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Shannon Devine, MS, RD Shannon Devine is a registered dietitian and mother to three girls. She believes that good nutrition and regular exercise are critical for good health, and wants to help others achieve their personal nutrition and fitness goals. She teaches nutrition part-time at Butte College and is available for nutrition counseling. She can be reached at:

James B. Wood, M.D. Dr. Wood has held a private pediatric practice in Chico for close to 30 years. In addition, he has served as Medical Director for Enloe’s Children’s Health Center for many years. In his spare time, Dr. Wood enjoys music, hiking, landscape photography and spending time with his 8 grandchildren.

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Be sure to look throughout the magazine for the four Fall images shown above. Once you find all four send us an email to listing the page number and location of each image. Ten winners will be randomly picked to win a our promotional prize! Each winner will receive Growing Up Chico T-shirts for their children, a set of Klean Kanteens, a gift certificate to U Swirl Frozen Yogurt or tickets to Chico Performances. All emails must be received by 5pm on September 15th. Winners will be emailed and announced on our facebook page. The hidden objects will be slightly smaller than the ones shown above. Don’t forget to have the kids help with this, it’s fun for the whole family!

Bri Sheridan is a senior at Chico State majoring in journalism with an option in public relations and a minor in theatre arts. In her spare time she enjoys going to plays and musicals, spending time outdoors, and volunteering for various non-profits. Bri is currently a marketing intern for FOCUS Film Festival and after graduation she hopes to pursue a career in non-profit or theatre PR.

Kayla Cook Kayla is a writer and Media Specialist for the Network for a Healthy California--Sierra Cascade Region. She has a passion for encouraging children to live healthy by eating more fruits and vegetables and keeping active every day.

Ian Twamley We absolutely could not produce this magazine without the support of our family of contributors and advertisers. If you do business with any of our advertisers, please be sure to mention you saw their ad in Growing Up Chico. As always we welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Send me an email at, I’d love to hear from you. Thank you for making Growing Up Chico your family’s resource! Marne Larsen

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Ian Twamley is currently the marketing intern for Chico Performances at Chico State. Ian just graduated with a degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. An avid outdoorsman, Ian loves spending his time in Upper Bidwell and camping near the Feather River.

Kim N. Huber, CFP® Kim is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with over 18 years of experience serving families and individuals seeking financial security, strategic investment advice and comprehensive financial planning. Kim, her husband Geoff and their 2 boys enjoy bike rides and farmers markets on the weekends as well as spending time with friends and family. Kim believes her life work is to educate and empower others to live financially healthy lives and to enrich them with the tools needed to be successful. For more information, please visit

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family time FOCUS Film Festival Opening Eyes to a New Perspective Chico Performances Fun for the Whole Family

Guardianship Who Will Raise Them Sleeping Issues Tips From a Pediatrician

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alternative education Featuring Local Charter and Alternative Schools

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school and home Dog Parade It’s all for the Kids

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Preventing Dehydration In Young Athletes

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The Flight of Tweeter A Stuffed Family Tradition

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healthy lifestyles What to Pack? The Challenge of the Brown Bag Lunch

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in every issue Photo Gallery See our readers’ submissions

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resource pages Events Calendar Seasonal activities for your family. Check it out here, in the most complete family calendar section in Butte County!

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Resources Support groups, parenting resources, destinations, websites, and other family resources in Butte County

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Advertisers Index Please support these local family-friendly businesses

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Preschool and Childcare Directory

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and celebrate diversity and inclusion.


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OCUS Film Festival is a three day event that aims to illuminate how the world is experienced by people with a different perspective; whether it is because of a disability, illness, poverty, cultural or religious belief, gender or lifestyle. According to their website, the Festival envisions a community that embraces diversity, not as difference, but as a blend of varied and valuable contributions. Disability presents itself in many different ways and can often be difficult to recognize. It is important for the community to understand the point of view and challenges faced by people with disabilities and by family members and others who provide support.

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our year old Sam is not the playground’s biggest fan. He does not run straight for the swings or climb the steps to the slide. Instead, he is focused on the first lamppost to catch his eye.


otivated by his son’s diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, Sam’s dad, Todd Drezner, created the film, Loving Lampposts which explores the debate about whether autism is a disease or a different way of being.


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ne of the individuals featured in the film, Sharisa Joy Kochmeister, was thought to have a very low IQ, until she was given the opportunity to use assistive communication technology. Sharisa is now an honors college graduate who teaches, speaks, and advocates for those on the autism spectrum. According to Sharisa, “Autism is a gift disguised as a dilemma.”


oving Lampposts is just one of many films that has been shown at FOCUS Film Festival since its debut in 2005. The Festival hosts documentary and feature films that highlight the human experience


f anyone realizes the importance of understanding and accepting people who are not typical, it is local business owner and mother, Geralyn Sheridan. She has an 18 year old son on the autism spectrum. “He just never really fit inside the box,” said Sheridan. “The doctors thought it was just ADD when he was younger and never looked any further.”


s a mother, Sheridan knew that the original diagnosis was not all that was going on, but for years she did not look any further. Her son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism when he was 15. “I didn’t want him labeled, so I stopped looking,” said Sheridan. “He may be different, but he isn’t the diagnosis.”


OCUS Film Festival was established by Far Northern Regional Center, a non-profit organization that provides services and support to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Festival is funded by grants and community donations. “It’s all about opening people’s eyes to new ideas and perspectives,” said Mary Ann Weston, Festival Director. “If you leave the festival with a broader understanding of someone different than yourself, then the event was a success.”


he kickoff for the 8th Annual FOCUS Film Festival is Thursday, Oct. 11 at Sierra Nevada’s Big Room, and continues on Oct. 12 and 13 at Colusa Hall at

Chico State. Over 20 films from around the world will be shown, including the winners of the 5th Annual Short Film Competition. The Festival is a fun event for the whole family that provides education, entertainment and inspiration to our community.


n addition to the film selection, festival goers will have the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops with visiting directors, stars, and experts. This year the Festival also features an art exhibit, sponsor booths, and a lunch buffet.


ew this year is an additional theater so two films can be shown simultaneously during much of the festival. The second theater provides the opportunity to include films that focus on topics other than disability such as diversity and gender perspectives.


he Festival fosters acceptance and inclusion within our community by exploring the complexities of the human experience. When people see someone who may look or behave differently than what is perceived as typical, it is often hard to look past that difference and see the actual person. “Don’t underestimate the power of a good entertaining film to open minds to new ideas,” says Weston. “There is no way you can attend even one of these films and not come away a changed person.”

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Family Fun at Chico Performances By Ian Twamley


o most kids, summer means one thing: freedom. From the second the final school bell rings and the classroom is far behind them, kids are ready to run, play and enjoy being outside with their families. Yet as the summer winds down and kids head back to the classroom, the freedom to learn and experience new things is reduced to textbooks and rows of desks.

For parents looking to keep the spark and imagination of summer alive, fun and educational performances like those offered by Chico Performances can be the perfect solution to enrichment outside the classroom. The Chico Performances 2012-2013 season, which begins on August 22, features professional musicians, dancers, gymnasts, jugglers, acrobats and much more from around the world, performing right here in the North State, showcasing their talents and captivating audiences both young and old. Chico Performances has worked hard to make live theater affordable for everyone, especially for kids. The Chico State Kid’s Club, which is offered for kids up to the age of 12 years old offers five tickets to five different performances and a personalized membership card for only a $40 dollar membership fee.


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With all the pricing and performance options, it can be hard to choose which performances to enjoy your with kids. The following are our recommendations on the best family shows that would hold your child’s attention, and be fun for you as well. In early October the whimsical musical Fiddler on the Roof Jr. by the Blue Room Young Company (Oct. 3) will be performed by kids, for kids, recreating classic songs like “If I were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker.” October 10 also brings the awe-inspiring gymnastics and Kung Fu prowess of the Shaolin Warriors: Voices of the Masters. If history or dance is your passion, Ballet Folklórico de Mexico (Nov. 13) celebrates the rich Mexican culture with evocative folklore that dances through the spirit and excitement of Mexican heritage. To celebrate Christmas with an international perspective, Danú will play traditional Irish instruments for the Celtic Holiday show on Dec. 4. This show features the Chico Children’s Choir joining them on stage to add some local flair and showcase our local talented young singers. Chico Performances is excited to bring back

our hilarious furry friends of the Comedy Pet Theater on Dec. 5. Featured on The Tonight Show, Letterman, and America’s Got Talent, these performing pets thrill audiences with their extraordinary talents and world-class circus antics. Just in time for the holiday season, the Chico Community Ballet will be celebrating their 33rd season with the timeless Christmas classic The Nutcracker for the weekend of Dec. 13-16. Just over a month later, on Jan. 23., the Golden Dragon Acrobats combine the grace of ballet with spectacular stunts and hilarious clowning. Are animals thought to be extinct for millions of years more up your ally? Then Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo is the show for you. Taking the audience on a hands-on journey through time, these giant dinosaur puppets educate as much as they entertain. On Feb. 6. The Cirque Mechanics are taking back to the air with high-flying trapeze stunts, contortionists performing on a unicyclepowered giant turntable, and trampolinelaunched performers that seem to walk on air. Starting off a fantastic run of music and dance performances is the red-hot and spicy song and dance of Paco Peña on Feb. 20, followed by the joyous music of the African Children’s Choir on March 3. Another world renowned dance ensemble, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, which is best known for their work on Avatar and The Little Mermaid, tell a story using tap, jazz, ballet on March 14. Our final two recommendations for family fun are brought to you by talented students from right here in the North State. Coming back for their 22nd annual performance are the diverse dancers of Keeping Dance Alive! Celebrating all forms of dance for two shows during April 5-6, these talented young dancers highlight the excitement of our active dance community. The final performance of the season, also performed by local youth, is The Little Mermaid Jr. on May 15. Produced by the Playhouse Youth Theatre and Chico Performances, this feel-good Disney musical is sure to be a favorite of both kids and reminiscent parents. A vibrant world of musicians, acrobats, performing animals and dancers all wait to inspire wonder and creativity in kids and families alike, all you have to do is act! For more information on family performances visit

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If you are married, it is very important that you are in agreement on your guardian choice. Naming different guardians could result in family feuds and costly court battles. Sometimes there is a temptation to name different guardians for different children. This may be appropriate for children from different marriages or vast age differences. In general, it may be better to keep brothers and sisters together for a smoother transition into a life without parents.

