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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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There are specialty pizza restaurants and there is Slice of Italy.

  • By Holly Bikakis
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What do loyal patrons of a neighborhood restaurant do when it closes? They open it back up, of course. Welcome to the new RJ’s Bar and Grill. Owners Kyle Carter (not the former mayoral candidate) and Travis Ellis decided to take matters into their own hands and reopen RJ’s in its former nort…

  • By Holly Bikakis
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There is a new powerhouse restaurant downtown, where every hour is Happy Hour! Not just in the sense of cocktails all day, but a place that specializes in tapas-sized portions – where sitting down and enjoying a meal is a social experience. Owners Chasity Goodson and Sophia and Justin Cummin…

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The restaurant business is not for the faint of heart but it’s not stopping the food truck phenomenon. Some entrepreneurs are starting small as food trucks before plunging into a full-blown brick-and-mortar restaurant. If you are considering acting on your food truck fantasy instead of endur…

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Immersed in the food industry when she was 12 years old, helping her grandma at a local Mexican restaurant, Tina Marie Brown knew early on she was destined to be a restaurant owner.

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
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Recent headline-grabbing reports that Harvard University has revoked the admissions of at least 10 incoming students who posted online comments mocking the Holocaust and sexual assault are shocking evidence that use of social media can have life-altering consequences.

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For more than 100 years, Luigi’s family tradition of serving authentic Italian dishes continues to bring generations of local families together to indulge in savory flavors.

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Delicious food is abundant in Bakersfield and there’s no better example than the numerous food festivals that take place throughout the year.

  • By Nina Ha
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Now that the Bakersfield heat is in full swing, you might be thinking of that next getaway with your family. Perhaps you’d like to escape to a tropical island where you can leisurely drift down a lazy river. Or maybe you’d prefer to venture into the great wide-open on a family road trip. Wha…

  • By Laura Liera
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For most people, traveling is done in a car, confined in a box with airbags and doors. The outside world is but a blur out a window. Close enough to depict, but not close enough to feel.

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When temperatures climb as high as the sun in the sky, instinct compels us to grab a cold drink. An icy beverage touching your lips brings almost instant relief from scorching temperatures. Local bars shared some recipes to help you stay cool during the Bakersfield summer.

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It’s a place where you can tour vineyards by wine trolley and swirl till you spill. Or ride past endless rows of strawberries and maybe pick a bunch or two. You can dig your toes into the sunny sand, watch the sunset over the dunes and let your hair down in the ocean breeze. Or just indulge …

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Imagine waking up to a new exotic scene outside your window every day, from the captivating islands just off the coast of South Africa to the ice-covered landmasses of Antarctica.