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63 FEBRUARYcontents Art


41 | Robbins’ Hood

33 | Guitar Solo

For Love of the Arts at the Bohemian Art Loft

Beauty 68 | Quench it

Anna and Daniel Cook by Kara Stewart www.KaraStewartPhotography.com

Music Max Thrives in Palo Cedro



17 | Culinary crusader

Enjoy the Journey at Plum Crazy in Red Bluff

25 | good presse

Sadie Roy Battles Obesity, Boredom and Waste at Chartwells

29 | share the love

Kaitlyn Flowers, Barista’s Roasting Company

The Big Heart and Beautiful Smile of Obioma Officer

37 | Sweet Treat

47 | Dogged Determination

Chocolat De Nannette’s Nancy Matthews

Dog Expert Gary Watts Trains for Service


55 | farm to faith

70 | Liberty and Patriot - Redding’s Magnificent Eagles


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63 | Musicality

Winterize Your Beauty Routine

13 | LIfe’s gifts


Renowned Flamenco Guitarist Paco Peña

21 | fruitful journey

Meet Mercy Mt. Shasta’s Chaplain, Ray Horst

72 | WHAT’S COOKIN’ Cajun Cuisine, Mardi Gras Style

74 | enjoyables

Rico Montenegro Plants for the Future

Sentimental Value: What Toy or Object From Your Childhood Do You Still Have?


76 | Calendar of Events


What’s Happening in the North State

FireWhat Inc. in Dunsmuir Wants to Keep Firefighters Safe Around the World


59 | When in Roam

86 | Giving Back

Perfect Panoramas and Romantic Rendezvous

66 | soup’s on

Will & Jen Toney: Wine Barrel Recyclers A Gala For Giving: “The Gift” and Redding Rancheria’s Community Fund

Justin Babb’s Redding Soup Offers a Hearty Helping of Community

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From kindhearted community members to cultural offerings to mouthwatering handmade chocolate, there’s so much to love about the North State. Who loves coffee? Kaitlyn Flowers was raised in an entrepreneurial family of coffee drinkers who like to socialize over a cup of joe, and she’s sharing that love with the North State through Barista’s Roasting Company, which she opened three years ago at age 20. “Everything we serve has been an award winner,” she says. For those who like some chocolate with their coffee, meet the sweetest lady in town Nancy Matthews, the mastermind behind Chocolat de Nannette. She turns out truffles, toffee, caramels and other sinful goodies by the thousands. Read on to discover her secret ingredient. Love for the arts (and each other) keeps Peter and Nadia Hava-Robbins energized. Known as the Traveling Bohemians, the pair’s Bohemian Art Loft has been a haven for artistic expression. “We just have a big, big love of the arts,” says Nadia, herself a dancer, poet and meditative and healing arts instructor. Check out a performance in their cozy space.

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Enjoy the Store It’s hard to match the purity of the love between man and dog, and Gary Watts is testament to that. A combat-injured Iraq War veteran, he’s found healing by training canines to be service dogs. In fact, his own family sleeps soundly because one of his rescue dog trainees monitors Watts’ daughter’s life-threatening health disorder by detecting fluctuation in her blood sugar levels. In a gesture of purely unselfish love, Obioma Uzoigwe Officer - known to theatergoers as the amazing Motor Mouth Maybelle from last year’s production of “Hairspray” at the Cascade Theatre - is providing a loving home to seven children who need her love more. “It’s amazing what a gift God has given to us in those kids,” she says. Rico Montenegro loves Mother Nature, and he brings seeds of hope to the hungry by planting fruit trees around the world. A career in horticulture gave way to this philanthropic endeavor that feeds his desire to give back. Seeking a romantic rendezvous? We’ll share some of our best ideas for exploring the outdoors with your beloved. Lace up your walking shoes, lace your fingers together and enjoy the path less traveled. Meanwhile, we at Enjoy Magazine just love making this magazine more fun, informative and interesting for you, and we can’t wait to show you the next surprise that we’ve got up our sleeves. Look for a new and improved Enjoy, coming very soon to a newsstand near you! Share the love, and enjoy!

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ometime in her early 40s, Janell Fitzgerald had a quiet evening with her son Clark and mused about changing careers, from reading meters for PG&E to something more vibrant and creative. Every time she visualized a new path, she brought herself back to reality with thoughts of responsibilities. Health insurance. Retirement plans. A regular paycheck. “You don’t have to do that,” Clark said of the responsibilities weighing his mom down. “You think you do, but you don’t.” Those simple words inspired Janell to continue dreaming big. Not much later, she spent an enthusiastic dinner with her husband, Rick, in downtown Red Bluff ’s Los Mariachi’s restaurant, verbalizing ideas for a boutique and hair salon. As she was talking, they watched a “For rent” sign go up in the window of a long-shuttered building across the street. She immediately knew it was the place for her vision. Rick asked for a business plan. She hastily wrote one down on scrap paper. They paid the dinner tab and walked across the street to inquire about the building. Six weeks later, they opened Plum Crazy, a now-bustling business in the historic district of Red Bluff where people enjoy boutique shopping and stylish salon services. While the decision to open may have seemed hasty at first, Janell didn’t run out and quit her job the next day. She spent days reading meters and conducted a complete remodel of the building at night with Rick, a contractor. They added six stylist stations and a boutique area in front, the latter of which now receives an overhaul every six months. A tile entryway was created at the front door with left over tiles from the Gerber pool that a friend’s dad had been storing. She added a yellow ribbon to the piece in honor of Clark, who was by then in the Army serving in Afghanistan. “San Francisco is a big part of my inspiration for the shop,” she says. “I go there a lot.” In her quest for boutique items, she keeps in mind value to the customer and aesthetics. In reflecting on the days she spent envisioning her business, she says, “I wanted to have a shop where you could go in and buy a gift for a friend between $10 and $20 and have fun and have it gift wrapped. Gift giving should be a fun thing, not a dreaded thing.” “I probably work a lot more hours than I did at PG&E,” she says, “but it’s what I like to do.” And of that risk-taking? “Amazingly enough, I can buy my own medical insurance and pay all my bills doing what I love,” she adds with a smile. For Janell, the sense of success goes way beyond the financial. It’s having her daughter Markie at a stylist station after honing her skills at a busy San Francisco salon for a year. It’s working in close collaboration with Rick, who she describes as “the behind the scenes man.” It’s the close-knit relationship she shares with her employees and customers. “I love it when parents come in of people I grew up with,” she says, “or customers I had reading meters at PG&E.” Her close ties to friends and family were what kept Plum Crazy afloat when, after a year in business working both the boutique and as a hair stylist, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her sister, Jill, continued on page 14


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recently back in Red Bluff after years as a teacher in Santa Barbara, took on her responsibilities at the shop while she convalesced for several months in the best humor she could muster. “I got to be Charlie Brown for Halloween because I was bald,” she says. 2012 marked her fifth year being cancer-free and she says, “Every day I go to work and I pinch myself. I can’t believe it’s real. I just love it. We have a ton of fun. And then I think it’s even sweeter that I have my daughter working here. It’s icing on the cake. It makes me happy.” “Patience and timing paid off,” she says. “I knew someday I wanted to do something different but it didn’t happen until I was 44.” Her advice to others is simple: “Enjoy the journey. Enjoy every step of the way. After being sick, I’ve learned to just enjoy this moment.” “You can take a blank wall and make it whatever you want,” she says of the design philosophy that drives her overhauls of the boutique every six months. “It’s just like your life.” • Plum Crazy 643 Main Street, Red Bluff (530) 529-5566 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. 14 Enjoy February 2013

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S adie R oy B attles O besity, B oredom and Waste at C hartwells She’s sweet, she’s witty and she’s dedicated to making a difference in the lives of more than 500 hungry students who converge on her dining hall three times a day. Meet Sadie Roy, director of food services at Simpson University. A trained chef and certified nutrition and wellness consultant, Roy creates menus based on the Chartwells Eat, Learn, Live philosophy. Using a hip and holistic approach, Roy offers a dining experience that’s not only planet conscious, but nutritious and delicious. Having grown up Seventh-day Adventist, Roy is no stranger to a strict diet. Now raising two boys of her own, she sees the importance of compromise in the kitchen. To keep students, faculty, staff and visitors happy and well-fed seven days a week, Roy offers healthy choices as well as comfort food. Next to the Chartwells hamburger station is a colorful vegetable platter. When it comes to students’ food choices, she says, “Sometimes they just want to see the healthy option. They don’t necessarily want to eat it, but they want to know it’s there. If they’re being good that day, they can choose the veggies. If they want a free day and want to eat fries, they can.” As a graduate student of public health, Roy understands the impact that policies can have on people, animals and the planet. “Compass

