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Northern California Living

December 2011


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Tyler Johnson, Business Development Specialist Alissa Bell, Operations Supervisor

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69 | Home is where the Art is

29 | Fly Me to the moon

Four Local Artists’ Home Studios

Beauty 64 | ‘Tis the season Party Perfect and Work Appropriate

BUSINESS 19 | Wonder in the Wood

On the cover

Victoria Kenyon-Laupua and Alexus Kenyon Photo by Bret Christensen

New Traditions Dulcimers and Wood Crafts in Yreka

32 | quilts in the attic Cherie Shaeffer’s Quilters Paradise in Downtown Cottonwood

62 | Gifts & Greetings Jan Kessner’s Etc. Mercantile

Dining 37 | Home at la grange La Grange Café in Weaverville

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Radio Program

Making Music is the Right Fit for This Redding Band

PROFILE 47 | Them BOnes Robb Wolf Tests His Survival Skills on “I, Caveman”

50 | Get Acquainted Fifteen Minutes with Tania & John - Owners of The Best Little Sandwich Shop

55 | The early bird catches the worm Woodworker Ed Clark’s Whimsical Birdhouses

Travel 78 | Weekend Getaway South Lake Tahoe


84 | Butte Meadows

88 | Top 10

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Fashion 23 | Bling in the Holidays

Holiday 58 | Christmas Buyer’s Guide Keeping it Local - A Shopper’s Guide

Look for this logo on stories which will be featured on the Enjoy Exceptional Living Radio Program, Saturdays at 8 am on KLXR 1230 AM Radio

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A Little Sparkle for Your Holiday Wardrobe and Beyond Exceptional Living

Jazzing it up With Stephanie Foos

Swedish Cardamom Bread Storybook Beginnings: Top 10 Books to Read to a Child

92 | Calendar of Events What’s Happening in The North State

98 | WHAT’S IN STORE Cecé Walters, Purse Nurse Creator

102 | Giving Back Sleigh Bells Ring: Generations of Mt. Shasta Firefighters Keep Christmas Traditions Alive

INterest 43 | Time capsule A Trip Back in Time in French Gulch December 2011 Enjoy 9

A gift to the community… providing sophisticated technology in a healing environment. Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta is proud to introduce Digital Mammography. Purchased with philanthropic dollars raised by the ongoing efforts of Mercy Foundation North, the Mammomat Inspiration gives us greater confidence in knowing that we are providing the highest quality care to our patients.

Advantages of Digital Mammography with Computer Aided Detection • Personal touch and individual attention in a calming environment • Improved patient comfort • Exam time is reduced • New and improved compression paddles • Radiologist is able to review results immediately • Your private physician has electronic access to results • False positives are decreased • Follow-up procedures and retakes may be reduced Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta is designated a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the nation by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) To schedule appointments with the Mercy Medical Center Imaging Department call 530.926.9359

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True to the spirit of the season, we hope this issue of Enjoy Magazine inspires you to prepare a cup of hot cocoa, snuggle up by the fire, relax and learn more about some of the fascinating people and places that make up our great North State.

Yvonne Mazzotta publisher

As you wrap up your holiday shopping, we encourage you to think creatively and locally. We’re partial to the glorious gifts at Enjoy the Store, of course, but you’ll also be enchanted with our community’s many local businesses. We’ll tell you about Etc. Mercantile in Cottonwood, which is filled with treasures – the old-fashioned toys and candy are sure to evoke a sense of nostalgia for the special folks on your gift list.

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Michelle Adams publisher Ronda Ball managing editor Amy Holtzen graphic designer Matt Christensen graphic designer Kerri Regan copy editor James Mazzotta advertising sales representative/ photography/new business developer Michael O’Brien advertising sales representative Suzanne Birch advertising sales representative CJ Lamkin advertising sales representative

Photo taken at Sugarplum Cottage in Redding

Want to take a more hands-on approach to gifting? Four local artists were kind enough to invite us into their unique studios – perhaps you’ll be inspired to find your own sanctuary and let your creativity unfold. If you’re entertaining guests this season, take a step back in time with a drive to French Gulch. The E. Franck & Co. tavern and French Gulch Hotel are living monuments to the Gold Rush era. The French Gulch Hotel’s historic bar was built in England in the 1850s, and the wood survived a trip around Cape Horn to San Francisco, where it came to French Gulch by horse-drawn wagon. Across the street, the E. Franck & Co. tavern “has so much history it gets overwhelming,” says Johnny Felsher, who owns the bar with his wife of 51 years, Barbara (amazingly, her family lineage has been with that establishment since its construction in the late 1850s). Looking to get out of town for the holidays? Our fourth and final installment of “Weekend Getaways” explores ideas for a family trip to Lake Tahoe. Don’t forget your sled or your sense of adventure! And if you’re finding yourself in desperate need of a little Christmas spirit, we’ll introduce you to the delightful tradition in which Santa, his elves and his reindeer visit the children of Mount Shasta. The tradition dates back to the early 1940s, when local firefighters assembled the first sleigh over the top of their 1915 Model T Ford fire truck, Lulu Belle, which can still be seen in the Sisson Museum. Plywood sleigh sides were mounted, with two real stuffed buckheads, followed by wooden bodies with fire hose legs. From all of us at Enjoy Magazine, we wish you a blessed and beautiful holiday season, and a healthy, happy new year.

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1475 Placer Street, Suites C & D Redding, CA 96001 530.246.4687 office 530.246.2434 fax Email General/Sales and Advertising Info © 2011 by Enjoy Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproductions without permission are strictly prohibited. Articles and advertisements in Enjoy Magazine do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the management, employees, or freelance writers. Every effort is made to avoid errors, misspellings and omissions. If an error is found, please accept our sincerest apologies and notify us of the mistake. The businesses, locations and people mentioned in our articles are solely determined by the editorial staff and are not influenced by advertising.

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Make akeDuring LifetheEasier... Holidays

While spending time with your family this holiday season, keep in mind these simple signs that mom and dad may be needing help at home:

8 Caregiving Considerations 1. MEDICAL CONDITION – Has your loved one been diagnosed with a disease, illness or other medical condition that could impact their daily living? How is the medical condition likely to cause limitations to a person’s abilities now or in the future?

5. BEHAVIOR – Does your loved one seem anxious or irritable? Does being away from home make them uncomfortable? Do they seem depressed? Are they inconsistent in the things they say? Does your loved one remember names, places and current events?

2. DRIVING - If your loved one drives, is there reason to believe they pose an above average risk for being involved in an accident? How are their reflexes, vision and ability to respond in an unexpected situation? Are they likely to get lost and panic?

6. MEDICATION - Can your loved one manage their medications properly including dosage, frequency and changes to prescriptions? Do they understand why they are taking the medications? Are prescriptions getting refilled in a timely fashion?

3. FOOD/NUTRITION – Is your loved one eating balanced meals? Is their weight stable? Are they able to prepare meals? Are they able to manage grocery shopping? Do they have a reasonable variety of food in the refrigerator (with future expiration dates)?

7. FINANCES – Does it appear that your loved one is capable of making sound financial decisions? Are they able to manage their personal finances? Are bills being paid in a timely fashion? Do they have a reasonable amount of cash on hand?

4. HYGIENE - How does your loved one look and smell including their breath? Does it appear they are bathing regularly? How are their overall appearance, grooming and ability to match clothing compared to prior years? Do their bed linens and bath towels appear clean? Are they able to manage the laundry?

8. MAIL - Is the mail stacking up? Do you see any past due or delinquency notices? Does your loved one appear to be a target for solicitation offers?

My Home Helpers Story

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Wonder in the Wood

N ew T raditions D u lcimers and W ood C rafts in yreka The sound of the Appalachian dulcimer is the feel of sunlight through the woods in a hilly countryside. The notes blow like wind, rustling the leaves of memories and warming the air. The songs flowing from the hourglassshaped instruments speak of the lives of farmers and settlers of America and the homespun values of years past. Musician Dan Daniels crafts his life along with business around the dulcimer. The four-string bodies in his store represent a lifetime of music and enduring craftsmanship. The instruments speak of a philosophy of simplicity, represented by Daniels’ other works: flutes, wood toys, soaps, and signs with personalized messages embodying what lays in his heart. Daniels’ musical background formed on the lathes of folk music in Colorado, where as a teen he started

playing guitar. “It was an extraordinary time,” Daniels says. “You could go to the local coffeehouse and hear John Denver and Judy Collins.” He played and learned; however, life called him to the Pacific Northwest and a job in biomedical electronics. “Folk music has followed me through life,” Daniels says. “It expanded and my life continued to be filled with music.” A turning point in his life was in 1982, when “I made my first dulcimer for a guy named Brian,” he says. Daniels’ work represented a return to music as a central focus of his life. His musicianship and craftsmanship brought new outlets for his talents, including the building of various wood musical pieces. continued on page 20

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His instruments are all made of indigenous woods, with the exception of the Alaskan spruce used for the dulcimer’s soundboards. “I don’t use harvested wood. I look for the downed cherry, black walnut, pear and myrtle trees growing in the area. I don’t import wood. My focus is on what I can find in Siskiyou County. I just made three flutes from a mahogany table leaf given to me from a piece of furniture that had been in Yreka for 75 years.” Joni Mitchell reintroduced the dulcimer to the West Coast in the 1970s. “It’s American music,” Daniels says. It’s the American heart, an American sound. One of my goals is to re-educate folks about the dulcimer. Every customer I have is unique. Every instrument I make is unique. Nothing is mass-produced. What I make is for people looking for what is hand crafted and Americana.” Daniels opened up his business on historic Miner Street in Yreka. New Traditions Dulcimers and Wood Crafts is in the Americana Hotel. The brick building centers on a street where gold miners and cowboys marked their lives, and today the city lane still whispers of simpler times and a history not forgotten. Inside his store, the largest original tin ceiling on the block covers overhead as musical instruments, soaps and wooden toys invite the customer back to modern times. “The business is very green. Along with using reclaimed wood products, our soaps use clean ingredients and our soy candles are 100% natural,” Daniels says. “The purpose is for people to live healthy, fulfilling lives, especially through music.” One customer with emphysema purchased a flute. Daniels took time to give lessons and the man improved in his playing, but also found increased ability to breathe as he learned to play. Daniels performs, taking a tour once a year. He returns to Denver, swinging through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Utah. Then he moves down through Washington and Oregon to return home. The store carries his music. The open guitar case behind his work desk sometimes fills the store with the melodies he cherishes. With a quiet smile, Daniels bright eyes think back over the many places he has lived and worked. His voice almost whispers, “This is it. I’ve lived in great places. This is ideal.” • 312 W. Miner Street, Yreka (530) 842-3942

Gary VanDeWalker grew up in Mt. Shasta, 12 years ago returning from the San Diego area with his wife Monica. Together they raise their three boys and manage the Narnia Study Center. A Ph.D. in philosophy, Gary is also an adjunct professor for Simpson University.

