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Articles written by Julianna Crisalli

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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...

 

Fight bullying with confidence and assertiveness

Bullying can impact anyone. While school-aged bullies may be the most recognizable, the same intimidation, anger and violence can be found in the workplace, social gatherings and online. I know I...

 

Living in a sea of purple

When I decided to move back to my hometown more than two years ago, I was incredibly lucky when it came to finding a house to rent. Dear family friends of mine own a lilac farm that just happens to...

 

Helping art thrive in Tehachapi

I come from a very artistic family. My mom and dad both painted and could easily create cute, beautiful sketches. And my brother, well, he can draw just about anything and it always comes out...

 

Preserving Tehachapi wildlife

Many people relocate to Tehachapi for the beautiful nature and proximity to the creatures who live here. It's amazing to live in a town where deer, birds, raccoons and wildcats casually roam through...

 

Creative creations and beautiful sentiments

My daughter and I started a fun tradition when we moved back to Tehachapi a couple of years ago. Mommy, daughter dates at The Spirited Bead. It's one of those unique, tucked away businesses that...

 

Easing the pain of food insecurity

Last week, a woman walked into Tompkins Elementary School with a beautiful goal. She met with the principal of the school to share her desire to help a family in need. She was directed to Hortencia...

 

Pulling the strings to enhance local theater

David SteeleReed was drawn back to Tehachapi by the community arts and friendly faces in town. The Tehachapi native moved to Seattle for two years, but found the cold, wet climate not to his liking....

 

Following a path where man is just a visitor

Our little mountain town has a lot of unique features. One of my favorites is its connection to the beautiful Pacific Crest Trail. Downtown Tehachapi is just about 9-miles from two PCT Trailheads,...

 

There was always a twinkle in her eye

For Barbara Teague's former students, that twinkle and her dedication to every one of them will be what they remember forever. Her death in October took her away too soon, but the lessons she taught...

 

18 Tehachapi charms to experience in 2018

A new year is just another day on the calendar, but the symbolic switch holds so much hope and opportunity. Although Tehachapi is my hometown, I feel there are many experiences and examples of small...

 

Acts of kindness, all year long

Simple acts of kindness can be incredibly powerful and during the holidays, they have the power to change tears of worry to tears of gratefulness and joy. This Christmas, volunteers with Sharing and...

 

Making Tehachapi beautiful for 38 years

Most students from Tehachapi High School are familiar with the leaf project. Each year, science students are asked to complete a special nature assignment. In my day, depending on the time of year...

 

Protectors of Tehachapi's smallest residents

Gina Christopher has fostered and found homes for nearly 700 cats during her 10 year career in animal rescue. "I'm the original crazy cat lady," she said. Have a Heart Humane Society works every day...

 

Al Crisalli, Jr. - Publisher, Culturalist, dad

I grew up in Tehachapi. I learned to ride my bike while avoiding tumbleweeds, learned to drive a car in weather that can change in an instant, and got my first job - making pizzas at Little Caesars. I...

 

Veterans Day assembly at Tehachapi High School

With many happy hoots and hollers, Tehachapi High School students enthusiastically welcomed local veterans to campus Thursday, Nov. 9. Student-crafted art and decorations covered the THS gym for the...

 

Tunes N Totz music class

Curious little fingers dance across dozens of instruments lining the floor of Mountain Music. They may not know the chords and melodies yet, but students in the Tunes N Totz music class keep the...

 

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