Growing Up Chico Spring 2024

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

Tim Milhorn Born and raised in Chico, Tim graduated from Chico High and Chico State. He is an English teacher at Orland High School and soccer coach for Butte United, Orland High, and Butte College. He was also awarded California Interscholastic Federation Model Coach of the Year, 2020-2021.

Michaela Gulbransen Michaela is the regional administrator for High School Exchange Students through ICES ( She is passionate about foreign exchange and the impacts of raising culturally aware children. She is a proud mom to three kids ages seven, five, and four. Michaela is a lifelong learner and enjoys having great conversations over coffee.

Dr. Sheevaun Khaki Dr. Sheevaun Khaki is an associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. She currently serves as a

faculty clinical physician, the medical director of the Mother Baby Unit, section head for Newborn Medicine, and director of pediatric electives for medical students.

Lacey Welker Lacey Welker is a certified pediatric sleep specialist, Owner and Founder of Catching Baby Zzz, and an avid blogger. She helps families worldwide in solving child sleep issues and is committed to improving sleep for the whole family.

Letticia Vickner Letticia was born in Sacramento, California and has been living in Chico for nine years. She has a bachelors degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on multiple subject teaching. She enjoys music, writin,g and going on walks with her family.

Laura Nelson Laura Nelson is the owner of Cedar Creek, a place for healing in Chico. Visit her online at



08 Women in Business: Join us in celebrating the

incredible women who make Butte County thrive!

10 Paradise Playdium: Paradise has a new family fun

center in town, and it's so much more than you would ever imagine.


see what’s inside...

14 Girls on the Run: Discover what this incredible

organization is doing to empower girls to be healthy, joyful, and confident both in the North Valley and beyond.

18 Be Inspired: Inspire School's future journalists take a

trip to Boston for the acclaimed Journalism Education Association Convention.


24 Future Farmers of America: FFA is fostering the next generation of agricultural leaders in Butte County.

26 Teacher Spotlight: We celebrate Orland High

School's Jason Bragg and his 26 years of service.



12 Get Sensory: Laura Nelson offers a novel approach to therapy for parents and children to experience together.

16 Reading in Nature: Letticia Vickner takes reading into the great outdoors, creating a perfect activity that promotes both literacy and exploration.


20 Powering Through Flu Season: Dr. Sheevaun Khaki

provides a comprehensive roadmap on how to keep kids healthy through the end of flu season.

22 Sleep Associations: Pediatric sleep specialist Lacey Welker explains sleep associations and how to use them to better your and your children's sleep.

Spring Fun


27 Recipe: Cake pops are the easiest treat to make at

home and also happen to make the least mess after. Find out how in this month's recipe!

28 Parent Hack: Encourage your kids to become

the next entrepreneurial mastermind! Michaela Gulbransen provides ideas on how in this month's parent hack.


29 Spring Calendar: Spring is right around the corner, and we've got plenty of activities to keep you and the kids engaged during the season of change!


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Women in


Carrying the torch of this publication into its future, we’re honored to continue the tradition of highlighting women business owners and professionals. We hope that we can promote our community through the synergy and strength of its members, and present a profound connection through the bravery of daring entrepreneurs while empowering those to come. Excitement around this issue is easy to come by. Each new year provides a reason to chat with old friends, foster new relationships, and be inspired by conversations with unique tales of success through struggle. Whether they are budding businesses or household names, we aim to introduce you to the faces— the people—behind the brands or services you adore or are sure to fall in love with soon. We look forward to meeting with and sharing the stories of many more of you as we continue ahead. This issue is full of remarkable entrepreneurs spanning the gamut of industries and causes. It includes follow-ups on a number of our favorites from last year, alongside introductions to many more, and we hope you use it as a roadmap to help support these women—along with every other woman in our community—doing magnificent things. Not one made it to where they are by chance, and we couldn't be more honored to tell their stories.

Effie Khaki

Veronica Enns The 530 Bride

Funny Faces/Creative Outlets Preschool

Effie Khaki moved to Chico in 1976, graduated from Chico State with a bachelors degree in finance, married her husband, and had two children before starting her real estate career in 1989. In the 34 years since, she has become one of the most recognizable names in Chico real estate. With over 1,000 transactions totaling over $300 million in local real estate, she has earned every award imaginable—many earned multiple times—including C21's Centurion, Diamond, top listing, and top producing awards, all while raising an adoring family in Chico.

Veronica Enns started the wedding planning company The 530 Bride in 2011 and has grown it into a beautiful fellowship of women who are passionate about all kinds of events. As a mother of three kids, she has done it all while also growing a family. She believes that important occasions are special and those moments are beautiful to celebrate with loved ones. Each event is different and requires passion and creativity to make it shine. The 530 Bride provides just that.

Jeni Borgman has a passion for creating joy and spreading smiles. She is blessed to own two businesses that have fulfilled that passion daily for the last 20 years. During the week, she teaches preschool and gets to help young minds grow and explore through play, music, and art. On the weekends, you can find her at parties or events, helping your wildest imaginations come to life with face painting and balloon art. Add excitement and creativity to your next party with face painting and balloon tying! Visit her website for more!

The 530 Bride (530) 988-8344

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Realtor at Century 21 Select in Chico

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Jeni Borgman


Come in and PLAY

At the Paradise Playdium “I’m booooooored.” As a parent, we’ve probably all heard that lament at some point in our child’s life. While our area offers loads of opportunities to explore and enjoy the outdoors, its indoor entertainment offerings are pretty slim.


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The Playdium is about family and community, right down to its construction. The lumber used in the axe throwing lanes and the office was all locally sourced by James and Amanda Clark’s business, All Things Trees, and then transported to her dad in Hayfork who milled the wood. Jason’s kids came down to help build and paint while Amanda kept busy helping load, unload, and prep for painting. Amanda says, “I’m really excited to have something that’s fully available to them when they’re ready to work.” The arcade is expansive and showcases a virtual reality arena with two stations, three lanes of axe throwing, and a variety of

You won’t need a pocketful of quarters for the games since you’ll use swipe cards instead, which will help Jason and Amanda understand which games are the most popular and which ones to cycle out and replace. The Playdium will serve beer and sodas while occasionally hosting food trucks in their parking lot, and customers are welcome to bring in pizzas or other food for the party rooms. There’s been so much excitement surrounding the opening of the Playdium that Amanda says, “We’re just really excited to invite everybody out to play.” The Paradise Playdium is located at 6848 Skyway. It will be open to all ages on Thursday 3pm-9pm, Friday 3pm-11pm, Saturday noon-11pm, and Sunday noon-9pm. Visit them on Facebook or Instagram to see what’s happening at The Ridge’s newest entertainment center.


As parents, this lack of indoor activities is something new business partners Amanda Clark and Jason Hastain are all too familiar with. Both Jason and Amanda live in Paradise, and while Jason’s children are all grown, Amanda has four kids under the age of 13. She says, “There isn’t anything for kids to do around here, and I saw a lot of people online saying the same thing.” Someone suggested an arcade, and Amanda replied, “I want to do something like that.” Jason, an arcade aficionado, saw her post and suggested they meet for coffee. Initially, Amanda pictured a “hole-in-the-wall sort of place” with just a few games like the pizza places she used to go to when she was younger. However, that vision grew into a much bigger and broader arcade. A year-and-a-half after their first meeting, Jason and Amanda are opening the Paradise Playdium.

