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A Clean Slate… With the start of a new year, its always a good time to start thinking about things in a fresh, new way, taking inventory of what matters most and what we can take off our plates. It’s a time to refocus and recalibrate and kick off 2014 with renewed purpose. Happy New Year to our Enjoy Family!

inspir ation

57 Finding Miracles in Tragedy

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11 Good Things Happening in the North State 61 Joaquin Miller—Poet of the Sierras

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51 Jeremy Johnson’s Monster Camp 65 Shasta College Art Instructor David Gentry

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47 The Keswick Eastside Trails

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19 Annual Event Showcases Western Art 31 Folk Musician John McCutcheon

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72 Enjoy the View—Jane Work 76 What’s Cookin’—New Year’s Hoppin’ John 79 Q97’s Billy and Patrick Snapshot—Pay it Forward 80 Spotlight—Calendar of Events 84 Store Front—Bennett Apiaries 86 Giving Back—Shasta Disabled Sports U.S.A.



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Vicki Stroud Vice President Business Development Officer Born in Phoenix, AZ, Vicki moved to Red Bluff when she was a year old. Third generation graduate of Red Bluff High School (1970). Graduated Shasta College in 1973 and began banking career. Active board member of the Family Counseling Center since 2009. Third generation shareholder of the Red Bluff Round-up. Active supporter of Red Bluff Tehama County Chamber of Commerce for 40 years.

Marjorie Carneiro Vice President Business Development Officer Moved to Redding from Napa in 2003. Graduate of Vintage High School in Napa (1973). Attended Napa College and began banking career in 1975. Active board member of Make A Wish Foundation North State since 2008. Anderson Chamber of Commerce board member since 2010. One SAFE Place fund raising committee member since 2009. Veterans’ Walk of Honor committee member since 2009.

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JANUARY 2014 Happy New Year! A calendar of blank pages to fill up, a new set of personal goals to achieve —all the promise of a fresh start. We invite you to pour yourself a warm beverage, curl up in your favorite blanket and enjoy our most recent efforts to inspire, enlighten and entertain you. Some of the North State’s most ambitious minds have an impressive series of milestones in store for us in the coming year. Hard work and big dreams are slated to lead to a revitalized Tiger Field, an exquisite new wine village, a brand-new Riverfront Playhouse and more. Learn more about them in this issue. And while new development is always exciting, we can’t forget the destinations that have been part of the fabric of our community for what seems like forever. As a testament to that notion, we’re honoring the 75th anniversary of Damburger—that downtown hamburger shop that has been faithfully feeding North State families and visitors alike since the days of hungry Shasta Dam workers. Get a taste of days gone by. Then, we’ll take you to Monster Camp—a training gym where teenagers’ aggression is channeled into discipline, accountability and core values while they build physical and mental strength. Many are referred from peer court, drug court and the Youth Violence Prevention Council. If your list of resolutions included a fitness component, we’ve got a treat for you—step away from the boring treadmill and take a trek on the Keswick Eastside Trails. Hikers, bikers, runners and equestrians can enjoy the picturesque span between Shasta Dam and the Sacramento River Trail. This is the first in a quarterly series that will explore local trails, and will also introduce you to some of the indigenous plants you’ll find along the way. May the dawn of a new year enrich your mind, body and soul. Enjoy!

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new beginnings g o o d t h i n g s h a p p e n i n g i n t h e n o r t h s tat e 2014 promises to be an exciting year in the North State, with some of the area's most ambitious minds preparing to unveil show-stopping projects in the months to come. Their hard work and big dreams are designed to pay off in a richer community for all of us. Here's a look at just a few of the projects on the horizon.

Wine enthusiasts are quickly learning that you needn’t travel hundreds of miles to enjoy delicious wines – the North State is home to a growing number of unique, high-quality vineyards. And soon, wine enthusiasts will have the opportunity to explore many of them in one easy stop. Shasta Wine Village is set to break ground this spring on 10 acres just off Interstate 5’s Mountain Gate exit, four miles north of Redding. Doors are expected to open by year’s end on the village, which will showcase 15 to 17 individual tasting rooms featuring wineries from the Shasta-Cascade region, along with dining, retail, a picnic area and ample parking. The village is comprised of four main sections. The Chateau will feature fine dining, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and two spacious winery suites. The Loft will offer a private outdoor patio area with seven winery tasting rooms where high ceilings bathe the building in natural light. Roll-up doors will open up the area for special events. The Cellar will showcase From the Hearth Café and Bakery, which will offer indoor and outdoor dining and a to-go window where visitors can find bakery goods and specialty coffee drinks. The Cuverie will include a single large winery tasting room, an interior fireplace and a secured private patio area, along with a retail sales area for regional products, such as olives, olive oil, nuts and wine related items. The village will be open seven days a week, with tasting rooms open from noon to 5 pm (restaurants and shops will have varying hours).

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The village was created in California mission style, with smooth textured stucco walls, tile roofs and wrought iron elaborations, says architect Terry Topolski. Oversized wood or metal doors, open-air courtyards, a covered pavilion and a mission-style bell tower punctuate the design. Large solid wood plank doors flanked by weathered oak wine barrels create an old-world backdrop for special occasions, Topolski says. Marcus Partin, managing partner for Shasta Wine Village, developed the concept and has been working on it for three and a half years, hoping to capitalize on the booming wine tourism industry. “We looked at everything like this in the Western United States, and we’re learning from their mistakes and successes,” Partin says. The North State has a surprisingly robust wine industry, Partin says. About 45 wineries are part of the Shasta Cascade Viticulture Association, and Shasta College is home to a unique viticulture program. The odds of success are stacked in Shasta Wine Village’s favor, with its proximity to a transportation corridor, visibility and pleasant climate. He’s anticipating visits from many of the 2.7 million people who travel to the Shasta-Cascade area annually, with a projected economic impact of about $225,000 in sales tax revenue per year. In addition, “it’s 125-130 jobs for the community, and we’re tapping into a resource that drives through our area constantly,” Partin says.4

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When Redding Mayor Rick Bosetti was growing up, Tiger Field was an ideal spot to take a date or watch some baseball with the family. Times have changed, and the park has deteriorated over the years. But a major makeover of Redding’s historic Tiger Field, planned for this spring, has Bosetti anticipating a return to the good ol’ days. Bosetti, a former professional ball player and manager of the local Colt .45s, said upgrades will begin when Simpson University’s season wraps up in mid-April, and will be done by the time the Colt .45s’ first pitch is thrown out on May 31. The backstop will be modernized and moved 20 feet closer to home plate, so “when you have pitchers throwing 90 mph, you’re gonna hear it,” Bosetti says. More shading will be installed, and the dugouts will be closer to the fans. They’re planning to install about 250 stadium seats at first, with plans to scale up to 900-1,000 in five years, along with 600 bleacher seats. Right now, the stadium seats about 400,

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with another 90 seats behind home plate. “When you make it more comfortable for the fans, they will come more often,” Bosetti says. The field was built in 1923. Forty-two home games are scheduled this year for the summer collegiate baseball team, and the roster includes players from Notre Dame, University of Southern California, UC Davis, the University of Washington and more. “This is a really good quality of baseball that people are going to see for five bucks,” Bosetti says. “It’s a good fan experience and a good family experience.” He’s hopeful that the renovation will help return the luster to South City Park, the gateway to downtown Redding. “I can remember when I was a young person in this town, and Tiger Field and South City Park was date night. You’d take your girlfriend to a ballgame. Nothing would tickle me more than to bring that back.”4

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If the stars align, 2014 will see the curtain rise on Riverfront Playhouse’s most significant show in decades—the construction of its new theater. Ten years ago, property was purchased at Placer and Pine streets in downtown Redding for a new 194-seat venue to replace the 92-seat, aging community theater on East Cypress Avenue. Building plans are on their way through the city, says Riverfront board member Larry Morgon. The Playhouse’s team is working with Trilogy Architecture and Gifford Construction to trim costs and keep the project within its $2 million budget, Morgon says. “We’re certainly hopeful that we’re under way this spring,” he says, as the new theater is supposed to be operational by April 2015. “A lot depends on where we are with fundraising – if the bids come in higher than our budget and the bank lends less, we may have to fundraise longer. But we’re certainly getting closer, and we hope to have a building permit in hand in a few months.” Riverfront Board President Dan Kupsky says a community meeting is in the works so the public can hear an

update and share their ideas to “close that funding gap and get this thing built,” he says. “It’s going to be a big year for us. We’re working hard behind the scenes with grant writers and community leaders.” And when the stage is finally set, it will be well worth the wait, Kupsky says. “Riverfront is a great asset that gives people the opportunity to enjoy live theater, and even be part of it,” says Kupsky, who has been in about eight shows himself. “I run into people every day who have never been to Riverfront, and I can’t believe it, because it’s had so many terrific shows. We have great shows with great directors and actors and actresses – shows that you’d drive to the city to see. But it’s spent the past 35 years in an obscure warehouse.” The new venue will also lend itself to community groups, lecture series and much more, Kupsky says. “Downtown is revitalizing, and we want to be part of that,” Kupsky says.4, or find Riverfront Playhouse on Facebook

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able to get some Los Angeles service in place this coming year — but we’re a long way from commitment…” Shasta Wine Village, Tiger Field’s upgrades and a new Riverfront Playhouse hint at brighter days for the North State — a notion confirmed by Marc Lascelles, president of the Shasta County Economic Development Corporation. “The economy is definitely making a turn,” Lascelles said. “Real estate is going to continue to come back this year. We’ll see an increase in the construction industry — raw material manufacturers are starting to kick in with their hiring, and when they’re hiring, we see a positive impact on economy.” Banks are stabilizing as foreclosures are tapering off, which will make lending easier, Lascelles says. And he’s working hard to expand the Redding Municipal Airport’s offerings. “If all goes well and the stars line up just perfectly, we might be able to get some Los Angeles service in place this coming year — but we’re a long way from commitment,” Lascelles says. A growth of entrepreneurial science- and technologybased companies continues, which holds plenty of

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promise for the local economy. “In other communities, that has attracted university campuses, restructured airport transportation systems and just rebuilt the health of the community,” Lascelles says. In addition to more inquiries from larger manufacturers looking at the area, 16 new small companies were spotlighted in the EDC’s Game Changers event in September, and Lascelles expects that number to grow this year. The purpose of Game Changers is to introduce the community to a sampling of the innovative companies developing in the North State and the entrepreneurs behind them. For instance, a coding school will soon be opening in Redding, where people will learn code engineering over a 90-day period. “They’ll be able to walk straight into a coding position,” Lascelles says. “That can be a game-changer for the community as to how others see us from outside.” • Kerri Regan grew up in the North State and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. A freelance writer and editor, Kerri enjoys exploring the North State with her husband and three children.


