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A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte county since 2004 Spring Issue 2018 February - March - April

Our Annual WOMEN in



Who Do It All A Chico Legacy

THE PIONEER DAY PARADE 2018: A Journey of Learning


SCHOOLS to Consider

FAB LABS New Tech Lab For Kids

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

Welcome Spring! When I think of spring in Chico, I think of bright colors from the new growth of leaves and flowers, longer days, and outdoor family fun. This spring, we will be sure to attend many local events; there are so many activities from which to choose. Growing Up Chico Magazine always looks forward to meeting the community and sharing about our magazine. If you see us at an event, be sure to stop by for a quick hello or ask us what we are doing next.

DeAnna Holman DeAnna is a 5th grade teacher at Ponderosa Elementary School in Paradise and mother of three who is working as a freelance writer, editor, and graphic artist (She also owns a booth at Eight and Main Antiques). She does layouts and assists in editing Growing Up Chico! She obtained her BS from USC and her teaching credential from CSU, Chico. DeAnna is also a breast cancer survivor! She lives on an almond orchard in Durham with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats.

In this issue, you will find our annual Women in Business section that highlights local business women. Be sure to take a look and read about the amazingly talented women in business in our community. While you are looking, do not miss our articles on upcoming events, children’s book reviews, crafts, information on mouth breathing, and much more.

Emily Hajec and Monica Brown

Growing Up Chico provides a way to share the ideas of our wonderful community and we always hope readers can learn something new and hear different opinions from members of the community that make them think, wonder, and respond. I want to encourage people to share their stories, informational articles, advice, and knowledge with Growing Up Chico. If you have ideas, opinions, or articles about any aspect of growing up in Butte County, the community, social responsibility, or growing up greener, please send them in and they may get published!

The Caper Acres Renovation Project

I am so grateful to the magazine staff, our advertisers, and the community for the overwhelming support. We absolutely could not produce this magazine without this continued support. If you do business with any of our advertisers this spring, please be sure to mention you saw their ad in Growing Up Chico. Thank you for making Growing Up Chico your family’s resource. Happy reading! Marne

Marne Larsen Publisher (530) 518-6154

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

Emily Hajec is the owner of Little Wishes Photography, and Monica Brown is the Northern California Trunk Keeper for Matilda Jane Clothing. Together, they share a boutique studio space at 1372 East 1st Avenue in Chico. In addition to running their businesses, the two mompreneurs enjoy time with their kiddos and families...and a good cup of coffee. To schedule an appointment at the studio, please visit or

The Caper Acres Renovation Project was created in 2010, recommended by the City of Chico, Parks Division. The creative minds of Chico children, coupled with local landscape architects, resulted in the innovative Caper Acres Master Plan that was approved in 2014. The last few years have been spent focusing on fundraising efforts and community involvement. Spring of 2017 marked the beginning of Phase 1 of the Renovation Project, with new and exciting additions to our beloved playground. Let the fun begin! Please visit the new website

Connie Wright Connie Wright and Associates won first place in the commercial division of the Pioneer Day Parade from 2005 thru 2009. In 2010, Connie began helping with the parade and for the past three years has been Co-Director of the parade with Richard Elsom. Connie founded the Dog Parade & Chili Cook-Off in 2009 through 2012 to help raise money for Chico Unified School District art and bands during the recession. Connie practices commercial real estate financing and was instrumental in development of the Downtown parking garage at 3rd & Salem and the remodel of the Safeway Shopping Center on Mangrove.

Margaret O’Hair Margaret is a wife, mom, teacher, and an multi-award-winning writer who lives is Northern California. She has six traditionally published books for children: TWIN TO TWIN, MY PUP, MY KITTEN, STAR BABY, SWEET BABY FEET and BE YOU TIFUL, LOVE SOFIA. Follow Margaret on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and be sure to check out her blog at

Dr Ed Bruno Dr. Ed Bruno is a native northern Californian, raised in Santa Rosa. He graduated from UCSF School of Dentistry and completed his graduate studies in orthodontics at the University of the Pacific in 1990. He has had a private orthodontic specialty practice in Chico since 1990 and is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

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On the Cover: Jennifer Titus, President of Titus Pacific Insurance Services, and her husband Keith, have two beautiful girls: Avery (6) and Riley (2 in March). They decided on Chico to raise their family because of the sense of community, the variety of local businesses, and the beauty of Bidwell Park. Contact Titus Pacific for all of your insurance needs, 530-895-1555.

For Adverting Information, Contact Rachele: (530) 519-0320 DeAnna Holman - Layout Design/Editor Darci Crossin - Graphic Design Terry Givens - Design/Special Projects Advertising Deadline: To advertise in our upcoming Summer and Summer Camp Issue, please contact us by March 31st. Article and Photo Submission Deadline: Please submit family-friendly and seasonally appropriate photos and informative articles for the Summer Issue by March 31st. Growing Up Chico Magazine is published quarterly and available, free, at around 300 family-friendly locations throughout Butte County. We are also available online at Copyright Š 2018 by Growing Up Chico Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproductions without permission are prohibited. Articles and advertisements found in Growing Up Chico Magazine do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the management. Every effort is made to avoid errors, misspellings and omissions. If an error is found, please accept our sincere apologies and notify us of the mistake.


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School and Home 13 Pioneer Day Parade A Chico Legacy


14 Alternative Education Guide Schools to Consider

16 Arts & Crafts

Fun Spring Activities

17 Children’s Book Reviews Books About Love

Family Time

18 Mouth Breathing


Information From an Expert

21 Fab Labs

New Tech Programs for Kids



24 Supporting Business Women “Mompreneurs”

26 Moms Who Do It All

Spotlight On Author, Nikki Katz

28 3rd Annual Fantasy Fun Run A Fund-Raiser For Caper Acres


37 Wildflower Music Festival A Day Of Music and Fun For The Whole Family

Women in Business

30 Support Our Local Women Business Owners

16 In Every Issue... 04 04 34 38 39

Publisher’s Note Contributors Events Calendar Preschool Directory Advertiser Directory


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Photos By: Chico Photography

The Pioneer Day Parade 2018 Celebrates The Chico Promise A Journey of Learning Preschool through Masters!


t is with great honor and excitement that we announce Gayle Hutchinson, President of Chico State University, will be a Grand Marshall in the Pioneer Day Parade on May 5th, 2018, along with Samia Yaqub, President of Butte College, and Kelly Staley, Superintendent of the Chico Unified School District. These women will lead the Pioneer Day Parade opening. We stand in awe of their educational accomplishments. It is truly a milestone to have them together in this parade!


or the past 20 years, there has been a group of Chico community volunteers who have worked long and hard to bring back the Pioneer Day Parade as a wholesome community/ family/children event. Last year, we celebrated 100 years from when Normal School gave annual tours to Chico High School students with lunch and a variety show which eventually became the Pioneer Day Parade.


his year’s parade will have something for everyone, but most of all, our children. The primary,

By Connie Wright

middle school, and senior high schools throughout Chico will be participating, including the music departments of band, choral, dance, and drama. School bands from throughout northeastern California will be invited to perform in this year’s parade.

parade entertainment starting at 9:30 and programs covering all of the parade activities will be passed out by college volunteers.


he parade will kick-off with a middle school and senior high school art contest to provide a colorful poster to hang throughout Chico, showing the sponsors and the parade information. The prize will be $300.00 cash, provided by the Chico Women’s Club which started out as an art club with Annie Bidwell in 1913.


he parade starts at 10:00 AM with a pancake breakfast, before the parade, at 8:00 AM. After the parade, there will be a hamburger barbecue in the Plaza and performances by students from Chico Unified and Chico State.


oyce Tevis of Chico State will feature a 45 piece band which is the most exciting performance of all. His band played last year, but not for 25 years prior. There will be pre-

If you would like to appear in the parade or volunteer to help with the parade, please contact Connie Wright at 530 521-2334 or email:

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GUC’s Guide to

Education A lternatives

Thrive, Homeschool Program

Thrive Homeschool Program provides academic and enrichment classes, as well as: Self-Directed, Nature Immersion, Waldorf and Montessori Inspired, Project Based Learning sessions. Classes range from academically focused, like science and history, to enrichment opportunities, such as dance and drumming. With an extensive list of classes, there is something for everyone. Our most popular, Self-Directed Learning sessions offer a free flowing curriculum that derives from the interests and imaginations of the children, while the other programs offer a more teacher led style with lots of room for fun, creative, hands-on learning. All include a mix of science, art, math, music, language, socialization, and so much more. Thrive is a wonderful place for making friends, learning new skills, and creative expression. Thrive is the perfect addition to any homeschooling schedule. Cyndi Pereira, Director 746 Moss Ave., Chico 530-809-4638

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Chico Country Day School is a tuition-free K-8 grade, public charter school that provides a safe, joyful community where all learners are inspired to achieve their personal best. Our purpose is to educate students toward becoming engaged and thriving learners. CCDS students participate in an environment where relationships are prioritized and students practice voice and choice in their learning. Meaningful, purposeful, joyful, beautiful work: that’s what a CCDS education is all about! 102 W 11th St., Chico 530-895-2650

Hooker Oak School

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences


Chico Country Day School (CCDS)

