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A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte county since 2004 Fall Issue 2017 August - September - October



It’s Not a Fad

Our Yo-Yo Town Chico’s Yo-Yo History Fall Fun!

Activities and Recipes

It’s Pumpkin Time!

Exclusive Pumpkin Patch Guide

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

Welcome to Fall!

DeAnna Holman

At Growing Up Chico, we hope to help you celebrate fall and make it special for you and your family. We have provided an extensive listing of events and calendar pages. We also have some wonderful articles in this issue on upcoming events, parenting tips, and local resources and programs offered in our community.

DeAnna is a teacher 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 the layouts and assists in editing Growing Up Chico! She obtained her BS from USC and her teaching credential from CSU, Chico. DeAnna is a breast cancer survivor and will be writing about her experiences. She lives on an almond orchard in Durham with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats.

I always enjoy feedback from our readers. Is there something you wish we would offer, or is there something you really enjoy about our magazine? Please send an email and let us know how we are doing. We would love to hear from you! We also encourage the community to submit articles, photos, and events.

Debbie LaPlant Moseley

I am truly grateful for our advertisers; without them, this magazine would not be possible. So, if you happen to do business with any of our wonderful advertisers, please be sure to mention you saw their ad in Growing Up Chico. I wish you the best of the colorful fall season! Thank you for making Growing Up Chico your family’s resource. Happy reading!

Debbie is a Chico native, a graduate of PV and Chico State and very active in the community. She is currently the Executive Director of the Jesse Kohen Scholarship Foundation, as well as the Executive Director of Youth on the Ridge Community Foundation / Paradise Chocolate Fest.

Sandra Buckman Sandra is the Senior Marketing Assistant at Chico Performances. Majoring in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations at CSU Chico, Sandra is a rare and endangered species often referred to as a “native Chicoan.”

Simona Gallegos

Marne Larsen Publisher (530) 518-6154

Simona is a Chico State graduate who loved Chico so much, she returned to raise her family. She is a mother to two strong-willed girls and in her spare time, she is a Volunteer Babywearing Educator with Babywearing International of Chico. Before taking the leap into motherhood, she worked as a newspaper reporter in New Mexico and a business writer in Delaware.

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

Ali is a senior at Durham High School and has been working as an intern for Growing Up Chico. She hopes to attend a UC school in 2018 and major in communications. Ali has used her time with Growing Up Chico to explore the field and broaden her knowledge for her future career. For now, her career is to be a student, athlete, sister, and daughter.

Emily Holman Emily is a junior at Durham High School. She enjoys writing, especially about science and science fiction. She has celiac disease and hopes to share information about the disease to help others like herself. She wants to attend a UC school in the future and become a pediatrician. She enjoys Marvel, DC, animals, hanging out with friends, swimming, and laughing.

Cover Photo:

Turner Forte Photography Courtney Turner Forte is a local mom and professional photographer. She has worked for the last fifteen years for an array of clients, from adventure travel to advertising, and more recently with Chico families and schools. Her passion is photographing families in authentic lifestyle moments, under natural sundrenched light! Visit or, to book a session and see more!

On the Cover: Miss Jessi and her farm school students at Wood Family Farm Preschool. For Adverting Information, Contact: (530) 519-0320 DeAnna Holman - Layout Design/Editor Darci Crossin - Graphic Design Terry Givens - Design/Special Projects Ali Argo - Editing Intern Advertising Deadline: To advertise in our upcoming Winter Issue, please contact us by September 30th. Article and Photo Submission Deadline: Please submit family-friendly and seasonally appropriate photos and informative articles for the Winter Issue by September 30th. 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 www. Copyright Š 2017 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 10 KIDS AND THE ARTS

Live Performances Enrich Lives


Museum Invites Kids to Get Creative

15 AFTER SCHOOL SNACK Delicious Apple Nachos


16 CELIAC DISEASE It is Not a Fad


Fall Empowerment Programs

Family Time


20 CHICO PARADE OF LIGHTS The 2017 Theme Announced!

23 THE HALLOWEEN HUSTLE The Jesse Kohen Run/Walk

25 OUR TOWN’S YO-YO HISTORY The Rise of Yo-Yos in Chico



26 THE TEEN YEARS TRANSITION It’s a Mom and Daughter Thing


An Ancient Practice for Modern Times

Fall Fun


GUC’s Pumpkin Patch Guide

33 WHAT TO DO WITH A PUMPKIN 13 Great Pumpkin Uses

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

Publisher’s Note Contributors Events Calendar Preschool Directory Advertiser Directory


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Kids and the Arts: Live Performances Enrich Lives -Sandra Buckman


he performing arts provide a creative escape for children, introducing them to the imaginative worlds of theatre, music and dance. Attending live arts events at an early age provides fond memories that children will cherish for a lifetime. Fortunately, being raised in Chico provides all sorts of wonderful opportunities involving children and live performances. The Chico Performances 2017-2018 season, which begins on September 7, features incredible musicians, dancers, gymnasts, jugglers, acrobats, and much more from around the world; all showcasing their talents and captivating audiences, both young and old. Part of Chico Performances mission is to serve families with children. The following events are aimed at those who have little ones and want to experience live art that the whole family can enjoy. FAMILY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES Chico Performances is offering more than 17 family friendly performances during the 17-18 season. With everything from Irish dance to daring acrobatics, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Kicking off the season, the beloved Disney classic The Lion King Jr. (Sept. 7) will be brought to life in a performance by kids for kids. This performance features 25 local children, ages 7 through 17. For families that enjoy dance, Chico Performances is offering A Very Chico Nutcracker (Nov. 30 – Dec. 3), Spotlight Performances featuring local dance groups (Jan. 26), Moscow Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty (Feb. 9), and the always fun and free street fair, Broadway Boogie (April 27). If acrobatics and elaborate costumes are what your children enjoy, Cirque Eloize’s Saloon (Feb. 13), MOMIX’s Opus Cactus (Nov. 4), and The Martial Artists and Acrobats

of Tianjin (Sept. 12) are the shows for you. For families with musically inclined children, Chico Performances is offering Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 16-17), The Songs of Stevie Wonder by Uncle Dad’s Art Collective (March 9-10), Celtic music with Goitse (March 18), and, celebrating culture, heritage, life, death, and family through music, the Dia De Los Muertos Tour on October 31. CHICO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL The Chico World Music Festival is a mecca for those with children. With a complete area dedicated towards children, including: a kids stage with seven different performances by kids for kids, an interactive science booth, art classes, and a brand new imagination playground, the Chico World Music Festival is perfect for families. This free event will be taking place on the gorgeous campus of California State University, Chico, on September 9, from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit FIELD TRIPS At only $5 a seat, Chico Performances’ Field Trips are an affordable alternative for teachers to get kids out of the classroom and involved in live performance. This year, Chico Performances is offering 11 different field trips all of which are guaranteed to inspire and educate students. In September, field trips being offered include Lion King Jr. (Sept. 7), and The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin (Sept. 12). October field trips feature David Gonzalez’s, The Frog Bride (Oct. 5) and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (Oct. 18). In December, get a behind the scenes look at A Very Chico Nutcracker (Dec. 1).

In February, the Wild West comes alive with Cirque Eloize’s Saloon (Feb. 14) and experience Celtic history with Dublin Irish Dance (Feb. 27). March brings two more exciting field trips: The Colors of the Symphony (March 13), and Doktor Kaboom! (March 27). April and May wraps up the field trip series with Story Pirates (April 11), and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (May 9). For more information on Field Trips, visit and click on the “kids” tab. KIDS ON STAGE AT LAXSON Chico Performance prides itself on involving the youth in our community and providing them with opportunities to perform on the Laxson stage. Several performances in the 2017-2018 season will feature local youth, including 25 talented young actors between the ages of 7 and 17 from the Blue Room Young Company in a performance of Disney’s The Lion King Jr. on September 7. Back by popular demand, A Very Chico Nutcracker, composed of a talented core of young local dancers from Chico Community Ballet, will be performed on the Laxson stage November 30 through December 3. Lastly, putting the spotlight on talented dancers from all over the North State is the Spotlight Performances on January 26, which features a diverse array of choreography and dance composed of some of the most talented local youth our community has to offer! A vibrant world of musicians, acrobats, dancers, and spectacular sets all wait to inspire wonder and creativity in kids and families alike, all you have to do is act! For more information on performances for children, visit See you at the theatre!


