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A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte county since 2004 Fall Issue 2019 August - September - October



Our Annual Pumpkin Patch Guide

Back to School

Parent Hacks to Help Ease the Back to School Madness

Sweet Treats Managing Your

Child’s Sugar Intake This Fall

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s summer comes to an end and the new school year begins, I can’t help but think that the summers get shorter and shorter with each passing year. With my twins starting high school this year, I am in shock at where the time has gone; however, we are excited for a fun new adventure in our house. This issue marks our 15th anniversary and all of us at Growing Up Chico could not be more excited! This magazine would not be possible without you. The continuous, overwhelming support of our advertisers, the community, and our readers help make this magazine what it is today. I cannot thank you enough. To celebrate, in this issue, we have highlighted some of the covers we have had over the years. Look for them and celebrate with us. In this issue, you will also find an article on back-to-school hacks for parents, our annual birthday guide, and a pumpkin patch directory. We also have tips on how to manage the sugar this Halloween, grandparents’ day, and an interview with a local author. I hope that you enjoy reading this issue as much as our team enjoyed working on it. I wish you the best of this colorful fall season! Happy reading!

Emily Hajec Emily enjoys spending time with her kiddo and husband, their Jackuahua pooch (Pumpkin!), cooking (or at least attempting to)...and a good cup of coffee.

Gabriela Prado Gabriela Prado is a recent Chico State graduate who majored in Public Relations and minored in Political Science. She has moved to Los Angeles to continue to peruse her dream of working in PR. She has worked for Chico Performances for 2 years during her college career. Her interests include corgis, writing, cooking, and bingewatching Master Chef Jr.

Rita Palmer Rita is a proud mom of a 1 ½-year-old daughter, a Nutrition Educator with the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program, and a member of the Growing Healthy Children Chico Walk/Run Planning committee. She enjoys engaging the community in fun and easy ways to live healthy and active lifestyles.

Marne Marne Larsen Publisher (530) 518-6154

Rachele Thompson Business & Marketing Manager (530) 519-0320

DeAnna Holman Layout Design/Editor

Shannon Dean Shannon is a freelance writer and the mother of two sons. She specializes in writing about families and women’s health.

Jenna Christophersen Jenna is a Chico native who majored in English at UC Davis. After working with a non-profit Christian organization in France for two years, she returned to her hometown as a freelance writer and editor. She loves using the beauty of the written word to promote the wonderful individuals, businesses, and organizations who weave the fabric of communities in Chico and beyond.

Natali Muñoz-Moore Natali is the digital media coordinator for Enloe Medical Center. She has more than 10 years of experience covering health and e-commerce.

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School and Home

12 Morning Madness

5 Back-to-School Hacks for Parents

14 A Grand Relationship

Family Time

16 Interview With A Local



18 Chico Performances Field Trip Series

21 Girl Power



22 GUC Celebrates 15 years!

24 Heads Up On Concussions


Birthday Parties

26 GUC’s Annual Birthday Party Guide

Fall Fun


28 Managing the Onslaught of Sugar this Halloween

30 Is Your Child Ready To Pack Their Own Lunch?

32 Pumpkin Patch Guide


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Morning Madness: By Emily Hajec

Back-to-School. Three little words that abruptly seem to change everything. In what can feel like an immediate shift, suddenly those weekday summer camps, neighborhood BBQs, and evening bike rides come to a screeching halt. And it’s back to routine, schedule and-for many families-hectic mornings trying to get everyone out the door on time. If you are like many parents, getting to school and work on time can be a real challenge. More so, doing it in a calm, collected, and stress-free way is an even bigger trial. But we all have one thing in common: None of us want to start the day frazzled and rushed- kids included. So here are five proven parent hacks for back-to-school that will surely help ease the morning madness of Monday thru Friday. #1: Lunch Prep

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We all have heard this time-saving tip time and again: MEAL PREP! Yet, why does it seem like such a daunting task come Sunday? Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: It doesn’t have to be! Setting aside even one hour on a Sunday to meal prep for the week can save serious and unnecessary hurry on those busy weekday mornings. Plus, getting the kids involved with the meal prep makes it a fun family activity and builds independence! Just turn on some upbeat music…and get preppin’! Create a sandwich assembly line and make all the lunch sandwiches for the week—don’t be afraid to mix it up, too (nobody wants PB&J every day of the week—boring!). Take out all the fruit for the week to wash, chop and pack in reusable containers. As a tip, fruits like grapes, strawberries, and blackberries wash well in advance without getting soggy or brown. Or include peel-able, non-prep fruits like bananas and oranges. Purchase larger “family size” bags of chips, crackers, and nuts as opposed to single, individual “snack size” bags—this saves money and cuts environmental waste. Then simply portion the snacks in reusable containers during your meal prep. This truly will save so much time in the mornings during the week, and you will feel like a super parent for being so prepared!

#2: Organized Outfit Hangers


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#3: Chore List

Is it just my kiddo, or are all 6-year-olds so indecisive when it comes to choosing an outfit for the day? Seriously! It’s like watching a teenager get ready for their first date night—how many times can a person change their clothes in a single morning? Jeesh! If your child has a difficult time picking out their clothes and you find it’s hindering the morning flow, the solution is simple. Instead of waiting until morning to choose the day’s outfit, get organized the night before. Implement an outfit hook (or several hooks for multiple days) where the next day’s clothes can be hung in advance. Have your child pick out their outfit the night before, and hang it on the hook (even the socks!)—this will cut a ton of time (and parental frustration) come morning. Most young children need prompts to help them along. However, this can

get a bit trying for parents to have to constantly be reminding them over and over, day after day. Instead, help your child create a morning chore checklist (hint: kids love whiteboards!). Especially for those first few weeks of back-to-school when everyone is still needing a little reminding, a visual to-do list can come in handy. Be sure to have your child draw the prompts themselves, so they can refer to the list and know what it is that they still need to accomplish that morning. Brush hair and teeth—check! Fill water bottle—check! Feed Fluffy—check! A little checklist can go a long way. And—I promise—kids will love being in charge and checking chores off their list.

#4: Backpack and Jacket Station

Convenience, organization, and accessibility are everything when it comes to out-the-door success! Create a place to hang backpacks, jackets, keys, and hats that kids can easily reach, is right near the front door, and has room for everyone’s belongings. Tossing the day’s things into a big heap on the floor may feel like the quick fix when you get home from a long day, but this will only cause more stress the next morning when nobody can find what they need and nothing is organized. Bolting a horizontal coat rack to a nearby wall is a quick and timesaving fix!

#5: Turn Off the Screens

This is true for both parent and child. To limit the distractions, tuck that phone away, Mom and Dad! For the hour leading up to leaving the house, make it a habit to turn off your phone or put it out of sight. Don’t be tempted to check and respond to texts, emails or social notifications—it will only get you off task and distracted. The same goes for kids. Many kids have a difficult time mentally transitioning from screen to reality. So, while it may seem like a good idea to simply hand them the iPad so you can get those last few chores completed, instead try giving your child a look-and-find activity, word search, or some other stimulating book or brain-teaser activity to keep them occupied. This will also help get their minds in gear for the upcoming classroom activities. Screen time is never a good idea in the morning whether child or adult, so get in the habit of not making it a habit.

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A Grand Relationship:

The Bond Between Grandparents And Grandchildren is A Win-Win Situation By Shannon Dean


e have all seen endearing looks of adoration lovingly exchanged between child and grandparent. The bond between children and their grandparents is obvious, heartwarming, and universal. “It’s the only relationship in which people are crazy about one another simply because they’re breathing,” says Dr. Arthur Kornhaber, President of the Foundation for Grandparenting. He says that grandchildren and their grandparents usually “have adoration and unconditional love and joy in one another’s existence.” BENEFITS FOR GRANDCHILDREN

Experts say that the physical, spiritual, and emotional benefits of a healthy grandparent and child relationship are significant for all parties. Grandparents help children gain a sense of history and provide a vital connection to the past. Like no one else, grandparents can pass on important family traditions and life stories that a grandchild will not only

relish when young but will grow to appreciate even more over time. Children with involved grandparents learn that they can love and depend upon someone other than their parents.

child grows has encouraged many grandparents to remain active, to educate themselves on issues important to children, and to fiercely protect their own health.

Susan Bosak, the author of How To Build The Grandma Connection, says that children who have strong ties with involved, caring grandparents develop higher self-esteem, better emotional stability, stronger social skills (including an ability to withstand peer pressure,) and enhanced academic performance. Since grandparents’ parenting and intense work commitments have usually passed, they can offer the time and undivided attention that can be challenging for tired, busy parents. Bosak often hears children explain that grandparents are happy to give them the “real scoop” on family stories that their parents would rather they not hear, like the time that Dad hit a baseball through the kitchen window.

Cindy Giallombardo was struggling with multiple myeloma (plasma cell cancer) when her first grandchild was born. This devastating diagnosis paled in comparison to the fear that she wouldn’t have enough time with him. So when he wrapped his tiny fingers around hers, she vowed that she would never give up on treatment. Because she wanted to see her grandson reach major milestones, she explored every treatment option available, even those that were painful or experimental, a road she may not have taken without the motivation of a grandchild.

BENEFITS FOR GRANDPARENTS Likewise, grandparents also reap numerous benefits from a close relationship with their grandchildren. The desire to be present as a

Her grandson, now 7, has no idea that he’s been such a huge motivation for his grandmother. He only knows that “she loves me more than anything,” and that he takes great pleasure in riding on her scooter and swinging on her tire swing. He also loves hearing about the time his mom ran a golf cart into a ditch, taking the family’s mailbox with it.


Not all grandparents are able to be as hands-on as they might like. But even those who live far away can still have a huge impact on a child’s life. With a little effort and some help from modern technology, the relationship can not only grow but endure. Allan Zullo, a grandfather who co-wrote the book A Boomer’s Guide to Grandparenting, says, “being a grandparent is not an honorary position. We have a strong role to play even if we’re not living in the same town. We can still have a great impact on someone’s life and we want to share the good things we have learned to make someone’s life better.” He encourages long-distance grandparents to share any hobbies that interest their grandchildren and to then schedule the time to work on mutual projects. That could mean that you both complete quilt squares while apart and then get together to complete the quilt or work on separate cars for one model train that you’ll connect during spring break. Some other ideas to keep ties strong: Consider allowing children to spend part of school breaks or summers with their grandparents. Use the internet or cell phones to play games and to chat. Send texts, emails, and photos. (If grandparents aren’t logged on, children also love to receive snail mail.) Ask grandparents to video or audio record themselves reading a favorite book or sharing stories and memories. Finally, encourage grandchildren to ask plenty of questions. Grandparents love to share stories and children love to hear them.


