• By Lisa Kimble
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Ever wonder why a giant photograph of Big Sur, which is hundreds of miles away, greets passengers arriving and departing through Gate 2 at Meadows Field instead of one of the Kern River or the majestic Sierras? Or why the bust inside the William M. Thomas Terminal has no plaque explaining wh…

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Local composer James Sproul has been infatuated with composition since his senior year of high school.

  • By Jennifer Harris
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The start of the new year is a time for new beginnings and many are looking for ways to improve their physical and financial well-being. Just as exercise and healthy foods are part of the regimen for physical fitness, savings can help improve financial health, especially in the long term.

  • By Kasey Meredith and Mark Nessia Photos by Kasey Meredith
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Sonder, a word meaning each random passerby has a story, fits perfectly with the ambience of this newly minted restaurant at 9500 Brimhall Road. Green and ivory hues decorate Sonder, from the walls to the couches, giving a pleasant and inviting ambience. Large, comfy couches augment the rest…

  • By Nina Ha
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Growing up, I remember riding my bike around the block for hours on end, only stopping to visit a neighbor or play in my friend’s backyard. We mostly just made small talk. However, I knew that if I ever accidentally hit my sister on the head with a golf club while our parents were at work, I…

  • By Kasey Meredith
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Eliza Lyday didn’t expect a theater program to be therapeutic, but it ended up being exactly what she needed.

  • By Kasey Meredith
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Joint pain isn’t life threatening, but it can lessen the quality of life. An intimidating surgery 20 years ago, joint surgery has drastically evolved and, because life expectancy has risen, is more common.

  • By Mark Nessia
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Tucked away in the San Gabriel Mountains within the Angeles National Forest are myriad trails for those looking to get lost in nature. One spot in particular, just south of Blue Ridge where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses Highway 2, definitely lives up to its name: Inspiration Point.

  • By Kasey Meredith
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Exercise is a tried-and-true way to boost muscle mass, improve cardiovascular health and overall physical health. Not only does it benefit our exterior, it’s a huge help to our mental health, too.

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The third installment of “Kasey in K.C.” takes a look at Solitude Healing Arts, a health/fitness studio for women featuring a Fly Gym for aerial fitness, a combination of aerial yoga and Pilates designed to develop balance, strength, flexibility and coordination.

  • 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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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 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.