Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Explained

Although it’s one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, how much do you actually know about St. Patrick’s Day traditions? The history runs deep, and it’s very interesting. Here are a few of the more popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions explained.

 

St. Patrick The Man

Who was he? Many falsely believe that St. Patrick was from Ireland. In fact, St. Patrick was a British nobleman that was enslaved by the Irish. Upon receiving his freedom, St. Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary.

 

The Food

Although corned beef and cabbage is one of the most popular meals to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this tradition is more American than Irish. Irish immigrants in the 19th century were mostly poor and corned beef and cabbage was one of the cheapest meals.

 

The Beer

Although Guinness is a fairly popular beer in the United States (we drink about 600,000 pints of it per day), that number jumps to an astronomical 3 million pints of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day. Support Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Now that you know a bit more about the St. Patrick’s Day traditions, get out and celebrate! Be safe, and enjoy the holiday.

Bakersfield Parks for Fall Camping

Fall is a great time to explore the outdoors because the suffocating heat of summer has cooled into crisp autumn air. Here are some great nearby parks for fall camping experiences.

Sequoia National Forest

One of the most famed species of tree, the sequoia, can be found in this beautiful and diverse national forest. Camp among these giants, known as the world’s largest tree, and explore diverse ecosystems spread out over several altitudes and landscapes.

Bakersfield Parks for Fall Camping - Sequoia National Forest

Sequoia National Forest: Photo taken by H Matthew Howarth.

Kern River Campground

Though smaller than the Sequoia National Forest, the Kern River Campground still boasts 28 acres of pristine landscape. Nearby attractions such as the California Living Museum, Hart Park, and Lake Ming are only a short trip away.

Tehachapi Mountain Park

Hiking, horseback-riding, and camping are all welcome at this stunning park just 8 miles southwest of the town of Tehachapi. The similarly-named mountain range in the park serves as the dividing line between the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles Basin.

Greenhorn Mountain Park

Get away from it all in this idyllic spot among the woods down in the valley, with over 61 campsites located near the Greenhorn Summit Amphitheater. This park is also near Kern River Canyon, renowned for its hot springs.

Reserve one of these parks for fall camping today, and experience the magic of enjoying the wilderness before it gets too cold!

Explore Your Area: Things to Do in Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield is home to many exciting places and events!

Getting a new car opens a range of possibilities, especially when it comes to exploring your local community. That’s why we’ve put together a list of things to do in Bakersfield, showing you just how much fun you can have in the area. You’ll be surprised at what you are missing.

One of the most popular draws, according to Trip Advisor, is the Kern County Museum. This 16-acre facility houses 58 historic buildings to show visitors just what it was like to live from 1865 to 1945. Check out Pioneer Village, the Black Gold exhibit on oil, the Neon Courtyard, and more.

The Fox Theater and Rabobank Arena are also popular for those looking to catch a show. The historic Fox Theater has elegance and a big screen, offering

some of the best entertainment around. For old movie lovers, you will definitely want to see this theater. Rabobank Arena has live music and great plays, a great experience for the whole family.

Finally, Camelot Park is another great place to visit, with something for everyone. This amusement park has arcade games, mini golf, go karts, batting cages, and more. You won’t want to leave Camelot once you visit.

New Zach Galifianakis Show ‘Baskets’ Set in Bakersfield

The new Zach Galifianakis show Baskets, which just premiered on FX in January, is set in our very own Bakersfield, California. The show stars Galifianakis in dual roles as Chip Baskets, a failed professional clown, and Dale, his twin brother, as well as Louie Anderson, who plays their mother, and Martha Kelly, Chip’s only friend.

After trying to make it as a clown in France, Chip Baskets returns to his hometown of Bakersfield, where he finds he’s miserable in the arid, dry climate of Southern California. The show often portrays the city as a desert wasteland, but it isn’t all bad—that’s mostly Chip’s perspective. Chip is on his way to finding happiness in Bakersfield; he even gets a job as a rodeo clown.

So it’s not the most flattering portrayal—apparently all there is to do here in Bakersfield is hang out at the gas station or Arby’s—but it’s definitely entertaining to see a dramatized version of our city on TV and poke fun at it a bit. Check out Baskets on FX if you haven’t yet!

