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DEPARTMENTS Up Front The Bakersfield Museum of Art is taking a road trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art May 1. Get the details on Page 20.

Eat & Drink This month, the Dining Divas visit Nuestro Mexico and the Food Dudes check out the Belvedere Room at the Padre.

Lifestyles

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Take a test-drive in a 2018 Hyundai Kona on Page 39.

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Up Front 19 The Big Picture 20 Arts & Culture 21 On The Web 22 Short Takes 24 Happenings Eat & Drink 26 Dining Divas 30 Food Dudes

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34 Lunchtime Pick 36 Libations

50 Welcome Home 52 Pastimes 56 Journey to the Altar

Lifestyles 38 On the Road 42 Tech Talk 44 Money Matters 46 Fashion Outlet 48 Home & Garden

Go & Do 60 Out & About 65 Entertainment 68 Trip Planner

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Love Disneyland? Get some tips from an annual passholder on Page 68.

B Well Read about some community wellness programs that are giving Kern County residents the tools to live healthy lifestyles on Page 84.

People & Community See how you can enter a local photo contest sponsored by Greenlawn Funeral Homes on Page 136.

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You’ve heard about Give Big Kern, but did you know it’s on May 1? See how your donations and volunteering can help our community on Page 138.

B Well 72 Get Moving 74 Your Mind 76 Your Body 78 Ask the Doctor 84 Feature – Community Wellness Programs 88 Love & Life

People & Community 112 Business Profiles 122 Bakersfield Matters 124 Millennial Voices 126 History 130 All-Star Athlete 133 Personality 136 Our Town 138 Philanthropy Matters

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STAFF Bakersfield’s Premier City Magazine May 2018 / Vol. 12 / Issue 8 Bakersfield Life™ Magazine is published by TBC Media

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SH ARES What person, place or thing not included in this year’s Best Of contest deserves an honorable mention? “Gino’s Gelato should be in the Best ‘Made in Bakersfield’ category. That caramel cookie crunch is the bomb.” – Holly Bikakis, art & marketing manager “I think Pyrenees Restaurant and Bar deserves an honorable mention. Great for an early breakfast, a Sunday funday, their incredible Steak Night on Thursdays, and just an all-around great time. Rod and Julie make everyone feel welcome.” – Michelle Lanham, advertising account executive “Our letter carrier Greg Clines is the nicest, coolest guy ever. He enjoys classic rock while he works, and he never complains, even amid the inferno of a Bakersfield summer. I salute him and all the hardworking men and women of the U.S. Postal Service.” – Nina Ha, contributing writer “An honorable mention to the people in our community who pour their heart and soul into annual events, patronize local businesses and restaurants, and embody the very best in all of us!” – Lisa Kimble, contributing writer “Putting new twists on old favorites, New Vintage Grill definitely belongs in the ‘Best New Restaurant’ category. The “nacho average nachos” alone is worth a visit. It’s served on a pizza tray for crying out loud!” – Mark Nessia, assistant managing editor

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The best recommendations from quite possibly the best source A couple of months ago, I noticed Tina Louise, my 2-year-old pug, was acting strange. She was still her energetic, loving self but she wasn’t as responsive as she usually is. She’d wander off and not respond when called and, in the morning, it would take an extra nudge (literally) to get her up. I suspected she may be having problems with her ears that is affecting her hearing, which meant a trip to the vet was in order. But my last appointment to make sure Tina Louise is the epitome of health wasn’t a memorable one and left us on the market for a new “dogtor” (see what I did there?). Naturally, I asked friends for referrals. Then I remembered that we have quite possibly one of the best resources for recommending some of Kern County’s standout businesses, services and goods – Bakersfield Life Magazine’s annual Best Of issue. I flipped through past Best Of issues and under “Best Veterinarian” saw whom Kern County sees as the cream of the crop. You see, Best Of is 100 percent voter-driven. These are your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. sharing what they feel is the finest our city and county have to offer. The reputations these people, places and businesses have built over the years – some long before Best Of even existed – come as the result hard work and the commitment to serving the community as best as they can. Their place within the pages of Best Of issues past and present are wellearned and many proudly display their Best Of certificates for all to see. Luckily, Kern County’s suggestions mirrored those I received from friends, which made selecting a vet

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an easy decision. I took Tina Louise to Dr. Travis Thurman of Thurman Veterinary Center and one of the first things I noticed in the lobby were his Best Of accolades. Just like their human counterparts, pets don’t look forward to a trip to the vet (except Tina, of course, who was just happy to be surrounded by people and animals she hasn’t met yet) but the staff was extremely accommodating and made everyone feel comfortable. For me, the icing on the cake was how Dr. Thurman and his staff knew Tina wasn’t feeling 100 percent, but it didn’t prevent them from playing with her and getting to know her first before diagnosing what ailed her and implementing treatment. They wrapped her in a towel like a burrito and cleaned out her ears – something that is as hilarious as it is adorable. Pets are like our children and seeing them treated as such rather than just another number that walks through the door is a personal touch that means a lot to their owners. Now Tina Louise is back to being the healthiest resident at home as I remind her every night what the game plan is: She’s going to outlive me thanks to the help of Kern County’s best.

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QUALITY OF LIFE THROUGH ART APPRECIATION WITH TRIP TO LACMA

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Bakersfield Museum of Art’s mission is to “enhance the quality of life through art appreciation,” and to fully immerse in that experience, people must venture out and view pieces at other venues. BMoA is providing that opportunity when it visits the Los Angeles County Museum of Art May 1. The daytrip runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a docent-led tour of David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life. “Guests can expect a unique museum experience with the opportunity to hear insights and ask questions of both LACMA docent guides, as well as the BMoA curatorial 20

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team,” said BMoA Marketing Coordinator Erwin Ledford, adding that BMoA has a schedule-filled day ready for its guests. The schedule includes free time to explore and grab some lunch. While the price covers museum admission and roundtrip bus fare, lunch is not included. David Hockney is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer whose works offer a vibrant and intimate view of people with whom he has developed relationships with over the past 50 years. Tickets are $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers and can be purchased at bmoa.org. Deadline to sign up is April 28. May 2018

Above: Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, mirroring Los Angeles’s rich cultural heritage and uniquely diverse population. Left: The majority of portraits in the David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life, were painted in his Los Angeles studio over a period of two or three days.

BMoA Visits LACMA May 1 $65 for members, $75 for nonmembers Purchase tickets at www.bmoa.org by April 28. Schedule: 9 a.m. – Departure from BMoA 11:30 a.m. – Arrive at LACMA; free time for lunch and exploring 1 p.m. – Docent-led tour of David Hockney exhibit 5 p.m. – Arrive back at BMoA


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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY Zachary and his mom, Miranda Whitworth

Here is my mother, Vicki Sinohui, and myself, Crystal Hernandez, last year on my 34th birthday.

Matt Munoz and mom, Socorro. We love and miss you!

My mom, Diane Alburger, and Pikachu! –Christine Alburger

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My mom, Lois, is my rock. She is my world, my everything. I love her to the moon and back! – Jolie Brouttier

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All proceeds will benefit the Bakersfield Firefighters Foundation. Admission is $75 per person and a reserved table for eight is $1,000. Tickets can be purchased at Bakersfield City Fire Station #1 (2101 H St.) or at bakersfieldfbf.org. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact kalbertson@gmail. com.

Delicious barbecue tri-tip will be served from noon to 5 p.m. May 19 at the group picnic area behind Kern River Golf Course, next to Lake Ming, to benefit Pyles Boys Camp. Thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes, including a 55-inch big-screen TV, will be up for grabs. Pyles Boys Camp was founded in 1949 to give disadvantaged boys a chance to learn leadership and life skills to become successful, valued members of their community.

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May 3 2018 Read for Life Celebration, 5:30 p.m. What: The Kern Literacy Council honors Ed Western and Norm Brown with a dinner and lively program that celebrates students’ success. Where: Petroleum Club of Bakersfield, 5060 California Ave., 12th Floor Admission: $80 More Info: 661-324-3213

May 4 Yoga at the Museum, 5:30 p.m. What: Community yoga sessions held on the first Friday of every month, April through October. Where: Bakersfield Museum of Art sculpture garden, 1930 R St. Admission: Free More Info: www.bmoa.org/ yoga May 4 and 5, 7 p.m. 2018 Stampede Days Rodeo What: Rodeo featuring freestyle bull fights and Bobby Kerr, the “Mustang Man.” Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. Admission: General admission: $19; discount tickets for $15 available at select Bakersfield locations. More Info: StampedeDaysRodeo@gmail.com

May 5 Cinco de Mayo 2018, 5 p.m. What: A Cinco de Mayo celebration for all ages featuring performances from Mento Buru, Velorio, Mariachi San Marcos de Bakersfield and Grupo Folklorico Escuelas Unidas. Where: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Admission: $12-$15 More Info: www.buckowens. com

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May 7 Bakersfield Winds Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. What: Family friendly concert with wind band music. Where: Valley Baptist Church, 5500 Olive Drive Admission: Free More Info: www.bakersfieldwinds.com Bakersfield Winds An Evening with American Heroes, 6:30 p.m. What: An evening with two special operations heroes sharing personal and captivating stories of their service in an elite unite, featuring food from Cafe Med and live music by Von Cotton. Where: Address to be provided after ticket purchase. Admission: General admission: $150; sponsorships range from $1,500 to $10,000. More Info: 661-328-8600

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May 10 Scotty McCreery, 7:30 p.m. What: Country singer and

“American Idol” season 10 winner Scotty McCreery performs in Bakersfield. Where: Fox Theater, 1700 20th St. Admission: $32-$82 More Info: www.thebakersfieldfox.com

May 11 Freestyle at the Fox Theater featuring Stevie B., 8 p.m. What: Stevie B. in concert with special guests Lighter Shade of Brown, Suzi Carr and Timmy T. Where: Fox Theater, 1700 20th St. Admission: $40-$85 More Info: www.thebakersfieldfox.com

May 13 Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch, (two meal sessions) 9 a.m. and noon What: A Mother’s Day celebration featuring an omelet and waffle bar, carving station,


Stephen Stills and Judy Collins Mexican and American entrees, and live music. Where: Elements Venue, 3401 Chester Ave. Admission: Adults $24.95, kids 10 and under $14.95 More Info: Call for party reservations and tickets, 661-301-4681 Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, 7 p.m. What: Live outdoor performance by Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, with special guest Kenny White. Where: Spectrum Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway Admission: $19.50-$79.50 More Info: 888-929-7849

May 20 Platinum Weddings & Events, noon (VIP champagne brunch at 11 a.m.) What: Kern County’s leading bridal show showcases local wedding professionals for guests to compare with vendor deals and discounts offered throughout the day. Where: Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. Admission: $15-$45 More Info: www.kerncountybridalassociation.com/bridal-shows

May 23 Ornate Mirror Painting, 6 p.m.

What: A night of arts and crafts, Ornate Mirror Painting is part of the monthly DIY Wednesday series presented by the Kern County Museum. Where: Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. Admission: $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers More Info: www.kerncountymuseum.org

May 25 Chelsea Williams and The Sheriffs, 7 p.m. What: Singer-songwriter Chelsea Williams brings her brand of country music, which blends pop hooks with alt-rock, to Temblor Brewing Company. Where: Temblor Brewing Company, 3200 Buck Owens Blvd., #B Admission: $10 More Info: www.temblorbrewing.com/events

May 27 Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony, 10 a.m. What: A tribute to the nation’s heroes who were killed in service. Where: Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin Admission: Free More Info: taylorr@kerncounty. com

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Nuestro Mexico Restaurant is a little gem on 21st Street. Deceiving from the outside, this quaint restaurant packs a big punch with its colorful atmosphere and excellent food. A family owned restaurant opening in November 2014, the owners, manager and chef work beautifully together to offer regional flavors of Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta. Don’t miss the large banquet room in the back, ideal for private parties; the streetside patio for al fresco dining; and the full bar for refreshing cocktails. Nuestro Mexico Restaurant is arguably one of the best Mexican restaurants in Bakersfield, even surpassing the long-standing community favorites.

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started out by bringing us the cheese and cilantro taquitos appetizer, which consisted of corn tortillas filled with cotija cheese, cilantro and jalapenos fried to perfection and served with sour cream, guacamole and salsa. The jalapenos added just the right amount of kick to these tasty treats without overpowering them. Even a vegetarian without a passion for spice would get a kick out of these.

EN TR EES Erin Koehler on the caldo tlalpeno: Caldo tlalpeno is a traditional Mexican soup originating in Mexico City. This savory soup was composed of a light broth, shredded chicken, carrots, potato pieces, zucchini and avocado chunks. It had a slight chipotle flavor and Monterey Jack cheese sprinkled on top made for a delicious garnish. Served with a bowl of cilantro and onion on the side as well as lemon to squeeze on top if so desired. The additions added a delightfully tangy depth; however, the soup was wonderful without. Promotional Content


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filled with the poblano mixture seasoned with a supremely creamy dairy chili sauce then garnished with a few pickled red onions and the cheese of Nuestro Mexico on top. Tacos poblano is paired with flavorful long-grain rice and tender, tasty pot beans on the side. Honestly, this dish is a vegetarian delight! Tamara Baker on the chili encuerado: If you love chili relleno, then hold on to your hat! Nuestro Mexico gave this dish its own little spin by taking a chili poblano, filling it with cheese and covering it with a white creamy sauce that was just the right amount of spice and flavor. Unlike traditional chili relleno, this wasn’t fried in an egg-white batter, but was “encuerado,� or as it’s known in Mexico City, naked! Also, unlike the usual dish, shrimp or chicken can be added to this dish for an extra dash of protein.

DES S ER TS Lynn Agabashian on the flan: This richly flavored pudding is found as far back as ancient Rome. It is said the Romans provided the eggs and the Greeks provided the culinary skills to develop the savory concoction. This Medieval Latin dessert, known today as flan, is served open rimmed resting on a shallow mote of a sinfully sweet brown-buttery caramel-flavored sauce. Nuestro Mexico’s version of this creamy custard adds the topping on the elegantly presented

confection: fresh mint leaf, plump blackberries, slices of strawberry and for the fabulous finale, dreamy drizzles of imported Rompope egg wine. Hands down, it’s two thumbs-up on a dessert that is simply sublime! Erin Koehler on the Fried ice cream and flan fried ice cream: Having never tried fried ice cream before, I was excited to try one of my favorite desserts in a different form! A crispy ball drizzled with chocolate, the outer coat consisted of corn flakes, cinnamon and sugar. Fried for the perfect amount of time, this dessert was crunchy on the outside with the vanilla and chocolate chip ice cream still frozen on the inside! I loved the combination of the chocolate from the ice cream and cinnamon from the crispy coating. Simply delicious!

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The latest culinary adventure of the Food Dudes brought us to one of the finest restaurants in Bakersfield: the Belvedere Room in the Padre Hotel. Founded in 1928, this restaurant has gone through many chapters and phases, some more successful than others. Walk in today and it becomes immediately obvious that the Belvedere Room has found its stride. We visited on a Friday evening and there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. The high ceilings were accentuated by the giant, floor-to-ceiling drapes and tall, tufted upholstery on the walls. The art-deco sconces protruding from the vertical mirrors gave off a soft light that paired well with the smooth sounds of big band jazz in the background. Everything was perfectly placed on each table. The teal accents from the walls were matched by the color of the menus (and by the jewelry of our waitress). And if you look closely, you’ll notice the presence of Bakersfield’s agriculture heritage honored in the murals on the windows with such phrases as “oil in my blood” spelled across the art. We would have been sold on the Belvedere Room by the ambiance alone, but the meal that followed took things to an even higher level. We love that the executive chef introduces a new seasonal menu every three months (including their next debut this month). And since this restaurant is open 365 days a year, we look forward to coming back time and time again!