The space-themed venue, featuring an adorable flying robot mascot, pays homage to the town’s old bowling alley. In the 1950s, the Playdium was a gathering place where friends, families, and neighbors could come together to socialize and enjoy a game or two. Today’s Paradise Playdium arcade continues that idea of community. Amanda shares, “We want it to be a place where parents and kids can all come to have a great time.”

arcade games ranging from the classics we all grew up with to some newer high-tech ones that could soon become favorites. Three party rooms can be rented for celebrations and can also be combined into one large space. In addition, Jason and Amanda will be working on an expansion as they take over the neighboring unit later this winter. The addition is set to open in April and will include a 15-person laser tag court along with four bumper cars.


Get Sensory The five senses—hear, see, smell, taste, and touch. It's important to make time for this practice. Get sensory with the family at home, in the backyard, or out in nature. Find tools that assist with the recognition of the mind and body experience that are simple. Invite the children to help with meal cooking and use of measuring cups or teaspoons for the flour and herbs or spices. Try using tools in the garden such as small rakes or shovels. Explore the backyard, plants, and trees; get in the dirt!

Offer intentional moments for solitude and sanctuary. Practice solace and silence on your own and as a family. Find joy in nothingness. Watch the steam through sunlight melt on the rooftops while sipping morning coffee. Read the tea leaves. Wave to the neighbors. Lend an act of forgiveness like an olive branch. Acknowledge that space and time all is temporary until the next fleeting moment. Mindfulness practices often include moderation. Knowing our limitations and bandwidth is a helpful insight for using 12

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Release the compulsion to control, criticize, and command children. Use your imagination and creative play to build relationships. Show your love and playful side. Get creative, have fun, and laugh out loud! In other words, stop taking yourself and life so seriously. Engage in co-regulation techniques of therapeutic play with your family. Share your greatest assets of time with undivided attention one-on-one with your children. Strengthen the heart connections in your life. Utilize what is at your fingertips at home and environment to engage in fun healthy activities. Remember the fundamentals and rudimentary art of loving-kindness. Humans remember how people make us feel. They remember our patience and time. Each day offers the season’s renewal, whatever the weather. Follow your heart.


Gather textures and textiles. Find curiosity and wonder in the natural elements. Explore the smell, taste, or feel of leaves, flower petals, grasses, plants, branches, feathers, or acorns to form sensory relationships with nature. Ask: Where do the bees sleep? Where do the birds and deer sleep? When are the animals and plants hibernating or pollinating?

healthy boundaries. Offer your time when you have enough tolerance and share your limitations with others. Most of us are running on exhausted and in survival mode, therefore when you share your limits, it's understood. Get enough sleep and rest. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables while limiting processed foods. Our bodies need to rest and digest to recover from the day's work.

Jana Humplik-Osborn Dogwood Staging and Design

Transforming Spaces, Creating Homes Whether you are selling a home and want prospective buyers to see its full potential, or want to elevate your space or make it feel more your style, at Dogwood Staging and Design, we specialize in turning houses into welcoming homes. As a small woman-owned business with a deep understanding of design and a passion for creating inviting spaces, we

do more than bring our expertise to the table—we make sure it’s the right style for your home and in the right spot too! Homes that are professionally staged tend to sell faster than those that are not staged, and for more money too. By strategically arranging furniture and accessories, home staging creates a warm and comfortable environment that highlights a home’s best features. Staging also helps create a sense of space and functionality, allowing buyers to see the full potential of each room. As a mother, realtor, designer, and entrepreneur, Jana Humplik-Osborn and her team infuse warmth and a personal touch into every project. They know the importance of a home's ambiance and want to make sure your home reflects your story. Let them help you sell your property faster or create a haven that truly feels like home. Contact them at Dogwood Staging and Design to schedule your personalized staging or styling experience today.

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Sierra Haskins

The Norcal Life Real Estate Group

If you’re anything like Sierra Haskins, you wear many hats, and your life's journey has been shaped by your passions and commitments to the people in your life that you love most. As the proud owner of The NorCal Life Real Estate Group, Sierra has had the privilege of working closely with dozens of local families, helping them turn their real estate dreams into reality. Working in her community has been hugely rewarding,

and she’s grateful that her business is continuing to grow throughout Butte County. With that, her heart also belongs to our local and national military and law enforcement communities. As the National Co-Chair of Growth for eXp Realty's Military Network, She has been honored to help those who have sacrificed so much for both our country and our communities. It's a role that allows her to blend her love for real estate with her unwavering commitment to supporting our military service members and first responders in many different ways. She runs an ongoing support campaign for activeduty service members; is involved in supporting our local veterans as well as multiple national programs; and as the daughter of two veterans and the mom of two vets—an active-duty sailor, and a sheriff’s deputy—her support of those who serve is clear in everything she does. | (530) 632-9028 |

Tanya Quackenbush Movement Mortgage

Mortgage Mama, Tanya Quackenbush, is a wife, mother of two, and native Chicoan. With a lengthy background in service and current board member of Chico Rotary, it’s no surprise she is a leader in her chosen field as a Sr. Loan Officer. Falling in love with the industry at age 13 ignited her passion. Tanya is dedicated to building wealth for her family, friends, and clientele to whom she continues to educate and guide towards generational wealth through homeownership.

NMLS #884815 | (530) 514-0798 901 Bruce Road, Chico

Panda Mae Bell

Bless Your Heart Mercantile

Bless Your Heart Mercantile is located in the heart of Downtown Orland, offering uniquely curated gifts and goods. Inside you’ll find something for everyone including their popular air plant bar and candy room featuring your favorite nostalgic treats. They love supporting local women-owned businesses and have over 20 women consignors at the mercantile. BYHM is the organizer for the annual Orland Treat Street, and they love participating in community events and giving back whenever they can! They appreciate the continued support!

