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a quarterly resource celebrating family life in butte county August September October 2013









Back to School!

STOP, LOOK and LISTEN Easing Back to School

Making Strides Against Cancer Talking Trash...

How to Choose a Preschool

and Recycling

Learning the Art of Dining ...and as always our ENORMOUS calendar of events!

Fall is such a beautiful time in Chico. One of my favorite things to do in the fall with my kids is collect the colorful leaves and turn them into fun craft projects. Fall in Chico makes it easy to focus on the importance of taking the time to notice the nature that surrounds us. By taking time to appreciate and learn from nature, we may be inspired to make changes to be more environmentally friendly. There is so much that can be taken for granted and so much in nature that would be sorely missed if we do not take time to preserve it. Be sure to check our article about landfills and recycling in the Growing up Greener section of this issue. If you have children just starting or returning to school this fall, we have a couple articles that can make the transition back to school a bit easier or help you with choosing a school if you have a preschooler. In this issue, we have also included a few healthy recipes, an article on healthier cafeteria food for our kids, and a few articles on fun 5k runs you can do for health, for a cause, or for community outreach. I encourage the community to send in ideas and articles about any aspect of growing up in Butte County and continue to send articles on community, social responsibility and growing up greener. We provide a forum for sharing the ideas of our wonderful community and we always hope readers can learn something or at least spark some intrigue. We appreciate the readers and all of the support we get from sponsors and advertisers. We absolutely could not produce this magazine without this continued support. If you do business with any of our advertisers this fall, please be sure to mention you saw their ad in Growing Up Chico. Thank you for making Growing Up Chico your family’s resource! Marne Larsen Find us on Pinterest for fun craft ideas, easy recipes and more! Like us on facebook to find out about events, special offers and promotional giveaways!

Daran Goodsell Daran has been the marketing coordinator for Chico Performances at CSU, Chico for 17 years. She is the mother of two grown children, and a new “empty-nester.” She estimates she has attended more than 250 Field Trips and 500 evening performances at Laxson Auditorium since she began working at the university.

Terry J. Basile, LMFT Terry has been a therapist, program administrator and involved with feelings education throughout her career. Presently she has a private practice in Chico and has written the children’s book Let’s Color Your Feelings! illustrated by Conner Wenzel. It is available through her website:, Amazon or Lyons Books. You can also reach her through her email address

Heather Schoeppach Heather is a development & outreach team member at Butte Humane Society, and the event coordinator for their annual Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival. She is a Chico State alumni and proud pet parent of two dogs, six cats, and frequent litters of foster kittens.

Michelle Windes Michelle is the owner/teacher of Discovery Place Child Development Center. She holds a multiple subject credential which allowed her to teach the International Baccalaureate Curriculum for four years in Kuwait and India. Michelle is currently a Masters in Educational Leadership candidate at Chico State. She enjoys walking to one-mile with her two young children and husband, Mark. For more information visit

Jennifer Coles Jennifer has been baking since childhood and gluten-free for over a decade. She has recently started CoCo Gluten-Free Baking Company in Chico and loves to re-create her old favorite recipes. She is a mother of two and enjoys sharing delicious food with family and friends.

Erica Smith Erica has a public relations background and specializes in developing communication strategies for small businesses. She serves as a social media consultant through her business, ES Designs. A Chico native and mother of two, Erica strongly believes in community involvement and is honored to serve as the volunteer event chair for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Chico.

Eden Wylie Eden is a senior at Chico State graduating with a degree in journalism emphasizing in public relations this fall. Her passion for people, culture and writing is what led to her career path in PR. She is currently a public relations/marketing intern for the FOCUS Film Festival. After graduation, she hopes to travel and work in the non-profit or beauty industry.

On The Cover: Chico’s old barns and walnut trees provide a fun playground for Jens and Ezra. Cover Photo By: Photographer Amy Evans is a new resident to Chico and specializes in child and family portrait photography. Amy ensures you will love her work and high quality prints and products. She and her husband have four children and have enjoyed their time in Chico so far. Stop by to view more images.

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contents a 18 Choosing Preschool


Family Time

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A Lifetime of Chico Performances Positive Discipline Bidwell Bark


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer


30 Years of the Chico Science Fair

School and Home


Focus Film Festival


Girls on the Run


It’s Called 4-H


Refreshing School Cafeterias


The Art of Dining


Food For Fall

Look and Listen to 10 Stop, Your Back-to-Schooler


Back to School


Easier Back-to-School Transitions


Choosing a Preschool


Maximize Your Child’s Potential

Growing up Greener


Talking Trash: Living in a Disposable Society

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Local Resources

IN EVERY ISSUE Events Calendar

Preschool Directory Advertiser’s Directory


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anxiety for the new school year. A child that is socially shy needs to know that they are special in their own way. Organizing play dates is an important way to practice over the summer. Be part of the activity and watch for their strengths and problem areas. You can help them practice making friends with a tea party of their own with family members. Just like we do not get an instruction book when we become parents, they do not get one on how to be a kid. For older children, watch for changes in mood and friendships. Often with junior high there is a change in alliances and sometimes a best friend goes to a different school. The root of much adolescent depression is often a loss that is never acknowledged or expressed. Find an activity that gives your child the opportunity to make new friends. Encourage them to pick an after school activity so they can meet peers while doing something they feel competent at or want to learn.

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Back to School:

STOP, LOOK, LISTEN By Terry J. Basile, Marriage and Family Therapist

• LISTEN refers to having directed conversations


remember in elementary school, I would be so excited to meet my new teacher that the night before school, I could not sleep. In junior high school, I was just anxious to see my friends. All of us have different memories and we want our children to have the best start each new school year. Here are some suggestions to help you with that goal by using a parenting technique I call: STOP, LOOK and LISTEN.

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• STOP means make some time during the frenzy of fun


with your child. Help them to identify their strengths. For example, remind them of some special project that they excelled at last year in school. Then, ask them to do something similar now and display it for others to praise. Acknowledge and support their expression of feelings by talking about your own. You can normalize some feelings by sharing how you felt growing up. Use common situations at home or on a TV show to encourage discussion. Then ask what makes them feel that way and what they can do to feel better. Riding in the car with a teen is usually a way to get a dialog going, so make it a long ride. Questions need to be specific, without judgment about the answers. Feelings cannot be right or wrong. For young children you can point out who they can seek out to get a hug or a smile. For older children, help them to identify a school counselor or teacher they can talk to if they feel unsafe, upset or confused. While phone use can be limited at school, you can make rules about when they should call or text you with a problem.

activities of camps, swimming lessons and family vacations. Create some activities to help your child readjust to the structure of school with some summer practice of skills. You could make grocery shopping a review of colors, an addition lesson or just a reminder about behavior when you stand in line. For older children, how about supporting them in making their own book club based on popular movies or take day trips that are connected to a book they have read. For example, Hunger Games is a movie, but there are three books in the series to keep skills up over the summer. You could read it as well and make it a fun discussion over ice cream. Some children just need to keep their brains active. Children with special needs may benefit from some extra tutoring the month before school starts. Make sure to find a fun reward for their efforts, like getting to pick a video for the family to watch.

• LOOK at how your child may have grown over the

summer. Assess how the last school year ended. Problems with a teacher or peers that were not addressed will cause


encourage you to spend time once school starts to adapt the STOP, LOOK and LISTEN techniques throughout the year. Make time to slow down with your child, check in and support them with real strategies to make school a place to learn, grow and succeed!

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Chico Performances – A Lifetime of Memories


By Daran Goodsell

t’s official. Last month, my youngest flew the coop and left for college. I am now what they call an “empty nester.” In reflecting on this new phase of my life, I look back over the 22 years I raised my two kids and realize that, while it is a good thing that they have spread their wings and flown, there are certain things I really won’t miss and other things I will miss dearly. Not miss: Sitting at endless baseball and softball games in the searing sun and heat. PTA meetings. Shots at the pediatrician. Miss dearly: Late night snuggles and chats. School talent shows. Making crafts at home. Shopping for prom dresses. Visits to Laxson Auditorium to see great live performances.


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For most of my children’s lives, I have had the great privilege of working at Chico Performances, the office that presents all the terrific world class performers in Laxson Auditorium on the Chico State campus. In my job as the marketing coordinator, I was able to attend hundreds of family friendly events with my kids while they grew up. Watching these performances through the eyes of my children was a wondrous thing. Their enraptured delight at the incredible dance performances, their enthusiastic energy at the performances that featured interesting and different music, their mimicking at home of the astonishing acrobatic and juggling feats they witnessed at the theater. Many memories were made and imprinted forever in my mind from these occasions when we attended live shows; But it isn’t only

the evening performances I will miss. I also cherish the times that I was able to join my kids’ classrooms as they attended one of the many school field trips to the theater. To sit with my child and her classmates in an audience of a thousand children and feel the energy emanating throughout the space during a particularly engaging field trip was an amazing thing. Truly a “fountain of youth” - if only it could be bottled and sold. Often, my children’s classroom visits to these field trips were “adopted” through the Adopt-A-Class program. Parents, grandparents and local businesses have all paid for Kate’s classes to attend field trips, and when we attended as a class, these adopters got to sit with our classroom and hear their names announced from stage. The great thing about this program was that the class did not have to come up with the price of admission to the field trips and the adopter got a tax write off. The adopters were always so excited to hear their names from stage, and the kids always cheered when their classroom was announced. In my remunerating on what it means to be a new “empty nester,” I realize there are many things I will be able to do without a child at home every night. But, when it comes to going to Laxson with someone who is under college age, I figure I’ll just have to find other friends’ youngsters to take to the theater. I don’t really want to give up that part of my life yet.

