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Meet Gus Flamingo

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

My mother gave birth to me in a bowling alley during league play. I came out dazed and confused not knowing what career path to take, so I chose several.

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2014 Sizzlin' Singles

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

We’re not the first ones to equate the dating world to a game or sport. Just look at the stats: there’s competition, teams, plays, coaches, and, yes, even the trusted blockers. Thankfully, the men and women gracing the following pages are not overly concerned by their “solo” status and are content to keep playing the field for the love of the game...

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Citizen Kern - Robin Mangarin

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

When I retired after 25 years, I decided to focus on my true passion, which is working for children and families facing cancer...

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Visions of Greatness

Written by Francis Mayer

Rock history, fame, and a very creative guy who was there to capture its glory....

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Rest for the Weary

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Since 1974, Ronald McDonald House Charities has been providing a place of peace and comfort for those whose children (or siblings, grandchildren) have been affected by harrowing medical issues that require extended hospital stays.

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Design Inspiration

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Brandon Smith didn’t grow up with a love of fashion or business. What he did grow up with was a love of people. So no one was more surprised than Smith when after some soul searching, he founded a nonprofit company that included the design and production of clothing...

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The Flying Red Chair

Written by Gordon Lull

A tale of two coasts, seven decades, and one dream. So this dream walks into a muffler shop...

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Let’s Hang Out

Written by Tracie Grimes

Finding Muertos Kitchen and Lounge for the first time can be quite an adventure. Tucked away in the heart of downtown Bakersfield, the eatery is accessible only by foot about halfway down a path that’s more alley than street...

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It’s About Passion

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Though the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County has had a presence in this community for nearly 50 years, the organization continues to evolve in order to support the youth in our area in reaching their full potential...

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Saving Lives

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

There’s little question that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been instrumental in saving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable patients since they began operations in 1962. Over the years, they have consistently...

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Dollar Stretcher

Written by Tracie Grimes

After dipping her toe in the working world as a mystery shopper, an in-bound home telemarketer, and a home day care provider, Carla McCoy came across a business idea that would not only help her family’s ends meet, it would help most Bakersfield parents stretch their dollars.

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Fresh From the Farm

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Trust us: you’ll definitely want to make more than one!

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Meet Death Valley Jim

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

The list is never-ending: the Mojave Desert is so vast, and there is so much to see, explore, and document.

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Kern Words

Written by Myles Mellor

2014 Kern Words Puzzle

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Readiness

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Disaster can strike when we least expect it. Flood, earthquake, fire; we don’t always have time to collect our important belongings and get to safety...

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The Race Is On!

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Since the 1990s, Stewards, Inc. has been an ever-growing positive force in our community. The challenging competitions to raise funds and public awareness continue to prove very lively, as well...

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At The Car Wash

Written by Tracie Grimes

If cleanliness is next to Godliness, automobile owners around Kern County have a chance at earning a jewel in their heavenly crowns–without ever having to leave their cars...

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Meet Peggy Darling

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Someone was saying they wanted to buy the property behind the Fox Theater so they could turn it into offices. I was able to buy it and the Fox kept the property, which was great because they really needed it.

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Dream...On

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Thanks to smart thinking, Elli, a brand started by the southern California woman you’ll soon meet, is filling up our dairy aisles with something new, fresh, and healthy!

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Extra Special Ladies in Red

Written by Various

The ladies (and one son!) you’ll meet in the following pages have personal connections with heart disease. They are survivors. With mountains of hope and perseverance, they’ve fought back against pain, multiple surgeries, and terrifying prognoses to inspire us all to take better care of our hearts.

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