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It just hit you. That indelible feeling you get when the holiday spirit reaches out, takes hold of you and settles into your soul. You have that warm, tingly feeling inside and the world around you is just a bit more beautiful. During this time of year, you feel the need for something dramatic. Something fun. Something inspirational. Yes. It’s your time to shine. Enter the bling factor. This year, as you are considering what to wear to your office holiday soirée or your annual gift exchange with the girls, go ahead and reach for the bling! And when the holidays are over, don’t stash your sparkles. Love them now, and keep on loving them right into 2012.

That Fabulous Cocktail Dress Love it now: Seek out a sassy dress with a sparkling embellishment, or if you are feeling particularly bold, opt for a dress covered in sequins. Don’t worry – you can’t overdo the shine this season. No one will think you are on your way to the prom. They will know you are on your way to one incredible New Year’s Eve par-tay! Love it later: Pair your sparkly little number with a cropped leather blazer for a rock-inspired look that is sure to be perfect for a night on the town in 2012. Make sure the blazer is tailored to your frame and is short enough to let the dress take center stage. That Sassy Clutch Love it now: Looking to stay classy and sophisticated at your office party without going overboard? Pair a dazzling clutch with a simple dress and impress your coworkers with your panache. Love it later: Who says clutch bags are only for the holidays? Life is too short not to treat every day as if it’s a special occasion. Rock your clutch bag with a pair of jeans and heels for a fun-filled ladies’ night out. continued on page 24

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Those Jazzy Jewels Love it now: Sure, you’re a bit more inclined to pull out your best jewelry for the holiday season. Why not, when it looks so smashing with a sweater dress, a cocktail dress or just about anything else? No matter what you’re wearing this season, never leave home without your jewelry. Point blank. Period. Love it later: See how much more fun “casual” can be when you pair a plain T-shirt and jeans with your favorite sparklers. This is perfect for a play date with the kids or an afternoon of shopping.

That Satin Blouse Love it now: Add a bit of excitement to your work day by pairing a button-front satin blouse with work trousers or a pencil skirt. Not only will you feel more glamorous, but you might just be inspired to spread a bit of holiday cheer along the way. Love it later: A shiny blouse of any kind is a perfect day-to-night transition piece. After work, keep the shiny blouse and pull on a lovely pair of dark denim jeans. In an instant, you are ready for that sweet dinner date. Those Sexy Shoes Love it now: A sassy pair of stilettos with a sparkling accent is the perfect finishing touch to any holiday ensemble. High heels will instantly make you the life of the party! But if you are worried that your dancing feet won’t tolerate the extreme height all night, opt for a pair of lower heels or a pair of patent leather ballet flats. Rest assured, your feet won’t tucker out before all of your partying is done. Love it later: There is nothing sexier than denim jeans accented with a pair of high heels. It’s the unexpected dichotomy of the whole look that is sure to turn heads. But if you need to be on your feet all day, slip on ballet flats with your jeans, t-shirt and (of course) your jewelry and away you go. Running errands is much more fun with a little bling in your step! Yes. It’s your time to shine. Here’s wishing you a sparkling holiday season and a bright new year! • Kimberly N. Bonéy, proud wife and mother, moved to Redding in 2008. Kimberly has a bachelor of arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Louisiana State University. As the former owner of The Kimberly Nicole Boutique in downtown Redding, Kimberly considers herself a connoisseur of all things fashionable.

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Stephanie Foos has always had a song in her heart and a dream of being a singer, and thanks to an unlikely string of events—a pulled hamstring, the passing of her mother, a question from her boss, a friend’s decision to sign her up at an open mic night—the songs are starting to pour out and her dream is coming true. Foos, 24, has always had a love of music, which she traces back to her early childhood when she would dance around the living room to Chopin and Bach albums that her father, a concert pianist, would play. A fascination with dance stayed with her, but her interest in singing was piqued in middle school when she signed up for choir class. While working on a medley of old tunes, Foos says she was picked to sing a solo and the experience struck a nerve. “I thought, ‘Wow, I can do this and it’s fun.’” At that point in time, while Foos’ family was still in Colorado, she also was involved in a highly competitive gymnastics club (two members went on to compete in the Olympics) and spending four hours a day in training. After suffering a pulled hamstring, Foos switched to dance, which got her closer to her high school’s music program. By her junior year, the desire to sing was so strong that she switched from dance to music. In choir, Foos was given the opportunity to try some scat singing and was surprised to discover that it came easily for her. The revelation put her on the path to jazz.  continued on page 30

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“I went on to jazz ensemble and just loved that. I got to sing what was in my heart. That’s when my love for jazz started to take root,” Foos says. After tackling “Night in Tunisia” (the Dizzy Gillespie bebop standard popularized by Ella Fitzgerald, among others) at a jazz festival competition, she was hooked. Her main obstacle at that juncture was severe stage fright, which can be a big issue in any performing art. “I would get so nervous at auditions,” Foos says, painfully recalling a chance to sing the National Anthem at a civic event that she missed out on due to a shaky audition. “I had a high school teacher who encouraged me. He said just keep going and push through.” After a year at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Foos and her family relocated to Redding and Foos enrolled at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. It was during her studies there that she came to the realization that her singing is a divine gift. “It taught me that the desire God put in our hearts is for a reason. Singing jazz is an expression of God’s love,” she says. Foos received another sign in early 2009 while attending an open mic night at Old City Hall in Redding. Unbeknownst to her, a friend signed her name to the list and she was called up on to the stage. “I didn’t really have anything so I sang a Jewel song and the response was encouraging. Everybody said I have a nice voice and that I should go on ‘American Idol’ and things like that.” A chat with James Gabriel, a local musician and producer, inspired Foos to keep plugging away. “He told me to sing wherever I could,” so Foos continued to perform at open mic nights. About six months later, she landed her first gig, singing with John Brandenberg, which led to a second performance at an ArtHop event. Foos, who is pursuing a business degree at Shasta College, received another boost from Stephen DeSilva, the Bethel Church CFO she was interning for during her final year in ministry school. “He asked me what my dream was and I told him that someday I wanted to sing in a jazz club in New York City,” Foos says. “I said, ‘Whoa, let’s get back to that,’’’ recalls DeSilva. “It was so out of the box. I said, ‘Let’s make that your project—to get a song

recorded.’” Since DeSilva’s son is a musician who has recorded an album, it was a simple step to connect her with Marc Cooper, a Redding-based guitarist and producer who operates his own recording studio. With little more than encouragement from DeSilva and a strong desire, Foos approached Cooper and told him she wanted to make a recording. “I didn’t want to overanalyze it. I just decided to walk forward,” Foos recalls. “Steve taught me to dream big.” With Cooper adding guitar and Joey Curtin accompanying on piano, Foos released “Summertime,” a five-song CD, in the fall of 2009. “All of a sudden I had a product but I didn’t know where it would go.” As word of mouth spread, Foos started getting more singing gigs. One of those gigs turned out to be rather fateful. Cooper, who was scheduled to accompany Foos, had to cancel, so he called renowned guitarist Bernie Baker, owner of Bernie’s Guitar in Redding. Worried that he didn’t have enough time to prepare for the complex accompaniment Foos’ jazz standards required, Baker says he was reluctant to take on the assignment. “I asked all around but everybody I thought could handle it was busy, or they found out it was free and said no.” Baker decided to meet with Foos to see what they could work out and quickly changed his tune. “As soon as I heard her singing—the first tune she was doing—I realized immediately this would work out just fine. She’s so good, so perfect, with so much feeling, I decided I would do the best job I could for her. Seriously, it took less than a minute,” Baker says. “I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, but I’d rather work with Stephanie than anybody on earth. I feel really, really dedicated to Stephanie and I want to encourage her in any way that I can,” Baker says. Foos says the most pivotal point in her young career came in August of 2008 when her mother, Priscilla Foos, lost her life to cancer. “It was a turning point for me. It was like, ‘What do I want to do?’ I was almost fearless. Life is so short, I don’t want to spend it with the regret of not seeing where my dreams could have gone. “Music also helped me process my grief. It was a way of connecting with my heart,” Foos says. She also got to honor her mother by performing at this year’s Relay For Life. “I finally got to sing the National Anthem,” she says with a smile. • Stephanie Foos expects to release her first full-length CD this month. Learn more at

Jon Lewis has been a writer for the past 31 years, working at newspapers in Woodland, Davis, Vacaville and Redding. A longtime San Francisco Giants fan, his interests include golf, fishing and steering clear of what appears to be a resident cat-cougar hybrid. He has called Redding home for 25 years.

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In the heart of historic downtown Cottonwood, in an old train depot painted a cheery yellow, is a business that has become a destination for quilters and others drawn by the lure of textiles. “It’s not a fabric store,” says owner Cherie Shaeffer. “It’s a shoppe, with that extra p and e.” Quilts in the Attic does indeed deserve its extra letters. The five-year-old “shoppe” serves up the latest in fabric and design trends for traditional quilters in an atmosphere that includes service as old-fashioned and friendly as the buildings that surround it. “Quilters become family,” says Shaeffer. “There’s more to it than just fabric here.” Nothing warms a room more than a quilt, and Quilts in the Attic is filled with them, the majority of which have been made by Shaeffer. The prolific and award-winning quilter makes almost 50 quilts a year, including her own designs, samples for projects available at the shoppe, and the typically cylindrical designs of 1820s-era traditional quilts she prefers. Her long-arm quilting skills have been used on quilts featured in such popular quilting books as Lynne Hagmeier’s “Piecing the Past” and Marti Michelle’s “Guacamole and Salsa on the Side.” Like many quilters, Shaeffer began learning her craft at her grandmother’s knee. As a 2-year-old, she would sew buttons to cloth while her grandmother and her grandmother’s eight sisters met weekly for crafting sessions. “It’s been a part of my life since I can remember,” she says. Her other grandmother was a seamstress. And yet, with all the happiness the store brings her, the recent death of her mother almost had her packing it all up. She closed herself off from it for a few weeks and withdrew from the world. When she returned, however, she realized that customers had been checking in on her, bringing cards and flowers. It dawned on her: “The store is actually my family and my customers are my family.” She had a blowout birthday party in September 2010 to celebrate everything the shop had become to her. In a tough economy, part of the store’s success is to take business on the road. About 15 weekends a year, Shaeffer and her

