• By Elizabeth Sanchez
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You’ve probably figured by now that March is the “Home and Garden” issue. But since this is a millennial column, you would be safe to assume I have neither a home nor a garden of my own.

  • By Mayan Xitlaly Lara
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Grab your smart phone and a notebook and take a stroll around your neighborhood. Maybe you’ll hear a chirp, or a shriek or even a hoot. You might even find yourself face to face with a warbler or a California condor.

  • Compiled by Bakersfield Life Photos courtesy of David Swann
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Located in northwest Bakersfield, the Tuscany community by San Joaquin Valley Homes offers an array of choices in floor plans and exterior designs.

  • By Mark Nessia
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A call to help those in need led Jennifer Jensen and her family to pack their bags and relocate to India in 1999. There was a lot of need around them – a lot of children and families who needed aid.

  • By Holly Bikakis Photos by Mark Nessia
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There are many Shangri- Las in history through songs, books and movies but there is only one in Bakersfield. Shangri-La Asian Bistro & Bar is a fusion of Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisines on Ming Avenue. Owner Mike Yang knows a thing or two about Asian foods as he also owns Kamisama Ra…

  • By Kristen Beall Barnes
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Planting a garden or investing in a home requires us to look to the future and consider possibilities. In the world of philanthropy, we often remind donors to consider ongoing support for the causes they care about. Planned or legacy giving simply means planning now to leave a gift after you…

  • By Nina Ha
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It’s a brisk day in New York City, but the barricades alongside the Richard Rodgers Theatre stage entrance on West 46th is already gridlocked with fans of “Hamilton: An American Musical,” the critically acclaimed breakout Broadway hit by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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When a restaurant takes the time to create a scenery that transports you to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, without actually being near the beach, you know the attention to detail when it comes to its food will take your taste buds on a pleasant journey.

  • By Lisa Kimble
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Every Tuesday morning inside Jessica Fletcher’s fifth-grade classroom at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, her 27 students have full creative license to let their imaginations run wild. Some will cut dragons from construction paper, others will go to outer space aboard paint brushes. And many …

  • By Nina Ha
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Man caves have long dominated the interior design landscape, from sports team memorabilia to mirrored Jack Daniel’s logo art, pool tables, dart boards and beer dispensed from a home bar.

  • By Glenn Hammett
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The mental picture I get when somebody says “seven-passenger SUV,” is one of a lumbering, gas-guzzling behemoth that can carry as much stuff as a 26-foot U-Haul truck and is about as nimble and fun to drive.

  • By Laura Liera
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The smell of wood being sanded wafts through the air in building H2 at Foothill High School. And the sound of high powered machines being used adds to the dramatic scene. 

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Masala Grill is a real gem for Bakersfield and, for fans of authentic ethnic food, it’s a place that should not be missed.

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Attention beer enthusiasts, your time to sample all of Kern County’s craft beers under one roof is happening Saturday, March 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Meet Your Brewers tasting event, hosted by the 20-30 Club.

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Lace up your sneakers and run on trails through the Panorama Vista Preserve and across the Kern River at the Field n’ Dale Fun Run on Saturday, March 18.

  • 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.