Inspire School of Arts & Sciences is a public charter high school with a focus on performing and visual arts, science, and engineering. Inspire offers a comprehensive collegeprep program, including Honors and Advanced Placement courses, 12 program majors, and CTE pathways series. The academic schedule is designed around an A/B block schedule, allowing students 8 course schedules for greater flexibility and depth. Elective choices include: dance, music, theater, studio art, ceramics, sciences, audio production, robotics, computer-aided design, and electronics. For more information or to apply, please visit our website or give us a call. 335 W. Sacramento Ave.Chico 530-891-3090

Want your child to experience theater, music, art, and technology? These are just some of the many attributes of Hooker Oak School, a K-5th tuition-free, public alternative school. Other reasons to check out Hooker Oak include, but are not limited to: hands-on, thematic teaching, a Fine Arts program, community service projects, and a high ranking in CA Common Core Standards. Parents are encouraged to contribute to the school – either in the classrooms, school projects, or for one of our incredible events – adding to the strong school community. For a schedule of school tours, please call (530) 891-3119, or come to an event (Carnival is on June 1st from 4pm-7pm at Hooker Oak). 1238 Arbutus Avenue, Chico 530-891-3119

CORE Butte Charter School

CORE Butte Charter School is a personalized learning, K-12 Charter School. CORE has a strong emphasis on parental involvement, smaller class sizes, more one-to-one teacher and student interaction, and attention to differences in learning styles. CORE encourages student driven participation in developing the learning process, and provides access to new technologies, varied learning environments, parent development programs, and a vast array of curriculum. As a hybrid model, CORE’s High School students have the opportunity to attend a “University Model” program where they can attend classes two or three days a week, and complete the remainder of their curriculum as independent study, with an opportunity for our students to attend a wide array of classes including enrichment, remediation, acceleration and core math classes a few hours weekly. 260 Cohasset Rd., Ste 130, Chico 530-809-4152

Achieve Charter High School

Achieve Charter High, a tuition-free public school, opens in August 2018, with its first class of 120 incoming ninth graders from throughout the area. ACHS builds upon the proven success of Achieve Charter School, which has some of the highest test scores in the region. ACHS will educate students to be both college-and careerready with an emphasis on personalized learning, ongoing evaluation of progress toward student goals, as well as choices in applied technology or entrepreneur pathways. Attending Advisory class with the same teacher for four years, in this small school environment, ensures students will be known and supported as they prepare for their futures beyond high school. 771 Elliott Road, Paradise 530-872-4100

Sherwood Montessori

Every child is a unique person with her or his own interests, skills, abilities, and personality. The Montessori approach facilitates individualized instruction with multi-age groupings in an environment that naturally fosters a love for learning. Sherwood Montessori is a tuition free charter school with beautiful classrooms, engaging hands-on materials, and on site, high quality child care before and after school. Our transitional kindergarten/kindergarten offers a shorter day or full day option for families. We are committed to educating the whole child: intellectually, physically, and psychologically. Call for a school tour! 1071 E. 16th St., Chico 530-345-6600

Forest Ranch Charter School

Forest Ranch Charter School is a K-8 small school solution for Chico families that strikes a balance between high academic expectations and positive social/ emotional development. We use a multidisciplinary approach in an environment that supports differentiated learning, mindfulness, and student leadership. • Free Bus to and from Chico • Technology rich STEM school, offering 1:1 chrome books for 3-8th grade students • GATE classes, project based learning, and field study trips • Elective Choices, including: Outdoor Ed, Cross Country, Dance, and Visual and Performing Arts • After School Program, offering Makerspace, Sports, and Homework Club We have limited space available so take the scenic 15 minute drive up the hill, and visit Forest Ranch Charter School today. We look forward to meeting you! 15815 Cedar Creek Road, PO Box 5, Forest Ranch 530-891-3154

Notre Dame School

With a tradition of teaching that dates back to the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1928, Notre Dame School in Chico (NDS), develops spiritual, academic, respectful, responsible, and confident young people that are ready to face life’s biggest challenges head on. NDS offers Transitional Kindergarten (4-5 year olds) and Kindergarten – 8th Grade. All NDS Students are taught computer skills through our integrated technology curriculum and extensive iPad program. Music, drama and formalized art instruction have always been a part of Notre Dame School’s heritage. A wide range of electives are offered to our students at the junior high level. Weekly Mass attendance offers spiritual nourishment and the opportunity for students to participate in public speaking, music, and mentoring between older and younger students. NDS parents appreciate “the core values, the relationships between teachers, parents and students and the high standard of education.” Notre Dame also recently opened a preschool, serving children from 30 months to five years, at a new downtown location! Contact Principal, Terri Schwabauer, at or call (530) 342-2502 to schedule a tour of the school. Call Preschool Director, Shelly Brown, at (530) 487-7730 to visit the Preschool. Current and past parents are also available to talk and meet with prospective parents. 435 Hazel St., Chico 530-342-2502

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Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, is best known for authoring more than 60 children’s books. Celebrate his birthday on March 2nd, and snuggle up with your little one, to read some of his silly rhymes. Then, head to the kitchen for a simple, Seuss-inspired treat! Items Needed: Clear Cups Blue Jell-O Gummy Fish Candies Directions: Follow the directions on the Jell-O package and pour into cups. Let it set for at least one hour. Place gummy fish candies on top of the Jell-O cup. Enjoy!


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Here are some fun arts and crafts ideas, from Shannon Smith, for each month of spring that will keep your little ones engaged.


Photo credit: http://simplegirlathome.blogspot. com/2011/02/dr-seuss-snacks.html


Arts & Crafts

Easter Eggs and Bunny Hops: It’s S-P-R-I-N-G!! Start saving those egg shells for a super fun, albeit a bit messy, creative experience!! There’s something magical about using your entire body to create art. Give it a try! See how your little one likes Egg Splatter Painting!! Items Needed: Large, White Banner Paper or Poster Board Hollowed Egg Shells (try to save as much of the egg cup as possible) Washable Tempera Paint Dish Soap Tissue Paper (cut into 1 inch squares) White Glue Directions: Rinse hollowed egg shells and allow them to dry over several days. When you’re ready to paint, mix the washable tempera paint with some of the dish soap. There really is not a measured amount; just add a little soap to the paint to make clean-up a little easier at the end. Pour the soap/paint mixture into the hollowed egg shells. Apply a small amount of white glue to the egg shell around the opening and glue the 1 inch tissue square over the top, closing the egg with the paint inside. Allow the tissue covering to dry enough to handle –we allowed ours to dry overnight. Hang the banner paper or poster board outside. We did ours against a fence in the grass to make clean-up easy and to give the paper support and strength to withstand the eggs thrown at it. Pass out the paint-filled eggs to you (yes, YOU too!!) and your young artists and HAVE AT IT! Trust me; they will know exactly what to do! You will have so much fun crunching the egg shells, splattering the paint, and watching the colorful explosions on paper. Have your camera ready…it promises to be an experience to remember!!

“I love you a bushel and a peck…A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!” February puts love in the air! Making homemade Valentines and sharing them, is especially fun for little ones. It can be as simple as a scribbled love note to an elaborate, glitter sprinkled masterpiece. Whichever path you choose, the fun is limitless! Here’s a simple idea for making a valentine that captures your child’s tiny handprints: Love Bouquets. Items Needed: White Construction Paper Markers Large, Washable Ink Stamp Pad Directions: Press child’s hand into the ink pad. Press handprints onto the construction paper for flowers. Using markers, draw flower stems from each handprint flower. Decorate with bows, hearts, flowers, and sentiments.

3 Children’s, Books About

Love By Margaret O’Hair

LOVE IS By Diane Adams

Love is: A story of a love between a girl and a duckling. Heartfelt. Engaging. Beautiful pictures. Unique story. An instant classic!

I LOVE YOU THE PURPLEST By Barbara M. Joosse, Illustrated by Mary Whyte

Early in the evening, two young brothers and their mama finish supper in the sturdy red cabin and set out to fish. While digging for worms, rowing the boat, and pulling in fish, each brother asks his mama which one is the best at each task. As they are being tucked into bed, they ask which one she loves the best. Text and pictures work together to make this book a classic. A perfect venue for sharing how we love each of our children the most, even when there is more then one of them!

LOVE THAT DOG By Sharon Creech

The book with heart, the book with a dog, the book with a boy, the book of free-verse poems. Jack figures out how to be a writer as he comes to grips with the loss of his beloved dog. Kids who read this will come to love poetry, and most likely love that they could write poetry just like Jack can. The book is one to read, again and again and again.

Mouth Breathing

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Sometimes it’s a Big Deal By Edward Bruno D.D.S., M.S.D.

