Page 1







Spring Issue 2016 February - March - April

Special Women in Business Issue

Challenge Manager

Reducing Daily Family Stress

Keeping the Peace

How to deal with Sibling Rivalry

From the Ground Up

A New Gardening & Educational Program

Crazy Sports Day Dinners 3 Rules and 21 Brilliant Ideas

Winners Announced! Growing Up Chico’s

Creative Writing Contest

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






A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte county since 2004

DeAnna Holman Happy Spring! In this issue, we have featured our first ever children’s creative writing contest. We accepted children’s poems, essays and short stories. I was so amazed by the response and thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the entries. As you will see on pages 30 and 31, we have published the two winners who also received a $50 cash prize. We will be doing this contest again, so please be on the lookout in future issues for more information. Also in this issue, you will find our annual Women in Business section that highlights local business women. Be sure to take a look and read about the amazingly talented women in business in our community. While you are looking, don’t miss our articles on upcoming events, a book review from a local author, crafts, quick and easy meal ideas, and much more. 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 me an email and let us know how we are doing. I would love to hear from you! I want to make sure Growing Up Chico continues to be your go-to for ideas, articles, resources, and local event information that can help growing up and parenting be more enjoyable. 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 advertisers, please be sure to mention you saw their ad in Growing Up Chico. Thank you for making Growing Up Chico your family’s resource. Happy reading! Marne Larsen Publisher

DeAnna is a teacher and mother of three who is working as a freelance writer, editor, and graphic artist (She also owns Restoration Bee, a booth at Eight and Main). She currently does the layouts and assists in editing Growing Up Chico! She obtained her BS from USC and her teaching credential from CSUC, 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, dog and cat.

Terry J. Basile, LMFT Terry is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Chico. She works with adults, teens, couples and families. She is pleased to have established a website, www., to share her writings, blog and practice information. Her book, Let’s Color Your Feelings! is a tool for parents, and children 3-8, to learn how to communicate feelings positively and avoid acting out behaviors. The book is available through Amazon & Kindle. She can be reached at

Steven J Thompson Steven is an Author and Foster Care Worker who resides in Biggs, California with his wife, Angela, and three children. Steven is a US Army Veteran who served in the Army Reserves as a Drill Sergeant. He received his degree from Chico State University in 2001, and has worked in the Chico area ever since.

Jenny Lowrey Jenny is the founder and director of From the Ground Up Farms, Inc., a Butte county non-profit. They install community gardens around town, donate everything they grow to those in need of food, and teach free education workshops. Workshops teach anything from gardening, to water saving irrigation, cooking, nutrition and even stress reduction.

Steve Naiman Steve Naiman lives in Chico with his wife Maria, three children Loki, Ari and Isabella and running partner, Zack (7 yr. old Labradoodle). He graduated from CSU, Chico, with a degree in dietetics and presently works for Ampla Health Chico. Steve served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala where he worked with Mayan Indigenous groups on multiple projects related to nutrition and small business enterprises. He is an avid runner and community event organizer and is the founder of the Growing Health Children Walk & Run Celebration that will be celebrating its 10th year on April 16, 2016.

Lara Krupicka Lara is a parenting journalist and author of the books Family Bucket Lists and Bucket List Living For Moms. She’s also the mom of three girls ages 16, 14, and 12. Lara has found that communicating with Mike, her husband of twenty years, and her girls, has its ups and downs. But it is becoming more and more rewarding as the years go by.

Dave Phelps Dave is an impassioned landscape ecologist, architect, and educator. He works for a large commercial landscape firm based in the Bay Area and co-owns the Bricks 4 Kidz in Chico with his wife, Linda. He enjoys building underwater exploration vessels and exoplanet habitation bases (with Lego® bricks).

Cover Photo By: Emily Hajec Photography Emily Hajec Photography is Chico’s Premier Newborn and Baby Photographer. The gorgeous natural light studio in North Chico offers a comfortable and relaxed experience for parents and their precious little ones. They also offer on-location, outdoor maternity sessions, as well as a limited number of family and senior sessions. Please inquire at, or call 775-686-9033.

On the Cover: The owner of Water Sprites Swim School, Haley Clark and her four beautiful children. At Water Sprites the 90 degree indoor pool is always comfortable any time of year. For more information on classes, contact Water Sprites at 342-2999 or visit

Marne Larsen-Publisher (530) 518-6154 DeAnna Holman-Design/Editor Darci Crossin-Graphic Design Terry Givens-Design For Advertising Information, Contact: Rachele Thompson-Marketing Manager (530) 519-0320 Advertising Deadline: To advertise in our upcoming Summer and Summer Camp issue, please contact us by March 31st. Article and Photo Submission Deadline: Please submit family-friendly and seasonally appropriate photos and informative articles for the Spring issue by March 31st. Growing Up Chico Magazine is published quarterly and available free at around 300 family-friendly locations throughout Butte County. We are also available online at Copyright Š 2016 by Growing Up Chico Magazine. Reproductions without permission are prohibited. Articles and advertisements found in Growing Up Chico Magazine do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the management.


2477 Forest Ave Lic#045404701, 045404702

In Chico For ages 2-12


16 23 26

School and Home

Family Time

11 Girls Who Code:

16 Stress Busters:



A Coding Program For Girls

11 Short Story Contest:

From the Butte Literary Council Bricks Under Foot: Tips For Organizing A Lego® Brick Collection

15 The Daughters Daring:

A Fantasy Adventure for All Ages

For the Sandwich Generation

17 Center For Healthy

Business Women


From the Ground Up: New Gardening and Educational Program


24 Communication:

Annual Women in 25 Business 2016

20 Highlighting Local

Communities: Serving All Chico Families

For a Lasting Relationship

Ask Your Family Therapist: Handling Sibling Rivalry

26 Crazy Sports Day Dinners: 3 Rules, 21 Brilliant Ideas


Springtime Fun


Spring Crafts: Whimsical Branches & Jars


Growing Healthy Children: 10th Annual Run/Walk


Creative Writing Contest: Winners of GUC’s Contest

In Every Issue


Editor’s Note


Preschool Directory




Advertiser’s Directory: Thank You Advertisers!


Events Calendar



growing up chico magazine

school and home

Spring 2016

Short Story Contest


Kids Teens Adults Writers of All Ages Spring 2016

FREE to Enter!

Short Story Contest

Kids Teens Adults Writers of All Ages

FREE to Enter!

B is the 3rd largest online home improvement retailer in the country. The company has teamed up with Girls Who Code, Chico High School, and the Chico Unified School District, to offer a local Girls Who Code Club to all Chico area girls. The weekly program offers a basic foundation in computer science to 6th-12th grade girls. As a company which relies heavily on software developers, and is also very involved in our community, the team at Build. com recognizes the lack of female software developers in our industry and feels passionately about encouraging more women to get involved in computer science.


he first 20-week program meets for two hours on Wednesdays in the afternoon, (which started in January, 2016), and will teach students how to make apps, games and websites, using common software development programs and languages. Students commit to one semester, but are encouraged to return for a 2nd and 3rd semester of the program, where they will take on leadership roles and more advanced projects. Club members also have exclusive access to jobs and internships at tech companies, such as Facebook, Pinterest, and, as members and alumni of a Girls Who Code Club.


or more information and to sign up, please go to www.

school and home growing up chico magazine 12

Bricks Under Foot By Dave Phelps, Co-owner, Bricks 4 Kidz, Chico


how me a parent who has not been frustrated with an out of control Lego® brick storage system. At some point, it is inevitable. The bricks are usually dumped into bins, but many times spread out and underfoot; ouch! As the coowner of a Lego® brick-based Creativity Center for Kidz in Chico, and a confessed Adult Fan of Lego (AFOL), one of the two most often asked questions I get is, “How do you organize all these bricks?” The other question is “Where do you get all these bricks?” Let’s deal with the first question of organizing.


aking sense of a Lego® brick collection (Lego® is an adjective and should not to be used as a noun) can take as many forms, as there are Lego® brick collectors, and there are a lot of them. What I will describe, is a method I came up with over the years through trial and error, that allows for a large number of bricks to be sorted so that the system can be easily maintained and bricks can be easily found. Sorting should be a calm, meditative process; not something done under duress. A well-sorted collection is fun to build with and maximizes imaginative potential. Some would argue that having bricks sorted takes away from important unintentional design influence, but I would disagree.