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Art Wrangler A nnua l e v e n t s h o w c as e s w e s t e rn ar t There’s a science to breeding the bulls, geldings and working stock dogs that arrive at the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale each year. There’s also an art involved in the ranching lifestyle, and it, too, has found its place at the annual event. Now in its fourth year, the Western Art Show that has developed at the long-standing event is attracting art lovers as well as ranchers involved in the cattle industry. “There are a lot of really talented artists in this area and it’s amazing to me the different types of art we have in this 300-mile area,” says show organizer Jane Daugherty, of Vina. Western art includes traditional mediums such as painting, photography and sculpture, but expands also to fine craftsmanship of everyday tools of the ranching trade. Silver and leather can be as important in Western art as paint or a camera.

There’s an adage that “good cowboys have good gear,” says Daugherty. They “may live in a shack” but they’ll have good gear and good horses, she says. “Cowboys like pretty stuff that is usable,” she says with a smile. For that reason, along with the fine art on display, visitors will also see exquisite examples of reins, spurs and saddles. Daugherty and her husband, Button, a board director of the Bull Sale, spent many years organizing the youth activities raffle of the Bull and Gelding Sale, a project which generates thousands of dollars. Seeking a new way to contribute, Daugherty thought up the art show. “I’m nuts, but it’s fun,” says the 73-year-old who also manages a commercial cattle operation with Button. “We’re not a big outfit, but we’re quality,” says Daugherty of their ranch. The couple has been married 43 years, and Daugherty says, “He imported me.” They met at a party in Virginia, where Daugherty is from,4 continued on page 20


and where Button was stationed as part of the Presidential Honor Guard working with the Army’s team of Caisson horses which served in funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. When they moved back to Button’s area of California after getting married, Daugherty was introduced to the world of cattle ranching and the true Western lifestyle. Today she promotes Western heritage through activism with the Tehama County Cattlewomen and as the Western Art Show Coordinator. To get started four years ago, Daugherty says, “I just started calling people. By now she has grown a show that includes around 150 pieces of art from artists across the North State and from as far as Alaska, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. “I love the Western art,” says Daugherty. “I don’t think there are enough outlets for it, but I’m finding that it’s really coming back.” Western Horseman Magazine signed on early as a major sponsor of the event, which brings a larger audience and casts a wider net in the search for artists. Members of the Red Bluff Art Association bring in their talents to stage the show, which takes place in the gem building of the Tehama District Fairgrounds. “We don’t want to take away from the work of the dogs and horses, but people come to Red Bluff for different reasons,” says Daugherty of the decision to add art to the venerable event. “The Red Bluff Bull and Gelding sale is where people come to see people they haven’t seen in 10 years.”

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With the addition of the art show, they can catch up on old times surrounded by art just as easily—or perhaps more easily—than standing in the cattle barns, maneuvering through the hustle and bustle of the sale. On January 30, locals coming in from work will join ranchers coming in from the barns and art collectors swooping in from out of town for a reception celebrating the show. Wine and olive oil tasting will toast the artists and their awards from 5-7 pm. From then on, the show will be open throughout the duration of the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale, which closes February 1. “The art that is presented at the show is very collectible and should increase in value and recognition,” says Daugherty. With a smile she adds, “It’s something you can leave your children and doesn’t die like a horse or bull.” • Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale Tehama District Fairgrounds January 28–February 1 Western Art Show Reception January 30, 5–7 pm Gem Building 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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C h i co ' s F i v e b y f i v e to n i c s co m pany The Old Fashioned, Manhattan and Sazerac have more in common than being popular Prohibition-era cocktails that are making a comeback with the emerging craft-cocktail movement. They all include bitters as a small but significant component of their ingredients. For people as passionate about the buy-local movement as they are the seriousness of their cocktails, Chico’s Five by Five Tonics Co. is the answer to fresh, local, expertly crafted bitters. “Making these is essentially how you would make a tincture, a Chinese remedy,” says Jesse Smith, herbalist and owner of Five by Five. His journey to bitters began not in bartending but as an acupuncturist with a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz. “It’s a nod to the training that made this all possible,” Smith says of the name Five by Five Tonics Co. In traditional Chinese medicine, there are five traditional flavors and five elements that must be incorporated into a remedy. In radio communication, “5 by 5” is a way to communicate top clarity and top quality. With a smile, Smith also admits that that the name is also a “funny coincidence” in that it pays homage to a character in his favorite TV show, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” The route from medicinal tincture to cocktail bitters required a lot of u-turns and recalculating. Medicinal tinctures are often incredibly bitter and equally unappetizing. A cocktail bitter must be strong but pleasing. It took months of experimentation for Smith to find the right combination of ingredients like cardamom, orange peel and coriander. “The trick4 continued on page 24 JANUARY 2014 ENJOY | 23

is to find the balance in all that,” he says. Bitters were first developed for cocktails as a way to mask the harsh taste of poorly distilled spirits, such as bathtub gin and moonshine. “Nowadays you’re looking to enhance the flavor rather than mask it,” he says. A growing number of craft distillers offer top-quality spirits now, so the point is to bring equal attention to each component of a drink, including the bitters, which may be only a short — but important — splash. Smith has also developed a tonic syrup based in the Chinese herb Gentian root. Mixed with a quality club soda, it creates a tonic water that more closely resembles the experience when gin and tonics were mixed as malaria prophylaxis. “The idea behind this product is to go back to that time,” he says. He adds, “If you’re going to go so far as to get the right gin, go the extra mile and get the right tonic.” One thing that Smith really enjoys about mixology is the potential to make something remarkable through the care of adding craft ingredients. His all-time favorite drink is a Manhattan, which brings in the traditional American spirit of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters, and a cherry garnish such as a real maraschino cherry or a brandied cherry. “Everything in the drink has the potential to be made perfectly or at least really well,” says Smith. “There’s also potentially so much variation in each of the products that you can wind up with something very different.” One could say that a car crash brought Smith to where he is today, which is not only the owner of Five by Five Tonics Co., but the acupuncturist at Sierra Nevada Brewery’s on-site medical clinic. In seeking healing to injuries sustained in a crash, he found chiropractic care and therapeutic massage incredibly important. When he combined this insight about complementary medicine with his martial arts practice, which mirrors much of the philosophy of Chinese medicine, he found his niche with martial arts friends who were also attending Five Branches. Once he discovered Five Branches, “I signed up within a month,” he says. Five by Five Tonics is celebrating its first-year accomplishments with a new public tasting room and retail shop. The newest bitter, Grapefruit Oolong, just hit the shelf and is lined up next to an array of rare barware that is for sale. Classic Old Fashioned and highball glasses seen in old movies such as “The Thin Man” can be difficult to find. Smith has been scouring sources to bring them to his Chico shop. Of the fine craft cocktails he strives to make, he says, “They have to be in the right glassware. It has to be correctly served.” As Five by Five Tonics Co. grows, Smith looks for inspiration to Chico businesspeople like Ken Grossman at Sierra Nevada Brewery and Sarah Adams at Chico Chai, who have made their products important to the region. His business is still a one-person show and it’s important to him that people know, “The business has somebody behind it. It’s a personal story. The product means something.” • Five by Five Tonics Co. • 27 Lost Dutchman Drive, Chico (530) 828-6466 •

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T e rry an d D e n i s e E i s l e r ’ s Ways i d e Gr i l l There’s more than brick-oven pizzas and savory lobster bisque cooking at Mount Shasta’s Wayside Grill. The longtime restaurant and bar, famous for its views of Mt. Eddy and Mt. Shasta, is blossoming under some stable ownership and has turned into southern Siskiyou County’s coolest venue for live music. It doesn’t come as a huge surprise since both food and music are two passions the owners, Terry and Denise Eisler, have shared for years. The couple purchased the then-shuttered Wayside in November 2009 and opened it in March of 2010. Prior to that, they operated a restaurant in Socorro, N.M., for seven years. Denise’s roots in the restaurant business date back even further: she oversaw the opening of the first five Black Bear diners, including the original in Mount Shasta. “She swore she’d never be in the restaurant business again, she met me, and here we are again,” Terry says with a laugh. The couple has been together for 15 years. When they returned to the North State, Terry says they were immediately attracted to the Wayside. “It had a beautiful backyard with great views, and we were thinking we could do music out there. Inside, after we remodeled, we could do things we wanted to do like wood-fired pizzas. It had a beautiful bar and lots of parking,” Terry says.4 continued on page 28