I am an orthodontist in Chico with 27 years in private practice. It has been my privilege to work with most of the dentists, and many physicians, in the north state over that time. I have also served 7 years on the Butte County Cleft Palate Panel, giving me an opportunity to work with a variety of health professionals. Medicine and dentistry progresses through both scientific evidence, and by learning from the successes and mistakes of the past. The use, and arguably overuse, of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in the mid-twentieth century is well documented; reaching its peak in the 1950s. Concerns were often for recurrent throat and ear infections. Today, Otolaryngologists (ENTs), that I have the opportunity to consult, are thoughtful about recommending these surgeries. The medical evidence regarding treatment outcomes and advent of improved medications to address infection, congestion, and allergy are among the changes allowing a cautious approach. My particular area of interest concerns not so much infectious disease, but rather the effect of chronic nasal obstruction on the development of the face, jaws and dentition. Children who are unable to breathe through the nose due to partial or total obstruction may develop several growth disturbances. These characteristics were long ago termed “Adenoid Facies” (Photo #1) and include: long, narrow facial form, narrow nose, upwardly bowed upper lip, mouth-open posture, sleepy expression, high-narrow palate with dental crowding, and reduced forward growth of the lower jaw causing the upper front teeth to protrude. There is some disagreement about whether nasal obstruction is a cause or an effect of those features, but one thing is clear: correction of the blockage and re-establishment of nasal breathing improves the direction of development of jaws and face. It is rare to see all of these features in one child, but presence of more than one raises the likelihood that mouth breathing is affecting development. Many of these changes can be explained by commonsense appreciation of the mechanisms of growth of the face and dentition. Bones and teeth grow and develop through a combination of genetics and the influence of the soft tissues in which they grow. The relationship is clear (although oversimplified) if we use the shape of the upper dental arch and palate as an example. The upper dental arch is squeezed between the tongue pushing outward and cheeks balancing that force by pushing inward.

The result is usually the “U” shape of a normal dental arch. If the mouth is open and the tongue carried low to allow mouth breathing, the cheeks push in and are not balanced by the tongue in the upper part of the mouth. This “squishes” the upper dental arch and encourages development of a narrow “V” shape rather than the normal “U” shape. (Photo #2) The longer in life this process continues, the more difficult the challenge for the orthodontist. Narrow “V” shaped upper arch seen in many mouth breathers

Normal “U” shaped lower arch in same youngster

Photo #2: While genetics plays a role in this developmental deficiency, it is clear that mouth breathing often is a significant contributor.

In what other mischief is mouth breathing implicated? In children and adolescents it is related to learning difficulties, behavioral symptoms similar to ADD/ADHD, sleep apnea, and reduced physical stamina. Breathing only through the mouth, rather than both mouth and nose during athletics, reduces oxygen uptake by the lungs. So, how can the orthodontist and/or the physician address this problem? Similar to adeno/tonsillectomy, early orthodontic treatment (during a period with some permanent teeth and some baby teeth) has had periods of relative favor and disfavor in the orthodontic community. The reasons for a trend away from early treatment included both research evidence on treatment outcomes, and the advent of improved treatment modes. Most orthodontists have found that modern techniques and innovations allow us to treat severe dental crowding and moderate jaw disproportions after waiting for all of the permanent teeth to emerge. This is efficient and convenient for busy teens, parents and the orthodontist. But, jaw, dental, and facial development is often nearly complete by that time. The behavioral and physical development problems mentioned above may have a truly negative effect if a youngster has been mouth breathing much of that time. This is resulting in a swing back toward acceptance of the value of early treatment. A 2002, systematic review in the prestigious ENT journal, Laryngoscope, concluded that “abnormal dentofacial growth” is an indication to consider adenoidectomy. ENT physicians will

often seek to correct nasal obstruction medically first; and that is as it should be. But, in those instances when medical management is less than fully effective, or in instances of too-frequent recurrence, the ENT specialist may recommend surgery and I encourage parents to heed that recommendation. Research at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, in the 1970s, demonstrated remarkable changes in facial growth in mouth breathing children treated with adenoidectomy to re-establish nasal breathing. (Photo #3)

depending on the specifics of the problem.

Photo #4: 8 year old on left with constricted “V� shaped arch. Orthodontic expansion was done at this time. The photo on the right is the same patient at 12 years of age made in preparation for the final orthodontic treatment to finish aligning the teeth.

A constricted upper jaw and palate can be corrected readily with orthodontic care in growing children. (Photo #4) It is important to understand that the roof of the mouth (palate) is also the floor of the nose. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening for children by age 7. There are instances when conservative medical management can address the entire problem. At other times, surgical treatment by ENT physicians, early orthodontic care, or both, might be required,

Bottom line: There is no single silver bullet solution. Each mouth breathing child deserves a careful evaluation and care tailored to their special needs. At times, it requires teamwork between dentists, orthodontists, and physicians. Inquiries for literature citations may be sent to: Dr. Edward Bruno 1068 East Avenue, Suite C Chico, CA 95926 Photo Credits: Photo #1: Photo #3: Photos #2 and #4 from Dr. Edward Bruno


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dea Fab Labs, or IFL, is one of Chico’s best kept secrets. It is a mysterious, wondrous place near downtown Chico where, for the last 5 years, “makers” have been coming together to share great ideas and bring the unimaginable to life. But the truth is, Idea Fab Labs is committed to much more than that. Idea Fab Labs is a member-driven creation zone located in both Chico and Santa Cruz, California. Idea Fab Labs is changing the way students, engineers, programmers, and entrepreneurs learn and work by introducing newbies to high tech fabrication, design equipment, and software in a hands-on, fun environment. The Idea Fab Labs Chico facility is a 6,900 square foot building, four blocks from CSU, Chico with multiple workspaces, access to standard and high-tech tools, a gallery, indoor and outdoor areas for group activities, and an active community of makers, designers, artists, programmers, and more.

For more info on field trips, visit: Science Museum Exhibits Idea Fab Labs also manufactures hands-on and tech-oriented exhibits for science museums, schools and educational institutions. The Augmented Reality Sandbox exhibit is their most popular offering and their clients include: Shasta County School District, Monterey Peninsula School District, and The Monterey Bay Aquarium. After School Maker Program The excitement and response from the community has inspired Idea Fab Labs to announce its new Youth + Inspiration Fun Labs After-School Program for ages 9 through 13 years old.

“For the last 5 years, ‘makers’ have been coming together to share great ideas and bring the unimaginable to life.” The Idea Fab Labs are open source, community-driven facilities for exploring the digital fabrication techniques and technologies of the modern maker culture. They present Gallery exhibitions of breathtaking, tech inspired art, created in their Tech Art Incubator program. As an artist and father of two, Erin Banwell, Director of Idea Fab Labs recognizes Idea Fab Labs’ potential in offering more than just a space for artists, makers, and programmers. He sees it as a space invested in inspiring youth and giving birth to future innovators and entrepreneurs.

Field Trips to Idea Fab Labs K through 12 classes from Butte, Shasta, and Glenn County schools have been learning about digital fabrication and the Makerspace movement by attending field trips to Idea Fab Labs, Chico for the last 3 years, with over 1000 students visiting the Orange Street facility in 2017. Field trips include a complete tour, hands on group activities, and live demonstrations of all the digital equipment including: • Laser cutters • 3D printers • 3D scanners • Digital embroidery machine • CNC router (15ft wood carving robot) • Augmented reality sandbox • Giant LED ceiling array • ...And more!

Kristy Lively, the Youth Program Director, says, “The Youth + IFL after-school program will use STEM-centered curriculum to support hands-on, project-based activities while focusing heavily on logic-based exploration and life-science educational skills and activities.”                                     Director Erin Banwell has partnered with Idea Fab Labs member, Kristy Lively, to implement the new Y+ IFL afterschool program. Kristy, a new face to Chico, is devoted to youth development and has been involved with Idea Fab Labs field trips for the last year. Subjects include: • 3D Printing Scanning & Design • Arduino: Coding in Robotics • Micro Drones 101 • Creative Computing: Raspberry Pi and Scratch SESSION ONE: Micro Drones 101: Build and fly your own indoor micro quadcopter February 1st through February 28, 2018 • Intro to Quadcopters and flying techniques • Learn to Solder while Modifying Your Quadcopter. • Learn to fly like a pro. • Learn Maintenance and Repair. • Indoor drone racing with your friends • Students take home their own micro drone.

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SESSION TWO: 3D Printing, 3D Design and 3D Scanning March 7th through March 29, 2018 • Learn to download and 3D print objects from the Internet. • Learn to design your own 3D models from scratch. • 3D scan and 3D print your own head. • Design and Print a Final Project. • Students take home a 3D Print each week.

SESSION THREE: Arduino: Coding in Robotics April 4th through April 25, 2018 • Learn the basics of programing your own Arduino. • Build an open source, 3D printed Arduino robot that can walk, dance, avoid obstacles, and make noise. • Modify and customize with specific behaviors, body parts and sounds. • Students take home their own custom programmable robot.

SESSION FOUR: Creative Computing: Raspberry Pi and Scratch May 3rd through May 31, 2018 • Use Raspberry Pi and Scratch to code interactive stories, animations, and games. • Learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and collaboratively. • Learn and explore Scratch projects. • Learn the fundamentals of programming and coding. Idea Fab Labs will offer the Youth + IFL after-school program on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Students will be encouraged to develop, define, and integrate a hands-on approach that incorporates real-world problem solving, project management skills, and object-based learning. The first hour will be assigned to homework help and/or tutoring, and a healthy snack which will be provided to each student. Selected staff will be available during the first hour to bridge academic achievement and encourage peer and community mentorship. The remaining two hours of the program will be set-aside for learning and exploring the subject matter and then diving deep into each week’s focus.  At the end of each session, each student will walk away with a completed project. Specialists and guest speakers within each area of expertise will give talks and facilitate workshops throughout each of the 4-week cycle courses. Meals, tutoring, special guests, supplies, and all materials for each project will be provided for, and are included in the cost. All staff involved in the Youth + IFL after-school program have passed background checks and completed a CPR and First Aid training.                          We are looking for our first 15 students to join now. Parents can sign up at Enrollment opens January 1st of 2018. Each 4 week-cycle is $120 per week/ per student; the total cost is $480.     

