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By the Numbers

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the number of varieties of Christmas trees sold in this area

6

the maximum number of weeks a Douglas Fir will stay green

2

the amount of water in gallons a fresh cut tree can absorb per day

2,000

stop shop for most of the Oonesne you know and love who are no longer in the area or who have never tasted what a real orange should taste like....

the number of trees sold by White Forest Nursery in 2010

30

the approximate number of days Christmas trees will be on sale

$300

the top amount a 12foot tree will sell for

12

the tallest tree, in feet, sold by White Forest Nursery

4

the age in years of the smallest trees for sale

55

the number of years White Forest has been selling trees

100,000

the number of trees White Forest has sold over the years

Source: White Forest Nursery

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Children rehearse for the annual Nutcracker Ballet at the Rabobank Convention Center.

Reasons to love a

Bakersfield

December By Lisa Kimble

Author Garrison Keillor once wrote, “a lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go 4

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through it together.” Perhaps. But a Bakersfield December is more than just weathering the fog, the retail blitz and hectic pace.

Bakersfield truly comes alive this month! The air is crisp, winter finally shows up, our homes sparkle inside and out, and we feel especially generous as we reflect on the past year. In our hustle and bustle, we’re more apt to greet one another with a smile. The mailbox is full, comfort foods taste better, and we celebrate the season with holiday events — some so steeped in tradition — that we can’t help but appreciate the splendor of a Bakersfield December and all of its trimmings. Join Bakersfield Life as we unwrap some of the reasons we love Bakersfield at Christmastime.

Photo by Henry A. Barrios

Photo by Henry A. Barrios

Children rehearse for the annual Nutcracker Ballet at the Rabobank Convention Center.

In its 34th year, the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Civic Dance Center’s presentation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet is a Bakersfield December classic. The extraordinary music of Bakersfield’s first-rate symphony under the direction of acclaimed conductor John Farrer, combined with the magic and mastery of the finest young dancers in town makes for an enchanting weekend that the young and the young-at-heart look forward to year after year. For many mothers, their daughters, and grandparents, December isn’t complete without taking in the Nutcracker Ballet. Bakersfield’s production of this holiday classic rivals any in neighboring major cities. Clara, Sugar Plum Fairies, the Mice, and Drosselmeyer will convene on stage Dec. 9 through Dec. 11.

Downtown Bakersfield Christmas parade The day after Thanksgiving may be the start of the holiday shopping season, but in Bakersfield, the official green light comes when Santa, atop a bright red fire truck, rings in the season at the end of the annual Christmas Parade, a veritable downtown institution that

Photo by Casey Christie

Nutcracker Ballet Ollivier Middle School’s band marches in last year’s downtown Bakersfield Christmas Parade.

has outlasted nearly all of the businesses it used to snake around when it first began. Traditionally held on the first Thursday in December, the 29th annual parade, “The Joys of Christmas” will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at the corner of 22nd and L streets, winding its way south to 21st Street, then west to G Street, south again to 20th before heading east back to Q Street. In 1971, the long-standing holiday tradition was shuttered until 1983 when then-Mayor Mary K. Shell, along with the Downtown Business Association and the Beautiful Bakersfield Committee brought it back to life. The community enthusiContinued on page 7 Bakersfield Life 2011 Gift Guide

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Kern County Museum Lamplight Tours is like taking a journey back in time.

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at Wallʼs.

At Wallʼs Hearing Aid Center, weʼre committed to our customers and dedicated to ensuring your satisfaction. Come to us and youʼll get the personal attention, superior service and advanced, customized solutions you need to keep you hearing your best. Just like all our customers have, since 1946.

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The Original Hearing Aid Center of Bakersfield

4800 Easton Drive, Suite 108 Bakersfield, CA 93309

661-323-1612

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astically embraced its return by braving the evening chill, lining the streets three and four people deep to wave at marching bands, a flotilla of motor vehicles and flatbeds, and of course, Santa. For those who prefer the cozy comforts of home, KERO-TV broadcasts the event live.