While procedures vary from state to state, the most common place to name a guardian is in your Will. A properly prepared Will gives you an opportunity to nominate a guardian. How do you choose a guardian? Here some factors to consider:

Once you choose a candidate for a guardian, sit down with them and discuss your decision and the responsibilities involved. Make sure they are willing to serve. Assure them that financial resources will be available in addition to any additional support from other family and friends. Also, prepare some written instructions on how you would like your children raised along with your hopes and dreams for them. Are there family and friends that could have hurt feelings over your choice? If so, you may want to discuss your decision with them so that they understand your reasoning. Also, discuss other roles that they could play in the care of your children. Since life is full of change, name an alternate guardian in case the first choice is unavailable or has a change of heart.

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By Kim N. Huber

ou are a great parent! You read to them every day, play hours of games with them, and make sure they eat nutritious meals. Your whole life revolves around your children’s school and activities. You started a college savings plan…check! You updated your life insurance beneficiary designations…check! You are all set, right? Well, there is one more question to ask: Who will raise them?


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Consider someone who shares your values and parenting style. Do they have the availability of time and the willingness to serve? How is their health? Are they an appropriate age? How is their relationship with your children? Are they financially stable? Would your children have to move?

While it is your responsibility to provide financial resources for your children’s care, it is important that your guardians have some financial stability. Good parents are not necessarily good money managers. You may want to choose a separate financial trustee for your children to avoid conflicts of interest and provide an additional voice in your children’s care.

Congratulations on taking the steps to plan for your children in the unlikelihood that you are not there to raise them. Given the importance and difficulty of these decisions, it would be wise to consult with some experts to help. An experienced estate planning attorney and financial planner would help you identify your family’s needs and develop solutions to ensure that your children are cared for by whom you want and in the way you want.

This column is produced by the Financial Planning Association (FPA), the membership organization for the financial planning community, and is provided by Kim N. Huber, CFP® a local member of FPA. Kim is a registered representative with and securities are offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Kim can be reached at (LPL # 1-072963)

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(and sleeping issues) is frequently a major problem area for well pediatrics. Babies with poor sleeping habits take a heavy toll on the rest of the family, and can even be a significant source for domestic discord. Undesirable infant sleeping habits frequently develop when parents follow the path of least resistance. This includes co-sleeping (The Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends against co-sleeping due to the increased SIDS risk). To a very large degree most, if not all, of these negative sleep habit patterns can be prevented Most infants are able to sleep 6-8 hours by 6-8 weeks. By about 4 months, changes occur which increase the incidence of night wakings. This may be due to teething or hunger, or possibly related to an upper respiratory infection. Whatever the reason, babies who had previously been good sleepers begin to awaken. A common response is for the child to be picked up and have their diaper changed. By this time the child is so wide awake that the only way to get her/him back to sleep is to provide a feeding. Unfortunately, this feeding gives the baby a reason to wake up again the next night at the same time. Waking has been reinforced by picking up and feeding. The recommended response to nighttime wakings after 4 months is a response of reassurance that everything is OK with a few pats, but without picking up. This will let your baby know that you are there, that you care, and that you expect him/her to be able to (or learn how to) get back to sleep without a feeding. After all, if an infant can sleep 6-8 hours at 2 months without a feeding, they can surely do it at 4 months. Should night time feedings resume, this would be a large step backwards in the night time sleeping schedule and a “make work” job for parents just at a time when many must return to work.



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SLEEPING ISSUES To a very large degree most, if not all, of these negative sleep habit patterns can be prevented. → By James B. Wood, M.D. Philosophy of Pediatrics and Child Development

Regarding Holding and Rocking Children are only young once, so you want to do all you can to comfort them, right? You can’t spoil an infant, right? It is not a matter of spoiling; it is a matter of habit patterns. After all, we are all creatures of habit. Regarding holding and rocking, as babies get older, the recommendation is “to bed awake”. This means that whatever the bedtime ritual, children should be in the sack before falling asleep. By doing this, children learn how to get themselves to sleep in their own beds. If a parent is required to get a child to sleep at bedtime, and this especially includes parents who climb into bed with the child, night time “self-quieting” skills are never learned. There is no way that a child can self-quiet back to sleep at 2 AM if they cannot do it at 8 PM. So if one is into holding and rocking at bed time, it is recommended that the child be placed into their own bed before they fall to sleep. Children who are allowed to go to sleep in one location (parents bed, in the living room in front a TV, or while being held) and then transferred to their bed later, never learn how to get themselves to sleep in their own beds.


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What to Pack? The Challenge of the Brown Bag Lunch By Kayla Cook As summer vacation comes to a close, kids are packing their backpacks and preparing to head back to class. For parents, back-to-school means trying to come up with new, creative lunch ideas so that the midday meal won’t end up in the trash can. This busy time can make it hard to not fall into the habit of buying pre-packaged foods. But with one in three children in America overweight or obese, it’s important to remember to fuel your children’s minds and bodies with healthy foods that will keep them going from breakfast to bedtime. Before we discuss lunch, I should first mention the importance of eating breakfast. A healthy school day starts with a balanced, nutritious breakfast. Studies show that children who regularly eat breakfast have better standardized test scores, are better behaved, and are less hyperactive than kids who opt out of the first meal of the day. Morning can be busy, so if you are short on time, keep it simple. Some quick, easy breakfast ideas are apple oatmeal, a paradise freeze smoothie, a fruit cup, or a whole wheat bagel topped with peanut butter and a side of apples. This will get your kids off to a healthy start before they head to class. Now onto lunch! Coming up with new, healthy ideas five days a week isn’t easy, especially with the back-to-school rush. But healthy school lunches don’t have to take a lot of time or be hard to prepare. With a little bit of creativity and smart planning parents can come up with lunchtime meals that are sure to satisfy their kids’ taste buds and nutritional needs. With the new school year comes the perfect opportunity to get your kids on track to a healthy lifestyle. This school year shake up lunchtime with new, nutritious options for the brown bag lunch.


Change things up to ensure your kids don’t get bored with their food. Instead of a sandwich, pack a pita, wrap, soup, or quesadilla. Try making a peachy peanut butter pita pocket or a veggie tortilla roll-up. If you usually pack a turkey sandwich, add a new twist to this lunchtime favorite. An egg salad sandwich, a strawberry and reduced-fat cream cheese sandwich, or (my favorite) a peanut butter and banana sandwich are all kid favorites. Change up a wrap by rolling the usual fixings in lettuce or cabbage instead of a tortilla. Even small efforts can make a difference, such as using different spreads for wraps or sandwiches. Some variations are avocado, humus, almond or peanut butter, pesto, or yogurt or low-fat cream cheese mixed with herbs. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce more variety into your child’s diet and keep them on the right track to a healthy lifestyle.


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Eating healthy helps kids stay alert and learn at school and fruits and vegetables are a big part of good nutrition. They are wonderful sources of many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are important to their health, growth, and development. Try cutting fruits and veggies into fun shapes with cookie cutters or come up with creative combinations, such as ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, and raisins) or papaya boats (papaya cut in a boat like shape filled with banana, kiwifruit, strawberries, and oranges). Make fruits and vegetables as easy to eat as possible. Kids love to dip their food, so include hummus, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, or a low-fat dressing for dipping. By adding color and fun to fruits and vegetables, kids will be more likely to get their recommended daily amount. To find out how much fruits and vegetables your kids should be eating, go to


Try to take some time over the weekend to prepare lunches for the week so it’s easier during the busy days. Cut up fruit and veggies so they are ready to go. Some ideas for produce that can be cut, bagged, and stored until lunchtime include carrots, grapes, melon, celery, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, sweet red pepper, or sugar snap peas. Have your kids help put together different snack bags with trail mix, dried fruit, or whole wheat crackers. Freeze individual servings of leftovers, such as soup so you can easily pull it out of the freezer, heat it up, and put it in a thermos.

Get kids excited about their lunch. Let your kids make fruit and vegetable kabobs and have them pick out what kinds of fruits and veggies they want to add. The more involved they are in making their lunch the more likely they will be excited about what they are eating. If meals start to get boring, try coming up with different themes for the week, such as picnic day where you pack turkey roll-ups and fruit kabobs or rainbow day where you pack foods that encompass the colors of the rainbow.

While creating healthy lunches is one great step, don’t stop there! Build on that success and serve healthier options at dinner and on the weekends too. Preparing and eating meals together at home is a great way for your kids to try new foods and for you to be a role model. Remember, your attitude about food and eating habits has a huge influence on them.

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Dog Parade Contest! How much, more fun can we have? Families love to have fun together and The Dog Parade Contest will be a wonderfully fun time for everybody: whether it is a one person family or a huge family, whether you have no dogs, one dog, or more than one dog. This is the place for you to be on September 16th, 2012. Yes, under the trees in the Chico Elks’ back yard watching the Dog Parade Contest. Chico Elks Lodge is the sponsor of the Dog Parade Contest & Chili Cook-Off and this is their 4th annual event which is a fundraiser for kids. For the first three years, the proceeds were given 17 Chico Unified Schools. School is starting later this year, so it was decided to take the pressure off the teachers and parents who volunteer to work in this event- proceeds will go to some new children oriented organizations. Casa–Kids is a group of court appointed advocates that help foster children. The proceeds given to Casa-Kids go directly to the kids, not administrative expenses. Some of the proceeds this year will also go the Chico Library. Some of the proceeds will go to the Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation and the remaining funds will go the Chico Elks Children’s Charities for the North State.

