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...]

Nutcracker Auditions With Redding City Ballet; Redding. September 9th & 10th.

Come audition today or tomorrow for Redding City Ballet’s December 9 & 10 Nutcracker performances at the Cascade Theatre. Ages 6-adult. Today 3:30pm. Free. Redding Ballet Academie/Redding City Ballet, 1726 Market St. (530)241-6649. … [Read more...]

September 2011

[related-posts] On the Cover: Hannah, 7, a student at East Cottonwood School, enjoys gymnastics, animals and dance. Wyatt, also 7, attends Forest Ranch Charter School in Butte County. He enjoys fishing, pop dance and water play. Both students enjoy learning about artists from the Famous Artists Program offered to teachers and art enthusiasts. A … [Read more...]

Living Abroad with Young Children: One Family’s Pilgrimage to Spain

I thought I was an experienced world traveler having spent time living and working in Europe. But when my Spanish teacher husband first broached the idea of taking a six-month sabbatical in Spain with our three young children, I had a moment of panic. Knowing how difficult it was just to keep my head above water with 5-year-old twins and a … [Read more...]

Choosing Afterschool Activities

The intense demands of schoolwork may cause you to hesitate when it comes to afterschool time. Although you don’t want to overload you child’s schedule, the academic, social and physical benefits of extracurricular programs are hard to ignore. The Afterschool Alliance, an information clearinghouse and advocacy group, reports kids who participate … [Read more...]

Toddlers Need Exercise Too!

Cardio is not only for adults. With the growing childhood obesity problem, it’s important to get your older baby and toddler up and active. It’s easy to do, as young children are naturally motivated to move. A child’s wonder years begin in toddlerhood, says Karen Ronney, a tennis pro, National Special Olympics coach, and mother of three children … [Read more...]