he system is a combination of physical elements and nomenclature. The physical elements are drawers, labels, and a tub. The clear plastic drawers are essential. I prefer Sterilite drawers, but there are other

brands. They usually come in three-drawer units and can stack, and they come in many sizes. The drawers can be easily pulled out to be used as brick trays for building, for storing a notquite-finished MOC (My Own Creation), or used to dip into the “Clean-up Box” to sort them back into the collection. For labels, it makes sense to use a nice label maker that can handle larger label tape. I use a Brother P-Touch labeler and Tz label tape. The tub for the “clean up box” should be fairly large and made of similar clear plastic as the drawer trays. Lego® model stickers can be stuck to the inside top rim of the clean-up box and then used again later.


see lots of people sort their collection by color and there is nothing wrong with that, but I much prefer sorting by shape. Once you start to overflow your drawers of shapes, consider color again. Getting to know your basic brick shapes takes some nomenclature: a brick vocabulary.


asic brick descriptions have to do with stud length (number of bumps on top). The archetypical brick is a 2x4 Brick. Thinner bricks are called “Plates.” Three plates, when put together one on top of the other, is equal to a brick. Thus the two first boxes are labeled as “2x Bricks” and “1x Bricks,” their length does not matter, only the width. We also have corresponding “2x Plates” and “1x Plates.” Plates come in larger sizes, but the short side can define them: “4x Plates”, “6x Plates”, and “8x Plates.”


ricks with an angle on one side are called “Slopes.” Some collectors separate out

“Roof Tiles” and “Inverted Slopes,” but I have found this too time consuming and put them all in one drawer. “Wedges” are unique and should have their own drawer. These all have more than one slope on each brick or are curved. I put curved slopes in the “Wedge” drawer as well.


ome bricks have no studs. We call these “Tiles.” Other bricks have holes going through their sides. These are referred to as “Technic Bricks.” Along with technic bricks are: “Axels,” “Pins and Bushings,” and “Technic Connectors.” I have seen these all separated by size and type in larger collections, but to save time and sanity, I just use the three drawers.


very special type of brick is called “SNOT.” Yes, really. It is an acronym, but also a misnomer. It stands for “Studs Not On Top”; they all have studs on the sides so you can build sideways. Most of them also have studs on top as well, so the acronym does not stand up; however, talking about “advanced snot techniques,” has made the term stick in the AFOL community. You just have to have a “SNOT” drawer!


he above comprise the bulk of most collections. Some other drawers will be necessary: Modified Bricks, Modified Plates, Larger Cool Pieces, and Smaller Cool Pieces. “Modified Bricks” are any bricks that do not fit the previous descriptions. “Modified Plates” are those plates that have curved or angled edges, such as ones you would use for wings on an airplane. I have two other drawers that defy description: “Larger Cool Pieces” and

“Smaller Cool Pieces.” You can decide for yourself what go in these drawers.


ther drawers to have would be one for “Wheels,” which I have had to divide up, one for “Cylinders & Cones,” which are self descriptive, a drawer for “Dishes” (think satellite dish); and perhaps a couple for “Turn Tables” (swivels) and “Hinges.” “Rods” (sometimes called bars) is a nice drawer to put all those pieces in. I include antennae in this drawer, along with light sabers.


idz love two things the most: “Mini-figs” (the “little Lego® guys”) and “Translucent” bricks –see through bricks of all sizes and colors. I also keep a “War Chest” that contains all the Mini-fig armor and weaponry.


rom there, you can have other drawers such as: “Castle Pieces” “Animals & Beasts” “Ships & Boats” “Friends” … Etc.


uplo, Bionicle, and Remotes / Motors / Battery Packs, all go elsewhere as well. Your collection will determine how you might divide these up –or put them in the “Cool Pieces” box. The goal is to every once in a while, get to “Clean-Up Box Zero”… ah, a clean slate!


opefully, with the above descriptions, you can start to get your collection in order, enjoy the Zen of sorting, and increase the efficiency of your building. Play Well!


growing up chico magazine

school and home

The Daughters Daring A Fantasy Adventure for All Ages By Steven J Thompson


onging to get away in a fantasy kingdom? Maybe explore an enchanted forest with gnomes, goblins, and an evil witch? Come along with Emily & Elizabeth Daring, as they race to solve the mystery of the missing sweetberries and find themselves rescuing the kingdom from a terrible foe! As a parent, I try to instill a love of books and reading in my children. I also want their reading to include strong values without being preachy or boring. I have often thought C.S. Lewis did this quite well. I also have a passion for writing myself, and made a promise to my daughters when they were little that, one day, I would put the bedtime stories we made up together on paper. And so, The Daughters Daring were born. The strong and athletic Emily is the oldest, while younger sister, Elizabeth, is as clever as she is sassy. What starts out as a simple errand for their mother, the Duchess Daring, turns into a mystery and then into a riproaring adventure as they team up with forest gnomes and fairies against the evil witch and her gruesome goblins! The Daughters Daring is a chapter book written at the sixth grade level, but fun for all ages. It was written and edited here in Butte County and features interior illustrations from Chico’s own, Steve Ferchaud. The cover models are my very own daughters, wearing dresses from Alter Ego Costumes on Park Avenue! It provides values learning for kids, such as the importance of family, honesty, and being brave in the face of adversity. The Daughters Daring is available on Amazon for $11.99 in print, or for an unbeatable sale price of $2.99 on Kindle. Also, it is coming soon to stores near you. You can find out more at www.

“Stress Busters” For the Sandwich Generation

family time

By Edward Jones You may be too busy to realize it, but April is Stress Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Health Resource Network, a nonprofit health education group, Stress Awareness Month is designed to promote awareness about ways to reduce stress in our lives. And if you are a member of the so-called “Sandwich Generation,” you may well have plenty of stress to deal with — especially, financial stress. That is why you may want to look at this month as an opportunity to explore ways of “de-stressing” yourself. To understand the scope of the problem facing people in your situation, consider this: One out of every eight Americans, aged 40 to 60, is raising a child while caring for an aging parent, according to the Pew Research Center. The definition of “eldercare” can range from having the parent living in one’s home, to helping pay for the parents stay in an assisted living or nursing home facility. When you consider the costs involved in this type of care, added to the expenses of raising your children, and possibly even providing some financial support to them as young adults, it is easy to see how you could potentially face enormous strains, both emotionally and financially. To help ease this burden, consider these suggestions: •


growing up chico magazine

Save: As a Sandwich Generation member, you are probably within shouting distance of your own retirement, so you need to save for it. This may not be easy. You do not know how much financial support you may someday have to provide your elderly parents — and even after your children are grown, they may need some help from you. Unfortunately, in helping these “boomerang” children, many people disrupt their day-to-day cash flow and raid their savings. That is why it is important to try to “pay yourself first” by deferring part of each paycheck into a 401(k), and by automatically moving money each month from your checking or savings account into an IRA. Talk: Many people in the “Greatest Generation” (over age 80) have not even prepared a will. If your parents are in that group, you may want to talk to them about taking action. Also, find out whom (if anyone) is handling their investments. Ask if your parents understand how Medicare works and if they need to add supplemental health insurance, such as Medigap. Plus, you need to find out if your parents have created a power of attorney or health care directive. It is best to have these conversations sooner rather than later. Delegate: You eventually may have to take some responsibility for your parents’ care, but you do not have to do it alone. You could, for example, work with a financial services provider that offers trust services, which can be invaluable if your parents are incapacitated and useful even if they are not. A professional trust officer can, among other duties, help manage your parents’ investments, pay their bills, keep their records and supervise distribution of their assets to beneficiaries. In short, a qualified trust officer can make life a lot easier for you.

Stress Awareness Month lasts only 30 days, but by taking the right steps, you can de-stress yourself for many years to come. After all, just because you are in the Sandwich Generation, it does not mean you have to be “squished.”

