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A plan for unity For as long as most people can remember, the Chapman-Mulberry

neighborhood in south Chico has been an unincorporated island surrounded by the city. Efforts to bring it inside city limits have failed to gain traction, for a variety of reasons. As a result, the neighborhood—and a similar unincorporated island along Stewart Avenue in west Chico—has remained an anomaly. Its residents drive the streets of Chico, work in Chico, attend Chico schools, but legally they aren’t part of Chico and can’t vote in Chico elections. The issue came to a head at the Jan. 21 meeting of the Chico City Council, when the council considered a strongly worded letter from the chairman of LAFCo, Carl Leverenz. The letter pointed out that the city had allowed 62 properties to be connected to the sewer without authorization from LAFCo and without annexing them, as required by state law. As council members discussed the letter, it was clear that the city and LAFCo strenuously disagree on annexation. The city says it can’t afford to annex more land, while the commission points to a recent county study that says bringing Chapman-Mulberry and Stewart Avenue into the city would generate sufficient revenues to cover basic services. The good news is that, since the Jan. 21 meeting, Leverenz and Chico Mayor Scott Gruendl have met and agreed to establish an ad-hoc committee to develop an annexation plan. For such a plan to be successful, however, LAFCo must take into consideration the city’s financial and staffing problems, and the city must commit to implementing the plan according to the timeline it proposes. The two parties agree that annexation is the way to go and that a plan is needed. We share that belief and encourage them to work in good faith to bring these neighborhoods into the city. Ω

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that has destroyed a chunk of Japan and has been leaking radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean since it was hit by a tsunami three years ago next month. The news is so bad, it has some friends in a tailspin. I had to sit with it one night. Fish are contaminated, there are reports of no life in some parts of the Pacific Ocean, starfish are melting, sea by Eartha Shanti animals have nasty sores, the cleanup has been horribly bungled, the energy The author, a company has not been longtime Chico resident, is a spiritual truthful, and the plume of waste has counselor and holistic reached the west coast of North America. health consultant. Will we be able to stay here? My thoughts are calm and are ultimately hopeful. First response: pray. In whatever way you call out to the Source, this is a good time to pray for the oceans, for all the waters. It’s time for some new common agreements like: All life is sacred. I have faith in nature to recover. I have faith that we can unify around the

common agreement that all life is sacred. From this new common agreement, new technology, a new mindset, a heart-intelligent perspective can grow. Second, we can take steps to fix this, and it requires us to unite. There is a report from Chernobyl (site of a nuclear disaster in the ’80s in Ukraine) that a black slimy fungus is growing, covering everything, breaking down the radiation. Fungus to the rescue. Mycologists are part of the citizen response to Fukushima. Petitions are spiraling the Internet, education is happening. We have opportunity and inspiration to unite. Can we unite for a lifestyle that honors all life? Can we live more simply, with love in our hearts, and transform the consumer culture into a permaculture food forest? Can we set a new vision for our cities, recycle the old into the new? The Earth is alive, the water is alive, the universe is alive: All life is sacred. Let this be our creed and our call to deindustrialize and re-naturalize and work for the common good, for the benefit of all life. Ω

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legal-marriage system that some members of that state helped enforce in California back in 2008. That is, until one remembers that peoples’ lives are upended by the attempts to block marriage equality. In 2008, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ leadership rallied its troops to support California’s Proposition 8, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. (The LDS was later fined $36,928 by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for 13 violations of state campaign regulations.) And now, slightly more than five years later, Utah’s discriminatory marriage laws have been overturned, which resulted in about 1,000 legal marriages between partners of the same sex. Of course, that decision is being appealed, so additional same-sex marriages are on hold. Those 1,000 couples will now watch as Utah goes through a trying period during which same-sex couples will be deprived of that civil right, just as 18,000 legally married same-sex couples did in California following the passage of Prop. 8. The tide has turned for marriage equality. The LDS realizes this, having issued a statement to the effect that its religious beliefs about marriage remain unchanged. But not a single one of those 1,000 marriages took place in LDS temples or other places of worship. Just as was true here in California, before Prop. 8, civil-marriage equality does not infringe on religious freedom. Churches—including the LDS—remain free to refuse to marry any couple that does not meet their doctrinal requirements. Those 1,000 Utah couples were married in public courthouses and in churches that support marriage equality. And, thankfully, Americans are— rather quickly—coming to see that marriage equality is no threat to religious freedom. In fact, marriage equality actually will strengthen the First Amendment rights to freedom of religion, as those religious organizations who support marriage equality finally will be free to practice it. Ω


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Put up or shut up I’m not at a loss for words very often, but I was dumbstruck at the end of the annual State of the City address last Thursday (Jan. 30). I’d expected to hear good news from our city leaders. After all, the biggest source of income for municipalities is sales tax revenue. And people in California have been opening their pocketbooks more, as evidenced by the state’s recent budget surplus. Receipts surely are up, I thought. And I was curious to know what that would mean for the city. But instead of hearing that type of presentation, those in attendance listened to Chico Mayor Scott Gruendl paint a somber picture of the state of affairs. He also seemed to lay down some pretty thick political cover. Three things he said really struck me during the meeting. First, he made it clear that former city employees, not the City Council, are to blame for the budget deficit. “We are as good as the people that we hire, and when those people withhold information on purpose, they have failed the public as a whole,” he said. Second, the city is still in bad shape financially— “[W]hen the audit is released in March, I know that even the staunchest of doubters will hardly comprehend the enormity of this crisis,” Gruendl said. That’s the same audit that was expected to be presented to the council back in November. However, in December, Administrative Services Director Chris Constantin said a draft wouldn’t be released until January. And now, well into February, the public was told that document won’t be available until next month (for more on that subject, see Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee’s report on the City Council meeting, page 10). But Gruendl didn’t stop there. He said that the elected leaders had been deceived. “How could something like fraud happen among many and be brought up by no one?” Yes, fraud. So, who are the employees that allegedly committed fraud and what exactly did they do? Gruendl didn’t say, although he made some vague references to people taking actions without authority. And when asked whether those (unnamed) people will be held accountable for such (unspecific) wrongdoings, he balked. The mayor sure made it sound like he has a case. But where’s the proof? So far, there isn’t any. And what will the audit actually reveal? Considering multiple outside auditors found the city’s books clean for years, I’m not expecting any huge revelations next month. As far as I’m concerned, until Gruendl or any of the other council members provides evidence of such offenses, the rhetoric from the dais serves only to spread rumors and besmirch the names of former employees. In other words, it’s time to put up or shut up. The last thing I took away from the speech is how the mayor made a point to pat himself on the back: “I’ve gladly stepped up to the role of mayor during the most difficult time in our city’s history,” he said. Someone should tell him that nobody likes a martyr.

Melissa Daugherty is editor of the CN&R

Health-care law’s flaws Re “Rolling out Obamacare” (Healthlines, by Robert Speer, Jan. 30): Obamacare working? You must have a sick sense of humor if you believe that! The Affordable Care Act is a total fiasco. Don’t take my word for it. Don’t take the word of the spin doctors in Washington for it. Talk to the local doctors who now turn away Medi-Cal patients because they lose money to treat them under Obamacare. Talk to the local medical clinics that have lost existing patients due the cancellation of their medical-insurance coverage due to the rules of Obamacare. One local medical clinic in Magalia lost 800 patients when their medical-insurance plans were canceled. Call around and find out the facts for yourself and remember what is happening all over the county during the elections of 2014. DAVID L. SANDERS Magalia

He likes GMOs Re “You are what you eat” (Greenways, by Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, Jan. 30): GMO crops have provided many benefits without one single demonstrated case of harm to humans or animals. GMO crops require less pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and for some, none at all. GMO crops enable higher yields, especially on marginal land—crucial in developing countries. GMO crops can make staples like grains more nutritious: Witness the Golden Rice project, in which rice was genetically modified to provide the vitamin A missing in ordinary rice, with the potential to prevent 500,000 cases of blindness each year in children in countries where rice is the dietary staple. The Golden Rice experimental farm in the Philippines was destroyed by GreenWar, delaying the availability of this sight-saving and lifesaving GMO crop to people in need of it (typical anti-human eco-imperialist envirolunatic superstitious ideology at work). Every crop grown for human use is genetically modified—the only question is how and when was it was done. Other GMO techniques besides selective breeding date back to ancient times. Do you think teosinte grass morphed into maize without modification? Get real.

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Say no to pot petition Re “Reefer rules reconsidered” (Newslines, by Howard Hardee, Jan. 30): The pot traders are not happy with anything the residents, voters, property owners, business owners and stakeholders come up LETTERS continued on page 6 February 6, 2014

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with. They (the pot traders and large growers who are destructive to the environment, and use potent pesticides—killers of all wildlife) want everything their own way all the time. Devaluation of our properties, our quality of life, the right to enjoy our own homes, as well as the safety of our children and grandchildren doesn’t matter to them. They are not medi-pot advocates—they are money-pot advocates. And they couldn’t care less what or who they harm. More petitions and referendums are circulating, or will be in the near future. Do not sign any of them. The last initiative on the ballot was confusing, badly written and misleading. We do not have enough water for our farms, let alone for the pot plants that use 10 gallons per day per plant.

Re “Out of sight, out of mind” (Cover feature, by Patrick Newman, Jan. 23): This was a well-researched article, checking records, interviews and personal experience. Why was it so important to move the homeless being fed out at the town square—a public place? Why were they moved? As Mr. Newman points out, things develop incrementally to those out of favor. What might be next if no one takes note? Jonathan Swift wrote A Modest Proposal about an idea he had.

homeless problem, but I do know what it is not. It is not a problem to be swept under the rug or “relocated.” It is a problem that deserves deep consideration. LINDA FLEISCHMAN Chico

Ode to women Women are Goddesses! We must respect them as our mothers and creators, not objectified and unequal. Teach our sons to cherish and respect, not use and discard. Hope lies in each womb for a better tomorrow. I am a man and I am guilty of objectifying, using and discarding. Being taught to lust and control the ones who loved me, exploiting the one I loved, not knowing what love truly was, but knowing deep down this was not the way. Yet she believed in me, knowing one day I would finally become the man who could see that she is my Goddess! Giver of love and life! Goddesses! Release your love upon this world; it needs healing from the pain and suffering caused by fools like me. Help us remember that there is hope for us all, and that we can all love again! LEE DENT Chico

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At the State of the City address on Thursday (Jan. 31), Chico’s mayor reported the city’s financial condition is even worse than previously known. The vice mayor said an additional $7 million in spending may need to be cut in the next year. However, just last week the JHAN PATRICIA TULLIN City Council gave final approval to Chico a three-year contract with the fireAfter reading the article by fighters’ union that cut the average Patrick Newman, I was pulled into yearly wages and benefits only the pages like no other article. The from $170,000 to $161,000 per homeless n e whave s & weighed r e v i e w heavily b u s i n on e s s ufirefighter. s e o n l y Furthermore, at the my mind. The problem appears State of the City address, the firedesigner ss issUe dATe 03.03.11 ACCT eXeC amb complicated; how do we untangle fighters were featured prominently FiLe nAMe lawofficesofbh030311r2 reV dATe new the mess and handle it with ease? carrying the American flag. Turns The following Sunday I drove out the firefighters’ union has made please carefully review your advertisement and verify the following: to the Chico City Plaza to see for major campaign contributions to Ad size (CoLUMn X inChes) myself what was happening. I saw four of the seven council members. speLLing a group of people with signs The police union contract is nUMbers & dATes the removal of the protesting soon to be finalized. The police ConTACT inFo (phone, Address, eTC) Orchard Church and their weekly average $145,000 each in wages Ad AppeArs As reqUesTed feeding of the homeless. I recogand benefits. Police union PresiApproVed by: nized Patrick right away. We spoke dent Officer Peter Durfee was seen of the article and he introduced me palling around with city leaders at to James, a homeless person. yesterday’s meeting. The police James and I discovered that we union spent more than $10,000 went to the same high school in helping elect three of the council San Jose, a middle-class area. members. And during the twoI was struck by the interchange week “sunshine period” when the that day. The homeless are people public had a chance to review the from our hometowns—people firefighters’ proposed contract, the who went to our high schools, Chico daily newspaper ran six artieach with his or her own story. cles on Chico firefighters. All were I don’t know the answer to the unfailingly positive of the fire-

fighters’ union. None mentioned their average income. Um, Chico, we have a problem here. MICHAEL JONES Chico

‘Illusions of superiority’ “Make love in the microwave/ Think of all the time you’d save.” These Carly Simon lyrics satirize self-improvement. They also befit America’s courts. Since my 2005 assault by a drunken career felon, I’ve learned through litigation in both state and federal courts that the goal of judges, presumably to save money, is to avoid trial. That is, regardless of the outrageousness of an insurer’s evading restitution to an injury victim. Despite my drive for trial for the insurer’s embezzlement of interest and for negligently and needlessly causing me to endure unconscionable legal fees and four years’ life delay, the Tehama County Superior Court dismissed my injury suit in 2009. I was accordingly forced to endure another four years’ embezzlement, hardship and life delay unsuccessfully appealing that ruling. “Pay no mind to the man behind the curtain,” from The Wizard of Oz, is another apt metaphor. It illustrates judges are flawed human beings but wear majestic robes and isolate themselves from litigants to effect illusions of superiority. Ironically, this isolation also enables them to shirk accountability for both employing and allowing unlawful tactics to avoid trial. Insurers’ and attorneys’ exploitation of injury victims is accordingly reinforced. NATHAN ESPLANADE Corning

Thanks, dog-park users I’d like to thank the person who found my misplaced cell phone and the whole community of dog owners at the DeGarmo Dog Park who kept it safe for me there for the entire afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 30, until I could retrace my steps and find the phone still there. You all know the hassle involved in losing a cell phone, and I thankfully was spared that hassle. I have always been impressed with the overall quality of the regular users at the dog park—and their dogs. There are good, thoughtful people who use this park, and I applaud them all. MARK GAILEY Chico More letters online:

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The Chico City Council approved two items related to downtown parking during its meeting on Tuesday (Feb. 4). The council voted unanimously to convert the metered parallel parking spaces along Flume Street between Second and Seventh streets to unmetered diagonal parking. It also voted 6-1, with Mayor Scott Gruendl dissenting, to temporarily convert one of the parking spaces in front of the Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse to corral-style bike parking. In another matter, the council voted to uphold the Bidwell Park and Playground Commission’s decision to deny Stott Advertising’s request to remove a pear tree that partially blocks a billboard on Park Avenue, though the city agreed to prune the tree to make the sign more visible.

Left to right: Will Cotter, Kim Garner and Loren Gill hold part of a sign that will hang over the entrance of the recently approved Berry Creek Community Center and park.

NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT

Chico Police officers responding to a report of someone illegally camping near the corner of Park Avenue and East 11th Street Tuesday morning (Feb. 4) were met with quite the fight from a 24-year-old woman. The responding officers asked the woman to leave the property at 1045 Park Ave., according to a Chico Police Department press release. When she refused and the officers attempted to arrest the woman for trespassing, she allegedly attempted to bite the officers and struck one in the forehead with a tree limb. The woman, later identified as Barbara Thompson, was booked into Butte County Jail on charges of battery on a peace officer, providing false information and resisting arrest. The officer who was struck with the limb was not seriously hurt.

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The potential repurposing of Citrus Elementary School has raised the concerns of some local parents, though a final decision likely won’t come anytime soon. The Chico Unified School District is in the process of developing a 20-year master plan that will outline how to use the $78 million of voter-approved Measure E funding earmarked for improvements to the district’s facilities, said Assistant Superintendent Bob Feaster (pictured). The current draft would close Loma Vista Elementary School, which Feaster said is “falling down around us” and is mostly attended by preschool and special-education students, in part to help alleviate traffic on the campus that also includes Pleasant Valley High School and Marigold Elementary School. Feaster said that Citrus Elementary would be repurposed to accommodate the displaced students. The district will host at least one more community workshop before scheduling the issue for a CUSD Board of Trustees vote, Feaster said. If the proposal is approved, the changes would take effect in the 2017-18 school year.

