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A quarterly resource celebrating family life in Butte county since 2004 Summer Issue 2016 May - June - July

Estate Planning It’s Not Too Early!

Grow, Cook, Share

Kids Cook the Montessori Way

A Day For Dad

Make it One to Remember

Summer Savings

Valuable Coupons Inside

Summer Camps! Helping Finance the American Dream of Homeownership in the North State!

Nothing beats summertime in Chico. I love the quiet mornings, the warm still evenings, spending time with my children home on summer break, and most of all, not having to pack school lunches! As much as I love summer, I also know that this time of year can be very exhausting trying to find things to do to keep your kids entertained, this is why my team and I have gathered many activities, camps and events for children of all ages sure to keep you and your family entertained all summer long. It is my hope that Growing Up Chico will be your go-to guide this summer!

DeAnna Holman 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 cats.

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I am really excited about our 5th annual Growing Up Chico Night! This year the event will take place on July 14th, from 6-9pm in the Downtown City Plaza. There will be many booths from our advertisers with fun giveaways, children’s activities, along with music and dance performances. I hope you and your family can make it to this one of a kind event.

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

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!

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All of us at Growing Up Chico are 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 (530) 518-6154

Nicole is Managing Partner of Harris & Plottel, LLP, an Elder Law and Estate Planning Firm. She is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Plottel is a Chico native and actively serves the local community as a Board Member for the Enloe Hospital Foundation and the Gateway Science Museum Community Advisory Board. She and her husband enjoy spending time in Bidwell Park with their two sons ages four and two.

Emily Hajec Emily from 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.

Kimberly Blaker For Advertising Information, Contact: Rachele Thompson-Marketing Manager (530) 519-0320 Advertising Deadline: To advertise in our upcoming Fall issue, please contact us by June 30th. Article and Photo Submission Deadline: Please submit family-friendly and seasonally appropriate photos and informative articles for the Fall Issue by June 30th. DeAnna Holman - Layout Design/Editor Darci Crossin - Graphic Design Terry Givens - Design/Special Projects 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 © 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.

Kimberly is the mother of two grown children. She is an author and freelance writer and owns and operates an antiquarian bookstore.

Christopher Mayer Christopher is a Financial Advisor, who is also insurance licensed with Edward Jones. He has been in the financial services industry locally for over 15 years. As an Edward Jones financial advisor, he believes it’s important to invest his time to understand what you’re working toward. Since moving to Chico almost 20 years ago, Chris has been actively involved in our local community. He is a Past President of the Chico Noon Exchange Club and serves on the Advisory Board for Wings of Eagles.

Cover Photo By: Bethany Clare Studio of Photography Bethany specializes in wedding and fine art photography here in Chico. She also does a small amount of family and senior portraits. Chico’s beautiful trees and several gorgeous event spaces provide amazing backdrops for clientele. Please inquire about her work at or call 530-­828-­9697.

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In This Issue: School and Home 10 Out of This World

An Incredible Waiting Room

12 Grow, Cook, Share

Sherwood Montessori’s Special Recipes

14 Estate Plan Now

Top 5 Things Parents Should Know

Family Time

16 Shrek the Musical Jr.

A Play By Kids, For Kids

18 A Day for Dad

Make This Father’s Day One to Remember

20 Money Matters

Avoid Emotional Investment Decisions

22 Beyond the Casserole 8 New Ways to Provide a Meal


24 Ask Your Family Therapist

Separation Anxiety in Older Children

26 DIY Vegetable Stamping

Creative Art from Chroma Workshop

Summer Fun 28 Summer Camps

Extensive List of Local Summer Camps

33 Summer Crafts

Splash Ball & Painted Dominoes

39 Summer Savings

Special Savings from our Advertisers

Local Guide 34 Event Calendar 38 Directories

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An Out-of-this-World Waiting Room By Emily Hajec Photos By Emily Hajec Photography


hen you think of your child’s dental office, what comes to mind? Perhaps the first thing you might envision is the waiting area. It is, after all, a very important element of the visit itself. It is the room that greets patients upon entry; the area in which your child will wait (sometimes anxiously) for their name to be called and then beckoned to the back for the impending exam. Sometimes the wait is a quick five minutes. Other times, it may be a bit longer. Either way, it is safe to say, most parents would argue that--regardless of the amount of wait time--the reception room of a pediatric dental office needs to offer plenty of stimulating activities for busy little bodies.


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r. Erik Roos, D.D.S., of Chico Pediatric Dentistry could not agree more. In fact, he spent nearly three years designing one of the most unique, interactive, imaginative play structures you might ever find in a doctor’s office (or anywhere for that matter!). It is one that is truly out of this world...quite literally and figuratively.


t first glance, the reception area of Chico Pediatric Dentistry is much like you would find at any ordinary dental office. There are rows of upholstered beam seating for patients; recent issues of People Magazine slightly strewn on the end tables; and framed photographs of smiling children adorning the walls. Yet in the far corner of the waiting room, there is something interesting; something large, something enticing. No, it is not your average bubble spewing fish tank, latest video game, or giant Lego table. It’s something exciting; something with a door. It is something that not even parents can avoid

exploring. It’s a spaceship!

Welcome. Access granted!” announces a Star Trek-esque voice as each “astronaut” enters through the dark, narrow tunnel leading into the shuttle. Once inside, turn a corner and imaginations are immediately transported to the final frontier! A dark, very life-like pilot’s compartment with a variety of consoles, dozens of different types of buttons, space sounds and various commands, star maps, and monitors light up the space shuttle’s cockpit. Children are put right in the captain’s seat of something straight out of Star Wars. It’s nothing short of pure, creative inventiveness.

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o why not offer kids just a simple, average play area--a few books, coloring activities, or video games?

Most dental reception rooms have an area reserved for children to sit and play. Many of these, however, are small

and cramped,” says Dr. Roos. “Given that we specialize in children’s dental health, we also wanted to provide a large area that encourages creative play. Since video games are so prevalent in our culture and are self-absorbing, this play structure instead offers kids a chance to interact and play with each other.”


s mentioned previously, the design and construction of the space ship took three years from start to finish. And while Dr. Roos was the master mind behind the idea of this marvelous play structure, he credits a team of incredibly talented people who helped him through the process of making his vision a reality. Felix Hofer is a master cabinet builder who was instrumental in the construction of the space ship; Britt McNairn is credited for her design and painting of the mural of Chico (which covers the outside of the space shuttle, and features iconic Chico buildings such as Collier’s, Bidwell Mansion, The Bear, and Bidwell Presbyterian); Gail Bellomy helped with the design and painting of the play area’s kitchen; Steve Whitfield assisted with the electrical assembly of the ship; and Chico Signs & Graphic Design constructed the plastic panels that hold all 90 buttons! Surprisingly enough (even with all the LED lights and buttons), the entire structure runs off of no more electrical power than a hand held hair dryer.


f you are lucky enough to be a patient at Chico Pediatric Dentistry, you know that both Dr. Roos and Dr. Tornabene are excellent dentists. But almost as important, when it comes to kids, they truly care about the experience their patients have when they visit. Not only will parents be sure to keep bi-annual appointments, their child will actually enjoy and look forward to them, and make some fun memories while they are at it!

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G ro w, C o o k , S h a re S h e r wo o d M o n t e s s o r i ’s S p e c i a l R e c i p e s

In the forward of the cookbook, Grow-Cook-Share, Michelle Yezbick, Director, Sherwood Montessori states: There is something very beautiful about children in the garden. One hundred years ago, Rome’s first female physician, Dr. Maria Montessori, noticed the same thing. Her work with children was leading her away from the path of medicine and she was becoming one of the world’s most innovative educators of all time. All that she accomplished, she did so by first carefully observing and being open to what the children had to teach her. In her training as a doctor, she had studied human development. It was the young children of the slums of Rome that brought her education to life and inspired her to dedicate her life to developing the Montessori Method of education; An education to free the human potential and create a peaceful future was her ambition, and, yes, gardening and cooking were a part of it. The recipes collected here are artifacts of the work we do in our school to honor the need to cultivate an authentic connection to the Earth enjoyed by well-balanced, healthy young people. It has been a joy and an honor to work with Chef Richie to bring these experiences to the students and families of the Sherwood community. It is our hope that this book will inspire this work beyond Sherwood and Chico, to children everywhere; because all children deserve this kind of education, and because we need more gardens and kitchens with happy, capable, and healthy kids learning how wonderful it is to be a person in this amazing world.

Eggpl ant Mi c h e lle This is a classic collaboration between school director Michelle and Chef Richie

Ingredients • • • •

1 large globe eggplant 2 oz. olive oil 2 tsp salt Curry powder


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Preheat oven to 500. Slice the eggplant in ½ -1 inch think rounds. You can either sauté or bake. Pat dry. Heat oil to very hot in a large sauté pan. Put the eggplant in slowly/carefully, then sprinkle salt evenly. If you are using a sheet pan in the oven, drizzle the oil evenly over the slices on the pan, salt evenly over all, and put in the oven. In the sauté pan, when brown on one side (very brown), turn over and brown the other side. On the sheet pan, just cook to very brown on the top side. No need to turn over. When done, sprinkle 1TB curry powder evenly over all. Eat, but be careful to not burn your mouth. Because of the oil, the eggplant is very hot. Optional: use only 1 tsp of salt and add 2 TB of tamari (or other soy sauce) drizzle after cooking.

Essent ial Oil Lemonade Lemon essential oil is an energizing oil best known for its cleansing properties and for providing circulatory support. Not to mention, it tastes delicious. In a ½ oz bottle, which can be found in health food stores or online and normally costs between $7-11, there are 250-275 drops made from about 75 lemons. This is another inexpensive and healthy alternative to soda. Cost is about 30 cents per 12 oz serving.


(For 1 gallon of lemonade) • 120 oz water (1 gallon minus 8 ounces) • 8 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice • 35 drops of essential oil • ¾ cup of organic sugar

Directions Mix all ingredients well to dissolve sugar.

