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A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte county since 2004 Winter Issue 2019 -2020 November - December - January


GUC’s Annual Alternative Schools Guide


Safety Tips for Shopping with KIDS 9 Ideas for



Saving Green by Going Green

New Year’s Eve with Kids!

...and as always our ENORMOUS calendar of events!


Margaret O’Hair

At Growing Up Chico, we hope to help you celebrate this season and make it special for you and your family. We are excited to announce our first-ever Shop Smal Crawl, be sure to check out pages 17 & 18 to see how you can enter to win one of four gift certificates from locally owned businesses. We are giving away $500 in gift certificates! Be sure to enter before November 31st.

Cameron O’Brien

t’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner and the start of a new year is almost here. Whether you are a new reader or one of our longtime readers, all of us at Growing Up Chico would like to send out a heartfelt thank you for the support. I hope you continue to read our magazine and see what we have in store for you!

In this issue, we are excited to share with you an article on safety tips when shopping with your kids, holiday meal leftover recipes, fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your kids, children’s book reviews, and much more! Thank you to our winter contributors, advertisers, staff, and readers for making this magazine possible! We could not publish this magazine without you. I wish you and your family the best of the holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Margaret lives in Rocklin. She and her husband like to be out on the water on our boat, kayaks, or paddleboards with our Portuguese Water Dogs, Sailor, and Surfer. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, you can find her running around being a mom to two kids, a kindergarten teacher, and a writer. Check out all of her books at www. or on Instagram @margaretohair.

Cameron is a senior at California State University, Chico studying Mass Communication and Psychology. He currently works at Chico Performances Marketing, where he holds the title of Senior Marketing Assistant and plans to one day become a purveyor of creative marketing and advertising. In his free time, Cameron enjoys being outdoors, spending time with his friends, and exploring creative outlets.

Christine Carter, Ph.D. Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a sociologist and author of The New Adolescence, The Sweet Spot, and Raising Happiness. A sought-after keynote speaker and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, she draws on scientific research to help people lead their most courageous, joyful, meaningful, and productive lives.

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Jennifer specializes in developing and implementing programs for recycling and solid waste systems. Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Geography and Biology from the California State University-Chico and has over 17 years of experience in the public and private sectors.

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On The Cover: The cover photo is of the young and talented dancers of the Chico Community Ballet’s upcoming production, A Very Chico Nutcracker. They are dancing at the Stansbury’s Christmas party, where the adventure into the Land of Enchantments begins. Come join the merriment at Laxson Auditorium on December 5th-8th.

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School and Home

10 Chico Performances


Holiday Fun for Everyone

14 Holiday Tips

Saving Green by Going Green

Shop Small Crawl

17 Enter to Win! We are giving away


$500 in Gift Certificates!

Family Time

20 7 Stunning Children’s Books From 2019



22 Meaningful Holiday Traditions 24 Holiday Shopping Safety

Tips for Shopping with Kids

25 Strengthening Families Program

Alternative Schools

26 GUC’s Annual Alternative School



Winter Fun

19 GUC’s Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas


28 Celebrating New Years Eve with Kids 30 Tips & Recipes for Holiday Meal Leftovers

32 Winter Bucket List

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Publisher’s Note Contributors Events Calendar Preschool Directory Advertiser Directory


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Chico Performances Brings Holiday Fun for Everyone to Laxson Auditorium By Cameron O’Brien

and the Community Christmas tree lighting held every year in downtown Chico since 1978. Along with these tried and true traditions, this season also brings Chico Performances’ annual holiday shows. From ballet to bossa nova, there is something for everyone in the family on this year’s lineup.



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s cold weather approaches and leaves begin falling from the trees that line Chico’s streets, days become shorter, and time spent with family and friends becomes more abundant. These changes mark the start of the holiday season, wherein the company of those you love and care for becomes more frequent, and a sense of community more pronounced. The holidays are a time for the local community to gather and find joy in each other’s company, highlighted by such events as the Christmas Preview

Chico Community Ballet (CCB) is bringing its talented troupe back to the stage of Laxson Auditorium for A Very Chico Nutcracker December 5-8. Celebrating more than three decades of seasonal performances, CCB adds their unique flair to the classic fairytale, bringing in a whopping 60 dancers to include their top dancers, guest artists, and some special community guests. Artistic Director, Deborah Jorritsma, will helm the production. “This very enchanting Nutcracker promises to bring all the magic and beauty of the season to the stage,” says Jorritsma. This reimagining of the holiday staple was inspired by the Stansbury family of Chico and their daughter Angeline. The story, which chronicles adventures through the radiant Land of Enchantment, features fantastic music and breathtaking choreography, making it a can’t-miss event for the entire family to experience. For those searching for the sights and sounds of a holiday cocktail party displayed on the big stage, look no further than Pink Martini’s Joy to the World extravaganza. The Portland ensemble brings heavy-hitting musicians from all genres together, along with

award-winning vocalist China Forbes, for an evening concoction of jazz, Latin, cabaret, and swing that will have everyone in the audience out of their seats. This show is a perfect start to a night on the town with a special someone. The Latin flair and pageantry, mixed in with the Christmas spirit of Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar’s Nochebuena is not to be missed. In a tribute to the Hispanic traditions of Christmas Eve, Artistic Directors Kareli Montoya and Jaime Cuéllar bring beautiful dance, colorful costumes, soaring instrumentals, and classic songs combined with a full mariachi band and dancers, to the stage for a lively and unforgettable performance of traditional ballads. It is never too early to start looking for the perfect gift for a loved one. With more than 30 performances this season, ranging from theatre to dance, music to comedy, and lectures to family shows, a Chico Performances gift card is the perfect pick. This holiday season, get into the spirit with family, friends, good times, and great performances on the stage of Laxson Auditorium. Tickets for all of the holiday performances, and every show this season, can be purchased one of three ways: by phone at (530) 898-6333, online at, or in person at the University Box Office located on the first floor of Shasta Hall on the corner of West Third and Chestnut Streets.


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Holiday Tips:

Saving Green by Going Green If it is a typical holiday season in California, we will throw over 8 billion bottles and cans in the trash instead of the recycling bin. In a time of economic concern, it behooves one to acknowledge that taking the time to consider the environment, in the forms of reducing, reusing, and recycling, can significantly reduce the weary spender’s costs. So, before the presents get appropriately ripped open- before the packaging is gouged open, or the gift discreetly kept in the box for the stealthy return- please consider the following facts and tips. They might help ease the holiday strain on your pocketbook and the environment.

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By Jennifer Arbuckle

Recycling Facts • • •

An average California household throws away over 34 pounds of plastic water and soda bottles each year. Every 90 days a recycled aluminum can makes its way back on the shelf as something useful. 80-100 years - That’s the lifespan of an aluminum can that gets tossed into the trash instead of a recycling bin.

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700 years - That’s how long a trashed plastic bottle will sit in a landfill, taking up space, refusing to degrade. 1 Million Years - Put a glass bottle in a landfill, and that is how long it will sit there doing nothing. Recycle it and it can live forever.

Products Made from Recycled Bottles and Cans • • • • •

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Plastic - Recycled Material Products Made from Plastic Bottles:

T-shirts: Fourteen 20 oz. plastic bottles yield enough fiber for an extra-large T-shirt. Carpet: It takes 14 20 oz. plastic bottles to make one square foot of carpet. Fleece Sweater: It takes 63 20 oz. plastic bottles to make a sweater. Jacket Fiberfill: Fourteen 20 oz. plastic bottles yield enough fiberfill for a ski jacket. Sleeping Bag Fiberfill: It takes 85 20 oz. plastic bottles to make enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag.

