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Nutcracker the

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES

SERVING FAMILIES IN BUTTE, SHASTA, TEHAMA & SOUTHERN SISKIYOU COUNTIES


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Volume 21 - Issue 3 December 2012 Features: 6 Be the Change:

Robin See-Swenson: Planting Seeds For Change By Carolyn Warnemuende

7 “It’s Not Fair!” How To Handle Holiday Rivalry

By Heidi Smith Luedtke, Ph.D.

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LocaLicious:

Shop Locally For Edible Holiday Gifts! By Desiree Gonzalez

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The Nutcracker: A Timeless Tradition For Families To Enjoy

By Darla Greb Mazariegos

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How To Write A Christmas Letter That Shines! By Tanya Scherschel

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Keep Love & Magic In Your Holidays

By Carolyn Warnemuende

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Meet Your School Superintendent - Part II By Lisa Shara

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North State Parent magazine provides inspiring resources for parents 12 months per year. Serving families in Butte, Shasta, Tehama and Southern Siskiyou counties since 1993.

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Helping Hands: Giving Back To Those Who Help Our Community This Holiday Season By Darla Greb Mazariegos

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6 Be The Change 9 Localicious 24 Childcare Directory 25 Family Calendar

On the Cover: Alyssa Brown enjoys basketball, cheerleading, dancing and performing. She has enjoyed ballet for the past six years, and is a soloist in the upcoming Redding City Ballet's production of the Nutcracker. Photography: Photographer Jamie Solorio loves photographing people and the true connections made between them. Her subjects include engagements, weddings and portraits of seniors, newborns, toddlers and families. Based in Redding, CA, she has been known to travel outside Shasta County to capture images, including Siskiyou, Trinity & Humbolt counties. Contact Jamie at JamieSolorioPhotography.com or (530) 355-5272.

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December is a month of lights and live performances. Take time to experience at least one special outing of music, storytelling, dance or singing in a nearby North State community to “warm” your holiday spirit. Read all about December events in our Going Places calendar section. Visit our Facebook page for special December ticket giveaways for area performances. Enjoy special family time together by attending live performances, knowing your children will grow up fast - it’s worth the effort it takes to attend, even if it seems like too much to do. Believe me, I was in your busy shoes when my sons we’re young! In this issue you may enjoy reading about some of the young North State performers for this holiday season’s events. When you see them up on stage, these young performers may inspire you and your family to access your own talents, and perhaps will influence more creative behavior in your children. It’s fun to share an interesting discussion after attending a live performance - IPods, DVDs & televised performances just don’t come close to a live experience.

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Whether it’s Hanukkah, Kwanza or Christmas you celebrate, consider a gift-of-service to foster a “giving back” momentum as part of your family’s holiday tradition. In this issue we offer some suggestions of local organizations and services you can help support in one way or another. Please pass the word to others about these organizations – let this be a season of kindness towards all! Teaching and modeling random acts of kindness not only feels good, it may make a lasting impression on our children too. When I was young, my Grams encouraged such behavior: our childhood Christmas wish-lists for gifts were gently swapped for a list of what we could do for our friends and others in need. May your winter season be filled with love,

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be the change

The mission of our Be the Change column is to feature a community member from the North State who is 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 pn@northstateparent.com

By Carolyn Warnemuende

Robin See-Swenson

Planting Seeds For Change Photos: Karrie Ann Snure, Living Shasta Photography.

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“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

t. Shasta Marriage and Family Therapist Robin See-Swenson lives with the philosophy that she can be the change she wants to see: in her family, the community, and the world. She came to this belief early in life. A Siskiyou County native, while in the fifth grade at Weed Elementary School, she did a report on Mahatma Gandhi. His tenet of being the change you want to see resonated with her. “But you don’t always have to be the change,” says Robin. “You can also be the one who plants the seeds.” As a family therapist in private practice, Robin has the opportunity to plant seeds for change and nurture her clients as they grow toward greater personal and family health. Her specialty is EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – a brief trauma treatment to reprocess painful triggers from traumatic experiences. She also focuses on women’s issues, teenagers and couples. When parents bring children for therapy, she does family work. She respects all aspects of the therapeutic relationship. “We live in a small community,” says Robin. “When a person comes in to do work, it is a sacred, confidential ground.” Robin was raised in Mt. Shasta where, through the family business, she learned about trucks and heavy equipment. As a child, when people asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up, she said, “I want to drive a truck!” And that’s exactly what she did after graduating from high school and moving to Maui, Hawaii. During those years, she drove trucks and heavy equipment, obtained her Associates of Arts

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degree, and began creating a family, including birthing her daughter Kainoa. “I lived on Maui for 15 years and enjoyed a rich life,” she says. After being involved in a serious car accident, she returned to Mt. Shasta. During her recuperation, she reconnected with Vern Swenson, a childhood friend. They fell in love, married, and together own Vern Swenson Excavation. After their marriage, Robin became licensed as a General Engineering Contractor and continued driving trucks and heavy equipment, completing, over 20 years in the field. Robin’s passion for planting seeds for change began growing through her community work. John Cunningham, a Siskiyou County marriage and family therapist, has known Robin for over 10 years. “Robin’s quiet persistence toward building resources in the community has crossed public, private, and personal connections and has resulted in tremendous success,” he says. Her work in developing community resources began in 1990 when her daughter entered high school. Robin became aware that today’s youth live in an at-risk world and was incensed at how youth were treated and how they treated each other. She helped organize a school site council and parent education classes, and worked to effect change in the mental health environment at the school. Robin’s experiences created a desire to return to college. She received a Ford Scholarship and enrolled at Simpson

University in Redding. Through her classes and dreaming about what could be possible, she got the message, “You’re important. Follow your dreams.” She knew she wanted to become a marriage and family therapist. “I wanted to be a resource to effect change,” she says. “It doesn’t work to just put a bandage on problems.” After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she enrolled in a master’s program at National University in Redding. She received her MFT license and began her private practice. As well as knowing that she can become the change she wants to see, Robin believes that what one thinks and talks about becomes reality. “It’s important to notice your dreams to talk about them so that you create what you really want,” she says. Robin’s greatest joy is her five grandchildren who range in age from 1 to 16. She has an important place in their lives volunteering in their schools, helping with homework, and being an all-around fun grandparent. She believes her role as grandmother is to offer unconditional love and quality time while always honoring her daughter and son-in-law as the parents. Planting the seeds for change, being the change, and living with a sense of harmony in the world with respect for others exemplifies Robin See-Swenson. Robin can be contacted at (530) 859-1540. Ó

Author Carolyn Warnemuende, M.S., lives in Shasta County. She finds joy in supporting others to pursue their passions.


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By Heidi Smith Luedtke, Ph.D.

“It’s Not Fair!” How To Handle Holiday Rivalry

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ou shopped ‘til you dropped for holiday gifts. Then, as the flurry of wrapping and ribbons settles on the living room floor, you hear a shrill, small voice whine, “Mom, she got seven presents and I only got five. It’s not fair!” Material gifts are no substitute for parental affection. Still, kids make the connection between what parents give and how parents feel. When we teach kids that gift-giving is an expression of caring, it makes sense they take note of just how much loot they receive.

How Much Did I Get? Kids’ understanding of equity-related concepts like count, cost and kind develop throughout childhood. Young kids think in concrete, egocentric terms. A toddler understands a big piece of cake is better than a small piece. A kindergartener knows seven gifts are more than five. “Young children will be happiest with the same number of gifts, because they’re usually unaware of price,” says Tamara Shulman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist who practices in New York City and Clifton, New Jer-

sey. Older kids are more cost-aware and may choose one expensive item they really want over many less-costly ones. Experts say gift-related gripes are seldom about the material objects themselves; they’re a reflection of the meaning kids attach to those objects. Concerns about fairness express kids’ fears that parents favor one sibling more than another. “Sibling rivalry is developmentally appropriate throughout childhood and into middle adolescence,” says Stephanie Mihalas, Ph.D., a psy8

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“It’s Not Fair!” How To Handle Holiday Rivalry our culture equates fairness with sameness, kids today learn that everyone gets a trophy, regardless of their performance. When everyone isn’t treated the same, kids may feel they’ve been slighted.

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chologist who works with children and families in Los Angeles. Kids complain when mom takes one child out for ice cream while the other takes her piano lesson. They’re always aware of how much attention they receive. Rivalry isn’t just a developmental issue. Our society creates and reinforces the expectation that everything needs to be fair, says marriage and family therapist David Simonsen, LMFT, a father of six in Olympia, WA. Because

How Much Did She Get? “Kids are hypersensitive at holiday time because they’re comparing gift lists with peers at school and with siblings at home,” says Mihalas. Some family situations may exacerbate fairness concerns. For instance, “children of divorced parents may pit parents against one another at holiday time,” says Mihalas. A child may tell Mom, “Did you know Dad is going to get me a big train?” and tell Dad, “Did you know Mom is getting me a bike?” Blended family dynamics are also tricky. If the non-biological child feels she received less or she received different kinds of gifts – for instance, socks and books instead of an iPod and Uggs – she may resent her more-fortunate step-siblings. Feeling left out may cause kids to act out for attention or to retaliate. Sometimes parents do discriminate, even unconsciously. “It is important that parents honestly self-evaluate to see if they are showing preferential treatment for one child over the other,” says Leslie Petruk, M.A., LPC, a child and family therapist in Charlotte, NC. Parents may buy "better" gifts for a child whose interests match their own, or buy practical presents for one who needs items like a backpack and bike helmet. Ask each child for a wish list and use it as a shopping guide. Taking kids’ preferences into account makes them feel special. How to Deal with the Drama It’s impossible to win the fairness game. Even if you give each child six gifts, spend precisely the same amount, or buy each child a personalized version of the very same item, “children will always be able to find some way in which their sibling was given more, or treated differently

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or ‘better’ in their view,” says Petruk. If kids raise concerns, don’t get caught up in lengthy discussion of who got more; you’ll only fuel frustrations. Take a detached, inquisitive approach. Ask “how does your gift make you feel?” or “what were you hoping to get?” Kids’ answers can give parents great insight into their feelings about competition and caring. Hearing kids out doesn’t mean you agree with them. Your goal is to ensure your child feels respected. “Reflect her concerns back so she knows you get it,” advises Petruk. Say, "It sounds like you feel like your sister got more gifts than you did, and because of that, you feel like Mom and Dad love her more than we love you." Offer a hug and spend some time one-on-one. Support your child while she wrestles with her feelings. Resist the urge to smooth over kids’ sorrows or to diminish discontent with make-up gifts. “Kids need to know how to deal with disappointment,” says Simonsen. “Life isn’t fair.” When you’re tempted to give kids more stuff to stop their complaints, ask yourself “what will this look like when they’re teenagers?” A pillow pet may placate a 4-year-old, but teens want computers and cars. Don’t let equity issues put a damper on your holiday spirit. “This is a perfect opportunity to have a discussion about your family values regarding material things and your love for your children,” says Shulman. Select thoughtful gifts based on kids’ unique interests and wishes, and tell them you love them more than gifts could ever express. Ó

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localicious

Localicious is a new monthly column celebrating food in the North State. If you would like to suggest a food-related business or organization, email us at localicious@northstateparent.com.

By Desiree Gonzalez

Shop Locally For Edible Holiday Gifts! Does the idea of holiday shopping at a big-box store send you into a claustrophobic panic? Tired of giving “stuff” that will just get broken or re-gifted? Look no further than your local food producers for gifts that are healthy for the recipient, the environment and the local economy. Food is an excellent holiday present, whether as host/hostess gifts, or mailing to Aunt Sally in Nebraska. I’m not talking fruitcake here: I’m talking delicious, artisanal specialty products that make us proud to be from the North State. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is notorious for tasty beer, great employee benefits and excellent environmental practices, but they also make great mustard offered in three flavors! Choose from Pale Ale & Honey Spice, Stout & Stoneground, or Porter & Spicy Brown - at only $3.50 each, these are a great buy. They also offer Beer Brittle, and BBQ sauce. Visit the Sierra Nevada Store at 1075 E. 20th St. in Chico or order online at www.sierranevadagiftshop.com. Phone: (530) 896-2198. How about a holiday combo pack of olive oil from Lodestar Farms in Oroville? This two-bottle gift pack (375 ml. each) includes both the Late Harvest Mission Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a special Holiday Harvest for $42.95. The Holiday Harvest comes in a commemorative etched bottle that is signed and numbered by the farmer. Visit the Lodestar Farms tasting room on Fridays from 12-5 p.m. or Saturdays by appointment, at 3719 Foothill Blvd. in Oroville or order online at www.lodestarfarms.com. Phone: (530) 534-6548. From the “steep side” of Mount Shasta, SereniTea offers around 170 varieties of tea. Their popular Lemurian Lavender house blend is offered in three varieties featuring locally grown lavender: Chinese green tea, Ceylon black tea and South African Rooibos. Sereni-Tea offers tea-related gifts, including brew bags, infusers, presses and mugs. They also offer daily tea tastings; bring a friend and relax in their cozy “tea corner” area. Order online www.sereni-tea.net or visit the shop at 319 North Mt. Shasta Blvd. Phone: (530) 926-1688.

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For the cheese lover, you can’t go wrong with single-source handcrafted farmstead goat cheese from North Valley Farms Chévre in Cottonwood. Their goats enjoy free-range pasture grazing and a GMO-free diet, producing high-quality cheeses you can feel good about eating. Purchase cheeses individually at Chico and Redding Certified Farmers Markets, Chico Natural Foods, and Redding’s Orchard Nutrition Center. The North Valley Farms Chévre Farmstead Collection is featured at their online cheese shop at www.northvalleyfarms.com, and includes one 8-ounce jar of marinated Feta, four 2.3-ounce Chévres of your flavor choices, and either two 5-ounce quarter-rounds of aged Feta or one 8-ounce wedge of Raw Milk Aged Cottonwood Creek Tomme. Cost is $65 & includes shipping to CA, OR, UT, AZ & NV (call about other states). Phone: (530) 347-7151. Queen of the Valley Almonds is locally famous for both their almonds and honey. Their almonds come in 23 flavors, from savory (BBQ, Cheese Jalapeno) to sweet (Cappuccino, Butter Toffee) … my family’s favorites are the Lemon Honey almonds, which somehow taste like a healthy version of Fruity Pebbles. Also featured: almond brittle, flavored honey sticks, and honey in “bears” and jars. Just $5 will get you an 8-ounce bag of flavored almonds, a 1-pound bag of honey sticks, or a 1-pound jar of honey. For $15, you can get a “Ma, Pa & Baby Bear” combo (4 pounds of honey). Find Queen of the Valley at the Chico Saturday Farmers Market on Wall Street from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. or online at www.queenofthevalleyalmonds.com. Phone: (530) 343-0017. Love to hike? Love chocolate? Love both? The Mt. Shasta Chocolate Bar is unique and delicious, featuring an image of Mt. Shasta on the wrapper and embossed on the bar itself. The bars come in milk or dark chocolate and are available at a variety of local retail stores (Mt. Shasta Market, Berryvale Grocery, McCloud Market & more) and online at the Sereni-Tea website (www.sereni-tea.net), typically for $3.50 each. All profits from sales are donated to organizations that support Northern California hiking trails, including the Mt. Shasta Trail Association & the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Phone: (530) 926-2858. Each of these items is great to have on hand during this season of festive eating. While you are shopping for gifts, go ahead and pick up extras for yourself. Happy Holidays! Author Desiree Gonzalez enjoys good food but has never tasted “figgy pudding” in her life.

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featured article

By Darla Mazariegos

The Nutcracker: A Timeless Tradition For Families To Enjoy T he holidays are upon us and as the pressure starts to mount to buy gifts, send cards, and entertain family and friends, perhaps we need a place to go where we can relax while experiencing the joys of the season. During the month of December, we are fortunate to have three dance companies in the upper Northern California region that are providing the public with delightful performances of The Nutcracker ballet: the Redding City Ballet, the Chico Community Ballet and the Northern California Ballet in Paradise. Attending a performance of The Nutcracker is a heartwarming tradition that many families can incorporate into their annual holiday festivities. “‘The Nutcracker’ ties the holidays together,” says 14-year-old Chloe Hudson, who dances the part of the Snow Queen for the Redding City Ballet. The ballet’s famous score was written by Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky and had its premier in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892. The story centers around a

young girl named Clara and the events that take place during her family’s Christmas Eve celebration. Each company has its own audition requirements to find the right dancers for the ballet’s characters. It takes years of dance experience and/or professional training to play a leading role. Jenna Large, age 16, dances the part of Clara in the Chico Community Ballet’s production and enjoys being on stage for nearly the entire story. “There is so much to do and learn,” she says. “The dancer has to be able to fit the part.” Playing the role of Clara’s “naughty” little brother Fritz in the Chico production is Ben Carrier, who at the age of nine brings his athletic training from baseball and karate to the part. He says that in sports he does a lot of stretching and running which helps him prepare for the very active role of Fritz. Fourteen-year-old Hannah Mikulecky of Redding City Ballet plays one of the big mice, and especially enjoys her part in the battle scene. Hannah explains, “It’s fast, quick and fun. It should be amazing!” At age 15, Carlton Dwyer has performed in

the Northern California Ballet’s Nutcracker for twelve years. He has many roles in this year’s performance, and says he especially enjoys dancing as the Spanish Dance soloist. “The music never gets old to me. It’s so festive,” notes Alex Pierson, age 13, who was selected as Clara for the Redding City Ballet performance. “I love her character and feeling her emotion,” she adds. Amber English, the Snow Queen for the Chico Community Ballet, notes that dancers have to be able to hear the music. What she enjoys about the Snow Dance is that it is “very soft and flowy, and also very hard and sharp. It is fun to dance both parts.” Sixteen-year-old Tara Kalanqui of Paradise loves performing with Northern California Ballet, and particularly enjoys the music in the Waltz of the Flowers, in which she is a principal dancer. The three production companies provide dancers with a solid technical foundation in classical ballet, and some of their students continue on to professional dance careers. Students who are part of the dance pro-

Amber English

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Chase Deeman

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December Nutcracker Performances Paradise Performing Arts Center www.northerncaliforniaballet.com (530) 872-1719 December 7: 7:15pm December 8: 2:15pm & 7:15pm December 9: 2:15pm Premium Reserved Seating: $20 General Adult: $15 General Children under 16: $12

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grams learn behaviors that will help them succeed and will benefit them in other parts of their lives, such as cooperation, self-esteem and dedication. The dancers clearly express their love of ballet, demonstrating serious dedication to rehearsing their parts for the productions. During the performance, Hannah Mikulecky, of Redding, delights in bringing joy to the audience as she dances. “I love seeing everyone in the audience,” she says. “We bring a lot of light into their eyes.” The time dancers spend at the studio together forms lasting friendships. Eleven-year-old Alyssa Brown is a soloist in the Chinese Dance in the Redding City Ballet production and states enthusiastically, “I love my friends and watching them dance!” She also loves dancing her solo.

Attending a performance of The Nutcracker is the perfect gift parents can give their family this holiday season, as well as a timeless tradition that they can pass on to their children. Chase Deeman, age16, the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Chico production agrees, “It’s a holiday classic, something that everyone should go see.” Ó Writer Darla Mazariegos began taking her children to see “The Nutcracker” at a young age as part of her family’s Christmas tradition. Her daughters danced the parts of angels in the production when they were 9 years old.

www.thereddingartsproject.com (530) 245-1019 Cascade Theatre December 14 & 15: 7:30pm From $10-$28 Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center December 8: 3:00pm Adults $17 Children 13 and under: $11 Redding City Ballet is part of the Redding Arts Project and is the official school of the ballet.

The Nutcracker - Chico Community Ballet www.chicocommunityballet.org/the-nutcracker/ Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico December 13 & 14: 7:30pm December 15: 2:00pm & 7:30pm December 16: 2:00 pm Premium: $26 Adult: $21 Senior: $19 Student/Child: $16 Chico Creek Dance Centre is the home and training school of the Chico Community Ballet.

Hannah Mikulecky Alex Pierson

Chloe Hudson Alyssa Brown

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ess formal than a handwritten card but scads more traditional than a Facebook post, the Christmas letter is a busy parent’s go-to when it comes to updating friends and family on “the list.” Writing one can be a little intimidating, so here are some tips to help you get started.

Brainstorm an Outline Before You Start Most writing has three parts: an introduction, a body and a conclusion. Begin your Christmas letter with a quick introduction that sets the mood. For example, is there snow on the ground? Are you hosting parties this year? Is the tree

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How To Write A Christmas Letter That Shines! on the Christmas tour, and your wife is giving the keynote at her firm’s annual convention. You may want to think twice about how you’re going to word that. Being proud of your family’s accomplishments is one thing, but be careful that your writing doesn’t leave you sounding like an arrogant prude. Christmas is the season for good will toward others and not everyone who reads your letter may be having the same banner year that you’re experiencing. Check your ego at the keyboard, and keep the bragging to a minimum.

Make ‘em Laugh Mark Twain once said that “humor is mankind's greatest blessing.” Ain’t that the truth … but how do you go about writing it? Many consider humor writing to be an art; it will improve with practice. In the beginning, however, it helps to think of the process as if you’re writing a story, with characters. Parenthood is tough, but as we in the trenches know, it’s a lot of fun too. Think about the

things that kept you chuckling for weeks after they happened, and, if you won’t embarrass anyone, include these in your letter. Fiction holds no candle to real life.