Wate r me lon “Pi zza ” Directions

1. Cut one-inch thick slices of Watermelon. Be careful that your cuts are straight and the thickness is the same all around. 2. Make a fruit salad by dicing mixed fruits such as: apples, strawberries, kiwis, bananas, grapes, cantaloupe and any other seasonal fruits you like. You’ll need about 1 cup of the fruit mix for each slice of the watermelon. Squeeze the juice from half a lime into each cup of your fruit mix and stir. Top the slice of watermelon with the fruit, cut into 8 or more equal-sized wedges and serve. **Cookbooks are for sale for $10 (or $5 for free/reduced lunch eligible families). To find out where you can pick up your cookbook, please call 530-828-8890, or go to

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Top 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Estate Planning By Nicole Plottel


state planning can be confusing and intimidating, but it does not have to be. Here are five things all young families should know: 1. Estate planning is not only for the wealthy or the elderly. Estate plans are necessary for everyone. You are not alone in thinking, “I will make a Will once my kids are grown and I have an estate worth passing on to them.” Many new parents think they are too young, too healthy, or cannot afford to establish an estate plan. Whether you own your home or not, and whether you have $5.00 or $500,000.00, your most valuable assets are your children and for them, it is worth planning. A good estate plan for a young family should address who will manage your personal and financial affairs if you are unable (called an “Agent”), who will administer the estate when you die (“Trustee” or “Executor”), who will care for minor children (“Guardian”), and who will manage the children’s inheritance and in what specific manner. 2. Designate who will take care of your children…or the court will appoint someone for you. If both parents are deceased, the Court must appoint a Guardian for their minor children. Guardianship is further divided into Guardianship of the Person (who will physically take care of the child) and Guardianship of the Estate (who will manage the child’s money). Anyone can actually petition the Probate Court to become a Guardian, but only the Court can appoint the Guardian after evaluating the best interests of the child. The Judge gives much deference to the person(s) nominated by the parents in their Will(s). To avoid a potentially devastating family feud, the best thing parents can do is nominate a series of Guardians, both for the Person and the Estate, in a properly executed Will. 3. Leave clear instructions for your loved ones: Trusts vs. Wills. Wealth is only one factor in deciding between a Trust and a Will. Understand that Wills, by themselves, do not avoid a Probate procedure at death. A “Probate” is a Court supervised proceeding used to wind up a deceased person’s legal and financial affairs at death. If there is a valid Will, the Court ensures the terms of the Will are fulfilled and the assets are distributed to the named beneficiaries. If there is no Will, the Probate Code provides a hierarchy of heirs who

should inherit that person’s estate. The person administering the Estate (“Executor”) and the Executor’s Attorney are both entitled to be paid a percentage of the estate. To give you an example, the combined Executor’s and Attorney’s fees to administer a $300,000.00 estate would be $18,000.00 plus another $1,800.00 or so, in additional costs. Establishing a trust may not only avoid this expensive and public proceeding, but can provide clear instructions for the ongoing management of your children and their estate. Most parents are uncomfortable with the idea of an 18 year old managing any amount of money, let alone a large inheritance. Leaving assets to your children via a Will, or designating minor children as beneficiaries of a life insurance policy, will require a Guardianship of the Estate. This means the Court will supervise how the Guardian uses those funds until the child reaches the age of 18, at which point the Guardianship terminates and the child receives the money outright. Establishing a Living Trust with ongoing support provisions allows parents to maintain some control and encouragement over their children, even after age 18. For example, a typical testamentary Child’s Trust may distribute money outright only upon certain milestones (such as graduation from college) or upon certain ages (age 25, 30, and 35). The Trust remains private and is typically managed by a trusted loved one (called a “Trustee”), who follows your instructions in caring for the children until they become mature enough to manage it on their own. You do not need to be a millionaire to leave assets in trust for your children. Trusts can be incredibly useful tools in passing more than just money to your children: they can pass on your values and beliefs long after you are gone. 4. The Modern Family: Special circumstances require specialized planning. Trusts can also be customized to address special circumstances, such as a blended family or children with special needs. For example, in the case of a second marriage with children from prior relationships, it is critical to have clear instructions as to what happens at the first spouse’s death and what happens at the second spouse’s death. Failure to address these issues can result in a messy battle, dictated by the Court, with outcomes that may be inconsistent with your wishes. Likewise, leaving assets to children with special needs may have harmful effects on the public benefits on which they depend, such as

Medi-Cal or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). With the use of a Special Needs Trust and a carefully drafted estate plan, parents can still leave assets to that child without disrupting his/her Medi-Cal or SSI. 5. Every adult needs Powers of Attorney, regardless of wealth, age, or marital status. As parents, we are so focused on our children that we tend to neglect ourselves in more ways than one. People often think an estate plan is solely intended to distribute assets at death, perhaps avoid a probate or even minimize estate tax exposure - all relevant issues involving your wealth and your death. Equally important, and often overlooked, a good estate plan authorizes someone to properly manage your affairs while you are living, regardless of your age or the size of your estate. Executing appropriate durable powers of attorney, both for healthcare and financial decisions, regardless of whether you are married, single, wealthy, or not, is the most important component of a comprehensive estate plan. Do not presume that your spouse has the inherent authority to make life sustaining decisions for you if you become unable – he/she does not! If you lose capacity to make these decisions, a court may appoint someone to make them for you (called a “Conservator”). Likewise, you no longer have the authority to make these decisions for your 18 year old child if he becomes incompetent. While it may feel premature, any children 18 years or older should obtain an Advanced Health Care Directive. As parents, we are inherently concerned about the future of our children: we feed them nutritious food, we save for their education, and we hold their hands to cross the street. A proper Estate Plan is one more way of protecting our family and insuring our children are cared for. For more information on estate planning please visit

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Shrek the Musical, Jr. – A Play by Kids, For Kids


airytales. Usually when you think of fairytales, you think of princesses, kisses, magic, and cute animals. What does not jump to mind are: grumpy ogres, swamps, and donkeys. This May, Chico Performances, along with Playhouse Youth Theatre, is presenting just that: a fairytale that features an ogre, a donkey and a swamp – Shrek the Musical Jr. This musical, by kids for kids, features more than 20 local youth between the ages of 6 and 15, performing the roles that made the Disney movie famous. Princess Fiona, Donkey, and Lord Farquaad are featured, along with The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, the Wicked Witch and others. This 50 minute shortened stage version follows the original Disney movie story line: Shrek leads this cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue his princess and finds true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.


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Shrek the Musical Jr. transforms Laxson Auditorium into a slime filled swamp, full of classic fairytale creatures, on May 27th. Starring in the title role of Shrek, is 14 year old Annika Edstrom, from Inspire School of the Arts and Sciences. Annika has been performing in musicals since she was 7 years old and is excited because this will be her first title role. Annika has appeared on the Laxson stage before, playing the role of the March Hare in the 2014 Blue Room Youth Theater performances of Alice in Wonderland Jr. Donkey, Shrek’s crazy sidekick, will be played by Jana St. Cin, a student from Blue Oak Charter School. Jana has been performing since the age of 4. The role of Princess Fiona is being performed by Mazie Langan, a 17 year old student from Inspire School of the Arts and Sciences.

Directing Shrek Jr. is Lisa Schmidt, founder of the Playhouse Youth Theater. Lisa says the message of self-love and acceptance in this show is an important one, and a lesson we can all learn. Schmidt, who has been directing youth theater in the area for more than a decade, loves seeing her students grow and learn self-confidence when they perform. Helping Schmidt create a successful performance is Assistant Director, Thomas Billheimer II, a seasoned theater director himself, who has been involved in theater since he was a child. Stage managing will be Thomas Billheimer III, who says “Like my dad, I have been raised in a theater setting since I was young. I have performed in children’s theater for years, and now that I’m an adult, it’s great to see new youngsters take the stage. It’s such a rush to see them when they get to the stage at Laxson – it’s a much bigger venue than they are used to performing at.” The kids have been working hard with musical director, Kaila Davidson, to master the 18 songs in the show, which include “I’m a Believer,” as well as “Big Bright Beautiful World.” “On a stage as big as Laxson, we need to fill the area with lots of movement, to keep the musical interesting and moving along,” says Schmidt. “Our kids are learning to sing, create harmony, do movement, and focus.” Schmidt believes that this process, along with the performances, help children find confidence. “If they can perform on stage in front of 1000 people, they can do anything,” says Schmidt. The cast of Shrek the Musical Jr will perform three performances at Laxson Auditorium on Friday May 27 - two Field Trips for schools, and one evening show at 7:30 p.m. for the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at the, or by calling the University Box Office at (530) 898-6333.

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Memories of Dad: Purchase a scrapbook, and create a record of memories about your father and you. Include photos of special outings, events, and holidays you have had together and other memorabilia from family vacations and activities such as: concert or sporting event ticket stubs, postcards, and brochures. Next to each photo or item, describe your memories of those times together with your father. A Man to Remember: Get your creative juices flowing, and write a poem for your dad. You need not be a poet to come up with a few thoughtful words to say how much he means. Describe the impact he has had on your life, include how he has helped you to become the person you are today, and let him know what he is to you. When you are done, print it on stationary, matte it and frame it. Musical Moment: Take your father to see his favorite band or performing artist, enjoy a jazz or blues festival, or pack up some lawn chairs and enjoy a local concert-in-the-park.

Togetherness Takes Two: Has your dad been putting off the dreaded task of cleaning out his attic, basement, or garage? Give him a gift of shelving materials and brackets, wall racks, ceiling hooks, and storage crates. Then, spend the day helping him to get it organized while catching up on old times. World’s Greatest: Let Dad know that he is the greatest, 365 days a year! Give him a “World’s Greatest Dad” coffee mug, T-shirt, book cover, book marker, wallet card, or other trinket that he will see or use regularly.

Make This Father’s Day One to Remember

Sports Buff’s Surprise:Take your dad for a sporting good time. Play a game of golf, tennis, or basketball; go fishing at the river’s edge, or enjoy a paddle around a lake. If being a spectator is his thing, purchase tickets to his favorite sporting event such as a baseball or soccer game, boxing match, or auto race.