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De-tweaking Berry Creek Locals in foothill community look to change its image

I the Berry Creek Community Center—a longvacant double-wide mobile building on a 15-acre n its current state, the future home of

tract of beautiful but rugged foothill land—might not look like much to outsiders. But through the eyes of residents who’ve labored to secure the story and space for the center and surphoto by rounding park of the rural comKen Smith munity east of Oroville, it’s perkens@ fect. newsreview.com An outdoor stage, a bocce court, baseball-diamond-sized playing fields, shaded picnic benches and miles of hiking and biking trails are just a few of the possibilities planned for the site by members of the Berry Creek Community Association Community (BCCA). Since the group’s connection: recognition in 2007 by the Butte Go to County Board of Supervisors as www.tinyurl.com/ the voice of Berry Creek, estabberrycreekcomm lishing a public recreation space for more has been among its primary information about the Berry Creek goals. On Jan. 28, the Feather River Community Association. Recreation and Park District

Board (FRRPD) unanimously approved a contract between the FRRPD and BCCA to develop a lot on Rockefeller Road next to Berry Creek Elementary School, the final step toward making the park a reality. The Pioneer Union School District, which owns the land, agreed to lease the site and existing building for $1 a year. “Now that we have the place, everything else can come together,” said BCCA member Will Cotter, who said several contractors and area residents have committed to volunteering time and materials to the park. “There’s so much energy in the community for the park and we have more people getting involved all the time, and that momentum is only increasing as we move forward.” Cotter noted that area residents have already devoted several hundred volunteer hours to clearing brush and other fire dangers on the land, and said he sees the final project as “user-definable,” meaning that community input ultimately will dictate what the park has to offer. Cotter also noted it’s the first new park

approved by the FRRPD this century. BCCA member Loren Gill explained that the current organization was preceded by the Berry Creek Citizens Association, which he helped found 17 years ago to address issues in the community. The original BCCA’s accomplishments included getting a sheriff’s deputy dedicated to patrolling the area, establishing bathroom facilities at Bald Rock trailhead, and negotiating with the California Department of Water Resources to add eventual improvements to Foreman Creek Recreation Area—the community’s nearest access to Lake Oroville. The older organization also tried to establish the park. The revamped BCCA helped set restrictions on large-scale developments in the Berry Creek area and has addressed issues such as illegal dumping and road maintenance. “You have the old guard—people who’ve lived here for a very long time and have been fighting for these things for years—and the new guard, which is these newer residents, like myself and others who’ve moved here and share


that vision,” said Cotter, who moved to Berry Creek seven years ago. “Right now, we have this perfect confluence of old residents and new working together.” Though the area represented by the BCCA has a small population—the 2010 census reported about 1,500 residents, while BCCA members claim it’s closer to 2,000, including seasonal residents who own vacation homes in the area—it is large geographically, as defined by the 95916 ZIP code. Gill noted it is the largest of five districts overseen by the FRRPD, stretching from the northeast shores of Lake Oroville all the way to Plumas County. Of the many issues addressed by

the BCCA, the residents said the outside world’s misperceptions of the community have been one of the hardest to overcome. Gill noted marijuana growers and “hippie types” who moved to the region in the 1970s gave it a reputation as a rough rural area. “There wasn’t much law anywhere in the foothills back then,” he said. And the town’s public image worsened in the 1990s when the area became associated with methamphetamine use and production. “We want everyone to think of it as it really is: a cool little mountain town, and not ‘Berry Tweak,’” he said. Cotter listed several examples of what Berry Creek has to offer, including lots of natural beauty; colorful residents that include artists, musicians and retired NASA engineers; and Camp Okizu, which caters to children with cancer and their families. He said his main attraction to the area is a strong sense of community, noting Fire Company 61—of which he is a member—is the among the county’s largest volunteer fire departments. Kim Garner is a current part-time, future full-time Berry Creek resident and retired police officer who, with her partner Paul Schwind, is building a home and hobby farm near the future park. She said she fell in love with the area while vacationing at nearby Bucks Lake several years ago and decided to settle there after comparing it to other communities all over Northern California. “When I looked up Berry Creek on the Internet to find property, the first thing that popped up was a double murder,” Garner said of the community’s image issues, referring to a May 2010 incident in which Allen Leverette killed neighbors Alnita and James Starick with a hatchet. “But that was an unfortunate, isolated incident,” she continued. “I’ve never felt anything but safe and welcome here.” The residents of Berry Creek encourage visitors to come see the community themselves, offering the annual Berry Creek Berry Festival—celebrating its 16th year this summer—as an especially good time to visit. Ω

Annexation back on table City, LAFCo agree to form Chapman plan hico’s Chapman-Mulberry neighborhood Ca question is going to be annexed to the city. It’s not of whether, but when.

It’s a knotty question, however, one that for several years has had the Butte Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), which oversees annexations, at odds with the city of Chico. Commission members are frustrated by the city’s failure to move on it, even when agreements have been made, and city officials believe they’re being pushed to do something neither they nor residents of the neighborhood want right now. The dispute came to a head once again at the City Council’s Jan. 21 meeting, when the panel considered a strongly worded Dec. 19, 2013, letter from commission Chairman Carl Leverenz. Emotions ran high among the council members, in no small part because of the way City Manager Brian Nakamura, in his agenda report to the council, characterized Leverenz’s letter. “LAFCo’s letter,” Nakamura wrote, “infers and states that the City has not done an acceptable job of annexing County islands over the years and that when annexed, the City ‘cherry-picked’ only the best/highest value areas.” It also, he continued, “insinuates that the City has denied ‘environmental justice’ to those lower-income families living in the islands we have yet to annex.” Several council members seemed to accept Nakamura’s analysis as gospel. “LAFCo is charging that we’re excluding Chapman-Mulberry because it’s low-income, but that’s not true,” responded Councilwoman Ann Schwab, who is an alternate member of the commission. Councilman Mark Sorensen was especially angry. “When I read the letter, to say I had a negative reaction is a massive understatement. … The suggestion that we’re red-lining the area is all wrong.” Well, yes, it was wrong—because Leverenz’s letter said nothing of the sort. Nor did it charge the city with “cherry-picking” affluent neighborhoods or denying “environmental justice” to low-income families.

During breaks in the meeting, I asked several city officials to show me where the letter said what Nakamura charged it said. Mayor Scott Gruendl, Sorensen and Nakamura himself were unable to do so. “I got my information from Mark Wolfe,” Nakamura said, referring to the city’s community development director. Later, in a phone interview, Wolfe acknowledged that he, not Nakamura, had written the agenda report. He agreed that Leverenz’s letter didn’t say what he said it said. It was “an overexpression of my frustration,” he said, and was based on conversations and correspondence the city has had with LAFCo over the years. From his—and the city’s—perspective, LAFCo has never appreciated how hard the city has worked to annex thousands of acres of unincorporated land. For the commission to suggest that the city was somehow favoring affluent neighborhoods and shunting aside poor communities is wrong and unfair, Wolfe said. LAFCo and the city agree that all of

urban Chico should be inside city limits. LAFCo also holds that, under state law, when a property is hooked up to city sewer, it should be annexed. Its members are frustrated that the city has connected some 62 properties to the sewer without annexing—and without obtaining LAFCo’s authorization or paying its fees. At the council’s Jan. 21 meeting, Wolfe acknowledged that “mistakes have been made” and said it was now city policy to refer county residents wanting sewer services to LAFCo first. Meanwhile, the city’s position is that it doesn’t have the resources to annex the Chapman-Mulberry neighborhood, even if residents wanted to come into the city. Wolfe pointed out that budget cuts have left him

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The Chapman-Mulberry neighborhood (top shaded area) and a smaller neighborhood along Stewart Avenue (bottom shaded area) are two pockets of county land LAFCo wants the city of Chico to annex. MAP COURTESY OF THE CITY OF CHICO

with only four planners on staff, where once there were 10 or more. “It’s a huge effort to annex,” he said. “Right now, when we have only a third of our former resources, it’s not a priority.” The city also argues that it can’t afford to provide city services to newly annexed areas. But it can, responds LAFCo’s executive officer, Stephen Lucas. A recent annexation report, prepared by the county using citysupplied data, shows that “by and large, revenues from the annexed areas will cover the costs the city will have.” He noted that the Chapman-Mulberry neighborhood, as well as another area along Stewart Avenue west of Nord Avenue, is a “disadvantaged unincorporated community” that would benefit greatly from city services. Neither Lucas nor Leverenz accused the city of favoritism, and both saluted its annexation efforts thus far. But Lucas did note that the city has annexed a number of large hightax-generating areas, such as those in southeast Chico and off the north Esplanade in the Northwest Chico Specific Plan. Despite the rancor that bubbled up at the Jan. 21 council meeting, the panel did follow Councilwoman Mary Goloff’s advice, voting to meet with LAFCo to try to break the impasse. Subsequently, Gruendl and Leverenz got together and agreed to set up an adhoc committee to come up with an annexation plan. It won’t be the first such plan, but maybe this time it will bear fruit. As Leverenz put it, “We don’t need to fight. We just need to get the problem solved.” Wolfe agrees. “All this has really come to a head lately. … That’s good news for everybody.” —ROBERT SPEER

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meeting on Tuesday (Feb. 4), with city officials yet to outline specifically what—or, perhaps more appropriately, who—caused the $15.2 million general fund deficit the city now faces. For months, Mayor Scott Gruendl and Vice Mayor Mark Sorensen have maintained that blame lies with former city employees, a premise Gruendl reiterated during the State of the City address on Jan. 30 at the CARD Center (see Second & Flume, page 4), during which he alleged that former city staff members withheld critical information from the public and the council, acted without authority and committed fraud. Under that shadow, Administrative Services Director Chris Constantin on Tuesday requested that the council extend the deadline on a presentation of the city’s financial status based on the findings of an independent auditor. Constantin explained that “there is still one significant issue outstanding with regards to how we will present our financials.” For the past seven years, he said, auditors have allowed the city to treat deficits in certain funds, such as the private development fund and capital-projects fund, as “separate liabilities.” However, Constantin said, the current auditor maintains that the funds “should all be collapsed into the general fund to reflect that the general fund is truly underwater and that, in fact, you end up not having a reserve at all.” Constantin said the city is wait-

ing for a response from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, which may dictate whether the city has to accept the current auditor’s financial interpretation. If that’s the case, presenting city finances in that manner would have “far-reaching effects,” said Accounting Manager Frank Fields, indicating the city might need to pay off its debts more quickly than previously thought. (In December, the council adopted a plan that includes repayment of $1.52 million each year through fiscal year 202122, and an additional $700,000 during the final year, 2022-23.) Councilwoman Mary Goloff questioned why previous auditors didn’t combine the funds in past financial reports. “Given I wasn’t here last year, I do not know,” Constantin replied. “I have serious concerns about how [finances] were presented in the past, if our current auditors are correct.” Fields also suggested possible negligence by previous auditors: “If auditors six or seven years ago said ‘You have to combine [the funds],’ our financial situation would probably look a lot different now,” he said. The only public comment came from Mary Fitch, one of three former city employees, including Alicia Meyer and Quené Hansen, who have repeatedly questioned the narrative of financial mismanagement vaguely outlined by Gruendl and Sorensen. Once again, Fitch blasted the council members for making “accusations against former staff to try to shift the blame away from policymakers, and in the process

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ruining the reputations of former staff.” “Mostly shame on you, Mr. Sorensen,” she continued. “You’ve made it your personal mission to destroy the reputation of former staff, using the threat of the audit’s findings as constant foreshadowing of some major revelation, leaving citizens to believe you’ve been left in the dark all this time. “The truth is the information was provided over and over again. Just because you didn’t understand it doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.” Rather than giving Fitch the gentle warning provided to most speakers who exceed the threeminute time limit, Gruendl abruptly ended her comments by slamming his gavel. The council voted unanimously to allow the extension, pushing the financial presentation back to the March 18 City Council meeting. The panel also considered a

budget appropriation of $25,000— in addition to $80,000 approved last fall—for professional guidance in the city’s ongoing negotiations with its labor unions. To date, the city has reached agreements with four of the nine bargaining units, including the firefighters’ union. The $25,000 would come from the city’s emergency reserve fund, a point that didn’t sit well with Hansen. “Even though we’ve been told there’s no money in this fund, you’re asking to use it again,” she said. But Constantin insisted it would be a worthy investment, estimating the city would save $2 million over the next three years through the negotiations and that the savings would be used to shore up the emergency reserve fund. The board voted 6-1, with Councilwoman Ann Schwab dissenting, to approve the appropriation. —HOWARD HARDEE howardh@newsreview.com


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n Thursday, Jan. 30, representatives of the Saturday Chico Certified Farmers’ Market gathered at the Chico Municipal Center and handed the City Clerk’s Office paperwork to qualify a ballot initiative that, if passed, would give the market a six-year lease and expanded use of the Second and Wall streets municipal parking lot that the market has used for the past 21 years. In recent years, there has been pressure from some downtown merchants and property owners to move the market and free up the parking spaces these merchants say are needed to accommodate their Saturday customers. Farmers’ market supporters have long argued that its presence actually attracts shoppers to the downtown area. The supporters have resisted efforts to pick up and move to the municipal center parking lot two blocks to the south. They say they don’t want to mess with the market’s long run of success. The market’s current franchise agreement with the city is set to expire at the end of the year, and friction between the two entities has made a renewal somewhat less than certain. Cheryl King, the spokeswoman for the market, was on hand to answer questions from the local media, including those from an aggressive television reporter who asked at one point: “When do you cry ‘Uncle’? When do you say ‘we lose’ and that’s it?” King said that decision was not hers to make. “I don’t know the answer to that,” she said. “I have to talk to everybody else, including the farmers. This is really about the farmers.” King explained that once the city attorney gives the initiative a title and a summary, supporters will publish their notice of intent in the local newspaper and two weeks later begin collecting signatures to qualify the measure. “So, at the beginning of March we will be circulating the petitions, and we’ll need about 4,700—or 10 percent of the registered voters in the city of Chico—to sign,” she said. “We hope to wrap that up by June so it

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More than three times as many North State residents signed up for health insurance through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December as had done so in the first two months of the program. According to a Jan. 31 press release from Covered California, the agency that is implementing the ACA in the state, as of Dec. 31 of last year, 19,732 customers in the mostly rural Region 1—which comprises 18 counties, including Butte—had signed up. Of them, 17,723 qualified for subsidies. In the first two months of the program, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, just 4,393 people signed up. While no figures are available on the number of people in Region 1 who qualified for expanded Medi-Cal during December, 1.2 million residents qualified for Medi-Cal statewide, while 500,000 purchased insurance plans.

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Whether someone will be overweight or obese in adulthood is likely determined very early in life, research finds. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine tracked more than 7,000 children, finding that a third of those who were overweight in kindergarten were obese by eighth grade, and that nearly every child who was obese remained that way, according to The New York Times. Additionally, every year after kindergarten, the chances a child would either put on or lose excess weight diminished greatly. By age 11, there were few changes: Those who were overweight or obese generally remained so, while those of normal weight did not become fat. Researchers said the effect may occur due to a combination of genetic predispositions to being heavy, and environments that encourage overeating in those prone to it.

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Stem cell scientists in Japan are claiming they have made a “major scientific discovery” in the field. Researchers have long explored the potential use of stem cells in regenerating human tissue; currently, trials are exploring whether they can effectively heal the brain, eye and heart, according to BBC Health News. But the latest development, published in the journal Nature, could make the process cheaper, faster and safer. Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology found that dipping the blood cells of mice in acid quickly turned them into stem cells, and are exploring whether the same results can be produced with human blood. If researchers can show that the process works in humans, then “the age of personalized medicine would have finally arrived,” said Chris Mason, professor of regenerative medicine at University College London. Send your health-related news tips to Howard Hardee at howardh@newsreview.com.

