Guidebook To The Past: How To Research Your Family Tree

Do you ever wonder what life was like for your ancestors? Where did they come from? How did they live? Did their choices have an impact on how you live today? Genealogy, or the exploration of your family history, is a pastime for people who want to make that connection to the generations before them. The hobby that was once associated with retirees … [Read more...]

Fencing Offers Fun, Fitness, Focus and Competition to People Across the Spectrum

Swashbuckler wannabes of America, En Guarde! Fencing, once thought only to be a sport for the elites (and Europeans), is on the rise. Just ask Margaret Brunelle, owner of Chico Swordfighting at My Fencing Center. Modern fencing has been around since the early 18th century, but it has only been since the American women won Gold in the 2004 Olympics … [Read more...]

Real Fruit Popsicles

The recipe for these delicious and dietitian-approved frozen treats was adapted from the blog “All Things Green” by Maria Baath.  I took her advice to make them a little sweeter than I normally might because they won’t taste quite as sweet once they are frozen. These popsicles had a beautifully ripe pineapple that barely needed any additional … [Read more...]

Daytripping – Five Fun Picnic Spots

Finding time to get away isn’t easy. Many of us don’t have the time (or money) to get away to the coast or to Tahoe on a regular basis due to work, kids’ baseball practice, soccer games, school or any of the huge number of things families have to get accomplished on a daily basis. Daytripping is a great answer to this problem, as most of us can … [Read more...]

Brighter Days: Red Bluff Library’s new location gives patrons easier access to the library’s treasures

While browsing Facebook recently, Tehama County Librarian Todd Deck came across this post: “Why do we even have public libraries anymore? Aren’t they completely outdated?” Deck, who has a master’s degree in library science, took a deep breath, remembered the “Think Compassionately Online” sign he displays above the library computer area, and … [Read more...]

Summer Sky: Getting Your Family Interested In Astronomy This Summer

The hot, clear skies of summer have set the stage for several “stellar” performances this August. From the monthly full moon, to the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, to the once-in-a-century total solar eclipse, these fascinating sky-high events offer chances to stir up the scientist in Junior—or yourself. They also offer free family bonding time, … [Read more...]

San Francisco on a Budget

San Francisco abounds with hundreds of family-oriented things to do – many at no charge, or small fees. Fun for all ages, with inspiration for birthday or teen adventures, here is a simple list of family-friendly suggestions during your summer excursion to this exciting and beautiful area: Golden Gate Park. Explore its 1,017 acres encompassing … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz County: Let’s Cruz!

Santa Cruz is the quintessential California beach town. Surfers on bikes pedal through the neighborhoods carrying their surfboards. Families hang out on the beach while the kids build sandcastles and splash around in the surf. Screams of delight drift above the waves from riders on the seaside rollercoaster and instrumental surf music lulls a new … [Read more...]

Rent A Floating Hotel

When you feel the need for a stress-free place to hang out, try vacationing on a houseboat – a floating hotel where waterfront views are guaranteed. Living on the lake for an extended vacation or just a few days is perfect for families with children. Kids and their parents, love to splash into refreshing water from the on-deck slide, dive off the … [Read more...]

The Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum: Illuminating The Past, Present And Future Of The Mount Shasta Area

Looking for a refreshing getaway during the hot days of summer? Check out the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, where you can bring the entire family to explore, learn and play – all for a suggested donation of just $1 each. This charming museum offers 4,000 square feet of indoor space filled with child-friendly exhibits, plus plenty of outdoor space … [Read more...]