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husband Rodney will be found at a vending booth at all three major California quilt shows and most smaller guild shows from Stockton north. And yet, even with the need to take to the road, Cherie and Rodney are firmly committed to the community of Cottonwood. They never wanted to be in a strip mall and find mutual benefit to being in the historic downtown. “This town needs retail,” she says, noting that busloads of up to 60 quilters sometimes stop by the store, taking in the surrounding businesses as they check in on hers. “We’ve put Cottonwood on the map that way, in the eyes of a quilter.” It may seem like Shaeffer doesn’t rest, but in fact she keeps to a rigid sleep schedule: in bed by 10 pm and up at 6 am. From 6 on, she is a whirling dervish of activity. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987, just a year after the birth of her youngest son, she finds that a regular sleep pattern is one of the best ways to manage her disease. A survivor of two bouts of cancer, she’s learned to trust her instincts in caring for herself. “I say no when I have to say no,” she says, yet adding the seemingly contradictory, “I fight through it.” She knows it would be hard for people to believe that the vivacious and energetic self she projects to the world was once bedridden and in a wheelchair full time. “It’s a big part of my life,” she states. “It gauges my energy level at times, but I don’t let it dictate to me. I don’t let it be the excuse. Ever.” And so she cheerfully soldiers on, making plans to offer spring and fall quilt retreats for her customers and keeping her eye on the latest trends in fabric and design. “I view this as an act of love for the quilting industry,” she says, noting that one of her highest compliments was a customer saying, “I come here because you are so excited about what you are doing.” “Every time I get to my lowest ebb, the store will do something magnificent,” she notes, adding, “What better thing can you do with your time than inspire other people?” • Quilts in the Attic 3240 Brush Street, Cottonwood, CA (530) 347-5994 •

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It’s an experience many diners have enjoyed when out of town and looking for somewhere to eat: you ask a local where to go and he or she sends you to that cute little place that serves up a meal so memorable that it becomes the highlight of the trip. That’s the concept Sharon Heryford aimed for 20 years ago when she opened the La Grange Café in Weaverville. By most accounts, she has hit the mark. The Main Street restaurant has proven to be a mainstay for locals and it continues to delight visitors who find their way to Trinity County. “An absolute gem of a restaurant in this small gold mining town,” reads one online review on “The staff was all very friendly and we couldn’t have asked for better service at the bar or in the restaurant. The menu is varied (steak, fish, pasta, etc.) and excellently

prepared,” says another from It’s easy to see why the La Grange is so popular at home and abroad. It occupies an 1850s bank building made of brick, situated in the heart of a quaint little town whose residents take pride in the lack of a single stoplight, and it serves up creative, sumptuous meals that highlight locally produced and seasonal fixin’s. “I enjoy having fun in the kitchen,” Heryford says by way of explaining why she has incorporated buffalo, venison and other nontraditional foods into a menu that also features steak and seafood. Her longtime customers, including a “very strong Bay Area steelhead fishing clientele,” have to come to expect fun and interesting options on the La Grange menu and Heryford is happy to keep them happy. continued on page 38

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That sense of adventure is evident every week from 5 to 7 pm on “freeloader Fridays,” when Heryford and her staff put out a changing and often whimsical array of appetizers. The tradition sprang from a big cocktail party Heryford and her husband, Duane, put on to mark the restaurant’s opening. Thanksgiving is also a special day at the La Grange, and Heryford doesn’t mind veering from tradition at times; past dinners have featured turkey, duck, quail, goose, venison and even wild boar. Homemade marionberry cobbler is typically the dessert of choice, but other confections find their way onto the menu from time to time.

Heryford says she’s been stocking up at farmers’ markets since day one and emphasizes sustainable, organic and local foods whenever possible. She decided to make buffalo—a high-protein meat known for its low fat and cholesterol levels—a part of her game plan shortly after opening “because we were trying to do things to differentiate us from other places.” She started with buffalo burgers and added a buffalo meatloaf and a grass-fed buffalo filet mignon. The latter dishes were inspired when her husband entered her in a national buffalo cooking contest in Grants Pass, Ore., and she took third place with ragout of buffalo braised with an Oregon stout beer. That stew also remains on the menu, but Heryford switched to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale since it’s locally sourced. The La Grange Café also is well known as a watering hole, and even its bar has its own back story. It began as part of a soda fountain in a drug store in Kalispell, Mont., and later found its way onto the set of the film “Heaven’s Gate” that starred Kris Kristofferson. The Heryfords discovered it in a barn in Palo Cedro and made it the centerpiece of their restaurant. Bar offerings include a nice selection of single-malt scotch, handcrafted microbrews on tap and even absinthe, the preferred spirit of Vincent Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde. Storing an impressive wine selection in the former Bank of Trinity vault adds a little more character to the café. Heryford moved to Weaverville as a teenager when her father went to work on the Trinity Dam. She was attending Trinity High School when she met her future husband, who was enrolled at Chico State. Heryford opened a floor-covering business in Weaverville and her husband started a lumberyard. As their four children grew older and more independent, the Heryfords got out of both businesses. Duane Heryford got involved with Superior California Economic Development while Heryford focused on caring for her mother-in-law. She also continued her habit of serving as the principal cook for non-profit events like the popular Chinese New Year’s dinner hosted by the Weaverville Rotary Club. One day, while Duane Heryford was perusing the Shasta College course catalog and came across the culinary arts offerings, “he said, ‘You might as well learn about what you’ve always done for fun.’” Heryford soon found herself enrolled in the three-semester program. Upon graduation, she opened her restaurant in the former Alps Café building and named it La Grange in honor of the large hydraulic mine that operated a few miles west of Weaverville. On New Year’s Eve in 1999, she opened in her current location in the Solomon Building. A fire destroyed the kitchen on July 29, 2006, but the La Grange arose from the ashes in January of 2007 and has been putting smiles on customers’ faces ever since. • La Grange Café 520 Main St., Weaverville (530) 623-5325

Jon Lewis has been a writer for the past 31 years, working at newspapers in Woodland, Davis, Vacaville and Redding. A longtime San Francisco Giants fan, his interests include golf, fishing and steering clear of what appears to be a resident cat-cougar hybrid. He has called Redding home for 25 years.

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A trip back in time in F rench G u lch The drive west from Redding to French Gulch spans only about 17 miles in distance. But the trip tends to roll back the clock about 150 years. Enter Main Street in the small community and one quickly encounters the E. Franck & Co. tavern and French Gulch Hotel, living monuments to the Gold Rush era sitting across from each other. “This place has so much history it gets

overwhelming,” says Johnny Felsher, who owns the E. Franck & Co. bar with his wife of 51 years, Barbara. Barbara’s family lineage has been with the establishment since its construction in the late 1850s. Through the swinging doors of E. Franck & Co., a visitor feels the past viscerally. A massive brass and nickel National cash register dates back 135 years. The walls are packed with antique firearms and all manner

of vintage clothing, ancient currency, bottles, cans and more. Felsher pulls out a ledger that shows entries as far back as the 1860s (an entry for four drinks purchased in 1869 was logged at 50 cents). The interior structure includes twofoot-thick stone walls and an adobe roof. continued on page 44

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Across the street, owners Michael Smith and John Pearson run the French Gulch Hotel (built in 1885), which includes a restaurant, bar, and bed & breakfast business. The hotel was formerly the Feeny Hotel, an establishment run by Richard Feeny and his family for 60 years. The hotel’s historic bar was built in England in the 1850s. The wood survived a trip around Cape Horn to San Francisco, where it came to French Gulch by horse-drawn wagon. It was originally located in the Empire Hotel, now gone, but once just a block away. The hotel’s restaurant/bar is open from 5 to 8 pm Wednesday and Thursday and later on Friday and Saturday, where karaoke and live music are featured. There’s also a 10:30 am to 2 pm Sunday brunch. Smith and Pearson bought the hotel in 2008 after relocating from Tacoma, Wash. “This town’s taken to us,” Smith says. “We’re all a family here. I call it a big dysfunctional family, but we take care of each other. It’s a labor of love.” Thankfully, a ferocious wildfire from 2004 somehow missed torching the hotel and the E. Franck & Co. The blaze took out the town’s historic I.O.O.F. hall and several residential homes as it scalded its way toward Eastman Peak and the County Line ridge. Evidence of the blaze can still be seen throughout town and the surrounding ridges. Felsher remembers firefighters ordering him out of town for his safety and having no idea what to grab among all the artifacts in the E. Franck and Co. “Nobody knew if there’d be anything left,” he says.

There are still some feisty Wild West elements to the E. Franck & Co. bar, a consistent hang for locals who enter in the back door during the day Monday through Wednesday. The front door of the tavern is open 9:30 am to 6 pm Thursday through Sunday. There are still a number of dollar bills on the ceiling. Johnny Felsher’s mother-in-law, Bernice Fox, 96, used to fold a dollar bill in half, push a tack through it, then, using a silver dollar as ballast, toss it to the ceiling and make it stick. Bernice’s husband, George, was a tireless worker at the tavern for more than four decades. “I like telling people about this place,” says Felsher. “My father-inlaw was a priceless man. He worked here every day of the week. He only took the Fourth of July off. He’d work a half day on Christmas and Thanksgiving. If I go on a trip, the first day (I’m away) I start worrying about this place.”• French Gulch Hotel (530) 359-2112 14138 Main Street • French Gulch

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R obb W olf T ests his s u rvival skills on ‘ I , caveman ’ Robb Wolf (pictured far right) spends much of his life talking the caveman talk. The Discovery Channel recently gave him the opportunity to walk the walk. Wolf, the co-founder of NorCal Strength and Conditioning in Chico, was one of 10 men and women chosen for the two-hour show “I, Caveman,” starring acclaimed filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”). The challenge? Spend 10 days in a rugged Colorado forest, equipped with two days of survival training, basic raw materials of caveman life and two days’ worth of water. TV crews captured their every move as an archaeologist, a prehistoric survival expert, a wilderness doctor and a biological anthropologist observed. “This was literally the toughest thing I have ever done, physically, psychologically,” Wolf says. “I’ve always considered myself to be a resilient person, but this show surprised me, both how much

suffering one can endure but also how strong the desire for success can be.” Producers were looking for an expert on Paleo and ancestral diets, and Wolf was recommended. The Enterprise High School graduate is a former research biochemist and the New York Times bestselling author of “The Paleo Solution – The Original Human Diet.” His topranked podcast, book and seminars have been used all over the world. A former California powerlifiting champion, he coaches elite athletes and has given seminars in nutrition, strength and conditioning to NASA, Naval Special Warfare and the United States Marine Corps. With “equal parts excitement and dread,” Wolf traded street clothes for moccasins and leather clothing, and was deposited in the wilderness. His first televised triumph was helping to successfully continued on page 48

