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North State Parent Volume 25 - Issue 2 December 2017

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On the Cover: Artist Mary Lake-Thompson who began her art interest as a child, created the snowman and adorning artwork on this months' cover. Her art education stems from the University of Colorado and San Francisco Art Institute. She has been a North State resident for many years. Enjoy Mary’s delightful art by viewing her site at marylakethompson. com where you can find your heart’s desire for the holidays. Don’t forget to check out her delightful Montgomery Street outlet shop in the heart of Oroville for hands-on shopping! Her company is creative and employs more than 50 people locally.

ow do we define our town’s place in this internet-driven world? This is on my mind as we approac h the holidays.  It is key to support our local brick and mortar businesses (many of them our advertisers) who in turn sup school functions. Buying local is muc port local youth sports teams or h more than just buzz words or mar keting campaigns— and it is more than crea ting local interesting commerce, loca jobs and lively events and activitie l s, and sales taxes stay local.  A thriving hometown is all of this , yes. And it is more. There is a rich ness and a depth in “living local.” It nur tures familiarity, safety and Commun ity— an environment where we come to know and care about all the differen t people we live around. To spark your holiday spirit, take time to experience at least one spec ial outing of music, storytelling, dance or singing in a nearby venue. This season has much to offer: See our Going Places calendar section for community events and clas ses, from Nutcracker performances, to live musical events, to ice skating sess ions for those who will enjoy something more physical.. iPads, DVD movies & televised performances just don ’t come close to a live experience and supporting our communities in this way And, whether it’s Hanukkah, Kwa . nza or Christmas you celebrate, consider a gift-of-service as part of your family’s holiday tradition . Volunteering gives both ways, in helping make our communities stronger and our families more con nected. May this be a season of kindness tow ards all! Warm wishes from all of us at Nor th State Parent magazine.

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Our Supportive Advertisers Include: Dreamweaver Dance Theatre.........11 Elizabeth Micthell-Collord Insurance Agency.............................31 Elves Workshop in Mt. Shasta.........33 Evergreen School District ...............41 Fairchild Medical Group..................32 Far Northern Regional Center........21 First 5................................................16 Funny Faces......................................43 Galaxy Gymnastics Academy...........12 Gateway Science Museum..............48 Gaumer's Jewelry & Museum.........48 Gifts For Good Holiday Fair............48 Healthy Families Tehama................23 Inspire School of Arts and Sciences.............................................24 Katie Watkins Photography............48 Kevin Shearer, D.D.S........................33 Kid Time Children's Museum..........42 KidsPark .............................................5

6 Be the Change Wayne Randolph Makes Classroom Connections that Count By Ashley Talmadge 7 Indoor Play Areas: Learn Through Play By Jenna Christophersen 10 How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange By Christa Melnyk Hines 12 Teaching Kids About Kindness: Small Gestures to Put Smiles on People’s Faces By Kimberly Blaker 14 Localicious The Tradition of Giving By Erin Bianchi 15 Sisson School’s Kitchen: Investing In Mt. Shasta Kids’ Health By Jenna Christophersen 17 Childcare & Preschool Directory 20 Going Places Family Events Calendar

North State Parent magazine highlights extraordinary local nonprofit organizations and social service groups. We hope you will be moved to help these organizations after learning more about what they do within our community:

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Apple Blossom Baby..................15, 48 Avenue Of Lights...............................5 Berryvale Grocery............................33 Bills Wonder Show...........................43 Bird in Hand.....................................48 BloodSource.....................................18 Butte College Foster Kinship ...........3 Butte County Office of Education; Free Afterschool Meals....................38 Cal Vada Flooring............................27 Cali'Flour Foods..................................3 Carb Essentials..................................13 Chico Country Day School...............40 Children's Discovery Playhouse.......27 Corning Ford....................................25 Dance Depot .....................................9 Dandy Lions Children's Shop..........48 Directions.........................................48 Discover Earth..................................48 Dr. Sheva Nickravesh, DDS..............35

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Kyle Nelson Photography...............27 Mary Lake-Thompson Ltd.................7 Montessori Children’s House of Shady Oaks....................................7 Moore & Pascarella..........................11 Munchkin University Preschool......10 NorCal Elite......................................47 North State Parent magazine.........37 North Valley Catholic Services........43 NVIH Willows.....................................8 Ohana Health...................................27 Orchard Nutrition Center................15 OsteoStrong.....................................10 Paradise Ice Rink..............................27 Patrick Ranch....................................48 Physicians Plan Weight Management...................................47 Positive-I ..........................................27 Radiant Sun Acupuncture...............38 Rare Air Trampoline Park................48

Raven Tree Wild Bird & Nature Shop...............................33, 48 Red Bicycle Catering........................12 Red Bluff Performing Arts Center.......................................23 Redding City Ballet..........................29 Redding Health Expo.......................43 Rocky Point Charter School.............36 Sacred Mountain Spa......................48 Science Works Hands-On Museum............................................41 Shasta County Health & Human Services..................8, 26, 30 Shasta Head Start............................28 Sherwood Montessori.....................39 Shuberts............................................48 Siskiyou Ice Rink.................................2 Siskiyou Union High School District.................................. 31, 32, 33 Stellar Charter School......................45

Sugarplum Kids................................48 Sweet Chico Confections.................39 Tamara's Healing Garden................33 Tehama County Department of Education.....................................23 Tehama County Department of Social Services .............................23 Tehama County Health Services Agency..............................................23 Tehama eLearning Academy..........47 The Creative Apple..........................48 The McConnell Foundation .............5 Turtle Bay Exploration Park..............9 US Airsoft World..............................34 Valley Oak Children's Services........19 Water Sprites Swim School.............22 Whittenberg Country School..........23 Women's Connect Shasta..................8

S E R V I N G FA M I L I E S I N B U T T E , G L E N N , S H A S TA , T E H A M A & S I S K I Y O U C O U N T I E S Publisher: Pamela Newman; pn@northstateparent.com Calendar Team: Lisa Shara & Rosalyn Duran; calendar@northstateparent.com Managing Editorial: Jenna Christophersen & Cheri Ball Writers: Erin Bianchi, Kimberly Blaker, Jenna Christopherson, Crhista Melnyk Hines, Ashley Talmadge Production: Marc Schrievers; graphics@northstateparent.com Photography: Crystal Amen Photography, Marjie Kennedy

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be the change By Ashley Talmadge

Wayne Randolph Makes Classroom Connections that Count The mission of our Be the Change column is to feature community members from the North State who are actively making a difference in community life. If you would like to nominate someone who is making a difference, please write to pn@northstateparent.com.

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ayne Randolph’s classroom thrums with anticipatory excitement. Teams of students are positioned around a makeshift arena, their Lego robots poised for battle. And though the atmosphere is convivial, there’s no doubt these teams are ready for some friendly competition. Under Randolph’s gentle guidance, students have spent weeks learning the mechanical, electrical and programming skills necessary to construct a working bot. They’ve put components together, taken them apart, tested, recalculated and tested again. Each team hopes its final design–with strategically-placed attachments like dumpers, forks, and jointed arms—will have what it takes to outmaneuver rival robots. Welcome to STEM* Buddies, one of the most sought-after electives offered at Boulder Creek School in Redding where Randolph teaches eighth-grade math. Principal Tina Croes notes, “Wayne’s dedication to guiding students through an ever-changing world does not end in the math classroom.” Randolph devised a mixed-age format for the elective class, which is unique among STEM programs. Each eighth-grader who signs up is paired with a fourth-grade buddy. “It makes for a friendly, fun environment,” says Randolph. “Different age groups all bring something to the table while working and creating together.” A lifelong builder and tinkerer, Randolph says, “I always had an interest in how things worked, especially cars, and constantly took things apart. In third grade, I got in trouble when I brought toys and other things with electric motors to school. I liked taking them apart and making the motors run, but my teacher said I was wasting time.” It’s no wonder, then, that Randolph took the longer, “scenic” route to his current profession. Though he was always a good student, he was disinterested in most coursework unless it involved math or hands-on experiments. Though his parents wanted him to be an en-

gineer, Randolph says, “I’d already built my own ’55 Chevy pickup by the time I finished high school, and I knew I wanted to be a mechanic.” He worked on cars for 20 years before going back to school. In 2011, at age 44, he received a teaching credential from California State University, Chico. Randolph says his work with students is inspired by his love of building, creating, and problem-solving. He also wants to provide the type of experience that would have kept him more engaged in school. In addition to STEM Buddies, he’s developed the afterschool STEM Engineering Club. Students use inexpensive materials to build and test creations such as catapults, cranes, roller coasters, rockets, gliders, bridges and mousetrap-powered cars. Randolph describes his approach as “a little instruction and lots of hands-on,” adding that “while their creations don’t always work, they’ve had the opportunity to try their ideas.

Then I’ll give them guidance to see if we can make it work.” Another benefit? “They’re building with their hands in the age of screens, and that’s invaluable.” But Randolph’s connection-building goes beyond switches and wires. He knows that kids learn best when they feel nurtured and understood. Longtime colleague Becca McKinnon says, “Wayne excels in building relationships with kids. He truly enjoys working with them, and he can reach kids across the board—the high-achievers as well as those who struggle.” Croes adds that although there’s been much concern in the media about the gender gap in math and science, “Wayne’s elective and the club are just as popular with girls as with boys. In fact, so many kids wanted to do the STEM Engineering Club last spring that Wayne had to split it and meet two days a week. He didn’t want to turn anyone away.” As a native Californian who has lived in the North State most of his life, Randolph enjoys outdoor activities with his students as well as his wife and two daughters. In the fall he coaches Boulder Creek’s soccer team, and he leads their Ski and Snowboard Club in the winter. “I have lots of hobbies and play constantly,” he says. “My family is into whitewater. We kayak and do multi-day rafting trips. I mountain bike a lot. I brew beer. I don’t sit still much.” As a teacher of 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds, Randolph’s energy, enthusiasm, and natural curiosity serve him well. “The creativity of middle schoolers and their uninhibited thought process is a great creative engine. It makes our elective and club a joy to facilitate.” Providing a couple of examples, he says, “One time, two students decided I needed a desk I could stand at, and built it for me out of an existing table in my room. Another time, I listened to a whole conversation on what the benefits would be of having two thumbs on each hand!” Back at the STEM Buddies Bot Battle, the action starts. Cheers erupt as one team’s bot flips another, and Randolph smiles. It’s the kind of class he would have loved as a kid. Ó Ashley Talmadge enjoys writing about the many facets of parenthood. Her 12-year-old son is an avid tinkerer, and together they recently constructed a workbench from 2x4s. It is installed in the living room.

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*STEM is the acronym for Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology. Students benefit from educational STEM programs, which strive to integrate the four fields using hands-on activities in real-life situations. North State Parent • Serving Upper California Since 1993


for parents By Jenna Christophersen

Indoor Play Areas

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LEARN THROUGH PLAY

f winter weather keeps your kids cooped up until normal activities seem stale and attitudes begin to sour, these inventive indoor play areas offer refuge. Fully equipped with toys and activities that inspire creative play, these spaces offer two key ingredients to your child’s development: free-play and time with you. Research consistently indicates the importance of free-play to children’s cognitive and social development, and playing with your child helps build a foundation of love and trust. This winter, turn grey days into play days that prepare your child for brighter days ahead.

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Chico, CA Kristy Cowell play@sunnygardenchico.com www.sunnygardenchico.com $7/child/hour (infants under 10 months free); ases discounts available for families and advance purch 0-5 Ages Cowell, owner “The underlying understanding of Montessori,” says Kristy will learn. Research child the and nment enviro the create you that “is n, of Sunny Garde experience.” Kristy, who to unity opport the e shows children learn through experience; I provid years ago to fill the eight n Garde Sunny d opene e, Colleg also teaches child development at Butte at Butte College. class parent education void created when state policy changes closed a free-play l,” she says. specia really was It d. bonde “Parents reached out to each other, helped each other and “Now I watch that happen at Sunny Garden.” s. With only one entrance, parents Sunny Garden provides a safe, engaging space for familie converse without fear of losing track of can set active toddlers loose on the expanse of toys and it isn’t structured, but everything is their little ones. Kristy says, “People might come in and think area helps with small motor skills art the y, here for a purpose: the slide promotes large motor activit rly introduces new items to regula Kristy .” tration concen and the practical life activities encourage also provides special weekly activities for naturally advance cognitive and social development. She she says, “because it drives learning.” 3- to 5-year-olds. “We really want kids to engage in free play,” 8

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Indoor Play Areas: Learn Through Play

ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum

Ashland, OR Erin Scott erin@scienceworksmuseum.org nts available $10/child or senior, $12/adult; memberships and discou All ages free play and With nearly 100 interactive exhibits that encourage rce what “reinfo to seeks m Museu -on Hands s exploration, ScienceWork says mu,” ations is taught in a classroom through fun and real-life applic Garage, ci’s DaVin like ts, seum representative Erin Scott. Permanent exhibi ws, Shado Frozen er. togeth create and encourage kids and families to build photo a as er laught in er togeth es famili bonds t, another popular exhibi light. of bursts in sensitive board temporarily captures shadows made Fun events, like the museum’s birthday party on December 9th, bring balloons, bubbles, and cake to the learning experience. Kids will also love the Noon-Year’s Eve balloon drop: a shower of several hundred balloons in celebration of the New Year. In January, the museum will start science-fiction-themed displays, including a Star Wars Saturday event. “Play is an amazing learn ing tool,” says Erin, and in fact, one of ScienceWorks’ special exhibits this winter, The Science of Play, investigates the many ways play relieves stress and benefits “kids from one to 92,” as our The Christmas Song puts it. “There is so much structure in to, want we e becaus lives,” Erin says, “but when we do things to. forced we’re when than more them we tend to remember d investe e becom they e, playtim ctured unstru get n When childre g.” in learning without even realizing they’re learnin

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Children’s Discovery Playhouse

Paradise, CA Cheryl Glasser childrendiscoverycenter@msn.com www.childrendiscoveryplayhouse.com $5/session/child; adults play free Ages 1-9

“Children learn all the time,” Cheryl Glasser says, “and they learn best when they’re playing.” These assertions come from Cheryl’s observations as a teacher, plus her master’s degree research. Concerned by school policies that increasingly pushed play out of the curriculum, Cheryl devoted her thesis to understanding the vital importance of play. “In creative play spaces,” she explains, “where they aren’t receiving direct instruction, kids learn problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, sharing and more. They develop so many skills that you can’t teach from a textbook or scripted lesson plan.” Cheryl’s convictions about play led to creating Children’s Discovery Playhouse, where kids get free reign of seven themed play spaces. The permanent play areas include a veterinarian’s office, construction zone, pizzeria, grocery store and performance stage. Other spaces rotate, bringing new creative fun through themes like sand-and-water, camping or farm life. Kids can use these props to stimulate their imaginations or respond to prompts Cheryl prepares. Parents, like Erin West, play with their children at Children’s Discovery and find inspiration for “different playtime activities at home,” reinforcing parent-child bonding. “People forget how fun imaginative play is,” says Cheryl. “When adults get the chance to play without being judged, they really enjoy it.”


Indoor Play Areas: Learn Through Play

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Redding, CA Seth McGaha smcgaha@turtlebay.org www.turtlebay.org le $12/child or senior, $16/adult; memberships & discounts availab All ages Turtle Bay Exploration Park offers an array of outdoor adventures, but , the in cold weather it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Through January inthat exhibit ive interact special a , umpers Smokej museum will feature ter’s firefigh a vites visitors to slip into a mock parachute and experience journey from the sky into battles against wildfires. This winter’s “touchy culand ages various from fabrics s explore , feely” exhibit, Material Culture tures that people use for everything from keeping warm to body armor. Designed to engage adults while simul taneously appealing to kids, both the special exhibits and the permanent displays engage families in actively learning together. One of the museum’s regular exhibits, for example, fascinates visitors young and old with a fish's eye-view of a river ecosystem. Museum representative Seth McGaha sees play as a great way to learn in hands-on environments like Turtle Bay. “Sometimes play comes from boredom, especially in winter months when you’re stuck inside. Being bored creates learning channels. Since our museum is designed for independent exploration, kids are free to interact with the exhibits. It’s more about empowering than instructing kids. They may not realize it, but they’re learning while having fun.”

Kid Time Children’s Museum

Medford, OR Sunny Spicer sunny@kid-time.org www.kid-time.org $10/child, $6/adult; memberships available Ages 0-10 Kid Time Children’s Museum has offered creative play spaces for over 15 years, featuring instructor-led classes, a preschool progra m and multiple freeplay exhibits. Kid Time’s classes introduce kids to new mediu ms of creative play: art supplies paired with music for Sound Painting, streng th-building exercises and stretches for Super Hero Yoga or construction suppli es for designing forts. Executive Director Sunny Spicer says that while the “entire facility is designed” to promote playful interactions between kids and their guardi ans, the museum also coordinates “specific playgroup activities that teach parent s and caregivers how to get the most out of their playtime with kids.” Kid Time’s website describes imaginative play, or “free-p lay,” as “a vital component in proper brain development, actually chang ing the way the prefrontal cortex is wired.” To enhance this brain develo pment, Kid Time’s free-play environments include a veterinary clinic, farm, treasure cove and tree house. Even the youngest children can engage in creative play in the Peekaboo Baby Playground, furnished with soft play struct ures for infants. As Sunny says, “Play is how children learn about the world around them. It’s how they build a foundation to become successful adults . Through play, children enhance their skills, abilities, brain development, creativity and social awareness.”

Jenna Christophersen is a Chico native who still enjoys a good playdate with creative kids!

Give The Gift Of Dance

Holiday Showcase December 23 at 6pm Redding Civic Auditorium

Tickets: Civic Auditorium Box Office at the Door/Online at www.reddingcivic.com. Prices are $8, $12, $14 + transaction fees. All seats are reserved.

Let’s dance and sing and make good cheer, for the Dance Depot’s Holiday Showcase comes but once a year.

BALLET • TAP • JAZZ • HIP-HOP • LYRICAL • BROADWAY • ACROBATICS

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for community By Christa Melnyk Hines

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Holiday COOKIE

EXCHANGE

Photo by Marjie Kennedy, Six Rivers Photography

How to Host a

ookie exchanges are inherently rewarding. Not only do you have a chance to share one of your family favorites, a cookie swap is a festive way to feed your guests with sweet cheer. Nothing beats the lovely afterglow of time spent with friends and a plate brimming with homemade goodies to gift to each other's families.   At first glance, a cookie exchange may seem complicated. I certainly thought so! But with this handy how-to, you'll pull it off without a hitch, just like I did.  Cookie swaps can range from a strict set of rules (no store-bought chocolate chip cookies) to anything goes (simple is super if that's your style). Go with whatever you think will appeal to your friends without causing them stress. Set the date. Holiday calendars fill up fast. At least four to six weeks before the event, send out your invitations. Choose an evite or a print invitation, whichever makes the most sense for your budget, audience and time. Timing. During the hectic holiday season, a non-traditional time of the day might work better with your friends' schedules. For example, instead of an evening gathering, schedule an afternoon tea party.  Better by the dozen? Decide on the number of guests. The more guests, the more cookies each guest will need to bring. Typically, around two-thirds of invitees will accept an event invitation. If you invite 20, plan for between 12 and 15 guests.  Check Yes or No.  Request that guests respond a week ahead of time to give participants time to plan how many cookies to bake. Send a gentle follow-up to any unconfirmed guests the day of your RSVP deadline. Crunch the numbers. Let's say you have 12 guests. Ask each participant to prepare four dozen cookies. This ensures every person gets to take at least four cookies from each batch, and each guest returns home with a total of 48 different types of cookies. If this sounds like too many cookies for each person, either decrease the number to three dozen or have guests donate extras. (More on that later.) Gather the recipes. Ask each of your friends to bring copies of her recipe to share or if you have time, request that your guests email their recipe ahead of time, preferably when they RSVP. Gather the recipes into a clipped cookbook for each guest to take home as a party favor. Prep your guests. Participants should arrive with a tray of cookies for sampling and instructions about how they'll take their treats home. For example, they can bring their own container or as the host, you can provide them with decorated boxes or tins to put treats in. If your friends rally around creativity, challenge them to pre-package their treats as individual giveaways to each guest. 11

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How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange Serve simple appetizers and beverages. To complement the sweet, serve savory appetizers that you can prepare ahead of time, like cheese and crackers, mixed nuts, dips, chips and fresh veggies. Beverages might include apple cider, soda, wine, iced tea, sparkling wines, beer, coffee or hot chocolate. Share stories. Go around in a circle and ask each of your guests to share a story about the treat that they brought. Listening to my friends recount their family traditions, baking disasters and childhood memories spent rolling out dough in their grandmother's kitchens made us laugh, empathize and wax nostalgic. We grew closer hearing these stories and the treats took on a life of their own. Give prizes. While this step is optional, it can add extra cheer to the festivities. Ask your guests to vote: Which cookie was the most unusual? Who shared an unforgettable story associated with their treat? Who had the most creative packaging? Whose cookie was almost too beautiful to eat? Hand out simple prizes like plastic tiaras, tin holiday cookie cutters, a box of tea, a holiday mug, or ornaments. Spread the joy. Offer your friends the option of preparing extra cookies that you can box up and deliver to a local nursing home, police or fire station or women's shelter.  Ó

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom's Guide to a Satisfying Social Life. Christa resides with her husband and their two sons, who eagerly anticipate when she arrives home from a cookie exchange. 

Additional resources

• Cookies and Cocktails: Inspire Your Own Holiday Cookie Party by Sherrie Wilkolaski • Cookie Exchange: Hosting the Perfect Party by Melissa Harvey • Cookie Swap: Creative Treats to Share Throughout the Year by Julia M. Usher • The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook by Good Housekeeping • The Cookie Party Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Cookie Exchange by Robin L. Olson

Ideas for compiling recipes

• Print recipes on 4x6 holiday paper and clip • Retype recipes in different fonts and print with a loose-leaf metal ring. on half sheets of paper. Make a decorative cover out of cardoff stoc k and staple or clip together. • Decorate a cardboard recipe box and plac e recipes inside. • Paste recipes into a small spiral notebook and decorate the cover. • Slide recipes into a miniature soft-cover pho to album. • Ask each guest to bring extra copies of her recip next to their cookie platter for friends to take e to put . • Have each guest include a copy of her recip e in each of her giveaway containers.

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Give the gift of a brighter, more radiant smile

1:00 & 6:00 PM • David Marr Theatre 2200 Eureka Way, Redding

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Join our dancers in giving to a wonderful cause. Donations for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be accepted at both events.

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for community By Kimberly Blaker

TeachingKids AboutKindness: Small Gestures to Put Smiles on People’s Faces

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mid our busy lives, it can be easy to lose sight of the little things we can do to make the world a gentler, kinder place for others. As a result, our children miss out on golden opportunities to emulate such kindnesses. The holiday season is the perfect time to get started teaching kindness. So why not set a goal with your kids and see how many acts of kindness your family can rack up this month? Here are some ideas to get started.

Call your grandparents or great-grandparents. This is a big one because often, grandparents are the ones to initiate calls. Make a grandparent’s day by making the call. Visit an elderly neighbor.  Many older people are shut in because they can no longer drive. Even those who do drive often don't get all the social interaction they need. There's likely someone in your neighborhood who could use some company.

Offer a compliment. It couldn't get any easier than this. But don't offer a praise you don't mean because it'll come off as disingenuous. Think about what you like about what the person is wearing, their personality, or something they've done. Make a donation. This could be a small monetary donation to a good cause, or you could donate items you no longer need to a homeless shelter, animal rescue, or Toys for Tots collection. 13

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Teaching Kids About Kindness: Small Gestures to Put Smiles on People’s Faces Help someone with their homework. Do you know a classmate who struggles with a subject? Offer to help them study for a test or to understand a concept for a homework assignment. Take an extra lunch to school for someone who has forgotten theirs. Then when you get to school, ask your teacher to help you find a student who needs it. Stand up for someone. Do you know a student who's bullied or always left out? Look for an opportunity to tell those who are being judgmental they should be a little nicer or that they're being unfair. Offer someone your support. Do you know someone who's going through a hard time such as a serious illness? Of someone whose parents are going through a divorce? Lend them your shoulder, and offer to listen. Make friends with someone who seems left out.  Is there a classmate who's always standing alone on the playground or who sits alone at lunch? Offer to join that person. Offer to help a mom. Do you know someone with young children? Offer to spend a couple of hours watching and entertaining them while the mom catches up on chores. Bake cookies for your teacher or boss. Show your appreciation by baking their favorite cookies or brownies. Buy a homeless person a meal. If you see someone wandering who clearly looks homeless or is standing on a street

corner with a sign, pick up a meal, and deliver it to them. Hold the door for someone. This is another super easy gesture that's sure to be appreciated by the elderly and disabled or really anyone. Write an apology to someone you've hurt. We've all said and done things on occasion that hurts someone's feelings. Take ownership of it, and write a heartfelt apology. Help someone carry something. When you see someone trying to juggle multiple things or carry a heavy object, offer your assistance. Post something nice on the social media page of someone who needs a friend. Do you have a social media friend who no one ever pays attention to? Make that person's day with a positive comment on their page. Take a neighbor’s dog for a walk. Is there a dog in your neighborhood that never gets to go for walks? Just make sure you find out the dog's energy level to make sure you're able to handle it or to ensure you don't over-exercise the dog. Do a chore for your brother or sister. What a great way to get back in your brother or sister's good graces. (And who knows, maybe some time they'll return the favor.) Buy a friend a candy bar. This is a simple way to show your friend you're thinking of them. Volunteer for a good cause. There are many opportunities right in your community. You could volunteer at

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Kimberly Blaker is a mother of two and grandmother of two. She's also a freelance writer for parenting and lifestyle magazines. 