A professional chef, Terry leans on his Louisiana roots, the formal training he received in San Francisco and New Mexico, and the dozens and dozens of tips, techniques and recipes he picked up while producing training classes with top-flight chefs like Alan Greeley of the Golden Truffle in Costa Mesa. The pizzas, specialty salads, fish tacos, Santa Fe enchiladas, steaks and sandwiches have all been big sellers, Terry says. This time of year, the pasta dishes, including a brick-oven lasagna, are popular with folks returning from a day of skiing on Mt. Shasta. Nothing, though, is quite as popular as Wayside Grill’s lobster bisque. “It’s off the charts,” says Terry, who was prompted to find a way to granulize the proprietary seasonings and make them available so customers can make lobster bisque at home. When not busy at the stove, the Eislers have been known to step out of the kitchen from time to time and perform on the Wayside’s stage. Terry sings and plays guitar and harmonica; Denise plays bass and sings harmony. Mostly, though, they turn the stage over to local performers like Jimmy Limo and Ryan Marchand and visiting artists like Doug Figgs, an award-winning songwriter and Vince Gill’s longtime piano player. Others who frequent the Wayside include prominent banjo player Tony Furtado and David Abbruzzese, the former Pearl Jam drummer. Outdoor shows on the patio are popular during the summer months and Terry says the Sundown Poachers, a rowdy string band out of Etna, attracted about 250 people. The patio is positioned a mile or so east of Lake Siskiyou and offers great views of the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. “That’s always a big outdoor event,” he says. More recently, veteran musicians Rob Tyre and Teri Cote have been calling the Wayside their home away from home. Tyre, a singer-songwriter and accomplished guitarist, has toured with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmore and has worked with Valerie Carter, James Taylor and others; Cote, a drummer, has toured with David Cassidy, Glen Campbell, Alabama and Dr. Hook. Terry says he tries to have live music at least once a week and often turns to Marchand, a guitarist and songwriter, for help with the entertainment. “He’s going to be a star one of these days,” he says. “Ryan is like the glue that keeps the music scene together at the Wayside and in Mount Shasta.” • Wayside Grill 2217 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mount Shasta (530) 918-9234 •

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F o l k Mus i c i an J o h n M cCu tc h e o n For 45 years, folk musician John McCutcheon has been a student of the legendary figures of American Appalachian music, resulting in a love for homemade music and a sense of community and rootedness. “I grew up in a working class family, and all my neighbors worked in paper mills and they were farmers, part of the national farm organization and different kinds of organizations that taught me from a very early age that people had to really work together to accomplish things. I realized as a young person, that one person at a time is not going to effect change but many people working together, as the old union song says, many drops of water turn the mill, many stones can form an arch, singly not one of them can possibly do that. My life, my music, my politics, are still based in that foundation.” When the Wisconsin native got his first guitar, he rode

his bicycle down to his local public library in search of an instruction book and stumbled upon a songbook, “Woody Guthrie Folksongs.” “I didn’t know who he was at 14,” he says. “I started learning songs from that book. It was Woody who introduced me to how free-flowing songs could be. It was my passport and permission for when I started writing songs. Woody paved the way for all of us.” His commitment to grassroots political organizations has put McCutcheon on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers. “Martin Luther King Jr. was the hero of my youth,” he says. “His righteous outrage at injustice and his blending social revolution and religious imagery made absolute sense to me. Later on, I was exposed to many of the political thinkers of our times. It was the perspective of King, 4 continued on page 32


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Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Tolstoy, Daniel Berrigan and others that gave me the passion as a musician.” Even before recording his first album and graduating summa cum laude from Minnesota’s St. John’s University, McCutcheon “headed for the hills” to seek a broader curriculum beyond the classroom, heading to eastern Kentucky coal camps, union halls, country churches and square dance halls. “I had discovered these old Folkways records of people like Roscoe Holcomb and Clarence Ashley, and when I realized they were still alive, I decided to search them out and mix with the hard-working people they were singing about.” McCutcheon has produced 34 albums and received seven Grammy nominations. “Songwriting is a mysterious process,” he says. “We often don’t entirely understand the songs we’re writing. Some songs you write and others you seem to simply write down. Sounds pretty mystical, but that’s the way it is. Write down everything. Save it. Don’t judge too harshly, but be wise about what you choose to do onstage. Don’t be afraid to take great risks. Don’t be afraid to make people mad. Don’t be afraid to have faith in a song. Don’t be afraid to be plainspoken. Be proud of your work but be honored by the occasion when someone sings your songs and has no idea who wrote it; it’s the surest sign of a song’s worth.” He is regarded as a master performer on the hammered dulcimer and plays numerous other instruments, including guitar, banjo, autoharp, fiddle, and jaw harp. He is a popular storyteller, sometimes compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor. Two years ago, McCutcheon released his CD, “This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America,” bringing into the recording studio musical guests like Willie Nelson, Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea and Tommy Emmanuel. The record includes some old Guthrie favorites as well as some of his lesser-known songs. McCutcheon says, “Woody Guthrie will teach you more about communicating with people than any Top 40 hit.”

In the past few years alone he has headlined more than a dozen different festivals in North America, recorded an original composition for Virginia Public Television involving more than 500 musicians, toured Chile in support of a women’s health initiative, appeared in a Woody Guthrie tribute concert in New York City, gave a featured concert at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, taught performance art skills at a North Carolina college, gave symphony pops concerts across America, served as president of the fastest-growing local in the Musicians Union and performed a special concert at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His latest album, “22 Days,” began as an homage to his friend, Vedran Smailovic, the “Cellist of Sarajevo,” who, in honor of 22 people killed by a bomb in a Bosnian breadline, played for 22 days in a row at the bombing site. “20 years to the day of the beginning of Smailovic’s action, I sat down for the same number of days, at the same hour every day, to write. There was no goal, no album in sight. I simply wanted to write and see what happened. Over 30 new songs is what happened. With a couple of exceptions, it is songs from that intense writing session that comprise the songs of 22 Days,” says McCutcheon. • An evening with John McCutcheon at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding January 10 (530) 223-2040, An evening with John McCutcheon at the Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico January 21 (530) 345-2739, Phil Reser has written stories on major American rock and music acts for newspapers, magazines and radio stations since receiving his journalism degree from San Francisco State University. His media contributions include the New York Times, San Francisco Examiner, Chico Enterprise-Record, KCHO & KFPR Public Radio, Blues Revue, and Rolling Stone magazines.

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them. It’s not like they have to have a computer science background,” Hall says. To encourage parents who may not be able to afford the $10 per instructional hour cost of classes, Hall offered scholarships during the summer camps for veterans and low-income families, but the money went unclaimed. “Although we are a for-profit business, we really wanted this to be affordable for every kid,” she says. “This is so important for those kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to come in and realize they are smart and capable in ways not normally measured in the classroom.” Program Director Alec Figueroa has developed a mobile program that can be taken into local classrooms. In November, the business debuted Code It, month-long boot camps and classes aimed at adults interested in career-oriented IOS Application development, website development and programming. Hall’s 12-year-old son, Andre, wants to be a filmmaker when he grows up. In the meantime, he helps out in the classroom and happily demonstrates the iStopMotion animation process to curious visitors. “He learned about 3D printing in a science class at Redding School of the Arts and came home and told me he wanted a 3D printer,” says Hall, who admits she didn’t know what her son was talking about. Build It now offers MakerBot 3D Printing with Minecraft workshops. “Kids are telling me amazing things like, ‘I’m going to change the world through technology,’” says Hall.“There’s a cross left-brain, rightbrain thing here. The geniuses—the innovators in the world—use both. We don’t want kids to be typecast as either left or right brain. We want them to use their whole brain.” • (530) 638-3399

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CO F F EE B A R ' S C U R IO U S LY E F F ECTIVE BLE N D Coffee Bar in downtown Redding has a remarkable sense of self. The roasters know where every bean comes from. The décor is streamlined and features a single theme, rather than a rotating buffet of different mediums and styles. The menu is simple. The staff is obsessed with coffee, and the coffee is so good it would probably be obsessed with itself if it were conscious. In fact, Coffee Bar is so focused, it’s even on a one-way street. Theirs is a brand so fully realized you can taste it in the exceptional smoothness of your drink; even sans beverage you’re still going to enjoy being there, because there’s something unmistakably pleasing about being somewhere that knows exactly what it’s doing. Coffee Bar was conceived and is owned by Innovations Housing, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to fostering natural and human habitats for living, working and playing, with a special focus on the needs of the economically disadvantaged. They built the Terry Topolski-designed Pine Street building to help revitalize

downtown Redding. It’s a mixed-use building: apartments upstairs are rented to low-income individuals and the Innovations Housing office uses half of the lower level, which left the remaining space free to use for fundraising. As Coffee Bar manager Jim Koenigsaecker explains it, “Nonprofits do lots of things to try and make money for their cause. We thought, ‘Well, let’s run the numbers and see if we can do better (with a coffee shop) than what we would charge a renter.’ This place is making us more money than leasing it out, which has been really positive.” All of the bar’s profits go directly to Innovations Housing.4 continued on page 40 Some of the participants in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride in September 2013 in front of the Coffee Bar. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride takes place all around the world on the same day each year. It is about motorcycles and dapper. Photo by Taylor McCutchan JANUARY 2014 ENJOY | 39