Glass - Recycled Material Products Made from Glass Bottles: Glassware New glass containers Decorative home decor Fiberglass Insulation Tile

Aluminum - Recycled Material Products Made from Aluminum Cans:

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Picture frames Decorative home decor: bowls, vases, etc. Baseball bats

No-Waste Gift Giving Ideas • • • • •

No-Waste Gift Wrapping Ideas

Not sure what to get someone? How about a gift certificate? That way, you know the gift will be kept. Make gifts. Everyone appreciates a home-cooked meal or baked goodies. Consider non-material gifts. Tickets to a sporting event, movie, play, or concert are a real treat. Make a charitable donation in someone’s name. When you go shopping, bring your own reusable bags. Think durable! Consider how long an item will last before you make a purchase. Often, a cheaper item will wear out long before its more durable equivalent. Always remember to look for items made with recycled content.

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Wrap the gift in a drawstring bag and use an inexpensive luggage tag for the gift tag. Decorate oversized gifts with just a bow that can be used again. Put toy animals in a cowboy hat and wrap a cowboy scarf around it. Use a jewelry box for some flea market ‘jewels.’ Use a knit hat to wrap a small gift. Close the hat with a barrette or a decorative hat pin. Games or toys for a child can go in a new backpack or designed pillowcase. For a person who is handy, wrap a gift in a toolbox. Put blouses and other gifts in decorative hat boxes and tie with a hair ribbon. For the sewing enthusiast, wrap a gift in a fabric remnant and tie it with a piece of lace or ribbon. Any kitchen gift can be wrapped in a colorful dish towel. Kitchen utensils can pop out of an oven mitt. Place home-baked cookies in a reusable tin box, a kitchen container, or a decorated oatmeal box. Use a colorful tablecloth to wrap dishes or dining room gifts. For a reader, wrap a book in a reusable canvas shopping sack. Wrap tools for a gardener in the pocket of an apron, planter, or bucket. Hang earrings, bracelets, or necklaces right on the Christmas tree, or put them inside or around an open ornament. Search the flea market, garage sales, and thrift stores for interesting old boxes that can be used as decorative packages. Search the attic for old family photos and mementos and give them to your favorite relative, wrapped in Grandma’s old hat and a lace curtain.

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By Margaret O’Hair

There are different tests for deciding the best books for kids. Does it make them feel good about themselves? Can it inspire them to change the world? What about giving insight to issues in the world and broaden their perspectives? How about if it is just plain enjoyable to read the text again and again? And lastly, there are those books that help us find meaning in our lives and life around us. Whatever your filter, these books below, will stand the test of time.

OTTO AND PIO By Marianne Duboc The message of this read-aloud book is caring for friends and family, the ones in life who you love the most, and ultimately, who you need the most. Otto is a little squirrel who is happy by himself until another small animal named Pio comes to visit. While Otto starts out being annoyed with having to share everything, he soon realizes that life is better with a friend. HIGH FIVE By Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

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This book is the latest from the authors of the best seller, DRAGONS LOVE TACOS. This is a book with rhythm and rhyme, and one that inspires a back and forth high five contest with you as the star of it. Kids love to give high fives, and this is a book that they will laugh with as they do the interactive things in the book, to make them even better at high fives. SUPERHEROES ARE EVERYWHERE by Kamala Harris illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe This is a picture book about a little girl named Kamala Harris who became a district attorney and a United States senator. As she goes through her life, she notices that

superheroes are everywhere. Superheroes are among her friends, her family, and in her neighborhood. What makes a superhero, especially since everyone is different and unique? A superhero is someone who is being the best version of themselves that they can be.

YOU ARE MY HAPPY By Hoda Korb This is Hoda Korb’s second picture book for children. Both of her books are New York Times number one best sellers! This one is about being grateful for all the things we have in life, from the grandest thing to the smallest thing. The story is told through the eyes of a mama bear and her cub, as they settle down for the night to sleep. Mama Bear and her cub discuss the things in their world that bring them happiness. This book is a perfect bedtime read for you and your child.

DRAGONS ARE REAL By Holly Hatam A fun read for the youngest readers in your family. This book has bright and cheerful pictures, sweet, simple text, and the always winning subject topic of dragons. Every time you read this book to your little one, you will reassure them of how much they are loved.

SEA BEAR: A Journey For Survival Written and illustrated by Lindsay Moore This is a stunning book of bear, ice, sky, and sea. Journey with the steadfast polar bear, through the Arctic ocean, as she searches for land. Global warming has made the ice break apart, and the bear has a hard time finding what he needs. The writing is gorgeous, poetic prose. The illustrations are stunning. Follow along as the bear meets other marine creatures, walruses, seals, a whale in his quest for land. This poignant and timely book will send a message to children about the importance of saving the environment. PERFECT By Max Amato This is a picturebook by Max Amato about a very linear and by the book Eraser and his more organic friend, Pencil. Eraser has adventures involving a tornado and getting grubby, and it shows how imperfect he is. But this book also portrays Pencil as Eraser’s opposite. Readers will find that opposites not only end up attracting each other, but they figure out how to work together as they go through their places in the world. And when they end up with their friendship, they are stronger then they were alone. This is a hilarious and playful story your kids will ask for again and again. Check out Margaret O’Hair’s latest book: Ride the Wave, Love Sofia, and Haole the Surf Dog. It is a true story of Sofia Sanchez, a little girl with Down syndrome, who learned how to surf by riding the waves in the Pacific Ocean with Haole the Surf Dog. Sofia takes you on her personal journey of dreaming big and never giving up.

Make the Holidays More Meaningful

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– and Less Materialistic By Christine Carter, , Ph.D.

is greater happiness and fulfillment, materialism is a terrible coping method. At best, it will only provide short-term relief; in the long-run, it is likely to deepen feelings of insecurity. Materialism is worth combating, especially over the holidays when it seems to reach a fever pitch in our culture. I think A great way to combat materialism over the holidays is to prioritize connection with friends, family, and neighbors. My teens would rather be with their friends than anyone else most of the time, but this is the time of the year when we insist on family first.


ast year about this time, an Instagram photo showing a mountain of shiny wrapped presents – nearly as large as the seven-foot Christmas tree behind it – went viral. I love Hanukkah and Christmas (we celebrate both in our family); at the same time, all the gift-buying and present bragging is cause for worry.

to follow suit. The same goes for advertising: The more exposure kids get to advertising, the more likely they are to be materialistic. Materialism is worth combating, especially over the holidays.

Two things tend to influence how materialistic kids are.

The less obvious factor behind materialism has to do with the degree to which we fulfill our needs. When people feel insecure or unfulfilled – because of poverty or because a basic psychological need like safety, competence, connectedness, or autonomy is not being met – they often to try to quell their insecurity by striving for wealth and a lot of fancy stuff. Because of this, relatively poor teenagers ironically tend to be more materialistic than wealthy ones. Less nurturing and more emotionally cold mothers tend to have more materialistic children.

The first is obvious: Consciously or not, we adults socialize kids to be materialistic. When parents – as well as peers and celebrities – model materialism, kids care more about wealth and luxury. So when parents are materialistic, kids are likely

So materialism and the behaviors that go with it – desiring and buying brand name clothes and luxury items – can be symptoms of insecurity and a coping strategy used to alleviate feelings of self-doubt or bolster a poor selfimage. If what kids are really seeking

Kids who grow up to pursue wealth and material possessions tend to be less satisfied with their lives. They are not as happy, and they experience fewer positive emotions each day. Research finds materialism in students is also associated with lower-quality relationships and feeling less connected to other people.