How Do Anti-Lock Brakes Work?

Ever wonder how do anti-lock brakes work? We have everything you need to know here on our blog. Anti-lock brakes are becoming the standard for braking systems because of their superior safety and efficiency over other kinds of brakes. So how does anti-lock brakes work?

Anti-lock brakes essentially keep your wheels from locking up and skidding. When your wheels are rolling, they have more friction, so you have more control over your vehicle. With added friction and no locked up wheels, you’ll stop faster and be able to steer while you brake.

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Speed sensors, valves, a pump, and a controller work together to create the anti-lock braking system. The speed sensors provide information to the controller, an internal computer that sends information to the valves about changes in speed levels and when the brakes are about to lock up.

The valves use this information to determine when to let air through the brake and reduce pressure. The pump does the opposite of the valve’s job. It replaces the pressure the valve let out. By doing this, the parts release and increase pressure as necessary to prevent the wheels from locking and decreasing the friction.

Independence Day Activities in Bakersfield

As July 4 gets closer, you might be wondering about Independence Day activities in Bakersfield. Here are a few local events to get you started.

  • Bakersfield Winds Patriotic Concert. Music always stirs the soul and what better way to feel patriotic than by listening to some of the greatest patriotic music played by some incredible musicians. This annual event will be held on June 30 at 7:30 pm at Olive Drive Church in Bakersfield. Musical selections include music from the movie Lincoln, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” selections from Oklahoma, and more. Suggested admission is $5, but veterans are admitted for free.
  • The Fourth at River Walk Celebration. Independence Day isn’t complete until you’ve seen some fireworks. Stop by the River Walk Park here in Bakersfield and listen to performances by Right Cross and Foster Campbell before the spectacular fireworks display. Bring your own picnic, blankets, and chairs and enjoy a night out on the lawn. Call 661-852-7300 for more information.
  • 4th of July Hotdog Festival. What’s more American than hotdogs? Not much. Head to nearby Tehachapi on July 4 and spend the day celebrating America. There will be fun activities throughout the day including the Wiener Dog races, music, fireworks, and of course hot dogs (and other food).

Independence Day activities in Bakersfield

Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we wish everyone a happy Independence Day and hope everyone stays safe and gets to spend some time with family and friends.

Best Gifts for High School Graduates

As the end of the school year fast approaches, you may be thinking about the soon-to-be high school graduate in your life. Whether this is your own child, a grandchild, niece, nephew, or just a close friend, getting them a graduation gift can be a great way to show them you care and give them a great start in their college career. Here are ten of the best gifts for high school graduates.

  • Car. A car is a great way to send your budding academic into the adult world. And, it will make them an immediate hit with the rest of the freshman class. Come visit us at Bakersfield Mazda and we’ll give you a great deal on a quality used or new car.

Best Value Award

  • Bicycle. If you can’t afford a car, a bicycle is a fantastic alternative to a car. Not only will it get them from point A to point B, but it is a great form of exercise.
  • Gift card. Do a little research and find out what stores are close to where they’ll be headed this fall and get them a gift card. If they’ll be taking a car, a gas card is a great option that is guaranteed to be used.
  • Noise cancelling headphones. These are great for studying in dorms. They cut out all the extra noise and will help your student focus on their work.
  • Laptop. The portability of a laptop is essential for many college students.
  • Luggage. Having a quality suitcase is a great option for students, especially those who “go away” to college and will be travelling frequently.
  • Games. While board games may seem old-school, they are a simple way to create a fun night and possibly make a few new friends.
  • Digital camera. Of course, many people use their smartphones to take pictures, having a quality digital camera may encourage your student to take a few more quality pictures to send home.
  • Alarm clock. Waking up for those 8 AM classes can be quite a challenge, so getting them a reliable alarm clock (instead of just using their phone) may help. Take a look at this rolling alarm clock that only lets you hit the snooze once before it rolls out of reach.
  • Cash. If all else fails, give your graduate some cash. They can always use to buy a book or two for their upcoming classes.