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Coffee Bar does more than provide some financial benefit to the organization: it gives Koenigsaecker and the other staff a place to completely geek out on their coffee passion. The centerpiece of the bar is an Italian-made La Marzocco Strada - one of the finest espresso machines in the world and the only one between Portland and the Bay Area. “When I tried to order it, they wouldn’t sell it to me at first because I was an unknown,” Koenigsaecker says. The company is very protective of its reputation, and understandably so. “It’s a really highend machine that makes far better coffee. It’s manual, and gives you a lot more control than any other espresso machine.” In addition to its prize apparatus, Coffee Bar feature coffees from some of the best artisan roasters, working especially closely with Keith Hamrick of Northbound Coffee Roasters in Mount Shasta to source the best organic coffee beans from around the world. In fact, Koenigsaecker is heading to Kenya soon to visit the coffee farms himself. Coffee Bar also serves coffees from Handsome Coffee Roasters in Los Angeles, Case Coffee Roasters in Ashland and Sacramento’s Temple Coffee, as well as a small selection of teas and snacks. And why stop at the beans and grind? The coffees are paired with Clover organic milk products, which play no small role in a quality latte experience. “It’s a huge component to the drink,” Koenigsaecker explains, “and the ability to stretch that milk to where it has a really

yummy sweet flavor… you just can’t do that on other machines. This really brings out the quality.” OK, so hand-selected coffee beans, world-class espresso machine and organic milk. Got it all covered. Well, they also make an organic dark-chocolate ganache every morning for mochas and hot chocolates, and they use a whole Madagascar vanilla bean to make the syrup for vanilla lattes. Oh, and a Giesen coffee roaster is being custom made for them in the Netherlands. Suffice it to say, Coffee Bar is proudly a part of the artisan movement and the burgeoning embrace of craft appreciation. Another part of its personality is the celebration of café culture. Coffee Bar encourages conversation. “We tried to create an environment where people would want to hang out and chat,” Koenigsaecker says, “so we don’t have a lot of outlets and we don’t have free Wi-Fi. I didn’t want it to look like a library, where it’s just all people on computers.” Stop in at 10 am on most days and the chiming of people and energy will prove infectious, even as you’re waiting for your morning coffee to kick in. Koenigsaecker is excited to continue a tradition: “Coffee shops have a long history of being hubs for the exchange of ideas, even for revolutions, and I like that,” he says. “We have all kinds of people coming in here and talking passionately about things.”4 continued on page 42

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American Cancer Society statistics show that cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. Between 1955 and 1992, the cervical cancer rate has declined by almost 70% and has stabilized due to the increased use of the Pap test. The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that cervical cancer is highly preventable because of the availability of human papillomavirus (HPV) screening tests. HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 12,340 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2013, and about 4,030 women will die from cervical cancer. This type of cancer tends to occur in women younger than 50. However, more than 20% of cases are in women over 65. Hispanic women are the most likely ethnic group to get cervical cancer, followed by African-American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and then Caucasian women. American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women, as a group, have higher rates of cervical cancer. However, rates vary widely across different parts of the country. For instance, Indians of the Southern Plains have especially high cervical cancer rates. AI/AN also are more likely to be diagnosed with later stage disease. The good news is that cervical cancer rates among AI/AN women have been decreasing over time as more and more native women have routine screening. However, it is important to note that

regions with the highest rates of cervical cancer also have low rates of cervical cancer screening due to unique circumstances of culture, location, history, and health care. Many AI/AN live on reservation lands or in remote rural areas, where their primary health care is provided by tribally operated health programs or the Indian Health Service. Rural and urban AI/AN alike experience greater poverty, lower levels of education, and poorer housing conditions than does the general U.S. population. The American Cancer Society recommends the following early detection guidelines: • Women age 21-29 should begin cervical screening with Pap testing every 3 years. HPV should not be used for screening in this age group. • Women age 30-65 should be screened with a Pap test combined with an HPV test every 5 years. • Routine HPV vaccination is recommended for girls and boys beginning at age 11, and continuing for females through age 26 and males through age 21. HPV vaccination consists of a series of three doses. Persons who receive all three doses before exposure to HPV receive the greatest preventative benefit. Greenville Rancheria employs the following medical professionals to provide Women’s Health, diagnosis, referral and treatment of cervical cancer: Dr. Kevin Waits, OB-Gyn; Denise Pearson, FNP Women’s Health; Lacey Townsend, PA Internal Medicine.

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One frequent subject of passionate discussion is motorcycles. Coffee Bar’s commissioned artwork, original designs by Michael Tersieff, features vintage bikes, and in the tradition of café racer culture, the bar also hosts Coffee Runs the second Saturday of every month. Café racer culture started in the 1960s in London, when members would ride 100mph between the cafés of London. Buzz in the motorcycle community, along with positive reviews on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram, Coffee Geek, etc., have made the Coffee Bar and its sponsored rides something of a destination. Motorcyclists from Australia, Seattle, Los Angeles and the Bay Area have stopped in for a cup of coffee. They’re often passing through or have come to the North State to ride State Route 36 or Highway 1 and heard about the bike-friendly coffee place in downtown Redding. Dozens of riders on all makes of bike – from vintage Vespa scooters to new Harleys – participate in the Coffee Runs. Members of a Bay Area BMW motorcycle club even rode up to join in on one of the trips. The rides usually feature a coffee- or bike-centric destination, such as Heritage Coffee Roasters in Mount Shasta, and they attract all demographics of riders. “The people are totally different,” says Koenigsaecker. “Often, they’ve never met before and they have no common interest beyond motorcycles.” Participants in the Coffee Runs don’t see themselves running out of road any time soon, and with a ready supply of great coffee, they’ll be fueled up for the foreseeable future. But biker or bookworm, there’s a seat for everyone at Coffee Bar. •

Kallie Markle is a native and mostly lifelong Redding resident. She writes for film projects, advertising, and magazines. She also plays the handbells and frequently hides from her two children.

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It’s midmorning. As the sun climbs higher in the sky warming the red clay trail beneath your feet, you begin your journey into the chaparral forest. A small grey bird flits from tree to tree and a family of three zips by on mountain bikes. Welcome to the Keswick Eastside Trails, a network of more than 25 miles of dirt single-track that provides a fun way for hikers, mountain bikers, runners and horseback riders to explore the east side of the Sacramento River between Shasta Dam and the Sacramento River Trail. For those who haven’t explored this area, the Hornbeck Trail, the first segment to be built as part of the Bureau of Land Management’s Keswick Eastside Trails, is a good place to start. Named after Chuck Hornbeck, a local volunteer who was instrumental in its development, the Hornbeck Trail follows part of the Quartz Hill Railway, a historic narrow-gauge rail line built in 1907 that was used for hauling quartz to the smelter at Kennett – a mining town that’s submerged some 400 feet beneath Shasta Lake. There are two ways to explore the Hornbeck Trail: an 8-mile out and back, or a one-way shuttle trip, leaving one car parked at the south trailhead at Quartz Hill Road, and the other at the north trailhead at Walker Mine Road. Benches are conveniently located along the way, and two side trails give hikers a chance to drop down to Keswick Reservoir or to sit and ponder the beauty of the North State from Freitas Overlook. Keep an eye out for an old car that serves as rustic forest art and other points of interest along this easily maneuverable trail. Advanced bikers who want to increase their mileage can incorporate the Lower Sacramento Ditch Trail, which offers a loop trip with challenging switchbacks, or the Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail, which leads north to Shasta Dam, adding another 9.2 miles one way – both follow the alignment of the historic Sacramento water ditch. Flannigan Trail and Chamise Peak Trail can be accessed from the Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail and Flannigan Road. Those with enough endurance to ascend the manzanita-flanked trail to Chamise Peak will be rewarded with a view of the three Shastas: Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake and Mt. Shasta. The FB Trail, named after Francis Berg, an assistant BLM field manager who launched the trail’s planning process, is a 9.3-mile one-way single-track offering sweeping views of Keswick Reservoir. This stretch of trail winds south from the4 continued on page 48 JANUARY 2014 ENJOY | 47

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson Hornbeck Trail through steep terrain and rolling hills, leading to the ribbon bridge at the Sacramento River Trail. Watch for a side trail that leads to a seasonal waterfall during wet months. No matter which trail — or trails — you choose to explore, natural beauty abounds. From stately oaks and pines that seem to touch the winter sky, to Ceanothus and toyon, to Indian warrior flowers that brighten the forest floor during spring, the landscape of the Keswick Eastside Trails provides year-round interest. Remember, poison oak comes with the territory, and depending on the season, so do rattlesnakes, mountain lions and bears. Observe safety tips posted at trailheads and remain on designated trails. Bring a snack and plenty of water. During summer, be sure to start early and wear sunscreen. And, as always, enjoy. • 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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From Walker Mine Road, head north on the Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail. Where the trail bends at the 1.4mile point, you’ll find a stunning, multi-trunked Quercus chrysolepis – commonly termed canyon live oak. While you sit in the shade of its umbrella-like canopy, consider that it took at least 100 years for this California native to grow from a little acorn in a golden cup to the mighty oak it is today. Throughout the year, it provides important habitat for insects, birds and mammals, and its acorns are an important food source for birds, deer and other wildlife. Quercus chrysolepis in the garden Plant type: Evergreen tree Size: 20 to 60 feet Light: Full sun to partial shade Water: Drought tolerant Zone: 3 to 11, 14 to 24 Canyon live oak is an underutilized tree that is adaptable to a variety of conditions, performs well in the garden and makes a handsome landscape specimen. It attracts butterflies and has a favorable fire resistance rating. Once established, Quercus chrysolepis requires no supplemental irrigation, but unlike other native oaks, tolerates light irrigation in well-drained soils.