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Is Facebook wrecking homes? Local marriage therapists discuss social media’s potential to drive couples apart

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deservedly so. Last June, a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that 35 percent of U.S. couples who got married between 2005 and 2012 met online. On the flipside of that coin, recent research also suggests the unprecedented level of interconnection provided by the Internet—and more specifically, social media—may also have the potential to drive couples apart. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri, also released in June, titled “Cheating, Breakup and Divorce: Is Facebook to Blame?,” concluded that “excessive” Facebook use—characterized by the researchers as checking the website more than once an hour—can be damaging to romantic relationships. Russell Clayton, a doctoral student at the Missouri School of Journalism and the study’s lead author, said in a university press release that “individuals who use Facebook excessively are far more likely to experience Facebook-related conflict with their romantic partners, which then may cause negative relationship outcomes including emotional and physical cheating, breakup and divorce. “Facebook-induced jealousy may lead to arguments concerning past partners,” Clayton continued. “Also, our study found that excessive Facebook users are more

likely to connect or reconnect with other Facebook users, including previous partners, which may lead to emotional and physical cheating.” The findings held true only for couples who had been together for less than three years, which Clayton said could indicate “that Facebook may be a threat to relationships that are not fully matured. On the other hand, participants who have been in relationships for longer than three years may not use Facebook as often.” While one could argue that jealously

monitoring a lover’s social-media activity is simply a modern twist on age-old human behavior, it’s undeniable that at no point in human history has it been easier to look up an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend. Joe Taylor, a licensed marriage and family therapist with Chico Creek Counseling, said during a recent interview that Clayton’s conclusion was “right on,” estimating that social media is a problem for 15 percent to 20 percent of the couples he

meets. He can recall a handful of couples who broke up specifically “over a spouse reconnecting with an old flame over Facebook.” Taylor added that technology in general has changed the way someone might act on feelings of jealousy or suspicions of infidelity. Not so long ago, he said, the possibility of checking emails, text messages or online phone records simply didn’t exist. Fellow local psychotherapist Kimberley Covington agreed, adding that technology has made the way a suspicious lover snoops much more complex. “With the sophistication of how you can be secretive and all those different layers to social networks, it’s just a different beast,” she said during a recent phone interview. “The other component is that the socialnetwork sites create instant gratification. Fifty years ago, if you thought your partner was cheating on you and you were upset, you had to leave a message on their answering machine and then wait for them

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The Highest Level of Care to Beat Cancer CanCer is a life-Changing and terrifying event for anyone who gets that diagnosis and for everyone who cares about them. Nearly every family has experience with cancer and according to a report by the President’s Cancer Panel, 41% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, thanks to medical science and early detection, the vast majority of people with cancer survive the ordeal, according to the American Cancer Society’s 2013 report. Faced with a diagnosis of cancer, we naturally seek the best care possible. In Butte County, The accreditation we are extremely places the Feather River fortunate to Hospital Cancer Center in have the Feather the most elite echelon of River Hospital cancer treatment facilities Cancer Center, in the country accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACOS). The accreditation places this Cancer Center in the most elite echelon of cancer treatment facilities in the country, and Feather River Hospital is the only hospital in Butte County to be accredited by the ACOS. To earn the accreditation, the hospital voluntarily committed to providing the

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highest level of cancer care and regularly undergoes rigorous evaluations and reviews. In addition to the accreditation, patients of the Cancer Center have access to clinical trials, state-of-the-art technology, new treatment options and lifelong follow up. The Cancer Center recently upgraded their radiation features, with treatments that are shorter, more accurate, and provide patients with less treatments overall. This next generation machine has the ability to focus on a tumor in real time, which greatly lessens the damage to non-involved tissue. Feather River Hospital has long had an institutional focus on the holistic health and well being of its patients, and the oncologic specialists at the Cancer Center are dedicated to developing a treatment plan that is designed to meet their patient’s individual needs. They employ a multidisciplinary approach that integrates therapies to focus on medical, nutritional, physical, psychological, and spiritual needs, which research has shown to be the most effective treatment of cancer. From nutritional consultants to chaplain services, support groups and social services, the Cancer Center’s team is a diverse group of professionals that together care for the entire patient.

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GREENWAYS Left: Samantha Zangrilli with her two loves: her husband, Cheetah Tchudi, and her bicycle, a hybrid touring Xtracycle named MisterSister.

CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS OLYMPICS

If the Earth continues to warm at its present rate, a number of cities that formerly hosted the Olympic Winter Games will be unable to in the not-too-distant future. Only six of the last 19 Winter Olympics sites would be cold enough by the end of this century to host another such event, according to CBC News, citing a recent joint study conducted by Canada’s University of Waterloo and Austria’s Management Center Innsbruck. By about 2050, the Russian city of Sochi, the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics this month, is expected to be too warm to host the Games. California’s Squaw Valley—where the 1960 Winter Olympics were staged—will also likely be too warm “by the 2050s to deliver the kind of natural ice and snow used for alpine and other sporting events,” the CBC article said, adding that the only “climate reliable” previous Olympic sites in the 2080s would be Calgary, Canada; Albertville, France; Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy; Sapporo, Japan; St. Moritz, Switzerland; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

TRANSCANADA PIPELINE EXPLOSION

On Jan. 25, the explosion of a natural-gas pipeline in the Canadian province of Manitoba resulted in the shut-off of gas supplies for approximately 4,000 people in below-freezing temperatures. Flames reaching nearly 1,000 feet high shot from the ground during the explosion, but no one was injured, according to ThinkProgress.org. It took more than 12 hours for the blaze to be extinguished. TransCanada Corp.—the company operating the pipeline—has been in the news for quite some time regarding its controversial proposed Keystone XL pipeline project to bring tarsands oil out of Canada to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. The southern leg of the pipeline— dubbed the Gulf Coast Pipeline—recently started operating, carrying crude oil from Oklahoma storage-tank farms to refineries in Texas, according to The Washington Post. Since November, TransCanada has fixed 125 dents and sags in the Gulf Coast Pipeline.

‘POP-UP’ WETLANDS HELP BIRDS

Thanks to a partnership between an environmental group and California farmers, birds migrating south along the Pacific Flyway are finding wet places to land in the midst of the current drought. Some Sacramento Valley rice farmers are being paid to temporarily flood their fields in order to provide “pop-up” wetlands as friendly stopovers for the millions of migrating birds currently traveling through the area, according to KQED.org. The experimental project is being funded by The Nature Conservancy. “It’s like stopping on a road trip, so anywhere that they can find habitat and … things to eat to put on fat for their journey, they’ll stop,” said Nature Conservancy scientist Mark Reynolds of the migrating birds. Send your eco-friendly news tips to Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia at christinel@newsreview.com.

Below: Chico is a bike town at heart, as evidenced by the bike parking at various events, like at last year’s Endangered Species Faire, pictured here.

Love and bicycles Chico Bicycle Music Festival fundraiser bucks conventional Valentine’s Day offerings story and photos by

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Ctown, despite the glut of cars clogging local roadways. Many families made up of hico is—at heart—a bicycle

bicycle enthusiasts use their cars minimally; other bike-loving families (including CN&R Associate Editor Christine LaPadoBreglia’s) get away with no car ownership whatsoever. And so it’s not surprising that members of Chico’s subculture of bicycle lovers get together regularly to celebrate the love of bikes. First, there was the Chico Bicycle Music Festival (CBMF)—now in its sixth year—a project of Butte Environmental Council (BEC), during which participants cycle to various concerts throughout town. Then, the yearly Chico Tweed Rides began in November 2012 (followed by the springtime Chico Seersucker Rides), during which bicyclists ride through Chico decked out in traditional cycling attire on vintage bikes. Last October, BEC launched Car Free Day, adding to the bicycle enthusiasm by closing part of downtown to cars for an afternoon. And now, we have a bicycle lovefest on Valentine’s Day—BEC’s inaugural Love & Bicycles. “Love makes life a beautiful ride,” said

Samantha Zangrilli, the organizer of the event, quoting the subtitle of the upcoming bike ride/dinner/music show/fundraiser, which she calls “an intimate dinner for adults.” Instead of the standard overpriced prix-fixe Valentine’s Day fare at a crowded restaurant, “why not ride with your partner around Chico?” asked Zangrilli. “It’s so easy—it’s fun—and then we’re going to go watch a good show,” she added, referring to the intimate performance by local band The Railflowers, which is to follow the dinner. Participants will meet at 4 p.m. at the Habitat Lab, the art-studio space on East 13th Street, and ride together to Butte Environmental Council’s Humboldt Community Garden, across from Marsh Junior High School, where they will enjoy coffee tasting hosted by Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse, and chocolate tasting by the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative. After biking back to the Habitat Lab by 7:30 p.m., a luxurious local-focused dinner will be served, For the love of bicycles:

Tickets to the Love & Bicycles ride/dinner/concert, Feb. 14, 4-9 p.m., are available at the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative (818 Main St.), Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse (118 W. Second St.) and at the Butte Environmental Council office (116 W. Second St. #3). www.becnet.org/events/love-bicycles Cost: $50 per person.

with dishes such as braised lamb, root roast and French carrot soup, catered by Blush Catering and featuring fresh produce from GRUB CSA Farm and bread from Tin Roof Bakery. Zangrilli is the founder and organ-

izer of the CBMF, the annual June traveling festival in which upward of 800 bicyclists gather at multiple locations in Chico—such as the GRUB Cooperative on Dayton Road or at Cedar Grove in Lower Bidwell Park—to enjoy local bands and various activities like making smoothies with a bike-operated blender. The CBMF is best known for its pedal-powered generator, which is transported to each venue: The musicians’ tunes are amplified by audience members who take turns hopping onto stationary bikes that power the generator. Last year’s CBMF featured LiveOnBike, featuring artists performing on the back of a cargo bike, amplified by a generator, allowing CBMF participants to enjoy music during the ride between venues. Love & Bicycles is a fundraiser for the CBMF (next one: June 7), which ran into some beyond-budget expenses recently. The event is raising funds in order to replace a blown inverter for the pedalpowered generator, Zangrilli explained. “We blew it at the Car Free Day. What happened was a ziptie broke, and two GREENWAYS continued on page 16 February 6, 2014

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GREENWAYS motherboards touched, and it blew something. … Thank God I wasn’t there, because I would have cried!” Consequently, audience members are off the hook for pedaling to power The Railflowers, the Chico-based, all-female quartet of American folk revivalists. Zangrilli has enlisted a swarm of local sponsors such as KZFR, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., TurkeyTail Farm, Everything Herbal CSA and the CN&R to provide the raffle prizes, donate the food and drink offerings, and promote the event. Even Zangrilli’s family has been pulled into donating: “We’re also going to give a flashy [bike] light to everyone who comes on the ride— donated by my grandma,” she said, laughing. She’s packed the event with lovey-dovey details like a photo booth with a tandem bicycle, and a booth to screenprint a valentine for your date on upcycled folders from Chico State’s AS Sustainability program. “We’re also offering child care, so we’re giving parents the opportunity to have a real date night. The child care is only two blocks away. Our child-care providers are certified, and we’ll have activities for [the children].” A separate fee of $10 per hour, plus a flat fee of $10 per additional child will be charged for child care, in addition to the event’s ticket price. Zangrilli noted that kids are invited to join parents on the bike-ride portion of the event if they wish. “I’m really trying to get [bike] commuters out with their dates,” she said. “I know that people who really love bikes like me … are

ECO EVENT SPIDERS ARE SUPER! The Chico Creek Nature Center (1968 E. Eighth St.) will host a Super Spiders Preschool Program on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to noon. Kids ages 3 to 5 will learn about the habits of the eight-legged creatures, take a walk to look at spiders, make a spider-related craft, and meet Ellie, the nature center’s (friendly) tarantula. Cost is $12 per child (with an accompanying parent). Call 891-4671 to register.

going to come out and do this, because they love CBMF and this is something that appeals to them.” “It’s really small—we’re only selling 60 tickets,” noted Zangrilli of the event. She also pointed out that each $50 ticket is per person, not per couple. Couples’ tables will occupy the majority of the dinner space, but Zangrilli is preparing a singles’ communal table, and is willing to accommodate doubledate tables as well, if she is alerted in advance. Tickets aren’t yet going fast, but Zangrilli isn’t concerned. Bike enthusiasts like her “are going to want to come out and enjoy the beautiful weather and enjoy riding their bikes with the people they love,” she said, noting that the event will occur rain or shine. Ω

UNCOMMON SENSE Eco-friendly action When the time comes to get busy, no one would fault you for briefly forgetting about environmentalism. But if you want to stay green—even during sexy time—options are available: • Organic lubricant: Typical (nonorganic) personal lubricants contain chemicals found in oven cleaner, brake fluid and antifreeze. • Whips made from recycled rubber: That’s right. The sex-toy company Earth Erotics (www.eartherotics.com) manufactures whips made from recycled inner tubes. • Lambskin condoms: Unlike latex condoms, which take a long time to break down, and polyurethane condoms, which don’t break down at all, lambskin condoms are fully biodegradable. But there’s a catch—they can prevent pregnancy, but don’t protect against STDs.

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To all the sponsors, presenters, field trip leaders, participants, and the dedicated group of volunteers who organize and plan this regional event:

by Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia christinel@newsreview.com

LOVE & ANTHRO Heather McCafferty, curator at Chico State’s Valene L. Smith

Museum of Anthropology, sent me a press release extending an invitation to all community members to the museum’s Feb. 14 celebration, from noon to 1 p.m., of the Valentine’s Day birthday of Valene L. Smith, professor emeritus of anthropology, and for whom the museum was named. “Enjoy sweet treats and hot coffee, and enter a raffle to win a box of Shubert’s chocolates,” McCafferty wrote. “At 1:15 p.m. … student docents will lead a tour of our current exhibit, Into the Blue: Maritime Navigation and the Archaeology of Shipwrecks.”

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NEW AND/OR YOUNG GROWERS OF FOOD Cultivating Community North Valley recently announced that it is offering 10 mini-grants of $240 “to lower-income urban and rural produce growers to encourage new vendors to sell at small farmers’ markets a minimum of six times before June 30, 2014,” as a recent CCNV press release described it. “CCNV’s mission is to increase food security in Butte County and surrounding farm area, starting with the underserved,” the press release noted. Applications, which are due March 1, are available at cultivatingcommunitynv.org. Call 680-3217 or email lindsey@grubchico.org for more information. VOLUNTEER AT GRAY LODGE The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has put the word out that it is seeking volunteers ages 18 and older to take part in its annual Wood Duck Nest Box Program at the beautiful Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, near Gridley. As the DFW’s press release put it, the program “is the largest volunteer nest-box monitoring program in California.” Attend the March 8 orientation, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Gray Lodge to learn data collection and habitat maintenance “which is used to understand the local wood-duck populations and other wildlife, including wrens, flycatchers and owls.” Every-other-week morning nest-box maintenance checks take approximately three to four hours and will be conducted from April to July. Reservation required to attend orientation; call 846-7505 to register and/or for more info. EMAIL YOUR GREEN HOME, GARDEN AND COMMUNITY TIPS TO CHRISTINE AT CHRISTINEL@NEWSREVIEW.COM

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LOVE & PRESIDENTS The Chico Creek Nature Center (1968 E. Eighth St.)— which seems to be hosting an awful lot of interesting events of late, for folks of all ages—is offering two Valentine’s Day camps for local kids (who just happen to be out of school that day): Love the Park Day Camp and Parents’ Night Out Evening Camp on Friday, Feb. 14, as part of its ongoing Camp Chico Creek program. The day session runs from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the evening session from 4 to 10 p.m. Costs: day session, $35; evening session, $20; both sessions, $55. “Like our summer camps, our school-year camps offer crafts, songs, up-close animal visits, naturalist led activities, games and a meal,” the nature center’s website (bidwellpark.org) says. Also, on Monday, Feb. 17, the nature center is offering a Washington’s Birthday Camp Chico Creek program, from 7:45 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Call 891-4671 for more information.

