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29 North State Opera Star Sydney Mancasola 45 The Imaginative, Artistic Members of Chikoko 49 Mount Shasta Saw Man Bob Kemp 71 Red Bluff’s Chad Bushnell 75 High School Wrestling

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The Warmth of the Holidays… With Jack Frost finally making his appearance, the joy of the Christmas season warms our hearts and brings us closer together. Gifts of time and love make for the merriest of holidays, something to cherish and carry all year through.

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DECEMBER 2013 What a treasured gift we’re given each month—the opportunity to share the North State’s abundant beauty with you. Amid the holiday craze, don’t forget to take a few moments to breathe deeply and enjoy winter’s wonders. We love the work that Altered Wing Studio is embracing, as they share inspiration and joy while making beautiful things out of discarded materials. “It’s not work. It’s hanging out with my girlfriends and laughing ‘til it hurts,” says Kimberly Snowden. “We truly are a place of creativity, laughing, learning and sometimes a few tears.” Cheers to that! Still have a few (or more) friends and family to check off your holiday shopping list? Check out our comprehensive gift guide for ideas. And don’t forget to visit Enjoy the Store in Redding and Red Bluff, where you can fill a wooden crate with locally made food, soaps, jewelry and much more. Meanwhile, you can help your children embrace the spirit of giving by helping them make their own crafts to give away to loved ones. We’ll give you some ideas for making ornaments, mini trees and adorable hurricane lamps. If you’re enjoying some company over the holidays, treat them to a unique little trek along the 15-mile Greenline, which introduces visitors to some of Oroville’s natural and historical attractions. Start at the Feather River, end at the Oroville Dam and enjoy all the entertaining stops in between. ‘Tis the season for celebration, and before you head out on the holiday circuit, take a peek at our beauty tips. Be bold and bright, and seize the opportunity to get your sparkle on! If you’re struggling to find your holiday spirit, look no further than “The Gift,” the most recent winner in the Young Writers Contest, sponsored by Redding Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine. David Smith’s short story promises to warm your heart. Enjoy the magic of the holiday season!

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Celtic missionaries spreading the Christian gospel used handbells as early as the fifth century A.D., but not until the 16th century in France and western Germany did handbells come into popular use musically. North Americans have PT Barnum, who hired Swiss bell ringers for the Barnum & Bailey Circus, to thank for importing this traditional musical art form in the mid-19th century. Today, handbell choirs perform both sacred and secular music, drawing fans of all musical tastes. The Carillons Handbell Choir, originating out of St. James Lutheran Church in Redding and directed by Nancy Schmitt, is a local bell choir that took its name

from the grand dames of bells, the carillons (pronounced carol-ONS) that hung in European church belfries or other municipal towers. Part of the Handbell Musicians of America guild, the Carillons Handbell Choir dedicates itself to advancing the musical art of handbell ringing. Schmitt is the Area 12 Northern California Region Coordinator, working with choirs throughout Northern California and Nevada. Although St. James started its own choir in 1991, Schmitt says, “Some of the ringers from the First Presbyterian church wanted to ring with us, so we combined choirs. Really, we’re an ecumenical choir because we have members from several different churches.�4 continued on page 18 December 2013 ENJOY | 17

I heardthe bells… Then pealed the bells more loud and deep…

The core group of 12 ringers, ranging in age from 42 to 72, has been together a number of years. They count among them two married couples, a church organist, and mother-daughter duos. Most have been playing for about 20 years. The commitment to a handbell choir is more than most people realize, says Schmitt, adding, “Each person is in charge of two to four bells, so if someone is not there, those bells don’t get played. If you’re in a vocal choir with six sopranos and one is missing, you still have five. If two or three people are gone from the bell choir, we can’t have a rehearsal.” The making and tuning of a bell is an art form in itself. Bronze ingot is melted at almost 2200 degrees Fahrenheit before being poured into a sand-casted mold. Once set, craftsmen use a vibrating bed and small hammer to free the casting from the mold. The bell, which then goes on a lathe to remove the coarse casting surface and to shine it, gains its shape and tone during the turning process. Each bell is precisely traced inside and out to match it to its original template before being tested for sound quality by stroboscopic tuner and by ear. Once a bell is fine-tuned, the handle is attached. The number of octaves in a musical piece determines the number of bells and ringers required: seven for a two-octave range, 10 or 11 for three-octave pieces, and 12 ringers (the size of the Carillons Handbell Choir) for pieces featuring a four-octave range. The bells are played either serially to produce a melody or sounded together to produce a chord. Every October, the Carillons play with bell ringers of all levels from across Northern California at the Redding Handbell Festival,

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hosted by Simpson University. In January it hosts the Redding Bronze Advanced Ring, featuring expert players from Northern California, Oregon and Nevada. The choir’s most exciting performance to date occurred a few years ago in Wittenberg, Germany, where they trained 16 local handbell ringers to perform with them for both German and English language services at Wittenberg’s Castle Church. A two-year fundraising campaign netted $50,000, covering half the costs for its 13 members to make the 10-day trip, which was dedicated to workshops, concerts and sightseeing. Several choir members plan to return next July to conduct further training and perform with local ringers at Castle Church’s Wittenberg Handbell Festival. The Carillons perform at retirement communities, schools, weddings and funerals in addition to playing at St. James Lutheran Church the first Sunday of the month and at its Christmas Eve service. “We’re open,” says Schmitt. “If someone calls us, we’ll go.” The Redding Bronze Advanced Ring will be held Saturday, January 25, at 4 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 2315 Placer St. in Redding. • (530) 275-4770

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METALING h o l ly ya s h i e l ec t r i c a l ly c h a r g ed j e w e l ry There’s a magical place just off the beaten path in Arcata filled with shimmering, glimmering things and a creative energy that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. What is this magical place? Holly Yashi. The Holly Yashi story began in 1981 when two Humboldt State University graduates, Holly Hosterman and Paul “Yashi” Lubitz, combined their talents to create and market handcrafted jewelry. Hosterman, a studio art major who had been making jewelry since junior high, became the company’s creative force, while Lubitz, who majored in music and industrial technology, provided innovative business ideas. Together, the friends and business partners have molded Holly Yashi into the thriving jewelry company it is today. Like many businesses, Holly Yashi had a humble beginning. “When we first started, we were living in a tiny house that had a cold, dark and damp garage,” Hosterman says of her first design studio. “It was a single-car garage with about six feet of head room,” adds Lubitz with a laugh. “But when you don’t have anything else, it’s like, well, here’s a table, let’s make jewelry… So Holly began designing jewelry next to the bikes and lawnmower.” 4 continued on page 22

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They’ve come a long way since those cramped creative quarters. Now Hosterman designs jewelry from a 15,000-square-foot studio where artisans transform her fresh ideas into miniature works of art — one piece at a time —using tools designed in house. The main element used to achieve the Holly Yashi signature style is niobium, a dull grey metal that when dipped into electrically charged water comes alive with a limitless spectrum of colors. Its workability and predictability gives Hosterman the freedom to create whimsical, wearable expressions of art that echo the beauty of the Northern California coast. “Our jewelry is a story of place,” says Lubitz. “The colors are of the Pacific Ocean, the sunset and the redwood trees.” Hosterman adds, “The imagery we use on the metal surfaces is inspired by nature and botanical influences that are translated into art.” And it’s not just the iridescent hues, intricate metal filigree and hand-faceted stones that catch the discerning eye. With alluring names like Petite Enchantress Earrings, Alchemy Necklace and Love Spell Bracelet, who could resist? Women of all ages and backgrounds have been charmed by Hosterman’s designs, including musicians Joan Baez and Bonnie Raitt, actress Sandra Oh and author Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, “The designs are very feminine,” says Hosterman. “Women are attracted to the delicate look and feel of Holly Yashi jewelry.” 22 | Enjoy DECEMBER 2013

Retailers worldwide — 1,000 and counting — from California to New York and from the United Kingdom to Australia offer Holly Yashi jewelry for sale, giving longtime collectors and new fans some 1,000 designs to choose from. But you don’t have to travel far to find your must-have pair of earrings or pendant. Since 2011, customers have been perusing and purchasing jewelry directly from the Holly Yashi Store next to the design studio at 1300 9th Street in Arcata. Visitors will find more than jewelry behind the purple door at the Holly Yashi store. “You’ll find fine gifts that you won’t find anywhere else,” says Hosterman. And customers can watch the magic happen from the Holly Yashi studio viewing room. “You might even see designs that won’t be out until next month,” says Lubitz. So, if sipping a complimentary cappuccino while browsing fragrant candles, stacks of books and heirloom-quality jewelry sounds like a great way to spend your day, you’ll want to add a visit to Holly Yashi —a jewelry store and more—to your bucket list. •

Amber Galusha is a freelance writer who is inspired by nature’s wonders and the amazingly creative people in her life. She lives in Redding with her husband, son and the many creatures that inhabit her garden. When she’s not reading or writing, chances are she’s out snapping photos of flowers.

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On CourSe TH E HI S TO R I C G R E E NLIN E TOU R IN O R O V ILL E There’s a green line that runs through the city of Oroville, and those who follow it can expect a day of fun and exploration that introduces them to some of the city’s most significant natural and historical attractions. Literally painted in the meridian of the street, the 15-mile Greenline begins with an introduction to the recreational activities along the Feather River and ends with a stunning panoramic view of the Oroville Dam. In between, visitors can better understand the rugged obstacles of the area’s pioneers or witness the real-time struggles and triumphs of salmon making their way home at the Feather River Fish Hatchery. Let’s go green!