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Inspiring Girls to be Joyful, Healthy, and Confident In the North State’s vibrant community, initiatives that inspire and empower youth play a pivotal role in shaping the leaders of tomorrow. In today's climate, a heightened demand exists for programs that specifically target social-emotional learning and physical activity, with a particular emphasis on addressing the needs of young girls. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy recently expressed concern about the current state of the nation's youth mental health crisis, emphasizing that "the future wellbeing of our country depends on how we support and invest in the next generation." As one of only three after-school programs recognized as a top research-based social-emotional learning program in Harvard University’s report, “Navigating SEL from the Inside Out,” Girls on the Run, an after-school nonprofit organization combines mentorship, physical activity, and character development to inspire young girls in grades 3-8 to be joyful, healthy and confident. The program's unique approach blends interactive lessons with physical activity, promoting a holistic understanding of health, wellness, and self-esteem. In a 10-week curriculum, girls dive into discussions, activities, and running exercises that cultivate positive emotional, social, and 14

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physical well-being, all while gearing up for a transformative 5K run. For the girls participating, it is more than just a running program; it's a journey that extends beyond the track and permeates their everyday lives. A 3rd-grade participant shared, “Girls on the Run changed my life forever. At Girls on the Run, I learned how to become a leader. GOTR taught me how to build friendships and not be afraid to be myself. I also learned how to work together as a team and to never leave your friends. Girls on the Run taught me important skills I will need in the future like how to set goals and follow my dreams.” One of the core tenets of Girls on the Run is to build confidence and character in young girls. Through carefully crafted lessons, the program addresses topics such as self-awareness, positive communication, and embracing differences. By creating a welcoming and supportive space, girls learn how to navigate the challenges of adolescence with confidence and a positive mindset. Girls on the Run of the North State is shaping the future of the community by instilling vital life skills in the girls it serves. During the program season, girls are

provided with the opportunity to positively impact their community through a service project. Community Impact Projects inspire participants with the confidence to make a difference in the world around them. For the 2024 year, the organization aims to serve nearly 1,000 girls, extending its transformative impact across the North State. Predominantly offered on school campuses in both the fall and spring semesters, with a sprinkle of teams in local parks, GOTR North State’s territory covers 11 counties, including Butte, Glenn, Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, Tehama, Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Lassen, and Plumas. Behind the scenes, three extraordinary women—Executive Director Claire Johnson, Program Manager Linda Bergmann, and Development & Outreach Coordinator Lizzie Hawkins—work tenaciously to bring the program to North State communities. Yet, they acknowledge the indispensable role of community volunteers and partners in ensuring the program's success. Together, they form a powerhouse, sowing seeds of empowerment that will undoubtedly yield a harvest of confident, strong leaders for the future of the North State. The Girls on the Run team is gearing up for its 24th season this spring. Participant registration is underway. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis via the Girls on the Run of the North State website. To find a participating location, volunteer opportunities, or to register, please visit


Girls On The Run:


Cynthia Perry

Chico Speech and Language Center

Cynthia Perry grew up in Butte County, has 4 children, and has been a speech-language pathologist for 13 years. She continues to serve the local community at Chico Speech and Language Center, which has been in business for over 25 years. She believes in building a strong, supportive, collaborative, family-type atmosphere that strives to create individualized programs for clients that lead to a lifetime of success. Cynthia specializes in feeding therapy, early intervention, autism, TBI, orofacial-myofunctional therapy, social skills, and more.

(530) 894-0702

Julie Gonzales

Chico Creek Dance

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If I’ve learned one thing from living in Chico for the past nine years, it would be that nature is beautiful, especially if enjoyed with loved ones. It doesn’t hurt to add the love of nature and books together because, to me, my love for both seems to go hand in hand. One of my family’s favorite springtime books includes pages filled with florals, bees, leaves, and trees. My daughters and I walked around our neighborhood and put together a springtime book of our own. Pages filled with taped on sticks we found, glued on leaves, florals, and drawn portraits of bees we saw. Then, we hole punched the book and tied it off with some extra string we had laying around… ta-da! We had our own memories built upon the five senses in the layout of a homemade book. As a mother, I’ve found that it’s these foundational memories that I can build in the patterns of my children’s lives—to turn off the TV/XBOX, slip our feet into our rain boots, slide our hands into our warm sweaters, and search for an experience outside of our home. I can’t say for sure that my children will remember all the details of their upbringing, but I can

promise myself this—in their lives, there will be seasons of change, challenges or moments where they feel they are thriving in the best ways. Building in their budding little memories that books are fun, nature can be friendly, and time is valuable, will help them throughout the different seasons of their lives. Books have brought me through my life as a foster child, given me education through college, and have been a friendly reminder that I’m not alone. With my daughters, I once made it a goal to find all the colors of the rainbow in only flowers. We used the same journal to collect all of our findings. In the end, we had a journal collection of our whole family's dried floral findings—not just mine. This reminded me of a time when my foster dad had a library full of books, and I’d go outside with my sister Esmarelda. She and I would quietly collect florals, then proceeded to hide them in his books—a pleasant surprise to us later when we’d open the books and see that these florals had dried out beautifully. Build memories wherever you can, but never forget the wonder that can be found in books.


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

New ways to encourage reading at home

Amber O’Neil Hui Chico Craft Café

Dania Martinez-Heng Stonebridge Counseling, Inc.

In addition to teaching, Amber is a passionate mom, world traveler, Mary Kay consultant, certified foster care provider, former athlete and coach, amateur pool player and all around lover of people and animals. Her dream is to help young people develop into creative and curious adults who seek out new and adventurous ways to flourish.

Dania Martinez-Heng started her mental health journey in college working with children who were removed from their home. She realized there was a lack of resources available, and dedicated her life to keeping children and families together. In 2018, she started her practice, providing resources and counseling in both English and Spanish. After a few months, she found herself inundated with clients—children and families who truly needed the support. With the help of her husband, they expanded, bringing in licensed therapists and associates to create a more impactful group of counselors to their soft and warm clinical environment. In total, there are now 25 clinicians working under their umbrella, Stonebridge Counseling, Inc., along with a full administrative staff. They have two locations in Chico and provide couples counseling, individual counseling, post-partum support, suicide prevention services, parenting classes, and counseling for children and families. As a group, they service 500 clients per week on average, with a focus on parenting dynamics. Further, they take Medi-Cal, assisting those who can’t access services elsewhere. Call or Text: (530) 592-8648

19 Williamsburg Ln, Chico | (530) 715-9611

Amber O'Neil Hui is a credentialed teacher and successful entrepreneur who is bringing her passion for hands-on learning to TK-12th grade students all over Butte County! As the founder of the Chico Craft Café, she offers homeschool enrichment classes, summer camps, birthday parties and private tutoring! Her current courses include Animal Adventures, Countries & Cultures, Craft & Create, Science Experiments, Fun with Phonics, Build a Business, Poetry, Games (Math & Strategy) and Gardening! To see pictures of Amber's classes and camps, you can check out the Chico Craft Café page on Facebook. All other information and registration details can be found on the website below.

Danielle Vogel DK Web Design

Danielle began her career in marketing with a degree in Graphic Design for Print and followed it by acquiring a Bachelor's Degree in Web Design. After graduation, she moved back to her hometown of Chico, CA, and started the process of opening DK Web Design. Twelve years later, DK is a thriving digital marketing agency that offers website design, social media management, and SEO services. In her personal life, Danielle is an avid supporter of animal welfare organizations that focus on rescue, rehabilitation, and spay/neuter services. She is proud to use her business as a platform to donate website development to organizations that otherwise would not be able to afford it. In addition, a portion of DK's monthly sales are donated right back into the Chico community. The team at DK will always provide their professional and honest recommendations on how you can grow your business. They look forward to serving their community for years to come!

