Growing Up Chico Magazine — Spring 2023

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A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte County since 2004

Spring Issue 2023

February - March - April

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Talia Swangler

Talia Swangler M.S., CF-SLP works at Full Circle Speech Therapy in Chico. On the weekends you can find her running, reading, or spending time with family!

Carla Aoyagi

Carla Aoyagi has lived in Butte county for most of her life, with a short stint in Southern California to get her BS in material engineering. Her real job is as a media director for a fairly large company, while her magical job is creating and sharing her art and ancient mythological inspired tales. She homeschools her four children and works to keep the small family farm growing some food.

Maddie Rodriguez

Maddie Rodriguez is a writer and editor living in Chico. She loves animals and nature and a nice cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Michaela Gulbransen

Michaela is the regional administrator for High School Exchange Students through ICES ( She is passionate about foreign exchange and the impacts of raising culturally aware children. She is a proud mom to 3 kids ages 7, 5, and 4. Michaela is a life long learner and enjoys having great conversations over coffee.

Shelly Brandon

Shelly is Mom to two daughters, one in college and the other in high school. She is an avid traveler, and a lover of animals and the outdoors. She has been a high school biology teacher, a zookeeper, and lately, a freelance writer.

Ashley Baer

Ashley is the Marketing Manager (and content captain) for Explore Butte County. She loves always learning more about Butte County and using her writing and photography experiences to tell its story.

6 GROWING UP CHICO MAGAZINE SPRING 2023 Family Time 14 16 20 Uniting Families on the Ridge: Helping Mothers Build Community Growing Up Globally: Seeing the World Through Hosting Teaching Children to Save Money 14 16 28 Parenting Spotting a Speech Disorder Is Homeschooling a Good Fit For Your Family? Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders 09 10 12 Feature Our Annual Women in Business Spotlight 21 10 Spring Fun 26 28 30 Feathered, Furred, or Floral: Take Your Pick! Get Ready for Butte County Museum Week! Spring Calendar see what’s inside...





50 Years of Rock & Roll

TREELOGY: A Musical Portrait of California’s Redwood, Sequoia and Joshua Trees



Dumpstaphunk, George Porter Jr. & Jon Cleary

PINK MARTINI featuring China Forbes

LOS LOBOS with special guest Gaby Moreno BANFF


Guest Soloists, Young Artist Winners: James Johnston, violin; Sarah Harris, soprano

MTAC Youth Orchestra; Shasta College Youth Strings

Join local youth orchestras and Young Artist winners in a humorous and quirky, upbeat performance showcasing the young performers in our communities.

Saturday, Feb. 11 | 7:30 PM | Laxson Auditorium, Chico

Sunday, Feb. 12 | 2:00 PM | Cascade Theatre, Redding


Guest Artist Charlie Albright, piano

Join North State Symphony as they capture in sound the iconic beauty of nature’s endless charm.


BAJZER - Lassen Awakes! *World Premiere*

RACHMANINOFF - Piano Concerto No. 2

DVORAK - Symphony No. 8

Saturday, May 13 | 7:30 PM | Cascade Theatre, Redding Sunday, May 14 | 2:00 PM | Laxson Auditorium, Chico

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Scott Seaton | Music Director Sarah Harris, soprano James Johnston, violin
THI BUI Pink Martini The Balourdet Quartet Pilobolus: Big Five-Oh! Sleeping Beauty Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll

Spotting a Speech Disorder

The first years of a child's life are full of growth, development, and joy. For their parents, concern about their growth and development is also a given. The following will outline what typical language development looks like. Delays may indicate an evaluation is appropriate.

From 0-3 months, your newborn should:

→ Use reflexive crying—a response to an internal feeling, like hunger or pain

→ Respond to voices and noises

→ Make pleasure and displeasure sounds

From 4-6 months, your infant should:

→ Begin vocal play—blowing raspberries, etc

→ Start babbling—combining consonants with vowels

→ Make simple sounds at this stage, including front sounds (p/b/m) and the same vowel (e.g., mamamama)

From 7-9 months, your infant should:

→ Understand “no”

→ Respond to their own name

→ Begin varying consonants and vowels when babbling (e.g., gah-buh-di).

→ Begin to display joint attention—the ability to focus on the same thing as someone else interacts with them

→ Begin communicating intentionally—young children, at this stage, understand they can get their needs met when they use their voice

From 10-12 months, your infant should:

→ Begin using jargon—long chains of babbling with varied inflection that sound like a child is speaking in their own language

→ Start developing social language abilities by taking turns in "conversations" using jargon

→ Begin using first words, often mixed in with jargon

→ Intentionally communicate 5 times a minute

From 1-2 years, your toddler should:

→ Make use of a vocabulary that expands to 200 words by year 2

→ Use words as their primary mode of communication, ahead of crying, gestures, and vocalizations

→ Begin putting words together to create phrases

→ Show phrases varied in function— modifying (e.g., big cookie), requesting (e.g., want up), protesting (e.g., no more), or commenting (e.g., daddy sleep), etc

→ Answer what, where, and yes/no questions

From 2-5 years, your toddler/preschool age child should:

→ Have a vocabulary that continues to explode, including nouns, verbs, modifiers

→ Have many of their words sound like approximations—they'll switch sounds and simplify words up to age 5, when they should be 100% intelligible.

→ Answer and ask what-doing, who, why, how, when, and how many questions—in that order

→ Use pronouns (e.g., I, me, mine)

→ Display the emergence of sentences at a length that is roughly related to age—2 words for 2 years, 3 words for 3 years, etc

→ Start using conjunctions (e.g., and, because) for more complex sentences

The above is a general guideline for what typical language development looks like. If your child seems to be performing behind what you might expect, an evaluation of their speech and language may be appropriate. If your concerns begin before they enter the school system, their primary care physician can refer them for an assessment of their communication development. If they have already started preschool, reach out to their teacher to coordinate with the speech language pathologist.


Is homeschooling a good fit for your family?

I am a veteran of this homeschooling thing. Four kids, all with different learning styles, scattered across the grade range...high school, middle school, and elementary. I have seen a lot, tried a lot, cried a lot, yelled way too much and struggled, albeit successfully, to finally find a life-school flex-plan thingy that works for our family. Through it all, I came to realize—through my own struggles and the inquiries of others— that there were definitely many questions (and answers) I wished I had when I began. Here are some considerations I would like to have given my younger self.

1. What is your motivation for homeschooling?

When I began seriously thinking about homeschooling my first child, I already had a decent inner library of information and experience I gleaned from school, books and the like. I also had a significant chip on my shoulder about my own experiences in public school. As a neurospicy woman from the generation just prior to the start of seriously recognizing learning challenges and differences, I suffered and languished a lot. I recognized, although not explicitly, that my first child exhibited a similar nature

to me and I had the nebulous idea that it would be better for them not to repeat my uncomfortable experience. But I, and my first child, suffered quite a bit during these first 4-5 years of that undefined "feeling" driving my "need" to homeschool. I fell into the accepted way to teach and ended up almost souring us all on the experience.