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j e r e m y j o h ns o n ’ s m o ns t e r c a m p Jeremy Johnson’s story is very simple. “I was a punk and the gym saved me from breaking into your house and going to jail.” It’s a surprising statement from this fit 36-year-old who recently opened Monster Camp, a fitness training gym that shares space with Team Quest on Center Street in Redding. “I spent a lot of time getting kicked from school to school,” he says. “I got in all kinds of trouble for fighting and thought I was tough until I walked into a gym with real martial arts.” “There’s a huge difference between a street fighter and a martial artist,” he explains. “Where one is driven by rage and raw energy, the other uses tactical, disciplined awareness. A street fighter will always get beat by honor, respect, loyalty, dignity, hard work and dedication. I had no idea what those were.” Walking into the gym changed his life and put him on a path with purpose. Since then, Johnson has spent nearly every day of his life in the gym, training, teaching and coaching. For him, the journey means everything. “I promised I would give back, pay back what someone gave me.”4 continued on page 52 JANUARY 2014 ENJOY | 51

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You’ll not find traditional weights and machines at Monster Camp. Tractor tires, climbing walls and various barrier structures litter the workout area. A yoga room with soft mats anchors the space. “We practice muscle confusion,” says Johnson. Muscles respond better to new and different intensities, so on a given day, he might run members through high-intensity circuits where they jump, climb and work with punching bags. The next workout could be slow and sustained with a good portion devoted to yoga to build core strength. Officially open since November, Monster Camp runs much like any gym, with paid memberships allowing members to attend classes and develop personalized fitness training plans. But for Jeremy, the passion reaches back to his bumpy beginnings. “Do we help adults get strong and big and cool? Yeah, we do,” says Johnson, “but it’s really all about the kids.” The “kids” refers to 13- to 18-year-olds who populate the gym after school from 3 to 5pm. They take Johnson’s Monster Camp classes and then plug in to a martial arts discipline, all the while talking about what’s going on in their lives. A good number of these teens are referred to him from peer court, drug court and the Youth Violence Prevention Council. “I get the kids off the street,” he says. “They don’t get values at home. They don’t have good grades. We teach them core values and keep them accountable for the positive and negative things they do.”

“Something you’ll hear a thousand times here is ‘we have no quit,’” says Johnson. “These kids have been quit on by every adult and authority figure—teachers, parents, the government.” He works hard to help kids see the benefits of pushing their own limits and not quitting on themselves. It was in an effort to fund the youth programs that led Johnson to open Monster Camp. For a few years, he relied on fundraising, donations and out-of-pocket cash. He figured by building a paid membership base, he could offer a win-win scenario. He says his paying members really buy into the program because they know they are saving the community at the same time. He hopes to have enough paid members to support at least 300 kids per year. A successful product of his own “no quit” policy, Johnson looks to future as a place of growth and legacy. “I want to train one of these kids to take my role and see the program continue and grow,” he says. “I just want to save as many kids as possible.” •

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Carrie Schmeck is a columnist and corporate communications writer who has called Redding home since 2001. When she isn’t writing, she is riding her road bicycle throughout the North State, hanging out with her boys or sipping coffee with good friends.

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Sandra Castrogiovanni-Harp was floored when her daughter, Katrina Tavares, arrived at the Redding airport. Katrina, whose normal, healthy weight rested somewhere around the 115 pound range, was a gaunt, waif 70 pounds on her five-foot, five-inch frame. “I knew something was wrong from the photos, but when I saw her, I didn’t know whether I was going to pass out or throw up,” Sandra says, the panic of a loving and worried mother virtually palpable. Katrina Tavares, who goes by Trina, had been suffering with anorexia. Having lived away from home for two years, her mother was forced to rely on Facebook photos to see her daughter regularly. Sandra knew she had to do something. She flew Trina home under the premise of a family reunion – a cover Sandra used to begin the

process of getting her daughter the help she needed. “In hindsight,” says Sandra, “Trina likely developed anorexia around age 17, but I didn’t realize it at the time. Trina’s dad passed away when she was 13, and she began to gain weight until around age 16. So, when she began what we all thought was a healthy eating and exercise plan, I was excited for her. By 17 she looked great, but then she just kept on going with it.” Sandra says that Dr. Phil, on whose show she and her family recently appeared, best described it when he likened anorexia to a moving train: In the beginning, the person controls the diet – they are driving the train. But by the end of it, the diet is the driver, and the person is merely a passenger.4 continued on page 58 JANUARY 2014 ENJOY | 57

I have one book I could write on tragedy and 10 I could write on miracles. In her struggle to regain a sense of normalcy, Trina took a trip to Southern California in 2010 to spend time with her sisters. It was there that Trina suffered a series of seizures that rendered her noncognitive and vegetative. Sandra “dropped everything” and went to take care of Trina, while her husband Steve made frequent trips back and forth from their home in Redding to the acute care facility in Coronado. The prognosis was grim. The doctors believed Trina had little hope of recovery. Against the wishes and better judgment of the medical staff, Steve began to stand Trina up with his support, instead of waiting for the medical apparatus to be brought in to assist. He found her to be surprisingly strong on her feet. He worked with her as often as he could. “I think that’s the reason Katrina is in the beautiful state she is in. It’s as if she’s ministering to people. They can see what she could have been and it’s a real eye opener.” “She’s kind of an anomaly,” says Sandra. “She’s non-cognitive, but is still vegetative. She’s not curled up or slumped over the way that some people with her condition are.” In fact, many don’t realize she is even suffering with such a condition until they know her story. Although Trina is unable to speak, understand commands or do anything on her own, she is never without her sweet spirited smile. “We try to mimic a regular life. We keep her dressed nicely. I pluck her eyebrows and paint her nails. If she ever were to wake up from this state, I would want her to be happy with what she sees,” says Sandra. Despite the family’s immense financial struggle to provide the level of care Trina requires, they find the time and energy to provide emotional support to other families plagued by an eating disorder or severe brain injury. Their recent trip to Dr. Phil’s show wasn’t for their own benefit—it was to help provide a wake-up call for another young woman struggling with anorexia and bulimia. “So many local people have graciously volunteered their time and love to help us provide for Trina,” says Sandra. A foundation ( and a special needs trust have recently been established for Trina pro-bono, by two local attorneys.

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The foundation will help the family build awareness about eating disorders and severe brain injury. The trust will provide for medical needs not covered by Trina’s Medi-Cal coverage due to her “noncognitive” diagnosis and retrofitting the home to make it functional for Trina’s care. A local contractor donated his time to design plans for a handicapped-equipped bathroom for Trina, but Sandra and Steve have yet to obtain the necessary funds to make the addition. “People are so busy doing their own thing that they don’t even eat meals together. Don’t stay so busy that you stay in denial. Parents often think their kids are just ‘going through a phase.’ People with eating disorders are often overachievers. Anorexia is often disguised as healthy eating, constant diet changes and extreme exercise. Many anorexics have the classic symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and they can become quite manipulative. You have to catch it while they are young. Once your child turns 18, the child is now an adult, and as a parent, your hands are tied,” says Sandra. “I wish I would have had that knowledge injected into me when Katrina was 17. Maybe I could have prevented this from happening.” This sentiment is the driving force for Steve and Sandra’s desire to support others. “If you help one family and you feel the gratitude and love in their eyes, you just can’t wait to do it again.” Clearly, life isn’t easy for this family, but Sandra put it simply: “You have to condition yourself to remember what is good. I have one book I could write on tragedy and 10 I could write on miracles.” • For more information or to make a donation, visit

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As Interstate 5 brings travelers through the mountains of Northern California, they pass through history. The same route drew men on horseback – men such as Joaquin Miller. Born in Indiana in 1837, Miller’s parents moved to Oregon, taking him closer to his destiny. The lure of the Gold Rush and the adventures of a new frontier shaped the young man into a writer nicknamed “Poet of the Sierras.” Drivers cruising down the Siskiyou Summit are introduced to the expanse of the Shasta Valley. To the south, Mt. Shasta rises and dominates, as the town of Yreka rests to the north. Miller followed this trail, finding the Gold Rush town of Yreka a chaotic, frenzied adventure. Hooking up with a miner, “Mountain Joe,” the two begin a search for gold at what is now the Soda Springs offramp. Mining occupied Miller for a year, when with 29 other men, he

confronted a group of Native Americans just a few miles north at Castle Crags. The battle changed Miller’s life. Moving from behind a tree, he was struck by an arrow, which pierced his face and stuck out back through his neck. His wounds were tended to at Portuguese Flat, considered one of the roughest mining camps in the state. Miller wore a beard to cover his scars. Today, the mining camp is a restaurant and gas station, Pollard Flat. Perhaps it is here he learned the truth he wrote, that a “man who lives for self alone, lives for the meanest mortal known.” The young miner recovered, taking his journey over the ridge, now traversed by Highway 89 to McCloud. He settled among the Wintus, taking a Native American wife. Offering to help the tribe with supplies, he stole a mule for transportation, only to be arrested for the crime in Shasta City, near Redding. He staged a jailbreak,4 continued on page 62