There is so much to do at this event for adults and children. Bring strollers and comfy camp chairs to watch the Dog Parade Contest with lots of dogs dressed up to win in ten categories such as: The Prettiest Female, Cutest Puppy, Best Owner Look Alike and many more. Go online and sign up to enter your dog or just bring your dog to watch! There will be a tasty food court, a Santa Maria Tri Tip BBQ, face painting, picture booth, pet vendors, music, a live raffle, and silent raffle and most of all, the Chili Cook-Off! You can taste from ten different chili contestants and the chili is so good! There are five Dog Parade judges and Larry Scott, our local radio host, will MC the Dog Parade Contest. YES! This is the place to be having fun and helping disadvantaged children that need our Support. Come Sunday, September 16th from 11am to 3pm and enjoy the beautiful, tree studded backyard of the Chico Elks Lodge. Go online to sign up and get more information at or call (530) 521-2334 for more information. We look forward to seeing you at this very special fundraising event!

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Preventing Dehydration in Young Athletes By Shannon Devine, MS, RD


• Fall sports are upon us and so is the heat! Whether your child is just starting youth soccer or is on the high school football team, adequate hydration is critical for optimal performance on the field. Parents and coaches need to be aware of fluid requirements and appropriate beverage choices for active kids, as well as the signs of dehydration.


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Children are less tolerant of the heat compared to adults and therefore need to take extra precaution when exercising in hot temperatures. Kids don’t adapt to the heat as effectively as adults while exercising because they:

1. Have a greater surface area-to-body mass ratio, and therefore absorb more heat from the environment than adults do. 2. Produce more heat per pound during physical activity. 3. Have a decreased ability to sweat compared to adults and therefore can’t cool down as easily during exercise. If dehydration is left untreated, heat related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke could occur. Children who have been recently ill, are overweight, out of shape, have a chronic illness, or take certain medication are at highest risk.

Signs of Dehydration • Dry mouth • Irritable • Headache • Dizziness • Fatigue • Decreased performance • Small amount of urine • Dark-colored urine Fluid Needs for Active Kids

Fluids are important for all athletes to prevent dehydration, overheating, and to remove wastes produced by muscles during exercise. Fluid needs vary from child to child, depending on age, weight, activity level, etc. Children should aim for at least six 8-ounce cups of water per day. Additional fluid is needed when exercising.

How much does my child need to drink during and after exercise? Weight (lbs.)

During Exercise (fl. oz./hr.)

50 75 100

10 15 20



After Exercise (fl. oz./hr activity) 3 5 7 9

To keep kids hydrated and safe from heat illness Remind your children to drink fluids! Young children have a poorly developed thirst mechanism and often don’t feel the need to drink enough while exercising. Athletes should be well hydrated before starting practice or their event. Send kids to school with a water bottle and remind them to drink fluids with all meals and throughout the day. Teach your kids to monitor the color of their urine. Clear or light-yellow urine indicates good hydration. Not having to urinate or dark-yellow urine means it’s time to drink more. Make sure fluids are available during practices and events. Bring water bottles or jugs filled with ice-cold water or other appropriate beverage (see next page). Coaches should substitute players regularly, avoid scheduling practice in the midday heat, and provide frequent water breaks (every 20 minutes) in the shade. Dress kids in lightweight, lightcolored clothing.

Fluid Choices

Take a walk down the beverage aisle and you will find a plethora of bottled waters and other drinks. Many of them look like sports drinks and are especially appealing to teens, but these flavored waters and energy drinks are not always all they’re cracked up to be. So what types of beverages should your active child drink? Water should always be the first choice of fluid for children, but sometimes, plain water just isn’t enough. Children who participate in exercise lasting 1 hour or more may need a sports drink, especially when it’s hot or they are sweating heavily. Studies have shown that children will voluntarily drink more fluid during exercise in warm or hot environments when given a sports drink than when plain water is given, making it a good choice for keeping kids hydrated during long and/or hot events. Although appropriate before, during and after strenuous exercise to fuel muscles and replenish water and electrolytes, kids should not drink sports drinks when not exercising due to the high sugar and calorie content. Sports drinks should not be confused with energy drinks. Sports drinks are flavored beverages like Gatorade and Powerade. Energy drinks like Monster, Red Bull, and Rock Star are loaded with sugar and contain stimulants like caffeine and guarana (a plant extract that contains caffeine). Energy drinks should never be given to children or teens. Teaching your kids to take care of their bodies by staying active and consuming healthy foods and beverages will help them to maintain a fulfilling and active lifestyle on into adulthood. We all want our kids to be as successful as they can in their sports and feel good while they’re playing. Staying hydrated is essential.

Guide for Choosing Fluids Use the following table as a guide when choosing fluids for yourself or your child

Beverage Type Water



Sports Drinks

Flavored Waters

Coconut Waters



First choice for staying hydrated. Keep water accessible to sip throughout day. Limit to avoid exceeding calorie 100% juice needs. Dilute 100% juice with water for kids who don’t like plain water 4-8 yrs: 2 ½ cups/day Choose non-fat or 9 yrs and up: 3 cups/day low-fat (1%) Cow, Chocolate milk is Soy, or Almond milk a good choice after exercise Gatorade Drink before, during and after prolonged Powerade exercise Contain too much Vitamin Water sugar Sobe No evidence added Fruit2o vitamins improve performance. Costly OK to drink, but don’t Zico contain proper balance Vita Coco of electrolytes to be used as a sports drink Tap water Bottled water


Regular/Diet Sodas

Should avoid or rarely drink

Energy Drinks

Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star

Never appropriate

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The Flight of Tweeter: A Stuffed, Family Tradition At age 1, Emily discovered a new family member: A yellow, stuffed “duck” named, Tweeter. His existence touched more than the hearts of our children; he taught lessons on how to care for others. By DeAnna Holman


ho would have thought that a gift from my mother-in-law to my newborn baby would start a new family tradition?

That summer almost seven years ago brought heat, a big belly, an early delivery of a sweet baby girl and Tweeter: my baby’s new best friend. Tweeter was a soft, yellow, bean bellied duck or chick-Who could tell? He had black eyes, a small puff of fuzzy hair on his head, floppy wings and a crooked smile on his bright orange beak. He was a gift from “grandma,” my husband’s mom, for the new baby, born five weeks too early and yet not soon enough for this excited family. As giddy as we were to get this cute little guy, we made his home on the shelf to become a knick-knack. As the first year of Emily’s life flew past us, she began to notice everything around her. She spoke early and used baby sign language; she was determined to communicate at all costs. She also had an acute eye for detail which allowed her to see a cute, unique, yellow friend amidst the sea of stuffed friends. Not a walker yet, she yelled from my arms, “what that!?” I swung her around to investigate the shelf, home of Tweeter. She grabbed Tweeter and said, “Who?” I read the name on the tag and quickly tried to identify his species: “Tweeter, er, the…duck! This is Tweeter the duck and he was a present to you from Grandma.” At that defining moment- one that would cause future laughter, tears, late night washings, “Tweeter” hunts, cuddles, dances, strange photo-ops, and frantic searches on eBay for a double- Tweeter became Emily’s first best friend. So faithful a friend was Tweeter that he would follow Emily on every trip; long or short. He would dance with her and smile his crooked smile at her as if to say, “I will always be here for you.” He would tuck her in at night and watch over her as she squeezed the daylights out of him. As Tweeter had to get “baths,” his neck grew weak, causing it to bend slightly over to one side. This made for some good laughs, with my husband moving Tweeter’s head back and forth and making jokes in a cartoon voice. That duck had become a member of the family. This was not exactly my idea of the exciting, hip, fast

paced, jet-setting life I had pictured for myself. This was better. One night I had what I know them as, “A Mommy Premonition.” You know the kind where you can see into the future and predict a kid accident before it happens; therefore stopping it its tracks, avoiding a catastrophe? Super hero stuff. I quickly ran to the computer to email Gund. “We must get another Tweeter in case something happens to ours.” …Ours. The next day, a reply email came and I read the dreaded response: TWEETER HAD BEEN RETIRED FOR A YEAR! Oh, the life of a duck. What now? I needed a replacement at all costs! I logged onto eBay and started searching: “Tweeter,” no- lots of speakers came up. “Gund,” no- thousands of toys appeared. “Gund Tweeter,” What? A bear! I continued to try: “Gund Duck, Gund Ducky, Gund Tweeter Duck, Plush Duck…” until finally, as the sun was coming up, “Gund Baby Chick” sent a yellow flash upon my monitor! This cute, little, yellow guy with black eyes, floppy wings and a new fuzzy dollop of hair on his head smiled a crooked smile at me. Let the bidding wars begin! I ended up paying a mint for this stuffed impostor, but it was well worth it. I had an insurance policy that would prove handy in no time. As Emily grew, Tweeter grew an annoying habit of hiding. One fateful night, a relatively early (and rare) bedtime was quickly halted by the sweet, shriek of a young girl’s cry for her ‘lovey.’ As tears poured down her face, her daddy and I switched into DEFCON 1. In a highly trained military fashion, we searched the house for the missing duck. Soon, we had an all-out war against time and tears. Remembering the new Tweeter I had won on eBay, I signaled to my husband, AKA: “Daddy.” He acted swiftly, and being the creative genius he is, started a song to get Emily to stop crying: “We’re going on a Tweeter hunt…” they sang as they quietly marched around the house away from where I was carrying out my secret operative. Retrieving the new and much, much cleaner duck, I came around the corner and ran into the two Tweeter hunters. Quickly thinking, as only an exhausted mother could, I explained that Tweeter had been taking a bath and he had his hair done. He was “as good as new.” I nervously handed the two year old