Chico Performances, 2013-2014 season, features 13 family friendly performances, including: Jungle Jack Hannah, Stomp, Stunt Dog Experience, Golden Dragon Acrobats, Beauty and the Beast Jr., and Aladdin Jr.. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m.. The 2013-2014 Field Trip series includes 15 field trips offered at the school friendly hours of 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets to all Field Trips are $5 per seat , and are open to classrooms or families with young children at home during the day. Chico Performances is also now taking Adopt-A-Class sign ups for those that want to “adopt” a classroom of their choice. Cost is $250 to adopt one class of 40 students to attend one Field Trip. Adopters get to join their classroom at the sponsored Field Trip. For more information on family friendly performances, Field Trips or Adopt-A-Class, visit and click on the “For the Kids” tab.

Positive Discipline By Dana Sutter

Discipline: It is something every child needs to

appropriately function in the world. When it comes down to it, picking a plan of action can be challenging. Positive discipline seems like an oxymoron, but is a proactive approach in teaching children the correct way to behave in a given situation. Correcting an undesirable behavior in a positive manner takes some brain-training on the caretaker’s part. It is only natural to begin disciplining a child with the words “No!”, “Don’t!”, “Can’t”, or “Stop!”. While certain situations may warrant negative language, changing what you say into something positive can be much more effective. We rely so much on negative language that our children eventually stop responding to us and may act out further, recognizing that their behavior gets a reaction out of the caregiver. Here are some examples of how to change your language from negative to positive: • “Don’t bang your plate on the table!” ----> “Keep your plate on the table.” • “Stop yelling in the house!” ----> “Too loud. You can use your inside voice.” • “No jumping on the couch!” ----> “You can jump on the ground. The couch is for sitting.” There will be times when discipline will require more than words. One method is extinction. Extinction involves ignoring the undesirable behavior (but not your child) and immediately reinforcing your child when they demonstrate the desired behavior. For example, if your child is banging his cup on the table instead of asking for more water, completely ignore it. Eventually, he will stop and when he does, it is important for you to acknowledge his wants and ask if he needs more water. If he again starts to bang his cup, extinct/ignore the behavior. Only reward him when he leaves his cup on the table and requests/responds appropriately. Things may (and probably will) get worse before they get better, but with consistency they will get better. Overall, the most important thing is to focus on the positive. It is so easy to point out what our children are doing wrong that we often overlook what they are doing right. Positive discipline is difficult, but with practice and consistency it becomes second nature. Give it a try and see how it fits in with your family.

Bidwell Bark:

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Chico’s Biggest Pet-Friendly Family Event of the Year! By Heather Schoeppach


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f happy dogs bring a smile to your face, do not miss the Annual Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival: the biggest community fundraising event of the year for Butte Humane Society. Thousands of two, and four-legged, family members will gather on September 28, in Lower Bidwell Park for an action-packed celebration of pets and the people who love them. All proceeds go directly to Butte Humane Society to help more animals in our community.


he day kicks off with a dog-friendly 5K Fun Run or 2K walk (your choice) through Bidwell Park under a soaring canopy of trees alongside cool, inviting Big Chico Creek. Running enthusiasts will appreciate the gentle, flat USATF certified 5K course, and chipped timing provided by Under the Sun Events. Back at Sycamore Field, a wide variety of festivities await: • From the Dog Fun Zone, to the Kid’s Activity Zone, to family-friendly live music on the stage, the festival will feature tons of games and activities for furry friends and kids of all ages. • Enjoy a Bagel Breakfast., featuring fresh-baked bagels from Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works, accompanied by fresh fruit, coffee and juice. Breakfast is free for registrants who raise at least $25, or unregistered members of the public can purchase a breakfast ticket. • Don’t miss the ever-popular Dog Costume Contest, with prizes awarded such as Most Crafty, Most Aww-inspiring, Best Dog/Owner Duo, and Best in Show. • Kids and dogs alike will love the trained dog demonstrations to be held in the Sierra Nevada Demonstration Ring. • Be sure to check out our Silent Auction, featuring quality items from Butte Humane Society and our event sponsors and partners. 100% of all proceeds benefit Butte Humane Society. • Many fine pet-related vendors, community businesses and partner organizations will be on-hand to provide information, goods, services and FUN! Raise Money, Help Animals, Earn Prizes! Register online for Bidwell Bark at or you can pick up a brochure at any Butte Humane Society facility or mobile event. Registration is FREE!


nce you register, you will get your own Bidwell Bark webpage to share with friends and family. You can also form a team to participate in the event and raise funds together. It’s a great way to encourage social interaction, perform meaningful community service, fundraise creatively, and work together for a more compassionate community. Clubs and businesses who form a Bidwell Bark team and actively fundraise will be highlighted in Butte Humane Society’s social media to further encourage interaction and community support for animals in need.


ur online tools make it easy to customize your personal and team webpages, import your contacts and send emails, take donations online and track all donations you collect. Last year, our community raised a tremendous $85,000 for Butte Humane Society during Bidwell Bark. This year we are aiming higher, with a goal of $112,000. Help raise donations for animals in need, and for every fundraising level you reach, you will earn nifty prizes for all your hard work: from T-shirts to the top-level iPad!


he top individual and team fundraisers will get even more prizes, a feature spot in an upcoming issue of Butte Humane Society’s quarterly newsletter, The Companion, and the coveted Leader of the Pack front-row starting position at the Bidwell Bark fun run. A team “Spirit Stick Trophy” will also be awarded at the event to the team demonstrating the most spirit, enthusiasm, style, and visible commitment to helping animals.


earn more and register today at Butte Humane Society’s work is made possible by your donations. Help us ensure homeless animals get another chance at a happy, healthy life! By working together, we can raise awareness, support, and truly make a difference in the lives of animals in our community. Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival When: September 28, 8 am - 12 pm Where: Sycamore Field at One Mile Recreation Area, Bidwell Park, Chico, CA Why: Have fun and help our community raise $112,000 for animals in need Registration and More Information: online at or at BHS facilities or events

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It’s All About Hope, Strength, Empowerment and Community at the Fourth Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Chico By Erica Smith

Photos courtesy of: Billings Photography

Chico, CA –This October, the color

is pink and the place to be is Bidwell Park. Help us celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by attending the 4th annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Chico fundraising walk. Making Strides is a great way for families and friends to join the community and support local breast cancer survivors.


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This year’s Making Strides Chico Walk is on Saturday, October 19th. It’s a noncompetitive 5K with no team or walking fees. All the money raised goes directly back to programs that help people stay well by preventing breast cancer or detecting it early; help people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in ground breaking discoveries; and by fighting back through advocacy and rallying lawmakers to pass legislation that defeats breast cancer. Breast Cancer Statistics: • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, aside from skin cancer • An estimated 232,340 women will become newly diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. alone • In Butte County, 205 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year • By the end of 2013, 40 people will die in Butte County from breast cancer • If diagnosed early, the 5-year survival rate is 98% (if the cancer has not spread outside of the breast)

Since 1993, there have been over 4 million walkers who have raised more than $280 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides. Last year, over 1,500 walkers here in Chico raised more than $34,000 and the goal is even higher this year. More walkers mean the next big breast cancer research breakthrough. More walkers mean free lodging and rides to treatment for breast cancer patients who need it. More walkers mean hope for future generations to never hear the words, “you have breast cancer.”

Connect With Us! Find fundraising tips, survivor stories and inspiration on Facebook – www.facebook. com/MakingStridesChico. Follow us on Twitter @ChicoStrides. Call for more information – 1.800.227.2345 or email The Making Strides Chico Walk brings hope to those battling breast cancer, and the hope that younger generations will never have to. We encourage you to learn more about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Chico Walk and join us on Saturday, October 19th – We’ll be the ones in pink!

Starting a team is easy! There is no registration fee to participate. People are encouraged to form teams of 10-15 people and set an individual goal of $100 each. People raise funds online and in person prior to the event, and then turn in donations at the walk. Visit www. to get started.

