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  • Community gives back for Thanksgiving

    Justina Engen, contributing writer|Nov 25, 2023

    The Tehachapi Humanitarian Relief organization, in partnership with Stallion Springs Community Church delivered over 60 turkeys and Thanksgiving sides to local families throughout Tehachapi on Nov. 20. All turkeys came from local private donations. Some of our biggest contributors were Tehachapi House of Terror for donating over $900 to purchase turkeys, Tehachapi Mountain Democrat Club who donated over 390 lbs of food and 4 turkeys, NASA contractors ASRC federal & Arcata associates who...

  • Cheers to Charity donates to Tehachapi Humanitarian Relief Group

    Justina Engen, owner of The Village Tehachapi, contributing writer|Nov 12, 2022

    I am so excited to announce that after over a year of planning, fundraising and negotiating, we finally have our permanent food pantry shed! We want to express our amazing gratitude to Cheers to Charity for their incredible grant of $10,000 to make this possible. Without these funds, we couldn't have even dreamed of receiving something so incredible! That being said, we had no idea the feat that it takes to purchase and move a shed of this magnitude, especially with the ever rising cost of suppl...

  • A Mother's Olympic Dream

    Justina Engen|Mar 1, 2014

    There is a time that comes once every two years, when the world comes together despite all odds to celebrate athletic greatness. Yes, I am talking about the Olympic Games. I admit, I have loved these games since childhood. From learning about other countries, to experiencing new athletic events, to witnessing athletes in their highest achievements; there is really nothing but positive happiness that comes from witnessing the Olympics every two years. As I’ve gotten older though, I have come t...

  • Trying to Conceive

    Justina Engen|Feb 15, 2014

    I have heard that many people in my life either trying to conceive or announcing pregnancy. This time in a family’s life is so exciting. Just the single thought of creating, growing, and bringing a new life into this world is truly amazing. As I look back on my four pregnancies, I have fond memories of the first time my husband and I agreed that it was time to try for another baby. All of my pregnancies were very different, but many feelings remain the same: Excitement of opening a new c...

  • Happy New Year Everyone!

    Justina Engen|Jan 18, 2014

    I hope everyone’s holidays were merry and bright. My family’s certainly were. Now it is January, and time to focus on all the hopes and anticipation of a brand new year. It feels good to start fresh, look forward to better times, and yes even setting those lofty New Year’s Resolutions. We are now in the month of January, and probably have already broken a few of those resolutions. On Jan. 1, it’s exciting to set lofty and grand goalsa. As the year progresses, the reality of our lives, our res...

  • Happy Holidays

    Justina Engen|Jan 4, 2014

    I really have to be honest... I absolutely love this time of year. I am a true child at heart, and every year I seem to catch that holiday cheer. It doesn’t matter how horrible my life is going (and I have had some doozy Decembers), I cannot help but love the holidays. I honestly feel that the holidays have helped me survive some of my darkest moments, and all it takes is an old Christmas carol to get me looking forward to a fabulous holiday season. In addition to the fun and cheer, this is a...