X (Bimonthly Publication of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club — April/May 2001 )
EARTH DAY! MUIR'S BIRTHDAY!
CHAPTER'S AWARDS BANQUET
What could be a greater combination of dates onwhich to honor those Chapter members who have
taken action in one form or other to forward the
goals of the Sierra Club?The evening will begin with a social hour at 5
PM. Dinner will be served at 6:15. You will have a
choice of lemon chicken or spinach lasagna.
There will be no formal program after theawards, but there will be the raffle that always offersa great selection of prizes.The banquet will be held at the East BakersfieldVeterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Rd. $12.50 is the cost of the meal. Call Michelle Hoffman at (661)
835-8599 to make your reservation.
Do jot down the date on your calendar, makeyour call, and be prepared to have an enjoyablerelaxing evening seeing old friends and hearingabout what your Chapter and its groups have been
up to in the last year.
SOLAR SEMINAR BIG SUCCESS
Great information, Great audience
Some 200 people turned out on the evening of
February 15 at Bakersfield's Beale Library to hearTor Allen explain California's renewable energybuy-down program. According to long-time
activists, it was one of the most well-attended Sierra
Club events in recent memory. The seminar alsogarnered good press both in the
and on two local TV stations.Allen, director of the Rahus Institute in Martinez,also discussed how simple conservation measurescan not only help California weather the currentpower crisis, but also save consumers money.Though he spoke about lucrative subsidies forinstalling solar panels and small wind turbines,Allen made it clear that using compact fluorescentsand other energy-efficient appliances was still themost cost-effective way to cut utility bills.For information on how to qualify forCalifornia's emerging renewables buy-down
program or how to use "net-metering" to run your
kilowatt-hour meter backwards, log on to
www.energy.ca.gov/greengrid by Paul Gipe
SWING INTO SPRING
WELCOME TO THE BUENA VISTA GROUPOF THE SIERRA CLUB.
The new Bakersfield
group will be holding monthly meetings, probablyat the Beale Library. Call Leah Hagemei
(661-324-5213) for up-to-date info on programs,
Evening Conditioning Hike
. Every Thursday 4-5
miles in northeast Bakersfield area. Meet at 7 PM atthe Chevron station at the corner of Hwys 178 and184. Call Leaders: Eva & Gordon Nipp (661)
872-2432 or Larry Wailes (661-861-1186) for
Historic San Emigdio Ranch." Call (661) 858-1115for complete details and future workday dates.
(thurs/sun) Mineral King Group
Car Camp to Death Valley National Park.
Driving tour and day hikes. Focus on geology;come for all or part of the weekend! Contact HaroldWood via e-mail email@example.com
call 559-739-8527 for details.
of 725 acre addition
to Kaweah Oaks Preserve. Tours at 10 and 11. Call
Mon-ument. Driving tour and day hikes. Bring ownwater and food. Call Joe Fontaine at 661-821-2055or firstname.lastname@example.org details.
earching for Snails.
PM; program, 7 PM; PMC Clubhouse. 242-0423.
Kern River Wildlife
Easy walk. Bakersfield. Meet
at 6 PM in the parking lot at River and PanoramaBoulevards. Sneakers OK, boots are better.
Beginners welcome. Leader Lorraine,
APRIL 13th. (fri)
Mineral King Coffee Socials
Wildflower Cafe, Exeter.
KK Ex Com, Beale Lib,
APRIL 16th. (
Owens Peak MonthlyMeeting.
Speaker to be determined. MaturangoMuseum, 100 E. Las Flores, 7:30 PM. Call Dennis
at 760-375-7967 or Jeanie at 375-8973 for details.
8:30, Pine Mtn.Club tennis courts.
Bring your kids! 661-242-0423.