Experts say that smart parents make every effort to forge strong bonds between their children and a grandparent (or even a grandparent figure.) Who else truly understands, loves, and values your child in the same way that you do? Even better, grandparents are usually more than happy to give parents a break from child-rearing every now and then. By showing your children that you greatly value their grandparents, you’re teaching them the importance of maintaining close family ties - a skill that you will certainly want them to master by the time they have their own children - your grandchildren. Zullo says that encouraging a loving relationship with grandparents is a special advantage that parents can easily provide: “What a gift,” he says, “a family history, a sense of family, and their roots.”

Here are 20 questions to spark intimate conversations between grandparents and grandchildren: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

What was the best birthday you ever had? Why? Did you get an allowance? How much? Tell me about your parents. Were they strict? What did your house look like? Was your favorite memory in it? How did you do in school? What were your favorite subjects? Why? What time was your curfew when you were a teenager? Where did everyone hang out? What was your first car? What was your first job? What makes you proud of my mom or dad? Did you have any pets growing up? What attribute do you think is most important in life? Why? Is there anything that I can teach you? What is your greatest wish for me? What advice would you most want me to remember? What is the worst thing my mom/dad ever did? What is the best meal you ever had? What was your favorite vacation? Do you have any talents? Can you teach me? What is your favorite book or movie? Why is it meaningful to you? What is your proudest accomplishment?

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Interview with Local Author, Linda Phelps

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? The thought to write a book occurred to me about 10 years ago. Many of the stories I share in the book have been family favorites re-told around the dinner table again and again. The decision to actually WRITE the book came about last summer, while Dave and I were camping at my favorite spot by the ocean. I love teaching kids so the years I spent working with local youth at our Creative STEAM LEGO® Center really touched my heart and meant a lot to me. As I write, I am picturing those sweet faces and how they might enjoy these stories too. What is your book about? The story follows Johnny and his younger brother, Drummer Boy as they grow and explore their new world with their friends Shred, Tucker, Boomer, and LuLu Belle and others. The Band has a chance to perform at the High School’s Battle of the Bands. This is scary for them since Drummer Boy is still in Elementary School and the other Bandmates have just started seventh grade at the Middle School. You mention Johnny’s anxiety in the book description. How does the story address such a serious subject? Kids carry around emotions too, except they don’t always have the right tools to process or express them in healthy

ways. In this story, Johnny is gripped by shyness and anxiety due to his parent’s divorce. He desperately needs braces for his crooked front teeth. Mom can’t afford them yet, so Johnny must carry on using his breathing and positive self-talk. Composing music becomes Johnny’s solace. He and his brother, Drummer Boy create the perfect, innovative space to express their talents in Mom’s laundry room which quickly gets renamed, the Band Room. I feel like these stories could be helpful for both boys and girls. LuLu Belle, who is a strong supporting character, will eventually have her own book. She is brave, creative and full of life. LuLu believes in herself and her friends. She provides a beautiful example of self-love, which I think young girls need more of these days. My hope is that the Adventures of the Johnny Pocket Band Book Series inspires kids to not only read more, but to reach for their dreams even when they seem scary.

How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something? Once I made the decision to write the book, it was a really fun learning process. The hard part was choosing which topics to cover since there are so many sweet memories to choose from.

The book is set in Chico and we see an illustration of Mount Lassen, tell us more about that! The story begins with the family moving from the beautiful, mountain town of Chester to the larger, city of Chico, California in the early 2000s after Mom and Dad divorce. My favorite illustration for this book is the portrait of Mt. Lassen because it is such a special place. In Book 2, the Brothers visit their Dad over vacation, so readers can count on more exciting adventures into the wilds of the Chester/Lake Almanor nature.

Where can we pick up a copy of your book? The website is or go directly to Amazon to find both Kindle and Paperback. An Audiobook is in the works as well, complete with fun sound effects that I think kids will enjoy. Readers can join our newsletter and follow us on Facebook. I will keep everyone posted about any of the upcoming fun.

What is the hardest thing about writing in your opinion? Probably the self-discipline required to schedule daily writing time. It’s much easier to go shopping or flip on a TV show. So setting a goal with a due date, then breaking it down into a daily method of operation is my challenge.

How long did it take you to write this book? It took ten months to write and illustrate this book. I’m hoping the next installment will flow a little faster now that I have a better idea of the process. Will there be a sequel to the Band’s Adventure? Absolutely! My plan is to have a series of at least four action-packed books in this series. In Book 2, Drummer Boy will face a bully and Johnny will find the courage to talk to the girl he likes. At the same time, the Band will prepare for their next show.

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By Gabriela Prado


hildhood is a time for curiosity and imagination to run wild. The beauty of childhood is being able to grow up with limitless dreams of the future. These are years in which one’s imagination and creativity are at its peak, and that is what a commitment to arts education is all about. The developmental years of a child’s life are the peak time to foster and build on this imagination and creativity. Through exposure to the arts, a young individual may experience this magical period of their lives with wonder and awe. Chico Performances is dedicated to helping children grow their creativity and imagination. Through their Field Trip Program, they show students how far a love of arts, creativity, environment, community, and imagination can take you in life. For more than 30 years, Chico Performances has brought local children face-toface with performers and artists with a plethora of backgrounds and talents. Field Trips are affordable for classrooms as a way to inspire and educate a love of the arts. This series is curated for children of all interests and is

designed with them in mind. This year, the 2019-2020 Field Trip series features a variety of performances including music, dance, environmental education, and theatre. No matter what students are interested in, there is a performance that is sure to inspire them.

which gives a closer look at a local holiday favorite that highlights Chico’s rich history and talented local dancers. On Thursday, January 30, Cirque Flip Fabrique: Blizzard will be depicting a winter wonderland full of circus performances, original music, and even poetry.

For students or classrooms with an interest in music, two musical performances are scheduled. On Wednesday, February 5, the GuGu Drum Group will be performing in Laxson, traveling all the way from Shanghai, depicting historical and culturally significant Chinese drumming. On Wednesday, March 4, the North State Symphony will be performing famous melodies from Bach, Beethoven, and so many more.

On Tuesday, November 5, for students who are fascinated and passionate about the environment, Earth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure will be giving an interactive performance using puppets, actors, science, and technology to depict paleontology to young audiences.

For students who are interested in dance and acrobatics, Momix: VIVA is performing on Friday, October 11. Momix uses illusion, dance, magical lighting, and imagery. Students will be transported to a magical world where anything is possible and the only thing to expect is the unexpected. On Friday, December 6, Chico Community Ballet presents A Very Chico Nutcracker: Behind the Scenes,

If theatre is your student’s passion, there are six theatre productions lined up for the 2019-2020 Field Trip Series. On Friday, September 13, Blue Room Young Company will be performing Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr., bringing the Disney favorite to the Laxson stage with a cast packed full of talented local actors and singers. On Wednesday, October 2, Maddi’s Fridge will showcase friendship and the fun and loving way to do the right thing for those you care about. The classic children’s book, The Rainbow Fish, will be brought to the stage on Thursday,

October 17. Miss Nelson Has a Field Day will be brought to life on Friday, February 21, in a fun-filled musical based on the children’s book. On Friday, March 6, B-the Underwater Bubble Show will take children on a magical journey through Cirque du Solei inspired imagery and playful oceanic characters. A childhood favorite, The Jungle Book will be performed on April 8, taking students to the jungle in the classic story. Tickets for the Field Trip series are $6 per seat. Visit www. and click on the “Kids” button to access an interactive order form and find more information. Field Trip requests for tickets must be submitted by August 16 in order to be considered for the lottery. Starting August 26, any remaining Field Trip tickets will be sold on a first-come, firstserved basis. For more details and information on the Chico Performances Field Trip Series, visit www. or call the University Box Office at (530) 898-6333 for more information.

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Girl Power!

Azad’s Martial Arts Center Helps Girls to Become Positively Unstoppable!


By Jenna Christophersen

ince Grandmaster Azad started teaching martial arts in Chico, CA in 1985, more than 10,000 students have walked through his school’s doors. United by a common interest in martial arts, Azad’s students otherwise range in every way: size and strength, appearance and temperament, background and goals, age and gender. While many may regard martial arts as a male sport, girls of all ages also find Grandmaster Azad’s “Jong Shin Do” an exhilarating challenge that strengthens their bodies, minds, and spirits. “Girls can be simply amazing and just as powerful as boys when it comes to the martial arts,” says Grandmaster Azad. Azad’s Martial Arts Center teaches “Jong Shin Do,” a blended system of martial arts designed by Grandmaster Azad to include physical, mental, and spiritual character-building. The Korean term “Jong Shin Do” reflects Grandmaster Azad’s holistic view of martial arts. “ ’Kung Fu’ means ‘to strive,’” he explains, “ ’Judo’ means the ‘gentle way,’ and ‘Jong Shin Do’ means uniting body, mind, and spirit.” Jong Shin Do strategically blends stand-up systems (e.g. Karate and Kickboxing), grappling martial arts (e.g. Jujitsu), traditional weapons (e.g. Kobudo, Escrima), throwing arts (e.g. Judo), and internal schools that focus on inner strength (e.g. Tai Chi). Azad’s system changes kids’ physiology, which strengthens their emotional health and how they view themselves and the world. “We guide students to face their fears and take positive steps toward their dreams,” says Grandmaster Azad. Girls at Azad’s gain self-confidence as they develop strength and stamina. Jeanne Green has watched her daughter Callie transform at Azad’s. “As she has gained more skills, she carries herself more confidently; she stands taller,” Jeanne says. Although she might be (rightfully) biased, Jeanne says Callie “stands out among her friends” since becoming a martial arts student. Learning martial arts has a very practical value for girls: self-defense. While self-defense empowers anyone, regardless of gender, parents feel a bit more at ease knowing their daughters can stand up for themselves. Azad’s system equips students to de-escalate hostile situations before putting their self-defense skills to work, giving kids two skill sets to avoid becoming targets of bullying.

