Lisa Shara

Lisa Shara

Writer Lisa Shara lives in upper Northern California where she is involved in a variety of community projects.

    Posts by Lisa Shara

    Be the Change: Tina Carletta

    Happy families surrounded by the smell of Christmas trees, warm apple cider, hot cocoa and a caring community. It may seem idyllic, but these are all elements of the vision Tina Carletta has brought to life in the third incarnation of “A Holiday Experience” in Redding. Giving back is utmost in Tina’s mind, and children are her main focus. … [Read more...]

    The Tehama County Library Reduce, Reuse, Re-scare Costume Swap Makes Recycling Creative Fun!

    Princesses, pirates, skeletons, fairies, cowboys and more … kids can find what they need to become a character of their choice at a unique event that makes finding a costume for Halloween a fun, creative experience. The Red Bluff Library’s upcoming Reduce, Reuse, Re-scare Costume Swap event helps both the environment and parents’ budgets to boot. … [Read more...]

    Mt. Shasta High School Drama Students Present: A Pirate’s Life For Me

    Mt. Shasta High School's advanced drama class presents A Pirate's Life for Me, a musical by Craig Sodaro with music and lyrics by Bill Francoer. This fun-filled, energy-packed musical is produced by drama teacher Sue Villarreal, but the rest of the production has been a complete student effort. Students have created the choreography, built and … [Read more...]

    It’s Not Your Garden Variety Of Theatre Fun – Little Red Hen’s Summer Program for Children and Teens with Autism

    The aptly named Not Your Garden Variety (NYGV) Theater in Chico is geared for children and teens with autism. Currently running as a six-week summer program, participants ages 4 to 17 learn new ways to express and interpret emotions, build friendships, and strengthen skills needed for group participation. For children with autism, significant … [Read more...]

    Arts for US – A Music & Performing Arts Program for Youth on the Autism Spectrum

    A new music and performing arts program, Arts for US, launched in March at Harris Studios in Redding. Designed for children and teens on the autism spectrum, the program gives students an opportunity to express themselves through the performing arts in a unique setting created especially for them. “Children on the spectrum often have distinct … [Read more...]

    A Rhumba Of Rattlesnakes – New Children’s Book by Kristen Lape

    A prickle of porcupines? A lounge of Iguanas? A delightful new children’s book, featuring whimsical yet scientifically accurate illustrations of animals, is written in a fun A-Z format that teaches the names of animal groups … like “a zeal of zebras.” Written by local author Kristen Lape, My Love is bigger than a Rhumba of Rattlesnakes is … [Read more...]

    Foster Parenting: Challenging? You Bet. But Worth the Effort.

    Senta Burton is passionate about advocating for families. She stands for children, but also for parents – both birth parents and foster parents. A mother of six, Senta’s four younger children are adopted, initially joining her family as foster children. As parent educator at Counseling Solutions in Butte County, Senta works with birth parents … [Read more...]

    Bending the Oar – Club Strives to Make Rowing Accessible to North State Youth

    Jade Bennett, 12, and Jordan Bennett, 13, were in for a big surprise when they signed up for a recent rowing camp held at Forebay Aquatic Center in July. Their mom, Julee Bennet, says:  “I had to encourage them to try the sport out. They didn't really know anything about rowing, and had assumed they wouldn't like it. However, from the start of … [Read more...]

    Bike Kitchen Peddles Good Nutrition

    Looking for new ideas for preparing healthy foods? Keep an eye out for a pedal-driven kitchen at local farmers markets and community events in Chico. Called the Edible Pedal, the mobile bike kitchen provides cooking demonstrations using fresh, local foods. Sitting on a modified Pedicab base, the bike kitchen is equipped with stainless steel … [Read more...]

    Localicious: For the Love of Ghee

    What’s better than butter? Butter made from organic, pasture-raised cows already has a dense profile of health-giving nutrients, and it’s hard to deny the love for a food that leaves a warm and satisfying taste. Perhaps the question is: how can we make butter better? The answer is ghee. Take butter, melt and simmer it to naturally purify it, and … [Read more...]