Group, the company I work for, is the largest food management company in the world, so when they do something, it’s big,” she says. A couple of years ago, as part of a company-wide commitment, they only served sustainable seafood. “When you do that at more than 1,000 schools, it makes an impact globally. Of course, the joke is, now all I can get is cod and pollock.” Embracing forward-thinking initiatives like Shasta County Public Health’s “Rethink Your Drink” campaign, Roy removed sugar-filled sodas from the beverage bar and replaced them with a fruit-infused water station. Next to the dispensers is a sign that highlights the benefits of drinking plenty of water. As a nod to the national Meatless Monday movement, her “Red Plate Special,” an ever-changing dish, is meat-free on Mondays. For her carnivorous diners who turn up their noses at the meatless dish, Roy weaves in comic relief to subtly reinforce the advantages of choosing a healthier, more sustainable diet. She says, “I posted a cartoon of a cow, pig and chicken that says, ‘Now we get Mondays off, too.’” Roy still serves a variety of antibiotic-reduced meats throughout the remainder of the week and does a meat carving station on Thursdays. Laughing, she says, “They might riot if I went totally meatless.” She uses cage-free eggs and serves rBGH-free milk. She sources continued on page 18 February 2013 Enjoy 17

local organic produce when possible. And she’s gone trayless, which has multiple benefits. “It reduces how much food people can take and it reduces waste,” she says. Roy points out that it also decreases water and chemical use, and conserves energy. Always accommodating, Roy offers alternatives for those with dietary restrictions. Students with celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, have access to gluten-free bread that Roy bakes in a self-contained bread machine. She also offers rice noodles in place of pasta and corn tortillas instead of flour. To battle boredom and add culture to the university’s dining scene, Roy puts on “monotony breakers” or special dinners designed to broaden students’ culinary horizons. Roy has set up a “mini” Chef at the Market – something she participates in when Redding’s Saturday Farmers Market is in full swing, and has re-created a Pike Place fish market complete with fish throwing. “I had 10-pound salmons donated, cleared space in the lower level and put plastic down,” she says. She can laugh about the messy scene now, but looking back she says, “Wow! It was fun. Still, I’m only

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doing that once.” This month, Roy will spice things up with a Fat Tuesday feast. Her creative and mindful menu is sure to please anyone who attends, and for added fun, she plans to bring in a photo booth for the event. Between directing 30 employees, supervising Simpson’s coffee shop (The Bean Scene), filling bellies with sustenance and looking out for Mother Earth, Roy doesn’t have much down time. With the cheerful and graceful demeanor Roy is known for, she says, “Encouraging a wellness throughout life and limiting disabilities and obesity are really important to me... I’m busy, but it’s worth it.” • www.dineoncampus.com/simpson

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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fruitful journey

rico montenegro plants for the future Maybe you remember the story “Stone Soup,” a tale of two hungry strangers who go to a village with nothing more than an empty pot. The travelers are tricksters who persuade villagers to donate ingredients to their stone soup. Townspeople add a little of this and a little of that until eventually, a nutritious meal is enjoyed by all. Rico Montenegro, chief arborist for the Fruit Tree Planting Photo by Betsy Erickson Foundation, a Pittsburg-based non-profit, isn’t a trickster and he doesn’t travel to villages empty handed. Instead, he brings seeds of hope to the hungry and to those who envision a healthy future for our planet and its inhabitants.

“I tell people, especially kids, ‘I want you to remember today because what’s happening is much bigger than yourselves. What you’re doing is not only benefitting the community today, you are making a contribution for years to come.’”

Montenegro’s story seems different than the folk tale at first glance, but if you look closely, you’ll see commonalities. Both are lessons in cooperation. Both are stories about making something good out of nothing. For nearly five years, Montenegro has been working toward the foundation’s goal of planting 18 billion fruit trees worldwide. Along with volunteers, he’s planted sustainable orchards in community gardens, low-income neighborhoods, health centers, animal sanctuaries, international hunger relief sites and Native American reservations. The work isn’t always easy. While some sites have suitable growing conditions, many times the soils are depleted and the water is scarce. But with proper cultivation, select varieties will produce an abundance of fruit for generations to come. Apples and pears will bring sustenance to the Havasupai, a Native American tribe living near the base of the Grand Canyon. Guava, banana and mango will feed the continued on page 22 February 2013 Enjoy 21

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hungry in poverty-stricken areas of India. Stone fruits like peaches, plums and cherries will provide food for public schools right here in the North State. Montenegro hasn’t always traveled the world planting fruit trees, but he’s had a love of plants for most of his life. “It started when I was 12 years old,” says Montenegro, 64, as he recalls the day his family moved to a house with a water garden. “I was drawn to the vegetation around the pond and asked my parents if I could take care of it,” says Montenegro. They said yes, and Montenegro’s interest in horticulture blossomed. Before long, he was growing a variety of plants in his own greenhouse and by age 14 he was working in nurseries. He earned his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Cal Poly Pomona and did graduate work in botany and horticulture at the University of Minnesota. In 1998, after working for Fullerton Arboretum at California State University, Fullerton, Montenegro moved his family to the Redding area where he worked as curator of horticulture for McConnell Arboretum at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. During this time, he also taught community fruit tree classes and became instrumental in restoring the orchards at Second Chance Ranch near Shingletown and Camden House in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. After becoming seriously ill in 2002 – he suffered from ulcerative colitis that required hospitalization followed by a series of strokes that left him with mobility limitations and speech impairment – Montenegro took leave from work. He eventually returned, but his health continued to decline. In 2003, his job at Turtle Bay was eliminated due to budget cuts. Montenegro fell into a deep depression, but continued to rely on his faith to get him through. “As we look back on life, we see how the things we go through, the choices we make or the things we don’t have control over play a part in leading us in the direction we’re supposed to go,” says Montenegro. “Especially when we take those difficult times and turn them into opportunities.” Although he wasn’t looking for it, opportunity presented itself to Montenegro in the form of a job announcement for the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. Though being a traveling arborist meant time away from his family, he saw the work as a chance to enrich the planet and provide nutritious food to a vast population. So, he applied for the arborist position, got the job and began his fruitful journey. When he’s not goodwill globetrotting, Montenegro is coordinating orchard-planting projects from his home near Millville where he lives with his wife, Patty. On planting day, everyone pitches in. “The only way the orchards will be a success is if communities take ownership in them,” says Montenegro. “I tell people, especially kids, ‘I want you to remember today because what’s happening is much bigger than yourselves. What you’re doing is not only benefitting the community today, you are making a contribution for years to come.’” •

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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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K A I T LY N F L O W E R S , B A R I S TA’ S R O A S T I N G C O M PA N Y Without the ability to define precisely why, many people will say they like coffee simply because it tastes good. Kaitlyn Flowers can pinpoint the finer nuances of that taste, right down to the origin of the bean and its subtle flavor. For example, she says the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is one of the only beans in the world with a hint of natural citrus flavor. A wunderkind, such knowledge seems almost innate to Flowers, who opened Barista’s Roasting Company three years ago at age 20. Within three months she was operating a sustainable enterprise thanks to enthusiastic community support. “Our goal is that everything we do is top of the line,” says Flowers. Raised in an entrepreneurial family of coffee drinkers who like to socialize over a cup of joe, Flowers had a vision of creating a “home

away from home” for those who like to bond over coffee. The face of the business, she oversees Barista’s day-to-day operations, but it is a family affair. Her father Grant assists in selecting and roasting the coffee and hand blends the house and espresso roasts, while her mother Diana handles administrative paperwork, helps choose the beans, and develops food and pastry recipes. “In Europe, being a barista is more prestigious. It’s a career choice,” says Flowers. “Here, it’s viewed as someone’s middle or in-between job. We hope to change that.” Making coffee is both science and art, says Diana, who compares a barista’s knowledge of coffee with a sommelier‘s knowledge of wines. The Barista’s staff is certified through the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the standard-bearer for specialty continued on page 26 February 2013 Enjoy 25

coffee. “Every barista goes through months of training,” says Flowers. “We’re teaching them a skill they can take with them.” She says that unlike the super-automated assembly-line coffee establishments where a barista simply loads the beans and pushes a button, “At Barista’s we’re seeing that coffee through every stage before it goes into your cup.” To ensure the highest quality, Flowers orders bean samples from coffee brokers and she and her parents roast and test them using a process known as cupping—brewing and tasting each coffee to rate its acidity, aroma, flavor and body at different roast levels. “We typically sample numerous coffees because only about 5% of it meets the Barista’s standard,” says Diana. Barista’s roasts at its on- and off-site locations according to the roasting profile developed during cupping. Roasting is done in small batches (beans are never more than 48 hours old) to maintain peak freshness and flavor. Every batch of beans is then hand-sifted to remove imperfections, a practice Flowers says many coffee houses don’t employ. Caffeinated and decaffeinated house drip coffee and espresso blends are featured and the house drip changes. “Our origin drip coffees are made to order by the cup,” says Flowers. “We always pull fresh shots of espresso, even in cold drinks. We don’t pre-make a mixture.” Last summer the shop started offering a tri-tip, slow roasted barbecue to complement the live music it offers on Friday nights. “We realized there weren’t a lot of places in town to enjoy a beverage and entertainment on Friday evening without having to buy a meal,” says Flowers, who has created a family atmosphere where children can enjoy hot cocoa or Italian soda while their parents sip coffee, wine or beer. “Everything we serve has been an award winner,” she adds. “Some are international gold medal winners and a number are local brews, but many are only served in the Redding area by Barista’s. We even have gluten-free beer.” Although the barbecue was intended to operate during the summer months, it has been so popular that Flowers plans to continue it twice a week throughout the winter and has recently added chicken to the menu. “We use espresso in the marinade which maintains the link to coffee,” she says. The shop also serves an all-day breakfast and lunch menu featuring farm-fresh eggs and a variety of freshly made pastries. Several dairy alternatives such as soy, hemp and almond milk are standard, a rarity of choice among Redding coffee houses. “We’re trying to produce something that is fast but still top quality,” says Flowers. “We’ve considered a drive-through but we aren’t about mass production. We will probably eventually open one but want that connection to a sit-down so we can still have that relationship with the customer.” Barista’s is not only for the coffee connoisseur, but for those wanting the Gold Cup Standard of flavor, aroma and body in a freshly roasted cup of coffee. “In the mornings I identify people as pre-coffee or postcoffee when they place their order,” she says. “It’s almost like handing them their cup of joy.” • Barista’s Roasting Company 1007 Dana Drive, Suite A, Redding www.baristasroasting.com (530) 221-7070 Claudia Mosby is fascinated by the power of words to influence, inspire and heal. She became a freelance feature writer so she could tell people’s stories. She lives in the north state and leads workshops, classes and retreats on writing and wellness. Visit her website at www.writinginsideout.org. 26 Enjoy February 2013

