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Our annual readers’ poll names Bakersfield’s best restaurants, banks, dentists, auto dealers, happy hour and more.

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Top Seniors Meet the leaders of the future. We highlight this year’s top high school graduates.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide Get some ideas for Mother’s Day at local places.

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DEPARTMENTS Up Front Tips on the best of college funding in “Money Matters” on Page 16. “12 Things” you may not know about CSUB Greek life on Page 18.

Eat & Drink

The Divas dive into Nuestro Mexico and the Dudes dig into The Goose starting on Page 28.

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Go & Do Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is coming to tell its story at Rabobank Theater. Get the scoop on Page 58.

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Find the right tools to help you prepare for college in “Tech Talk” on Page 50.

Tank top season is here, ladies. Get some workout tips from Leigh Pozas, trainer and owner of Total Woman FitZone, on Page 64.

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Learn more about the legacy of Dorothy M. Donahoe, California’s champion of education in “History” on Page 136.

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Eat & Drink 28 Dining Divas 32 Food Dudes 36 Lunchtime Picks 46 What’s Cooking Lifestyles 48 On The Road 50 Tech Talk

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People & Community 112 Business Profiles 118 Bakersfield Matters 120 Millennial Voices 122 Personality

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STAFF SHARES Bakersfield’s Premier City Magazine May 2017 / Vol. 11 / Issue 8

Things we dig this month.

Bakersfield Life™ Magazine is published by TBC Media Publisher Ginger Moorhouse Associate Publisher Virginia Cowenhoven

ON THE COVER

Some of the best-sellers from La Costa Mariscos, which was voted Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Seafood by Bakersfield Life readers. Cover photo by Mark Nessia

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contact Joey Zachary at jzachary@bakersfield. com or 395-7363.

What’s trending on Instagram this month.

1 Bakersfield, you must be hungry this month. “Lunchtime Picks” at Cataldo’s Pizza Riverwalk and Wok It Out were the top two food posts. Read about them and others on Page 36.

2 Andrae Gonzales shared his plans for Ward 2 and even talked about his favorite places to hang out in the downtown area in our April issue.

3 Cinderella is coming to Bakersfield! Check out what the production is all about on Page 58.

For recaps of what’s happened and what we’re working on for upcoming issues, follow us on Instagram @bakersfield_life.

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Market Research Jose Granados

Specialty Publications Coordinator Laura Liera Art Director Glenn Hammett Graphic Designer Holly Bikakis Specialty Publications Intern Mayan Xitlaly Lara Photography Holly Bikakis, Casey Christie, Glenn Hammett, John Harte, Laura Liera, Jonah and Lindsay, April Massirio, Mark Nessia, Greg Nichols, Carla Rivas, Rod Thornburg, Contributing writers Kristen Beall Barnes, Nina Ha, Lisa Kimble, Luigi Family, Stephen Lynch, Shelby Parker, Julie Plata, Leigh Pozas, Elizabeth Sanchez, Chris Thornburgh

“Cubbies deep-dish pizzas and pojo fries!” – Melissa Metras, recruitment account executive “Live music inspires, entertains and energizes like nothing else. Passing Through Productions and Guitar Masters are bringing world-class talent to town and presenting it in small, intimate venues.” – Glenn Hammett, art director “May signals a change of seasons in our family, as we say goodbye to Garces Memorial High School and the University of Arizona. Thank you to the Wildcat family and Garces for educating our children, and we eagerly await their next collegiate chapters!” – Lisa Kimble, contributing writer “Kroll Dog Park is a great spot to take your four-legged friend and take advantage of the great weather we’re having.” – Mark Nessia, assistant managing editor “As a family of book lovers, we really appreciate our local library. Our tastes are always changing so the ’brary lets us literally check something out before we buy it.” – Nina Ha, contributing writer “Planting tomato plants in our garden and getting ready for some delicious homegrown salads.” – Holly Bikakis, graphic designer

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THE BEST IS YET TO COME What happens when excitement and anxiousness collide? When enthusiasm for what’s to come is tempered by fear of the unknown, the highs of recent accomplishments pacified by the bigger challenges that lie ahead. This is what you’ll find in a high school senior nearing graduation. The wide smiles, cheerful laughter and sparkle in their eyes put their happiness on full display. Each and every one of them has earned this, the culmination of countless essays, exams, extracurriculars and due dates. This is most likely the greatest accomplishment of their young lives thus far, but it will be met by an even more intimidating undertaking: college. That is why those raised chins, wideeyed gazes and straightened backs are intermittently interrupted by furrowed brows, downward glances and slumped shoulders. These kids are ready, yet apprehensive – relieved that high school is over, yet in denial because it passed all too quickly. “These are the best four years of your life,” Frontier High School senior Gabriela Chumpitaz told me. “They go by fast.” In talking with some of the seniors featured this month, the word “best” was used often to describe their high school experiences. Over the past four years, they’ve made best friends, learned from the best teachers, made the best memories and lived the best moments. It’s quite fitting given that this is also our Best Of issue where readers vote on what they deem first-rate in food, service, entertain-

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ment, retail, and health and wellness. The seniors gracing the pages of this magazine are only a tiny fraction of the excellence that will soon disperse and represent our county at their respective institutions. For them, this is only the beginning – a large step toward a greater destination. Their paths will be riddled with bumps and detours but those obstacles will only strengthen their resolve and motivate them to push through – just like they’ve done in the past. Over the next four-plus years, these teens will grow into adults who will contribute to the communities they choose to call home. Many will move beyond Bakersfield, returning to visit friends and family remaining in the area, while others will come back and establish roots in the city where they grew up. Regardless of where they choose to live, during college and beyond, is it safe to say the area will be improved by their presence? Will these kids prove to be a good investment on behalf of Bakersfield and Kern County? You best believe it.

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UP FRONT

Find out what’s happening in May on Page 22.

The Big Picture / Word on the Street / Money Matters / 12 Things / Arts & Culture / By The Numbers / Short Take / Happenings

GREEK WEEK AT CSUB Members of Kappa Sigma give the “roadrunner” sign during Greek Week at CSUB. For more information about the CSUB Greek system, turn to “12 Things” on Page 18.

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WHAT WAS YOUR BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT? Compiled by Bakersfield Life

“I gave her a birthstone ring with my brother’s and sister’s names and birthstones on it.” – Alexa Bertolaccini

“I went to Vegas, hit a $30,000 jackpot and gave my mom $6,000 so she could by herself a new car.” – Julia Mondragon

“The best gift was a stand mixer, because I broke her old one making Christmas cookies and she loves baking.” – Allison Duggins

“My brother and I got her a little blue watch that matched her bus driver uniform. She loved it a lot.” – Kane Zinnen

“The sense of feeling proud seeing me walk across the stage at graduation and getting my B.A.” – Brenda Cortez

“Unconditional love. She’s my mother and I will always love her.” – Keith Jones

“A painting I did of our dog and me. It’s her favorite dog and art runs in the family.” – Cheyenne Leon

“Surprising her by coming home on leave. She didn’t expect it.” – Neil Pansby

“The best present I gave my mom was coming home from Vietnam alive.” – Daniel Marquez

“The best gift I ever gave my mom is my daughter. I was a troublemaker and she’s not.” – Richard Necochea

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My daughters Mariah (left) and Marissa (center) are beautiful, talented student-athlete college graduates! It amazes me how much they have accomplished that I never did, but truly wanted for them to be able to do. And they have! – Maureen Alvidrez

Our mom Emily Troxel is special because she will love us forever and ever. – Julianna, Carolina & Victoria

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The best of college funding By Chris Thornburgh

Graduation is around the corner and many of our seniors jet off to college in a few short months. If you’re scratching your head wondering where the last 18 years went, then the price tag of your child’s college investment may leave you just as shocked. Whether you qualify for financial aid or “make too much money,” whether you saved for this day or only had great intentions, there are strategic ways to pay for college. Funding methods are not one-size-fits all. Among the many funding strategies, let’s look at a few.

FEDERAL WORK-STUDY PROGRAM Work study is a type of financial aid that allows students to work part time while attending college. Wages are paid out of federal funds allotted to the program, which is offered through the college’s financial aid office. Students must indicate they are willing to accept this type of financial aid when they complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Work study offers valuable work experience with generally more flexible schedules than regular jobs.

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working part-time. Their wages are deductible by the parent-employer, thereby shifting taxable income into lower tax brackets. In certain situations, the student may qualify for deductions and credits not available to their higher-income parents. If you are self-employed with few employees, consider offering a tuition reimbursement plan. Under this plan, an employer can provide up to $5,250 per year, per employee, in tax exempt tuition benefits. These plans are often used as retention incentives, but entrepreneurs can use them to help pay for college tuition for their own children, too, so long as they meet all of the rules.

GRANDPARENTS AND 529 PLANS Grandparents often want to help with their grandchildren’s college education. Grandparents coupled with a qualified tuition program (529 plan) is a great strategy. A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan for higher education. Earnings of the plan are not subject to income tax so long as the funds are used to pay eligible college expenses, such as tuition, room and board. A perk for grandparents: Contributions to the 529 plan are excluded from their taxable estate. The plan can also be front-loaded for up to five years at one time; therefore, a student may receive up to $70,000 from each individual without gift tax conseMay 2017

quences. It’s worth noting that while 529 plans held by grandparents are not reportable on the FASFA, using the account to pay for college will affect the student’s aid eligibility the following year.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS The terms “scholarships” and “grants” are often interchanged, but there are differences. Most grants are need-based and awarded based on your financial situation. Most scholarships, on the other hand, are awarded based on merit, such as proven academic or athletic ability. However, there are scholarships available for students of all backgrounds, majors and many more. To tap into scholarships and grants, you most likely will have to complete a FAFSA at fafsa. ed.gov. Start by talking to a high Chris school Thornburgh counsel-

or about scholarships. The college financial aid office is another great resource. Check out religious and community organizations, local businesses, professional associations related to your field of interest, ethnicity-based organizations and your employer. There are many websites like Fastweb. com that offer an entire database of opportunities for which to apply. Sadly, watch for scammers who pose as organizations offering scholarships and taking “application fees.”

THE BOTTOM LINE Everyone’s situation is different and certain college funding strategies may work better for you than others. To maximize your benefits, seek the advice of a knowledgeable CPA and college planner. Chris Thornburgh is a CPA and partner at Brown Armstrong Accountancy Corp. Contact her at cthornburgh@bacpas.com or 3244971. The views expressed in this column are her own.


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There are currently three sororities and four fraternities at CSUB. Four are international organizations, one is national and two are local.

2 CSUB’s oldest active Greek organization, Gamma Phi Beta, is 34 years old, established in 1983. 3 Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations whose values typically revolve around scholarship and academic achievement; community service and philanthropy; leadership; and brotherhood/sisterhood and fellowship.

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4 In 2015/2016, CSUB fraternities and sororities totaled more than 1,600 hours of community service and raised more than $12,000. This year, the organizations are projected to reach 2,500 volunteer hours and raise $20,000 in philanthropic causes. 5 Greek letter honor societies are separate from social fraternities and sororities. CSUB currently has six honor societies. 6 There are three annual Greek events at CSUB: Greek Life New Member Summit, a Greek orientation for the newest members to learn about Greek life; Greek Summit, a daylong leadership conference; and Greek Week, a weeklong event featuring activities and games for all Greek organizations. 18

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7 Academic excellence is one of the pillars found in every Greek organization in the country. GPA requirements vary from chapter to chapter, but they are usually higher than the campus requirements. 8 CSUB holds workshops, training and bystander intervention with students to address a common negative stereotype associated with fraternities and sororities: hazing. 9 Belonging is the most common reason for joining a fraternity or sorority. Networking opportunities is another motive for pledging. 10 CSUB Greek organizations put on workshops throughout the year that are available for the entire campus. Last fall, the fraternity council conducted an event called “It’s More Than Physical,” bringing awareness to domestic violence. 11 About 3 percent of the CSUB student population – 200 to 300 students – are members of the Greek community. At the end of the year, the number will be closer to 5 percent. 12 There is meaning behind the letters of a fraternity or sorority but those are kept secret, known only to its members. Each organization also has an open motto that is available to members and nonmembers.


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THIS MONTH’S PICKS

Entertainment It finally happened. The first Pizza & Craft Beer Festival is coming to Bakersfield on Sunday, May 21, at Craft Tap House. Various pizza vendors will be selling slices of their signature pizza, so you can munch on as many slices as your pizza heart craves. Maybe the best part of the event will be the pizza competition that will take place onsite, with local pizza gurus putting the best of the best on their doughy delights. The winner

will have bragging rights as the best pizza in town. Besides pizza, Craft Tap House will have 50 different beer selections available for purchase. Live music and a DJ will provide the entertainment.

Theater “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” – written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Kristina Salana When: May 5 to May 20 Where: The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Tickets: esonline.org

When: Sunday, May 21 Price: $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Time: 1 to 5 p.m. Where: Craft Tap House & Grill, 3320 Truxtun Ave. Tickets: Search “Pizza & Craft Beer Fest” on eventbrite.com

MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE RELEASES IN MAY

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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”

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A look back at Best New Restaurants

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2016 - The Broken Yolk Cafe 2015 - Mesa Mexican Grill 2014 - Black Bear Diner 2013 - Eureka! 2012 - Chef's Choice Noodle Bar 2011 - Panera Bread 2010 - Moo Creamery 2009 - Famous Dave’s 2007-2008 - P.F. Chang’s 2002-2006 - Chili's Grill & Bar 2000-2001 - Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse

Menudo lovers, your time has arrived The Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 19th annual Latino Food Festival and Menudo Cook-Off, an event that draws thousands, even some from throughout the state. This year marks a new beginning as the event will be held at a new location and date. The annual day of fun, food and entertainment will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at Kern Pioneer Village, 3801 Chester Ave. “We anticipate cooler weather and more shade at the Kern County Museum,” organizer Jay Tamsi said of the new date.

“We’ll have three stages of live entertainment; it’s going to be a great event for a great cause.” Proceeds benefit KCHCC’s efforts to provide business services, cultural resources and scholarships to graduating high school students. Aside from the popular menudo cook-off, other activities include live music, mariachis, children’s activities and much more. Admission is $10 presale and $15 at the door. Online ticket sales can be purchased through the KCHCC Facebook business page, kchcc.org or at the KCHCC office at 1601 H St., #201. For more information, call 633-5495.

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Up Front HAPPENINGS

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Find more community events at bakersfieldlife.com or submit yours via email to bakersfieldlife@bakersfield.com or via our Facebook page: Bakersfield Life Magazine.

Dinner under the stars to benefit CASA of Kern County Enjoy a dinner under the stars at the 5th Annual Eating Well in Season event, hosted by Kaiser Permanente and Tejon Ranch, to benefit CASA of Kern County. The catered dinner will feature fresh, seasonal market ingredients and a selection of wines. Transportation will be available to and from The Hacienda at Tejon Ranch where the dinner will be held. “It’s a dinner event to get together with our supporters and new friends of CASA,” said Lady Antebellum Amy Raddatz, development director for CASA. The annual sold-out event May 3 will raise $5,000 for CASA, ’80s Dancing Day, 6 p.m., whose mission is to speak for Kern Pioneer Village, 3801 abused or neglected children Chester Ave. $10. in the juvenile depen437-3330. dency process. The organization May 20 May 5 trains voluny it ar Ch Cinco 4nzi Crui teers to provide de Mayo d el every child Bakersfi Pachanga, who needs an Car Show 5 p.m., Eleadvocate with 3 p.m. ments Vena voice in the eld Downtown Bakersfi ue, 3401 court process. $13.74-$97.07 Chester m co Tickets are info@cruizin4charity. Ave. $15-$25. $100 per person. eventbrite.com. The event starts at An Evening 6 p.m. with American To reserve a spot or for Heroes, with Army Sgt. Maj. more information, visit kernJeremy Morton to discuss casa.org or call 631-2272. military life as a special forces

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combat veteran. Hosted by Wounded Heroes Fund of Kern County, 6: 30 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 p.m. dinner. $200 per person or $2,500 for table of eight. 328-8600.

Tehachapi Symphony concert, reception to follow, 4 p.m., Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road, Tehachapi. Free.

May 6 Boot Scootin’ Derby, to benefit CASA of Kern County, 5 p.m., Gardiner Ranch. $125. kerncasa.org. World Records Presents Elvin Bishop, 7 p.m., World Records. $40-$45. Worldrecords1982@aol.com. May 7 Kids Fest, 1 p.m., Kern Pioneer Village, 3801 Chester Ave. $10. 437-3330.

