During public skate sessions at SJCH Ice Center of Bakersfield, a SMG managed facility, staffers give experienced skaters a wide berth, but stay on hand to assist novices with the basics, including lacing up their skates and getting back up after taking a tumble on the ice.
Instruction continues at the skating school, where students of all levels and ages can enhance their skating skills during private lessons or 12-person classes with 12 free public skating sessions and progress reports after their first month. The climate-controlled center—always kept at below 60 degrees—also hosts 14-week youth hockey seasons and three divisions of adult hockey league, which accommodate recreational to top-tier players.
Along with action on the rink, SJCH Ice Center of Bakersfield keeps its pro shop stocked with figure skating and hockey apparel. The in-house technicians can spruce up skates with repair and sharpening services. After hockey games or skating practice, guests can reenergize with pizza, popcorn, and hot chocolate from the Slap Shot snack bar, which entertains visitors with video games such as Super Mario Goes Ice Fishing.
My Sorted Affair arranges custom floral designs with contemporary flare. A $60 credit allows you to gift or get a medium-size arrangement bedecked with greenery and your choice of available blossoms, including roses, lilies, tulips, and more. Chat with a florist about your bouquet needs, then pick up the expertly arranged fruition of your floral fantasy, free from the common amateur pitfalls of hidden hornets nests and vases filled with flour. Although the flora manipulators at My Sorted Affair specialize in wedding designs, their talents for combining event-appropriate nature-clippings can be directed to any occasion. The value of this Groupon can also be used toward a larger arrangement.
Spoiled Rotten vends kids' vestments and themed parties with sides of sugar, spice, and glitter. An array of novelty kids' clothing includes customizable birthday shirts ($25–$35) that display customizable numbers in your choice of accent fabric. Tweens stuck between swirly-haired songsters and excessive emoticons can seek comfortable refuge in the slouchy-chic Vintage Havana women's line ($30–$45). Younger party animals convey celebratory instincts with embellished onesies ($35 each) in zebra and hot-pink leopard prints.
Bakersfield Oktoberfest combines foam-capped steins of beer, tasty traditional fare, live entertainment, and playful contests to create an easygoing festival atmosphere. Discover why "thirsty German" is the world's most well-known oxymoron by sipping one of six classic Deutsche brews—including offerings from Hofbrau, Spaten, and Paulaner—or leave both hands free to trick-or-treat for classic Teutonic tastes like weisswurste, rostbratwurstl, and schweinebraten. Guests can display their sausage-powered vigor by performing a traditional Bavarian break-dance to the sounds of the Raving Polka Band or prove their iron-fisted mettle in stein-carrying/holding contests. A safe beer slam tests gulping capacity with a one-liter Das Boot beer stein, but uses non-alcoholic beer to leave contestants lucid for traditional Oktoberfest chemistry exams.
Led by head coach Marty Raymond, the 2009–2010 Pacific Division Champion Bakersfield Condors will fight to keep their place in the ice-hokey eco-system as they battle the Stockton Thunder, or out-of-town foes the Utah Grizzlies. Legally aged guests can take advantage of half-priced beers offered during the November 24th bout. Or, enter to win a $5,000 spa makeover package (which includes laser hair removal and an intense pulsed light facial) on December 10th. The hot dogs and sodas included with this Groupon ensure no one gets thirsty enough to try to catch melty hunks of ice slung off the rink during the intense action.
Seasoned shutterbug Kevin Fahey utilizes his 38 years of experience and well-trained eye for artistic detail to capture subjects’ uniqueness with pleasing color combos, flattering light manipulation, and backdrops consisting of hyper-enlarged fingerprints. Each family flash session ($90) includes one outfit and one location, with a choice between the modern studio setting and the beautiful surrounding gardens. Fahey works closely with subjects to let individual personalities shine through, immortalizing postmarital bliss and sibling rivalries over who got top bunk and who had to sleep in the garage. After portraits have been snapped and edited, Fahey Photography ensures memory survival with a durable lacquer finishing on the 11”x14” prints, as well as a texture application and art-board mounting.