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T he big heart and beautiful smile of obioma officer Obioma Uzoigwe Officer was nervous about the idea of playing a character in The Cascade Theatre’s presentation of Hairspray in April of 2012. “My mom kept me in church, so I was much more comfortable singing there than I was on stage,” she says. Singing for God was virtually inherent for Officer, but finding a way to channel Motor Mouth Maybelle, a character who struggled against racial injustice in the 1950s, would take a bit of a push. Director Jana Leard and co-choral director Trish Harris believed in Officer’s ability to embody the strength of Motor Mouth Maybelle. Officer watched the movie several times, and tried to imagine what the characters in the play were fighting for. She thought about her own struggle with racial injustice as a child. “I grew up in Pleasant Hill, in the Bay Area, in a predominantly white area. I remember knocking on my friends’ doors and their parents always making up an excuse as to why their kids couldn’t come outside to play with me,” she says. Recalling these painful memories and considering all she has overcome in her life, Officer found a way not only to channel Motor Mouth Maybelle, but to become her. Looking at the vivacious 31-year-old woman with the beautiful smile, the big voice and the even bigger heart, it’s hard to imagine that all she’s endured hasn’t managed to inhibit her joyful and loving spirit. What’s even harder to imagine is that this young woman is a mother to seven children and a grandmother of one. “Obi,” as she is known to virtually everyone, hasn’t given birth to any of her own children yet, but it hasn’t stopped her and her husband Nathaniel Officer from providing a loving home to seven kids that needed their love more than anything. “Family isn’t about bloodlines - it’s about love,” Officer says with conviction. The Officers’ first four children, Tonisha (21), Carolyn (16), Benjamin (14) and Jasmine (10), are biologically Obi’s sister’s children. Talisha Placide, Officer’s sister, 14 years her senior, had always looked after Officer as a second mom. “We spent a great deal of quality time together as I was growing up. My mom was essentially a single mom, and she had to work to provide for us. Talisha stepped up and took care of me whenever I needed it.” As Placide began to struggle with extreme depression and other physical ailments, the Officers offered to help by opening their home to Placide and her children in October 2005, just six months after the young couple was married. Placide’s illnesses were complicated and it became clear that she would need more assistance than the Officers could provide, and she was ultimately admitted to the hospital. Placide wanted nothing more than to provide a good home for her children, but her illness made it virtually impossible for her continued on page 30 February 2013 Enjoy 29


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to be the one to provide for them. While in the hospital, she asked the Officers to take care of her children. Officer remembered the love her sister had always given to her. She recalled the room in their house that she and Nathaniel had set aside for their future children. She knew, in that instant, that God had planned for that room to become a safe place for her sister’s children. The Officers decided then and there that they would take responsibility for Tonisha, Carolyn, Benjamin and Jasmine and love them as their own. When Placide passed away from complications from her illnesses in 2010, she went with the knowledge that her children were in safe, loving and capable hands. For a young couple with four children, calling their daily routine “hard work” doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. But the Officers have struggled along and kept their promise to Placide. The Officers had both seen examples of their parents giving all they had to provide a good home. Obi’s mother, Lizzie Uzoigwe, struggled to provide for her girls, and Nathaniel’s parents, Brian and Debbie Officer, had five biological children and six adopted children of their own. In 2007, Nathaniel’s father was diagnosed with cancer. When it claimed his life in 2009, Nathaniel’s mother didn’t know how she could manage the responsibility of raising the five children who still lived at home on her own. With the potential for three of those children to be sent back into the foster care system, the Officers had another decision to make. They decided to take in Danielle (17) in April 2009. Marciano (11) and Manuel (9), who are biological brothers, were taken in by the Officers in July 2011. The Officers have both had their share of experience in dealing with emotional disturbances and disabilities. Nathaniel is an instructional assistant for the Special Day Classes at Sequoia Middle School. Obi is an American Sign Language Interpreter for Shasta County Office of Education. Obi mastered American Sign Language (ASL) as a child when she suffered hearing loss due to severe ear

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infections. “I used to watch a show on television called ‘Say It With Sign.’ That’s where I began to learn about ASL.” Obi struggled to hear until middle school, when surgery improved her hearing. Obi took classes in ASL at the high school level and majored in deaf studies at Ohlone College in Fremont. During her college years, she was “socially accepted into the deaf community.” She has worked with deaf students at The California School for the Deaf in Fremont and has experience working with children with autism. She proudly serves as the deaf ministry leader and lead interpreter at City Church in Redding. The skill sets gained in their respective professions would prove beneficial for the Officers, not only at work, but at home. Each of their seven children has dealt with emotional disturbances. The Officers have taught their children to manage their emotions and struggles through accountability, mutual respect, responsibility, trust, making reasonable choices and by simply loving one another. As the dust has begun to settle and the children have begun to overcome their complicated pasts, they have each found something to embrace in their lives. Tonisha is a proud mother to a 2–year-old boy, Josiah. Carolyn, who also played a role in the 2012 production of “Hairspray” and sang a duet on stage with her mom, has fully embraced the performing arts. She was a performer at the Madrigal Dinner at Shasta High School and can often be found singing her way through the house. Benjamin plays four instruments and can’t wait to master a new one. Jasmine was singing before she could even speak. Danielle, who has sought to prove stereotypes wrong, was one of only two girls to play on Shasta High School’s football team in 2011, playing quarterback and receiver. She is considering a career in criminal justice. Although she is not hearing impaired, Danielle has a particular penchant for ASL, just like her mom. Marciano and Manuel, the youngest of the bunch, have talked about becoming firemen or police officers – something they would never have even

considered or discussed a year ago. “I want to celebrate my kids. I love nothing more than hearing them say, ‘I did it, Mom!’” Officer says proudly. When asked how they are able to manage their very busy lives, the Officers admit: “It’s not by our own merit. It really does take a village to raise kids.” They give God all of the credit and are ever grateful to their church friends, who have become more like family in helping to provide love to their children. “When we first embarked on this journey, we admitted one thing to ourselves: We didn’t have a clue,” Nathaniel says. “It’s amazing what a gift God has given to us in those kids,” Officer adds. The Officers find that looking forward to a weekly date night helps them to make it through the hectic nature of the week. Officer explains it simply: “If we don’t find time for us, there will be no ‘us.’ And if there is no ‘us’ there is no ‘them.’” During the production of “Hairspray,” as Officer opened her mouth to sing the aptly titled “I Know Where I’ve Been,” the words aligned perfectly with her struggle. The transformation from Obioma Uzoigwe Officer to Motor Mouth Maybelle took place. And the crowd stood in awe and wonder at this woman’s ability to bear her soul on the stage. •

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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the guitar, playing all the time at home. Flamenco is similar to the blues, it has a tinge of sadness, an element of fight and rebellion. It is pain and suffering with explosions of great happiness.” Born in the Andalusian city of Córdoba, he was not formally tutored in the art of guitar; he learned from his brother, friends and neighbors. “The thing was to just join in and make mistakes. That’s the way you learn flamenco. I don’t want to sound sad or continued on page 34

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dramatic, but I didn’t have any money for lessons. I had a friend, about my age, who played guitar in the market square. He had a teacher. He was learning bits from his teacher and I was learning bits from him. You try to absorb what you can from anywhere possible.” In the late 1960s he left Spain for London, where his recitals of flamenco music captivated British audiences. “I’d never had any ambition of playing solo at all. I was just part of a performance company, but they told me to play a solo in the show. When I did, there was an overwhelming response which I wasn’t aware could exist. That there was this audience for the solo guitar was really a revelation; that didn’t exist in Spain. My first big gig was with Jimi Hendrix. I played at the Royal Festival Hall in London at a ‘Guitar In.’ That concert included classical guitar, flamenco guitar, blues guitar, and Hendrix at the top of the bill. That sort of activity became fascinating to me.” About the same time, Peña began learning technique from other guitarists, both classical and flamenco. He ultimately decided he needed to change his playing technique dramatically in order to improve. Among the players he credits as inspirational to his signature style are Niño Ricardo, Ramón Montoya and Sabicas, whose recordings were an important learning tool for him. In 1970, he organized his first flamenco touring company. He still spends a significant part of his time in Andalusia, and in 1981 he founded the Centro Flamenco Paco Peña in Cordoba, later becoming artistic director of the Córdoba International Guitar Festival. In 1997 he was proud to be named Oficial de la Cruz de la Orden

del Merito Civil, an honor bestowed by King Juan Carlos of Spain. Venues for his solo performances have included the intimate Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Royal Albert Hall in London, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Performing with others is key to his musical recharging and learning process.He has played with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and musical traditions, including Inti-Illimani, a Chilean group; pianist and composer John Tower Williams; and musician Peter Gabriel. He continues to enjoy touring around the world. “Traveling exposes you to different people from whom you can learn. My travel experiences come back to my music,” he says. “Everything inspires my musical compositions. Flamenco deals with serious emotions of humanity, and I feel I am in tune with my music in that sense.” His primary performance vehicle has always been the flamenco cuadro, a small ensemble including guitars, singers and dancers and his primary focus has always been on flamenco puro, or pure flamenco. His current touring production is called Flamenco Vivo and begins with the most primitive forms of this captivating art form and travels to the highest levels of modern flamenco, demonstrating the rhythmic complexities of its latest variations. Peña has dedicated his life to both the tradition and reinvention of flamenco, expanding its horizons, while never losing touch with its roots. “I’m an individual and in flamenco, you can’t just do what is already there, you have to try and do something of your own. If you’re inspired, and technically you’ve prepared yourself, you can experiment, but you must be dreaming of what you want to do before you can do it, and then you can surprise yourself as you go along.” • Paco Peña Flamenco Vivo at Laxson Auditorium, Chico State University • February 20 • 7:30 pm www.pacopena.com • www.chicoperformances.com