Dane Frazier says studying at Azad’s Martial Arts has helped his daughter Callie gain “knowledge of what needs to be done in certain situations.” Professor Najma Yousefi’s daughter, Kimiya, “better understands the value of self-defense” and has become “more comfortable doing things on her own.” These girls, like all of Azad’s students, learn the most natural and scientific ways to maximize movement. As they grow in flexibility, strength, coordination, and stamina, even small girls learn to leverage their size and abilities against a bully or assailant. A valuable skill for all people, learning self-defense can help girls who find themselves in compromising situations. More importantly, it teaches girls to read their surroundings and avoid unsafe environments. The Azad’s Martial Arts team fosters respect and discipline with every lesson. Students bow when entering and exiting the school and address adults as “sir” or “ma’am.” These cultural formalities serve as physical reminders of something much deeper: a strong sense of respect first for themselves, then for others. Grandmaster Azad’s school promotes a culture of respect and success through a time-tested Black Belt Success system. The disciplined, clean, orderly environment of the dojang (school) silently expresses respect for the students and their surroundings, and the instructors’ kind, constructive words verbally communicate respect for students and families. Linda Patterson, whose daughter Iris has studied at Azad’s for about four years, says, “All the teachers there are wonderful. I love that even though they require respect from students, they show respect to the students as well.” Parents frequently pull Grandmaster Azad and the other instructors aside to thank them for helping their children learn respect inside and out of the dojang. As part of Azad’s youth program, kids receive recognition for making good choices like demonstrating positive attitudes, wearing clean uniforms, cooperating with their parents at home, or volunteering in the community. Community service and civic engagement are important elements of Jong Shin Do. “At Azad’s, our goal is to make a better community by helping each child become a contributing member of society. We instill leadership qualities in our youth so they will lead us to a better tomorrow when they grow up to be adults,” says Grandmaster Azad. Azad’s Martial Arts is the first martial arts school in Chico to have an all-girls demonstration team and an all-girls competition team. For young girls who struggle with self-confidence, Azad’s Martial Arts creates an environment that supports and helps them see their own strengths and encourages them to grow. “Training at Azad’s has made my daughter realize how important it is to be who she is,” says Michelle Mich. “Shai always does the right thing, even if it means going against her friends.” Likewise, Alex Marshall says that practicing Jong Shin Do has not only increased her daughter’s physical strength, but she also takes greater pride in Akiva’s internal growth. “Akiva is becoming a leader,” Alex says. “Since becoming a team member, Akiva has had more responsibilities and she feels she has become even a bigger part of Azad’s Martial Arts family. It is important for Akiva and girls like her to gain these skills.” “At Azad’s kids learn many important life lessons while having a lot of fun learning very cool moves,” says Grandmaster Azad. “Students make great friendships for life. They recognize the main ingredients to success are hard work, attention to detail, discipline, resilience, courage, and determination.” While martial arts does involve competition against others, students learn to value their own effort. “Losing and winning are both a part of life, but neither one defines us,” Grandmaster Azad reminds them. For boys and girls of all ages, taking Jong Shin Do at Azad’s Martial Arts does not simply open the door inward into a martial arts school. Instead, Jong Shin Do opens the door outward toward a greater understanding of and appreciation for themselves and the world around them.



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Heads up on Concussions Understanding America’s Silent Epidemic


By Natali Munoz-Moore

More than 1 million concussions occur each year and children and teens are particularly susceptible. As this research becomes more known, concussions have become an important topic in homes, schools, and sports programs of all levels across the county. But how much do you know about this condition that often goes undiagnosed and can lead to severe brain injury? Read on to find out.

What is a Concussion? The American Academy of Neurology defines a concussion as a trauma-induced change in mental status that may — or may not — involve loss of consciousness. A concussion occurs when the brain shifts inside the skull and results in temporary loss of brain function. This condition can result from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head during sports, motor vehicle accidents, and even falls at home or on the playground. “Sometimes just rapid movement of the neck can cause the brain to contuse,” said Jeff Lobosky, M.D., director of Enloe’s Neurotrauma ICU. “Concussions are under diagnosed and happen much more frequently than most people realize, especially among young athletes,” said Lobosky, who specializes in neurosurgery. “They’re a ‘silent epidemic.’ That’s what the American Association of Neurological Surgeons calls them.”


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In fact, an estimated 1.6-3.8 million concussions occur every year, and a recent study found that among high-school students, 15 percent of youths said they had suffered at least one concussion over the prior year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recognizing the signs is essential, though it can be tricky.

Know the Symptoms Signs do not always show up right away. Symptoms can appear hours, days, or even weeks after an injury. Children who suffer a concussion may experience: • Headache • Confusion • Dizziness • Nausea or vomiting • Double vision or ringing in the ears • Inappropriate crying or laughter • Poor concentration and memory • Anxiety or depression • Sleep and mood disturbances • Light and noise intolerance “Concussions usually leave no lasting neurological problems, but symptoms can last for weeks or months,” Lobosky said.

Vigilance is Key If a child suffers a blow to the head, coaches, teachers, and parents should be vigilant and perform a thorough assessment. If the

child is concussed, a second head injury can cause lasting brain damage and even death, he said. That is why adults should ask children simple questions - for instance, what day is it? Or what’s the score? — if a kid is not acting like his or her usual self. That is not to say that all concussions will require a trip to the emergency room, though. Many of them resolve on their own. However, if a child loses consciousness from a head injury, if a mild headache worsens or the kid begins to vomit, it is important to seek medical attention ASAP. Kids with mild symptoms can head home, but loved ones should check on them — and awaken them periodically if they fall asleep — to ensure they are OK.

Rest is Essential An injured brain needs time to recover so its cells can return to normal. That is why it is essential to rest and avoid physical activity for 24 to 48 hours after an injury. Kids who suffer a concussion can gradually return to their normal activities as long as they do not make symptoms worse. However, athletes should avoid contact sports until they are symptom-free at the full activity level. Students need intellectual rest, too, and should decrease activities such as learning, reading, making decisions, and doing things that require mental focus or cause the brain to be overstimulated. This includes watching TV, playing video games, and going to school, work, and social events.

Enloe Lends a Helping Hand With the prevalence of concussions, Enloe Medical Center is doing its part to help children and adults who suffer a concussion. The medical center recently opened a Concussion Clinic staffed with neurosurgical practitioners, rehabilitation specialists, speech therapists, and a specialized online cognitive evaluation to help folks get the care they need. “Our goal is to serve as a resource for local schools, colleges, and emergency departments to properly evaluate and treat these patients to ensure that they are properly cleared before returning to work or play,” Lobosky said. “We know this clinic will help further that goal.” Want to learn more about concussions in young athletes? Visit Enloe’s Facebook page and go to the “Videos” section.

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Birthday Party Guide Athletic Horizons

415 Otterson Drive, #70 530-893-4967 Our staff will supervise guests in free play, obstacle courses, opening presents, and games.

Adventure Quest 530-514-7223 Choose from three exciting themes: Modern Adventure, Medieval Quest, or Pirate Treasure Hunt! Challenge your mind and body by acquiring, deciphering, and following a trail of clues through varied terrain to reach your ultimate prize!

Azad’s Martial Arts Center

313 Walnut Street, Suite 150 530-892-AZAD & 530-896-0777 Azad’s Martial Arts Birthday Parties are exciting, safe, and super fun for kids ages 3 and up! Azad’s team of instructors are experts in not only teaching children authentic, dynamic martial arts, but they are experts at bringing the best out of kids of all ages and backgrounds! Azad’s center offers a very flexible schedule of fees for your child’s birthday party. We get booked early. Please call today!

BabyQuip, Chico-Baby Gear Rentals 530-487-2433 BabyQuip, Chico now offers Kid Zone Party Packages to rent for birthdays, weddings and events! We offer two types of packages: *Tiny Tots Party-for Crawlers to 2-year-olds. *Big Tikes Party-for 2 to 4 year-olds. Each package is filled with exciting, age-appropriate activities and toys. The packages are designed for up to 10 children. Please visit our website for detailed package information, pricing, and delivery information.

Barry R Kirshner Wildlife Foundation

4995 Durham-Pentz Road, Oroville 530-533-1000 Looking for a wild place to hold your next birthday party? Check out the Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation and our family of native and exotic species to host one of your most memorable birthday parties! Participants enjoy a guided tour, a reptile encounter, a free T-shirt for the birthday honoree, and use of the shaded picnic over a three hour period. Please call 533-1000 to book your party!

Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley

601 Wall Street 530-899-0335 If you are looking for a place to host your birthday party for family and friends at a facility of over 12,000 square feet of possibilities, then come check out the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley’s Chico Campus. Our hourly rates start as low as $50/hour, and your rental money will go towards helping local youth have great futures. Please call us at 530-899-0335 to book your party today!

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Bryan’s Bricks

932 W 8th Avenue 530-521-2938 Bryan’s Bricks is now offering Lego® themed events in their party room. The room includes 90 minutes of exclusive use of the room. Lego® brick filled bulk table, 4-10 ft. Lego® car drag strip, other self-guided build challenges, party lights, and Bluetooth speaker for your music. Each guest receives a mini-build and a gift card for a new mini-figure. The birthday person gets a new, sealed Lego® set!

Catch It Quick Juggling Co. 530-966-7468 High quality, fast-paced Juggling Shows with lots of audience participation and a variety of props and/or interactive Balloon Twisting with an emphasis on fun and plenty of choices! Featuring the skills and enthusiasm of Michael Taylor.

Chico Children’s Museum

325 Main Street 530-809-1492 Learn, connect, and play as you celebrate your birthday at Chico Children’s Museum! CCM is designed to offer a unique birthday experience that’s ideal for children ages 2-9. Reservation times: Saturday and Sunday for up to 15 children and five adult chaperones. Pricing: $175 for CCM members; $200 for nonmembers. Price includes 2 hours of use of the “Celebration Room,” full museum access, and more. Contact the museum for scheduling assistance.

Chico Creek Dance Centre

1144 W. 1st Street 530-521-7193 Chico Creek Dance Centre offers fun and magical Birthday Parties based around a dance style of your choosing. Celebrate your special occasion with our beautiful ballerinas, dressed in costumes, leading a fun-filled dance class or get down with some of our fantastic Tap or Hip-hop staff and learn the current moves, or get creative and design the party of your dreams! Call today for more information about these fun-filled dance parties, availability of our special party room, and prices. Great for ages 3-12 years of age.

Chico Creek Nature Center

1968 E 8th Street 530-891-4671 Parties include an hour of guided activities with a craft, a meet-the-animals experience, and a staff-led walk. You will have a reserved space at the center with a cake and a celebration. Leave the party planning to us, and we will make your child’s special day, AWESOME! Themes: Feathered Friends, Snakes, Little Sprouts, Wild Things, Fairies and Gnomes, Princesses, and Superheroes Fee: $200 for up to 15 children Days: Saturday or Sunday

Chico Escape Rooms

55 Declaration Drive, Suite C 530-636-4475 Chico Escape Rooms offers you a unique birthday adventure. An immersive atmosphere challenges you to find clues and solve puzzles in one of our themed rooms. Participants 10 to 110 will experience an exciting and different birthday celebration! Great for birthday parties, a company team-building activity, and other special occasions. Check out our website and Facebook for more information and reviews. Your adventure awaits…

Cool Kidz Cuts

2454 Notre Dame Boulevard, #140 530-897-0123 Get your friends together and play free arcade games, climb the castle, build with Magnatiles on the light-up table and so much more! Choose from a variety of dress-up themes, including butterfly, fairy, and PJ Mask. Everyone gets a choice of a fun hairstyle which includes braids, fun color spray, glitter, and more. Get Cool Kidz Cuts exclusively for 2 hours. Parties are ideal for ages 2-12 and are available on Sunday. Pricing starts at $225 for up to 8 kidz.