Format with the KISS Rule (Keep It Super Simple) One goal of your Christmas letter is to make the reader enjoy reading it, and a great way to help ensure that happens is to respect your reader’s time. (This isn’t the only letter he’ll be receiving.) Write your Christmas letter using the same rules that you would apply to writing a resume: Keep your letter to one page, only list the highlights, and use an easyto-read font like Times New Roman in a 12-point size. Tired eyes will thank you.

Check Your Supplies Nothing is more frustrating than sitting down to create and assemble your Christmas letters only to discover that you’re low on supplies. Before you begin, make sure you have enough of the following: holiday stationery to print your

letters on (buy early while still available), printer ink, photos (if you’re including them), envelopes and stamps. Be sure your address list is current. Start a new holiday tradition by getting the whole family involved in the assembly process.

Get It in the Mail Many writers agree that a piece of writing should sit for 24 hours before being sent. Tinker with your letter until you’ve said what you want, and then forget about it for a day or two. When you come back to it fresh, proof a hard copy (read it backwards if you REALLY want to catch what your spell checker missed), make the final edits, print and send it on its merry way! Enjoy your last-minute shopping even more knowing this job has been checked off your list.

that you will always have that snapshot of your family’s life. Not only will this be a treasure for your children, but you will also be leaving a legacy to your children’s children. Remember, too, that writers beget writers. If the finished product is something your family looks forward to assembling and reading, then one day you may be the recipient of a letter about your grandchildren. Ó

Remember Why You’re Doing This Putting together a Christmas letter takes work, so it helps to remember why you’re doing it. One of the greatest reasons for writing a Christmas letter is

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raditionally, the holidays have been a time for family and friends to celebrate in whatever spiritual beliefs they hold. Holidays have been a time of joy and festivity. Yet in some segments of our culture, it often looks like commercialism has replaced tradition. While many families look forward to the holidays, just as many dread them. Regardless of which camp you fall into, the key to keeping joy, magic and love in the season is simplicity.

ancing all of this with a job and effective parenting can wear us down. There are ways for families to refocus on people, and they begin at home. 1. Have a family story time. All spiritual traditions have holiday stories, and many families have their favorite secular ones. Reading together creates a bond that children remember. 2. Sing holiday songs. Sing the songs of your tradition as a pre-meal ritual. Or have a song night. Kids love to sing – even older kids. Take turns choosing songs. All family members have their favorites. Invite neighbors or a few friends over for a sing-along. Don’t worry about making fancy refreshments … a bowl of popcorn, a pitcher of apple juice, and a pot of spiced tea are enough.

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Holidays are about people. Too often we forget this and focus on creating a festive environment, buying the right (or enough) gifts, and attending holiday events. Bal-

3. Reach out. The holidays are a fine time for teaching children the art of giving. Call a relative whom you don’t often contact. Donate canned food to a homeless shelter. Give some good used clothing to a rescue mission, a half-way house, or a church. Choose one project - don’t feel like you have to do it all. If giving doesn’t come from a feeling of joy and abundance, it becomes a burden. Children get the message that we give because we have to and not because we want to. Teach by example that giving creates good feelings. Keep Cooking Simple

Holiday cooking can get out of hand. We cook and 15 eat too much. Keeping meals simple gives the

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Keep Love & Magic In Your Holidays cook time to enjoy the festivities with the rest of the family. 1. Instead of cooking a meal with all the trimmings, just choose a good protein, vegetables, and a starch like rice or potatoes. Finish the meal with a simple dessert. If you have traditional holiday recipes include one … you don’t have to prepare them all. Use holiday napkins and a colorful centerpiece to add to the festivities. 2. Let your children help bake or make treats. When done in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming, the cooking together creates memories. Remember that children have more fun when cooking projects don’t take long and aren’t complicated. 3. Use ready-to-bake mixes, fillings and pre-made cookies. There are healthy ones available. 4. Make colorful fruit and vegetable kabobs. 5. For older kids, mix popcorn with M&M’s or gumdrops and peanuts. Decorate with Simplicity

1. Instead of stringing up outside lights, take family drives to see neighborhood lights. Many newspapers list the mostdecorated neighborhoods in your community. 2. Decorate with ornaments your children make at school. Displaying them gives children a way to contribute to the season, and they receive the message that what they offer is important. 3. Use decorations that children can touch. Holiday decorations are enticing, and if they can’t be touched, part of the joy of having them is lost. 4. Only put up as many decorations as you can easily take down. Keeping decorating simple makes post-holiday time less busy. Keep Gift-Giving Reasonable

In many families, the gift list grows each year. Shopping takes a toll on time and can become a financial burden. Changing the gifting pattern may be challenging the first year, but it becomes easier. 1. For extended-family giving, have each person draw the name of one other family member and give just to that person. Agree on an upper-limit dollar amount. 2. Carefully consider how many gifts each child in the family will receive. More does not mean better. Set a budget for

gifts, and stick to it. If there is to be a change in the gift-giving practice, be sure to talk it over with the children. 3. If it is within your financial means and belief system, consider giving your children a reasonable holiday allowance to spend on gifts for family, friends and peers. Help them determine how best to spend the money. If they want to spend more than the amount you have provided, they will need to use their own money. 4. Discuss gift-giving to peers with your children and help them decide who to give to and how much to spend for their entire gift list. Suggest that they and their peers determine a dollar limit per gift. 5. Shop with the children at price-friendly places like stores that buy overstock and sell at discount prices. 6. Give homemade gifts. 7. Above all, help your children understand that the spirit of giving is far more important than what is given. It is not easy to rethink gift-giving. It takes courage to move beyond our materially focused society. It is especially hard for older children and teens to not overspend on their gifts to friends and peers. They want acceptance and believe that they will be judged by their gifts. If you model wise giving, and support them as they learn that the thought truly is more important than the gift, they will be able to make choices that are caring and prudent. Magical, Loving Holidays

Taking the risk of keeping holidays simple requires the knowledge that you can have more fun when you are not overwhelmed. It requires understanding that your children are the most fulfilled when they have your full attention as they participate with you in holiday activities. It also requires the belief that whatever meaning you place on the holidays, the most important value to share is love and caring. That is the true magic of the holidays. Ó

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Meet Your School Superintendent Part II

Interviews with Siskiyou and Butte Counties’ Superintendents of Schools Note: In our November issue we featured interviews with Shasta County Superintendent of Schools Tom Armelino and Tehama County Superintendent of Schools Larry Champion. To read those informative interviews, visit www.northstateparent.com/SuperintendentsPt1.

Your county school superintendent plays an important and supportive role for each school district. As an elected position, a superintendent serves in a leadership role and is a facilitator for bringing together those involved in the educational system to talk about common issues. He or she serves as a consultant and mediator, oversees the financial obligations of school districts, facilitates teacher training programs, oversees the district’s special needs and juvenile court school programs, and more. We wanted to take the time to interview school superintendents in order to share their insights, get an update on what’s current in our local public schools, and also to share some advice for parents about ways to support their children’s educational process.

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Kermith R. Walters, Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools Q: What are some ways parents and the community at large can become involved with supporting their local schools?  Kermith R. Walters: I always encourage parents and community members to attend their local school board meetings. This is where the decisions are being made that are impacting their students. Be involved, ask questions. Attend the back-to-school and open house events. If parents have the time, they can volunteer in the classroom or playground. With the current budget issues impacting schools, schools are looking for individuals who can help out. Q: What are some changes we will likely see in the coming years at public schools in terms of learning and classroom work? KW: I look at technology and the use of technology and the role it will play in education as a major change in terms of

learning and classroom work. I also see technology as our biggest challenge. It will be our job to ensure our students are prepared to compete with not only other students in the United States, but throughout the world for the jobs that will be available to them. Q: What motto do you live by? Who has influenced you?   KW: I sign my letters with the saying "Putting Children First" …– I live by this saying. Every decision I make I think about what is best for my students, period. I give credit for this to my mentor and good friend Joe Funderburg, who was the superintendent/principal at Big Springs Elementary for over 15 years. Joe was/is an adjunct professor at Simpson University and trained teachers through the CalState TEACH program. Joe has instilled in so many to never forget the reason we are 17 in the education field.


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Tim Taylor, Butte County Superintendent of Schools Q: Who is a person you admire as an example of someone making a difference in education, and why? Tim Taylor: I most admire my mom who worked as an elementary and middle school teacher for 33 years in the Santa Clara Unified School District. Upon entering her classroom you instantly knew that each child was in the hands of a loving, caring and strict teacher. Having watched her work so hard while raising four kids inspires me to remember that our most valuable resources in education are our teachers and the administrators who work hard to support them. Q: What are specific ways the community has helped and continues to help schools in your district? TT: Having recently moved to Butte County from Sacramento I am amazed how each community supports and cherishes schools here - parents, businesses, colleges and the community organizations are actively involved with supporting schools. The parent and booster clubs throughout the region do an outstanding job, and businesses and local Chambers of Commerce provide scholarships, shopping rewards and community service learning opportunities for thousands of kids each year. City and county agencies provide our students and staff with hands-on experiences at museums, parks and businesses that enrich their school experience. Without the help and support of parents and the community our schools would lack vital resources and programs for kids. Parent, family and community involvement correlates to better student achievement and more effective schools. The whole community plays an essential role in the development of children. Q: What are ways parents can best support their child’s experience in school, and their child’s overall learning process? TT: There is a quote posted at one of our local elementary school districts as you walk onto their campus that says: “Your children need your presence more than your

presents.” In this day and age where instant gratification seems to be an overriding expectation, one of the most important ingredients for a child’s success in school is the act of a parent or guardian giving their child focused time and attention - including helping their child to plan for and to execute long-term projects and goals. Today, schools and educational systems provide parents with an array of materials and information about their schools and the expectations of what children should be learning. Parents or guardians who are aware of the learning expectations will be able to provide better support in their child’s learning process. It is also critical that parents demonstrate that education is important and valued. Getting kids to school rested, fed and prepared are important ingredients for student success. Lastly, it is important for parents to realize that today’s school experience is significantly different for students than it was when they themselves went to school. We expect more from our children today to help them be successful in the competitive world they face. Have patience and understanding about the tremendous work your child is accomplishing. Q: Is there anything key you would like the community/families to know about regarding the current public school system and its impact on county schools? TT: The California educational system addresses a gigantic and diverse need statewide. Butte County is a small and unique area that works to develop creative and innovative solutions and locally designed educational options to meet individual needs. In California education, one size

doesn’t fit all. Butte County works diligently to meet our specific educational needs for students and families. The Butte County motto is “Where children come first” and our community will continue to work hard to prepare our kids to become successful adult citizens. Ó

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Ready, Set, Read! Winter Classics For Family Reading Time

Holidays are great for family bonding. But

after your twentieth game of Mario Kart, you may be wishing for quiet time. When that happens, why not unplug the gadgets and connect with your family through reading?

Here are eight classic children’s books that

celebrate the wonders of the season, plus easy, fun and educational activities your family can do before and after you read.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats (ages 0-3): In this Caldecott Medal winner, a young city boy spends a delightful day in the snow. Activity: In the story Peter tucks a snowball into his pocket. While he’s getting ready for bed, it melts. Discuss what happened. What other things melt? Why do some things melt and others don’t? If there’s snow outside, help your kids use a clock to see which melts faster – a snowball or an ice-cube?

Frederick by Leo Lionni (ages 2-8): In this Caldecott Honor winner, winter’s coming and Frederick the field mouse isn’t helping his family prepare. But his imagination comes in handy during the long, bleak winter. Activity: Instead of gathering food, Frederick stores up memories. Talk about your own family. If our family was going to hibernate, what would we pack? Invite your children to 19

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Ready, Set, Read! Winter Classics For Family Reading Time describe a warm weather scene, just as Frederick does, while the rest of the family imagines it. What do you look forward to doing when spring comes? Snow by Uri Shulevitz (ages 3-6): The residents aren’t expecting snow but one small boy has faith. Flake by flake, the town is blanketed with snow and everyone enjoys the winter wonderland. Activity: Look closely at the illustrations. Where do you think the boy lives? How is this town different from ours? What made the Mother Goose characters come alive? What storybook characters would you like to meet in real life? Winter Trees by Carole Gerber (ages 4-7): In this book children are introduced to the art of observing nature. A boy and his dog use their senses of touch and sight to identify seven snow-covered trees.

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Activity: Look out your window or stroll around your community. Are the trees the same? Different? What trees do we have in our neighborhood? When you get home, use your index finger to take turns tracing tree silhouettes on each other’s backs. Can you guess which tree I’m drawing? The Mitten by Jan Brett (ages 4-8): In this gorgeously illustrated retelling of a Ukrainian folktale, a little boy loses his mitten. An assortment of woodland animals try the mitten on for size … until the unexpected happens. Activity: Draw your children’s attention to the illustrations in the margins. Can they predict which animal will show up next? After you’ve finished, talk about what happened. Could this happen to your mittens or gloves? Which animal got in first? Which one was last? Test your kids’ memories: Can they remember all 20 the animals in order?

Visit your local library for holiday storytime fun:

Most libraries offer special holiday storytimes that may include special guest readers, like “Mrs. Claus.” “Children will enjoy reading more when done together, along with activities that relate to a great story. At storytime each week it’s fun to have a craft that reminds children of the books we just read, such as making snowmen with cotton balls or making simple gifts to give.” -Susie Serrano, Senior Library Assistant, Paradise Branch Library.

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Making the Most of Reading Time Try these discussion ideas when reading with your children: Set the stage: Ask questions about the front and back covers, the title page and the illustrations. What do you think this book is about? What kind of story do you think this is, i.e., funny … exciting? Can you guess what’s going to happen? Who wrote the book? What does an illustrator do? How many pages are there? How many chapters? Recap and reflect: What was your favorite part of the story? Which pictures did you like the most? Were you surprised about what happened? What do you think might happen next? Can you tell the story in your own words?

Check out these informative online resources for children’s literacy: RIF (Reading is Fundamental): www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources.htm. Offers a wealth of support and information about reading and children, including sections for activities, booklists, articles & multicultural literacy resources. PBS Parents: www.pbs.org/parents/readinglanguage. Learn how children become readers and writers and how to help them develop. Features articles on a variety of youth literacy topics, “quick tips,” and sections organized by age.

Ready, Set, Read! Winter Classics For Family Reading Time Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (ages 4-8): The exquisite woodcuts in this 1999 Caldecott Medal winner tell the story of Wilson Bentley and his quest to capture the wonder of snowflakes on film. Along the way he discovered two important truths: every snowflake is unique, and each one is beautiful. Activity: Grab paper and scissors and help your kids make paper snowflakes. Or make your own flake catcher to use the next time it snows. Store sheets of black construction paper in the freezer. When it’s snowing, send your child outside to catch some flakes on the paper. Next, use a magnifying glass to study the snowflakes. What shapes do you see? Which one is your favorite? Why? Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (ages 5-7): On a moonlit night, a young farm girl and her father take a nocturnal walk in search of a great horned owl. An assortment of forest animals watches them from the shadows. The book won the Caldecott Award for its exquisite watercolor paintings.

Activity: Take turns pretending to be an animal in the story. What did the owl sound like? What sounds do the other animals in the story make? Listen to the story at www.audible.com. A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke (ages 2-10): It’s getting cold out, so silly Minerva goes in search of something to keep her head warm. Activity: Have an indoor scavenger hunt! If you lost your hat, what could you use instead? Just 10 to 15 minutes a day of family reading can help spark a love of reading in children, according to Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization. So, curl up with your kids and some books and start racking up those minutes! Ó Justine Ickes writes about culture, family, travel and people making a difference. She loves curling up with a good book, her two sons and hot cocoa with plenty of marshmallows.

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Helping Hands:

giving back to those who help our community this holiday season North State Parent offers this new Helping Hands holiday section as a way to highlight extraordinary non-profit organizations and social service groups in our North State community. These special organizations assist individuals, neighborhoods, towns and the region in inspiring ways, and we hope you and your family will feel motivated to consider making these organizations a part of your holiday gift-giving plans. In this section you’ll get to know individual services or organizations and how you can become involved with what each provides to our community. Each organization also shares how your family can help by making a pledge this season (or any other time of year). On-going community support is needed now more than ever as funding sources continue to decline, leaving many non-profits struggling financially. After reading about their services or activities, we hope you will be moved by what these organizations do and may choose one or two to help, whether it’s by making a monetary donation, serving as a volunteer, adopting a pet or providing items for those in need.

Having your family help sponsor something you believe in is a valuable lesson for your children. It’s a way to emphasize that the fundamental belief of the season’s holidays, whether Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, is not just about “getting” but is more about “giving.” Children may experience the positive results of giving back to the community, and grow to understand that the material aspect of the holidays is not so important. It is also important to remember that shopping locally keeps our dollars invested and circulating in our local economy. We can all support local commerce by making purchases and contributions that help sustain and grow our North State towns. Each of the organizations listed below gives something special back to us. As the community provides for them, in turn they are able to continue to provide for the community. North State Parent would love to hear from you about how you incorporated “giving back” into your holiday plans. Find North State Parent on Facebook and let us know, or email Publisher Pamela Newman at pn@northstateparent.com.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~ Buddha

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he Shasta Women’s Refuge and Family Justice Center offers unified services for victims of family violence. This includes a women’s shelter, a one-stop shop for advocacy and services, and a department dedicated to outreach and education. In the late 1970s Gretchen Peterson, a 72-year-old widow, offered her home as the first safe house in Shasta County where she sheltered women and children. The Shasta Women’s Refuge (SWR) was later established as a domestic violence crisis intervention program, and the Peterson House was purchased using federal, state and local funds. The Shasta Family Justice Center (SFJC) opened in 2010 as a one-stop shop for victims of

family violence, housing many service providers under one roof. To better assist victims of family violence, SWR merged with the SFJC in 2012. If you’d like to help, we accept monetary donations online, by phone or in person at the center. Donations including clothing, nonperishable food, toys and copier paper can also be dropped off there.

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helping hands: giving back to those who help our community this holiday season

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olden Umbrella provides services to seniors and people with disabilities. Our programs support seniors and enhance quality of life by connecting them with services that maintain a level of independence and prevent premature placement into a skilled nursing facility. Louise Rall, the Founder of Golden Umbrella, recognized the great need for senior services in Shasta County. Golden Umbrella collaborates with Owens HealthCare on a Giving Tree program, which provides support to seniors during the holidays by hosting trees. The gift preferences for each senior is added to a tree ornament and placed on holiday trees displayed at local stores. Last year, 700 seniors were adopted in our community.

In addition to the Giving Tree program, individuals can contribute to Golden Umbrella by referring clients at risk for long-term placement to our agency. Our staff is trained to meet and identify the needs of our clients and refer them to resources, information and programs.

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t. Shasta 5-Star Kiwanis is part of a global organization of members with the motto of changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Chartered in September 2010 with 29 members by Cheryl and Jerry Sanchez, now entering its third year, our club is chartering with the Builders Club at Sisson School, enhancing its focus on the needs of young children. Our signature project has been providing helmets for winter sports. Other on-going programs we support include: • Kiwanis Leadership Clubs in local schools – Raising new leaders! • Improving students’ grades with BUG (Bringing Up Grades) Program awards.

Mt. Shasta 5-Star Kiwanis 310 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Ste. 5 • Mt. Shasta (530) 905-0040 • www.mtshasta5starkiwanis.org

Golden Umbrella • 200 Mercy Oaks • Redding (530) 223-6034 • www.goldenumbrella.org

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ife Light Pregnancy Help Center is staffed by a group of nondenominational Christians, attending different area churches, who counsel and address the needs of young women facing a crisis situation. Life Light’s services are free and confidential. One of the services we provide is a parenting program where clients can “earn” necessary baby supplies and clothing through a series of lessons learning about pregnancy,

newborns, infant and toddler care, and life skills. Credits are given for attending classes (usually one-on-one) and our clients can acquire baby and maternity items. All items offered to our clients are donated. Our current needs are gently used winter clothing for babies from 6 months to 2 years. Donations can be dropped off at our facility on Bechelli Lane, Mondays through Thursdays from 11:30am-4:30pm.

Life Light Pregnancy Help Center 2919 Bechelli Ln. • Redding (530) 222-5200 • www.lifelightcenter.org

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ounded in 1966 by ophthalmologists from Stanford University as one of the pioneer preschool vision screening studies in the nation, Prevent Blindness Northern California has evolved to meet the growing needs of our communities. Our mission continues to be the prevention of blindness and preservation of sight for all people in Northern California. We work very hard to identify children and adults suffering from vision problems and connect them to the appropriate eye care they need. Because vision screening is not mandated for preschoolers, we are filling a gap that exists in vision care. Our Children’s Vision Screening program, which provides services at preschools

in Shasta, Tehama, Butte and Siskiyou Counties, is the first-line of defense against sight loss. Programs are not funded by federal or state funds. Through our services we help children achieve more in school, help adults find employment, help seniors maintain their independence, and lessen the economic burden of blindness. For more information or to make a donation, please visit our website.

Prevent Blindness Northern California 169 Hartnell Ave, #207 • Redding (530) 243-0410 or (800) 338-3041 • www.eyeinfo.org

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• Supporting other local events with monetary and service contributions. • Ongoing fundraising to support local projects – including annual wine tasting events. Monetary or time contributions are always welcome. To make a contribution, call 530-905-0040. To apply for club membership, call 530-926-5253.

ittle Red Hen is a non-profit organization which benefits adults and children with developmental disabilities. We provide quality supportive employment for adults with developmental disabilities in eight locations, and social training therapy for children and young adults with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and other cognitive disabilities. We have four Chico locations: Gift Shop, Nursery, Kids and Kitchen, and Vintage Hen. Some of the services we provide include "Ability Grows," which offers fun garden events

for families, a lending library at Autism LifeSpan, a monthly "Meet & Greet" for parents and caregivers, funds and resources to classrooms for the severely handicapped, and scholarships. Our Park & Garden site shows families how to grow their own food in an exquisite garden with mosaics, hens, butterflies and a garden train. Volunteer opportunities are available and donations are welcome! Thanks to our supporters, we can say that 100% of our sales and donations benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities. See our website for our locations.