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Segment 1: Where the River Bends Set the tone for your journey by taking in the beauty of the Feather River. Enter a regal archway welcoming you through the area at Riverbend Park, where you can enjoy a peaceful view of the water. If you prefer to be a little more active, enjoy the disc golf course, boat, kayak and canoe launches, dog area, swimming and fishing areas and bike and skate park at Bedrock Park, right nearby.

Each item was manufactured before or during World War II and is categorized from kitchen to tractor tools and everything in between. When you’re ready for a break, enjoy a picnic or bring take-out from a downtown eatery to Centennial Plaza, on the bank of the Feather River right downtown. Here artistic metal salmon dance on pillars to create a whimsical river experience.

Segment 2: Historic Downtown Your first stop here will be the CF Lott Home in Sank Park, where Keep up on event happenings or get more detailed information about the 1856 Victorian Gothic revival-style home welcomes you through the area at the Chamber of Commerce. a garden of roses, flowering bushes and stunning mature trees to The Ehmann Home is considered “The House that Olives Built.” The experience the lives of Oroville Families from 1849 to 1910. Colonial Revival style home was built by Freda Ehmann, “Mother The Oroville Chinese Temple, Tapestry Hall and Garden offers a of the California Ripe Olive Industry” and her son, Edwin, in 1911. unique look into the Chinese community in the area. The temple, It now houses the Butte County Historical Society Museum and its built in 1863 to serve the needs of a group 10,000 strong, includes unique exhibits, including Ishi’s jail cell door and detailed doll houses. areas of worship for Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The Tapestry Hall showcases embroidered tapestries, parade parasols and Oroville’s State Theatre is a hub of the city’s performing arts, offering rare shadow puppets from the Oroville Chinese Opera Theatre. The presentations of theater, dance, comedy and music in a grand 1928 Chinese Garden serves as a memorial to the area’s Chinese families building designed by Timothy L. Plueger and J.R. Miller, who also as well as a meditation area for anyone wishing to reflect. Filled with designed San Francisco’s Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building. plants originating in China, the garden is one of the few of its kind Visitors to the Butte County Pioneer Museum may be shocked that open to the public in the United States. the building, a 1932 replica of a 49er cabin covered with rock quarried Also unique is Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum, where Bud and Laila Bolt from the winter quarters of the Toto tribe, extends to 6,0004 have assembled an exhaustive collection of more than 5,000 tools. continued on page 26

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square feet of exhibits. See a doll from the Donner Party, a Dunham and Sons piano that survived a trip around the Horn, and an extensive collection of Native American baskets and arrowheads, among many other items representative of the area’s pioneer history. Segment 3: Greenline Bridge A stunning trail along the Feather River, the Feather River Nature Center and Native Plant Park is also home to a 1930s-era WPA bath house that has been converted into the Bath House Museum, an area for environmental education. Special viewing windows allow visitors to see the athletic feats of salmon and steelhead climbing the ladders of the Feather River Fish Hatchery and Diversion Dam during the spring and fall spawning runs. Built in 1967, the facility can accommodate 9,000 adult salmon and 2,000 adult steelhead. Twenty million eggs can be incubated and 9.6 million fingerlings can be grown in eight concrete raceways. Segment 4: Lake Oroville The Greenline Tour ends at Lake Oroville, created by the country’s tallest earthen-filled dam. Take a leisurely walk across Oroville Dam or cast a line in what Bassmaster Magazine has ranked a best bass fishing spot in California. The Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center offers a 47-foot viewing tower that brings into perspective the lake, mountains, bridges and valley areas. Information abounds about recreational opportunities and the State Water Project, which has a special exhibit. Visitors may set out on a short self-guided nature trail here or pick up trail maps for more extensive excursions developed for hikers and horseback riders. A theater allows for viewing upon request of more than 40 educational videos about water, parks and nature. • Oroville’s Greenline Tour

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Talent in Bloom north state opera star sydney mancasola Earlier this year, the North State’s Sydney Mancasola brought the nation to its feet when she won the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, often referred to as “the American Idol of the opera.” In a coup for North State audiences, Mancasola returns to the Cascade Theatre on December 28, where she’ll perform with the North State Symphony to benefit the Shasta Senior Nutrition and Golden Umbrella programs. “I really wanted to come back to Redding and sing for my hometown. The Cascade is so beautiful, and it always felt like a place people would come to see something special,” says Mancasola, 26, who performed at the Cascade with several performing arts groups as a youth. “Getting the chance to perform so often as a young girl gave me the confidence that I needed to go after my artistic goals.” Longtime family friend Maggie Redmon, president of Mercy Foundation North, spearheaded the event. “Mercy Foundation North is as gratified as we are excited to have Sydney Mancasola bring her award-winning opera talents to Redding to benefit senior citizens in her own hometown,” Redmon says. Mancasola is a third-year resident artist for the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia who earned a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has already amassed a number of top honors in addition to the Metropolitan Opera contest, including top prizes in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal4 continued on page 30 December 2013 ENJOY | 29

“ Some days I really wish I could have a normal life, but most days I just feel really lucky to have a job that I’m absolutely passionate about.” Competition for Young Opera Singers. For her December performance with the North State Symphony, Mancasola will demonstrate her wide-ranging abilities with a program of opera, light opera, sacred and popular songs, says Keith Herritt, the symphony’s executive director. “The program’s earliest and most serious music is Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate. By the end of the evening, she’ll have brought the audience in to the 20th Century for a number of popular standards like Over the Rainbow,” Herritt says. Mancasola comes from a tight-knit, homeschooling family which nurtured her love for the arts. “Homeschooling gave me the opportunity to pursue what has always been my strongest passion with complete gusto. I’ve grown to appreciate my atypical upbringing more and more the older I get,” she says. When she comes to town for the Cascade show, she’s looking forward to spending time with parents Molly and John and her four siblings, “my favorite people in the world,” she says. “I love coming home, waking up late, being lazy, letting my mom cook for me and just being a bum for a few days. Then I’ll start to get antsy again and I know I’m ready to get in some outdoor adventure.” She never tires of exploring Whiskeytown Lake or visiting the Sundial Bridge. “One thing I immediately felt when I moved away from Redding was the absence of those kind of gorgeous natural landmarks,” she says. “It’s such an easy thing to take for granted.” She aspires to become an internationally recognized artist, but has more personal artistic goals as well. “I am always working toward honing my ability to communicate with an audience through my

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singing voice,” Mancasola says. “I believe in opera’s ability to really touch people, but because it’s such a misunderstood art form, it’s so important to present the work with honesty and to sing from a place from very deep within. It takes a lot of vulnerability and courage to put your whole self into a performance of a role, but I think the audience can really tell the difference, even if they are first-time opera goers.” Professional opera singers are independently contracted artists who travel eight to 10 months per year. Most contracts run five to eight weeks, during which time they stage an opera, rehearse and perform with the company. “I have gained so much more appreciation for all of the sacrifice one must make in order to be a working opera singer,” she says. “There are positive things about the career path as well; never having to work a 9-to-5, getting to see so much of the world, working in a different country and getting the chance to be truly immersed in its language and culture, and most importantly, being exposed to transportive, stunning musical masterpieces nearly every day of your life, and getting paid for it. “Some days I really wish I could have a normal life, but most days I just feel really lucky to have a job that I’m absolutely passionate about.” • Sydney Mancasola performs with North State Symphony to benefit Mercy Foundation North 7:30 pm December 28, Cascade Theatre, Redding Tickets $30, $40, and $50; available at or (530) 243-8877

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Christmas Crafting I love the holidays: The food, the drinks and the special memories you make with family and friends. I particularly like the opportunity to pull out stashedaway crafting items I’ve collected over the year and put them to use. Wanting to get an early start on preparations, I called my childhood friend, Andrea Watkins, the mother of three adorable boys: Connor (8), Colin (6) and Cason (3 1/2). We planned an afternoon to make some crafty memories with her sons.

Styrofoam Christmas Ornaments You will need Styrofoam balls, sequins in fun shapes, pipe cleaners and stick pins. Children under age 10 should be supervised during this craft. 1. Poke a hole through the middle of the ball using a pencil or other similar shaped item. Run the pipe cleaner through the hole and make a knot at the bottom, and form the top into a loop. To make it extra fancy, try a vibrant ribbon. 2. Divide the pins between each participant, provide a ball to each person and pour confetti into dishes. 3. Attach the shiny pieces with the stick pins. Let kids use their imaginations and apply as many or as few as they like. The boys loved this craft. They chattered, shared patterns and shouted with excitement when a fun shape was discovered in the sequins. Andrea and I supervised from our ends of the table and also enjoyed crafting, ourselves. If you put down a plastic tablecloth, clean up is easy.4 continued on page 34

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This is quite possibly my favorite Christmas craft, one I have been doing for several years. The supplies are affordable, and can be found at the dollar store. This craft is ideal for ages 13 and up. You will need a Christmas tree made of Styrofoam, a rope of braided garland, a small ornament for a topper and a glue gun. You can be creative and substitute the garland for items like peppermint candies or gumdrops.