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Future Journalists from Inspire School Attend Renowned Convention in Boston

On the morning of our journey across the country, we traveled to the Sacramento Airport. When we arrived, I could see the anticipation on everyone’s faces while they collected their bags from the back of the van. Hawkins encouraged students to navigate their way through the airport and showed them how to go through security, how to read their plane tickets for seating, and when to board the plane. After arriving in Boston several hours later, and getting some much-needed rest, we awoke the following morning with our itineraries in hand and ready to set out for the first day of the convention. 18

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The Haynes Convention Center, where the event was being held, was only a short walk from our hotel. Students attended sessions that focused on their interests such as Photo Journalism 101, Telling the Story, Marketing Your Publications, and more. Naomi M., a senior at Inspire says, “In the conference, we learned things from future jobs and how to create a portfolio to how AI impacts industries like journalism. One of the topics that we talked about during the conference was how to create a website portfolio. Before that time, I didn’t know how important it could be to make a website portfolio.” There was a diverse level of sessions for all students. In the evening on that first day, Naomi M., and another Inspire journalist, Julian M., both participated in a live webinar put on by CalMatters. They discussed topics like the importance of journalism, their favorite things about being a student journalist, and the challenges that come with journalism. A sophomore from Inspire, Gabby N., said, “It was cool to see so many people at the convention for journalism—people who enjoyed what they did and how they did it. Getting to learn from other students there was also enjoyable.”

At night, we traveled throughout Boston to find local eateries, shop for souvenirs, and take an excursion on the Boston Duck Tours. When we took a subway to Faneuil Hall to go shopping, students scanned the subway maps for the routes that would take us there. Hawkins led the way on the trip there, but on the way back she encouraged students to take the lead in finding their way back. In addition to the learning they received at the Journalism Convention, they were also gaining real-life skills. During our last day, we attended the closing ceremonies, and students from all over gathered to celebrate those that were awarded. Our Inspire students entered into two of 48 categories, striving to win best design for our school newspaper, the Purple Pages, and best yearbook design. Unfortunately, we didn’t walk away with any awards, but we did get to walk away with tons of experiences, a new love for journalism, and an appreciation for historical Boston. When we arrived back to campus late that evening, Hawkins asked what students thought of the trip, and one student said, “That was life-changing!”


As the Outreach Coordinator of Inspire School of Arts & Sciences, I was thrilled to join six of our journalism students, and our journalism teacher Brittney Hawkins, at the Journalism Education Association Convention hosted in Boston last November. The convention happens twice a year and attracts more than 5,000 attendees. Students received coaching on journalism techniques, sat in on lectures by keynote speakers, and participated in media critiques over four days. They also learned how to navigate their way through a big city, network with fellow young journalists, and increase leadership skills.


Staying Healthy Through the Winter season Every parent knows that heading back to school after the winter holiday means runny noses, coughs, and fevers for their children. As a mother of two and a pediatrician, this is certainly my reality both at home and at work. So how do we keep our kids healthy during the winter months? And what do we do when they inevitably do get sick? I have some advice! Most parents want to know how to boost their kids’ immune systems to avoid the weekly viruses that they bring home from daycare or school. The key to keeping those defense systems strong is adequate sleep, good nutrition, regular exercise, and staying up to date with vaccines. Depending on the age of the child, most kids require between eight to 12 hours of sleep per night. It is important to develop a bedtime routine that is free from screens to signal the body that it’s time for bed. Whole, healthy foods play an integral role in providing the body with essential nutrients and vitamins to stay strong during the winter; focusing on foods that do not come in packages is the easiest way to start. Additionally, studies have shown that moderate exercise improves immune function and may even reduce the frequency and severity of viral respiratory infections in kids. Finally, it is important to stay up to date on your and your children’s vaccines, including flu and COVID-19. While these vaccines may not completely prevent your family from getting sick, they will reduce the severity of your symptoms and greatly reduce the risk of hospitalization from these infections.


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Even under near-ideal circumstances, kids do get sick, so it’s important to know how to respond and when to seek help. For most childhood illnesses, supportive care with plenty of fluids and rest will help them recover. It’s important to remember that fevers are not dangerous themselves but may cause kids, especially infants and toddlers, to not keep up with their fluid needs, so they should be monitored closely. There are a variety of reasons children should see their doctor, including if their fever lasts for more than 3-5 days, they’re not keeping up with their fluid needs, they’re having difficulty breathing, or their symptoms are worsening, especially past the third day of illness. Parents of children with special healthcare needs, including asthma, should have a lower threshold for reaching out to their doctor’s office for support. Following these recommendations will hopefully help your families get through the winter season! Dr. Sheevaun Khaki is an associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. She received her bachelor of science degree from Chico State in 2007 and her medical degree from Wake Forest University in 2011. After completing her pediatric residency at OHSU in 2014, she joined the Department of Pediatrics and currently serves as a faculty clinical physician, the medical director of the Mother Baby Unit, section head for Newborn Medicine, and director of pediatric electives for medical students. She loves spending time with her daughters and husband and still considers Chico home.

Kelly Schill

Marigold Marketplace

Meet Kelly Schill, a skilled photographer, devoted foodie, and community builder. Kelly is a vibrant force hailing from the Colorado Rockies and the Santa Barbara Coast. As the creator of Marigold Marketplace, named in homage to Kelly’s grandmother who loved and grew marigolds, Marigold Marketplace is a celebration of local connections, small-town camaraderie, and a shared passion for all things artisanal. A family

legacy began over 40 years ago in Great Grandma Liz’s kitchen, surrounded by the essence of farming life. At a young age, Kelly inherited a deep connection to the land, fostering seeds, preserving goods, and savoring the fruits of communal labor. Fast forward, now married to a hunter and raising two sons in the heart of Durham, she learned firsthand the importance of processing one’s own meat and loves creating culinary masterpieces from the land. Marigold is more than a dream; it’s a call to action. Seeking partners in the form of community supporters, farmers, artisans, and strategic visionaries, Marigold aims to redefine Durham’s access to local treasures. At Marigold, you can find Coffee & Fresh Pastries, Premade Salads and Sandwiches, Fresh Produce, Local Meat, Eggs & Dairy, Whole Grains & Dry Goods, Grocery Essentials Sourced Locally & Regionally, Wine, and Fresh Flowers & Gifts. Join us in cultivating something beautiful for Durham—a place to gather, be nourished, and fed.

2500 Durham-Dayton Hwy #8, Durham | (805) 570-3588 |

Kimberley Humble

Supportive Conceptions Surrogacy Agency

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

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Free tuition Free childcare before & after school Individualized Nurturing Engaging Holistic

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(530) 345-6600 1010 Cleveland Ave., Chico, CA 95928

Is your baby struggling With sleep? I’m spending hours rocking my baby to sleep! My baby is waking up several times after I put her down! My baby will only sleep in my arms! My baby will only fall asleep if I breastfeed…

2. Set up an optimal sleep environment and a routine to prepare your baby for sleep.

Parents, do these struggles sound familiar to you? These are just a few common challenges many parents face when it comes to their baby’s sleep. We call these “sleep associations.”