Little Red Hen • Four Chico area retail locations for families of all ages & abilities. (530) 897-0100 • www.littleredhen.info

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orthern California Youth and Family Programs is a foster family agency serving families in Butte and Shasta counties. We certify and license foster homes and provide comprehensive care and support for foster kids and foster parents. We also provide training in independent living skills to current and former foster youth. Ralph Ward and Sally McFall created Youth and Family Programs in 1984 to bring to life Ralph’s vision of what foster care could be.

Our mission is to do whatever is necessary to provide the highest quality care for children, families and staff. We happily accept donations of new or gently used household items including beds, linens, dishes, pots and pans, and home décor for youth moving into their first apartment; and new underwear, pajamas and warm clothing for children in care. We are always looking for caring people interested in becoming foster parents. Any donation, including monetary, can be made at our Anderson office.

Northern California Youth and Family Programs Chico Office: 2577 California Park Dr. • (530) 893-1614 Anderson Office: 2877 Childress Dr. • (530) 365-9197 www.youthandfamily.info


helping hands: giving back to those who help our community this holiday season

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utte Environmental Council (BEC) has been working hard to protect the land, air and water in our region for over 37 years. Each year, BEC organizes the popular Endangered Species Faire and the Bidwell Park and Creeks of Chico Cleanup. If it hadn’t been for BEC’s decades of work as an environmental watchdog in Butte County , calling for balanced growth, reduced pollution and protection of natural resources, our community might not be enjoying the wealth of parks and undeveloped open space it does today. We know you care about your family’s health and your children’s future. To get informed and involved, you can become a member, volunteer or

make a donation. Your support helps BEC protect the local environment and the health of Mother Earth for future generations.

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utte Humane Society is one of the oldest non-profit agencies in Butte County. Since 1911 we have been working to bring humanitarian care to dogs, cats and other animals. We are a limited-admission shelter that strives to make our animals as comfortable as possible during their stay with us. In addition to finding loving homes for lost or abandoned animals, we provide education to the public concerning animal care and the importance of spaying and neutering.

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Butte Environmental Council 116 W 2nd St. • Chico (530) 891-6424 • www.becnet.org

Butte Humane Society • 2580 Fair St. • Chico (530) 343-7917 • www.buttehumane.org

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omen’s Resource Clinic provides information about abortion, adoption and parenting. We are committed to supporting women who have experienced or are experiencing unplanned pregnancies. We also offer ultra sounds, pre-natal and pregnancy information. Our nationally acclaimed parenting program “Earn While You Learn” is open to women who are pregnant or who have children (up to toddler age). While the women are taught parenting skills, they earn “Boutique Credits” which they use to purchase items at our Baby Boutique. We also offer eight-week Post Abortion Recovery Groups for women who have

Our “Take Us Home for the Holidays” adoption campaign begins on December 1. Each pet that is available for adoption has a portrait taken which is posted in the Butte Humane Society adoption lobbies. As the animals are adopted, a festive bow will be placed on the pet’s photo to celebrate the greatest holiday gift of all: a loving home. You can also support the Butte Humane Society with a cash donation by going to www.buttehumane.org/donate, or visit our Wish List at www.buttehumane.org/wishlist.

hoices provides helpful support and assistance to women, men and families experiencing challenges with pregnancy, parenting and/or sexuality-related situations. We’ve been there - we’re here for you!

had abortions and are experiencing physical, emotional or spiritual complications. Our clients in the “Earn While You Learn” are in need of new baby items from newborn to size 3T, clothing, furniture, toys and diapers, and gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart or K-Mart for larger items. We also welcome volunteers – stop by our clinic for more information.

Women’s Resource Clinic 115 West 2nd Ave. • Chico (530) 897-6101 • www.womensresourceclinic.org

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or 32 years Valley Oak Children’s search engine through our name, Good Search Services has worked to strengthen makes a contribution to our agency. families in Butte County. VOCS provides needed VOCS is proud to support families and services to families, including child care providers in the Butte workshops for parents and County community. We started childcare providers; information out with two staff members and resources on children’s providing parents free referrals development, health, nutrition, to child care, a resource library of safety and challenging behaviors; books and toys for parents and a book and toy lending library; and childcare providers, and enrolling livescan fingerprinting. providers in the Child Care Food VOCS appreciates any Program. Over the years we have Serving Butte County community contributions to grown to a staff of 28 and have support our various programs. We are also part of expanded programs and services to meet and Good Search; each time you use this site as your strengthen our communities.

Valley Oak Children’s Services (VOCS) 287 Rio Lindo Ave. • Chico (530) 895-3572 or (800) 345-8627 • www.valleyoakchildren.org

• Pregnancy tests, options & resources • Emotional support & practical help • Parenting insights & help, infants through childhood • Confidential, respectful & caring advocates

Funded entirely by individuals, businesses and churches, all resources and programs are offered at no charge as a community service. We appreciate your donations, which includes new and gently used maternity and baby items. Our mission is primarily provided through the generosity of people - we’d love you to consider volunteering with us!

CHOICES • 215 West Alma St. • Mt. Shasta New Dunsmuir Location Opening Soon! (530) 926-6726 or (877) 508-HELP • choicesmtshasta@gmail.com

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arry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary and Educational Center was founded in 1994 to educate the public about the care and preservation of all wildlife and their habitats, both locally and globally. Equal parts wildlife sanctuary, educational park, and research center, the sanctuary is home to a remarkable assortment of nonreleasable wild and exotic animals, many of them endangered species. Our animals have the potential to inspire minds and to change lives!

There are many ways families can help. One hundred percent of monetary contributions go to the care and nurturing of our animals, or to our research and educational programs. We are also always in need of volunteers. See our website for more information on how you can help. Every gift we receive is a blessing that allows us to continue our work.

Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary and Educational Center 4995 Durham-Pentz Rd. • Oroville, CA 95965 (530) 533-1000 • www.kirshner.org www.northstateparent.com • December 2012

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CHILDCARE & PRESCHOOL DIRECTORY

Secret Garden in Redding

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Debra Lynn's Childgarden

Anderson • (530) 378-5228 DSM Ages: 0-12 yrs • Times: 24/7 Childcare, PT Preschool, M-F 7:30am-10:30am OR 11am-2pm We provide a safe, nurturing, and opportunity-rich learning environment where each child grows to their fullest, in a country setting with lots and lots of love. Find us on Facebook. Lic# 455405342

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Chico Montessori Children's House

814 Glenn St. • (530) 342-5518 www.chicomontessori.com 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

KidsPark

2477 Forest Ave. • (530) 894-6800 www.kidspark.com DSM Ages: 2-12 yrs • Times: M-Th 8am-9PM Fri: 8AM-11PM, sat 10Am-11Pm, 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

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, 6am-6pm 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

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Brush Street Schoolhouse

3270 Brush St. • (530) 347-9686 www.brushstreetschoolhouse.com 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

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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 a 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

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ABC Childcare & Preschool

834 Lake Blvd. • (530) 246-3880 SM Ages: 0-9 yrs • Times: M-F, 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

3500 Tamarack Rd. • (530) 246-6010 www.brushstreetschoolhouse.com 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 Childcare

(530) 222-2341 www.breshearschildcare.com 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

Columbia's Lion Cubs Preschool

10142 Old Oregon Trail • (530) 223-4070 x315 SM Ages: 2.5-6 yrs • Times: M-F, 7:30am-6pm Our experienced, qualified and nurturing teachers provide for every aspect of your child's preschool experience. You don't need to be in the Columbia School District to attend. Offering full and half-day programs with small class sizes, hands-on learning, Kindergarten readiness, and activities in all areas of learning. Lic# 455403185

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

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Early Foundations Children’s Academy

1755 Airpark Dr. • (530) 243-7883 DSM Ages: 6 wks-12 yrs • Times: M-F, 6:30am-6pm www.earlyfoundationsca.com Our environment allows children and staff to build a foundation that develops the whole child. Through our education programs, children have opportunities for choice, experimentation, creativity and problem solving. Our curriculum focuses on strengthening children’s emerging physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and language skills. Lic# 455406267, 455406268 & 455406269

Heather Ridge Infant Center

820 Saint Marks St. • (530) 241-7226 www.heatherridgechildcare.com 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

Manzanita YMCA Collaborative Preschool

1240 Manzanita Hills Ave. • (530) 246-9622 www.sfymca.org SM Ages: 3-5 yrs • Times: M-F, 7am-6pm School year Preschool/Pre-K program provides a nurturing, fun and enriching environment where children build self-regulation and social skills promoting school and life success; incorporates thematic lesson plans with an emphasis on school readiness. Lic # 455406288

Montessori Children’s House of Shady Oaks

1410 Victor Ave. • (530) 222-0355 www. shadyoaksmontessori.com 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.

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Early Childhood Center

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. Lic # 451373130

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 Hand Writing 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

Turtle Bay YMCA Collaborative Preschool

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

West Redding Preschool

3490 Placer St. • (530) 243-2225 www.westreddingpreschool.webs.com 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

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Visit Chico’s Laxson Auditorium with family and friends to enjoy the antics of the Comedy Pet Theater. Features comedy, world-championship juggling and the extraordinary talents of lots & lots of performing pets. See the 5th (Butte County).

Bring the whole family for a magical holiday performance of The Nutcracker presented by Redding City Ballet, Chico Community Ballet and Northern California Ballet. See the 7th through 9th and 13th &14th (Butte County), and the 14th & 15th (Shasta County). Also see article on page 10. Photo: Redding City Ballet.

Chico, Redding and Red Bluff all feature the special holiday performance of North State Symphony: Experience the Season. Includes Christmas works performed by the symphony’s baroque ensemble, plus an audience sing-along. See the 14th (Butte County), the 15th (Tehama County) and the 16th (Shasta County). Photo: Vocalist Molly Mahoney, who will perform solos and duets along with vocalist Dara Scholz and the chamber orchestra. A favorite holiday event, Chico’s Glorious Sounds of the Season Concert features 25 holiday selections performed by an array of CSU, Chico faculty and student groups, plus community ensembles. Includes sing-alongs. See the 7th, 8th and 9th (Butte County).

GOING PLACES DECEMBER

T H E E V E N T S C A L E N D A R F O R B U T T E , T E H A M A , S H A S TA & S I S K I Y O U C O U N T I E S How To Submit Calendar Events: Submit your events via our online submission form located on the home page of our website at www.northstateparent.com. Click on Calendar and choose Submit Event. Calendar submissions must reach North State Parent by the 10th of the month prior to the event's date:

January Events Deadline is December 10. If you have additional questions, contact our calendar editor at: calendar@northstateparent.com North State Parent P.O. Box 1602, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067 Phone (530) 926-1287, 2# Fax (530) 926-3873 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

Pet Food Drive; Palo Cedro. Help Another Chance Animal Welfare League keep their furry friends warm & fed through the winter. They need: dog & cat food (wet & dry), cat litter, blankets & towels, pet beds & monetary donations. Drop off thru 12/15, Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm & Sat, 10am-3pm. Location: Another Chance Animal Welfare League Thrift Store, 9384 D Deschutes Rd. (530)547-7387. Ranger-Led Personalized Group Activities; Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Schedule your group of 15-30 to enjoy customized rangerled group activities. Including hikes, gold panning, storytime & other ed-related activities. All ages. $5 day use fee per vehicle. (530)242-3451.

PROGRAMS & LEAGUES REGISTRATIONS

Anderson Little League Teams Sign Ups; Anderson. See the 15th. Beginning Youth Recreational Basketball Program; Paradise. Youth grades 3-6 learn basketball fundamentals & skills through clinics, practices & league games. Separate boys/girls leagues at each grade level. Sign-ups ongoing, program runs Sats, 12/8-2/23. $60, includes t-shirt; some scholarships avail. Pine Ridge Gym & Paradise Intermediate School Gym. (530)872-6393. Cross County Youth Ski Program; Mt. Shasta. Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization’s youth skate ski programs offer outdoor winter fun & instills a love for the sport. Ages 7-13yrs. Participation made easy; join anytime. (530)926-2142. Jr. High & High School Basketball Leagues; Paradise. Recreational alternative for boys & girls grades 7-10. Small rosters insure playing time for all. Nine-game schedule. Reg by 12/14. T/Th/Sat, 1/8-2/28. $60 (includes t-shirt). Pine Ridge & Paradise Intermediate School Gyms. (530)872-6393. Youth & Family Bowling Leagues; Redding. Three fun leagues can be joined anytime: Junior/ Adult Mixed Bowling Leagues: Family fun! Mons, 6:30pm. Play 3 games; $8.50/youth (includes shoes), $11/adults (+shoes if needed). Saturday Junior Bowling League: For kids that can hold & swing a 6# ball. Sats, 11am; $8.50/includes 3 games & shoe rental, +1-time $10 reg fee. Shasta Lanes, 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. Youth Instructional Bowling League: Ages 7 & up. Weds, 3:30pm; $6/includes 2 games & shoe rental. Shasta Lanes, 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. Youth Basketball League; Redding. Every child gets equal playing time & fair play is encouraged. No try-outs or cuts. Weekly games & tournament.

Ages 5-12. Sats, 1/5-3/2, time varies. $50 ($40/Y member). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N Court St. (530)246-9622. Youth Ice Hockey Program; Mt. Shasta. Accepting beginner & intermediate-advanced youth hockey. Ages 4-18yrs; some equip. avail for use. Weekday practices started late Nov; weekend games DecJan. $50-$65/individual hockey program pass or $159/family hockey program pass (includes access to public skates). Sign up at the rink, or through the Mt. Shasta Recreation & Parks District office. Siskiyou Ice Rink, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)925-4368.

EXHIBITS

Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Redding. Back home for a limited engagement to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Museum at Turtle Bay Exploration Park.  Features a unique collection of signed works selected by Adams to represent his life’s work. Thru 1/13, Wed-Sat., 9am-4pm & Sun, 10am-4pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Eat Well, Play Well; Redding. Informative interactive exhibit offers insights to the healthy choices around us. Find out about burning calories, your body’s flexibility, food serving sizes & much more. Thru 1/6, Wed-Sat., 9am-4pm & Sun, 10am-4pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Fall Exhibits At Gateway Science Museum; Chico. Fall brings planes & prospectors… come “Take Flight” with the new aeronautical exhibit, get “Gold Fever” while learning all about prospecting, or transform the American West with the photographs of “Third Views, Second Sights.” Thru 12/30, W-Sun, 12-5pm. $5/adults, $3/ages 3-7yrs/students, members & ages 2 & under free. 625 Esplanade. (530)898-4121.

“I (Heart) Chico”; Chico. Community show featuring expressions of love for Chico by artists of all ages, talents & mediums. Create your own piece of art in this interactive exhibit! All ages. Thru 1/27, W-Sun, 12-4pm (closed 12/24-1/1). $2-$3 general, under age 14 free. Chico Museum, Corner of Second & Salem Sts, Downtown Chico. (530)891-4336. Lenticulars-The Spectacular Clouds of Mt. Shasta; Mt. Shasta. Learn the science behind lenticular cloud formations & the legends about them. Fri, Sat & Sun 1-4pm, thru Dec 9. $1 admission. Sisson Museum, 1 N. Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508. Natures Number’s; Redding. Math is everywhere: the pattern of spots on your dog, symmetry of butterfly wings & shape of crystals in salt exemplify some mathematical properties of nature. Come play with math & nature. Thru 12/31, WedSat, 9am-4pm & Sun, 10am-4pm. Free w/park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. The Parrot Playhouse: Lories!; Redding. Handfeed Australian lorikeets in every color of the rainbow in an interactive aviary. W-Sat, 9:3011:45am & 1-4pm, & Sun, 10:30-11:45am & 1-4pm, thru 3/31. 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. Winter Gifts Holiday Art Show; Mt. Shasta. The Mountain Arts Cooperative presents its 4th annual holiday show featuring new works of 11 artist co-op members, including paintings, encaustics & ceramics. Thru 1/19, M-F, 10am5pm & Sat, 11am-5pm. Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery & Cultural Center, 418 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)926-1294.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER

Children will enjoy special holiday storytimes at your local libraries and bookstores throughout December! In Chico, Storytime: It's A Dog & Cat Christmas features holiday animal stories, including the book Merry Christmas, Splat. See the 1st (Butte County).

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A Christmas Carol Musical; Chico. This wonderful & enlightening production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale of one man learning the true meaning of Christmas is brought to the stage as a soaring musical. All ages. 7:30pm. Pre-sale: $20/adult, $12/child; +$5 at door. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd. (530)894-3282.

Bridging The Gap Christmas Boutique; Chico. Seventh annual event features gifts from around the world plus local Chico favorites. Purchases help provide clean water, sanitation & hygiene training in developing countries. 11am-5pm. Adams’ Home, 45 Parkside Ct. (530)342-5746. Chico Certified Farmers Market; Chico. Enjoy locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, soaps & much more. 7:30am-1pm, yearround, rain or shine. 2nd & Wall St. (530)893-FARM.

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Chico Cheer All Stars Open Gym; Chico. Get extra cheerleading or tumbling practice. Coach avail. to help w/spotting. Open gym lets you work on anything you desire. All ages/abilities welcome. $5/ hr or $65/mo for All Gym Membership. 10-12am. Chico Cheer All Stars Gym, 13306 Cabin Hollow Ct., Suite #120. (530)894-CCAS. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. Bring the whole family for a fantastic time of family fun, with family music & a great family price! 6:30-9pm. $12/family of four (additional members +$2.50), + $2-$3 skate rental. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Festival Of Trees & Holiday Gift Faire Fundraiser; Paradise. Bid on beautifully decorated Christmas trees created by local businesses & organizations, includes delivery to your home. Children can visit with Santa. Gift booths & refreshments. Free admission. 9am-4pm. Paradise Veterans Hall, corner of Skyway & Elliot. Frontier Christmas Celebration; Oroville. Old-Time Christmas celebration from the Gold Rush era, featuring period costumes & handson activities for kids. Visit & take pictures with Santa, make crafts, enjoy music & Christmas skits. Food & drink available for purchase. Something for all ages.12-4pm. Free. Lake Oroville Visitor Center, 917 Kelly Ridge Rd. (530)538-2219. Historic Homes Holiday Tours; Chico. Tour three historic Chico homes decorated for the holidays: Patrick Ranch Museum's Glenwood Farm House, the Bidwell Mansion & the Stansbury Home. The Patrick Ranch event includes a Winter Fine Art & Gift Sale with live music & wine tasting. 10am5pm. $6/individual tour, or $25/tour 3 homes w/ trolley ride to each. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway. (530)342-4359.

Home Depot Kids Workshops; Chico & Oroville. Hands-on building workshop for ages 5-12. 9am-12pm. Free. Chico: 2580 Notre Dame Blvd. (530)342-0477; 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. Lasagne Gardening; Chico. Discover the simple, no-till gardening method of preparing soil for spring planting using recycled materials. Presented by GRUB Supported Community Garden Team. Ages 12 & up (under 12 with adult supervision). 2-4pm. Free, prereg required. Chestnut & W. 14th St. (530)588-0585. Oliver! The Musical; Chico. The ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more, based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Songs include Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, & many more. Benefits Chico’s Families for Children foster & adoption agency. Ages 9 & up. Tonight 7:30pm. $20/ adv tix (call). Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (1-800)722-4522. Oroville Holiday Craft Faire; Oroville. Over 50 local vendors are selling their handmade items, plus a raffle throughout the day. All ages. 10am-4pm. Free admission. Oroville Municipal Auditorium, 1200 Myers St. (530)228-4891. Paradise Christmas Tree Lighting & Truck Parade of Lights; Paradise. Family-oriented free event features live entertainment, cookies & hot cider. Truck Parade promotes a canned food drive (collection bins) benefitting local food pantries. Kids visit with Santa & get a candy cane (bring camera). 6pm. Free. Paradise Community Park, 5570 Black Olive Dr. (530)872-6987.

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Start A New Holiday Tradition. The Siskiyou Ice Rink Is Open Through January 6th. Visit our website for information about public skate times, admission/punch cards/season passes costs, skate lessons, adult & youth hockey, Family “Cheap Skate” Nights, & more. Free Skate rental with admission! Call for private parties and group reservations.

Dec 8 (Sat) Winter Carnival at the Rink Hockey Shoot-out Contest 5:30pm, public skate session 6-9pm; includes games, contests, prizes, on-ice sledding, races, figure skating contest, creative curling & more. Regular admission. Dec 22 (Sat) A visit from Santa! Special Skate Session with Santa, 1:30-3pm. Regular admission. Dec 24 (Mon) Christmas Eve Skates Two Christmas Eve public skate sessions: 12-2pm & 2:30-5pm. Regular admission.

Dec 24-28 (Mon-Fri) & Dec 31-Jan 4 (Mon-Fri) Special Holiday Skate Sessions Includes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Two public skate sessions daily: 12-2:30pm & 3-5pm. Regular admission. Dec 26-28 (Wed-Fri): Christmas Holiday Ice Skate Camp for Youth Ages 8 & up learn to skate (or improve skills), play games, create art & enjoy a healthy snack.10am12pm. $30/3-days, includes skates & free entrance to the 12:30-2:30pm open skate session.