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. -- Anne Sexton

Weekend Getaway: Get in touch with nature, and each other, on a camping trip for two. Either “rough it” in a tent, or rent a mini cabin at a state park. Spend your weekend enjoying nature hikes, sight-seeing, fishing, boating, playing cards, and taking it easy together.

A Day for Dad:

By Kimberly Blaker


athers play a significant part in children’s lives. They influence children’s self-esteem and school performance, are important role models, and among other meaningful roles, make fun-loving playmates.

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Father’s Day is just around the corner; so do not be caught scrambling for the perfect way to show you care. Try some of these ideas, and make it a special day just for Dad that both of you will enjoy. Video Surprise: Make a “World’s Best Dad” video that he will treasure for years to come. Put on your brainstorming cap for your own ideas, or try some of these. On videotape, share special memories of your dad, sing to him, read him a poem, or do skits. Get the whole family involved and conduct interviews with each other with Dad as the main topic. Don’t forget your props, such as a banner, or collection of his prized possessions, including sports trophies or equipment which could help tell who he is. Finally, be sure to let him know just how much he means to you. King for the Day: It is not every day that Dad is waited on hand and foot. Offer to be his loyal servant for the day. Bring him coffee and toast in bed; fetch his newspaper; lie out his clothes, bath towel, and mat; be host or hostess and serve his beverages and snacks; clean up after him and anything else to give him the royal treatment.

Father’s Day Feast: As the old adage goes; the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So, treat dad to a mouth-watering meal on the bar-be-que. Fix him his favorite: steak, ribs, chicken, burgers, or chops for starters. Do not forget the grilled potatoes or squash, garlic bread or rolls, fresh green beans or asparagus, sweet corn, potato salad, and last but not least, his favorite dessert. Treat Him Like a King: What better way to show your appreciation for all his hard work than to indulge him? Give your father a gift certificate for a professional massage, which will be sure to please. Just the Two of Us: Put together a photo collage of you and your father. There are many ways to do this. Find instructions at your nearby craft store and create a Decoupage photo collage, keep it simple with a multi-photo frame, or purchase a unique 3D Photo Collage frame which can be found through a number of stores online.

“ Y o u n e e d n o t b e a p o e t t o co m e u p w i t h a f e w t h o u g h t f u l w o r d s t o s ay h o w m u c h h e m e a n s.”

Take a Stroll: Enjoy a peaceful walk together in the park or the country. Better yet, gather your bikes or roller blades, hit a scenic bike path, and enjoy the summer breeze.

“ G e t i n t o u c h w i t h n at u r e , a n d e a c h o t h e r , o n a c a m p i n g t r i p f o r t w o.” Certificates of Appreciation: Show Dad you appreciate his hard work by returning the favor. Make coupons that say: “In appreciation for all that you do, Dad, please redeem this certificate for a hassle-free car wash by me!” Other favors include: sweeping out the garage, mowing the lawn, or any other task for which he normally takes responsibility. Catch a Flick…..or Two: Treat your dad to a movie fest. Rent a couple newly released videos or some of his long time favorites, or head to the cinemas for a double feature. Whether you take the movies in at home or the theatre, do not forget the hot, buttered popcorn, candy, and soft drinks. Get in Touch with His Soft Side: Give your dad a book of poetry specially written for fathers. Try one of these: • Fathers: A Collection of Poems by David Ray and Judy Ray • To My Father with Love: A New Collection of Poems by Susan Polis Schultz • Thoughts to Share with a Wonderful Father: A Collection of Poems by Blue Mountain Arts Collections A Gift of Giving: Does your dad have a favorite cause or charity, such as the Humane Society, the Nature Conservancy, or American Cancer Society? If so, why not give him a membership or make a donation in his name? Remember that small donations add up and are always appreciated.

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Avoiding Emotional Investment Decisions

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hat is the biggest obstacle to your ability to invest successfully? Is it the ups and downs of the financial markets? Political events? The fact that you were not born rich? Actually, the chief hurdle you face is something over which you have control: your own emotions. Your emotions can lead to a variety of ill-advised investment behaviors, such as these:

• Cutting Losses – Declines in the financial markets can lead some

investors to try to “cut their losses” by selling investments whose price has declined. Yet, when prices have dropped, it may actually be a good time to buy investments, not sell them, especially when the investments are still fundamentally sound.

• Chasing Performance – In the investment world, the flip side

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of “fear” is “greed.” Just as some investors are propelled by fear of loss, others are motivated by quick, big gains. They may pursue “hot” investments, only to be disappointed when the sizzle quickly fizzles. Instead of trying to “score” that one big winner, you may be better off spreading your investment dollars among a range of vehicles – stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit (CDs) and so on. While diversification cannot guarantee a profit or protect against loss, it may help reduce the impact of market volatility on your portfolio.

• Focusing on the Short Term – When the market is down, you might

get somewhat upset when you view your monthly investment statements. But any individual statement is just a snapshot in time; if you were to chart your investment results over a period of 10, 15 or 20 years, you would see the true picture of how your portfolio is doing – and, in all likelihood, that picture would look better than a statement or two you received during a down market. In any case, do not overreact to shortterm downturns by making hasty “buy” or “sell” decisions. Instead, stick with a long-term strategy that’s appropriate for your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon.

• Heading to the Investment “Sidelines” – Some people get so

frustrated over market volatility that they throw up their hands and head to the investment “sidelines” until “things calm down.” And it’s certainly true that, when owning stocks, there are no guarantees; you do risk losing some, or all, of your investment. But, if you jump in and out of the market to “escape“ volatility, you may take on an even bigger risk – the risk of losing some of the growth you will need to reach your goals. Consider this: If you had invested $10,000 in a package of stocks mimicking the S&P 500 in December 1979, your investment would have grown to more than $426,000 by December 2013. But if you had missed just the 10 best days of the market during that time, your $10,000 would only have grown to less than $206,000 – a difference of about $220,000, according to Ned Davis Research, a leading investment research organization. The bottom line? Staying invested over the long term can pay off. (Keep in mind, though, that the S&P 500 is an unmanaged index and isn’t meant to depict an actual investment. Also, as you have no doubt heard, past performance is not a guarantee of future results.) Our emotions are useful in guiding us through many aspects of our lives, but when you invest, you are better off using your head – and not your heart. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. For more information, please contact: Christopher R. Mayer, AAMS | Financial Advisor | Edward Jones U.S.A. 1264 Esplanade | Chico, California 95926 530-345-8913 |

Beyond the Casserole: 8 New Ways to Provide a Meal

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ach time we added another child to our family, friends brought meals to our home to help with the transition. Adding a new baby to the family can temporarily turn the house upside down and having the privilege of a ready-made meal was a huge blessing. Now, when the opportunity presents itself, our family loves to turn that blessing around to others. Since casseroles are many people’s go-to dish, providing other meals can be a fun break for the family. Here are some ideas that will get you thinking outside the casserole dish: 1. Not just dinner: Families have to eat three meals a day, not just dinner. Try bringing muffins, fruit, yogurt, or an egg bake for breakfast. For lunch, bring sandwich fixings or soup, along with pre-cut veggies or a salad. Also consider bringing a breakfast dish for dinner. 2. No need to cook: No time to cook an extra

meal? Bring the family take out from their favorite restaurant or one that they have been wanting to try. Gift cards can also be an easy way to provide a meal for a family because they can use them at their leisure. A gift card for a restaurant that delivers is an added bonus. Another easy idea is to pick up a pizza and breadsticks or a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Provide a salad and dessert and dinner is served. 3. Meal train: If the family is in need of more than one meal, set up a meal train for them. Discuss what days of the week work best and how many meals they would like to have per week. Use a website like www. or www. to set up a meal schedule and recruit friends and family to fill the open slots. These websites work great because it allows you to list the families likes and dislikes, and best time to deliver. Utilize social media to recruit friends and family. 4. Fill the freezer: Another creative way to provide meals for families

is to stock the freezer and pantry. Make homemade items that freeze well like casseroles, soups, or crock pot meals. You can also pick up easy pre-made meals at the grocery store, like frozen ravioli, pizzas, and quick fix snacks like chicken tenders. Stock the pantry with staples like pasta and sauce, peanut butter, cereal, boxed dinners, rice, and other staples. Recruit friends to help and have one person deliver the items to the family.

snacks and special treats for the family. Other items like magazines, small toys, or a thoughtful card could also be added to the treat bag.

5. Lunch break: Many new moms struggle to find time to take care of themselves. Offer to bring lunch and stay to help out. Let mom put up her feet while you tidy up, play with the kids, vacuum, or hold the baby. Encourage her to take a short nap or a relaxing shower. These little gestures can make a big difference in someone’s day.

8. Grocery delivery: Many grocery stores provide online ordering and drive up service. Have the family order and pay for the groceries and offer to pick them up for them so they do not have to worry about running to the store. If you would like to go the extra mile, help carry them in and put them away. You can also check in with them before running errands for yourself and offer to pick up items they need. The family will be grateful they have one less errand to worry about.

6. Snack bag: Providing food does not have to mean providing a meal. Families need snacks, lunch box goodies, and quick fix items as much as they need meals. Consider providing these items or a small bag of

7. Keep it cool: When the family is busy or would prefer not to be interrupted, consider setting a cooler with ice on the porch. Friends can deliver the meal at their leisure and when the family is ready, they can find it in the cooler to heat up at their convenience.

Providing food for a family is a great way to show you care, especially during a time of transition.

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Ask Your Family Therapist

Welcome back to the parenting question and answer column for Growing Up Chico Magazine. Here, you get to ask those special questions that are in the back of your mind that you might be reluctant to ask a friend or relative. Or perhaps you would like information on dealing with inappropriate behavior, school problems or sibling conflict. I guarantee that your question will help many other parents. My answers are based on my experience as a mother and my work for over 35 years as a therapist for children and families. Please send your questions to: and the most interesting question received will win a copy of my book Let’s Color Your Feelings! Remember we keep your name and personal information confidential. I wish you a great summer with your children. Remember to keep activities simple, and make learning fun and you will create great family memories.

How can I get my eight year old son to stop whining when I ask him to do chores?

First, let’s relax and acknowledge that he is normal!

