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  • Downtown mural update

    Jeanette Pauer, contributing writer|Jul 20, 2024

    Commencing on July 8, Lyn Bennet initiated painting a replica of the 1915 Green Street Dance mural. The original mural, positioned on 118 E. Tehachapi Blvd., was created in 2004 by Phil Slager. In early spring 2024, the original mural began showing signs of wear, such as cracking and spalling, prompting the need for replacement. To oversee mural protection and creation in Tehachapi, the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association established a dedicated committee called Make Art Tehachapi in May 2024....

  • You've Got Mail?

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review|Jul 20, 2024

    Mail delivery used to be the highlight of the day. The mailman would drive up to the box by the road or drop mail through the slot in the door, and the sound would have everyone running to see if perhaps they "got mail." My grandmother wrote often and profusely about both the growth and bloom of each flower in her garden, and the death of every person in her community, whether we were acquainted or not. It didn't matter. It was a connection. In early America, letters with family news and importa...

  • There's a crystal

    Nohawk Rob, contributing writer|Jul 6, 2024

    Hey T-Town. Thank you to those of you that have reached and gave me positive feedback. Much appreciated! So, enough about me. I now want to get into a little history of Tehachapi's local music scene. And what I'm talking about, specifically, is Rock & Roll, cover band, bar band stuff. I am no aficionado on Folk, Classical, etc. I reached out to my old friends Dave Bouldin and Dennis Collins and had a wonderful chat with both! Dave is a singer/guitarist and Dennis ran sound for many bands. Dave...

  • Tall Tales

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review|Jul 6, 2024

    Have you ever been in a bragging contest? Trying to one up the other guy with something like, "my fish was so big the boat started to sink." Swearing that a series of incredible events really happened in relation to subjects like ghosts, aliens or time travel? A tall tale is an account that is fanciful and difficult to believe. Perhaps exaggerating in order to make a story more enticing while creating an incredible visual for the entertainment of an audience of one or a roomful. The difference...

  • TVAA August Photo Contest

    Gale Caldwell, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    By the looks of all those photos floating around on the internet, it's already been a busy summer for Tehachapi residents. So many fun adventures, family get-togethers and just crazy, creative photos are being splashed around. Tehachapi Valley Arts Association and Gallery 'N' Gifts invites you all to show off those amazing photos for a chance to win ribbons, one of seven $25 first place category prizes, or who knows, you could be the one to take home the $100 best of show prize! Photo...

  • Kids Craft Camp at the Arts Center

    Heather Popejoy, contributing writer|Jun 22, 2024

    The Tehachapi Arts Center is a staple in the community that gives local artists a space to sell handmade gifts, supplies and teach classes to the community. Runamuk Ceramics is joining the Tehachapi Arts Center Co-op and has taken the town by storm. Runamuk Ceramics is run by Sandi and Heather Popejoy, a grandmother-granddaughter duet. This year, Runamuk Ceramics is hosting its first "Kids Craft Camp" at the Arts Center. Runamuk aims to provide a safe, fun and creative environment for children...

  • Do You Have Dragons?

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review|Jun 22, 2024

    I was looking out at the crazy winds, having their way with everything in their path, when out of the corner of my eye I saw a large brown something twisting around. It could have been just the wind whipping free a banner attached to the baseball fencing behind home plate. But I have to say, my first impression was a dragon. It honestly looked like a dragon. Not a big one – rather small in size, but a dragon nonetheless. With a large enough wing span to be mighty and some spiky things on its b...

  • Glass art class at the Arts Center

    Rebecca Ortiz Johnson, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    On June 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., Lelia Kleiman will conduct glass art classes at the Tehachapi Arts Center. Students will have the opportunity to work with an experienced glass artist and learn techniques to create their own glass artifacts. Students will have their choice to create their own fused glass project or copy one of three designs by our own glass fusion expert, Leila. The cost of the class is $35. Students must pre-enroll for the classes in order to attend. Pre-enrollment is required to e...

  • Are You my Huckleberry?