I blame the paperwork. The level of records and proof that is needed, no matter how you homeschool, is hard not to get caught up in. Eventually, I did ask myself and concretely answer the "why,” and it really made the difference for everyone involved. For me, "One needs to be allowed to learn how to learn" and "living is learning" were and still are my maxims. Your motivation may stem from a combination of ideas, feelings and ideals that may be difficult for you to truly nail down, but it will do you and your children well to ask yourself the “why” in any given educational and life path you decide upon.

2. What are your resources?

Myself, as "Exhibit A", had access to education—a relatively broad information base and ability to research, as well as a resourceful/creative nature. I had time— making the decision to begin homeschool early on with my children, I worked from home and had a flexible schedule. Finally, I had a decent support network—my spouse silently agreed to my decision to homeschool, and I had some relatively available family to help.

What I needed was more complicated. My education did not really come with adequate experience—I was young and was in a mental and emotional position where it was hard to ask for help and guidance. My flexible time suffered from my inexperience in being a parent, and my neurospiciness didn't particularly make things easier. I had no money. Material resources were not that difficult to work around as I was creative, but the constant juggling and worry really drained me, leaving me with little energy. My support network was not nearly as robust as it could have been either. My spouse didn't really hinder me, but he also did not participate (some of this was due to his work, but much of it was personality). Medical issues and time constraints made coordinating with family, friends, and even our homeschool charter challenging as well.


Self reflection is always difficult. The ultimate final question: Can you homeschool?

I personally think that if your philosophy and mindset are well founded and adequately flexible then you can do almost anything, but the key to answering the homeschool question lies in selfanalysis. Can you build that support network you will need to make up for the resources (time, money, education, experience) you lack? There were so many times I faced (and to be honest, was defeated by) this question. I saw this question trip up a great number of my homeschool parent friends. There is no shame in saying "no" to this question. There are limitations—not everyone has a partner or the time or the energy. Not everyone has family (either nearby or willing to help). Not everyone has the knowledge base to even begin asking the right questions.

In the Northstate, I feel we are in an envious position when it comes to creating a favorable situation for saying "yes" to homeschooling. In Butte and the surrounding counties, we have access to quite a few resources—a university and community colleges that offer all sorts of educational and life experiences (campus events, community education, theater and music). A vibrant community (farmers markets, SBDC, more local music and art), a beautiful natural environment (parks, hikes, wetlands, mountains etc) and even ready-built support networks that make navigating first (or fourth) time homeschooling much less daunting (Core Butte Homeschool Charter School, Sutter Butte Homeschool Charter School). This is all alongside the numerous online resources available for all walks of life.

There are so many wonderful resources, ideas, and people in our community that can help you determine if homeschooling is a good fit for your family. Feel free to email me at and I will do my best to answer your questions or connect you with the resources and people I believe can.

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Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

The experience of pregnancy and becoming a mother is often one of the most miraculous and joyous parts of family life. It also can be one of the most physically, mentally and emotionally challenging times for a mother. For mothers experiencing a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD), the difficulty is more intense and lasts longer. In rural areas like Butte County, 1-in-5 mothers will suffer from perinatal depression or anxiety. PMADs are the most common complication of pregnancy, and when left untreated, can have serious effects on mothers, children, and families.

While this may sound alarming, it’s important to know that perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are common and treatable with the right help and support. There are many ways mothers can find help, and the first step is to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and the potential that you are experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. Sometimes relief can be as simple as ensuring mom is getting adequate support, sleep, and nourishment. In other instances, mothers may need to try different approaches, such therapeutic counseling with a specially trained therapist, physician prescribed medication, or attending a support group.

Even though Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are the most common complication of pregnancy, mothers can experience shame and guilt because they are experiencing negative feelings during a time that is joyful for many. If you or someone you love is experiencing depression or anxiety, it is important to understand that:

→ It is not your fault

→ You are not alone

→ With the right care and treatment, things will get better

In Butte County, we are fortunate to have many amazing groups such as the Chico Mothers Club, Moms on the Ridge, library story time, La Leche league, and many other local groups that support mothers and families. There are also specialized support groups online at Postpartum Support International, where moms can connect with other mothers who have experienced a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder. There are also online blogs and hotlines that can be very helpful for mothers too. Moms and families can call the Postpartum Support International Help Line at 1-800-944-4773 to

get connected to local support services or visit for a complete list of local and online resources.

Mothers Strong is a collaboration of local agencies and moms who are dedicated to identifying and expanding local resources for mothers, as well as bringing education and awareness to the issue in Butte County.

Here are a few things Mothers Strong would like families to know about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:

→ If you think you or someone you love may be having a particularly difficult time during pregnancy and/or after the baby is born, it’s important to talk about it.

→ Depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy occurs more often than most people realize.

→ New mothers can also experience Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic and Psychosis Disorders.

If you would like to join the Mothers Strong effort, visit the Mothers Strong website at or visit to contact First 5 Butte.

Is it Baby Blues or something more serious?

Answering yes to one or more of the following questions may indicate Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder. For the complete screening tool, visit

→ I haven’t been able to laugh and see the funny side of things.

→ I haven't looked forward with enjoyment to things.

→ I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong.

→ I have been anxious or worried for no good reason.

→ I have felt sad or miserable.

→ The thought of harming myself or my baby has occurred to me.


Uniting Familes on the Ridge: Helping Mothers Build Community

Feeling alone isn’t a foreign sensation for most. When faced with a new experience, additional stress, or a challenge that seems insurmountable, it can often feel like you’re alone on an island trying to make sense of everything and looking desperately for a path forward. The problem with this feeling is that it is self-perpetuating, that is to say that the experience of feeling it feeds itself and encourages the feeling to continue to grow. Breaking that cycle is key to exiting the downward spiral, and the best way to do it is often with a circle of supportive individuals around you. There are few experiences as daunting as motherhood, and certainly few situations where one could feel more alone. Know that if you’re feeling this, you are not alone, and that you don’t have to feel alone in motherhood. Luckily, there’s a group nearby who are here to support you in every way possible and prove that feeling alone in motherhood can be a thing of the past.

Moms of the Ridge is a group created by Staci Galla, a mother herself who realized a proper support network for mothers was missing in Paradise. Aimed at promoting positive mental health for mothers and providing opportunities for kids on the Ridge, the group has quickly become a cornerstone for so many. Not only has this group united parents throughout the area,

but it has also created new friendships and built a support system for moms in Butte County. Staci’s hope is that through providing mothers and children with resources and creating the space they need, that they will grow together in a more healthy fashion. By doing so, the community will benefit as a whole as more mothers will be available to provide that same support for others in need.

