May 8, 2001

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu



FACT hosts 19th annual bbq and open house


It's a fact: the 19th annual FACT Barbecue and Open House is scheduled at California State University, Bakersfield's Environmental Studies Area on Saturday, May 26.

The open house begins at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Tours of the Facility for Animal Care and Treatment will feature talks and demonstrations with live birds of prey, such as barn owls, horned owls, kestrels, a golden eagle and red-tail hawks.

Music by Rare and Endangered will begin at 5 p.m., featuring folk, country and pop music performed on a hammer dulcimer and other string instruments. The band will play again during dinner.

Dinner will include deep-pit beef and turkey, barbecue beans and salsa, tossed green salad, rolls, homemade desserts, coffee and tea. Beer, wine and soda will be available.

Silent auctions will be held before dinner, and a live auction will be held after dinner. A raffle is also planned, and a door prize will be given at the end of the evening.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 12 and under. Reservations must be made in advance.

FACT is a wildlife rescue, conservation and education project that was founded in 1975 by CSUB biology professor Ted Murphy. Students and volunteers care for hundreds of injured or orphaned birds of prey, conduct tours of the facility and provide classroom programs for thousands of Kern County school children each year. FACT is supported mainly by the annual barbecue, as well as contributions, members of the Friends of FACT and the sale of gift items.

For barbecue reservations or more information about FACT, call Marlene Hensley-Benton, ESA/FACT coordinator, at 664-3167, or order barbecue tickets on the Internet at www.csub.edu/fact.


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