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BANQUET HONORS THOSE WHO GO BEYOND THE CALL OF VOLUNTEERISM The annual Humanitarian Awards Banquet and Fundraiser hosted by Community Action Partnership of Kern is back on Thursday, May 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. The banquet honors those who go beyond the call of volunteerism and demonstrate involvement in one or more CAPK programs. • • •

This year’s honorees are: Humanitarian of the Year: Karen K. Goh, mayor of Bakersfield Community Partner of the Year: The Kern County Fair Volunteers of the Year: Fuchsia Ward and Jewelle Scales

May 11 45th Annual Spring BBQ, 5:30 p.m. CSUB, Icardo Center. $30-$35. For more information, call 654-3473 or visit gorunners.com. May 12 Bakersfield Luau, hosted by the Bakersfield City School District Education Foundation, 6 p.m., JEH Ranch, 10421 Round Mountain Road. $75-$600. eventbrite.com. Easton Corbin, 7 p.m., Eagle Mountain Casino, 681 S. Tule Road, Porterville. $35. eaglemtncasino.com. May 13 Beladagio Workshop, The Steps to Design Success 10 a.m. Beladagio, 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 705. Free. beladagio.com. All American Powered Car and Motorcycle Show, to benefit the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House. 10 a.m., Bakersfield RV Resort, 5025 Wible Road. $35 or $40 at the gate for participating vehicles; free

The event also serves as CAPK’s largest fundraiser of the year with proceeds benefiting the organization. Last year, CAPK distributed more than 13.5 million pounds of food for those with food insecurity, delivered nutrition and breastfeeding awareness and support to more than 20,000 women in the community, and offered after-school and summer programs for hundreds of at-risk youths in southeast Bakersfield and Shafter. Tickets are $90 per person or $1,000 for a table sponsor. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. To purchase a ticket or for more information, visit capkdevelopment. capk.org.

to spectators. 301-4395. May 18 CAPK Humanitarian Awards Banquet and Fundraiser, 6 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. $90 each or $1,000 for table sponsorship. capkdevelopment. capk.org. May 25 Urner’s Dinner and a Movie Party, with appetizers, an Italian dinner and dessert. 6:30 p.m., Urner’s,

4110 Wible Road. $75. kerncasa.org. May 26 Lady Antebellum, 7:30 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $42.50$62.50. rabobankarena. com. May 31 Aliza McCracken display and book signing, 6 p.m., Women of Wisdom & Wine Fellowship, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 900 H St. Free.

Raise a pint to charity Taste something better and maybe a little more at the 5th Annual Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 13, at the Cal State Bakersfield Amphitheater, hosted by the Benefit Bakersfield Foundation. The taste for craft beer brought this festival to Bakersfield in 2013 and it’s back with more than 35 breweries and local food vendors like The Curbside Kitchen and The Meat Wagon. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, umbrellas and chairs to the event. No outside food is allowed. Funds raised at the event will be distributed among local Kern County nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on child and family services, advocacy, shelter and food. Tickets are $59 or $100 for VIP. The event will be from 1 to 5 p.m. For tickets, visit bakersfieldcraftbeerfestival.com.

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NUESTRO MEXICO RESTAURANT Kicking up the Mexican flavor in town Compiled by Bakersfield Life Photos by Greg Nichols

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and dishes will call you in. Tucked away on 21st Street, Nuestro Mexico Restaurant is creating dishes that bring out flavor without an overwhelming kick of chili. The menu is lengthy and ranges from fresh sea food options to your traditional Mexican staples like enchiladas or queso fundido. Promotional Content


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Beatris Espericueta Sanders on the pombosas: This could have been a meal. It’s chorizo inside a potato bread topped with lettuce and sour cream. The chorizo’s spice was offset by the sour cream and lettuce combination. The potato bread was a perfect complement, making this pombosa full of flavor and textures that really work together. Tamara Clark on the queso fundido: Always a staple at most Mexican restau-

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rants, the queso at Nuestro should not be missed! A scrumptious hot pot of melted cheese, spicy chorizo and a stack of fluffy, fresh flour tortillas was the perfect way to start the meal. Definitely enough to share with a few friends, this dish left me in cheesy heaven. I enjoyed it both with the flour tortillas and crunchy chips. Beatris on the aguachiles: This dish was very creative in the presentation. As you pull the shrimp apart in fresh lemon and cilantro caldo, you see that there are many shrimp in this dish. The shrimp are lightly cooked, allowing the lemon flavor to really soak and give the shrimp a very fresh taste. This appetizer is fairly light and will not fill you up before the main course.

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The colorful walls, art and music set the mood for an enjoyable dining experience. The staff is very friendly and the wait for food is not long at all. Don’t forget to order one of their delicious margaritas. After all, you can always pretend to be on a coastal beach in Mexico.

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ENTREES Norma Rojas-Mora on the chorizo and nopales tacos: The combination of chorizo and fresh nopales provided a great contrast. These were two street-style tacos but on the larger-sized corn tortillas and topped with a fresh slice of avocado. The tacos were served alongside rice and beans and a tasty corn relish. The corn relish was a nice surprise – fresh corn with a hint of oregano and lemon. The tacos are served with a side of fresh onions and cilantro for those who want the taste of authentic street tacos. Joanie Haenelt on the fish fillet al ajo: This is a sea bass fillet grilled to perfection. Slightly crispy outside, tender and flaky, and topped with the perfect blend of roasted garlic and red onion. The garlic topping was delicious and surprisingly not overpowering. It was served with warm tortillas, a delicate white rice, a corn garnish with tomatoes and cilantro, and amazing pot beans. Every bite was an authentic Mexican taste. Tamara on the chili encuerado with shrimp: While pondering the menu, my eye went straight to this dish. I’m usually a lover of chili rellenos, however, this had a delicious twist. The poblano pepper was not breaded, but

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Making a statement on tasty food, vibrant ambience Compiled by Bakersfield Life Photos by Greg Nichols

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afternoon drink with friends or the spot to hang out and watch your favorite game. They have enough TVs to simultaneously watch more than one game while you take a bite of a mouthwatering starter like the saganaki or a bite of their famous Loonies burger. For this month, the Food Dudes got to be a part of Roadrunner fever, as they cheered on the men’s basketball team in the NIT semifinals. So grab a menu, pick one of each (it’s that good), and enjoy this Bakersfield gem.

APPETIZERS Chris Wilson on the buffalo wings: The wings at The Goose can be served as orders of six or 12 and tossed in either hot, mild, honey garlic, barbecue, Greek or an extremely hot suicide sauce. The wings were fried to perfection and tossed in a tangy hot sauce. The hot sauce was not overbearing and did not overpower the great flavor of the chicken. All orders of wings are served with a side of blue cheese dressing that always makes this Promotional Content


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appetizer a table favorite and a great way to start the night. Anthony Galagaza on the saganaki: This is a kefalotyri Greek cheese grilled in a hot skillet and flambeed tableside with a shout of “opa!” and extinguished with a squeeze of lemon juice. This added to the environment of food and friends. The saganaki was served with a side of pita bread. I enjoyed the highly salted taste and the consistency of the cheese. In that I like cheese dishes, flavor was high on my list and the saganaki did not disappoint. This appetizer was a nice portion that went well with the pita bread presented. Saganaki is a solid appetizer for those not wishing to fill up prior to the main entree’s arrival but was filling enough to satisfy as a premeal preparation.

Gary Carruesco on the hummus and pita bread: The soft warm pita bread paired with the rich, creamy hummus was a combination that you just simply can’t go wrong with. The hardest part was not eating the whole plate to leave room for the rest of the meal.

ENTREES Michael Bowers on the souvlaki chicken kebab: This is a charbroiled skewer with a Greek garlic herb seasoning. The chicken is first marinated to soak up all the wonderful Mediterranean flavors then grilled to high temperature to get that crunchy, nicely colored and juicy texture. It’s served on a bed of Mediterra-

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nean rice pilaf with a side of pita and tzatziki. The tzatziki is a Greek garlic yogurt with secret herbs and seasoning. Anthony on the creole chicken pasta: This is Cajun grilled chicken and smoked andouille sausage tossed with fettuccine, onions, roasted garlic, red peppers, and a delicious creole cream sauce served with garlic focaccia. All of the ingredients mixed together made for a pleasant meal that was given in large portion. The chicken had a wonderful Cajun flavor and the smoked andouille sausage was thinly sliced throughout and very tasty. The fettuccine was perfectly cooked, as was the onion, roasted garlic and red peppers. Additionally, the creole cream sauce was not overly applied, but allowed enough flavor as to not overwhelm the many items within the dish, which made for a nice blend to savor during the meal. If contemplating for a meal big on taste with a little kick to it, look no further. For those with a big appetite, this dish will more than satisfy your cravings. Gary on the Loonies burger: You can never go wrong when you pair applewood-smoked bacon with anything and this held true with this burger. The patty could not have been more flavorful or cooked more perfectly. With just the right blend of fresh toppings coupled with a whole plate full of fresh-cut fries, it can satisfy even the largest appetite. This is a must when you visit The Goose. Chris on the lamb gyro: This is the ultimate Greek sandwich and The Goose does a fantastic job with both taste and

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presentation. The fresh Greek pita bread was stuffed with tender slices of perfectly roasted lamb, tzatziki, tomatoes, parsley and onions. My lamb gyro was served with a side of house-cut fries that were topped with garlic and Gorgonzola cheese. This is a sandwich that I would definitely come back for.

DESSERTS Chris on the Bourbon Street apple crostada: This tender, flaky handmade pastry was made with fresh, ripe green apples that were glazed with brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon. It was served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. The combination of the warm crostada and the cold ice cream gives a euphoric appreciation to every bite.

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Cubbies Chicago Style Pizza the pizza. If you close your eyes as you take a bite of this signature pizza, it’s hard to believe it’s actually pizza.

Story and photos by Laura Liera Top: Chicken Alfredo pizza Bottom: ChiTown Combo pizza

Chicago is in the house. Well, not my house, but in Bakersfield. You no longer have to fly to the windy city to devour their signature deep-dish pizzas. You can drive to the northwest and have a slice, or an entire one for yourself – no judgment here – at Cubbies Chicago Style Pizza.

Owner Jim Reed, who has been in the pizza business for 33 years, said it best: “The thickness of the deep-dish pizza is just the greatest thing on earth.” A deep-dish crust means more ingredients and more sauce. Cubbies gives you three crust options if you’re not feeling up for extra crust, but I highly encourage you to give it a try. If one Cubbies wasn’t enough, southwest Bakersfield will soon be home to the pizzeria’s second location. It’s slated to open in the fall. Chicken Alfredo ($11 to $30.50): This is Alfredo sauce delight. The homemade sauce is made fresh every morning and it’s blatantly obvious Cubbies has a secret sauce that no one can top. The deep-dish crust holds

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the Alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, red onion and bacon together. And it’s topped with tomato slices. When you cut into the pizza – yes, I used a fork and knife – the sauce isn’t runny. It’s that kind of creamy perfection you can’t describe, simply taste. The pizza masters at Cubbies aren’t shy about their grilled chicken pieces. Every single pizza slice has big chunks of meaty chicken that has absorbed the garlic flavor from the Alfredo sauce. And obviously the bacon adds another flavor to

Chi-Town Combo ($11 to $30.50): I want to put Cubbies’ secret red sauce on everything I eat from now on. Well-distributed pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, red onion, bell pepper and giant blobs of red sauce make this Cubbies’ most popular signature pizza. Because the sauce is added at the top, it’s like a soft blanket of flavor over the veggies and cheese. Oh, and did I forget to mention the cheese used in all of Cubbies’ dishes is shipped straight from Wisconsin? Yeah, ponder on that while you bite into the larger than average slice of pizza and get red sauce all over your face. One of my favorite things about the deepdish crust is the toppings and sauce are literally found all the way to the end, near the crust. If some sauce happens to fall on your plate, you can use that crust as a sponge to absorb the homemade sauce.

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Left: French dip Bottom: Grilled chicken breast salad

KC Steakhouse Story and photos by Mark Nessia

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s been the KC Steakhouse approach since Doc Kennedy founded the iconic Bakersfield restaurant in 1939. Featuring Midwestern grass-fed beef, the menu has remained relatively unchanged with the exception of a few new items introduced here and there, such as lobster mac and cheese. Top sirloin, New York strip, porterhouse and filet mignon are the stars of the show but for those looking for a lighter option during lunch, KC Steakhouse features a healthy roster of soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers to leave you satiated without weighing you down. No matter the entree, diners are treated to a Basque-style setup with beans, butter, salsa and Pyrenees sourdough bread to start. The restaurant’s full menu is available from open to close with the excepPromotional Content

tion of baked potatoes, which aren’t available till later in the day. French Dip ($11.95): Slow-roasted prime rib sliced thick and piled high inside a lightly toasted Pyrenees French roll served with au jus and crispy golden fries. Is your mouth watering yet? The sandwich is delicious on its own. The roll is lightly toasted – soft, crisp and buttery – and the prime rib is tender and perfectly seasoned with KC Steakhouse’s traditional Montreal-style mix. Cheese can be added for $1. But this lunchtime classic is meant to be dipped and when dunked in au jus made from the prime rib’s natural juices, the flavors blend together. The roll soaks up the au jus yet maintains its toasted crust and each bite seems to melt in your mouth. Grilled Chicken Breast Salad ($11.95): Anyone who knows me knows I’m

not a salad person so for me to speak highly of one is a pretty big deal. Fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, earthy mushrooms, olives, onion and egg make a hearty bed for the generous serving of sliced chicken breast. Diners can pair the salad up with any of KC Steakhouse’s dressings, which are all made in-house. Each forkful delivers a satisfying crunch that is a testimony to the freshness of the ingredients. The perfectly grilled chicken breast is juicy with a slight lemon-garlic flavor. This salad is the ideal meal – delicious and filling but not heavy.

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New Taj Palace Indian Restaurant Story and photos by Glenn Hammett Top: Paneer makhani Bottom: Aldo gobi

Since opening in November of last year, New Taj Palace Indian Restaurant has quickly gained favor among local Indian food lovers. I have had at least a half dozen acquaintances mention that the Ming Avenue restaurant is at the top of their list for local Indian cuisine. In particular, the chicken malai is singled out by some as their favorite entree they have ever had. Tastefully decorated, New Taj has a high-end feel and features both booth and table seating options. Having been there on two prior occasions for dinner, I found the service to be pleasant and attentive without being overbearing. Paneer Makhani ($11.95): Not being a fan of cheese-based dishes, I have never ordered paneer makhani at an Indian restaurant. The dish is made from succulent cubes of homemade paneer (a nonaged cheese similar to queso blanco or fresh mozzarella) in a rich tomato cream sauce. The sauce is a beautiful orange hue, featuring the distinct

flavor of cardamom and has a somewhat spicy finish. I found it to be absolutely addicting and you would never know I was not a big cheese lover by the way I polished off a good portion of the generous serving. Aldo Gobi ($9.95): Aldo gobi, possibly my favorite entree served at Indian restaurants, is comprised of chunks of potatoes and cauliflower cooked in herbs and spices. New Taj’s version is on the spicy side, delicately seasoned with turmeric and cumin and adds fresh tomatoes and chopped cilantro. New Taj nails the preparation, cooking the potatoes and cauliflower enough to make them tender so they will absorb the flavors of the spices but not so much that they become mushy and lose their integrity. With its warm golden color, complex flavors and interesting textures, this entree is very satisfying on many levels.

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Speakeasy Bar and Grill at 1933 By Holly Bikakis

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The secret is out. As we pulled up to the Speakeasy Bar and Grill at 1933, the parking lot was packed. On our outof-town trips, we look for full parking lots and people waiting outside restaurants; it’s a sign that locals love the restaurant. No different here; it was a full house. Locals know what a gem this place is hiding in a northwest industrial park area. The owners, Brian Myrick, Jacob Cadena and Lynn Gudmundson, have created a sports bar restaurant/ event center that offers entertainment with comedians and live music Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday Funday and more. In addition to the entertainment, they have a banquet room that can hold up to 250 people for your next wedding, seminar, fundraiser, reunion, etc. Bakersfield Life Magazine has hosted two events there and I can say from experience that the venue really made the night. Just ask for Krystal to get started. Try it out for Mother’s Day; they’re having a brunch and reservations are recommended. At 1933, you can opt for indoor dining surrounded by big-screen TVs and prohibition-type decor or two outdoor patios – the Speakeasy side, a traditional outdoor dining area, or the Prohibition side with games and couches to laze around on. It was a nice day so we sat outside on the Speakeasy side. It has large overhead fans and 10 big-screens which made for a nice, relaxing lunch. The staff was very welcoming and our food came out fast. Also, any restaurant Promotional Content

that gives you napkins as thick as towels is good in my book. Classic Nachos (full order $8.99, half order $6.99, add chicken or steak for $3.99): A heaping plate of housemade chips, topped with their homemade chili, pinto and red beans, jalapenos, pico de gallo, fresh guacamole and sour cream. We added some steak to ours, which turns any appetizer into a meal. The kicker to this dish for me was the spicy nacho cheese sauce drizzled all over that keeps you coming back for more. That little bit of heat combined with the crunch of the chips, the sweetness of the grilled steak and the other toppings were the bee’s knees.