Tips to help reduce your breast cancer risk: • Early detection is key. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better. If you are 40 or over, get a mammogram every year. • Be physically active. Evidence is growing that regular physical activity helps reduce your breast cancer risk. It also helps keep your weight under control, which may also lower your risk. • Eat a healthy diet. Studies link a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products to a reduced breast cancer risk. A healthy diet also helps you stay at a healthy weight. • If you drink alcohol, limit how much you drink. Research has shown that even one alcoholic drink per day can slightly increase your risk of breast cancer, while having two or more alcoholic drinks per day is linked to a higher risk. About the American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it, will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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Chico Science Fair Celebrates 30 Years BY ROGER LEDERER


ext year, 2014, will be the 30th anniversary of the Chico Science Fair. Over the years, we have evolved from a seat-of-the-pants operation into a well-run annual event. Approximately 30,000 students from 30 plus schools in the Chico area have participated over the years; supported by untold numbers of teachers, science judges, and volunteers from all over the community. We have not had the resources to track all of these students, but certainly many have gone on to professions in the fields of science, engineering, or medicine. I did.


was always interested in biology, as all kids are, but the science fair encouraged me to try experimenting with other fields because biological experiments, involving living things, are not quite as easy to do or set up as a science fair project. So, I made a volcano, an electromagnet, and even helped to construct a Geiger counter. Although my focus was fish, bugs, worms and birds, working with metal, wire, and chemicals expanded my view of things considerably and honed my enthusiasm for all things science.

or your child only go to school and do not take advantage of so many things that are offered, you are stuck on that page.


he Chico Science Fair provides a valuable experience for young people; perhaps an enlightening experience, and maybe even a life-changing one. In any case, it can only be a positive experience.


hirty years and 30,000 students. Who knows what effect the Chico Science Fair has had? And we have done it with private funding and volunteers. Of course, we need to keep fund-raising. If you can help, visit us at or, and we will see you at the 2014 Chico Science Fair, March 24-28, at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds.


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became a scientist and so did a few others I went to school with, but science fairs are not focused on making students into professionals in science-related fields. Although we need scientists and engineers, we need a population that understands what science is and does. When 36% of the public thinks global warming is a hoax, a minority accept the theory of evolution, and so many indulge in quackery by consulting homeopaths and psychics, it is clear that the average American needs to have a much better grounding in science.


chools cannot do everything. Students need to have additional experiences to support and enhance their everyday classroom learning. Summer camps, trips to museums, essay contests, reading and math competitions, and science fairs expand students’ view of the world. St. Augustine said, “The world is like a book and if you don’t travel, you only read one page.” If you

Science Fair Fundraiser

Dinner with a Scientist: Friday, September 20, at Sierra Nevada’s Big Room. There will be hands-on activities beginning at 5:00 and buffet dinner will begin at 6:00. Music will be provided by Jazzuppa Jazz Trio. Jonathan Day will be the guest speaker presenting, “Thanks for the Memories: Successful Aging and the Brain.” Tickets need to be purchased in advance and are available at Creative Apple, Zucchini & Vine, or Lyons Books. Adult tickets are $35 and Children 12 and under are $15.

FOCUS Film Festival:

Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Another By Eden Wylie

“Just because I’m homeless doesn’t mean I don’t have a life, because I do have a life.” – Inocente Izucar


nocente Izucar’s fifteen-year-old, high school classmates did not know she lived on the streets and in endless homeless shelters most of her life. They did not know that she is an undocumented immigrant whose father was deported for domestic abuse and whose mother is an alcoholic who once tried to make her and her brothers jump off of a bridge. When asked about the misconceptions of homelessness, Inocente told Latina Magazine, “People think that it’s mostly guys. When they think about (homeless) women it’s a single woman in the streets. But that’s not true. It’s families, it’s kids. It’s not just in the streets, but in one-bedroom apartments, with kids sleeping on the living room floor, not knowing where they’re sleeping next. It’s not what people really think -- it’s harder to imagine.” Not every young homeless woman has a movie made about her, but this creative, driven, young woman actually did have a movie made about her life. Inocente is an engaging coming-ofage documentary about a young artist who is determined to make her life as colorful and dynamic as her artwork, despite the many obstacles she has had to face.

This film is just one of many that will be included in this year’s FOCUS Film Festival, a three-day festival featuring approximately 30 different feature and short films from around the world that celebrate diversity and inclusion. FOCUS Film Festival hosts films that provide a broad-based look at what makes us all different and allows viewers to experience other people’s lives, situations and struggles through their eyes. “FOCUS Film Festival is a great community and family event where people can expect to be entertained and educated about current social issues,” said Mary Ann Weston, Festival Director. “It opens the door for discussion about important topics of diversity, such as issues with homelessness and illegal immigration highlighted in the film, Inocente.” The kickoff for the 9th annual FOCUS Film Festival is Thursday, October 3, at Sierra Nevada’s Big Room, and the Festival continues on Friday and Saturday at Chico State’s Colusa Hall. In addition to the multitude of films being presented, festival attendees can also explore the FOCUS art gallery, attend a reception for the Short Film Competition

winners, and participate in lectures and Q&A’s from visiting directors and stars. “People will experience Inocente’s life through her eyes and her artwork,” Weston said. “We hope that people leave the festival with a broader perspective of the diverse world we live in.” FOCUS Film Festival Thursday October 3, 7:00 p.m. Sierra Nevada Big Room Friday & Saturday, October 4 & 5, Colusa Hall, SCU, Chico For tickets and information: www.

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GIRLS ON THE RUN OF BUTTE COUNTY ADDS 8 NEW SCHOOLS IN CHICO, DURHAM & GRIDLEY This fall more than 350 girls in Butte County will be running around more confident than ever thanks to the Girls on the Run after-school program, including, for the first time, girls from Neal Dow Elementary, Wildflower Open Classroom, Bidwell Jr. High, Chico Jr. High, and Marsh Jr. High in Chico, Durham Elementary in Durham and Woodrow Wilson Elementary and Sycamore Middle School in Gridley. Girls on the Run® IS MORE THAN A RUNNING PROGRAM. It is a FUN, after-school program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade that combines running games, group activities, “girl-time,” and training for a 5K to inspire girls to lead a joyful, healthy and confident lifestyle. As a result of the program, girls are empowered with a greater self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team-building to help them become strong, contented and self-confident young women.

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Girls celebrate their accomplishments by participating in an “end of season” celebratory 5k (3.1 mile) walk/run event, supported and cheered on by their families, friends, and our community. “Girls on the Run in Butte County continues to grow by leaps and bounds as parents, teachers and administrators hear and see the positive experience the girls have in the program,” explains Claire Johnson, executive director for the local council. This coming fall the program will be offered at 23 schools in the county. Girls on the Run of Butte County is now accepting registration for the fall 2013 season through August 24 at 5:00 pm. The fall season will run from the week of September 2nd through the week of November 11th, 2013. For a complete list of school sites and registration information, visit their website at

Be All You Can Be

Maximizing Your Potential: Thoughts for Children About 10 Years and Older By Dr. James B Wood


y thoughts on this subject crystallized after reading about a teenager who fell into an open manhole into raw sewage while texting. Like texting is more important than knowing where you are going!


omewhere around 10 years of age, a child should have some idea of what they want to do with their lives. I do not expect a 10 year old to know a specific job or occupation, but at least in what direction their interests lie. If the answer is: “I don’t have a clue,” then it is about time to start catching a few clues. After all, it is hard to make serious choices about anything when you don’t know what direction you would like your life to take you.


e all suffer from distractions from goal directed actions. Common distractions in this young age group are TV and electronic media, including video games, cell phones, especially with texting, and ipods. For some reason these activities become addicting. I call this Technocancer. This type of activity cannont be allowed to control one’s life. I would like to suggest a common sense approach to balance in life. For every hour one watched TV or engages in electronic media activities, there should be an hour of free reading and there should also be an hour of some type of physical exercise or directed activity such as scouting, 4H, music/dance, etc. This suggestion essentially divides free time into thirds. This is a good balance.


ne last thought is born out by research and interview with successful people. Achievement and success in life is directly proportional to the number of books read by an individual. It doesn’t really matter what books, just total number of books. This demonstrates an ongoing quest for knowledge. Knowledge is a very important aspect of being a successful person.


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Choosing the Early Childhood Education That is Right for Your Child By Michelle Windes, Owner of Discovery Place Child Development Center


s your child’s first school experience, early childhood education is an important foundation for future educational experiences. Whether you work full time or part time, or just need an occasional caregiver, quality child care is a necessity for both you and your child. While no one can replace a loving parent, an excellent child care provider can enrich your child’s life and give you peace of mind that your child is in good hands. For some, choosing quality child care is simple—a favorite family member offers to care for your child. For others, the search turns into a series of phone calls, questions, and visits to child care providers. In other words, you may spend a great deal of time searching for the right caregiver. Trust should be a primary issue when choosing child care. Trust begins at the first interview and continues throughout your entire child care experience. Having confidence in your provider is one of the ways you know you’ve found quality child care. The bottom line is, you need to feel that the child care arrangement you select will be a safe and loving experience in which your child will thrive. When should I start? It is that time of the year when parents are starting to think about where to send their children to early childhood programs. One thing is certain, you can never begin your child care search too soon. If possible, start your child care search at least six months before you need the care. The more time and thought you put into choosing your provider, the better you’ll feel with your choice. One of the best places to find help is your local resource and referral agency. Where do I start? Figure out your priorities. No matter how many early childhood programs they consider, parents know what they are looking for. Figure out what is Important to you. No matter what all the experts say, you are your child’s biggest

advocate and the best judge of what type of environment he’ll do best in. Think about your child’s personality. Is he shy? Does she make friends quickly? What do you want from your child’s preschool? Are you looking for a rigorous academic program or something more socially-based?