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Matthews has relocated her shop to the Atrium in the Market Street Promenade and no longer has over-the-counter sales, but her products can always be found in Redding at Enjoy The Store, Holiday Market on Placer Street, Déjà Vu Restaurant, Westside Florist and Redding Florist. Those looking for sweets for their sweethearts in Mount Shasta should visit Village Books or the Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery. Matthews also produces the popular Mt ShastaBar, a chocolate bar featuring an embossed logo of the namesake mountain. Available in milk or dark chocolate, the bars are distributed by Mount Shastabased philanthropists Michael and Joe Wirth. Profits from candy bar sales are used to develop and maintain trails in Siskiyou County—a project that has raised more than $100,000 during the past 10 years. Chocolat de Nannette also is the creative force behind those clever chocolate bars sold at Turtle Bay Exploration Park’s gift shop. Being creative is part of the chocolate business, it seems, and Matthews is happy to think outside the box to accommodate her customers. Matthews says she has mounted more than one diamond engagement ring atop a truffle—surely a case of love at first bite for the betrothed—and even found a way to encase a fishing license in chocolate to create a sweet surprise for one lucky angler. “I’ve done some interesting things,” Matthews says. “I remember in the old days I took a video camera, wrapped it and dipped it in chocolate as a gift. I also do very large custom orders for different groups, like Mercy.”

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F O R L O V E O F T H E A R T S AT T H E B O H E M I A N A R T L O F T It’s one thing to say you’re a supporter of the arts. It’s quite another thing to host a venue for poets, musicians, dancers and others just about every week of every month for the past 13 years. But that’s what Peter and Nadia Hava-Robbins have done in Redding. Known as the Traveling Bohemians, the couple has consistently hosted monthly spoken word poetry and open mic music nights, as well as concerts, dance events, art exhibits and more. For a decade, they held events at venues like Redding’s Old City Hall Arts Center and the former Sue’s Java Café and Serendipity coffee houses. For the past three years, however, they’ve staged them at their own venue – the Bohemian Art Loft in an industrial strip at 3304B Bechelli Lane in Redding. When one considers all the artistic expression that’s taken place under their banner over the years, it’s fair to say that it’s been an incredible gift to the North State creative community. “There have been people who’ve been coming for 13 years and they’re still writing and sharing,” says Nadia, herself a dancer, poet and meditative and healing arts instructor. “And it’s not just that. They’re truly wonderful people to get to know and associate with. We just have a big, big love of the arts.” Nadia, a native of Czechoslovakia, hosts the events and often participates with a dance performance or poetry reading of her own. Peter, a sound expert, is forever positioning microphones and adjusting volume levels. He’s captured a number of live recordings that have made their way into CD form, including performances by jazz, folk and singer-songwriter artists from across the country.

The couple originally met in 1982 at the Temple School of Nuclear Medicine Technology in Philadelphia, where Peter was teaching and Nadia was a student. They married in 1985. Prior to coming to the North State in 2000, they lived in Honolulu, where they also hosted open mic events. Peter works as a nuclear medicine physician at Nuclear Medicine Associates in Redding. Peter, who also worked as the sound technician for the five-year run of Dave Short’s Jazz at Old City Hall series, estimates he’s probably seen a thousand live concerts during his lifetime. “With a live recording, you get the real feel of what people hear when they go to a show,” Peter says. “I try to capture what I love about the music, which is how it happens when it happens live.” The Monthly Spoken Word Night, which features poetry, stories, skits and more, takes place at 7 pm the second Wednesday of each month at the Bohemian Art Loft. The Monthly Music Night takes place at 7:30 pm the first Thursday of each month. The couple also hosts concerts for artists or groups who can effectively promote their own shows. Unlike in previous years, however, the Traveling Bohemians have scaled back the number of performances and art shows they’re hosting. To fill the void, Nadia leads meditative and healing arts classes – something she’s done for most of her life. The classes include T’ai Chi for Health, Gentle Hatha Yoga (Yoga Isometrics), Qi Gong (a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise and meditation) and T’ai Chi Sword. continued on page 42 February 2013 Enjoy 41

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“It takes me away,” she says of teaching the classes. “I’m no longer everyday Nadia. It transforms me and I’m in a whole different place. I love to share it and we have students that really get into it. They stay after and want to learn more.” In addition, she does facial and head acupressure massage and relaxation therapy. Another massage therapist, Ocean Littlefield, also uses the space. Between the performances, art shows, meditative and martial arts classes and massage, the Bohemian Art Loft takes on the characteristic of a health and healing arts center. “A lot of people tell me they just don’t want to go to the gym,” Nadia says. “Here it’s subdued and quiet. That’s more what they’re looking for.” Even if the performances have been scaled back a bit, there will always remain at least a monthly opportunity for musicians and poets to present their original creations. “We’ve never done it for the purpose of making money,” Peter says. “We do like to come close to paying the rent. But we do it for the love of the arts.” • 3304B Bechelli Lane, Redding • (530) 229-7818 www.travelingbohemians.org • www.meditativehealingarts.org

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“It relieves my stress,” he says. “If I’ve had a bad day, as soon as I’ve got a dog in front of me, I’m good.”

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Juvenile Justice Center to model compassion, discipline, integrity and consistency to juvenile offenders. Once a week, Gary and Abby volunteer to go through training techniques with the young people. “They see somebody other than who they see every day and they get to see a dog,” says Gary. He has noticed immediate bonds between some kids and Abby, as well as a coming around of those who were initially reluctant. The family recognizes that illness and injury have been barriers to inclusion in many day-to-day activities with others. However, as McKenna’s health has improved, she has been able to take ballet lessons, which has opened a door to a world of new friends for all. Gary’s dog training business has grown as word has gotten out about his tremendous talent. “I’m super motivated. I love being this busy,” he says. “We’ve learned to figure things out,” says Danelle of the coping and organizational skills the family has developed. “We’ve struggled with it, we’ve battled with it, but we’ve found little ways to deal with it.” And while they value sharing their story of Gary’s brain injuries because it promotes understanding of other injured veterans, they are quick to note that it is not the draw to their business. Says Danelle, “He’s saying, ‘Come to me because I’m a good dog trainer and I want to make your life better.’” • Envision K-9 (530) 529-5465

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Fire: Unpredictable, fast-moving and terrifying. When a wildland fire breaks out, the ability for firefighters to collect accurate, up-to-the-minute information can mean the difference between life and death. A tiny Dunsmuir company is on the front lines of providing that critical intelligence to people all over the world. FireWhat Inc. was founded by Sam Lanier and Ryan Avila to provide free, high-quality information and training to emergency responders everywhere, and to obtain grants for fire and emergency services technology. They’re also creating a social enterprise that they hope will be the world’s most comprehensive firefighting and emergency response community. Lanier’s affinity for firefighting started while he was growing up in Mount Shasta. “We’d always follow fire trucks around to calls when I was a little kid,” Lanier said. “I helped out washing fire engines, and I got on as a fire explorer when I was 15.” While he was majoring in graphic design and photography at Chico State University, a stint riding fire engines during some wildfires sparked a change in majors. He graduated from the College of the Siskiyous’ fire academy, and was hired at Cal Fire before being picked up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a national fire program specialist. “I started seeing a lot of problems in fire service, things that funding isn’t there for,” says Lanier, a fire captain. “Firefighters were going out on a daily basis without the things they need.” For instance, a fire department in a tiny Nevada desert town could only accept a $7,000 grant - enough for one set of turnouts - because it couldn’t afford the 10 percent match for a larger award. continued on page 52

