• Compiled by Bakersfield Life Photos by Greg Nichols
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Lengthwise Brewing Company is one of those local spots in town where you are sure to enjoy yourself any day of the week. Even on a Wednesday.

  • By Lisa Kimble
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It is a sickening feeling for a pet owner to have one’s furry friend disappear. Or in our case, three years ago, two at the same time!

  • By Mark Nessia
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Many restaurants claim to “think outside the box” when it comes to their cuisine but Slice of Italy takes a literal approach to the task.

  • By Laura Liera
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There’s an artistry behind tailoring that perhaps only those behind the sewing machines can attest to. Maybe it’s the rhythmic noise that happens during a blind hem stitch or the perfect seam on a pair of trousers.

  • By Julie Plata
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Seasons come and go, fads and fashions change, but history tells us you can always count on a parade (or two) through the streets of Bakersfield.

  • By Patricia Irwin-Boles
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The perfect image of the perfect dog is an illusion. Over our threshold passes every breed of dog, from the most elegant purebred greyhound to the tiniest Chihuahua, from collies to cocker spaniels, and Dalmatians to dachshunds. And, of course, we also get every possible mixture in between.

  • By Ashley Sanchez
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Living in California, I can’t imagine traveling to the Midwest being at the top of anyone’s to-do list, but it’s been on mine for quite some time.

  • By Chris Thornburgh
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There are few things in life as universally applicable as the phrase “timing is everything.” When it comes to your taxes, timing is critical. With so much focus placed on information that belongs in your tax return – which deductions are allowable and which tax credits are available – it is …

  • By Kate Leonard
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Many people who have animals treat them as if they are a part of their family, sometimes calling them their fur babies or children. And giving them the best of the best is high on their priorities when it comes to their health.

  • By Laura Liera
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As one of the longest-running nonprofits in Kern County, the Bakersfield SPCA continues to advocate for the general welfare and humane treatment of animals.

  • By Dr. Rose Rakow, veterinarian with Stiern and Southwest Veterinary Hospitals
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Depending on the dog and his/her health, most simple human foods are OK for them. In general, avoid fatty, fried or spicy foods.

  • By Laura Liera
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Knowing if and when you’re ready for plastic surgery can turn into a daunting headache.

  • By Laura Liera
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Vision is something we don’t really think about. When it works well, it’s an afterthought. That is until it starts declining and then suddenly we do everything in our power to make it better.

  • By Laura Liera
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Nearly 22 years ago, a major breakthrough happened in the world of symptomatic coronary artery disease.

  • Compiled by Bakersfield Life
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It is said that the ancient Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions roughly 4,000 years ago during a 12-day religious festival known as Akitu. They made promises to the gods to pay off debts – the predecessors to modern-day resolutions – and if they kept their word, the god…

  • By Richard Noel
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When I arrived in Bakersfield in 1971 as a fledgling psychology instructor at the new Cal State campus, I was fortunate to be invited to play tennis with most of the top local players – and there were many in those days.

  • By Glenn Hammett
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My initial assignment for this month’s “On the Road” column was the 2017 Subaru Legacy sedan. Though it’s handling and ride characteristics were considerably different than that of my 2015 Subaru Outback, I felt right at home behind the wheel, as the interior, controls and dash layout were n…

  • By Lisa Kimble
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It is no secret that some of the greatest health benefits come from our own fancy footwork through dancing – stronger bones, muscle strength and endurance to name a few. Locally, there are some 50 dance programs whose genres span the dance floor, like ballroom, square, Scottish, Basque and ballet.

  • Story and photo by Nina Ha Our family doesn’t consist of marathon runners, super athletes or fitness fanatics. We don’t have a set routine for working out but we enjoy having fun together, which oftentimes accomplishes that goal.
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Growing up, my husband and I played team sports, but it was tough maintaining that level of activity once adulthood took over and gave way to a more sedentary lifestyle. Since having children, we decided to be intentional about being active so we could be good role models for them.

  • By Rhiannon Stroberg
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The Probation Auxiliary County of Kern, a nonprofit organization associated with the Kern County Probation Department, is having its 28th annual Fog Run, Jan. 7 at 8 a.m., at Lake Ming that will benefit At-Risk youth and the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

  • By Chris Thornburgh
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As our new president steps into the Oval Office, many taxpayers are wondering what to expect during the next four years. One of the buzz phrases tossed around before, during and after the campaign was “tax reform.” This seemingly ambiguous phrase has many asking how they will be affected. Wh…

  • By Ellen Ewing
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Rod Castillo’s gentle steadfastness, natural way of reassurance and compassion serves him well in his profession: He’s been in emergency medical services for 18 years.