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Kids @ the Turner


n Fall 2017, The Turner Print Museum on the Chico State campus will begin its 5th year of Kids @ the Turner, free after school art classes for children ages 5 to 15. Dr. Teresa Cotner, who is a Turner Advisory Board Member and Professor of Art Education at Chico State, is the director of this program. She designs and teaches the classes in collaboration with approximately 15 college student interns each semester, so there is a one-to-one student–teacher ratio during most classes. The student interns get hands-on, early teaching experience. As an important part of their mission, the museum and university are able to provide this valuable outreach to the community. By all reports, the classes have been well received the kids, the interns are enriched by the experience, and we are looking forward to more fun and exposure to art this year.


he Turner Print Museum is now located in its permanent home on the Chico State campus in the beautiful new Arts and Humanities building, at the corner of Salem and First. Each week, during the academic year, August

The Janet Turner Print Museum Invites Kids to Get Creative! through May, Kids @ the Turner does a different lesson, inspired by work in the current exhibition. The Turner typically shows 5-6 separate exhibitions each year. Classes meet Wednesdays from 3:30 till 5 PM—in an atmosphere that is flexible, casual and inviting, but make no mistake—this is an art class and kids must come ready to creatively engage with new ideas and materials. An electronic sign up is available during the academic year and parents are asked to sign up for up to 5 classes for each child. Classes fill fast and space is limited, so signing up is critical. More information is available at the Turner Print Museum website (, under “Education.”


he studio art projects are done in a variety of traditional and nontraditional media, including: crayon, graphite pencil, color pencil, felt-tip marker, watercolor, tempera paint, acrylic paint, printmaking, found or repurposed objects, ceramics, and mixed-media sculpture. If you have art materials you would like to donate, please contact The Turner.


otner combines her formal training in teacher education and K-12 art education with current research in museum education in her approaches to co-designing 1.5 hour, extracurricular art lessons with the college interns with teaching futures. Each lesson blends time to focus on the art on exhibit, the making of art, and a period of reflection and discussion. Though the kids are eager to get to the handson part, they learn to enjoy looking at, and thinking about, the art on display. They are full of ideas, insights, opinions, interpretations and questions, and when we ask each child to reflect at the end of the lesson, they demonstrate cognitive insights.


he communal setting accommodates age ranges and the interns are ready with accommodations and modifications to the assignments to create individualized engagement. For example, when we work with clay, one child may form and glaze a one pinch pot, another creates a set of figurative forms, while a third creates a naturalistic sculpture. Some will create

many pieces while others will focus on just one. They can also work with selected scale, depending on what their little hands and clever minds prefer. However, each will reference some connection to the work on exhibit. If they finish early, and if we are lucky, they might be able to walk to the classrooms next door with an intern and watch ceramic students throw pots and glass students blow glass!


anet Turner, (1014-1988) founded printmaking at CSU, Chico, and her personal print collection forms the core of the Turner Museum’s collection today. She was as passionate about education as she was about printmaking and collecting for the express purpose of sharing them with her students as a critical part of their learning. A major concern and the core of the Museum’s mission is to make prints available to the community for educational and exhibition purposes. Kids @ the Turner has enlarged this charge past the university community by bringing the treasured prints of The Turner Museum and art experience to our K-12 students.


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After School Treat

Apple Nachos


By: Ali Argo

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(Serves 4-6) • 4 Granny Smith Apples, thinly sliced • ¾ cup of caramel, heated in the microwave (For a healthier substitute, use ¾ cup of peanut butter heated in the microwave) • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips, and/or 1 cup of mini peanut butter chips (For a healthier substitute, use 1 cup of chopped pretzels, or walnuts) • ¾ cup of coconut shavings

Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4.

On a large plate, arrange apple slices on top of one another. Drizzle half the peanut butter and/or caramel. Top with chocolate and peanut chips, pretzels, or walnuts. Drizzle with remaining peanut butter and/or caramel and sprinkle coconut shavings.

Serve and enjoy!


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Celiac Disease:

IT IS NOT A FAD With the increase of people eating “gluten free,” it is important to know what celiac disease is, so that cross contamination and major health problems can be avoided.


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Celiac disease, also called coeliac disease, is an autoimmune disease: a disease in which the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues, leading to the deterioration or destruction of such tissues. (Celiac Disease Foundation, 2017) This is a disease where the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten. Gluten is a substance present in cereal grains and a mixture of two proteins, which causes illness in people with celiac disease. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, certain oats, malt, maltodextrin, bran, and related grains and their hybrids. People with celiac disease have to avoid ingesting foods with gluten, such as bread, pasta, and pastries. It is a chronic disease, which means that a patient with celiac disease can never grow out of it. One study shows that the amount of patients with celiac disease had more than doubled the amount in the years 2009 to 2012, compared to what it had been the years 1988 to 1994. Celiac disease affects a reported three million Americans, which is one percent of the population. Twenty to thirty percent of the world’s population has been found to carry the gene associated with celiac disease. Ninety seven percent of people in America with celiac disease, however, are undiagnosed. One in 133 people in the United States have celiac disease, but only one in 4,700 people have been diagnosed. Studies have shown that celiac disease is much more common in Caucasians than in other ethnic groups. (Celiac Disease Foundation, 2017) Causes of Celiac Disease When a patient with celiac disease ingests a food or substance with gluten in it, the immune system reacts to the gluten in food, damaging the villi that line the small intestine. Villi are the tiny, hair-like projections that line the small intestine. The villi absorb the necessary vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from the food one eats. If the villi are damaged, the nutrients are not

absorbed, no matter how much food is consumed. (CDF, 2017) If left untreated, celiac disease has many long-term effects. One of those effects is malnutrition from the nutrients that are not absorbed from the villi. Another one is the loss of calcium and density in the bones. There can also be lactose intolerance, which is the inability to ingest lactose, which is a component in milk and other dairy products. Other effects include: depression, infertility and miscarriage, cancer, and various neurological problems. Patients with celiac disease are commonly deficient in nutrients such as fiber, zinc, and vitamin D. They are also usually deficient in protein and calories. (Mayo Clinic, 2016) There are many things that can be the causes of celiac disease. One of these causes is said to be infant feeding practices. Another cause is gut or gastrointestinal bacteria. Sometimes celiac disease is triggered, or becomes active for the first time, after surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection, or severe emotional stress. Some gene variations may increase the risk of developing celiac disease, but additional factors may be involved. (Mayo Clinic, 2016) There are over two hundred symptoms relating to celiac disease; however, a large percentage of patients with celiac disease show little to no symptoms, so diagnosis can be difficult. One of the most major symptoms of celiac disease is pain in the abdomen or joints. Gastrointestinal symptoms include diarrhea, fat in the stool, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms that affect the whole body include bone loss, fatigue, and malnutrition. Developmental symptoms include delayed puberty and/or slow growth. Other common symptoms include cramping, skin rash, itching, lactose intolerance, depression, weight loss, low blood count (which is called anemia), and osteoporosis- which is when the bones become fragile from loss of tissue. (Libonati, 2008) If left untreated for too long, the undiagnosed celiac disease in a patient can cause death. If the lining in a patient’s intestines that is supposed to hold water is damaged, the gut pulls water from the body, extremely dehydrating the patient. Malabsorption of specific nutrients that are vital to a person’s health can lead to certain types of cancer, such as leukemia. If the immune system is weakened, that can allow certain common illnesses such as the flu to become deadly, and common illnesses that are meant to be fought off are not. Also, when the immune system in an untreated celiac disease patient tries unsuccessfully to attack and remove the gluten being regularly consumed, it puts the immune

system on a heightened alert, causing the immune system to attack other things in the body. (Moreno 2017) Diagnosing Celiac Disease There are two major methods of diagnosing celiac disease. The first method is to order blood tests for screening. The most commonly used blood test for diagnosing celiac disease is called the Tissue Transglutaminase lga antibody test, or the tTGlgA test. For the blood test to be accurate, the patient must be consuming a gluten-containing diet prior to the blood test. Celiac disease is hereditary, which means that it runs in families. People with a parent or other first-degree relative with celiac disease have a one in ten chance of developing celiac disease themselves. Having certain genes, such as the HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 genes, increase a person’s risk of having celiac disease. (Figure 2) The test will be positive in about ninety eight percent of patients with celiac disease; however, this means that there is still a two percent risk of celiac disease patients who have negative antibody test results. There is also a slight risk of a false positive test result for patients with other autoimmune disorders, such as type one diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. (Moreno, 2017) The second method used to diagnose celiac disease in patients, is a biopsy of the small intestine. It is the recommended standard for the diagnosis of celiac disease because it will tell the patient if they have celiac disease or if they have a different gastrointestinal disorder or sensitivity. If a patient’s blood tests are positive, their doctor may suggest an endoscopic biopsy of the small intestine just to make sure they have celiac disease and not another autoimmune disease. During the biopsy of the small intestine, a scope is inserted through the mouth and down into the small intestine to get samples of the tissue lining the small intestine. Samples of the tissue will then be studied under a microscope for damage and inflammation due to celiac disease. If damage and inflammation is found in the sample of tissue taken, then the patient has celiac disease. If a patient with celiac disease is diagnosed at an age between four and twelve years old, their chance of developing another autoimmune condition is around 16.7 percent. If they are diagnosed at an age between twelve and twenty years old, their chance of developing another autoimmune condition is around 27 percent, and if they are diagnosed at an age over twenty years old, their chance of developing another autoimmune condition is around 34 percent. (Smarrazzo, 2017) Treatment There is only one known way to treat celiac disease. No surgery or medication is required in the treatment of celiac disease. The only known treatment of celiac disease is a lifelong gluten-free diet. For patients with celiac disease, this diet will stop symptoms, heal any intestinal damage that has been previously caused by their celiac disease, and prevent further intestinal damage. A glutenfree diet is very effective. Symptoms of celiac disease usually go away within only a few days of starting the diet. Unfortunately, complete healing of the damaged villi could take months or even years, and antibody levels will not return to normal until after a year after starting and maintaining the gluten-free diet. (Celiac Support