Sirloin steak ($10.99): At this price point, every meat lover should try this lunch pick. A chargrilled 6-ounce cut of sirloin steak cooked to perfection with the right amount of seasoning. I’m in heaven. It’s juicy, flavorful and tender. It came with a loaded baked potato and fresh, al dente broccoli. The portion was perfect for a full lunch without being too filling. Speakeasy Bar and Grill at 1933 has been open for a little over a year and I would highly recommend trying them out if you haven’t done so already. It’s good food at good prices all day long in a great atmosphere.

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Cataldo’s Pizzeria RiverWalk

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A pizza is only as good as its parts. Combine fresh, quality ingredients; dough that has fermented for 24 to 48 hours to the peak of perfection and hand tossed into shape; then bake in a brick-lined oven at 575 degrees. That, my friends, is a pizza from Cataldo’s Pizzeria at Stockdale Highway and Allen Road. Owner Yolanda Tracey opened the restaurant in July 2012 and shows much pride in the quality of ingredients and food they offer. In addition to serving up great-tasting pizzas, they offer pastas, salads

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and side dishes. One of their specialties is the Giant 30 inch – a pizza that serves 10 to 12 people. On Wednesday nights, you’ll find a special price on that. Also, an ideal lunch special is a 15-inch giant slice and a drink for $6 every day. Want to whip up a quick Italian meal? Cataldo’s offers its homemade pizza dough balls, pizza sauce and salad dressings in 16- and 32-ounce jars to go so you can make an easy meal at home. The Margherite ($20.99): This classic pizza is a butter-garlic crust pizza drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, grape tomatoes,

fresh garlic and basil with two kinds of cheese, mozzarella and parmesan. For me, a pizza is all in the crust and this one is not cracker thin and not too thick to be overly filling, but just right. A slight crunch on the outside and chewy on the inside. Add the delicious, fresh-tasting ingredients and it makes for a great pick. Garlic Bread Knots ($4.99): Fresh, hot bread? Yes please. Imagine baking up just the pizza dough, tying it into a knot and drizzling garlic and butter over it. That is a bread knot. It’s the best part of the pizza on display all by itself and

it tastes delicious. It’s a side dish that will make your mouth water. Dine in, take out or deliver your order today from Cataldo’s Pizzeria RiverWalk. It’s fresh New Yorkstyle pizza at its finest.

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Chinese food has always been at the top of my favorite cuisines. Maybe it’s the sauces. Or the fact that their dishes start with a base of fresh garlic and onion. But let’s be honest, I think the secret might be in the wok. As I pulled up to Wok It Out in southwest Bakersfield, my mind and hungry stomach already knew this was going to be a good experience because hello, the name! This is definitely a place that gets a daily lunch rush. The aroma of Chinese food that greets you at the door is intoxicating – in a good way. As you wait in line, you can see the food being cooked right in front of you because of their open kitchen layout. The owner, Chris Wang – son of Peter and Helan Wang, owners of China Palace

Top: Sweet and savory shrimp, teriyaki chicken, green beans, vegetable chow mein, fried rice Bottom: Coconut shrimp, twicecooked pork, white rice, mixed vegetables

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on California Avenue – created authentic mouthwatering entrees that you might have trouble choosing. If you see an empty entree tray on the line that means it’s currently being made. The staff switches out food every 20 to 30 minutes to make sure you’re getting the freshest food when you order. Coconut shrimp, twice-cooked pork, white rice, mixed vegetables ($6.95, two entree): The coconut shrimp is a big hit at Wok It Out and after taking that first bite of the tender shrimp, I know why. The shrimp has some kind of coconut-shell that gives it an added layer of coconut sweetness. It’s tossed in a creamy coconut white sauce. Scoop up some white rice and a few shrimp on a bite to create an explosion of flavors in your mouth. The coconut shrimp is a great pair to the twice-cooked pork that comes with peppers, onions, carrots and cabbage. The tender pork pieces are coated in a sweet sauce and the meat and vegetables absorb the spices of the sauce. Sweet and savory shrimp, teriyaki chicken, green beans, vegetable chow mein, fried rice ($7.95, three entree): Addicting. The word to describe the

green beans at Wok It Out. I could eat an entire bowl of this vegetable every day. The cooks take the green beans and sear them in a wok on high heat, which adds that distinct char flavor, a contrast to the minced garlic, chives and crushed pepper flakes. Then they add a secret sauce where they hang out for a bit and absorb more flavor without losing their crunch. Now let’s talk about the sweet and savory shrimp that is doused in a sweet glaze with small chunks of onions. There’s a minor kick to the shrimp, which helps divide the sweetness. The vegetable chow mein is made with a thicker noodle that I personally enjoyed. If this wasn’t enough food already, the teriyaki chicken is another star. The chicken is grilled and sliced to order. It’s so juicy that you don’t need much teriyaki sauce. Moral of the story: Come prepared to eat at Wok It Out.

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QwikCafe By Glenn Hammett

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QwikCafe is a new venture by the owners of Sequoia Sandwich, the popular local sandwich shop with three Bakersfield locations. It occupies a beautifully remodeled space next to their downtown store on 18th Street, which also houses Sequoia’s central kitchen. Though QwikCafe’s menu is completely different than that of Sequoia Sandwich (with the exception of a couple of side salads and a few of their most popular sandwiches), the remarkable attention to detail and use of only the best ingredients remain the same. The concept is grab and go. If you don’t have the time or inclination to wait in what is often a long line at Sequoia, you can now step next door, get the same exceptional quality food and be out in just a few minutes. There are even some hot items available, such as paninis and the beef dip sandwich, that are heated up in a matter of seconds in a TurboChef convection oven.

Beef Dip ($7.95): Reviewed by Mark Nessia There’s beauty in simplicity. QwikCafe’s beef dip sandwich consists of four ingredients – tender roast beef topped with baby Swiss

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Roasted beet salad ($6.95): Reviewed by Glenn Hammett I am a big fan of beets, so this salad really hit the spot. Featuring roasted red and golden beets, halved heirloom cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese and candied walnuts on a bed of fresh mixed greens and topped with a light champagne vinaigrette dressing, it makes a tasty, satisfying and healthy light lunch. The beets are tender, without being mushy, and deliciously seasoned and the heirlooms are vastly more interesting and flavorful than common tomatoes. I also appreciate the fact that all of the components are chopped to the appropriate size. The magic of a salad happens when the contrasting and complementing ingredients are enjoyed together. If the tomatoes are so large as to prohibit them from being combined in the same bite with other elements, then the magic is gone and the experience is diminished.

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cheese inside a La Brea Bakery baguette served with a cup of au jus – that may not have a “wow” factor on paper, yet packs on the flavor with each bite. Served cold with the option to toast it (highly recommended), the sandwich is a prime example of letting the ingredients do the work. The cheese, when melted, holds everything together and the baguette, when toasted, provides a symphony of crackle with its crunchy exterior and soft interior. The thinly sliced roast beef is juicy and tender and the sandwich comes full circle when dipped in the au jus. There’s something about a beef sandwich dipped in salty beef broth that makes you wonder why there aren’t more sandwiches served with cups of the meat’s own juices. It makes something good even better. Simple as that.

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Mountain Mike’s Pizza 11000 Brimhall Road, Suite A 661-588-8818 Lunch buffet is every day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.mountainmikes. com/restaurants/bakersfield-brimhall.php

Mountain Mike’s Pizza Story and photos by Laura Liera

There’s nothing like the pull of a fresh slice of pizza topped with enough pepperoni on a single slice that immediately makes your mouth water. Mountain Mike’s Pizza has this American staple figured out, down to the last crumb. Whether it’s their signature pizzas like the Everest (classic combination) or their newest edition, the Mount Baker (a BLT pizza), you can’t go wrong with any pie on the menu. If you have pizza on the brain, there's no better way to cleanse your craving than by checking out the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet offered every day. Not only can you feast on all the slices your tummy can take, but for $10, it also includes a salad plate and a drink. Promotional Content

When people choose to eat out, the experience is expected to be nearly perfect. You trust the staff to provide great service and the food to blow your mind on flavor. Franchise owner Michael Payne and his staff are doing just that in the northwest. So grab a seat and a few slices of pizza and enjoy! Pizza Bar You can never go wrong with a classic like pepperoni. But at Mountain Mike’s, their pepperoni is unique. It doesn’t lie flat on the dough, rather it creates a “teacup” look, their signature look. The pizza makers aren’t shy about the pepperoni either. A large pizza is layered with 101 to 106 pepperoni slices; that means a guaranteed pepperoni in every bite. Another favorite of mine served at the lunch buffet is the chicken club signature

pizza. The thin layer of creamy garlic white sauce is topped with chicken, bacon, diced tomatoes and green onions. The garlic flavor isn’t overpowering and only magnifies the chicken and bacon because, come on, everything tastes better with bacon. Salad Bar I’m a sucker for salads. Any restaurant I go to, my eyes seek out the salad options. So when I saw the large salad bar at Mountain Mike’s, my heart did the happy dance. There are so many toppings that it’s tough not to go

back for seconds and even thirds, making your own combinations. One of the first things I noticed as I scooped up some lettuce was how fresh it was. All of their veggies are cut fresh daily and that’s important in a salad. I went with carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, jalapenos and pepperoncinis, topped with light ranch. Every bite only got better. There is just something about pairing pizza and salad that cannot be messed with. Maybe it’s the warmth of the pizza and the fresh veggies, but the two were meant to be eaten together. www.BakersfieldLife.com

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• White fish (preferably bass or pollock) • Seasoning salt or salt and pepper • Butter • Cotija cheese • Shredded cabbage • Salsa of choice • Chipotle sauce • Corn or flour tortillas

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2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo

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Mind-blowing performance meets world-class luxury

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To call the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo a luxury sport sedan is like calling Bill Gates well-off – accurate, but certainly not adequate. “Luxury” and “sport” don’t even begin to describe the creature comforts and performance found in Porsche’s newest incarnation of its flagship fourdoor. The Panamera debuted in 2009 and was initially scoffed at by Porsche purists, who saw the car as a departure from the company’s mission of building small, high-performance sport cars. It was also criticized by some for looking like an inflated, ill-proportioned version of the iconic 911. Aside from a minor facelift in 2013, the Panamera has remained unchanged since its introduction. The 2017 Panamera has been redesigned from head to toe. The exterior is sleeker, especially in the rear and it takes more cues from the 911. The general consensus among auto critics is – and I couldn’t agree more – that with the second-generation Panamera, Porsche got it right. Improvements for the 2017 model do not stop at the sheet metal. The chassis, transmission, interior and engine have all been revamped. The company claims the only thing held over from the first-generation Panamera is the Porsche insignia badge on the hood. The Panamera’s interior strikes a stunning balance between plush and performance. The sumptuous leather seats surround your body, are infinitely adjustable and are available with an optional massage function, which features five programs (including “shiatsu” and

“shoulder and stretch”) and five levels of intensity. Instead of buttons and switches, there are intuitively placed touch-sensitive surfaces that reduce the clutter and add to the luxurious feel of the cabin. Other items on the comfort and convenience list are a 710-watt, 14-speaker premium Bose Surround Sound System, panoramic sunroof and rear seats that are every bit as comfortable and functional as the front. As a subtle reminder that the Panamera is more than a world-class luxury sedan, there is a G-force meter on the dash that displays real-time forces generated during accelerating, cornering and braking. As plush and comfortable as the Panamera is on the inside, the real reason people buy a Porsche is what’s under the hood. The 2017 Panamera Turbo is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that puts out 550 horsepower and is paired with a new edition of Porsche’s incredibly quick-shifting eight-speed PDK transmission. Throw in all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension and you have a bonafide high-performance sports car that is more than worthy of the Porsche nameplate. My test-drive included a stretch of uninhabited road out to a new housing development in the southwest. I couldn’t resist. The seat pressed against my back, the red ball on the G-force gauge quickly dropped and smile came across my face. There is nothing quite like it. The sensation of driving a car that can go from zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds is pretty remarkable. When that car is a 4,000-pound luxury sedan with every conceivable comfort, safety and tech option, the feeling is indescribable.

It’s all in the details Name your five favorite features on the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo: 1. 550 horsepower/all-wheel drive 2. Adaptive air suspension 3. 12-inch touch screen 4. Porsche ceramic composite brakes 5. Aggressive new look and an ambition that is obvious at first glance 2. Target audience: Executives, lawyers, doctors and Porsche enthusiasts. 3. What makes the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo stand out from other luxury sport sedans? Speed, power, technology, appearance, heritage. 4. If I owned a 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo, I would … Drive the vehicle daily. I would enjoy taking trips to the coast in comfort and luxury with a party of four. — Source: Mike Vega, Family Motors Porsche ambassador

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FIND THE RIGHT TOOLS TO PREPARE YOU FOR COLLEGE By Mark Nessia

For high school seniors, the end is in sight. Over the last four years, they have taken the right classes, earned good grades, signed up for numerous extracurricular activities and endured wave after wave of tests. Now comes the hard part: Where do they

take their talents to at the collegiate level? Applying for college can be a daunting task, but don’t be deterred. There are many tools available that make the research and application process easy and painless. While this point in the year may not be the best time to research schools as a senior, it’s better late than never. As for underclassmen, it’s never too early to start looking.

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Naviance is a college and career readiness solution that helps align students and their interests to postsecondary goals. Available in web and mobile versions, the college planning tool allows users to research universities and create to-do lists with tasks specific to their school of choice. The app even allows users to connect with counselors from those schools. Naviance helps students find the best fit by connecting them with institutions that seek applicants just like them. The app is free, but students must attend a high school that subscribes to the Naviance platform to use it.

Since its founding in 1998, Scholarships.com has helped millions of students, parents and educators find free money for college, as well as educate them on the financial aid process. The database contains 2.7 million local, state and national college scholarships and grants totaling more than $1.9 billion and its tools are free to use. There is also a college search option with information on more than 4,000 colleges and universities. The service is available to high school seniors, students currently enrolled in college and those in grad school. The money is out there; you just need to find it.

Traveling to visit college campuses is a luxury not afforded to all, so YOUniversityTV.com is bringing college campuses to prospective students. The website boasts a healthy roster of universities big and small from coast to coast. The video tours are informative and entertaining – reminiscent of MTV’s “Cribs” – with information on campus life, culture, academics, history, surrounding area, requirements for enrollment, tuition, room and board, and more. While it’s no substitute for the real thing, the video tours contain enough material to help interested students determine whether a campus is the right fit for them without leaving home.

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In Your Wildest Dreams Consignment & Antiques The only business of its kind in Bakersfield that allows you to recycle your wardrobe and home goods. You can buy, sell, trade and consign. Bring us your name brand clothing items in near-new condition and we will pay you 30 percent of its resale value

on the spot or offer you 50 percent on a store trade card so you can refresh your wardrobe. We will consign highend handbags, sterling silver jewelry and unique items. Boutiques are invited to bring us your end-of-season items and clearance for consignment and we’ll pay you 40 percent.

We accept wardrobe items Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and furniture and home goods for consignment every Friday and Saturday. Call the store and let us know you are coming. We strongly encourage donations of items we do not accept to one of several local charities

– we handle that for you. Buying, selling and trading at Wildest Dreams is something you can feel good about. You’re helping the environment and our community. So clean out your closet and we will see you soon! Check us out on Facebook and Instagram for deals of the day! 

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JULIA JULIA is a new jewelry and accessories boutique at The Marketplace, located next to Chico’s. Owners Vincent and Stacie believe that jewelry and accessories do not merely accessorize an outfit – they are a means through which we express ourselves. They devote a quarter of their store to Alex and Ani, makers of the original expandable charm bangle. Each bangle is made with love in America and comes with a special meaning card that explains the symbolism of each charm. Alex and Ani also has a collection called Charity By Design, where 20 percent of the purchase price of each bangle is donated to a specific charity. Another corner of the store showcases UNOde50

jewelry – every piece is painstakingly handmade in Madrid, Spain. These exclusive designs are featured in flagship boutiques in London, Paris, and other major cities, and now they’re here in Bakersfield. The Texas brand Kendra Scott also has a prominent

presence at JULIA. Kendra Scott is designer fashion jewelry as it should be – stunning natural stones set in creative silhouettes resulting in pieces that are both elegant and glam. The ever-popular Pandora rounds out the four feature corners of the store.

The rest of the store features a rotating, carefully curated set of brands from all of the world: hats from Lack of Color, sunglasses from Le Specs, the cutest stationery and accessories from ban.do, handmade leather bags from Australian designer Sancia, and so much more.

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Custom Jewelry & Repair by Raul

Jewelry is Raul Zavala’s passion. Specializing in custom jewelry and repair, Raul brings more than 40 years of experience to his shop located inside the Stockdale Fashion Plaza. A fourth-generation jeweler, Raul

works with gold, platinum and silver with repairs such as stone resetting and watch battery replacement done while you wait. Handmade custom jewelry is limited only by one’s imagination. If you can think it, Raul can make it.