For more information, please contact: Christopher R. Mayer, AAMS Financial Advisor| Edward Jones U.S.A. 1264 Esplanade| Chico, California 95926 530-345-8913|

Fresh Pick Center for Healthy Communities Serves All Chico Families By Kim Weir The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) at CSU, Chico, is well known for its dedication to good nutrition, food security, and physical activity. As a long-standing community-based, nonprofit health program, the organization also has plenty of experience just making ends meet. So, it should come as no surprise that Fresh Pick, the CHC’s newest program, provides so much to the community. The program is a health-promoting, familyfriendly fresh meal service for the general public that also generates administrative funding for the Senior Meals program in Butte County; as well as regional Harvest of the Month and other CHC farm-to-school children’s nutrition education programs. “We’ve had this idea for some time now,” says Kristin Gruneisen, program supervisor at the CHC. “What could we do to generate more support for Senior Meals and also for our kids’ programs? We asked around. At least part of the answer seemed to be doing more of what we already do well.”

Doing Healthy Food and Doing it Well

One thing the CHC does particularly well, with nine registered dietitians on staff, is prepare health-giving food. Every weekday, for example, the CHC prepares fresh, nutritionally optimal midday meals for older adults throughout Butte County, a service provided in conjunction with Passages and partially supported by federal Area Agency on Aging dollars. Passages provides senior meals in surrounding counties, too, but CHC Senior Meals are uniquely prepared “from scratch” by CHC

staff using the freshest available ingredients. Low- or no-cost freshly prepared meals are served to seniors by CHC staff and interns at sit-down group meal sites in Chico, Oroville, and Paradise; delivery of frozen meals is available for older adults who are home bound. Through its multicounty Farm to School programs, the CHC introduces children to fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts— produce grown and purchased locally—through regularly monthly in-class “tastings.” The CHC also provides teachers with fun instructional materials about nutrition and agriculture, as well as take-home lessons and recipes for kids and their families. Its community-wide food budgeting and cooking classes, not to mention Leap into Summer cooking, nutrition education, and physical activity summer camp for kids, share the center’s wealth of health information.

Fast Food, But Healthy Food

After talking with people one-on-one, and also engaging groups throughout the community, CHC staff realized that Chico families would appreciate a reliable and convenient source of fresh, healthy, and affordable takehome meals on weeknights. This was true among all types of families—those with or without kids, and whether composed of single parents, roommates, married couples, working adults, retirees, or college students. Preparing an appealing meal is often the last thing people (even people who like to cook) can face after a long, hard day. “Based on what seniors in particular had to say, we realized that the community already likes what we’re cooking,” Gruneisen says. “So then the question

became: How can we expand this service to meet everyone else’s needs too?” Thus, the Fresh Pick program was created. Since early November of 2015, the CHC has been preparing fresh, take-home meals made, from-scratch, for the general public, a service available right now just two days per week. Fresh Pick has been a success since Day 1, with orders growing every week. “This is a win-win-win,” says Gruneisen. “We are preparing fresh meals for people who want them, to support worthwhile programs. And our students are gaining valuable hands-on experience just by being involved in a unique community project.”

Fresh, From Scratch, and Tasty

The CHC counts on Sheena Gruenberg, kitchen production manager, and local chef, Jessica McDougall, for hands-on creativity. Gruenberg helps pick and fine-tune the Fresh Pick menus, and McDougal makes it all happen in commercial kitchen space, rented from Italian Guy Catering. Fresh Pick meals tend to be more complicated than the simple fare working people typically fix on weeknights, which CHC staff members hope is part of the menu’s appeal. Everything, from pan-roasted yams and homemade meatloaf to balsamic vinaigrette dressing, is made from scratch. Either ready-to-eat or ready-to-heat, all meals are as delicious as they are nutritious. “One of our goals with this project was to provide wholesome food that’s also

super tasty,” according to Gruneisen. Each season features a minimum of six rotating meal selections. Winter choices include: Savory Loaf with Green Beans and Garlic-Herb Mashed Potatoes, Shredded Pork and Roasted Veggie Enchiladas, and Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili, with or without roasted beef. A vegetarian version of each entrée is offered. In fact, all menus are built around an abundance of carefully prepared fresh vegetables and fruits, the labor-intensive elements too often missing from hurried weekday meals. Ingredients for Fresh Pick meals come from local sources when possible. Producing entirely “local” meals is a program goal, according to Gruneisen. Fresh Pick meals for any given week—offered only on Tuesday and Thursday, at this point—need to be ordered and prepaid (online, by PayPal or credit card) no later than midnight of the previous Thursday, so the CHC knows how much food to prepare. All meals are $9 each, though adding meat to some selections adds an extra $2. Fresh Pick meals can be picked up from the CHC building entrance at 25 Main Street in downtown Chico, every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. See what’s currently available through Fresh Pick by visiting the Center for Healthy Communities website. For any questions, contact Fresh Pick.

From the Ground Up

growing chico magazine 1818 18 growing upupchico growing up magazine chico magazine

family time

By Jenny Lowrey

Let me just start by saying that gardening and nutritional education saved my life. I was 270 pounds and on 15 medications. I have survived 7 heart attacks and 2 strokes. I am now 140 pounds and take 1 medication. I realized that I am what I eat and had to make some serious changes. There was no surgery or medication for weight loss for me. I simply educated myself in nutrition. I cannot undo the damage to my heart, but I feel that through the non-profit, From the Ground Up Farms, Inc., I can save someone else from this unnecessary fate. If I can do this at 52 years old, anyone can! Since moving back to Chico, after 25 years in Fresno, I realized that this community has a serious food security issue. I do not believe healthy organic food should be a luxury that only the wealthy can afford. Did you know Chico has 87.2% of its children from ages 3 to 17 attending public schools and/or daycares with inadequate food programs that seem to barely meet the legal requirements? 25.9% of those children are on some form of public assistance and struggling at home, as well to get proper nutrition due to lack of money, according to new US Census information. The income per capita in Chico is 20.2% less than the California average and 16% less than the National average. The median household income in Chico is 30.1% less than the California average and 19.1% less than the National average. The poverty level in Chico is 49.8% greater than the California average and 53.8% greater than the National average. We will continue to grow food and give it away, but From the Ground Up feels we need to teach our community how to grow their own food. The other issue we intend to address is lack of nutrition education and even basic gardening knowledge in our community. By growing their own food, the money people save can go back into the family budget for other needs. The mission of the project is to reduce illness and improve the lives of Chico residents by educating them in nutrition, gardening, harvesting, cooking, preserving and even marketing their own healthy organic food. I have gathered a group of local farmers, educators, artists, and activists who are dedicated to bridging the nutritional gap through community gardening and education. We want to teach everyone how to grow their own food, so I started community gardens on empty lots and in residential treatment and/ or housing facilities; beginning in our poorest neighborhoods, with residents of all ethnicities and backgrounds learning to garden. As a by-product, these gardens can bring neighborhoods together

by building bridges between cultures, as they work hand in hand feeding their families. We started a “Home Schoolers� garden project last year at Kentfield Gardens, located at 1125 Kentfield Road, that is held at 10:30 am on Friday mornings. Not only are the children learning to garden, but now the parents are learning as well. The art and craft projects are all centered on the garden and what is growing. We have installed a 20 bed garden at The Torres Community Shelter. We have also installed a garden at The Avenida apartments, which is Caminar funded housing for folks with mental illnesses. We have gardens at both Chico Community Children’s Centers. These are just a few of our projects. It is pretty amazing to work with these populations, teaching them a healthier way. We come back with monthly workshops, offering anything from cooking, preserving, nutrition, anxiety control to breathing, gardening, water saving irrigation ideas, container gardening for small spaces, and even marketing of the food they have grown. Everything that we grow is donated to food pantries and programs already feeding those who are unable to feed themselves at the moment. All of the food that we grow and all of our workshops/programs are offered to the recipients for free. To learn more about From The Ground Up Farms, Inc., Gardening and Educational Programs Project, visit their website at www. fromthegroundupfarms. org and Facebook page at fromthegroundupfarms.

growing chico magazine 2020 20 growing upupchico growing up magazine chico magazine

women in business

Women in Business

growingup upchico chicomagazine magazine 2222 growing

women in business

Communication For Lasting Relationships


by Lara Krupicka

It is no secret that stable, long-term relationships, whether with a spouse, or with children, take a lot of work. But the payoffs are more than worth it. And there are ways of communicating that ensure better, more enjoyable relationships.