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He and Avila, who holds a bachelor’s degree in fire service management, discussed the FireWhat idea over a number of years and 10,000 miles of travel together. They officially established their business in 2011. FireWhat landed a $910,000 grant for a fire truck for the city of Dunsmuir, won several grants for Siskiyou County fire services, and is in the running for a $1.2 million grant to supply funds for every Siskiyou County firefighter to have health insurance, which will make recruitment easier, he says. “When we get these grants, it’s a burden release for the volunteers and the municipalities. They can focus on the other dire needs,” Lanier explains. Meanwhile, their information-packed website includes free training for all levels of firefighters. FireWhat is also working to create a one-stop shop for public information officers to push out information to the media more efficiently. They continue to build their mobile applications with the help of Lanier’s former classmate, Pusher Inc. CEO Nathan Johnston, who brought “a crew that loves living in the mountains” up to Dunsmuir to open an office. They started with a firefighter version, which informs responders about the visibility of homes in the area, water sources and staging areas before they arrive on scene. It also provides life-saving information like current weather conditions, perimeter tracking and map imagery. Fire calculators help firefighters estimate how the fire will burn and in which direction. FireWhat quickly discovered a market for a free app for the public, which shows maps and gives information on each fire, and a $1.99 homeowners’ version, which includes tips for responding to a fire emergency and more. So far, 23,000 people in 28 countries have downloaded the apps, and big plans are in the works to expand their access to international data. They’re also working to provide a comprehensive platform for “crowdsourcing,” which allows the public to push information to FireWhat using social media. “Hurricane Sandy has been a great resource for data of people crowdsourcing. They can say, ‘The waves are coming in 15 blocks from here’ … there are so many people providing more pertinent information to us,” Lanier says. Today, they have a team of four plus a four-person development team, with plans to grow when they move into their new building on Dunsmuir Avenue where they will also offer fire and emergency classes for College of the Siskiyous. Lanier created the college’s unique online fire technology degree program. The North State is an ideal place for FireWhat, Lanier says, as the Redding Airport is home to the Northern California Operations Center. “The hub of wildland information is in this area,” Lanier says. “We have a cool historic building and we’re getting to help the community, rather than just being another brick-and-mortar website business in San Francisco struggling to get by. We’re making enough to keep the doors open and the lights on and to keep going until the big break happens.” • www.firewhat.com

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. 52 Enjoy February 2013




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Beneath the snowy peaks of Colorado, a young boy moved his tractor over farm fields, transforming them for harvest. But Ray Horst’s childhood ambition to be a farmer changed directions. Today, he works in the shadow of the snow-capped Cascades, walking the corridors of Mercy Medical Center of Mount Shasta as chaplain. “I was born and raised on a farm,” Horst says. “I never planned to go to college or leave the farm.” But others saw more in the young farm boy and began to push him in other directions. “Others knew I could be more outgoing,” he says. “I became a judge at a Future Farmers of America event. Next I found myself in college, and then in Germany serving with the military.” The speakers overhead come to life in the hospital as Horst says the morning prayer. His duties will take him throughout the community in a day. He will make rounds to encourage patients, interface with staff and provide transportation. He even takes time to build a ramp to help a patient who needs better access into her home. With a contagious

enthusiasm, Horst touches lives. “I returned from Germany, no longer a farm boy,” Horst says. His time off touring eight European countries gained him a larger view of the world. An FFA teacher encouraged him to be involved with Youth for Christ, leading to seminary and a church plant in Nebraska. In 1985, the Evangelical Free Church in Northern California called him to serve, and Horst moved his family to Mount Shasta. In 2005, Horst served on the advisory board of the hospital. Three part-time chaplains covered the hospital and a vacancy opened. Horst volunteered, received training, and began working 10 hours a week. His hours grew. He went to additional training at Rogue Valley Medical in Medford. As his skill and personality began to show exceptional abilities, his job became full-time. “My job as chaplain is different from most chaplains,” Horst says. “I recognized there were many other needs I could meet and created a niche for myself using my gifts.” Horst leads financial counseling continued on page 56 February 2013 Enjoy 55

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A gentle brush of fingers, a whisper of warmth and a interpretative display and meditation benches. Visitors look up and down the friendly adventure transforms into something more as deep rocky gorge and the creek that rages in winter and trickles in late summer. they walk side by side up the hiking trail. A breathtaking Handicapped accessible, this scenic spot invites lingering at the railing or in the vista spreads out before them as they crest the hill. What covered picnic areas. a view! Romance blossoms in those surprising moments, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Visitor Center makes for a perfect sometimes unexpectedly and other times foreshadowed stopover while traveling Highway 229 west. Eight miles from Redding, the by the road already traveled together. February is a perfect Visitor Center overlook with interpretative displays, bookstore, bathrooms and time to explore new paths where the views may open into covered seating can be enjoyed for its bird’s-eye view of the western mountains spectacular panoramas, both literally and romantically. and sapphire-blue waters of Whiskeytown Lake. Picnickers often enjoy their Some folks know already, but others may be surprised to meals sitting on the retaining wall as they take in the scene. Afterward, discover some locations hidden in plain sight in and around a short hike from the south end of the parking lot takes visitors to the the west side of Redding, where exquisite panoramas invite lake’s edge. quiet contemplation or a romantic rendezvous. Clear Creek Joan Bradshaw, visitor center volunteer, pointed out two other Gorge Overlook, Mary Lake’s “Top of the World” on Westside destinations for romantics within the recreation area. Launching Trail, Whiskeytown Lake Visitor’s Center, Shasta Bally and Kanaka from the visitor center, adventurers will find “breathtaking views” Peak offer breathtaking views best enjoyed with a companion. A at the top of Shasta Bally, a 12-mile journey from the visitor center picnic, binoculars, sketch pad or journal, and good company – what a and up a gravel road by four-wheel drive when weather and road way to enjoy the view! conditions permit. Bradshaw shared her own romantic memory of Clear Creek Gorge a campout at “the top of the world” with wine and cheese under Overlook was completed in the stars. 2011 as a part of the Bureau The more adventurous could travel to Sheep Camp by car from of Land Management’s the visitor center, and then enjoy a hike up Kanaka Peak Trail. This Clear Creek Greenway is classified as difficult with several steep ascents, though the trail has project. Just seven miles recently been improved. The hike itself stirs the heart with natural east of Highway 273 on beauty and wildlife and its promise of a 360-degree view at the peak. Clear Creek Road, the It is a 3.5-mile hike from the trailhead to the peak. From the top of functional recreation spot Kanaka Peak, the Trinity Alps can be seen to the northwest, Redding intersects part of Clover and the Lassen Range to the east. The foothills of Igo and Ono fall Creek Trail with bathroom away to the south with the Yolla Bolly Mountains beyond. Glimpses and picnic facilities, of Mount Shasta to the north and Clear Creek Canyon to continued on page 60

Bradshaw shared her own romantic memory of a campout at “the top of the world” with wine and cheese under the stars.

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the south can also be seen. Back in town, the Mary Lake community has one of the most glorious views just up the hill along Westside Trail. Parking at the end of Skywalker Road after turning right at the end of Dillard Lane, visitors can walk or bicycle up a steep paved trail. At the top, the trail turns right onto dirt or continues around the knoll and back downhill. At the peak, the view unfolds in every direction with Mount Shasta, Lassen Peak and the valley laid out in all their beauty. Mary Lake and Keswick Reservoir look like ponds and the Sacramento River like a silver ribbon weaving through the landscape. Only an old log serves as seating, but linger here with the right someone for a bit of romantic reverie. While sitting on the top of the world, shoulder to shoulder, spirits soar and blossoming affection magnifies the grandeur of nature’s beauty. What a wonder, what a joy to share the moment with another. A romantic rendezvous just might be the perfect gift during this month when love is celebrated... and any time when romance calls. •

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M U S I C M A X T H R I V E S I N PA LO C E D R O Al Mires knew music instruction would play a prime role when he started Music Max during the summer of 2008, but he didn’t realize how critical a role. Though Mires couldn’t foresee it at the time, he was opening a music store at the beginning of a long, difficult recession. And even before the economy was stalling out, the trend of Internet music equipment sales cutting into local retail business was deepening. “The economy hit the music industry significantly,” Mires says. “It forced us to retool, sometimes every six months. I’d say the focus has become more organic. We try to provide great repair (service) and great lessons, and from that, we sell some things.” On a typical week, more than 200 music students pass through the doors of the Palo Cedro business. Kids, teens and adults meet with teachers in a variety of disciplines to improve their skills on guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano/keyboards, violin, brass, woodwind, vocals and more. continued on page 64 February 2013 Enjoy 63

The store has also become a regular venue for student concerts and clinics by touring professionals passing up and down the I-5 corridor. The store has hosted notable virtuosos such as guitarists Larry Mitchell and Dave Martone, and bassists Stu Hamm, Michael Manring and Brian Bromberg Mires finds fulfillment by hosting such a scene at Music Max. A few decades back, he says he was an unfocused kid with “one foot on the wrong side of the tracks.” During his senior year at Central Valley High School, Mires signed up for a guitar class on a whim and found that music provided hope and direction. It wasn’t long before his grades were up and he was earning money playing in a band. Mires has made a living with music ever since, playing or recording with the Diamonds, Coasters, Miami Sound Machine, Merle Haggard, Brad Hawkins, actor Steven Seagal and more. North State audiences have long heard his guitar skill in such groups as the jazz-based Brown Shoe and in a duo with guitarist Tyler Mansfield. His original fusion band, “After Dark,” toured and recorded at Sony records under the production of Paul Klingberg. Mires and his wife Shelley have two sons, Alex and Jake, both of whom are musicians and sometimes perform with their father. “Owning a music store is an extension of being a musician,” says Mires. “In five years I can’t think of one customer I’d remove. Musicians in a music store, at least in this town, are really great people.” In addition to Mires, who teaches guitar, the store features a group of instructors who are exceptional masters of their craft, Mires says. They include Marvin Allen (guitar), Mike Mathis (guitar/ music production), Kenji Kato (drums), Wade Craver (bass guitar), Cleveland Boney (piano), Wendy Wendt (fiddle) and more. “Some kids, when I start working with them, are kind of dark and quiet,” 64 Enjoy February 2013

says Kato, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and the Yamaha Music Academy of Japan. “But after a few lessons, they start getting more positive and they start smiling a lot. I learn a lot from them, actually. Kids don’t have any preconceived ideas. They have many fresh ideas.” Kato’s youngest student is 4 and his oldest is 68. His instruction room includes two full drum kits, a computer, keyboard and speakers. “I have student concerts about four times a year,” Kato says. “It’s nice because father, mother, grandmother can come and hear them play.” About seven months after it opened, Music Max held its first student concert. The events have grown so popular that the business holds them about every two months. Though it’s not a requirement for any student to perform, it’s rewarding to see young and not-so-young musicians play their first notes before an actual audience, Mires says. “You may be passing on music to a youngster who will then pass it on to another youngster and on and on,” Mires says. “I know kids and adults who have been through tough circumstances and find comfort expressing themselves through music. It’s an important thing for healing. Scientifically, it’s been proven that kids in music programs do much better in school.” • Music Max • 9472 Cedro Road, Palo Cedro (530) 547-7070 • www.musicmaxonline.com