4. Choose a response system different from what you have been doing before and stick to it.

A sleep association is anything your baby needs to fall asleep. As your baby grows out of the newborn stage, becoming more alert, he or she typically needs assistance to fall asleep, whether it’s contact, feeding, rocking, bouncing, a pacifier, or any moving device. These ways of falling asleep become daily habits, both on the parent’s end and for the baby, which then can lead to more frequent wake-ups. Helping your baby to sleep is completely expected in the first few months. However, between 3-4 months of age, babies have developed the ability to selfsoothe. This can be a good time to allow your baby the opportunity to fall asleep independently! Falling asleep independently leads to better sleep overall. Why? Because it’s natural to wake between sleep cycles, and a baby who initially fell asleep without assistance is much more likely to fall BACK asleep on their own. What does “falling asleep independently” look like? 1. Know when your baby is ready for sleep! 22

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3. Put your baby down awake, not asleep.

How your baby falls asleep plays a big role in how the nap or night will go. Some other common causes for sleep issues: No daytime schedule, overtired or under-tired, not following proper “wake windows”, distractions/too loud/too bright, etc., no routine, hunger, bedtime is too late, or bedtime is too early. As soon as you can address each of these factors and check them off the list, you are setting your baby up for healthy sleep! If you don’t know where to begin, simply start with a daytime schedule and routine. Babies thrive off of routine and predictability! Stay tuned for the next issue; I will share with you the steps you’ll want to learn, and the tools you’ll want to have, to establish a healthy sleep foundation, and the impact they have on your child’s sleep! Lacey Welker Certified Pediatric Sleep Specialist Owner and Founder of Catching Baby Zzz Instagram: @catchingbabyzzz

Emma Todd

Marcy Lord

Tula Therapy

Heirloom Kitchen

Emma Todd, MSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist and the founder of Tula Therapy— an integrative mental health practice in Chico. Raised in rural California, Emma learned to work hard and find creative solutions to common challenges. These values were integral to her creation of Tula and her desire to make mental healthcare more equitable and ethical. Since launching in November 2022, Emma and her team have served more than 200 individuals, contracted with four schools, provided workshops to local businesses, and are starting to host sensory-inclusive events in the community! Emma believes that access to mental healthcare is a fundamental human right, and Tula reflects these values by offering a wide range of services, including a sliding-scale clinic for those who are experiencing economic hardship. When she's off the clock, Emma loves learning how to play new instruments, crafting, gardening, watching British murder mystery shows, and hiking with her husband and sons, aged 3 and 6!

Marcy Lord, the culinary artist behind Marcy Lord Specialty Desserts and Catering, has curated an enchanting world of flavors since the inception of her business in early 2021. From innovative made-toorder cakes, charcuterie boards, and grazing tables, her offerings reflect a harmonious blend of tradition and unique flavors. With more than 30 years of baking expertise, she has captivated the taste buds of a growing local fan base of loyal clients who can't resist her signature desserts, take-home dinners, and office catering options. Marcy's journey, from a humble post on a local food group to becoming a sought-after pastry chef in Chico, to the uphill journey to opening day for Heirloom Kitchen is a testament to her passion, resilience, and unwavering commitment to quality and tenacity. Discover Heirloom Kitchen at 2720 Cohasset Road, Chico, for daily lunch cravings and grab-and-go options. With Marcy Lord, it's not just desserts, it's a lasting culinary impression. Connect at 530.354.6878 or on social media for a taste of her catering creations.

389 Connors Ct ste C, Chico (530) 212-0266 |

2720 Cohasset Rd, Chico | (530) 354-6878 |

Hannah Wing Wing Studios

Chico local Hannah Wing brought her vision to life with Wing Studios, creating a space where stylists immerse themselves in continuous education, and guests revel in a local experience with luxury services. With over eight years of industry experience, Hannah dedicates herself to perfecting her skills, establishing herself as a soughtafter blonding and luxury silk extension specialist. Throughout her career,

Hannah expanded her knowledge through U.S. classes, covering dynamic haircutting and blonding techniques. Her commitment earned multiple extension certificates and two awards as a supreme artist in the luxury silk extension brand, 'The Kacey Welch Method.' Driven by a passion for refining her craft, Hannah specializes in creating lasting, lived-in colors and styles. Her transformative hair services and informative approach draw clients nationwide to Chico, while she travels across California, visiting clients from Santa Rosa to coastal hotspots like San Diego. Wing Studios is more than a luxury hub; it empowers emerging hairstylists through assisting and apprenticeship programs, fostering confidence and instilling essential skills for a successful career. Each of Wing Studios' specialized stylists caters to all aspects of hair design. Interested in being a guest? Easily explore their website by visiting it at the address below to find the perfect stylist tailored to your unique beauty needs.

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Future Farmers of America:

Fostering the next generation of agricultural leaders

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members who have the opportunity to compete in various competitions, which include vet tech, veggie judging, creed public speaking, impromptu, opening and closing, job interview, and extemporaneous. These competitions allow for members to learn how to use leadership skills to work as a team, promote communication, help develop critical thinking, and recognize the hard work and dedication of their competitor. When a competitor competes in a competition, they have a requirement to wear FFA’s official dress. What is the official dress you may ask? It is a combination of a blue zipped-up corduroy jacket, a white collared shirt, an FFA official tie or scarf, black closed-toe shoes with black slacks and black socks

for boys or nylons and a black knee-length skirt for girls. The official dress symbolizes the importance of the agriculture industry through the people of FFA. CORE Butte FFA also has a variety of agricultural classes, such as Intro to Agriculture, Ag Bio, Ag Communications, Floral, Animal Science, Vet Science, and more. All ag classes are led by ag advisors Nicole Garcia and Angie Verar. Ag advisors are a very important part of FFA as their job is to teach students about the importance of agriculture in a variety of subjects while offering guidance and knowledge to help students succeed during their time in FFA. Another important aspect of FFA is SAE projects. SAE stands for Supervised


FFA is a youth organization that stands for Future Farmers of America. Its purpose is to develop competent and assertive agricultural leadership in individuals while preparing students for careers in science, business, and technology throughout the agriculture industry. FFA has over 945,000 members throughout more than 9,000 FFA Chapters including CORE Butte, a charter school located right here in Chico. CORE Butte FFA sets students up for success by helping them develop important skills such as public speaking, participating in and conducting business meetings, managing financial matters, enhancing problemsolving abilities, and most importantly fostering leadership qualities.

