To watch: Flics International Cinema Society presents “Julieta,” showing at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theater, 2001 H St. The film features middle-aged Julieta and her long-lost daughter in Madrid. Julieta begins to reflect on her checkered past, flashing back to the moments of pain that defined her current life. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $6.

To do: The Hope for the Holidays Gala is at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Hills City Center, located at 3201 F St. The gala, which benefits The Mission at Kern County, will feature live music from Zach Williams. Tickets range from $45 to $200. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 871-1150 or go to

To do: The Glitz and Glamour Women's Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stockdale Country Club, located at 7001 Stockdale Highway. Besides a lunch, attendees will get to shop and watch a purse fashion show. Tickets are $100. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 862-7145 or visit  


It seems Bakersfield can never have too many sister cities. According to the all-volunteer, nonprofit Bakersfield Sister City Project Corp.'s website, Bakersfield has six sister cities, with the oldest being Wakayama, Japan, established in 1961.

Bakersfield's newest sister city may be Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a town of about 14,000 residents located in southwestern France, in the Basque province of Labourd. That's right, it's Basque, which offers a fun cultural connection to Bakersfield's historic Basque community.

A delegation from Bakersfield has already visited the quaint community on France's Atlantic coast. And a delegation from Saint-Jean-de-Luz visited Bakersfield last month. Is it time to bone up on your French? Oui!


Eight leaders have graduated from the Kern Leaders Academy. The graduates were honored Wednesday night at a dinner at Bakersfield Country Club.

The graduates are: May Abdalla, director of organizational performance at Adventist Health Bakersfield; Nicole Benenati, In-Home Supportive Services; Tanner Dyrness, field representative for Office of Assemblyman Vince Fong; Jonathan Harshman, issues and reputation advisor at Chevron North America; Tiara King, program ,anager at The Counseling and Psychotherapy Center; Doug McIssac, retired from the City of Bakersfield; Arleanna Waller, founder and CEO of ShePOWER Global; and Dixie Walters, detention sergeant at the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

They went through 72 hours of training over nine weeks, learning from experienced Kern County business and industry leaders, according to a news release. They studied ethics, critical thinking, the economy, education and more. The program is put on by the Kern County Taxpayers Education Fund.

Want to apply to be a student in the next academy or become a sponsor? Contact Michael Turnipseed at 322-2973 or


You can be part of something big this Saturday: More than 800 people are expected to raise some $70,000 at Walk MS: Bakersfield at The Park at River Walk. An opening ceremony is slated for 9 a.m., with the walk at 9:30 a.m.

But it's part of something bigger. Across the country, people will walk to raise money and awareness.

“Walk MS is a joyous gathering with a wonderful ‘we’re in this together’ feeling,” Cyndi Zagieboylo, president and CEO of the National MS Society, said in a news release. “Every participant, volunteer, donor and sponsor is helping to drive us toward this exciting $1 billion milestone. Together, we are accelerating progress in making life-changing breakthroughs so that each person with MS can live her or his best life.”


"I love renaissance fairs. They're a lot of fun, and they really do mix with what we do. There's some cross-pollination there."

— Steve Wyatt, organizer of this weekend's Bakersfield Comic-Con at the Kern County Fairgrounds, which will include a mini Fantasy Faire

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