A PPETI Z ER S Traco Matthews on the bacon arugula salad: For me, the bacon arugula salad stood out among the starters for a couple of reasons. The first is obvious: bacon! The smoky flavor added a special element to a traditional blend. I also loved the texture. The crisp arugula and juicy cherry tomatoes combined with the crunchy bacon to create a fresh, tasty salad. Jeremy Hearron on the lamb belly: If you want a rich, amazingly fatty, succulent starter, this is it. The lamb belly is braised with pomegranate seeds, molasses, toasted pistachios and pinot noir. You get the richness of all of the flavors coming together in the sauce combined with the char of the lamb. This dish is unctuous and as sexy as can be. Henry Sanchez on the prime beef tartare: As an appe30

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the delicately balanced lobster meat on top of the shell from which it came. I quickly got over my initial worries, though, as I dipped a bite in melted butter and tasted how perfectly it had been prepared. Jeremy Hearron on the bone-in rib-eye steak: I ordered this baby medium-rare and waited for 18 ounces of heaven on a plate to arrive. When it arrived, the cooking temp was perfect. Juicy, a hint of salt and pepper, but the true star was the cut itself. Fantastic marbling led to the balance of butter and meat one would desire from a rib-eye. The Belvedere paired my steak with a Newton Sky Cab Merlot blend. Can you say match made in heaven?

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dients that chef Chris Sayre lays upon you. Golden raisins, pecans and bacon would make a delicious side, but with the addition of blue cheese, well let’s just say that I didn’t want to share with my fellow Food Dudes. This version of Brussels sprouts is soft and crispy – a must for great Brussels sprouts and will check many of your taste bud boxes. Josh Fitzpatrick on the baby beet salad: If I’m honest, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear “beets” is Dwight Schrute from “The Office.” Needless to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised by this salad! The mix of sweetness from the beets, the sharpness of the chevre goat cheese and the crunch of the candied pecans all combine to create a starter with a perfectly diverse flavor profile and textural experience. Jeremy Hearron on the cauliflower: Cauliflower is the new asparagus and the Belvedere does it right – in fact, better than right. The dish comes out with an orange hue, an interesting touch, but once you dive in, hello flavor! The color on the cauliflower is from a gremolata and romesco sauce, which adds a nice smoky, sweet, peppery, citrus background. Toasted almonds give the slight hint of woody, nutty flavor. And as I wanted, the dish finishes with that very recognizable cauliflower presence.

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Robert Gautney on the best damn lobster mac ’n’ cheese: There are plenty of mac ’n’ cheese ensembles all over town but this one has to be right at the top. The Maine lobster coupled with the white cheddar-gruyere cheese sauce makes for one super rich and tasty dish. Add in perfectly textured conchigliette pasta, a few English peas and top with truffled Parmesan panko crust and this bad boy will fill you up fast with each savory bite. It’s a two-person dish, but that’s two happy patrons! Traco Matthews on the grilled rack of elk: Things got crazy delicious when we hit the entrees. I tried the grilled rack of

elk off the chef’s special menu, and it was to die for! Grilled to a medium-rare, it was tender and buttery smooth. The seasonings were straightforward – salt, cracked pepper, rosemary and a little thyme – but the taste was magnificent. Combined with a remarkable cherry glaze that was slightly sweet and tangy, it was the best piece of meat I’ve had in a year. Henry Sanchez on the wagyu steak: For my entree, I got a 14-ounce, medium-rare wagyu steak with a side of blue cheese mash potatoes and broccoli florets. The steak was perfect – hands-down one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. It was nicely seared and seasoned. I now know what

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DES S ER TS Robert Gautney on the pavlova with lemon meringue and berries: It would take too many paragraphs to rightly explain this dessert, but all you have to know is that the soft, yet crisp bottom crust melts in your mouth as soon as it enters. Yes, it really does

melt! But you can’t take a bite without the lemon meringue, whipped cream and at least one raspberry and one boysenberry all together. It’s light and fluffy but packs a sweet punch! Traco Matthews on the triple berry galette: My night ended with the triple berry galette. Generally, sweet strawberries, tart blackberries and red raspberries folded into a crispy crust always make my night, and this was no exception. The dessert was topped with rich vanilla ice cream, and it served as a delightful culmination of a meal executed impeccably.

Clockwise, from top left: baby beet salad, wagyu steak, pavlova with lemon meringue and berries, and triple berry galette.

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SONDER Story and photos by Holly Bikakis

Is it a stay-and-play day or a short in-and-out day? Sonder is a great lunchtime pick either way. The relaxed, casual environment with the table arrangements and couch areas make a great gathering spot to enjoy food with friends or family. Sonder is not only for everyday lunches, but also your office lunches. They can accommodate large groups in the restaurant or in their private dining room, which can seat up to 32 people. Owner Shannon Brown has created a hip atmosphere with a menu that keeps you wanting to come back for more. Inspiration started by picking their favorite top 100 foods, then narrowing it down and narrowing it down some more so in the end you’re left with delicious-sounding choices. Items like bruschetta boards with eight different kinds to choose from, a MacLoche Burger with mac and cheese on it; the Grinder sandwich, topped with homemade olive tapenade; or salads with unique ingredients will make it hard to choose. They are about 80 percent scratch kitchen

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and fully into locally sourced ingredients for their breads, proteins and produce. It’s freshness you can taste and appreciate. Because it is hard to choose, starting the second week of May, the menu will be updated to offer half-sandwich and half-salad options. Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Chicken Caesar Salad ($12): Fresh-toasted baguette with buffalo chicken, red onion slices, creamy sauce and lettuce come together to hit it out of the park. Good texture and flavor on this one. I like when foods complement each other, and this halfand-half option goes together well. The Caesar salad has freshly made croutons with a Caesar dressing and hearty slices of Parmesan cheese to make for a light pairing, leaving you full without being stuffed. Caprese Sandwich with Poke Salad ($13): Fresh ingredients really stand out on the caprese sandwich. Pesto, mozzarella, tomato, lettuce, balsamic and sea salt come together on a freshly toasted baguette for an outstanding sandwich. It pairs well with the poke salad made with ahi tuna, edamame,

avocado, radish, cilantro, cucumbers, wonton crisps on mixed greens. This selection came with a teriyaki dressing that fuses all the flavors together for a great salad. In general, Sonder is a great place to hang out and enjoy. The outside dining patio has oversized games to enjoy on those stay-and-play days. Board and Bottle is on Mondays, 7 p.m. to close, in which a bottle of wine and a board of bruschetta is just $25. Uncorked and Unplugged is coming the third week of May on Wednesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. with live music and no cork fees. Every Sunday, get your noshing on with avocado toast, aebleskivers, steak’ n’ hash, and more during Sunday brunch. I’ve heard the mimosas are great.

Sonder 9500 Brimhall Road Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. to Midnight; Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight; Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Facebook/Instagram: @sonderbakersfield

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NUESTRO MEXICO LOUNGE By Tamara Baker

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When Javier Martin and Josue Sanchez opened Nuestro Mexico Restaurant in downtown Bakersfield three years ago, they wanted to create a family friendly environment. After years of hard work, delicious food and the highest Yelp rating in Bakersfield, Javier and Josue decided that it was time to open a separate location where they could show their mixology skills. The new Nuestro Mexico Lounge is a perfect example of a bar that’s all grown-up. Located in northwest Bakersfield, on the southwest corner of Calloway and Hageman, the lounge has been designed to appeal to an older crowd that wants to enjoy a cocktail while socializing with friends. If you’re looking to enjoy impressive cocktails over friendly conversation, then look no further than the Nuestro Mexico Lounge.

Oaxaca Old Fashioned Mezcal Silencio, Patron Silver, Ancho Reyes Ancho Chili Liqueur, Chocolate Bitters, Orange Bitters, Angostura Bitters, Garnished with a Cherry and Orange Zest This Mexican take on an Old Fashioned doesn’t disappoint. The smoky flavor from the Mezcal steps it up a notch, but the Patron Silver keeps it from being overly smoky. If you’re wary of Mezcal, this is a great drink to take a chance on.

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Smoke in the City Woodford Rye, Aperol Spritz, Amaro Averna Liqueur, Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Wood Smoke, Dehydrated Blood Orange Garnish If you’re a whiskey lover, look no further! Not only is this drink enchanting, it’s a work of art! It is delivered in a cherry-wood-smokefilled lantern. The smoke smells amazing and soaks into the garnish, granting a slight smoky taste. The Amaro Averna also gives a slight citrus note to this deliciously sippable drink.

Black and Berries Berries, Don Julio Blanco, Honey, Lemon, Ginger Beer, Garnished with Mint and Lemon Wedge So fresh and so clean! If you’re a fruit drink lover and want something that is light and fizzy, this is the winner. My mother declared this to be her favorite of the evening. With muddled berries, fresh mint and citrus, this drink is perfect for the warm days ahead.

Nuestro Diablo 10-Year Aged Scotch, Patron Citron, ½ Lemon, Egg White, Garnished with Lemon Zest The egg white gives the illusion of this being a blended drink but really it gives the cocktail a rich, creamy texture and a beautiful foamy cap. The scotch and the fresh lemon make this a surprisingly refreshing cocktail.

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2018 HYUNDAI KONA LIMITED

Korean automaker enters the fun zone with new subcompact SUV

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Long known for its well-built, practical, value-oriented sedans and sport utility vehicles, with the launch of the all-new 2018 Kona, Hyundai has officially entered the fun zone. While its impressive EPA ratings (28 mpg city, 32 highway and 30 combined), remarkable list of standard features and modest sticker price make it clear that Hyundai has not completely abandoned its primary mission, the Kona’s primary theme is fun. Hyundai has never been afraid to push the envelope of exterior design and has always been adept at developing language with which to express it (e.g., Fluidic Sculpture). The Kona’s bold, expressive styling is said to have been inspired by the flow of hot, molten lava that the district on Hawaii’s big island is famous for. Besides the flowing lines, the most striking feature of the subcompact SUV’s exterior is the black cladding around the wheel wells that extends around to encase the front and rear lighting. On my Thunder Gray test model, the cladding is very subtle – almost imperceptible from a distance – but on other color options, such as Lime Twist, Surf Blue or Pulse Red, it becomes the focal point of the exterior. I was happy to see that Hyundai did not fall into the trap that some brands have of making a subcompact SUV that looks like it should be driven by a Keebler Elf. The design is bold and unique, without crossing the line into whimsical and quirky. The long wheelbase and short Continued on Page 40

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front and rear overhangs give it a very stable stance. There are two drivetrain options in the all-new Kona. The SE and SEL trim levels come with a 2.0-liter 147-horsepower engine, while the Limited (which is what I tested) and Ultimate are equipped with 1.6-liter turbo that delivers 175 horsepower – more than enough to get a vehicle that tips the scales at barely 3,000 pounds up to highway speeds in short order. The interior of the Kona Limited is first-rate. The cabin is much roomier than one would expect in a car of its size and is adorned with generous amounts of leather (including the very comfortable seats and race-inspired steering wheel) and it is well-executed. The design straightforward and all

of the controls and gauges are easily accessed and located right where they should be. As much as I like the exterior and interior of the Kona, the most impressive thing about it is the driving experience. The unibody is constructed mostly of highstrength steel, reinforced with aircraft-grade structural adhesives. The result is a tight, stable ride that dampens the effects of rough pavement, minimizes road noise and is rock-solid through turns. To sum it up: Fun with a capital F. With its youthful good looks, exceptional fuel economy, quality interior, low sticker price and a driving experience that will put a smile on your face, the 2018 Hyundai Kona is an irresistible package.

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SCARF COMBINES FASHION, FUNCTION TO COMBAT AIR POLLUTION Compiled by Bakersfield Life

While on a business trip in China, Carlton Solle was struck with a sudden sickness. Doctors explained that he was suffering from air pollution and would be required to wear an air filtration mask to filter the air he breaths. Not wanting an unflattering, albeit necessary, device on his face, he and his wife designed the Bioscarf, an air filtration mask that is as fashionable as it is functional. Air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk and UNICEF estimates over 2 billion children are breathing toxic air due to vehicle emissions, fossil fuel use,

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dust and more. Designed to filter out harmful airborne particulates, the Bioscarf helps protect users from pneumonia, strep, influenza, tuberculosis, pet dander, pollen, cigarette smoke and more, filtering out an average of 99.75 percent of all airborne particulates size 0.1 microns and larger. Tested at Nelson Labs, one of the FDA’s premiere testing facilities, it outperformed many popular masks on the market. The Bioscarf costs $39 and is made from sustainable and recycled materials and comes in four different looks that feature the same three-layer protection. For more information, go to bioscarf.com.


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TOP CREATIVE TAX DEDUCTIONS: WHAT THE IRS ALLOWED By Chris Thornburgh

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Nothing is certain but death and taxes. Arguably, it is also certain that some people will cheat on their taxes. For the bold and brass, their attempted tax deductions are downright outrageous. Surprisingly, the IRS allowed some pretty wild write-offs. Let’s see which deductions slid by the IRS and which deductions were thrown out.

A firefighter’s job was diving to the depths of Lake Michigan to hunt for dead bodies. Arguing that he needed training in warmer places to know what he was doing, he deducted his scuba diving trip to the Florida Keys as a business expense. Since the deduction enabled him to keep his scuba diving certification required for his job with the fire department’s dive team, the IRS allowed the deduction.

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A woman was being audited over the excessively high medical costs claimed for her fertility treatments. While sorting through receipts, the auditor questioned a prescription for Viagra. The auditor and CPA argued about the intended use of the Viagra until the CPA challenged the auditor to question the taxpayer. “Do you want to call this woman, who has spent thousands of dollars trying to conceive a child, and ask her about this prescription for Viagra?” The auditor passed on calling the taxpayer and allowed the deduction.

CO S T O F H I R I N G A N A R S O N I S T – N O A man with a floundering furniture business decided to hire someone to burn it down so he could collect on his $500,000 insurance policy. He also attempted to deduct the $10,000 cost of the arsonist. The business owner’s accounting records were the perfect evidence for the arson investigators. Deducting “outside services” for an arsonist goes up in smoke.

I PH O N E A S A MEDI CA L DEDUCTI O N – Y ES Imagine life without your smartphone. All joking aside, one woman needed her phone so desperately she had a doctor’s prescription for it. After suffering major brain injuries from an accident, her phone serves as an assistant, reminding her of things she needs to do. Because her doctor said she could not function without it, the IRS did not challenge her deduction of the phone as a medical expense.

Bad debt from family members is sadly common. While you are able to claim a tax deduction for uncollectible debt, trying to deduct the $1,000 you loaned to your wayward son to help get his truck out of the impound isn’t going to fly. Unless you have paperwork documenting the loan and have attempted to get the money back through legal channels, the IRS does not allow deductions for poor lending decisions to deadbeat family members.

S EX - CH A N GE O PER A TI O N – Y ES A N D N O A man was diagnosed with a gender-identity disorder (he felt he was a woman trapped in a male body). To become a woman, he deducted nearly $22,000 in medical expenses for various sexual-reassignment surgeries, hormone therapy and breast augmentation. The Tax Court decided that the hormone therapy and the sex-change operation qualified as a medical deduction. However, the breast augmentation was deemed nondeductible cosmetic surgery.

DEDUCT TH E CO S T O F BEER – Y ES If you are a business trying to attract customers with free beer, it might be deductible. A deduction was approved when one business deducted the cost of beer it used to attract customers. The taxpayer proved that business increased with his beer promotion. Dilly, dilly!

