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Requiring the services of an attorney often comes during times of need, which can make a scary situation even scarier. Fortunately, Bakersfield houses some of the best legal talent around and the profiles featured will help you find the right attorney for you.

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DEPARTMENTS Up Front

Need something to do? Check out what’s taking place in the month of September on Page 16.

Eat & Drink

Dot x Ott is as fresh as it gets, bringing true farm-totable dining to Bakersfield. Page 18.

Lifestyles

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As far as pastimes go, roller-skating truly stands the test of time, as skaters young and old still make their way to Rollerama. Page 30.

Go & Do

September in Bakersfield can only mean one thing: The Kern County Fair is back in town! Check out our family friendly guide on Page 34.

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30 Up Front 12 Editor’s Note 13 The Big Picture 14 Short Takes 16 Happenings Eat & Drink 18 Dining with Dre 22 Bites 24 Dining Guide 26 Best Thing We Ate This Month 10

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27 Where We’re Eating Lifestyles 28 Money Matters 30 Pastimes 32 Love & Life Go & Do 34 Entertainment 36 Trip Planner 38 Arts & Culture 40 Out & About September 2019

90 B Well 42 Ask the Doctor 44 Sarenaty 46 Feature – Navigating a Nutrition Label People & Community 80 Business Profiles 82 Bakersfield Matters 84 Be In Bakersfield 86 Study Hall

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Navigating a nutrition label is one of the keys to better long-term health. Page 46.

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NOTE FRIENDS ARE FAMILY THAT WE CHOOSE Given that this month’s theme is kids and family, the accompanying photo may not make much sense. The truth is: I don’t have kids. And family gets a little tricky as the majority currently resides in the Philippines. My closest family member is 110 miles away and the next closest isn’t even the same state. But in Bakersfield, I’m surrounded by family. That’s because family isn’t always blood. These are former strangers whom you bring into your life while they bring you into theirs, essentially adopting one another. That’s why so many of us consider our closest friends family – because they are. That’s where the picture of me in my tights comes in (keep in mind that Bakersfield Life Magazine is not responsible from any trauma or loss of sight that may have come as a result of viewing said photo). That image is the result of the help and support of different “family members” over the course of a year. On July 26, 2018, a close friend hooked me up with a bike that got me into cycling. A co-worker answered all my questions regarding my new endeavor (and, trust me, there were a lot), and on May 27, I started riding with the Kern Wheelmen Recreational group. The group, which organizes group rides every weekend, expanded my riding horizons, taking me on routes I didn’t know existed and terrain that would challenge me mentally and physically. So when Kern Wheelmen Vice President Craig Pauley mentioned he was signing up for the Cool Breeze Century, adding that it’s “a great first century,” I knew that I had to sign up as well. What is a century? Essentially, it’s a 100-mile bike ride – the benchmark distance for cyclists. It was always on my bucket list but I was in no hurry to

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cross it off as a century is no easy feat. But I’m surrounded by encouraging people and they convinced me that I can do it – that I’m ready. And so, on Aug. 17, at 6:30 a.m., Craig and I set off with dozens of other riders from Ventura to Santa Barbara and back, regrouping at rest stops to eat and discuss the stretch ahead. The Cool Breeze was Craig’s first century four years ago and he was guided by someone who had done it before – now he was doing the same for me. That direction helped me overcome a broken chain and my first crash – both took place inside the first 30 miles and within a 10-minute span. After 6 hours and 27 minutes, 4,147 feet of climbing and 4,714 calories burned, I crossed the finish line. Of course the accomplishment is something I’ll remember forever, but I won’t forget the people who made it all possible. Thank you all for letting me be a part of this thing called family and making today’s moments into tomorrow’s memories.

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NEW LOOK, SAME BAKERSFIELD LIFE MAGAZINE You may be wondering why this issue looks and feels a little different. The truth is it is different – at least on the outside. Bakersfield Life Magazine is now printed locally, resulting in a new look but, rest assured, the content and size of the publication are exactly the same!

RED ROVER, RED ROVER, SEND TINA LOUISE OVER! A very special thank you goes out to Cali Lerude, who watched my pug Tina Louise not only while I was completing the Cool Breeze Century but also when I did my first metric century (62.2 miles) during the Windmill Century on July 27. I found Cali, who has two pugs of her own, on Rover, a dog boarding website that has sitters ready and willing to take your pups into their homes while you are away. Think of it as Airbnb for doggos. I highly recommend it! And Cali!


UPFRONT

Find out what’s happening in September on Page 16.

T h e B i g P i c t u re / Sh o r t Ta ke s / O n t h e We b / Ha p p e n i n g s

A “ROWDY” GATHERING Members of Grimmway Academy La Vina and Estrellas Mariachi pose for a photograph with CSUB mascot Rowdy and CSU Bakersfield President Lynnette Zelezny at the Grimmway Academy family reunion and open house, featuring the CSUB caravan. Zelezny is led a bus tour through Arvin, Bakersfield and Delano in August. – Photo by Alex Horvath

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5K RUN/WALK HONORS VICTIMS OF 9/11

POP CULTURE ON DISPLAY AT BAKERSFIELD COLLECTOR-CON

Bakersfield residents will have an opportunity to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, during the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Sept. 15 at The Park at River Walk, 11298 Stockdale Highway. The Tunnel to Towers Run & Walk series was created to honor the life and death of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who lost his life on 9/11 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Adult registration is $30, $25 for first responders and military, $20 for children 13 to 17 and $15 for children 12 and under. Registration is at 6:30 a.m. the day of the race and race start is 7. For more information, go to www.tunnel2towers.org.

Pop culture takes center stage at Bakersfield Collector-Con Sept. 14 and 15 at the Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. The two-day, family friendly event will feature various vendors selling toys, comics, collectibles and more in a celebration of various art forms. Special guests will also be available for photos and autographs, in addition to games, face painting and a cosplay/costume contest with cash prizes. The first 200 paid guests will receive a door prize. More information can be found on Bakersfield Collector-Con’s Facebook page, www.facebook. com/pg/BakersfieldCollectorCon.

TEMBLOR BREWING COMPANY CELEBRATES 4-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH 12-HOUR FESTIVAL

THE WONDERFUL GAMES PROVIDES DAY OF FUN AND GAMES FOR FAMILIES

Temblor Brewing Company turns 4 this year and the brewpub is celebrating with food, drinks, games and entertainment during Temblorfest Sept. 28 at 3200 Buck Owens Blvd., Suite 200, from noon to midnight. The 12-hour festival will feature over a dozen beers on tap all day, German food specials, games and raffles, and the release of Four, a

A day of fun and games await League of Dreams families at The Wonderful Games 2019, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Garces High School, 2800 Loma Linda Drive. Athletic activities by age group will be available for kids and prizes will be provided to all participants. Lunch

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tropical anniversary IPA. Live entertainment comes courtesy of Kaleb Taber, Sara Petite and the Sugar Daddies, Rod P & The Nu Standard and The Aviators. The first 100 guests will get a free Temblor beer stein with the purchase of their first beer. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.temblorbrewing. com/events.

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Sept. 7 Village Fest, 6 p.m. What: “Party of the year” featuring 60 breweries, 30 restaurants, 25 wineries and 15 bands across 16 acres. Where: Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. Admission: $75-$78 More Info: www.bakersfieldvillagefest.com

BC Baseball Golf Tournament, noon What: Golf tournament and fundraiser benefiting the Bakersfield College baseball program. Where: Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. Admission: $50 for dinner only, $125 per individual, $500 per team More Info: 661-304-9951

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Erik Griffin, 7 p.m. What: Comedian Erik Griffin performs at Temblor Brewing Company. Where: Temblor Brewing Company, 3200 Buck Owens Blvd., Suite 200 Admission: $20-$40 More Info: www.temblorbrewing.com

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Fairytale Bridal Event Expo The Wonderful Games, 10 a.m. What: A day of fun and games for League of Dreams families. Where: Garces High School, 2800 Loma Linda Drive Admission: Free More Info: 661-616-9122 Bakersfield Collector-Con, Sept. 14-15 What: Celebration of various forms of collectible art. Where: Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Admission: $5-$12

More Info: www.facebook. com/pg/bakersfieldcollectorcon Annual Game Show Night, 4:30 p.m. What: Thumbs Up, Cancer Down will host its 4th annual game show night. Where: 1933 Event Center, 7900 Downing Ave Admission: $100 per individual, $500 per team More Info: www.thumbsupcancerdown.com


Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash

Sept. 15 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk, 7 a.m. What: Event honoring those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and benefits the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Where: The Park at River Walk, 11298 Stockdale Highway Admission: $15-$30 More Info: www.eventbrite. com

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Bakersfield Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash, 7:30 a.m. What: Fundraiser helping victims of DUI crashes and to raise awareness of DUI epidemic in the community. Where: The Park at River Walk, 11298 Stockdale Highway Admission: $20-$25 More Info: www.walklikemadd.org/bakersfield

Kansas: Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour, 7:30 p.m. What: American rock band Kansas performs at the Bakersfield Fox Theater. Where: Fox Theater, 2001 H St. Admission: $38.25-$120 More Info: www.thebakersfieldfox.com.

Temblorfest, noon What: A 12-hour celebration of Temblor Brewing Company’s four-year anniversary. Where: Temblor Brewing Company, 3200 Buck Owens Blvd., Suite 200 Admission: Free More Info: www.temblorbrewing.com/events

Sept. 21 Bows & Bow Ties Mother-Son Dance, 4 p.m. What: A night of dressing up for mothers and sons, featuring a live DJ, dancing, food and more. Where: The Mark, 1623 19th St. Admission: Mother-son $40, $20 per additional child

Bakersfield Taco & Beer Festival, 1 p.m. What: An afternoon of $2 tacos, unlimited beer pours, live music and more. Where: Stramler Park, 4003 Chester Ave. Admission: $25-$60 More Info: www.eventbrite. com

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AS FRESH AS IT GETS Dot x Ott brings true farm-to-table dining to Bakersfield By Andrea Saavedra

Trends come and go so often in the food industry that authentic experiences are hard to come by. But when it comes to the current “farm to table” restaurant trend, a new restaurant in downtown Bakersfield is giving us the real deal. The establishment is family owned and operated, along with friendly staff members from the community as well as a classically trained chef. This place is called Dot x Ott.

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Dot x Ott is the new kid on the block at the corner of 18th and O streets in “Eastchester” and is killing it in the game of authentic farm to table. But seriously, all of DxO’s produce comes from Pickalittle Farms, a 15-acre farm just off Highway 99, south of Houghton Road. Talk about hitting close to home! If that wasn’t enough to make me fall in love with Dot x Ott, their mercantile-and-restaurant combo did me in. Not only could I have a freshly picked heirloom tomato summer salad for lunch, but I could also buy those same tomatoes and locally sourced olive oil from Rio Bravo


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FACING PAGE: The summer tomato salad, made with sliced tomatoes, pickled onions, spiraled cucumbers, housemade pistachio pesto, Rio Bravo Ranch olive oil, housemade whole-milk cheese and balsamic vinegar. ABOVE: The Hope Ranch mussel special features wild-caught seafood from the Ventura coast.

Ranch to take home with me. WEB EXCLUSIVE DxO’s menu is See how the summer tomato rotated seasonally salad is made at and serves its prowww.bakersfieldlife.com. duce straight from the farm. In other words, if the farm isn’t growing it, they’re not serving it. Talk about fresh! This menu style, which also incorporates local grassfed beef and sustainably wild-caught seafood from the Ventura coast, is an ode to their commitment to sustainability and a testament to the culinary talent in their kitchen. After attending Dot x Ott’s soft opening earlier this year and learning all of the latter, I knew that this place was one to keep my eye on. I stopped in earlier this week to try some of the tastes of summer and it was here where I truly saw and tasted the beauty of the season. I tried their

Baja bowl, summer tomato salad and their Hope Ranch mussel special. The Baja bowl is a refreshing corn salad mixed with quinoa, black beans, cotija cheese, cilantro, tortilla strips, cherry tomatoes and charred jalapenos. I also indulged with the add-ons of grilled chicken and avocado. I wasn’t anticipating this bowl to be a cold entree and was a little hesitant to enjoy it for that reason. But after a couple of bites, I couldn’t ignore the flavors I was tasting. The sweet corn sang an irresistible tune with the creamy cotija cheese and the smoky spice from the charred jalapenos. Every ingredient played a part in this sweet symphony of Latin flavors. The Baja bowl is a lunch must-have. The tomato summer salad is a play on an Italian caprese but highlights the flavors of Bakersfield. This salad contains handpicked sliced tomatoes, pickled onions and spiraled cucumbers from the farm, housemade pistachio pesto, local Rio Bravo Ranch olive oil, housemade wholeContinued on Page 21

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milk cheese and is drizzled with balsamic vinegar from the mercantile. This salad is refreshing, yet filled with earthy tones from the pesto and housemade cheese. The pickled onions and spiraled cucumbers keep this dish bright, both visually and in your mouth. Though this item is listed as a salad, it’s as Dot x Ott filling and satisfying as any of the main entrees. 930 18th St. Last, but certainly 661-324-7112 not least, was Chef Take www.dotandott.com Koto’s Hope Ranch mussel special. Let me begin by saying I am not a big seafood person and am very skeptical of ordering seafood at restaurants solely based on the fear of getting sick as it might not be cooked correctly. So when presented with the option of a shellfish that is notoriously known in the culinary world as the rubbery, too-hardto-clean crustacean, I was more than hesitant to try it. But when the large steaming bowl of the little suckers came to my table, I had a change of heart. I couldn’t resist the aroma of the white wine vegetable broth, the grilled homemade crostinis and the beautiful blue-and-black-shelled mussels. As mentioned before, the talent in the kitchen paired with the DxO’s menu is sustainable values of the rotated season- owners are a match made in heaven and it truly ally and serves shows in this dish. its produce The meat was plump and moist, not rubbery straight from or fishy-tasting at all. The the farm. cook was done beautifully! The white wine veggie broth was so earthy and delicious, I could seriously enjoy it all by itself. This is a great dish for sharing and must be paired with a glass of wine. I hope this item can stay on the menu as long as possible. Though Dot x Ott is the new kid in town, they are not to be underestimated. The restaurant-mercantile combo may be confusing for some but once you try it, it’ll all make sense. You may go in with the intention of just grabbing a quick lunch, but you will leave with a bag full of fresh veggies, a bottle of Tlo wine and some other locally sourced goodies. With a passion for sustainability, their support of other Bakersfield businesses, along with a knockout culinary experience, Dot x Ott hits a home run. It’s a true farm-totable experience that the Bakersfield community should be proud of. I Andrea know I am. Saavedra

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of tenderness in specially made ovens, resulting in a steak that melts in your mouth. Served with ruby port au jus, horseradish sauce and sides of choice. Is it the best in town? You’re going to have to try it and see for yourself! – Hungry Hunter Steakhouse, 3580 Rosedale Highway


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RIBEYE STEAK Not only can you dine in at Sorella for pasta, but you can find steak there, too. Sorella’s 18-ounce ribeye steak can be served with sides like veggies and baked potato. The ribeye was coated with pepper and its own juices. They also provide a dinner special, which customers can choose between shrimp scampi or scallops alongside your choice of steak. For a place that specializes in Italian food, Sorella Ristorante Italiano serves one of the best steaks in town. – Sorella Ristorante Italiano, 7900 McNair Lane

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EAT & DRINK

Best Thing We Ate This Month

KC STEAKHOUSE’S LOBSTER MAC AND CHEESE

During a month where steaks were the star of the “Bites” section, a trip to KC Steakhouse resulted in a seafood entree stealing the show. It’s no secret that KC Steakhouse is home to mouthwatering steak, like top sirloin, New York strip, prime rib and filet mignon, but the lobster mac left the most lasting impression. This high-end take on a childhood classic douses melted smoked Gouda over cavatappi pasta and large chunks of lobster, tops it with panko breadcrumbs and serves it with garlic toast. The flavors are rich but don’t overpower the other elements of the dish. It’s rich. It’s creamy. It’s decadent. It’s the best thing we ate this month.

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Where We’re Eating MIKE & ANNIE’S MCKITTRICK HOTEL, PENNY BAR & CAFE McKittrick in southwest Kern County boasts a population just over 100 people but those folks, as well as passersby, who stop at Mike & Annie’s McKittrick Hotel, Penny Bar & Cafe are guaranteed to be well-fed. The small-town gem is rich in history and serves up American classics with no frills, fancy sauces or exotic spices – just straightforward tasty food made with quality ingredients. The double bacon cheeseburger is “basic” – just lettuce, onions, pickles, tomato, cheese and double beef patties – but definitely hits the spot. In a world of chipotle mayo, avocados and truffle oil, we sometimes forget what good, old-fashioned food tastes like, so drive out to McKittrick and get reacquainted. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Penny Bar, which features over 1 million pennies on the floor, walls and even the pool table. – Mark Nessia, editor MIKE & ANNIE’S MCKITTRICK HOTEL, PENNY BAR & CAFE 23273 Highway 33 661-762-7676

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ASADA GRILL Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why take chances? Asada Grill, which has locations in north and southwest Bakersfield, offers up breakfast burritos that are simple and delicious. All breakfast burritos contain eggs, beans, hash browns, cheese and salsa with your choice of chorizo, ham, sausage, bacon or mix. It’s a great start to the day that will fill you up without weighing you down. And, of course, there are the lunch and dinner staples like tacos, burritos, salads, quesadillas, tortas, plate combinations and more. – Mark Nessia, editor ASADA GRILL 35315 Merle Haggard Drive, Suite 130 661-679-3777

Sandwich Shack & Grill is a hidden gem inside the Haberfelde Building in downtown Bakersfield. Not only does the shack serve sandwiches, but it serves an assortment of hot and cold foods, like teriyaki bowls, burritos, burgers and fish tacos. I had a simple BLT sandwich. It was comprised of crispy waves of bacon strips, sliced tomato and romaine lettuce topped with toasted white bread. The joint is an admirable quick lunch spot for those on the go. Sandwich Shack’s menu doesn’t need to impress customers, instead it handles its food and service to others with quality and care. Aside from the food, the people behind the establishment make an effort to know their customers. The service is quick, the servers are welcoming and there’s a variety of food to choose from. – Julie Mana-ay Perez, specialty publications designer SANDWICH SHACK & GRILL 1412 17th St. 661-322-7601 www.BakersfieldLife.com

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Money Matters

PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

BEGINS BEFORE GRADUATION By Rudy Valdivia

Comedian John Mulaney describes his English degree as a “certificate for reading books that I didn’t read” and points out that he agreed to spend $120,000 on tuition at age 17 “with no attorney present.” His audience roars with laughter. Most of us experienced similar bewilderment at our college choices during those long days of sitting in uncomfortable chairs followed by consecutive nights of studying until dawn. Financial advice for college usually includes tax, savings and borrowing strategies. Charts and graphs are based on the assumption that college will be a direct path to a degree in a standard four years, followed swiftly by a well-paying career. But that’s not always the case. Let’s break down these assumptions. A well-paying career: Some careers simply do not pay well and some careers (such as comedy) pay very well for a select few, while most struggle to survive. A direct path in a standard four years: In the United States, only 60 percent of students who began seeking a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution will have a bachelor’s degree from that same institution within six years. For many of us, the journey through college was a winding road that included blind alleys and hairpin turns. The weaving path can be a large hidden cost of 28

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college that does not appear in any of the pretty brochures or websites. What steps can parents and students take to straighten out the path and make college a smarter financial investment? Parents: Step back from the brochures and honestly assess your expectations. Expect your student to do the research and explain his or her college plan. Students: Step back from the screen and honestly assess your expectations. Will the work I need to do to earn my degree be worth the money, effort and time? Have I considered the challenges to expect and have I developed strategies for moving forward? There is no substitute for engaging all five senses. When your student is in elementary and junior high school, visit college campuses on weekends when it is quiet. Encourage career exploration and share your experiences, both good and challenging. When your student is ready for college, visit on weekdays when classes are in session. Engage real students. Feel the sound and smell of a normal day. John Mulaney’s much-mocked bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown now shares shelf space with his Writers Guild, Peabody and Emmy awards. Rudy Valdivia is a senior accountant with Brown Armstrong Accountancy Corp. He can be reached at 661-324-4971. Rudy Valdivia The views expressed are his own.


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Pastimes

LET THE GOOD TIMES

ROLLER-SKATE Pastime bridges generations as young and old hit the rink By Asha Chandy

When it comes to pastimes, roller-skating is one of the few that has lasted the test of time. Some remember being dropped off by parents to hang out with friends and school crushes, listening to great music under colorful lights. Today, skaters of the past are bringing their kids and grandkids, enjoying their local rink as a multigenerational family. For locals of all ages, roller-skating is synonymous with Rollerama. The family owned and operated company, bought by the Kerwins in 1961, has been the go-to spot for residents for over 60 years. The original 34th Street location still sports the distinct lighted sign, welcoming 30

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riders onto its classic wood floors. Even Rollerama West, which opened 24 years ago, ushers in feelings of nostalgia for the younger folks – blacklights, skate park, party room and all. Owners Kraig and Kathy Kerwin are second-generation owners and operators of the rinks, doing everything from selling tickets and renting out skates to organizing games like limbo and classic four corners. Kraig explains that, for decades, Rollerama’s lighthearted, welcoming atmosphere has brought skaters of all ages and abilities to rise, fall and get up again. “We’ve made a safe environment, a nurturing environment, that makes people want to come back,” Kraig said. “We’ve been here for so long that when people see a familiar face, it’s comforting for people,” Kathy added. “We


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love getting to know our families.” Kahana Gonzales brought her grandkids to learn to skate along with her two nieces and Gonzales’ sister, Valerie. “I thought it would be a fun idea for the cousins to do together,” Kahana said. “It’s a family activity to get out of the house and get off their iPads and the TV.” Kahana and her sister enjoy watching the young ones use Skate Mates, the rolling walker of PVC made especially to aid novice skaters. “My kids are the ones on the ground right now,” Valerie laughed, “They’re beginners but they’re learning!” And a family that skates together stays together. “Once phones came out, kids didn’t have to be in the same place to hang out,” said skate instructor Dave Me-

ade, who’s been on staff for over 19 years. He’s watched the dip in skating’s popularity but also the comeback that it has made in recent years as parents learn the valuable lessons skating offers. More than exercise, skating teaches kids – and adults – resilience and flexibility. “It’s one of the few things kids can do to have fun with their parents now, but teaching the parents to let go and let their kids make mistakes is the biggest challenge,” Meade said. Tina Barrett has brought her two daughters to skate at Rollerama West for over a year, at their explicit request. “We started lessons with Mr. Dave on Saturdays and now whenever we drive by they ask me to go skate,” she said. www.BakersfieldLife.com

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Love & Life

Kern County Fair brings community together for over a century

PHOTO COURTESY OF NINA HA

ALL’S FAIR AT THE FAIR The Ha family at the Kern County Fair in 2009.

worthy cause. And a piping hot, straight-from-the-fryer funnel cake topped with fresh Bavarian cream plus a generous dollop of whipped cream hits the spot year after year. It’s a glorious September day in the Golden The Kern County Fair may not have the acreage of Six Empire. The sacchariferous smell of cotton candy fills the air in perfect harmony with joyous laughter Flags Magic Mountain or the attendance of the Disneyland parks, but there’s just something special about our local from children on the classic Tilt-a-Whirl ride. Nearby, a playground. spunky toddler with a high ponytail For more than a century, the Kern pours gilded kernels of corn into a Tonka The Kern County Fair County Fair has brought us together as a truck on the Kern County Fairgrounds. community. Her baby brother tries his best to keep up may not have the Local television reporters and radio with her as their parents supervise from acreage of Six Flags DJs broadcast live while highlighting atop a haystack. Magic Mountain or unique attractions. Fairgoers of all ages That was our family’s first trip to the can check out the animals that 4H Club great Kern County Fair. And it would turn the attendance of the students have been painstakingly caring out to be the beginning of an annual fam- Disneyland parks, but for over the past year. The fair is also the ily tradition of making memories. there’s just somebest place to share a kiss with your loved Over the years, our little ones have one at the top of the Ferris wheel while ridden plush stationary bulls, petted thing special about overlooking our beautiful city. adorable baby goats, marveled at magour local playground. Being present and active in Bakersic shows, taken home blue ribbons in field allows us to feel the pulse of our photography and soared over the sky on a community, which is coming into its own now more than surfeit of rides. ever. With all the live concerts at the fair, we’ve been able to So whether you’re a carnival games pro or just want to introduce the kids to artists we grew up with such as The Bangles, Salt-N-Pepa and Air Supply. It seems the fair brings check out the local talent onstage, there’s something for everyone at the fair. out the kid in all of us. Last year, my typically reserved husYou could run into old friends, win band broke out in a lip sync serenade, silently belting out, the best homemade chili contest or “I’m all out of love, I’m so lost without you,” as he relived the even start an annual family tradition. ’80s. You might also see our family When it comes to fair food, sometimes you just have to there, making new memories of our indulge. Knowing this debauchery only occurs once a year, own. I throw caution to the wind and get in line for all things Opinions expressed in this column battered and fried. are those of Nina Ha. A tantalizing corn dog from the East Bakersfield DeMoNina Ha lay booth comes with zero guilt since it supports a local By Nina Ha

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Entertainment

The Wave Swinger is a Kern County Fair staple.

FUN FOR

ALL AGES A family friendly guide to the Kern County Fair Compiled by Bakersfield Life

The Kern County Fair. It’s not just a rite of passage for families to attend. It’s an annual tradition for thousands of Kern County residents. The fun-for-all-ages event features everything you could want and more, like food, games, animals and entertainment. Every year, the fair brings back old favorites and combines them with new innovations. Food always takes center stage, with previous years showcasing culinary creations like deep-fried grilled cheese, pizza bombs and chocolate-covered bacon, as well as classic treats like funnel cake, corn dogs and turkey legs. The animal attractions are another local draw, with petting zoos, livestock auctions, races and shows, and there are games aplenty. 34

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In other words, the Kern County Fair is fun for the whole family. Below are some must-dos for families with kids of varying ages.

Kern County Fair Sept. 18-29 For ticket prices and more information, go to www.kerncountyfair.com.

