Localicious: Hillside Poms

One of my fondest memories of childhood is spending hours with my cousins picking pomegranates from our grandmother’s tree and tirelessly working the sweet seeds free with stains and smiles to show for it. Smiles shining through pomegranate-stained faces is the highlight of owning a U-pick pomegranate orchard, says Suzanne Wunsch of Hillside Poms. … [Read more...]

Shasta Clayworks – Renee Wendy Helps Families Turn ‘Mud’ Into Memories

Renee Wendy’s romance with pottery began with chemistry. “The Merrill Pottery Co-Op at UC Santa Cruz studio needed someone who could mix glazes,” she recalls, “and I’m a chemist, so I offered to make glazes and manage the studio in exchange for a membership.” Such proximity to pottery could only lead Renee to take up the craft herself. In 2011, … [Read more...]

The Women’s Fund: Mobilizing Women in the Redding, CA Area Through Strategic Philanthropy

Hatched in 2009 during the depths of the nationwide financial crisis, The Women’s Fund of Redding probably should have failed. After all, how could a philanthropic organization take flight when everyone felt that their financial wings had been clipped? Yet even during economic hardship, men and women of Shasta County rose with the vision to … [Read more...]

The Juggle is Real – Tips, Stories and Resources to Encourage Moms How to Start and Grow a Business

To be both a mother and a successful business owner is a dream of many women and a reality for a few. Is it possible to have a functional, loving family and a fulfilling, profitable business? Yes, with realistic expectations. We need patience and the ability to juggle to be efficient and smart about our time and our resources.  The good news is … [Read more...]

Managing Yourself in Time

One of my mentors, Bill Truby, taught me the following: “We don’t need to learn time management because we simply can’t manage time.”  He said, “The reality is that there are 24 hours in a day. But what we can manage is ourselves in time.” I’m all for personal empowerment. Take charge of your life, do what you intend and achieve your highest … [Read more...]

Be the Change – Yvonne (Nenadal) McQuaid: Giving Children A Strong Start In Life

Yvonne (Nenadal) McQuaid describes herself as “getting to the age where I’m starting to look back at my career.” But Yvonne doesn’t show any sign of slowing her efforts to do good in her community – starting with her own family and extending to families throughout Butte County through her position as director of Butte County’s First 5. Yvonne … [Read more...]

September 2017

On the Cover: The Bosley children make the most of afterschool opportunities offered in the North State. Amon, 14, is actively involved in scouting, football, basketball and baseball. Naomi, 12, plays volleyball, cheerleads and runs track. Penelope, 10, takes the stage in children’s theater productions. Photography: Passion for Life Photography, … [Read more...]

Localicious: Snack Attack – Calming After-School Cravings

School’s back and so are after-school appetites. Finding creative snacks that keep kids full until dinnertime can be a trick. Fortunately, northern California offers a wide variety of local products that not only simplify snack time, but allow for healthy options.  Rice Cakes & Fresh Fruit Rice cakes have been on the market for years, and for … [Read more...]

In Motion Fitness Embarks on Chico’s Most Ambitious Mural Art Project Ever

In Motion Fitness, a high profile local fitness center in Chico, California, is midway through what will ultimately be the largest outdoor mural art project in Chico history. The larger-than-life murals have a “Mediterranean village” feel and provide a backdrop to the club’s new one-of-a kind Outdoor Fitness Park and Running Track. Chris … [Read more...]

Fun Educational Websites You Won’t Want Your Kids to Miss: Websites That Take the Work Out of Learning

Limiting the time kids spend on the computer in this digital era can be a daunting task. But there are plenty of fun educational sites kids will love that make learning a blast. Animals Abound At National Geographic for Kids, travel to faraway states and countries to discover all kinds of critters and cool places. In addition to freaky creatures, … [Read more...]