Cheap ‘wild’ dates

Darla Mangrum, Reporter

Once again it is time to take a break from classrooms and studying and go do something fun with your special someone.

Spring is the perfect time to take a walk along a path of wildflowers, a hike in the hills, a bike ride in San Emigdo Canyon, or have a picnic by a beautiful waterfall. You can do all these things and more at The Wildlands Conservancy-Wind Wolves Preserve. The best part about Wind Wolves Preserve is everything is free and it has a lot to offer, such as, Birding hikes, Earth Art, Full Moon Night hikes, Black Out Night hikes, El Camino Viejo Wilderness hike, Outdoor Survival Preparedness, and Movies in the Canyon. If you are interested in learning history about the backcountry of the preserves you can always take their free three-hour Backcountry Adventure tour into the hills.

This tour includes wonderful views of the San Joaquin Valley, and the lush hills and mountains that are tucked away in the backcountry, not to mention, wildlife sightings, Native American history and natural history. The tour bus is equipped with air-conditioning and heating for comfort. This is truly a hidden gem in Kern County. It is about 25 miles outside of Bakersfield. For more information you can call (661) 858-1115 or [email protected]

If you are looking for something to do that is closer to home, you can always go to the NX Annex this Saturday, March 7. The Annex is having a family-friendly live art show. Between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. they offer a free art class to children. After 3 p.m. the live art show begins, a live art show is very entertaining because you can actually watch the artists create the work in your presence. Some of Bakersfield’s best street artists will be graffiti battling for prizes. This event will continue into the midnight hour. The price for this event is $5 per person and children 12 and under get in for free. For more information you can go to [email protected]