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America’s downward spiral myself an American. And I say that because friends Rin other countries (Canada and Australia) are now

the Affordable Care Act (for strictly personal reasons). Meanwhile, Trump’s ultra-right supporters have no inkling of the actual effects of any of Trump’s decisions and cabinet appointments. The folks I’m writing me and inquiring as to “what in hell is going referring to are the citizens of this county who feel on there?” they have been denied something As a protectorthey, as Americans, are deserving of President ate of 3.5 million but can’t quite figure out just what American citizens Trump’s focus (yes, I realize they was whether pro- that is. Still, these people apparare of dark-skinned fessional football ently think they may be just a few Senate and House votes away from origin), Puerto players should be getting it. Rico was virtuallowed to kneel Then, there are the saber-rattlers ally destroyed by during the who actually believe a nuclear Hurricane Maria—no by national anthem. war can be isolated on the Korean water, no power, no Dean Carrier peninsula and that the only lives lost food and no contact the author, a would be those of Asians, not pure white Americans. with the outside world, and little Paradise resident, Of course, the blame for Puerto Rico’s condition hope of anything being restored in is a wildlife biologist has been laid on past administrations (partially correct, the near future. with 50 years of Yet, during this crisis, President as the island has been ignored for many years), but field experience. I’m baffled that the current White House couldn’t even Trump’s focus was whether professional football players should swiftly make the decision to send the Naval hospital ships there to try to save lives. be allowed to kneel during the national anthem; his Great civilizations historically last 250 to 300 continuation of “I’m rubber, you’re glue” with the unstable dictator of a minor nation (who, unfortunately, years. We’re well on our way to proving that axiom. □ has nuclear weapons); and whether or not to eliminate ecent events have made me very ashamed to call



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focusing mostly on the regions north of San Francisco. There, where the damage is most severe, at least 17 people have died as a result, according to emergency officials. But as we know all too well, this disastrous situation has hit us here at home, too—Paradise, Cherokee and Bangor, among other regions in our backyard. Fire and rescue officials have said that a woman perished while attempting to flee her home in Loma Rica, a foothills community just outside of Butte County, in neighboring Yuba County, as the Cascade Fire quickly grew in the remote community. There, the flames spread before emergency personnel had the chance to issue a warning. While it’s too early to know the depth of the destruction and potential further loss of life in any of these bucolic communities, the CN&R has learned that Chico City Councilman Andrew Coolidge’s father and his father’s fiancée are among the missing from fire-ravaged Loma Rica. As of press time, Coolidge told the CN&R that the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office was conducting a search of his father’s property, where the home was destroyed. Our thoughts go out to Coolidge and his family at this difficult time. Meanwhile, as of early Wednesday, that fire was only 20 percent contained and had burned more than 12,000 acres. As for those of us here in the valley, there’s little we can do but offer to take in those displaced and give resources to organizations that provide aid in such situations. In Yuba County, donations of such items as toiletries, diapers, bottled water and pet supplies are being accepted at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds evacuation center. We’d also encourage readers to consider sending monetary contributions to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group (www.nvadg.org), a local nonprofit that helps rescue and care for pets and livestock during emergencies. And, of course, you can always make a donation to a specific cause at the Red Cross (www.redcross.org). □

Pot rules warrant review As we get closer to the new year, the need to adopt regulations regarding

the sale of marijuana becomes more immediate. We get that. But when the Chico City Council takes up the issue of marijuana regulation again on Tuesday (Oct. 17), we hope it takes the Planning Commission’s recommendations to heart. Among the topics up for discussion are the ban of commercial marijuana in the city. That seems to be the will of the council and, provided it’s willing to reconsider the matter, a ban is something we can stomach (though we find it short-sighted). But the council should stop there. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend requesting more information before implementing a ban on outdoor grows— which are currently allowed for medical marijuana. There simply is not enough data regarding energy use associated with indoor grows to move forward so hastily with that type of prohibition. We also aren’t convinced that moving gardens indoors will help with public safety. Show us the data and then we can discuss. In addition, we agree with commission chair Toni Scott that the current permitting process—set up for indoor medical marijuana grows— is not user-friendly. The fact that not one person has applied for an indoor growing permit speaks volumes. It only seems appropriate to study the current process and why citizens aren’t applying—take, for instance, the provision that a permit holder’s home be subject to search by law enforcement or other personnel after a 72-hour notice. That’s enough to stop any reasonable citizen from applying. □

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the biggie The giant newspaper you’re holding in your hands, or perhaps perusing online, is the CN&R’s biggest issue of the year (a whopping 72 pages). Trust me when I say that Best of Chico is also the most anticipated issue we publish annually. Seriously, I get inquiries weeks and even months in advance from readers asking me when it will hit the stands. Indeed, it’s our biggie. On the morning of publication, it’s not unusual to find people hovering around the newspaper rack in front of our office. That’s generally the case for those who beat the distribution driver. Sure, people can read the issue online in the wee hours of the morning, but a lot of readers want that tactile experience. I can relate. I love holding a newspaper. When the Best of Chico issue finally drops, we at the corner office at Second and Flume streets let out a collective sigh of relief. It’s a doozy to work on, though those of us in CN&R’s editorial department do get to have a little fun by offering our takes in the Editors’ Picks, those quirky write-ups that let us give a shout out to people, places and things that might otherwise go unnoticed. Those descriptions that accompany each first-place winner in the readers’ poll don’t write themselves, so I’m thinking Managing Editor Meredith J. Cooper, who coordinates this giant project and writes most of those little capsules, is probably going to be the most relieved. The entire project is a team effort, though, from the design folks who make it pretty to the delivery drivers who lug the hefty copies to the CN&R’s nearly 850 pick-up locations spread over Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties. My thanks to everyone who helped pull this thing together. As for the results of the contest, well, if you don’t like them, blame the voters. We’re just the messenger. Speaking of which, we get suggestions throughout the year for new categories to include, and we appreciate the feedback. Some of them actually make the cut. We get some oddball requests, too. A woman at an event once told me it was a huge omission that the CN&R did not include a category of Best Lemonade, for example. Don’t look for that one anytime soon. For those who would like to make a suggestion, here are a few things to consider: Best of Chico is a contest, so the categories we offer must have enough competition in town. The more competition, the better. It should also be something that readers have strong opinions about. Just keep in mind that we have only so much room in this issue. When we add a category, we often drop one. Speaking of precious newspaper space, I want to remind readers that there’s more in this annual issue than just the Best of Chico results. In addition to reading about the winners of the contest, please check out our timely news, opinion, arts and feature write-ups. Those sections—which include a business page, health and environmental stories, and a full calendar of events—are found in these pages week in and week out. I say that because it’s come to my attention that some of the people who pick up the Best of Chico issue are the folks who read the paper only once a year. Don’t be that person. Be sure to come back next week. We’ll be here.

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LETTERS c o n t i n u e d f r o m pa g e 5 you recently undertook. The doctor tells you the tests show you have cancer, and when you ask, “What do we need to do?” the doctor replies that now is not the time to discuss it, now is the time to pray. I assume at that point you would change doctors. Isn’t it time we changed the politicians who are negligent in promoting the safety of American citizens? Roger S. Beadle Chico

POTUS and Puerto Rico Re “Not a ‘real catastrophe’?” (Editorial, Oct. 5): Already, private German company Sonnen GmbH will start installing more energy storage microsystems around Puerto Rico and Tesla’s Elon Musk is sending hundreds of Powerwall battery systems that work with solar collectors in small systems in an effort to get people back electricity as soon as possible. These are common-sense alternatives to rebuilding the antiquated and mortgaged electric grid that was mostly dependent on fossil fuels. These systems can be scaled up to power the whole island. After tossing some “beautiful, soft” paper towels last week [to Puerto Ricans], the guy in the White House played golf on Columbus Day. He’d already dedicated a trophy to the victims of this fall’s storms at the Presidents Cup, showing his empathy for Puerto Ricans. His EPA administrator denies climate science, plans to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan for the coal industry, and does everything in his power for their main objective, the roll back of all of President Obama’s

accomplishments. Does anyone believe that our government will favor the common-sense renewable alternative over trying to make sure the Wall Street boys get their blood money for the fossil-fuel grid to be rebuilt? Rich Meyers Oroville

Speaking of the climate Seven in 10 Americans believe climate change is affecting today’s weather patterns. Almost half of Republicans say climate change is real, a number that has almost doubled in just the last three years. There are now 60 members on the House bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, 30 of them Republican. Cities across the country, including Oroville last week, have passed resolutions demanding that Congress act to limit greenhouse gas releases. Attitudes are changing in part because the climate is changing. Record heat waves (San Francisco hit 106 over Labor Day weekend), unprecedented wildfires, hurricanes (such as Harvey and Irma) and flooding on scales we haven’t seen before are making obvious to most what scientists have known for years: The buildup of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere is warming the planet and intensifying extreme weather events. Congress needs to pass comprehensive climate change legislation that puts a price on carbon. The best plan is called carbon fee and dividend. If you’d like more information about this proposal, come to Wine Time this Sunday, between 6 and 8 p.m., where Dr. Robert Beggs, the national chair of the

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Mind-boggling, indeed It remains a ceaseless wonder how the mightiest nation in history cannot summon the courage and decency to have already replaced this massive imbecile at the helm. Kenneth B. Keith Los Molinos

Looking for transparency Chico’s lack of 24/7 restroom access is bad enough, but this summer it was made even worse. Sometime in early summer, AG Security received instructions to begin locking the plaza restrooms at 7 p.m., not 9 p.m.—and this they did. But, at the Internal Affairs meeting on Sept. 11, Public Works Director Erik Gustafson stated that restrooms were open until 9 p.m. This was not the case, as I informed him at the meeting.

After the Sept. 11 meeting, AG Security was once again contacted and instructed to return to the 9 p.m. closure time. Since those living in the public space were deprived of restroom access for many more hours, I’d like to know the origin of the instruction to close early. I’ll guess there are emails. If so, who emailed AG Security? Is this public information? Gustafson was apparently out of the loop. Why? Since AG Security takes orders from Chico PD, was this yet another tactic meant to drive the homeless from City Plaza? Can we get some transparency so this doesn’t happen again? Mayor Morgan? Chief O’Brien? Patrick Newman Chico

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Correction and clarification Last week’s feature on Secret Trail Brewing Co. (see “Beer trailblazers,” by Landon Moblad) misstated brewery co-founder Jesse Fischer’s title. He is a partner and operations manager. In the same issue, the wording in a Newsline about the death of Tyler Rushing (see “On-screen violence,” by Ken Smith) could have incorrectly given readers the impression that Chico police handcuffed Mr. Rushing prior to using a Taser on him. We apologize for the errors, which have been corrected online. —ed.

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The Jesus Center may relocate to city property presently occupied by the Silver Dollar BMX track, the organization’s executive director, Laura Cootsona, confirmed Wednesday (Oct. 11). “The city invited us to consider relocating, without knowing we’ve been looking at other possible locations for the last 18 months,” Cootsona said. “Our current building is horrible and the center has outgrown its location in this neighborhood.” Cootsona referred to the center’s proposed new location as a “navigation center” that would include services currently offered plus more, such as a “wet shelter” and a day center, and that she’s hoping other service providers will relocate to the new area to centralize services. Due to the cost of building new facilities and allowing proper notice for the BMX track to relocate, Cootsona estimated the move wouldn’t occur for at least two years.

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Chico’s Salvation Army may get new digs on East 16th Street, the site of its current facility. During the Chico Planning Commission’s meeting last Thursday (Oct. 5), the panel approved a special permit that would allow the nonprofit to build a new, 18,700-square-foot community center at 567 E. 16th St., between Laurel and Elm streets. The building would include a multipurpose room with a stage, gymnasium and kitchen area, along with other various offices and classrooms. The permit also will allow the organization to combine what are currently five parcels on the lot into one. An alley, which is owned by the city, would be purchased by the Salvation Army. The project would include a reduction in parking, but the nonprofit said the number of spaces would substantially meet its average and peak demands.

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Lthatwhen he posted a question on Facebook, it would mark the beginning of an

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extraordinary, even unprecedented local grassroots campaign. Why, Bailey innoby cently asked, does Robert Speer Oroville have a skater ob e r t s pe e r@ boarding park that’s n ew srev i ew. c o m so much better than Chico’s park? At the time he figured that nobody would pay much attention to his question and it would quickly disappear into cyberspace. How wrong he was. It turned out that a lot of Chicoans were asking the same question. As Bailey puts it, his Facebook post “got a huge reaction.” People wanted to know what they could do to improve Chico’s Humboldt Avenue park. Bailey, heartened and challenged by the response, quickly went to work forming an advocacy group, Chico Skatepark Solutions (CSS). Before long it had a board of directors and a not-for-profit certification from the state of California. This was the beginning of a remarkable organizational and fundraising effort that will culminate next Thursday, Oct. 19,

when the board of directors of the Chico Area Recreation and Park District, which manages the park, holds its regular monthly meeting. Not only will the directors announce the company chosen to build the new park, they also will accept a check for $80,000 from Chico Skatepark Solutions to go toward the construction. Current plans call for expanding the skate park into the grassy area on its east side. The bowl will be enlarged and made more challenging, and a new element designed for street-style skateboarding will be built along Humboldt. There will be a grassy area, but much smaller and accessible only by going through the skate park. Altogether, CSS has raised $113,000; they’re hanging on to the extra $33,000 to pay for special events and other enhancements to the park. As Bob Malowney, chairman of the CARD board, put it during a recent phone interview, “It’s probably one of the most significant civic projects I’ve ever seen.” Scott Bailey, who lives in Chico but teaches

at the county Juvenile Hall, in Oroville, is a soft-spoken man with long blond hair and a strawberry-blond beard. He says he didn’t start skating until he was 39 years

old and did so because his older son had taken up the sport (He has three children, boys ages 14 and 11 and a daughter who’s 7. They all skate.) Like many local skateboarders, Bailey would rather drive to skate parks in other cities than use the Humboldt Avenue park. The skating’s better elsewhere. For example, little Corning, population 8,000 or thereabouts, has a park that’s bigger and better than Oroville’s. It’s more complex, has a greater variety of challenges and is “10 times better” than Chico’s, Bailey said. He was completely new to activism when he formed CSS. He said at the time that he’d give it a year, but at the end of that time frame he decided to keep pushing. Malowney, impressed by Bailey’s enthusiasm and friendly manner, advised him to do two things: prove to the board that there was real community interest in an improved skateboard park, and attend the board meetings every month. “He went out and did just that,” Malowney said. Not only did Bailey hold several profitable fundraisers, he also showed up at the CARD meetings. He was accompanied by increasingly large numbers of CSS supporters, and before long, three-fourths of the audience—adults and

Scott Bailey (front) and his posse, from left: Colin, Cedar and Clover. PhOtO cOurtesy Of scOtt bailey

kids alike—had skateboards in hand. One of the bigger fundraisers took place at the Sierra Nevada Big Room— music, dinner, silent auction, the works. The place sold out, and CSS netted $20,000. “That kind of put us on the map,” Bailey said. A later, similar Big Room event brought in another $20,000. Then along came Lulu’s. lulu’s, a successful online women’s

apparel store, has offices just down Humboldt from the skate park. Its mother-and-daughter co-owners, Debra Cannon and Colleen Winter, are well aware of the activities around the park, which is halfway between the Jesus Center and the City Plaza downtown. Ann Willmann, general manager of CARD, diplomatically refers to the people who often hang out on the grassy area next to the skate park as “folks who don’t use the facility as intended. … We hope to increase the positive use of the park and decrease the negative use” in order to draw more families to the site. Cannon and Winter got to know Bailey and liked him a lot. That’s when they got an idea. Like all retailers, Lulu’s often ends up with product it can’t sell for one reason or another. Heretofore it’s held outlet sales, temporary events featuring big price knock-downs. But they’re a lot of work—the company has to find sites for the sales, organize and staff them—it’s almost not worth the effort. So in 2016, Winter approached Bailey about doing an outlet sale. Bailey happily accepted the offer. He didn’t realize that it included a year’s worth of clothing, enough to fill two large storage units. At their first sale, held over a weekend at the CARD center, they brought in $40,000. A subsequent weekend sale, at Chico Junior High School, brought in another $30,000, to bring the fundraising total to $113,000. “I can’t say enough about Lulu’s,” Bailey said. “They really took us under their wing and made it happen.” “We were all for making the skate park better,” Cannon said. Now he seems to be retraining his sights. He’d like to see another skateboard park in town, preferably on the north end. DeGarmo Park has been mentioned as a possible site. Will he stick around to push for it? We’ll see. □

The smoke around us Health experts speak to air quality as wildfires continue to rage s wildfires rage through Northern California, some residents struggled to Acommunicate with loved ones, while others

came up with evacuation plans. Others simply fought to breathe. “We just ask folks to be prepared when smoke does roll in,” said Jason Mandly, associate planner with the Butte County Air Quality Management District. “Smoke is a health issue.” On Monday, county health officials released an advisory warning of poor airquality conditions after smoke from the Cascade, Cherokee, Honey and La Porte fires began settling into the area. As of Wednesday morning, the Cherokee Fire, burning near Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane in Oroville, had burned 8,630 acres and was 45 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. Nearby, the Honey Fire had burned 90 acres leading up to Paradise and was 40 percent contained. The La Porte Fire, which ravaged Bangor early in the week, had burned 3,500 acres and was at 10 percent containment. Additionally, in Yuba County, the Cascade Fire burned over 12,000 acres and was only 20 percent contained. The Cascade and La Porte fires had merged into one large fire Tuesday night, known as the Wind Complex Fire. Mandly said smoke was mostly affecting the southern half of Butte County, stemming from the fires in Oroville and Bangor, but that it likely would head north and settle in the foothills as well as the valley, pending a major change in fire activity. “The main pollutants we are worried

about with smoke are small particulates,” said Mandly. “We are concerned about that because it’s the stuff that can penetrate deep into your lungs and cause health impacts—especially for sensitive populations like children, older adults and those with preexisting health conditions.” Andy Miller, health officer with Butte County Public Health, also noted that smoke can be particularly burdensome on those with pre-existing health conditions, such as lung diseases or chronic heart disease. Those taking medications for respiratory or cardiovascular conditions should monitor how the smoke affects their health and seek care, possibly changing their medication. “We all need to breathe,” he said. Christina Chavira, spokeswoman for Enloe Medical Center, said neither the hospital nor the Prompt Care clinics had seen an increase in patients since the fires began. Officials at Feather River Hospital in Paradise could not be reached because of issues with their phones and Internet. Oroville Hospital could not provide information as of deadline. The Butte County Air Quality Management District is using several devices

SIFT ER America supports Dreamers Most Americans think Dreamers—children of undocumented immigrants shielded from deportation who have been allowed to work and attend college in the United States legally because of the federal immigration policy referred to as DACA—should be allowed to remain in the U.S., according to a recent survey. A Marist College poll reported 83 percent of Americans support allowing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to stay in the country. The results show strong opposition to President Trump’s plan to end the program. Trump supporters were among those in the poll who were most likely to favor deportation of Dreamers, with 25 percent identifying as “strong” Republicans and 23 percent identifying as conservative or very conservative.

The Cherokee Fire, as pictured on Sunday, Oct. 8. PhOtO cOurtesy Of brandOn erdman

throughout the county to measure the air quality, reporting the information to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website (airnow.gov). The Beta Attenuation Devices (BAMs) measure the air quality once every hour. The department also uses a portable device, called an eBAM, during more longterm fires. The county has not yet deployed the portable device, Mandly said. On Wednesday, the Air Quality Index for the area was listed as moderate, which recommends especially sensitive people reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Mandly urged those in safer areas, where

smoke might settle, to stay indoors and close windows and doors to dwellings to avoid smoke and to also avoid physical activity outside. “We do try to make people aware that they should take steps to protect themselves from wildfire smoke and minimize the impact,” he said, referring to the advisories issued to the public. Mandly said although there are some devices that help prevent smoke inhalation, there’s confusion about what types of masks are effective. He said particulates are so small that most masks are ineffective. He urged people to use masks equipped with HEPA filters. “Folks like to go out and get dust masks during wildfire events,” he said. “We try to let folks know that some of the overthe-counter dust masks, hospital masks and bandanas, those are not effective in wildfire smoke.” —Kevin Fuller kev inf@ newsr ev iew.c o m

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Council at a recent meeting moved to merge growing regulations and require that all grows be indooronly. The main reason for this seemed to be from a law enforcement perspective—outdoor grows invite crime, the police have said. That wasn’t good enough for Toni Scott, commission chair. “The police department has said that there’s crime that’s associated with outdoor grows,” she said by phone. “But we didn’t have the hard data to make an informed decision on whether that was the right direction to go.”