We live in a highly distracted age. It is not uncommon at a restaurant to see couples glancing at their cell phones, or outright texting, or surfing social media during dinner. While we are busy keeping up with all of the other people in our lives, we are missing out on connecting with the person in front of us. Putting away distractions and focusing on the immediate conversation goes a long way to communicating attentiveness - literally and emotionally.


Make an effort to be an active listener. Ask questions that probe deeper. Reflect back what you are hearing, including any emotions you sense underneath the words. Allow silence between your comments and questions to encourage the other person to speak up.


Talk about fun stuff, too - not just school (with the kids) or the kids (with your spouse). Connect with them by bringing up topics that interest you both: a TV show you enjoy watching together, or a new fact you learned that they would appreciate.


Make a point of noticing when the other person does something you appreciate. Tell them what specific attributes, attitudes or actions you value about them.

When Does Conflict Arise: • •

Do not be afraid to inject humor to lessen the tension., but try not to direct it at the person with whom you are arguing. Avoid being defensive. Seek to understand the other person's perspective. Refrain from leveling criticisms at others, but instead share concerns rationally, unemotionally. Relationship expert, John Gottman, identifies both defensiveness and criticism as behaviors that are corrosive to relationships. Demonstrate affection: a gentle touch, a kind look, an endearing word, even when you are not feeling affectionate, can diffuse heated emotions. It is a reminder that you are here for each other and not against.

growing up up chico chico magazine magazine 2424 growing

Good relationships are key to a happy life. Communicate well to keep them healthy.

Terry J. Basile, Marriage and Family Therapist

Ask Your Family Therapist

In this issue, we are going to address the problem of sibling rivalry. While this a parenting advice column, it will be informed by not only my experience being a mom, but my work for over 35 years as a therapist for children and families. Please send your questions to:

I am often asked about how to deal with sibling rivalry, which is a normal, but upsetting part of parenting. What is more damaging to the dynamic of the family, is sibling bullying, which requires real intervention. So let’s talk about the difference between the two: Sibling Rivalry is often a display of jealousy and competition between children. Strategies of listening, setting limits, giving individual time and positive reinforcement will lessen these behaviors. Often kids outgrow this as they make their own friends and feel more confident by age 12. Sibling Bullying is the dynamic, or having a ‘bully child’ and a ‘victim child.’ The bully constantly picks on the victim child who is usually younger, physically weaker, or more sensitive. The bullying is aggressive with language, threatening behavior or even actual physical attack. The child being picked on often becomes more

passive aggressive to get their revenge. A child who bullies his sibling usually is acting out low self-esteem and self-doubt. The child may be making himself feel better by being the boss of his sibling or releasing some of his own pain by inflicting it on another. Here are some strategies to address this dynamic in your family: • You have to challenge the bullying child’s thinking. State clearly that bullying a sibling is not only unacceptable, but will be responded to with clear consequences. • Do not allow the victim child to continue in that role. Passiveaggressive behavior is not a good pattern to learn early in life. Both children will receive consequences for arguing. Violence, bad language, threatening behaviors will of course get more severe consequences. • Talk with each child and investigate what is making them unhappy. Are

there problems at school or with friends? Are they being bullied at school and are acting it out at home in order to feel some king of control? Sometimes we fail to recognize that are children are individuals who can be quite different. Acknowledge those differences and talk with each child about how they are special. Make sure all adult caretakers reinforce that a family is a ‘safe place.’ “We help each other out in our family.” Model that message by making sure that there is fairness and no bullying in your adult relationships because children learn more from what you do, than what you say. Take this behavior very seriously and take action. If you are feeling overwhelmed, seek help from family, friends, books, or a professional. Use your support system and practice taking care of yourself. Like most important parenting issues, it will take time, energy, and consistent effort to meet this challenge.

Crazy Sports Day Dinners:


growing up chico magazine


3 Rules & 21 Brilliant Dinner Ideas


Provided by:

any of you out there have entered the crazy world of the sports mom/ dad. When you are not running kids to practices, you are sitting on the sidelines, cheering them on, being their #1 fan. You also know that as sports seasons heat up, regular healthy dinners dwindle. That is why we have garnered the best advice from sports moms/dads out there who have been around the bases once or twice. In a recent poll on our Facebook page, we found the top responses that will help you get your crazy sports day dinner act together.

3 Rules to Live By. 1. Eat an early dinner. Eat “dinner� after school rather than after school snacks. It will fuel everyone for the big game; then eat something light before bed, like yogurt, cheese, or cereal. 2. Always bring your own snacks. Do not waste money at the concessions stand buying junk food that will hardly nourish your family. Always pack your own snacks (like homemade trail mix, string cheese, and crackers) and drinks. Gatorade at a concessions stand can be $2.75 and it is full of sugar! 3. Plan ahead. Pack your own picnic or bring dinner with you to the game in foil or Ziploc containers. Prepare big dinners early in the week that can be split into multiple meals and packaged to go (i.e. a roast can be turned into quick sandwiches, or grilled chicken into wraps and salads).

Crazy Sports Day

Dinner Ideas

21 Brilliant Dinner Ideas for Crazy Sports Days 1. On Sundays, grill 8-10 chicken breasts, slice them up, and store them in Ziploc bags to use for quick salads, wraps, sandwiches, quesadillas, etc. 2. Take a warm dinner with you to practices or games using foil containers and a cooler. 3. Cut up fruit and veggies ahead of time and store them in Ziploc, or reusable snack bags, in the fridge to take with you on the go. 4. Make your own trail mix to take to games for a power snack. Make a big batch, and divide it into individual snack bags to grab on the go. 5. Throw frozen meatballs in the crock pot on low for a few hours before the game, and then use them for meatball subs, sliders, or quick spaghetti. 6. Make a big batch of breakfast burritos before the season starts, and freeze them. On game days, warm them up and take with you! 7. On busy nights, readers swear that The Desperation Dinners Cookbook is a lifesaver! Find on To get to the original article, visit:

8. Make hobo dinners/dinners wrapped in foil before the game, throw them in a cooler, and then take them with you! 9. Make chicken salad beforehand, and use it as a quick filling for sandwiches and wraps. 10. The slow cooker is a game changer. Start something in the morning, and have a delicious, savory meal before the game, or to take with you. 11. On Sunday, cook a big roast in the oven or crock pot, and use it to make roast beef sandwiches, stuffed peppers, or quick shredded beef nachos on hurried game days. 12. Take calzones, pizza rolls, or pizza slices with you on the go. Or try this HowDoesShe favorite quick-fix… easy French bread pizza. Found at 13. Lay out all the ingredients for sub sandwiches and (if kids are capable) put everyone in charge of making and packaging their own sub to take with them to the game. 14. Make your family’s favorite casserole in advance, and then divide it into reusable containers to pack in a cooler. 15. Buy a rotisserie chicken in advance and use it for chicken quesadillas, tacos, chicken curry, salads, sandwiches, etc. 16. The day before, make a big meal, like lasagna or enchiladas that can give you quick leftovers for game day dinners. 17. Make dinners on the go, like corn bread muffins, walking tacos (See recipe at top right), and wraps. 18. Take a pack of Hawaiian rolls along with ham and cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato, shredded chicken, or pulled pork for quick and yummy sandwiches. 19. Pack some easy bento boxes for little ones. You don’t even need a bento box—just use a square container and muffin liners to separate food! 20. Make soups and put them in thermos containers. Bring crackers and veggie sticks, and you have a healthy meal! 21. Try salads in a jar for a healthy on the go meal, packed with nutrition. See for ideas.


growing up chico magazine

Spring fun


Whimsical Branches & Stained Glass Jars


his craft livens up any room and is fun for kids of all ages. First, we collected branches from our yard and decorated them with different materials we found around the house. One way to decorate the branches, is to cut out paper hearts and have the kids glue them to each branch. Another way to decorate them is with yellow tissue paper that we cut into 1� squares. Just place a dot of glue on the center of the tissue paper square, and glue each one to the branches. The paper looks just like flowers on the branches. If you do not have yellow tissue paper, any colored tissue paper will do. Last of all, the kids found pom-poms and decided to glue those to the branches, which created a very colorful look. Let the kids get creative and enjoy your whimsical branches all spring long!


nother fun spring craft is making stained glass jars. We actually love saving and reusing glass jars. One rainy day, my kids and I decided to use a few of the jars I had saved and turn them into stained glass jars. All you need is tissue paper, Modge Podge, and any sized glass jar. First, have the kids cut pieces of colored tissue paper into various sizes; any size will do. Then, using the Modge Podge, have them glue the pieces of tissue paper to the jar, gluing only the outside edge of the tissue paper. Cover the entire jar with the tissue paper and let it dry. Use your stained glass jar as a candle holder or vase for flowers. Enjoy!

spring fun

Writing Contest Winners!

