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Bakersfield Life Magazine is proud to partner with the Kern Community Foundation to publish its Charity Giving Guide in the December issue. 

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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.

  • By Chris Thornburgh
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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.

  • By Liarida Yoakum
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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…

  • By Mark Nessia
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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.

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If you are the person that has “everything,” maybe consider adding a membership to Bakersfield’s iconic Petroleum Club of Bakersfield and have access to uncompromising dining at your pleasure! At the helm of our dining experience, General Manger John Reed gave the red-carpet treatment with s…

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Once you’ve decided to get off the couch, it can be difficult to find the right gym. Each has its own personality and various offerings of classes and equipment. I suggest looking at In-Shape Health Clubs; they offer something for everyone at every fitness level. Think of them as a fitness r…

  • By Stephen Lynch
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Abigail Abshire has been swimming competitively since she was 7 years old. But it wasn’t until Abshire began high school in fall 2014 that she started to realize how fast she could be in the water.

  • By Julie Plata
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Family heirlooms passed through generations create a connection to our past and a bridge to our future. Heirlooms are also found in communities. They can present themselves in the form of a business that several generations of family have patronized or through a special symbol of thanks from…

  • By Asha Chandy
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I moved to Bakersfield when I was 6 and left at the age of 17 to attend UC Irvine. There, I was exposed to and became immersed in all of the distractions that Orange County offered: Chanel purses, crowded clubs and people who take selfies for a living.

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Kern County is no stranger when it comes to movies and television with hundreds of scenes shot within its borders. Here are a few notable productions that made a stop in the area.

  • By Glenn Hammett
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I pedal my bike past Fit For Life Gym on 19th, just east of Q Street, most evenings on my commute home from work and have always been struck by the number of cars that populate the nearby parking areas. So, I was pleased when I heard that I was assigned to participate in one of the gym’s wor…

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Highlights from the 20 Under 40 dinner and awards ceremony held at the Petroleum Club of Bakersfield and sponsored by CSU Bakersfield. Read about this year's group of rising stars here.

  • By Amy Daigle
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According to Dr. John Etcheverry of California Southern Orthopedic Institute, the average person takes 7,000 steps a day. We’re constantly working our bodies, whether it’s walking or using our arms. Once we get up, all of the weight and work that we use go down to the base of our feet. Once …

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Entering its fifth year, the 20 Under 40 People to Watch continues to showcase the rising stars of our community. They are proof that age is just a number and that anything can be achieved with the right mindset, a positive attitude and a never-say-never approach.

  • By Laura Liera
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More than 200 burritos are rolled up filled with beans, rice, and cheese every Sunday, rain or shine at the Wesley United Methodist Church community kitchen in east Bakersfield.

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1 “Kan Pai’s omakase. I love the quality and commitment to freshness. I also like Bakersfield Pizza Co. They do a great job and are innovative.” – Mai Giffard, owner of De Coeur Bake Shop

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Food possesses a remarkable ability to connect us all: our basic human need for sustenance, our natural desire to satiate our appetites, and even our emotional proclivity toward sharing meals together. Certain tastes can bring us right back to a moment in our lives that we had long forgotten.

  • By Laura Liera
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When you’re lounging by the pool this summer, skin cancer is the last thought on your mind. We tend to shrug it off as a disease that happens when you’re older.

  • By Holly Bikakis
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It’s a way of life. For the young, for the old, for your competitive nature or just for fun, jiujitsu is a discipline that becomes part of who you are. It’s a form of martial arts that is derived from elements of judo. The concept that a smaller, weaker opponent can defeat a larger, stronger…