Moms of the Ridge creates opportunities for field trips, playdates, mom events, and outings. They partner with Paradise Stronger who has an incredible kid-friendly program, and Paradise Recreation and Park District who now offer KidZones at their large events so kids have fun opportunities

as well. Each of these partnerships further enhances their available support network and creates fun experiences mothers can enjoy with their children. You can read more on Paradise Stronger and the incredible things they’re doing throughout The Ridge in the February issue of Upgraded Living Magazine.

Over the past few years, Staci and the moms from Moms of the Ridge have created a good number of opportunities for mothers to bond with their children as well as each other. Some past events have included a tour of the fire and police stations—which kids absolutely adored, a summer bounce house, and water days to keep everyone busy and cool during those incredibly hot


months. There was an alpaca farm field trip, friendsgiving, plenty of kids play dates, a moms’ bunco night, and even a night out for moms to just enjoy some well deserved alone time with each other. Not only have their events been wonderful experiences, but they’ve been altruistic too. A number of these events have helped fundraise for families and parents in need, like a mother with a sick child, meal trains for new moms needing extra support, and many more. If ever there were times where a mother might feel alone, these would certainly be them, and Moms of the Ridge made sure they weren't.

It goes without saying that groups like these are exactly what we need more of now more than ever, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the work Staci and her team of moms are doing to not only bring these seldom-spoken-of issues to the forefront, but also provide a means to alleviate them. We wanted to dedicate some space in this issue to allow Staci to introduce herself, and we hope you take the time to contact and meet this wonderful woman on the Ridge. We know it will be just as much a pleasure for you as it was for us.

Meet Staci Galla

My husband and I moved to Paradise in 2015, and we instantly fell in love with the small town charm and beauty it had to offer. Like many others, we lost our home to the Camp Fire, and shortly after decided to rebuild. In the time it took us to rebuild and move back, we had our son. Once back at home in Paradise, I noticed there was no longer any type of mom group or events geared specifically for younger children. I decided to make a Facebook group for moms and caretakers who live up here on the ridge. At first, my goal was to help create opportunities for connection, and to feel a sense of community with each other, but the group became so much more. Through the group, I have met so many mothers, and we all have had a hand in making Moms of the Ridge what it is today. We share upcoming events on the page, have play dates, take group field trips, and work with multiple Ridge organizations in hosting community events. Not only has this brought us together as parents, but we’re creating something that is so needed within our community. We are all looking forward to watching our children grow up together in this community, and watch their bonds create even more positive transformations in the future. My philosophy for motherhood is that parenting doesn’t come with a manual, but it does come with a community.


Growing Up Globally: Seeing the World Through Hosting

You don’t have to move to Finland for your children to get 75 minutes of recess or live in Argentina to understand why kids eat so late and observe later bedtimes without some of the struggles we face. Isn’t it so intriguing that the average European

teenager speaks at least 3 languages? If you are of a curious mind that enjoys learning about other cultures and see the value of raising children in a multicultural environment, then grab a cup of culture through reading this article and also check

out the book Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World by Homa Sabet Tavanga.

I personally grew up in a town where not much diversity was present, but having the family that I did—with my little brother having special needs and being taught to take time in learning about him and the way he interacted with the world—I drew that near to my heart, and it ignited a passion in me. I became intrigued and embraced any and everyone that came across my path that was unique. I developed a love of human beings of all kinds and a thirst for learning through their anthropology and befriending people in all realms. I immersed myself in books from other countries, I watched movies, read magazines, and had a notebook of all of the places I wanted to visit. I was pinteresting before Pinterest existed.

In high school I attended a leadership conference and learned of study abroad opportunities. This idea was so foreign to me, and I needed to be a part of it. At 18 years old, I ventured to France for 4 weeks. I was at a disadvantage because the elective language I took was Spanish, but I actually think that not knowing the language forced me to interact with my surroundings differently and have a greater appreciation of nonverbal interactions. Connecting over commonalities such as food and art brought us together in a different way than I expected. I wanted more interactions like these. I had no idea that I would find a career that would have the possibility to provide these things on a regular basis.

I have always been known as the welcome committee within my friend group, my moms club, and even through the drivethru window at Starbucks where I spent time working and connecting with people through a love of coffee from all parts of the world. This is how I developed the idea of Cup of Culture which is my approach to my job and all of the extra hospitality my team provides to our families and students. These things include loaning bikes and beds to our students, coordinating ride shares, and voluntarily planning trips and excursions they can stay busy with. I started bringing coffee to my host family interviews. During those interviews I learned all about their cultural experiences, and we bonded over culture and coffee. I believe we can find a


commonality with anyone we talk to of any age, race, belief pattern, or background. I think that is a skill that needs to be fostered in our children today where technology is at the forefront, and human interaction has taken a back seat, especially during the times of pandemic and depression. I believe that culture fosters community, and I know as parents that is something we all hope to create for our children. The experience of hosting is second to none and helps us create moments and memories that your kids of any age will remember for years to come.

You do not have to be of any socioeconomic background, educational level, or have the classification of a nuclear family to participate. Families come in all shapes and sizes all around the world. Your desire to participate or to learn more and your curiosity of learning is all that you need. Your family is just the right kind to participate in our program. I think everyone should have this experience once in their lives. The work that we are doing in bridging cultures and creating moments of growth for learning and also sharing about the things that make us proud to be an American is vital right now in our ever-changing climate.

When I think about the kind of life I want to provide for my three kids, I consider

hosting exchange students to be in my top five areas of importance. To date, our family has hosted 12 students from nine different countries. We can honestly say that we now have family all over the world, and I have learned parenting techniques from other cultures that I have adopted. We have embraced new traditions, become wellversed in Butte County’s points of interest, and have created reasons to go to places we might have otherwise taken for granted in our own backyard. We have learned to adopt the words hygge, sobremesa, and asado in our home. We have changed the

way we fold socks, started cleaning our shoes on December 6, and learned many life and travel hacks. We also observe many national holidays because, while they are with us, everything from dying easter eggs and carving pumpkins to taking them to inand-out or Dutch Bros for the first time feels exciting. They are always so appreciative, and we love sharing everyday simple pleasures and making them feel new again.

Many parents think they should wait until their children are older to host. In my opinion, this experience can add value to


anyone at any age of life. Personally, my young children are super excited to have these teens in our home, and they give them a lot of interest and attention. They recently have taken an active role in the selection process, and it has been fun hearing what they think that particular student will be like or who they remind them of from years past. It gives me such happiness to sit down, talk with them, and hear all of their favorite memories. I am always surprised to hear their points of view and perspectives. To our family, this has opened up dialogue constantly and created a conversational tradition we do at dinner called “Hi, low, buffalo.” We subscribed to a little passport subscription box over the summer, and we love to learn about the countries we have kids coming to visit from for the school year.