5 and Under The Kern County Fair is a sensory experience, particularly for young children – an overload of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch. Ease them into fun by visiting the petting zoo, away from the noise and bright lights, where they can watch and interact with animals of all sizes, from chickens and ducks to alpacas and wallabies. No trip to the fair is complete without a ride on the merry-go-round and Ferris wheel. A pint-size Ferris wheel is available for smaller riders, while the merry-go-round


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6 to 12 This is the age where kids want to experience the thrills of the Kern County Fair while still enjoying its fun, youthful offerings. Attractions like the fun houses are a great way to bridge the gap as some are mazes filled with moving floors and funny mirrors, while others are blanketed in darkness with creatures like zombies haunting twists and turns. Roller coasters are an appealing option for those ready to take on “big kid” rides and the Wave Swinger, which lifts and tilts riders as they spin on a traditional swing ride, is a Kern County Fair staple. Some cash to spend on games is a must, as nothing is more rewarding than “beating the system” and snagging a ridiculously large prize from one of the many game booths.

13 and Up Teenagers will most likely be looking for an adrenaline rush and rides like Inversion, which swings side to side and inverts passengers at heights up to 80 feet, and Ring of Fire, a 60-foot-diameter looping ride, will do the trick. Beyond the rides, the shows at the Kern County Fair will be a major draw with acts like Nelly, KC and the Sunshine Band, Josh Turner and Pablo Cruise set to take the stage. More importantly, give teens time to explore the fair on their own, as they may want to try things that their adult counterparts won’t. From young to old, everybody can feel like a kid again at the Kern County Fair. There are shows that let guests get in on the action, contests locals can enter and so much more, so gather up the family and enjoy what this year has to offer!

A child going down the slide at the Kern County Fair.

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Trip Planner

Ryde is an on-demand shuttle service provided by GET.

GET A RYDE Ryde continues GET’s commitment to transporting the community By Karen King

I grew up riding public transportation and fell in love with the idea that a bus could transport a community by getting people to jobs, birthday parties, school and doctor’s visits. I was so fascinated that in college I took a job as a bus driver and started studying public transportation. You could say buses have been a lifelong passion of mine. That passion might explain why it took me a minute to understand this on-demand ride-hailing craze that has become a staple in how people travel. Where’s the schedule? Where’s the stop? Who trains the drivers? These were just a few of my questions. Imagine then, as CEO of the Golden Empire Transit District (GET), my reaction when the GET board of directors approached me last year with this idea to include on-demand ride-hailing as a new public transportation service. I think I actually laughed at first. The good news is I am just as passionate about innovation and integration as I am about buses, so I listened. That was how RYDE was born. “Karen, say you’re shopping at Valley Plaza Mall when your friend calls and has a quick window to split your favorite cupcake at Sweet Surrender and tell you the latest,” one of GET’s board members painted a picture for me. “Well, I’d walk out to the corner of Ming and Hughes, hop on the next 22, and … .” She cut me off. “Karen, Karen, what if you could open an app on your phone from inside the mall while you’re still talking, hail 36

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a GET-trained driver to pick you up and get dropped off at the front door of Sweet Surrender for like $3?” “Oh,” was all I could say. RYDE is public transportation and it’s innovative. It’s a ride-hailing service that is less expensive than its competitors and has professionally trained drivers. RYDE can transport a community by getting people to jobs, birthday parties, school and doctor’s visits and it is affordable. RYDE offers tremendous potential to expand GET’s service area, attract new riders, fill transportation gaps and provide more effective, sustainable ways to reach low-density communities and other traditionally hard-to-serve areas. And it can get me to my favorite cupcake. GET launched RYDE on April 7. Much smaller than a typical 40-foot bus, the RYDE shuttles (wheelchair-accessible with two bike racks and can comfortably accommodate eight passengers) take passengers curb-to-curb within a designated zone in the southwest area of Bakersfield (generally defined by Highway 99, Panama Lane, Old River Road and Rosedale Highway). Customers can book a RYDE using the Microtransit app or by calling GET at 661-869-6380. The Microtransit app was developed by the rideshare company Transloc, which is partnering with GET to provide the pilot program. GET will be monitoring the use of RYDE to determine possible service-area expansions later this year. Visit www.RYDEBakerfield.com for additional information about the pilot program or to download the Microtransit app and try RYDE for yourself to meet a pal at your local favorite bakery. Karen King is the CEO of GET. Promotional Content


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Arts & Culture

‘LIFE IS GOOD’

FOR GRIMSTYLES Local rapper with cerebral palsy seeks to make a positive difference in the world By Melissa Peaker-Whitten

To hear his music, you wouldn’t know that he was different than any other up-and-comers posting tracks to YouTube and SoundCloud. But Jeff Metz, who goes by the stage name Grimstyles, is not your average artist. Although he loves rap music, his main reason for writing songs is to make a positive difference in the world, despite life’s challenges. “I started writing songs and rapping in 2004,” said Metz. “But I didn’t actually record a song until 2010. (We were working out of) some guy’s living room on a program called Logic Pro.” He spent two years recording before releasing his first song in March 2012 on his YouTube channel. While his musical influences might seem obvious – Kanye West and Eminem – he likes them for their writing 38

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style and the fact that they think outside the box. “Kanye is a big one, because ever since he started becoming big musically, he always walked to the beat of his own drum,” said Metz. “Eminem as well. He had some very interpersonal lyrics in his music in the late ’90s and early 2000s. I like to tell stories, whether it’s my own or another person’s. (I want the listener to be able to) close their eyes, listen to the song and envision themselves in the story.” Part of his own story includes living with cerebral palsy. Some days, just feeling accepted by others can be a challenge. “Because there’s not very many people like me and cerebral palsy is still a relatively taboo thing to talk about, people will still look at me awkwardly,” said Metz. “When I started rapping and everything, I noticed that there were no mainstream, well-known rappers that had cerebral palsy like I do. Someone’s gotta be the first one, so why not


me?” Outside of music, he said his biggest influence is his grandmother, who immigrated to America from Mexico City and raised five daughters on her own. Growing up, music was an outlet that helped him cope with bullying. Since that was before YouTube and SoundCloud existed, he listened to whatever was on – Jeff Metz the radio, until an older friend turned him onto rap, altering his musical trajectory. “What makes me different from other rappers is my lyricism, my storytelling and my authenticity,” said Metz. “I don’t curse in my music because I want to create a family friendly experience that everyone can enjoy. When I write a song, I want someone to feel inspired or uplifted,

“When I started rapping and everything, I noticed that there were no mainstream, well-known rappers that had cerebral palsy like I do. Someone’s gotta be the first one, so why not me?”

like they can make a difference in the world.” If he could collaborate with any other musician, he said he would choose Kanye or Prince. “Those two musicians (have) always thought outside the box,” he said. “So I think (their) production behind my lyrics would make for a very interesting song.” His favorite song he’s written so far is “Life is Good,” which exemplifies his attitude about life. “My advice to anyone thinking about pursuing a career in music is to go for it and enjoy it,” said Metz. “It’s a marathon not a sprint.” www.BakersfieldLife.com

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Out & About

COME OUT

TO PLAY

As temperatures drop, outdoor events and activities rise Compiled by Bakersfield Life

September typically marks the end of summer and as temperatures start to drop, outdoor events begin to rise. There are many outdoor events that take place during the month and below are our picks.

VILLAGE FEST Dubbed the “party of the year,” Village Fest celebrates its 25th anniversary in rock-star fashion Sept. 7, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. It’s difficult not to be overwhelmed when 30 of Bakersfield’s most popular restaurants are serving unlimited samples, along with 60 breweries pouring over 100 different brews and 25 Central Coast wineries offering over 70 types of wine – all while five stages perform live music simultaneously. Fifteen bands will provide this year’s entertainment, including Truxton Mile, The Aviators, Mento Buru, Blonde Faith and Dub Seeds. Proceeds from the event benefit the Kern County Museum and Children’s Advocates Resource Endowment. Tickets can be purchased on www.eventbrite. com for $75 in advance and $78 the day of the event, plus Eventbrite fees. For more information, go to www.bakersfieldvillagefest.com.

Participants of the Tehachapi Gran Fondo pedal through town.

More than 1,000 riders await the start of the Tehachapi Gran Fondo.

BAKERSFIELD TACO & BEER FESTIVAL The combination of $2 tacos and unlimited beer pours returns for a second year when the Bakersfield Taco & Beer Festival takes over Stramler Park, 4003 Chester Ave., on Sept. 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. Boutique vendors will be available where guests can purchase original art as well as other food options. Live music and games will also be available. General admission is $25 and VIP admission, which includes early entry, is $60. For more information, go to www.eventbrite.com.

WALK LIKE MADD & MADD DASH 5K While many events feature plenty of food, drinks and fun, MADD Kern County reminds everyone to be responsible and don’t drink and drive. The sixth annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash takes place on Sept. 28 at 7:30 a.m. at The Park at River Walk, 11200 Stockdale Highway. The event aims to raise awareness of the DUI 40

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Todd Workman turns the tri-tip anticuchos skewers from Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill at last year’s Village Fest.


People participate in last year’s Bakersfield Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash held at the Park at Riverwalk.

Pablo Valles samples one of the many beers at last year’s Village Fest.

problem in the community, raise funds for MADD Kern County’s educational programs and provides support to local victims and survivors of drunken driving. Over $300,000 has been raised in the past five years. The event features a 5K run/walk, 10K run and a kids fun run. To register, donate or for more information, go to www.walklikemadd.org/ bakersfield.

A large number of people look at the sights at the Kern County Museum during Village Fest.

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TEHACHAPI GRAN FONDO If the temperatures are still too hot for your taste, head up to the mountain community of Tehachapi for the annual Tehachapi Gran Fondo on Sept. 15. Recognized as one of the best cycling events in California, the Gran Fondo lets cyclists of all experience levels ride through the hills of Tehachapi over distances of 18, 38, 52, 78 and 100 miles. Noncyclists can still get in on the fun during the Tehachapi Gran Fondo Festival, which takes place Sept. 14, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival, located at Centennial Plaza, features food, drinks, vendors, a DJ and more and is open and free to the public. For registration and more information, go to www.tehachapigranfondo.com.  www.BakersfieldLife.com

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GYNECOLOGIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH What is gynecologic cancer? A gynecologic oncologist specializes in diagnosing and treating cancers located in a woman’s reproductive organs. Gynecologic oncologists have not only completed a four-year obstetrics and gynecology residency, like a general OBGYN, but also have subspecialty training through a gynecologic oncology fellowship. During this fellowship, they perform intensive training about surgical, chemotherapeutic, radiation and research techniques that are important to providing the best care for gynecologic cancers. The gynecologic oncologist serves as the captain of a woman’s gynecologic cancer care team. · Common types of gynecologic cancers: · Ovary · Uterus · Cervix · Vulva · Vagina Johnathan Tammela, M.D., FACOG, gynecologic surgical oncologist SYMPTOMS WOMEN SHOULD WATCH FOR open sore may be offered. Robotic-assisted surgery Signs and symptoms of endometrial · Early vaginal cancer may not cause any allows performance of many types of cancer can include: signs and symptoms. As it progresses, complex procedures with more precision, · Vaginal bleeding after menopause vaginal cancer may cause signs and flexibility and control than is possible · Bleeding between periods symptoms such as: with conventional techniques. The bene· Constant pelvic pain Unusual vaginal bleeding, for examfits of minimally invasive surgery include: · Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer ple, after intercourse or after menopause fewer complications, such as surgical site can include: · Watery vaginal discharge infection; less pain and blood loss; quick· Abdominal bloating or swelling · A lump or mass er recovery; and smaller, less noticeable · Quickly feeling full when eating · Painful urination scars. · Weight loss · Frequent urination If chemotherapy is part of the treat· Pelvic discomfort · Constipation ment plan, targeted therapy uses medi· Chronic changes in bowel habits · Constant pelvic pain cations that target the specific vulnera· Frequent urination bilities present within a patient’s cancer Early stage cervical cancer generally THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEING YOUR cells. produces no signs or symptoms. Signs If radiation is part of the treatment and symptoms of more advanced cervical GYNECOLOGIST A yearly exam, which may or may not plan, intensity-modulated radiation cancer include: include a PAP test, depending on age and therapy (IMRT) uses advanced technol· Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, behistory, and whenever any of the above ogy to conform the radiation dose to the tween periods or after menopause symptoms are noted, especially when target and to avoid or reduce exposure of · Watery, bloody vaginal discharge progressive or worsening over two to four healthy tissue to limit the side effects of · Pelvic pain or pain during intercourse weeks. Depending on the results of that treatment. · Signs and symptoms of vulvar cancer evaluation and work up, a referral to a gyAll of the above cutting-edge options may include: necologic oncologist may be appropriate. for treatment are available through Dr. · Itching that doesn’t go away Jonathan Tammela, gynecologic oncolo· Bleeding from an area on the vulva Treatment Options: gist at the Women’s Center at the Compre· Skin changes, such as color changes or If surgery is part of the treatment hensive Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC) thickening plan, robotic minimally invasive surgery in Bakersfield. · A persistent painful lump or bump or an 42

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two, but it’s also the more important one. Children are way smarter than we give them credit for; they pick up on the small nuances that we give off throughout the day. If you have a habit of complaining all day, every day, and wonder why your little one has such a bad attitude, then work on yourself. You don’t have to become a superparent and never mess anything up ever. But be mindful if you do make a mistake and let your child know – own it. And tell them that you are trying to change as a human and become better. This teaches them that nobody is perfect and that even their mom is working on herself every single day. Your child will follow your footsteps in how you look at yourself in the mirror, in the way you treat your body. Be someone worth copying.


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Are you carb-conscious? Tracking your sodium intake? Are you simply interested in what you are putting into your body? The nutrition label is a great place to start when you want to be more mindful of the foods and beverages that you are consuming. Look to the nutrition label on a food product for information on the serving sizes, calories, ingredients and nutritional value of the food. The nutrition label is a black-and-white notation that is printed on the back or bottom of a product that you are buying. It is federally mandated that the nutritional content of packaged foods be accessible to consumers – so check it out!

WHAT SHOULD WE LOOK FOR? Know your nutrients! Nutrition labels break down the macronutrients (carbs, fats, proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in packaged foods. Pay attention to the content of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium in foods – consuming too much of these can contribute to heart disease, arterial blockage and

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other heart-related issues. For example, consuming high amounts of sodium can cause high blood pressure. It is recommended to not consume more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. However, most Americans consume double that amount! Scan for sugar! Consuming foods with high amounts of sugar can increase your risk of developing diabetes. Check the sugar content on your nutrition label to monitor your sugar intake. Look for products that have high amounts of dietary fiber and low amounts of sugar, especially added sugars! To keep

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a balanced diet, whole-grain foods should be the primary source of carbohydrates in your diet. Check the ingredients! Nutrition labels list out the ingredients in packaged foods. There are also specific allergy warnings printed on nutrition labels that are associated with the product’s ingredients. If you have food sensitivities, allergies or preferences, the allergy warning is a quick place to look. Note the serving size! It is important to note that products in a single package could actually contain multiple servings. Nutrition labels present the nutritional content for a single serving. To calculate the nutritional content for an entire package, you need to multiply the nutritional content by the number of servings in the container. For example, to calculate the sugar content in a packaged item that has three servings, you multiply the amount of sugar times three! Nutrition labels list the amount of each macronutrient contained in a single serving of their product. The nutrition labels report these nutrient contents as a percentage of recommended daily values. The percentages are calculated based on the standard 2,000-calorie diet. If you are following a diet with a different calorie count, then you will calculate different daily values for your micronutrients.

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Top family attractions, activities in Bakersfield

CALM Founded in 1980 and opened to the public in 1983, the California Living Museum, better known as CALM among locals, has become a Bakersfield institution, displaying and interpreting native California animals and plants for education, conservation and research. Over 400 species of nonreleasable animals and California Native plants call CALM home and are spread throughout its 14 parklike acres. Not only does CALM educate more than 20,000 Kern County students annually through its on-site programs, it hosts a wide variety of community events that have become yearly traditions for Kern County families, headlined by the HolidayLights at CALM, which transforms the zoo into a colorful winter wonderland. In addition to the animal and plant exhibits, CALM also features the Central California Children’s Railroad and Condor Challenge, a low- and high-ropes course and climbing tower. – 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway

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Bakersfield Condors For thousands of local families, the period between October and April is the best time of the year because it means that Condors hockey is in season. Known for their creative and oft-whacky promotions, the Condors have built a reputation for being one of the best family attractions in Bakersfield. The annual Teddy Bear Toss game draws close to 10,000 spectators annually who are eagerly awaiting to throw thousands of stuffed animals onto the ice following the Condors’ first goal of the game that will then be donated to less-fortunate children through the United Way of Kern County. For over 20 years, Bakersfield’s premier sports team has been entertaining kids and adults on the ice and giving back to the community off the ice and now sees parents who came to Condor games as youngsters attending with their own children in tow. – 1001 Truxtun Ave.

Hide N Seek and Flight Fit N Fun When temperatures rise outside, take the fun indoors! Young kids can feel right at home at Hide N Seek, an indoor playground specifically designed for kids 6 months old and above. Hide N Seek allows kids to explore, climb and play within a multistory space filled with slides, ball pits, trampolines, climbing walls and more, in addition to arts and crafts, video games and event rooms. Party packages are also available that accommodate up to 10 guests. – 4301 Resnic Court, Building B-5. For older kids and adults, Flight Fit N Fun offers 40,000 square feet of fun, including 17,000 feet of wall-to-wall trampolines. It’s exercise disguised as play as kids burn energy (and calories) jumping on massive trampolines, diving into the foam pit, playing dodgeball on trampolines, duking it out on the battle beam or exploring the newest attraction: the Kidz Zone. Special offers include Teen & Family Flight Night on Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 to 11 p.m., and Kids Flight for children ages 6 and under. – 3200 Buck Owens Blvd., Suite 100

Murray Family Farms It makes sense that a family owned and operated establishment with “family” in its name would be an appealing destination for families. Families are invited to experience Kern County agriculture firsthand by visiting a real farm and getting an opportunity to pick their own fruit. And, of course, there are the ever-popular hayrides, the 60-foot-by-80-foot “bounce pillow,” animal garden and more. Murray Family Farms is also known for hosting a variety of annual events, like Berry Fest, featuring different types of berries at different times of the year; Cherry Fest; Easter on the Farm; October FunFest; and Dog Daze, which allows dogs onto the farm. Specialty tours and birthday party packages are also available. – 6700 General Beale Road Continued on Page 50

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Escape Rooms Nothing brings families together like accomplishing a common goal and escape rooms provide the ultimate team-building experience. An interactive adventure game that places participants in a room to find clues, solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit, it’s an experience that will have families reminiscing long after it’s over. Bakersfield has three escape rooms to choose from – Bakersfield Escape Room, Real Escape and Rooms of No Return – and each offers unique experiences, complete with detailed storylines, varying in difficulty. – Bakersfield Escape Room, 3616 Coffee Road; Real Escape, 6225 District Blvd.; Rooms of No Return, 4700 Easton Drive

The BLVD Eat. Drink. Play. That’s the recipe for a good time and The BLVD has all ages covered. From the menu featuring gastropub-style farm-to-table cuisine to attractions that include bowling, an arcade, laser tag, ropes course, billiards and more, it’s a one-stop shop for a fun night out where kids and adults can play together or separately. The arcade features over 60 video and interactive prize games, while laser tag takes place in a two-story maze that doubles the fun and excitement. The ropes course is a test of balance and agility, as well courage, as participants are suspended high above the arcade. Billiard tables are also available as well as a private karaoke room. To top it all off, kids 12 and under eat free on Sundays, from 6 to 10 p.m., with paid adult entree. – 3200 Buck Owens Blvd.

Respawn and Battlefield Live Families looking to take the action to the next level should look into Respawn, which brings tactical laser tag to Bakersfield. Utilizing state-of-the-art “weapons” systems using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it’s a wireless sensory experience with

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sound effects, vibrations, laser sights and muzzle flashes in objective-based games like team battle, domination, capture the flag, VIP and infection. Keep in mind that the arena’s lights, sounds and intense gameplay may be too overwhelming for younger kids and children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. – 1901 Mineral Court For those looking to bring the action to them, Battlefield Live brings laser skirmish combat adventure to your backyard. Battlefield Live specializes in birthday parties, youth groups, team-building events, festivals and fairs, creating an experience that can be played indoors, outdoors, day or night under the supervision of trained staff. Battlefield Live’s core technology is focused infrared light, similar to a TV remote control, resulting in a safer, more interactive experience for gamers ages 7 and older. – Call 661-979-1650 for mobile operation

The free-jump area at Flight Fit N Fun is a place where customers can literally bounce off the walls.

Spoiled Rotten Boutique Parties The Party Boutique at Shop Spoiled, located at 10014 Rosedale Highway, is a birthday girl’s dream come true, offering five unique party themes complete with an energetic party hostess, themed cupcakes, pizza, dancing and karaoke, balloons and more for 10 attendees. The “Rock Star” features a fashion show and question-and-answer interview to elevate guests to celebrity status. The “Spa-tacular Party” includes a foot bath, mini mani and mini pedi, facial masks and robes to wear during the party. The “Jojo” provides Jojo hairstyles and makeup with take-home bow and matching tutu to take home. The “Unicorn” offers unicorn hair, unicorn headband and glitter makeup. The “Princess” turns guests into royalty by providing princess hair and glitter makeup and a take-home crown. Living up to its name, Spoiled Rotten Boutique parties will be something the girls will be talking about for years. – 10014 Rosedale Highway Continued on Page 52

The corner of Gilmore Avenue and Korn Row inside The BLVD laser tag structure.


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Steve Bennett, the owner of Battlefield Live, demonstrates how to use the equipment to the guests at a 14-year-old boy’s birthday party.

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The annual Teddy Bear Toss typically draws close to 10,000 spectators.

Students visit the reptile exhibits at CALM.

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Escape rooms feature a wide variety of themes and difficulty levels.

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Summer Art Camp at the Bakersfield Museum of Art may be over, but there are still opportunities for kids to tap into their creative side with BMoA’s Saturday Studio for kids ages 6 to 16. Each Saturday session features a different theme and works with different media, from painting and drawing, sculpting, printmaking and more. Art parties are also available, offering a private space and museum instructor. – 1930 R St. Over at The Marketplace, parents can get in on the painting fun at Color Me Mine. Not only are adult parties available, parents and kids can take classes together. Classes and workshops for kids and adults with various themes are available throughout the year. Weekly specials include “Mommy and Me” sessions on Mondays, Ladies Night on Thursdays and Family Fun Day on Sundays. There’s also Kids Night Out every month – just drop the kids off, enjoy date night and pick the kids up after! – 9000 Ming Ave., #H3 52

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Summer Art Camp at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

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Diana Estrada along with her daughters Breanna and Gracie took advantage of $2 day at the Buena Vista Museum.

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STEAM Town is an interactive play space where children can use their imaginations and experience careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math through creative play.

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Founded in 1941, the Kern County Museum provides a meaningful learning environment for visitors of all ages. The newly renovated Discovery Center offers fun learning programs for children to discover science, technology, engineering, art and math elements, otherwise known as STEAM, through play. The new-and-improved Lori Brock Discovery Center will feature the brand-new STEAM Town, where kids can engage in creative play as they partake in activities like tending a farm, working as a firefighter, operating on patients, building houses and more. Summer programs are also offered annually. – 3801 Chester Ave. Just down the street, the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science promotes scientific and educational aspects of Earth’s history by preserving and displaying the natural history of Kern County, including the repository of the largest collection of Shark Tooth Hill Miocene fossils in the world. The size and scope of Kern County paleontology, geology, anthropology, archeology and biology is on full display, providing enriching educational opportunities through tours, lectures, workshops, seasonal science camps and more. – 2018 Chester Ave. www.BakersfieldLife.com

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Brehmer Law Corporation Jeremy Brehmer is a Bakersfield DUI attorney with a well-rounded science background. He was the lead laboratory analyst for a major agricultural company conducting daily analysis of domestic and international product. Mr. Brehmer then applied his expertise for a private nephrology group where he conducted more than 500 blood draws, venipunctures and subcutaneous administrations as a state-certified hemodialysis technician and phlebotomist. After graduating from law school on an accelerated basis, Attorney Brehmer received specialized training and further education in standardized field sobriety testing, drug recognition examinations, gas chromatography, solid drug dose analysis, and DNA and airway gas exchange. Attorney Brehmer is committed to getting a favorable result for you with personalized service, listening to your concerns and understanding your goals. When your future is at stake, you can entrust your case to Jeremy Brehmer.

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H.A. Sala, A Professional Law Corporation The law firm of H.A. Sala provides thorough, aggressive and state-of-the-art criminal defense to clients charged with misdemeanors and serious felonies. Mr. Sala’s associate, R.L. Hutchison, was born and raised in Bakersfield and is fiercely committed to protecting the reputation and freedom of our clients.

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H.A. Sala has been a criminal defense lawyer for 36 years. He graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and, thereafter, earned his Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is the only attorney in Kern County who has been certified for 20 years by the State Bar of California as a specialist in criminal law. Mr. Sala is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and

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H.A. Sala has been a criminal defense lawyer for 36 years. He graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and thereafter received his Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley, School of Law. He is the only attorney in Kern County who has been certified for 20 years by the California State Bar as a specialist in criminal law. Mr. Sala is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the California Association for Criminal Justice. He is a past president of the Kern County Bar Association and presently chairs the Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee. Mr. Sala has tried many high profile cases. He believes that a system that is fundamentally fair to the accused serves to protect the civil liberties of all.

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Marcus N. DiBuduo As an attorney who is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Marcus is regularly called on by his clients to provide counsel on all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and internet law. Prior to entering the legal industry, Marcus was employed as an electrical engineer and a software engineer. While working at a startup research and development laboratory, he conceived two new wireless technologies that were later

patented. This unique background gives him an advantage when working with technology clients – from startup entrepreneurs to established firms – as he understands both the legal and technical goals. Marcus has a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating in Intellectual Property, Patents and Litigation from Martindale-Hubbell and has been voted by his peers as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers,” representing the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in the region.