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localicious By Erin Bianchi

The Tradition of Giving

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rowing up I lived three houses down from my best friend. During the holidays we would get together with our moms and make either a craft or treats for each of our neighbors. This is one of my favorite memories of the holiday season; there is something so special about learning what it feels like to give. I can still remember the anticipation I felt knocking on each door with a handmade goodie I had put so much work into. This, I believe, is the true spirit of the holidays and one of the very best traditions we can start with our kids. This will be my daughter’s first Christmas and I have been brainstorming recipes to share with our own neighbors. Below are some treats that are simple, healthy, and incorporate local ingredients. So whether you make them with your family, for your family, or share them with your neighbors, it’s a wonderful tradition to start. All of these recipes are gluten and dairy free for friends and family who might have allergies (dependent on which chocolate chips you choose).

Peanut Healthy Oatmeal Chip Butter Chocolate Cookies adapted from therealfoodrds.com

Ingredients oats optional) • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten free • ¼ cup honey • ¼ cup coconut sugar • 1 tsp. baking soda • 2 whole eggs butter, softened • ¼ cup coconut oil or unsalted act extr illa van   • 1 tsp. room temperature • 1 cup all-natural peanut butter, • 1 banana, mashed colate chips • ¾ cup dark or semi-sweet cho s ion Instruct . Line 2 sheet pans with 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees parchment paper. chocolate chips in a medi2. Combine all ingredients except a mixer if you like, but um bowl and mix well. You can use . trick the do will on spo a fork or wooden s. chip te cola cho in 3. Fold mold cookies with 4. Spoon onto sheet pans. Can them on the on hands a little or carefully spo . kies coo pan for simple drop l cookies are 5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or unti golden. tried I added the banana to these and e hav e quit ’t didn I e sinc them with honey were They d. han on r suga nut coco enough e cocoabsolutely perfect. If you don’t hav work ld wou ey hon cup ½ k thin I r nut suga great too.

Pomegranate Peppermint Bark

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Ingredients • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted • 3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes • ½ -1 teaspoon peppermint extract, depending on taste • 1/8 cup pomegranate arils • *optional add 1 tablespoon local raw honey or maple syrup Instructions 1. Add coconut oil and coconut flakes to a high powered blender or food processor. Process for 5-10 minu tes, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides, until a smooth butter-like consistency forms. Add peppermint extract and honey, blend to combine about 20 seconds. 2. Line a small glass dish (about 8x6) with parchment paper and spread out coconut mixture to ¼-½ inch thick, smoothing the top. Sprinkle pomegranates over evenly and press them down into the coconut butter. 3. Place in the refrigerator or freezer for 1-3 hours until hardened. Break into small pieces. 4. Store in fridge or freezer. This was my first time making coconut butter and I was surprised by how easy it was. I used a food proce ssor recipe and only needed to stop it 2-3 times to scrap for this e down the sides. This is an easy recipe for little helpers as it involves simple pouring, using a spatula, and fun breaking of the finished product. The recipe does not call for honey but I thought it might need a little sweet so I added some local raw honey and it was just the right amount of sweetness.

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Crockpot Choco late-Nut Clusters

adapted from popsugar.com

Ingredients • 3 ½ cups shelled pecans, toasted • 3 ½ cups shelled walnuts, toasted • 3 ½ cups roasted, salted peanuts • 1 12oz package semisweet chocolate chips • 1 12oz package dark cho colate chips • Sea salt to taste Instructions 1. Layer ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 1 hou r, or until chocolate melts. Do not ope being careful not to overcook n lid. Watch time carefully, and burn the chocolate. Aft er 1 hour, stir mixture. 2. Cook 2 minutes and then stir again. 3. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Optional, sprink le sea salt at this time. Let harden completely before transferring to an airtight container. In this recipe I used Enjoy Pascha dark chocolate baking Life Foods chocolate chips and chips. They are allergy friendl and don’t contain any pes y ky ingredients like soy leci thin. I did use peanuts but might skip them when we share them with neighbors to accommo date those with peanut alle rgies. I also purchased raw peanuts for this recip., I like roasted salted peanuts but could only find them coated in a vegetable oil like sunflower or canola. These oils become rancid quickly and take away from the overall health benefits of nuts. Inst ead I roasted the peanuts with the pecans and walnuts and added sea salt at the very I end to the warm clusters. No need to add salt but I thin k it brings out a really goo d flavor combination with the cho colate. We are lucky to live in Northern California where wa lnuts, almonds, and pecans are plentiful local crops; search for them at local markets and farm stands.

Erin Bianchi and her husband live in a walnut orchard in Northern California with their daughter. Erin is a Registered Dietitian, and lover of local food and agriculture. You can find more family friendly recipes and nutrition tips from Erin by following her Instagram @thefarmerandthecook.


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Siss o n s l o o c h S ’ Ki tch en Investing In Mt. Shasta Kids’ Health

(from right) Students Maya Rawitch, a Mt. Shasta High freshman, and her sister, Ella (left), a 7th-grader at Sisson School, assisted by Sisson parent Colleen Shellly, are spearheading the Sisson Culinary Action for Education initiative (CAFE) to bring healthy, nutritious foods to the Mt. Shasta Union School District.

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he site council for Sisson School in Mt. Shasta, CA, sends annual surveys to families to help maintain an excellent educational environment. Amid much positive feedback, responses have also included dissatisfaction with Sisson’s school lunches. Unfortunately, the lack of a commercial kitchen has crippled the district’s ability to enact much change in

this area. Without a kitchen, the school has little choice but to contract meals from other locations, which means serving highly processed food that often offers less nutrition and flavor than families would prefer. Maya Rawitch, an eighth-grade student during the 2016-17 school year, conducted a survey of her peers in which she found many students desire healthy, tasty

school lunches. Bright, well-informed and passionate about health, Maya wrote and presented an essay about the situation to the board of directors of Mt. Shasta Union Elementary School District. Her thorough presentation motivated the board to create a superintendent’s committee to pursue a solution. Colleen Shelly, the mother of two Sisson students, joined Maya. 16

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Sisson School’s Kitchen: Investing In Mt. Shasta Kids’ Health

Child Check: Do Your ASQ By Deborah Peel

Just ask the expert… “Doing an ASQ helps establish realistic expectations for your child’s developmental progress. It’s all about celebrating your individual child’s developmental milestones. But, an ASQ can also be a good tool to indicate when a concern is valid and it’s time to get help.”

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hen should my baby be rolling over? Sitting up? Making sounds like “ma ma” or “da da?” If you’re a new parent, you’ve just joined the ranks of thousands who have these very same questions! Sometimes, questions become a concern like: Shouldn’t my child be crawling, walking, or talking at least a little bit? It helps to know that babies and young children develop in predictable stages, but they don’t all develop at the exact same rate. It can be smart and fun to use an Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) to check your child’s developmental progress.

The ASQ measures different things like communication, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, social skills, and problem solving at different ages and stages. It gives you a good idea of what you can look forward to in the coming months. Some examples are:

To see how your child is progressing, you don’t need any special equipment. Just download an ASQ questionnaire and follow the questions and play activities. Questionnaires start at newborn and end at age five and you can do one as frequently as every four months. The ASQ can give you a clear understanding of what is developmentally appropriate for your child, reducing frustration about what your child can’t do – yet!

Shaylene says, “You can ask your health care provider to do an ASQ, but you can also do it in the comfort of your own home at a time that works best for you and your child. Use it to celebrate milestones, but also use it to check on concerns. The earlier you identify atypical development or a possible special need and get help, the higher the likelihood of long-term success for your child.”

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These two, together with Maya’s sister Ella, several other parents, and two district board members, formed a team they named School CAFE (Culinary Action For Education). Sisson’s School CAFE joins two nationwide movements – School Food and Farm to School – that seek to address childhood obesity and health issues. School CAFE (www.schoolcafeclub.org) aims to provide “lunches that include fresh, additive-free, organic (when possible) and delicious food [that] will nourish our students’ bodies and minds.” School CAFE’s solution to a healthier lunch tray? Build a commercial kitchen for Mount Shasta Union School District on the Sisson campus. Despite daunting upfront costs, Colleen says the project will save the district money in the long term and could, with proper management, even generate income. “Right now, 30 - 35% of students order lunches, which costs the school about $55,000 a year out of the general fund, on top of the food budget,” Colleen explains. “With our own kitchen, we could serve meals that more students would want to buy, like a loaded salad bar with baked potatoes, soups, etc. which costs very little, but offers great nutrition and variety.” In addition to the financial benefits, having its own kitchen could make the district’s educational environment all the stronger; fresh breakfasts and lunches prepared at Sisson would also serve Mt. Shasta Elementary, helping fuel students’ brains for learning throughout the school day. Of course, constructing a kitchen from the ground up doesn’t provide a quick fix. In fact, neither Maya, Ella nor Colleen’s eighth- or sixth-grade children will likely benefit from the undertaking. A professional contractor has estimated the project will cost about $500,000. But the team, and indeed the entire school, has committed to the cause. Maya and Ella, along with their grandmother, have raised awareness and begun laying the financial foundation. By passing out informational fliers and holding raffles at festivals and the Mt. Shasta Farmer’s Market, the girls have raised $1,200 since June 2017. “It’s really quite amazing what they’ve done already,” says Colleen, “Grant applications usually require a small fee, so these initial dollars are great seed money to keep this going.” Several local agencies have also joined the cause. With Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center as the group’s fiscal sponsor, money raised at fundraisers can be tax deductible. Great Northern Services and Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI) have offered invaluable professional advice and information. The Ford Family Foundation has also been “an encouraging and resourceful advocate,” says Colleen, thankful for partners who “understand how important healthy kids are and that it’s our responsibility to provide them with the best foundation possible.” The School CAFE Task Force has big dreams for Sisson’s kitchen. Phase One includes fundraising for and constructing the kitchen and, in the meantime, using the school gardens to expose students to planting, growing and composting their own food. School CAFE also could offer immediate improvements by providing healthy snacks during recess and lunch and coordinating Share Tables, where kids can swap items from their lunches to minimize waste. Phase Two will involve hiring a nutrition-trained chef and sourcing local ingredients. Phase Three will incorporate students in meal preparation on a daily basis. “Once we have a kitchen, the sky’s the limit,” says Colleen. “Empowering kids in the kitchen incorporates every school subject, and you get to eat your homework!” Last year, Maya and Colleen coordinated an informal after-school cooking club, where kids learned how to make delicious, healthy snacks and read nutrition labels to avoid high levels of fat, sodium and added sugars. The club illustrates yet again School CAFE’s long-term vision. As Colleen says, “By learning now to select natural ingredients, these students can establish healthy cooking patterns that will lead to healthier long-term choices in the future.” How can you help? Start by visiting www.schoolcafeclub.org to subscribe to School CAFE’s updates or email mtshastaschoolcafe@gmail.com. Ó

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Try a piping hot cup of mandarin cider at Tri-L Harvest Festival & Santa Visit, a gathering of local artisans & our favorite North Pole resident. Load up on citrus fruit that proves the sweetness of the season can be healthy too! See the 2nd (Butte County).

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ART & MUSEUM EXHIBITS Art Exposed: Turtle Bay’s Permanent Collection; Redding. A drop-in art studio built into the exhibition gives you an opportunity to create your own works of art. View historic landscapes by renowned artists, abstract expressionists,

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Japanese woodblock prints & more! Wed-Fri, 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun, 10am-4pm, thru 3/30. Park admission: $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Camp Chico Chilly: Winter Animals; Chico. Let your child experience the chilly wonders of Bidwell Park during school holidays. Campers enjoy nature education & lots of fun. Ages 5-11. Dec 26-30, 9am-4pm, free extended care avail. Full day & half day options: $125-$200/5 days or $27-$43/day; pre-reg. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E 8th St. in lower Bidwell Park (530)891-4671. Chico Air Museum; Chico. View jet & propeller aircraft & an impressive display of aviation & space artifacts. Peruse the research library & gift shop. Group/field trip visits by arrangement. ThSun, 9am-2pm. Free, but donations helpful. 165 Ryan Ave., at the Chico Airport. (530)345-6468. Chico Creek Nature Center; Chico.Experience nature indoors at this delightful small child-friendly location especially geared towards nature, animals and science. See a variety of reptiles also a western screech owl, red tail hawk and playroom geared for young children. Wed-Sat, 11am-3pm. Closed some holidays. Call ahead. Also offers seasonal children's nature camps. 1968 E 8th St. in lower Bidwell Park (530)891-4671. Chico Through Time Exhibit; Chico. Explore Chico’s history in 12 themes. Kids love the interactive 1900s classroom, imagining being a jeweler at Clifford’s Jewelry & learning about directing planes by listening to Chico Air Traffic Control re-

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cordings. There’s plenty for adults to love too! ThSun, 11am-4pm. $3-$5. Chico Museum, housed in the historic Andrew Carnegie Library adjacent to CSU, Chico, at 141 Salem St. (530)891-4336. Lava Tube Cave Interactive Installation; Mt. Shasta. Enjoy the newest installation at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum as you crawl through the lava tube cave wearing a miner’s helmet. Learn how lava tube caves are formed. It’s fun for all ages! Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm, thru Dec 11. $1/person. 1 North Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508. Material Culture: Form, Function & Fashion; Redding. Textiles are everywhere. Explore the stuff we wear, sleep under, sit on & use to insulate our homes. Wed-Fri, 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun, 10am-4pm, thru 1/7. Park admission: $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Notes From A Spanish Dutchman; Chico. Visit this retrospective exhibition of artwork created by James Kuiper, artist & long-time faculty emeritus from the CSU, Chico art department. The holiday aspect of the exhibit makes it fun for all ages. Th-Sun, 11am-5pm, thru Dec (not 12/24). $4. The Museum of Northern California Art, 900 Esplanade. (530)487-7272. Parrot Playhouse: Lories!; Redding. Walk through an interactive aviary featuring beautiful Australian lorikeets; feed colorful birds from your hand. Wed-Fri, 9:30-11:45am & 1-4pm, & Sat & Sun, 10:30-11:45am & 1-4pm. Free w/ park admission, $12-$16. Nectar cups $1. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky; Redding. The National Smokejumper Association presents this exhibition about the fascinating history of the United States Forest Service Smokejumper program. Try out your jumping skills in the new Smokejumper Experience in the park’s Mill Building. Wed-Fri, 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun, 10am-4pm, thru 1/7. Park admission: $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. The Meaning of Life: Visual Analogy; Chico. In collaboration with the Department of Philosophy, this art exhibition adds visual layers to the largest of questions: how we assign meaning to human existence. Mon-Fri ,11am-4pm & Sat, 12-4pm, thru Dec 9. Free. The Turner, CSU, Chico, 400 W. 1st St. (530)898-6333.

CONTESTS Your Best Shots Kids’ Nature Photography Contest; Nationwide. For ages 13 & under (with parent/guardian’s permission). Submit your best original nature photographs online (max 3 per month) and include a description. Photos can be taken with a camera or a phone. Free entry. Contest is ongoing, submit anytime, monthly winners selected. Online winners will be in the running for Your Best Shots Magazine Award, to be published in “Ranger Rick” magazine. Info: nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick/Photo-Contest.aspx.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER MONTH-LONG & SPECIAL HAPPENINGS Aquatic Adventures; Redding. Learn about water ecosystems & the importance of the Sacramento River through a variety of fun interpretive programs like fish & beaver feedings, turtle talks & training sessions. Wed-Sun, 10:30-10:45am. Free w/Turtle Bay Exploration Park admission, $12-$16. 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink; Ashland, OR. Come visit this seasonal outdoor rink in beautiful Lithia Park, open Wed-Sat thru Feb 19. Offers a variety of fun programs, including discount skate times. Regular admission is $3.50-$5.50 (under age 5 free); skate rentals +$2.50. 95 Winburn Way, across from the Lithia Park playground. (541)488.9189. Boys & Girls Club Of The Siskiyous After School Program; Mt. Shasta. In this learning enrichment opportunity for students in grades 2-8, participants enjoy a healthy snack & time to unwind after school, then participate in a Power Hour homework help program followed by programs of art, gardening, sports, cooking, pottery, science & more. M-F, 2-6pm. Must pre-reg: $20 membership for school year (reg anytime) - call for info. Located at Sisson Middle School, 601 E. Alma St. (530)220-5055. Family Value Night: Bowling & Pizza; Redding. Bring friends & family for 2 hours of unlimited bowling. Includes pizza & soda. Ages

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4 & up. Daily, 6:30-8:30pm. $50/lane up to 5 people, then $5/pp up to 8 players, includes shoes; must pre-reg. Shasta Lanes, 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. Gift Wrap Fundraiser At Chico Mall; Chico. The Arc of Butte County will be at Chico Mall with gift wrapping services Dec 8-23, 11am-7pm, &  Dec 24, 11am-5pm. Look for their booth near JCPenney & the food court. Proceeds benefit The Arc of Butte County. Chico Mall, 1950 E. 20th St., Ste. 727. (530)343-0706. Hillside Poms: Pick & Juice Organic Pomegranates!; Corning. Pomegranate lovers can bring the whole family to pick & juice pomegranates on a farm! Call ahead to schedule your time (juicing requires two adults) & to get more details - open Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun, 8am-2pm, thru Dec (weather dependent). $15$23 per box/gallon. Hillside Poms, 1271 Capay Rd. (530)228-3050. Horseback Riding Lessons; Weed. Shasta Riding Club presents weekly horseback riding lessons for ages 5 & up. Children, their families & knowledgeable leaders share the passion of horsemanship regardless of economic resources, learning styles, or any other differences. No experience needed. Sliding scale lesson price. Lessons offered Tue-Sat, morning or afternoon. Call for location & signup info. (530)340-5818. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. At this creative open play facility, children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults can enjoy seven themed play areas:

Stage, Construction, Vet’s Office, Grocery store, Bakery, Pizzeria, & their newest theme: Down on the Farm. M-W & F-Sat, choose from two sessions: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. $5/ child (adult free); drop-ins welcome. 5923 Clark Rd., Ste. B. (530)712-1050. Painting & Drawing Lessons; Chico. Artist & instructor Janet Lombardi Blixt invites you to enjoy creative exploration with painting & drawing in a supportive & friendly atmosphere. All levels welcome. Children ages 7+, & adults. Mon-Sat, afternoon classes; call for schedule. $30/child, $35/adult by pre-reg; drop-in +$5. Chico Art School & Gallery, 336 Broadway St., Ste.20. (530)570-3895. Personalized Ranger-Led Nature Activities For Groups; Whiskeytown. Schedule your group of 15-30 for customized ranger-led group activities. Choose from hikes, gold panning, storytime & other educational activities. All ages. $5/vehicle day-use fee. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. (530)242-3451. Santa Photos & Visits At Chico Mall; Chico. Santa will be available for visits & photos in his holiday home at the mall thru Dec. 24. Prices for photos vary depending on the photo package (includes free $20 Promo Card from Shutterfly). Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm, & Sun, 11am-6pm. Chico Mall, 1950 E. 20th St., Ste. 727. (530)343-0706. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on fun with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes a special activity each day. Learn ways to follow your child’s lead & enjoy time playing together.

Designed for ages 0-5. M-F, 10am-4pm. $7/ hr, $4-$6/hr w/punch card. Feel free to bring a snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Tween & Teen Y Club Enrichment Program; Redding. Y Club is for ages 12-18. Offers food, fun, facilitated activities, homework help, a computer lab, fitness (including swimming, basketball & other court sports), a chance to socialize, leadership development & more. M-F, 1-6pm, thru 5/31. $36/month (Y members free). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Wildlife Walks At Gray Lodge Wildlife Area; Gridley. Take a guided tour to learn about wetlands, wildlife & the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. See a variety of wildlife: ducks, hawks, otters, rabbits & much more, depending on the season. All ages. By reservation, book now for spring. Minimum group size is 18 participants. $4.32/day pass for ages 16 & up (annual pass $24.33), under age 16 free. 3207 Rutherford Rd. (530)846-7505. Youth Ice Hockey Program; Mt. Shasta. Sign up for hockey for ages 4 & up, all levels welcome. Learn-to-Skate classes offered. Adult programs too. Evening practices on weekdays, & weekend games, thru Feb 25. Some equip. available for use. See rink website for details. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)925-4368.

Do You Have Concerns About Your Baby? Most Babies At… 3 Months Look from one object to another. Hold up their heads. Give eye contact. 6 Months Reach and grasp objects. Look when their name is called. Roll over. 9 Months Sit alone. Imitate gestures. Wave bye-bye. 12 Months Take their first steps. Play with a variety of toys. Begin to say “mama.” 18 Months Walk alone. Build a tower of three blocks. Use up to 15 words. Enjoy interacting with caregivers. 24 Months Begin to use two-word phrases to communicate. Eat and drink independently. Walk up and down stairs.

Far Northern Regional Center Far Northern Regional Center provides services and support that allow persons with developmental disabilities to live valued and productive lives.

We can help. If you have concerns and would like to make a referral for an assessment, contact Far Northern Regional Center at (530) 222-4791. We provide Early Intervention Services to qualifying children under age three who have or are at risk for having a developmental delay. Evaluation services are provided at no cost.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER 1 | FRIDAY BUTTE COUNTY A Very Chico Nutcracker; Chico. Back by popular demand, Chico Community Ballet’s newly envisioned ballet includes hints of the traditional Nutcracker ballet & an infusion of rich Chico history. Journey back in time to the magical night before Christmas at the home of Dr. Oscar Stansbury’s family, where their daughter, Angeline, receives a mysterious gift that sparks a wondrous adventure. 7:30pm. $13-$30. Laxson Auditorium, 400 W. 1st St. (530)898-6333. Bridging The Gap By Giving Christmas Boutique; Chico. Annual event features gifts from around the world plus items made by popular local artists. Purchases help provide clean water in developing countries. Enjoy Christmas cookies & caroling with Katie Drake on Friday evening. Fri, 2pm-7pm, Sat, 11am-5pm.The Adams’ Home, 45 Parkside Ct. (530)342-5746. After School Legos, Crafts & Games At The Library; Paradise. Play games, build & design with Legos, make a craft. Bring your imagination & have some fun. Something different each week! This is the place to be at 2:30pm on Fridays. All ages welcome. Free. Paradise Branch Library Meeting Room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Beginning Sign Language Class; Paradise. Drop-ins welcome. Fri, 10-11am. Paradise Library. 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Bilingual Story Garden; Chico. Enjoy stories & songs in English & Spanish geared for ages 0-5. Fri, 10am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Butte Parent Café; Chico. A free family night out with dinner & good conversation. A place to meet other community members in a relaxed environment. Childcare provided. All ages. 1st Fri, 6-8pm. Chico Junior High, 280 Memorial Way. (530)899-4940. Dollar Night At Chico Cheer Gym; Chico. $1 = 1.5 hours of fun! Play, tumble or perfect your cheer skills. Use the gym & equipment to practice any level of tumbling or stunts. Come on your own or with your group or team. $1 + signed release form. Fri, 6-8pm. Chico Cheer All Stars Gym, 13306 Cabin Hollow Ct., Ste. 120. (530)894-CCAS. Downtown Chico Community Christmas Tree Lighting; Chico. City Plaza will come alive from the glow of the nearly 8,000 LED lights during the lighting of the annual community Christmas tree! Guests will enjoy a musical program & join Santa, the mayor & others in the countdown to light the tree. 6-8pm. Downtown Chico City Plaza. (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 swim diapers. Fri, 5-8pm. $2/person. Chico WaterSprites, 2280 Ivy St., Ste. 110. (530)342-2999. Fantastic Friday Playgroup; Chico. An entire gym is open for play for ages walking-5yrs with an adult (max 2 kids per adult). 1st & 3rd Fri, 10am12pm. $15 (members $5); siblings +$1. Athletic Horizons, 415 Otterson Dr. (530)893-4967. Glorious Sounds Of The Season Concert; Chico. A heart-warming & festive Chico tradition featuring holiday music & drama for the season. Supports student scholarships. 7:30pm. $20. Harlen Adams Theatre, CSU, Chico. (530)898-6333. Hooks & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. For those who love to knit & crochet; bring your projects. All ages. Fri, 12pm. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Into The Wardrobe Ballet; Chico. An original fulllength ballet based on C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. Directed & choreographed by Heather Wysong & Laurel Tennant, produced

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by the International Institute for Education Through the Arts. All ages. Call or check online for times & tix info. Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (530)774-2364. Little Red Hen’s Christmas Preview; Chico. At this 3-day event, enjoy refreshments & kids’ activities along with 15% off items at all 5 unique Little Red Hen stores. Shop local & non-profit this holiday season. Visit all 5 stores to be entered in a grand prize drawing. 9am-6pm. Free. Vintage Hen, 215 Main St. (530)894-1311. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. At this creative open play facility, children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults can enjoy seven themed play areas: Stage, Construction, Vet’s Office, Grocery store, Bakery, Pizzeria, & their newest theme: Down on the Farm. M-W & F-Sat, 10am-12pm & 1:303:30pm. $5/child (adult free); drop-ins welcome. 5923 Clark Rd., Ste. B. (530)712-1050. Stansbury Home Victorian Christmas; Chico. One of Chico’s favorite events! The historic Stansbury home, built in 1883, will be decorated beautifully for Christmas during this

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3-day family event that features entertainment, a visit from Santa, spiced hot cider, cookies, history docents, a raffle & more. $2-$6, -$1 presale tix. 6-9pm. 307 W. 5th St. (530)895-3848. Storytime; Gridley. Features stories, music & crafting fun geared for ages 3-5. Fri, 10am. Gridley Branch Library, 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Open to everyone! Bring your friends & have fun roller skating to great music. Dancing may be offered too. All ages. Fri, 7-10:30pm. $7.25/2hrs, $7.50/2.5hrs, skate rental $2.50-$3.50. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on fun with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes a special activity each day. Learn ways to follow your child’s lead & enjoy time playing together. Designed for ages 0-5. Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm. $7/hr, $4-$6/ hr w/punch card. Feel free to bring a snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101.

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Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Black-light bowling with music. Fri/Sat, 9pm-1am. $12.19/person/2hrs, includes shoes; or $3.89/game + $3.59/ shoe rental. Orchard Lanes, 2397 Esplanade. (530)895-3257.

