Most New Year’s celebrations include Champagne and other sparkling wines. To be called Champagne, it must be made through a specific process called méthode champenoise and originate from the namesake region of France. A signature step in the complex méthode champenoise requires a second ferm…

A poll from Marist College in 2018 revealed that more people make New Year’s resolutions about exercise than about any other topic. This is the time of year when everyone firmly believes they’re going to work out regularly for the rest of their lives. And I wish them the utmost happiness, an…

Many of us spend our childhoods hoping to become professional athletes before, for one reason or another, we set those dreams aside. Yet as spectators we still imagine ourselves in the place of our favorite athletes and sometimes think we could do better. For this month’s health-centric edit…

While it’s bittersweet the holidays are over, there’s magic in the air at the onset of a new year. The opportunity of a fresh start is both exciting and sometimes intimidating with the pressure to make large changes all at once. In recognition of this, Kern County departments are tackling Ja…

Oftentimes when we think of comfort food to warm us up on a cold, winter evening, hearty options are aplenty, like chicken pot pie or a homemade chili — but healthy isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind.

After enduring nearly two years of the coronavirus pandemic, many across the world may be reevaluating their approach to mental health. Self-isolation, worries about illness and even stress over job security have all played big roles in the lives of millions over the last few years.

In 2010, Kathy Vochoska found herself desperate for answers. Her 20-year-old son, Chris, was in kidney failure. They had exhausted all treatment options and the young college student began dialysis. “No one ever told us about living donation,” Vochoska recalled. “If people knew how tough dia…

Driving home from work one night, I spotted a brightly illuminated digital billboard. The essence of its message: Do you need a reminder to recommit to the gym? Consider this it.

Dr. Roxanne McDermott, an obstetrician-gynecologist with Clinica Sierra Vista, has a piece of advice for any man or woman with questions about preventive care: Whether a person is healthy or worried they might have a medical condition, everyone should see their primary care physician at leas…

While the nature in and immediately surrounding Bakersfield isn’t really famous for its bouldering and climbing features, there are a few spots in Kern County.

The second annual Mayor’s Ball is now in the record books. In early December, the sold-out event raised more than $558,000, believed to be the largest one-night event for a local nonprofit, and more than doubling what it raised in its inaugural year in 2020 weeks before the pandemic’s arrival.

The start of the New Year means the start of new adventures. We asked our staff to come up with the most classic Bakersfield activities to participate in around town. 

The film industry has traditionally used the month of January as a dumping ground for its worst movies, a letdown after the highs of the holiday season. While there have been some major exceptions to this rule, odds are that if you go to see a movie in theaters this month, it will be bad. Th…

With holiday parties behind us, many of us are feeling the lingering side effects of all that fun. Our jeans now fit too snug, and we cower away from our bathroom scale. We are hitting our snooze a few too many times, and find ourselves reaching for a few extra cups of coffee to get through …

A new year brings a new opportunity to improve yourself, and there’s no more basic place to start than what goes into your body.

Jan. 6: Foreigner Tribute Starring 4NR, 7 p.m., Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, 2230 Q St., bakersfieldmusichalloffame.com.

When we joyfully anticipate the birth of a baby, we spend time reading books, taking classes, preparing a nursery and attending baby showers. But when loss occurs — the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, or financial setback — we are generally unprepared.

Struggling with rheumatism, stomach, liver and kidney troubles or even malaria? The healing mineral waters of Democrat Hot Springs may be just what the doctor ordered. One of seven hot springs nestled along the Kern River, Democrat Hot Springs was one of the most popular tourist resorts for …

“What’s old is new again” was a headline in Vogue magazine in November. Vintage furniture is the hottest home decor trend, according to the magazine and other sources. In fact, vintage and consignment furniture and home goods are expected to be even more popular in the coming years.

The Mendiburu Magic Foundation held its Compassion Awards to honor those who have supported the foundation's efforts over the last year during an event Dec. 8 at Wool Growers.

As we take down the holiday decor and shift into the high vibes of another new year, you may be asking yourself: “What is it that I truly want out of 2022?” Or you may be dwelling on the things you can’t control, such as the economy, the COVID pandemic, or the fact that your neighbor’s Chris…

The new year is upon us, which means it’s time to write out your New Year’s resolution. Instead of writing goals that will be impossible to attain, begin with realistic ones, such as a closet overhaul. Yes, this will take a few hours and for some of us a day or two, but the task will be well…

With a focus on organic and sustainable vineyards, female winemakers and a unique bottle design, founder Nicolas Deffrennes is launching Le Grand Verre, a new enterprise that could revolutionize the way U.S. markets discover and enjoy fine French wines.

Holiday-themed music is impossible to escape this time of year. You can find it looping on your car radio, echoing through a cavernous retail establishment or thrumming in your head late at night after you hear it in both of the aforementioned places. (I speak from experience.)

As is always the case around the holidays, there are plenty of blockbuster movies coming out in theaters this month to get excited about: “West Side Story," “Spider-Man: No Way Home," “The King’s Man," “American Underdog” and more.

The sleigh bells are ringing, kids are screaming, you burned the cookies and have nothing to wear! Does this sound familiar? Although we can’t help with the kids or cookies, here are five holiday outfits for every function you will attend this season.

Your feelings about the holiday season are very personal and we're all familiar with holiday stress. And even though some mild or moderate stress can be beneficial, chronic stress (the stress going on for a long period of time) can have a negative impact on our mental and physical well-being.

The holiday season presents a beautiful opportunity to reinvest in our community. When it comes to local government, Kern County public servants work year-round to provide vital resources to our residents. Even so, the magic that comes with December is celebrated by our workforce, as differe…

The holiday season is full of celebrations. The Californian interviewed many groups to see diverse ways in which the community comes together.

With the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly a bit more under control, this upcoming holiday season is more appreciated and anticipated than ever. Being stuck at home for nearly two years, a day trip out of Bakersfield to enjoy the festivities may be desired. Here are some destinations for you and y…

After entering the working world after college, the comforting structure of living a syllabus-to-syllabus lifestyle no longer exists in your life as an early career professional. Now, it’s your responsibility to create a balance of work and rest that fits your individual needs. The holiday s…

After a year when the lack of a readily available vaccine prevented many families from gathering during the holidays, this Christmas could see many attempt to make up for lost time. That means the Christmas spirit, and the decorations that go along with it, will be strong over the next few weeks.

We may call it the holiday season, but the big event is Christmas. And although T-shirts and posters remind us that “Jesus is the reason for the season,” it’s a fact that while Christianity is still the majority religion in the United States, a growing number of people are what pollsters cal…