Idea Fab Labs 603 Orange Street • Chico, CA 95928

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Written by Emily Hajec & Monica Brown Photos: Little Wishes by Emily Hajec Photography



hen Emily Hajec first moved to Chico six years ago, she found herself inspired by the landscape of Northern California.

Bidwell Park in the fall, Butte Creek Canyon at sunset, the orchards in spring: It was all so beautiful and unique. It really inspired me to just pick up a camera and start documenting it all,” says Emily, who is originally from Reno, Nevada.


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nd it wasn’t just the beauty of Butte County she found inspiring. It was also the Downtown Chico business community.

There is a strong sense of small business support here in Chico. You walk down Main Street or drive down the Esplanade, and it is just incredible to see so many little boutiques and locally owned specialty stores thriving,” she says of the dozens of

Downtown Chico shops and restaurants.


n a world where consumers are being driven towards online shopping and big name brands, Emily knew there was something really special and different about Chico’s business district and the community supporting these local business owners. She soon found herself wanting to be a part of it and dreaming big dreams that, after five years of growth, would finally come to fruition.


ith a love for photography and a passion for small business, Emily began envisioning plans for a studio; a home for her business-Little Wishes Photographywhich specializes in natural light newborn, baby/child, and maternity portraiture in addition to her outdoor family sessions. She wanted something more than just an average photography studio;

she wanted something different--something she could share with other women and organizations as well. “I knew that I wanted to open up the space to other women in business and groups empowering women.” So, when she met Monica Brown in the spring of 2017, it was a perfect match.


onica-who is also a full time kindergarten teacher and children’s book author-is the Northern California Trunk Keeper for Matilda Jane Clothing, a unique and beautiful line of one-of-a-kind wear for little girls and women. The Matilda Jane brand is unique in that its pieces are seasonal and limited in their styles and designs. The clothing line is sold exclusively through official Trunk Keepers like Monica. “A Trunk Keeper is exactly as it sounds,” Monica explains. “I am the ‘keeper’ of the clothes. The Matilda Jane clothing, which is on display at the studio, are

samples of the current line. Customers may schedule a private ordering appointment to try on the clothes, or book a personal show to host at the studio and invite their friends and family to attend.”


his past September, the two “mompreneurs” opened their 600 square ft studio, together at 1372 East 1st Avenue, and hit the ground running. “What sets our studio apart is that we each have a unique, specialty niche that we are passionate about, but we are able to time share the space. And-while running our own unique businesses-we are also able to promote and support one another during our separate business hours,” says Emily.


n 2018, the pair will continue to open up their studio and host monthly meetings and small events for other community organizations and businesses, including:

La Leche League, Tuesdays Together; event coordinators such as North State Events; and independent consultants such as LuLaRoe and Stella & Dot.


nd in addition to their regular services, Monica and Emily will also offer special events at the studio to bring parents and other business owners together. Emily will continue to host business seminars and photography lessons at the studio, in addition to scheduling her usual photography sessions for newborn and babies. With the Matilda Jane line, too, Monica has planned once-a-month Matilda Jane “Mommy & Me” events for the upcoming year. These are special mother and daughter themed crafting events for girls of all ages to promote bonding and cater to the whole child. “I want to show young girls that we can have big dreams and influence our community,” Monica explains. “I want

this endeavor to be more than just clothes; the relationships that this business has brought, and will continue to bring, has meant so much to me.”


oth Monica and Emily agree that they want their customers to leave with more than just a product and service; they want them to leave with a positive, memorable experience. “We are just so excited to be able to support one another’s businesses, as well as other women in the community, while following our business dreams and pursuing our passions,” Emily explains. To learn more about: the Little Wishes & Matilda Jane Studio, located at 1372 East 1st Avenue; the services and events offered; and/ or to inquire about hosting a Matilda Jane Clothing show, please visit www. and/or www.matildajaneclothing. com/MonicaBrown.

MOMS WHO DO IT ALL Spotlight on Nikki Katz, a writer from San Diego, California

Thanks for having me Meg! This journey was a long one. I actually wrote the first draft of The Midnight Dance over five years ago. Set in 1800s Italy at the Grande Teatro Finishing School, the novel follows Penny and 11 other young women as they train under the mysterious, young Master to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. It’s the only life Penny has ever known until startling new memories show a very different past. Now, Penny must find a way to uncover the secrets of the school and escape, before it’s too late. The Midnight Dance truly is a labor of love. It was the first time I really delved into revising and editing any of my six manuscripts. I rewrote it (twice) nearly from scratch to get an agent, and then again once we parted ways and Swoon Reads purchased the manuscript. I learned so very much from this process, more from ever writing the first draft of a novel.


By Margaret O’Hair

What makes you want to write books? There are several things. I love telling stories, and honestly there is something amazing about knowing I’m going to leave this bit of a legacy behind when I’m long gone. I like to make people think, and I like touching the lives of teens, an age when sometimes you need an escape from the real-world drama. How did you realize you were a writer? I have written since I was four years old, typing out horrible rhyming poems on my grandfather’s typewriter. Even though it was a strange path to get here, I have always been a writer! It’s far easier for me to express myself in the written word than through speaking.


hether you have a business, a hobby, a passion, a cause. . .it is sure to be said that we all try to juggle things and make our lives work around our kids.

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While I’ve seen you online and presenting at conferences, it is so great to talk to you in person today, Nikki. I wanted to welcome you to Growing Up Chico Magazine! Congratulations, by the way, on your first book! I know it is a Young Adult novel and has been out a couple of months. Can you share the journey of that book? How long did it take to write it and what is it about?

In the first of our series of interviews with Moms Who Do It All, we are lucky to get a chance to interview the amazing, Nikki Katz, a writer, blogger, and mom from sunny San Diego! Nikki Katz is a managing editor and ex-rocket scientist living in San Diego with her husband and three children. With a BS degree in aerospace engineering, Nikki first put her writing skills to use publishing four nonfiction books in the puzzle and game genre. She moved on to writing young adult fiction, her favorite activity. Other favorite pastimes include: chauffeuring her kids around town, reading fantasy and sci-fi, baking yummy desserts, watching Reality TV, and scrolling social media feeds. The Midnight Dance is her debut novel.

Tell us a little about your mom style and your kids. I am hard on my kids. I am definitely not an “everyone gets a trophy” type of parent. I want them to work hard and see their successes. I rarely coddle, although I am fiercely protective of them when I need to be. I am very competitive and my kids are as well, for better or worse! They are also really good kids. They are respectful to adults and manners are very important to me. I encourage them to explore various activities and they have all landed where they should. My oldest does professional acting, my middle does competitive cheerleading, and my youngest does competitive soccer and recreational lacrosse. Being a mom is a full time job! How to you juggle mom life with writing life? Not well sometimes! I try to write when the kids are at school, but once you’re picked up by a publisher, you are at the whim of that schedule. I have had to work on revisions during both summer break and holiday break! I feel the guilt

on all accounts, but what I’ve learned to do is make my time count. It is quality over quantity and whether I am working or engaged with the kids, I make that my focus. What is your advice to moms who want to try to write a children’s book? Don’t give up. It’s a tough business. Like I said, this was definitely not the first manuscript I wrote! It is a long journey, but you have to keep at it. Write every day if you can. The longer you are away from a project, the harder it is to get back into it! Also, reach out to others and find a critique partner or group. They are invaluable in terms of feedback, but also support as you get out there and (most likely) start receiving rejection for your work. Any exciting projects that you are working on now? I am working on The King’s Questioner, a book about a mental lockpick, Kalen who has the ability to break into people’s minds and steal their deepest secrets. When he uncovers something the king has been hiding in the mind of his childhood friend, former enemies must team up to avert a war. What is the contact information for buying your books? The Macmillan website has links to all major bookstores. Here is that link: nikkikatz/9781250123718/ How can we find you online to follow your writing journey and read your blog? Here is all of that information: • My Website: • My Facebook: • My Instagram: • My Twitter: • My Pinterest: Thank you, Nikki! This was great. You’re most welcome! Wait, Nikki, before you are off the line, you know, our readers are moms, first and foremost. Their families are everything to them, just like it should be. With that said, can you give us a last piece of wisdom about how not to give up on our dreams, even though we are taking care of our families? Sure. It is vastly important to spend quality time with your children, but it’s also important for them to see their parents pursue their hobbies and their dreams. My kids are amazingly proud of me, have seen me work very hard, and celebrate my successes. Find the time to work on your dreams, whatever they may be. I promise, your children will be better off for it.


had over 250 participants who were “Dressed to Impress” in their favorite fairy tale or children character costumes. Heater, the Chico Heat Baseball mascot, started off the race with an airhorn blast. Participants were also greeted by other fun walking characters: Mickey & Minnie, Troll Princess, and Batman Minion. Attendees could get their faces painted by a pretty fairy and get their photo taken at an outdoor photo booth; all while rockin’ to the tunes provided by DJ Ryan. Winners of the race received unique commemorative medals, made especially by the Awards Company. The medals were presented by Chico Mayor, Sean Morgan, and Vice Mayor, Reanette Fillmer. Attendees saw a demonstration put on by Azad’s Martial Arts, and could stroll the numerous local business booths, while enjoying free beverages provided by Chico Natural CoOp and Chico Chai. The event raised $3,000 in donations for the Caper Acres Renovation Project.