Kenneth M. Byrum Mr. Byrum has been cited as one of the top-rated lawyers in alternative dispute resolution by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media. He has attained Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible rating, AV Preeminent. Mr. Byrum’s experience in litigation, construction, real estate, business transactions, corporate law, energy, oil, gas and mineral law gives him an advantage while working as a mediator, arbitrator, corporate director or court-appointed discovery referee. As a mediator, Mr. Byrum’s experience in

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Micah Nilsson Micah Nilsson is managing shareholder of the Bakersfield Dowling Aaron office and cochair of the firm’s Oil, Gas and Energy Practice Group. His active litigation practice focuses on antitrust and unfair business claims and all forms of employment matters, including wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination complaints. Micah also represents clients in a wide array of tort litigation, contract disputes, real estate, construction defects and

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fornia as voted on by his peers in 2016 and 2017. One of his clients stated that Justin raises the bar for quality of service, saying: “Not only did he present all the facts, options and approaches that we could take to resolve the case, he also possesses the many intangibles that set him apart from other attorneys, such as the accountability and integrity with his words and his follow-ups. The level of comfort he services to his clients also set him apart from other attorneys.” Promotional Content


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Law Office of Mellanie Marshall Attorney Mellanie Marshall is a dedicated and passionate family law attorney serving the Bakersfield area. She often helps clients in Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Ventura County and Kern County. She focuses her practice on divorce, child support, child custody and related issues. Ms. Marshall prides herself on providing thorough and aggressive representation for her clients. Family law matters can be extremely emotional and she knows that many individuals simply need someone to help them fight back in a bad situation. Every client is different, so whether it would make the most sense to take a case to court or settle quickly will vary by individual. Attorney Marshall can provide either service to meet her clients’ needs.

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Attorney Marshall has been a sole practitioner who practices primarily family law for nearly a decade. If you need an experienced Bakersfield family law attorney to deal with a complex issue, look no further than the Law Office of Mellanie Marshall. Attorney Marshall has extensive experience in a wide variety of family law issues, from no-asset high conflict child custody cases to high-asset divorces. She also has extensive resources at her fingertips, including access to investigators and forensic accountants. She has handled over 400 family law cases and she can use that knowledge and experience to help you deal with virtually any issue in the family law arena.

Ms. Marshall is well-known in the professional community for getting results. She is extremely passionate about her clients and exceeding their expectations. Attorney Marshall communicates effectively and is extremely responsive when her clients have questions or concerns. You aren’t just a file number at the Law Offices of Mellanie Marshall; Attorney Marshall invests in each one of her clients and helps resolve issues effectively. Whether you need a Bakersfield divorce attorney or help with a domestic violence situation, Attorney Marshall is here for you.

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College of Law and a B.S. in environmental resource management with a concentration in land-use planning and public policy. She is admitted to practice in California, as well as federal and bankruptcy courts. She is a member of the following professional associations: · State Bar of California · American Bar Association · Santa Maria County Bar Association · Kern County Bar Association · California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform · Capital City Trial Lawyers Association · National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys If you have legal questions about family law issues, Attorney Marshall can help. Call 805-709-1824 for more information.

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Blake Burtchaell was born and raised in Bakersfield. “Blakersfield” started to trend while he played adult baseball during his late college years in Los Angeles – it never caught on. After graduating college with his business law degree, Blake joined the dark side by working in insurance defense. He became passionate for helping his significantly injured clients

navigate through the labyrinth of insurance and finding the medical treatment they deserved. He knew that the plaintiff’s life was his calling and immediately enrolled in law school. During his first year at Southwestern University School of Law, Blake was selected as a research assistant editing law review articles and a Moot Court Finalist. Given his pristine moral compass, he was the first ever chairman of the Honor Code Committee and later graduated with a Public Service Distinction after completing in excess of 75 hours of pro bono services with veterans clinics, expungement clinics, immigration/DACA clinics, homeless prevention and children’s rights. Blake was also the founding president of the Consumer Law Society at Southwestern University School of Law inspired by the Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angles (CAALA). Before joining the Justice Team, Blake worked for a plaintiff’s litigation firm where he honed his skills for law and motion. In 2017, he was selected and participated in the 31st Annual Jack Daniels Los Angeles ABOTA Trial School – where he crushed it. In his spare time, Blake loves to spend time with his wife, McKenzi, and is also a subpar winemaker, dachshund enthusiast and huge baseball fan.

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Osborn Law · 2200 Truxtun Ave. · 661-322-7400 · www.osborn-law.com

Osborn Law

In 2008, Tim Osborn started his own practice with just one client and no staff.

Since then, Tim has built his practice from the ground up and today Osborn Law is one of the most successful personal injury firms in the San Joaquin Valley. Tim and his staff handle a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases and over the years they have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients. The firm has litigated cases in every region of California and in several other western states. Tim is believed to be the youngest personal injury attorney in Kern County history to receive the prestigious “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and he is the only Bakersfield personal injury attorney to be named to Super Lawyers Magazine’s Southern California “Up-and-Coming 100” list every year since its inception in 2014. In addition, Tim is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a recipient of the “Client’s Choice Award” from AVVO.com.

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Over the years, Osborn Law has repeatedly prevailed against some of the largest insurance companies and corporations in the country, often under the most difficult of circumstances. Our clients appreciate our work ethic, honesty, professionalism and accessibility. We are unique among personal injury law firms in that we limit the number of cases we take on so that we may give each of our active clients the attention to detail they deserve. We take pride in our ability to use the law and the court system as the great equalizer in restoring normalcy in justice to our clients’ lives. If you or a loved one has been injured, we are here for you.

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Law Offices of David A. Torres · 1318 K Street · 661-326-0857 · dtorres@lawtorres.com

2019

David Torres/Alekxia Torres Stallings David Torres

Focus/Mission: To provide a thorough and aggressive defense to those accused of a crime in both state and federal. Years practicing law: 30+ Area of practice: Criminal defense, state and federal, and personal injury Education: BA, CSU Fresno; minor, military science (ROTC) Gonzaga University; Juris Doctor, Gonzaga University School of Law Honors/Awards: AV Pre-eminent Rating (Peers and Judicial), KCBA Bench and Bar Award; Gonzaga University Distinguished Alumni Merit Award; California Super Lawyers 2012-2018; Top Lawyers in Southern California 2012-2018; Civic Leader Award-CSUB; ABA Distinguished Service Award; Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance; U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, Ret. Professionally proud: Despite the nature of my chosen profession, I continue to practice with the same enthusiasm today that I had when I first began. It is even better now that my law associate happens to be my daughter. Greatest personal achievement: Despite the stresses and long hours associated with managing a private law practice for over 30 years, I continue to be happily married to the same woman for nearly 35 years and have a wonderful relationship with my children. How family has influenced you: Tremendously. My parents taught me the importance of family and I have done whatever I could to live up to those values and lessons. Likewise, I have a very strong wife who happens to be the foundation of our family. Without her, I could not have accomplished what I have thus far. Hobbies: Family, running, listening to audio books and podcasts. What sets you apart: My humble beginnings as a migrant farmworker, my military background and empathy. Charitable work: Immigration Justice Coalition and Veteran’s Justice Program

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Alekxia Torres Stallings

Alekxia Torres Stallings is a criminal defense trial attorney from Bakersfield. She was raised in Bakersfield and attended Stockdale High School. She attended the University of California at Irvine where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in European studies. She became an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and held various leadership positions within that organization and others while in college. After graduating from Irvine, she accepted a position teaching English in Shenzhen, a city in the Guangdong Province, in China. She attended law school at Western Michigan University, Cooley School of Law and was active in the Student Bar Association holding almost every position, including president. She also participated in the Moot Court council and earned the esteemed Leadership Award for her role in leadership throughout her schooling. Ms. Torres returned to Bakersfield following graduation and clerked with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. After passing the California

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Bar Exam, she accepted an associate’s position with the Law Offices of David A. Torres. There she practices state and federal criminal defense exclusively. In 2014, she was admitted to the federal Criminal Justice Act Panel where she serves as an attorney of record for initial appearances and detention hearings. In 2015, she was admitted to the Indigent Defense Panel in Kern County where she serves as an attorney on conflict cases. From 2014 to 2018, she served as an attorney coach for Stockdale High School’s mock trial team. Their team competed in the state competitions in 2015 and 2018. She has been a member of the Kern County Bar Association since 2012, where she currently serves as secretary. She is currently serving as the president of the Young Lawyers Section of the bar. She is also past president of the Women Layers Section. Additionally, she is an active member of both the Criminal Law Section and the Multicultural Bar Alliance. In 2018, she was named one of Bakersfield Life’s 20 Under 40 People to Watch. Promotional Content


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LeBeau Thelen LLP · 5001 E. Commercenter Drive, Suite 300 · 661-325-8962 · www.lebeauthelen.com

2019

LeBeau Thelen is a full-service law firm that has been serving the Central Valley since 1985. We take pride in providing high-quality legal services to our clients with a holistic focus. We consider all aspects of a case or issue, from your immediate concerns to your long-term legal needs and goals. Over the past 35 years, LeBeau Thelen has become one of the most respected and experienced law firms in Kern County and the Central Valley. We have deep roots in the area and we put those roots and connections to work for our clients.

Law Firm with Local Touch

As a midsized law firm, LeBeau Thelen is able to provide clients the personal attention they need while offering a level of diversity and experience needed to obtain favorable outcomes. Our firm consists of highly knowledgeable attorneys, including two father-son teams, and we place an emphasis on working together for the benefit of our clients. We also emphasize a supportive and collegial atmosphere for both our attorneys and our staff that carries into the work we do for our clients. Thanks to our experienced and wide-ranging team of attorneys, we offer our clients assistance with many additional legal needs that may arise as we work on their behalf. Each attorney specializes in specific areas of law, allowing us to deliver a broad level of legal assistance regardless of a client’s issue or stage of business. Four of our main practice areas include business law, employment law, medical malpractice and estate planning.

Skilled Business Attorneys

Our business attorneys are extremely knowledgeable in all facets of business planning, formation, operation and litigation. Most of our litigators have more than 20 years of experience and have had many successful outcomes at the trial

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level. When you have an important business matter like a new business venture, partnership dispute or breach of contract, you can rely on our attorneys to carefully evaluate your case and offer a pragmatic solution that not only addresses your current needs but also takes into account the overall goals of your company. We believe looking at the big picture will lead to the most successful outcomes.

Trusted Employment Lawyers

We have highly qualified employment lawyers who are able to help you navigate the myriad legal issues facing employers today. From wage and hour disputes to discrimination claims or compliance issues, our attorneys will take a strategic approach to provide you with the right solutions to address your needs efficiently and correctly.

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At LeBeau Thelen, we also represent health care professionals and organizations in the defense of medical malpractice claims. We take pride in using innovative strategies to minimize the impact medical malpractice claims have on a business. Our focus is on protecting your bottom line as well as your reputation as a health care provider.

Comprehensive Estate Planning

Our practical legal advice and all-inclusive estate-planning services help our clients make important decisions for themselves, their families and the future of their businesses. Having the right estate plan will provide you with peace of mind knowing that you have the proper legal measures in place to execute your last wishes and business plans. From drafting simple wills to preparing irrevocable trusts, we can handle all of your estate planning matters regardless of complexity. Promotional Content


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Generations of experience working for you. With a 35-year legacy, LeBeau Thelen is a preeminent full-service law firm with a reputation for efficient, creative and practical legal advice and strong advocacy. Our experienced team of civil litigators provides aggressive and effective representation in cases spanning complex business and real estate disputes, professional malpractice defense, personal injury and employment matters. The firm also offers expertise and guidance for both business owners and individuals in the areas of business planning and formation, estate and tax planning, trust administration and probate.

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Middlebrook & Associates · 8501 Brimhall Road, Suite 404 · 661-636-1333 · www.kerncountydui.com

Middlebrook & Associates ifornia, Davis, School of Law. He has handled more than 6,500 DUI cases and tried over 200 DUI trials with only eight losses in 25 years in practice. Mr. Middlebrook is the only attorney in California who has been named: • Super Lawyer (2012-2019) • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell (highest rating available); • Perfect 10 Client Rating on AVVO.com • ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist Designation He is also a founding or sustaining or specialist member of every organization focused on DUI defense in the state of California and nationally.

But Why Do Trials Matter?

This is perhaps the best indicator of the experience, quality and knowledge of your attorney. The defendant’s only advantage in negotiations with the prosecution is the ability to take the case to trial successfully. If your attorney constantly threatens, but never actually puts their proverbial “money where their mouth is,” they quickly become no threat to the prosecution because the DAs know they will always just “give up” when push comes to shove in a courtroom.

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Aren’t All Attorneys the Same?

No. It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. However, in a day of internet marketing, billboard advertising and wordsmithing, any attorney can claim to be “the best” or “aggressive” or “trial tested” in about 10 seconds. Look for an attorney who: • Focuses solely on DUI defense • Successfully tries DUI cases • Is a leader nationally in educating lawyers and scientists in the science of intoxication Mr. Middlebrook is the preeminent DUI defense attorney in the Central Valley of California and his practice focuses exclusively on DUI cases. He graduated from the University of Cal-

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“I called and spoke to several attorneys in Bakersfield before choosing one that was cheaper than Mr. Middlebrook. Shortly afterward, I happened to meet a Bakersfield police officer at a community event who told me that most of the attorneys in Kern County have never even won a DUI trial but, even more importantly, they’ve never actually tried a DUI case before. He recommended that I call Richard Middlebrook. He has 20-plus years of experience in trying hundreds of cases and won a vast majority of them. For me, my future, family and job were on the line and I couldn’t afford not to hire him. I came so close to putting my life in somebody’s hands that didn’t have the experience to handle it!” – Shannon “I was arrested for DUI. I retained an inexperienced lawyer that just wanted to collect a few thousand dollars and plead me out to first offense DUI. It was clearly evident during the DMV hearing I made a serious error in the attorney when I went the cheap route. I spent over 30 years in statewide law enforcement and retired as a chief. I recognized flaws in my case and wanted someone who not only believed in me, but was willing to aggressively attack the prosecution’s case. The prosecution took the case to trial and could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. My faith in Mr. Middlebrook kept an arrest for DUI from becoming a conviction for DUI and all that goes with that. Think twice before you go to just any attorney for a DUI case. If you are like me and feel the trauma and fear of the unknown about a DUI arrest, then choose wisely. The police and the prosecutor are not on your side. He will always be on your side and provide the best defense possible from the DMV hearing to trial.” – Bob Promotional Content


A leader in DUI defense throughout California, Richard Middlebrook has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list for five years. He remains the only lawyer in California to have also been honored with the Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, an Avvo perfect 10 rating and the ACS-CHAL lawyer-scientist designation. By exclusively assisting those accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, Middlebrook dedicates all resources to obtaining unmatched results. He handles each case personally, with the assistance of a dedicated team of attorneys and staff. “Unless we believe we can make a significant difference in your case, we won’t waste your time and resources,” says Middlebrook. The focus on helping one client at a time overcome one of the toughest hurdles in their life has always remained. “We are simply about helping people when they need our help the most,” says Middlebrook.

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Young Wooldridge, LLP · 1800 30th Street, fourth floor · 661-437-3932 · www.youngwooldridge.com

Young Wooldridge, LLP Rob Noriega Partner | Business Law Rob Noriega has always had deep ties to our community. He was raised in Bakersfield, attended Garces Memorial High School and returned after college and law school to start a family and what would become a distinguished legal career. Rob has been practicing business and civil litigation law in Bakersfield for over 30 years. He serves his clients through a diverse practice in all areas of business and civil law litigation,

including business formation, commercial transactions and disputes, real estate litigation and other civil and business torts. A three-time Best Of Kern Favorite for Best Lawyer, Rob continues to serve the community that he holds so dear. He is the chairman of the Bakersfield Memorial Hospital board of directors, a past president and current member of Rotary Club of Bakersfield, a past vice-chair of the CSUB Foundation for Research board of directors, amongst other endeavors.

Thomas Brill Partner | Personal Injury Thomas Brill is a partner at Young Wooldridge LLP with 30 years of experience working on behalf of injury victims with catastrophic injuries. Throughout his career, he has secured several multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, the largest being $8.9 million in a case when a failed tire caused a rollover accident in which

his client suffered permanent injuries. He believes that the role of personal injury attorneys is to help make the community safer by holding wrongdoers responsible for negligence. Thomas says, “We can secure a safer future for our kids and grandkids by sending the message that careless work and unsafe habits will not be tolerated.”

Alan Doud Senior Attorney | Water Law Alan is a member of the Young Wooldridge LLP’s Water Department, specializing in water and public agency law. Alan serves as general counsel to numerous clients throughout the state, including groundwater sustainability agencies (formed to implement that State’s recent groundwater management laws), water districts that contract at both the state and federal level for surface water deliveries, and municipal water suppliers.

Alan’s work has included negotiations with the federal government on contracts that are critical to Central Valley water supplies, litigation and regulatory matters concerning Kern River water rights, and the adjudication of rights to groundwater in the Antelope Valley. Alan’s community involvement includes coaching his daughters’ soccer teams and serving as the vice-chair of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors.

Jefferson Eberhardt Attorney | Employment Law Jefferson Eberhardt is an attorney at Young Wooldridge LLP and a member of the firm’s Business Department, where he focuses his practice on employment law. He defends his clients against employment-related litigation involving individual and class-based wage and hour disputes, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification, and serious and willful misconduct claims. Additionally, Jefferson counsels employers on a wide range of other labor matters. 70

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After receiving his law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where he was a Merit Scholarship Recipient, Jefferson was admitted to the California State Bar and relocated to Bakersfield to start his legal career. He is a graduate of Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Bakersfield program and supports Kern County Society of Human Resource Management and CASA of Kern County. Promotional Content


McKnight and McKnight Law, APC · 305 Truxtun Ave. · 661-325-5977 · www.mcknightattorneys.com

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McKnight and McKnight Law, APC companies and corporations and have achieved outstanding results on behalf of my clients. There is no better feeling than when I resolve a case and I see the relief on my client’s face to have a difficult time in their life made better, turning a corner as a result of my assistance with their matter.

What is your legal background?

After graduating from the University of Southern California (USC) Law School, I was recruited and began my legal career working for a large 100-plus attorney law firm in Los Angeles, where I received excellent training and experience. I returned to my hometown, Bakersfield, to join my father and brothers at McKnight, McKnight, McKnight and McKnight Law Firm for 30 years. I now serve clients as McKnight and McKnight Law, APC. My focus is representing injured people and their families in major personal injury and wrongful death cases. I have been selected to speak at the Statewide Consumer Attorney of California Convention on topics including accident reconstruction and jury selection. I served as a past board member of the Kern County Bar Association.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

I was born and raised in Bakersfield, attended local schools and worked summers in the oil fields, which helped develop my strong work ethic. Because of my deep roots in Bakersfield, I know the people and values of our community. When a potential client calls my office about an accident, I am very familiar with the local roads and highways, as well as the companies and the people of Kern County. My father instilled in me the values of hard work and integrity and I hold to those values tightly.

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What type of law do you practice?

I represent injured people and their families in injury and accident cases, including auto, motorcycle and truck accidents. I also handle wrongful death, defective product and negligence cases.

Why did you go into the field of law?

I was raised in a family of lawyers who loved their work and their ability to help their clients. I am a compassionate person and truly enjoy helping people through difficult times. I find great satisfaction assisting injured clients and their loved ones, meeting them and giving them the personal attention they deserve. The insurance claims process can seem complicated, frustrating and overwhelming for an injured party to handle on their own. I utilize my 30-plus years of experience to give guidance, advice and counsel to my clients. I handle all aspects of the legal process so that they can focus on getting better. I’ve successfully represented clients against major insurance

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Can you give us a brief bio?

I graduated from Biola University and USC Law School. I have been married for 35 years to my wife, Denise, who is a teacher. I have been blessed with three children and five grandchildren whom I enjoying spending time with immensely. Two of my children reside in Kern County and are employed in education and agribusiness. My wife and I have been actively involved for many years in our church. I volunteer on the advisory board of Kern County Teen Challenge and serve on the board of Hume Lake Christian Camps. I enjoy fly fishing, travel and spending time in the outdoors.

Anything else we should know?

I offer a prompt and free consultation regarding your injury matter and will give you an honest evaluation on whether I can help you. If I can’t, I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

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Chain | Cohn | Stiles · 1731 Chester Ave, Suite 100 · 661-616-9829 · chainlaw.com

2019

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Not many law firms in Kern County – or outside of Kern County, for that matter – can compare to the history, results and reputation of Chain | Cohn | Stiles. The Bakersfield-based accident and injury firm is commemorating 85 years in 2019; that alone is something that is unmatched by local law firms of its kind. Here are some other standout facts about Chain | Cohn | Stiles: • For 85 years, the firm has been David K. Cohn firmly cemented in downtown Bakersfield, dedicated to helping Kern County’s residents. Morris B. Chain first set up shop in the Haberfelde Building in 1934 in downtown Bakersfield, where the firm has been since. The firm name has changed over the years – including being known by many as Chain-Younger – but the “Chain” name has remained. James A. Yoro • Throughout this time, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has earned more multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for its clients than any other law firm locally. • The seven attorneys at the law firm have 150-plus years of combined experience in accident and injury-related law. They include partners David Cohn, Jim Yoro and Matt Clark and associate attorneys Chad Boyles, Beatriz A. Trejo Beatriz Trejo, Tanya Alsheikh and Doug Fitz-Simmons. All except one of these lawyers were raised in Bakersfield. Learn more about each of the attorneys by watching their stories at www. chainlaw.com. • The firm recently received a ranking in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms,” the oldest and Chad J. A. Boyles among the most respected attor74

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ney ranking services in the world. • Firm partners and attorneys David Cohn and James Yoro, too, have been recognized in the publication’s “Best Lawyers in America” program. • Chain | Cohn | Stiles was reMorris Chain cently one of three organizations inducted into the inaugural “Best of Kern County” Hall of Fame, awarded to men, women, businesses and organizations with a long history of excellence in their respective fields and who also give back to our community. • The firm has been selected into the “Best Law Firm” category in The Bakersfield Californian’s Doug Fitz-Simmons Readers’ Choice Poll each year since the category was introduced in 2013. • In last year’s Bakersfield Life Magazine “Top Attorneys” poll, which highlighted the best local lawyers in 19 specialty areas as voted on by their peers, Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyers were selected as “Top Attorneys” under the following categories: Accidents & Injuries, Male Attorney, WorkTanya Alsheikh ers’ Compensation and Female Attorney. • Chain | Cohn | Stiles was given the “Community Champion” award by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County, for the law firm’s work toward raising awareness locally and helping victims. The firm is commemorating its 85-year anniversary in part by looking back at its local history of Matthew C. Clark serving Kern County. In a series of videos, the law firm partners featured on the cover – David Cohn, Jim Yoro and Matt Clark – share stories of the law firm’s origins and its values that remain true today. To watch them and learn more about the law firm’s anniversary, visit bit.ly/chainlaw85. Promotional Content


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Age: 29 Occupation: Corporate EHS Manager at The Wonderful Company How would you describe your personality? I would best describe my personality as confident, adventurous and giving. I find myself always wanting to bring out the best in people and making their day just a little better.

What traits do you find appealing in a partner? I find traits such as self-confidence, loyalty, caring and an open mindset appealing. What are your hobbies? My hobbies include doing any kind of outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking and camping. My ideal first date would be: My ideal first date would be to take a drive to a great outdoor

location and go for a small hike. After the hike, we would go to a brewery or some other casual place for food and drinks. Keep it simple and create opportunities to get to know her. My favorite movie is: “Dumb and Dumber.” You should bid on me because: I’m a guaranteed great time.

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Age: 39 Occupation: Mobile Equipment Servicer for the U.S. Army Reserve at Fort Hunter Liggett How would you describe your personality? It’s a mixture of bluntness/being forthright, loyal, compassionate, with a bit of goofy/dry sense of humor. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Physical: Her curves and her eyes.

Mental: Her ability to overcome adversity and a caring heart. What are your hobbies? Learning to play my guitar, visiting friends and family, attending sporting events and blues or country music concerts, and hanging out at my friend’s farm. My ideal first date would be: I have learned that coffee and dessert at a local diner or cafe is always a good choice. It’s

a relaxed environment to talk with that person and everyone I have known has always liked some kind of dessert. My favorite movie is: “Hell or High Water.” You should bid on me because: I am the genuine article. Accept no substitutes! I have lived a lot in my time, yet not lived enough.

Age: 35 Occupation: Veteran Coordinator How would you describe your personality? I am fairly easygoing. I am willing to help anyone at any time but don’t like to be taken advantage of. I have a quick wit and love to laugh about everything.

What traits do you find appealing in a partner? I find a woman who is down-to-earth, loving, family oriented and active attractive. What are your hobbies? Riding horses and golf. My ideal first date would be: A dinner followed by a couple of drinks.

My favorite movie is: “Inception.” You should bid on me because: I am the best choice up here. Five-year Navy helicopter search and rescue aircrewman, so you know you will be in good hands and will ever have to worry about getting lost. Plus, you didn’t read my qualities and personality? Off the chart!

Age: 31 Occupation: Gas Control Technician for PG&E How would you describe your personality? Adventurous – I love the outdoors. Passionate and compassionate – I try to help people in any way that I can, whether I can be of service and help them with something or just simply be there to listen and talk in a conversation.

Ambitious – I have a hunger for success in all aspects in life and to always be open to grow. Courteous – I was raised old-school. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Adventurous, positivity, being weird/different, sense of humor, passionate, communication, independent, confident. What are your hobbies? Hunting, fishing, various types

of fitness, sporting clay shooting, bow shooting, snowboarding, hiking, camping, reading, writing. My ideal first date would be: Something involving a fun activity – a picnic, a small hike, a concert, shooting and some good food and conversation. You should bid on me because: I’m a lover, not a fighter!

What are your hobbies? Crafting beer and mead, dancing salsa and bachata, my fantasy football league and volunteering. My ideal first date would be: Dinner and comedy. My best qualities are: My smile, my charm and sense of humor.

My favorite movie is: “Coming to America.” You should bid on me because: The money goes to a great cause and I’ll make you laugh.

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Age: 29 Occupation: Recreation Associate for the City of Delano What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Smart, funny, caring.

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Age: 25 Occupation: Tlo Wines Service How would you describe your personality? Outgoing, adventurous and entertaining. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Fun, artistically inclined and ready for adventure.

