North State Parent

North State Parent

North State Parent is a free monthly publication that circulates within five California counties: Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Southern Siskiyou and Tehama. Our pages are filled with family-oriented places to go, services and products geared for women and things to do; a focus on parenting, community, health, education, teens, youth, and much more.


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    December 2017

    On the Cover: Artist Mary Lake-Thompson who began her art interest as a child, created the snowman and adorning artwork on this months' cover. Her art education stems from the University of Colorado and San Francisco Art Institute.  She has been a North State resident for many years. Enjoy Mary’s delightful art by viewing her site at  … [Read more...]

    Helping Hands: Valley Oak Children’s Services – Touching The Hearts Of Children, Families And Community

    For the past 37 years, Valley Oak Children’s Ser­vices has been touching the HEART of children, families, and communities in Butte County through Health, Education, Advocacy, Resources and Train­ing. VOCS is a community-based organization that supports anyone raising, caring for, teaching or wanting to have children. We are a strength-based … [Read more...]

    Helping Hands: BloodSource – Give a Gift that Truly Matters

    This holiday season, kick back, relax and give a gift that truly matters. In the midst of holiday chaos, choose to give a gift that no one but another person can give. The gift of blood extends both a lifeline and a lifetime to people like Emileigh Petty. It’s hard to imagine that the vibrant, enthusiastic and healthy young teen before you today … [Read more...]

    November 2017

    On the Cover: “Our “framily”fall harvest dinner tradition started with the Magladrys,McGrew's and the Wlodarczyk families gathering just after the kids were born and usually it follows a day of me photographing the families,” says photographer Lisa Magladry from Modern Image Photography. This gathering was photographed in Willows,CA. Photography: … [Read more...]

    We’re Hoping for a FLOOD! Help us fill Turtle Bay with a river—of Turtles!

    Want to own your very own turtle? You can—and it comes with perks. It will make you famous, plus you will be doing a good deed, too. Purchasing a turtle engraved with your or your family’s name will help support Turtle Bay Exploration Park’s world-class educational and cultural programs. Your name will shimmer in the spotlight, as your turtle … [Read more...]

    Teaching Children Tolerance: Accepting and Celebrating Diversity

    According to the latest FBI data, there were 5,818 single-bias hate crimes committed for the year 2015 alone. Of concern to parents, according to various agencies, young men under 26 are the perpetrators of a significant percentage of these violent acts. Religious-based biases, as well as ethnic and racial biases, are learned during early … [Read more...]

    October 2017

    On the Cover: Casey McGrew and her children visit Hillside Poms, a U-pick pomegranate farm in Corning, CA. The amazing fruits are nutritious and fun to pick! Emery (4), and her brother Kade (20 months), also enjoy spending time outdoors, gathering eggs from their flock of chickens. Photography: Modern Image Photography, owned by Lisa Magladry, is … [Read more...]

    This Season’s Harvest Happenings

    Bright orange pumpkins as far as you can see!—the earthy smell, the rustling vines—choosing one’s own best pumpkin from a pumpkin patch is a rich experience for a child. For youngsters who aren’t aware of the food and farm connection, such a sensory experience really brings that home. Meeting the farmers can also be memorable; they may offer a … [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...]

    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...]