Sonia Giordani-Johnston

Sonia Giordani-Johnston

Sonia Giordani-Johnston is a freelance writer inspired by generous people who do small acts of kindness with great love. She lives in Redding with her husband, their four children, a dog and 12 chickens.

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    Be the Change: Dr. Richard Allen Fiske – Maestro of Music

    It’s Wednesday afternoon at Shasta College, and students are filing into the music building lugging their thick black instrument cases. The violins and cellos get tuned and horns warm up as Dr. Richard Allen Fiske – the affable conductor and music director of the Shasta Youth Symphony for more than 20 years – welcomes the young musicians to … [Read more...]

    Common Core: North State Kids to Bring Their Computer Savvy on Test Day

    This spring, North State students will have to bring some computer savvy along with a sharpened pencil to school on test day, when millions of California’s kids sit down for the first Smarter Balanced Assessments that will provide a glimpse of how implementation of the Common Core State Standards is faring in the classrooms. Students took field … [Read more...]

    North State Symphony Special Children’s Concerts Include New “Little Ones Concert”

    Bring your toddlers along to the theater when North State Symphony hosts a special concert just for preschoolers and kindergarteners this month, followed by the orchestra’s annual concert for older kids. The North State Symphony will perform the “Little Ones Concert” on Thursday, January 22, at the Cascade Theatre in Redding. The 30-minute … [Read more...]

    The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music: Chico Community Choirs to Perform in Salzburg, Vienna and Prague this Summer

    Some of Chico’s best vocalists are heading for the hills – the Alps, that is – on an 11-day tour of Prague, Salzburg and Vienna this summer that will include performances in some of Europe’s most historic spots. More than 40 singers from three community ensembles will travel together July 1-11 in a mutigenerational touring choir directed by Susan … [Read more...]

    Redding Teen And Kidney Recipient Jonnie Cravens Thankful For Renewed Health And Community Support

    Jonnie Cravens loves to play volleyball. Her favorite subject in school is math. Like most teenage girls, she enjoys hanging out with her friends. And the 13-year-old from Redding, who received a kidney transplant earlier this year, especially appreciates how good she’s feeling these days. “The hardest part was before the transplant. I wasn’t … [Read more...]

    Homespun Christmas And Craft Fair Brings A Piece Of The North Pole To The North State

    You may not be able to get the kids to the North Pole this year, but what if a little bit of the North Pole came to the North State? Santa Claus and his wife will be coming to town for the Homespun Christmas and Craft Fair at the Shasta District Fairgrounds in Anderson December 5–7. They’re bringing along friends like Frosty the Snowman, the … [Read more...]

    Dinner & Conversation: Parent Café Builds Community and Strengthens Families in Butte County

    A delicious dinner, good conversation, babysitters to watch your children – and it’s all free. What more could you want for a great date night? Hundreds of Butte County families are dropping in on monthly “café nights” hosted by Butte Parent Café, a program engaging parents in meaningful guided discussions with the goal of strengthening … [Read more...]

    Austin McCoy Takes His Love of Trains to Town – Meet Paradise Depot Museum’s Youngest Docent

    Austin McCoy first fell in love with trains when he was 2 years old. He was in his car seat and his mom had come up to a railroad crossing, so they knew a train was coming. “I told my mom how beautiful it was. I’ve loved trains as long as I can remember,” says Austin, a 12-year-old railroad aficionado from Paradise whose passion for steam … [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...]

    Red Bluff Playgroup Gives Kiddos (and their Parents) a Place to Make New Pals

    Mojan Bailey’s son likes to tinker on toy cars with his plastic drill and wrench, but today the 3-year-old takes a break to sit at a toddler table and shape some homemade play dough with a new playgroup friend. “My son would have no other means of socialization,” says Bailey, a Red Bluff mom who has been taking her son to Playtime Pals Playgroup … [Read more...]