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LUCKY’S BOUTIQUE & MORE Rose Marie Blazer/Zavala’s fashion roots go back to when she was a model for the San Francisco Art Museum and Joseph Magnin. After moving to Bakersfield, she modeled for Hatergy’s. Having always wanted to own a shop of her own, she feels fortunate to be able to accomplish her dream. Naming the store was easy. At Lucky’s Boutique & More, it’s all about the look, not the name. Located in the Stockdale Fashion Plaza, the boutique features

a selection that’s fashionable, comfortable and affordable. The focused product line is carefully selected to complement one another for a matching outfit – complete with accessories – from head to toe. There’s no need to go anywhere else for a matching purse, hat or jewelry. It’s your one-stop shop for a chic outfit that won’t break the bank.

LUCKY’S BOUTIQUE & MORE 5009 Stockdale Highway 661-633-2278 Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.facebook.com/ luckysboutique/

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Spring floral dress by 8 Birdies ($50) Emerald-green spring dress by Everybody Talks ($35) with multicolored poly silk scarf ($18) Collapsible spring/summer hat ($15) Waffle print summer top by Lazy Sundays ($22) and washed-look jeans by I&M Jeans ($50)

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DISC GOLF RAPIDLY GROWING IN BAKERSFIELD By Mayan Xitlaly Lara

Photo by Mark Nessia

Golf without a ball is how most would describe disc golf, the sport that has been rapidly growing in Bakersfield for the past two years. Instead of using balls and shooting for a hole in the ground, disc golf players use discs to shoot at a disc pole hole, which is a pole with a basket and chains attached to the top to catch discs. “A lot of people are catching 56

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on, they come out for the first time and they catch an addiction,” said Gary Taylor, a member of the Kern County Disc Golf Club. The sport has been around since the late 1960s and in the early ’80s, the Kern County Disc Golf Club was established and started the disc golf scene in Bakersfield. The club has many members, like Taylor, who want to share the sport with the community. Prior to his introduction to the sport, Taylor admitted: “I had seen

these baskets before and I honestly didn’t know what they were. I thought they were trash cans that were missing the trash bags.” He has never played traditional golf and wasn’t familiar with the different terms and techniques, so when he started playing disc golf, he started from the ground up. Now, he competes in tournaments and is sponsored by Prodigy Disc. “I thought it was like Frisbee. Like what you play at the beach,”


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discs: a driver, a fairway and a putter. Starter bags can be purchased at sporting goods stores like Big 5. There are seven discgolf-friendly parks with different courses around Bakersfield: Truxton Park, City in the Hills Park, Riverview Park, Silver Creek Park, San Lauren Park and two courses at Hart Park. On the weekends, the Kern County Disc Golf Club holds disc golf meetings for adults at Truxton Park. For $8, you can play singles on Saturdays and on Sundays you can play doubles. The club also hosts disc golf tournaments for kids. They invite people of all skill levels. “Some people take it seriously and some people don’t. As long as they’re out here to have fun, that’s all that matters,” Taylor said.

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A Cinderella story told in Bakersfield

By Shelby Parker

The beautiful thing about fairytales is that there are a million ways to tell them, and the magic never runs out on a timeless story. Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, a girl who lives in the basement and tends to the work and needs of others. However, her world is completely changed with a flick of her Fairy Godmother’s wand, a glass slipper and a handsome prince at the coveted royal ball. A Tony Award-winning production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is coming to tell its story at Rabobank Theater on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. “Our loyal Broadway in Bakersfield subscribers are always excited to see a Rogers and Hammerstein production and we’re thrilled to have ‘Cinderella’ in 58

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Bakersfield for the first time ever,” said Nick Wynne, AEG Bakersfield marketing manager. The script, revived by Douglas Carter Beane who did the most recent Broadway revival, is currently making its way across America for the traveling tour. “People have a tendency, myself included, to almost underestimate the power of a fairytale, and I think people can look forward to being surprised,” Sarah Primmer said. Primmer holds the role of Madame, also known as the evil stepmother. Primmer thinks the story they tell specifically is about much more than finding love. Rather, it carries a beautiful message about being a voice for people that haven’t had a voice, and Ella, who acquired the nickname Cinderella from working with the cinder, or ashes, of the fireplace, is just that. Cinderella isn’t so concerned with finding a prince and “for him, it’s not just about finding the


princess,� Primmer said. “For each of the romantic leads, it’s much more involved than that. There’s much more at stake.� But how is it playing someone who isn’t necessarily everyone’s favorite character? “As long as you honor the script, I think the audience loves each character for what they make of the story. There’s certainly honor to be had in honorably failing,� she said. The Bakersfield audience can anticipate magnificent costumes by Tony Award-winning designer William Ivey Long, a lot of laughter and humming along to songs

they didn’t realize they knew. Primmer says perhaps it’s a “reimagining of a story (the audience) thought they were fully familiar with.� There are a few surprises up their sleeves, so audiences are in for a real treat.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderellaâ€? Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. May 18, 7 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $65 at axs.com.

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Inaugural STEMposium raises awareness of traditional, nontraditional jobs in STEM fields Story and photos by Mark Nessia

Through three years of high school, Nicole Larson lacked direction. She was convinced she wouldn’t make it in the real world, her future consisting of being homeless and living in a cardboard box on the street. That all changed when the West High School senior enrolled in the video game design class at the Regional Occupational Center, which opened her eyes to a new set of possibilities and career paths.

Facing page: Roberto Gutierrez, left, and Saifa-Deen Kunene race one another in a game Kunene created as part of a landscape design assignment.

Larson now knows she wants to work in STEM. “This class has given me the direction that I wanted to go into,” she said. Video games may not be the first thought that comes to mind when thinking of science, technology, engineering and math, but the billion-dollar industry combines many of the elements taught in STEM classes. Engineering, computer science and health care are some of the most common career paths, but STEM is so broad that it cuts

Instructor Greg Wondra, right, helps Noah Thorpe navigate the Unreal Engine 4 program.

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across all industries. “I look at video game design as something that brings in knowledge from every discipline and combines it all together,” instructor Greg Wondra said. “I don’t think a lot of people think of that; they just think of people sitting around in their underwear playing video games.” Wondra and a handful of his students will have their projects on display May 19 at the inaugural STEMposium inside the Bakersfield College gymnasium from 8 a.m. to noon. The STEM-themed symposium, which is free and open to the public, aims to increase awareness of STEM in Kern County, highlighting the programs offered in classrooms as well as showcasing the various jobs that await those who pursue a career in the field. “The opportunities are endless for students if they have the right classes, training, interest – if they’re looking in the right places,” Kern Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Scott said.

“For young people who aren’t exposed to what options are out there, they might go toward the more standard career paths.”

Video games may not be the first thought that comes to mind when thinking of science, technology, engineering and math, but the billiondollar industry combines many of the elements taught in STEM classes. Foothill High School senior Anthony Appodaca would have been one of them. He admitted that without the video game design class, he would have enrolled in four random electives at his home school and not learn anything new. Now he’s pursuing a career in audio engineering.

The average STEM salary in Kern County is about $73,000; nonSTEM wages average $36,000 a year. Approximately 56 percent of STEM jobs in Kern County don’t require a four-year degree. Classes like video game design and 3-D animation have acted as gateways to careers in STEM that are not typically tied to the field by the general public. Jobs like video game designer, land surveyor, architect and graphic designer all fall under STEM. “I always wanted to be in a STEM class but I wanted to do something creative, too,” said Liberty High School senior Emily Hazelip. “I wanted to be a computer scientist or an engineer or an astronomer and none of that stuff is really creative. I feel like video game design has brought out that huge creative part of STEM.” Bringing like-minded students with similar interests together has not only enhanced their creativity, it also creates camaraderie. South High School senior Saifa-Deen Kunene said the environment is competitive, yet collaborative and all the students are friends with one

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another. More importantly, the class enables students to pursue careers in something they are passionate about. Noah Thorpe, a senior at Liberty, was always interested in science and math but fascinated by how video games are created as well. Now he is able to combine all three elements when he attends Washington State University in the fall to pursue a degree in computer science in hopes of getting into game design after graduation. “I was told when I accepted this job that a lot of these kids have not been beyond

the walls of the mountains surrounding this area,” Wondra said. “A lot of them have never been beyond Arvin. I see an opportunity that this class can be used to broaden those horizons, literally and figuratively. “Maybe it can be a grassroots thing where some of these classes inspire some of these guys to start something here. Not only broadening their horizons to look beyond the walls of surrounding mountain ranges, but broadening their horizons as to what’s possible here in Kern County.”

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WORKOUT MOVES

BEARING ARMS Story by Leigh Pozas, trainer and owner of Total Woman FitZone Photos by Laura Liera

Summer is right around the corner. That means for us in Bakersfield, it’s all about the sleeveless look. So why not get those arms summer ready? While overall healthy eating and a combination of cardiovascular high-intensity interval training and strength training make the perfect recipe for a fit body, there are a few exercises that you can do to improve the strength and appearance of those arms. Plus building muscle helps the body burn fat everywhere.

BICEP CURLS AND TRICEP PUSHUPS

Bicep curls (top row) The biceps are the opposing muscles to the triceps, often referred to as the “guns.” Bicep curls are common but to kick it up a notch and increase muscle activation, these can be done with a squat and an overhead press. Start with weights in hands hanging alongside the body. Keeping the weight on the heels, squat down. Do not lean forward. As you rise, bend the elbows, raising the weights into a “hammer curl” then continue to press the arms straight up overhead. This is a three-phase movement. Repeat eight to 10 times. Work up to three sets.

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Tricep pushups (bottom row) These are my favorite. They condition the tricep area and engage the core and shoulder muscles. The trick is the placement of the hands. They should be directly under the shoulders and arms. Keeping the abs tight is key for this move. Pause at the bottom then use the strength of the arms and the core to push back up. This move can be modified by using your knees or even leaning into a wall while standing. Repeat eight to 10 times. Work up to three sets.


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A STARTLING RISE in oral cancer Local dentist advocating for oral cancer screening BY LAURA LIERA

the frontlines of oral cancer advocacy in Kern County. When he opened his practice in Bakersfield 22 years ago, ear, nose and throat specialists would refer patients to him with half their jaw missing. “It was devastating,” Bae said. “It’s not only physically damaging but it’s also psychologically damaging.” Most oral cancers begin in the flat cells that cover the surfaces of your mouth,

tongue and lips. The risk is higher if a person smokes and drinks alcohol. But Peter S. Bae in recent years, the rise in teenagers and 20-yearolds developing oral cancer has increased. Bae said a lot of it has to do with young people smoking

and drinking a lot earlier and in particular, a rise in HPV – a virus that is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact. Getting an HPV vaccine can reduce the risk of oral cancer significantly. The signs for the eighthmost common cancer worldwide include white or red patches in the mouth, a mouth sore that won’t heal, loose teeth, problems or pain when swallowing, a lump in

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Oral cancer can happen to anyone. It’s not a cancer that is discussed much but in the U.S. alone, nearly 48,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with oral cancer. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, oral cancer spreads quickly and early detection is key to survival. Peter S. Bae, prosthodontist and general dentist with Enhance Dental, has been at

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the neck or an earache. Those are the symptoms but it can also be too late. “It’s silent . . . by the time these signs come up, you could already be on the third or fourth stage,” Bae said. If not treated, oral cancer can lead to death. Besides oral cancer screenings during a regular checkup, Bae has gone the extra step to catch the cancer early on with wide-field imaging. The VELscope is a device that enhances the visualization of oral mucosal abnor-

A look at an examination under incandescent light on the left in contrast to the VELscope on the right.

malities in the mouth. Bae can scan the mouth in two minutes and if there is an abnormality in tissue, like a dark brown or black spot, he will take pictures and watch for changes. If the area grows, the tissue is biopsied and Bae then works with an ENT to get the patient back to normal as soon as possible. “The goal is to get every dentist to get the VELscope and constantly be checking people,” Bae said. “This is one way we can help prevent oral cancer.”

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YOUR BODY

Slashing the freshman 15 Because you don’t have to gain the weight in college

By Laura Liera

While big changes happen when college starts, the number on the scale doesn't have to be one of them. The dreaded freshman 15 doesn’t discriminate. It happens when you least expect it, although eating burgers and fries every day for lunch and dinner is probably a red flag to start off with. What you consume reflects the number on the scale. And gaining 15 pounds or more in a year is not ideal. “That’s a lot of excessive fat storage; more than what your body needs,” said Dr. Amira Ayad, family physician with Adventist Health Bakersfield. Rapid weight gain can lead to a fatty liver, an elevation in lipid panels and even prediabetes.

But the freshman 15 is not just about food. Stress is a part of the college experience but can sometimes be the enemy. “Once you have high cortisol levels, the body blocks any burning from happening,” Ayad said. “Even if you are trying to exercise, if you’re really stressed, you cannot burn much because your body is keeping all of your stored cortisol for an emergency.” Stress can cause weight gain around the waistline and upper back. Besides the extra tight jeans and more fitted shirts, stress can also disrupt sleeping patterns and metabolism. That means your cravings increase. Like when you reach for leftover cold pizza at 1 a.m. “You crave more carbohydrates when your stress level is elevated,” Ayad noted.

Although there isn’t a magic pill to avoid weight gain in college, finding the balance is the best way to get through your four years without the need to wear elastic sweatpants every day. Rule No. 1, Ayad said, is don’t skip breakfast. Yes, it might be tough to get up and make an omelet with veggies every morning, but look for protein shakes and bars that can replace a meal. But be wary of what’s in the ingredients. Read labels and play close attention to the carbs and sugar percentage. “You have to have 15 grams of protein or more per serving for it to be considered a meal replacement,” Ayad said. Starting off your morning on the healthier side increases your chances of eating a well-balanced meal for lunch and dinner.

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LOVE AND LIFE

NINA HA

THE PENN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD:

Everyone has that one teacher whose faith in them, mastery of their craft and passion for teaching have made a tremendous difference in their lives. For me, that teacher was Mrs. Marilyn Penn, then-chairperson of the English department at Claremont High School in Southern California. Mrs. Penn taught me the beauty of the English language, the importance of parallel construction, the necessity of the Oxford comma and so much more. Mrs. Penn was profoundly intelligent and immensely witty. She wore power suits and high heels with her perfectly coifed hair every day. She ran the Boston Marathon annually. And, despite her small stature, she packed a colossal academic punch. Mrs. Penn infused excitement into archaic text, encouraged freedom of thought, made Greek mythology relatable and brought Shakespeare to life. I used to sit eagerly in Mrs. Penn’s Advanced Placement literature class, soaking in the high caliber of education that my classmates and I were receiving. In expertly explaining prose, syntax, juxtaposition, iambic pentameters, haikus, metaphors and similes, Mrs. Penn constructed for her students a quiet confidence in their own intellectual abilities that they’ll have for the rest of their lives. And she also activated an ardent af-

fection for alliteration in this author. My best investigative efforts couldn’t reach Mrs. Penn to interview her for this article. I wish I could tell her how grateful and honored I am to have been her student. She never knew how her lectures changed the course of my life – from a young immigrant learning English as a second language to later, a television reporter, magazine writer and, now, a new thespian. I owe so much to Mrs. Penn. In addition to teaching the infrastructure of grammar, Mrs. Penn gave me hope for my future, challenged me to question paradigms and encouraged me to think creatively. I believe a good teacher is a true blessing from God. They work tirelessly, planting seeds of wisdom they don’t always get to see flourish. If you had a teacher or mentor whose acumen and encouragement reached beyond their classroom, I implore you to get in touch with them and let them know. It’s the biggest gift you can give back. And, to all those who teach, thank you for all that you do. Even if we forget to tell you, please know that your lessons really do last a lifetime.

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Best Home Appliance & Electronics Store

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rner’s is etched in Kern County history when it comes to home appliances. That’s not all that surprising, considering the appliance, electronics, furniture and mattress store founded in 1919 by David E. Urner was Kern County’s first appliance store. The area’s first refrigerator, washer and dryer were all sold by Urner’s, which was also the county’s first General Electric dealer. Not much has changed 98 years later as Urner’s is still the standard when it comes to home appliances, electronics and furniture. “We carry everything from the basic product to the ultra-premium appliances,” said Steve Illingworth, the store’s vice president and general manager. In an age of online shopping and big box stores, Urner’s focuses on the intangibles, emphasizing staff expertise and customer service in addition to unrivaled selection and competitive prices to keep customers happy and coming back. With 22,000 square feet of floor space in the Wible location, 8,000 square feet at Urner’s Z’s Please and a $3.5 million inventory in its local warehouse, Urner’s can meet customer needs same day. The family owned and operated business (now in its fourth generation) has something for all stages of life, from stripped down white refrigerators for starter apartments to high-end major appliances for luxury home remodels and everything in between. Urner’s also services what it sells. When it comes to shopping for the home, a lot goes into making the right decision. With a showroom experience and expert advice, Urner’s makes the process simple and enjoyable.

