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One in three. That’s the price women pay for cardiovascular disease. While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, claiming the lives of 1-in-3 women.

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I was fortunate enough to spend a chilly Friday morning at the Marley’s Mutts Rescue Ranch in Tehachapi recently, surrounded by a synergistic community of people rescuing dogs and dogs rescuing people.

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Pizza joints in Bakersfield are not hard to find. With strong Italian culture and influence in the Bakersfield community, pasta and pizza needs are never more than a stone’s throw away. Though the traditional Italian pie covered in fresh mozzarella is always a winner in my book, I was on the…

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Most everyone likes a good riddle and on Dec. 2, 1969, Californian reporter Bob Jones asked readers, “What has four legs, blue-grey eyes, is just like an 1,800-pound cuddly puppy, has a digestive tract like a king-size garbage disposal, but still has to worry about constipation?” The answer:…

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Don’t be embarrassed to ask. If you are thinking it, you are likely in good company. Just when you got used to the annual chore of gathering your tax information, the rules had to change. Understandably, folks have a lot of tax questions. Here are just a few.

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Like a moth to a flame, some of us just gravitate toward bright lights and big cities. Whether it’s a lifelong dream to make it as an entertainer or just a love for the performing arts, nearly 7,000 people converged in New York City for the fourth annual BroadwayCon this winter.

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Support local artist and indulge on some of this town’s best eateries at Bakersfield Museum of Arts’ annual ARTMIX on March 21. ARTMIX is BMoA biggest fundraisers, with exposure and admiration of local artists. This cocktail party has been an intricate part of BMoA for over five years. Each …

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A successful fitness program involves more than exercise. Conventional logic would suggest that if some exercise is good for you, more is better, and this is true – to a point. Long, strenuous workouts, whether that is pumping iron, pounding out miles on the pavement or pedaling for hours on…

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   From the rolling hills and beautiful views in the northeast, to the sprawling parks and shopping centers of the southwest, Bakersfield is a growing, diverse city. Many locals live, work and play in one section of town, seldom venturing out and experiencing the dining, shopping, entertainm…

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A year ago, Bakersfield’s Arts District founder and champion of all things downtown, Don Martin, sat at a crossroads. The man, whose popular Metro Galleries had become the centerpiece of First Fridays, making it cool again to venture downtown after dark and enticing other establishments to r…

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Fifteen years ago, I was a happy, average and somewhat ordinary work-from-home Bakersfield mom. I was working as a life coach, specializing in working with writers and creatives. I also had a weekly radio show, so, when I went on a tour of a local performing arts academy to sign my children …

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Tax season officially starts on Jan. 28 – the first tax return filing since the largest Federal tax code overhaul in 30 years. With numerous changes, prepare early. The new law is packed with both positive and negative implications, and many folks are still trying to figure out what it all m…

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Living in California has many perks, but storage in homes is not one of them. Most homes don’t have basements, ample closet storage or finished attics. It’s important to use every bit of our homes for optimal storage. Top clutter culprits include: kitchen counters, bookcases and shelves, ent…

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As we move into a new year, our focus is often on meeting physical goals – losing weight, eating healthier, exercising more – but mental health is equally important to establishing and maintaining wellness.

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Broadway in Bakersfield is back with show-stopping vengeance for its 2018-2019 season. Get a taste of the Big Apple without the bitter cold and join the world-class Broadway ensembles and musicians performing the American classics “Jersey Boys” and “The Wizard of Oz” at the Rabobank Theater …

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It’s too bad we don’t come with instruction manuals for how to take care of our bodies – what to eat, how much should we sleep, how much and what kind exercise, foods to avoid, foods we should crave, supplements to take, etc.