Association, 2016) A patient with celiac disease must avoid all foods with gluten, such as most pastas, cereals, and bread products. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish, rice, flax seeds, quinoa, risotto, soy, beans, and meats do not contain gluten, so patients with celiac disease can eat any of these foods. There are more than two thousand gluten free food items available in regular grocery stores throughout the United States. Celiacs also have to watch out for foods with traces of gluten, such as in cross contamination. To avoid cross contamination, patients with celiac disease must read all labels on foods for hidden gluten or cross contamination. If a food label reads “may contain traces of gluten” or “made in a factory that also processes gluten,” then the product is not safe for a celiac disease patient to consume. Most regular recipes can be converted to gluten-free recipes with substitute flours made from rice, potato, bean, soy, almonds, corn, or tapioca. In 2004, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act was passed, making it a law to properly label foods. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act states that companies have to tell us, on their labels, if their food contains one of the eight major food allergens, which are: milk, shellfish, fish, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soybean, and wheat. This labeling system makes it a lot easier for a patient with celiac disease to determine whether a food is safe for them to eat or not. (FDA, 2004) In spite of having no other treatments for celiac disease, besides a lifetime gluten-free diet, research is being done to develop treatment options outside of the gluten-free diet. Researchers are trying to develop pills that, when taken directly before a meal that could contain small amounts of gluten, prevent gluten from being toxic to people with celiac disease. There are other pills in development that, when taken with meals that contain some gluten, break down the gluten, making it nontoxic before it reaches the small intestine. There are also drugs in development that will shut down the small intestine’s negative response to gluten. Finally, there are vaccines being developed that would be able to give a patient with celiac disease back the tolerance to gluten that was lost when celiac disease developed. Celiac disease is a lifelong struggle, but there is hope in these developing treatment options for a cure. (Gottlieb, et al., 2015) 1. 2.

SOURCES “Celiac Disease Screening and Diagnosis.” Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac-disease/understanding-celiac-disease-2/diagnosing-celiac-disease/. 3. “Celiac Disease Symptoms and Causes.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 17 Aug. 2016, celiac-disease/symptoms-causes/dxc-20214627. 4. “Celiac Disease Treatment and Follow Up.” Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac-disease/understanding-celiac-disease-2/treating-celiac-disease/. 5. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Regulatory Affairs. “Allergens - Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA).” www. Allergens/ucm106187.htm. 6. Gottlieb, et al. “Development of drugs for celiac disease: review of endpoints for Phase 2 and 3 trials” Gastroenterol Rep (Oxf) 2015 May; 3(2): 91–102. Published online 2015 Feb 26. doi:10.1093/gastro/gov006. 7. Libonati, John. “Yes, You Can Die From Celiac Disease.” Gluten Free Works, 8. Moreno, María, et al. “Biomarkers to Monitor Gluten-Free Diet Compliance in Celiac Patients.” Nutrients, vol. 9, no. 1, June 2017, p. 46., doi:10.3390/nu9010046. 9. Smarrazzo, Andrea, et al. “Diagnosis of celiac disease and applicability of ESPGHAN guidelines in Mediterranean countries: a real life prospective study.” BMC Gastroenterology, vol. 17, no. 1, 2017, doi:10.1186/s12876-017-0577-x. 10. “Treatment of Celiac Disease.” Celiac Support Association, treatment_of_celiac_disease.jsp. “What is Celiac Disease?” Celiac Disease Foundation. IMAGES FROM THE INTERNET • Title Photo: • “Figure 1.” s-media-cache cf46ed3f348cf030e988eee60150f574.jpg. • “Figure 2.” Genetics and Nutrition, American Dietetic Association and National Genetics Education and Development Centre, 2017, php?option=com_content&view=article&id=459&Itemid=56&limitstart=2.

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“The finish line IS JUST THE

beginning” Girls on the Run of the North State

to Offer Empowerment Programs at More Than 35 Schools in Butte & Glenn Counties This Fall Girls on the Run of the North State has opened registration for the fall. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy, and confident. The volunteer-led program brings together groups of 8-15 girls for a tenweek program that encourages personal development, team building, and connection to the community. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches. Each ten-week program concludes with participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls on the Run has served over 1.4 million girls since its inception in 1996. “We start by helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what is important to them. We then look at the importance of teamwork and healthy relationships. Finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world – we are nurturing the ‘whole’ girl.” – Claire Johnson, executive director. “Girls on the Run taught me never to give up. I made lots of friends and I met a lot of very nice coaches throughout the season. The coaches built up my confidence by teaching me how to be strong and believe in myself. Girls on the Run taught me to collaborate with other girls. The 5K seemed very hard, but once I was finished I felt like I could do anything. Now I’m not afraid to try new things. I love GOTR.” ~Evelyn, age 8 This fall, Girls on the Run programs will be offered at over 35 locations throughout Butte and Glenn counties. Each team will meet two times a week for 75-90 minutes after school and participate in research-based lessons that use dynamic discussions and fun running games to teach life skills and build confidence. The season will culminate in a 5k event that brings together family, friends, and community members to celebrate the girls’ growth throughout the season. The fall season will begin the week of September 4, 2017 and run through the week of November 13, 2017. The Fall GOTR 5K Fun Run will be held Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 9 am at Bidwell Park’s One Mile Recreation Area.

More information about the program, active schools, and registration can be found on the Girls on the Run of the North State’s website at The program fee for the fall 2017 season is $125. Discounted rates are offered based on yearly, household income. The program fee includes registration for the end-of-season 5k event, a shirt, and finisher’s medal. Inspiring Girls to be joyful, healthy and confident! Girls on the Run of the North State • P.O. Box 284, Chico, CA 95927 • 530-636-0786 Contact: Girls on the Run of the North State Emerald Carroll, Program Coordinator 530-636-2264

The 28th Annual Chico Parade of Lights Will Celebrate


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“Magical Adventures in Books”


or over a quarter century, Chico’s Annual Parade of Lights has been illuminating our downtown streets. Every year, thousands gather to watch a steady stream of glittering, flashing entries bedecked in lights. The parade’s roots go back to 1918, when high school seniors were invited to view the Chico Normal School campus. Displays were built to depict the heritage of the campus within the community, and over the years, more activities were added. These activities

culminated in a Pioneer Days Parade through downtown Chico. Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Parade were canceled by the City of Chico in 1988, but the following year, the mayor of Chico asked a few community members to bring back the parade tradition. The Chico Parade of Lights was born.


he night of the Parade is a night of community spirit and festive fun for the whole family! The evening starts with exciting pre-parade events, including bed races, tricycle races, wheelchair rugby, handcycle challenge, flash mobs, food trucks, and more. The Parade itself kicks off with the AmVet Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem; followed by honored guests, including the Grand Marshal, Senior Citizen of the Year, and Veteran of the Year. The Parade includes entries from businesses, organizations, groups, clubs and individuals, whose decorations all center around a unique theme each year. Judges are stationed throughout the parade route, and local radio stations from Deer Creek Broadcasting (Mix 95.1, 103.5 The Blaze, KPAY 1290 am, and Radio Mexico) announce entries as they make their way through downtown Chico. Other amazing sponsors who support the parade year after year include: KHSL 12, KNVR 24, CW, Action News Now, Telemundo, Chico Enterprise Record,

KZFR, BCAC TV, Chico Noon Exchange,, Chico Lawyers, Azad’s Martial Arts Center, Stratti, Cal Water, Advanced Documents, DCBA, Chamber of Commerce, Rental Guys, North State Screenprint, Square Deal Mattress, Disability Action Center, Recology, Growing Up Chico, and more.


ommunity members rave every year about the fun they have at the parade. Judy Sitton, a previous Grand Marshal said, “There are so many things to love and be thankful for in Chico – its culture, beauty, education, relationships, and values. The Parade of Lights is an experience that celebrates these, and more.” One 8-year-old spectator summed it up with, “This is the coolest parade in the world!”


his year’s theme is “Magical Adventures in Books,” which can include children’s stories, young adult novels, classic literature, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, history, nonfiction, and even recipe books! The options are endless!


he 28th Annual Chico Parade of Lights will be held on October 7th at 7pm, in downtown Chico. A parade route map is available on the website. The Chico Parade of Lights board members plan all year long to bring a successful and fun event to downtown. The board members are: Farshad Azad, Becki Brunelli, Susan Krug, Brent Largent, Sheila Anderson, Marianne Scheiler, Samantha Willingham, Hilary Hassenzahl, Cap Porterfield, and Jared Spini. Hundreds of volunteers help out each year as well.