What are your hobbies? Watching movies, disc golf, golf and spending time with friends. My ideal first date would be: Foraging town, going from restaurant to restaurant and only getting one entree and one drink at as many as you can go to. My best qualities are: My people skills – good communicator – and I’m more mature than my age.

My role model is: My father. My favorite movie is: “Hunt for Red October.” When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: A skateboarder. You should bid on me because: You won’t regret it.

Age: 27 Occupation: Continuous Improvement Manager How would you describe your personality? Friendly, a tad on the introverted side, but definitely a people person. Can listen and carry a conversation. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Intelligent with a good sense of humor. Sarcasm is also appreciated as is an outgoing personality.

What are your hobbies? Baking, cross-stitch, disc golf, cooking, reading, hiking. Not particularly good at any of them, but I like to dabble. My ideal first date would be: A great meal at a place where you can actually hear your date. This followed by a fun activity (bowling, arcade, mini golf, etc.). My role model is: My dad. He’s worked so hard for my fam-

ily, always striving to give us all that he can while also trying to lead us down the right path. My favorite movie is: “Groundhog Day.” When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: A motivational speaker. You should bid on me because: Besides this being for a fantastic cause, I’d make sure we had a great time.

Age: 44 Occupation: Fresh Carrot Plant Manager at Bolthouse Farms How would you describe your personality? Golden retriever – loyal, playful, likable, loving and pleasing. Easygoing and a little shy. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Loves to laugh, can take a joke, enjoys playful banter, likes to be touched. Enjoys playing and

watching sports. What are your hobbies? Like playing almost all sports and being active. Bicycling, golf, snowboarding, water sports and concerts are among my favorites. I can be a little competitive. My ideal first date would be: An easygoing conversation with a lot of laughs. My best qualities are: Loyal, responsible, compassionate, competitive and loving. My role model is: My dad –

loyal, hardworking and dedicated. My favorite movie is: “Dumb and Dumber.” When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: A firefighter. You should bid on me because: I laugh at my own jokes so you don’t have to. But you probably will because I’m hilarious.

Age: 26 Occupation: Account Executive at American General Media How would you describe your personality? Very outgoing, fun, very adaptable, witty, courteous. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Ambitious, compassionate, outgoing, adventurous, intelligent. What are your hobbies? Playing soccer, baseball, fishing,

hiking, biking, drinking socially. My ideal first date would be: A nice dinner to get to know each other. Then, if all goes well, go on a walk. Simple dates are sometimes the best. My best qualities are: I always have a positive attitude, I am very honest, open-minded, I am direct and won’t “beat around the bush” and very attentive to people’s needs.

My favorite movie is: “Big Daddy” with Adam Sandler. When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: A doctor or a welder like my dad. You should bid on me because: I will help anyone who is in need and that is why I am participating in this event. Proceeds from this event will end up helping many people. I am also very fun to spend time with, so that is a definite plus.

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Age: 36 Occupation: Physician, anesthesiologist and interventional pain management specialist How would you describe your personality? Passionate, motivated, direct, confident, relentless determination. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Warmth, caring, genuine,

humble. What are your hobbies? Soccer, travel, yoga. My ideal first date would be: Beach by day, concert by night. My best qualities are: Well-rounded, family oriented, caring, genuine. My role model is: My father.

Age: 36 Occupation: Senior Pharmacy Technician How would you describe your personality? Primarily an introvert, but once I get comfortable with my surroundings, I become a smart aleck with a dry sense of humor. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Above all else, honestly. Without honesty, there can’t be trust, and without trust, what’s the point?

After that, sense of humor, courteous, caring, intelligence and I could go on and on, but really comes down to the chemistry – the vibe between us. The feeling of maybe we complete each other. Also, a pretty smile is always nice. What are your hobbies? Barbecuing, fishing, shooting, binge-watching Netflix, spending time with loved ones, including my three dogs.

Age: 26 Occupation: Sales What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Fairly outgoing and, at times, the life of the party. What are your hobbies? Die-hard Dodgers fan! Love to go hiking or hang out with friends.

My ideal first date would be: Something fun where we can interact and still talk – a nice dinner and bowling or maybe dinner and paint night. My best qualities are: My sense of humor for sure! I love to joke around and have no problem being the butt of the joke.

My role model is: Pat Tillman is a great role model for not just myself but for so many other young men. My favorite movie is: “The Sandlot.” When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: Taller. You should bid on me because: You don’t want me to be the only guy standing up there with no one bidding on them!

Age: 42 Occupation: Investor/ Landscaper How would you describe your personality? Sarcastic, love to have a good time. I am a happy person – outgoing. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Talkative, adventurous, somebody who loves to laugh.

What are your hobbies? Sports, gym, traveling, cooking and eating food. My ideal first date would be: Sitting in my backyard enjoying good food and conversation. My best qualities are: I truly care about people and love to smile. My role model is: My mom.

My favorite movie is: “Tombstone.” When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: A police officer.

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My favorite movie is: “The Deer Hunter.” When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: A diplomat. You should bid on me because: I am fun to be around and good times will be had!

My ideal first date would be: A short trip. The drive there and back offers plenty of time for conversation, allowing the opportunity for us to get to know each other better. My favorite movie is: “Stranger than Fiction.” You should bid on me because: It’s for a good cause and it’ll be my goal to bring you as much happiness as possible.

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Kym Showers is a Bakersfield native and certified life coach.

REDESIGNING

A WELL-LIVED LIFE Local women coach couples to live their best existence By Lisa Kimble

If necessity is the mother of invention, then happiness is surely the parent of reinvention, as evidenced by the second-fastest-growing industry in the country worth upward of $2 billion annually – life coaching. Once considered self-indulgent and available only in major metropolitan areas, today it is widely practiced and valued as just as important as traditional counseling.

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Pioneers of the practice were psychologists who, back in the 1980s, saw a broader application of therapy. But unlike counseling, which analyzes the past, life coaches propel clients forward toward their personal and professional goals by examining what is going on now, identifying the obstacles and choosing a course of action for positive change. “Our thoughts drive our feelings, which, in turn, create actions,” said Bakersfield native and certified life coach Kym Showers. “If we can be aware, we can change


anything.” Eight years ago, Showers found her own life at a crossroads. Her two children went off to college and the stay-athome mom was closing a chapter. “Something was missing. I wanted to do something different but a culmination of the first half of my life as a wife, mother, schoolteacher and Bible studies leader,” she recalled. “That awareness became the catalyst for life coaching. The first half of my life was extremely spiritual. My whole awakening of this second act of mine is nurturing this human side.” She began researching the field and reached out to Lisette Whitaker, who at the time was the only certified life coach in Bakersfield. “My master’s degree in counseling and psychology from CSUB was the cornerstone for me in working with people to uncover their goals, ambitions and desires in life,” said Whitaker, who owns Lion Heart Coaching & Consulting, specializing in midlife marriage transitions. “The focus then was more on clinical diagnosis and treatment of causes and symptoms rather than what happens after. And most of us don’t have a clinical, mental health circumstance that requires treatment, yet we want guidance, help and assistance with everyday situations.” Showers, a former cheerleader for East High and Bakersfield College who says she has spent her 58 years rooting for her family, friends and neighbors, enrolled at the Life Coach School based in Dallas in January of last year. “I didn’t know you could be a professional cheerleader,” she laughed. The online course included in-person training. “I feel like I have been coaching my – Kym Showers whole life and I was born to do this.” Her focus is on helping couples reinvent and redesign their marriage. “I’m a big fan of marriage and happiness and I have both,” said Showers, who has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 35 years. “You can create a happy life wherever you are in life. We are completely different, but the reason we are still happily married is that we keep reinventing ourselves through every season.” Her six-week program includes one 50-minute coaching phone call per spouse each week and two half-hour couples sessions via video conferencing in addition to homework. Showers credits Instagram for 90 percent of her clients locally and around the world. Her clean, light and positive brand, which promotes her website, blogs and podcasts, was carefully crafted. “I was very intentional about it all,” she said. Whitaker marvels at the evolution of the practice. “Humans need one another to survive. We learn from

“The first half of my life was extremely spiritual. My whole awakening of this second act of mine is nurturing this human side.”

each other how to navigate life circumstances. In days of old, families and communities provided most of that support,” she said. “But life has become much more complicated and may require a more neutral guide in some areas. So, really, life coaching is a necessity, not a luxury.” Some of Showers’ best advice is to live authentically in one’s own lane and help one another. “To do a well-lived life in the second half of life, that’s the best life!” she said. Opinions expressed in this column are those of Lisa Kimble.

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WONDER, IMAGINATION + CREATIVITY Writing through the eyes of a child By Jennifer Gardiner

My love of art and creative writing have been part of my soul since I was a very young girl. In those early years, my calling was to help other people’s artistic dreams come to life. If they could imagine it, I could build, paint it and bring it to life. My passion for working with children grew from the 18 years I devoted to Valley Baptist Church in its Children’s Ministry and Vacation Bible School. The artwork the kids and I worked on together over the years still adorns the halls of the church classrooms. A special set of twin girls (Rachel and Leah) both worked at my side for years and have gone on to create their own very successful art businesses. My own heart is soft and childlike, so it is exciting for me to engage in a child’s world through things like swimming, dancing, twirling, splashing, giggling or crying. These things tend to further soften my own heart. Writing is fun when you can feel and see as a child does! I feel that if my parents had read to me at an early age, I would have been more confident growing up. When I write 84

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for children, I want them to recognize that the characters in the book learn how to be adventurous and that they are not afraid to be strong, gentle or kind. I want my writing to have a positive impact on the children who read it. My goal is to help all the children who Just the Facts read my books see that they can accomplish Be in Bakersfield is a grassroots anything they put their movement aimed at changing minds to. Through the conversation around Bamy writing, I hope to kersfield and activating positive encourage them to change within our community. have self-confidence Visit us online at www.beinbaand self-esteem, to be kersfield.com or on Facebook + kind to others, to work Instagram at @beinbakersfield. hard and to do their best at whatever they are attempting. It is important to me that each child see his or her life is a true gift. When children express themselves, their thoughts instantly come to life for me as illustrations. My ongoing


passion to this day is to listen to a child and love as a child loves. When we do, dreams can come to life! It’s fun to imagine as a child. My decision to write and illustrate my first children’s book was inspired by a joyous experience I had with my granddaughter. She was bored one day and I told her we could take a trip around our pond. She has a wonderful imagination and she blurted out, “Do you think we can find Paris?” I said, “I don’t know, but get your things and take any of the toys you want and let’s go see what we can find.” The book “A Trip Around the Pond” was created from that sweet experience. Writing children’s books is a way for me to share with children that dreams can come true when they put in hard work, a little luck and a lot of determination. I love how my grandkids and other children think big when they’re little. I want to support and nurture their dreams through books that build self-esteem. Be imaginative in Bakersfield. Jennifer Gardiner is an author, artist and partner in her family’s agricultural businesses. Inspired by her grandchildren, she hopes to share imaginative stories of life as seen through the eyes of young children. The views expressed are her own.

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Cosmetology is one of the new courses offered at the Regional Occupational Center. The classrooms accommodate 75 students and are taught by three licensed cosmetologists.

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NEW PROGRAMS AT ROC, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE THINKING ABOUT FUTURE CAREERS By Melissa Peaker-Whitten

As Bakersfield gears up for a new school year, the Kern High School District’s Regional Occupational Center is pulling out all the stops to provide amazing opportunities to local high school students. Whether they want to learn a trade or gain valuable skills and training in preparation for college, there is something for everyone. They currently have five projects underway, including a cosmetology training center, the first of its kind locally, as well as auto shop and construction courses and a veterinary teaching hospital. “The vet hospital is a fully functioning hospital with a surgery center and an X-ray room,” said Brian Miller, the school’s principal. “It’s unlike anything else in the state; we’re excited to show it off to the community. There is a full-time veterinarian who teaches the courses, as well as a registered vet tech.” There is also a new culinary arts program, which will include a student-run cafe. The “Hard Rock” will be open 86

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to the public a few days a week for breakfast and lunch, giving students the chance to put their skills to use in a tangible way. Another reason for the expansion is to accommodate more students. Four years ago, they only had openings for 800 students. This year, they will have 2,000 spots available. By 2020, they will be able to offer classes to a total of 2,600 students on both campuses. They will also be adding night classes for students who don’t have room in their schedule during school hours. Some of the courses are also available to the public, but high school students receive preference. Another exciting addition to the program will be training students for careers in logistics and distribution. “This area is driven by the industry,” said Miller. “Look at all the distribution companies that are popping up here like FedEx and Amazon – there are a lot of high-wage careers. If a student has a little bit of training in high school, they can enter the job market with experience.” ROC also works closely with both Bakersfield College and CSU Bakersfield to help students continue their


education along the pathways they’ve started during high school. The second part of their expansion is the Career and Technical Education Center, set to open in August 2020. CTECH is a whole new campus featuring technology training. It will be located adjacent to Independence High School. The new programs are a culmination of four years of planning. “It has been quite a process,” said Miller. “(We wanted to) make sure we did it the right way and (offered) resources that students would take advantage of.” They did their research, including visiting sites in other states to see what kinds of programs they offered and what facilities they had. They also surveyed 20,000 Kern

High students to determine what types of courses they were interested in seeing offered. “Over the past five years, it’s been a national movement,” said Miller of the recent renewed focus on occupational training. “The state has really been supporting career and technical education the past few years.” Half of the program’s funding came from state grants, according to Miller. “Developing an education (system) that gets kids thinking more about their careers, not just entry-level employment options, (is the goal),” he said. “It’s really cool to see the students each year and how much they grow out here. We get some students every year that maybe haven’t done that great academically, but then they get into a class here and they just have such an interest in what they’re learning. They just take off because it’s something they want to do. (These students have) never been this excited to come to school before. It happens – Brian Miller every year.”

“Over the past five years, it's been a national movement...the state has been supporting career and technical education the past few years.”

A fully functioning veterinary hospital will begin serving the public in January.

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Our Town

Strata Credit Union celebrates 70 years of locals helping others by granting wishes of 70 Kern County residents and organizations.

WISHES COME TRUE Strata Credit Union celebrates 70 years by granting 70 wishes By Asha Chandy

Strata Credit Union is celebrating 70 years of locals helping other locals with 70 gifts of love, granting the wishes of 70 deserving Kern County residents and organizations for each year of Strata’s service to Kern County. It’s putting a philosophy of credit unions helping people into action. “We wanted to do something special in celebration of our 70th anniversary that encompasses the foundational philosophy of the credit union movement,” said Strata CEO Brandon Ivie. “With the help of our community, we will grant a total of 70 wishes for individuals or organizations that are in need right here in our community.” Formerly Kern Federal Credit Union, Strata rebranded in 2018 but continues to grow from and within Kern County, perfectly pairing investment with philanthropy 88

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in dedication to each year of service since 1949, when a small group of county employees decided to create a way to invest and build locally. Anyone can submit a wish on behalf of a deserving organization online and the Strata team is excited to award everything from equipment, monetary donations, even building materials to make selected wishes come true. IndividuMore Information als and organizations To submit a wish and to view have been granted previously fulfilled wishes, go to wishes beyond their www.stratacu.org/70-wishes. wildest dreams, including a woman who needed an air conditioner, teachers and the Trona Community Chest Disaster Relief Fund. Marketing Manager Michelle Garland’s voice chokes


up when she speaks about the 70 Wishes Strata launched this year: “I can’t tell you how lucky and grateful I feel. We never in a million years thought it would be so well-received and have the impact that it has!” One of the most heartfelt and graciously well-received wishes was No. 21. It was granted to Anthony – Michelle Garla Rodriguez, a drummer born blind who does not let that stop him from finding his sound. “Visually impaired or not, you have to do it no matter what. Just pursue it,” Rodriguez said about not being defined by this one inability. He performs with local bands Here by Fate, Tri Tone Mafia and Four Play. He has also been honing his talent with the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop for the past year. While performing at Temblor, the band was surprised by a sudden swell of people in the brewery. “Next thing I know there are tons of people coming in and the place was completely full,” said Rodriguez. Ivie, Garland and the rest of the Strata team came in hand with a gold sponsorship for the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop as wish No. 20 and a special surprise for Rodriguez from Strata. As Rodriguez is earning his clout in the

"I can't tell you how lucky and grateful I feel. We never in a million years thought it would be so well-recieved and have the impact that it has!”

Anthony Rodriguez performing with a local bands.

local music scene, he was nominated to Strata’s 70 Wishes by another local legend. With a nomination from Dolores Huerta, a regular member of the audience, Rodriguez’s greatest wish would be granted: a professional seven-piece set from Gretsch Drums featuring the reverb of a Catalina Maple shell. “I don’t really know what to say. It was beautiful,” Rodriguez said, still at a loss of words. “I love being able to play when I feel like it. It has already been to two shows.” www.BakersfieldLife.com

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The Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League is dedicated to developing local youth into responsible, productive and ethical citizens and reducing juvenile victimization, crime and delinquency.

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Personality

FOR THE KIDS Volunteers provide invaluable guidance for kids at Sheriff’s Activities League By Liarida Yoakum

A busy life can get the best of us, but not for the few good men and women behind the Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League, a free program dedicated to at-risk youth in the community. Six individuals have committed their lives on a weekly basis to the SAL program in east Bakersfield. Appreciative for their time, KCSO Senior Deputy Martin Barron said, “Without them there is no program.” Barron was no stranger to SAL as he took over as the sheriff’s activity coordinator in December 2018. Like the deputy, a constant in the kids’ lives are the volunteers – whose dedication and physical presence speak volumes of their character. “You can have people sign up – ‘I’ll help, I’ll help’ – but 90

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From left: Celine Garcia, 11-year-old Ethan Garcia, 13-yearold Eddie Garcia and Edward Garcia are regulars at the Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League. Celine and Edward are parent-volunteers and Ethan and Eddie are part of the boxing program.

to be that mentor and to be here … is not that easy. … That’s why I’m so appreciative that they come,” Barron said. “They have their own lives, but they come here right after work and they constantly come.” The after-school program provides boxing, soccer, cheerleading, arts and crafts and weightlifting to 45 to 75 kids between the ages of 10 to 17 ½ years old. Parent-volunteers Celene and Edward Garcia were


ABOVE: Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League boxing coach Pete Baker runs his boxers through a series of plank exercises. LEFT: Volunteer coach Oscar Hernandez works with one of the boxers at the Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League. BELOW: Sean Haro works the bag during a workout session at the Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League.

drawn to the program through their children, Ethan and Eddie, whose interest solely laid with the ones and twos – boxing. But it was more personal for Celene, as she grew up around the area of Flower and Virginia streets. Celene, often referred to as the “Boxing Mom,” reflected back to a time when volunteers made an impression on her. “I know how it was on these streets and I know the impact that people had made on me when I was growing up,” she said. “And I know how it felt when that person was there every day and just couldn’t come anymore.” The Boxing Mom works a full-time job but never hesitates when she drops off her kids. Instead, she parks, walks the 30-plus feet to the door and gives two hours of her time four days each week. “Religiously, I am here every day,” said Celene, who has devoted the last two years volunteering for SAL. “That way, these kids can say, ‘Hey, she’s here, she didn’t come just for the first week.’ I want them to feel like we matter enough for her to show up every day.” Along with the pair, Oscar Hernandez, Mike Chavez,

Jesus Fuentes and Pastor Pete Baker show up to SAL every week to help instill responsibility, confidence and a yearning to lead their life in a positive light. Going on his eighth year as head boxing coach, Pete Baker is involved in at least a dozen programs outside of the nonprofit in his role as a pastor with Fairfax Assembly of God. But despite the running around, Pastor Pete, as he is known inside and outside the ring, continually shows up. “I believe in prayer and I pray for each of these kids every day and I believe that God’s spirit touches them and transforms them,” he said. “I’m under no illusion that this sport does it. This is just the care, just the care.” www.BakersfieldLife.com

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF KERN COUNTY MUSEUM

History

The Lori Brock Junior Museum in 1976.

LORI BROCK JUNIOR MUSEUM JOINS COMMUNITY, ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION FOR BAKERSFIELD’S YOUTH By Julie Plata

For over 40 years, the children of Bakersfield have looked forward to the activities afforded to them at the Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center located at the Kern County Museum. The idea for a children’s enrichment center at the Kern County Museum was first thought of in 1971. In November of that year, the Junior League of Bakersfield pledged $25,000 toward the construction of a 4,200-square-foot structure on the grounds of Pioneer Village Museum. According to the Aug. 20, 1976, Bakersfield Californian, one of the unique aspects of the construction of the center is that where most projects of this kind in other communities were subsidized by federal funds, this project was 92

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built through “the most dedicated volunteer efforts this community has ever seen.” In addition to Junior League, Brock’s Party of the Year (which raised $35,000 of the total $95,000), the Quota Club, the Camp Fire Girls, Kern Retired Teachers Association and dozens of private contributors helped make the dream a reality. The Museum Development Committee decided in 1976 that the new children’s museum was to be named after Miss Lori Brock, daughter of John and Gladys Brock. Miss Brock was an exemplary young woman who met her untimely death in 1972 due to an automobile accident. Born in 1949, Brock attended Franklin Elementary, Emerson Junior High, Bakersfield High School and San Jose State University. She was civic-minded and served as a member of the Interracial Council, was head yell leader


and class representative at large. During her senior year of high school, she was elected Miss BHS, a title voted on by the student body and a testament to the high esteem she was held in by her peers. According to the May 26, 1976, Bakersfield Californian, the committee’s recommendation stated, “She had the capacity to make every person feel a sense of his own worth, and she brought out the best in everyone with whom she came in contact.” Finally, on Aug. 15, 1976, the dream became a reality when the Lori Brock Junior Museum was declared officially completed. The Opening of the Year gala kicked off the official opening on Oct. 10, 1976. The Bakersfield High School orchestra and CSUB’s Jazz Ensemble entertained over 700 guests. When asked by Camille Gavin of The Californian about the new center, Dorothy Ernst, first president of the Museum Development Committee, said, “I walk by the building and it smiles at me.” In a Nov. 12, 1976 letter to Californian Editor Avon Wonderly, the chairwoman of the Opening of the Year Committee stated: “The Lori Brock Junior Museum is an important cultural addition to our community. It is because so many people have given of their time, talent and treasure that the building is now a reality and the programs will begin to grow and flourish.” Now known as The Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center, it continues to meet the growing needs of Kern County’s youth. With a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) based hands-on activities, the center’s latest improvements continue to entertain and educate its young visitors.

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The Bakersfield College volleyball team celebrates its win over San Jacinto College last season.

FALL SPORTS IN FULL SWING ACROSS HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE LEVEL It’s that time of year again. Time for the new school year to start and the beginning of the fall sports season. For the local high schools, the list of fall sports consists of football, cross-country, volleyball, girls golf and girls tennis. Bakersfield College’s fall sports lineup includes football, volleyball, wrestling, cross-country, women’s golf, and men’s and women’s soccer. Cal State Bakersfield’s fall sports schedule features volleyball, cross-country (women’s only), and men’s and women’s soccer. With so many local athletes and teams in action, it’s a great opportunity for local sports fans to get out and enjoy some great competition while the weather is still nice.

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Paul Golla is now head coach at Garces High School after 14 years at Bakersfield High.

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League, Southeast Yosemite League and Southwest Yosemite League have new head football coaches this year. That includes perennial powers Bakersfield High, Garces and Ridgeview. Paul Golla, who posted a 134-44 record while leading


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surface. BC’s football team opens its 2019 schedule with a home game against Mount San Antonio College on Sept. 17. Memorial Stadium, which is scheduled for additional upgrades next year, will host the football state championship game in 2019 and 2020. Local football fans should also keep an eye on former Liberty High standout and current Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. The 6-foot4, 220-pound junior is one of the top college signal callers in the country. Love, regardBakersfield Christian’s Ben Yurosek reaches for the goal line ed as a potential future NFL ahead of Memorial’s Mac Dalena. first-round draft pick, is on the 2019 Preseason Davey O’Brien BHS to five Central Section Division I championships and Award Watch List and 2019 Preseason Maxwell Award a 2013 state championship during 14 years at the helm of Watch List. the Drillers has moved on to Garces. Former West High and FronVolleyball tier High coach Rich Cornford The Bakersfield College volleyball team hopes to takes over for the highly successcontinue the path it was on last year, when the Renegades ful Dennis Manning as the head ended the regular season ranked No. 2 in the state before coach at Ridgeview. Cornford led qualifying for the CCCAA State Championships. BC, the Vikings, powered by former led by 2018 CCCWVCA Coach of the Year Carl Ferreira, NFL star Ryan Mathews, to a D-II returns several of its top players, including middle blocker section championship in 2005. Lanie Camarillo, outside hitter Penelope Zepeda and Manning guided the Wolf Pack to libero Jessica three section titles and one state Merante. playoff berth during his 10 years at Rich Cornford The CSUB Ridgeview. He’ll remain with the volleyball team team as an assistant coach. finished last BHS replaced Golla with former Fresno State, Los Anseason with a geles Rams and Miami Dolphins safety Michael Stewart, a record of 14-16 standout player for the Drillers in the early 1980s. overall and 7-9 There are several local high in the WAC. The Roadrunschool football ners return Allplayers that WAC Freshman possess next-levTeam selection el talent. Chief Brooke Boiamong them seau (middle is Bakersfield blocker/right Christian tight Brooke Boiseau side), plus key end/defensive end Ben Yurosek. contributors BHS head coach Michael Stewart Leisa Elisaia, The 6-foot-5 seEmily Hansen and Milica Vukobrat. nior has already accepted a scholSoccer arship offer to play for Stanford next year. Both BC soccer teams posted winning records last The Bakersfield College football team is coming off year (men 9-6-5, women 11-5-4) and should once again be a 6-5 season. The Renegades went 5-0 at home last year, highly competitive. outscoring their opponents 206-39 in games played at The CSUB men’s soccer team hopes to improve on a Memorial Stadium. BC’s longtime home venue received 5-12-1 record in 2018, while the Roadrunners women’s major upgrades during the summer. The stadium’s grass soccer team (6-10-2) wants to do the same. field was removed and replaced with an easier-to-maintain artificial turf. The track surrounding the football field was also removed and replaced with a new running www.BakersfieldLife.com

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WHY WE LEFT THE CENTRAL COAST AND STARTED A FAMILY IN BAKERSFIELD I left San Luis Obispo for Bakersfield. Yes, you heard correctly. My husband, Ryan, and I moved to Bakersfield a little over a year and a half ago. I grew up in San Luis Obispo and lived there my whole life until my husband and I made the decision to move to Bakersfield. My husband is from Bakersfield, so initially that was the main draw for us moving back. The move made me very nervous, as the only thing I knew about Bakersfield was that it got very, very hot during summer. After we found our first home here, things started looking more real for us. I actually started seeing us building a life here – starting a family here. Walking around our house, I could picture seeing our littles running around! In mid-July, we welcomed our sweet baby girl Phoenix. I think one of the main draws for us was how affordable it is to live here. Our money goes so much further here and it shows. We have a three-bedroom home for the same price we were paying in SLO for a tiny studio. Bakersfield is so different than SLO, but it’s so neat and encouraging seeing Bakersfield stepping its game up, especially in the downtown scene. 102 Bakersfield Life Magazine

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Miranda Cram; her husband, Ryan; and their baby girl Phoenix.

