Veg Out! – How to Get Your Kids to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

If you’ve read anything health-related in the last ten years, you know there have been all sorts of trends when it comes to acceptable eating. Dairy, soy and eggs have all seen their time to shine (or not)...until a new study or “superfood” has hit the scene. But, some things never change. Your mother was right…you should eat your veggies! While … [Read more...]

Stranger Danger? Smart Strategies to Help Keep Your Child Safe

With parade sounds of blaring horns and beating drums marching off into the distance, Angie Worth, along with her newborn daughter Ella, her 2-year-old son Todd, and her elderly grandmother, began to head back to the car. The exciting morning turned into panicked chaos when Worth lost sight of her energetic toddler. “Todd took off running into … [Read more...]

This Season’s Harvest Happenings

North State families can experience a full bounty of farm life… just a short drive from home. Fun for all ages – grandparents too! Nash Ranch in Redding is a family tradition, featuring a 15-acre pumpkin patch, haunted house, giant corn maze, kiddie hay maze, train rides, bounce house, pony rides, farm animal petting zoo and more! Open daily … [Read more...]

Parent Teacher Groups – Working Together To Make a Difference in the Lives of Children

This year, veteran teacher Denise Perkins of Redding is responsible for 21 first graders. The vast diversity of learners became evident in the first week of school. Some students need extra attention with academics while others struggle with learning difficulties. The enormity of the task before Perkins threatens to overwhelm her ability and desire … [Read more...]

Getting To Know Mamapreneurs

North State Parent’s second annual Getting To Know Mamapreneurs feature is meant to enlighten you about some terrifically impressive mamas in the Upper California region, by sharing a little about why they do what they do. “Networking and multitasking are not new to mothers, as they are often the ones who jump into high gear to get things done," … [Read more...]

21 Ways To Make October Spook-Tacular

October is a great time to get the family together and have some Halloween fun! 1. Read a spooky story. Get into the spirit of Halloween with one of the many Halloween-themed books available. Your little one is sure to love the colorful pictures and rhythmical rhymes in Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming. For preschoolers through early elementary … [Read more...]

Bidwell Park & Chico Creeks Cleanup Day September 17

Help clean Chico’s beautiful park & creeks before the fall rains start. Wear pants & sturdy close-toed shoes, & bring water bottle. BBQ for volunteers afterwards! Ages 6 & up. 9am-1pm. Free. Hooker Oak Recreation Area parking lot, 1928 Manzanita Ave. (530)891-6424. … [Read more...]

Menagerie Art Show in Chico

Wide variety of animal-themed artwork by children & adult students from Chico Art School & Gallery. Exhibit runs 9/1-10/30, view M, 12-2:30pm, Tu/W, 1-2:30pm & 3:30-5pm & Th, 3:30-5pm & 6-8:30pm. Silent auction of artwork 10/22, 12-5pm, benefits the Kirshner Wildlife Foundation. Free. Chico Art School & Gallery, 336 Broadway … [Read more...]

North State Skate Series in Redding September 10th and Mt. Shasta September 24th.

Redding September 10th Day 1 of 4-day skateboarding competition. Open to all, judged on Tricks, Style & Gnar Factor. Age categories: 11 & under, 12-14, 15-17, Open Class, & 30+. $15/site or $45/series; also $5 contests: Best Trick, Ollie, Park Slalom. Raffles, free stuff & more. Reg 11am, starts 12pm. Today at Caldwell Park Skate … [Read more...]

Rafting Fundraiser: A Sweet Extravaganza; Klamath River. September 10th.

Spend a day on the river enjoying rafting, nature & lots of chocolate & organic desserts at this “fun”raising event benefitting the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center. Ages 4 & up, novice or experienced rafters, ride 7 miles of gentle rapids. Carpool 8am from Mt. Shasta. $85/adults; $55/kids under 18. Klamath River “Tree of Heaven” … [Read more...]