For more updates and information about how to

register a parade entry or to participate in pre-parade events, visit the website at, or the Chico Parade of Lights Facebook page. We also have numerous opportunities for sponsors and volunteers. Email us at or call Azad’s Martial Arts at 530-892-2923 or 530-896-0777, if you would like to be a sponsor or volunteer, or have questions! Photos courtesy of Philip Kustner (, Kimberly Weich (Blueberry Creek Photography), and Elizabeth Graham Photo.

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Hustle Jesse Kohen Scholarship Run/Walk Saturday, October 28th


unners and walkers of all ages are invited to lace up their sneakers and join the fun at the 8th Annual Halloween Hustle – Saturday, October 28th, 8:00 AM for a 5K Run, 2.5K Run/Walk, & Kids Dash at Bidwell Park’s One Mile Recreation Area. Costumes are encouraged with lots of prizes being given for “Best Costume” in a wide variety of categories. The event will also include music, free children’s games and prizes, and community booths. A highlight of the day will be the award of a $500 scholarship to a Chico State student studying to work with children with disabilities in public schools and contributions to Chico & Pleasant Valley High School’s Special Education programs. The Halloween Hustle kicks-off at 8:15 am with a Free Kid’s Dash in the baseball diamond, followed by the Run/Walk. Registration goes from 7:00-8:00 am at Bidwell Park’s One Mile Recreation area. Pre-Registration until October 10th costs: Adults $20, Students $10. From October 11th, Race Day Registration will cost: Adults $25, Students $15, Kids Dash (10 & under!) Free Registration forms are available at Fleet Feet or contact, 530/342-4896, &/or at the Run/Walk. Jesse Kohen was an amazing young

By Debbie LaPlant Moseley man with many gifts and talents. Working with students with disabilities was his passion and his greatest gift. As a physical education and adapted physical education major at CSU, Chico, Jesse was intent on getting his special education credential so he could work with the population of students he loved. Jesse worked with children with disabilities in institutions and schools in Santa Barbara, Gridley, and Chico. As a Special Education paraprofessional, he worked in some of Chico Unified’s most difficult and challenging situations. An avid runner with success in several marathons, Jesse poured the same enthusiasm and dedication into every aspect of life. As the youngest volunteer fire fighter in the Chico Fire Department Company One, Jesse fought a fire the day he graduated from high school. Above all, Jesse’s enthusiasm for life inspired his students with disabilities,

friends, coworkers, and classmates. With words and action, Jesse lived up to his motto in life, “Be a Champion!” Jesse lost his life in a single-vehicle accident in October 2010; however, Jesse’s contributions to youth continue through the Jesse Kohen Foundation which gives a yearly scholarship to a Chico State student, studying to work with children with disabilities in public schools. Contributions to the Jesse Kohen Scholarship fund may be mailed to: Jesse Kohen Foundation / NVCF, P.O. Box 612 Chico, CA 95927. Bring your family! Invite your neighbors! Call your friends and enter the Run/Walk! Volunteer! Or cheer on the participants at the Halloween Hustle Jesse Kohen Scholarship Run!

For more information, or to register, contact (530)342-4896, dlpmose@gmail. com, or the 8th Annual Jesse Kohen Scholarship Halloween Run Facebook site.


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he touring National Yo-Yo Contest will be held this year in Chico, to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a three day event on October 6, 7, & 8. After two years away, the best players in the country will once again wind up in the town where the contest was founded. It will be held at the Center for the Arts in Chico, which has a spacious indoor stage for the event. How did this event start in Chico? What is the connection of Yo-Yos to Chico? Why is the National Yo-Yo Museum in Chico? The following is a brief history to help answer these questions. In 1987, few people were thinking about yo-yos. When the folks at Bird in Hand set out to teach kids about popular children’s toys from the past, it brought about the realization that few yo-yos were actually available. Craftsmen were enlisted to design a maple wood yo-yo, and as a result, the Bird in Hand YoYo was first sold in 1988; and it was cool. At this time, yo-yo contests were nonexistent. Bird in Hand held a pioneering contest in the spring of 1988 and a surprising number of people attended. This kicked off a blizzard of events and promotions, where people throughout California came to play yo-yos in Chico. A summer contest and a fall contest were held that same year, building more energy and awareness. Yo-Yos from other companies started to appear on shelves, including the Tom Kuhn No-Jive, the first take-apart yo-yo. A traveling exhibit entitled ‘Return of the Yo-Yo’ started in March of 1990 and spread news of Chico’s contests. It zigzagged across the country for three years. The Chico fall contest was renamed the California State Contest in 1990. In

1993, the more widely inclusive, National Yo-Yo Contest was founded in Chico. That same year, the non-profit, National Yo-Yo Museum was created to exhibit the history of the yo-yo, and operate the National Yo-Yo Contest. During these early contests, rules were tested, revised, and modified. In the beginning, two-yo-yo-looping tricks were the style of play. That style is now known as 2A. In 1996, the revolutionary ballbearing-axle yo-yos were introduced and everything changed. The following year, a second division was added to the contest, the one-yo-yo-long-spin division called, 1A. Contests were soon transformed to include player created trick routines, or ‘freestyle’ performances, replacing the compulsory tricks of older contests. By 2002, many areas of the country were requesting contests. State and Regional contests were developed and the National Yo-Yo League (NYYL) was inaugurated to direct the contests and to seed players to Nationals. As a result of improvements to the yo-yo, and tremendous player creativity, a surge of new styles of play emerged. Three more divisions were added to the National Yo-Yo Contest in 2003. The new styles were: 3A: two-long-spin yo-yos performing string tricks, 4A: one-yo-yo unattached to the string, and 5A: one-yo-yo not-tied to the hand. For the last 15 years, these five divisions have been held in all major contests around the world and are used today. Participation in NYYL contests has steadily increased. Kids who have picked up the sport have been expedited by readily available internet videos. Good instruction spurs kids to higher levels of skill than ever imagined. Once inspired, they dedicate themselves to a process of improvement and reward. During the development of the modern contest structure, many issues were researched. Those who played in yo-yo contests as kids overwhelmingly could remember the outcome, especially if they were a winner. After 50 years, those who were successful carried the feeling they were ‘good at something’ into their adult lives. They learned they could be victorious when they set their minds to it. The idea of ‘reward for effort’ was the key to moving the league forward. Awards that are given to the top players are tokens for today and an advantageous perspective for a lifetime. When hung around the necks of first, second, third places, and all the finalists, those kids who win a medal will never forget the feeling. Those who missed the finals work harder to move up in the standings. There are several ways to play in the

“…people throughout California came to play Yo-Yos in Chico.” National Yo-Yo Contest. Finishing well in a yearly State or Regional Contest will earn a pre-qualified seeding into the preliminaries or the semi-finals. Entering the challenging wildcard round on the first day of Nationals can also earn a spot in the preliminaries. Even with having held 25 years of contests, the NYYL has more to do. The National Contest has no age restrictions, so a 12 year old might be competing against a 24 year old. It has been noted that kids have more fun when playing against others their age, so a new yo-yo event called a ‘Futures’ contest was developed. It has five age divisions for players 18 years & under. To draw attention to this event, a Futures contest will be held in conjunction with the National Contest in Chico this year. The National Yo-Yo Museum houses the largest public display of yo-yo history. The center piece is the World’s Largest Wood Yo-Yo at 256 lb. and 50 inches tall. Glass cases display a variety of trophies, patches, photos, and yo-yos from the 1920’s to today. Free yo-yo lessons are offered at the Museum on Saturdays 12:00-2:00 pm. Instructors from the Chico Yo-Yo Club teach all, from beginners to advanced players. This time allows players to swap tricks and motivate each other.

Get involved! Visit the museum; open every day with free admission. • Attend Saturday’s free yo-yo lessons. • Watch the National Contest; the best viewing is the finals on Sunday, October 8th. For more information, check these sites: and •

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here comes a time in a daughter’s life where her mom goes from a hero, the protector and patron of all that is good, to the villain, the benefactor of evil. In my eyes, this tragic transformation happened to my mom as I embarked on my teenage years. My mom suddenly became the “bad guy;” her sole purpose was to embarrass me and to enforce rules that imprisoned me as I struggled for independence. She was no longer the hero I adored and looked up to, but rather the enemy I found myself battling. After butting heads for years, I finally tired of the perpetual conflict. I needed an ally - I wanted a hero again; however, our once close relationship lay in a broken heap of anger, and my mom and I were faced with a new challenge… rebuilding and restructuring our relationship. Together, we conceded that three crucial factors were necessary for us to bury the hatchet and enjoy a healthy and happy mother/daughter relationship. I believe communication, empathy, and trust are what brought my mom back to me..


ommunication between mother and daughter is often a very difficult task, especially if the topic at hand is an uncomfortable one- which, during the adolescent years, is every

topic. When a young girl faces a constant barrage of physical and emotional change, it is difficult to conjure up the courage to reach out for advice or assistance from anyone, especially Mom. Trust me, as I speak from personal experience.