Kern County Museum Lamplight Tours There is no denying the sense of nostalgia we all feel around the holidays. For those wishing to go way back in time, to Kern County’s earliest December days, the Kern County Museum Lamplight Tours is their passport. On Dec. 3 from 3 to 8 p.m., museum docents, dressed in period costume, guide visitors through historic homes decked in holiday ornamentation as they might have looked in the late 1800s. Listen to the sounds of the season and take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the village, illuminated by the glow of lanterns, past such historic structures as the stately Howell House and Woody General Store, and imagine Bakersfield’s Christmases past.

Chez Noel For more than two decades, the Assistance League of Bakersfield’s annual Chez Noel holiday home tour has been one of the premier must-do December events, showcasing today’s holiday decor inside some of the city’s most exquisite homes. A holiday indulgence that allows people to peer inside magnificent homes while helping support the Assistance League’s charities, the 22nd annual event will be held Dec. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year guests can tour three homes, one in the River Links area, and two in Seven Oaks. Tickets can be purchased at the League’s headquarters at 1924 Q St. During the home tour, the organization’s Bargain Box will also be open for thrifty shoppers. Year in and year out, upwards of 1,000 people support the organization’s Operation School Bell, Operation Hugs and Operation Opportunity, by visiting three of the community’s loveliest homes decked for the holidays.

Holiday lights and decorations Snow may not fall on Bakersfield but once in a blue moon, but every December, local neighborhoods outdo each other by transforming their yards into winter wonderlands. From giant inflated elves to more tiny white lights than even PG&E can power, the creativity and imagination run the gamut. Decades ago, the old Hopple house on Elm Street in Westchester was a magnet for holiday light enthusiasts, as was the drive up Panorama. In recent years, Haggin Oaks has joined the map of blinged-out homes even Clark Griswold would be proud of. Some neighbors also sell hot chocolate to motorists. So hop in the car, tune in to one of the local radio stations featuring holiday music, and take the self-guided tour of Bakersfield’s brightest neighborhoods.

Wavelengths Surf Shop SBI Boardshop has been serving the Bakersfield area since 1984. In 2010 Wavelengths SBI Bakersfield became an OUTLET store. Featuring discounted prices on all major brands. Conveniently located on the corner of 99 and California Avenue. Wavelengths has the biggest selection of Sector 9 Longboards. Outlet prices for brands RVCA, Volcom, Vans, Reef, Stussy, Sector 9 Longboards, Spy, Electric, Oakley, Von Zipper, Lakai shoes, Nixon Watches.

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A firetruck representing the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation cruises downtown with a full load during the 2010 Christmas parade.

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HolidayLights at CALM What started as a young man’s fancy with multi-colored lights synchronized to music a decade ago, Josh Barnett’s Lightasmic has morphed into HolidayLights at CALM. Beginning Dec. 2 until Jan. 1, an estimated 40,000 people will stroll the grounds of the California Living Museum for the ninth year of this fun family event. There’s a train, a carousel, sweets and treats, and the sounds of the native animals who call CALM home. The spectacular displays are breathtaking, and well worth the drive to the facility nestled beneath the foothills along Alfred Harrell Highway. There may not be snow, but the brilliance of it all will send chills up your spine and make you wonder if you aren’t at the North Pole.

Christmas Eve For many, Christmas Eve is December’s crown jewel of events, to be observed inside a church or chapel for the celebration of Midnight Mass and nativity services. All of the city’s churches, no matter the denomination, are decked with poinsettias, garland, and nativity scenes. Some Midnight services will feature a live nativity re-enactment, resplendent with heavenly choral music. If you can stay up, and aren’t assembling toy drum sets, whatever your faith, taking in a Christmas Eve observance is the perfect crescendo to a marvelous December in Bakersfield. 8

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Sofie’s Soaps Eco-friendly soaps, soap loofahs, fizzing bath crumbles and more! Find something unique for the holidays from Sofie’s Soaps at JuneBug’s, 167 H St. 864-7503. sofiessoaps.com.