SHASTA COUNTY A Christmas Carol; Redding. Come experience the classic Christmas tale & share the evening with Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present & Future, &, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge. Great family fun for all ages! 7:30pm. $15-25. Presented by the Riverfront Playhouse, 1620 E. Cypress Ave. (530)243-8877. Animal Coverings:Fur, Feathers & Scales; Redding. Get an up-close encounter with some of Turtle Bay’s furry, scaly or feathery animal ambassadors & learn what role coverings play in their survival. All ages. Fri, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 2. Free with park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes & ages welcome. $60/year membership, races Tue ($5) & Fri ($10), 6-7pm, weather permitting. Margaret Polf Park, Shasta Dam Blvd. (530)526-3836. Cascade Christmas Holiday Spectacular; Redding. This Redding tradition features music, dance & illusion that brings the spirit of Christmas into everyone’s hearts. All ages. 7pm. $14-28. Cascade Theatre, 1731 Market St. (530)243-8877. Family Kickboxing Classes; Redding. Bring the whole family for healthy Friday evening fun. Enjoy conditioning & strengthening activities; learn kicks & punches with punching bags. Ages 5 & up. $15/class per family (Y members free). 4-5pm. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622 Friday Toddler Time At Rare Air; Redding. A fun way to let your little ones get their wiggles out. Rare Air trampoline park opens before their normal business hours for little ones to jump at their own pace & comfort level. 9-10am & 10-11am. $6/jumper, parent free. Reusable jump socks required, $3. Rare Air Trampoline Park, 3625 Old 44 Dr. (530)221-1206. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Little ones have a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. $5/child; supervised free play. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Beginning Boys Gymnastics Classes; Redding. In this boys’ class, beginning gymnasts become familiar with bars, beam, floor, trampoline, tumble track & rings. Ages 5-10. Fri, 3-4pm. $55/mo. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Friday Open Gyms; Redding. Come practice your skills or just run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised gym with lots of room to play. Ages 0-8, 11am12pm; ages 8 & up, 5-6pm. $5. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Read & Discover Storytime; Redding. Focusing on science, discovery & math themes, this storytime welcomes children of all ages. Fri,10:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Rock ‘N’ Bowl Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Enjoy an unlimited night of bowling, a laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight, $15 (includes shoe rental). 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. Schreder Planetarium Shows; Redding. Bring the family for a full-dome audiovisual experience of what’s in our sky & galaxy. Starts 7pm. $7. Get tix ahead; sells out. Schreder Planetarium, 1644 Magnolia Ave. (530)225-0243.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER Secret Society Of Brick Stackers; Redding. Does your child love Legos? This group is a great time for kids to get together with other kids with diverse abilities who share that affection. Fri, 3:45-4:45pm. Rowell Family Empowerment. 2701 Old Eureka Way, Ste. 2i. (530)226-5129. WinterFest; Redding. Bring the kids to see Santa inside the Atrium at the Market St. Promenade. Enjoy family activities, entertainment, goodies, a raffle, & meet Santa! Learn about local non-profits & enjoy an official tree-lighting ceremony. 5-7:30pm. Funds raised support children’s art classes. The Atrium, 1670 Market St.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Adult Social Ice Skating; Mt. Shasta. From 9-10am, adult skaters can enjoy the Siskiyou Ice Rink all to themselves. Take a lesson to hone your skills too! Special admission price $5, or $10 w/ lesson; price includes skate rental if needed. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Friday Ice Skate Sessions At Siskiyou Ice Rink, Mt. Shasta. Bring friends & family for ice skating fun. Three Friday sessions offered: 3:155pm (all ages), 5:30-6pm (adults only), & 6-9pm (all ages), thru Feb 25. $7-$10, skate rental +$3 Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. Rink & weather line: (530)926-1715. Holiday Craft Fair; Weed. This annual 2-day event is filled with concessions, entertainment & lots of great items. It’s a much-anticipated event that offers beautiful handmade gifts crafted by many local & regional artisans. Today 5-8pm. $2. College of the Siskiyous Gymnasium, 800 College Ave. (530)938-5373. Horseback Riding Lessons; Weed. Shasta Riding Club presents weekly horseback riding lessons for ages 5 & up. Children, their families & knowledgeable leaders share the passion of

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horsemanship regardless of economic resources, learning styles, or any other differences. No experience needed. Sliding scale lesson price. Lessons offered Tue-Sat, morning or afternoon. Call for location & sign-up info. (530)340-5818. Lava Tube Cave Interactive Installation; Mt. Shasta. Enjoy the newest installation at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum as you crawl through the lava tube cave wearing a miner’s helmet. Learn how lava tube caves are formed. It’s fun for all ages! Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm, thru Dec 11. $1/person. 1 North Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508. Night Of Lights; Yreka. Come paint on ceramics, canvas or wood at a professional art studio & ice cream fountain. 6-8pm. Cost is by item selected. Coco and cider available for purchase. Bella Art Works Creative Café, 117 West Miner St. (530)842-5411.

TEHAMA COUNTY Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multi-discipline class/studio sessions for all ages & skill levels; includes time to work on personal projects. Fri, 1-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 1-2:30pm. $20/drop-in (space allowing), discounted monthly rate; includes materials. Red Bluff Art Gallery, 601 Walnut St. (530)529-1332.

2 | SATURDAY BUTTE COUNTY A Very Chico Nutcracker; Chico. Back by popular demand, Chico Community Ballet’s newly envisioned ballet includes hints of the traditional Nutcracker ballet & an infusion of rich Chico history. Journey back in time to the magical night before Christmas at the home of Dr. Oscar Stansbury’s family, where their

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daughter, Angeline, receives a mysterious gift that sparks a wondrous adventure. 2pm & 7:30pm. $13-$29. Laxson Auditorium, 400 W. 1st St. (530)898-6333. Book Sale; Chico. Find great books at low prices at this fundraising event hosted by Chico Friends of the Library. Sat, 9-11:30am. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Book Sale; Paradise. At this twice-monthly sale, purchase gently-used books at bargain prices. Hosted by Paradise Friends of the Library. 10am-3pm. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Breakfast With Santa; Chico. Enjoy a breakfast buffet from Roots Catering & Restaurant, visit with Santa, listen to fireside stories with Mrs. Claus, make fun crafts, & more. Four breakfast sessions to choose from.

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8am-Noon. $12/person; by prereg. CARD Community Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave. (530)895-4711. Bridging The Gap By Giving Christmas Boutique; Chico. Annual event features gifts from around the world plus items made by popular local artists. Purchases help provide clean water in developing countries. Fri, 2pm-7pm, Sat, 11am-5pm.The Adams’ Home, 45 Parkside Ct. (530)342-5746. Build Your Own Worm Bin Workshop; Durham. Learn about vermicomposting & its benefits for your garden; create a functioning worm bin with worm residents to take home. All ages. 1st Sat, 10am. Mention North State Parent for special cost of $35 (normally $50), pre-reg. The Worm Farm, 9033 Esquon Rd. (530)894-1276.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Frontier Christmas; Oroville. At this old-fashioned Christmas event, learn how pioneers made crafts – try your hand & take some home (free). Take a picture with Santa & the Mrs., plus enjoy entertainment throughout the day. Great pioneer food & goodies for sale, including homemade jellies & gifts. 12-4pm, rain or shine. Free admission & parking. Lake Oroville Visitors Center, 917 Kelly Ridge Rd. (530)538-2219. Fun With Fizz Investigation Station; Chico. Discover how to use chemical reactions to extinguish a candle & blow up a balloon. Learn to think like a scientist as you change one ingredient at a time! All ages. 1-3pm. Free with museum admission, $5-$7. Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade. (530)898-4121. Gavel Club Meeting; Chico. An affiliation of Toastmasters International, Gavel Club gives kids the same experience as a regular Toastmasters Club. The program will help your child be assertive & find the joy of speaking & active listening. Ages 18 & under. 1st & 3rd Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. Free. Mountain Mike’s Pizza banquet room, 1105 W. 5th St. (530)313-5431. Glorious Sounds Of The Season Concert; Chico. A heart-warming & festive Chico tradition featuring holiday music & drama for the season. Supports student scholarships. 7:30pm. $20. Harlen Adams Theatre, CSU, Chico. (530)898-6333. Into The Wardrobe Ballet; Chico. An original fulllength ballet based on C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. Directed & choreographed by Heather Wysong & Laurel Tennant, produced by the International Institute for Education Through the Arts. All ages. Call or check online for times & tix info. Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (530)774-2364. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Concert – & Santa!; Paradise. The Paradise Community Chorus is joined by the Paradise High School Chorus to present fun & meaningful songs of the season, featuring both new & traditional favorites. Santa will be there one hour before the show! All ages. 7pm. $10, ages 12 & under free with paying adult. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Rd. (530)872-8454. Japanese Storytime; Chico. Monthly program features classic tales of Japan, Kamishibai (“paper-theater”) & Japanese songs & crafts. 1st Sat, 1pm. All ages. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Chico. Kids ages 3 & up can make a creative project to bring home. 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/class. Michaels, 2041 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. (530)343-1864. Little Red Hen’s Christmas Preview; Chico. At this 3-day event, enjoy refreshments & kids activities along with 15% off items at all 5 unique Little Red Hen stores. Shop local & non-profit this holiday season. Visit all 5 stores to be entered in a grand prize drawing. 9am-6pm. Free. Vintage Hen, 215 Main St. (530)894-1311. Nature Walk; Oroville. Bring the family to enjoy a docent-led walk on a park trail around Lake Oroville. Each week features a different easy/ moderate 3- to 5-mile walk. Sat, year-round starts 8am sharp, call to confirm. Meet at Lake Oroville Visitors Center, 917 Kelly Ridge Rd. (530)538-2219. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. At this creative open play facility, children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults can enjoy seven themed play areas: Stage, Construction, Vet’s Office, Grocery store, Bakery, Pizzeria, & their newest theme: Down on the Farm. M-W & F-Sat, choose from two sessions: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. $5/child (adult free); drop-ins welcome. 5923 Clark Rd., Ste. B. (530)712-1050.

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Roo’s Zoo Kids’ Skate Session; Chico. Join Roller-Roo in a specially designed session for kids 10 & under; little ones in strollers welcome too. Sat, 10:30am-12:30pm. $6.50/child, includes quad skate rental; parents skate free. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Santa Visit & Ice Skating At Paradise Ice Rink; Paradise. Help greet Santa with song, dance & seasonal cheer. Starts 2pm, call for more info. Skate 12-8pm. All ages. Skating is $12/person, includes rental skates. Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway. (530)872-6393. Saturday Farmers Market; Chico. Enjoy locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, soaps & much more. 7:30am1pm, year-round, rain or shine. 2nd & Wall St. (530)893-FARM. Saturday Roller Skate Lessons; Chico. Taught by the Chico Artistic Skate Club. All ages welcome. Beginners: 10-10:30am; Intermediate/ Adv.: 12:30-1pm. $5.25 includes skates. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Saturday Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Children of all ages will enjoy this weekly storytime. 11am & 2pm. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Stansbury Home Victorian Christmas; Chico. One of Chico’s favorite events! The historic Stansbury home, built in 1883, will be decorated beautifully for Christmas during this family event that features entertainment, a visit from Santa, spiced hot cider, cookies, history docents, a raffle & more. $2-$6, -$1 presale tix. 12-6pm. 307 W. 5th St. (530)895-3848. Tri-L Harvest Festival & Santa Visit; Oroville. Celebrate the season at the Tri-L Mandarin Ranch’s annual festival. Features holiday crafts & gifts from local artisans, a vist

from Santa (rain or shine), plus mandarins & other sweet tastings! Fun for the whole family - each child gets a mandarin! 10am-4pm. Free entry; hot mandarin cider for purchase. Tri-L Mandarin Ranch, intersection of Mt. Ida Rd. & Naranja Ave. (530)534-4316. Weekend Wildlife Walk; Gridley. Take a guided tour to learn about wetlands, wildlife & the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. See a spectacular display of snow geese & other wintering wildlife. All ages. No reservations needed. Sat & Sun, 12:30-2pm, heavy rain cancels; thru Feb 4. $4.32/day pass ages 16 & up (annual pass $24.33), under age 16 free. 3207 Rutherford Rd. (530)846-7505. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Black-light bowling with music. Fri/Sat, 9pm-1am. $12.19/person/2hrs, includes shoes; or $3.89/game + $3.59/shoe rental. Orchard Lanes, 2397 Esplanade. (530)895-3257. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Develop your yo-yo skills with free lessons & practice. Sat, 12-2pm. Meet in Diamond Alley behind Bird in Hand, 320 Broadway. (530)893-0545.

GLENN COUNTY Christmas Craft Faire; Willows. Catch the holiday spirit & find hand-crafted treasures & gifts. Free admission. 9am-3pm. St. Monica’s Parish Hall, 1129 W. Wood St. (530)934-8150.

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7:30pm. $15-25. Presented by the Riverfront Playhouse, 1620 East Cypress Ave. (530)243-8877. Cascade Christmas Holiday Spectacular; Redding. This Redding tradition features music, dance & illusion that brings the spirit of Christmas into everyone’s hearts. All ages. 2pm & 7pm. $14-28. Cascade Theatre, 1731 Market St. (530)243-8877. Charlie Rabbit & Friends Kids’ Gardening Program; Redding. Rain or shine, have fun gardening with plant-related activities for children of all ages with their parents/caretakers. Wear your favorite gardening clothes. 1st Sat, 10-11am. Free w/admission to Turtle Bay Exploration Park ($12-$16) or $3 Garden Admission. McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1135 Arboretum Dr. (530)242-3178. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Little ones have a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. $5/child; supervised free play. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Galaxy Gymnastics Saturday Open Gym For Youth; Redding. Ages 5-14 practice & have fun using trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Supervised free play. 10:30am12:30pm. $10/child (members $8). 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Redding. Kids ages 3 & up can make a creative project to bring home. 10am-12pm. $2/class. Michaels, 1070 Hilltop Drive. (530)223-9514. Mosaic Marketplace; Redding. A vintage inspired holiday marketplace featuring only handmade, vintage & repurposed items. Food & libations available for purchase. Live entertainment throughout the day on Saturday. 12/2, 10am-5pm, 12/3, 10am-3pm. $5. Big League Dreams Indoor pavilion, 20155 Viking Way. (530)209-9759. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Saturday Open Gyms; Redding. All ages can practice their skills or just run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised gym with lots of room to play. Two age sessions: Ages 0-8 ($5), 11am-12pm & ages 8 & up ($10), 12-2pm. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Old Time Holiday Celebration; Shasta City & Whiskeytown. Follow in the footsteps of miners who prepared a holiday meal in Shasta, then traveled to Whiskeytown to share their food & cheer. At Shasta State Historic Park, explore the Courthouse Museum & the 1800s Litsch General Store. At the Camden House in Whiskeytown’s Historic District, families can make a free wreath (bring pruners), & enjoy other crafts & activities, live music & light refreshments. Free. 11am-3pm. (530)246-1225. Pickleball Open Play; Redding. Pickleball is a racquet sport played on a badminton court with a hard paddle & a whiffle ball. For adults. Beginners welcome. In cool weather: Mon-Sat, 9-11am. Free. Enterprise Park Outdoor Roller Rink, 4300 Victor Ave. (530)225-4095. Rock ‘N’ Bowl Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Enjoy an unlimited night of bowling, a laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight, $15 (includes shoe rental). 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. Saturday Redding Farmers Market. Enjoy a great selection of farm-fresh produce & handmade products. 7:30am-12pm, thru Dec 16. 777 Cypress Ave., behind the City Center. (530)226-7100. Saturday Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Redding. Come enjoy storytime fun! Ages 7 & under. 11am. Free. 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Saturday Toddler Time At Rare Air; Redding. A fun way to let your little ones get their wiggles out. Rare Air trampoline park opens before their normal business hours for little ones to jump


GOING PLACES DECEMBER at their own pace & comfort level. 9-10am. $6/jumper, parent free (reusable jump socks required, $3). Rare Air Trampoline Park, 3625 Old 44 Dr. (530)221-1206. Shasta College’s Country Christmas Fair & Christmas Tree Sale; Redding. Follow the tree signs to a world of fun! Visits with Santa, farm-animal petting zoo, hay rides & farm tours. Wide variety of student-made gifts, trees & tasty food for sale. Proceeds benefit Shasta College’s Ag Leadership Club & agricultural programs & events. 9am-5pm, 12/2-3. Shasta College Farm, 11555 Old Oregon Trail. (530)242-2209. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. A time for tweens & young teens to roller skate & dance. Fun music, video arcade, well-supervised. Parents can drop in (no charge). Skate 7-9pm; Dance 9-11pm. $4.75/skate, $4.75/dance or $7/ both, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Survival! Indoor Animal Show; Redding. This 30-minute adventure will have you face to face with some of Turtle Bay’s favorite animals as they fly, crawl or walk on by. A fun time for all ages that you will not soon forget. Sat, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 3. Free with Park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Wild Horse Viewing; Shingletown. Enjoy docent-led walks to view & learn more about wild horses & burros. These amazing animals live peaceful & free lives on 5,000 acres with a variety of other animal species & plant life. All ages. Wed & Sat, 10am-4pm. Free. Wild Horse Sanctuary, 5796 Wilson Hill Rd. (530)474-5770.

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Focus is on the tricks & techniques for doing the moves the right way & looking good! All ages. Saturdays, 9:45-11:45am. $10/youth, $15/adult. Mt. Shasta City Park’s Dance Hall, 1350 Nixon Rd. (415)215-2652. Christmas Bazaar; Montague. Local artisans & crafters will be selling goods, refreshments provided by Montague Rotary, free ornament painting (first 72) by Bella Arts, gift basket raffle items (including a Montague Merchants raffle basket), live entertainment from local school bands & choir, tree lighting (6pm) & Santa visit (6:15). 10am-5pm & open again 6-8pm. Montague Community Hall, 200 S 11th St. Free Family Film; Dunsmuir. Children of all ages & their families are invited to enjoy a family movie & refreshments. This month features the Disney Pixar animated film “Inside Out,” where a young girl, Riley, learns all about the importance of her emotions. 2:15pm. Adult must accompany children. Dunsmuir Library, 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2035. Holiday Craft Fair; Weed. This annual 2-day event is filled with concessions, entertainment & lots of great items. It’s a much-anticipated fair offering beautiful handmade gifts crafted by many local & regional artisans. 9am-3pm. Today’s admission is by cash donation or 2 cans of food per person; donations support the COS Associated Student Body food pantry for hungry students. College of the Siskiyous Gymnasium, 800 College Ave. (530)938-5373. Ice Hockey Pick Up Games; Mt. Shasta. The rink’s reserved 8-10am for teen & adult hockey players to play pick up games. Full gear required; under 18 must wear full face mask. Nets & pucks provided. $10 drop in, free with pass. Thru Feb 24. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

Lava Tube Cave Interactive Installation; Mt. Shasta. Enjoy the newest installation at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum as you crawl through the lava tube cave wearing a miner’s helmet. Learn how lava tube caves are formed. It’s fun for all ages! Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm, thru Dec 11. $1/person. 1 North Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508. Saturday Ice Skate Lessons; Mt. Shasta. For all ages! Tots ages 4-6 & Child age 7-12: 12:301pm. Teens & Adults: 1-1:30pm. $12, includes rental skates & entrance to the 1:30-5pm public skate session that follows. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Horseback Riding Lessons; Weed. Shasta Riding Club offers horseback riding lessons for children ages 5 & up. See the 1st.

TEHAMA COUNTY Corning’s Hometown Christmas & Lighted Parade; Corning. Entice your Christmas spirit with a pancake breakfast, craft fair, spaghetti dinner, lighted Christmas parade, & Christmas tree lighting with Santa Claus! Also enjoy a Lighted House Competition & Business Window Decorating Competition. Activities start 7am & run through the day until after dark. Fun for the whole family. Downtown Corning, near 1110 Solano St. (530)824-5550. Guided Bird Tour; Red Bluff. A bird lover’s dream! Take a guided tour through the fascinating world of the great outdoors. Bring binoculars, camera & weather-appropriate attire. All ages. 1st Sat, 8am. Sacramento River Discovery Center, 1000 Sale Lane. (530)527-1196. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline class/studio sessions for all ages & skill levels; includes time to work on personal projects. Fri, 1-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat,

1-2:30pm. $20/drop-in (space allowing), discounted monthly rate; includes materials. Red Bluff Art Gallery, 601 Walnut St. (530)529-1332. The Saturday Market By The River; Red Bluff. Year-round certified market features locally grown products including veggies, fruit, nuts, meats, honey, eggs & artisan food products & crafts. Co-sponsored by the Red Bluff Chamber & Slow Food Shasta Cascade. 8am-12pm, rain or shine. 100 Main St. (530)527-6220.

3 | SUNDAY BUTTE COUNTY A Very Chico Nutcracker; Chico. Back by popular demand, Chico Community Ballet’s newly envisioned ballet includes hints of the traditional Nutcracker ballet & an infusion of rich Chico history. Journey back in time to the magical night before Christmas at the home of Dr. Oscar Stansbury’s family, where their daughter, Angeline, receives a mysterious gift that sparks a wondrous adventure. 3pm. $13-$30. Laxson Auditorium, 400 W. 1st St. (530)898-6333. Breakfast With Santa Toys For Tots Fundraiser; Chico. Chico Mall hosts its annual Breakfast with Santa; up to 50 children ages 10 & under may pre-reg for this free event that is a fundraiser for Toys for Tots. Each family is asked to bring an unwrapped toy. 8:30-10am. Chico Mall, 1950 E 20th St., Ste. 727. (530)343-0706. Free Family Movie; Chico. Come enjoy a film that’s suitable for all ages. Showtime 2pm. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Glorious Sounds Of The Season Concert; Chico. A heart-warming & festive Chico tradition featuring holiday music & drama for the season. Supports student scholarships. 2pm. $20. Harlen Adams Theatre, CSU, Chico. (530)898-6333. Into The Wardrobe Ballet; Chico. An original fulllength ballet based on C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. Directed & choreographed by Heather Wysong & Laurel Tennant, produced by the International Institute for Education Through the Arts. All ages. Call or check online for times & tix info. Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (530)774-2364. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Concert – & Santa!; Paradise. The Paradise Community Chorus is joined by the Paradise High School Chorus to present an energetic concert of fun & meaningful songs of the season, featuring both new & traditional favorites. Santa will be there one hour before the show! All ages. 3pm. $10, ages 12 & under free with paying adult. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Rd. (530)872-8454. Little Red Hen’s Christmas Preview; Chico. At this 3-day event, enjoy refreshments & kids activities along with 15% off items at all 5 unique Little Red Hen stores. Shop local & non-profit this holiday season. Visit all 5 stores to be entered in a grand prize drawing. 9am-6pm. Free. Vintage Hen, 215 Main St. (530)894-1311. Stansbury Home Victorian Christmas; Chico. One of Chico’s favorite events! The historic Stansbury home, built in 1883, will be decorated beautifully for Christmas during this family event that features entertainment, a visit from Santa, spiced hot cider, cookies, history docents, a raffle & more. $2-$6, -$1 presale tix. 1-4pm. 307 W. 5th St. (530)895-3848. Tri-L Harvest Festival & Santa Visit; Oroville. Celebrate the season at the Tri-L Mandarin Ranch’s annual festival. Features holiday crafts & gifts from local artisans, a vist from Santa (rain or shine), plus mandarins & other sweet tastings! Fun for the whole family - each child gets a mandarin! 10am-4pm. Free entry; hot mandarin cider for purchase. Tri-L Mandarin Ranch, intersection of Mt. Ida Rd. & Naranja Ave. (530)534-4316. Weekend Wildlife Walk; Gridley. Take a guided tour to learn about wetlands, wildlife & the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. See a spectacular display of snow geese & other wintering wildlife. All ages. No reservations needed. Sat & Sun, 12:30-2pm, heavy rain cancels; thru Feb 4. $4.32/day pass

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JACKSON COUNTY, OR $2 Dollar Day At ScienceWorks; Ashland, OR. Bring the family to learn & explore in a wonderful hands-on museum that’s home to more than 100 varied exhibits. 1st Sun, 10am-6pm. $2 admission today. 1500 East Main St. (541)482-6767.

SHASTA COUNTY A Charlie Brown Christmas Performance; Redding. This Emmy & Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. This stage adaptation features everyone’s favorite characters & classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus & the rest of the Peanuts gang as they uncover the true meaning of Christmas. 6pm. $35-$50. Redding Civic Auditorium, 700 Auditorium Dr. (530)242-5920. A Christmas Carol Performance; Redding. Come experience the classic Christmas tale & share the evening with Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present & Future, &, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge. Great family fun for all ages! 2pm. $15-25. Presented by the Riverfront Playhouse, 1620 East Cypress Ave. (530)243-8877. Animal Parade; Redding. Take a stroll with Spike the porcupine, Sweet Pea the skunk, & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities as one of them leads the way through the park. Sundays, 2:30-3pm (weather permitting), thru Feb 4. Free with park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Aquatic Adventures; Redding. Learn about water ecosystems & the importance of the Sacramento River through a variety of fun interpretive programs like fish & beaver feedings, turtle talks, & training sessions. Wed-Sun, 10:30-10:45am. Free w/Turtle Bay Exploration Park admission, $12-$16. 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Cascade Christmas Holiday Spectacular; Redding. This Redding tradition features music, dance & illusion that brings the spirit of Christmas into everyone’s hearts. All ages. 2pm & 7pm. $14-28. Cascade Theatre, 1731 Market St. (530)243-8877. Gifts For Good Community Holiday Gift Fair; Redding. Offers the opportunity to

purchase beautiful & meaningful gifts while supporting the good work of local & global projects & non-profits. Meet Santa; Kris Kringle’s Workshop has crafts for all ages (including fresh wreath-making), refreshments & more. 1-4pm. Free admission. First United Methodist Church, South & East Sts. (530)243-2403. Mosaic Marketplace; Redding. A vintage inspired holiday marketplace featuring only handmade, vintage & repurposed items. Food & libations available for purchase. Live entertainment throughout the day on Saturday. 12/2, 10am-5pm, 12/3, 10am-3pm. $5. Big League Dreams Indoor pavilion, 20155 Viking Way. (530)209-9759. Shasta College’s Country Christmas Fair & Christmas Tree Sale; Redding. Follow the tree signs to a world of fun! Visits with Santa, farm-animal petting zoo, hay rides & farm tours. Wide variety of student-made gifts, trees & tasty food for sale. Proceeds benefit Shasta College’s Ag Leadership Club & agricultural programs & events. 9am-5pm, 12/2-3. Shasta College Farm, 11555 Old Oregon Trail. (530)242-2209.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Lava Tube Cave Interactive Installation; Mt. Shasta. Enjoy the newest installation at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum as you crawl through the lava tube cave wearing a miner’s helmet. Learn how lava tube caves are formed. It’s fun for all ages! Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm, thru Dec 11. $1/person. 1 North Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508. Stick Time At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. The rink’s reserved 8-10am for hockey players of all ages to practice shooting, passing & skating. Full gear required; under 18 must wear full face mask. By donation. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Sunday Ice Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Bring friends & family to enjoy ice skating at full NHL-sized outdoor rink. 1:30-5pm. Admission $7-$10, under age 3 free with adult; skate rentals +$3. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

4 | MONDAY BUTTE COUNTY Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. At this creative open play

facility, children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults can enjoy seven themed play areas: Stage, Construction, Vet’s Office, Grocery store, Bakery, Pizzeria, & their newest theme: Down on the Farm. M-W & F-Sat, choose from two sessions: 10am12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. $5/child (adult free); drop-ins welcome. 5923 Clark Rd., Ste. B. (530)712-1050. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on fun with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes a special activity each day. Learn ways to follow your child’s lead & enjoy time playing together. Designed for ages 0-5. M-F, 10am-4pm. $7/hr, $4-$6/hr. w/punch card. Feel free to bring a snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101.

