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Community Calendar - June 23, 2022

As activities restart and businesses reopen, we will try to update readers on the status of events and activities throughout the area. Please contact Erica Soriano with additions and changes at [email protected] or call 661-292-5100 by Monday at 4 p.m. for that week’s paper.


NEW: The City of Wasco invites children ages 5 to 10 to lead the flag salute at the start of City Council meetings. You pick the date, and we sign you up. Leaders must be ages 5 to 10 and know the Pledge of Allegiance. If you and your child are interested in participating, contact Wasco City Hall at 661-758-7215.

NEW: Valley Bible School at Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church – Monumental Celebrating Greatness is the theme. June 27-July 1 at 400 Kern St. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Register at

NEW: Community Vacation Bible School – Zoomerang at Shafter Ford Theater, 1101 E. Lerdo Hwy., June 20-24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register at or text VBS2022.

NEW: Wasco Recreation and Parks District presents One Nation celebration Sat. July 2 at Barker Park starts at 4:00 p.m.

NEW: Shafter Chamber of Commerce will host their annual fireworks show on July 3 at Shafter High School. Activities start at 5 p.m.

Wasco Branch Library, in partnership with NO Kid Hungry and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, is offering free meals and space to do homework. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free bookkeeping training program at MAOF, Mexican American Opportunity Foundation. 2130 Chester Ave., Suite 200, Bakersfield. Call 661-336-6821. Related occupations include accounts payable/accounts receivable clerks and payroll clerks. Entry requirements: At least 18 years of age, completed reading and math assessment, high school diploma or GED.

Covid tests – All residential households can order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. Visit


Richland School Board – Meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at Golden Oak Cafeteria, 195 S. Wall St.

Shafter City Council – Meetings are held at City Hall on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.


Wasco Woman’s Club – Meetings are at the Clubhouse, 1601 7th St., on the second Tuesday of the month. $15 fee for the lunch meetings.

Senior Lunch Program – Every first and third Tuesday of the month: Griffith Avenue Baptist Church, 408 Griffith St. Sack lunches for seniors will be given out at 11 a.m. Sponsored by Golden Gleaners.


Shafter Rotary – Meeting at 7 a.m. at the Shafter Veterans Hall.

Shafter Kiwanis – Meeting at 12 p.m. at the Shafter Veterans Hall.


Wasco High School Board – Meetings the second Thursday of the month at 1900 7th St. in Room 202, or alternatively in Library Room 1101. The agenda is on the WHS website.

Wasco Recreation and Park Board – Meetings are on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Hall at Barker Park.

Food distribution – Shafter Recreation and the Gleaners have food distribution every first and third Thursday of each month at the W.C. Walker Senior Center, 505 Sunset Ave.


Food giveaway — The Impact Program is a weekly food giveaway provided to anyone in need, Fridays beginning at 7 a.m. first come, first serve. Griffith Avenue Baptist Church, 408 Griffith St., Wasco.


Depot Museum – The Shafter Depot Museum, 150 Central Valley Highway, is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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