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Community Calendar - April 2, 2020


Due to the rapidly changing environment, be aware that scheduled activities may change on a moment’s notice. Check out or for updates, and contact event organizers for current status.

Event organizers: E-mail [email protected] or call The Press at 661-292-5100 with changes to your activities.


NEW: Libraries closed -- All Kern County Library branches are closed March 17- April 30.

NEW: Most events and meeting cancelled -- All group events and activities will be cancelled until further notice.

NEW: Community church services -- Contact your church and check for live online services. Most services are cancelled or online.

UPDATED: Spring Clean-Up is postponed – The event set for Saturday, April 25 at the Shafter Aquatic Center will be rescheduled at a later date.

Alliance Against Family Violence — 24-hour crisis hotline: 800-273-7713.

Department of Human Services suspected child abuse or neglect: 661-631-6000.

Family Justice Center: 661-868-8410.

Wasco Animal Shelter — Closed until further notice, but donations are welcome: nonplumping cat litter, kitten/puppy chow and stainless steel buckets. Drop off donations at the shelter, 18849 Shafter Ave., Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, 1-7 p.m.

CANCELLED: VITA free tax filing — United Way of Kern County is offering free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services to help file 2019 tax returns March, 13, 27 and April 10. Contact the city at 661-746-5001 for more details.

MOFA -- Mexican American Opportunity Foundation of Bakersfield is a vocational training at no cost. Career enhancement classes, externship, computers, typing and GED. Call for more information, 661-336-6821 or email

Shafter Animal Control — Donations are welcomed: nonplumping cat litter, kitten/puppy chow and stainless steel buckets. Drop off donations at the shelter, 18849 Shafter Ave. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday 1-7 p.m.

NEW: Shafter Learning Center -- Closed until further notice.

NEW: Spring Clean-Up – Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Shafter Aquatic

Center, 269 Poso Ave. Free bulk item drop off. Fridges, mattresses, stoves,

couches, washer and dryers, water heaters, tables and chairs, and appliances.

Electronic waste: TVs, flat screens, computers and cell phones. NOT accepted:

light bulbs, batteries, tires, hazardous material and construction/demolition waste.


CANCELLED: Free Fit Camp — Get fit with Giselle, 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, at the Shafter Youth Center, 455 E. Euclid Ave. On Instagram at getfitgigi.

Richland school board -- Richland School District board meets on the first Monday at Golden Oak cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault – Services available on Mondays in Shafter: case management 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (English and Spanish); Peer support group 3-4 p.m. Spanish; peer support group 4-5 p.m. English. Meetings held at 329 Central Ave. Information, 661-322-0931. 24-hour Crisis Line 661-327-1091 or 800-273-7713.

Kern High School District board -- Meeting the second Monday at 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield at 7 p.m.


Food Pantry — Food giveaway the third Sunday, Shafter Christian Fellowship, 632 James St., starting at 1 p.m. First come, first served.

Arts & crafts 55 years + -- Meeting 10 a.m. at W.C. Walker Center.

City Council --Shafter City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays at 336 Pacific Ave. at 7 p.m.


NEW: Zumba Gold (modified Zumba) — Online only. FREE to all ages. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.


Commodities – Commodities will be given out at 11 a.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at the Shafter Youth Center at 455 E. Euclid Avenue. First come, first serve. For more information call 661-746-8235.


Food pantry -- Food giveaway the third Sunday of each month at Shafter Christian Fellowship, 632 James St., starting at 1 p.m. First come first served.

[BEGIN ITAL]For updates of above notices or to submit additional information about a club, organization or meeting listed in this public service announcement call The Shafter Press at 661-292-5100, or email [email protected]


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