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  • Winter Fun Guide 2023

    Jul 20, 2024

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  • Holiday Calendar of Events

    The Loop, staff|Nov 18, 2023

    Holiday Decorating Contest Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce Second annual Decorating Contest for Downtown businesses and the theme is "Past, Present and Future." Decorate your business window to celebrate Tehachapi Hometown Christmas! Must be fun and most importantly represent Tehachapi. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners. Contest ends Dec. 2. Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25 Holiday Bazaar, hosted by the Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association. Nov. 24 10...

  • Tehachapi Hometown Christmas, Dec. 2 – Happenings & Special Offers

    Nov 18, 2023

    The City of Tehachapi is happy to announce our second annual "Tehachapi Hometown Christmas" event on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1-5 p.m. in downtown. The Rotary Club kicks off the day with Breakfast with Santa, the Historic Train Depot hosts photos with Santa along with a bake sale, the Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Christmas Parade on F Street, which is followed by the Christmas Tree lighting at the Depot. We will close Green Street between Tehachapi Blvd. and F Street and host a...

  • Holiday Soberthon 2023: 12-step recovery meetings

    Jim Walker, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    There are 12–step recovery meetings open to the public at 303 E. H St. here in Tehachapi. On the following days meetings will be held every other hour. There will also be a potluck New Years Eve party. Thanksgiving: Thursday, Nov. 23 all day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24: We will have our regular meetings, a card game and a party, from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Christmas: Friday, Dec. 22, Saturday, Dec. 23 and Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday Dec. 25: All day, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. New Year's Eve: S...

  • Project D.E.F.T.

    Marty Pay, MBA, CLU, LUTC-F, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    A tradition over the past 12 plus years has been Project D.E.F.T., which sends Christmas cards to Veterans in nursing homes throughout California. Over the years we've had as many as 9,000 cards a year and as few as 2,500, but we've always been able to make sure our Veterans get cards before the Holiday! There are certain requirements which the V.A. has placed on us for the cards. Please, nothing political, nothing religious (keep in mind we don't know the religion of the recipient) and no...

  • Traditional Christmas Book Market, Craft Event, Dec. 2

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    Holiday traditions in our mountain community include the Tehachapi Hometown Christmas. This includes all the Festivities on Green Street and the Annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 2. Many of us will remember making ornaments as one of our own family traditions. This year, the Tehachapi Library will be having a free Make Your Own Ornament Craft Event. On Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., adults and children are invited to come to the Library and make their own ornament on the upper floor near the...

  • Join us for our fourth annual German Christmas Market

    Michele Dorner, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    As we prepare for our fourth Annual German Christmas Market, we once again reminisce about our wonderful adventure exploring the Christmas Markets of Germany in 2019. During our trip we spent time visiting the Christmas Markets in several enchanting German towns and villages. Each town puts their own special spin on their markets. Most are held in the town square in the shadow of the town's cathedral, some are held on primeval castle grounds, other towns have three or four separate markets and...

  • Spend, gift, support Tehachapi businesses

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Nov 18, 2023

    The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the new Shop Tehachapi Gift Card, a community-based digital gift card that makes it fun and easy to keep local spending local. Purchase a Shop Tehachapi E-Card at www.Tehachapi.com/shop-tehachapi to use at any of the participating shops in the Greater Tehachapi Area. With this card, you can write a personal message and send it to family, friends and colleagues via email, text or physical copy. You can even purchase these gift cards...

  • Christmas is coming to Canine Creek!

    Nov 18, 2023

    Pet's-eye view... Christmas is coming to Canine Creek! Check out the cutest pet gifts and treats, with new items arriving daily! Canine Creek is located at 798 Tucker Rd. in Tehachapi....

  • Christmas Window Decorating Contest

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Nov 18, 2023

    The second annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest is in full swing and many businesses from across the Greater Tehachapi Area are taking part. Check out the Chamber of Commerce Website www.tehachapi.com for updated maps and ways you can submit your vote for your favorite window by Dec. 1. If you're a local business that would like to participate, please submit your application by Nov. 27. Any business anywhere in the Greater Tehachapi Area can participate and even team up with other...

  • Chanukah 2023

    Nov 18, 2023

    The Jewish celebration of Chanukah is often associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas, but that association has little to do with the significance of each holiday and more to do with the timing. Each is celebrated at the end of the year when the holiday season has hit full swing. But much like the story of Christmas, the story of Chanukah is a rich one. The celebration of Chanukah has a deep history that can be traced back to a successor of Alexander the Great. Upon conquering Syria,...

  • Ghosts of Thanksgivings past

    Pat Gracey, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    "Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through white and drifted snow." A charming children's song. A bit dated, also. No horse, no sleigh and if there were drifts of snow the roads would have been closed. Still, we would come to Grandmother's house and would enjoy not only a fine meal but seeing family and enjoying ourselves. Of course, the horsepower was in whatever car we were driving. I remember back when I still lived...

  • Tehachapi Lions Club Senior Christmas Program

    Vicki Satalino, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    This is our 10th year participating in the Senior Christmas program. We give low-income seniors a gift of their choice, along with other items. Applications can be picked up at the Salvation Army and mailed back to Tehachapi Lions P.O. Box 3, Tehachapi CA 92581. There is a limited number of seniors that we can serve. The Lions are asking the community for their help to donate sundries that will be added to the gifts. Suggested items: Kleenex, 2-ply toilet paper, shaving cream, shampoo, cream rin...

