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X Marks the Spot

13 Jun

Geocaching is modern day treasure hunting. The outdoor recreational activity can provide plenty of fun and entertainment for those who are looking for something new and interesting to partake in.

Firstly, treasure seekers typically use GPS through their mobile devices or a receiver in order to locate geocaches. Caches contain hidden treasures and a log to keep records of geocachers and the date the found the cache. If a treasure is removed, a new treasure of equal or more value must replace it. The goal is to trade items. You take something with you and leave something behind, like leaving your mark.

Caches are generally contained in pill bottles, military ammunition boxes, Tupperware and/or other storage containers. Little trinkets await whoever finds them.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis It's always fun to find random objects in caches.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
It’s always fun to find random objects in caches.

The coolest aspect of geocaching is that you’re finding something that someone else—someone you’ve never met but are now connected with—has left behind. You make your mark by entering your name or team name in a log with the date you found the cache.

There are caches everywhere and all over to find. It’s truly fascinating to look through the cache and examine the wondrous objects left behind by others for you to find. Bakersfield has several caches that you can find.

I suggest using this website http://www.geocaching.com/ to get started and learn more. To find others interested in geocaching with you, visit this page.  If you have a Smartphone, you can download the app by Groundspeak Inc. for $9.99 and it has great features and functions to aid your quest. It will show nearby caches, track your progress with interactive maps or compass view and more.

Geocaching can be thrilling and adventurous. It can also challenge you with obscure clues and messages left by others. It’s definitely a fun way to enjoy your day or evening if you’re tight on money and need something to do with friends. Best of luck, treasure seekers!

Entertainment in Beale Park

17 May

 

Williams is about to get on the slide.

Williams is about to get on the slide.

According to Williams mom, he “enjoys himself “going down the slide.

According to Williams mom, he “enjoys himself “going down the slide.

 

Annie Williams, 34, who lives in Bakersfield, had brought his 18 month old son, Carson to play in this playground.

Annie Williams, 34, who lives in Bakersfield, had brought his 18 month old son, Carson to play in this playground.

 

The Beale Park is considered a place of entertainment for a particular family. On Tuesday afternoon, April 23th, a family was entertaining themselves in this park.

The Beale Park is considered a place of entertainment for a particular family. On Tuesday afternoon, April 23th, a family was entertaining themselves in this park.

 

According to Williams’ mom, he enjoys playing in the playground and watching other kids play.

According to Williams’ mom, he enjoys playing in the playground and watching other kids play.

29 Apr
Photo by: Athena Skapinakis The Marketplace is a wonderful environment for friends and family, offering eateries, shopping, entertainment and a fantastic atmosphere.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
The Marketplace is a wonderful environment for friends and family, offering eateries, shopping, entertainment and a fantastic atmosphere.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis Jill Miller, 42, holds onto her daughter Sabrina, 3 1/2, protectively as she touches the water of the fountain.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Jill Miller, 42, holds onto her daughter Sabrina, 3 1/2, protectively as she touches the water of the fountain.

 

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis Jill Miller, 42, keeps a watchful and loving eye on her daughter Sabrina, 3 1/2, as she plays by the fountain at The Marketplace.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Jill Miller, 42, keeps a watchful and loving eye on her daughter Sabrina, 3 1/2, as she plays by the fountain at The Marketplace.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis Jill Miller, 42, gazes at the fountain with her 3 1/2-year-old daughter Sabrina.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Jill Miller, 42, gazes at the fountain with her 3 1/2-year-old daughter Sabrina.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis Bakersfield’s Marketplace offers lovely landscape design by offering roses underneath an old style lamp.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Bakersfield’s Marketplace offers lovely landscape design by offering roses underneath an old style lamp.

 

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis Jessica Sons, 16, and younger sister, Jenny Sons, 11, gaze out into the distance as they eat their frozen yogurt at The Marketplace.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Jessica Sons, 16, and younger sister, Jenny Sons, 11, gaze out into the distance as they eat their frozen yogurt at The Marketplace.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis Jessica Sons (middle), enjoys her sixteenth birthday alongside her siblings Jared Sons, 14, and Jenny Sons, 11.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Jessica Sons (middle), enjoys her sixteenth birthday alongside her siblings Jared Sons, 14, and Jenny Sons, 11.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis Amanda Caldwell bites into her rainbow sherbet ice cream.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Amanda Caldwell bites into her rainbow sherbet ice cream.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis Mary-Kay beauty consultant Dolores Ventura assists Danielle Alcala in matching her color tone for liquid foundation.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Mary-Kay beauty consultant Dolores Ventura assists Danielle Alcala in matching her color tone for liquid foundation.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis Katelyn Prosser applies the finishing details of her eye makeup.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Katelyn Prosser applies the finishing details of her eye makeup.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis Mary-Kay specialist Dolores Ventura sets up a makeup palette for her guests.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Mary-Kay specialist Dolores Ventura sets up a makeup palette for her guests.