leaving behind a sarcastic letter to the sheriff, defending his departure by using scripture verses to justify his actions. Miller’s restlessness returned him north to Yreka as a cook for the miners. When no pay was forthcoming, he acquired the camp’s horses to reimburse his time, selling them and returning the profit to the owner, after deducting his own pay. As he fled from the sheriff, Miller shot and injured the man, causing the future writer to seek exile in Oregon. His life in Oregon ranged from Pony Express rider to serving as a judge. The allure of California recaptured him and he returned, this time as a writer. He settled in San Francisco, writing for the same newspaper as Mark Twain. He sought a publisher for a book of poems, Song of the Sierras, and Life Among the Modocs. Both writings were birthed from his experiences in Siskiyou and Shasta counties. He traveled to England, where he finally found success, presenting himself in a sombrero and declaring his visage as that of a true American cowboy, as his books disappeared into the hands of customers. In his later years, he settled in Oakland on property that is now Joaquin Miller Park. He reflected on the days of his youth and showed remorse for his attitude toward Native Americans. He wrote of the lack of environmental consciousness as the miners destroyed the salmon of the Sacramento River by their practices. His works embellished his past, captured the beauty of California, and showed a vision for the future. For those moving up and down the I-5 corridor in Northern California, they pass his history each day, now marked by offramps. His career as a miner, a cook, a horse thief and a writer are embodied in the small towns and patches of land where he walked. His life and successes are still debated, and the fame his name has captured. In this conversation he still walks in the woods of California. He wrote, “Fame lulls the fever of the soul, and makes us feel that we have grasped an immortality.” •

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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“My concern is that people, especially young people, are losing the ability to do things with their hands…”

David Gentry believes art can heal society. In his mind, the embrace of creative expression can provide the cure to most of the world’s ailments, including class tension, racism, poverty, war, tyrannical rule, and failing economical and environmental systems. After all, Gentry has seen the healing power of art within his own classrooms at Shasta College, where he has taught ceramics, sculpture, glass art and world art and history since 2004. “Young people today face a lot of stresses thrown at them,” Gentry says. “So when they’re working with materials like clay and glass, and they’re able to accomplish something, it’s very satisfying and empowering. Art can be about therapy, incredibly physiological and a wonderful tool to understanding oneself. It’s pretty inspiring to see that healing aspect play out.” Instead of following society’s “systematic failures,” Gentry often encourages his students to “follow what they love.” “If you do that, everything else will sort itself out,” he says. “Plus, your perspective is not going to be so dark.” In 2010, Gentry joined longtime Shasta College art instructor John Harper and area artist Colleen Barry in the Turtle Bay Exploration Park exhibit, “Formed by Fire.” Many of Gentry’s sculptures revealed his social, environmental and political concerns. A cast bronze and steel piece entitled “Tree” symbolized what a tree might look like in a museum of the future where there were no more. Another work, “Bottle Tree,” made from blown glass, welded steel and paint, was inspired partly by the facade of forests along highways with clear cuts behind them.4 continued on page 66 JANUARY 2014 ENJOY | 65

“As a sculptor, David does a variety of things, but I certainly respond to the ones that relate to environmental concerns,” says Harper. “They really get you thinking about what’s happening to our environment.” In addition to Turtle Bay, Gentry has had solo exhibitions at Pro Arts in Oakland (2007), and Harper College in Palatine IL (2004) and been featured in group exhibitions at Jacksonville (Fla.) Museum of Modern Art, the Bellevue (Wash.) Art Museum Bellevue, Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento) and the San Diego Museum of Art. Beyond the healing power to individuals, the arts can be a vehicle to unite communities and even countries, Gentry believes. He points to the Works Progress Administration (WPA) set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression, which employed great numbers of artists and artisans to build and design major architectural infrastructure projects, including theaters, murals and community spaces that are still in existence today. At the helm of the ceramics and glass programs at Shasta, Gentry has joined a rich legacy of instruction at the college. The glass program was started in 1969 by Clif Sowder, who taught for 36 years and saw many of his students go on to make careers out of the craft. Glass artist and ceramicist Michael Blevin, who has studied and exhibited work at the University of Washington and University of Colorado, continues to teach at the college. The art department at Shasta has “an intriguing history,” explains Gentry, referring to a time when there were eight full-time art faculty members. “At one point it was possibly the strongest (community college) art program in Northern California, if not all of California. It was a rarity to have a glass shop on the West Coast in the ‘60s. It was even more unique to have it on a community college campus.”

Harper, who has curated shows at Shasta College, Turtle Bay and the Redding Museum of Art and History, credits Gentry with preserving the glass and ceramics programs at Shasta College through an economic period where those programs could have been eliminated. “He fought that battle to keep them going and I think that’s an achievement on his part,” Harper says. “(Those programs) are important to the credibility of the department and the college as a whole.” Raised in the metro Chicago area, Gentry’s own art education started at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Ill. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Illinois, and a Masters of Fine Arts in glass and sculpture from the California College of Art in Oakland. In the Bay Area, he worked with internationally renowned ceramicist Peter Voulkos. From 1999 to 2001, Gentry also worked as a professional sculptor with an artists’ consortium called the Northwest Mystics at a fine art foundry in the Olympic Rainforest on the Quimper Peninsula along the coast of Washington state. He and his wife Guenn Johnsen-Gentry, a visual artist, costume designer and cook, have two children. In education and society in general, Gentry hopes to see a resurgence in the artistic craft movement. “My concern is that people, especially young people, are losing the ability to do things with their hands,” Gentry says. “It’s so easy just to go on the Internet. It affects attention spans and focus and dexterity. We’re sort of losing touch with our humanity. One thing for people to focus on is the craft side of whatever they’re interested in.” •

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Da m b ur g e r —7 5 y e ars o f g r i l l i n g i t u p Burgers always come off the Damburger grill well done, which, coincidentally, also happens to be the way fans describe the meals that have been served up for years at the little restaurant in downtown Redding. Mashed flat and cooked until the edges are nice and crisp, Damburger burgers have been hitting the spot for 75 years. It’s been that way since work started on namesake Shasta Dam and it’s not expected to change anytime soon. The Damburger is more of a cherished institution than it is a restaurant; a touchstone to a bygone, simpler time. You won’t find any injection-molded plastic seats, garish tie-ins to blockbuster movies or catchy corporate platitudes that were cycled through Madison Avenue focus groups. What you will find are ready smiles, well-worn counters and stools

and consistently tasty burgers. Consistent is the key word. “The Damburger has never changed,” says Julie Malik, who has been running the stand since 2005 when her parents, Ron and Kathy Dickey, retired and moved to Ashland, Ore. Bud Pennington never saw the need to change when he set up shop in 1938 in a tent next to the hiring hall for Shasta Dam workers. The enterprising young man would get a quarter for a hamburger, a cup of coffee and a slice of pie. It was during those early dam days when Bud came up with the signature style of cooking burgers, using an ice cream scooper to form meatballs and then mashing them flat with a spatula. (When Helen Henry, one of Damburger’s legion of regulars, asked Bud to put a pair of those meatballs together and not cook it until it was well done, the “Helen Burger” was born and remains on the menu.)4 continued on page 70 JANUARY 2014 ENJOY | 69

Damburger left the dam site but kept the name and relocated to Redding, starting first on Yuba Street and moving to Pine Street before settling on its current Placer Street location in 1962. Bud and his wife, Babe, operated Damburger until 1977; the Dickeys bought the business from Mike and Vicki Carr in 1979. These days, Malik streamlines the burger process by using a tortilla press to flatten the patties—each a sixth of a pound—into the trademark pancake dimensions. Malik, manager Marla Nevens, and another employee form an assembly line each morning to make patties from the ground beef delivered from R&R Quality Meats. On a typical weekday, Damburger cooks flip about 200 patties. “We do everything ourselves,” says Nevens, a Redding native who has worked at Damburger for 18 years and enjoys the quirky, independent nature of the place. “We print up gift certificates, do our own laundry, slice our own onions…people would ask my

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boss, when they would see me slicing onions, ‘Why don’t you get a machine for that?’ and he’d say, ‘She’s the machine for that.’” “It’s a fun place to work,” agrees Malik. “We’ve got a good group. My biggest joy is interacting with the customers I’ve gotten to know. For a lot of them, it feels like an extended family. They’ve known me since I was a little girl.” For longtime customers, stopping in at the Damburger is like padding down the hall and stepping into the kitchen. Newcomers “just like the environment—it’s friendly, upbeat, kind of old-school,” Malik says. “Kids like it because it’s unique and not some cookie-cutter thing. Kids know that when you go to the Damburger, it’s a treat.” A sense of family surrounds the Damburger and envelops employees and customers both. Marge Thayer was one of Bud Pennington’s first employees and served hamburgers for 44 years, working well into her 80s. “When it got to be too much, she became the Damburger greeter. She wiped off tables and chatted with people. “She was kind of sassy, a ‘get what you get, don’t throw a fit’ kind of person,” Malik says. “She didn’t know everybody’s name but she sure knew what they ate.” While the venerable Damburger, available with single, double or even triple patties, remains front and center on the menu, the restaurant has 70 | Enjoy JANUARY 2014

added other options over the years to keep up with the times, including vegetarian and vegan burgers and whole wheat “skinny” buns. The newest addition is the “Hot Dam,” a burger spiced up with jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayonnaise. Damburger celebrated its 75th anniversary in November with a week of 75-cent specials. On the Saturday featuring 75-cent Damburgers, the little restaurant went through 570 patties in three and a half hours and people happily waited up to 45 minutes for a bargain burger. “We get a lot of support from the community,” Nevens says. “It was amazing how many people joined us in our celebration. They kept coming in and saying how happy they were that we’re here and stayed so long.” • Damburger • 1320 Placer St., Redding • (530) 241-0136 Hours: 9 am to 5 pm weekdays; 10 am to 3 pm Saturdays; 11 am to 3 pm Sundays •

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In the south, Hoppin’ John is standard New Year’s Day fare. The traditional recipe is a simple and delicious dish of peas, smoked ham hocks, collard greens and rice, and it has graced holiday tables since the 1800s. It’s believed to bring luck and peace in the coming year to anyone who eats it. As far back as I can remember, I have eaten this on New Year’s Day. This modern Hoppin’ John recipe uses smoked

turkey thighs for the same great flavor, but with less fat. I also like to add jalapenos and red bell pepper for a bit of color and spice. Serve a big scoop atop freshly cooked brown rice, sautéed greens and hot golden cornbread. Champagne is an awfully good accompaniment. For a vegetarian version, omit the pork and substitute sautéed Portobello mushrooms and a bit of hot sauce for flavoring depth.