SHASTA COUNTY Aquatic Adventures; Redding. Learn about water ecosystems & the importance of the Sacramento River through a variety of fun interpretive programs like fish & beaver feedings, turtle talks, & training sessions. Wed-Sun, 10:30-10:45am. Free w/Turtle Bay Exploration Park admission, $12-$16. 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Artistic Gymnastics Monday Classes; Redding. Boys & girls ages 4-12 learn floor, bars, beam, vault & trampoline. 3:15-4pm Kindernastics (ages 3-5, $45); 4-5pm beginning artistic gymnastics; & 5-6pm (beginning gymnastics under ages 5) also 5-6pm Beginner Parkour class & 6-7pm (tumbling for beg-adv). $55/ month. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center, 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Babies, Books & Play; Redding. A fun playtime for babies ages 0-2yrs & their caregivers. Mon, 10:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Game Night; Redding. Children of all ages can play board games & video games in the library’s storyroom. Mon, 4-5:30pm. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Girl’s Gymnastics/Dance Class; Redding. In this fun, upbeat class for girls, gymnastics meets dance. This circuit incorporates gymnastics, ballet & other dance genres. Ages 5-8. Mon, 3-3:45pm. $25/month. (Y members $15/ month). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Kidfit Classes; Redding. Kids have a great time moving & playing while increasing flexibility, balance & motor skills. Ages 5-10. M/Th, 4-5pm. $8/class (Y members free). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Kids’ Cooking Classes; Redding. In this hands-on class series, children get a full cooking experience by learning to follow a recipe, getting help with all prepping, cooking & of course eating their creations! Ages 5-12. Mon, 3-4pm. $20/ month (Y members free + $2 materials fee per class). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Kindernastics Gymnastics Program; Redding. In this intro to gymnastics class, ages 3-5 have a fun time learning to use equipment while enjoying social interactions. M/Th, 3:15-4pm & Th, 3:15-4 & 6-6:45pm. $45/month. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center, 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Music & Me Classes; Redding. A wonderful program that incorporates movement while introducing music to children. Stimulates personal growth, creative expression & skill development through hands-on learning. Ages 1-5. Choose Mon or Wed, 9-10am. $20/month. (Y members free). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Pickleball Open Play; Redding. Pickleball is a racquet sport played on a badminton court with a hard paddle & a whiffle ball. For adults. Beginners welcome. In cool weather: Mon-Sat, 9-11am. Free. Enterprise Park Outdoor Roller Rink, 4300 Victor Ave. (530)225-4095.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Boys & Girls Club Of The Siskiyous After School Program; Mt. Shasta. In this learning enrichment opportunity for students in grades 2-8, participants enjoy a healthy snack & time to unwind after school, then participate in a “Power Hour” homework help program followed by pro-

grams of art, gardening, sports, cooking, pottery, science & more. M-F, 2-6pm. Must pre-reg: $20 membership for school year (reg anytime) - call for info. Located at Sisson Middle School, 601 E. Alma St. (530)220-5055. Line Dancing; Mt. Shasta. Open to all levels & ages. Mon, 4-5pm. $5 (members free). Mountain Fitness, 633 Lassen Ln. Info: (530)926-3310. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic & fun, develops coordination, flexibility, strength, martial arts skills & manners. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. $50/month, free trial. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Mason Bee Harvesting Demonstration; Mt. Shasta. For native bee lovers, Raven Tree is hosting free harvesting demos for mason & leafcutter bee blocks. Bring your own blocks in for inspection & get a hands-on tutorial for harvesting your cocoons. Beginners can gain confidence in harvesting, cleaning & identifying what else might be lurking in their blocks. Stop by 10am-4:30pm to learn & connect with other bee lovers. Raven Tree, 138 Morgan Way (Ray’s Shopping Center). (530)926-6695. PAL: Play & Learn Group; Mt. Shasta. Join an early childhood facilitator with your young child each week to play & learn through exploration, creativity & sensory play. Ages 0-5 years. Mon, 10:30am-12pm. Free. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400.

TEHAMA COUNTY Dynamic Development Youth Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. These group fitness classes for kids ages 7-12 get them moving in a safe & fun

Open Wednesday through Saturday, the Chico Creek Nature Center helps kids & adults value the natural wealth of beautiful Bidwell Park & similar environments in the North State. The center’s Living Animal Museum captivates the attention of even the youngest visitors.

environment. Promotes motor skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy habits. M/W, 5-6pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama Family Fitness Center, 2498 South Main St. (530)528-8656. Preschool Story Hour; Corning. This story hour for preschoolers features themed stories & an accompanying activity or craft. Mon, 10am. Free. Corning Branch Library, 740 Third St. (530)528-7382. Wiggle Worms Kids’ Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. This group fitness class for kids ages 4-6 is taught in a safe & fun environment. Gets kids moving & promotes motor & social skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy

habits. M/W, 4-5pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama Family Fitness Center, 2498 S. Main St. (530)528-8656.

5 | TUESDAY BUTTE COUNTY Cheap Skate Night At Cal Skate; Chico. This fun night of roller skating features weekly themes, games & family hits music. All ages. Tue, 6:30-8:30pm. $6, includes skate rental. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER 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. $65/month or $15/class. T/Th, 3:30-5pm. Chico Cheer All Stars Gym, 13306 Cabin Hollow Ct., Ste. 120. (530)894-CCAS. Cribbage For Kids; Paradise. Learn how to play this fun board game while polishing your math skills! All ages welcome; geared for grades 1 & up. Tue, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Paradise Branch Library Children’s Room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Family Special Needs Potluck & Support Group – In Spanish; Chico. Raising a child with special needs is challenging; this group helps build a supportive network & opportunity to share. Children welcome; homework help, childcare & dinner provided; bring something extra to share. 1st Tue. Potluck 5:30pm; group meets 6-8pm. ARC, 2030 Park Ave. (530)891-5865. Knit-Crochet Club; Oroville. Bring your project to work on while enjoying the company of other yarn enthusiasts. Tue, 4-6pm. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. At this creative open play facility, children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults can enjoy seven themed play areas: Stage, Construction, Vet’s Office, Grocery store, Bakery, Pizzeria, & their newest theme: Down on the Farm. M-W & F-Sat, choose from two sessions: 10am12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. $5/child (adult free); drop-ins welcome. 5923 Clark Rd., Ste. B. (530)712-1050. Pet Night With Santa; Chico. Bring your well-behaved cat or dog to Chico Mall to get a photo with Santa. Children are also welcome to visit Santa, but if they have an allergy to pets it may be wiser to choose a different time to visit. 6-9pm. Chico Mall, 1950 E. 20th St. (530)343-0706. Play Chess; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome. Tue, 3-5pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Preschool Storytime; Chico. Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. Two Tuesday sessions: 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun of BMX racing, including Strider races. Practices Tue (5:30-7pm, $3); Racing on Th (reg 6pm, race 7pm; $10) & Sun (reg 10am, race 11am; $10); weather permitting. All ages. Free to watch. 2352 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. (530)566-1269. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on fun with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes a special activity each day. Learn ways to follow your child’s lead & enjoy time playing together. Designed for ages 0-5. Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm. $7/hr, $4-$6/ hr. w/punch card. Feel free to bring a snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101.

GLENN COUNTY Preschool Storytime; Willows. Storytime & craft for preschoolers. Tue, 1pm. Free. Willows Public Library, 201 N. Lassen St. (530)934-5156.

SHASTA COUNTY Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes & ages welcome. $60/year membership, races Tue ($5) & Fri ($10), 6-7pm, weather permitting. Margaret Polf Park, Shasta Dam Blvd. (530)526-3836. Chess Group Fun; Redding. Whether new to the game or wanting to practice, this is the place for you. Players enjoy games of chess while

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instructors observe, give advice & facilitate the fun. All ages. Tue, 6-7:30pm. Free, everyone welcome. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Children’s Gymnastics; Redding. A fun combination of gymnastics, strength & conditioning for ages 4-8. Children learn age-appropriate skills & drills on floor, beam, bar & springboard. Tue, 4-4:45pm. $25/month (Y members $15), Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Family Jump Time At Rare Air; Redding. Bring the whole gang for a jumping experience in a fun-filled environment – it’s healthy, active fun. Choose your 2-hour jump time Tuesdays between 2-8pm. $10/person (min. 2 jumpers). Rare Air Trampoline Park, 3625 Old 44 Dr. (530)221-1206. G-Force Gymnastics Tuesday Classes; Redding. Kindergym (ages 3-5): intro to trampoline & tumbling; learn safety, skills, terminology & social interaction; 4-4:45pm, $50/month. Tumble-fun (ages 6-10): intro to trampoline & tumbling with a focus on strength, nutrition & fun training skills; 4-5pm, $50/month. All classes coached by owners Tarro & Julie. 2629 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Little ones have a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. $5/child; supervised free play. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Lil’ Chefs Class; Redding. A fun & educational cooking experience for ages 3-5. Lil’ Chefs learn to follow directions, enjoy shape & sensory exploration, develop fine motor skills & more. Tue, 9-10am. $20/month (Y members free + $2 materials fee/class). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Prenatal Yoga; Redding. Classes are uniquely

designed for pregnancy & taught by a certified instructor. All stages of pregnancy are welcome. Offered to the community at no cost thanks to grant support from First 5 Shasta & Dignity Health. Tu/Th, 4:15-5:15pm. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Preschool Gymnastics; Redding. A fun combination of gymnastics, strength & conditioning for ages 3-5. Children learn age-appropriate skills & drills on floor, beam, bar & springboard. Tue, 10:15-11am $25/mo (Y members $15), Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Read & Sing Storytime; Redding. Storytime, crafts & songs for children of all ages. Tue, 10:30-11:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Storytime; Redding. This weekly storytime is geared for ages 0-5, all ages welcome. Tue, 10-10:30am. Free. Shasta Community Health Center’s Pediatrics waiting room, 1035 Placer St. (530)229-5124. Teen & Adult Martial Arts Classes; Redding. Ages 13+ increase their skills & self-confidence as they learn punches, kicks & blocks. All skill levels welcome. Tue & Th, 7:30-8:30pm. $45/ month (Y members $25/month). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Twin Palms 4-H Club Meeting; Redding. Ages 5-18 are invited to this monthly 4-H Club meeting; it’s a great place to learn more about 4-H, hear about projects, & to make friends. 1st Tue, 7-8pm: Free. Mistletoe School, 1225 Mistletoe Lane. (530)351-5985. Youth Martial Arts Classes; Redding. Children ages 6-12 increase their skills & self-confidence as they learn punches, kicks & blocks. All skill levels welcome; must be able to identify right & left hands. $35/month (Y members $20). Tue or Th, 6:30-7:30pm. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Beginning Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Learn the smooth & Latin dances, & how to lead or follow. Fun, supportive environment develops technique & skills. Solo dancers welcome. All ages. Tue, 6:45-7:45pm Adult: $7/class or $20/4 classes; youth: $5/class; members $20/8 classes. Mt. Shasta Wellness Center, 633 Lassen Ln. (530)926-6010. Coffee & Cake; Dunsmuir. Everyone’s invited to get social! Enjoy coffee & cake, sit around & gab & find out what the resource center has to offer. Free. 9:30-11am. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5844 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Dance For Boys; Mt. Shasta. This all-boys class explores various styles of dance. Taught by Christian Richards, the boys will have a wonderful male teacher to instruct them in all-boys styles. Ages 8-16, all levels welcome. Tue, 6-7pm, thru 6/22. $50/month or $15 drop in. Shasta Studios of Theatrical Dance, 108 Old McCloud Rd. (206)707-2441. Knit & Crochet Tuesday; Dunsmuir. Come join the fun at this weekly needlework event. An experienced instructor is available to help you, whether you’re just starting out or are a hook & needles wiz. Open to everyone - supplies available. Free. 1-3pm. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5844 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic & fun, develops coordination, flexibility, strength, martial arts skills & manners. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. $50/month, free trial. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024.

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Babies Love Books Storytime; Chico. Babies ages 18 months & younger will enjoy this special storytime. Wed, 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Baby Basics Class: Baby Massage Basics; Chico. This class series promotes infant wellness & safety with current info - new topic each week. 10:30am-12pm. $15/class (free if you delivered at Enloe). Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., #120. (530)332-3970. Chico Wednesday Farmers Market. Enjoy locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, soaps & much more. 7:30am-1pm, yearround, rain or shine. North Valley Plaza, Pillsbury Rd. (530)893-FARM. Home Energy Savings Workshop; Chico. Learn ways you can save energy (& money on your home utility bill) by implementing some tips & simple changes. This free presentation is geared for both homeowners & renters. Snacks & refreshments provided. Attendees will be able to borrow a DIY home energy savings toolkit for free. 5-6pm. Butte Environmental Council’s conference room, 116 W. 2nd St., Ste 6. (530)891-6424. Kids Activity Time; Gridley. Come enjoy a fun activity designed just for kids. Wed, 3pm. Gridley Branch Library, 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Kooky Birds Skate Lesson & Session; Chico. Young skaters can take a skate class & have fun skating after. Taught by a certified instructor from the Chico Artistic Skate Club. Ages 8 & under. Wed, 9:30-11am. $5.50, includes skates, parents skate free. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Mid-Week Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Geared for ages preschool & younger, includes fun related activity. Wed, 11am. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER Mobile Toy Lending Library Visit; Oroville. The fastest rate of human brain development happens from birth to age 3. Valley Oak Children’s Services knows the importance of early learning & loans assorted toys, books, resource materials & small play equipment for children ages 0-8. Free. 1st Wed. 11-12pm. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. At this creative open play facility, children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults can enjoy seven themed play areas: Stage, Construction, Vet’s Office, Grocery store, Bakery, Pizzeria, & their newest theme: Down on the Farm. M-W & F-Sat, choose from two sessions: 10am12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. $5/child (adult free); drop-ins welcome. 5923 Clark Rd., Ste. B. (530)712-1050. Preschool Storytime & Toy Van Visit; Oroville. Storytime geared for ages 3-5. Borrow toys from Valley Oak’s mobile toy lending library. 11am12pm. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7641. Reading Hero Storytime; Oroville. Trained volunteers bring stories alive for kids of all ages. It’s lots of fun! Wed, 3-4pm. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Tiny Tots; Paradise. Expecting or have a child 0-36 months old? Come meet other parents, let your baby socialize, enjoy interactive activities & talk about parenting. 1st & 3rd Wed; 10:1510:45am, thru Dec. Free. The Family Place, 1007 Bille Rd. (530)230-0211 x205. Tiny Tumbling Class; Chico. Children ages 2-8 learn basic tumbling skills & flexibility. Focus is on having fun while learning basic techniques & drills using the tumble track, spring floor & pit. Wed, 4-4:30pm. $50/month or $15/class. Chico Cheer All Stars Gym, 13306 Cabin Hollow Ct., #120. (530)894-CCAS. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on fun with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes a special activity each day. Learn ways to follow your child’s lead & enjoy time playing together. Designed for ages 0-5. M-F, 10am-4pm. $7/hr, $4-$6/hr w/punch card. Feel free to bring a snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Video Game Design; Paradise. Design your own video game! Beginners welcome. Learn about cutting-edge design tools, share ideas, hang out with other gamers. Grades 6 & up welcome! 1st, 2nd, 3rd Wed, 3:30pm. Free. Paradise Branch Library meeting room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320.

Wed, 10am. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. G-Force Gymnastics Wednesday Classes; Redding. Kindergym (ages 3-5): intro to trampoline & tumbling; learn safety, skills, terminology & social interaction; 6-6:45pm, $50/month. Tumblefun (ages 10-14): Beg/Inter trampoline & tumbling; emphasis on safety, strength, nutrition & fun training skills; 6-7pm, $55/month. Classes coached by owners Tarro & Julie. 2629 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831. Music & Me Classes; Redding. A wonderful program that incorporates movement while introducing music to children. Stimulates personal growth, creative expression & skill development through hands-on learning. Ages 1-5. Choose Mon or Wed, 9-10am. $20/month. (Y members free). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Wednesday Open Gym; Redding. Ages 8 & up can practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised gym. 7-9pm. $5/hr. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Parent Group: Discipline That Works; Redding. Free parent support group that’s based on the Triple P positive parenting program. Parents & others caring for children share ideas, support & info. Wed, 6-7:30pm, year-round. Free, drop-ins welcome, childcare avail. Bridges to Success Cottage, 1544 Magnolia St. (530)225-0350. Read & Play Storytime; Redding. This innovative storytime focuses on sensory practices. Children of all ages welcome, especially those with special needs. Wed, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Wild Horse Viewing; Shingletown. Enjoy docent-led walks to view & learn more about wild horses & burros. These amazing animals

Soar through the history of flight & muse through the mechanics that make airplanes & spacecrafts work at Chico Air Museum. See Art & Museum Exhibits (Butte County). Photo by: Marjie Kennedy, Six Rivers Photography.

live peaceful & free lives on 5,000 acres with a variety of other animal species & plant life. All ages. Wed & Sat, 10am-4pm. Free. Wild Horse Sanctuary, 5796 Wilson Hill Rd. (530)474-5770.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Ballroom Dance Classes: Beginning/Intermediate; Mt. Shasta. Learn the smooth & Latin dances & how to lead or follow. Fun, supportive environment develops technique & skills. Solo dancers welcome. All ages. Wed, 6:45-7:45pm. Adult: $7/class or $20/4 classes; youth: $5/class; members $20/8 classes. Mt. Shasta Wellness Center,

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TEHAMA COUNTY Dynamic Development Youth Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. These group fitness classes for kids ages 7-12 get them moving in a safe & fun environment. Promotes motor skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy habits. M/W, 5-6pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama Family Fitness Center, 2498 South Main St. (530)528-8656. Wiggle Worms Kids’ Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. This group fitness class for kids ages 4-6 is taught in a safe & fun environment. Gets kids moving & promotes motor & social skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy habits. M/W, 4-5pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama Family Fitness Center, 2498 S. Main St. (530)528-8656.

GLENN COUNTY Crafty Kids; Willows. Geared for ages 6-14, children get creative at this fun weekly event with make-&-take crafting activities. Wed, drop in anytime between 1-4pm. Willows Public Library, 201 N. Lassen St. (530)934-5156. Storytime; Orland. Children’s storytime with music & a related craft. All ages. Wed, 11am. Orland Free Library, 333 Mill St. (530)865-1640.

SHASTA COUNTY Alateen Meeting; Redding. For teens (ages 1220) who are affected by someone else’s drinking. Provides a safe place to share feelings with other teens who understand. Offers tools & support. Wed, 6:30-7:30pm. Free. Drop in, or call for info. First United Methodist Church, South & East St. Call or text (530)355-9470. Artistic Gymnastics Wednesday Classes; Redding. Boys & girls ages 4-12 learn floor, bars, beam, vault & trampoline. 4-5pm & 5-6pm (beginners) or 6-7pm (intermediate). $55/month. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center, 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Barnes & Noble Storytime; Redding. Come to storytime with your little one. Ages 7 & under.

633 Lassen Ln. (530)926-6010. Children’s Storytime; Dunsmuir. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. Adult must accompany child. 3:30-4:30pm. Dunsmuir Branch Library, 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2035. Horseback Riding Lessons; Weed. Shasta Riding Club presents weekly horseback riding lessons for ages 5 & up. Children, their families & knowledgeable leaders share the passion of horsemanship regardless of economic resources, learning styles, or any other differences. No experience needed. Sliding scale lesson price. Lessons offered Tue-Sat, morning or afternoon. Call for location & sign-up info. (530)340-5818. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic & fun, develops coordination, flexibility, strength, martial arts skills & manners. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:30-5:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. $50/month, free trial. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Songs & Stories; Mt. Shasta. Children ages 0-5 enjoy fun stories & sing along to music. An adult must accompany young children. Wed, 10:30am. Mt. Shasta Branch Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)926-2031.

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BUTTE COUNTY After School Storytime; Chico. Stories & crafts for ages 12 & under. Th, 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Butte Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. Weekly playgroup & support network for homeschooling & unschooling children & parents. Independent & inclusive, all homeschoolers welcome! Th, 1-4pm. Free. Call for location & group info, or find them on Facebook. (530)828-9288. www.northstateparent.com • December 2017

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Caregiver Resource & Self-Care Training; Chico. For those caring for someone else’s child or children. Facilitated group offers support, resources & training for better self-care. 1st & 3rd Th, 11am-1pm. Butte College Skyway Center, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd. (530)897-6235. 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. $65/month or $15/class. T/Th, 3:30-5pm. Chico Cheer All Stars Gym, 13306 Cabin Hollow Ct., Ste. 120. (530)894-CCAS. Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun of BMX racing, including Strider races. Practices Tue (5:30-7pm, $3); Racing on Th (reg 6pm, race 7pm; $10) & Sun (reg 10am, race 11am; $10); weather permitting. All ages. Free to watch. 2352 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. (530)566-1269. Storytime; Durham. Stories, songs & activities geared for children 5 & under. Th, 10am. Free. Durham Branch Library, 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Storytime; Paradise. Nurture your child’s love for reading through stories & songs while making new friends! Ages 5 & under. Th, 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library Meeting Room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on explorations with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes special activity each day. M-F, 10am-4pm. See the 1st. Toddler Storytime; Chico. Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 3 & under. Th, 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726.

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Ages 5 & under. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. $5/child; supervised free play. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Kidfit Classes; Redding. Kids have a great time moving & playing while increasing flexibility, balance & motor skills. Ages 5-10. M/Th, 4-5pm. $8/class (Y members free). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Kindernastics Gymnastics Program; Redding. In this intro to gymnastics class, ages 3-5 have a fun time learning to use equipment while enjoying social interactions. M/Th, 3:15-4pm & Th, 3:15-4 & 6-6:45pm. $45/month. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center, 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Little Explorers: Tree Homes; Redding. Themed stories & activities for ages 2-5 & their caregivers. Discover animal homes & find out if they are similar to ours.Th, 10-11am. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Thursday Open Gyms; Redding. All ages can practice their skills or just run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised gym with lots of room to play. Two sessions by age: Ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome), 11am-12pm; Ages 8 & up, 7-8pm. $5.

4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Parent & Me Gymnastics Classes; Redding. Children & their caretakers have fun in this time together enjoying gymnastics, songs, dance & play. Promotes motor skills, along with mental & social development. Ages 1-4. Th, 10:15-11am. $25/month (Y members $15/month). Shasta Family YMCA, 155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Prenatal Yoga; Redding. Classes are uniquely designed for pregnancy & taught by a certified instructor. All stages of pregnancy are welcome. Offered to the community at no cost thanks to grant support from First 5 Shasta & Dignity Health. Tu/Th, 4:15-5:15pm. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Read & Create Storytime; Redding. Focusing on art themes, this storytime welcomes children of all ages. Th, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Redding Area Homeschool Choral Ensemble Christmas Concert; Millville. Come enjoy a wonderfully talented & extremely versatile group of high school & junior high vocalists as they perform high energy, toe-tapping selections as well as prayerful, contemplative works. All ages. 7pm. Free. Millville

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Anderson Library Storytime: The Grinch! “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is the featured story. The Grinch will make an appearance - bring your camera for a photo! Each child will receive a book & can participate in a sticker craft project. 3:30pm. Free. 3200 W. Center St. (530)365-7685. Artistic Gymnastics Thursday Classes For Beginners; Redding. Boys & girls ages 5 & up learn floor, bars, beam, vault & trampoline. 4-5pm & 5-6pm. $55/month. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center, 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Creative Experiences Classes; Redding. In this fun & evolving process-oriented enrichment class for preschoolers, participants develop motor & cognitive skills needed for kindergarten. Ages 2½-5. Th, 9-10am. $20/month (Y members free + $2 materials fee per class). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N Court St. (530)246-9622. Creature Feature Program; Redding. Meet the real stars of Turtle Bay… the animals! This meet & greet features a different animal each week for you to meet up close. All ages. Th, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 1. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Families Honoring Our Troops; Redding. This small action & support group works on projects that honor our troops. All are welcome. 1st Th, 6pm. IHOP Restaurant, Hilltop Dr. (530)241-6095. G-Force Gymnastics Thursday Classes; Redding. Kindergym (ages 3-5): intro to tumbling & trampolines to learn safety, skills, terminology & social interaction; 4-4:45pm, $50/month. Tumblefun (ages 6-10): intro to trampoline & tumbling with a focus on strength, nutrition & fun training skills for exercise; 4-5pm, $55/month. All classes coached by owners Tarro & Julie. 2629 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Little ones have a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more.

