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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Hispanic chamber to honor locals at 30th anniversary event

    By Olivia Garcia
    Sunday, Jan 11 2015 07:05 PM

    It's been a whirlwind January for Bakersfield Realtor Blodgie Rodriguez as she prepares for her recent appointment by the governor to the county fair board while preparing to lead the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which turns 30 this year, as its board chairwoman.

    I chatted with her last week at the Padre Hotel, where she looked forward to her roles and responsibilities in 2015. "This is an exciting time, not only for me, but for the Hispanic chamber," she said. "We've come a long way in 30 years."

    Rodriguez and others will be recognized as the chair during the KCHCC's 30th annual Installation and Business Awards Dinner 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center.

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Local causes seek support this season

    Christmas is only a few days away and while many of us are busy planning gatherings and exchanging our gifts of appreciation to friends and families, local charities are also hoping to be included on the to-do list. Charity giving comes...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Race challenges athletes in round-the-clock run

    Imagine running for 12 hours straight in Bakersfield. Or dare to run for a record of 24 hours. Heck, being a watcher of these two races could be daring enough. And you can be a part of this rather interesting experience starting at 8 a.m....

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Honor military men and women this week 

    If there is one special week that I look forward to the most, it is this one. When else could I celebrate the Marine Corps birthday, Veterans Day and my 19th wedding anniversary all in one week? For many of us, taking time to pay tribute...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: CSUB preps for ‘Wrath’ academic conference

    In its continuing plans to honor the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” Cal State Bakersfield will hold “The Cultural Legacy of The Grapes of Wrath,” an interdisciplinary academic conference on Nov. 7 and 8....

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Fair hopes to find homes for sheltered animals

    Here is a neat opportunity to help our furry little four-legged friends: Attend the Kern County Pet Fair, to be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Harvest Hall located inside the Kern County Fairgrounds. The free event was...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Young Marines visit Navajo Code Talkers

    About 10 Bakersfield Young Marines learned a critical piece of military history and the significant role of the Navajo Code Talkers during World War II when they got a chance to meet with the veterans in Window Rock, Ariz. They were among...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Golden Empire Drum & Bugle Corps triumphs

    A few columns back, I wrote about this group of students who spent the dog days of summer under the stubbornly hot sun rehearsing nonstop, practically into the evening hours, at Bakersfield College. Their sizzling hard work paid off for...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Foundation salutes stand-up peace officers

    When Kern County deputy sheriff Brad Bays stepped in to assist the Ridgecrest Police Department in a criminal investigation last fall, he probably didn't envision the life-threatening steps that would rapidly play out. As a police...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: CSUB's new student arts facility on cutting edge

    A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to join Cal State Bakersfield’s School of Arts and Humanities Executive Advisory Council and Richard Collins in touring a new campus gem, the CSUB Art Center. Collins, who is the dean of the School of...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Event recognizes Filipino workers who had role in historic Delano grape strike

    They were young men who had emigrated from the Philippines to the heart of California during the 1920s and '30s, with the hope of finding decent work in the agricultural industry. However, anti-miscegenation laws prevented them from...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Second chances mean new stars at event

    In the words of Bakersfield community advocate Magda Menendez, there are times “when people will encounter roadblocks and obstacles in life and feel they can do nothing to help themselves.” But with a little support in teaching them new...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Janitor-turned-businessman to speak at luncheon

    He began as a janitor for Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, and of course, like many, he dreamed of bigger things. Today, Richard Montanez leads the Multicultural Sales & Community Promotions across PepsiCo's North American division...

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