Be The Change – Tom Burkett, Redding

Some people seem so clearly made for the work they do that being around them is an inspiration. Redding music teacher Tom Burkett is one of those people. “I love kids, teaching and music. They go together naturally,” he says. “I’m able to share through my music a love of life and a joyful way of approaching the challenges we all face.” Burkett … [Read more...]

North State Bakeries Offer Special Treats To Make Your Holidays Happy

As Charles Schultz once said “Happiness is a warm puppy” or “Happiness is a thumb and a blanket.” But for many, happiness is a warm, flaky just-out-of-the-oven croissant or a delicately decorated cupcake. These bakery goodies and many other savory items are available at the family-owned North State bakeries featured below, three local businesses … [Read more...]

Create a Clipboard Office Suite – A Hand-made Gift Set That’s Fun to Make

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to get crafty. Sometimes the best gift of all is not one you purchase in a store, but is one you and your child make together by hand. Here’s a great gift that’s easy and fun to make: a Clipboard Office Suite. Supplies needed: 1 - Standard-sized wooden clipboard (approximately 12 3/8" x … [Read more...]

Homemade For The Holidays – Introducing Two Special North State Businesses

It’s that crazy time of year when many of us find ourselves rushing from store to store shopping for the “perfect” holiday gift, and yet we just can’t seem to find the right thing. We look for something unique, for something locally produced so we can feel good about keeping our money in our community. In the North State, you might find that … [Read more...]

Waste Not – Want Not; Go Green This Holiday Season!

Think outside the box this holiday season.  Even if you aren’t a very crafty or creative person, or have never thought much about “Going Green,” the holidays are a great time to start!  Those who are seriously into preserving the environment often cringe at the mere thought of all the waste that goes along with the holidays, such as … [Read more...]

Camp Okizu: More Than Just Fun And Games

Camp Okizu expands across 500 acres at Berry Creek, 70 miles north of Sacramento, and embraces thousands of children and families every year. Four lakes, sleeping cabins and shower facilities dot the landscape to meet the basic needs of its visitors. Opportunities to fish, swim and hike provide hours of fun and adventure for young and old. Upon … [Read more...]

Building Assets: Emily’s Giving Jar

Every year around November, Emily’s family begins a conversation about the spirit of giving. They talk about doing something for someone else without expecting anything in return. By New Year’s Day, four-year-old Emily knew what she would do as her act of giving in the new year. She would save all her money to buy Thanksgiving turkeys for those in … [Read more...]

North State Symphony “American Portrait” In Chico, Oroville and Redding

In Chico, Oroville and Redding, the North State Symphony offers three wonderful concerts geared for families, with a special visual component. In "American Portrait," as the symphony plays a composition by Chris and Dave Brubeck, a film will be shown depicting 102 striking images by (and of) photographer Ansel Adams. As the symphony plays "Our … [Read more...]

“Winter Gifts” Annual Holiday Art Show in Mt. Shasta

In Mt. Shasta, artists from the Mountain Arts Cooperative are busy as elves preparing for their annual holiday art show, "Winter Gifts." See the Exhibits section, and see the 18th for info about the show's Reception event. … [Read more...]

Girls On The Run 5K Run/Walk in Chico – November 12th, 2011

Fun & healthy fundraiser benefitting Girls on the Run Butte County, a program inspiring self-respect & healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Pre-reg at Fleet Feet, 241 Main St. Race-day reg  8-8:45am, run starts 9am. $25/adults, $10/ages 12 & under.  One-Mile Rec. area of Bidwell Park , S. Park Dr. entrance. (530)518-5335. … [Read more...]