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Pushing for peace About a dozen activists met at the Chico Peace & Justice Center on Tuesday morning (Oct. 10) to kick off their latest effort  against global warfare, a campaign called Confronting Endless War. The organizers—Chris Nelson and Cathy Webster (pictured,  left to right) and Emily Alma—spoke about the need for such an effort in light of the Unites States’ ongoing involvement in at least  a half-dozen armed conflicts, the proliferation of U.S. military bases around the world and rising threats of nuclear conflict with  Iran and North Korea. CPJC Executive Director Aramenta Hawkins also spoke about the center’s decades-long history of promoting peace. Organizers said they intend to partner with other local, national and worldwide peace efforts and tentatively scheduled  the campaign’s first action for Armistice Day (Nov. 11). Anyone interested in participating in the effort should contact the CPJC at  893-9078 or email info@chicopeace.org. phOtO by Ken Smith


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to the first of four rooms, where the float tank—which looks like an escape pod ready to blast off the side of a starship—emanated a soft blue light. It was oddly inviting. As she had instructed, I put in earplugs to keep out noise and saltwater. Then I took a HEALTHLINES c o n t I n u e d

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much, in fact, that she looked into installing a float tank in her house. During her research, she discovered True REST is a franchise with about 20 spas across the country, including seven in California. She and her husband, George, a California Highway Patrol officer, decided Chico was an ideal location and opened True REST Float Spa-Chico on East Eighth Street in the middle of August. The Carpenters have been getting their name out via social media and word of mouth and already have regular customers, including people seeking to treat migraines, work injuries and anxiety-related disorders. And Carpenter personally floats about three times a week. “I hold all my tension up here,” she said,

gesturing to her neck and shoulders. “When I first floated, my arms stayed up over my head, but now that I’ve been floating more, they stay down by my sides. There’s no more tension.” I had entered a sensory-deprivation tank once

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Chico City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 421 Main Street, regarding the following project: Amendments to Title 19 Land Use and Development Regulations of the Chico Municipal Code Regarding Cannabis Regulations – At the City Council meeting on March 7, 2017, the City Attorney’s Office made a presentation to City Council concerning the City’s local regulatory authority per the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64), the regulatory implications of Proposition 64, and the City’s regulatory options. After City Council had the opportunity to discuss the City’s regulatory options, received input from staff, and heard public comment, the City Council made three (3) motions directing the City Attorney’s Office to draft an ordinance to cover the following general regulatory tenets: (1) explicitly prohibit all commercial marijuana activity; (2) implement a permitting and regulatory scheme for indoor personal marijuana cultivation; and (3) explicitly regulate the locations where smoking of marijuana is prohibited. At the City Council meeting on May 16, 2017, the City Attorney’s office presented City Council with said proposed ordinance in accordance with City Council’s direction, and a motion was carried to refer the item to the Planning Commission. On June 27, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 94, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“SB 94” or the “MAUCRSA”). SB 94 reconciles Proposition 64, with Proposition 215 and the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. SB 94 essentially creates one regulatory structure for medical and nonmedical cannabis use and commercial cannabis activities. In light of the passage of SB 94, at the September 19, 2017 City Council meeting, the City Council gave direction to the City Attorney’s office to draft an ordinance, amongst the City Council directives was to streamline all marijuana and cannabis related City laws into one City ordinance and referred the matter to the Planning Commission. On October 5, 2017, the Planning Commission held a noticed public hearing to review and consider the proposed ordinance and made a recommendation to City Council. Any person may appear and be heard at the public hearing, and interested parties are encouraged to submit written comments on the above noted project. Written materials to be presented to the City Council should be delivered to the City Clerk’s office 8 days in advance of the meeting (sooner if there are holidays prior to the meeting) in order that copies may be included with the agenda and to give Council an opportunity to review the material in advance. If written materials are submitted later than this deadline, the City Council may not have adequate time to address them. All written materials should be submitted to the City of Chico City Clerk, 411 Main Street, Third Floor, or mailed to P.O. Box 3420, Chico, CA 95927. In accordance with Government Code Section 65009, if any person(s) challenges the action of the City Council in court, said person(s) may be limited to raising only those issues that were raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing. october 12, 2017




a missed ‘green’ opportunity Could consumers pay the price for lawmakers’ inaction? by

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ELegislature, to notching wins in the California where their projects often nvironmentalists are accustomed

receive a friendly hearing from a supermajority of Democrats and a governor with a laser focus on climate change. But there was an unexpected setback near the frantic end of the recent legislative session, when two energy-related proposals stalled. There’s little lost in putting off one of them, the creation of a regional electricity grid that would supply the Western states, until lawmakers reconvene in January. But postponing Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León’s plan to accelerate the “greening” of California’s own grid with more renewable energy could carry a price tag for consumers. A new report from the state Public Utilities Commission found that the sooner the state’s electric power providers adopted more wind and solar energy, the cheaper that power would be. This is because existing federal subsidies for renewable-energy companies that sell power to utilities are scheduled to be phased out, making it more expensive to build wind and solar facilities and, ultimately, driving up costs. In addition, the potential for related new jobs and cleaner air could be lost along with any subsidies, according to some experts. De León’s proposal called for a modest nudge to the state’s renewable energy use, to 60 percent of its total by 2030, up from the current 50 percent. It set a goal of 100 percent by 2045. Proponents argued that ramping up renewable-energy procurement is attainable and climate-friendly. It also could mean cheaper energy. The senator



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said he will bring the bill back next year, so there’s still time to help consumers. “This would have further lowered our utility bills,” de León said in an interview. “This could have saved hundreds of millions of dollars if we procured power at a low cost before federal tax credits expire.” Economists expect that, as California increasingly gets its power from renewable sources, it will spur clean-energy investment and technological efficiency, ultimately bringing down costs. It would also encourage those who develop renewable energy to move quickly on their most immediate projects. Stanford engineering professor Mark Jacobson emphasized other benefits that accompany an increase in clean energy. He calculates that de León’s 100 percent goal would create at least 9,000 jobs in building and electrical trades, and “the health benefits are mind-boggling,” he said, noting that some 13,000 Californians die each year from cardiovascular, respiratory and other diseases that can be related to air pollution. Jacobson, whose research focuses on large-scale renewable-energy development, said if it were left to him, he would have designed an even more aggressive bill, calling for all energy sectors to be free of harmful carbon emissions by 2050. “It’s certainly feasible,” he said.

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California is one of 29 states requiring utilities to get a specified portion of the power they sell from wind, solar and other renewable sources. The policy has significantly helped to lower greenhouse-gas emissions, although the state’s renewable energy requirements cover only electricity and not power for transportation or industrial heating, for example. The utilities commission has been studying

various scenarios for reaching California’s renewable-energy targets and reducing harmful emissions, and what it might cost. Its most recent analysis takes into consideration the scheduled sharp decline in federal tax credits for large-scale wind and solar projects, credits set to be all but eliminated by 2030. Based on that assumption, the report calculated that a “buy sooner” strategy would save consumers between $140 million and $250 million a year, depending on the benchmark. “If procurement is deferred until after tax credits expire,” a July report from the commission concluded, “2030 costs to ratepayers may increase significantly; in other words, accelerated procurement of renewables ... (in spite of current surplus) could result in significant savings if tax credits are not extended.” The federal Investment Tax Credit for solar projects is 30 percent of a project’s cost through 2019, stepping down to 10 percent in 2021 and thereafter. The Production Tax Credit for wind-energy development is 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour of energy produced and will decline and then sunset in 2020.

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León visits a solar installation project. PhOtO by carl cOstas/calmatters

Developers need no reminder of the expiring tax breaks. “There is a very short window of opportunity right now; there could be several hundred million dollars in savings over the next 10 years,” said Jan Smutny-Jones, CEO of the Independent Energy Producers Association, a trade group for developers of natural gas and renewable energy.


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He said tax credits account for as much as a third of the capital costs to build large-scale wind and solar installations. The incentives, he said, have stimulated technology and dropped the price of green power. But “there is a pretty wide expectation in the industry that those tax credits will not be extended,” Smutny-Jones said.

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opposed de León’s bill, saying that although they support renewable energy, the proposal did not contain enough protections for consumers. In a joint statement released the last week of the legislative session, the state’s large utilities—San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric—said the bill “does not protect customers from high costs and ensure equitable cost allocation.” The measure did not “allow regulators to hit the brakes if customer costs are not affordable.” In addition, the power companies expressed concerns about how the influx of renewable energy would affect the flexibility and reliability of California’s electricity supply. De León’s bill languished after being unexpectedly drawn into the legislative vortex in the waning days of the session. When it was introduced months ago, there was little opposition. The proposal to create a Westernwide electricity grid that the state would no longer control, on the other hand, arrived late, was complicated and controversial and attracted the attention of powerful political forces: big utilities and labor unions. In the complicated physics that govern the movement of legislation in Sacramento, the fortunes of the two “grid” bills were tied together and, as prospects for the second measure dimmed, de León’s bill was never brought to a vote in the Assembly. The Senate leader vowed to “double-down” to advance his legislation next year. “This is not over; we’re still alive,” he said. “This is about providing a vision that is doable, that is within reach. It’s about charting the course.” □


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Bruce Smith-Peters has some slippery roommates. The 54-year-old reptile enthusiast shares a modest house on the south side of town with dozens of lizards, frogs and snakes. While some homes have a large TV as a focal point, his living room is filled with several large aquariums, stacked to the ceiling, giving Smith-Peters a different form of entertainment. Smith-Peters, a lecturer in multicultural and gender studies as well as social science at Chico State, is founder of the Chico Reptile Show. The wheels started turning in 2013 after the long drive home from one of the many reptile shows Smith-Peters attends all over the state. He came up with the idea to have a show in Chico. Check out the Chico Reptile Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 14) at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. It will feature about two dozen vendors from all over the region and as far as Nevada and Washington. Smith-Peters said the show will feature breeders as well as vendors selling natural decor and enclosures. Admission is $4-$8; free for those 5 and younger. More details can be found on Facebook.

What’s the goal of having a reptile show in Chico? There are a lot of families in this area, and they’re always looking for interesting things to do. The best thing is, is just seeing these kids who are just getting this first-hand exposure to animals they’ve only seen on TV. You see their eyes light up. They are running from place to place, having such a good time.

How did you get into the reptile trade? I got into the reptile trade out of desperation, really. When the economy went bad in 2009, I was looking for ways to make money. I knew from my experience in the pet trade that great wood is sold

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What does the reptile business look like locally? The trade seems good. The industry is growing. We have such a resource here in Ron’s Reptiles. For decades, they’ve been educating people about reptiles. There is retail trade from Petco, PetSmart, Ron’s Reptiles, Chico Pet Works and some others. There are also reputable breeders in the area who sell their own: Jason Nelson at Chico Reptiles, Jeff Scott at the Magalia Gecko Project, and Ron and Donna [of Ron’s Reptiles].

What type of regulations are there on private trade? There aren’t many regulations. It’s just hobbyists that raise these animals. Some people sell dogs; they sell reptiles. They just enjoy it. Some people think reptiles are scary, but it’s just getting over that. They are part of this natural world. —KeviN FuLLeR kev i nf@new srev i ew. c o m

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Chicoans make their picks, from antiques to tattoos

Antiques store 1st PLACE: Eighth & Main Antique Center 745 Main St., 893-5534 It may not look like it from the outside, but Eighth & Main Antique Center spans over 29,000 square feet, in which individual sellers set up shop with everything from vintage furniture to grandma’s Corningware dishes. It’s a treasure trove that could take all day to mine through—no wonder it’s Chicoans’ perennial favorite!

2nd PLACE: Vintage Hen 215 Main St., 894-1311 3rd PLACE: Country Squyres’ Antiques 164 e. third St., 342-6764

Attorney 1st PLACE: Michael M. Rooney rooney Law Firm, 1361 esplanade, 529-4357 Navigating one’s way through the court system can be a major headache for someone without a law degree. That’s why we hire lawyers—and for two years running, CN&R readers have chosen Michael M. Rooney as their go-to guy. Clients say Rooney’s office is professional and well-organized and that the man himself is compassionate and works hard for every case he takes on.

2nd PLACE: Nicole Plottel Harris & Plottel LLP, 466 Vallombrosa Ave., 893-2882 3rd PLACE: Andrew D. Holley Attorney for Immigrants, 30 Independence circle, Ste. 400, 715-2300

Auto paint/body shop 1st PLACE: Concours Elite 2267 esplanade, Ste. D, 891-0234 After getting into a fender bender (or worse), there’s no better feeling than getting your car back to its original condition. Well, the team at Concours Elite ensures that happens each and every time, inspiring repeat customers and rave reviews. “First rate all the way,” one reviewer writes. Now, that’s hard to beat.

2nd PLACE: JP’s Paint & Body Works 1840 Park Ave., 342-1328 3rd PLACE: Knockout Collision Repair 3225 esplanade, 899-9202

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1st PLACE: Apple Blossom Baby 977 east Ave., Ste. 90, 345-1617

1st PLACE: Tri Counties Bank Multiple locations

1st PLACE: Danny’s Barbershop 544 broadway, 332-0553

2nd PLACE: C & M Automotive Services 1188 e. Lassen Ave., 343-5613

Chico parents continually choose Apple Blossom Baby as their favorite place to shop for baby and kids clothes. It could be that they love the wide selection of unique and hard-to-find items. Or maybe it’s the dedication to stocking quality used pieces to ensure affordability and show a commitment to the environment. Either way, it’s tops!

Tri Counties Bank names its core values as trust, respect, integrity, communication and opportunity. With headquarters in Chico, the community-focused bank has grown into a wide network with branches throughout Northern and Central California. Locals know Tri Counties as their bank, and with growth that bond has just gotten stronger.

3rd PLACE: Spencer Automotive 2303 esplanade, Ste. 80, 345-5600

2nd PLACE: Kat’s Meow 138 W. third St., 899-8811

2nd PLACE: Sierra Central Credit union 352 e. First St., (800) 222-7228

A great atmosphere, friendly staff, quality haircuts—that’s how clients characterize their positive experience at Danny’s Barbershop. From the music selection to the detailed attention the barbers give to each cut, Danny’s earns high praise. One customer raves: “I’ve been looking all over Chico for a barbershop, and have tried so many places. Nobody does it better than these guys.”

3rd PLACE: Kohl’s 1505 Springfield Drive, 897-0920

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entered into the Living Legends category, meaning it’s earned Best of Chico status for five years. That’s no small feat. The shop can handle any repair one might need, from preventive maintenance to transmission work to diagnosing and fixing all those mystery rattles we all know too well. With their guarantee and warranty promise, customers know they’re getting service they can trust.

2nd PLACE: Gentlemen’s Barbershop 151 broadway, 774-2157 3rd PLACE: Chico’s Barber Shop 162 e. third St., 487-7373

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Bike shop 1st PLACE: Pullins Cyclery 801 Main St., 342-1055 Not only is this town a bonafide cycling destination, making its bike shops all that more important, but Pullins itself is a local institution, having opened nearly a century ago and having served local cyclists since then. Owner Steve O’Bryan is also a genuinely great guy, active in the community and always eager to ensure every customer’s bicycling needs are met.

2nd PLACE: Greenline Cycles 515 Main St., 894-7885 3rd PLACE: North Rim Adventure Sports 178 e. Second St., 345-2453

Cab company 1st PLACE (tie): G-Ride Pedi-Cab & Trolley 354-9885

2nd PLACE: Bootleg 126 W. Second St., 895-1426

So, he may not drive a traditional cab, but Mike “G-Ride” Griffith—who also takes home top honors as Best Local Personality, by the way—rides a mean pedi-cab. In fact, his fleet has grown over the years to include a trolley. Don’t let that fool you, though, he’ll still be rockin’ out with Lil’ G, making sure your safe ride home is a fun one, too.

3rd PLACE: Rouse & Revolt 225 Main St., 774-2658

1st PLACE (tie): Star Taxi 466-8899

Contractor 1st PLACE: Urban Design Solar 2260 Park Ave., 809-1079 Urban Design Solar has been improving Chico’s energy footprint, one family and one business at a time, for over a decade. The family-owned company strives to go above and beyond to ensure that each client gets not only a well-installed product but also that it best serves their energy needs.

Star Taxi rose this year out of the ashes of Liberty Cab. While they’ve only been around a short time, their reputation precedes them. The drivers are experienced, the dispatch is friendly and thoughtful and they’ll always get you where you want to go quickly and safely. Bonus: They just added a hybrid to their fleet.

2nd PLACE: Holt Construction 37 bellarmine court, 899-1011

3rd PLACE: Yellow Cab 1330 Locust St., 893-4444

3rd PLACE: Jim Souza 3493 Hackamore Lane, 518-6306

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1st PLACE: Chuck Patterson 200 east Ave., 895-1771 Buying a car is known universally as a stressful experience, but readers report otherwise with Chuck Patterson. Because of the dealership’s friendly, knowledgeable sales folks and its vast selection of cars, trucks and SUVs (Toyota, Scion, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep), Chicoans choose Chuck Patterson as their No. 1 spot for vehicle purchases year in and year out.

2nd PLACE: Courtesy Automotive Center 2520 cohasset road, (800) 500-4232 3rd PLACE: Wittmeier Auto Center 2288 Forest Ave., 895-8181

Consignment/ second-hand threads 1st PLACE: Labelz Upscale Consignment  Boutique 974 Mangrove Ave., 345-1615 For the past five years, Labelz has been providing Chicoans with an affordable option when it comes to upscale clothing and jewelry. As a consignment shop, customers can buy, trade or sell their clothing—all of it super trendy and at a good price. Customers keep going back for the friendly customer service and ability to always find a treasure.

1st PLACE: Sweetwater Day Spa 40 Declaration Drive, 894-7722 When locals want to get pampered, they head to Sweetwater Day Spa, which aims to make every customer feel “beautiful, inside and out.” Lie back and relax during a deeptissue massage to relieve you of the stresses of daily life. Or allow one of the spa’s licensed aestheticians to clear you of unwanted acne and treat you to a soothing facial treatment. Sweetwater staff are there to ensure you leave smiling, relaxed and rejuvenated.

2nd PLACE: Renew Float Spa 1030 Village Lane, Ste. 190, 588-7378 3rd PLACE: Urban Medspa 3221 cohasset road, Ste. 120, 891-8772

Dry cleaner 1st PLACE: Chico Express Cleaners 641 Walnut St., 343-6013; and 752 east Ave., 343-8844 With two locations and over 20 years in Chico, it’s no surprise that locals have come to trust Chico Express Cleaners with all their dry-cleaning needs. Owned by born-andraised Chicoans Lance and Helen Marshall, the company strives to deliver quality service with a smile. And all while being environmentally friendly!

2nd PLACE: 3rd Generation Cleaners 1390 east Ave., Ste. 128, 899-0333

3rd PLACE: Esplanade Cleaners 164 e. Second Ave., 342-4306

Feed store/ farm supply 1st PLACE: Northern Star Mills 510 esplanade, 342-7661 For well over a century, Chicoans have trusted Northern Star Mills with their farming needs, especially when it comes to the animals. That’s because the store, still located along The Esplanade near downtown though the city has sprung up around it, stocks everything from dog and cat food to poultry and cattle feed. They also carry fertilizer, soil and seeds for your garden.


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2nd PLACE: C Bar D Feed 3388 Highway 32, Ste. A, 342-5361 3rd PLACE: Wilbur’s Feed & Seed 139 Meyers St., 895-0569

Florist 1st PLACE: Christian & Johnson 250 Vallombrosa Ave., 891-1881 At Christian & Johnson, you’ll find more than just flowers; you’ll find flowers lovingly arranged to highlight the color and beauty of each bulb. You’ll also find all manner of gifts that make perfect accompaniments to any bouquet or basket. Need something special? Just ask—the staff is knowledgeable and always eager to please.

2nd PLACE: Flowers by Rachelle 2485 Notre Dame blvd., Ste. 240, 345-2661


3rd PLACE: Chico Florist 1600 Mangrove Ave., Ste. 145, 345-1855

Gift shop 1st PLACE: Hubbs & Co. 956 Mangrove Ave., 892-4940 Hubbs seems to have it all. Cute, rustic signs? Check. Beautifully scented candles? You betcha. What about fashion accessories and even trendy clothing? Yep! No matter who’s on your Christmas list (or birthday list, or thank-you-present list), Hubbs has you covered. And with new items coming in seemingly daily, you’ll never enter the exact same store twice.

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2nd PLACE: Made in Chico 127 W. third St., 894-7009 3rd PLACE: Little Red Hen Gift Shop 897 e. 20th St., Ste. b, 897-0100

Grocer 1st PLACE: S&S Organic Produce   and Natural Foods 1924 mangrove ave., 343-4930 As many Chicoans know, S&S started out as a roadside produce stand. Now it’s a full-service grocery, with an impressive selection of organic produce and a butcher shop that puts most others to shame. Add to that the carefully chosen pantry items, breads, wines and herbal supplements and it’s clear S&S fits right into the fabric of Chico life.

2nd PLACE: Trader Joe’s 801 east ave., Ste. 110, 343-9920 3rd PLACE: Chico Natural Foods Co-op 818 main St., 891-1713

Hair salon 1st PLACE: Dimensions Salon 810 broadway, 894-2515 No matter what style of hair—short, long, curly, straight—the stylists at Dimensions Salon will bring out the best in it. They’re all well-trained in everything—trimming, cutting, coloring and styling—so whether you need a new ’do for date night or want to add rainbow highlights to your tips, they’ll make sure you leave with a smile. What’s more, as one customer says, “This salon has such an amazing atmosphere, and the stylists make you feel so comfortable.”

2nd PLACE: The Hair Co. 2760 esplanade, Ste. 150, 894-2002 3rd PLACE (tie): Crucial Salon 744 Wall St., 487-7077 3rd PLACE (tie): Two22 Salon 222 W. third St., 592-3961

Insurance agent 1st PLACE: Brad Jacobson farmers insurance, 25 Jan court, Ste. 120, 891-7900 Brad Jacobson has built a reputation for quality insurance services, with his friendliness, knowledge and dependability. He works

with his daughter, Kelly Gibbons, and a staff that customers have grown to trust. The testimonials say it all. “If you’re looking for great insurance, go see Brad Jacobson,” one client raved. “Brad, his daughter Kelly, and the other office staff are the nicest people to take care of you. They genuinely care about what works best for you.”

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2nd PLACE: Joni Ginno State farm insurance, 1915 esplanade, 891-5881 3rd PLACE: Gayle Aylward State farm insurance, 1277 east ave., Ste 110, 895-1356


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1st PLACE: Kirk’s Jewelry 246 W. third St., 891-0880 Kirk Bengtson has made a life of making jewelry, having been in business in downtown Chico for 44 years. His shop, Kirk’s Jewelry, is second to none—just ask CN&R readers, who year after year name it No. 1. Bengston designs his own pieces, which are available in the expansive showroom, or he’s always happy to custom-make a piece, creating wearable memories for generations.




