In celebration of the 30th anniversary of her “Heart in Motion” album, Amy Grant is bringing a show to the Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater as part of her 39-city fall tour.

“Pumpkin spice and everything nice” should be the motto for the month. Fall officially began at the end of September, and in our book, that means one thing: pumpkin spice is here.

As we enter the ghoulish season of October, we wanted to provide you with a list of content for your viewing pleasure, whether you’re staying in this season or getting together with friends for a monster mash of your own on All Hallows Eve.

We’re keeping with the theme of the spooky vibes, and we have the perfect October playlist for your Halloween bash to get you in the mood for the occasion. 

Years ago when blogs were still new to the scene, I read fashion designer and lifestyle guru Lauren Conrad’s blog religiously. In 2011, I stumbled upon a recipe that another fellow reader posted, called “Laura’s Soft Pumpkin Cookies.” Unfortunately, that particular blog post doesn’t exist anymore, but the recipe lives on.

If you’re in the mood for a bit of fall magic or spooky tales this month, like we are, here are a few suggestions for what to read, in preparation for Halloween. There are plenty of classics, like the stories of the monsters we all know and love, as well as a few newer ones from this century.

Upon entrance to Krush Bar and Restaurant, guests will immediately notice the establishment is doing things differently, in a good way. An elegant spot, hidden away on Coffee Road, the bar mirrors that of an old speakeasy in which you might expect a movie star like Humphrey Bogart to waltz into.

Aera Energy empowers the women in its workforce through Women of Aera, an employee resource group open to all. This group provides mentorship and networking opportunities to employees as well as collaborates with others within the organization to improve the company culture.

As a child I believed the friends I made in grade school would be forever friends who I would share a lifetime of experiences and memories with.

We would go to college, get married, share stories of our careers and raise babies together. Sadly, I was mistaken. Through these 30 years I have been blessed to call many people my friends, whether it be for a specific reason, season in life or a lifetime.

During a weekend in the Spring of 1977, a crowd of 3,000 filled the stands at Sam Lynn Park to watch Bakersfield’s first professional women’s softball team take to the field in their season opener.

The Bakersfield Pregnancy Center, serving Kern County since 1985, has a unique group of loving, caring, and understanding volunteers who faithfully reach out their hands to women and men in our community who are facing difficult times and decisions.

Natalia Mallory is a singer, songwriter, choreographer and owner/artistic director of Mallory Academy of Dance. She has developed one of the most novel, loving and nurturing environments for young artists in Bakersfield.

Founded on oil, the City of Taft takes a lot of pride in their history and celebrates it with the Taft Oildorado event. Returning after the 2020 hiatus, Taft will celebrate with a slew of festivities, running October 8 through October 17.

Cassie Bittle, co-owner of longtime Bakersfield favorite KC’s Steakhouse, has not only been a staple restaurant owner, but has become a voice for the community, using her platform to help other local businesses and ignite change.

There’s something special about the change in seasons. Cooler air, a fresh start, children, finally, back in school. When I think about our community’s resilience over the past few years, one pillar of strength comes to mind – women.

Name: Matt McCort

Age: 35

Occupation/Business: EVP & COO, Shareholder, Equity Member – Country Sweet Produce, Inc. & CSP Properties, LLC

Hometown: Clovis, CA

Name: Kailan Carr

Age: 37

Occupation/Business: Owner of Quiet Book Queen & Crafts in Between

Hometown: Bakersfield

Bakersfield, home to over 370,000 residents, is in the top ten of California's largest cities. During these uncertain times, we do not have to let hardships and personal opinions divide us. We can, instead, use this time as an opportunity to support and strengthen our city.

Name: Chris Borbon

Age: 34

Occupation/Business: Graphic Design/Illustrator/Caricature Artist at CB Caricatures

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

Name: Joe Peters

Age: 30

Occupation/Business: President of Americal Awning / Singer Songwriter

Hometown: Bakersfield

Name: Bianca Torres

Age: 32

Occupation/Business: Operations Manager

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

• Name: Travis Ransom

 Age: 33

• Occupation/Business: Water Resources Manager / Aera Energy LLC

• Hometown: Romoland, CA

Name: Christian Romo

Age: 25

Occupation: Field Representative for Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez and Chair of the Kern County Democratic Party

Hometown: Born and Raised in Bakersfield, CA

Name: Myah Salinas

Age: 20

Occupation/Business: Social Media Manager & Owner of Sugar Cotton Candy

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

Name: David Heisler

Age: 31

Occupation/Business: Engineering Technology Manager at Aera Energy

Hometown: I was born and raised in Bakersfield.

Name: Brandon Thompson

Age: I’m 39 (‘til January)

Occupation/Business: I’m a full-time mural artist

Hometown: Bakersfield, born and raised

Name: Jamie Swetalla

Age: 32

Occupation/Business: Public Affairs Specialist, Aera Energy LLC

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

Name: Andrea Hansen

Age: I JUST turned 39 (my birthday is August 26).

Occupation/Business: Arts Administrator - President, Kern Dance Alliance

Hometown: Bakersfield

Name: Tanya Alsheikh

Age: 30

Occupation/Business: Attorney at Chain | Cohn | Stiles

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

Name: Jean-Luc Slagle

Age: 30, as of August 27, 2021

Occupation/Business: Creative Director/Owner, Scope Studios

Hometown: San Diego

Name: Lauren Naworski-Smith

Age: 27

Occupation/Business: Business Attorney at the Law Offices of Young Wooldridge, LLP

Hometown: Bakersfield

  • Name: Caitlyn Witt
  • Age: 27
  • Occupation/Business: Owner of PostNet
  • Hometown: Bakersfield

We feel the need to live up to the unrealistic expectations that society demands of what women should look like, act like, and do. Some women have the added demands of being business owners which adds even more expectations that your business is all-good and “you can do it all.”

Growing up in a middle-class household of seven people, fashion was not exactly the focus of my parents’ budget. As an 8-year-old fashion lover, this was a tough pill to swallow.

Name: Harley

Breed: German Shepherd/Mix

ID: A122504

Color: Black and brown

Sex: Male

Weight: 51.80 pounds

Age: Two years

Lifestyle: Harley came in as a stray on May 12.

Behavior: Well-behaved, loves people, and gets along great with other dogs. However, they don't know how he will do with cats.

When it comes to law, people might automatically picture a scene from a “Law & Order” courtroom or the Elle Woods version from the “Legally Blonde” films. But, law is a necessity in many facets of business and life, and can be a useful tool across the board, no matter what profession or major one might choose. Both Bakersfield College and CSU Bakersfield recognize that, and have programs to help students prepare for the next phase in their lives for law school and beyond.