• BY KASEY MEREDITH
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The inconspicuous pink dot on your drivers license means so much more than donating an organ, it's preserving a family and saving someone's life. We take a look into two organ recipients lives and how they have changed because of their organ donors. 

  • BY HERB BENHAM hbenham@bakersfield.com
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Here is something I didn’t know. “Something” that might be a game changer although how the game might change and when is not clear:

  • By Shelby Parker
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December is the season of giving and is a time many look forward to giving back and donating to local, worthy causes. When Kern County sees people in need, they show up and give back. Several organizations have opportunities for the local community to get involved.

  • By Julie Plata
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The holiday season is a time for miracles, anticipation and traditions. One holiday tradition that is an important part of the Bakersfield community is the Civic Dance Center and Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra’s annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.”

  • By Liarida Yoakum
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For Mariyam Cementwala, a policy adviser in the Middle East Unit of the Office of International Religious Freedom in the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, people should find common ground, even if they don’t agree with each other’s policies.

  • By Kasey Meredith
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A sleek, pointed tip with five little piggies squished inside elongates to a steep arch, traveling up to the top of the structure via a squeezing, narrow hallway. Anything less than humble, this structure dramatically drops straight down 5 inches, a narrow, beveled passageway. If it sounds r…

  • By Asha Chandy
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Music and the human voice, separately, are powerful forces for change. They can bring a smile to the grouchiest of Grinches, they can incite war and they can bring peace. Join the diverse and world-renowned voices of the Bakersfield Master Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Robert Provencio…

  • By Kasey Meredith
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The day is winding down and you’re getting ready for bed. You brush your teeth, you take a shower, you wash your face. When it comes to preparing for sleep, our teeth or skin hygiene is second nature, but actual bedtime, or sleep hygiene, isn’t as obvious.

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  • Story and photos by Mark Nessia
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Choosing between quality and quantity is a difficult decision faced by many restaurants.

  • Compiled by Bakersfield Life Photos by Greg Nichols
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Salty’s BBQ embodies hospitality and the craft of grilling. The dedication to the customer is obvious, as Mr. Salters offers rich history and care at both Bakersfield locations. You can feel that the satisfaction of customer service is No. 1, and leaves you with a great impression.

  • Story and photo by Nina Ha
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Everyone loves a good gift. Whether it’s beautifully wrapped, placed inside a gift bag or adorned with a big red bow, presents are undeniable symbols of the holiday season.

  • BY KASEY MEREDITH
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Driver’s licenses contain important information. Your address, date of birth and a conspicuous pink dot that has life-saving properties.

  • By Kasey Meredith
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1 Greenery adds an inviting charm to any home. Add a fall spin on this by creating a floral arrangement with spruce, redwood and other fall/winter plants. Best part is that it doesn’t decay as much as a spring floral arrangement would.

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“My favorite charity is Mothers Against Drunk Driving! The money made at local events stays here in Kern County and goes to fund victim advocates, education programs in local schools and court-ordered first-time DUI offender programs. DUI collisions have the capacity to touch each one of our…

  • By Dane Oleson
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I first walked on the scene of agriculture three years ago as a recent college graduate ready to take on the world. With zero ag experience, I was shocked to begin working in an industry filled with extremely successful businessmen who still used flip phones and had never sent an email in th…

  • Compiled by Bakersfield Life
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1 It’s commonly accepted that oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, but most cars can travel up to 7,500 miles between oil changes under normal driving conditions. Changing oil more often can be better for an engine but it won’t be as kind to your wallet. Be sure to check the vehicle’s us…

  • By Louis Medina
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How many of you recall the pride your son or daughter felt when you allowed them to drop your family’s offering in the collection basket at your place of worship – just like you did as a child when your parents allowed you to do the same?

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As the doors of KC’s Steakhouse have been open to all walks of life, seating in a nostalgic, iconic restaurant of Bakersfield is an experince in and of itself. Since 1939, KC's Steakhouse lends an experience that many will note for the restaurant history books. It gives a warm and genuine we…

  • By Nina Ha
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Our first family car was a used light-blue Mercury four-door sedan with the plates 272YLG. It was a hard-earned vehicle, purchased by a young couple from Taiwan determined to make a living in America for their two young daughters. Our parents encouraged us to admire the beautiful scenery pas…

  • Story and photos by Mark Nessia
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In 1895, an article was published pleading for an alternative to the meat-heavy post-church meals in Victorian England.

  • By Chris Thornburgh
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If you’re like most taxpayers, tax reform (aka tax relief) can’t come soon enough. At the beginning of 2017, many of us anticipated lower taxes. As the year winds down, retroactive tax cuts are yet to be passed so hopefully you weren’t holding your breath while waiting.

  • By Glenn Hammett Photos by Mark Nessia
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It’s interesting to look back at the evolution of the Hyundai Sonata. In the model years leading up to 2010, it was a very functional, but ordinary-looking midsized sedan. It received high marks for value and was making noise in the industry with its refined interior, but the exterior design…

  • By Kasey Meredith
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San Diego is worth a short weekend getaway. Its old-town, Southern California charm and serene beaches make the perfect blend between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, making it worth the four-hour drive.

  • Story and photos by Kasey Meredith
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Nick Marantos, like most men might’ve been, was surprised when his doctor found a lump on his breast during a yearly physical. He was flabbergasted when his doctor said that it wasn’t there the year before. Marantos had been going to his doctor for physicals because of his high-blood pressur…

  • By Hillary Haenes
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Bakersfield streets will again be filled with runners for the second annual Bakersfield Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 12. Along with the scheduled races – a USATF-certified full marathon, half marathon, half relay and 5K – this communitywide event offers something for everyone.