I appreciate the look of hurricane lamps but have never wanted to spend money on the real thing. Luckily, the dollar store came to the rescue again. I found cylinder vases and glass candlestick holders and knew I could make something with them. For this project, you will need decorations to put inside the hurricane lamps and glue. Use a hot glue gun or glue that will dry clear.

1. Wrap your garland around the tree to determine how much you will need and trim the length. I chose to use one continuous piece. 2. Once your glue gun is heated, start at the bottom and make rings around the tree, carefully attaching the garland as you go. 3. Make sure you have covered all the white space and let the glue set. 4. For the Christmas tree topper, I chose a mini-star ornament and popped off the portion that held the loop for the hanger. Applying some glue to the tip, I carefully stuck it into the top of the tree. 5. You’re done! Make several and display them around the house, as they are festive and look cute between the DIY hurricane lamps you will see next.

1. Turn your vase upside down and determine where the center is. 2. Run glue around the lip of your candlestick holder and carefully turn it upside down so it is centered on the bottom side of your vase. This prevents the glue from running down the sides of the candlestick. 3. Let dry. 4. Fill with your favorite Christmas decorations, like these cheery ball ornaments. The great thing about this project is that the lamps are not season-centric. You can replace the decorations as often as you like to match other holidays, or simply use pillar candles.

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Dazzling Details t h e 4 - 1 - 1 o n h o l i d ay m a k e u p Yes, it’s hard to believe it’s that time again. It seems like just last month we were worrying about sunscreen and summer hair, and now it’s time for holiday parties. Let’s get you ready for those festivities. There are a few standards this time of year: red lips, smoky eyes, big, thick lashes and glowing skin. Anyone can do it, no matter your level of “makeup artistry.” Bright red lips are almost mandatory in December. Add a showstopping accessory to that LBD and put a pop of color on that pout! To create a flawless canvas and prevent fading, prep your lips with a creamy primer. Then trace your natural lip line with a clear, waxy pencil (this gives definition without looking too severe). Once you’ve found your perfect shade—blue-based for fair skin, orangey for olive, burgundy for dark—apply color directly from the tube and press color in with your fingertips. *Tip: To be sure no lipstick stays behind on your teeth, close your lips around your index finger. Any extra lipstick will end up on your finger!4 continued on page 38

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Smoky eyes are also a must. Trace the upper lid with a soft black pencil to define the lash line. Both gel and liquid formulas work well; just be sure to have a steady hand to control the thickness of the line. Using a medium-size brush (not too fluffy, or no pigment will stick), apply a dark, inky shadow to the crease of the eye, then blend it downward for a wash of color. Next, with a smaller brush that has firm bristles, press a gunmetal shade into the lower lash line. Apply a silver powder to the inner corners to lighten the eye. Finish by piling on the mascara. Or, try some fakies for a fun, flirty feel! If there ever was a time for false lashes, it’s the holiday office party. And it is not as difficult as you might think. Unless you apply lashes often, you may want to stick with full lash strips—they’re easier to apply than individuals. Hold them up to your eye to measure the length. Snip off a few hairs if necessary. Apply adhesive with a toothpick— never directly from the tube—and wait about 30 seconds for the glue to become tacky. Then, looking down into a mirror, place the strip along your natural lash line, lining it up until it feels comfortable. *Tip: After it has dried on, gently pinch lashes between fingers to ensure strip is secure. Fill in gaps with a black, felt-tip liquid liner. You want your skin to glow in all those Instagram selfies, so be sure to use a tinted moisturizer with lightreflecting pigments for an instant glow. If you like more coverage, apply foundation or concealer, but only where needed. Then, swirl shimmering pink blush over the apples of your cheeks (pink blush looks beautiful on every woman), and dust a soft gold highlighter along the cheekbones. If you want an all-over glow, do a spray tan at least 24 hours before your event. There is no reason to fear the festivities—get your sparkle on! Bring your confidence and your uniqueness and you’ll shine as brightly as a Christmas ornament. •

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f o u r br o t h ers h er i ta g e fa rms i n sc o t t va l l e y Stepping into different things comes with the territory when you grow up on a farm. Even so, Rich Harris and his three brothers never expected to step into the sustainable direct-to-consumer ranching business. Harris and his brothers, now the proud proprietors of Four Brothers Heritage Farms in Scott Valley, got a taste of the farming life while working in the fields with their father, grandfather and uncle. The boys worked cattle near Fort Jones and spent time on a dairy near Willows. Rice, corn and hay were thrown in for good measure. As young men, though, college, careers and families had them scattered. Preston Harris was in Oregon with his wife, Jill; Thomas Harris was working for the Forest Service; Rich4 continued on page 42 December 2013 ENJOY | 41

Harris was working in Alaska; and Jim Harris was in Scott Valley, working as a consultant. Their parents, Richard and Jeanette, remained on the family farm and tended to about 50 head of cattle. It wasn’t long before the siren call of hay balers and lowing cattle lured the Harris brothers back to their roots. “We were all going on different career paths and we decided to get back into farming,” Harris says. They pooled their resources and purchased 150 acres of hay ground in 2005, put their cattle out to pasture and began talking with their grandfather, 86-year-old Pete Ceccon, about gradually taking over his herd. Sadly, Ceccon, a hard-working, first-generation Italian-American who was born into the ranching life, passed a month later. Just like that, the brothers had another 150 head of cattle to contend with. They started with a traditional cow-calf operation, maintaining a herd of cows and heifers and selling the offspring as either calves or steers, and slowly began putting more acreage into the production of hay, alfalfa, wheat and barley. In the meantime, Harris got interested in raising pigs and invested in some Berkshires, a heritage breed descended from herds maintained by British monarchs since the 1700s. Berkshires are prized for their flavorful meat and Harris says those qualities are accentuated by feeding the pigs a blend of barley, wheat and peas that he grows and mixes on the farm. Initially, the pigs were intended for the family’s use but friends and neighbors soon came calling and Harris began adding to the herd. “I’ve got seven sows and a boar in breeding stock and about 20 pigs running around. Pretty soon we’ll have 40 or so. It’s grown with the demand for the pork we sell,” he says. As more people began inquiring about the brothers’ beef and pork, Harris’ wife, Niki, raised the idea of direct sales. As a former vegetarian transplanted from Portland, Niki Harris says she was keenly aware of the local food movement. “Down here, everybody was so into agriculture that they were kind of buffered from that. A lot of people want to know where their

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food comes from and it made sense to take their style of farming and go to the direct-from-farmer route,” she says. The direct sales route appealed to Harris and his brothers since it meshed so well with their emphasis on land stewardship, environmental sustainability and the humane treatment of livestock. Four Brothers Heritage Farms produces all of the feed for its pigs and cattle to ensure the absence of GMO plants. “Food safety is such an issue,” Niki Harris says. “We go to farmers’ markets here and in Southern Oregon and we get consumers from all ages and demographics. There’s a lot more awareness across the board of where food comes from, the freshness and quality.” It doesn’t hurt that their grass-fed, hormone-free Black Angus, Red Angus and Shorthorn cattle and heritage pork continue to grow in popularity. “People absolutely love it. We get a lot of referrals. People drive an hour and a half to meet us at farmers’ markets to buy our meat,” Harris says. The direct sales route offers plenty of rewards, notably the feedback, Harris says. “Everybody who buys a pig comes back and buys them over and over again. That feels really good. All the butchers we go to compliment us on our beef, and the pork processors tell us they’re the most outstanding pigs to go through their markets.” There are hurdles too, Niki Harris adds. “It’s a huge challenge financially to have it all make sense, growing animals the right way, being transparent… trying to line up all those pieces is a challenge when you’re small.” For now, though, size is not a concern. “We want to maintain quality over quantity,” Harris says. “Slower growth is better for us.” • (503) 577-2963

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T h e i m ag i n at i ve , a r t i s t i c members o f c h i ko ko If high standards, witty creativity and locally made are values of your holiday shopping, consider a walk through the doors of the Chico Women’s Club December 15-16 for Chikoko’s eighth annual Bizarre Bazaar. Here you might find a messenger bag made from fire hose, a cluster of succulents planted within an old schoolbook with a quirky title, or jewelry made from old computer parts or dehydrated fruits and veggies. The usual soaps, perfumes and candles will be available, but it’s guaranteed that there will be something unusual about their design or composition. It’s a juried show of local artists and craftspeople that Chikoko member Muir Hughes describes as “pushing design or innovations or something that we haven’t seen before.” It’s the place to shop for anyone who appreciates the unique, regales in the unexpected and wants to support local artists. “People will plan their shopping for that time of year because it’s really local,” says Muir. “They’re directly purchasing from the artist.” “A lot of people come, too, just to get inspired,” she adds. “It’s a great supportive environment for artists to inspire one another.”

