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STEMtastic = (Science Tech Engineering Math) + fantastic!  (PDF)

On Saturday, April 19, Beale Memorial Library invites families to a half-day of fun and educational science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids can build LEGO machines and solar-powered models, solve puzzles, learn about 3-D printing, birds of prey, asteroids, and rockets.   View Schedule


See a Blaze game and help Meals on Wheels  (PDF)

The Bakersfield Blaze baseball club is holding a Meals on Wheels fundraiser night at Sam Lynn Ballpark on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. when the Blaze host the San Jose Giants. Half of all game ticket proceeds will go directly to Meals on Wheels, which delivers hot nutritious meals to housebound senior citizens. Click on the link above for discounted tickets and refreshments.


Supervisors urge Kern County to save water during drought  (PDF)

Governor Brown is asking all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent to help the state meet its water needs in the upcoming year, and the Board of Supervisors is urging Kern County residents to do their part. Water conservation is always important, but this year no one can afford to waste any water. Click here to find out more ways to save water.


Kern County Elder Abuse Prevention Conference  (PDF)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 8:15am - 3:30 pm
When a Bruise Is Not a Bruise: Forensic Wound Identification and Documentation of Possible Abuse and Neglect
Presenter: Daniel J. Sheridan, PhD, MS, BS, BA.


California Senior Legislature Election Scheduled for April  (PDF)

Filing deadline:  March 10th


Supervisor Perez delivers 2014 State of the County Address  (video)

Fifth District Supervisor Leticia Perez, Chairman of the Kern County Board of Supervisors for 2014, delivered the sixteenth annual State of the County address to a record crowd of community leaders from throughout Kern County on the evening of January 29th. Supervisor Perez's remarks are available at the link shown above. To view a text-only version of the speech, click here.


2014 - 2015 Grand Jury Recruitment Now Open

Do you want to make a difference? Apply today for a chance to serve on the Kern County Grand Jury.


Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area Trout Season begins November 20, 2013!  (PDF)


Kern veterans and your families: Let us serve you!

If you served honorably in the military, thank you for your service and sacrifice for this country. Thank you also to the spouses and dependents who served along with you. Regardless of your era, your branch, your post or your assignment, you are likely entitled to state and federal veterans' benefits, and your dependents may also qualify for benefits. To learn about your veteran's benefits, click here, go to or contact the Kern County Veterans Service Department at 661-868-7300 or 1-866-218-5367.


Animal Services has moved to 3951 Fruitvale Avenue

The Kern County Animal Services Department moved to its brand new location at 3951 Fruitvale Avenue on October 1. Animal Services offers a full range of programs from spay, neuter, and immunizations to adoption. Come by in October and check out our new home!


'Healthy Choices' for a Better Tomorrow  (PDF)

The SNAP-Ed "Healthy Choices" program helps those age 60 + to establish healthier eating habits and a more physically-active lifestyle. For information regarding the Aging and Adult Services "Healthy Choices" program, please call 661-868-1057, or click the link above.


FY 2013-14 Revised Recommended Budget Available  (PDF)


Surplus County Property Auctions

The County of Kern contracts with private firms to auction off County vehicles and other types of used surplus property. The Web page linked above displays the upcoming auction dates and a current list of County vehicles and other property for sale.


'Reading Is So Delicious' at the Library this summer  (PDF)

The Kern County Library's Summer Reading Program, 'Reading Is So Delicious,' gets underway on June 1 with a day of reading, crafts, and fun in the Children's Room of the Beale Memorial Library at 701 Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield. The Library's delicious and nutritious Summer Reading menu of story times, movies, reptiles, puppets, bubbles, LEGOs, crafts, model-making, music, and (of course!) books continues all summer long. Click the link above for more information.


County Spray Parks Open through September  (PDF)

The spray parks will remain open through September 30th. The spray parks are free to the public and will be open each day from noon until 7:00 p.m.
--- Photograph taken by Courtney Mackay ---


Boat Permits Now Available Online  (PDF)

Kern County Annual "All Lakes", and "Lake Isabella Only" boat permits are now available for sale online at


Download Audiobooks from the Library anywhere, anytime  (PDF)

Audiobook fans can download their favorite titles free of charge from the Kern County Library anywhere, anytime using the library's new online eBook service. Listeners with a computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android can download a broad range of fiction and nonfiction audiobooks for all ages. Audiobooks can also be transferred to many types of media players.

To try the new service, visit the County's eBook service page and click on the OverdriveTM Media Console instructions in the "Getting Started" window.


FY 2012-13 Adopted Budget  (PDF)


Election Results - November 2012


Kern Medical Center offers low-cost health plan  (PDF)

Kern Medical Center Health Plan (KMCHP) is a county-funded program that provides medical care to some people living in Kern County. It is a new way for Kern County adults who meet certain federal and citizenship/residency requirements to get quality, ongoing medical care at little to no cost.  KMCHP works with you to determine eligibility, helps you to apply, and provides continuing health coverage for those who qualify. To get an application or find out about the benefits you could be receiving, call (661) 326-2392 today.

Application - English                 Solicitud - Espanol


Kern communities profiled in new KGOV-TV series  (PDF)

KGOV is pleased to announce the airing of a new series, "Kern COG Presents Kern County." This 13-part series recounts the history and progress that shaped Kern communities and explores the benefits and amenities of each city. Episodes air Monday nights at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m., Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m., Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. KGOV airs on Bright House Networks channel 16, MediaCom cable in Ridgecrest and Lake Isabella channel 16, CalNeva cable in Frazier Park channel 19, Charter cable in Mojave/ Rosamond/Boron and Cal City channel 18 and AT&T U-verse channel 99. Please click on the link above for a schedule showing when each community will be profiled.


Borrow eBooks from the Library Starting July 16  (PDF)

Visit on Monday, July 16 to begin downloading popular fiction, non-fiction, children's, teens and classic titles - available for free - all you need is your library card! Adobe® Digital Editions software is required and installation is quick and free. Enjoy an eBook immediately by using your library card to check out eBooks and downloading to a PC, a Mac®, or by transferring them to a KindleTM Sony® ReaderTM, NookTM or to other devices. eBooks will automatically expire at the end of the lending period - so no late fees! August Workshops will be held at the Beale Memorial Library to introduce the public to the new eBook service.

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