For example, the weekend before Christmas, my cousins always fly in from Massachusetts and Washington and Florida for a big extended family Christmas party, complete with a funny “Yankee Swap” (aka “white elephant” gift exchange). My mom makes spritz cookies with the kids- a tradition started in Germany with her mother. We light the candles of the menorah and say prayers each night during Hanukkah, something my husband’s Jewish family has been teaching us. All of this is about renewing our sense that we are a part of something larger than ourselves. Let me not mince words here: This sense that we are connected and part of a larger whole is the single strongest predictor of happiness that we have. It is true, the holidays have become depressingly commercial in our culture, with a massive focus on what each individual will get and what kids want in terms of material gifts. Let’s choose to focus on relationships instead of individual gift lists this holiday season. Not surprisingly, people who focus on family or religion during the holidays report higher levels of happiness than those who do not.


Holiday Shopping Safety By Rob Baquera


ovember is the start of the holiday shopping season. So, whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or Ramadan, you will likely find yourself out shopping at some point with kids in tow. As hard as you try to keep your children near you, they can get distracted by something they find fascinating and be out of sight in no time.


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Here are some safety precautions parents should consider taking when out with their children this holiday season. •

Take a picture of your child on the day of the outing. This way, you will know their clothing and hairstyle, and you will have an up-to-date photo should you need it. Consider dressing your child in brightly colored clothing. This will make it easier for them to be seen.

Use the “two giant steps” rule. Your child can never be more than two giant steps away from you, and you should always be able to see him/her. It is a fun way for a young child to remember not to wander off.

Be sure your child has your cell phone number. If your child is too young to memorize it, write the digits on a piece of paper and put it in their pocket, or write your number on their arm or a wristband. This way, anyone who finds him/her will be able to contact you right away.

If age-appropriate, make sure your child knows their full name and your full name.

Teach your kids what to do if they ever get separated from you. First, they should go to the last place they saw you and call out your name. If they cannot find you, they should look for a “safe” person to ask for help like a store worker or security guard. Tell them to never leave the store/mall without you. Let them know you would never leave without them.

If you have older children and you allow them to venture out on their own, make sure they have a friend or sibling with them. Have them check in with you regularly via text or phone. Make sure to agree on a “meeting place” and time.

When you go to a busy place, ask your child, “Who works here?” Help your child identify employees or store security guards. Make sure they can tell you how to identify an employee (radio on their belt, wearing a particular shirt, or a store name tag). The holiday season is a joyful and exciting time. Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Doing a little preparation beforehand can help prevent a larger incident from occurring and make all those fun holiday trips a safe and enjoyable experience.

Baby and Me:

Strengthening Families Program All programs listed below are open to Butte County families who are pregnant up to their child’s 6th birthday. All programs are FREE and are fun for the parents and children.

Tot Time:

Geared for families with children that are ages 3-5 years old. We focus on age-appropriate, fun activities that promote school readiness. A snack will be provided. Mondays 11am - 12pm

Tiny Tots:

Geared for families with children that are ages 1-2 years old. Parents can talk with other parents, while children play and learn. Tuesdays 11am - 12pm

Bring your baby (and siblings) and come and chat with other parents. Share your joys, let go, and be supported. Drink some tea or coffee and relax. Wednesdays, 11 am - 12 pm

Reading Program:

Read ten books to your child, write down the book titles, and come in for a FREE book for your home library. Other Services We Offer: Car Seat Checks*, Computer, Phone, Copy, Fax, Diapers and Wipes, Family Programs, Food Assistance*, Gas Assistance*, Goal Setting, Indoor Play Area. *By appointment only Contact Us: Phone: (530) 230-0211 Address: 2856 Olive Hwy, Suite A Oroville CA, 95966 Hours: Monday -Thursday 10-4 (or by appointment) Check us out on Facebook: Paradise Ridge Strengthening Families Program

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GUC’s Guide to

Education Alternatives

Blue Oak School

At Blue Oak, engagement of the child is foremost. Each day is infused with art, music, & movement, ensuring we are teaching to the whole child; head, heart, and hands. Guided by our Waldorf-inspired curriculum, we strive to develop in each child a lifelong love of learning, preparing them for active and ethical citizenship, critical thinking, self-awareness, creative imagination, and social responsibility. Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate, neurologically sound, integrative & imaginative. Specialty subjects include Spanish, music, handwork, technology, and movement. Monthly tours offered. 450 W East Ave., Chico 530-879-7483

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Hope Academy

At Hope Academy, we recognize every child is uniquely created by God, and we address learning differences through personalized education. Our K-8 non-denominational Christian school program includes highly qualified credentialed teachers, small class sizes, and enrichment courses in the arts. Contact us at info@ or call 530-518-4092 to schedule a tour!

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences

Inspire School of Arts and Sciences is a tuition-free, college-prep, charter high school providing a balanced curriculum of challenging academic courses, performing and fine arts, science, and engineering programs. Students at Inspire can select from over 70 elective options, 13 CTE pathways, and 12 program majors. Inspire’s small, friendly campus and four-year, gradelevel advisory provide students with a safe place to grow, flourish, and truly discover their passions. Call now to schedule a tour! 335 W. Sacramento Ave., Chico 530-891-3090

Notre Dame School

Notre Dame School provides a dynamic Catholic education to students from preschool through grade 8. Notre Dame’s devotion to academic excellence prepares students who are confident and ready to enter higher levels of education. Here at Notre Dame, we encourage students to contribute their gifts and knowledge to society by fostering an environment that promotes high academic standards and moral values such as honesty, humility, and respect. If your family would like to join a community where life-long learning and family friendships flourish, please contact our school at (530) 342-2502 to schedule a tour with the Principal, Ms. Stewart. 435 Hazel St., Chico 530-342-2502

Hooker Oak Elementary

Hooker Oak Elementary School is a tuition-free, TK5th grade public school that embraces a hands-on, thematic learning approach. Our thematic style promotes engaging, meaningful, and real-world contexts for standards-based teaching/learning across the curriculum. Classes spend time exploring fine arts, performances, choir, gardening, service projects, and go on several field trips throughout the year. At Hooker Oak, families, teachers, and community join as partners to foster creative, confident, and lifelong learners. 1238 Arbutus Ave., Chico 530-891-3119

Nord Country School

Nord Country School, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, is a free, K-8 public charter school serving students in Chico and the surrounding communities. We provide high quality, standards-based learning experiences in a small, rural school environment. We believe that learning is a lifelong adventure. We believe in the freedom to wonder, question, explore, imagine and create. We offer art, music, Spanish, before and after school care and outdoor learning opportunities in our school garden. Come check out our school!​ 5554 California St, Chico 530-891-3138

Inspire Charter Schools

Inspire Charter Schools is a tuition-free, personalized learning, public charter school for TK-12th grade students. Whether you are looking for a more structured online and offline curriculum blend, or a flexible outof-the-box learning modality, Inspire has got a program for you. Choose from one of our many hand-picked curriculums or bring in one of your own. The choice is yours! With a fully credentialed teacher, flexible learning models, and a wealth of enrichment opportunities, Inspire Charter Schools is 21st Century Learning at its best. Jenn Kramer 530-433-4477