There are First Fridays, three different farmers markets around town, cute little coffee shops popping up everywhere and, our personal favorite, free yoga every Second Saturday! Bakersfield is on the rise and it’s very clear. We’ve chosen to start and build our family here and we have zero regrets about leaving SLO. Recently, back in June, I started a moms group, Mamas of Bako, because I had no idea where to meet new friends. I was shocked how many mamas here are just looking for a connection with other mamas! We had almost 18 mamas (plus babies) at our first meetup. Being a parent is hard and can be very lonely, so my September 2019

main focus for starting this to Bakersfield has been group was solely for the thoroughly surprising in purpose of connection and the most positive way. We community, and it’s turned are so excited to watch our into meeting amazing new daughter grow up here and women that I would have to grow together as parents never met otherwise. and a family here. BakersCommunity here is pop- field is becoming a breath of ping up, just like the 10-foot fresh air and it’s very clear! sunflowers we grow here! Miranda Cram is a San It’s been so fun finding Luis Obispo native who now kid-friendly things around calls Bakersfield home. She Bakersfield, like Smitten and her husband, Ryan, Kids, puppet spend most of story time at their time going Dot x Ott or stoon walks with ry/craft time at their pups and the local librarbaby girl, Phoeies! It’s really nix, at Hart Park. neat seeing this Miranda is a town striving to lover of good cofbecome more fee, thrifting and kid and family family time. The friendly! views expressed Miranda Cram Our move are her own.


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AS FRESH AS IT GETS Dot x Ott brings true farm-to-table dining to Bakersfield By Andrea Saavedra

Trends come and go so often in the food industry that authentic experiences are hard to come by. But when it comes to the current “farm to table” restaurant trend, a new restaurant in downtown Bakersfield is giving us the real deal. The establishment is family owned and operated, along with friendly staff members from the community as well as a classically trained chef. This place is called Dot x Ott.

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Dot x Ott is the new kid on the block at the corner of 18th and O streets in “Eastchester” and is killing it in the game of authentic farm to table. But seriously, all of DxO’s produce comes from Pickalittle Farms, a 15-acre farm just off Highway 99, south of Houghton Road. Talk about hitting close to home! If that wasn’t enough to make me fall in love with Dot x Ott, their mercantile-and-restaurant combo did me in. Not only could I have a freshly picked heirloom tomato summer salad for lunch, but I could also buy those same tomatoes and locally sourced olive oil from Rio Bravo


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FACING PAGE: The summer tomato salad, made with sliced tomatoes, pickled onions, spiraled cucumbers, housemade pistachio pesto, Rio Bravo Ranch olive oil, housemade whole-milk cheese and balsamic vinegar. ABOVE: The Hope Ranch mussel special features wild-caught seafood from the Ventura coast.

Ranch to take home with me. WEB EXCLUSIVE DxO’s menu is See how the summer tomato rotated seasonally salad is made at and serves its prowww.bakersfieldlife.com. duce straight from the farm. In other words, if the farm isn’t growing it, they’re not serving it. Talk about fresh! This menu style, which also incorporates local grassfed beef and sustainably wild-caught seafood from the Ventura coast, is an ode to their commitment to sustainability and a testament to the culinary talent in their kitchen. After attending Dot x Ott’s soft opening earlier this year and learning all of the latter, I knew that this place was one to keep my eye on. I stopped in earlier this week to try some of the tastes of summer and it was here where I truly saw and tasted the beauty of the season. I tried their

Baja bowl, summer tomato salad and their Hope Ranch mussel special. The Baja bowl is a refreshing corn salad mixed with quinoa, black beans, cotija cheese, cilantro, tortilla strips, cherry tomatoes and charred jalapenos. I also indulged with the add-ons of grilled chicken and avocado. I wasn’t anticipating this bowl to be a cold entree and was a little hesitant to enjoy it for that reason. But after a couple of bites, I couldn’t ignore the flavors I was tasting. The sweet corn sang an irresistible tune with the creamy cotija cheese and the smoky spice from the charred jalapenos. Every ingredient played a part in this sweet symphony of Latin flavors. The Baja bowl is a lunch must-have. The tomato summer salad is a play on an Italian caprese but highlights the flavors of Bakersfield. This salad contains handpicked sliced tomatoes, pickled onions and spiraled cucumbers from the farm, housemade pistachio pesto, local Rio Bravo Ranch olive oil, housemade wholeContinued on Page 21

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milk cheese and is drizzled with balsamic vinegar from the mercantile. This salad is refreshing, yet filled with earthy tones from the pesto and housemade cheese. The pickled onions and spiraled cucumbers keep this dish bright, both visually and in your mouth. Though this item is listed as a salad, it’s as Dot x Ott filling and satisfying as any of the main entrees. 930 18th St. Last, but certainly 661-324-7112 not least, was Chef Take www.dotandott.com Koto’s Hope Ranch mussel special. Let me begin by saying I am not a big seafood person and am very skeptical of ordering seafood at restaurants solely based on the fear of getting sick as it might not be cooked correctly. So when presented with the option of a shellfish that is notoriously known in the culinary world as the rubbery, too-hardto-clean crustacean, I was more than hesitant to try it. But when the large steaming bowl of the little suckers came to my table, I had a change of heart. I couldn’t resist the aroma of the white wine vegetable broth, the grilled homemade crostinis and the beautiful blue-and-black-shelled mussels. As mentioned before, the talent in the kitchen paired with the DxO’s menu is sustainable values of the rotated season- owners are a match made in heaven and it truly ally and serves shows in this dish. its produce The meat was plump and moist, not rubbery straight from or fishy-tasting at all. The the farm. cook was done beautifully! The white wine veggie broth was so earthy and delicious, I could seriously enjoy it all by itself. This is a great dish for sharing and must be paired with a glass of wine. I hope this item can stay on the menu as long as possible. Though Dot x Ott is the new kid in town, they are not to be underestimated. The restaurant-mercantile combo may be confusing for some but once you try it, it’ll all make sense. You may go in with the intention of just grabbing a quick lunch, but you will leave with a bag full of fresh veggies, a bottle of Tlo wine and some other locally sourced goodies. With a passion for sustainability, their support of other Bakersfield businesses, along with a knockout culinary experience, Dot x Ott hits a home run. It’s a true farm-totable experience that the Bakersfield community should be proud of. I Andrea know I am. Saavedra

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of tenderness in specially made ovens, resulting in a steak that melts in your mouth. Served with ruby port au jus, horseradish sauce and sides of choice. Is it the best in town? You’re going to have to try it and see for yourself! – Hungry Hunter Steakhouse, 3580 Rosedale Highway


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During a month where steaks were the star of the “Bites” section, a trip to KC Steakhouse resulted in a seafood entree stealing the show. It’s no secret that KC Steakhouse is home to mouthwatering steak, like top sirloin, New York strip, prime rib and filet mignon, but the lobster mac left the most lasting impression. This high-end take on a childhood classic douses melted smoked Gouda over cavatappi pasta and large chunks of lobster, tops it with panko breadcrumbs and serves it with garlic toast. The flavors are rich but don’t overpower the other elements of the dish. It’s rich. It’s creamy. It’s decadent. It’s the best thing we ate this month.

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Where We’re Eating MIKE & ANNIE’S MCKITTRICK HOTEL, PENNY BAR & CAFE McKittrick in southwest Kern County boasts a population just over 100 people but those folks, as well as passersby, who stop at Mike & Annie’s McKittrick Hotel, Penny Bar & Cafe are guaranteed to be well-fed. The small-town gem is rich in history and serves up American classics with no frills, fancy sauces or exotic spices – just straightforward tasty food made with quality ingredients. The double bacon cheeseburger is “basic” – just lettuce, onions, pickles, tomato, cheese and double beef patties – but definitely hits the spot. In a world of chipotle mayo, avocados and truffle oil, we sometimes forget what good, old-fashioned food tastes like, so drive out to McKittrick and get reacquainted. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Penny Bar, which features over 1 million pennies on the floor, walls and even the pool table. – Mark Nessia, editor MIKE & ANNIE’S MCKITTRICK HOTEL, PENNY BAR & CAFE 23273 Highway 33 661-762-7676

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ASADA GRILL Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why take chances? Asada Grill, which has locations in north and southwest Bakersfield, offers up breakfast burritos that are simple and delicious. All breakfast burritos contain eggs, beans, hash browns, cheese and salsa with your choice of chorizo, ham, sausage, bacon or mix. It’s a great start to the day that will fill you up without weighing you down. And, of course, there are the lunch and dinner staples like tacos, burritos, salads, quesadillas, tortas, plate combinations and more. – Mark Nessia, editor ASADA GRILL 35315 Merle Haggard Drive, Suite 130 661-679-3777

Sandwich Shack & Grill is a hidden gem inside the Haberfelde Building in downtown Bakersfield. Not only does the shack serve sandwiches, but it serves an assortment of hot and cold foods, like teriyaki bowls, burritos, burgers and fish tacos. I had a simple BLT sandwich. It was comprised of crispy waves of bacon strips, sliced tomato and romaine lettuce topped with toasted white bread. The joint is an admirable quick lunch spot for those on the go. Sandwich Shack’s menu doesn’t need to impress customers, instead it handles its food and service to others with quality and care. Aside from the food, the people behind the establishment make an effort to know their customers. The service is quick, the servers are welcoming and there’s a variety of food to choose from. – Julie Mana-ay Perez, specialty publications designer SANDWICH SHACK & GRILL 1412 17th St. 661-322-7601 www.BakersfieldLife.com

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Money Matters

PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

BEGINS BEFORE GRADUATION By Rudy Valdivia

Comedian John Mulaney describes his English degree as a “certificate for reading books that I didn’t read” and points out that he agreed to spend $120,000 on tuition at age 17 “with no attorney present.” His audience roars with laughter. Most of us experienced similar bewilderment at our college choices during those long days of sitting in uncomfortable chairs followed by consecutive nights of studying until dawn. Financial advice for college usually includes tax, savings and borrowing strategies. Charts and graphs are based on the assumption that college will be a direct path to a degree in a standard four years, followed swiftly by a well-paying career. But that’s not always the case. Let’s break down these assumptions. A well-paying career: Some careers simply do not pay well and some careers (such as comedy) pay very well for a select few, while most struggle to survive. A direct path in a standard four years: In the United States, only 60 percent of students who began seeking a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution will have a bachelor’s degree from that same institution within six years. For many of us, the journey through college was a winding road that included blind alleys and hairpin turns. The weaving path can be a large hidden cost of 28

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college that does not appear in any of the pretty brochures or websites. What steps can parents and students take to straighten out the path and make college a smarter financial investment? Parents: Step back from the brochures and honestly assess your expectations. Expect your student to do the research and explain his or her college plan. Students: Step back from the screen and honestly assess your expectations. Will the work I need to do to earn my degree be worth the money, effort and time? Have I considered the challenges to expect and have I developed strategies for moving forward? There is no substitute for engaging all five senses. When your student is in elementary and junior high school, visit college campuses on weekends when it is quiet. Encourage career exploration and share your experiences, both good and challenging. When your student is ready for college, visit on weekdays when classes are in session. Engage real students. Feel the sound and smell of a normal day. John Mulaney’s much-mocked bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown now shares shelf space with his Writers Guild, Peabody and Emmy awards. Rudy Valdivia is a senior accountant with Brown Armstrong Accountancy Corp. He can be reached at 661-324-4971. Rudy Valdivia The views expressed are his own.


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ROLLER-SKATE Pastime bridges generations as young and old hit the rink By Asha Chandy

When it comes to pastimes, roller-skating is one of the few that has lasted the test of time. Some remember being dropped off by parents to hang out with friends and school crushes, listening to great music under colorful lights. Today, skaters of the past are bringing their kids and grandkids, enjoying their local rink as a multigenerational family. For locals of all ages, roller-skating is synonymous with Rollerama. The family owned and operated company, bought by the Kerwins in 1961, has been the go-to spot for residents for over 60 years. The original 34th Street location still sports the distinct lighted sign, welcoming 30

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riders onto its classic wood floors. Even Rollerama West, which opened 24 years ago, ushers in feelings of nostalgia for the younger folks – blacklights, skate park, party room and all. Owners Kraig and Kathy Kerwin are second-generation owners and operators of the rinks, doing everything from selling tickets and renting out skates to organizing games like limbo and classic four corners. Kraig explains that, for decades, Rollerama’s lighthearted, welcoming atmosphere has brought skaters of all ages and abilities to rise, fall and get up again. “We’ve made a safe environment, a nurturing environment, that makes people want to come back,” Kraig said. “We’ve been here for so long that when people see a familiar face, it’s comforting for people,” Kathy added. “We


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love getting to know our families.” Kahana Gonzales brought her grandkids to learn to skate along with her two nieces and Gonzales’ sister, Valerie. “I thought it would be a fun idea for the cousins to do together,” Kahana said. “It’s a family activity to get out of the house and get off their iPads and the TV.” Kahana and her sister enjoy watching the young ones use Skate Mates, the rolling walker of PVC made especially to aid novice skaters. “My kids are the ones on the ground right now,” Valerie laughed, “They’re beginners but they’re learning!” And a family that skates together stays together. “Once phones came out, kids didn’t have to be in the same place to hang out,” said skate instructor Dave Me-

ade, who’s been on staff for over 19 years. He’s watched the dip in skating’s popularity but also the comeback that it has made in recent years as parents learn the valuable lessons skating offers. More than exercise, skating teaches kids – and adults – resilience and flexibility. “It’s one of the few things kids can do to have fun with their parents now, but teaching the parents to let go and let their kids make mistakes is the biggest challenge,” Meade said. Tina Barrett has brought her two daughters to skate at Rollerama West for over a year, at their explicit request. “We started lessons with Mr. Dave on Saturdays and now whenever we drive by they ask me to go skate,” she said. www.BakersfieldLife.com

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Love & Life

Kern County Fair brings community together for over a century

PHOTO COURTESY OF NINA HA

ALL’S FAIR AT THE FAIR The Ha family at the Kern County Fair in 2009.

worthy cause. And a piping hot, straight-from-the-fryer funnel cake topped with fresh Bavarian cream plus a generous dollop of whipped cream hits the spot year after year. It’s a glorious September day in the Golden The Kern County Fair may not have the acreage of Six Empire. The sacchariferous smell of cotton candy fills the air in perfect harmony with joyous laughter Flags Magic Mountain or the attendance of the Disneyland parks, but there’s just something special about our local from children on the classic Tilt-a-Whirl ride. Nearby, a playground. spunky toddler with a high ponytail For more than a century, the Kern pours gilded kernels of corn into a Tonka The Kern County Fair County Fair has brought us together as a truck on the Kern County Fairgrounds. community. Her baby brother tries his best to keep up may not have the Local television reporters and radio with her as their parents supervise from acreage of Six Flags DJs broadcast live while highlighting atop a haystack. Magic Mountain or unique attractions. Fairgoers of all ages That was our family’s first trip to the can check out the animals that 4H Club great Kern County Fair. And it would turn the attendance of the students have been painstakingly caring out to be the beginning of an annual fam- Disneyland parks, but for over the past year. The fair is also the ily tradition of making memories. there’s just somebest place to share a kiss with your loved Over the years, our little ones have one at the top of the Ferris wheel while ridden plush stationary bulls, petted thing special about overlooking our beautiful city. adorable baby goats, marveled at magour local playground. Being present and active in Bakersic shows, taken home blue ribbons in field allows us to feel the pulse of our photography and soared over the sky on a community, which is coming into its own now more than surfeit of rides. ever. With all the live concerts at the fair, we’ve been able to So whether you’re a carnival games pro or just want to introduce the kids to artists we grew up with such as The Bangles, Salt-N-Pepa and Air Supply. It seems the fair brings check out the local talent onstage, there’s something for everyone at the fair. out the kid in all of us. Last year, my typically reserved husYou could run into old friends, win band broke out in a lip sync serenade, silently belting out, the best homemade chili contest or “I’m all out of love, I’m so lost without you,” as he relived the even start an annual family tradition. ’80s. You might also see our family When it comes to fair food, sometimes you just have to there, making new memories of our indulge. Knowing this debauchery only occurs once a year, own. I throw caution to the wind and get in line for all things Opinions expressed in this column battered and fried. are those of Nina Ha. A tantalizing corn dog from the East Bakersfield DeMoNina Ha lay booth comes with zero guilt since it supports a local By Nina Ha

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The Wave Swinger is a Kern County Fair staple.

FUN FOR

ALL AGES A family friendly guide to the Kern County Fair Compiled by Bakersfield Life

The Kern County Fair. It’s not just a rite of passage for families to attend. It’s an annual tradition for thousands of Kern County residents. The fun-for-all-ages event features everything you could want and more, like food, games, animals and entertainment. Every year, the fair brings back old favorites and combines them with new innovations. Food always takes center stage, with previous years showcasing culinary creations like deep-fried grilled cheese, pizza bombs and chocolate-covered bacon, as well as classic treats like funnel cake, corn dogs and turkey legs. The animal attractions are another local draw, with petting zoos, livestock auctions, races and shows, and there are games aplenty. 34

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In other words, the Kern County Fair is fun for the whole family. Below are some must-dos for families with kids of varying ages.

Kern County Fair Sept. 18-29 For ticket prices and more information, go to www.kerncountyfair.com.

5 and Under The Kern County Fair is a sensory experience, particularly for young children – an overload of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch. Ease them into fun by visiting the petting zoo, away from the noise and bright lights, where they can watch and interact with animals of all sizes, from chickens and ducks to alpacas and wallabies. No trip to the fair is complete without a ride on the merry-go-round and Ferris wheel. A pint-size Ferris wheel is available for smaller riders, while the merry-go-round


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6 to 12 This is the age where kids want to experience the thrills of the Kern County Fair while still enjoying its fun, youthful offerings. Attractions like the fun houses are a great way to bridge the gap as some are mazes filled with moving floors and funny mirrors, while others are blanketed in darkness with creatures like zombies haunting twists and turns. Roller coasters are an appealing option for those ready to take on “big kid” rides and the Wave Swinger, which lifts and tilts riders as they spin on a traditional swing ride, is a Kern County Fair staple. Some cash to spend on games is a must, as nothing is more rewarding than “beating the system” and snagging a ridiculously large prize from one of the many game booths.

13 and Up Teenagers will most likely be looking for an adrenaline rush and rides like Inversion, which swings side to side and inverts passengers at heights up to 80 feet, and Ring of Fire, a 60-foot-diameter looping ride, will do the trick. Beyond the rides, the shows at the Kern County Fair will be a major draw with acts like Nelly, KC and the Sunshine Band, Josh Turner and Pablo Cruise set to take the stage. More importantly, give teens time to explore the fair on their own, as they may want to try things that their adult counterparts won’t. From young to old, everybody can feel like a kid again at the Kern County Fair. There are shows that let guests get in on the action, contests locals can enter and so much more, so gather up the family and enjoy what this year has to offer!

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Ryde is an on-demand shuttle service provided by GET.

GET A RYDE Ryde continues GET’s commitment to transporting the community By Karen King

I grew up riding public transportation and fell in love with the idea that a bus could transport a community by getting people to jobs, birthday parties, school and doctor’s visits. I was so fascinated that in college I took a job as a bus driver and started studying public transportation. You could say buses have been a lifelong passion of mine. That passion might explain why it took me a minute to understand this on-demand ride-hailing craze that has become a staple in how people travel. Where’s the schedule? Where’s the stop? Who trains the drivers? These were just a few of my questions. Imagine then, as CEO of the Golden Empire Transit District (GET), my reaction when the GET board of directors approached me last year with this idea to include on-demand ride-hailing as a new public transportation service. I think I actually laughed at first. The good news is I am just as passionate about innovation and integration as I am about buses, so I listened. That was how RYDE was born. “Karen, say you’re shopping at Valley Plaza Mall when your friend calls and has a quick window to split your favorite cupcake at Sweet Surrender and tell you the latest,” one of GET’s board members painted a picture for me. “Well, I’d walk out to the corner of Ming and Hughes, hop on the next 22, and … .” She cut me off. “Karen, Karen, what if you could open an app on your phone from inside the mall while you’re still talking, hail 36

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a GET-trained driver to pick you up and get dropped off at the front door of Sweet Surrender for like $3?” “Oh,” was all I could say. RYDE is public transportation and it’s innovative. It’s a ride-hailing service that is less expensive than its competitors and has professionally trained drivers. RYDE can transport a community by getting people to jobs, birthday parties, school and doctor’s visits and it is affordable. RYDE offers tremendous potential to expand GET’s service area, attract new riders, fill transportation gaps and provide more effective, sustainable ways to reach low-density communities and other traditionally hard-to-serve areas. And it can get me to my favorite cupcake. GET launched RYDE on April 7. Much smaller than a typical 40-foot bus, the RYDE shuttles (wheelchair-accessible with two bike racks and can comfortably accommodate eight passengers) take passengers curb-to-curb within a designated zone in the southwest area of Bakersfield (generally defined by Highway 99, Panama Lane, Old River Road and Rosedale Highway). Customers can book a RYDE using the Microtransit app or by calling GET at 661-869-6380. The Microtransit app was developed by the rideshare company Transloc, which is partnering with GET to provide the pilot program. GET will be monitoring the use of RYDE to determine possible service-area expansions later this year. Visit www.RYDEBakerfield.com for additional information about the pilot program or to download the Microtransit app and try RYDE for yourself to meet a pal at your local favorite bakery. Karen King is the CEO of GET. Promotional Content


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‘LIFE IS GOOD’

FOR GRIMSTYLES Local rapper with cerebral palsy seeks to make a positive difference in the world By Melissa Peaker-Whitten

To hear his music, you wouldn’t know that he was different than any other up-and-comers posting tracks to YouTube and SoundCloud. But Jeff Metz, who goes by the stage name Grimstyles, is not your average artist. Although he loves rap music, his main reason for writing songs is to make a positive difference in the world, despite life’s challenges. “I started writing songs and rapping in 2004,” said Metz. “But I didn’t actually record a song until 2010. (We were working out of) some guy’s living room on a program called Logic Pro.” He spent two years recording before releasing his first song in March 2012 on his YouTube channel. While his musical influences might seem obvious – Kanye West and Eminem – he likes them for their writing 38

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style and the fact that they think outside the box. “Kanye is a big one, because ever since he started becoming big musically, he always walked to the beat of his own drum,” said Metz. “Eminem as well. He had some very interpersonal lyrics in his music in the late ’90s and early 2000s. I like to tell stories, whether it’s my own or another person’s. (I want the listener to be able to) close their eyes, listen to the song and envision themselves in the story.” Part of his own story includes living with cerebral palsy. Some days, just feeling accepted by others can be a challenge. “Because there’s not very many people like me and cerebral palsy is still a relatively taboo thing to talk about, people will still look at me awkwardly,” said Metz. “When I started rapping and everything, I noticed that there were no mainstream, well-known rappers that had cerebral palsy like I do. Someone’s gotta be the first one, so why not


me?” Outside of music, he said his biggest influence is his grandmother, who immigrated to America from Mexico City and raised five daughters on her own. Growing up, music was an outlet that helped him cope with bullying. Since that was before YouTube and SoundCloud existed, he listened to whatever was on – Jeff Metz the radio, until an older friend turned him onto rap, altering his musical trajectory. “What makes me different from other rappers is my lyricism, my storytelling and my authenticity,” said Metz. “I don’t curse in my music because I want to create a family friendly experience that everyone can enjoy. When I write a song, I want someone to feel inspired or uplifted,

“When I started rapping and everything, I noticed that there were no mainstream, well-known rappers that had cerebral palsy like I do. Someone’s gotta be the first one, so why not me?”

like they can make a difference in the world.” If he could collaborate with any other musician, he said he would choose Kanye or Prince. “Those two musicians (have) always thought outside the box,” he said. “So I think (their) production behind my lyrics would make for a very interesting song.” His favorite song he’s written so far is “Life is Good,” which exemplifies his attitude about life. “My advice to anyone thinking about pursuing a career in music is to go for it and enjoy it,” said Metz. “It’s a marathon not a sprint.” www.BakersfieldLife.com

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As temperatures drop, outdoor events and activities rise Compiled by Bakersfield Life

September typically marks the end of summer and as temperatures start to drop, outdoor events begin to rise. There are many outdoor events that take place during the month and below are our picks.

VILLAGE FEST Dubbed the “party of the year,” Village Fest celebrates its 25th anniversary in rock-star fashion Sept. 7, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. It’s difficult not to be overwhelmed when 30 of Bakersfield’s most popular restaurants are serving unlimited samples, along with 60 breweries pouring over 100 different brews and 25 Central Coast wineries offering over 70 types of wine – all while five stages perform live music simultaneously. Fifteen bands will provide this year’s entertainment, including Truxton Mile, The Aviators, Mento Buru, Blonde Faith and Dub Seeds. Proceeds from the event benefit the Kern County Museum and Children’s Advocates Resource Endowment. Tickets can be purchased on www.eventbrite. com for $75 in advance and $78 the day of the event, plus Eventbrite fees. For more information, go to www.bakersfieldvillagefest.com.

Participants of the Tehachapi Gran Fondo pedal through town.

More than 1,000 riders await the start of the Tehachapi Gran Fondo.

