• International board-certified lactation consultant Christine Staricka gives feeding tips to new mom Eileen Price as she nurses daughter Cybil at Baby Cafe, an education and support group for nursing mothers.

    Officials stress resources for new mothers after death of newborn

    There's usually a lot of cooing and laughter in the back room of Planet Bambini. That's a baby store in Rosedale that lends space to Baby Cafe, a support group for nursing mothers. On Tuesday, the mood was more somber as new moms discussed a Georgia couple arrested last month in connection

  • Worth Noting in health: Phone app helps us see signs of stroke

    An app that could save your life: A mobile phone application is available free of charge to help people learn the warning signs of a stroke. The free Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. app for iOS and Android is available in English and Spanish and includes a stroke warning sign quiz, high blood pressure

  • HERB BENHAM: Oh, brother - Amazon spared two dimes

    A few weeks ago, I received a check in the mail. A refund check. I could tell it was a check because of the telltale plastic window. A refund check is one of life's simple surprises -- you're sorting through the day's mail and amid the Country Curtain catalog, a solicitation for an

  • NICK STROBEL: Saturn the bright spot at next star party

    On Friday, several hundred Bakersfield College students received their associate degree diplomas. According to a recent national research study, these students from Bakersfield, Delano and surrounding areas join the ranks of BC alumni who will get on average a 17 percent boost in annual earnings

  • Heaping appraise on Bonhams

    You don't need a specialist to assess the success of last year's Bonhams appraisal event at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. But if you did enlist the services of one -- in this case, BMoA board member Laurie Maclin -- she could tell you quite a bit about the partnership she helped bring to

  • Smoking allowed at this event

    Although barbecue and warm weather go together like pork and beans, you don't necessarily want to sweat like you've spent six hours in a smoker. So organizers of the seventh annual Bakersfield's Biggest Baddest BBQ championship are ecstatic that this weekend will be a cool one.

  • BSO: Putting money where the music is

    The management of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra believes the organization may be ready to expand its operations. Fresh off the last concert of the season, the BSO will host its annual fundraising gala on Friday at the CSUB Amphitheater. With a Roaring Twenties theme of "Puttin' on

  • Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures: Candy Clark as Debbie and Charles Martin Smith as Terry in a scene from the 1973 film classic "American Graffiti," which will be shown Aug. 22 at Sam Lynn Ball Park, part of Cinertain's drive-in movie series.

    Double feature under stars all summer

    Jason and Seggan Sanders' yearlong odyssey to bring a drive-in movie theater to Bakersfield has had so many twist, turns and sequels, it could rival any Hollywood franchise. But after a lot of happily ever-afters that were anything but, there is now a place to watch movies under the stars in

  • Courtesy of Kern Adult Literacy Council: Jeff Nickell with the acoustic guitar signed by more than a dozen country music stars, like Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks. The guitar will be auctioned off at the May 21 fundraising gala.

    Win a celeb guitar, help Bako read

    As the need to increase literacy grows in Kern County -- identified in surveys as one of the least literate areas of the country -- the Kern Literacy Council is hosting its annual Read for Life Gala in the garden of one of Bakersfield's most historic homes and offering for auction a guitar

  • Travel through time at pub crawl party

    Even though it seems like we should be able to, with all the advances in technology, we cannot yet time travel. Not with a souped up DeLorean, a TARDIS or a hot tub. But local bar-goers will have the chance to go back in time -- kind of -- with a pub crawl this weekend. Put on by

  • Photo courtesy of Kris Delmhorst is scheduled to perform 6 p.m. May 17 at the Bakersfield Museum of Art with her guitar player, Austin Nevins.

    Singer is like a choir in just one voice

    Kris Delmhorst has one of those voices you could swear you've heard before even if you haven't. Her voice is like visiting a place you haven't been but which seems instantly familiar. Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Brandi Carlile -- traces of the choir in a single voice.

  • HERB BENHAM: A meating of the minds for Dad's birthday party

    Dad's 90th is coming up and we're chewing on the menu. Food shouldn't be that important but given that people can be wild cards and turn on one another other like hyenas, food is something over which you have relative control, so why not fuss over it? People like to eat. It makes

  • Corinthian Gardens Health Care Center, located at 1611 Height St., is closing.

    Nursing home closure strands residents

    It took more than a year for Bakersfield City School District board member Andrae Gonzales to find his father, paralyzed from an autoimmune disorder, a local nursing home that could give him the care he needs. But the trustee, also founder of the local Children First nonprofit, found one:

  • Janie Scott is surrounded by her triplets: Brooklynn, left, Cambria and Autumn in their front yard. Janie and her husband, John, have three older children as well.

    HERB BENHAM: Mommy & me, me, me, me, me and me - meet Janie Scott

    "Believe" is tattooed on her right wrist. It's not so much a statement of faith in the divine, but faith in herself no matter how tough life can get, and it can get thick. Every so often you meet somebody who not only renews your faith in humanity but in the charm and strength of an

  • Owned by Jennifer Sanderson and Jeramy Brown, Valentien isn't afraid to switch up the menu, which continues to evolve. The pair have replaced the customary appetizers with a first-course selection of cheeses, and entrees typically change with the seasons.

    The Dish: Valentien's new menu, Moo ordering made easy, food fest alert

    Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar has just unveiled new menu items and the return of a seasonal dinner event. Valentien co-owner Jennifer Sanderson has tapped the products of Mojave's The Sanctuary at Soledad for a new locally sourced cheese plate. Run by Julian and Carol Pearce, the

  • HERB BENHAM: Saving his smiles for gramps

    Sue emailed during a recent visit south to say that Andrew had smiled at her. I was happy for her. I think I was happy for her. "Andrew smiled at me," Sue said in her email. "Did he really?" I snapped in return. "Yes, he has the cutest dimple," she said. He

  • Columnist Valerie Schultz

    VALERIE SCHULTZ: A mother's life echoes phases of the moon

    Ever since I was a little girl, the sight of the moon has lured me. I remember tracking its mysterious monthly phases with my chin on the windowsill when I was supposed to be asleep; I still note its rising and setting in the night hours. I like the words associated with the moon: waxing, waning,