Forest Ranch Charter School

Elevate your child’s education at Forest Ranch Charter School! We are a free, public TK-8 charter, just a 15 minute drive from Chico, in the beautiful foothills of Forest Ranch. For your convenience, we provide FREE busing to and from Chico, every morning and afternoon. We offer: • High Academic Standards • Positive Social/Emotional Development • GATE classes, project-based learning, travel study trips • Electives including Outdoor Ed, Dance, Student Leadership, Visual & Performing Arts • After School Program offering Makerspace, Sports & Homework Club Caring about you, your children, and your family since 2008! 15815 Cedar Creek Road, PO Box 5, Forest Ranch 530-891-3154

Achieve Charter School of Paradise

Achieve Charter School of Paradise is a K-8 public charter school relocated to Chico to serve the Paradise community. Achieve is committed to supporting the unique needs of each student with personalized learning plans. Our character building small school environment empowers students to be positive contributors to their community. 1494 East Ave, Chico 530-872-4100

Sherwood Montessori

Every child is a unique person with her or his own interests, skills, abilities, and personality. The Montessori approach facilitates individualized instruction with multi-age groupings in an environment that naturally fosters a love for learning. Sherwood Montessori is a tuition-free charter school with beautiful classrooms, engaging hands-on materials, and on-site, high-quality childcare before and after school. Our transitional kindergarten/kindergarten offers a shorter day or full-day option for families. We are committed to educating the whole child: intellectually, physically, and psychologically. Call for a school tour! 1010 Cleveland Ave., Chico 530-345-6600

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Kids By Tiffany Doerr Guerzon


hether you could not find a sitter for New Year’s Eve or you do not feel like fighting holiday traffic, you can still have a fun, kid-friendly celebration. The key is to keep the kids occupied as the clock counts down. We have gathered a few family-friendly ideas to help you ring in 2020.

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Countdown the Hours

There are so many fun ways to help kids mark time until the new year arrives. Pick the time you want to start (and end) and count down the hours by opening a bag, package, or even popping a balloon. Mark each container with the time and include a fun activity for each hour. This need not be expensive. Here are some ideas of what to stuff the bags with: • Party hats and noisemakers • Party poppers • Candy • A deck of cards and game instructions • Pens and paper to write New Year’s Resolutions • Craft projects • Glow sticks • Bubbles

Photo Booth

Even if it is just you and the kiddos, why not have a photo booth? No need for an elaborate set-up, tacking up a sheet or plastic tablecloth to the wall to use as a background works well. Gather fun props from around the house, such as hats and sunglasses, or buy a New Year’s Eve photo booth prop set.

DIY Noisemakers

Create DIY noisemakers for midnight from objects around the house. Decorate empty, lidded canisters such as butter containers, coffee cans, Pringles cans, etc., and add dried beans or rice to make shakers. Or thread large jingle bells onto pipe cleaners, then twist the pipe cleaner together at the ends for a jingle bracelet.

Sparkling Science

Younger kids love to watch bubbles grow when vinegar is added to baking soda. You can glam up this simple science experiment by mixing glitter or confetti to the baking soda. To do this, mix baking soda and glitter or confetti in a shallow bowl (be sure to use plastic confetti, not paper). When kids add drops of vinegar with droppers to the soda mixture, it will produce sparkling

bubbles. If you do not have droppers, kids can pour small amounts of vinegar over the baking soda with cups.

Bake a Clock

If your kids love baking, one fun and delicious activity is to make a countdown clock. You can do this by baking cookies or cupcakes and arranging the treats in a circle on a round serving platter or pizza pan. Decorate each with the numbers of the clock and use licorice sticks such as Twizzlers as clock hands to mark the time.

Balloons, Balloons, Balloons

It’s not a party without balloons, right? Confetti-filled balloons will brighten up your space; then, you can pop them at midnight for a confetti shower! Make your own or buy them on Amazon. You can fill them with helium or not – either way, the kids will love them. If you really want to wow the kids, stage your own balloon drop! You can make one by taping a plastic party tablecloth filled with balloons to your ceiling or buy a kit on Amazon.

Milk and Cookie Cocktails

Every party needs snacks! Serve up milk and cookies in style by coating the rims of small glasses, or even wine glasses, with colorful sprinkles. Spread a thin layer of honey or corn syrup on a plate, and then pour out sprinkles onto a separate plate. Dip the rims of glasses in honey or corn syrup then dredge in the sprinkles (Leave the glass upside down in the sprinkles for a few minutes so that the sprinkles do not slide down the glass). Cool the glasses in the fridge, fill with cold milk, and serve with cookies.

Family Time Capsule

Putting a time capsule together as a part of your New Year’s Eve activities can be an excellent way to reflect on the past year. It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish! Grab a shoebox or big manila envelope and gather your time capsule items. Here are some ideas for what to include: your child’s handprint, a family picture, and an interview (Question your kids about their current likes and dislikes, life goals. It will be fun in the moment and joy to look back on next year. You can Google “interview questions for kids” for ideas on what questions to ask – some bloggers even offer printable Q-and-A forms). Once finished, tuck away your time capsule and open next year.

New Year’s Eve Picture Books

The night can get long, and a quiet break for storytime could be great for everyone. Try one of these holiday-themed books to balance out the activities: • The Night Before New Year’s by Natasha Wing: The kids want to stay up until midnight, but can they make it? • Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller is a fun way to explain New Year’s Resolutions to children. • Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail PiernasDavenport: This book introduces kids to the way people celebrate New Year’s in different cultures.


hatever you choose to do with your family on the eve of the New Year, you can make sure it is memorable with these sure-fire party pleasers.

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or a lot of us, the holidays are all about cooking: turkey (or a turkey alternative), stuffing, cranberry sauce, the works. Unfortunately, that also leads to a lot of food waste. Americans waste about a quarter of the food they buy, and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, that waste increases more than 25 percent during the holidays (That’s a lot of Thanksgiving leftovers going into our landfills).

Make a Plan

Good meal planning can help you save money and reduce food waste. Instead of winging it, purchase just enough ingredients to serve your guests. Add a few extra servings if you want to ensure leftovers. For the turkey, a good rule of thumb is to calculate 1 1/2 pounds per person (this includes room for some leftovers). Here is a genius tip from Martha Stewart: the smaller the bird (12 pounds or less), the lower the meat-to-bone ratio, so plan on at least 2 pounds per person instead. Serve Buffet Style to Reduce Food Waste Encouraging self-service for the meal (i.e., buffet style) can help ensure that your guests only take what they think they will eat (give or take an extra scoop of mashed potatoes). Having a buffet virtually guarantees that less food will get scraped off their plate and into the garbage at the end of the meal. Compost Fruit and Vegetable Scraps Cooking a large meal like a holiday dinner can generate a lot of fruit and vegetable scraps — potato peels, carrot tops, apple cores. If you are not already composting, the holiday season is an excellent time to start. For smaller kitchens, a countertop container works great. If you have a backyard, setting

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up a worm compost bin is also an option. Many municipalities have food scrap drop off programs, which make it even easier to reduce your waste. At Least Freeze It Freezing holiday leftovers is probably the easiest way to avoid food waste. Lots of components of the traditional holiday meal can be frozen. Here are some tips for chilling holiday leftovers: • Store meat and gravy together to keep the meat from drying out. • To freeze gravy without meat, whiz the gravy in a food processor or blender first to keep it from separating when you thaw it. • Freeze stuffing in freezer bags, ideally reusable bags. Sprinkle stuffing with a little broth or water before reheating to avoid the dry-out factor. • Freeze cranberry sauce in airtight containers. Then make fancy grilled cheeses by spreading a little thawed cranberry sauce on crusty bread before adding your cheese of choice and grilling. • To freeze whole pumpkin pies, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, then foil. Freeze. To thaw, defrost in the refrigerator overnight until defrosted.