Thank you….for a wildly successful 2014

Supporting Sponsors: Great Blue Heron ($1,000 or more)

Butte County Fish & Game Commission, Sacramento River Preservation Trust, Central Valley Joint Venture, North State Vascular Specialists, Chico Creek Nature Center, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Kelly Meagher, The Nature Conservancy, The Printed Image

North State Vascular Specialists

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Tundra Swan: ($500 or more)

New Urban Builders, Western Canal Water District, Rancho Esquon

Snowy Egret: ($250 or more)

Lundberg Family Farms, Out Of This World Discount Binoculars, Oxford Suites, Chico Chamber Of Commerce

White-Faced Ibis: ($100 or more)

Baker’s Birkenstock, Butte Environmental Council, Mountain Sports

Thank you for your support! Super Snow Goosers of the Festival Cathy Carter / Art Reception • Kathryn Hood / Carter • Debbie Chakarun / Youth Activities • Pat Delfrate / Silent Auction Lollie DeYoung / Silent Auction • Sheila Frisk / Field Trips • Marilyn Gamette / Exhibits • Claire Greene / Facebook/Youth Lyn Harrod / Youth Activities • Kathleen Huber / Media • Ruth Kennedy / Registration • Sandy Makau / Silent Auction LeAnn McConnell / Silent Auction • Kathleen McPartland / Youth Activities • John Merz / Sponsors, Media Dolores Mitchell / Art Exhibit Avenue 9 Gallery • Marvey Mueller / Field Trips • Steve Overlock / Workshops Jennifer Patten / Coordinator • Maria Phillips / Art Exhibit – Avenue 9 Gallery • Lynne Pryde / Exhibits Caitlin Reilly / Exhibits • Sue & John Scott / Art Reception/Workshop Cord • Gudrun (Goodie) Sweatt / Registration Melinda Teves / Youth Activities • Kathy Trevino / Registration • Darah Votaw / Media • Carlla Westphal / Silent Auction Mary Wrysinski / Art Reception

15th Annual Snow Goose Festival Field Trip Leaders/Workshop Presenters Ranger Jeremy Alling • Linda Angerer • Jo Anna Arroyo • Skip Augur • Jon Aull • Jay Bogiatto • Jim Burcio • Carol Burr Rex Burress • David Dahnke • Tim Davis • Michael Denega • Dan Dugan • Dan Efseaff • Steve Emmons • Mike Fisher Matt Forster • Stevie Foster • Sheila Frisk • Marilyn Gamette • Henry Ganzler • Dawn Garcia • Kurt Geiger • Gaylord Grams Herman Gray • John Hendrickson • Kathe Hendrickson • Leroy Hord • Mike Hubbartt • Scott Huber • Lin Jensen Phil Johnson • Steve Kasprzyk • Raina King • Steve King • Shelly Kirn • Roger Lederer • Laura Lush • Ryan Luster Charlie Mathews • John Mac McCormick • Marjorie McNairn • Maureen Morales • Mary Muchowski • Nancy Nelson Gary Nielsen • Michelle Ocken • David O’Keefe • Joseph O’Neil • Sharon Perry • Mike Peters • Shane Romain Marilyn Rose • Lucas RossMerz • David Samuels • Frank & Darliss Sanderson • Peter Sands • Ron & Nancy Sanford Tom Savory • Mauricio Schrader • Julie Shaw • Jackson Shedd • Joe Silveira • Ken Sobon • Bob Solari Marty Steidlemayer • Paul Tebbel • Dave Tinker • Andy Tomaselli • Scott Torricelli • Pamela Waldsmith • Bruce Webb Greg Weddig • Dale Whitmore • John Whittlesey • Mike Williams • Rick Wulbern • Steve Zachery

In addition to those mentioned many individuals have helped to plan and create this year’s festival. The Steering Committee would like to sincerely thank all who have had a hand in this year’s programming and events, especially all who volunteered at Chico Creek Nature Center and Chico Masonic Family Center during the festival’s four days. The Snow Goose Festival would also like to give special thanks to: California Conservation Corps, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Rancho Esquon, Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Chico Certified Farmers Market, Chico Creek Nature Center, Iris Software, Inc., Mission Linen Service, Avenue 9 Gallery, Butte County Rice Growers Association, Mathews Rice Farm, Rick and Geri Wulbern, C & R Ranch Paskenta, Patrick Ranch, and Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park. February 6, 2014

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ove is in the air. Can you feel it? How couldn’t you? Whether or not you have a special someone to shower with love on Valentine’s Day, it’s nearly impossible to avoid all of the hype that comes with the holiday. This year, in the CN&R’s annual Love, Sex, Marriage issue, our focus is on couples—all sorts of couples and couples-in-the-making. We start out with a feature geared toward those who are single and, well, ready to mingle: a local matchmaking service that takes the pressure out of meeting new people. Then, you’ll be introduced to two local newly wedded couples whose courtships were exceedingly long but for very different reasons. And finally, you’ll read about all sorts of couples that are taking advantage of a Chico spa that offers a special type of massage. Also, be sure to flip through the rest of the paper to find other love-centric write-ups, including a Healthlines feature highlighting how social media can harm relationships and a Greenways piece previewing a romantic bicycle outing. In short, we’re your go-to source for all things love. So, let’s get it on!

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hawn Davis has been matchmaking for as long as she can remember. In high school, she was often the go-between for guys hoping to ask girls to the prom or wondering if a crush was mutual. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco and lived in a girls’ boarding house run by a church. The rules were strict, and she used them to her advantage. “I’d be walking back from work and I’d always see a lot of sailors. I’d kind of check them out; they looked like nice guys. And I would say, ‘Hey, do you guys have dates tonight?’” she recalled. “‘No? Well, I can get dates for all you guys tonight.’ “We lived in a protected environment. What the guys didn’t know was, unless they knew our last names, they could never come visit us or call us there. Those were the rules of the house. So, we’d just use our first names, and if we liked a guy, the consent we would give would be to give them our last name.” Davis has come a long way from her boarding house days, but she learned a few tricks from those rules that helped make her and her housemates feel safe while dating. And she now uses similar guidelines in her business, Dinner4Six, when she sets up dates for local singles. “Everyone pays their own way, and there’s no exchanging of contact information. Everyone knows what the rules are,” Davis said. “It’s understood that everyone is going to conduct themselves like ladies and gentlemen. If they don’t, I stop inviting them.” Dinner4Six is a fairly simple concept: Singles who are ready to mingle contact Davis and she asks some basic questions about interests, hobbies, priorities in a mate, as well as age and height. Then she gets started setting up a date. The dinners are exactly what they sound like: six people—three men and three women—dining at a local restaurant. The participants use first names only. If anyone hits it off with anyone else, they call Davis and request the other’s phone number. She gives out numbers only if both parties put in the request. “You can’t tell compatibility by looking at someone’s photo online and being pen pals,” she said of how her service compares with

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Log onto www.dinner4six.com to find out more about Shawn Davis’ dating business. There is no fee for the first date, but every subsequent event costs $10. Monthly plans are available as well.


date! Local matchmaking service offers variety of carefully planned dates— including dinner for six online dating. “That chemistry, whether it’s pheromones or whatever it is, you never really know until you meet in person.”

If you take a look at the Dinner4Six website, you’ll find dozens of “success stories.” In its 17 years, the service has made countless matches. Tony and Heather Rushing are just one of them. “I did Dinner4Six off and on for a number of years. I would take a break if I didn’t meet anyone, and then I’d go back and try again,” said Tony. “One day Shawn gave me a call and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got some new members; you might like them. Luckily I listened to her, because that new girl was just the one for me.” For Tony and Heather, it was chemistry plus shared interests that got them each other’s phone numbers. They were both in shape and enjoyed outdoor activities like dirt-bike riding and hiking. For Heather, it was actually her second match made through Dinner4Six. The first lasted four years. “We broke up, and two weeks later I went to another Dinner4Six and met Tony. The timing was pretty amazing,” she said. Both Heather and Tony say they were attracted to Davis’ dating service because it made meeting people fun and took the pressure off the first date. “It’s a safe environment to meet people, because if you’re not interested in someone else, they’re not going to get your number,” Heather said. “Even if you don’t meet anyone, you have dinner with nice people,” added Tony. In addition to dinners, Davis also offers monthly mixers, potlucks and other events such as speed-dating and camp-outs. If a member approaches Davis and really wants to go horseback riding, she says she’ll do her best to find a potential match who likes the same activity. She sets up one-on-one dates as well as group functions. “Some people just want to socialize, get their confidence up. That works for most people,” Davis said. “Other people are in a really big hurry. So, I can do something a little more fine-tuned just for them.” Davis is in fact one of her own success stories. She remembers vividly when Steve Davis moved to town from Arizona and joined Dinner4Six as an eligible bachelor. “He had come to several events and I had had my eye on him,” she recalled. “He

was surprised by that because he thought I was off-limits. We went to lunch and it turned into a four-hour lunch. We had so many things in common. We’ve now been together 11 years, married for eight.” It’s evident while speaking with Davis about her job that she loves what she does. She added matchmaking to her list of skills a few years ago and these days she networks with others in her field across the world, offering advice and helping arrange long-distance meetups as well. The fact that she found her own partner at work was icing on the cake. “It’s fun, and to know I helped someone fall in love—what’s better than that?” she said, laughing. “I’ve also made some really great friends. The more I get to know them, the better job I can do, too. What better job is there than talking and emailing with my friends all day, planning parties all day, and socializing all the time?” Ω

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Steve and Shawn Davis met through Shawn’s business, Dinner4Six. CN&R FILE PHOTO

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Arts for All

A collective voice for Arts in the Chico Unified School District SUHVHQWVRXU

Below: Cloud 9 Spa massage therapist Heather Bonea is experienced in couples massage.

4 th Annual

Performing and Fine Arts Gala

PHOTO BY CHRISTINE G.K. LAPADO-BREGLIA

A district-wide celebration featuring: fine arts gallery of student artwork, dance, choir, band and theater performances.

February 12th, 2014 6:30 p.m., gallery open 7:00 p.m., program begins CUSD Center for the Arts, located at the PVHS campus 1475 East Avenue, Chico, CA

$10 Tickets available at: The Music Connection, CUSD District Office, CHS, PVHS, Inspire School of the Arts, and a limited number at the door. For more information contact: Kim Kurnizki, 343-1462 or e-mail artsforallcusd@gmail.com. Arts for All is a component fund of the North Valley Community Foundation, www.nvcf.org Umpqua Bank Good Deed Award

Supported in part by funds from the City of Chico

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or some people, there is nothing quite as relaxing as getting an hour-long massage from an adept massage therapist in a serene environment. Some people, though, like to double their pleasure and opt for a couples or duo massage. Those folks can be easily accommodated at Cloud 9 Spa, located inside Chico Sports Club on Cohasset Road. In addition to offering the more usual individual massage—of various types: Swedish, deep tissue and sports massage, as well as hot stone and prenatal massage— Cloud 9 offers couples/duo massages for such twosomes as “close friends, longtime married couples, mothers and daughters, and gay and lesbian couples,” as its website puts it (go to www.tinyurl.com/ cloud9duo to access). The spa also recommends two-person massage for those who have never had a massage, as a way to “break the ice.” “It’s two individual massages,” said Cloud 9 massage therapist Heather Bonea in a recent interview at the sports club. “Each person is getting a massage that is designed just for their [individual] therapeutic needs.” In the massage room are two massage therapists working on two clients at the same time on

separate tables. Twosome massages lasting one hour, an hour and a half, or two hours are available. “We have two ladies—they’re just friends—that come in every week and get a [duo] massage,” Bonea said. “It’s just part of their bonding time. We have a lot of mothers and daughters, a lot of friends. We’ve had same-sex couples come in for couples massages. We’ve had a lot of sisters come in.” Bonea has done a number of duo massages for people who “are new to massage,” she said, adding that, often, “first-time massage clients like coming in with a friend. “A lot of people feel unfamiliar with the customs of getting a massage,” Bonea explained. “A lot of people are unsure how to undress, how much to undress, what to leave on, how to position themselves on the [massage] table correctly.” “I always ask all my clients, ‘Are there any areas you don’t want massaged, or areas that are sensitive?’ Some people are ticklish on their feet or their ribs; some don’t want their face or scalp massaged,” she said. “We communicate with them so they are comfortable Bliss for two:

Cloud 9 Spa is located at 260 Cohasset Road, Ste. 190 (inside Chico Sports Club). Call 343-4999 for more information. Ask about Cloud 9’s Valentine’s Day Love Birds couplesmassage special. Follow Cloud 9 Spa on Twitter or Facebook for same-day discounts on “last-minute” massages.

throughout the entire service.” Having two massage therapists working closely alongside one another in a massage room requires extra attentiveness, Bonea said. “Each massage therapist has to be aware of where the other is [in the room] so they don’t get in each other’s way and can make smooth transitions for the clients,” she noted, adding that relaxing music is always played in order to enhance the clients’ experience. “We try to create a very serene experience for the clients,” she said. “Sometimes couples will want to add on aromatherapy—for example, lavender, rose, sweet orange or lemongrass. A lot of times we’ll put chocolates in the room, so after they come out of their massage they can have a chocolate—kind of a nice, sweet ending to their massage.” Bonea added that the massages are personally tailored to suit the specific needs of each client during a massage-for-two. “Perhaps one of them wants a relaxing Swedish massage and the other wants a deep-tissue or sports massage,” she said. “We can do that in couples massage. … Sometimes they both want deep-tissue massage; sometimes someone wants work on specific areas [of her/his body]. … “This is a great Valentine’s Day gift,” she added. “Massage is such a wonderful gift to give because it’s really focused on making [a] person feel wonderful instead of just buying them a gift, a product.” Ω


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A hot topic since the legalization of same-sex unions has been the positive effects on the already multimillion-dollar wedding industry. It’s hard to tell just how samesex marriage has caught on in Butte County because, as County ClerkRecorder Candace Grubbs explained, statistics are not recorded: “When two people come in, our staff just issues them marriage licenses, so there’s really no way of knowing how many marriages are between same-sex partners.” Several local wedding vendors said they’ve yet to see a substantial boom in same-sex ceremonies. “I haven’t seen much of a spike in same-sex marriages locally, but I sure hope we do, not just from the business standpoint but for the social-justice aspect,” said Steve Twist of Avalon Portraits, a company specializing in wedding photography. “But there have certainly been more same-sex marriages and commitment ceremonies in the last two years than ever before, and I think we could see an enormous jump in coming

Victor Robin (left) and Kelly Houston wed— under a glowing Hamm’s sign at Duffy’s Tavern—after nearly four decades together.

months, as wedding season hits.” Lisa Holeman, who owns a local wedding officiant service called As You Like It Weddings, said her company handled same-sex commitment ceremonies before marriages were allowed, and that legalization has “been a long time coming.” She also said it presents a challenge to the entire industry. “A lot of advertising, public relations and logos are designed to represent traditional male-female weddings, but wedding services, myself included, would be doing themselves and that community a favor by changing that status quo,” she said. Holeman also said not all of her contemporaries are happy with the change: “I’ve heard some people say, ‘Well, we won’t do those kinds of weddings.’ “I think most people like that just haven’t been exposed to actual same-sex relationship,” she continued. “It’s just a concept to them that they don’t fully understand because they’ve never known any same-sex couples personally to see they’re beautiful, just like traditional relationships.” Ω

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eresa Ensslin and Kevin Durkin met 18 years ago at a local outdoor concert and began dating soon thereafter. At one point, they lived together for about six months but maintained their separate residences. Last year, on St. Patrick’s Day, Ensslin proposed to Durkin. They moved in together in September and tied the knot on Oct. 5 while attending the Hoes Down Harvest Festival in Yolo County. Durkin is well known in town as Kozmic Kev, an astrologer and host of KZFR Radio’s Bohemian Express. He is also a produce buyer for the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative. Ensslin is a longtime English instructor at Butte College. The couple now live in Durkin’s house in the Barber neighborhood in southwest Chico. They each have grown children from previous marriages. During a recent interview at their home, Durkin, 55, and Ensslin, 51, sat in their crowded living room—they are still in the midst of combining their possessions into a single home—and gave the impression of a couple not only in love, but also of two people who really like and respect each other. “I’d seen Teresa when she was with her ex-husband while I was caretaking at a friend’s place up in Cohasset,” Durkin recalled. “She is four years younger than me, but I thought she was older just because she had a way-older husband at the time. I thought, ‘Wow, she’s a nice-lookin’ lady.’” Teresa Ensslin and Kevin Durkin on the front porch of their Chico home. PHOTO BY TOM GASCOYNE

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They looked at each other and laughed. Ensslin shook her head and rolled her eyes. “The other thing I remember is her middle son—who might have been 5 at the time—was on her lap, and I was thinking, ‘Man, that is one big kid to be all babied up like that.’ Those were my initial thoughts: Nice looking lady, kind of an old guy there that she’s with, and, boy, she really babies that middle boy.” Marriage is nothing new to them. Ensslin’s first one lasted 13 years, while Durkin’s been married twice, once for five years and a second time for three.

