38th Annual Bakersfield Prayer Breakfast sends a message of compassion for all despite differences

More than 1,000 people woke up early Thursday morning to attend the 38th Annual Bakersfield Prayer Breakfast at the Rabobank Convention Center. … The idea to be homeless came up when he was sitting in a class at Westmont College and his professor discussed the parable of the Good Samaritan, a story of a man who was robbed. more

STEFANI DIAS: ‘Always’ time for more Patsy

If you’re in need of even more music, hop in the car and head to Shafter for “Segue…” Starrh, who has been with the festival since the beginning, opted to delay the performance to accommodate the musicians from Westmont College, including his daughter, Michelle, who were on tour in Washington, D.C., late last month. more

STEFANI DIAS: Speed dating gets friendly literary twist

Valentine’s Day has passed but love is still in the air — at least in the literary sense — at the Kern County Library’s northeast branch.  Today, the library will host a Literary Speed Dating event, the brainchild of branch supervisor Ariel Dyer. She organized a similar event at the Literary Society at Westmont College when she was a student there and thought it would be a good fit. more

Hibbert, Snyder highlight signing ceremony at Frontier

Ben Hibbert stood at the podium in front of about 500 Frontier students, coaches, faculty members and family and took one look at his grandparents. That’s when the tears showed up. Hibbert, joining four other Frontier senior student-athletes signing with college athletic programs, signed a letter of intent to Cal State Northridge on Thursday in the Frontier gym. …Kevin Verdujo signed to swim at Niagara University in New York, Jared Harris signed to run track at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and Lindsey Relerford will cheer for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix on scholarship. more

From the farm to the field

The Stockdale High School graduate played college baseball at Westmont in Santa Barbara before returning back home to work in the family-run business. more