‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the season for giving, for time with friends and family and love. Time for the magic of the holiday season to transform our hearts and minds, wash away the worries of everyday life, work and the troubles of the world. Time to count our blessings, reach out to those less fortunate, time to renew relationships and form new ones.…

Boys & Girls Club of Kern County Holds Second Farm to Table(aux)

The Boys & Girls Club of Kern County held their second Farm to Table(aux) event at Castle & Cooke's Highgate clubhouse. Organizers report the event was a "smashing" success that raised more than $300,000 for local children in need.

CASA Holds Inaugural Couples for CASA Event

CASA of Kern County held their inaugural Couples for CASA event at the Delameter Residence. Amy Raddatz, director of marketing, commented that with the dollars raised, CASA will be able to provide 24 of the 48 children on their waiting list with a CASA special advocate. Photography by Linda Burton. 

December 2017 Around Town

Bakersfield is the most affordable housing market among California’s largest cities, according to a study released by SmartAsset. SmartAsset looked at the total cost over five years of closing costs, taxes, insurance and mortgage payments for the average home in every city in the U.S. with a population greater than 200,000. Then, that five-year cost was viewed as a proportion…

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

"It’s A Wonderful Life," the great 1946 Frank Capra Christmas movie, features protagonist George Bailey who presides over his family’s small-town community bank, Bailey Building and Loan. The bank’s primary business was mortgages, neighbors investing in neighbors. The narrative revolves around a series of misfortunes resulting in despair and finally, redemption and in a way, a morality tale of banking. In…

The French Quarter Holiday Decor

The current trend in decorating today—the “less is more” aesthetic— fits right in with our busy life schedules and helps us to really take advantage of, and truly enjoy, the time we spend with family and friends. Every season brings the opportunity to add new elements to our surroundings and allows you to discover or refocus your creative spirit. How…

Winter Traditions

The magic of Christmas comes alive with the third annual performance by The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. December 16 at the Fox Theatre. The performance will also feature the Bakersfield College Choir with Jennifer Garret. Music director Stilian Kirov says the concert will include many familiar holiday favorites and music of the season. Also, featured will be Randol Alan…

Inside Bakersfield Lifestyle’s Cookie Jar

Okay, we surrender! Sweet Surrender Bakery has been around for years, and they only get better with time. Known for their incredible Matterhorn cake that was featured by Giada De Laurentiis on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," they also make some of the most delicious and beautiful Christmas cookies you’ve ever seen. Whether you want to bake some for…

Cheers to the New Year

 1702 18th St., 
Bakersfield, CA 93301  Take in the downtown New Year’s Eve action at the legendary Padre Hotel.  Performing at Prairie Fire: Blonde Faith, 20 years of classic rock and music from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s as well as current hits. Their five-piece band has male and female vocals. Take in the rousing dueling pianos act in the…