CrossFit VCP

13306 Cabin Hollow Court, Suite 130 530-566-3352 CrossFit VCP is the perfect place to host your next party! Two hours of obstacle course fun, from jumping/skipping on plates, rope swings, plank walk, stone rolling, band/army crawling to jumping in our mini jumping house and free play to make it an active and unforgettable event! Party group size 14 children maximum. Parties held on Saturday & Sundays; Coaches provided, Water provided, Bathrooms available, Tables & seating provided.

FunLand / Cal Skate Chico

2465 Carmichael Drive (Hwy. 99 & E. Park Ave.) 530-343-1601 Cal Skate at FunLand has hosted 35,000+ birthday parties over the past 40 years – we know how to throw a party! We offer only quality products – Round Table pizza, and Baskin Robbins ice cream cakes, all served by our Birthday Specialists, with your choice of fun – miniature golfing and/or roller skating. As we’ve always stated – “We do all the work, you have all the fun.” Private birthday parties now available for larger groups!

Funny Faces: Face Painting & Balloon Tying 530-570-0199 Funny Faces has been providing quality entertainment at affordable rates since 2004, specializing in creative & flexible painting designs for the face & body that are fun for all ages. Funny Faces also provides balloon twisting that will add energy & excitement to any party or event. With Funny Faces, the fun comes to you.

Gateway Science Museum

625 Esplanade 530-898-4121 Gateway Science Museum is available for children’s birthday parties. A 2-hour Gateway party includes a hands-on minds-on activity of your choice led by a dedicated Curiosity Guide as well as exhibit explorations and a party space for gifts and celebration. The cost for parties of up to 12 children and 4 adults is $175. Museum members receive a $25 discount. Book now by calling 530.898.4121.

HYPE Dance Studio

1033 Mangrove Avenue 530-898-8789 Dance your birthday away at HYPE! Birthday Package includes: One hour of a fun dance class from a HYPE teacher in your preferred style; One hour of free time for food, cake, presents, games, etc.; Full access to HYPE props, instruments, obstacle course, inflatable Jump Track, and more! Tables and chairs are included. Gift bags for all children attending party courtesy of HYPE Dance Studio! 1/2 set up and 1/2 hour clean up time. $125 per party up to 10 kids ($10 per each additional child).


2477 Forest Avenue, Suite 190 530-894-6800 KidsPark offers private parties for 2 to 9 year-olds. Your party hostess plans the event and conducts activities so that you can enjoy the event with your family and friends. The party includes décor, face painting, craft, and game. Call for more information.

Kinetics Academy of Dance

627 Broadway Street, #100 530-345-2505 Enchanting and magical parties for little dancers, princesses, and fairies! Our twohour themed parties (Fairies, Princess or Fancy Nancy) include party host, dancing, a craft, and a tea party with real china, tea, and fruit! We can customize other themes or tailor them for boys. Starting at $215.00 for up to ten kids. Relax and let us do the work! Come visit our beautifully decorated party room!

Madison Bear Garden

316 W 2nd Street 530-891-1639 The world-famous Madison Bear Garden is the perfect venue for your kid’s party! Our private upstairs room comfortably seats a large crowd and has its own shuffleboard table. Catering options are available as well as a private bartender. Please call us at 530-891-1639 to book your party!

Max’s Miracle Ranch

3476 Smith Avenue, Biggs 530-354-7168 Max’s Miracle Ranch is Happy to announce that Birthday Parties are back. From our inflatable movie screen theatre party or our Barbeque lunch party or if your feeling like you want to cool off a bit our “Frozen” themed Dance party may be just the thing. All parties include Train rides, jump house, panning for goldfish, picnic area, and fun. All for only $249. Fall is the perfect time at the Ranch for Apple/ pumpkin picking. Call to reserve your special day today.

Paint Parties By Dawn 530-570-8372 Host a paint party in the privacy of your own home or business! I come to you!

Ron’s Reptiles

Find us on Facebook 530-893-2095 Take a walk on the wild side for your party. Educational and entertaining for all ages. Live reptiles from around the world come to a location of your choice. Our programs can be scaled to meet your needs. In addition to birthday parties, we provide school events, summer camp programs, and team-building exercises.

Snapshots PhotoBooth

Mobile Photo Booth 530-321-7989 Snapshots PhotoBooth offers Regular velvet curtain photo booths, Open Air Photo Booths, Flip Books, and Two VW Photo Buses. We are here for any of your photo booth needs. Our packages come with unlimited photos, free reprints for everyone, a photo booth attendant, a custom photo border, lots of fun props, and a digital copy of all your photos. Having a photo booth at any event offers entertainment, along with a party favor for your guests to treasure.

Sweet Chico Confections

121 West Third Street 530-332-9866 (YUMM) Host your next birthday party or special event at Sweet Chico! Our Celebration Suite offers the perfect spot to have some good old-fashion fun! Discover nearly 5,000 different sweets, gifts, and toys! From old-time favorites to the newest sugarfree treat, you’ll find lots of happiness at Sweet Chico. Proprietors Hal and Nancy Carlson love Chico! Hal is a Chico native, and they’re both Chico State grads. Hal and Nancy have operated Chico’s favorite sweet shop for nearly 12 years. Call to find out more about our birthday party packages or to book your party today!

The Artist’s Garden

630 Bidwell Drive The Artist’s Garden Chico Facebook 530-588-1767 Art Parties brought to you with everything needed to create a masterpiece! Kids love painting parties with easels and canvases (Available for Baby Showers too). Decorating a ceramic mug or plate is great fun for parties with mixed ages or family gatherings. (Artwork kiln fired and returned the following week) Sewing and Clay parties offered at the Artist’s Garden and are perfect for clubs and scouts too!

The Pool Table Guy 530-591-2626 A family-owned business for over 30 years. We specialize in pool table installation, felting, relocation, and just started renting commercial grade pool tables & air hockey tables for special events like birthday parties, festivals, weddings, graduations, etc. We also offer corporate team building events. Give us a call for more details and pricing.

Tinkergarten 530-801-1825 Looking to host a fun, outdoor party rooted in play? With Tinkergarten you can host a memorable outdoor party full of wonder and joy. Host in your own backyard or a nearby park. Our expert trained leader will provide enriching activities and a souvenir for each of your party guests. With three fun themes to choose from, you’re sure to throw the perfect party for your little outdoor enthusiast!

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t’s no wonder that Halloween is among the most eagerlyanticipated family holidays. What kid doesn’t love dressing up and visiting vibrantly-decorated places where happy people hand out candy? Who can resist a parade of adorable trick-or-treaters? However, even the most fun-loving parent can’t help but cringe when kids dump all of their collected candy onto the living room floor. Although there have been numerous scientific studies that claim that children’s behavior is not affected by excess sugar, anyone who has witnessed a roomful of kids jazzed up on sweets would undoubtedly disagree. No one can argue that candy is both nutritionally void and full of sugar that contributes to obesity and tooth decay. According to the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service, some kids already consume an average of 21 teaspoons of sugar per day. Fortunately, there are many steps that parents can take to make Halloween fun for everyone without allowing harmful amounts of sugar to overshadow the fun.

USE HALLOWEEN TO STRESS SMART CHOICES, BUT DON’T DWELL Halloween is a great time to talk to children about the importance of making good nutritional choices, but you may not want to portray that message as one of overwhelming sacrifice. Once you’ve come up with a workable game plan that allows everyone a little indulgence, explain the limits, but don’t dwell on them: “If you get too restrictive, they tend to hide food or snack secretly. Most of the Halloween feeding frenzy is in the first few days, and then it will settle down,” reassures Linda Davenport, a dietician. Dental director A. Riley Cutler says, “Gathering and eating Halloween candy can be a lot of fun for kids and caregivers alike. You can’t raise a child and take away everything that is fun. The key is moderation.”

Sweet Treats

By Shannon Dean

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How To Manage The Onslaught Of Sugar This Halloween




Susan Nitzke, Ph.D., a professor of nutritional sciences, suggests that caregivers make a conscious effort to create alternative Halloween traditions that focus on the activity, not on the treats. “Children caught up in the excitement of other Halloween activities are less likely to be focused on the candy,” she says. Some suggestions for fun activities include: hosting your own Halloween costume or craft party; coordinating a scavenger hunt (with toys, not candy, for prizes); participating in candy-free carnivals offered by many communities; or spinning spooky tunes in the front yard to entertain passing trick-or-treaters. A recent Halloween study found that many children were just as likely to choose toys as candy when given both options, so don’t sweat offering alternatives. Non-food Halloween items like pencils, stickers, and temporary tattoos are great choices. You can also provide healthier food options, like individual packages of graham crackers, mini boxes of raisins, or sugar-free gum.

LIMIT THE DAMAGE: No matter how conscious you are about how you spend Halloween, your child will inevitably be exposed to at least some candy. You’ll need a plan to dispose of any excess. Some parents allow a few small pieces per day until most of the candy (or the interest) is gone. You can also offer to trade most of the candy for a bigger, more desirable prize, like a coveted game or toy. Even offering $5 for all but a few handfuls of candy is cheaper than filling a cavity, and less painful than a toothache. Dentists suggest letting children eat candy after a meal because the body will produce more saliva to help neutralize the acids that attach to tiny teeth. The worst time to eat candy is right before bed. Have kids rinse out their mouths and brush thoroughly after a candy feast, no matter what time of day. What do dentists consider the worst candies for teeth? Anything that sticks to the teeth and stays there – which are items like dots, gummy bears, suckers, and hard candies. The best choice for “oral clearance” (spends the least amount of time on teeth) is chocolate because it melts quickly. If fat and calories are a concern, some popular candies are better choices than others. Licorice only contains 30 calories per serving, and Hershey’s kisses only have 25. Some chocolate candies like Peppermint Patties, Junior Mints, and Three Musketeers are significantly lower in fat than other choices. Snack sized portions are also an option.

