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    Head to preserve for Spring Nature Festival

    BY KELLY ARDIS The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Mar 27 2015 03:45 PM

    Spring has sprung and the Wind Wolves Preserve is celebrating with its second annual Spring Nature Festival today and Sunday.

    The preserve, owned by the Wildlands Conservancy, will host events from morning until night both days. From a birding event and a reptile presentation to a wildflower walk and lesson in basic nature photography, events will showcase the unique wildlife and plants of the preserve. There are also two events that will be led in Spanish: a nature hike and a storytime/nature walk.

    "It's a great opportunity for our community to learn about the native plants and wildlife," said preserve manager Landon Peppel. "It's a great time to explore nature."

    Around 1,000 people came to the first festival last year, and Peppel...

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    HERB BENHAM: Be prepared to fall in love, Grandpa Herb

    Columns about pets -- especially cats -- usually find an receptive audience, but Sunday's piece on the birth of Andrew Hunter Oliver, our new grandson, was overwhelming. I learned this: Those who have grandchildren may love them more than...

  3. Cinertain back in business

    Full of hope, setbacks, disappointment and now a triumph, Cinertain's story could be fit for a movie. After nearly giving up on its fledgling drive-in theater two months ago, Cinertain recently announced a new partnership. Teaming up with...

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    Stars show us their moves in dance contest

    Cue the coordinated outfits, smooth moves and toe-tapping beats: Although the trophy is not a mirror ball, 10 local celebrities will go for glory Saturday night in a "Dancing With the Stars"-style contest at Stars Theatre Restaurant....

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    CESAREO GARASA: In Bakersfield, outlaws are in

    In the last few years, our town has become a go-to destination to a new school of outlaw country groups that -- with their mix of bluegrass, metal, even gothic -- place as much emphasis on Black Flag as Hank Williams. In other words, they...

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    Soulful 'Sister Act' is second to nun

    If your most vivid memory from the 1992 comedy classic "Sister Act" is the triumphant moment when a choir of nuns transforms the Motown classic "My Guy" into a stirring declaration of faith, you might be disappointed in the stage version...

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    Hop to it with these Easter week events

    With spring break around the corner, parents are likely looking for activities to keep their kids entertained beyond TV and video games. Many local businesses and organizations think they have a solution. In addition to a bevy of church...


    Best of their breeds will (bow)wow you

    If every dog has its day, hundreds of canines are hoping that day comes this weekend at the Kern County Kennel Club's Back to Back All Breed Dog Shows, Obedience and Rally Trials. Or, more likely, it's their owners who are hoping for a...


    PETE TITTL: Oh! Noodles hard to find, but worth the search

    The tough part of my job is seeing big dreams die hard, often for reasons that are arbitrary and not in the least fair. I thought of this as we visited Oh! Noodles Asian Noodles & Grill on Panama Lane. It's located in a space that was...

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    The Dish: A best burger contender

    A few years ago we launched a quest for the best burger in town, and a friend on Facebook nominated a new contender at Fred's Barbecue Factory. It's called Roberto's Special Burger and features two eight-ounce ground sirloin patties ($10...

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    High hopes for Cirque show at Rabobank

    Bakersfield, we have arrived. Amid the acrobatic scheduling feats that will bring Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Juanes to Rabobank Arena in coming weeks, Cirque Du Soleil makes its first local appearance with the touring show "Varekai,"...

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    Boxcar project remains on track

    Empty and mostly freed from the rooms added to its long, narrow frame, the Santa Fe boxcar that was Merle Haggard's first home is as ready as it ever will be to embark on its journey from Yosemite Street in Oildale to the Kern County...

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    MATT MUNOZ: The Baka Boyz are back in town

    Renowned deejay duo The Baka Boyz are planning a homecoming jam with all the makings of a classic house party once the beat drops downstairs at Sandrini's on Friday. Brothers Eric and Nick Vidal are as busy as ever. Heard weekly on more...

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