As of November, 2009 Kern County appears to host 325 A. A. meetings in 28 cities and towns. 250 are English-speaking (of which 151 are in metropolitan Bakersfield), and 84 are conducted in Spanish (42 in Bakersfield). (For those doing the arithmetic and saying 'Aha!' ... 9 bilingual meetings are listed twice.)
Rather than divide them into as many pages as towns, we try as much as possible to bring the meetings together, both to save jumping from page to page to find what we're looking for, and to give a better overview of what is available, beyond our own groups, neighborhoods and towns.
The index below sorts the meetings accordingly into 3 corresponding master pages, for ease of use. The city, town or neighborhood is clearly indicated for each meeting.
We do also have separate pages for places with (roughly) two or more meetings every day. These may be reached from the corresponding master pages. In some cases these secondary pages also cover whole areas, in which meetings are widely spaced.
As with all we do in A. A., we rely on each other for meeting information. Where something seems especially important to clear up, we have added a little pop-up note (Help!) to alert our visitors and ask for your assistance.
Please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) of any corrections, additions, subtractions and suggestions you may have – so that, together, we can let those who need us know where to find us.
This online listing of A. A. meetings in the Kern County area is put together from many sources, including local and central office meeting directories, the listings of local clubs and community resources, and direct information from the groups and members involved.
It is offered as a free service to those who can use it. It is unaffiliated with any official bodies – or with any organization at all, for that matter.
— Unless specified as “Closed”, all meetings are open to anyone with an interest in recovery from alcoholism.
— “Closed” meetings are only for those who themselves have a “desire to stop drinking.”
— You may generally assume that there is no smoking in the meetings.
— The © symbol next to an address indicates that it is wheelchair-accessible.
— To make finding the meetings easier, and out of respect for our hosts, we try to fully identify the locations in which we meet.
— Where we do have to shorten names, we apologize. E.g., while all Methodists are in fact “United”,
the extra word often doesn't fit well in the lines.
— We have included Maps for each meeting, with pop-up Thomas Guide coordinates where available.
— The meeting format, if not clear from the group name, is shown separately. If not specified, assume open discussion.
— If only the format is known, the space for a group name is left blank.
— If there really is no A. A. group, however, it is not really an A. A. meeting at all. Please advise!
— Genuine A. A. meetings, and the groups that hold them, are not and never should be affiliated in any way with any locations
in which they are held, whether they be hospitals, schools, clubs, treatment or community centers, etc.
(Outside Bakersfield, English)
Todas reuniones conducidas en español
(All Spanish-Language Meetings)
Bear Valley Springs
Lake of the Woods
Pine Mountain Club
I am responsible . . .
When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help,
I want the hand of A.A. always to be there.
And for that . . . I am responsible.
— A.A. Grapevine. Reprinted by permission.