Chikoko is a fashion and performance collaborative of five Chico-based artists ranging from 29 to 37 years old: Muir Hughes, Nel Adams, Sara Rose Bonetti, Michalyn Renwick and Christina Seashore. Many were trained at circus school. All are serious enough about their art and their community to engage as a business venture which produces creative events throughout the year. They produce their own shows and are available for hire to plan events with artistic vision and creative edge. Most of the artists have children growing up together watching their moms commit to art and create collaboratively through hard work. “We’re a group of artists who are not only creative but also incredibly serious about our work,” says Muir. “Really, we’re about supporting our vision.” That vision includes performance, art, fashion, poetry, music and theater. Events range from children’s fashion shows to variety shows for adults that may include an element of burlesque. An annual adult fashion show, held each October, attracts more than 1,000 audience members to the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds to4 continued on page 46 December 2013 ENJOY | 45

see the unusual vision of Chikoko’s designers modeled on locals of all shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities. “It’s really important to us that we’re not like the actual fashion industry,” says Muir. The show transcends the superficiality of modeling. “It can be transformative,” she says. It’s also an opportunity for audience members to dress up and express themselves through fashion and costume. “It’s really encouraged that people dress however they’d like,” she adds, noting that there aren’t many opportunities otherwise to dress up or outrageously in high costume. The Bizarre Bazaar opens with the Voom Voom Variety Show on the Friday night before the show opens on Saturday. What started as an event to help recoup costs for the bazaar has become so popular that it’s now integral to the weekend festivities. “It’s a real mix,” Muir says of the acts that show up. “It’s really community centered.” One may experience poetry, performance art and music, all from local talent. “Some of my favorite local musicians I was exposed to because of the variety show,” she adds. The bazaar itself has its own elements of performance, from henna painting, to an opportunity to get your shoes shined, to a photo booth, to the chance to see wearable fashion roaming the building on guests and vendors alike. Cocktails are available from the Women’s Club and a chef makes raw food dishes available. Chikoko continues to evolve from its first event of a scarecrow contest in 2005, back when the women put a bunch of names in a hat and ended up calling themselves the Gorgeous Ventriloquists. Finally landing upon Chikoko as their name, says Muir, is a away to incorporate the essence of Chico without being Chico. With Chikoko at the helm of the Bizarre Bazaar, holiday shopping becomes an experience in and of itself, as well as a chance to peek into the lives of people dedicating their lives to art with a profound desire to not only share it with the community, but to create community around it. • Chikoko’s Bizarre Bazaar Chico Women’s Club • 592 E. 3rd Street Saturday and Sunday, December 15-16 Voom Voom Variety Show, Friday December 14

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Seventy-year-old Mount Shastan Bob Kemp, no relation to the NFL quarterback and then U.S. senator, he quickly points out, believes “there is no such thing as unemployment.” “I was never out of work in my whole life,” Kemp says. Kemp notes he has had 37 lines of work, including mortician’s assistant, contractor, concrete worker, gunsmith (a trade he learned in a stint in the Marine Corps), plumber, hot dog stand owner, cable television system installer and underground utility superintendent. Kemp is emphatic that he didn’t do his many careers “well,” but that he was “proficient” at them all. For Kemp, that is a big difference. For the last four years, Kemp has been ensconced at a table in the corner of a parking lot on South Mount Shasta Boulevard, sharpening just about anything that comes along. Kemp says he sharpens 104 items, from surgical scissors to chain saws. Kemp’s table, tools and portable shade cover are unloaded every day from the camper that sits in his old pickup truck. He always has time to greet folks as they come in to get something sharpened or just to chat. 4 continued on page 50

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Kemp loves to talk, and just as important, he is a welcoming listener. Folks come by to see how he is doing, and often you will see a half dozen or more people gathered around the table swapping stories, catching up on their friendships or saying high to Wolfie, Kemp’s 90 percent wolf, 10 percent husky that keeps him company. “Joking around and having a good time is one of the most important things in life,” Kemp says. Kemp’s sharpening service was not always at a table in a parking lot. His sharpening career began in 1994 when he was trying to find out, “What can I be now?” He had a dream where a voice said to him, “May your days be as sharp as your blade.” “Scythes, swords, spears?” Kemp wondered. “It was sharpening things.” He learned the trade through mentors and trial and error, and for many years, he was a traveling sharpener with a route that took him from Canada to the casino restaurants of Reno. “I researched it, watched other people do it and rolled with it. I

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experimented sometimes,” Kemp says with a laugh at the tools he had to replace because of mistakes. In 2009, however, he had a heart attack that resulted in a quadruple bypass operation, and because of the failing economy, the casinos, the most profitable part of his business, cancelled his contracts. “That’s why I’m here,” Kemp says. Kemp notes that during his recovery from the heart attack, folks waited until he was well to fulfill their sharpening needs. “I had had 237 people who called when I got back,” Kemp says. Kemp is proud of the fact that he has not raised his prices in 14 years. A small chain saw, for example, costs just $5.50 to sharpen. Kemp doesn’t only sharpen the chain; he dismantles the saw, cleans it, puts it back together and adjusts the tension. “People keep telling me to raise my prices,” Kemp says. “It’s more important to keep people happy. I get a kick out of it.” Kemp says the most important things in his life are “my wife, my children and my freedom.” • Bob's Sharpening Service • (530) 926-6536 Located at 305 South Mount Shasta Blvd. in the parking lot across from the US post office

Paul Boerger is an award-winning journalist living in Mount Shasta. He has also written two novels, The Ghosts in the Stones about the Anasazi and Convergence about climate shift. He enjoys skiing and kayaking. He is married with two children and is blessed with a grandchild.


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D a n HIc k s a n d t h e h o t l i c k s t o p l ay i n o r o v i l l e Dan Hicks, bandleader of the Hot Licks, prefers to think of his group’s sound as acoustic swing. “It’s sort of a folk-swing, jazz thing,” he says. “Jazz is innately based on improv and I like that. My music is mostly acoustic and it’s jazzy in a swing way.” Hicks started his musical apprenticeship as a young man growing up in Sonoma County. First influenced by his parents’ love of country music, he also developed a taste for jazz, blues and big band music. He played drums in a couple of high school bands, and eventually took up the guitar, playing and singing in local Bay Area coffeehouses. He’s been a Bay Area institution since the mid-1960s, when he became the drummer for the San Francisco-based band The Charlatans, who spawned what would become known as the psychedelic rock era. They were recruited to spend the summer of 1965 playing at the brand-new Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nev. They returned to San Francisco that fall and began playing in dance halls. “The Charlatans were actually the

first underground, alternative, long-haired kind of band, and I think we had an influence on kick starting the band scene in San Francisco and that folk rock sound that went around the world,” he says. After leaving The Charlatans, Hicks formed Hot Licks in 1968, and has stuck to his original basic formula for more than four decades. “The Hot Licks evolved from my singing solo stuff,” he says. “I could sing my own songs, I could sing whatever. I had my own repertoire going. I just added a violin player one night, finally got the girls going. I had an idea for more singing, concentrating on more of a folk-jazz kind of sound. I’d always been a jazz fan, so, that was kind of where I was headed. Rock was secondary to me. I wanted to do swing stuff. It was a matter of choice and taste.” Uncertain about his holding down the responsibility of band leading, he broke up and reassembled the Hot Licks several times while becoming a commercial and critical favorite with early ‘70s album classics like “Striking It Rich,” “Where’s the Money?” and “Last Train to Hicksville.”4 continued on page 56

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While Hicks hasn’t always been visible as a national performer throughout his career, at 71, he continues to deliver. “I’ve evolved,” he says. “I’m even better than I used to be. At least, I rarely get worse.” This sense of humor has also been a cornerstone of his music. One of his earliest songs is titled, “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away.” Other artists have taken note of Hicks’ writing ability. Maria Muldaur recorded “Walkin’ One and Only,” Asleep at the Wheel recorded “Up, Up, Up” and Thomas Dolby covered “I Scare Myself.” Hicks signed with Surfdog Records in 1998, and his starstudded Hot Licks reunion on his 2000 album, “Beatin’ The Heat,” featured guest appearances by Elvis Costello, Bette Midler, Tom Waits and Brian Setzer and gained Hicks a whole new set of fans. Last year, to celebrate his 70th birthday, he held a sold-out concert at Davies Hall in San Francisco, releasing it as his latest recording. He was joined by original and current members of the Hot Licks, with legendary guests including Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck & Patti, David Grisman, Maria Muldaur, actor and musician Harry Shearer, John Hammond, Van Dyke Parks, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Asleep at the Wheel leader Ray Benson, Bruce Forman, Jug Band veteran Jim Kweskin and Roy Rogers of the Delta Rhythm Kings.

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DON’T… Be afraid to dress up. ‘Tis the season to take full advantage of every opportunity to look fabulous. Ladies, dress to impress in a sassy cocktail dress, or, if the mood strikes, wear a floor length gown to a party. Gentlemen, there is something about the way you look in a suit or tuxedo that leaves a lasting impression. Just wear your everyday work clothes to your office shindig. Let your co-workers see your softer, more fun-loving side. Putting the effort in to change up your look for the occasion is sure to show your work pals – and your boss – that you care. You’ll come across as both polished and confident. And that sentiment will last far longer than the office holiday party. Go too crazy. Baring too much skin doesn’t communicate professionalism. There’s a time and a place for sexy, but your office party isn’t it. Be caught dead in flip flops this holiday seasoN. Yes, we live in California, but we have all summer and spring to regale the crowd with our pedicures. A sleek pair of boots with little or no heel will be just as comfy as a pair of flip flops, but will look much more put together. Be afraid to try a sassy up-do. It’s a refreshing change from the brush-and-go look that most of us wear on a daily basis. Plus, it’ll give you a chance to show off your stunning jewelry and that awesome neckline on your dress. Carry a bag big enough to hold the kitchen sink to a cocktail party. A clutch bag is a stylish yet compact way to hold all you need for the evening. Your ID, credit card, cash, cell phone, lipstick and keys are enough. Your shoulder will thank you, too. • 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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“Every morning when I open my eyes, I check the clock to see how soon I GET to leave for my studio. I no longer say, ‘I HAVE to go to work’... I now say,‘I get to go to work,’ and sometimes it’s followed by a squeal of delight.”