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review|Jun 8, 2024

    If you know what a huckleberry is, you are mighty lucky! Smaller than a blueberry, a luscious dark purple when ripe, they are sweet with a hint of wildness. Huckleberries are found growing in the Pacific Northwest along mountain slopes, in forests, around lakes and are almost impossible to grow commercially. So they remain wild and free for the picking. At elevations above 5,000 feet, competition for a ripe huckleberry in late July into August is intense. Equally relished by both man and bear...

  • The other half of the pocket

    Nohawk Rob, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    So after playing drums for roughly six years, I was drinking beers with my dad and my lead singer, Buddy Ammons, in the Panhandle of Florida at my father's house. Buddy says to my dad, "Rolie, you have no idea how amazing your son is on the drums! He's the best around." My WWII Marine Veteran, Finnish dad belts out in his Bowser-like voice, "Well, what're you gonna do RJ? Put a sign up in Ponce De Leon (FL) saying, 'The worlds best drummer lives down this dirt road!'" This was, of course,...

  • Is it spring yet?

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review|May 28, 2024

    Tehachapi is not known for an easy or speedy spring. While most of California basks in early flowers, Tehachapi is whipped with winds and a threat of frost for those impatient to plant gardens early. Today as I look outside, the bushes at my windows have finally budded, the row of poplars across the street are resounding like ocean waves as winds rush through their fresh new leaves and last but not least, the mighty oaks have lazily stretched their limbs accepting the inevitable. Spring has...

  • It's all about that bass...eventually

    Nohawk Rob, contributing writer|May 28, 2024

    As a musician, no one I know actually set out to be a bass guitarist. In my teens, everyone wanted to be the lead singer, lead guitarist or the drummer. They wanted to be the front man, the wailing guitarist or the wild man drummer. But I don't recall anyone saying, "I just want to be the bass player." The Southern Rock bands that had so many guitarists to choose from, used to make the worst one play bass. My favorite (not!) quote when people approach me..."Bass must be easy, there's only four...

  • Update on the Tehachapi Murals Project

    The Loop, staff|May 28, 2024

    The murals in Downtown Tehachapi are in need of repair. The most obvious is the 1915 Green Street Dance mural on Tehachapi Blvd., across from Railroad Park. Unfortunately, the binding agent on the mural is failing and the stucco is falling. As a result, it needs to be removed. This led to the creation of the Tehachapi Murals Project, which will evaluate each mural, and have them cleaned and resealed by the end of fall. Current members of the Tehachapi Murals Project are Charles White, Lyn...

  • Gallery 'N' Gifts welcomes hometown artists, June 7

    Joanne Woolf and Brandy Sweeney, contributing writers|May 28, 2024

    Cora Sweeney and Saida Woolf started off entering the Gallery 'N' Gifts Young Artist shows as students of Valley Oaks Charter School. They received art instruction from local artist Colleen Ferrel and sought out opportunities across Southern California where they could improve their skills. Today, they are both studying Art at San Jose State University; Sweeney works in Studio Art where she hones her passion for painting, and Woolf pursues Animation Illustration creating animation reels and...

  • Funny Mothers

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review|May 11, 2024

    May is the month we focus on flowers and mothers. Flowers can be tended in gardens or found growing free on hillsides and in unexpected places like cracks in the sidewalk. Though flowers look delicate blowing in the breeze, they are made of hearty stuff and endure with great strength whatever life throws at them. The same can be said for mothers. It would not be an exaggeration to say that mothers are the backbone of society, civilization and life as we know it. We owe our very existence to a...

  • Meet 'Nohawk Rob'

    Nohawk Rob, contributing writer|May 11, 2024

    I'm Rob Saranpa, also known as "Nohawk Rob," a musician and a proud resident of Tehachapi since 1994. Let me take you back to how I landed here. Toward the end of 1993, I had the chance to tour across Europe and had a layover in Amsterdam – plenty of stories there! Upon returning to the San Fernando Valley, I felt the urge to move elsewhere. I had three options: Seattle to open a rehearsal studio, Las Vegas to play country music in hotels or Tehachapi to join a local band and have a day job at C...