BA BY S I TTI N G CO S TS – Y ES Babysitters are personal expenses. However, a mother claimed her babysitting expenses as a charitable contribution while volunteering her time for a registered charity when away from her child. The IRS said no, but the Tax Court said yes. 44

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Chris Thornburgh is a CPA and partner at Brown Armstrong Accountancy Corp. Contact her at cthornburgh@ bacpas.com or 324-4971. The views expressed in this column are her own.


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Wardrobe: Outlets at Tejon Models: Haleigh Earls, Matthew Jones A COUNTRYSIDE STROLL On Haleigh: Dress: Gap Outlet, Kimono, belt and jewelry: Lucky Brand, Handbag and silk scarf: Coach Factory Store, Booties: Rack Room Shoes On Matthew: Shirt and bandana: Gap Outlet, Denim jacket and jeans: Lucky Brand, Watch: Coach Factory Store, Boots: Rack Room Shoes The historic grounds and natural beauty of Tejon Ranch can only be encapsulated with the feeling of modern Americana with a California twist. A nod to the Cali Bohemia with standout accessories makes a fresh statement to the classic handkerchief prints and strong denim vibes. Top that off with pops of leather and suede details in your handbags, belts and boots. All together, they make for one stylish stroll in the countryside.

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STYLE IN THE STABLES On Haleigh: Blouse, jeans, belt, jewelry and hat: Lucky Brand, Handbag and watch: Coach Factory Store, Boots: Rack Room Shoes On Matthew: Shirt, leather jacket and hat: Lucky Brand, Chinos: Gap Factory, Boots: Rack Room Shoes. The legacy of Tejon Ranch – bigger than life, rich in history and blessed by nature – is a fitting backdrop to make the style statement of the season. With majestic horses as the perfect accessory, western style gets reimagined into a contemporary mood. Cropped pants take hold for spring and mix well with boots for a creative take on the classic look. Classic patterns like plaids and seersucker stripes get reimagined into new silhouettes and styled with a half-tuck, which our stylist Laurie B. says is flattering and lengthening to the frame. But don’t forget to layer up your turquoise jewelry for that truly authentic and eye-turning style.

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to help homeowners evaluate their plans. Local contractors also can provide “boots on the ground” insights that are helpful. Of course, remodeling decisions are not always just based on finances. They also include lifestyle considerations. Will updating your home bring you enjoyment? Will making your home energy efficient, for example, help you stretch your budget by reducing your utility bills?

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REMODELING YOUR HOME By Michelle Hardt Remodeling your home must make sense – and that includes dollars and cents. Whether you are fixing up for resell or you plan to live many more years in your home, both the cost and purpose of your remodeling plans must make financial and lifestyle sense. This spring, I conducted a remodeling workshop through the Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning at Bakersfield College to help homeowners evaluate their plans and develop practical work programs. I will conduct a second workshop in the fall that will focus on kitchen remodeling.

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• We want to extensively remodel our home. Where do we start? Just thinking about remodeling your home – let alone actually doing the work – can seem overwhelming. But if you plan ahead and evaluate what you want to achieve, the chaos and costs can be manageable. In its annual “Cost vs. Value” report, Remodeling magazine compares typical remodeling projects. The data, which is presented in an easy-to-maneuver online map, quantifies regional costs and values. Go to remodeling. hw.net/cost-vs-value/2018/Pacific. For Bakersfield, which is listed in the Pacific data, the magazine concluded, for example, that a homeowner will achieve the biggest return (about 121 percent return on the investment) for replacing a nasty-looking garage door. Next-highest return is 95.4 percent when an entry door is replaced. When it comes to larger, more expensive projects, minor kitchen updates come in with a 92.9 percent return. The magazine’s analysis is one of many that can be found online

Her e are some tips for people w ho are j ust starting to ev aluate and d ev elop their remod eling plans: • Divide your reasons for remodeling into “wants” and “needs” to help set priorities and focus plans. • Visit showrooms, model homes and specialty stores, such as appliance vendors, to get ideas. Often contractors can show you photos of completed projects. • Set a budget. Warning: As a rule of thumb, add an extra 15 to 20 percent for “unforeseen expenses.” • Determine how you will pay for the remodeling project. Will you be using a home equity loan, personal savings or other resource? • Will you do the work yourself, hire a contractor or combine both approaches? A contractor who specializes in remodeling should be able to help you find the most cost-effective options, including “repurposing” existing features in your home, to contain costs. Michelle Hardt oversees design services for Bakersfield-based Hardt Construction Services. Michelle Hardt

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Highgate at Seven Oaks is the newest addition to the Seven Oaks legacy started by Castle & Cooke over 25 years ago. A gated, master planned community, Highgate at Seven Oaks consists of four unique neighborhoods each offering a variety of floor plans, lot sizes and amenities. Among those neighborhoods is Highgate Regents at Seven Oaks, a separately gated enclave of homes designed exclusively for active adults. Castle & Cooke defined active adult living in Bakersfield with the introduction of The Greens in Seven Oaks. The Greens epitomized active adult living until 2005 when Castle & Cooke again changed everyone’s perception of this lifestyle by creating Brighton Parks. Today, Highgate Regents builds on that rich history and incorporates all of the hallmark features for which 50

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requirements. One of the biggest advantages of life in Highgate Regents is the Highgate Regency Club. Located within the community’s gated confines, the Regency Club is an exclusive private oasis available only to Highgate Regents residents and their guests. Outdoor amenities include the 54-by-30-foot lap pool, spa, putting green, pickleball courts, and expansive park with picnic tables and barbecue grills. Community events and mixers can take advantage of the clubhouse grand ballroom, kitchen, card room and media room while a state-of-theart fitness center is filled with treadmills, ellipticals and free weights. The Highgate Regency Club is the natural social center of Highgate Regents, a comfortable retreat where friends and neighbors can meet and connect. Upon completion, Highgate

Regents will consist of almost 200 Castle & Cooke homes and take its place as the premier active adult community in Bakersfield. Model homes are now open for viewing seven days a week and inventory homes in various stages of construction are available. To learn how you can become part of this historic community, visit the Highgate Regents sales center at 14407 Rokeby Way (take Ming Avenue west of Allen Road) or contact a sales associate at 829-1775.

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TAKING BREAD BACK TO ITS ROOTS A hobby turned business, Bakers Outpost reintroduces customers to ‘real’ bread

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Laura Journey’s love for baking began when she was 7 years old making banana bread in her grandmother’s kitchen in British Columbia, Canada. The baking sessions came with a traditional, old-fashioned lesson that a woman needed to learn how to cook for her husband. But cooking for others never felt like a burden for Laura. It was something she loved to do, and she constantly found herself baking for her family, starting with cookies, butter tarts and muffins before evolving into the complex side of breads, wild yeasts and sourdoughs. While still living in Canada with her husband, Ian, a road trip to visit family in Bakersfield in 2010 led the couple to Tartine in San Francisco. Tartine owner Chad Robertson is one of the faces behind the movement to reintroduce the world to real bread and Laura and Ian decided to tackle a recipe from his cookbook, which introduces home bakers to artisan breads. It took six weeks to produce a loaf from the 20-page recipe, which required harvesting their own yeast, but the results were well worth the wait. “We ripped into this bread,” Ian, 31, said. “I felt like I was in Europe.” Given the recipe’s complex nature, it usually takes three or four attempts to get right but Laura nailed it on the first try. However, baking remained a hobby for a few more years. “We were both in different careers,” Laura said. “I was in the food industry back in Vancouver; (Ian) was in engineering.

We knew we wanted to do something food related together eventually. I never thought it would be opening a bakery in Bakersfield.” The Journeys came to Bakersfield six years ago and raised two children – Lennon, 5, and Rory, 3. But life as a stay-athome mom wasn’t ideal for the driven 31-year-old. She always knew she Their wanted to do someproducts thing else include an array of outside of the muffins, home and cookies with food and being a key part scones of her but the and Ian’s bread is lives, it the real seemed star of natural to turn a the show. passion into a potential business. Baker’s Outpost debuted Dec. 9, 2017, during Second Saturday in downtown Bakersfield and sold out in two hours. Their products include an array of muffins, cookies and scones but the bread is the real star of the show. “I think our society sort of messed up breads,” Ian said. “Most people don’t know true bread. Our product is a new thing to people, which is sad because it’s such an ancient thing that we’re doing. We’re dealing with three ingredients: flour, water and salt.” Baker’s Outpost doesn’t use commercial yeast in its products, opting to use locally grown products from Tehachapi or McFarland instead. They fresh mill the grain themselves and put it directly into the bread the same day

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resulting in a product that is fresh and packed with nutrients. “I’m so blown away why we got into sifting out all of this beautiful bran,” Laura said. “We have this misconception of what fresh, whole grain tastes like. Fresh whole-grain flour is actually beautiful and delicious and nutty. It has so much depth to it.” Despite the amount of success Baker’s Outpost

has achieved in only a few months, the duo behind it are driven by pure intentions born out of passion and the drive to create something that brings people together. “I think bread is on a bit of a more emotional level for us – the breaking of bread,” Laura said. “I really can’t see myself ever losing that excitement of opening those oven doors and seeing a finished product.”

Baker’s Outpost’s products can be found at the Haggin Oaks Farmers Market every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (while supplies last), at Luigi’s from Wednesday to Friday and at Rig City Coffee’s new downtown location on G Street. A storefront on M and 19th streets is also in the works, with an anticipated opening in late fall or early winter.

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Sitting on the corner on the way in was a bait shop. Progressing further, it was more of the same – metallic warehouselike buildings in an industrial area in southwest Bakersfield. A sign indicating “county maintenance ends here” was the icing on the cake. Spencer Shoemaker wasn’t sure what she got herself into as she continued her search for a venue to host her wedding to longtime boyfriend and high school sweetheart Andrew Lewis. 56

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The two dated for 6 ½ years before Andrew popped the question on the central coast beach of Cayucos on Dec. 9, 2017, and now Spencer was on the hunt for a place where they can become Mr. and Mrs. Lewis. The weeks that followed their proposal were filled with the same questions from family members and co-workers: When are you getting married? Where? Spencer was getting stressed. They didn’t have answers to those questions and she was heading into her final semester in the education-

al counseling master’s program at CSUB at the end of January. Once classes started, she would have no time to plan the wedding. Between her school schedule and job as a substitute teacher in the Kern High and Panama Buena Vista school districts and Andrew’s work schedule as a firefighter with the Kern County Fire Department, scheduling site visits would be extremely difficult. But first, they needed a date. A summertime wedding wasn’t ideal considering it was in the middle of fire season, which would make it


difficult to celebrate anniversaries in the future. That’s when Andrew suggested an October wedding. Fire season will be winding down at that time and the weather won’t be too hot. They originally looked at the 15th since it was right in the middle of the month, but looking at the calendar,

Walking through The Gardens at Monji, Andrew could picture getting married here. The combination of floral decorations and statues gave a comfortable, relaxing vibe that wasn’t overwhelming. they found that it fell on a Monday. The 14th, however, could work, and with the discounts they could get for having a Sunday wedding, it made the date even more appealing. “We really did just pull Oct. 14 out of nowhere,” Spencer said. The next step was selecting a

venue. Always the planner, Spencer went to work. Since returning from a family vacation to Kauai, Hawaii, on Jan. 2, Spencer researched 10 potential wedding venues, contacting six and visiting four, the last being The Gardens at Monji located on the grounds of Monji Landscape Companies. “Driving into it is really weird,” she recalled. “But as soon as you walk in, it’s beautiful. I loved it right away.” The initial visit was a solo venture, but Spencer returned a week later with Andrew; her mom, Teresa; and her sister Perri. Even before seeing it himself, Andrew was already sold on Monji after Spencer told him about it. “She has good taste and I trust her good taste, in both men and everything else,” he said. Andrew’s one request is that the ceremony and reception be at the same location and that it be an outdoor affair. Other than that, he followed Spencer’s lead – a wise decision considering he’d much rather get

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Editor’s Note This is the second part of an ongoing series that follows Andrew Lewis and Spencer Shoemaker as they plan their Oct. 14 wedding. Andrew and Spencer are high school sweethearts who have overcome the difficulties of a long-distance relationship after graduating from Frontier High School. Andrew stayed in Bakersfield to pursue a career as a firefighter while Spencer attended UCLA. After graduating from UCLA, Spencer returned home and is getting her master’s degree at CSUB. Andrew proposed to Spencer Dec. 9, 2017, at central coast beach of Cayucos. To learn more about this local couple and see how far they’ve come, go to www. bakersfieldlife.com. Coming next month: selecting a wedding dress.

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married in Vegas. They can put the money they would have spent on a wedding on a single hand of blackjack and see what happens. “There’s a possibility you win more money,” he chuckled. “There’s not a possibility you win more at this.” Walking through The Gardens at Monji, Andrew could picture getting married here. The combination of floral decorations and statues gave a comfortable, relaxing vibe that wasn’t overwhelming, which matches perfectly with his and Spencer’s laid-back personalities. The only “drawback” was the groom’s dressing room wasn’t as decked out as

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the bride’s. As the group wandered around, Spencer caught a glimpse of Andrew at the back of the lawn. That’s when it hit her: This is where they’re going to get married. Tears soon followed – a rare occurrence considering not many things make Spencer cry. “She had this big old smile on her face,” Andrew recalled. “It was adorable. It wasn’t ugly crying; that’s not possible for her.” Everything fell into place for the young couple. The venue was booked on a Saturday, and Spencer started school two days later. In May, she’ll graduate with her master’s. In October, she’ll marry Andrew.

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Capitalize on the beautiful weather and early summer feels with the Tacos, Margaritas and Beer Festival on May 5, from 6 to 10 p.m. Presented by The Links at RiverLakes Ranch, the same group that brought you the Beer and Wine festival last summer, the Tacos, Margaritas and Beer Festival is a “backyard fiesta” that delivers everything that’s promised in its name and more. Tacos from Hacienda Guerrero and barbecue from Brooklyn’s BBQ will be available along with beer provided by Advanced Beverage and two margarita makers. Entertainment comes courtesy of Lonely Avenue and DJs. “There is going to be dancing, live music. There is a premium silent auction … all the way from jewelry to entertainment, music to sports memorabilia. It’s really 60

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great stuff,” said DeeJae Holmes, a member of the Tacos, Margaritas and Beer Festival planning committee. Holmes expects there to be some type of discount on the back of the punch card for car services or at least have car services ready if needed. However, they will not be included with the tickets. Tickets are $40 with The Tacos, Margaritas a VIP option available and Beer Festival is for $100. The VIP tickets a “backyard fiesta” include early access to the event, their own private that delivers everyroom, a personal drink thing that’s promised server, a souvenir glass, in its name and more. unlimited food and six premium drink tickets. General admission receives a punch card with six beer and margaritas tastings.


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Tacos, Margaritas and Beer Festival May 5 The Links at RiverLakes Ranch, 5201 Riverlakes Dr. 6 to 10 p.m. $40 general admission includes six beer and margarita tastings $100 VIP ticket includes early entry at 5 p.m., exclusive VIP room, food provided by The Links at RiverLakes Ranch, souvenir event glass and six premium drink tickets.

