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First Friday in Downtown Tehachapi - 5-8 p.m., May 5

Frist Friday


Newly remodeled gift shop at the Tehachapi Museum.

Tehachapi Museum featuring a permanent wave machine

Just in time for Mother's Day the Tehachapi Museum is offering on First Friday only, selected pieces of jewelry at a 30% discount. All hammered aluminum, also known as poor man's silver, will be discounted 20% on May 5. Both items make great gifts.

Coming Home by Kris Gruben

Gallery 'N' Gifts featuring artist Kris Gruben -- Gallery 'N' Gifts invites you to join them on First Friday May 5, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. to experience the artwork of Kris Gruben. Kris Gruben is a Bear Valley Springs resident and a mixed media artist working in the ancient wax technique of encaustic. Encaustic is an ancient technique dating back to the Greeks. The word encaustic means, "to heat or burn in". Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the natural beeswax and dammar resin, to fusing the layers of wax together. Colored pigments may be added and applied with a brush or any tool to create the image. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer. Kris moved to Bear Valley Springs with her husband in 2014 and lives there with two dogs, three acres of land, and two of their sixteen grandchildren close by. Kris has been surround by art her entire life. Her mother was a professional oil and watercolor artist in the San Diego area for many years. Over the years Kris has explored many different artistic mediums to feed her creative soul. After taking several encaustic workshops in Bakersfield, she found her passion. She enjoys experimenting and playing with the wax. Gallery 'N' Gifts hopes you'll take the time to stop by, meet the artist, enjoy free refreshments and perhaps enjoy a glass of wine or punch on First Friday May 5. That will also be the closing night for the Mother's Day Silent Auction for the Arts at 6 p.m. All proceeds from the auction go directly to funding art scholarships for high school seniors and art supplies for local area classrooms. For more information please call (661) 822-6062 or on facebook at

On First Friday visit the Tehachapi Museum's newest exhibit featuring a permanent wave machine, circa 1920s to 1930s. Included in the new display are numerous other items from 1900 to 1930s designed to make women more attractive.

Continuing exhibits in the Museum's Textile gallery include spring hats, Disney items, Victorian clothing, and an exhibit about Maria Downey, wife of California's governor 1860-1862. Maria Downey was killed in a train accident in Tehachapi, 1883.

In the Museum's main gallery there is an exhibit about the Cuddeback family, one of Tehachapi's pioneer families. Also in the main gallery is the newly remodeled gift shop featuring books of local interest, collectible items, historic folk toys, basket kits, jewelry, and hammered aluminum.

On First Friday the Museum is serving wine, champagne, and appetizers from 5-8 pm. The Museum is located at 310 S. Green Street. Regular hours are Friday through Sunday, 12-4. Across the street at 311 S. Green Street is the Errea House Museum, the oldest residence in the area. For more information about either museum call 822-8152.

Sheridan's celebrates First Friday with new location

Sheridan's Boutique Home Consignment will be rejoining the First Friday Festivities Friday, May 5 with celebrations at two locations! Our downtown shop will stay open until

8 p.m., serving wine and refreshments. In addition, we will celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Sheridan's Annex at our new Annex location, 114 S. Mill St., across from the Shell station on Tehachapi Blvd. Festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. with champagne and refreshments, followed by a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m., and a prize drawing afterwards. Virginia says, "We are very excited to have this great new venue. To continue the party just a little bit longer, both stores will be offering special discounts all weekend long.

Come by and see us, you'll be glad you did!


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