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AT YOUR SERVICE Best Automotive Service Winner: Bill Wright Toyota Favorite: Jim Burke Ford Favorite: Motor City Buick GMC Best Bank / Financial Institute Winner: Kern Schools Federal Credit Union Favorite: Chase Bank Favorite: Wells Fargo Best CPA / Accounting Firm Winner: Brown Armstrong Favorite: Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock Favorite: Wren Kelly CPAs LLP Best Dry Cleaner Winner: Today Cleaners Favorite: New City Cleaners Favorite: Waterfall Dry Cleaning Best Funeral Home Winner: Greenlawn Funeral Homes & Cemeteries Favorite: Basham Funeral Care Favorite: Hillcrest Memorial Park Best Hair Salon Winner: Essentiels Spa et Beaute Favorite: InSpire Salon & Spa Favorite: Protege Hair Designs Best Heating / Air Winner: Oasis Air Conditioning Favorite: Econo Air Inc. Favorite: Gundlachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plumbing and Sheet Metal Best Home Improvement Building Contractor Winner: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Bakersfield Favorite: Hardt Construction Services Favorite: Mike and Bob Wattenbarger Continued on Page 74

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Best Law Firm Winner: Young Wooldridge LLP Favorite: Chain | Cohn | Stiles Favorite: Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball LLP Best Lawyer Winner: Tim Scanlon, Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball LLP Favorite: David Cohn, Chain | Cohn | Stiles Favorite: Robert J. Noriega, Young Wooldridge LLP Best Local Insurance Agent Winner: Allison Kitchen, Farmers Insurance Favorite: Duncan Harris, Fallgatter Rhodes Favorite: Marcy Parmley, Farmers Insurance Best Mortgage Company Winner: Agape Mortgage Favorite: Buena Vista Mortgage Favorite: Castle & Cooke Mortgage Best New Home Builder Winner: Froehlich Signature Homes Favorite: Castle & Cooke Favorite: John Balfanz Homes Best New & Used Car Dealer Winner: Bill Wright Toyota Favorite: Jim Burke Ford Favorite: Motor City Buick GMC Best Pest Control Winner: Clark Pest Control Favorite: Banks Pest Control Inc. Favorite: Oxley Pest Control Inc. Best Property Management Company Winner: Watson Realty Property Management Favorite: Karpe Real Estate Center Favorite: Kelly Management Best Real Estate Agent Winner: Jon Busby, Miramar International Mill Rock Favorite: Brian Hicks, Brian Hicks Realty Group Favorite: Jeff Jackson, Miramar International Haggin Oaks Best Real Estate Company Winner: Miramar International Favorite: Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors Favorite: Watson Realty ERA Best Retirement Home Winner: Rosewood Retirement Community Favorite: Brookdale Riverwalk Favorite: The Village at Seven Oaks Continued on Page 76

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hen people come to Tim Scanlon, it’s usually at the worst of times. The partner at Klein DeNatale Goldner primarily practices in construction and real estate law, which means clients turn to him when there are issues keeping them up at night and disrupting normal business operations. “When a client comes to you with a problem that keeps them up at night, it keeps me up at night until I can figure out a way to put them at ease,” Scanlon said. Scanlon has been practicing law for almost 20 years with clients ranging from those who own their own company to large organizations with hundreds of employees. “I love working with contractors be-

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cause contractors to me are Bakersfield,” Scanlon said “They epitomize what Bakersfield is: hard-working individuals. They’re just great people to work with.” Regardless of the client, Scanlon’s approach remains the same. He views clients as friends, getting to know them as individuals and establishing a relationship built on trust. Knowing the specific needs of each client helps develop the most effective game plan. “Without question, the resolution stage is the most rewarding part of the job,” Scanlon said. “We as attorneys fight for our clients. There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to reach a resolution for your client – put a problem behind them so they can move on with their business.”


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Best Spa Winner: Essentiels Spa et Beaute Favorite: Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center Favorite: EuroPhoria Medical & Personal Spa

EAT & DRINK Best Bakery Winner: Smith’s Bakeries Favorite: Sugar Twist Bakery Favorite: Sweet Surrender Best Bar Winner: Padre Hotel Favorite: 1933 Speakeasy Bar & Grill Favorite: Lengthwise Brewing Company Best Barbecue Restaurant Winner: Salty’s BBQ & Catering Favorite: Jake’s Original Tex-Mex Cafe Favorite: Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Best Basque Restaurant Winner: Wool Growers Restaurant Favorite: Benji’s French Basque Restaurant Favorite: Noriega’s Best Buffet Winner: Hodel’s Country Dining Favorite: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace Favorite: Don Perico Mexican Grill & Bar Best Chinese Restaurant Winner: Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks Favorite: Great Castle Chinese Restaurant Favorite: Rice Bowl

Best Hair Salon / Spa

Essentiels Spa et Beaute

Best Happy Hour Winner: Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse Favorite: La Mina Cantina Favorite: Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill

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ssentiels Spa et Beaute is in the business of “wowing” its clients when they enter the full-service salon and spa that has called The Marketplace home for 16 years. Guests are treated like royalty upon arrival, receiving drinks, including wine, champagne and beer, in addition to gourmet English toffee. And that’s before any work is done. “We pride ourselves in excellent customer service,” owner Dee Dee Todd said. “Really wowing people when they come in is really important. We really focus on making sure every guest is happy.” Essentiels’ impressive selection high-end beauty products include Kerastase, Laura Mercier and Natura

Best Italian Restaurant Winner: Luigi’s Favorite: Frugatti’s Favorite: Uricchio’s Trattoria Best Lunch Spot Winner: Sequoia Sandwich Company Favorite: Luigi’s Favorite: Victor’s Mexican Grill Best Mexican Restaurant Winner: La Costa Mariscos Favorite: Mexicali Favorite: Red Pepper Restaurant Best Microbrew Winner: Lengthwise Brewing Company Favorite: Kern River Brewing Company Favorite: Temblor Brewing Company Continued on Page 78

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Bisse. Kern County residents can only find Natura Bisse, a skincare line from Barcelona, at Essentiels. The team of beauty experts consist of stylists, aestheticians, therapists, and makeup and nail artists, anchored by veterans like Peggy Hargrave, who brings 47 years of experience to the salon. Spa packages are offered yearround, including all-day options that include lunch from Tahoe Joe’s. Additional services include steam showers, sunless tanning and medical aesthetics from board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hootan Daneshmand. “From the time they arrive, we want to treat them like royalty until the time they leave,” Todd said.


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Best Moscow Mule Winner: Luigi’s Favorite: The Mark Favorite: Wool Growers Restaurant Best New Restaurant Winner: Firestone Grill Favorite: 1933 Speakeasy Bar & Grill Favorite: Crab in a Bag Best Pizza Winner: Rusty’s Pizza Favorite: Pizzaville USA Favorite: Tony’s Pizza Best Sandwich / Deli Winner: Sequoia Sandwich Company Favorite: Caesar’s Italian Delicatessen Favorite: Too Fat Sandwiches Best Seafood Winner: La Costa Mariscos Favorite: Crab in a Bag Favorite: AMF Westchester Lanes Best Steakhouse Winner: Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse Favorite: Hungry Hunter Steakhouse Favorite: KC Steakhouse Best Sunday Brunch Winner: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace Favorite: Don Perico Mexican Grill & Bar Favorite: Hodel’s Country Dining Best Sushi Winner: Kan Pai Favorite: Akira Japanese Restaurant Favorite: Love Sushi

GO & DO Best Annual Event Winner: HolidayLights at CALM Favorite: Kern County Fair Favorite: Relay for Life Best Hotel Winner: Padre Hotel Favorite: Bakersfield Marriott Favorite: DoubleTree by Hilton Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests Winner: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace Favorite: Dewar’s Candy Shop Favorite: Wool Growers Restaurant Best Community Theater Winner: Fox Theater Favorite: Bakersfield Music Theatre and Stars Theatre Restaurant Favorite: Gaslight Melodrama Continued on Page 80

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Best Mascot

Colonel Claw’d

Winners in the Best Mascot category, from left: Cal State Bakersfield’s Rowdy (Favorite), Bakersfield High School’s Danny Driller (Favorite) and the Bakersfield Condors’ Colonel Claw’d (Winner).

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Best Kid / Family Entertainment Winner: California Living Museum Favorite: Bakersfield Condors Favorite: Rush Air Sports Best Golf Course Winner: Seven Oaks Country Club Favorite: Bakersfield Country Club Favorite: Stockdale Country Club Best Mascot Winner: Colonel Claw’d, Bakersfield Condors Favorite: Danny Driller, Bakersfield High School Favorite: Rowdy, California State University, Bakersfield

SHOP Best Antique Dealer Winner: Five and Dime Antique Mall Favorite: Farm Girls Vintage Finds Favorite: Mill Creek Antique Mill Best Bike Shop Winner: Snider’s Cyclery and Locksmith Favorite: Action Sports Favorite: Finish Line Best Carpet / Flooring / Tile Winner: Carpet Outlet Plus Favorite: Bill Ray Tile Favorite: Stockdale Tile

Best Barbecue

Best Florist Winner: Log Cabin Florist Favorite: Garden District Flowers Favorite: Uniquely Chic Florist & Boutique

Salty’s BBQ & Catering

Best Furniture Winner: Weatherby’s Furniture Favorite: Red Door Interiors Favorite: Urner’s

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he story of Salty’s BBQ & Catering started with a man chasing a dream. Owner Jeff Salters was simply pursuing something he’s always wanted to do: own his own business. Salters opened his first restaurant in October 2012, working from 7 a.m. till 10 p.m. six days a week with the help of a few employees. Nearly five years later, Salty’s has grown to two locations with roughly 30 employees, as well as a brand-new banquet hall and event center and an appearance on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” “It’s one of the most amazing journeys, if not the most amazing journey,” Salters said. Little has changed since Salty’s started providing Bakersfield with the best of both worlds – smokin’ and grillin’. The menu that

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features beef and pork ribs, tri-tip, chicken and a variety of sides was bolstered with the addition of hot links, spicy mac and cheese, and a s’mores brownie in 2016. Consistency in quality has always been the key to Salty’s success and despite all that the family owned and operated barbecue business has achieved in such a short period of time, Salters will never forget its humble beginnings. “It’s here today, it could be gone tomorrow, but for today, let’s enjoy it,” he said. “If we keep doing the right things, it will be here tomorrow as well. With the help and support of Bakersfield, we’re going to be here a long time.” The story of Salty’s BBQ & Catering started with a man chasing a dream. Although the story is far from finished, it’s safe to say he caught it.


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Best “Made in Bakersfield” Product Winner: Chews, Dewar’s Candy Shop Favorite: Sourdough bread, Pyrenees French Bakery Favorite: Smith’s Bakeries Best Mattress Store Winner: Urner’s Favorite: Mattress Land/Sleep Fit Favorite: Sleep Number Best Nursery / Garden Store Winner: White Forest Nursery Favorite: Bolles Nursery Landscape Favorite: Robby’s Nursery Best Shopping Center Winner: The Marketplace Favorite: Outlets at Tejon Favorite: The Shops at River Walk Best Tire Store Winner: Costco Favorite: America’s Tire Store Favorite: Clerou Tire Co. Inc. Best Wedding Wear Winner: Mr. Tuxedo Favorite: Enchanted Bridal Boutique Favorite: Ladies and Gents Bridal

MIND, BODY & SPIRIT Best Chiropractor Winner: James Turner, Turner Chiropractic Inc. Favorite: Christopher Berry, Advanced Wellness Center Favorite: Matthew G Tatsuno, Tatsuno Chiropractic

Best New Restaurant

Firestone Grill

Best College / Higher Learning Source Winner: California State University, Bakersfield Favorite: Bakersfield College Favorite: Taft College

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ith Firestone Grill, it’s all in the family. Founder David Billingsley entered the restaurant industry when he opened Main Street Grill in Cambria, California, in 1984. In 1995, he purchased an old tire shop in San Luis Obispo and transformed it into a restaurant. That was the inspiration for the name Firestone Grill. Next was the Dog House Grill in Fresno, which opened in 2004 across the Save Mart Center. The newest addition is Firestone Grill in Bakersfield, which opened in 2016. Each location is owned and run by family. Firestone’s approach is simple: serve huge portions at great prices. Known for its tri-tip sandwich, the

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restaurant’s menu also boasts ribs, chicken and steak, which is smoked, trimmed and finished on the grill. “It’s not a complex menu,” said Cory Billingsley, general manager of the Bakersfield restaurant and nephew of the restaurant’s founder. “Just simple barbecue that we feel we do well.” The barbecue sauce is a family recipe that’s made fresh in-house every day. The decor is inspired by the local community, with paintings of Merle Haggard and jerseys of local athletes adorning the brick walls and big-screen TVs playing any sporting event you can think of, including the CSUB men’s basketball team’s recent run through the National Invitation Tournament. “It’s a family restaurant,” Cory said. “We want you to feel like family.”


Best Dentist

Donald R. Montano

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here are many reasons Dr. Donald R. Montano isn’t like most dentists. Most notably, patients actually look forward to seeing him. For nearly 30 years, Montano has been helping build Bakersfield residents’ confidence by giving them the smiles they deserve, emphasizing a fun, positive atmosphere not typically associated with dentists’ offices. “Our ultimate goal is to get them a wonderful smile but that’s all the technical part of it,” Montano said. “We’re expected to do that and expected to do it well. We want to do that and that is our mission, but we try to do it in a way that’s more fun and lighthearted, especially for the kids.” The friendly environment is evident

upon entering the doors of Montano & Cardall Orthodontic Specialists as guests are greeted by portraits featuring big, genuine smiles of past patients. “Live life smiling” is the company’s motto. “We’re in a profession where we don’t have ongoing business,” Montano said. “If we treat them and do everything right, we’re done. So the way we see them again is hopefully with their children someday.” And see them again he does. Montano is now treating second and third generations. Despite having moved locations numerous times, happy clients follow them wherever they go. “People seek us out as opposed to trying to avoid seeing the dentist,” he said. “We’re actually sought after.”

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Best Doctor / General Practitioner Winner: William Farr, Farr Medical Group Favorite: Christina Del Toro-Diaz, Mohawk Medical Group Favorite: William F. Baker Jr., William F. Baker, MD & Associates Best Fitness / Health Club Winner: In-Shape Favorite: 24 Hour Fitness Favorite: Body Xchange Best Hospital Winner: San Joaquin Community Hospital Favorite: Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Favorite: Mercy Southwest Hospital Best Medical Group Winner: San Dimas Medical Group Favorite: Beautologie Favorite: Kaiser Permanente Best Ophthalmologist / Optometrist Winner: John F. Hawley, Premier Eyecare Optometric Center Favorite: Gregory A. Stainer, Southwest Eye Care and Laser Favorite: Steve Ratty, Stephen Ratty Optometrist Best Physical Therapy Group Winner: Terrio Physical Therapy & Fitness Favorite: Glinn & Giordano Physical Therapy Favorite: Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy

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Best Place to Worship Winner: Valley Bible Fellowship Favorite: St. Francis of Assisi Church Favorite: Valley Baptist Church Best Plastic Surgeon Winner: Vipul Dev, California Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Favorite: Darshan Shah, Beautologie Favorite: Gordon M. Mitts, Mitts Plastic Surgery

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of energy around providing the best possible training to our physical therapists. We knew as long as they’re cutting edge in terms of their knowledge in the industry, people are going to love coming here.” Terrio has invested nearly $500,000 for continued education for its physical therapists in the past five years. The result is quicker, more efficient results for its clients. The company also invests in Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, a national benchmark for physical therapy outcomes. Currently, Terrio has a 95.3 percent patient satisfaction rating, meaning if you took Terrio and placed it in any other city in the nation, it would be the standard for physical therapy in the area. Thankfully, it chose Bakersfield and Kern County to call home.


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Best Hotel

Padre Hotel

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he Padre Hotel is where Bakersfield’s small-town feel meets high-end luxury. Incorporating elements of the city’s essence into its design, the iconic establishment embodies the downtown Bakersfield experience. “It’s got a really quirky personality,” said General Manager Jennifer Johnson. “You’ll see all of the design elements reflect on the personality related to oil and agriculture, really pulling from the Central Valley and Bakersfield itself.” Originally built in 1928, the hotel was reopened in February 2010 by property management company Eat.Drink.Sleep, setting a new standard for luxury amenities in Bakersfield. The hotel is home to the Farmacy Cafe, Brimstone bar and grill, Belvedere fine dining restaurant, Prairie Fire outdoor patio and Prospect Lounge. The Padre Hotel is Bakersfield’s only four-diamond hotel, an annual rating designated by AAA for establishments providing top-quality luxury, sophistication, service and comfort. Guests can expect Jacuzzi tubs, luxury bath setups, California king beds with memory foam mattresses, 40-inch TVs and more in every room, catering to the luxury market without sacrificing functionality for traveling businesspeople. “Not only can you come in and get work done, but you can relax and enjoy yourself,” Johnson said.