Write down what you want from your child care provider. Think about what your child may also want. Ask her, if she is old enough. Talk to the staff at your local resource and referral agency, read parenting publications, and ask trusted friends and co-workers for references on child care providers and programs. Think about what you can afford. Check into any child care financial assistance through the State or your employer. What will your monthly budget allow? Interview caregivers on the phone. Ask about staff-to-child ratios, costs, the learning opportunities offered, and whether the provider is licensed. Remember, there may be times in the day when a child care provider is unable to speak with you because she is caring for

children. You may be asked to call back at a certain time or to stop by and visit. Educational Philosophy. When evaluating preschools, it helps to know the basic most common early education philosophies. Read on for descriptions of Play-based, Montessori, Waldorf, and International Baccalaureate philosophies, and tips for how to know which is right for your child. Play-Based: This is the most common early childhood philosophy in the U.S. (Also called progressive or developmentally appropriate). The credence is that children learn best through play. This increases their motivation to learn and try new things, building creatively, confidence, and a love of learning. Montessori: Children blossom into independent thinkers is a serene setting (or “prepared environment,” as founder Maria Montessori put it), using their senses and working with materials introduced in a very deliberate way. International Baccalaureate (Primary Years Program): The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The philosophy is guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subjects’ areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry. The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums and provides the best preparation for students to engage in elementary school preparedness. Waldorf: Waldorf programs incorporate three aspects of the student -- the spirit, soul and body. Through creative free play and group activities and using all given senses, these elements are stimulated and developed in preschoolers

through immersion and a nurturing atmosphere. Cost. You have set out to find the best child care possible. You may not be aware, however, just how much of the family budget, and your pay check, will be needed to cover your child care expenses. In California, care for infants and toddlers costs an average of $700 per month, for a total of $8,400 a year. To find the right provider and keep your budget intact, there are a number of factors and choices you will want to consider. Your child’s age is important because infants and toddlers need more specialized care, and for centers this means more caregivers per child. Centers serving preschoolers require fewer caregivers per child, so the cost can go down as much as $150 to $200 a month. It is also important to remember that the cost of care does not necessarily equate with its quality. Don’t base your assessment of a facility on the fees or on its appearance. You may be surprised to find that a flashy entrance, shiny new equipment, or squeaky-clean everything does not guarantee high-quality child care. Look beyond your first impression and ask yourself: Is this a place where my child will be safe and where the provider will give her the kind of nurturing she needs? Will she learn, be happy, and prosper here? Your child’s safety, health, and happiness are, after all, what you are paying for. Child care expenses are an investment and in most instances a necessity. However, selecting the highest quality care pays off many times over in your child’s future. Distance and Transportation. Compile a List of Schools Near You. There are a lot of different options out there. It’s up to you to weed through them all and determine the best fit. So where do you start? Ask around. Anyone you know with kids is a good person to query, whether you know them from work, the neighborhood, playgroup or the library. In particular, focus on the folks who have kids close in age to yours and whose kids have similar personalities. You may even want to have a chat with your pediatrician about what she thinks, especially if your child has some underlying medical issues. A Qualified Staff. Preschool teachers should at least have an associate’s degree if not bachelor’s, in early childhood education. Supervisors should be qualified, too. Parents should interview directors about their backgrounds to get a sense of their ability to work with staff and young children. Qualified teachers for centers that care for infants or preschoolers must have completed at least twelve units of early childhood education, including three units of Infant/ Toddler coursework. For teachers in centers with a license for school-age children, the units may be in multiple education subjects or recreation-related fields appropriate for the care of older children. Additionally,

employees of centers may be a part of several professional organizations and/or may attend continuing professional education courses. Teacher-Student Ratio. The staffing ratios for child care programs are established by the State of California to provide minimum standards for adult supervision at a child care center. Ratios of caregivers to children vary depending on the age of the child and the number of trained staff members present. When looking at a child care center ask: How many trained staff members care for infants and preschoolers? Find out the number of trained staff that supervise school-age children. Parent Tip. Staffing ratios, or the number of staff per child, are a very important factor to consider when choosing quality child care. A ratio establishes a minimum standard a provider must follow to receive and retain a child care license. There are also many types of child care licenses, and the ratios are different depending upon the age of the children and the number of adults. Make sure you feel comfortable with the number of children being cared for by the provider. Research Preschool. Research shows when your child receives high-quality child care, she has a better chance of success in school, academically and socially, and in life! Above all, measure quality child care by whether there is a warm, positive relationship between the child and the caregiver and whether there is a safe, healthy, and stimulating learning environment. During the preschool years, your child will be incredibly busy. Cutting, pasting, painting, and singing are all daily activities. When your child starts kindergarten around age five, make sure home and child care activities include learning numbers, letters, and simple directions. Most public school kindergarten programs are usually only a few hours a day. You may need care before and after school. It is never too early to begin your search. When looking for quality care for your preschooler, consider: • Are there other children the same age or close in age to your child? • Is there space for climbing, running, and jumping? • Are there books and learning activities to prepare your child for school? • Is television and movie watching selective? • Are learning materials and teaching styles age-appropriate and respectful of children’s cultural and ethnic heritage? • Are caregivers experienced and trained in early childhood development? • Are children given choices to do and learn things for themselves? • Are children rushed to complete activities or tasks? • Are children given enough time to work at their own pace?

Make Your Decision: • Environment: How many caregivers will be with your child in a day or week? Are there plenty of interesting toys and materials for your child to play with? Is the center organized so your child can find things easily? Are the children smiling and happy? • Values: What are the provider’s philosophy and values? How does the provider discipline children? How does the provider individualize learning activities, nap, mealtime, and toilet training? • Communication: How does the center staff share information about your child’s progress and daily activities? Can you visit at any time? How is discipline handled? • Staff: How long have the caregivers worked at the center? What is the staff turnover? Are the management’s and caregivers’ values the same? Does the staff seem relaxed and responsive to the children’s needs? • Parent Involvement: Are you welcome to participate in the child care program? Are you required to volunteer? Does staff encourage your input on how well your child is doing? How is your child’s progress shared with you? • Education: What type of experience, education, and credentials do the caregivers have? • Licensing: What type of license does the center have? Can your child attend from infancy to school-age? Did you contact Community Care Licensing to check on any previous complaints? Location: How convenient is it for you from your work, home, bus route, and/or health care provider? • Cost: Can you afford the monthly tuition? Is there an additional registration fee? Is there a family discount? Does the center charge a fee for late pickup? Are there any other costs for materials, field trips, or books? • Evaluation: Does the program staff have a process of determining what they are doing well and what needs to be worked on? Congratulations! You now have more child care information than you ever knew existed. Parenting takes a lot of work. Factor in a job, family life, kids, more kids, schedules, summer vacations, car pools, and bills, plus all the other bumps in the road, and it’s amazing what we do manage to accomplish. After all is said and done—after you have read and listened to all the suggestions of others—trust your own instincts. You know best the right child care arrangement, the one that meets your needs so that you can keep on working, learning, parenting, and smiling.


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Refreshing School Cafeterias By Cat Neushul


ou can lead a child to spinach, but you can’t make her eat. But, if you play your cards right, you very well could motivate her to eat the healthy stuff out of her own free will. Refreshing School Cafeterias (Refresh), a new government program funded through the Network for a Healthy California, aims to figure out what those cards are, and how to play them. Of the six Northern California schools chosen to take part in the pilot project, two are located right here in the Chico area. “Northern California is very progressive when it comes to the health and well-being of our kids, so I’m thrilled that Ponderosa Elementary and Chapman Elementary are taking part in this project,” said Chico resident Kim Ames, program director of Refresh. The first goal of the project, which is administered through the California Health Collaborative, is to help cafeteria staff implement the regulations passed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2012, to improve the nutritional content of school lunches. “As it turns out, the schools up here are way ahead of the curve.” Ames said. “Everyone is already on board with the new guidelines and the schools are already serving up more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fiber-rich foods. So now, we get to move on to the fun stuff: Getting kids to eat all this great, nutritious food. After years of French fries and pudding at school, some of the kids aren’t quite accepting of chicken and broccoli.” Ever since the new guidelines came into play, schools around the country have been facing a common challenge. The new healthier foods are now available and making their way into the kids’ lunch trays—and then straight into the garbage. As Ames puts it, “Healthy

foods aren’t actually good for you until you eat them.” So, the Refresh team is testing out a variety of interventions in the schools and keeping records to figure out what works and what does not when it comes to getting kids to consume the good stuff. For example, drawing from past research (and perhaps borrowing a page from junk food advertising), the Refresh team knows if certain foods are associated with good times and positive emotions, kids will want to eat them again. So the team has introduced games and contests around kids eating their fruits and vegetables. “Even something as simple as giving a sticker to a child who is eating his veggies makes a big difference,” Ames said. “All of the sudden, everyone is cheering and raising their hands saying ‘Look at me, I’m eating my carrots!’ and there’s all this laughter and great energy in the room.” In addition, the Refresh team has been helping out school staff brighten up the cafeterias with some new paint and lots of colorful posters of fruits and vegetables. “Everyone at the schools has been so supportive of our work, and happy that we can help and wanting to help us in return,” said Esther DeJesus, program coordinator for Refresh. “For example, over at Chapman there’s a maintenance man named Mario, and everyone calls him Super Mario because he’s always right there, willing to help in whatever way he can, to make the cafeteria better for the kids.” Not only are the cafeterias being beautified, but they are getting functional makeovers as well. According to research through the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, making a few inexpensive, quick and simple

changes in the layout of a cafeteria—changes that take less than 30 minutes to complete and cost less than 50 dollars—can reap huge benefits. For example, in one school, the salad bar was moved a few feet away from where it had been by the wall and placed right by the registers, so students had to walk around it. This one little change tripled salad sales. Moving fruit out of stainless steel bins and putting them into colorful bowls near the cash register increased sales by 103 percent. More importantly, it is not just that the food was taken, it was also consumed. This is because the Cornell studies factor in human psychology. Kids, like the rest of us, want to have a choice. If they feel they have a say in what is on their lunch tray, they are much more likely to eat it. In one study, when kids were given a choice of either carrots or celery, 89 percent of the children chose the carrots and ate them. But, when kids were given carrots without a choice, then only 69 percent ate them. “It’s so satisfying to see how such little changes can make a big difference in what kids eat,” Ames said. She pointed out that the United States is facing an unprecedented health crisis due to the obesity epidemic. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one third of children and adolescents in the U.S. are overweight or obese and excess weight increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. “Greater consumption of fruits and vegetables and regular physical activity are associated with a reduced risk of these health complications,” Ames continued. “It’s heartening to know that the changes we’re making in the school cafeterias are providing our kids with a healthier future.”