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Agriculture Experience. These projects allow students the opportunity to gain reallife agriculture experience outside of the classroom. These projects can be whatever a student wishes it to be, like raising an animal for the fair, growing a garden, working in orchards, or working on ag machinery. The possibilities are endless. At CORE, kids choose to get creative with their SAE projects, including students raising a simple market animal to developing a whole breeding operation. What students at CORE Butte accomplish is truly next level. CORE is also able to allow members to experience various conferences. Freshmen can go to the Greenhand Leadership Conference, sophomores can attend the Made For Excellence Conference, juniors can go to the Advanced Leadership Academy conference, and seniors can take part in Change Makers Summit. Along with the conferences divided up by grade level, all members have the opportunity to go to the Superior Region Convention, State Conference, and National Convention. Conferences teach members a variety of important aspects of life. Members get to explore career pathways, attend various workshops, and hear from keynote speakers. Most FFA Chapters also have an officer team, and CORE Butte happens to be among that group. FFA Officers have an important role in helping serve throughout

the chapter to bring people of the FFA group together as a unified whole. There are 8 different officer positions, and they all have an important role. The parliamentarian’s job is to advise members correctly in the name of the parliamentary law. The historian keeps and collects the history of the FFA chapters to be shared among the members. The sentinel assists the president while making sure members feel welcomed. The reporter makes sure that all FFA events are reported and marketed while informing the public about the FFA. The treasurer receives the chapter’s FFA funding and is in charge of any disbursements made in the account. The secretary’s job is to keep a record of all minutes and correspond with other secretaries. The vice president works closely with the president and takes place in any absences when needed. Lastly, the president watches over the meetings and coordinates chapter activities while offering all other officers guidance. FFA is truly a wonderful organization that not only helps members grow by teaching all of the life skills needed to succeed throughout future careers but also helps people grow as a whole. FFA has changed the lives of over 900,000 members and has helped members find themselves and what they want to do throughout their future careers. If your child is of age, think about encouraging them to join FFA and be a part of this amazing organization!

Margarita Madrigal, owner of Kleaning Moms, is more than a business owner, she's a mother of 4 successful children, including a daughter with special needs who inspires her daily. Margarita brings 10 years in business and a lifetime of experience overcoming challenges. She leads and empowers single moms to embrace entrepreneurship, never giving up on dreams, including home ownership. Kleaning Moms reflect a deep understanding of life's challenges and the strength to turn them into opportunities. Margarita’s success story extends beyond spotless spaces. (530) 321-8431

Mariah Atkin Bubble Bar Spa

Mariah Atkin is a mom, a Chico native, and the founder of Bubble Bar Spa. She has been in the beauty industry for five years and started with a bang from the beginning. Mariah has worked with the Butte College cosmetology program for three years bringing in excitement and education to students. Bubble Bar was created to bring result-driven services and welcome all through its doors. She is excited to grow and build her business with excellent providers and satisfied customers.

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Elizabeth Vichi

Full Circle Therapies

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

3250 2550Marigold Floral Avenue, Ave. Chico, ChicoCA (530) (530) 228-2222 892-9127

Dr. Diona Wikum Full Circle Therapies

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When Jason Bragg attended high school in Ojai, California, he enjoyed his history classes above all others. One problem was that some of his teachers lacked enthusiasm and charisma. In a word, they were boring. So when it came time to declare a major in college, he chose history. Bragg considered himself fortunate because he knew getting a degree in history led right to becoming a history teacher. It pretty much goes hand-inhand. After attending Ventura Junior College, he transferred to UC Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos!) and earned that B.A. in History. That directed he and his wife, Sharron, up to Chico where she had a job waiting and Jason could enroll in the Chico State teaching credential program. “Everyone I knew who was a teacher enjoyed it,” he said. “I also knew from the start I wanted to coach basketball.” After completing his student teaching at Pleasant Valley High, he noticed a story in the newspaper about the retirement of long-time Orland High history teacher Stan Kinnier. “I contacted Orland Unified, and they set up an interview. I got a teaching job in 1998. My salary was $26,400, and I thought I was really in the money.” During his first four years teaching, Bragg became the varsity girls’ basketball coach. In his fifth year, Jason took over the boys’ basketball program and held

that position for 12 years. In that time, his teams earned three league titles, played in the North Section Championship game four times, and won back-to-back playoff games in the state championships. 2023-2024 marks Bragg’s 26th year of teaching. Along the way, he’s seen many district changes, mostly positive. “OHS was at a low point from 2000 to 2003. We went through a number of principals until we hired an excellent administrator,” he said. These days, Orland High is an academically sound school offering a variety of electives and a wide selection of Advanced Placement courses. Bragg teaches AP History and Civics, where teaching the US Constitution is a primary focus. Also, OHS is a leader in sports success in the area, with football, tennis, and wrestling being perennial winners. “I've been fortunate to see the changes over the years,” said Jason. “It’s a great school with a dedicated faculty.” These days, Bragg is also co-president of the Orland Teachers Association along with fellow history teacher Mark Barnhart. This position has allowed him to see how the other grade levels operate. As for the future, Jason plans on retiring from Orland Unified in 10 years or so and watching his son, Jackson, graduate from college in Oregon, beginning his own life adventure. “I wouldn’t change much, if anything,” he said. “For me, it’s been a perfect career.”


Dr. Diona Wikum OTD R/L was raised in Chico and left to complete her clinical doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy with a pediatric track from Pacific University in 2015. Dr. Wikum has worked as lead OT at Full Circle Therapies since 2020. She has completed training in Total Motion Release-TOTS with a clinical focus on releasing physical restrictions in the body limiting pediatric motor skills development. Dr. Wikum's time outside of work is spent with her husband and her 3 children.

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Bianca Armanini CMG Home Loans

Cake pops—they're quick, they're easy, and best of all, they're mess-free when it comes time to devour them! Have fun with the kids and let them express their creativity with each individual pop!

Ingredients - 15 ounce box white cake mix, baked according to package directions in a 9×13 inch pan ▢- 10 ounce package dark chocolate melting wafers - 10 ounce package white chocolate melting wafers

Buttercream Frosting - 1 stick salted butter, softened - 2 ½ cups powdered sugar - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - 1 tablespoon milk - 24 Cake Pop Sticks

Directions In a bowl, whip the butter, then add in 1 cup of powdered sugar. Mix until combined. Add the vanilla and additional powdered sugar, a bit at a time. Add 1 tablespoon of milk to make the frosting thick and creamy. In a large bowl, crumble cooled cake into fine crumbs. Add 2 spoons of buttercream frosting to the cake. Combine with your hands. Slowly add more frosting until the cake holds together if squeezed. Roll cake mixture into balls and place onto a plate. Freeze for 10 minutes.

Meet Bianca—a dynamic force in the world of finance, specializing in assisting first-time home buyers with achieving their goals. Hailing from Maui, she brought her passion for community to Chico in 2012. As a proud alumna of Chico State, her love for her community fuels her commitment to turning dreams into reality. Beyond interest rates, Bianca believes in building lasting connections and creating a supportive home-buying experience. Join her in the pursuit of homeownership, where community and commitment converge.

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Tiffany Schulps Three Little Birds

Melt the wafers in two separate microwave safe bowls. Begin by heating for 30 seconds and then stirring. Pierce cake balls with cake pop sticks, then spin cake balls in melted wafers until coated. Before chocolate hardens, decorate with sprinkles or any other candy toppings you desire. Pierce other end of cake pop stick into foam and allow pop to cool upright. For an added level of fun, use food coloring gels to change the color of white chocolate melting wafers to whatever colors you desire! Enjoy!