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72nd ANNIVERSARY

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Best Nursery / Garden Store

White Forest Nursery

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ifty-four years ago, White Forest Nursery set up shop in an old potato field. During times of heavy rain, the army tent that housed the store would see water enter one end and flow out the other. From its modest origin, White Forest Nursery has grown into 5 acres housing thousands of plants, trees and shrubs as well as the tools and expert advice necessary to help them thrive. White Forest Nursery President Jere White knows a thing or two about the value of plants. “There’s numerous benefits – visual being the most common,” he said. “More than that, it adds value to a property. It cools the environment. It helps clean the air. More than that, it provides a

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psychological, relaxing benefit. There’s been numerous studies done by psychologists about how it soothes the soul and provide relaxation.” The nursery’s goals haven’t changed since day one: provide expert advice and service to make clients and their gardens successful. “We introduce proper planting techniques,” White said. “We have to put planting mixes to amend the soil. We’ve learned in the last five or 10 years that the biology of the soil is complex. There could be 3 trillion microbes in a teaspoon of soil. Most people look at soil as dirt but there’s a whole lot more to that. We need to work with Mother Nature to provide an environment where the plants can flourish and grow well.”


Jon Busby is Honored to have been voted Best Real Estate Agent again for 2017...

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Jon Busby • Kim Busby • Annette Huston • Jeri Schueler • Martin Buchanan Angelica Roquemore • Tori Cowan • Barbara White • Marleni Orellana

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Best Automotive Service

Bill Wright Toyota

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ill Wright Toyota’s customer-first approach does not go unnoticed by those who drive through its service department. Complimentary multipoint inspection, free battery test, free brake inspection and competitive price shopping to ensure customers are getting the best value for the service required is just the tip of the iceberg. In today’s fast-paced environment, time is money and the crew at Bill Wright Toyota is there to get people in and out as quickly as possible – no appointment needed. “We have a dedicated express maintenance department that can handle minor maintenance from oil, (tire) rotations, air filters, wiper blades, lightbulbs – we have guys available who are dedicated just to that,” said Andy Pappas, parts and service di-

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rector. “If they need a heavier repair – recall or diagnosis of an issue – we have our main shop that is dedicated to handle those people. About half of our cars have an appointment, the other half don’t.” The department services roughly 5,000 vehicles a month, which pushes the facility to its capacity. To continue its focus on its customers, Bill Wright Toyota is building a brand-new stateof-the-art parts and services center, which will feature a four-lane service drive, vehicle display, parts boutique, restaurant and more. “Cars are the second-biggest investment that people make and we want to stand behind them,” Pappas said. “With Toyota backing us as a great manufacturer, if we can fill the other side of it in having great customer service, we’ll do nothing but grow.”


Best Sushi Restaurant

Kan Pai

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aving worked 11 years as a sushi chef, Bakersfield native Randy Byon noticed something in his hometown: Many sushi restaurants were doing very similar things but very few were attempting to push the boundaries. Taking matters into his own hands, he opened Kan Pai in June 2013 and has been changing Bakersfield’s sushi culture ever since. “In sushi, there’s literally thousands of fish you can eat from the ocean,” he said. “I want to use more fresh fish, which comes from all over the world.” Quality and variety is what Kan Pai brings to the table, from bigeye tuna from Hawaii to multiple types of salmon, includ-

ing sockeye salmon and “ivory” Alaskan king salmon that’s only in season once a year. With the help of Eddie Kim, a sushi chef who worked in Vegas kitchens before coming to Bakersfield, Byon provides a high-end dining experience for locals and visitors alike. And the quality doesn’t stop with the fish. Kan Pai also features hibachi tables, where hibachi chefs prepare food tableside in front of hungry guests. “I’ll put my steak against any steak restaurants in town – the quality of it and how it’s prepared,” Byon said. Whether at a hibachi table or traditional seating, Kan Pai proves there are plenty of fish in the sea that, when served fresh with quality ingredients, are very delicious.

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Best Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Vipul Dev

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ll plastic surgeons are also cosmetic surgeons. Not all cosmetic surgeons are plastic surgeons. No plastic surgeon is like Dr. Vipul Dev. The Bakersfield-based plastic and reconstructive surgeon has been giving patients a new lease on life for 15 years, his work making national news earlier in the year after removing a 130-pound tumor from Roger Logan, who traveled from Gulfport, Mississippi, to Bakersfield for surgery. Unlike cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery restores form and function – fixing something that is deformed, asymmetric or doesn’t appear to be in the proper state – for patients of all ages. Dev’s work goes beyond breast augmentation, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks. Dev does breast reconstruction on breast

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cancer patients. He does craniofacial procedures on children, from nasal deformities to cleft lips and palates. He offers wound care for Kern County’s large diabetic population. Dev doesn’t make people look good on the surface, he helps give them their lives back. “You’re helping people that really, really have a problem in living a normal life,” he said. “A lot of the reward comes from doing the procedure, having them recover and then leading that normal life. When they come back to you with full recovery and you see them with their family or you see them with a smile on their face or you see them walking out of your office and they came in a wheelchair, that’s pretty phenomenal. “Not that it happens in every single patient, but even if it happens in just a few, that’s enough to change your life. It’s definitely more than skin deep.”


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Best New Home Builder

Froehlich Signature Homes

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uilding custom and semi-custom homes in Bakersfield since 1987, Ron Froehlich Jr. knows the wants and needs of Bakersfield residents better than most. With a unique ability to balance high-quality with attainable price points, Froehlich Signature Homes has more than 100 years of combined experience to assist the community in building their dream homes. “He builds as though he’s building for himself,” said MaryAnn Froehlich, vice president, sales and marketing. High-end finishes such as real wood flooring; quality granite countertops; large use of quality, high-end tile and marble; customized lighting; and tall ceilings are just a few of the features that come with a Froehlich-built home. In addition, homeowners care able to choose the color scheme and style. Each home is constructed with an eye for

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detail and high standard for quality that only Froehlich can provide and every home at Masterpiece Estates in northwest Bakersfield is a prime example. “We try to be a trendsetter and leader among the community,” said Marisa Cornejo, a real estate broker specializing in new construction with nearly 30 years of experience. The team studies local and national trends and incorporates them into Bakersfield’s unique community, finding ways to push their already high standards even higher. “When Ron walks through these houses, his eye for detail is truly unbelievable,” Cornejo said. “His personal quality control that he takes pride in is quite unusual. He’s very familiar with every one of his jobs. The buyer may not see him, but he makes sure he sees every house before it closes so he knows it’s been built to his standards, not just his staff’s standards.”


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he four years spent in high school are the stepping stones for the rest of your life. You learn to push yourself academically and find out that adding an extra Advanced Placement class is doable.

For the past 10 years, Bakersfield Life has collaborated with Kern High School District counselors to find and nominate their top graduating seniors. And every year, we are inspired by the young adults that are taking their next academic step to schools like Brown University or Cal State Bakersfield. Thank you to the class of 2017 for continuing to be an inspiration for our future generations.

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Grace and Jayline Martinez Twins forever connected, following their own path By Laura Liera

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hey’ve been known as “the twins” since grade school. But Jayline and Grace Martinez are ready to find their own identities in college. The two West High School seniors are preparing themselves mentally for the move to Brigham Young University in the fall. Even though they’ll be attending the same university, they won’t be roommates. “We have lived together our entire lives,” Jayline said. “But I’ve been trying to discover who I am to become my own person away from my sister . . . it’s emotionally hard.” For years, they’ve known and shared the same friends. They’ve been in the same classes. The “No, I’m Grace” or “No, I’m Jayline” corrections have become second nature to the girls. When Jayline was mesmerized by the sound the cello made in first grade, Grace found her love for the violin. Everything has always come in twos. Grace is known as the more social twin, participating in mock trial and different school clubs. “I did more activities because we aren’t just twins, I’m my own person, and she is, too,” Grace said. But as frustrating as it can be to be known as the twins, Jayline and Grace have always shared one common goal: the importance of an education. When Jayline thinks of the future she wants 10 years from now, her mom serves as inspiration. As a single mom without a college degree, she has never stopped working hard to provide for her family. “She recently started taking an online course to start her college degree and that motivates me even more because she’s trying to better herself,” Jayline said. With so many factors that play into getting into the dream college, Grace said it was important not to stress over the small things that happen in high school. Like when you don’t get the top grade you wanted in an Advanced Placement class. “Try to challenge yourself but don’t stress when you don’t get the A,” Grace said. Getting involved in school activities and clubs is a big part of experiencing high school but it’s important to keep in mind that sometimes, less is better. “The more you’re involved whole-heartedly, the more you discover who you really are,” Jayline said.

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Emily Hutton

Scott Boylan

Ridgeview High School GPA: 4.1 College: California State University, Monterey Bay Activities: Marching band, Link Crew, concert band, job at Sonic

Garces High School GPA: 4.48 College: Brown University Activities: Football, track and field, Prestige Worldwide Club, ASB

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Dylan Ryan Stockade High School GPA: 4.28 College: Occidental College Activities: Equestrian, French Honor Society, National Honor Society, Teen for Troops Club

Foothill High School GPA: 4.41 College: UC Davis or UCSB Activities: ASB, Key Club, cross-country, competitive cheer

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Frontier High School GPA: 4.39 College: University of California Irvine Activities: Ford Dimension, varsity tennis, French Honors Society secretary, National Honors Society

Centennial High School GPA: 4.5 College: Stanford University or Dartmouth College Activities: Varsity swim, We The People, Ukulele, ASB

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Shafter High School GPA: 3.0 College: Cal State Bakersfield or San Diego State University Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, ASB, Relay for Life, basketball

Bakersfield High School GPA: 4.4 College: Princeton University Activities: Ecology Club, website development, computer science, Bakersfield Tri-M Music Honor Society

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North High School GPA: 3.77 College: Oklahoma Christian University or Carl Albert State College Activities: Interact Club, cross country/track and field, Maya Club

Independence High School GPA: 4.42 College: Clark University or Worcester State University Activities: French National Honors Society president, Clean Air Club, French Club, National Honors Society

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Bakersfield Christian High School GPA: 4.55 College: Dordt College Activities: ASB, church, Ford Dimension, baseball

East High School GPA: 4.5 College: Stanford University or Princeton University Activities: Cross-country varsity, forensics speech and debate, ASB, We the People

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Highland High School GPA: 4.5 College: UC Berkeley or UC Davis Activities: National Honors Society president, wind ensemble, Ford Dream Builder, jazz band

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Simmren Mudhar Finding a way through a loss By Laura Liera

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immren Mudhar’s voice cracks when she talks about her dad. The memories are hard to talk about but she has her favorites. Their Taco Bell runs when she brought home straight A’s is definitely a favorite. They’d order burritos and chat about life. Or maybe it was when he sat in the front row of her color guard performance and videotaped the entire show and posted it on Facebook to share with family. “He was so proud of that video,” Mudhar said with a soft laugh and tears running down her face. The Golden Valley High School senior lost her dad her junior year. It was one of the hardest moments of her life. “I missed him a lot today,” Mudhar said, talking about the magazine photo shoot. He was a simple man. He was her best friend. The first six months after his passing, Mudhar struggled to keep it together. The pressure to step up her role in the family was greater than she ever imagined. Because her mother speaks little English, Mudhar was reading over paperwork and documents her dad usually took care of. She’d make sure the bills were paid on time. She made sure everything was in order. “At first it felt like a lot of pressure but I came to a realization that it helped strengthen who I am as a person,” Mudhar said. She reached a different level of maturity. “I saw life different,” Mudhar noted. “I understood that there is more to life than just having fun.” As her senior year of high school approached, Mudhar knew that getting into a good college was her goal. Her dad always reminded her that getting a college education should always be a priority. That reminder became her fuel. Mudhar prioritized her education and focused on her personal relationships with her friends. “I used to brush off friendships, but now I try harder and try to make things work more than I used to,” she said. In the midst of her pain, Mudhar realized that there are friends, teachers and counselors that care and are there to help. “You can never have too much help,” Mudhar said. Although she hasn’t made her college pick between University of California, Merced and California State University, Fullerton, she had some advice for incoming high school freshman: Focus on your goals so much that even if you want to give up, you don’t. “Don’t let anything stop you from achieving greatness,” Mudhar said.

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Edward Frausto

Artemis Mansur

South High School GPA: 4.32 College: California State University, Fresno Activities: Band, jazz band, chamber choir, Link Crew Club

Liberty High School GPA: 4.5 College: UCLA Activities: ASB, Mock Trial, Ford Dimension/ Dream Builders, Math Honors Society

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Mother’s Day Reborn

Head-to-toe chic

Vintage Furniture given a new life. New items arrive daily. Farm Girls Vintage Finds 2113 Q St. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Your bag should be as fabulous inside as it is on the outside. Find everything you need to fill your Brighton bag at Christine’s. 4915 Stockdale Highway 661-834-3068

For Mother’s Day, give a unique gift that lasts Original oil paintings by local artist, Laura Valenzuela BAA Art Center Gallery 1607 19th St. 93301 Mon-Sat, 11-5 PM

Give mom the flip-flop with the gym built-in for this summer FitFlop believes that if you want to live an inspired life, you’ve got to start with a great foundation. Check out our super-comfortable women’s flip-flops – all designed with advanced ergonomic technology that’s a treat for your feet! Available at Sugardaddy’s, 5512 Stockdale Highway, 661-325-8300, www. facebook.com/ sugardaddys

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The perfect Mother’s Day gift: waxing poetic

Give her the ultimate keepsake gift! For mom, grandma or even Auntie Sue: This fantastic serving tray, handpainted (and handprinted) by her most favorite people! Color Me Mine has friendly artists who can help you design and personalize the ultimate Mother’s Day gift – ready to use or display all year long! Paint yours today at Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave., 661-664-7366 or bakersfield.colormemine.com.

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This is a gorgeous piece she will treasure for years to come. The “Ensemble” bracelet is adorned with precious, fire-polished Czech glass beads. Adding the “Heart and Arrows” charm (center) will be a continual reminder that all beautiful things come from, and return to the heart. Embellished with Swarovski crystal. On the left, the “Supernatural” charm inspires trust, good fortune and love. $28 to $66. Sweet Surrender 6439 Ming Ave. 661-835-8530 FB: SweetSurrenderBakery Twitter: SweetSurrndrBako IG: SweetSurrenderBakersfield Promotional Content


Gift Guide “I love you, mom” bangles

Honor mom this Mother’s Day with this beautiful set of three Alex and Ani bangles. Made in America with love, these are the original expandable charm bangles, made to fit any wrist. This set and hundreds more are available at JULIA, located next to Chico’s in The Marketplace, 661-412-8068.

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Mother’s Day celebration brunch with live music and champagne Sunday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults: $19.95 and children under 10: $9.95. Elements Venue, 3401 Chester Ave.

For your home or office, watercolor and oil paintings by local artist Charlotte White. To contact the artist, call 661-330-2676.

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These Alice wallets are the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

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Alice wallets are genuine leather and can fit more than you think. Plenty of room for cash, cards, and ID. These beautiful wallets are vintage inspired with a kiss lock frame that can hold it all. To see all available Hobo bags, visit Christine’s at 4917 Stockdale Highway or visit www.shopchristines.com www.BakersfieldLife.com

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Today Cleaners What sets Today Cleaners apart from other dry-cleaning companies? Everything we do is for the benefit of our customers. Laundry and dry cleaning is a service industry and we want to serve our customers better than anyone else. Our goal is to make the drop-off and pickup of laundry and other items easier, better and more convenient. “Easier” is same-day service, seven days a week – if it’s in by 11 a.m., it will be ready at 4 p.m., every day. “Better” is having a fully equipped dry cleaning plant and shirt laundry on-site at every location. This enables us to turn your garments around very quickly and tend to any special requests on the spot! “More convenient” is having 10 locations around Bakersfield so that customers can drop off and pick up their clothing at the most convenient location for them, plus we are open longer hours than any other dry cleaner in the area. Easier, better, more convenient allows faster service and the highest possible quality – all to benefit our customers. Why are customers so loyal to Today Cleaners? We hear it all the time: Customers love Today Cleaners because our people – everyone from store managers to car hops – are friendly, caring and engaging. We like to think it’s just good, old-fashioned service 112

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the way it should be done. One reason we feel this way, from the top down, is that we are local – Today Cleaners started in Bakersfield more than 65 years ago. The Bakersfield community Jeff Newman Jr., is our community; Owner our customers are our friends. The staff at our stores care about doing things right and doing them well; we take great pride in what we do and the excellent service we provide. What can customers do to benefit from all Today Cleaners offers? Of course, any of our employees and store managers can explain the many services available at Today Cleaners. Another way is to sign up to receive our exclusive offers via email. Simply go to our website, www.todaycleaners.com, to take advantage of our online offers. Lastly, try a service you haven’t yet tried – you’ll be amazed at what you’re missing! For example, many customers don’t realize that using our 24-hour drop box means your items will automatically be ready by 4 p.m. the next day – you don’t have to come in or speak with anyone or even stop by during business hours. Drop it off, pick it up. Done.

How is Today Cleaners utilizing cutting-edge technology? Our express service for the ultimate in customer convenience is one example of our high-tech service. Express service saves time by allowing customers to drop off their garments in a drop box using a barcode-identified bag, then pick them up without waiting in line because their encrypted payment information is securely stored in our point-of-sale system. Customers love our express service! We also have a customer rewards program that rewards our loyal customers for their consistent trust in our company. All customers automatically earn points based on dollars spent. Our system tracks their points – they don’t have to sign up or carry a card. When they reach 100 points, they receive a reward coupon for 50 percent off all garments on their next incoming order with no limit! It’s just another way to fulfill our mission to provide ready-to-wear garments back to the customer, at their convenience, seven days a week.