Oreck Little Hero Canister Vacuum. This Little Hero comes with four attachments to make cleaning easier! It is your “go-to” vac for almost any cleaning challenge! Only $99 each. Available at Oreck Clean Home Center, located in the Town & Country Village shopping center, 8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite D-5. 835-0333.

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Shoe parties. Your one-stop shop for all of your shoe desires! We carry casual to dressy heels, flats, wedges, sandals and boots! Enjoy shoe shopping without the crowds at retail stores. Buy shoes directly from our Facebook page or host a shoe party and receive a percentage of the total sales and a free pair of shoes if 15 or more people attend the party! Contact us today to host your shoe party! 703-7529 or 331-2056. Visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/ SoShoeMeParties or send us an email to soshoemeparties@ yahoo.com.

A new mommy’s delight! Essentials for moms — we have our sophisticated and beautiful range of diaper bags and handbags designed to carry all that you need for your new baby and you. Baby Me and Simply Me is a boutique that offers unique, affordable and trendy fashions for your baby and also to indulge the new mom. Baby Me carries children’s fashions for newborns to size 7 and Simply Me carries juniors and women’s clothing, accessories and more. Located at 4021 Calloway Drive on the corner of Calloway and Hageman. Contact us at 588-2775 or like us on Facebook.

Hoggz Surf Shop Roberts Surfboards is a high-performance board-building company that is helping to define the future of surfing. Named Surf Magazine’s “Shaper of the Year” in 2011, Robert Weiner has been building boards at his Ventura County shop since 1996. The White Diamond is one of the best small wave board combinations available. This board is a small-wave hybrid that blends speed with maneuverability in small surf, but is capable of holding its edge on a bigger wave. Starting at $550, get yours at Hoggz Surf Shop, 8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite C2. 865-5200.

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Biscuit Boutique & Doggy Spa Don’t forget about your pet this holiday season! We have everything from sweaters to party collars at different price ranges. Come visit us at Biscuit Boutique & Doggy Spa for all your dog’s needs at 1617 19th St. For more information call 321-9602.

Continental Buffet Restaurant and Bar All-you-can-eat for $9.95! What’s better than a local restaurant that offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with a variety of foods, which includes seafood, Mexican, Chinese, pasta, salads and desserts? Continental Buffet Restaurant and Bar has a full bar and areas for meetings or parties. Call us at 588-5010 for your next get-together. Bring your family and friends and have a feast! Open at 11 a.m., Continental Buffet is located at 2781 Calloway Drive near the corner of Calloway and Rosedale Highway.

Jane’s Jewelers Choose from more then 450 sterling silver rings in a wide assortment of textures, finishes and colors. Some feature diamonds and gemstones. Starting as low as $21. We’re located at 9530 Hageman Road. Give us a call at 587-6242 or like us on Facebook.

Harmony Road Music School Blacktop Cyclery The Velo Orange Polyvalent, is a cultured city bike with a supple and comfortable ride. Seen above in Porteur trim, it’s light chromoly frame is the ideal choice for a brisk ride to the cafe or bakery any time of year. Available for order at Blacktop Cyclery, located at 612 18th St. 869-1140.

Ellie Jaye’s Boutique Celebrating three years of service! The Chelsea is a crib like no other! The beautiful hand-rubbed finish is exquisite in color, style and design. Its gorgeous relief carvings and sophisticated hand-distressed finish creates a look of absolute glamour. Come visit us at 1608 19th St. to order one for your new nursery today! For hours or more information, give us a call at 631-0473.

Give the gift of music! Harmony Road Music School offers music classes for all ages. Music and movement classes are for toddlers and preschoolers ages 16 months to 4 years old. We also offer group piano classes for students ages 5 to 12, as well as classes for adults. New classes begin in January. Come and see why we were voted “Best Music Lessons” in the 97.7 The Breeze Radio Mom’s Choice Awards! 665-8228. Harmonyroadbakersfield.com.