The Blue Turtle


growing up chico magazine

By Shaylee Age 11

“Lucy!” I hear my mom yelling from the downstairs kitchen, “Hurry up, or you will be late! “Her voice is echoing up the stairs, driving me crazy. This is why, you see, my momma is not a morning person, she works nights at the hospital and since today is the first day of school, that means she has not had enough coffee or sleep, and I can hear it in her voice. I am also not in a great mood since it is the first day back after winter break. She is making me feel rushed, and I hate being rushed more than anything. My name is Lucy, I am 12 years old, I have blonde ash-like hair and green eyes. I have no siblings and my mom has always been the one to raise me, I play basketball for fun and I am an average B student. “I am, coming!” I yell towards her, running down the stairs. “Have a nice day honey, grab some fruit. “She mumbles, while sipping her coffee, I take the orange that she hands me and kiss her goodbye, rushing out the door to get to the bus stop. When I get there, I see my best friend, Brachardo, who I call Chardo for short. “Hey Lucy, what’s up? “ He says, Chardo also looks like he was rushed; his brown hair is all messy under his Chicago Bears hat and his eyes look tired. I say “hey” back. We get on the bus very quietly; I can tell something is bothering him. “What’s wrong?” I ask. “They are filling up the lake,” Chardo sadly blurts out. “What Lake?” I say, thinking we have no Lakes in our town. “The one where the blue turtles live.” Chardo replies. “You mean, the tiny turtles, we found in the dirt at that pond when we were little? “Yes. We have to do something Lucy, or they will be homeless.” “Maybe they will find a new home,” I say. “I don’t think so, I have never seen them anywhere else and I have looked all over.” Chardo says, like it is a fact that I should know, only it has been years since I had been to that place and I had kind of forgotten all about those turtles. When we arrive at school, Chardo was still talking about the blue turtles. Most of the ride, I was not listening to a thing

Growing Up Chico Magazine held it’s first annual Creative Writing Contest. We were amazed by the response and enjoyed reading all of the submissions. Our staff voted and selected two winners. Each winner was awarded a $50 prize and their work is published below. Please be sure to read our upcoming issue’s for more information on our next writing contest.

he was saying. We walked to class together; we had the same homeroom. Our first class was math with Mr. Leserdo. He is my favorite teacher. Not only is his name funny, but his personality is also funny. Lunch came and Chardo I met up in front of the gym. We both had to get hot lunch since we were running late and could not pack a lunch. We sat down at table in the back of the gym and Chardo instantly started talking about the blue turtles again! “They are going to tear the lake down and fill it, and the blue turtles will be homeless, Lucy! They are doing it all for a new restaurant!” He says, screaming, and then talking over and over until the bell rang. We even walked back to class discussing the turtles. Chardo was serious about this and I was starting to understand. I was feeling bad for the little guys. Maybe they need that water from the lake to make the mud that they live in and would not want to live in a restaurant. After school, Chardo walked with me home like normally. At first, we talked about sports and then about our teachers, then Chardo started talking about the turtles and how we could save them. We decided that we should go to the lake and check it out. When we got to the lake, the workers were gone. We thought must have been on a break, so Chardo and I sat down at the edge of the pond. Chardo had an idea to make signs with paper and some markers that he had in his bag. The signs said, “Save the blue turtles.” The construction men came back and said we had to move. We told them about the turtles and they did not seem to care. We stayed and held the signs for a long time, even when our parents came, and then the cops. We refused to move. The news also came with big cameras. When it got dark, the turtles came out and it looked like tiny green and blue rocks shining at our feet. There were more of them than I thought and they were like glow sticks in the dark. The ground by mine and Chardo’s feet looked like stars in the sky; only, on the ground, and really cool. After the news reached everyone’s televisions, it was a madhouse! Kids had come from all around to save the blue turtles. Parents and teachers joined in with us, even Mr. Leserdo came. A tall suited man said over and over again that we had to leave, but we did not, and our group got bigger. The owner of the restaurant showed up and Chardo said that if they save the turtles,

and promise to keep their home safe, we would move. The restaurant owner said he would. With his promise featured on the news we finally left, knowing that the blue turtles would be okay. Now, there is a restaurant in that place and it is a fun place to eat! The lake behind it is very cool and at night you can see the turtle’s playing through the glass floor of the restaurant. The man kept his promise and the restaurant and he named it, “The Blue Turtle Cafe’.”

In the Icy Forest By Samantha Age 9

The snow is falling, The breeze is calling In the icy forest. Blistery nose, Freezing cold toes Snow is falling, The breeze is calling In the icy forest. A rabbit in a hole, A stocking that is full A blistery nose, Freezing cold toes Snow is falling, The breeze is calling In the icy forest. Ice castles being built, Trying not to make them tilt A rabbit in a hole, A stocking that is full A blistery nose, Freezing cold toes The snow is falling, The breeze is calling In the icy forest. Santa Clause arriving, Kids joyfully crying Ice castles being built, Trying not to make them tilt A rabbit in a hole, A big stocking that is full A blistery nose, Freezing cold toes And snow is falling, The breeze is calling In the big, beautiful bright, Merry, icy forest.

The Growing Healthy

spring fun

Children Walk & Run Encouraging Families to Get Out and Get Active

On April 16, the Growing Healthy Children (GHC) Walk & Run will celebrate 10 years of encouraging families to get out and get active. Growing Healthy Children is a free event offered to families throughout Butte County, and beyond, in an effort to motivate families to enjoy the outdoors, be active, and most importantly, have fun.

The event is held in Bidwell Park, starting off with non-competitive 1-mile, and 5k runs, through lower Bidwell Park. In past years, the Chico City Mayor or another local celebrity has sounded the starting horn, followed by motivational music and family members cheering everyone on as they cross the starting line. The event also offers kids sprints for younger running enthusiasts. According to founder and co-chair, Steve Naiman, the idea behind GHC was not anything novel. Chico is known for staging numerous walking and running events to promote awareness of good health and disease prevention; however, for a family of four to participate in any of the fundraising events that take place in the park, the cost is usually well in excess of $100. Many families that live in Chico or neighboring communities just cannot afford to pay that much, so they are left out of these fun, family-oriented events. Growing Healthy Children relies on support from local individuals and businesses that sponsor the event to keep it free for families. Both cash and in-kind sponsors are instrumental to the success and longevity of the program. “Together, we make it possible for everyone to come out and enjoy a beautiful day in the park,” Naiman said. Leading up to the run, students from local elementary schools are encouraged to participate in an art contest, illustrating what the event means to them. Past entries have featured kids and families, fruits and veggies- all being active. The winning entry has then been printed on that year’s T-shirt for the hundreds of participants to wear proudly.