favorite memory that I shared with my mother from those awkward tween years was the time when I asked her if I could start shaving my legs. Far too intimidated to ask her face-to-face, I wrote my request on a little piece of paper and left it in my mom’s bathroom. My mom had to be patient when my naive “embarrassment” prompted me to assign notes and the occasional eye roll as my primary forms of communication. That day, not only did she “allow” me to shave my legs, but more importantly, she reassured me that it was okay to talk to her about anything and everything. In retrospect, I believe this assurance was one of her most valuable gifts to me. She did not force me to talk, but left that sentiment to marinate in the back of my mind. Like most teens, I avoided direct communication and mostly disregarded my mother’s offer of support, but the seed was planted, one that would ripen and grow with time. Eventually, in my own time, I tested and harvested the seed she had planted and now I juice the fruit of her wisdom and savor every drop of sweet advice.


nother barrier to communication between a mom and her daughter is a lack of empathy for each other’s respective lives. Empathy is extremely important during adolescence when the child and the parent’s worlds are most antithetical. The most effective way to coexist with someone is to empathize and understand what is going on in their life; however, let me tell you, this is sometimes extremely difficult to achieve with your mom. During my middle school years, I felt like my mom did not understand what I was experiencing and her advice was rarely helpful. For each crisis, she generously offered words of advice such as: “Just ignore them,” “You are better off without him,” and the infamous, “It’s not the end of the world.” My

mom’s intentions were pure, as she was trying to save me from my teenage angst. Unfortunately, her dismissal of my melodrama felt patronizing and offensive, and the resulting communication caused me to further tune out her crescendo of suggestions. What both of us failed to truly comprehend is that we were living in two very different worlds at the timemy world much smaller. In my middle school world, to my 12-yearold self, my problems were life or death, my frustrations infuriating, and my heartbreaks crippling. I had tunnel vision and very little understanding of how miniscule my problems were within the grander scheme of life. My mom was trying to help me put my problems in perspective. Now, at

the EXTREMELY mature age of 17, I understand that she was merely trying to minimize drama and provide real-world context. Though the teen years began as a bumpy road, with arguments and misunderstanding at every corner, my mom and I have made colossal strides towards a healthy empathetic exchange of worries. I have begun to value her input and acknowledge that she comes from a place of love, experience, and good intention. She listens more and understands that my juvenile dilemmas are the most important situations I have experienced thus far in my short life. We are better able to recognize our different perspectives and have moved from a place of conflict to a relationship of mutual understanding and trust.

stay true to our word and listen to each other with mutual respect.


continue to discover that my mom’s rules are not put in place to ruin my life. Her restrictions are an attempt to protect me. Despite my flaws, to my mom, I am an angel, and losing me is her greatest fear. My mom is grudgingly recognizing that I am growing up, and I need to try new things. The mistakes that I inevitably make are necessary so that I am prepared for the next chapter in my life. But trust involves give and take. The more she can trust me to honor my word, the more I trust she will respect my developing maturity and bolstering opinion.


elationships are work, especially if you want them to last. Sometimes having polarized priorities means have learned a lot about trust these past few years. that the relationship between a mother and I have learned not only how important it is to have, a teenage daughter can require extra effort. but also how difficult it is While it may be a to keep. A maternal bond struggle, I believe that is built upon a foundation understanding, as opposed of trust; as is any healthy relationship. In order to gain to agreement, may be the key to a positive, successful my mother’s trust, I have learned I must consistently relationship. I remember the moment I began demonstrate trustworthy behavior. Trust is earned- a to truly understand my mom. It was the moment I realization that has come stopped seeing her as allonly after a great deal of knowing and all-powerful trial and error! I am not an angel. Like most kids, I have and acknowledged her, not as the hero or the enemy, made mistakes, broken but as another woman rules, and disregarded with similar problems my parents’ concerns; however, the transgressions and experiences. Maybe she is not meant to be a that broke my mother’s hero, she is only human, trust are the mistakes that but that does not make hurt my heart the most. her a villain. I could only In these instances, the reach this realization after tangible feeling of my communicating with her, mom’s disappointment empathizing with her, and was unbearable. So, while then finally trusting that my we may never completely agree on things, such as mom- my strong, beautiful, my curfew, or which social intelligent mom- is a events I should attend, we fantastic woman and will have both worked hard to always be on my side.


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Babywearing An Ancient Practice for Modern Times

By Simona Gallegos

Spectrum Disorder and babywearing took on yet another benefit: whether it is the sensory experience of having fabric tightened around him, or knowing that he is not going anywhere, Stoddard said, wrapping makes him “just melt into me.” Benefits for Children and Caretakers Babywearing advocates say babywearing meets a primal need for human touch. It is also thought to provide a boost of oxytocin. Often dubbed the love hormone, oxytocin helps facilitate bonding. Throughout centuries and across cultures, babywearing has been a valuable child rearing tool. Whether it is an African woman with baby secured in a Kente cloth, an indigenous Mexican with a baby on her hip in a Rebozo, or a Hmong with a baby snug in an ornate Dai Nyia, these caregivers all understand the special bond that comes from wearing their babies.

Benefits Wearing a baby for three hours a day has been found to reduce overall crying by 43 percent and evening crying by 54 percent. •

With less crying, babies spend more time being alert, which along with experiencing the world from the same vantage point of the caregiver, is thought to aid in optimal development. Caregivers that “babywear” report higher levels of confidence in their parenting abilities. Contact between mother and child helps facilitate breastfeeding.

Thanks to a boom in the popularity and availability of baby carriers, we can add to that list the many Chicoans found about town with their child tucked into one of the many varieties of modern carriers.

Babywearing fell out of practice in western cultures during the Victorian era when baby carriages were introduced and cultural norms of child rearing changed. However, the practice re-emerged in the 1970s as western caregivers learned of its many benefits and, in recent years, the industry has seen a proliferation of variety in the types of carriers available.

Babywearing does not have to end with babies. It is a great way to keep track of a busy toddler in crowded spaces and it offers a way for caregivers to connect with a child busy testing

Jenni’s Story “Babywearing saved me,” first-time-mom, Jenni Harrington-Stoddard says. A new mom in a new city with zero support, Stoddard found herself struggling with a postpartum mood disorder that manifested as bursts rage. When she felt herself losing control, she would put her son on her back in a woven wrap. There, he was safe from what she calls, “the mommy monster.” Wrapped to her back, he had the sense of security she was struggling to provide and she was free to take a breather and attend to her own needs. Going to babywearing meet ups, where caregivers learn how to use different types of carriers and socialize, helped get her out of the house and introduced her to the support network she was lacking. At two, her son was diagnosed with Autism

out new-found independence. Here to Help While babywearing is centuries old practice, for many caregivers, the task of finding the right carrier can feel daunting. Not to mention safety concerns. Babywearing International of Chico, a volunteer-run nonprofit, offers educational support in Butte and Glenn counties.

Accredited Volunteer Babywearing Educators hold regular meetings where caregivers can learn how to properly use carriers. It also maintains a library of carriers for demonstration and to loan out to interested caregivers. When it comes to baby carriers, there is no one-size fits all. The type of carrier, brand, model and the anatomy of the wearer and their child, will change how a carrier fits. The library allows a caregiver to find what works for them, ensuring caregivers and children get to reap all the benefits of babywearing. When the organization formed, its leaders knew one of its top priorities would be making sure all caregivers had access to those benefits. With that sentiment, they have provided educational support at the Torres Shelter and offer classes in low-income communities in Glenn County. Safety First At the forefront of BWI Chico’s work, is making sure carriers are being used correctly so children are safe: • A baby’s airway must never be restricted. This means making sure their face is always exposed and that they do not slump forward, causing their chin to push into their chest, cutting off their airway. • Babies should be in view and properly supported at all times. A caregiver should be able to kiss the top of their child’s head. This is called the “close enough to kiss” rule. • The safest positioning for a baby is upright with even support and their bottom and legs, forming an “M” position. • A child should only be placed in an outward facing carrier when they have good head and neck control, usually around 4 to 6 months. Watch for signs of over stimulation and if the child falls asleep, they should be turned around immediately. • Caregivers should keep in mind the extra layer of fabric a carrier provides and dress their child accordingly, to avoid overheating. To find out more about BWI Chico’s meetings and events; visit groups/BWIChico. If you think you may be struggling with a postpartum mood disorder, you can call 211 in Butte County to be directed to local resources.


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Growing Up Chico’s Annual Pumpkin (and Vegetable) Patch Guide

Book Family Farm

Book family farm is an old fashioned pumpkin patch & sustainable farm. Located 10 miles south of Chico, this farm has: chickens, pigs, cows, horses, and turkeys. The Book family looks forward to your visit! Scheduled education fieldtrips are available. Hours: Tuesday- Saturday from 9-6 Location: 153 Heavy Horse Ln, Durham Phone: (530) 342-4375


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Country Pumpkins

Country Pumpkins is a local family venture, in operation since 2000. They provide the community with a fun and unique family friendly adventure. Visit this “Quiet Place in the Country” where you can enjoy the sights, sounds, and colors of autumn. They have five acres of pumpkins and gourds and a ten acre corn maze. Wander the pumpkin field for the perfect pumpkin, adventure through the corn maze, visit the petting zoo, climb a hay pyramid (with slide), and a haunted maze at night. Hours: Open daily from 10am - 6pm. Location: 7152 Hwy. 32, Orland, CA (10

miles west of Chico, 4 miles east of Orland) Contact: or find them on facebook.