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TURNING 20 Latino Food Festival and Menudo Cook-Off ready to celebrate popular cultural event By Olivia Garcia

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Call it the battle of the century. Well, if you take pride in your menudo cooking, it might as well be. We are talking about the return of the 20th annual Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Latino Food Festival and Menudo Cook-Off. This is where menudo chef connoisseurs show up and carefully dish out their cuisine in a friendly but serious competition, all in the name of walking away with the title of the best menudo chef around. Thousands of local residents annually attend the event to watch the competition unfold and get a taste of the best – some traveling from different parts of California. And it’s all for a good cause, as proceeds from the event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at the Kern County Museum, benefit student scholarships and business services through the KCHCC, said Jay Tamsi, KCHCC president and CEO. “We receive guests from all over the state and, of

course, Kern County,” said Tamsi. “It is definitely one of our most popular community events of the year. But the nice thing is that the menudo cook-off still offers a nice hometown family feel. We see families, local community leaders and longtime residents all joining in the fun. But it’s a worthy cause because it is our biggest fundraiser and helps us in our mission of helping others.” The cultural competition is a perfect way to celebrate the cultural diversity that makes up the community, said Tamsi. What is even more special is that the cultural festival will celebrate its 20th birthday. Aside from the menudo cook-off, another popular draw is the entertainment. Taking the main stage will be ’80s funk legend Zapp and R&B queen Evelyn “Champagne” King. Zapp is known for hits such as “Doo Wa Ditty,” “Heartbreaker” and “I Can Make You Dance.” Evelyn “Champagne” King is a favorite, as she makes a repeat appearance from last year where she wowed the

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crowd with her songs, such as “Betcha She Don’t Love You,” “I’m in Love” and “Love Come Down.” Other entertainment includes La Sonora Explosiva, Mariachi San Marcos de Bakersfield,

ticipate in a jalapeno eating contest or check out the best decorated booth contest. In addition, there will be a kids camp and plenty of other vendor activities. Tickets are $12, advance, $15 at the door and children under the age of 5 are free. In addition, parking is free. Organizers say a family four-pack of tickets for $40 can be purchased in advance online or for $60 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at showclix.com or by visiting one of the locations below: Bakersfield: KCHCC office, 1601 H St., #201; Bootleggers, 955 Oak St.; La Mina Cantina, 4001 Auburn St.; and La Mina Cantina, 8020 District Blvd. Delano: CM Enterprises, 1208 Main St. For more information, visit kchcc.org, or call 633-5495.

Latino Food Festival and Menudo Cook-Off May 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door. Children under 5, free. www.kchcc.org

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SUPERSTAR COMEDIAN

KEVIN HART RETURNS TO BAKERSFIELD By Jennifer Olague

Three years ago, Kevin Hart asked Bakersfield, “What Now?” On May 12, he’ll be leaving common sense at the door when the “Irresponsible” tour comes to Rabobank Arena. The superstar comedian, whose unique brand of standup delves into his insecurities and life experiences, will make his third appearance in Bakersfield – his first stop coming in 2012 at Rabobank Theater and his second being a sold-out performance at Rabobank Arena in 2015. His 2015 “What Now?” tour was filmed at a sellout show in front of 50,000 fans at Lincoln Financial Field – making him the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium – in his hometown of Philadelphia and can be viewed on Netflix. “Kevin Hart fans can

expect a hilarious night of comedy,” said Nick Wynne, Rabobank Arena marketing manager.

On May 12, he’ll be leaving common sense at the door when the “Irresponsible” tour comes to Rabobank Arena. Hart’s comedic career and reputation exploded following the release of standup albums like “I’m a Grown Little Man,” “Seriously Funny” and “Let Me Explain,” along with roles in films like “Ride Along,” “Central Intelligence” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” His latest blockbuster was the “Jumanji” reboot, which grossed $949 million worldwide. Tickets range from $36 to $99.50 and can be purchased at the Rabobank Arena box office or AXS. com.

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SHOCK AND AWE Magician David Blaine to defy death at Rabobank Theater By Jennifer Olague

It’s hypnotic and irresistible in nature, compelling your eyes to lock onto the action while the mind begs you to turn away. Step outside of your world for one night and be romanced by the art of magic by master magician David Blaine himself as his death-defying show comes to Bakersfield on May 7 at the Rabobank Theater. This will be Blaine’s first time performing in Bakersfield. “But hopefully not the last,” said Blaine. Known for his over-the-top stunts and performances, Blaine is taking his act to the stage in a one-man show that is an interactive experience seeking to shock and awe audiences. Some of Blaine’s mind-blowing stunts include: being buried alive in New York City for a week, encasing himself inside a 6-ton block of ice for three days, standing atop a 100-foot-tall pillar in Bryant Park for 36 hours with no safety net, enduring 44 days inside a transparent box in London on nothing but water, and living

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within 1 million volts discharged at him continuously for 72 hours from seven Tesla coils. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the performer considered to be “the greatest magician who ever lived” by Howard Stern. Blaine mixes his knowledge of magic with stunt work resulting in some of the “most difficult endurance David Blaine Live feats” of his career, creMay 7, 8 p.m. ating a unique experiRabobank Theater, ence on the stage. 1001 Truxtun Ave. The show itself is Tickets range from $23 family friendly but to $97 Blaine admits there will www.rabobankarena.com be some part that may be difficult to watch. “The show is interactive, and some audience members will be invited on stage,” said Blaine. The show itself is unexpected because unlike his TV show, “this is a live show, and anything can happen at any time,” Blaine said.


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AN ANNUAL PASSHOLDER’S GUIDE TO

DISNEYLAND By Patricia Marquez If the sight of Mickey ears bouncing through a crowd and the joyful giggles of children and adults alike don’t fill your heart with glee, then you may not be the Disneyphile I am. I won’t go so far as to call that “a shame,” but it’s quite possible you’ve been doing Disneyland wrong thus far. Hakuna matata, I’m here to help. I’ve been an annual passholder since 2016 and have made 40 trips to Disneyland. Disneyland and California Adventure are kid-friendly, a short drive away and the parks offer discounted tickets to Southern California residents. Let’s start with smart ticket buying. One-day tickets are cheapest Monday through Thursday. You get a better price and smaller crowds, so it’s a win all around! Don’t try to do both parks in one day, especially if you have kids. Everyone will be grouchy and overstimulated. Seriously. My favorite game to play in the park is “how many meltdowns can you spot?” If you want to do both parks, buy the SoCal resident two-day tickets. It’s well worth the extra expense. Once you get in, you obviously want to make the most of your time. This may be the most important tip you read about Disneyland. Ever. Download the Disneyland app. It will tell you ride wait times, showtimes, character locations, display your

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park photos, show you maps and even make dinner reservations (you should absolutely make dinner reservations if you want to eat at a decent restaurant). Use it to its capacity! As far as rides go, waits are inevitable, but cleverness and $10 go a long way. My whole life changed when I discovered sinDownload the gle-rider lines. With virtually Disneyland app. no wait, you can fill the sinIt will tell you ride gle seats left vacant on rides by odd-numbered groups, wait times, showas long as you don’t mind times, character being separated from your locations, display own group. This probably your park photos, doesn’t apply if you have show you maps and small children, but it’s utter even make dinner brilliance for bigger kids and adults. Walk past the reservations. line and get right on Matterhorn, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, Grizzly River Run, Goofy’s Sky School, Radiator Springs Racers and California Screamin’. Most are familiar with FastPasses, which allow you to walk to individual ride kiosks and collect printed vouchers for shorter wait times later in the day. Now, you can buy MaxPasses, which cost $10 and allow you to collect digital FastPasses through your Disneyland app. Hooray technology! Continued on Page 70


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MCGUIRE’S KARATE By Glenn Hammett

The first thing I heard when I entered McGuire’s Karate, located at 3401 Pacheco Rd., Ste. G in southwest Bakersfield, was Tyrell McGuire’s authoritative voice bark out, “Those messing around in the back, 30 pushups.” The handful of students to whom McGuire’s command was directed immediately dropped down and started knocking out pushups. No “who, me?” looks. No negative body language. They took responsibility of their actions and looked almost happy to pay the price. There was a feeling of trust and mutual respect that one does not often see among a group like this – youngsters whose ages appeared to range from about 8 to 20. McGuire is the owner and head instructor at McGuire’s Karate and his resume is impressive. He was an All-American wrestler in college, is accomplished in jeet kune do, Hsing I kung fu, boxing, kick boxing, judo and karate. Moreover, he has trained both SWAT and military teams in martial arts, self-defense, knife fighting, close quarter combat with firearms. Also trained the above mentioned in mental and physical toughness. The basic foundation of McGuire’s system is Kempo and Tae Kwon Do. Kemp kwon do is the art of survival. It 72

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requires a lifestyle of training physically and mentally. Physically, as students progress through the levels marked by different belt colors, techniques in kenpo, goju ryu, shotokan, Hsing I Kung Fu, wing chun, boxing, judo, jiujitsu, wrestling and kickboxing will be learned for a full skill set in the ways of martial arts. There’s an interesting collection of weapons hanging on the wall. They’re all made out of rubber for practicing with and real ones are on-site for the advanced students. Mentally, students are learning how to focus, use self-control and show respect, while gaining confidence and leadership skills. Going through the program will give students the assurance to handle 99 percent of life’s situations. The highest level of achievement is marked by a black belt, which will be the end for some and just the beginning for others. McGuire’s Karate is a competitive studio and had three students win medals at the prestigious Ozawa Cup tournament that took place on March 28 in Las Vegas. Myree Bowden placed first in fighting and third katas in the 18-and-over intermediate class, Evan Limon placed first in fighting in the 10- to 12-year-olds and Michael Zachary placed first in fighting and second in katas in the 16- to 17- yearold division.

The studio will be hosting their third annual Bako Cup at Bakersfield High School on July 28. For more information, go to their Facebook page or email Thebakocup@gmail.com. If you are not looking to compete, McGuire’s also offers anti-bullying and women’s self-defense classes.

McGuire’s Karate 3401 Pacheco Road, Ste. G 661-427-6193 www.mcguireskarate.com Mcguireskarate@gmail.com Like them on Facebook at McGuire’s Karate or Ty Berry Instagram @mcguireskarate. Bring this article in to get 50 percent off for three months or try their seven-day free pass.

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Your Mind

MEDITATION PROVIDES CALM AMID THE CHAOS OF LIFE

Stephen Winters is a yoga and meditation instructor at the Samsara Wellness Center.

By Jennifer Olague

When the mind and body are at odds, meditation can restore some balance back into your life. Stephen Winters is a yoga and meditation instructor at the Samsara Wellness Center. Winters has been practicing meditation for 15 years and has been teaching it for three. Although there is no true way of defining what meditation is, Winters gives his own take of what meditation is to him. “It’s getting to know the deepest parts of yourself,” he said. “Understanding your mind developing so that you can understand your body and its various functions. Breathing is the Once you have that understanding, you can key to being able to empower yourself to make meditate, according to Winters. When we changes and to create a life experience that agrees with are stressed or in you and you enjoy versus pain, meditation can letting outside circumtake some of that stances determine how you experience your life.” edge off. In its simplest form, Winters, describes meditation as a state of being and state of awareness. Winters began his own journey with meditation to empower his own truth. He wanted to understand himself truthfully and realized that before he can be a good person to anyone in his life, he had to be an authentic human being for himself first. He further dwells into this by explaining that meditation should be approached through a yoga perspective in order to successfully begin to meditate. “Yoga uses tools that are available to everybody,” he said. “If we’re able to tap into our body, we can see what’s there. We can make small changes to make the body more comfortable. If you are in pain, then it’s very hard to overcome. We need eliminate distraction from the body. 74

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“Once the body is comfortable enough, the mind can turn a little bit deeper and focus on the breath. We all know how to breathe but very rarely we are taught the intricacies of breathing.” Winters understands that mediation itself is a challenge. It can be hard for anyone to just drop what they are doing and get into that mindset. Breathing is the key to being able to meditate, according to Winters. When we are stressed or in pain, meditation can take some of that edge off. And it can be done, simply, by learning some key breathing techniques. “We can control the breath and use it to change our state of mind and our mental energy,” said Winters. Meditation is our inner exploration. Winters uses a comparison, used in mediation, that gives an overall consensus of the importance of meditation and helps you imagine that inner pace: “(Mediation) treats the mind like the surface of a lake. If we’re trying to see the reflections of the stars and the moon in the surface of the lake and there’s ripples in the lake, then what we’re seeing becomes distorted. So if you imagine every distraction, every thought, every emotional reaction like a pebble being thrown into that pond. Those all cause ripples and distort our perspective – the way we see things. We see them through that distorted perspective. And if you’re able to use the breath to calm the surface of the mind and let all those pebbles float to the bottom of the lake – they’ll be there later – then the surface of the mind becomes clear like a still lake at night. “You can really see whatever it is you’re hoping to find in your meditation,” said Winters.

Clear Your Mind Stephen Winters leads a donation-only meditation class on Saturday mornings from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. at Samsara Wellness Center, 5301 Office Park Drive, #420.


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MEDITATION QUIZ 1. Meditation is focused on training which part of a human being? a. Your mind b. Your body c. Your heart 2. What is a defining trait of focused attention meditation? a. You give up on the idea of focusing your mind. b. You learn to focus your mind on everything, and nothing, at once. c. You focus your mind on one thing. 3. What is neuroplasticity? a. The ability to change the

brain's functionality and structure b. Drug-assisted meditation c. The science of creating plastic brains 4. OMM stands for what kind of meditation? a. Open mind meditation b. Oral mentor meditation c. Open monitoring meditation 5. Some people say meditation can help you improve your “qi,” which is what? a. Emotion b. Life force c. Health

Answers 1. a, 2. c, 3. a, 4. c, 5. b, 6. b, 7. a, 8. c, 9. a, 10. b

6. Samatha meditation is designed to help you do what? a. Improve your body's health b. Tame your mind c. Find new insights 7. How can meditation change the brain’s aging process? a. It can slow it down b. It can speed it up c. It can completely stop brain aging 8. What does the practitioner monitor during OMM meditation? a. Breathing b. Visual inputs

c. Awareness 9. What is a mantra? a. A vocalization with spiritual meaning b. A super-positive phrase repeated endlessly c. Prayer beads used for meditation 10. How can meditation prevent you from becoming ill? a. Increases your blood flow b. Boosts your immune system c. Helps you visualize germs as your enemies

Source: http://quizzes.howstuffworks.com/quiz/meditation-quiz

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Your Body

FULL-BODY EXERCISES

to incorporate into your workout routine By Mark Nessia

When it comes to overall health and wellness, everything is connected, and balance is key. A proper diet needs to be paired with regular physical activity and one of the most effective approaches is incorporates exercises that work the entire body. “For overall health and strength of your bones and posture, strength training is the best bet,” said Stephanie Hidalgo, a personal trainer and manager of Echelon Gym in north Bakersfield. “Ninety-nine percent of the general population just wants a leaner figure – to look fit, feel fit and

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feel better.” For basic weight loss and to get a leaner frame, Hidalgo said it’s more beneficial to work the entire body as opposed to isolation workouts, which focuses on individual muscles for maximum results. Machines specialize in isolation exercises while bodyweight and free weights engage your whole body. For beginners, a strong foundation consists of pushups, squats and planks. Pushups work a wide range of muscles, notably the chest, triceps and core, but also requires your legs to be tight and activated to complete the motion. Squats focus on the lower body. However, proper form

requires a straight back and tight core, which benefits the upper body as well, especially when weights are introduced. Planks help with back and core strength while promoting increased stability and better posture from head to toe. “It’s the most basic thing but it’s the hardest thing to do,” Hidalgo said. More advanced exercises incorporate plyometrics, adding a considerable cardio element as well as engaging more muscles. Burpees are a sort of hybrid between a squat and pushup that test your strength and cardiovascular endurance as you start in a standing position, then squat and kick your


feet out into a pushup position before tucking your feet in and returning to the starting position. Jump squats kick the basic squat up a notch as the top of the movement introduces a dynamic jump for a burst of cardio and explosiveness. Kettlebell swings can help remedy “anterior dominance,” the overuse of muscles on the front side of the body, which is the result of a sedentary lifestyle – sitting for long periods of time, whether it’s at work, in school or at home in front of the TV. Grabbing a kettlebell on the floor between bent knees and feet that are shoulder-width apart, drive the hips forward using the legs “For overall health to create momentum while and strength of straightening the back and your bones and lifting the kettlebell up to shoulder height. Return to posture, strength starting position and repeat. training is the best For best results, Hidalbet.” go recommends exercising – Stephanie Hidalgo, a three to five times per week. personal trainer and “Everything is connectmanager of Echelon Gym ed,” she said. “We all need to stretch, we all need to work out, we all need to use our breath, we all need to get the proper circulation, we all need to get moving. It’s whatever way makes you feel best when you’re moving.”