Hungry Hunter Make your reservation now for Christmas Eve and New Year’s (closed Christmas Day). Gift certificates are a delicious idea for the ones you love. If you’re planning a holiday party, call us today. A private banquet room is available for up to 80 people. 3580 Rosedale Highway. 328-0580.

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Emporium Western Store Pendleton Woolen Mills products. Timehonored since 1863, we have unique products from Pendleton that make wonderful gifts for the holidays. Select from Pendleton wool shirts, legendary wool blankets, T-shirts, hats, decor items and accessories. Look for the big red boot at 1031 19th St. Call us at 325-8476 or visit us online at emporiumwesternstore.com.

Grab-It & Steam-It. This quick, versatile and chemical-free product combines an ultra maneuverable turbo broom with the tremendous cleaning power of steam to give you a fast and easy way to sweep and sanitize hard floor surfaces in your home. It grabs spills, debris and cleans messes, too! Our steam products include washable, reusable, high-quality microfiber bonnets and is now $149.99. Available at Oreck Clean Home Center, 8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite D-5. 835-0333.

Aunt Mae’s Sweet Tooth Mouth-watering English toffee. Antonette and Diane started out making Aunt Mae’s fine handmade English toffee for close family and friends, and once they tried it, they were hooked! The special combination of ingredients and the cooking process results in a rich candy that is mouth-watering, delectable and crunchy. This delicious English toffee can be found at Luigi’s Flourishing Art, Olcott’s and Sweet Surrender. Call 725-5200 or visit auntmaessweettooth.com for director orders, other locations and information. Gorgeous gift boxes are available in various sizes.

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Total Woman Six-week sampler training package. Looking for a new exercise routine for the new year? Try a six-week membership and six free semi-private group training sessions all for $69. New members only. Some restrictions apply. This offer expires Dec. 30. Visit the central Bakersfield location at 5329 Truxtun extension or call 325-0208. For the northwest Bakersfield location, stop by 9901 Hageman Road or call 588-8931.

Kuka’s South of the border culture. This 24-inchtall, one-of-a-kind, papier mache, folk art piece is handcrafted by the finest Mexican artisans. It’s only $189.99 at Kuka’s. 1609 19th St. kukasfolkart.com. 325-0000.

Wall’s Hearing Aid Center You can’t afford to not hear. Introducing an invisible hearing aid you can afford. Get your AMP for $1,500 a pair at Wall’s Hearing Aid Center. We’re located at 4800 Easton Drive, Suite 108. For more information, call 829-4133.

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Munoz Cabinetry Guarantee Shoe Center

This waterproof Berries boot from Aetrex is made with space-age technology called Ion-Mask. Aegis microbe shield controls odor, staining and deterioration. The neoprene linings will keep you nice and warm. Pick a pair up for $150 at Guarantee Shoe Center, 2101 Chester Ave. 325-8751.

Customize your fireplace. Does your fireplace need a facelift before Santa comes to town? We can dress up any fireplace to make it look dreamy for the holidays. We do custom woodwork, cabinet restoration and re-facing. Or if you want to showcase your individuality and personal style, we also carry a variety of cabinet hardware and accessories to “dress up” your furniture. Contact Munoz Cabinetry today at 836-8747 or visit munozcabinets.com for any of your cabinet needs.

Magnesium Upright. The lightest, full-powered upright in America. It’s incredibly lightweight at about 7.7 pounds and highly effective at cleaning virtually any floor surface in your home. Comes with a limited sevenyear warranty and three tune-ups. Now $399 each. Oreck Clean Home Center, 8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite D-5. 835-0333.

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In Your Wildest Dreams Antiques and Consignments In Your Wildest Dreams is the perfect gift! Find unique gifts such as antiques, jewelry, collectibles and designer labels that are new and gently used — you choose! Get a gift certificate to a “one-of-a-kind place.” Located downtown at 1723 18th St. For more information, call 324-6484 or visit buywildestdreams.com.

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Pretty Tools Get these decorative tools with some “attitude” for the independent women in your life. Tools range in price from $5 to $15, and we offer a variety of designs. We carry fountains, benches, yard art, fireplaces and inserts, window replacement, sunrooms and more — everything you would need for your beautiful backyard. Come see us at our showroom, LS England Four Seasons, 6600 District Blvd., Suite B. Call at 835-8000 or visit lsenglanddesigns.com.

