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The votes are in and the community has spoken! The annual Best Of Readers’ Choice Poll showcases the best of the best — from food to shopping, services and more — as decided by those who call Bakersfield home, totaling 98 winners and 196 favorites. This is your guide to the Best Of Bakersfield.

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During these trying times our stress meter tends to tick up, but did you know increased stress levels will decrease your immune system? So what is one to do? Not only is it important to take care of our physical health (eat healthy, move your body, get rest and drink lots of water) but one m…

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When California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order in mid-March to help slow the spread of COVID-19, also known as the new coronavirus, he also ordered “nonessential” businesses to close, which included dine-in restaurants (which can still operate through curbside pickup and deliv…

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rise and many cities under stay-at-home orders, it can be easy for people to feel discouraged about what the future holds. Moments of kindness around Bakersfield have been spreading since the virus outbreak. In the face of crisis, residents have come …

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Teachers at Downtown School lined the sidewalks around the campus, waving to students and parents as they drove by during the Dragon Community Family and Staff Parade. The parade gave teachers and students to see and hear one another, albeit at a distance, while schools remain closed for the…

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Fitness expert and Bakersfield Life Magazine columnist Alex Garzaro leads a seven-day bodyweight workout routine that can be done anywhere with no equipment needed while tackling health- and life-related questions and conversing with local business owners and community members. 

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We tend to dread the idea of weight loss because we associate it with being difficult and a lot of work. Sure, it can be, depending on how you look at it. You already have so much going on — kids’ soccer practice, work, cooking meals for the family, etc. By the time you even think of working…

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There’s a literal buzz in the air on the corner of Highland Knolls Drive and Vineland Road, across from Dr. Douglas K. Fletcher Elementary School. In the distance, two small objects can be seen in the sky, ascending, descending, rocketing in straight lines, circling, looping and hovering — t…

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Surrounded by the Santa Ynez Valley hills, Solvang is a gem for tourists and weekend travelers alike. Solvang is a little town in Santa Barbara County with a European reputation. Solvang’s main attraction is the town’s European culture and architecture, from shops to restaurants, it’s all bu…