August 2018

On the Cover: Erin Bianchi is a Registered Dietitian and lifelong food lover. She has just begun the adventure of motherhood and is having a blast exploring new recipes with her five-month-old daughter Renata Ray Bianchi. Photography: Crystal Amen started her photography adventure five years ago specializing in all aspects of photography. Crystal … [Read more...]

Real Fruit Popsicles

The recipe for these delicious and dietitian-approved frozen treats was adapted from the blog “All Things Green” by Maria Baath.  I took her advice to make them a little sweeter than I normally might because they won’t taste quite as sweet once they are frozen. These popsicles had a beautifully ripe pineapple that barely needed any additional … [Read more...]

Daytripping – Five Fun Picnic Spots

Finding time to get away isn’t easy. Many of us don’t have the time (or money) to get away to the coast or to Tahoe on a regular basis due to work, kids’ baseball practice, soccer games, school or any of the huge number of things families have to get accomplished on a daily basis. Daytripping is a great answer to this problem, as most of us can … [Read more...]

Brighter Days: Red Bluff Library’s new location gives patrons easier access to the library’s treasures

While browsing Facebook recently, Tehama County Librarian Todd Deck came across this post: “Why do we even have public libraries anymore? Aren’t they completely outdated?” Deck, who has a master’s degree in library science, took a deep breath, remembered the “Think Compassionately Online” sign he displays above the library computer area, and … [Read more...]

Summer Sky: Getting Your Family Interested In Astronomy This Summer

The hot, clear skies of summer have set the stage for several “stellar” performances this August. From the monthly full moon, to the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, to the once-in-a-century total solar eclipse, these fascinating sky-high events offer chances to stir up the scientist in Junior—or yourself. They also offer free family bonding time, … [Read more...]

Tips For Easing The New-School Jitters

I remember lying awake for hours the night before the first day of school each fall. So many questions were swirling around my brain. What did the year have in store for me?  Would my teacher be nice?  Would I make friends?  Would I be bullied?  Was my outfit okay?  Could I handle the work?  My anxiety was even higher in years when I was starting a … [Read more...]

Localicious: It’s Hot Outside! Cool Down with an Exquisite Icy Treat

When summer temps soar, nothing cools like a frosty treat. Homemade fresh fruit popsicles are divine, and there are plenty of dine-out options too—some familiar, others more exotic. Sundaes steeped in gooey fudge, delectable Italian gelato, tropical ice bars…it’s all here. Even better, these delights can be found in parlors that produce them … [Read more...]

Be the Change: Judi Richins – Teaching Music = Teaching Life

Numerous studies have shown that children who develop musical skills early in life often excel in other areas, such as math, language skills and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). It is often said that music is therapeutic. That is true for many people, but music can also be a … [Read more...]

San Francisco on a Budget

San Francisco abounds with hundreds of family-oriented things to do – many at no charge, or small fees. Fun for all ages, with inspiration for birthday or teen adventures, here is a simple list of family-friendly suggestions during your summer excursion to this exciting and beautiful area: Golden Gate Park. Explore its 1,017 acres encompassing … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz County: Let’s Cruz!

Santa Cruz is the quintessential California beach town. Surfers on bikes pedal through the neighborhoods carrying their surfboards. Families hang out on the beach while the kids build sandcastles and splash around in the surf. Screams of delight drift above the waves from riders on the seaside rollercoaster and instrumental surf music lulls a new … [Read more...]