The Mojave Foundation is pleased to present Mojave’s first Jazz/Blues concert on October 17th. Admission is FREE, and all proceeds go directly to make health & safety upgrades to the town, such as streetlights, community parks, and housing. But WE NEED HELP PROMOTING THIS EVENT. We need volunteers to help follow up with newspapers and radio stations, and reach out to media markets in the Antelope Valley, Bakersfield and Los Angeles. We also need help reaching out to potential donors, retailers, grocery stores, corporate partners – to coordinate door prizes and gift incentives for larger donations. Contact Marlena Balvin at The Mojave Foundation to help, at Marlena@MojaveFoundation.org or 661-749-0940.
The Mojave Foundation is bringing two world-class performing artists to the Stuart Witt Center at the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, the Chaise Lounge Sextet, and the Lori Andrews Jazz Harp Quartet. Doors open at 7pm, and guests are encouraged to bring a chair. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to RSVP – especially if they want a meal, which will be available for $15/plate. RSVP with Steve at 661-547-5708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 office at 661-749-0940.
It’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.
On Tuesday August 19th the Board of Supervisors will decide whether to issue Recurrent Energy a conditional use permit and zoning change to install a massive 262 acre solar project just west of Hwy-14 and north of Camelot Blvd. The community of Mojave is universally opposed to this project due to the dust and corresponding health risks, since the project is only 1,400 feet upwind of a densely populated area of Mojave Gardens and downtown Mojave.
Residents and property owners are encouraged to go to the hearing in Bakersfield on the 19th at 2pm. There will be a video teleconference set up at the Vets hall on O St in Mojave, and there will also be rides to transport people to Bakersfield to demonstrate their concern over this issue. Residents interested in going to Bakersfield in person will meet at the Vets hall at 12:00 on the 19th, departing promptly at 12:30.
Mojave is supportive of renewable energy, but residents and civic organizations and businesses are united in their position that this is the wrong location for this project. We cannot risk the health and safety of our children and elderly, and the thousands of long-term jobs that have been created in Mojave in the last several years.
Community gardens are pieces of land where plants are grown and maintained by a group of individuals in the community. They are generally divided into plots for individual, family, or group use, and can host a variety of community events.
The Revitalize Mojave Vision Plan outlined how community gardens would add value to Mojave, and address several of its critical needs. The Mojave Foundation, whose mission is to encourage grassroots development of Mojave, is well placed to organize and execute the development and construction of a community garden.
We need your input to develop Mojave’s community garden into a useful and valuable space!
May 15: Mojave’s own Desert Truck Service hosted a free class on air brake repair open to the entire community. The class was taught by a representative of Haldex Group, a leading supplier of air brake parts and components for heavy trucks. “We put this class on about once a year” said Brenda Segal, co-owner of Desert Truck Service. “It’s open to anybody who wants to learn about air brakes and heavy truck repair.”
Desert Truck Service is also hiring. Located on Hwy-58, just across from the Mojave Air & Space Port, Desert Truck celebrated 30 years in Mojave on April 13, and they have been a reliable job creator and community partner. “We never take down our Help Wanted sign” said Mrs. Segal. Qualified applicants need only be 25 years old with a California drivers license, clean driving record, and drug free. Desert Truck is typically looking for technicians, service writers, or drivers, and is always willing to train new skills. The Mojave Foundation congratulates Desert Truck Service on 30 years in Mojave, and salutes their commitment to the community.
May 26: Mojave remembered the the fallen on this Memorial Day, in the Mojave Cemetery. The event was organized by Mojave’s own Cathy Hansen, and featured speakers Doug Clipperton, of the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, Flora Belle Reece, who transported fighter planes across the country in WWII, and Captain Todd Quelet, a Civil Affairs Officer and veteran of Afghanistan. Mr. Clipperton described the sacrifices that that his father endured as a B-17 pilot in WWII, and the hundreds of pilots lost in service to their cause. Ms Reece described the events of Pearl Harbor through the eyes of Admiral Nimitz, and despite the thousands of lives lost, how the United States emerged from that tragedy with remarkable luck, perseverance and determination.
CPT Quelet commemorated the service men and women and civilians who have given their last full measure of devotion in the service of their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. He explained how they died promoting “American” values abroad, but that these values are so universal that they transcend any one country, and belong to the world. CPT Quelet went on to call on the living to honor the dead by continuing their work here at home by investing in our own communities. (To see a video of the speech click here.)