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coax fire from sticks. The challenges piled up from there, with wet, freezing conditions and scarce food. Under these circumstances, a typical man needs 3,800 to 4,000 calories per day, yet on most days, the cast took in just a few hundred. By Day 3, they had eaten snails and cattails, and were overjoyed to catch some trout with their bare hands. By Day 7, Wolf was ready to join two castmates who had quit. “I was about at the end of my reserves,” he says. “I was just very lethargic and tired. My cognition was fine – I could think, but my body was in slow motion. Eight days of starvation mixed with a massive amount of activity was pretty tough… I had to reach down very deep to hang in there, mainly thinking about my wife (Nicki Violetti) and her dad and not wanting to let them down.” On Day 8, the team rose before dawn to hunt, and came upon a herd of elk. Wolf seized his opportunity and heaved his atlatl (spear) outfitted with a Paleolithic stone point. “I hit the neck and knew it was a kill shot,” he says. Overcome with emotion, the starving team paid respects to the animal. Wolf, a bow hunter who eschews rifle hunting because “humans have enough advantages in this day and age,” says it’s always difficult to kill a living thing. “I value all life and I take that whole process very seriously.” 48 Enjoy December 2011

The successful hunt gave eight grateful bellies the nourishment they needed to make it through Day 10. Wolf ’s solid understanding of human metabolism helped him finish the experiment, he says. “Many of my castmates did not understand the trade-offs in walking a mile to collect snow for water, versus drinking water from a local seep well,” Wolf says. “The well water was cloudy but safe, and did not cost us much in energy to get to it.” In addition, “some would not eat the food available, little that it was,” he says. “From a survival standpoint, these were terrible ideas. We live in an era of ‘cultural relativism’ in which everyone’s opinion somehow carries equal merit. In a survival situation, you quickly discover how dangerous this can be.” Wolf had to adjust his leadership style. “We had people with no survival experience who had large opinions and personalities,” he says. “It was tough to navigate the need to get folks doing things in a smart way, yet handle their objections in a manner that did not create additional strife in the group. I tend to be a heavy-handed leader, ‘my way or the highway,’ and I had to modify that approach for this situation.” Despite the intense drama portrayed on TV, Wolf enjoyed “laughing hysterically” with castmates and getting away from multitasking. “In my normal life, I deal with media interviews, blogs, podcasts, phone calls and being a husband. During the experiment, my tasks were simple and straightforward. It’s a remarkably low-stress way to live.” And he’s now careful to make more time for nature and rest. “The show made me reevaluate my priorities,” he says. “We are here for a very short time and it’s important to spend our time with folks we love and do things we enjoy.” He struggles when trying to identify what he’d miss if permanently sent back in time. “I guess medical care,” he says. “I had a finger that got infected during the show and it got really nasty before the show doctor put me on antibiotics. But honestly, I could live without TV, social media and all that. Now that I think about it, plumbing and hot water are pretty awesome.” If he could bring a piece of caveman life into the modern world, it would be the intense social connectivity. “I think we see this in traditional cultures who have extended families and multigenerational homes,” Wolf says. “It represents a remarkable support network that we usually do not benefit from in our modern world.” His first actual meal upon returning home, 16 pounds lighter? “Funny enough, elk,” he says. “Production brought all of the animal in for processing, and I had that with some salad, a margarita and some dark chocolate.” As keepsakes, he took home his atlatl (now mounted on his office wall) and his caveman clothes (sealed in a plastic bag). “Not surprisingly, they smell like a caveman,” he says. •

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fifteen min utes with TA NI A & JO HN ­– OWNER S O F T H E B E ST LI T T L E SA NDWI C H S HO P NAME: Tania Wache and John Alcantar, owners of The Best Little Sandwich Shop PERSONAL: Tania: John and I are engaged to be married, hopefully next fall. JOB/TITLE: John: Tania is the commander in chief. She’s head honcho, big wig, the boss. Tania is sole proprietor, owner, captain and pilot and I am her co-pilot. HOW LONG HAVE YOU OWNED THE BUSINESS? Tania: Our first day open was Nov. 1, 2010, the day the Giants won the World Series. HOW MANY EMPLOYEES? Tania: About 10. I am trying to open a huge second location on Bechelli/Cypress, so, if you know someone who can make a delicious sandwich, come talk to us! HOW MANY SANDWICHES ARE ON YOUR MENU? John: We offer 50 sandwiches on our original menu, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. We also have over 55 new, customer-designed sandwich creations on our “secret silly” menu! WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU GO THROUGH THE MOST? Tania: Sourdough and dutch crunch rolls are most popular, with our glutenfree bread close behind. Our famous TBL chicken is queen of the meats, with approximately 250 lbs. served weekly. Our “Secret Silly” sauce and pepperjack cheese both seem to fly out the door. WHO PICKS THE NAMES OF YOUR SANDWICHES? John: You do! With customer-created masterpieces becoming more frequent (and highly encouraged), we allow the sandwich creator to give input during the naming process. Sometimes, Tania will ask her Facebook friends for thoughts on sandwich names. Tania and I named the original 50, with inspiration coming from the local community, family and close friends. WHICH SANDWICH IS MOST POPULAR? Tania: #5, the Big Mother Trucker, takes the cake for meat eaters. For veggie lovers, it’s #37, the Sundial Sandwich. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN THE SHOP? John: Tania and I were both sandwich artists at Bobba Lou’s a few years ago. After Lou’s closed, we decided to bring true deli-style subs back to Redding. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? John: I wanted to be president or a professional baseball player. Tania: I wanted to be a nurse or an executive secretary. I guess there was something appealing about keeping a whole office organized!

WHAT IS THE STRANGEST THING THAT YOU’VE HAD TO DO AT WORK? John: Our customers really enjoy pushing their sandwich creations to the limit. Some “sandwiches” have been pretty gosh darn strange! Next time, try your sandwich JustinTime style! Tania: For me, it was when I got a phone call from Zach saying he and Rebecca had just been robbed at gunpoint. Nobody was hurt, but definitely strange. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE? Tania: It’s challenging finding super outstanding new sandwiches to create. John: We can’t make these sandwiches fast enough sometimes, so our challenge is to remind customers to call their orders in early so they can just come in and out. WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW? Both: Enjoy magazine! WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? Tania: Either “The Sweetest Thing” or “Dumb and Dumber.” John: I was going to say “Dumb and Dumber”! I’d say“Kung Fu Hustle” or “Boondock Saints.” I AM A...: John: Sandwich-making ninja. Tania: Young business woman of America. FAVORITE QUOTE: Tania: “Life isn’t about how many breaths you take, but how many moments take your breath away.” John: “Vegetarian is just an old Native American word for ’bad hunter.’” HOBBIES? John: Snowboarding, golfing and playing with my dogs. Tania: Watching movies, shopping and being John’s caddy. WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? John: I’d love to take a few years, and vacation around the world. Tania: His answer sounds great. I’m going too! WHAT’S YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT? Tania: Opening the shop so quickly took a lot of sweat and tears, especially being just 24 and having no clue how things would turn out. So far, so good! John: Waking up early this morning, and seeing Tania still asleep next to me. WHO IS THE WIND BENEATH YOUR WINGS? Tania: My family has always been there for me. After losing my father several years ago, I know his guidance from Heaven helps make my life possible today. John: Bobba Lou, my dad. Ever since I was young, he would be at work from sunrise to sundown. I always wanted to grow up to be a hard worker like him. WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE ABOUT YOU? Tania: I have a 140 bowling average. John: I once had a pedicure, and got my nails painted orange & black for the San Francisco Giants. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN THE NORTH STATE? John: Being so close to Mt. Shasta and all the lakes. Tania: I loved golfing with John this summer, so the hot weather here is perfect. December 2011 Enjoy 51

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W oodworker E d C lark ’ s whimsical birdho u ses Around Ed Clark’s home, the birds are cheerier, their songs a little sweeter. Why? The digs, of course. Ed has been crafting homes for feathered friends for five years. His designs range from simple and rustic cottages to elaborate, hand-painted condos. Using recycled materials like weathered fence boards, old cowboy boots and vintage door knobs, he is not only providing shelter for birds, he is lightening the load on Mother Earth. And, the birdhouses keep this spry 85-year-old busy. “When you get to be as old as I am, you gotta keep going or you don’t make it,” Ed says. “I would rather be down there in the shop than watching the boob tube.” Doris, his wife of 67 years, agrees. “He’s not going to just sit in the house. He’s got to have something to do,” she says. continued on page 56 December 2011 Enjoy 55


Story: Gary VanDeWalker

Ed’s interest in woodworking piqued 23 years ago when he was living in Mount Shasta. “He had a friend, an older man, who showed him how to carve birds,” Doris says. “Years later, his sister sent him a subscription to Birds and Blooms and he was hooked on birdhouses.” “I got to lookin’ at those houses and thought, well, I can make those,” says Ed. And he has -- more than 500 to date. After working as a carpenter for 30 years, building birdhouses was a cinch. With photos as inspiration, he began designing his own patterns to accommodate the frequent visitors to his three-acre sanctuary: nuthatches, titmice, song sparrows, finches and bluebirds. “I have to make the entry hole the size of the smaller birds or the scrub jays and starlings will get in and rob the nests,” he says. Although these species nest in April and May, Ed supplies houses all year. During his busiest season, you’ll find him around town, just off the blacktop, selling his handiwork from the back of his mobile shop. “I sell houses from November to May mostly, but I sell quite a few around Christmas,” says Ed. When summer comes around, Ed gets busy stocking his shelves and catering to customers who swing by his workshop to browse his wares. “All through the year people call and want birdhouses, then they come on out and pick up one,” says Ed. “I usually try to keep anywhere from 75 to 100 made.” Keeping many houses ready to go is especially useful when

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customers request special orders, like recently, when a Redding couple called with a clever idea for wedding reception decorations. “They bought 15 for their wedding and will put one on each table,” says Ed. “I left the roofs off and they’ll use the bases for flowers.” Later, the couple will reattach the roofs and reuse the houses in their garden. Sitting in their own garden, Ed points to the unique and colorful houses -- each one having its own story -- and they tell of the bird families that return year after year. Ed admits that the extra cash from birdhouse sales is nice. And Doris enjoys the extra spending money, too. She recalls how her husband earned enough last year to finance a once-in-a-lifetime road trip to Colorado for the couple, their daughter and son-in-law. “We got to see country we had never seen and will probably never see again,” says Doris, “and all the while he was having fun.” •

Amber Galusha is a writer and blogger who is inspired by nature’s wonders and the amazingly creative people in her life. She lives in Redding with her husband, son, dog and the many creatures that inhabit her garden. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her gardening, knitting or cruising around town on her motorcycle.