Lil B’s Sweet Tooth Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, why not treat your family and friends to a delicious gift from Lil B’s Sweet Tooth? Choose from an assortment of delectable chocolates and brittles from Sweet Sherree’s Sweets and uniquely designed award-winning Choclatique Chocolates. You’ll discover a wide variety of great stocking stuffers from nostalgic candies to sugar-free! Lil B’s Sweet Tooth, 9000 Ming Ave., where the past meets the present to delight all ages. 665-8500.

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PS Audio Video Solutions Tangerine It’s easy to see why this stylish and versatile satchel is a favorite. Rebecca Minkoff’s Morning After Bag (MAB) Mini is roomy enough to hold your everyday essentials and includes a new shoulder strap that clips onto the side hardware for a comfortable fit. At $495, find the MAB Mini and more of designer Rebecca Minkoff’s line exclusively at Tangerine. Located in The Marketplace at 9000 Ming Ave. 664-9500.

Whether it’s full-surround sound during a house party or simply relaxing on the couch enjoying your favorite DVD, TruAudio will enhance your audio experience like no other architectural speaker can. The Ghost Speaker with a frameless magnetic grill, easily disappears into the installation environment. High-grade crossover design and driver materials improve acoustic reproduction. Starting at $100 a pair, TruAudio is the only company to offer a lifetime warranty on all speaker products. Check out our store at 9501 Flushing Quail Road. 589-5555.

What a beautiful way to spoil yourself and your little ones! Baby Me and Simply Me is a boutique that offeres unique, affordable, and trendy fashions... Baby Me carries childrens fashions newborn – size 7 and Simply Me carries Juniors/Womens clothing, accessories, and more ...

Scentsy A safe, wickless alternative to scented candles designed to melt scented wax with the heat of a light bulb instead of a wick and flame. The fragrances bring powerful emotions and memories to the surface without the safety risks of a burning candle. Let Scentsy add layers of fragrance to your home all year round! Enjoy fruity, romantic, spa, spicy, creamy, masculine, tropical scents and many more! Contact Laurie Grissom, Scentsy independent consultant, at 343-4744.

Sugar Twist Bakery is proud to bring a new “twist” in bakery goods to Bakersfield. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of yummy treats or try the “Twist it my way” donut bar. Visit us to try our delectable treats! 5am to 9pm • Wifi Hotspot • 9500 Brimhall Road

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SBI/Wavelengths Sweet Sherree’s Sweets Handmade confections. Created by Sweet Sherree's Sweets. Choose from our selection of almond toffee, almond toffee popcorn, peanut brittle, spicy pistachio brittle, spiced pecans, smart chocolate truffles and don’t forget our popular, peppermint bark for the holidays. Order your holiday corporate gift baskets today! Find these delectable confections at local merchants: Olcott’s, Lil B’s in The Marketplace, KMC Gift Store, JuneBug’s or California Fruit Depot. Or order direct by calling 834-3160, email info@ SweetSherree.com or visit sweetsherree.com.

Snider’s Cyclery Bikes for kids of all ages. Kids of all ages will be pleased with the quality selection of children’s bicycles at Snider’s Cyclery. For younger ones on your gift list, pick up a pedal car ($169.95) or one of our children’s bicycles, like the Raleigh Lil’ Push ($129.95). That’s a sure bet for happiness when found under the tree. Stop by 2700 New Stine or call 833-2700. Our second location is 2700 Union Ave., 324-4759. Sniderscyclery.com.

Every skateboarder’s dream! Wavelengths SBI Boardshop has been open for business in Bakersfield since 1984. Find the perfect skateboard or longboard for the holiday season. SBI has the largest selection of brandname apparel and accessories for all surf and skate brands. Evolving into an outlet in January 2010, they now have discounted prices on all major brands. RVCA, Volcom, Sector 9, Stussy, Oakley, Spy, Electric, VZ, Vans, Lakai, Nixon and more. Purchase a complete skateboard (starting at $79.99) or a Sector 9 longboard and receive a free Wavelength SBI T-shirt. Located on the corner of California Avenue and Highway 99, 3501 California Ave. Give us a call at 322-7873 or check out our Facebook page.