BAKERSFIELD TACO & BEER FESTIVAL The combination of $2 tacos and unlimited beer pours returns for a second year when the Bakersfield Taco & Beer Festival takes over Stramler Park, 4003 Chester Ave., on Sept. 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. Boutique vendors will be available where guests can purchase original art as well as other food options. Live music and games will also be available. General admission is $25 and VIP admission, which includes early entry, is $60. For more information, go to www.eventbrite.com.

WALK LIKE MADD & MADD DASH 5K While many events feature plenty of food, drinks and fun, MADD Kern County reminds everyone to be responsible and don’t drink and drive. The sixth annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash takes place on Sept. 28 at 7:30 a.m. at The Park at River Walk, 11200 Stockdale Highway. The event aims to raise awareness of the DUI 40

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Todd Workman turns the tri-tip anticuchos skewers from Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill at last year’s Village Fest.


People participate in last year’s Bakersfield Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash held at the Park at Riverwalk.

Pablo Valles samples one of the many beers at last year’s Village Fest.

problem in the community, raise funds for MADD Kern County’s educational programs and provides support to local victims and survivors of drunken driving. Over $300,000 has been raised in the past five years. The event features a 5K run/walk, 10K run and a kids fun run. To register, donate or for more information, go to www.walklikemadd.org/ bakersfield.

A large number of people look at the sights at the Kern County Museum during Village Fest.

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TEHACHAPI GRAN FONDO If the temperatures are still too hot for your taste, head up to the mountain community of Tehachapi for the annual Tehachapi Gran Fondo on Sept. 15. Recognized as one of the best cycling events in California, the Gran Fondo lets cyclists of all experience levels ride through the hills of Tehachapi over distances of 18, 38, 52, 78 and 100 miles. Noncyclists can still get in on the fun during the Tehachapi Gran Fondo Festival, which takes place Sept. 14, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival, located at Centennial Plaza, features food, drinks, vendors, a DJ and more and is open and free to the public. For registration and more information, go to www.tehachapigranfondo.com.  www.BakersfieldLife.com

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GYNECOLOGIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH What is gynecologic cancer? A gynecologic oncologist specializes in diagnosing and treating cancers located in a woman’s reproductive organs. Gynecologic oncologists have not only completed a four-year obstetrics and gynecology residency, like a general OBGYN, but also have subspecialty training through a gynecologic oncology fellowship. During this fellowship, they perform intensive training about surgical, chemotherapeutic, radiation and research techniques that are important to providing the best care for gynecologic cancers. The gynecologic oncologist serves as the captain of a woman’s gynecologic cancer care team. · Common types of gynecologic cancers: · Ovary · Uterus · Cervix · Vulva · Vagina Johnathan Tammela, M.D., FACOG, gynecologic surgical oncologist SYMPTOMS WOMEN SHOULD WATCH FOR open sore may be offered. Robotic-assisted surgery Signs and symptoms of endometrial · Early vaginal cancer may not cause any allows performance of many types of cancer can include: signs and symptoms. As it progresses, complex procedures with more precision, · Vaginal bleeding after menopause vaginal cancer may cause signs and flexibility and control than is possible · Bleeding between periods symptoms such as: with conventional techniques. The bene· Constant pelvic pain Unusual vaginal bleeding, for examfits of minimally invasive surgery include: · Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer ple, after intercourse or after menopause fewer complications, such as surgical site can include: · Watery vaginal discharge infection; less pain and blood loss; quick· Abdominal bloating or swelling · A lump or mass er recovery; and smaller, less noticeable · Quickly feeling full when eating · Painful urination scars. · Weight loss · Frequent urination If chemotherapy is part of the treat· Pelvic discomfort · Constipation ment plan, targeted therapy uses medi· Chronic changes in bowel habits · Constant pelvic pain cations that target the specific vulnera· Frequent urination bilities present within a patient’s cancer Early stage cervical cancer generally THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEING YOUR cells. produces no signs or symptoms. Signs If radiation is part of the treatment and symptoms of more advanced cervical GYNECOLOGIST A yearly exam, which may or may not plan, intensity-modulated radiation cancer include: include a PAP test, depending on age and therapy (IMRT) uses advanced technol· Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, behistory, and whenever any of the above ogy to conform the radiation dose to the tween periods or after menopause symptoms are noted, especially when target and to avoid or reduce exposure of · Watery, bloody vaginal discharge progressive or worsening over two to four healthy tissue to limit the side effects of · Pelvic pain or pain during intercourse weeks. Depending on the results of that treatment. · Signs and symptoms of vulvar cancer evaluation and work up, a referral to a gyAll of the above cutting-edge options may include: necologic oncologist may be appropriate. for treatment are available through Dr. · Itching that doesn’t go away Jonathan Tammela, gynecologic oncolo· Bleeding from an area on the vulva Treatment Options: gist at the Women’s Center at the Compre· Skin changes, such as color changes or If surgery is part of the treatment hensive Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC) thickening plan, robotic minimally invasive surgery in Bakersfield. · A persistent painful lump or bump or an 42

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At 23, I’m at an odd place in life. One day, I just woke up to baby shower invitations, gender reveal parties and four friends at a time sporting the “baby bump.” As a young married woman without kids, I have felt pressure from family and friends and been asked the question: “So when are you having kids?” While one day it will happen, it has brought up the question for me: How do you raise a positive-thinking kid in such a crazy world? I’ve learned two things during this season of life when it comes to motherhood: Be a real example and listen always. This is probably the harder and stickier example of all 44

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two, but it’s also the more important one. Children are way smarter than we give them credit for; they pick up on the small nuances that we give off throughout the day. If you have a habit of complaining all day, every day, and wonder why your little one has such a bad attitude, then work on yourself. You don’t have to become a superparent and never mess anything up ever. But be mindful if you do make a mistake and let your child know – own it. And tell them that you are trying to change as a human and become better. This teaches them that nobody is perfect and that even their mom is working on herself every single day. Your child will follow your footsteps in how you look at yourself in the mirror, in the way you treat your body. Be someone worth copying.


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One night, when I was waitressing, a little old lady came in and gave me some of the best advice ever. She said: “One day, when you do become a mother and your little child comes up to you to tell you something, pay attention. Because when they are small and want to tell

you about something small, it’s major to them. And how you respond in that moment shows them how you will respond in the bigger moments of life as they get older. Always make them feel like they are the most important thing in the world.” I am the oldest of five kids and I have seen, firsthand, my siblings just want to be listened to. No phone, no interruptions, keep eye contact and listen to them. So if you’re out there, in the trenches of parenthood, I salute you. It does not look easy at all and I know you are doing your absolute best to create a positive little human that can change the world. And one day, when they get old enough, they will go out and create beautiful and amazing things. Just remember these little tips: Be someone worth copying and listen always. While these things are easier said than done, it’s about the process of learning and becoming more like that every day. Thank you for making your contribution to create a world that is more positive. Sarena Hess is a confidence coach for women and motivational speaker. The views expressed are her own. Sarena Hess

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Are you carb-conscious? Tracking your sodium intake? Are you simply interested in what you are putting into your body? The nutrition label is a great place to start when you want to be more mindful of the foods and beverages that you are consuming. Look to the nutrition label on a food product for information on the serving sizes, calories, ingredients and nutritional value of the food. The nutrition label is a black-and-white notation that is printed on the back or bottom of a product that you are buying. It is federally mandated that the nutritional content of packaged foods be accessible to consumers – so check it out!

WHAT SHOULD WE LOOK FOR? Know your nutrients! Nutrition labels break down the macronutrients (carbs, fats, proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in packaged foods. Pay attention to the content of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium in foods – consuming too much of these can contribute to heart disease, arterial blockage and

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other heart-related issues. For example, consuming high amounts of sodium can cause high blood pressure. It is recommended to not consume more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. However, most Americans consume double that amount! Scan for sugar! Consuming foods with high amounts of sugar can increase your risk of developing diabetes. Check the sugar content on your nutrition label to monitor your sugar intake. Look for products that have high amounts of dietary fiber and low amounts of sugar, especially added sugars! To keep

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and your long-term health. Aim to consume 100 percent of the daily value of each nutrient. Meeting your nutrition goals can lower your risk of dietary deficiencies and chronic diseases, like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Your dietary habits are important for your health! Visit your doctor to check your important health indicators to be sure you are making good dietary decisions for your health. Aaron Stonelake is the nutritionist for the Kern County Public Health Services Department. For more on health resources and programs, go to www.kernpublichealth.com.

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a balanced diet, whole-grain foods should be the primary source of carbohydrates in your diet. Check the ingredients! Nutrition labels list out the ingredients in packaged foods. There are also specific allergy warnings printed on nutrition labels that are associated with the product’s ingredients. If you have food sensitivities, allergies or preferences, the allergy warning is a quick place to look. Note the serving size! It is important to note that products in a single package could actually contain multiple servings. Nutrition labels present the nutritional content for a single serving. To calculate the nutritional content for an entire package, you need to multiply the nutritional content by the number of servings in the container. For example, to calculate the sugar content in a packaged item that has three servings, you multiply the amount of sugar times three! Nutrition labels list the amount of each macronutrient contained in a single serving of their product. The nutrition labels report these nutrient contents as a percentage of recommended daily values. The percentages are calculated based on the standard 2,000-calorie diet. If you are following a diet with a different calorie count, then you will calculate different daily values for your micronutrients.

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FAMILY FUN

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Top family attractions, activities in Bakersfield

CALM Founded in 1980 and opened to the public in 1983, the California Living Museum, better known as CALM among locals, has become a Bakersfield institution, displaying and interpreting native California animals and plants for education, conservation and research. Over 400 species of nonreleasable animals and California Native plants call CALM home and are spread throughout its 14 parklike acres. Not only does CALM educate more than 20,000 Kern County students annually through its on-site programs, it hosts a wide variety of community events that have become yearly traditions for Kern County families, headlined by the HolidayLights at CALM, which transforms the zoo into a colorful winter wonderland. In addition to the animal and plant exhibits, CALM also features the Central California Children’s Railroad and Condor Challenge, a low- and high-ropes course and climbing tower. – 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway

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Bakersfield Condors For thousands of local families, the period between October and April is the best time of the year because it means that Condors hockey is in season. Known for their creative and oft-whacky promotions, the Condors have built a reputation for being one of the best family attractions in Bakersfield. The annual Teddy Bear Toss game draws close to 10,000 spectators annually who are eagerly awaiting to throw thousands of stuffed animals onto the ice following the Condors’ first goal of the game that will then be donated to less-fortunate children through the United Way of Kern County. For over 20 years, Bakersfield’s premier sports team has been entertaining kids and adults on the ice and giving back to the community off the ice and now sees parents who came to Condor games as youngsters attending with their own children in tow. – 1001 Truxtun Ave.

Hide N Seek and Flight Fit N Fun When temperatures rise outside, take the fun indoors! Young kids can feel right at home at Hide N Seek, an indoor playground specifically designed for kids 6 months old and above. Hide N Seek allows kids to explore, climb and play within a multistory space filled with slides, ball pits, trampolines, climbing walls and more, in addition to arts and crafts, video games and event rooms. Party packages are also available that accommodate up to 10 guests. – 4301 Resnic Court, Building B-5. For older kids and adults, Flight Fit N Fun offers 40,000 square feet of fun, including 17,000 feet of wall-to-wall trampolines. It’s exercise disguised as play as kids burn energy (and calories) jumping on massive trampolines, diving into the foam pit, playing dodgeball on trampolines, duking it out on the battle beam or exploring the newest attraction: the Kidz Zone. Special offers include Teen & Family Flight Night on Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 to 11 p.m., and Kids Flight for children ages 6 and under. – 3200 Buck Owens Blvd., Suite 100

Murray Family Farms It makes sense that a family owned and operated establishment with “family” in its name would be an appealing destination for families. Families are invited to experience Kern County agriculture firsthand by visiting a real farm and getting an opportunity to pick their own fruit. And, of course, there are the ever-popular hayrides, the 60-foot-by-80-foot “bounce pillow,” animal garden and more. Murray Family Farms is also known for hosting a variety of annual events, like Berry Fest, featuring different types of berries at different times of the year; Cherry Fest; Easter on the Farm; October FunFest; and Dog Daze, which allows dogs onto the farm. Specialty tours and birthday party packages are also available. – 6700 General Beale Road Continued on Page 50

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Escape Rooms Nothing brings families together like accomplishing a common goal and escape rooms provide the ultimate team-building experience. An interactive adventure game that places participants in a room to find clues, solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit, it’s an experience that will have families reminiscing long after it’s over. Bakersfield has three escape rooms to choose from – Bakersfield Escape Room, Real Escape and Rooms of No Return – and each offers unique experiences, complete with detailed storylines, varying in difficulty. – Bakersfield Escape Room, 3616 Coffee Road; Real Escape, 6225 District Blvd.; Rooms of No Return, 4700 Easton Drive

The BLVD Eat. Drink. Play. That’s the recipe for a good time and The BLVD has all ages covered. From the menu featuring gastropub-style farm-to-table cuisine to attractions that include bowling, an arcade, laser tag, ropes course, billiards and more, it’s a one-stop shop for a fun night out where kids and adults can play together or separately. The arcade features over 60 video and interactive prize games, while laser tag takes place in a two-story maze that doubles the fun and excitement. The ropes course is a test of balance and agility, as well courage, as participants are suspended high above the arcade. Billiard tables are also available as well as a private karaoke room. To top it all off, kids 12 and under eat free on Sundays, from 6 to 10 p.m., with paid adult entree. – 3200 Buck Owens Blvd.

Respawn and Battlefield Live Families looking to take the action to the next level should look into Respawn, which brings tactical laser tag to Bakersfield. Utilizing state-of-the-art “weapons” systems using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it’s a wireless sensory experience with

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sound effects, vibrations, laser sights and muzzle flashes in objective-based games like team battle, domination, capture the flag, VIP and infection. Keep in mind that the arena’s lights, sounds and intense gameplay may be too overwhelming for younger kids and children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. – 1901 Mineral Court For those looking to bring the action to them, Battlefield Live brings laser skirmish combat adventure to your backyard. Battlefield Live specializes in birthday parties, youth groups, team-building events, festivals and fairs, creating an experience that can be played indoors, outdoors, day or night under the supervision of trained staff. Battlefield Live’s core technology is focused infrared light, similar to a TV remote control, resulting in a safer, more interactive experience for gamers ages 7 and older. – Call 661-979-1650 for mobile operation

The free-jump area at Flight Fit N Fun is a place where customers can literally bounce off the walls.

Spoiled Rotten Boutique Parties The Party Boutique at Shop Spoiled, located at 10014 Rosedale Highway, is a birthday girl’s dream come true, offering five unique party themes complete with an energetic party hostess, themed cupcakes, pizza, dancing and karaoke, balloons and more for 10 attendees. The “Rock Star” features a fashion show and question-and-answer interview to elevate guests to celebrity status. The “Spa-tacular Party” includes a foot bath, mini mani and mini pedi, facial masks and robes to wear during the party. The “Jojo” provides Jojo hairstyles and makeup with take-home bow and matching tutu to take home. The “Unicorn” offers unicorn hair, unicorn headband and glitter makeup. The “Princess” turns guests into royalty by providing princess hair and glitter makeup and a take-home crown. Living up to its name, Spoiled Rotten Boutique parties will be something the girls will be talking about for years. – 10014 Rosedale Highway Continued on Page 52

The corner of Gilmore Avenue and Korn Row inside The BLVD laser tag structure.


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Steve Bennett, the owner of Battlefield Live, demonstrates how to use the equipment to the guests at a 14-year-old boy’s birthday party.

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The annual Teddy Bear Toss typically draws close to 10,000 spectators.

Students visit the reptile exhibits at CALM.

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Escape rooms feature a wide variety of themes and difficulty levels.

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Summer Art Camp at the Bakersfield Museum of Art may be over, but there are still opportunities for kids to tap into their creative side with BMoA’s Saturday Studio for kids ages 6 to 16. Each Saturday session features a different theme and works with different media, from painting and drawing, sculpting, printmaking and more. Art parties are also available, offering a private space and museum instructor. – 1930 R St. Over at The Marketplace, parents can get in on the painting fun at Color Me Mine. Not only are adult parties available, parents and kids can take classes together. Classes and workshops for kids and adults with various themes are available throughout the year. Weekly specials include “Mommy and Me” sessions on Mondays, Ladies Night on Thursdays and Family Fun Day on Sundays. There’s also Kids Night Out every month – just drop the kids off, enjoy date night and pick the kids up after! – 9000 Ming Ave., #H3 52

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Summer Art Camp at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

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Diana Estrada along with her daughters Breanna and Gracie took advantage of $2 day at the Buena Vista Museum.

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STEAM Town is an interactive play space where children can use their imaginations and experience careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math through creative play.

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Founded in 1941, the Kern County Museum provides a meaningful learning environment for visitors of all ages. The newly renovated Discovery Center offers fun learning programs for children to discover science, technology, engineering, art and math elements, otherwise known as STEAM, through play. The new-and-improved Lori Brock Discovery Center will feature the brand-new STEAM Town, where kids can engage in creative play as they partake in activities like tending a farm, working as a firefighter, operating on patients, building houses and more. Summer programs are also offered annually. – 3801 Chester Ave. Just down the street, the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science promotes scientific and educational aspects of Earth’s history by preserving and displaying the natural history of Kern County, including the repository of the largest collection of Shark Tooth Hill Miocene fossils in the world. The size and scope of Kern County paleontology, geology, anthropology, archeology and biology is on full display, providing enriching educational opportunities through tours, lectures, workshops, seasonal science camps and more. – 2018 Chester Ave. www.BakersfieldLife.com

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Brehmer Law Corporation Jeremy Brehmer is a Bakersfield DUI attorney with a well-rounded science background. He was the lead laboratory analyst for a major agricultural company conducting daily analysis of domestic and international product. Mr. Brehmer then applied his expertise for a private nephrology group where he conducted more than 500 blood draws, venipunctures and subcutaneous administrations as a state-certified hemodialysis technician and phlebotomist. After graduating from law school on an accelerated basis, Attorney Brehmer received specialized training and further education in standardized field sobriety testing, drug recognition examinations, gas chromatography, solid drug dose analysis, and DNA and airway gas exchange. Attorney Brehmer is committed to getting a favorable result for you with personalized service, listening to your concerns and understanding your goals. When your future is at stake, you can entrust your case to Jeremy Brehmer.

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H.A. Sala, A Professional Law Corporation The law firm of H.A. Sala provides thorough, aggressive and state-of-the-art criminal defense to clients charged with misdemeanors and serious felonies. Mr. Sala’s associate, R.L. Hutchison, was born and raised in Bakersfield and is fiercely committed to protecting the reputation and freedom of our clients.

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H.A. Sala has been a criminal defense lawyer for 36 years. He graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and, thereafter, earned his Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is the only attorney in Kern County who has been certified for 20 years by the State Bar of California as a specialist in criminal law. Mr. Sala is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and

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Mr. Hutchison graduated from the California State University, Bakersfield, with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and communications. He went on to attend and graduate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Mr. Hutchison’s approach to criminal defense is proactive and aggressive. He stresses thorough pretrial preparation and swift action at the critical initial stages of a criminal prosecution to secure dismissal or reduction of all charges. Regardless of the severity of the charges, Mr. Hutchison has the courage, experience and tenacity to be an effective advocate at trial. He provides his clients with a voice in Kern County’s unforgiving criminal justice system and fights every step of the way to tell their story.

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H.A. Sala has been a criminal defense lawyer for 36 years. He graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and thereafter received his Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley, School of Law. He is the only attorney in Kern County who has been certified for 20 years by the California State Bar as a specialist in criminal law. Mr. Sala is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the California Association for Criminal Justice. He is a past president of the Kern County Bar Association and presently chairs the Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee. Mr. Sala has tried many high profile cases. He believes that a system that is fundamentally fair to the accused serves to protect the civil liberties of all.

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Dowling Aaron · 5080 California Ave., Suite 340 · 661-716-3000 · www.dowlingaaron.com

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Marcus N. DiBuduo As an attorney who is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Marcus is regularly called on by his clients to provide counsel on all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and internet law. Prior to entering the legal industry, Marcus was employed as an electrical engineer and a software engineer. While working at a startup research and development laboratory, he conceived two new wireless technologies that were later

patented. This unique background gives him an advantage when working with technology clients – from startup entrepreneurs to established firms – as he understands both the legal and technical goals. Marcus has a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating in Intellectual Property, Patents and Litigation from Martindale-Hubbell and has been voted by his peers as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers,” representing the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in the region.

Kenneth M. Byrum Mr. Byrum has been cited as one of the top-rated lawyers in alternative dispute resolution by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media. He has attained Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible rating, AV Preeminent. Mr. Byrum’s experience in litigation, construction, real estate, business transactions, corporate law, energy, oil, gas and mineral law gives him an advantage while working as a mediator, arbitrator, corporate director or court-appointed discovery referee. As a mediator, Mr. Byrum’s experience in

these practice areas uniquely qualifies him to assist parties in finding common ground and achieving settlements, even in the most challenging circumstances. Mr. Byrum’s skills assist parties in finding resolutions where both parties are able to provide a measure of perspective. He has successfully mediated complex cases, encompassing a broad section of practice areas, including cases in product liability, personal injury and medical malpractice. Mr. Byrum’s background and over 40 years of experience has allowed him to create a successful practice in mediation services.

Micah Nilsson Micah Nilsson is managing shareholder of the Bakersfield Dowling Aaron office and cochair of the firm’s Oil, Gas and Energy Practice Group. His active litigation practice focuses on antitrust and unfair business claims and all forms of employment matters, including wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination complaints. Micah also represents clients in a wide array of tort litigation, contract disputes, real estate, construction defects and

intellectual property infringement matters, including trademarks and trade secrets. Micah’s blend of effective trial advocacy and client counseling sets him apart from other litigation attorneys. His broad experience in representing a variety of industries enables him to bring a unique approach to avoid litigation when possible and to argue creatively when an informal resolution cannot be obtained.

Justin L. Thomas Justin’s practice focuses on a wide range of civil litigation matters, including employment, construction, business and tort litigation. Prior to joining Dowling Aaron, he was an associate with a law firm in Oakland, where he represented general contractors in construction defect matters. Justin was selected by Super Lawyers as a Northern California Rising Star, representing the top 2.5 percent of young lawyers in Northern Cali58

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fornia as voted on by his peers in 2016 and 2017. One of his clients stated that Justin raises the bar for quality of service, saying: “Not only did he present all the facts, options and approaches that we could take to resolve the case, he also possesses the many intangibles that set him apart from other attorneys, such as the accountability and integrity with his words and his follow-ups. The level of comfort he services to his clients also set him apart from other attorneys.” Promotional Content


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Law Office of Mellanie Marshall · 1430 Truxtun Ave., fifth floor · 661-616-1333 · www.bakersfielddivorceandcustody.com

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Law Office of Mellanie Marshall Attorney Mellanie Marshall is a dedicated and passionate family law attorney serving the Bakersfield area. She often helps clients in Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Ventura County and Kern County. She focuses her practice on divorce, child support, child custody and related issues. Ms. Marshall prides herself on providing thorough and aggressive representation for her clients. Family law matters can be extremely emotional and she knows that many individuals simply need someone to help them fight back in a bad situation. Every client is different, so whether it would make the most sense to take a case to court or settle quickly will vary by individual. Attorney Marshall can provide either service to meet her clients’ needs.

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Ms. Marshall is well-known in the professional community for getting results. She is extremely passionate about her clients and exceeding their expectations. Attorney Marshall communicates effectively and is extremely responsive when her clients have questions or concerns. You aren’t just a file number at the Law Offices of Mellanie Marshall; Attorney Marshall invests in each one of her clients and helps resolve issues effectively. Whether you need a Bakersfield divorce attorney or help with a domestic violence situation, Attorney Marshall is here for you.

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College of Law and a B.S. in environmental resource management with a concentration in land-use planning and public policy. She is admitted to practice in California, as well as federal and bankruptcy courts. She is a member of the following professional associations: · State Bar of California · American Bar Association · Santa Maria County Bar Association · Kern County Bar Association · California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform · Capital City Trial Lawyers Association · National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys If you have legal questions about family law issues, Attorney Marshall can help. Call 805-709-1824 for more information.

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Blake Burtchaell was born and raised in Bakersfield. “Blakersfield” started to trend while he played adult baseball during his late college years in Los Angeles – it never caught on. After graduating college with his business law degree, Blake joined the dark side by working in insurance defense. He became passionate for helping his significantly injured clients

navigate through the labyrinth of insurance and finding the medical treatment they deserved. He knew that the plaintiff’s life was his calling and immediately enrolled in law school. During his first year at Southwestern University School of Law, Blake was selected as a research assistant editing law review articles and a Moot Court Finalist. Given his pristine moral compass, he was the first ever chairman of the Honor Code Committee and later graduated with a Public Service Distinction after completing in excess of 75 hours of pro bono services with veterans clinics, expungement clinics, immigration/DACA clinics, homeless prevention and children’s rights. Blake was also the founding president of the Consumer Law Society at Southwestern University School of Law inspired by the Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angles (CAALA). Before joining the Justice Team, Blake worked for a plaintiff’s litigation firm where he honed his skills for law and motion. In 2017, he was selected and participated in the 31st Annual Jack Daniels Los Angeles ABOTA Trial School – where he crushed it. In his spare time, Blake loves to spend time with his wife, McKenzi, and is also a subpar winemaker, dachshund enthusiast and huge baseball fan.

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Osborn Law · 2200 Truxtun Ave. · 661-322-7400 · www.osborn-law.com

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In 2008, Tim Osborn started his own practice with just one client and no staff.

Since then, Tim has built his practice from the ground up and today Osborn Law is one of the most successful personal injury firms in the San Joaquin Valley. Tim and his staff handle a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases and over the years they have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients. The firm has litigated cases in every region of California and in several other western states. Tim is believed to be the youngest personal injury attorney in Kern County history to receive the prestigious “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and he is the only Bakersfield personal injury attorney to be named to Super Lawyers Magazine’s Southern California “Up-and-Coming 100” list every year since its inception in 2014. In addition, Tim is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a recipient of the “Client’s Choice Award” from AVVO.com.