Jim Dyar is a freelance writer, musician and a former arts and entertainment editor at the Record Searchlight.

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Soup’s on. justin babb ’ s R edding S oup offers a H earty H elping of Community When served alone, a carrot is just a carrot, an onion is just an onion, a tomato is just a tomato. But if you put them all together and simmer them in a pot with broth, chicken and a sprinkling of spices, you’ll end up with a nourishing meal that’s infused with healing powers. With Redding Soup, Justin Babb has created a community feast that bubbles with fresh ideas, and participants have the opportunity to take home a little seed money to make the North State richer. People buy an $8 ticket to enjoy dinner (soup, naturally) as they listen to creative minds pitch innovative projects that they would like to either start or continue. Attendees vote for their favorite project, and the winner receives the money raised from that night’s ticket sales. Projects can be anything – art, campaigns, field trips, research, cooking, teaching – as long as they would build or influence the community, and wouldn’t be funded by more traditional sources, Babb says. The idea was sparked when TEDxRedding brought Detroit SOUP’s Amy Kaherl to talk about how microgrants can change communities. Babb, who works for Shasta College, did the technical work for the TEDx event and was riveted by Kaherl’s presentation. She spoke of Detroit’s high unemployment rates, post-industrial culture and vacant buildings, but also of young entrepreneurs and professionals moving into the city, creating new opportunities for community engagement. “What Amy said resonated with what Redding is like,” says Babb, 26. He pitched the Redding Soup idea to Shasta College’s young entrepreneur program, passed out some brochures, and created a website and a Facebook page, and “within about an hour, the Record Searchlight had called me for

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an interview,” Babb says. “I said, ‘I think we’ve got something here.’” He partnered with the Shasta College Center for Community Engagement to host the first Redding Soup event in May. Presentations are five to eight minutes long, and can be anything from a Powerpoint to a less formal question-and-answer session. Afterward, attendees have the opportunity to talk to presenters one-on-one before casting their ballots. About 40 people have attended each event, and donations of food and money support the dinner. Babb makes the soup, and for $8, attendees get “soup, salad, bread and a vote,” he says. The events have raised a few hundred dollars each. “We count the votes, and we hand them the money right then and there,” Babb says. “It’s enough to make a little bit of a difference, and it gets their name out there.” Marc Dadigan won the first microgrant, which will help fund a photography exhibit of the Winnemem Wintu’s modern religious ceremonies. It will counter the perception that the Winnemem have been assimilated or disappeared, by showing how the remaining 125 Winnemem continue to practice traditional ceremonies at sacred sites in the McCloud River watershed. Dadigan hopes the exhibit will build bridges between native and non-native communities in the North State, and increase people’s understanding of this endangered indigenous culture. “The money helped a great deal to make me believe I could actually put the project together,” Dadigan says. “Also, just by doing the presentation, I learned that people are ready to learn about this subject and are really interested in it, which motivated me to go forward.”

“ We want to give everyone a platform. You can be an entrepreneur, a nonprofit, an artist - anything cool you might want to start. We want to get a good mix,” Babb says.

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The third Redding Soup event will be March 8 at Shasta College, and project proposals are due March 1 (learn more at reddingsoup.com). “We want to give everyone a platform. You can be an entrepreneur, a nonprofit, an artist - anything cool you might want to start. We want to get a good mix,” Babb says. Babb is active with Redding Catalyst and has recruited a loyal team of volunteers. He also trades ideas with Sunday Soup, a network of more than 100 groups that have hosted Soup events across the country. “Getting it all together has been a real blast,” he says. “I have a core group of volunteers that I can just ask, and I’ve had tons of support throughout this.” • Redding Soup 6 to 8 pm March 8, Shasta College campus center (cafeteria) 11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding www.reddingsoup.com

“As a graduate of the class of 1998 and as a steering member for the past 11 years, I can personally attest to the quality of the program and to the value of the Leadership Redding experience. Many relationships that have developed as a result of my association with Leadership Redding have grown into lifelong personal and professional friendships.” Brad Williams Simpson University


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Winter air drying you out? The wind in your face and chapped lips and stinging eyes more than you can handle? For many people, lower humidity levels, extreme cold and varying indoor/outdoor environments can all damage the skin’s protective outer layer, creating dry, tight, itchy, thirsty skin that can appear dull, flaky or red. But there are a few things you can do to help survive until the welcome warmth of spring.

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Sweep away flaky, dull skin cells with an exfoliator. This goes for the body as well. This will help gently smooth and brighten the skin, while hydrating at the same time. And although an extra-long, extra-hot shower or soak can be tempting this time of year, it’s better for your skin to keep the soaks to a minimum and the water lukewarm. To keep water from evaporating, apply a moisturizer while skin is still damp—within two to three minutes of showering—to lock in moisture. Oil-based lotions, creams and gels (like Vaseline’s) are designed to trap water in.

Switch out your foaming cleanser for something that nourishes while it cleanses (try Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser).

Change to a heavyweight moisturizer for more nourishment and protection. If it doesn’t already contain an SPF, be sure to add one to your daily regime. And if it’s super cold, try a healing balm on exposed areas like lips, nose and cheekbones for extra protection and healing.

Remember your ABCs. Vitamin A keeps your skin strong and allows it to create new layers. Vitamin B is an important metabolism enhancer, and vitamin C rebuilds the collagen at your skin’s base. Many skincare products contain vitamins, as well.

Feed your skin; it needs antioxidants and Omega-3 fats. And hydrate from the inside out—drink water and consume foods that contain high levels of water. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.


Don’t forget your eyes and lips! Repair and diminish dry skin and lines by gently patting an eye repair around your eyes. And keep a soothing lip balm handy, preferably one that contains sunscreen.

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Liberty and Patriot - Redding’s Magnificent Eagles Renae Tolbert lives in Redding, where she enjoys writing short stories, biking, hiking and outdoor photography. Her favorite pastime is watching and photographing Liberty and Patriot, Redding’s eagles. She makes greeting cards from her photos of birds, flowers and scenery which can be purchased at Enjoy the Store.

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What’s Cookin’

By Lana Granfors

Photo: Kara Stewart

Cajun Cuisine, Mardi Gras Style Mardi Gras is celebrated this month, and Cajun style red beans and rice is a classic Louisiana dish. Cajun Style Red Beans and Rice There are many versions, but this is my favorite version from my Louisiana friends John and Nelda of Slidell. This recipe is pure comfort food, full of flavor, much of it from the added ham hock. Total time: 4 hours, plus beans soaked overnight With all of the main ingredients in the pot, that leaves the basics: onions, celery, green pepper, Servings: 6 - 8 garlic and chicken stock. The Cajun flavors are built up by using paprika, oregano, thyme and some cayenne pepper for a bit of heat. The key to this dish is, of course, the long simmer. Once the beans are cooked, you simply serve them over the rice. Whether you’re planning a Mardi Gras celebration this month or just want to sample this southern tradition, I’m pretty sure you’ll make this recipe again and again. Enjoy the celebration and “Laissez les bons temps rouler”… let the good times roll! ingredients: 1 lb. dry pinto beans 4 cup chicken stock 1 ham hock, about ½ lb. 1 tsp. paprika ½ tsp. cayenne pepper 2 T dried parsley flakes 1 tsp. oregano 1 tsp. thyme 2 bay leaves 2 T oil ½ lb. andouille sausage, cut into small pieces 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3 ribs celery, diced 2 medium green bell pepper, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 6 T fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped 2 cup (16-oz. can) crushed tomatoes 2 tsp. hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste ½ cup green onions, sliced 6 cups cooked white or brown rice, cooked according to package directions

PREPARATION Rinse beans in a colander. Remove any broken beans or

stones. Place the beans in a bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight. ▶ Rinse and drain soaked beans; place in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven and add about 2 cups water and the chicken stock. Add the ham hock, paprika, cayenne, parsley, oregano, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 1½ hours, stirring occasionally and until beans are tender. ▶ While beans are simmering, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage and sauté until lightly golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add the onions, celery and green pepper to the pan and cook until tender, about 7-10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. ▶ Add remaining ingredients to bean pot, along with half of the parsley, crushed tomatoes, hot pepper sauce, and salt to taste; simmer low and slow for about 2 hours or until thick. Stir occasionally, adding a little water if needed. ▶ Remove the ham hock and allow it to cool. Remove the meat, cut into bite-sized pieces and add back to the pot. Mash or puree about a quarter of the beans. Serve over hot rice.

