Ongoing & Special Events

ART & MUSEUM EXHIBITS

Art Exposed: Turtle Bay’s Permanent Collection; Redding. A drop-in art studio built into the exhibition gives you an opportunity to create your own works of art. View historic landscapes by renowned artists, abstract expressionists, Japanese woodblock prints & more! Wed-Fri, 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun, 10am-4pm, thru 3/30. Park admission: $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Chico Air Museum; Chico. View jet & propeller aircraft & an impressive display of aviation & space artifacts. Peruse the research library & gift shop. Group/field trip visits by arrangement. Th-Sun, 9am-2pm. Free, but donations helpful. 165 Ryan Ave., at the Chico Airport. (530)345-6468.

Chico Through Time Exhibit; Chico. Explore Chico’s history in 12 themes. Kids love the interactive 1900s classroom, imagining being a jeweler at Clifford’s Jewelry & learning about directing planes by listening to Chico Air Traffic Control recordings. There’s plenty for adults to love too! Th-Sun, 11am-4pm. $3-$5. Chico Museum, housed in the historic Andrew Carnegie Library adjacent to CSU, Chico, at 141 Salem St. (530)891-4336.

History Thru The Lens Of A Camera; Durham. Exhibit features vintage cameras, photography equipment & photos from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. All ages. Sat & Sun, 11am-3pm, thru 11/27. Free. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway. (530)342-4359.

Lava Tube Cave Interactive Installation; Mt. Shasta. Enjoy the newest installation at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum as you crawl through the lava tube cave wearing a miner’s helmet. Learn how lava tube caves are formed. It’s fun for all ages! Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm, thru Dec 11. $1/person 1 North Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508.

Material Culture: Form, Function & Fashion; Redding. Textiles are everywhere. Explore the stuff we wear, sleep under, sit on, & use to insulate our homes. Wed-Fri, 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun, 10am-4pm, thru 1/7. Park admission: $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Parrot Playhouse: Lories!; Redding. Walk through an interactive aviary featuring beautiful Australian lorikeets; feed colorful birds from your hand. Mon-Fri, 9:30-11:45am & 1-5pm; Sat & Sun, 10:30-11:45am & 1-5pm. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Nectar cups $1. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky; Redding. The National Smokejumper Association presents this exhibition about the fascinating history of the United States Forest Service Smokejumper program. Try out your jumping skills in the new Smokejumper Experience in the park’s Mill Building. Wed-Fri, 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun, 10am-4pm, thru 1/7. Park admission: $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

The Meaning of Life: Visual Analogy; Chico. In collaboration with the Department of Philosophy, this art exhibition adds visual layers to the largest of questions: how we assign meaning to human existence. Mon-Fri ,11am-4pm & Sat, 12-4pm, thru Dec 9. Free. The Turner, CSU, Chico, 400 W 1st St. (530)898-6333.

CONTESTS

Your Best Shots Kids’ Nature Photography Contest; Nationwide. For ages 13 & under (with parent/guardian’s permission). Submit your best original nature photographs online (max 3 per month) and include a description. Photos can be taken with a camera or a phone. Free entry. Contest is ongoing, submit anytime, monthly winners selected. Online winners will be in the running for Your Best Shots Magazine Award, to be published in Ranger Rick magazine. Info: http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Photo-Contest.aspx.

MONTH-LONG & SPECIAL HAPPENINGS

Aquatic Adventures; Redding. Learn about water ecosystems & the importance of the Sacramento River through a variety of fun interpretive programs like fish & beaver feedings, turtle talks & training sessions. Wed-Sun, 10:30-10:45am. Free w/Turtle Bay Exploration Park admission, $12-$16. 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Boys & Girls Club Of The Siskiyous After School Program; Mt. Shasta. In this learning enrichment opportunity for students in grades 2-8, participants enjoy a healthy snack & time to unwind after school, then participate in a “Power Hour” homework help program followed by programs of art, gardening, sports, cooking, pottery, science & more. Mon-Fri, 2-6pm. Must pre-reg: $20 membership for school year (reg anytime) – call for info. Located at Sisson Middle School, 601 E. Alma St. (530)220-5055.