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This coming year, the 3rd Annual Fantasy Fun 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at Sycamore Field in Lower Bidwell Park. Participants can choose to do the 5K or 1 Mile Loop; all races will be timed. Each participant who signs up for early registration will be guaranteed a race T-Shirt and chip timer bib. For more information, please visit and enter, “Caper Acres Fantasy Fun Run 2018.”

Caper Acres Playground in Bidwell Park has been a Chico favorite since 1967 when it first opened for play time. Caper Acres is a magical surrounding for a child’s imagination to soar. When you enter Caper Acres, be a child or grown-up, you are immediately immersed into a storybook fantasyland. Caper Acres has a sense of history, nostalgia, and emotion. This beloved playground represents, for many people, a sense of continuity, connection, and community. Unfortunately, Caper Acres was designed for a different era and a smaller population; after years of unforgiving climate and energetic use, this 50-year-old iconic playground is now in desperate need of a renovation. The Caper Acres Renovation Project was created in 2010, recommended by the City of Chico’s Park Division. It was clear that to preserve this special landmark, it needed to be renovated and long - term improvement plans needed to be made. The playground, its infrastructure, and the safety of the equipment, needed to be updated. These efforts would make the playground safer, more enjoyable, and renew the magic and wonder of this marvelous place for generations to come. Since 2010, the Caper Acres Renovation Project has partnered with community service organizations like: the Sunrise & Noon Rotary, the North Valley Community Foundation, and several Departments at Chico State University. Additionally, over the years, the Parks Division has hosted several fundraisers for the Project. Including: the Bidwell Birthday Bash, a Winter Gala, Caper Acres Nite at the Chico Heat Ballpark, and the most popular, the Caper Acres FANTASY FUN RUN 5K Walk/Run. The 2nd Annual Fantasy Fun Run that was held this last May,

The Master Plan for the Renovation Project was created in 2014; its core design is a renovation with 4 Phases. In Spring 2017, Phase 1 of the Caper Acres Renovation Project began and visitors to Caper Acres have seen sections fenced off while those areas are prepared for all the fun and new things to arrive. Phase 1 will include: the front entrance bridge, planting of native plants and trees, extending the walking path from the parking lot, a new Interactive Nature Path next to Birthday Ring 1, and the complete renovation of the swings area. In the winter of 2016, Caper Acres lost the much-loved Crooked House during

record breaking storms. It was destroyed completely by a fallen tree; this prompted fundraising efforts to make it a part of the Phase 1 renovation process. The Caper Acres Renovation Project has partnered with several organizations from the Chico community to kick start Phase 1. Slater & Sons have provided all the labor and materials for the new entrance bridge, partnering with the Sunrise Rotary for the path extension and planting. The Chico Noon Rotary donated all labor and materials to create the Interactive Nature Path. In addition, Chico State’s College of ECC (Engineering/Computer Science/Construction Mgmt), along with the Student Chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC) from the Construction Management Department, have pulled together an interdisciplinary team. The Student Chapter also created partnerships with several local construction businesses for the installation of the Swings area project. The CSUC student project broke ground in September 2017, with the play equipment installed in October, 2017. The student teams poured wall footings in November, 2017. The project scope includes: grading, installation of French drains, new child and infant swing sets, two spring riders, a 4 - person teeter-tooter, and seated and standing spinners. The new swings area will be partially surrounded by concrete seat walls and will be infilled with engineered fall protection fiber. The students will resume the project at the beginning of the Spring semester in February, 2018. The Caper Acres Renovation Project is partnered with the North Valley Community Foundation to help reach its financial needs in contributions and sponsorships. 3rd Annual Fantasy Fun 5K Fun Run/Walk Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2018 Time: Check In at 7:00am, Race starts at 8:15am Site: Sycamore Field in Bidwell Park (near Caper Acres) Fee: Visit for all race fees information Packet Pick Up: At Fleet Feet Sports on Friday, April 27; 12–6pm

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As a three time surrogate herself and as a doula, Kim has been involved in and supportive of the surrogacy community for over 9 years now. In 2012 she matched her first childless couple with a surrogate who was able to fulfill their dreams of parenthood. In early 2014, Supportive Conceptions Surrogacy Agency officially opened it’s doors. Kim has been joyously helping families grow, one baby at a time, ever since. Kim is proud to exclusively represent surrogates in Northern California, and primarily represents California families seeking surrogates, so that support during their journeys is a reality. She is passionate about what she does and is grateful for all the family building options which exist. 530.518.0421

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The activities are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence. After school programs, birthday parties, camps, playgroups, Kidz night out, scouting, open play and drop off for ages 5 and up. Call 332-9172 or go to www.bricks4kidz. com. Buddin’ Sprouts: For children with autism and other socially related disabilities. This program is a progression of Lil’ Sprouts and serves children one-on-one to develop more advanced sensory, behavioral, social, and communication skills. Children are encouraged to make social requests and decisions, such as what game to play and what snack they want. Ages: 8 - 12 yrs, Tuesdays: 2-5 pm, Little Red Hen’s Lifespan program, Located at 2418 Cohasset Rd Suite 150.

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

Ongoing Events

Allegory Belly Dance: Ongoing classes for children ages 7-14 and held at the Chico Art Center. For more information and to register please go to After School Enrichment S.T.E.M Classes: At Bricks 4 Kidz Creativity Center, Thursdays from 3 – 4pm, Grades 1 – 6, Baby Support Group: Is held every Wednesday from 10:30-12:30PM at Sunny Garden Montessori (2801 Godman Ave. Chico) Join Shae Lerner, Birth and Postpartum Doula in a drop-in group designed to address any issues and successes you experience at the beginning of your parenting journey. There will be discussions, speakers and special events. Parents are able to access information and meet other parents in this relaxed environment. A forum for new parents to share their experiences, get advice and lift each other up! All Moms are welcome during pregnancy up to 1 year postpartum as long as the group provides you with what you need! (831)277-0880, babymomentsofbliss. com.

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Barnes & Noble Storytime: Held Saturdays at 11am in the children’s book section. Call 894-1494 or go to for more details. Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary and Education Center: The mission of the Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation is to provide rehabilitation and long-term care for exotic and native species, as well as to provide educational programs on all levels, emphasizing wildlife and habitat conservation. Field trips, tours, camps and more. Call 533-1000 or go to for more info. Blue Oak School Tours: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 9AM-11AM. Take a guided tour of our classrooms and explore all the creative and academic facets that Waldorf education offers. Space is limited, call us to reserve your spot: (530) 879-7483. Book Family Farm: Fun, Educational, Year Round Field Trips & Tours, and Grass-Fed Meats. Fun, educational farm tours Saturdays: $5 per child, adults free if accompanied by child. RSVP or 342-4375. For up to date info, “like us” on Facebook. Bricks 4 Kids: Our programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks.

Butte County Library, Chico: TUESDAYS: Preschool Storytime; Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. Two sessions: 10am & 11am. Homework Help from 3-5pm for grades 1-8. WEDNESDAYS: Babies Love Books; Babies ages 18 months & younger will enjoy this special story time. 11am. Homework Help from 3-5pm for grades 1-8. THURSDAYS: Toddler Storytime; Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 3 & under. Two sessions: 10am & 11am. AfterSchool Storytime: Stories & crafts for ages 12 & under at 3pm. Chess Club: 3:30-5:30 under 18 only. 3D Printing Workshops: 3-7pm. FRIDAYS: Bilingual Story Garden; Enjoy stories & songs in English & Spanish geared for ages 0-5 at 10am. SATURDAYS: 1st Saturday of month: Japanese Storytime At Chico Library; Monthly program features classic tales of Japan, Kamishibai (“paper-theater”), & Japanese songs & crafts. 1pm. 2nd Saturday of the month: Spanish storytime at 10am. 3rd Saturday of the month: Chinese Storytime; Monthly storytime features stories & songs in Chinese at 2pm. 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month: StoryTail Tutors; Monthly program for beginning, struggling or reluctant readers at 2pm. Chess Club weekly 11am-1pm under 18 only. 3D Printing Workshops from 3-5pm. SUNDAYS: Free Family Movie: Weekly movies. Contact branch for titles and ratings. All Ages. Showtime 2pm. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Butte Parent Cafe’: Free public events where parents have meaningful, guided conversations that help solve problems which could affect their children. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge. Parents, Foster Parents, Grandparents, Providers, and other people working with or raising children or anyone in the community who is interested in strengthening families in our community are encouraged to attend. Café is offered once a month in Oroville and in Chico. www. Chapman Food And Fitness Festival: Held every Friday from 2–5:30pm at 1010 Cleveland Ave. For more information, call 624-8844 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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-4pm. FREE! 147 Convair Court, 345-6468. Chico Area Recreation and Park District: The Chico Area Recreation and Park District is here to help you play! Offers classes, sports and events for all ages. For more info visit or call (530) 895-4711. Chico Art School: Classes in painting and drawing for ages 7+. All levels. Monday-Saturday. Email for homeschool, after school and adult class availability. $25 per class-1 1/2 hr. Email or find them on Facebook: Chico Certified Farmers’ Market-Saturdays: Take advantage of all the wonderful produce grown locally at Chico’s year round Farmers’ Market. Held every Saturday from 7:30am-1pm, rain or shine. Located at 2nd and Wall St. parking lot. Chico Cheer Dollar Night: A great intro to Chico Cheer. Just sign a release form and bring $1 CASH ONLY and come to the gym to play, tumble, or perfect your cheer skills! Chico Cheer equipment and gym is available to practice any level of tumbling and/or stunts. Come in on your own or join us with your group or team! $1 = 2 hours of fun! Friday 6 - 8 PM., 894-2227.

