Bakersfield Life

  • Mike Heiser stands in his home gym surrounded by dozens of exercise equipment.

    Designing a room of one's own

    Bakersfield residents know the value of personal space, and folks with extra square footage are eager to create spots for items they love or activities they enjoy doing. Red Door Interior's designer Sarah Ward said folks are trending away from formal dining, using the area for pool tables,

  • Presidio Brass makes a stop in Bakersfield

    Join the Bakersfield Community Concert Association on May 4 as they celebrate its 52nd anniversary with a presentation of the Presidio Brass concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Rabobank Theater. Preconcert music will be performed by the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. Tickets are $40

  • Auntie Ileenie Weenie (Coryn McBride) and niece Tammy-Lee Otis (Emily Candia) joke around as bride Sue-Ann Otis (Ali Dougherty, second from right) gets a talking to from parents Molly and Butch (Jennifer Prince and Phil Beglin) in "My Big Fat Oildale Wedding."

    Local Theater Celebrates 10 Years of Making Kern County a Star

    It's a local theater that keeps Kern County front and center, and this year, The Gaslight Melodrama Theatre and Music Hall is marking a major milestone. For the last decade The Gaslight Melodrama has delighted audiences with stories that put Kern County in the spotlight, telling tall tales from

  • Finding Fame: Jim White

    By now, most have probably heard about the inspirational story of McFarland High's cross-country team that went on to become state champions in 1987, which Disney recently turned it into a major motion picture. But behind all of the glitz and glamour was a real coach and his team. Coach Jim

  • BHS's Ronnie Stapp battles to get past Buchanan's Donovan Mitchell in the 1st half of their playoff game Wednesday night.

    All-Star Athlete: Phenomenal Freshmen

    For most young athletes, the jump from junior high to the varsity level of high school requires a year or two of additional training and maturation to accomplish. It isn't easy for a 14- or 15-year-old to compete on equal footing against upperclassmen that are generally, bigger, faster,

  • Savor the taste of craft beers at festival

    Attention all Kern County beer aficionados, the 3rd Annual Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival is back Saturday, May 23, at the CSUB Amphitheater, 9001 Stockdale Highway. More than 20 breweries from California and beyond will serve their chilled craft beers and have well-versed staff on-site to answer

  • Today Cleaners averages anywhere from 300 to 700 pieces of clothing a day. Anything that comes in before 11 a.m. will be ready at 4 p.m. the same day.

    Inside Story: Today Cleaners

    Today Cleaners is not an ordinary dry cleaner. It goes above and beyond to deliver the best possible dry cleaning and laundry service to its customers. Today Cleaners is a local family-owned business with 10 locations serving the Bakersfield community. It started off as Sparkle Uniform and Linen

  • Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh says: "Exterior is stunning. Best modern Lincoln styling to date."

    On the Road: 2015 Lincoln MKC Black Label

    One thing I have learned from driving new cars for the last six months is that there are a lot of great cars out there. After a decade of producing disappointing products and falling well behind Japanese manufacturers in quality and reliability, domestic automakers emerged from the recession leaner

  • Grammy Award-winning artists to perform at music festival

    The largest music festival to hit Bakersfield is happening Saturday, May 23, at the Kern County Museum. The Bakersfield Rock & Country Music & Art Festival will debut with more than 50 musical performances and seven stages, featuring Grammy Award-winning artists. Festival performers --

  • Family Verdict: The Best at Being the Worst

    Does being the best at being the worst still count as being the best? I hope so because there is nothing I love more than quitting, particularly when it comes to the kids. I feel a warm surge of glee when my child announces that she is sick of tennis or hates T-ball. Kid quitting is my get-out-of-

  • Furry favorites at CALM

    California Living Museum, which first opened in 1983, has been helping those in Bakersfield and Kern County learn more about animals of all kinds. CALM has been a department of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools since the late '90s and CALM's primary goal is to educate its visitors.

  • Short Take Garden Pathway Hosts Annual High Tea event

    Garden Pathways will host its 13th Annual High Tea event in honor of Women with a Heart for Bakersfield, Wednesday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. The event will feature four outstanding Women with a Heart for Bakersfield: Irma Cervantes, Nancy

  • Relay for Life of Bakersfield Supports American Cancer Society

    Relay for Life of Bakersfield will be held Saturday, May 2, at 9 a.m. at the Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. The event is a fundraiser walk that supports the American Cancer Society in the areas of research, awareness and services. The relay is a 24-hour event where the teams involved take

  • 2015 Honor Run Supports children left behind

    The Kern County Sheriff's Employees' Benefit Association, a non-profit organization, will host its Fourth Annual Honor Run, at 8 a.m. Saturday May 9, at Hart Park. The proceeds from the event will be donated to the KCSEBA and will go to benefit the families of our fallen deputies by

  • On the Road: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T

    To say Patrick Beck believes in his product is an understatement. When I stopped into the Bakersfield Hyundai dealership to pick up a 2015 Sonata Sport 2.0T for a test drive, the dealership's amiable and ebullient operating partner sat me down to explain his enthusiasm for Hyundai's

  • Alfredo Marron III stirs the pot frequently in the four- to five-hour process of cooking the menudo at the Menudo Cook-Off at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

    17th annual Menudo Cook-Off, Latino cultural festival returns

    Bakersfield's annual signature event that combines menudo, a Latino cultural festival and a live outdoor concert will return May 31. Under sunny spring temperatures, thousands turn out for the outdoor activities, fun and, of course, the mouth-watering menudo at the annual Latino Food Festival

  • Short Take: An Evening with Stephen Neal to support CSUB wrestling

    An Evening with Stephen Neal, hosted by Fight for Wrestling, Bakersfield, to support CSUB wrestling will be held on Tuesday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Stockdale Country Club, 7001 Stockdale Highway. Neal, a former CSUB student and wrestler, is a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the New England

  • From left: Dining Divas LaMeka Ross, Amber Chiang, Dianna Hoover, Valerie Mendiburu and Jessica Matthews.

    Dining Divas: T.L. Maxwell's Restaurant & Bar

    This month, the Dining Divas headed to another Bakersfield favorite -- T.L. Maxwell's on 17th Place downtown. An amazing local history surrounds Maxwell's, and tales of the debauchery that took place here run rampant among those who grew up in Bakersfield in the 1970s and 1980s. Terry