growing up chico magazine

Following the walk and run, families are invited to stay for an interactive health fair, local entertainment, and prize drawings. Several booths offer food tasting with healthy recipes families can make at home, hands-on demonstrations of family games to promote movement at home, and information about valuable community resources. Throughout the afternoon, a variety of dance troupes and fitness groups provide entertainment on the mound, central to the health fair. Not only is it fun to watch the performances, but many of the performers encourage the kids to participate. Watching the joy on everyone’s faces as they dance along, learning without realizing it that exercising IS fun, is one of the highlights for the event coordinators. Last year, since the event fell on Mother’s Day weekend, each woman received a flower as she crossed the finish line with her family. This year, the GHC committee is planning something new and special in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Of course, one of the highlights is the prize drawing that takes place after the run. Each year, GHC receives generous prizes from the community to give away at the event. Each prize underscores the

program’s overall goal to promote daily health and physical activity. The grand prizes each year are four new children’s bicycles, donated at cost by Pullins Cyclery. Each child who wins a bike is also given a helmet. “When he won the bike two years ago, he didn’t know how to ride a bike,” said the mother of a past winner. “He learned and now he rides his bike every day to the basketball court. He also taught his little sister how to ride!” Stories like that are part of what inspires the event’s planning committee to bring back the event year after year. Over the past 10 years, representatives from a number of local nonprofit organizations and agencies have given their time to plan and host the event, ensuring its continued success. Each shares a strong commitment to our community’s health and sees GHC as a way to promote their mission of healthy living with all members of local families, creating sustainable healthy lifestyle changes. Members of the 2016 planning committee include: Ampla Health, Enloe Medical Center, U.C. Cooperative Extension, and Women’s Health Specialist. Past planning members include: Network for a Healthy California, Butte County WIC, and Center for Healthy Communities (formally Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion).

Come join The Growing Healthy Children (GHC) Walk & Run on April 16. Get active and have fun!

Butte Parent Cafe’:

events eventscalendar calendar

Free public events where parents have meaningful, guided conversations that help solve problems which could affect their children. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge. Parents, Foster Parents, Grandparents, Providers, and other people working with or raising children or anyone in the community who is interested in strengthening families in our community are encouraged to attend. Café is offered once a month in Oroville and once a month in Chico.

Cesarean Recovery and VBAC Support Circle:

Every Third Wednesday from 10-11 am. This is a mom led group designed to support women who are have had elective and unplanned cesareans as well as those attempting VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section). This group does NOT offer medical advice rather, it is designed to give moms a safe space to share and process their experiences, share tips for recovering from surgery, and support one another in their future birthing choices. Come meet other moms who have shared your experience and get the support and understanding you deserve! FREE!

Chapman Food And Fitness Festival: Held every Friday from 2–5:30pm

at 1010 Cleveland Ave. For more information, call 624-8844 or visit www.cChaos. org.

Chico Air Museum: The Chico Air Museum is located at the Chico Municipal Airport. This museum features air exhibits that are fun for the whole family! Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-4pm. FREE! 147 Convair Court, 345-6468.

Chico Art School:

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

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

Chico Creek Nature Center: Offers kids of all ages a place to interact with

Ongoing Events Baby Cafe’: This is a relaxed group for parents and babies to meet, visit, and

Chico Dojo:

develop a network of support and friendship. FREE! Held on the first Tuesday or the month from 9-10:30 am at The Nest Chico,

Barnes & Noble Storytime:

Held weekly on Wednesdays at 11am and Saturdays at 2pm in the children’s book section. Every 3rd Friday, join them for American Girls Club at 7pm. Call 894-1494 for more info. of the Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation is to provide rehabilitation and long-term care for exotic and native species, as well as to provide educational programs on all levels, emphasizing wildlife and habitat conservation. Field trips, tours, camps and more. Call 533-1000 or go to for more info.

Birth Prep & Comfort Measures Class:

If you’re already familiar with birth and just want some reminders this 2 hour course will refresh your memory & get you excited & ready for your next birth. Call 530-828-1900 to schedule, www.

Book Family Farm:

Fun, Educational, Year Round Field Trips & Tours, and Grass-Fed Meats. Fun, educational farm tours Saturdays: $5 per child, adults free if accompanied by child. RSVP or 342-4375. For up to date info, “like us” on Facebook.

growing up chico magazine growing growin up up chico chico magazine magazine

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

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 4pm. 1968 E. 8 th Street, 891-4671, www.

Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary and Education Center: The mission

34 38 34

Chico Certified Farmers’ Market-Saturdays:

Bricks 4 Kids:

Our programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks. The activities are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence. After school programs, birthday parties, camps, playgroups, Kidz night out, scouting, open play and drop off for ages 5 and up. Call 332-9172 or go to for more details.

Butte County Library, Chico:

New Storytimes! Monday & Tuesday: Preschool Storytime @ 11am 3-5yr olds, Thursday: Toddler Storytime @ 10:15 & 11:15, Babies Love Books @ 12 & 1pm, Afterschool Storytime 3pm. Friday: Bilingual Storytime 10:15am, 0-5yrs. 1st Saturday of the month: Japanese Storytime @ 1pm, 2nd Saturday: Spanish Storytime @ 2pm, 3rd Saturday: Chinese Storytime @ 10:30am, 4th Saturday: Story Tail Tutors-students read aloud to dogs 2pm, 5-12yrs. Free Movies on Sunday! 891-2762, www.

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 www.

Chico Doula Circle: Free Prenatal Workshops first Thursday of each month

from 7-8pm and third Sunday of each month from 2-4 pm. 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

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 8914336, or visit

Chico Yo Yo Club:

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

Enloe’s Mother and Baby Education Center:

Ongoing before baby classes, after baby classes, as well as safety classes. Please call 332-3970 to register or go to and click on Mother and Baby Care Center for more information and to view a full list of classes.

Expecting Multiples Childbirth Prep:

Private classes scheduled at your convenience. This 4 hour class features curriculum and videos specific to multiples pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and postpartum issues and will address the unique concerns parents of multiples have and prepare you for your birth. Call 828-1900 or go to

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

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

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

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

Great Expectations Childbirth Education:

This 4 hour pregnancy and childbirth education workshop will prepare you for childbirth. Get all your questions answered and learn how to prepare for a positive, informed, & supported birth experience. The intimate size of this workshop gives participants the opportunity to express and address their unique concerns and needs. Single parents and couples welcome. Private classes scheduled at your convenience. Please go to for more info.

Home Depot Kids Workshops:

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

Homeschool Nature Class at The Chico Creek Nature Center:

Tuesdays and/ or Thursdays 9:30am to 2pm, $30 or $165 for 6 classes. The Chico Creek Nature Center, located in the heart of Bidwell Park, presents nature education classes for homeschoolers in K-6th grades. The program provides hands-on natural science labs, upclose animal visits, outdoor games, arts and crafts, and guided exploration of the park. We use curriculum from Project Wild and Growing Up Wild to meet state standards in science, literacy, math, art and STEM. We accept PO’s from CORE Butte and South Sutter Charter Schools.


FREE Childcare! Contact for more details and class times. 896-9743,

Kids in Safe Seats: Low cost car seat program for Butte County residents. For more info on this program, please call Butte County Public Health 800-339-2941.

Nature School at The Chico Creek Nature Center:

Wednesdays and/or Fridays 11am to 2pm, $120 for 6 classes. Nature School is a first learning experience in nature. It is a drop off program designed for Pre K, TK and Kindergartners. Young first graders may also enjoy this class. Children learn about nature, letters, numbers, colors and shapes through crafts, songs, games, animal visits and guided exploration of the park. The teacher is trained in and uses curriculum from Growing Up Wild that meets state standards in science, literacy, math, art and STEM. Each class has a different theme. We accept POs from CORE Butte and South Sutter Charter schools. Sponsored by Growing Up Chico.

Nature Story Time at The Chico Creek Nature Center:

A family program designed for preschoolers and kindergartners. Brought to you Free by First 5 Butte County. Held on Fridays from 10-11am, until May 27th. No Story Time 11/6, 11/27, 12/25, 1/1, 2/12, 3/18, or 3/25. Nature Story Time is a time when families come together to hear a nature story book or two and circle up for an animal visit. Families are encouraged to join us each week. Nature Story Time is a family program and all are welcome to join us. This is not a drop off program and all children must be accompanied by an adult who can help them as needed.

Newborn Care Class:

This 2 hour class will teach you the basics of newborn care including diapering, feeding (bottle/breast), bathing, swaddling, baby wearing, umbilical cord care, & circumcision care. Call 530-828-1900 to schedule.