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Community Baptist Church, 23625 Millville Way. (530)227-4203. Teen & Adult Martial Arts Classes; Redding. Ages 13+ increase their skills & self-confidence as they learn punches, kicks & blocks. All skill levels welcome. Tue & Th, 7:30-8:30pm. $45/ month (Y members $25/month). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Youth Martial Arts Classes; Redding. Children ages 6-12 increase their skills & self-confidence as they learn punches, kicks & blocks. All skill levels welcome; must be able to identify right & left hands. $35/month. (Y members $20). Tu/ Th, 6:30-7:30pm. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Children’s Choir Concert; Mt. Shasta. 7pm. Mt. Shasta Elementary School Music Room, 501 Cedar St. (530) 926-3434. Horseback Riding Lessons; Weed. Shasta Riding Club presents weekly horseback riding lessons for ages 5 & up. Children, their families & knowledgeable leaders share the passion of horsemanship regardless of economic resources, learning styles, or any other differences. No experience needed. Sliding scale lesson price. Lessons offered Tue-Sat, morning or afternoon. Call for location & sign-up info. (530)340-5818. Intermediate/Advanced Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Fun, supportive environment develops technique & skills at the intermediate/advanced level. Solo dancers welcome. All ages. Th, 6:45-7:45pm. Adults: $7/class or $20/4 classes; youth: $5/class; members $20/8 classes. Mt. Shasta Wellness Center, 633 Lassen Ln. (530)926-6010. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th.

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After School Legos, Crafts & Games At The Library; Paradise. Play games, build & design with Legos, make a craft. Bring your imagination and have some fun. Something different each week! This is the place to be at 2:30pm on Fridays. All ages welcome. Free. Paradise Branch Library Meeting Room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Beginning Sign Language Class; Paradise. Drop-ins welcome. Fri, 10-11am. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Bilingual Story Garden; Chico. Enjoy stories & songs in English & Spanish geared for ages 0-5. Fri, 10am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Celebrate The Season Concert; Paradise. Performed by the United State Air Force Band of the Golden West. 7pm. Call the venue for free tickets. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Rd. (530)872-8454. FunSprouts Clubhouse Playgroup; Chico. This community playgroup for moms & kids includes a story, craft, snack, puppets & play time. Mothers & children from surrounding cities are welcome. Ages 0-5, guardian needs to be present. 2nd Fri, 10-11:30am, thru Dec. Free, RSVP requested. Truth Church, 3870 Morrow Lane. (916)798-6802. Hooks & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. For those who love to knit & crochet; bring your projects. All ages. Fri, 12pm. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Karaoke Night; Durham. Karaoke for all ages! A fun event for the family. Refreshments are served. 2nd Fri, 6pm. Free. Durham Branch Library, 2545 Durham-Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER North State Symphony Holiday Concert; Chico. Join Conductor Scott Seaton, soloist Daun Weiss (soprano) & the Shasta College Choirs for a festive performance of a variety of sacred & popular holiday music with a sing-along. Bring the entire family to celebrate the season. 7:30pm. $15-$30. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave. (530)898-5984 Storytime; Gridley. Features stories, music & crafting fun geared for ages 3-5. Fri, 10am. Gridley Branch Library, 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Open to everyone! Bring your friends & have fun roller skating to great music. Dancing may be offered too. All ages. Fri, 7-10:30pm. $7.25/2hrs, $7.50/2.5hrs, skate rental $2.50-$3.50. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. The Christmas Faire; Chico. This annual holiday 3-day event features one-of-a-kind American hand-crafted gifts, artisans, food & beverages, holiday elves & continuous entertainment. A tradition of excellence & family fun for over 40 years. All ages. 12/8, 12-8pm, 12/9,10am-6pm, 12/10, 10am-5pm. Free admission & parking. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St. (530)345-9652. Weekend Wildlife Walk; Gridley. Take a guided tour to learn about wetlands, wildlife & the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. See a spectacular display of snow geese & other wintering wildlife. All ages. No reservations needed. Sat & Sun, 12:30-2pm, heavy rain cancels; thru Feb 4. $4.32/day pass ages 16 & up (annual pass $24.33), under age 16 free. 3207 Rutherford Rd. (530)846-7505. Dollar Night At Chico Cheer Gym; Chico. $1 = 1.5 hours of fun! Use the gym & equipment to play, tumble or perfect your cheer skills. Fri, 6-8pm. See the 1st. Family Swim; Chico. Everyone’s invited to swim in a great indoor facility. Fri, 5-8pm. $2/person. See the 1st. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Creative drop-in facility for children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults. Offers 7 themed play areas. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on explorations with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes special activity each day. M-F, 10am-4pm. See the 1st. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Enjoy lots of fun with black-light bowling & music. Fri/Sat, 9pm-1am. See the 1st.

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Auditorium, 400 W. 1st st. (530)898-6333. Read & Discover Storytime; Redding. Focusing on science, discovery & math themes, this storytime welcomes children of all ages. Fri, 10:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Redding City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker; Redding. Tchaikovsky’s timeless score evokes images of sparkling snowflakes & waltzing flowers to carry you away with Clara’s dream. All ages. 7:30pm. $12-$25. Cascade Theatre, 1731 Market St. (530)245-1019. Redding Cooperative Preschool Craft Fair & Open House; Redding. Celebrate the holidays with a craft & bake sale, activities for children, gift wrapping stations, refreshments, & open house to learn about the Redding Cooperative Preschool. 11am-12pm. Free

admission. 658 Mary St. (530)241-4355. Secret Society Of Brick Stackers; Redding. Does your child love Legos? This group is a great time for kids to get together with other kids with diverse abilities who share that affection. Fri, 3:45-4:45pm. Rowell Family Empowerment. 2701 Old Eureka Way, Ste. 2i. (530)226-5129. Family Kickboxing Classes; Redding. Bring the whole family for healthy Friday evening fun. 4-5pm. See the 1st. Friday Toddler Time At Rare Air; Redding. A fun way to let your little ones get their wiggles out. Rare Air trampoline park opens before their normal business hours for little ones to jump at their own pace & comfort level. 9-10am & 1011am. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Adult Social Ice Skating; Mt. Shasta. From 9-10am, adult skaters can enjoy the Siskiyou Ice Rink all to themselves. Take a lesson to hone your skills too! Special admission price $5, or $10 w/ lesson; price includes skate rental if needed. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

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SHASTA COUNTY A Christmas Carol; Redding. Come experience the classic Christmas tale & share the evening with Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present & Future, &, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge. Great family fun for all ages! 7:30pm. $15-25. Presented by the Riverfront Playhouse, 1620 East Cypress Ave. (530)243-8877. Animal Coverings: Fur, Feathers & Scales; Redding. Get an up-close encounter with some of Turtle Bay’s furry, scaly or feathery animal ambassadors & learn what role coverings play in their survival. All ages. Fri, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 2. Free with park admission, $12-$16. Turtle SUHSD Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes & ages welcome. $60/year membership, races Tue ($5) & Fri ($10), 6-7pm, weather permitting. Margaret Polf Park, Shasta Dam Blvd. (530)526-3836. Pink Martini: Holiday Spectacular; Chico. Chico’s favorite world pop artists return with vocalist China Forbes joiningThomas Lauderdale for a Holiday show of classic & undiscovered gems along with some of their iconic songs you may know and love. 7:30pm. $44-$62. Laxson

Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Friday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a supervised gym with lots of room to play. Ages 0-8, 11am-12pm; ages 8 & up, 5-6pm. See the 1st. Rock ‘N’ Bowl Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Unlimited bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Family Night; Yreka. Come paint on ceramics, canvas or wood at an art studio & ice cream fountain. Play games too! Cost is by item selected; teens get 20% off tonight, & everyone gets 20% off on Christmas pieces. 6-8pm. Bella Art Works Creative Café, 117 West Miner St. (530)842-5411. Friday Ice Skate Sessions At Siskiyou Ice Rink, Mt. Shasta. Bring friends & family for ice skating fun. Three Friday sessions offered: 3:155pm (all ages), 5:30-6pm (adults only), & 6-9pm (all ages), thru Feb 25. $7-$10, skate rental +$3 Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. Rink & weather line: (530)926-1715. Lava Tube Cave Interactive Installation; Mt. Shasta. Enjoy the newest installation at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. It’s fun for all ages! Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm. See the 1st.

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TEHAMA COUNTY Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. All ages & skill levels are welcome to create in this professional studio environment. Fri, 1-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 1-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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Help your kids make magical memories through crafts, games & other family fun during Winter Wonderland at the Redding Library. See the 16th (Shasta County).

Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults enjoy 7 themed play areas in a creative drop-in facility. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Roo’s Zoo Kids’ Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under. Sat, 10:30am-12:30pm. See the 2nd. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Enjoy lots of fun with black-light bowling & music. Fri/Sat, 9pm-1am. See the 1st.

GLENN COUNTY Holiday Craft Fair & Bake Sale; Willows. Fundraiser for the EKN activity fund. 9am-1pm. Eskaton Kennedy Manor, 714 N Humboldt.

JACKSON COUNTY, OR ScienceWorks 15th Birthday Party; Ashland, OR. ScienceWorks turns 15! Join them to celebrate in style, with bubbles, balloons, cake & ice cream! 10am-5pm. Free admission. 1500 East Main St. (541)482-6767.

SHASTA COUNTY A Christmas Carol; Redding. Come experience the classic Christmas tale & share the evening with Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present & Future, &, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge. Great family fun for all ages! 7:30pm. $15-25. Presented by the Riverfront Playhouse, 1620 East Cypress Ave. (530)243-8877. A Very Triple Creek Christmas Workshop; Palo Cedro. Indoor event for families with special needs children & their siblings. A non-riding event, but 7 mini horses will be there to meet the kids. Have pictures taken with Santa, enjoy crafts, cookie decorating & live nativity scene. All ages. Dec 9, 10am-6pm; Dec 10, 1-6pm. Free by reservation, call to reserve your spot. Triple Creek Ranch, 10215 Oriole Dr. (530)524-8426. Breakfast With Santa; Redding. A Santa Breakfast cooked up by the Asphalt Cowboys followed by some crafts & a Santa photo opportunity. 9am. $5/person, children under 2 free; must preregister, no tix avail. at the door. Find more at the Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Family 2nd Saturday: Sensory Saturday; Redding. Create & express yourself with hands-on weaving, watercolor, & other creative mediums. Bring your own canvas bag to paint, or purchase one at the event ($4). Fabric markers & stencils

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provided. 11am-3pm. Free for members or with w/park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Redding. Kids ages 3 & up can make a creative project to bring home. 10am-12pm. $2/class. Michaels, 1070 Hilltop Drive. (530)223-9514. Olaf’s Dance Party; Redding. Join Olaf & California Dance Company for a fun morning of dancing, storytelling, crafts & a snack! This winter dance party is for boys & girls ages 3-6. 9am-12pm. $40; pre-reg. California Dance Company, 2620 Larkspur Lane. (530)365-7749. Prenatal Yoga; Redding. All stages of pregnancy are welcome. Connect with your changing body, build strength & flexibility, increase stamina, improve balance & circulation, learn to use breath to manage pain, & meet other expectant moms. 2nd, 4th & 5th Sat, 9:15-10:15am. Free. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Saturday Redding Farmers Market. Enjoy a great selection of farm-fresh produce & handmade products. 7:30am-12pm, thru Dec 16. 777 Cypress Ave., behind the City Center. (530)226-7100. Saturday Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Redding. Come enjoy storytime fun! Ages 7 & under. 11am. Free. 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006.

Survival! Indoor Animal Show; Redding. This 30-minute adventure will have you face to face with some of Turtle Bay’s favorite animals as they fly, crawl or walk on by. A fun time for all ages that you will not soon forget. Sat, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 3. Free with Park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. The Nutcracker Ballet & Children’s Sugarplum Tea; Redding. Redding City Ballet presents two sparkling performances of this whimsical tale full of charm & mystery. A special 2pm children’s matinée is followed by a Sugarplum tea where children will meet cast members in character. A 7:30pm evening performance follows. $12-$25. Cascade Theatre, 1726 Market St. (530)243-8877. Wild Horse Viewing; Shingletown. Enjoy docent-led walks to view & learn more about wild horses & burros. These amazing animals live peaceful & free lives on 5,000 acres with a variety of other animal species & plant life. All ages. Wed & Sat, 10am-4pm. Free. Wild Horse Sanctuary, 5796 Wilson Hill Rd. (530)474-5770. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Saturday Open Gym For Youth; Redding. Ages 5-14. Sat, 10:30am12:30pm. See the 2nd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Saturday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a supervised gym with lots of room to play. Two age sessions: Ages 0-8, 11am12pm & Ages 8 & up, 12-2pm. See the 2nd. Rock ‘N’ Bowl Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Unlimited bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Saturday Toddler Time At Rare Air; Redding. Rare Air opens before their normal business hours to let little ones jump at their own pace. 9-10am. See the 2nd. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Sat; skate 7-9pm; dance 9-11pm. See the 2nd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Ice Hockey Pick Up Games; Mt. Shasta. The rink’s reserved 8-10am for teen & adult hockey players to play pick up games. Full gear required; under 18 must wear full face mask. Nets & pucks provided. $10 drop in, free with pass. Thru Feb 24. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800

Christmas Vendor Faire & Chili Cook-Off; Redding. This annual family-fun Christmas fair hosts vendors of every kind featuring Christmas gifts, crafts & food! The chili cook-off awards a cash prize for tastiest entree. Bring a toy for a child in need & receive raffle tickets! 9am-4pm. Liberty Christian School, 2970 Hartnell Ave. (530)222-2232. North State Symphony Holiday Concert; Red Bluff. Join Conductor Scott Seaton, soloist Daun Weiss (soprano) & the Shasta College Choirs for a festive performance of a variety of sacred & popular holiday music with a sing-along. Bring the entire family to celebrate the season. 7:30pm. $10-$30. Red Bluff State Theatre, 333 Oak St. (530)727-8727. The Saturday Market By The River; Red Bluff. Year-round certified market features locally grown products including veggies, fruit, nuts, meats, honey, eggs & artisan food products & crafts. Co-sponsored by the Red Bluff Chamber & Slow Food Shasta Cascade. 8am-12pm, rain or shine. 100 Main St. (530)527-6220. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. All ages & skill levels are welcome to create in this professional studio environment. Fri, 1-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 1-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Saturday Ice Skate Lessons; Mt. Shasta. For all ages! Tots ages 4-6 & Child age 7-12: 12:301pm. Teens & Adults: 1-1:30pm. $12, includes rental skates & entrance to the 1:30-5pm public skate session that follows. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)9261715. The Polar Express Pajama Party; Yreka. At this 2nd annual family Christmas party, children can enjoy hot dogs, beverages & treats, a hot chocolate bar, storytime, & can create an ornament. Prizes for cutest pajamas (child & family). After eating, watch The Polar Express movie. 4-7pm. Free admission for children, parents, & grandparents. Yreka Elks Lodge, 332 W. Moner St., #1980. (530)842-1980. Ballroom Technique Class; Mt. Shasta. Learn ballroom dance techniques from pro instructors. Sat, 9:45-11:45am. See the 2nd. Lava Tube Cave Interactive Installation; Mt. Shasta. Enjoy the newest installation at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. It’s fun for all ages! Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm. See the 1st.

Free Family Movie; Chico. Come enjoy a film that’s suitable for all ages. Showtime 2pm. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)8912726. The Christmas Faire; Chico. This annual holiday 3-day event features one-of-a-kind American hand-crafted gifts, artisans, food & beverages, holiday elves & continuous entertainment. A tradition of excellence & family fun for over 40 years. All ages. 12/8, 12-8pm, 12/9,10am-6pm, 12/10, 10am-5pm. Free admission & parking. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St. (530)345-9652. Weekend Wildlife Walk; Gridley. Take a guided tour to learn about wetlands, wildlife & the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. See a spectacular display of snow geese & other wintering wildlife. All ages. No reservations needed. Sat & Sun, 12:30-2pm, heavy rain cancels; thru Feb 4. $4.32/day pass ages 16 & up (annual pass $24.33), under age 16 free. 3207 Rutherford Rd. (530)846-7505.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun. Practices Tue (5:30pm); Racing on Th (7pm) & Sun (11am). All ages. See the 5th.

SHASTA COUNTY A Christmas Carol Final Performance; Redding. Come experience the classic Christmas tale & share the evening with Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present & Future, &, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge. Great family fun for all ages! 2pm. $15-25. Presented by the Riverfront Playhouse, 1620 East Cypress Ave. (530)243-8877. A Very Triple Creek Christmas Workshop; Palo Cedro. Indoor event for families with special needs children & their siblings. A non-riding event, but 7 mini horses will be there to meet the kids. Have pictures taken with Santa, enjoy crafts, cookie decorating & live nativity scene. All ages. Dec 9, 10am-6pm; Dec 10, 1-6pm. Free by reservation, call to reserve your spot. Triple Creek Ranch, 10215 Oriole Dr. (530)524-8426. Animal Parade; Redding. Take a stroll with Spike the porcupine, Sweet Pea the skunk, & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities as one of them leads the way through the park. Sun, 2:30-3pm (weather permitting), thru Feb 4. Free with park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Aquatic Adventures; Redding. Learn about water ecosystems & the importance of the Sacramento River through a variety of fun interpretive programs like fish & beaver feedings, turtle talks, & training sessions. W-Sun, 10:30-10:45am. Free w/Turtle Bay Exploration Park admission, $12$16. 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Cottonwood Community Center Craft & Vendor Faire; Cottonwood. Come check out more than 26 local vendors & crafters. Great local holiday shopping! All ages. 10am-4pm. Free admission. Cottonwood Community Center, behind the baseball field, 20595 Gas Point Rd. (530)941-6620. North State Symphony Holiday Concert; Redding. Join Conductor Scott Seaton, soloist Daun Weiss (soprano) & the Shasta College Choirs for a festive performance of a variety of sacred & popular holiday music with a sing-along. Bring the entire family to celebrate the season 4pm. $15-$30. All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Dr. (530)898-5984.

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facility, children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults can enjoy seven themed play areas: Stage, Construction, Vet’s Office, Grocery store, Bakery, Pizzeria, & their newest theme: Down on the Farm. M-W & F-Sat, choose from two sessions: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. $5/child (adult free); drop-ins welcome. 5923 Clark Rd., Ste. B. (530)712-1050. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on explorations with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes special activity each day. M-F, 10am-4pm. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY Babies, Books & Play; Redding. A fun playtime for babies ages 0-2yrs & their caregivers. Mon, 10:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. ”Come, Let Us Adore Him” Concert; Redding. Canada’s Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Singers will present a free Christmas concert. Students travel worldwide to share Christ’s love through exceptional sacred music. All ages. 7pm. Redding Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2828 Eureka Way. (530)227-6192. G-Force Gymnastics Monday Classes; Redding. Tumblefun (ages 6-10): intro to trampoline & tumbling with a focus on strength, nutrition & fun training skills for exercise; 4-5pm, $55/ month. Powertumble (ages 14-18): focus is on power tumbling for beginner thru advanced. Athletes will use T & T equipment to reinforce skills; 7-8 pm, $55/month. All classes coached by owners Tarro & Julie. 2629 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831. Game Night; Redding. Children of all ages can play board games & video games in the library’s storyroom. Mon, 4-5:30pm. Free. Redding Branch

SISKIYOU COUNTY Lava Tube Cave Interactive Installation; Mt. Shasta. Enjoy the newest installation at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. Crawl through the lava tube cave wearing a miner’s helmet. Learn how lava tube caves are formed. It’s fun for all ages! Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm, thru Dec 11. $1/person. 1 North Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508. Stick Time At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. The rink’s reserved 8-10am for hockey players of all ages to practice shooting, passing & skating. Full gear required; under 18 must wear full face mask. By donation. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Sunday Ice Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Bring friends & family to enjoy ice skating at full NHL-sized outdoor rink. 1:30-5pm. Admission $7-$10, under age 3 free with adult; skate rentals +$3. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

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Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Kidfit Classes; Redding. Kids ages 5-10 have a great time moving & playing while increasing flexibility, balance & motor skills. M/Th, 4-5pm. See the 4th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Boys & Girls Club Of The Siskiyous After School Program; Mt. Shasta. Learning enrichment opportunity for students in grades 2-8. Participants enjoy a healthy snack & time to unwind after school, then participate in a “Power Hour” homework help program followed by programs of art, gardening, sports, cooking, pottery, science & more. M-F, 2-6pm. Must pre-reg: $20 membership for school year (reg anytime) - call for info. Located at Sisson Middle School, 601 E. Alma St. (530)220-5055. Line Dancing; Mt. Shasta. Open to all levels & ages. Mon, 4-5pm. $5 (members free). Mountain Fitness, 633 Lassen Ln. Info: (530)926-3310. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th. PAL: Play & Learn Group; Mt. Shasta. Play & learn with your young child through exploration, creativity & sensory play in this facilitated weekly group. Ages 0-5. Mon, 10:30am-12pm. See the 4th.

TEHAMA COUNTY Dynamic Development Youth Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. These group fitness classes for kids ages 7-12 get them moving in a safe & fun environment. Promotes motor skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy habits. M/W, 5-6pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama

Family Fitness Center, 2498 South Main St. (530)528-8656. Preschool Story Hour; Corning. This story hour for preschoolers features themed stories & an accompanying activity or craft. Mon, 10am. Free. Corning Branch Library, 740 Third St. (530)528-7382. Wiggle Worms Kids’ Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. This group fitness class for kids ages 4-6 is taught in a safe & fun environment. Gets kids moving & promotes motor & social skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy habits. M/W, 4-5pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama Family Fitness Center, 2498 S. Main St. (530)528-8656.

12 | TUESDAY BUTTE COUNTY Cribbage For Kids; Paradise. Learn how to play this fun board game while polishing your math skills! All ages welcome; geared for grades 1 & up. Tue, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Paradise Branch Library Children’s Room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Family Special Needs Potluck & Support Group; Chico. Raising a child with special needs is challenging; this group helps build a supportive network & opportunity to share. Children welcome; homework help & childcare provided. 2nd & 4th Tue. Free. Dinner provided; bring something extra to share. Potluck 5:30pm; group meets 6-8pm. ARC, 2030 Park Ave. (530)891-5865. Kids Crafternoon; Durham. Fun crafts for kids ages 12 & under (0-5 with adult). Drop in anytime on 2nd & 4th Tue between 3-6pm. Free. Durham Branch Library, 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Knit-Crochet Club; Oroville. Bring your project to work on while enjoying the company of other yarn enthusiasts. Tue, 4-6pm. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Pet Night With Santa; Chico. Bring your well-behaved cat or dog to Chico Mall to get a photo with Santa. Children are also welcome to visit Santa, but if they have an allergy to pets it may be wiser to choose a different time to visit. 6-9pm. Chico Mall, 1950 E. 20th St. (530)343-0706. Play Chess; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome. Tue, 3-5pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Preschool Storytime; Chico. Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. Tue, 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. The Mom Spot; Paradise. A place for mothers of preschool age children to connect. Includes speaker, craft, breakfast & free onsite childcare. For ages 0-5 & mothers of preschoolers. 2nd & 4th Tue, 9-11:30am, thru May 2018. Annual $10 reg. fee. Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Rd. (530)877-7069. Cheap Skate Night At Cal Skate; Chico. This fun night of roller skating features weekly themes, games & family hits music. Tue, 6:30-8:30pm. See the 5th. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or prepare to be an All Star! Tu/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 5th. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults enjoy 7 themed play areas in a creative drop-in facility. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun. Practices Tue (5:30pm); Racing on Th (7pm) & Sun (11am). All ages. See the 5th.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on explorations with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes special activity each day. M-F, 10am-4pm. See the 1st.

GLENN COUNTY Preschool Storytime; Willows. Storytime & craft for preschoolers. Tue, 1pm. Free. Willows Public Library, 201 N. Lassen St. (530)934-5156.

PLACER COUNTY 28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair; Roseville. Santa’s helpers have been hard at work to create a holiday shopping market, with over 160 exhibitors. Find home décor, art, pet items, knitted & quilted creations, jewelry, unique crafts, gourmet foods, used books & more! 9am-3pm. Free admission & parking. Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Dr. (916)772-PLAY. All Nations Native Craft Fair; Roseville. Features more than 20 Native American artisans from California tribes & the Cherokee Nation, selling contemporary jewelry, basketry & other handmade crafts. Enjoy tribal drumming, traditional music & singing while you shop. 10am–3pm. Maidu Activity Center (adjacent to the Maidu Museum), 1970 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916)774-5934.

SHASTA COUNTY Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes & ages welcome. $60/year membership, races Tue ($5) & Fri ($10), 6-7pm, weather permitting. Margaret Polf Park, Shasta Dam Blvd. (530)526-3836. Family Jump Time At Rare Air; Redding. Bring the whole gang for a jumping experience in a fun-filled environment – it’s healthy, active fun. Choose your 2-hour jump time Tue between 2-8pm. $10/person (min. 2 jumpers). Rare Air Trampoline Park, 3625 Old 44 Dr. (530)221-1206. Haven Humane Society’s 2nd Tuesday Dinner Club: Jersey Mike’s; Redding. Enjoy dinner at Jersey Mike’s restaurant where a portion of the night’s proceeds go towards the animals at Haven Humane. All ages. 5-9pm. Visit the Haven Humane website for more info. (530)241-1653. Read & Sing Storytime; Redding. Storytime, crafts & songs for children of all ages. Tue, 10:30-11:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Storytime; Redding. This weekly storytime is geared for ages 0-5, all ages welcome. Tue, 10-10:30am. Free. Shasta Community Health Center’s Pediatrics waiting room, 1035 Placer St. (530)229-5124. Victorian Dinner & Music; Redding. This amazing Christmas musical is set in the 1800s in Victorian England. Offers all-you-caneat 4-course meal & lots of singing, laughter & jolly-good fun! See students of the Enterprise High School Music Department express their acting & music skills. All ages. 12/12-16, 7-9pm. $35. Enterprise High School, 3411 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-6601. Viking Murder Mystery Party for Teens; Redding. The Redding Library invites ages 12-18 to come join the fun at this special murder mystery party. 6-7:30pm. Free. Call for more info. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Chess Group Fun; Redding. Players enjoy games of chess while instructors observe, give advice & facilitate the fun. All ages & levels. Tue, 6-7:30pm. Free. See the 5th. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Prenatal Yoga; Redding. Classes are uniquely designed for pregnancy & taught by a certified instructor. Tu/Th, 4:15-5:15pm. Free. See the 5th.