Chico Creek Nature Center: Offers kids of all ages a place to interact with animals and nature, discover Bidwell Park’s diverse ecosystem and learn about preserving this natural resource. After school, homeschool, preschool and family programs as well as an animal museum and nature play room. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm. 1968 E. 8 th Street, 891-4671, www. Chico Dojo: Kids Karate classes for kids 3 and up. 30 years of teaching experience. Classes include: All Belts Kids Karate, Adults All Belt Karate, Kabudo (Weapons Training), and Advanced Karate. Please call 898-9753 or go to Chico Doula Circle: Free Prenatal Workshops first Thursday of each month from 7-8pm and third Sunday of each month from 2-4pm. Clients and potential clients can come to as many workshops as they choose. During our meetings, we welcome new families, attend to established clients, and present experiential learning opportunities on a variety of topics related to pregnancy, birth & breastfeeding. For more information visit www. Chico Mall Family Movie Nights: Join Chico Mall every 3rd Friday of the month for Family Movie Nights. Movies begin at 7 p.m. near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Bring your low back chairs and blankets for the movie. No outside food or drink. Go to Facebook/ChicoMall for movie info or call 343-0706. Chico Mall, 1950 E 20th St, Chico. Chico Mothers Club: Ongoing weekly playgroups and a variety of other fun activities for young children. Gather weekly for friendship and support. For detailed information, please visit Chico Museum: Open Wednesday - Sunday, noon to 4pm; donations gladly appreciated. Located at Second and Salem Streets, Downtown Chico. Phone 891-4336, 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. Enloe’s Mother and Baby Education Center: Ongoing childbirth preparation, infant parenting, mother wellness and infant-child CPR classes. Please call 332-3970 to register or go to and click on the Mother Baby page for more information and to view a full list of classes. Also offers lactation support, please call the number above for an appointment. Family Skate Night: North Valley Hockey, go to www. for more info. Family Swim: The 90 degree indoor pool is always comfortable any time of year. Family Swim is open to anyone (no membership required) on Fridays from 5-8 pm. Cost is just $2 per person. For more information, contact Chico Water Sprites at 342-2999 or visit www. Fantastic Fridays: Athletic Horizons has the ultimate playgroup! Takes place on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month for all children, walking to 5 years old. Contact for more information: 893-4967 or www.athletichorizons. com. Free Tennis Clinic: Held every Saturday at the Chico Racquet Club at 10am, open to all ages. 1629 Manzanita Ave, 895-1881. Friday Night Bot Wars: 2nd Friday of every month from 6-9pm. Construct arenas for our dueling contraptions! Learn about gears and torque, and how exactly these crazy contraptions work. Battling bots, spinning tops, dueling robots, battering rams and more! Create your motorized models and let your imagination take over. Then, step in to the arena to see how your creation fares! Ages 6 and up. or call 332-9172. Gateway Science Museum: Come explore the Gateway. Visit the 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 Growing Together Teens: GTT is a socialization program for teens with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Designed to build friendships between participants and provide activities conducive to social behavior, cognitive, and emotional growth. Promotes individuals’ self-esteem and teaches them to become self-advocates. Employment experience is supported. Ages: 12 - 17 yrs, Fridays: 2:30 - 5:30 pm. Little Red Hen’s Lifespan program, Located at 2418 Cohasset Rd Suite 150. Home Depot Kids Workshops: Chico & Oroville. Hands-on building workshop for ages 5-12. 1st Saturday of each month, 9am-12pm. Free. Chico: 342-0477; Oroville: 5380521. Infertility Support Group: If you are in need of comfort, understanding, and support regarding infertility, we welcome you to come discover you are not alone in the journey. Meets on the first Thursday of every month from 6-7pm at the Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade, and often includes a guest speaker. For more information, call Andrea, 517-1447 or Sarah, 519-2268. Jazzercise: FREE Childcare! Contact for more details and class times. 896-9743, Kids in Safe Seats: Low cost car seat program for Butte County residents. For more info on this program, please call Butte County Public Health 800-339-2941. Kids Night Out: Fridays at In Motion Fitness from 5:309:30. Each night includes dinner and an exciting activity. Must pre-register. Call 895-kids or visit to find out more. Kidz Night Out: 3rd Friday of every month! Do You Need a Date Night? Drop off your LEGO fan with our trained staff for a night of fun! Dinner, games, challenges and LEGO® silliness. Pizza, juice & cookie, R.C Zipline, Battle TrackRace track, take-home crafts, Lego brick creative fun! Ages 6 - 12 at Bricks 4 Kidz, california-chico/ or call 332-9172. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group: La Leche League offers free mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Babies and young children are always welcome at meetings. Meetings are held throughout the month. Please refer to the LLL of Chico Facebook page, call 487-4109 or email for details and times. for more info. monca, The Museum of Northern California Art: The mission of the museum is to provide a vehicle for all ages to experience and create art for the sake of enjoyment, expression, social cohesion, innovation and communication. At the museum itself questions are placed under each piece of art that ask something specific about the work to expands one’s knowledge of art. Check our website and Facebook page for upcoming events within and outside of the museum. Special guided tours available for groups of children, adults and organizations. Book in advance. Patrick Ranch Museum: Educational Field Trips, family events, tours of Glenwood Farm house & more at the Historic Patrick Ranch. To schedule a field trip, please call 588-3869 or 592-9260 or for more information visit our web-site at Check website for a list of upcoming events. Pregnancy Education Series: 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. Preschool Circle Time: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15am and Monday at 3:15pm. Join us for books and stories, songs and rhymes, dancing, shaking, music making, and of course parachute play! This class is great for all ages, but designed for toddlers and preschool age children. Taught by a Child Development major with over 10 years of experience. Held at Apple Blossom Baby, call 345-1617 for more details. Roo’s Zoo Skate Session at Cal Skate: Join RollerRoo for this specially designed session for kids 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. $5.50/child, includes quad skate rental (parents skate for $2.75); or $25/6-weeks. 343-1601. Sliver Dollar BMX: First race is FREE for those looking to try something new here in Chico! There are racers as young as 3 years old and all ages are welcome! Practice/ racing every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, weather permitting. “Like” us on Facebook sdbmx to receive current track updates.

Lil’ Sprouts: Little Red Hen’s Lifespan program, An early intervention program for children with autism. LiL’ Sprouts provides one-on-one support to help develop play skills, sensory needs, socialization, behavioral, and communication skills. Ages: 4 - 8 yrs, Mondays: 2 - 5pm, Located at 2418 Cohasset Rd Suite 150, behind Cathy’s Sew and Vac.

Silver Dollar Speedway: Every Friday night. Gates open at 6pm and races start at 7pm. For more info and for a full schedule of events go to,

Little Red Hen Mommy & Me Fairy Garden Class: Floral & More: 959 East Ave. Let’s grow together! Create your own fairy garden featuring Studio M miniatures in our handson Mommy & Me class. $20 fee provides 1 terra-cotta pot and 3 Fairy garden plants. Miniatures are available to purchase. Refreshments will be served. Call 894-0040 to RSVP and to check dates and times. Classes fill up fast!

Sunny Garden Montessori: Chico’s only indoor family play space. Our goal is to create a fun, learning environment for children and their adults through play and fun interactions. Check out the online calendar for upcoming events and classes. Open from 10am-4pm Mon-Fri., 2801 Godman Ave Ste 140 in Chico.

Meet & Greet: Meet & Greet Parent Support Group will be held the last Thursday of each month, from 6-8pm. Meet & Greet is for parents or caretakers of children (adult or youth) with developmental disabilities. This free program offers an evening of respite and enjoyment for parents. Meet & Greet provides supports and ideas from knowledgeable parents in a light-hearted, enjoyable environment. Childcare is not provided. For more information please call Loren at Autism lifespan, 897-0900.

Teen Fandom Club: Teens 13-17 are invited to join us for our newest club, The Fandom Club. Tell us what you are the most passionate about, whether it’s sports, Marvel superheroes, Teen Titans, name it! Here you will be accepted and never judged in our welcoming and fun environment for all fans! We have different activities every week and meet in our young adult area or conference room. Chico Library, every Wednesday from 4-5pm.

Mine Craft Mondays: Join Bricks 4 Kidz every Monday for 3 hours of STEM education. This action packed Mine Craft themed Workshop includes weekly exciting motorized Technic builds and other challenging brick creations. 3 – 6pm, Ages 6 – 12,

The Mom Spot: A place for mothers of young children (birth through kindergarten) to connect by building friendships and sharing experiences. Meets on second and fourth Tuesdays of the month 9-11:30 am. Join us for a hot breakfast, craft, speaker, and free onsite child care. Meets at Paradise Alliance Church 6491 Clark Rd. Paradise-call for questions 877-7069.