her soft, clean, new best friend. Clutching the bird with relief, she crushed his head with her embrace and went right to sleep. Soon, Emily would carry her trusted companion into the hospital room to meet her new little brother. Tweeter was there to cushion the blow of realizing it was not just Mommy, Daddy and Emily anymore. I appreciated that duck at that pivotal moment. I needed him: Old Faithful- a true member of the new, bigger family. My family grew and so did my eBay, duck hunting obsession. I wanted to be prepared for anything. There could be a Tweeter for traveling, one left at Grandma’s house, one hidden for emergencies. I was stock piling them as if preparing for an inevitable natural disaster. This may seem like an episode of Dr. Phil in the making, but anyone with two young kids in the house, and considering another, would go to great lengths to preserve one ounce of tranquility. Again, on an unexpectedly calm night, the unthinkable happened. While washing one of the dirty birds, I went to check on Emily. I picked up the Tweeter Emily had held while sleeping. He had slipped out from her loving grasp and had fallen to the floor. I decided to take it into the laundry room to compare the two Tweeters and see if I should clean the other. I put both yellow friends on the top of the dryer as I folded some clothes. As I lowered a warm towel that had been hiding my face as I folded, a young, sweet three year old looked at me with big eyes. As if she had learned the secret of the Easter Bunny or Santa, she shrilled with surprise, “There are two Tweeters!” She ran to them as I stood in horror, tossing a “help” look to my husband. He just looked at me as if to send a telepathic message; but I wasn’t reading, you copy?! To our amazement, our kind-hearted, loving, young daughter took the Tweeters into her arms and smiled. She walked to her baby brother’s room, parents following, and gently sat a Tweeter on his bed. “Andrew needs a Tweeter,” she whispered as she left his room. A year or so after our third child was born, I had found, and purchased a new Tweeter. Before I had a chance to pay for the new bird, I received an unusual email sent to me through eBay:

Abigail! I figured we could store it until the other two children wanted to present the bean-bellied duck to our youngest. Unfortunately, no Tweeters were out there. We would have to add the search to “Favorite Searches” and eBay would notify us when one came up. I looked at our birds and figured a “loved” Tweeter would still carry on the tradition. I soon forgot about all of that stuffed duck stuff, until the day that I received an email from a stranger:

I have a 4 year old, Molly, who lost her Gund Tweeter 5286. It was a gift from her late Grandmother. I contacted Gund and they don’t make the stuffed animal anymore. I was hoping to buy her a replacement - have been looking for this stuffed animal on eBay and specialty retailers for months.... Since I lost the auction to you, please let me know if you would consider selling it.

I have attached a photo I took when he was really young, and the ducky was clean and new and another photo of when he was a little older.

Tom I already had a collection of undiscovered Gund Tweeter 5286s, so I promptly forwarded the new bird as soon as it arrived. Feeling horrible after bidding against a child who lost a gift from her late grandmother, I told the new owners not to pay. Being parents that would go to any lengths to save a family member, at my chagrin, they sent cash with no return address. I stopped bidding on Tweeters. Quitting Tweeter hunting cold turkey was not as hard as I thought, until I thought about our third child. It is a family tradition after all, to have a Tweeter who will love and comfort you. Let the late night searches and bidding begin! I have to win another new Tweeter, for

On March 30th, you won a bid for a yellow Gund Duck called Tweeter. This will sound crazy, but is there any chance you still have that duck - and if so, would you be willing to sell it? My son had that exact duck which we took with him all over the world. He loved that thing, but last night I left it on the plane. You paid $8.51. Name your price. Man, I sure hope you still have it. Thanks so much. Sean Wow! POKWT (Parents of Kids with Tweeters) unite! But wait! Bad news! I sent the new duck to Molly! I quickly emailed back to explain the situation. It was a sad day for one little boy. Suddenly, I had one fuzzy, dollop-haired idea. I had Tweeters, many of them. They were older. They were loved. They had been: bid on, boxed up, flown from England and Miami, squeezed, kissed, hugged, petted, dressed up, and washed. Oh, and I forgot to mention accidentally dried, causing the fuzzy hair patch to ball up into a bun. I hurried to the computer and emailed an offer of one slightly used best friend. The happy father immediately replied: Hi DeAnna, Thank you for your reply! It has been 3 nights now and he keeps asking for his ducky (yucky as he was). We’ve told him that he’s on the plane flying around.

If you could find your way to let go of one of your duckys - no matter how ragged it is, I can assure you ours was super, super ragged, I, and he would be very grateful and appreciative. I will happily buy it for whatever you feel is fair. Sean I laughed as I replied that we needed a support group for parents of kids with Tweeters. He responded: Love the group idea. In my search for another Tweeter, I found a post by someone who stated how Gund phases out their animals every couple years which makes it hard for kids who lose theirs. Thanks again... seriously - ours was ragged and old, so if you can let one go, I’d really appreciate it. Sean

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I assured him that we would be happy to send him a “Yucky.” I had to explain the hair, but I offered to ship him the next day. No money was to change hands; that and the hair were the deal breakers. The response: You are an absolute gem! I can’t thank you enough!! This is a very big virtual hug. I just flew back to work, but my wife and sons are still in California at Grandma and Grandpa’s - until Thursday.

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It’s cliché to talk jaded about the world, and that people just don’t care about others anymore, and all that. But it’s not true.

I know what you mean about the hair - we did that too, so it’s not a problem if you send the washed/dried Tweeter.

Here [I have a photo] is Ian, 4 days after my leaving Ducky on the plane, clinching his new, pre-own duck, happy as ever.

I would like to pay you for Tweeter and for shipping. Please give me your address and I’ll happily send you some money.

Thank you, DeAnna, for your kind and generous gift. We won’t forget.

Thank you again. Ian will be so excited.

P.S. No luck with Southwest baggage claim.

Sean I explained the entire situation to my kids, hoping they would give up a Tweeter that was not too worn. Again, I was a proud parent when Emily ran to get a duck and Andrew helped wrap him in a “blanket,” AKA tissue paper. I sent the Tweeter via Priority Mail first thing the next morning. I emailed a message saying; “Sean, you are welcome! My kids were excited to help someone who lost their Tweeter. It was our pleasure. Please do not worry about payment of any kind. Just ‘pay it forward.’ Please let me know when the Tweeter arrives and I will tell my kids. Take care.” This was not about money, this was about family. Sean notified us the very next day that Tweeter the “yucky” had arrived! He posted a bulletin on his site: Last weekend I left Ian’s pride and joy, his yellow Gund duck on the plane. Ian got Ducky as a gift when he was born, and it has been around the world with him. When we realized I left it on the plane, Southwest’s world class efficiency already had the plane in the air to San Diego. We spent several hours contacting baggage claim and searching for a replacement just in case. I never thought I’d be so concerned about recovering a stuffed animal, but somehow, this little yellow piece of fabric and cellulose is like a family member. Like the beloved family pet - now lost in space. Gund retires their ‘products’ every couple years. And this duck “Tweeter” was sold about 4 years ago. Gund sales team told me it was retired. eBay indicated one was sold a few weeks prior, which was unfortunate because we’d looked many times before to preempt this exact scenario. Gund has made many yellow ducks over the years, but we hadn’t before seen a Tweeter come available on eBay. I contacted


the winning bidder of this one and would you believe it, she replied. Not only that, she had 6 of them because her kids loved this particular model duck too. I offered to pay her whatever she thought fair if she were willing to sell one of her kids’ Tweeters. Instead, she sent it next day priority mail and refused payment.

Sean had already paid it forward. That yellow stuffed animal has turned out to be: a toy, a lovey, a security blanket, an obsession, a deliverer of joy, a dance partner, and a gift. He has become a teacher of important life lessons for my husband and me; more importantly, a teacher of important life lessons for our children. Tweeter, our beloved soft, yellow, bean-bag-bellied, floppy winged, crooked-smiled, black-eyed, worn out, flimsy necked, bunheaded, well-loved best friend continues to “pay it forward.” Our youngest child, Abigail, received her very own, new Tweeter as an Easter gift the spring after she was born. She immediately began to sleep with him every night. The tradition continued.

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Your guide to free or low-cost family resources in Butte County!

For New Moms! Babies Love Books “lapsits” Babies 0-18 months and parents will enjoy connection through rhymes, songs, and books designed especially for them! Free! Every Wednesday, 9:30am and 10:30am, Chico Library,

Better Babies Services include private appointments, health education, nutritional information, childbirth classes, breastfeeding and baby care. Individual support, counseling and support groups. 578 Rio Lindo Ave., Ste 100, 894-5585.

Breast Friends Expectant & breastfeeding mothers come together for support, encouragement & friendship. Onsite breastfeeding assistance from a lactation consultant. Thursdays 10am. WIC office. 891-2767 Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center Offering a full & rich education program which offers before baby, safety and parenting classes. Enloe’s Mother & Baby Breastfeeding Support Services: We offer lactation assistance before and after the birth of your baby. Staffed by an International Certified Lactation Consultant, who provides consultation appointments 5 days a week. Call 332-3972 for an appointment or for more information.


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La Leche League We offer mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Every Friday from 10:30 to 12:00, Downtown Chico at Bidwell Presbyterian Church (in the nursery). More information at:, or by calling 591-9191. Mom2Mom Support group sponsored by Feather River Healthy Mothers every Thursday from 10:30am-12pm. Topics include: breastfeeding, first foods, baby wearing, cloth diapering, natural parenting, returning to work, infant development and much more! 8762518. Mother Nurture Free breastfeeding support groups for all stages of nursing. On-going class series and events, from Cloth Diapers to Attachment Parenting. www.facebook. com/pages/Mother-Nurture-Chico-CA

Women’s Resource Clinic Exists to help women, mothers & babies of this community in difficult times. We are a free pregnancy-crisis clinic. We also provide free baby clothes, maternity clothes, diapers, wipes and baby furniture. 897-6101.