Johnson U Pick Farm

Come visit the 5 acre Johnson U Pick Farm farm located 2 miles south of Gridley. The farm has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables available to pick. Location: 113 Higgins Ave, Gridley Phone: 846-5871

Julia’s Fruit Stand

Visit this family owned fruit stand and pumpkin patch that prides itself on growing almost all of the produce sold. Their goal is to sell you produce that was picked that very morning, guaranteeing you the freshest, and ripest, produce you can get. They specialize in Heirloom Tomatoes, but are also very proud of their peaches, nectarines, and apricots. Come visit and enjoy the best produce available. Location: 11475 CA-99, Los Molinos Phone: (530) 354-4775

Maisie Jane’s Pumpkin Patch

Starting in October, you can come visit Maisie Jane’s at the corner of Dayton Rd. and Hegan Ln, (just 2.2 miles down the road from their retail store), and either stomp through the pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin, or choose from a pre-cut assortment. They are growing beautiful traditional Jack-o’-lanterns, as well as exotic varieties of pumpkins, and gourds, too! Groups and field trips welcome; please call to book your visit. Hours: Open on weekends from 10 - 4pm. Location: 3764Hegan Ln in Chico Phone: (530)899-7909

Patrick Ranch Museum

Come visit the Patrick Ranch Museum’s Autumn Festival 2017! The cost will be $5.00 per person and children, 12 years and under will be $2.00. Celebrate fall and pick your own pumpkin, or purchase one of the many pumpkins they have chosen. You can join an old fashioned hay ride, take a pony cart ride, pet some animals, check out the vendors, and more; all while visiting the historic grounds of

the Patrick Ranch. The Midway Cafe’ will be also be open and there will be Glenwood House tours available. There will also be a gift shop and plenty of children’s activities. Come have some old fashioned fun! Field trips available by appointment on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hours: Saturday & Sundays 10am-4 pm Location: 10381 Midway- Between Chico and Durham Phone: 530-342-4359

The Peterson Sisters Pumpkin Patch

Opening the last weekend in September, and closing on the last weekend in October, the Peterson Sisters Pumpkin Patch will be open on Fridays from 3pm to sunset, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to sunset. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be kids’ activities and games, including pumpkin carving and baking pumpkins and gourdes. Baked goods and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, find them on Facebook. Location: Located at the corner of Jones Ave. and Bell Rd.

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TUESDAYS: Preschool Storytime; Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. Two sessions: 10am & 11am. WEDNESDAYS: Babies Love Books; Babies ages 18 months & younger will enjoy this special story time. 11am. 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. 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; Monthly storytime features stories, songs & craft for all ages, in Spanish at 2pm. 3rd Saturday of the month: Chinese Storytime; Monthly storytime features stories & songs in Chinese at 2pm. 4th Saturday of the month: StoryTail Tutors; Monthly program for beginning, struggling or reluctant readers at 2pm. SUNDAYS: Free Family Movie: Weekly movies. Contact branch for titles and ratings. All Ages. Showtime 2pm. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726.

Check out all of the great things we have to look forward to this Parent Cafe’: Free public events where Fall! Please note that dates and Butte parents have meaningful, guided conversations that help solve problems which could affect their children. Dinner times are subject to change. and childcare will be provided free of charge. Parents, Please call ahead to confirm Foster Parents, Grandparents, Providers, and other people working with or raising children or anyone in the events.

Ongoing Events Allegory Belly Dance:

Ongoinging classes for children ages 7-14 and held at the Chico Art Center. For more information and to register please go to www.

Barnes & Noble Storytime:

Held weekly on Wednesdays at 11am and Saturdays at 2pm in the children’s book section. Call 894-1494 for more info.

Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary and Education Center: The mission of the Barry Kirshner

Wildlife Foundation is to provide rehabilitation and longterm 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:

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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. On the tour, you’ll get to know our community and philosophies so you can decide if Blue Oak Charter School is the right fit for your child. Space is limited, call us to reserve your spot: (530) 8797483.

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 bookfamilyfarm@ or 342-4375. For up to date info, “like us” on Facebook.


4 Kids: Our programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks. 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 3329172 or go to Butte County Library, Chico:


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.

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.

Circle Time: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15am,

Friday from 2–5:30pm at 1010 Cleveland Ave. For more information, call 624-8844 or visit

doors open at 9. 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, 1372 Longfellow Ave., call 345-1617 for more details.

Chico Air Museum: The Chico Air Museum is located

Enloe’s Mother and Baby Education Center:

Chapman Food And Fitness Festival: Held every

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 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 Janet@chicoartschool. com or find them on Facebook: ChicoArtSchoolandGallery.

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 7:30am1pm, rain or shine. Located at 2nd and Wall St. parking lot.

Chico Cheer Dollar Night:

A great intro to Chico Cheer. Just sign a release form and bring $1 CASH ONLY and come to the gym to play, tumble, or perfect your cheer skills! Chico Cheer equipment and gym is available to practice any level of tumbling and/or stunts. Come in on your own or join us with your group or team! $1 = 2 hours of fun! Friday 6 - 8 PM. www.ChicoCheerAllStar. com, 894-2227.

Chico 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. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children and seniors, free for members. 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

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 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.

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. california-chico/ or call 332-9172.

Friday Night Concerts:

Celebrating 40 years in Downtown Chico, the Friday Night Concerts are Chico’s best place to hear live, local music for free. Pack up your blankets and lawn chairs, bring the family downtown, pick up a bit to eat from one of our fabulous downtown eateries and head

to city plaza from 7 - 8:30pm. Held every Friday from May 5th September 8th,

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 www.csuchico. edu/gateway.

Home Depot Kids Workshops:

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

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,

Jr. Engineers Book Build: Jr. Engineers (ages 3 – 5) will build age appropriate models. Each week, we will enjoy story time together, then Jr. Engineers will follow step by step instructions to build the creature, or item from the story with Duplo® or LEGO® Bricks! Parents are encouraged to join in the building fun. Wednesdays from 10 – 11:30am, Ages 2 – 6 with a parent. www.bricks4kidz. com/california-chico/ or call 332-9172. Jr. Robotics and EV3 Robotics: Students will learn

design, engineering, robotics, and programming! Students will love the challenge of using math, technology and teamwork to solve real problems. This course is a great way to hone your engineering and programming skills for things like First LEGO League, and NASA’s Robotics Alliance Challenges. Tuesdays, 9am – 12pm, Ages 7 and up. or call 3329172.

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 5:30-9:30. 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. Cheese Pizza, juice & cookie, R.C Zipline, Battle TrackRace track, take-home Crafts, Lego Brick Creative Fun! Ages 6 - 12 at Bricks 4 Kidz, or call 3329172.

learn all about mighty girls that changed our world and work on our engineering skills to build motorized versions of each topic. Jane Goodall, Amelia Earhart, and more! Each week we will explore self esteem and friendship with enriching units fun take home projects. Boys are Welcome!! Ages 6-12. or call 332-9172.

Minecraft Mondays:

After School STEM Class Drop your Minecraft fan off with us every Monday for an extra STEM boost. We will cover lots of fun science topics from the Minecraft world and combine that with LEGO brick building. 3 - 6pm at Bricks 4 Kidz. Ages 6 - 12. www. or call 332-9172.

Minecraft S.T.E.M:

Your Minecraft fan will love this exciting mix of Earth Science, Engineering, Story Telling and Creativity with LEGO bricks! Students will be proud to show off their weekly Minecraft themed take home projects! You will be proud when they tell you everything they learned! Wednesdays from 11:15 – 2:00pm at Bricks 4 Kidz. or call 3329172.

MOMS: Making Our Mothering Significant is a group of

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

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 10:3012. for more info.

Museum of Northern California Art (MONCA): The mission of the Museum is to make art accessible and promote awareness of northern California artists through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Patrick Ranch Museum:

Educational Field Trips & 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 www.patrick The Patrick Ranch Museum is also open on Saturdays for tours of the Glenwood Farm house. Tours from 11am-3pm. Check website for upcoming events on Saturdays.

Pregnancy Education Series:

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.

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.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshops:

Roo’s Zoo Skate Session at Cal Skate:

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group:

Free kids clinic, Saturdays at 10am. Must pre register at: www. or call for more info.

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.

Mighty Girl Mondays:

Bricks 4 Kidz, Join in the fun as we learn about awesome women in history! We will

Join Roller-Roo for this specially designed session for kids 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. $5.50/child, includes quad skate rental (parents skate for $2.75); or $25/6-weeks. 343-1601.

Shared Visions: August 4 - September 1. Curated by Erin Lizardo, Reception Friday, August 11, 5-7pm. This show’s theme and purpose is to extend beyond the formal display of visual art and offer an educational and hands-on experience to our community. Information is displayed and distributed about the artistic developmental stages of children as well as a hands-on “Active Space” sculpture installation encouraging visitors, both adults and children, to share in the collaborative process. Held at the Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St in Chico.

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.

