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17 Jun

Farmer’s Markets, New Ewes and Black Gold

20 May
Haggin Oaks Farmer's Market. Friday's 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo from

Haggin Oaks
Farmer’s Market. Friday’s 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo from

The Haggin Oak Farmers Market is the place to be each Sunday.  Check out their selection of seasonal and fresh vegetables, fruit, local honey, eggs, chicken, hummus, salsa, artisan breads and fresh juices. The Farmer’s Market is across the street from the Marketplace, where everything from candles to caviar can be found. Check them out from 9-2 each Sunday!

Haggin Oaks Farmers Market

Haggin Oaks Farmers Market
Sunday, May. 19
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building, 8800 Ming Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93311.

Phone: 661-664-3766

Maaaaaaaa!: California Living Museum 

A baby lamb, the newest addition to CALM’s collection of California wildlife, recently made her debut Saturday at the zoo’s 30th birthday party.

The new lamb is a female desert bighorn. She was born on April 22 and weighed in at 12 pounds. The baby lamb is gray in color, has a white rump and slender legs. As she gets bigger she’ll grow a pair of thick curved horns for which the bighorns are famous. For now visitors can see the baby lamb only one hour a day, from 10 to 11 a.m., due to her young age. It was mama lamb’s seventh live birth.

CALM is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for children 3-12 yrs., and children under three are free.

For more information visit California Living Museum at

Unnamed baby lamb and her mother  at CALM in Bakersfield. Credit: John Faherty.

Unnamed baby lamb and her mother at CALM in Bakersfield. Credit: John Faherty.

California’s Best & Most Interactive Oil Museum

Black Gold: The Oil Experience is one of the permanent displays at our local Kern County Museum science, technology and history exhibition. The 9,640-square foot exhibition and surrounding 2.3 acres present an overview of how oil is made, different methods of discovery and extraction throughout history, and the changing role of industry workers and their families.

With Kern County providing 64% of California’s oil production, oil production has been a crucial component of the local economy since 1895.

FYI: The Black Gold school tour aligns with selected curriculum standards in science, math and history for grades 1 through 12.

The Kern County Museum is located at 3801 Chester Ave., Bakersfield. Open Tues. through Sat., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. Visit their Web site at

Sonora Street Service Station. Photo from

Sonora Street Service Station. Photo from

Ready, Set, Swim

19 May

Get Ready to Dive into Summer!

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The McMurtrey Aquatic Center. Photo from

With summer in full swing, where can you go to beat the heat while still enjoying the California sun? Bakersfield’s answer is The McMurtrey Aquatic Center. This local oasis is at 1325 Q St., in  Bakersfield. The facility features an 8,551 square foot recreation pool and a  50- meter competition pool. Other amenities include a double water slide, a water volley ball area, and specially designed interactive wet play equipment. So put on your swimsuits and sunscreen; Let’s go for a refreshing swim!

Open swim time beginning June 3.

McMurtreyRecreational Swim Fees: $3 per person or $10 for groups of 4 to 6.

For more information visit,

Student Art Show – Interview: CSUB artist Brandon Landers

10 May

The California State University, Bakersfield is hosting The Student Art Show opening May 23 at the Todd Madigan Gallery. Hear  from one of the featured artists, Brandon Landers.


28 Apr

Gear Up for The Road Show

The Road Show, by the  California State University, Bakersfield Art Department is currently on display at the Todd Madigan Gallery at 9001 Stockdale Highway in Bakersfield. Featured artists are Sarah Vanderlip, Joyce Kohl, Dan Slyton, Joey Kotting, and Jesse Sugarmann. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Thursday’s from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For info call (661) 654-2238.


“Untitled,” by Sarah Vanderlip. New Haven Transit

"The Entertainment Really Begins," by Jesse Sugarmann. Neon lights and mirror.

“The Entertainment Really Begins II,” by Jesse Sugarmann. Neon lights and mirror.

Interior from the work of Dan Slayton. Ford Hot Rod.

Interior from the work of Dan Slayton. Ford Hot Rod.

"General Motors Utility Structure II," by Jesse Sugarmann.

“General Motors Utility Structure II,” by Jesse Sugarmann.

"One of those Nights." Jesse Sugarmann. Single channel digital video loop.

“One of those Nights.” Jesse Sugarmann. Single channel digital video loop.

The poster for "The Road Show," now open at CSUB's Todd Madigan Gallery.

The poster for “The Road Show,” now open at CSUB’s Todd Madigan Gallery.

So Much to See at The (Not-So-) Empty Space

19 Apr

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Live Action Theater Fills The Empty Space

15 Apr

Fresh Theatre fills The Empty Space

What would happen if gullible ol’ Charlie Brown had to grow up and deal with peer pressure, puberty and worse yet; high school? What happens will unravel on the local stage when “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” premiers Friday, April 19 at The Empty Space, located at 706 Oak St. in Bakersfield.
California State University student Miguel Torres is one of the actors currently in rehearsals for next week’s show. Torres, 26, said the dramatic play will have broad appeal.
“For any generation that grew up with Peanuts, you become comfortable with the innocent world these characters come from. Here the Peanuts change and the story is about how they deal with that change,” Torres said. “And change is difficult.”
“Dog Sees God,” is one many shows that take on the small stage at The Empty Space, a donation-based theatre that was founded in 1993. Here local actors can be seen and heard in a diverse selection of plays that range from Shakespeare to the Vagina Monologues.
Middle school teacher Danny Recendez, 35, filled one of the seats at the Empty Space recently to experience the musical “Spring Awakening.” Recendez said his first visit to the small venue was an awakening in itself.
“I didn’t expect it to be as racy and as funny as it was,” Recendez said. “Every actor was an impressive singer and dancer too. I really had a good time.”
If you don’t want to wait until next Friday to see live action theatre, you can head down to The Empty Space tonight, Friday the 12th for another play about life, love and family. “Crimes of the Heart,” written by Ben Healy and directed

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by Bob Kempf, is a tale about what happens when three sisters with very different lifestyles reunite.
Meanwhile performances of “Dog Sees God,” written by Bert V. Royal and directed by Michael Pawloski, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights from April 19 thru the 27th.
Show starts at 11 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 28. As with all performances at The Empty Space, there is no admission charge but donations are recommended to help cover building maintenance and utility costs. Find out about this season’s performances or reserve tickets at or by calling (661) 327-7529.