How will you be celebrating the high school graduate in your life?

2014 MAZDA3 Five-Door

2014 Mazda3

Mazda has released its redesigned 2014 MAZDA3. This car is available as either a sedan or five-door hatchback and features a striking new design, a comfortable interior, and a sporty driving feel.

Edmunds.com says the MAZDA3 hatchback “is easily our favorite hatchback in this class.”

Despite being a car designed for those who are relatively economically-minded, the MAZDA3 features an upscale interior that feels luxurious and high-tech. Because of the MAZDA3’s remarkable new technology features, including a vivid seven-inch color touchscreen, Edmunds continues its review by comparing the MAZDA3 to not only to a Mercedes, but to an Audi and BMW, as well.

The 2014 MAZDA3 is available in five trims ranging from the base i Sport model to the top-of-the-line, s Grand Touring trim. There are two engines to choose from. The base engine is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 155 horsepower. A more powerful 184-horsepower 2.5-liter, four-cylinder can get you to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds. Both engines are part of Mazda’s efficiency-boosting SKYACTIV technology.

Want to get your hands on the best-looking hatchback on the market? Come visit us at Bakersfield Mazda and take the 2014 MAZDA3 out for a spin.

Mazda’s Triple Threat Scores Triple the Best Value Awards

There’s a good reason why the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5 have been dubbed Mazda’s “triple threat.” These three models are responsible for over 80 percent of last year’s sales, and they recently received Best Value Awards from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

In Kiplinger’s Annual Car Buyer’s Guide, the company ranks vehicles according to their performance, safety, and overall value including residual pricing and fuel economy.

Best Value Award
Best Value Award

As redesigned models, the 2014 Mazda3 i Sport and Mazda6 i Sport won Best New Car Under $20,000 and Best New Car $20,000 – $25,000, respectively.

The 2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring took home the award for Best in Class – Small Crossover. Best in Class vehicles have been in production for at least a year or are built with a powertrain very similar to the one used in previous model years.

Best Value Awards

“Mazda had a really strong showing this year,” said Jessica Anderson, associate editor at Kiplinger’s.

“Both the Mazda3 and Mazda6 redesigns are fantastic examples of what a carmaker can (and should) do with a mainstream model – they’re engagingly designed, far more upscale than you’d think from their price tags and a blast to drive. And the CX-5 is without a doubt the most fun in the crossover segment. It packs all the safety and space you look for in an SUV but has the soul of a sports car. Zoom-Zoom, indeed.”

Come see us at Bakersfield Mazda and check out what the folks at Kiplinger’s loved about Mazda’s triple threat.

Mazda Launches R.A.C.E. Program in Florida High School

Mazda R.A.C.E. Program in Florida High School

Students get excited about R.A.C.E. program

What if 10th grade science with Mr. Snodgrass had turned into a scientific study of racing with Mazda Motorsports? You probably wouldn’t have struggled so uselessly to stay awake, even if the class was just after lunch. Thanks to Mazda’s Racing Accelerates Creative Education (R.A.C.E.) program, over 600 students will have the opportunity to experience this engaging twist on learning.

DeLand High School, located in DeLand, Florida, just 25 minutes from the Rolex 24 endurance race, is Mazda’s first destination for the R.A.C.E. program.

Spearheaded by Mazda Motorsports, the program aims to take an inventive approach to introducing students to real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“We are convinced that our R.A.C.E. program will demonstrate to students in an interesting, fun and engaging way how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are central to the success of Mazda on the race track and in the marketplace. Our goal is to show students just one example of how exciting problem solving can be in the STEM arena and motivate them to always be curious and open to the possibilities,” said John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports.

The program, which began Jan. 15, showed students a dynamic presentation detailing the importance of the STEM subjects in motorsports and gave them an up-close look at Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship prototype. Students were also able to interact with professional drivers and engineers.

“Anytime motorsports can be linked to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, it proves to be an attention getting combination,” said DeLand High principal, Mitch Moyer.

We at Bakersfield Mazda know what you’re probably thinking: programs like Mazda’s R.A.C.E. would have saved you from numerous detentions. Why do the younger generations get to have all the fun?