The working studio doubles as a gift shop with everything from “upcycled” refinished furniture and home decor to vintage-inspired clothing and jewelry. Every item sold is created in-house. Mallard describes her creative style as bohemian, Snowden’s always with a hint of romance. Other artists’ work demonstrates their unique passion, all trending toward the use of recycled, repurposed, renewed materials. They are also the only distributor north of Chico selling Annie Sloan chalk paint, an environmentally friendly product used in home decor. Mallard and Snowden travel to vintage art fairs five or six times each year as vendors, going as far south as Roseville and to one of their favorites, the semi-annual Vintage Country Flea Market in Willows. Snowden has partnered with others to produce and promote Roses & Rust Vintage Home and Garden Market in Redding. The event is held spring and fall, with the next event scheduled for March 21-22 at the Redding Civic Auditorium. Roses & Rust has been acknowledged by “Romantic Homes” magazine as one of the top 10 romantic flea markets in America. Shoppers will find French and shabby chic home and garden decor, antiques and collectibles, jewelry, vintage clothing and other repurposed items. Altered Wing Studio will be among the vendors. Says Mallard, “I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do what I love. I spent years working and doing jobs that I didn’t like simply because it was necessary. But, finding my bliss...being able to bathe in it every day and make a living at it has humbled me and grown me in such a deep way. Every morning when I open my eyes, I check the clock to see how soon I get to leave for my studio. I no longer say, ‘I have to go to work’...I now say, ‘I get to go to work,’ and sometimes it’s followed by a squeal of delight.” • Altered Wing Studio • 810 A Lake Blvd.,Redding • (530) 605-1556 •

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N o r t h s tat e N at i ve ’ s J o u r n e y to N a s h v i l l e Nineteen years ago, Wade and Donna Bushnell packed up their young family on a Sunday morning and headed off to the Cowboy Church service at Cottonwood’s Auction Yard. Their young 4-year-old, Chad, came away with not only a lesson in the Gospel, but his first guitar instruction. His dad, a musician in the Iron Canyon Band, took note of his son’s interest and began teaching him the guitar himself. Before long, young Chad was playing “Folsom Prison Blues.”

“It always interested me more than anything else,” Chad says about music. “I wrote my first real song when I was 15 or 16. It’s called ‘Broken Hearted Man.’” Now 23, Chad released his first full length CD in April, and in August he landed an alternate spot on American Country Star, a nationwide country music contest based in Nashville. Chosen as one of the top 15 contestants, he grew leaps closer to his country music superstar dreams when he4 continued on page 72

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traveled to the country music capital in October for the final rounds of the competition. “It was cool to be in front of the record labels. The Curb Record guys were there and I got to perform in front of them,” he says with the enthusiasm of someone who’s been waiting his whole life for such an opportunity. While Chad enjoys performing the works of great songwriters, he also plans to join their ranks. He wrote eight of the 10 songs on his album and continues to hone his skills. “Some of them are about rodeo, some of them are love songs—anything between those two,” he says with a smile. “‘Texas Sized Heart Attack’ is what got me through the contest. It’s my newest and best song.” He was able to perform that song on Renegade Radio in Nashville, a perk of his standing in the American Country Star competition. Other highlights were performing at the Silver Dollar Saloon and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, where George Jones was discovered. Chad grew up in rodeo and now makes a living as a horseshoer, a skill he learned from his dad. “I started working with my dad during summers in high school,” he says. “I’ve been on my own for 4 or 5 years now. That’s what I did throughout college.” He graduated in May with a business administration degree from Chico State University. After graduating Red Bluff High School, where he says he learned a lot about his voice as a choir member, he enrolled at Shasta College, where he continued to learn from Dr. Elizabeth Waterbury. Chad loves the country music of the 1980s and 1990s because “it’s more real” and includes more steel guitar and fiddle. As he writes his own songs, he looks to the singers and songwritersof these eras for inspiration. He’s thrilled to have had the opportunity to play

with the sons and grandsons of some of his favorites while in Nashville, including the progeny of Red Sovine and Merle Haggard. While Chad has big dreams of Nashville success, he stays busy in his hometown of Red Bluff and throughout the North State. “I like the community,” he says of Red Bluff. “I’ve always been involved.”His first gig was at the Little Miss Tehama County contest, and he went on to sing the National Anthem at junior rodeos and high school football games. “My first big show was the State Convention for Future Farmers of America. I was a sophomore in high school and it was just me and my guitar.” He’s since been an opening act for North State concerts by James Otto, Billy Currington, Scotty McCreery, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Wills and Neal McCoy. Though Chad looks to days gone by for his artistic inspiration, he’s gone a completely modern route in putting together his band. “I have a group of guys right now that are pretty consistent. They’re full time and they’re all my age,” he says of the musicians he found on Craigslist. “They’re not really country guys, but they’re really good.” Also on his team is his mom, Donna, who serves as his manager. “There can be all these important people in a room and my mom can just go up and talk to them,” he says. “I don’t know how she does it.” Chad has just released two songs on iTunes and hopes to develop a tour on the fair circuit or to become an opening act on an extended tour of a more recognized musician. “I’m sure I’m going to be shoeing horses for awhile,” he says. “But I sure hope this music thing works out. My goal now is to get that right song.” •

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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On ancient caves in France are drawings of a sport enduring through time to occupy the gyms of Northern California. The sport was a centerpiece in the first Olympic games in Greece. Just as the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad competed, the art of wrestling has passed through the history of Egypt and Babylon to the small town of Dunsmuir and the school’s coach, Robert Wallace. Wallace’s father was a wrestler. When the future coach was 8, he began to train and compete. The Enterprise High School program provided the boy with training and competition. “My father served as my first coach,” Wallace says. “Hardly a tournament passed by in which I did not place.” His first tournament, he would face his younger brother for a fight

between first and second. He took first. Wallace would often wrestle in two to three weight classes at once. The Redding Amateur Wrestling Club continued to support his participation, with the young wrestler gaining victory as third in the state. Attending Shasta High, Wallace continued to beat his opponents. He placed at the league level three times, also placing in sections. The young sportsman moved onto the state competition, becoming the eighth ranked wrestler in California. Today, more than 270,000 American high school youth engage in wrestling. Mississippi is the only state without a championship tournament at the state level. Only five years4 continued on page 76

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ago, Dunsmuir High School had no wrestling program. The sport which American settlers and Native Americans both clung to through the history of the area had no place in the list of sports teams. Wallace had faded from the sport. “After high school, I kept going and helping a little with the Shasta High and Enterprise High practices,” Wallace says. “But life and girlfriends drew me in a different direction.” He moved to other ventures in Sacramento, leaving wrestling behind. Life brought Wallace to Dunsmuir. It came to his attention that his good friend’s son was a wrestler, about to enter high school, and there was no team. Wallace approached the school board to inquire about beginning a team for Dunsmuir High. Two conditions were presented to him. A wrestling mat needed to be acquired for practices, and all funds for the program were to be raised by the team. Using his connections in Redding, Wallace asked Shasta High School about a mat. They donated one. The community began to stand behind the new coach and provided the needed capital to launch the team. The new season is year five for Wallace. His team has expanded beyond Dunsmuir, merging the Mount Shasta High wrestlers under his supervision, creating a unique hybrid of a team that practices together under one coach, yet competes against one another at each season’s dozen tournaments. Wallace and his assistant, Jimmy Palmer, donate all their time. Last year, the team helped raise money for the program by raffling off an electric scooter. The winner donated the scooter back.