Then let’s examine what you want from this experience of his helping. Is it to teach him to contribute to the family, or because you really need the help, or both? If you want to teach responsibility, give him a short list of potential chores and then discuss what he would like to do. My young son loved to vacuum. He was so proud when he was done. As a working mom, I appreciated that the living room rug had at least the first layer of dirt removed and when I had more time, I could go back over it. So, pick something he might like, or a challenge he might enjoy. Do not expect him to do as good a job as you would. If you are overwhelmed by the housecleaning responsibilities in your home, you need to get more organized or settle for a different standard of clean. It is not your child’s job to pick up the slack. Often kids do like to help, so encourage that with lots of “I really appreciate your help. Thanks.” Understand that most children will need you to do it with them or at least be in the room. Sending him off to do chores on his own can be overwhelming, so whining can be his way of diverting your attention away from a task at which he thinks he will fail. If you can, pick a regular time each week for chores and limit distractions during that time.

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Use your imagination. Since play really is a child’s job, make chores more fun by having a reward. You can say, “Once you are done with your chore, you can pick out a game we can play before dinner.” You might also decorate some cleaning tools with stickers and set them aside for him. He could even name them something funny (Bob the Broom) and they could be his work crew. You can make it a game with a wheel of chores and a spinner. Then a timer would be set for the longest time available to complete the chore.

Can older kids experience separation anxiety? Is it normal and how should parents deal with it? Separation anxiety is usual in children up to age six. Beyond that, it is less common, but does arise when there are changes in the environment that has led to increased stress for your child. For example, changing schools, moving, or a divorce could lead your child to be clingier and less interested in leaving the house. Calmly listen to your child’s fears and acknowledge that you understand. Discuss alternatives that might help and let her pick one to start. Make a plan and praise her for any attempts to be more independent. For example, having Grandma drop them off at the new school might be less stressful. Or invite new neighbors to your house so the child may make new friends on her own terms.

A loss, such as the death of a family member or a divorce, can lead to some regression for children and they may need more affection and attention than normal. Pay attention to your own stress and know that children often act out when they feel that we are distracted or emotionally unavailable. If your child develops life altering specific phobias, panic attacks, social phobia, general anxiety throughout the day, or frequent physical complaints, she should be seen for a further assessment by your pediatrician, school counselor, or a family therapist.

What advice do you have for helping my older child accept that I have different expectations of him than his toddler sibling? Sometimes it really is hard to see the benefits of being the older child. Let’s face it, toddlers rule the house. Just keeping them safe is a full time job. I am sure that your older child has had to give up some freedom and your attention since the arrival of the little one. This is just part of a growing family life.

I do think that what your child cannot see is all that he can do that his younger sibling cannot. So start by reminding him when this happens. “How great it is that you are going to the movies? I bet your baby sister wishes she could go.” Share stories about when he was a toddler to encourage some empathy for his sibling’s small world. Be sure that you have some clear ways that you treat your older child differently. It should be clear that he has earned some special privileges for being the older child. For example, set a later bedtime for him, give more choices for activities and create regular “dates” with adults doing an activity he likes. Make him special and remind him how important he is to you and the whole family.


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Almond Country Farms Horse Camp

CONTACT: 343-1558, 570-5984 AGES: 4-15 years COST: $25 a day DATES: June 7th – August 25th DESCRIPTION: Horse Camp is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am-12pm for children ages 4-15 years old. Learn riding, care and all about horses. This camp runs weekly through summer break. Campers may come as often as they like, camp is on a daily sign-up.

Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary and Educational Center

Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary & Educational Center Summer Camp CONTACT: 831-915-3323 AGES: 5-11 years COST: $152/week or $45/day DATES: June 21st-June 24th 9am-2pm DESCRIPTION: Camp includes snacks, crafts, activities, tours, getting up close with the reptiles, meeting the trainers and learning all about exotic, endangered and local wildlife. Learn about their habitats and their habits!


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Chroma Camp - Exploration in Art CONTACT: AGES:7-14 COST: $40-$150 DATES: June 20-23, June 27-30, July 11-14, July 18-21, August 1-4, August 8-11 DESCRIPTION: Chroma Camp is a series of week-long art workshops held at Blue Oak School for children ages 7-12. Each week, we will have a different theme highlighting a creative medium. We will integrate music, movement, experiment with different tools and materials, and discuss artistic history. Students will expand their creative ideas and abilities. At the conclusion of each week, we will have an artist reception where the children’s work will be celebrated.

CONTACT: 899-0335 AGES: 6-12 years COST: $145.00 per week DATES: 6/8/2016-8/12/2016 DESCRIPTION: Superhero blast off into summer with the Boys and Girls Club’s Camp Journey. Our full service camp serves youth ages 6-12. We are open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-6:00pm and the cost is $140.00 per week. Each week campers will embark on a new adventure filled with sports, arts, science, and more. It also includes weekly local field trips, swimming, as well as trips to Sacramento Zoo and more!

Boys and Girls Club of the North Valley – Paradise Location Camp Quest

CONTACT: 530-872-0562 AGES: 6-12 years COST: $125.00 per week DATES: 6/6/2016-8/12/2016 DESCRIPTION: Jump into The Magic Clubhouse and join us for a summer with the Boys and Girls Club’s Camp Quest. Our full service camp serves youth ages 6-12. We are open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm and the cost is $125.00 per week. Each week campers will embark on a new adventure filled with sports, arts, science, and more. It also includes weekly local field trips, swimming, as well as trips to Sacramento Zoo and more!

Bidwell Presbyterian Church / Kidwell Park Kidwell Park VBX 2016 CONTACT: 343-1484 AGES: 1st -6th grade COST: $55 DATES: June 27th-July 1st DESCRIPTION: Vacation Bible eXperience is Kidwell Park’s annual week long summer camp! Open to kids in 1st-6th grade, VBX is a fun filled week of discovering God’s love. This year we will learn to “Walk this Way” as we follow the ultimate trail guide, God! VBX is a morning camp from 9am-12pm, June 27th-July 1st. Visit for more information and registration.

Kidwell Park VBX JR 2016

CONTACT: 343-1484 AGES: 3years – Kindergarten COST: $45 DATES: June 21st – June 23rd DESCRIPTION: Vacation Bible eXperience is Kidwell Park’s annual summer camp for preschool & kindergarten age children! This year we will “Walk this Way” as we get to know and follow God. He is the ultimate trail guide

who made us, loves us and wants to our friend forever! VBX JR is a morning camp from 9am11:30am, June 21st-23rd. Visit for more information and registration.

Bricks 4 Kidz Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camps

New Address: 1141 Forest Ave., Ste 40 CONTACT: 332-9172 AGES: See Below COST: Varies, please call. DATES: See below DESCRIPTION: June 6th-10th, 8:30-11:30: Mining & Crafting Mob Attack for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Stop Motion Animation for ages 7-13. June 13th-17th, 8:30-11:30: Galaxy Far, Far Away Camp for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Animal Grossology Camp for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Jr. Robotics for ages 7-13. June 20th -24th, 8:30-11:30: Super Hero Academy for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Emmett’s LEGO@ WORLD for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Mind Storm Robotics for ages 7+. June 27th- July 1st: 8:30-11:30: Wizards and Muggles Camp for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Brick Fusion Mash Up Camp for ages 6-12. July 11th-15th, 8:30-11:30: Brick Explorer Quest Camp for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Bricks 4 Girlz for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Mind Storm Robotics ll for ages 7+. July 18th-22nd, 8:30-11:30: Jurassic Brick Camp for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Stop Motion Animation for ages 7-13. July 25th-29th, 8:30-11:30: Ninja Camp for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Mine Craft Mania for ages 6-12. August 1st–5th, 8:30-11:30: Brick Critters Camp for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Model Designer 101 for ages 7-13, 12:30-3:30: Mind Storm Robotics for ages 7+. August 15th-16th- 17th, 8:30-11:30: Pokémon Camp for ages 6-12, 12:30-3:30: Comic Book Creator Camp for ages 7-13.

Butte County 4-H Youth Development Program 4-H Camp at Camp Rockin’ U

CONTACT: 538-7201 AGES: 9-18 years COST: $275 DATES: June 26th-June 30th DESCTIPTION: This is your invitation to fun, learning and adventure! Come new friends and enjoy hiking, swimming, sports, fishing, kayaking/canoeing, nature study, crafts, campfires, singing and games - all at 4-H Summer Camp. The camp is located at Lake Francis in Butte County. The camp has newer cabins with bunks built to sleep 10 maximum which will include: 1 adult plus teen counselors and campers. There is a large indoor and outdoor dining area. A Nurse is also part of our full-time staff. This is Butte County 4-H’s fifth year to have camp at Camp Rockin U. Contact the 4-H office at 538-7201 for more information.

Butte County O ce of Education Junior Golf Camp

CONTACT: 530-532-3051 AGES: 7-14 COST: $125 per week DATES: June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29, & August 1-5 DESCTIPTION: The Junior Golf Camp consists of three hours of golf instruction followed by an afternoon of organized games and activities. Participates will learn valuable life skills from the game of golf, etiquette, and First Tee Nine Core Values. Our course golf instruction is led by local golf professionals at Sunset Hills Golf Course in Chico.

Chico Area Recreation and Park District Sports Camps CONTACT: (530) 895-4711 AGES: Varies, see website COST: Varies, see website DATES: Varies June 6–Aug. 17, see website DESCRIPTION: Sports Camps CONTACT: (530) 895-4711, AGES: Varies, see website COST: Varies, see website DATES: Varies June 6–Aug. 17, see website DESCRIPTION: CARD’s numerous sports camps teach new skills, build character, and inspire fun while using teamwork and sportsmanship. They include but are not limited to: Baseball Camp, Basketball Camp, Soccer Camp, Flag Football Camp, Girl Power Sports Camp, Olympics, Tennis Camp, Volleyball Camp, and Water Polo Camp.

