Read Across Bakersfield

The Fox Theater was awash with children and parents who are passionate about reading. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association put on their Eighth Annual Read Across Bakersfield. The event was free, and featured a block party, complete with photos with The Cat in the Hat, a book walk, face painting, music, and games. A showing of The Tale of Despereaux followed.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Bakersfield has been called a giving and generous community for a number of reasons. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a resident—young or old—who hasn’t donated to a charitable cause in some way, providing funds or services to everything from vets to pets. That’s especially true when it comes to supporting local children.

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You Know You Make Me Want To “Shout”

One of my all-time favorite movies is National Lampoon’s Animal House from the summer of ’78. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but it definitely left a permanent mark on me. For those that aren’t familiar, Animal House is a coming of age flick about a group of misfit college students and their dysfunctional fraternity constantly challenging the “rules.” Although I can’t imagine there’s someone who hasn’t seen it, seeing as it’s an “educational” film and all.

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Michael Smothers & Shari Fortino

Dancing is said to be the language of love. The way two people connect through a fluid move-ment of rhythm can be one of the truest forms of affection. For Shari Fortino, a local ballroom dance teacher, dance is at the center of every relationship in her life. Most importantly, it is the beating heart that pulses love into her marriage with Michael Smothers.

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