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All Fired Up is a creative pottery studio where you can paint a memorable Christmas present while enjoying time together with friends & family. Our studio offers art lessons, birthday parties, can accommodate special artistic events and is a great place to host a Christmas corporate gathering. Come by our studio for a unique experience! All Fired Up 1818 Churn Creek Rd. Redding

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Jeantette’s Come see us for fashionable Christmas gifts! *Jewelry *Accessories *Scarves *Wearable Art *Evening Wear *Summer Cruise Wear

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Fleet Feet The Fleet Feet gift card is the easiest way for you or someone you know to enjoy the Fleet Feet experience. Always the perfect size and color. Always the perfect fit. Fleet Feet Sports 1376 Hilltop Dr. Redding


The Businesses at The Spa Shoppes Voted Best of The North State. Gift Certificates and Packages Available • Massage & Body Treatments Pedicures & Manicures, Facials & Waxing • Maternity Services & More Mention this ad for 20% off any service until 1/31/12 The Businesses at The Spa Shoppes 1452 Oregon St. Downtown Redding

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Red Fox Bring a NEW pair of SOCKS and/or UNDERWEAR to Red Fox Boutique and Gifts during the month of December & receive 10% OFF your entire store purchase. All items will be donated to the Good News Rescue Mission December 23rd. Thank you for your donation and support. Merry Christmas! Red Fox Boutique and Gifts 2649 Park Marina Dr. Redding

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Anderson’s Fine Jewelry Need a high priced gift for under $100? Our Crislu line is made of sterling silver with a platinum overlay and Cubic Zirconia stones. Perfect for everyday wear as it doesn’t tarnish. Inventory includes stackable rings, necklaces and earrings.

Cookies & Yogurt Gourmet cookies baked daily with over 20 different varieties • Orders for all size groups & party occasions • Unique gifts for everyone for the Christmas holidays & all other occasions • Custom gift baskets & shipping available

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Fabrics Etc is more than just beautiful home decor fabrics, drapery, bedding and upholstery. We’re exclusive purveyors of Tyler Candle Company products, Sid Dickens Memory Blocks, and Mistral French body products. Spruce up your home with new window coverings, a new bedspread, or new accessories.

Urban Retreat We’ve designed our approach around the modern spa goer. Treatments are the center of our universe, focusing on effectiveness, luxury and relaxation. Indulge with massage, body, facial & beauty treatments, spa manicure and pedicure. Give the ultimate gift certificate of wellness this Holiday Season.

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Peter Lopez Salon Holiday gift certificates available. $10 off cut and color (new clients only). Our mission is to provide expert, up-to-date imaging to our clients. Comfort and quality is our focus. Peter Lopez Salon Inside GOA Wellness/Fitness 1740 Eureka Way Redding

Lisa Hoeft, stylist (530) 339-0955 Peter Lopez, stylist (530) 526-8022

The Brass Reed All your band and orchestra Christmas needs. Also ukuleles and violins in stock. Repairs and service of all band and orchestra instruments.

The Brass Reed 2650 Market St. Redding

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Jindra’s Antiques & Collectables Browse for a valuable treasure, unusual gift or that long-lost childhood toy. Antiques, collectables, furniture, pottery, cookie jars, vintage clothing and lots, lots more. We’re bigger than we look. Explore our 7 rooms, over 5,000 sq. ft. Holiday hours 7 days a week 10am to 5pm. Jindra’s Antiques & Collectables 460 E Cypress Ave. Redding

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José Antonio’s Fine Gifts and Gardens ec•lec•tic: Adjective 1. Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems or styles. Noun: 1. One that follows an eclectic method. 2. José Antonio’s. Save 25% Storewide Until Christmas! José Antonio’s Fine Gifts & Gardens 870 Hartnell Redding

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Mooney Farms

Finders Keepers New, used & consigned furniture • High quality discounted prices • Delivery, pick-up and helpful service & design Ideas Finders Keepers (across from CR Gibbs) 2235 Hilltop Dr. Redding

Mooney Farms Our new Tuscan tasting room and storefront is now open. Travel the Mediterranean with sun-dried tomatoes, California EVOO, Gourmet gift baskets & enjoy local favorites like Basque Norte.

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Collector’s Choice For a unique gift for that special someone, Collector’s Choice is the place to shop. Sports autographs & memorabilia, swords & knives, dragons & fairies, comics & graphic novels, John Wayne & Marilyn Monroe. 10% off sports autograph with this ad. Collector’s Choice 1714 Churn Creek Rd. Redding

Our new Tuscan tasting room and storefront is now open. Travel the Mediterranean with our sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil. Gift baskets are available to purchase or create your own unique design.

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Oasis Fun Center Come celebrate the Holiday season with Oasis Fun Center and our latest attraction, the mechanical bull. Buy one ride, get one ride Free with this limited holiday season offer!

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Giggle All The Way! shop our green gift guide Greenfeet offers a large selection of green home goods and local, artisan foods • Free local pickup • $4.95 flat rate shipping • Local & Made in America products • Save $5 on orders over $30. Use code Enjoy22

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Grandpa’s As Seen on TV Store Thousands of items unique to the greater Redding area Avoid shipping charges See it, touch it & take it home Gift certificates available

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Story: Melissa Mendonca

Photo: Trayce Dethero



J an K essner ’ s E TC . M E R C A N T I L E It takes just a few steps in the door of Etc. Mercantile in Cottonwood to realize that the store is aptly named. “I named it Etc. so I could bring in anything I wanted to,” says owner Jan Kessner with a laugh. “It’s a little bit of everything.” Chock-a-block with delights ranging from nostalgia-inducing old fashioned toys and candy (the latter being more popular with adults than children), to antiques, to an extensive range of greeting cards, Etc. Mercantile is a labor of love for Kessner. “It’s kind of a business I fell into,” she says. “It just started growing and growing.” After a successful career in early childhood education in Elk Grove and Riverside, Jan moved to the North State when her husband took work for a teachers’ union. She had spent 11 years as a Braille specialist in Elk Grove working with blind and visually impaired children. With time on her hands upon the move to Lake California, she originally thought of opening a small business in a planned strip mall in her community. When the strip mall fell through, she opened in the historic district of Cottonwood. Now in its fourth location, Etc. Mercantile has become a catch-all for the Cottonwood community. “I try to be unique and different,” says Jan, “since I am so close to Walmart.” Unique and different come in the forms of dress-up clothes for girls made locally by Jesse’s Dreams. The fancy dresses come with wands, wings and halos to transform a little girl into the fairy or angel of her fantasy. Smitten by complex, three-dimensional pop-up cards made in England that she received from friends, Jan was soon on the phone to the manufacturer. Today she has an extensive line of the delightful “swing” and “explosive” cards that mail flat but burst into dimension upon unfolding. She has also discovered a New York author’s charming line of children’s books that pair with plush characters. As a volunteer reader 62 Enjoy December 2011

Etc. Mercantile (530) 347-2244 3308 Main St • Cottonwood

at the Cottonwood Head Start Center, the stories and stuffed animals are kid-tested locally to great result. Reading to the preschoolers energizes her, she says, with a warm smile. So does creating smiles on the faces of her young visitors with a big glass jar of bubble gum. “That’s what a mercantile is for,” she says mischievously. She recalls the joy of a little girl visiting who hadn’t been in for months but remembered that Jan kept her gum jar at the ready. The store seems designed around the opportunity to buy gifts that will create bursts of joy and lasting memories. Jan is active in the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce and offers business services such as notarization, copies and fax. She is also a retail space for 10 other dealers who display consignment items ranging from Civil War mementos to household antiques to a wide variety of “Life is Good” t-shirts. In December, Etc. Mercantile stays open until 9 pm, and she brings out cookies, chips and dip and hot cider to create a festive atmosphere in the already overflowing shop. She is particularly fond of the week before Christmas, when harried fathers bring their kids in to shop. Adults tend to become as entranced with the tin wind-up toys, yarn doll kits and jack in the boxes as the children they are meant to entertain. As Jan says, scanning the store with a wide sweep of her arms, “It’s amazing how once you start something...” • Melissa Mendonca is passionate about adding stamps to her passport and just as enthusiastic about her hometown of Red Bluff. A graduate of San Francisco State and Tulane universities, she believes in mentoring and service to create communities everyone can enjoy. Her favorite words are rebar, wanderlust and change.

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Story: Melissa Gulden

party perfect and work appropriate

With so many holiday parties, school performances and work gatherings, how do you make the leap from office time to prime time with can’t-lose looks, all the while maintaining work-appropriate style?

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Face the Day In or out of the office, makeup looks its best on healthy, hydrated skin, so start with a good moisturizer for a smooth surface. Try Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($40, Sephora). Don’t neglect a primer: designed to keep you holiday photo ready, primers contain vitamins and antioxidants to smooth and perfect skin. Try new Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer, $42.* Skin tends to be drier during winter, and this new primer helps to hydrate. For the old-school office setting, stick with a monochromatic face: tinted moisturizer paired with illuminating concealer will warm skin under harsh fluorescent lights. Neutral blush, lip stain and mascara are essentials. Be sure to also de-puff each morning with an eye gel. Try Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage, $26, Macys. The cool metal roller feels like heaven after a night of holiday merriment. A good under-eye concealer and highlighter will keep those peepers photo-ready. My new fave is Mac Prolongwear concealer. It’s long wearing, yet lightweight and doesn’t settle into fine lines ($17). The Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand ($32) provides an instantly radiant complexion and a dewy glow. Often, dry heat and one-too-many glasses of wine can leave skin red and irritated. Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder ($32.50) returns skin to normal and takes away the shine, to boot. Just downed a super-sized latte? A peppermint lip balm will moisturize, tingle and help with fresh breath when you’re talking to people up close. Often, in December, cosmetics lines carry specialty sets, such as Philosophy Candy Cane Lip Balm. It’s sweet and minty all at once. Look for it online.

Hair Memo Above all, you want healthy, shiny hair at the office. It shouldn’t be overly bleached, heavily highlighted or have deep roots, or it will appear rough and brittle. The subtle version of the ombré hair trend actually works well because it looks more natural. During office hours, opt for smooth and sleek styles. A touch of pomade tames flyaways around the hairline. Set hair in large Velcro rollers, and then pull just the front section back and lightly hairspray. When you shake it loose at the end of the workday, your hair will still have volume for the evening. Eau de P-You! Your CK One shouldn’t announce your arrival before you enter the conference room— this isn’t eighth grade. Remember, fragrance is a reflection of someone’s personality, like a wardrobe item. If your perfume style slants toward the heavy, spicy variety, try using the lotion for a more workfriendly impression. If you like body sprays, which are lighter, don’t just spray liberally; spritz into the air and walk through the mist. If you must reapply for an after-hours event, don’t spray at the office. Instead, try a rollerball or solid style for more precise application. Power Polish News flash: It’s a celebrity’s job to have a neon manicure, not yours. Try a new color, yes. You aren’t sanctioned to wear Ballet Slipper pink forever. But nix the trendy nail art and keep everything else minimal. The key to doing color at work is a short, round nail shape. And if your nail bed looks rough and chipped, take it all off.

Stick to multitasking cosmetics that are as efficient as you are. Keep them in your desk drawer, along with a pair of heels and a sparkly blouse, and you’ll be set to deck the halls in no time. • *Smashbox products can be found at the Powder Room in Chico, 239 Broadway Ave.