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do you still have?

My favorite toy is a pink elephant my grandmother gave me when I was 2 years old. It has rollers on the feet and, according to my mom, I always had it with me. I still have it 48 years later. It sits on my mother’s piano in my home. ~Dawn I have my “Patty Play Pal” doll. She is 36 inches tall and has red hair. She looked just like me when I was about her size. My parents saved her forever and now I have her. Too many fun memories to let her go. ~Claire A stuffed dog I got when I was 4 years

What made you keep it? old - Rover. He is threadbare and very I still have my Barbies. My daughters got a lot of enjoyment out of them and now my granddaughter plays with them. ~Robin I have all the medals that I won when I was a gymnast more than 20 years ago. I’m not sure why, but I worked hard for those things! It’s hard to throw them out. ~Adelle My baseball glove. ~Darren

floppy now, but I’m glad he’s still around, because he’s part of many sweet childhood memories. ~Erin A dining room table and chairs that has been with my family for over 70 years. It’s really ugly, but I just can’t part with it. I like to imagine the lively conversations that were made around that table 70 years ago. ~Jesse I have a ceramic lamp that I’ve had since I was a baby. ~Yvonne

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Tommy Emmanuel (Chico) February 1 | 7:30 pm Laxson Auditorium

(Shasta Lake) February 23 | 11 am - 3 PM Central Valley high school

Tommy will be showcasing his album Little By Little, as well as playing favorites from his vast repertoire. His lauded virtuosity, distinctive fingerstyle picking and musical creativity have made his whirlwind performances legendary and guaranteed to elicit multiple standing ovations. For more information, visit www.chicoperformances.com.



Meet your neighbors, share food and culture and learn about services available to residents of Gateway Unified School District. Don’t miss out on the international food, cultural and community booths as well as the cultural presentations. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.multiculturalcelebration.org.


Shasta Women’s refuge and family justice Center’s 26th annual crab feed (Anderson) February 2 shasta district fairgrounds

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WYNONNA and the Big Noise (Redding) February 21 | 7 pm Cascade Theatre

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Wynonna has always pushed the boundaries of country music – artfully combining Judds-style country with roots rock, blues, gospel, folk and Southern R&B. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the incredible talent of one of country music’s most authentic voices. For more information, visit www. cascadetheatre.org.

This event, sponsored by Soroptimist International Anderson-Cottonwood Club, is free to the public. There will be demonstrations, educational classes and displays, and fun activities for kids. For more information, visit www.soroptimist-anderson-cottonwood.org.


International String Trio (Red Bluff) February 25 | 7:30 PM State theatre

The International String Trio was founded in 1999 by its musical director and guitarist, Slava Tolstoy. During the last 10 years the group has performed at more than 1,000 venues across America and has gained national recognition for its distinct sound and stylistic diversity. The trio’s repertoire includes classical, jazz, popular and world music (Italian, French, Russian, Jewish, Spanish, Latin American, Gipsy and Irish). For more information, visit www.statetheatreredbluff.com.


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Upcoming February Events Anderson • Give Kids a Smile, offering free dental care for uninsured, low-income children (ages 0-18), 2801 Silver St., 9 am – 4 pm, www.shastahealth.org/news/give-kids-smile, (530) 246-5980

Burney February 9

• Rotary Club of Burney’s annual Fireworks in February fundraising dinner and auction, Burney Veterans Hall, 37410 Main St., 5 pm, (530) 335-2100

Shasta Lake February 1

• Give Kids a Smile, offering free dental care for uninsured, low-income children (ages 0-18), 4215 Front St., 9 am – 4 pm, www.shastahealth.org/news/give-kids-smile, (530) 246-5980 February 23 • 10th Annual Multi-Cultural Celebration, Central Valley High School, 11 am - 3 pm, www.multiculturalcelebration.org

Fall River Valley February 2

• Birding and Brunch in the Intermountain, 9 am – 1 pm, call Patricia Bergman at (530) 336-5361 or email her at pcochranb@hughes.net to reserve your spot today

Inwood Valley February 14

• Valentine’s Day at Anselmo Vineyards, 28740 Inwood Road, lunch 11 am – 4 pm, dinner 5 pm – 9 pm, (530) 474-5546, www.anselmovineyards.com Palo Cedro

February 9

• 3rd Annual Valentine’s Sale, presented by Dyvonne Washington/Flowers For You, 11 am - 4:30 pm, Good Times Pizza, handmade gifts, floral arrangements, paintings, photography, cards, hats, scarves, raffle

Redding Through February 16

• Gallery Show: MONCA (Museum of Northern Californian Art), Old City Hall, 1313 Market St., Tuesdays 11 am – 5 pm, Saturdays 11 am – 3 pm, (530) 241-7320, www.shastaartscouncil.org

Through February 23

• 29th Annual National Juried Show, North Valley Art League Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Road, (530)243-1023, nval@sbcglobal.net, www.nval.org

February 1

• Easter Event, Redding Discovery Shop, 2961 Churn Creek, 10 am – 5 pm, (530)221-3970, discoveryshop-redding.org

February 1 • Give Kids a Smile, offering free dental care for uninsured, low-income children (ages 0-18), 1400 Market St., Room 8103, 9 am – 4 pm, (530) 246-5980, www.shastahealth.org/news/give-kids-smile

February 1, 2, 9

• Redding School of the Arts presents “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” David Marr Theater, 2200 Eureka Way, 7 pm Feb. 1 and 2 and 7 pm Feb. 2 and 9, (530) 243-8877, www.cascadetheatre.org

February 2

• “Sing Me Back Home” fundraiser for Marcella Wagner, Old City Hall, 1313 Market St., 6:30 pm, www.shastaartscouncil.org

February 3

• “Open Mic,” “Free Concert/Performance,” and “Open Jam,” St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Blvd., 1 – 4 pm, contact the California State Old Time Fiddlers, District 6 at rootsmusicredding@yahoo.com, www.csotfa.org

February 4, 11, 18, 25

February 18-March 28

• Walk with Ease, Caldwell Recreation Center, Caldwell Park, 10 – 11:30 am or 5:30 – 7 pm, no class on Feb. 23, (530) 225-4095, www.reddingrecreation.org

February 21, 23

• Enterprise High School Music Department’s Starship and the Drum Corps. presents the 21st Annual Variety Hour Show, Enterprise High School Music Department, David Marr Auditorium, 2200 Eureka Way, evening shows 7:30 pm, matinee show (Feb. 23) 2 pm, (530) 222-6601

February 23

• Fur Ball, fundraiser for Another Chance Animal Welfare League, Win-River Casino, 2100 Redding Rancheria Road, call (530) 547-7387 for ticket information • Wildways Kickoff Party hosted by Shasta Land Trust, Senior Citizens’ Hall, 6 pm, 2290 Benton Dr., (530) 241-7886, www.shastalandtrust.org

February 26 – March 30

• Shasta Senior Nutrition Program Offers chair volleyball class, Mercy Oaks Campus, Shasta Senior Nutrition Program Dining Room, 100 Mercy Oaks, 10 am, (530) 2263067

• “Faces of Afghanistan,” North Valley Art League Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Road, (530) 243-1023, www.nval.org

• Shasta Regional Medical Center’s Go Redding for Your Life Luncheon, Holiday Inn, 1900 Hilltop Dr., Health and Boutique Shopping at 11 am, Luncheon 12 – 1:30 pm, admission includes the showing of “Forks over Knives” at the Cascade Theatre at 7 pm that evening, www.shastaregional.com • Performing Arts Society, contact Shasta County Arts Council, 1313 Market St., 6 pm, www.shastaartscouncil.org, (530) 241-7320

• Mamma Mia! The Sing-a-Long, 7:30 pm

February 8

February 9

• Second Saturday Art Night, 5 – 8 pm, www.secondsaturdayartnight.org (530) 241-7320 • Annual art giveaway, hosted by the Haven Art Studio, Sherven Square, 1348 Market St., Suite 101, 1 – 7 pm, (530) 410-3299

February 9-March 23

• Walking For Fitness and Adventure Class #1, Caldwell Recreation Center, Caldwell Park, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, no class on Feb. 23, (530) 225-4095, www.reddingrecreation.org

February 13-March 20

• Walking For Fitness and Adventure Class #2, Caldwell Recreation Center, Caldwell Park, 5:45 – 7:15pm, (530) 225-4095, www.reddingrecreation.org

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February 16 • Redding Improv Players, Old City Hall, 1313 Market St., 7:30 pm

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• Miss Nelson Is Missing! California Theatre Center, 9:30 and 11:30 am

