Strike up the Band! North Woodwinds Buys, Sells and Refurbishes Musical Instruments

In 1974, just for the fun of it, Ed Luce signed up for a class on building and repairing guitars. When he showed up for the class, there wasn’t a guitar in sight. Only band instruments. “I’d never even handled a clarinet, or flute or anything,” says Luce. But he stuck with the course, offered through a city arts program in San Diego, for two … [Read more...]

Twenty-five Ways to Enrich Your Child’s Education with Exposure to the Arts: Why Our Future Depends on Creative Thinkers

If I have observed one thing after a decade of having a school-age child, it’s that arts motivate kids to perform better in school. Even though her mom is a writer and her dad is a theater director, she’s not an extension of us. She is uniquely herself, and her exposure to a wide variety of arts helps her discover her own passions, proclivities and … [Read more...]

Theaters: Movie

Theaters: Movie Too cold outside to go out? Too hot inside the house to stay in? No matter the weather, the movies are a fun family outing. Ask your local theater about midweek discounts and special summer discounts for kids.   BUTTE COUNTY Cinemark 14; Chico. www.cinemark.com. 801 East Ave. (530) 879-0143. Feather River Cinemas; … [Read more...]

Music: Teachers Directory

Music: Teachers Directory For a list of private music instructors in the North State, please visit our Music Teachers Directory online at www.northstateparent.com/ MusicInstruction.     Updated September 2017 RD … [Read more...]

Visual Arts Instruction

Visual Arts Instruction Let your kids not just color within the lines, but create their own lines! Also check with your local arts council to find out about arts programs for youth – see Arts Councils & Commissions in this section. Also see the Summer Camps & Programs section.   BUTTE COUNTY A Maker’s Space; Paradise. The Maker … [Read more...]

Theater: Companies & Theater Groups For Youth

Theater Companies & Theater Groups For Youth Participation in theater arts builds self-confidence and encourages personal development. In the following, find theater companies and groups that work with youth. Also contact local schools and college theater departments for more opportunities to participate.   BUTTE COUNTY Birdcage … [Read more...]

Sewing & Needle Arts Classes

Sewing & Needle Arts Classes Kids and adults alike can learn to turn a piece of string into something to wear, stitch together basic accessories, or revamp old standbys with decorative needlework.   BUTTE COUNTY Cathy’s Sew & Vac; Chico. Lessons in machine sewing, quilting, machine embroidery & more. Sew Cool Kids Club … [Read more...]

Music: Youth Orchestras, Choirs & Music Groups 

Music: Youth Orchestras, Choirs & Music Groups Famous musician Paul McCartney once said, “I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.”    BUTTE … [Read more...]

Music: Schools & Stores Offering Music Instruction 

Music: Schools & Stores Offering Music Instruction Music composer and educator Cheryl Lavender expresses the importance of music in a child’s life this way: “The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children.”   BUTTE COUNTY The Music Connection; Chico. … [Read more...]

Music: Infant/Toddler Music & Movement Groups 

Music: Infant/Toddler Music & Movement Groups There are many benefits to participating in a music and movement class with your little one. In addition to precious bonding time together, the classes foster physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth in your child. And, you’ll both make new friends while developing music, language and … [Read more...]