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Summer programs are keeping families busy but are the fruits of these activities just for them? Luckily, the efforts of hard-working younger thespians will be open to the public this weekend as three theater programs hold their performances.

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While sometimes you want to get out and celebrate a holiday, there are plenty of reasons to chill this Fourth of July. If your home festivities include watching some television this weekend, we have some suggestions.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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It wasn't clear what exactly happened in the disheveled crime scene: Two sets of footprints appeared to have fled beyond the caution tape, leaving behind a dazed stuffed panda next to a suspicious frog, with a smaller teddy bear nearby in a fossil's jaws. And whose lunch and crayons were sca…

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It’s no surprise that when it comes to making summer more magical the Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be a bright star. On Friday, the attraction officially unveils its Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, a dazzling light display that pays tribute to the Potterverse’s four great houses.

  • BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI For The Californian
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Bandleader Glenn Miller saw his band as an institution, something that would outlive him. Since his death 73 years ago on Dec. 15, 1944, Miller’s band has continued. Why? Because the band, at the insistence of the Glenn Miller estate, has kept its “signature sound.”

  • By Annis Cassells For The Californian
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Good writing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It does take “a village.” Novelist and Writers of Kern critique group coordinator Clarissa Kae will teach attendees to give and receive an in-depth, effective critique at the Writers of Kern meeting on Saturday.

  • By PETE TITTL For The Californian
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Me-N-Ed’s Pizzeria is an interesting regional chain that has moved to different locations around Bakersfield over the years. While the product is decent, the consistency of our experiences, especially service, has discouraged regular patronage.

  • BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI FOR THE CALIFORNIAN
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This past Sunday morning, I interviewed Jay Beckenstein, a founding member of the legendary smooth jazz group Spyro Gyra. One thing I learned about him is, in the morning at least, he sounds a lot like actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein, famed for his gravelly voice.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Although movie theaters front-load their summer lineup with superheroes, the live version is offering a more enchanting experience. For the third year, Stars Theatre Restaurant is bringing back its Princess Breakfast on June 24 for two sessions of face time with the fairest and fiercest char…

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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The folks at Kern Dance Alliance believes that just about anything is possible through dance. The organization has already shown how dance can help with math through its SHINE for Girls program, and more recently it held a special danceABILITY session to prove disability doesn't have to stop…

  • BY DODIE MOSBY For The Californian
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In 2015, the Bishops Committee for Ecumenical & Religious Affairs, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America published "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry & Eucharist." Specifically, it identifies 32 statements on which Luth…

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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Combining fun with learning is what the Kern County Museum does best, so it's no surprise local children were excited to be there for its summer day camp on Tuesday, touring the Black Gold oil exhibit before a quick game of Red Light, Green Light and then lunch.

  • By JENNIFER SELF jself@bakersfield.com
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Their intentions were right, but their plaque was wrong, so Al Price and his friend, members of a group that honors local pioneers, are personally footing the $680 cost to replace a memorial to Charles Pierce, the not-as-forgotten-as-we-thought city settler.