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Acai bowls continue to be the latest trend. But while some spots have tried to imitate them, Rio Acai Bowls is tough to duplicate.

  • Richard and Lori Eskew
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This may sound like a cliche, but the meaning of Christmas to Santa and Mrs. Claus is the pure joy in a child's face when you walk through the door of their home to pay them a

  • By Rhiannon Stroberg
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A genuine love for cars and motorcycles turned into a hobby for local resident John Braun. From a young age, Braun had a fascination with both cars and motorcycles, but he didn’t start his collection until later on in life.

  • By Glenn Hammett Photos by Casey Christie When I learned that I would be test-driving a Lincoln Continental, it conjured up images of the behemoth lumbering luxury liner from the ’60s with its slab-like sides and unique rear-hinged suicide rear doors.
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The fourth-generation Continental, produced from 1961 to 1969, was a cultural icon. It was driven by Oddjob in the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger” and was the road trip car in the 1979 classic “National Lampoon’s Animal House.” It was also, tragically, the car John F. Kennedy was riding in…

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  • By Mark Nessia Developed by Castle & Cooke, Highgate at Seven Oaks will feature a number of firsts for the developer with more than 26 years of experience building prestigious, high-quality gated communities in Bakersfield.
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Not only is Highgate Castle & Cooke’s first housing development that is drought-tolerant from the ground up, it will also be the first time the developer combines different communities into one basic area. When complete, Highgate will contain five communities – Square, Proper, Shires, Re…

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Looking for the best burger in town?

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The concept at Craft Tap House & Grill is fascinating: You have a wide selection of beers and you get to choose how much or how little you’d like to drink.

  • By Glenn Hammett Photos by Mark Nessia
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As I was milling about the Bakersfield Hyundai showroom, waiting to pick up a 2017 Genesis G80 for a test-drive, a middle-aged couple accompanied by a salesperson walked through and the woman was drawn to the G80 like a magnet.

  • By Stephen Lynch
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Throughout his football career Derrick Vickers has demonstrated a propensity for scoring touchdowns by utilizing a rare combination of blazing speed and an exceptional ability to elude defenders.

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See how savvy you are about food and nutrition by taking this little quiz. Some questions have more than one answer.

  • By Shelby Parker
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If there’s one thing to know about Bakersfield, it’s that it is a community that loves to give back. Its people are generous of their time, money and resources. As another school year approaches in Kern County, various organizations are stepping up to the plate to help students acquire the n…

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Families looking for a fun and free way to beat the heat this summer need look no further than one of the city’s many spray parks.

  • By Jennifer Burger
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Bakersfield may have its fair share of parks, but sometimes the weather just isn’t conducive to outdoor play – especially during the heat of summer. While the swings idle and the slides bake in the midday sun, a handful of indoor playgrounds offer respite for families with children bursting …

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Nestled inside the Bakersfield RV Resort, Crest Bar and Grill is the place to relax after a long day with delicious food and drinks. This southwest gem has taken its place among Bakersfield’s top locally owned restaurants. Learn what luxury RV living is all about.

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Every day, dozens of people across Kern County decide to bring a new cat or dog into their home. Adding a new four-footed family member can be one of the most rewarding experiences a family can have. Pets provide comfort, companionship and love. As a pet owner, there are a few simple steps y…

  • By Oreck Clean Home Center
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A vacuum cleaner may be a mundane object and its use may not be the most favorable chore, but let’s face it, it’s a necessary task that we all must do. However, purchasing a vacuum or maintaining your current machine doesn’t have to be a chore. With personal, local service and a place to go …

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Homes are like snowflakes. While they may be similar, no two are ever alike. Once occupied and furnished, a home is as unique as the people who inhabit it.

  • By Julie Plata
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Long before Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter ruled teenagers’ lives, another social craze swept across the country – cruising. The nation experienced a new era at the end of World War II as automobile ownership increased. During the 1950s, the American automobile culture emerged as more peopl…

  • By Shelby Parker
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Bolthouse Farms, founded in 1915, was once simply known as the market share leader in growing and distributing carrots, but its highly acclaimed juices are quickly making a name for themselves, being featured on Food Network, Examiner.com, the Associated Press, Los Angeles Magazine and others.

  • By Glenn Hammett
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If I were asked to identify a common theme that runs through the handful of Hyundai vehicles I have test-driven over the past couple of years, it would be exceptional value. Every one of them offered features equal to, if not better than, the competition, with a lower sticker price. Addition…

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If you’re looking for fine dining this summer, let the Padre Hotel greet you at its Belvedere Room. This gem is tucked in the far right corner of the hotel’s entrance and it’s impossible to miss.

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We present you the fourth annual 20 Under 40 People to Watch.

  • By Laura Liera
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• Associate show writer for Walt Disney Imagineering, Cinertain Drive-In & Events

  • By Laura Liera
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• Marketing executive for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.

  • By Laura Liera
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• Owner/director of Learning-Pro Education

  • By Laura Liera
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• Manager of Respiratory Therapy department at San Joaquin Community Hospital

  • By Laura Liera
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• Veterans service manager with the Kern County Veterans Service Department