Young Child Camps

CONTACT: (530) 895-4711 AGES: 3-7 COST: Various (see description) DATES: Various (see description) DESCRIPTION: Toddler Sports Camp helps build a love of sports (dates: starts June 6, new sport each week; cost: $99 half day). A Bug’s Life Camp takes a hands-on look at life from a bug’s perspective (ages: 5–7; dates: 6/13–6/17 and/or 8/8–8/12; cost: $129 half day). My First Camp introduces little ones to day camp with songs, crafts, and games (ages: 3–5; dates: 6/20– 6/24 and/or 7/25–7/29; cost: $129 half day).

CARD Camps

CONTACT: (530) 895-4711 AGES: Varies, see website COST: Varies, see website DATES: Varies June 6–Aug. 17, see website DESCRIPTION: CARD hosts numerous camps that entertain a vast range of interests: Academy of Rock & Recording, American Doll Camp, Art Camps, BMX, Mountain Bike Camps, Camp Chico Creek, Camp Chi-DaCa (Indian), Camp Chi-Da-Ca (Papoose), Cooking Camps, Dance Camps, Lego Camps,

Pottery Camps, Sewing Camps, Sk8 Camp, Survival Skills & Outdoor Adventure, Tabletop Camp (i.e. Board Games), and Summertime Delight.

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp

CONTACT: 916-596-1694 AGES: 3-16 COST: $88-$181 DATES: Chico: June 6th –10th & June 27th – July 1st, Oroville: July 18th – 22nd Paradise: July 25th – 29th DESCRIPTION: The most popular soccer camp in the country is based upon one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer! Our experienced staff study the game at all levels and we identify key techniques that your players need to master to reach their true potential. With programs for each age, the curriculums include a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer and small-sided games.

Chico Art School Fun with Drawing & Painting

CONTACT: 570-3895 AGES: 7-12 COST: $139 DATES: June 27th -30th, Aug. 8th-11th 9:30-11:30 DESCRIPTION: Enjoy painting and drawing lessons with instructor, Janet Lombardi Blixt. All levels are accepted. Learn to work in charcoal, graphite, tempera and watercolor. Lessons will include the basics of drawing and painting. Like us on Facebook or visit our website,, for more information.

Chico Cheer All Stars, Inc. Chico Cheer Summer Camps

CONTACT: 894-2227 AGES: 5 years and up COST: 1st camp $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50 DATES: Monday-Thursday 10am-2pm in July DESCRIPTION: Beginners Cheer Camp: July 11th-14th. Athletes will learn basic cheerleading motions and terminology, tumbling, jumps and a special dance to perform on the final day! Tumbling Camp: July 18th-21st- If your child loves to tumble, this is the perfect camp to help them succeed. Beginners will work on basic tumbling skills and jumps. For the advanced tumblers (back handsprings or above), focus will be on higher level tumbling such as: tucks, layouts and full’s. Stunt Camp: July 25th-28th. Kids will learn the proper technique to base, back spot or fly in a variety of cheerleading stunts throughout the week. Special focus is on flexibility and proper technique. All camps run 10am-2pm with a ½ hour lunch. Please wear shorts and a

tank top or tee with flexible tennis shoes and bring a sack lunch.

Chico Creek Dance Centre Show*Kids “Fairytale Fantasyland” Dance Camp CONTACT: 893-9028 AGES: 4-10 years COST: $150 DATES: June 6th-17th DESCRIPTION: Show*Kids dance camp offers an experience in the wonderful world of dance and theater! Campers learn several dance styles, sing, create props and crafts, and have tons of fun! We put it all together for 2 performances for friends and family!

Chico Creek Nature Center Camp Chico Creek

CONTACT: 530-891-4671 AGES: 5-11 years COST: $27 to $200 (daily rates and weekly discounts) DATES: June 3rd to August 17th DESCRIPTION: The Chico Creek Nature Center, located in the heart of Bidwell Park, presents nature education day camps for children ages 5 to 11. The program is 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, outdoor games, arts and crafts, and swimming in Big Chico Creek. We offer full day and half day camp with flexible daily or weekly scheduling for ages 5 to 11 all summer.

Chico Montessori Children’s House Chico Montessori Summer Camp

CONTACT: 342-5518 AGES: 2.9-5 years COST: $165-$335 DATES: June 13th – August 19th DESCRIPTION: We are offering 5 summer camps sessions, this year- Science: June 13th-24th, Insects: June 27th-July 8th, Art: July 11th-22nd, The Solar System: July 25thAugust 5th and Dinosaurs: August 8th-19th. All are two week sessions with am, pm and full days available. We will have multiple hands on activities, including our Montessori materials. Every day will include water play so bring a swim suit!

Christine Mac Shane’s Studio 561 Children’s Art Classes

CONTACT: (530) 370-1285 AGES: 6 and up COST: $20 per class DATES: Fridays 9am-11am DESCRIPTION: We will be doing a variety of acrylic paintings, collages, mixed media, and


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Durham Recreation & Park District Camp Durham-azing

CONTACT: 345-1921 AGES: K-2nd and 3rd-6th COST: $135 weekly (Full Day), $90 weekly (Half Day), $35 Drop-In (Full Day), $20 Drop-In (Half Day) DATES: June 6 - August 12 (Weekly Sessions) DESCRIPTION: Join your friends and your favorite camp staff for a week of summer time fun. Weekly camp themes will incorporate a variety of activities such as: outdoor games, team building events, group challenges, crazy crafts, silly projects, field trips, Free-Lunch Fridays, the bounce house, pool time, music, and more!


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Equestrians In Harmony EIH Vaulting Summer Camp

CONTACT: 200-3944 AGES: 7 years and up COST: $125 DATES: August 5th-August 7th DESCRIPTION: What is horse vaulting? Vaulting is a unique and growing sport which combines gymnastics, dance and freestyle on a moving horse. The EIH Vaulting Summer Camp is 3 half days filled with activities from 9am-noon. These include: Exercise for Body Awareness, Active & Passive Stretching, Beginning Gymnastic Skills, Barrel Work for Introducing Vaulting Moves, Vaulting on Horseback, Horsemanship & Knowledge Challenges, Games & More Fun Activities.

Forebay Aquatic Center Youth Aquatic Camp/ Middle-High School Rowing Camp

CONTACT: 774-7934 AGES: Aquatic Camps 7-12; Rowing Camps 12+ COST: $150, Scholarships available DATES: Weekly beginning June 6th DESCRIPTION: Our Youth Aquatic Camp

highlights boating and water safety, utilizing sailboats, stand up paddle boards, canoes, kayaks, and sailboards. Children will learn how to safely navigate each type of watercraft on the Forebay. The Rowing Camps feature water and boating safety and team or crew rowing. This exciting sport builds confidence, fitness, team spirit and FUN! These camps offer the opportunity to row on a team year round and could provide a lifetime of enjoyment and even college scholarships.

FunLand/ Cal Skate Chico FunLand Extreme Fun Summer Camps

CONTACT: 343-1601 AGES: 5-12 years COST: $150 all day (9-5) or $120 mornings (9-1) DATES: Session 1: June 13th-17th, Session 2: June 27th-July 1st, Session 3: July 11th-15th, Session 4: July 25th-29th, Session 5: August 8th-12th. DESCRIPTION: These summer camps are designed to be a fun, heart-healthy, active alternative to the ‘normal’ Summer Camp. This is a chance for the campers to do everything FunLand and Cal Skate has to offer, and then some! Campers can spend the morning or the whole day doing things not normally offered to the public. Activities will include, but are not limited to: Skating, minigolfing, batting, arts/crafts, arcade games, dodge ball, hockey and more!

Gateway Science Museum Jurassic Jr. Scientist Camp

CONTACT: 898-4121 AGES: 4th-6th Grades COST: $210, ask about member and multiple sessions discounts DATES: June 20th- 24th DESCRIPTION: From 9am-3pm, join Gateway Science Museum for a week-long Jurassic adventure! Explore fascinating themes such as: paleontology, paleoecology, and geology while we investigate California’s transformative history. Dig up fossils, rocks and minerals, explore huge geologic events, and discover just how much our Earth has changed through time. Don’t miss this Jurassic Journey!!

Forensics Jr. Detective Camp

CONTACT: 898-4121 AGES: 4th-6th Grades COST: $210, ask about member and multiple sessions discounts DATES: June 27th -July 1st DESCRIPTION: Become a super-sleuth and solve case study mysteries using deductive reasoning, while applying the scientific method. Use DNA analysis, fingerprinting, chromatography and more to analyze evidence and draw conclusions while creating your own Detective Casebook. The class is from 9am-3pm.

Jurassic Senior Institute

CONTACT: 898-4121 AGES: 7th-9th Grades COST: $225, ask about member and multiple sessions discounts DATES: July 11th - 14th DESCRIPTION: In this four day institute, participants will take an in-depth look into paleontology, paleoecology, and geology. Discover the important role DNA plays in the study of ancient human, animal and plant remains. Using case studies, participants will focus on lab techniques, critical thinking, and scientific reasoning. The class is from 9am-3pm.

HYPE Dance Studio HYPE’s Summer Dance Camps 2016

CONTACT: 898-8789 AGES: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 COST: $90.00 - $120.00 DATES: June 13 - August 1 DESCRIPTION: HYPE summer camps are SUMMER FUN! We provide dance training and encouragement to all our campers, as well as a sense of accomplishment and inspiration to help continue improving their skills. Campers develop great friendships and longlasting memories! Disney Princess Camp: June 13-15 Pop Starz Camp: June 20-23 Frozen Camp #1: June 27-29 Hip Hop Camp: July 11-14 Pom Camp: July 18-20 Frozen Camp #2: July 25-27

In Motion Fitness Kids In Motion Swim Camps

CONTACT: 895-5437 AGES: 4-8yrs COST: $105 per child per session DATES: June 13th, June 27th, July 11th, July 25th, Aug. 8th DESCRIPTION: Kids in Motion summer camps are jam packed with swimming, art, science, nutrition, games and exercise. Your little one will be having non-stop fun with our amazing staff and will be safe under the watchful eyes of our certified life guards. Space is limited, so call to sign up today! For information about camps for kids ages 9-13yrs, please contact the fitness department at In Motion Fitness.