Melissa Gulden returned to Redding five years ago, just in time for Enjoy! She has a master’s degree in English and a bachelors degree in journalism. She is a teacher at University Preparatory School and a member of The Dance Project, as well as a certified MAC makeup artist.

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Steve Goedert

Steve Goedert’s wood shop is a piece of Millville history. It’s in the carriage house next to his home, which was built on a homestead in 1897. As you pull into the driveway, the carriage house looks as though it should house a horse-drawn buggy. But when the doors are opened, it is actually a complete wood shop filled with tools and history at every turn. The home and carriage house were built from lumber milled in Oak Run at a steam-powered mill. The first thing you see when you walk into Goedert’s 1,000–square-foot shop is a picture of his grandfather, who taught him woodworking. As he walks around the shop, he points to tools that belonged to his grandfather. “Every piece has a story and a place of honor,” he says. Goedert also collects and refurbishes old power tools. His workshop is filled with tools from a past era. In his rural setting and historic building, Goedert produces handcrafted pieces of furniture that would be treasured in any era. Goedert, an optometrist by day, uses words like “home” and “peaceful” when describing his shop. He refers to it as a secure and creative place to “get my mind off the world.” As he talks about rainy days and having a fire going to keep the shop warm, he smiles the smile of someone who is very content in his creative environment.

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When Gwen Walker Strahan talks about her recent art studio remodel, she says, ”I wanted lots of light, a gallery to do and share my work, and tall ceilings.” Whether it’s oils, encaustic or photography, Strahan is the consummate artist and her studio space is designed to reflect her sensibilities. “I can’t not paint,” she says. “Sometimes it’s wonderful, sometimes frustrating, but it frees me.” Strahan’s 15x27-foot studio is attached to the back of her house. Its windows look west over the vineyard that her husband John planted. Beyond the vineyard, she looks out over the mountains west of Redding. On the east wall, an oldworld arched redwood door leads to the wine cellar that her husband built during the remodel to store the fruits of his wine-making labor. Strahan’s studio has floor-to-ceiling cabinets with vertical and horizontal storage, a large countertop area, walls covered in art and works in progress in corners around the studio. “I like organization, a place to store materials,” she says. The studio softly spills over into the rest of her house, where the walls are filled with paintings and photographs that seem to radiate from her studio. Strahan loves her new space. “This is where I go. This is where I need to be. This is where I’m Gwen,” she says. “This studio is a big part of me. This is where I need to live.” continued on page 70 December 2011 Enjoy 69

Jan Cameron

Jan Cameron hand builds pots in the Apache tradition in her 700-square-foot studio on a ridge in central Redding. As she sits at her work table, she looks out over her gardens with Mt. Shasta as the backdrop. “I often wander in my garden and cut flowers to bring into my studio. Sometimes I burn sage to cleanse my studio. My studio is my sanctuary.” Cameron designed and built her art studio in 1996 so it could also be an in-law unit if needed. It includes a tidy work area and a full kitchen, bathroom and cozy couch for those days when a nap is in order. Cameron regularly travels to New Mexico to get her raw micaceous clay and study with an Apache potter. “I appreciate learning from other people who’ve been doing it longer than I have,” she says. Finished pots are stored neatly on metal racks, and others in various stages of completion sit on other shelves. “Perhaps it’s my background as a financial advisor, but I like everything very organized,” she says.

They may call it a ref u ge from the o utside world, a place to create art, a place to catch their breath , a place to feel safe eno u gh to let their imaginations go, or a room of their own. Jan Scanlin

Glass artist Jan Scanlin’s studio – once a bee aviary – is a maze of creative spaces. When Scanlin first rented the space 11 years ago, it was an open 40x60-foot metal building with an additional 600-square-foot outbuilding. She saw this as an opportunity to design what she wanted and jumped on it. She sliced and diced the space up to create rooms for a showroom, layout and design area, sandblasting room, photography area, and storage and kiln room, as well as space to sublet to other artists. Presently, painter Raette Meredith and Susan Emerson (who does jewelry, collage and painting) use part of the building for their studios, and one more space is available. Scanlin likes the country setting west of Redding. Standing in her main layout-workspace, she says, “Looking out the windows I might see wild turkeys or the resident buck walk by. I love my space, mess and all. It feels very comfortable, like a second home.” • Bruce Greenberg has lived as far away as Australia and as high up as Colorado’s continental divide. He finds his home in Igo to be just about perfect. He is a full-time studio furniture maker and occasional writer. 70 Enjoy December 2011

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M aking m u sic is the right fit for this R edding B and Phil Rapin admits that a special request in 2005 lit a spark in him. Guitarist friend Tommy Twang invited him to sing at a Shasta Blues Society event. He accepted, and soon afterward was invited to a jam night at a private Redding club. By the time he received his third invitation, he declined. “I didn’t want to jam once in awhile,” he says. “I wanted to start a band.” Rapin, a Redding psychotherapist by day, fulfilled his desire when he joined forces with long-time friends and brothers Jerry and Ed Sellers to form RetroFit. With himself on lead vocals, Jerry Sellers on rhythm guitar and Ed “Ringo” Sellers on drums, they had their core group. Although lead guitarists came and went for the first few years, they chose Dave Zobel in 2008 because he shared the band’s vision. “We weren’t interested in being a club band, playing until 2 am,” Rapin says. “We wanted to do weddings and private parties once or twice a month.” By 2010, after meeting bassist Brian Mann at a Shasta Blues Society event, RetroFit’s lineup was complete. All of the band’s members come from musical backgrounds and families. Early gigs were an eclectic mix of the traditional (weddings and retirement parties)and the novel (fundraisers, local events and even a father-daughter seventh-grade dance). “We’re primarily a dance band,” says Rapin, who remembers the band’s first black-tie event for the North State Cancer League. “It was an annual fundraising ball and there were about 400 guests,” he says. “The dance floor looked like 74 Enjoy December July 2010 2011

a formal mosh pit.” Rapin acknowledges that initially the band went through some growing pains when it came to deciding on musical style and a name. He wanted a blues band, but Jerry and Ed Sellers influenced him in widening the band’s repertoire to include original songs as well as what he characterizes as old time rock ‘n’ roll of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. And the name RetroFit? “I’m a product of the ‘60s. I came up with RetroFit, which basically means changed for the better,” Rapin says. The members agreed the name was apropos and also a catchy way to market their services by inviting potential clients to “RetroFit” their event. As co-founders, Rapin and Jerry Sellers handle all band-related business. Rapin takes care of the bookings and marketing and Sellers chooses the set list, houses the equipment and provides rehearsal space at his Anderson ranch. Last November, the band achieved a milestone with the release of its freshman CD RetroFit 2010. Recorded locally at Ortega Studios in Mountain Gate, the disc includes three original songs, penned by Jerry and Ed Sellers, and eight covers by artists ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Santana and The Doors. Airplay on local radio has increased the band’s visibility, bringing them to the attention of Shasta County’s largest event organizers.

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“Jefferson Public Radio started playing songs off the CD on its blues show and we started to get more gigs,” says Rapin. One of those was as an opening act for this year’s Kool April Nites headliners The Diamonds. Event organizers were so impressed that they invited RetroFit to return next year. The band has also played as part of the Mosquito Serenade series and was the headlining act for the Anderson Explodes! celebration at the Shasta District Fairgrounds, an event that draws thousands of spectators annually. Since June, they’ve also had a standing monthly gig at the French Gulch Hotel, which will run through the end of this month. Currently writing material for its sophomore CD, which is scheduled to be recorded by the end of the year, RetroFit’s future looks bright. Rapin jokes that although the band is gaining in popularity, it hasn’t yet ordered a tour bus. “We don’t do this as our livelihood,” he says. “We do it for fun. We just love music and bringing enjoyment to our fans.” •

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Editor’s note: In February, we gave you some hints for enjoying a romantic weekend in San Francisco. In May, we shared tips for a girlfriends’ getaway to the Rogue Valley. In August, we explored some ideas for a couples’ vacation to the Napa Valley. We round out this series of stories this month with ideas for a fun-filled family trip to Lake Tahoe. December 2011 Enjoy 79

What to pack: Warm, warm clothes! Sleds and other snow toys Travel games Big, family-sized blanket Hot chocolate ingredients (don’t forget marshmallows!) Camera Chains for your vehicle

Today’s families are always on the go – sports, dance, homework, errands, work, social engagements. What better way to hit the “reset” button on your life and reconnect with your family by staging a getaway? Block out a free weekend on your calendar before it fills up, make some reservations and treat yourselves to a few days in lovely Lake Tahoe. The laughter, adventures and memories will stick with you long after the snow melts. We’ll help you get started.

Snow wonder

Lake Tahoe is beautiful year-round, but wintertime is simply spectacular. Slide down the slopes at the numerous snow play areas – you can rent tubes, toboggans and sleds from many local shops. You can also channel your inner Olympian and take to the rink at the South Tahoe Ice Arena. If you’re a skier or snowboarder (or would like to become one), you won’t regret spending some time at one of Tahoe’s world-class ski parks. Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley offer vacation packages that might just be a perfect fit for your family. There’s no doubt that it’s chilly, but consider bundling up and taking your family on a hike or bike ride. The Eagle Falls Hike (park just past Vista Point in Emerald Bay) takes a couple of hours, and you’ll be rewarded with a view like no other. Lots of local shops rent bikes if you don’t want to drag yours along.

Arcades aplenty

Kids can’t go into the area’s famed casinos, but you can get your fill of video overload by filling your pockets with quarters and challenging each other to the imaginative games in the area’s state-of-the-art arcades. The aptly named Heavenly Village is a one-stop shop for family fun – you’ll find miniature golf, ice skating, movies, shopping and continued on page 82 80 Enjoy December 2011

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Horsing around

When the weather is nice, some might argue that there’s no more spectacular way to see some of Tahoe’s nooks and crannies than on horseback. Alpine Meadows Stables (Tahoe City) and Camp Richardson Corral (South Lake Tahoe) offer guided horseback rides through Lake Tahoe National Forest.

Natural wonders

If the weather is nice, consider exploring the breathtaking lake for which this town is named. The kids will be mesmerized with a trip on the M.S. Dixie II or the Tahoe Queen, which offer cruises to points of interest around the lake. Regale them with tales of Tessie, the mascot of Lake Tahoe (think Loch Ness Monster, but friendly). She nibbles algae in the deepest parts of the lake, protecting those who enter the water. Meanwhile, the gemstone-shaped Emerald Bay State Park was carved millions of years ago by glaciers, and it’s a National Natural Landmark. Don’t forget your camera. (Seriously – don’t.) The park features Vikingsholm, known as one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere

Get grubbin’

“I’m hungry, Mom!” Tahoe’s restaurant options will please the pickiest of palates, offering everything from sandwiches to sushi. When we travel, one of our restaurant rules is that we can’t choose a restaurant that is available at home. Austin’s at Incline Village (120 Country Club Drive) is off the beaten path, but offers excellent home cooking, fantastic service and is family-friendly. The rustic Zephyr Cove (760 Highway 50) cooked up one of the best breakfasts we’ve ever had. Want extra-cool parent points? If you’re skiing at Heavenly, you can ski in and out of the Top of the Tram Restaurant. Treat yourself to good grub and amazing views of Tahoe and the Sierras.