Lots of Holiday Leftovers? Get Creative!

Maybe you cooked way too much turkey. Maybe you even planned for leftovers because you have been craving turkey pot pie all year long. No matter the reason, if you find yourself with a ton of leftovers, we have plenty of recipes to help you out. Leftover Turkey Recipes • Here is less of a leftover recipe, and more of a just-do-it-every-time tip: If you are roasting your turkey, always

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save the turkey carcass (This also goes for chicken, duck, pheasant, etc.). First, make turkey stock with those bones. If you have leftover meat as well (and maybe some roasted vegetables), make turkey soup (Check out our recipe below). This turkey soup recipe adds dumplings, an excellent way to stretch a smaller amount of leftovers into a full meal. Not ready to make soup right away? Freeze the stock and use it for soups, sauce, or any time a recipe calls for broth or stock. Use that stock and leftover turkey to make the Louisiana classic, turkey gumbo. Use all the fixings to make a beloved classic turkey sandwich. Whip up turkey hash for breakfast. Not only is this a great way to use leftover turkey, but it is also great for clearing out your vegetable bin. Chop up veggies like bell peppers, potatoes, and mushrooms to toss into the mix. Another great way to make use of food scraps and holiday extras is with leftover turkey pot pie. Along with leftover turkey, you can throw in leftover green beans, carrots, herbs, and other veggies. If pot pie is not your thing, there are a ton of turkey casserole recipes you can try out to use those leftovers, including turkey noodle casserole, turkey, and mashed potato casserole, and turkey and rice casserole. It’s all about the turkey, and all about the carbs.

Leftover Mashed Potato Recipes • What is the easiest way to reuse mashed potatoes? Eat a big bowl of mashed potatoes! • The most delicious? Make mashed

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potato pancakes. Stir in egg, cheese, and herbs, then fry in a skillet until crispy. Delicious with sour cream or apple sauce. Use those mashed potatoes to top a holiday leftovers shepherd’s pie or add them into a casserole. Turn them into mashed potato biscuits; the potato makes them tender and flaky. These would be great served with turkey hash topped with a poached egg.

Leftover Stuffing Recipes • Yes, you can use turkey to make hash. But if you did not roast a bird, or you want more hash, use the stuffing too. This recipe pairs it with fried eggs for an easy breakfast dish; another adds leftover sweet potatoes to bulk up the meal. • Peppers, squash, and empanadas can all be filled with leftover stuffing. • Leftover stuffing also makes a delicious crust for a quiche. • Use the leftover stuffing as a base for muffins — We’ve got a recipe below to get you started. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Recipes • If you have gone to the trouble of making homemade cranberry sauce, do not waste it! An easy way to use it up is to serve it like a chutney, spread on sandwiches, with roast meats, and alongside hard cheeses like cheddar. • Substitute cranberry sauce for recipes that call for jellies, such as cocktails, marinades, or baked goods. Try it out with our pancake recipe below. • Use cranberry sauce to flavor dairy products like yogurt or whipped cream or spoon it over vanilla ice cream. • For leftover fresh cranberries that never made it into a sauce, make cranberry pie.

Holiday Leftover Recipes Turkey Bone Broth

Makes 2 quarts I promise if you make this broth from your leftover bird, you won’t be disappointed. Use it to make soups, turkey pot pies, and much more. We adapted this recipe from Sherri Brooks Vinton’s bone broth recipe. Ingredients • At least 2 pounds turkey bones • Vegetables such as onion, carrot, celery or garlic peels, ends, and skins (optional) Method 1. Place bones and vegetables in a heavyduty stockpot and add cold water to cover by 2”, about 1 gallon.

2. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer gently for 3-3 1/2 hours, skimming any foam that forms. 3. Scoop out bones and large vegetable pieces with a slotted spoon. Strain broth through a colander into a large heatproof bowl and strain again through a fine-mesh sieve into a large heatproof bowl or container. 4. Set broth aside to chill, then refrigerate until cold; fat will solidify on top, making it easy to remove. Store chilled broth for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 6 Photo by months.

Stuffin’ Muffins

Serves 6 Got leftover stuffing? Got a muffin tin? Then you’ve got stuffin’ muffins! Serve with poached eggs and a salad, and you have the perfect holiday-inspired breakfast or an easy lunch. For a vegetarian version, omit the bacon and substitute vegetable stock for the turkey stock or chicken broth. Ingredients • 1 tablespoon melted butter or cooking spray • 6 cups prepared stuffing • 1/4 cup turkey stock, chicken broth or vegetable broth, plus more as needed • 2 slices cooked bacon, chopped (optional) • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional) • Kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper Method 1. Preheat oven to 400F. 2. Grease a 6-cup muffin pan with melted butter or cooking spray. 3. Use your hands to break up the stuffing (slightly)in a large bowl. If the mixture is dry, add stock to moisten (see note below). Add bacon and jalapeno, if using, and combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. 4. Divide batter among muffin cups, packing tightly, so the muffins hold together. Bake until the muffins are golden brown and fragrant, 20-25 minutes. 5. Transfer to a wire rack and cool in pan 10 minutes. Run a thin, flexible paring knife around muffins to unmold. Serve immediately. 6. Cook’s Note: If your stuffing mixture

is dry, add extra stock to moisten the mix before it goes into the muffin tins. If your recipe already calls for bacon or sausage, feel free to omit the bacon. The chopped jalapeño adds extra spicy goodness, but feel free to skip it if you do not like the spice.

Cranberry-Buttermilk Pancakes Serves 4 I don’t know about you, but we always — always — have cranberry sauce left! If you are like us, then this recipe is for you. This recipe works with whole-berry cranberry sauces — the canned jellied sauce won’t cut it here. To make life even easier, you can skip the stirring-the-cranberry-sauceinto-the-batter step and just spoon a few tablespoons of sauce right on top of your short stack. Easy peasy.

Ingredients • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 2 tablespoons sugar • 2 teaspoons baking soda • 1 teaspoon baking powder • Kosher salt • 2 eggs, separated • 1 cup buttermilk • 1 cup whole milk • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1/4 cup leftover cranberry sauce, plus more • Butter, for greasing pan and serving • Maple syrup, for serving Method 1. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. 2. Whisk egg yolks, buttermilk, and milk in a small bowl. Slowly whisk melted butter into milk mixture. Whisk in vanilla. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and whisk to combine. 3. Whisk egg whites in a small bowl until frothy. Gently fold whites into the batter until combined. Fold in 1/4 cup cranberry sauce. 4. Let pancake batter sit for 10 minutes. Heat a large griddle or non-stick pan over medium; brush with butter. Working in batches, scoop 1/4-cupfuls of batter onto pan; cook until small bubbles appear all over the surface, and the edges begin to look slightly dry, 2-3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until golden brown on both sides, 2-21/2 minutes more. Serve immediately with butter, warm maple syrup and additional cranberry sauce.