Parenting Resources Adoptive Parent Support Group Join us in sharing, learning, and supporting each other with the joys & challenges of adoption. First Monday of the month, 7-9pm, 520 Cohasset Road. 879-3861 Bright Beginnings Family Center Family literacy, parent education classes, counseling services, adult education, English as a Second Language, physical exams, immunizations, dental screenings, Head Start, after-school programs and home visits. 538-2950 Butte College Foster/Kinship Education Free workshops & trainings for parents, foster parents, and relative caregivers. For more info and a current workshop schedule, call 897-6235. Butte County Mothers of Multiples We are here to provide mutual support and guidance to meet the special challenge of parenting two, three or more children born together. For more info call 899-1538 or at: Chico Homeschoolers We are a local homeschooling group and support network. We are a fully inclusive group and all homeschoolers are welcome. We have weekly park days, regular field trips, and teen gatherings. Membership is free. Chico Mothers Club The member-run, non-profit organization supports mothers of young children by organizing activities, playgroups, community involvement and much more. For more information, call 571-4268 or at: Enloe Mother & Baby Outreach Program At Enloe’s Mother & Baby Outreach Program, many parenting the infant classes are offered, such as Bittie and Bigger Baby and Me, Infant Massage, and InfantPediatric CPR. In addition, we offer breastfeeding support, services and a clinic that helps mothers and babies establish and maintain breastfeeding, before, during and after the birth. 332-5520 or online at Enloe’s Bittie Baby & Me Bittie Baby & Me and Bigger Baby & Me parenting series. At the Mother & Baby Education Center, 251 Cohasset Road, Suite #120. Call 332-3970 for more information or to register. Feather River Hospital We offer education, participation and emotional support for all members of the expectant family. Offering many parent and childbirth education classes such as: Pregnancy Education Series, Baby StepsFirst Year Parenting, Infant CPR, Cesarean Refresher, Pregnancy Yoga, Sibling Preparation, Breastfeeding and more! Please call 876-2518, or go to www.frhosp. org for more information. Free Tutoring All grades, all subjects. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6:30pm, CSU Chico campus, Bell Memorial Union 309, call 898-5817 for more information.

Sunny Garden Montessori Ongoing playgroups for babies and toddlers age 0 months to 36 months! Classes designed for the 3, 4, and 5 year olds and their parents! We will meet one time a week for one and one-half hour! Children will meet new friends and adults will share parenting strategies and techniques in a beautiful warm facility. 343-3101 OPT for Fit Kids A community based program that encourages people of all ages to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Services include group and individual family-based nutrition education and nutrition education classes. 1311 Mangrove Ave, Suite E, 345-0678. Parent Infant Programs A developmental program designed for children diagnosed at birth with a regional center qualifying condition or children at risk of developing those qualifying conditions. We share a deep commitment to normalizing the relationships, attitudes, goals and expectations among Parents, families, professionals and the very young child. 247-1375, Valley Oak Children’s Services A Resource and Referral Program that provides free referrals to child care and other family-related services. Low Income parents can call and get on the Centralized Eligibility List for preschool and subsidized child care in Butte County. Community members are invited to use the Resource Library at no cost. Call 895-3572 or 1-800-345-8627 or visit for more information. Grandparents as Parents Support group that helps grandparents and other family caregivers. Chico: First Thursday of month, 11:30-1:30pm. 2491 Carmichael Drive, Suite 300. Paradise: First Thursday of month 6-9pm at Family Resource Center on Skyway. 897-6235 Teen Parent Support Group Support group about health and nutrition for teen parents and parents-to-be. Third Thursday of the month at 2:30pm. WIC Office, 1311 Mangrove Ave. Suite E. 891-2767 Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) For mothers of infants through kindergarten-age. Grace Community Church. Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 2346 Floral Ave, Chico. 343-5528 ex35 Free Childcare. Sacred Beginings Offers childbirth preparation classes, pre & postnatal yoga, & yoga with toddlers & crawlers. 321-6477. WIC A program that provides supplemental food vouchers and nutrition education to pregnant and breastfeeding women and to infants and children up through age five who qualify in Butte County. Services are available to clients who are at risk for nutritional deficiencies and who meet financial guidelines. Parent education about nutrition, breastfeeding, child safety, growth/development and other child-appropriate topics is provided by the WIC staff. 891-2767, fns.

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community through its educational programs. Please call 898-5397 to arrange a tour.

The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation The Wildlife Foundation is home to a remarkable variety of non-releasable, endangered, and exotic live animals. Hours of Operation: 7 days a week by appointment, 9am - 5pm. Donations Welcome! Call 345-1700 or visit them online at www.

Stansbury Home Built by Dr. & Mrs. Oscar Stansbury in 1883, this home was designed in the Italianate Victorian style, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 307 West 5th St. 895-3848. Sat & Sun 1-4pm. Adults $2; Students $1, Under 10 Free.

Handi-Riders Therapeutic Riding Center Handi-Riders has been offering a safe and enjoyable equine experience for special needs children ages three and up for over 30 years. We provide a place where our students can meet their challenges and enjoy the physical, developmental and emotional benefits they gain by participating in our therapeutic horseback riding program. Visit our website: or call 5335333.

Bidwell Mansion Learn about Chico’s rich history with a guided tour of the 26 room historic mansion. The Visitor Center is open Tues-Fri from 12-4 pm, and Sat & Sun from 10-4 pm, with guided tours on the hour. Cost: $4 per person; children 5-17 are $2, and children under 5 are free. 525 The Esplanade. 895-6144

Patrick Ranch Museum An Interactive Agricultural and Natural History Learning Center. Offering educational field trips too. 10381 Midway, Chico. Call for hours 3424359,

Hydrocephalus Association Support Group An opportunity to meet others connected to hydrocephalus. All ages are welcome! Last Saturday of every other month at 3:30pm, Chico, contact 591-9512,

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Recreation & Dreams for Kids w/Cancer Children with cancer & their families are invited to attend this support group providing free monthly recreational opportunities. 332-3171

Chico Creek Nature Center The Chico Creek Nature Center operates as a natural history museum, nature center, and information center of Bidwell Park, and offers educational programs for students, weekend hikes, and nature activities for the public. Donation requested. 891-4671 Chico Community Observatory Providing access to our universe through its telescopes for the enjoyment and education of the youth of this community. Winter hours: F-Su 6-9pm. Summer hours: W-Su from sunset to 3 hours after. Open 11am -1pm Sundays for solar viewing. In Upper Bidwell Park. 343-5635. Chico Museum The Chico Museum celebrates the unique identity of Chico by presenting locally relevant exhibits that explore our past, illuminate the present and imagine the future. The Fall, 2012 exhibit, “ I Love Chico” opens September 8. This Community Creative Arts Show features expressions of love for Chico by artists of all ages, all talents and using all mediums. Come create your own piece of art with our interactive exhibit. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4pm; Adults $3.00, Seniors/Students $2.00, under 14 free. Located at Second and Salem Streets, Downtown Chico. Phone 891-4336, or visit

Friendly Farm Alpacas The alpaca is a sweet fuzzy animal that likes children to visit them. Please call 342-4745 The Gateway Science Museum Designed to create a life-long learning environment that enables visitors to explore, interpret, and celebrate the magnificent natural heritage of Northern California through science, research and education. For more information, visit the Gateway Science Museum Web site: Gold Nugget Museum Learn about and become a part of the history of the Ridge! There are many hands-on events, such as the Days of Living History, which the entire family can participate in. 502 Pearson Road, Paradise. 872-8722.

Home At Last Equine Sanctuary Lots of critters to meet. homeatlastsanctuary@ Museum of Anthropology The museum is committed to the collection, protection, and interpretation of ethnographic material culture & to share this with the

Chico Public Library Storytimes Preschool Storytime for 3-5 yrs. stories, songs & craft Tues-10am and 11am, Babies Love Books 0-18 mos. stories, songs & bounces Wed-9:30am and 10:30am, Toddler Storytime for 1-3 yrs stories, songs & action rhymes Fri-10am and 11am, 1st Sat. Japanese Storytime all ages, stories, songs & craft 1pm, 3rd Sat. Chinese Storytime all ages stories, songs & craft 3pm, 891-2762, Barnes & Noble Storytime Enjoy some fun stories, from treasured classics to new adventures. Wednesdays 11am, Saturdays 2pm. 894-1494 Boys & Girls Club of Chico The Boys & Girls Club of Chico, the positive place for kids and teens ages 6 to 18, offers a variety of walk-in, facility programs Monday through Friday. $10 per year. 899-0335 KZFR Storytelling for Kids Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of fascinating storytelling by tuning in to 90.1 FM radio in Chico. M-F, 7-7:30pm. 895-0706. Yo-Yo Fun! Come learn new tricks, show off your skill, & win great prizes. Bird in Hand in Downtown Chico. Saturdays at noon. 893-0545

Special Needs ARC Support Group Families who experience the challenges that come along with raising a child with a special need are invited to this support group hosted by ARC of Butte County. Tuesdays. 891-8157 ext. 107 Chico Cheer All Stars Inc. -Stars We are proud to join over 170 other All Star Gyms throughout the USA in offering Butte County’s ONLY Special Needs Cheerleading Team! The STARS cheer program is open to children and young adults, boys and girls, ages 5 yrs & up. It builds social interaction in a Team-Oriented, Positive Environment. Build Self-Esteem, Motivation, Work Ethic, and Sense of Belonging and Accomplishment. Practice cognitive skills with dance, formations, tumbling, and timing exercises. Your child will enjoy a fun energetic workout! We look forward to the opportunity to build a community where everyone is an ALL STAR! 894-2227,, www.

Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California We provide support, education, and advocacy services to families with children ages birth to 26 with special education needs living in Northern California. For information on trainings and support groups, please call the Chico office at (530)899-8801 and toll free 888-263-1311 or Hablamos Español The Enloe Health Learning Center A community library. We invite you to browse a broad array of health and medical information. Learn more about a disease or disorder affecting a family member, research a medical diagnosis or find wellness information. A free library card gives you access to health care information through books, periodicals, Internet access, multimedia resources and more. Web site in English and Spanish. Wings of Eagles Provides emotional and financial assistance to all families in the four county areas of: Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Colusa who have children with a pediatric cancer or a life-threatening illness diagnosis. The Joseph Alvarez Organization for Seriously Ill Children. 893-9231

Websites of Interest Need help finding services in Butte County? Here you will find a comprehensive listing of low cost and no cost health and human services. You can find services such as emergency food, parenting classes, recreational programs, support groups, drug treatment, tax assistance, in-home help, after school programs, hospice, counseling, and subsidized day care. Butte County Library Get access to some great library resources... without leaving your house! There are links for Teens and for Kids, too! Younger children can even have books read to them on their computer.

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August • September • October Fall is a wonderful time in Chico. Check out all the great things we have to look forward to this season! Please note that dates and times are subject to change please call ahead to confirm events.

Ongoing Events Gateway Science Museum:

New exhibit opening in September, “Take Flight.” For more information call 898-4121 or visit

Chico Certified Farmers’ Market-Saturdays:

Take advantage of all the wonderful produce grown locally at Chico’s year round Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (rain or shine). Shoppers can find an unlimited selection of fresh picked locally grown seasonal produce, nuts, honey, olive oil, eggs, plants, flowers, fresh baked artisan breads, prepared foods, and homemade crafts. Located at 2nd and Wall St parking lot.

Thursday Night Farmer’s Market:

Farm-fresh produce, delicious food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment! Held weekly through September from 6-9pm (rain or shine), the market is a street festival and certified farmers’ market. Located on Broadway from 2nd to 5th Streets, the area is closed to vehicle traffic to allow for the festivities.

Chico Museum:

The Chico Museum celebrates the unique identity of Chico by presenting locally relevant exhibits that explore our past, illuminate the present and imagine the future. The Fall, 2012 exhibit, “I Love Chico” opens September 8. This Community Creative Arts Show features expressions of love for Chico by artists of all ages, all talents and using all mediums. Come create your own piece of art with our interactive exhibit. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4pm; Adults $3.00, Seniors/ Students $2.00, under 14 free. Located at Second and Salem Streets, Downtown Chico. Phone 891-4336, or visit

Chico Oaks Youth Rugby: New rugby association for kids of all ages! Age groups are: 8 and under (non-contact), 10 and under, 12 and under, Middle School (13 to pre-high school), and High School. CHICORUGBY.ORG or call Coach Mitch Jagoe at 308-1092. Be sure to “LIKE” us on Facebook at Chico Rugby Foundation. Fantastic Fridays:

Athletic Horizons has the ultimate playgroup! Takes place on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. All children walking to 5 years old. Contact for more information 893-4967 or

Kids Night Out: Fridays at In Motion Fitness from 5:30-9:30. Each night includes dinner and an exciting activity. Must pre-register. Call 895-kids or visit www. to find out more! Chapman Food And Fitness Festival:

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Every Friday from 2 p.m.–6 p.m. at 1010 Cleveland Ave. This event is a certified farmers’ market as well as a health forum, and it takes place all year. WIC Farmers Market coupons and EBT are accepted. For more information call 624-8844 or visit

Family Swim: Our 90 degree indoor pool is always comfortable any time of year.

Our 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 3422999 or visit

Sunny Garden Montessori Mommy and Me Playgroups:

An ongoing weekly PLAYGROUP for children age 0-6 months and their parents on Mondays, playgroup for babies and toddlers age 7 months to 14 months on Tuesdays, playgroup for toddlers age 15 months to 2 years old on Wednesdays, mommy and me prepreschool classes for 3-5 year olds. Children will be introduced to stimulating toys and activities; all guided by their parent! Please call 343-3101 for more information.

Parent’s Night Out: Bring your kids to Parents Night Out and let them experience

the ultimate night of fun including games, snacks, crafts, friends & gymnastics! Athletic Horizons 415 Otterson Dr. Suite 70., 893-4967, 2nd Saturday of Every Month.

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. Chico Air Museum:

The Chico Air Museum is located at the Chico Municipal Airport. This museum features air exhibits that are fun for the whole family to explore, and learn more about aviation! Open every Saturday from 10am - 4pm. FREE! 147 Convair Court, 345-6468.

Sliver Dollar BMX: First race is FREE for those looking to try something new here in Chico! We have racers as young as 3 years old - all ages are welcome! Practice/ racing every Thursday and Sunday, weather permitting. Thursday is ribbon night, $5 practice/race fee with sign-ups from 6-7pm. Sunday is trophy night, $10 practice/ race fee with sign-ups from 4:30-5:30pm. Practice every Tuesday from 6-8pm, $3 practice fee. Go “like” us on Facebook to receive current track updates. MOPS Chico: MOPS at Grace Community Church-support group for mothers of children 0-preschool just like you! Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays September-May, call for more information 343-5528- Free Childcare. Chico Creek Nature Center: Bidwell Park was made for exploring and having fun. The Chico Creek Nature Center offers kids of all ages a place to interact with nature, discover Bidwell Park’s diverse ecosystem and learn about preserving this natural resource. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-4pm. 1968 East 8th Street, 891-4671,

Friday Night Concerts:

For 35 years, Chico’s favorite summertime tradition has been the Friday Night Concerts. Held weekly through September 7th from 7-8:30pm, the Friday Night Concerts are Chico’s best place to hear live, local music for free. Located in City Plaza, in the heart of downtown, the concerts offer entertainment to suit every musical preference - styles range from blues to swing and from country to reggae.

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group: La Leche League offers mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Children welcome. Fridays, 10:30am12pm. Free. Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 208 West First St. 591-9191. Rowell’s Pals Playgroup: A diverse playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. Come sing, dance, read & play. 10-11am, Fridays. Free, pre-reg encouraged. Rowell Family Empowerment of N. CA, 3075 Cohasset Rd., #2. 8998801.

OPT for Fit Kids, 1311 Mangrove Ave, Ste E, 345-0678, every third Thursday of the month. Please call for more information.

Musical Mondays In The Park: We welcome you to join in the Fun!! Sing and dance along the trail, we can make music, sign up for Monday mornings 10-11am, we invite children to join in an afternoon of fun, we start our program with a topic, put new words to old songs. Sign up by calling lake Oroville Visitor Center 538-2219.

Home Depot Kids Workshops:

Halloween Hounds & Costumed Cats:

Eat Right While Money’s Tight Class:

Chico & Oroville. Hands-on building workshop for ages 5-12. 9am-12pm. Free. Chico: 342-0477; Oroville: 538-0521.

Roo’s Zoo Skate Session at Cal Skate:

Join Roller-Roo 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. Cal Skate, 3431601.

Bring your pet(s) dressed in their costume best to the Chico Mall and have their picture taken by a professional photographer. All pictures taken will be entered into the Facebook Costume Contest. If you really love the picture taken by our professional photographer, purchase a photo package. A portion of the proceeds will go back to our community’s homeless animals. Winner will receive a personalized pet care package. Held in the Chico Mall during the month of October.

Childbirth Preparation:

5-week series taught by highly trained registered nurse instructors help prepare you for birth, newborn care & breastfeeding. Promotes individual & family choices, including natural breathing & relaxation techniques & pain management options. Wednesday evenings, 6-8:30pm. On-going. Pre registration with payment required ($125/couple). Call 332-3970 for more information or to register.

Pregnancy Education Series:

Offered monthly on Tuesday or Thursdays. This four-week childbirth education series is designed to prepare expectant women and their support person for their childbirth experience. We recommend that you choose to attend a session that ends one month before your baby is due. Call 876-2518 to register or go to for more information.

Free Movies In The Park: Oroville, There will be a different movie showing each

Friday night August 3rd through August 17th. On August 3rd there will be a preshow concert by “Voodoo Kazoo” featuring fun/blues/rock followed by “Mary Poppins,” August 10 will be “Kung Fu Panda 2,” and August 17 is “Journey 2 the Mysterious Island.” Movies begin at sundown, between 8pm and 8:30pm, and the preshow activities will keep you entertained beginning at 6:30pm. Bicentennial Park, 1800 Robinson Street.

Artoberfest: Artoberfest is a Month-Long Festival of Arts & Culture, featuring more than 100 events throughout the month of October. The 2012 Artoberfest guide will hit stands on September 1, 2012. For more information on Artoberfest please visit, www., or call Debra Lucero at 530-228-2860.

August 2012 Pedal-Powered Green Trinkets at Gateway! Wednesday, August 1st

Stop by the Education Station at Gateway Science Museum! Our specially designed “rotocycle” will have you providing the power and creativity to carve your own unique wooden souvenirs. Afterward, discover the production and use of safe, eco-friendly paints and dyes to beautify your creation! Free with museum admission. For more information call (530)898-4121 or visit

Chico Theater Company Presents: Clue The Musical Thursday, August 4th - Sunday, August 19th

The popular game is now a fun filled musical which brings the world’s best know suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon. The audience helps deduce the solution from clues given

throughout the fun filled evening. 166-F Eaton Rd, 894-3282. Please call for times.