Durkin was actually on the receiving end of a marriage proposal. Ensslin explained that it wasn’t quite as simple as “popping the question.” “I guess I kind of did. But he was the one to say, ‘Maybe you could move in with me?’ and I said, ‘What have you done with my boyfriend?’ He had always been adamant before that that he wanted to live alone, that he wanted to

have his own lifestyle. So at first I thought, ‘Oh yeah, he doesn’t really mean it.’ I didn’t really believe him at first, but then it got more and more of ‘Yeah, I think we can do this.’And then I thought, ‘Well, if we’re going to live together, I think we could benefit a lot from being married with tax breaks and health insurance and this and that, so yeah, I popped the question.” Durkin’s reaction? “Well, it was very nice, I felt very flattered,” he said. “I thought, ‘Well yeah, I’m not going to get a better woman.’” Durkin said early on he asked Ensslin whether she thought love was a feeling or a choice. She answered “choice.” “And I said, ‘I can probably work with you then,’” Durkin recalled. “I’d had other relationships where they just wanted to throw in the towel when things got the slightest bit rough. Teri and I like the same music and spending time outdoors. Now we play music and sing together, too. It’s been a precious part of our relationship.” Ensslin said making a relationship work is a matter of give and take. “Over time you learn what’s really important to you, and what you can let go and when you should shut up and hold your tongue,” she said. “It takes time. If you can just make it through the first couple of years, then you start negotiating over all that stuff in the middle. Changing your habits when you are in your middle ages is hard, but we are managing it.” Durkin noted that they had met when they were still in their mid- to late30s, and by then people are fairly set in their ways. “Yeah,” he said. “It’s hard to train me as an old dog.” Ω


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Arts & Culture Cupid’s little helper

If life gives you a Limon, pucker up.

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Four new adult products for the lovers season

Istory, Her, a writer falls in love with his sentient operating system, leaving the rest of us to ask Siri,

n Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated love

“Where do you see us in five years?” Until our OS is able to talk to us in X’s and O’s, we can turn to the rest of the technoby logical world to add a little pep to Matthew our Valentine’s Day rendezvous. Craggs From naughty packages on your doorstep to programmable vibrators, here are four products that will leave you with hearts in your eyes and stars circling your head: Limon Sometimes with sex, simple is satisfying. Minna’s newest adult product is a rechargeable, waterproof vibrator that bears a striking resemblance to one of nature’s sourest fruits. However, Limon is anything but sour with a sweet combination of highquality soft materials, versatile shape and squeezecontrolled vibrations. In free-play mode, the intensity is determined by how hard you squeeze, but Limon can also record your—or your partner’s— programmable pattern of ups and downs for playback at a later time. The one-button control is easy to use with a single hand, which frees up your other hand for whatever trouble it can find. The small nub at the top acts as a focal point for the strong vibrations making this a compact, but powerful, addition to your Valentine’s Day arsenal. Minnalife.com, $119 Spicy Subscriptions Valentine’s Day is a day, but love lasts all year long. With this monthly adultthemed subscription box, you’ll never run low on the tools and gadgets that spice up your sex life. Each month, the Spice Box will arrive on your doorstep with an assortment of one or two full-sized products, two to three trial-sized products and a sex toy. You’ll never know what’s coming each month— providing fun and excitement as you discover new products and new ways to work through the box— but, along with the toy, you can expect flavored lubes, massage oils and beauty products such as lotions and lip gloss. For an additional fee, a Deluxe Spice Box offers more monthly products, and for those who want to cut to the chase, a Toy of the 24 CN&R February 6, 2014

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THURS Month option leaves out the full- and trial-sized products. The toys, while not on par with high-end designers’ offerings, are of good enough construction and quality to find a place in the bedside drawer long after the next box arrives. Spicysubscriptions.com, starting at $26 per month

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LovePalz Whether you’re left longing over a long-distance relationship or interested in taking Internet love to the next level, the his-and-hers LovePalz—respectively Zeus and Hera—will help bridge the Valentine’s Day gap. The Wi-Fi-enabled cylinders connect via a computer or smartphone and each device responds to the stimulation given to the other device. If someone squeezes Zeus’ rod, Hera’s hollow center will compress, giving anything inside a sexy hug. Squeeze or stroke Zeus more vigorously and Hera will respond in kind. Likewise, use Hera as a masturbator or with your fingers and Zeus dances to life recreating thrusts from Hera. Couples can use any combination of Zeus and Hera to beam their message across the world right into their partner’s hands, or whichever other body part they prefer. It’s a pricy way to connect, but it’s still cheaper than a plane ticket or Google Glass’ sex app. Lovepalz.com, $189 per his-her unit

BÉLA FLECK & BROOKLYN RIDER: One of the

Ida The dual-action rabbit-style vibrator has been popular for many years, but by removing the ears and making the unit more compact, Lelo has created a toy that’s far more versatile than its cottontailed predecessors. Resembling a coat hook or a puffed-up comma, Ida features a rotating hook with a vibrating base controllable through a remote that activates six preset modes or two freestyle modes that turn the remote into a motion-activated controller. The silicone toy is waterproof and the base of the hook is thin enough that it can be worn during sex, giving both partners a buzz of stimulation. With a history of high-quality products with unique designs, Lelo adds to its impressive lineup with a new twist on an old favorite sure to get everyone’s legs thumping faster than Thumper after six cans of Red Bull. Lelo.com, $199 Ω

JACOB AND THE ANGEL: A reception for the new work of figurative painter and instructor Sal Casa. Th, 2/6, 5-7pm. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973, www.1078 gallery.org.

Music world’s leading banjo players teams with Brooklyn Rider, a new-music string quartet. Th, 2/6, 7:30pm. $21-$35. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333, www.chicoperfor mances.com.

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE: The old-time bluegrass/folk band from Santa Cruz comes to Chico with its newly released album I’m a Stranger Here. Th, 2/6, 9pm. $25. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497, www.jmaxproductions.net.

2/8. $15-$20. Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave., (530) 899-2692, www.crtshows.com.

GREASE: Danny and Sandy reunite after a summer of love as the Pink Ladies and T-Birds dance and sing their way through the school year. Th-Sa, 7:30pm, Su, 2pm through 2/9. $12$20. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd., (530) 894-3282, www.chicotheatercompany.com.

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Art Receptions P.S. WE LOVE YOU: Original works in various media by 18 Avenue 9 Guild artists in celebration of their 10th anniversary as a gallery. Love songs and live music by Steve Johnson. F, 2/7, 5-8pm. Avenue 9 Gallery, 180 E. Ninth Ave., (530) 879-1821, www.avenue9gallery.com.

THE WAY OF THE NEW YEAR: A reception with original art by local makers, plus J. Daniel Walker’s holocaust memorial painting. F, 2/7, 4-7pm. Sally Dimas Art Gallery, 493 East Ave., (530) 345-3063.

JOHN GORKA: The new folkie from New Jersey

celebrates his 11th studio album, So Dark You See. Th, 2/6, 7:30pm. $20-$24. The Rendezvous, 3269 Esplanade.

Theater BARK! THE MUSICAL: Follow six canine characters for a day at Deena’s Doggie Daycare. Partial proceeds benefit the Butte Humane Society. Th-Sa,

7:30pm, Su, 2pm through 2/16.

$12-$22. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760, www.totr.org.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: Tevye and his five daughters will be on hand for the famed Broadway musical. Featuring a live orchestra. Presented by the California Regional Theatre.

Th-Su, 7:30pm, Su, 2pm through

BOHO’S GRAND REOPENING Saturday, Feb. 8 BOHO

SEE SATURDAY, SPECIAL EVENTS

Music TAO: PHOENIX RISING: Taiko drumming and choreography in a show that combines precision, energy, and stamina. F, 2/7, 7:30pm. $19-$33. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 8986333, www.chicoperformances.com.


P.S. WE LOVE YOU, 10TH ANNIVERSARY Friday, Feb. 7 Avenue 9 Gallery

SEE FRIDAY, ART RECEPTIONS

FINE ARTS Art 1078 GALLERY: Jacob and the Angel, figurative painter and art instructor Sal Casa showcases new work. Through 3/1. 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973, www.1078 gallery.org.

AVENUE 9 GALLERY: P.S. We Love You, origi-

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BARK! THE MUSICAL: See Thursday. Theatre on

LONESTAR: The country-rock superstars (CMA

the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760, www.totr.org.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: See Thursday. Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave., (530) 899-2692, www.crtshows.com.

GREASE: See Thursday. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd., (530) 894-3282, www.chicotheatercompany.com.

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vocal group of the Year) celebrate their 20th anniversary. Su, 2/9, 7:30pm. $30-$50. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333, www.chicoperformances.com.

Theater BARK! THE MUSICAL: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760, www.totr.org.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: See Thursday. Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave., (530) 899-2692, www.crtshows.com.

166-F Eaton Rd., (530) 894-3282, www.chicotheatercompany.com.

apparel, jewelery and cocktails. Sa, 2/8, 510pm. BOHO, 225-D Main St., (530) 895-3282.

Society hosts a tea commemorating Butte County’s past. Sa, 2/8, 11am & 1:30pm. $20 each seating. Ehmann Home, 1480 Lincoln St. in Oroville.

TAO: PHOENIX RISING Friday, Feb 7 Laxson Auditorium SEE FRIDAY, MUSIC

Theater BARK! THE MUSICAL: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760, www.totr.org.

Music JEFFERY BROUSSARD: Zydeco music from Louisiana with Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys. M, 2/10, 7:30pm. $17.50. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St., (530) 3452739, www.sierranevada.com/bigroom.

KID CONGO AND THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS: Former member of The Cramps and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds brings his band back to Duffy’s stage. The Hambones open. M, 2/10, 10pm. $5. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St., (530) 343-7718.

GREASE: See Thursday. Chico Theater Company,

BOHO’S GRAND REOPENING: Featuring art,

HEARTS AND HEROES: Butte County Historical

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nal works in various media by 18 Avenue 9 Guild artists in celebration of their 10th anniversary as a gallery. 2/7-3/1. 180 E. Ninth Ave., (530) 879-1821, www.avenue9gallery.com.

CHICO ART CENTER: Members’ Showcase, the Chico Art Center’s annual exhibition of member artwork. Through 2/14. 450 Orange St., (530) 895-8726, www.chicoart center.com.

CHICO PAPER CO.: Infused metal photo-

graphs, metal-infused prints by Larry Leigh. California River Series, Jake Early’s latest series. Mariam Pakbaz, drawings and paintings by the recent Chico State graduate. Through 3/31, 10am-6pm. 345 Broadway, (530) 891-0900, www.chicopapercompany.com.

HEALING ART GALLERY: Machelle Conn, mixed-media work by Northern California artist. Gallery highlights works of those touched by cancer. Through 4/17. 265 Cohasset Rd. inside Enloe Cancer Center, (530) 332-3856.

JAMES SNIDLE FINE ARTS & APPRAISALS: Jerry Frost, new oil paintings provide a visual journey across the large canvases. Sa through 2/28. 254 E. Fourth St., (530) 343-2930, www.jamessnidle finearts.com.

MANAS ARTSPACE & GALLERY: Everything

Blue, mixed-media group show featuring works inspired by the color blue. Through 3/7. 1441-C Park Ave., (530) 588-5183.

SALLY DIMAS ART GALLERY: The Way of the

New Year, original art by local makers, plus J. Daniel Walker’s holocaust memorial painting. Through 2/28. 493 East Ave., (530) 345-3063.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: See Thursday. Center for

THE JANET TURNER PRINT MUSEUM:

Pushing Boundaries—Expanding Horizons, the 10th Janet Turner National Print Competition. The joint exhibition with the University Art Gallery surveys new and innovative “must sees” in the print world. Through 2/22. Chico State, (530) 898-4476, www.theturner.org.

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: Pushing

Boundaries—Expanding Horizons, the 10th Janet Turner National Print Competition. This joint exhibition with the Turner surveys new and innovative “must sees” in the print world. Through 2/22. Trinity Hall Chico State, (530) 8985864.

UPPER CRUST BAKERY & EATERY: World

Photography and Paintings, Ayse Taskiran’s paintings and photography feature nature, architecture and street scenes from Turkey, Greece and California. Through 3/2. 130 Main St., (530) 895-3866.

Museums CHICO CREEK NATURE CENTER: Banding by

Day and Night, a close look at birds in hand with incredible detail. Ongoing. 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671, www.bidwell park.org.

CHICO MUSEUM: Reverie, Interpretations of Nature, new abstract paintings by Dennis Leon. 2/9-3/31. 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336.

GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM: Explore

Evolution, investigate evolutionary principles in organisms ranging from smallest to the largest, with interactive exhibits giving the viewer an opportunity to experience how scientists conduct research on evolution. Ongoing. 625 Esplanade, www.csuchico.edu/ gateway.

VALENE L. SMITH MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY: Into The Blue: Maritime Navigation and the Archeology of Shipwrecks, featuring artifacts recovered from the Frolic shipwreck and the story behind the ship’s history. Tu-Sa through 7/24. Meriam Library Complex, Chico State.

the Arts, 1475 East Ave., (530) 899-2692, www.crtshows.com.

GREASE: See Thursday. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd., (530) 894-3282, www.chico theatercompany.com.

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Art receptions REVERIE: Interpretations of Nature, new abstract paintings by Dennis Leon. A fundraiser for the Chico Museum with a presentation by the artist. Su, 2/9, 2-5pm. $35. Chico Museum, 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336.

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Save the last dance The ladies of Origin Tribal Belly Dance have been shimmying, shaking and strutting their stuff around Chico for the last 10 years and, according to Origin dancer Sarah Adams, a decade is a very long run in the world of belly dance. The ladies are moving on to other projects and EDITOR’S PICK adventures, but not without getting together for an epic finale show, It’s Not You, It’s Me, next Thursday, Feb. 13, at Duffy’s Tavern. The troupe promises an evening of belly dancing “dedicated to love, breakups, heartache and new beginnings.”

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Attack of the clones Just when you thought you understood wine varietals

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M somewhere in eastern France, a farmer was walking through his vineyard of any centuries ago, probably

pinot noir, inspecting the progress of the ripening fruit. Then, he saw it: a cluster of grayby ish-purple grapes danAlastair gling among the black Bland ones—a mutant. These are always exciting for farmers, who often refer to such genetically unique offshoots as “sports,” or “clones.” The man almost certainly tasted one of the grayish freak fruits— and he almost certainly liked it. He clipped the branch from the vine. Planted in the ground, the shoot made roots and grew into its own vine. Several years later, perhaps, cuttings were taken from the new plant and propagated. Within decades, there were vineyards full of that dull purple grape. Its name would become pinot gris.