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Ask the Doctor

ADVANCING NEUROCRITICAL CARE:

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL INTRODUCES SPECIALIZED SERVICES FOR KERN COUNTY NEURO PATIENTS When you’re suffering from a life-threatening brain disorder, minutes matter. That’s why Memorial Hospital’s Sarvanand Heart and Brain Center is proud to offer the most comprehensive neurology services in Kern County. Over the past decade, Memorial Hospital has made significant advances to its neuroscience program, including the addition of an eight-bed Neurological Critical Care Unit. The Neuro CCU is dedicated to treating patients strictly with life-threatening brain conditions such as stroke, epilepsy, meningitis and brain aneurisms. Michele Shain, senior director of Memorial Hospital’s Neuroscience and Cardiovascular Services, says the addition of this department means more targeted care for critically ill patients. “Neuro patients are different than some of the other patients that we care for. We believe these patients should be cared for with an expertise specifically for them. This, in turn, can greatly improve their outcomes,” said Shain. Patients in the Neuro CCU are cared for by uniquely qualified doctors called neurointensivists. These types of hybrid physicians are neurologists with special training in treating critical care patients. Memorial’s Neurological CCU is led by Dr. Venkata Dandamudi, a neurointensivist and interventional neurology specialist. Dr. Dandamudi says his department spent months studying the best-run ICU’s across the country and have now emulated those programs here at home. “What we have started here is something completely different. Dignity Health and Memorial Hospital have done a terrific job putting this together in the right format, where it, in fact, makes a difference in the outcomes of our patients’ lives,” he said. Memorial’s Sarvanand Heart and 78

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Brain Center also boasts some of the most advanced techniques in the treatment of stroke and neurological disorders and is home to the area’s only biplane interventional suite. Memorial Hospital, along with Mercy Hospital Downtown and Mercy Hospital Southwest, are Joint Commission certified stroke centers. The hospitals’ partnership with the Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California ensures local patients receive rapid stroke evaluation when minutes matter. All three Dignity Health Bakersfield hospitals have earned Gold Plus Target Stroke Recognition from the American Stroke Association. Interventional neurology specialist Dr. Kiron Thomas is director of Memorial’s Stroke Program. He says when it comes to stroke care, time is of the essence. “The quicker you can deliver treatment, that could be the difference whether the patient returns to meaningful productive life or not,” said Dr. Thomas. Doctors at Memorial Hospital are able to administer lifesaving medication for stroke patients on average within 48 minutes of arrival. That’s under the goal of 60 minutes and ranks Memorial among the national benchmarks for that performance. Adora Calistro is Memorial’s lead EEG tech and the only licensed continuous long-term monitoring (CLTM) EEG technician in Kern County. She has spent the past 35 years helping to diagnose and treat patients suffering from diseases like epilepsy. Calistro administers an electroencephalogram test to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain and pinpoint abnormalities. She likens her work to a detective, unraveling mini-mysteries in the brain. “I had one patient who would pass out while getting her blood drawn. While she was being monitored, we were able to

Dr. Venkata Dandamudi and Dr. Kiron Thomas, neurology specialists at Memorial Hospital.

determine that her heart would stop for 21 seconds. If we hadn’t been able to capture that with the video EEG, we wouldn’t have been able to determine exactly what it was. She had been told for years that she was crazy.” Calistro says proper EEG monitoring of these brain events is vital to patient care because it helps lead doctors to a correct diagnosis and proper medications and ultimately means more productive lives for patients.

To learn the symptoms of stroke or for more information about Dignity Health’s neurology services – including

its three Primary Stroke Centers at Memorial Hospital, Mercy Hospital Downtown and Mercy Hospital Southwest – visit dignityhealth. org/bakersfield/stroke. From there, you will also have an opportunity to take a free stroke risk assessment and get connected with neurology experts.

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HEALING

FROM THE HEART Caring for the hearts of Kern County

Left to right: Drs. Fowrooz Joolhar, Aslan GhandForoush, and Tiffany Win.

By Kiley Norvell Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in both males and females. More than 500,000 people die of heart disease annually. The causes of cardiovascular death include heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. At Kern Medical, we make it our goal and mission to treat not only heart disease, but more importantly, to act preventatively and rehabilitate those who have significant risk factors of heart disease. Our physicians, faculty and dedicated team of professionals are committed to providing you with the best and most cutting-edge treatments, interventions and evidence-based medicine. When patients establish care with our cardiology department, the patient and their family meet with one of our dedicated cardiovascular specialists. Our heart specialists are experienced 80

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in diagnosing and treating patients with heart conditions, including many rare and complex disorders. Patients will partner with a team of doctors, nurses and other caregivers focusing on heart health – together, this team will create a personalized treatment plan that is customized for the patient. The Kern Medical cardiology team includes experts in interventional cardiology, general cardiology, electrophysiology, heart failure, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, pulmonary hypertension and women’s heart disease. Together, the team can diagnose and manage a variety of conditions, including heart valve disease, heart rhythm disorders, lipid disorders (including cholesterol), hypertension (high blood pressure) and pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs). The cardiology team also includes two of the only female cardi-

ologists in the Central Valley. In an effort to provide the most comprehensive care possible, cardiologists will often collaborate with many other doctors throughout Kern Medical and greater Kern County, as well as Southern California. Every patient at Kern Medical has access to state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities. We know the science of medicine is consistently changing, and our heart experts are continually learning and exploring new ways to improve how we diagnose and treat all our patients – no matter what condition they may have. That’s why, at our heart center, we practice guideline-derived and evidence-based medicine while keeping the whole-body approach in mind at all times, when treating both everyday issues and the most complex of cardiac diseases. Kern Medical cardiology is part of the Kern Medical system, with offices at our Mt. Vernon and Truxtun locations. We continue to pioneer treatments that advance cardiovascular research and clinical care for people everywhere. The physicians at Kern Medical have faculty appointments at the UCLA Department of Medicine, one of the nation’s leading medical schools. We offer an advanced team approach to treating the heart.

First Steps To schedule an appointment with a Kern Medical cardiologist at our Truxtun location, please call 661664-2200.

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Almost everyone has seen the dramatic heart attack scene in a movie, where a man suddenly grabs his chest, collapsing to the ground. Some heart attacks are like that, but most begin slowly and don’t just affect men. Chest discomfort is the most common symptom among both men and women. However, women are more likely to experience a combination of symptoms. Because most of these symptoms are ones not typically associ-

ated with heart attacks, they are often times missed or misunderstood. Chest Discomfort This feeling usually lasts longer than a few minutes but can disappear and reappear later on. You may experience uncomfortable pressure that can be described as an elephant sitting on top of your chest. Upper Body Discomfort You may also feel discomfort in other areas of the upper body, like in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach. This pain may feel less severe, but it’s just as telling. Heart attacks often seem unexpected, but the warning signs are there. If you experience any of these symptoms, act fast. Visit your doctor for regular checkups to help maintain your car-

diovascular health. Kern Medical is here to help you stay heart–healthy, during American Heart Month and beyond.

WOMEN & HEART ATTACKS Women experience a much more complex set of symptoms that usually aren’t typical to men, including nausea, shortness of breath, and abdominal pain. While these signs are less common, it’s important to remember them because, in conjunction with other symptoms, they may help you recognize that you’re having a heart attack—particularly if you are a woman.


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CYBERKNIFE AT CBCC OFFERS HOPE TO PATIENTS WITH HARD-TO-TREAT CANCER

This revolutionary technology has proven effectiveness

What is CyberKnife? CyberKnife is a revolutionary robotic radiosurgery treatment that is painless and noninvasive. It uses targeted radiation therapy to deliver high-dose radiation with pinpoint accuracy to a tumor in virtually any part of the body. What is unique about CyberKnife? CyberKnife can treat tumors anywhere in the body. It allows possible treatment for tumors that are defined as inoperable and tumors that are operable in patients but are not medically candidates for surgery. The CyberKnife System had been successfully used to treat conditions throughout the body including, prostate, lung, spine, head and neck, liver, pancreas and kidneys.

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How long does treatment take and what’s it like? Typically, there are between one to five treatments and all treatments are conducted with a short period of time. In some cases, treatment may be over in as little as a week. Your doctor will be able to give specific treatment session targets. A single treatment may take 30 to 90 minutes. The patient wears their normal clothes, lays down and the CyberKnife moves around the patient treating the condition, while the patient remains in a comfortable position throughout treatment.

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What are the patient benefits of CyberKnife? Treatment is relatively pain-free. It

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does not require general anesthesia or hospitalization. The treatments are very precise; healthy tissue surrounding the tumor is undamaged. There is little or no recovery time. Patients can immediately return to daily activities. Where is the closet CyberKnife Center? CBCC has a dedicated CyberKnife Center located right on campus. Other centers offering CyberKnife are at least a two-hour drive north or south.

achieved national recognition from The American College of Radiation. This accreditation is only earned by 10 percent of the nations’ radiation oncology centers. This demonstrates CBCC’s dedication and consistent commitment to patient safety.

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Feature

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COMMUNITY WELLNESS PROGRAMS

Aim to educate Kern County on health-related matters free of charge

By Mark Nessia

The headlines are hard to ignore. Stories documenting how Bakersfield ranks among the country’s unhealthiest cities. National publications and organizations have published works on the area’s poor air quality and prevalence of health-related issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But when it comes to addressing the health of Kern County’s residents, the first step is education. Healthy Kern was launched seven years ago as an online community-needs assessment dedicated to hosting current Kern County health information. The project was a joint effort by local community, government and health organizations, like Mercy and Memorial hospitals, San Joaquin Community Hospital (now Adventist Health), Kaiser Permanente, Delano Regional Medical, Kern County Public Health Services Department, United Way of Kern Coun84

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Mercy and Memorial Hospitals’ Department of Special Needs and Community Outreach.

ty, Boys & Girls Club of Kern County and more, pooling their resources together to report health indicators to the community. Each organization works with the areas it serves conducting surveys to identify the biggest health concerns before determining what the top needs are and what resources are available to address them. For Dignity Health, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and access to care are some of the more press-

ing issues and through a series of community wellness programs, they are able to help community members help themselves. “Our department started in 1991 with one person, really looking at what services can we provide beyond the walls of the hospital to the community,” said Dignity Health Special Needs and Community Outreach Regional Director Donna Winkley. “That was the vision for the department. We’ve grown the department where we now


Nutrition-Fitness Program participants from Casa Loma Elementary.

have 45 different programs and 37 employees.” The programs are free of charge to the public and are designed to encourage living healthy lifestyles, ranging from chronic disease management education for asthma, diabetes and stroke; nutrition education, which includes a kitchen classroom that teaches nutrition basics; and health screenings and health education classes. “Most of the work we do is actually out in the community,” Winkley said. Preventive action is key to maintaining good health.

The goal should be staying informed of one’s current health status to prevent emergency visits to the doctor. “People don’t see a doctor regularly,” Community Benefit CBISA Coordinator Felicia Corona said. “They come in whenever something happens; they wait until they have to come in to receive care instead of seeing someone before and getting the care they need to prevent that emergency situation.” A common problem is the majority of the population is unfamiliar with how diet and exercise affect their condition. Lack of awareness and education contributes to unhealthy lifestyle choices, which are then passed on to the next generation. And when conditions escalate, not knowing how to access care can hinder treatment and recovery. By informing the public of what to look out for and what options are available to them, Kern County residents can limit and perhaps avoid hospital readmissions. “They just don’t have that education and that’s where we come in and provide that,” Corona said. For Kern County’s many health organizations, the goal is to make Kern County healthier. “The only way we’re going to be healthier as a community is if we all work together,” Winkley said. “We all realize that and that’s the end goal: to have a healthier Kern County.” Continued on Page 86

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Navigating the Healthy Kern website The Healthy Kern website, www.healthykern.org, is ripe with data on community health and wellness, however, it can be overwhelming with all the information it has to offer. The best place to start is by clicking the “Indicators Dashboard� link on the home page, which allows you to search by topic. The results will list all of the health indicators related to the subject and you can pick what you would like to view.

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Love & Life

Ha Dogs at the Beale Memorial Library.

ODE

TO THE LIBRARY

By Nina Ha

“When in doubt, go to the library.” – J.K. Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” Ever since I can remember, I’ve had my own library card. My parents, who always emphasized the importance of a good education, made it a point for every member of our family to have their own account. The green laminated card bearing my scribbled signature solidified my reading skills, gave me the power to explore the world in a dusty book and established the foundation for my future career in broadcast journalism. Growing up, the library was everyone’s Google, WebMD and Pinterest all in one. I spent hours pestering the all-knowing librarian to help me research science project ideas, look up famous historical figures and operate the microfiche viewer. As the world around me continued to change, the library was like a loyal friend, albeit one who was constantly shushing me. One of the best things about the ’brary, as I like to call it, is that its shelves of historical knowledge, culled from the greatest minds of our time, can be accessed for free. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, everyone gets an all-access pass to greater knowledge. We just need to mind the due dates, but not the quintessential smell of vintage books. When our kids were old enough to read, my husband, Ben, and I made sure that they, too, obtained shiny library 88

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cards of their own. They grew up sitting on oversized bean bags, logging books for summer reading programs and buying used hardbacks for a quarter at book sales. If I’m feeling parOf all the libraries I’ve ticularly lazy on a had the pleasure of perusSaturday morning, ing, the Kern County Library I can bypass the is my personal favorite. I’ve been to Beale for a dynamDewey Decimal ic Dr. Seuss performance, System altogether Northeast for an ukulele and download an meetup for my husband and e-book to my smart the Southwest branch for device immediately. delicious ice cream socials for the kids. I love that I can check out books, CDs, DVDs and magazines by visiting one of their seven branches within Bakersfield, more than a dozen others across Kern County or even one of their traveling bookmobiles. If I’m feeling particularly lazy on a Saturday morning, I can bypass the Dewey Decimal System altogether and download an e-book to my smart device immediately. The Kern County Library is such a valuable resource. If you haven’t stopped by in a while, you should literally check it out. For our family, it’s one of the best things in Bakersfield! Nina Ha

Opinions expressed in this column are those of Nina Ha.


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BEST The certificates are displayed proudly on windows, walls and offices like badges of honor earned after countless hours, days, weeks and years serving the community. To be named a “Best Of” winner or favorite is to be among elite company – a distinction granted by the people who call this place home. For 25 years, TBC Media has conducted the Best Of Readers’ Choice Poll to showcase the people, places and things that make Kern County truly unique. Over 10 years ago, the honor of publishing the results was given to Bakersfield Life Magazine. This was Yelp long before Yelp existed as the published results double as a referral tool to some of the best local options available and continues to be a valuable resource because the feedback comes from Kern County residents. Each year brings anticipation and excitement, from the nomination process, voting to determine the top three, all the way to the big reveal. Will

giants be dethroned? Is this the year a longtime favorite claims the title of winner? Will a newcomer catch everyone by surprise? The answers lie in the pages that follow. As you review the results, take note of notable absences and keep them in mind during the next nomination period later this year. After all, the Best Of Readers’ Choice Poll starts and ends with you.

