Opening Your Heart and Giving Back

While you’re counting your blessings this holiday season, perhaps you might consider offering a helping hand to those less fortunate. The following provides some suggestions of organizations that could benefit from your gifts. Children can give small amounts of money to groups whose causes resonate with them, or they can donate to the group’s Amazon’s wish list. These groups are both…

Kitchen Tools

If it's fall, it must be baking season! The temperatures are finally dropping, and thoughts of warm cider, cookies and pumpkin spice everything come to mind. In addition to Halloween, there are school activities, football games and weekends with friends. With the holidays are just around the corner, it’s a great time to assemble the tools necessary to create seasonal treats…

Fall Fashion Trends

 Article Patty Poeschel | Photography Photos by Cabi  Shades of green dominate the season.  Accents of pink quartz, icy blue, buckhorn and ruby.

Lasting Legacy

 Article and Photography A.P. Whyte  Dolores Whitley, known as Dee, has touched the lives of so many children in Bakersfield. Her caring and gentle manner has nurtured children for 46 years. She says she knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl. She admired her own teachers as she was growing up in Berkley, and…

Alfresco Dining

 Article Bob Whyte | Photography Elliott St. George  Bakersfield greets warm summer days with a variety of outdoor dining venues. The menu options are varied from traditional breakfast favorites to scrumptious sandwiches, salads, burgers and more. Check out our five top picks for alfresco dining.  Uricchio's Trattoria

Alec & His Dad

Article Bob Whyte | Photography Parents of high-performing high school athletes who participate in club sports will relate to this story. Life in club sports is a significant commitment in time and money for both father and son. For many, it’s the only sport they’ll focus on in high school. Their dream: to earn a scholarship to play their sport…

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Photography Sasha Windes and her husband, Todd, run a successful mortgage lending business, Local Lenders Group. When Sasha is not packaging deals at the office, she enjoys spending time with 15-year- old daughter, Kylee. They love traveling, shopping, movies and just hanging out. They share similar tastes, including for the red velvet cake at Sweet Surrender Bakery. Sweet Surrender also…

Finding New Life

Repurposing and creating new life for wine barrels is the brainchild of James Harris. James lovingly fashions his creations into a myriad of home furnishings for both interior and exterior use. Red wine and whiskey barrels are made of a variety of French and American oak woods. Barrels are used over and over until the desired oak flavor notes is completely…

Out of 
the Darkness

Artists find inspiration everywhere. Why? Because they are open to receiving it in whatever form it might appear. Open mind, open heart, open spirit. They receive subtle messages that a lot of others might ignore. They see things and feel things that are sometimes imperceptible, the sublime. Other times, they are influenced by horrific events, tragedy and, perhaps, near-death experiences. 

Confessions of a Student Athlete … and Her Personal Trainer

As a college soccer player back home in Bakersfield for summer break, I discovered Carr Elite, elite training for athletes of every sport and adult fitness. So, after many years of self-directed training, workout routines and sports drills, I felt I needed to raise the bar on ways to increase my speed, explosiveness and strength with improved agility and acuity.…