.

In addition, the American Legion Post 26, 2020 H St., will host a $5 pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 11 a.m. Sept. 9 with all proceeds benefiting American Legion Post 363 of Rockport, Texas, hit by Hurricane Harvey.

KERN BLOOD SENT TO TEXAS

With your help, Houchin Community Blood Bank was able to send blood products to Texas residents affected by Harvey. Now it needs to restock.

“We are fortunate to have the ready supplies available to send to Texas during this horrific natural disaster, and now we turn to Kern County residents to help us restock for local and national needs,” said Greg Gallion, CEO of Houchin.

Houchin says the need for blood in Texas is expected to last awhile. The region is in desperate need of Type O-negative blood as well as platelet supplies.

If you wish to donate to Houchin, make an appointment by calling 616-2505.

The donor centers are located at 5901 Truxtun Ave. and 11515 Bolthouse Drive.

More information about this week’s public mobile drives is available at hcbb.com, info@hcbb.com or 616-2505.

FLU SHOTS AREN’T JUST FOR HUMANS

Kern County Animal Services is offering a canine influenza vaccine at any one of the shelter’s low-cost vaccination clinics beginning Sept. 6.

The cost is $10 per vaccination, and it is recommended that pets receive a booster vaccine three weeks after initial vaccination, the shelter said on Facebook.

This vaccine is for the most recent strain of canine influenza, H3N2.

Animal Services recommends that pet owners consult with their veterinarians about the vaccine before their pets get it.

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