This process of selecting mutant branches from grapevines and propagating them into cultivated varieties of their own still occurs today, and as a result we have thousands of wine “clones,” as winemakers refer to these varieties. Clones are extremely closely related to their parent vines and usually so resemble them that they are named as subvarieties to the original, like merlot 181, chardonnay 446 and cabernet sauvignon 8. But occasionally a mutated branch of bud wood produces a grape so different from the original that it gains an entirely new varietal name—as pinot gris did, and as pinot blanc also did after mutating off of a pinot gris vine, and as a white grape named shalistin did after appearing on a cabernet sauvignon vine in South Australia in the 1980s. At Arrowood Vineyards & Winery in

Sonoma County, winemaker Heidi von der Mehden works with numerous clones—

including seven of syrah, six of cabernet sauvignon and three of grenache. Von der Mehden says understanding clones and how each differs from its cousin is critical in the vineyard. Certain clones, she explains, produce better fruit in certain locations, and each clone offers its own unique characteristics. Von der Mehden’s chardonnay vineyards, for example, include the Rued clone, Dijon 96, Dijon 95, the Robert Young clone and clone 4. The latter is a popular, high-yielding grape. Arrowood’s vineyard manager, Brian Malone, likens clone 4 to the meat of a meal. “All the other clones are the spices you put on top,” he said. The chardonnay Z clone is a zesty grape whose aromatics resemble the legendary perfume-like scent of Muscat and which, used conservatively, can add elegance to a blended wine. Clonal numbers rarely reach the front of a wine bottle, where available space is tradi-

tionally occupied by long and laborious vineyard designations, regional appellations and family names. But Noble Vines, a winery near Monterey, is putting numbers of featured grape clones on the label. Clone number 337 is its flagship cab, 667 its pinot noir, 446 its chardonnay and 242 its sauvignon blanc— each bottle stamped boldly with the large numerals. Winemaker James Ewart says he believes customers who care increasingly about the origins of their food have particular interest in understanding clonal variations of wine grapes. Growing certain varieties of grapes in particular regions lays the groundwork for good winemaking, Ewart adds. “But we are further dialing in our focus and narrowing in even more specifically on the best clones of each variety for the area,” he explained. But the term “clone” may be something of a misnomer in this context, because these mutated grape varieties are different from the vines they originated from, not identical to them, as “clone” implies. The reason it has become standard to call them clones is that none of these varieties originated from fertilized seeds (as most popular fruit varieties originally did). Rather, they all first appeared as genetically distinct shoots on existing vines and were then selected, cut and propagated asexually—that is, cloned after the offshoot has already grown. John Preece, a geneticist and wine grape specialist with the USDA’s National Clonal Germplasm Repository near Davis, says socalled wine grape clones would best be referred to as “subclones.” Pinot gris, he explained, is a subclone of pinot noir. Ditto for cab 337, cab 4 and cab 191—all subclones within the cabernet sauvignon family. Only in and of itself is each subclone actually a clone. The topic gets technical and confusing and, to the layman, seemingly arbitrary, and for many people there may be something appealing in the thought not so much of understanding wine but simply of drinking it. Ω

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BÉLA FLECK AND BROOKLYN RIDER Tonight, Feb. 6 Laxson Auditorium SEE THURSDAY

by friends The Shimmies. F, 2/7, 9pm. $5. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

JOHN SEID DUO: John Seid and Larry

6THURSDAY AARON RICH & FRIENDS: Country music round-robin. Third and First Th of every month, 9pm. Free. Crazy Horse Saloon, 303 Main St., (530) 894-5408.

BÉLA FLECK & BROOKLYN RIDER: One of the world’s leading banjo players teams with Brooklyn Rider, a new music string quartet. Th, 2/6, 7:30pm. $21-$35. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333, www.chicoper formances.com.

CHICO JAZZ COLLECTIVE: Thursday jazz.

Th, 8-11pm. Free. The DownLo, 319 Main St., (530) 892-2473.

CHICO UNPLUGGED: An open-mic series presented by Chico State’s SOTA

Producions showcasing local acoustic singer/songwriters in an intimate setting. Top performers will be given a chance to record their music. Th, 2/6, 7-9pm. Free. Woodstock’s Pizza, 166 E. Second St., (530) 893-1500.

DEATH ANGEL: Thrash metal band from Concord, plus Death Rattle, Fallon, Cursed and AOD. Th, 2/6, 8pm-1am. $15. Lost on Main, 319 Main St., (530) 8911853.

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE: The old-time bluegrass/folk band from Santa Cruz comes to Chico with its newly released album I’m a Stranger Here. Th, 2/6, 9pm. $25. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497, www.jmaxpro ductions.net.

JOHN GORKA: The new-folkie from New

Peterson play an eclectic mix of The Beatles, blues and standards. Th, 69pm. Opens 2/6. Grana, 198 E. Second St., (530) 809-2304.

OPEN MIC: Singers, poets and musicians welcome. Th, 7-10pm. Has Beans Internet Café & Galleria, 501 Main St., (530) 894-3033, www.hasbeans.com.

OPEN MIKEFULL: Open-mic night to share your music, poetry, comedy, or other talents in a 10-minute slot. First and Third Th of every month, 7pm. $1. Paradise Grange Hall, 5704 Chapel Dr. in Paradise, (530) 873-1370.

7FRIDAY AUBREY DEBAUCHERY AND THE BROKEN BONES: The local favorites are joined

dance party with a rotating cast of local and regional DJs. Check with venue for details. F, 9:30pm. Peeking Chinese Restaurant, 243 W. Second St., (530) 895-3888.

rockers take the stage. F, 2/7, 9pm. $5. Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 375 E. Park Ave., (530) 345-7499.

EXQUISITE CORPS: Sacramento psychedelic garage rock. Locals Suns of the Pacific open. F, 2/7, 9pm. $5. Lost On Main, 319 Main St., (530) 891-1853.

GEOFF BAKER & ROB DAVIDSON: Chico State English professors Rob Davidson (with his band The Lost City Lopers) and Geoff Baker play original acoustic songs. Aamir Malik opens the show. F, 2/7, 7:30-10:30pm. $5. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973, www.1078gallery.org.

way from Siler City, N.C. Contact Lucy a lucyinchico@hotmail.com for reservations. F, 2/7, 7pm. $15-$18. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888, www.liveatflo.weebly.com.

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tion: Friday-night happy hour with a traditional Irish music session by the Pub Scouts. F, 4pm. $1. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St., (530) 343-7718.

LIBBY KOCH: Americana singer/songwriter from Houston, Texas. Plus, local folk punk from Ryan Davidson and songstress Lisa Valentine. F, 2/7, 7:30pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 566-9476, www.cafe coda.com.

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TAO: PHOENIX RISING: Taiko drumming and choreography in a show that combines precision, energy, and stamina. F, 2/7, 7:30pm. $19-$33. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 8986333, www.chicoperformances.com.

8SATURDAY COMEDY VARIETY SHOW: Local comedy acts with improv, open mic and games. Sign ups are at 4:30pm Sa, 2/8, 5pm. Mondo’s Café, 951 Nord Ave., (530) 8950878.

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HI-LIFE WEDDING: Sa, 2/8, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 5669476, www.cafecoda.com.

MARDI GRAS PARTY: “Let the good times roll” with an evening of music and

dancing to benefit the Paradise Center for Tolerance and Nonviolence, featuring live music from Big Mo & The Full Moon Band. Sa, 2/8, 7-11:30pm. $20 $25. Paradise Ridge Senior Center, 877 Nunneley Rd. in Paradise, (530) 8771733, www.pctn.org.

MUSIC SHOWCASE: An open mic hosted by local country musicians Rich and Kendall. Sa, 5-9pm. Free. Scotty’s Landing, 12609 River Rd., (530) 7102020.

SORIN: A night of metal with Sorin, Ex Scientia Vera (formerly known as Memento Mori) and Io Torus. Sa, 2/8, 7:30pm. $5. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973, www.1078gallery.org.

WEST BY SWAN, THE AMERICAS, GHOSTNOTE: A night of noisy indie-rock from locals West By Swan, The Americas and Sacramento’s Ghostnote (featuring former Chico dude, Zach Ahern) Sa, 2/8, 9pm. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

Former member of The Cramps and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds brings his band back to Duffy’s stage. The Hambones open. M, 2/10, 10pm. $5. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St., (530) 343-7718.

9SUNDAY KARAOKE ROCKSTARS: Sing onstage with

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LONESTAR: The country-rock superstars (CMA vocal group of the Year) celebrate their 20th anniversary. Su, 2/9, 7:30pm. $30-$50. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333, www.chicoperformances.com.

MANDOLIN JAZZ: Mandolin/guitar duo Su,

2/9, 6-9pm. 5th Street Steakhouse, 345 W. Fifth St., (530) 891-6328, www.5thstreetsteakhouse.com

11TUESDAY OPEN MIC: Open-mic night with Aaron

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SHIGEMI & FRIENDS: Live jazz with keyboardist Shigemi Minetaka and rotating accompaniment. Tu, 6:308:30pm. Free. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade, (530) 343-2056, www.farm starpizza.com.

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HI-LIVING IT UP

Electronic duo Hi-Life Wedding, performing at Café Coda on Saturday, Feb. 8, is the unlikely union of a woman from Missouri and a dude from Australia who met up in Taiwan. Their mission statement has lots of references to “love” and “consciousness,” two things most of us can get behind, and they describe their sound as “a statement from two people responding to the control and systems of power that surround us all each day.” That basically translates to retro-neoromanticism complete with layered synthesizers and lots of other bells and whistles. Also playing are Santa Rosa’s Tiny Pyramids and locals Akela the Lone Wolf.

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Chuck Palahniuk Doubleday In 2011’s Damned, Chuck Palahniuk introduced us to perspective on the afterlife via his character Madison Spencer, the deceased daughter of the world’s most popular acting couple. Spencer familiarized herself with the ins and outs of Hell, and came to find a sense of belonging that she lacked during life. In Doomed, Spencer returns to Earth as a ghost, and is forced to reflect on the world she knew while she was alive. The novel—part two in a planned trilogy—takes place largely in flashbacks, and Palahniuk takes unapologetic stabs at the hypocrisy and insincerity of celebrity activism via Spencer’s reminiscences on her family’s life, and raises questions concerning fate, morality and human nature along the way. Palahniuk, who became a household name after his novel Fight Club was turned into a film in 1999, has always been known for his shocking visceral descriptions, and Doomed is no exception. An episode from Madison’s childhood during which her grandfather’s penis is violently removed takes up nearly 50 pages.

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George Clooney directs a loaded cast—including himself, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Billy Murray and Cate Blanchett—in this based-on-real-events story of a group of arts experts who were sent into the field during WWII to rescue classic works of art before the Nazis could destroy them. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

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A 17-year-old half-vampire/half-human is tasked with protecting a group of mortal vampires from “bloodthirsty” immortal vampires. Based on the first book in Richelle Meed’s best-selling youngadult paranormal romance series of the same name. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

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Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.

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year just past. But I’m a little puzzled over Oscar’s neglect on the one hand and the NSFC raves on the other. To my lights, it’s not the best of the year, but it’s certainly among the best of the year. I hesitate to give it top marks mostly on account of its staying a little too much outside its title character. At the same time, however, I give it special credit for its diligence and resourcefulness in suggesting character insights while staying resolutely focused on exterior events. It’s partly a kind of triangulation—our picture of Llewyn Davis derives less from him personally and more from the revealing fragments of recognition that arise via the assortment of characters and incidents he encounters in the course of the story. The story itself is fragmentary—a few rather fraught and scattered days in the life of a not

studio with straight-arrow Jim (Justin Timberlake) and off-the-wall hipster Al Cody (Adam Driver). There are a couple of seriocomic episodes with an errant cat and a couple more with the feline’s liberal/academic owners (Ethan Phillips and Robin Bartlett). And there are brief, telling encounters with a soldier/folk singer (Stark Sands), a moon-faced abortionist (Steve Routman), a libidinous club owner named Pappi Corsicato (Max Casella), and Davis’ resolutely middle-class sister Joy (Jeanine Serralles). At the start and again at the finish, there’s a painful and somewhat dream-like encounter with a tall, angry man wearing black. In between episodes, we get whiffs of despair over the suicide of Llewyn’s former musical partner. For me, the cat, the recording session, the road trip, the simperingly permissive academic couple, the cramped stairways and apartments, the solemn and attentive audiences at the coffeehouses, and the soldier/folk singer are the best of it. It’s chock-full of resonant detail, and at its best it’s a pungent evocation of the part of the 1960s that preceded and helped bring about what is now known as “The Sixties.” Ω

Director Steve McQueen’s new film recounts the agonizing ordeal of a prosperous and welleducated African-American, a freed man named Solomon Northup, who was shanghaied back into slavery for more than a decade in pre-Civil War U.S. As such, 12 Years a Slave is a sometimes a grueling history lesson that pays graphic attention to the physical cruelties as well as the legal and moral injustices of the slavery system. A certain weakness for punishing realism might have been fatal, were it not for the brilliancies of characterization that bring the whole thing back to life just as a grim despondency threatens to take over. Ultimately, the prime example of that brilliance comes via Solomon Northup himself (Chiwetel Ejiofor). The movie, which portrays Solomon as refusing to be defined by his own victimhood, finds its most powerful and incisive dramatics in the tragic ironies of the man’s struggle not just to survive but to preserve a sense of dignity and self in the midst of soul-crushing cruelties. Cinemark 14. Rated R —J.C.S.

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American Hustle

American Hustle is a sardonically comical caper movie, a semipicaresque period piece set among con artists, influence peddlers, political fixers, etc., in the late 1970s. Banking scams, FBI stings, Mafia politics, governmental corruption, fashion excesses, and elaborate double-crosses all have roles to play. It’s a beguiling tale, with a nicely timed set of surprise twists laid out along the way. But what makes this one of the best films of the year is mostly a matter of superb, beautifully directed performances from a fine cast, including especially its four leading players. The key figures here are a sleazy entrepreneur/con man (Christian Bale), a frenetically ambitious young FBI agent (Bradley Cooper), a gifted quickchange artist (Amy Adams), and the Bale character’s hilariously erratic wife (Jennifer Lawrence). Bale is especially brilliant—giving unexpected shades of emotion and intelligence to a character who at first seems merely a mild comic grotesque. Cinemark 14. Rated R —J.C.S.

Frozen

The new Disney computer-animated feature is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, The Snow Queen. In the film, a young princess embarks on an epic journey to find her sister—the Snow Queen—whose magical powers have buried the kingdom in a never-ending winter. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.

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sadness and fear. I’m sad and scared because an entire demographic of young people is growing up with absolute cultural garbage. A brief synopsis: As humans go about their usual business, there is, in fact, an invisible, centuries-old battle taking place between demons—led by the demon lord Naberius (Bill Nighy)—and the Gargoyle Order, a winged boy band of sexy, multiethnic crusaders for The Lord. Enter Adam (Aaron Eckhart), the sewn-together son of Dr. Frankenstein, who is “not human, nor demon, nor gargoyle.” Though his creator assembled him from eight corpses, he apparently took great care that the sources were equally proportioned, hairless and hunky. Even his nipples match. Will Adam be able to stop Naberius, who plans on reanimating the thousands of dead bodies he’s been stowing away in his underground lair? Careful, parents, if your teen wants the answer, it might already be too late. This stuff is more dangerous than “the pot,” and more insidious, because it’s culturally accepted. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13 —E.G.S.

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See review this issue. Pageant Theatre. Rated R —J.C.S.

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Tom Clancy’s seminal character Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) is the one who gets the spectacular tasks in this Clancy-like adventure tale, but CIA agent Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner)—Pine’s mentor/minder/father figure/ enabler—has the slightly more central, pivotal and deeply heroic role. Costner’s Harper seems a wry, middle-aged version of what Ryan will become, but he’s so deeply involved in every aspect of young Ryan’s formative adventures and so miraculously present for each key twist that his guardian-angel status seems more than merely metaphorical. Nevertheless, much of the rest of Shadow Recruit is taken up with oddball variations on the routine stuff of genre entertainment. There’s a gratuitous love story that has Ryan’s fiancée (Keira Knightley) following him to Europe and getting caught up in the dangers of a supposedly secret mission. And there’s Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh, who also directed), a Russian megalomaniac who’s plotting a terrorist attack on Wall Street as well as a catastrophic devaluation of U.S. currency. Cinemark 14 and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.

