Mojave Foundation Registers with Amazon.com

Amazon SmileThe Mojave Foundation is now an officially registered charity with Amazon’s “Smile” program, which donates 0.5% of each purchase to the customer’s favorite charity. As part of Amazon’s corporate philanthropy program, online shoppers will not see any difference in prices or product offering, and the proceeds come out of Amazon’s operating costs. AmazonSmile contains the exact same products at the same prices. Just go to www.Smile.Amazon.com and search for “The Mojave Foundation” to select us as your preferred charity; and begin making your purchases! Otherwise, to make a tax-deductible donation directly to The Mojave Foundation directly, please visit our “Donate” page.

First Workday in the Community Space Garden Scheduled

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Hello Gardeners! Our first garden work day has been scheduled:

When: Saturday September 27, 2014 8am-12pm. You do not have to work the whole time, feel free to show up late or leave early

Where: Legacy Park (Airport Blvd. and Sabovich St. at the Rotary Rocket)

Goals: Weed and level the garden space. If there is time, we will begin staking out garden plots.

What To Bring: Water, gloves, sunscreen, hat, closed toe shoes. If you have a shovel, wheelbarrow, or hoe/metal rake that you could bring, please let me know!

If you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact me via email or phone (661) 749-0940. I’m looking forward to digging in the dirt with all of you! 

-Joyce

Spay and Neuter Clinic

In association with Kern County Animal Control Services and the office of District 2 Supervisor, Zach Schrivner, Southern Kern Vet Hospital is offering a voucher to spay and neuter your pets.  You must bring an ID (and proof of address if address is different than what is on the ID) and pick up the voucher in person at the times listed below, at the Rosamond Fire Station.  Limit 4 vouchers per household.

There is no income qualifications for this program and no cost for the vouchers.
District 2 Rosamond spay neuter

Massive Sidewalk Grant to be Submitted in Spring 2015

Sidewalks to SchoolAugust 28: In May 2014 Kern County Roads submitted a grant proposal to CalTrans to install sidewalks along northern Hwy-14 near Stater Bros. The Active Transportation (ATP) grant was ultimately denied by CalTrans, according to Bob Neath, Engineering Manager at Kern County Roads. However, The Mojave Foundation submitted a larger sidewalk grant to Kern County Roads in May, which Mr. Neath intends to submit to CalTrans in 2015. The grant, titled “Sidewalks to School” is expected to top $1.4 million, and include 27,000 linear feet of sidewalks, spanning the entire downtown area and part of Mojave Gardens. The grant application intends to take advantage of California’s “Safe Routes to School” program, which is a special category within CalTrans’ ATP which gives special preference to municipal infrastructure project that enhance public safety for children. “We think we have a really good shot at this grant”, said Mr. Neath at Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Mariah Inn in Mojave. “Our Stater Bros sidewalk application missed the cut-off by one this year, so we think that this ‘Sidewalks-to-School’ grant is really competitive.”

Sidewalks - family walkingThree pedestrians were killed by vehicles in Mojave in 2013, one of which was a 16-year-old girl crossing the road on her way to school. The Mojave Foundation worked with Kern County Roads and Southern California Edison to install a flashing cross-walk at this intersection, but we feel that the problem of pedestrian safety is systemic, and can only be solved with a comprehensive municipal investment in sidewalks and streetlights. We are currently fundraising for a municipal lighting project, and we look forward to working with Kern County Roads to bring sidewalks to Mojave’s streets as rapidly as possible. To see the full grant The Mojave Foundation submitted to Kern County Roads, click here: Part-1, Part-2, Graphics.

RENEWBIZ Grants …back again!

Revitalize Vision PlanKern County Planning department is making available again the RENEWBIZ grant in 2014, available to businesses in Mojave for exterior improvements. The grant is available to all businesses and nonprofit organizations in Mojave’s “visioning” area downtown. The grants are awarded up to $10,000, and businesses can apply for multiple grants. Eligible projects could include: signs, painting, landscaping, awnings, fencing, windows, façade improvements, and infrastructure upgrades. 

Many businesses in Mojave have already received grants awarded in 2013, including T&R Hobbies and the thrift shop building on Sierra Highway, and the Assemblies of God church on M Street. Last year, Kern County awarded grants to 100% of the applicants from Mojave, and The Mojave Foundation strongly encourages business owners to fill out the application this year. The Chamber of Commerce will be offering workshops on how to fill out the grant application. Email the Chamber at  revitalize@visitmojave.com for more information.

Mojave’s First Community Garden Meeting

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The Mojave Foundation hosted it’s first community garden meeting at the site of the first ever community garden on an active Space Port.  Organizer Joyce Nash, of the Mojave Foundation, welcomed the future gardeners at the 1300 square foot space that will be divided into 10-12 gardening plots for gardeners to grow items of their choosing.

“Where else on the planet can gardeners grow their fruits and vegetables in the shadow of a Rotary Rocket? Or with SpaceShipTwo flying overhead?” commented Marlena Rowley.

“Mojave is a community that strives to be a safe, beautiful and desirable place to LIVE and WORK,” says Nash, “with the realization that The Mojave Foundation will provide direction and attract support for the garden project from long term Mojave residents and airport employees.”

To become involved with the planning of Mojave’s community garden project feel free to leave a comment or call The Mojave Foundation ofIMG_20140820_170342_246fice at 661-749-0940.

Blood Drive Sept 2

Blood DriveIt’s that time again. September 2 (only 2 weeks away) Houchin Blood bank in Bakersfield will be hosting another blood drive at the Mojave Air & Space Port.  Appointments are every ten minutes between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.  Kern County is in desperate need for blood donors right now, so please take a few minutes out of your day to help save a life.  Everybody who donates will be entered to win a $500 gift card to the Valley Plaza Mall in Bakersfield! If you are interested in donating please call or email Tenina at 661-824-2433 or Tenina@MojaveAirport.com. She will schedule you for an appointment or add you to the walk-in list. If you are unable to donate, please pass this information on to somebody who may be interested and willing.