It’s Called 4-H Image by

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There’s a youth development organization in our community that helps young people gain citizenship, leadership, and life skills . .

The 4-H Youth Development Program is in every county in California. You will recognize 4-H by its green clover. What you may not know is that 4-H is for all young people in California (ages 5 –19), whether they are in small towns, big cities, or anything in between. Today, 4-H has 130,000 young people learning, achieving, and giving back to their communities; supported by 20,000 caring and enthusiastic adult volunteers. LEARNING TOGETHER 4-H is a place where young people are given opportunities to build confidence, learn responsibility, and develop skills that will last them a lifetime. It is where youth make friends and share interests, ranging from building robots to raising rabbits, from designing web pages to landscape design. It is where youth work together to make a positive difference in their communities, and adult volunteers make a powerful difference in the lives of young people. Getting involved in the 4-H community makes a lasting difference!


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BUILDING IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIPS With a youth to adult volunteer ratio of 6:1, young people have the opportunity to develop a strong, positive relationship with a caring adult. Research suggests that this may be one of the most important factors for positive youth development. PARTICIPATING IN 4-H 4-H is an organization for youth that promotes hands-on learning and is based on parent and volunteer participation. 4-H welcomes all youth (and adult volunteers) from all backgrounds in all locales (rural and urban). 4-H has many different programs, including after-school programs, horse groups, camping, and 4-H Clubs. The common theme is youth learning and growing in citizenship, leadership, and life skills. SERVICE TO COMMUNITIES (GENEROSITY) The 4-H Pledge focuses on the importance of larger service and recognizing a responsibility for the welfare of others. 4-H helps youth focus on developing concern for others and taking action to demonstrate that concern. Service forges bonds between youth and the community, and doing something valued by others raises feelings of self-worth and competence.

By Nick Bertagna LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (INDEPENDENCE) Creating opportunities for youth to develop skills and confidence for leadership and self-discipline is a cornerstone of 4-H. 4-H helps young people recognizes the connection between independence and responsibility. Independence means greater power and influence, but it is linked with responsibility for decisions made and actions taken. Today’s society is busy, with worthwhile opportunities for youth in greater abundance than ever before. Being involved in a successful 4-H club means that members learn how to set priorities and manage the time wisely. 4-H enables all youth to reach their fullest potential through: • Developing citizenship, leadership, and life skills • Learning by doing • Utilizing the knowledge and resources of the land-grant university system • Having fun, meeting new people, learning new life skills, building self-confidence, handling responsibility, and setting and achieving goals • Activity on a community level, moving onto county, section, state, and national levels • Offering a wide range of projects, programs and activities that every member can benefit from • Being an exhibitor and receiving a ribbon award- purple, blue, red, white, or participation, according to the judging • Parents, volunteers, community leaders, and 4-H staff who share their time and talents with 4-H youth • Involvement in a community service project CONSTRUCTIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCES Youth rely on the joy they receive from interests, hobbies and group participation to balance disappointments in other parts of their lives. 4-H offers opportunities to take on new challenges and learn new skills. 4-H youth develop mastery through the Experiential Learning Process by experiencing, sharing what happened, processing what was important, generalizing the experience to the real world and applying what was learned to other situations. The presence of self-confidence and positive self-esteem are today

considered to be two of the most important indicators of personal wellness and success in an individual. Through the support and encouragement of caring club parents and leaders, youth grow taller in their feelings of self-worth. A sense of accomplishment is achieved from finishing a project and participating in a positive evaluation experience. 2013 is the Centennial year for California 4-H. We have much to celebrate and would love for you to be a part of our celebrations! There are several ways you can join us in our Centennial Celebration. First, please mark your calendar for Friday, October 11, 2013. On this date we will be celebrating our Centennial by having a dinner and dessert auction at the Manzanita Place (Elks Lodge) in Chico, California at 5 – 9 p.m. We are hoping to have a large alumni turnout; your participation is greatly appreciated. Would you be interested in sharing your story with us? Another way you can help us celebrate is by sharing your personal 4-H story. We are committed to collecting alumni stories that we will feature in various ways throughout the coming year and beyond. If you would rather give a personal interview than fill out the Testimonial Sheet, please contact me at the number below. Lastly, we are pleased to share with you how current 4-Hers across the state are celebrating the Centennial by using their Heads, Hearts, Hands and Health to create positive impacts in their communities. California 4-H youth are joining the Revolution of Responsibility by identifying and addressing community issues through their community service projects. These projects are youth driven and are living, breathing examples of the value and power of 4-H youth development in creating responsible young people, who are uniquely prepared to lead in a complex and rapidly changing world. You can view profiles and stories of these amazing projects on the website For more information, tickets to the celebration and any questions, please feel free to contact me.

JOINING/CONTACTING 4-H: Enrollment is happening NOW! To enroll in Butte County, contact: Cooperative Extension Butte County 2279-B Del Oro Avenue Oroville, CA 95965 Phone: (530) 538-7201 Call ahead for ADA assistance Fax: (530) 538-7140 Email:

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The Art of Dining By Ginger Alonso

A fine dining experience is a perfect blend of presentation and harmony.


parkly glasses are filled and the table is embellished with delectable sweet and savory bites. Everyone has met together to share the company of friends and family. Who wouldn’t love to come together for a delicious meal and lively conversation? A fine dining experience is a perfect blend of presentation and harmony. The warmth, laughter, surprise, and all of the little design details come together to make it complete. Butte-Glenn Medical Society Alliance (BGMSA) would like to present a fund-raising event, showcasing the art of dining as you prepare to enjoy your meals together this season. Save the date: A semi-formal evening gala will kick off at 7PM and continue until 10PM on Friday, October 4, 2013. The festivities will be located in the indoor pavilion at The Palms in Chico. Get ready for fine wine, hearty appetizers, and live music from our own local band, Equinox! The evening Gala will include the dining room unveilings. Local designers, decorators, and shops spend months planning and outdoing each other for this exciting event. Our talented designers literally turn their designated spaces into dining room masterpieces! As they mingle, Gala ticket holders will be able to preview, vote on, and enjoy these displays before they are opened to the general public the following day. Come visit The Palms on Saturday, October 5th, from 10am to 4pm, when the Art of Dining exhibit will be open to the public. Take time to stroll through and enjoy the dining room displays with friends and family. There will be craft and cooking demonstrations throughout the day. BGMSA has invited local musicians, local artists and artisan vendors to participate. There will be a highly anticipated fashion show by Buttons & Bows of Paradise. As you take in the sights and sounds, feel free to enjoy refreshments and gather ideas. Tickets will be available at the door on Saturday. BGMSA hopes that you will walk away enriched, inspired, and feeling good about supporting a worthwhile cause! Butte-Glenn Medical Society Alliance is a 75 year old non-profit organization whose members contribute to the health and welfare of the Butte-Glenn community. Fundraising efforts benefit local, underfunded non-profits. These non-profit organizations provide health-related services, treatments, programs, medical equipment, and educational materials and programs in our area. Grants awarded in the past have benefited infant through elderly populations. A list of recipients to receive funding from The Art of Dining will be published in August through media advertising before the date of the event. Please visit our website for information on our health programs, local scholarships, and activities. Our website contains ticket information and media postings. Tickets for this event can be purchased online beginning August 15th, at and after September 1, 2013, at Monks Wine Lounge and Bistro in Chico and the Wine Room in Paradise.

Food For Fall Wild Rice Stuffing Ingredients: 32oz chicken broth (or 4 cups water and 3-4 tsp chicken bullion) 2 cups brown rice 1/2 cup wild rice 16oz mushrooms, sliced 3-4 celery stalks, chopped 1 large onion, diced 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped 1 tsp fresh sage, finely chopped 1 tsp poultry seasoning 3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted (optional) Directions 1. In a large saucepan, combine wild rice, brown rice and broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 50 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5-10 minutes, then fluff with a fork. 2. Meanwhile, in a skillet with 1 Tbsp oil, sauté mushrooms, celery, and onion. When the celery is tender, add fresh herbs and cooked rice. At this point you can stuff into the turkey cavity or into greased baking dish (or refrigerate for up to 2 days, removing from refrigerator 30-45 minute before heating). If using a baking dish, bake for 20 minutes covered. Remove cover and bake 10 additional minutes in 350 degree oven. Garnish with toasted almonds, if desired. Serve immediately.