December 31 (Mon): New Year’s Eve Celebration. Fun for the whole family. 6-9pm. Includes 9pm “East Coast time” ball drop. Regular admission. January 5 (Sat): Outdoor Classic Pick-up Hockey Tournament 4 on 4, all skill levels. Certified officials. Games 6pm - ? $55/player; goalies fee. Call to reg: Chris (530) 925-4368. January 6 (Sun): Closing Day Two final skate sessions: 1:30-3pm & 3:30-5pm. Regular admission.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Roo’s Zoo Kids’ Skate Session; Chico. Join RollerRoo for this specially designed session for kids 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. $5.75/child, includes quad skate rental (parents skate for half price); or $25/6-weeks. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Storytime: It’s A Dog & Cat Christmas; Chico. Come enjoy loads of dog & cat Christmas stories, including a favorite: Merry Christmas, Splat by Rob Scotton. 2pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. The Christmas Faire; Chico. Three-day event featuring artisans, quality crafts, craft demos, music workshops, food, beverages, holiday elves & continuous entertainment. Find quality handcrafted gifts. All ages. Today 10am-6pm. Free admission. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St. (530)345-9652. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Black-light bowling with good music. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. $16/person/3hrs, includes shoes; or $5/game + $2.50/shoe rental. Orchard Lanes, 2397 Esplanade. (530)895-3257. 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.

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A Cascade Christmas; Redding. A highspirited family-friendly holiday spectacular, directed by Jana Pulcini-Leard. Features toys from Santa’s workshop, holiday marionettes, elves, Christmas music & illusions that bring the spirit of Christmas into everyone’s heart. Showcases some of Redding’s finest dancers, singers & actors. 2pm & 7pm. $10-$25. Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St. (530)243-8877.

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Animal Encounters: Indoor Animal Show; Redding. An up-close experience with some of Turtle Bay’s Walk on the Wild Side summer animal show stars. Meet these amazing animals as they fly, crawl, or walk by. All ages. Sats, 1:30pm, thru 2/9. Free with admission ($10-$14). Turtle Bay Exploration Park. 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Charlie Rabbit Kids Gardening Program; Redding. Join Charlie, Turtle Bay’s adorable jackrabbit puppet, for interactive gardening activities. For children & their siblings, parents & grandparents. Wear gardening clothes! 10:30am. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. West Garden Entrance, 1100 Arboretum Dr. (in rain meet in Greenhouse), 1100 Arboretum Dr. (530)242-3178. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Open Gyms; Redding. Kids have a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Ages 5 & under: 9-10am, $4/child; Ages 5-14: 10:30am-12:30pm, $7/child. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn how to research records to find your family history with assistance from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. W/Sat 1-4pm. Free. Drop-in okay. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7252. Holiday Boutique & Crafts; Anderson. Buy, sell & create! Fun for all ages. 9am2pm. Free admission (have your own booth for just $15). Community Center, 1887 Howard St. (530)378-6656. Home Depot Kids Workshops; Redding. Hands-on building workshop for ages 5-12. 9am-12pm. Free. 1200 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-1313. Kids On Wheels; Redding. Special skating session for skaters 10yrs & younger, with parent. Kids’ music & games. Parents skate ($1) or walk to assist (no charge). Toddler skates are available. 1011:30pm. $3/child, $1/adult; includes skates. Viking

Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. 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. 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. Two age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-7 (older siblings welcome): 11am12pm, $5/child. Ages 8 & up: 12-2pm, $10/person (members $6). 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Old-Time Holiday; Shasta State Historic Park & Tower House Historic District, Whiskeytown. Scrumptious breakfast for small fee 7:30-11am. At the Camden House, families make a free wreath to take home, & tour the historic home. Free Courthouse Museum entrance. Shop at the 1800s general store. Holiday craft activities & live music for all ages at both locations. 11am to 4pm. Free. Shasta State Historic Park & Tower House Historic District. (530)242-3451. Redding Farmers Market. Enjoy a great selection of farm-fresh produce & handmade products. 7:30am-12pm, thru 12/22. 777 Cypress Ave, next to Redding City Hall. (530)226-7100. Rock ‘N’ Bowl; Redding. Enjoy a night of bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pmmidnight, $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. 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. Weekend Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Meet your friends for fun & exercise. All ages. Sat/Sun, 122:30pm & 2-4:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Wyntour Wonderland Holiday Open House; Redding. Enjoy hot cider & goodies while strolling through festive displays of living Christmas trees & their beautifully decorated nursery. 50% off many gift shop items. 9am-4pm. Free. Wyntour Gardens, 8026 Airport Rd. (530)365-2256.

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Country Christmas Holiday Craft Fair & Santa Visit; Weed. Festive fair featuring handcrafted products. Santa & Mrs. Claus visit. Live music & free Kiddie Corner with face painting, crafts & games. 9am-3pm. Admission: cash donation or 2 food items for charity. College of the Siskiyous Gym, 800 College Ave. (888)397-4339. Siskiyou Ice Rink Saturday Events; Mt. Shasta. Fun for the whole family! Learn to Skate Lessons 12:30-1:30pm ($10). Public skate sessions: 1:303pm (all ages), 3:30-5pm (all ages), 5:30-6pm (adults only) & 6-9pm (all ages). $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Siskiyou Motorcycle Association Christmas Fundraiser; Weed. Dinner, Chinese auction, raffle & drawing for a 2013 Harley Super-glide custom & for a 1oz gold bar. Tri-tip & chicken barbeque dinner: $12. Proceeds help provide Christmas presents for underprivileged children in Siskiyou County. Ages 21+. 5pm doors, 6pm dinner. Sons of Italy Hall, 155 Clay St. (530)938-4410.

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Home Depot Kids Workshops; Red Bluff. Handson building workshop for ages 5-12. 9am-12pm. Free. 2650 Main St. (530)528-8579. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline class/studio sessions for all ages & levels. Taught by Anastasia Nelson; includes time to work on your projects. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 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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A Christmas Carol Musical; Chico. This wonderful & enlightening production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale of one man learning the true meaning of Christmas is brought to the stage as a soaring musical. All ages. 2pm. Pre-sale: $20/adult, $12/child; +$5 at door. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd. (530)894-3282. Historic Homes Holiday Tours; Chico. Tour three historic Chico homes: Patrick Ranch Museum's Glenwood Farm House, the Bidwell Mansion & the Stansbury Home. Today 10am-4pm. See the 1st. Oliver! The Musical; Chico. The ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more, based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Songs include Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, & many more. Benefits Chico’s Families for Children foster & adoption agency. Ages 9 & up. Today 2:30pm. $20/ adv tix (call). Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (1-800)722-4522. The Christmas Faire; Chico. Three-day event featuring artisans, quality crafts, craft demos, music workshops, food, beverages, holiday elves & continuous entertainment. Find quality handcrafted gifts. All ages. Today 10am-5pm. Free admission. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St. (530)345-9652.

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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; Sun 10am-12pm. $50/mo; free trial. Convenient location. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Pine Needle Holiday Ornaments; Mt. Shasta. Create lovely original ornaments & holiday gifts using pine needles. Instructor Leona Nelson has years of experience & many creative ideas to share. Ages teens & adults. 1pm. $25, please pre-reg so they can prepare materials for you. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. “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! Sun, 9-10am. Free. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Siskiyou Ice Rink Sunday Skates; Mt. Shasta. Bring the family for a great time ice skating! Two public sessions: 1:30-3pm & 3:30-5pm. $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; price includes skate rental. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

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Enloe’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony; Chico. Join Enloe Medical Center employees & neighbors for free hot cider, cookies. All ages. 5:15-6pm, 1531 Esplanade, front lawn. Rain cancels. (530)332-7329. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. Parents & children ages 0-5 enjoy playing together in a fun, creative, safe & loving environment. Promotes child development through art, games, puzzles, books, dress-up & more. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. Join anytime thru 12/21. Babies under 10mos free; ages 10mos-5yrs, $4/hr w/class card. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Play class offers fun ongoing hands-on science activities for children ages 3-5 & their parents. Includes art, puzzles & games! Join anytime thru 12/17. Two Mon sessions: 10:30am-12pm & 1:30-3pm. Siblings welcome. $4/hr w/class card. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101.

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Alternative Christmas Gift Faire; Redding. Features over 20 booths representing local & international non-profits offering gift items, plus a fantastic selection of beautiful fair trade artisan handcrafts. Young children’s craft area, & make-it/take-it crafts (including fresh wreaths), refreshments & live music. All ages. 1-4pm. $2/ person, children under 12 free. First United Methodist Church, 1825 East St. (530)243-2403. Animal Parade On The Boardwalk; Redding. Hang with Spike, the porcupine, Gidget, the cockatoo & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities as one of them leads the way down the Turtle Bay Boardwalk (weather permitting). Th & Sun, 1:30pm, thru 2/10. Free w/Park admission ($10$14). Boardwalk outside museum. 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Fish Feeding At Turtle Bay; Redding. Watch native fish in the aquarium zigzag, wiggle & play with their food at feeding time. All ages. W-Sun,10:30am. 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. Weekend Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Get exercise & enjoy skating fun. All ages. Sat/Sun, 12-2:30pm & 2-4:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901.

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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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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, taste their creations & clean up - all part of the cooking experience. Ages 5-12. Mon OR Wed, 3:30-4:30pm. $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. 11-6pm. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Monday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice your own skills, or have fun watching your child run, jump & tumble. Safe, supervised & fun gym with lots of room to play. 2 age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-7 (older siblings welcome): 11am-12pm, $5/child; Ages 12+: 6-7pm, $5/child. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Programs; Redding. Mini-me: parent/child gymnastics intro class, 1-3yrs, 4-4:45, $40/mo.Artistic Gymnastics Class: Fast-paced beginning class teaches basic gymnastics skills & terminology, ages 5-8, 4-5pm, $50/mo. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Positively Girls Club; Redding. Girls ages 9-15 enjoy making new friends, learning new things & growing positively. Offers girls a supportive environment to get to know each other & their community through girl talk, fun activities & exciting field trips around the city! 6-8pm. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4375. SPARK Ventures; Redding. Bring your child for some hopping, jumping, parachute, ribbon, music & other active play. Promotes development of healthy lifestyle, motor skills, movement knowledge, & social & personal skills. Ages 3-5. Mon, 9-10am. $20/month (Y members $10), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. T’ai Chi For Youth; 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. Mon, 5:30-6:30pm, thru 12/20. $35/mo, pre-reg. Bohemian Art Loft, 3304B Bechelli Lane. (530)229-7818.

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Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-13: M/Tu/ Th, 6-6:45pm. Ages 13+: M/Tu/Th, 7- 8:30pm. $75/ month (unlimited classes). Approved as a CORE Butte Charter & South Sutter School vendor. Chico Shotokan Karate Martial Arts, 2155 Park Ave. Ste B. (530)897-0326.

Eat Healthy McCloud; McCloud. Need assistance with Cal-Fresh? McCloud Community Resource Center can help. Get nutrition tips. Fresh produce avail. to McCloud residents. M/Th, 10-12am. Free. McCloud Community Resource Center, 304 W. Minnesota Ave. (530)964-3250. Open Play & Parent Social; Mt. Shasta. Little ones with their caregivers can explore & play in a creative environment, using available materials that support literacy, music, creativity, movement & fun! Mons, 10:30am-12pm. Free. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, modern activity program for children to develop coordination, flexibility, strength,


GOING PLACES DECEMBER 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. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd.

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Beginning Sign Language Class; Paradise. Come learn & build your American Sign Language Skills. 11:30-1:30pm. All ages welcome. Free. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Bittie Baby & Me Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Choosing Quality Childcare. Parents w/babies 0-3mos learn current info to promote infant wellness & safety. Make friends in a supportive environment. 10:30am-12pm. Free if you delivered at Enloe; or $15/class. Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center, 251 Cohasset Rd, Suite 120. (530)332-3970. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra cheerleading skills practice, or prepare to be an All Star. Learn tumbling skills, jumps, motions & flexibility. For all ages & abilities. $55/mo or $15/class. T/Th 3:305pm. Chico Cheer All Stars Gym, 13306 Cabin Hollow Ct., Suite #120. (530)894-CCAS. Danú Christmas In Ireland; Chico. Playing traditional instruments of flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, percussion & bouzouki, Danú creates a memorable performance filled with lively Christmas cheer. Chico Children’s Choir join the fun, making this a celebration with hometown roots. All ages. 7:30pm. $18-31. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333. Games & Puzzles Play Class; Chico. Hands-on play class for ages 3-5 & their parents. Participants enjoy a variety of games & puzzles; all activities include art!

Two times: Tuesdays from 10:30am-12pm & 1:303pm. Siblings welcome. Babies under 10mos free; ages 10mos-5yrs, $4/hr w/class card. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Infant/Pediatric Safety & CPR Class; Chico. The #1 cause of death for children under the age of 5 is preventable accidents. Learn how to make your child’s environment safe, & infant/child CPR. No babies or children should attend. 5:30-8pm. $35, pre-reg. Enloe Mother & Baby Education, 251 Cohasset Rd. #120. (530)332-3970. 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. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-13: M/Tu/ Th, 6-6:45pm. Ages 13+: M/Tu/Th, 7- 8:30pm. $75/ month (unlimited classes). Approved as a CORE Butte Charter & South Sutter School vendor. Chico Shotokan Karate Martial Arts, 2155 Park Ave. Ste B. (530)897-0326. Special Needs Family Pot Luck & Support Group - In Spanish/En Español; Chico. For Spanishspeaking families. Build a support network & share challenges of raising a child with special needs. Children welcome, homework help & childcare provided. Bi-monthly. Potluck 5:30pm, support group 6-8pm. ARC, 2020 Park Ave. (530)891-5865 x107.

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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.

In Mt. Shasta, kids ages 8 & up learn to ice skate (or get tips for improving), play games and make an art project at the Christmas Holiday Ice Skate Camp at the Siskiyou Ice Rink. See the 26th-28th (Siskiyou County).

Anderson Teen Center Drop-In Days; Anderson. Anderson Teen Center offers tutoring, computer & internet access, & activities such as cooking, dance, or yoga class for teenagers. Parents & teenagers are encouraged to stop by & visit. Grades 7-12. Open Tu/Th, 3-7pm, Wed, 2:30-6:30pm, & Fri, 3-8pm. Free. 2889 East Center St. (530)365-9021. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. Healthy family fun! All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Held Tuesday (ribbons awarded) & Fridays (trophies awarded to top 3 riders in each class). Practice & reg from 6-7pm, races follow (weather permitting). Reg fee: $5/Tues; $10/Fri. Margaret Polf Park on Shasta Dam Blvd. (530)209-4198.

Chess Group; Redding. Players enjoy games of chess while instructors observe, give advice & facilitate the fun. Whether you’re new to the game or just want to practice, this is the place for you. For youth & adult. Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. Free. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Freerun/Parkour & Tumble Fun Classes; Redding. Freerun/Parkour: Practice your urban free-run skills in a fully matted gym. Learn to flip, twist & run-out over obstacles, ages 8+, 6-7pm. $50/mo. TumbleFun: Fun & fast-paced beginning gymnastics class, learn basic skills & terminology, ages 6+, 4-5pm, $50/mo. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center, 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483.

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Fun for all ages, families are invited to participate in the Mercy Christmas Dash 5k run/1 mile run/walk in Redding. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to return to encourage children and adults to stay healthy for the holidays. See the 15th. (Shasta County)

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. $4/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

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4:30pm. $20/mo ($10 Y members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Guitar Hero; Redding Library. Kids can rock out on a virtual stage playing guitar in this music video game. Geared for teens, but all kids welcome. 4-5pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Lil’ Chefs; Redding. Fun & educational cooking experience for children ages 3-5, who learn about cooperation, directions, shapes, sensory exploration, fine motor skills & more. Tue, 9-10am. $20/mo ($10 Y members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. 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. Fun family night: all-you-can-eat pizza, salad & twists, board games, coloring, face painting & balloons. 6-8pm. $7.49/adults, $4.99/ages 6-10, Kids under 5 free. Round Table Pizza, 900 Dana Dr. (530)223-1975. Tiny Tots Open Gym; Redding. Children run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised & fun environment. Lots of room to play. Includes bounce house. Ages 0-5, siblings welcome; must be supervised by adult. M/Tu/Th/F/Sa, 11am-12pm. $5/child (adult free). Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center, 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Winter Concert; Redding. Presented by Enterprise High School. 7pm. David Marr Theatre, 2200 Eureka Way. Info: (530)222-6601.

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with class card (Wellness Center members $20/8 classes). Mt. Shasta Wellness Center, 633 Lassen Ln. (530)926-6010. Holiday Wreaths Workshop; Mt. Shasta. Make a holiday wreath of fabric & lace: Ages 9-adult. 10am-2pm or 3:30-5pm. $12/small & $15/large, includes materials; pre-reg required so materials can be prepped. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. 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. Tuesdays, 5:15-6pm. $30/mo; $10/drop-in; 1st class free. Lower Lodge, Mt. Shasta City Park, 1315 Nixon Rd. (530)918-9165. Siskiyou Arts Bus Open Studio; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the bus in a creative art studio setting. Hands-on experience with paints, print making, clay, collage & more! Ages 9 & up (younger w/parent participation). Tu/Th, 2:45-5pm, thru 5/30. Free. Siskiyou Arts Bus, east side of Mount Shasta Library, 515 Alma St. (530)859-2309. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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Playgroup; Los Molinos. A great place for children to play, learn & enjoy hands-on activities, all with their parents’ assistance, to help prepare them for Kindergarten. Ages 2-5. Tuesdays, 10-11:30am. Free. First Steps Family Resource Center, 7700 Stanford Ave. (530)384-7833.

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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. Books-Books-Books!; Chico. Hands-on play class for children age 3-5 & their parents. Includes lots of small-motor activities like coloring, painting, cutting & pasting! Make & take books home. 2 times: Weds, 10:30am-12pm & 1:30-3pm, thru 12/19. Siblings welcome. Ages 10mo-5yrs, $4/hr w/class card (babies under 10mos free). Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Chico OVP (Organic Vegetable Project) Market. Offers organic seasonal produce, herbs & flowers. 11am-2pm. Located at CSU, Chico’s Student Services Center Plaza, by the library. (530)898-4137. Children’s Storytime; Oroville. Enjoy songs, stories, music & craft activities. Ages 3-5. 11am-12pm. Free. Oroville Library Meeting Room, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Comedy Pet Theater; Chico. As seen on The Tonight Show, Letterman, & America’s Got Talent, Comedy Pet Theater blends comedy, world-championship juggling, clowning, & the extraordinary talents of lots & lots of performing pets. Guaranteed to surprise & delight all ages. 7:30pm. $19-31. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333. Evening Of Remembrance; Chico. Honors loved ones who have died in the past year. Sharing photos, poems, readings & sharing of names. Hosted by Enloe Hospice; open to the public. For all ages. Free. 7-8pm, Enloe Conference Center, 1531 Esplanade. (530)332-6060.

In Search Of Character Classes; Chico. Spotlights the ten core virtues that help youth develop into caring, respectful, responsible people who make choices based on what’s right, rather than what’s easy. Learn different ways to foster good character in youths. For adults. Weds, 9am-12pm, thru 1/16. Free. Butte College Skyway Center, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd. (530)897-6235. 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. Storytime At Barnes & Noble: Snow Day!; Chico. Today features a favorite seasonal story, Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner. All kinds of secrets hidden are hidden in its pages. Make a snow craft too. 11am. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. For ages 0-5 & their caregiver. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. See the 3rd.

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Cooking At The Y; Redding. In this hands-on class, children chop, measure, taste their creations & clean up - all part of the cooking experience. Ages 5-12. Mon OR Wed, 3:30-4:30pm. $20/month (Y members $10), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Dog Training Orientation; Anderson. Free orientation for humans only. Meet dog trainers, see training in action. Modern approach helps create a fun relationship with your canine family member. 5:30-7pm. Haven Humane Society, 7449 Eastside Rd. (530)241-1653. Drop-in Basketball Open Gym; Anderson. Free,

Both Chico and Dunsmuir present screenings of Warren Miller’s film Flow State featuring exciting ski and snowboard action. The Chico Warren Miller Film Screening Fundraiser raises funds for Shasta Union High School District’s alpine teams; see the 7th & 8th (Butte County). The Dunsmuir screening is part of the 2-day Dunsmuir WinterFest celebration, which includes a snowboard Rail Jam, breakfast with Santa, and much more; see the 7th and 8th. Photo: Athlete Kaylin Richardson in Canyons, UT, from Flow State.

supervised drop-in basketball program is open to youth grades 6-12. 6:30-8:30pm, thru 5/29. Anderson Middle School, 1646 Ferry St. Sponsored by Anderson Parks and Recreation. (530)378-6656. Families Honoring Our Troops; Redding. Action & support group works on projects to honor our troops. All welcome. 6pm. IHOP Restaurant, Hilltop Dr. (530)241-6095.

Lil’ Cheer Stars Class; Redding. Kids ages 3-5 learn jumps, cheers, tumbling & cheering using pom poms. Weds, 6-6:45pm. $45/mo, start anytime. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy, 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Movie Mania; Redding Library. Free family movie & popcorn in the library’s Storytelling Arena. Features wonderful children’s titles, most rated G, some PG. 4pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253.