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,

Star Wars STEM: Together, we will explore a fun mix

of Astronomy, Engineering, and Creativity through our love of LEGO bricks! Students will love weekly Star Wars themed take home crafts and projects. Tuesdays, 11:15 – 2:15pm, or call 332-9172.

Stop Motion Fridays! After School Fun: Lights,

cameras, LEGO action! Brush up on your Story Telling skills and showcase them with LEGO bricks! This special Home School project is complete with music, special effects and all your favorite LEGO mini-figure characters! In this unique and creative workshop, students will plan, script, stage, shoot, and produce their own minimovie using Stop Motion Animation. Working as a team, students will use LEGO components to build the set and props, then shoot their movie using a camera. Teams will use movie-making software to add special effects, titles, credits and more. When the movie is complete, students will impress friends and family with a screening party on the last day of class. 3:00- 6:00pm Ages 7- 12, www. or call 332-9172.

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.

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.

The Studio 561:

Children’s painting classes, mixed media, family painting parties, birthday paint parties, and summer camps. Also offers adult classes and painting parties. By local artist, Christine Mac Shane, 370-1285, 561 East Lindo Avenue.

Thursday Night Market:

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 farm-fresh produce from CDFA certified farmers, mouthwatering 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.

Time Out For Moms:

Time Out For Moms meets every Friday Morning from 9:00am - 11:00am, 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 www.bidwellpres. org for more information and registration. Dates: Fall 2017: September 8th-December 15th and Spring 2018: January 12th-May 18th. Any questions please call 530343-1484. 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

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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. every first and third Wednesday of the month.

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 11:15 am-12:15 pm. At The Family Place, 1007 Bille Road in Paradise 530-230-0211 Ext. 205. Come laugh, learn, and play with us!

Video Game Designer Class:

Turn your child’s love of video games into valuable skills! Video game design is the process of story telling, character development, environment creation and game play for a game. Young game designers will work in teams to write, draw, program, develop levels and record audio for their own video game! Thursdays, 11:15 – 2:15pm, Ages 7 - 14, or call 332-9172.


Back to School Drive Ongoing until Sunday, August 20th

Chico Mall is partnering with Carl’s Jr. and The Mix for the 4th annual Back to School supply drive to support Chico Unified School District July 22 - August 20. You may drop off donations at the Mall Management Office Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Carl’s Jr. Chico locations or at any of the Summer Series of events at Chico Mall this Summer., 1950 E 20th St in Chico.

Tiny Tots Wednesday, August 2nd

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.

Mommy & Me Paint at Chico Mall Thursday, August 3rd

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM. Join Chico Mall and local artist Christine Mac Shane for a Mommy & Me paint near the Chico Mall Food Court. The cost is $20 per person and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Chico Nature Center. Please purchase tickets through the studio website (ticket link below) so an accurate headcount can tracked. https://studio561.myshopify. com/products/floral-mommy-and-me. This is part of Chico Mall’s Summer Series of events. Please feel free to donate a stuffed back back for our Back to School Supply Fundraiser.

Stansbury Home Ice Cream Social Friday, August 4th

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Ice cream sundaes, entertainment, informal tours, interactive art displays for kids and adults. Tickets are available at Zuccini & Vine, Brambley Cottage, Art Etc, Cal Java on W East Ave.

Cheaper By The Dozen Friday, August 4th - Sunday, August 27th

Renowned efficiency expert, Frank Gilbreth and his wife Lillian, raise their 12 children by the clock. There are challenges in parenting such a big brood, often leading to humorous situations, such as dating, modern clothing and bringing home stray pets. Cheaper By The Dozen is based on the true story of the large Gilbreth family. This heartwarming story is an evening of fun for all! To order tickets by phone please call 530-894-3282 or go to

Shared Visions Art Reception Friday, August 11th

Curated by Erin Lizardo and held from 5-7pm. This show features collaborations across generations, between adult artists and children. This show’s theme and purpose is to extend beyond the formal display

of visual art and offer an educational and hands-on experience to our community. Information is displayed and distributed about the artistic developmental stages of children as well as a hands-on “Active Space” sculpture installation encouraging visitors, both adults and children, to share in the collaborative process. Held at the Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St in Chico.

blue planet, but we share a common language in music. The annual Chico World Music Festival brings a taste of the world to Chico. The festival is centered on amazing, diverse musical acts and also features local children’s performances, an artisan bazaar, arts and crafts for kids, ethnic food and drink, and a beer garden. 11:30am–6pm, FREE! Held at the Chico State Campus.

Free Family Art Day Saturday, August 12th

Summerfest Chico Saturday, September 9th

Summer Sizzler 5K/10K Sunday, August 13th

Days of Living History Saturday, September 9th & Sunday, September 10th

10 am - 2 pm. Free Family Art Day at the Art Center will be a fun day with hands-on activities for children and adults. There will be mini workshops, craft tables, snacks, and a cardboard village. Bring your kiddos, get creative, and leave inspired to artistically collaborate more often at home! Held at the Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St in Chico.

Join us for the hottest race of the year, the annual Summer Sizzler 5K and 10K race! The event will take place Sunday, August 13th at Cedar Grove in Bidwell Park, Chico, CA. This race is the goal event for Fleet Feet Chico’s Kids: Jr Striders 5k, Standard and Advanced 5k, and the standard 10k groups. The Summer Sizzler is also part of the UTSE Race Series, so don’t miss out on a chance to get one of your events completed! Come out, sweat a little and enjoy the beautiful park. To register please go to www.

Tiny Tots Wednesday, August 16th

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.

Chico Mall Family Movie Night Friday, August 18th

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. 1950 E 20th St in Chico.

September Disney’s The Lion King Jr. Thursday, September 7th

Join the young actors of Blue Room Young Company as they bring the African savannah to life on the Laxson stage with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters. For more info and tickets contact the University Box Office at 898-6333 at the corner of W. 3rd & Chestnut Streets or go to

Dinner With A Scientist - Chico Science Fair’s Annual Fundraiser Friday, September 8th

Tables of five enjoy a catered dinner with a scientist of their choice – learning and asking questions about current science projects and advancements in many diverse fields. The evening includes Hands-on Science Exhibits for kids (and grown-up kids), a Silent Auction, a Homemade Dessert Auction, music by Jazzuppa Jazz Trio and guest speaker, Eric Bartelink, PhD, DABFA, Professor of Anthropology, California State University, Chico. This fundraiser supports the annual Chico Science Fair, a non-profit event that has encouraged public and private K-12 school children to exhibit projects annually, since 1983. 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Canyon Oaks Country Club, 999 Yosemite Dr, Chico.

Chico World Music Festival Saturday, September 9th

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Join us for Summerfest 2017 and celebrate Food, Music, & Life in Chico. It’s a day you won’t want to miss! Bring the whole family...there’s a little something for everyone. For more details go to: summerfestchico. net. Held at Manzanita Place, Chico.

The public is invited to a full weekend of chores, crafts, games, and fun representing more than a century of Paradise Ridge history. Demonstrations are presented as well as hands-on activities. Learn to walk on stilts and play old time games. Take up a hammer and nails to make a small loom, then learn to weave a piece of cloth on it. A favorite activity is learning to pan for beautiful gemstones. Music, food, and entertainment add fun to the days. Come and enjoy the family fun. 11am-4pm, Gold Nugget Museum 502 Pearson Rd., Paradise. 8728722.

Chico Concours d’Elegance Sunday, September 10th

The 39th annual 2017 CHICO CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE promises to be a full day of music, refreshments, entertainment and, of course, beautiful automobiles in the park-like atmosphere of Butte Creek Country Club. This is a FREE event to spectators. Butte Creek Country Club from 10am-4pm.

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin Shaolin Kung Fu & Acrobatic Feats Tuesday, September 12th

Acrobatics and the Martial Arts are time honored traditions in China. Shaolin Kung Fu dates back to the 6th century and the Tang Dynasty. Their performances, with splendid costumes, pageantry, and amazing feats of martial arts and acrobatic skills, have delighted audiences around the world. For more info and tickets contact the University Box Office at 898-6333 at the corner of W. 3rd & Chestnut Streets or go to www.

Chico Mall Family Movie Nights Friday, September 15th

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.

Family Fun Day Saturay, Septepmber 16th

Two by Two Ranch & Petting Zoo & Funny Faces have sponsored the annual “Wings of Eagles Family Fun Day” since 2008. 100% of all proceeds made at the event will be donated to the Wings of Eagles. There will be a petting zoo, face painting, balloon tying, bounce house & a yummy lunch. This year the event will held from 10am2pm at Two by Two Ranch 13080 Hosler Ave. in Chico. If you have any questions about the event, please call Tina from Two by Two Ranch at 530-570-7143 or Jeni of Funny Faces at 530-570-0199.