Pumpkin Bars

I grew up loving and looking forward to pumpkin goodies in the fall. This recipe was adapted from my mom’s delicious pumpkin bar recipe-Now it’s gluten-free!


2 free-range, organic eggs (room temperature) 1 cup organic pure cane sugar* 1/3 cup grape seed oil 1/2 can organic pumpkin (about 1 cup) 1 cup gluten-free flour mix** 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp sea salt 1 heaping tsp organic ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp organic ground cloves 1/4 tsp organic ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp organic ground ginger Beat wet ingredients until slightly fluffy. Sift in dry ingredients. Beat until well mixed.  Pour into greased 8x8 cake pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  Use toothpick check for doneness. For a more moist bar, decrease baking time or increase baking time for more cake-like bar. Cool completely on wire rack. Top with your favorite cream cheese frosting.  Enjoy!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of fresh pumpkin seeds 2 teaspoons of olive oil or melted butter salt Directions 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a bowl combine seeds, oil or butter and a pinch of salt. 2. Spread seeds evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant. Stirring occasionally. 3. Cool and store in an air tight container.

*I also used organic coconut sugar with great results. **I tested several of my GF flour blends, this one was the best: Blend 2 cups finely ground brown rice flour with 2/3 cup potato starch and 1/3 cup tapioca starch. Mix well in large container.  Makes 3 cups. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off for accurate amount. Recipe courtesy of CoCo Gluten-Free Baking Company located in Chico. www.cocobaking. com or find them on facebook, www.facebook. com/Cocoglutenfreebaking.

Let’s Talk Trash


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By Danielle Baker, The Traveling Worm Woman

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Living in a Disposable Society


he garbage we throw away does not just go away. When our trash goes to the landfill there is a lot of energy used in that process. I heard we are now generating methane gas from our local landfill, “but it is expensive because of the pollution controls needed for handling fumes and ash (1).”

reduction of solid waste by 2020 (10).” Waste prevention resources and programs are stepping up for businesses, schools and public, but the real question is if we care? “Law AB 341, starting July, 2012 required businesses, public entities, including schools and multifamily units of five or more to recycle (10).”

If you litter, it also does not go away. It can get in the storm drain and eventually find its way to the river and into our oceans that are filled with plastics and trash. With the environment as it is now, “Recycling is more important today than it has ever been before. In order to keep our communities safe and clean, we all must pitch in to help recycle and reuse as much as possible, and understand why (7).” With limited resources and growing population, people are realizing how important it is to use resources wisely. “As Americans we represent 5% of the world’s population and produce 50% of the world’s trash (11).”

“Packaging alone accounts for 10-15% (sometimes more than 50%) of the cost of a product and 50% of all consumer waste (11).” A program is now in place, “Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): a strategy to place shared responsibility for end-of-life product management on the producers, all entities involved in the product chain, instead of the general public; encouraging product design changes that minimize a negative impact on human health and the environment at every stage of the product’s life cycle (10).” There is another proposal on the table for Rigid Plastic Packaging Containers (RPPC). It will require that plastic shopping bags remain rigid so they are reusable and are being made from recyclable material. is ahead of the trend by making new re-usable bags at Chico Natural Food Co-op that are up to date on this regulation.

California has always led the way in waste reduction. In 2002, I was an undergraduate at CSU Chico. Hired as Compost Education Coordinator for AS (Associated Students) Recycling, we did workshops teaching composting as a way to reduce waste. “Law AB 75 required each State agency to divert at least 25% of its solid waste from landfills by January, 2002; 50 percent by January, 2004 (10).” The Department of Resources and Recovery CalRecycle. states “The Legislature and Governor Brown set an ambitious goal of 75% recycling, composting or source

Do you recycle paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum at a Recycling Center? ”Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for two hours - or a computer for three(3).” Do you re-use your fabric by donating it to charity? How much electronic waste do you have at your house? “By 2020, worldwide electronic waste could grow as much as 500% (3)!”

What do you do with your household yard and food waste? By now you have probably heard of Vermicomposting where worms feed on your waste, decomposing it for you. It is fairly easy to do and only a few rules to follow: Do not feed them meat or dairy products, bury the food in different spot each time, and best temperature for Red Wiggler Worms is 55-77F. Ideally, if you follow the “Compost Equation” you will be able to harvest worm castings in one to two months. “In 1994, US generated 209.1 million tons of MSW (Municipal Solid Waste), paper being the largest component 38.9%, yard trimmings 14.6% (1).” “2007 EPA data states US had 254 Million tons of MSW before recycling (2).” There are substantially fewer landfills due to stricter EPA laws. “In 1988, 8,000 US Landfills were in operation. In 1993, there were only allowed 3,555 (1).” Fewer landfills make them harder to manage. We are required by law to recycle more, so our limited landfills do not fill up. Individual recycling efforts do make a difference for landfills and future generations. Legislature has put new laws into effect and will ultimately depend on the decisions we make today.

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Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste, Project Learning Tree, 1997 MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE IN THE UNITED STATES: 2007 FACTS AND FIGURES, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste (5306P)EPA530-R-08-010, November 2008. Recycling 411, 163 Things You Can Compost: And the list keeps growing! By Marion Owen, Fearless Weeder for PlanTea, Inc. and Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul Composting 101: Description of Materials and their Usefulness in Composting. UCANR Placer County Master Gardeners. AS Chico Recycling Program #530-898-5033, RECOLOGY Butte Colusa Counties ‘Zero Waste’ (lists acceptable materials): residentialButteRecycling.htm Butte County Recycling Tips (lists acceptable materials). Includes acceptable materials and phone # for all 3 Waste Collection Co: For more information on curbside recycling please contact your garbage company •Waste Management: 893-4777 •Recology of ButteColusa Counties: 533-5868 (Now serving Forest Ranch with curbside recycling) •Northern Recycling & Waste Services: 876-3340 http://www. Waste Management Boards free hotline #800-553-2962 7:30-5:30 M-F Department of Resources and Recovery CALRecycle http://www. 31 Steps For Making Your Holiday Less Wasteful, CSUC AS Recycling Free Gardening Ideas & Crafts for kids. Simple recycled planting materials such as a pizza box or egg carton, toilet paper roll can be used to start seedlings. Water Bottles can easily be turned into an irrigation tool by punching holes in the top of the lid and turning them over to act as a watering can.

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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.

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. 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! 876-2518.


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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.

Sunny Garden Montessori Ongoing play groups for parents and babies. Adults will share parenting strategies and techniques in a beautiful warm facility. 343-3101 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 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. m/group/chicohomeschoolers/ Chico Mothers Club The member-run, non-profit organization supports mothers of young children by organizing activities, playgroups, community involvement and much more. Find them on faceboook or go to for more info. 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 Infant-Pediatric 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

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. 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, 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. Sacred Beginnings Offers childbirth preparation classes, pre & postnatal yoga, & yoga with toddlers & crawlers. 321-6477. Sunny Garden Montessori Ongoing play groups 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 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

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.

Thermalito Family Involvement & Literacy Center (T.L.C.) Offers a Parent Resource Center to local families and much more. Call 538-2950 or stop by 2075 Poplar Avenue, Oroville for more information.

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 Steps-First Year Parenting, Infant CPR, Cesarean Refresher, Pregnancy Yoga, Sibling Preparation, Breastfeeding and more! Please call 876-2518, or go to for more information.

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.

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.

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,

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

Family Destinations 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 Bidwell Mansion Learn about Chico’s rich history with a guided tour of this 1860’s Mansion. The Visitor Center is open Sat-Mon. Hours: Sat and Sun from 11:00am–5:00 pm; Mon. 12:00–5:00 pm. Guided tours are available on the hour-the last tour is at 4:00 pm each day. Cost: $6 per adult; $3 children 5 -17, and children under 5 are free. 525 Esplanade, Chico. 895-6144 Book Family Farm Fun, Educational, Year Round Field Trips & Tours, Grass-Fed Meats, Pumpkin Patch. For up to date info “like us” on Facebook, 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. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4pm; Donations greatly appreciated. Located at Second and Salem Streets, Downtown Chico. Phone 8914336, or visit

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. goldnuggetmuseum@

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

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.

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

Just for Kids Chico Public Library Storytimes Preschool Storytime for 3-5 year olds, stories, songs & craft Tuesdays 10am and 11am. Babies Love Books 0-18 months stories, songs & bounces Wednesdays 9:30am and 10:30am. Toddler Story time for 1-3 year olds, stories, songs & action rhymes Fri-10am and 11am. Please call for more information on Japanese Story time, Spanish Story time, Chinese Story time, Japanese Story time, Homework help group, and Chess Club. 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

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 533-5333. 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, 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 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 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 TeamOriented, 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. 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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Preschool Storytime for 3-5 years, stories, songs & craft Tues-10am and 11am, Babies Love Books 0-18 mos. stories, songs & bounces Wed-9:30am and 10:30am, Toddler Story time for 1-3 years stories, songs & action rhymes Fri-10am and 11am, Please call for more information on Japanese Story time, Spanish Story time, Chinese Story time, After school Homework help group, and Chess Club. 891-2762,

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, 343-1601.