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“Wrestling teaches kids how to be disciplined, have a good work ethic and find pride in themselves,” Wallace says. “It’s the hardest sport in high school. It takes every muscle of your body during those three rounds of two minutes. One wrestling match takes more energy for the athlete than a whole football game.” In December, Wallace is found with a dozen wrestlers on the mat, doing the most extreme conditioning of their lives. Here they find camaraderie, the push to excellence and skills, which will drive them for a lifetime. Wallace’s hand moves slowly over his head as through determined eyes he barks out the next drill. Behind the steeled stance and tense voice, there is brightness in his eyes and slight smile. He says, “I love this sport and I love these kids.” • 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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After being diagnosed with AIDS in the early 1990s, Earl Bernard “Bud” Hinkle II returned home and started the Shasta-TrinityTehama HIV Food Bank. His goal: to help others like himself in an era when HIV and AIDS were even more stigmatized than they are today. The Redding organization celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. “My son was very bright,” says Myrtle Hinkle. “I was proud of him, and I’m still proud of him, for what he started. I don’t think people appreciated him enough for what he did. He was a lifesaver for Shasta County.” Run entirely by volunteers, the Food Bank opens its doors twice a month to serve people with HIV and AIDS. “We have a menu that contains canned foods, boxed foods, grains and pasta and we also have a fresh menu of fruits and vegetables, dairy and meats,” says David Wharton, board president and a volunteer for the past seven years. “Clients check in, receive a menu and then have lunch while they’re waiting for their order.” Each client receives two bags of food per visit, which Wharton says averages about 29 pounds. The organization has also made 322 deliveries to homebound clients this year. “When they learn about us, a lot of people still remark, ‘We have an HIV food bank in town?’” says volunteer George Buen, who manages food bank operations . “HIV affects a lot of people. We like to educate about how it’s transmitted,” says Buen. “A lot of the stigma from the ‘80s—that you can get the disease by touching someone or by drinking from the same glass—still persists.” The Food Bank spends about $25,000 a year to stock its cupboards, but costs are expected to increase in 2014. While the lion’s share is purchased, the organization receives some donations and works with local farmers to secure produce. Funded through monetary gifts and grants, Wharton says FEMA and other sources also assist. “The past couple of years we’ve been working with NorCal AIDS Cycle (NCAC). We have riders and crew that go to Sacramento for the Sacramento-Chico round trip fundraising (bike) ride.” Most new clients come via referral through other HIV services in town, and this year, about 18 of them have found their way to the Food Bank, which received more than 1,000 client visits in the first three quarters of this year.4 continued on page 80

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For an organization that ran entirely on donations for its first 10 years (by taking up collections of food in front of grocery stores) and almost closed its doors two years ago, Wharton is decidedly optimistic. “Our goal is to return to weekly hours,” he says. “Although it’s been 20 years since the height of the epidemic, when you get a diagnosis like this there’s still fear. It can be paralyzing.The Food Bank is the only place some of our clients have contact with other people.” The Shasta-Trinity-Tehama HIV Food Bank co-sponsors a support group with NorCal OUTreach on Monday afternoons and takes an active role in the annual World AIDS Day event, at which it presents the Bud Hinkle Award to a volunteer for outstanding service. Hinkle’s father and mother Myrtle, who volunteered at the Food Bank until she could no longer walk, received the first award. Their son Bud passed in 1995. “I’d like to see us get to a point where no one feels like they have to hide,” says Wharton. For confidentiality reasons, the Food Bank location remains unpublished. “Some clients are very concerned about privacy.” Of her son, Myrtle says, “He had the ability to organize and to get things done. The Food Bank has been a great thing for Shasta County. I’m very sorry my son is gone because he would have been a light in the world.“ World AIDS Day takes place December 1 at 5 pm at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1905 Hartnell Avenue in Redding. • Food Bank information: (530) 223-2118

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JUNIP E R S C HOOL E N R I C H M E NT Seven years ago, Juniper Elementary School was just not a fun place to be. Enrollment was down, morale was low and its students’ standardized test scores were the lowest in Shasta County. A mere 28 percent of Juniper’s students were considered proficient in English and 31 percent made the grade in math. These days, the K-8 school in south Redding is among the highest achieving schools in the Redding Elementary School District, and so many parents want to enroll their kids that administrators had to create a waiting list. “Now it’s a joyful place to be,” says Beverlee Armelino, Juniper’s instructional coach. “People are working hard and being successful. Teachers are teaching and students are on task.” The turnaround started in 2007 when Juniper was awarded a state grant through the Quality Education Investment Act. The legislation sought to financially fortify the state’s lowest-performing schools—most, like Juniper, serving students from predominantly low-income neighborhoods—to allow for smaller class sizes and more teacher resources, including Armelino’s coaching position.4 continued on page 84 December 2013 ENJOY | 83

The $149,000 a year in grant funds marked the beginning of a new approach at the school, with everybody’s sights set on closing the achievement gap between Juniper and other schools in the district. Armelino arrived at Juniper in 2007 to find “a school full of hardworking teachers putting in long hours trying to change the culture.” “We put the emphasis on working smarter, not harder. After all, there’s only seven days in a week,” says Armelino, who taught at Manzanita Elementary School for 21 years. Changing the way things have been done is seldom easy, and remaking the culture at Juniper was no exception. The new model, with its emphasis on collaboration, assessments and interventions, ruffled a few feathers and led to some personnel changes, but the effort paid off. “We focused on what we taught, how we taught and authentic reading instruction to increase comprehension and fluency,” Armelino says. Teachers were asked to check their egos at the door and put their trust in the system. “We’re not making excuses when kids don’t do well. We’ll keep teaching and teaching until they get it. We owe that to our kids.” Stan Williamson, a veteran language arts teacher, bought in and likes the changes he’s seen in his students and colleagues. “Juniper’s faculty is a focused group of professionals who all have the same goal for student success,” Williamson says. “We have a wonderful teaching environment based on collaboration, and new and constantly changing teaching strategies make for a challenging environment of learning for students and teachers alike.” Juniper was able to close its achievement gap within three years, and first-year principal Anthony Anderson says the school-wide emphasis on teacher teamwork and reading has been the key. “Reading is the only way out of poverty,” Anderson says. “The only way to be ready for a career, a trade school or university admission is to be proficient at reading and expressing yourself in writing.” An emphasis on college readiness also is a part of Juniper’s renaissance. Anderson says the goal is to get each student on track for undergraduate education, whether or not students ultimately choose to go to college. Each Juniper teacher has “adopted” a four-year university and provided students with college-issued T-shirts that the kids wear one day a week. Students are frequently reminded of the benefits of a college degree and encouraged to develop the reading, math and science skills required for the college-prep academic journey ahead. Toward that goal, Juniper became the first school in the North State to be accepted into the No Excuses University, a network of like-minded schools that operates under the premise that all children, including those living in impoverished situations or learning the English language, can be successful and attend college. “We have to be prepared to work hard,” Armelino says. “Hope is not a strategy.” • Juniper School • 375 Ellis St., Redding (530) 225-0045

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r o f l l t a n c ude & s t s iter r w OTOPH PHERS RA G Redding Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine have teamed up to showcase the talents of the North State’s finest young writers, artists and graphic designers. This month, we are delighted to feature the winner who tackled the theme, “The Gift.” The next series will be published in April under the theme “Poetry“—the winners’ work will be featured in the magazine and the winner and runners-up will be featured on the Writers Forum and Enjoy Magazine websites. We’re still looking for a high school-aged graphic artist to work with the editor of Enjoy to design the page layout. Learn more at or or call Ronda Ball at(530) 246-4687 ext. 106. •

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B y D av i d Sm i t h Only seven more days until Christmas! Mark could not wait! Christmas was his favorite holiday and his list this year was very long. He wanted: a Nintendo 3DS, a PlayStation 2, a bunch of Lego sets, a few movies, four posters, a Giants jersey, and a lot more! When he went to school all the talk was about toys, toys, and more toys. On contrast, at church the preacher said Christmas was about the day Jesus was born. When Mark was asleep he heard a tiny voice saying, “Mark, Christmas is not about toys or getting, it’s about giving.” The next day Mark thought about his dreams the night before and wondered what it all meant. Finally, he pushed it to the far corners of his mind and got ready for school. Mark was taking a math test when the principal called him to the office. His parents were waiting for him, they

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Who doesn’t love a fun Christmas cookie exchange party? If you are attending one this holiday season, try this foolproof biscotti recipe. This recipe is one from an exchange party I attended several years ago at my friend’s house. It is her mother-in-law’s recipe for Traditional Italian Almond Biscotti. These are chock-full of toasted whole almonds and so fragrant from the orange zest. The biscotti has my vote for the best dunking cookie, whether dunked in a glass of dessert wine or port, or a mug of steaming hot chocolate or coffee.

Biscotti have been around many years and the name is from the Latin biscoctus, meaning “twice-baked,” since they are baked twice in the oven. They are easy to make, and the more you make them, you’ll develop a feel for the dough and the texture. Once you get the hang of making biscotti, adapt this recipe for a festive Christmas biscotti. You can replace the almonds with pistachios and add dried cranberries. Try dipping them in chocolate for a nice addition.