Are You Ready To ‘Take Flight’? Wednesday, August 8th

Help us gear up for the landing of our new “Take Flight” exhibit in September! Stop by the education station to show off your aeronautical expertise with a paper airplane extravaganza! Docents will be on hand with ideas and helping hands, so bring your best designs and let ‘em fly! Free with museum admission. For more information call (530)8984121 or visit

Chico Creek Naure Center Preschool Program: Turtle or Tortoise? Thursday, August 9th

Turtles are some of our most ancient and unique animals. Why are they so slow? Can they take their shells off as they do in cartoons? We will learn about different types of turtles, go on a short walk and look for them, make our own turtle craft, and meet our famous Desert Tortoise John. This workshop is for children ages 3-5 years old. The cost is $12 per child. Space is limited to 15 children. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the program. Please go to or call 891-4671 to sign up or for more information.

Hot Wings & Legs Cookoff a Benefit for “Wings of Eagles” the Joseph Alvarez Organization for Seriously Ill Children Saturday, August 11th

Come on down we have some of the best local restaurants vying to be the Wing Cookoff Champion!! Every taste you buy helps support “Wings of Eagles”. Halls Harley Davidson, 1501 Mangrove Ave, 12pm-4pm

“The Martini Event” - Vintage Vegas - Hosted by Valley Oak Children’s Services and the Chico Noon Exchange Club Friday, August 17th Fundraiser for Valley Oak Children’s Services. 6pm-10pm at the Lakeside Pavilion.

Jackie Greene Benefit Concert Sunday, August 19th

KZFR is happy to announce that Jackie Greene will be performing a special benefit concert for your community radio station! Tickets $32 Are available online at Brown Paper Tickets or LOCALLY at: Lyon Books, Garden connection, Blaze N J’s, Bicycle Wheel or Zoe’s on the go Café in Paradise. Greene is musically rooted in the rock and roll tradition, though he is emotionally attached to other forms of American music like country-western and rhythm and blues. Armed with a voice that turns heads and a near-mastery of several instruments, Greene has been dubbed “The Prince of Americana” by The New York Times.

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Butte County Fair Thursday, August 23rd - Sunday, August 26th

Tree lined streets, children laughing, aroma of fair food, and fun events and shows, the Butte County fair is a feel good family event. The friendliness of the Butte County Fair and the fairgrounds sets it apart from other events. The Butte County Fair belongs to Butte County and is a reflection of Butte County and its residents. Admission: Thursday -$3.00 Adults-Seniors 62 and Older Free Kids 12 and Under Seniors Free, Friday - $7.00 Adults - $3.00 Seniors - Kids 12 and Under Free, Saturday and Sunday - $7.00 Adults - $3.00 Seniors - $3.00 Kids 12 and Under - Free Kids Five and Under.

September 2012 Ziggy Marley, Wild & Free Tour Wednesday, September 5th

The name Marley is synonymous with reggae, and Ziggy, son of Bob and former front man for the Marley siblings band The Melody Makers, is no exception. This five-time Grammy-Award winner will be bringing his signature style of reggae to the Laxson stage in what promises to be a showcase of international musical sound. www.

Chico Palio Saturday, September 8th

NEW LOCATION! Chico Palio Moves to One-Mile Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012! Friends of the Arts is very excited to announce the new location of Artoberfest’s kick-off event, Chico Palio. This year the festival will be held at One-Mile and Sycamore Field at Lower Bidwell Park! We will partner with Chico Creek Nature Center this year. Bring your picnic blanket, bring your chairs - Chico Palio just got a whole lot cooler! Literally ...You can sign up for a booth at Chico Palio at NEW Friends of the Arts website! www. or 530-228-2860 to learn more or email deblucero@ for more information.

Chico Museum Saturday, September 8th

“I Love Chico” opens at the Chico Museum. This Community Creative Arts Show features expressions of love for Chico by artists of all ages, all talents and using all mediums. Come create your own piece of art with our interactive exhibit. Watch the newspapers or visit to learn about special, art-related events scheduled during the exhibit.

Taste of Chico Sunday, September 9th

The Downtown Chico Business Association (DCBA) invites you to enjoy the 27th Annual Taste of Chico. Restaurants, breweries, wineries and beverage distributors treat event participants to fabulous fare while they stroll Downtown streets brimming with culture. Four main stages host continuous, live music and performances while the “Open Air Art Gallery” previews fine artists from the Chico Art Center’s Open Studios Art Tour.

19th Annual Chico World Music Festival Friday, September 14th - Sunday, September 16th

Come celebrate the 19th annual Chico World Music Festival with music, friends, art and more! This year, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will kick-off the festival at a ticketed performance at Laxson Auditorium, Friday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, come explore all the free activities, kids arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor performances, food and family fun.

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Chico Museum Night Out Friday, September 14th

Come join us and show your love and support for the Chico Museum. Enjoy a wonderful dinner, entertainment, and have fun bidding on both silent and live auction items. For reservations and more information, call 891-4336 or visit

Dog Parade & Chili Cook-Off Sunday, September 16th

It’s all for the kids! Come join us for the 4th annual Dog Parade and Chili Cook-Off from 11-3pm under the trees at the Chico Elks Lodge. Sign up at, a benefit for CASA, Chico Library, Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, and Chico Elks Children’s Charities.

Durham Harvest Festival Sunday, September 16th

Members of the Durham Rotary Club are very excited that the 2012 Durham Harvest Festival will be bigger and better than ever. Funds raised from the event go back into the Durham Community for scholarships and local projects. 7am pancake breakfast, 11am lunch, 9 a.m. the Arts and Crafts Fair will begin and go until 4 p.m. Music, Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, a petting zoo and pony rides!

Boys & Girls Club Spaghetti Feed Thursday, September 20th

Spaghetti, spaghetti and more spaghetti! That is what you will get when you join us for our Chico Community Fundraiser (plus bread and salad). It is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to feed your family and support our youth development programs. You can sit and dine with other Club members and their families, or stop by on your way home and get it to go. Including a bake sale & raffle. Dine in or Take It To-Go. All You Can Eat!

Feather River Nature Center Dinner Friday, September 21st

The Feather River Nature Center BBQ Dinner and Kick-Off takes place at 6:00 p.m. The event is held at the Feather River Nature Center on Old Ferry Road. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce, 1789 Montgomery Street, For more information please visit or call 1-800-655-4653.

Butte County Mothers Of Multiples Clothing and Equipment Sale Saturday, September 22nd

Great bargains on children’s clothing, toys, equipment and much more! Located at 2303 Esplanade from 8am -12pm

Infant/Pediatric CPR Saturday September 22nd

The number one cause of death for children under the age of 5 is preventable accidents. Learn how to make your child’s environment safe, how to prevent the most common childhood accidents, and infant/child CPR techniques. No babies or children should attend please. $35/person, pre-registration required, 5:30pm-8pm. Call 3323970 for more information or to register.

Salmon Festival Saturday, September 22nd

The Oroville Salmon Festival takes place on Saturday, Sept. 22 on the Feather River Levee in Downtown Oroville. More information on the Oroville Salmon Festival can be found by visiting To get involved with the Salmon Festival Call or Email Ray Laager at 530-520-4742 or

Pastels On The Plaza Saturday, September 22nd

Come and “Chalk it up” in downtown Chico. This great family event gives both the novice and professional artist an opportunity to express themselves. Novice squares can be purchased by anyone that wants to participate. These 4’ x 4’ squares are perfect for a family, group or individual. Applications for “Fine Art Alley” are available online at or at the CARD Office. All chalk is provided.

Bounty of Butte County Sunday, September 23rd

Oroville’s Bounty of Butte County will take place Sunday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sank Park, 1067 Montgomery Street, Oroville. For more information on the Bounty of Butte County please visit and select Oroville’s Bounty of Butte County or call/email the Oroville Chamber of Commerce, 530-538-2542 or

North State Symphony presents: Spencer Myer Sunday, September 23rd

Kick off the North State Symphony season, and kick up your heels! Shostakovich’s charming Jazz Suite will have you dancing in your seat, and Gershwin’s ever-popular, all-American Rhapsody in Blue will have you stomping your feet – especially in the hands of rising star Spencer Myer. Dvorak’s New World Symphony recalls nostalgic melodies from our country’s heritage in one of the most-requested works of the symphonic repertoire.

Dr. Noise and North State Symphony Wednesday, September 23rd

North State Symphony joins children’s music personality Doctor Noize in premiere performances of “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony!” A new generation of classical music fans will learn all about the instruments and other fun facts about the symphony! Our youth programs are supported by The McConnell Foundation, City of Chico and individuals who care.

Elvis Costello Tuesday, September 25th

Elvis Costello’s musical curiosity has led him from British punk and new wave to classical, jazz and American roots. Best known for his performances with The Attractions and The Imposters, he has explored pub rock, dub reggae, American soul, and power pop punch and his recent collaboration with T-Bone Burnett has taken Nashville by storm. Welcome, Elvis, for this very special solo show!

Bali Silver Jewelry Sale Friday, September 28th - Saturday, September 29th

Benefit the Chico Museum and treat yourself to a beautiful assortment of handcrafted Sterling Silver and gemstone jewelry, imported directly from Bali. At these incredibly discounted prices, pick up several early holiday gifts. Come early, bring a friend and help this worthwhile cause. Held at the Chico Museum, corner of Second and Salem Streets, Downtown Chico, from 11:00am-6:00pm. Call 891-4336 or visit for more information.

Chico Air Show 2012! Friday, September 28th - Sunday, September 30th

Kicking off Chico’s Airshow 2012 with Friday Preview Event, Gates open at 5:00pm9:00pm and Sat & Sun Shows gates open 9:00am. This event is great for the whole family, plus there is a free kids flightzone! Check us out at for a full list of performers.