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NEW YEAR’S HOPPIN’ JOHN serves: 8 - 10 ingredients

2 T olive oil 1 cup red onion, chopped ½ cup celery, chopped 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped 2 jalapenos, seeds and stems removed, chopped 1 T chopped garlic 2 smoked turkey thighs, skin removed 1 pound black-eyed peas, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained 1 qt. low-sodium chicken stock 1 bay leaf 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme) 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. pepper 5 cups freshly cooked brown rice 1 cup green onion, chopped for garnish


Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in large soup pot or Dutch oven. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, jalapenos and garlic, and cook until opaque and lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Add the turkey thighs, peas, chicken stock, bay leaf, thyme and season with the salt, pepper and cayenne. Simmer for 1 hour, or until peas are creamy and tender. If liquid evaporates, add more stock or water. Remove turkey legs and allow them to cool before handling. Remove meat from bone and return meat only to the pot. Adjust seasonings if needed. Garnish with chopped green onions. Prep: 20 mins: Cook: 1 hour: Total: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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by Patrick John

Turning 40 a few months ago didn’t phase me…at first. Friends and family said, “40’s just a number - it’s how you feel inside that counts.” I also heard, “40 isn’t old if you’re a tree” and was urged not to worry because, after all, “40 is the new 30” (even I’d used that one... yikes!). As a guy, I hadn’t really examined 40 very closely. Actually, not at all. And then it happened. I saw this television program that mentioned that your health, fitness and general well-being, along with how you behave, feel, look and treat others in that 40th year, sets the tone for the rest of your life. What? Oh no! I panicked a little…I had already wasted the first four months of being 40 and Lord knows I’m not getting them back. Soul-searching mode was switched on. How can I be healthier, less stressed, happier, less judgmental, more patient, a better husband, kinder to others, etc.? A few days later, a friend told me how a stranger she had helped years earlier tracked her down after spotting her in a local TV commercial because he wanted to return the favor. He remembered her face and that moment of kindness. She simply told him to pay it forward. That was it…so simple…yet so full of impact. I quickly started to realize how easy it is to make someone’s day by doing something for them so basic and kind. Determined to set my compass in the right direction, I hit the internet for ideas on random acts of kindness and cobbled together a checklist for the remainder of my 40th year. Maybe we could all, regardless of age, do the list together. Here’s what I have so far: This should get me started, and since it’s January, maybe random acts of kindness can be our shared resolution for the new year. I know already that the list gives me a new perspective, and hopefully I’ll gain a shred of wisdom. I also discovered a new quote about turning 40 that I’ll fully embrace: "The first 40 years of life give us the text; the next 30 supply the commentary." - Arthur Schopenhauer

 Donate blood  Thank a soldier or veteran for their service  Pick up trash at a local park/trail  Smile more  Foster parent a rescue animal  Let someone cut in line  Say “hello” or greet anyone you pass by  Bring in your neighbors trash bins  Take someone’s cart in from the parking lot  Call your mother  Compliment a stranger  Invite someone over for dinner  Volunteer  Feed someone’s expired meter  Contact a long-lost friend  Write a letter to a child  Hold open a door  Pay for a stranger’s dinner  Give a really big tip  Invite a solo diner to join you/your family for a meal  Send someone flowers for no reason  Write a poem for a loved one  Send more thank-you notes  Offer to babysit for a friend  Keep an extra umbrella to give away on a rainy day  Plant a tree  Forgive a debt  Offer to pet sit  Stop and help someone with car trouble  Apologize for mistakes  Leave lottery tickets in random places  Leave a positive review on a website  Become a mentor  Let the other driver have that parking space  Peruse the wanted section on Craigslist and donate items JANUARY 2014 ENJOY | 79



January 2014

in the january spotlight Redding Marathon


Polar Bear Plunge

Starting LIne - Shasta Dam Finish Line - SUndial Bridge January 19 | 8 am


Redding Aquatic Center January 1 | 11:30 aM

1 Tommy Emmanuel with Martin Taylor

(Chico & Arcata) Laxson Auditorium Chico State University January 30 | 7:30 pm

Welcome the New Year and compete for prizes. Contests will include: Best Polar Bear Hat, Oldest Polar Bear, Youngest Polar Bear, Biggest Polar Bear Splash, 50 Meter Plunge. All participants who take the ‘plunge’ will receive a certificate or commemorative button. Hot refreshments will be available. Pre-register to guarantee your commemorative T-shirt on January 1. For complete rules visit

Golden Dragon Acrobats: Cirque Ziva

(Chico & Redding)

Laxson Auditoirum, Chico State University January 15 | 7:30 PM Cascade Theatre January 26 | 2 pm

Van Duzer Theatre Humboldt State University January 31 | 8 pm

Tommy Emmanuel “is unquestionably one of the most gifted artists of our time” (Acoustic Guitar). Expect plenty of fretboard fireworks in this special duo performance as Tommy joins forces with Martin Taylor, one of the world’s foremost exponents of solo fingerstyle guitar playing. For more information, visit

This 21-member company combines amazing skill, physicality and dexterity in choreographed acts that showcase everything from juggling umbrellas and soccer balls to creative use of props like ladders and giant spinning wheels. Accompanied by a thrilling, over-thetop musical score, these talented acrobats, mimes and circus performers also spin plates, fly through the air, tumble precariously and balance with extraordinary ease. Prepare the whole family for a truly exciting, suspenseful and entertaining performance. For tickets and more information, visit or


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From Shasta Dam to the Sundial Bridge, you will journey 26.2 miles along the beautiful Sacramento River on newly paved trails to the River Trail where you will finish at the Sundial Bridge. Not ready for a marathon? Gather two running friends and do is as a relay! For those who want a short fun run, the Sundial 5k will take place on the same day. For more information, visit

19 42nd Annual Soroptimist International of Redding Mardi Gras


Redding Civic Auditorium January 25 | 7 - 11 PM

Come dressed to impress and ready to party! There will be casino games galore, door prizes, raffles, dinner, and king and queen crowning. All proceeds benefit Soroptimist International of Redding’s Women’s Opportunity Awards and programs designed to promote local women and girls. For more information, visit www.


Another Chance Animal Welfare League Presents

THE 8TH ANNUAL FUR BALL Saturday, February 22, 2014 AT WIN-RIVER EVENT CENTER Full-color Brandmark



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Pantone 181; the subhead and eagle graphic are produced in Pantone Dinner 1405; and the tapered rules are produced in Pantone 1245. These are mandatory colors for the full-color brandmark and are not to be altered. Entertainment The full-color version of the brandmark is the primary brandmark of the identity system. It is strongly recommended that this version be used in Auctions OF THE PACIFIC FLYWAY branded applications whenever possible. Raffles NOTE: As one of our most important assets, the brandmark must 60 field trips & workshops always appear as shown in these brand identityOver guidelines. Never to redraw or rescale the brandmark, separate the components 5:30pm attempt Yappy Hour or add other graphic elements. Taglines are not plus to be added except exciting activities for kids & families! proper development and approval procedures. 7pmthrough Dinner

Reverse Brandmark

“Gathering of Wings” Banquet with Special Guest & Keynote Speaker,

Reserve Tickets - 547-PETS (7387) For application on a black or dense solid background, a reverse brandmark Store is available. In the reverse brandmark, “WinRiver,” the subhead and Or Come By The Adoption & Thrift eagle graphic are all produced in Pantone 1245 and the tapered rules produced in Pantone 181. At 9384 D Deschutes Road, PaloareCedro

