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  • By Mark Nessia
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Deja Nunez is unconventional.

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“Junie B Jones! If she were a kid in my class, she would drive me crazy, but I would love her. They’re funny. And real. And they make me laugh.” – Jolie Brouttier

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It’s all in the family at Sorella Ristorante Italiano. After all, Sorella means “sisters” in Italian. Owner Nancy Cristallo, who works with her two daughters, told the tale of 25 years of Sorella, starting with its first location in Visalia. Sorella is a hidden gem in southwest Bakersfield a…

  • By Shelby Parker
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Every September, when the Kern County Fair rolls into town, the air is filled with the sound of music and games and the sweet smell of cinnamon rolls and funnel cakes. Now, in its 101st season, it is the “ticket to fun.”

  • By Chris Thornburgh
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Balancing your work life and family life can be challenging at times. Many women are faced with the decision to take a career break to hold it all together. For most, this means taking time off for a new baby. For others, it may mean stepping back from the workplace to care for elderly paren…

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I remember I was finishing up my studio art degree and the local art museum just so happened to have an instructor position available. I decided to apply but the problem was I had no experience with kids. I didn’t know how to relate to them, let alone, teach them something.

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Iguanas Grill and Cantina brings authentic Mexican dishes and adds a unique, Epicurean twist. It’s definitely not your average Mexican restaurant. Drawing flavors from all areas of Mexico, like Puebla, Mexico City and Yucatan, owner Sergio A. Olivares is always looking for ways to create dis…

  • By Nina Ha
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Art is the ultimate expression of creativity. Whether you’re a professional sculptor or a stay-at-home mom, as women, there are so many ways to embrace art, culture and artistry in our lives.

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Choosing an oil from the decorated shelves at the grocery store is almost like buying a car with all the pros and cons to weigh.

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Venues like B Ryder’s, Jerry’s Pizza, Elements Venue, Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace and the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame are known for providing live entertainment on a regular basis, but there are more locations that offer classic, live music in their lounges.

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Bakersfield resident Marty Barnes has pages of a yellow legal pad on her kitchen table filled with her prospective Kern County Fair entries alongside a tattered cardboard box with dozens of ribbons, including ones for grand champions and “Best of Show” from competitions past.

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Feet pounding on the ground, short breaths and beads of sweat running down your face are the sights, sounds and smells that define completing a 5,000-meter race or marathon.

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Girl Scouts are saving pets from burning homes when they’re not out selling cookies. Hailey Amos and Kylie Greene, both 14, have been raising money to give pet respirators to fire departments in Bakersfield and in Kings County since last March.

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Celebrate Temblor Brewing Company’s second year of business at Temblorfest II. Temblorfest II is a free event on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 11 p.m. Temblor Brewing will have line dancing, live music, local food trucks, games, raffles and, of course, beer.

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Girls just want to have fun and sometimes the boys just can’t hang. Sometimes you and your girlies have run fresh out of ideas and can’t decide what to do for a night out on the town. Lucky for you, we’ve created a foolproof guide to having a GNO, that’s Girls Night Out, chock full of entert…

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Nitro Circus is coming to the Kern County Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 10. The zany BMX show will feature crazy BMX, cycling, scooter, skateboard and even toboggan tricks with pyrotechnics, neon lights and a 40-foot ramp known as the Giganta Ramp. Vehicles will start flying from 6 to 8 p.m., wit…

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The ninth edition of Latination, Bakersfield’s biggest art event, will take place at Metro Galleries on First Friday, Sept. 1, from 5 to 10 p.m. Latination is a juried art exhibit dedicated to exploring and celebrating Latino culture. The evening will feature the presentation of cash prizes …

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Kern County is home to nearly 900,000 people and with so many communities contained within its borders, finding a place to settle in can be difficult.

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One of the many great features of Kern County is its central location for fabulous day trips, conveniently close vacations and great shopping. When embarking on your next adventure, many mobile apps can save you time, money or both. Check these out.

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We may not be as big as Los Angeles, nor a small city where everyone knows your name, but Bakersfield is the happy medium many are looking for. We are fortunate as a community to embody an array of culture, food and music. But more often than not, we forget about one of the most beautiful na…

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When it comes to a neighborhood bar and grill, few establishments fit the bill better than RJ’s. Nestled in northwest Bakersfield, bordered by the Links at RiverLakes and residential communities, the revived restaurant is a place to see familiar faces and enjoy delicious food.