Kids Summer Fit Camps

CONTACT: 895-5437 AGES: 8-13 COST: $105 per session, $10 off 2nd child DATES: Held weekly in June, July & August DESCRIPTION: At Fit Camp, your child will be exposed to a variety of fun activities that focus on the following areas: Cardiovascular Fitness, Strength Training, Games/Skills,

and swimming; all tailored to the younger child who is just getting interested in fitness as a lifestyle. Your child will have their own certified personal trainer who holds a passion for keeping exercise fun and interesting for young children, while hopefully fostering a lifelong dedication to their own health and wellness. Camps run Mon-Fri from 9am-1pm.

are guaranteed to be fun for everyone. Enjoy Kitchen Cooking, Wacky Water Week, Goopy Gak Attack and more. KidsPark summer camps have been creating great summer memories for the last 9 years! Call now for more information.

J Robinson Wrestling Camps J Robinson Technique Wrestling Camp

CONTACT: 343-3044 AGES: 3-7 years COST: $110-$160 per 2 week session, 2-5 day options, some lunch and full day options available by request DATES: June 6th-July 29th, closed July 4th-5th DESCRIPTION: Themes include: Dinosaurs, America, Messy Days, Science Experiments and more. Enjoy themed crafts, gardening, songs, water play, organic nutritious snacks, and a lot of fun! Try 2 weeks at a time or all summer!

CONTACT: 612-349-6585 AGES: 8 - 18 COST: $499 Dorm Resident, $379 Commuter DATES: July 24th – 28th DESCRIPTION: Featuring Chico native Nahshon Garrett, a 4X All-American and 2016 NCAA Division I National Champion, J Robinson Wrestling Camps will host a 5-Day Technique Wrestling Camp at CSU, Chico. Younger age groups will focus on basic fundamentals; older age groups will focus on advanced technique and match strategy. Learn more and register for the nation’s #1 wrestling camp system at

KIDS Outdoor Sports Camp Kids Outdoor Sports Camp (KOSC)

CONTACT: 304-2520 AGES: 10-16 COST: $800 DATES: June 12th-17th, June 19th-24th, July 10th-15th DESCRIPTION: Camps are week long, Sunday-Friday. Youth are educated about the outdoors, wildlife, and hobbies to last a lifetime. Classes include: Hunter Ed, First Aid, Wildlife Conservation and Habitat, and hands on training with shotguns, rifles, archery and fishing. Youth receive a hunter ed certification if they pass the exam at the end of the week. All the tools for the training are provided by KOSC. The campers need to bring their sleeping bags, pillows and personal items. Sleeping quarters are separate for boys and girls and are indoors. It is requested that all electronic devices are left at home except for cameras. If they bring cameras (disposable or case, please make sure they are labeled). This year KOSC is celebrating their 19th year in operation and have hosted kids from most states and some from other countries.

KidsPark Camp KidsPark

CONTACT: 894-6800 AGES: 2-12 COST: Hourly or day rates DATES: June 8th – August 7th, weekly themed summer camps DESCRIPTION: KidsPark is offering fun, weekly themed summer camps. Each week is packed full of a variety of activities that

La Casita Primera Preschool LCP Summer Program

My Fencing Center My Fencing Center Fun Fencing Camp CONTACT: (530) 828-1718 AGES: 8-12 years COST: $130.00 each session DATES: June 21-23, July 12-14, July 19-21, July 26-28, August 2-4, August 16-18. DESCRIPTION: We offer weekly, half-day camps for kids during the summer. We teach the basics: footwork, bladework and rules- in a safe, positive environment. Fencers new and returning will get plenty of opportunities to use their new skills in sparring situations. We teach epee in all of our camps. Kids will also have the opportunity to learn to play the game of chess. Fencing is often called “Physical Chess” and is a great way for students to start learning about strategies they can use on the fencing strip. Kids are to wear fitting tennis shoes (no sandals allowed) and are to bring their own snacks (no snacks containing nuts allowed). Juice, water, or sports drinks are allowed (soda is discouraged).

North State Ballet Ballet Intensive 1

CONTACT: 774-2364 AGES: 10 and up COST: $600 (2 weeks), $350 (1week), or $70 (daily) DATES: June 20th-July 1st DESCRIPTION: Ballet Intensive 1 is geared for intermediate and advanced ballet students. NSB will be hosting guest master instructors in multiple genres of dance. This program will run for up to two weeks, Monday-Friday from 9am3pm. NSB students will receive a 10% discount (5% for non-NSB students) if registered and paid by June 1st.

Ballet Intensive 2

CONTACT: 774-2364

AGES: 6 and up COST: $120 DATES: July 11th-14th DESCRIPTION: Ballet Intensive 2 is geared for our beginning and early intermediate ballet students. NSB will be hosting quest master instructors in multiple genres of dance. This program will run from 9am-12:30pm for 4 days. NSB students will receive a 10% discount (5% for non-NSB students) if registered and paid by June 1st.

Silver Dollar BMX BMX Camp

CONTACT: 895-4711 AGES: 4 years and up COST: $110 per week DATES: 6/20-6/24, 6/27-7/1, 7/11-7/15 DESCRIPTION: CARD and Silver Dollar BMX have partnered to bring BMX to Chico for the 8th summer. Come and meet our professional instructor, Jake Peebles, and other national champion instructors. Whether you are just beginning, or have some experience, you will not want to miss out on Jake’s secrets! This camp features basic instruction from the starting gate to the finish line, including: gate starts, passing, jumps and more!

The Progressive Schoolhouse 25th Annual Summer Arts Program

CONTACT: 345-5665 AGES: 5 years and up COST: $35-$130/Flexible schedule DATES: June 13th – July 29th, Mon.- Fri. DESCRIPTION: For ages 5 and up, we offer seven weeks of art instruction. The program is individualized developmental supportive and offers flexible scheduling. Sign up for 1 day or more per week. Rates will vary with scheduling choices. Weekly disciplines include instruction in: ceramics, drawing, painting, textiles arts, theatre arts, sculpture, pen and ink and print making.

The Wright Keys Carnival of the Animals

CONTACT: 781-2224 AGES: 8 and up COST: $110 DATES: July 18th-22nd, 1:00-3:00 PM DESCRIPTION: Join us for a hands-on exploration of the instruments, rhythms, and melodies of the 14 animals depicted in this fun musical piece. The student workbook has room for coloring, music games, and composing for your own imaginary animal! The materials fee is included in the cost.

Decoded – Music Mysteries Revealed! CONTACT: 781-2224


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G UID E 20 16 Continued AGES:7-10 COST: $160 for Turtle Bay members/$180 for non-members DATES: June 13th – 17th DESCRIPTION: We love nature! If you agree, then this week is for you! Do you like being outside and want to know more about the natural world that surrounds us? Get ready to learn about, and explore nature during a week of Junior Naturalist Camp! Bring your adventurous mind and willingness to learn through hands-on activities to show appreciation, care, and concern for nature. Registration deadline is May 31, 2016.

Aquatic Explorers AGES: 5-7 and 8+ COST: $110 DATES: June 27th-July 1st, 1-2pm for 5-7 year olds and 2-3pm for 8 years and up DESCRIPTION: Want to get a grip on note names, master “scaley” monsters, conquer chords, compose like Mozart, and learn to improvise a simple rhythm or melody? It’s all here in a fun week of Music Sudoku, singing, Boomwhackers, keyboards, and kazoos!

Pirate Island Music Adventure

CONTACT: 781-2224 AGES: 6-8 @10:00-2:00 COST: $150.00 DATES: June 27th-30th M-Th DESCRIPTION: This summer, come experience classical music as an adventure! In our Fun with Composers Camp, students will take part in activities such as storytelling, singing, movement, drama, games and crafts. They are all part of the adventures of Sneaky Sam the dancing pirate, and you are invited to come aboard for fun! As part of the fun, students will prepare a musical presentation for family and friends!

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

1335 Arboretum Dr., Suite A, Redding, CA 96003

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Discovery Camp: Too Small To See

CONTACT: 530-242-3108 AGES:7-10 COST: $160 for Turtle Bay members/$180 for non-members DATES: June 6th - 10th DESCRIPTION: Join us and explore the world of things that are too small for our human eyes to see! How do magnets and sound waves work? When objects are at the nanoscale, they can have different properties and behave oddly. Become a scientist and discover through experiments and observations the up and coming world of nanotechnology. Registration deadline is May 23, 2016.

Discovery Camp: Junior Naturalists


CONTACT: 530-242-3108

CONTACT: 530-242-3108 AGES:7-10 COST: $160 for Turtle Bay members/$180 for non-members DATES: June 20th-24th DESCRIPTION: Discover the unique aquatic environment surrounding Turtle Bay! Join us and explore the unique properties of water, and the river and watershed that make this ecosystem so special. Jump in to a week of camp and explore! Registration deadline is June 6, 2016.

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology – CSU Chico Anthropology Camp CONTACT: 898-5397 AGES: 5-11 COST: Monday-Thursday $85 DATES: July 6 – July 28th DESCRIPTION: This year’s four week camp invites participants to experience epic eras and enter other worlds. Each week we blend fantasy and reality to connect campers to new learning, fun times & transformative educational activities. This year’s themes: CSI Chico, Star Wars, Kung Fu Panda, and Medieval Madness. Also, introducing Whacky Wednesdays optional theme-related dress up day!

Vision Training Center Vision Training Center

CONTACT: 520-6484 AGES: 8 - adult COST: 2 days per week for 10 weeks, 45 min each day, $450 for all 10 weeks. DATES: Flexible if you have a group of 4 people who can all attend the same days, otherwise we can try to match you up with others who have signed up, but do not yet have a group. DESCRIPTION: Sports are extremely visual. Weight training, agility, and conditioning all improve sports performance, but what about the eyes? The eyes guide every movement you make. Your brain processes and interprets what your eyes see and directs your hands,

feet and body where and when to move. Visual skills can be trained and enhanced to improve performance and enjoyment of sports. Training camps include an evaluation and progress evaluations.