Bidwell Bark Saturday, September 29th

Butte Humane Society is unleashing Chico’s newest, most pet-friendly family event of the year! Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival will be held Saturday, September 29 at One Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park. Register for FREE at as an individual or team. Raise money to earn special gifts and help animals in our community! Join the 5K Fun Run, 2K Walk, or just come enjoy the festival’s activities, dog costume contest, demonstrations, live music, silent auction, vendors and much more. Friendly dogs on leash are welcome. All proceeds benefit Butte Humane Society. Find out more and register at

October 2012 Fiddler On The Roof Jr. Wednesday, October 3rd

In this whimsical musical by kids, for kids, the talented young performers of the Blue Room Young Company bring a shortened, 60-minute version of Fiddler on the Roof Jr. to the Laxson stage. Featuring such classics as “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” this musical cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion with charm, humor, warmth, honesty, and universal appeal. www.

Sweet Repeats Sale Friday, October 5th - Sunday, October 7th

Chico and the North State’s consignment sale event for everything baby, kid, teen & maternity. Buy what you need...Sell what you don’t...Save GREEN, Make GREEN & Be GREEN! Shop and sell clothing, shoes, toys, games, books, gear, furniture, baby equipment, strollers and SO MUCH MORE! Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. See website for details on how to shop the presales, times and how to consign! www.sweetrepeatschico. com

Yo-Yo Contest Saturday, October 6th

The National Yo-Yo Contest will be held in Chico. Five championship divisions including a recreational level for intermediate players and National A and National AA levels for the best players in the country. This is a fun, free event for everyone in the family and all are invited to participate. You will be astonished at what these kids can do!

Artisan Faire at the Patrick Ranch Museum Saturday, October 6th - Sunday, October 7th

Come to Patrick Ranch Museum AutumnFest Fall Artisan Faire to view paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photographs, wood work, jewelry and much more. For more information call Amber Palmer 570-7343. Open from 9-4, 10381 Midway, Durham.

Johnny Appleseed Days Saturday, October 6th - Sunday, October 7th

The 2012 two-day fall festival will celebrate Paradise’s apple heritage with homemade apple pie and ice cream. Paradise residents and members of the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce will again bake one thousand apple pies. The ever-popular children’s area will feature face painting, games for the young and old alike and prizes. There will be continuous entertainment both days. Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paradise Intermediate School, 5657 Recreation Drive, in Paradise.

Shaolin Warriors, Kung Fu Spectacular Wednesday, October 10th

The Shaolin Warriors bring the remarkable skill and spectacular imagery of Kung Fu to the Laxson stage. Known throughout the world for their martial-arts prowess, these peaceful warriors have trained from a young age and perform feats thought only possible in the movies. Their performance features many forms of Shaolin Kung Fu, while showcasing their Zen philosophy.

FOCUS Film Festival Thursday, October 11th - Saturday, October 13th

8th Annual FOCUS Film Festival and Short Film Competition, Oct. 11-13. Join us for the kickoff on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Sierra Nevada’s Big Room. The festival

continues on Friday and Saturday at Chico State’s Colusa Hall. Watch great films, attend workshops with visiting directors; visit the photo gallery; and join us at a reception for the winning directors of the Short Film Competition. This event is co-sponsored by the Far Northern Regional Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at California State University, Chico. Two day Festival passes are $15 for students/disability or $25 general. One day passes are $10 for student/disability or $15 general. Each film is $5. For tickets and more information visit:

Dinner With A Scientist Friday, October 12th

Chico Science Fair’s annual fundraiser. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at Lyon Books, Zucchini & Vine, and Creative Apple or online at with a credit card. Dine with scientists from various fields of discipline - includes silent auction, music and a hands-on activities. Keynote speaker: Dr. Patricia Edelmann - ‘Hidden from View; The Microbes That Keep Us Healthy’ New research supports the beneficial roles microbes play in our digestion, growth and protection from disease.

Autumn Fest Pumpkin School Tours Thursday, October 12th - Friday October 26th

Come to the 2nd Annual Autumn Fest School Tours. Bring your class to the Patrick Ranch Museum. Children will have a historic tour of the ranch. They will have a hay ride and visit the chickens, Maidu classroom and other history demonstrations. Transportation and food is responsibility of the visiting school. Call between 10:00 am-2:00 pm to reserve your spot. 342-4359 or 354-3276,

Pumpkin Patch Kick Off Friday, October 13th

Come to the 2nd Annual Autumn Fest. we will have our kickoff for the Pumpkin Patch at the Patrick Ranch Museum. We will have various types and different sized pumpkins for sale, unique gourds, hay rides, animals, tours of the Glenwood Farm house, Country Store, free children activities, tours of the ranch, scarecrows and much more. 342-4359 or 354-3276,

An Evening to Treasure Saturday, October 20th

Save the date for An Evening to Treasure, Gateway Science Museum’s second annual fundraiser. Please call for more information, 898-4121. Held at Manzanita Place, Chico.

Safe Babysitting Saturday, October 20th

This is a great class for young adolescents 11 & older who want to learn how to be a responsible babysitter and gain insight on infant and pediatric CPR techniques. Preregistration with payment is required ($35/person), 9-10:30am. Please call 332-3970 for more information or to register.

Final Pumpkin Sales at The Patrick Ranch Museum Monday, October 29th - Wednesday, October 31st

Come to the Patrick Ranch Museum Pumpkin and Gourd Sale Only. Sunday-Wednesday, October 29th-31st to pick up your last few pumpkins that you need for Halloween or the fall holidays. Great selections and prices. $5.00 per person Time 9:00—4:00 pm, 10381 Midway, Durham, 342-4359 or 354-3276,

Treat Street Wednesday, 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 Halloween-style. Held from 2-5pm. More than 60 businesses are listed on the Treat Street route, just follow the map to the nicest merchants in town! Be on the look out for special posters in the windows of participating businesses. Activities, entertainment and special vendors will be set up in City Plaza.

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Bidwell Academy For Young Children

2-5 years

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

We offer a quality preschool program created by experienced and educated teachers, providing a curriculum of kindness, discovery, individualism & parent involvement.

120 Mission Ranch Blvd. Chico, CA 95928 345-2292

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Discovery Place Preschool

2.9-5 years

8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm Monday-Friday

At Discovery Place children become aware of shared humanity that binds all people together and the diversity of cultures that creates vision and change. Play is valued, children’s interests, engagement, creativity, and self-expression are supported through a balance of child-initiated and teacher guided activities.

790 Filbert Ave. Chico, CA 95926 899-8168 DiscoveryPlacePreschool@gmail. com


Dragonfly Playschool

2.5-5 years

8am-12noon Monday-Friday

Dragonfly Playschool is an enriching playcentered program. It is designed to meet the expanding needs of young children in an intimate home-based setting. Curriculum is designed to encourage children to be independent, creative, constructive and cooperative. ECO- Healthy Certified, Organic meals and seasonal inspired lessons by a Credentialed teacher.


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Feather River Recreation & Park District-Child Development Center

18 mos.-5 years

6:30am-6pm Monday-Friday

We nurture the whole child and provide a comprehensive early childhood education program which incorporates the Zoo Phonics curriculum.

1875 Feather River Blvd., Oroville, CA 95965 354-4012

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2-12 years

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

Drop in childcare, affordable hourly rates. The preschool curriculum is offered from 9:00am11:30am. Our 4 and 5 year old class is held on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and our 2 and 3 year old class is held on Tuesday/Thursday.

2477 Forest Ave. Chico, CA 94928 894-6800

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La Casita Pimera Preschool & Afterschool Program

2.9kindergarten enrollment

8:30-11:30am with optional extended, afterschool care from 2:30-5:30pm Monday-Friday

Bilingual, organic, play-art based curriculum. Pre-K skills, inventiveness and halthy living in a caring environment. 1:6 ratio, 1/2 day and lunch program, full day as needed.

2035 Esplanade Chico, CA 95926 343-3044

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Little Discoveries Preschool

0-12 years

6:30am-6pm Monday-Friday

We provide a loving environment rich in language, art, science, and math experiences. Our thematic curriculum is carefully prepared by dedicated staff to help each child discover the joy of learning.

460 W. East Ave #210, (530) 342-7758 500 Orient Street #180, 342-2484

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Little Sprouts Preschool

2-5 years

7am-6pm Monday-Friday

ECO Green, organic gardening, recycling Kindergarten readiness program, Zoo Phonics. Intro. to Spanish, French & Sign Language. Daily circle time and enrichment activities. Nutritious snacks and lunch included.

15 Overland Ct. Chico, CA 95928 345-0123

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Paradise Pre-School, Inc. Parent Co-Op

3-5 years

9am-11:30am Monday-Friday

Our program’s objective is to help develop a well balanced child through enriching play based activities, including art, science, math, music, oral language experience and physical education. All of these activities are aimed at promoting a child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development.

6722 Clark Road Paradise Paradise, CA 95969 877-8155

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Parkside Preschool and Daycare

0-12 years

6am-6pm Monday-Friday

Come Discover with Us! We offer 4 preschool classes including a “Junior Kindergarten” with credentialed teacher, yoga, gymnastics, gardening, park walks, Spanish, and FUN! Enroll now for our summer “Discovery Day Camp” (Ages 5-12 years).

1885 E. 8th St. Chico, CA 95928 893-5139

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All Fired Up: Apple Blossom Baby: Benita Chavez-Humble, MFT: Bidwell Academy for Young Children: Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival: Blue Oak School: Chico Air Show: Chico Creek Dance Centre: Chico Palio: Chico Parent Pro: Chico Pediatric Medical Group: Chico Performances: C.O.R.E.: Cozy Diner: David J. Saad D.D.S.: Discovery Place Preschool: Dog Parade & Chili Cook Off: Downtown Chico Business Association: Dr. Roos & Dr. Tournabene: Dr. James B. Wood: Dragonfly Playschool: Eco Community Seeds Magazine: Enloe Medical Center: Feather River Hospital: Fletcher’s Plumbing: FOCUS Film Festival:

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Growing Up Chico Fall 2012 Issue  

A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte County, CA.

Growing Up Chico Fall 2012 Issue  

A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte County, CA.