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In Chico, preschoolers can find out what animals do when it gets cold outside at the Wild for Winter Preschool Program presented by the Chico Creek Nature Center. See the 13th. (Butte COunty)

Music & Me; Redding. This class introduces a “Parent & me” style class designed to promote basic music skills in preschool children 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. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Programs; Redding. Kindergym: Intro to gymnastics equipment & fun social interaction; ages 3-5, 6-6:45pm, $40/ mo. Artistic Gymnastics classes for boys & girls: learn floor, bars, beam & vault, & trampoline; ages 4-12yrs, 3 hourly classes between 4-7pm, $50/mo. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Preschool Storytime; Cottonwood. Come join the fun, with stories, songs, & games too! 11:30am12:30pm. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Shasta High School Madrigal Dinner; Redding. Be transported to a Renaissance castle; enjoy ethereal sounds & a marvelous feast. Meet the queen & king, lords & ladies of the court, court jester, dancers, & the Madrigal Singers. Ages 6 & up. $35; tix at the Chascade Theatre website/box office. Event at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd. (530)241-4161. Storytime With Paul & Sarah; Redding. Monthly storytime with musical guest Paul, & storyteller Sarah Beck. Fun for all ages. 10am. Barnes & Noble, 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. T’ai Chi Sword Class For Youth; Redding. T’ai Chi Sword is a form of martial arts utilizing safe, wooden swords for practice. It’s an exercise in concentration, focus, self-awareness & selfdefense. Ages 9 & up. Wed, 5:30-6:30pm, thru Dec. $35/mo, by pre-reg. Bohemian Art Loft, 3304B Bechelli Lane. (530)229-7818. Yoga Kids; Redding. Kids learn about breath, postures, flexibility & balance. Enhances concentration & focus, boosts confidence-relax, play & have fun too. Ages 5-12. Wed, 4-5pm, thru Dec. $35/mo, pre-reg. Bohemian Art Loft, 3304B Bechelli Lane. (530)229-7818. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research your family history with help from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. W/Sat, 1-4pm. See the 1st.

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After School Storytime; Chico. Stories & craft for ages 6-9yrs. 3pm. Free. Chico

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Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. Fun, supportive environment. Learn the smooth & the Latin dances, how to lead or follow, & develop technique. Solo dancers welcome. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. $7/class; $20/4 classes; Wellness Center members $20/8

(and Alzheimer’s) on the body. Develop dance skills & enjoy having fun too. Open to people w/other challenges that can benefit. 12-1pm. $5. Mt. Shasta Wellness Center, 633 Lassen Ln. (530)926-6010. Children’s Book Club; Mt. Shasta. Children discuss books, 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. Songs & Stories For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Children ages 0-5 enjoy fun stories & sing along to live music. Last Wed each month includes puppet show! An adult must accompany young children. 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. Yoga For Toddlers; McCloud. Parent-toddler class teaches parents how to stretch & exercise with their babies. Weds, 10-11am. Free. McCloud Community Resource Center, 304 W. Minnesota Ave. (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; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Caregiver Self-Care & Resource Training; Chico. For those caring for someone else’s child or children. Facilitated group offers support, resources, & training for better self-care. 11am-1pm. Butte College Foster/Kinship Care Ed Center, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd. (530)897-6235. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. Playgroup & support network for homeschooling & unschooling children & parents. Independent & inclusive - all homeschoolers/all ages welcome! 1-4pm. Free. Call for current location & group info. (530)228-7078. Creative Art Activities; Chico. Ongoing handson play class designed for children ages 3-5 & their parents. Messy, gooey art activities, social interactions, games & puzzles. 2 Th sessions: 10:30am-12pm & 1:30-3pm; join anytime thru 12/20. Siblings welcome! Ages 10mos-5yrs: $4/ hr w/class card, under 10mos free. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Hook & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. For all ages of those who love to knit & crochet. 12pm. Free. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Infant & Toddler Storytime; Paradise. Songs, story & music for little ones ages 0-3. 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)8726320. Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly group for mothers offering support on a wide variety of parenting topics. Children welcome. 10:30am12pm. Free. Paradise Community Church of the Nazarene, 311 Circlewood Ln. (530)876-2518. Music Together At Sunny Garden; Chico. Music classes offering an ongoing exploration for parents & their children ages 0-5. Th, 9-10am, thru 12/20. A fun, hands-on approach to music. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. Call for details: (530)343-3101. Preschool Storytime At Durham Library. Toddlers & preschoolers enjoy stories, songs & a craft. 10am. Free. 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-13: M/Tu/ Th, 6-6:45pm. Ages 13+: M/Tu/Th, 7- 8:30pm. $75/ month (unlimited classes). Approved as a CORE Butte Charter & South Sutter School vendor. Chico Shotokan Karate Martial Arts, 2155 Park Ave. Ste B. (530)897-0326. A Christmas Carol Musical; Chico. Wonderful & enlightening production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. All ages. 7:30pm. See the 1st. 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 4th. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. For ages 0-5 & their caregiver. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. See the 3rd.

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“Accelerate” Youth Leadership Group; Redding. High school students are invited to discover & develop the leader within, equip themselves with practical leadership skills, & connect with people & resources in the community. Thurs, 4-6pm thru April. $35/full series. (YMCA Members $30). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Anderson Farmers Market; Anderson. Farm-fresh produce & handmade crafts & goods. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine! Shasta Outlets, 1699 Hwy 273. (530)357-4314. Anderson Library Storytime: Mrs. Santa; Anderson. Come meet Mrs. Santa & listen to the fun stories she presents. Crafts, stickers & coloring too. Bring a camera for a picture with Mrs. Santa! 3:30pm. All ages. Free. 3200 W. Center St. (530)365-7685. Animal Parade on the Boardwalk; Redding. Hang with Spike, the porcupine, Gidget, the


GOING PLACES DECEMBER cockatoo & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities as one of them leads the way down the Turtle Bay Boardwalk (weather permitting). Th & Sun, 1:30pm, thru 2/10. Free w/Park admission ($10$14). Boardwalk outside museum. 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Art & Craft Adventures; Redding. Inspire your child’s imagination & self-expression with hands-on art activities for ages 2-5. Painting, drawing, collage & more; encourages confidence & supports artistic potential. Thu, 9-10am. $20/mo ($10 Y members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. 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. Children & Teens Grief Support Groups; Redding. For children grieving any death loss. Co-facilitated by professional counselors. Separate groups for ages 6-12yrs, 13-18yrs & parents/grandparents. Info: (530)245-4070. Kids Kung Fu Class; Anderson. Students ages 4 & up learn to take instruction, develop selfcontrol, improve balance & coordination, & become physically fit, all while having fun. 2 age groups: 4-8yrs (5:30-6:15pm) & 9yrs & up (6:15-7pm). $25/ mo, drop-in okay. Anderson Community Center, 1887 Howard St. (530)378-6656. Kindermusik With Lyra Ukulele Class; Redding. Ages 4 thru adult: bring your Uke, a great attitude & listening ears! Help create a great Ukulele band! Thursdays, 7pm, thru 4/25. $5/class, join anytime; call first so materials can be prepared. St. Nicholas Church, 880 Commerce St. (530)355-4747. Little Explorers: Winter Wonderland; Redding. Discover the wonderful world of winter with activities & stories for 2-5 year-olds & their caregivers. Presented by Bruce, Michelle, Rachael, Ryan and Thomas Lutz. 10am. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers); Redding. Meet other moms to celebrate the joys, be encouraged through the challenges, & learn to be creative with raising your preschooler. Food, fun & childcare to allow connection! Ages pregnancy-kindergarden. 9-11am. $5, + $24/annual fee, some scholarships. 1st time free. Redding First Church of the Nazarene, 2225 Bechelli Ln. (530)365-8977. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Programs; Redding. Kindergym: Intro to all equipment & a fun social experience, ages 3-5, 4-4:45pm, $40/ mo. Artists gymnastics (boys & girls): Fast-paced beginning class teaches basic gymnastics skills & terminology, ages 5-8. 4-5pm, $50/mo. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Thursday Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 0-7: “Tiny Tots”: 11am-12pm; Ages 8+: 5-6pm. Children run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised & fun environment. Lots of room to play. Includes bounce house. Ages 0-5 must be supervised by adult, siblings welcome. $5/child (adult free). Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center, 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Thankful Thursday At All Fired Up!; Redding. Bring in a non-perishable food item & the studio fee is free during your painting session. 11-6pm. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Tumbling Class; Anderson. Children develop flexibility, coordination, balance & strength through tumbling exercises. Ages 4-8. 5:30-6:15pm. $20/ mo; $5/drop-in. 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. 12-5pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Winter Concert; Redding. Presented by Foothill High School. 6:30pm. David Marr Theatre, 2200 Eureka Way. Info: (530)245-2700.

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YogaFit For Teens; Anderson. For grades 7-12. A practical style of yoga that is accessible, understandable & doable for any fitness level. Relaxing, energizing & fun. 5-6pm, drop in welcome. Free. Anderson Teen Center, 2889 E Center St.. (530)378-6656. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am. See the 4th. Shasta High School Madrigal Dinner; Redding. Enjoy ethereal sounds & a marvelous feast in a Renaissance setting. Ages 6 & up. $35. See the 5th.

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Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Learn the smooth & the Latin dances, & how to lead or follow. Fun, supportive environment. Develop technique & skills. Solo dancers welcome. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm $7/class; $20/4 classes. Wellness Center members $20/8 classes. Mt. Shasta Wellness Center, 633 Lassen Ln. (530)926-6010. Eat Healthy McCloud; McCloud. Need assistance

with Cal-Fresh? McCloud Community Resource Center can help. Get nutrition tips! Fresh produce avail. to McCloud residents. M/Th, 10-12am. Free. McCloud Community Resource Center, 304 W. Minnesota Ave. (530)964-3250. Siskiyou Arts Bus Open Studio; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the bus in a creative art studio setting. Hands-on experience with paints, print making, clay, collage & more! Ages 9 & up (younger w/parent participation). Tu/Th, 2:45-5pm, thru 5/30. Free. Siskiyou Arts Bus, east side of Mount Shasta Library, 515 Alma St. (530)859-2309. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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Playgroup; Corning. A great place for children to play, learn & enjoy hands-on activities, all with their parents’ assistance, to help prepare them for Kindergarten. Ages 2-5. Th, 10-11:30am. Free.

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“Celebrate The Child” Candlelight Walk & Tree Lighting; Chico. Annual Candlelight walk to celebrate children & families in Butte County. Begins at the Children’s Park with music from the Inspire High School Choir group. We walk to the City Plaza for the tree lighting ceremony. Take the “Kindness Pledge.” 5:30pm. Free. Children’s Park Chico, Broadway & W 1st St. (530)519-4248. Chapmantown Farmers Market; Chico. Offers fresh produce & may include (varies weekly) children’s activities, community garden exchange & health forum info. Cal Fresh EBT accepted. 2pm5:30pm, year-round. Dorothy F. Johnson Center lawn, 775 E 16th St. at C St. (530)592-0889. Chico Nursery School Children’s Shopping Day; Chico. Bring your children to shop for their holiday gifts for the family. They can choose from a variety of hand-crafted items, price range $1-$5, includes gift-wrapping. Also photos with Santa. 12-6pm. Chico Nursery School , 1190 E 1st Ave. (530)781-3962. Community Christmas Tree Lighting; City Plaza will glow with the joy of Christmas. Enjoy a musical program featuring local choral groups, a few words from the city’s mayor & a special visit from Santa, who will visit with children following the ceremony. Starts at 5:30pm. (530)345-6500. 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. An entire gym is open for play! Adult stays with children while they play, max 2 kids per 1 adult. Ages walking-5yrs. 10-12pm. $10 (Members $5), +$1 siblings. Athletic Horizons, 415 Otterson Dr. (530)893-4967. 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 Oliver! The Musical; Chico. The ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more, based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Songs include Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, & many more. Benefits Chico’s Families for Children foster & adoption agency. Ages 9 & up. Today 7:30pm. $20/ adv tix (call). Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (1-800)722-4522. Parenting Your Preschoolers: A Love & Logic Workshop; Chico. Learn strategies to create happy families & responsible kids. Focused on ages birth to 6yrs, this intensive 2-day intensive training teaches simple, effective techniques that encourage desirable behaviors & decrease misbehaviors in children. For adults. 9am-4pm. Free. Butte College Skyway Center, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd. (530)897-6235. Rowell’s Pals Playgroup; Chico. A diverse playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. Come sing, dance, read & play. 1011am. Free, pre-reg encouraged. Rowell Family Empowerment of N. CA, 3075 Cohasset Rd., #2. (530)899-8801.

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Some of the North State’s finest young musicians present Holiday Hoopla!, a concert featuring the Chico High School Symphonic Band & Jazz Ensemble. See the 13th. (Butte County)

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 Honey in the Rock; Chico. Sweet Honey In The Rock sings sacred music of the Black church, the civil rights movement & songs for justice. Their soulful harmonies touch blues, spirituals, gospel, reggae, hip-hop, ancient lullabies & stirring jazz improvisation. All ages. 7:30pm. $18-31. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Skate with friends. Special themes. All ages. 5 sessions: 7-9pm, $5.75; 7-9:30pm, $6.25; 7:30-9:30, $5.75, 8-10:30pm, $6.25, 8:30-10:30, $5.75. Skate rental additional $2-$3. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. “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. 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 3 & under. Two sessions: 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. A Christmas Carol Musical; Chico. Wonderful & enlightening production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. All ages. 7:30pm. See the 1st. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. For ages 0-5 & their caregiver. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. See the 3rd. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st.

admission ($10-$14). Turtle Bay Exploration Park. 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Date Night Fridays/Art For Kids; Redding. Drop off the kids for 2 hours of experimental art fun! Different projects every week. Ages 6-12. Fridays, 6-8:30pm. $25/child, includes supplies; sibling discounts. Pre-reg required. The Silver Cottage Studio & Gallery, 8367 Placer Rd. (530)209-7769. Family Fun Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Rent a lane & bring family & friends for a night of bowling

SHASTA COUNTY

Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. Healthy family fun! All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Held Tuesday (ribbons awarded) & Fridays (trophies awarded to top 3 riders in each class). Practice & reg from 6-7pm, races follow (weather permitting). Reg fee: $5/Tues; $10/Fri. Margaret Polf Park on Shasta Dam Blvd. (530)209-4198. Creature Feature Program; Redding. Meet the real stars of Turtle Bay: the animals. This meet & greet features different animals each week that you meet up close. Fridays, 1:30pm, thru 2/8. Free with Park

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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. Frolickin’ Frogs Mommy & Me Tumbling Class; Redding. Child-adult participation class. Each child’s natural curiosity & developmental level takes precedence as structure is introduced. Includes music, listening games & obstacle courses. Ages 18-30mos. 10-10:45am. $15/reg + $40/mo; 1st class free. Learning in Motion Preschool, 2174 Pine St. (530)246-1842. Holiday Carnival; Anderson. Games, face painting, crafts, snacks, Santa, bike helmets (bring your old, used helmet to trade). Children must be accompanied by an adult. 5-6:30p. Free. Community Center, City of Anderson, 1887 Howard St. (530)378-6656. 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. Kids’ Fun Friday At All Fired Up!; Redding. Kids have fun painting from 11-8pm. Specialty paints, stamps, stencils & sponges are available to help create a work of ceramic art. Studio fee: $3.50/ child 12 & under, $4.50/teens & adults; (plus cost of pottery). 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Programs; Redding. Co-ed Artistic Gymnatics (boy & girls): Learn floor, bars, beam, vault, ages 4-10, 4-5pm, $50/mo. Beginning Boys Gymnastics for ages 6-10, 3-4pm, $50/mo. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483.

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Chico Community Ballet

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13th-16th Performances:

Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at 7:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. at 2:00 p.m. Laxson Auditorium CSU, Chico Tickets $16-$26 available at University Box Office

898-6333 www.chicoperformances.com

Read To Me Book Club; Redding. Early literacy program encourages the love of books, inspires learning & prepares children for kindergarten. Special time together includes themed story time, art activities & weekly book bag exchange. Ages 2-5. Fri, 9-10am, thru 12/7. $20/full session (Y members $10). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Rock ‘N’ Bowl; Redding. Enjoy a night of bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pmmidnight, $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. 9:30-11pm. 1701 Bruce Dr. (530)365-3323. “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. Tiny Tots Open Gym; Redding. Children run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised & fun environment. Lots of room to play. Includes bounce house. Ages 0-5, siblings welcome; must be supervised by adult. M/Tu/Th/F/Sa, 11am-12pm. $5/child (adult free). Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center, 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. 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. Tumblin’ Turtles Mommy & Me Class; Redding. For crawlers & early walkers & their adult caregivers. Fosters exploration & independence through the use of music, obstacle courses, climbing, sensory exercises & exploration games. Ages 9-18mos. 9-9:45am. $15 reg free + $40/mo; 1st class free. Learning in Motion Preschool, 2174 Pine St. (530)246-1842. Warren Miller Film Screening Fundraiser; Redding. Warren Miller’s Flow State offers filmgoers a magnitude of ski & snowboard action unmatched anywhere else. Event raises funds for Shasta Union High School District alpine teams. Door prizes, raffle, intermission concessions. 7pm. $10. David Marr Theatre, 2200 Eureka Way. Info: (530)241-4161. Shasta High School Madrigal Dinner; Redding. Enjoy ethereal sounds & a marvelous feast in a Renaissance setting. Ages 6 & up. $35. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Dunsmuir WinterFest Day I; Dunsmuir. Watch ski and snowboard practices and pro-demos on a snow-filled ball field (4-8pm; snow courtesy of Mt. Shasta Ski Park). Live music 5-8pm. Downtown tree lighting and Mr. & Mrs. Claus visit. Snowsports movie screening: Choose Your Own Adventure (8:15pm). All ages. 4-9pm. Free. Dunsmuir City Park, 4841 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2177.

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Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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Breakfast with Santa; Chico. Santa’s Village is open 8am–12pm. Choose your breakfast time (hourly 8-11am) & spend the rest visiting Mrs. Claus & making crafts with elves. Enjoy pancakes & other wonderful breakfast treats. $10/person, must pre-reg (sells out). CARD Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave. (530)895-4711.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER Chico Nursery School Children’s Shopping Day & Breakfast With Santa; Chico. Children enjoy breakfast with Santa ($6.50), then can shop for holiday gifts for their families, choosing from a variety of hand-crafted items, priced $1-$5; includes gift-wrapping. Photos with Santa too. 11am-3pm. Chico Nursery School , 1190 E 1st Ave. (530)781-3962. Holiday Light Parade; Oroville. The 2012 theme of this annual community event is “Old-Fashioned Christmas.” Includes parade of lighted floats, tree lighting & more; all downtown businesses feature “open house” street vendors. 5-9pm. Free. Historic Downtown Oroville (Montgomery, Huntoon, Bird, Myers & Oliver Sts). (530)538-2401. Kids’ Build & Grow Clinic At Lowe’s; Chico. Kids get 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. Spanish Storytime; Chico. Join this monthly storytime for stories, songs & a craft for all ages. 2pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530) 891-2726. Storytime; Chico. Join the fun! 2pm. Barnes & Noble, 2031 Dr Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Weekend Childbirth Preparation; Chico. Prepares expectant parents for birth, newborn care & breastfeeding. Promotes individual choices, including natural breathing, relaxation techniques & pain management options. 12/8-9: 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. 7:30am1pm year-round at 2nd & Wall St. See the 1st. Chico Cheer All Stars Open Gym; Chico. All ages/ abilities welcome. 10-12am. See the 3rd. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. 6:309pm. See the 1st. A Christmas Carol Musical; Chico. Wonderful & enlightening production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. All ages. 7:30pm. See the 1st. Oliver! The Musical; Chico. The ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more. Ages 9 & up. Today 7:30pm. See the 7th. Roo’s Zoo Kids Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 1st. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st.

included; pre-reg required. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)242-3108. Parents’ Night Out; Anderson. Kids 4-18 can play, flip & twist on a 50-foot trampoline, large foam pit, & 10,000 sq ft of play equipment. Enjoy arts & crafts or cool down on the large blow-up slip-nslide when it’s hot. 5pm-9pm. $10/child, by pre-reg. Adventure Recreation Center, 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Redding Farmers Market. Enjoy a great selection of farm-fresh produce & handmade products. 7:30am-12pm, thru 12/22. 777 Cypress Ave, next to Redding City Hall. (530)226-7100. 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. Shasta High School Madrigal Dinner; Redding. Be transported to a Renaissance castle; enjoy ethereal sounds & a marvelous feast. Meet the queen & king, lords & ladies of the court, court jester, dancers, & the Madrigal Singers. Ages 6 & up. $35; tix at the Chascade Theatre website/box office. Event at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd. (530)241-4161. Warren Miller Film Screening Fundraiser; Redding. Warren Miller’s Flow State offers filmgoers a magnitude of ski & snowboard action unmatched anywhere else. Event raises funds for Shasta Union High School District alpine teams. Door prizes, raffle, intermission concessions. 7pm. $10. David Marr Theatre, 2200 Eureka Way. Info: (530)241-4161. Weekend Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Get exercise & enjoy skating fun. All ages. Sat/Sun, 12-2:30pm & 2-4:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking

Bring family and friends to Chico to enjoy Oliver! The Musical, the ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more! See the 1st, 2nd and 7th-9th. Photo: California Regional Theater's Oliver! cast rehearses for their upcoming spirited performances.

Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Animal Encounters: Indoor Animal Show; Redding. An up-close experience with some of Turtle Bay’s animal show stars. 1:30pm. All ages. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 5 & under: 9-10am; Ages 5-14: 10:30am-12:30pm. See the 1st.

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SHASTA COUNTY

Cottonwood Community Library Christmas Home Tour; Cottonwood. The Cottonwood Community Library hosts their 13th annual Christmas Home Tour. Includes a Christmas boutique at the library. All ages. 10am-3pm. $15/ person. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Family 2nd Saturday: Crafts For The Holidays; Redding. Get into the holiday spirit - enjoy a festive atmosphere & create holidaythemed crafts/gifts. Make your own peanut butter pinecone bird feeder. A merry event for the whole family. 10:30am-3:30 pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Holiday Wreath Making Workshop; Redding. Creative & fun holiday workshop led by floral designer & instructor Darlene Montgomery. Create a fresh, full-size holiday wreath. All materials provided. 9am-12pm. Limited to 12 participants, ages 16+. $35-$40, materials

Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research your family history with help from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. W/Sat, 1-4pm. See the 1st. Kids On Wheels Skate Session; Redding. 1011:30pm. See the 1st. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. Ages 0-7 ( “Tiny Tots,” older siblings welcome): 11am-12pm; Ages 8+: 12-2pm. See the 1st. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9:30-11pm. See the 1st. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Skate 7-9pm; Dance 9-11pm. See the 1st.

INSPIRING CHOREOGRAPHY AND EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES Open Saturdays in December! Mining Exhibit • Fluorescent Rocks Fossils • Crystals & Minerals Books & Gifts • Jewelry

Free Admission. Mon.-Sat., 9-5 78 Belle Mill Rd. • Red Bluff www.gaumers.com • (530) 527-6166

Complete the Holidays with the timeless magic that is Redding City Ballet’s Nutcracker. Let Tchaikovsky’s famous score evoke images of sparking snowflakes and waltzing flowers as you journey through the land of the sweets with Clara in search of her Prince.

December 14th & 15th, 2012 Cascade Theatre • Redding Tickets $10 - $28. Available now at cascadetheatre.org or call 243-8877 Artistic Director Diana Christensen Sponsored by

Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Evening of fun learning to dance (Waltz, Salsa, Swing, Tango, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Cha-cha & others), with open dance time (practice party) after. All ages & levels welcome. 2nd & 4th Sats, 7-10pm. $7/lesson-only or $10/full evening. Mt. Shasta Recreation & Parks, Dudes & Daises Bldg., 1350 Nixon Rd. (415)215-2652. Dunsmuir WinterFest Day II; Dunsmuir. Breakfast with Santa at the Community Building. Rail Jam 3-6pm: skiers & snowboarders compete for prizes on a snow-filled ball field; snow courtesy Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Sign-ups 2pm. Award ceremony 6pm. Ski movie Flow State screening 7pm. All ages. 2-9pm. Free. Dunsmuir City Park, 4841 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2177. Children’s Holiday Gift Making; McCloud. Children are invited to come make or create their own gifts for family members! Creative fun. Children under 5yrs must be accompanied by parent. 10-2pm. Free. McCloud Community Resource Center, 304 W. Minnesota Ave. (530)964-3250. Siskiyou Ice Rink Saturday Events; Mt. Shasta. Fun for the whole family! Learn to Skate Lessons 12:30-1:30pm ($10). Public skate sessions: 1:303pm (all ages), 3:30-5pm (all ages), 5:30-6pm (adults only) & 6-9pm (all ages). $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

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Bridging the Gap Christmas Boutique in Chico features gifts from around the world plus local Chico favorites, all for a good cause. See the 1st (Butte County). Photo: 12-year-old Drue Glatthaar and his origami jewelry Wishing Ones, created to "help a thirsty world." Wishing Ones are available at the Christmas Boutique or BTG's ongoing marketplace by donation.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Lucero Olive Oil’s 2nd Annual Winter Crush; Corning. This all-day free event includes the unique experience of watching the citrus olive oil crush, plus live music, local food & microbreweries, cooking demos & a kid’s zone featuring jewelry making, bag decorating, olive branch crowns, & coloring. 10am- 4pm. Free. Lucero Olive Oil Mill, 2120 Loleta Ave.

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A Christmas Carol Musical; Chico. This wonderful & enlightening production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale of one man learning the true meaning of Christmas is brought to the stage as a soaring musical. All ages. 2pm. Pre-sale: $20/adult, $12/child; +$5 at door. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd. (530)894-3282. Oliver! The Musical Final Performance; Chico. The ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more, based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Songs include Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, & many more. Benefits Chico’s Families for Children foster & adoption agency. Ages 9 & up. 2:30pm. $20/adv tix (call). Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (1-800)722-4522.

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Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun ongoing handson science activities for children ages 3-5 & their parents. Two Mon times: 10:30am-12pm & 1:303pm. Siblings welcome. See the 3rd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Baby Bookworms At Redding Library. Children ages 6mo-2½yrs & parent/caregiver enjoy story,

Open Play & Parent Social; Mt. Shasta. Little ones with their caregivers can explore & play in a creative environment, using available materials that support literacy, music, creativity, movement & fun! Mons, 10:30am-12pm. Free. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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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. Weekend Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Get exercise & enjoy skating fun. All ages. Sat/Sun, 12-2:30pm & 2-4:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Unlimited bowling 9-11pm. See the 2nd.

Complete Women’s Care New in-office procedures for women with heavy menstrual cycles New services for bladder control 3-D Ultrasound/4-D

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SHASTA COUNTY

Snow People Craft Workshop; Mt. Shasta. Make a snow person/snow child. Free your creativity! Children & adults welcome. 1-4pm. $12, supplies included; please pre-reg so materials can be prepared for you. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 3rd. “Run & Laugh”; Mt. Shasta. Big fun for preschoolers. Free! 9-10am. See the 2nd.

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. Free Cooking Class: Home Cooking; Palo Cedro. For adults. Come learn new cooking skills! Two times: 9:30am & 6pm (free childcare available at the 9:30am class). Free; class size limited; pre-reg required. Cow Creek Community Church, 10168 Deschutes Rd. (530)547-5483. Positively Girls Club; Redding. Girls ages 9-15 enjoy making new friends, learning new things & growing positively. Offers girls a supportive environment to get to know each other & their community through girl talk, fun activities & exciting field trips around the city! 6-8pm. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4375. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up!; Redding. Creative studio time for families. 11-6pm. See the 3rd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Monday Open Gyms; Redding. 2 age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-7 (older siblings welcome): 11am-12pm; Ages 12+: 6-7pm. See the 3rd.

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Family Special Needs Pot Luck & Support Group; Chico. Build a supportive network & share the challenges of raising a child with special needs. Children welcome, homework help & childcare provided. Bimonthly. Potluck 5:30pm; Group meets 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. Preschool Storytimes At Chico Library; Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. 10am & 11am. Free. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. The Mom Spot; Paradise. Support group for moms of children ages 5 & under, & pregnant moms. Enjoy a hot breakfast, socialize, listen to a speaker & make 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. Wii At The Paradise Library. Come have afterschool Wii fun, with a variety of games. All ages. 3-5pm. 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Bittie Baby & Me Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Breastfeeding. For parents w/babies 0-3mos. 10:30am-12pm. See the 4th. 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 4th. Games & Puzzles Play Class; Chico. Hands-on play class for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am12pm & 1:30-3pm. Siblings welcome. See the 4th. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. For ages 0-5 & their caregiver. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. See the 3rd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-13: M/ Tu/Th, 6-6:45pm. Ages 13+: M/Tu/Th, 7- 8:30pm. See the 3rd.

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Barnesklubb Christmas Event; Redding. Learn about the Norwegian Nisse & traditional God Jul activities. A story, craft &/or song may be shared. All ages. 1pm. Free. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (541)251-1426. Chess Group; Redding. For youth & adult; all levels. Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. Free. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Enterprise High School’s 25th Annual Victorian Dinner Celebration; Redding. Final show. A comedic, family friendly play is combined with a delicious 4-course meal & evening of traditional vocal & instrumental music of the holidays. All ages. 6:15pm doors open, 7pm show. $35. Enterprise High School Cafeteria, 3411 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-6601. Preschool Page Turners; Redding. Children ages 3-6 years enjoy a special storytime, craft & music. 10:30-11:30am. 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. Winter Strings Concert; Redding. Presented by University Preparatory School. 7pm. David Marr Theatre, 2200 Eureka Way. Info: (530)245-2790. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue/Fri, 6pm. See the 4th. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am. See the 4th. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Research your family history with assistance from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. 10am12pm. See the 4th.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER Guitar Hero; Redding Library. Geared for teens, but all kids welcome. 4-5pm. See the 4th. Preschool Page Turners At Redding Library. 10:30am. See the 4th. Round Table Pizza Family Fun Night; Redding. 6-8pm. See the 4th. Tiny Tots Open Gym At Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center; Redding. Lots of room to play. Includes bounce house. Ages 0-7, older siblings welcome. M/ Tu/Th/F/Sa, 11am-12pm. See the 1st.

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Siskiyou Arts Bus Open Studio; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the bus in a creative art studio setting. Hands-on experience with paints, print making, clay, collage & more! Ages 9 & up (younger w/parent participation). Tu/Th, 12:30-2:45pm, thru 5/30. Free. Siskiyou Arts Bus, east side of Mount Shasta Library, 515 Alma St. (530)859-2309. Beginning Ballroom Dance; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. See the 4th. Kids Aikido Class; Mt. Shasta. Playful setting. Ages 6-12. Tuesdays, 5:15-6pm. 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; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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Playgroup; Los Molinos. Children & parents play, learn & enjoy hand-on activities. Ages 2-5. 1011:30am. See the 4th.

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Adoptive Parents Support Group; Paradise. Are you an adoptive parent? Parents of all forms of adoption are invited

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to meet other adoptive parents to share support & encouragement. 9:30-11:30am. Free. Paradise Family Resource Center, 6241 Skyway. (530)879-3861. Chico OVP (Organic Vegetable Project) Market. Offers organic seasonal produce, herbs & flowers. 11am-2pm. Located at CSU, Chico’s Student Services Center Plaza, by the library. (530)898-4137. Children’s Storytime; Oroville. Enjoy songs, stories, music & craft activities. Ages 3-5. 11am-12pm. Free. Oroville Library Meeting Room, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Come join the fun! 11am. All ages. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Babies Love Books; Chico. Share stories, bounces & songs with your little one, 0-18mos. Two sessions: 9:30am & 10:30am. See the 5th. Books-Books-Books!; Chico. Hands-on play class for children age 3-5 & their parents. 2 times: Weds, 10:30am-12pm & 1:30-3pm, thru 12/19. Siblings welcome. See the 5th. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. For ages 0-5 & their caregiver. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. See the 3rd.

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Drop-in Basketball Open Gym; Anderson. Free, supervised drop-in basketball program is open to youth grades 6-12. 6:30-8:30pm, thru 5/29. Anderson Middle School, 1646 Ferry St. Sponsored by Anderson Parks and Recreation. (530)378-6656. Lil’ Cheer Stars Class; Redding. Kids ages 3-5 learn jumps, cheers, tumbling & cheering using pom poms. Weds, 6-6:45pm. $45/mo, start anytime. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy, 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Movie Mania; Redding Library. Free family movie & popcorn in the library’s Storytelling Arena. Features children’s titles, most rated G, some PG. 4pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253.

Preschool Storytime; Cottonwood. Come join the fun, with stories, songs, & games too! 11:30am12:30pm. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Shasta High School Madrigal Dinner; Redding. Be transported to a Renaissance castle; enjoy ethereal sounds & a marvelous feast. Meet the queen & king, lords & ladies of the court, court jester, dancers, & the Madrigal Singers. Ages 6 & up. $35; tix at the Chascade Theatre website/box office. Event at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd. (530)241-4161. Winter Strings Concert; Redding. Presented by University Preparatory School. 7pm. David Marr Theatre, 2200 Eureka Way. Info: (530)245-2790. Winter Wonderland; Redding. Merry Christmas! Join us for story time, crafts, carolling & a visit from a very special guest! Grab the camera, dress in Christmas colors & get ready for a morning of holiday festivities. Ages 5 & under. Wed. 10:30am–12pm. Free. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Ballroom Dance Classes; Redding. All ages. 6:3010pm. See the 5th. Enterprise High School’s 25th Annual Victorian Dinner Celebration; Redding. A comedic, family-friendly play is combined with a delicious four-course meal. All ages. See the 11th. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research your family history with help from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. W/Sat, 1-4pm. See the 1st.

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Winter Concert; Mt. Shasta. Mt. Shasta Children’s Choir presents a concert featuring a variety of seasonal songs sung by Mt. Shasta & Sisson elementary school students grades 3-6. Refreshments served. 7pm. Free, donations

appreciated. Methodist Church, corner of Cedar & Alma. (530)926-5720. Songs & Stories For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Children ages 0-5 enjoy fun stories & sing along to live music. Last Wed each month includes puppet show! An adult must accompany young children. 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. Yoga For Toddlers; McCloud. Parent-toddler class teaches parents how to stretch & exercise with their babies. Weds, 10-11am. Free. McCloud Community Resource Center, 304 W. Minnesota Ave. (530)964-3250. Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 5th. Ballroom Dance For Parkinson’s; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 12-1pm. See the 5th. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:156:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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After School Storytime; Chico. Stories & craft for ages 6-9yrs. Lyon Books is today’s special guest. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Holiday Hoopla!; Chico. The Chico High School Symphonic Band & Jazz Ensemble presents their holiday concert. Enjoy wonderful music for the holidays presented by some of our community’s finest young musicians! All ages. 7pm. Tix $7. CUSD Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (530)891-3026 ex 321.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Hook & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. For all ages of those who love to knit & crochet. 12pm. Free. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Infant & Toddler Storytime; Paradise. Songs, story & music for little ones ages 0-3. 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Preschool Storytime At Durham Library. Toddlers & preschoolers enjoy stories, songs & a craft. 10am. Free. 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Self-Care & Resources For Caregivers; Oroville. For those caring for someone else’s child or children. Facilitated group offers support, training for better self-care, & resources. 11am-1pm. The Greater Oroville Family Resource Center, 1720 Daryl Porter Way. (530)809-0444. The Nutcracker Ballet; Chico. Celebrate Chico Community Ballet’s 33rd season with the timeless Christmas ballet classic. Be transported to a magical place filled with Tchaikovsky’s music, a bigger-than-life Christmas tree, marching toy soldiers, mischievous mice, & ballet’s most glorious dancing. All ages. 7:30pm. $16-26. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333. Wild for Winter Preschool Program; Chico. What do animals do when it gets cold outside? We will go for a winter walk through Bidwell Park to search for clues of our animal friends, create a craft, & meet an animal up close. Ages 3-5. 1011am. $12. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E 8th Ave. (530)891-4671. A Christmas Carol Musical; Chico. Wonderful & enlightening production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. All ages. 7:30pm. See the 1st. 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 4th. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. 1-4pm. Free. See the 6th. Creative Art Activities; Chico. Ongoing messy, gooey hands-on play class for children ages 3-5 & their parents. Siblings welcome! Two Th sessions: 10:30am-12pm & 1:30-3pm. See the 6th. Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly support group for mothers of children of all ages.10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. For ages 0-5 & their caregiver. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. See the 3rd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-13: M/ Tu/Th, 6-6:45pm. Ages 13+: M/Tu/Th, 7- 8:30pm. See the 3rd.

is free during your painting session. 11-6pm. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Animal Parade on the Boardwalk; Redding. Meet Turtle Bay’s animal celebrities as one of them leads the way down the Turtle Bay Boardwalk (weather permitting). Th & Sun, 1:30pm, thru 2/10. See the 6th. Children & Teens Grief Support Groups; Redding. For children grieving any death loss. Ages 6-18yrs & parents/grandparents. See the 6th. Enterprise High School’s 25th Annual Victorian Dinner Celebration; Redding. A comedic, family friendly play is combined with a delicious four-course meal. All ages. See the 11th. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am. See the 4th. Kids Kung Fu Class; Anderson. 4-8yrs: 5:306:15pm; ages 9+: 6:16-7pm. See the 6th. Little Explorers: Winter Wonderland; Redding. For ages 2-5 & their parents or caregiver. 10am. See the 6th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Thursday Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 0-7: 11am-12pm; Ages 8+:

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Anderson Farmers Market; Anderson. Farm-fresh produce & handmade crafts & goods. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine! Shasta Outlets, 1699 Hwy 273. (530)357-4314. Anderson Library Storytime: Santa Claus; Anderson. Today Santa Claus visits storytime with a treat for each child & ready to hear Christmas wishes. Enjoy coloring, crafts & holiday fun. Bring your camera for a picture with Santa. 3:30pm. All ages. Free. 3200 W. Center St. (530)365-7685. Kindermusik With Lyra Ukulele Class; Redding. Ages 4 thru adult: bring your Uke, a great attitude & listening ears! Help create a great Ukulele band! Thursdays, 7pm, thru 4/25. $5/class, join anytime; call first so materials can be prepared. St. Nicholas Church, 880 Commerce St. (530)355-4747. 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. 6:30pm. Location varies, call for info. (530)604-6020. Thankful Thursday At All Fired Up!; Redding. Bring in a non-perishable food item & the studio fee

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5-6pm. See the 6th. Shasta High School Madrigal Dinner; Redding. Enjoy ethereal sounds & a marvelous feast in a Renaissance setting. Ages 6 & up. $35. See the 12th. Tumbling Class; Anderson. Ages 4-8. 5-6pm. See the 6th. Wii Games; Redding Library. Ages 10-17. 12-5pm. Free. See the 6th.

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Open House & Holiday Food Drive; Mt. Shasta. Martial arts demos, raffle prizes from local businesses, & food drive to support the Senior Nutrition Program…help make the holidays a little brighter for local seniors. Bring 3 food items per raffle ticket. All ages. 4:30pm6:30pm. Free. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Siskiyou Arts Bus Open Studio; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the bus in a creative art studio setting. Hands-on experience with paints, print making, clay, collage & more! Ages 9 & up

(younger w/parent participation). Tu/Th, 12:302:45pm, thru 5/30. Free. Siskiyou Arts Bus, east side of Mount Shasta Library, 515 Alma St. (530)859-2309. Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. See the 6th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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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. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st. Playgroup; Corning. Children & parents play, learn & enjoy hand-on activities. Ages 2-5. 10-11:30am. See the 6th.

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Musical: Little Mermaid Jr.; Chico. The California Regional Theater Children’s program presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.! A perfect gift for the whole family to enjoy. 7pm. $5. Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. Tix at the CRT Kids website or call (530)800722-4522. North State Symphony: Experience the Season; Chico. The North Symphony’s traditional Christmas concert! Their baroque ensemble will play gorgeous Christmas works & beautiful arrangements of favorite carols. Vocalists Dara Scholz & Molly Mahoney will perform duets & solos. Join a carol sing-along at the end of the concert. All ages. 7:30pm. $30. St. Johns Catholic Church, 416 Chestnut St. (530)898-5984. 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. The Nutcracker Ballet; Chico. Celebrate Chico Community Ballet’s 33rd season with the timeless Christmas ballet classic.  Be transported to a magical place filled with Tchaikovsky’s music, a bigger-than-life Christmas tree, marching toy soldiers, mischievous mice, & ballet’s most glorious dancing. All ages. 7:30pm. $16-26. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333. Toddler Storytimes; Chico. Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 3 & under. Two sessions: 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. A Christmas Carol Musical; Chico. Wonderful & enlightening production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. All ages. 7:30pm. See the 1st. Chapmantown Farmers Market; Chico. 2-5:30pm. See the 7th. Family Swim; Chico. 5-8pm. $2. See the 7th. Kids In Motion: Kids’ Night Out; Chico. 6-9:30pm. See the 7th. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group; Chico. Mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Children welcome. 10:30am-12pm. See the 7th. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. For ages 0-5 & their caregiver. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. See the 3rd.


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Alive After Five Art Night; Redding. Relax & unwind with refreshments & desserts while painting with family & friends. $3 studio fee per painter, from 5-9pm. Call to reserve a table. All Fired Up, 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Date Night Fridays/Art For Kids; Redding. Drop off the kids for 2 hours of experimental art fun! Different projects every week. Ages 6-12. Fridays, 6pm-8:30pm. $25/child, includes supplies; sibling discounts. Pre-reg required. The Silver Cottage Studio & Gallery, 8367 Placer Rd. (530) 209-7769. Enterprise High School’s 25th Annual Victorian Dinner Celebration; Redding. A comedic, family friendly play is combined with a delicious four-course meal. All ages. See the 11th. Kids’ Fun Friday At All Fired Up!; Redding. Kids have fun painting from 11-8pm. Studio fee $3.50/ child 12 & under, $4.50/teens & adults. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Redding City Ballet’s The Nutcracker; Redding. Complete the holidays with the timeless magic. Tchaikovsky’s famous score evoke images of sparkling showflakes & waltzing flowers. Journey through the land of sweets with Clara in search of her prince. All ages. 7:30pm. $10-$28. Cascade Theatre, 1731 Market St. (530)243-8877. 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. Tour De-Lights!; Redding. Join Shasta Land Trust for a guided driving tour of Redding’s holiday lights. Enjoy hot chocolate, homemade soups & cornbread, then carpool to view the lights. End with cookies, brownies & fruitcake. All ages. 6-9pm. $35-$40, children 12 & under free; RSVP. Shasta Land Trust, 1918 West St. (530)241-7886. Creature Feature Program; Redding. Meet the real stars of Turtle Bay: the animals. 1:30pm. All ages. See the 7th. 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 7th.