Until next time…

Before you know it, everyone’s energy will be expended and it will be time to hit the road back to reality. Consider sending your photos to an online site like Shutterfly to have a small book made, so you can relive the memories until the next excursion. •

Kerri Regan grew up in the North State and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. A freelance writer and editor, Kerri enjoys exploring the North State with her husband and three children.

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What’s Cookin’

By: Lana Granfors

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Swedish Cardamom Bread Swedish cardamom bread was a Christmas tradition in my husband’s family. This sweet yeast bread has a very unique ingredient – cardamom, and every time I smell this bread baking, I think of Ron’s mom, Irene. It does take some time, but it is not difficult and is worth it. Eating this soft, yummy bread straight out of the oven is the best, but it can be reheated in the microwave for 10-12 seconds for that fresh-out-of-the-oven experience. Cardamom bread can be baked in buns, wreaths or braided. The first recipe, Irene’s, calls for braiding the bread. The second, also braided, is a vegan version for son Brian, the biggest fan of Grandma Granfors’ tasty baked treat. The vegan version of this recipe by Vegetarian Times, is an easy, no-knead recipe and the modifications to the original recipe work so well that none of the rich texture is lost. Happy holidays!

Swedish Cardamom Bread Prep and rest time: 2 hrs Bake: 30 minutes Makes 1 loaf No-knead vegan Bread Prep and rest time: 3 ½ hours Bake: 30-45 minutes Makes 2 loaves

Swedish Cardamom Bread ingredients 4 cups flour 1 ½ T instant yeast 1 tsp. ground cardamom 1 ¼ cups lukewarm milk ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup melted butter 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tsp. salt ¼ cup sugar 2 tsp. toasted slivered almonds, optional

No-Knead Swedish Cardamom Vegan Bread ingredients 2 cups almond milk, plus more for brushing loaf top 2 T flaxseed meal ¹⁄ ³ cup agave nectar or organic brown rice syrup ¹⁄ ³ cup canola oil 1 T active dry yeast 1 ½ tsp. salt 1 ½ tsp. whole cardamom seeds, coarsely ground with a mortar and pestle, or ground cardamom 5 ¼ cups unbleached white flour 2 T sugar, for sprinkling

PREPARATION Mix flour, yeast and cardamom in mixing bowl. Set aside. ▶Heat milk and stir in sugar until dissolved. (Can be done in a microwave in a 4 cup glass measuring cup.) ▶Add the milk, sugar and ½ cup melted butter to the flour mixture. Mix on low (if you are using a mixer) until a nice sticky dough forms. ▶Change out mixer blade and use a dough hook. Knead for a few minutes, then let the dough rest for about 20 minutes with a light cover over it. Coat baking pan with rest of the melted butter. When the 20 minutes is up, knead in the salt. ▶Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into three equal parts. Let rise for about 30-45 minutes. Roll dough balls into ropes and braid them on greased baking pan. Tuck ends of braid under. ▶Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush the braided loaf with egg and sprinkle it with sugar, and if using, the slivered almonds. Bake until golden brown (about 30 minutes).

PREPARATION Stir together almond milk, flaxseed meal, agave nectar, oil, yeast, salt and cardamom in large nonreactive bowl with lid. Add flour and mix thoroughly with wooden spoon. Cover with lid or plastic wrap and let stand 2 ½ hours at room temperature. Transfer to refrigerator and let rest overnight. ▶Coat baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Remove half of dough from refrigerator; reserve remaining dough for second loaf. (Dough will keep in refrigerator up to 5 days.) Divide dough into three equal pieces, and gently roll each piece into 18-inch-long rope on floured work surface. Place dough ropes side by side, spaced 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Pinch ends together on one side, and tuck under. Loosely braid dough ropes and then pinch tail ends together. Cover braided loaf loosely with kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let rest 30 minutes. ▶Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F. Brush top of braided loaf with almond milk, and sprinkle generously with sugar. Bake 30 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

Vanilla Glaze ingredients (optional) 1 ¼ cups sifted powdered sugar ½ tsp. vanilla Milk PREPARATION Mix sugar and vanilla together. Stir in enough milk to make drizzling consistency (a little goes a long way!).

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Keb’ Mo’ Band (Chico) December 2 | 7:30 PM Laxson AUditorium


Join three-time Grammy Awardwinner Keb’ Mo’ and his band as they celebrate the season with their “Spirit of the Holidays” tour, performing holiday classics as well as original Keb’ Mo’ pieces. For tickets or more information, visit

PIONEER CHRISTMAS (Red Bluff) December 17 | 11 am Wm. B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park

The Pioneer Christmas Party is celebrated the third Saturday in December and emphasizes early holiday traditions of the north valley. Enjoy a picnic overlooking the Sacramento River. The park features the old adobe home, carriage shed, blacksmith shop and a visitor center. (530) 529-8599.

Aaron Neville Christmas Celebration

Mannheim Steamroller



December 16 | 7:30 PM Redding Convention Center


Created by Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller’s signature sound is where classical and modern-day rock, acoustic and electronic music meet. Celebrate the spirit of the season with the “18th century rock band” that has become one of the most popular and best-selling acts in the last 30 years.


December 21 | 7:30 PM Cascade Theatre

Truly one of the great singers of our time – he’s been nominated for 16 Grammy awards in categories as diverse as country and western, pop, R&B and gospel – and he’s won Best Male Singer for two consecutive years in the Rolling Stone critics’ poll. It’s not hard to imagine Aaron Neville’s angelic voice making new Christmas memories with songs like Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem and O Holy Night, but this great evening of music will also include fun, Cajun-spiced tunes that capture the joy and spirituality of the season.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Palo Cedro)

New Year’s Rodeo & Dance

December 16-18 Cow creek community church

The Herdmans were the worst kids in the whole history of the world. When they decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant the outcome is beyond description. The result surprises everyone, including the Herdmans. Make plans to attend this family production.

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(Red Bluff) December 31 Tehama District Fairgrounds


Ring in the new year with something that’s sure to get your motor running. Enjoy the rodeo and stay for the dance. There will be vendors, food, music and tons of fun.



Based on the film by Frank Capra

Directed by Maria Spencer-Drake

Tickets available at The Cascade Theatre Box Office 243-8877 or online at & Riverfront Playhouse is located at 1620 E. Cypress Ave. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Co.


Cascade Theatre Presents

A CASCADE CHRISTMAS Redding’s beautifully restored art deco performing arts palace kicks off the holiday season with the Broadway style music and dance revue, including exciting new songs and dance numbers. Make this event an annual family holiday tradition.

November 25th at 7PM 26th at 2PM & 7PM December 1st at 7PM 2nd at 7PM 3rd at 2PM & 7PM

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Based on the film by Frank Capra

Directed by Maria Spencer-Drake

Tickets available at The Cascade Theatre Box Office 243-8877 or online at & Riverfront Playhouse is located at 1620 E. Cypress Ave. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Co.

Upcoming December Events

Anderson December 4 • Frontier Senior Center Breakfast 7 - 7:30 am


December 1 • New Riders Of The Purple Sage, El Rey Theatre, December 2 • Community Tree Lighting, Chico City Plaza 5:30 pm, (530) 345-6500 December 2-4 • Holiday Artisan Faire at the Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 The Midway (between Chico & Durham) 10:00 am (530) 342-4359 December 3 • Breakfast With Santa, 545 Vallombrosa Ave. 8 – 11 am, (530) 895-4711 December 3, 10, 17, 24 • Chico Certified Farmers Market, 7 AM – 1 PM 2nd & Wall, Downtown Chico, (530) 893-3276 December 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 • Little Women - Chico Theater Company 166-F Eaton Road, 7:30 pm, (530) 894-3282 December 6 • Sierra Hull, Sierra Nevada Brewery Co. Big Room December 11 • Big Mo & The Volker Strifler Band, Sierra Hull, Sierra Nevada Brewery Co. Big Room December 14 • The Blasters & Supersuckers, El Rey Theater. 230 West 2nd St., www. December 16 • Voices Raised, Hearts Inspired, Pleasant Valley High School, 7:30 pm (530) 894-3282 December 20 • Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting, 6 – 7 pm, City Plaza, (530) 345-6500 Corning December 3 • 16th Annual Corning’s Hometown Christmas and Lighted Parade, Solano St. between 3rd St. and Houghton Ave. (530) 824-5550 December 10 • Winter Crush: A Day at the Mill, Lucero Olive Oil, 2120 Loleta Ave., 10 am – 4 pm, (530) 824-2190 Cottonwood December 3 • Burnsini Vineyards Release Party, 2-5 pm, (530) 347-4765 December 6 • The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit “sound healing” session. Open to the public. 20633 Gas Point Road, Suite H. Starts at 6 pm sharp (please arrive 15 minutes early), $5 donation. (530) 737-3214 December 10 • Christmas Home Tour, Cottonwood Community Library, 10 am – 3 pm email: 94 Enjoy December 2011

Dunsmuir December 2 • Candles in the Canyon - Christmas Tree Lighting, Pizza Factory, 6 – 7:30 pm (530) 235-4849 December 17 • RR Display Room is open to the public the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 am - 2 pm. (530) 235-0929 Lewiston December 10 • 3rd Annual Festival of Light in Lewiston, 10 am- 4:00 pm December 18 • Christmas for the Kids, Moose Lodge, all-day event Los Molinos December 2, 3 • Christmas at the Old Mansion Tea and Boutique, 36th Annual, 25076 Sycamore Ave. 9 am - 8 pm, (530) 384-2292 Mad River December 10 • Mad River Christmas Bazaar Community Hall, 9 am – 4 pm (707) 574-6683 Manton December 3, 4 • Holiday Open House: Indian Peak Vineyards, 31559 Forward Rd. (530) 474-5506 December 31 • New Year’s Eve Prime Rib Dinner, Indian Peak Vineyards 31559 Forward Rd. 6 – 9 pm (530) 474-5506


December 3 • Santa’s Workshop (craft show) & Greens Boutique (Wayside Garden Club) - Ingram Hall, (530) 336-6474


December 2 • Old Fashioned Christmas

Mt. Shasta

December 1 – 31 • “Winter Gifts” art show at Mountain Arts Cooperative, Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery, 418 N. Mount Shasta Blvd., 10 am – 5 pm (530) 938-1030