Family Value Night: Bowling & Pizza; Redding. Bring friends & family for 2 hours of unlimited bowling. Includes pizza & soda. Ages 4 & up. Daily, 6:30-8:30pm. $50/lane up to 5 people, then $5/pp up to 8 players, includes shoes; must pre-reg. Shasta Lanes, 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773.

Hillside Poms: Pick & Juice Organic Pomegranates!; Corning. Pomegranate lovers can bring the whole family to pick & juice pomegranates on a farm! Call ahead to schedule your time (juicing requires two adults) & to get more details – open Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun, 8am-2pm, thru Nov & possibly Dec (weather dependent). $15-$23 per box/gallon. Hillside Poms, 1271 Capay Rd. (530)228-3050.

Horseback Riding Lessons; Weed. Shasta Riding Club presents weekly horseback riding lessons for ages 5 & up. Children, their families & knowledgeable leaders share the passion of horsemanship regardless of economic resources, learning styles, or any other differences. No experience needed. Sliding scale lesson price. Lessons offered Tue-Sat, morning or afternoon. Call for location & sign-up info. (530)340-5818.

National Parks Free Entrance Day. US national parks offer free entrance Nov 11 & 12 in honor of Veterans Day. In Upper CA, visit Whiskeytown National Rec. Area (Shasta County), Lassen Volcanic National Park (Shasta, Tehama, Plumas & Lassen Counties), Lava Beds National Monument (Siskiyou & Modoc Counties), & the California National Historic Trail.

Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. At this creative open play facility, children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults can enjoy 7 themed play areas: Stage, Construction, Vet’s Office, Grocery store, Bakery, Pizzeria, & their newest theme: Down on the Farm.  Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat, choose from two sessions: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. $5/child (adult free); drop-ins welcome. 5923 Clark Rd., Ste. B. (530)712-1050.

Painting & Drawing Lessons; Chico. Artist & instructor Janet Lombardi Blixt invites you to enjoy creative exploration with painting & drawing in a supportive & friendly atmosphere. All levels welcome. Children ages 7+, & adults. Mon-Sat, afternoon classes; call for schedule. $30/child, $35/adult by pre-reg; drop-in +$5. Chico Art School & Gallery, 336 Broadway St., Ste.20. (530)570-3895.

Personalized Ranger-Led Nature Activities For Groups; Whiskeytown. Schedule your group of 15-30 for customized ranger-led group activities. Choose from hikes, gold panning, storytime & other educational activities. All ages. $5/vehicle day-use fee. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. (530)242-3451.

Santa At Chico Mall; Chico. Visit Santa Nov. 18 through Christmas Eve. Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm & Sun, 11am-6pm. Chico Mall, 1950 E 20th St., Ste 727. (530)343-0706.

Swim School; Redding. In these swim lessons, children learn confidence in the aquatic environment as they become accustomed to submerging in water, blowing bubbles, moving about comfortably & safely having fun. Ages 0-12. 2-week sessions, Mon & Wed; morning, afternoon or evening classes; times vary by level. $42-$47/session. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on fun with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes a special activity each day. Learn ways to follow your child’s lead & enjoy time playing together. Designed for ages 0-5. M-F, 10am-4pm. $7/hr, $4-$6/hr w/punch card. Feel free to bring a snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101.

Tween & Teen Y Club Enrichment Program; Redding. Y Club is for ages 12-18. Offers food, fun, facilitated activities, homework help, a computer lab, fitness (including swimming, basketball & other court sports), a chance to socialize, leadership development & more. M-F, 1-6pm, thru 5/31. $36/month (Y members free). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

Youth Ice Hockey Program; Mt. Shasta. Sign up for hockey for ages 4 & up, all levels welcome. Learn-to-Skate classes offered. Adult programs too. Evening practices on weekdays, & weekend games, thru Feb 25. Some equip. available for use. See rink website for details. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)925-4368.