Wood Family Farm Wood Family Farm Camp

CONTACT: 343-7120 AGES: Preschool – 10 years COST: $125.00 DATES: Held weekly throughout the summer DESCRIPTION: Wood Family Farm is passionate about providing hands on experiences that connect Chico area kids with the world around them. Wood Family Farm is passionate about providing hands on experiences that connect Chico area kids with the world around them. Children will care for our various farm animals, tend to large organic garden, cook fresh healthy food, and enjoy creative art projects; as we play and learn together at Wood Family Farm- a place to grow. Camps are held M-F 8:30-12:00 noon. There is online registration for all of your favorite camps, and check out the new ones, too!

Splash Ball


Have all the fun of a water balloon fight without all of the mess!

What You Need: To Make One Ball, You will need the following: • • • •

2 new sponges Scissors Ruler Yarn

What To Do: Cut both sponges lengthwise into 4 equal strips. Lay strips on top of each other in three layers, three strips to a layer so it forms a cube. Cinch the middle of the strips using the yarn and knot it tightly. Pull strips into a ball shape. Submerge in water and toss for a fun game of catch or monkey in the middle. If your kids do not want to get wet, place a hula hoop on your lawn and they can try to get the sponge ball to land in the center of the hoop.

Painted Rock Dominoes

Make a game that kids can play inside or out.

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Rocks Paint Painters Tape

What To Do: Place a thin strip of tape around the center of each rock. Paint each side of the rock and repeat with different colors until all the rocks are painted. Allow to dry and carefully take off the tape. Play dominoes by matching up the colors.

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free if accompanied by child. RSVP bookfamilyfarm@ or 342-4375. For up to date info, “like us” on Check out all of the great things we have to look forward Facebook. Bricks 4 Kids: Our programs provide an to this Summer! Please note extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique that dates and times are creations, play games, and have loads of fun using subject to change. Please call LEGO® bricks. The activities are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their selfahead to confirm events. 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

Butte County Library, Chico: Tuesdays: Preschool

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

Butte Parent Cafe’:

Ongoing Events

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.

Art at Apple Blossom Baby: Is your fridge drab?

Cesarean Recovery and VBAC Support Circle:

Are your walls blah? Join us for a fun, free, art session. Children ages two and up are welcome to come explore different art mediums and make something great. Please note: Our youngest creators might need a little adult guidance for some of the experiences. Each child may complete one project per session. This is a drop in activity, so come anytime between 10 and 11:45 to give your artist some time to create. Held at Apple Blossom Baby, 1372 Longfellow Ave., call 345-1617 for more details.

Baby Cafe’:

This is a relaxed group for parents and babies to meet, visit, and 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, www.

Barnes & Noble Storytime:

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

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

Wildlife Foundation is to provide rehabilitation and longterm care for exotic and native species, as well as to provide educational programs on all levels, emphasizing wildlife and habitat conservation. Field trips, tours, camps and more. Call 533-1000 or go to for more info.

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,

Blue Oak School Tours:

Fourth Tuesday of each month, 9AM-11AM. Take a guided tour of our classrooms and explore all the creative and academic facets that Waldorf education offers. On the tour, you’ll get to know our community and philosophies so you can decide if Blue Oak Charter School is the right fit for your child. Space is limited, call us to reserve your spot: (530) 879-7483.

Book Family Farm:

Fun, Educational, Year Round Field Trips & Tours, and Grass-Fed Meats. Fun, educational farm tours Saturdays: $5 per child, adults

Every Third Wednesday from 10-11 am. This is a mom led group designed to support women who 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! www.

Chapman Food And Fitness Festival: Held every

Kids Karate, Adults All Belt Karate, Kabudo (Weapons Training), and Advanced Karate. Please call 898-9753 or go to

Chico Doula Circle:

Free Prenatal Workshops first Thursday of each month from 7-8pm and third Sunday of each month from 2-4 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 www.

Chico Mothers Club: Ongoing weekly playgroups and a variety of other fun activities for young children. Gather weekly for friendship and support. For detailed information, please visit Chico Museum: Open Wednesday - Sunday, noon to 4pm; donations gladly appreciated. Located at Second and Salem Streets, Downtown Chico. Phone 891-4336, or visit

Chico Yo Yo Club:

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

Circle Time:

Every Tuesday at 10:15 and 11:15, 45 minutes each session. Join us for books and stories, songs and rhymes, dancing, shaking, music making, and of course parachute play! This class is great for all ages, but designed for toddlers and preschool age children. Taught by a Child Development major with over 10 years of experience. Held at Apple Blossom Baby, 1372 Longfellow Ave., call 345-1617 for more details.

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.





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

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

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Chico Air Museum: The Chico Air Museum is located

Family Swim:

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

Chico Art School:

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

The 90 degree indoor pool is always comfortable any time of year. Family Swim is open to anyone (no membership required) on Fridays from 5-8 pm. Cost is just $2 per person. For more information, contact Chico Water Sprites at 342-2999 or visit www.

Fantastic Fridays: Athletic Horizons has the ultimate playgroup! Takes place on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month for all children, walking to 5 years old. Contact for more information: 893-4967 or www.athletichorizons. com.

Chico Certified Farmers’ Market-Saturdays: Take

Free Tennis Clinic:

Chico Creek Nature Center:

Friday Night Concerts:

Chico Dojo: Kids Karate classes for kids 3 and up. 30

Gateway Science Museum:

advantage of all the wonderful produce grown locally at Chico’s year round Farmers’ Market. Held every Saturday from 7:30am1pm, rain or shine. Located at 2nd and Wall St. parking lot.

Offers kids of all ages a place to interact with animals and nature, discover Bidwell Park’s diverse ecosystem and learn about preserving this natural resource. After school, homeschool, preschool and family programs as well as an animal museum and nature play room. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children and seniors, free for members. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm. 1968 E. 8 th Street, 891-4671, www. years of teaching experience. Classes include: All Belts

Held every Saturday at the Chico Racquet Club at 10am, open to all ages. 1629 Manzanita Ave, 895-1881. For nearly 40 years, the Friday Night Concerts have been a favorite summertime tradition. Held every Friday night, between May and early September, the Friday Night Concerts are Chico’s best place to hear live, local music for free! Located in the City Plaza in the heart of downtown, these concerts offer entertainment to suit every musical preference — styles range from blues to swing to classic rock to reggae. 6-7:30pm. For a performance schedule please go to www. Come explore the Gateway. Visit the many hands on exhibits for kids and

families of all ages. Open Wed. through Sun. noon to 5pm. For more information, call 898-4121 or visit www.csuchico. edu/gateway.

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. 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.

Patrick Ranch Museum is also open on Saturdays for tours of the Glenwood Farm house. Tours from 11am3pm. 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!

Pregnancy Education Series:

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

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.

Kids Night Out:

Roo’s Zoo Skate Session at Cal Skate:

Jazzercise: FREE

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

Kids in Safe Seats:

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.

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group:

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.

La Leche League offers free mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Babies and young children are always welcome at meetings. Meetings are held throughout the month. Please refer to the LLL of Chico Facebook page, call 487-4109 or email for details and times.

Rowell’s Pals Playgroup:

Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshops:

Sliver Dollar BMX: First race is FREE for those looking

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

Meet & Greet:

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

MOMS: Making Our Mothering Significant is a group of

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

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. 899-8801.

to try something new here in Chico! There are racers as young as 3 years old and all ages are welcome! Practice/ racing every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, weather permitting. “Like” us on Facebook sdbmx to receive current track updates.

Silver Dollar Speedway:

Held every Friday night. Gates open at 6pm and races start at 7pm. For more info and for a full schedule of events go to, silverdollarspeedway. com.

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 www.

The Mom Spot: A place for mothers of young children

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.

(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.

Mothers Strong Support Group:

The Studio 561:

MOPS Chico:

“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.

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 530-8281900 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

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! Features a bounty of farm-fresh produce, mouth-watering prepared foods from food trucks and booths, handmade, local arts and crafts, and live entertainment for all ages.

Yoga for Every Woman:

This is a class for women of all ages and abilities! Pregnant & postpartum moms are welcome. This is a relaxed, non-competitive class. Modifications will be available for expectant mothers & injuries. This class is taught by Jarynna Chua; yogi, mother, MFT & LLL leader. Sundays 10:45am at The Nest,

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May Antique Appraisal Sunday, May 1st

Held at the Chico Museum at the corner of 2nd and Salem. 11am-3pm. $8 per Item. 891-4336, www.chicomuseum. org.

Beauty and the Beast Sunday, May 1st - Sunday, May 8th

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. For tickets and show times please go to www.CRTSHOWS. com or call 1-800-722-4522. Held at Center for the Arts in Chico

Embracing Motherhood Event - Oroville Thursday, May 5th

Mothers Strong, a resource for families of children ages 0-5 in Butte County, is hosting the 2nd annual “Embracing Motherhood” event for Oroville area mothers. May is Maternal Health Awareness Month. Embracing Motherhood takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Oroville. The event is free and child-friendly. On-site childcare and transportation will be available on request when registering for the event. To register visit, call 211, or find us on Facebook mothersstrong.

Feather Fiesta Days in Oroville Saturday, May 7th

Homeschool Information Night Tuesday, May 17th

Car show, Street Fair and Craft Fair with 50 plus booths showing local arts and crafts for sale. Downtown Oroville, find Feather Fiesta Days on facebook for a full schedule of events.

Vintage Iron Tractor Auction Saturday, May 7th - Tuesday, May 10th

A fund-raising benefit for Patrick Ranch Vintage Iron Museum. Bid online at For more information please go to

Stunt Dog Experience Tuesday, May 10th

Laxson Auditorium, 7:30pm. Famed trainer Chris Perondi and his cast of rescue dogs entertain audiences of all ages, with high-energy excitement from beginning to end. The dogs have been featured on the Late Show With David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Queen Latifah Show, and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and now they’re back in Chico.

Peter Pan Jr. the Musical Friday, May 13th & Saturday, May 14th

A day of free entertainment and education for all ages with music, activities, a rescued animal show and a larger-than-life puppet parade. Enjoy hands-on learning at more than 30 educational booths, local food and vendors, an eco-scavenger hunt, raffle and prizes, music and entertainment, live rescued animal show and the Procession of the Species, a parade of huge paper mache puppets. From 11am- 4pm at the One-Mile in Lower Bidwell Park. for more information.