Patrick Ranch Museum: Educational Field Trips & More at the Historic Patrick Ranch. To schedule a field trip, please call 588-3869 or 592-9260. 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. Visit website for upcoming events on Saturdays at or call 342-4359.

Perinatal Loss Support Group:

6pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month. This is a monthly support circle for women who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn loss. Whether you loss is recent or in years past, this group is offers a confidential & compassionate space to share your story and connect with other mothers who understand. Please join us and get the support you deserve. FREE! www.

Pregnancy Education Series:

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.

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.

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group: La Leche League offers free mother-

Prenatal Yoga:

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.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshops:

Free kids clinic, Saturdays at 10am. Must pre register at: 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. A rotating menu of foods and beverages are provided, and the fun games and activities change each month. Meet & Greet provides supports and ideas from knowledgable parents in a light-hearted, enjoyable environment. Childcare is not provided. For more information please call Loren at Autism lifespan, 897-0900.


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.

MOPS Chico: MOPS at Grace Community Church: support group for mothers of children 0-preschool, just like you! Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays September-May. Call for more information: 343-5528. Free Childcare.

Mothers Strong Support Group:

“Baby blues and beyond. . . .” 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 on Thursdays from 9-10:30am at The Nest Chico,

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.

Nature’s ABCs at The Chico Creek Nature Center:

Wednesdays 10 to 11am, $12 per child. Nature’s ABCs is a time when families come together for crafts, animal visits and guided exploration of the park. Each week has a different letter and nature theme. This is not a drop off program and all children must be accompanied by an adult who can help them as needed. Sponsored by Growing Up Chico.

Thursdays at 5:15 pm at The Nest, This class is for expectant mothers to embrace their changing bodies, ease the discomforts of pregnancy, and practice exercises appropriate for pregnancy. This Yoga class is taught by the lovely and amazing Jarynna Chua; yogi, mother, MFT & LLL leader. $10 per person. Class size limited to 8.

Roo’s Zoo Skate Session at Cal Skate:

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

Rowell’s Pals Playgroup: A diverse playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. Come sing, dance, read & play. 10-11am, Fridays. Free; preregistration encouraged. Rowell Family Empowerment of N. CA, 3075 Cohasset Rd., #2. 8998801.

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 to receive current track updates.

Sunny Garden Montessori Mommy and Me Playgroups:

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

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: Held April – September from 6-9pm in Downtown Chico. 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, mouth-watering prepared foods from food trucks and booths, handmade, local arts and crafts, and live entertainment for all ages.

events calendar events article calendar title

February Presidio Brass Wednesday, February 3rd

The Presidio Brass ushers in a fresh and bold new generation for the brass quintet. 7:30 p.m. at Laxson Auditorium.

Maps to the Heart Saturday, Febuary 6th

Great opportunity for children to learn to read and study maps while creating valentine’s for loved ones. Held at The Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway. 11am-1pm.

Camp Chico Love Friday, February 12th & Monday, February 15th

Love is in the air when Camp Chico Creek transforms into Camp Chico Love for the school holidays surrounding Valentine’s Day. Join us for nature education and day camp fun. The Chico Creek Nature Center, located in the heart of Bidwell Park, presents nature education day camps for children ages 5 to 11. The programs are designed to provide outdoor recreation and to foster awareness of nature in a fun, safe, and caring setting. Campers enjoy hands-on natural science labs, up close animal visits, arts and crafts and outdoor games. Let your child experience the wonder of Bidwell Park!

Camp Chico Love- Parent’s Night Out Sunday, February 14th

Love is in the air when Camp Chico Creek transforms into Camp Chico Love for an evening day camp program on Valentine’s Day. Send the kids with us for nature education and night hike to look for owls while parent’s get a night out. The Chico Creek Nature Center, located in the heart of Bidwell Park, presents nature education day camps for children ages 5 to 11. The programs are designed to provide outdoor recreation and to foster awareness of nature in a fun, safe, and caring setting. Campers enjoy hands-on natural science labs, up close animal visits, arts and crafts and outdoor games. Let your child experience the wonder of Bidwell Park! www.

March Chico Science Fair -’Leap Into Science’ Wednesday & Thursday March 2nd & 3rd

38 36

growingup upchico chicomagazine magazine growing

The Chico Science Fair Foundation invites you to attend their 32nd annual Chico Science Fair at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds Commercial Building in Chico. This year’s exhibit titled “Leap Into Science” showcases over 500 science projects created and displayed by local K-12 students. This free event is open from 10:00 AM till 8:00 PM. Awards will be given at a reception, Thursday at 6:00 PM. For more information, please visit the Chico Science Fair website at

Humane Heros Saturday, March 5th

Come join Humane Heroes--Butte Humane Society’s animal advocacy youth group. Lean about important animal related issues and how to help the homeless pets in your community while building emphathy, compassion, philanthropy, and other desirable character traits. For children ages 6-12. 1-2:30pm. Register at Butte Humane Society Education Center, 2156 Pillsbury Rd #160.

March Birds & Spring Celebrations Saturday, March 5th

Make bird feeders, learn about birds, ranch tours, and a variety of Spring projects for the whole family. 11am-1pm. Held at The Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway.

Hooker Oak School’s Annual Spring Fling Saturday, March 5th

Hooker Oak School welcomes the community to their Annual Dinner and Auction. The annual Chico Spring Fling, is a chance to support a Chico public school, hear great music, enjoy delicious food and have a fun night out. The event will take place at Sierra Nevada’s spectacular Big Room. Highlighting the event will be music by Decades, a popular Chico-based band covering hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and beyond. Decades which have played all over the US and last time they played at Sierra Nevada, they sold out in 3 hours! For more info or tickets please go to

Nord Country School’s 11th Annual Live Pie Auction and Tri-Tip Dinner Sunday, March 13th Held at the Chico Elk‘s Lodge. This lively event is not to be missed! Silent Auction continues throughout the night and includes donations from local community members and businesses. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling the school at 530-8913138. For more information email

Camp Chico Wild Monday, March 13th - Friday, March 18th

Camp Chico Wild presents nature education and day camp fun focused on the new life and wild creatures living in Butte County, during Spring Break. The Chico Creek Nature Center, located in the heart of Bidwell Park, presents nature education day camps for children ages 5 to 11. The programs are designed to provide outdoor recreation and to foster awareness of nature in a fun, safe, and caring setting. Campers enjoy handson natural science labs, up close animal visits, arts and crafts and outdoor games. Let your child experience the wonder of Bidwell Park!

Chico Kite Day 2016 Sunday, March 20th

Celebrate spring at the end of a string! Bring the entire family for this free event. Experience the color and excitement of kite flying during the Annual Chico Kite Day. Watch the sky dance with fun and imaginative kites. All kite flyers will receive a souvenir, compliments of Bird in Hand, and music will be provided by Bob FM, 92.7. 12:004:00 PM, Community Park.

Vince Gill Monday, March 21st

One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch song writing, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. 7:30pm, Laxson Auditorium.

Spring Jamboree Saturday, March 26th

The Bunny is coming to town! Children in 3rd grade and younger are invited to celebrate Easter and meet the Easter Bunny at the Annual Spring Jamboree! We will be hunting for colored eggs, making crafts, jumping in a bounce house and taking pictures with the Easter Bunny! Sponsored by MIX 95.1 FM and the Chico Police Officers Association. Time: 10:00 AM Pre-School (5 yrs and younger w/parent), 10:45 AM Kindergarten – 1st grade, 11:30 AM 2nd-3rd Grade. Caper Acres - Bidwell Park One-mile.

Dance Chico Saturday, March 26th

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. A funny, lively, and heartfelt evening of dance and stories that has brought down the house wherever it’s been performed, starting with its first test run at Carnegie Hall in 2013. The show includes radio interviews restaged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers, Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, and Anna Bass. 7:30pm, Laxson Auditorium.

Dance Chico Spotlight Performances

Thursday, March 31st

Dance Chico! celebrates local artists in a unique evening showcasing area dancers and dance makers. Last year’s Spotlight Performance was the toast of the week long festival featuring ensembles from Orland, Paradise, and Chico presenting original work from a variety of dance styles.

