Not Home for the Holidays

It’s that time of the year again, the holiday season. As the weather cools off, people get warmer.

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…

Tales from the Mixing Bowl

One of the many great aspects of the holidays is tradition. Memories of Thanksgivings past and the loved ones who labored to create lasting impressions are brought to mind at this time of year. When family gathers, it is nice to remember the stories and tastes that are gone but somehow still linger. Old recipes help to recreate history, and…

Gratitude. Thanks for Your Support!

Hello, all! I thought about gratitude a lot and decided to show some. The French Quarter would like to thank you for letting us meet and welcome your out-of-town friends and family to our store when they visit Bakersfield. It’s fun to be discovered!

Thankful and Grateful

Thanksgiving is a special time for reflection. So as we “wrap” our 14th issue, we feel eternally grateful to have been welcomed to Bakersfield and thankful for both our advertisers and readers. Bakersfield Lifestyle 2.0 in 2019 will take us in new directions with exciting new content ideas. Travel will be a regular feature—as will … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Women Leaders in Business Supports the Kern County Mission’s Jamieson Women & Children Residential Recovery Home This important program allows mothers and children to remain together throughout the course of recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. The event will take place on Nov. 9 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Stockdale Country Club. Social Hour is from … Continued

Crop-Gifting: Ag’s New Role in Charitable Giving

As the “Breadbasket of America,” California's Central Valley growers are finding innovative ways to leverage the value of their crops with meaningful charitable giving. The Bakersfield-based Kern Community Foundation is embracing a movement that’s been popular in the Midwest for years in so-called “Gifts of Grain” programs. Put simply, a producer of any of a variety of crops plants, harvests and sets…

Thanksgiving by Inspiring Designs

An elegant holiday table would not be complete without flowers. This beautiful arrangement was created by the talented Diane Dang, owner of Garden District Flowers. Diane chose warm autumnal hues that harmonize beautifully. Chrysanthemums, roses, carnations, snapdragons and for texture, greens, ivy and branches are combined for the centerpiece. The low, horizontal design is of perfect proportion, low enough to…

Apple Season in the Mountains

October marks the time of the year when the air becomes crisper and the holiday season is just around the corner. Certain apples are in season for most of the year, but many apples varieties are just coming into season. The Apple Festival in Tehachapi is marking its sixth year. The festival takes place on Oct. 13-14; admission to the…

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…