PURGE THE EXCESS: Once you have convinced your child to give up the extra candy, get it out of reach so that it is no longer a lingering temptation. Freeze some chocolate bars to melt for s’mores, brownies, or fondue. Consider cutting up the rest to use as chocolate chips for baked goods intended for military personnel, teachers, or anyone special to your heart. Packaging up homemade goodies for others will place the focus on service instead of on consumption.


So offer your little spider-man or princess plenty of alternatives, but when they savor their hauls, know that treats in moderation are part of the thrill. Then, help them learn to make good choices and figure out a useful way to share or purge the excess.

A l t e r n a t i v e s for Tr i c k- O r -Tr e a t e r s Tiny bottles of bubbles that are sold by the case at the dollar store. Kid-sized water bottles: Trick-or-treaters get thirsty and the water will help to keep sugar from sticking to their teeth. Tailgating-type treats: My neighbor’s front yard is the most popular trick-or-treating destination in our neighborhood, but she doesn’t serve candy. Instead, she hands out bulk hot dogs. Glow in the dark bracelets: These are popular with kids and ensure that they are easily seen.

A l t e r n a t i v e s for Left Over Candy Immediately recycle it. Have kids quickly pick out their favorite few handfuls of candy. Send items still tightly packaged and sealed right back out the door to the next batch of trick-or-treaters. Package up candy (along with other packaged food items) and create a care package for soldiers that weren’t able to celebrate a traditional Halloween this year. Save many varieties of candy for a Thanksgiving Day piñata. Save the hard candy for Christmas gingerbread houses, wreaths, and ornaments. Save a few handfuls of candy for a scavenger hunt on a school holiday.

What is an appropriate age to have kids start packing their own lunches? By Rita Palmer

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Any age is the right age to have kids pack their lunches. The more involved children are with their food choices and preparing meals, the more likely they are to eat balanced meals and to try new foods. Packing a lunch is a great way to teach children about meal planning, and it empowers them to make healthy food choices. With older children, consider modeling how to prepare and pack a lunch. Then have them pack a lunch for their younger sibling(s). For example: show them how to make a sandwich and have them prepare the next one. Children, at any age, can determine which sides they want to include in their lunch. A fun way to help is to make a checklist of what a lunch is to include. For example, a main course (protein source), a fruit or vegetable, 1 side and 1 snack (crackers/chips), and a drink. Post the checklist on the refrigerator and have your child choose an option and check it off the corresponding category as they pack their lunch. Pinterest has lot of fun printables and ideas. Look up “kids lunch ideas” or “easy lunch planner.”

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Provide just a couple of each of the options for children to choose from. Do not get overwhelmed with providing children with too many options. Chances are, if you are overwhelmed with providing options, children will be overwhelmed with choosing between them. To keep it simple, the next time you are at the grocery store, consider allowing your child(ren) to choose one item from each category and you choose another. Take your time getting comfortable with the process of packing lunch together. Before you know it, you and your child(ren) will be a dynamic team that can pack a lunch in no time! For now, use lunch packing time to learn from, listen to, and have fun with each other.

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Growing Up Chico’s Annual Pumpkin Patch Guide

Book Family Farm: Book family farm is an old fashioned pumpkin patch & sustainable farm. The farm is located 10 miles south of Chico. Chickens, pigs, cows, horses, & turkeys, as well as the Book family, look forward to your visit. Scheduled education field-trips are available. 153 Heavy Horse Ln, Durham 530-342-4375

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The Peterson Sisters Pumpkin Patch:

We have a great selection of Pumpkins and decorative Gourdes. Come out and pick the perfect one! Each weekend we will be hosting familyfriendly games. Bounce house, kids hay maze, and hayrides available. Visit our Facebook page for more details on activities. Baked goods and beverages will be available for purchase. 3200 Bell Rd, Chico

Chico FFA Pumpkin Patch:

The Chico FFA Pumpkin Patch, located at the corner of Guynn and Henshaw Avenue in Chico, is a large pumpkin patch with many pumpkins from which to choose! For field trips or large groups, please call 530-518-7412.

Max’s Miracle Ranch:

Located at 3476 Smith Avenue in Biggs, California, 95917. We are 20 minutes from Chico or Yuba City on Highway 99: turn west onto Rio Bonito and north onto Smith Avenue. Go 1/3 mile, and you are there! 530-354-7168

Country Pumpkins: Celebrating 20 years of family fun for everyone! Located on HWY 32 about 10 miles west of Chico, and 4 miles east of Orland. A five-acre pumpkin patch, a ten-acre corn maze, a petting zoo, and a hay pyramid (with slide), country store and a haunted maze at night. 7152 CA-32, Orland

Julia’s Fruit Stand: TJ Farms: We are a family-owned fruit stand and pumpkin patch that prides itself on growing most of the produce we sell. Our goal is to sell you produce that was picked that very morning, guaranteeing you the freshest, and ripest produce you can get. We specialize in heirloom tomatoes but are also very proud of our peaches, nectarines, and apricots. 530-354-4775 11475 Hwy 99, Los Molinos

Patrick Ranch:

Join us for Autumnfest 2019, Saturdays & Sundays at The Patrick Ranch Museum. Cost $5.00 per person with children 12 years and under $3.00. We will have hayrides, pumpkins patch, pony cart rides, animals, pumpkin sales, Glenwood House tours, midway Cafe, vendors, and much more. 10381 Midway, Durham 530-342-4359

Each year, the Moss family opens their lovely home to the public for seasonal festivals the most popular being the fall Pumpkin Patch. Come pick out a pumpkin on the farms’ lovely grounds, take the kids for a wagon ride, have them sit on an old tractor, pet the farm animals, climb on the hay bale obstacle course, and NEW this year enjoy the pony rides (weekends only), or visit the country store where they have farm fresh and gourmet products for sale. It’s always fun for the whole family. School and other groups are welcome; please call ahead to schedule. Free admission & parking! 3600 Chico Avenue, Chico 530-343-2294

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Buddin’ Sprouts: For children with autism and other socially related disabilities. This program is a progression of Lil’ Sprouts and serves children one-on-one to develop more advanced sensory, behavioral, social, and communication skills. Ages: 8 - 12 yrs, Tuesdays: 2-5 pm, Little Red Hen’s Lifespan program, Located at 2418 Cohasset Rd Suite 150.

Check out all of the great things we have to look forward to this Fall! Please note that dates and times are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm events.

Ongoing Events 0-5 Families Outside: Hiking and outdoor adventures 3rd Friday of the month (different meet up each month) at 11:00am. Strengthening Families Program, Youth for Change, for more details visit or call (530) 230-0211. All Ages Playdate: Bring your friends and make some new ones! Held weekly each Friday from 10am-12pm at Apple Blossom Baby. Call 530-345-1617 for more details. Allegory Belly Dance: Ongoing classes for children ages 7-14 and held at the Chico Art Center. For more information and to register please go to www. Azad’s Martial Arts Center: Learn from the best Martial Arts instructors around in an environment that is both safe and fun for all members of your family. Kids, teen & adult martial arts classes, self defense, tai chi, fitness classes and more!, 530-8922923. Baby and Me: Bring your baby (and your other children) and come and chat with other parents. Share your joys, let go, and be supported. Drink some tea or coffee and relax. First Friday of the month from 10:30-11am. Strengthening Families Program, 2856 Olive Hwy, Suite A, Oroville (530) 230-0211,

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Barnes & Noble Storytime: Held Saturdays at 11am in the children’s book section. Call 894-1494 or go to for more details. Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary and Education Center: The mission of the Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation is to provide rehabilitation and long-term care for exotic and native species, as well as to provide educational programs on all levels, emphasizing wildlife and habitat conservation. Field trips, tours, camps and more. Call 533-1000 or go to for more info. Birthdance Midwifery: Offers childbirth classes & comprehensive prenatal care. For more details and a schedule of upcoming classes visit birthdancemidwifery. net or call 530-520-2296. Book Family Farm: Fun, educational, year round field trips & tours, and grass-fed meats. Fun, educational farm tours Saturdays: $5 per child, adults free if accompanied by child. RSVP bookfamilyfarm@gmail. com or 342-4375. For up to date info, “like us” on Facebook.

Butte County Library, Chico: Note: There will be no storytimes the first 2 weeks in August. TUESDAYS: Preschool Storytime; Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. Two sessions: 10am & 11am. Homework Help from 3-5pm for grades 1-8. WEDNESDAYS: Babies Love Books; Babies ages 18 months & younger will enjoy this special story time. 11am. Homework Help from 3-5pm for grades 1-8. THURSDAYS: Toddler Storytime; Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 3 & under. Two sessions: 10am & 11am. Chess Club: 3:30-5:30 under 18 only. FRIDAYS: Bilingual Story Garden; Enjoy stories & songs in English & Spanish geared for ages 0-5 at 10am. SATURDAYS: 1st Saturday of month: Japanese Storytime At Chico Library; Monthly program features classic tales of Japan, Kamishibai (“paper-theater”), & Japanese songs & crafts at 1pm. 3rd Saturday of the month: Chinese Storytime, features stories & songs in Chinese at 2pm. 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month: StoryTail Tutors; Monthly program for beginning, struggling or reluctant readers at 2pm. SUNDAYS: Free Family Movie: Weekly movies. Contact branch for titles and ratings. All Ages. Showtime 2pm. 1108 Sherman Ave. 891-2726. Butte County Library, Durham: TUESDAYS: Kids Crafternoon; 3-5:30pm, Free dropin craft program for kids of all ages (under 5 with adult help.). THURSDAYS: Preschool Storytime; 10am, Stories, songs and activities for children 5 and under. 2545 Durham-Dayton Hwy, Durham, 879-3835. Butte County Library, Oroville: WEDNESDAYS: Preschool Storytime, 11am, for ages 3-5. FRIDAYS: Babies Love Books, 10:30am, Babies and parents will enjoy connecting through rhymes, songs and books during a program created especially for them. No sign-ups necessary. Presented by Butte County Library Literacy Services. 1820 Mitchell Ave, Oroville, 538-7642. Butte College Foster/Kinship Care Education Program: Provides FREE Parent Education Trainings. Call 8976235 or visit for more details. Butte Parent Cafe’: Free public events where parents have meaningful, guided conversations that help solve problems which could affect their children. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge. Parents, Foster Parents, Grandparents, Providers, and other people working with or raising children or anyone in the community who is interested in strengthening families in our community are encouraged to attend. Chico Air Museum: The Chico Air Museum is located at 165 Ryan Avenue. This museum features air exhibits that are fun for the whole family! Open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am3pm. FREE, donations are welcome. 345-6468. Chico Area Recreation and Park District: The Chico Area Recreation and Park District is here to help you play! Offers classes, sports and events for all ages. For more info visit or call (530) 895-4711. Chico Art School: Classes in painting and drawing for ages 7+. All levels. Teen art and art history classes. Monday-Saturday. Email for homeschool, after school and adult class availability. Chico Certified Farmers’ Market-Saturdays: Take advantage of all the wonderful produce grown locally at Chico’s year round Farmers’ Market. Held every Saturday from 7:30am-