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Jezabelle’s Boutique Jezabelle’s Boutique For men. What guy wouldn’t want to invest in his package? Jezabelle’s has the answer: Saxx Underwear! This underwear features a breathable inner comfort pouch to support your equipment, keeping you cool, dry and comfortable whatever you’re doing. A great stocking stuffer for any man. 1600 19th St. 631-2217.

For women. Hammitt Los Angeles is a collection of satchels, clutches and totes. Local Los Angeles artisans handcraft every piece using the finest imported leathers, suede lining and goldplated hardware. Each Hammitt is named after a Los Angeles area town or landmark. hese beautiful handbags are sought after by Hollywood celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Kelly Ripa and Paris Hilton to name a few. Every woman will enjoy a Hammitt bag on their arm for years to come. You can find yours at Jezabelle’s Boutique, 1600 19th St. 631-2217.

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The Luggage Center Introducing the Briggs & Riley 20-inch carryon wide upright spinner. The spacious main compartment allows the bag to be organized with incredible ease. Wide nylon garment securing panels keep clothes in place minimizing wrinkles. Outsider handle with three stop heights for ergonomic handle and the only four-wheeler with a lifetime warranty — no matter what! Visit The Luggage Center, 3803 Stockdale Highway. 834-0428.

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Crowding around the television to watch sports and movies will be different this holiday season with help from PS Audio Video Solutions. Serving Bakersfield with superb custom home theaters and entertainment electronics, we offer a wide range of brands to give you the absolute best product at a great price. CUSTOM ELECTRONIC DESIGN & INSTALLATION ASSOCIATION

Henley’s Photo Canon EOS 5D Mark II. This camera is sure to please any camera enthusiast. Just check out the details: 21.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 14 bit A/D conversion, ISO expandable to 25600, full HD video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rate, DIGIC 4 image processing, 3.9 frames per second continuous shooting, shutter durability of 150,000 cycles. Plus, you can’t go wrong with shopping at our “best” local camera shop. Shopping local makes a difference. Come down to 2000 H St. and meet new owner Craig Neville, who not only revised the store, but has great customer service. 324-9484. Henleysphoto.com.

Impact Streetwear TOMS Shoes gift card. Give twice this year with a pair of TOMS shoes or a TOMS gift card from Impact Streetwear. With every pair bought, a child in need gets a new pair of shoes. There are more than 100 styles and colors to choose from. Men, women, kids and toddler sizes. Find us in Valley Plaza Mall, 2701 Ming Ave. 835-7323.

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www.HenleysPhoto.com (661) 324-9484 Uricchio’s Trattoria This holiday season, come discover the delicious taste of Uricchio’s Trattoria. It’s been a favorite in Bakersfield for generations! Uricchio’s is a located on the corner of 17th and K streets in Bakersfield. For more information call 326-8870 or visit uricchios-trattoria.com.

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Sugar Twist Bakery and Cafe Make Me Happy Bar. Maple bar filled with sausage, egg, bacon and cheese — an interesting delight? Bring a date or bring a friend for the holidays and come check out Sugar Twist Bakery and Cafe, the new place that’s putting a “twist” on baked goods here in Bakersfield, located in Brimhall Square at the corner of Brimhall Road and Calloway Drive. Become a Facebook friend and visit us at sugartwistbakery.com.

Ten Percent Firearms

Touchdown Sports Double wall “Sip N’ Go” tumbler combines the classic coffee-shop style with your favorite NFL team’s pride. Features acrylic dual-walled technology to prevent sweating. Screw-on lid with reusable BPF-free straw. Tumbler holds 16 ounces. Get one today for $13.99. Visit us at our two stores: In The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave., 663-3358; or East Hills Mall, 3000 Mall View Road, 872-7114.

