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Friday, May 24 2013 09:40 AM

'First Look': Bakersfield Life features top grads, Nut Festival and more

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    Beth Pandol, co-chairwoman of the Kern County Nut Festival, talks about the event with Scott Cox and Bakersfield Life managing editor Jorge Barrientos on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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The June issue of Bakersfield Life comes out Saturday, and it's packed with information about the upcoming Kern County Nut Festival, a travel guide featuring five beach towns on the Central Coast and Q&As with 27 top high school graduates.

It's "definitely a good read," managing editor Jorge Barrientos said Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox." This month's magazine is nearly 150 pages.

The top graduates section features top graduates, typically seniors who are valedictorians, have earned very high GPAs and have engaged in great community service, Barrientos said.

A North High School graduate who lost both his parents within three months and was then homeless went on to earn a 3.7 GPA and will go to University of California at Merced as is featured, Barrientos said.

The highlighted students come from Kern High School District campuses, private schools and districts around the county.

Bakersfield Life also includes a complete guide and map to the Kern County Nut Festival, happening June 15 at Stramler Park.

"Our big focus is the food," said Beth Pandol, a co-chairwoman of the festival.

She said there will also be a "lot of nutty entertainment" and nutty drinks including an almond beer from Lengthwise.

"It's a family festival and we want to emphasize that," Pandol said.

The Kern County Museum Foundation will benefit from the festival, as will nonprofits that have signed up to sell food during the event.

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