Palo Cedro

December 2 • Country Christmas Event, Holiday Shopping Center, 5 – 8:30 pm December 16, 17, 18 • “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Cow Creek Community Church, 10168 Deschutes Road, 7 pm, (530) 547-5483


December 1-3 • Inspecting Carol - Theatre on the Ridge, 3735 Neal Road, 7:30 pm, (530) 877-5760

Red Bluff December 2, 3 • “Christmas at the Old Mansion” Tea and Boutique, 36th Annual, Kremer’s residence 25076 Sycamore Ave., Los Molinos (530) 384-2292 • First Friday Art Night 5-8 pm, Downtown Red Bluff December 3 • Guided Bird Walk. Sacramento River Discovery Center. (530) 527-1196 December 10 • Salvation Army “Run for the Needy,” 4th Annual (530) 527-6138 • Kelly-Griggs House Museum, Holiday Open House, 311 Washington St., 4 – 7 pm (530) 527-1129 December 10, 11 • Aircraft Display Days. Second Saturday & Sunday of each month (weather dependent). Red Bluff Airport: Terminal Building. (530) 527-6547 December 17 • ShopWalk Red Bluff Downtown • Ide Adobe Pioneer Christmas Party, 34th Annual, Ide Adobe State Historical Park, (530) 529-8599


Through January 7 • Haven Art Studio’s Winter Holidays Art Show 1348 Market St. Sherven Square, suite 101 December 2 • Downtown Redding Historic Christmas tree lighting. Santa arrives at 5:30 pm, tree lights up at 7 pm. Between California St. & Promenade • Diamonds After Dark / Glitz Wear, Discovery Shop, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm December 3 • The Trade Club’s Lighted Christmas Parade Downtown Redding 6 – 10 pm December 4 • Christmas Fair, First United Methodist Church. Email • Magnificat, Heritage Student Life Center, 2211 College View Drive in Redding, 3 pm December 7 • Stages Of Labor AND All My Babies, Redding Library, 6:30 – 8 pm. Email December 7-10, 14-17 • Shasta High School Annual Madrigal Dinner, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 7 pm, December 10 • An Italian Christmas Shasta College Theatre, 7:30 pm,

December 11 • Argentine Tango Night, Open to public - all ages. Lessons begin 7-10 pm. Old City Hall. (530) 242-9139 December 12 • Karuk Tribal Drumming, Spa Shoppe’s Building, 1452 Oregon Street, 6:30 pm December 13-17 • 24th Annual Victorian Christmas Celebration, Enterprise High School, 7 pm (530) 222-6601 December 16, 17 • Semi-annual 50% off whole store, Discovery Shop, 10 am – 5 pm (530) 222-6601 December 17 • CH2M HILL and Critigen, in conjunction with Schreder Planetarium and Whiskeytown Environmental School’s third annual Rising Stars Gala, Market St. Atrium in downtown Redding. Live music, live and silent auctions, and gaming. December 18 • 3rd Sunday Salsa Night, Old City Hall, 7 – 8 pm (530) 917 – 7259


December 3 • Weaverville Downtown Art Cruise, 5-8 pm. December 11 • Classic Film Series, Trinity Theater, (530) 623-6004


December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • BrewGrass Night. Mt. Shasta Brewing Company. 360 College Ave. 6-9 pm. Open acoustic round robin bluegrass infused jam. December 3 • An Evening of Wine Tasting and Music, Lake Shastina Gold and Country Club, 7 pm, (530) 859-2907


December 2 • Light up the Christmas Tree, Fire Station, 5:30 pm

Cascade Theatre

December 1-3 • A Cascade Christmas, 7 pm December 4 • Aaron Radatz, 4 & 7 pm December 6 • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 7:30 pm December 9, 10 • The Nutcracker, 7:30 pm December 14 • Garrett Viggers: Thin Places Christmas, 5:30 & 8 pm December 16 • Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas, 7:30 pm December 21 • Aaron Neville Christmas Celebration, 7:30 pm

Laxson Auditorium December 2 • Keb’ Mo’ Band: Spirit of the Holidays/Blues Master December 9 • Alice in Wonderland: Magical Ballet December 14 • Banana Slug String Band: Slugs for the Holidays

Redding Convention Center www. December 16 • Mannheim Steamroller, 7:30 pm

Riverfront Playhouse Through December 17 • It’s a Wonderful Life

Rolling Hills Casino December 3, 10, 17 • Live music in Carlino’s Night Club. 9 pm - 1 am.

Shasta District Fairgrounds

December 3, 4, 10, 11 • Home Spun Crafter’s Fair 9 am – 6 pm State Theatre

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December 3 • Joni Morris “Legendary Ladies of Country Music” 7:30 pm December 17 • North State Symphony’s Christmas Concert December 29 • Antsy McClain & the Trailer Park Troubadours

Tehama District Fairgrounds

December 3, 4 • Day Productions Gun & Knife Show December 31 • New Year’s Rodeo & Dance

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Through December 31 • Age of Wonder - Artists Engaged with the Natural World Through January 8 • Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats

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December 3 • Native American Christmas Gift and Craft Show, 10 am – 4 pm, (530) 515-1056 Event times and dates are subject to change without notice. Please check event phone number or website to verify dates and times. Enjoy Magazine is not responsible for any inconveniences due to event changes. Please e-mail your upcoming events to

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WHAT’S IN STORE C e C é walters , p u rse n u rse creator If you’ve ever dug to the bottom of your purse searching for a bandage and only come up with a crumb-covered stick of gum and a couple of sticky pennies, you may need to meet the Purse Nurse. This creation by CeCé Walters of Redding is a designer pouch that fits into your purse, diaper bag, backpack or glove compartment. Tucked inside is a 20-piece first-aid kit that includes three different sizes of bandages, gauze, anitbacterial cream, anti-sting and bite wipes, cleansing wipes, acetaminophen and burn gel cream. She sold more than 1,000 in her first year. You can find these creative creations at Enjoy the Store. How did you come up with this idea? The first thing I did was to sketch out my design. I thought of what I’d want to have in it, as a woman and as a mom – what I’d find practical. I researched the costs, and started buying different fabrics. I designed the logo and found a company to make it for me, and designed the hang tags. Do you do all the work yourself? I wanted them professionally sewed with a serger, so I hired a seamstress. It worked out so beautifully that I’ve never gone back to doing the sewing and I probably won’t. I get to do the creative thing – I hand-select all the fabrics, cut and prepare them for her, she sews them, and I stuff them and do the marketing.

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on the store front Coming next month in the “What’s in Store” section, Tony Adams, Author Apparel Castle Ranch Alpacas Connie Champe Dianna Dorn Fife Clothing Generations of Stitches Mothership Hats JoPa Bags Kynlees Boutique Nanette Callahan Perfectly Personal by Canda Kay Purse Nurse Tabithas Buttons & Bows What Would Your Mother Do? Hollys Hats Half Assed Bags Enjoy Movie Blankets

How have people responded? I started with a craft show in Redding last November to see how it would be received. I sold out of everything I brought. Then I went to Enjoy the Store, which was the very first store to sell my products. They sold very well … now the Purse Nurse is in 23 stores throughout California. What sorts of fabrics are available? My two signatures are zebra and leopard – they are timeless and appeal to lot of different ages, and I think they’re really fun. My others change constantly. I have anything from floral to fun and whimsical, like polka dots and stripes. I usually have at least 15 designs going all the time. What’s next? I’m working on a men’s line right now. What’s the best part of your job? My husband Don and I have three kids – a 13-year-old son, and daughters who are 11 and 7, and I’ve stayed home with them for the last 13 years. I’m a wife and a mom and that’s my passion and my priority. It has been really fun and exciting to be able to create and design something and have the flexibility to work the hours that I want to out of my home. And I love to create. I’m always creating in one medium or another – writing, painting, designing. •

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G enerations of M t. S hasta F irefighters K eep C hristmas T raditions A live Eric Dyck performs the best of jobs. He is in charge of Santa Claus and his sleigh. For two nights, every year, he schedules the jolly man, his elves and the reindeer to visit the children of Mount Shasta, with the help of local firefighters. Moving up and down the streets, the large elf listens to Christmas requests while handing out candy as a prelude to the gifts of Christmas morning. Santa began the pre-Christmas visits to Mount Shasta in the early 1940s. Local firemen assembled the first Mount Shasta sleigh over the top of their 1915 Model T Ford fire truck, Lulu Belle, which can still be seen in the Sisson Museum. Plywood sleigh sides were mounted, with two real stuffed buckheads, followed by wooden bodies with fire hose legs. “This has been going on for many years,” Dyck says. “The weather never stops the sleigh. Santa visits the children of Mount Shasta through rain, sleet or snow.” Through the years, the float has gone through successive changes. Sometimes it has been built over a 1935 Chevrolet Fire Engine or a flat-bed trailer. Reindeer are called in and out of service. In 1950, the float was three rooftops, with reindeer cascading over snow-covered shingles. In 1951, Mrs. Claus joined the team, helping Santa with the children and candy. As families keep their holiday traditions, the city of Mount Shasta has invited Santa back to travel through town for almost 70 years. Generations of firefighters and their families have built the sleighs, sewn costumes, been recruited as elves, and donated their time and efforts. The Firemen’s Association takes up this task each year. “All the costs of the sleigh, costumes and candy are provided by the generous offerings of the community,” Dyck says. “No city or fire funds are used.” This year, the sleigh will travel through town on the evenings of December 16 and 17. Lights, music and sparkling garland will transform the dark winter evenings as Santa’s entourage stops in front of homes, reminding families of the approach of Christmas Day. “The response is always amazing,” Dyck says. “Adults and children’s eyes light up, they run out of their homes. People of all ages come and sit on Santa’s lap. They are jumping cheering as Santa comes.” Dyck pauses, then says, “Seeing kids’ enjoyment is why we do this.” •

Gary VanDeWalker grew up in Mt. Shasta, 12 years ago returning from the San Diego area with his wife Monica. Together they raise their three boys and manage the Narnia Study Center. A Ph.D. in philosophy, Gary is also an adjunct professor for Simpson University. 102 Enjoy December 2011

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They will feel truly gifted with a crate of products from Enjoy The Store. We build custom crates for your gift giving, everything from a hostess gift to something special for that favorite relative. Presents that share the experience of the North State. Everything locally and regionally made. Pictured: Corning Olive Oil Co. Karita Handmade Megan’s Jams & Jelly Connie Champe Birds Robert Bilyeu-Toy Train Castle Ranch Alpaca (socks & yarn) House to Home bird houses Phillips Brothers Mill Mary Lake-Thompson, Ltd.

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Enjoy Magazine Dec11  

Northern Lifestyle Magazine

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