Park Stockdale is a neighborhood of 578 homes located in beautiful southwest Bakersfield With entrances at Rio Bravo DrIVE and Lennox AveNUE. Park Stockdale is a quiet, mature community with a distinctive character not seen IN the newer housing tracts where it is difficult to tell one house from the next.
Residents enjoy community amenities including four full-size tennis courts, a five-lane, 75-foot-long swimming pool with diving board, Harrington Park – a private community park/playground, and Frank Weldon Community Hall – the neighborhood community center. Regular neighborhood activities include T-Ball, bi-annual neighborhood-wide yard sales, and seasonal neighborhood events.
This is the last weekend the pool will be open this season.
Pool hours will be shortened to 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday because of a lifeguard shortage.
Four hula dancers and some inspired decorations turned the packed Park Stockdale hall into a little slice of Hawaii Saturday.
Five pink flamingos greeted residents outside. Inside, hula dancer Caroline Angkehan and her three daughters, Leslie, Melanie and Karlie, handed out silk leis to guests, who, for the most part, were dressed in Hawaiian attire.
Roxanne Fackler, the luau organizer and Park Stockdale Civic Association Vice President, and resident Dan Tuttle dished out shredded pork and chicken that residents ate with Hawaiian rolls, potato and macaroni salads, broccoli salad, pineapple, grapes, strawberries, and watermelon, brownies and cookies and shave ice.
As residents dined, emcee Melissa Martinez introduced the dancers who performed “God Bless America” and then a host of traditional Hawaiian hula songs.
Melissa encouraged guests to donate to the Maui relief efforts through their church, Red Cross or Thrivent Financial Services.
Next was audience participation. The dancers led volunteers of all ages, wearing grass skirts, through a hula lesson. Prizes were awarded to the best dancers.
Then three young girls participated in a hula hoop spinning contest.
The PSCA sponsored the event that included a decorated arch for photos. Each table was named for an Hawaiian island.
Board members who helped with the event were: Ana Flores, who shredded chicken; Kiki Contreras, who got the ice and helped clean; Pat Nolan who unloaded food, set place settings and manned the sign-in sheet with Susan Tuttle, who also provided drinks and decorated the photo op arch.
Besides serving as emcee, Melissa provided shave ice and sound equipment. Her husband, Jose, set up and took down the ice machine, sound equipment and decorations.
Becky Powers helped put food away.
The pool will be closed noon-4 Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27, due to no lifeguards available.
The pool will be open 4-8 p.m. both days.
With Wayne Van Horn Elementary School starting on Wednesday, Aug. 16, the last day the pool will be open on weekdays is Aug. 15.
The pool will be open on weekends only beginning Saturday, Aug. 19.
Labor Day Monday, Sept. 4, is the last day the pool is scheduled to be open.
The pool will be closed Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4-5, so that the algae can be treated before it worsens.
The pool will reopen Sunday.
Mark your calendar. The Park Stockdale Civic Association will host a luau in the hall at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.
Please leave a message with the office, 323-4302, with the number in your party so that we can get a head count.
Pulled pork and chicken will be provided but please bring a side dish or dessert. And feel free to dress in your best Hawaiian attire.
Special guests: hula dancers.