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Over the years, Osborn Law has repeatedly prevailed against some of the largest insurance companies and corporations in the country, often under the most difficult of circumstances. Our clients appreciate our work ethic, honesty, professionalism and accessibility. We are unique among personal injury law firms in that we limit the number of cases we take on so that we may give each of our active clients the attention to detail they deserve. We take pride in our ability to use the law and the court system as the great equalizer in restoring normalcy in justice to our clients’ lives. If you or a loved one has been injured, we are here for you.

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Law Offices of David A. Torres · 1318 K Street · 661-326-0857 · dtorres@lawtorres.com

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David Torres/Alekxia Torres Stallings David Torres

Focus/Mission: To provide a thorough and aggressive defense to those accused of a crime in both state and federal. Years practicing law: 30+ Area of practice: Criminal defense, state and federal, and personal injury Education: BA, CSU Fresno; minor, military science (ROTC) Gonzaga University; Juris Doctor, Gonzaga University School of Law Honors/Awards: AV Pre-eminent Rating (Peers and Judicial), KCBA Bench and Bar Award; Gonzaga University Distinguished Alumni Merit Award; California Super Lawyers 2012-2018; Top Lawyers in Southern California 2012-2018; Civic Leader Award-CSUB; ABA Distinguished Service Award; Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance; U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, Ret. Professionally proud: Despite the nature of my chosen profession, I continue to practice with the same enthusiasm today that I had when I first began. It is even better now that my law associate happens to be my daughter. Greatest personal achievement: Despite the stresses and long hours associated with managing a private law practice for over 30 years, I continue to be happily married to the same woman for nearly 35 years and have a wonderful relationship with my children. How family has influenced you: Tremendously. My parents taught me the importance of family and I have done whatever I could to live up to those values and lessons. Likewise, I have a very strong wife who happens to be the foundation of our family. Without her, I could not have accomplished what I have thus far. Hobbies: Family, running, listening to audio books and podcasts. What sets you apart: My humble beginnings as a migrant farmworker, my military background and empathy. Charitable work: Immigration Justice Coalition and Veteran’s Justice Program

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Alekxia Torres Stallings

Alekxia Torres Stallings is a criminal defense trial attorney from Bakersfield. She was raised in Bakersfield and attended Stockdale High School. She attended the University of California at Irvine where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in European studies. She became an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and held various leadership positions within that organization and others while in college. After graduating from Irvine, she accepted a position teaching English in Shenzhen, a city in the Guangdong Province, in China. She attended law school at Western Michigan University, Cooley School of Law and was active in the Student Bar Association holding almost every position, including president. She also participated in the Moot Court council and earned the esteemed Leadership Award for her role in leadership throughout her schooling. Ms. Torres returned to Bakersfield following graduation and clerked with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. After passing the California

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Bar Exam, she accepted an associate’s position with the Law Offices of David A. Torres. There she practices state and federal criminal defense exclusively. In 2014, she was admitted to the federal Criminal Justice Act Panel where she serves as an attorney of record for initial appearances and detention hearings. In 2015, she was admitted to the Indigent Defense Panel in Kern County where she serves as an attorney on conflict cases. From 2014 to 2018, she served as an attorney coach for Stockdale High School’s mock trial team. Their team competed in the state competitions in 2015 and 2018. She has been a member of the Kern County Bar Association since 2012, where she currently serves as secretary. She is currently serving as the president of the Young Lawyers Section of the bar. She is also past president of the Women Layers Section. Additionally, she is an active member of both the Criminal Law Section and the Multicultural Bar Alliance. In 2018, she was named one of Bakersfield Life’s 20 Under 40 People to Watch. Promotional Content


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ALEKXIA TORRES STALLINGS & DAVID A. TORRES Our office handles all misdemeanors and felonies in both state and federal courts. This includes all matters from personal injury, DUI, gang charges, robbery, homicide and all major narcotics charges.

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You Have The Right to Remain Silent • You Always Have The Right to a Lawyer It is Legal for the Police to Lie to You • If You Want to Leave and Can’t You are Under Arrest The Police Have No Power to Promise You Anything You Do Not Have to Talk to Anyone Without a Lawyer The Police Do Not Have to Read Your “Rights” to Arrest You. Anything You Say Can snd Probably Will Be Used Against You Say Nothing, Sign Nothing, and Always ask for a Lawyer First

Best Lawyer 1318 K Street Bakersfield www.lawtorres.com Ofc: 661-326-0857 Cell: 661-301-0123


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LeBeau Thelen LLP · 5001 E. Commercenter Drive, Suite 300 · 661-325-8962 · www.lebeauthelen.com

2019

LeBeau Thelen is a full-service law firm that has been serving the Central Valley since 1985. We take pride in providing high-quality legal services to our clients with a holistic focus. We consider all aspects of a case or issue, from your immediate concerns to your long-term legal needs and goals. Over the past 35 years, LeBeau Thelen has become one of the most respected and experienced law firms in Kern County and the Central Valley. We have deep roots in the area and we put those roots and connections to work for our clients.

Law Firm with Local Touch

As a midsized law firm, LeBeau Thelen is able to provide clients the personal attention they need while offering a level of diversity and experience needed to obtain favorable outcomes. Our firm consists of highly knowledgeable attorneys, including two father-son teams, and we place an emphasis on working together for the benefit of our clients. We also emphasize a supportive and collegial atmosphere for both our attorneys and our staff that carries into the work we do for our clients. Thanks to our experienced and wide-ranging team of attorneys, we offer our clients assistance with many additional legal needs that may arise as we work on their behalf. Each attorney specializes in specific areas of law, allowing us to deliver a broad level of legal assistance regardless of a client’s issue or stage of business. Four of our main practice areas include business law, employment law, medical malpractice and estate planning.

Skilled Business Attorneys

Our business attorneys are extremely knowledgeable in all facets of business planning, formation, operation and litigation. Most of our litigators have more than 20 years of experience and have had many successful outcomes at the trial

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level. When you have an important business matter like a new business venture, partnership dispute or breach of contract, you can rely on our attorneys to carefully evaluate your case and offer a pragmatic solution that not only addresses your current needs but also takes into account the overall goals of your company. We believe looking at the big picture will lead to the most successful outcomes.

Trusted Employment Lawyers

We have highly qualified employment lawyers who are able to help you navigate the myriad legal issues facing employers today. From wage and hour disputes to discrimination claims or compliance issues, our attorneys will take a strategic approach to provide you with the right solutions to address your needs efficiently and correctly.

Medical Malpractice Defense

At LeBeau Thelen, we also represent health care professionals and organizations in the defense of medical malpractice claims. We take pride in using innovative strategies to minimize the impact medical malpractice claims have on a business. Our focus is on protecting your bottom line as well as your reputation as a health care provider.

Comprehensive Estate Planning

Our practical legal advice and all-inclusive estate-planning services help our clients make important decisions for themselves, their families and the future of their businesses. Having the right estate plan will provide you with peace of mind knowing that you have the proper legal measures in place to execute your last wishes and business plans. From drafting simple wills to preparing irrevocable trusts, we can handle all of your estate planning matters regardless of complexity. Promotional Content


A legacy of experience.

Generations of experience working for you. With a 35-year legacy, LeBeau Thelen is a preeminent full-service law firm with a reputation for efficient, creative and practical legal advice and strong advocacy. Our experienced team of civil litigators provides aggressive and effective representation in cases spanning complex business and real estate disputes, professional malpractice defense, personal injury and employment matters. The firm also offers expertise and guidance for both business owners and individuals in the areas of business planning and formation, estate and tax planning, trust administration and probate.

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Middlebrook & Associates · 8501 Brimhall Road, Suite 404 · 661-636-1333 · www.kerncountydui.com

Middlebrook & Associates ifornia, Davis, School of Law. He has handled more than 6,500 DUI cases and tried over 200 DUI trials with only eight losses in 25 years in practice. Mr. Middlebrook is the only attorney in California who has been named: • Super Lawyer (2012-2019) • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell (highest rating available); • Perfect 10 Client Rating on AVVO.com • ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist Designation He is also a founding or sustaining or specialist member of every organization focused on DUI defense in the state of California and nationally.

But Why Do Trials Matter?

This is perhaps the best indicator of the experience, quality and knowledge of your attorney. The defendant’s only advantage in negotiations with the prosecution is the ability to take the case to trial successfully. If your attorney constantly threatens, but never actually puts their proverbial “money where their mouth is,” they quickly become no threat to the prosecution because the DAs know they will always just “give up” when push comes to shove in a courtroom.

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The ABC’s of hiring an attorney when charged with driving under the influence:

Aren’t All Attorneys the Same?

No. It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. However, in a day of internet marketing, billboard advertising and wordsmithing, any attorney can claim to be “the best” or “aggressive” or “trial tested” in about 10 seconds. Look for an attorney who: • Focuses solely on DUI defense • Successfully tries DUI cases • Is a leader nationally in educating lawyers and scientists in the science of intoxication Mr. Middlebrook is the preeminent DUI defense attorney in the Central Valley of California and his practice focuses exclusively on DUI cases. He graduated from the University of Cal-

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“I called and spoke to several attorneys in Bakersfield before choosing one that was cheaper than Mr. Middlebrook. Shortly afterward, I happened to meet a Bakersfield police officer at a community event who told me that most of the attorneys in Kern County have never even won a DUI trial but, even more importantly, they’ve never actually tried a DUI case before. He recommended that I call Richard Middlebrook. He has 20-plus years of experience in trying hundreds of cases and won a vast majority of them. For me, my future, family and job were on the line and I couldn’t afford not to hire him. I came so close to putting my life in somebody’s hands that didn’t have the experience to handle it!” – Shannon “I was arrested for DUI. I retained an inexperienced lawyer that just wanted to collect a few thousand dollars and plead me out to first offense DUI. It was clearly evident during the DMV hearing I made a serious error in the attorney when I went the cheap route. I spent over 30 years in statewide law enforcement and retired as a chief. I recognized flaws in my case and wanted someone who not only believed in me, but was willing to aggressively attack the prosecution’s case. The prosecution took the case to trial and could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. My faith in Mr. Middlebrook kept an arrest for DUI from becoming a conviction for DUI and all that goes with that. Think twice before you go to just any attorney for a DUI case. If you are like me and feel the trauma and fear of the unknown about a DUI arrest, then choose wisely. The police and the prosecutor are not on your side. He will always be on your side and provide the best defense possible from the DMV hearing to trial.” – Bob Promotional Content


A leader in DUI defense throughout California, Richard Middlebrook has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list for five years. He remains the only lawyer in California to have also been honored with the Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, an Avvo perfect 10 rating and the ACS-CHAL lawyer-scientist designation. By exclusively assisting those accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, Middlebrook dedicates all resources to obtaining unmatched results. He handles each case personally, with the assistance of a dedicated team of attorneys and staff. “Unless we believe we can make a significant difference in your case, we won’t waste your time and resources,” says Middlebrook. The focus on helping one client at a time overcome one of the toughest hurdles in their life has always remained. “We are simply about helping people when they need our help the most,” says Middlebrook.

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Young Wooldridge, LLP · 1800 30th Street, fourth floor · 661-437-3932 · www.youngwooldridge.com

Young Wooldridge, LLP Rob Noriega Partner | Business Law Rob Noriega has always had deep ties to our community. He was raised in Bakersfield, attended Garces Memorial High School and returned after college and law school to start a family and what would become a distinguished legal career. Rob has been practicing business and civil litigation law in Bakersfield for over 30 years. He serves his clients through a diverse practice in all areas of business and civil law litigation,

including business formation, commercial transactions and disputes, real estate litigation and other civil and business torts. A three-time Best Of Kern Favorite for Best Lawyer, Rob continues to serve the community that he holds so dear. He is the chairman of the Bakersfield Memorial Hospital board of directors, a past president and current member of Rotary Club of Bakersfield, a past vice-chair of the CSUB Foundation for Research board of directors, amongst other endeavors.

Thomas Brill Partner | Personal Injury Thomas Brill is a partner at Young Wooldridge LLP with 30 years of experience working on behalf of injury victims with catastrophic injuries. Throughout his career, he has secured several multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, the largest being $8.9 million in a case when a failed tire caused a rollover accident in which

his client suffered permanent injuries. He believes that the role of personal injury attorneys is to help make the community safer by holding wrongdoers responsible for negligence. Thomas says, “We can secure a safer future for our kids and grandkids by sending the message that careless work and unsafe habits will not be tolerated.”

Alan Doud Senior Attorney | Water Law Alan is a member of the Young Wooldridge LLP’s Water Department, specializing in water and public agency law. Alan serves as general counsel to numerous clients throughout the state, including groundwater sustainability agencies (formed to implement that State’s recent groundwater management laws), water districts that contract at both the state and federal level for surface water deliveries, and municipal water suppliers.

Alan’s work has included negotiations with the federal government on contracts that are critical to Central Valley water supplies, litigation and regulatory matters concerning Kern River water rights, and the adjudication of rights to groundwater in the Antelope Valley. Alan’s community involvement includes coaching his daughters’ soccer teams and serving as the vice-chair of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors.

Jefferson Eberhardt Attorney | Employment Law Jefferson Eberhardt is an attorney at Young Wooldridge LLP and a member of the firm’s Business Department, where he focuses his practice on employment law. He defends his clients against employment-related litigation involving individual and class-based wage and hour disputes, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification, and serious and willful misconduct claims. Additionally, Jefferson counsels employers on a wide range of other labor matters. 70

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After receiving his law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where he was a Merit Scholarship Recipient, Jefferson was admitted to the California State Bar and relocated to Bakersfield to start his legal career. He is a graduate of Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Bakersfield program and supports Kern County Society of Human Resource Management and CASA of Kern County. Promotional Content


McKnight and McKnight Law, APC · 305 Truxtun Ave. · 661-325-5977 · www.mcknightattorneys.com

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McKnight and McKnight Law, APC companies and corporations and have achieved outstanding results on behalf of my clients. There is no better feeling than when I resolve a case and I see the relief on my client’s face to have a difficult time in their life made better, turning a corner as a result of my assistance with their matter.

What is your legal background?

After graduating from the University of Southern California (USC) Law School, I was recruited and began my legal career working for a large 100-plus attorney law firm in Los Angeles, where I received excellent training and experience. I returned to my hometown, Bakersfield, to join my father and brothers at McKnight, McKnight, McKnight and McKnight Law Firm for 30 years. I now serve clients as McKnight and McKnight Law, APC. My focus is representing injured people and their families in major personal injury and wrongful death cases. I have been selected to speak at the Statewide Consumer Attorney of California Convention on topics including accident reconstruction and jury selection. I served as a past board member of the Kern County Bar Association.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

I was born and raised in Bakersfield, attended local schools and worked summers in the oil fields, which helped develop my strong work ethic. Because of my deep roots in Bakersfield, I know the people and values of our community. When a potential client calls my office about an accident, I am very familiar with the local roads and highways, as well as the companies and the people of Kern County. My father instilled in me the values of hard work and integrity and I hold to those values tightly.

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What type of law do you practice?

I represent injured people and their families in injury and accident cases, including auto, motorcycle and truck accidents. I also handle wrongful death, defective product and negligence cases.

Why did you go into the field of law?

I was raised in a family of lawyers who loved their work and their ability to help their clients. I am a compassionate person and truly enjoy helping people through difficult times. I find great satisfaction assisting injured clients and their loved ones, meeting them and giving them the personal attention they deserve. The insurance claims process can seem complicated, frustrating and overwhelming for an injured party to handle on their own. I utilize my 30-plus years of experience to give guidance, advice and counsel to my clients. I handle all aspects of the legal process so that they can focus on getting better. I’ve successfully represented clients against major insurance

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Can you give us a brief bio?

I graduated from Biola University and USC Law School. I have been married for 35 years to my wife, Denise, who is a teacher. I have been blessed with three children and five grandchildren whom I enjoying spending time with immensely. Two of my children reside in Kern County and are employed in education and agribusiness. My wife and I have been actively involved for many years in our church. I volunteer on the advisory board of Kern County Teen Challenge and serve on the board of Hume Lake Christian Camps. I enjoy fly fishing, travel and spending time in the outdoors.

Anything else we should know?

I offer a prompt and free consultation regarding your injury matter and will give you an honest evaluation on whether I can help you. If I can’t, I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

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Chain | Cohn | Stiles · 1731 Chester Ave, Suite 100 · 661-616-9829 · chainlaw.com

2019

Chain | Cohn | Stiles

Not many law firms in Kern County – or outside of Kern County, for that matter – can compare to the history, results and reputation of Chain | Cohn | Stiles. The Bakersfield-based accident and injury firm is commemorating 85 years in 2019; that alone is something that is unmatched by local law firms of its kind. Here are some other standout facts about Chain | Cohn | Stiles: • For 85 years, the firm has been David K. Cohn firmly cemented in downtown Bakersfield, dedicated to helping Kern County’s residents. Morris B. Chain first set up shop in the Haberfelde Building in 1934 in downtown Bakersfield, where the firm has been since. The firm name has changed over the years – including being known by many as Chain-Younger – but the “Chain” name has remained. James A. Yoro • Throughout this time, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has earned more multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for its clients than any other law firm locally. • The seven attorneys at the law firm have 150-plus years of combined experience in accident and injury-related law. They include partners David Cohn, Jim Yoro and Matt Clark and associate attorneys Chad Boyles, Beatriz A. Trejo Beatriz Trejo, Tanya Alsheikh and Doug Fitz-Simmons. All except one of these lawyers were raised in Bakersfield. Learn more about each of the attorneys by watching their stories at www. chainlaw.com. • The firm recently received a ranking in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms,” the oldest and Chad J. A. Boyles among the most respected attor74

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ney ranking services in the world. • Firm partners and attorneys David Cohn and James Yoro, too, have been recognized in the publication’s “Best Lawyers in America” program. • Chain | Cohn | Stiles was reMorris Chain cently one of three organizations inducted into the inaugural “Best of Kern County” Hall of Fame, awarded to men, women, businesses and organizations with a long history of excellence in their respective fields and who also give back to our community. • The firm has been selected into the “Best Law Firm” category in The Bakersfield Californian’s Doug Fitz-Simmons Readers’ Choice Poll each year since the category was introduced in 2013. • In last year’s Bakersfield Life Magazine “Top Attorneys” poll, which highlighted the best local lawyers in 19 specialty areas as voted on by their peers, Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyers were selected as “Top Attorneys” under the following categories: Accidents & Injuries, Male Attorney, WorkTanya Alsheikh ers’ Compensation and Female Attorney. • Chain | Cohn | Stiles was given the “Community Champion” award by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County, for the law firm’s work toward raising awareness locally and helping victims. The firm is commemorating its 85-year anniversary in part by looking back at its local history of Matthew C. Clark serving Kern County. In a series of videos, the law firm partners featured on the cover – David Cohn, Jim Yoro and Matt Clark – share stories of the law firm’s origins and its values that remain true today. To watch them and learn more about the law firm’s anniversary, visit bit.ly/chainlaw85. Promotional Content


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Age: 29 Occupation: Corporate EHS Manager at The Wonderful Company How would you describe your personality? I would best describe my personality as confident, adventurous and giving. I find myself always wanting to bring out the best in people and making their day just a little better.

What traits do you find appealing in a partner? I find traits such as self-confidence, loyalty, caring and an open mindset appealing. What are your hobbies? My hobbies include doing any kind of outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking and camping. My ideal first date would be: My ideal first date would be to take a drive to a great outdoor

location and go for a small hike. After the hike, we would go to a brewery or some other casual place for food and drinks. Keep it simple and create opportunities to get to know her. My favorite movie is: “Dumb and Dumber.” You should bid on me because: I’m a guaranteed great time.

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Age: 39 Occupation: Mobile Equipment Servicer for the U.S. Army Reserve at Fort Hunter Liggett How would you describe your personality? It’s a mixture of bluntness/being forthright, loyal, compassionate, with a bit of goofy/dry sense of humor. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Physical: Her curves and her eyes.

Mental: Her ability to overcome adversity and a caring heart. What are your hobbies? Learning to play my guitar, visiting friends and family, attending sporting events and blues or country music concerts, and hanging out at my friend’s farm. My ideal first date would be: I have learned that coffee and dessert at a local diner or cafe is always a good choice. It’s

a relaxed environment to talk with that person and everyone I have known has always liked some kind of dessert. My favorite movie is: “Hell or High Water.” You should bid on me because: I am the genuine article. Accept no substitutes! I have lived a lot in my time, yet not lived enough.

Age: 35 Occupation: Veteran Coordinator How would you describe your personality? I am fairly easygoing. I am willing to help anyone at any time but don’t like to be taken advantage of. I have a quick wit and love to laugh about everything.

What traits do you find appealing in a partner? I find a woman who is down-to-earth, loving, family oriented and active attractive. What are your hobbies? Riding horses and golf. My ideal first date would be: A dinner followed by a couple of drinks.

My favorite movie is: “Inception.” You should bid on me because: I am the best choice up here. Five-year Navy helicopter search and rescue aircrewman, so you know you will be in good hands and will ever have to worry about getting lost. Plus, you didn’t read my qualities and personality? Off the chart!

Age: 31 Occupation: Gas Control Technician for PG&E How would you describe your personality? Adventurous – I love the outdoors. Passionate and compassionate – I try to help people in any way that I can, whether I can be of service and help them with something or just simply be there to listen and talk in a conversation.

Ambitious – I have a hunger for success in all aspects in life and to always be open to grow. Courteous – I was raised old-school. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Adventurous, positivity, being weird/different, sense of humor, passionate, communication, independent, confident. What are your hobbies? Hunting, fishing, various types

of fitness, sporting clay shooting, bow shooting, snowboarding, hiking, camping, reading, writing. My ideal first date would be: Something involving a fun activity – a picnic, a small hike, a concert, shooting and some good food and conversation. You should bid on me because: I’m a lover, not a fighter!

What are your hobbies? Crafting beer and mead, dancing salsa and bachata, my fantasy football league and volunteering. My ideal first date would be: Dinner and comedy. My best qualities are: My smile, my charm and sense of humor.

My favorite movie is: “Coming to America.” You should bid on me because: The money goes to a great cause and I’ll make you laugh.

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Age: 29 Occupation: Recreation Associate for the City of Delano What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Smart, funny, caring.

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Age: 25 Occupation: Tlo Wines Service How would you describe your personality? Outgoing, adventurous and entertaining. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Fun, artistically inclined and ready for adventure.

What are your hobbies? Watching movies, disc golf, golf and spending time with friends. My ideal first date would be: Foraging town, going from restaurant to restaurant and only getting one entree and one drink at as many as you can go to. My best qualities are: My people skills – good communicator – and I’m more mature than my age.

My role model is: My father. My favorite movie is: “Hunt for Red October.” When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: A skateboarder. You should bid on me because: You won’t regret it.

Age: 27 Occupation: Continuous Improvement Manager How would you describe your personality? Friendly, a tad on the introverted side, but definitely a people person. Can listen and carry a conversation. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Intelligent with a good sense of humor. Sarcasm is also appreciated as is an outgoing personality.

What are your hobbies? Baking, cross-stitch, disc golf, cooking, reading, hiking. Not particularly good at any of them, but I like to dabble. My ideal first date would be: A great meal at a place where you can actually hear your date. This followed by a fun activity (bowling, arcade, mini golf, etc.). My role model is: My dad. He’s worked so hard for my fam-

ily, always striving to give us all that he can while also trying to lead us down the right path. My favorite movie is: “Groundhog Day.” When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: A motivational speaker. You should bid on me because: Besides this being for a fantastic cause, I’d make sure we had a great time.

Age: 44 Occupation: Fresh Carrot Plant Manager at Bolthouse Farms How would you describe your personality? Golden retriever – loyal, playful, likable, loving and pleasing. Easygoing and a little shy. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Loves to laugh, can take a joke, enjoys playful banter, likes to be touched. Enjoys playing and

watching sports. What are your hobbies? Like playing almost all sports and being active. Bicycling, golf, snowboarding, water sports and concerts are among my favorites. I can be a little competitive. My ideal first date would be: An easygoing conversation with a lot of laughs. My best qualities are: Loyal, responsible, compassionate, competitive and loving. My role model is: My dad –

loyal, hardworking and dedicated. My favorite movie is: “Dumb and Dumber.” When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: A firefighter. You should bid on me because: I laugh at my own jokes so you don’t have to. But you probably will because I’m hilarious.

Age: 26 Occupation: Account Executive at American General Media How would you describe your personality? Very outgoing, fun, very adaptable, witty, courteous. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Ambitious, compassionate, outgoing, adventurous, intelligent. What are your hobbies? Playing soccer, baseball, fishing,

hiking, biking, drinking socially. My ideal first date would be: A nice dinner to get to know each other. Then, if all goes well, go on a walk. Simple dates are sometimes the best. My best qualities are: I always have a positive attitude, I am very honest, open-minded, I am direct and won’t “beat around the bush” and very attentive to people’s needs.

My favorite movie is: “Big Daddy” with Adam Sandler. When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: A doctor or a welder like my dad. You should bid on me because: I will help anyone who is in need and that is why I am participating in this event. Proceeds from this event will end up helping many people. I am also very fun to spend time with, so that is a definite plus.

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Age: 36 Occupation: Physician, anesthesiologist and interventional pain management specialist How would you describe your personality? Passionate, motivated, direct, confident, relentless determination. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Warmth, caring, genuine,

humble. What are your hobbies? Soccer, travel, yoga. My ideal first date would be: Beach by day, concert by night. My best qualities are: Well-rounded, family oriented, caring, genuine. My role model is: My father.

Age: 36 Occupation: Senior Pharmacy Technician How would you describe your personality? Primarily an introvert, but once I get comfortable with my surroundings, I become a smart aleck with a dry sense of humor. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Above all else, honestly. Without honesty, there can’t be trust, and without trust, what’s the point?

After that, sense of humor, courteous, caring, intelligence and I could go on and on, but really comes down to the chemistry – the vibe between us. The feeling of maybe we complete each other. Also, a pretty smile is always nice. What are your hobbies? Barbecuing, fishing, shooting, binge-watching Netflix, spending time with loved ones, including my three dogs.

Age: 26 Occupation: Sales What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Fairly outgoing and, at times, the life of the party. What are your hobbies? Die-hard Dodgers fan! Love to go hiking or hang out with friends.