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SISKIYOU COUNTY Coffee & Cake; Dunsmuir. Everyone’s invited to get social! Enjoy coffee & cake, sit around & gab & find out what the resource center has to offer. Free. 9:30-11am. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5844 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Dance For Boys; Mt. Shasta. This all-boys class explores various styles of dance. Taught by Christian Richards, the boys will have a wonderful male teacher to instruct them in all-boys styles. Ages 8-16, all levels welcome. Tue, 6-7pm, thru 6/22. $50/month or $15 drop in. Shasta Studios of Theatrical Dance, 108 Old McCloud Rd. (206)707-2441. Knit & Crochet Tuesday; Dunsmuir. Come join the fun at this weekly needlework event. An experienced instructor is available to help you, whether you’re just starting out or are a hook & needles wiz. Open to everyone - supplies available. Free. 1-3pm. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5844 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Beginning Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Lots of fun! All ages. Tue, 6:45-7:45pm. See the 5th. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th.

TEHAMA COUNTY Coloring Book Night; Red Bluff. During this creative time geared for teens & adults, relax & use your creative muscles. A wide variety of coloring pages are provided, along with coloring tools & a snack. 2nd Tue, 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Red Bluff Branch Library, 545 Diamond Ave. (530)527-0604.

13 | WEDNESDAY BUTTE COUNTY Babies Love Books Storytime; Chico. Babies ages 18 months & younger will enjoy this special storytime. Wed, 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Baby Basics Class: Crying & Calming; Chico. Parents with babies 0-3mos learn current

information to promote infant wellness & safety. 10:30am-12pm. $15 (free if you delivered at Enloe). Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., #120. (530)332-3970. Chico Wednesday Farmers Market. Enjoy locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, soaps & much more. 7:30am-1pm, yearround, rain or shine. North Valley Plaza, Pillsbury Rd. (530)893-FARM. Kids Activity Time; Gridley. Come enjoy a fun activity designed just for kids. Wed, 3pm. Gridley Branch Library, 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Kooky Birds Skate Lesson & Session; Chico. Young skaters can take a skate class & have fun skating after. Taught by a certified instructor from the Chico Artistic Skate Club. Ages 8 & under. Wed, 9:30-11am. $5.50, includes skates, parents skate free. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Mid-Week Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Geared for ages preschool & younger, includes fun related activity. Wed, 11am. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Creative drop-in facility for children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults. Offers 7 themed play areas. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Reading Hero Storytime; Oroville. Trained volunteers bring stories alive for kids of all ages. It’s lots of fun! Wed, 3-4pm. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Tiny Tumbling Class; Chico. Children ages 2-8 learn basic tumbling skills & flexibility using a tumble track, spring floor & pit. Wed, 4-4:30pm. See the 6th. Video Game Design; Paradise. Design your own video game, learn about cutting-edge design tools, share ideas & hang out with other gamers. Grades 6 & up. 1st, 2nd & 3rd Wed, 3:30pm. See the 6th.

GLENN COUNTY Avenue Of Lights Drive-Thru; Orland. This much-loved mile-long Christmas light display includes a model train display this year. After enjoying the wonderful lights & decorations, be sure to stop in at the North Pole Lodge where Santa & Mrs. Claus will be waiting! Enjoy refreshments, view beautifully decorated trees & displays, plus have your picture taken with Santa

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($5). Dec 13-17, 5:30-9pm. $12/vehicle. Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E Yolo St. (530)5206819. Crafty Kids; Willows. Geared for ages 6-14, children get creative at this fun weekly event with make-&-take crafting activities. Wed, drop in anytime between 1-4pm. Willows Public Library, 201 N. Lassen St. (530)934-5156. Storytime; Orland. Children’s storytime with music & a related craft. All ages. Wed, 11am. Orland Free Library, 333 Mill St. (530)865-1640.

SHASTA COUNTY Barnes & Noble Storytime; Redding. Come to storytime with your little one. Ages 7 & under. Wed, 10am. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Wednesday Open Gym; Redding. Ages 8 & up can practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised gym. 7-9pm. $5/hr. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Read & Play Storytime; Redding. This innovative storytime focuses on sensory practices. Children of all ages welcome, especially those with special needs. Wed, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Victorian Dinner & Music; Redding. This amazing Christmas musical is set in the 1800s in Victorian England. Offers all-you-caneat 4-course meal & lots of singing, laughter & jolly-good fun! See students of the Enterprise High School Music Department express their acting & music skills. All ages. 12/12-16, 7-9pm. $35. Enterprise High School, 3411 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-6601. Wild Horse Viewing; Shingletown. Enjoy docent-led walks to view & learn more about wild horses & burros. These amazing animals live peaceful & free lives on 5,000 acres with a variety of other animal species & plant life. All ages. Wed & Sat, 10am-4pm. Free. Wild Horse Sanctuary, 5796 Wilson Hill Rd. (530)474-5770. Alateen Meeting; Redding. Support group for teens affected by someone else’s drinking. Wed, 6:30-7:30pm. See the 6th. Parent Group: Discipline That Works; Redding. Free parent support group that’s based on the Triple P positive parenting program. Wed, 6-7:30pm. See the 6th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Children’s Storytime; Dunsmuir. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. Adult must accompany child. 3:30-4:30pm. Dunsmuir Branch Library, 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2035. Second Wednesday Knit Night; Mt. Shasta. Open to all levels of knitting & crocheting. An opportunity to gather, inspire & share ideas & projects. Ages 16+. 6pm-8pm. Free. Snow Creek Studios, 416 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)926-3000. Songs & Stories – With Puppet Show!; Mt. Shasta. Children ages 0-5 enjoy fun stories & sing along to music. An adult must accompany young children. Wed, 10:30am. Mt. Shasta Branch Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)9262031. Ballroom Dance Classes: Beginning/Intermediate; Mt. Shasta. Learn the smooth & Latin dances & how to lead or follow. Wed, 6:457:45pm. See the 6th. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER TEHAMA COUNTY Preschool Story Hour; Red Bluff. This story hour for preschoolers features themed stories & an accompanying activity or craft. Wed, 9:30am. Red Bluff Branch Library, 545 Diamond Ave. (530)527-0604.

14 | THURSDAY BUTTE COUNTY After School Storytime; Chico. Stories & crafts for ages 12 & under. Th, 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Storytime; Durham. Stories, songs & activities geared for children 5 & under. Th, 10am. Free. Durham Branch Library, 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Storytime; Paradise. Nurture your child’s love for reading through stories & songs while making new friends! Ages 5 & under. Th, 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library Meeting Room, 5922 Clark

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Rd. (530)872-6320. Toddler Storytime; Chico. Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 3 & under. Th, 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Butte Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. All home-schoolers welcome. Th, 1-4pm. Free. See the 7th. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or prepare to be an All Star! Tu/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 5th. Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun. Practices Tue (5:30pm); Racing on Th (7pm) & Sun (11am). All ages. See the 5th. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on explorations with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes special activity each day. M-F, 10am-4pm. See the 1st.

GLENN COUNTY Avenue Of Lights Drive-Thru; Orland. This much-loved mile-long Christmas light

display includes a model train display this year. After enjoying the wonderful lights & decorations, be sure to stop in at the North Pole Lodge where Santa & Mrs. Claus will be waiting! Enjoy refreshments, view beautifully decorated trees & displays, plus have your picture taken with Santa ($5). Dec 13-17, 5:30-9pm. $12/vehicle. Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E Yolo St. (530)520-6819.

SHASTA COUNTY 10th Annual Christmas Dinner & Auction; Redding. Live & silent auctions, raffles, Christmas Star Award. Proceeds benefit service projects of Soroptimist International of Downtown Redding. 6-9pm. Presale tix: $50/ individual; $400/table of 8. Riverview Country Club, 4200 Bechelli Lane.(530)945-9807. Anderson Library Storytime: Santa! Santa Claus is visiting storytime today to listen to Christmas wishes & is bringing a treat for each child; bring a camera for a picture. Enjoy

coloring, a craft & & take home a Christmas Stocking provided by First 5 Shasta! 3:30pm. Free. 3200 W. Center St. (530)365-7685. Creature Feature Program; Redding. Meet the real stars of Turtle Bay… the animals! This meet & greet features a different animal each week for you to meet up close. All ages. Th, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 1. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Good Grief Suicide Loss Support Group; Redding. Meets 2nd & 4th Th, 5:30-7pm. Lotus Center, 3290 Bechelli Lane. (530)440-6033. Little Explorers: Tree Homes; Redding. Themed stories & activities for ages 2-5 & their caregivers. Discover animal homes & find out if they are similar to ours.Th, 10-11am. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Read & Create Storytime; Redding. Focusing on art themes, this storytime welcomes children of all ages. Th, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Victorian Dinner & Music; Redding. This amazing Christmas musical is set in the 1800s in Victorian England. Offers all-you-can-eat 4-course meal & lots of singing, laughter & jolly-good fun! See students of the Enterprise High School Music Department express their acting & music skills. All ages. 12/12-16, 7-9pm. $35. Enterprise High School, 3411 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-6601. Kidfit Classes; Redding. Kids ages 5-10 have a great time moving & playing while increasing flexibility, balance & motor skills. M/Th, 4-5pm. See the 4th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Thursday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a supervised gym with lots of room to play. Two age sessions: Ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome): 11am-12pm; Ages 8 & up: 7-8pm. See the 7th. Prenatal Yoga; Redding. Classes are uniquely designed for pregnancy & taught by a certified instructor. Tu/Th, 4:15-5:15pm. Free. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Intermediate/Advanced Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Fun, supportive environment develops technique & skills at the intermediate level. Solo dancers welcome. Th, 6:45-7:45pm. See the 7th. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th.

15 | FRIDAY BUTTE COUNTY After School Legos, Crafts & Games At The Library; Paradise. Play games, build & design with Legos, make a craft. Bring your imagination and have some fun. Something different each week! This is the place to be at 2:30pm on Friday. All ages welcome. Free. Paradise Branch Library Meeting Room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Beginning Sign Language Class; Paradise. Drop-ins welcome. Fri, 10-11am. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Believe Music & Dance Production; Chico. Inspired by the book The Polar Express, this 5th annual holiday family experience takes its audience on a journey to the North Pole with music & dance. This show will ignite your senses, thrill your imagination and recall your faith...Believe! 6pm. $16-$23. Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (530)898-8789. Bilingual Story Garden; Chico. Enjoy stories & songs in English & Spanish geared for ages 0-5. Fri, 10am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Butte Parent Café; Oroville. A free family night out with dinner & good conversation. A place to meet other community members in a relaxed environment. Childcare provided. All ages. 3rd Fri, 6-8pm. Oroville YMCA, 1684 Robinson St. (530)899-4940. Family Movie Night: Elf; Chico. Bring the kiddos in their jammies & snuggle up to watch Elf. Bring low-back chairs &/or blankets. No outside food or drink. Most food court restaurants offer movie-night deals. All ages. Find movie details online at Facebook/ChicoMall. 3rd Fri, 7-9pm. Free. Chico Mall, 1950 E. 20th St.; movie shown near Dick’s Sporting Goods. (530)343-0706. Fantastic Friday Playgroup; Chico. An entire gym is open for play, for ages walking-5yrs with an adult (max 2 kids per adult). 1st & 3rd Fri, 10am12pm. $15 (members $5); siblings +$1. Athletic Horizons, 415 Otterson Dr. (530)893-4967. Hooks & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. For

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those who love to knit & crochet; bring your projects. All ages. Fri, 12pm. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Storytime Fun & Toy Van Visit; Gridley. Storytime, music & crafting fun for children of all ages, a visit from the Valley Oaks Children’s Services Toy Van. Borrow a toy to take home! 10am. Gridley Branch Library, 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Open to everyone! Bring your friends & have fun roller skating to great music. Dancing may be offered too. All ages. Fri, 7-10:30pm. $7.25/2hrs, $7.50/2.5hrs, skate rental $2.50-$3.50. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. The Nutcracker Ballet; Paradise. Northern California Ballet presents this wonderful holiday tradition performed by outstanding professional guest artists & talented NCB dancers. All ages. 7:15pm. $12-$20. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Rd. (530)872-8454. Dollar Night At Chico Cheer Gym; Chico. $1 = 1.5 hours of fun! Use the gym & equipment to play, tumble or perfect your cheer skills. Fri, 6-8pm. See the 1st. Family Swim; Chico. Everyone’s invited to swim in a great indoor facility. Fri, 5-8pm. $2/person. See the 1st. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Creative drop-in facility for children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults. Offers 7 themed play areas. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on explorations with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes special activity each day. M-F, 10am-4pm. See the 1st. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Enjoy lots of fun with black-light bowling & music. Fri/Sat, 9pm-1am. See the 1st.

GLENN COUNTY Avenue Of Lights Drive-Thru; Orland. This much-loved mile-long Christmas light display includes a model train display this year. After enjoying the wonderful lights & decorations, be sure to stop in at the North Pole Lodge where Santa & Mrs. Claus will be waiting! Enjoy refreshments, view beautifully decorated trees & displays, plus have your picture taken with

Santa ($5). Dec 13-17, 5:30-9pm. $12/vehicle. Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E Yolo St. (530)520-6819.

SHASTA COUNTY Animal Coverings: Fur, Feathers & Scales; Redding. Get an up-close encounter with some of Turtle Bay’s furry, scaly or feathery animal ambassadors & learn what role coverings play in their survival. All ages. Fri, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 2. Free with park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Read & Discover Storytime; Redding. Focusing on science, discovery & math themes, this storytime welcomes children of all ages. Fri, 10:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Secret Society Of Brick Stackers; Redding. Does your child love Legos? This group is a great time for kids to get together with other kids with diverse abilities who share that affection. Fri, 3:45-4:45pm. Rowell Family Empowerment. 2701 Old Eureka Way, Ste. 2i. (530)226-5129. Victorian Dinner & Music; Redding. This amazing Christmas musical is set in the 1800s in Victorian England. Offers all-you-caneat 4-course meal & lots of singing, laughter & jolly-good fun! See students of the Enterprise High School Music Department express their acting & music skills. All ages. 12/12-16, 7-9pm. $35. Enterprise High School, 3411 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-6601. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue & Fri, 6-7pm. See the 1st. Family Kickboxing Classes; Redding. Bring the whole family for healthy Friday evening fun. 4-5pm. See the 1st. Friday Toddler Time At Rare Air; Redding. A fun way to let your little ones get their wiggles out. Rare Air trampoline park opens before their normal business hours for little ones to jump at their own pace & comfort level. 9-10am & 1011am. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Friday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a supervised gym with lots of room

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to play. Ages 0-8, 11am-12pm; ages 8 & up, 5-6pm. See the 1st. Rock ‘N’ Bowl Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Unlimited bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Adult Social Ice Skating; Mt. Shasta. From 9-10am, adult skaters can enjoy the Siskiyou Ice Rink all to themselves. Take a lesson to hone your skills too! Special admission price $5, or $10 w/ lesson; price includes skate rental if needed. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Little Elves Workshop; Mt. Shasta. Join the Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Shasta Recreation & Parks District, North State Parent magazine & others for a festive & fun hands-on workshop where children & their parents can celebrate the holidays by creating unique arts & crafts at a variety of "elf stations." 6-8pm. Free. Mt. Shasta City Park, 1350 Nixon Rd. (530)926-1400. Friday Ice Skate Sessions At Siskiyou Ice Rink, Mt. Shasta. Bring friends & family for ice skating fun. Three Friday sessions offered: 3:155pm (all ages), 5:30-6pm (adults only), & 6-9pm (all ages), thru Feb 25. $7-$10, skate rental +$3 Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. Rink & weather line: (530)926-1715. Wine Tasting At The Museum; Mt. Shasta. How much should you spend for a bottle of wine? What foods go well with wine? Join us at the museum for this fun & informative evening, exploring wine, food & science. For adults. 5:307:30pm. $15. Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, 1 North Old Stage Rd. (530)926-5508. Lindawilcox42@gmail.com

TEHAMA COUNTY Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. All ages & skill levels are welcome to create in this professional studio environment. Fri, 1-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 1-2:30pm. See the 1st.

16 | SATURDAY BUTTE COUNTY Believe Music & Dance Production; Chico. Inspired by the book The Polar Express, this 5th annual holiday family experience takes its audience on a journey to the North Pole with music & dance. This show will ignite your senses, thrill your imagination and recall your faith...Believe! 1pm & 6pm. $16-$23. Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (530)898-8789. Book Sale; Chico. Find great books at low prices at this fundraising event hosted by Chico Friends of the Library. Sat, 9-11:30am. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Book Sale; Paradise. At this twice-monthly sale, purchase gently-used books at bargain prices. Hosted by Paradise Friends of the Library. 10am-3pm. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Chinese Storytime; Chico. Monthly storytime features stories & songs in Chinese. 3rd Sat, 2pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Gavel Club Meeting; Chico. An affiliation of Toastmasters International, Gavel Club gives kids the same experience as a regular Toastmasters Club. The program will help your child be assertive & find the joy of speaking & active listening. Ages 18 & under. 1st & 3rd Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. Free. Mountain Mike’s Pizza banquet room, 1105 W. 5th St. (530)313-5431. Handel’s Messiah; Chico. Recognized as the preeminent holiday performance,


GOING PLACES DECEMBER Handel’s Messiah is sure to brighten your holiday season. The North Valley Chamber Chorale presents this perennial favorite. Enjoy holiday classics, including “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” “Every Valley,” “Rejoice Greatly,” “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” & the famed “Hallelujah Chorus.” Free pre-concert lectures for ticketholders 1 hour before show. 7:30pm. $12-$30. Laxson Auditorium, 400 W. 1st St. (530)898-6333. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Chico. Kids ages 3 & up can make a creative project to bring home. 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/class. Michaels, 2041 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. (530)343-1864. Nature Walk; Oroville. Bring the family to enjoy a docent-led walk on a park trail around Lake Oroville. Each week features a different easy/moderate 3- to 5-mile walk. Sat, year-round - starts 8am sharp, call to confirm. Meet at Lake Oroville Visitors Center, 917 Kelly Ridge Rd. (530)538-2219. Saturday Farmers Market; Chico. Enjoy locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, soaps & much more. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine. 2nd & Wall St. (530)893-FARM. Saturday Ice Skating At Paradise Ice Rink. Bring friends & family for a fun time on the ice! 11am-10pm (weather permitting). All ages. $12/ person, includes rental skates. Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway. (530)872-6393. Saturday Roller Skate Lessons; Chico. Taught by the Chico Artistic Skate Club. All ages welcome. Beginners: 10-10:30am; Intermediate/ Adv.: 12:30-1pm. $5.25 includes skates. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Saturday Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Children of all ages will enjoy this weekly storytime. 11am & 2pm. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. The Nutcracker Ballet; Paradise. Northern California Ballet presents this wonderful holiday tradition performed by outstanding professional guest artists & talented NCB dancers. All ages. 2:15 & 7:15pm. $12-$20. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Rd. (530)872-8454. Weekend Childbirth Preparation; Chico. Trained nurse instructors help expectant parents prepare for birth, newborn care & breastfeeding. Promotes personal choices including breathing & relaxation techniques & pain management options. Dec 16 & 17: Sat, 9am-4pm & Sun, 9am-1pm. $125/couple. Enloe Mother & Baby Education Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 120. (530)332-3970. Weekend Wildlife Walk; Gridley. Take a guided tour to learn about wetlands, wildlife & the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. See a spectacular display of snow geese & other wintering wildlife. All ages. No reservations needed. Sat & Sun, 12:30-2pm, heavy rain cancels; thru Feb 4. $4.32/day pass ages 16 & up (annual pass $24.33), under age 16 free. 3207 Rutherford Rd. (530)846-7505. Winter Solstice Investigation Station; Chico. Discover why Winter Solstice is celebrated around the world & learn the science behind the changing of the seasons. All ages. 1-3pm. Free with museum admission, $5-$7. Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade. (530)898-4121. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Develop your yo-yo skills with free lessons & practice. Sat, 12-2pm. Meet in Diamond Alley behind Bird in Hand, 320 Broadway. (530)893-0545. Roo’s Zoo Kids’ Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under. Sat, 10:30am-12:30pm. See the 2nd. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Enjoy lots of fun with black-light bowling & music. Fri/Sat, 9pm-1am. See the 1st.

GLENN COUNTY Avenue Of Lights Drive-Thru; Orland. This much-loved mile-long Christmas light display includes a model train display this year.

After enjoying the wonderful lights & decorations, be sure to stop in at the North Pole Lodge where Santa & Mrs. Claus will be waiting! Enjoy refreshments, view beautifully decorated trees & displays, plus have your picture taken with Santa ($5). Dec 13-17, 5:30-9pm. $12/vehicle. Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E Yolo St. (530)520-6819. Wreaths Across America Event; Willows. At this annual national event, help honor veterans by placing a wreath at a veteran’s gravesite. With the motto “Remember - Honor- Teach,” last year 1,200 cemeteries participated. Small ceremony at 9am, light refreshments served after. Free, donations welcome. Willows Cemetery, East Hwy 162. (530)517-9449.

SHASTA COUNTY Kids Club Craft Workshop; Redding. Kids ages 3 & up can make a creative project to bring home. 10am-12pm. $2/class. Michaels, 1070 Hilltop Drive. (530)223-9514. Saturday Redding Farmers Market – Final Market of the Season!. Enjoy a great selection of farm-fresh produce & handmade products. 7:30am-12pm. 777 Cypress Ave., behind the City Center. (530)226-7100. Saturday Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Redding. Come enjoy storytime fun! Ages 7 & under. 11am. Free. 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Science Saturday: Move It!; Redding. Join Turtle Bay’s educators & volunteers for a day of tinkering & making as you discover the physics

Make festive crafts at the Little Elves Workshop, an event filled with fun activities for your little ones. Don’t forget to stop by the North State Parent booth to meet the elves who publish our magazine! See the 15th (Siskiyou County).

of movement! Explore gravitational forces with a gravity well or create a work of art with a scribble-bot.For kids & caregivers of all ages. 11am-3pm. Free for members or with park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Snowflake Spectacular; Redding. See Galaxy Gymnastics students show their skills. The event

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includes a silent auction, snack bar & team exhibition. 10am-4pm. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Tortoise Acres Holiday Craft & Art Fair & Adoption Day; Anderson. Support the turtles & tortoises at Tortoise Acres Rescue & Sanctuary as well as local artists & crafters at this holiday event. Turtles & tortoises available for adoption. All ages. 11am- 4pm, rain or shine. Free. Shampoodles Grooming & Corey’s Cute Canine Cuts, 3365 East St. (530)941-0544. Victorian Dinner & Music; Redding. This amazing Christmas musical is set in the 1800s in Victorian England. Offers all-you-can-eat 4-course meal & lots of singing, laughter & jolly-good fun! See students of the Enterprise High School Music Department express their acting & music skills. All ages. 12/12-16, 7-9pm. $35. Enterprise High School, 3411 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-6601. Wild Horse Viewing; Shingletown. Enjoy docent-led walks to view & learn more about wild horses & burros. These amazing animals live peaceful & free lives on 5,000 acres with a variety of other animal species & plant life. All ages. Wed & Sat, 10am-4pm. Free. Wild Horse Sanctuary, 5796 Wilson Hill Rd. (530)474-5770. Winter Wonderland At The Redding Library; Redding. Get your kids in the holiday spirit with fun crafts, snacks & raffles that make this the perfect holiday event for families. 10am-12pm. Free. Redding Library, 1100 Parkvew Ave. (530)245-7253. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Saturday Open Gym For Youth; Redding. Ages 5-14. Sat, 10:30am12:30pm. See the 2nd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Saturday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a supervised gym with lots of room to play. Two age sessions: Ages 0-8, 11am12pm & Ages 8 & up, 12-2pm. See the 2nd. Rock ‘N’ Bowl Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Unlimited bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Saturday Toddler Time At Rare Air; Redding. Rare Air opens before their normal business hours to let little ones jump at their own pace. 9-10am. See the 2nd. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Sat; skate 7-9pm; dance 9-11pm. See the 2nd.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER 24. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Saturday Ice Skate Lessons; Mt. Shasta. For all ages! Tots ages 4-6 & Child age 7-12: 12:301pm. Teens & Adults: 1-1:30pm. $12, includes rental skates & entrance to the 1:30-5pm public skate session that follows. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Skate With Santa & Saturday Skate Session At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Bring your family (& your camera) for a special skate session with Santa & the Mrs. from 1:30-3pm. Regular skate session 3:30-5pm, evening session 6-9pm, (6-6:30 is adults-only time). Admission $7-$10, under age 3 free with adult; skate rentals +$3. Located at Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Ballroom Technique Class; Mt. Shasta. Learn ballroom dance techniques from pro instructors. Sat, 9:45-11:45am. See the 2nd.

TEHAMA COUNTY The Saturday Market By The River; Red Bluff. Year-round certified market features locally grown products including veggies, fruit, nuts, meats, honey, eggs & artisan food products & crafts. Co-sponsored by the Red Bluff Chamber & Slow Food Shasta Cascade. 8am-12pm, rain or shine. 100 Main St. (530)527-6220. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. All ages & skill levels are welcome to create in this professional studio environment. Fri, 1-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 1-2:30pm. See the 1st.

17 | SUNDAY BUTTE COUNTY Believe Music & Dance Production; Chico. Inspired by the book The Polar Express, this 5th annual holiday family experience takes its audience on a journey to the North Pole with music & dance. This show will ignite your senses, thrill your imagination and recall your faith...Believe! 11am & 4pm. $16-$23. Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (530)898-8789. Free Family Movie; Chico. Come enjoy a film that’s suitable for all ages. Showtime 2pm. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Handel’s Messiah; Chico. Recognized as the preeminent holiday performance, Handel’s Messiah is sure to brighten your holiday season. The North Valley Chamber Chorale presents this perennial favorite. Enjoy holiday classics, including “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” “Every Valley,” “Rejoice Greatly,” “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” & the famed “Hallelujah Chorus.” Free pre-concert lectures for ticketholders 1 hour before show. 2pm. $12-$30. Laxson Auditorium, 400 W. 1st St. (530)898-6333. The Nutcracker Ballet Final Performance; Paradise. Northern California Ballet presents this wonderful holiday tradition performed by outstanding professional guest artists & talented NCB dancers. All ages. 2:15pm. $12-$20. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Rd. (530)872-8454. Weekend Wildlife Walk; Gridley. Take a guided tour to learn about wetlands, wildlife & the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. See a spectacular display of snow geese & other wintering wildlife. All ages. No reservations needed. Sat & Sun, 12:30-2pm, heavy rain cancels; thru Feb 4. $4.32/day pass ages 16 & up (annual pass $24.33), under age 16 free. 3207 Rutherford Rd. (530)846-7505. Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun. Practices Tue (5:30pm); Racing on Th (7pm) & Sun (11am). All ages. See the 5th.

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GLENN COUNTY Avenue Of Lights Drive-Thru Last Night; Orland. This much-loved mile-long Christmas light display includes a model train display this year. After enjoying the wonderful lights & decorations, be sure to stop in at the North Pole Lodge where Santa & Mrs. Claus will be waiting! Enjoy refreshments, view beautifully decorated trees & displays, & have your picture taken with Santa ($5). 5:30-9pm. $12/vehicle. Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E Yolo St. (530)520-6819.

SHASTA COUNTY Animal Parade; Redding. Take a stroll with Spike the porcupine, Sweet Pea the skunk, & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities as one of them leads the way through the park. Sundays, 2:303pm (weather permitting), thru Feb 4. Free with park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Aquatic Adventures; Redding. Learn about water ecosystems & the importance of the Sacramento River through a variety of fun interpretive programs like fish & beaver feedings, turtle talks, & training sessions. Wed-Sun, 10:30-10:45am. Free w/Turtle Bay Exploration Park admission, $12-$16. 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Classic Film & Holiday Party With Santa; Redding. Combine your love of film with a family-friendly holiday party celebrating one of the best films of the Christmas season, Miracle On 34th Street. Live music, dancing, themed drinks for all ages, Christmas sweater contest (best, ugliest), jewelry giveaway, visit from Santa & other surprises, followed by the movie. 6-9:30pm. $15. Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St. (530)243-8877.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Stick Time At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. The rink’s reserved 8-10am for hockey players of all ages to practice shooting, passing & skating. Full gear required; under 18 must wear full face mask. By donation. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Sunday Ice Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Bring friends & family to enjoy ice

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skating at full NHL-sized outdoor rink. 1:30-5pm. Admission $7-$10, under age 3 free with adult; skate rentals +$3. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

TEHAMA COUNTY Holiday Showcase; Red Bluff. Get into the holiday spirit with Red Bluff Performing Arts Centre! Join them for this annual winter performance & support local youth artists as they take the stage for this spectacular dance event. All ages. 1pm. $7. Red Bluff Community Center, South Jackson St. (530)255-4180.

18 | MONDAY BUTTE COUNTY Lyme Disease Support Group; Chico. Offers monthly support for those suffering with Lyme disease, & their family, friends & caregivers. 3rd Mon, 5:30-7pm. Almond Grove Meeting Room, 567 E. Lassen Ave. (530)877-6666. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. At this creative open play facility, children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults can enjoy seven themed play areas: Stage, Construction, Vet’s Office, Grocery store, Bakery, Pizzeria, & their newest theme: Down on the Farm. M-W & F-Sat, choose from two sessions: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. $5/child (adult free); drop-ins welcome. 5923 Clark Rd., Ste. B. (530)712-1050. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on explorations with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes special activity each day. M-F, 10am-4pm. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY Babies, Books & Play; Redding. A fun playtime for babies ages 0-2yrs & their caregivers. Mondays, 10:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Game Night; Redding. Children of all ages can play board games & video games in the library’s storyroom. Mon, 4-5:30pm. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)2457250. Kidfit Classes; Redding. Kids ages 5-10 have a great time moving & playing while increasing

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flexibility, balance & motor skills. M/Th, 4-5pm. See the 4th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Line Dancing; Mt. Shasta. Open to all levels & ages. Mon, 4-5pm. $5 (members free). Mountain Fitness, 633 Lassen Ln. Info: (530)926-3310. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th. PAL: Play & Learn Group; Mt. Shasta. Play & learn with your young child through exploration, creativity & sensory play in this facilitated weekly group. Ages 0-5. Mon, 10:30am-12pm. See the 4th.

TEHAMA COUNTY Dynamic Development Youth Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. These group fitness classes for kids ages 7-12 get them moving in a safe & fun environment. Promotes motor skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy habits. M/W, 5-6pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama Family Fitness Center, 2498 South Main St. (530)528-8656. Preschool Story Hour; Corning. This story hour for preschoolers features themed stories & an accompanying activity or craft. Mon, 10am. Free. Corning Branch Library, 740 Third St. (530)5287382. Wiggle Worms Kids’ Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. This group fitness class for kids ages 4-6 is taught in a safe & fun environment. Gets kids moving & promotes motor & social skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy habits. M/W, 4-5pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama Family Fitness Center, 2498 S. Main St. (530)528-8656.

19 | TUESDAY BUTTE COUNTY Cribbage For Kids; Paradise. Learn how to play this fun board game while polishing your math skills! All ages welcome; geared for grades 1 & up. Tue, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Paradise Branch Library Children’s Room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)8726320. Family Autism Support Group & Pot Luck; Chico. Raising a child on the autism spectrum is challenging; this group helps build a supportive network & opportunity to share. Children welcome; homework help & childcare provided. Free. Dinner provided; bring something extra to share. 3rd Tue. Potluck 5:30pm; group meets 6-8pm. ARC, 2030 Park Ave. (530)891-5865 x204. Knit-Crochet Club; Oroville. Bring your project to work on while enjoying the company of other yarn enthusiasts. Tue, 4-6pm. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group; Chico. Offers mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Babies & young children welcome. 3rd Tues, 9am. Free. 7 Governors Ln. (530)487-4109. Pet Night With Santa; Chico. Bring your well-behaved cat or dog to Chico Mall to get a photo with Santa. Children are also welcome to visit Santa, but if they have an allergy to pets it may be wiser to choose a different time to visit. 6-9pm. Chico Mall, 1950 E. 20th St. (530)343-0706. Play Chess; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome. Tue, 3-5pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER Preschool Storytime; Chico. Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. Tue, 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Cheap Skate Night At Cal Skate; Chico. This fun night of roller skating features weekly themes, games & family hits music. Tue, 6:30-8:30pm. See the 5th. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or prepare to be an All Star! Tu/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 5th. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults enjoy 7 themed play areas in a creative drop-in facility. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun. Practices Tue (5:30pm); Racing on Th (7pm) & Sun (11am). All ages. See the 5th. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on explorations with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes special activity each day. M-F, 10am-4pm. See the 1st.

GLENN COUNTY Preschool Storytime; Willows. Storytime & craft for preschoolers. Tue, 1pm. Free. Willows Public Library, 201 N. Lassen St. (530)934-5156.

SHASTA COUNTY Bright Futures Storytime; Redding. Register with your little one to enjoy a story & fun activities that foster small & large motor skills, plus early reading & math skills. Healthy snack & book giveaway included. Ages 0-5. 3rd Tue, 9-10:30am. Free. Bright Futures Children Center, 1345 Liberty St. (530)276-0506. Family Jump Time At Rare Air; Redding. Bring the whole gang for a jumping experience in a fun-filled environment – it’s healthy, active fun. Choose your 2-hour jump time Tuesdays between 2-8pm. $10/person (min. 2 jumpers). Rare Air Trampoline Park, 3625 Old 44 Dr. (530)221-1206. Read & Sing Storytime; Redding. Storytime, crafts & songs for children of all ages. Tue, 10:3011:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Storytime; Redding. This weekly storytime is geared for ages 0-5, all ages welcome. Tue, 10-10:30am. Free. Shasta Community Health Center’s Pediatrics waiting room, 1035 Placer St. (530)229-5124. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue & Fri, 6-7pm. See the 1st. Chess Group Fun; Redding. Players enjoy games of chess while instructors observe, give advice & facilitate the fun. All ages & levels. Tue, 6-7:30pm. Free. See the 5th. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Prenatal Yoga; Redding. Classes are uniquely designed for pregnancy & taught by a certified instructor. Tu/Th, 4:15-5:15pm. Free. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Coffee & Cake; Dunsmuir. Everyone’s invited to get social! Enjoy coffee & cake, sit around & gab & find out what the resource center has to offer. Free. 9:30-11am. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5844 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Dance For Boys; Mt. Shasta. This all-boys class explores various styles of dance. Taught by Christian Richards, the boys will have a wonderful male teacher to instruct them in all-boys styles. Ages 8-16, all levels welcome. Tue, 6-7pm, thru 6/22. $50/month or $15 drop in. Shasta Studios

of Theatrical Dance, 108 Old McCloud Rd. (206)707-2441. Knit & Crochet Tuesday; Dunsmuir. Come join the fun at this weekly needlework event. An experienced instructor is available to help you, whether you’re just starting out or are a hook & needles wiz. Open to everyone - supplies available. Free. 1-3pm. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5844 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)2354400. Beginning Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Lots of fun! All ages. Tue, 6:45-7:45pm. See the 5th. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th.

20 | WEDNESDAY BUTTE COUNTY Babies Love Books Storytime; Chico. Babies ages 18 months & younger will enjoy this special storytime. Wed, 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Baby Basics Class: Quality Childcare; Chico. Parents with babies 0-3mos learn current information to promote infant wellness & safety. 10:30am-12pm. $15 (free if you delivered at Enloe). Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., #120. (530)332-3970. Chico Wednesday Farmers Market. Enjoy locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, soaps & much more. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine. North Valley Plaza, Pillsbury Rd. (530)893-FARM. Childbirth Refresher Class; Chico. Ideal for those

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Whip up smiles by letting your young bakers loose at the Kids’ Holiday Baking Workshop. Kids will learn to bake delights of the season to enjoy with the family or to distribute with Christmas cheer. See the 22nd (Shasta County).

who have previously had a baby, but would like to review the childbirth process, including information on coping measures, breathing, relaxation, pushing techniques, pain management choices, coach’s supportive role & breastfeeding review. 5-8pm. $50/couple, pre-reg. Enloe Mother & Baby Ed. Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., #120. (530)332-3970. Kids Activity Time; Gridley. Come enjoy a fun activity designed just for kids. Wed, 3pm. Gridley Branch Library, 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Kooky Birds Skate Lesson & Session; Chico. Young skaters can take a skate class & have fun skating after. Taught by a certified instructor from the Chico Artistic Skate Club. Ages 8 & under. Wed, 9:30-11am. $5.50, includes skates, parents skate

free. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Mid-Week Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Geared for ages preschool & younger, includes fun related activity. Wed, 11am. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Reading Hero Storytime; Oroville. Trained volunteers bring stories alive for kids of all ages. It’s lots of fun! Wed, 3-4pm. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Tiny Tots; Paradise. Expecting or have a child 0-36 months old? Come meet other parents, let your baby socialize, enjoy interactive activities & talk about parenting. 1st & 3rd Wed; 10:15-10:45am, thru Dec. Free. The Family Place, 1007 Bille Rd. (530)230-0211 x205. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults enjoy 7 themed play areas in a creative drop-in facility. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Tiny Tumbling Class; Chico. Children ages 2-8 learn basic tumbling skills & flexibility using a tumble track, spring floor & pit. Wed, 4-4:30pm. See the 6th. Video Game Design; Paradise. Design your own video game, learn about cutting-edge design tools, share ideas & hang out with other gamers. Grades 6 & up. 1st, 2nd & 3rd Wed, 3:30pm. See the 6th.

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Crafty Kids; Willows. Geared for ages 6-14, children get creative at this fun weekly event with make-&-take crafting activities. Wed, drop in anytime between 1-4pm. Willows Public Library, 201 N. Lassen St. (530)934-5156. Storytime; Orland. Children’s storytime with music & a related craft. All ages. Wed, 11am. Orland Free Library, 333 Mill St. (530)865-1640.

SHASTA COUNTY Barnes & Noble Storytime; Redding. Come to storytime with your little one. Ages 7 & under. Wed, 10am. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Wednesday Open Gym; Redding. Ages 8 & up can practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised gym. 7-9pm. $5/hr. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Read & Play Storytime; Redding. This innovative storytime focuses on sensory practices. Children of all ages welcome, especially those with special needs. Wed, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. www.northstateparent.com • December 2017

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Alateen Meeting; Redding. Support group for teens affected by someone else’s drinking. Wed, 6:30-7:30pm. See the 6th. Parent Group: Discipline That Works; Redding. Free parent support group that’s based on the Triple P positive parenting program. Wed, 6-7:30pm. See the 6th. Wild Horse Viewing; Shingletown. Enjoy docent-led walks to view & learn more about wild horses & burros. All ages. Wed & Sat, 10am4pm. Free. See the 2nd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Adoptive Parent Support Group; Yreka. This support group is open to adoptive, foster, & relative caregivers. The focus of this group is to share parenting ideas, strategies & successes, & to gather support from others in the same parenting situation. For adults. 3rd Wed, 5:307:30pm. Free; childcare & dinner provided. Yreka Community Resource Center, 201 S. Broadway, Yreka, CA. (530)879-3861. Children’s Storytime; Dunsmuir. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. Adult must accompany child. 3:30-4:30pm. Dunsmuir Branch Library, 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2035. Songs & Stories; Mt. Shasta. Children ages 0-5 enjoy fun stories & sing along to music. An adult must accompany young children. Wed, 10:30am. Mt. Shasta Branch Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)926-2031. Ballroom Dance Classes: Beginning/Intermediate; Mt. Shasta. Learn the smooth & Latin dances & how to lead or follow. Wed, 6:457:45pm. See the 6th. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th.

TEHAMA COUNTY Dynamic Development Youth Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. These group fitness classes for kids ages 7-12 get them moving in a safe & fun environment. Promotes motor skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy habits. M/W, 5-6pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama Family Fitness Center, 2498 South Main St. (530)528-8656. Wiggle Worms Kids’ Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. This group fitness class for kids ages 4-6 is taught in a safe & fun environment. Gets kids moving & promotes motor & social skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy habits. M/W, 4-5pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama Family Fitness Center, 2498 S. Main St. (530)528-8656.

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new friends! Ages 5 & under. Th, 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library Meeting Room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Toddler Storytime; Chico. Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 3 & under. Th, 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Butte Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. All home-schoolers welcome. Th, 1-4pm. Free. See the 7th. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or prepare to be an All Star! Tu/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 5th. Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun. Practices Tue (5:30pm); Racing on Th (7pm) & Sun (11am). All ages. See the 5th.

SHASTA COUNTY California Dance Company’s Magical Christmas; Redding. Join the younger dancers of CDC for a Magical Christmas showcase. Featuring dancers ages 2-12, this family-friendly show will be a sure holiday hit! 6:30pm. $15. David Marr Theatre, 2200 Eureka Way. (530)365-7749. Creature Feature Program; Redding. Meet the real stars of Turtle Bay… the animals! This meet & greet features a different animal each week for you to meet up close. All ages. Th, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 1. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. KIXE Storytime; Redding. Come listen to a story & enjoy songs, stickers & crafts. Take home a complimentary book. Bring a pillow, favorite blanket or stuffed animal & friends! 3rd Thursday, 9-10am. Ages 0-5. KIXE Volunteer Center, 603 N. Market St. RSVP: (530)243-5493 x112. Little Explorers: Tree Homes; Redding. Themed stories & activities for ages 2-5 & their caregivers. Discover animal homes & find out if they are similar to ours.Th, 10-11am. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Read & Create Storytime; Redding. Focusing on art themes, this storytime welcomes children of all ages. Th, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Kidfit Classes; Redding. Kids ages 5-10 have a great time moving & playing while increasing flexibility, balance & motor skills. M/Th, 4-5pm.

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Adoptive Family Support Group; Mt. Shasta. This support group is open to adoptive, foster & relative caregivers. Share parenting ideas, strategies, struggles & successes. All ages. 3rd Th, 9:30-11:30am. Free. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake St. (530)879-3861. Intermediate/Advanced Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Fun, supportive environment develops technique & skills at the intermediate level. Solo dancers welcome. Th, 6:45-7:45pm. See the 7th. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th.

22 | FRIDAY BUTTE COUNTY After School Legos, Crafts & Games At The Library; Paradise. Play games, build & design with Legos, make a craft. Bring your imagination and have some fun. Something different each week! This is the place to be at 2:30pm on Fridays. All ages welcome. Free. Paradise Branch Library Meeting Room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Beginning Sign Language Class; Paradise. Drop-ins welcome. Fri, 10-11am. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Bilingual Story Garden; Chico. Enjoy stories & songs in English & Spanish geared for ages 0-5. Fri, 10am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Butte Parent Café; Gridley. A free family night out with dinner & good conversation. A place to meet other community members in a relaxed environment. Childcare provided. All ages. 4th Friday, 6-8pm. Location TBD, call for location info. (530)899-4940.

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After School Storytime; Chico. Stories & crafts for ages 12 & under. Th, 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Caregiver Resource & Self-Care Training; Chico. For those caring for someone else’s child or children. Facilitated group offers support, resources & training for better self-care. 1st & 3rd Th, 11am-1pm. Butte College Skyway Center, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd. (530)897-6235. Storytime; Durham. Stories, songs & activities geared for children 5 & under. Th, 10am. Free. Durham Branch Library, 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Storytime; Paradise. Nurture your child’s love for reading through stories & songs while making

See the 4th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Thursday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a supervised gym with lots of room to play. Two age sessions: Ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome): 11am-12pm; Ages 8 & up: 7-8pm. See the 7th. Prenatal Yoga; Redding. Classes are uniquely designed for pregnancy & taught by a certified instructor. Tu/Th, 4:15-5:15pm. Free. See the 5th.

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Hooks & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. For those who love to knit & crochet; bring your projects. All ages. Fri, 12pm. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Open to everyone! Bring your friends & have fun roller skating to great music. Dancing may be offered too. All ages. Fri, 7-10:30pm. $7.25/2hrs, $7.50/2.5hrs, skate rental $2.50-$3.50. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Dollar Night At Chico Cheer Gym; Chico. $1 = 1.5 hours of fun! Use the gym & equipment to play, tumble or perfect your cheer skills. Fri, 6-8pm. See the 1st. Family Swim; Chico. Everyone’s invited to swim in a great indoor facility. Fri, 5-8pm. $2/person. See the 1st. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults enjoy 7 themed play areas in a creative drop-in facility. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on explorations with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes special activity each day. M-F, 10am-4pm. See the 1st. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Enjoy lots of fun with black-light bowling & music. Fri/Sat, 9pm-1am. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY A Jack & Sally Christmas Dance Performance; Redding. Join the older dancers of California Dance Company as they dance their way through the beloved story of Jack & Sally to find a balance of Halloween & Christmas. All ages. 6:30pm. $15. David Marr Theatre, 2200 Eureka Way. (530)365-7749. Children’s Art Workshops: Weaving & Nature Prints; Redding. Two creative workshops designed for ages 8-12 & their caregivers. Weaving: Learn new skills with looms, textiles & weaving; 9am-12pm. Nature Prints: Learn new skills with printmaking; 1-4pm. $20-$30, materials & snacks provided; reg by Dec 15, call (530)242-3108. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Kids’ Holiday Baking Workshop; Redding. Kids participating in this class will bake a variety of yummy, festive desserts to give away as gifts or keep for their family! Ingredients, final baked goods, packaging, recipes & a light dinner are all included in the cost. For ages 8 & up. $85/child by pre-reg. 4-6pm. 1300 Market St., Ste 102. (530)768-1768. Read & Discover Storytime; Redding. Focusing on science, discovery & math themes, this storytime welcomes children of all ages. Fri, 10:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Secret Society Of Brick Stackers; Redding. Does your child love Legos? This group is a great time for kids to get together with other kids with diverse abilities who share that affection. Fri, 3:45-4:45pm. Rowell Family Empowerment. 2701 Old Eureka Way, Ste. 2i. (530)226-5129. Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas; Redding. This musical North State holiday tradition returns with all new stories, music & dances that celebrate Irish culture & the giving spirit of Christmas. 7:30pm. $26 & up. Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St. (530)243-8877. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue & Fri, 6-7pm. See the 1st. Family Kickboxing Classes; Redding. Bring the whole family for healthy Friday evening fun. 4-5pm. See the 1st. Friday Toddler Time At Rare Air; Redding. A fun way to let your little ones get their wiggles out. Rare Air trampoline park opens before their normal business hours for little ones to jump at their own pace & comfort level. 9-10am & 1011am. See the 1st.


GOING PLACES DECEMBER Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Friday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a supervised gym with lots of room to play. Ages 0-8, 11am-12pm; ages 8 & up, 5-6pm. See the 1st. Rock ‘N’ Bowl Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Unlimited bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Adult Social Ice Skating; Mt. Shasta. From 9-10am, adult skaters can enjoy the Siskiyou Ice Rink all to themselves. Take a lesson to hone your skills too! Special admission price $5, or $10 w/lesson; price includes skate rental if needed. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Friday Ice Skate Sessions At Siskiyou Ice Rink, Mt. Shasta. Bring friends & family for ice skating fun. Three Friday sessions offered: 3:155pm (all ages), 5:30-6pm (adults only), & 6-9pm (all ages), thru Feb 25. $7-$10, skate rental +$3 Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. Rink & weather line: (530)926-1715.

TEHAMA COUNTY Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. All ages & skill levels are welcome to create in this professional studio environment. Fri, 1-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 1-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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Weekend Wildlife Walk; Gridley. Take a guided tour to learn about wetlands, wildlife & the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. See a spectacular display of snow geese & other wintering wildlife. All ages. No reservations needed. Sat & Sun, 12:30-2pm, heavy rain cancels; thru Feb 4. $4.32/day pass ages 16 & up (annual pass $24.33), under age 16 free. 3207 Rutherford Rd. (530)846-7505. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Develop your yo-yo skills with free lessons & practice. Sat, 12-2pm. Meet in Diamond Alley behind Bird in Hand, 320 Broadway. (530)893-0545. Roo’s Zoo Kids’ Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under. Sat, 10:30am-12:30pm. See the 2nd. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Enjoy lots of fun with black-light bowling & music. Fri/Sat, 9pm-1am. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY Animal Coverings: Fur, Feathers & Scales; Redding. Get an up-close encounter with some of Turtle Bay’s furry, scaly or feathery animal ambassadors & learn what role coverings play in their survival. All ages. Fri, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 2. Free with park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Dance Depot Holiday Showcase: ‘Tis The Season; Redding. Home to home & heart to heart, the warmth & joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other as dancers of all ages share the spirit of Christmas, opening their hearts as they sing & dance. A family holiday tradition for many, this special night brings a wide variety of dance styles & magical moments. 6pm. Tix $8-$14. Redding Civic Auditorium, 700 Auditorium Dr. (530)275-9618. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Redding. Kids ages

BUTTE COUNTY Kids Club Craft Workshop; Chico. Kids ages 3 & up can make a creative project to bring home. 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/class. Michaels, 2041 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. (530)343-1864. Nature Walk; Oroville. Bring the family to enjoy a docent-led walk on a park trail around Lake Oroville. Each week features a different easy/ moderate 3- to 5-mile walk. Sat, year-round starts 8am sharp, call to confirm. Meet at Lake Oroville Visitors Center, 917 Kelly Ridge Rd. (530)538-2219. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Creative drop-in facility for children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults. Offers 7 themed play areas. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Saturday Farmers Market; Chico. Enjoy locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, soaps & much more. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine. 2nd & Wall St. (530)893-FARM. Saturday Ice Skating At Paradise Ice Rink. Bring friends & family for a fun time on the ice! 11am-10pm (weather permitting). All ages. $12/ person, includes rental skates. Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway. (530)872-6393. Saturday Roller Skate Lessons; Chico. Taught by the Chico Artistic Skate Club. All ages welcome. Beginners: 10-10:30am; Intermediate/Adv.: 12:30-1pm. $5.25 includes skates. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Saturday Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Children of all ages will enjoy this weekly storytime. 11am & 2pm. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. StoryTail Tutors; Chico. Wonderful program for beginning, struggling or reluctant readers. Children ages 5-11 read to trained, certified therapy dogs in a relaxing environment. 2nd & 4th Sat, 2pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Please say you saw it in North State Parent magazine. This helps us grow!

3 & up can make a creative project to bring home. 10am-12pm. $2/class. Michaels, 1070 Hilltop Drive. (530)223-9514. Prenatal Yoga; Redding. All stages of pregnancy are welcome. Connect with your changing body, build strength & flexibility, increase stamina, improve balance & circulation, learn to use breath to manage pain, & meet other expectant moms. 2nd, 4th & 5th Sat, 9:15-10:15am. Free. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Saturday Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Redding. Come enjoy storytime fun! Ages 7 & under. 11am. Free. 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Survival! Indoor Animal Show; Redding. This 30-minute adventure will have you face to face with some of Turtle Bay’s favorite animals as they fly, crawl or walk on by. A fun time for all ages that you will not soon forget. Sat, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 3. Free with Park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Wild Horse Viewing; Shingletown. Enjoy docent-led walks to view & learn more about wild horses & burros. These amazing animals live peaceful & free lives on 5,000 acres with a variety of other animal species & plant life. All ages. Wed & Sat, 10am-4pm. Free. Wild Horse Sanctuary, 5796 Wilson Hill Rd. (530)474-5770. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Saturday Open Gym For Youth; Redding. Ages 5-14. Sat, 10:30am12:30pm. See the 2nd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Saturday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a supervised gym with lots of room to play. Two age sessions: Ages 0-8, 11am12pm & Ages 8 & up, 12-2pm. See the 2nd. Rock ‘N’ Bowl Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding.