My kids have learned to appreciate different cuisines, music, etiquette, and have learned how to greet people in multiple ways. The multicultural environment that has been

created in our home is great for the children. It is my hope they will learn that speaking different languages, having various customs and traditions, or different skin colors is normal and embrace people with all of their differences. This has been such an easy way to integrate culture through hosting and is a very easy way to get the opportunity to be a diplomat. You can show the students our culture and way of life and maybe get further in touch with your own personal heritage or those of your ancestors.

Hosting a student also helps us learn more about our own culture and connects us to it. Just because we live in a certain culture, doesn’t mean we know all about it. If you ask people why they do something a certain way, they would often say: “Because we’ve always done it this way,” or “My parents did it this way.” There is nothing wrong with holding on to traditions. But maybe we could become more understanding of our own tradition? Let’s start asking questions:

“Why do we celebrate this holiday? Why do we eat that way? Why do we talk/ communicate that way?” I also believe many people already know the answers to these questions. But have you asked yourself: “What do I like about my culture? What seems weird or even unacceptable to me? What traditions do I particularly like? Which would I rather get rid of? What do I want to do differently?” Having a student in your life helps you discover other ways and might help you to explore some of those answers on a more personal level.

I am personally so grateful that I found this program to explore culture through something so simple as hosting students from other countries. I feel like we are getting to stamp our passports from home until one day we get to visit all our friends and family around the globe. They sure love being welcomed into our homes, hearts, and communities. They enjoy busy families as well as introverted ones, church families, sports families, academic families, empty nesters, widowed, single-parent families, and ones that enjoy travel. This year, we had around 45 kids in our area, and they are always looking for ways to volunteer and get involved. They love to teach us about their country while studying ours. I think this immersion is mutually beneficial to our growth and mindsets. It teaches our children and ourselves how to become free thinking world changers, and I so love being a part of that. If you think your family might want to sign up for this experience, we have a strong team of committed individuals, and anyone across all fifty states has the ability to host.

We are now starting to look for volunteer families for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. There are so many ways you can be involved. We are currently looking for temporary or welcome families, emergency, semester, whole school year, or even families that want to host short term over the summer. We also provide an outbound program for American students, fundraising opportunities for your organization, and a Global Ambassadors Scholarship Program. I hope you find a way to join us for a cup of culture.

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Teaching Children to Save Money

One of the most important things we can do to prepare our children for adulthood is to give them a solid foundation for how they will relate to money later in life. Whether your child is still relatively young, or at an age where money is starting to trickle in on birthdays and holidays, thereby triggering a spending reflex, good financial literacy and a loved one’s guiding hand can help a child to understand the importance of saving their money.

1. The easiest and perhaps most basic way to introduce your child to saving, especially if they are five and under, is to give them a piggy bank. Bonus points if you can find

one that you can’t open without breaking. A piggy bank teaches your child that once you put something away, it stays away until you have a really good reason for accessing it. It may also give your child pause the next time they want something. Aim to create a savings goal, something with a dollar amount that you set together. Perhaps there’s a toy they really want, or a trip they want to take to an amusement park or zoo. Giving them an incentive may teach them the value of delayed gratification, and give them a sense of real accomplishment when they finally get to smash the piggy bank open.

2. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to have a discussion with them about what money is, making time to also field questions from your youngster. Many parents in the past have felt that talking about money with their children is taboo, but there is nothing more important than opening such a subject up for conversation. If your kids know they can approach you with questions, it’s possible they’ll be more likely to seek guidance when making bigger financial decisions as they get older. Sometimes, just the conversation alone can create a new thoughtfulness about money.

3. Open a savings account together. Most banks offer savings accounts that can be opened in a variety of ways. When I worked as a new accounts representative, one of the most common accounts I opened for parents with children was an UTMA account. This kind of account is custodial, meaning the parent or guardian is the only one who can access the funds until the child is of age, either 18 or 21. The funds are held by the bank on the child’s behalf, but children cannot withdraw funds from the account unless the custodian is present. Many parents set UTMAs up without their children’s knowledge—to sock money away each month for a car or a college education—but involving your child in the opening of the account and the maintenance of it can really teach them invaluable lessons about the workings of a bank, including building relationships with some of the staff and getting them acquainted with the system of deposits and withdrawals.

4. Open a checking account with your child and allow them to have a debit card with a limit. This option is best for older children who are spending more time out in the world. If your child gets a monthly or weekly allowance, it will teach them how to live within their means. Many banks have apps now that allow kids to check on their balances, allowing them to keep tabs on their finances and hopefully make smarter purchases.

Though there is no one perfect formula for teaching a child the value of money, just opening the subject up for conversation or speaking to an employee of your bank to learn the options available for savings accounts are great first steps to take.


Women inBusiness

Over the years, we've had the pleasure of featuring countless incredible women throughout the Northstate who have worked diligently to make our slice of California a better place. We formalized these features while working with Amy Lance, the founder of Wondrous Women, whose organization's name ended up serving as the title of our ongoing feature in Upgraded Living Magazine. These early pieces, and the countless hours spent by staff and editors-in-chief like Briana Clark, laid the groundwork for our Women in Business issues. If forced to choose a favorite month during the magazine's yearly calendar, the one spent directly before publishing it would have been my choice, as it was always full of heartwarming interviews with fantastic women who were as dynamic as they were successful. Knowing that Growing Up Chico also had a fantastic Women in Business issue each year served as yet another reason to purchase the magazine when the opportunity arose. The fact that it published in a different month than Upgraded Living's meant I would get to experience that feeling twice each year.

This issue is full of remarkable entrepreneurs spanning the gamut of industries and causes. It includes follow-ups on a number of our favorites from last year, alongside introductions to many more, and we hope you use it as a roadmap to help support these women—along with every other woman in our community doing magnificent things. Not one made it to where they are by chance, and we couldn't be more honored to tell their stories.

Shuree Wesley at Nutrishop Chico

Shuree has been nutritionfocused throughout her life, but even she had her stumbles along the way. She recalls, “I started studying to be a nutritionist before the Camp Fire, but losing our home and belongings put a pause on my progress. I had to make a conscious effort to make a change and create a new path for myself. My husband, Marc, and I began focusing on our health and getting back into shape. We cut the junk out of our diets and focused on making sure our bodies received what they actually needed each and every day. The difference became clear in a few short weeks, and just by supplying our bodies with what they needed to operate at their peak, we were able to start the healing process—body, mind, and soul.” It was this journey that eventually led them to purchase Nutrishop Chico in May of 2021. Since then, they have done whatever they could to help others find the same path and begin their own journey to becoming the best version of themselves.

Nutrishop makes the transition to a healthier diet easier by providing meal substitutions, in the form of shakes, that are just as

filling and delicious as they are healthy and nutritious. With flavors that include cookies and cream, caramel pretzel, churro, peach mango, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, and numerous seasonal flavors, there’s something for everyone.