Taurus Judge legal in California. Looking for that special gift for your firearms enthusiast? Get him what no one else in Kern County has — a Taurus Judge. Ten Percent Firearms has found a way to lawfully sell one of America’s most sought-after pistols in America’s most restrictive state. The power of a .410 shotgun shell in a revolver. Ten Percent Firearms knows what you want for Christmas! Call 765-6899 or visit taftguns.com.

21,000 Square Foot Showroom

• Antique Furniture, Collectibles & One-of-a-Kinds • Designer Labels & Accessories • Vintage Clothing & Costuming

• Estate Liquidations • On-Site Sales • Free Consultations

Mon. - Sat. 10:00am - 5:30pm

(661) 324-6484 PHONE: 661.327.0258

FAX: 661.327.3894

231 21ST Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 douglasstruckbodies.com

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1723 18th Street BAKERSFIELD

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DPMS Oracle was $900

Sale $750! Rossi Circuit Judge Stainless

Sale $650!

CA Legal AK47 WASRS in stock Fixed magazine or featureless.

1277 Kern Street, Taft, CA 93268

H. Walker’s

(661) 765-6899 www.TaftGuns.com

Robert Graham Collection features signature embroidered shirts, sweaters and denim, all with contrasting sticking and patterns. Pick one up downtown at H. Walker’s, 1700 K St., 283-4500.

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Johnston Farms

Color Me Mine Begin the tradition of making holiday gifts and decor items while making memories with your family at Color Me Mine! This Rudolph platter is just one of many designs available. Only $40 including supplies, design template, studio fee and firing. Create yours today at 9000 Ming Ave. For more information, bakersfield.colormemine. com or 664-7366.

Johnston Family Farms offers you a sweet taste of California! Enjoy sweet, seedless, treeripe naval oranges and Satsuma mandarins, which are easy to peel. Order your gift pack today. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday. A sweet taste of California from Johnston Family Farms. Located at 4817 Stockdale Highway. 365-3201. johnstonfarms.com.

Oreck Airinstinct Air Purifier. The unique threestage powerful filtration system is perfect for a living room, bonus room or master bedroom. The smart air sensor automatically adjusts airflow speed and indicator light accordingly. Built to last with a three-year limited warranty, threeyear True HEPA filter and a one-year odor filter combination. Now $349.95 each. Get yours today at Oreck Clean Home Center, 8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite D-5. 835-0333.

2781 Calloway Drive • 661-588-5010

Chinese!

Seafood!

Mexican!

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Clean, Healthy Home ORECK SPEED SWEEP $99 $49 ®

ORECK STEAM-IT $179 $149 ®

The perfect gift for the germophobe on your list. All-purpose steam wand cleans virtually anywhere from floor to ceiling. Naturally disinfects with steam no harsh chemicals needed. Heats up in seconds.

ORECK CORDLESS SPEED IRON $129 $49.99 ®

With wide steam-jet for stubborn wrinkles. Heats up in 60 seconds.

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ORECK XL LITTLE HERO JIFFY VAC $169 $99 ®

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Our new bagless canister. When you want the power of an upright but not the size. Convenient for picking up pine needles, mistletoe, popcorn, crumbs Santa left, and more!

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ORECK ORBITER ONLY $299

Rediscover the hidden beauty of your floors. Dry cleans carpets and polishes, mops, strips, and scrubs hard floor surfaces.

Oreck’s newest 2 in 1 portable cordless vacuum. Use it like a stick broom, then pop out the removable hand vac when you need it. Lightweight and powerful, designed for quick pick-ups in small spaces.

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ORECK XL SILVER! $249

• 5-year limited warranty • Lightweight: about 9 pounds Approximate weight without cord • Powerful, easy to maneuver • HEPA inner bag • 2 Speeds for Carpet & Bare Floors

Lori Miller (owner) and family

835-0333 8200 Stockdale Hwy., Suite D-5

Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10-6

Town & Country Village (Between Trader Joe’s and Albertsons)


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