BARC Annual Dinner & General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

6:00 p.m.

Moorea Banquet Centre – 8700 Swigert Court

$20 per person

Join us as we celebrate our 64th year of Giving People Purpose.

The BARC Annual Dinner serves as a way to show our gratitude to all those whose hard work and dedication throughout the year ensures the success of our clients as well as the industries and programs of BARC.

Twenty BARC clients will receive perfect attendance awards and each department manager will present an award to an outstanding business of the year. The festivities continue with awards for outstanding volunteer, caregiver and employee excellence.

The evening also includes the presentation of the Dr. Michal Clark Developmental Disabilities Service Excellence Award to an individual whose commitment to improving the lives of the developmentally disabled is without parallel.

Make plans to attend the BARC Annual Dinner and you will learn about the wonderful things that take place on the BARC Campus daily, the strong business relationships we have built and how our clients make what we do every day magical.

Make your reservations today by calling or e-mailing Michelle Garland at 661-834-2272 ext. 278 or mgarland@barc-inc.org

 

BARC Recycling Coupon!

Earn some extra cash and help the environment with the BARC Recycling Coupon! The coupon is good for a $.05/lb bonus on CRV aluminum cans at all BARC buyback centers. Print your coupon today and help us continue to Give People Purpose.

Recycling Coupon

 

BARC AbilityOne Program Awarded!

NISH recognizes The Bakersfield ARC for excellence in providing employment and training for Americans with significant disabilities.

NISH recognizes The Bakersfield ARC for excellence in providing employment and training for Americans with significant disabilities.

The Magic is Back…

The holidays are in full swing and what better way to celebrate the season than with a visit to the BARC Magical Forest.  We are kicking off our seventh year of Magic this Friday, December 7th and invite you to bring your family out to experience our own winter wonderland through December 23rd.

The Magical Forest is an enchanting collection of whimsical and interactive holiday displays, uniquely decorated Christmas trees and a variety of activities for the family to enjoy.  Visit Santa for a photo, play a mini round of miniature golf, shop for gifts in our Tinker’s Village and Santa’s Secret Shoppes, take a ride on our Grinchmobile and the Magical Forest Express Train…and that’s just to get your evening started.  Enjoy local entertainment while you stroll the grounds as you enjoy a treat from the BARC Café.  There’s so much to see and do, you may have to plan more than one visit.

And the best part?  The prices.  Admission is only $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors (55 and over), $3.00 for children ages 6-12 and children five and under are free.  And if you visit the BARC website (www.barc-inc.org) you can download a discount coupon to save even more.

The Magical Forest is open nightly from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from December 7th – 23rd and will be closed on December 10th and 11th.

We look forward to helping your family make new holiday memories at The Magical Forest.

A New Voice for Change

VOICED (Voices of Integration: Communities Empowering the Disabled) is a new coalition formed to build alliances with organizations that provide services to individuals with disabilities and their families.  By standing as one, VOICED will raise awareness, level oppportunities and facilitate positive change for the 4.5 million people in the state of California who live with a disability.  The first training and informational event was held this past Saturday, September 29th. 

Darla Benson, Exectutive Director of NAPD (New Advances for People with Disabilities), is one of the driving forces behind VOICED.  Read her compelling article recently published in The Bakersfield Californian here:  http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/opinion/hot-topics/x485099709/DARLA-BENSON-Giving-a-real-voice-to-disabled-Californians-facing-budget-cuts

Kern Valley Sun: “The Egg Hunt Was On”

Published on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 12:08 AM PDT
Brandon Muncy
Kern Valley Sun
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The Kern River Valley was a flurry of Easter activity last week, as many locations hosted activities for local residents.

Members of the Kern River Valley site of the Bakersfield Association for Retarded Citizens spent Thursday afternoon coloring eggs and creating Easter baskets.
Vickie, Jeff and four-year-old Ashlie Fish scour Kissack Ranch for Easter eggs during the annual egg hunt.

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There was standing room only at ‘The Burlington’ on Friday morning for their 11th annual egg hunt. Children, ages 7 and under, scoured the premises hoping to snag an elusive “prize egg.” Residents of ‘The Burlington’ were on hand to enjoy the special occasion. “This is all for the residents,” said Cheryl Parmalee, owner of “The Burlington.” The Easter bunny even stopped by.

At Sunday’s annual Kissack Egg Hunt, participants found a little bit more than they bargained for; a large gopher snake was caught shortly before the hunt began. Other than the discovery of the snake, the hunt went off without a hitch as hundreds participated. The Easter bunny even made a surprise visit, to the delight of young children.

“My favorite part was the bunny rabbit,” said four-year-old Andrew Schaffer of Bodfish, who was attending his first ever Kissack Egg Hunt. “And hunting for the eggs!” Shaffer added.

Bakersfield Business Conference + BARC = 1,500 Cubic Feet weighing in at 2,200 Pounds of Recycling

The 9/11 Remembrance flags on the Conference grounds.

The 9/11 Remembrance flags on the Conference grounds.

After a five year hiatus the Bakersfield Business Conference returned last Saturday with a vibrant energy and a renewed purpose to bring a wealth of information, insight and inspiration to thousands of attendees.   A tremendous success brought about by the herculean efforts of George Martin, Brandon Martin, Katrina Nelson, Borton Petrini and the hundreds of volunteers and vendors that spent countless hours ensuring a seamless day.   BARC had the opportunity to be among the vendors and volunteers and we certainly made the most of our day.

Along with over 500 vendor staff and 300 plus community volunteers, BARC Recycling Services proudly took their place as a cog in the machinery charged with running an event of this magnitude.  Placing nearly 200 BARC recycling containers throughout the conference grounds and servicing those containers throughout the day were a dozen staff and Clients from BARC.  With 10,000 attendees,  40,000 water bottles and soda cans and hundreds of pounds of cardboard to be kept out of the trash (and ultimately the landfill), our small but mighty volunteer crew had their work cut out for them, making for a long but very productive day.

Over in the art pavilion, BARC’s Art with a Purpose program was on display with a collection of note cards, mouse pads, coasters and a variety of ceramic pieces.  All of the items displayed were hand painted by the Clients of BARC and available for sale.  We did a brisk business throughout the conference and the proceeds from Saturday’s sales will assist us as we continue to grow this popular program on campus.  Many thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit or shop with us.

As a vendor and volunteer at this year’s conference we were given a bird’s eye view of the scope of work involved in this massive undertaking and it resulted in a profound appreciation for what true collaboration is all about. BARC is deeply grateful for the opportunity provided to us.  This is but ONE example of everything and everyone working together without personal agendas, egos or strife and provides an excellent example of community and a willingness to give of ourselves for a greater goal.  It is what makes Bakersfield and Kern County special.  It is also what makes the Bakersfield Business Conference an extraordinary event.

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