Montessori Mommy and Me: Weekday playtime for children 0-5 and their parents. Children find stimulating, educational fun while parents relax. Call 343-3101 or for more info go to Mothers Strong Support Group: We are moms who provide support and strive to empower each other. Our group is a safe, advice free, and judgement free zone. A place to speak the truth about mothering even when you may feel anxious or depressed. Held in Paradise at 10 am on the first and third Monday at the Family Resource center, and in Oroville every Tuesday at FRTH from 10:30-12. www.

The Studio 561: Children’s painting classes, mixed media, family painting parties, birthday paint parties, and camps. Also offers adult classes and painting parties. By local artist, Christine Mac Shane, 370-1285, 561 East Lindo Avenue. Thursday Night Market: This festive, weekly market is a ton of fun and features a bounty of farm-fresh produce from CDFA certified farmers, mouth-watering prepared foods from food trucks and booths, handmade, local arts

and crafts, and live entertainment for all ages. Held from 6-9pm every Thursday from April thru September. www. Time Out For Moms: Time Out For Moms meets every Friday Morning from 9am - 11am, childcare provided. This program is designed for mothers of babies, toddlers and young children in order to provide connection, support and encouragement for moms. We use a set curriculum, such as “MOPS,” and enjoy guest speakers, breakfast, and fellowship together during our weekly meetings. Visit for more information and registration. Any questions please call 530-343-1484. COST: $50 for full year. Tiny Tots: Expecting? or Have a child 0-36 months old? Join Us! The Family Place, 1007 Bille Road, Paradise. Meet other Parents, Baby Socialization, Learn Infant/Child Massage, Craft Activities, Talk about Parenting, Lots and Lots of Fun! 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM. For questions or more information contact Tammi, 530-230-2011 Ext. 205. Held every Wednesday. TK Circle Time: Every Wednesday at 4pm. Join us for books and stories, songs and rhymes, dancing, shaking, music making, and of course parachute play! This class is great for all ages, but designed for TK age children. Taught by a Child Development major with over 10 years of experience. Held at Apple Blossom Baby, call 345-1617 for more details. Tot Time: Come enjoy quality time with your toddler doing Arts & Crafts, Music, and other activities. For Families of children ages 0-5. Siblings welcome. Every Monday from 11:15am-12:15 pm. At The Family Place, 1007 Bille Road in Paradise 530-230-0211 Ext. 205. Come laugh, learn, and play with us!

February A Chorus Line Friday, January 19th - Sunday, February 11th A Chorus Line looks at a day in the life of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. A Chorus Line is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest. Recommended for ages 13 and older. For tickets call 530-894-3282 or go to www. Walk with a Doc. Saturday, February 3rd Join Enloe Medical Center at Chico Mall’s Center Court from 8:30-9:30am for a walk and health-inspiring message from a doctor affiliated with Enloe Medical Center. Each month features a doctor from a different specialty. Visit our website at for the most current location and topic details. Guitar Festival Sunday, February 4th Join Chico Performances for a day filled with the enticing sights and sounds of world renowned guitar players Kaki King, Germán López, and Daniel Ho. For tickets go to www. or call (530)898-6333. Mary Roach - President’s Lecture Series Speaker Monday, February 5th Mary Roach is a New York Times best-seller author, she has also written for National Geographic, Wired, New Scientist, The New York Times Book Review, The Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Outside, among others. For tickets go to or call (530)898-6333. Sleeping Beauty Friday, February 9th The classic tale of a malicious fairy, a sleeping princess, and a dashing prince is performed by the famed Moscow Festival Ballet, founded in 1989 by principal Bolshoi Ballet dancer Sergei Radchenko and dedicated to Russian classical ballet. For tickets go to or call (530)898-6333. Art From The Heart Saturday, February 10th Join us for a Valentine’s Day Bash at MONCA (Museum of Northern California Art) benefitting Blue Oak School-Preserving the Arts in Public Education. Featuring: Live

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Performances, Hor d’oeuvres, Art and much more! www. 4th Annual Lego & Toy Show Saturday, February 10th This is the 4th annual Lego and toy show presented by Chico LUG. It is a fun filled event with Lego displays built by various community members. There will be lots of activities for children ages 3-103. As well as several venders selling Lego and other items so that people can take home the fun after the show is over. Cost is $2 per person. Children 4 and under are free. A family of 5 or more is $10. Please visit or facebook page for more information. Ties and Tiaras - A Father-Daughter Valentine Tea Party Saturday & Sunday, February 10th & 11th Fathers and daughters (or grandfathers-granddaughters) can experience a very special moment together this Valentine’s Day. This one-of-a-kind event includes crafts, games, dancing and a magical tea party. Saturday or Sunday from 2-4pm. Call 530-345-2505 for reservations. Space is limited so book this event early. Kinetics Academy of Dance, 627 Broadway St, Chico.

T- Rex Planet Saturday & Sunday, February 10th & 11th At the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, go to www.trexplanet. com for more details. Cirque Eloize: Saloon- The Wild Wild West Comes Alive Tuesday, February 13th Swing open the Saloon doors and lasso up some fun for the entire family. In Cirque Éloize’s Saloon, the infectious energy of folk music and strains of fiddle set the tone for an acrobatic comedy that sweeps spectators away in a mad flurry. For tickets go to or call (530)898-6333. Chico Mall Family Movie Night Friday, February 16th Join Chico Mall for Cool Runnings. Movie Nights are the 3rd Friday of every month near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Movies begin at 7pm. Please no outside food or drink. Most food court restaurants provide meal deals just for movie nights. Chili’s is offering a free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal for kids 12 and under each movie night. Just mention this offer to your server. Follow Chico Mall on Facebook and Instagram to see future dates and upcoming movies. Presidents Day Clearance Sale Friday, February 16th–Monday, February 19th Chico Mall retailers will have clothing racks and tables with clearance sale items throughout Chico Mall. Volunteer Fair and Luncheon at Patrick Ranch Museum Saturday, February 17th For more info please go to

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“Mardi Paws” Pup Crawl Saturday, March 17th Held in downtown Chico. Visit pupcrawl for more information & to purchase wristbands! CARD Family Night Out Thursday, February 22nd Join CARD for free nights of games, crafts, and food at the Dorothy F. Johnson Center (775 East 16th St). Gather your family, invite a neighbor, and come have some fun! Chico Science Fair Monday, February 26th - Friday, March 2nd Admission is free! Held at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in the commercial building. For more info and to enter go to Dublin Irish Dance Tuesday, February 27th Choreographed by famed Riverdance principal dancer Anthony Fallon, Stepping Out is an epic tale of Celtic culture spanning 100 years. The high energy, all-star cast features musicians and a company of dancers who bring to life the sights and sounds of Irish culture. For tickets go to or call (530)898-6333.

March 9 to 5, the musical Friday, March 2nd - Sunday, March 25th Based on the 1980 movie, 9 to 5 the musical features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Upbeat music and loads of fun…Recommended for ages 13 and older. For tickets call 530-894-3282 or go to www.chicotheatercompany. com. Family Kite Day Saturday, March 3rd At Patrick Ranch Museum from 11am-1pm, cost is $2. For more info please go to A Midsummer’s Night Dream Thursday, March 8th - Thursday, March 15th A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare on the subject of love in a comic fantasy. It creates a dream world for the audience to enter into and experience the fun of the mayhem that ensues when magic, madness, and true love push their way into the world of rules, logic, and cold reason. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office, 530898-6333, online at The Songs of Stevie Wonder Friday, March 9th Some of Chico’s finest musical and creative talents assemble again to pay homage to the master of Motown, Stevie Wonder. The Collective focuses on the 1970s and amazing songs from Wonder’s three Grammy-winning Albums of the Year, Talking Book, Inversions, and the seminal Songs In the Key of Life. For tickets go to boxoffice or call (530)898-6333. Spring Fling Saturday, March 10th Annual fundraiser dinner and auction for Hooker Oak School. For more details visit ChicoSpringFling The Colors of the Symphony-Field Trip Tuesday, March 13th Explore the many instruments that each contribute their unique color to the overall symphony, with the NSS’s Youth Concerts! NSS Resident Conductor Dwayne Corbin will direct. For tickets go to or call (530)898-6333. Chico Mall Family Movie Night Friday, March 16th Movie Nights are the 3rd Friday of every month near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Movies begin at 7pm. Please no outside food or drink. Most food court restaurants provide meal deals just for movie nights. Chili’s is offering a free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal for kids 12 and under each movie night. Just mention this offer to your server. Follow Chico Mall on Facebook and Instagram to see future dates and upcoming movies. Easter Bunny Arrival Event at Chico Mall Saturday, March 17th Join Chico Mall as we welcome the Easter Bunny at 11am near Center Court. The Bunny will be available for photos through March 31st. Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm and Sunday: 11am – 6pm. Goitse - Celtic Music Sunday, March 18th May the luck o’ the Irish be “with-cha” for one more day in this post St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful Celtic music and fast paced fun with Goitse! For tickets go to\boxoffice or call (530)898-6333. Boy Scouts Event at Chico Mall Saturday, March 24th Join Chico Mall and the Boy Scouts of America for a day of fun activities, camping tips and more. Recruiting information will be provided for anyone interested in joining the organization. Please contact the Boy Scouts of America and check out Facebook/ChicoMall for more information. Chico Kite Day Sunday, March 25th Celebrate spring at the end of a string! Experience the

color and excitement of kite flying during the annual Chico Kite Day. Bring the entire family for this free event hosted by CARD and other local partners. Watch the sky dance with fun and imaginative kites. All kite flyers will receive a souvenir, compliments of Bird in Hand. 20th Street Community Park from 12-4pm. Easter Bonnet Contest, Parade & Egg Hunt Sunday, March 25th At Patrick Ranch Museum from 1-3pm, cost is $2, for ages 2-10. Please bring a hat and a basket. For more info please go to The Wizard of Oz Friday, March 30th- Sunday, April 8th California Regional Theatre is excited to present this beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations! For more info visit Spring Jamboree Egg Hunt Saturday, March 31st The Bunny is coming to town! Children 8 years old and younger are invited to hunt for colored eggs, make crafts, jump in a bounce house, and take pictures with the Easter Bunny! Egg hunts are scheduled by age: 10:00 a.m. (ages 0-3, split into two hunts), 11:00 a.m. (ages 4-5), and 11:45 a.m. (ages 6-8). Hosted by CARD and other local partners. Caper Acres Playground, 1012:30pm. For more info visit