April Broadway Boogie - Street Dance Party Friday, April 1st

Free! Last year’s Broadway Boogie brought down the house (or should we say downtown Chico), and we’re ready to do it again. Join us for an evening of dancing in the street, food trucks, DJ music, dance instruction, and a great light show. Come on down to the Broadway Boogie for a rollicking family friendly dance party. www.

Humane Heros Saturday, April 2nd

Come join Humane Heroes--Butte Humane Society’s animal advocacy youth group. Lean about important animal related issues and how to help the homeless pets in your community while building empathy, compassion, philanthropy, and other desirable character traits. For children ages 6-12. 1-2:30pm. Register at Butte Humane Society Education Center, 2156 Pillsbury Rd #160.

The Yellow Door-Chico Walks for Autisum Sunday, April 3rd

The Yellow Door (a fund of the North Valley Community Foundation) hosts the 4th Annual Chico Walks for Autism. This event includes a 3 mile walk, with live entertainment after, as well as sensory play areas for kids (and those of us adults who like our sensory breaks too). This is your opportunity to show your support for individuals with autism in our community and their families. This is our 4th annual event and in the past three years we have raised over $50,000. For more info or to register go to:

ODC Modern Dance Sunday, April 3rd

Our dance festival closes with a San Francisco treasure, ODC. Founded in 1971 in Oberlin, Ohio, director Brenda Way moved the company to San Francisco in 1976. Heralded for its athleticism, passion, and emotional depth, the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay has hailed ODC as “Best Dance Company” in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2014. 7:30pm, Laxson Auditorium.

Thursday Night Market Opening Night Thursday, April 7th

This festive, weekly market is a ton of fun and features a bounty of farm-fresh produce from CDFA certified farmers, mouth-watering prepared foods from food trucks and booths, handmade, local arts and crafts, and live entertainment for all ages. Streets are lined with more than 100 popular vendors. Local talent showcased each week from magicians to belly dancers and classic rock to bluegrass. Authentic crafts and artwork and handmade clothing and jewelry. Fun for kids with balloon-twisting clowns, face painters, inflatables, and other hands-on activities. This is a rain or shine event! 6-9pm on Broadway between 2nd and 5th Street, including side streets and the fabulous City Plaza! www.

Banff Film Festival Friday, April 8th

Adventure Outings, Chico Performances, and the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour have come together to bring the world’s most exciting adventure films to audiences around the globe. Immediately after the festival ends in November, a selection of the best films go on tour, traveling to 32 countries, reaching more than 245,000 people at over 635 screenings. The Banff films

showcase the best in adventure films, from rock climbing to big mountain skiing and everything in between. 7:30, Laxson Auditorium,

Circa: Carnival of the Animals Wednesday, April 13th

From Brisbane, Australia, comes a bold new vision of contemporary circus taking the world by storm and rising to become the most acclaimed circus ensemble in the world. A Circa performance is physically astounding, crammed with amazing circus skills including aerials, acrobatics, tumbling, table sliding, and skipping. 7:30pm, Laxson Auditorium.

Butte Literacy Council Short Story Contest Thursday, April 14th

Winners of Butte Literacy Council’s annual Short Story Contest will be given the opportunity to read their stories aloud at the awards ceremony at Chico Public Library at 6:30. Prizes awarded to First Place and Honorable Mention. Free and open to the public.

Sweet Repeats Sale Thursday, April 14th - Sunday, April 17th

Sweet Repeats is a seasonal infant, children, teen and maternity consignment sale. We are excited to bring you a great way to buy and sell high quality like-new and gentlyused children’s and maternity items all under one roof.

Growing Healthy Children Run/Walk Saturday, April 16th

Come to Bidwell Park for a no-cost Walk/Run event for the entire family! There will be a Family-K (1 mile) and 5k loop, as well as shorter sprints for young children! Race starts at 8:30 am. Families, come join the fun: refreshments, activities, music, dancing and more!! The first 300 kids (18 years and younger) receive a FREE t-shirt!

Celebrate The Jewel Carnival Saturday, April 16th

The Chico Creek Nature Center is hosting a Spring Carnival complete with food trucks, face painting, carnival games and

water slide bounce houses. This is sure to be a fun family event. Admission is free. Tickets are 4 for $1 or participants may purchase a carnival fun pass for $15. Individual tickets available at the carnival. Fun Passes include 75 tickets and unlimited bounce house use for one participant. www.

Children’s Faire Saturday, April 23rd

Held in the downtown city plaza from 10-2pm. Bring the whole family to this free event for crafts, entertainment, and much more! Sponsored by Butte County First 5 and Valley Oak Children’s Services.

Family Farm Day at Patrick Ranch Museum Saturday, April 30th

Tractor pulls, farm animals, children’s activities, kids cookie baking competition, photography contest, craft booths, food and farm demonstrations. Delicious BBQ and great music. 10am-4pm. Adults $5, children 12 and under $2. 10381 Midway in Chico. For more info please go to

38 38 growing chico magazine growinupup growing up chico chico magazine magazine


Growing Up Chico’s Business Directory Apple Blossom Baby: A Touch of Glass: Blue Oak School: Breathe Believe Receive: Bricks 4 Kidz: Butte Environmental Council: Caper Acres Fantasy 5K Fun Run: Carrie Smith, MFT: Chico Creek Dance Centre: Chico Dojo: Chico Montessori Children’s House: Chico Mothers’ Club: Chico Pediatric Dentistry: Chico Performances: Chico Walks for Autism: Children’s Faire: Christopher Mayer: Creative Outlets Preschool: doTERRA: Downtown Chico Business Association: Emily Hajec Photography: Forest Ranch Charter School: Funny Faces Chico: Gateway Science Museum: Heather Cooper, Realtor: Hooker Oak School: HYPE Dance Studio: HypnoBirthing: In Motion Fitness:

pg 3 pg 8 pg 8 pg 14, 22 pg 14, 23 pg 28 pg 37 pg 21 pg 5, 21 pg 14 pg 13, 22, 39 pg 14 pg 15 pg 28 pg 38 pg 15 pg 16 pg 39 pg 14, 23 pg 29 pg 21 pg 9 pg 20, 27 pg 10 pg 20 pg 40 pg 10, 20 pg 33 pg 19

Instant Nails: Jacqueline Kowtko: Jenns Sweet Decor: Kids In Motion (In Motion Fitness): Kids Park: Little Sprouts Preschool: Mothers Strong: My Fencing Center: Nord Country School: North State Ballet: Northern Valley Indian Health: Patrick Ranch Museum: PTL Pediatric Day Health Center: Rejuvene: Restoration Bee: Round Table Pizza: Sarah Morgan, Realtor: St. Elizabeth’s Hospital: Supportive Conceptions Surrogacy Agency: Sweetwater Day Spa: Terry Basile, MFT: The Creative Apple: Thrive Learning Center: Thursday Night Farmer’s Market: Vision Training Center: Watersprites Swim School: Wood Family Farm Preschool: Young Living Essential Oils: Youthful Smiles Dentistry:

pg 22, 33 pg 22 pg 23 pg 19 pg 5, 21, 39 pg 8, 39 pg 3 pg 14, 20 pg 13 pg 14, 23 pg 31 pg 28 pg 9 pg 19 pg 27 pg 10 pg 27 pg 7 pg 22, 24 pg 23, 33 pg 33 pg 13 pg 21, 27 pg 8 pg 21, 31 pg 2, 20 pg 13, 39 pg 23 pg 9, 22

P re s c h o ol & C hildc are Direc tory Center





Chico Montessori Children’s House

2.9-5 years

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

814 Glenn St. Chico, CA 95928 342-5518


Creative Outlets In-Home Preschool

2-6 years

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

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

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



Kids Park

2-12 years

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

2477 Forest Ave. Chico, CA 94928 894-6800

Little Sprouts Preschool

2-5 years

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


Wood Family Farm

3-8 years

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!


License # 045406630

License # 045405971

License # 045404701, 045404702

License # 045405784

License# 045406227

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



A Quarterly Resource Celebrating Family Life in Butte County!

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you