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

    The Importance of the Arts: Experts Share their Perspectives

    Children are born artists. Even young children know how to create – thrilled by the magical sound made by tapping on piano keys, by the texture of fingerpaints, by the freedom of dancing across a hardwood floor. The arts play an integral role in child development, and not just because they help boost test scores. All children should have the … [Read more...]

    Music & Movement Toddler Classes

    Looking for something fun to do with your toddler? Children and their parents will enjoy these creative class times filled with music, movement and plenty of smiles. Movement and Music classes are a great environment for children and their adults to bond through creative expression. Classes typically include use of fun props and musical … [Read more...]

    Hai Ho! Hai Ho! It’s Off to Taiko We Go! – In Mt. Shasta: Taiko Classes for Youth

    Taiko is an ancient Japanese style of drumming that, in the last half century, has undergone an evolution into an ensemble performing art. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have seen a taiko performance, you may already be hooked on the excitement, skill and team work exemplified. Julie Bennett has been a member of Northern California’s Shasta … [Read more...]

    Train Fun In The North State Giving Thanks For Our Railroads!

    Places To Visit To Learn About Trains Railroad Park Resort 100 Railroad Park Rd. Dunsmuir, CA. Lodging: (530) 235-4440; Restaurant: (530) 235-4611 Lodging open year-round. Restaurant open October – December, Fri., Sat. and Sun.; and April – September,  Wed. − Sun. Closed Jan − March. Want to spend the night in a caboose? What … [Read more...]

    Shasta Garden Railway Society: An Addictive Hobby

    Mike Evans says the beginning of his fascination with model trains began when he was about 4 years old and he “inherited” his older brother’s Lionel train set. Now an active member of the Shasta Garden Railway Society (SGRS), Mike attempts to describe just how addicting model railroading can be, laughingly describing it as “a viral infection.” … [Read more...]

    Special Fun for Babies and Toddlers Circle Time at Apple Blossom Baby

    When Darci and James Crossin first sat down to map out a plan for their maternity and baby goods store, Chico’s Apple Blossom Baby, circle times were part of that original vision. “I taught preschool for 12 years,” says Darci, “and circle time was always one of my favorite parts of the day. Our original location hosted playgroups and I really … [Read more...]

    Not Just About Animals … 17 Great Things About 4-H

    In my family, our search for different activities for our children led us to 4-H. We discovered the program offers much more than experiences in farming and raising animals, which is a common misconception. A national program for children, youth and teens, 4-H offers experiences in leadership, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), … [Read more...]

    Families in Business: Apple Blossom Baby

    As with many other small business owners, it was family – their own and others –  that motivated Darci and James Crossin to create Apple Blossom Baby, located in Chico. “We wanted a local place that sold everything we had to order online,” explains Darci. “Since we couldn’t find one, in a sleep-deprived moment, Apple Blossom was born!”  Apple … [Read more...]

    Getaway Spotlight: Strawhouse Resorts – Natural Elegance In A Beautiful River Setting

    Banked on the edge of the beautiful  meandering Trinity River and surrounded by the Trinity Wilderness Area, Strawhouse Resorts is a truly magical place for your next getaway, anniversary celebration, church or corporate group event, family reunion, or  wedding event. Taking a drive to the coast? It’s also an easy place to stop for a delicious … [Read more...]

    First 5 Commissions: Raising the Bar for Early Childhood Development

    Something monumental happened for families in California in 1998. With the passing of The Children and Families First Act (Proposition 10), First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission, came into existence with the specific mission of improving the lives of children from conception to kindergarten. Along with … [Read more...]