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

Ongoing Events Gateway Science Museum:

Come explore the Gateway. Many hands on exhibits for kids and families of all ages. Open Wed through Sun noon to 5pm. For more information call 898-4121 or visit

Free Art Classes at The Turner:

The very popular ‘For Kids at the Turner’ resumes on Wednesdays after-school this fall with free weekly art workshops throughout the semester at the Janet Turner Print Museum at Chico State. Open to students grades 4-12, each workshop is supervised by Dr. Teresa Cotner of the Department of Art and Art History. Each session will feature a different art project related to the exhibitions at The Turner. Drawing and mixed art media will be incorporated. Students will be encouraged to work with approaches, styles and subject matter that they know and like. They will also be encouraged to learn new skills and perspectives through the exhibitions and through their own art making. Must pre register. For more information see

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. Located on Broadway from 2nd to 5th Streets, the area is closed to vehicle traffic to allow for the festivities.

Friday Night Concerts:

Held weekly, 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 Classic rock to reggae. 7-8:30pm.

Chico Certified Farmers’ Market-Saturdays:

Take advantage of all the wonderful produce grown locally at Chico’s year round Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday from 7:30am-1pm, rain or shine. Located at 2nd and Wall St parking lot.

Chico Museum:

Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4pm; Donations gladly appreciated. Watch for these upcoming exhibits at the Chico Museum: This is Our Home, Here We Remain - The story of the Mechoopda. Chico: Our Story in Pictures from the John Nopel Collection. Located at Second and Salem Streets, Downtown Chico. Phone 891-4336, or visit

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An ongoing weekly PLAYGROUP for children and their parents. Children will be introduced to stimulating toys and activities; all guided by their parent! Please call 343-3101 for more information or visit

Chico Yo Yo Club: Come learn new tricks, show off your skill, & win great prizes. Bird in Hand in Downtown Chico. Every Saturday at noon. 893-0545.

Free Tennis Clinic:

Held every Saturday at the Chico Racquet Club at 10am, open to all ages. 1629 Manzanita Ave, 895-1881.

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 Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, weather permitting. “Like” us on Facebook to receive current track updates.


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 animals, 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,

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group:

La Leche League offers mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Children welcome. First Friday of every month, 10am-11:30am. Free. Find them on Facebook to find support between meetings. Bidwell Presbyterian Church in the Church nursery, 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.

Childbirth Preparation: 5-week series taught by highly trained registered nurse

instructors will 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. Call 332-3970 for more information or to register.

Pregnancy Education Series:

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

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.

Kids Night Out: Fridays at In Motion Fitness from 5:30-9:30. Each night includes

Enloe’s Mother and Baby Education Center: Offers ongoing before baby

dinner and an exciting activity. Must pre-register. Call 895-kids or visit to find out more.

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Sunny Garden Montessori Mommy and Me Playgroups:

Chapman Food And Fitness Festival: Every Friday from 2–5:30p.m. at 1010

Cleveland Ave. This event is a certified farmers’ market as well as a health forum, and it takes place all year. 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 342-2999 or visit

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! Open every Saturday from 10am-4pm. FREE! 147 Convair Court, 345-6468.

classes, after baby classes as well as safety classes. Call 332-3970 to register or go to, click on Mother and Baby Care Center for more information.

MOMS: (Making Our Mothering Significant) is a group of moms who get together

to share the joys and challenges of motherhood. Every mom needs a community that will encourage and support her. 1193 Filbert Ave, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 9am, from September through May. Child care is provided. First meeting is free! Contact EVFree Church for more information: 343-6022.

Chico Art School: Fall classes start August 19th. Classes in painting and drawing

for ages 7+. All levels. Monday-Saturday. Email for homeschool, after school and adult class availability. $25 per class-1 1/2 hr. or find them on facebook:

Book Family Farm: Fun, Educational, Year Round Field Trips & Tours, Grass-Fed

Home Depot Kids Workshops: Chico & Oroville. Hands-on building workshop

Meats, Pumpkin Patch. For up to date info “like us” on Facebook.,

Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshops:

Children’s Belly Dance Classes, presented by Origin Tribal Belly Dance: Does your child want to learn to belly dance? This class is for all children

for ages 5-12. Saturdays, 9am-12pm. Free. Chico: 342-0477; Oroville: 538-0521.

Free kids clinic every Saturday at 10am. Must pre register at,

ages 6 through 12 who would like to learn belly dancing. We promote self-confidence

and positive body image while teaching a modernized style of belly dance. All music and movements are age-appropriate. Saturday mornings, 9-10am, August 31 through September 28, at Subud Hall, 574 E. 12th St., Chico. Email emily.origintribalbellydance@ or for more information or to register. Class size is limited to 12 students. The cost is only $40.00 for all five weeks.

Open Playgroup: Held at Discovery Place Child Development Center every the second and forth Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 through the second week of August. Please contact for further dates, please call ahead. 899-8168,

Chico Dojo:

Kids Karate classes for kids 5 and up. 30 years of teaching experience. Classes include: All Belts Kids Karate, Adults All Belt Karate, Kabudo (Weapons Training), and Advanced Karate. Please call for more info, 898-9753.

Barnes & Noble Storytime: Held weekly on Wednesdays at 11am and Saturdays at 2pm in the children’s book section. Every 3rd Friday join them for American Girls Club at 7pm. Call 894-1494 for more info.

An invitation for preschoolers and their parents to join in the fun at Wood Family Farm Preschool for free. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn through our play as we take care of the animals, work in the garden and enjoy life on the farm. For more info: 343-7120,

Monks Celebrate 7th Annual Blessing of the Grapes Ceremony Friday, August 2nd The white-robed monks of New Clairvaux Abbey will begin the 7th annual “Blessing of the Grapes” ceremony by chanting and singing through the vineyard, followed by the centuries-old European tradition where workers and vineyards are blessed to ensure a robust harvest and winemaking season. The event, located at the Abbey’s St. James Vineyard (26240 7th Street in Vina), is free and open to the public. The ceremony begins promptly at 5:30pm.

Chico Mall Anniversary Party Saturday, August 3rd

Chico Mall opened its doors 25 years ago on August 3, 1988. Flash back with us 25 years for a RAD 80s celebration. Goody bag giveaway to the first 200 shoppers (fun 80s themed gifts), 80s costume contest for Chico Mall employees & customers, DJ music, dancing and games, 80s themed dance routine performance, Pac Man arcade game,

Butte Humane Society’s Super Club Weneday, August 7th

Hosted this month at the Sierra Nevada Taproom. The Sierra Nevada Taproom will donate 15% of the sales made that night to Butte Humane Society. Please come out and invite your family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal for a worthy cause.

Jackie Greene Sunday, August 25th

Paradise Performing Arts Center, Doors 6pm; Show at 7:30pm Tickets $32.50 each, Advance tickets on sale @ Brown Paper Tickets.

September Peter Rowan’s Big Twang Theory Wednesday, September 5th

Big Twang Theory combines Peter Rowan’s top-notch bluegrass credentials with the talents of dobro player Michael Witcher, bassist Paul Knight, and virtuoso electric guitarist Nina Gerber. University Box Office 898-6333 or

Fridays on The Farm Friday, September 6th

An invitation for preschoolers and their parents to join in the fun at Wood Family Farm Preschool for free. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn through our play as we take care of the animals, work in the garden and enjoy life on the farm. For more info: 343-7120,

“Palio” is an Italian word that means a competition between neighborhoods and communities. Chico Palio is modeled after Italy’s Siena Palio horse race, which is centuries old and undoubtedly the most famous in Europe. Instead of racing horses, however, we race humans carrying horse sculptures. Noon-5pm at Sycamore Field in One Mile.

Taste of Chico Sunday, September 8th

We invite you to stroll the streets of charming Downtown Chico while enjoying the Taste of Chico. As the largest one-day food, beverage, music and fine art festival in the north valley, Taste of Chico has become a “Chico Tradition” for thousands of community-members and visitors alike. for tickets and more information.

Mud Blast 5 K Race Saturday, September 14th

The Mud Blast is a trail race series that takes place along the Sacramento River near Colusa. The courses wind around forests and fields where racers will tackle obstacles along the way, including: mud pits, tunnel crawl, sand traps, hay bale climbs, and more. There will be a modified ¾ mile race for kids. Proceeds benefit River Partners and its efforts to create wildlife habitats. For more information, please visit

August Fridays on The Farm Friday, August 2nd

Chico Palio Saturday, September 7th

Dinner with a Scientist Friday, September 20th

Held at Sierra Nevada’s Big Room. There will be hands-on activities beginning at 5:00 and buffet dinner will begin at 6:00. Music will be provided by Jazzuppa Jazz Trio. Jonathan Day will be the guest speaker presenting “Thanks for the Memories: Successful Aging and the Brain”. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and are available at Creative Apple, Zucchini & Vine, or Lyons Books. Tickets are $35 and Children 12 and under are $15.

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Family Fun Day Saturday, September 21st

Fundraiser for the Wings of Eagles, put on by Funny Faces and Two by Two Petting Zoo. All proceeds go directly to that the Wings of Eagles. There is a petting zoo, face painting, balloon tying, and bounce houses. Lunch is provided at an additional charge. From 10-2pm. Held at: 13080 Hosler Ave, Chico.