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25 Family Fun Things To Do This Winter! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Go to the snow Make your own hot chocolate Make cookies Go ice skating Make homemade soup Watch a Christmas or winter movie 7. Cut out paper snowflakes 8. Eat a candy cane 9. Do a family puzzle 10. Build a blanket fort 11. Sip hot apple cider 12. Go bowling 13. Have a no-screen day 14. Fulfill an angle tree request 15. Read a holiday story by the fire 16. Make a pine cone birdfeeder 17. Have a pajama day 18. Play a board game 19. Do a random act of kindness 20. Deliver baked goods to a neighbor 21. Visit a museum 22. Donate to a food bank 23. Donate toys you are no longer using to a local charity 24. Bundle up and go for a nature walk 25. Attend a tree lighting or holiday festival

16th Annual Avenue of Lights Drive-Thru The “Avenue of Lights Drive-Thru� will take place on five jammedpacked days, Wednesday, December 18th through Sunday, December 22nd, from 5:30 P.M.-9:00 P.M. at the Glenn County Fairgrounds in Orland. The fairgrounds are located at Woodward and Yolo Streets, (turn South off Hwy. 32 at Woodward Street). The cost is just $15.00 per carload! The committee has been diligently working all year long on new ideas to make the 2019 event even better than ever before. This year will be the 16th year for the Lights DriveThru. Just like years past, there will be a number of new displays for all to enjoy along the route. The North Pole Lodge, located in the Arts and Crafts Building, will be open. After the Drive-Thru, stop in The North Pole Lodge, located in the Arts & Crafts Building for refreshments, and view the lovely decorated trees and holiday displays. For only a few dollars, you can have your picture taken with Santa himself. This annual event is put on by a team of volunteers that looks forward to presenting a wholesome family atmosphere for guests from far and wide. Please mark your calendar. We hope you will come and enjoy this event for your holiday celebration. For additional information, please contact Stephen Shoop at 530-865-1709

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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 Winter. Please note that dates and times are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm the events.

Ongoing Events 0-5 Families Outside: Hiking and outdoor adventures 3rd Friday of the month (different meet up each month) at 11:00 am. 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 10 am-12 pm 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 10:30–11 am. Strengthening Families Program, 2856 Olive Hwy, Suite A, Oroville (530) 230-0211,

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Barnes & Noble Storytime: Held Saturdays at 11 am 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 a child. RSVP bookfamilyfarm@gmail. com or 342-4375. For up to date info, “like us” on Facebook. 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

Butte County Library, Chico: TUESDAYS: Preschool Storytime; Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. Two sessions: 10 am & 11 am. Homework Help from 3-5 pm for grades 1-8. WEDNESDAYS: Babies Love Books; Babies ages 18 months & younger will enjoy this special story time. 11 am. Homework Help from 3-5 pm for grades 1-8. THURSDAYS: Toddler Storytime; Stories, songs, & action rhymes for ages 3 & under. Two sessions: 10 am & 11 am. Storytime for all ages at 3 pm. Maker Lab from 3-6 pm. Chess Club: 3:30-5:30 under 18 only. FRIDAYS: Maker Lab from 3-6 pm. SATURDAYS: Chess Club from 11 am-1 pm. Maker Lab from 3-5 pm. 1st Saturday of the month: Japanese Storytime At Chico Library; Monthly program features classic tales of Japan, Kamishibai (“paper-theater”), & Japanese songs & crafts at 1 pm. 3rd Saturday of the month: Chinese Storytime, features stories & songs in Chinese at 2 pm. 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month: StoryTail Tutors; Monthly program for beginning, struggling or reluctant readers at 2 pm. SUNDAYS: Free Family Movie: Weekly movies. Contact branch for titles and ratings. All Ages. Showtime 2 pm. 1108 Sherman Ave. 891-2726. Butte County Library, Durham: TUESDAYS: Kids Crafternoon; 3-5:30 pm, Free dropin craft program for kids of all ages (under 5 with adult help.). THURSDAYS: Preschool Storytime; 10 am, Stories, songs, and activities for children 5 and under. 2545 Durham-Dayton Hwy, Durham, 879-3835. Butte County Library, Oroville: WEDNESDAYS: Preschool Storytime, 11 am, for ages 3-5. THURSDAYS: Babies Love Books, 10:30 am, Babies and parents will enjoy connecting through rhymes, songs, and books during a program created especially for them. No sign-ups are necessary. Presented by Butte County Library Literacy Services. SATURDAYS: Lego Club, 10 am-4 pm, All-day Lego fun for the whole family. Bring your imaginations, we’ll provide the Legos. 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 that 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 10 am-3 pm. FREE, donations are welcome. 345-6468. Chico Area Recreation and Park District: The Chico Area Recreation and Park District are here to help you play! They offer 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 excellent produce grown locally at Chico’s yearround Farmers’ Market. Held every Saturday from 7:30

am-1 pm, 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: They offer 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, home-school, preschool, and family programs, as well as an animal museum and nature playroom. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. 1968 E. 8th Street, 891-4671, Chico Dojo: Kids Karate classes for kids three and up. Thirty 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, 11 am-4 pm, 891-4336. Chico Mall Family Movie Nights: Join Chico Mall every 3rd Friday of the month for Family Movie Nights. Movies begin at 7 pm 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. 13 -17 yrs on Fridays from 2:30-5:30pm. 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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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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Kids will enjoy free face painting and a holiday craft. Sponsored by: Boost Mobile. Time may vary please get all the arrival details at and Facebook. com/ChicoMall. Chico Children’s Museum Fall Fundraiser Fiesta! Saturday, November 16th Join Chico Children’s Museum for it’s fall fundraising event. This adult-only cocktail & dinner fiesta will be a fun-filled evening to celebrate community and raise money for Chico Children’s Museum. Tickets are $50 each and will include dinner, dessert & music. 6-10pm at Chico Children’s Museum, 325 Main St, Chico. Purchase tickets on

Harvest Festival Saturday, November 2nd A FREE family fun event featuring activities including: kids arts & crafts, interactive animal displays, bounce house, calf roping, antique and modern farm equipment, butter churning, food booths, nutrition education, bee demonstrations, Bidwell Mansion tours, food available from Madison Bear Garden, plant sale, horse-drawn carriage rides and much, much, more. Bring your family and enjoy this great day at the home of Chico’s first farmer, John Bidwell. 10am-2pm at Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, 525 Esplanade, Chico. Holiday Bizarre Saturday, November 2nd All proceeds from the event go towards The Salvation Army of Chico’s women’s programs. 10am-4pm at 567 E 16th St, Chico. Soggy Dog Day Saturday, November 2nd CARD and Trailblazer Pet Supply are proud to present the 5th annual Chico “Soggy Dog Day,” a dog fundraiser and free health fair. All proceeds go toward CARD’s fund for a new dog park. This event is split into seven 30-minute time slots for water play at the Shapiro Pool at Chico Junior High. 11am-4pm, for tickets please visit Holiday Craft Faire & Gifts Saturday, November 2nd Hosted by Oroville VFW Auxiliary Post 1747. Handmade items, jams, jellies, baked goods, woodworking and more. Book signing by local author. Proceeds go to Veteran Programs. Free & open to the public. 10am3pm, 2374 Montgomery Street, Oroville.

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Paradise on Ice Friday, November 7th - Sunday, January 20th An outdoor ice skating rink with fun for the whole family! Rink is subject to closure during rainy weather. Please check for hours and special events. 6626 Skyway Paradise, 872-6972. Christmas Preview!! Hosted by Bless Your Heart Mercantile Saturday, November 9th From 3pm to 8pm at Bless Your Heart Mercantile, 701 4th Street, Orland. Hot cocoa, cider and cookies! True vintage Christmas collection you have to see to believe! The cutest Christmas signs, pillows, decor and ornaments! Gifts for everyone on your list! Gift wrapping! Specials throughout the store! Enter to win a Christmas gift basket from BYHM! $100+ value! Christmas cheer! Everyone is welcome... kids from 1 to 92! Family Movie Nights at Chico Mall Friday, November 15th Movie Nights are the 3rd Friday of every month near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Movies begin at 7pm. For complete details go to and Facebook. com/ChicoMall. Santa Arrival at Chico Mall Saturday, November 16th Join Chico Mall as we welcome Santa at 1 PM! The first 100 kids waiting for Santa will receive a goody bag.