Becoming the healthiest version of yourself has to be a personal decision and your own journey, but that doesn’t mean others can’t help you along the way or give you a much needed kickstart. Shuree believes giving someone the gift of health and nutrition could be the greatest gift they ever receive, and she's committed to providing just that. A visit to Nutrishop Chico not only helps fill your personal nutrition inventory, but also provides the personal coaching you may need to make the most out of everything you purchase and use. Swapping a few high-calorie recipes during these colder comfort-food driven months for something more healthy can make a huge difference toward achieving your goals.

Shuree is continually expanding their inventory and providing even more opportunities for the community to get healthy and maintain a better way of living. She encourages everyone to come down and talk to anyone at Nutrishop Chico for help in jumpstarting their health and fitness journey. All of the staff have been in-house certified through Nutrishop on all of the supplements and nutrition in the store, and they’re more than happy to provide any direction or coaching that visitors require.

2275 Springfield Dr Suite 140, Chico, in Meriam Park | (530) 898-1600

Tracy Riddle, BSN, MSN, CRNA is a certified registered nurse anesthetist who experienced crippling jet lag and dehydration after participating in marathons. She utilized IV hydration services in larger cities to recover and found the results were so profound that she decided to bring IV hydration to Chico, opening her spa, Pure Hydration. PH provides IV infusions that deliver essential vitamins and more right into the bloodstream, ensuring residents and visitors alike feel their best! Visit her website to book your treatment today!

Nathalie Thomas College Consultant

Nathalie holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is a UCLA Extension College Counseling Program graduate. With three sons and countless students who she has helped place in the world of college education, Nathalie brings the perspective of a parent and a professional to her college consulting services. “The goal of my practice is to help students navigate the college application process in an organized and stress-free manner while finding them the optimal academic, social, and financial fit.”

Haley Willis has worked as a speech-language pathologist for the past 7 years. She is passionate about treating communication, memory, and swallowing disorders and works with all ages through an individualized and collaborative approach to therapy. She opened Advantage Therapy Services Inc. so that she could personalize therapy programs for her patients and provide a welcoming and caring experience for each patient that comes to her private practice.

3250 Marigold Ave. Chico, CA (530) 228-2222

2275 Springfield Drive Ste. 120, Chico (530) 636-4272

260 Wild Rose Circle, Chico

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Jennifer Haraughty spent the last decade dedicated to raising she and her husband's three young kids. Having a history in retail with toys, she visited a Learning Express in another city and instantly thought it would be a great addition to our community. Her new store offers many individual services that separate it from others. From complimentary gift wrapping to a gift registry for the kiddo's birthday, there is always a reason to visit Learning Express in Chico. Take a second to stop by. You'll love it and the kids will too! 3250 Marigold Ave. Chico, CA

(530) 228-2222

Originally from Orland, Jenn Salisbury began working in the medical staffing industry for 13 years before making her way into insurance as the backend administrator. Wearing numerous hats in both businesses, she always felt like there was something more for her—something bigger on the horizon. Not feeling fulfilled, she told her eversupportive husband, Wes, that she wanted something else. The couple

bought a home in Vina and drove by Lassen Steakhouse each day. It had been on the market for two years, and one day she decided to convince Wes they should buy it. They figured out the logistics and worked with her mother to do just that. Jenn and Wes reopened Lassen Steakhouse in January of 2022 with a new take on an old classic. Together, they quickly grew the business, but decided early on to split the responsibilities to ensure they never ended up stepping on each other's toes. This year, Wes took over the restaurant— his passion—and Jenn set out to grow their wedding and event venue, Lassen Gardens, which she had her eye on from the beginning. With their first full year behind them, Jenn is looking to make Lassen Gardens their next big thing, and from the looks of their reservation books, she'll have no problem doing just that. A mother to their three kids—London, Ellihana, and Olivia—Jenn proves that it's more than possible to be a wonderful mother and successful business owner.

2275 Springfield Drive, Suite 140, Chico in Meriam Park | (530) 898-1600
Haley Willis Advantage Therapy Services Inc.
Tracy Riddle Pure Hydration IV Spa
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Jenn Salisbury
Gardens & Steakhouse
Jennifer Haraughty Learning Express Toys Chico

Bless Your Heart Mercantile

Diane Clifford Wild Sage Portraits

Bless Your Heart Mercantile is a lifestyle shop in downtown Orland offering a wide variety of unique home decor, gifts, jewelry and more! Inside, you’ll also find The Air Plant Bar and The Sweet Little Candy Shoppe featuring some of your favorite nostalgic sweet treats! Supporting women-owned businesses and our community is a top priority for BYHM! They currently have over 15 women consigners who sell their goods at the mercantile and love giving back to their community any chance they get!

701 4th Street, Orland

3250 Marigold Ave. Chico, CA (530) 228-2222

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“Capturing the wild and free in your family tree” is the motto behind wild sage portraits. The desire to capture the essence of that love and emotion we share together with our families is indescribable. I use that as fuel and inspiration when I photograph families. I want to help people tap into that beautiful and unique-to-you connection that only you and your family share. Documenting Motherhood, newborns and families is my specialty

1230 Esplanade, Chico (530) 864-0416

Becky Brown is Principal/ Superintendent of Inspire School of Arts & Sciences, where she is privileged to learn something new every day. Armed with a Masters in English and a teaching credential from CSU, Chico, Principal/Superintendent Brown was originally hired as an English teacher at Inspire in its first year as a school where she taught American Literature, AP Language and Composition, Creative Writing and History of Rock for eight years.

As a school leader emboldened with the goal that each Inspire student graduates with a vision of their future, Principal/Superintendent Brown is driven by her passion for human-centered education--nurturing all facets of the human experience to foster a love for lifelong learning. She firmly believes in the unlimited potential of young folks, and invites you to join Inspire in supporting the next generation of thinkers, creators, and change-makers.

Jamie is the creator and owner of Thistle & Stitch, an online handmade boutique with a Scottish and Celtic flair. Sewing since 5 years old, she creates and designs items inspired by the history and culture of Scotland and Scottish tartans as well as flannel-loving outdoor enthusiasts. While working through her website, Jamie, her husband, and two little boys also pack up the shop and attend many Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festivals throughout the western states.


(530) 524-5008

Danielle Hernandez has worked in the banking industry for over 20 years and has been a mortgage loan officer for nearly 10. She offers a direct, easy-to-understand home loan process to all of her clients. Exceptional service is the core of her business and the reason she has been successful. Danielle operates the Fairway Mortgage office in Orland, where she resides with her family. Her Spanish speaking helps many community members throughout the area. She often works around her client's schedule in order to meet in person when possible, even taking time on weekends and evenings at both the Chico and Orland Fairway Mortgage offices. Danielle has helped thousands of clients over the years achieve their dream of homeownership and is only a phone call away. Clients become family and are always her top priority, so if you or anyone you know is in the market for a home, call or text anytime to set up a time to chat!