2nd PLACE: Olde Gold Estate Jewelry 225 main St., Ste. 3, 891-4610

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Liquor store 1st PLACE: Spike’s Bottle Shop 1270 e. first ave., 893-8410 Spike’s has long been the go-to liquor store for locals seeking rare or unusual beers. That’s partially because owner Kevin Jaradah, who co-founded Chico Beer Enthusiasts, is committed to keeping his beer shelves stocked. But the store has evolved over the years. These days, Jaradah—who takes home third place this year for Best Local Personality—is turning his sights to whiskey, with a goal of offering the biggest selection of that spirit in town. Plus, Spike’s recently added delivery service—what’s not to like about that?

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2nd PLACE: Ray’s Liquor 207 Walnut St., 343-3249 3rd PLACE: Mangrove Bottle Shop 1350 mangrove ave., Ste. 160, 342-7575

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Local pet store 1st PLACE: Trailblazer Pet Supply 752 mangrove ave., 892-1848

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At Trailblazer, pets are more than animal companions—they’re the stars of the show. With shelves stocked with a wide selection of foods, treats and toys, plus grooming services where staff ensures each pup is properly pampered, there’s no wonder Chicoans return here time and again. Add to that workshops focused on better understanding and caring for our fur babies and this is truly a onestop pet shop.

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2nd PLACE: Northern Star Mills 510 esplanade, 342-7661

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1st PLACE: Formal Education 127 main St., 809-1839 Despite its name, Formal Education doesn’t just specialize in formal wear— though you can rent a tux there when you need one. Instead, it focuses on allowing each man to create his own image, from casual to on-the-town to full-on swagger. There’s even the Chop Shop inside to ensure your beard is perfectly trimmed.

2nd PLACE: Men’s Wearhouse 1950 e. 20th St., Ste. 501, 342-1769 3rd PLACE: Rouse & Revolt 225 main St., 774-2658

Nursery 1st PLACE: The Plant Barn & Gifts 406 entler ave., 345-3121 For over three decades, The Plant Barn has provided Chicoans with not just a nursery filled with all manner of plants, but also a gift shop and friendly, knowledgeable staff that eagerly guides customers in caring for their gardens. Recently, owners Denise Kelly and Rolf Weidhofer have expanded their property off Entler Avenue to include an events pavilion, perfect for getting the Flower Floozies together for classes and other kinds of fun.

2nd PLACE: Magnolia Gift and Garden 1367 east ave., 894-5410

Place for electronics/ computer repair 1st PLACE: Chico Computer Clinic 1450 mangrove ave., 636-1337 The locally owned Chico Computer Clinic takes pride in helping people quickly and affordably diagnose their computer issues and fix them in order to get on with daily life. Customers rave about the clinic’s friendly staff and almost can’t believe the turnaround time—typically 24 hours!

2nd PLACE: Best Buy Geek Squad 2005 forest ave., 566-1012 3rd PLACE: Beetstech 434 Southgate court, (855) 886-0300

Place to buy books 1st PLACE: The Bookstore 118 main St., 345-7441 The Bookstore is a Chico institution and a foundation of what it means to be a Chicoan to many locals. Not only is the downtown shop laid out in a lovely, wood-floored space filled with a wide selection of books, but with regular readings, arts fairs and book signings, owners Josh Mills and Muir Hughes have turned the place into a true local arts hub.

3rd PLACE: Little Red Hen Plant Nursery 189 e. eighth St., 891-9100

2nd PLACE: Barnes & Noble Booksellers 2031 dr. martin Luther King Jr. parkway, 894-1494

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3rd PLACE: ABC Books 950 mangrove ave., 893-4342

1st PLACE: Tammy Nails 1354 east ave., Ste. J, 899-8912 Tammy Nails is a regular winner in this category, and for good reason. The friendly and professional staff takes great pride in pampering customers, whether it be in the spa pedicure chairs or with great attention to creating intricate nail designs that look great and last.

2nd PLACE: Angels Nails & Spa 965 nord ave., Ste. 100, 487-7322 3rd PLACE: Bliss Nails & Spa 2033 forest ave., Ste. 100, 891-3538

Place to buy home furnishings 1st PLACE: The Address 2444 cohasset road, 898-9000 The Address prides itself on offering styles that locals can fully envision in their homes, with whole rooms set up inside the spacious showroom where customers can peruse individual items or entire stylistic motifs. If you’re overwhelmed by any decorating project, the team at The Address can

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3rd PLACE: Chico Pet Works   & Pet Salon 2201 pillsbury road, Ste. 186, 345-0934

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2nd PLACE: Nantucket Home 603 broadway, 895-1038 3rd PLACE: Evans Furniture Galleries 2101 dr. martin Luther King Jr. parkway, 895-3000

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Place to buy music gear 1st PLACE: The Music Connection 973 east ave., Ste. V, 898-0110


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The Music Connection’s strength is twofold: It’s a family-run affair, led by wife-husband owners Sally and Bruce MacMillan, and its staff—from clerks to repair specialists to instructors—is composed of knowledgeable folks who are actual musicians themselves. It’s a one-stop shop for all players—from metal guitarists to the clarinetist in the high school band.

2nd PLACE: Herreid Music 824 Oroville ave., 894-7777 3rd PLACE: Guitar Center 2027 dr. martin Luther King Jr. parkway, 879-1731

Place to buy outdoor gear 1st PLACE: Mountain Sports 176 e. third St., 345-5011 Chicoans love the outdoors. Maybe we can attribute that to Annie Bidwell, who gifted the city most of what’s now Bidwell Park, a natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts. And Chicoans also know where to go to gear up for their adventures: Mountain Sports, which specializes in clothing, footwear, equipment and accessories made for exploring nature.

2nd PLACE: Chico Sports LTD 698 mangrove ave., 894-1110 3rd PLACE: Sportsman’s Warehouse 765 east ave., Ste. 170, 897-0500

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1st PLACE: Teresa Raczynski Park Avenue Photography, 15010 Meridian road, 521-4340

1st PLACE: Heel & Sole Shoes 708 Mangrove Ave., 899-0780 When flip-flop season rolls around (isn’t it always flip-flop season in Chico?), locals know where to go to find the widest selection of Reefs, Tevas, Rocket Dogs and Rainbows: Heel & Sole. But beyond the aisles of sandals are others filled with wedges, boots, stilettos and sneakers. The choices are endless!

2nd PLACE: Red Room Tattoo 231 Nord Ave., 342-1287

At Park Avenue Photography, owner Teresa Raczynski’s motto is, “Your life, my lens,” which translates to her specialty in photographing people—newborns, pregnant mothers, children and seniors. Just a glance at her homepage reveals some of the cutest babies we’ve ever seen, alongside sweet family portraits. It’s no surprise, then, to read customers’ comments about Raczynski’s patience and ability to calm the little ones. The results speak for themselves.

2nd PLACE: Diane Nicole Diane Nicole Photography, 588-4949 3rd PLACE: Danielle Albini Albini Photography, (619) 403-3419

Real estate agent 1st PLACE: Sabrina Chevallier re/MAX of chico, 1834 Mangrove Ave., Ste. 10, 896-9300 Expertise, professionalism and competence are among the qualities clients have come to expect from Sabrina Chevallier. Her smooth and frequent communication throughout the process especially helps first-time home buyers. One seller noted how Chevallier recommended the appropriate number of presale repairs and connected with competent professionals to get the work completed. Chevallier also gains points for her friendly personality, quick response time and willingness to go above and beyond for her clients.

2nd PLACE: John Barroso barroso real estate, 261 e. third St., 570-8489 3rd PLACE: Dustin Cheatham century 21 Jeffries Lydon, 1101 el Monte Ave., 355-6881

2nd PLACE: Johnson’s Shoes 801 east Ave., Ste. 145, 343-8923 3rd PLACE: Baker’s Birkenstock 333 broadway, 345-4880

Sporting goods 1st PLACE: Dick’s Sporting Goods 1922 e. 20th St., 343-3351 Chicoans love to play, whether it be individual sports like tennis or running or team endeavors from baseball to soccer. When it comes to getting outfitted for any of the above—and more—Dick’s has the goods. The store encompasses an entire anchor space at Chico Mall and the staff is always eager to help customers find the perfect gear for anyone’s game.

2nd PLACE: Chico Sports LTD 698 Mangrove Ave., 894-1110 3rd PLACE: Sportsman’s Warehouse 765 east Ave., Ste. 170, 897-0500

Tattoo parlor 1st PLACE: Eye of Jade 319 Main St., Ste. 200, 345-5233 Walk into Eye of Jade’s downtown studio on any given Saturday afternoon, and you’re likely to see every table filled with people getting a tattoo or piercing and more people sitting in the waiting area for their turn. Owner/ tattooist Ben Lucas and his roster of talented artists have created an ideal environment for getting one’s body permanently altered, with a wide-open, airy layout and plenty of colorful


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1st PLACE: The Arc Store 2020 Park Ave., 343-3666 Chico is home to many thrift stores, so the competition is stiff in this category. When asked to name their go-to spot to pick up used treasures, Chicoans chose The Arc Store. Not only is the shop well-organized and clean, but it also offers a wide selection of merchandise, from clothing and jewelry to furniture and kitchenware. The bonus is that the proceeds fund a good cause: services for developmentally disabled people. So, shop till you drop and feel good about your purchases.

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2nd PLACE: Thrifty Bargain 2432 esplanade, 774-2158 3rd PLACE: Goodwill 765 east Ave., 893-8578

Women’s clothier 1st PLACE: For Elyse 228 broadway, 893-0106 In Chico, fashion is more about dressing individually than it is about name brands. So when it comes to shopping for clothing, women want a store where they know they can find that perfect ensemble. They’ve found it at For Elyse, which is run by three generations of women and declares, “We embrace fashion because it allows women to express their creativity and individuality.”

2nd PLACE: 5th Street Clothing Co. 328 broadway, 345-5754 3rd PLACE: Anika Burke 211 Main St., 918-8850

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Asian cuisine 1st PLACE: Happy Garden Restaurant 180 cohasset road, 893-2574 Chico has a lot of options when it comes to Asian cuisine, so to be voted The Best is quite an honor. Happy Garden consistently serves up delicious Chinese fare, with a vast menu of à la carte options as well as fullcourse meals. The lunch specials are a great deal, and so is the takeout, which earned this restaurant a second a Best Of honor this year.

about the weekend’s shenanigans over good food and (often) champagne and OJ. At Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House, they take that seriously. It gets points for ambiance, food quality and service. Did we mention bottomless bubbly?

2nd PLACE: Mom’s Restaurant 209 Salem St., 893-3447 3rd PLACE: Cafe Coda 265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476

2nd PLACE: Tong Fong Low 2072 e 20th St., Ste. 100, 898-1388


3rd PLACE: Cocodine Thai Cuisine 2485 Notre Dame blvd., Ste. 250, 891-1800

1st PLACE: Burgers and Brew 301 broadway, 879-9100

Bakery 1st PLACE: Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery 130 Main St., 895-3866 Over the years, locals have grown to trust The Crust for all their bakery needs. Craving a croissant and coffee for breakfast? No problem. Want a slice of cheesecake after lunch? They’ve got you covered. In addition, Upper Crust crafts some of the most delicious and beautiful cakes for all occasions.

2nd PLACE: Tin Roof Bakery and Cafe 627 broadway, Ste. 170, 892-2893 3rd PLACE: Lovely Layers Cakery 131 Meyers St., Ste. 120, 828-9931

Breakfast 1st PLACE: Cafe Coda 265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476 Good, strong coffee and a selection of unique, Southwest-style breakfast items? Yes, please. Regulars swear by the French-press coffee, which is always super fresh and full of zing to get you through the day. But the real treat at Cafe Coda is in the food. Quality ingredients are combined to create satisfying dishes, including breakfast staples like pancakes and eggs Benedict, but veer into exotic territory with things like the Strawberry Nutella French Toast or the famous Fat Boy (eggs, bacon, beans and salsa).

2nd PLACE: Sin of Cortez 2290 esplanade, 879-9200 3rd PLACE: Morning Thunder Cafe 352 Vallombrosa Ave., 342-9717

Brunch 1st PLACE: Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House 1717 esplanade, 896-1147 Brunch is a beautiful medley of breakfast and lunch fare, often served mid-morning to couples and groups of friends ready to gab



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2nd PLACE: Nobby’s 1444 Park Ave., 342-2285 3rd PLACE: Burger Hut 2451 Forest Ave., 891-1430; and 3211 cohasset road, 342-4555

Burrito 1st PLACE: Aca Taco 133 broadway, 894-0191; and 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., Ste. D, 343-0909 Aca Taco cleaned up this year in Best of Chico wins. Not only does the popular eatery—with two locations, and open late!— serve up readers’ favorite burrito, but also their favorite taco. That’s not to mention third-place honors for Best Munchies and Best Cheap Eats. Wowza!

2nd PLACE: Gordo Burrito 1295 e. eighth St., 809-1211; and eighth and Pine streets 3rd PLACE: Sol Mexican Grill 3269 esplanade, 342-4616

Caterer 1st PLACE: Bacio Catering, Carry Out & Biz Box 1903 Park Ave., 345-7787 Whether you’re hosting a book club and don’t want to cook, need to provide food for a company picnic or are planning an elaborate wedding and want a feast to remember, Bacio is the place to go. Owned by respected local chef Amanda Leveroni, Bacio pays impeccable attention to detail, from professional staff to ornate presentation.

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2nd PLACE: Roots Catering & Restaurant 3221 esplanade, 891-4500

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3rd PLACE: Special Times Catering 2500 floral ave., Ste. 10, 892-2837


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1st PLACE: La Comida 954 mangrove ave., 345-2254

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2nd PLACE: Gordo Burrito 1295 e. eighth St., 809-1211; and eighth and pine streets

1st PLACE: Ann Leon, Leon Bistro 817 main St., 899-1105 Ann Leon has held on strong to her title as Best Chef in Chico and it’s easy to see why. Her restaurant, Leon Bistro, is known for pushing the boundaries of food excellence. Leon emphasizes the use of local, sustainable ingredients in all her food, and she passes her passion for cooking on to the community through her on-site cooking classes as well as demos at community events.

2nd PLACE: Jeramie Sabelman, Japanese  Blossoms 2995 esplanade, Ste. 104, 891-9022 3rd PLACE: Jason Colobove, Crush 201 broadway, Ste. 200, 342-7000

Craft beer selection 1st PLACE: Sierra Nevada Taproom &  Restaurant 1075 e 20th St., 345-2739 When you have a craft brewery like Sierra Nevada in town, it’s pretty hard to beat. The taproom proves once again it’s second to none by offering all its traditional brews plus a ton of rotating taps of different styles of SN beers that you’d be hardpressed to find anywhere else.

2nd PLACE: Burgers and Brew 301 broadway, 879-9100 3rd PLACE: The Winchester Goose 800 broadway, 895-1350

Date-night dining 1st PLACE: Crush 201 broadway, 342-7000 There are plenty of romantic destinations to eat out with your sweetie, but none quite compares to Crush. It’s elegant without being overwhelming. If you plan date night on the weekend, you’re in for an extra treat at Crush, as they create specials based on what’s in season.

2nd PLACE: 5th Street Steakhouse 345 W. fifth St., 891-6328 3rd PLACE: The Pour House 855 east ave., Ste. 270, 893-3000


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1st PLACE: Cozy Diner 1695 mangrove ave., 895-1195

1st PLACE: Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy 178 e. Seventh St., 342-7163

Cozy Diner has been serving up comforting classics to Chicoans for over 50 years. And that’s part of its charm—the décor is straightup ’60s diner while the food is consistently satisfying. With specialties ranging from chicken-fried steak to broasted chicken, there’s something for everyone, and all at a reasonable price.

Locals swear by the Chico Mint ice cream at Shubert’s. But, let’s be honest—all the flavors are pretty spectacular. In addition to their regular lineup, the folks at Shubert’s enjoy whipping up seasonal favorites, like pumpkin- and licorice-flavored ice cream. Plus, a new addition this year, the ice cream sandwiches sold a few blocks over at Dutch Bros. on weekends. Yum!

2nd PLACE: Morning Thunder Cafe 352 Vallombrosa ave., 342-9717 3rd PLACE: Jack’s Family Restaurant 540 main St., 343-8383

2nd PLACE: Jon and Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe 300 broadway, 899-9580; and 1722 mangrove ave., 899-0484

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3rd PLACE: La Flor de Michoacán Paletería y  Neveriá 1008 W. Sacramento ave. Ste. c, 893-9999; and 1354 east ave., 774-2219

1st PLACE: Sierra Nevada Taproom &  Restaurant 1075 e 20th St., 345-2739 2nd PLACE: Italian Cottage 2234 esplanade, 343-7000; and 2525 dominic drive, 342-7771 3rd PLACE: Cozy Diner 1695 mangrove ave., 895-1195

Fine dining 1st PLACE: 5th Street Steakhouse 345 W. fifth St., 891-6328 2nd PLACE: Leon Bistro 817 main St., 899-1105 3rd PLACE: Red Tavern 1250 esplanade, 894-3463

Food server 1st PLACE: Christina Souza, Kalico Kitchen 2396 esplanade, 343-3968 People love server Christina Souza for her friendliness and kindness. “She develops a personal connection with every customer, and can make anyone smile,” says one longtime customer. Souza goes out of her way for all of her diners, but she’s particularly fond of the little ones—she’s often been spied doing extra favors to make children feel special.

2nd PLACE (tie): Amanda Rhoads, Mom’s  Restaurant 209 Salem St., 893-3447 2nd PLACE (tie): Laura Baume, Japanese  Blossoms 2995 esplanade, Ste. 104, 891-9022

International cuisine 1st PLACE: Priya Indian Cuisine 2574 esplanade, 899-1055 Priya has long reigned in the category of Best International Cuisine. Chicoans who’ve dined at the north Chico eatery know why. Specializing in the flavors of north India, the restaurant’s recipes typically include savory sauces made with a vast array of spices (saffron and coriander, among others) that give each freshly prepared menu item that signature Priya taste. For newbies, sample a little of everything at the lunch buffet. As CN&R readers can attest, you won’t regret it.

2nd PLACE: Inday’s Filipino Restaurant 1043 W. eighth St., 520-2593 3rd PLACE: Cocodine Thai Cuisine 2485 notre dame blvd., Ste. 250, 891-1800

Italian cuisine 1st PLACE: Italian Cottage 2234 esplanade, 343-7000; and 2525 dominic drive, 342-7771 Local fave Italian Cottage regularly takes home honors for Best Italian Cuisine in Chico. Regulars swear by the fettuccine alfredo, calzones and a pastrami sandwich to die for. Plus, the delightfully old-school feel of the place, with sawdust on the floors and kitschy uniforms, make for a fun night out for any Italian dish you crave.

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2nd PLACE: Crush 201 broadway, 342-7000 3rd PLACE: Sicilian Cafe 1020 main St. 345-2233

Local brewery Regional (Butte/ Glenn/Tehama) 1st PLACE: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 1075 e 20th St., 893-3520 2nd PLACE: British Bulldog Brewery 14540 camaren park drive, 892-8759 3rd PLACE: Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. 3 alverda drive, Oroville, 533-3885

1st PLACE: The Steak House gold country casino, 4020 Olive Highway, 538-4560 When you call yourself The Steak House, one can only assume you do at least one thing right—steak. That is an understatement at this swanky restaurant on the fifth floor of Gold Country Casino. Everything is good here, whether you order the double venison chops or the crab-stuffed prawns. Hungry yet?

2nd PLACE: Tong Fong Low 2051 robinson St., 533-1488 3rd PLACE: Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville, 538-4560

Local coffee/tea house Local winery - Regional (Butte/Glenn/Tehama) 1st PLACE: Naked Lounge Coffee House 118 W. Second St. 487-2634 At the Naked Lounge, the baristas take coffee and tea seriously. Want a matcha tea latte with almond milk and honey? Sure thing. How about a Mexican mocha or kombucha? Coming right up! Fancy drinks aside, the espresso and ground coffee are always topnotch, and with friendly staff and an inviting environment, who could ask for more?

2nd PLACE: Bidwell Perk 664 e. first ave., 899-1500 3rd PLACE: T. Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe 250 Vallombrosa ave., 895-8100; and 555 flying V St., Ste. 1, 809-1545

Local restaurant Chico 1st PLACE: 5th Street Steakhouse 345 W. fifth St., 891-6328 At 5th Street, you’re special. Just by virtue of being there, you’re treating yourself—or being treated. And that’s fantastic. Whether you’re grabbing a few drinks and appetizers during the restaurant’s bustling happy hour, sitting down for a romantic dinner for two or enjoying a group event in the banquet room, 5th Street has you covered. And then some.

2nd PLACE: The Pour House 855 east ave., Ste. 270, 893-3000 3rd PLACE: Japanese Blossoms 2995 esplanade, Ste. 104, 891-9022

Local restaurant On the Ridge 1st PLACE: Black Bear Diner 5791 clark road, 877-0877 Black Bear Diner keeps hungry Ridge residents well-fed and ready to go back for more. They rave about the all-day breakfast, the ginormous burgers and fast, reliable service. And at a reasonable price, who wouldn’t keep going back?

2nd PLACE: Ikkyu Japanese Restaurant 5225 Skyway, 876-1488 3rd PLACE: Casa de Paradiso 5667 clark road, 877-4107

1st PLACE: New Clairvaux Vineyard 26240 Seventh St., Vina, 839-2200

The Abbey of New Clairvaux is worth a visit on its own. The impressive architecture and the ambiance of the abbey, where Trappist-Cistercian monks reside and lovingly tend the grapes, offers an experience unlike any other in the region. Add to that the delicious wines crafted by fifth-generation winemaker Aimée Sunseri and you’ve got more than a few things to cheers.

2nd PLACE: La Rocca Vineyards 12360 doe mill road, forest ranch, 899-9463 3rd PLACE: Almendra Winery and Distillery 9275 midway, durham, 343-6893

Locally produced food Regional (Butte/ Glenn/Tehama) 1st PLACE: Live Life Juice Co. 220 broadway, 566-3346

2nd PLACE: Broadway Heights California  Cuisine 300 broadway, 899-8075 3rd PLACE: Spiteri’s Deli 971 east ave., 891-4797

Mac and cheese 1st PLACE: The Banshee 134 W. Second St., 895-9670 The mac and cheese at the Banshee is, quite frankly, off the hook. Order it with bacon (because, well, why not?), and jalapeños if you like it hot. Then wait for the magic to happen. Before you’re done with your Moscow Mule, you’ll be presented with a piping-hot bowl of goodness, with the cheese lovingly baked on top. The Banshee also took home honors for Best Munchies, so, if you can bear it, go ahead and try something else on the menu (the fish tacos are killer!).

2nd PLACE: Hudson’s Gastropub 2760 esplanade, 636-4562 3rd PLACE: Truck-a-roni Various locations, 514-3531

Munchies 1st PLACE: The Banshee 134 W. Second St., 895-9670 2nd PLACE: B Street Public House 117 broadway, 899-8203 3rd PLACE: Aca Taco 133 broadway, 894-0191; and 1000 W. Sacramento ave., Ste. d, 343-0909

New restaurant

(opened in the last year) 1st PLACE: Parkside Tap House 115 W. third St., 636-4239 Parkside Tap House opened over the summer and became an immediate hangout for the fun-loving downtown crowd. The reasons are plenty. For one, the ambiance is undeniably cool. The huge bar in the middle of the dining room that extends onto the spacious patio is enough to bring people in. Then add an eclectic menu focused on small plates and upscale pub grub, and you’ve got a recipe for a winner.

Mexican cuisine

2nd PLACE: Crepeville 240 main St., 809-0042

1st PLACE: La Hacienda 2635 esplanade, 893-8270

3rd PLACE: Urban Fresh Fuel 301 main St., 487-7165

If you can believe it, La Hacienda has been serving up delicious, lovingly prepared Mexican food to Chicoans for nearly 70 years. The food is reliably good and portions are big. Diners keep going back for the tasty margaritas, the hearty quesadillas and, well, don’t get us started on the house secret sauce. Yum.

2nd PLACE: Casa Ramos 216 W. east ave., 894-0119; and 2490 fair St., 893-5050 3rd PLACE: Sol Mexican Grill 3269 esplanade, 342-4616

Patio 1st PLACE: The Pour House 855 east ave., Ste. 270, 893-3000 The patio at the Pour House is something to behold. And it’s not hard to miss, either, as it takes up the entire corner where Cohasset Road meets East Avenue. When there’s a big game, this is definitely the place to be, as the Pour House’s gigantic projection screen ensures everyone has the best seat in the house. Throw in a fire pit and killer food and drinks from inside and you’re set!

2nd PLACE: Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill 100 broadway, 342-0425 3rd PLACE (tie): B Street Public House 117 broadway, 899-8203 3rd PLACE (tie): Burgers and Brew 301 broadway, 879-9100

Pizza 1st PLACE: Farm Star Pizza 2359 esplanade, 343-2056 Farm Star Pizza, “where the farmer is the star.” That’s the eatery’s motto, and it’s won the hearts and stomachs of Chicoans, that’s for sure. With gourmet pies topped with locally sourced veggies and meats, handtossed and baked to perfection—yeah, we get the draw here.

2nd PLACE: Celestino’s 101 Salem St., Ste. V, 896-1234; and 1354 east ave., 345-7700 3rd PLACE: Woodstock’s Pizza 166 e. Second St., 893-1500

Sandwich 1st PLACE: Spiteri’s Deli 971 east ave., 891-4797 There are sandwiches and then there are sandwiches. Spiteri’s does ’em all right. With a deli counter where patrons can order meat and cheese by the pound right next to the sandwich counter, where they create magic on a bun, it’s no wonder it’s a Chico favorite. With a wide selection of salads and other sides to choose from, it’s a great place to pop in for lunch.

2nd PLACE: Fast Eddie’s Sandwich Shop 1175 east ave., 342-8555 3rd PLACE: Kona’s 965 nord ave., 894-1635; and 138 main St., 893-4344

Live Live Juice has flourished since launching about three years ago. Initially, sisters Abigail, Angelina and Autumn Rasmussen sold their cold-pressed juices and wellness shots only at the farmers’ markets, but customers came to count on the cleansing and immunity-boosting benefits of their products (Angelina calls it “juice therapy”) and they were successful enough to quit their day jobs and open a brick-and-mortar shop. Now we can get a juice infusion any day of the week!

2nd PLACE (tie): Lundburg Family Farms 5311 midway, richvale, 538-3500 2nd PLACE (tie): Maisie Jane’s 1324 dayton road, 809-2374

Lunch 1st PLACE: T. Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe 250 Vallombrosa ave., 895-8100; and 555 flying V St., Ste. 1, 809-1545 Chicoans often gravitate toward healthy food choices, so it should come as no surprise that year in and year out, T. Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe takes home the honor of Best Lunch in town. The choose-your-fusion menu makes it easy—pick a bowl or a wrap, a protein and a grain or salad and, voilà! Add a delicious tea from the extensive menu, pick a comfy spot to settle in with your date and you have a perfect midday meal. Gordo Burrito



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Small bites (apps/tapas) 1st PLACE: Wine Time 26 Lost Dutchman Drive, 899-9250 Wine Time’s menu is entirely made up of small plates, so it’s no wonder this oenophile’s paradise on the north side of town takes top honors in this category. What makes the restaurant so unique—and fun for groups and couples alike—is that each small plate is accompanied on the menu by a suggested wine pairing. How’s that for a dining experience?

2nd PLACE: Christian Michaels Ristorante 192 e. third St., 894-4005 3rd PLACE: Crush 201 broadway, Ste. 200, 342-7000

Spot to satisfy your sweet tooth 1st PLACE: Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy 178 e. Seventh St., 342-7163 2nd PLACE: Sweet Chico Confections 121 W. third St., 332-9866 3rd PLACE: Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery 130 Main St., 895-3866

Street food 1st PLACE: Gordo Burrito eighth and Pine streets For years, Gordo Burrito took home honors as Best Taco Truck. Since we expanded the category to include all meals on wheels, well, it continues to beat out the competition. And it’s not hard to understand why: awesome food, fresh ingredients, friendly service and affordable prices. Regulars swear by the shrimp tacos. And everything else, for that matter.

2nd PLACE: Inday’s Filipino Restaurant Various locations, 520-2593 3rd PLACE: Gnarly Deli Various locations, 230-7607

Sushi 1st PLACE: Japanese Blossoms 2995 esplanade, Ste. 104, 891-9022 Sushi chef Jeramie Sabelman bought Japanese Blossoms about two years ago and it’s been taking home Best Sushi honors ever

since. With a menu that utilizes sustainable seafood and local ingredients, Sabelman— who took second place again this year in the Best Chef category—ensures that his food is as environmentally sound as it is beautifully plated and delicious to eat.

2nd PLACE: The Rawbar 346 broadway, 897-0626 3rd PLACE: Big Tuna Sushi Bistro 1722 Mangrove Ave., 345-4571

Taco 1st PLACE: Aca Taco 133 broadway, 894-0191; and 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., Ste. D, 343-0909 2nd PLACE: Gordo Burrito 1295 e. eighth St., 809-1211; and eighth and Pine streets 3rd PLACE: Sol Mexican Grill 3269 esplanade, 342-4616

Take-out 1st PLACE: Happy Garden Restaurant 180 cohasset road, 893-2574 2nd PLACE: Tong Fong Low 2072 e 20th St., Ste. 100, 898-1388 3rd PLACE: Rice Bowl 2804 esplanade, 899-9098

Vegetarian cuisine 1st PLACE: OM Foods 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., Ste. 1, 566-9880 OM Foods specializes in fresh, organic and GMO-free foods, so it makes sense that OM stands for Organic Mama. Many of the menu items are meatless, making this an obvious choice for vegetarians and vegans, and most items are also gluten-free. Regulars swear by the nachos and the kale Caesar salad, which, like many items, is topped with cashew “cheese.”

2nd PLACE: T. Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe 250 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-8100; and 555 Flying V St., Ste. 1, 809-1545 3rd PLACE: Priya Indian Cuisine 2574 esplanade, 899-1055

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When the sun goes down, the wild ones go out

Art space

1st PLACE: Chico Art Center 450 Orange St., Ste. 6, 895-8726 It’s safe to say the Chico Art Center is rooted in the community. For over 60 years, the nonprofit has hosted countless art shows, classes and special events like the Open Studios Art Tour—all with local artists and promotion of visual arts in mind. CAC has moved over the years, but now resides inside the historic train depot, lending a bit of local history to the ambiance of the gallery.

2nd PLACE: Museum of Northern California Art 900 Esplanade, 487-7272 3rd PLACE: Ninth Avenue Gallery & Studio 180 E. Ninth Ave., Ste. 1, 879-1821

3rd PLACE: Rolling Hills Casino 2655 Everett Freeman Way, Corning, 528-3500

Happy hour 1st PLACE: Crush 201 Broadway, Ste. 200, 342-7000 Happy hour is a tradition in Chico, where bars and restaurants offer discounts on drinks and apps for the after-work crowd. But for years now, Crush has, ahem, crushed it when it comes to its happy hour menu (offered from 3:30-6:30 p.m. daily and 10-midnight on weekends, too!). Just glance at the long list of gourmet appetizers, pizzas and specialty cocktails to see why.

music is contagious. Over the years, Hot Flash has graced just about every stage in Chico (and beyond), providing the ambiance for Friday Night Concerts and New Year’s Eve bashes alike. No wonder they’ve been voted the best.

2nd PLACE: Blackout Betty 3rd PLACE: Defcats

Local visual artist 1st PLACE: Janet Lombardi Blixt The art of Janet Lombardi Blixt is almost synonymous with Chico. That’s because much of her work embodies what it is to be Chico.

2nd PLACE: The Pour House 855 East Ave., Ste. 270, 893-3000


1st PLACE: Argus Bar + Patio 212 W. Second St., 570-2672 For being relatively new to town, Argus has quickly risen in the ranks of the local bar scene. This is the second year now that the high-end cocktail bar (where you can also order a PBR tallboy) has claimed the top spot in this category. And, since it added a regular schedule of bands on the super chill patio, it’s starting to make a name for itself as a live music venue as well. Watch out, Chico— Argus is here.

2nd PLACE: Duffy’s Tavern 337 Main St., 343-7718 3rd PLACE: The Banshee 134 W. Second St., 895-9670

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2nd PLACE: Mom’s Restaurant 209 Salem St., 893-3447 3rd PLACE: B Street Public House 117 Broadway, 899-8203

Casino - Regional (Butte/Glenn/Tehama) 1st PLACE: Gold Country Casino 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville, 538-4560 What can we say about Gold Country Casino? That it’s got all the slot machines one could desire, plus friendly and professional card-table dealers? For those who don’t go for the gambling, the casino also offers top-notch dining as well as big-name entertainment. And, new this year: the full-service Berry Creek Rancheria RV Park, a perfect stop-off spot from which to begin any North State adventure.


3rd PLACE: Christian Michaels Ristorante 192 E. Third St., 894-4005

Karaoke night 1st PLACE: Madison Bear Garden 316 W. Second St., 891-1639 Karaoke at Madison Bear Garden is no joke. Nicknamed Bear-e-oke, this Monday night tradition is where legends are made. With a songbook that includes everything from oldies to the latest jams, and singers ranging from Lady Gaga wannabes to those taking the mic on a drunken dare, it’s always a night to remember at the Bear.

2nd PLACE: Maltese Bar & Tap Room 1600 Park Ave., 343-4915 3rd PLACE: Studio Inn Lounge 2582 Esplanade, 343-0662

1st PLACE: Duffy’s Tavern 337 Main St., 343-7718


2nd PLACE: Feather Falls Casino 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3885

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Local comedian 1st PLACE: John Edwin Until recently, local comedian John Edwin was the regular host of the Tuesday night comedy open mic at the End Zone. One of the Facebook pages he manages—I Love Jesus But I Cuss a Lot—gives a clue as to his irreverent approach to comedy. Clearly, Chicoans enjoy his jokes!

2nd PLACE: Hank Duke (Nick Stiles) 3rd PLACE: TJ Hudson

Local music act 1st PLACE: Hot Flash Hot Flash has been inciting booty-shaking around Chico for the past decade and, as the group’s members—fronted by soulful crooner Holly Taylor (who also plays drums)—prove time and again, their joy of

Chico Art Center

Primarily working “en plain air” with oils, pastels, watercolors and acrylics, Lombardi Blixt has been able to translate her love of art, which blossomed at the tender age of 7, into a lifestyle. With her Chico Art School, she shares her passion with aspiring artists young and old, and in her gallery, she displays her own work alongside that of those she teaches.

2nd PLACE: Caitlin Schwerin 3rd PLACE: Christine “Sea Monster” Fulton

Margarita 1st PLACE: Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill 100 Broadway, 342-0425 If you’re craving a margarita in this town, look no further than Tres Hombres, which celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year. Sidle up to the bar and peruse the margarita menu (yes, it’s a thing) and order yourself a margarita on the rocks or blended, in a glass or in a pitcher. Salud!

2nd PLACE: La Hacienda 2635 Esplanade, 893-8270 3rd PLACE: Casa Ramos 216 W. East Ave., 894-0119; and 2490 Fair St., 893-5050

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Mixologist 1st PLACE: Scott Barwick, Duffy’s Tavern 337 Main St., 343-7718 Longtime local musician Scott Barwick is known for his creativity when it comes to slinging drinks. Just ask him about the True Blood, a cocktail he concocted that

was recently added to a Portland bar menu. If you’ve been to Duffy’s and noticed that bar’s drink menu—yeah, that’s because of Barwick. One co-worker says, “He’s very much into mixology and just a creative person in general,” adding that “he should have earned Best Boss Ever.” Right on.

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2nd PLACE: Wendy Reid, Studio Inn Lounge 2582 Esplanade, 343-0662 3rd PLACE: Vince Villegas, Christian Michaels Ristorante 192 E. Third St., 894-4005

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Open mic 1st PLACE: The Maltese 1600 Park Ave., 343-4915 When amateur musicians and poets want to go rock out to an open-minded, welcoming crowd, they know where to go: The Maltese! The venue, known for its hip, genrebending atmosphere, opens up the stage on Wednesday nights to anyone with a penchant for picking up that mic. Rock on!

2nd PLACE: The DownLo 319 Main St., 892-2473 3rd PLACE: Studio Inn Lounge 2582 Esplanade, 343-0662


Place to be seen 1st PLACE: Duffy’s Tavern 337 Main St., 343-7718 Duffy’s Tavern is that one bar in town that, at one time or another, is a regular hangout for, well, everyone. Whether you go for the Friday Irish Music Happy Hour with the Pub Scouts—a Chico tradition that must be experienced—or the DJ dancing, the pool table in the back or the Bloody Marys (Duffy’s is regularly recognized for making the best in town)—you’re in good company. That’s because Duffy’s is also the go-to spot for local politicians, lawyers and just about anybody who might want to do a little schmoozing outside the office.

2nd PLACE: Crush 201 Broadway, Ste. 200, 342-7000

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Place to buy art 1st PLACE: Chico Paper Co. 345 broadway, 891-0900 Downtown Chico’s longstanding favorite art shop retains that honor because, well, it’s such a nice place to shop for art. The exclusive seller of artist Jake Early’s iconic prints with an in-house frame shop, Chico Paper Co. is well-known for stocking a wide range of pieces from local artists as well as those from far-off places, ensuring a well-rounded collection.

2nd PLACE: Art Etc. 122 W. third St., 895-1161 3rd PLACE: Chico Art Center 450 Orange St., Ste. 6, 895-8726

Place to dance 1st PLACE: The Beach 191 e. Second St., 898-9898 Chico’s only full-on dance club, The Beach comes alive downtown on weekends, featuring a rotating cast of well-known local DJs spinning all the latest hip-hop, EDM and top-40 hits. For those who want a little more room to get down, there’s a VIP area on the second floor, complete with its own bar.

2nd PLACE: Crazy Horse Saloon 303 Main St., 342-7299 3rd PLACE: Duffy’s Tavern 337 Main St., 343-7718

Place to drink a glass of wine 1st PLACE: Wine Time 26 Lost Dutchman Drive, 899-9250 With the word “wine” in its name, it should come as no surprise that Wine Time is a regular winner in this category. But Wine Time’s menu is true to its name, featuring a wide range of vintages, from wineries in Chico’s backyard to those as far as Chile and Australia. Bonus: Each small plate is listed with a recommended wine pairing.

2nd PLACE: Unwined Kitchen & Bar 980 Mangrove Ave., 809-2634 3rd PLACE: Crush 201 broadway, Ste. 200, 342-7000

Sports bar 1st PLACE: Bella’s Sports Pub 134 broadway, 893-5253


What Bella’s lacks in space it makes up for in fun. With televisions placed strategically around the downtown bar, you’re sure to be able to catch whichever game you’re cheering at the moment. Plus, the menu is full of pub favorites, from pitchers of beer to Bella’s infamous wings. Go team!


2nd PLACE: The End Zone 250 cohasset road, Ste. 10, 899-7070 3rd PLACE: The Pour House 855 east Ave., Ste. 270, 893-3000

Theater company 1st PLACE: Blue Room Theatre 139 W. First St., 895-3749


In Chico’s thriving arts scene, one thing is a constant: The Blue Room Theatre, where Chicoans know they can count on top-notch performances that push the envelope on creativity. Add to that the Blue Room Young Company, which gets local kids involved in the theater, and you’ve got a winner (literally).



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2nd PLACE: Chico Theater Company 166 e. eaton road, Ste. F, 894-3282 3rd PLACE: California Regional Theatre (800) 722-4522

Venue for live music 1st PLACE: Sierra Nevada Big Room 1075 e. 20th St., 892-4647 Few music venues pack quite the punch that the Sierra Nevada Big Room does in Chico. With top-rated acoustics, dinner available before the show (and SN brews on tap throughout), attendees at the Big Room’s concerts truly feel like they’re part of the action.

2nd PLACE: The Tackle Box Bar & Grill 379 e. Park Ave., 345-7499 3rd PLACE: Argus Bar + Patio 212 W. Second St., 570-2672

Watering hole for townies 1st PLACE: Duffy’s Tavern 337 Main St., 343-7718 2nd PLACE: The Handle Bar 2070 e. 20th St., Ste. 160, 894-2337 3rd PLACE: Studio Inn Lounge 2582 esplanade, 343-0662

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Keeping the community in shape

Acupuncture clinic

Dental care

1st PLACE: Chico Community Acupuncture 1815 Mangrove Ave., 345-5300

1st PLACE: Nelsen Family Dentistry 1307 esplanade, Ste. 4, 898-8511

The folks at Chico Community Acupuncture, which recently absorbed Pinwheel Community Acupuncture Project, are all about providing the maximum amount of relief in the most relaxing environment possible. To do that, they offer community treatment—meaning after meeting one-onone with a licensed member of staff, you sit back in a recliner among others. Rest assured, you’ll leave feeling invigorated.

Nelsen Family Dentistry is a household name when it comes to Best of Chico. For the ninth year running, the dental practice run by Drs. John and Missy Nelsen has bested the rest, showing some true staying power in the community. Patients rave about the reasonable prices, friendly service and professional atmosphere at Nelsen Family Dentistry.

2nd PLACE (tie): American Chi Center for Health 1209 esplanade, Ste. 1, 342-2895 2nd PLACE (tie): Chico Medical Acupuncture 13 Williamsburg Lane, 345-3382

Alternative health-care provider 1st PLACE: Chico Naturopathic Medicine 1351 esplanade, 332-9355 The goal of Chico Naturopathic Medicine, as stated on its website, is “Integrating science and nature to treat disease at its cause.” Patients keep coming back because of the practice’s unique approach to treating the “whole person” rather than an ailment, and doing so using a mixture of Western and Eastern medicine as well as alternative healing methods.

2nd PLACE: Chico Community Acupuncture 1815 Mangrove Ave., 345-5300 3rd PLACE: Simply Pilates 2201 Pillsbury road, Ste. 190, 570-3897

Chiropractor 1st PLACE: Preference Chiropractic 1635 Magnolia Ave., 895-0224 At Preference Chiropractic, treatment encompasses the entire family, from infants to elders, so it makes sense that the practice is situated in a converted house. Pregnant women say they feel especially comfortable at Preference when seeking adjustments prior to childbirth. Other clients say the friendly staff and welcoming environment, in addition to lasting results, are reasons they keep coming back.

2nd PLACE: Joyce Family Chiropractic 9 Frontier circle, 899-8500 3rd PLACE: The Specific Chiropractic Center 1281 east Ave., Ste. 100, 893-1446 In Motion Fitness



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2nd PLACE: Kremer Dental 3 Glenbrook court, 892-1234; and 1430 east Ave., Ste. 5, 892-1218 3rd PLACE: Willow Creek Dentistry 2765 esplanade, 891-6611

Dermatologist 1st PLACE: Kafele T. Hodari North Valley Dermatology center, 251 cohasset road, 342-3686 When it comes to skin care, Chicoans turn to Dr. Hodari. One patient, after having visited many dermatologists and being unsatisfied, says Dr. Hodari restored his faith in doctors: “Not only is he professional, his offices in both Chico and Oroville are very modern, super-clean, and his staff are very professional.” Others tout Hodari as smart, compassionate and an all-around genuine person to work with.

2nd PLACE: O. Jay On chico Dermatology, 774 east Ave., 774-2650 3rd PLACE: F. Paul Sajben North Valley Dermatology center, 251 cohasset road, 342.3686

Eye-care specialist 1st PLACE: Chico Eye Center 605 W. east Ave., 895-1727; and 2056 talbert Drive, Ste. 100, 893-1695 Chico Eye Center is the place to go to treat your peepers. With specializations ranging from basic vision correction to LASIK surgery, the doctors here are top notch when it comes to caring for your eyes. Patients appreciate the wide selection of frames as well as the friendly, professional staff.

2nd PLACE: North Valley Eye Care 114 Mission ranch blvd., Ste. 50, 891-1900 3rd PLACE: Family Eye Care 2565 ceanothus Ave., Ste. 155, 899-3939

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1st PLACE: Julie Archer Archer & Alonso MDs, 1645 esplanade, Ste. 1, 896-0386

1st PLACE: Candi Williamson Massage by candi, 2062 talbert Drive, Ste. 100, 521-7328

Dr. Julie Archer is aces when it comes to internal medicine, receiving rave reviews based on her ability to talk through treatments and ensuring the overall wellness of her patients.

Candi Williamson has been offering massage services for 10 years in Chico, where people have come to know her for her community service work as well as her “magic hands.” Her intuition helps her feel what is going on with clients’ bodies, so she can give the most effective, individualized attention. “She will find out exactly what is going on and start fixing it, and help teach you how to work on yourself, too,” one client reports. “I’ve been looking for a massage therapist like Candi for years.”

2nd PLACE (tie): David Alonso Archer & Alonso MDs, 1645 esplanade, Ste. 1, 896-0386 2nd PLACE (tie): Stuart Mishelof Argyll Medical Group, 100 Independence circle, 899-0295

Gym 1st PLACE: In Motion Fitness 1293 e. First Ave., 343-5678 What can we say about In Motion Fitness that Chicoans don’t already know? The fullservice gym offers top-of-the-line fitness equipment, in addition to an array of classes, personal training, nutrition counseling and a cafe. Did we mention there’s also childcare for parents on the go as well as swimming pools, saunas and private workout rooms? Yeah, this “fitness resort” has it all.

2nd PLACE: Chico Sports Club 260 cohasset road, Ste. 190, 345-9427 3rd PLACE: Orangetheory Fitness 874 east Ave., 722-4000

Local health-care provider 1st PLACE: Argyll Medical Group 100 Independence circle, 899-0295 Argyll Medical Group has been caring for Chicoans for 16 years and, having been bought last month by MyCircle Health, is continuing its legacy of offering the most cuttingedge technology available to its patients. The name remains the same, as does the doc in charge, the good-natured but straightforward Roy Bishop. Still No. 1 in Chico’s (super healthy!) heart.

2nd PLACE: Ampla Health 680 cohasset road, 342-4395 3rd PLACE: Mission Ranch Primary Care 114 Mission ranch blvd., Ste. 10, 894-0500

2nd PLACE: Babette Maiss 13 Williamsburg Lane, 321-5668 3rd PLACE: Amy Halliday body elements by Amy, 2535 Forest Ave, Ste. 100, 588-8761

Medical marijuana delivery service 1st PLACE: GreenGold Delivery 965-1550 GreenGold is Chico’s go-to service for delivery of medical marijuana. Patients appreciate the quality of the products—from dry herb to salves and edibles—and the ease and speed with which they are delivered. Plus, with a loyalty card, their return business is rewarded. “Hands down my favorite delivery service in Chico,” one patient raves. “Staff is always friendly and fast and the flower is always high-quality!”

2nd PLACE: The Lifted Collective 720-8411 3rd PLACE (tie): Canna Delivers 845-5292 3rd PLACE (tie): Organic Care of California 420-6161

Pediatrician 1st PLACE: Patrick Tedford 643 W. east Ave., 342-0502 Kids and parents alike love Dr. Tedford. Why? Because not only does he make patients comfortable enough to actually enjoy (!) going to the doctor, but he also

creates a trusting relationship with parents that keeps them coming back and recommending Tedford to friends.

2nd PLACE: John Asarian chico Pediatrics, 670 rio Lindo Ave., Ste. 300, 343-8522 3rd PLACE: Daniela Morcos-Gannon 643 W. east Ave., 899-2981

Plastic surgeon 1st PLACE: Daniel S. Thomas 619 W. east Ave., 891-4391 Clients rave about Dr. Thomas and his caring staff. “I have been going to this office off and on for the last four years. … His staff is friendly and helpful and you feel so much like a part of their family,” says one client. Having been in private practice in Chico since 1994, he’s helped countless patients look and feel like younger, more radiant versions of themselves.

2nd PLACE: Emily C. Hartmann Northstate Plastic Surgery, 1260 east Ave., Ste. 100, 345-5900 3rd PLACE: Kevin D. Myers Northstate Plastic Surgery, 1260 east Ave., Ste. 100, 345-5900




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Orthodontics Exclusively B. Scott Hood, D.D.S., M.S., Inc. Professional, Friendly, & Experienced Dr. Hood and his staff are committed to providing children, teens and adults with the highest quality care and brightest smiles!

1st PLACE: Chico Animal Hospital 3015 esplanade, 342-0518 What can we say—Chico loves its pets. So getting the right care for the animal members of our families is a top priority. Human companions report the staff at Chico Animal Hospital is kind, considerate and works quickly to schedule needed appointments. “They make you feel like you are part of their family, and they truly care about helping your pet get well.” In addition to traditional medical care, Chico Animal Hospital also offers alternative treatments including acupuncture.

Dr. Hood is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics specializing in Braces and a certified provider for Invisalign™

2nd PLACE: VCA Valley Oak Veterinary Center 2480 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 342-7387 3rd PLACE: Evers Veterinary Clinic 1150 el Monte Ave., 343-0713


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Golf course - Regional (Butte/Glenn/Tehama) 1st PLACE: Bidwell Park Golf Course 3199 golf course road, 891-8417 Locals and visitors alike love Bidwell Park Golf Course for its sprawling park environs, its variation in layout and the fact that it’s open to all. Add to that a respected pro shop, where players can get their clubs regripped and sign up for lessons, and a bar and grill on-site, and it’s a lot like going to the country club (but without membership fees!).

2nd PLACE: Canyon Oaks Country Club 999 Yosemite drive, 343-2582 3rd PLACE: Butte Creek Country Club 175 estates drive, 343-7979

Local league to join 1st PLACE: CARD Recreational Coed “E”  League Friendly Pitch Softball 895-4711, www.chicorec.com For adults who want to get out and sweat it out in a competitive but fun environment, there’s a great option: the Chico Area Recreation District’s coed recreational softball leagues. With opportunities to play any night of the week with teams made up of friends, families and co-workers, we can certainly see the appeal. Add to that a friendly pitch, and it’s ball time!

2nd PLACE (tie): Bowling league at AMF  Orchard Lanes 2397 esplanade, 895-3257 2nd PLACE (tie): CARD Youth Soccer 895-4711, www.chicorec.com

Martial arts studio 1st PLACE: Azad’s Martial Arts Family Center 313 Walnut St., Ste. 150, 892-2923 Year after year, readers point to Azad’s as their go-to spot for learning martial arts, and it’s a nod to Grandmaster Farshad Azad and his capable staff that clients keep coming back for more. Azad offers 40 years of martial arts experience, including multiple black belts, but that’s not all—he created two of his own forms of martial arts, Jungshindo and Shimkendo, and eagerly teaches them and a host of other forms to beginners and experts alike. (He’s also a great guy—he takes home the title of Best Local Volunteer this year.)

2nd PLACE: Haley’s Martial Arts Center 260 cohasset road, Ste. 150, 895-3114



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3rd PLACE: Morning Sun Martial Arts 135 W. eighth ave., Ste. a, 342-5833

Place for family fun 1st PLACE: Bidwell Park The jewel of Chico, some people call it. And for good reason—we can’t think think of an outing anywhere in Bidwell Park that doesn’t present ample opportunities for family fun. In the summer, locals love a dip in Sycamore Pool, or a journey into Upper Park for a more adventurous water outing. Caper Acres offers seemingly endless playground fun. And for all the birthday parties, family reunions and just plain enjoy-the-day gettogethers, the picnic and barbecue setups make the logistics easy as pie.

2nd PLACE: FunLand/Cal Skate 2465 carmichael drive, 343-1601 3rd PLACE: AMF Orchard Lanes 2397 esplanade, 895-3257

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1st PLACE: Funland/Cal Skate 2465 carmichael drive, 343-1601

3rd PLACE: Chico State Men’s Basketball www.chicowildcats.com

When it comes to play time, kids (and all of our inner children) know what’s up. Whether it’s renting out the rink at Cal Skate for a birthday bash, attending summer camp or just playing a round of putt-putt with friends, Chico’s Funland lives up to its name.

Yoga studio 1st PLACE: Yoga Center of Chico 250 Vallombrosa ave., Ste.150, 342-0100

2nd PLACE: Bidwell Park 3rd PLACE: Wildwood Park 100 Wildwood ave.

For the third year in a row, Chicoans have chosen Yoga Center of Chico as their favorite yoga studio. Clients love the studio because of the relaxing atmosphere, the knowledgeable instructors and their ability to try other disciplines like meditation all in the same serene space.

Sporting event 1st PLACE: Chico Heat 725-5444, chicoheat.com When the Chico Heat returned to town in 2016, local sports lovers rejoiced. There’s nothing quite like dressing up in home-team colors and heading out to Nettleton Stadium with the family or a group of friends for good, old-fashioned baseball. The level of play for


this collegiate league has proven to be worth the price of admission.

2nd PLACE: In Motion Fitness 1293 e. First ave., 343-5678 3rd PLACE: Chico Hot Yoga 1140 Mangrove ave., Ste. b, 321-0611

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Getting to the heart of Chico Charitable cause 1st PLACE: Butte Humane Society 2580 Fair St., 343-7917 The staff and volunteers who tend to the dogs, cats and occasional exotic homeless pets at Butte Humane Society epitomize the term “animal-lovers.” Their dedication and hard work to ensure pets find good homes is the No. 1 reason CN&R readers continually recognize BHS. It’s also been named the Best Place to Volunteer, which speaks volumes about how the organization is run.

2nd PLACE: Catalyst Domestic Violence  Services 330 Wall St., Ste. 50, 343-7711 3rd PLACE: The Jesus Center 1297 park ave., 345-2640

Community event 1st PLACE: Taste of Chico Chico is full of amazing eateries—just take a glance at the Food & Drinks section in this issue to see the eclectic range of cuisines and culinary specialties that create Chico’s unique palate. So it’s no wonder locals have chosen Taste of Chico, which brings some of the area’s favorite flavors together in one spot, as the Best Community Event.

2nd PLACE: Thursday Night Market 3rd PLACE: Saturday Chico Certified Farmers’  Market

Farmers’ market vendor 1st PLACE: Chico Chai 1919 park ave., 897-0822 For 13 years, Sarah Adams has been satisfying local bellies with her handcrafted blend of herbs and spices. She’s expanded over the years and now boasts her own roastery. But she’s also a consistent favorite at the Saturday farmers’ market, where she and her “chaiwallahs” serve up individual servings—hot or iced—as well as bulk items. New this year: Chico Chai partnered with Beber Almond Milk for an even more local selection. Cheers to that!

2nd PLACE: Live Life Juice Co. 220 broadway, 566-3346 3rd PLACE: GRUB CSA Farm 3269 W Sacramento ave., 680-4543

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Janet Lombardi Blixt opened Chico Art School in 2009 and has been steadily teaching techniques of drawing and painting to aspiring artists young and old since then. Students praise Lombardi Blixt’s patience and ability to capture the attention of a crowd, including children’s birthday parties and summer camps.

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1st PLACE: Gateway Science Museum 625 esplanade, 898-4121

3rd PLACE: Lori Jean Phipps preschool teacher, Kids First Learning center

Local personality 1st PLACE: Mike “G-Ride” Griffith g-ride pedi cab, 354-9885 If you live in Chico and don’t recognize Mike “G-Ride” Griffith, you’re clearly not getting out enough. This bonafide Chico personality is perhaps best known for his rockin’ pedi-cab. Or maybe it’s his sidekick, Lil’ G. Either way, he’s a man about town; when he’s not working, he’s often found volunteering at local events.

3rd PLACE: Kevin Jaradah Spike’s bottle Shop, 1270 e. First ave., 893-8410

Museum For those who love to learn about dinosaurs, biology and how stuff works, the Gateway Science Museum is the place to be. With permanent exhibits—like the Gateway Gardens, which showcase native plants and the insects that love them—as well as traveling ones exploring everything from micro-organisms to animals in Africa, there’s always something at the museum that’s sure to inspire awe in visitors young and old.

2nd PLACE: Chico Museum 141 Salem St., 891-4336 3rd PLACE: Museum of Northern California Art 900 esplanade, 487-7272

Party/event venue 1st PLACE: Chico Women’s Club 592 e. third St., 894-1978 The Chico Women’s Club hosts countless events each year, from concerts and speakers organized by the club to private functions that take advantage of the comfortable, convenient rental space. The website for the Chico Women’s Club says it best: “We provide a beautiful and affordable space for community life.”

2nd PLACE: The White Ranch 214 Hagenridge road, 342-6530 3rd PLACE: Sierra Nevada Big Room 1075 e. 20th St., 892-4647

Place to pray 1st PLACE: Bidwell Presbyterian Church 208 W. First St., 343-1484

place to pray. But it’s not based on the name alone. Bidwell Presbyterian is active throughout the community and offers multiple services—including one geared toward youth—to ensure convenience and accessibility for its worshippers.

2nd PLACE: Center for Spiritual Living Chico 14 Hillary Lane, 895-8395 3rd PLACE: Bidwell Park

Place to volunteer 1st PLACE: Butte Humane Society 2580 Fair St., 343-7917 2nd PLACE: Catalyst Domestic Violence  Services 330 Wall St., Ste. 50, 343-7711 3rd PLACE: The Jesus Center 1297 park ave., 345-2640

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1st PLACE: 90.1 KZFR Community Radio

1st PLACE: Farshad Azad

For over 25 years, KZFR has been the voice of Chico while providing an outlet for those who want to share their voice with the community. Shows range in topic from local news to gardening to reggae music, but KZFR doesn’t stop at 90.1 on your radio dial. The station is also an active participant in the community, hosting numerous events each year and contributing to others, ensuring its listeners—and others—a culturally wellrounded Chico experience.

In addition to being a top-notch teacher— and student—of martial arts, Farshad Azad is a man who cares deeply for his community and goes above and beyond to contribute to it. Perhaps best known for his annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade, in which he gathers community members to collect and deliver food to those in need, Azad also organizes the Parade of Lights, which celebrates unity in the community.

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1st PLACE: Heidi Danielson Sierra View elementary School Individualized attention to every student is what Heidi Danielson is known for. “I imagine each of her students feels as if they’re her favorite,” one cohort says. Danielson grew up in Chico and herself attended Chico schools. As a teacher, she is described as someone both smart and kind. “She has a heart of gold, and the gentlest spirit. She has dedicated her life to inspiring and mentoring children through her teaching … she so deserves this,” a source says.

2nd PLACE: Leslie Bartsch chico Oaks Adventist School 3rd PLACE: Lee Holcomb inspire School of Arts & Sciences

2nd PLACE: Ken Gates 3rd PLACE: Shelly Rogers

Youth organization 1st PLACE: Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley 601 Wall St., 899-0335 Children who attend Boys & Girls Clubs events and programs get the benefit of a volunteer force of over 500 people who are all dedicated to enriching their lives through education and mentorship. And with activities ranging from homework help to playing sports, it’s no wonder parents and teachers continually point to the nonprofit as Chico’s Best Youth Organization.

2nd PLACE: Chico Area Recreation and Park District 545 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-4711 3rd PLACE: Community Action Agency of Butte County 181 e. Shasta Ave., 712-2600

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Love letter to Chico Lulu’s mural

Editors’ picks These are a few of our favorite things

195 Humboldt Ave.

The completely unmissable mural at the corner of Humboldt and Park avenues is a bright spot where it used to be bleak. Painted by local artist Jed Speer, a Pleasant Valley High alum and owner of Seizer-One Designs, the mural—in bold and vibrant colors—declares its love for this city and we love it right back. One of the coolest things about it is that it covers two whole walls of the building occupied by Lulus.com, serving both as an advertisement for the building and a beautification project for the neighborhood, as those walls were previously blank, signifying nothing.

Best thing to save The water towers

Chicoans are great at saving things we find historically important. Think back to the Save the Mansion effort of 2011 that kept the iconic home of John Bidwell open for tours during the state’s financial woes. More recently, Chicoans got behind the Save The Esplanade effort—to block



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the construction of roundabouts on the historic boulevard—and the Save the El Rey cause to keep that iconic theater from being transformed into office space. The best thing to save these days? Chico’s old water towers. Back in June, owner California Water Service Co. announced it was going to tear down the four structures due to seismic studies that conclude they could be unsafe during earthquakes. That triggered an immediate response from the folks at the Chico Heritage Association, among others, who are working to preserve them, preferably in their current locations. The effort, called Save the Chico Water Towers, includes exploring tax reductions, retrofitting and other options to keep the towers in place.

Best new addition to your liquor cabinet

Hooker Oak Distillery rums 2420 Park Ave., 809-0720

Hooker Oak Distillery opened last December in Chico’s new “Booze District” and it couldn’t be a better fit. Nestled in near HoneyRun Winery and Lassen Traditional Cidery, it’s an entirely different kind of alcohol being brewed with a

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label featuring an entirely different North State icon. Tours of the distillery are short but sweet—all the magic happens in one room of the warehouse. And, as it turns out, that warehouse was quite an eyesore before partners J.T. Martin and Billy Ahumada— contractors by day—got hold of it. Now it’s a beautiful building with space enough to pack food trucks into the parking lot for events. The kicker is that the rum is really good, too! With flavors including apple pie, pineapple and vanilla bean, the list of creative cocktails are endless—and a great addition to any home or bar menu.

Andrew Coolidge

four years ago. It was quite an eyesore at that entrance to downtown. Until, that is, Chico City Councilman Andrew Coolidge got tired of looking at it. He’d heard complaints from constituents, whom he tried to mollify by noting the city had plans to beautify those features. Since those efforts are moving at a snail’s pace, however, Coolidge loaded up his weed-whacker and spent a couple of hours over the Memorial Day weekend chopping the jungle down. Nicely done!

Best grandiose project Best sporting/ drinking combo Bocce and wine at Red Tavern 1250 Esplanade, 894-3463

Red Tavern is best known for its fine dining. But it’s also a great place for the competitive among us to imbibe. That’s because the local restaurant has not only a vast array of wines to satisfy lovers of the grape but also a sweet little patio with a killer bocce court. Indeed, the Tavern is a recipient of Wine Spectator magazine’s 2017 Award of Excellence, meaning it has an extensive wine list, comprising superb choices to go along with its impressive food offerings. Who’s up for a game?

Best whack job

Andrew Coolidge’s weed takedown

Back in May, following an atypically wet winter, the city-owned strips of land along the north side of East Second Street between Wall and Camellia Way were overrun with weeds. The vegetation was particularly obvious since nothing has been planted in those landscaping areas, including the roundabout, since the completion of the couplet project about

Bikeway 99

As it’s currently constructed, Bikeway 99—the city’s arterial, north-to-south path for cyclists—is great until it dumps you out behind Kohl’s and you face the gauntlet of gridlock known as East 20th Street. But wait! This past spring, the city floated a concept that would allow pedestrians, disabled people and cyclists to avoid that mess altogether. It’s a solution that city engineers say could become Chico’s signature piece of bicycle infrastructure—a bridge over East 20th Street. Everything’s still in the early planning stages and the city would need to secure somewhere between $3 million and $8 million of grant funding to move the project forward, but we can’t help getting excited about this concept that would make biking in Chico oh so much better.

Best place to let your freak flag fly Keep Chico Weird Talent Show

When the CN&R launched the nowannual Keep Chico Weird Talent Show back in 2014, we emphasized that weird is good—that all the freaks running around Chico keep the place fun and interesting. The show itself has only reinforced that notion, becoming a marquee event for which Chico’s quirky characters show up in force. We’re continually impressed by the high level of talent and everything about our fair city that’s outrageous, awkward, hilarious, confusing or just plain weird. Keep it coming, Chico.

Best place to sweat out those Trump toxins At a local rock show

How did you feel watching the evening news last night? How about after scrolling through your newsfeed this morning? Does your blood pressure rise at the mere thought of the mess our loudmouth in chief is making of everything—race relations, environmental protections, etc., etc., ad nauseam—in this country? Our prescription is to direct you to a local nightspot— The Maltese, Lost on Main, Duffy’s, any will do—and order you to release some of that tension by rockEDITORS’ PICKS C O N T I N U E D O N PA G E 50

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ing the funk out to the riffs and grooves of one of Chico’s many noisemakers. Chances are, the band members are just as stressed out as you are and will be ready to cut loose as well.

Best lemonade-fromlemons moment Tubing on the busted Oroville Dam spillway www.facebook.com/gravybrain

The members of Chico funk/fusion band GravyBrain have always been known for their brave musical explorations, but in 2017, they threw aside all fear and common sense for a truly extreme adventure. In February, as most of us watched from afar when the Oroville Dam spillway began to crumble, the GravyBrain boys—Gravy, Galaxo, Danger and Scorpion—grabbed their tubes and their brews and floated down the dam atop the rushing waters, toasting each other as they launched over the breach. Don’t believe us? See the footage for yourself as captured by the GravyBrain News Network: www.goo. gl/m2bHjL.

Best new food trend to hit Chico Poke

Sure, you can find a poke bowl at a handful of Asian restaurants around town (mostly sushi spots),

but none quite compare to the authentic poke shops of Hawaii, which are as ubiquitous as taco trucks in Chico. Here’s the gist: Choose your poke— generally raw, marinated fish—then add rice and veggies. Voilá! You have a poke bowl. This trend has manifested itself quite quickly in Chico, first with the opening of Halo Hawaiian BBQ and Poke Bar (1354 East Ave., Ste. P) and most recently with the sign for Lucky Poke hung over the old Bulldog Taqueria downtown (119 Second St.). This is a trend we’re ready for! Bring on the poke!

Best hope for Chico’s arts future

1078 Gallery finds a home www.1078gallery.org

The eviction of the 1078 Gallery from its home on Broadway last spring has left a huge hole in our local arts scene. In many ways, Chico is missing its arts heart. The constantly replenished calendar of local and visiting artist exhibits, vibrant art openings, all-ages rock shows, classical guitar recitals, literary events and open-entry group shows has been interrupted since May as the 1078 board and other volunteers have looked for a new space. So far, there are no prospects. For the sake of our arts scene and the health of our community, we hope 1078 Gallery finds a home soon. Chico misses you!

Best way to cruise around town An electric unicycle (just ask Randall Stone)

You read that right—an electric unicycle. If you’ve spied City Councilman Randall Stone around town lately as we have, you’ve likely seen him atop his newest favored mode of transportation. In fact, he tells us he’s cruised over 300 miles on his Segway One S1 since he bought the thing in July. Apparently he can get around pretty quickly—the unicycle can reach up to 12.4 miles per hour— and it charges fast, too; in about an hour. Great Scott! Maybe you’re onto something here! Randall Stone



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Best move to the other side of the street Fast Eddie’s Sandwich Shop 1175 East Ave., 342-8555

Fans of Fast Eddie’s Sandwich Shop had a rough start to 2017, as the beloved eatery’s former location—a converted house across the street from Tinseltown—was shuttered, leaving them longing for the deli’s signature sammies. Fortunately, that deprivation was short-lived, as Eddie’s soon reopened at another converted house about a mile down and on the other side of East Avenue. The new location offers an expanded menu and beer selection as well as more parking, more

video games and more of all the things that make Fast Eddie’s worth a visit to the northeast side of town.

Best day out with the girls The Chico Women’s March, Jan. 21

Donald Trump’s presidency has inspired more political involvement by those opposed to his policies and frequent transgressions against reason and good taste than perhaps any leader in U.S. history. This became apparent the day after his Jan. 20 inauguration, when millions of daughters, mothers, grandmothers and the people who love them

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Yes, we said “taco machine”— by which we mean Tacos Pepe’s outdoor grill with its raised dome in the center surrounded by a moat filled with a variety of meats and

Best place to make an escape (or have fun trying) Chico Escape Rooms 3075 Cohasset Road, Ste. 2, 636-4475

Rifling through an elderly relative’s belongings might not sound like an exciting way to spend a night out with friends … unless said relative is a batty puzzle master who’s left behind a series of clues leading to a hidden fortune. That’s the premise behind Aunt Edna’s Condo, the first themed, interactive puzzle room at Chico Escape Rooms, where groups of up to eight people can test their deductive reasoning and communication skills. Those who’ve found Edna’s fortune (or, more likely, tried) now have reason to return—a second, Sherlock Holmes-themed adventure called Baker Street Mystery was added recently.

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took to the streets for the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches in cities around the world, including Chico. The local daily ran with one police officer’s estimation of “about 1,000” attendees, but most anyone else present can attest to the fact that closer to 3,000 to 5,000 people took part in this truly inspiring and unforgettable day of action.

peppers. The grillmaster, Pepe Tolentino, dips tortillas in the oil, then layers them across the dome before filling them with carne asada, pollo, carnitas, chorizo, cabeza or whatever else is gently frying in the moat. It’s a beautiful sight to behold, with the only drawback being that it’s only fired up on certain days—after 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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When the Museum of Northern California Art, or Monca, finally opened this year in the long-unused Veterans Memorial Hall on The Esplanade, it marked the fruition of a Herculean effort dating back to at least 2009. The museum not only serves as a repository and place to view some of the North State’s finest visual art, but also offers lectures, musical events and more, adding a much-needed injection of culture into the Chico landscape. Ω

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Arts &Culture Calling all punks to the Harlen Adams Theatre stage for the rock musical, American Idiot. PHoto coUrteSY oF cHIco StAte ScHooL oF tHe ArtS

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opera about apathy, disillusionment and social dysfunction in by the face of increasHoward ingly disturbing politiHardee cal events in America. The 13-year-old album h owardh@ newsrev iew.c om holds up and seems even more relevant Review: given the parallel realiAmerican Idiot shows ties in the Trump era. thursday-Saturday, Chico State’s 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, 2 p.m., through School of the Arts oct. 15. brings current issues tickets: $14-$15 to its production of the ($6 students) stage musical based Harlen Adams on the album, with Theatre references to Trump Chico State and media overload schooloftheartssprinkled throughout. csuchico.com 898-6333 Helping it all is the fact that the record’s hits—“American Idiot,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends”—don’t sound dated. I went to the final dress rehearsal on Monday (Oct. 9) at Harlen Adams Theatre, and as a Green Day fan was pleased that the production is heavy on the music, with very little dialogue between songs. However, the story— written by Broadway director Michael Mayer and Green Day frontman Billie



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Joe Armstrong—is written in extremely broad strokes. I had a hard time discerning what was happening—partly because of mic malfunctions and sound-level issues that likely will get worked out by opening night—but mostly because there wasn’t much in terms of the characters’ motivations written into the story. Here’s the basic narrative: A bunch of young, leather-clad, mohawk-sporting punks are hanging out in suburbia, framed on the large Harlen Adams stage with an impressively constructed set made up of metal staircases, scaffolding and red brick covered with graffiti. They’re all staring at their smartphones and getting bombarded by media about our commander-in-Cheeto, which riles them up and the music kicks off with album opener “American Idiot” (“Now everybody do the propaganda/ And sing along to the age of paranoia”). Then the protagonist, Johnny (Brandon Burchard), and his friends Will (Eric Gateno) and Tunny (Leif Bramer) make a beer run to the 7-Eleven, and Will’s girlfriend shows up and reveals that she’s pregnant (cue “Dearly Beloved”). Johnny, Tunny and a bunch of other punks decide to leave suburbia for the city, but Will stays home with his girlfriend and unborn child. Gateno, for his part, delivers the play’s strongest performance, sitting on a couch stage left with his plastic bong and making exaggerated expressions that kept me

laughing throughout. At some point Johnny starts shooting up drugs—heroin, I presume—and meets his dream girl, Whatshername (Kathryn Aarons, who has a knockout singing voice). Then they shoot up together and have sex. It’s all very rock ’n’ roll, as the play’s promo material promises. Tunny, on the other hand, goes to war, gets shot and hallucinates “The Extraordinary Girl” (Cheyenne Courvoisier) dancing seductively by his hospital bed. Back in suburbia, Will’s relationship with his baby momma falls apart because he’s still on the couch hitting the bong. Meanwhile, Whatshername leaves Johnny. Don’t ask me why. It all seems bleak for our heroes (cue “Wake Me Up When September Ends”), until it isn’t. I won’t give away how it ends, other than to say that the story arc is vague and not very compelling. But the play works best during the musical numbers, which sounded fantastic thanks to a live band that played the entire album (plus a few songs from Green Day’s follow-up 21st Century Breakdown) pretty much note-for-note. Plus, the songs are custom-built for sing-alongs, and the chorus-style approach made the anthems sound properly massive. Overall, I was entertained throughout and recognized that it was an ambitious and complex production, and the players pulled it all off admirably. □

laboration with the Department of Philosophy followed by a reception at The Turner. Thu, 10/12, 5:30pm. Free. Zingg Recital Hall, Chico State. www.janetturner.org

QUEER WEEK: Chico State’s AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center collaborates with a host of local organizations to spread support and acceptance with a series of awareness-raising events for students and members of the community. Thu, 10/12. Various locations. 530-898-6411. as.csuchico.edu

Music SARAH JAROSZ: The Grammy Award-winning acoustic singersongwriter first appeared at the Big Room as a teenager, but now returns as an internationally renowned folk player. Brother Roy opens. Thu, 10/12, 7:30pm. $30. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St. www.sierranevada.com

Theater AMERICAN IDIOT: Chico State’s School of the Arts presents a stage musical version of Green Day’s 2004 album, the punk-rock opera American Idiot. Thu, 10/12, 7:30pm. $6-$15. Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State. 530-898-6333. www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com

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Music AMERICA: The classic-rock band best-known for the 1971 hit “A Horse With No Name” appears with founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. Fri, 10/13, 8pm. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville. www.goldcountrycasino.com

Theater AMERICAN IDIOT: See Thursday. Fri, 10/13, 7:30pm. $6-$15. Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State. 530-898-6333. www.schooloftheartscsuchico.com

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL: See Thursday. Fri, 10/13, 7:30pm. $20. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St. www.blueroomtheatre.com

JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH: See Thursday. Fri, 10/13, 7pm. $7-$13. CUSD Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. 530-891-3090. www.inspire cusd.org

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL: A musical based on the classic 1989 film. Thu, 10/12, 7:30pm. $20. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St. www.blueroomtheatre.com

JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH: For this offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, students of Inspire School of Arts & Sciences have crafted a set that resembles a giant pop-up book with vivid textures and colors. Thu, 10/12, 7pm. $7-$13. CUSD Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. 530-891-3090. www.inspirecusd.org

SPAMALOT: Based on the classic comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a musical telling of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in search of the Holy Grail. Thu, 10/12, 7:30pm. $22. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F. 530894-3282. www.chicotheatercompany.com



Special Events HARVEST SIDEWALK SALE: Downtown merchants showcase specials, restaurants offer fallthemed menu items and the street corners are adorned with hay bales, pumpkins and scarecrows. Fri, 10/13, 9am. Downtown Chico. 530-345-6500. www.downtownchico. com

HAUNTED MAZE: The corn maze comes alive with ghosts, vampires and the walking dead. Bring a small flashlight to illuminate your path and wear close-toed shoes. Fri, 10/13, 7pm. $10. Country Pumpkins, 7152 Highway 32, Orland. www.countrypumpkins.org

QUEER WEEK: See Thursday. Fri, 10/13. Various locations. 530-898-6411. as.csuchico.edu

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SPAMALOT: See Thursday. Fri, 10/13, 7:30pm. $22. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F. 530-894-3282. www.chicotheater company.com



Special Events AUTUMN FEST: Hay rides, a pumpkin patch, pony cart rides, vendors, a bee exhibit and more. Sat 10/14, 10am. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, Durham. 530-3424359. www.patrickranchmuseum.org

BARK FOR LIFE & FOOD TRUCK RALLY: A walk for dogs and their owners to raise funds for cancer research and awareness efforts. Also, food trucks. Sat 10/14, 10am. $25. Terry Ashe Park, 6626 Skyway. www.main. acsevents.org

CHICO REPTILE SHOW: Get up-close and personal

display hundreds of exotic animals. Plus, dozens of vendors and family-friendly activities. Sat 10/14, 10pm. $4-$8. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St. 530-5216201. www.chico reptileshow.com

DUTCH OVEN COOK-OFF: The museum’s annual fall event featuring live music, lunch and a cook-off. Sat 10/14, 10am. Free. Gold Nugget Museum, 502 Pearson Road, Paradise. 530872-8722. www.goldnuggetmuseum.com

Post your event for free online at www.newsreview.com/calendar, or email the CN&R calendar assistant at cnrcalendar@newsreview.com. Deadline for print listings is Wednesday, 5 p.m., one week prior to the issue in which you wish the listing to appear.

HARVEST SIDEWALK SALE: See Friday. Sat 10/14, 9am. Downtown Chico. 530-345-6500. www.downtownchico.com

HAUNTED MAZE: See Friday. Sat 10/14, 7pm. $10. Country Pumpkins, 7152 Highway 32, Orland. www.countrypumpkins.org

KIDS FARM DAY: A day of hands-on activities and interactive displays geared toward introducing kids to animals and farming. Sat 10/14, 10am. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, Durham.

OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK: Hundreds of community members walk to raise awareness and money for local and national programs through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Sat 10/14, 9am. City Plaza, downtown Chico. 530-433-9293.

PUMPKINHEAD & BREWFEST: 106.7 Z-Rock presents its annual fall celebration with food trucks, beer and rock bands, plus a superweird endurance test where participants stand with jack-o-lanterns on their heads, competing for a cash prize. Sat 10/14, 8am. $30-$45. Manzanita Place, 1705 Manzanita Ave. www.zrockfm.com

QUEER WEEK: See Thursday. Sat 10/14. $0. Various locations, around Chico. 530-8986411. www.as.csuchico.edu

RIDE, DINE & IMPERIAL KNIGHTS SHOW: Worldclass Medieval jousting troupe the Imperial Knights thrill with daring displays of horsemanship and full-contact jousting. This fundraiser also features courtly antics, a silent auction, vendor booths, a costume parade and dinner with beer and wine. Sat 10/14, 8am. $5-$40. Camelot Equestrian Park, 1985 Clark Road, Oroville. 530-354-6079.

with snakes, dragons, geckos and more as reptile breeders from across California

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Music CHIC-O-LANTERN: Progressive DJ Audien rocks this pre-Halloween costume party. Sat 10/14, 8pm. $20-$30. El Rey Theatre, 230 W. Second St.

PARADISE COWBOY MUSIC GATHERING: A rollicking evening with Gold Country cowboy musicmakers Sourdough Slim, The Saddle Pals and Robert Armstrong. Sat, 10/14, 7pm. $20. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road, Paradise. 530-521-1984. www.paradisecowboygathering.com

Theater AMERICAN IDIOT: See Thursday. Sat, 10/14, 7:30pm. $6-$15. Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State. 530-898-6333. www.schooloftheartscsuchico.com

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL: See Thursday. Sat, 10/14, 7:30pm. $20. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St. www.blueroomtheatre.com

JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH: See Thursday. Sat, 10/14, 7pm. $7-$13. CUSD Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. 530-891-3090. www.inspire cusd.org

SPAMALOT: See Thursday. Sat, 10/14, 7:30pm. $22. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F. 530-894-3282. www.chico theatercompany.com

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THe SpooKS Each fall, Country Pumpkins (off Highway 32 toward Orland) grows a big field of corn and designs a maze. This year, the field covers an impressive 10 acres, and you can visit every day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through the end of the month. But here’s the best part: Once the sun goes down on Friday, Oct. 14, ghosts, vampires and the walking dead will haunt all who dare to enter, and a host of spooky scenes and scary props will emerge from the darkness as you work your way to the end of the maze. (Bring a flashlight and close-toed shoes.) The Haunted Maze shenanigans happen every Friday and Saturday until Oct. 28.

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CELEBRATION ALE RELEASE PARTY: The brewery celebrates the annual release of Celebration ALE with food, live music and flowing taps. Sun, 10/15, 6pm. $10. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St. www.sierranevada.com

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Music I HEAR AMERICA SINGING: Children’s Choir of Chico presents a celebration in song, featuring performances by Cantiamo, Bella Voce, Ready, Set, Sing! and Prepatory Choir. Sun, 10/15, 3pm. $7-$10. Faith Lutheran Church, 667 E. First Ave. 530-342-2775.

RAPTURE BRASS: A Northern California brass ensemble sharing the gospel through music. Sun, 10/15, 6pm. Evangelical Free Church of Chico, 1193 Filbert Ave.

Theater AMERICAN IDIOT: See Thursday. Sun, 10/15, 2pm. $6-$15. Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State. 530-898-6333. www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com

SPAMALOT: See Thursday. Sun, 10/15, 2pm. $22. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F. 530-894-3282. www.chicotheatercompany.com



Music THE EXPANDERS: Vintage reggae revivalists out of Los Angeles. Iya Terra and the For Peace Band open. Tue, 10/17, 9pm. $13. Lost on Main, 319 Main St.

PAUL MCDERMAND: Caribbean, jazz and pop favorites performed on steel drums, marimba and vibraphone. Tue, 10/17, 7:30pm. $15-$25. Oroville State Theatre, 1489 Myers St. 530-519-3760. www.orovillestatetheatre.com



Special Events CHICO COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP ASSOCIATION MIXER: An annual mixer to raise funds for the continuing education of graduating high school seniors from the community. Includes food, drinks, raffles and a silent auction. Wed, 10/18, 5pm. $35. Beatniks Coffee House, 1387 E. Eighth St. 530-9103400. www.chicoscholarships.org

Music SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO: A field trip performance featuring a kid-friendly blend of positive hip-hop, garage rock and classic R&B. Wed, 10/18, 9:30am &11:30am $5. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State. www.chicoperformances.com

Art B-SO SPACE: BFA Culminating Exhibition, featuring drawings by Elizabeth Lee. Through 10/20. Chico State.

tHe MeANING oF LIFe – VISUAL ANALoGY Shows through Dec. 9 Janet Turner Print Museum See ART

CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING, PARADISE: Landscape Photographs, by Tom Hedge, including scenes from Table Mountain and Upper Bidwell Park. Through 10/29. 789 Bille Road, Paradise. www.paradisecsl.org

CHICO ART CENTER: Open Studios Preview Exhibition, works by artists participating in the Open Studio Art Tour on display. Through 10/29. 450 Orange St. www.chico artcenter.com

HEALING ART GALLERY: Art by John Schmidt, paintings by Northern California artist John Schmidt. The Healing Art Gallery of Enloe Cancer Center features artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. Through 10/13. Free. 265 Cohasset Road., 530-332-3856.

JACKI HEADLEY UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: Body Vulnerable Body Protected, selected films and video installations by Nao Bustamante. Through 10/21. Chico State.

JAMES SNIDLE FINE ARTS: New Works by Avery Palmer, surrealist paintings on display. Through 10/31. Free. 254 E. Fourth St., 530343-2930. www.jamessnidlefinearts.com

JANET TURNER PRINT MUSEUM: The Meaning of Life - Visual Analogy, an exhibition adding visual layers to the biggest question--how we assign meaning to human existence. Through 12/9. Chico State, 530-898-4476. www.theturner.org

MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ART: Coming Out for Art, the annual exhibition allowing artists to express their feelings surrounding sexuality and gender in a productive and positive way. This year’s theme: Keep Moving Forward. Through 10/16. Affinity, a show pairing Monca’s collection with works by artists with disabilities from Nurturing Independence Through Artistic Development. Pieces are set side-by-side, inviting questions, interpretations and conversations on how they are related. Through 10/31. $5. 900 Esplanade. www.monca.org

PARADISE ART CENTER: Land & Sea, an exhibition of all artistic styles and media. Through 10/28. 5564 Almond St., Paradise. www.paradise-art-center.com

Museums BOLT’S ANTIQUE TOOL MUSEUM: Branding Irons, a display of more than 50 branding irons. Through 11/4. 1650 Broderick St., Oroville.

GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM: Museum With Walls Lecture Series, “The Human Microbiome: Our Microbial Selves” presented by Gordon Wolfe, a Chico State professor of biological sciences. 10/25, 7:30pm. $3. Zoo in You The Human Microbiome, exploring the vibrant world of our inner microorganisms through engaging, interactive and bilingual exhibits. Also on display: Journey to Africa: Elephants and Tiger, Tiger! Through 1/7. $5-$7. 625 Esplanade. www.csuchico.edu/ gateway

GOLD NUGGET MUSEUM: Permanent exhibits, including a collection of Maidu Indian artifacts, blacksmith and print shops, gold sluices, a miner’s cabin, a schoolhouse and a covered bridge that spans the width of a rushing creek. Through 12/31. Free. 502 Pearson Road, Paradise., 530-872-8722. www.goldnuggetmuseum.com

PATRICK RANCH MUSEUM: History Through the Lens of a Camera, an exhibition featuring vintage cameras and photos dating from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. Through 10/28. Free. 10381 Midway, Durham, 530-342-4359. www.patrickranchmuseum.org

VALENE L. SMITH MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY: Shadow & Water, a display of puppets from Indonesia and Vietnam. Through 12/20. Free. Chico State.

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aesthetic and the edgy exuberance of a self-consciously artistic and confrontational exhibitionism. For the Chico State show, four moving pictures are projected on the back wall of the gallery in front of a set of chairs in a mini-theater configuration and another dozen play on a flat screen TV in front of a couch. The pieces range chronologically from a five-minute performance of “The Frigid Bride” (1991) to “Reveal” (2014), a longer “filmformance” piece created to accompany a live performance. As the show’s title suggests, in many of the works, the artist’s body is at the fore. Whether it’s having white men atone for centuries of oppression of indigenous peoples by taking a knee in front of her and eating from her strapon burrito in “Indigurrito” (1992), or her portraying a dead Brazilian actress via a “memorial reel” in “Reveal.” Without its live component, the latter delivers a wordless patchwork narrative featuring Bustamante in various vulnerable situations: precariously walking uphill on an icy street, reading a saddening/infuriating letter; pulling a burning dinner from the oven; gazing out from a steamy shower door; being menacingly escorted up stairs by a man; precariously climbing a step ladder in high heels to place the star at the top of a Christmas tree; placidly pruning orchids in a greenhouse. One of the more impressive

of the works projected on the big screen/wall is the 19-minute “Tableau” (2013), a more traditionally narrative short film not necessarily in line with the exhibit’s theme. It recounts the struggles of a man named J.T. (played by queer filmmaker Joshua Thorsen) trying to create an apocalyptic scifi film while contending with, and ultimately collaborating with, his pesky 15-year-old next door neighbor, Chelsea, and her best friend, Gina. Opening with a beautifully sensual shot of J.T. floating on his back down a river, the story alternates between J.T.’s life situation—e.g., the girls taunting his vociferously barking poodles— and scenes from his movie, which involve the girls and poodles in post-apocalyptic ceremonial regalia. It’s hilarious and poignant. The scene of what appears to be Chelsea’s screen test, as the young actress demonstrates her emotional range, from “pain” to “sexy,” is awesome in its interplay of those elements—picture Woody Allen as a conscientious teenage girl and you sort of get the picture. Well worth the time to explore, Bustamente’s wide range of fun and socially conscious work invites much contemplation and is subject to many interpretations. The artist herself will be in town tonight (Oct. 12, Ayres Hall, room 106) for a talk, which will be followed by a reception in the gallery. □ OctOber 12, 2017




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Sarah Jarosz was something of a folk prodigy, first performing at the Sierra Nevada Big Room as a teenager, showing off her skills as a multi-instrumentalist. However, on her latest record, Undercurrent, she shifted emphasis from showy technique to songwriting and vocal performance. And Jarosz has reaped big rewards as a result, having won two Grammy Awards this year, including Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Performance for “House of Mercy.” Now 26, she returns to the Big Room tonight, Oct. 12.

BASSMINT: A weekly bass music party with a rotating cast of local and visiting producers and DJs. Fri, 10/13, 9:30pm. Peking Chinese Restaurant, 243 W. Second St.

SUNDAY IrIS eP reLeASe Sunday, Oct. 15 Blue Room Theatre

ESPLANADE: Rockin’ 1980s covers. Fri,


10/13, 9pm. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave.

Fuzzy Get Dizzy and Tri-Lateral Dirts Commission playing schizoid hardcore stuff. Thu, 10/12, 8pm. $7. Naked Lounge, 118 E. Second St.

SARAH JAROSZ: The Grammy Awardwinning acoustic singer-songwriter first appeared at the Big Room as a teenager, but now returns as an internationally renown folk player. Brother Roy opens. Thu, 10/12, 7:30pm. $30. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St. www.sierra nevada.com


THE KELLY TWINS DUELING PIANOS: Identical twins trade piano licks and smart remarks. Thu, 10/12, 8:30pm. $3-$10. The Beach, 191 E. Second St.

APARTMENT 18: Pop covers and originals. Thu, 10/12, 8pm. Argus Bar + Patio, 212 W. Second St.

OBE & LOKI: Upbeat folk-rock with singer Steven Oberlander and guitarist Loki Miller. Thu, 10/12, 6:30pm. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade.

ERIC PETER: Solo jazz guitar. Thu, 10/12, 6pm. Grana, 198 E. Second St.

JAZZ NIGHT: A weekly performance by

The Chico Jazz Collective. Thu, 10/12, 8pm. Free. Down Lo, 319 Main St.

PUSHY: A hard-rock outfit out of Portland, Ore., joined by local sludge-metal heavyweights Touch


ABBAFAB: A multimedia tribute to

the music of ABBA. Fri, 10/13, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.

AMERICA: The classic-rock band bestknown for the 1971 hit “A Horse With No Name” appears with founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. Fri, 10/13, 8pm. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville. www.goldcountry casino.com

HAWKEYE: An indie band out of Portland, Ore., dabbling in psychand post-punk rock. Chico Feet and Cat Depot open. Fri, 10/13, 8pm. $7. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.

OPEN MIC: An open mic hosted by Tito (aka Thunder Lump). All forms of performance art welcome! Fri, 10/13, 7pm. $1. DownLo, 319 Main St.

THE RUN UP: Classic rock in the

lounge. Fri, 10/13, 8:30pm. Free. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville.

THE SCHWAG: A tribute band dedicated to carrying on the sound and vibe of The Grateful Dead. Fri, 10/13, 9pm. $15. Lost on Main, 319 Main St. www.lostonmainchico.com



WICKED - A FRIDAY THE 13TH PARTY: Priscilla De’Vil and Elizabeth Winters host an evening of drag, dancing and drinks. Come dressed in your best witch or goth attire. Fri, 10/13, 9pm. $7. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave.

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CHIC-O-LANTERN: Progressive DJ Audien rocks this pre-Halloween costume party. Sat, 10/14, 8pm. $20-$30. El Rey Theatre, 230 W. Second St.

COMEDY FOR CREEPS: Cattywampus Entertainment presents totally creepy stand-up comedians Dejan Tyler, Jaime Fernandez, Robert Berry, Becky Lynn, Dustin Wood, Jordan Riggins, T.J. Hudson, Rachel Myles and Travis Dowdy. Sat, 10/14, 8pm. $5. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St.

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fashioned jam. Mon, 10/16. $3. Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum, 1650 Broderick St., Oroville.

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THE POSEYS: Swing, jazz, blues and vintage Western. Sun, 10/15, 6pm. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade.

10/14, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.

Soul Ensemble. Sat, 10/14, 9pm. Lost on Main, 319 Main St. www.loston mainchico.com


FALL FESTIVAL: Craft beer, pizza and live classic rock by The Rockhounds. Sat, 10/14, 4pm. New Earth Market, 864 East Ave.

INSIGHT: A broad selection of rock

hits in the lounge. Sat, 10/14, 8:30pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.

MIXTAPE: Covers of Top 40 hits. Sat, 10/14, 9pm. Studio Inn, 2582


NIKI J. CRAWFORD: A powerful, soulful R&B vocalist from Louisiana appears with her funky Sure Fire

Singing, dancing and lots of spandex body suits and biker shorts. Sat, 10/14, 10pm. Free. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave.

THE RUN UP: Classic rock in the

lounge. Sat, 10/14, 8:30pm. Free. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville.

TEMPO REGGAE NIGHT: Caribbean Dance Radio’s monthly reggae night featuring dancehall, dub and roots music. Sat, 10/14, 5pm. Sipho’s Restaurant & Cafe, 1228 Dayton Road.

SUNDAY IRIS EP RELEASE: The local songwriting duo of Lisa Langley and Dave Elke celebrate the release of their new six-track album, Cross the Line. Johnson and Miller open. Sun, 10/15, 6pm. $15. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St.

SUNNY ACRES: Psychedelic spacepunks. Also featuring thrash-blues from Alvie and The Breakfast Pigs and garage rockers Mr. Bang. Sun, 10/15, 8pm. $7. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.


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THE EXPANDERS: Vintage reggae revivalists out of Los Angeles. Iya Terra and the For Peace Band open. Tue, 10/17, 9pm. $13-$0. Lost on Main, 319 Main St.

OPEN MIC: A weekly open mic hosted by local singer-songwriter Andan Casamajor. Tue, 10/17, 6pm. Free. Gogi’s Cafe, 230 Salem St.


ERIN HALEY & FIREFLY: Acoustic rock

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A fine ‘replicant’ Blade Runner update lives up to original Blade Runner out in 1982, 35 years ago. The director did a lot of R(good) monkeying with the original over the years— idley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece


resulting in a final cut a decade ago—but it didn’t seem like much thought was given to by a follow-up. Bob Grimm Now in 2017, we actually do get bg ri m m @ a sequel, this time directed by Denis new srev i ew. c o m Villeneuve, the visionary behind Enemy and Arrival (Scott remains involved as a producer). Harrison Ford—who has been known to moan about the original—has, nonetheless, returned to play blade runner Blade Runner Rick Deckard. Ryan Gosling steps 2049 into the starring role of K, a new Starring ryan blade runner tasked with “retiring” Gosling, robin Wright older model replicants, aka synthetic and Harrison Ford. Directed by Denis humans. Villeneuve. cinemark Other than the presence of Ford 14, Feather river in the final act of the movie, and the cinemas, Paradise vision of Pan Am and Atari logos cinema7. rated r. still present in the Los Angeles skyline, there is little to make this one feel like a standard sequel. Blade Runner 2049 goes off on many new tangents, bending the mind when it comes to topics like A.I., what constitutes love, and determining what is “real” in this world. Villeneuve, along with writers Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, have concocted a whole new world, a realistic evolution of the one presented in Scott’s original. The film opens with a scene in which a farmer (Dave Bautista) is trying to live a peaceful life before being confronted by K, who finds things at the farmer’s homestead that trigger memories, and the excavation of a body at the site triggers more. At the behest of his


boss (Robin Wright), K is off on a mission to find a lost child and, eventually, old, cranky Rick Deckard. There are many twists and turns in this nearly three-hour long movie. This is not a complaint. There is something to admire in every frame. Cinematographer Roger Deakins puts pure art in motion with his camerawork, giving us a dirtier, gloomier, yet still beautiful dystopian future. Ruined cities have never looked this gorgeous. As with the original, there are things in this film that you have never seen before. Amazing sequences include a battle between two men in an abandoned showroom. The place used to house a hologram show starring the likes of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, and that show gets started up again after somebody flips the switch. It’s one of the more surreal scenes you will see in any movie this year. The same can be said for a moment when K meets Dr. Ana Stelline (Carla Juri), who makes memories for replicants. Villeneuve crafts an eerily beautiful scene in which K observes her creating a birthday party memory, which we see as a hologram. Gosling is in top form, navigating a future society in which one’s sense of identity can be a very confounding thing. His home companion is a lifelike and cognizant hologram named Joi (Ana de Armas). Much credit goes to Armas for making Joi something far more than a glorified Siri/Alexa. It’s heartbreaking stuff. The film has a few flaws. Jared Leto, while not awful, pours it on a little too thick as Niander Wallace, creator of replicants. And while the film’s finale is fine, it doesn’t live up to the excellence that preceded it. These are minor quibbles, because the wonders that Blade Runner 2049 deliver far outrun the missteps. Villeneuve has done the legacy of the original supreme justice. I actually doubt Scott could’ve directed it better. □

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Opening this week Battle of the Sexes

A biopic retelling the story of the retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and his so-called “battle of the sexes” challenge in 1974 versus then-No. 1 women’s tennis player Billie Jean King (Emma Stone). Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

This week’s Pageant repertory feature is the classic French horror flick. One showing: Sunday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Pageant Theatre. Not rated.

The Foreigner

Bond/Zorro director Martin Campbell is at the helm of this actioner about a Londonbased businessman (Jackie Chan) who tries to track down the people behind a terrorist incident that killed his daughter. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.

Friday the 13th (1980)

A fittingly scheduled late-night showing of the original, uncut, not-rated version of the classic slasher flick: Friday, Oct. 13, 10 p.m. Pageant Theatre. Not rated.

Happy Death Day

A slasher flick about a young woman who, in Groundhog Day-fashion, keeps repeating her birthday and her murder at the hands of a masked killer. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.


A biopic centered on the early days of the career of Thurgood Marshall (played by Chadwick Boseman), the first black Supreme Court justice. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

A biopic about the curious life of William Moulton Marston, a psychologist whose polyamorous relationship between him, his wife, and their mistress inspired his creation of the Wonder Woman comic-book character. Cinemark 14. Rated R.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

A second Late Show feature at the Pageant this week, with the original uncut version of the gruesome story of Leatherface and company. Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 p.m. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.

Victoria and Abdul

Stephen Frears (The Grifters, High Fidelity) directs this film based on the true story of the unlikely and transformative friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and an Indian servant (played by Ali Fazal). Pageant Theatre. Rated PG-13.

Now playing American Assassin

An action thriller about a young man (Dylan O’Brien) who—seeking revenge for his fiance who was killed in a terrorist attack—ends up hooking up with the CIA to be trained in black ops. Cinemark 14. Rated R.


American Made

The messed up life of pilot Barry Seal gets a movie that’s not messed up enough. Director Doug Liman’s American Made is an entertaining film, about the notorious TWA pilot turned pawn for the CIA, that

plays it a little too safe, with drug cartels and Iran Contra played for laughs in a story that probably didn’t have so many giggles. Inspired by the true-life story, the movie starts with Barry (Tom Cruise) grinding out flights for TWA, smuggling the occasional box of Cuban cigars and trying to support a family. During a layover, Barry is approached in a bar by Monty (Domhnall Gleeson), a CIA agent. After a brief discussion, Barry is given an opportunity to fly arms to South America as an unofficial courier for the U.S. That’s where smuggling drugs for the Medellin drug cartel comes in, something Barry starts doing on the side. Cruise brings his reliable movie star prowess to the project, and it can safely be said that, while the movie might get a little messy, it is never boring. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R —B.G.


Blade Runner 2049

See review this issue. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinemas 7. Rated R —B.G.


With assistance from a doctor/theorist in the field (Ellen Page), a group of med students take part in medical experiments in which they stop each others’ hearts for glimpses of the afterlife, but with unintended consequences. A sequel to the 1990 film of the same name. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.


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In Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, the core story remains the same: Children in Derry, Maine, have been disappearing for many years. The film starts with the sad case of Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott), a little boy in a yellow rain slicker who follows his paper boat to the sewer drain and makes an unfortunate acquaintance. That would be Pennywise, the dancing, sewer-dwelling, evil clown, played as a most savage beast by Bill Skarsgard. If you saw him at a circus, you’d be seriously afraid for the trapeze artists and lions. The kids are great. The standout is Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, and Jeremy Ray Taylor will break your heart as Ben Hanscom, the chubby kid who has a crush on Bev. Their first meeting is one of the best scenes in the film. Muschietti scores some big scares, especially during a slideshow gone very wrong, and a meeting between the Denbrough brothers in the family basement: “You’ll float, too!” Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R —B.G.

The Mountain Between Us

A photojournalist (Kate Winslet) and a surgeon (Idris Elba) fight for survival in a snowy wilderness after their charter plane crashes. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

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The Stray

A family-friendly story of Pluto, a stray dog that helps patch up a broken family. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.

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Excellence on a Budget, an annual Chico event since by 2017. Warning: Tuck Coop We’re talking lowbrow here. I’m not a fancy restaurant kind of person, so let’s just move on to things I actually eat. Best taqueria: Tacos Mary. An authentic Acapulco-style taqueria magically set down in our midst. Best sit-down Mexican: La Hacienda. I usually consider waiter-and-table-setting Mexican a contradiction in terms, like tuxedo overalls. But La Hacienda sells me on the concept every time I go. Best buffet: Priya Indian Cuisine. Still occupying that Goldilocks Zone between overspiced and boring. If you luck out, there are samosas. Best dessert: Forcella Italian Bistro’s panna cotta. Yeah, I know they closed, but I’m in denial. Actually, there are a number of worthy successors, notably the root beer float at Farm Star Pizza and the mini-dessert baked goods at Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe.

For my birthday I like to get about eight different UC minis, quarter them, and share them with three friends. Best pie: Since Sweet Cottage downtown closed, the only serious player is the Sweet Cottage trailer at the farmers’ market. It means you have to eat pie at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, but if I must I must. Best pita: The Pita Pit. I know, it’s a chain without a trace of ethnicity and their chicken tastes like it’s all GMOs and hormones, but if you put all of that out of your mind and just go, it’s a friendly, vibrant place and the food is cheap and killer. Remember to ask them to grill your shrooms, green peppers and onions as soon as you order. Best hot chocolate: The Foodie Café. Good hot chocolate is almost impossible to find. The Foodie Café does it right, with a hint of Mexican spices and a viscosity thick enough you can almost stand the spoon up in it. Best french fries: Sol Mexican Grill. These are thin, crispy on the outside yet still-potato-y on the inside, cut fresh and cooked in a sweet rice oil with a hint of

cayenne. Best rice: Café Petra. Rice can carry a meal when it’s this good. Best crêpe: Bisou Bisou. There are two primary sources of crêpe in Chico. In one, the crêpe is made back in the kitchen out of your sight by nameless drones while you sit in a room designed by corporate market research; in the other, the crêpe is made at a cute little cart in front of your nose by the owner/ chef while she chats you up. Thus BB’s crêpe is 30 seconds old when you bite into it. As it should be. Hottest food: Sipho’s Restaurant & Cafe’s jerk chicken. Rumor has it that North Korea is close to duplicating the formula, and the Free World is trembling. Best all-round plate of food: Ali Baba’s chicken kabob plate with pita bread. Delicious, ample, healthy and cheap, with five different items on the plate and subtle flavors that don’t overwhelm. Best atmo: Fresh Twisted Café. The place always feels like the kitchen of a large, happy family getting ready for school. This is the only eatery in Chico where, when I go, I schedule things so I can hang around for a while after eating. □

IN THE MIX Cross the Line Sunday Iris Self-produced This finely crafted six-song EP by local songwriting/performing duo Sunday Iris—aka Lisa Langley and Dave Elke—is compact yet intense. Recorded at Elke’s home studio, Cross the Line has a warm, down-home feel, but is elevated in intensity by Langley’s extraordinary vocal expressiveness paired with her talent as a wordsmith whose lyrical depictions touch on the theme of human vulnerability. The sequencing of the songs lays out a challenging, poetic journey, beginning with the finger-picked Americana love story of “Cold Mountain,” in which a couple traces their lives along the lines as the railroad lays out its “ribbon rail” into their future. The title song is steeped in the sort of gorgeous melancholy that Emmylou Harris has built a career on, and a brilliantly chosen cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice” rounds out the set with a touch of passive-aggressive acceptance of our human complexity.

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Groovin’ in Greaseland Rick Estrin Alligator records Rick Estrin again delves into the vagaries of the human condition with his (mostly) chromatic harmonica accentuating his wry lyrics. Accompanied on Groovin’ in Greaseland by Chris “Kid” Andersen (guitar), Lorenzo Farrell (keyboards) and new guy Alex Pettersen (drums), Estrin and company (plus a dozen or so special guests) get right down to business with “The Blues Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” a timely Estrin composition that joins 10 other originals on this superlative CD. With lines like “Politicians scheme and scam, pretendin’ like they give a damn,” Estrin highlights some of this country’s ills before turning his gaze to yet another of his sempiternal themes: the battle of the sexes. On “Lookin’ for a Woman,” he assures us—and her—“[It] ain’t nothin’ new, I was lookin’ for a woman when I met you.” And so it goes—“Dissed Again” is a catalog of woes, e.g., “I huffed and puffed enough to blow this harp to death/All it ever got me—broke and outta breath.” The CD’s title refers to Greaseland, Andersen’s San Jose studio, which is seeing a lot of action lately; and yes, they are groovin’.


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Sunset Over Saturn Midnight Sister Jag jaguwar It takes little time to fall in love with this debut. Midnight Sister—the duo project of Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian—dives deep into 1960s chic LA-pop territory, with staccato punches strung together by Giraffe’s alto voice and accented by a blurry, sonically distorted Rhodes organ, the aural equivalent of a mural left to dry after the rain. Songs like “Shimmy” fall into a sweet groove with Giraffe’s casually driving verses and shouted-out, shimmery choruses. Then there’s “Leave You,” with its ear candy piano lick that lifts the second half of each verse before tipping into a soft, floating chorus. The combination of Balouzian’s knack for classic, catchy arrangements (done previously for artists like Tobias Jesso Jr.), and Giraffe’s striking delivery, creates a sound that’s glossy but not the sort of pop that’s packed with too many bells and whistles. They’re just good melodies, and their attention to visuals gives the project a whole other allure. Give the album a minute, and it won’t disappoint.


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minute press release this week for a very intriguing event taking place, like, right now. Today (Oct. 12), in room 122, on the first floor of ayres Hall on the Chico State campus, is a presentation of “Rainforest iV,” a sound-art installation created by students in sheri simons’ intermediate sculpture class. The piece is inspired by the “Rainforest” exhibits of experimental music pioneer david Tudor—a contemporary and collaborator of John Cage’s—and as the poster says, will involve “recordings played through suspended sculptures and found objects with their transmitted reflections through audio systems.” Join me in discovering what that all means.

mOre big wOrds Thanks to a fundraising effort directed by community organizer Jessica Peck and facilitated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the north Valley, Chico has a new mural. The huge rainbow-colored “Unity” mural went up a couple weeks ago on the Shubert’s side of the Boys & Girls Club downtown, and it was painted by Peck’s brother, Jed speer, the same dude who did the “Love” mural on the Lulus.com building at Humboldt and Park avenues. It would seem the perfect message for the side of a building of an organization committed to enriching the lives of local youth. It’s the second in a planned trilogy of murals, the final one featuring the word “Peace,” scheduled to go up on the side of the Chico Peace & Justice Center in the summer of 2018. And, according to Speer, the “Peace” mural’s artist will be none other than world-famous street artist shepard Fairey! For information on how to contribute to fundraising efforts for the new mural (or to suggest/offer surfaces for other community murals) contact Peck at (949) 939-3462.

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the debut of a locally produced podcast devoted to the discussion of each week’s episode. The Bustcast Podcast, created and hosted by local musicians/ brothers nolan and Cameron Ford, is an hour-long program that is set to come out every Friday morning and will feature the Fords talking to a different comedian each week about the previous Saturday’s episode of SNL. So far they’ve had Ray Molina from Sacramento and Chicago’s Bill Gevirtz on the show, and currently they’re talking to New York comic Myq Kaplan. The brothers bring complementary skills to the podcast, with Nolan’s work as music director and host at KCHO (north state Public Radio) and Cameron’s experience attending The second City improv school in Chicago coming together for “Morning Rendition,” the NPR-style parody that opens each show. The sketches are silly and hilarious and kind of frightening, featuring such characters as future president Barron Trump taking a trip to Mars. Find episodes at soundcloud.com/thebustcast.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY For the week oF october 12, 2017 ARIES (March 21-April 19): In his book

The Logic of Failure, Dietrich Dorner discusses the visionaries who built the Aswan Dam in Egypt. Their efforts brought an abundance of cheap electricity to millions of people. But the planners didn’t take into account some of the important effects of their innovation. For example, the Nile River below the dam no longer flooded its banks or fertilized the surrounding land every year. As a result, farmers had to resort to chemical fertilizers at great expense. Water pollution increased. Marine life suffered because of the river’s diminished nutrients. I hope this thought will motivate you to carefully think through the possible consequences of decisions you’re contemplating. I guarantee that you can avoid the logic of failure and instead implement the logic of success. But to do so, you’ll have to temporarily resist the momentum that has been carrying you along. You’ll have to override the impatient longing for resolution.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Are you

primed to seek out new colleagues and strengthen your existing alliances? Are you curious about what it would take to infuse your best partnerships with maximum emotional intelligence? From an astrological perspective, the next nine weeks will be a favorable time to do these things. You will have opportunities to deepen your engagement with collaborators who cultivate integrity and communicate effectively. It’s possible you may feel shy about pursuing at least one of the potential new connections. But I urge you to press ahead anyway. Though you may be less ripe than they are, their influence will have a catalytic effect on you, sparking you to develop at an accelerated rate.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I was

satisfied with haiku until I met you,” Dean Young tells a new lover in his poem “Changing Genres.” But Young goes on to say that he’s no longer content with that terse genre. “Now I want a Russian novel,” he proclaims, “a 50-page description of you sleeping, another 75 of what you think staring out a window.” He yearns for a story line about “a fallen nest, speckled eggs somehow uncrushed, the sled outracing the wolves on the steppes, the huge glittering ball where all that matters is a kiss at the end of a dark hall.” I bring Young’s meditations to your attention, Gemini, because I suspect that you, too, are primed to move into a more expansive genre with a more sumptuous plot.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Statistical

evidence suggests that Fridays falling on the 13th of the month are safer than other Fridays. The numbers of fires and traffic accidents are lower then, for example. I find this interesting in light of your current situation. According to my analysis, this October’s Friday the 13th marks a turning point in your ongoing efforts to cultivate stability and security. On this day, as well as the seven days before and seven days after, you should receive especially helpful clues about the future work you can do to feel even safer and more protected than you already do.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Too much propa-

ganda and not enough real information are circulating through your personal sphere. You’re tempted to traffic in stories that are rooted more in fear than insight. Gossip and hype and delusion are crowding out useful facts. No wonder it’s a challenge for you to sort out the truths from the half-truths! But I predict that you will thrive anyway. You’ll discover helpful clues lodged in the barrage of bunkum. You’ll pluck pithy revelations from amidst the distracting ramblings. Somehow you will manage to be both extra sensitive and super-discriminating.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A journal-

ist named Jenkin Lloyd Jones coined the term “Afghanistanism,” which he defined as “concentrating on problems in distant parts of the world while ignoring controversial local issues.” I want to urge you Virgos to avoid engaging in a personal version of Afghanistanism. In other words,

by rob brezsny focus on issues that are close at hand, even if they seem sticky or prickly. Don’t you dare let your attention get consumed by the dreamy distractions of faraway places and times. For the foreseeable future, the best use of your energy is HERE and NOW.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “I am more interested in human beings than in writing,” said author Anais Nin, “more interested in lovemaking than in writing, more interested in living than in writing. More interested in becoming a work of art than in creating one.” I invite you to adopt that perspective as your own for the next twelve months, Libra. During this upcoming chapter of your story, you can generate long-lasting upgrades if you regard your life as a gorgeous masterpiece worthy of your highest craftsmanship.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio

actress Tara Reid told the magazine Us Weekly about how her cosmetic surgeries had made her look worse than she had been in her natural state. “I’ll never be perfect again,” she mourned. I bring this up in the hope that it will inspire you. In my astrological opinion, you’re at a tuning point when it’s crucial to appreciate and foster everything about yourself that’s natural and innate and soulfully authentic. Don’t fall sway to artificial notions about how you could be more perfect than you already are.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

I didn’t go to work today. I woke up late, lingered over a leisurely breakfast, and enjoyed a long walk in the autumn woods. When I found a spot that filled me with a wild sense of peace, I asked my gut wisdom what I should advise you Sagittarians to attend to. And my gut wisdom told me that you should temporarily escape at least one of your duties for at least three days. (Escaping two duties for four days would be even better.) My gut wisdom also suggested that you get extra sleep, enjoy leisurely meals, and go on long walks to spots that fill you with a wild sense of peace. There you should consult your gut wisdom about your top dilemmas.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “If

these years have taught me anything, it is this,” wrote novelist Junot Díaz. “You can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.” That’s your plucky wisdom for the coming weeks, Aquarius. You have arrived at a pivotal phase in your life cycle when you can’t achieve liberation by fleeing, avoiding, or ignoring. To commune with the only kind of freedom that matters, you must head directly into the heart of the commotion. You’ve got to feel all the feelings stirred up by the truths that rile you up.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

J. Allan Hobson is a scientist of sleep who does research at Harvard. He says we dream all the time, not just at night. Our subconscious minds never stop churning out streams of images. During the waking hours, though, our conscious minds operate at such intensity that the lower-level flow mostly stays subliminal. At least that’s the normal state of affairs. But I suspect your dream-generator is running so hot right now that its stories may leak into your waking awareness. This could be disconcerting. Without the tips I’m giving you here, you might worry you were going daft. Now that you know, I hope you’ll tap into the undercurrent to glean some useful intuitions. A word to the wise: The information that pops up won’t be logical or rational. It will be lyrical and symbolic, like dreams.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MOW BROS, MOW BROS USA at 2877 Godman Ave Chico, CA 95973. NICHOLAS CHARLES DECARLO 2877 Godman Ave Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: NICK DECARLO Dated: September 14, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001245 Published: September 21,28, October 5,12, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as PROSCAPE, REHABPRO, REPAIRPRO, RESTOREPRO at 242 Broadway Suite 12 Chico, CA 95928. HIWA, INC. 242 Broadway Suite 12 Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by A Corporation. Signed: RYAN VAUGHT, PRESIDENT Dated: August 21, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001131 Published: September 21,28, October 5,12, 2017

doing business as CORRELARE at 1225 Stewart Ave Chico, CA 95926. GARY RICHARD SMITH 1225 Stewart Ave Chico, CA 95926. KELLY LYNN SMITH 1225 Stewart Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: GARY R. SMITH Dated: September 15, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001248 Published: September 21,28, October 5,12, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as TURF KING LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE at 1397 Longfellow Avenue Chico, CA 95926. JASON EVERETT STEWART 1397 Longfellow Avenue Chico, CA 95926. JOHNNY RAY VASQUEZ 989 Jonell Ln Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by A General Partnership. Signed: JASON E. STEWART Dated: September 15, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001257 Published: September 21,28, October 5,12, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as LEK-LAI at 3058 Helena Way Chico, CA 95973. SAO LO 3058 Helena Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SAO LO Dated: August 25, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001155 Published: September 28, October 5,12,19, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as HEIDI’S PICKLES AND PRESERVES at 6165 Oliver Rd Paradise, CA 95969. HEIDI ANN LANGE 6165 Oliver Rd Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: HEIDI LANGE Dated: September 18, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001264 Published: September 28, October 5,12,19, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as TOMFOOLERY at 126 West 3rd Street Chico, CA 95928. JULIE STRASSER 15 Pebblewood Pines Chico, CA 95926. TERRY STRASSER 15 Pebblewood Pines Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: TERRY STRASSER Dated: September 19, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001266 Published: September 28, October 5,12,19, 2017


FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as POLISHED at 3095 Nord Ave Chico, CA

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95973. JONATHAN HORNER 3095 Nord Ave Chico, CA 95973. VANESA FLORES HORNER 3095 Nord Ave Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: VANESA FLORES-HORNER Dated: September 1, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001184 Published: September 28, October 5,12,19, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as WILLIAMS ELECTRIC at 609 Entler Ave #4 Chico, CA 95928. MATT THOMAS WILLIAMS 14706 Bridgeport Cir. Magalia, CA 95954. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MATT WILLIAMS Dated: September 15, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001251 Published: September 28, October 5,12,19, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as FIERCE SPORTS at 6189 Skyway Paradise, CA 95969. ALAN RAY FLEMING 6189 Skyway Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by A Corporation. Signed: ALAN FLEMING, VICE PRESIDENT Dated: August 29, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001167 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as EMAC FARMS at 8700 Taylor Avenue Durham, CA 95938. EDWARD CHARLES MCLAUGHLIN 2555 Durham Dayton Hwy Durham, CA 95938. This busines is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ED MCLAUGHLIN Dated: September 27, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001301 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ST. VINCENT ORCHARDS at 8700 Taylor Ave. Durham, CA 95938. EDWARD CHARLES MCLAUGHLIN 2555 Durham Dayton Hwy Durham, CA 95938. MICHAEL RANDALL MCLAUGHLIN 8616 Durnel Ave Durham, CA 95938. SAMUEL BARTON RICHARDSON 3880 Ord Ferry Road Chico, CA 95928. REX FALLON SMITH 1192 Hillview Way Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by A General Partnership. Signed: ED MCLAUGHLIN Dated: September 27, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001302 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ST. JAMES ORCHARDS at 8700 Taylor Ave. Durham, CA 95938. ST. JAMES ORCHARDS LLC 8700 Taylor Ave. Durham, CA 95938. This business is conducted by A Limited Liability Company. Signed: ED MCLAUGHLIN, MANAGING PARTNER Dated: September 27, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001303 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as NPM PROPERTIES, SACRED HEALTH at 315 Wall Street Ste 3 Chico, CA 95973. NEIL NAZARI 4640 Welding Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: NEIL NAZARI Dated: September 19, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001267 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as HEROFIT FAMILY at 701 Kinsey Way Paradise, CA 95969. KRISTEN NICOLE HORST 701 Kinsey Way Paradise, CA 95969. SETH DAVID HORST 701 Kinsey Way Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: KRISTEN HORST Dated: September 21, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001282 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as BELLACRE FLOWER FARM at 3177 Bell Road Chico, CA 95973. DANI LISA SCHERER 3177 Bell Road Chico, CA 95973. MARK ALLEN SCHERER 3177 Bell Road Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: DANI L. SCHERER Dated: September 27, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001296 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as EARTHCALM, INC. at 173 E 4th Ave Chico, CA 95926. EARTHCALM, INC. 173 E 4th Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by A Corporation. Signed: JEANNE GALLICK, PRESIDENT Dated: September 21, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001279 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017



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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as B AND S ENTERPRISES at 20 Robert Lee Place Chico, CA 95926. BARBARA FLETCHER 20 Robert Lee Place Chico, CA 95926. STEVEN F FLETCHER 20 Robert Lee Place Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: BARBARA FLETCHER Dated: September 20, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001277 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as THE AMBER ROSE at 804 Broadway Street Chico, CA 95928. EARL F HALLETT 330 W 18th Street Chico, CA 95928. AARON NOTT 2140 Salem Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by A General Partnership. Signed: EARL HALLETT Dated: October 4, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001329 Published: October 12,19,26, November 2, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as BDC TRANSPORT at 16149 Lovelock Rd Magalia, CA 95954. BRYAN JOSEPH PARADEE 16149 Lovelock Rd Magalia, CA 95954. DANIELLE ALANA PARADEE 16149 Lovelock Rd Magalia, CA 95954. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: BRYAN PARRADEE Dated: September 27, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001297 Published: October 12,19,26, November 2, 2017

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MICHELLE MITSUKO DESIGNS at 5888 Golden Oaks Rd Paradise, CA 95969. MICHELLE WYSOCKI 5888 Golden Oaks Rd Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MICHELLE WYSOCKI Dated: October 6, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001344 Published: October 12,19,26, November 2, 2017

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proposals for the construction of the Nord Track and Sports Field at Nord Country School, Chico, CA. until 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at which time they shall be opened and publicly read. A mandatory Pre-Bid Walk is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Meet in front of Nord Country School, 5444 California Street, Chico, CA. DETERMINATION OF LOW BIDDER: In order to conform with Public Contract Code Section 20103.8, the following procedure will be used to determine the low bidder. 1. Lowest base bid. In accordance with the provisions of Section 1773 of the Labor Code, the Director of Industrial Relations has determined the general prevailing rate of wages applicable to the work to be done. These rates are set forth in a schedule located at the State Department of Industrial Relations, Director of Industrial Relations, (415) 703-5070, Website: www.dir.ca.gov. The Contractor shall post a copy thereof at each job site. Attention is directed to the provisions of Section 1777.5 and 1777.6 of the labor Code of the State of California concerning employment of apprentices by the contractor or any subcontractor under him. The prime contractor is responsible for compliance with the requirements of Section 1777.5 and the prime contractor and any subcontractor under him shall comply with the requirements of Section 1777.6. No contractor or subcontractor may be listed on a bid proposal for a public works project (submitted on or after March 1, 2015) unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant of Labor Code section 1725.5 [with limited exceptions from this requirement for bid purposes only under Labor Code section 1771.1(a)]. Each bid must conform to the requirements of the Drawings and Project Manual and documents comprising the Contract Documents. Insterested parties may obtain copies of the complete bid package by contacting Lisa Speegle at lspeegle@nordk8.org. No bid will be considered unless it is made up on a form provided by the Architect and accompanied by Cashier’s Check or Bidder’s Bond from a surety company registered with the State of California Insurance Commissioner, for 10% of the amount of the bid, made payable to the Owner. The above mentioned checks or bid bond shall be given as a guarantee that the bidder shall execute the Contract, if it be awarded to him, in conformity with the Contract Documents. After the scheduled closing time set for receipt of bids, bids may not then be withdrawn for a period of time as stated on 00 41 04 - BID FORM days from and after said closing time, except as otherwise provided for in the California Public Contract Code. Within five days after notification of the award of the Contract, the successful bidder/or bidders will be required to furnish a labor and Material Bond in an amount equal to 50 percent (50%) of the Contract price and a Faithful Performance Bond in an amount eequal to one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract price. Said bonds shall be secured from a Surety Company satisfactory to the Owner, and authorized to do business in the State of

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California. Pursuant to California Public Contract Code Section 22300 of the State of California, the contract will contain provisions permitting the successful bidder to substitute securities for any moneys withheld by the Owner to ensure performance under the contract. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids and/or waive any irregularities or informalities in the bidding. Published: October 5,12, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JAI LOR & PA VANG filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: TOUKO LOR Proposed name: TOUKO RYAN LEE 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: October 20, 2017 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: STEPHEN E. BENSON Dated: August 24, 2017 Case Number: 17CV02112 Published: September 21,28, October 5,12, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SARA DANIELLE GERHART filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: SARA DANIELLE GERHART Proposed name: SARA DANIELLE SANTINI 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: October 20, 2017 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: STEPHEN E. BENSON Dated: August 25, 2017 Case Number: 17CV01583 Published: September 21,28, October 5,12, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KELLY LYNN BECKMAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: KELLY LYNN BECKMAN Proposed name: KELLY LYNN PENTZER 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: November 3, 2017 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: September 14, 2017 Case Number: 17CV02377 Published: September 28, October 5,12,19, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KAREN HANSEN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: ALICE MICHELLE ADAMS Proposed name: ALICE MICHELLE HANSEN ADAMS 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: November 17, 2017 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: September 15, 2017 Case Number: 17CV01993 Published: September 28, October 5,12,19, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CHRISTOPHER MULLIKIN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: CHRISTOPHER LEE MULLIKIN Proposed name: CHRISTOPHER LEE MILLER THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to

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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: November 17, 2017 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: STEPHEN E. BENSON Dated: September 21, 2017 Case Number: 17CV02465 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JACK ANTHONY GLIEDT filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: JACK ANTHONY GLIEDT Proposed name: JACK ANTHONY DEGRANO 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: November 3, 2017 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: September 14, 2017 Case Number: 17CV02253 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KAREN GUTERRES filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: KAREN ANNE GUTERRES Proposed name: KELANA ANDERSON 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: November 17, 2017 Time: 9:00am

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Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: STEPHEN E. BENSON Dated: September 25, 2017 Case Number: 17CV02751 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner YESENIA GALLEGOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: OZIEL ATENOGENES ZEPEDA-PLACENCIA Proposed name: OZIEL ATENOGENES GALLEGOS 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: November 17, 2017 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: September 13, 2017 Case Number: 17CV02607 Published: October 12,19,26, November 2, 2017

1775 Concord 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, 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. Attorney for Petitioner: MARGARET M. MCNULTY Law Office of Margaret McNulty 1550 Humboldt Road, Suite 4 Chico, CA 95928 (530) 809-0675 Case Number: 17PR00353 Dated: September 29, 2017 Published: October 5,12,19, 2017

PETITION NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE VIRGINIA AILEEN CAVALLO AKA VIRGINIA A. CAVALLO To all heirs and beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: VIRGINIA AILEEN CAVALLO AKA VIRGINIA A. CAVALLO A Petition for Probate has been filed by: COLLEEN K. CAVALLO in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate requests that: COLLEEN K. CAVALLO be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative 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 conseted 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 authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: October 31, 2017 Time: 9:00 a.m. Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte

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The following person is doing business as PEPE’S LANDSCAPING at 1040 Windsor Way Chico, CA 95926. JOSE F MONDRAGON 1040 Windsor Way Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JOSE F MONDRAGON Dated: September 25, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001289 Published: October 5,12,19,26, 2017



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3374 Canyon Oaks Ter 4298 Tuliyani Dr 2 Marlin Ct 17 Arminta Ct 107 Gooselake Cir 560 Cimarron Dr 4318 Kathy Ln 693 E 9th St 38 Titleist Way 1700 Oak Way 2227 Ceanothus Ave

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$750,000 $600,000 $580,500 $489,000 $430,000 $372,000 $372,000 $350,000 $338,000 $325,000 $320,000

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SQ. FT. 3483 2467 2681 1910 2033 1735 1457 1830 1506 1520 1780

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1584 Rue Francais 1761 Hooker Oak Ave 2507 Tuolumne Dr 3052 Monticello Ln 1648 Diamond Ave 22 Jasper Dr 2510 Ceres Ave 95 Key West Loop 1657 East Ave 42 Oak Dr 1088 Sarah Ave

Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico

$311,000 $310,000 $299,000 $294,500 $292,500 $265,000 $255,000 $250,000 $250,000 $229,500 $220,000

3/2 3/1 3/2 3/2 3/2 3/2 3/2 3/2 3/2 3/1 2/1

SQ. FT. 1358 1440 1597 1418 1104 1370 1152 1126 1126 1222 1062

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Landis 99-5922

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Anita Miller (530) 899-5923

Annie Foster (530) 345-6618

Barbara Boeger (530) 228-7838

Bob Adolf (530) 894-4596

Bob Sereda (530) 899-7400

Brad Smith (530) 894-4533

Braden Danyus (530) 518-8608

Brandon Siewert (530) 894-4581

Camdena Conner (530) 894-4511

Emmett Jacobi (530) 899-5996

Frank Condon (530) 899-5945

Garrett French (530) 571-7790

Gee Singh (530) 899-5957

Heather DeLuca (530) 899-5949

Jami Lopez (530) 571-7716

Jeff Condon (530) 894-4582

Jennifer Parks (530) 864-0336

Jennifer Stelle (530) 894-4503

Kimberley Tonge (530) 899-5964

Kristin Wilson Ford (530) 899-5934

Laura Willman (530) 899-5963

Mark Reaman (530) 899-5962

Martin Sudicky (530) 899-5960

Maya Noble (530) 717-3302

Melissa Brown (530) 894-4510

Michael Clifford (530) 571-7715

Nate Smith (530) 899-5912

Steve Kasprzyk (530) 899-5932

Tanner Van Housen (530) 899-595

STUNNING MID CENTURY MODERN VILLA IN NORTH CHICO 2815 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, .69 of an acre, in ground Bob Hill pool. Home features 3 separate indoor living spaces, 3 separate exterior lounging spaces and has newer Solar. TRULY A ONE OF A KIND HOME FOR THE CHICO AREA, $765,000 KIMBERLEY TONGE | (530) 518-5508

Teresa Larson (530) 899-5925

Teri Garcia (530) 456-0205

Newer home close to park. 3 bed, 2.5 bath $347,000 3/3 blocks to park/ downtown $269,900

Alice Zeissler | 530.518.1872

Tosha Callaway (530) 456-0206

Tovah Vandecar (530) 899-5951

Traci Cooper (530) 899-5937

Veronica Heras (530) 899-5920

WONDERFUL 4 BED/3 BTH, 1,833 sq ft home that offers “great room” design with open wood beam ceiling, redwood walls in living and hall, tile flooring throughout, white painted kitchen cabinets, fresh exterior paint. Low care backyard..$353,000 BUILDING LOT WITH CITY SERVICES IN TOWN. .21 of an acre lot............................................................................ $99,000 BIDWELL PARK IS YOUR NEIGHBOR, in-ground pool and beautifully updated 3bed/2 bth, 1,900 sq ft ..........$369,000 STUNNING ONE OF A KIND. 2 homes on .77 of an acre in town. 3 bed/ 2 bth 3,000 sq ft PLUS 3 bed 2 bth, Teresa Larson 1,100 sq ft, lovely homes with lush landscaping and a spa/sauna detached building! REDUCED ......$599,000 (530)514-5925 SPRINGFIELD MANOR SENIOR MANUFACTURED HOME. Beautiful 2 bed 2 bath, 1512 sq ft www.ChicoListings.com with many upgrades, plus lovely fenced back yard, covered patio and garage. ..................................... $127,500 chiconativ@aol.com CAL PARK, updated ING 2 bed/1 bth, 904 sq ft condo. 1-car garage ........................................$189,900 NDbeautiful PEand

the following houses were sold in butte county by real estate agents or private parties during the week of September 25, 2017 – September 29, 2017. the housing prices are based on the stated documentary transfer tax of the parcel and may not necessarily reflect the actual sale price of the home. ADDRESS







1016 Dayton Rd





4528 Sierra Del Sol





555 Vallombrosa Ave #39





4839 Skyway





1361 Nord Ave








124 Canyon Highlands Dr





1590 Young Ave





1375 Peaceful Oaks Ln





2150 Wilcox Ave





2337 Stearns Rd





28 Rockridge Rd





1873 Norwood Dr





2496 Oro Quincy Hwy





746 Madrone Way





5373 Crest Ridge Dr





374 Circlewood Dr





340 Ward Blvd





6381 Forest Ln





2750 Oro Garden Ranch Rd





1331 Brill Rd





225 Lodgeview Dr





5521 Floral Ln





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