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Friday, Jul 26 2013 09:42 AM

'First Look': Bakersfield Life out this Saturday

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    Bakersfield Life Editor Olivia Garcia, Bakersfield College spokeswoman Amber Chiang and magazine Assistant Managing Editor Jorge Barrientos talk about the latest issue on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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The special Kern Life edition of the monthly Bakersfield Life magazine is out this Saturday, and highlights the strengths, people and notable places of communities throughout the county.

The editors of the magazine talked about it Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Simulcast host Scott Cox said the cover photo is beautiful, but magazine Assistant Managing Editor Jorge Barrientos quickly set him straight -- the cover art is actually a painting by Mary-Austin Klein called "Silos, Weedpatch Highway."

"Doesn't that feel Kern County to you?" Editor Olivia Garcia said of the painting.

The issue's main feature is Ask a Local; editors asked people in communities throughout the county about the best parts of their city or town, everything from places to go to where to eat to can't-miss events.

And Bakersfield College is marking a big event -- its centennial -- and that's another story in this month's magazine.

"We do have to do it up big on the hill," college spokeswoman Amber Chiang said on the simulcast. She noted a Centennial Ball will take place in the campus Gil Bishop Sports Center on Oct. 25.

"Not a lot of colleges in California have achieved this milestone," Chiang said of 100 years.

The magazine includes 10 important people in BC history and a calendar of centennial events.

Other magazine features include: The Food Dudes went to Jake's Steakhouse in Tehachapi. The Dining Divas went to Asian Experience in Taft. There's a food and wine feature on Kern River Brewing Co. The trip planner feature on paddleboarding in the Kern River was written by Californian columnist Lois Henry.

The issue also includes a calendar of events from throughout the county for the coming year, Barrientos said.

"It's a big-time beautiful production," Cox said.


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