  • Success with living Christmas trees

    Rick Gillies, Mountain Gardens Nursery & Pet, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    Well, it's time to let people know about the care of living Christmas trees! A living Christmas tree is a live tree which comes in a container planted in soil. People like them because they are beautiful inside and after the holiday, you don't throw them away, you plant it in your own yard. So it saves you money! How to care for a living Christmas tree... here are a few tips! Living trees have a good chance of surviving the move from indoors to the landscape. 1. The tree should not be kept in...

  • Christmas at the Museum and Errea House, Dec. 2

    Judy Reynolds, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    In December you will get a warm welcome to a 1930s Christmas at the Errea House! The Errea House and Museum across the street will be beautifully decorated for Christmas. On Dec. 2, during Hometown Christmas, there will be hot spiced cider, cookies and gingerbread to enjoy as visitors gather around the player piano singing Christmas songs. The Tehachapi Museum will also be open with restroom facilities. The Museum store will have delightful gifts for sale including local jams, coffee, BBQ sauce and books by local authors. Also available are his...

  • Christmas Light Tour, Dec. 15

    Discover Tehachapi|Nov 18, 2023

    Discover Tehachapi Tours is hosting a free Christmas Light Tour! This tour was a smashing hit last year with more than 300 residents coming out to celebrate the season, play games, drink cocoa and ride in luxury to see all the amazing house lights in the city. The event is coming back this year on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 221 (125 E. F St.). Visit Discover Tehachapi’s website: www.discovertehachapi.com to reserve your free spot on the bus, and check out future editions of The Loop newspaper for further d...

  • 2023 National Wreaths Across America Day at Mojave Cemetery

    Wreaths Across America|Nov 18, 2023

    The cemetery will join the more than 3,900 participating locations across the country to Remember, Honor and Teach on Saturday, Dec. 16. National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) announced Mojave Cemetery in Mojave, California, has once again joined in the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, as an official location for 2023. This is the 9th year that the cemetery will participate in this national program. Wreaths Across America started as a simple gesture of thanks that has grown into a...

  • Christmas traditions around the world

    Lily La B, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    In the United States, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become the "traditional" Christmas season kick-off. This relatively new tradition started in the early 1960s when Philadelphia police officers used the term to describe the general chaos that occurred on the Friday after Thanksgiving when gobs of people came to town to start their holiday shopping. It wasn't until the late 1980s that merchants glommed onto the term to promote holiday shopping and improve their bottom lines....

  • Mountain Dog Millworks

    Nov 18, 2023

    Family holidays will be even more special with custom-made furniture, dining tables, game tables, kitchen/bar accents, live edge slabs and more! Pictured is a live edge redwood dining table with two matching benches. Mountain Dog Millworks are craftsmen and caretakers. Check out their website today at www.mountaindogmillworks.com....

  • Tickets on sale for CALM's 21st HolidayLights

    Kern County Superintendent of Schools|Nov 18, 2023

    The California Living Museum (CALM) announced that tickets for the award- winning HolidayLights are now on sale at www.calmzoo.org. This year, the event is returning to its original format as a walk-thru event after three years as a drive-thru experience. HolidayLights will kick-off on Saturday, Nov. 25 and run nightly through Dec. 30, except on Christmas, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. According to CALM Director Meg Maitland, based on community feedback CALM felt it was time to bring the event back inside...

  • '12 Days of Christmas'

    Rhonda Brady, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    The Rotary Club of Tehachapi is planning its "12 Days of Christmas" program beginning in November, for distribution to families and seniors on Thursday, Dec. 14. This program has been a great success in the past and we would like to make it successful again this holiday season. Please fill a box and drop it off at one of the locations noted on the display ad on this page. If you or someone you know would benefit by receiving a box, contact Rhonda Brady at (562) 900-1696 by phone or text. The...

  • Tehachapi Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

    Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce|Nov 18, 2023

    Saturday, Dec. 2 is quickly approaching and we can already hear the sleigh bells ringing. Grab those coats, folding chairs, hot chocolate and come to Downtown Tehachapi on F Street for the annual Christmas Parade. Starting at 5:30 p.m., dozens of businesses and community groups come together with their brightly lit floats and whimsical decorations to parade down F Street. Festive music fills the air and cheer is everywhere. It truly is a magical time to be in Tehachapi. A huge thank you to...

  • Thanksgiving memory

    Sheila Zanghi, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    The one thing that was very true about Jennie, my mother-in-law, was that she thought I was laid back in the extreme. When we were planning our wedding, I was not too concerned about issues or pending semi-disasters because I had grown up in a pretty calm home. When Mom made the huge family dinners, they were successful, not only because she was a pretty good cook but because things didn't rattle her. If something went wrong, she would improvise. For example, once when the apple pie...

  • Putting the lid on Santa Claus

    Bill Mead, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    Today, We Honor The Overall Man Classic Bill MeadReprinted with permission. I have put aside my efforts to close the ozone hole to deal with a more urgent problem. My wife says we must decide how much stuff we can give our grandkids without spoiling them. You whippersnappers who lack third-generation progeny have no inkling how weighty this matter is. Like managing the national debt, it is a question with no good answers-only bad ones and worse ones. As Grandma and Grandpa see it, doling out...

  • Christmas activities at the Arts Center, Dec. 2

    Mark Kamerer, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    Christmas is a special time of year and the enjoyment kids experience during the season is unmatched. Children love to celebrate the holidays with special Christmas activities. Keep your little elves occupied and make the season even more magical for them with Christmas Activities at the Tehachapi Art Center on Dec. 2, from noon to 5 p.m. Activities include Christmas ornament decorating, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and a Christmas sing-a-long. We will also have children's secret Santa gifts...

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