Jamie Kalanquin Thistle & Stitch
335 W Sacramento Ave, Chico | (530) 891.3090
Becky Brown Principal/Superintendent Inspire School of Arts & Scienc es
NMLS#1383154 720 Papst Ave. Orland | 530-776-7389
Danielle Hernandez Fairway Mortgage
Panda Mae Bell

Julie, and her husband, Jake, took over as owners of Chico Creek Dance in 2019. They continue to work alongside Artistic Director Debbie Jorritsma and help grow the dance studio for our community and dancers. Julie began working for Debbie twelve years ago, helping with costumes for performances. Eventually, she grew to head up the costume department for the full-length ballets at Chico Community Ballet and took on other administrative roles.

1144 W. 1st Street, Chico

(530) 893-9028

Kimberley is a Chico native and founder of Supportive Conceptions Surrogacy Agency, where she matches surrogates with families looking to have a family with the help of a caring woman. Kimberley has been a doula for 20+ years, is a mother of three, and has been a surrogate three times herself. Specializing in northern California matches, she has dedicated her life to helping and guiding surrogates throughout the process and has loved helping parents on their journey to parenthood for the past 9+ years.

(530) 518.0421

Danielle Vogel

After graduating from Butte College and The Art Institute of Portland, Danielle returned to her hometown of Chico. In 2012, she launched a successful digital marketing agency, DK Web Design. Many years later, she is proud to say that she not only has a job she loves but a business that allows her to give back to her home community.

Danielle’s entire adult life has been spent supporting animal rescue organizations. While opening her own shelter didn't come to fruition, she is happy to have the skills available to help these organizations prosper through both in-kind and monetary donations.

DK Web Design is a digital marketing agency located in Chico that is woman-owned and operated. Their team consists of five amazing ladies that help businesses build an effective online presence designed to promote company and community growth.

Michaela Gulbransen is the regional administrator for High School Exchange Students through ICES. She is passionate about foreign exchange and the impacts of growing up globally. She is a proud mom to 3 kids ages 7, 5, and 4. She loves teaching them about the world, virtues, and customs. A self proclaimed foodie, she loves traveling, reading a good book, playing card games, and having great conversations over coffee. Michaela can talk to anyone and makes friends everywhere she goes.


Tanya Quackenbush

Mortgage Mama, Tanya Quackenbush, is a wife, mother of two, and a multigenerational Chicoan. Her deep roots and family ties keep her grounded and committed to her community. With a lengthy service background and devotion as a captain of Chico Rotary, it’s no surprise she is a leader in her chosen field as a senior loan officer for California and is licensed in other states. The quintessential start to her day is getting in a workout followed by a cold plunge before the crack of dawn. Real estate is the number one wealth-building asset in the United States. Falling in love with the industry at age 13 ignited her passion. Tanya is dedicated to building wealth for her family, friends, and clientele to whom she continues to educate and guide towards generational wealth through homeownership. This young businesswoman is a true living example and proof that it’s possible to run a successful business and have a happy home life.

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Robin Klitzke

Tiffany Schulps

Three Little Birds

As the owner of Sweet Chico Confections in Downtown Chico, Robin is taking the longtime sweet shop to new heights. The business has given her a new way to connect with her two children who are proud of the skills they’re learning, and Robin has a great crew of employees who are often helping them learn something new or supervising them at the register. It’s only been a year, but Sweet Chico is already a part of her family’s identity, and she couldn’t be more proud to be a woman in business!

121 W. 3rd Street, Chico (530) 332-9866

Full Circle Speech Therapy

Tiffany is the owner of Three Little Birds and Schulps Candle Co., located in Downtown Orland! She and her husband, Marty Schulps, are crafters known for their handmade pottery and soy candles. After having their three children, Tiffany took a break from the dental hygiene industry and opened Three Little Birds where she sells high-quality unique toys, new baby and children’s clothing, gifts, handmade local goods, gently used clothing, and so much more! As a family, they are involved with children’s sports, schools, and their community!

708 4th St, Orland (530) 354-3358

Dr. Lange has been passionately practicing in the Chico area for 22 years. She is a general dentist who has narrowed her practice to children and teens, making dentistry as fun and comfortable as possible for her patients. She builds trust with families by showing and explaining the procedures, helping eliminate the fear associated with dentistry. In addition, children can even watch a movie while getting their teeth fixed and state-of-the-art practices and materials are utilized to ensure the best possible results.

650 Rio Lindo Avenue, Suite 4, Chico (530) 343-3137

Elizabeth Vichi M.A CCC NLP SLP has lived in Chico since 2002. She graduated CSU Chico Speech Pathology with a Master’s degree in 2009. Elizabeth developed her own private clinic, Full Circle Speech Therapy Inc., in 2015 providing children of the North State ST, OT and feeding intervention therapy. Elizabeth known for her specialty in infant feeding disorders with nearly 100 hours of specialty training and additional licensing. On weekends, you can find Elizabeth with her husband, 2 sons, and close friends enjoying Chico.

Irene is a mom to a family with food allergies, therefore she knows what it’s like to throw parties while being ingredient conscious. She started SPUN to provide a healthier alternative to traditional cotton candy. Her passion and creativity is evident in her 30+ organic flavors, ranging from cherry to champagne and everything in between including the brightly colored carnival style. Irene offers a cart service for parties and events that entertains your guests as she spins her made-to-order cotton candy.

Megan has been with DanceAway from the very beginning. Her mother, Janet, opened their first store in Redding when Megan was 12. They opened the store in Chico in 2001. Being a family business is at the heart of what they do, and Megan feels so lucky to have been able to work with her mother for so many years. Megan believes the best part of her career is getting to be involved with such a vibrant and thriving dance and arts community. Being able to help dancers of all ages find what they need is the best part of her day.

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Feathered, Furred, or Floral: Take Your Pick!

Springtime in Northern California offers up a number of opportunities for families to get out, explore, and shake off the feel of those lingering winter clouds. Field trips don’t have to be a school activity, they can happen whenever and wherever we choose. Whether you’re looking for a chance to see animals, explore area wildflowers, or just adventure out in the parks, destinations for your springtime field trips are all around.

If your little ones are hoping for some hands-on animal explorations, check out Two By Two Petting Zoo in Chico. The ranch has been in business for over twenty years and has an assortment of farm animals

including Nigerian dwarf and Nubian goats, turkeys, chickens, miniature horses, donkeys, and rabbits. The educational tours are by appointment only and can be scheduled by messaging them on their Facebook page or calling 530-570-7143.