Durham Artisan Market Saturday, November 16th Join or visit the 1st Annual Durham Artisan Market featuring the best that local vendors and artisans make, create, and design. Enjoy cookies, coffee and hot cocoa plus crafts for the kids! 9 AM-1 PM, Durham Memorial Hall, 9319 Midway.

purchased from around the world, technique driven choreography and an intense fencing scene you will not want to miss this show! At the Paradise Performing Arts Center. For more info please call 530-774-2364. An original ballet, produced by IIETA in cooperation with North State Ballet. White Christmas The Musical Friday, November 29th - Sunday, December 22nd This humorous and heartwarming adaptation of the beloved holiday film features seventeen Irving Berlin songs including Blue Skies, Snow, Happy Holidays, I Love A Piano and White Christmas. After World War II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-anddance act. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge that happens to be owned by their former army commander. With a dazzling score full of loved tunes, White Christmas is uplifting and a holiday musical worthy of enjoying year after year. For tickets visit

Holiday Vintage & Artisan Faire Saturday, November 16th Join us for Craft Beer and Wine Tasting, Vintage Decor, Hand-Crafted Arts & Crafts, Hearty & Savory Appetizers, No Host Bar, Holiday Food Delights, and Christmas Tree Raffles. Held from 3-7pm. Proceeds benefit local high school scholarships and other worthy causes. Chico Elks Lodge #423, 1705 Manzanita Ave, Chico. Santa Photos & Visits at Chico Mall Saturday, November 16th – Tuesday, December 24th Visit Santa at Chico Mall! Mon – Sat from 10am - 8pm and Sun 11am – 6pm. Santa breaks at 1pm and 5pm and 2pm on Sun. Sometimes hours may vary. Get Fast Pass information and all event details at and Christmas Preview Sunday, November 24th Since 1978, Christmas Preview has been a Downtown Chico tradition...drawing folks together in the heart of our community to officially kick off the holiday season! Downtown merchants roll out the red carpet and present the finest in hometown hospitality, debuting their holiday offerings, showing off fabulous decorations, and providing delicious refreshments and entertainment. The DCBA coordinates strolling carolers, and a few other on-street events and activities and invites SANTA to come on down for photos with the kiddos! You have not experienced the holidays in Downtown Chico if you have not experienced Christmas Preview. From 4-8pm, Mischief! Starring Molly Mahoney Comes to Chico! Sunday, November 24th Join Molly Mahoney, with award winning musical director, G. Scott Lacy, as she takes you on a mischievous ride through her musical life, with songs from the Great American Songbook, folk, jazz and musical theatre. 6:30pm, Chico Women’s Club, 592 E 3rd St (3rd and Pine), Chico. To purchase tickets visit: 14th Annual Run for Food Thursday, November 28th Since its inception, the Run For Food event has continued to grow and is currently the largest event in Chico! Every year, an average of 5,000 participants, 75 businesses, and 200 volunteers came together to help raise funds for the Jesus Center and its exciting programs. The Jesus Center provides two meals a day, six days a week, shelter for women and children, a resource center open to anyone seeking help to find housing, work, and a new start. In short, the Jesus Center offers hope. 5K run/walk at One Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park at 9am. To register please visit Into the Wardrobe Friday, November 29th - Sunday, December 1st “Into the Wardrobe” takes the audience on a journey through a magical land where they experience the mystery and wonder of this enchanted world. With a professional hair and makeup crew, gorgeous costumes

The Grinch Takes Over Who-Ville Sunday, December 1st The Grinch has taken over Who-ville! Join us as we enjoy a buffet style breakfast by Chico Catering Company. Your heart might grow three sizes as the Grinch retells and puts his own hilarious spin on the classic story. Our favorite Green One himself will make the rounds, stopping at each table to pose for pictures and sign autographs. He may even steal a side of bacon here and there. Tickets include photo opportunities, comedic interactions with the Grinch, a performance from the Who-ville girls, breakfast and storytime. Children tickets are $15 (Ages 2-12), Adult tickets are $30 (Ages 13+). The Foodie Cafe, 999 Marauder St, Chico. Tickets available on Pet Nights with Santa at Chico Mall Tuesday, December 3rd, 10th & 17th Held from 6pm – 8pm. For complete details go to and A Very Chico Nutcracker Thursday, December 5th - Sunday, December 8th Back by popular demand, Chico Community Ballet’s newly envisioned A Very Chico Nutcracker returns to the stage.  It is the traditional Nutcracker ballet and an infusion of rich Chico history! Journey back in time to the magical night before Christmas at the home of Dr. Oscar Stansbury’s family, where their daughter, Angeline, receives a most mysterious gift of a Nutcracker that sparks a wondrous adventure.  This production magically transports Angeline and the audience to enchanted lands where almond blossoms twirl and visitors from faraway lands, waltzing flowers, and special surprises await all! A true holiday treat not to be missed. Laxson Auditorium, for tickets visit www. or call (530) 898-6333. Elf The Musical Friday, December 6th - Sunday, December 15th Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fishout-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. This modern day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear! For tickets visit

Festive Fundraiser: Glorious Sounds of the Season Friday, December 6th - Sunday, December 8th Join us for this Chico holiday tradition, a festive event featuring music and drama for the season. Faculty and students perform holiday favorites, with special treats galore! Performers include the CSU, Chico Choral Ensembles, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz X-Press, chamber and theatre ensembles, soloists, and readers. Proceeds benefit student scholarships in the Chico State Department of Music and Theatre. Get your tickets early! Purchase tickets at the University Box Office, 530-8986333, online at, or at the door. More Info: 530-898-5152, Victorian Christmas Friday, December 6th - Sunday, December 8th A Chico tradition for the entire family, a very merry Victorian Christmas, corner of 5th and Salem. For tickets and more info visit 13th Annual Christmas Boutique Sponsored by Bridging the Gap by Giving Friday, December 6th - Saturday, December 7th Enjoy shopping for gifts from around the world and hometown favorites: BTG Market, Harper Hats, Lauren Mesa Art, Leather Purses from Nepal, LuLaRoe Clothing, Nod to Mod, and much more. Your purchase will provide clean water in developing countries. Enjoy Christmas Cookies and Carols with Katie Drake on Friday evening. Friday Hours:12-6pm Saturday Hours: 11am-5pm. 45 Parkside Ct., Chico. Santa Shuffle 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk Saturday, December 7th Join us at 8:30 a.m. for the 3rd Annual Santa Shuffle 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk - A run to help others this holiday season! Brought to you by the Chico Salvation Army: Doing the Most Good. All registered participants get a long sleeve shirt and a santa hat (adults) or an elf hat (kids)! One Mile Recreation Area, to sign up visit Breakfast With Santa Saturday, December 7th Welcome to Santa’s village! Choose which time you would like to have breakfast and then use the rest of the time to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and make crafts with the elves. Roots Catering will be serving pancakes and other wonderful breakfast treats. Choose from the available breakfast times, but come anytime to participate in the rest of the activities. This event will run from 8 AM-12 PM. Every person attending must be registered. Space is limited, so register early; this event does sell out. CARD Community Center. For tickets visit Holiday Bazaar & Gift Fair Saturday, December 7th You don’t want to miss this yearly free event! Find unique, handcrafted holiday gifts while you stroll the studio, nibble on refreshments while listening to music! 10am-3pm. Contact Christine at or (530) 370-1285 if you would like more information about this event. Christine Mac Shane’s Studio 561, 561 E Lindo Ave, Chico. Annual Holiday Artisan Faire Saturday, December 7th & Sunday, December 8th At Patrick Ranch Museum, 10am - 4pm, Free admission, for more information please visit www.patrickranchmuseum. org or call 342-4359. Santa’s Arrival at the Paradise Ice Rink Sunday, December 8th Start your holiday season with Paradise Recreation & Park District as we welcome Santa with seasonal cheer! Starting at 2pm. 6626 Skyway, Paradise, 872-6972. Caring Santa Sunday Sunday, December 8th Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours from 9am – 10:30am. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on Eventbrite - ONE TICKET per group/family, please. Event will be held at our Santa Set at East Court near Verizon. Visits with Santa are free. Photo packages that capture holiday memories will