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HEALTHSOUTH

How is HealthSouth helping stroke patients? Stroke is the No. 1 debilitating illness in the United States, and Kern County ranks among the counties most impacted by stroke. This is why HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Bakersfield has held a Joint Commission Disease-Specific certification in stroke rehabilitation for several years. We are the only stroke rehabilitation facility in Kern County that is certified by the Joint Commission. In other words, HealthSouth is the preferred provider for stroke rehab in Bakersfield. Stroke patients who come to HealthSouth receive a minimum of three hours of therapy per day by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists, as well as rehabilitation nursing care by licensed registered nurses. No one in our community offers the technology that HealthSouth has, which helps you regain your strength and muscle tone, as well as improve swallowing and speech that might be affected after your stroke. 114

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What does the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommend for stroke? The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association has issued its first guidelines on adult stroke rehabilitation calling for intensive, multidisciplinary treatment. The findings state that stroke survivors who qualify for inpatient rehab facilities, like HealthSouth, should receive this care in preference to skilled-nursing-facility-based care. In other words, in our community where HealthSouth is the only IRF within about 100 miles, HealthSouth would be the preferred stroke rehabilitation provider recommended by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. What should a patient expect if they come to HealthSouth for Stroke Rehabilitation? HealthSouth is a rehabilitation hospital, not a skilled nursing facility/ nursing home facility. All rehabilitation hospitals are strictly regulated by Medicare and have guidelines we

must follow in order to maintain our hospital status. For example, at HealthSouth, each patient must be accepted and overseen by a rehabilitation physician (a doctor Martha Samora, RN, CPHQ, FACHE, who specializes in rehabilitation). A Chief Executive Officer patient will have no less than three hours a day of therapy, five days a week, by a licensed therapist and they will also work with rehabilitation nurses throughout the day to practice everyday tasks. Most stroke patients at HealthSouth stay two to three weeks before returning to their home setting. You can find out more about what to expect at HealthSouth by watching a video at healthsouthbakersfield.com/expectations.

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BREHMER LAW Who should contact Brehmer Law? If you or a loved one is accused of driving under influence or any case involving chemical testing or forensics, Brehmer Law can help. What should clients look for in an attorney? The area of law, like the area of medicine, is broad. Clients must select the besttrained, most educated lawyer who specializes in forensic science cases to obtain the very best results. The attorneys at Brehmer Law are, in fact, the most trained and most educated. Past clients and colleagues across the country agree.

CLIENT ENDORSEMENTS:

What is Brehmer Law? Brehmer Law is the top law firm in California representing clients accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

operate the breath and blood alcohol instruments, the attorneys at Brehmer Law have achieved results uncommon in the practice of scientific legal defense.

What does Brehmer Law specialize in? When science intersects with law, Brehmer Law focuses on cases dealing with all types of laboratory analysis in an effort to ensure that convictions don’t result from less than the reliable science of breath and blood alcohol testing. With more specialized training than the users who

What separates Brehmer Law from other law firms? The attorneys at Brehmer Law are the most trained in scientific defense, are the most published in forensic science in central California and have the most national speaking engagements in the area of forensic science among all lawyers in the region.

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“Mr. Brehmer was able to achieve the result I was hoping for without going to trial. I met with many other attorneys before retaining him and not one of them instilled great confidence in me that I would keep my commercial license. I was worried at first about his fee being more than most, but it was one of the best investments I’ve ever made.” – Scott “I went out with my friends and believed I’d done everything right. No more than one drink per hour for about four hours. When I was arrested for DUI, I was devastated. I assume if I was arrested, I must have been guilty. Mr. Brehmer’s office discovered that the test they used was expired and therefore not credible. I never would have known to check or what to do if I did know it was expired. He handled the DMV, so there was no loss

of my driving privileges and he appeared many times on my behalf until the case was dropped. He saved me and my family from catastrophe. Just call him. He will honestly assess what he can do.” – Robyn

ATTORNEY ENDORSEMENTS: “Attorney Brehmer is hands down the most experienced, credentialed and qualified DUI attorney in the Central Valley. He is one of those rare attorneys that not only cares about his clients, but also uses impeccable legal reasoning and cuttingedge science to achieve justice for his clients. I highly recommend him.” – Christina Oleson, criminal defense attorney “Jeremy Brehmer is one of the best DUI attorneys in the country. He is incredibly intelligent and considered by all who know him in the legal DUI community as an ‘attorney-scientist.’ He regularly teaches other DUI attorneys throughout the country the science of blood alcohol and drug testing. He also uses his knowledge very effectively in court for his clients. He is certainly someone I go to when I need advice. I definitely endorse Jeremy Brehmer as an excellent DUI attorney-scientist.” – Barton Morris, federal crime attorney

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BAKERSFIELD MATTERS

Mothering each other Grief group helps women grappling with loss

By Lisa Kimble

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On a windy afternoon, Patty Reis is laying daffodils at the graves of her two oldest children, Karen and David. The ritual is sandwiched between a hair appointment and grocery shopping. “Such is the life of a bereaved mother,” Reis said of the busyness that is her new norm since the deaths of her daughter and son 5 ½ years ago. For her, these cemetery visits are a part of her daily to-do list. For Michele Buoni, whose 28-year-old daughter Brianna died in 2013, those graveside trips have not brought her the same comfort. It is part of the disparate world women like Reis and Buoni inhabit reluctantly. They and countless others are members of a club no one wants to join: mothers who have lost young adult children just as their lives were beginning to blossom. Their grief is interminable and lonely. “The outpouring at first is tremendous,” Buoni said. “Then everyone leaves and you are sitting there alone with your thoughts.” And their mechanisms for coping ran the gamut. “I couldn’t breathe for a couple of years,” Reis said. Nothing, it seemed, could deaden the pain. But one morning, during Sunday Mass several years ago, Reis recalled reciting the words to the responsorial psalm: “The Lord is kind and merciful.” “I sang it but I wasn’t feeling it,”

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she added. Slowly, she resolved to find anything that had been humane in her family’s unspeakable tragedy. “Darned if I didn’t find it,” Reis said. “They didn’t suffer. There was a fifth life spared. There was a choice I had to make. I could take this and use it to strengthen my faith or I could allow it to erode my faith.” When Buoni’s health was compromised by her inability to cope, she, too, realized she had a life-changing decision to make. “I had to live for my two other children,” Buoni said. “I had to get up in the morning and live for what was in front of me and be present for the people I love. Doing so honors Brianna’s memory.” Eventually, the benumbing journeys of Reis and Buoni intersected at a grief support group meeting at St. Francis Church. Started more than a decade ago by local therapist Peggy Mellon, the women found each other, relief and, most importantly, hope. “As a mother in these meetings, it doesn’t matter what your child died of. We are all in the same boat,” Buoni said. “The need to hear people talk about your child, say their name, that is important.” Reis helped redevelop its curriculum and now runs the small, weekly intimate gatherings with fellow parishioner Denise Ariey whose son Jason died in 2011. He was just 18. Because the sorrow of the loss of someone so young, vibrant, and full of life and promise is in some ways distinct from the demise of an elderly spouse, this group is exclusively for mothers who have lost a young

adult child. “I have never met more courageous women than those who come and participate in this ministry,” said St. Francis Pastor Fr. Craig Harrison. “I know now how precious life is and am so grateful I had Brianna for 28 years,” Buoni said. Every year at this time, amid the women’s shared solace, their heartache intensifies. “Mother’s Day is one of the hardest. Some of us want to be busy, some want to run away from it all,” Reis said. A week before Mother’s Day 2012, Reis finally summoned the courage to open up the sheriff’s evidence bag containing her son David’s phone. In the Notes app, he’d written: “Your life is God’s gift to you. What you do with your life is your gift to God,” just 48 hours before his murder. That maxim is now Reis’ mantra.

Lisa Kimble

Opinions expressed in this column are those of Lisa Kimble.

St. Francis Mothers’ Grief Group St. Francis Parish, 900 H St. Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call 661-203-4817 for more information.


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MILLENNIAL VOICES

Rejection can lead you toward the path you are meant to take By Elizabeth Sanchez

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It wasn’t too long ago when I was transferring out of Bakersfield College to UC Santa Barbara and graduating in spring 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and writing. Those four years flew by. They were full of fun, late nights and life lessons. One of the first college life lessons I had to deal with – and I’m sure many others have experienced or are currently dealing with – was rejection. It’s never fun opening that email in your inbox and reading, “After careful consideration, we are sorry to inform you that UC Berkeley is unable to offer you admission for the fall semester of 2013.” That’s the rejection letter I received in my inbox along with one from UCLA, the school I so desperately wanted to attend. So I did what any determined student would do: I appealed. While waiting to hear back from UCLA, I visited the campuses of schools I was accepted to and I found there was only one that felt like home: UCSB. So I decided. UCSB it was. And I felt good about that decision until UCLA accepted me just one day after I sent in my letter of intent to Santa Barbara. I debated UCLA for a few days, but I didn’t feel the burning desire to go there anymore. I was already excited about UCSB. I was excited to learn in a new environment and study on the beach and go to the same university as Jack Johnson once did. So I stuck with my decision and have never regretted it. People have said I didn’t make the right choice because UCLA was the better school on paper, but I knew it wasn’t the better school for me. I

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films ever. would have never figured that out And now for a story a little closer without those rejection letters. to home. Assemblyman Vince Fong This made me realize rejection wasn’t so bad. It can actually be a good can too relate to college rejection. He was rejected from a number of thing and embracing it may lead to something even bigger than what you colleges during his senior year of high school and was left feeling disaphad in mind. pointed. But he went off to UCLA and Take Barack Obama for example. According to Time, he was rejected by is now our assemblyman, so it looks Swarthmore, an elite and demanding like things worked out for him. Rejection is tough to deal with, liberal arts school. He then graduated but it’s a part of life. Just remember, it from Columbia University and went makes you stronger and sometimes on to become POTUS. Recently deceased Supreme Court makes decision-making a little easier. For now, Fong has some words Justice Antonin Scalia, a standout of wisdom for your seniors: “We are student at his Catholic prep school, not defined by a few words on a piece didn’t make the cut into his top-pick of paper. I would encourage every college: Princeton. So he went with high school student to not his second pick, Georgetown, dwell on the negative but where he received a full-ride to embrace the potential scholarship. opportunities that are Then you have film director Steven Spielberg, who was ahead.” reportedly rejected from USC Opinions expressed in and UCLA. So he attended Cal this column are those of State Long Beach and went on Elizabeth Sanchez Elizabeth Sanchez. to direct some of the greatest


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PERSONALITY

Exuding Renegade pride and spirit

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“Absolutely supporting the students because they are our future and I believe they will transform our world, just as an education has helped transform them.” Christian sparks a passion for excellence and many have credited her for turning BC around and linking BC with the Kern High

School District. The Kern High School District; California State University, Bakersfield; and Bakersfield College are constantly working together as one educational system to better serve students and that can been seen as more KHSD students are college and career ready and transfer rates from BC to CSUB have significantly

increased. “I’m proud of the work of the entire educational system in Bakersfield. By working together to better prepare and streamline the process for the students, our community can expect a stronger and educated workforce from our future generations,” she said. One of BC’s institutional core values is the importance of diversity and Christian believes that it’s important to encourage open conversation and challenge ourselves to move forward, even with the current issues and political climate. “Myself, along with the entire campus community, works to uphold these values each and every day. As educators, we are responsible for cultivating the next

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Man, Woman & Student of the Year candidates raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society By Mayan Xitlaly Lara

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Every year, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society puts on a fundraiser in the form of a competition across the U.S. and for the third year in a row, the competition comes to Bakersfield. “It’s a 10-week spirited competition between community leaders and students in leadership positions,” said Campaign Manager Michele Peters. Local members of the community get a chance to participate in a beneficial fundraiser to earn the title of “man, woman and student of the year,” respectively. The competition consists of 13 candidates from all walks of life. The fundraiser encourages them to raise funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society blood cancer research. The candidates not only compete for the title, they also compete in honor of the boy and girl of the year. The boy and girl of the year are local children battling blood cancers. They serve as inspiration and motivation for the candidates throughout their campaigns. The fundraiser helps the boy and girl of the year financially and emotionally. The 2017 boy of the year is 6-year-old Nate Gandara. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 4 in summer 2015. Nate has two years of treatment left and just recently started kindergarten. The girl of the year is 5-year-old Mallory Moran, who was also diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She was diagnosed when she was only 2 years old in March 2015. Mallory is currently in the second phase of treatment; she takes daily oral medicines, does monthly chemo infusions and quarterly lumbar puncture surgeries. 126

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The mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man, Woman & Student of the Year is to find a cure for blood cancer and to improve the quality of life of their patients. “It’s important to raise money because of what we can do with the money but I always say this as well: It brings awareness to our organization, and that’s huge, too,” Peters said. The candidates bring awareness and raise money by sending out letters, personally asking people, posting on their social media accounts and putting on events. The final event of the fundraiser is the Grand Finale where a silent and live auction will take place and the winner of the competition will be announced.

Scenes from last year’s Man, Woman, & Student of the Year Grand Finale.

Man, Woman, & Student of the Year Grand Finale May 12 6 to 11 p.m. Bakersfield Marriot at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. www.mwoy.org/cca

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Supporting Kern students with Kern Futures By Kristen Beall Barnes

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Researchers project that by 2020, 67 percent of California jobs will require education beyond high school. And yet here in Kern County, only 22 percent of residents 25 and older have earned an associate’s degree or higher. Developing a quality workforce is pivotal to a growing economy and the Kern Community Foundation views increasing educational attainment as a critical component in this process. Building on our rich history of providing financial scholarships to deserving students, we launched Kern Futures in the fourth quarter of 2016. Kern Futures is an innovative program supporting students throughout Kern who are actively pursuing a postsecondary pathway. And let’s be clear about what we mean with the term “postsecondary” – it is not limited to students who may be attending traditional four-year programs at colleges and universities. Rather, postsecondary pathways refer to certificates and two-year associate’s or four-year bachelor’s degrees from accredited trade schools, community colleges or public/ private universities. Beginning each fall with outreach efforts to Kern high school seniors, Kern Futures increases scholarship awareness and helps students prepare competitive applications with valuable writing workshops. Students are exposed to our online scholarship application, providing them access to a growing list of communitysponsored scholarship funds administered through the Kern Community Foundation. One application equals multiple opportunities. Completed applications are initially screened by foundation staff and then evaluated by community volunteers, using a custom-designed platform portal. The beauty of using an online platform is that it provides a structure for effectiveness and efficiency – since implementation, we have been able to

increase the volume of both applications and awards. In 2015, we received approximately 200 applications and awarded almost $250,000 in scholarships. In 2016, the number of applications grew to 350 and we awarded $335,000 in scholarships. This year, we received 435 applications and will award over $600,000 in new and renewal scholarships. Without a doubt, we know that simply writing a check does not guarantee a certificate or degree and to that end, Kern Futures provides a robust College Success Program. Foundation staff meet with every scholarship recipient to discuss their college and career plans, review their transcripts, coordinate with their financial aid offices, provide tools for personal financial management and, many times, answer random questions and serve as that quiet cheerleader, calming their nerves. We continue to reach out throughout the academic year providing an additional layer of support and accountability. Surprisingly, it doesn’t require tens of thousands of dollars to enable a qualified student to pursue their dreams. In fact, the average Kern Futures scholarship award is just over $2,000. So if raising Kern’s educational attainment rate or supporting our future workforce appeals to you, consider joining Kern Futures. We offer three opportunities to get involved: • Scholarships Now – supporting students one year at a time. • Scholarships Together – supporting students in a pooled, community fund. • Scholarships Forever – supporting students of every generation. Together, we can make a difference.

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It’s the dream of virtually every driver who’s ever gotten behind the wheel of a stock car: to win a race at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR’s most iconic track. However, Bakersfield native Ryan Reed doesn’t have to fantasize what that would be like. The 23-year-old has already taken the checkered flag twice at the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval. Back in February, Reed

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fought off a group of talented and accomplished drivers, including NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series standouts Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski, to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series season-opening race at Daytona for a second time in three years. “The first time I won there, it was incredibly special and something that was tough for me to explain to people what it meant to me,” Reed said. “To win there a second time was really awesome. We got spun out twice and had to battle back all day long. We took

the lead with five or six laps to go. Those were five or six of the hardest laps I’ve ever driven.” Reed, who six years ago, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and told by doctors that his racing career was over, is one the biggest up-and-comers in the sport. Currently, he drives the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang Ford full time in the Xfinity Series for Roush Fenway Racing, an organization that has won eight championships in NASCAR’s top three divisions over the past 17 years. Reed would like nothing more


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than to add to that total this season and appears to have a good chance at doing it based on his early season results. Through the first five races this season, Reed ranked fourth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings. His win at Daytona almost guarantees that he’ll make the playoffs for a second straight year. Last year, he finished the series’ “Chase for the Championship” in sixth place.

Reed, the son of a former NASCAR driver, began racing at the age of 4. As a 16-year-old, he won the Legends Division championship at Irwindale Speedway. A year later, Reed became the youngest driver to ever win a late model race at the track. His career hit temporary speed bump early in 2011 when it was discovered that he was diabetic. Continued on Page 132

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their word for it. I did a lot of research and found another doctor, got a second opinion. That doctor really turned things around for me. My life would have been a lot different had I not sought that out and not changed my view of diabetes. Instead of looking at it like it was something that was going to take away what I had worked for my whole life, I embraced it and not only do I race with diabetes but I use the racing as a platform to spread a lot of awareness about the disease.” Refusing to let the disease keep him from racing, Reed made his Camping World Truck Series debut in 2012. A year later, he signed with Roush Fenway and in 2014 began running full time in the Xfinity Series, one step below NASCAR’s top series. For Reed, racing for a championship comes with not only besting all his op-


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Army veteran conquers education, life after deployment

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By Laura Liera

We’ll call it a premonition. Francisco Garcia was destined to join the Army. The hunch usually came in the form of a dream, where he’d be sitting alone in a desert while jets flew overhead and bombs went off at a distance. Although he was accepted to the University of Southern California his senior year, Garcia declined. His parents were farmworkers in Delano and Garcia figured there was no way his family could afford to send him to a private college.

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Garcia joined the Army at 17 in 2001. He was in boot camp when Sept. 11 happened. “I knew I was meant to be in the Army when we heard the news,” he said. Three years later, in 2004, Garcia took a phone call during his two-week leave: He was going to Iraq. Garcia drove home, packed his bags and said goodbye to his family. “I had to prepare myself mentally because there was a chance I wasn’t coming back,” Garcia said. He arrived in Iraq on March 4. As an infantryman, Garcia’s

duty was to provide door-to-door security and make sure areas were secure. The first firefight seemed to happen in slow motion. Almost like a movie, Garcia said. “I had a couple of guys that I was in charge of,” Garcia said. “We had trained for this. ... I didn’t want to come home and explain why they didn’t make it. ... It was my duty to keep them alive.” Exactly one year later, Garcia was leaving behind the war and coming home. It wasn’t an easy adjustment. Although physically uninjured, Garcia battled with PTSD and rough knee and shoulder pain. “At first, I said nothing was wrong with me,” Garcia admitted. But family and friends treated him different. They were more careful than usual around him. Two weeks after his return from deployment, Garcia was pulled over by a CHP officer and as a fellow Marine, advised Garcia to seek help. He sought out help at the Kern County Veterans Department and realized there was no harm in getting help to get him back on his feet. “I had to adapt to the new set of rules,” Garcia said. That included paying bills, finding a job and considering college. “That first day in class was


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tough,” Garcia said. “I was anxious and didn’t think I was going to be able to make it.” The Army veteran had been away from school for seven years and had to relearn school subjects like writing and math. Garcia took it one class at

“Coming back to civilian life after the military can be scary. You have to adapt and push on because it will only benefit you in the end.” – Francisco Garcia a time and, in 2011, graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in

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business. When he figured out he was only 11 classes away from an MBA, he pursued the degree and will graduate in June. The goal is to take his college degrees and use them to enhance the Kern Patriot Partnership, a program that assists veterans seeking employment. As a program specialist, Garcia assists in resume and cover letter planning, interview skills, networking and follow ups. He’s in constant communication with employers seeking to hire. “We ask employers to give veterans a first look,” Garcia said. It’s not a guaranteed job, but hopefully their resume and cover letter solidifies the job. Since 2015, more than 137 veterans have been hired through Kern Patriot Partnership. “Coming back to civilian life after the military can be scary,” Garcia said. “You have to adapt and push on because it will only benefit you in the end.”

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California’s champion of education

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On April 6, 1960, a special session of the California State Legislature convened to pass the Donahoe Higher Education Act. Also known as the California Master Plan for Higher Education, its provisions organized the state’s UC, CSU and community college systems to ensure the people of California had guaranteed access to higher education. The story of how this bill came into existence started many years earlier when the Bakersfield High School registrar decided to run for state assembly in 1952. Dorothy M. Donahoe was a wellliked and respected member of the community. She was born in 1911 and at 10 months old, she contracted polio, resulting in a limp. She was also asthmatic and often suffered attacks. These physical challenges never once stopped 136

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her from working hard and advocating for others. In 1952, she ran as a Democratic candidate for state Assembly, 38th District, on the campaign promise that she “believes in only one ‘ism’ ... AMERICANISM.” She won the election with the overwhelming support of the California Federation of Business and Women’s Clubs behind her. She had a drive and determination that earned her a reputation as a highly qualified and respected state representative in an assembly that only had two women serving. During her term, she authored more than 25 bills for the benefit of the blind, deaf, and mentally and physically challenged. She also pushed for education programs for the gifted. In 1959, the Los Angeles Times named her Times Woman of the Year. She was called the voice of humanity in legislature. She stated to the paper on Dec. 29,

Assemblywoman Dorothy Donahoe of Bakersfield created and helped pass the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960.

1959, “I guess I’ve always been a champion of people who have no one else to fight for them.”

“She had a zeal for education. She had a zeal for something she never had, which was higher education. She wanted that for everybody.” – Sen. Walter W. Stiern

Donahoe was, above all else, a dedicated champion of education. It was of no surprise to her colleagues when, in 1959, she led the assembly committee to draft a plan to make higher education accessible to the people of California.


In an interview for the California State Archives Oral History Program, Sen. Walter W. Stiern stated: “She had a zeal for education. She had a zeal for something she never had, which was higher education. She wanted that for everybody. She wanted it fairly. She wanted dollars well spent, and she wanted the dollars to be worth a dollar for a dollar that you spent.” The plan was truly a labor of love for her. She worked tirelessly as she consulted educators and other experts for advice. She was known to put in 14hour days, even when her health was poor. On April 3, 1960, she attended a hearing on the plan, even though she was not feeling well. The next day, she passed away due to complications from pneumonia. On April 6, 1960, the California State

Senate passed SB 33 and in her honor, included within the bill that it “shall be known and may be cited as the Donahoe Higher Education Act.” Gov. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown signed it into law on April 26, 1960. A woman who never received a higher education made sure others could and in doing so, Donahoe left behind a great legacy.

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back and made $80,000 in March. The spike in sales is the result of the hard work and long hours CEO William Marstall and his team devote to the company, which was founded after they saw an untapped market not only in Bakersfield but across the country. A gym that also sells healthy meals, The Pyramid is a one-stop shop for fitness and nutrition.

The brainchild of Bobbi Beckner, Lulu Ruiz, Trey Terrio and Mackenzie Hadsell, The Pyramid allowed the Centennial High School seniors to punch their tickets to the 2017 Youth Business Summit in New York where they will compete against 27 schools from across the country in the National Business Plan Competition. The Pyramid may not be a real


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First responders battle it out for charity

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It all happened 23 years ago. A few Bakersfield Police Department officers were in training for the Police Olympics boxing team when they thought of an idea that morphed into what is now known as Battle of the Badges. “They figured we’ll go ahead and fight each other and raise money at the same time,” said Frank Gonzales, BPD sergeant and executive director of the Bakersfield Police Activities League. The first battle took place at the BPD Gun Range with only a few hundred people in attendance. Last year, about 2,500 people cheered and chanted inside the Icardo Center. As the event grew in popularity over the years, finding a venue big enough to fit everyone was the main obstacle. But Cal State Bakersfield has given BPAL enough room to fit every boxing aficionado. 142 Bakersfield Life Magazine

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Fighters are not only BPD officers. First responders, including firefighters, get into the adrenaline-fed sport. This year’s lineup is already in motion with the event taking place May 6. There are 10 BPD officers in training. Plus a few officers from Tehachapi, Hanford and even Lemoore. There is no pretend fighting at Battle of the Badges. It’s real boxing with three two-minute rounds. The event is a USA Boxing Sanctioned Event, meaning it’s a full amateur boxing match with professional referees and judges. Participating boxers must go through a physical and meet strict weight categories. Protective head gear and gloves are a must. “Safety is a paramount of these officers because we don’t want anyone getting seriously injured,” Gonzales said. “It is, after all, for charity.”


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And don’t be surprised if you see a few female boxers throwing some punches. “In the past few years, our female fights have been the best,” Gonzales admitted. “Not that the males don’t put on good fights, but a lot of people go see the female fights.”

Regardless of who fights, there is one winner per bout and they each take home a championship-style belt. Besides the individual winners, the department that adds up the most wins gets to take home bragging rights, as well as a department championship belt. BPD currently holds that regalia. At the end of the night, the aching bodies that have taken a beating will all be for a good cause. Proceeds of the event will continue to keep BPAL’s doors open. “Because we are a nonprofit, all of our money comes from grants, fundraisers and donations,” Gonzales said. On average, 80 to 100 kids walk through BPAL’s doors a day. All after-school programs during the week are free of charge. Police officers and other community members volunteer their time as coaches, mentors, role models and friends to community kids and teens. BPAL targets at-risk youth in high crime neighborhoods.

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CREATING LIFE LONG DONORS High schools compete to take home bragging rights on blood donations By Laura Liera

Donating blood saves lives. We all know the slogan, but Houchin Community Blood Bank continues to see a shortage in blood supply throughout the year, specifically when school is not in session. That’s because 20 percent of Houchin’s blood supply comes from high school students in Kern County. “They are our foundation and when schools are out we are scrambling to find donors to compete with the high schools,” said Stephani Gibbons, community development account manager with Houchin. Students start donating at 16 years old.

20 percent of Houchin’s blood supply comes from high school students in Kern County. At a recent blood drive at West High School, 146 students registered and donated blood in one day. To keep the momentum going during summertime and holiday breaks, Houchin created the Extra Mile Award three years ago. The trophy goes to the school that racks up the most donations outside of school blood drives. Students, family and friends visit either the Truxtun Avenue or Bolthouse Drive centers, credit their school and wait for the final results at the end of the year. Liberty High School took the Continued on Page 146

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award the first year, with a total of 157 donors for the 2014-2015 school year. Stockdale High School turned around the next year and swiped the award with 188 donors for the 2015-2016 school year. This year’s winner has not been announced. The winning school will find out at a luncheon on May 12. Besides going home with the bragging rights and a shiny new trophy, ambassadors from the winning

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school receive a $50 scholarship courtesy of Kern Schools Federal Credit Union. Michael M. George, senior vice president and chief marketing and advocacy officer with Kern Schools, said the partnership with Houchin was a natural collaboration. As neighbors on Bolthouse Drive, it was only fitting the two entities worked together for the benefit of the community. “Our job is to leave this planet in better shape than when we inherited it,” George said. “I think this


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17th Annual Kern Economic Summit Date: March 15 Held at: DoubleTree by Hilton Photos by: Rod Thornburg

Cynthia Zimmer and Kevin Burton

Greg Bynum, Horrace Mitchell, Gene Voiland and Angelo Mazzei

Dennis Moon, Richard Gearhart and Nyakundi Michieka

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Kern County Cattle Woman of the Year Date: March 31 Held at: Seven Oaks Country Club Photos by: Greg Nichols

Austin Snedden, Chisholm and Ashley Twisselman

Amand Barrett, Glenda Rankin and Zack Scrivner

Paisley Kaiser and Katie Faughn

Kim Barret, Donny Youngblood, Scott Spielman and Carla Pearson

Christina Scrivner, John Lifquist and Cynthia Zimmer

Julie and Jim Etchevery

Frankie and David Olds, Debbie and Dick Hay and Charlie Thornburgh

Allan and Jennifer Faughn

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Thank you to all our loyal customers for voting Luigi’s...

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Bakersfield Country & Craft Beer Festival Date: April 1 Held at: Mill Creek Park Photos by: Greg Nichols

Alex Balfour, Emily Kirkpatrick and Dan Ocampo

Philip Graff and Janet Espinoza

Jeff and Cyndie Holzworth, Evan and Kelly Demestihas, Tonya and Shawn Holzworth

Tanner Webb, Taylor Alexander, Phil Bender, James Hefley, and Ross Hutton

Greg and Nikki Clark

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Bringing Home the Cure Campout Against Cancer Date: March 30 Held at: Motor City Lexus Photos by: Carla Rivas

Joe Fuentes and Cindy Orloff

Patty Galyon, Robert Russo, Daniel Sala, Kristine Chavez, Misty Jeffries, Christopher Thomas and Adriana Garcia

Demian Castillo, Chad Booth, Faraz Ahmed, Alora Caico and Joey Buoni

Martin and Elyse Hansen

Paula Aguilar, Jordan Aguilar, Alyssa Hand, Holly Moore and Wendi Logan

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Craig O’Brien and Bunch

Leon and Freddie Sparks

Kathy Baker, Mike and Pam Hernandez and Vikki Tabbytosavit

Vic Diaz and Tim Hansen

Rick Grigsby, Bill Baker and Jamie Points

Bruce and Loreal Sparks

Rod and Teresa Witten

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Garrett Welch, Ethan Millan and Brooks Welch

Nikki Leon, Tarah Steinbach, Greg Newton, Lizbeth Machado, Aaron Tadle and Lynn Donohue

Taylor and Bri Ochoa, Susan Alvidrez, Addison and Paige Ochoa and Serenity Alvidrez

Justin and Eric Thompson, Craig Popejoy and Spur

Brandon Barnes, Daniel Young, Chris Coleman, Phil Forbes, Vard Terry, Chris Arrington, Ross Garber, Joel Alvarado and Adam Rodriguez

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for allowing us to help you with all of your insurance needs! A Full-Service Insurance Agency: • Auto • Home • Life • Renters • Business

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First Friday Arts Council Plein Air Display Date: April 7 Held at: Metro Galleries Photos by: Carla Rivas

David Gordon and Brenda Quiring

Andrea Fuerte and Cristal Madrigal

Carey Scarborough, Corrine Coats and Chris Chamberlain

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Hannah and John Vidaurreta

Lauri and Riley Heffernan

Jimmy and Robin Herrera

Brenda Hunter and Dave Ogden

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Quality Healthcare at 18 Kern County Locations Buttonwillow 277 E. Front St.

Brimhall 1014 Calloway Dr.

Brimhall #2 1022 Calloway Dr.

Delano 1001 Main St.

Delano Dental 1215 Jefferson St.

Lost Hills 21138 Paso Robles Hwy.

Ming Ave. 4131 Ming Ave.

North Chester 210 N. Chester Ave.

Oildale 525 Roberts Ln.

Panama Lane 4600 Panama Ln.

Ridgecrest 1111 N. Chelsea St.

Rosedale 3401 Calloway Dr., Building 300

Shafter 655 S. Central Valley Hwy.

Shafter Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 320 James St.

Taft 1100 4th St.

Tehachapi 161 N. Mills St.

Wasco 2101 7th St.

White Lane 4151 Mexicali Dr.

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A bite of history

By the Luigi Family Luigi’s has been a perennial reader favorite in the “Best Of” contest since it began. Top left: Luigi’s opening days in 1947. Bottom left: Mama Emelia and Luigi circa 1950.

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History lives and breathes in Bakersfield. It’s a part of our culture. Luigi’s Restaurant, Delicatessen and Wine Shop is one of the city’s oldest continuous family operated business. It’s a living testament of family roots. Luigi’s has been at its present location since 1910 and still uses some of the same recipes that were created from their great grandparents – the restaurant’s founders. From the moment you walk through the door of Luigi’s, you know you’ve stepped back into history. Luigi himself was a collector of photos and sports memorabilia. The walls of the business are covered with photos of local athletes spanning more than

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eight decades. The pictures are a constant conversation piece to the many generations of families and patrons who frequently return to view a favored photo. Since the death of Luigi in 1989, the family has continued the restaurant tradition of hard work. The family goal is to please their customers with the best service and to plate the most delicious food. The family is proud to say they serve high-quality food with the freshest ingredients. Luigi’s Old-World Delicatessen is attached to the restaurant and is reminiscent of the store operated by the great-grandfather, Joe Lemucchi, a century ago. The deli features freshly sliced meats such as prosciutto di Parma, soppresatta, mortadella and Toscano salami. Luigi’s also has an extensive cheese selection such as

wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano, dry Jack, pecorino, and selective blue cheeses. The wine shop has an extensive amount of Italian wines along with an incredible collection of New World wines. The deli is the perfect stop for anyone looking for unique gourmet food items to make the perfect meal. Whether you are shopping in the Old-World Delicatessen & Wine Shop, dining in the restaurant, enjoying the outside patio or bar, you’re sure to have a memorable experience. Luigi’s takes pride in serving their loyal customers and appreciate new customers every day. Come and see what Bakersfield residents have been coming back to for more than a century. Salute’. Opinions expressed in this column are those of the Luigi family.


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