  • Traveling through time with Tehachapi murals

    C. Turner, staff writer|May 11, 2024

    Lyn Bennett has been painting murals since 2005. She's self-taught and thoroughly enjoys the process of taking a blank wall and making it interesting to look at. She's currently working with Tehachapi Murals to restore all of the murals in Tehachapi. Bennett was commissioned to start with the Avelino Martinez mural, which she has completed. She fondly describes the process for the mural, "The Martinez mural went pretty smoothly. The pieces that needed to be removed weren't terribly huge, and I...

  • May events at the Arts Center

    Rebecca Ortiz Johnson, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    Annual 5x5 Art Sale to benefit Rising Star Riders Rising Star Riders (RSR), in conjunction with the Tehachapi Arts Center, presents the annual 5x5 Art Show and Sale on May 3, (the first Friday of May), from 5:55 to 7:55 p.m. All art-sized 5x5 will be sold for $55.55. All sales proceeds and donations are contributed to the Rising Star Riders Foundation. Rising Star Riders is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of children and adults with physical and/or emotional challenges. T...

  • Blowin' in the Wind

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review|Apr 27, 2024

    I love the song "Blowin' in the Wind," written and first sung by Bob Dylan, then performed by many folk icons including Peter, Paul and Mary and Joan Baez. The words and melody weave between war, freedom and peace, asking and answering its own questions. How many roads, how many years, how many tears? The answers are both obvious and intangible at the same time, intangible as the wind. The Tehachapi Wind Festival at Meadowbrook Park was promoted for April 20 as a family affair of kite flying, ga...

  • Tehachapi, a music hot spot

    Mark La Ciura, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    The benefits of learning music are well documented for kids and older folks alike. I found this out going to my daughter's music concerts as she was growing up. Sarah J's instrument was the Alto Saxophone. I saw the benefits in her and all the kids that were playing in her jazz band and marching band. I also found out it does not matter if you are super talented or just have a love for playing and never had the time. I was very inspired by my daughter Sarah J to take up a instrument back then....

  • The Bee's Knees

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review|Apr 13, 2024

    The bee's knees was flattering praise used by flappers in the 1920s and even earlier in the 1800s when shop owners sent their buyers out to "find me the bee's knees," meaning they wanted the best materials for their business. The term bee's knees defines something that is surprisingly wonderful or cool. It's a compliment. It's also a descriptor from the olden days, grown out of its prime and now passe'. But did you know that bees actually do have knees? They have what could be termed balls and s...

  • TVAA Youth Art Contest winners

    Gale Caldwell, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    The celebration of young artists at Gallery N' Gifts on April 6 was a grand event. People from several nearby cities came to see what our local youth were up to creatively, and they were not disappointed. Watercolors, sculptures, acrylic, oils, pen, pencil and mixed media artwork were on colorful display in this annual event sponsored by Tehachapi Valley Arts Association. "It is so fun to see what these talented kids come up with each April, and even more fun to watch the artistic growth of the...

  • April events at the Arts Center

    Rebecca Ortiz Johnson, contributing writer|Mar 30, 2024

    New hours at the Arts Center We are now open six days a week. Regular hours are Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note: We stay open later for unique events such as Thursday's Farmers Market, local fairs, community events and holidays. If the flags are out, we're open! Classes and Events First Friday falls on April 5, so don't forget to come out for food, fun and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tehachapi Arts Center. Enjoy the music and refreshments and meet...

  • Rabbits and eggs

    Midge Lyndee, Book Review|Mar 30, 2024

    This is the season where families invite rabbits into their homes, rabbits who bring baskets of goodies. The most playful ones take joy in hiding colored eggs for children to find. Dyed eggs and chocolates abound, with an abundance of jelly beans and the occasional sugary peep. Spring has sprung and Easter is nigh. Rabbits as main characters in novels abound as well. The poignant "Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams brings us the tender story of love between a boy and his stuffed rabbit. A...

  • 2024 All Tehachapi Youth Art Contest

    Gale Caldwell, contributing writer|Mar 16, 2024

    Tehachapi Valley Arts Association is excited to announce their 2024 All Tehachapi Youth Art Contest. For more than 30 years, the contest has been an exciting opportunity for young artists to show off their beautiful works of art. Please help TVAA celebrate the creative efforts of our local youth by joining the First Friday celebration at Gallery 'N' Gifts on April 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will also be a special Saturday cookies and punch reception on April 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a...

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