My ideal first date would be: Something fun where we can interact and still talk – a nice dinner and bowling or maybe dinner and paint night. My best qualities are: My sense of humor for sure! I love to joke around and have no problem being the butt of the joke.

My role model is: Pat Tillman is a great role model for not just myself but for so many other young men. My favorite movie is: “The Sandlot.” When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be: Taller. You should bid on me because: You don’t want me to be the only guy standing up there with no one bidding on them!

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My ideal first date would be: A short trip. The drive there and back offers plenty of time for conversation, allowing the opportunity for us to get to know each other better. My favorite movie is: “Stranger than Fiction.” You should bid on me because: It’s for a good cause and it’ll be my goal to bring you as much happiness as possible.

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Kym Showers is a Bakersfield native and certified life coach.

REDESIGNING

A WELL-LIVED LIFE Local women coach couples to live their best existence By Lisa Kimble

If necessity is the mother of invention, then happiness is surely the parent of reinvention, as evidenced by the second-fastest-growing industry in the country worth upward of $2 billion annually – life coaching. Once considered self-indulgent and available only in major metropolitan areas, today it is widely practiced and valued as just as important as traditional counseling.

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Pioneers of the practice were psychologists who, back in the 1980s, saw a broader application of therapy. But unlike counseling, which analyzes the past, life coaches propel clients forward toward their personal and professional goals by examining what is going on now, identifying the obstacles and choosing a course of action for positive change. “Our thoughts drive our feelings, which, in turn, create actions,” said Bakersfield native and certified life coach Kym Showers. “If we can be aware, we can change


anything.” Eight years ago, Showers found her own life at a crossroads. Her two children went off to college and the stay-athome mom was closing a chapter. “Something was missing. I wanted to do something different but a culmination of the first half of my life as a wife, mother, schoolteacher and Bible studies leader,” she recalled. “That awareness became the catalyst for life coaching. The first half of my life was extremely spiritual. My whole awakening of this second act of mine is nurturing this human side.” She began researching the field and reached out to Lisette Whitaker, who at the time was the only certified life coach in Bakersfield. “My master’s degree in counseling and psychology from CSUB was the cornerstone for me in working with people to uncover their goals, ambitions and desires in life,” said Whitaker, who owns Lion Heart Coaching & Consulting, specializing in midlife marriage transitions. “The focus then was more on clinical diagnosis and treatment of causes and symptoms rather than what happens after. And most of us don’t have a clinical, mental health circumstance that requires treatment, yet we want guidance, help and assistance with everyday situations.” Showers, a former cheerleader for East High and Bakersfield College who says she has spent her 58 years rooting for her family, friends and neighbors, enrolled at the Life Coach School based in Dallas in January of last year. “I didn’t know you could be a professional cheerleader,” she laughed. The online course included in-person training. “I feel like I have been coaching my – Kym Showers whole life and I was born to do this.” Her focus is on helping couples reinvent and redesign their marriage. “I’m a big fan of marriage and happiness and I have both,” said Showers, who has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 35 years. “You can create a happy life wherever you are in life. We are completely different, but the reason we are still happily married is that we keep reinventing ourselves through every season.” Her six-week program includes one 50-minute coaching phone call per spouse each week and two half-hour couples sessions via video conferencing in addition to homework. Showers credits Instagram for 90 percent of her clients locally and around the world. Her clean, light and positive brand, which promotes her website, blogs and podcasts, was carefully crafted. “I was very intentional about it all,” she said. Whitaker marvels at the evolution of the practice. “Humans need one another to survive. We learn from

“The first half of my life was extremely spiritual. My whole awakening of this second act of mine is nurturing this human side.”

each other how to navigate life circumstances. In days of old, families and communities provided most of that support,” she said. “But life has become much more complicated and may require a more neutral guide in some areas. So, really, life coaching is a necessity, not a luxury.” Some of Showers’ best advice is to live authentically in one’s own lane and help one another. “To do a well-lived life in the second half of life, that’s the best life!” she said. Opinions expressed in this column are those of Lisa Kimble.

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WONDER, IMAGINATION + CREATIVITY Writing through the eyes of a child By Jennifer Gardiner

My love of art and creative writing have been part of my soul since I was a very young girl. In those early years, my calling was to help other people’s artistic dreams come to life. If they could imagine it, I could build, paint it and bring it to life. My passion for working with children grew from the 18 years I devoted to Valley Baptist Church in its Children’s Ministry and Vacation Bible School. The artwork the kids and I worked on together over the years still adorns the halls of the church classrooms. A special set of twin girls (Rachel and Leah) both worked at my side for years and have gone on to create their own very successful art businesses. My own heart is soft and childlike, so it is exciting for me to engage in a child’s world through things like swimming, dancing, twirling, splashing, giggling or crying. These things tend to further soften my own heart. Writing is fun when you can feel and see as a child does! I feel that if my parents had read to me at an early age, I would have been more confident growing up. When I write 84

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for children, I want them to recognize that the characters in the book learn how to be adventurous and that they are not afraid to be strong, gentle or kind. I want my writing to have a positive impact on the children who read it. My goal is to help all the children who Just the Facts read my books see that they can accomplish Be in Bakersfield is a grassroots anything they put their movement aimed at changing minds to. Through the conversation around Bamy writing, I hope to kersfield and activating positive encourage them to change within our community. have self-confidence Visit us online at www.beinbaand self-esteem, to be kersfield.com or on Facebook + kind to others, to work Instagram at @beinbakersfield. hard and to do their best at whatever they are attempting. It is important to me that each child see his or her life is a true gift. When children express themselves, their thoughts instantly come to life for me as illustrations. My ongoing


passion to this day is to listen to a child and love as a child loves. When we do, dreams can come to life! It’s fun to imagine as a child. My decision to write and illustrate my first children’s book was inspired by a joyous experience I had with my granddaughter. She was bored one day and I told her we could take a trip around our pond. She has a wonderful imagination and she blurted out, “Do you think we can find Paris?” I said, “I don’t know, but get your things and take any of the toys you want and let’s go see what we can find.” The book “A Trip Around the Pond” was created from that sweet experience. Writing children’s books is a way for me to share with children that dreams can come true when they put in hard work, a little luck and a lot of determination. I love how my grandkids and other children think big when they’re little. I want to support and nurture their dreams through books that build self-esteem. Be imaginative in Bakersfield. Jennifer Gardiner is an author, artist and partner in her family’s agricultural businesses. Inspired by her grandchildren, she hopes to share imaginative stories of life as seen through the eyes of young children. The views expressed are her own.

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Cosmetology is one of the new courses offered at the Regional Occupational Center. The classrooms accommodate 75 students and are taught by three licensed cosmetologists.

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NEW PROGRAMS AT ROC, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE THINKING ABOUT FUTURE CAREERS By Melissa Peaker-Whitten

As Bakersfield gears up for a new school year, the Kern High School District’s Regional Occupational Center is pulling out all the stops to provide amazing opportunities to local high school students. Whether they want to learn a trade or gain valuable skills and training in preparation for college, there is something for everyone. They currently have five projects underway, including a cosmetology training center, the first of its kind locally, as well as auto shop and construction courses and a veterinary teaching hospital. “The vet hospital is a fully functioning hospital with a surgery center and an X-ray room,” said Brian Miller, the school’s principal. “It’s unlike anything else in the state; we’re excited to show it off to the community. There is a full-time veterinarian who teaches the courses, as well as a registered vet tech.” There is also a new culinary arts program, which will include a student-run cafe. The “Hard Rock” will be open 86

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to the public a few days a week for breakfast and lunch, giving students the chance to put their skills to use in a tangible way. Another reason for the expansion is to accommodate more students. Four years ago, they only had openings for 800 students. This year, they will have 2,000 spots available. By 2020, they will be able to offer classes to a total of 2,600 students on both campuses. They will also be adding night classes for students who don’t have room in their schedule during school hours. Some of the courses are also available to the public, but high school students receive preference. Another exciting addition to the program will be training students for careers in logistics and distribution. “This area is driven by the industry,” said Miller. “Look at all the distribution companies that are popping up here like FedEx and Amazon – there are a lot of high-wage careers. If a student has a little bit of training in high school, they can enter the job market with experience.” ROC also works closely with both Bakersfield College and CSU Bakersfield to help students continue their


education along the pathways they’ve started during high school. The second part of their expansion is the Career and Technical Education Center, set to open in August 2020. CTECH is a whole new campus featuring technology training. It will be located adjacent to Independence High School. The new programs are a culmination of four years of planning. “It has been quite a process,” said Miller. “(We wanted to) make sure we did it the right way and (offered) resources that students would take advantage of.” They did their research, including visiting sites in other states to see what kinds of programs they offered and what facilities they had. They also surveyed 20,000 Kern

High students to determine what types of courses they were interested in seeing offered. “Over the past five years, it’s been a national movement,” said Miller of the recent renewed focus on occupational training. “The state has really been supporting career and technical education the past few years.” Half of the program’s funding came from state grants, according to Miller. “Developing an education (system) that gets kids thinking more about their careers, not just entry-level employment options, (is the goal),” he said. “It’s really cool to see the students each year and how much they grow out here. We get some students every year that maybe haven’t done that great academically, but then they get into a class here and they just have such an interest in what they’re learning. They just take off because it’s something they want to do. (These students have) never been this excited to come to school before. It happens – Brian Miller every year.”

“Over the past five years, it's been a national movement...the state has been supporting career and technical education the past few years.”

A fully functioning veterinary hospital will begin serving the public in January.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF STRATA CREDIT UNION

Our Town

Strata Credit Union celebrates 70 years of locals helping others by granting wishes of 70 Kern County residents and organizations.

WISHES COME TRUE Strata Credit Union celebrates 70 years by granting 70 wishes By Asha Chandy

Strata Credit Union is celebrating 70 years of locals helping other locals with 70 gifts of love, granting the wishes of 70 deserving Kern County residents and organizations for each year of Strata’s service to Kern County. It’s putting a philosophy of credit unions helping people into action. “We wanted to do something special in celebration of our 70th anniversary that encompasses the foundational philosophy of the credit union movement,” said Strata CEO Brandon Ivie. “With the help of our community, we will grant a total of 70 wishes for individuals or organizations that are in need right here in our community.” Formerly Kern Federal Credit Union, Strata rebranded in 2018 but continues to grow from and within Kern County, perfectly pairing investment with philanthropy 88

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in dedication to each year of service since 1949, when a small group of county employees decided to create a way to invest and build locally. Anyone can submit a wish on behalf of a deserving organization online and the Strata team is excited to award everything from equipment, monetary donations, even building materials to make selected wishes come true. IndividuMore Information als and organizations To submit a wish and to view have been granted previously fulfilled wishes, go to wishes beyond their www.stratacu.org/70-wishes. wildest dreams, including a woman who needed an air conditioner, teachers and the Trona Community Chest Disaster Relief Fund. Marketing Manager Michelle Garland’s voice chokes


up when she speaks about the 70 Wishes Strata launched this year: “I can’t tell you how lucky and grateful I feel. We never in a million years thought it would be so well-received and have the impact that it has!” One of the most heartfelt and graciously well-received wishes was No. 21. It was granted to Anthony – Michelle Garla Rodriguez, a drummer born blind who does not let that stop him from finding his sound. “Visually impaired or not, you have to do it no matter what. Just pursue it,” Rodriguez said about not being defined by this one inability. He performs with local bands Here by Fate, Tri Tone Mafia and Four Play. He has also been honing his talent with the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop for the past year. While performing at Temblor, the band was surprised by a sudden swell of people in the brewery. “Next thing I know there are tons of people coming in and the place was completely full,” said Rodriguez. Ivie, Garland and the rest of the Strata team came in hand with a gold sponsorship for the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop as wish No. 20 and a special surprise for Rodriguez from Strata. As Rodriguez is earning his clout in the

"I can't tell you how lucky and grateful I feel. We never in a million years thought it would be so well-recieved and have the impact that it has!”

Anthony Rodriguez performing with a local bands.

local music scene, he was nominated to Strata’s 70 Wishes by another local legend. With a nomination from Dolores Huerta, a regular member of the audience, Rodriguez’s greatest wish would be granted: a professional seven-piece set from Gretsch Drums featuring the reverb of a Catalina Maple shell. “I don’t really know what to say. It was beautiful,” Rodriguez said, still at a loss of words. “I love being able to play when I feel like it. It has already been to two shows.” www.BakersfieldLife.com

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The Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League is dedicated to developing local youth into responsible, productive and ethical citizens and reducing juvenile victimization, crime and delinquency.

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Personality

FOR THE KIDS Volunteers provide invaluable guidance for kids at Sheriff’s Activities League By Liarida Yoakum

A busy life can get the best of us, but not for the few good men and women behind the Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League, a free program dedicated to at-risk youth in the community. Six individuals have committed their lives on a weekly basis to the SAL program in east Bakersfield. Appreciative for their time, KCSO Senior Deputy Martin Barron said, “Without them there is no program.” Barron was no stranger to SAL as he took over as the sheriff’s activity coordinator in December 2018. Like the deputy, a constant in the kids’ lives are the volunteers – whose dedication and physical presence speak volumes of their character. “You can have people sign up – ‘I’ll help, I’ll help’ – but 90

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From left: Celine Garcia, 11-year-old Ethan Garcia, 13-yearold Eddie Garcia and Edward Garcia are regulars at the Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League. Celine and Edward are parent-volunteers and Ethan and Eddie are part of the boxing program.

to be that mentor and to be here … is not that easy. … That’s why I’m so appreciative that they come,” Barron said. “They have their own lives, but they come here right after work and they constantly come.” The after-school program provides boxing, soccer, cheerleading, arts and crafts and weightlifting to 45 to 75 kids between the ages of 10 to 17 ½ years old. Parent-volunteers Celene and Edward Garcia were


ABOVE: Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League boxing coach Pete Baker runs his boxers through a series of plank exercises. LEFT: Volunteer coach Oscar Hernandez works with one of the boxers at the Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League. BELOW: Sean Haro works the bag during a workout session at the Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League.

drawn to the program through their children, Ethan and Eddie, whose interest solely laid with the ones and twos – boxing. But it was more personal for Celene, as she grew up around the area of Flower and Virginia streets. Celene, often referred to as the “Boxing Mom,” reflected back to a time when volunteers made an impression on her. “I know how it was on these streets and I know the impact that people had made on me when I was growing up,” she said. “And I know how it felt when that person was there every day and just couldn’t come anymore.” The Boxing Mom works a full-time job but never hesitates when she drops off her kids. Instead, she parks, walks the 30-plus feet to the door and gives two hours of her time four days each week. “Religiously, I am here every day,” said Celene, who has devoted the last two years volunteering for SAL. “That way, these kids can say, ‘Hey, she’s here, she didn’t come just for the first week.’ I want them to feel like we matter enough for her to show up every day.” Along with the pair, Oscar Hernandez, Mike Chavez,

Jesus Fuentes and Pastor Pete Baker show up to SAL every week to help instill responsibility, confidence and a yearning to lead their life in a positive light. Going on his eighth year as head boxing coach, Pete Baker is involved in at least a dozen programs outside of the nonprofit in his role as a pastor with Fairfax Assembly of God. But despite the running around, Pastor Pete, as he is known inside and outside the ring, continually shows up. “I believe in prayer and I pray for each of these kids every day and I believe that God’s spirit touches them and transforms them,” he said. “I’m under no illusion that this sport does it. This is just the care, just the care.” www.BakersfieldLife.com

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF KERN COUNTY MUSEUM

History

The Lori Brock Junior Museum in 1976.

LORI BROCK JUNIOR MUSEUM JOINS COMMUNITY, ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATION FOR BAKERSFIELD’S YOUTH By Julie Plata

For over 40 years, the children of Bakersfield have looked forward to the activities afforded to them at the Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center located at the Kern County Museum. The idea for a children’s enrichment center at the Kern County Museum was first thought of in 1971. In November of that year, the Junior League of Bakersfield pledged $25,000 toward the construction of a 4,200-square-foot structure on the grounds of Pioneer Village Museum. According to the Aug. 20, 1976, Bakersfield Californian, one of the unique aspects of the construction of the center is that where most projects of this kind in other communities were subsidized by federal funds, this project was 92

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built through “the most dedicated volunteer efforts this community has ever seen.” In addition to Junior League, Brock’s Party of the Year (which raised $35,000 of the total $95,000), the Quota Club, the Camp Fire Girls, Kern Retired Teachers Association and dozens of private contributors helped make the dream a reality. The Museum Development Committee decided in 1976 that the new children’s museum was to be named after Miss Lori Brock, daughter of John and Gladys Brock. Miss Brock was an exemplary young woman who met her untimely death in 1972 due to an automobile accident. Born in 1949, Brock attended Franklin Elementary, Emerson Junior High, Bakersfield High School and San Jose State University. She was civic-minded and served as a member of the Interracial Council, was head yell leader


and class representative at large. During her senior year of high school, she was elected Miss BHS, a title voted on by the student body and a testament to the high esteem she was held in by her peers. According to the May 26, 1976, Bakersfield Californian, the committee’s recommendation stated, “She had the capacity to make every person feel a sense of his own worth, and she brought out the best in everyone with whom she came in contact.” Finally, on Aug. 15, 1976, the dream became a reality when the Lori Brock Junior Museum was declared officially completed. The Opening of the Year gala kicked off the official opening on Oct. 10, 1976. The Bakersfield High School orchestra and CSUB’s Jazz Ensemble entertained over 700 guests. When asked by Camille Gavin of The Californian about the new center, Dorothy Ernst, first president of the Museum Development Committee, said, “I walk by the building and it smiles at me.” In a Nov. 12, 1976 letter to Californian Editor Avon Wonderly, the chairwoman of the Opening of the Year Committee stated: “The Lori Brock Junior Museum is an important cultural addition to our community. It is because so many people have given of their time, talent and treasure that the building is now a reality and the programs will begin to grow and flourish.” Now known as The Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center, it continues to meet the growing needs of Kern County’s youth. With a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) based hands-on activities, the center’s latest improvements continue to entertain and educate its young visitors.

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All-Star Roundup

The Bakersfield College volleyball team celebrates its win over San Jacinto College last season.

FALL SPORTS IN FULL SWING ACROSS HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE LEVEL It’s that time of year again. Time for the new school year to start and the beginning of the fall sports season. For the local high schools, the list of fall sports consists of football, cross-country, volleyball, girls golf and girls tennis. Bakersfield College’s fall sports lineup includes football, volleyball, wrestling, cross-country, women’s golf, and men’s and women’s soccer. Cal State Bakersfield’s fall sports schedule features volleyball, cross-country (women’s only), and men’s and women’s soccer. With so many local athletes and teams in action, it’s a great opportunity for local sports fans to get out and enjoy some great competition while the weather is still nice.

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Paul Golla is now head coach at Garces High School after 14 years at Bakersfield High.

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By Stephen Lynch

League, Southeast Yosemite League and Southwest Yosemite League have new head football coaches this year. That includes perennial powers Bakersfield High, Garces and Ridgeview. Paul Golla, who posted a 134-44 record while leading


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surface. BC’s football team opens its 2019 schedule with a home game against Mount San Antonio College on Sept. 17. Memorial Stadium, which is scheduled for additional upgrades next year, will host the football state championship game in 2019 and 2020. Local football fans should also keep an eye on former Liberty High standout and current Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. The 6-foot4, 220-pound junior is one of the top college signal callers in the country. Love, regardBakersfield Christian’s Ben Yurosek reaches for the goal line ed as a potential future NFL ahead of Memorial’s Mac Dalena. first-round draft pick, is on the 2019 Preseason Davey O’Brien BHS to five Central Section Division I championships and Award Watch List and 2019 Preseason Maxwell Award a 2013 state championship during 14 years at the helm of Watch List. the Drillers has moved on to Garces. Former West High and FronVolleyball tier High coach Rich Cornford The Bakersfield College volleyball team hopes to takes over for the highly successcontinue the path it was on last year, when the Renegades ful Dennis Manning as the head ended the regular season ranked No. 2 in the state before coach at Ridgeview. Cornford led qualifying for the CCCAA State Championships. BC, the Vikings, powered by former led by 2018 CCCWVCA Coach of the Year Carl Ferreira, NFL star Ryan Mathews, to a D-II returns several of its top players, including middle blocker section championship in 2005. Lanie Camarillo, outside hitter Penelope Zepeda and Manning guided the Wolf Pack to libero Jessica three section titles and one state Merante. playoff berth during his 10 years at Rich Cornford The CSUB Ridgeview. He’ll remain with the volleyball team team as an assistant coach. finished last BHS replaced Golla with former Fresno State, Los Anseason with a geles Rams and Miami Dolphins safety Michael Stewart, a record of 14-16 standout player for the Drillers in the early 1980s. overall and 7-9 There are several local high in the WAC. The Roadrunschool football ners return Allplayers that WAC Freshman possess next-levTeam selection el talent. Chief Brooke Boiamong them seau (middle is Bakersfield blocker/right Christian tight Brooke Boiseau side), plus key end/defensive end Ben Yurosek. contributors BHS head coach Michael Stewart Leisa Elisaia, The 6-foot-5 seEmily Hansen and Milica Vukobrat. nior has already accepted a scholSoccer arship offer to play for Stanford next year. Both BC soccer teams posted winning records last The Bakersfield College football team is coming off year (men 9-6-5, women 11-5-4) and should once again be a 6-5 season. The Renegades went 5-0 at home last year, highly competitive. outscoring their opponents 206-39 in games played at The CSUB men’s soccer team hopes to improve on a Memorial Stadium. BC’s longtime home venue received 5-12-1 record in 2018, while the Roadrunners women’s major upgrades during the summer. The stadium’s grass soccer team (6-10-2) wants to do the same. field was removed and replaced with an easier-to-maintain artificial turf. The track surrounding the football field was also removed and replaced with a new running www.BakersfieldLife.com

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Don't Miss the Fun! The Bakersfield Heart Hospital 20th Anniversary Celebration & Health Fair

FOOD TRUCKS Fit & Grub Bucky's Chicken

Poke Express Three Bullies Ice Cream

ENTERTAINMENT Corn Hole Ring Toss Giant Jenga Bounce Houses Duck Pond

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Snap! First Friday Date: Aug. 2 Held at: Downtown Bakersfield Photos by: Carla Rivas

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Snap! Valley Fever Walk Date: Aug. 10 Held at: Kern County Museum Photos by: Carla Rivas

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Deonte Mask and Lasheena Montgomery

Will, Jennifer, Julia and Jason Stambook

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Snap! National Night Out Date: Aug. 6 Held at: Rabobank Convention Center Photos by: Greg Nichols

Ashley Carroll and London

Carlos and Angel Mires

Jaime Valdez III, Karen Goh, Jaime Valdez Jr. and Rossana Valdez

Katelynne, Easton, and Steven Brewster; King Hosey; and Kayla Cordova

Cadin Brooks and Kristy and Katelynn Wardlow

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Rhenana, Briley, Jeremy and Holly Grimes

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Snap! Philanthropy On Tap Date: Aug. 6 Held at: Imbibe Photos by: Greg Nichols

Yvonne Loudwig and Katherine Hall

Raquell Jones and Kristen Beall-Watson

Krista Herrera and DĂŠsirĂŠe Von Flue

Sabrina Chao and Angie Griffith

Kevin Burton, Mark Chase, Ariana Joven and Richard Carrasco

Sylvia Walker, Kyran Million, Paul Gordon and Aidee Cardenas

Jose Granados and Louis Medina

Runa Lemminn, Heather McCarthy and Jess Folks

Aidee Cardenas and Rob Purdie

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WHY WE LEFT THE CENTRAL COAST AND STARTED A FAMILY IN BAKERSFIELD I left San Luis Obispo for Bakersfield. Yes, you heard correctly. My husband, Ryan, and I moved to Bakersfield a little over a year and a half ago. I grew up in San Luis Obispo and lived there my whole life until my husband and I made the decision to move to Bakersfield. My husband is from Bakersfield, so initially that was the main draw for us moving back. The move made me very nervous, as the only thing I knew about Bakersfield was that it got very, very hot during summer. After we found our first home here, things started looking more real for us. I actually started seeing us building a life here – starting a family here. Walking around our house, I could picture seeing our littles running around! In mid-July, we welcomed our sweet baby girl Phoenix. I think one of the main draws for us was how affordable it is to live here. Our money goes so much further here and it shows. We have a three-bedroom home for the same price we were paying in SLO for a tiny studio. Bakersfield is so different than SLO, but it’s so neat and encouraging seeing Bakersfield stepping its game up, especially in the downtown scene. 102 Bakersfield Life Magazine

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Miranda Cram; her husband, Ryan; and their baby girl Phoenix.

There are First Fridays, three different farmers markets around town, cute little coffee shops popping up everywhere and, our personal favorite, free yoga every Second Saturday! Bakersfield is on the rise and it’s very clear. We’ve chosen to start and build our family here and we have zero regrets about leaving SLO. Recently, back in June, I started a moms group, Mamas of Bako, because I had no idea where to meet new friends. I was shocked how many mamas here are just looking for a connection with other mamas! We had almost 18 mamas (plus babies) at our first meetup. Being a parent is hard and can be very lonely, so my September 2019

main focus for starting this to Bakersfield has been group was solely for the thoroughly surprising in purpose of connection and the most positive way. We community, and it’s turned are so excited to watch our into meeting amazing new daughter grow up here and women that I would have to grow together as parents never met otherwise. and a family here. BakersCommunity here is pop- field is becoming a breath of ping up, just like the 10-foot fresh air and it’s very clear! sunflowers we grow here! Miranda Cram is a San It’s been so fun finding Luis Obispo native who now kid-friendly things around calls Bakersfield home. She Bakersfield, like Smitten and her husband, Ryan, Kids, puppet spend most of story time at their time going Dot x Ott or stoon walks with ry/craft time at their pups and the local librarbaby girl, Phoeies! It’s really nix, at Hart Park. neat seeing this Miranda is a town striving to lover of good cofbecome more fee, thrifting and kid and family family time. The friendly! views expressed Miranda Cram Our move are her own.


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Bakersfield Life's September 2019 issue  

September's issue of Bakersfield Life features some Bakersfield family attraction sites, where we ate this month, featured Bakersfield attor...

Bakersfield Life's September 2019 issue  

September's issue of Bakersfield Life features some Bakersfield family attraction sites, where we ate this month, featured Bakersfield attor...