1pm, rain or shine. Located at 2nd and Wall St. parking lot. Chico Cheer Dollar Night: A great intro to Chico Cheer. Just sign a release form and bring $1 CASH ONLY and come to the gym to play, tumble, or perfect your cheer skills! Chico Cheer equipment and gym is available to practice any level of tumbling and/or stunts. Come in on your own or join us with your group or team! $1 = 2 hours of fun! Friday 6 - 8 PM. www.ChicoCheerAllStar. com, 894-2227. Chico Children’s Museum: Our mission is to LEARN AND CONNECT THROUGH PLAY. 325 Main St. Open TuesdaySaturday: 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm, Closed Monday. To find out more about the museum please visit Chico Creek Nature Center: Offers kids of all ages a place to interact with animals and nature, discover Bidwell Park’s diverse ecosystem and learn about preserving this natural resource. After school, homeschool, preschool and family programs as well as an animal museum and nature play room. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm. 1968 E. 8th Street, 891-4671, Chico Dojo: Kids Karate classes for kids 3 and up. 30 years of teaching experience. Classes include: All Belts Kids Karate, Adults All Belt Karate, Kabudo (Weapons Training), and Advanced Karate. Please call 898-9753 or go to Chico Doula Circle: The Chico Doula Circle can help you have your best birth experience. For more information visit or contact Kim Humble at 530-518-0421. Chico History Museum: Featuring ever-changing exhibits on Chico, ranging from its history to its agriculture. 141 Salem St, open Thursday-Sunday, 11am-4pm, 891-4336. Chico Mall Family Movie Nights: Join Chico Mall every 3rd Friday of the month for Family Movie Nights. Movies begin at 7 p.m. near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Bring your low back chairs and blankets for the movie. No outside food or drink. Go to Facebook/ ChicoMall for movie info or call 343-0706. Chico Mall, 1950 E 20th St, Chico. Chico Mothers Club: Ongoing weekly playgroups and a variety of other fun activities for young children. Gather weekly for friendship and support. For detailed information, please visit Chico Yo Yo Club: Come learn new tricks, show off your skill, & win great prizes. Bird in Hand in Downtown Chico. Every Saturday at noon. 893-0545. Circle Time: Wednesdays from 3:15-4pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:15-10am. Join us for books and stories, songs and rhymes, dancing, shaking, music making, and of course parachute play! This class is great for all ages, but designed for toddlers and preschool age children. Taught by a Child Development major with over 10 years of experience. Held at Apple Blossom Baby, call 345-1617 for more details. Cloth Diapering Class: Is cloth diapering for you? Find out this and much more at the once a month class held at Apple Blossom Baby. Call 530-345-1617 for more details. Dimple Deedles Kindermusik Program: Watch your child enter the room with enthusiasm as they smile at their teacher who is nurturing their progress and encouraging their development! Classes available for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and K-1st graders. In a Kindermusik class, your child’s language skills will flourish, their fine and gross motor skills will develop and their social skills will become enhanced; all while a rich musical foundation is being laid. Quality set of home materials included in monthly tuition. Sign up for a FREE Introductory class today at www. or call 530-433-1965. Enloe’s Mother and Baby Education Center: Ongoing childbirth preparation, infant parenting, mother

wellness, lactation support and infant-child CPR classes. Please call 332-3970 to register or go to Family Swim: The 90 degree indoor pool is always comfortable any time of year. Family Swim is open to anyone (no membership required) on Fridays from 5-8 pm. Cost is just $2 per person. For more information, contact Chico Water Sprites at 342-2999 or visit www. Fantastic Fridays: Athletic Horizons has the ultimate playgroup! Takes place on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month for all children, walking to 5 years old. Contact for more information: 893-4967 or www.athletichorizons. com. Free Tennis Clinic: Held every Saturday at the Chico Racquet Club at 10am, open to all ages. 1629 Manzanita Ave, 895-1881. Friday Night Concerts: Held every Friday night thru August. Friday Night Concerts are Chico’s best place to hear live, local music for free. Pack up your blankets and lawn chairs, bring the family downtown, pick up a bite to eat from one of our fabulous downtown eateries and head to city plaza from 7 - 8:30pm. To view a schedule visit Gateway Science Museum: Come explore the Gateway. Visit the many hands on exhibits for kids and families of all ages. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5pm. For more information, call 898-4121 or visit Growing Together Teens: GTT is a socialization program for teens with autism and other developmental disabilities. Designed to build friendships between participants and provide activities conducive to social behavior, cognitive, and emotional growth. Promotes individuals’ self-esteem and teaches them to become self-advocates. Employment experience is supported. Little Red Hen’s Lifespan program, Located at 2418 Cohasset Rd Suite 150. Home Depot Kids Workshops: Chico & Oroville. Handson building workshop for ages 5-12. 1st Saturday of each month, 9am-12pm. Free. Chico: 342-0477; Oroville: 538-0521. Jazzercise: FREE Childcare! Contact for more details and class times. 896-9743, Kids in Safe Seats: Low cost car seat program for Butte County residents. For more info on this program, please call Butte County Public Health 800-339-2941. Kids Night Out: Fridays at In Motion Fitness from 5:309:30. Each night includes dinner and an exciting activity. Must pre-register. Call 895-kids or visit to find out more. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group: La Leche League offers free mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Babies and young children are always welcome at meetings. Meetings are held throughout the month. Please refer to the LLL of Chico Facebook page, call 4874109 or email for details and times. Lil’ Sprouts: Little Red Hen’s Lifespan program, An early intervention program for children with autism. LiL’ Sprouts provides one-on-one support to help develop play skills, sensory needs, socialization, behavioral, and communication skills. Ages: 4 - 8 yrs, Mondays: 2 - 5pm, Located at 2418 Cohasset Rd. Suite 150, behind Cathy’s Sew and Vac. Little Red Hen Mommy & Me Fairy Garden Class: Floral & More: 959 East Ave. Let’s grow together! Create your own fairy garden featuring Studio M miniatures in our hands-on Mommy & Me class. $20 fee provides 1 terra-cotta pot and 3 Fairy garden plants. Miniatures are available to purchase. Refreshments will be served. Call 894-0040 to RSVP and to check dates and times. Classes fill up fast! Meet & Greet: Meet & Greet Parent Support Group will be held the last Thursday of each month, from 6-8pm. Meet & Greet is for parents or caretakers of children (adult or youth) with developmental disabilities. This free program offers an evening of respite and enjoyment for parents. Meet & Greet provides support and ideas from

knowledgeable parents in a light-hearted, enjoyable environment. Childcare is not provided. For more information please call Loren at Autism lifespan, 8970900. Montessori Mommy and Me: Weekday playtime for children 0-5 and their parents. Children find stimulating, educational fun while parents relax. Call 343-3101 or for more info go to for a full schedule. Mothers Strong Support Group: Mothers Strong is a collaborative group of new mothers, families and agencies working to help mothers impacted by perinatal mood and anxiety. for more info. monca, The Museum of Northern California Art: The mission of the museum is to provide a vehicle for all ages to experience and create art for the sake of enjoyment, expression, social cohesion, innovation and communication. Check our website and Facebook page for upcoming events within and outside of the museum. Special guided tours available for groups of children, adults and organizations. Book in advance. Music Together: Music classes for little ones at Sunny Garden Montessori, call 343-3101 or info go to Northern California Fertility Foundation: If you are in need of comfort, understanding, and support regarding infertility, we welcome you to come discover you are not alone in the journey. Meets on the first Thursday of every month from 6-7pm at the Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade. Speaker event held the 2nd Wednesday every other month at 6pm. For more details please visit www.northerncaliforniafertilityfoundation. org. Patrick Ranch Museum: Educational Field Trips, family events, tours of Glenwood Farm house & more at the Historic Patrick Ranch. To schedule a field trip and to view a list of upcoming events please visit our website at or call 342-4359. Practical Parenting: Classes held once a month at Apple Blossom Baby, please call 345-1617 for more details and class topics. Rare Air: Toddler time Friday mornings from 9-10am & 10-11am and Saturday mornings from 9-10am. Toddler Time is dedicated to our jumpers 6 and under. Every Tuesday from 2pm-8pm is Family Night! Special Needs Day: 10am-12pm first Sunday of every month. For more info visit or call 530433-5557. Reading Program: Read 10 books to your child, fill out a form and come in for a FREE book for your home library. Our hours are M-Th from 10-4pm at 2856 Olive Hwy Suite A. Strengthening Families Program, www. Roo’s Zoo Skate Session at Cal Skate: Join RollerRoo for this specially designed session for kids 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. $5.50/child, includes quad skate rental (parents skate for $2.75); or $25/6-weeks. 343-1601. Silver Dollar BMX: First race is FREE for those looking to try something new here in Chico! There are racers as young as 3 years old and all ages are welcome! Practice/racing every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, weather permitting. “Like” us on Facebook www. to receive current track updates. Sunny Garden Montessori: Chico’s only indoor family play space. Our goal is to create a fun, learning environment for children and their adults through play and fun interactions. Check out the online calendar for upcoming events and classes. Open from 10am-4pm Mon-Fri., 2801 Godman Ave Ste 140 in Chico. The Studio 561: The Studio 561 also offers children’s painting classes, mixed media classes, family painting parties, birthday paint parties, camps, adult classes and painting parties. By local artist, Christine Mac Shane, to

find out more go to or call 370-1285, 561 East Lindo Avenue. Thursday Night Market: Explore Downtown Chico’s Thursday Night Market on Broadway between 2nd and 5th Street, including side streets and the fabulous City Plaza! This festive, weekly market is a ton of fun and features a bounty of farm-fresh produce from CDFA certified farmers, mouth-watering prepared foods from food trucks, booths and Downtown restaurants, handmade, local arts & crafts, and live entertainment for all ages. Held weekly every Thursday from 6-9pm April thru September. For more info visit www.downtownchico. com. Time Out For Moms: Time Out For Moms meets every Friday Morning from 9am - 11am, childcare provided. This program is designed for mothers of babies, toddlers and young children in order to provide connection, support and encouragement for moms. We use a set curriculum, such as “MOPS,” and enjoy guest speakers, breakfast, and fellowship together during our weekly meetings. Visit for more information and registration. Any questions please call 530-343-1484. COST: $50 for full year. Tiny Tots: Geared for families with children that are ages 1-2 years old. Parents can talk with other parents, and children play while gaining small and large motor skills. Wednesdays from 10-10:30am, Strengthening Families Program, 2856 Olive Hwy, Suite A, Oroville (530) 230-0211, Tot Time: Geared for families with children that are ages 3-5years old. We focus on age appropriate fun activities that promote school readiness. There is arts and crafts and snack is provided. Mondays from 11-12pm, Strengthening Families Program, 2856 Olive Hwy, Suite A, Oroville (530) 230-0211, Unschooling Self-Directed Get Togethers: Curious about unschooling/self-directed education and whether it’s a fit for your family? Are you an unschooling family interested in meeting up with fellow families? Meet with seasoned and new unschooling/self-directed families. Kids are welcome to enjoy the play ground and play room (plenty of space on rainy days) while we chat about parenting styles and options. FREE-Thrive, Homeschool Program, 1361 Hawthorne Ave, check website to dates and times, Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology: The museum is located in the Meriam Library complex, across from the main library entrance at the CSU Chico Campus. 400 W 1st St, 898-5397,