February 14

• Valentine’s Day Bash, 7:30 pm

February 21

• Wynonna & The Big Noise, 7:30 pm

Civic Auditorium www.reddingcivic.com February 2

• Bethel Christian School Night of Music, 6 pm

February 17

• The United States Navy Concert Band, 3 pm

El Rey Theatre www.jmaxproductions.net February 5 • The Wailers, 8:30 pm

February 13

• Kris Allen, 8 pm

February 17

• The Green with New Kingston & Thrive, 8:30 pm

Laxson Auditorium www.chicoperformances.com February 1

• Tommy Emmanuel: Guitar Virtuoso, 7:30 pm

February 6

February 4, 7, 12, 18, 21, 28

• Cirque Mechanics – Birdhouse Factory, 7:30 pm

• Barrel Race

February 7

February 6, 13, 20, 27 • Brewer Roping — Tentative

• Whose Live Anyway?, Comedy Improv 7:30 pm

February 10

• Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars, 7:30 pm

February 15-17

• Russian National Orchestra, 7:30 pm

February 22, 23

February 12

February 14 February 17

• Northern-Cal Appaloosa Association Open All Breed Buckle Series — 2nd of 3 • California High School Rodeo Association Rodeo • Cattle Days

• Eric Bibb & Habib Koité, 7:30 pm

February 27

• Paco Peña, 7:30 pm

• Tehama County Cattlemen’s Association Monthly Meeting

February 20 February 27

• Calder Quartet, 7:30 pm

Riverfront Playhouse www.riverfrontplayhouse.net February 1, 2, 8-10, 15, 16 • Leading Ladies

Sierra Nevada Big Room (Chico) www.sierranevada.com February 5 • New Monsoon, 7:30 pm

February 12

• The Ray Charles Project, 7:30 pm

February 18

• Victor Wooten, 7:30 pm

February 27

• Delhi 2 Dublin 2013, 7:30 pm

Shasta District Fairgrounds www.shastadistrictfair.com February 2

Turtle Bay Exploration Park www.turtlebay.org Through February 8

• Creature Feature, Fridays, 1:30 p.m.

Through February 9

• Animal Encounters: Indoor Animal Show, Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

Through February 10

• Animal Parade on the Boardwalk, Thursdays & Sundays, 1:30 p.m.

Through April 13

• Famous Artist Portfolio Art Show: Contemporary Color and Shape

Through April 21

• Tiny Footprints: Insect Art by Pamela Cole

Through May 5

• West Coast Biennial: Juried Art Exhibition at Turtle Bay

Through June 2

• Women’s Refuge Crab Feed

• Nano: The Science of Small

• Sierra Cascade Logging Conference

• Charlie Rabbit and His Friends, 10:30 a.m.

• Fair Steer Tagging

• Lerendipity Painters, 9:30 a.m. – noon

• Magic Palette

• Indoor Seed Starting for Your Spring Garden, 10 a.m. – noon • Family 2nd Saturday: Art in the Park, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

February 7-9 February 10 February 11

February 16

• SACS Dance, Shasta Roller Derby

February 23

• Soroptimist of Anderson/Cottonwood’s All About Women

State Theatre www.statetheatreredbluff.com February 2 • Daniel Munoz: El Ausente, 7 pm

February 16

• Search for Talent, 7 pm

February 25

• International String Trio, 7:30 pm

Tehama District Fairgrounds www.tehamadistrictfair.com February 1, 8, 14

• Shasta Team Penning - 2 Man Ranch Sorting — Tentative

February 2

• 4-H Fun Night

February 2 and 9 • RB Outlaws Karts, www.rboutlaws.com

Weekday Mornings 5 - 10 AM

February 2

February 7, 14, 21, 28 February 9

February 9 – May 5

• Gowns to Gold Pans: Fifty Years of Collecting Redding’s Art & History

February 16

• Science Saturday: Insectapalooza, 11 am – 3 pm • 7th Annual “Un Gusto di Vino,” Wine tasting, 7 – 9:30 pm

February 23

• A Walk with the Horticulture Manager, 10:30 a.m. Please e-mail your upcoming events to calendar@enjoymagazine.net. 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 inconvenience due to event changes.

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WHAT’S IN STORE Some people recycle wine bottles; others revitalize the whole wine barrel. Will and Jen Toney have created a variety of home decor, from serving trays to baskets, using the staves (slats) and rings of used wine barrels. Their work is available at Enjoy the Store. Will Toney, a Redding native and a salesman by day, shares more about their creative endeavor. What sorts of things do you make from wine barrels? Our appetizer boards look like a pizza paddle, but are rounded like a wine barrel. We give it a leg, and you can serve things like cheese and crackers on it. We also take the rings that hold the barrel together and some wine barrel staves and make baskets. You can use them to hold kindling; my wife has one by the doorway that she decorates for every season. We also have one with magazines in it. They look rustic

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and have that shabby chic appeal. I try not to waste anything at all, so we take the smaller piece of the ring that’s left, take some old barn wood that’s really aged, and make little baskets. We also take whole wine barrel staves, put them together, make wrought iron legs and create table centerpieces. We keep fruit for the kids on the table in one of them, or if we’re having a dinner party, my wife will jazz it up with whatever theme she has going. Is this a new business for you? The wine barrels are new this year, because that’s the hot, trendy thing right now. But we started about 15 years ago when we were first married, doing funky cabinets, birdhouses and cutesy stuff. Her aunts are really crafty, so we got together as a family and did Christmas boutiques out of the house. We went on the road and sold some things to shops in Napa and Seattle, and we sold them at Wild Thyme and Cabin and Cottage in Redding, but then we had two kids and got busy. The kids are old enough to participate now, so we did the Christmas boutique again in November. We take all the furniture out of the house, bring in boxes of fake snow to protect the carpet, and decorate like it was a store. The house is decorated for Christmas before the kids come over to trick-or-treat. Why do people enjoy your work? We like to make it simple but elegant. Sometimes the simplest thing can be the most outstanding thing. When you take a wine barrel apart, you don’t know what it’s going to look like inside. Some of the red wine barrels are so rich - there’s no stain that can mimic what happens with that wood. • www.facebook.com/ShabbyChicChristmasBoutique

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If the stage curtains rustle at this year’s Redding Rancheria Mardi Gras event, it’ll be Maria Orozco, peeking from backstage. The director of public relations will be readying herself for the evening’s entertainment, along with other executives from Win-River Casino, the Redding Rancheria and Jason Hart, Tribal Council Chairperson. Back by popular demand, the unlikely amateur troupe will be the night’s main act, leading a hopefully easy crowd in Mardi Gras-like movement. Hoping to top last year’s rousing “Show Me How to Burlesque” moments, their choreographer from Front and Center Dance Studio says she’s not holding back on this year’s routine. The secret is out that this group can dance—or at least, are willing to be spectacles for this fun-filled but worthwhile event. The “event” is the Rancheria’s annual signature event, to be held this year on March 2 at Win-River Casino’s Event Center. “The whole thing started with us just saying thank you to our solicitors,” says Orozco noting the hundreds of nonprofits, schools and worthy causes that have applied for some of the $1.8 million the Rancheria has awarded since 2002. “It humbles us that these people go through our fund and we want them to know how much we care about and support what they are doing.” Since its inception, the event has evolved into an anticipated annual outing for many. While the themes are amazing and fun and spirited—coordinators go all out on decorations —the real joy of the evening is announcing “The Gift,” $10,000 to an unsuspecting cause. “It gives me chills every year. I know who is going to win and I can hear everyone start moving around as they realize who is getting it.” And that’s why Orozco is peeking from behind the curtain. She doesn’t want to miss the look of utter shock and surprise. “It’s the greatest, neatest thing you’ve ever seen.” Jordan Storment knows first-hand how it feels to be recognized. In 2010, the program director at Living Hope Compassion Ministries says his organization was looking for ways to expand its vision of creating job opportunities for the homeless when its name was announced. “The gift came at a perfect time and really helped us jump start our program with capital and equipment,” Storment says. Living Hope opened The Shack, a part-time restaurant for the public, at its facility on State Street, and focus “100 percent” on creating 86 Enjoy February 2013

experiential opportunities for the homeless. By employing them as cooks, crew and servers, Living Hope teaches job skills and offers a way to build job history that participants will hopefully parlay into eventual traditional employment. To get the award was an amazing experience, says Storment. “We don’t get a lot of praise for what we do. No one’s usually coming along to say, hey, keep going. But this was that moment.” The gift rejuvenated, excited and encouraged the team, giving them the push they needed to see their vision through. Besides the $10,000 gift, which in 2012 was split into two $5,000 awards for Fall River Joint Unified School District and Trinity Office of Education projects, the Rancheria funds gifts of between $100,000 and $200,000 each year to purchase books, software, playground equipment, supplies for homeless programs, detox programs and more. Its list of awards is long and its community reach, extensive. But that’s the point, says Orozco. While Win-River is a major donor, Rancheria employees donate to the fund via payroll deductions “so there is buy-in by everyone.” They seem to love hearing who recipients are and how they will use their funding, because often, their own families are affected by the positive outcomes. “There is a sense that we all live in our community so we all have to work together.” The 2013 gift recipient is anyone’s guess. This is the first year the fund has not specified an award focus, such as homeless programs or arts and education. “There are just so many applicants and so much need,” says Orozco, that the group wanted to expand its scope. One thing is for sure: When it is awarded, Orozco will be peeking from behind the curtain, watching for the dawning joy and celebrating right alongside. • Mardi-Gras/Masquerade • March 2 • 6 pm Win-River Casino’s Event Center • (530) 242-4516

Carrie Schmeck is a lifestyle and family features writer who has called Redding home since 2001. When she isn’t reading, writing or researching, she might be sipping coffee with friends, cycling with her husband or browsing life for her next story idea.

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