Maybe it’s the wild animals that capture your family’s attention. If that’s the case, then stop by the Chico Creek Nature Center located at 1968 E. 8th Street in Chico, CA. Their hours vary with the season, so be sure to check the website for updated days and times. The Living Animal Museum hosts a variety of local wildlife to learn about like rattlesnakes, turtles, and a

red-tailed hawk. If you’re interested in more of a group event, Nature ABC’s is great for families with children ages 0-5 to spend an hour together doing nature related activities with animal visits, singing, story time, art projects, and nature walks. It takes place on Fridays and is free of charge through funding from First 5 Butte County. A new offering is The Owl Prowl which will have a small fee associated with it. Kids will get to explore the science lab onsite and dissect an owl pellet before venturing out into the park to see if they can see or hear some resident owls. The center also offers new moon and full moon night hikes for the more adventurous non-stroller groups which


take place in Upper Bidwell. You’ll explore how different plants and animals adapt to living in darkness while spotting and learning about different constellations.

The vibrant wildflowers that poke up their bright-colored blooms beginning in spring may be just the thing to cure those dreary winter blues. While Table Mountain in Oroville is an extremely popular and well-known site for viewing some of California’s super blooms, its parking challenges and early morning primetime viewing may be too much for a casual field trip. A closer, easier option in north Chico would be Verbena Fields, a 17-acre native restoration and interpretive park intended to teach the community about the Mechoopda people’s native land stewardship. They aim “to restore the community’s relationship with the environment with shared knowledge from Tribes and local community members. Every single soul in Butte county is part of this truth today, and we must recognize our ability to rise to the occasion and seize the opportunity” says Ali Meders-Knight, Mechoopda Tribal Member and Traditional Ecological Stewardship Program Educator. The park is located at the corner of East 1st Avenue and Verbena Lane in Chico. You can either explore the area on your own or join in a Wildtending Plant Walk every last Tuesday of the month, two hours before sunset.

Feathered, furred, or floral; whatever sparks your little one's curiosity and connects them to this place will keep them excited and exploring for years to come. We could all use a little field trip now and then.


Get Ready for Museum Week!

From art galleries to kid-friendly and handson to unique gems, museums are a great way to learn more about the history, values, and community of Butte County. And there’s no better way to experience the abundance of museums across the county than during the annual Explore Butte County Museum Weekend, taking place February 25-26, 2023.

Since 2020, the Explore Butte County Museum Weekend has been the go-to event for museums in Chico, Oroville, Paradise, and Gridley. Always the last full weekend of February, the two-day event features free admission to all participating museums and exclusive special offerings that you can experience only during Museum Weekend.


Get the weekend started in Chico, which always has a variety of museums participating.

Starting in Downtown Chico, the Chico History Museum showcases and celebrates

the distinct heritage of Chico through both permanent displays and rotating exhibits. This is a great museum to learn more about Chico’s influence on the region and beyond. Enjoy talks from a local historian during Museum Weekend to learn more about the region.

Just across the street at Chico State, the Janet Turner Print Museum is the only of its kind north of Sacramento and houses a permanent collection of nearly 4,000 fine art prints. The displayed prints rotate regularly, so there’s always something new to see.

With just a short walk to Main Street, you’ll find the Chico Children’s Museum, a perfect spot for the youngest members of the group enjoying Museum Weekend. With a miniature artistic replica of Chico, hands-on play exhibits, a sensory sensitive space, and more, there’s plenty to explore for the eightand-under crowd.

Up the street on the Esplanade, the Gateway Science Museum, a Chico State organization, is another kid-friendly

space focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Kids (and adults) can enjoy hands-on science activities and exhibitions.

Just a few blocks away, the Museum of Northern California Arts (monca) showcases the unique perspective and work of Northern California artists. Located in the historic Veterans Memorial Hall, monca features two permanent collections as well as regular themed exhibits throughout the year.

And of course, a drive to north Chico to visit the Chico Air Museum is a must during Museum Weekend. Kids and kids-at-heart love the variety of full-sized aircraft, both in and out of the WWII-era hangar, as well as other displays and hands-on artifacts.


With more museums per capita than Sacramento, Oroville is a museum must-visit anytime of year, but Museum Weekend is a great time to explore these hidden gems.


The unique Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum houses the only known museum of its kind in the world, with a display of over 13,000 hand tools. Bursting at the walls with displays and history, you can explore tools across eight different categories. And during Museum Weekend, enjoy “Beekeeping Tools Across the Word,” from Sara Carmody, and learn about past and modern tools of a beekeeper (and even enjoy a honey tasting).

At the nearby Oroville Chinese Temple, dive into the history of the Chinese community in Butte County and Northern California, starting during California's Gold Rush and into the early 20th century. Explore a variety of displays or even just take in the beauty of the temple, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also as a California Landmark.

For a deeper exploration of the life of the early California pioneers, the Pioneer History Museum is a great spot to visit. Housed in an oversized replica of a 49er’s cabin, the museum showcases a diverse collection of artifacts from early California settlers.

Another museum dedicated to California’s earliest settlers, the C.F. Lott Home is dedicated to the lives of the Lott family, the love story of Cornelia Lott and Jesse Sank, and the general lifestyle of well-to-do families living in the West during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Enjoy guided tours from docents dressed in period garb during Museum Weekend.

Along the Feather River, the Feather River Nature Center features the Bath House Museum and a native plant park. Enjoy nature education programming, exhibits about local wildlife, and more—including scenic views of the river.


These are just some of the museums that you can visit during the 4th annual Museum Weekend.

For more information on the event, all of this year’s participating museums, and their special Museum Weekend activities, please visit


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.

Recurring Events:

Nature ABCs

2 sessions every Friday from 9 to 10am and 10:30 to 11:30am.

Nature ABC's is a time for families of children ages 0–5 to gather and enjoy an hour of fun free activities with our instructor. Join us Fridays from January 13th through May 19th for an animal visit, story time, singing and dancing, an art project, and a nature walk in our beautiful park. This program is offered free of charge through funding from First 5 Butte County. This program runs on a drop-in basis and families should arrive on time to guarantee their space. This is not a drop off program and all children must be accompanied by an adult who can help them as needed. We hope to see you there! Instructor: Ellen Flasch. Chico Creek Nature Center, Living Animal Museum.

Butte County Library

Kids’ Crafternoon

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 3 to 5:30pm at Durham.

We will present a craft for school age kids. Younger children are welcome, as are their parents and caregivers.

After School Kids’ Club

Tuesdays 2 to 5pm at Biggs, Tuesdays 3 to 4:30 at Oroville, Wednesdays 3 to 5pm at Gridley.

Looking for a great way to spend an afternoon? Join your friends for awesome games, LEGOs, and more! Each week is a different activity!

Movies at the Library

Thursdays 3:00-6:00pm at Chico; 2nd & 4th Saturdays 2:00-4:00pm at Gridley; 2nd & 4th Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm at Oroville

Watch a free movie at the library! All ages welcome. Movie selections are posted in the building.

Library Playtime

02/23 10:00am - 12:00pm at Chico; 2/24 10:00-11:00am at Gridley; SureStart! Playtime 02/15 10:00am-12:00pm in Oroville.