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Luigi’s Arizona Cafe Wool Growers Restaurant

Best Golf Course Seven Oaks Country Club Bakersfield Country Club The Links at RiverLakes Ranch

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Best Of Downtown: The Padre Hotel

Best Hotel Padre Hotel Bakersfield Marriott DoubleTree by Hilton

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Best of Lake Isabella/Kernville Kern River Brewing Company Ewings on the Kern McNally’s

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Best Annual Event: HolidayLights at CALM

Best Mascot: Colonel Claw’d

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California Living Museum (CALM) Murray Family Farms Rush Air Sports

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Best Kid/Family Entertainment

Best Local Band Winner Favorite Favorite

Best Mascot Bakersfield Condors – Colonel Claw’d Bakersfield Christian High School – Eagle California State University, Bakersfield Roadrunners – Rowdy

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Best of Delano: Dad’s BBQ

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Best of Northeast Rosa’s Italian Restaurant Red Pepper Restaurant Spencer’s Cafe

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Best of Northwest Salty’s BBQ & Catering Kan Pai Sugar Twist Bakery

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Best of Oildale Cope’s Knotty Pine Cafe Milts La Tapatia Mexican Grill

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Best Place to Take Out of Town Guests Winner Favorite Favorite

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Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace Dewar’s Candy Shop Wool Growers Restaurant

Best of Southwest Frugatti’s Italian Eatery Lengthwise Brewing Company Sweet Surrender

Winner Favorite Favorite

Best of Northwest Bakersfield and Best Barbecue Restaurant: Salty’s

Best of Taft Route 33 Sandwich Company Asian Experience Buena Vista Golf Course

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Best Automotive Service Bill Wright Toyota Jim Burke Ford Motor City Buick GMC

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Best Asian Restaurant: Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks

Best of Oildale: Cope’s Knotty Pine Cafe

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Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant Dad’s Bar-B-Que in Shafter Red Wagon

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Best of Wasco/Shafter

Best New & Used Car Dealer Bill Wright Toyota Jim Burke Ford Motor City Buick GMC

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Best Tire Store Winner Favorite Favorite

Best Asian Restaurant Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks Great Castle Chinese Restaurant Rice Bowl

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Best Place to Take Out of Town Guests and Best Sunday Brunch: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace

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America’s Tires Store Big Brand Tire & Service Costco

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Best Bakery Smith’s Bakeries Nothing Bundt Cakes Sweet Surrender

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Best Bar Lengthwise Brewing Company 1933 Restaurant and Prohibition Bar The Padre Hotel

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Best Basque Restaurant Wool Growers Restaurant Benji’s French Basque Restaurant Noriega’s

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Best Barbecue Restaurant Salty’s BBQ & Catering Firestone Grill Jake’s Tex-Mex Cafe

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Best Buffet Hodel’s Country Dining Bucks Owens’ Crystal Palace Don Pericos Mexican Restaurant

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Best Chef Preeda Piamfa, Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar Winner Isaac Mancilla, Mama Roomba Favorite Meir Brown, Cafe Med Favorite

Best Bar and Best Microbrew: Lengthwise Brewing Company

Best Happy Hour Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse La Mina Cantina The Padre

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Best Italian Restaurant Frugatti’s Luigi’s Uricchio’s Trattoria

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Best Lunch Spot Sequoia Sandwich Company Jake’s Tex Mex Cafe Luigi’s

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Best Mexican Restaurant La Costa Mariscos Fine Mexican Food Don Pericos Mexican Restaurant Mexicali Restaurants

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Lengthwise Brewing Company Kern River Brewing Company Temblor Brewing Company

Winner Favorite Favorite Best Buffet: Hodel’s Country Dining

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Best New Restaurant Cafe Smitten Bakersfield Pizza Co. & Bar Sonder

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Best Pizza Tony’s Pizza Pizzaville USA Rusty’s Pizza Parlor

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Best Sandwich/Deli Sequoia Sandwich Company Caesars Italian Delicatessen Luigi’s

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Best Seafood La Costa Mariscos AMF Westchester Lanes Coconut Joe’s

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Best Steak House Restaurant Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse Hungry Hunter Steakhouse KC Steakhouse

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Best Sunday Brunch Bucks Owens’ Crystal Palace Don Pericos Mexican Restaurant Hodel’s Country Dining

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Best Sushi Kan Pai Jin Sushi Love Sushi

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Best Lunch Spot and Best Sandwich/Deli: Sequoia Sandwich Company

Best Chiropractor Christopher Berry – Core Chiropractic + Wellness Winner Kristal D. Shropshire – Shropshire Chiropractic, Inc Favorite Matthew G Tatsuno – Tatsuno Chiropractic Favorite

Best Dentist Donald R. Montano – Montano & Cardall Orthodontic Specialists Winner Kurt Sturz – Sturz and Abby Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Favorite Dr. Michael Thurman – Thurman Orthodontics Favorite

William Farr – Farr Medical Group Winner Calvin Kubo – Golden Valley Medical Group Favorite Christina Del Toro-Diaz – Mohawk Medical Group Favorite

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Best Dentist: Donald R. Montano – Montano & Cardall

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Best Doctor/General Practitioner

Best Mexican Food Restaurant and Bes Seafood: La Costa Mariscos


R EA L ES TA TE PR O FES S I O N A LS Janice Fisher

Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors

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Janice shares in the excitement and happiness with her clients when handing keys over or assisting in the sale of a home. She uses traditional marketing, along with new, innovative methods, to reach as many people as possible to get homes sold. Her love for helping others keeps her motivated and driven. Each day, she focuses on her clients’ happiness, while going above and beyond along with sharing her enthusiasm and passion for the industry. Call or text her to assist with your purchase, listing, short sale or even relocation to another state. 661-319-5319. www.fisherrealtor.com

Robin Blanquette Intero Real Estate

Robin Blanquette has been in sales with the focus on outstanding customer service for over 30 years. Real estate was a natural industry for Robin to flourish, focusing on the real estate market in Bakersfield and the Central Valley. She is a natural negotiator and will strive for an outstanding experience for the buyer and seller. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, Robin will assist you in the whole process and help you achieve your goal! 661-301-3920.

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As lifelong residents, we know our community! With more than 35 years of real estate experience, we are ready and committed to help each one of our clients. We specialize in residential homes, luxury homes, oceanfront, estate and ranch properties, new construction and land. As members of the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist-Million Dollar Guild and an Accredited Staging Professional, we provide the extra in professionalism and service. Our objective is to list and sell your property at the highest price, in the shortest amount of time and eliminate the stress with a smooth transaction. 661-330-6778. www.BakersfieldLife.com

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Best Hospital Dignity Health – Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Winner Adventist Health Favorite Dignity Health – Mercy Hospital Southwest Favorite

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Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center Winner Kaiser Permanente Favorite San Dimas Medical Group Favorite

Best Ophthalmologist/ Optometrist Steve Ratty – Stephen Ratty Optometrist Winner David B. Hair MD – Bakersfield Eye Institute Favorite Gregory A. Stainer – Southwest Eye Care & Laser Favorite

Best Physical Therapy Group: Terrio Physical Therapy & Fitness

Best Physical Therapy Group Terrio Physical Therapy & Fitness Glinn and Giordano Physical Therapy Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy

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Best Plastic Surgeon

Best Specialty Doctor Ravi Patel – Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center Christopher Hamilton – Southern California Orthopedic Institute Mark L. Schamblin – Southern California Orthopedic Institute

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Best Medical Group: Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center

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Darshan Shah – Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Medispa Winner Gordon M. Mitts – Mitts Plastic Surgery Favorite Vipul Dev – California Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Favorite

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Best Veterinarian Travis Thurman – Thurman Vet Center Lauren Blair – Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital Mark Holland – Southwest Veterinary Hospital

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Best Home Improvement Building Contractor

Best Mortgage Company Agape Mortgage Castle & Cooke Mortgage (CCM) Cornerstone Mortgage

Winner Favorite Favorite Best Hospital/Dignity Health Bakersfield Memorial Hospital

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DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Bakersfield Winner Mike & Bob Wattenbarger Favorite Stockdale Kitchen & Bath Favorite

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Best New Home Builder John Balfanz Homes Froehlich Signature Homes Lennar Homes

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Best Property Management Company Watson Realty Property Management MD Atkinson Pacific Management Company

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Best Real Estate Agent Jessica Fuentes – Miramar International Winner Erica Seymour – Miramar International Favorite Jon Busby – Miramar International Favorite

Best Real Estate Company Winner Favorite Favorite

Best Bank/Financial Institute Kern Schools Federal Credit Union Chase Bank Wells Fargo

Winner Favorite Favorite

Best College/Higher Learning Source

Best Bank/Financial Institution: Kern Schools Federal Credit Union

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Miramar International Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors Watson Realty ERA

California State University, Bakersfield Winner Bakersfield College Favorite Taft College Favorite

Best CPA/Accounting Firm Brown Armstrong Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock Hocking Denton and Palmquist

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Best Day Care/Preschool Facility Little Red School House Olive Knolls Christian School Valley Bible Fellowship

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Best Dry Cleaner Today Cleaners New City Cleaners Waterfall Dry Cleaning

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Log Cabin Florist Garden District Flowers White Oak Florist

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Best Funeral Home Greenlawn Funeral Homes & Cemeteries Winner Basham Funeral Care Favorite Hillcrest Memorial Park Favorite

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

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Best Florist

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Best Hair Salon Essentiels Spa Et Beaute Atomic Kitten Envy Salon

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Best Heating/Air Oasis Air Conditioning Bland Solar & Air Stockdale Aire

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Best Law Firm Winner Favorite Favorite

Best Lawyer Daniel Rodriguez – Rodriguez & Associates Winner Robert J. Noriega – Young Wooldridge, LLP Favorite Timothy G. Scanlon – Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP Favorite Best Hair Salon: Essentiels Spa Et Beaute

Best Local Insurance Agent Kari Lee – Personal Express Allison Kitchen – Farmers Insurance Darlene Dennison – State Farm

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Best Pest Control Clark Pest Control Banks Pest Control Inc Killian Pest Control

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Best Place to Worship Valley Bible Fellowship St. Francis Church Valley Baptist Church

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Best Private School Bakersfield Christian High School Garces Memorial High School Stockdale Christian Schools

Winner Favorite Favorite

Best Retirement Home Rosewood Retirement Community Brookdale Riverwalk The Village at Seven Oaks

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Best Spa EuroPhoria Medical & Personal Spa Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center Essentiels Spa Et Beaute

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Best “Made In Bakersfield” Product Dewar’s Candy Shop – Chews Winner Pyrenees French Bakery – Sourdough Bread Favorite Smith’s Bakeries Favorite

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Best “Made in Bakersfield” Product: Dewar’s Candy Shop – Chews

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Chain Cohn Stiles Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP Young Wooldridge, LLP


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Best Buffet

Best Sunday Brunch CRYSTAL PALACE STEAKHOUSE 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. 661/328-7560

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Best Lawyer: Daniel Rodriguez

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Best Antique Dealer Woolworth’s Five & Dime Antique Mall Farm Girl’s Vintage Finds Timeless Furnishings

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Best Bike Shop Snider’s Cyclery Action Sports Finish Line

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Best Carpet/Flooring/Tile Store Carpet Outlet Plus, Inc Bill Ray Tile Stockdale Ceramic Tile Center Inc

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Best Furniture Store Weatherby’s Furniture Ashley Furniture MOR Furniture

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Best Home Appliance and Electronics Store Urner’s Best Buy Lowe’s

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Best Jewelry Store Rogers Jewelers American Jewelry Co. Knights Jewelry

Best Nursery/Garden Store: White Forest Nursery

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Best Local Apparel and Shoe Store Emporium Western Store Apricot Lane Guarantee Shoe Center

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Best Mattress Store Urner’s Z’s Please Sleep Centers Slagle’s Mattress Showroom Sleep n Air Mattress

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Best Nursery/Garden Store White Forest Nursery Bolles Nursery Landscape Robby’s Nursery

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Best Shopping Center Winner Favorite Favorite

Best Wedding Wear David’s Bridal Ladies and Gents Bridal Mr. Tuxedo

Winner Favorite Favorite Best Shopping Center: The Marketplace

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Elements Venue presents Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch May 13, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lounge Guy * Mariachi * Delicious Food Omelet and waffle bar, carving station, eight Mexican and American hot entrees, menudo, homemade tortillas, four salads, baby back ribs, hot links, lemon herb chicken (afternoon session), dessert bar, milk chocolate fountain, champagne and juices. Elements Venue, 3401 Chester Ave., $24.95 adults, $14.95 children under 10, tickets at Evenbrite.com or call 661-301-4681. 110

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Gift this beautiful “Mom” bracelet from ALEX AND ANI; find a few others to put together a bangle stack that she will wear to always remember you! Bangles are all hand beaded in America with love and positive energy and each comes with a beautiful meaning card. $32. Julia, The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Suite I-2, 661-412-8068.

A Lasting Memory Give mom a lasting memory of the family home, done in oil or watercolor. To commission your painting, contact the artist Charlotte White at 661-3302676. Visit her ongoing exhibit at The Arts Center, 1607 19th St.

Farm Girls Vintage Finds monthly markets See you Thurs.-Sat., May 17-19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Farm Girls Vintage Finds. 3216 State Road, right off of 99 and Golden State.


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Goddess Image Skin Care Therapy Clinic Pampering your mother is the best gift for her big day! Purchase a Mother's Day gift certificate toward a facial treatment and mom will receive a special FREE gift! (up to a $75 value). Gift certificates may be purchased by visiting our spa, Instagram page or by calling 661-5736973. 4900 California Ave., Suite B, Studio 27 Instagram: @goddessimageskincare

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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.

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

What should clients look for in an attorney? The area of law, like the area of medicine, is broad. Clients must select the best-trained, 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.

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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.

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 that operate

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

“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 cutting-edge 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 attorneyscientist.” – Barton Morris, Federal Crime Attorney

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straight year selection to the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star list (top 2½% of lawyers in California) and is recognized as one of Southern California’s “Top Attorneys” as published in Los Angeles Magazine. He is honored to be designated an “ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist” by the American Chemical Society having obtained the highest student score on the examination among all California lawyers. PRIOR TO BEING RECOGNIZED as California’s Top Lawyer-Scientist, Mr. Brehmer received specialized training and further education in standardized field sobriety testing; gas chromatography; solid drug dose analysis, DNA, airway gas exchange, and is the only Kern County Defense attorney to be trained in drug recognition examinations. He is routinely asked to consult with both private and public attorneys throughout the country on issues of toxicology and pharmacology.