Tower of Power Saturday, September 16th

Tower of Power’s 1970s album East Bay Grease began a musical odyssey that shaped the Bay Area soul/funk sound. For more info and tickets contact the University

Box Office at 898-6333 at the corner of W. 3rd & Chestnut Streets or go to

Cycle for Sjogrens Saturday, September 17th

The Fourth Annual Cycle for Sjogrens is coming up!! We have raised a total of $20,000 in four years to benefit and bring awareness to a disease that affects up to 4 million people in America! Whether you are an avid rider or want to go for a leisure ride through Bidwell with friends and family, or maybe you want to have a friendly competition with the high school rival we have it all. This is a local event started by two twin brothers in honor of their mother who suffers from Sjogrens Disease. For more details or to sign up, please go to

The Gershwins Porgy and Bess Saturday, September 17th

George Gershwin miraculously melded classical music, popular song, jazz, blues, and spirituals in this quintessentially American masterpiece that tells the poignant story of a crippled beggar and the headstrong woman he loves. San Francisco Chronicle praised Francesca Zambello’s production as a “powerful Porgy and Bess . . . For more info and tickets contact the University Box Office at 898-6333 at the corner of W. 3rd & Chestnut Streets or go to

Pasta On The Plaza Thursday, September 21st

Join us for the annual “Pasta on the Plaza” Spaghetti Dinner, a fund-raiser for The Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley. Funds raised at this event help give local kids the tools to go back to school. Tickets to the event are just $10 per person or $35 for a family of 4 and include all-you-caneat spaghetti dinner as well as entertainment and familyfriendly activities on the Rotary Plaza. For tickets and how to become a sponsor, please contact us 899-0335.

CASA Superhero Run Saturday, September 23rd

Whether you walk, run or fly - please join us for this family-friendly event that supports children in your local community. Event includes chip-time 5K & 10K and a Little Heroes Dash. For more information visit

Butte Humane Society’s 106th Anniversary Gala Saturday, September 23rd

Join us for a night of celebration and entertainment in the Big Room at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company! Butte Humane Society is celebrating its 106th year of saving lives, finding homes, and inspiring compassion within the Chico community. We invite you to take part in this special event which will include dinner and drinks, a silent and live auction, and live entertainment! For tickets and more info go to

Taste of Chico Sunday, September 24th

For 32 years, Taste of Chico has showcased the finest restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries and non-alcoholic beverage distributors from throughout the North State. And food trucks, too! Participants are treated to fabulous fare while they roam the downtown streets taking in shopping, entertainment, arts and culture. Open to the public, held from 12-4pm in downtown Chico. For tickets please go to or call 530-345-6500.

Women in Business Conference Tuesday, September 26th

19th Annual Women in Business Conference Empower, Educate, Encourage. Chico Masonic Family Center from 8am - 2:30pm, call 895-9017 for more details.

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From the classic film comedy ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, Spamalot is a musical telling of the legend of King

Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in search of the Holy Grail. To order tickets by phone please call 530-8943282 or go to

Spanish Harlem Orchestra Saturday, September 30th

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is the standard bearer for hard-core New York style salsa, “Salsa Dura.” These masterful musicians have released four albums since coming together, each capturing a Grammy nomination and winning Best Salsa/Merengue Album in 2005 and Best Tropical Latin Album in 2010. For more info and tickets contact the University Box Office at 898-6333 at the corner of W. 3rd & Chestnut Streets or go to www.

October Great Pumpkin Festival Sunday, October 1st

Held from 11am-3pm at Julia’s Fruit Stand at 11475 State Hwy 99E in Los Molinos. Tri-tip lunch, caramel apples, pumpkin pie, local vendors, photo booth, and pumpkins. Free admission!

The Frog Bride Thursday, October 5th

When a King sends his three sons to find their brides, two return with fair ladies. The last returns with... A FROG?! The Frog Bride is a hip adaptation of a classic Russian tale. Filled with comic sparkle, The Frog Bride with David Gonzalez is a “ribbiting” coming-of-age story. For more info and tickets contact the University Box Office at 898-6333 at the corner of W. 3rd & Chestnut Streets or go to www.

National Yo-Yo Contest Friday-Sunday, October 6th-8th

After two years away, the best players in the country will once again wind up in the town where the contest was founded. It will be held at the Center for the Arts in Chico, which has a spacious indoor stage for the event. For more details go to:

Chico Parade of Lights Saturday, October 7th

As we move from summer into Fall, with the students returning to school and the farmers harvesting their crops, what better time to enjoy a night of family fun! For more info and for applications to enter please go to www.

Johnny Appleseed Days Saturday & Sunday, October 7th & 8th

The Ridge community is celebrating the oldest harvest festival in California with two days of family fun. Enjoy local entertainment throughout both days, visit the many vendors, taste lots of delicious food and of course, you won’t want to miss the homemade apple pie. Local bakers bake over 1,000 pies. Terry Ashe Park, 6626 Skyway, Paradise, 877-9356.

Emmylou Harris Tuesday, October 10th

A trailblazer and an icon in the music world, Emmylou Harris’s heartfelt songwriting and crystalline voice have secured her a place among the best of Americana singer-songwriters. For more info and tickets contact the University Box Office at 898-6333 at the corner of W. 3rd & Chestnut Streets or go to

James and the Giant Peach Thursday & Friday, October 12th & 13th

Put on by Inspire School of Arts and Sciences. 7PM, Saturday, October 14th at 11AM and 2PM. CUSD Center for the Arts, Tickets go on sale in August, 530-891-3090.

Harvest Sidewalk Sale Friday & Saturday October 13th & 14th

Prices are FALLing in Downtown Chico! Come RAKE in the savings and celebrate the changing of the season! Harvest Sidewalk Sale is the perfect opportunity to pick up some incredible deals and even get a jump-start on holiday shopping. Merchants utilize sidewalks to showcase specials. Restaurants offer fall-themed menu items and signature dishes. Storefronts decorated to kick off the fall season.

Dutch Oven Cook-off Saturday, October 14th

The 8th annual Paradise Cowboy Dutch Oven Cook Off will be held on the second Saturday, October 14, 2017 on the grounds of the Gold Nugget Museum, beginning at 10:00 am and continuing until the food runs out!. Admission is free yet all donations are welcome as this a fund (FUN) raiser. Gold Nugget Museum 502 Pearson Rd., Paradise. 8728722.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Wednesday, October 18th

Grammy Winner Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is the premier purveyor of family funk and half pint hip hop. More Fraggles than Wiggles, more Soul Train than Thomas the Train, 23 Skidoo is equal parts Dr. Suess and Dr. Dre! His albums and shows are a cornucopia of creativity, mixing a wide spectrum of genres into multi instrumental, musically sophisticated, lyrically intelligent house party classics. For more info and tickets contact the University Box Office at 898-6333 at the corner of W. 3rd & Chestnut Streets or go to

Chico Mall Family Movie Nights Friday, October 20th

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.

Dairyville Orchard Festival Saturday, October 21st

In an effort to promote local agricultural products, provide an arena for artists and crafters, raise money with the primary purpose of providing educational scholarships to local students, and supplying an activity for the meeting and greeting of neighbors and friends, the Dairyville Community Club, Inc. hosts the Dairyville Orchard Festival each year on the third Saturday of October. 10am-4pm at Lassen View School in Los Molinos www.dairyvillefestival. org.

Jesse Kohen Scholarship Run/Walk Saturday, October 28th

5K run, 2.5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash at Bidwell Park’s One Mile Recreation Area. Costumes are encouraged with lots of prizes being given for “Best Costume” in a wide vartiety of categories. The event will also include music, free children’s games and prizes, and community booths. Registration forms are available at Fleet Feet or contact, 530/342-4896, &/or at the Run/ Walk.

Treat Street Tuesday, October 31st

Treat Street is a safe and fun adventure for children 12 and under. It’s simple...wear a costume, bring a parent and get ready to stroll Downtown Chico Halloween-style. Activities, entertainment and special vendors located in City Plaza, including the annual Treat Street costume contest. Nearly 100 downtown businesses offering treats for costumed kiddos! Other Halloween-themed activities and informational booths in city plaza. Held from 2:00 5:00pm

La Santa Cecilia, Mexrrissey, & Mariachi Flor de Toloache: Dia De Los Muertos Tour Tuesday, October 31st

Join us in this celebration of la vida with three of the hottest Mexican bands melding traditional with modern. For more info and tickets contact the University Box Office at 898-6333 at the corner of W. 3rd & Chestnut Streets or go to


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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



Katie’s Kids Preschool & Day-care

0-5 years

6:30am-5:30pm 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. Preschool curriculum offered. All meals provided. Open since 1990.



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

La Casita Primeria

3-5 years

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

Fun, active, hands-on, child and teacher directed learning environment. Billingual component, gardening, organic nutrition. Morning and full days available. 1:6 teacher to child ratio.

2035 Esplanade Chico, CA 343-3044


Little Sprouts Preschool

2-5 years

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

Notre Dame Preschool TBD



Downtown Chico 343-2502

Wood Family Farm

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

Hooray, let’s PLAY! Wood Family Farm is committed to offering classic, early childhood education in an alternative play-based format. They inspire learning through their Nature-based, tactile, interactive curriculum. They have a large organic garden, barn with animals and more! Wood Family Farm is a place to grow!


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3-8 years

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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Fall 2017  

A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte county.

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