I'm trying this one more time. I posted up something a while back when and had no luck. Let me know if there is anyone in the area that board games. I went to a few FLGS out there but only found Magic/DnD players. If anyone has a group or just wants to meet up. Let me know. I do remember such a post. My experience with board gaming in Bakersfield is I've visited a trio of FLGS in Bakersfield since this year. Good deal of Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, and some other CCGs. Nothing much for (regular) board games. They say I'm free to use the space, but I also need to find folks to play with. There was an event of open gaming at Paladin's Castle during International Tabletop Day.
Without any set times, I don't want to drive a 4 hour round trip just to find out nothing's been planned. Unlike your situation, I can only really do such gaming on Sat., so you'll still be on your own this time. Good luck!