Labor Day

The latest from screenwriter-director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking) stars Kate Winslet as a depressed single mother who is forced by an escaped ex-con to offer him refuge in the home she shares with her teenage son. As time goes by, the man with the complicated past starts to bond with his hosts. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

Lone Survivor

Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) directs this true story about a failed Navy SEALS mission to capture a Taliban leader in Afghanistan in 2005. Starring Mark Wahlberg. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.

The Nut Job

An animated feature about a park squirrel who teams up with a city rat and plans to rob the goods from a nut store in order to help his park mates with their winter stash. Starring the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser and Katherine Heigl. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG.

Oscar Nominated Shorts

Two separate showings: one a compilation of the live-action short films nominated for the 86th Academy Awards, and one a compilation of the animated short films nominated. Pageant Theatre. Not rated.

Ride Along

An action-comedy directed by Tim Story (Barbershop) about a small-time security guard (Kevin Hart) who goes on a ride-along with his fiancée’s brother, an Atlanta cop (Ice Cube), in an effort to prove himself worthy to marry his sister (Tika Sumpter). Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

That Awkward Moment

A rom-com about three best buds (played by Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan) who are struggling with relationships and commitment. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

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conclusion of the Keep Chico Weird Talent show that the CN&R produced on Saturday (Feb. 1), but it bears repeating: Chico is, as it has always been, great. Despite being completely packed, the feeling inside the sold-out El Rey Theatre was that of an intimate Chico party—one of those perfect front-porch, living-room, backyard, garden or barn-house gatherings brimming with all the enthusiastic and supportive warmth of the family of Chico freaks and fun-makers connecting with everyone in the room. It was an unmistakably Chico night, and I am still overwhelmed as I try to process it all. I do remember that the top weirdo was the amazing Meg Amor, who took home the first-place trophy (a fancy unicorn-like mutant horse made glorious by local mutantmaker Sea Monster) for her rockin’, mesmerizing glowinghoop routine. And there was a second-place tie between the Full Force Dance Company (and its impressive 20-member dance jam) and the Chico Dance Hams, the adorable fourperson troupe that had the crowd cheering for its wonderfully dorky and fun moves. And Paradise artist Victor Porter’s giant, green spliff-smoking exploding head won the audience vote in the lobby art show. There was so much more worth mentioning, like First place: Meg Amor. 20 more acts (visit www.facebook.com/keepchicoweird to PHOTO BY MELANIE MACTAVISH see some video samples), but I’ll limit my gushing to giving shouts out to our amazing featured acts of the night: Chikoko, with their three beautifully surreal skits, and the Michelin Embers, who had the dance floor packed with country shufflers. For me, personally, the best part of the night was the reinforcement that Chico’s still got it. Which is good, since one of my core beliefs (such as they are) is that there is always something new and cool to experience if you’re open to it. And Chico was wide open Saturday.

RIP FRANK FICARRA On Wednesday, Jan. 29, longtime local jazz musician and retired

Chico State philosophy professor Frank Ficarra died at the age of 86. CN&R music writer Miles Jordan knew him as well as anyone, and agreed to share a few words about the life of his friend: “I met Frank at a Chico State jazz concert in 1980, thanks mainly to our shared interest in jazz—he as a Chico State philosophy professor, who also taught a jazz history course, and me as a JazzTimes contributor. A few months later, he and I and Jeanne Thatcher founded the Chico Jazz Society, which held a handful of concerts every year for the next 10 years. During this time, he also hosted Tuesday jam sessions at his house which featured several local heavyweights (e.g., Greg D’Augelli, Dick Smith, Kevin Axt) with Frank either drumming (his main instrument) or playing piano. “Frank also led a few bands of his own, (e.g., Los Franciscos) and played drums in several others (e.g., The Skyliners) as well at the annual Enloe Follies musicals. He also played piano one night a week at [now defunct] Caffé Malvina and later at Nash’s Restaurant, and worked with various songstresses, including the Veranda Sisters. “In addition to jazz, poetry and philosophy, another of Frank’s main interests was James Joyce, and he was a vital part of the annual Chico Bloomsday Festival. As a committed liberal, his front windows were plastered with bumper stickers that demonstrated his affiliation to numerous political causes. For several years, he was a cynosure as he motored around town in his VW station wagon with a rowboat strapped to its roof. “Noted alto saxophonist Vincent Herring arrived here in 1981 (at the age of 16) to attend Chico State and moved in with Frank during his second semester. While here, his incandescent bebop chops electrified a lot of us during concerts with the university’s Frank Ficarra (right) with Vincent Herring in 1982. Jazz Ensemble and at clubs and CJS events. PHOTO COURTESY OF MILES JORDAN He eventually wound up in Nat Adderley’s Quintet as the first altoist to play with Nat since the passing of his brother, ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. This past week, I asked Vincent about Frank and he speaks for all of Frank’s friends when he wrote, ‘He was always open-minded … and always had something profound to say. He made me think and dream. He really did make the world a better place. He was a real friend. I will miss him.’ss” 34 CN&R February 6, 2014


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“Much-improved housing market conditions in the last year have given sellers more confidence to own a home rather than to rent one,” said C.A.R. President Kevin Brown. “With sellers being more positive about the future of home prices, the vast majority of sellers who are currently renting plan to buy again in the future. In fact, 70 percent of sellers who are currently renting said they would purchase another home, up from 22 percent in 2012.”

C.A.R.’s 2013 California Home Sellers Survey also came up with this: • The reasons for selling changed significantly in just one year. In 2012, the majority of sellers sold primarily because of financial difficulties. In 2013, a desire to trade up became the top reason for selling. • In the first half of 2013 nearly all home sellers (98 percent) said they received multiple offers, up from 83 percent in 2012. Others said they wanted to take advantage of low interest rates to finance their next home, and some sellers believed the price of their home had peaked and wanted to cash out. • Fierce market conditions also led to bidding wars, with 45 percent of all sellers receiving offers higher than the asking price. “There is a new attitude and feeling in the real estate market now,” said a North Valley real estate agent. “The feeling of desperation that prevailed in the market throughout the last few years has changed. This last rise in home values has brought more sellers into a position of being able to buy again. There are much fewer foreclosures and short sales. In this case, change is a good thing.”

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87 Veneto Cir

Chico

$280,000

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2131

11799 Meridian Rd

Chico

$763,000

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3257

18 Noyo Ct

Chico

$250,000

4/ 2

1656

10494 Chayote Dr

Chico

$750,000

4/ 2.5

3046

15 Brodea Cir

Chico

$220,000

3/ 2

1674

4785 Songbird

Chico

$482,000

3/ 3.5

3774

1058 Admiral Ln

Chico

$209,000

3/ 2

1233

25 Roohr Ct

Chico

$470,000

3/ 2.5

2433

711 Oak Lawn Ave

Chico

$205,000

3/ 1.5

1519

3101 Tule River Way

Chico

$390,000

4/ 2.5

3089

1291 Howard Dr

Chico

$190,000

3/ 1

1050

190 Via Mission Dr

Chico

$323,000

3/ 2

1845

136 W 22nd St

Chico

$171,000

3/ 1.5

1284

9 River Wood Loop

Chico

$305,000

3/ 2

1915

633 Pomona Ave

Chico

$117,000

3/ 1

1032

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Durham

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Durham

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Oroville

$173,000

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Magalia

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Oroville

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676 Meyers Ln

Paradise

$237,500

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726 Mather Ln

Oroville

$282,000

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1659 Pamela Dr

Paradise

$185,000

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1330

17 Oakcrest Dr

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as RYON FAMILY PARTNERSHIP at 7225 Durnel Road Nelson, CA 95958. JANET L HEWITT 187 Prospector Road Dayton, NV 89403. PATRICIA J JONES 15953 Katydid Lane Magalia, CA 95954. ELIZABETH A ROLLAND 5179 Woodside Ct Carmel, IN 46033. CHARLES H RYON 6847 Sacramento St Nelson, CA 95958. EDWIN E RYON 7229 Durnel Rd Nelson, CA 95958. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: PATRICIA J. JONES Dated: January 7, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000034 Published: January 16,23,30, February 6, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as BLOWN N BITCHEN, BLOWN N BITCHEN DESIGNS, BNB CUSTOM DESIGNS, BNB CUSTOM MODS, BNB CUSTOMS, BNB DISTRIBUTION, BNB DISTRIBUTORS, BNB HEADQUATERS, LADIES OF BNB, MAD VAPE ARTIST, ME AND MY BIG IDEAS, ME AND MY CRAZY IDEAS, ME AND MY CRAZY IDEAS INC, MOD WARS, MOD WARZ, RUTHLESS EXISTENCE, VAPE UNION, VAPERS UNION, VAPING UNION, VILLIN INDUSTRIES at 3 Roberto Court Chico, CA 92708. ME AND MY CRAZY IDEAS, INC 17465 Appalachian Street Fountain Valley, CA 92708. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: PATRICK J. SCANLAN/ PRESIDENT Dated: January 10, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000066 Published: January 16,23,30, February 6, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as NAIL CANDY at 1311 Mangrove Ave Suite B Chico, CA 95926. JILL S OGBORN 949 Downing Ave Chico, CA 95926. SCOTT C OGBORN 949 Downing Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: JILL S. OGBORN Dated: December 16, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001595 Published: January 16,23,30, February 6, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SISTERS SALON at 1561 Myers St Oroville, CA 95965. HEATHER ERICA HOFFMANN 40 Melrose Dr Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: HEATHER HOFFMANN Dated: January 6, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000026 Published: January 16,23,30, February 6, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as AVH PHOTOGRAPHY at 555 Vallombrosa Chico, CA 95926. ASHLEY A VANDERHEIDEN 1712 Broadway Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ASHLEY VANDERHEIDEN Dated: January 14, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000094 Published: January 23,30, February 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY CHICO AREA, KW COMMERCIAL NORTH STATE at 1196 E. Lassen Ave Suite 130 Chico, CA 95973. BCHM CORPORATION 1196 E. Lassen Avenue Suite 130 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: JOANNE MADLUNG, CEO Dated: January 9, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000055 Published: January 30, February 6,13,20, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as JEFFERSON STATE COFFEE COMPANY at 3881 Benatar, Suite C Chico, CA 95928. BIDWELL NATIVE, LLC PO Box 2273 Chico, CA 95927. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: ERIC FAIRCHILD, OFFICE MANAGER Dated: January 15, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000100 Published: January 23,30, February 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as TRUCKARONI at 1049 Cherry St Chico, CA 95928. ROBERT BUSICK 776 E 6th St Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ROBERT BUSICK Dated: January 17, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000114 Published: January 30, February 6,13,20, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CLEAR CREEK HEALING CENTER at 3561 Clark Road Butte Valley, CA 95965. PAULA BARROS 3561 Clark Road Butte Valley, CA 95965. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: Paula J Barros Dated: January 14, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000093 Published: January 23,30, February 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as FINAL TOUCH CLEANING COMPANY at 11630 Dairy Rd Chico, CA 95973. KAREN RACHEL LEWIS PO Box 61 Forest Ranch, CA 95942. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: KAREN LEWIS Dated: January 8, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000048 Published: January 23,30, February 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO WEB ADVERTISING at 313 Walnut Street Ste 110 Chico, CA 95928 MICHAEL THOMAS ERPINO 2921 Grape Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MICHAEL ERPINO Dated: January 15, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000104 Published: January 23,30, February 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as A LEGAL BRIDGE ATTORNEY SUPPORT SERVICES, A LEGAL BRIDGE SELF HELP CENTER at 3 Silkwood Way Chico, CA 95973. ELIZABETH FLEISCHER 3 Silkwood Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ELIZABETH FLEISCHER Dated: January 3, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000011 Published: January 23,30, February 6,13, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as YUROK D AND P, YUROK DESIGNS AND PHOTOGRAPHY JOLENE A SMITH 656 East Avenue, Unit B Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JOLENE SMITH Dated: January 17, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000121 Published: January 30, February 6,13,20, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as FIRE LITIGATION CONSULTING, PARADISE SAILBAGS at 82 Lariat Loop Oroville, CA 95966. DANNY K NICHOLS 82 lariat Loop oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: DANNY K. NICHOLS Dated: January 23, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000146 Published: January 30, February 6,13,20, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BLISS NAIL AND SPA at 23 Forest Ave Suite 100 Chico, CA 95928. MANG LEPHAM 472 Entler Ave Chico, CA 95928. Signed: MANG LEPHAM Dated: January 24, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000156 Published: January 30, February 6,13,20, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as WIZZA TRANSPORT at 355 E Lassen Ave #16 Chico, CA 95973. FAROOQ IQBAL 355 E Lassen Ave #16 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: FAROOQ IQBAL Dated: January 28, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000174 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ORCHARD HOSPITAL FOUNDATION at

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240 Spruce Street Gridley, CA 95948. BIGGS-GRIDLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION 240 Spruce Street Gridley, CA 95948. SHEILA CASSIE ENNES 830 Vermont St Gridley, CA 95948. LISA WEDLN VAN DE HEY 153 E Gridley Rd Gridley, CA 95948. This business is conducted by an Unincorporated Association. Signed: SHEILA ENNES Dated: January 21, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000126 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BUTTE NATURAL DISTRIBUTING at 6244 Pentz Rd Paradise, CA 95969. RICHARD LEWIS CSER 6244 Pentz Rd Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: RICHARD L. CSER Dated: January 2, 2014 FBN Number; 2014-0000005 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as JB CONSULTING, JGB CONSULTING at 333 Crater Lake Dr Chico, CA 95973. JOSEPH G BACH 333 Crater Lake Dr Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JOSEPH G. BACH Dated: January 6, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000019 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as AWAKE LASH STUDIO at 1 Williamsburg Lane #D Chico, CA 95926. DOUGLAS A L SMITH 1027 N Railroad Ave Susanville, CA 96130. JIMI STURGEON-SMITH 1027 N Railroad Ave Susanville, CA 96130. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: JIMI STURGEONSMITH Dated: January 21, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000131 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as FOR THE FUNK OF IT PRODUCTIONS at 1675 Carol Ave Chico, CA 95928. SPENCER ROUSE 1675 Carol Ave Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SPENCER ROUSE Dated: December 31, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001633 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as GMB LANDSCAPE ENTERPRISES at 4 Tilden Lane Chico, CA 95928. MICHELLE SAMANIEGO 4 Tilden Lane Chico, CA 95928. SAM SAMANIEGO 4 Tilden Lane Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: SAM SAMANIEGO Dated: January 27, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000169 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as KING OF BEASTS at 720 W. 2nd Ave, Apt G Chico, CA 95926. CALEB J OTT 720 W. 2nd Ave, Apt G Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: CALEB J OTT Dated: January 6, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000020 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as LEKKER TOYS at 2990 HWY 32, Suite 400 Chico, CA 95973. ELEMENTAL CASTINGS LLC 2990 Hwy 32, Suite 400 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: TOM MONCADA, C.O.O. Dated: January 30, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000186 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as COWLICKS HAIR COMPANY at 166 Cohasset Rd #7 Chico, CA 95926. ROBYN L JOHNSON 9068 Stanford Lane Durham, CA 95938. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ROBYN JOHNSON Dated: January 23, 2014 FBN Number: 2014-0000144 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL The following person has withdrawn as partner from the partnership operating under: SATORI COLOR AND HAIR DESIGN at 1224 Mangrove Ave #44 Chico, CA 95926. JUDITH CHARLENE LOREN-GRACE 3181 Eagle Lake Ct Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: JUDITH C. LOREN Dated: February 3, 2014 FBN Number: 2007-0001410 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

NOTICES NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE ALLAN E. FORBES To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: ALLAN E. FORBES A Petition for Probate has been filed by: MARY ANN MICHELON AND JENNIFER ANN MACARTHY in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. THE Petition for Probate requests that: MARY ANN MICHELON AND JENNIFER ANN MACARTHY be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representa-

