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The farmhouse style is popular in Bakersfield with the advent of DIY “fixer upper” television shows like Chip and Joanna Gaines. Michelle Hardt, owner of Hardt Construction Services along with her husband Tim, recently answered questions for Bakersfield Life Magazine about this local trend.

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In this season of giving, charitable gifts may bear the brunt of tax reform. Changes in the law will reduce the number of taxpayers who benefit from their charitable tax deductions. While most give to charity for reasons other than tax incentives, the deduction allows folks to give a little …

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As we approach the holiday season of gingerbread cookies, festive parties, flying reindeer and jolly old elves, many of us are already gearing up for another frantic month. Some of us will brave the malls to buy the hottest gifts, others will spend hours in the kitchen cooking the perfect me…

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The holiday shopping hype is upon us and in today’s retail environment, we can find pretty much find anything we need through e-commerce. Maybe this year you’ve decided to take a break from the Black Friday crowds and want something more than clicking away on some website? We want to tell yo…

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It’s late into the evening and Ken Burdick is hunched over, cynical, gruff and miserly, the weight of the world on his shoulders. He’s become cold and distant, a self-imposed loneliness the byproduct of death and keeping others at bay. Christmas brings him nothing but negative memories and h…

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In an age where technology has all but kicked bound books to the curb, there are artisans fighting the resistance, celebrating the lost art of restoration, one leather spine at a time. Most conservation-trained bookbinders work in museums, large libraries and academic institutions. But scatt…

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Dietary fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods that moves food and liquids through our body. It is commonly referred to as “roughage” and aides our body to dispose of waste through the aid of our digestive system. Without it, we commonly feel bloated, full or constipated and are unabl…

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Simple, fresh ingredients often make the best dishes. The pad thai served at Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar is the recipe of head chef Preeda Piamfa’s mother. This recipe is more than 75 years old. When his mother was a teen, she opened a store in Thailand that only served this dish – that’s how g…

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Don your finest suit or gown and join the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra Nov. 10 for “Romantic Classics,” a night of music that will elevate any night on the town.

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A light breeze passed through the lush greens of The Gardens at Monji, running water from a nearby water feature and singing birds creating a relaxing atmosphere as the sun slowly descended behind Andrew Lewis and Spencer Shoemaker as they exchanged vows.

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November marks a transition month for local sports. The fall sports season wraps up during the month, while the winter sports season begins. Here are some of the noteworthy sports happenings.

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The needs of veterans and their families are vast and complex. Government departments such as Defense and Veterans Affairs, while providing a tremendous amount of support to veterans and their families, have been challenged in recent years by the enormous increasing needs of this sector. Mor…

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Ever since I wrote my first editor’s note in the July 2016 issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine, I’ve used the space as an opportunity to share some of the thoughts that run through my mind. That explains why so many columns mention my pug, Tina Louise.

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Promoting health and using a play on words to further its agenda is the Cycling Lab Rats, a group of clinical laboratory scientist at Memorial Hospital who have taken up cycling as a group. At its core is co- founder Jessica Liebenow, who started the group with a friend.

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Born in Vietnam and raised as an orphan by an American family in New York, local artist Aliza McCracken started painting at 4 years old and developed into a professional artist at 15. Her art carries themes of love, life and hope, blending her passion for drawing and painting with creative w…