Lego Day

2/17 3:00-4:00pm in Durham; Saturdays 10:00am-3:30pm in Oroville; Saturdays 2:00pm in Paradise.

Come build and play with a ton of LEGO! Use your imagination—the sky's the limit! Parental supervision is required for children under 12 years.


Stories, Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplay for all kids ages 0-7

Babies Love Books (0-18 mos.): Thursdays 10:15am at Oroville; Tuesdays 10:00am at Paradise; Fridays 11:00 am at Chico.

Toddler Story Time (ages 1 to 3): Thursdays 10:00am at Chico

Preschool Story Time (ages 3 to 5): Tuesdays 10 & 11:00am at Chico; Saturdays 11:30am at Paradise

Family Storytime (all ages): Wednesdays 11:00am at Oroville; Thursdays 11:00am at Durham; Fridays 10:00am at Gridley; Saturdays 10:30am at Biggs.

Japanese Storytime (all ages): February 4th 1:30pm at Chico

Library Playtime

02/23 10:00am - 12:00pm at Chico; 2/24 10:00-11:00am at Gridley; SureStart!

Playtime 01/18, 02/15 10:00am-12:00pm in Oroville.

Friday, February 3rd through Sunday, February 5th

Chico Community Ballet Presents Sleeping Beauty

Where: Laxson Auditorium, 400 W. 1st St., Chico

The Chico Community Ballet invites the whole family to the magical fairy tale ballet The Sleeping Beauty. From young to old, many generations have waited for the moment of true love, when Sleeping Beauty opens her eyes, awakened by a kiss from her prince. Full of curses, fairies, and fantasy, and danced to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, this very entertaining ballet is a perfect treat for celebrating the month of love with the whole family.

Time: Friday 7:30 to 9:30 pm, Saturday matinée 1 to 3pm, Saturday evening 6 to 8pm, Sunday matinée 1 to 3pm

Cost: $17-$30; tickets can be purchased online at

Tuesday, February 7th through Saturday, February 11th

Valentine’s Card Making

Where: All branches of the Butte County Library (Oroville, Biggs, Durham, Chico, Paradise, and Gridley)

Come visit your library for materials and cards to send to your loved ones this Valentine's Day. Feel free to bring your own cards, too!

Time: All day

Cost: Free

Friday, February 10th

The Royal Princess Ball

Where: Canyon Oaks Country Club, 999 Yosemite Dr., Chico

Bonjour! We invite you to take a seat as the princesses proudly welcome you to Be Our Guest! Princess Belle and her friends invite you to join them for a magical dining experience. This enchanting evening is complete with musical performances, interactive activities and celebrations, character meet-and-greets, and a delicious Italian buffet. Children under the age of 2 do not require a ticket and must sit on the


lap of a parent attending the event, or safely in their car seat.

Time: 5 to 6:30pm

Cost: $50; purchase tickets online at www.

Saturday, February 11th

The Historic State Theatre Presents: E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial

Where: The State Theatre, 1489 Myers St., Oroville

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. It tells the story of Elliott, a boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed E.T., who is left behind on Earth.

Time: 1:30 to 3:30pm

Cost: See for ticket prices and event information

Saturday, February 25th

Year of the Rabbit 143rd Annual Bok Kai Parade

Where: Downtown Marysville

Join the Marysville community for the annual Bok Kai parade and festival to celebrate the brand-new year of the rabbit! Vendors, food trucks, and, of course, the parade, which includes the 175-foot-long dragon Hong Wan Lung, are just some of the reasons to check it out!

Time: Parade begins at 11 am at D Street in downtown Marysville

Cost: Free

delight your group and make it a memorable experience! This painting is a sweet hedgehog with a flower.

You and the kids will love what you create, and how much fun you have doing it. No experience needed. Come early and grab some snacks! Ages 6 and up.

Time: 12 to 2pm

Cost: $36 per person; supplies are included. Purchase tickets at

Sunday, March 19th

Chico Kite Day

Where: Community Park, 1900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Chico

This is a classic CARD event that your family won’t want to miss!! The field at Community Park will be a sight to see with kites of all shapes and sizes flying to celebrate the return of spring. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon out in the fresh air. All kite fliers will receive a souvenir compliments of Bird in Hand.

Time: 12 to 4pm Cost: Free

Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Where: Laxson Auditorium, 400 W. 1st St., Chico

The ever-popular Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Chico with two evenings of films that offer up stories of remote journeys, groundbreaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of photographers, filmmakers, and explorers from around the globe. As in years past, each evening will feature a different film selection both nights—the programs will be announced in March at chicoperformances. com.

Time: 7:30 to 9:30pm

Cost: Visit the Chico State Box Office website for ticket information

Saturday, April 1st

Wildflower and Nature Festival

Where: Riverbend Park, Oroville

This family event offers fun for all ages! Walk through beautiful Riverbend Park while shopping handmade products from local businesses. The Wildflower & Nature Festival shines a spotlight on natural resources and handmade products in Butte County. The event offers activities and entertainment for all ages such as children’s crafts, river kayak tours, live music, food trucks, and more!

Time: 10am to 4pm

Cost: Free

Saturday, April 8th

CARD’s Spring Jamboree

Where: Caper Acres, 500 South Park Dr., Chico

The Bunny is coming to town! Spring Jamboree is a free family event featuring crafts, bounce houses, face painting, games, music, and one-of-a-kind selfies with the Easter Bunny! There will be three times for Easter egg hunts and are organized by age:

10am- Ages 0 to 3 (2 hunts)

11am- Ages 4 to 5

11:45am- Ages 6 to 8

Everyone in their line at the start time will get to hunt for eggs!

Time: 10am

Cost: Free

Friday, April 28th

Kid’s Night: Up in the Air

Where: Schreder Planetarium, 1644 Magnolia Ave., Redding

Join the Schreder Planetarium for an evening of film and fun! They’ll be showing a double feature, which includes Take Flight, a story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, and Zula Patrol: Under the Weather. Tickets are sold in advance until 3pm the day of the show.

Time: 6 to 8pm

Cost: $10; purchase tickets online at www.

Sunday, April 30th

Chico Velo presents The Wildflower

Saturday, March 11th

Family Paint Party

Where: Logan’s Roadhouse, 1900 E. 20th St., Chico

Grab the kids and unleash your inner artist at the Original Paint Nite! You’ll all go from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own, with plenty of laughs along the way. You'll be guided by a talented and entertaining artist, who will lead you through step-by-step process and entertain and

Where: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico Join Chico Velo for another year of the Wildflower! With 6 thoughtfully planned routes to choose from, there’s a reason why so many people attend this annual celebration of spring. As always, the Childflower 12, the only route with a designated start time that also comes with an escort, will be an easy, flat out-and-back from the fairgrounds to Durham Elementary School. It’s a great ride for the whole family! Register online


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