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  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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With Thanksgiving over and most of the leftovers eaten, it's officially Christmastime. But if you find yourself in need of some decoration inspiration when it comes to decking the halls this year, one downtown home is sure to spark some yuletide imagination.

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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Downtown is a funny place at night. Some parts are typically bustling on a weekend night, while a couple blocks away it looks quiet and lonely.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Many claim it's the most wonderful time of the year, but for Michael Prince, it's a certainty. The artistic director at Gaslight Melodrama looks forward to putting on the theater's annual Holiday Extravaganza, which opens Friday.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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In what should be a joyous holiday season, few things bring more dread to parents than the Elf on the Shelf. Keeping up the popular holiday tradition is often additional work and stress for maxed-out families. But a Bakersfield native has an adorable alternative ready just in time for Christ…

  • BY CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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California-born, Nashville-based, singer/songwriter Cam (aka Camaron Ochs) has a voice so strong, so confident, so full, it’s a surprise that any microphones survive it. Let’s see if Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace fares as well with her return there on Nov. 30.

  • THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
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Author Gerald Haslam will return to Bakersfield for a pair of events to be held at Bakersfield College, where he studied in the mid-1950s and early 1960s.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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Bakersfield, you know the drill: The night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest going-out nights of the year. And unlike the amateur hour that can be New Year's Eve — when everybody thinks they need to party — T-Day Eve is for those who know who to see, what to listen to and where to drink.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Menudo and chile verde have their own local food festivals but what of the tamale? The humble Mexican dish, popular around the holidays, is finally getting its moment in the event spotlight with the first Tamale Fest Sunday at Stramler Park.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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Being a teenager can be hard enough, navigating a world of school responsibilities, changing friend dynamics and the dreaded "What do you want to do after high school and college?" question. But for pregnant teens and teen moms, the challenges they face can be harder and, too often, they fac…

  • BY KASEY MEREDITH kmeredith@bakersfield.com
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The cheers were nonstop as clusters of runners, one after another, turned the final corner and came into the view of the crowd. The soft clanging of medals and robust applause added to the euphony of the second annual Bakersfield Marathon as the runners crossed beneath the red, white and blu…

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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One of the more low-key success stories on the local restaurant scene is the small La Fonda Taqueria y Mariscos chain, with four locations — two in Bakersfield, one each in Wasco and Shafter. It’s an exceptional value noted for authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual family atmosphere, with ev…

  • By VALERIE SCHULTZ sdias@bakersfield.com
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A trip back in time: My brother’s friend Stephen got the news on a Sunday in 1967 that his father was Missing in Action (MIA) in Vietnam. Stephen’s dad was a fighter pilot, and for two years our whole Catholic grammar school prayed for his safe return. Then my family moved to another state, …

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Those headed downtown Saturday will be able to double-dip in terms of activities. Along with the popular Bakersfield Veterans Day Parade, the area will also be celebrating Second Saturday, an event celebrating the burgeoning downtown business scene.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Just because we're still two weeks out from Black Friday — and the full rush of the holiday shopping season — doesn't mean you can't start checking names off your gift list ... even if that includes yourself.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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Although women are often unfairly burdened with the stereotype of high maintenance — needing hours of prep and countless products to achieve their desired look — that concept of precision and care can easily be ascribed to the men who enter beard competitions and their award-winning whiskers.

  • By Marjorie Bell For The Californian
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Expect innovation, energy and creativity with the Bakersfield debut of Valley Chamber Ensembles on Sunday. The nonprofit San Fernando Valley group of musicians dedicated to exploring connections among the arts will perform as part of the Fred & Beverly Dukes concert series, which is also…

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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If the ice skaters performing as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider in "Disney on Ice: Dream Big" production seem to really be selling their relationship, it might be because the skaters, like the characters they portray, have a fairytale romance of their own. 

  • BY KASEY MEREDITH kmeredith@bakersfield.com
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Lines of people seemed to stretch on for miles outside of the Kern County Museum on Sunday. Families and individuals, both old and young, donned sugar skull makeup and wore traditional Mexican outfits to celebrate the Bakersfield Dia de los Muertos celebration presented by the Kern County Hi…