Another way to simulate your taste buds while meeting new people on a $5 date

Darla Mangrum, Reporter


With the weekend right around the corner, The Rip has come up with a couple of more dates that will fit a struggling student’s budget.

If you are a coffee drinker who likes to support young people who have been kicked out of the system because they aged out, then this is the date for you.

Covenant coffee is a fast-growing company that helps young people who have been released from the foster care system because they turned 18 years old. Covenant not only gives these young adults jobs to help them get on their feet, but they also offer counseling and help these young people get into their own apartments. They even help supply furniture and miscellaneous household items.

The Covenant Coffee House on North Chester has reasonable prices; in fact every coffee is less than $5. They also have a great selection of board games to play while you are there. They close a little earlier than most coffee shops, but the people are friendly and the atmosphere is really mellow. A couple could really get to know each other in such a quiet atmosphere or they can just relax and play a game.

Covenant Coffee is located at 1700 North Chester. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The phone number is (661) 829-6737.

If coffee is not your thing you could always go bowling. AMF Lanes has many special offers all week long.

On Monday nights, there is Dollar Mania, where there is a cover charge of $5. Every game is only $1, and shoe rentals are $1. After 8 p.m. they have some great drink specials.

On Tuesdays they have $2 Tuesdays. $2 Tuesdays consists of games, shoes, and Pabst Blue Ribbon beers are all $2 after 8 pm.

On Thursdays is College Night. With your college ID, you can bowl from 9 p.m. until closing time. The cost is $7 for unlimited bowling with shoe rental included, and for $2 you can get Pabst Blue Ribbon beers and four $10 pizzas.

On Sunday they have Sunday Funday. After 6 p.m., you can get two hours of unlimited bowling for only $6.

There are two locations located in Bakersfield. Westchester Lanes at 1819 30th St. The phone number is (661) 324-4966, and the hours are Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Or Southwest Lanes located at 3610 Wible Road, Bakersfield. The phone number is (661) 834-2695. Hours are Monday Noon-10 p.m., Tuesday 3 p.m.-10 p.m., Wednesday Noon-11 p.m., Thursday 3 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.