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Traditional Italian Almond Biscotti makes 36 ingredients 3 cups whole almonds 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar ½ tsp. ground cinnamon 2 tsp. baking powder 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour 3 large eggs 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract zest of 1 large orange (about 1 -2 tsp) one egg, lightly beaten for brushing tops of loaves PREPARATION 1 | Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large sheets with parchment paper. 2 | Place almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove and set aside. 3 | In a large bowl, mix by hand the toasted almonds, sugars, cinnamon, baking powder and flour. 4 | In a small bowl, whisk eggs. Add the vanilla and orange zest and whisk until well blended. Add to the flour mixture. Work the batter together with lightly floured hands. The mixture will be sticky; keep squeezing the batter with your hands until dough starts to form. Once the dough is firm, form a ball. Divide the ball into four equal pieces. 5 | On a lightly floured surface, place one piece of dough, and using your hands, roll into a log

shape that is approximately 8 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 3/4 of an inch high. Repeat with remaining three pieces of dough. Place two logs on each baking sheet. 6 | Bake for 40 minutes, or until the tops of the loaves are shiny and deep golden. Cool on a rack

for about 20 minutes before slicing. Place a loaf on a cutting board, and using a large serrated knife, slice cookies ¾-inch thick on the diagonal. If the cookie is crumbling, let it cool a few more minutes. Don’t let it rest too long, however, or it could become too hard to slice. Place slices on their sides back on the baking sheets; place in the still warm oven with the temperature off and the door closed for 30-60 minutes. The longer they stay in the oven, the harder they will become. Remove from oven and cool completely before storing in an air-tight container, preferably a tin, which helps keep them crisp. Stored properly, biscotti will last up to a month, but good luck with that…my guess is that you won’t have any biscotti left after about three days. Prep & Cooling Time: 1 – 1 ½ hour; Bake Time: 1 hr, 10 mins – 1 hr, 40 mins Total Time: 2 hrs, 40 mins – 3 hrs, 10 mins

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by Billy Pilgrim

Billy and Tom with the 2013 Fiesta Bowl Trophy

It was 1985. We had moved to Eugene, Ore., for a new opportunity on the broadcasting journey, and my radio station was within walking distance to Autzen Stadium and Oregon Ducks football. I became an instant fan of the yellow and green — the University of Oregon Fighting Ducks. (Did you know they were once known as The Tall Firs?) Autzen Stadium was a lot smaller then, and games rarely sold out. I remember tickets being cheap and plentiful, and crowds of 30,000 or so were not uncommon. Today, every game attracts a crowd of 59,000 plus, and every game is a wild and raucous affair, with the faithful screaming the letter “O” at the top of their lungs. I yell right along with everyone during one or two games a year with Dave Tappan, Johnny Logan and our buddy Tom Agamenoni, who has had the same seats forever: Section 23, row 25, seats 5, 6, 7 and 8. I say “seats,” though no one really sits for more than a few seconds. That crazy crowd is on its feet from the opening kick to the final play of the game, and that final play almost always punctuates another Oregon victory. We came back home to Redding from Eugene in 1989, and brought the “O” and the passion back with us. Up until a few years ago, you would rarely see an “O” decal on the back of a vehicle in Redding. And when I talked about the Ducks on the radio, I felt like I was talking only to myself. Boy, has that changed! Look at the number of “O” stickers you see now, and the kids wearing their Ducks shirts and caps. How about the cars and trucks on game day with web feet and feathers and duck flags flying in the wind? Duck wear is readily available in stores now. And who hasn’t seen the Duck fan rallies at In ‘n’ Out and the Duck semi going up and down I-5 regularly? I believe The Fighting Ducks have captured Northern California’s attention and passion. Eugene is a beautiful four hours and 45 minutes up I-5. It’s a quick drive to enjoy a totally peak entertainment experience — an afternoon or evening of Ducks football. Be ready to yell, applaud, stomp your feet and come away exhilarated and exhausted. It’s not too late to jump on the Ducks bandwagon. There’s plenty of room for everyone in Duck Nation. Go Ducks! December 2013 ENJOY | 95



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in the december spotlight Christmas Concert

(Redding) An Acoustic Evening With Gypsy Soul


New Traditions Dulcimers and Wood Crafts December 12 | 7:30 PM

12 Truckers Christmas Parade


Parade Starts at Redwood Acres December 14 | 6 pm

Thousands of people line the streets of Eureka and delight at the spectacle of huge trucks adorned in holiday lights. The 18-wheelers stretching as long as 60 feet include trucks with special parade additions. Some have been covered in more than 40,000 lights, requiring three generators to run them. For more information, visit

Gypsy Soul has forged a musical career that has taken the band all over the world, building up a loyal audience that has enabled it to sell 1.5 million downloads internationally, 120,000 CDs in the U.S. alone. Its songs have been licensed in numerous TV shows and feature films, which have aired globally. For more information, visit

Chico Community Ballet presents Cinderella

Presented by the Simpson University Music Department, the Christmas Festival features the Simpson University Handbell Choir, Simpson Chorale, Trinity Repertory Singers and a select brass ensemble. For tickets and more information, visit



Laxson Auditoirum December 13, 14, 15

This magical tale tells the story of Cinderella’s undying belief in happiness beyond her drudgery, and the transforming power of love. Cinderella brings the audience to a world where dancing fairies live, where pumpkins turn into carriages and fairy godmothers really do make dreams come true. For more information, visit

Simpson University Heritage Student Life Center December 8 | 3 pm

Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours

(Red Bluff)


Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas


Cascade Theatre December 20 | 7:30 pm

With a world-class ensemble of performers from both sides of the Atlantic, Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntain in the west of Ireland. Neighbors gather around the fire to grace the long wintry night with the laughter of their stories, the joy of their music, and dances they always said they were much too old for. For more information, visit

State Theatre for the arts December 31 | 8 PM

Singer, songwriter, humorist and small-town philosopher Antsy McClain writes what he knows: The good life. Staging his live shows from a small, fictitious trailer park called Pine View Heights (patterned after his own childhood surroundings and experiences), McClain is free from an overabundance of material things and appreciates time with family and friends. For tickets and more information, visit


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Directed by Jana Pulcini Leard

November 29 aT 7pm 30 aT 2pm & 7pm DeCember 1 aT 2pm 5 & 6 aT 7pm 7 aT 2pm & 7pm visit with Santa after every matinee Tickets on sale now at

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Palo Cedro

December 1-31 • Take Us Home for the Holidays, Dog Adoption Center, 2579 Fair St., (530) 343-7917 Corning December 7 • Hometown Christmas, downtown Corning, Lighted parade, food vendors, craft vendors, live Nativity scene, pictures with Santa, December 14 • Lucero Olive Oil’s Winter Crush, Lucero Mill, 2120 Loleta Ave., 10 am - 4 pm, live music, local food and drink vendors, kid crafts,

December 13 • 19th Annual Palo Cedro Country Christmas Celebration, Palo Cedro Village Shopping Center, Deschutes Road, 5 – 8:30 pm December 14 • Another Chance Animal Rescue League’s Soup Kitchen Fundraiser, Millville Grange Hall, 22037 Old 44 Drive, 4 – 7 pm, (530) 547-7387


December 7 • 14th Annual Christmas Home Tour and Luncheon, Cottonwood Community Center, 20595 Gas Point Road, 10 am – 4 pm, luncheon served 11 am – 2 pm, (530) 347-4818


December 7 • Dunsmuir Rotary Club’s annual Pancakes with Santa, 8-11 am, Dunsmuir Community Building

Los Molinos

December 6, 7 • Christmas at the Old Mansion, locally handcrafted items, enjoy a cup of coffee, cider or tea, 25076 Sycamore Ave. 9 am - 8 pm Friday, 10 am -3 pm Saturday, (530) 384-2292


December 7 • Santa’s Workshop & Craft Show, Wayside Garden Club Greens Boutique, Christmas Decorations all made by local artists, Intermountain Fairgrounds, 9 am - 3 pm, (530) 336-5695 December 14 • Christmas Light Parade, Fall River Mills County Yard to McArthur Fairgrounds, bonfire at the fairgrounds after the parade, 6-10 pm, (530) 336-6869 Mt. Shasta December 28 • Friday Art Walk in Downtown Mt. Shasta, reception will feature original art & prints by local artists, light food & refreshments, 4-8 pm, 98 | Enjoy DECEMBER 2013

Red Bluff December 8

• Tehama Filipino-American Society, USA’s 3rd Annual Christmas Party, Veterans Memorial Halls, 735 Oak St.


December 4-7, 11-14 • Shasta High School Madrigal Dinner, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., 7 pm, December 6 • Holiday Gift Ideas, White Elephant & Ugly Sweater Event, American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 2961 Churn Creek Road, (530) 221-3970, December 7 • Holiday Bazaar and Craft Sale, St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive, 9 am – 1 pm, (530) 221-6474, marlene@, December 7-8 • Shasta College’s Annual Country Christmas Fair, Shasta College Farm, 11555 Old Oregon Trail, 10 am – 4 pm, (530) 242-2209, December 8 • Redding Republican Women Federated’s Annual Elegance of Christmas Tea, Win River Resort and Casino, 2100 Redding Rancheria Road, noon, Tami Gerhard, Chair at, (530) 243-3724, (530) 921-0309 or Cheryl Toliver, Co-Chair at, (530) 229-1643 • Simpson University Christmas Festival’s “The Light Has Come,” Simpson University, 2211 College View Drive, 3 pm, (530) 226-4507, December 10-14 • 26th Annual Victorian Christmas Celebration 2013, Enterprise High School, 3411 Churn Creek Road, 7 pm, (530) 222-6601

December 13 • Performing Arts Society, Old City Hall Gallery, 1313 Market St., 7:30 pm, (530) 241-7320, December 14 • American Political Satirist Will Durst, Old City Hall Gallery, 1313 Market St., 8 pm, (530) 241-7320, • Shasta College Chorale and Soloists in Concert, Shasta College Theatre, 11555 Old Oregon Trail, 7:30 pm, (530) 242-7730, • The Oaksong Music Society presents Rita Hosking Trio, The Music Connection, 3086 Bechelli Lane, 8 pm, (530) 223-2040, December 15 • Rivercity Jazz Society features The Straight Ahead Big Band, Redding Elks Lodge, 250 Elk Drive, 1 – 4:30 pm, (530) 222-5340, • North State Symphony’s Christmas Holiday Concert, Our Lady of Mercy Church, 2600 Shasta View Drive, 4 pm, December 21 • Redding Improv Players, Old City Hall Gallery, 1313 Market St., 7:30 pm, (530) 241-7320, • Holiday Party2:III Hosted by Catalyst Young Professionals& sponsored by Sugar Pine Media, Cheesecakes Unlimited , 7 pm. Live band & DJ, free red carpet photo and food included with ticket price. $25