Pioneer Day Parade Saturday, May 7th

Caper Acres Fantasy Fun Run (5K) Saturday, May 14th

Spring Garden Tour Saturday, May 7th

Enjoy touring several local gardens, a delicious luncheon, a beautiful plant boutique and delightful raffle opportunities at the Spring Garden Tour. Held at 2341 Floral Ave. For ticket information go to: 11am-4pm.

Humane Heros Saturday, May 7th

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Held from 3PM - 4PM. Join Children’s Choir of Chico as they celebrate 15 years of perfect harmony! All choirs ages pre-K through adult women will perform. Tickets $5 - $7. Call 342-2775 for more information. Location: Faith Lutheran Church, 667 E 1st Ave, Chico,

Performed by CRT KIDS, ages 5-10, Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero. Tickets are only $5.00! Go to or buy at the door. Held at Center For the Arts in Chico. Call for showtimes, 1-800722-4522.

37th Annual Endangered Species Faire Saturday, May 7th

The Pioneer Day Parade will start promptly at 11am and will be the 20th anniversary celebration of the Pioneer Day Parade. Held in Downtown Chico. www.pioneerdayfestival. com.

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Cream Eating Contests! Free Kidz-Zone Bounce House & Super Slide, Carnival Games, Crafts & Prizes! Musical Concerts & Demonstrations on 2 Stages! Free Raffle Prizes! Booths & crafts. Free Parking! www.

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.

Kids Fishing Derby - Paradise Saturday, May 7th

Special fishing contest open to all boys and girls 15 years and under. Register at the Fishing Derby. Refreshments for sale. Bait fishing only please. Starts at 9:30am, 5600 Recreation Dr, Paradise, 872-6393.

Paradise Chocolate Fest Saturday, May 7th

Admission $5.00, 4 & Under Free. Admission Includes Free Chocolate Samples! Free Chocolate Pie & Ice

Dress to impress in your favorite FAIRYTALE attire and help raise funds for the Caper Acres Renovation Project! Choose to participate in a 5K or 1 mile run or walk. Hosted by the City of Chico. Check-in at 7:00AM. Sycamore Field, Lower Bidwell Park. Call 896-7800 for more info or go to to register.

Children’s Community Charter School’s Golf Tournament Saturday, May 14th 2nd annual golf tournament at beautiful Bidwell Park Golf Course. Registration begins at 11:30 and tee time is 1:00. Dinner, awards, raffle, and a silent auction will follow immediately after the tournament. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards our STEM program at Children’s Community Charter School. Call 877-2227 or go to

Honk Jr. the Musical Saturday, May 14th & Sunday, May 15th

Performed by CRT KIDS, ages 11-17. Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be. Tickets are only $5.00! Go to or buy at the door. Held at Center For the Arts in Chico. Call for showtimes, 1-800-722-4522.

Annual Spring Sing & Awards Sunday, May 15th

Homeschooling in Butte County, or even just thinking about it? Join us to learn about your options and the programs available to you locally. FREE event- childcare available by donation. Learn more at www.ThriveChico. org. Location: Thrive, K-12 Learning Center, 2320 Notre Dame Blvd, Chico, 5PM-8PM.

An Evening with Catalyst Friday, May 20th

Annual fundraiser event for Catalyst Domestic Violence Services Appetizers and no-host bar, Dessert Auctions, Wine Barrel Raffle and Live Music. You can purchase tickets on our website or our business office at 330 Wall St, Suite 50, downtown Chico. Event held at The Palms, 2947 Nord Ave.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet Friday, May 20th & Saturday, May 21st

Friday, 7:15pm; Saturday at 2:25pm & 7:15pm. Performed by the Northern California Ballet. www., Paradise Performing Arts Center.

Hooked On Fishing Saturday, May 21st

To kick off National Fishing Week, the city of Chico will be welcoming kids to an outstanding free “Hooked on Fishing, not on Drugs” event. Kids 15 and under are invited to come to Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park from 7:00 AM to Noon Admission is FREE, along with all tackle, bait, and instruction [limit 1 fish per child].

Lower Feather River Salmon Float Saturday May 21st

A two-hour kayak float from the Feather River Hatchery to River Reflections atop the migration of Spring-run Salmon on their return home.

Paradise Seed & Plant Swap Saturday, May 21st

We will trade seed varieties, new plant starts, meet other gardeners, and share knowledge of growing food locally. New to gardening or don’t have seeds to trade? No problem, just bring your desire to start a garden. Held from 11am-2pm in Billie Park, 501 Billie Rd., Paradise. For more info contact: paradiseseedlendinglibrary@gmail. com.

Shrek the Musical JR. Friday, May 27th

Laxson Auditorium, 7:30pm. Join Playhouse Youth Theatre as they present the musical version of the hit movie Shrek. Part love story and part twisted fairy tale, this musical, by kids for kids, includes the loveable Shrek, the princess Fiona, and all of the wacky characters featured in the original movie. We guarantee you’ll leave the theatre singing, “I’m a Believer!” www.

June Humane Heros Saturday, June 4th

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

4th of July, 2016 Community Celebrations Here are some local 4th of July events. Please post other events on our Facebook page! Chico:

Fireworks will be held at the Silver Dollar Speedway, 2357 Fair Street. Fireworks start at dark and when sprint car races are finished. Open seating, tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for juniors and 11 & under are FREE! Racing starts at 6pm. Food and concessions are available for purchase. For more information, please go to



There will be a FREE Independence Day celebration at the Oroville Dam. The party starts a 4pm with music, food, family activities, and Lake Oroville Fireworks! Please contact the Oroville Rotary for more information, or follow the Lake Oroville Fireworks Facebook page.

Education Center, 2156 Pillsbury Rd #160.

Bunco in the Barn Saturday June 4th

9 am doors open, bunco starts at 10am, cost $10.00. Lunch, snacks, refreshments and lots of raffles. Tickets available at the door. Patrick Ranch Museum, www.

Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs - Oroville Saturday, June 4th

Oroville Kiwanis Club sponsors this FREE fishing derby for kids 12 and under. This is a great way of teaching children all about fishing and the fun of being outdoors and enjoying what nature has to offer. 7am-12pm at Bedrock Park in Oroville.

Block Party with a Purpose Saturday, June 4th

Butte Environmental Council’s Block Parties with a Purpose is a neighborhood creek cleanup party. For more info go to

Chico Chamber of Commerce 54th Annual Community Summer Event Thursday, June 9th

Every year the Chico Chamber of Commerce hosts a community celebration honoring an industry or local business to kick-off the summer! This year the Chico Chamber presents “Oh the Places You Will Go...” Join us for an evening under the stars to honor the 20th Anniversary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley Thursday, June 9th at the Patrick Ranch Museum from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m! Ticket price includes a gourmet slider bar with sides and music and dancing by Decades. www. for ticket info.

The Velveteen Rabbit Friday, June 10th - Sunday, June 12th

“The Velveteen Rabbit” A Fairytale Ballet performed by

The Annual 4th of July Parade will be held at 10am in downtown Orland, with the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration following at noon in Vinsonhaler Park.

Kinetics Academy of Dance at the Center for the Arts at Pleasant Valley High School 1475 East Avenue. Tickets available at or at the door if available. For more info please call 345-2505.

Patrick Ranch Museum Threshing Bee Saturday, June 11th

Tractor & draft horse parade, old fashioned wheat harvest, bee & stock dog demos, wagon rides, food & craft booths, live music, farm animals, car & truck show, Glenwood Farmhouse tours and children’s activities. Adults-$5, 12 & under-$2, 9am-4pm. 10381 Midway,

Movies in the Park Saturday, June 11th

Movie: Finding Nemo. Come and enjoy this summer tradition! Every summer hundreds of families enjoy free Movies in the Park. Bring a blanket or a low back chair and sit under the stars while enjoying a family friendly movie. Refreshments will be available to purchase. All movies will start approximately 15 minutes after sunset. Location: Sycamore Field, Bidwell Park.

Chico Creek Nature Center Family Day Camp Saturday, June 18th What better way to spend the day with your family exploring beautiful Bidwell Park! This family day camp will include archery, crafts, swimming/wading in the creek, low ropes, and obstacle courses, guided nature hikes, and outdoor games. As the day comes to an end we will gather in a campfire type setting with songs and skits to complete the camp day. Go to or call 895-4711 to register.

Driving To Fight Autism Golf Tournament Monday, June 23rd

Calling all super heros to golf for a good time! CRBR golf tournament at Butte Creek Country Club - Benefiting Autism Research & Services. 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. w/ a 9:30 Shotgun start. For more information please contact Jill for info: 570-1965 or

July Slice of Chico Satruday, July 9th

A summertime tradition! Come downtown for a familyfriendly, fun-filled day exploring the charming shops and quaint eateries in downtown Chico. Guests are guaranteed to discover something unique and will always be treated to HOT prices and COLD slices of watermelon courtesy of ProPacific Fresh! Watermelon station set up on 3rd Street between Broadway and Main. Merchants offering great specials and bargains. Restaurants offering watermelonthemed menu items. Downtown Chico, 9AM-5PM.

5th Annual Growing Up Chico Night Thursday, July 14th

Help Growing Up Chico Magazine celebrate their 5th annual Growing Up Chico Night in the downtown city plaza from 6-9pm. There will be music and dance performances along with many family friendly booths with fun crafts and giveaways. An event for the whole family! Please call 518-6154 for more information.

Chico Creek Nature Carnival Friday, July 15th



The Chico Creek Nature Center is hosting a Summer Carnival complete with food trucks, face painting, carnival games, and water slide bounce houses. Admission is free. Tickets are 4 for $1 or participants may purchase a carnival fun pass for $20. Held from 4pm-7pm.

Movies in the Park Saturday, July 16th

Movie: McFarland USA. Come and enjoy this summer tradition! Every summer hundreds of families enjoy free Movies in the Park. Bring a blanket or a low back chair and sit under the stars while enjoying a family friendly movie. Refreshments will be available to purchase. All movies will start approximately 15 minutes after sunset. Location: Sycamore Field, Bidwell Park.


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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!


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