Unlimited bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Saturday Toddler Time At Rare Air; Redding. Rare Air opens before their normal business hours to let little ones jump at their own pace. 9-10am. See the 2nd. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Sat; skate 7-9pm; dance 9-11pm. See the 2nd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Ice Hockey Pick Up Games; Mt. Shasta. The rink’s reserved 8-10am for teen & adult hockey players to play pick up games. Full gear required; under 18 must wear full face mask. Nets & pucks provided. $10 drop in, free with pass. Thru Feb 24. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Saturday Ice Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Come out & have a great time ice skating at the NHL-sized rink. Sessions: 12-5pm & 6-9pm (6-6:30 is adults-only). Admission $7-$10, under age 3 free with adult; skate rentals +$3. Located at Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Ballroom Technique Class; Mt. Shasta. Learn ballroom dance techniques from pro instructors. Sat, 9:45-11:45am. See the 2nd.

TEHAMA COUNTY The Saturday Market By The River; Red Bluff. Year-round certified market features locally grown products including veggies, fruit, nuts, meats, honey, eggs & artisan food products & crafts. Co-sponsored by the Red Bluff Chamber & Slow Food Shasta Cascade. 8am-12pm, rain or shine. 100 Main St. (530)527-6220.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Cheap Skate Night At Cal Skate; Chico. This fun night of roller skating features weekly themes, games & family hits music. Tue, 6:30-8:30pm. See the 5th. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or prepare to be an All Star! Tu/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 5th. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Creative drop-in facility for children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults. Offers 7 themed play areas. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun. Practices Tue (5:30pm); Racing on Th (7pm) & Sun (11am). All ages. See the 5th. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on explorations with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes special activity each day. M-F, 10am-4pm. See the 1st. Chilled to the bone? Hit the ice; a couple of laps around the rink will warm you up! Check out Saturday Ice Skating at Paradise or Siskiyou Ice Rinks for a fun family outing (see the 9th or the 23rd), or make Christmas Eve extra special by visiting these rinks’ Christmas Eve Ice Skating sessions on December 24th (Butte & Siskiyou Counties).

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. All ages & skill levels are welcome to create in this professional studio environment. Fri, 1-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 1-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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BUTTE COUNTY Christmas Eve Ice Skating At Paradise Ice Rink; Paradise. Enjoy a memorable day of ice skating fun with family & friends. 12-5pm. $12, includes skates. Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway, (530)872-6393. Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun. Practices Tue (5:30pm); Racing on Th (7pm) & Sun (11am). All ages. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Christmas Eve Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Come enjoy time on the ice from 12-5pm. Bring your family, meet new friends, & enjoy the holiday spirit. $7-$10, under age 3 & passholders free; skate rentals +$3. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Stick Time At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. The rink’s reserved 8-10am for hockey players of all ages to practice shooting, passing & skating. Full gear required; under 18 must wear full face mask. By donation. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Sunday Ice Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Bring friends & family to enjoy ice skating at full NHL-sized outdoor rink. 1:30-5pm. Admission $7-$10, under age 3 free with adult; skate rentals +$3. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

25 | MONDAY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

BUTTE COUNTY Christmas Day Ice Skating; Paradise. Enjoy the spirit of the holiday on the ice & create Christmas-day memories skating with family & friends at the Paradise Ice Rink. 12-5pm. $12, includes skates. Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway, (530)872-6393.

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SISKIYOU COUNTY Christmas Day Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Come enjoy time on the ice from 125pm. Bring your family, meet new friends, & enjoy the holiday spirit. $7-$10, under age 3 & passholders free; skate rentals +$3. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

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BUTTE COUNTY Cribbage For Kids; Paradise. Learn how to play this fun board game while polishing your math skills! All ages welcome; geared for grades 1 & up. Tue, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Paradise Branch Library Children’s Room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Family Special Needs Potluck & Support Group; Chico. Raising a child with special needs is challenging; this group helps build a supportive network & opportunity to share. Children welcome; homework help & childcare provided. 2nd & 4th Tues. Dinner provided; bring something extra to share. Potluck 5:30pm; group meets 6-8pm. ARC, 2030 Park Ave. (530)891-5865. Kids Crafternoon; Durham. Fun crafts for kids ages 12 & under (0-5 with adult). Drop in anytime on 2nd & 4th Tue between 3-6pm. Free. Durham Branch Library, 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Knit-Crochet Club; Oroville. Bring your project to work on while enjoying the company of other yarn enthusiasts. Tue, 4-6pm. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Play Chess; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome. Tue, 3-5pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Preschool Storytime; Chico. Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. Tue, 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Seed Library & Seed Preservation Info; Paradise. Learn about Paradise Library’s Seed Library & how to preserve seeds for sharing. 4th Tue, 5-7pm. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. The Mom Spot; Paradise. A place for mothers of preschool age children to connect. Includes speaker, craft, breakfast & free onsite childcare. For ages 0-5 & mothers of preschoolers. 2nd & 4th Tue, 9-11:30am, thru May 2018. Annual $10 reg. fee. Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Rd. (530)877-7069.

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GLENN COUNTY Preschool Storytime; Willows. Storytime & craft for preschoolers. Tue, 1pm. Free. Willows Public Library, 201 N. Lassen St. (530)934-5156.

SHASTA COUNTY Family Jump Time At Rare Air; Redding. Bring the whole gang for a jumping experience in a fun-filled environment; it’s healthy, active fun. Choose your 2-hour jump time Tuesdays between 2-8pm. $10/person (min. 2 jumpers). Rare Air Trampoline Park, 3625 Old 44 Dr. (530)221-1206. Read & Sing Storytime; Redding. Storytime, crafts & songs for children of all ages. Tue, 10:30-11:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Storytime; Redding. This weekly storytime is geared for ages 0-5, all ages welcome. Tue, 10-10:30am. Free. Shasta Community Health Center’s Pediatrics waiting room, 1035 Placer St. (530)229-5124. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue & Fri, 6-7pm. See the 1st. Chess Group Fun; Redding. Players enjoy games of chess while instructors observe, give advice & facilitate the fun. All ages & levels. Tue, 6-7:30pm. Free. See the 5th. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Prenatal Yoga; Redding. Classes are uniquely designed for pregnancy & taught by a certified instructor. Tu/Th, 4:15-5:15pm. Free. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Coffee & Cake; Dunsmuir. Everyone’s invited to get social! Enjoy coffee & cake, sit around & gab & find out what the resource center has to offer. Free. 9:30-11am. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5844 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Dance For Boys; Mt. Shasta. This all-boys class explores various styles of dance. Taught by Christian Richards, the boys will have a wonderful male teacher to instruct them in all-boys styles. Ages 8-16, all levels welcome. Tue, 6-7pm, thru 6/22. $50/month or $15 drop in. Shasta Studios of Theatrical Dance, 108 Old McCloud Rd. (206)707-2441. Holiday Ice Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Come enjoy skating fun in a beautiful outdoor setting. 12-5pm. $7-$10, under age 3 free w/adult; skate rentals +$3. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Knit & Crochet Tuesday; Dunsmuir. Come join the fun at this weekly needlework event. An experienced instructor is available to help you, whether you’re just starting out or are a hook & needles wiz. Open to everyone - supplies available. Free.

1-3pm. Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5844 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-4400. Beginning Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Lots of fun! All ages. Tue, 6:45-7:45pm. See the 5th. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th.

27 | WEDNESDAY BUTTE COUNTY Babies Love Books Storytime; Chico. Babies ages 18 months & younger will enjoy this special storytime. Wed, 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Chico Wednesday Farmers Market. Enjoy locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, soaps & much more. 7:30am-1pm, yearround, rain or shine. North Valley Plaza, Pillsbury Rd. (530)893-FARM. Kids Activity Time; Gridley. Come enjoy a fun activity designed just for kids. Wed, 3pm. Gridley Branch Library, 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Kooky Birds Skate Lesson & Session; Chico. Young skaters can take a skate class & have fun skating after. Taught by a certified instructor from the Chico Artistic Skate Club. Ages 8 & under. Wed, 9:30-11am. $5.50, includes skates, parents skate free. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Mid-Week Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Geared for ages preschool & younger, includes fun related activity. Wed, 11am. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Reading Hero Storytime; Oroville. Trained volunteers bring stories alive for kids of all ages. It’s lots of fun! Wed, 3-4pm. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Creative drop-in facility for children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults. Offers 7 themed play areas. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Tiny Tumbling Class; Chico. Children ages 2-8 learn basic tumbling skills & flexibility using a tumble track, spring floor & pit. Wed, 4-4:30pm. See the 6th.

GLENN COUNTY Crafty Kids; Willows. Geared for ages 6-14, children get creative at this fun weekly event with make-&-take crafting activities. Wed, drop in anytime between 1-4pm. Willows Public Library, 201 N. Lassen St. (530)934-5156. Storytime; Orland. Children’s storytime with music & a related craft. All ages. Wed, 11am. Orland Free Library, 333 Mill St. (530)865-1640.

SHASTA COUNTY Barnes & Noble Storytime; Redding. Come to storytime with your little one. Ages 7 & under. Wed, 10am. Free. Barnes & Noble, 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Maker Wednesday: Paper Rockets; Redding. Design, make & launch your own rocket! All materials provided. All ages. 11am-1pm. Free for members or with park admission, $12-$16, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Wednesday Open Gym; Redding. Ages 8 & up can practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised gym. 7-9pm. $5/hr. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Read & Play Storytime; Redding. This innovative storytime focuses on sensory practices. Children of all ages welcome, especially those with special needs. Wed, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Redding Branch


GOING PLACES DECEMBER Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Storytime Wednesday At Washington Plaza; Redding. Children can listen to stories, create a make & take craft, enjoy snacks & more. Activities geared for ages 2-5 but all children welcome. 4th Wed, 10:30am-12pm. Free. Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, 2400 Washington Ave. (530)241-0552. Wild Horse Viewing; Shingletown. Enjoy docent-led walks to view & learn more about wild horses & burros. These amazing animals live peaceful & free lives on 5,000 acres with a variety of other animal species & plant life. All ages. Wed & Sat, 10am-4pm. Free. Wild Horse Sanctuary, 5796 Wilson Hill Rd. (530)474-5770. Y Winter Holiday Camps; Shasta County. YMCA day camps for children ages K-8 – preschool camp available too. Have fun during school break - enjoy fun activities with friends. 12/27-29 & 1/3-5, 7am-6pm. Locations vary, check online or call or stop by for info. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Alateen Meeting; Redding. Support group for teens affected by someone else’s drinking. Wed, 6:30-7:30pm. See the 6th. Parent Group: Discipline That Works; Redding. Free parent support group that’s based on the Triple P positive parenting program. Wed, 6-7:30pm. See the 6th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Children’s Storytime; Dunsmuir. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. Adult must accompany child. 3:30-4:30pm. Dunsmuir Branch Library, 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2035. Holiday Ice Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Come enjoy skating fun in a beautiful outdoor setting. 12-5pm. $7-$10, under age 3 free w/adult; skate rentals +$3. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.

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Songs & Stories; Mt. Shasta. Children ages 0-5 enjoy fun stories & sing along to music. An adult must accompany young children. Wed, 10:30am. Mt. Shasta Branch Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)926-2031. Winter Art Camp; Yreka. Come get creative with art projects at this fun camp held at a professional art studio & ice cream fountain. Find them on facebook for more information. 2-4pm, 12/2729. $20/day or $55/3 days. Bella Art Works Creative Café, 117 West Miner St. (530)842-5411. Ballroom Dance Classes: Beginning/Intermediate; Mt. Shasta. Learn the smooth & Latin dances & how to lead or follow. Wed, 6:457:45pm. See the 6th. Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th.

TEHAMA COUNTY Dynamic Development Youth Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. These group fitness classes for kids ages 7-12 get them moving in a safe & fun environment. Promotes motor skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy habits. M/W, 5-6pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama Family Fitness Center, 2498 South Main St. (530)528-8656. Wiggle Worms Kids’ Fitness Classes; Red Bluff. This group fitness class for kids ages 4-6 is taught in a safe & fun environment. Gets kids moving & promotes motor & social skills, cooperative play, athletic development & healthy habits. M/W, 4-5pm. $5 (discounts for members). Tehama Family Fitness Center, 2498 S. Main St. (530)528-8656.

28 | THURSDAY BUTTE COUNTY After School Storytime; Chico. Stories & crafts for ages 12 & under. Th, 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Creature Feature Program; Redding. Meet the real stars of Turtle Bay… the animals! This meet & greet features a different animal each week for you to meet up close. All ages. Th, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 1. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Storytime; Durham. Stories, songs & activities geared for children 5 & under. Thursdays, 10am. Free. Durham Branch Library, 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Toddler Storytime; Chico. Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 3 & under. Th, 10am & 11am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Butte Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. All home-schoolers welcome. Th, 1-4pm. Free. See the 7th. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or prepare to be an All Star! Tu/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 5th. Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun. Practices Tue (5:30pm); Racing on Th (7pm) & Sun (11am). All ages. See the 5th.

SHASTA COUNTY Little Explorers: Tree Homes; Redding. Themed stories & activities for ages 2-5 & their caregivers. Discover animal homes & find out if they are similar to ours.Th, 10-11am. Free w/park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

Read & Create Storytime; Redding. Focusing on art themes, this storytime welcomes children of all ages. Th, 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Kidfit Classes; Redding. Kids ages 5-10 have a great time moving & playing while increasing flexibility, balance & motor skills. M/Th, 4-5pm. See the 4th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Thursday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a supervised gym with lots of room to play. Two age sessions: Ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome): 11am-12pm; Ages 8 & up: 7-8pm. See the 7th. Prenatal Yoga; Redding. Classes are uniquely designed for pregnancy & taught by a certified instructor. Tu/Th, 4:15-5:15pm. Free. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Holiday Ice Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Come enjoy skating fun in a beautiful outdoor setting. 12-5pm. $7-$10, under age 3 free w/adult; skate rentals +$3. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Winter Art Camp; Yreka. Come get creative with art projects at this fun camp held at a professional art studio & ice cream fountain. Find them on facebook for more information. 2-4pm, 12/2729. $20/day or $55/3 days. Bella Art Works Creative Café, 117 West Miner St. (530)842-5411. Intermediate/Advanced Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Fun, supportive environment develops technique & skills at the intermediate level. Solo dancers welcome. Th, 6:45-7:45pm. See the 7th.

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GOING PLACES DECEMBER Martial Arts For All Ages; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4 & up. Dynamic, fun activity. Ages 4+: M-Th, 4:305:15pm. Pre-teens & teens: Tu/Th, 5:30-7pm. Teen & adults: M/W, 5:30-7pm. See the 4th.

29 | FRIDAY BUTTE COUNTY After School Legos, Crafts & Games At The Library; Paradise. Play games, build & design with Legos, make a craft. Bring your imagination and have some fun. Something different each week! This is the place to be at 2:30pm on Fridays. All ages welcome. Free. Paradise Branch Library Meeting Room, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Beginning Sign Language Class; Paradise. Drop-ins welcome. Fri, 10-11am. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Bilingual Story Garden; Chico. Enjoy stories & songs in English & Spanish geared for ages 0-5. Fri, 10am. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Hooks & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. For those who love to knit & crochet; bring your projects. All ages. Fri, 12pm. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Open to everyone! Bring your friends & have fun roller skating to great music. Dancing may be offered too. All ages. Fri, 7-10:30pm. $7.25/2hrs, $7.50/2.5hrs, skate rental $2.50-$3.50. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Dollar Night At Chico Cheer Gym; Chico. $1 = 1.5 hours of fun! Use the gym & equipment to play, tumble or perfect your cheer skills. Fri, 6-8pm. See the 1st. Family Swim; Chico. Everyone’s invited to swim in a great indoor facility. Fri, 5-8pm. $2/person. See the 1st. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Creative drop-in facility for children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults. Offers 7 themed play areas. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Toddler & Preschool Fun!; Chico. Enjoy ongoing hands-on explorations with your child in a drop-in Montessori environment. Includes special activity each day. M-F, 10am-4pm. See the 1st. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Enjoy lots of fun with black-light bowling & music. Fri/Sat, 9pm-1am. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY Animal Coverings: Fur, Feathers & Scales; Redding. Get an up-close encounter with some of Turtle Bay’s furry, scaly or feathery animal ambassadors & learn what role coverings play in their survival. All ages. Fri, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 2. Free with park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Read & Discover Storytime; Redding. Focusing on science, discovery & math themes, this storytime welcomes children of all ages. Fri, 10:30am. Free. Redding Branch Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7250. Secret Society Of Brick Stackers; Redding. Does your child love Legos? This group is a great time for kids to get together with other kids with diverse abilities who share that affection. Fri, 3:45-4:45pm. Rowell Family Empowerment. 2701 Old Eureka Way, Ste. 2i. (530)226-5129. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue & Fri, 6-7pm. See the 1st. Family Kickboxing Classes; Redding. Bring the whole family for healthy Friday evening fun. 4-5pm. See the 1st. Friday Toddler Time At Rare Air; Redding. A fun way to let your little ones get their wiggles out. Rare Air trampoline park opens before their normal business hours for little ones to jump at

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their own pace & comfort level. 9-10am & 1011am. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Friday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a supervised gym with lots of room to play. Ages 0-8, 10:30am-12pm ($7). Ages 9 & up, 5-6pm ($5). See the 1st. Rock ‘N’ Bowl Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Unlimited bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Adult Social Ice Skating; Mt. Shasta. From 9-10am, adult skaters can enjoy the Siskiyou Ice Rink all to themselves. Take a lesson to hone your skills too! Special admission price $5, or $10 w/lesson; price includes skate rental if needed. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Friday Ice Skate Sessions At Siskiyou Ice Rink, Mt. Shasta. Bring friends & family for ice skating fun. Three Friday sessions offered: 3:155pm (all ages), 5:30-6pm (adults only), & 6-9pm (all ages), thru Feb 25. $7-$10, skate rental +$3 Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. Rink & weather line: (530)926-1715. Winter Art Camp; Yreka. Come get creative with art projects at this fun camp held at a professional art studio & ice cream fountain. Find them on facebook for more information. 2-4pm, 12/2729. $20/day or $55/3 days. Bella Art Works Creative Café, 117 West Miner St. (530)842-5411.

TEHAMA COUNTY Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. All ages & skill levels are welcome to create in this professional studio environment. Fri, 1-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 1-2:30pm. See the 1st.

30 | SATURDAY BUTTE COUNTY Fireworks in a Jar Investigation Station; Chico. Learn about the chemistry of fireworks while making your own "fireworks in a jar." Discover the origins of New Year's celebrations & create your own. All ages. 1-3pm. Free with museum admission, $5-$7. Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade. (530)898-4121. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Chico. Kids ages 3 & up can make a creative project to bring home. 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/class. Michaels, 2041 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. (530)343-1864. Nature Walk; Oroville. Bring the family to enjoy a docent-led walk on a park trail around Lake Oroville. Each week features a different easy/ moderate 3- to 5-mile walk. Sat, year-round starts 8am sharp, call to confirm. Meet at Lake Oroville Visitors Center, 917 Kelly Ridge Rd. (530)538-2219. Open Play Sessions At Children’s Discovery Playhouse; Paradise. Creative drop-in facility for children ages 1-9 & their accompanying adults. Offers 7 themed play areas. M-W & F-Sat; two session times: 10am-12pm & 1:30-3:30pm. See the 1st. Saturday Farmers Market; Chico. Enjoy locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, soaps & much more. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine. 2nd & Wall St. (530)893-FARM. Saturday Ice Skating At Paradise Ice Rink. Bring friends & family for a fun time on the ice! 11am-10pm (weather permitting). All ages. $12/ person, includes rental skates. Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway. (530)872-6393. Saturday Roller Skate Lessons; Chico. Taught by the Chico Artistic Skate Club. All ages welcome. Beginners: 10-10:30am; Intermediate/Adv.: 12:301pm. $5.25 includes skates. Cal Skate, 2465

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Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Saturday Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Children of all ages will enjoy this weekly storytime. 11am & 2pm. Free. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Weekend Wildlife Walk; Gridley. Take a guided tour to learn about wetlands, wildlife & the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. See a spectacular display of snow geese & other wintering wildlife. All ages. No reservations needed. Sat & Sun, 12:30-2pm, heavy rain cancels; thru Feb 4. $4.32/day pass ages 16 & up (annual pass $24.33), under age 16 free. 3207 Rutherford Rd. (530)846-7505. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Develop your yo-yo skills with free lessons & practice. Sat, 12-2pm. Meet in Diamond Alley behind Bird in Hand, 320 Broadway. (530)893-0545. Roo’s Zoo Kids’ Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under. Sat, 10:30am-12:30pm. See the 2nd. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Enjoy lots of fun with black-light bowling & music. Fri/Sat, 9pm-1am. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY Garden Class: Walk With The Horticulture Manager; Redding, Bring your notebooks & cameras for this participant-driven program. Make your way through the gardens with frequent stops for discussions about plants. All ages. 10am-11am. Free for members or with park or garden admission ($4-$16). McConnell Arboretum & Botanical gardens, 1135 Arboretum Dr. (530)242-3178. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Redding. Kids ages 3 & up can make a creative project to bring home. 10am-12pm. $2/class. Michaels, 1070 Hilltop Drive. (530)223-9514. Prenatal Yoga; Redding. All stages of pregnancy are welcome. Connect with your changing body, build strength & flexibility, increase stamina, improve balance & circulation, learn to use breath to manage pain, & meet other expectant moms. 2nd, 4th & 5th Sat, 9:15-10:15am. Free. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Saturday Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Redding. Come enjoy storytime fun! Ages 7 & under. 11am. Free. 1260 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2006. Survival! Indoor Animal Show; Redding. This 30-minute adventure will have you face to face with some of Turtle Bay’s favorite animals as they fly, crawl or walk on by. A fun time for all ages that you will not soon forget. Sat, 2:30-3pm, thru Feb 3. Free with Park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Wild Horse Viewing; Shingletown. Enjoy docent-led walks to view & learn more about wild horses & burros. These amazing animals live peaceful & free lives on 5,000 acres with a variety of other animal species & plant life. All ages. Wed & Sat, 10am-4pm. Free. Wild Horse Sanctuary, 5796 Wilson Hill Rd. (530)474-5770. Galaxy Gymnastics Preschool Open Gym; Redding. Tu/Th, 8:30-9:30am; Fri/Sat, 9-10am. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Saturday Open Gym For Youth; Redding. Ages 5-14. Sat, 10:30am12:30pm. See the 2nd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Saturday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice skills or just run, jump & tumble in a supervised gym with lots of room to play. Two age sessions: Ages 0-8, 11am12pm & Ages 8 & up, 12-2pm. See the 2nd. Rock ‘N’ Bowl Night At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Unlimited bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Saturday Toddler Time At Rare Air; Redding. Rare Air opens before their normal business hours to let little ones jump at their own pace. 9-10am. See the 2nd. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Sat; skate 7-9pm; dance 9-11pm. See the 2nd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Ice Hockey Pick Up Games; Mt. Shasta. The rink’s

reserved 8-10am for teen & adult hockey players to play pick up games. Full gear required; under 18 must wear full face mask. Nets & pucks provided. $10 drop in, free with pass. Thru Feb 24. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Saturday Ice Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Come out & have a great time ice skating at the NHL-sized rink. Sessions: 12-5pm & 6-9pm (6-6:30 is adults-only). Admission $7-$10, under age 3 free with adult; skate rentals +$3. Located at Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Ballroom Technique Class; Mt. Shasta. Learn ballroom dance techniques from pro instructors. Sat, 9:45-11:45am. See the 2nd.

TEHAMA COUNTY The Saturday Market By The River; Red Bluff. Year-round certified market features locally grown products including veggies, fruit, nuts, meats, honey, eggs & artisan food products & crafts. Co-sponsored by the Red Bluff Chamber & Slow Food Shasta Cascade. 8am-12pm, rain or shine. 100 Main St. (530)527-6220. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. All ages & skill levels are welcome to create in this professional studio environment. Fri, 1-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 1-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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BUTTE COUNTY Weekend Wildlife Walk; Gridley. Take a guided tour to learn about wetlands, wildlife & the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. See a spectacular display of snow geese & other wintering wildlife. All ages. No reservations needed. Sat & Sun, 12:30-2pm, heavy rain cancels; thru Feb 4. $4.32/day pass ages 16 & up (annual pass $24.33), under age 16 free. 3207 Rutherford Rd. (530)846-7505. Silver Dollar BMX Racing; Chico. Enjoy the fun. Practices Tue (5:30pm); Racing on Th (7pm) & Sun (11am). All ages. See the 5th.

SHASTA COUNTY Animal Parade; Redding. Take a stroll with Spike the porcupine, Sweet Pea the skunk, & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities as one of them leads the way through the park. Sundays, 2:30-3pm (weather permitting), thru Feb 4. Free with park admission, $12-$16. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. North State Symphony: A New Year’s Eve Spectacular; Redding. Ring in the new year at the symphony’s 2nd annual New Year’s Eve party that includes a concert & optional dinner with a wide variety of music. Guest Artists Charlie Albright, Piano, & Jenny Rebecca Winans, soprano, join Conductor Scott Seaton. All ages. 6-9pm. $45 (with hors d’oeuvres)-$95 (with dinner). Redding Civic Auditorium, 700 Auditorium Dr. (530)229-0022.

SISKIYOU COUNTY Stick Time At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. The rink’s reserved 8-10am for hockey players of all ages to practice shooting, passing & skating. Full gear required; under 18 must wear full face mask. By donation. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. New Year’s Eve Celebration & Ice Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Come out & have a great time ice skating at the NHL-sized rink. Sessions: 12-5pm & 6-9pm (6-6:30 is adults-only); includes special evening NYE celebration! Admission $7-$10, under age 3 free with adult; skate rentals +$3. Located at Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715.


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