Mama owned and operated, Three Little Birds is located in beautiful downtown Orland on 4th Street. Three Little Birds is known for their gently used baby and children’s clothing at affordable prices, NEW boutique clothing, high quality unique toys, and handmade local gifts. Tiffany makes the candles in the shop. Handmade, eco friendly, clean scents which are safer for you and your home. For over 11 years, her candles have been made in Orland with natural soy wax. Tiffany has Three Little Birds—Jack 10, Ruby 7, Dean 4. Visit her shop and see what everyone's chirping about.

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Mom Hacks for Instilling Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your Children “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” -Ann Landers Moms—the ultimate multitaskers juggling households and businesses. Let's make it a family affair—whether they're observing, interacting, or becoming part of the action, it's never too soon or too late to nurture kids’ entrepreneurial spirit. Here are some easy ways to get them started!

Conversational Check-ins: Incorporate daily emotional check-ins. We play a game called High-Low-Buffalo in our family where we take turns talking about the best part and the most challenging part of our day, and then answer a random question that we take turns choosing. Finance Education through Games: Use board games or online simulations to teach financial literacy. Games that involve budgeting and decision-making can be both educational and entertaining. 28

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Home Depot and Butte County Library sponsor build-your-own kits and project days that you can attend with your children.

Problem-Solving Challenges: Elevate problem-solving skills through real-life challenges. Share workplace scenarios with your children, inviting them to contribute their innovative perspectives. This not only nurtures critical thinking but also showcases the value of creative solutions.

Book Club: Start a family book club, or even one with friends, focused on literature that explores business, leadership, and personal development. Discussing these books can provide valuable insights and stimulate curiosity.

Mentorship Opportunities: Connect your children with mentors or role models in areas they show interest. I call it “Borrowing their Diploma”. If you don’t know someone personally, there are TED talks for kids or YouTube videos interviewing people on many diverse topics. I also love the podcasts SHORT & CURLY or YOUNG TREP—stories and inspiration from kidpreneurs. DIY Projects: Engage in do-it-yourself projects together. Whether it's building something or creating art, these activities encourage creativity and innovation.

Family Goal Setting: Set family goals and discuss progress regularly. This teaches children the importance of setting objectives and working collaboratively toward them. We try to make vision or goal boards at the beginning of the year and then hang them up where we can see them. We also try to add a chart to color in so that they are constantly interacting with the board. By incorporating these innovative approaches into family life, parents can create a nurturing environment that supports children's social-emotional growth and lays the groundwork for an entrepreneurial mindset.


Home-Based Ventures: Encourage small entrepreneurial projects at home, such as a family garden or a homemade goods business. This not only teaches practical skills but also instills a sense of responsibility and teamwork.

Payday or Monopoly can be great for this. I also found an online platform that teaches financial literacy to kids starting in Kindergarten:

COMMUNITY CALENDAR 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.

ONGOING Kids Tumbling Class @ Paradise Stronger | 6848 Skyway, Ste. P, Paradise Every Monday and Wednesday 3:30-4:20pm Ages 4-12. Tumbling classes utilize an array of movements, exercises and stretches to help kids improve muscle strength, and flexibility. Youth Climbing Team @ Terrain Park | 931 W 5th St, Chico Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-7pm Our teams learn how to climb basic bouldering routes, techniques for warming up, and cooling down. Kids with some previous climbing experience will learn new techniques and strategies to improve their strength and ability on the wall. Farmers Markets: Chico - North Valley Plaza 801 East Ave. - Wednesdays, 7:30am-12pm Chico - Downtown Chico Lot at E. 2nd St and Wall St. - 7:30am-1pm Oroville Convention Center Lot, 1200 Myers St. - Saturdays, 8am-12pm Afternoon Kids Club @ Oroville Library | 1820 Mitchell Ave, Oroville Every Wednesday 3:30-4pm Looking for a great way to spend an afternoon? Join your friends for awesome games, LEGOs, and more. Each week is a different activity at the Oroville branch of the Butte County Library. Kids N Kitties @ Chico Cat Cafe | 1725 Esplanade, Chico Wednesdays through December 13, 11am-12pm Our cats are eager to listen to youngsters ages 2-5 read to them, and the kids enjoy having the cats play around their feet. We will be doing a guided reading of 4 books in the cat lounge with the cats! The kiddos will have a chance to read to the kittos before the hour is up. Early Bird Skate @ Cal Skate | 2465 Carmichael Dr, Chico Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30pm Join us for our Early Bird Skate. Perfect for homeschoolers, youngsters, and anyone that wants to get a skate in before all the kids get out of school. Admission includes a quad skate rental. Movies at the Chico Library 1108 Sherman Ave Chico Thursdays 3-6pm Watch a free movie at the Chico Library! All ages welcome. Movie selections are posted in the building.

Downtown Oroville First Fridays | Every First Friday During these themed events, select shops keep their doors open later and invite you to enjoy a night of shopping and festivities! Held from 4–8 pm. Parent/Child Sign Language | Every Thursday 10-11:30am Meet new friends and learn how to communicate with your littlest ones every Thursday! Classes are available for $15 with sibling discounts available at Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Avenue Ste 140. Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Group | Every Friday, 3-4pm 1665 Esplanade, Chico. Led by facilitators, this group provides peer support to patients who are pregnant or have recently given birth. They provide active listening, validation and resources for further services in the community. Hear from other women and share your experiences at Women’s Services. Free Entry to Gateway Science Museum | Every First Friday, 11am-4pm Join us for Free First Fridays and visit the Gateway Science Museum. Share a laugh at the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibit. Dozens of animal friends are caught being clumsy, expressive, surprised and a bit random. First Fridays from 12-3! Chico Friends of the Library Book Sale | Every Saturday, 9-11am Come to the Chico Library and stock up on great reads for the home or to fill your favorite Little Free Library. Chess Club | Every Saturday Chico and Paradise Libraries Challenge your mind and enjoy the game of chess. Chico Chess Club is from 10:30am-noon and Paradise Chess Club is from 11am-4p,m in their respective libraries. Battle your friends and family for bragging rights. Community Resource Room Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month Come out for free basic art supplies (paint, glue, paper, and more), learning materials, activity ideas, and premade resource kits. Open to all; no registration required. Check our calendar for sites, between Gridley, Oroville and Chico, at Movies at the Oroville Library | 1820 Mitchell Ave, Oroville Every Saturday, 1-4pm Watch a free movie at the Oroville Library! All ages welcome. Movie selections are posted in the building.

February through March events can be found on the next page!



