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Loving caregivers, volunteers make life at the Tehachapi Senior Center joyful

Margie Kloth has only been a volunteer at Tehachapi's Senior Center for about two months, but her passion for the program sparked immediately. "The special memories began the minute I walked into the...

 

Spreading compassion with two random acts of kindness

Within the last week I was in the right place, at the right time to witness two completely random acts of kindness. There's always room for more kindness in this world, so here's hoping this inspires...

 

Rob Saranpa, Tehachapi's musical chameleon, joins rock band Angeles

One of Tehachapi's own just became a member of American rock band, Angeles. "I am really excited about everything to come," Rob Saranpa said. I love hearing stories of people working toward a dream...

 

A night at the theater with ... Dr. Frankenstein

Calling all angry mobs, "Young Frankenstein," presented by Tehachapi Apple Festival, will begin showing on Feb. 22. An entertaining ensemble of actors will perform the Broadway version of Mel Brook's...

 

The snowball effect of giving back

Last week I visited Have a Heart Humane Society, not to adopt the adorable puppy I fell in love with, but to witness a wonderful act of kindness. For the last eight years, Red House BBQ owners Mano...

 

Local woman heads to Russia for Armlifting World Championships

Strength comes from so many places and Autumn Cote's strength reaches far beyond her incredible physical accomplishments. This May, Autumn will be traveling to Russia to compete in the Armlifting...

 

It's pronounced 'Fronkensteen'...

... and Tehachapi Community Theatre actors are going to make sure you leave the BeeKay knowing the right pronunciation. Tehachapi Apple Festival presents a Tehachapi Community Theatre production of...

 

Big smiles, bigger adventures in store for Jacob Sawade

I met Jacob Sawade in high school. He's the older brother of a friend of mine and I remember him always smiling with such a positive and bright outlook on life. Jacob, 37, was born with cerebral...

 

Make a resolution to help our local nonprofits

I make New Year's resolutions each year and typically they are broken quickly. They are also all about me and pretty stereotypical - lose weight, eat healthier, stop procrastinating, finally become...

 

An 8-year-old's guide to Christmas presents

My typical procrastinating self finished holiday shopping seven days prior to Christmas. This is good for me, really good. Yes, I wanted it done in November, but still...a week to spare! My daughter...

 

Holiday train village adds some Christmas cheer to Tehachapi Depot

Mike Nixon and his team did Tehachapi proud for the arrival of Santa Claus at the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum on Dec. 1. The days leading up to Breakfast with Santa and photo ops with the jolly el...

 

Our future leaders share their groundbreaking experience

This week's Grassroots Tehachapi, looks at an actual "grassroots" project ... through the eyes of young students. The groundbreaking for the new sixth grade building at Jacobsen Middle School took pla...

 

Veteran shares stories, smiles with Golden Hills daycare

I have two very sweet and polite kids, but like all children, I know their attention span and ability to stay quiet when others are talking requires saintly patience. So, it was incredible for me to...

 

Slice of Life goes Hollywood for piano recital

Slice of Life Enrichment School celebrated their first year in Tehachapi with a piano recital on Oct. 29. The recital theme was movie music and the 25 students who performed were encouraged to dress...

 

The art of turning memories into jewelry

As she opens her notebook, filled with past, present and future projects, Alejandra Whittier begins to sketch a beautiful and unique ring. I was immediately envious of her talent and artistic eye...

 

Tesla film crew visits, 'the friendliest town in the state'

There's no denying, the Tesla is a pretty cool car. Its sleek design and use of clean energy makes it quite desirable. But what can make Tesla even cooler? Tehachapi Community Theatre and a lil'...

 

Life lessons with Mr. Rogers – always find the helpers

I learned a lot from Mr. Rogers as a kid. He continues to be a personal hero with his gentle and loving ways of teaching us how to handle life's beautiful and difficult moments. Maybe one of his best...

 

Little hearts share their big love for music

Anyone who reads this column probably understands my love of music. Whether the quiet hum of a dulcimer or music that just feels right in the moment, music has always deeply touched me. It's no...

 

Love's gives back to children in need

Love's Travel Stop in Tehachapi is making a lot of changes and helping kids in need along the way. As part of Love's national campaign, the Tehachapi branch is working in partnership with Children's...

 

Making community a priority

There are so many things in Tehachapi that remind me of my dad. The wildflowers, the people, the open and endless sky at dusk. But nothing quite brings him back to me like the gentle hum of a mountain...

 

Chalk on the Walk lines the streets in vibrant colors

The streets of downtown Tehachapi were bright with color after the 2018 Chalk on the Walk on Aug. 11. Artists of all ages began claiming their 4 by 4-foot section of sidewalk canvas along Tehachapi...

 

Wiener Run all-star keeps running

When he's not winning races, he's playing with his favorite toys -- squeaky ones. And playing, by his request, means ripping the squeakers out of them. Rango, named after Johnny Depp's chameleon...

 

There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Tale

Her name is Darline Hartman, but you may know her as Grunge Hobbit. Grunge Hobbit has lived in Tehachapi with her wife for 13 years. This year, she decided to make the summer a little more...

 

School pride has deep roots

A mini-forest has sprouted at Tehachapi High School. After vandals cut down about two dozen trees in May, a group of nearly 130 volunteers took to the soil and replanted not only the destroyed trees,...

 

Talk about depression, people in Tehachapi can help

This week's column is slightly different, but it reaches the heart of what this column is meant to focus on - inspirational people, places and opportunities in our community that help others and make...

 

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