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HEALTHSOUTH BAKE RSFIE LD

What does the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommend regarding rehabilitation after a stroke? The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association guidelines call for intensive, multidisciplinary treatment for adult stroke rehabilitation. The guidelines state that an inpatient rehab facility, such as HealthSouth Bakersfield, is preferable to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) for stroke survivors who qualify for these services. The AHA’s statement includes this comment from Dr. Carolee Winstein, professor of biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California: “If the hospital suggests sending your loved one to a skilled nursing facility after a stroke, advocate for the patient to go to an in-patient rehabilitation facility instead – unless there is a good reason not to, such as being medically unable to participate in rehab. There is considerable evidence that patients benefit from the team approach in a facility that understands the importance of rehabilitation during the early period after a stroke.” HealthSouth Bakersfield is the only rehabilitation hospital in Bakersfield; the family of a stroke 114

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patient may need to advocate for their loved one to go to HealthSouth Bakersfield for rehabilitation to increase the likelihood of a better outcome. What is the HealthSouth Bakersfield Second Chance Stroke Program? A person can experience effects of a stroke months or even years after it occurs. For example, stroke survivors may suddenly have difficulty swallowing or experience problems with their balance. Sometimes these late effects are triggered by an everyday illness or a fall. In these instances, the person may qualify to have stroke rehabilitation a second time – we call that our Second Chance Stroke Program. During National Stroke Awareness Month in May, we want people to know that HealthSouth Bakersfield can complete home screenings for patients who may meet the criteria for the Second Chance Stroke Program. If you or someone you love might benefit from stroke rehab a second time, please reach out to HealthSouth Bakersfield to schedule your free screening. How might someone benefit from coming to HealthSouth Bakersfield directly from their home setting? In addition to our Second Chance

Stroke Program, we accept other admissions from home as well. If a person is at home and begins experiencing frequent falls, worsening symptoms of an Martha Samora old or chronic illBSN, MBA, FACHE ness or injury, or Chief Executive Officer if they are losing their independence and their family is having increasing difficulty assisting them, they might benefit from a shortterm stay at HealthSouth Bakersfield. We are a rehabilitation hospital, not a nursing home/skilled nursing facility, which means our patients receive intensive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to help them regain their independence as quickly as possible. Some people may return to their home setting in as little as one to two weeks.

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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 customJeff Newman Jr. ers. Laundry and Owner dry cleaning is a service industry and we want to serve our customers better than anyone else. With all our newly remodeled locations, our goal is to make the dropoff and pickup of your cleaning 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 and more convenient allow faster service 116

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MONJI LANDSCAPE COMPANIES

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Spring and summer are always popular times for homeowners to tackle their home improvement projects, so we decided to sit down with Aaron Monji, design consultant for Monji Landscape Companies, to find out the top tips for designing your perfect backyard. Discover What You Like: Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz are great tools that homeowners have today. You can click away for hours discovering your likes/dislikes and styles that you love. Once you feel more certain about your preferences, try creating a scrapbook or a folder on your computer of the top 10 to 20 photos that sum up your own personal style and, ultimately, what you want to achieve in your landscape. Develop a Wish List: Now that you’ve combed through the internet, examining photos of your favorite homes and gardens, it’s time to make your own personal wish list. These are the Monji Landscape specific items you want to Companies create in your yard; your 9401 Shellabarger Road list could include a pool, 661-588-8067 patio, fire pit, pavers, fruit www.monjilandscape.com trees and so much more. It’s also very helpful if you can begin to list these items in order of importance, just in case you have to trade one item in favor of another. Get to Know Your Home: Before you dive into actually designing your dream landscape, you should spend some time getting to know your current yard. Even if you’re starting with a clean slate of bare dirt, a simple site inventory is an extremely helpful tool for beginning your design. Key items to note on your inventory are: sun/shade patterns, established plants/trees, negative views (e.g., roof 118

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lines), drainage issues, window views, etc. Create a Master Plan: Now that you have a better understanding of your current property and you know what you want to add, it’s time to put it all together. One big thing to remember: Design each area with the whole space in mind. This means that each element you create (pool, outdoor kitchen, etc.) should fit together and feel connected. The space you create should be both beautiful and comfortable. Even if you’re not a natural-born artist, you should try doing a rough sketch of your design. Don’t focus on creating a perfect drawing; focus on experimenting with different layouts and options until you find one you love. Consult a Professional: If you’re struggling to put it all together, you can always find an experienced professional to help with your design. We at Monji Landscape Companies have been creating beautiful environments for our clients since 1953. For over 60 years, our designers and construction professionals have helped thousands of clients bring their dream environments to life. For inspiration, we always suggest a visit to our sprawling Botanical Garden to discover the countless options available outdoors and our designers are available for in-home consultations at your convenience. Promotional Content


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YOUNGBLOOD Are you a native Kern County resident? I was actually born in Salinas, California. My parents and grandparents moved to Bakersfield when I was less than 1. I consider myself a native. I attended Mt. Vernon School, Jefferson School, Washington Jr. High School, East Bakersfield and West high schools. I lived in the 500 block of Oregon for years next door to St. Joseph School. St. Joseph School and the Baker library were my playgrounds as a child. When the crosstown freeway was built, the school and my house were removed. We then moved to 1006 Oregon St., I lived there until my senior year in high school. My grandparents moved in the house and stayed until their deaths. I am an east Bakersfield boy. I still live within a mile of those homes. I have three sisters who helped guide me in my youth. They used a stick!

What jobs have you had and why did you become a deputy sheriff? My very first job was delivering The Bakersfield Californian. It was an afternoon paper and I used my bicycle to make my route. I can still drive that exact route. While in high school, I worked for Woolworth’s in College Center. I stocked, swept, sold and anything else they wanted me to do. I loved the job. Immediately after high school graduation, I joined the U.S. Army. It was during the Vietnam War and I spent 14 months in the Mekong Delta. For you vets who remember the ammo dump being blown up in Dong Tam, home of the 9th Infantry Division, I was there. If you were there, you remember. I was assigned to the 86th Combat Engineers just outside Dong Tam in the Mekong Delta. After being discharged, I went to work for the Kern County Welfare Department, handing out food commodities. I saw a job recruitment for the Sheriff’s 120

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Office. I was hired by Charlie Dodge during his last year as the sheriff.

What accomplishments as sheriff are you most proud of? First, it is such an honor and privilege to serve as your sheriff. It certainly is a highlight of my life. We have done some really good things. The Sheriff’s Activities League has expanded to help hundreds of kids. They are our future and the mentorship from deputies is invaluable. I am so proud of those deputies who work with these kids. We obtained a COPS grant that allowed us to add 27 new deputies. It probably saved us, as we weren’t expecting the county fiscal crisis that we are in. We secured $100 million from the state that allowed the county to build a 200,000-squarefoot, state-of-the-art jail facility. This facility allows us to care for medical and mental health inmates in a way we could not before. It also gives us programming space that helps

inmates cycle back into society with new skills and hopefully new priorities in life. We have gone from approximately 1,900 CCW permits in 2006 to 10,000 today. I believe an armed, permitted citizen makes us safer. I was chosen as the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the California Rifle and Pistol Association.

What outside activities do you do? Well, I play golf. After becoming sheriff, my golf game really suffered. I am an avid hiker. I hike an average of 60 to 70 miles per month. I really enjoy the people I run into while hiking. Hiking pays such great dividends on my health. We have three horses who think they are pets. Well, to be honest, they are. I am most proud of the 1,200 employees who do a thankless job and are under constant criticism. There has never been a more difficult time to be a police officer than today.

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Bakersfield Matters

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LOVE

THY NE IG HBOR A good neighbor’s value is priceless Shirley Lewis last Thanksgiving with some of her grandkids.

By Lisa Kimble

A faded photograph plucked from the gutter on a recent wet morning is all our family has left to remind us of our dear, sweet neighbor of more than two decades. It’s hard to say when it was snapped, but it froze in time a group of women enjoying spirits at Wool Growers. The picture is one of a few items that didn’t make it into the sanitation truck from her last load of trash stuffed into the garbage bin by her relatives. And that was quintessentially Shirley – the life of the party, the volunteer group, her neighborhood. It’s true that we may be able to pick our friends, but we can’t pick our neighbors, or vice versa. But we hit the jackpot when we moved next door to Bob and Shirley Lewis in 1995. We shared a property line but knew when to keep our distance. We exchanged eggs for sugar, delivered one another’s newspapers to the doorstep and watched each other’s family grow. No real estate appraiser could have put a value on them. They were priceless. Shirley’s obituary listed the many hats she wore – loving daughter, wife, mother and friend. We wish it had noted neighbor as well. We were a young couple with two children when they welcomed us into the neighborhood of our 122

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Cresta neighbors were like extended dreams. They were already well family. The Lewises were part of into their empty-nest phase of life, that bygone era. Today, an estimathaving raised three daughters. As ed one-third of Americans are part the oldest of three girls, and having of a growing trend who don’t know lost my mother, I welcomed Shirley’s maternal advice and pearls of their neighbors nor have ever interwisdom. acted with them. Back in the 1970s, Before there was ADT, there the percentage of Americans who was Shirley. A trespasser or suspifrequently spent time with their cious person never made it past her neighbors was much higher. watchful eye. We also appreciated A few weeks ago, strangers inthe room and board she provided to spected every corner of her immacour finicky feline who often turned ulate home, lured in by open house his nose at our offerings for tastisigns. Today, it is in escrow. er treats at Shirley’s. Together we Last month, the home on the solved the problems of the commuother side, which had been vacant nity at the mailbox and commiserfor as long as we could remember, ated about the weather. We weathcame back to life. A new family ered many a storm together, and dwells in it. There is a barking dog even a snow day in 1998! and the sound of children laughing Another of her possessions I and playing in the backyard. plucked from the gutter that rainy We’ve yet to meet. But like morning was one of her worn Shirley, I’ll wander over to welcome gardening gloves. Her obit went on them as she did us, perhaps with a to say that she enjoyed seeing her bouquet of flowers. garden in full bloom. I wish she was And so a new relationship will here today, as her delphiniums and begin. irises have opened up beautifully. There was no service, but She kept her yard in meticulous memorial donations were encourcondition and we were all sod-green aged. I’ll add my two cents here, in her honor – to “love thy neighbor” with envy. Her sweet peas were as Shirley Mae Lewis did. If you delightful, and the bouquets she have a good one, as we did, would bring me always consider yourself lucky and brightened my day. blessed beyond measure. Her homemade cookies weren’t bad either. May you all have a Shirley So good in fact, that our Lewis next door. children inhaled them before their father walked Opinions expressed in through the door. this column are those of Lisa Lisa Kimble Growing up, my La Kimble.


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Millennial Voices

Left: Cafe Smitten’s cappuccino. Below: Dagny’s embraces the local writing community.

SPILLING THE BEANS By Noah Moss

I’ve lived in four cities in five years. In that time, I’ve also had more employers than I’m willing to admit in public. These are a couple reasons why I identify as a millennial. Here are a few more: I’m still single at the age my parents already had kids. I’m still paying rent and still have student debt. To be fair, I was out of touch with my inner millennial until recently. Before moving to Bakersfield in February of this year, I lived in Orinda, California – east of San Francisco – with my great uncle, who on more than one occasion of claiming “the greatest generation” as his own, often provoked me into fierce defense of myself and my contemporaries. The more I defended my millennial tendencies, the more I embraced how much I have in common with the stereotype, particularly with respect to how mindful I am about what and where I eat and drink. This is especially true when it comes to coffee. During my time in the Bay Area, I frequented many San Francisco coffee shops, from Outer Sunset to the Marina and down to the Mission. I even once ventured out to the Dogpatch. That was a trip. I drank coffee all over Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens for three years before that. Despite the variation in location between Bakersfield, San Francisco and New York City, I noticed that the ebb and flow of each city resembles the others in an essential way – coffee. What I saw with respect to coffee is that each city’s coffee vendors have openly adopted a consumer-driven industry trend called the “third wave,” which signifies a shift away from ill-informed drinkers of mass-produced 124

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industrial coffee. In their place is an emerging customer base that won’t buy coffee without knowing the source and roast date of each bean. As a recent transplant to Bakersfield, I was initially surprised the extent to which the local coffee culture has taken up this nationwide trend. Consider Cloud Nine Coffee Co., whose stated mission is to “take the third wave movement of coffee … where beans are sourced sustainably, the entire process is fair trade.” Or Blue Oak: “We offer a fresh alternative. We import our beans direct and roast to order.” Blue Oak and Cloud Nine are Bakersfield’s premier third wave coffee vendors. Rig City is a close second and also offers drink variations, like an iced Bulletproof Americano with coconut oil, that are unheard of, even in notorious places of coffee repute like lower Manhattan. One method I use to filter which coffee shops I can afford to frequent is what I call the “$10 avocado toast” test, closely related to the “$5 nitro cold brew” test. If a coffee

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shop serves avocado toast and sells it for $10 or more, chances are, like Cafe Smitten on 18th Street downtown, it’s outside my budget. But because I’m a millennial, I couldn’t resist indulging in Cafe Smitten’s nitro cold brew and almost lost my mind over how good it was. I haven’t tried their toast yet, but the breakfast burrito is the menu’s other can’t-miss if it’s payday and you’re looking to live a little. Of Bakersfield’s coffee vendors, Dagny’s is truly Bakersfield’s own. This coffee house also openly embraces Bakersfield’s writing community and is a haven for the written word. Dagny’s opens just as early as the others and closes twice as late, keeping their doors open and coffee brewing until 9 p.m. most days of the week. So the next time you’re looking for your caffeine fix, hop on the third wave and check one of these places out. If that cup of Joe leaves you a little more mindful about the beans used to brew it, all the better.

Noah Moss

Noah Moss is a local writer and attorney. He is a recent transplant to Bakersfield from the Bay Area and enjoys traveling, writing and all things coffee. The views expressed in this column are his own.

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ST. FRANCI S PARI SH’S HO U SE S O F GO D:

A BEACON OF SALVATION TO ALL By Julie Plata

In the backroom of Pablo Galtes’ store, located along the dusty roads of 19th Street, Bishop Amat celebrated Bakersfield’s first Mass. The date was Oct.1, 1871, and Bakersfield was still in its infancy when the area’s Catholic families started to meet for worship. As the number of families quickly grew, the need for a church building was realized. On May 28, 1878, the first Catholic festival served as a fundraiser for the new church. In a letter to the editor of the Southern Californian and Kern Weekly Courier, Rev. Aguilera thanked the people of Bakersfield for their support and noted that the “circumstances and dullness of the times” made the community’s support that much 126

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more remarkable. The dullness of the times is attributed to the fact that the nation was in the midst of a depression cause by the panic of 1873. But even in that difficult time, the people of Bakersfield, regardless of denomination or creed, helped raise $225. The festival the following year raised another $232. A planning committee meeting for a new Catholic church occurred on July 7, 1878, in the back of Galtes’ store. Under the leadership of Bishop Francisco Mora, the committee’s first action was to purchase a two-lot site for the church located at 17th and K streets. The land cost $600 and J.M. Montgomery was contracted to build the church for $730. Construction started in 1880 after the plans were


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solidified. The Californian reported on Jan. 29, 1881, that the church’s original design was a brick edifice, but it was decided that a frame building was the better choice due to a shortage of funds. The church was completed in 1882 and officially named St. Francis of Assisi as patron in honor of Bishop Mora. According to church records, Fr. Joseph Bannon was appointed the first priest of St. Francis. Father G.G. Frund was placed in charge of St. Francis in January 1905. One of the first things he did was reorganized the church building committee. A headline from the June 26, 1905, Daily Californian read, “St. A planning committee Francis was crowded” meeting for a new and many parishioners Catholic church ocwere unable to enter the curred on July 7, 1878, church at all. It was time in the back of Galtes’ for the parish to build a larger church. store. Under the The original cost to leadership of Bishop build the church was Francisco Mora, the estimated from $35,000 committee’s first to $40,000. In August action was to purchase 1904, W.J. Doherty was a two-lot site for the contracted for $33,965. Reported by The Calichurch located at 17th fornian on Jan. 15, 1906, and K streets. The the cornerstone for the land cost $600 and new church was placed J.M. Montgomery was by Bishop Thomas J. Cocontracted to build naty at the new Truxtun Avenue and Eye Street the church for $730. location on Jan. 14. As he addressed a crowd of 2,000, he spoke of the history and importance of the Catholic church and hoped that the new church would “be to all men a beacon of salvation, the gem of the valley, the pride of Bakersfield and the glory of the diocese.” The new gothic-style church was dedicated on Oct. 18, Continued on Page 128

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1908 and proudly served the community until it was destroyed in the 1952 earthquake. The rebuilt church, now located on 10th and H streets, took five years to complete. The new $500,000 edifice featured a 95-foot steeple topped with a 15-foot cross. The church bells are from the old Truxtun church and serve as a remembrance of its past. In 1881, church leaders hoped that the little wood frame building would “serve for a house of devotion for the present and hereafter,� and it has done so in its many forms. The buildings may have changed, but the faith of the people has remained the same. St. Francis Church when it was located at the corner of Truxtun Avenue and Eye Street.