4-H Fun Night February 3rd, 4-7:30pm Fun for all! Bring cash and come support all of the Butte County 4-H kiddos at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St. in the Vanella Hall Building. Game booths, silent auction, cake walk, prizes, food and more. Registration for 2024 Little League Mondays starting February 5th - All day Registration for the 2024 Little League season is open in your community! Use the League Finder tool on to get connected to your local program to start the baseball or softball season. Wednesdays With Clay | 973 East Ave, Chico February 7th, 5:30-7:30pm Add a touch of fun and functionality to your home with Wednesdays with Clay slab-built wall pockets! Learn the craft of slab-building while creating unique wall decor. Supplies are included for an enjoyable and easy experience. Inclusion Program: Teen and Young Adult Hangout Night | February 8th, 5:30-7:30pm 545 Vallombrosa, Chico Come and join CARD’s Inclusion Program at a Hangout night for teens and young adults with disabilities. We will have games, art, light music, and time to socialize with each other! Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. 10th Annual Brick Builders Show February 10th, 10am-4pm Hope Commons Church, 1184 East Ave, Chico Join in on the fun and let your imaginations soar. Presented by Chico LUG (LEGO User Group) and Bryan's Bricks, this annual showcase is a family favorite. LEGO Vendors, great LEGO exhibits, LEGO build areas, LEGO activities for all ages and tons of raffle prizes! Raffle at 3:30 pm - you don't have to be present to win. Ties and Tiaras: A Father-Daughter Valentine’s Tea Party | February 10th, 3-5pm This one-of-a-kind event includes crafts, games, dancing and a magical tea party. $43 per couple, $21 additional daughter. Ages 3-8. Please register your child at Children's Choir of Chico's 16th Annual Fundraising Gala: Spring Equinox February 24th, 5-10pm Children’s Choir of Chico’s Annual Fundraising Gala includes Dinner, Live and Silent Auctions and Dancing! Featuring entertainment by Decades 30

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with performances by the CCOC Choirs. Enjoy a night of great music, delicious food and loads of fun for the entire family, all while supporting performing arts in our community! Adults $40, Children $10. (Ticket without dinner: $20)


"Grease" The Musical CUSD Center For The Arts | 1475 East Avenue March 1-10, 2024, Times Vary Get ready to relive the magic of "Grease" as this beloved musical takes center stage once again, promising a night filled with laughter, romance, and rock 'n' roll. Whether you're a fan from the past or discovering the story for the first time, the infectious energy and timeless charm of "Grease" will leave you dancing in the aisles and humming the unforgettable tunes long after the final curtain falls. Fossil Fridays @ Gateway Science Museum 625 Esplanade, Chico Friday, March 8th, 12pm-3pm Friday afternoons are a great time to discover prehistoric life. Watch a local paleontologist work with fossils in the Demo Lab! Ask them questions to learn even more. Mommy and Son Day Confetti & Co | 1080 Ewald Court, Paradise March 16th, 3-5pm Join Confetti & Co together with Moms of the Ridge for a magical afternoon filled with enchantment and fun at our Mommy & Son Magician Show & Pizza Party! This special event is tailored for mothers and their sons to create lasting memories together. Prepare to be amazed as our talented magicians weave spells of wonder and delight. Event Highlights: Spellbinding Magician Show: Witness mind-blowing magic tricks that will leave you in awe. Pizza Party: Enjoy a delicious array of pizzas to satisfy your taste buds. Quality Bonding: Strengthen the bond between mothers and sons through shared laughter and amazement. Interactive Activities: Engage in interactive activities and games for added enjoyment. Don't miss this opportunity to create enchanting memories with your son at our Mommy & Son Magician Show & Pizza Party. Get ready for an afternoon of laughter, magic, and quality time together! Get your tickets at: Springtime Delight @ CARD PV Recreation Center | 2320 North Ave, Chico Monday, March 18, 7:30am-5:30 pm Springtime Delight is a traditional day camp with activities ranging from games, kids’ clubs, sports,

crafts, and kids in the kitchen. The main camp programs and activities run from 9 AM to 4 PM. Camp hours are flexible to best meet your needs during the school break. Spring Sweets Baking Camp 545 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico Monday, March 18, 1:00pm-4:00 pm The sun’s out, so let’s get snacking on some icy delights! Kiddos can learn to whip up yummy popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and even fruitthemed cakesicles! Parents may attend for free. The event is in collaboration with Chico Princess Parties. Afternoon Tea Tasting The Allies Pub | 426 Broadway St Ste 130, Chico Sunday, March 24, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm A guided tea tasting! We’ll taste 5 unique loose leaf teas, learn to brew gong fu style, and discuss all sorts of interesting tea topics. Ticket price includes the tea tasting as well as a delicious fresh baked scone from Allies Pub with their homemade clotted cream & jam.


Sunny Garden Drop-In Playtime Sunny Garden Montessori 2801 Godman Avenue Ste 140, Chico Tuesday April 2, 10:00am-11:30 am Let your child lead the way at Sunny Garden's drop-in play! Offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays. BCOE Early Start families play for free! Early Bird Skate Cal Skate Chico 2465 Carmichael Drive, Chico April 3, 12:30pm-2:30pm This weekly event is for all ages! Head to Cal Skate every Wednesday from 12:30-2:30. $8.00 for admission, includes quad skates. You can rent inline skates for an additional $1. Perfect for homeschoolers! Toddler/Preschool Storytime Orland Free Library 333 Mill Street, Orland April 3, 11:00am-11:30am Come to Toddler/Preschool Storytime every Wednesday to encourage and support their love for learning. For toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers. Banff Mountain Film Festival Laxson Auditorium 400 W. 1st St, Chico April 5 and 6th, 6pm The ever-popular Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Chico with two evenings of

films that offer up stories of remote journeys, groundbreaking expeditions, and cuttingedge adventures told through the eyes of photographers, filmmakers, and explorers from around the globe. As in years past, each evening will feature a different film selection both nights. Join Chico Performances for a pre-performance Party on the Patio featuring food trucks, beverages, and live music. The fun starts at 6 PM, see you there! Math Carnival & Egg Hunt Thrive Steam Enrichment 1361 Hawthorne Ave, Chico April 6, 3:00pm-5:00pm Join us for this fun event filled with Educational Carnival Games, animal visits, egg hunts, face painting and more! This is a family event and kids are NOT to be dropped off without supervision. Please plan to attend as a family. Siblings, family and friends may also attend with you. Entry and parking are free for all. Wristbands available at the event. No need to pre-register. Just join us and have fun learning at Thrive. $10 for a wristband includes all math carnival games, egg hunt, animal visits and face painting. Open Gym at Athletic Horizons 415 Otterson Drive #70, Chico April 13, 10:00am-11:00am Let your big kids get their wiggles out and practice their skills at Open Gym! Fairy Tea Party @ Lakeside Pavilion 2565 California Park Dr., Chico April 14, 10:00am-11:00am Beloved fairies of the kingdom, a magical celebration awaits you! Join CARD in the enchanting realm of Pixie Hollow, adorned in your most exquisite gowns and shimmering wings. Let the festivities begin as we travel with Tinkerbell and her friends. BTG’s 16th Annual Walk4Water One Mile Picnic Area, Bidwell Park 851 Woodland Avenue, Chico April 13, 8:00am The Walk4Water is a fun and educational immersive experience for the whole family. Bring a bucket and enjoy a 2k or 5k walk in beautiful Bidwell Park. There are educational stations along the route, where participants can learn about the need for safe water sources globally and water conservation locally. Buckets will be filled at the midpoint, and carried to the end of the course, so that participants can better understand what people in developing countries experience every day.



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