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Fruit grown in Kern County definitely heads to some far-off destinations but it's not every day that it lands a starring role on a plate at a high-end Los Angeles restaurant.

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While many summer Saturdays at the California Living Museum are reserved for Twilight events, in which guests can watch animals at their most active time, one day per summer is a real treat. The Ice Cream Zoofari, taking place this weekend, helps everyone keep cool with an afternoon of appro…

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School may have started but summer is still in full swing as the Tehachapi Mountain Festival takes over this weekend. In its 55th year, the annual gathering features well-loved activities, including a carnival, parade and, of course, the rodeo.

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Those looking to add to their back-to-school looks can head to Valley Plaza Mall Friday for the opening of the Privé Revaux kiosk. The eyewear brand favored by celebrities — Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and actresses Hailee Steinfeld and Ashley Benson are brand partners — will now be sold at the …

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Last year we were thrilled by the amazing spread on Sunday mornings at Cafe Med and wrote about that, followed by a favorable report on the weekend brunch at Hodel’s Country Dining. Then a reader tipped us off to a new star: Steak & Grape Restaurant.

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If you've lived in Bakersfield long enough, you've likely been to Noriega House, a sprawling, historic venue in east Bakersfield that has served as venue for myriad weddings, showers and parties. For those new to town or maybe less social, there's an upcoming festival that will give you a ch…

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Last weekend was the first good meteor shower of 2018, the famous Perseids. It was the first good meteor shower this year because all the others have had to contend with the moon. Although there was no moon, we had smoke and haze from the various fires preventing us from having a truly dark …

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Once threatened with near extinction, one of California’s most beautiful waterfowl is making a comeback along the Kern River thanks to farsighted environmental management, hunting regulations and citizen volunteers.

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Blame it all on our roots, we showed up in boots and ruined your ... wait, boots are exactly what you'd wear to this show. Unlike the black-tie affair mentioned in the song "Friends in Low Places," the concert of the same name taking place Sunday at Ovation Theatre should be a boot-scooting …

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If making friends as an adult is hard, doing so while moving for work a lot is that much tougher. Luckily for women with husbands in the oil industry, that's where the Association of Petroleum Wives comes in.

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Once upon a time, self-publishing was the underdog story of the publishing world. Now it’s where so many great author success stories begin. And on Saturday, self-publishing executive duo Marcus and Donnee Harris, of First Draft Publishing will reveal exactly how to create and market a self-…

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Ben Conover, the protagonist of "Ghost Boy," is an average preteen boy in most ways. The seventh-grader plays sports, loves nature, is nervous around girls, and is very insecure about his looks. But he differs from his peers in a very fundamental way: He sees and communicates with ghosts. An…

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We've all been there: the early-morning trip to the dealership. With an appointment on the books or just praying that the repair gods are on your side, you bring in the vehicle and hope that the dealership saw fit to put out some coffee and perhaps a doughnut or two in its waiting room. 

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Bakersfield, 16 million B.C. — long before a man named Col. Thomas Baker came to Central California — an ocean of water covered the patch of land that would someday be known as Baker's Field.

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Let’s face it: With equipment advances in home theater and sound equipment, Redbox and streaming services, it’s hard to make a case for going to a movie theater, eating overpriced and ordinary food and sitting in chairs that just aren’t as comfy as what you have at home. Especially since you…

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"The Meg," the new film of a bus-sized shark attacking modern-day swimmers, easily sounds like fiction but 16,000 millenia ago, similar great predators roamed the ocean bay covering what would be the San Joaquin Valley. That might be news to many residents but not the folks at the Buena Vist…

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It's sugar at the matinee, sugar in the lounge, sugar at dinnertime this week when Stars Theatre Restaurant takes a musical look back at the 1950s and '60s with "The Marvelous Wonderettes." All they have to do is dream but you'll need to buy a ticket to see this show following four teen girl…

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If you're looking for a more interesting hybrid than the one your smug co-worker drives every day, look no further. FootGolf, combining elements of both soccer and golf, has hit Bakersfield, teeing off at Kern River Golf Course.

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With less than a week until school starts, the pressure is on to make the most of those last few days of summer. A long trip is probably out of the question, but a short drive to Lake Isabella for a special event could be just the thing to wrap up the season.

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He lived there less than two years, but to his family, Merle Haggard's home on Brae Burn Drive, four houses down from the Bakersfield Country Club, was the first real tangible evidence that dad was something special. It also meant they could finally be a family again.