Beauty and the Beast Jr. Wednesday, September 25th

Featuring a cast of more than 50 student performers, this enchanted fairytale features dancing teacups, clocks, candelabras, and of course, charming Belle, the Prince-turnedBeast, villainous Gaston, and Belle’s loving but eccentric father Maurice. With great sets and fantastic costumes, this 60-minute “junior” version includes all of the music from the original Broadway staging. Come sing along!

Bidwell Bark Saturday, September 28th

Focus Film Festival Friday, October 4th & Saturday, October 5th

The 9th annual FOCUS Film Festival and will be held at Chico State’s Colusa Hall. The festival features films and documentaries from all around the world that celebrate diversity and inclusion and explore different disabilities. Visit with film directors, explore the FOCUS art gallery and join at the reception for the Short Film Competition winning directors. For tickets and more information visit:

TJ Farms and Estates Pumpkin Patch Sunday, October 6th-Thursday, October 31st

Chico Unified Henshaw Student Farm Pumpkin Patch September 28th-October 31st

4-H is 100 years Old and We’re Celebrating! Friday, October 11th

Biannual Clothing and Equipment Sale Saturday, September 28th

Butte County Mother’s Of Multiples will be holding their Bi-annual Clothing and Equipment Sale at the Chico Elks Lodge on Saturday September 28th from 8am-12pm. Held in the parking lot of the Elks Lodge. Get everything your growing children need for next season or next year at a fraction of the cost new. Don’t miss out on the great bargains! Shopping is open to the public! If you have questions about the sale, or would like to be added to this mailing list, please contact Clothing and Equipment Chairperson: Cathi Madsack-

Oroville Salmon Festival Saturday, September 28th

Come enjoy the Downtown Oroville Street fair. There will be art, vendors, kid activities, food, salmon court, music, and fun company! Celebrate the spawning of the salmon in the feather river with raft tours.

Oroville Bounty of Butte County Sunday, September 28th

The Salmon Fest festivities continue with the Oroville’s Bounty of Butte County. Set in the shady grounds of the historic Lott House and Sank Park, this event features all things Butte County: food, art, agriculture and music and promises to be a bountiful weekend full of fun for the entire family. Enjoy live music by local and regional bands.

October Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell Wednesday, October 2nd

Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Emmylou Harris teams with longtime band mate and collaborator Rodney Crowell, also a multi-Grammy award winner, to highlight tunes from their new album Old Yellow Moon. University Box Office 898-6333 or visit

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SAVE GREEN, MAKE GREEN & BE GREEN. Sweet Repeats is a seasonal infant, children, teen and maternity consignment sale. We are excited to bring you a great way to buy and sell high quality like-new and gently-used children’s and maternity items all under one roof. When shopping at our sales you’ll find high-quality items - we inspect items to keep the quality up! Everything is organized, clearly marked and easy to find! Silver Dollar Fairgrounds,

Join us for the second annual Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival, Chico’s most pet-friendly family festival and the largest annual community fundraising event for Butte Humane Society. Friendly dogs on leash are welcome at this event, but not required. Fun activities for dogs and kids. Many vendors, raffle and more! 8am-noon at One Mile in Lower Bidwell Park. 2k walk or 5k run, must pre-register at

Affordable U pick pumpkins. Located on the corner of Henshaw and Guynn Ave off East Ave in Chico. Available for field trips and large groups by appointment, please call 5187412. See ad on page 13 for more information.

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Sweet Repeats Sale Friday, October 4th-Sunday, October 6th

Fridays on The Farm Friday, Ocotber 4th

An invitation for preschoolers and their parents to join in the fun at Wood Family Farm Preschool for free. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn through our play as we take care of the animals, work in the garden and enjoy life on the farm. For more info: 343-7120,

The Art of Dining Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th

Every other October, we collaborate with local chefs, artists and designers to put on a benefit gala. Local shops and designers decorate and display dining room masterpieces! All of the Art of Dining net proceeds help to fund Butte-Glenn non-profit organizations that provide specialized services for children and adults in need. Come and mingle with friends while enjoying the Art of Dining! For more information and to buy tickets please go to:

U-pick pumpkins, obstacle course, barn, farm animals, wagons, country store, picnic area. Bounce house and hayrides on the weekends. 3600 Chico Ave, please see ad on page 15 for more info,, 343-2294.

The Butte County 4-H Scholarship Committee is hosting a celebratory dinner: “Past, Present and Future: Where do you Fall?” We’ll honor past and present 4-H members with a historical look at 4-H in Butte County. The Centennial Dinner and Dessert Auction will raise much needed funds for the 4-H Scholarship Program. Now more than ever our 4-H members rely on these scholarships for the high cost of college. Held at the Manzanita Place. Dinner Tickets are $35 per person. Doors open at 5:00pm and dinner is at 6:00pm. For more information on how to sponsor or get tickets: atnabertagna@, 538-7201.

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Saturday and Sunday, October 12th & 13th

The Sierra Oro Farm Trail is the kickoff event for the Patrick Ranch Autumn Fest 2013 where we share the bounty and heritage of Butte County agriculture by opening the doors for tours of the Glenwood Farm House and grounds where you will see the restoration and changes of the stately historic ranch. 10-4pm.

STOMP Thursday, October 17th and Friday. October 18th

Percussion sensation STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable high energy experience that fills the stage with magnificent rhythms. Perfect family entertainment! University Box Office 898-6333 or visit

Making Strides 5k walk/run Saturday, October 19th

4th annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Chico fundraising walk. All the money raised goes directly back to programs that help people stay well by preventing breast cancer or detecting it early; help people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis. Call for more information – 1.800.227.2345 or email

Momix: Botanica Thursday, October 24th

Momix transports audiences from their everyday lives to a fantasy world of larger than life puppetry, athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props, and pure talent to create an entertaining multimedia, family friendly experience. University Box Office 898-6333 or visit

Alton Brown Sunday, October 27th

Alton Brown reinvented the food show with his award winning Good Eats. Now he’s reinventing the live, traveling, foodie, comedy, quiz, lecture, puppet, talk, science, storytelling, and music show. Be sure to request a seat in the “poncho zone!” University Box Office 898-6333 or visit

Treat Street Thursday, October 31st

Treat Street is a safe and fun adventure for children 12 and under. It’s simple... wear a costume, bring a parent and get ready to stroll downtown Halloween-style. 2-5pm in downtown Chico.

Safe N Sane Trick or Treat Thursday, October 31st

Celebrate Halloween at the Chico Mall. For children in costume, starting at 4pm.

Local Pumpkin Patches Chico Unified Henshaw Student Farm Pumpkin Patch September 28th-October 31st

Affordable U pick pumpkins. Located on the corner of Henshaw and Guynn Ave off East Ave in Chico. Available for field trips and large groups by appointment, please call 518-7412. See ad on page 13 for more information.

Max’s Miracle Ranch September 27th-October 31st

Stop in and pick your own pumpkins, or choose one of ours specially picked for you and kid-approved! Take home some fresh apple cider, ride the train through the orchards and pumpkin patch, go on a hay ride, or just enjoy the people and animals at the Ranch. Just outside of Chico in Biggs,, 354-7168.

Pumpkin Patch & More at the Patrick Ranch Museum October 9th-October 25th

Come and enjoy Autumn at the ranch. Bring your class to see farm animals, take a natural history hayride, participate in hands on learning station and select a pumpkin for your upcoming festive activities. To schedule a field trip call the Patrick Ranch Museum Office 342-4359. Office hours 8:30-12:30 (Tues-Thurs) and 12:00-4:00pm (Fri). www.

TJ Farms and Estates Pumpkin Patch October 6th-October 31st

U-pick pumpkins, obstacle course, barn, farm animals, wagons, country store, picnic area. Bounce house and hayrides on the weekends. 3600 Chico Ave, please see ad on page 15 for more info. Field trips and large groups by appointment Mon-Fri from 9am-2pm., 343-2294.


Presc hool & C hi l dca re Di re cto r y Center





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

Chico Montessori Children’s House

2.9-5 years

8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday

814 Glenn St. Chico, CA 95928 342-5518

Creative Outlets In-Home Preschool

2-6 years

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

The goal of the Montessori approach is to help the child acquire the confidence and motivation he or she needs to fulfill his or her best potential. This is done by providing an environment with activities that fit the childs individual needs, builds his/her interests, and nurtures his/her enthusiasm.

Discovery Place Child Development Center

2yrs 9mos-5 years

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

790 Filbert Ave. Chico, CA 95926 899-8168

Dragonfly Playschool

2.5-5 years

8am-12noon 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 childinitiated and teacher guided activities.


2-12 years

Little Sprouts Preschool

2-5 years

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

Wood Family Farm

3-8 years

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7am-6pm Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday





Dragonfly Playschool is an enriching play-centered 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.



Drop in childcare, affordable hourly rates. The preschool curriculum is offered from 9:00am-11:30am. 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

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

15 Overland Ct. Chico, CA 95928 345-0123


A true preschool benefitting from an in-home setting, teaching through play, music & art while providing a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.

HOORAY, LET’S PLAY! Nature-based, tactile, interactive curriculum that promotes age-appropriate growth and development. Large organic garden, barn with animals... a place to grow.


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Growing Up Chico Fall 2013  

A resource magazine celebrating family life in Butte County.