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All-Star Athlete

Daniel Viveros took third place in the shot put at the CIF 2017 State Track and Field Championships.

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VIVEROS Liberty High track and field star has big goals in mind in junior season By Stephen Lynch

Most of the time, Daniel Viveros is an easygoing guy who likes to joke around and have fun. However, that all changes when it’s time for the Liberty High track and field standout to compete in his two events: the shot put and discus. “The first thing I usually do when I get in the ring is stomp on the ground to get myself focused,” Viveros said. “When I get in there, it’s all business.” That businesslike approach to throwing has led to some outstanding results for Viveros. Last year, as a sophomore, he finished third in the state in the shot put. This year, Viveros looks primed to possibly win a state championship in the shot put and medal in the discus. Through the end of March, the 6-foot, 275-pound junior, ranked No. 1 in the state in the shot put (62 feet, 8.5 inches) and No. 5 in the discus (176.5 feet). “I’m pretty confident, with how things ended last year,” Viveros said. “I kind of expected things to be a little bit better, but I’m still pleased with how I’ve been throwing. I’ve just wanted to see a little bit bigger throws, but I’m happy with the consistency.” Viveros began competing in the shot put and discus in fourth grade. It was a case of following in the footsteps of his older sister, Alicia, currently a thrower on the Mississippi State track and field team. Viveros credits Alicia and his longtime throwing coach Rod Chronister for his success. “She’s impacted me greatly, just seeing all the accomplishments she had and wanting to mimic them,” Viveros said. “She gave me something to look up to and goals to set 130

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based on what she did.” Viveros hopes to accomplish something his sister wasn’t able to do by winning a state title. “It would mean a lot because the last two years it’s been hard being an underclassman competing against 17- and 18-year-olds that are basically grown men,” Viveros said. Being younger than most of his competition wasn’t the only difficulty Viveros had to endure last year. “Toward the beginning of (last) year, I was really having a hard time with technique and strength. I tore a tendon in my elbow during football season, so it was hard to have good practices and lift weights. It was tough to “I’m kind of get prepared for the meets and I wasn’t doing well. But during small for a spring break, I started to feel betthrower … but ter. Soon afterward, I hit a big PR I am decently and then just kept going up and powerful, and up and up. At state, I had the best it helps a lot meet of life.” Viveros’ distance goals this having great season are 66-67 feet for the technique with shot put and 185-190 feet for the a great coach.” discus. “I just need to be consistent in my workouts and lifting,” Viveros said. “Make sure that my technique’s always consistent.” Viveros, an All-League and All-Area lineman for the Liberty football team this past season, works out in the


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Viveros winds up for a throw in the discus at the 2017 CIF Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High in Clovis.

2018 weight room four or five days a week during track season. During the offseason, he lifts weights nearly every day. He can bench press 310 pounds, squat 540 and clean 270. “I’m kind of small for a thrower,” Viveros said. “Most throwers are 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-5. But I am decently powerful, and it helps a lot having great technique with a great coach.” Viveros’ outstanding throwing efforts and 4.0 gradepoint average have already drawn the interest of a few college track and field programs. Viveros wants to throw in college and possibly compete internationally, despite admitting it can sometimes be a difficult grind. “I really love (throwing), but it’s kind of a love-hate relationship,” Viveros said. “Whenever you’re doing great, you feel like you’re on top of a mountain. But if you have one bad meet, it kind of breaks you. You always want to do well but it’s hard. It takes a lot of work with your technique.”

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CASA Executive Director Colleen McGauley

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CASA executive director continues to advocate for local youths in need By Mark Nessia

Growing up in a family of nine, Colleen McGauley knew two things early on: She wanted to have adventures and she never wanted children. Fast-forward to today and she has stayed true to that commitment. McGauley, 63, went on adventures, her list of accomplishments including living in rural Alaska in an Eskimo community for four years and singing in a rock ’n’ roll band. And while she has no children of her own, her work impacts the lives of thousands of youths across Kern County. In a way, McGauley became a mother figure without having children of her own. As executive director of CASA of Kern County, McGauley heads an organization and a community of volunteers – court appointed special advocates – who stand up and speak out to help abused and neglected children. It’s a situation she is quite familiar with. “I really can look back and say I was called to do this work when I was the girl being beaten in the kitchen,” McGauley said. Growing up in the ’50s and ’60s, physical discipline in the home and at school was not uncommon. McGauley was raised in a home that was violent toward its children, leaving her feeling powerless with no voice. It wasn’t until adulthood that McGauley began to find her place in the world. She became a Christian and answered the call to volunteer, which led her to Alaska. Working with the Inupiat culture above the Arctic Circle in the NANA region, she witnessed

social injustice. “These are what I realize were all cobblestones on a path, which eventually brought me to Bakersfield, California,” she said. “A friend of mine said we’re starting this thing called CASA and I think you would be great.” In 1993, McGauley joined as a volunteer and in September 1994, she was in juvenile court speaking for three children for whom she was an advocate. She presented her report to the judge, which consisted of information compiled from announced and announced visits with teachers, caregivers, relatives and parents. The judge admitted having reservations toward the CASA program but said, “After reading your report, Ms. McGauley, this is exactly what I was hoping to get.” That day, McGauley witnessed firsthand the difference a single volunteer can make in a child’s life. “We’re a living bridge for them to get what they need,” she said. “After time, I decided I really wanted to speak up for these children I’d heard about and was now trained about and I realized what I had in common with them is that I was raised in a home where I felt powerless.” McGauley worked her way up the organization, becoming executive director in October 2001, doubling the number of active volunteers and the number of children served annually. She relates her journey to Hebrews 13:21, which says, “(God will) equip you with everything good for doing his will.” In her personal life, McGauley underwent eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, a psychoContinued on Page 134

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therapy treatment designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories and reconciled her relationship with her family. It was an accomplishment that mirrors what CASA does for Kern County children. “That’s the part that I love about CASA,” McGauley said. “I know that families can change and people can

learn to use their words and there can be great healing.” Looking back on her life, McGauley has gone from feeling powerless to a position of helping empower local youths. “(My therapist told me): ‘Oh, you were powerless,’” she said. “‘No wonder you advocate for abused and neglected children.’”

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Our Town

LOCAL PHOTO CONTEST A ‘C E LE BRATION Compiled by Bakersfield Life

Greenlawn Funeral Homes & Cemeteries is accepting entries to its first-ever photo contest, which has a “Celebration of Life” theme. The contest entry period runs through June 30 with judging taking place in July. First-place winners will receive a prize of $500 with second and third receiving $250 and $100, respectively.

The contest features two subcategories: “special events,” which includes birthdays, anniversaries, parties and other family events (except weddings), and “daily joys,” which recognizes the personal moments that make life special. “In our particular line of service, ‘celebration of life’ is a significant theme,” Greenlawn President Jim LaMar said in a release. “Every life is truly amazing, something worth celebrating, and we couldn’t think of a better way to tell that story than through the sharing of photographs. This contest is the perfect reason to step back and think about what

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Life means to each of us and how we shouldn’t take for granted even a moment of it.” The contest features two subcategories: “special events,” which includes birthdays, anniversaries, parties and other family events (except weddings), and “daily joys,” which recognizes the personal moments that make life special. The contest is free to enter for men and women 18 and over, regardless of skill level. Photo entries must be submitted by mail and electronically. Mounted prints can be mailed to 2739 Panama Lane along with a completed entry form that can be obtained at GreenlawnPhotoContest. com. Electronic submissions can be made through Greenlawn’s Facebook page or through GreenlawnPhotoContest.com. Judging will be a combination of popular vote via Facebook and a public viewing on July 22 combined with the votes of a juried panel of blue-ribbon photography experts. Following the contest, select photos will be exhibited at Greenlawn and other venues throughout Bakersfield. For more information, go to GreenlawnPhotoContest.com, Greenlawn’s Facebook page or email info@greenlawnphotocontest.com.

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GIVE BIG KERN: A CHANCE TO SHO W CASE THE GIV IN G SPIRIT OF KE RN CON U TY By Kristen Beall Barnes

If there is one event that truly captures the spirit of our community, it’s Kern Community Foundation’s Give Big Kern – now our region’s biggest day of philanthropy. Give Big Kern is one day to celebrate the giving spirit of Kern County. This Tuesday, May 1, thousands of neighbors will come together to make a difference for nonprofit organizations in our community. It is designed to bring Kern County together as one community, raising dollars and volunteer hours through a 24-hour crowdfunding campaign. Give Big Kern shines a light on hardworking, local nonprofits and empowers them to advance their marketing, board engagement and donor development capabilities, while encouraging connectivity and collaboration across the sector. It is a component of Kern Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Strengthening Initiative, which looks to increase visibility, build capacity and improve sustainability for local nonprofits. Since 2016, it’s been thrilling to see this event evolve and grow. Give Big Kern has transformed the way we think about, talk about and participate in philanthropy in our own backyard, offering an opportunity to see firsthand how engaging neighbors can make a significant impact in Kern County. In just two short years, hundreds of donations have been made through Give Big Kern, raising almost $350,000 and generating over 100,000 pledged volunteer hours to support the more than 130 participating nonprofits. Give Big Kern’s online platform, marketing materials, training opportunities and prize awards are offered to Kern’s nonprofit community at absolutely no cost. Cash and in-kind sponsorships help to offset a portion of the hard costs with Kern Community Foundation providing staff support in the weeks and months leading up to the event. This year, marketing efforts have grown exponentially with the enthusiastic support of some strategic business 138

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partners – Sequoia Sandwich Company, Game Some Sugar, Temblor Brewing Company, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, California Living Museum and even Jim Burke Ford – who have committed to special promotional programs. Even a small army of CSUB marketing students is pitching in to provide hands-on support to enthusiastic nonprofits. There is no denying that together we have the power Please visit Giveto make a difference and BigKern.org on Give Big Kern is the perfect May 1 and support vehicle for us to come toyour favorite gether. Our hope is that this year, we will continue to nonprofit with a break fundraising records, cash donation or a engage an even larger numpledge to provide ber of community members much-needed and organically cultivate volunteer hours. Kern’s formidable spirit of philanthropy. At its very core, Kern Community Foundation is committed to “growing community, growing philanthropy” and we see Give Big Kern as an excellent way to connect more people with the nonprofits that make our community a vibrant, inclusive place to live and work. Please visit GiveBigKern.org on May 1 and support your favorite nonprofit with a cash donation or a pledge to provide much-needed volunteer hours. Even better, spend a few moments to engage with a nonprofit you know nothing about. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of neighbors in need and show that the giving spirit of Kern County is alive and well.

Kristen Beall Barnes

Kristen Beall Barnes, Ed.D., is the president and CEO of Kern Community Foundation. Contact her at Kristen@ kernfoundation.org or 616-2601. The views expressed in this column are her own.


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JULIA JULIA is a jewelry and accessories boutique at The Marketplace that has, since it opened at the beginning of 2017, offered Bakersfield an exciting, new shopping experience. Shopping for Mother’s Day is probably the perfect time to stop by JULIA. There are endless gift possibilities starting with the ever-popular bangle brand ALEX AND ANI, which has released a beautiful Mother’s Day collection this season. Each bangle comes with a lovingly crafted message on a card. Lulu DK makes another wonderful gift in the form of “Love Code” necklaces, where the pendant has to be spun in order to see the message. The Texas brand Kendra Scott continues to offer amazing new, elegant jewelry styles, many of which make use of the drusy stone to give a little sparkle to classic styles. The Leanor bar necklace is a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down and layered, perfect for the jewelry-loving mother. If you have a mother who likes something a little more funky, check out the Spanish jewelry brand UNOde50 – each piece is painstakingly handmade by an individual artisan. Beyond just jewelry, be on the lookout for JULIA’s ever-

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Upscale Resale at it Best! May = Graduations! We’re proud to feature Ms. Monica Roman this month, who is a recent grad of The Mission at Kern County Discipleship Program. Monica trained with us at Encore for six months prior to her graduation and was also a huge asset to the staff of the Women’s Program. Monica is now employed at the boutique and is here afternoons. She will set a great example for the women and men in training with us now for customer service and retail. Please come by and say, “Hi,” and congratulate her! You’ll find great clothing and accessories for your grad at Encore and always at an affordable price. Following is just a sample of our “Best Of” from months past! Please remember to bring your tax-deductible donations to us! And join us for our barbecue fundraiser at the Mission on June 8.

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MOTHERHOOD By Courtney Ansolabehere

The moment I found out I was pregnant, I was certain that I was having a girl. My motherly instincts (and obvious wishful thinking)had me convinced that I would be buying all of the cute bows and dresses I could get my hands on. My husband and I decided to keep the sex of the baby a surprise for a few reasons, but I think mainly because I had convinced myself that if the baby ended up being a boy, I wouldn’t be disappointed once I was holding him in my arms. I know that it sounds awful to say I didn’t necessarily want a boy and that I should have felt lucky just to have a healthy baby, but I couldn’t help it. I’m not necessarily the typical “girlygirl” type, but I very much enjoy glitter, rainbows and unicorns. I don’t

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have many shared interests with boys would or should be. Even though I had and I always find it challenging to been carrying him for nine months, he find cute clothes for baby boys that felt a bit like a stranger to me. don’t make them look super dorky. And I felt sad about that. The real reason, though, is that I On our second day home, we were wanted so desperately to have a relasitting in our rocking chair in his nurstionship with my child like the one I ery when all of a sudden, a wave of have with my own mom. emotion poured over me. The amount I was so excited to tell her I was of love I felt was truly indescribable. pregnant because I knew that there I just sat there staring at him, crying would be no one happier. I just hoped my eyes out. I texted my mom and told that I could be as great of a mom as her that I finally understood what she she is. meant when she said that you don’t My mom is my best friend. really know what love is until you have I was born just a few days after her a child of your own. 20th birthday and I was an only child Each milestone Marsh hits (big for 10 years before my brothers came or small) makes me so proud of him along. To say we are close would be – and his smiles always fill my heart an understatement. We tell each othwith so much love and joy. We were er everything, much to our husbands’ blessed with the sweetest, happiest dismay, and talk to each other every baby in the world and I can’t imagine day. life without my boy. Not too many boys grow up to Courtney Ansolabehere is a have this kind of relationship with 27-year-old new mom and Bakersfield their mother. They usually find a partner, get married and mom kind of native. When she isn’t working at Kern Economic Development Foundation, falls by the wayside. she can be found at Disneyland with Marshall Kelly Ansolabehere was her son, Marshall, or at standborn on Aug. 24, 2017, at up comedy shows with her 10:40 a.m. husband, Martin. She and When the doctor told her friend Paige Smith also me he was a boy, I was run a hobby-lifestyle blog shocked. called The Real Mousewives I hate to say it, but for of Disneyland. The views the first few days I didn’t Courtney Ansolabehere, expressed in this column are feel as connected or as “in left, and her mom, Kim Kolthoff her own. love” with him as I thought I


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