 

When Bakersfield has nice weather, many residents enjoy being outdoors. The Marketplace is a family-friendly atmosphere for eating, shopping and entertainment. For a day with your best girlfriends, hosting a Mary-Kay makeup party may be exactly what you need. There is nothing quite like sharing good company, playing with makeup and making some new purchases to satiate your inner shopaholic.

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The Magic’s in the Makeup

29 Apr

“‎Lipstick is really magical. It holds more than a waxy bit of color – it holds the promise of a brilliant smile, a brilliant day, both literally and figuratively.”
― Roberta Gately, author of Lipstick in Afghanistan

Bakersfield can seem repetitive and routine, especially when weekends are almost always spent downtown bar and club hopping. This past weekend my friends and I decided to try something new. Our remedy was to kick off the heels, ditch the club dresses and trade them for a day in.

I called up my friend Dolores Ventura, a Mary-Kay specialist, and setup a makeup party at my house. I hosted the get together in the backyard this past Saturday, April 27. The Bakersfield sun offered a warm and lovely day for the ladies and me as we took our seats.

We spent the afternoon sharing fond memories of our friendship as we learned new makeup techniques to enhance our favorite facial features. Dolores took us step by step on applying the makeup from the palettes she gave us. It was exciting to admire our new looks when everything was put on.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis Dolores Ventura (left) searches for the correct shade of foundation as Danielle Alcala (right) tests out a different shade.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Mary-Kay Consultant Dolores Ventura (left) searches for the correct shade of foundation as Danielle Alcala (right) tests out a different tone.

Photo By: Athena Skapinakis Katelyn Prosser applies Mary-Kay's moonstone eyeshadow to complete her look.

Photo by: Athena Skapinakis
Katelyn Prosser applies Mary-Kay’s moonstone eyeshadow to complete her eye makeup.

The most fun aspect about makeup is the sense of confidence it can bestow. Of course, a woman should always be comfortable in her own skin, but there’s nothing wrong with a sassy shade of lipstick to shake things up every now and then.

Needless to say, we all bought many new products and didn’t feel guilty about our purchases—I do admit to misbehaving with my wallet the most out of my friends.

After the makeup festivities, we took a break to eat the pizza and hot wings we ordered. Days or nights in always require tasty carbs and a little ‘mixology.’ We played a quick game of trivia before calling it a day.   We accomplished several things that day: We applied makeup, we shopped and we had a damn good time being ladies.

To look up a local Mary-Kay beauty consultant and host your own makeup party, you can visit www.marykay.com and search for specialists in your area. You can also contact my Mary-Kay consultant Dolores Ventura at http://www.marykay.com/dolores.ventura/en-US/Pages/default.aspx?lcov=1

Eureka Burger Celebrates One Year in Bakersfield

29 Apr
scene setter

Scene Setter: Eureka Burger is located at 10520 W. Stockdale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93311. Eureka Burger celebrated its Steal the Glass night on April 18 and its one year anniversary on April 19.

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Medium: Eureka Burger displayed the performances and specials for the two-day event on the bulletin board at the entrance of the restaurant. The Steal the Glass night was on April 18 and the one year anniversary was on April 19.

burger and beer

Portrait: “Eureka Burger has the best food and beer,” said Irene Sanders, 23, a Eureka Burger regular. “I had to come to Eureka Burger for its one year anniversary.” Photo of Sanders meal (Italian Caprese Burger and a draft Blonde).

racer 5

Detail: Racer 5 was one of the specialty beers that was served on April 19 during the one year anniversary.

805 beer glasses

Detail: Eureka Burger’s Steal the Glass night on April 18th featured Firestone 805. If you order the beer that is featured on Steal the Glass night you get to keep the glass it was served in.

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Action: Brandon Burch (left) and band-mate (right) performed at Eureka Burger’s Steal the Glass night on April 18. Burch played a mixture of cover songs and his songs.

brent brown

Brent Brown performed at Eureka Burger’s one year anniversary on April 19. Brown played a mixture of cover songs and his songs.

 

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