April Thursday Night Farmers Market Opening Night Thursday, April 5th Explore Downtown Chico’s Thursday Night Market on Broadway between 2nd and 5th Street, including side streets and the fabulous City Plaza! This festive, weekly market is a ton of fun and features a bounty of farmfresh produce from CDFA certified farmers, mouthwatering prepared foods from food trucks and booths, handmade, local arts and crafts, and live entertainment for all ages. This is a rain or shine event! 6-9pm, www. Sweet Repeats Consignment Sale Thursday, April 5th - Sunday, April 8th Consignment event for all things baby, kid, teen and maternity in Chico & the North State! For more details go to The Yellow Door-Chico Walks for Autism Saturday, April 8th The Yellow Door (a fund of the North Valley Community Foundation) hosts the Annual Chico Walks for Autism. This is your opportunity to show your support for individuals with autism in our community and their families. Post walk BBQ and more. For more info or to register go to: Story Pirates - Field Trip Wednesday, April 11th A sketch comedy musical based on some of Story Pirates’ favorite stories, written by kids from our own community, plus a segment that’s entirely improvised according to suggestions from kids in the audience! For tickets go to or call (530)898-6333. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Thursday & Friday, April 12th & 13th The popular Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Laxson Auditorium with two evenings of films devoted to outdoor adventures. Each evening will feature different films showcasing the best in mountain culture and adrenaline sports from around the world. Film selections will be announced in March at Noises Off! Friday, April 13th to Sunday, April 29th Noises Off takes a look at the follies of theatre folk, whose out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. Outrageously funny and irreverent, prepare for a night full of laughs! For all ages. For tickets call 530-894-3282

or go to Paradise Cook-Off Saturday, April 14th Tickets available at all Paradise Boys & Girls Club Locations, or call 872-3662. Join us to COOK, TASTE and SPONSOR a 4-Course Cooking Competition. This tasting event will feature master and amateur chefs demonstrating their culinary skills and special recipes. Each dish entered will fall into one of four categories! Jazz X-Press: With a Little Help from our Friends Saturday, April 14th After many requests from alumni, the Jazz X-Press will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of a highly successful tour and performance at the Telluride Jazz Festival. We are excited to be inviting many of our Alums to come back and share the stage in this special night. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333, online at www. An afternoon of STAR POWER! Sunday, April 15th Join Chico Mall and Girls on the Run of the North State for an afternoon of STAR POWER! Red carpet photo opportunity, inspirational craft activity, refreshments included. 1-3pm, $10 per ticket. Go to www.gotrnorthstate. org to purchase tickets. Family Movie Night at Chico Mall Friday, April 20th Movie Nights are the 3rd Friday of every month near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Movies begin at 7pm. Please no outside food or drink. Most food court restaurants provide meal deals just for movie nights. Chili’s is offering a free kids meal with purchase of an adult meal for kids 12 and under each movie night. Just mention this offer to your server. Follow Chico Mall on Facebook and Instagram to see future dates and upcoming movies.

Children’s Faire Saturday, April 21st Held in the downtown city plaza from 10-2pm. Bring the whole family to this free event for crafts, entertainment, and much more! Sponsored by Butte County First 5 and Valley Oak Children’s Services. California Nut Festival Saturday, April 21st Attendees have the opportunity to elevate their knowledge of culinary skills and locally grown foods, while also gaining a more clear understanding and appreciation of all that goes into producing the food they eat. For more info go to Wildflower Music Fest Saturday, April 21st A fund-raising event for Wildflower Open Classroom School. This is a day of fun for the whole family! For more information please go Home and Garden Show Saturday & Sunday, April 21st & 22nd Held at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds from 10-5pm. Aida Sunday, April 22nd The grandest of grand operas, and a brilliant balance of spectacular pageantry and emotional intimacy. For tickets go to or call (530)898-6333. Gold Nugget Days Thursday, April 26th - Sunday, April 29th For more information, please call the Gold Nugget Museum at 872-8722 or go to CARD Family Night Out Thursday, April 26th Join CARD for free nights of games, crafts, and food at the Dorothy F. Johnson Center (775 East 16th St). Gather your

family, invite a neighbor, and come have some fun! www. Broadway Boogie - Street Dance Party Friday, April 27th FREE! We want you to Dance Chico! Join your neighbors young and old for the fourth annual Chico Performances “3rd Street dance party”. We will spin the tunes and teach you a step or two as you boogie down in Downtown on Third Street between Broadway and Main, 7-9pm. For more info visit 3rd Annual Fantasy Fun 5K Run/Walk Saturday, April 28th Run or walk the 5K or 1-mile loop to raise funds for the Caper Acres Renovation! Make sure to “dress to impress” in your favorite fairy tale attire. All ages are welcome. Check in at 7:00am, Race starts: 8:15am at Sycamore Field in Bidwell Park (near Caper Acres). Visit for all race fees information. Spring Carnival Saturday, April 28th Hosted by the Chico Creek Nature Center, the Spring Carnival includes food trucks, face painting, carnival games and bounce houses. This is sure to be a fun family event! Admission is free. Tickets are 4 for $1, or you may purchase a carnival fun pass for $20, which includes unlimited games and bounce house use for one participant. You can also buy individual tickets at the carnival. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E 20th St from 3-6pm. Chico Wildflower Century Sunday, April 29th The Chico Wildflower Century® is about the most fun you can have on a bike! It has even been rated as one of Bicycling Magazine’s Top Ten Century rides. Come out and join us for the 37th annual Chico Wildflower, and you’ll see why.

The 2018 Wildflower Music Festival

The 2018 Wildflower Music Festival will be held on Saturday, April 21st, from 11:30am-8:00pm at 2500 Estes Road (at the end Normal). Headlining this year is ALO (Animal Liberation’s Orchestra). There will be a full line-up of amazing talent all day! This is a day of fun for the whole family! Check out our kid’s area with free activities, jump houses, petting zoo, crafts, and more! Visit our food vendors for lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert. Don’t forget to stop in for a Sierra Nevada brew, all while listening and dancing to the best music Chico has to offer! All proceeds go to Wildflower Open Classroom. Full line up: ALO Moonshiner Collective Triple Tree Swamp Zen Hot Flash Kyle Williams

Photos by Doug Churchill Photography

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Chico Country Day Preschool

3-5 years

MWF 8:30-11:30 M/W 12:15-3:15 T/Th 8:30-11:30 T/Th 12:30-2:45

We offer small individualized class sizes that provides a safe, joyful environment that celebrates learning through multi-sensory hands on activities. Encourages children to discover their environment, learn new skills and concepts, and engage in activities and gain independence.

895-2650 EXT 110


Chico Montessori Children’s House

2.9-5 years

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

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 child’s individual needs, builds his/her interests, and nurtures his/her enthusiasm.

814 Glenn St. Chico, CA 95928 342-5518


Creative Outlets In-Home Preschool

2-6 years

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



Enchanted Play

License # 045407157

3 mo. -5 years

7:30am-6:00pm Monday-Friday

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



Kids Park

2-12 years

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

2477 Forest Ave. Chico, CA 95928 894-6800

Little Sprouts Preschool

2-5 years

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

Enchanted Play encourages education through the magic of play and exploration. Theme based emergent curriculum and music provide opportunities for children to participate in daily educational activities.

7am-5:30pm Monday-Friday

Little Sprouts Preschool offers: ECO Green, organic gardening, and recycling. The Kindergarten readiness program has 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


7:30am – 6:00pm Monday – Friday

Half Days & Full Days Available Preschool & Daycare Available

500 Orient St. Chico, CA (530) 487-7330

License # 045404389

License # 045406630

License # 045405971

License # 045404701, 045404702

License # 045405784

Notre Dame Preschool 2.5 License #045407128

Years Old & Up

D-Diapers L-Lunch P-Parent participation T-Traditional school year A-After-school program S-Summer program Y-Year round program


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Spring Issue 2018  

A quarterly resource celebrating family life and parenting in Butte county.

Spring Issue 2018  

A quarterly resource celebrating family life and parenting in Butte county.