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sister, set off to pursue stardom in Los Angeles, but has only found happiness at the bottom of a bottle. And Babe, the youngest, has just been arrested for the attempted murder of her abusive husband. Sisterly love and laughter turns to anger and tears when old resentments resurface and the sisters come to terms with the consequences of their own “crimes of the heart.” Funny and poignant, it will warm your heart and have you laughing! To order tickets by phone please call 530-894-3282 or go to chicotheatercompany. com. Butte County Fair Thursday, August 22nd - Sunday, August 25th The Butte County Fair has been creating memories for 75 years. Tree lined streets, children laughing, aroma of fair food, and fun events and shows, the Butte County Fair is a feel good family event. Held at 199 East Hazel St in Gridley. For more info visit Back to School Supply Drive July Thru Saturday, August 10th Bring your donations to any Chico Mall event from July 13 – August 10 and enter to win a $500 Gift Card to the retailer of your choice! Additional drop off locations are listed at All school supplies are donated to local Chico & Paradise Unified School Districts. Get all the details for events and participating businesses at Classic Movies Series - Charade Thursday, August 1st Spend the afternoon with friends, a good movie, a bag of popcorn and a refreshing glass of lemonade—on us! We’ll be showing some great classics as well as some more current favorites on the first Thursday of the month. Starts at 1pm, Lakeside Pavilion. Free! Back to School Fashion Show at Chico Mall Saturday, August 3rd Get ready for Back to School Shopping at Chico Mall! We have recruited all our models and are ready to get to work on our Back to School Fashion Show. Held from 1-3pm,

41st Annual Chico Concours d’Elegance Saturday, August 24th The Chico Concours d’Elegance in Butte County is California’s premier annual car show. Held every year since 1979, the Chico Concours features a full day of music, friendship, entertainment, and beautiful automobiles in the park-like atmosphere of Butte Creek Country Club. We sincerely hope that you will choose to attend as either a participant or spectator. 10am-4pm for more info visit 5th Annual Courage Triathlon Sunday, August 25th The Courage Triathlon is a 2.8 mile run, 7.1 mile bike and 4.1 mile kayak. It can be done with a team of three or individually. The 14 mile course is all along the stunning shores of Lake Almanor California. The event proceeds go directly to providing services to victims rescued from sex trafficking. All levels of athletic abilities are welcomed. Like our Facebook page: Courage Triathlon, Lake Almanor, Ca. for pictures, videos and updates on upcoming events.

Student Health & Wellness Expo at Chico Mall Saturday, August 10th Join us for the event finale for the Back to School Supply Drive! Families can visit booths from our local community and learn about student health and wellness from the experts. Get all the up to day information at! This is the last chance to enter to win a $500 Gift Card when you bring donations for the Back to School Supply Drive! Winner announced during the event at 3pm! Must be present to win. Held from 12-3pm. 343-0706, Chico Mall, 1950 E 20th St. 5th Annual Happiest Hour-Cocktails for a Cause Saturday, August 10th Join Valley Oak Children’s Services for our 5th Annual Happiest Hour - Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser! With local wine, cocktails, and beer poured by Almendra Winery & Distillery this cocktail themed event will be a night to remember. Live music will be provided by The Kelly Twins! Raffle, Silent Auction, and Photo Booth. Admission includes your entry, your first TWO drinks, appetizers & dinner. All proceeds raised go directly back to families, children, child care providers & the community! Family 2nd Saturday: Bubbles! Saturday, August 10th Bubbles are back at Turtle Bay! Blowing bubbles, stacking bubbles, being inside a bubble… with so many activities to choose from, you and your family are sure to have some good clean fun. Free for Members / Included with Park admission. 11am- 3pm, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Drive, Redding, Crimes of the Heart Friday, August 16th - Sunday, September 1st The three MaGrath sisters are back home for the first time in a decade. Lenny, the eldest, never left town and is the caretaker of Old Granddaddy. Meg, the middle

and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” Held at Laxson Auditorium, starts at 7:30pm. For tickets call (530) 898-6333 or visit www. CASA Superhero Run Saturday, September 14th Join NVCSS CASA as they put on their superhero costumes and raise awareness for local children needing a superhero in their life. Race will be held in Chico at the Lower Bidwell Park. 7:45AM - Superhero 10K, 8AM - Superhero 5K Run/Walk for $30, 8:55AM - Little Heroes Dash for $10-Little Heroes Dash registration fee includes a cape. Pancake breakfast included for each registered participant. Dri-fit race shirts available for $15, for those who did not prepurchase a shirt. Superhero costumes encouraged. To register and for more info go to Little Loco Relay Saturday, September 14th Run through Lassen National Forest, out to Lake Almanor & back, Dog Friendly, great way to hang with friends & family while having a great time & forming bonds that last a lifetime! Held at Butte Meadows, for more info and to register please visit: www. Pasta on the Plaza Thursday, September 19th Join us for our annual “Pasta on the Plaza” for the BEST all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner around presented by Northgate Aviation Chico Jet Center. Funds raised will help give local kids the tools to go back to school. This event includes live entertainment, a raffle and familyfriendly activities on the Rotary Plaza! For tickets and how to become a sponsor, please contact us 899-0335. Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup Saturday, September 21st Hosted by Butte Environmental Council, since 1988, this year will be the 32nd annual Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup. 9am-12pm, Check in Hooker Oak Park or Annie K Bidwell Parlor. For more info and times please visit Taste of Chico Sunday, September 22nd Taste of Chico will celebrate its 34th year! Taste of Chico showcases the finest restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries and non-alcoholic beverage distributors from throughout the North State...and food trucks, too! Ticket-holders are treated to fabulous fare while they roam the downtown streets taking in shopping, entertainment, arts and culture. Three main stages host continuous live music, while the “City Plaza Open Air Art Gallery” proudly showcases the work of dozens of local fine artists. Hands down, Northern California’s premier Food, Beverage, Music, and Arts Festival! For tickets and more info please visit

Classic Movies Series - 9-5 Thursday, September 5th Spend the afternoon with friends, a good movie, a bag of popcorn and a refreshing glass of lemonade—on us! We’ll be showing some great classics as well as some more current favorites on the first Thursday of the month. Starts at 1pm, Lakeside Pavilion. Free! Mary Poppins Jr. Friday, September 13th Disney’s Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers. Join the young performers of Chico’s The Blue Room Young Company as they tell the story of how the magical nanny brings joy and hope to the Banks family. Young Jane and Michael Banks have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane

Feather River Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show Saturday & Sunday, September 21st & 22nd Feather River Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show at the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds. Free copper nugget necklace, for the first 200 kids both days. Dealers in opals, rough rock, crystals, fossils, jewelry, and minerals. Demonstrations in wire wrapping, jewelry making, and Jade carving. Scout merit badge area, Raffle, silent auction, Door prizes, Kid’s Wheel of Fortune, Grab bags, Treasure hunt, and Geode cutting. For more details visit The Addams Family Friday, September 27th - Sunday, October 20th In the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, and to feel pain is to feel joy, but they still deal with the same challenges faced by other families. Daughter Wednesday is eighteen years old and ready for a life of her own. To the dismay of Morticia and Gomez, she’s in love with a boy from a respectable family, and she invited his family home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious evening, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face the thing they’ve avoided for generations: change. Laughs abound in this hilarious

off-beat musical based on the beloved 1960’s television series. To order tickets by phone please call 530-8943282 or go to 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival Sunday, September 29th Held from 11am-3pm at Julia’s Fruit Stand at 11475 State Hwy 99E in Los Molinos. Tri-tip lunch, caramel apples, pumpkin pie, local vendors, photo booth, and pumpkins. Free admission and lots of FUN!

Parade of Lights Saturday, October 5th As we move from Summer into fall, with the students returning to school and the farmers harvesting their crops, what better time to enjoy a night of family fun! This year marks the parade’s 30th anniversary! Parade starts at 7pm. This year’s theme is “Move to the Music.” For more info or to inquire about entering in the parade please call 892-2923 or go to www.chicoparadeoflights. com. Johnny Appleseed Days Saturday & Sunday, October 5th & 6th The Ridge community is celebrating the oldest harvest festival in California with two days of family fun. Enjoy local entertainment throughout both days, visit the many vendors, taste lots of delicious food and of course, you won’t want to miss the homemade apple pie. Local bakers bake over 1,000 pies. Terry Ashe Park, 6626 Skyway, Paradise, 877-9356.