Cascade Theatre

December 1, 5-7 • A Cascade Christmas December 13-14 • The Nutcracker, 7:30 pm December 15 • Because - A Tribute to the Beatles, 4 pm and 7 pm December 20 • A Celtic Christmas, 7:30 pm December 28 • An Evening with Soprano Sydney Mancasola, 7:30 pm

Civic Auditorium

December 11 • The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show, 7:30 pm

December 15 • Jim Gaffigan, 7:30 pm El Rey Theatre (Chico)

December 14 • Jefferson Starship, 8 pm December 17 • Sizzla with Pyrx, Mystic Roots, J-Ras and Ifa-Journey, 6:30 pm December 31 • The Mother Hips with Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, 9 pm

Laxson Auditorium December 5 • An Irish Christmas, 7:30 pm December 13-15 • Cinderella

Riverfront Playhouse Through December 14 • A Christmas Story

Shasta District Fairgrounds December 1, 7, 8 • Home Spun Craft Fair, Trinity Hall, 10 am – 8 pm

Sierra Nevada Big Room (Chico) December 4 • Diego’s Umbrella 2013, 7:30 pm December 10 • Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, 7:30 pm

State Theatre

December 14 • Tehama Concert Series presents North State Symphony’s 2013 Holiday Concert, 7:30 pm, (530) 727-8727, December 21 • A Very State Theatre Christmas featuring The Redding City Ballet & more, 4 pm

December 6, 13, 20, 27 • Shasta Team Penning — 2 Man Ranch Sorting December 7 • Roller Derby Mixer, 5 pm, (530) 633-7234, December 7, 8 • Day Productions Gun & Knife Show December 13, 14 • The Rabbit Club December 15 • California Cavy & Rabbit Show December 31 • New Year’s Rodeo & Dance

That Kitchen Place

December 12 • Open House. 5-8 pm, shopping, wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres by Chef Pam, Indian Peak Vineyards will be pouring samples of their local Manton wines. Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Through December 29 • Animals of the Wild West (Saturdays and Sundays) Through December 31 • Sacrament: Homage to a River Through February 9 • Sin in the Sagebrush December 7 • Holiday Wreath Making Workshop, 9 am – noon

Please visit to post your calendar events. If you’d like your event to be listed in this section of Enjoy magazine, it must be posted on our website by the 5th of the month - one month prior to your event. For example, a January 1 event will need to post by December 5. Thank you.

Tehama District Fairgrounds

December 1 • North State Barrel Racing Association Finals December 4, 7 • Red Bluff Outlaw Karts, December 4, 11, 18 • Brewer Roping December 2013 ENJOY | 99



JAMES MAZZOTTA, ENJOY THE STORE redding; Brandon grissom, enjoy the store red bluff

the Gifted


“ A lot of repeat customer give gifts from here because they are so personal and unique, and in turn, many recipients are so impressed that they come down to shop because they want to give the same experience that they had when they received a crate.”

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James Mazzotta, Enjoy the Store Redding








ENJOY: All year, we feature the wonderful, locally and regionally made products that are featured at Enjoy the Store. This month, we would like to take a look inside the store itself. Tell us more about Enjoy the Store, which recently celebrated its third anniversary in Redding and opened its second store earlier this year in Red Bluff. James: Enjoy the Store is really a celebration of more than 1,300 talented local artists, farmers, crafters and entrepreneurs. We offer food, jewelry, woodworking, glass blowing, apparel, ceramics and pottery, books, music, accessories and more. We carry products that are in the area that we write about in our magazine. ENJOY: How does the gift selection process typically work in your store? James: Someone comes in and will say that they’re looking for a gift for somebody. Then we explore a little — whether the recipient is male or female, and what their points of interest are. Do they like to read, do they like to be outdoors, do they like to cook? We work with them on narrowing down a feel. We also ask their budget, and show them the four crate sizes we have —small, medium, large and a shipping crate, which is designed to work with the U.S. Postal Service’s flat shipping rate. We work very closely in trying to figure out what they’re trying to achieve, and then we leave them to the opportunity of having fun in the store. ENJOY: And you won’t find a boring gift bag here. Tell us about your crates. James: Our crates are handmade by the oldest operational steamdriven sawmill in country, and they’re branded with our logo, “Made to Enjoy.” I love that logo, because if they know the Enjoy brand, it’s great; if not, it’s still a wonderful, positive message. The crates are all stuffed with cool pigtail wood shavings made locally for us, as well. When we’re done, it’s completely wrapped with cellophane and topped with a big, beautiful bow.

ENJOY: Can you help folks who don’t have time to come in and shop? James: Absolutely. You can set up an account with us, call in and give us your budget and basic parameters, and your crate can be ready to pick up later. We get a lot of people who call in for their business and place orders for one to 50 crates. ENJOY: Who else enjoys your crates? James: We do a lot of hostess gifts, and economic development people come in to give personalized gifts to people who are coming in from out of the area to look at business opportunities. Realtors come all the time for thank-you crates to leave on the counter of a home they have just sold, or when they’re going to be showing a home to people who are looking to move from out of the area. We tuck an Enjoy Magazine inside, and it really shows our best foot forward, that we do have a progressive and cultured city. ENJOY: How is the Red Bluff store different than the flagship in downtown Redding? James: The Red Bluff store does offer some unique items we don’t carry here. It’s a much larger format, and they offer a wine bar and coffee bar with a full-time barista. They serve samples from Cedar Crest Vineyards. It’s large enough that you can rent space to have events there, like birthday parties or women’s wine nights. ENJOY: Please share some of the feedback you’ve gotten from customers. James: Radio personality Linda Bott told me that the gifts she gives from here are very personal, and they show who you are as a friend — that you really put thought behind what you’re giving. A lot of repeat customers give gifts from here because they are so personal and unique, and in turn, many recipients are so impressed that they come down to shop because they want to give the same experience that they had when they received a crate.

REDDING, Store Hours: Monday - Friday 10am – 6 pm Saturday 10am – 5 pm (530) 246-4687, x4

1475 Placer Street, Suite D, Redding

RED BLUFF, Store Hours: Monday - Saturday - 10am – 7 pm Sunday 10am – 5 pm (530) 727. 9016

615 Main Street, Red Bluff REDDING December 2013 ENJOY | 101




MAKING PROGRESS “Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” ~Khalil Gibran

People of Progress began in 1974 as a food co-op. The first social service program it offered was child care, soon followed by a grant-funded education program to increase understanding and use of food stamps in three northern counties. One early program was a community farm in French Gulch, which led to its two community gardens in Redding. Programs have evolved and expanded, and they are now one of the major food banks and emergency assistance programs in the area. In addition to its own programs, People Of Progress has always been active in community issues, advocating for healthy, thriving, inclusive communities for everyone. For 40 years, People of Progress has been devoted to providing food, clothing, shelter, transportation, prescriptions and more to people in need. It will serve more than 7,000 people this year, providing more than 290,000 meals, 10,000 clothing items, 500 blankets, hundreds of diapers, 500 voicemail boxes and 1,800 RABA passes. Every household that comes in receives a community information packet filled with resources and strategies. When casework is needed, People of Progress works closely with other organizations and agencies to link clients with additional programs and services. It generates much of its funding from its thrift store: POP! Super-Sized Thrift Shop. It has nearly 5,000 square feet of merchandise, making it one of the largest thrift stores in Shasta County. It is a United Way member agency. get involved: Host a sock, blanket, penny, umbrella, coat, shampoo, laundry soap or canned food drive at your workplace, school, civic group or church. Bring in paper and plastic bags in good condition for the store. Bring in egg cartons for the food bank. Attend an event and bring a friend. Donate camping gear, furniture, small appliances, shoes, underwear and clothing. Volunteer. Invite your friends to your house or your colleagues to the lunchroom and we’ll provide a Human Bean soup mix along with a host packet filled with information on hunger and homelessness in our area, conversation catalysts and suggestions on what people can do to help reduce hunger in Shasta County. Or consider these little Emergency Escape Capules.... perfect when you need a small gift for a colleague or client. You can find them at the People of Progress Thrift Shop at 1242 Center St. in Redding. For more information, visit

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Help us fight hunger right here in the Northstate with a canned or non-perishable food donation at these locations:

Community Sponsors:

1475 Placer St. Suite C C 1475 Placer St. Suite Redding, CACA 96001 Redding, 96001

CUSTOM GIFT CRATES only at Enjoy the Store Support local farmers, crafters and merchants by creating a custom gift crate with all local, regional products.


1475 Placer St. Suite D, Downtown Redding • 530.246.4687, Ext. 4 • Hours: Mon - Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm Red Bluff Store 615 Main Street, Red Bluff • 530.727.9016 • Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am - 7 pm, Sunday Noon - 5

Enjoy Magazine - December 2013  

The Night Before Christmas

Enjoy Magazine - December 2013  

The Night Before Christmas