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tive to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: February 20, 2014 Time: 9:00a.m. Dept: PROBATE Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 655 Oleander Ave Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate,

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you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Case Number: PR40922 Attorney for Petitioner: Richard S. Matson 1342 The Esplanade, Suite A Chico, CA 95926 Published: January 30, February 6,13, 2014

NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Notice is hereby given that a public lien sale of the following described personal property will be held on February 7, 2014 at 11:30am. The property is stored at Garden Drive Mini Storage & U-Haul. Oroville, CA 95965. The items to be sold are generally described as follows: BEVERLY ZELLER: Pans, lamps, generator, rocking chair, end table, dresser/chest of drawers. KALENE VANLEER: Baby furniture, trunks, office chair, TV, stereo equipment, recliner, coffee/end tables, pictures/ paintings, entertainment center, chest of drawers, golf clubs. SHANELL THOMAS: Children’s car bed, TV/speakers GAYLE KAMPHOUSE: Chairs, TV, clothing/bedding, boxes. GARY JUDD: Mattress, desk/ office chair, boxes. ALONNAH MCGRATH: Paintings/artwork, mattress, clothing/bedding, vacuum and boxes. This notice is given in accordance with the provisions of Section 21700 et seq of the Business & Professions Code of the State of California. J. Michael’s Auction & Vehicle Lien Service, Inc. Bond #1836232 Published: January 30, February 6, 2014

NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Notice is herby given that the undersigned intends to sell the property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said property pursuant to Sections 21700-21716 of the Business & Professions Code, Section 2328 of the UCC, Section 535 of Penal Code and provisions of the Civil Code. The undersigned will sell at public sale online by competitive bidding on the online auction site BidCal.com. This online auction will proceed per regulations from February 18 - February 20, 2014 for sale of said property stored and located at Airport Storage, 3158 Thorntree Drive Chico, Butte County, State of California, the following: Sasamoto - Boxes, household misc Hardy - TV’s, boxes, household misc Gehrke - Building materials, household misc Lawther - futon mattress, crib, tv, couch, desk, household Howard - Bikes, ladder, dresser, tv, headboard, microwave, boxes, household Martinez - Dresser, speaker, boxes, child misc Gunn - Table, chairs, mattress/ boxsp, boxes Scott - Dresser, dining table, child bike, household Brousseau - Bike, boxes, household Stevens - BBQ, lawn mower, dressers, shelving, household misc. Collins - Toys, clothing, child bed, stroller Chapman - Ski misc, deep fryer, camping, table, dresser, printers, DVD player, auto misc, tires, toolbox, kneeboard, household misc Larue - Tools, W/D, bbq, golf clubs, rug, cabinet Watte - Couch, leaf blower, recliner, aquarium, snow skis, vacuum Lasonsky - Tools, worktable, ladder, sm fridge Parslow - Holiday misc, boxes

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Parks - Plastic totes, Nascar misc, boxes Gould - TV, golf, household, mattress/boxspring, furniture Custer - table, dresser, vacuums, child misc, household Hope - TV, couch, child mattress/bed Statton - Drum kit, couches, misc Opperman - Desk, dresser, shelving, chair, camping, toys, mattress/boxspring, books, jewelry box, suitcase, boxes Shwarze - TV, table, holiday misc, household, boxspring Purchases must be paid for at the time of winning bid per website policies. $50.00 cleaning deposit per unit collected at time of sale. All purchased items sold as is where is and must be removed within 24 hours after the time of sale. Individual sale subject to cancellation in the event of settlement between owner and obligated party. Dated: this 6th day of February and 13th day of February, 2014. BidCal.com, Auctioneer Bond #MS235-69-21. Published: February 6,13, 2014

NOTICE TO CREDITORS SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA BUTTE COUNTY Case Number: PR-40929 (PROBATE CODE SECTION 19050) In re: THE JUNE E. ROTHE-BARNESON REVOCABLE FAMILY TRUST CREATED FEBRUARY 22, 1999 BY JUNE E. ROTHE-BARNESON, DECEDENT NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the creditors and contingent creditors of the above-named decedent that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file then with the Superior Court, at 655 Oleander Avenue, Chico, California, and mail or deliver a copy to JOHN L. BARNESON, III, AND JEAN LAVERE PONCIANO as co-trustees of the trust dated February 22, 1991, of which the Decedent was the settlor, c/o Richard S. Matson, Attorney at Law, 1342 The Esplande, Suite A, Chico, California 95926, within the later of 4 months after February 6, 2014, or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this notice is mailed or presonally delivered to you, or you must petition to file a late claim as provided in Probate Code Section 19103. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. Dated: January 31, 2014 Richard S. Matson, Attorney for John L. Barneson, III, and Jean LaVere Ponciano, Co-Trustees Published: February 6,13,20, 2014

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner TALIA MAY LEE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: TALIA MAY LEE Proposed name: FAHM FEUY SAECHAO THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: March 5, 2014 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: ROBERT GLUSMAN Dated: January 10, 2014 Case Number: 161181 Published: January 23,30, February 6,13, 2014

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner RACHEL KERRY CRIBB filed a petition with this court for a decree changing petitioner’s name as follows: Present name: RACHEL KERRY CRIBB Proposed name: RAY KEELAN CRIBB THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted NOTICE OF HEARING Date: February 26, 2014 Time: 8:30 A.M. Dept.: TBA The address of the court is: 655 Oleander Ave Chico, CA 95926. Signed: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN Dated: January 9, 2014 Case Number: 161196 Published: January 30, February 6,13,20, 2014

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JUSTINE MARIE LAWRENCE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: JUSTINE MARIE LAWRENCE Proposed name: JUSTINE MARIE LEWIS-LAWRENCE THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: March 12, 2014 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: STEPHEN E. BENSON Dated: January 24, 2014 Case Number: 161293 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner PATRICIA JEAN O’BRIEN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: PATRICIA JEAN O’BRIEN Proposed name: PADDY O’BRIEN

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CRISTY LEE OLSON & STEPHEN ROSS PADDOCK filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: CRISTY LEE OLSON, STEPHEN ROSS PADDOCK Proposed name: CRISTY LEE ROSS, STEPHEN PADDOCK ROSS THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: March 5, 2014 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: SANDRA L. MCLEAN Dated: January 8, 2013 Case Number: 161193 Published: January 16,23,30, February 6, 2014

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CHARLES SILVA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: CHARLES SILVA Proposed name: CHARLES MCENESPY THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: February 26, 2014 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: SANDRA L. MCLEAN Dated: January 15, 2014 Case Number: 159311 Published: January 23,30, February 6,13, 2014

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PERSONS: Petitioner HARPREET K. TIWANA AND HARMANDEEP S. TIWANA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: NIHAAL SINGH Proposed name: NIHAAL SINGH TIWANA THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: March 5, 2014 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN Dated: January 6, 2013 Case Number: 161163 Published: January 16,23,30, February 6, 2014

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THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: March 26, 2014 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: SANDRA L. MCLEAN Dated: January 27, 2014 Case Number: 161291 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JOAN FERM filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: PEYTON DONEVON PAIVA Proposed name: PEYTON DONEVON FERM THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: March 19, 2014 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: F. CLARK SUEYRES Dated: January 23, 2014 Case Number: 161256 Published: February 6,13,20,27, 2014


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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): What is the single best thing you could do to fulfill your No. 1 desire? Is there a skill you should attain? A subject you should study? A special kind of experience you should seek or a shift in perspective you should initiate? This is a big opportunity, Taurus. You have an excellent chance to identify the specific action you could take that will lead you to the next stage of your evolution. And if you do manage to figure out exactly what needs to be done, start doing it! GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When song-

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Almost,”

writes novelist Joan Bauer. “It’s a big word for me. I feel it everywhere. Almost home. Almost happy. Almost changed. Almost, but not quite. Not yet. Soon, maybe.” I’m sure you know about that feeing yourself, Cancerian. Sometimes it has seemed like your entire life is composed of thousands of small almosts that add up to one gigantic almost. But I have good news: There is an excellent chance that in the next 14 to 16 weeks you will graduate from the endless and omnipresent almost; you will rise up and snatch a bold measure of completeness from out of the ever-shifting flow. And it all kicks into high gear now.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): One of the chapter titles in my most recent book is this: “Ever since I learned to see three sides to every story, I’m finding much better stories.” I’m recommending that you find a way to use this perspective as your own in the coming weeks, Leo. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, it’s crucial that you not get stuck in an oppositional mode. It would be both wrong and debilitating to believe that you must choose between one of two conflicting options. With that in mind, I will introduce you to a word you may not know: “trilemma.” It transcends a mere dilemma because it contains a third alternative.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 1984, Don

Henley’s song “The Boys of Summer” reached the top of the Billboard charts. “Out on the road today, I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac,” Henley sings wistfully near the end of the tune. He’s dismayed by the sight of the Grateful Dead’s logo, an ultimate hippie symbol, displayed on a luxury car driven by snooty rich kids. Almost 20 years later, the band the Ataris covered “The Boys of Summer,” but changed the lyric to “Out on the road today, I saw a Black Flag sticker on a Cadillac.” It conveyed the same mournful contempt, but this time invoking the iconic

Dancin’ machine

punk band Black Flag. I offer this tale to you, Virgo, as an encouragement to update the way you think about your life’s mythic quest—to modernize your old storylines, to refresh and refurbish the references you invoke to tell people about who you are.

by

Katherine Green Roeena Cohen loves to dance, and at a sprightly 84, she doesn’t let her age slow her down a bit. Cohen’s favorite place to regularly cut loose throughout the week is the Tackle Box Bar & Grill, and during the summer months she likes to hit the patio at LaSalles during the Thursday Night Market. The widowed mother of four has been dancing in various forms her whole life. She’s been involved with the local dance scene since arriving in Butte County 26 years ago, and was one of the founders of the local North Valley Belly Dance Competition.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Food aficiona-

do Michael Pollan says that Americans “worry more about food and derive less pleasure from eating” than people in other countries. If you ask them what their association is with “chocolate cake,” they typically say “guilt.” By contrast, the French are likely to respond to the same question with “celebration.” From an astrological perspective, I think it’s appropriate for you to be more like the French than the Americans in the coming weeks¡ªnot just in your attitude toward delicious desserts, but in regards to every opportunity for pleasure. This is one of those times when you have a license to guiltlessly explore the heights and depths of bliss.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the Inuktitut language spoken among the Eastern Canadian Inuit, the word for “simplicity” is katujjiqatigiittiarnirlu. This amusing fact reminds me of a certain situation in your life. Your quest to get back to basics and reconnect with your core sources is turning out to be rather complicated. If you hope to invoke all of the pure, humble clarity you need, you will have to call on some sophisticated and ingenious magic. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

“What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree?” asked environmentalist Edward Abbey. His answer: “The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse.” I suggest you meditate on all the ways you can apply that wisdom as a metaphor to your own issues. For example: What monumental part of your own life might be of service to a small, fragile part? What major accomplishment of yours can provide strength and protection to a ripening potential that’s underappreciated by others?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves,” wrote the poet Federico García Lorca. I urge you to make sure you are not inflicting that abuse on yourself in the coming weeks, Capricorn. It’s always dangerous to be out of touch with or secretive about your holy passions, but it’s especially risky these days. I’m not necessarily saying you should rent a megaphone and shout news of your yearnings in the crowded streets. In fact, it’s better if you are discriminating about whom you tell. The most important thing is to not be hiding anything from yourself about what moves you the most. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Back in

2002, three young men launched YouTube, in part motivated by a banal desire. They were frustrated because they couldn’t find online videos of the notorious incident that occurred during the Super Bowl halftime show, when Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction exposed her breast. In response, they created the now-famous website that allows people to share videos. I foresee the possibility of a comparable sequence for you, Aquarius. A seemingly superficial wish or trivial interest could inspire you to come up with a fine new addition to your world. Pay attention to your whimsical notions.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I believe

more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” That’s what 20th-century author Truman Capote said about his own writing process. Back in that primitive pre-computer era, he scrawled his words on paper with a pencil and later edited out the extraneous stuff by applying scissors to the manuscript. Judging from your current astrological omens, Pisces, I surmise you’re in a phase that needs the power of the scissors more than the power of the pencil. What you cut away will markedly enhance the long-term beauty and value of the creation you’re working on.

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How did you develop your love of dance?

PHOTO COURTESY OF TACKLE BOX BAR & GRILL

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

by Rob Brezsny

15 MINUTES

BREZSNY’S

For the week of February 6, 2014

I was in ballet school five hours a day in high school. I was in the same dance class as Robert Joffrey [founder of the Joffrey Ballet], when he would dance. He was my partner for three years, but he went on to New York and got famous, and I got married and started popping out babies.

where the go-go girls were with their bikinis, you know. I was doing more than most of them because of my ballet training, but I’d pick up moves from different dancers, and put it all together.

What’s your favorite style?

How did you get into the bar scene?

Ballet really was my favorite, but of course I can’t do that anymore at 84. Ballet gets you ready to be able to do everything. My teacher taught us Spanish dancing with castanets. You get hired to do that; you don’t get hired to do ballet. I used to do flamenco dancing with castanets. You can wear big circular skirts with ruffles on them and swish them around.

Have you done other types of dance? When I was pushing 40, I was alone with my four children, and my costume shop wasn’t doing very well, so I needed to make some money. I started dancing in the nightclubs

Well, that’s what’s so funny: I don’t drink! I never did drink or smoke anything. But I needed to get out—when I was widowed. It’s so bad to be home alone, you know. And by evening, I’d think, “I need to get out there. Where there’s men.” And the men are in the bars, you know. I’ve been looking for an older man, and I’ve been having fun with the muscular young men who want to dance with me, but that’s not what I’m after. I’m still trying to find one nice old man who will behave himself, which isn’t easy! Well, you know why they came up with the term “dirty old man.” They need to learn what the word “no” means.

FROM THE EDGE

by Anthony Peyton Porter anthonypeytonporter@comcast.net

Charity Anthony is taking the week off, so we’re rerunning a column of his from 2011. I don’t know that my parents ever gave anything to charity other than to Saint Edmund’s Episcopal Church. I think we bought seeds and Christmas cards that more or less benefited at least the child who was selling them on behalf of his or her school or scout troop. Sometimes I was the child. Outright donations were pretty much limited to the March of Dimes once a year. I didn’t give money to organized charities until recently, so I could never deduct anything. Instead, I gave money to people I saw on the street, or rather who saw me on the street. Panhandlers tended to spot me at a distance, the better to select at leisure the approach likely to be the most profitable. When I lived in Chicago, guys would hang around some stores and cadge change from the presumably moneyed shoppers on their way out. The “I need food for my baby” number always got me, as did “I need bus fare to get to a job interview.” I especially liked the implied multiplier effect of the latter, with my donation perhaps resulting in his getting on his feet and contributing to the tax base.

A thrift-store clerk once accepted my last five bucks for a $7 sport coat because I needed it for a job interview (successful, by the way)—charity I sincerely appreciated. After the first recycled story, even I wised up. Thereafter I asked for the truth, no matter how mundane. If he wanted a bottle of Richard’s Wild Irish Rose he had only to say so, but no more needing a bus ticket to Milwaukee where his cousin will help him get a j-o-b. Hunger worked, too. The last few years I’ve begun giving more to organizations of which I approve, often online, sometimes straight from my bank every month. I’m still leery of organizations, though, because even the best of them waste money. They’re just a bunch of people trying to accomplish something, and are no more likely to be efficient and effective than anybody else. A contribution I made some months ago online has resulted in my getting regular email updates, which I can stand, and maybe monthly snail mail with four-color card stock, a sticker and a letter, all of which are wasted on me. Whatever the printed materials cost to produce and mail was too much, especially the slick thank-you card and the default general-info piece they apparently put in everything. At least they’re trying. February 6, 2014

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