Bolthouse Farms plans to unveil its new Innovation Center at a ceremony Jan. 16 at the company's Bakersfield headquarters on East Brundage Lane.

The carrot production and distribution giant said in a media advisory Tuesday that the center is designed to "accelerate the development and consumer appeal of new, all natural products as well as continued enhancements of current Bolthouse Farms products across beverages, food and health snacks."

In-Shape Health Clubs is waiving guest fees during the NFL Playoffs.

The fitness club chain, which has Bakersfield locations on White Lane, Oswell Street and Ming Avenue, said the fees will not be charged through when playoff games are in progress. The deal expires Jan. 20.

In-Shape said it has high-definition, big-screen televisions through its facilities.

Baker Hughes Inc. will receive the Shafter Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Business Award at a Jan. 31 ceremony, the chamber has announced.

Baker Hughes is an oil field service company that in recent years has been increasingly active in the Shafter area.

The Business Award is one of many honors the chamber expects to give out at the 6 p.m. event at Shafter Veterans Hall, 309 California Ave.

Verizon Wireless has expanded its 4G LTE network in the Bakersfield area.

Late last month, the company said it expanded its wireless service along Highway 33 at McKittrick, Highway 58 near Highway 223, Interstate 5 near Lebec and in the area around China Grade Loop and Round Mountain Road.

The Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its installation banquet and business awards for Feb. 2 at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center.

The 28th annual event is to begin with no host cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. Dancing is to begin at 9 p.m.

To attend, RSVP to 633-5495, by fax at 633-5499 or by email at