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Family Fun Night Skate; Redding. 7:30-10:30pm. See the 7th. Frolickin’ Frogs Mommy & Me Tumbling Class; Redding. Child & adult participation class for ages 18-30mos. 11-11:45am. 1st class free. See the 7th. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 7th. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9:30-11pm. See the 7th. Shasta High School Madrigal Dinner; Redding. Enjoy ethereal sounds & a marvelous feast in a Renaissance setting. Ages 6 & up. $35. See the 12th. Tiny Tots Open Gym At Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center; Redding. Lots of room to play. Includes bounce house. Ages 0-7, older siblings welcome. M/ Tu/Th/F/Sa, 11am-12pm. See the 7th.

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Game Night!; McCloud. Bring the family for an evening of hands-on fun playing a variety of board games. Organic dinner avail. for a small fee. 5-7pm. Free. Morning Star Cafe, inside the downtown McCloud Mercantile building. (530)964-3250.

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Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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A Christmas Carol Musical; Chico. This wonderful & enlightening production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale of one man learning the true meaning of Christmas is brought to the stage as a soaring musical. All ages. 7:30pm. Pre-sale: $20/adult, $12/ child; +$5 at door. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd. (530)894-3282. Book Sale; Paradise Library. Come find a wonderful selection of gently used books at a great price. 10am-3pm. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Chinese Storytime; Chico. Stories, songs & a craft for all ages. 10:30am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Introduction To Fruit Tree Pruning; Durham. Learn techniques to keep your fruit trees short &

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At Redding’s Cascade Theatre, bring the family to enjoy California Dance Company's CDC Christmas Showcase, offering an array of performances featuring dance talent that ranges from little ones to the company’s competition team. See the 17th. (Shasta County)

Safe Babysitting Workshop; Chico. Great class for young adolescents 11 & older 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.

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Rowell’s Pals Playgroup; Chico. A diverse playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. 10-11am. Free. See the 7th. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. All ages. 4 sessions, starts 7pm. See the 7th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st.

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Storytime: Christmas Traditions; Chico. Reading about Rudolph, Frosty, Olive, the Peanuts gang & of course Santa are certainly favorite traditions. Start a new family tradition at the Barnes & Noble book drive: choose a name off their tree & give the gift of literacy. 2pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. The Nutcracker Ballet; Chico. Celebrate Chico Community Ballet’s 33rd season with the timeless Christmas ballet classic.  Be transported to a magical place filled with Tchaikovsky’s music, a bigger-than-life Christmas tree, marching toy soldiers, mischievous mice, & ballet’s most glorious dancing. All ages. 2pm & 7:30pm. $16-26. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333. 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. 7:30am1pm year-round at 2nd & Wall St. See the 1st. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. 6:309pm. See the 1st. Roo’s Zoo Kids Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 1st. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st.

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Afternoon Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Meet your friends for fun & exercise. All ages. 12-2:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Anderson Little League Teams Sign Up; Anderson. Sign up today for $5 off registration; 10am-2pm. Ages 4-15. Leagues: T-Ball, 4-6yrs; Farm, 7-8yrs; Minors, 9-12yrs, baseball & softball; Majors, 9-12yrs, baseball & softball; Junior, 1315yrs. Multi-child discount. Anderson City Hall, 1887 Howard St. (530)365-1391. Dance Production: The Grinch; Redding. DreamWeaver Dance Theatre brings the classic tale of The Grinch. Bright & colorful costumes, holiday scenery & talented local dancers take the stage for a fantastic show the whole family will enjoy. 2pm & 7pm. $10; ages 4 & under free. David Marr Theatre, 2200 Eureka Way. (530)247-1010. Enterprise High School’s Victorian Dinner Celebration; Redding. Final show. A comedic, family friendly play is combined with a delicious 4-course meal & evening of traditional vocal & instrumental music of the holidays. All ages. 6:15pm doors open, 7pm show. $35. Enterprise High School Cafeteria, 3411 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-6601. First Aid Training:  Child & Adult; Redding. American Safety & Health Institute’s Adult & Child hands-on First Aid training. Includes a 2-year certification & student handbook. Ages 12 & up. 10am-1pm.  $40 (Y Members $30), must pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Holiday Celebration; Redding. Celebrate the Holidays with an evening of music, delicious food & great company. Holiday attire welcomed (not required). All ages. 6-8pm. Free. Martin Luther King Jr., Multicultural Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530) 225-4375 Holiday Concert; Redding. Features the Shasta College Chorale & members of the Shasta Symphony Orchestra. Includes “Gloria” by composer Francis Poulenc (w/soprano soloist Daun Weiss); Poulenc’s “Trio” performed by the Sona Trio; Charles Gounod’s “Petite Symphony”; & a French work for nine wind players. 7:30pm. $7-$10. Shasta College Theatre, 11555 Old Oregon Trail. (530)242-7730. Mercy Christmas Dash Run/Walk; Redding. Fun 5k run & 1 mile run/walk geared for families. Santa & Mrs. Claus are expected to run, encouraging children & adults to

stay healthy. 7:30am reg, 9am start. $10/1-mile, $15/5k; race shirts extra. Lake Redding Park Pavilion, Sacramento River Trail, Benton & Rio Dr. (530)351-4504. Pediatric, Child & Adult First Aid, CPR & AED Training; Redding. American Safety & Health Institute hands-on training that includes EMSA 2-yr certification & student handbook. Ages 12 & up. 9am-5pm. $75 (Y Members $65); pre-reg required. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Redding City Ballet’s The Nutcracker; Redding. Complete the holidays with the timeless magic. Tchaikovsky’s famous score evokes images of sparkling showflakes & waltzing flowers. Journey through the land of sweets with Clara in search of her prince. All ages. 2pm & 7:30pm. $10-$28. Cascade Theatre, 1731 Market St. (530)243-8877. Redding Farmers Market. Enjoy a great selection of farm-fresh produce & handmade products. 7:30am-12pm, thru 12/22. 777 Cypress Ave, next to Redding City Hall. (530)226-7100. Science Saturday: The Physics of Toys; Redding. Explore the physics of toys & discover magnetism, kinetic energy & other principles of physics that bring toys to life! Meet a local physics teacher who worked for NASA; learn more about science as you play. 11am-3pm. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Shasta High School Madrigal Dinner; Redding. Be transported to a Renaissance castle; enjoy ethereal sounds & a marvelous feast. Meet the queen & king, lords & ladies of the court, court jester, dancers, & the Madrigal Singers. Ages 6 & up. $35; tix at the Chascade Theatre website/box office. Event at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd. (530)241-4161. Weekend Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Get exercise & enjoy skating fun. All ages. Sat/Sun, 12-2:30pm & 2-4:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Animal Encounters: Indoor Animal Show; Redding. An up-close experience with some of Turtle Bay’s animal show stars. 1:30pm. All ages. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 5 & under: 9-10am; Ages 5-14: 10:30am-12:30pm. See the 1st. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research your family history with help from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. W/Sat, 1-4pm. See the 1st. Kids On Wheels Skate Session; Redding. 1011:30pm. See the 1st. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. Ages 0-7 ( “Tiny Tots,” older siblings welcome): 11am-12pm; Ages 8+: 12-2pm. See the 1st. Rock N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9-11pm. See the 1st. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Skate 7-9pm; Dance 9-11pm. See the 1st.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Siskiyou Ice Rink Saturday Events; Mt. Shasta. Fun for the whole family! Learn to Skate Lessons 12:30-1:30pm ($10). Public skate sessions: 1:303pm (all ages), 3:30-5pm (all ages), 5:30-6pm (adults only) & 6-9pm (all ages). $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER TEHAMA COUNTY

North State Symphony: Experience the Season; Red Bluff. The Symphony’s traditional Christmas concert! Their baroque ensemble will play gorgeous Christmas works & beautiful arrangements of favorite carols. Vocalists Dara Scholz & Molly Mahoney will perform duets & solos. Carol sing-along at the end of the concert. All Ages. 7:30pm. $25. State Theatre, 333 Oak St . (530)898-5984. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st. Pioneer Christmas Party; Red Bluff. Re-live Christmas traditions of California pioneers. Costumed volunteers invite families to make candles, tin punch, decorate gingerbread men & enjoy many more activities. Hot wassail with sweetmeats & old-fashioned cookies served. 1-4pm. $5/adult, $2/child 4-18; under 4 free. Wm. B. Ide Adobe State Park, 21659 Adobe Rd. (530)529-8599.

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A Christmas Carol Musical; Chico. Final Performance of this wonderful & enlightening production of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale of one man learning the true meaning of Christmas is brought to the stage as a soaring musical. All ages. 7:30pm. Pre-sale: $20/adult, $12/child; +$5 at door. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd. (530)894-3282. Holiday Extravaganza!; Chico. Presented by California Regional Theater, this evening is filled with holiday performances celebrating the season. Holiday desserts served by Upper Crust & Tin Roof bakeries. “Special Guest” just for the kids will be there! 6pm. $12. California Regional Theater Performance Center, 3851 Morrow Lane. (1-800)-722-4522. The Nutcracker Ballet; Chico. Celebrate Chico Community Ballet’s 33rd season with the timeless Christmas ballet classic.  Be transported to a magical place filled with Tchaikovsky’s music, a bigger-than-life Christmas tree, marching toy soldiers, mischievous mice, & ballet’s most glorious dancing. All ages. 2pm & 7:30pm. $16-26. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333.

SHASTA COUNTY

North State Symphony: Experience the Season; Redding. The Symphony’s traditional Christmas concert! Their baroque ensemble will play gorgeous Christmas works & beautiful arrangements of favorite carols. Vocalists Dara Scholz & Molly Mahoney will perform duets & solos. Carol sing-along at the end of the concert. All ages. 2pm. $30/adult, $10/child/student. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 2600 Shasta View Dr . (530)243-8877. Weekend Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Get exercise & enjoy skating fun. All ages. Sat/Sun, 12-2:30pm & 2-4:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. 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. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 9-11pm unlimited bowling. See the 2nd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Siskiyou Ice Rink Sunday Skates; Mt. Shasta. Bring the family for a great time ice-skating! Two public sessions: 1:30-3pm & 3:30-5pm. $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; price includes skate rental.

Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. “Run & Laugh”; Mt. Shasta. Big fun for preschoolers. Free! 9-10am. See the 2nd.

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MONDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-13: M/Tu/Th, 6-6:45pm. Ages 13+: M/Tu/Th, 7- 8:30pm. $75/ month (unlimited classes). Approved as a CORE Butte Charter & South Sutter School vendor. Chico Shotokan Karate Martial Arts, 2155 Park Ave. Ste B. (530)897-0326. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. Ages 0-5 & their caregiver enjoy playing together in a fun, creative & safe environment that promotes child development. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. See the 3rd. Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun ongoing hands-on science activities for children ages 3-5 & their parents. 2 Mon times: 10:30am12pm & 1:30-3pm. Siblings welcome. See the 3rd.

SHASTA COUNTY

CDC Christmas Showcase; Redding. Enjoy California Dance Company’s 2012 Christmas Showcase, featuring routines from Mommy & Me all the way to our nationally recognized competition team! All ages. 6pm. $13. Cascade Theater, 1731 Market St. (530)365-7749. Baby Bookworms At Redding Library. For infants & toddlers ages 6mos-2½yrs & their parent/ caregiver. 10:30am. Free. See the 3rd. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up!; Redding. Creative studio time for families. 11-6pm. See the 3rd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Monday Open Gyms; Redding. 2 age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages

In Mt. Shasta, come create a holiday wreath of fabric & lace at a hands-on Holiday Wreaths Workshop. See the 4th. (Siskiyou County)

0-5 (older siblings welcome): 11am-12pm; Ages 12+: 6-7pm. See the 3rd. Positively Girls Club; Redding. For girls ages 9-15. 6-8pm. Free. See the 3rd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Learn To Ice Skate & Learn To Play Hockey Class; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4-adult. For girls & boys, men & women; some equip. avail for use. Mon/Wed, 5:30-7:30pm. Free with Hockey Program pass, or

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$10 drop-in. Siskiyou Ice Rink, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)925-4517. Open Play & Parent Social; Mt. Shasta. Little ones with their caregivers can explore & play in a creative environment, using available materials that support literacy, music, creativity, movement & fun! Mons, 10:30am-12pm. Free. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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TUESDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

Beginning Sign Language Class; Paradise. Learn & continue to build your American Sign Language Skills. 11:30-1:30pm. 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. Preschool Storytimes At Chico Library; Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. 10am & 11am. Free. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Bittie Baby & Me Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Health, Illness & Immunizations. For parents w/ babies 0-3mos. 10:30am-12pm. See the 4th. Games & Puzzles Play Class; Chico. Hands-on play class for ages 3-5 & their parents. 10:30am12pm & 1:30-3pm. Siblings welcome. See the 4th. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. For ages 0-5 & their caregiver. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. See the 3rd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-13: M/ Tu/Th, 6-6:45pm. Ages 13+: M/Tu/Th, 7- 8:30pm. See the 3rd. Special Needs Family Pot Luck & Support Group - In Spanish/En Español; Chico. Potluck 5:30pm; support group 6-8pm. Children welcome, homework help & childcare provided. See the 4th.

SHASTA COUNTY

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CPR Training:  Child & Adult; Redding. American Safety & Health Institute Child & Adult hands-on CPR training. Includes a 2-year certification & student handbook. Ages 12 & up.  5-8pm. $40 (Y Members $30), pre-reg required. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Guitar Hero; Redding Library. Kids can rock out on a virtual stage playing guitar in this music video game. Geared for teens, but all kids welcome. 4-5pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Chess Group; Redding. Players enjoy games of chess while instructors observe, give advice & facilitate the fun. Whether you’re new to the game or just want to practice, this is the place for you. For youth & adults. Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. Free. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue/Fri, 6pm. See the 4th. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am. See the 4th. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Research your family history with assistance from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. 10am12pm. See the 4th. Preschool Page Turners At Redding Library. 10:30am. See the 4th. Round Table Pizza Family Fun Night; Redding. 6-8pm. See the 4th. Tiny Tots Open Gym At Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center; Redding. Lots of room to play. Includes bounce house. Ages 0-5, older siblings welcome. M/ Tu/Th/F/Sa, 11am-12pm. See the 1st.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Siskiyou Arts Bus Open Studio; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the bus in a creative art studio setting. Ages 9 & up (younger w/parent participation). Tu/Th, 2:45-5pm, thru 5/30. Free. Siskiyou Arts Bus, east side of Mount Shasta Library, 515 Alma St. (530)859-2309. Beginning Ballroom Dance; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. See the 4th. Kids Aikido Class; Mt. Shasta. Playful setting. Ages 6-12. Tuesdays, 5:15-6pm. 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; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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

Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research your family history with help from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. W/Sat, 1-4pm. See the 1st.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Learn To Ice Skate & Learn To Play Hockey Class; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4-adult. For girls & boys, men & women; some equip. avail for use. Mon/Wed, 5:30-7:30pm. Free with Hockey Youth Program or Adult Hockey pass, or $10 drop-in. Siskiyou Ice Rink, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)925-4517. 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. Yoga For Toddlers; McCloud. Parent-toddler class teaches parents how to stretch & exercise with their babies. Weds, 10-11am. Free. McCloud Community Resource Center, 304 W. Minnesota Ave. (530)964-3250. Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 5th. Ballroom Dance For Parkinson’s; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 12-1pm. 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; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Songs & Stories For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Stories & singing to live music for ages 0-5 10:30am. See the 5th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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THURSDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

After School Storytime; Chico. Stories & craft for ages 6-9yrs. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726.

Caregiver Self-Care & Resource Training; Paradise. For those caring for someone else’s child or children. Facilitated group offers support, training for better self-care, & resources. 11am-1pm. Paradise Family Resource Center, 6249 Skyway. (530)809-0444. Hook & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. For all ages of those who love to knit & crochet. 12pm. Free. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Infant & Toddler Storytime; Paradise. Songs, story & music for little ones ages 0-3. 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Preschool Storytime At Durham Library. Toddlers & preschoolers enjoy stories, songs & a craft. 10am. Free. 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Wii at Chico Library; Chico. Beat the heat. Play Wii at Chico Library, features new games. Ages 12-17. 3-4:30pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. 1-4pm. Free. See the 6th. Creative Art Activities; Chico. Ongoing messy, gooey hands-on play class for children ages 3-5 & their parents. Siblings welcome! Two Th sessions: 10:30am-12pm & 1:30-3pm. See the 6th. Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly support group for mothers of children of all ages.10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. For ages 0-5 & their caregiver. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. See the 3rd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-13: M/ Tu/Th, 6-6:45pm. Ages 13+: M/Tu/Th, 7- 8:30pm. See the 6th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Adoptive Parents Support Group: “Coffee & Conversation”; Redding. Adoptive parents meet to share, problem solve, give & receive support.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Playgroup; Los Molinos. Children & parents play, learn & enjoy hand-on activities. Ages 2-5. 1011:30am. See the 4th.

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WEDNESDAY BUTTE COUNTY

Currently accepting applications for infant, toddler & preschool programs All services are FREE OF CHARGE to eligible families

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. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Come enjoy wonderful stories. All ages welcome. 11am. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Babies Love Books; Chico Branch Library. Share stories, bounces & songs with your little one, 0-18mos. Two sessions: 9:30am & 10:30am. See the 1st. Books-Books-Books!; Chico. Hands-on play class for children age 3-5 & their parents. 2 times: Weds, 10:30am-12pm & 1:30-3pm, thru 12/19. Siblings welcome. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY

Movie Mania; Redding Library. Free family movie & popcorn in the library’s Storytelling Arena. Features children’s titles, most rated G, some PG. 4pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Preschool Storytime; Cottonwood. Come join the fun, with stories, 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 5th.

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10-11:30am. Childcare available. Call for location: Lilliput Children’s Services. (530)722-9092. Anderson Farmers Market; Anderson. Farm-fresh produce & handmade crafts & goods. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine! Shasta Outlets, 1699 Hwy 273. (530)357-4314. Anderson Library Storytime: The Grinch; Anderson. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the featured story, and the Grinch will make an appearance (bring your camera)! Each child receives a book. 3:30pm. All ages. Free. 3200 W. Center St. (530)365-7685. 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. Dine & Donate; Redding. Enjoy dinner out with 15% of the proceeds benefiting animals in need through Another Chance Animal Welfare League. All ages. 5-9pm. The Gold Street Cafe, 1730 Gold St. (530)241-8628. Thankful Thursday At All Fired Up!; Redding. Bring in a non-perishable food item & the studio fee is free during your painting session. 11-6pm. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Wii Games; Redding Library. Bring your friends & have fun playing a wide selection of Wii games! Ages 10-17. 4-5pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Animal Parade on the Boardwalk; Redding. Meet Turtle Bay’s animal celebrities as one of them leads the way down the Turtle Bay Boardwalk (weather permitting). Th & Sun, 1:30pm, thru 2/10. See the 6th. Children & Teens Grief Support Groups; Redding. For children grieving any death loss. Ages 6-18yrs & parents/grandparents. See the 6th. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am. See the 4th. Kids Kung Fu Class; Anderson. 4-8yrs: 5:306:15pm; ages 9+: 6:16-7pm. See the 6th. Kindermusik With Lyra Ukulele Class; Redding. Ages 4 thru adult. Help create a great Ukulele band! Thursdays, 7pm, thru 4/25. See the 6th. MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers); Redding. Twicemonthly support group for moms of preschoolers. Includes food, fun & childcare. See the 6th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Thursday Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 0-7: 11am-12pm; Ages 8+: 5-6pm. See the 6th. Tumbling Class; Anderson. Ages 4-8. 5-6pm. See the 6th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Siskiyou Arts Bus Open Studio; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the bus in a creative art studio setting. Hands-on experience with paints, print making, clay, collage & more! Ages 9 & up (younger w/parent participation). Tu/Th, 12:30-2:45pm, thru 5/30. Free. Siskiyou Arts Bus, east side of Mount Shasta Library, 515 Alma St. (530)859-2309. Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. See the 6th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

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Services offered in Shasta, Siskiyou & Trinity Counties

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st. Playgroup; Corning. Children & parents play, learn & enjoy hand-on activities. Ages 2-5. 10-11:30am. See the 6th.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER

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FRIDAY

WINTER SOLSTICE BUTTE COUNTY

Casting Call: A Christmas Play; Magalia. This humorous skit pretends to be a casting call for a live nativity scene, & shares important messages about the nativity. Christmas carols & a nativity scene at the end finish the Christmas message. All ages. 7pm. Free. Magalia Community Church Chapel, 13700 Skyway. (530)877-7963. Fantastic Friday Playgroup; Chico. An entire gym is open for play! Adult stays with children while they play, max 2 kids per 1 adult. Ages walking-5yrs. 10-12pm. $10 (Members $5), +$1 siblings. Athletic Horizons, 415 Otterson Dr. (530)893-4967. 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 3 & under. Two sessions: 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Chapmantown Farmers Market; Chico. 2-5:30pm. See the 7th. Family Swim; Chico. 5-8pm. $2. See the 7th. Kids In Motion–Kids’ Night Out; Chico. 6-9:30pm. See the 7th. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group; Chico. Mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Children welcome. 10:30am-12pm. See the 7th. Parent/Child Playgroup; Chico. For ages 0-5 & their caregiver. M-W & F: 9-10:30am & M-F: 3-5pm. See the 3rd. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. All ages. 4 sessions, starts 7pm. See the 7th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY

Christmas Holiday Skating; Redding. Rain or shine, it’s always fun to roller skate, & it’s a healthy activity too. All ages. 12-4pm. $4 (parents of skating children skate for $2); includes skate rental. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Date Night Fridays/Art For Kids; Redding. Drop off the kids for 2 hours of experimental art fun! Different projects every week. Ages 6-12. Fridays, 6pm-8:30pm. $25/child, includes supplies; sibling discounts. Pre-reg required. The Silver Cottage Studio & Gallery, 8367 Placer Rd. (530) 209-7769. Kids’ Fun Friday At All Fired Up!; Redding. Kids have fun painting from 11am-8pm. Studio fee $3.50/child 12 & under, $4.50/teens & adults. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Parent Night Out Holiday Extravaganza; Redding. Last-minute holiday shopping? Bring the kids to the Y’s Holiday Extravaganza to make pizzas, drink hot cocoa, create holiday crafts for gifts, &watch a Christmas movie. Ages 5-14. $12/child (Y Members $10). 6-9:30pm, pre-reg required. 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. 10:30-11:30am. Play the Wee Read game! 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. YMCA Winter Break Camp; Redding. For ages 5-14. Fun activities & snacks provided (bring lunch). Dec 21, 26, 27, 28 & Jan 2, 4, 6, 7; 7am–6pm, full-day or half-day options. Held at Manzanita Elementary School. Must pre-reg through Shara Family YMCA, call for costs. (530)246-9622. YMCA Winter Break Preschool, Redding: Preschool child care for ages 2-5. Fun activities & snacks provided (bring lunch). Dec 21, 26, 27, 28 & Jan 2, 3, 4, 7; 7am-6pm, full-day & half-day

options, pre-reg. Call for costs. Turtle Bay YMCA Collaborative Preschool. (530)246-9622. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue/Fri, 6pm. See the 4th. Creature Feature Program; Redding. Meet the real stars of Turtle Bay: the animals. 1:30pm. All ages. See the 7th. 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 7th. Family Fun Night Skate; Redding. 7:30-10:30pm. See the 7th. Frolickin’ Frogs Mommy & Me Tumbling Class; Redding. Child & adult participation class for ages 18-30mos. 11-11:45am. 1st class free. See the 7th. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 7th. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9:30-11pm. See the 7th. Tiny Tots Open Gym At Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center; Redding. Lots of room to play. Includes bounce house. Ages 0-5, older siblings welcome. M/ Tu/Th/F/Sa, 11am-12pm. See the 1st.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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Casting Call: A Christmas Play; Magalia. This humorous skit pretends to be a casting call for a live

During the school holidays Viking Skate County in Redding offers Christmas Holiday Skating from 12-4pm; see the 21st, 24th and 26th-31st. They also offer their annual New Year’s Eve Skate & Dance; see the 31st (Shasta County). Photo: Betsy Erickson, Essence Photography.

nativity scene, & shares important messages about the nativity. Christmas carols & a nativity scene at the end finish the Christmas message. All ages. 2pm & 7pm. Free. Magalia Community Church Chapel, 13700 Skyway. (530)877-7963. 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. Storytime At Barnes & Noble: The Spirit of Christmas; Chico. Today’s featured story includes The Christmas Baby & other stories that

celebrate the season. Sing favorite Christmas carols too! All age. 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. 7:30am1pm year-round at 2nd & Wall St. See the 1st. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. 6:309pm. See the 1st. Roo’s Zoo Kids Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under– strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 1st. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY

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. Redding Farmers Market. Final market of the season. Enjoy a great selection of farm-fresh produce & handmade products. 7:30am-12pm, thru 12/22. 777 Cypress Ave, next to Redding City Hall. (530)226-7100. Saturday Afternoon Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Meet your friends for fun & exercise. All ages. 122:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Weekend Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Get exercise & enjoy skating fun. All ages. Sat/Sun, 12-2:30pm & 2-4:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Animal Encounters: Indoor Animal Show; Redding. An up-close experience with some of Turtle Bay’s animal show stars. 1:30pm. All ages. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 5 & under: 9-10am; Ages 5-14: 10:30am-12:30pm. See the 1st. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research your family history with help from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. W/Sat, 1-4pm. See the 1st. Kids On Wheels Skate Session; Redding. 1011:30pm. See the 7th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. Ages 0-7 ( “Tiny Tots,” older siblings welcome): 11am-12pm; Ages 8+: 12-2pm. See the 7th. Rock N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 7th Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9:30-11pm. See the 7th. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Skate 7-9pm; Dance 9-11pm. See the 7th. www.northstateparent.com • December 2012

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A Visit With Santa–On Ice!; Mt. Shasta. Bring the family & enjoy a special skate session with Santa! 1:30-3pm. $9/adults (18+), $7/ teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Siskiyou Ice Rink Saturday Events; Mt. Shasta. Fun for the whole family! Learn to Skate Lessons 12:30-1:30pm ($10). Public skate sessions: 1:303pm (skate with Santa!), 3:30-5pm (all ages), 5:306pm (adults only) & 6-9pm (all ages). $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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Animal Parade on the Boardwalk; Redding. Hang with Spike, the porcupine, Gidget, the cockatoo & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities as one of them leads the way down the Turtle Bay Boardwalk (weather permitting). Th & Sun, 1:30pm, thru 2/10. Free w/ Park admission ($10-$14). Boardwalk outside museum. 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Weekend Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Get exercise & enjoy skating fun. All ages. Sat/Sun, 12-2:30pm & 2-4:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Fish Feeding At Turtle Bay; Redding. W-Sun,

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10:30am daily. See the 2nd. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 9-11pm unlimited bowling. See the 2nd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Siskiyou Ice Rink Sunday Skates; Mt. Shasta. Bring the family for a great time ice-skating! Two public sessions: 1:30-3pm & 3:30-5pm. $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; price includes skate rental. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

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Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-13: M/Tu/Th, 6-6:45pm. Ages 13+: M/Tu/Th, 7- 8:30pm. See the 3rd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Christmas Holiday Skating; Redding. Rain or shine, it’s always fun to roller skate, & it’s a healthy activity too. All ages. 12-4pm. $4 (parents of skating children skate for $2); includes skate rental. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Baby Bookworms At Redding Library. For infants & toddlers ages 6mos-2½yrs & their parent/caregiver. 10:30am. Free. See the 3rd. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up!; Redding. Creative studio time for families. 11-6pm. See the 3rd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Christmas Eve Ice Skate Sessions; Mt. Shasta. Fun for the whole family! Two public ice skate sessions: 12-2:30pm & 3-5pm. $9/adults (18+), $7/ teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Learn To Ice Skate & Learn To Play Hockey;

Mt. Shasta. Ages 4-adult. For girls & boys, men & women; some equip. avail for use. M/W, 5-7pm. Free with Hockey Program pass, or $10 drop-in. Siskiyou Ice Rink, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)925-4517.

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CHRISTMAS DAY SISKIYOU COUNTY

Christmas Skates; Mt. Shasta. Fun for the whole family! Two public ice skate sessions: 12-2:30pm & 3-5pm. $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 1317, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

SHASTA COUNTY

Christmas Bowling Shasta Lanes; Redding. Reserve a lane & bring family & friends for Christmas bowling fun! 5pm-midnight. $3.95/game; $3 shoe rental if needed. 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773.

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BloodSource Blood Drive; Chico. Fifteen-minute appointments between 11:30am & 5:30pm. Drink fluids & well within 4 hours before giving blood. Ages 16 (w/signed parental consent form) to adult; bring a photo ID. Drop-in okay, but appointments highly recommended to reduce wait time. Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade. (530)332-6444. 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. Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Come enjoy wonderful stories. All ages invited. 11am. Free.

2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Babies Love Books; Chico. Share stories, bounces & songs with your little one, 0-18mos. Two sessions: 9:30am & 10:30am. See the 3rd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Christmas Holiday Skating; Redding. Rain or shine, it’s always fun to roller skate, & it’s a healthy activity too. All ages. 12-4pm. $4 (parents of skating children skate for $2); includes skate rental. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Movie Mania; Redding Library. Free family movie & popcorn in the library’s Storytelling Arena. Features children’s titles, most rated G, some PG. 4pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Preschool Storytime; Cottonwood. Come join the fun, with stories, songs, & games too! 11:30am12:30pm. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Toddler Storytime With Paul & Linda Boyden; Redding. Join special guest & storyteller extraordinaire Linda Boyden at this monthly storytime event. Sing songs with musical guest Paul on guitar. All ages. 10am. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Winter Adventures Camp; Redding. Holiday fun in an exciting day camp program for ages 6-11. Crafts, games, movies & much more. 12/26-28, 7:30am-5:30pm. Bring snack & lunch. $32/day or $70/Dec 26-28, pre-reg. Caldwell Rec Center, 44 Quartz Hill Rd. (530)225-4095. YMCA Winter Break Camp; Redding. For ages 5-14. Fun activities & snacks provided (bring lunch). Dec 21, 26, 27, 28 & Jan 2, 4, 6, 7; 7am–6pm, full-day or half-day options. Held at Manzanita Elementary School. Must pre-reg through Shasta Family YMCA, call for costs. (530)246-9622.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Ballroom Dance Classes; Redding. All ages. 6:3010pm. See the 5th. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research your family history with help from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. W/Sat, 1-4pm. See the 1st.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Christmas Holiday Ice Skate Camp; Mt. Shasta. Ages 8 & up learn to skate or get tips for improving, play games, & make an art project. Includes healthy snack. 12/26-28, 10am-12pm. $30/3-days or $10/drop-in single day; includes skates if needed. Campers get free entrance to the 12:30-2:30pm open skate session following camp. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Learn To Ice Skate & Learn To Play Hockey; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4-adult. For girls & boys, men & women; some equip. avail for use. Mon/Wed, 5-7pm. Free with Hockey Program pass, or $10 drop-in. Siskiyou Ice Rink, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)925-4517. Puppets, Stories & Songs For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Children ages 0-5 & their accompanying adult enjoy fun stories, singing along to live music, & a puppet show on the last Wed monthly. 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. Siskiyou Ice Rink Holiday Skates; Mt. Shasta. Fun for the whole family! Two public ice skate sessions: 12-2:30pm & 3-5pm. $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 1317, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Ukelele Camp For Kids; Mt. Shasta. Learn to play the ukulele with all the chords & 4 types of music in 3 days! Ages 9 & up. 10-11:30am, 12/26-28. $45, prereg. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 5th. Ballroom Dance For Parkinson’s; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 12-1pm. 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; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Santa’s Workshop Children’s Camp; Red Bluff. Celebrate the holidays by making arts & crafts, baking, participating in sports & playing games! Ages 5-12. 7:30am-5:30pm. 12/26-28. $7/1/2 day, $13/full day, by pre-reg; bring 2 snacks & bag lunch. Red Bluff Community Center, 1500 South Jackson St. (530)527-8181.

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After School Storytime; Chico. Stories & craft for ages 6-9yrs. Lyon Books is today’s special guest. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Hook & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. For all ages of those who love to knit & crochet. 12pm. Free. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Infant & Toddler Storytime; Paradise. Songs, story & music for little ones ages 0-3. 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Preschool Storytime At Durham Library. Toddlers & preschoolers enjoy stories, songs & a craft. 10am. Free. 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. 1-4pm. Free. See the 6th. Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly support group for mothers of children of all ages.10:30am-12pm. See the 6th.

Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-13: M/ Tu/Th, 6-6:45pm. Ages 13+: M/Tu/Th, 7- 8:30pm. See the 6th. Winter Adventures Camp; Redding. Holiday fun for ages 6-11. 12/26-28, 7:30am-5:30pm. See the 26th. YMCA Winter Break Camp; Redding. For ages 5-14. 7am–6pm, full-day or half-day options. See the 26th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Anderson Farmers Market; Anderson. Farm-fresh produce & handmade crafts & goods. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine! Shasta Outlets, 1699 Hwy 273. (530)357-4314. Christmas Holiday Skating; Redding. Rain or shine, it’s always fun to roller skate, & it’s a healthy activity too. All ages. 12-4pm. $4 (parents of skating children skate for $2); includes skate rental. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Thankful Thursday At All Fired Up!; Redding. Bring in a non-perishable food item & the studio fee is free during your painting session. 11-6pm. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Children & Teens Grief Support Groups; Redding. For children grieving any death loss. Ages 6-18yrs & parents/grandparents.See the 6th. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Little Tots Open Gym; Redding. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am. See the 4th. Little Explorers: Winter Wonderland; Redding. For ages 2-5 & their parents or caregiver. 10am. See the 6th. Wii Games; Redding Library. Ages 10-17. 4-5pm. Free. See the 6th. YMCA Winter Break Camp; Redding. For ages 5-14. 7am–6pm, full-day or half-day options. See the 26th.

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At the Shasta State Historic Park in Shasta, and at the Tower House Historic District in Whiskeytown, the entire family will enjoy an Old-Time Holiday that includes a scrumptious breakfast, craft activities, free wreath-making, live music & historic tours. See the 1st (Shasta County).

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Christmas Holiday Ice Skate Camp; Mt. Shasta. Ages 8 & up learn to skate or get tips for improving, play games, & make an art project. Includes healthy snack. 12/26-28, 10am-12pm. $30/3-days or $10/drop-in single day; includes skates if needed. Campers get free entrance to the 12:30-2:30pm open skate session following camp. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Siskiyou Ice Rink Holiday Skates; Mt. Shasta. Fun for the whole family! Two public ice skate sessions: 12-2:30pm & 3-5pm. $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 1317, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed. Shastice

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Santa’s Workshop Children’s Camp; Red Bluff. Children make arts & crafts, bake, participate in sports & play games. Ages 5-12. 7:30am-5:30pm. 12/26-28. $7/1/2 day, $13/full day, by pre-reg; bring 2 snacks & bag lunch. Red Bluff Community Center, 1500 South Jackson St. (530)527-8181. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st. Playgroup; Corning. Children & parents play, learn & enjoy hand-on activities. Ages 2-5. 10-11:30am. See the 6th.

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Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. See the 7th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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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. Chapmantown Farmers Market; Chico. 2-5:30pm. See the 7th. Family Swim; Chico. 5-8pm. $2. See the 7th. Kids In Motion–Kids’ Night Out; Chico. 6-9:30pm. See the 7th. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group; Chico. Mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Children welcome. 10:30am-12pm.See the 7th. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. All ages. 4 sessions, starts 7pm. See the 7th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY

Christmas Holiday Skating; Redding. Rain or shine, it’s always fun to roller skate, & it’s a healthy activity too. All ages. 12-4pm. $4 (parents of skating children skate for $2); includes skate rental. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Creature Feature Program; Redding. Meet the real stars of Turtle Bay: the animals. This meet & greet features different animals each week that you meet up close. Fridays, 1:30pm, thru 2/8. Free with Park admission ($10-$14). Turtle Bay Exploration Park. 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Kids’ Fun Friday At All Fired Up!; Redding. Kids have fun painting from 11-8pm. Studio fee $3.50/ child 12 & under, $4.50/teens & adults. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue/Fri, 6pm. See the 4th. 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 7th. Family Fun Night Skate; Redding. 7:30-10:30pm. See the 7th. Frolickin’ Frogs Mommy & Me Tumbling Class; Redding. Child & adult participation class for ages 18-30mos. 11-11:45am. 1st class free. See the 7th. Rock N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 7th. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9:30-11pm. See the 7th. Winter Adventures Camp; Redding. Holiday fun for ages 6-11. 12/26-28, 7:30am-5:30pm. See the 26th. YMCA Winter Break Camp; Redding. For ages 5-14. 7am–6pm, full-day or half-day options. See the 26th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Christmas Holiday Ice Skate Camp; Mt. Shasta. Ages 8 & up learn to skate or get tips for improving, play games, & make an art project. Includes healthy snack. 12/26-28, 10am-12pm. $30/3-days or $10/drop-in single day; includes skates if needed. Campers get free entrance to the 12:30-2:30pm open skate session following camp. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Friday Art Walk; Mt. Shasta. Enjoy receptions, original art & prints at six participating galleries in downtown Mt Shasta from 4-8pm. Siskiyou Ice Rink Holiday Skates; Mt. Shasta. Fun for the whole family! Four public ice skate sessions: 12-2:30pm, 3-5pm, 5:30-6pm (adults only), 6-9pm (all ages). $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed (re-admission to next sessions $2). Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

TEHAMA COUNTY

SHASTA COUNTY

A Walk With Turtle Bay’s Horticulture Manager; Redding. Bring notebooks & cameras for this participant-driven program. Make your way 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. 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. Saturday Afternoon Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Meet your friends for fun & exercise. All ages. 122:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Weekend Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Get exercise & enjoy skating fun. All ages. Sat/Sun, 122:30pm & 2-4:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Animal Encounters: Indoor Animal Show; Redding. An up-close experience with some of Turtle Bay’s animal show stars. 1:30pm. All ages. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Academy Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 5 & under: 9-10am; Ages 5-14: 10:30am-12:30pm. See the 1st. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research your family history with help from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. W/Sat, 1-4pm. See the 1st. Kids On Wheels Skate Session; Redding. 1011:30pm. See the 7th. Rock N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 7th. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9:30-11pm. See the 7th. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens &

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Siskiyou Ice Rink Saturday Events; Mt. Shasta. Fun for the whole family! Learn to Skate Lessons 12:30-1:30pm ($10). Public skate sessions: 1:303pm (all ages), 3:30-5pm (all ages), 5:30-6pm (adults only) & 6-9pm (all ages). $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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SUNDAY

SHASTA COUNTY

Animal Parade on the Boardwalk; Redding. Hang with Spike, the porcupine, Gidget, the cockatoo & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities as one of them leads the way down the Turtle Bay Boardwalk (weather permitting). Th & Sun, 1:30pm, thru 2/10. Free w/ Park admission ($10-$14). Boardwalk outside museum. 840 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Weekend Roller Skating Fun; Redding. Get exercise & enjoy skating fun. All ages. Sat/Sun, 122:30pm & 2-4:30pm. $4, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3901. Fish Feeding At Turtle Bay; Redding. W-Sun, 10:30am daily. See the 2nd. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 9-11pm unlimited bowling. See the 2nd.

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WEEKEND

SATURDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

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. Storytime At Barnes & Noble: New Releases; Chico. Children of all ages are invited to come enjoy featured newly released books. 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. 7:30am1pm year-round at 2nd & Wall St. See the 1st. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. 6:309pm. See the 1st. Roo’s Zoo Kids Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under–strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 1st. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st.

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young teens. Skate 7-9pm; Dance 9-11pm. See the 7th.

Happy Holidays!

Santa’s Workshop Children’s Camp; Red Bluff. Children make arts & crafts, bake, participate in sports & play games. Ages 5-12. 7:30am-5:30pm. 12/26-28. $7/1/2 day, $13/full day, by pre-reg; bring 2 snacks & bag lunch. Red Bluff Community Center, 1500 South Jackson St. (530)527-8181. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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

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SISKIYOU COUNTY

Siskiyou Ice Rink Sunday Skates; Mt. Shasta. Bring the family for a great time ice-skating! Two public sessions: 1:30-3pm & 3:30-5pm. $9/ adults (18+), $7/teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/ seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; price includes skate rental. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Snow People Craft Workshop; Mt. Shasta. Make a snow person/snow child. Free your creativity! Children & adults welcome. 1-4pm. $12, supplies included; please pre-reg so materials can be prepared for you. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296.

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MONDAY

NEW YEAR’S EVE BUTTE COUNTY

Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-13: M/Tu/Th, 6-6:45pm. Ages 13+: M/Tu/ Th, 7- 8:30pm. See the 3rd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Christmas Holiday Skating; Redding. Rain or shine, it’s always fun to roller skate, & it’s a healthy activity too. All ages. 12-4pm. $4 (parents of skating children skate for $2); includes skate rental. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Winter Adventures Camp; Redding. Holiday fun in an exciting day camp program for ages 6-11. Crafts, games, movies & much more. 12/31-1/4, 7:30am-5:30pm. Bring snack & lunch. $32/day or $118/week, pre-reg. Caldwell Rec Center, 44 Quartz Hill Rd. (530)225-4095. Baby Bookworms At Redding Library. For infants & toddlers ages 6mos-2½yrs & their parent/caregiver. 10:30am. Free. See the 3rd. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up!; Redding. Creative studio time for families. 11-6pm. See the 3rd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Learn To Ice Skate & Learn To Play Hockey; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4-adult. For girls & boys, men & women; some equip. avail for use. M/W, 5-7pm. Free with Hockey Program pass, or $10 drop-in. Siskiyou Ice Rink, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)925-4517. New Year’s Eve Celebration On Ice!; Mt. Shasta. Specially geared for families, this "New York time" New Year’s Eve event includes a 9pm lowering of a New Year’s ball reminiscent of the Times Square event (rural-style!). 6-9pm. $9/adults (18+), $7/teens 13-17, $5/child 4-12/ seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; prices includes skate rental if needed. Siskiyou Ice Rink, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)925-4517. New Year’s Eve Skate & Dance; Redding. Gala New Year’s Eve Party includes hats, horns, glow sticks, noisemakers & lots of fun for kids. Roller skate 7:30-9:30pm & dance until 12:30am. $8 (includes skates). Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Open Play & Parent Social; Mt. Shasta. Little ones with their caregivers can explore & play in a creative environment, using available materials that support literacy, music, creativity, movement & fun! Mons, 10:30am-12pm. Free. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm; Sun, 10am-12pm. See the 2nd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.


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North State Parent magazine December 2012