The nominations for the third annual Bakersfield Life magazine's 20 under 40 People to Watch contest are steadily streaming in. I want to thank readers who have entered submissions. However, there is still time to nominate local residents who you feel should be recognized for their efforts in making our town a better place.

The 20 under 40 contest gives a nod to 20 locals who are under the age of 40 and are considered a trailblazer in his or her professional career or schooling, or known for giving back to our community in special ways, exhibiting leadership qualities, and/or serving as a role model for our town.

This person may be well known for his or her achievements or fly under the radar, seeking little spotlight.

If you know someone who is bringing life to our town or striving to make it better each day, then I encourage you to share it with us.

Nominations must be submitted online only by visiting before the deadline, which is April 20. You will be asked to share a few comments about your nominee and submit a photograph.

A special Bakersfield Life judging committee will review all nominations and select 20 who will be honored in our June issue and at a special ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Good luck!

The fundraiser will be held 5-7:30 p.m. April 9. However, this year, the event is taking on a new name, the BC Red & White Knight, and the location of the event is moving from the campus to the intimate Imbibe Wine and Spirits at 4140 Truxtun Ave. I have attended past years' events and been pleased each time with the wine selection and the wonderful crowd of BC supporters, alumni and staffers.

I encourage you to attend the event. Mark the BC Red & White Knight on your calendar. Tickets are $30, which includes $10 wine card, pasta and social. Tickets are available exclusively through Vallitix. You can go online at

Proceeds of the event support the BC Foundation and BC Hall of Fame, taking place in the fall.

For more information, please contact Angela Paquette at or call 661-395-4885.

VICTIMS' RIGHTS: The public is invited to attend the third Annual Crime Victims' Rights March 4-7 p.m. April 21, starting at the Liberty Bell in downtown Bakersfield. Organized by the Kern County District Attorney's Office, the event will begin with a program at the Liberty Bell followed by the march to St. Francis Catholic Church, 900 H St.

The march is expected to start around 5:30 p.m. Organizers and supporters hope that the community will come out. For more information, please email or call the Victim Services Unit at 661-868-2400.

EARTH DAY: The annual Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22, and Bakersfield will recognize it with the return of the third annual Earth Day Luncheon "Celebrating Earth Day Every Day at Work and Home." Organized by the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Earth Day luncheon will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22 at California State University Bakersfield's Solario de Fortaleza facility. The panelists include Kern Green, California Water Service Co., Goodwill Industries and the County of Kern.

Aside from the luncheon and panelists, there will be exhibitor booths and networking.

Seating is limited. To RSVP, please email by April 17 or call the Hispanic chamber at 661-633-5495.

Olivia Garcia is a Californian columnist and editor of Bakersfield Life and BWell magazines. Send her tips at ogarcia@ Her work appears here every third Monday; the views expressed are her own.

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