Classic Movies Series - Hocus Pocus Thursday, October 3rd Spend the afternoon with friends, a good movie, a bag of popcorn and a refreshing glass of lemonade—on us! We’ll be showing some great classics as well as some more current favorites on the first Thursday of the month. Starts at 1pm, Lakeside Pavilion. Free! Sweet Repeats Kids Consignment Sale Thursday, October 3rd - Sunday, October 6th The consignment POP-UP EVENT for ALL things BABY, KID, TEEN & MATERNITY in Chico & the North State! Held at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. Thursday & Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday, 9am3pm - Many items are 1/2 off on Sunday! Free parking and admission! ​Visit for more details. Sweeney Todd Friday, October 4th - Sunday, October 13th California Regional Theatre is bringing the dark, witty and Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London to CHICO! Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony’s, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world. For tickets please visit or call 800-722-4522. Art & Wine Walk Friday, October 4th Vibrant color, exquisite forms, and elegant earthenware await adventurers downtown as the perfect compliment to a Friday evening! The month-long art walk begins on Friday, October 4th, and will feature an exciting mixture of paintings, ceramics, and sculpture produced by local artists. On opening night from 5-8pm over twenty complimentary receptions will take place, with tastings from local wineries and breweries, refreshments, appetizers, and musical accompaniment. Complimentary wine glasses will be provided for tastings. A copy of the program, showing all participating businesses and artists can be found at www. Junior National Yo-Yo Contest Saturday, October 5th Held in the downtown city plaza. For more details please visit

Momix Friday, October 11th Transporting audiences from their everyday lives to a fantasy world through its trademark use of magical lighting and imagery, MOMIX has thrilled fans in over 22 countries and has been featured on stage, screen, and television. In an endless search for another gravity, VIVA features athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent to create an entertaining multimedia experience that will surprise, enchant and astonish. Experience the exceptional and expect the unexpected! Held at Laxson Auditorium, starts at 7:30pm. For tickets call (530) 898-6333 or visit www. Harvest Sidewalk Sale Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th Prices are FALLing in Downtown Chico! Come RAKE in the savings and celebrate the changing of the season! Harvest Sidewalk Sale is the perfect opportunity to pick up some incredible deals and even get a jump-start on holiday shopping. This event is designed to showcase our Downtown Chico businesses and highlights include: Merchants utilizing sidewalks to showcase specials, Restaurants offering fall-themed menu items and signature dishes, Storefronts decorated to kick off the fall season, DCBA decorates street corners with hay bales, pumpkins, and scarecrows to create special ambiance. Spooktacular Saturday, October 12th BBQ Spooktacular fun for the whole family, held at Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary from 1-4pm, live music, costume contest at 3:30pm. For more info and tickets please call 530-533-1000 or visit Chico Walk To End Alzheimer’s Saturday, October 12th Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! The Chico Walk is held annually in lower Bidwell Park and has both a one mile route and a three mile route. Registration opens at 8:30 am at Sycamore Field, the ceremony begins at 9:30 am, and the Walk starts at 10:00 am. When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in our community. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. Butte Meadows Trail A Thon Saturday, October 12th Family Friendly, Dog Friendly, Dirt & Gravel Course, Gorgeous Fall Colors, Fun Aid Stations, Race to the Top of Colby Mountain To Claim Your Place As King or Queen of the Hill. 5k, Half & Full Marathons, for more info and to register visit

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Saturday & Sunday, October 12th & 13th Tour, taste and toast your way through Butte County on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. A passport opens the doors to amazing specialty farms and wineries where visitors will sample tasty artisan olive oils, specialty nuts and award-winning wines, all while getting to know local farmers and winemakers behind them. Participants can set their own pace as they explore a variety of the 34 farms and wineries along this year’s Farm Trail. For more info and to purchase tickets please visit Annual Kids Farm Day Saturday, October 19th Hay rides, pumpkin patch, pony cart rides, children’s activities, Midway Café, Glenwood Farm House tours, gift shop and much more! FREE PARKING! Children’s activities put on by North State Parent Magazine, held at Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, Durham, 342-4359 or visit Jake Shimabukuro - Ukulele Master Saturday, October 19th The ukulele, with its humble four strings and modest two-octave range, is an instrument limited only by the imagination and creativity of the person playing it, and Jake Shimabukuro’s imagination is limitless. Jake’s first brush with the ukulele took place in Honolulu, Hawai’i, when his mother sat him down at age four and taught him to strum.  Shimabukuro hasn’t stopped since. With a career stretching over 30 years, his music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. Widespread acclaim brought highvisibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and more. Held at Laxson, for tickets call (530) 898-6333 or visit www. Night at the Museum Halloween Edition Saturday, October 26th Join the Halloween Fun at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at CSU Chico (located in the heart of Chico State Campus in the library building across from the main entrance to the library!) The first ever Night at the Museum Halloween Edition! Visitors are invited to come in costume but beware of other costumed characters emerging from the shadows to thrill and delight! As the doors of the museum close to the public and the last rays of sunlight fade, the museum’s educational adventure for families will begin with an array of activities and challenges. Kids can build their own skeleton and design a zombie charm. Feast on treats and tricks. Watch out for oozing blobs from outer space and a cauldron boiling over with lizards! Thanks to our student curators, this will be a fun and slightly creepy Night at the Museum! Valene L Smith Museum of Anthropology, for questions call 898-5397 or visit www. Walk Woof Wag Sunday, October 27th Walk Woof Wag is a fundraiser for Chico Animal Shelter that houses stray and surrendered animals that need a loving paw up. Held at One Mile in Bidwell Park. To register and more info please visit or find them on facebook. Treat Street Thursday, October 31st Treat Street is a safe and fun adventure for children 12 and under. It’s simple...wear a costume, bring a parent and get ready to stroll Downtown Chico Halloween-style. Activities, entertainment and informational booths located in City Plaza, including the annual Treat Street costume contest. Held from 2-5pm, for more event details visit Safe and Sane Trick or Treat Thursday, October 31st Join Chico Mall for a safe trick or treating event. Stores will hand out candy while supplies last. Arrive early to be sure to enjoy some treats. Get all event details and times at


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Creative Outlets In-Home Preschool

2-6 years

8:30am-1:30pm Monday-Thursday

Creative Outlets offers a true preschool experience with the benefits of a loving, in-home setting. The owner has 20 years of experience and a degree in child development. The program focuses on teaching kinder readiness and is tailored to the needs of each student. It incorporates Math, Science & Pre-Reading, utilizing Zoo Phonics, cooking & gardening. Children learn through play, music & art, while providing a safe & exciting place to learn & grow. Exploration/personal growth on an individual basis is encouraged. Nutritional snack & lunch provided.



Innovative Preschool

2.5 years Kindergarten

7:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday

Innovative is a blended preschool program that serves typically developing children and children with special needs. We focus on learning together and growing together in a stimulating, nurturing environment.

1560 Mananita Ave 343-2028

Kids Park

2-12 years

M-Th: 8am-10pm, Fri: 8am12midnight, Sat: 10am-12am, Sun:1pm-6pm

Drop in childcare, affordable hourly rates. The preschool curriculum is offered from 9:00am-11:30am. The 4 and 5 year old class is held on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and The 2 and 3 year old class is held on Tuesday/Thursday.

2477 Forest Ave. 894-6800


Little Sprouts Preschool

2-5 years

7am-5:30pm Monday-Friday

15 Overland Ct. 345-0123

Nature School

Little Sprouts Preschool offers: organic gardening and recycling. The Kindergarten readiness program has Zoo Phonics, daily circle time and enrichment activities. Nutritious snacks and lunch included.

3-5 years

9 AM to 1 PM, runs in 6 week sessions on Tues, Weds, and Thursday, each day is a separate registration

Nature School is a first learning experience in nature. Children learn about nature, letters, numbers, colors and shapes through crafts, songs, games, animal visits and guided exploration of Bidwell Park.

1968 E 8th Street 530-891-4671 x27,

7:30am – 6:00pm Monday – Friday

Half Days & Full Days Available Preschool & Daycare Available

500 Orient St. (530) 487-7330

License # 045405971

License #: 045407516

License # 045404701, 045404702

License # 045405784

Notre Dame Preschool 2.5 License #045407128

Years Old & Up


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Growing Up Chico’s Business Directory Thank you to our advertisers!

Without the support of our advertisers, this magazine would not be possible. If you do business with any of our advertisers, please be sure to let them know you saw their ad in Growing Up Chico Magazine. Adventure Quest: pg 6, 26 Allstate, Kevin Baker: pg 25 Apple Blossom Baby: pg 39 Athletic Horizons: pg 19, 26 Azad’s Martial Arts Center: pg 25, 26 BabyQuip, Chico-Baby Gear Rentals: pg 11, 26 Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation: pg 13, 26 Birthdance Midwifery: pg 10 Blue Oak School: pg 10 Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley: pg 9, 26 Bryan’s Bricks: pg 25, 26 CalSkate / FunLand Chico: pg 17, 26 CASA Superhero Run: pg 25 Catch It Quick Juggling Co.: pg 26 Chico Chamber Of Commerce: pg 11 Chico Children’s Museum: pg 26 Chico Creek Dance Centre: pg 7, 26 Chico Creek Nature Center: pg 9, 26, 38 Chico Escape Rooms: pg 26 Chico Eye Center: pg 13 Chico Mall: pg 31 Chico Mothers’ Club: pg 25 Chico Parade Of Lights: pg 2 Chico Pediatric Dentistry: pg 10 Chico Performances: pg 17 Chico Rebels Lacrosse: pg 19 Cool Kidz Cuts: pg 25, 26 Country Pumpkins: pg 33 CPR Cell Phone Repair: pg 25 Creative Outlets Preschool: pg 38 CrossFit VCP: pg 20, 26 DeAnna Holman-ARBONNE: pg 3 Downtown Chico Business Association: pg 5 Farm City Celebration: pg 31 Forest Ranch Charter School: pg 11 Funny Faces Chico: pg 25, 27 Gateway Science Museum: pg 27

Green Life Oilers: pg 20 Heather Cooper, Realtor: pg 13 HYPE Dance Studio: pg 19, 27 In Motion Fitness: pg 3 Innovative Preschool: pg 13, 38 Inspire Charter Schools: pg 6 Inspire School of Arts & Sciences: pg 9 Instant Nails: pg 10 Julia’s Fruit Stand: pg 31 Kat’s Meow: pg 7 Kids Park: pg 5, 27, 38 Kinetics Academy of Dance: pg 7, 27 Lilliput Families: pg 20 Little Sprouts Preschool: pg 17, 38 Madison Bear Garden: pg 27 Max’s Miracle Ranch: pg 27 North State Ballet: pg 13 Northern Valley Indian Health: pg 10 Notre Dame Preschool: pg 20, 38 Paint Parties By Dawn: pg 10, 27 Patrick Ranch Museum: pg 33 Peterson Sister’s Pumpkin Patch: pg 30 Rejuvené: pg 40 Ron’s Reptiles: pg 27 Snapshots Photobooth: pg 27 Sunny Garden Montessori: pg 11 Sweet Chico Confections: pg 27 TJ Farms: pg 33 The Artists Garden: pg 27 The Pool Table Guy: pg 27 Tinkergarten: pg 27 Turtle Bay: pg 6 UC Davis Children’s Hospital: pg 20 Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology: pg 19 Valley Oak Children Services: pg 11 Youthful Smiles Dentistry: pg 7 Zealous Imagery: pg 15

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Growing Up Chico Fall 2019 Issue  

A quarterly resource magazine celebrating family life in Butte County.

Growing Up Chico Fall 2019 Issue  

A quarterly resource magazine celebrating family life in Butte County.