be available for purchase at the event, pricing varies by location. Arc of Butte County Gift Wrap Sunday, December 8th – Tuesday, December 24th Get your gifts wrapped while you shop at Chico Mall and support a great cause. For complete details, times and location go to and DFJ Holiday Celebration with Santa Thursday, December 12th Join us at the Dorothy F. Johnson Center (775 East 16th St) at 6PM for a FREE Holiday Celebration. We will be featuring pictures with Santa, crafts, goodie bags and more. This free event is hosted by CARD and the Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho. For more info visit Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin Friday, December 13th Carpenter and Colvin, longtime friends for over 30 years, appear on stage together as an intimate acoustic duo, swapping songs and sharing stories. The acclaimed songwriters, who have eight Grammy awards between them, will perform material from their vast catalogues, as well as some of their favorite songs. The audience is invited into the artists’ “living room” as they play music and trade quips in the warm and cozy setting of Laxson Auditorium. Laxson Auditorium at 7:30pm, for tickets visit or call (530) 898-6333.

Holiday Tea Party & Fashion Show Saturday, December 21st At Patrick Ranch Museum, 1pm - 4pm $20 Admission Midway Cafe will be open, The Yule Logs Saturday, December 21st The Yule Logs are back for their BIG annual show at the El Rey! British Invasion hooks, California Surf harmonies and Borscht Belt chutzpah, The Yule Logs are the hardest working band in snow business. Often referred to as “the greatest Christmas band of all time,” The Yule Logs have been rocking the local music scene since 2005. Purchase your tickets early - this show will sell out fast! Show starts at 7:30pm. All ages to attend, tickets available at www. Nochebuena - Christmas Eve in Mexico Saturday, December 21st Celebrate the holidays in the traditions of Mexico with two premiere Los Angeles dance and music ensembles Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar. Artistic Directors Kareli Montoya and Jaime Cuéllar premiered Nochebeuna in 2018 at the Soraya Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles to rave reviews and thunderous ovations. Beautiful dance, colorful costumes, soaring instrumentals and songs, combine with Christmas cheer for an unforgettable performance. Laxson Auditorium at 7:30pm, for tickets visit or call (530) 898-6333.

Chico Mall Gingerbread House Making Event Saturday, December 14th Held from 2pm – 4pm. For registration and complete details go to and Gingerbread House Workshop Saturday, December 14th Patrick Ranch Museum’s Gingerbread House Workshop is fun for the whole family! This holiday fundraiser for Patrick Ranch will allow adults and children of all ages to partake in a creative, festive and fun event! 10am-12pm, for more information please visit or call 342-4359. Must pre-register. Kinetics Academy of Dance Performance At Chico Mall Saturday, December 14th Joins us at 3:30pm for this annual dance performance near Dick’s Sporting Goods. For complete details go to and Chico Mall Sounds of the Valley Performance Sunday, December 15th Starts at 2pm. For complete details go to and The 16th Annual Avenue of Lights Drive-Thru Wednesday, December 18th - Sunday, December 22nd Drive your car thru the fun and whimsical light displays. Held from 5:30 P.M.-9:00 P.M. at the Glenn County Fairgrounds in Orland. The fairgrounds is located at Woodward and Yolo Streets, (turn South off Hwy. 32 at Woodward Street). Beautiful holiday displays, visits with Santa and refreshments. Pink Martini - Joy to the World Thursday, December 19th This fabulously eclectic ensemble exudes a polished and glamorous sound—“jet set, vintage-chic, more than a little campy,” said The New York Times— and is an intoxicating concoction of sultry Latin music, swinging jazz, cabaret, cinema scores, and more. Bandleader Thomas Lauderdale said of his mates, “if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.” The little orchestra from Portland featuring the powerful vocals of China Forbes will perform work from their holiday album Joy to the World and additional tunes from their globetrotting repertoire. Laxson Auditorium at 7:30pm, for tickets visit or call (530) 898-6333. Family Movie Nights at Chico Mall Friday, December 20th Movie Nights are the 3rd Friday of every month near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Movies begin at 7pm. For complete details go to and

21st Annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway Wednesday, January 22nd - Sunday, January 26th For 5 days birders, naturalists, visitors, families, youth, and locals will enjoy quality time attending the wide gamut of highly educational, exciting, adventurous, and inspiring field trips, workshops, talks, and free activities which are designed with every skill and interest in mind. For more info and to view a full schedule of events please go to: Whose Live Anyway Saturday, January 25th Gold Country Casino Resort is bringing back WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Jeff B. Davis, Joel Murray and Dave Foley will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Doors open at 7PM Show starts at 8PM, 21 and older, Cirque FLIP Fabrique - Blizzard Thursday, January 30th Blizzard is the story of a group of friends, each one different from the other, like snowflakes, exploring the awe and wonder of a winter storm. Through the lens of their very special and intimate relationship with winter, Cirque Flip Fabrique brings audiences on a crazy, fun, poetic, and tender journey through winter, inviting you to get lost in a moment of white wonder. With some of the most exciting circus performers of the moment, all-original music performed live and breathtaking visual poetry, Blizzard is taking the stage by storm! Laxson Auditorium at 7:30pm, for tickets visit or call (530) 898-6333.


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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

Little Wonders

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.

4-5 years

Get your “Little Wonder” ready for Kindergarten by making learning fun and adventurous!

Dorothy Johnson Center 775 East 16th St. In the Little Wonders Room (530) 895-4711

Nature School

8am - 12:30pm, Monday-Thursday, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/ Thursday option. Runs SeptemberMay with monthly registration

3-5 years

9am - 1pm, runs in 6 week sessions on Tues, Weds, and Thursday, each day is a separate registration

A first learning experience in nature with crafts, songs, games, animal visits and guided exploration of Bidwell Park.

Chico Creek Nature Center 1968 E 8th Street 530-891-4671 x27

Notre Dame Preschool 2.5 License #045407128

Years Old & Up

7:30am – 6pm Monday – Friday

Half Days & Full Days Available Preschool & Daycare Available

500 Orient St. (530) 487-7330

Tiny Tots

3-4 years

9am - 11am, Tuesday & Thursday from September-May with monthly registration

Get your “Little Wonder” ready for Kindergarten by making learning fun and adventurous!

Dorothy Johnson Center 775 East 16th St. In the Little Wonders Room

License # 045405971


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Winter 2019 - 2020 Issue  

A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte county

Winter 2019 - 2020 Issue  

A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte county