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Volume 20 - Issue 7 April 2012 Features: 6 Be the Change:

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Secrets of Successful Commitments – Part II

Joan Schreiner, Chico By Kimberly Shaw

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Eight Benefits of Doula Support During Labor

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Becoming A Screen Savvy By Joy Hosey Family – Knowing When To Disengage From Television 20 Drink Up! Water Is Vital For And Electronic Devices Healthy Pregnancy

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This issue of North State Parent is primarily devoted to parenting infants & young children. Although this stage of development has long passed with my owns sons, I admit that nearly every time I meet someone at the grocery market with a baby, or walk past a rack of infant clothing, my heart melts with sentiment. It’s not to say that raising a little one is easy, or that there aren’t days you long for a moment alone just to take a bath or catch a nap. Apart from all an infant needs, there is great opportunity for personal and intimate growth on your part as the parent. As they say, it’s a process – and I’m still refining! For one, you learn to love unconditionally. Fortunately for the mom there are built- in hormones which help facilitate this bonding. For two, you’re frequently given the chance to look at things from the perspective of someone who is physically much smaller than you in stature. I have found this aspect creates a

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sensitivity to walking in their shoes mentality. For three, you learn to be innovative and to think quickly on your feet! I once “doctored” my own vehicle while stranded in a park on a hot summer day, by wrapping our last clean cloth diaper around a busted radiator hose while four upset children (and one baby) stood by. So on the days that are a little rough because your wee-one is teething or has not received enough rest, know those floopy (my term for flipped out and grumpy) moments do pass, and that even those are part of the miracle and privilege of raising a child.

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By Kimberly Shaw

be the change Joan Schreiner, Chico

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hen Joan Schreiner, of Chico, registered for college, her goal was to become a pediatric nurse. The many hours of babysitting experience she'd incurred at a young age helped her realize that working with children had to be part of her future. One summer, in-between semesters, Schreiner found a job working at a preschool. “It was so much fun,” she recalls. It was there that she re-discovered the joy of working with young children one-on-one. She shifted her major from medicine to early childhood education. The benefits are many, Schreiner says, now having 25 years of experience behind her: “Children keep you young and they can say the funniest things … I like that everyday is new and different.” Schreiner worked for the Chico Community Children’s Center and Butte County Head Start before starting her current business. She and Co-owner Susan Roath opened Bidwell Academy for Young Children (ages 2-6) in Chico six years ago (www.bidwellacademy.com). The Academy building is 4500 square feet, and offers children a wide variety of opportunities for exploration, discoveries, choices and challenges. When Schreiner proposed the idea of becoming business partners, Roath was managing a large family childcare in her home. But the decision to change directions wasn’t a difficult one. “I only would have done this business with Joanie,” says Roath. “She is a leader and is very organized.”

Susan Roath, Jesse Haidaris (mentee) and Joan Schreiner

And even more importantly, Roath adds, “Joanie makes each child feel special and she is dedicated to educating families and giving them support.” This dedication to education is evident through Schreiner’s participation as event coordinator of the annual Children’s Faire in Chico. She has been involved for over twenty years! The Faire began under the guidance of the Golden Rivers Association for the Education of Young Children. Schreiner served as the special events coordinator for the board at the time. When the board dissolved, the Faire was destined to expire as well. The event was picked-up by Head Start, where Schreiner was then working; Head Start sponsored the Faire for a few more years. However, when Schreiner left to begin her own business, the event was not scheduled to continue. “I still wanted to hold the Faire,” she says. So, she wrote a grant and received the funding needed. The Faire has continued to receive sponsorship from the First 5 Butte County Children and Families Commission ever since, thanks to Schreiner’s perseverance. Local family-related businesses, agencies, child care centers and family child care providers have participated in the Faire for over thirty years. “The Children’s Faire is held to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to support early childhood programs and services that meet those needs,” Schreiner writes in a letter to over forty participating organizations and businesses. It’s free to the community, and families with children ages newborn to 8 years old are encouraged to attend. Parents and caretakers leave with new information, and children experience a range of fun hands-on activities.

Our Be the Change column mission is to feature those, especially from the North State, who are actively making a difference in the lives of children and families. If you would like to nominate someone who is making a difference, please write to lisa@northstateparent.com

This year’s Faire is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the City Plaza in downtown Chico; for more information contact chicochildfaire@aol.com. Sue McGuire, director of Chico Community Children’s Center, has known Schreiner since 1987 and has participated in the Faire for many years. “Joanie is such a kid person and is hardworking,” says McGuire. “The Faire is fun and it allows parents to get ideas for their kids.” Schreiner’s impact on the community also extends to college students pursuing work in the field of early education. Olivia Ogden currently works as an assistant teacher at Bidwell Academy, but first met Schreiner through the California Early Childhood Mentor Program at Butte College. As a mentee, Ogden valued her time at Bidwell Academy: “It gave me an opportunity to be in an environment where I could interact with the kids and observe,” says Ogden. “Joanie is so natural with the children. She really understands and ‘gets’ them.” Schreiner feels the opportunity to be a role model and to allow early education students to interact in a learning environment is essential. “Students don’t always know what to expect,” she says. Through support and the freedom to make mistakes, college students learn the real value and importance of early education. “It takes a lot of patience and understanding of young children,” says Schreiner. “But I think this is important work because preschool lays the foundation for the rest of a child’s schooling.” Ó Kimberly Shaw has fond memories of naptime stickers and double portions of macaroni and cheese from the preschool she attended.


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Becoming a

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s our four children were growing up, instead of watching television, we popped popcorn, hung a sheet across the hallway as a backdrop, and put on plays. Sometimes we watched Friday night videos, but no TV. I worried: were my children missing out? According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) most kids ages 8 to 18 years spend nearly four hours a day in front of a

TV screen and almost two more hours on the computer (not related to schoolwork) and playing video games! Debbie Piece, founder of Mother Nurture in Chico, reminds us that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV. This is because the first two years of life are critical for brain development. Even after age two, television

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Becoming A Screen-Savvy Family child’s life. AAP research shows that TV-watching can interfere with the development of thinking skills, intelShared by Blue Oak School parents ligence and imagination. • Treat TV as a privilege to be earned, not as a right. Children interpret things lit• Plan for and monitor the number of TV-watching hours. erally. Many younger children • Establish and enforce family TV viewing rules, such as cannot discriminate between allowing TV only after chores and homework are completed. what they see and what is real. • Check TV listings and program reviews ahead of time. • Set a good example with your TV choices. Charlotte Rainwater, director • Watch TV together. Talk to your kids about what they of Chico Montessori Children's see on TV. House, says, "Children learn by • Be prepared with fun alternatives to television. Provide their senses. Anything – from plenty of non-screen entertainment (books, kids' magazines, toys, puzzles, board games, etc.) to encourage kids to do 'cookie cutter’ toys inspired something other than watch TV. by TV cartoons, to the shows • Keep TV and internet connections out of bedrooms. themselves – can dampen • Turn the TV off during meals. their imaginations. I've seen • Do not allow kids to watch TV while doing homework. children so mesmerized by • Talk to other parents, your doctor, and teachers for additional suggestions. the fantasy of a video that they walked around singing songs from the virtual world to themselves, oblivious to the real children around them. Children need to be interacting with people and nature, and developing lifelong skills like cooking. They need to experience the magic of real life too."

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Dr. Joni Samples, longtime educator and current chief academic officer of Family Friendly Schools based in Chico, says, "Parents who tune into their TV might well be tuning out their children. There are other options. My children loved to play board games, cards and dominos. Sometimes a child would win the game, but their dad and I really won by talking, sharing and listening. Playing games together is one way parents can tune back into their kids." Of course, TV offers some benefits. Educational shows teach preschoolers the alphabet. Through media, kids can explore places, animals, or things they would not see otherwise, and parents keep up with current events. No doubt about it – TV can be an excellent educator and entertainer. However, multiple research studies conducted by KFF show that television viewing can be detrimental too. Children who consistently spend more than four hours per day watching TV are more likely to be overweight. Kids who view violent acts are more likely to show aggressive behavior, and also view

the world as scary and fear that something bad will happen to them. TV characters often depict risky behaviors, such as smoking and drinking, and can reinforce gender-role and racial stereotypes. According to the AAP, kids in the U.S. see 40,000 commercials each year. The market for children’s products and foods is enormous, and ads are designed to make the products sound appealing … often better than they actually are. American Psychological Association research shows that children under age eight are unable to critically comprehend televised advertising messages and are prone to accept them as being truthful and unbiased. It's not just TV shows that impact children; there are other "screens,” such as cell phones, iPads, computers, video games, etc. Sylvia Boone, retired elementary teacher in Redding, recommends reading chapter nine “TV, Audio, and Technology: Hurting or Helping Literacy?” of Jim Trelease's highly recommended book, The Read-Aloud Handbook. Trelease calls TV the "plug in" drug, describing how 9

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Becoming A Screen Savvy Family the addictive nature of TV has been demonstrated in a variety of research studies. The good news is that screen savvy families have some options for making healthier "screen" viewing choices. However, families have differing ideas about which options are the best. Supporters of public television propose more educational programming to offer more choices. Some parents prefer to control the use of TV so it’s used for occasional entertainment, not for constant escapism. Others assert that zero TV is best. Very few parents actually get rid of the family TV. But parents CAN talk with their kids about show content and products advertised by asking thought-provoking questions like, "What do you like about that?" and "Do you think it's really as good as it looks in that ad?" Parents can limit their kids' exposure to TV commercials by watching public television stations, watching videos or DVDs, and by prerecording programs (minus commercials). Parents can monitor TV viewing by using TV rating guides to choose shows appropriate for their children. “V-chip”

technology (“V” for violence) is required to be built into most TVs manufactured from January 2000 on, as well as digital-to-analog converter boxes for older TVs. V-chips recognize the TV Parental Guidelines and its age-rating system (see www.tvguidelines.org), and can be programmed to block the display of programs that carry specified ratings (see http://www.fcc.gov/guides/ v-chip-putting-restrictionswhat-your-children-watch). Some schools are supporting less "screen time" and more engaged family and playtime. Blue Oak School in Chico, for example, offers recommendations on its website for creating a home environment that promotes success at school by encouraging children to play imaginatively, and avoid reliance on television to passively teach or entertain. Laurie Kopping, Blue Oak’s assistant director, says, "Visual

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images on television and in films can interfere with a child’s imaginative capacities, and also may contribute to disruptive behavior. Limiting and eliminating television, on the other hand, has no adverse affects. And the bigger question might be: if your child is in front of a screen, what are they not doing?" Ó

Author Dr. Christine Rowe, development consultant for educational and service projects, believes it is the daily renewable wonder, joy, imagination and playfulness of the inner child within each of us that keeps us all "forever young."

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want my son to love books – so I began reading to him when he was tiny. Despair descended when, at six months old, he was more interested in eating books than reading them. But I wiped off the drool and kept reading. My son loves books now. But my concern for boys’ language development persists. The National Center for Educational Statistics reports boys start school slightly behind girls, and as they continue boys don’t close the gap – it widens. Boys’ reading and writing skills lag behind girls’ even into college.

Building Boys’ Literacy

While some differences are biologically built in, the way parents talk to boys matters too, according to Diane McGuinness, PhD, author of Growing a Reader from Birth: Your Chil`d’s Path from Language to Literacy. Parents tend to use different styles of speaking with sons than daughters. Studies show parents have longer, more elaborative conversations with girls. They ask more questions and engage girls in more verbal interaction. With boys, parents tend to use a repetitive style, asking simple questions again and again until the right an-

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Great Read-Aloud Books for Boys Age 2-5 If you’re not excited by the thought of naming construction equipment again tonight, take heart. These clever read-aloud books are parent-recommended and little-boy approved (find them at your bookstore or library): Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root

In this tumultuous story of a family trip to the lake, the rattletrap car falls apart, piece by piece. The characters ingeniously mend the car with toys and tasty treats. Bonus: great sound effects for parental performance.

Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate’s ABC by June Sobel

“R” says the Captain to his crew: Find me more letters! Young readers delight in pointing out letters in curious places and shouting “R” with the mates on this pirate ship. Blow me down – this ABC can’t be beat.

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Follow duck on his first bike ride past each animal on the farm. Though they scoff at first, the curious animals can’t pass up of the chance to ride bikes, too. This is a beautiful, noisy barnyard on wheels.

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

Jack builds a space-age car, chock-full of special features like a pool and snack bar. This book has a wonderful cadence and dynamite pictures. Though it’s wordier than the others, you’ll find it easy to shorten the text for young readers.

My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis

A dump truck of dog bones gets stuck in a pothole in this whimsically illustrated counting book. Doggy drivers hitch up their vehicles to the dump truck in an effort to get it unstuck. This is a revving, rhyming adventure.

What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry

Animal characters of all kinds show in detail how people in every profession work together in everyday life. With sweet illustrations that don’t dumb things down, your child will grow fond of these animals in no time.

I Stink by Kate and Jim McMullan

A night in the life of a garbage truck is just yucky enough to enthrall little boys. Its trashy ABC feast includes dirty diapers, eggshells and fish heads, to name a few. It’s engrossing, really.

The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit by Werner Holzwarth

Kids giggle as mole comes out of his hole one morning and PLOP! – he gets pooped on. Who knew bathroom humor could be educational? With entertaining but not-too-graphic illustrations, it’s hilarious reading for all ages.

Rev Up Your Reading To foster your child’s love of language, make reading a habit. Share stories at nap time and before bed, and talk about books you are reading. Here are five other ways to engage your little linguist. 1. Pretend you’re an actor giving a performance and really play out the language or sounds, says Diane Schoenburg, PhD, a developmental psychologist and mom of two boys in Fresno, CA. Kids love the cadence and rhythm of storytelling. 2. Keep toys nearby that match characters in the stories you’ll read. “Boys tend to be oriented toward the world of objects,” notes McGuinness. Let your son hold an object like one in the book to occupy fidgeting hands and help him connect written words, pictures and objects. 3. Let kids see you read – toddlers love to imitate grown-ups, advises Rich. Give your child a picture book and let him read next to you. 4. If your son asks you to repeat the story again and again, take advantage of it. Though the characters are familiar, kids continue to be surprised by what happens next, says McGuinness, even if you aren’t. Repetition is stimulating because young kids can’t remember stories well. 5. Take reading on the road. Make books available for reading in the car seat or grocery cart. Let your son tell his own story from the pictures. If reading isn’t your son’s favorite activity, don’t force the issue – story time should be fun for your child. Just try again tomorrow. Someday soon, he’ll be reading to you. Author Heidi Smith Luedtke, PhD, is a personality psychologist and mom who would rather read the same children’s book repeatedly than suffer through an episode of her son’s favorite cartoon.

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By Megan Owens

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n a recent Monday at the Redding Library, a group of parents sit together with their babies on their laps and bounce them to “The Wheels on the Bus.” “Up and down” go the babies in the laps, “up and down.” When the song ends, Diane Gustafson, the library’s head of youth services, turns to a flannel-covered board which she fills with figures to illustrate the stories. One of the babies wanders over and grabs a horse figure, and “helps” by placing it on the board, then pulls it off again. Gustafson is ok with that, and so are the parents. They all realize that babies & toddlers are naturally curious and love to explore. They also know that giving little ones scope to do just that helps them learn. “By mimicking my actions, the children learn the connections between the figures and the spoken word,” states Gustafson,

“These connections translate to an expan- include repetitive movements such as clapsion of pre-literacy language skills.” ping, tapping or pointing. Songs and stories Infant storytimes offer parents a model often rhyme because babies love the repetifor interacting with their babies through tion of sounds, which builds familiarity. songs, movement, stories and books. By the Butte and Shasta Counties offer stoend of their first year, rytimes for infants 18 babies will have heard months and younger. "Stories with words the complement of In Tehama and Siskiyou that rhyme are always sounds they will use to Counties, many babies appropriate for young build their entire native attend toddler storychildren; they like language. The pre-lantimes. The Redding Liguage skills needed to brary offers a Wee Read repetition and anything help children achieve game for children aged that is familiar is really in school and in life are six months to six years, fun for them," says Karen cultivated by singing, where participants rerhyming and reading O'Quinn, Branch Assistant ceive a game board and at Dunsmuir Library. to your child regularly. get a stamp for each Music is a vital storytime and each element of infant storytimes because it ac- book read at home – after 10 storytimes and cesses a different area of the brain than spo- 10 books, the child gets a book to take home. ken words. Storytime songs are simple, and Programs are educational for parents

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and babies alike. Both Gustafson and Butte Librarian Brenda Cross report that parents tell them storytime activities influence how they interact with their children at home. Infant storytimes are one way that libraries expose youngsters to important pre-literacy skills. With music, rhyming, repetition and interaction, these are special times that parents share with their children each week. Other available library resources for parents of young children include dvds, music cds, parenting collections and books … books … books to enjoy both at the library and at home. Ó Megan Owens is the Outreach Coordinator at the Redding Library. She enjoys promoting reading, storytelling and creative inquiry.

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Storytime is for Babies, Too. Infant Storytimes in Upper CA Counties Fun free parent-infant activities that promote bonding, literacy & infant development. BUTTE Chico Library: Babies Love Books. Wednesdays, 9:30am & 10:30am. Ages 0-18 months enjoy stories, songs & bounces. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530) 891-2726. Oroville Library: Babies Love Books Storytime. Thursdays, 11am. Ages 0-18months enjoy rhymes, songs & books.1820 Mitchell Ave. (530) 538-7641. Paradise Library: Infant & Toddler Storytime. 1st, 3rd & 4th Thursdays, 10am. Ages 0-3 years enjoy songs, stories & music. 10am. 5922 Clark Rd. (530) 872-6320. Paradise Library: Playtime-Storytime. 2nd Thursdays,10am. Ages 0-3 enjoy toys, books & activities. 5922 Clark Rd. (530) 872-6320.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Dunsmuir Library: Storytime. Dunsmuir. Wednesdays, 3:30pm. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. (530) 235-2035. Mt. Shasta Library: Songs & Stories For Young People. Mt. Shasta. Wednesdays, 10:30am. Ages infants to 5 years enjoy stories & sing along to live music. Puppet show on last Weds. 515 East Alma St. (530) 926-203.

SHASTA COUNTY Redding Library: Baby Bookworms. Ongoing Mondays, 10:30am. Ages 6 months-21/2years enjoy stories, fingerplays & playtime. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530) 245-7253.

TEHAMA COUNTY Corning Library Pre-school Storytime. Mondays, 10am. Stories, special guests, marching with instruments & crafts. 740 Third St. (530) 824-7040. Red Bluff Library: Pre-school Storytime. Wednesdays, 9:30am. Stories, marching with instruments, crafts & special guests. 645 Madison St. (530) 527-0604.

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By Kim Seidel

Playing With

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ven with all of the amazing toys she had as a toddler, my oldest daughter most remembers the huge cardboard box. Today she’s a teen, and she still brings up how she crawled through that long, wide box our television stand was delivered in. As I coaxed her along, she loved to get on all fours to pretend she was a puppy running through the makeshift tunnel to me, her “owner.” It takes fewer toys than you might imagine to entertain your crawling baby girl or boy. By the time your baby reaches age one, he'll be ready to explore the world. Simple games, obstacle courses and rhyming songs can entertain your baby for many hours and help him to learn while strengthening his body and mind.

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Encouraging development in your baby

Babies grow quickly - it may seem like one day you brought him home, and in no time at all he’s suddenly crawling. Crawling is important to brain development in your baby, says Lonna Corder, a parent educator in San Francisco. “First, your baby is in mommy’s arms and sees the world through a safe and cozy filter,” Corder says. “Then, when your baby sits up and looks out away from mommy, the world is a bigger place. Next, the baby is mobile. Crawling takes the baby away from you and gives him a perspective from the floor level, which helps brain development.” Parents need to gain their baby's trust and confidence as their baby engages in crawling away from the parent.

“Chase games are fantastic, because it's fun to crawl away from mommy and daddy, but it's safe when they catch up,” Corder says. “It is the first game – after peek-a-boo – that teaches the baby that mommy is still there after she disappears.” Another effective but simple developmental game for your crawler is to create an obstacle course with pillows, Corder says. Arrange the pillows to increase the difficulty as the course goes along. “The course will challenge the babies’ physical and mental abilities,” Corder explains. “Babies will learn to use their bodies and take risks that build confidence. It's rewarding for both babies and their parents to have baby conquer a complicated course that can involve going through, under, around and over things like pillows.” 15


Playing With Your Crawler More games for your crawler

“Crawling games teach baby about limits and boundaries, which are important skills for future experiences,” Corder says. Playing hide-and-seek with an object is a good game to enjoy with babies at this stage, says Fran Swift, a parent educator in La Crosse, WI. Hide a stuffed animal or other toy where your baby can easily locate it. To boost baby's confidence and trust, keep reaffirming to your baby that the object will come back. Let the baby take a turn hiding an object for you too. “These games of hide-and-seek and peek-a-boo are more than just a fun way to play,” Swift says. “These actually prepare your child to separate from you more easily and know that you will come back for him.” Sometimes parents inundate their babies with too many toys, blocking their way when babies simply want to crawl around and explore. Swift suggest that parents isolate a particular toy or set up a little scene – perhaps a group of toy cars parked, or a puzzle on a couch or chair. “This will give baby something interesting to crawl to,” S w i f t says. “When baby reaches the toy, it will hold his interest by the very fact that it’s in an unusual place. Put out different toys on varying days to keep baby curious.” When you’re already down on the floor with your baby, it’s a good time to share in finger plays and songs, such as the “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Babies love music and they love to imitate others, Swift says. Soon he’ll be trying to sing along and act out the spider going up and down the water spout. Be creative when doing finger plays. You can rock your baby in your lap on the floor as you “row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream" together. Your baby may surprise you with some extra giggles and smiles as you play and sing. Another idea is to use acrylic toy key chains to capture a crawling baby’s atten-

tion. “You can insert pictures of loved ones in the acrylic frames for babies to look at,” Swift says. “Keep a variety of these key chains in a basket for babies to crawl to.” Put these out only when you can fully supervise play since they are not safe as teething toys.

Keeping your crawler safe

With your baby crawling around, it becomes even more vital for you to make sure your home is baby-proofed. “The safety issue is very important with a crawler,” Swift says. The best way to handle this is to sit on the floor and look around at what your baby can see from his eye level. Look for not only the obvious safety hazards, such as lamp cords, table cloths and electrical outlets, but also look for things that may be attractive to your baby. If he sees a colorful coffee mug, for example, he may reach for it. Safety gates need to be used to block stairs in your home. On the other hand, if you have time to supervise and play with your baby, you can monitor him on the stairs. It’s fun for babies

Kim Seidel has been married to her husband for 18 years, and has two daughters, ages 13 and 9. She specializes in writing about parenting and health, two issues close to her heart.

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to go up and down them. “It’s great exercise for babies, and they love learning to use their bodies,” Swift says. “Remember to lock the safety gate when they’re finished climbing.” Since most families spend a lot of time in their kitchens, give this area extra attention to ensure it’s safe for baby. Keep the floors swept – babies love to put tiny food bits and other objects in their mouths. Make sure your pet’s water and food bowls are out of baby’s grasp. In addition, keep a watchful eye on your pets until you know how they will react to your crawler; never leave your baby unattended with a pet. When Swift’s son was small, she created his own drawer filled with fun objects for him to play with in the kitchen while she prepared meals and did other tasks. He loved to stack measuring cups and other dishes and to bang on pots and pans. A collection of jar lids turned out to be one of his favorite toys. Swift gathered and cleaned different sizes and colors of smooth metal lids for her son and put them in a basket. He loved to look at them, line them up, sort them and clash them together. Later they became pretend cookies or pizza. Two decades later, Swift still gives lid collections as baby gifts to her friends. She organizes them in a nice basket with a special note about how baby may play with them. Her friends may look at her quizzically at first, but when their babies start to crawl, she more often than not receives a thank you card or call. “Just enjoy this age when your child is crawling,” Swift says. “It’s an important age and it’s a fun age. Babies are usually so responsive, watching you, imitating you and learning all the time. You’re everything to your child right now.” Ó

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Eight Benefits of Doula Support During Labor dou·la \ˈdü-lə\

n. a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth. (Merriam-Webster.com; March 2012)

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abor and delivery is a lot like free-fall parachuting. You can take classes to prepare. You may file a detailed plan for the (blessed) event. Still, jumping into the action with only your partner’s support seems scary. Even experienced moms can benefit from a doula’s help. Here’s how:

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Benefit #1: Continuous Care Most moms agree: Labor and delivery nurses are angels in scrubs. Unfortunately, demands on nurses are intense. A doula is an asset even if you’ll receive oneon-one care. In labor and delivery, there are really two patients: you and your baby. Nurses must update charts, consult physi-

cians and monitor the baby. A doula stays focused on you, start-to-finish.

Benefit #2: Shorter (Safer) Labor Studies show doula-attended labors are 25% shorter on average. Who wouldn’t want that? “Long, drawn out labor can be physically and emotionally

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Eight Benefits of Doula Support During Labor Fulcher. Doula-assisted moms are also less likely to receive epidural anesthesia, forceps delivery, or a cesarean.

Benefit #3: Cool Tools A doula’s tool kit often contains scented oils, ice packs, heating pads, and a birth ball. Doulas also know which labor positions relieve pain and increase effectiveness. Her bag of tricks gives you access to a range of coping techniques and leaves room in your own suitcase for organic cotton onesies and post-partum snacks. And if you dislike the music she chooses or find the hot pad uncomfortable, your doula will redirect her approach without taking it personally. Your husband? Not so much. Benefit #4: A Smart Start Even if you took Lamaze or watched seven seasons of A Baby Story, you might forget what you learned when contractions start. Doulas certified by DONA International study the childbirth process, pain management techniques and breastfeeding, and they’re graded during three pre-certification births, says Lori Hill,

CD, LCCE, DONA’s Director of Public Relations. Doulas typically meet with a client well before B-day to get acquainted, answer questions and make plans. This ensures you’re both on the same page.

Benefit #5: Less Stress Doula-supported moms report less distress during labor, and emotional perks pay off physically. When you’re stressed the body releases adrenaline, activating the fight-or-flight response. “In simplest terms, adrenalin suppresses oxytocin, the hormone that makes labor happen,” says Fulcher. So if a mother is anxious, scared or angry, stress hormones may cause labor to stall. “That’s where the doula’s informational and emotional support comes in,” says Fulcher. Doulas are useful even for medicated labor and surgical deliveries. Ó Heidi Smith Luedtke is a psychologist and mom of two who thinks a caring doula’s support during labor is even better than all-you-can-eat ice chips.

For more information about doulas or find a doula near you visit www.findadoula.com and www.dona.org. Fees for private doulas range from $300 to $1,000 depending on experience and location, says Lori Hill, CD, LCCE, Director of Public Relations for DONA International. Before hiring, ask a doula about: • Training and certification • Number of births attended • Favorite soothing strategies • Views on medication during labor

• Personality • Fees and payment schedule, and • Back-up coverage

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successful commitments PART II Last month we explored the first three “secrets” for assessing both conscious and unconscious commitments in relationships, and how commitments affect your ability to make clear agreements. This month’s article highlights ensuring that the commitments you DO make are authentic, and how to keep them alive. Photo: Betsy Erickson, Essence Photography, www.essencephotog.com

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magine your commitments as the guiding force of a large ship at sea that is your life. If you desire to be in Hawaii, but your ship keeps heading for Alaska, then the power of your commitment is decidedly off course! A large ship requires that the captain, the

crew and a strong engine all work together to steer the vessel to the desired shore. The captain may keep saying the destination is Hawaii, but if the crew and engine are set on a different course, then forget about it, you’re going to Alaska! It takes everyone on board agreeing that Hawaii is the destina-

tion before the course is clear. Navigation is still needed, and it may take awhile to get there, but the outcome is assured: arrival in Hawaii amidst an air of joyful determination. Again, the key here is whether you are truly in alignment with what you SAY you want. When your three centers of “head,

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Secrets of Successful Commitments – Part II To avoid dramatic corrections in a relationship’s course, here are four more “commitment secrets” to consider (continued from last month):

Commitment Secret #4: Do not – I repeat do not – make any commitments or agreements that you do not truly want! Again, this means that your three centers of head, heart and gut need to be in alignment. This may seem fundamental, but is actually where couples create the biggest snafus for themselves. A commitment made from a “should” or a “going along to get along” attitude generally ends up as a broken agreement. For instance, if you say you are committed to living within your financial means, but somehow find a way to overspend each month, your results are clearly indicating that there’s something else you value more than living within your budget! When couples learn how to fully express their authentic preferences with each other, they can then make agreements that truly enliven their relationship.

Commitment Secret #5: Recommitting is key to your success. Check in with your commitments regularly and see if you’re still living from them. One of my favorite foundational relationship commitments is “I commit to seeing you as my ally and to being yours.” This powerful commitment comes in handy in those vice-grip emotional moments when my merciless mind gets activated and I begin to view my partner as “the enemy.” If, in those treacherous moments, I choose to recommit to this simple yet profound ally statement, the energy to fight shifts and my heart softens. How different my Beloved appears when my beady eyes and hardened heart open and I realize that I’ve been pecking at my most precious ally!

Commitment Secret #6: Commitments and agreements may change. This is a biggie for most people to fathom, as most of us have been indoctrinated in some form of “’til-death-do-uspart” belief system around commitments. This is why RE-committing is key. It helps keep us stay current with what we want, what we value and why. In staying current, we may find that a situation has changed,

and with it our commitment and agreements around it. For example, perhaps you and your partner have a commitment to monogamy, and then one of you falls ill or is somehow unable or unwilling to be sexual. You may want to change your commitment, and collaborate in creating new agreements that support you both in living a more authentically loving partnership. Or it could be that your money situation radically changes, and your financial agreements need to be updated. Whatever the case, I recommend taking time on a regular basis to update your commitments. Some couples enjoy doing this annually, perhaps on their anniversary or the beginning of the year, which is a wonderful practice. If your relationship feels stagnate, chances are you need to re-evaluate and revitalize your commitments.

Commitment Secret #7: Commitments manifest on varying timetables (which is why recommitment is so important!). This means that some commitments are organic to your nature and occur easily, while others require fortitude. For example, your commitment to parenting or to making money may be obvious, yet manifesting the relationship of your dreams may perpetually elude you. This doesn’t mean there’s something “wrong” with you, or that your efforts are wasted. As far as I can tell, we ALL have at least one area in our life that offers us fertile soil for growth. Fully facing and embracing your greatest challenges can lead to your most satisfying successes. The great inventor Thomas Edison spent years – and hundreds of attempts – recommitting to his dream of electricity until it successfully manifested. It may be the same for you, in some area of your life. Remember, a commitment is not a platitude. It is a reflection of a core value that aligns us with a greater truth of our essence. It feels good to us when we align with this truth, which is why we recommit to it again and again. Ó

Author Joy Hosey is a relationship guide and coach living in Ashland, OR. You can find out more about Joy and her work at JoyHosey.com.

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Drink Up! Water is Vital for Healthy Pregnancy

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Dangers of dehydration

Prevent dehydration during pregnancy by drinking plenty of fluids, especially during hot summer months. Never wait until you are thirsty to drink – feeling thirsty means you’re already dehydrated. “The most serious danger of dehydration in pregnancy is toxemia, which is life-threatening to both mother and child,” says Shoshanna Bennett, a psychologist specializing in pregnancy and postpartum issues, and the author of Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression. Toxemia is high blood pressure during pregnancy; it’s also known as preeclampsia/eclampsia, or pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). “Dehydration also can cause anxiety and depression, which in pregnancy can affect both mother and child,” says Bennett. Drinking enough water in pregnancy will help keep the mother’s physical and mental health stable, as well as help prevent toxemia. “A pregnant women has waste products from both herself and her baby being released into her system; pregnant women have a greater need for detoxification,” says Bennett. “This extra demand on her kidneys produces a greater need for water. Drinking at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day is necessary for normal cholesterol and blood pressure. It also will help prevent arthritis, fear, anxiety, depression, allergies and insomnia.”

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families that grow cooperatively Building a better community … one neighborhood and school at a time

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haring … involvement … community building … these are just some of the concepts that come to mind when describing a cooperative enterprise. Cooperative living arrangements and cooperative schooling are two ways that families come together in the North State to share, get involved and grow in their communities with other like-minded individuals. With a greater involvement from members, there is an added economic benefit, making this an attractive alternative to traditional housing or schooling.

Two Well-Established Cooperative Schools Two well-established co-operative pre-schools in the North State are Redding Cooperative Preschool, founded in 1956 in Shasta County, and Chico Nursery School in Butte County, which was started in 1968. One of the main philosophies of cooperative schooling is that parents are considered the primary educators of their children. “You become your child’s teacher,” states Jula Herzog, director of the Redding preschool. When her children were attending the school, Herzog became so inspired by it that she returned to college

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Photo: Michele Miller, photo manipulation by Titus Willoughby Woods.

Valley Oaks Village community members.

Teacher Jula Herzog shares outside painting time with Redding Co-operative Preschool students.

Chico Nursery School teacher Jessi Wood, and parent helpers April Seegrist and Jenny McHenry, enjoy dance-active play time with young students.

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meetings to discuss curricula and to further educate the parents. At the Redding preschool guest speakers are brought in to talk to the parents about different aspects of child development. Being part of a school co-op does require contributing a significant amount of time and labor. Parents are usually required to work in the classroom one day a week; grandparents or other caregivers can substitute in the classroom for a working parent, or parents can find other parents to trade with them. At Chico Nursery School, a “sibling room” was created for families with younger children so that parents have a place for their younger children during their shift at the school. Director Jessi Wood says, “One of the goals is to try to make Chico Nursery School accessible to working families and to families with younger toddlers and babies.” Parental involvement keeps tuition costs down, which, according to Wood, is about one-third the cost of a traditional preschool. Fundraising and serving on committees are also required commitments. At the Redding preschool, fundraising activities include an annual children’s concert with Shasta High School’s band, and a very popular yard sale held every March. Chico Nursery School hosts an annual rummage sale each April. Both schools are well-established preschools in their respective communities. Wood loves meeting former students who enjoy sharing their fond memories of learning and playing at the school. “Together, we’re better!” exclaims Wood.

Valley Oaks Village – The North State’s Only Housing Co-operative

Sitting on approximately five acres near Bidwell Park in Chico, Valley Oaks Village is a cohousing neighborhood founded in 1996. According to the Cohousing Association of the United States, “Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods." Individual homes are privately owned and maintained, and there are common areas shared and managed by all residents. One of the original developers of Valley Oaks Village was Penny Paulus, who currently serves as the primary contact for the Valley Oaks membership team. Paulus states that the co-operative founding members got lucky finding such a nice location. “Our group had been meeting and planning for six years before we finally found land that would work for us,” says Paulus, “A lot of thought was put into the design of energy efficient, passive-solar homes.” To invite a sense of community, the twenty-eight homes are attached in different configurations around a large oval open space. Each building unit consists of two 23 Valley Oaks Village 1950 Wild Oak Ln., Chico (530) 893-9379 www.chicocohousing.com

Chico Nursery School 1190 East 1st Ave., Chico (530) 891-1723 www.chiconurseryschool.org

Redding Cooperative Preschool 658 Mary St., Redding (530) 241-4355 www.reddingcooppreschool.org


or three homes joined together. The village’s central “Common House,” lawn and pool are all linked by pathways and a dry creek bed, which meander through a park-like setting of oaks and sycamores. There are also communal gardens and an orchard with a wide variety of fruit trees. The proximity of Bidwell Park and its bike paths allows many residents to bicycle to and from work and school. Paulus, husband Jay Goldberg and son Tashi are one of seven families who are founding members of Valley Oaks. Their building was the first completed, in April 1996. Paulus notes that after they moved in it was fun watching the other buildings go up. Paulus’s son was only five years old, and “there was great excitement as each new family moved in.” Valley Oaks is a neighborhood with people of diverse ages and backgrounds, and children are viewed as a vibrant component; “growing” families into the co-operative community continues to be a priority (Contact Valley Oaks about current units for sale.) “Kids are a big part of life in our community,” says Pau-

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lus. Currently there are 60 adults and 19 children living at Valley Oaks Village. Special events and holiday celebrations are planned throughout the year, such as an Easter brunch and egg hunt, a community Thanksgiving gathering, a “school’s out” barbecue, and family trips to Yosemite and Mt. Shasta. Children have many places to socialize, including a recreation room, rumpus room, swimming pool and even a band room for a newly formed teenage band. The children enjoy heading to “The Grass” to play around the outdoor play structures, as well as “chalking up” the paths along the dry creek bed. Valley Oaks Village is governed by a homeowners’ association, and decisions are made by consensus, with no designated leader. Residents contribute eight hours of labor each month to support the many aspects of the community and to reduce their homeowners’ fee. Tasks vary, and include cooking meals, landscape maintenance, cleaning the Common House, and organizing community activities. The preparation of evening meals at the Common House about twice a week for community members is a benefit for those

members who want to eat together, especially for those who are working parents, as it frees them from planning and preparing meals. Members pay money in advance into a meal fund and then are charged $3.50/per meal. Paulus recalls, “As a working mom it was always a welcome relief to come home from work and have time to spend with my son, and not have to worry about preparing dinner.” Cooperation means working or acting together toward a common end or purpose. These cooperative arrangements, with their shared goals, benefits and responsibilities, have fostered unique communities that certainly benefit families and children. As Herzog emphatically states, “I love my co-op!” Ó

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Chico Montessori Children's House in Chico. Visit our open house on April 28th from 9:30am until 11:30am.

CHILDCARE & PRESCHOOL DIRECTORY CHICO

COTTONWOOD

814 Glenn St. • (530) 342-5518 S Ages: 3-5 yrs • Times: M-F 8:30am-4pm Montessori trained teachers for the development of the whole child. Emphasis on inner motivation, using the child's natural curiosity and delight in discovery. Sessions offered a.m and p.m. Lic# 045401420

3270 Brush St. • (530) 347-9686 SM Ages: 2-5 yrs • Times: 7:15am-5:45pm We provide a warm & caring environment away from home. Each child is encouraged to express creativity through art, language, music & developmentally appropriate activities. Saxon curriculum. Credentialed teachers with years of experience. Lic# 455404373

Chico Montessori Children's House

KidsPark

2483 Notre Dame Blvd. # 110 • (530) 894-6800 DSM Ages: 2-12 yrs • Times: M-Th, 8am-10pm, Fri 8am-Midn, Sat 10am-Midn, Sun 1pm-6pm Drop-in childcare center with everything kids love! Large, colorful indoor space with tons of room for play. Games, crafts & group activities in a nurturing environment. Affordable hourly rates. No reservation necessary. Lic# 045404701 / 045404702

Laura's Preschool

475 East 5th Ave. • (530) 343-1516 www.lauraspreschoolchico.com DSM Ages: 2-6 yrs • Times: M-F 6:45am-6pm Laura's Preschool is a Christian Preschool where the goal is to have every child reach their full potential! We offer the following Enrichment Programs: Gymnastics, Yoga, Spanish & Music. We also offer swim lessons in our on-site pool. Call today for a tour of our school! Lic# 045405262

Little Sprouts Preschool

15 Overland Ct. • (530) 345-0123 DSM Ages: 2-5 yrs • Times: M-F 7am-6pm ECO Green certified, offering gardening, nature walks, outdoor exploration, kindergarten readiness program, Zoo-phonics®, introduction to Spanish, French, sign language and fun! Lic# 045405784

Parkside Preschool & Daycare

1885 E. 8th St. • (530) 893-5139 www.parksidedaycare.com DSM Ages: Infant-12 yrs • Times: M-F 6am6pm Are you looking for loving and enriching childcare? Look no further! At Parkside we offer a “Junior Kindergarten” with credentialed teacher, yoga, gymnastics, gardening, park walks, Spanish, cooking, Zoo-phonics®, sign language for babies, and FUN! Come discover with us! Lic# 045405614

CORNING

Look-at-Me Preschool & Child Care

Corning • (530) 824-4768 DSM Ages: 0-12 yrs. • Times: M-F, 24 hrs We are a caring community for lifelong learners. As a center of quality and excellence, we focus on Early Reading First programs and offer Dept. of Ed. approved curriculum and a literacy enriched Pre-K Program. Our staff utilizes researchbased practices for all ages. Each day is planned, playful and has a purpose. Lic.#: 525405429

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Brush Street Schoolhouse

MCARTHUR

Shasta Head Start McArthur Preschool Center

44219 A St. • (530) 336-5388 / (530) 336-5380 www.shastaheadstart.org M Ages: 3-4 yrs • Times: M-F 8am-12pm We offer children a strong start in life in an environment that fosters respect and a sense of trust. With parents as partners, we provide high quality programming using research-based curriculum in appealing, age-appropriate environments. Children develop the confidence they need for school success with the support of our skilled teachers and our holistic approach to children's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Lic# 455401847

ORLAND

Little Friends of Capay Preschool and ChildCare

25490 Moller Ave. • (530) 514-0720 www.littlefriendsofcapay.com DS Ages: 1.5-5 yrs • Times: M-F, 7am-6pm Where children are encouraged to laugh and learn! We are a small childcare facility that offers a curriculum-based program with biblical emphasis, in a safe, family-friendly environment. Lic# 525405800

REDDING

ABC Childcare & Preschool

834 Lake Blvd. • (530) 246-3880 SM Ages: 0-9 yrs • Times: Mon-Sat 24hrs. ABC is more than a safe place for your child to play – it's an environment in which your child can grow. Located 1 mile west of Raley's Shopping Center on Lake Blvd. Lic# 455402468

Bethel Christian Preschool

933 College View Dr. • (530) 246-6010 SM Ages: 3-4 yrs • Times: M-F 7:30am-5:45pm Providing our children with a uniquely spiritual philosophy allowing each child to develop his/ her full potential. Strong academic curriculum focusing on the whole child. Our caring and experienced staff is dedicated to every child’s learning experience. Lic# 451376572

Breshears School-Age Child Care

(530) 222-2341 SM Ages: 4-12 yrs • Times: M-F early am-5:45pm Quality before-and after-school program that includes homework time, crafts, playtime, field trips and positive social interaction. Transportation provided to and from school, serving the Enterprise and Columbia districts. Alternative payments accepted. Lic# 455404441

D = Diapers Accepted S = Snacks Served M = Meals Served

Country Christian Preschool

873 Canby Rd. • (530) 222-0675 S Ages: 3-5 yrs • Times: M-F, 8:30am-11:45am Our program offers students a safe environment for their first educational experience and teaches children that they are unique and valuable individuals. Lic# 455401909

Grant Preschool

8835 Swasey Dr. • (530) 243-2773 www.grantesd.k12.ca.us S Ages: 2-5 yrs • Times: M-F 7am-6pm Located on Grant School Campus. We encourage students to maximize growth cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically. Kindergarten readiness curriculum includes Open Court Math & Language Arts, Sparks P.E., Music, Hand Writing Without Tears®, and Brain Gym®. Flexible rates and scheduling. Lic # 455401675

Heather Ridge Infant Center

820 Saint Marks St. • (530) 241-7226 DSM Ages: 0-12 yrs • Times: M-F 6:30am-6pm Full and part-time programs available. Our quality program incorporates Zoo-phonics® into thematic monthly curriculum. Enriched Pre-K program. Outstanding qualified staff. Large outdoor play area. After-school and summer school-age program available. Lic # 451372495

Kids and Me Preschool

3695 Churn Creek Rd. • (530) 222-3525 www.reddingpreschools.com DSM Ages: 2-6 yrs •Times: M-F 7am-5:30pm Quality preschool program in a happy, caring environment. Stimulating and comprehensive curriculum that will prepare your child for kindergarten. Clean facility and large outdoor play area in a park-like setting. Great rates and flexible scheduling options year round. Lic# 451373876

Liberty Christian Preschool

3782 Churn Creek Rd. • (530) 222-2232 www.libertychristianredding.com S Ages: 2.9-5 yrs • Times: M-F 8:30am-2:40pm Provides a Christian environment where children can learn and be nourished in Godly character. Basic readiness skills needed for success in kindergarten will be emphasized, along with the development of each child's physical, social, mental and spiritual needs. Lic # 451374213

Montessori Children’s House of Shady Oaks

Munchkin University Infant Center & Preschool

2620 Railroad Ave. • (530) 241-8666 www. munchkinuniversity.com DSM Ages: Infant Center: 8 wks-2 yrs; Preschool: 2-5 yrs • Times: M-F 6:30am - 5:30pm At Munchkin University we believe that children need as many positive experiences as possible. Our amazing staff provides a great environment where each child is appropriately challenged and encouraged daily. Lic # 451374 213 & 451374 214

Redding Cooperative Preschool

658 Mary St. • (530) 241-4355 www.reddingcooppreschool.org S Ages: 2.9-5 yrs • Times: M-F 9am-noon Celebrating 50+ years of parent participation and fun. The Co-op features hands-on science, art, motor skills, music and early literacy in a nurturing environment. Call to arrange a visit! Lic# 455401222

Secret Garden

118 Churn Creek Rd. • (530) 244-1891 www.secretgardenredding.com DSM Ages: 2-K • Times: M-F 7:15am-6pm We offer excellent Pre-K phonics Handwriting Without Tears curriculum & Healthy programs. A full curriculum with cultural appreciation, farm animals & natural foods, in a home-like, loving atmosphere. Teachers with experience and degrees. Lic# 455405638

Sharee's T.L.C. Daycare

5425 Midway Dr. • (530) 243-1374 DSM Ages: Infant-12 yrs • Times: M-F 6:30am-5:30 pm We offer a loving, safe, home-away-from-home learning environment for all ages. Large playrooms and yard. Reading time, crafts, & music. Over 20 years experience In childcare. Lic# 455403431

St. Joseph Preschool & Infant-Toddler Center

1755 Airpark Dr. • (530) 243-7883 www.saintjosephredding.org DSM Ages: Infant-Pre-K • Times: M-F 6:30am-6pm Beautiful campus. Professional staff. A loving, trusting, great start to early learning. We meet each parent's need for quality care. Lic# 451370448 & #455401518

Turtle Bay YMCA Collaborative Preschool

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church *School* Early Childhood Center

1330 Arboretum Dr. • (530) 440-5268 www.sfymca.org SM Ages: 2-5yrs • Times: M-F 7am-6pm We offer two programs on the beautiful Turtle Bay School campus: Year-round Preschool program provides a nurturing, fun and enriching environment where children build self-regulation and social skills promoting school and life success; Pre K class provides a safe, quality academic program emphasizing school readiness. Both programs incorporate thematic lesson plans. Lic# 455406026

Lic # 451373130

3490 Placer St. • (530) 243-2225 DSM Ages: 6 wks-12 yrs Times: M-F 6:30am - 6pm A private accredited academic learning environment. Our focus is on math, science, language arts, music, circle-time and art. Lic# 455401406

1410 Victor Ave. • (530) 222-0355 DS Ages: 12 mos-K • Times: M-F 7:30am-5:30pm Education begins at birth, building skills that last a lifetime. Montessori helps children become life-long independent learners through purposeful play. We provide engaging hands-on activities that facilitate all aspects of development. Lic # 455405949/451373317

3961 Alta Mesa Dr. • (530) 221-2451 www.mtcalvaryredding.org/school Ages: 3-5 yrs • Times: M-F 7AM-5:30PM Children in Pre-K - 8th grade learn, grow and achieve in a warm Christian environment. Low student/teacher ratio. Let us assist you in developing your child spiritually, socially,and academically.

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Thirty years strong, the Children’s Faire in Chico invites families for an informative, inspiring and hand-on fun event for young children. Stop by the North State Parent booth & say hello! See the 28th.

Mt. Shasta offers a Farewell to Manzanar community book read and events. The MS library has copies available so all can participate in reading the story about a Japanese-American family detained at an internment camp during WW2. Youth 12yrs & up discuss the book and enjoy related activities; see the 4th. Art Kameda offers a presentation; see the 14th. Youth 9yrs & up explore "The Art of Gaman" on the Siskiyou Arts Bus in six hands-on art sessions; see the 17th. Meet the author herself!; see the 27th.

Calling all men to come "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®"! This fun international event is happening in Redding, and women and children can walk too. Raises awareness and funds for prevention of gender abuse. See the 7th.

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The 2012 Sock Hop and Ice Cream Social in Redding offers plenty of all-ages fun that includes dancing, a costume contest, make-your-own pizza, carnival-style games for kids, bounce houses and more. See the 16th.

GOING PLACES APRIL To submit your event: Calendar submissions must reach North State Parent by the 10th of the month prior to the event's date. The best way to submit events is via our online submission form located on the home-page of our website at www.northstateparent.com. Include the event date, time, location, cost, event contact phone number, age suitability, and a brief (up to 30 words) description of the event. For calendar inquiries contact our calendar editor at: calendar@northstateparent.com P.O. Box 1602, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067 Phone (530) 926-1287, 2# Fax (530) 926-3873

May Deadline is April 10 Please note: most information listed here is compiled several weeks prior to publishing, we encourage you to use the phone numbers provided to verify dates and times of events.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Citrus Elementary School is searching for 75 years of alumni & staff for an upcoming May 10th anniversary celebration. If that’s you, call (530)342-8744. National Parks Free Entrance Days; Nation-wide. During National Park Week, April 21-29, all 397 of our national parks offer free admission, all week long. Visit the National Park Service website for info: www.nps. gov/npweek. Nor Cal Scout Shop Grand Opening; Chico. Visit the new Nor Cal Scout Shop featuring scouting equipmentyou don’t need to be a scout to enjoy. All April sales support Boy Scouts of America. 10:30am-7pm. Free. Nor Cal Scout Shop, 1311 Mangrove Ave. (530)895-0638.

Community Project: Raising The Barn; Chico. Community members & CSU, Chico students & faculty are helping build a 3-story, 2500 Sq Ft barn to be used as a visitor center at the The Patrick Ranch Museum. Visitors are welcome to see the barn as it is being built. Weekends 4/7-29. 10381 Midway. (530)342-4359. Ranger-Led Group Activities; Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Schools, homeschoolers & youth groups are offered customized ranger-led group activities: hikes, gold panning, storytime & other educational-related activities. All ages. Call to schedule for your group of 15-30. $5 per vehicle (day use fee). Info/Reg: (530)242-3451. Wee Read Challenge; Redding. Children & their parents complete Wee Read gameboards by attending 10 library storytimes & reading 10 books at home. For each completed gameboard, players may choose a book to keep. Ages 6mos-6yrs. Storytimes M/Tu/F, 10:30am. Free. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253.

LEAGUES & GROUPS REGISTRATION

Youth Instructional Bowling League; Redding. Open enrollment–come have fun! Ages 7 & up, Weds, 3:30pm. $5.50/2 games, shoes included. Shasta Lanes, 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773.

EXHIBITS

Ba Wira (Ba-We-da): Come Eat!; Redding. A behindthe-scenes peek at traditional Wintu culture from ancient techniques to modern materials. Thru 4/15. M-Sat., 9am-5pm & Sun, 10am-5pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Brain Teasers 2; Redding. Challenge your mind & solve 20 mind-bending puzzles in this fun interactive exhibition that’s great for the whole family. Thru 9/09. M-Sat., 9am-5pm & Sun, 10am-5pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840

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Kids can try their skills at fishing during two “Kids Fishing Day” events held in both Anderson and Paradise. The Anderson event includes the annual “Family Fun Fest.” See the 21st.

Look for this icon to locate Week of the Young Child Events April 22–28 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. "Celebrate Children & Families" Benefit Exhibit; Chico. Multi-media art exhibit, includes artwork by children. Reception & raffle (see the 13th); silent auction thru 4/15. Benefits Child Abuse Prevention Council of Butte County. All ages. 4/13: 7-9pm; 4/1415: 10am-5pm. Free. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St. (530)519-4248. eARTh Day Exhibition; Mt. Shasta. Features art crafted from recycled materials. See the 13th for Artists Reception info. Exhibit runs 4/10-5/7, M-F, 10am-5pm & Sat 11am-5pm. Free. Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery & Cultural Center, 418 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)926-1294. Famous Artist Portfolio Art Show: An Artist I Am, I Am; Redding. See K-8th grade Shasta County student art inspired by artists featured in 70 themed artist portfolios. Thru 4/15. M-Sat., 9am-5pm & Sun, 10am5pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Fly Fishing: The Art Of Deception; Redding. Flyfishing is art, craft, science & sport. Learn its history & technology, from bamboo to graphite, horsehair to nylon, barbed hooks to “catch & release.” Thru 4/15. M-Sat., 9am-5pm & Sun, 10am-5pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. “Lenticulars-The Spectacular Clouds of Mount Shasta; Mt. Shasta. New exhibit explains the science behind lenticular cloud formations, & the legends surrounding the clouds. Includes children’s art and community photo display. 10am-4pm, Fri-Sun, 4/75/27; after 5/28 open daily. $1 entry. Sisson Museum, 1 N. Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508. Noise!; Chico. Investigate the science of sound, music & hearing. Hands-on activities include: create a science-fiction soundtrack, play a PVC-tube pipe organ, check out a scream chamber, & much more. All ages. W-Sun,12-5pm, thru 4/25. $3-$5, ages 2 & under free. Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade. (530) 898-4121.

Selections From The Collection: Mabel Moores Frisbie; Redding. Mabel Moores Frisbie is a child of pioneers & member of Shasta High School’s 1st graduating class. Her art records historic buildings & landscapes in our region. Thru 4/15. M-Sat., 9am-5pm & Sun, 10am-5pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Shasta County High School Juried Art Exhibit; Redding. See the creative works of Shasta County High School students. Thru 4/14, T-F 11am-5pm, Sat 11-3pm. Old City Hall Gallery, 1313 Market St. (530)241-7320. The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective; Redding. Explore the world of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, through Geisel’s illustrations & bronze sculptures. Enjoy the reading corner & learn to make Oobleck too. Thru 04/15. M-Sat., 9am-5pm & Sun, 10am-5pm. Free w/ Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. The Bicycle: Life On Two Wheels; Chico. Informative & interactive exploration of the world of cycling. Children’s activities; dozens of bikes on display. If you never learned bicycle hand signals, how to fix a flat or how to pack a bike with groceries, this is your chance! Thru 7/29, W-Sun 12-4pm. $2-$3, under age 14 free. Chico Museum, 141 Salem St. (530)891-4336. Toys: The Inside Story; Chico. What makes Jack jump out of his box? How does an Etch A Sketch® work? Explore & discover the simple mechanisms that make toys work. All ages. W-Sun, 12-5pm, thru 5/28. Adults: $5/adults, Children: $3/child (Museum members free). Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade Chico. (530)898-4121. The Parrot Playhouse: Lories!; Redding. Feed colorful Australian lorikeets right from your hand, in an interactive aviary featuring lorikeets in every color of the rainbow. M-Sat, 9:30-11:45am & 1-5pm & Sun 10:30-11:45am & 1-5pm. Admission $1, includes one free nectar cup (plus Park admission, $10-$14). Additional nectar cups $1. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. www.northstateparent.com • April 2012

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GOING PLACES APRIL SHASTA COUNTY

Children, and parents too, can learn all about working with clay in the hands-on “After School Pottery Classes” held Mon.Wed. in Mt. Shasta. See the 2nd.

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SUNDAY

April Fools’ Day

BUTTE COUNTY

Artistic Roller Skate Meet; Chico. Full day event featuring some of the best skaters on the West Coast, competing in Chico for top honors. Enjoy the excellent display of beauty, balance & strength. 5:30am-10pm. Spectator fee $5 (good all day). Cal

Skate, Hwy 99 & E. Park Ave. (530)343-1601. Chico Walks For Autism; Chico. First annual 5K walk to benefit programs that help children with autism &/ or their families, & for scholarships to be awarded to students studying in fields related to autism. 8am12pm. All ages. $10, pre-reg to insure T-shirt. Bidwell Park One-Mile Recreation Area. (530)518-2495.

Ballroom Dance Classes; Redding. Learn this social dance to conventional rhythms such as the foxtrot & the quickstep. It’s fun & easy! Dances include: American Smooth, Foxtrot, Tango & Waltz. All ages. 1st Sundays, 6:30-10pm. $5/person. Shasta Co. Arts Council, Old City Hall, 1313 Market St. (530)241-7320. Build It: LEGO™– Celebrating Spring; Redding.; Redding. Spring has sprung. What are you inspired to build? 1-4 pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. California State Old-Time Fiddlers Association Monthly Jam; Redding. Bring your favorite instrument & join in, or just come enjoy the entertainment. All ages. 1-4pm. St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Dr. (530)917-9856. Family Fun Day At All Fired Up!; Redding. All studio fees are $4 today! Bring the family & enjoy a time of creativity at Redding’s “paint it yourself” ceramic & art studio. 12-6pm. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Fish Feeding At Turtle Bay; Redding. Watch native fish in the aquarium zigzag, wiggle & play with their food at feeding time. All ages. 10:30am, W-Sun. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Museum Aquarium, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Unlimited bowling from 9-11pm. $8, includes shoes. 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

First Sunday Breakfast; Mt. Shasta. Bring the family to enjoy this great all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet featuring over 20 delicious freshly made breakfast favorites. 8-11am. $8/adults, $4/kids. Mt. Shasta Community Center, 629 Alder St.

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MONDAY

World Autism Awareness Day

BUTTE COUNTY

Animal Trainer Talks; Redding. See how Turtle Bay trains animals & prepares for their upcoming Walk on the Wild Side animal show. Each session features one of their amazing animal stars. Daily through 4/7. 11am. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. $2.50/game + $2.50 shoe rental happens 10am-10pm M-F. Group rates available. 2397 Esplanade. (530)895-3257. Chico Science Fair; Chico. This year’s theme is “Science on the Move.” See around 500 science projects submitted by Chico students (K-12). Learn about a variety of interesting topics in social sciences, natural sciences, physical sciences & engineering. 10am-8pm. Free. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St. Infant Playgroup; Chico. Designed for parents & infants ages 0-6 months. A truly fun place to play with you baby & to meet other caregivers in a creative, safe, loving environment that promotes child development. Mon, 9-10:30am, thru May. Free. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Lovenotes Prenatal Classes; Chico. Learn to use the love language of music to bond with your unborn child, & learn relaxation techniques. Mons, 6:307:15pm, thru 4/30. $40/mo, pre-reg. Presented by The Children’s Choir of Chico, held at First Christian Church, 295 E. Washington Ave. (530)701-0999. “Our Time Together” Parent-Toddler Program; Chico. Offers quality age-appropriate recreational programming for young children. Opportunity for parents & toddlers to play together, bond & meet new friends. Ages 18-35mos. M/W, 9-10:30am, thru 5/26.

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GOING PLACES APRIL $30/mo/1-day per wk; $55/mo/2-days wk. Pre-reg. Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 E.16th St. (530)895-4711. Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun ongoing hands-on science class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. Each class includes art. Bring snack. Mon, 10:30am-12pm, thru 5/28. $6/class w/class card; drop-in $9/class (until class fills). Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Kids, teens & adults learn traditional Shotokan Karate. M/Tu/Th, 2 sessions: Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. $50/mo unlimited classes, plus reg fee. Drop in okay, 1st class free. Chico Shotokan Karate Martial Arts, 2155 Park Ave. (530)897-0326.

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Baby Bookworms At Redding Library. Children ages 6mo-2½yrs & parent/caregiver enjoy story, fingerplays & playtime. Learn how these early literacy activities build Developmental Assets. Play the Wee Read game! 10:30-11:30am. Free. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Cooking At The Y; Redding. In this hands-on class, children chop, measure, eat & clean up-all part of the cooking experience. Ages 5-12. Mons OR Wed, 3:304:30pm. $20/month (Y members $10), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Intro To Gymnastics for Girls; Redding. Girls learn vault, floor exercise, beam & uneven parallel bars. Ages 5-12, 6-7pm. $50/mo. Galaxy Gymnastics, 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up!; Redding. Enjoy a studio atmosphere where families share time together creating memories through painting on ceramics. $3/ages 12yrs & under, $5/teens & adults. 12-6pm. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. NanoDays 2012: The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science; Redding. NanoDays is a nationwide festival about nanoscale science & engineering & future impact. Learn about nanoscale science & make your own nanomaterials, investigate super-thin materials used in solar cell technology, & even change the color of a butterfly’s wings! 4/2-6, 10am-4pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14/day. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gyms; Redding. Practice your own skills, or enjoy watching your child run, jump & tumble. Safe, supervised & fun gym with lots of room to play. All ages: 11am-12pm; Ages 12+: 6-7pm. $5. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Programs; Redding. Programs foster flexibility, strength, coordination, spatial awareness & cooperation in a fun environment. Kindergym: Intro to all gymnastics equipment, fun social interaction, ages 3-5, 4-4:45pm or 5-5:45pm, $40/mo. Tumble-Fun: Fast-paced beginning class– learn basic gymnastics skills & terminology, ages 6+, 5-6pm, $50/mo. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Spring Adventures Camp; Redding. Action-packed, week-long spring break program filled with activities to inspire imagination & to challenge participants to create amazing crafts. Includes movie day, organized games & much more. Ages 6-12. 4/2-6, 7:30am5:30pm. $118/5 days or $32/day; pre-reg. Redding Recreation: (530)225-4095. YMCA Spring Camp Holiday Care; Redding. Fun activities keep children busy through Spring Break. Healthy snacks provided, bring lunch. Ages 5-14. 7:30am-6pm, 4/2-9. $33/full-day or $25/half-day; $135/weekly/full-day or $95/weekly/half-day. 10% sibling discount & Payment Program offered. Boulder Creek Elementary School, 505 Springer Dr. (530)246-9622. Yoga Kids; Redding. Kids learn about breath, postures, flexibility & balance. Enhances concentration & focus, boosts confidence-relax, play & have fun too. Ages 5-13. Mon, 4:30-5:15pm, thru Dec. $35/mo, pre-reg. Bohemian Art Loft, 3304B Bechelli Lane. (530)229-7818.

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After School Pottery Classes; Mt. Shasta. Noam Zimin of Clay Dance Studio teaches group & parentchild classes for ages 5 & up. Learn wheel throwing, hand-building & glazing. Sessions M-W thru 5/30: 3-4:30pm, 4:30-6:30pm, 6:30-8:30pm. $75-$300 (ask about scholarships), must pre-reg. Sisson School, 601 East Alma St. (530)220-4356. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, fun activity for boys & girls in modern facility. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/ Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. $50/mo; free trial. Convenient location. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Monday Morning Playgroup; Mt. Shasta. Join other parents with children ages 1-5 in this highly interactive parent/child playgroup, facilitated by Child Development Specialist Leah Brown. Themebased weeks; includes literacy, music, arts & crafts, movement & FUN! Weekly, 10:30-11:30am, thru 6/25. Free. MSCRC, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400. Storytime; McCloud. Children enjoy listening to a great kid’s story & enjoy a fun activity too. Participants

are given a wonderful book of their own to keep! 1011am. Free. McCloud Elementary School Preschool, (530)964-3250. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, modern activity program for children to develop coordination, flexibility, strength, basic martial arts skills & good manners. Ages 4+. Free trial. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. $50/mo. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024.

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Preschool Story Hour; Corning. Offers education & entertainment geared for children ages 18mos6yrs. Enjoy quality time with your child, focused on literacy. 10am. Tehama County Library, 740 Third St. (530)824-7050.

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All About Numbers!; Chico. Ongoing handson class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. Each class includes art. Bring snack. Tues, 10:30am-12pm, thru 5/29. $6/class w/class card,

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drop-in $9/class (open until class fills). Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Beginning Sign Language Class; Paradise. Learn & build your ASL skills in this weekly class. 12-2pm. All ages welcome. Free. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Bittie Baby & Me Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Health, Illness & Immunizations. Parents w/babies 0-3mos learn current info to promote infant wellness & safety. Make friends in a supportive environment. 10:30am12pm. Free if you delivered at Enloe; or $15/class. Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center, 251 Cohasset Rd, Suite 120. (530)332-3970. Cantabile! Music & Movement Class; Chico. Children ages 3-5 explore musical concepts through global folk songs, rhymes, games, musical storytelling & movement. Caregivers participate last 15 min. Tues, 4:30-5:15pm, thru 4/30. $40/mo (sign up anytime), pre-reg. Presented by The Children’s Choir of Chico, held at First Christian Church, 295 E. Washington Ave. (530)701-0999. Dolce! Music & Movement Class; Chico. Infants/ newborns-18mos & their caregivers enjoy gentle music & movement activities, infant massage & musical bonding moments. Tues, 9:30-10:15am, thru 4/30. $40/mo (join anytime), pre-reg. Presented by The Children’s Choir of Chico, held at First Christian Church, 295 E. Washington Ave. (530)701-0999. Family Special Needs Support Group In Spanish/ En Español; Chico. The ARC welcomes Spanishspeaking families experiencing the challenges of raising a child with special needs. Build a supportive network. Potluck 5:30pm; support group 6-8pm. Childcare & homework help provided. ARC, 2020 Park Ave. (530)891-5865 x107. MOPS Mothers Of Preschoolers Group; Chico. Support, friendship & resources for moms. 1st & 3rd Tues, 9-11:30am, thru May. First 2 meetings free. $35/ mo. Loving childcare provided for ages 0-6. Grace Community Church, 2346 Floral Ave. Pre-reg: (530)343-5528, ex. 35. Play Chess!; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome! 3:305pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Preschool Storytimes At Chico Library; Stories, songs & crafts for little ones ages 3-5. 10am & 11am. Free. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Cheernastics Class; Chico. A great way to get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 3rd. Chico Science Fair; Chico. This year’s theme is “Science on the Move.” 10am-8pm. Free. See the 2nd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd.

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Adoptive Parents Support Group; Redding. Meet with other adoptive parents for conversation & problem solving. All ages, childcare available. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Location/Info: Lilliput Children’s Services. (530)722-9092. Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. All ages are invited to come enjoy an inground foam pit & large tumble track. Tu/Th, 10am-12pm. $5/2hrs! 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Beginning Baton; Anderson. Learn basic twirls, dance, parade marching & foundation events. Ages 5 & up, two age groups: Ages 5-9, 5:30-6:30pm; Ages 10 & up, 6:30-7:30pm. Thru 5/31. $25/mo, pre-reg or $6.50 drop-in. Meadow Lane Elementary School, 2770 Balls Ferry Rd. (530)378-6656. Charcoal & Pastel Portraiture Classes; Redding. Learn how to observe & how to draw portraits from real life. Gain confidence with practice. 9am-12pm. Tues, 4/3-24. $16, pre-reg. Teen Center, 40 Quartz Hill Rd. (530)225-4095. www.northstateparent.com • April 2012

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GOING PLACES APRIL Tiny Hands Sign Language Classes; Redding. Bring your baby or toddler to learn to sign in a playclass setting. Themes: Meal Time, Bath Time, Family, Feelings, Park, Pets & more. Ages infants-3yrs. 1st Tue monthly, 10:45-11:30am, thru 6/5. $10/class, $25/3 classes, $50/6 classes. Learning in Motion Preschool & Enrichment Center, 2174 Pine St. (530)941-2010. Chess At The YMCA; Redding. For chess players of all levels - learn the game or hone your skills. All ages. T/ Th 6-7:30pm. Free. See the 3rd. NanoDays 2012: The Biggest Event For The Smallest Science; Redding. Nationwide festival about nanoscale science. 4/2-6, 10am-4pm. See the 2nd.

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Don your pj’s, grab a blanket, and come enjoy an evening “Pajama-Rama” storytime” in Cottonwood. See the 3rd.

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ages. 7pm. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Preschool Page Turners At Redding Library. Children ages 3-6 enjoy stories, music & crafts in the children’s story room. Play the Wee Read game! 10:30am. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Round Table Pizza Family Fun Night; Redding. Bring the family for night of fun: All-you-can-eat pizza, salad & twists, board games, coloring, face painting & balloons. All ages. 6-8pm. $7.49/adults, $4.99/ages 6-10, Kids under 5 free. Round Table Pizza, 900 Dana Dr. (530)223-1975.

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Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Little ones ages 5 & under have a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Tu/ Th, 8:30-9:30am. $3/child; under age 4 play with adult. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Programs; Redding. Junior Tumbling: Basic tumbling on a foam-padded spring floor–learn cartwheels to round-offs, ages 6 -12, 6:45-7:45pm. Little Stars: Games, obstacle courses & more promote muscle development, memory, attention span & comprehension, ages 3½-4yrs, 5-5:45pm. Classes $43/mo. Galaxy Gymnastics, 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Members of the Shasta Genealogy Society assist with family history questions & research. 10am-12pm. Free. Drop-in okay. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7252. Gettin’ Crafty; Redding. Hands-on class where children ages 5-12 express their creativity as they glue, cut, paint, mold & learn to clean up too. Tue, 3:30-4:30pm. $20/mo ($10 Y members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Guitar Hero At The Redding Library. Kids can rock out on a virtual stage playing guitar in this music video game. Geared for teens, but all kids welcome. Starts 4pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Holiday Break Basketball Camp; Redding. Campers grades 3-8 will learn & develop skills in shooting, passing, dribbling, ball handling, defense & team play. 4/3 & 4/4, 1-5:30pm. $50, pre-reg. Alta Mesa School Gym, 2301 Saturn Skyway. (530)225-4095. Lil’ Chefs; Redding. Fun & educational cooking experience for children ages 3-5, who learn about cooperation, directions, shapes, sensory exploration, fine motor skills & more. 9-10am. $20/mo ($10 Y members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gym; Redding. Practice your own skills, or just enjoy open gym with your child. Children run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised & fun environment with lots of room to play. All ages: 11am-12pm. $5. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Programs; Redding. Freerun/Parkour: Practice your urban free-run skills in a fully matted gym. Learn to flip, twist & run-out over obstacles, ages 14+, 7-8pm. $50/mo. Tumble-Fun: Fun & fast-paced beginning class, learn basic gymnastics skills & terminology, ages 6+, 4-5pm, $50/mo. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Pajama-Rama Storytime; Cottonwood. Put on you jammies & come enjoy an evening of stories before bedtime. Little ones can bring a blanket & stuffed animal to hug. Tonight features stories about popcorn. What is it & how does it work? Taste some too! All

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Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Kids hop aboard the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects inside the bus’ art studio. Explore creativity through painting, jewelry making, sewing & more. Ages 9+ (younger okay w/parental supervision). T/W/ Th (except school holidays), 2:45-5pm, thru 5/27. Free. Mt. Shasta Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)859-2309. Beginning Ballroom; Mt. Shasta. Strengthen core muscles while learning steps, technique & styling of ballroom dance. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. $7/class; $20/4 classes (MSWC members $20/8 classes). Mt. Shasta Wellness Center, 633 Lassen Ln. (530)926-6010. Kids Aikido Class; Mt. Shasta. Kids learn to focus & center their energies while having fun tumbling on a soft mat. Learn to resolve conflict & coordinate movement with others. Playful setting. Ages 6-12. Weekly, 5:15-6pm. $30/mo; $10/drop-in; 1st class free. Lower Lodge, Mt. Shasta City Park, 1315 Nixon Rd. (530)918-9165. Knitting Group; Dunsmuir. Come work on your knitting projects. All ages & levels of knitting experience welcome, help available. 1-3pm. Free. Dunsmuir

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Community Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. The ABC’s of Nurturing Parenting Series; Mt. Shasta. 7-week class series for families w/children ages 4-6. Parents & children attend together; includes time for each to share what they’ve learned. Program is internationally recognized for enhancing self-worth, empathy, discipline & empowerment. Child care provided for younger/older siblings. Free, must pre-reg. (530)926-1400. Toddler Playgroup; McCloud. Weekly playgroup for little ones & parents. Arts & crafts, storytime, music, interactive play & refreshments. Facilitated by child development specialist. Learn, socialize & make friends. Ages infant-5yrs & siblings.10am. Free. McCloud Community Resource Center, 304 W. Minnesota Ave. (530)964-3250. After School Pottery Classes; Mt. Shasta. Ages 5 & up learn wheel throwing, hand-building & glazing. Sessions M-W thru 5/30: 3-4:30pm, 4:30-6:30pm, 6:30-8:30pm. See the 2nd. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 2nd.

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School Readiness Playgroup; Los Molinos. Fun developmental & educational playgroup featuring appropriate activities & info about your child. Explore with arts, crafts, books, rhymes, songs & outdoor activities. Ages birth-5yrs. 10-11:30am. Free. First Steps Family Resource Center, 7700 Stanford Ave. (530)384-7833.

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All About Books!; Chico. Ongoing class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. Each class includes art. Bring snack. Weds, 10:30am-12pm, thru 5/30. $6/class w/class card, drop-in $9/class (open until class fills). Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Babies Love Books; Chico. Come share stories, songs & bounces with your little one, 0-18mos. A great bonding activity that promotes literacy & infant development. Two sessions: 9:30am & 10:30am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Beginning Fencing Classes; Chico. Youth ages 7-15 learn footwork, defenses & attacks. Develops strength, flexibility & hand-eye coordination while learning entrylevel competition skills. W/F, 4/4-27. Three class levels: Ages 7-10: 3:30-4:15pm; Ages 11-15: 4:15-5pm; Ages 11+: 7:30-8:30pm. $45, equip. provided 1st month if needed. PV Recreation Center, Social Hall, 2320 N. Ave. (530)895-4711. Childbirth Preparation Series; Chico. Highly trained registered nurse instructors help prepare you for birth, newborn care & breastfeeding. Promotes individual & family choices, including natural breathing & relaxation techniques & pain management options. Wed, 6-8:30pm, 4/4-5/2. $125/couple/5-weeks, pre-reg. Enloe Mother & Baby Ed.Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., Suite #120. (530)332-3970. Children’s Storytime & Crafts; Oroville. Enjoy songs, stories, music & craft activities. Ages 3-5. 11am-12pm. Free. Oroville Library Meeting Room, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Dance For Children; Chico. Fun class for boys & girls ages 5-11. Teaches dance skills, movement vocabulary, percussion, choreography & improvisation. Instruction is balanced with creativity, performance & choice time. Wed, 3:30-5pm, thru 5/23. $10/class. Trinity United Methodist Church, 285 E. 5th. (530)345-6324. Preschool Skate; Chico. Fun time for skaters ages 8 & under. 9:30-10:45am, thru April. $4.50, includes quad skate rental & instruction. Parents free, strollers welcome. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601.


GOING PLACES APRIL Resume & Job Search Workshop; Paradise. Get help writing your resume & practicing interview techniques that will help you land a job. All ages, teens welcome. 3-5pm. Free, must pre-reg. Paradise Ridge Family Resource Center, 6249 Skyway. (530)872-3896. The Paradise Library Teen Council; Paradise. Middle & high school age youth in the Paradise area are invited to join the Paradise Library Teen Council group to help plan teen activities & offer book suggestions for the library. 1st Weds, 4-5pm. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530) 872-6320. Toddler Playgroup; Chico. Parents & toddlers ages 15-24 mos enjoy playtime together in a beautiful room filled with age-appropriate toys & activities! Wed, 9-10:30am, thru 5/30. $6 w/class card, drop-in $9 (open until playgroup fills). Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Come enjoy stories…all ages are invited. 11am. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Whole Living Nutrition & Wellness Series; Chico. Six week nutrition & wellness course for people wanting to lose or gain weight or to improve health. Features nutritional & whole foods lifestyle info, including glutenfree nutrition products. All ages. Wed, 6:30-7:30pm, thru 4/18. Free, drop in okay. The Healing Center, 852 Manzanita Ct. (530)570-9398. Chico Science Fair; Chico. This year’s theme is “Science on the Move.” 10am-8pm. Free. See the 2nd.

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Ballroom Dance Classes; Redding. Learn this social dance, popular since the beginning of the 20th century, to conventional rhythms such as the foxtrot & the quickstep. It’s fun & easy! Dances include: American Smooth, Foxtrot, Tango & Waltz. All ages. Wed, 6:3010pm. $5/person. Shasta County Arts Council, Old City Hall, 1313 Market St. (530)241-7320. Basketball Open Gym For Youth; Anderson. Supervised basketball with an opportunity for all to participate. For middle & high school youth. 6:308:30pm, thru 5/30. Free. Anderson Middle School Gym, 1646 Ferry St. (530)378-6656. Dance Kids; Redding. Discover the magic of dance through play, using props like scarves & fans. Learn skips, turns & jumps. Encourages self-expression, socialization, correct posture & flexibility. Ages 5-13. Wed, 4:30-5:15pm thru 12/19. $35/mo., pre-reg. Bohemian Art Loft, 3. (530) 229-7818. Families Honoring Our Troops; Redding. Action & support group works on projects to honor our troops. All are welcome. 6pm. IHOP Restaurant, Hilltop Dr. (530)241-6095. Music & Me; Redding. Class series introduces music to preschool children in a parent-&-me style class designed to promote basic music skills through music & movement. Ages 1-5. Wed, 9-10am. $20/mo (Y Members $10/mo), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Ninja’s In Action Classes; Redding. This beginning martial arts class fosters self-defense, self-awareness, self-confidence, self-discipline & safety tips, with emphasis on fun & games. Ages 6-11. Weds, 6:307:30pm, thru 12/26. $10/month Y members, $30/ month non Y members, reg anytime. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Programs; Redding. Programs teach flexibility, strength, coordination, spatial awareness & cooperation in a fun environment. Kindergym: Intro to all gymnastics equipment, fun social interaction, ages 3-5, 6-6:45pm, $40/mo. Tumble-Fun: Fast-paced beginning class, learn basic gymnastics skills & terminology, ages 6+, 5-6pm or 6-7pm, $50/mo. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Preschool Storytime: Easter; Cottonwood. Today’s stories celebrate spring & Easter. Children will make cute little Easter baskets. 11:30am-12:30pm. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818

Toddler NOOK Storytime; Redding. Stories come to life in this new storytime that includes Paul, the storytime musician, & NOOK storybooks. 10am. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Cooking At The Y; Redding. Hands-on children’s cooking class. Ages 5-12. Mon OR Wed, 3:30-4:30pm. See the 2nd. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn about your family history. W/Sat 1-4pm. See the 4th. NanoDays 2012: The Biggest Event For The Smallest Science; Redding. Nationwide festival about nanoscale science. 4/2-6, 10am-4pm. See the 2nd.

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Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Kids hop aboard the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects inside the bus’ art studio. A positive place to explore creativity through painting, jewelry making, sewing & more. Ages 9+ (young ages okay w/parental supervision). T/W/Th (except school holidays). 2:455pm, thru 5/27. Free. Mt. Shasta Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)859-2309. Baby & Me Group; Mt. Shasta. Connect with other parents with children birth-1yr in a safe, fun & informative group. Share tips & tricks! Guest presenters 1st Weds. Facilitated by Lorie Saunders, RN, breastfeeding educator & mom. 1st & 3rd Weds, 10-11:30am, thru 6/20. Free. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400. Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. Learn the smooth & the Latin dances, & how to lead or follow in a fun, supportive environment. Develop technique for stronger skills. Solo dancers welcome. All ages. 6:457:45pm. $7/class; $20/4 classes; Wellness Center members $20/8 classes. School Hill Wellness Center, 778 S. Davis St. (415)215-2652. Children’s Book Club; Mt. Shasta. This month’s book: Farewell to Manzanar. A true story of a JapaneseAmerican family before, during & after their WWII internment camp experience. Children discuss, create art, write & more in related activities. Ages 12 & up. Weds, 3:15-4:15pm. Free. Mt. Shasta Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)926-2031. Musical: The Wedding Singer; Mt. Shasta. Presented by Mt. Shasta High School’s advanced drama class, The Wedding Singer is full of energy, big hair & a great love story! Based on the movie starring Adam Sandler. An exciting & fun play all ages will enjoy. Tonight 7pm. $5. Mt Shasta High School, 710 Everitt Memorial Hwy. (530)926-2614 ext 3032. Qigong For Beginners; Mt. Shasta. Looking for a way to eliminate excess tension? Calm your mind & increase your energy? Join facilitator Macolm Lewis for this 6-week series. Qigong is an ancient Chinese exercise system harmonizing mind, breath & body through easy-to-learn movements. Ages adults. Wed, 5:30-6:30pm, thru 5/2. $5/class. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400. Songs & Stories For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Children enjoy fun stories & sing along to live music. An adult must accompany young children. Ages five & under (infants welcome). Last Wed each month includes puppet show! 10:30am. Mt. Shasta Community Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)926-2031. Storytime at Dunsmuir Library; Dunsmuir. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. Responsible adult must accompany child. 3:304:30pm. 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2035. Tango for Parkinson’s; Mt. Shasta. Tango has been found to relieve & in some cases reverse the impact of Parkinson’s on the body. Develop skills that can lessen the impact of Parkinson’s & have fun too. Also open to people w/other challenges, i.e., Alzheimer’s. 12-1pm. $5. Mt. Shasta Wellness Center, 633 Lassen Ln. (530)926-6010. After School Pottery Classes; Mt. Shasta. Ages 5 & up learn wheel throwing, hand-building & glazing. Sessions M-W thru 5/30: 3-4:30pm, 4:30-6:30pm, 6:30-8:30pm. See the 2nd. www.northstateparent.com • April 2012

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GOING PLACES APRIL Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 2nd.

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School Readiness Playgroup; Corning. Fun developmental & educational playgroup features activities & info about your child. Explore with arts, crafts, books, rhymes, songs & outdoor activities. Ages birth-5yrs. 10-11:30am. Free. Corning Family Resource Center, 1488 South St. (530)384-7833.

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After School Storytime; Chico. Stories & craft for all ages. 6-9yrs. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Babies Love Books Storytime; Oroville. Babies ages 0-18mos enjoy connecting through rhymes, songs & books during this special program. 11am. Free. 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7641. Caregiver Resource & Self-Care Training; Chico. Facilitated group offers support, training info for better self-care, & resources for anyone caring for someone else’s children. 11am-1pm. Butte College Foster/ Kinship Care Ed Center, 2491 Carmichael Dr. Ste 300. (530)897-6235. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra cheerleading skills practice, or prepare to be an All Star. Focus on tumbling skills, jumps, motions & flexibility. All ages/ abilities welcome. $55/mo or $10/class. T/Th 3:305pm. Chico Cheer All Stars Gym, 13310 Cabin Hollow Ct. Suite #110. (530)894-CCAS. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. Playgroup & support network for homeschooling & unschooling children & parents. Independent & inclusive–all

THE EVENTS CALENDAR FOR BUTTE, TEHAMA, SHASTA & SISKIYOU COUNTIES homeschoolers/all ages welcome! 1-4pm. Free. Call for current location & group info. (530)228-7078. Chico Science Fair Final Day; Chico. This year’s theme is “Science on the Move.” See about 500 science projects submitted by Chico students (K12). Learn about a variety of interesting topics in the social sciences, natural sciences, physical sciences, and engineering. 10am-8pm. Free. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St. Creative Art Activities Classes; Chico. Ongoing hands-on class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. Each class includes art activities, social interactions, games & puzzles. Bring snack. Thurs, 10:30am-12pm, thru 5/31. $6/class w/class card, drop-in $9/class (open until class fills). Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Downtown Chico’s Thursday Night Market; Chico. Certified farmers market-fresh produce, cut flowers, delicious food, arts & crafts, entertainment & more. Tonight’s entertainment: Bridal Olympics, Bob McDaniel, Jeff Pershing (Solo), Kyle Williams, Roundhouse Ronny the Balloon Clown, Rick’s Balloons, Spray Fantasy. 6-9pm. Broadway at 2nd & 5th Sts. (530)345-6500. Infant & Toddler Storytime; Paradise. Songs, story & music for little ones ages 0-3. 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly group for mothers offering support on a wide variety of parenting topics. Children welcome. 10:30am-12pm. Free. Paradise Community Church of the Nazarene, 311 Circlewood Ln. (530)876-2518. Musical: The Wizard of OZ; Chico. Dorothy is swept away by a tornado to a magical land & embarks on a quest to see the Wizard of OZ, for help returning home. Along the way she meets Scarecrow, Tin Man & Cowardly Lion who join her. All ages. Tonight 7:30pm.

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Pre-sale: $20/adult, $12/child; + $5/door. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd. (530)894-3282. Oroville Fire House Farmers Market. Fresh produce & goods available year-round at this certified market. 11am-3pm. El Medio Fire Station, 3515 Myers St. (530)592-0889. Our Time Together Parent-Toddler Program; Chico. Offers age-appropriate recreational activities for children ages 18-35 months. Parents & toddlers play together, bond & meet new friends. T/Th, 9-10:30am, thru 5/26. $30/mo/1-day or $55/mo/2-days. Pre-reg. PV Recreation Center, 2320 North Ave. (530)895-4711. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. NanoDays 2012: The Biggest Event For The Smallest Science; Redding. Nationwide festival about nanoscale science. 4/2-6, 10am-4pm. See the 2nd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd.

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Anderson Library Storytime; Anderson. Children enjoy stories, a craft, stickers & songs. All ages. 3:30pm. 3200 West Center St. (530)365-7685. Art & Craft Adventures; Redding. Hands-on art activities for ages 2-5 inspires imagination & selfexpression. Painting, drawing, collage & more; encourages confidence & supports artistic potential. Thurs, 9-10am. $20/mo ($10 Y members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. All ages are invited to come enjoy an inground foam pit & large tumble track. Tu/Th, 10am-12pm. $5/2hrs! 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Bereaved Parents Support Group; Redding. For parents or grandparents grieving the death of a child

of any age. 1st & 3rd Th, 7-8:30pm. Free, drop-in okay. Mercy Medical Center Board Room, 2175 Rosaline Ave. (530)245-4070. Chess At The YMCA; Redding. Chess players of all levels are invited to come play - great opportunity to learn the game or hone your skills. For youth & adults. T/Th 6-7:30pm, thru 4/3. Free. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Children & Teens Grief Support Groups; Redding. For children grieving any death loss. Co-facilitated by professional counselors. Separate simultaneous groups for ages 6-12yrs, 13-18yrs & parents/grandparents. 3/1-29, 4:30-5:30 pm. Free, pre-reg required. (530)245-4070. Kids Kung Fu Class; Anderson. Students ages 4 & up learn to take instruction, develop self-control, coordination, improve balance & become physically fit while having fun. Two age groups: 4-8yrs: 5:306:15pm; ages 9+: 6:15-7pm. $25/mo; $6.50/class. Anderson Community Center, 1887 Howard St. (530)378-6656. Little Explorers; Redding. Celebrate spring with activities & stories for 2-5 year-olds & their caregivers. Presented by Dennis & Sherrill Bambauer. 10am 10am. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gym; Redding. Practice your own skills, or enjoy watching your child run, jump & tumble. Safe, supervised & fun gym with lots of room to play. All ages: 11am-12pm. $5. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Programs; Redding. Programs teach flexibility, strength, coordination, spatial awareness & cooperation in a fun environment. Kindergym: Intro to all gymnastics equipment; fun social interaction, ages 3-5, 4-4:45pm, $40/mo. Tumble-Fun: Fast-paced beginning class; learn basic

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GOING PLACES APRIL gymnastics skills & terminology, ages 6+, 4-5pm, $50/ mo. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. T’ai Chi Kids; Redding. Kids ages 6-13 learn the slow, deliberate, fluid movement using a real T’ai Chi ball. Get energized & relaxed at the same time; learn about the principle of yin/yang, the opposites. Th, 4:305:15pm, thru 12/20. $35/mo, pre-reg. Bohemian Art Loft, 3304B Bechelli Lane. (530)229-7818. Tumbling Class; Anderson. Children develop flexibility, coordination, balance & strength through tumbling exercises. Ages 4-8. 5:30-6:15pm. $20/mo; $5/dropin. Anderson Community Center, 1887 Howard St. (530)378-6656. Wii Games; Redding Library. Bring your friends & have fun playing a wide selection of Wii games! Ages 10-17. 4pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am. See the 3rd.

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Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Kids hop aboard the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects inside the bus’ art studio. Ages 9+ (young ages okay w/parental supervision). T/W/Th. 2:45-5pm, thru 5/27. Free. Mt. Shasta Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)859-2309. Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Learn the smooth & the Latin dances, & how to lead or follow. Fun, supportive environment. Develop technique for stronger skills. Solo dancers welcome. All ages. 6:457:45pm $7/class; $20/4 classes. Wellness Center members $20/8 classes. Mt. Shasta Wellness Center, 633 Lassen Ln. (530)926-6010. Beginning Drawing For Kids; Mt Shasta. Easy-tofollow drawing lessons for children who would like to improve their artistic skills. Weekly lessons focus

THE EVENTS CALENDAR FOR BUTTE, TEHAMA, SHASTA & SISKIYOU COUNTIES on specific themes. Ages 6-18. 3:30-5pm, thru 5/31. $8; pre-reg required, join anytime. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. Jazz Night; Dunsmuir. Explore the world of jazz with Victor Martin. Interesting, informative & lots of fun. Refreshments provided. Ages 11 & up. 6-8:30pm. $3. Dunsmuir Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)530-235-4400. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Musical: The Wedding Singer; Mt. Shasta. Full of energy, big hair & a great love story! A fun play all ages will enjoy. Tonight 7pm. See the 4th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 2nd.

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Nurturing Parenting Skills Class; Corning. Offers parents strategies & techniques that enhance empathy, self-worth, personal empowerment & discipline with dignity. Discussion, videos & hands-on activities. 4-6pm. Free. Corning Family Resource Center, 1488 South St. (530)824-7670. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline class/studio sessions for all ages & levels. Taught by Anastasia Nelson; includes time to work on your projects. Th/F 3-4:30pm & Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. $20/ drop in (space allowing) or pre-reg $45/3-classes; includes materials. Red Bluff Art Gallery, 601 Walnut St. (530)529-1332.

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Blue Oak Charter School Tour; Chico. Tour the school & enjoy a brief orientation about Waldorf education, then visit classes in session.

Questions, discussion & refreshments follow. For adults, preschool children with parents welcome. 9-10am, must pre-reg. 450 W. East Ave. (530)879-7483. Chapmantown Farmers Market; Chico. Weekly certified farmers market & Food & Fitness Festival health forum. Fresh produce, children’s activities, & community garden exchange. 2pm-5:30pm, yearround. 16th & C Sts. (530)592-0889. Family Swim; Chico. Everyone’s invited to swim in a great indoor facility. Parent supervision required. All ages; under 3yrs must wear special swim diapers. 5-8pm. $2/person. Chico WaterSprites, 2280 Ivy St. Suite 110. (530)342-2999. Fantastic Friday Playgroup; Chico. The entire gym is open for play! Max two kids per one adult; adult stays with children while they play. Ages walking-5yrs. 1012pm. $5/members, $10/non-members, +$1 siblings. Athletic Horizons, 415 Otterson Dr. (530)893-4967. Friday Drop-in Basketball For Teens; Magalia. Drop in to get a great workout & enjoy scrimmage play (teams formed each week). Supervised. Ages 15+. 6:30-8:30pm, thru May. $1. Cedarwood Elementary School, 6400 Columbine Rd. (530)872-6393. Friday Evening Sessions At Cal Skate; Chico. Skate with your friends. Special themes. All ages. 4 sessions: 7-9:30pm, $6; 7:30-9:30pm, $5.50; 8-10:30pm, $6; 8:30-10:30pm, $5.50. Skate rental additional $2-$3. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Jump Start With Art; Chico. What do potato mashers, rolling pins & spray bottles have to do with art? Parents & toddlers find out while learning to use different tools to paint, draw & watercolor, and learn basic art terms & how to extend art at home. Fri, 9:30-10:30am, thru 4/27. $50/mo, includes supplies. PV Rec. Center Rm 1, 2320 North Ave. (530) 895-4719. Kids In Motion-Kids’ Night Out; Chico. Themed night of crafts, food & fun for kids. Ages: must be potty trained.

6-9:30pm. $18/child, sibling discount; must pre-reg. In Motion Fitness, 1293 E. 1st Ave. (530)895-5437. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group; Chico. La Leche League offers mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Children welcome. Fridays, 10:30am-12pm. Free. Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 208 West First St. (530)591-9191. Montessori Zoology Class; Chico. Ongoing series for ages 3-5 & their parents. Learn about the five vertebrate families: mammals, fish, reptiles, birds & amphibians. Includes art projects. Bring snack. Fri, 10:30am-12pm, thru 5/25. $6/class w/class card, drop-in (until full) $9/class. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Playgroup For Toddlers; Chico. For families with children ages 2-3. Children play, families gather, & friendships bloom. Bring a snack & have a good time! 9-10:30am, weekly thru 5/25. $6 w/class card, drop-in $9 (open until full). Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Rowell’s Pals Playgroup; Chico. A diverse playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. Come sing, dance, read & play. 10-11am. Free, pre-reg encouraged. Rowell Family Empowerment of N. CA, 3075 Cohasset Rd., #2. (530)899-8801. Spring Break Day & Easter Egg Hunt At Cal Skate; Chico. Kids enjoy 2 special skating sessions: 1-4pm or 2-5pm. $5.50; skate rental $2-$3. Annual Easter egg hunt 12pm. Many eggs contain FunLand prizes & goodies–look for the Golden Egg! Cal Skate, Hwy 99 & E. Park Ave. (530)343-1601. Stories, Songs & Crafts At Paradise Library. Bring little ones ages 3-5 to enjoy stories & craft making, & songs too! 11-11:45am. 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. “The Knack” Family Crafting Event; Chico. Bring your child for a fun hands-on craft experience. Ages 3 & up, must be supervised by adult. 4-6pm. Free.

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The Sisson Museum in Mt. Shasta celebrates their seasonal opening with cloud-related events! A History Night fundraising bash kicks off the exhibit “Lenticulars-The Spectacular Clouds of Mount Shasta" (see the 6th and the Exhibits section). The exhibit includes children's art and community photographs. Also enjoy the presentation: “The Lore of Shasta's Cloud Ships,” see the 20th. Photo by Kevin Lahey.

Michael’s arts & crafts stores, 2 Chico locations: 801 East Ave., (530)342-4191 & 2041 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. (530)343-1864. Toddler Storytimes; Chico. Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 1-3yrs. Two storytimes: 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Black-light bowling with good music. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. $15/person/3hrs, includes shoes; or $5/game + $4.35/shoe rental. Orchard Lanes, 2397 Esplanade. (530)895-3257. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Musical: The Wizard of OZ; Chico. A classic tale for all ages. Tonight 7:30pm. See the 5th.

gym with your child. Children run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised & fun environment with lots of room to play. All ages: 11am-12pm. $5. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Programs; Redding. Programs teach flexibility, strength, coordination, spatial awareness & cooperation in a fun environment. Mini-Me: Parent/toddler class, 10-10:45am, $40/ mo. Kindergym: Intro to gymnastics equipment, ages 3-5, 10:15-11am, $40/mo. Tumble-Fun: Fast-paced beginning class, learn basic gymnastics skills & terminology, ages 6+, 10-11am, $50/mo. 4425 Tenaya

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History Night At Sisson Museum; Mt. Shasta. Opening night of new exhibit: "Lenticulars-The Spectacular Clouds of Mount Shasta." Museum fundraiser features live music, appetizers, no-host beer-wine bar, raffles, silent & live auctions. Presentation by Bill Miesse & preview of new movie by Mark Oliver. All ages. 6-9pm.$15. Sisson Museum, 1 N. Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508. Movement & Music For Toddlers; Mt. Shasta. All parents & toddlers (babies-4yrs) are invited to participate

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Family Fun Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Rent a lane & bring family & friends for a night of bowling fun! 6:30-8:30pm. $50/lane (for up to 8 people), includes shoes, 1 large pizza & pitcher of soda. 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. Family Fun Night Skate; Redding. Great night of family fun & healthy exercise featuring old-school music of the 70s & 80s. Safe & supervised. All ages. 7:30-10:30pm. $5, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Fine Arts Friday; Redding. Enjoy art activities using a variety of mediums such as paint, clay & pastels. Fun for all ages! Free. 3:30pm. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Intro To Gymnastics For Boys; Redding. Boys ages 5-12yrs learn basic skills while enjoying games, fun & action! Teaches vault, floor, pommel, parallel bars, high bar & rings. 5-6pm. $50/4 weekly classes. Galaxy Gymnastics, 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Jazzy Hip Hop Dance; Redding. Kids ages 5 & up enjoy Jazz dance with hip hop flavor added along with krump-style moves. Krump is a dance style influenced by African dance. Sessions by age: 5-12yrs, 4-5:30pm; 13 & up, 5:30-7pm. 4/6-5/4. $32/five classes. Teen Center, 40 Quartz Hill Rd. (530)225-4095. Keeping Dance Alive!; Chico. A repertory dance concert that celebrates the diversity of dance: ballet, hip-hop, modern jazz, tap, Irish, martial arts & more!  Features the talents of North Valley’s finest dancers, choreographers & musicians.  All ages. 7:30pm. $1418. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6785. Kids’ Fun Friday At All Fired Up!; Redding. Kids have fun painting from 12-8pm. Studio fee $3.50/child 12 & under, $4.50/teens & adults. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gym; Redding. Practice your own skills, or just enjoy open

Ct. (530)223-5483. Rock N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Enjoy a night of bowling, laser light show, music & fun. $15, includes shoe rental. 9pm-midnight. 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. Bowling with music & light show. $12, includes shoes & sodas. 9:30-11pm. 1701 Bruce Dr. (530)365-3323. Roots & Shoots Outing: Buenaventura Trailhead; Redding. Shasta Roots & Shoots is part of the Jane Goodall Institute’s youth program, engaging families in learning more about our natural surroundings. Topics & focus of nature walks & discovery activities vary. All ages. 9am. Free, pre-reg required. Buenaventura Trailhead, Bottom of Buenaventura. (541)388-5004. “The Knack” Family Crafting Event; Redding. Kids ages 3 & up are invited for a hands-on craft experience. While supplies last. 4-6pm. Free, children must be supervised by an adult. Michael’s arts & crafts store, 1070 Hilltop Dr. (530)223-9514. Toddler Tales Storytime At Redding Library. Enjoy stories, music & crafts in the children’s story room. Ages 1½-3yrs. 10:30-11:30am. Play the Wee Read game! 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. NanoDays 2012: The Biggest Event For The Smallest Science; Redding. Nationwide festival about nanoscale science. 4/2-6, 10am-4pm. See the 2nd.

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in the final class of the series. Learn about singing, movement & dance as Teacher Claudia shares her love of rhythm & music. Snacks served. 10:30am. $10/class, pre-reg. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts studio, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2309. Parent’s Night Out; Mt. Shasta. Parents can enjoy an evening out while their children enjoy supervised arts & crafts, games, cooking, music, storytelling & a nutritious meal. For infants & children. 6-9pm. Free, pre-reg. United Methodist Church. 312 W. Alma St. (530)926-3739. Musical: The Wedding Singer; Mt. Shasta. Full of energy, big hair & a great love story! A fun play all ages will enjoy. Tonight 7pm. See the 4th.

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Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 3-4:30pm; Sat 12:30-2:30pm. See the 5th.

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Build Your Own Worm Bin Workshop; Durham. Learn about vermicomposting, & make a worm bin to benefit your garden. All ages. 10am. Pre-reg. Mention North State Parent for special cost of $35 (normally $50). Take home a functioning worm bin complete with worm residents! The Worm Farm, 9033 Esquon Rd. (530)894-1276. Chico Certified Farmers Market; Chico. Enjoy locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, soaps & much more. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine. 2nd & Wall St. (530)893-FARM. Chico Cheer All Stars Open Gym; Chico. Come get extra cheerleading or tumbling practice. Open gym lets you work on anything you desire. Coach avail. to help w/spotting. All ages/abilities welcome. $5/hr or $65/ mo for All Gym Membership. 10-11am. Chico Cheer All Stars Gym, 13310 Cabin Hollow Ct., Suite #110. (530)894-CCAS. Easter At The Patrick Ranch Museum; Durham. An old-fashioned Easter egg hunt hands-on children’s art/ crafts, visit the chicken coop, & explore the ranch. Bring small basket for eggs. All ages. 10am-2pm. $5/car. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway. (530)342-4359. Easter Egg Hunt & Scholarship Fundraiser; Paradise. Easter egg hunt (11am) for ages preschool-6th grade, with a visit from the Easter Bunny. 4H petting zoo, silent auction, goodies galore & fabulous cake walk too. Benefits youth scholarship fund. 10am-12pm. Egg hunt free, fundraising activities small fee. Aquatic Park, 5600 Recreation Dr. (530)872-6393. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. Bring the whole family for a fantastic time of family fun, with family music and a great family price! 6:30-9pm. $10/ family of four, + $2-$3 skate rental. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Home Depot Kids Workshops; Chico & Oroville. Hands-on building workshop for ages 5-12. 9am12pm. Free. Chico: 2580 Notre Dame Blvd. (530)3420477; Oroville: 2150 3rd St. (530)538-0521. Japanese Storytime; Chico. Monthly program features classic tales of Japan, Kamishibai, Japanese songs & crafts. 1pm. Free. Chico Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Keeping Dance Alive!; Chico. A repertory dance concert that celebrates the diversity of dance: ballet, hip-hop, modern jazz, tap, Irish, martial arts & more!  Features the talents of North Valley’s finest dancers, choreographers & musicians.  All ages. 2pm. $14-18. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6785. Roo’s Zoo Kids’ Skate Session; Chico. Join RollerRoo for this specially designed session for kids 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. $5.50/child, includes quad skate rental (parents skate for $2.75); or $25/6-weeks. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601.


GOING PLACES APRIL Spring Jamboree; Chico. Children preschool-3rd grade are invited to celebrate Easter & meet the Easter Bunny. Hunt for eggs, jump in a bounce house & take pictures with real bunnies. Free! Sessions by age: Preschool (w/parent): 10am; Grades K-1: 10:45am. Grades 2-3: 11:30am. Caper Acres at Bidwell Park’s One Mile Recreation Area, (530)895-4711. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Come enjoy a fun storytime for all ages. 2pm. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Water Tank House Juried Art Show; Durham. See works of 54 local artists who have painted, drawn & photographed historic tank houses of Northern California. Tour the Glenwood farm house while visiting. All ages. 10am-4pm. Free admission. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway. (530)342-4359. Wild Flower & Nature Festival; Oroville. Celebrate Butte County nature! Pony rides, Easter pictures, bug jewelry, educational booths, hikes at Table Mountain, food vendors, wildlife photography, art & much more. Fun for all ages. 10am-4pm. Free. Riverbend Park, just off Hwy. 70 at Montgomery St. exit. (530)533-2011. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Have fun learning the yo-yo. Free lessons & practice. 12-2pm. Meet in Diamond Alley behind Bird in Hand, 320 Broadway. (530)893-0545. Musical: The Wizard of OZ; Chico. A classic tale for all ages. Tonight 2pm matinée & 7:30pm evening performance. See the 5th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 6th.

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Afternoon Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Healthy, supervised exercise & fun time for the entire family. Parent spectators welcome, no charge. All ages. 122:30pm.& 2pm-4:30. $4/session or $5/both sessions; includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. All ages are invited to come enjoy an inground foam pit & large tumble track. Sat, 1-3pm. $5/2hrs! 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Barnes & Noble Jr. Storytime; Redding. Children of all ages enjoy wonderful stories at this fun storytime. 11am. Free. 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Charlie Rabbit Gardening Program; Redding. Join Charlie, Turtle Bay’s adorable jackrabbit puppet, for interactive gardening activities. For ages preschool to 7yrs, with adult; siblings welcome. Wear gardening clothes! 10:30am. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (in rain meet in Greenhouse), 1100 Arboretum Dr. (530)242-3178. Easter Craft Camp; Redding. Fun craft event for ages 6-12. 10am-12pm. $25/child, pre-reg. Call for info. The Fabulous Fabric Shop, 1814 Churn Creek Rd. (530)221-1608. Evening Art For Families; Redding. Enjoy creative quality time painting with your family at All Fired Up! ceramic & art studio. 5-8pm. $2 per family member. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Open Gyms; Redding. Kids have a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Ages 5 & under: 9-10am, $3/ child; Ages 5-14: 10:30am-12:30pm, $6/child. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Members of the Shasta Genealogy Society assist with family history questions & research. W/Sat 1-4pm. Free. Drop-in okay. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7252. Home Depot Kids Workshops; Redding. Hands-on building workshop for ages 5-12. 9am-12pm. Free. 1200 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-1313. Kid’s Planting Party; Redding. Fun & popular annual event! Kids learn planting techniques while creating cheery Easter baskets of flowers to give as a gift or keep to enjoy. Ages 2-17 (parents supervise their little ones). 10am-12pm. Free. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Rd. (530)365-2256. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gyms;

Redding. Run, tumble & bounce practice in a 10,000 sq. ft. fully-matted gym designed for safe & progressive gymnastics. All ages welcome. 2 sessions: Ages 7 & under: 11am-12pm, $5; Ages 8+, 12-2pm: $5hr/non-members, $6/2hrs/members. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Rock ‘N’ Bowl; Redding. Enjoy a night of bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Two sessions: 6:308:30pm, $10, & 9pm-midnight, $15, price includes shoe rental. Shasta Lanes, 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. Bowling with music & light show. $12, includes shoes & sodas. 9-11pm. 1701 Bruce Dr. (530)365-3323. Roses & Rust Spring Show; Redding. Awarded “Top 10 Romantic Flea Markets” by Romantic Homes Magazine, this vintage market offers treasures for your home & garden from French chic to rustic farm, up-cycled, salvaged & re-purposed goods, plus handcrafted jewelry, food, music & more! 8am-5pm. $5 entry. Redding Civic Auditorum. 700 Auditorium Dr. Run For The Wild; Anderson. 5 mile run/2 mile walk plus hatchling quarter-mile run for pre-schoolers thru 5th grade. This year feature’s children’s activities: make your own pizza & make a bird feeder. Fundraiser for Shasta Wildlife Rescue & Rehab. Center. 8:3010am. $18/adult, $8/age 18 & under. Anderson River Park. (530)378-1040. Saturday Roller Skate Session; Redding. Healthy fun & exercise–meet your friends for fun. All ages. 122:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Shasta Wildlife Open House & Baby Shower; Anderson. Learn about the Shasta Wildlife Rescue & Rehab. Center & how they help wildlife with the goal of return to the wild. Meet animal ambassadors of Center’s ed. programs. Help by bringing a “shower” gift (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) for orphaned baby wildlife; call for items needed. Free. 10am-1pm. Shasta Wildlife Center at Anderson River Park. (530)917-0930. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. Tweens & young teens are invited to roller skate & dance. Fun music, video arcade, well-supervised. Parents can drop in (no charge). Skate 7-9pm; Dance 9-11pm. $4/skate, $4/ dance; $6/both, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. T’ai Chi Sword Class For Kids; Redding. T’ai Chi Sword is a form of martial arts utilizing safe, wooden swords for practice. an exercise in concentration, focus, selfawareness & self-defense. Ages 8-13. Sat, 11:30am12:30pm, thru Dec. $35/mo, by pre-reg. Bohemian Art Loft, 3304B Bechelli Lane. (530)229-7818. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®; Redding. Unique opportunity for men to educate our community as they literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. Annual international event raises awareness to stop gender violence. Children & women can walk too. Rain or shine; pre-reg 9am at Mary’s Pizza (both), walk 10am. Walkers collect sponsorships-$100 qualifies for commemorative T-shirt. North end of Market St. Promenade. (530)244-0118 x202. Teen/ Young Adult Business Concept Competition: Redding. Teens & young adults complete for a chance to win cash & scholarship money, while gaining crucial skills for starting & managing a successful business. See contestants in two age categories (14-18 & 19-27) pitch their concepts live. 8:30-11:30am. Shasta College Theatre, 11555 Old Oregon Trail. (530)225-2770.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Ballroom Dance Classes & Practice Party; McCloud. No partner necessary to join the fun! Learn dances, then dance the evening away practicing. All ages. 3 classes: Technique: 10am-12pm, Beg. Ballroom: 6-7pm, Inter./Beg. Ballroom: 7-8pm. $7/class or $10/2 classes; class card avail. Practice Party: 8-10pm, $5 or free w/classes. McCloud River Mercantile Building, 241 Main St. (415)215-2652. College of the Siskiyous Speakers Series; Weed. Dr. Bill Hirt speaks on "Megathrust Earthquakes in the

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GOING PLACES APRIL Pacific Northwest." 7:30pm. Life Science building, rm 3. 800 College Ave. (530)938-5373. Easter Egg Hunt; Dunsmuir. 10am sharp. Bring your basket! Ages toddlers-10. Free. Dunsmuir City Park, 4841 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)926-2138. Easter Egg Hunt; Mt. Shasta, 10am sharp. The Easter Bunny will be there! Bring your basket. Ages toddlers-10. Free. Mt. Shasta City Park, 1315 Nixon Rd. (530)926-2138. “Run & Laugh”; Mt. Shasta. Big fun for tiny bodies. Preschool aged children explore their physical abilities through running, jumping, laughing & more in the best rumpus room in Siskiyou County! Sats, 9-10am. Free. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. 10am. See the 2nd. Musical: The Wedding Singer; Mt. Shasta. Full of energy, big hair & a great love story! A fun play all ages will enjoy. Today 1pm & 7pm. See the 4th.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Home Depot Kids Workshops; Red Bluff. Hands-on building workshop for ages 5-12. 9am-12pm. Free. 2650 Main St. (530)528-8579. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 3-4:30pm; Sat 12:30-2:30pm. See the 5th.

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SUNDAY Easter

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Easter Egg Hunt; Redding. Children through grade 5 are invited to hunt for eggs today (bring a basket), and older kids are invited to help hide the eggs ahead of time. 11:15am, after the church service. All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Dr. (530)243-1000. Easter Party; Palo Cedro. Second annual family fun event! Potluck & BBQ, egg decorating & Easter egg hunt, small petting zoo, fun games & prizes for everyone. All ages. 12am-3pm. Free. Palo Cedro Experimental Farm & Research Station, 9027 Silver Bridge Rd. (530)547-7346 Group Scooter Ride; Redding. The Scooterville Scooter Club of Redding, whose motto is “Living life in the slow lane,” invites scooting families & likeminded individuals to join their fun monthly group ride. All street legal scooters welcome! 1:30pm. Free. Lowe’s Home Center parking lot, 1200 E. Cypress Ave. (530)604-6020. Living Promise Church Easter Celebration; Anderson. Everyone is invited to enjoy a 10am Pancake Breakfast & 10:30am Easter Egg Hunt (ages toddlers-4th grade). Easter service & Kid’s Church open to all at 11am. Free. Anderson Union High School, 1471 Ferry St. (530)209-2293. Family Fun Day At All Fired Up!; Redding. All studio fees are $4 today–bring the family for creative fun. 12-6pm. See the 1st. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Unlimited bowling 9-11pm. See the 1st.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Family Singing Circle; Mt. Shasta. Gather family & friends for an informal circle of song. Features all kinds of music...pop, folk, gospel & more. Participant suggestions welcome. Sing your heart out! All ages. 1st & 3rd Sun, 4pm. Sliding scale fee. Ma Shasta, 620 S. Mt Shasta Blvd. (917)371-7594.

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MONDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

Infant Playgroup; Chico. Designed for parents & infants ages 0-6 months. A truly fun place to play with you baby & to meet other caregivers in a creative, safe, loving environment that promotes child development. 9-10:30am. Free. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd.

Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Ongoing hands-on science class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 2nd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Cooking Class: Salads & Sides; Palo Cedro. In this free class, learn how to make delicious dressings & sides to complement your meals. For adults. Two times: 9:30am & 6pm. Free, class size is limited, prereg required. Cow Creek Community Church, 10168 Deschutes Rd. (530)547-5483. Baby Bookworms At Redding Library. For infants & toddlers ages 6mos-2½yrs & their parent/caregiver. 10:30am. Free. See the 2nd. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up!; Redding. Creative studio time for families. 12-6pm. See the 2nd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. All ages: 11am-12pm; Ages 12+: 6-7pm. See the 2nd.

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Building Better Relationships With Your Teen Series; Mt. Shasta. Facilitated by licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Mike Pautz, this 3-week class series helps parents learn to listen to their teen & to reinforce/validate their feelings; establish successful communication strategies; identify alternatives to grounding; identify messages you are sending to your teen. 6-8pm. Free, pre-reg. (530)926-1400. Community Soup Luncheon; Dunsmuir. Come in for homemade soup & enjoy the company of others. All ages welcome. 12-1pm. Free. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Storytime; McCloud. 10-11am. See the 2nd. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Monday Morning Playgroup; Mt. Shasta. Interactive, parent/child playgroup facilitated by a Child Development Specialist. Ages 1-5. 10:30-11:30am. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 2nd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Preschool Story Hour; Corning. Offers education & entertainment geared for children ages 18mos6yrs. Enjoy quality time with your child, focused on literacy. 10am. Tehama County Library, 740 Third St. (530)824-7050.

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TUESDAY

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Beginning Sign Language Class; Paradise. Learn & build your ASL skills in this weekly class. 12-2pm. All ages welcome. Free. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Family Special Needs Support Group; Chico. Share your challenges of raising a child with special needs & build a supportive network. Childcare & homework help provided. Potluck 5:30pm; Group 6-8pm. ARC, 2020 Park Ave. (530)891-5865 x119. Play Chess!; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome! 3:305pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. The Mom Spot; Paradise. Moms of children ages 5 & under, & pregnant moms, are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast, socialize, listen to a speaker, & make high-quality crafts. On-site childcare for children to age 5. 9-11:30am. $10/annual reg; $2/event donation suggested. Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Rd. (530)877-7069. All About Numbers!; Chico. Ongoing hands-on educational class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 3rd. Bittie Baby & Me Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Calming


GOING PLACES APRIL Your Crying Baby. For parents w/babies 0-3mos. 10:30am-12pm. See the 3rd. Cheernastics Class; Chico. A great way to get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 3rd. Dolce! Music & Movement Class; Chico. For infants/ newborns-18mos & their caregivers. 9:30-10:15am. See the 3rd. Preschool Storytimes At Chico Library. For ages 3-5yrs. 10am & 11am. See the 3rd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd.

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Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. All ages are invited to come enjoy an inground foam pit & large tumble track. Tu/Th, 10am-12pm. $5/2hrs! 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Becoming A Love & Logic Parent Basics; Redding. Get an overview of Love & Logic parenting principles that foster responsible, respectful & happy kids & decrease the stress of parenting. 6-8:30pm. Free, prereg, childcare avail by request. Risen King Community Church, 6100 Oasis Rd. (530)244-2300. Haven Humane Society’s 2nd Tuesday Dinner Club; Redding. Enjoy restaurant dining & support Haven Humane Society. Tonight Marie Calendar’s will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds when presented with a “Dine & Donate” flyer, available at Haven Humane Society or their website. 5-9pm. 1987 Hilltop Dr. (530)223-4310. Preschool Page Turners; Redding. Children ages 3-6 years enjoy a special storytime, craft & music. 10:3011:30am. Free. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Teen Advisory Board Meeting; Redding. Teens may join the Redding Library Teen Advisory Board. Members help choose books & give their input about activities & library policies that affect teens. Grades 9-12. 6pm. Free, by application. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Chess At The YMCA; Redding. For chess players of all levels - learn the game or hone your skills. All ages. T/ Th 6-7:30pm. Free. See the 2nd. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research your family history. 10am-12pm. See the 3rd. Guitar Hero At The Redding Library. 4pm. See the 3rd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gym; Redding. All ages: 11am-12pm. See the 3rd. Preschool Page Turners At Redding Library. 10:30am. See the 3rd. Round Table Pizza Family Fun Night; Redding. 6-8pm. See the 3rd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Knitting Group; Dunsmuir. Come work on your knitting projects. All ages & levels of knitting experience welcome, help available. 1-3pm. Free. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Kids hop aboard the Siskiyou Arts Bus & explore creativity. Ages 9+ (young ages okay w/parental supervision). T/W/Th, 2:45-5pm. See the 3rd. Beginning Ballroom Dance; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. See the 3rd. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am. See the 3rd. Kids Aikido Class; Mt. Shasta. Playful setting. Ages 6-12. 5:15-6pm. See the 3rd. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 2nd. Toddler Playgroup; McCloud. Great time for ages infant-5yrs & their parents. Siblings welcome.10am. See the 3rd.

THE EVENTS CALENDAR FOR BUTTE, TEHAMA, SHASTA & SISKIYOU COUNTIES TEHAMA COUNTY

School Readiness Playgroup; Los Molinos. Fun developmental & educational playgroup for ages birth5yrs. 10-11:30am. Free. See the 3rd.

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Adoptive Parents Support Group; Paradise. Are you an adoptive parent? Parents of all forms of adoption are invited to meet other adoptive parents. Share support & encouragement. 9:30-11:30am. Free. Paradise Family Resource Center, 6241 Skyway. (530)879-3861. Harlem Gospel Choir; Chico. The Harlem Gospel Choir returns to spread their message of joy & love through blues, jazz & gospel music. An evening of foot-stomping, hand-clapping entertainment celebrating African-American culture & inspirational music. All ages. 7:30pm. $18-30. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6785. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Children are invited to come hear wonderful stories. 11am. All ages. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494.

All About Books!; Chico. Ongoing class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 4th. Babies Love Books; Chico. Share stories, bounces & songs with your little one, 0-18mos. Two sessions: 9:30am & 10:30am. See the 4th. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Dance For Children; Chico. Fun class for boys & girls ages 5-11. 3:30-5pm. See the 4th. Preschool Skate; Chico. Special skate time for little ones. 9:30-10:45am. See the 4th.. Resume & Job Search Workshop; Paradise. All ages, teens welcome. 3-5pm. Free. See the 4th Toddler Playgroup; Chico. Parents & toddlers ages 15-24 months enjoy playtime together. 9-10:30am. See the 4th. Whole Living Nutrition & Wellness Series; Chico. Six week nutrition & wellness course. All ages. 6:307:30pm. Free, drop in okay. See the 4th.

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stories. After, mix colors & have fun finger painting. 11:30am-12:30pm. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Ballroom Dance Classes; Redding. All ages. 6:3010pm. See the 4th. Basketball Open Gym For Youth; Anderson. For middle & high school youth. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. See the 4th. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn about your family history. W/Sat 1-4pm. See the 4th. Toddler NOOK Storytime; Redding. Stories & live music. 10am. See the 4th.

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Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Kids hop aboard the Siskiyou Arts Bus to explore creativity through painting, jewelry making, sewing & more. Ages 9+ (young ages okay w/parental supervision). T/W/Th (except school holidays). 2:45-5pm, thru 5/27. Free. Mt. Shasta Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)859-2309. Songs & Stories For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Children enjoy fun stories & sing along to live music. An adult must accompany young children. Ages five & under (infants welcome). 10:30am. Mt. Shasta Community Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)926-2031. Storytime at Dunsmuir Library; Dunsmuir. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. Responsible adult must accompany child. 3:304:30pm. 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2035. Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 4th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Tango for Parkinson’s; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 12-1pm. See the 4th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 2nd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Community Nurturing Parenting Skills Workshop; Red Bluff. Learn the fundamental principles & practices of the Nurturing Parenting Program. Includes discussion, videos & hands-on activities. Learn strategies & techniques that enhance empathy, selfworth, personal empowerment & discipline with dignity. For parents. 4-6pm. Free. Red Bluff Family Resource Center, 220 Sycamore St. # 101. (530)528-7947. School Readiness Playgroup; Corning. Fun developmental & educational playgroup for ages birth5yrs. 10-11:30am. Free. See the 4th.

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All In the Timing; Chico. Five hilarious, delightful one-act plays make the point that communication is largely a comedy of errors. This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire & just plain fun. Ages 10+. 7:30pm. $5. Center for the Arts, PV High School, 1475 East Ave. (530)891-3050. Caregiver Resource & Self-Care Training; Oroville. For anyone caring for someone else’s child. Join facilitators Susan Patricio, MS, RN & Nancy Collins, for support, resources & learning about better self-care. 11am-1pm. The Greater Oroville Family Resource Center, 1720 Daryl Porter Way. (530)809-0444. Creative Art Activities Classes; Chico. Ongoing class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. Each class includes art activities, social interactions, games & puzzles. Bring snack. Thurs, 10:30am-12pm, thru 5/31. $6/class w/ class card, drop-in $9/class (open until class fills). Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Downtown Chico’s Thursday Night Market; Chico. Certified farmers market-fresh produce, cut flowers, delicious food, arts & crafts, entertainment & more. Tonight features: Ballroom Dance Club, Tyler Matthew Smith, Adrian Buckaroogirl, Daygone, Saturday’s Son Music, Roundhouse Ronny balloon clown, Rick’s www.northstateparent.com • April 2012

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GOING PLACES APRIL $8; pre-reg required, join anytime. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. Jazz Night; Dunsmuir. Explore the world of jazz with Victor Martin. Interesting, informative & lots of fun. Refreshments provided. Ages 11 & up. 6-8:30pm. $3. Dunsmuir Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)530-235-4400. Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 5th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 2nd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Chico Performances presents the Harlem Gospel Choir (back by popular demand!) in a lively evening celebrating AfricanAmerican culture and the inspiration of gospel music. See the 11th.

Balloons, spray paint art. 6-9pm. Broadway at 2nd & 5th Sts. (530)345-6500. Playtime & Class; Chico. Stories & craft for all ages. 6-9yrs. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Playtime & Class; Oroville. Join guest specialist Susan Neben, speech therapist, with your little ones ages birth to 3yrs. Special informative playtime. 11am. Free. Oroville Library Conference room. 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7641. Preschool Storytime At Durham Library. Toddlers & preschoolers enjoy stories, songs & a craft. 10am. Free. 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Thursday Playtime; Paradise. Join library staff & community resource professionals for a fun-filled event with toys, books & activities. Ages 0-3. 2nd Th, 10am11am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Cheernastics Class; Chico. A great way to get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 3rd. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. 1-4pm. Free. See the 5th. Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly support group for mothers with children of all ages.10:30am-12pm. See the 5th. Musical: The Wizard of OZ; Chico. A classic tale for all ages. Tonight 7:30pm. See the 5th. Oroville Fire House Farmers Market. Fresh produce & goods available year-round. 11am-3pm. El Medio Fire Station, 3515 Myers St. See the 5th. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Anderson Library Storytime; Anderson. Children enjoy stories, a craft, stickers & songs. All ages. 3:30pm. 3200 West Center St. (530)365-7685. Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. All ages are invited to come enjoy an inground foam pit & large tumble track. Tu/Th, 10am-12pm. $5/2hrs! 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Children & Teens Grief Support Groups; Redding. For children grieving any death loss. Co-facilitated by professional counselors. Separate simultaneous groups for ages 6-12yrs, 13-18yrs & parents/grandparents. 3/1-29, 4:30-5:30 pm. Free, this session’s final reg day is today. (530)245-4070. Scooterville Social; Redding. Scooter families & fanatics! Bring your ride & hang out with other motor scooter enthusiasts at this monthly gathering hosted by the Scooterville Scooter Club of Redding. All ages.

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6:30pm. Location varies, call for info. (530)604-6020. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am. See the 3rd. Kids Kung Fu Class; Anderson. 4-8yrs: 5:30-6:15pm; ages 9+: 6:16-7pm. See the 5th. Little Explorers: Celebrate Spring; Redding. For ages 2-5 year olds & their parents. 10am. See the 5th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gym; Redding. All ages: 11am-12pm. See the 5th. Tumbling Class; Anderson. Ages 4-8. 5-6pm. See the 5th. Wii Games; Redding Library. Ages 10-17. 4pm. Free. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Kids hop aboard the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects inside the bus’ art studio. A positive place to explore creativity through painting, jewelry making, sewing & more. Ages 9+ (young ages okay w/parental supervision). T/W/Th (except school holidays). 2:455pm, thru 5/27. Free. Mt. Shasta Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)859-2309. Beginning Drawing For Kids; Mt Shasta. Easy-tofollow drawing lessons for children who would like to improve their artistic skills. Weekly lessons focus on specific themes. Ages 6-18. 3:30-5pm, thru 5/31.

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group; Red Bluff. Monthly meeting for breastfeeding mothers & their nursing children. Includes discussion, information & support. 11am. Free. Sunrise Bible Fellowship, 965 Jackson St. (530)526-6818. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 3-4:30pm; Sat 12:30-2:30pm. See the 5th.

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Art Show Benefit Reception; Chico. "Celebrate Children & Families"-a multi-media art exhibit. Includes artwork by children, raffle & silent auction. Benefits the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Butte County. All ages. 7-9pm. Free. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St. (530)519-4248. Friday Drop-in Basketball For Teens; Magalia. Drop in to get a great workout & enjoy scrimmage play (teams formed each week). Supervised. Ages 15+. 6:30-8:30pm, thru May. $1. Cedarwood Elementary School, 6400 Columbine Rd. (530)872-6393. Rhythm ‘n Motion Dance Show; Paradise. The Paradise Dancers present a vaudeville-type showcase performed & produced by local teens. It’s the Paradise Dancer’s largest fundraiser of the year–come have fun while supporting this great after-school program. $12/general, $10/student/seniors, $17/reserved. 7pm. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunnely Rd. (530)877-9771. Scrapbooking Event; Chico. Bring your photos & supplies for a day of scrapbooking. Enjoy the use of 110+ stamp sets, markers/inks, Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine & dies, decorative punches, tools & more! All ages. Two sessions: 9am-2pm & 6pm11pm. $10/session, pre-reg. The Stamp Shack, 472

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Southbury Ln. (530)899-7126. Stories, Songs & Crafts At Paradise Library. Bring little ones ages 3-5 to enjoy stories & craft making, & songs too! 11-11:45am. 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Storytime At Gridley Library. Storytime, music & crafting fun for children of all ages. 10am. 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Toddler Storytimes; Chico. Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 1-3yrs. Two storytimes: 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. All In the Timing; Chico. Five hilarious one-act plays make the point that communication is largely a comedy of errors. Ages 10+. 7:30pm. $5. See the 12th. Blue Oak Charter School Tour; Chico. Tour the school & learn about Waldorf education. 9-10am. see the 6th. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Chapmantown Farmers Market & Food & Fitness Festival; Chico. 2-5:30pm. See the 6th. Family Swim; Chico. 5-8pm. $2. See the 6th. Friday Evening Sessions At Cal Skate; Chico. All ages. 4 sessions, starts 7pm. See the 6th. Kids In Motion: Kids’ Night Out; Chico. 6-9:30pm. See the 6th. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group; Chico. Mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Children welcome. 10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Montessori Zoology Class; Chico. Fun science class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. See the 6th. Musical: The Wizard of OZ; Chico. A classic tale for all ages. Tonight 7:30pm. See the 5th. Playgroup For Toddlers; Chico. For families with children ages 2-3. 9-10:30am. See the 6th. Rowell’s Pals Playgroup; Chico. A diverse playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. 1011am. Free. See the 6th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 5th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Alive After Five Art Night; Redding. Relax & unwind with refreshments & desserts while painting with family & friends. $1.99 studio fee per painter, from 5-9pm. Call to reserve a table. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Kids’ Night; Redding. Kids, this is your night! Play active games, watch movies, enjoy arts & crafts, use the computer lab, enjoy a healthy snack & much more. Grades K-6. Fri, 6-8pm, thru 4/27. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4375. Music Adventures; Redding. Children ages 9mos4yrs are introduced to musical instruments & music appreciation in a fun play setting. Parent involvement required. Fri, 9:30-10am, 4/13-5/4. $26/4-class session. Enterprise Community Room, 4000 Victor Ave. (530)225-4095. Read To Me Book Club; Redding. Early literacy program encourages the love of books, inspires learning & prepares children for kindergarten. Themed story time, art activities & weekly book bag exchange. Ages 2-5. Fri, 9:30-10am, thru 4/27. $20/session (Y members $10). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Toddler Tales Storytime At Redding Library. Enjoy stories, music & crafts in the children’s story room. Ages 1½-3yrs. 10:30am. Play the Wee Read game! 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Family Fun Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Rent a lane & bring family & friends for a night of bowling fun! 6:30-8:30pm. See the 6th.. Family Fun Night Skate; Redding. 7:30-10:30pm. See the 6th. Kids’ Fun Friday At All Fired Up!; Redding. 128pm. See the 6th. Kids’ Night; Redding. Fun night for kids in grades K-6. 6-8pm. Free. See the 13th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gym; Redding. All ages: 11am-12pm. See the 6th. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9:30-11pm. See the 6th.


GOING PLACES APRIL SISKIYOU COUNTY

Artists’ Reception: eARTh Day Exhibit; Mt. Shasta. Come see this fun new exhibit that recycles materials into art. 5-8pm. Exhibit runs 4/10-5/7. Free. Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery & Cultural Center, 418 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)926-1294. Family Fun Night Dinner & Bingo; Mt. Shasta. Free family event with a full spaghetti dinner, & family bingo with a variety of prizes from local businesses! For parents with children pre-K thru school-aged. 6pm Free. Mt. Shasta City Park Recreation Center, 1315 Nixon Rd. (530)926-1400. Musical: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Weed. The COS Music & Theatre Departments’ spring musical is a hilarious tale of “overachiever’s angst,” chronicling 6 quirky adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Ages PG-13. Tonight 7pm. $8-$10. College of the Siskiyous Kenneth Ford Theater, 800 College Way. (530)938-5373.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 3-4:30pm; Sat 12:30-2:30pm. See the 5th.

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BUTTE COUNTY

Book Sale At The Oroville Library; Oroville. Get great deals on good books & support the library. 10am-2pm. 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Chico State Expo 125; Chico. A community open house that includes family activities, hourly tours, performances, student showcases, free goodies & more. See how much fun you can have at Chico State. 1-5pm. Free. On the Chico State Campus. Infant/Pediatric Safety & CPR Class; Chico. Covers making your child’s environment safe, preventing common childhood accidents, & infant/child CPR. Ages 18+. 9am-11:30pm. $35, pre-reg. Enloe Mother & Baby Education, 251 Cohasset Rd. #120. (530)332-3970. Kids’ Build & Grow Clinic At Lowe’s; Chico. Give your child the opportunity to say, “I built it!” Participants create a project using wood, & receive a free apron, goggles, project-themed patch & certificate of merit upon project completion. Ages 5+. Free. 10am. 2350 Forest Ave. (530)895-5130. Poppy Walk & 5K Run; Chico. The Peg Taylor Center’s annual Poppy Walk/5K Run. Families welcome! Pre-reg 7:30am, run starts 8:30am, walk starts 9am. 11am. Free for children 12 & under (can reg for T-shirt); Ages 13 & up: $25/walk, $30/timed run. Reg online at the Peg Taylor Center website or in person at Fleet Feet. Bidwell Park’s One Mile Recreation Area. (530)342-2345. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a wonderful storytime experience. 2pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Have fun learning the yo-yo. Free lessons & practice. 12-2pm. Meet in Diamond Alley behind Bird in Hand, 320 Broadway. (530)893-0545. Chico Certified Farmers Market; Chico. 7:30am-1pm year-round at 2nd & Wall St. See the 7th. Chico Cheer All Stars Open Gym; Chico. All ages/ abilities welcome. 10-11am. See the 7th. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. 6:30-9pm. See the 7th. Musical: The Wizard of OZ; Chico. A classic tale for all ages. Tonight 7:30pm. See the 5th. Roo’s Zoo Kids Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 7th. Water Tank House Juried Art Show; Durham. All ages. 10am-4pm. Free. See the 7th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 7th.

SHASTA COUNTY

20th Annual Spring Plant Sale At Turtle Bay; Redding. Sale includes heirloom vegetables (sell out fast), unusual, drought-tolerant & hard-to-find perennials, shrubs & trees, native plants & ornamental grasses. All grown at the Nursery, & discounted today! 9-2pm. (4/13 members-only sale, 5-8pm). Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Garden Nursery, 1100 Arboretum Dr. (530)242-3178. Enterprise High School Tri-Tip Fundraiser; Redding. EHS Music Boosters’ spring drive-through fundraising dinner includes a hearty portion of tri-tip, BBQ beans, salad & warm bread. You’ll be delighted at the quality. 3-7pm rain or shine. $8. Enterprise High School north parking lot, 3411 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-6601. Family 2nd Saturday: Spring Fling; Redding. Celebrate spring at Turtle Bay: Make your way through a geocaching egg hunt, build a structure to protect an egg in an egg drop, help make a butterfly canopy, & other fun activities. 10:30am3:30pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. GPS Class; Redding. Geocachers & outdoor enthusiasts needing to know their position within 10’ learn global positioning system (GPS) menus, mapping & assessment. For adults (learn & teach your kids). 8am-1pm. $25, pre-reg, includes materials. Teen Center, Caldwell Park, 40 Quartz Hill Rd. (530)225-4095. Boys Grasshopper Baseball; Redding. Boys ages 3-4yrs learn introductory baseball skills & teamwork during this non-competitive, fun activity. Learn hitting, catching, teamwork, base running & positions. Sats, 4/14-5/5, 9-9:45am or 10-10:45am. $20/4 classes; optional t-shirt + $6; pre-reg. Grasshopper Sport Zone, 900 Parkview Ave. (530)225-4095.

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Downtown Chico’s Thursday Night Market is back! Offering fresh produce & cut flowers, entertainment for all ages, arts & crafts, great food & more. See Thursday listings.

Handmade Dash; Redding. Visit 10 shops for a chance to win gift certificates at each, & enjoy a featured handmade designer craft project/demo. Shops: All Fired Up, Sweetspot, The Fabulous Fabric Shop, Great Harvest Bread Co., The Beadman, That Kitchen Place, Red Fox Boutique & Gifts, Boheme Salon & Spa, Sugarplum Cottage & Sere Bella Home. (530)221-1608. Kids’ Build & Grow Clinic At Lowe’s; Redding. Give your child the opportunity to say, “I built it!” Participants create a fun project & receive an apron, goggles, project-themed patch & certificate of merit upon completion. Ages 5+. Free. 10am. Redding: 1200 E Cypress Ave. (530)351-0181.

GREAT GARDENS BEGIN HERE!

20th Anniversary

Celebration April 14, 2012

Join us for a day of classes, vendors, food & drinks. Pottery demo’s throughout the day by Solorio Pottery. Six weeks to pre-kindergarten. 6:30am-6pm, Monday-Friday, year-round.

(530) 243-7883

1755 Airpark Drive • Redding

Across from Benton Park Non-profit CA State License #451370448, #455401518

Wyntour Gardens

8026 Airport Road, Redding (one mile South of the Redding Airport)

(530) 365-2256 Mon-Sat 8am-5pm & Sundays 10am-4pm

www.wyntourgardens.com

Kidz Night Out At Galaxy Gymnastics; Redding. Kids can soar on trampolines, jump in a foam pit & tumble on a padded spring floor, while parents enjoy an evening out. 7-10:30pm. Ages 4-12. $15/child. Pre-reg appreciated. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy, 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Parents Night Out; Anderson. Parents can enjoy a night out without the kids. Kids will enjoy fun, games & dinner & movie with friends. Ages 2 & up. 5-9pm. $25; siblings $15, pre-reg; Drop-in +$5. Athletics Unlimited Gymnastics Center, 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Safe Haven Horse Rescue’s Volunteer Work Day & Lunch; Cottonwood. Meet rescued horses & learn about the ranch. Help brush, groom, give out treats, clean water barrels & pens, organize & clean tack & tack room, & help with projects. Lunch served to volunteers. 9am-3pm. 3950 W. Anderson Rd. (530)347-4941. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Redding. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a wonderful storytime experience. 10am. 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Teen Night; Redding. Teens Quad is a fun place for teens (7th grade & up) to hang out, meet new friends & relax with their peers. Live music, movie nights, computer lab, tutoring, free food, sports, games & more. Sats, 4-8pm, thru 4/28. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4375. Walk With Ease Kick-off Event; Redding. Celebrate & kick-off the Walk With Ease classes with food, freebies & speakers from Redding Recreation, Fleet Feet Sports, Shasta County Health, & more. Learn the importance of walking regularly, proper shoes & nutrition. Ages 18+. 12-2pm. Free. Caldwell Recreation Center, 56 Quartz Hill Rd. (530)225-4095. Wyntour Gardens 20th Anniversary Celebration; Redding. The fun includes vendors, goodies & informative classes: Water Gardens: How to build a pond & using plants for filtration; Growing Citrus; Propagation Basics. See Wyntour’s website for details Ages: adults. Free. 8:30am-5pm. 8026 Airport Rd. (530)365-2256. Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. For all ages & skill levels. 1-3pm. See the 7th. Evening Art For Families; Redding. Creative fun for families at a special price tonight. 5-8pm. See the 7th. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 5 & under: 9-10am; Ages 5-14: 10:30am12:30pm. See the 7th. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn about your family history. W/Sat 1-4pm. See the 4th. Kids On Wheels Skate Session; Redding. 1011:30am. See the 7th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. Ages 7 & under: 11am-12pm: Ages 8+: 12-2pm. See the 7th. www.northstateparent.com • April 2012

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GOING PLACES APRIL bowling after school. M-F 10am-10pm. See the 2nd. Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Ongoing hands-on science class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 2nd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd.

SHASTA COUNTY

The annual Run for the Wild run/walk event in Anderson includes a kids’ “Hatchling” quarter-mile run and children's activities. Raises funds for Shasta Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center. See the 7th. Photo by James Blasquez.

Rock N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 6:308:30pm & 9pm-midnight. See the 7th. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9:30-11pm. See the 7th. Saturday Roller Skate Session; Redding. 12-2:30pm & 2-4:30pm. See the 7th. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Skate 7-9pm; Dance 9-11pm. See the 7th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Arts & Crafts for Kids; Dunsmuir. Artist Debbie Blackwell teaches this fun weekly hands-on art adventure for ages 5-12. 12-2pm. Free. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Ballroom Dance Classes & Practice Party; McCloud. All ages welcome. Three dance classes available prior to the evening’s practice party at 8pm. Fun! See the 7th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. Today 10am. See the 2nd. Musical: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Weed. A hilarious tale of “overachiever’s angst.” Ages PG-13. Tonight 7pm. See the 13th. Presentation & Community Read: Farewell To Manzanar; Mt. Shasta. Art Kameda will talk about the Japanese-American detention centers of WW2. Read Farewell To Manzanar beforehand (copies avail. at the library). Discussion to follow. 7-9pm. All ages. Part of the CA Reads program. Mt. Shasta Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)230-4320. “Run & Laugh”; Mt. Shasta. Big fun for preschoolers. Free! 9-10am. See the 7th.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 3-4:30pm; Sat 12:30-2:30pm. See the 5th.

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SUNDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

Musical: The Wizard of OZ; Chico. Final performance of this classic tale of Dorothy, swept away by a tornado to a magical land & on a quest to see the Wizard of OZ, along with Scarecrow, Tin Man & Cowardly Lion. All ages. 2pm matinée. Pre-sale: $20/adult, $12/child; + $5/door. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd. (530)894-3282.

SHASTA COUNTY

Build It – Keva Planks: Animals; Redding. Did you know that you can build animals with Keva Planks? Eagles and butterflies and scorpions…oh my! 1-4 pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration

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Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Salsa Dance Classes; Redding. Learn the salsa dance, starting with the basics, from instructor Alexandrea Szymanski. Salsa is a Latin dance form with origins in Afro-Cuban dance. All ages. Monthly, 7pm-10pm, thru 12/16. $10/person. Shasta County Arts Council, Old City Hall, 1313 Market St. (530)241-7320. Yarns At The Library; Redding. Ages 9 & up are invited to bring a knitting or crocheting project to work on–get advice from a pro & have fun! 1pm. Free. Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Family Fun Day At All Fired Up!; Redding. All studio fees are $4 today–bring the family for creative fun. 12-6pm. See the 1st. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 9-11pm unlimited bowling. See the 1st.

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BUTTE COUNTY

Infant Playgroup; Chico. Designed for parents & infants ages 0-6 months. A truly fun place to play with you baby & to meet other caregivers in a creative, safe, loving environment that promotes child development. 9-10:30am. Free. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy

Boys Council; Redding. Weekly club for boys ages 9-15. Activities include sports, computer lab, snacks & much more! Builds leadership & teamwork skills. 6-8pm. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4375. Learning From The Masters For Kids; Redding. Children ages 8-9 explore works of Miro, Bonheur, Gauguin, Calder, Toulouse-Lautrec in this handson creative art class series. Concludes w/art show displaying each participant’s 7 pieces of original artwork. Class size limited to 8. Two session times: M/W, 10-11:30am (homeschoolers) & 4-5:30pm, 4/165/9. $190/session, includes materials. Art by Raette, 8367 Placer Rd. (530) 209-7769. Positively Girls Club; Redding. Supportive environment for girls ages 9-15 to get to know each other & their community through girl talk, fun activities & field trips. Make new friends, learning new things & growing positively.6-8pm. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4375. Sock Hop & Ice Cream Social; Redding. The Shasta Family Justice Center kicks off Kool April Nights. Dance to oldies, swing dance lessons, dance & costume contests, make a pizza, 50’s era food & beverages, cars displays. For kids: carnival-style games, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, family portraits & more. 5-9pm. $5, children under 10 free. Redding Civic Auditorium, 700 Auditorium Dr. (530)243-8868. Baby Bookworms At Redding Library. For infants & toddlers ages 6mos-2½yrs & their parent/caregiver. 10:30am. Free. See the 2nd. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up!; Redding. Creative studio time for families. 12-6pm. See the 2nd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. All ages: 11am-12pm; Ages 12+: 6-7pm. See the 2nd.

SISKYOU COUNTY

Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Monday Morning Playgroup; Mt. Shasta. Interactive, parent/child playgroup facilitated by a Child

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TEHAMA COUNTY

Preschool Story Hour; Corning. Offers education & entertainment geared for children ages 18mos-6yrs. Enjoy quality time with your child, focused on literacy. 10am. Tehama County Library, 740 Third St. (530)824-7050.

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BUTTE COUNTY

Beginning Sign Language Class; Paradise. Learn & build your ASL skills in this weekly class. 12-2pm. All ages welcome. Free. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Play Chess!; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome! 3:305pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. All About Numbers!; Chico. Ongoing hands-on educational class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 3rd. Bittie Baby & Me Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Becoming a New Parent. For parents w/babies 0-3mos. 10:30am-12pm. See the 3rd. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Cheernastics Class; Chico. A great way to get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 3rd. Dolce! Music & Movement Class; Chico. For infants/ newborns-18mos & their caregivers. 9:30-10:15am. See the 3rd. Family Special Needs Support Group In Spanish/En Español; Chico. Potluck 5:30pm; support group 6-8pm. Childcare & homework help provided. See the 3rd. MOPS Mothers Of Preschoolers Group; Chico. Moms support, friendship & resources. 9-11:30am. See the 3rd. Preschool Storytimes At Chico Library. For ages 3-5yrs. 10am & 11am. See the 3rd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Teen/Adult Tap Dance Class; Anderson. 7-week course for ages 16 & up. Tues, 5:30-6:30pm, thru 5/29. $20/session. Anderson Community Center, 1887 Howard St. (530)378-6656. Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. All ages are invited to come enjoy an inground foam pit & large tumble track. Tu/Th, 10am-12pm. $5/2hrs! 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Creative/Modern Dance For Youth; Anderson. 7-week course for beginner & intermediate level dancers. Helps students develop flexibility, learn turns & leaps, & work on choreography to age-appropriate music. Ages 8-12. Tues, 6:30-7:30pm, thru 5/29. $18/ session. Anderson Community Center, 1887 Howard St. (530) 378-6656. NAMI Basics; Anderson. 6-week educational program for parents of children (to age18) showing signs of mental illness. Teaches fundamentals of caring for you, your family & your child. A diagnosis is not needed for you to attend. Tu, 6-8:30, thru 4/24. Free, pre-reg required. Anderson Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 3434 North St. (310)508-9366. Teen Writers Group; Redding. Fun & supportive group for teen writers of all genres, or teens wanting to review favorite books. Facilitated by author Charlie Price. 13-18yrs. 6pm. Free. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Young Childrens’ Tap Dance Class; Anderson. 7-week beginner’s tap dance course for young children ages 3.5-7yrs. Tues, 4:30-5:30pm, thru 5/29. $15/ session, pre-reg. Anderson Community Center, 1887 Howard St. (530)378-6656.


GOING PLACES APRIL Chess At The YMCA; Redding. For chess players of all levels - learn the game or hone your skills. All ages. T/ Th 6-7:30pm. Free. See the 3rd. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am. See the 3rd. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research your family history. 10am-12pm. See the 3rd. Guitar Hero At The Redding Library. 4pm. See the 3rd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gym; Redding. All ages: 11am-12pm. See the 3rd. Preschool Page Turners At Redding Library. 10:30am. See the 3rd. Round Table Pizza Family Fun Night; Redding. 6-8pm. See the 3rd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Art Club On The Bus: "Gaman"; Mt. Shasta. In conjunction with a community read of Farewell to Manzanar, we will highlight the Art of Gaman: arts & crafts made by WW2 internees. Projects we will replicate include shell brooches, dolls, cartoons & more. Ages 9+. T/W/Th, 2:45-5pm, 4/17-26. Free. Mt. Shasta Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)230-4320. Knitting Group; Dunsmuir. Come work on your knitting projects. All ages & levels of knitting experience welcome, help available. 1-3pm. Free. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Beginning Ballroom Dance; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. See the 3rd. Kids Aikido Class; Mt. Shasta. Playful setting. Ages 6-12. 5:15-6pm. See the 3rd. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 2nd. Toddler Playgroup; McCloud. Great time for ages infant-5yrs & their parents. Siblings welcome.10am. See the 3rd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

School Readiness Playgroup; Los Molinos. Fun developmental & educational playgroup for ages birth5yrs. 10-11:30am. Free. See the 3rd.

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WEDNESDAY BUTTE COUNTY

Children’s Storytime; Oroville. Enjoy songs, stories, music & craft activities. Ages 3-5yrs. 11am-12pm. Free. Oroville Library Meeting Room, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Homeschool Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. Special skate time for those enrolled in homeschool or charter schools. Family-friendly music & games for the whole family. 12:30-2:30pm. $5.50, includes quad skates. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Preschool Program: Radical Rabbits; Chico. During this program children learn about rabbits & their habitats. Talk a walk to search them, make a rabbit craft & get to pet the Center’s resident rabbit, Sylvester. Ages 3-5. 10-11am. $12, pre-reg. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 East 8th St. (530)891-4671. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Come enjoy wonderful stories. All ages welcome. 11am. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. All About Books!; Chico. Ongoing class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 4th. Babies Love Books; Chico. Share stories, bounces & songs with your little one, 0-18mos. Two sessions: 9:30am & 10:30am. See the 4th. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Dance For Children; Chico. Fun class for boys & girls ages 5-11.  3:30-5pm. See the 4th. Preschool Skate; Chico. Special skate time for little ones. 9:30-10:45am. See the 4th.

Resume & Job Search Workshop; Paradise. All ages, teens welcome. 3-5pm. Free. See the 4th Toddler Playgroup; Chico. Parents & toddlers ages 15-24 months enjoy playtime together. 9-10:30am. See the 4th. Whole Living Nutrition & Wellness Series; Chico. Six week nutrition & wellness course. All ages. 6:307:30pm. Free, drop in okay. See the 4th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Preschool Storytime: Socks, Toes & Holes; Cottonwood. Today’s books: A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon, plus A Hole is to Dig by Maurice Sendak. Songs & games too! 11:30am12:30pm. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Ballroom Dance Classes; Redding. All ages. 6:3010pm. See the 4th. Basketball Open Gym For Youth; Anderson. For middle & high school youth. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. See the 4th. Dog Training Orientation; Anderson. Free. 5:30-7pm. See the 4th. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn about your family history. W/Sat 1-4pm. See the 4th. Toddler NOOK Storytime; Redding. Stories & live music. 10am. See the 4th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Family Fun Night; Dunsmuir. Parents, bring your kids & enjoy dinner, a fun craft & spending time with your children & neighbors. 5-7pm. Free. Dunsmuir Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Storytime at Dunsmuir Library; Dunsmuir. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. Responsible adult must accompany child. 3:304:30pm. 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2035. Art Club On The Bus: "Gaman"; Mt. Shasta. Special art series on the bus highlights the Art of Gaman: arts & crafts made by WW2 internees. Ages 9+. T/W/Th, 2:45-5pm, 4/17-26. See the 17th. Baby & Me Group; Mt. Shasta. Connect with other parents with children birth-1yr in a safe, fun & informative facilitated group. 1st & 3rd Weds, 1011:30am. See the 4th. Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 4th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd.

Shasta County’s Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge is a great weekend family outing, and even offers art supplies for creating your own masterpiece at the falls! It happens over two weekends during National Park Week; see the 21st. Photo: National Park Service

Songs & Stories For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Stories & singing to live music for ages 5 & under (infants welcome). 10:30am. See the 4th. Tango for Parkinson’s; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 12-1pm. See the 4th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 2nd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

School Readiness Playgroup; Corning. Fun developmental & educational playgroup for ages birth5yrs. 10-11:30am. Free. See the 4th.

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THURSDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

After School Storytime; Chico. Stories & craft for all ages. 6-9yrs. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Babies Love Books Storytime; Oroville. Babies ages 0-18mos enjoy connecting through rhymes, songs & books during this special program. 11am. Free. 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7641. Caregiver Resource & Self-Care Training; Chico. Facilitated group offers support, training info for better self-care, & resources for anyone caring for someone else’s children. 11am-1pm. Butte College Foster/Kinship Care Ed Center, 2491 Carmichael Dr. Ste 300. (530)897-6235.

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Downtown Chico’s Thursday Night Market. Certified farmers market-fresh produce, cut flowers, delicious food, arts & crafts, entertainment & more. Tonight features: Special Event “This I Believe: Teachers Inspire a Community,” Chuck’s Place, Suzanna Holland, Roundhouse Ronny balloon clown, Catch it Quick!, Seamless Magic. 6-9pm. Broadway at 2nd & 5th Sts. (530)345-6500. Eat Right When Money’s Tight; Chico. Learn to create a delicious, healthy meal for under $10; April features a curry dish. Includes "Harvest of the Month" & a whole grain! Tastings, food bags for qualifying families, & children's activities. 6-7pm. Free, by pre-reg. OPT for Healthy Living, 1311 Mangrove Ave., Ste. E. (530)3450678. Infant & Toddler Storytime; Paradise. Songs, story & music for little ones ages 0-3. 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Oroville Fire House Farmers Market. Fresh produce & goods available year-round at this certified market. 11am-3pm. El Medio Fire Station, 3515 Myers St. (530)592-0889. Preschool Storytime At Durham Library. Toddlers & preschoolers enjoy stories, songs & a craft. 10am. Free. 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Cheernastics Class; Chico. A great way to get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 5th. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. 1-4pm. Free. See the 5th. Creative Art Activities Classes; Chico. Ongoing class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 5th. Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly support group for mothers with children of all ages.10:30am-12pm. See the 5th. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Anderson Library Storytime; Anderson. Children enjoy stories, a craft, stickers & songs. All ages. 3:30pm. 3200 West Center St. (530)365-7685. Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. All ages are invited to come enjoy an inground foam pit & large tumble track. Tu/Th, 10am-12pm. $5/2hrs! 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Bereaved Parents Support Group; Redding. Parents & grandparents grieving the death of a child of any age are invited to this support group. 7-8:30pm. Free, drop-in okay. Mercy Medical Center Board Room, 2175 Rosaline Ave. (530)245-4070. www.northstateparent.com • April 2012

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GOING PLACES APRIL Coffee & Conversation Adoptive Support Group; Redding. Adoptive parents meet for conversation & problem solving. 10-11:30am. Childcare available. Call for location/info: Lilliput Children’s Services. (530)722-9092. Shasta College Horticulture Dept. Plant Sale; Redding. Three-day sale includes many vegetable plants & vegetable garden starters, & a huge variety of flowers, plants & bowls. All plants grown & cared for by Horticulture students. Proceeds buy materials, seeds, & funds for future projects. Today 8am-5pm. Shasta College Farm, 11555 Old Oregon Trail. (530)242-2210. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am. See the 3rd. Kids Kung Fu Class; Anderson. 4-8yrs: 5:30-6:15pm; ages 9+: 6:16-7pm. See the 5th. Little Explorers: Celebrate Spring; Redding. For ages 2-5 year olds & their parents. 10am. See the 5th. Tumbling Class; Anderson. Ages 4-8. 5-6pm. See the 5th. Wii Games; Redding Library. Ages 10-17. 4pm. Free. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Scrapbook Club; Mt Shasta. Join the fun! Bring photos & craft pages to work on your projects. Price includes use of tools, space, glue & glitter. Additional supplies avail. for purchase. Ages 6 & up. 3rd Th, 6-8:30pm. $6, drop-in okay. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. Identifying & Understanding Child Trauma; Mt. Shasta. Join licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Mike Pautz for this special presentation to identify & understand trauma & its associated behaviors in children, including bed wetting, nightmares, isolation, etc. Geared for parents, childcare providers & educators. 6-8pm. Free. MSCRC, 109 E. Lake St. (530) 926-1400. Art Club On The Bus: "Gaman"; Mt. Shasta. Special art series on the bus highlights the Art of Gaman: arts & crafts made by WW2 internees. Ages 9+. T/W/Th, 2:455pm, 4/17-26. See the 17th. Beginning Drawing For Kids; Mt Shasta. Weekly themed lessons for ages 6-18. 3:30-5pm. See the 5th. Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 5th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 2nd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Nurturing Parenting Skills Class; Corning. Offers parents strategies & techniques that enhance empathy, self-worth, personal empowerment & discipline with dignity. Discussion, videos & hands-on activities. 4-6pm. Free. Corning Family Resource Center, 1488 South St. (530)824-7670. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 3-4:30pm; Sat 12:30-2:30pm. See the 5th.

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BUTTE COUNTY

American Girls Night; Chico. Join Miss Andi in the Barnes & Noble Children’s Department for a monthly American Girl Book Club meeting. Features art projects, book reads & other fun activities. New members welcome. Ages 5+. 7pm. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Fantastic Friday Playgroup; Chico. The entire gym is open for play! Max two kids per one adult; adult stays with children while they play. Ages walking-5yrs. 1012pm. $5/members, $10/non-members, +$1 siblings. Athletic Horizons, 415 Otterson Dr. (530)893-4967. Friday Drop-in Basketball For Teens; Magalia. Drop in for a great workout & scrimmage play (teams

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THE EVENTS CALENDAR FOR BUTTE, TEHAMA, SHASTA & SISKIYOU COUNTIES formed weekly). Supervised. Ages 15+. 6:30-8:30pm, thru May. $1. Cedarwood Elementary School, 6400 Columbine Rd. (530)872-6393. Ladies Night Out; Gridley. Ladies, come enjoy a movie & good company. 6pm. Gridley Library, 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Stories, Songs & Crafts At Paradise Library. Bring little ones ages 3-5 to enjoy stories & craft making, & songs too! 11-11:45am. 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Storytime At Gridley Library. Storytime, music & crafting fun for children of all ages. 10am. 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Sweet Repeats Kid’s Consignment Sale; Chico. A seasonal 3-day infant, children, teen & maternity consignment sale bringing North State families a great way to buy & sell high-quality gently-used children’s & maternity items. Today 10am-7pm. Free admission & parking. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Art Center Building, 2357 Fair St. (530)636-2448. Toddler Storytimes; Chico. Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 1-3yrs. Two storytimes: 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Wild Women Party At All Fired Up Ceramics Studio; Chico. Wild women, bring your friends & make an exciting clay project. Instruction, clay, glazing & snacks included. For adults. 5:30-8pm. $35, pre-reg. 830 Broadway. (530)894-5227. Blue Oak Charter School Tour; Chico. Tour the school & learn about Waldorf education. 9-10am. see the 6th. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Chapmantown Farmers Market & Food & Fitness Festival; Chico. 2-5:30pm. See the 6th. Family Swim; Chico. 5-8pm. $2. See the 6th. Friday Evening Sessions At Cal Skate; Chico. All ages. 4 sessions, starts 7pm. See the 6th. Kids In Motion–Kids’ Night Out; Chico. 6-9:30pm. See the 6th.

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group; Chico. Mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Children welcome. 10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Montessori Zoology Class; Chico. Fun science class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. See the 6th. Playgroup For Toddlers; Chico. For families with children ages 2-3. 9-10:30am. See the 6th. Rowell’s Pals Playgroup; Chico. A diverse playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. 1011am. Free. See the 6th. Shasta College Horticulture Dept. Plant Sale; Redding. Three-day sale of plants grown & cared for by Horticulture students. Today 8am-5pm. See the 19th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 6th.

SHASTA COUNTY

“A River Of Quilts” Quilt Show; Redding. 3-day quilting event features wearable art, vendors, boutique, demos, door prizes & refreshments. Featured quilter: Don Linn. All ages. Today 10am-5pm. $8. Shasta District Fairgrounds, 1890 Briggs St. (530)223-9233. Choreographers’ Collaboration; Redding. A dance celebration & exhibition displaying the innovative choreography of Shasta College dance faculty & students. Encompasses a mix of contemporary, classical & jazz. All ages. 7:30pm. $5-$7. Shasta College Theatre, Building 500, 11555 Old Oregon Trail. (530)242-7730. Re-Building Star Gala; Anderson. Fun, music, food & great sales as Moore’s Green Goods celebrates Earth day & their first year in business. Entering or cast your vote in a friendly competition of imagination focusing on 3 categories: Re-Claimed, Re-Purposed, Re-Imagined. Ages 2 & up. 10-7pm. Free. 1697 South St. (530)378-2700. Toddler Tales Storytime At Redding Library. Enjoy stories, music & crafts in the children’s story room. Ages 1½-3yrs. 10:30-11:30am. Play the Wee Read

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SISKIYOU COUNTY

Shasta Head Start/COS Kindergarten Transition Fair; Weed. Learn about local kindergarten registration dates & meet & network with other parents in your community. Ages 3-5. 3-5pm. free. COS Student Center, 800 College Ave. (530)938-5352. The Lore Of Shasta's Cloud Ships-From Venus To Lemuria; Mt. Shasta. Learn beliefs about the beautiful space-shipped shaped lenticular cloud formations of Mt. Shasta. Presenter Bill Miesse is a local researcher & expert on lenticular clouds & the lore surrounding them. 7:30pm. Sisson Museum, 1 N. Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508. Musical: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Weed. A hilarious tale of “overachievers’ angst.” Ages PG-13. Tonight 7pm. See the 13th.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Musical: Grease; Red Bluff. Come enjoy this classic musical presented by local high school students. 7pm. $5/general, $10/reserved. “Gala” event on 4/28, 6pm, includes champagne & Hors d’oeuveres ($20). Mercy High School, 233 Riverside Way. (530)527-8313. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 3-4:30pm; Sat 12:30-2:30pm. See the 5th.

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game! 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Family Fun Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Rent a lane & bring family & friends for a night of bowling fun! 6:30-8:30pm. See the 6th. Family Fun Night Skate; Redding. 7:30-10:30pm. See the 6th. Fine Arts Friday At Redding Library. 3:30pm. See the 6th. Kids’ Fun Friday At All Fired Up!; Redding. 128pm. See the 6th. Kids’ Night; Redding. Fun night for kids in grades K-6. 6-8pm. Free. See the 13th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gym; Redding. All ages: 11am-12pm. See the 6th. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 9pmmidnight. See the 6th.. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9:30-11pm. See the 6th.

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BUTTE COUNTY

California Nut Festival; Durham. Fantastic local food, celebrity chef demos, art, music (2 stages), wine, beer & more. Connect with local farmers & learn about locally grown food. All ages. 11am-4pm. $25/adult ($5 discount advanced tix), $10/ child 7-12yrs, under age 6 free; $3 on-site parking; free trolley from downtown Chico, free bike valet. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway. (530)342-4359. Chinese Storytime; Chico. Stories, songs & a craft for all ages. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Kids Fishing Day; Paradise. 14th annual event open to kids ages 3-15. Snack bar, free prizes, free raffles & more. 6am-3pm. Paradise Lake. (530)877-4971. Safe Babysitting Training; Chico. Great class for young adolescents age 11 & up who want to learn how to be a responsible babysitter & gain insight on infant & pediatric CPR techniques. 9-11:30am. $35/person, pre-reg. Enloe Mother & Baby Ed.Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., Suite #120. (530)332-3970. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Children of all ages are invited to come enjoy wonderful stories. 2pm. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Have fun learning the yo-yo. Free lessons & practice. 12-2pm. Meet in Diamond Alley behind Bird in Hand, 320 Broadway. (530)893-0545. Chico Certified Farmers Market; Chico. 7:30am-1pm at 2nd & Wall St. See the 3rd.


GOING PLACES APRIL Chico Cheer All Stars Open Gym; Chico. All ages/ abilities welcome. 10-11am. See the 7th. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. 6:30-9pm. See the 7th. Roo’s Zoo Kids’ Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 7th. Sweet Repeats Kid’s Consignment Sale; Chico. Day 2 of a sensational 3-day infant, children, teen & maternity consignment sale held at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Today 9am-5pm. See the 20th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 6th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Anderson Family Fun Fest–Kid’s Fishing Day; Anderson. Family event includes activities for all ages, info booths, stage performances, free fishing (children & youth under 16). Volunteers avail. to help with poles & bait; limited gear avail. for loan. 9am–3pm. Free. KC Grove, Anderson River Park. (530)378-6656 CPR Training; Redding. Child, pediatric & adult CPR hands-on training. Includes certification card & handbook. Ages 12+. 10am-1pm. $30-$40, pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Family Fun Fest/Kids Fishing Day; Anderson. Performances, demos, interactive info booths, games, food & more. Fun activities for all ages! Free fishing, rain or shine, for kids up to 15 years. Bait provided, some fishing gear available. 9am-3pm. Free. KC Grove, Anderson River Park, 2800 Rupert Rd. (530)378-6656. Junior Storytime; Redding. Weekly storytime for all ages. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1260 Churn Creek Road, Redding. (530)222-2006. North State Symphony Fundraiser Banquet, Redding. The Redding League of the North State offers “A Showcase for Support” featuring an elegant evening

THE EVENTS CALENDAR FOR BUTTE, TEHAMA, SHASTA & SISKIYOU COUNTIES of fine dining & entertainment. All ages. 6:30pm, please RSVP, donations requested. Riverview Country Club, 4200 Bechelli Lane. (530)898-5984. Open House At Whiskeytown Environmental School; 12 miles east of Redding. Opportunity for the community to visit the well-loved outdoor education school that has served kids for 41 years. Bring a picnic lunch & take a hike with a WES Naturalist. All ages. 124pm. Free. NEED Camp at Whiskeytown Lake National Recreation Area. (530) 225-0111. Parent Workshop: Let’s Talk!; Redding. Workshop for parents with children ages 3 & under; childcare provided. Learn simple, engaging activities for facilitating your child’s language development. 10am-12pm. Free. Rowell Family Empowerment, 962 Maraglia St. (530)226-5129. R.E.A.D. Dog Program; Redding. Children ages preschool to 6yrs read aloud to registered therapy dogs. Canine companions from the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program help create a stress-free environment. Children gain selfconfidence & improve reading & communication skills.1-3pm, drop in okay. Free. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Shasta College Horticulture Dept. Plant Sale; Redding. Last day of 3-day sale that Includes vegetable plants & vegetable garden starters, & a huge variety of flowers, plants & bowls. All plants grown & cared for by Horticulture students. Proceeds buy materials, seeds, & funds for future projects. Today 9am-4pm. Shasta College Farm, 11555 Old Oregon Trail. (530)242-2210. Vegetable Gardening Workshop; Redding. Organic gardener Cleo Lane shares info about vegetable gardening in our climate: seasonal planting, growing tomatoes, gardening w/children, pollinators, pests & diseases, & organic gardening methods. 10am–12pm. $3 (members/volunteers free). Meet at Turtle Bay’s

McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Office, 1135 Arboretum Dr. (530)242-3178. Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge; Whiskeytown. Ranger-guided hikes to Whiskeytown Falls. At the falls, create a work of art to take home; art supplies provided. All ages. Starts 9am. $5 per vehicle (day use fee). Reserve space by calling (530)246-1225. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, 14412 J.F, Kennedy Memorial Dr. Women’s Roller Derby Bout!; Chico. Come enjoy the excitement. Doors open 7pm, action starts 8pm. Adv. tix: $10/adults (+$2/door), $5/child under 12, under age 6 free. Cal Skate, Hwy 99 & E. Park Ave. (530)343-1601. “A River Of Quilts” Quilt Show; Anderson. 3-day quilting event. Today 10am-5pm. See the 20th. Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. For all ages & skill levels. 1-3pm. See the 7th. Evening Art For Families; Redding. Creative fun for families at a special price tonight. 5-8pm. See the 7th. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 5 & under: 9-10am; Ages 5-14: 10:30am12:30pm. See the 7th. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn about your family history. W/Sat 1-4pm. See the 7th. Kids On Wheels Skate Session; Redding. 1011:30am. See the 7th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. Ages 7 & under: 11am-12pm: Ages 8+: 12-2pm. See the 7th. Rock N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 6:308:30pm & 9pm-midnight. See the 3rd. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9-11pm. See the 7th. Saturday Roller Skate Session; Redding. 12-2:30pm & 2-4:30pm. See the 7th. Choreographers’ Collaboration; Redding. A dance exhibition featuring innovative choreography. All ages.

7:30pm. See the 20th. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Skate 7-9pm; Dance 9-11pm. See the 7th. Teen Night; Redding. For teens 7th grade & up. Live music, computer lab, tutoring, free food, sports, games & more. 4-8pm. See the 14th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Arts & Crafts for Kids; Dunsmuir. Artist Debbie Blackwell teaches this fun weekly hands-on art adventure for ages 5-12. 12-2pm. Free. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Railroad Memorabilia Viewing; Dunsmuir. See railroad memorabilia, artifacts & historic locomotive photos of equipment that ran through Dunsmuir. Special viewing today, 10am-2pm. Donations appreciated. Dunsmuir Railroad Display Room at the Amtrak Depot, Sacramento Ave. (530) 235-0839. Ballroom Dance Classes & Practice Party; McCloud. All ages welcome. Three dance classes available prior to the evening’s practice party at 8pm. Fun! See the 7th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. Today 10am. See the 2nd. Musical: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Weed. A hilarious tale of “overachievers’ angst.” Ages PG-13. Tonight 7pm. See the 13th. “Run & Laugh”; Mt. Shasta. Big fun for preschoolers. Free! 9-10am. See the 7th.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Musical: Grease; Red Bluff. Come enjoy this classic musical presented by high school students. 7pm. $5/ general, $10/reserved. “Gala” event on 4/28, 6pm, includes champagne & Hors d’oeuveres ($20). Mercy High School, 233 Riverside Way. (530)527-8313.

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GOING PLACES APRIL All ages welcome to come make some rhythm & have fun. No experience necessary. Ages 6-adult. 2pm. Ma Shasta, 620 Mt Shasta Blvd. (917)371-7594. Mount Shasta Earth Day Celebration. 2012 theme: “Mobilize The Earth.” Speakers, exhibits, musicians, food, art, musical children’s parade, fun games, raffle & more. Hosted by the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center. All ages. 12-4pm. Mount Shasta City Park Main Lodge, 1315 Nixon Rd. (530)926-5655. Musical: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Weed. Final performance: COS Music & Theatre Departments’ spring musical is a hilarious tale of “overachievers’ angst,” chronicling 6 quirky adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Ages PG-13. 2pm matinée. $8-$10. College of the Siskiyous Kenneth Ford Theater, 800 College Way. (530)938-5373.

Redding’s “Shasta Living Streets/Family Biking Day” (see the 28th) as well as the Chico Museum’s “The Bicycle: Life on Two Wheels” interactive exhibit (see the Exhibits section) both invite families to celebrate and learn more about world of cycling. Fun is guaranteed!

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 3-4:30pm; Sat 12:30-2:30pm. See the 5th.

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Week of the Young Child  April 22–28

BUTTE COUNTY

Earth Day Concert; Chico. A concert in the plaza to celebrate Earth & all it has to offer. Fun activities & games for kids to play. All ages. 4-7pm. Free. Chico City Plaza, Chico City Plaza. (530)530-891-6426. Sweet Repeats Kid’s Consignment Sale; Chico. Day 3 of a sensational 3-day infant, children, teen & maternity consignment sale held at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Today 10am-2pm. See the 20th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Dine & Donate Fundraiser; Anderson & Redding. 20% of purchases made today 11am-9pm at Mary’s Pizza Shack will be donated to Another Chance Animal Welfare League to help build a “no kill” sanctuary for animals awaiting adoptive families. Present ACAW flyer when making purchases, call (530)547-7387. Mary Pizza Shack loctions: 1901 Highway 273, Anderson; & 1177 Shasta St., Redding.

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It’s All About Nature; Redding. Celebrate Earth Day with a park ranger! Little ones & families use their senses to explore natural wonders on a short walk in the Tower House Historic District. 1pm-2pm. Free. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Tower House parking lot. (530)242-3451 Swing Dance Classes; Redding. Fun monthly class. Learn basics of swing dancing, beginner steps to advance moves. All ages. 4th Sun, 7:30-10:30pm, thru 12/23. $5. Shasta County Arts Council, Old City Hall, 1313 market St. (530)241-7320. “A River Of Quilts” Quilt Show; Anderson. 3-day quilting event. Today 10am-2pm. See the 20th. Family Fun Day At All Fired Up!; Redding. All studio fees are $4 today–bring the family for creative fun. 12-6pm. See the 1st. Fish Feeding At Turtle Bay; Redding. 10:30am. See the 1st. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 9-11pm unlimited bowling. See the 1st. Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge; Whiskeytown. Ranger-guided hikes to Whiskeytown Falls, plus art project. All ages. See the 21st.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Free Tap Dance Class!; Mt. Shasta. Moms & dads, bring the kids to this free introduction to tap dancing.

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Infant Playgroup; Chico. Designed for parents & infants ages 0-6 months. A truly fun place to play with you baby & to meet other caregivers in a creative, safe, loving environment that promotes child development. 9-10:30am. Free. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun hands-on science classes designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. Includes art project. Bring snack. Mons, 10:30am-12pm, thru 5/28. Drop-in $9/class (until class fills); $6 with class card. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Baby Bookworms At Redding Library. Storytime for infants & toddlers ages 6mos2½yrs & their parent/caregiver. 10:3011:30am. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Boys Council; Redding. Weekly club for boys ages 9-15. Activities include sports, computer lab, snacks & much more! Builds leadership & teamwork skills. 6-8pm. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4375.

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Adventures In The Animal Kingdom; Mt. Shasta. Children ages 1+ enjoy an experiential morning of animal interactions, entertainment and interactive arts & crafts; your child becomes royalty as they participate in this special event! 10:30am. Free. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400. Monday Morning Playgroup; Mt. Shasta. Join other parents with children ages 1-5 in this highly interactive, parent/child playgroup facilitated by Child Development Specialist Leah Brown. Theme-based weeks; includes literacy, music, arts & crafts, movement & FUN! Weekly, 10:30-11:30am. Free. MSCRC, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400. Storytime; McCloud. Children enjoy listening to a great kid’s story & enjoy a fun activity too. Participants are given a wonderful book of their own to keep! 10-11am. Free. McCloud Elementary School Preschool, (530)964-3250. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 3rd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:305:15pm. See the 2nd.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

McLaughlin Auditorium - Sequoia Middle School 1805 Sequoia Street, Redding Presentation 7pm-8:30pm. Doors open 6:30pm. Tickets $10, available now at www.first5shasta.com

Fantastic 5 Senses Fun; Redding. Enjoy hands-on art, science & movement activities that encourage child & caregiver exploration of the 5 senses. Take home activity handouts. 10am2pm. Free. Redding Co-op Preschool, 658 Mary St. (530)241-4355. Kindermusik With Lyra New Session; Redding. Children & infants ages birth-7yrs, with their caregiver, learn steady beat, matching pitch, laughing, socialization & brain development, in a loving, caring & clean environment! 10am, Mon or Tue, thru 5/15. $72, Includes materials. Kindermusik with Lyra, 11455 Ridgewood Rd. (530)355-4747. Dine & Donate Fundraiser; Anderson & Redding. Help support Another Chance Animal Welfare League in their quest to build a “no kill” animal sanctuary. See the 22nd. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up!; Redding. Creative studio time for families. 12-6pm. See the 2nd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. All ages: 11am-12pm; Ages 12+: 6-7pm. See the 2nd. Positively Girls Club; Redding. For girls ages 9-15. 6-8pm. Free. See the 16th.

TUESDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

Beginning Sign Language Class; Paradise. Learn & build your ASL skills in this weekly class. 12-2pm. All ages welcome. Free. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Christian Music Family Fun Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Skate to your favorite Christian music at this monthly skate. 6:30-8:30pm. $5.50, includes quad skate rental; group rates avail. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Eat Right When Money’s Tight In Spanish/En Español; Chico. Presented in Spanish: learn to create a delicious & healthy meal for under $10. Free tastings, food bags for qualifying families, & children’s activities. 6-7pm. Free, by pre-reg. OPT for Healthy Living, 1311 Mangrove Ave. Ste. E. (530)345-0678. Play Chess!; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome! 3:305pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. All About Numbers!; Chico. Ongoing hands-on educational class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 3rd. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd.


GOING PLACES APRIL Bittie Baby & Me Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Infant Massage Introduction. For parents w/ babies 0-3mos. 10:30am-12pm. See the 3rd. Cheernastics Class; Chico. A great way to get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 3rd. Dolce! Music & Movement Class; Chico. For infants/newborns-18mos & their caregivers. 9:30-10:15am. See the 3rd. Family Special Needs Support Group; Chico. Childcare & homework help provided. Potluck 5:30pm; Group 6-8pm. See the 10th. Preschool Storytimes At Chico Library. For ages 3-5yrs. 10am & 11am. See the 3rd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd. The Mom Spot; Paradise. For moms of children ages 5 & under, & pregnant moms. 9-11:30am. See the 10th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. All ages are invited to come enjoy an inground foam pit & large tumble track. Tu/Th, 10am-12pm. $5/2hrs! 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Carnival In The Park; Anderson. Open house with interactive activities & outdoor fun for young children & families. Includes healthy snack. 4-6pm. Free. Shasta Head Start-Anderson Park Center, 1600 Veterans Lane. (530)365-7679. CPR Training; Redding. Child, pediatric & adult CPR hands-on training. Includes certification card & handbook. Ages 12+. 5-8pm. $30-$40, pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Little ones ages 5 & under develop motor skills while having a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. 8:30-9:30am. $3/child; under age 4 play with adult. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Kindermusik With Lyra Sample Class; Redding. Free 30-minute Kindermusik class for parents/caregivers & their children ages birth-7yrs. Learn about music, laughter, socialization & brain development in a loving environment! 7pm, prereg. St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 880 Commerce St. (530)355-4747. Preschool Page Turners At Redding Library. Children ages 3-6 enjoy stories, music & crafts in the children’s story room. Play the Wee Read game! 10:30am. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Teen Advisory Board Meeting; Redding. Teens may join the Redding Library Teen Advisory Board. Members help choose books & offer their input about activities & library policies that affect teens. Grades 9-12. 6pm. Free, join by application. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Community Forum: New Hope for Breaking The Grip of Adverse Childhood Experiences; Redding. Presented by Joy Garcia, First 5 Shasta, & Andrew Deckert, MD, Public Health. 12-1:15 pm. Free, limited space, must pre-reg. $5 brown bag lunch avail. Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)244-1219. Chess At The YMCA; Redding. For chess players of all levels - learn the game or hone your skills. All ages. T/ Th 6-7:30pm. Free. See the 3rd. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research your family history. 10am-12pm. See the 3rd. Guitar Hero At The Redding Library. 4pm. See the 3rd. Kindermusik With Lyra New Session; Redding. New series starting for ages birth-7yrs & their caregivers. 10am, Mon or Tue, thru 5/15. See the23rd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gym; Redding. All ages: 11am-12pm. See the 3rd. Round Table Pizza Family Fun Night; Redding. 6-8pm. See the 3rd.

THE EVENTS CALENDAR FOR BUTTE, TEHAMA, SHASTA & SISKIYOU COUNTIES SISKIYOU COUNTY

Art Club On The Bus: "Gaman"; Mt. Shasta. Special art series on the bus highlights the Art of Gaman: arts & crafts made by WW2 internees. Ages 9+. T/W/Th, 2:45-5pm, 4/17-26. See the 17th. Knitting Group; Dunsmuir. Come work on your knitting projects. All ages & levels of knitting experience welcome, help available. 1-3pm. Free. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Beginning Ballroom Dance; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. See the 3rd. Kids Aikido Class; Mt. Shasta. Playful setting. Ages 6-12. 5:15-6pm. See the 3rd. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:305:15pm. See the 2nd. Toddler Playgroup; McCloud. Great time for ages infant-5yrs & their parents. Siblings welcome.10am. See the 3rd.

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School Readiness Playgroup; Los Molinos. Fun developmental & educational playgroup for ages birth-5yrs. 10-11:30am. Free. See

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Children’s Storytime; Oroville. Enjoy songs, stories, music & craft activities. Ages 3-5yrs. 11am-12pm. Free. Oroville Library Meeting Room, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642.

Dance For Children; Chico. Preschooler boys & girls are invited to attend this class today & be coached by older students. Teaches dance skills, movement vocabulary, percussion, choreography & improvisation. Instruction is balanced with creativity, performance & choice time. Wed, 3:30-5pm, thru 5/23. $10/class. Trinity United Methodist Church, 285 E. 5th. (530)345-6324.  Family Fun Night; Paradise. Families are invited to enjoy a night of fun together. Includes dinner, a craft, storytime & a prize give-a-way. 5:30-7pm. Free. Paradise Ridge Family Resource Center, 6249 Skyway. (530)872-3896. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Come enjoy wonderful stories. All ages invited. 11am. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. All About Books!; Chico. Ongoing class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 4th. Babies Love Books; Chico. Share stories, bounces & songs with your little one, 0-18mos. Two sessions: 9:30am & 10:30am. See the 4th. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Preschool Skate; Chico. Special skate time for little ones. 9:30-10:45am. See the 4th. Resume & Job Search Workshop; Paradise. All ages, teens welcome. 3-5pm. Free. See the 4th Toddler Playgroup; Chico. Parents & toddlers ages 15-24 months enjoy playtime together. 9-10:30am. See the 4th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Happy Valley Big Car Race; Anderson. Build & race a child’s cardboard box car, enjoy family resource booths & a spaghetti

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dinner. 4-6pm. Free. Happy Valley Primary School, 16300 Cloverdale Rd. (530)357-2131. Lunch With Community Helpers; Burney. Families enjoy a healthy lunch with local community health & safety helpers, who offer interactive safety activities for children. Check out a fire truck, police car & more. 11am-1pm. Free. Intermountain Community Center, 37477 State Highway 299 East, Burney. (530)335-4600. Preschool Storytime: Community & Careers; Cottonwood. Today’s books: To the Post Office with Momma, and I Want to be a Pilot. A puppet show features careers & community. 11:30am-12:30pm. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Showcase of Storytelling; Redding. Storytelling sessions for children and storytelling techniques for parents; free books! 10:30 am -11 am (ages 0-2), 11:00 am -11:30 am (ages 3-4), 11:30 am - 12:00 pm (ages 4-5). Free. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding. (530) 245-7253 Toddler Storytime with Linda Boyden; Redding. Join special guest & storyteller extraordinaire Linda Boyden for this monthly toddler storytime. 10am. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Welcome to the Jungle; Redding. Games & prizes, family photos, puppet show, storytelling & crafts. Features the powerful animal kingdom in an anti-bullying theme. 10am-2pm. Free. Shasta Family Justice Center, 1670 Market St. (530)243-8868. What Will I Be When I Grow Up?; Cottonwood. A fun experience that introduces young children to career choices, using words, pictures, songs & puppets.11:30am12:30pm. Free. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Ballroom Dance Classes; Redding. All ages. 6:3010pm. See the 4th. Basketball Open Gym For Youth; Anderson. For middle & high school youth. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. See the 4th. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn about your family history. W/Sat 1-4pm. See the 4th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Jazz Night; Dunsmuir. Explore the world of jazz with Victor Martin. Interesting, informative & lots of fun. Refreshments provided. Ages 11 & up. 6-8:30pm. $3. Dunsmuir Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)530-235-4400. Songs, Stories & Puppet Show For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Children & their accompanying adult enjoy fun stories, sing along to live music, & a puppet show on the last Wed monthly. Ages 5 & under (infants welcome). 10:30am. Mt. Shasta Community Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)926-2031. Storytime at Dunsmuir Library; Dunsmuir. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. Responsible adult must accompany child. 3:30-4:30pm. 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2035. Art Club On The Bus: "Gaman"; Mt. Shasta. Special art series on the bus highlights the Art of Gaman: arts & crafts made by WW2 internees. Ages 9+. T/W/Th, 2:45-5pm, 4/17-26. See the 17th. Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 4th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Tango for Parkinson’s; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 12-1pm. See the 4th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:305:15pm. See the 2nd. www.northstateparent.com • April 2012

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GOING PLACES APRIL

Gold Nugget Days in Paradise offers plenty of family fun, including a “Tent City” mining re-enactment, BBQ, kids’ costume contest, craft fair, a "Perils in Paradise" melodrama & more. See the 28th & 29th.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Community Nurturing Parenting Skills Workshop; Red Bluff. Learn the fundamental principles & practices of the Nurturing Parenting Program. Includes discussion, videos & hands-on activities. Learn strategies & techniques that enhance empathy, selfworth, personal empowerment & discipline with dignity. For parents. 4-6pm. Free. Red Bluff Family Resource Center, 220 Sycamore St. # 101. (530)528-7947. School Readiness Playgroup; Corning. Fun developmental & educational playgroup for ages birth-5yrs. 10-11:30am. Free. See the 4th.

An Afternoon of Art & Activities; Redding. Children & parents are introduced to American artists using “Picturing America.” Includes fun art activities & a healthy buffet lunch. 2:30-4:30pm. Free. Shasta Head Start-Shasta College

BUTTE COUNTY

TRANSPORTATION AT SELECTED LOCATIONS • PRENATAL SERVICES •

THURSDAY

After School Storytime; Chico. Stories & craft for all ages. 6-9yrs. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Babies Love Books Storytime; Oroville. Babies ages 0-18mos enjoy connecting through rhymes, songs & books during this special program. 11am. Free. 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7641. Downtown Chico’s Thursday Night Market; Chico. Certified farmers market-fresh produce, cut flowers, delicious food, arts & crafts, entertainment & more. Tonight features: Full Force Dance Co., Jeff Pershing Band, Michael Gregory, Roundhouse Ronny balloon clown, Catch it Quick! & spray paint art. 6-9pm. Broadway at 2nd & 5th Sts. (530)345-6500. Infant & Toddler Storytime; Paradise. Songs, story & music for little ones ages 0-3. 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Oroville Fire House Farmers Market. Fresh produce & goods available year-round at this certified market. 11am-3pm. El Medio Fire Station, 3515 Myers St. (530)592-0889. Preschool Storytime At Durham Library. Toddlers & preschoolers enjoy stories, songs & a craft. 10am. Free. 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Cheernastics Class; Chico. A great way to get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 3rd. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. 1-4pm. Free. See the 3rd. Creative Art Activities Classes; Chico. Ongoing class designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 3rd.

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SHASTA COUNTY

SCHOOL READINESS • EARLY LEARNING • MEALS & SNACKS

SHASTA HEAD START

Shasta Head Start, a non-profit agency, is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young children, one family at a time. We provide opportunities for education, parenting support and resources to families in our communities.

All services are FREE OF CHARGE to eligible families

Any parent/guardian with a child age 0-5 may apply

(530) 241-1036 WWW.SHASTAHEADSTART.ORG

Services offered in Shasta, Siskiyou & Trinity Counties

• SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES • HEALTH SCREENINGS

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Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly support group for mothers of children of all ages.10:30am-12pm. See the 5th. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd.

Children’s Campus, 19711 Shasta College Dr., Bldg. A & B. (530)241-7951. Anderson Library WOYC Storytime; Anderson. Anderson High School FFA students present a “mini” petting zoo. Celebrate the “Week of the Young Child” with FFA teacher George Wold & his delightful students. Each child will receive a book in celebration of the event! All ages. 3:30pm. 3200 West Center St. (530)365-7685. Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. All ages are invited to come enjoy an inground foam pit & large tumble track. Tu/Th, 10am-12pm. $5/2hrs! 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Children’s Luau; Redding. Children enjoy activities that engage fine & gross motor skills, family games & a healthy snack. Special feature: Hands on Health mobile fun & learning station. 5-7pm. Free. Shasta Head Start, Oak View Center, 1156 Del Monte St. (530)722-9114. Coffee & Conversation Adoptive Support Group; Redding. Adoptive parents meet for conversation & problem solving. 10-11:30am. Childcare available. Location/Info: Lilliput Children’s Services. (530)722-9092. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Little ones ages 5 & under develop motor skills while having a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. 8:30-9:30am. $3/child; under age 4 play with adult. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Healthy Smile-Healthy Body; Anderson. Parents, children, & pregnant women learn the importance of a healthy smile-what your child eats & drinks may have a negative effect on their body. Free toothbrushes! In Spanish/En Español too. 10am-12pm. Free. Anderson Teen Center Dance Studio, 2889 E. Center St. (530)225-3748.

• FAMILY SERVICES/PARENT TRAININGS • TEEN PROGRAMS •

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It’s A Big Big World So Let’s Take Care Of It; Redding. Explore Turtle Bay & enjoy special activities at 10am & 11am (must pre-reg): creating a World Tree, making a paperdoll, & science/ecology classes for ages 3-5. 9am-1pm. Reduced admission: $7/adult, $5/child 6 & up, 5 & under free. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. Call to reg: (530)242-3108. Let’s Talk!; Redding. Workshop for parents with children ages 3 & under. Learn simple, engaging activities for facilitating language development. 10am -12pm. Free, childcare provided. Rowell Family Empowerment, 962 Maraglia St. (530)226-5129. Shasta Lake Carnival of Assets; Shasta Lake City. Carnival atmosphere with activity booths, prizes, music, free books for children ages 0-5 & spaghetti dinner. 4pm -6:30pm. Free. John Beaudet Senior Community Center, 1525 Median Ave. (530)225-0411. Verde Vale Child’s Fair; Anderson. Family fun includes interactive activities that enhance child development & strengthen self-esteem; info for families, a healthy dinner & entertainment too. 5-7pm. Free. Verde Vale Elementary School, 19415 Jacqueline St. (530)378-7040. Kids Kung Fu Class; Anderson. 4-8yrs: 5:30-6:15pm; ages 9+: 6:16-7pm. See the 5th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gym; Redding. All ages: 11am-12pm. See the 5th. Tumbling Class; Anderson. Ages 4-8. 5-6pm. See the 5th. Wii Games; Redding Library. Ages 10-17. 4pm. Free. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Family Craft Night; Mount Shasta. Make & take crafts for kids & parents to do together - lots of fun. Healthy snacks included. Ages 5-18. 6-7pm & 7-8pm. $15, pre-reg required for materials prep. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. Family Fun Night; McCloud. Put a spring in your step! Bring the whole family–the fun includes a puppet show, game playing & dinner. Celebrate child abuse prevention month & “no screen” week. Free. Scout Hall, 405 E. Colombero at Hoo Hoo Park. (530)964-3250. Art Club On The Bus: "Gaman"; Mt. Shasta. Special art series on the bus highlights the Art of Gaman: arts & crafts made by WW2 internees. Ages 9+. T/W/Th, 2:45-5pm, 4/17-26. See the 17th. Beginning Drawing For Kids; Mt Shasta. Weekly themed lessons for ages 6-18. 3:30-5pm. See the 3rd. Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 3rd. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:305:15pm. See the 2nd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 3-4:30pm; Sat 12:30-2:30pm. See the 5th.

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FRIDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

Friday Drop-in Basketball For Teens; Magalia. Drop in to get a great workout & enjoy scrimmage play (teams formed each week). Supervised. Ages 15+. 6:30-8:30pm, thru May. $1. Cedarwood Elementary School, 6400 Columbine Rd. (530)872-6393. Montessori Zoology Class; Chico. Designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. Learn about the five vertebrate families: mammals, fish, reptiles, birds & amphibians. Includes art projects.


GOING PLACES APRIL Bring snack. 10:30am-12pm. $9/class (open until class fills); $6/with class card. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Playgroup For Toddlers; Chico. For families with children ages 2-3. Children play, families gather, & friendships bloom. Bring a snack & have a good time! 9-10:30am. $9 (open until full) ); $6/with class card. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Playtime At Gridley Library. Fun for children of all ages. 10am. 299 Spruce St. (530)8463323. Rowell’s Pals Playgroup; Chico. A diverse playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. Come sing, dance, read & play. 10-11am. Free, pre-reg encouraged. Rowell Family Empowerment of N. CA, 3075 Cohasset Rd., #2. (530)899-8801. School’s Out Skate; Chico. Kids enjoy 2 special skating sessions: 1-4pm, or 2-5pm. $5.50; skate rental $2-$3. Cal Skate, Hwy 99 & E. Park Ave. (530)343-1601. Stamp-A-Stack Card Making Class; Chico. Learn stamping techniques for scrapbooking, card making & crafting. Make 12 cards, 3 each of 4 designs, using wonderful rubber stamps. Creative & fun! All ages. Drop in between 10am-7pm. $20, all supplies provided. The Stamp Shack, 472 Southbury Ln. (530)899-7126. Stories, Songs & Crafts At Paradise Library. Bring little ones ages 3-5 to enjoy stories & craft making, & songs too! 11-11:45am. 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Toddler Storytimes; Chico. Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 1-3yrs. Two storytimes: 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Blue Oak Charter School Tour; Chico. Tour the school & learn about Waldorf education. 9-10am. see the 6th. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Chapmantown Farmers Market & Food & Fitness Festival; Chico. 2-5:30pm. See the 6th. Family Swim; Chico. 5-8pm. $2. See the 6th. Friday Evening Sessions At Cal Skate; Chico. All ages. 4 sessions, starts 7pm. See the 6th. Kids In Motion–Kids’ Night Out; Chico. 6-9:30pm. See the 6th. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group; Chico. Mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Children welcome. 10:30am12pm. See the 6th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 6th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Girls Grasshopper Softball; Redding. Girls ages 3-4yrs learn introductory softball skills & teamwork during this non-competitive, fun activity with coach Gina. Learn hitting, catching, teamwork, base running & positions. Fridays, 4/27-5/18, 4:30-5:15pm or 5:30-6:15pm. $20/4 classes, optional t-shirt + $6, pre-reg. Grasshopper Sport Zone, 900 Parkview Ave. (530)225-4095. Mad Hatter Event; Redding. Create-a-hat activity for parents & preschool-age children. 9:30am-11am. Free. Shasta College Early Childhood Education Center, 11555 Old Oregon Trail, Building 3200. (530)242-7601. Teens Group; Anderson. Fun time for teens, including teens with any special needs. Watch movies, play games, make crafts & more. Bring a friend! Ages 1219. 6-8 pm. Free, must pre-register. Anderson Teen Center, 2889 East Center St. (530)226-5129. The Real Heroes: An Evening With Dave Pelzer; Redding. Bestselling author of A Child Called It addresses child abuse & encourages local service providers & caring adults to continue making a difference in the lives of children. 6:308:30pm. $10. McLaughlin Auditorium, Sequoia Middle School, 1805 Sequoia St. (530)229-8304

Toddler Tales Storytime At Redding Library. Enjoy stories, music & crafts in the children’s story room. Ages 1½-3yrs. 10:30-11:30am. Play the Wee Read game! 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Family Fun Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Rent a lane & bring family & friends for a night of bowling fun! 6:30-8:30pm. See the 6th. Family Fun Night Skate; Redding. 7:30-10:30pm. See the 6th. Kids’ Fun Friday At All Fired Up!; Redding. 128pm. See the 6th. Kids’ Night; Redding. Fun night for kids in grades K-6. 6-8pm. Free. See the 13th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gym; Redding. All ages: 11am-12pm. See the 6th. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 9pmmidnight. See the 6th. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9:30-11pm. See the 6th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Author Visit: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston; Mt. Shasta. Houston will be at the Library to discuss her book Farewell To Manzanar, a true story of a Japanese-American family before, during & after their WWII internment camp experience. 7pm. Mt. Shasta Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)230-4320. Friday Art Walk; Mt. Shasta. Enjoy receptions, original art & prints at six participating galleries in downtown Mt Shasta from 4-8pm.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Musical: Grease; Red Bluff. Come enjoy this classic musical presented by high school students. 7pm. $5/ general, $10/reserved. “Gala” event on 4/28, 6pm, includes champagne & Hors d’oeuveres ($20). Mercy High School, 233 Riverside Way. (530)527-8313. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 3-4:30pm; Sat 12:30-2:30pm. See the 5th.

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BUTTE COUNTY

Children’s Faire; Chico. Free, fun family event. Hands-on activities provided for young children; local resource information for parents. Geared for children ages birth to 8yrs;

Chico Montessori Children’s House hosts their annual Open House event. Children ages 3-5 and their parents are invited to tour the school, meet the teachers, and learn about Montessori education. See the 28th.

all ages welcome. Stop by the North State Parent Magazine booth & say hello! 10am-2pm. Free. Chico City Plaza, Broadway & 4th Sts. Chico Nursery School Rummage Sale; Chico. Annual fundraiser for the school. Find great deals on clothing, toys, books, furniture & more. Coffee & donuts are avail. 8am-12pm. $1 entry. Chico Nursery School, 1190 East 1st Ave. (530)891-1723. Craft Fair; Paradise. Part of Gold Nugget Days. Many vendors featuring hand-made art, crafts, food & more. Terry Ashe Park, 6626 Skyway. Gold Nugget Saturday; Paradise. Family fun! Annual Gold Nugget Days commemorates the discovery of the massive 54lb Magalia Nugget. Today: children’s costume contest, “tent city” mining re-enactment, barbecue & more. Free (except food). 12pm-2pm. Gold Nugget Museum, 502 Pearson Rd. (530)872-8722. Kids’ Build & Grow Clinic At Lowe’s; Chico. Give your child the opportunity to say, “I built it!” Participants create a project using wood, & receive a free apron, goggles, project-themed patch & certificate of merit upon project completion. Ages 5+. Free. 10am. 2350 Forest Ave. (530)895-5130. Open House at Chico Montessori Children’s House; Chico. Families are invited to this annual event. See the classrooms & play yard, meet the teachers, find out about Montessori & sign up for the summer and/or fall

CHILDREN’S FAIRE Saturday April 28th

SHASTA COUNTY

from 10:00 to 2:00

City Plaza, Chico (Main & Broadway and 4th & 5th Streets)

Great Local Resources Family Fun • Free!

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programs. For children 3-5 years and their parents. 9:30-11:30am. Free. Chico Montessori Children’s House, 814 Glenn St. (530) 342-5518. “Perils In Paradise” Melodrama; Paradise. Come boo, hiss & cheer…help the good guy prevail! Humorous family fun. Olios entertainment between scenes. All ages. 7pm. $15/adult, special rate for children. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Rd. (530)872-8722. Weekend Childbirth Preparation; Chico. Highly trained registered nurse instructors help prepare you for birth, newborn care & breastfeeding. Promotes individual & family choices, including natural breathing & relaxation techniques & pain management options. 4/28-29: Sat, 9am-4pm & Sun, 9am-1pm. $125/couple, pre-reg. Enloe Mother & Baby Ed. Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., Suite #120. (530)332-3970. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Have fun learning the yo-yo. Free lessons & practice. 12-2pm. Meet in Diamond Alley behind Bird in Hand, 320 Broadway. (530)893-0545. Chico Certified Farmers Market; Chico. 7:30am-1pm year-round at 2nd & Wall St. See the 7th. Chico Cheer All Stars Open Gym; Chico. All ages/ abilities welcome. 10-11am. See the 7th. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. 6:30-9pm. See the 7th. Roo’s Zoo Kids’ Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 7th. Teen Night; Redding. For teens 7th grade & up. Live music, computer lab, tutoring, free food, sports, games & more. 4-8pm. See the 14th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 6th.

for Young Children

A Walk With Turtle Bay’s Horticulture Manager; Redding. Bring notebooks & cameras for this participant-driven program. Walk through the Gardens with frequent stops for discussions about (what else?) plants! 10:30am. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. West Garden Entrance,1100 Arboretum Dr. (530)242-3178. Cardboard Box Fort-Building Contest; Redding. Fathers, positive male role models, families & children build a “fort” using cardboard boxes, duct tape & water-based paint (provided). Fun, creative activity for boys & girls ages 3-11. Awards & prizes for “Most Creative,” “Most Colorful,” & “Biggest Fort.” 2-4pm. Free; pre-reg required by 4/25. Lowe’s parking lot, 1200 E. Cypress Ave. (530)406-9678. Community Free Cycle & Craft Fair; Redding. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Bring your www.northstateparent.com • April 2012

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GOING PLACES APRIL gently used clothing, household items & other goods to share & swap. Includes handmade crafts fair. 10:30am-1pm. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4375. Earth First Young Children’s Zone; Redding. Part of the Whole Earth & Watershed Festival. Families will enjoy 15 different activities for young children, emphasizing selfcare & the 4 Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle, refuse. Baby wearing fashion show, festival exhibits, music, food & more. 10am-3pm. Free. Redding City Hall & Sculpture Park, 777 Cypress Ave. (530)243-2403. Grasshopper Field Day; Redding. Calling all grasshoppers ages 2-5...check out the new Grasshopper Sports Zone fields, meet instructors & try out new equipment with fun activities. 11am-1pm. Free. Grasshopper Sport Zone, 900 Parkview Ave. (530)225-4474. Kids’ Build & Grow Clinic At Lowe’s; Redding. Give your child the opportunity to say, “I built it!” Participants create a fun project & receive an apron, goggles, project-themed patch & certificate of merit upon completion. Ages 5+. Free. 10am. 1200 E Cypress Ave. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Redding. All ages. 11am. Free. 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Shasta Living Streets/Family Biking Day; Redding. Bike the open street along Park Marina Drive. Enjoy street games, kid’s bike rodeo (10am-12pm), a “Park Marina village,” Turbo Kick demos, bike safety inspections, music, juggling, wildlife, Girl Scout parade, sidewale sales & more. 10-3pm. Skate Against Hate Roller Roller Derby Fundraising Bout; Anderson. Shasta Roller Derby Vs Crescent City’s Tsunami Sirens. SRD raised $1,500 for the American Heart Association in Feb.; this bout raises funds for Shasta Women’s Refuge. All ages. Doors open 5:30pm, 6:30pm bout. $10/presale, +$2/door. Active military, fire fighters & kids 10 & under free. Shasta District Fairgrounds, 1890 Briggs St. (530)917-3402. Turtle Bay Honors The Whole Earth & Watershed Festival; Redding. Turtle Bay Exploration Park offers special $5 entry today. Visit the Forestry Learning Center & learn about the role forests play, the fragile state of our planet, & how individuals & communities can work together to help the Earth thrive. 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge; Whiskeytown. Ranger-guided hikes to Whiskeytown Falls. At the falls, create a work of art to take home; art supplies provided. All ages. Weekends during National Park Week 4/21-29. Starts 9am. $5 per vehicle (day use fee). Reserve space by calling (530)246-1225. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, 14412 J.F, Kennedy Memorial Dr. Whole Earth & Watershed Festival; Redding. Fabulous family festival. Over 100 exhibitors, handson activities & prizes for all ages, young children’s zone, live music, presentations, art show & food. Stop by the North State Parent Booth for handson fun! “Family Bike Day” open street along Park Marina, with activities at Park Marina Village. 10am3pm. Free. Redding City Hall & Sculpture Park, 777 Cypress Ave. (530)243-2403.ext. 303. YMCA Healthy Kids Day; Redding. Interactive activities & games for young children, a wealth of health & wellness information. Includes “Fantasy Eye-Land” vision games & early screening info station. Learn ways to keep kids physically & intellectually active this summer. All ages. 1-4pm. Free. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Athletics Unlimited Open Gym; Anderson. For all ages & skill levels. 1-3pm. See the 7th. Evening Art For Families; Redding. Creative fun for families at a special price tonight. 5-8pm. See the 7th. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 5 & under: 9-10am; Ages 5-14: 10:30am-

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SISKIYOU COUNTY

Arts & Crafts for Kids; Dunsmuir. Artist Debbie Blackwell teaches this fun weekly hands-on art adventure for ages 5-12. 12-2pm. Free. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5740 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. “Run & Laugh”; Mt. Shasta. Big fun for tiny bodies. Preschool aged children explore their physical abilities through running, jumping, laughing & more in the best rumpus room in Siskiyou County! Sats, 9-10am. Free. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Ballroom Dance Classes & Practice Party; McCloud. All ages welcome. Three dance classes available prior to the evening’s practice party at 8pm. Fun! See the 7th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. Today 10am. See the 2nd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Grease Gala Event & Musical; Red Bluff. It’s Gala night for the classic musical being presented by local high school students. Starts 6pm, $20 includes reserved seating, champagne & Hors d’oeuveres. Regular admission 7pm. $5/general, $10/reserved. Mercy High School, 233 Riverside Way. (530)527-8313. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 3-4:30pm; Sat 12:30-2:30pm. See the 5th.

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PLACER COUNTY

Yoman-A Spring Celebration; Roseville. Free Maidu Indian cultural event featuring skill & craft demos, children’s activities, storytelling, poetry, dancing, guided historic tours, Native craft fair, food & more. Great for families. 10am3pm. Maidu Museum & Historic Site, 1970 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916)774-5934.

BUTTE COUNTY

Gold Nugget Sunday; Paradise. Family fun! Enjoy food, music & a time to relax after the big events of Gold Nugget Saturday. Hoagie lunches for sale, live music, gold panning, blacksmithing & friendly faces. Free 12pm-4pm. Gold Nugget Museum, 502 Pearson Rd. (530)872-8722. “Perils in Paradise” Melodrama; Paradise. Come boo, hiss & cheer…help the good guy prevail! Humorous family entertainment. Today 2pm matinée. See the 28th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Shasta College Youth Symphony Concert; Redding. Concert features “Slavonic Rhapsody” by Del Borgo, “Legende” by Wieniawski, “Meditation from Thäis”

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by Massenet, string orchestra music of Vivaldi &Torelli, & string trios & quartets. All ages. 3:15pm. $3. Shasta College Theatre, 11555 Old Oregon Trail. (530)242-7730. Swing Dance Classes; Redding. Come have a great time in this monthly class as you learn the basics of swing dancing from beginner steps to advance moves. All ages. 4th Sundays, 7:30-10:30pm, thru 12/23. $5. Shasta County Arts Council, Old City Hall, 1313 market St. (530)241-7320. Family Fun Day At All Fired Up!; Redding. All studio fees are $4 today–bring the family for creative fun. 12-6pm. See the 1st. Fish Feeding At Turtle Bay; Redding. 10:30am. See the 1st.. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 9-11pm unlimited bowling. See the 1st. Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge; Whiskeytown. Ranger-guided hikes to Whiskeytown Falls, plus art project. All ages. See the 21st.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Musical: Grease; Red Bluff. Final performance of this classic musical, presented by local high school students. 2pm matinée. $5/general, $10/reserved. Mercy High School, 233 Riverside Way. (530)527-8313.

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BUTTE COUNTY

Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun hands-on science classes designed for ages 3-5 & their parents. Includes art project. Bring snack. Mons, 10:30am-12pm, thru 5/28. Drop-in $9/class (until class fills); $6 with class card. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Bowling Fun At Orchard Lanes; Chico. Kids can enjoy bowling after school. 10am-10pm, M-F. See the 2nd. Infant Playgroup; Chico. Designed for parents & infants ages 0-6 months. 9-10:30am. Free. See the 2nd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Two sessions: ages 5-12 & 13+. M/Tu/Th. Ages 5-12: 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+: 7-8pm. See the 2nd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Boys Council; Redding. Weekl y club for boys ages 9-15. Activities include sports, computer lab, snacks & much more! Builds leadership & teamwork skills. 6-8pm. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4375. Baby Bookworms At Redding Library. For infants & toddlers ages 6mos-2½yrs & their parent/caregiver. 10:30am. Free. See the 2nd. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up!; Redding. Creative studio time for families. 12-6pm. See the 2nd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. All ages: 11am-12pm; Ages 12+: 6-7pm. See the 2nd. Positively Girls Club; Redding. For girls ages 9-15. 6-8pm. Free. See the 16th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

GYM N AS TICS CEN TER We Offer A Wide Range Of Classes Mommy & Me • Kindergym Tumblefun • Junior Cheer/Tumbling Power Tumble • Artistic Cheer Tumble • PARKOUR Private Lessons • School Field Trips Competitive Artistic Team Competitive T&T Teams!

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Storytime; McCloud. Children enjoy listening to a great kid’s story & enjoy a fun activity too. Participants are given a wonderful book of their own to keep! 10-11am. Free. McCloud Elementary School Preschool, (530)964-3250. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sat 10am. See the 2nd. Monday Morning Playgroup; Mt. Shasta. Interactive, parent/child playgroup facilitated by a Child Development Specialist. Ages 1-5. 10:30-11:30am. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 2nd.


DASHING THROUGH THE SHOPS... Visit each of the following cute shops for a chance to win gift certificates from all 10 shops! Plus, at each shop there will be a featured handmade designer and craft project/demo to add a little creative fun to your shopping experience!

WHERE TO DASH: All Fired Up Boheme Salon & Spa Great Harvest Bread Co. Red Fox Boutique & Gifts Sera Bella Home Sugarplum Cottage Sweetspot That Kitchen Place The Beadman The Fabulous Fabric Shop

Be crafty, buy handmade, and shop local this Spring! WWW.HANDMADEDASH.COM OR CALL 530-221-1608

ALL FIRED UP

SPRING WORKSHOPS

C E R A M I C & A RT STU D I O

Exclusive Birthday Party Packages

Designer Fabric - Classes - Handmade Gifts

starting at $10 and $12 per painter

Family Day Sunday

Kids Sewing Age 6-12 Spring Break Camp Apr 2nd-5th 10-12 or 2-4 2 days $35 or 4 days $60 After-School Camps M, T, W, or TH 3:30-5:30 Apr 9th-May 3rd $60/child + materials Easter Bunny Softie 04/06 2-4:30pm $25/child Easter Craft Camp 04/07 10am-Noon $25/child

Studio Fee $3

Private Studio Rental and Special Events

KIDS SUMMER SEWING CAMPS 4 Day Camp Mon-Fri 9am-12pm or 1-4pm $105/child + materials includes snack Early Bird Special: $10 off if booked by May 19th! June 11th-14th, 18th-21st, 25th-28th July 9th-12th, 16th-19th, 23rd-26th August July 30th-Aug 2nd, 6th-9th

Alive After Five

2nd Friday of the month $1.99 studio fee, desserts served.

Children's Art Classes

$40 per month

Book Summer Camp by May 19th for $10 off!

1818 Churn Creek Rd., Redding • (530) 226-1638 www.ReddingAllFiredUp.com

Located in the Shasta Center behind Cool Hand Luke’s

www.TheFabFabricShop.com

(530) 221-1608

Birthday Parties From $10/child Book one today! Spaces are limited so reserve in advance.



North State Parent magazine April 2012