DEBI SHEARWATER Pelagic Birding Pioneer & Owner, Shearwater Journeys

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Chico January 1 • Annual Polar Bear Swim, Lower Bidwell Park’s Sycamore Pool, 1 pm January 10 • Legends of the Celtic Harp, the Unitarian Fellowship of Chico, 1289 Filbert Ave., 7:30 pm, (530) 343-1693 January 12 • 10th Annual Frost or Fog Quarter Marathon and 5K, Sycamore Bypass levee near Five Mile Recreation Area, 9 am, January 22-26 • Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway, for information, call (530) 345-1865 or visit Calistoga Through February 9 • Calistoga’s 5th annual Winter in the Wineries Passport, Calistoga Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 1133 Washington St., 3 pm – midnight, (707) 942-6333 Dunsmuir January 10 • 2nd Friday Art Reception, 5-7 pm Oroville January 8 • Chris MacDonald Memories of Elvis Dinner Show, Feather Falls Casino, 6:30 pm, Red Bluff January 4 • Guided Bird Walk, 8 am, Sacramento River Discovery Center, (530) 527-1196 Redding January 4 • Frosty Fun Runs, Lake Redding Park, 2150 Benton Drive, 8 – 10 am, (530) 526-3076, • Shasta Rose Society, Redding City Hall, 777 Cypress Ave., 8 am – noon, (530) 378-2567 January 10 • The Oaksong Music Society presents John McCutcheon, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., 8 pm, (530) 223-2040, January 11 • Frosty Fun Runs, Lema Ranch, 800 Shasta View Drive, 8 – 10 am, (530) 526-3076,

January 14 • Harlem Globetrotters, Shasta College gym, 11555 Old Oregon Trail, 7 pm January 15 • Benefit Concert for Little Ripples Preschools in Darfur Refugee Camps, McLaughlin Auditorium, Sequoia Middle School, 1805 Sequoia St., 7 pm, (530) 229-3661 January 19 • Redding Marathon, 8 am start at Shasta Dam, ends at the Sundial Bridge, 5K run starts on the north side of the Sundial Bridge at 9 am, info at • Rivercity Jazz Society Concert features Ron McGehees Nighthawks, Redding Elks Lodge, 250 Elk Drive, 1 – 4:30 pm, (530) 222-5340, January 21 • Frosty Fun Runs, Fleet Feet Store, 1376 Hilltop Drive, 8 – 10 am, (530) 526-3076, January 23 • Live Bluegrass Night with Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band, Bombay’s Night Club, 1730 California St., 8 – 11:45 pm, (530) 526-0971 January 24-26, 30-February 1 • Shasta College Opera Workshop presents “The Marriage of Figaro,” Shasta College theatre, 11555 Old Oregon Trail, (530) 242-7730, January 25 • Redding Bronze Handbell Concert, First Presbyterian Church, 2315 Placer St., 4 pm, (530) 275-4770 Shasta January 12 • Impressions of California — Awakening in the North, Shasta State Historic Park, Highway 299W, 2 – 3 pm, (530) 243-8194 Weaverville January 4 • Art Cruise, 5-8 pm Yreka January 15 • Guided Nature Walks, learn about waterfowl, 12-2 pm, Greenhorn Park Cascade Theatre January 4 • New Christy Minstrels, 7:30 pm

January 5 • San Francisco Opera HD Cinema Series: “Porgy & Bess,” 2 pm January 26 • Cirque Ziva, 2 pm January 28 • Celtic Nights, 7:30 pm El Rey Theatre (Chico) January 17 • Randy Rogers Band with Wade Bowen, 8:30 pm January 23 • Crystal Bowersox, 8 pm January 24 • Christopher Titus with Rachel Bradley, 8 pm Laxson Auditorium January 15 • Golden Dragon Acrobats: Cirque Ziva, 7:30 pm January 26 • Pink Martini, Global Cabaret, 7:30 pm January 28 • Stunt Dog Experience, 7:30 pm January 30 • Tommy Emmanuel with Special Guest Martin Taylor, 7:30 pm Redding Civic Auditorium January 18 • California Deer Association - Redding Chapter Banquet, 5:30 pm January 25 • Soroptimist International of Redding Mardi Gras 7 pm Riverfront Playhouse January 18 - February 15 • 2 Across Senator Theatre January 30 • Iration with Natural Vibrations, The Movement, 8 pm Shasta District Fairgrounds January 11 • Anderson Rotary’s 44th Annual Crab Feed, crab, fish chowder, salad & bread, door prize & raffle, music & dancing, no host cocktails at 5 pm, dinner at 7 pm, Lassen Hall

Sierra Nevada Big Room (Chico) January 7 • Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson II, 7:30 pm January 15 • Red Molly, 7:30 pm January 21 • John McCutcheon, 7:30 pm January 21 • Carolyn Wonderland, 7:30 State Theatre For the Arts January 18 • John Beck’s documentary, The Monks of Vina, 7 pm Tehama District Fairgrounds January 11 • The Auxiliary Volunteers of St. Elizabeth Community Hospital’s 6th annual all-you-can-eat crab feed, doors open at 5 pm, $45 per person, (530) 824-6410 or (530) 736-1326 January 28 - February 1 • 73rd Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale, That Kitchen Place January 4 • Italian Sunday Dinner with Chef Pam January18 • Winter Comfort Food with Kristin George & Kathleen Turtle Bay Exploration Park Through January 19 • Tough by Nature: Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women of the American West Through February 9 • Sin in the Sagebrush

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.




Bennett Apiaries, Tom and Paige Bennett

the Beekeepers


“I love that our kids can be right with us at home making candles or out with the bees working the hives.”

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Paige Bennett, Bennett Apiaries








ENJOY: How did the two of you meet? TOM: When I moved back to my hometown of Red Bluff after four years as a Marine infantry officer, Paige was a young widow and mother of three. Our families have been friends for years —our parents went to high school together, and we were both raised in Red Bluff. We were married June 1, 2013, and started our beekeeping venture. ENJOY: Where are you located? PAIGE: Because of our love for Northern California and our family ties, we have chosen to raise our children here and base our business where our hearts are. Our bees are spread across Tehama County and we have plans to send some to both Shasta and Butte counties. Our hive products include honey, beeswax candles, lip balm, hand cream, beeswax crayons and much more. They’re in five stores now, and soon they will be available on our website, ENJOY: How did you get started in beekeeping? TOM: After two combat tours in Afghanistan with my Marines, I was ready to settle down. Beekeeping is a nice balance of continuous learning combined with creative innovation and outdoor hands-on physical work that really appeals to me. But the biggest draw is that it allows Paige and I to run our business as a family. We use our bees to get the kids excited about nature and God’s creation. We have endless opportunities to teach them the economics of agriculture as well as work ethic. We also appreciate the importance of bees to our way of life and are proud to be making our contribution. ENJOY: Why do people enjoy your products? TOM: Our customers really appreciate the wholesome nature of our raw

honey. They know that when they buy local, they are not getting foreign honey adulterated with additives and filled out with syrup, cooked and filtered out of all the nutrients God intended. Our honey is strained to get the wax comb and bee parts out of it, then bottled with all the pollen, complex sugars and natural enzymes left intact. The pollen is largely the same across the North State, so by buying our local honey, people are getting a product that is very Northern Californian.” PAIGE: Our candles are handmade and all of our products use pure beeswax and are not mixed with cheaper waxes as filler. Beeswax is bright and very long burning with a soft-sweet fragrance reminiscent of honey. Even our lip balm and skin products are made of wholesome, natural ingredients with the beeswax acting as an excellent moisture barrier. ENJOY: What is your favorite part of your job? PAIGE: I love that our kids can be right with us at home making candles or out with the bees working the hives. Titus, 7, loves helping wick candles. Noah, 5, enjoys the process of building the hive components. Isabel, 3, is an amazing bee box painter. It is all about family; we are able to homeschool and raise our children along with starting a very busy and demanding business. ENJOY: What is something people might not know about your unique line of work? PAIGE: I am always amazed at how the bees are able to organize and work together so efficiently. The average life of a worker bee is 35 days. In a bee’s life, it will have many jobs based on its age. I find it fascinating how a worker bee knows when to change jobs and how to do it. Some of the jobs a worker bee will do are keeping the brood, cleaning the hive, building comb, guarding the hive, and collecting pollen and nectar.

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

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GOOD SPORTS “As a disabled man, let my life be a reflection of the endless amount of ability that exists in each and every one of us.” ~Robert M. Hensel

Shasta Disabled Sports U.S.A. is a group of outdoor enthusiasts who wish to share their love for the fun and adventure of outdoor recreation with people with disabilities. The nonprofit organization is a chapter of the national Disabled Sports USA organization with the intent of serving Mount Shasta and surrounding regions. Its mission is to provide year-round recreational and athletic opportunities for people with special needs. One of the many wonderful things about Shasta Disabled Sports (SDS) is how much it accomplishes each year with very little funding. That is mostly due to the dedicated hours of volunteer time that board members and other volunteers contribute to every event. SDS has no paid staff, but one major expense is insurance. Given the nature of the activities the organization offers, such as skiing, rafting and rock climbing, insurance is a necessary expense, even though its safety record is exemplary. Shasta Disabled Sports USA’s primary source of income for insurance is through membership donations.

get involved: Become a member of Shasta Disabled Sports. Membership dues help pay insurance costs and they cannot operate if they can’t cover that expense. Some make more substantial donations through the Gold Sponsorship program, which helps cover costs and keep the programs going strong. If you’re able to help, call (530) 925-1531. For more information, visit

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Aaron loved hurtling down hills on two wheels, but with intense pain in his legs, his mountain bike was gathering more dust than mud. At MD Imaging, he learned his pain was from varicose veins and that his doctor was a mountain biker, too. After a minimally invasive procedure, he was pain-free and back on the mountain two weeks later‌ with his new bike buddies from the Vascular & Interventional Center. MD Imaging’s varicose vein treatments are performed in our comprehensive vein center, because personal, high quality treatment is in our veins. | 530.245.5945

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A big warm hug from Enjoy the Store to our vendors and customers for all their support! Let’s work together to make 2014 a great year!

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